January’s Over And I Dunno How

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Yup, I’m still trying to figure how that happened too. But 31 days have passed with the blink of an eye and we’re fully stuck in 2019.

It’s been an interesting month, that’s for sure.

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We welcomed the New Year the proper way: getting two big bags of popcorn and watching Lord Of The Rings.

I got to go on a retreat- and that was pretty relaxing. Fun. Peaceful. Plus I got to photograph the stars. 😀

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School started and we all collectively died.

Started working on secret project that’s pretty fun/death inducing.

The Long End aired and I DIED. BUCK- JULES- THE MELTSNERS- SKINT- WOW. Like wow. Mindblown. Mom wondered why I was screaming after the first part aired.

Started reading through the New Testament- and I’m in 1 Corinthians now! I think. Ish. Wait, maybe that was another translation.. huh..

Speaking of the New Testament, really enjoyed having Bible studies over videochat. 😉

A couple times I was sitting down to write posts but ending up watching something with my family instead. The posts can wait. But not my family, Incredibles 2, The Last Jedi, Antman & The Wasp, or Black Panther. Incredibles 2 was AWESOME. Also, if you haven’t checked out the short Bao DO IT. *dies* It’s so good. I’m watching that whenever I can, it’s just really really nice to have some non-stereotypical representation you know? 😀

There were 2 gigantic snowstorms and thus, two snow days. Which means freezing cold and beautiful pictures.

It also means getting to go sledding… even though.. uh… technically..

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I’m pretty sure that sign’s décor. Right? I mean, you can’t be a Canadian and not sled. Sorry. No can do. It’s like taking away Tim Hortons. As a citizen of this fine country, I was exercising my right-

Okay. Okay. Still, it was fun though. Hanging on for dear life as the elements attack you? *thumbs up*

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Had a bunch of people ask me why I was wandering around the premises in the dead of winter, wind blowing, camera out, in a skirt (as if that’s a bad thing) no less, taking random pictures. I guess I did look kinda weird- but honestly, I’m past caring. XD besides, I got good pictures. B)

Interviewed a bunch of kids and failed dramatically.

Released a new audio drama! 😀 Which you can check out on the Audiosmiths page here.

I guess this month has been about finding a balance. Some stability. I’ve had a hard time figuring out school, and as you know, blogging has been random, and there’s just been so much to process and sometimes, taking that one step is tricky. Y’know?

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But I think I’m getting there. Over time. 🙂

Anyway, it’s February now. Also the month I started blogging. *hollers and shrieks* how has it been one year since I started into this vast and crazy and wonderful and strange thing called blogging? I don’t know.

So I’m looking forward to that. As well as secret project 1 and secret project 2. And yes I have two. And no, I’m not telling you what they are. Yet. 😛

I think this post is done.

Oh wait, I still have to pick faves. Right. XD

Favorite Book

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I borrowed this way back in December and only now got around to reading it. smh I wish I read it sooner- it’s an sweet story about a girl who has OCD, and honestly, I really connected with her, even though we couldn’t be anymore different. I’d love to write this kind of book one day. 😀

 

 

Favorite Song

Do I honestly have to pick? You know as well as I do that I caaaaan’t XD- I actually have three.

Rend Collective’s Life Is Beautiful is beautiful. I think after like, the 20th time listening to it, I got my brother to use it for praise & worship- it’s that good.

And uh…. this is mushy, but I really liked Falling Slowly from Once the musical..

and  38 Planes/Somewhere In The Middle Of Nowhere from another musical, Come From Away. But I’m not linking that, too much mush for the day. XD (Actually, you probably shouldn’t check out anything from either of these musicals except The North Strand from Once. That one’s catchy. XD)

Favorite Quote

I think I like musicals more than I care to admit. XD

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Now this post is done. XD Seeya on the next one!

Life is a highway,

Jo

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Once and Then Book Review (More like Once I cried, Then I cried some more)

Finally, I get around to reviewing the books I borrowed and read on a dare. Yay!

The problem is that this specific book is so good, I can’t just review it. Or rather, these specific books.

Once is its own book, and Then is a book by itself. They’re just smushed into one cover. Funny, ain’t it? There’s a whole series by Gleitzman, Once, Then, Now, After, Soon, Maybe- I really need to read the rest. I mean, these two alone shredded me.

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If you’ve ever read The Boy In The Striped Pajamas, then you already get the setting for these books. Sorta. They travel a bunch of places. But war-you can’t avoid it. It’s everywhere. Through a child’s eyes, however, it’s a whole other story.

Felix. Good ole young, hopeful, naïve Felix. Just a kid in an orphanage whose parents are sure to pick him up after they find a safe place to store their books, right? Well, add in Kristallnacht, the night of broken glass and the fact he’s Jewish and the fact there’s soldiers everywhere, and it gets a little trickier.

But see, Felix doesn’t know why there’s a war or why everything’s happening the way it is. To Felix, it’ll all be okay in the end. So until that end comes, he’ll content himself with his stories and wait.

Ayyy, if only he did. If only he didn’t see the soldiers take those books away and burn ’em up. Then maybe he wouldn’t have done what he did and none of the heartbreak happened.

But then again, sometimes the hero needs to make choices he can’t ever take back. More on that in another post. Anyway, Felix ends up doing just that.

Morris Gleitzman Quote: “Everybody deserves to have something good in their life. At least once.”

I’ve always loved studying WWII, and reading fiction from that genre. I don’t know why. This period, this time, it’s special for me. I don’t really have any reason. I’m just one of the many lives forever affected by that war ending. I’m more especially interested in the people whose lives were directly affected by the war. Real or fictional. Especially since fictional often is heavily based on the real.

Especially because fiction opens our eyes to how bad the real thing was.

Anyway, thoughts specifically on the book:

I loved the style of writing this was written in. As you can guess, every chapter in the book starts with the word “once”. Except Then. Then every word in Then starts with “then.” Okay, that’s confusing, but read the book and you’ll get what I’m saying. XD

The characters oh my word they were so well written I can’t even. Felix, Zelda, personwhosenameIcan’tsaybecausespoilers, otherpersonwhosenameIcan’tsayforsamereason, they all had depth, they all had arcs, and just- ahhh it seemed so.. real. They carried the story so well.

I loved the perspective this was written in. POV. Whatever. Like The Boy In the Striped Pajamas, this is through the eyes of a boy who has to grow up too fast. A boy who’s naïve, and hopeful, and dreaming, and basically every kid ever. Seeing everything he does through his eyes opened my eyes.

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Zelda ahhh this kid is a well written 6 year old and she’s just really adorable and great and.. so sad.

Once and Then shows an amount of slightly violent stuff, like kids all being dead and guns and knives and -okay, erase slightly. It is violent, because the war was violent, and none of what happened should ever be whitewashed. Ever.

And yet, despite everything, there’s hope. Felix, as young and naïve and childish (oh come on, he IS a child) is so.. hopeful. And that hope is seen in trace amounts throughout the book. And that’s something I really, really loved in this bittersweet, hard hitting novel about a kid who was forever changed by WWII. Maybe he wasn’t in real life, but somebody was.

We shouldn’t forget that.

Life is a highway,

Jo

 

Reveries Co! (An amazing company that needs all the attention it can get + interview with one of the head brainstormers and co-managers)

 

First, don’t you love that header? 😀 If you don’t go back and look at it again. If you still don’t, I am concerned. XD

Today is the day I hop on the blog tour for Reveries Co, a new company for writers, by writers! And boy, what a lovely day it is too!

But how did Reveries Co. even start?

SP Spotlights - Kellyn Roth

 

As you know, Kellyn Roth is an amazing author of several historical fiction books (one of which I’m reviewing and dying because it’s so good) and her book covers are l o v e l y. Kellyn makes many of her book covers herself and for other people too.

Now, see, when Kellyn was making a website for her cover design business.

It needed a tagline, see.

And thinking about the tagline made Kellyn think about design, and editing, and marketing, and all that important stuff an indie writer and all writers in general have to think about. But Kellyn can’t do everything herself.

So what if there was a team of people with different skills, who got together to offer their services?

One thing led to another, and now we have this.

And that team is now, after months of hard work and careful planning, this:

It’s amazing how many skilled people are in this, many of whom are just teenagers. Which is awesome, because we need more Christian teen writers in the world!

But now to the important part of this post, the interview with Angela R. Watts, manager, head brainstormer, and author!

SP Spotlights - Angela R. Watts

  1. What inspires you to write, and what was the very first thing you wrote?

I have been a storyteller since I was very young, so the gift of writing is just in me. It is something that comes from my heart and I really can’t stop doing it when God moves me to. The first thing I ever wrote, besides some little short stories in a notebook, was a story about picking blueberries. I illustrated that story and binded it, as well!

  1. What’s your absatootely-ootly-wunderbaar-ootly favorite thing about the whole writing process?

As strange as it sounds, everything. I love the brainstorming after the initial ‘I HAVE AN IDEA’ stage. I love the writing the first draft without caring what anything looks like. I love the rewriting, too, and the editing. I enjoy working with beta readers and an editor. I love the publishing process, even if it is (to me) the most frustrating part because of technical details that are often tricky. So, yes, as weird as it is, I do love the whole writing process, just for different reasons!

  1. How did you know you wanted to join forces with Kellyn with this company for writers?

Kellyn came to me with the initial idea and we spent plenty of time brainstorming. I immediately knew Reveries Co. was what I wanted to do, because I’d asked the Lord to show me how to go about offering my own editorial services. Discussing the plans for Reveries Co. with Kellyn was the open door from God.

  1. As a writer, what’s something you wished was around to make selling books easier?

Whether you market online the most, or have the ability to do book conventions and author signings, selling books is often hard to do. If I could have a magical little tool that helped me sell books, it would be a teleporter, I think. That way I can go to people, chat with them, and give them a copy of my book. And, hey. I have a teleporter. That’s bound to get attention… Thus, probably more attention on my books, yeah?

  1. Where do you gain inspiration for writing?

Inspiration for stories come from God, and the motivation to keep on writing through it all comes from God, too! I do find motivation from talking to family and friends, listening to music, focusing on other things, and noticing the world. As a writer, it’s fun finding bursts of inspiration from random things.

  1. Are you planning on releasing any new books, and if so where can I read them?   Aw, thank you! I do plan on publishing in 2019. Prayerfully, at least two novels: JUMP, a YA supernatural novel, and the first book of The Infidel Books, AWAKE. They will be published through Amazon. If you follow my blog or subscribe to my newsletter (newsletter pals get BONUS content/news!), you won’t miss any updates for when these babies release!

 

  1. What exactly is your part in this awesome new venture?

Kellyn and I are both managers at Reveries Co., so my job is to keep up with emails, advertise, plan things with Kellyn, and make sure our customers are given the best service we can provide. I also offer my own services, such as developmental edits, manuscript critiques, line editing, as well as consulting!

  1. How do you hope Reveries Co can help Christian authors succeed?

I understand how difficult it can be to enter the self-publishing world, whether you struggle with a budget or don’t know how to find readers. I pray Reveries Co. is a way for authors to not only strengthen their story’s interior and exterior quality, but also find support from other Christian authors.

  1. What are some of your favorite aspects of Reveries Co…?

I adore the fact so many services can be reached on one responsive website, so not only can a person find what service they need, but there are more than one service providers at hand! I also like how supportive the service providers are, so even if you do not have a story completed for and editor, you can contact a consulter and gain publishing insight. Reveries Co. is for authors to gain confidence, strengthen their skills, and support other authors. I’m glad to be a part of that!

10. Does Reveries Co. work for both independent and traditional authors?

Reveries Co. offers quality services that both independent and traditional authors can benefit from. If you have intentions of self-publishing or plan on submitting your manuscript to an agent or publisher, we can help you prepare your book.

11. If I wanted to contact Reveries Co. but wasn’t quite sure if I needed help with editing or proofreading or blog tours or alpha reading, what should I do first?

If you are unsure what stage of editing your manuscript needs, I advise contacting Reveries Co. so we can get and idea of what service will fit. It can be hard deciding if you need a manuscript critique or developmental edit, or a line edit or proofread. However, we can help you decide, and look forward to helping!

For things like deciding on which blog tour package would best fit you and your book, contact us with your thoughts and wants! We’ll get you fixed up with what you need.

If you need consulting on other things, like wanting to know the pros and cons of alpha readers, you can contact one of our consulters. We’re friendly and love brainstorming with you!

Thank you so much for letting me interview you, Angela! 😀 I can’t wait to see where this is gonna go!

Now, like with all the best blog tours, this one has the works: giveaway,

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Facebook party,

The official Facebook launch party will be at the end of this week (Saturday the 5th) from 12 PM to 3 PM PST.

Kellyn will be hosting a live video and taking your questions, among other things.

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Discounts,

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And blog tour schedule:

Schedule

Tuesday, January 1st

Interview with Founder // Kendra E. Ardnek @ Knitted by God’s Plan

Spotlight // Abigail Harder @ Books, Life, and Christ

Announcement from Founder // Lila Diller @ Creating Romance

Wednesday, January 2nd

Announcement // Kellyn Roth @ Reveries

Spotlight // Mukta A @ Born Free

Interview with the Co-Manager // Jo A @ The Lens & the Hard Drive

Announcement from Founder // A. Kaylee @ Kaylee’s Kind of Writes

Guest Post from Founder // Emily Yager

Interview with Founder // Dawn Dagger

Announcement from Founder // Eva-Joy @ Coffee, Classics, and Craziness

Thursday, January 3rd

Interview with Co-Manager // Michaela Bush @ Tangled Up In Writing

Spotlight // Jessica Greyson

Interview with Founder // Parker Hankins @ Pencils and Pianos

Guest Post by Founder // Merie Shen @ Imperial Scribis

Announcement from Founder // Jana T. @ Reviews From the Stacks

Announcement from Founder // Hanne T. @ Losing The Busyness

Friday, January 4th

Announcement from Founder // Deborah @ Reading on the Edge

Announcement from Founder // Katherine Brown Books

Guest Post from Founder // Julia Witmer

Announcement from Founder // Jessie Bingham

Spotlight // Loretta @ Just Writing

Interview with Co-Manager // Isabel Olivetti @ Chasing Fantasia

Saturday, January 5th

Spotlight // Abigayle Claire @ The Left-Handed Typist

Spotlight // Gracelyn Buckner @ Literatura

Announcement from Founder // Faith Blum @ Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections

Guest Post from Founder // R.M. Archer @ Scribes & Archers

Wrapup // Kellyn Roth @ Reveries

*wipes brow* Phew! You should totally check out those other posts, they’re way better than this one, lemme tell ya. XD Have a great Wednesday!

OH OH OH AND THE LINKS TO THEIR COMPANY ONE SEC

Website // Instagram // Facebook // Twitter

There ya go. Bye!

10 Questions With Rowan, And A Review Of Hide And Seek

Hide and Seek Blog Tour

Hello, people! Happy dreary slow moving traffic Monday, and all that wonderful homework. Ahem. Anyway, today is the day I get to interview a character. You see, Mya Gray has published her first ever book. Indeedy she has, and I get to review and interview! This should be good. If it’s not, I probably messed it up. 😛

About the Book:

Amara Clark is haunted. When her childhood friend, Asher, vanished during a seemingly ordinary game of hide and seek, she was left bewildered and alone.

Now, eight years later, memories of Asher are coming back to haunt her and she struggles to decipher the meaning of his disappearance. In a terrifying sequence of events, she comes to the deadly realization that a simple game of hide and seek can be much more dangerous than one might think.

Before they know it, Amara and her best friend, Rowan, are whisked away on a journey to find Asher and take down the sinister group that is holding him captive. But time is running out, and saving one friend could mean losing another.

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About the Author:

 

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Mya Gray is a teenager with a knack for words: when she isn’t penning a story, she can be found reading, taking photos, or blogging. Her dreams range from becoming a well-known author to fostering shelter kittens. Mya is a homeschooled high school student who resides in the Midwest with her parents, three siblings, and cat, Cupcake. Stay up to date with her and her writing on her website, lifefrombehindacamera.com.

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Review 📖

Hide And Seek just became a little..spooky.

Poor Amara. Only a little kid, and she has to watch her childhood best friend Asher disappear before her very eyes, plus run into an owl to boot.

But that was years ago. Now, all Amara has to worry in her tiny town of Silverton is being late for school and getting detention. But even that’s not bad, considering that her best friend Rowan is there to suffer with her.

So why, why on earth is there a note for Amara telling her to finish her long abruptly stopped game?

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And without knowing much about the danger ahead of her, Amara and Rowan set out to find Asher- and hopefully make it back alive.

Hide and Seek, without spoiling the book, is about waay more than hide and seek. There’s disappearances, tiny towns, snow, and cloaks to boot. But it’s mostly about Amara and Rowan, and the action is primarily on them. I would’ve liked to have more background on the two of them, because without fully connecting with the characters, I wasn’t engaged in the actual adventure.

That being said, the adventure was well described and written, and I enjoyed that part very much, even though *cough cough* it may not be a good idea to sneak off on a train with no parental permission? 😉 we all know that but just thought I’d throw that out there. The settings were all nicely written, and it wasn’t hard to see the places in my head. There’s also a mystery revolving around Amara, Asher, and another girl they find. It involves a bit of the supernatural, which I found was an interesting but hard to grasp element.

The entire story was a great first start for Mya Gray, who wrote a book that was full on action and mystery, with maybe a little less on exposition, but nonetheless a good read.

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Interview 🎤

And please welcome Rowan to this here nice leather seat with a mic! To find out more about Rowan, read the book. 😛

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Roawn’s mood board. 🙂

1. How are you doing today? Good, thanks.

2. Great! Um. So. What’s life like in Silverton, and do you like that life? Life in Silverton is what I would describe calm, ordinary, and quiet. Well, except for Asher’s disappearance. There are less than a thousand people, so it’s really small. I like it, but in the future I want to try living in a big city.

3. Sounds like a nice life! Now, I gotta know, how’d you and Amara meet and stay close friends all that time? We’ve been in the same class since we started going to school (there are so few kids at the schools here that there’s only one class per grade level). But we only really started talking when some guys were making fun of me. She was the only one who stood up for me. I didn’t have any friends, and Amara thought all the girls in our class were annoying. We’ve stuck together ever since.

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4.  Ooh, puts the home in “home room”, then. And that musta been great to have someone’s stand up for you. But, uh, when Amara let you know what was going on, did you ever think it would be so serious? No. Hardly anything ever happens in Silverton, so I expected her to tell me she was being punished for getting detention or something.

5. Detention is pretty bad, but not this serious, I’ll bet! What was racing through your mind when you and Amara left town in the night? That I would do everything I could to keep her safe. I know how much she cares about Asher, so I knew she would give up anything to save him. Amara’s decisions can be a little crazy at times, so I wanted to make sure she uses common sense. *laughs because Amara is glaring at me right now*

6. XD Good on ya, keeping your friend alive! It’s for your own good Amara! Oh, speaking of her, why did you decide to stick with Amara, even with those *cough cough* people told you to stay away? I knew better than to believe them. They were trying to split us up, so it would be easier to snatch her away without having to deal with me. So instead I made sure I was being even more careful and staying with her at all times. And I came on the journey knowing that I would have to risk everything to face Asher’s kidnappers.

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And last but not least, here is the mood board for Rowan Wood, AKA Amara’s best friend!

7. Doing the exact opposite, I like it. But it must’ve been difficult. How did you survive despite the hard conditions? What made you keep going? My mom. I knew she wouldn’t want me to give up. I want to live life to the fullest before I’m reunited with her in the end. Plus, I needed to be there for Amara when she returned to Silverton.

8. That’s a great inspiration. 🙂 So how will you be living life to the fullest? What are your plans for the future? Anything like leaving town for good? I’m still not sure. I might want to be a doctor.

9. A doctor. Nice! I’m sure you have lots of time til then, which is good for dealing with everyday stuff. Like dentention. 😛 What other kinds of detention would you rather have? XD cause writing the same thing is tiring… Organizing Mrs. Cane’s desk. I peeked back there once and wow, it’s a wreck. I love organizing and I don’t know how she works in that kind of condition.

10. *gasp* Organizing a desk? That’s really hardcore man. You couldn’t pay me to clean my own desk, 😛 well, we have just one more question now. If you could say something so that everyone in the world would know, what would it be? Never give up hope. You are loved. I probably wouldn’t have made it without hope. And so many people believe that they are not loved, when it’s not true. You will never be alone.

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If you survived almost the way to the end, good on ya! As your reward, you get to sign up for the giveaway (last day folks!),  get the rest of the schedule, and get the book links!

Book Links

Amazon

Goodreads

Blog Tour Schedule

Friday, November 9:

Intro // Mya Gray @ Life From Behind A Camera

Book Spotlight // Rose @ The Bright Bookcase

Character Interview with Amara // Bea @ The Treasure Within

Saturday, November 10:

Character Mood Boards // Mya Gray @ Life From Behind A Camera

Author Interview // Carlye @ Carlye’s Camera

Sunday, November 11:

Hide and Seek Book Tag // Mya Gray @ Life From Behind A Camera

Hide and Seek Book Tag // Rose @ A Purpose of Winged Dogs

Character Interview with Amara // Sapphire @ Simply Sapphire Song

Monday, November 12:

Q & A Live Stream // Mya Gray @ Life From Behind A Camera

Character Interview with Rowan + Book Review // Jo @ The Lens & The Hard Drive

Tuesday, November 13:

Hide and Seek Release! + Giveaway Winner // Mya Gray @ Life From Behind A Camera

Book Review // Lilian @ Green Tea With Books

Giveaway

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I Don’t Wanna Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library

 

This. book. wow.

So for some odd reason I have been able to read almost 10 books in the last two months. Which is a huge deal for me since I somehow am still keeping up with NaNo.  Yay!

At the awesome book party Kate and Anna were a part of, I saw this interesting book nestled in with other amazing books. Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library. I instantly connected with it. It’s a library, for crying out loud! So I commented that I would read it, and finally, like the other day or so, I had to put the book down (or in this case, my Kindle app). Because I’d finished the book.

I didn’t want it to end!

This book was wondermous, the concept, the characters, the setting (oh man the setting), the clues, and the entire story and subtle themes, the world. It felt so real, I was seriously transported to another world. And being the writer wannabe that I am, I kept muttering through the book,  “what a clever author. I wish I wrote this book…” which worried my mother to a certain extent.

The concept. A couple of kids get locked in a library, the coolest and only library they’ve known since the old one was destroyed before they were born, and basically, it’s an Escape Room. Use what’s in the library to get out of the library, and Mr. Lemoncello will reward ya. But frankly, I wouldn’t mind staying there forever. Food! Books! Internet! What more would I need?

The characters. Kyle is your normal, average gamer guy, but I like his character. It wasn’t flat. He’s the kind of guy you root for, and I was doing that throughout reading this book. The other kids weren’t flat either, which was awesome. Sierra is probably me, and Mr. Lemoncello is a lot like Willy Wonka. It was like I was there with  them, and it added to the story to get into some of the characters’ heads. Especially the bad guy.

The setting. Ahhhhhhhh it’s a booklover’s dream place! Imagine a science center, mixed with the gaming section of Best Buy, mixed in with a library, mixed in with so many secrets and nooks and crannies and that’s not even half of the Lemoncello library.  I wanna live there *sobs*

The clues. My Jones & Parker detective agency cap was put on again (ha, you really didn’t think I wasn’t gonna put an AIO reference, right? Cause I was.)  I had to grab a paper and pen to write down everything that would be important, and following those clues and references with Team Kyle and Team notgonnasaybutnotaniceguy was fascinating. And the author’s note at the end really heightened the suspense for me. (Easy suspense though.) If you read the book, which I certainly hope you will, read all the way to the end. 😉

Story/Themes. The story was written remarkably, like it was calling to you to stop and stay a while, which I definitely did. You’ll have to read it and see how you think of it! The themes were also written remarkably, like how thinking for others rather than just yourself goes further in the long run, to be gentle, and that books really can take you places.

As you can probably tell, I enjoyed this book immensely, as well as the second one, which talked about banned books, nerdy library kids,  and something called the library olympics. It was a great read.  Now all I gotta do is wait for the third and fourth books. And hopefully write something half as attention-grabbing as Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library.

And homework. I really do need to go to a library soon.

DID SOMEONE SAY BLOG TOUR (+ Fate Of The Watchman + Review + Giveaway)

Happy Saturday, all y’all! 😀 Yes, you read the title right, I’m part of a blog tour for a new release called Fate Of The Watchman. And today’s the last day. 😀

Fate of the Watchman, Blog Tour

 

About the book:

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Lester Sharp is a workaholic, obsessed with the success of his business and oblivious to the world around him. All of that changes when a peculiar stranger comes into his shop asking for food and help. Lester soon finds himself on an impossible journey around the world to bear witness to some of the greatest tragedies a person can know, all frozen in a single moment of time.

In this challenging and gripping novella, debut author Chad Pettit, delivers a supernatural, pulse-pounding adventure in which Lester Sharp is in for the longest second of his life and learns lessons to last a lifetime.

 

About the author: 

Chad Pettit grew up in Oregon with books and the mountains to help his imagination grow. After high school, he spent ten years in the Army, travelling and deploying all over the world, including two combat tours in Iraq. After the military, Chad earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Texas A&M University-Central Texas, and then he started teaching English at an early college high school in central Texas. Chad currently serves in a local church as a deacon and the Sunday school superintendent.

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Da Actual Review You Probably Came To Read:

(Disclaimer: I wrote this kinda tired, which I am all the time, so if it’s somewhat incoherent know that I tried!)

To start off with, the first three words that come mind thinking of Fate Of The Watchman are descriptive, dark, and Christmas Carol.

(Yes, I realize that’s four, but it’s true.)

It’s a very dark book, the theme, the story, the setting. And I think that adds to the message, that we as people and as Christians, are indifferent to the harsh sufferings of the world.

Lester is this “I don’t know and I don’t care” kinda guy. All he’s concerned about is how his business is gonna do, and he’s so wrapped up in it, nobody matters to him. Well, other than his brother. Nobody. Especially not the dude coming in his shop asking for some help.

It turns out it’s the other way around. Lester needs help. But he really doesn’t care, which reminds me a lot of Ebenezer Scrooge. Like Ebenezer Scrooge, Lester is taken on a crazy journey with an unusual guide. Unlike Ebenezer Scrooge, Lester sees much darker, deeper things then good ole’ Scrooge will.

Which just as a warning: There are parts in the book that are extremely graphic and I urge whoever would be interested to read it to read with caution. And while I don’t prefer reading that content at all, it did add to the realization that this is bad. We live in a broken world. Which I’m thinking was the message Petit wanted to convey?

The book also mentions angels as “watchmen”, which I found interesting but a hard concept to handle.

The tl;dr version of this is that Fate Of The Watchman is a book that will force you to stop and think. And y’know, sometimes we need to.

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Catch the other posts here!

Monday, October 1st

Intro Post // Kellyn Roth @ Reveries

Book Spotlight // Grace Maples @ Proclaiming His Excellencies

Tuesday, October 2nd

Author Interview // Angela R. Watts @ The Peculiar Messenger

Wednesday, October 3rd

Author Interview // Faith Blum @ Bookish Orchestrations

Author Interview // Germaine Han @ The Writing Mafia

Thursday, October 4th

Review // Rayleigh Gray @ Literature Approved

Friday, October 5th

Review // Grace Buckner @ Literatura

Saturday, October 6th

Review // Jo @ The Lens & The Hard Drive

Wrapup Post // Kellyn Roth @ Reveries

A. Kaylee // Book Spotlight @ Kaylee’s Kind Of Writes

And there’s a giveaway if you’re interested!

 

 

 

 

Just A Review: The Rose And The Balloon

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Hey everyone! I finally got around to getting that review I promised y’all. I did mention it was about roses, right?

And it is. See?

 

In a kingdom where fauna and flora are held in higher esteem than breakfast, Dmitri is a prince who yearns for change and plans it in a single daring act that will alter his life forever. However, when his demented mother accidentally causes the destruction of a prized garden of roses, Dmitri is horrified when she proposes his hand in marriage to make up for it. Not only will a wife hamper his glorious plans, he doesn’t even want one. Janelle has spent her whole life on her father’s rose farm, tending the roses and staying simple. But she really yearns for something greater than the flower beds. But now there’s a wrench thrown in the works – the crazy Queen Maeva wants her to marry the prince, and all for ruining her father’s beloved roses. This is Beauty and the Beast with a twist like you’ve never seen it before.

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I had no idea crazy queens, hot air balloons, and twins that try to kill each other any chance they get would be such a delightful combination. But it was.

The whole story gets off quite nicely. Queen Maeva is intent on flying a balloon, and everyone in the kingdom is sick of it. But she launches one anyway, and due to unfortunate circumstances, the balloon crashes into Janelle’s father’s rose garden. (Also neat twist, everyone is obsessed with roses. Who knew?) Everyone on both sides of the matter are properly disturbed. It’s going normal.

And then the Queen suggests something absolutely absurd. Marriage??? For her son, to the girl whose father’s livelihood was just destroyed and who doesn’t look keen on being just friends with the prince, let alone *gasp* married to him? Is she absolutely crazy???

Oh wait, she is. Heh. But she’s also the queen. Which means whatever she says goes. Rats. What are they gonna do.

To be honest, I thought Dmitri and Janelle’s obvious tension (helped along with sarcasm, wit, and the fact that they just don’t get along) was kinda funny, and I liked that there was a lot more to their characters than you usually see in re-tellings. Janelle is just as fiery, hot- tempered, and witty as Dmitri, and Dmitri is this cold, proper, aloof prince. (Which makes for the best dialogue!) It takes the twins to tell Janelle that their older brother was once a great person to be around.

Speaking of the twins, Nicolas and Nicoline are two of the wildest charming twins I have ever read. Their very serious goal to out-prank the other had me laughing. And in the end, they really– uh, you’ll have to read the book to find out. 😉

The plot was concise and very well written, and moved just a smidge too fast, but at a pace perfect for a novella. And the plot twist! You could kinda guess what was coming, but when it actually hit you, bam!

When the book description said it was with a twist you’ve never seen before, it wasn’t joking. There is no living china, angry townspeople, or a pompous annoying twit who wears hunter red, and there’s no magic. But there’s a glowing rose, there’s this reluctant love, and there’s hot air balloons. How much better can it get? All in all, I enjoyed this quick and just delightful read, and my only comment is that there should be more of Nicolas and Nicoline. They’re ridiculously sweet.

 

 

My Play By Play Review Of The Greatest Showman (Rant, More Like!)

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So, when Zeke said I was too busy geeking out over musicals, this was it.  Blame The Piano Guys for doing a cover of ‘Rewrite The Stars’. I had to watch the original. Then I had to watch the whole movie. I’m here, right now, giving my whole reaction to The Greatest Showman. Here goes.

SPOILER ALERT. IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER. TURN BACK NOW.

Oh and by the way, this has 100% spoilers, so don’t read this unless you really wanna know.

Ok, great so far. Man, that deep “ladies and gents”. It is so chillingly awesome.

Young P.T and Charity are sweet. Mr. Charity’s dad is a professional JERK.

WHAT??? P.T’s dad dies?!?!?!

Dudes, let’s take a moment to appreciate Charity Barnum. She- seriously, we see her playful and playing with her daughters. And she’s so supportive of her husband, man. Hardcore. While’s we’re at it, this family-ness is awesome.

Ok. Woah. Sly moves with the sunken ships as collateral, P.T. Risky, but sly.

“May I ride the giraffe?” “You may- NOT.” PRICELESS!

Ahh Anne and W.D!

Woah. We see Phillip. Yuck, what is up with him and drinking? If it weren’t for the extreme and kinda overboard drinking, The Other Side might just be better. I mean, P.T. You a family man. Act like it.

*screams* Phillip meets Anne. O_O WAAA. And the look W.D gives Phillip. Awesome.

“Mr. Bennet, I am blushing!” Lettie is so cool with it.

Ahhhhh Caroline and Helen! Can we just awe over their interaction with the troupe?? I mean! And obviously, *cough cough*, their interaction with Phillip. Whaddya know, folks, he has a heart. And ah, so the fanfictions kept showing Phillip as a big brother to the Barnum girls. And the fanfictions did not disappoint. You can’t imagine the happiness I felt when I learned it was actually canon.  And argh what he says to Anne? Ahhh character development!!

No offense, but I feel like the queen laughing is kinda forced and fake. In real life, and at that time period, Tom Thumb woulda been in seriously trouble for being so rude.

Phillip looking at Anne. I like this.

P.T. looking at Jenny Lind. I DO NOT LIKE THIS AT ALL. P.T, you. are. married. And even without that aspect, he just wants to make money off her voice. Scoundrel showman.

I’ll grudgingly admit that her voice is good. AND DAT PART WHERE ANNE AND PHILLIP HOLD HANDS. Ahhh my heart is happy. But P.T, you moron. HOW DARE YOU SHAME THE TROUPE AND MAKE EM STAND. DUDE.

NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NOOOOO. He let go of her hand. ARGHHH I take back every nice thing I ever said about you! Dude. Dude. DUDE you and P.T oughta be hanged.

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Ok, I don’t blame P.T. for wanting to rub it in his father-in-law’s face, but DAT WRONG TIME.

And how dare he not treat the troupe as equals??? I mean- why??? Just to be with Jenny?? I NO LIKE DIS.

Lettie. Rock IT. YASS. POETIC JUSTICE. YOU BE YOU.

Does anyone think it’s weird for them to be hip hop dancing in the 1800s? It’s not bad weird, but I did think it was a little outta place.

SHOW HIM ANNE. YOU SHOW HIM WHAT A FOOL NINCOMPOOP HE WAS.

Yeah, back away Phillip. Be ashamed. You too P.T.

Phillip. Being reasonable. Good. “Why did Napoleon march into Russia?” “Napoleon was defeated.”  Love dis.

AHH WHERE IS THE MAN P.T USED TO BE??? It’s replaced with this greedy money hoarding.. scoundrel.

“How do ya think I built it?” Yo. with yo family.

On a lighter note, I love how Phillip and the troupe interact. As equals, not like he’s better than them.

W.D’s reaction when Lettie asks “don’t you have somewhere to be?”. He’s like, “this not happening.” It’s sweet.

This whole movie has me giddy.

Anne’s face when Phillip says “there’s meant to be two.” Phillip, you’re back!

DUDE NOOOOOOOOOO. Why did Mr. and Mrs. Carlyle have to ruin everything?? It was a legit date! WHYYYYYY

The pride Phillip has though when he introduces Anne. Hey, maybe there’s hope in the world. And then this anger when his dad insults Anne. MAN BRO.

MAN. He runs after her. I feel so bad though, they had a DATE for cryin’ out loud!

It seems kinda dumb for Phillip to burst into song, but hey. It’s a musical. No judging here.

Anne rams into him, and he catches her. THE MAN CATCHES HER. Keep him.

I love the character development of P.T. We see a very human side of him, a side that keeps wanting more. Respect to the writers. But honestly, Charity, he’s not worthy of you. Charity is hardcore. I dunno why she’s staying with him.

Oh lookee, Phillip’s growing up. Good for him.

Cinematography is good.

Argh Jenny has no right to be leaning on Phillip’s shoulder! DUDE MAN! Push the girl off!

I thought Jenny didn’t care about ovations. Liar. Bennet’s a jerk.

AHHHH NOOOO THE FLIRT!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

I hate Lind, but she said something pretty true when she said, “When you’re careless with other people, you’re ruining yourself.”

OH NO. UH OH. Charity ain’t gonna be happy.

YAYY Phillip! Good to see ya!

NO I TAKE THAT BACK BAD TO SEE YA!

I like the fight scene though, everyone’s so into it.

NOOOOOOO. ARSON, REALLY??

*wails* Phillip don’t go back in thereeeeee

Ahhhhhh this is heartbreaking!

I can’t handle this heartbreak.

Mr. Bennet. Go hang or something, we don’t want you.

Actually, maybe we do.

NEVERMIND. No news is good news.

Charity, I feel you!

Lettie, whoo-hooo!

“When the glitter fades and the walls won’t hold.” Glad to see P.T’s coming around.

Finally the idiot wakes up. It only took Barnum the whole movie.

WHAT IS WITH THE DRINKING. AND THE DANCING.

Phillip wakes up. YASS

Deja vu. It happened all over again. P.T walks to Charity’s dad’s house, and the same thing happens.

“I wanted to be more than I was.” And you became less, P.T

MAN. Why they mash up From Now On and A Million Dreams??

A suit and a face full of bruises don’t go together. Just no.

Anne’s face. She be like, “that’s my man.”

And the happy ending.

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Well, that was a total rant.

Hehe, not sorry.

So, what does this movie add up to?

Hm, I’m no judge of character, mind you. But this movie, the familyness especially is something I’ve missed in movies. I’d have to give this 7/10, because some drinking and use of bad language, not to mention some “turn off the screen” scenes were in there.

But, for all of that, the plot was surprisingly solid. It was a plot.

Therefore, I like it. And I’m pretty sure that you guys are kinda shocked at the fangirl side of me, but as a writer, I really love the fact that this actually has a plot. So. 🙂

Thanks for reading. And don’t worry, there will be some tamer reviews of books coming around.