Ink Blotted Beka—Artist Tour

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One of my dear friends is having a tour showcasing her lovely artwork. When she asked me to participate, I totally agreed. 😄

She’s also giving away a wonderful prize. 😊

Here’s a bit about the awesome artist…

About Beka

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Beka hails from the Great White North (aka Canada), where she reads, dreams, and doodles away. She loves bringing characters from the written page to the visual eye, and dabbles in pencil and coloured pencil and the occasional watercolor. Her dream is to one day get into digital art and save some trees.

Artwork

 

Doesn’t she have talent? Like, wow. I’ve always been a bit envious  (which is SO wrong and something I need to work on…) of people who can draw well. I especially love the one with the man and woman on the couch. So much epic detail, ahhhh!!!!! 😍😍😍😍😍

Find Her…

Facebook

Instagram

Tour Schedule

Oct. 1

Anne Louise Twitchell – Spotlight

Tammy Lash – Spotlight

Savannah J. – Spotlight

Oct. 2

 Jenelle Schmidt – Spotlight

Bryn Schutt – Spotlight

Oct. 3

Skye – Spotlight

Katie Hanna – Spotlight

Oct. 4

Rebkah DeVall – Spotlight

Elizabeth Brown – Interview

Oct. 5

Penny Wood – Interview

Fran Laniado – Interview

Oct 6.

W.R. Gingell – Spotlight

Grace Mullins – Spotlight

Oct. 7

Rachel Rossano – Interview

Sarah – Spotlight

Oct. 8

Anna Willis – Spotlight

Grace Maples – Spotlight

Liv. K Fisher – Spotlight

Ann Marie Pavese – Spotlight

Giveaway

Winner receives one custom drawing from Beka based on the characters of their choice. Giveaway runs from October 1st – October 9 at 12 Am Easter Time. Giveaway is open internationally.

Click to enter the giveaway.

 

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It’s…OCTOBER?

This year is going by pretty fast. Wasn’t it just Christmas 2017? Valentine’s Day? Easter???

Wasn’t it just 2009?

But in all seriousness, it’s also been a crazy year for me. Well, crazy in some aspects. I quit one job because of… well, let’s say “stuff.” Then the job I had afterwards only lasted a few months (I knew it was a temporary thing that probably would not last forever),  and then I began another job…  oi! *dizzy spinning*

My reading has suffered A LOT. I’ve read less this year than I have in years, which is a totally depressing thought and makes me cringe when I look or think about my Goodreads goal because I. am. wayyy behind on it.

My drama watching has also been pretty low, especially because I wanted to rewatch Boy Over Flowers dramas I’ve seen before. You know, like I’ve never seen them before and have no clue what is going to happen. 😂

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I guess I’ve just been leaning more towards comfortable, familiar things because my heart has just been so down in the gutter. I’ve been struggling with major depression, which I know is part of the reason I’ve not been reading/watching as much as I know I can do.

But it’s a new month, and it’s Fall, so why not make a goal to read/watch more than I have all year? Never too late to try, right?

Books I Hope To Read In October

  1. “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” by Seth Grahame Smith and Jane Austen— Because it’s October/Fall, which means I like some creepy. This book looks more hilarious than creepy, though.
  2. “An Enchantment of Ravens” by Margaret Rogerson— I started this one last month, but set it aside for a bit. Hope to continue and finish it.
  3. “King’s War” by Jill Williamson— Also started this finale to the “Kinsman Chronicles” last month, but it is a big book! #pleasedontbreakmyheartbook
  4. “By These Ten Bones” by Clare B. Dunkle— Another creepy kind of read. It’s by the author of one of my favorite books (“The Hollow Kingdom), and it just looks like an Autumn book. Plus it’s short. 😉
  5.  “Shadow of the Fox” by Julia Kagawa— Nine-Tailed Foxes = 😍. Got a review copy, and I’m excited.
  6. “White Stag” by Kara Barbieri— Looks like a magical read with Goblin-like creatures. Which is one of my favorite kinds of books. 😀
  7. Audiobooks— Not sure which ones I’ll get to, but I have a few audiobooks I want to listen to.

Dramas To Watch in October

  1. “Arang and the Magistrate”— Excited for this one. I’ve watched some of it and found it humorous.
  2. “My Shy Boss”— While not perfect, most of what I’ve seen from this drama has been interesting. I like how realistic the shyness of the boos is. Relate-able, for sure. 😉
  3. “Lovely, Horribly”— The only recent show, about a writer whose ghostly script-in-progress seems to be mirroring things happening in real life. I LOVE this drama so far.

 

That’s a wrap for this post. What are you reading and/or watching this October?

“Lady Jayne Disappears” by Joanna Davidson Politano— Book Review

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The story is about a woman who has taken over her deceased father’s writings of a serialized fiction. But the poor dear must do so while living with a family that is practically a group of wealthy strangers. Which, might I add, is quite the change for our heroine. Why?

Because she grew up in a debtor’s prison. O_o

Lady Jayne Disappears was one of the Christian fiction releases that’s upcoming publishing stood out to me last year (2017). Its cover was unique, and its premise appeared hauntingly AHHH-MAZING. *gimme gimme hands*

Now that I’ve finally read it, I can say it is indeed as unique a tale as its cover foretold. While it isn’t on my top ten list of books, it was still a good story. To me, it’s like Charles Dickens meets Jane Eyre. I mean, it has things like debtor’s prison, an orphan going to live with a wealthy family, household secrets that makes one believe that perhaps ghosts are possible… It is BBC historical mini-series worthy.

This book was also mostly written in first person, which is not the norm for the Christian genre. I love stories like this, so it gets three cheers from me just for this aspect. The hero’s prospective was third person, which one might find an odd switch of point of views, but I think it worked just fine for this particular book.

The romance of the book was sweet. Just the right about of ingredients for me to not find fault. No instant love was the best part. 😀

So, going back to its chilly atmosphere, I have to that that this is not a very cheerful book.

*mysterious piano music plays*

The story has a dark air about it, and it felt like their wasn’t a lot of humor to lighten it. I think this is probably my only issue with this book. I love me some happy, funny, silly, ridiculous, etc. moments, and this tale just did not seem to possess a balance of weighty and fluffiness. This is not bad, though, just made the story feel heavy for me, and therefore not the quickest read.

However, it was still an excellent debut. It’s the kind of book one would like to curl up with by a fireplace in the winter. Also a book I think that writers who like to read about other writers might enjoy. Plus, like I said, a good read for those who enjoy a BBC historical drama.

I give “Lady Jayne Disappears” a rating of four, and look forward to trying more from this author.

*I was given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review.

(Also, yes, I’m back. Sorry about my absence. Just a lot of life going on.)

“A Time For Adventure” Blog Tour—Book Spotlight

Dearest readers, today I’m joining the blog tour for Miranda Atchley’s newest book, “A Time For Adventure.”
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About The Book
The year is 1921, and after years of dreaming, Abi
Hensley has set out to travel through Europe. Along
with her friend Meg Clery, Abi travels from the rich
historical sites in England, to the gorgeous green
landscapes of Ireland, visits an abandoned castle in
Scotland, and roams through the chic streets of
Paris. Along the way, they meet a myriad of
interesting people, encounter familiar faces, and see
things they’ve only ever dreamed of.
Yet their time in Europe isn’t without its challenges.
While in Ireland, Abi joins Meg in spending time at
her family’s farm. There, they find that the Clerys
are overwhelmed by the demands of their farm. In
light of this, the family must make some hard
decisions; choices that could change the course of
their lives forever.
One thing is for certain; Abi’s tour of Europe will
most definitely be a time for adventure.
About The Author
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Miranda Atchley loves books of all sorts, but has
always had a special place in her heart for historical
fiction. Writing is her favorite thing to do and she
has published four historical novels and three
contemporary young adult novels. Her novel A
Castle in the Sky was a finalist for Read Free.ly’sThe 50 Best Indie Books of 2016. She also writes the blog A Real Writer’s Life.
When she isn’t
writing, you can usually find Miranda with her head
in a book, taking a walk, or watching Downton
Abbey at her home in Arkansas. Read Miranda’s
blog and subscribe to her mailing list at:
arealwriterslife.blogspot.com
Follow Miranda Atchley at:
To celebrate the release of A Time For Adventure,
Miranda Atchley will be giving away three Kindle
editions of the book! The giveaway is open
internationally. Must be 18 or older to
participate. Ends at 12:00 A.M. June 26th. (Click link below to enter.)

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Also in celebration of this release, the Kindle edition of Of Things To Come (The Abi Hensley Series Book 3) will be free to download June 22-26.

“The House on Foster Hill” by Jamie Jo Wright— Book Review

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I don’t read many suspense novels, and maybe I should change this? I mean, apparently I like them because I enjoyed “The House on Foster Hill.”

The book’s about this woman, Kaine Prescott, whose husband died. Well, she thinks he was murdered, but no one believes her… :-/ Anyways, she feels she’s been stalked by the unknown killer because strange things happen (like finding daffodils left in her house). Since she wants to get as far away as possible, she decides to buy Foster Hill House, an old house in her ancestor’s hometown. Yet when she arrives, it soon seems the stalker may have followed her… and to top it off, there are unsolved mysteries from long ago about Kaine’s new house.

Over a century before, Ivy Thorpe—doctor’s daughter—becomes involved with the death of a woman she believes may have lived in the abandoned house on Foster Hill. What secrets will she uncover???

This debut novel was an entertaining read. A bit on the creepy side at times, but the suspense was oh so awesome and, as I’ve mentioned, made me curious to pick up more books from this genre. I especially appreciated that this book was part historical suspense, a type of book I don’t often see in the Christian Fiction market…

Another thing I liked was how the two heroine’s lives, though over a hundred years apart, intertwined. I like dual time books so… *claps hands*

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This book wasn’t all suspense and mystery. The romance in both of the women’s stories added a touch of happiness and warmth, which I much appreciated since the major, underlining topic was a heavy one to mentally process.

Also, Kaine’s hero? LOVED him. *cough* *cough*

And…yeah. I say this book is worth a try for fellow lover of Christian fiction, whether it be historical, mystery, and, yes, suspense. If given the opportunity, I would like to try more of Jamie Jo Wright’s books, because this one was a winner for me. I give it a rating of four and a half.

Book Review Ratings:

5. Great Book!

4. I  liked it!

3. Okay.

2. Did not like it.

1. Did not finish

 

*Thanks to the author and publisher for a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my opinion. I was not required to write a positive review.

Drama Wednesday (22): May 2018 Drama Watch List

I have missed these posts… ❤

Anywho, without rambling much more about my absence (But wow, November 1 was my last Drama Wednesday!!!), here’s my May 2018 Drama Watch List:

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“Age of Youth” (a.k.a. “Hello My Twenties), Season Two (2017)— I watched season one last year (Read my review by clicking here), and I enjoyed it. It’s nice to be back with these characters for a second season (a rare thing in the Korean Drama universe 😭). I am a bit sad that one character from season one has been in only one episode, and another character is being played by a different actress. However, the replacement actress is doing a good job, so… Despite the changes, it’s been fun thus far, though I admit I’ve only seen the first two episodes. O_o

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“Daughter of the Flame” (2018)— This Chinese fantasy drama is SOOO GOOD. I did not realize it was a fantasy when I started it, but I’m am so glad it is because I love me some fantasy dramas. Anyways, I can see this one being an all time favorite series for me. ❤

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“The Best Moment to Quit Your Job”— A short drama that kind of has the same feel as “Age of Youth,” but with a more mature cast. I feel the title explains the gist of this series, which is about the struggles of four women in their jobs. Wonder if they will all quit??? Guess I will see.

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“The Prime Minister and I” (2013)—  I don’t know much about this drama, but I’m a bit of a Yoon Si Yoon fan (understatement of the year 😉 ), therefore I want to see more of his dramas.

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You’re welcome, me.

What dramas/shows are you watching? Any recommendations?

A Song Unheard by Roseanna M. White—Book Review

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This story follows Willa, a talented violinist and thief, who is charged with finding a secret code that a famous violinist-turned -refugee is believed to have (This book take place during World War I). So, taking on a fake identity, the London girl heads off to Wales to steal a code…but will it be her heart that is stolen first?

I LOVE the first book in the series (click here to read that review), so of course I was thrilled to get a copy of “A Song Unheard.”

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And, while I did not love it as much as  the book before it, it warmed my heart. Totally a lovely edition to the Shadows Over London series.

The heroine was my favorite kind. Spunky and somewhat sassy (Is that a good thing? 😂). She is also a little wary of the world around her, which is part of why she has such a tough shield. Her journey is beautiful. She experienced different hardships—both physical and mental—and it was a pleasure spending some of my time on her adventure.

Then there is the hero, Lukas. Heart eyes and heartstrings for this hero. 😍 Oh, and I also enjoyed seeing his transformation into becoming a better person.

I think that is one theme I appreciate in  this book: redemption. The thief and the playboy show that there is forgiveness and hope with Jesus Christ, so whoo-hoo for their story portraying God loves and wants everybody to accept Him.

I also love how this book gave me a peak into historical London, Wales, and even German occupied Belgium. White is talented in the way she brings character and history to life. I mean, did I really just read a book? Did I truly NOT time travel to Europe??? 🙃

While this book wasn’t perfection, what with it having some slow-for-me moments, it was not enough to make me say that this was a snail tale 😉. In fact, it was a delightful tale, and I give it a rating of four.

Bring on book three!!! (Soon, please?)

Book Review Ratings:

5. Great Book!

4. I  liked it!

3. Okay.

2. Did not like it.

1. Did not finish

*Thanks to the author and publisher for a free complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my opinion. I was not required to write a positive review.