Monday, April 14, 2014

Book Review: Love Comes Calling by Siri Mitchell

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Back Cover:
A girl with the best of intentions.
A heart set on Hollywood.
An empty pocketbook.
That's all it takes for Ellis Eton to find herself working as a telephone operator for a look-alike friend. For Ellis, this job will provide not only acting practice but the funds to get her a start in the movies. She's tired of always being a disappointment to her traditional Boston family, and though she can't deny the way he makes her head spin, she knows she's not good enough for Griffin Phillips, either. It's simple: avoid Griff's attentions, work, and get paid. But in typical Ellis fashion, her simple plan spirals out of control when she overhears a menacing phone call...with her very own Griff as the target.


The Positives:
I was immediately drawn into this book the second I started reading. I hadn't read a book that was in first person in a while and it was a refreshing change. 
It was a fast paced and fun experience to read from Ellis's point of view. It didn't take me too long to guess that she was ADHD. She made me frustrated at times. (Can she not see logic?) I actually felt ADHD reading from her point of view. I couldn't seem to concentrate on one sentence before Ellis started on a whole different thing. I had to go back and read several paragraphs over because I had skipped over details. It didn't bother me much though, it gave the desired effect of Ellis's ADHD.
Griff was such a sweetheart and I love how he loved Ellis for who she was.
I loved how the author wove the mystery about men threatening Griff in there. It kept me guessing at what would happen next.

The Negatives:
The only reason I'm giving this book 4 stars was because of the lack of real faith being taught in this book. You got the feeling the Etons went to church and were Christians. But I didn't sense a real faith in any of the Etons or the other characters, which I expected more because this was a Christian book. I got the feeling Griff was a strong believer, but it was never talked about. That was the only disappointment this book had.

Overall:
I loved this book and highly recommend it!

I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Cover Reveal for Jaye L. Knight's Newest Book


Hello everyone! I've a got a special post for you today! It's the cover reveal for Jaye L. Knight's (previously published as Molly Evangeline) new NA novel, Resistance! I'm so happy to be a part of this cover reveal. I love Jaye's books and I was so excited when she asked me to review Resistance. I will be posting that review during the blog tour week. For now, here's the cover reveal for Resistance!

About the Book
“Don’t you know? Animals like you have no soul.”
Could God ever love a half-blood all of society looks upon with such fear and disdain? Jace once believed so, but when a tragic loss shatters the only peace he’s ever known, his faith crumbles as the nagging doubts he’s tried to put behind him descend on his grieving heart. With them come the haunting memories of the bloodstained past he longs to forget, but can never escape.

Taken from home at a young age and raised to serve the emperor, Kyrin Altair and her twin brother live every day under a dangerous pretense of loyalty. After her unique observation skills and perfect memory place her into direct service to the emperor, Kyrin finds herself in further jeopardy as it becomes increasingly difficult to hide her belief in Elôm, the one true God.

Following the emperor’s declaration to enforce the worship of false gods under the penalty of death, many lives are endangered. But there are those willing to risk everything to take a stand and offer aid to the persecuted. With their lives traveling paths they never could have imagined, Jace and Kyrin must fight to overcome their own fears and conflicts with society as they become part of the resistance.

Kindle release date: May 20, 2014


About the Author
JAYE L. KNIGHT is a 25-year-old independent author with a passion for writing Christian fantasy and clean NA (New Adult) fiction. Armed with an active imagination and love for adventure, Jaye weaves stories of truth, faith, and courage with the message that even in the deepest darkness, God's love shines as a light to offer hope.

Jaye is a homeschool graduate and has been penning stories since the age of eight. She was previously published as
Molly Evangeline. You can learn about her latest writing projects at www.jayelknight.com.

Blog Tour Announcement
Excited for this book’s release? Join us for the blog tour May 20-27, which will include reviews, interviews, a giveaway, and more! Mark your calendars, and check the blog tour page in May for more information. Hope to see you there!

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Excerpt from Resistance (©2014 Jaye L. Knight)
Just when he lowered his guard enough to relax, a grating voice sent tension knotting across his shoulders.
“Look what the excitement dragged into town.”
Jace ground his teeth together and turned. He should never have stopped watching his back. Wrong move on his part.
Flanked by two of his smug-faced friends, a red-haired young man smirked at him, his eyes harboring all sorts of ill will. Jace barely bit back a sharp retort, but the other man’s smirk only grew at his silence. He peered around Jace.
“Rebekah, what are you doing with this . . .” He glanced back to Jace and turned up his wide nose. “. . . half-blood?”
Jace balled his fists. Warmth seeped down his arms and into his muscles, pulsing with the preparation for a fight, but he fought to still it.
Rebekah came to his side, her face set in a frown that looked entirely out of place. “Stop it, Morden.”
He gave her a condescending little grin. “Why don’t you run along? We’ve got business here.” The grin stretched wider. “I’ll gladly come find you later.”
Rebekah put her hands on her hips, glaring at him, and opened her mouth to speak, but Jace beat her to it.
“A gentleman would treat a lady with more consideration.”
Morden snorted. “And what would you know about that?”
A blaze erupted inside that Jace struggled to contain. He breathed in hard, cursing the impulses he had to battle so often. He couldn’t let it take control of him. Not again.
“Come on, Jace, we still have to find something for Kalli.” Rebekah’s soft voice quieted his growing agitation, and she tugged lightly on his stiff arm.
His blood still burned hot in his veins, calling him to action, and was almost too strong to resist. He thought of Rayad who told him time and again to go to Elôm when he struggled like this. He forced himself to turn away from Morden and whispered silently, “Elôm, I need help.”
But Morden, who must have caught the movement of his lips just before he turned completely, let out an incredulous laugh. “Are you praying?”
Jace froze. His heart thundered.
“Who could you be praying to? Don’t you know? Animals like you have no soul.”
An evil pang of doubt knifed through Jace’s heart, colder and more painful than the steel of any dagger, and robbed the breath from his lungs. His eyes settled on Rebekah’s face, but it was her pitying expression that caused the weak grip on his emotions to fail. Heat flared in his muscles. He spun around and smashed his fist into the side of Morden’s jaw, sending the man reeling. Regret followed, but it was too late. Morden’s friends caught him by the arms and steadied him as he shook his head to clear his vision.
Jace dragged deep breaths into his tightened lungs and waited for Morden’s next move. Just walk away. The silent plea went out in desperation. If only it would just end here. But satisfaction lit Morden’s eyes, and his lip curled in a malicious sneer.

 ~*~

I hope you all enjoyed the cover reveal for Resistance! Please check out Jaye's website and add Resistance to your to-read list!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Introduction of Characters: Unafraid - Part 2

Welcome to part 2 of the Introduction of Characters - Part 2. (Sorry it took so long to post.)

The Kings and Queens: 
(Photo credit: Pinterest)
Left to Right: King Arawn, Queen Arayna, King Rian, Queen Harianta

King Arawn:
Race: Lolnalian
Age: Late 40's
Physical Traits: Gray-brown (used to be blond) hair, blue eyes, 5 feet 11 inches tall
Arawn is the father of William and Genevieve and one of the strongest characters in the story. He is usually more serious but does have a playful side.

Queen Arayna:
Race: Lolnalian
Age: Mid 40's
Physical Traits: Brown hair, green eyes, 5 feet 2 tall
Arayna is the mother of William and Genevieve. She is a strong character, but does have doubts. She has a sweet personality.

King Rian:
Race: Ulairoin
Age: Late 40's
Physical Traits: Black hair, brown eyes, 6 feet tall
Rian is the father of Daniel and Carolina. He is a very fun loving character and can seem a bit 'does it really matter' at some times. But he has strong faith in the King of Kings and does have a serious side.

Queen Harianta: 
Race: Ulairoin
Age: Mid 40's
 Physical Traits: Black curly hair, brown eyes, 5 feet 3 inches tall
Harianta is the mother of Daniel and Carolina. She is a sweet character and has a smile for everyone. She is more quiet than Rian.



Saturday, March 29, 2014

Book Review: Through the Deep Waters by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Back Cover: 
Born to an unloving prostitute in a popular Chicago brothel, timid seventeen-year-old Dinah Hubley was raised amidst the secrets held in every dark, grimy room of her home. Anxious to escape, Dinah pursues her dream of becoming a Harvey Girl, waiting tables along the railroad in an upscale hotel. But when she finds out she isn’t old enough, her only option is to accept a job as a chambermaid at the Clifton Hotel in Florence, Kansas. Eager to put everything behind her, Dinah feels more worthless than ever, based on a single horrible decision she made to survive.
The Clifton offers a life Dinah has never known, but blinded to the love around her, Dinah remains buried in the shame of her past. When a handsome chicken farmer named Amos Ackerman starts to show interest, Dinah withdraws further, convinced no one could want a sullied woman like her.  Despite his self-consciousness about his handicapped leg and her strange behavior, Amos resolves to show Dinah Christ’s love. But can she ever accept a gift she so desperately needs?


The Positives:
This has to be the best book I've read so far this year! I read most of it in less than a day. I couldn't put it down!
The author does an amazing job making you feel for her characters. Every part of the book, I was feeling heartbroken for Dinah and Amos. I would get frustrated at them when I needed to. I got choked up when Dinah accepted Christ. 
Dinah and Amos's romance was so sweet and I love it that they didn't kiss until their wedding day. I sometimes got frustrated at Amos when he learned Dinah's secret and was angry at God and Dinah. 
I loved Dinah's friendship with Ruthie. Even though Ruthie had her problems, I loved it when Dinah and her became great friends. 
It had a great ending and I was so happy for them! 

The Negatives:
Nothing negative at all!

Overall:
This was an amazing book about God's love and forgiveness and I definitely recommend it!

I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.

Author's Website
Read Chapter One

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

March Favorites

Welcome to March Favorites! Here are a few of my favorite things I found this month.
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1// I found these bookmarks on Etsy and I knew I had to share them!
2// Being a crocheter, it's always fun to find something that corresponds to my craft.
3// Blue, Doctor Who related nail polish? Yes please!
4// I totally love this shirt and I will get it once I get more money. ;-)
5// Washi tape is my favorite! So pretty!
6// I found a bunch of pictures printed on dictionary pages like this and I totally want a wall of them!
7// These are from my Etsy shop and I think they're the prettiest things I have on there.
8// I love this and want to get a couple of them to dress up my buns.
9// Washi tape covered journals and pencils! They are totally cute and awesome!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Book Review: Echoes of Mercy by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Back Cover:
When a suspicious accident occurs at the famous Dinsmore Chocolate Factory in Sinclair, Kansas, Caroline Lang goes undercover as a factory worker to investigate the circumstances surrounding the event and how the factory treats its youngest employees—the child workers. Caroline’s fervent faith, her difficult childhood, and compassionate heart drove her to her job as an investigator for the Labor Commission and she is compelled to see children freed from such heavy adult responsibilities, to allow them to pursue an education.   
Oliver Dinsmore, heir to the Dinsmore candy dynasty, has his own investigation to conduct. Posing as a common worker known as “Ollie Moore,” he aims to find out all he can about the family business before he takes over for his father. Caroline and Oliver become fast friends, but tension mounts when the two find themselves at odds about the roles of child workers. Hiding their identities becomes even more difficult when fate brings them together over three children in desperate need. When all is revealed, will the truth destroy the love starting to grow between them?


The Positives:
I LOVED this story! The characters gripped me from the start. Caroline was an amazing heroine! She was strong, but not in a feminist way. The pain she had gone through made me care for her even more. Noble and Annamarie were the best and godly role models I have ever read about! 
Caroline and Oliver's relationship was one of the best parts of this book! It was interesting and was so sweet. 
I loved Letta, Lank, and Lesley! They were a fun part to the story and their relationship with the rest of the characters was very well done. 

The Negatives:
There was nothing wrong with this book, except for the fact that the climax was long in coming and was very short when it did come.

Overall:
This was an amazing book! I wanted to stay up all night reading it. I can't wait to read more the authors books in the future!

I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.

Author's Website
Read First Chapter

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Introduction of Characters: Unafraid - Part 1

Since I have SO many book ides, I thought I should do introduction posts to each of the books characters on this blog. 

Unafraid was one of the first book ideas I ever had and have kept the longest. I came up with it more than 3 years ago. If you get confused about the different races of the characters, I suggest you read THIS post. 

The Princes and Princesses:
(Photo credits: Pinterest)
Left to Right: Daniel, Genevieve, William, Carolina

Daniel: 
Race: Ulairoin
Age: 21
Physical Traits: Black hair, brown eyes, 6 feet tall

Daniel is probably one of my favorite males characters. He's quiet, but so strong emotionally. He isn't perfect, but he is probably the strongest of the four of them. Tall, dark, and handsome, he is a perfect hero figure. 

Genevieve:
Race: Lolnalian
Age: 16
Physical Traits: Brown hair, green eyes, 5 foot 3 inches tall

Genevieve is the main character in Unafraid. Most of the story is from her point of view. She is happy-go-lucky at the beginning of the story. So many different tragedies test her faith and almost make her give up. An interesting tidbit about Genevieve, was that I had originally called her Lilyalynn. Yep. Sort of a mouthful. I think that I only changed it, was because I couldn't remember what I had called her. So I changed it to Genevieve. 

William: 
Race: Lolnalian
Age: 21
Physical Traits: Sandy blond hair, blue eyes, 5 feet 11 inches tall

William is Genevieve's older brother. He is more outgoing than Daniel, but they are best friends nonetheless. William is about the same strength, physically as Daniel. But weaker emotionally, but stronger than Genevieve. He's definitely a in-the-middle guy.

Carolina:
Race: Ulairoin
Age: 16
Physical Traits: Curly black hair, brown eyes, 5 feet 3 inches tall

Carolina is Daniel's younger sister and Genevieve's best friend. She is more of an optimist than the rest of them. She is also a healer and a medic. She was trained by their palace doctor and a local healer. She always lifts the other's spirits. 


I hope you enjoyed reading about my characters! Please follow my Unafraid Storyboard on Pinterest. Part 2  of the introduction of characters of Unafraid will be coming soon!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

February Favorites

I have to say I was glad when Sarah posted 30 Blog Post Ideas for Writers on her blog My Double Living. I've needed ideas on what to post on this blog, since I've moved my fashion posts over onto Two Thousand Miles.
One of the things Sarah suggested was every month find your favorite things that you have or want and post them on your blog. So that is what I'm going to do!

Welcome to February Favorites!
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Because:
1. Because pretending you are working out to keep up with the Doctor, is one of the only ways I find motivation to exercise.
2. Because have never had a pair of Tom's and I would love to have a London cityscape on them!
3. Because a fellow writer, Jaye L. Knight, (that's her pen name, along with Molly Evangeline) has an Etsy shop where she makes and sells jewelry inspired by her books and writers!
4. Because for me, writing when it is cold and deary outside, makes for perfect writing weather. And comfort is key in the writing process.
5. Because no writing day is complete without out a cup of tea. Especially tea in a SHERlocked mug!
6. Because the TARDIS and the Union Jack are two of my favorite things and they should be on my phone.
7. Because River Song is awesome. Nuff' said.
8. Because it makes you feel like more of a writer, when all you really do is pound your head on the desk in frustration.
9. Because a sweatshirt with a picture of your favorite dog just makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Or is that the tea?

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Writer's Block: Six Ways to Overcome It

The one thing every writer dreads. Writer's block. That imaginary block in your brain that blocks off all your ideas.
I've read lots of posts about overcoming writer's block. None of them seemed to help much. I've found some of my own ways to overcome it or avoid it. So read on!

1. Motivation: My secret trick for when you are writing and you've hit a block is... CHOCOLATE. Yep. I decide that if I write one chapter, I get one piece of chocolate. That helps me think through the writer's block.

2. Avoid: I've found it hard to think of anything to write after you've been thinking about other things too long. For me, that would be math. So avoid math or anything that hurts your brain before writing.

3. Pinterest: I love Pinterest for inspiring writing pictures! It helps me to visualize my characters and sometimes I find an interesting scene that gives me extra inspiration. One of my favorite story inspiration pinners is Brenna H. She has over 150 boards of inspiring pictures and quotes to use! Also, you can follow me on Pinterest: Mercy Schwisow.

4. Music: Listen to songs that you love and think of ways that you can apply them to your characters. I've listened to songs and I've thought of brilliant things to add to my plot and my characters!

5. Watch: Movies and TV shows are great ways to get more inspiration. Watch movies that have elements similar to those in your story. I've gotten many good plot ideas from movies.

6. Read: And if all else fails, read! Reading a good book is a good way to relax and let your creative juices flow. I have to admit, most of my story ideas are from other books.

How do you break through writer's block? I would love to hear them!