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.

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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

Add on Goodreads

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 ;)

Saturday, July 1, 2017

7 Writing Lessons from Downton Abbey

Welcome to July, everyone! We're halfway through 2017. HALF. WAY. So it would be a great time to reflect and update, share my goal progress, plan out the rest of the year, send out my June newsletter ... but nope. I've been binge re-watching Downton Abbey with my sista and I'm about to go watch yet another episode that will probably make me cry. So here's a writerly, fangirly, spoiler-free post on Downton.


This show basically marks an entire era in my life and it will always be the most dear thing to me. Re-watching it has cemented it in my heart for eternity, even if it make me cry more than is healthy. But look. It has taught me so much as a writer. Julian Fellowes is goals, okay?

1 // Conflict can be called for

This show is sooo dramatic. So much conflict. My Mom can't always handle the soap-opera nature of the gazillion storylines, but I really don't mind it in this instance, because the drama is handled so well! Very rare is it for me to roll my eyes because it seems like they're peppering the story with more conflict just because the writers enjoy being dramatic. Okay, so certain characters having a dozen failed romances or ten hard blows seems a little overblown. But does it evoke emotion and further the overall plot? Yes and yes. So use that conflict to make your readers sweat. They'll cheer all the more when you reach the happy ending.

2 // Historical settings are awesome

I love the historical aspect to Downton Abbey! It begins in 1912 with the sinking of the Titanic and doesn't end until six seasons and something around 17 years later. (I think.) Watching the change that came during that era is extremely fascinating. Women's rights, World War I, motorcars, jazz, and to a large degree the loss of the class system. I like the in-depth look that shows the gradual change. Yes, it takes a lot of research. Knitting your plot to its present time adds so much, though! Even if that present time is today.

3 // Generations are important storytelling devices

Part of the reason the historical changes that come about are so fascinating is because you get to see multiple generations (and classes) react. For example, the grandmother feels much differently about swivel chairs than does the middle class lawyer. The grandmother is often unsettled by the changing times, but is also very levelheaded in who she sides with at every dinner table argument. Having characters of different ages allows for differing perspectives in almost every conversation ;) I think we could use more of that, especially in genres for targeted age ranges. Why does no YA book include grandparents, hm?

4 // It is possible to follow two dozen characters at once

I'm not kidding. Downton follows so many characters at once. There's around 10 servants and 8 upper class family members being followed at any given time. That easily means a main upstairs and a main downstairs plot line with several tiny ones that only need a few minutes' screen time. But it's always such a beautiful balance, and it means there's something worth watching for every viewer in every episode :) It makes the plot so masterful, though I can't even imagine the work it takes from the writers.

5 // Dialogue is the key to everything

The dialogue. *heart emoji* Every 45 minute episode has literally 10+ quotable lines. And not quotable just because they're catchy, but because they're deep and thought-provoking and witty and insightful. Characters don't have to be shallow! Everyone has something meaningful to say about something. Do we waste words in real life? Yes. LOTS of words. But your characters operate on a compressed timeline for a purpose. So put the dialogue to good use! I love something 100x more if it has dialogue that makes me giggle, think, and want to shout "yes!!" After all ...


6 // Details are an excellent finishing touch

In a television show, details can be visual. The embroidery. The architecture. The hairdos. The hors d'oeuvres. Just a panning camera with the theme song can make me grin. Who am I kidding, a photo will do the trick. Getting to see the work (or lack of work) that goes into all of the details crimping hair is hard makes them all the more precious. When writing, details help paint a picture in your readers' minds. Don't forget to use description and mention the little things people will connect to and adore.


7 // Misery should be worthwhile

Downton Abbey has a lot of reality. It explores the honest misery and heartfelt delight of every character introduced. And even when the characters do something shocking and I'm afraid the entire focus of the series will spiral into promoting the morally wrong ... it doesn't. Downton has scandal and evil. But for the most part, that is how it's presented. And for every element of that they introduce, there are consequences, and it becomes a vital part of who that character is. I don't want to go as far as saying you can put anything in your stories if it has a purpose ... but I will say you shouldn't put in your stories if it doesn't have a purpose.

*all pictures retrieved from Pinterest*

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The question of the day is obviously have you watched Downton Abbey?? ((If you did and you didn't like it, I'll try to forgive you. But you'd be wiser not to tell me that at all.)) On a wholly unrelated note, what are your plans for Independence Day?

If you liked this, you might also like ... 7 Writing Lessons from Beauty and the Beast ;) Shameless self-promotion, I know.