Thursday, May 9, 2019

VOTED MOST LIKELY TAG // felfies & redheads & coma dust - oh my!

WELL, HELLO. It's been a while, but I'm finally jumping back into the blogging world to do an epic tag entitled the Voted Most Likely tag. And it involves talking about my own characters!

April's Camp NaNoWriMo was tough this year, but despite lagging behind almost all month, I pushed through to the end and won in the nick of time. :D

Winner 2019 - Facebook Cover

So this is the perfect time to do this tag - as a celebration, of sorts. XD

First, the rules:

1. Thank the blogger who tagged you.

Danielle @ Snapper tagged me. I am eternally grateful!

2. Include this link.


3. Use your own lovely Original Characters (OC's); don't use a friend's characters or characters from your favorite fandom. They can be from any project, so long as you created them. For more fun, try to use as many different characters as possible.

4. Tag at least five lovely bloggers to play along!


I doubt I'll be tagging anyone officially, but I unofficially tag any bloggers reading this. And although my characters aren't exactly original (Hansel, Gretel, Peter Pan, etc.), I DID create their personalities and such, so it counts. All is well.

Onto the "questions"!

~ most likely to become a poet ~


I can see my main character from Blue Like Sapphires (whose name is a secret for the time being mwahaha) writing poetry. She's the kind of dreamer who looks for the beauty in everything and notices all the details, so she'd be able to capture pieces of nature and life SO well in a poem.


My bare feet touched the grass, and my toes curled, but I smiled at the feeling of the scratchy blades against my skin. They felt like childhood.
Blue Like Sapphires


~ most likely to dance in the rain ~


The novella I wrote last year called Sleeping Stone, which I know I barely talk about on here (if I've ever mentioned it at all?? O-o), features a race of creatures called felfies - which are half fairies and half elves. One of the main characters is a felfy named Everli who I can totally see dancing in the rain. She's optimistic, starry-eyed, fun-loving, aaaaand in love with a human boy. So I wouldn't put randomly running outside and twirling around in the rain past her, for sure. :D

Though I doubt the moths that follow her around everywhere would appeciate the wet? *shrug*

Sleeping Stone collage:

pics via Pinterest; all credit to original creators


~ most likely to look good in a kilt ~


This is a hard one. *taps chin* I'd say... probably Hansel? He's a German-based character, so I guess he'd be more likely to wear lederhosen, but a kilt is close enough, right? :P


~ most likely to get punched in the face ~


I have a sassy redhead in Blue Like Sapphires (which, in case you didn't know, is the sequel to my fairy tale retelling novel Dusted Red) who has definitely been punched in the face before. He was raised in a rowdy orphanage where the boys constantly beat each other up, so... yeah. And I have NO doubt he'll get punched again some time.

He's also the type to get a leeeettle physically violent when it comes to defending his friends.

Here's a pretty accurate picture of him:

This is what I think Rowena and Gabriela kid would look like
via Pinterest, all credit to original creator

~ most likely to drop everything and become a shepherd ~


Peter Pan, since he kind of already did that. He dropped everything and hightailed it to Neverland to take care of his "flock" of fairies and mermaids. 

...Well, that's not a good comparison for the fairies, actually, because they're not stupid and they're constantly on the move, working hard. Now, the mermaids are a little bit of a better fit. Possibly.

If we're talking savage flesh-eating sheep, then yes.

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~ most likely to be found in a library ~


If Hansel had the opportunity, I'm sure he'd be a voracious reader. I can see him running his fingers over spines on the shelves and curiously turning pages, maybe shoving large tomes into his battered leather satchel to read later.

Great, now I'm sad Hansel has no access to books. :( He doesn't even have access to the famous collection of Peter Pan legends, seeing as *cough* his father hates those legends. Or anything to do with Peter Pan, really.


~ most likely to sleep through an earthquake ~


Depends on whoever from Dusted Red or Blue Like Sapphires happens to have been doused with coma dust at the time of said earthquake.

What is "coma dust," you ask? Let's just that my Tinkerbell character (she's just called Tink in my retelling) specializes in dusts with magical properties, and coma dust is one of them. You administer it by pouring a little - or a lot, if you want to make CERTAIN the recipient stays out cold during that earthquake - into your palm and blowing it into your opponent's face.

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via Giphy


~ most likely to steal food from other people's plates ~


This miiiight be cheating a little, but the main character from my favorite flash fiction I've written thus far - The Elusive Serpent, a pirate fantasy - fits this perfectly. His name is unknown (the flash fic is in first person, and no one uses his name to address him), but he's the mischievous young nephew of a pirate captain and he was raised on a pirate ship. Moreoever, he thinks his duty as a member of the crew is to annoy everyone. Stealing food from other people's plates is probably one of his favorite pastimes. XD


~ most likely to say "oops" after setting something on fire ~


There's a lot I don't know about Finn from Sleeping Stone, but although he's fairly mature for eighteen (sort of), he's definitely the type to Get Involved, whatever that might mean. If it means accidentally - or not so accidentally - setting something on fire, then so be it.

Finn is the older brother of the novella's MC, Braiden, who at sixteen is only a couple years younger. He can read Braiden like an open book but keeps a lot of secrets from him at the same time.

Secrets such as being in love with their friend Everli the felfy, whom neither of them has seen in... a long time. :'(


~ most likely to open an orphanage ~


Ayla is the main character from a novella-length Snow White retelling I wrote called The Seven Huntresses. Seeing as she grew up in an orphanage, I can see her someday opening one of her own - one nowhere near as miserable as the ill-maintained place she remembers so vividly from her childhood.

First, however, she must fulfill her duties as a Huntress to His Majesty the King. And perhaps survive some dire circumstances, who knows. ;)

The Seven Huntresses collage:

pics via Pinterest; all credit to original creators

~ most likely to survive a zombie apocalypse ~


Can I say all (*cough* most) of the villagers in Dusted Red? The shapeshifters in the surrounding woods are reminiscent of zombies in a vague, collective sense. It wouldn't work in an individual sense because zombies don't typically wear flowing black cloaks, have the ability to morph into animals, or are attractive. Shifters also don't moan creepily or limp. So... *shrug*

They do, however, bring danger and fearful anticipation to the villages, in the same way zombies would bring danger and fearful anticipation to any apocalypse survivors.


~ most likely to fake their own death ~


Princess Fiera is my villain from The Seven Huntresses, and she's definitely conniving enough to fake her own death. Deception is 100% her specialty.


Princess Fiera didn't need a mask. She was heartless from her raven-black hair to her slipper-shod feet, and I couldn't understand it. I couldn't understand why, or even how.
- The Seven Huntresses


~ most likely to die and haunt friends ~


Goldi is a little girl in Dusted Red who meets Hansel, Gretel, and Delmy in the woods. She's mute, so they can't learn the details of who she is or how she ended up lost in the middle of the dangerous Fawood, and she is also kind of strange.

The main reason she would be most likely to die and haunt Hansel, Gretel, and Delmy is because her first encounter with them scared the living daylights out of them. They were sleeping when she found them, and when Delmy woke up, the first thing she saw was a dirt-smudged eight-year-old girl just standing there and staring at her. Just STARING.

As you can imagine, that was terrifying for a few minutes. I feel like Goldi would be very effective as a creepy ghost. XD


~ most likely to get tagged ~


Aaaaaand I'm skipping this one. So that's a wrap!


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My life has been... probably not AS crazy as I make it seem to myself, but still crazy. It took me forever to put this post together, not because I didn't enjoy it (I had so much fun!), but because I really took the "relaxing and taking my time" thing to heart. XD Sorry I didn't post a second time last month - I'll try to make up for it by posting twice more in May! And I have exciting things in the works, I promise. Planning for blogging is one thing I haven't been neglecting, lol.

Now talk to me in the comments! You have no idea how much I miss interacting with you guys. The nostalgia whenever I look back and read my old posts and their comment sections (because yes, I do that) is REAL. <3

So how have you been? Did you do Camp NaNoWriMo? Oooh, here's a fun one: Which one of your characters would be most likely to steal food from people's plates while wearing a kilt?? :D


The Lord's Truly,

Sunday, April 7, 2019

CALLING ALL FAIRY TALE LOVERS // welcome to fairy tale central!

Once Upon a Time two girls had a dream. A dream of a fairy tale site, an internet library, if you will, for all the fairy tale lovers of the land to gather and converse. To learn, to read, to fangirl/boy, to bask in the goodness that is fairy tales.

As this dream blossomed, the two girls recruited a third. Because, after all, all good fairy tales come in themes of three.

With the third member in place, the girls got to work. The dream began to take shape, until it was no longer just a dream. But something real.


Introducing…



This newly launched site run by Arielle Bailey, Faith White, and Christine Smith, is your source for all things fairy tales.


Every month a single fairy tale will be featured, and posts will include:
  • Reviews for retellings/shows/movies/etc.
  • Essay, origin, and discussion posts on the featured fairy tale
  • Interviews with fairy tale retelling authors
  • Galleries featuring fairy tale artists and artisans
  • And a whole lot more!

The FTC’s goal is to unlock the magic that is fairy tales and build a community of fellow fairy tale enthusiasts. Arielle, Faith, and Christine are thrilled to share this new fairy tale centric space and connect with all you epic fairy tale fans!

You can CLICK HERE to find the site and join the Fairy Ring! (Don’t worry, you won’t be enchanted or cursed.) And, if you want to connect even more, you can find the FTC on:


(If you’re inclined to share about the FTC in those places too, you may or may not be blessed by a fairy godmother. *smile, smile*)

Do tell a friend, or a dragon, or the fairy living in the hollow tree behind your house. All humans and mythological creatures alike are welcome!

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Hey, friends! Fairy Tale Central has been live for a week now, and they already have SUPER epic content up there pertaining to Rumpelstiltskin, their first featured fairy tale. I, as a huge fairy tale lover, am super impressed by and excited for this website. It's amazing! So if you're a fairy tale lover as well, you're definitely going to want to subscribe. It's your dream come true. <3

I'll be back later this month for (hint) a very nostalgic bookish post. ;D See you then!


The Lord's Truly,
What do you think of Fairy Tale Central? What's your favorite fairy tale? Comment down below!

Thursday, March 28, 2019

REVEALING AN ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS BOOK COVER // the torch keepers by hosanna emily



I really like turquoise. It's such a clean, aesthetic color. <3 And you know what? There aren't many turquiose book covers out there! When you think about it, this is rather shocking. A serious issue. *pouts*

BUT, what sparked that realization in the first place is the book cover I'm revealing today! I'm sure you can guess what one of its primary colors is. XD

I'm incredibly excited for The Torch Keepers by Hosanna Emily. Hosanna has one of the most precious, most encouraging blogs in existence (Having a Heart Like His - check it out!), which God has used to inspire me again and again through her amazing posts. Ever since she first announced she was releasing this book, I've known without a doubt that it's full of light and hope and Jesus. I can hardly wait to read it!

To tide us over until release day - September 1, 2019 eeeeeeeep - we've got a gorgeous cover to drool over. I'm so excited to share it that I won't even make you do any scrolling. ;)

And HERE IT IS.




Isn't it SO PRETTY??? I can't get enough of all that turquoise. *heart eyes*

Did you think we were done? Well, we're not. Nobody's allowed to leave until they've read the blurb! (Okay, so you can leave whenever you want, of course, but... don't you want to know what it's about?? XD)

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The King's blue flame quivers as a new fire arises, and Kadira must hold fast to the torch.  It's destiny; she's a torch keeper.

A fiery revolution sweeps across the kingdom of Érkeos, and each person must choose a side.  Kadira, a girl set apart to serve the King, finds her city engulfed in emerald flames.  Her blue eyes mark her as the enemy, and she flees from death.  It stalks her anyway.  When she meets Rekém, the Liberation warrior sent to kill her, she rebels against the King's ways.  Two armies collide; indecision isn't an option.  As hearts and lives hang in the balance, Kadira and Rekém could bring destruction or liberation to the entire kingdom.



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Doesn't it sound stunning?

You thought we were done for real now, but NOPE NOW IT'S TIME FOR A GIVEAWAY. *flailing*


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I'm sorry that I haven't had a "real" post up lately (life is CRAZY o_O), but I promise that after one more super exciting blog tour type of post early next month, I'll be back to regular posting. That doesn't mean I'm back to a schedule, though, lol. This "two posts a month" thing has been refreshing and is allowing me to relax and really enjoy putting together posts for the future. I have plans, y'all. *cough* One or two plans.

I'll wrap things up with one more beautiful pic...



I. AM. SO. PUMPED.


The Lord's Truly,

Isn't that cover pretty?? Are you excited for The Torch Keepers? Do you like the color turquoise? Talk to me in the comments! :D


Monday, March 11, 2019

PUBLISHED ON HAVOK A SECOND TIME // also, sorry for the hiatus!


Ugh, Monday. Maybe we've put a darker coat on this dreaded day of the week than it deserves. But, although I don't totally understand why everyone hates it so much, I understand it enough. It's often annoying to leave a nice, relaxing weekend behind to return to the regular routine of work or school.

Some of us *cough* happen to be on spring break right now, so if that includes you, the usually infamous start of the week probably doesn't look too shabby. As for me, I happen to have another reason to be happy about Monday:

I've been published on Havok a second time!

I'll be brief: If any of you have ever liked the sound of my WIP Dusted Red, then you might not want to miss this one. Because Havok's featured story today happens to be a backstory (the events of the story happen waaaay before the events of my novel) featuring two characters from my beloved novel-in-progress. :D

I couldn't be more excited that two of my novel characters get to debut in the publishing world. It's much earlier than I was expecting. <333

If you're interested in reading Every Drop of Soul, simply hop on over to Havok's website before midnight strikes - it's only free for today, March 11! ^_^

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Now, onto my most sincere and deepest apologies for the fact that I went on hiatus without announcing it. I didn't even know it was happening until it happened, though, so it's not like I planned it. You see, the end of February and beginning of March were CRAZY - not in a bad way - and blogging ended up falling to the wayside. Life slapped it out of my grasp, lol.

I'm not surprised, though, and I'm actually okay with letting blogging slide sometimes. I love it, don't get me wrong, but I have greater priorities.

Soooo, I've been thinking I should tone down on how much blogging I push myself to do every month. One post a week is turning out to be a lot, so I've decided to knock it down to two posts a month. Which basically cuts my monthly content in half, but... I can already tell it's for the best. :)))

I feel that this way, I'll be able to enjoy blogging to the fullest. A lot of the pressure will be gone, I'll be able to take more time editing and rewriting, and overall it'll be a win-win for everyone! Quality over quantity, my friends. And I know modifying my schedule in this way slaughters some of the consistency that helps build and maintain views, but I'll be frank with you - I don't care. It brings me such joy to see my following grow (I silently squeal over EVERY new follower!), but I'd rather keep blogging fun and not have a lot of views than build a big following and make blogging stressful.

Anyway, that's all I wanted to say today. I'm not sure exactly when, but you can expect another post from me soon!

Thank you so much for reading my smol words. It means so, so much to me. <3

The Lord's Truly,

Saturday, February 16, 2019

LIVE WITHOUT YOU BY SARAH GRACE GRZY // blog tour review + giveaway!



Happy Saturday, O readers! Welcome to the blog tour for Live Without You by Sarah Grace Grzy! I'm excited to share my review for this wonderful, heart-breaking, heart-warming novella. And stay tuned, because there's a giveaway. WOOT WOOT. (Click HERE to visit the blog tour's main post and to see the full blog schedule.)

First of all, though, here's some info about the authoress and her story!


~AUTHOR BIO~


Sarah Grace Grzy is a voracious reader, and if it weren’t for this crazy thing called 'Life,' she’d be tempted to spend all her days in front of a wood stove, book in one hand, coffee mug in the other.

A lover of learning, she finds enjoyment in many things and has more hobbies than she knows what to do with. Sarah Grace is a freelance web and graphic designer, and when not working, spending time with her ever-growing family, or reading, she can be found painting, playing the piano, or fangirling with her sisters and friends. She inhabits the State of Great Lakes, and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else—unless it meant she could have a baby penguin, in which case, she’d gladly move to the South Pole.



~LINKY LINKS~





~BOOK BIO~ 


Piper Redding is a loner, but lonely. Everyone she loves has abandoned her and opening her heart to others is just asking for more pain. She can’t help but blame herself for her brother’s tragic death six years ago, and in her guilt, she shuts herself off from the world. No one could love her—not even the God who promised to be there for her but wasn’t.

For paramedic Ezra Bryant, failure is not an option. He’s had enough of it, and only by God’s grace is he able to put it behind him. But when a traumatic event brings Piper’s greatest fear and Ezra’s failures to light, can they use that event to allow God to mend their broken pieces? Can love triumph over fear, and grace over guilt?


~MY REVIEW~


Oh, where do I even begin? Contemporary Christian romance novellas are not my go-to reads, though when I do pick one up, it’s usually sweet. I usually enjoy it. Often 4-star material. *thumbs-up* And Live Without You IS super sweet, but friends… it is SO much more than that smol, pretty word implies. It’s brimming with heartache and pain and depth and hope and realness and beauty - somehow all of that is threaded through a novella-length story with the sort of skill that makes it feel not that short at all.

Yes, it’s sweet. As sweet as a dash of sugar. And yet it’s also as powerful as... a sip of orange & spice tea?? (Idk, I love that tea. <3)

Let’s start with the main characters:

Piper is dealing with grief, and other difficult inner conflicts as part of the package. She was there when her older brother was shot to death years ago, but she still gets the nightmares. As the pain hit her in waves (physically as well as emotionally) from the very beginning of the book, and as her true healing began and progressed despite the obstacles that stood in her way, my heart pounded with concern, twisted in pain, and leaped with excitement right along with her.

But, Piper’s grief doesn’t define her as a character. Her unique, complex personality shone through the pages. You can’t help but adore her. YOU JUST CAN’T HELP IT. <3

This is a collage for Piper that the author herself made! Isn't it lovely? *heart eyes*



Ezra isn't just the love interest. (I love how their relationship doesn't even start as a romance.) He gets his own POV and is struggling with his own internal conflicts and flaws. Best of all, he is SUCH an inspiring man after God's own heart.

Not to mention Ezra is just plain ADORABLE. He has the cutest tendency to apologize for things, and the way he talks to that stray cat!!! Lemme just say, I've never found a person-cat relationship so amusing. And person-cat relationships generally amuse me. ;)

As for the supporting cast, all of them are strong personalities, super well developed for a novella. I especially loved snazzy, straightforward Cecile, and Ezra's dad is soooo supportive and just all around incredible. If any fictional father deserves a Best Dad Ever mug, Ezra's does. (In fact, he probably already has one.)

Two other well-executed aspects of this book:

1. The twists. Especially towards the end. I was silent-screaming, hyperventilating, almost crying, etc. I WAS NOT OKAY. I know I can't sufficiently translate my emotions, and that stresses me out because I wish I could capture them properly in words. They were just ALL OVER THE PLACE.

2. The overarching and overwhelming Christian theme. And no, by “overwhelming” I do not mean overly preachy. And yes, “overwhelming” is used positively here. It was SO refreshing to read a book packed full to the brim with Jesus and His love. The hurt and pain are very real in this novella, but the love and hope and light are just as prevalent. These two areas combine to produce a story of healing like no other. Gaaaah, thinking of it jerks at my heartstrings all over again! <333

I don't think I have anything negative to say, actually. 5 out of 5 stars for Live Without You! I have to say, I enjoyed it more than I think I was expecting. :D

Highly recommended for fans of Christian fiction and sweet romances. <3



~MORE LINKY LINKS~




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Now, onto the giveaway! *dun dun DUN*



Giveaway Information (written by the hosts - I just copied it, hehe :D)

Grand Prize ~ $20 Amazon gift card, Signed Paperback of Live Without You, Specialty designed mug.
Second Prize ~ $5 Amazon gift card, ebook copy of Live Without You
3 Third Prize Winners ~ Ebook copy of Live Without You


Grand prize open to US entrants only, 2nd and 3rd prizes available internationally. Giveaway runs from 12AM 1.21.19 - 12AM 1.23.19. Victoria Lynn Designs retains the right to disregard any entries that they deem bogus or spam. Good luck to the entrants!

To enter the giveaway, follow THIS LINK. :)

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To wrap up this post, here's a quote for you to soak up:



I do hope you'll check out Live Without You! It's sweet. It's powerful. And it's full of Jesus. <3

The Lord's Truly,


P.S. Oh, I almost forgot! During/right after I read Live Without You, I stumbled across a song I used to listen to A LOT when I was younger. It's one of the most beautiful songs in the whole entire world, so I don't know why I haven't listened to it as much as I used to. But ANYWAY, my point is that "Safe" by Britt Nicole is Piper Redding's song. I almost started CRYING, it fits with our dear Piper so well. :') If you've read this book or are planning to read it, you just have to listen to this in light of Piper and her struggles and healing. YOU MUST. I INSIST.

So yeah, that's all I wanted to say about that. ^_^ 


Wednesday, February 13, 2019

A WINTER DARK AND DEADLY // nicki chapelway cover reveal


I don't know about you, but I really like cover reveals. They're FUN. And they're especially fun when you have a few significant gifs to scroll through while waiting for the gorgeous cover to pop onto the screen, in all its bookish glory.

That, my friends, is a sneak peek of what you're about to experience! A Winter Dark and Deadly by Nicki Chapelway has a cover I'm suuuuuper excited to reveal to my fellow Winter Cursed fans! And if you haven't read Winter Cursed, then all I've gotta say is 1) it's QUITE good, and 2) the cover for its sequel is lovely anyway. ;) (You may want to skip the synopsis, though, so you aren't spoiled for the first book.)

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Mirror...Mirror... 

Elisabeth risked her life to defeat her stepmother and reclaim her crown, but her courtiers have a different idea of who should rule. Her twenty-first birthday is still years away, and it seems that if she does not marry they will give her throne to another regent until she comes of age.

All will fall.

However, she wonders if it will even come to that when she discovers that despite everything she has been told, her stepmother Ismena is still alive and bent on reclaiming her crown- as well as her beauty. Rumor has it that Ismena is searching for a mystical weapon in Mooraven that has the power to end them all. Elisabeth intends to find it first, but how much is she truly willing to risk to save her kingdom?

There is no fairest... 

Winter is coming and with it war. However, Elisabeth’s court is determined to sit idly by and watch the threat from afar. With nowhere else to turn, she is forced to seek an alliance with the only person who can help her. Cedric saved her once, but can Elisabeth rely on him when he is obviously lying to her?

Of them all. 

With a kingdom on the brink of war, Elisabeth quickly learns that there is no one she can fully trust. Not even herself with her control over her ice magic slipping and her heart yearning for the dark prince. Through it all, one thing becomes dangerously clear… the queen who has the most power is the one who will rule.



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Dunno about you, but I'm DYING to find out what happens next to Elisabeth, Cedric, and everyone else. O_o Add the book on Goodreads HERE! Also, be sure to visit Nicki Chapelway's author page on Goodreads and her brand-new author blog: Myths, Magic, and Madness.


I hope you're having a light-filled and safe winter, frens! <3


The Lord's Truly,