Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Summer TBR Progress + Accountability + Giveaway

I'm writing this partly because I owe you guys an update (you're my accountability), and partly because this is a bookish post to celebrate the blog birthday of Ruffles and Grace.


Remember this post where I listed "books I must read over the summer"? Well, I gave myself until September 1 to complete that list, and since I'm supposed to write a summery book post for Victoria's blog birthday, I thought I could give you a progress report. :)

I had been faithfully ahead on my Goodreads challenge, but here's what it looks like right now.


Out of the 9 books I pledged to read over the summer, I have read . . . 4: Some Kind of Happiness, The Summer Before the War, The Great Divorce, and Pearl in the Sand. I just started This Present Darkness. To my credit, I have read some other books that weren't on my list. How can I say no to a good book when it pops up?? Apparently creating this list wasn't even enough to keep me on track, so I've come up with a new strategy.

I need a reading accountability partner so I get some more reading done! Take a look at my Goodreads to see what I've enjoyed reading. Definitely let me know if you would like to:
  • chat frequently about books (Google Hangouts probably!)
  • constantly threaten one another to read more (kidding. sort of.)
  • encourage each other to branch out in our tastes
  • discuss deeper elements of books
  • recommend books for me
  • meet reading deadlines/goals alongside me
The primary requirements are that you love to read and will constantly challenge me to read more! That's a bit of a tall order, so volunteer at your own risk ;) I think this would be super helpful for me, though, and hopefully for you too.

For now, I think I'd do best with only one person. I've tried team things and I feel like I can disappear for those because there are other people to keep talking. I can't ignore someone when they're waiting on me. :P

If you are interested, let me know in the comments and link to your Goodreads/blog. I want to see if we'll be compatible and then I'll make a decision when I get back from the OCW conference next week!

As I mentioned earlier, this post was part of Victoria Lynn's blog birthday for Ruffles and Grace. Definitely hop over there to read her post and check out the other posts (yesterday's were fashioned themed while today's were book themed). That's where the spectacular giveaway is (of which Martin Hospitality is a part!!).




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Seriously, who wants to be my accountability partner for reading?? As a side note, I am currently attending the OCW conference in Portland with Ivy Rose and Emily McConnell, and HAVING A BLAST. I also turned 19 yesterday. So all sorts of new adventures ;)

Saturday, August 12, 2017

So Many Ideas // A First Look at Future Novels

Everything I've been doing of late has been leading me back to the million actually 22 story ideas I have. And those are just the ones I love and want to be published novels someday. So I'm going to share some of my thoughts on the stories that I'm really thinking I might develop soon ... ish.


With the increased traffic on My Writings page, considering pitching at the OCW conference WHICH I LEAVE FOR IN TWO DAYS, redoing my Pinterest, and brainstorming plot bunnies with the sis, literally everything has been screaming: think about your stories!

DISCLAIMER #1: Since I am in the middle of writing Martin Crossroads (book 2 of the Martin Generations Series), that project will keep me going for probably the next two years at least. Anything I talk about here today will most likely not come to be until after this current project is complete. :)

But who cares, right?! It's still fun to dream of these babies. None of these happen to be mentioned on My Writings page. And I'm pretty sure I haven't even whispered about most of these. So count yourself blessed ;) I even have an excessive amount of mock covers because I get excited XP

DISCLAIMER #2: Everything you're about to see is purely hypothetical and mostly just my excitement. ^.^


I get excited every time I think about this one!!! The Hills of Tyler happen to be my ancestors: Samuel and Melissa Pearl Hill, who raised eight children in what my family now calls the Tyler House. It's located in Tyler, Texas and is over a hundred years old! While it could be in a better part of town, and requires a lot of upkeep, it's so precious because of it's history--the Hills became very influential people in Tyler! Besides that, my paternal grandfather is the. last. living. person. who can tell me all about them. 

His mother was a Hill, and Pa knows all the haunts, hobbies, and delightful trivia. He can still show me where the warehouses are, the lumberyard my great-great-grandfather began ... he remembers that Uncle Ernest went by Buddy and invented a cream for athlete's foot called BIFF. Aunt Gladys was legally blind and had her daughter tell her the color of street lights so she could drive. Sam Hill (yes, really) built row houses for the lower income families and Pa collected the minimal rent. I mean, it goes on and on! 

People were born and died in the rooms I sleep in when I stay there. And the house is full of old books and family portraits. So why wouldn't I want to document the family that started it all? I'm slowly collecting the information on them that can only come from Pa so all those memories won't be lost with him! I'd really love to see this published while he's still here as well. (Considering he just "mostly" retired at 79, I should have some time.)


This one would be something along the lines of a time travel literary serial that I would feature on my blog in "episodes." I was marveling over the beauty of certain TV shows Doctor Who and Downton Abbey, especially the way there's a huge overarching plot for each season, some the span longer than that, and then the neat little bow plots that get resolved in each episode. I would love to be able to write like that!! So I thought, why not try? I could do "episodes" on my blog and then publish "seasons." 

As far as content, it's fairly vague at the moment, but has shards of awesomeness. Here's a first draft blurb: 
Since the beginning of time, magical creatures called Keepers have been responsible for the integrity of literature. They "keep" a Library--hidden to the menial human eye--that contains one of every book ever written. With such responsibility comes the power to enter the books' timelines when necessary. After one Keeper abuses his power, and the subtle evils he seeds in the stories must be combatted, it's up to the newly commissioned Keeper Q to discover the solution before all of the world suffers as a result of a world without story.
*tada* The goal is to feature a book per episode that has something just slightly wrong about it which must be remedied before the changes to the book's timeline become irreversible and permanently damaged. I might even go so far as to have the "end result" of the meddling be the story we have now. Who's to say what the original looked like before such interventions were necessary? The point is only that we still have good books :)


Have I mentioned these spinoffs before? I can't remember ... but that could very well make the "finish writing Martin Generations" take a lot longer! I've actually already begun planning Anneliese's story, which will take place when she is in her late twenties/early thirties. It will line up with parts of Martin Crossroads, most likely. :)

As for Farris and Emmaline's stories, I just think they'd be fun to tell, as well as a way for everyone to follow along with certain characters still. Who knows, I could do origin stories as well. (Stuart and Joy Martin, anyone?) So let me know if there's a particular character you want to follow in detail! With any luck, these would only be novella length (30,000 words or so).


Before I launch into this one, can we just appreciate that cover for a minute? Please? *happy sigh* Everything about that is 150% perfect for this fledgling of an idea. And honestly this one has been downright plaguing me of late. The playlist has come together nicely. I talked to my sister about it for a few hours the other night and we nailed down the basic plot. It's going to be epic, you guys!! 

Also, it's another contemporary. I wasn't sure for a while, but it's been officially agreed upon by me and my adviser now ;) It shall also be a non-romance. You're welcome. ((And to be completely honest, I'd love to see this one traditionally published? Maybe??))

But first I'd have to get good at pitching it -_- Summing this one up kills me, but at least there's a Pinterest board and Spotify playlist that can help me do it justice.

Basically, it follows two characters who are currently named Eliza Birch and Christopher Maddon. Eliza lives with her grandfather. He even homeschools her, and the most vital part of that education is their weekly trip to matinee showings in the small-town, old-timey theatre. While hoodies, earbuds, and poetry books are Eliza's only friends (and she's happy that way), Christopher Maddon changes that when he's the first newcomer the town has seen in twenty years. While he's less than enthused to be handing out popcorn, Eliza and her grandfather intrigue him and soon their passion for cinema begins rubbing off as he spends more time with them. Their notions on God and history baffle him, not to mention worry his parents. But more than anything, Christopher wants to be a human interest journalist for People magazine. And the Birches just might be his first story. As a thank you for everything they've done for him, Christopher encourages Eliza to join him in playing crowd people in a local movie shooting. Eliza's love for acting wins over her introverted personality when the director takes special notice and offers her a more prominent part, and eventually a multi-year contract. As Eliza launches into stardom, Christopher feverishly works his way through school, and the local cinema shuts down. When he's assigned to write an article on her, he's dismayed to find that Evelyn of all people has come to believe that the face she puts on for the cameras is the real her. He'll do anything to convince her she's not the person she could be, and that perhaps this whole acting thing was a bad idea.
What are you thoughts on those?? It feels so good to be able to talk about them with you guys! As I said, any of those details could change, but the point is: they will hopefully all be physical books you can hold at some point in the next 10 years xP So in case you were still wondering, I'm totally in this author business for the long run. ;)

Talk to me! What awesome story ideas do you have? Any storyboards to share? If you're interested in learning more about my other ideas, definitely check here and here. :)

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Andora's Folly // Blog Tour Day 8

Just like that, I'm concluding my second blog tour. Today is the last day!! This tour has been awesome.


Links



It's been a fun ride thus far! While I had sold more Martin Hospitality books by this point in its tour, I had greater participation this time. On Amazon I have 13 reviews for Andora's Folly and 12 for MH, so what does that say about you awesome people?! It's totally awesome that we've surpassed the reviews of Martin Hospitality in only a week! (I'll work on catching MH up later haha.) Reviews are the best thing you can do for an author, so thank you very much!! :)

Today's Schedule


To close out the tour, I have two more lovely ladies bringing you posts for their equally lovely blogs :)

Grace Anne // Fangirly Review
Zane Jones // Final Interview Vlog

Giveaway + Snippet


I will choose a random winner of one Andora's Folly e-book from the comments on the first post in the blog tour TONIGHT. So head over to that post and comment if you haven't. The winner will be announced in the comments on that first post, this post, and e-mailed. Thank you guys for participating!

The final quote I leave you with gives you glimpse of a possibly happy ending. Possibly. Or maybe that's just what I want you to think ;)

Thank you all for following the blog tour! It accomplished its purpose in that I've connected with some new people and so has my novella. For those of you who may still be wondering what the point of all of this was, it's really simple: I can't everyone by myself! Having so many awesome friends commit to telling their friends helps me reach so many more. I really appreciate everything you guys have done for me, even if it's just leaving comments here :)

Don't forget to comment on post one here. This is only the beginning for Andora, so she'll still be around! ;) I'll see you guys next Saturday!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Andora's Folly // Blog Tour Day 7

Welcome to Friday. This marks one week on the blog tour! Let's finish strong :D


Links



Today's Schedule


There should be some great content on these blogs today! And you can thank Lisa for many of the good memes while you're over there ;)

Lisa // Interview Vlog
Abigail McKenna // Review

Giveaway + Snippet


I will choose a random winner of one Andora's Folly e-book from the comments on the first post when the blog tour ends tomorrow!

This quote may or may not be from the conflict point where Andora commits her Pandora deed ;)

designed by me
Hang in there, guys! This second blog tour of mine is nearly finished. Hope you're having fun <3 p="">

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Andora's Folly // Blog Tour Day 6

Day 6!! The weekend is in sight and we are getting close to the end. But we have a few more awesome posts, first ;)


Links



Today's Schedule


Today is the day that lined up with a perfect array of variety: one of each post type. Also, these are both very pretty blogs!

Ashley Bogner // Review

Savannah Grace // Spotlight + Interview

Giveaway + Snippet


I will choose a random winner of one Andora's Folly e-book from the commenters on the first post at the end of the blog tour! So be sure to backtrack :)

This quote is the very last sentence of the first chapter!

The tour has gone awesome so far! Do you have any weekend plans? I'll be helping with a garage sale as a fundraiser for the shooting club I'm a part of!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Andora's Folly // Blog Tour Day 5

Are you still with me?? I've got more posts than usual and an extra special quote meme!


Links



In case you're wondering, I've sold 5 copies of Andora's Folly so far, but none in August yet. Let's keep that number climbing! :D

Today's Schedule


This is the only day on the schedule where we have three participants, which is awesome! Be sure to see what they have to say :)

Mikayla // Review
Soleil // Spotlight
Ivy Rose // Spotlight + Review

Giveaway + Snippet


I will choose a random winner of one Andora's Folly e-book from the commenters on the first post at the end of the blog tour!

This is possibly my favorite quote meme ever because not only is it a sweet quote, but it's hand drawn by one of my beta readers, Lisa. Isn't that awesome? If quote memes and fan art had a child, this would be it. *heart eyes*


I'm running out of original things to say down here :P How has your week been thus far?

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Andora's Folly // Blog Tour Day 4

Can you believe it's halfway over?? Or that it's August?! O.o


Links



Today's Schedule


Two spotlight + review combos today from ladies who had the opportunity to beta read for me!

Ashley // Spotlight + Review

Faith // Spotlight + Review

Giveaway + Snippet


I will choose a random winner of one Andora's Folly e-book from the commenters on the first post at the end of the blog tour!

Today's meme embodies the quote that I (correctly) predicted would be everyone's favorite line ;)

designed by me


I have the awesome news that I posted this from my laptop. It hasn't had a working charger for almost two months now, so it's been a while. #itsthesmallthings ^.^

Monday, July 31, 2017

Andora's Folly // Blog Tour Day 3

Welcome to Monday, the day of the week that is either my best or worst. How about we make it a good one this week?


Links



Today's Schedule


Another excellent review is being featured today, as well as the first and only person brave crazy enough to do all three kinds of posts. Both of these lovely ladies were also beta readers for Andora's Folly.

Hanne T // Review
Victoria Lynn // Spotlight + Interview Vlog + Review

Giveaway + Snippet


We all know I love a giveaway ;) I will choose a random winner of one Andora's Folly e-book from the commenters on the first post at the end of the blog tour!

This meme comes from one of my favorite scenes in the book and was created by Lisa.




I'm so thrilled at all the reviews coming in! I think I have more on Amazon for Andora's Folly than I do for Martin Hospitality now XP What do you think of the interview vlogs?? They're SO fun to make!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Andora's Folly // Blog Tour Day 2

Here's a quick post with people awesome enough to post on a Sunday for me, as well as the next quote meme :)


Links



Today's Schedule


Here's the schedule for day 2! I'm super excited to read their reviews :)

Emily Mundell // Review (from a beta)
Faith Potts // Review (from a beta)


Giveaway + Snippet


You didn't really think I was going to give you a blog tour without a giveaway, did you? Here's how it works! I will choose a random winner from the commenters on the first post at the end of the blog tour!

Today's quote meme is brought to you by Sarah Grace. And I love it XD

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Thank you for reading! What were you thoughts on the reviews the girls left me? Did they intrigue you? ;)

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Andora's Folly // Blog Tour Day 1

Welcome to the launch of the Andora's Folly blog tour! I can't believe I'm already doing this again! The Martin Hospitality blog tour was less than six months ago. I keep telling myself things will calm down after this ... I'll stop inflicting myself with deadlines and dreams. But at this point I highly doubt that ;)


Cover + Synopsis + Link


designed by Anika Joy

A Pandora's Box retelling


Andora is a beautiful young woman with insatiable curiosity. Raised in splendor, she is spoiled by her privileged life. When a love letter is slid under her door, her life takes a drastically unromantic turn. Nothing makes sense—her arranged marriage, the gifts her parents bestow on her wedding day, or her new husband’s temperament.

As Andora begins to unravel the mysteries around her, she ignites a chain of events that have the power to sabotage her entire village forever. Only her new-found wisdom as a desperate peasant's wife can save her from her folly.

And of course, since the tour is launching today, that means Andora's Folly is available for purchase! I published it only in Kindle, so I apologize for any inconvenience that causes. But, I do hope to do a paperback version eventually. Still, don't wait around to read it! You can get your copy now on Amazon. There's also a Goodreads and Pinterest board you don't want to miss ;) If you purchase a copy, please leave an honest review once you're finished reading! If you've already, today--release day--is the best possible day you could leave me a review. Stats or something like that. ;D

Today's Schedule


While I've got eight full days of tour planned, I'm only going to share the schedule a day at a time :) That way you'll be less intimidated and more likely to visit the posts! (And please do visit the posts! You never know what you might find.)


Madison Guy // Spotlight (from an alpha reader)
Maddy // Interview Chat

Giveaway + Snippet


You didn't really think I was going to give you a blog tour without a giveaway, did you? Here's how it works! I will choose a random winner from the commenters on this post at the end of the blog tour! So if you've read this far, leave a comment! And share the post so your friends can leave comments and have a chance to win an e-book as well :) 

And the last order of business: a quote meme. These things are so fun and I had a couple friends make a bunch of them for me! I'll be sharing one each day of the blog tour. A little incentive for you to come back: get a new snippet and visit the new posts. ;) Today's is one I created.

designed by me


You have to comment to be entered in the giveaway! ;P In all seriousness, though. How did you enjoy Madison and Maddy's posts? Are you excited for Andora's Folly??

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Coronation by Livy Jarmusch // Blog Tour

I'm thrilled to be bringing a brand new book from a lovely young lady. Livy Jarmusch, founder of Crown of Beauty Magazine, has published a novel! I can't wait to find the time to read this :)

Cover + Synopsis


Livy was so kind to reach out to me, and I'm so glad she did. I haven't made it very far into this book yet, but I love the opening. That's always a good sign!


You can't tell me that the clouds, castle, and colors on the cover don't make you want to swoon! It looks so sweet and welcoming :)

Prince Addison is only several weeks away from inheriting the Kingdom of Tarsurella. The entire Palace is ablaze with excitement, as the Royal Family prepares for the event of a lifetime. Despite the exciting event which is near at hand, Addison and his younger siblings (all seven of them!) must carry on with their daily activities. Addison’s sisters, Princesses Bridget, Chasity, and Hope, have their struggles with being iconic European starlets of a modern day monarchy. The teen heiresses grace magazine covers, smile for photoshoots, and gracefully glide through important interviews–until a certain American popstar arrives on the scene. Kennetic Energy, the wildly popular band from the United States, is chosen to play at Addison’s Coronation. David Carter, the band’s handsome lead singer, fumbles through awkward moments with Princess Hope–in front of the cameras. When an embarrassing rumor sparks that Princess Hope is dating the young fellow, she is determined to get the band fired from their Royal gig. Meanwhile, Princess Chasity is dealing with her own fragile affairs of the heart. Her new security guard, Hanson Fletcher, is completely captivating, yet entirely frustrating. She attempts to keep the entrance of her heart firmly protected, while following the wisdom of Proverbs 4:23. But can she be successful in guarding her heart, from her security guard? The Coronation is Book #1 in The Tales of Tarsurella Trilogy.

If you ask me, that sounds quite unique! It strikes me as the homeschool and Christian version of Princess Diaries. In other words? Awesome.

Links + Memes




I've already decided I want the above wardrobe, so I'm bound to enjoy the book ;)

Coronation was published on July 6 and can be found on Amazon and Goodreads.

About the Author


Livy Jarmusch is a dreamer, singer, songwriter and orphan advocate. She loves fairy-tales, the smell just after it rains, golden retriever puppies and peppermint ice-cream cones. If you really want to get to know her, follow her on Pinterest, and if you find yourself repinning everything, you're sure to be the best of friends! To join this princess on her pilgrimage through life, follow on Instagram @livylynnglittergirl & Pinterest @livyglittergirl.





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Are you familar with Livy Jarmusch or her magazine?

As a random announcement, I did decide to do a Facebook party for the Andora's Folly release on Saturday! So if you (or your parents) have Facebook, you can find the event here. Spread the word and thanks for reading :)

Saturday, July 22, 2017

A Vlog + Blog Launch

Hey, everyone! Today I have the next installment of the Very Awesome Vlog Challenge. But the big news is I'm also launching a review blog, Loop + Paschall. The neatest part about it is, the blog belongs to my brother and one of his friends. I'm really excited to share all of this with you guys!!


Blog Launch


So Loop + Paschall. The online names of two teenage guys I've grown up with who enjoy watching movies. Sometimes to rave over, sometimes just to laugh at. Since their after-church conversations for the past few years have largely consisted of swapping opinions and critiquing different things, I had the brilliant idea to suggest a joint review blog. They both shrugged it off and went on talking about their differing opinions on the movie version of John Carter.

Well, now they have caved. What's more, I think they're actually excited about doing the blog thing! Last Saturday marked their first review: Spider-Man: Homecoming. The post for today is Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, one they went to see in theaters together. Without me.

Without any further ado, here's a screen shot of their header (which I designed and already featured :P) AND the link you've all been waiting for.


Leave them some comments. Subscribe. Go crazy! We all know how rare the male blogger breed is. ;)


VAVC #6 Vlog


And now for the vlog ;) Life has been super duper crazy of late, but I squeezed this video in when babysitting a sleeping child. Besides, Ivy got her video posted, so I had to do mine ;) As the video says, I hope to film one with her next month!! So much excitement.^.^

As always, you should join the link-up! Right here.



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Are you as excited about Loop + Paschall as I am?! Are you going to the OCW Summer Conference, too? (Please say yes + yes!!!!)

The Andora's Folly blog tour is coming your way next Saturday! If you signed up, be sure you got the mega e-mail with all the information! Until then, Andora's Folly can be pre-ordered here.

Thanks <3 p="">

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Reintegration Cover Reveal

A Tuesday post! Today I'm bringing you Ashley Bogner's cover for her novel Reintegration.


And that is my placeholder photo so that the cover image doesn't spam your feeds without you clicking on my post ;)

Synopsis + Tagline

As a Regulator, seventeen-year-old Katherine Holliday’s duty is to protect the people of the Federation from a group of violent rebels who have exiled themselves to the mysterious wilderness. When one of these rebels is captured within the Federation, the government leaders propose an alternative to execution, a procedure they call Reintegration. The procedure involves erasing the rebel’s memory and attempting to make him a member of society. The rebel, a young man named Matthew, is not the violent criminal Katherine expects, and she can’t help but befriend him. A few weeks after Matthew’s Reintegration, Katherine realizes the procedure failed and she is now presented with a choice no one else can help her make. Can she warn her superiors that Reintegration failed, which could mean death for Matthew? Or will she defy everything she knows to help him escape—and risk her own execution?

I don't know about you, but I think this sounds very interesting! Most books with similar settings  end with the rebels being caught, and the main character is almost always a rebel. So I like the changes Ashley made that standard. :)

Her tagline is also epic: A perfect citizen. A captured rebel. One decision could destroy them both. Really good, right?!

It releases on August 18, exactly one month from today! You can find it on Goodreads here.

The Cover!


And now for the cover by Magpie Designs!!


Isn't it pretty?! I adore cityscapes in covers, but I love how that's not the focus. The fonts are really awesome and the colors in the drop a nd at the top  ... really well done! And it suits the description very well :)

About the Author

When Ashley Bogner was in third grade, she decided she would be a published author when she grew up. Ashley is a homeschool graduate and has lived in seven different states. She completed a year of Bible college and in the fall will begin pursuing a degree in Communication Studies. After college, her plan is to work in the Christian publishing industry. When not writing, she can be found baking, posting book reviews on her blog, and watching her favorite movies over and over to the point of memorization.

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There you have it! This is the blog post by the author on her blog, if you'd like to read that and see the other people participating in the cover reveal. :)

Check out my last post if you want to participate in the Andora's Folly blog tour! Sign ups close this Thursday, July 20. :D

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Pre-order and Blog Tour! // Andora's Folly

Yes, you read the title right! Andora's Folly is now available for pre-order. I plan to do a blog tour so you can sign up and get all the information about that here as well :)


The day has finally come!! I have never done pre-orders before, so it was a bit of a learning curve. I really wanted to figure it out this time since I was dealing with only a Kindle edition :) You can learn more about it on Amazon and pre-order your copy of Andora's Folly here.

You would be doing me possibly the biggest favor ever by sharing that pre-order link! So if you're excited about the book, please share it around :)

The official release date is not until July 29, so if you pre-order, that's the day the book will appear on your device. That's also the day I plan to begin the blog tour!

The blog tour will run from Saturday, July 29 - Saturday, August 5. If you have any interest in participating, please sign up on the form below! (or click here)



Sign ups close Thursday, July 20, so you have to act fast ;) If you know anyone that might be interested, definitely share the link to this post. The more the merrier!

Expect an e-mail next weekend with all the details so we can get rolling! Let me know if you have any questions. I still feel very unorganized when I do all of this, but I try. I don't want to confuse anyone ;)

I have an epic promo team feverishly working hard to get some marketing done for me, which gives me a little spare time. What would you think about a Facebook launch party?? Honestly the organization involved scares me, but everyone adores those things. Does it make sense to do that for only a Kindle book? I don't know ... Anyway, let me know if that's something you would participate in and I'll start getting my thoughts together :)

Aaand, I think that's all I have for you. Thanks so much for the excitement, support, and participation!

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Are you excited?! Because I'm excited!

Also, I know I've dropped the ball on my writing prompts, but I'll have them up on this Pinterest board soon, hehe ... ;)

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Happy Birthday to The Old River Road

One of my dearest blogger friends Ivy Rose is celebrating two birthdays today.
  1. the first birthday of her debut novel The Old River Road &
  2. her 19th birthday!
Naturally, I agreed to throw a party for her :D

Party Favors


To celebrate The Old River Road's first birthday, the e-book will be discounted to $0.99 on Amazon July 8th - 10th. If you haven't read her book, this is a great opportunity!! Ivy is also revealing the title of book two in the Long Lake Legacy series, so stay tuned for that ;)

But first some about her debut novel.

The Old River Road

1885

When seventeen-year-old Clara Boutwell married her dashing coworker, William McDonald, she was convinced her life was near perfect. The journey before them as newlyweds in the great city of Chicago was promising and exciting. But a frightening disease soon takes William in its grip, forcing them to the clean air of the western frontier in a desperate attempt to save his life. But pioneering doesn’t prove to be easy, with miles between neighbors instead of fences. On the eastern Washington prairies, the McDonalds face hardships and trials in a new world where everything is tested, from physical endurance to emotional strength—down to their relationship and faith in the Lord.

     This novel tells the incredible true story of Clara and William, the great-great grandparents of the author, in a sweet narrative full of laughter, tears, and the struggles of an early pioneering family. Prepare yourself to share in their experience as you read this account of a pioneer family in Washington state, and see their lasting legacy that has endured into the fifth generation.

Get on Amazon ~ Add on Goodreads

You can read my 5 star review HERE

Aaaaand, now for book two!!

Along the Riverbank



MOCK COVER, not the final product

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Is that title not awesome?! The publication date is 2018. But trust me, her current WIP will make it worth waiting on this sequel! ;)

The Tour


Check out the other blog tour stops this weekend:


Faith Potts @ FireflyStory Space

Victoria Lynn @ Rufflesand Grace

Jesseca Wheaton @ WhimsicalWritings

Anika Joy @ This Journey Called Life

About the Author


Ivy Rose is a young novelist with a passion to create beautiful fiction. She’s been accused of wearing out coffee makers and clearing the entire house of its chocolate supply. Armed with a desire to create scenarios readers can easily relate to, she writes in many genres about ordinary individuals faced with extraordinary choices. When not studying for exams, she can be found practicing fiddle, TaeKwonDo, or ATV-ing the Pacific Northwest.





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There you have it! Be sure to hop over to Ivy's blog and congratulate her!! Definitely snag her e-book while it's on sale because this book is a.ma.zing. And family friendly. And a true story. Truuuuust me ;)