Book Review: Midnight Will Come

She can’t escape the past …


Author: Kristina Hall

Title: Midnight Will Come

Series: Kentucky Midnight, #1


She can’t escape the past …

Mellie Rivers’s job as a nurse allows her to help those the dystopian government has deemed unworthy of medical care. The threats she’s been receiving are a small price to pay. Besides, she has the help of her new neighbor—German missionary and powerlifter Friedrich Wolf.

Friedrich didn’t expect to be drawn into protecting Mellie, but now he’s getting all too close to her—and to the danger threatening her life.

When the threats turn to something more, Friedrich and Mellie face a danger neither of them could’ve imagined, and they’ll have to find a way to escape a situation that has no escape.

Because midnight has come.


RATING:

5 Stars

REVIEW

First, I want to say suspense is not the genre I typically read. Second, I want to say…well, I don’t really know. Because wow doesn’t really suffice. It’s not a strong enough word to describe this book.

As aforementioned, suspense isn’t the genre I usually prefer. That being said, I’ve been intrigued by Midnight Will Come since I first heard of it, and when the opportunity to ARC read it presented itself, I snatched it up. I am glad I did. this is an amazing book. So much faith, action, familial ties, protectiveness, a dash of wry humor, and more. Yet it is chilling, as it illustrates the culture America could quickly head in if we aren’t vigilant.

The cast of characters was great. Mellie (I love her name) and Friedrich were lovable main characters. Jess was a fun secondary character. As an older sister, I get how annoying little sisters can be and I completely understand how protective we are of our younger siblings.

And the antagonists. Don’t get me started on the antagonists. Such odious scoundrels. Vile scumbags. Nasty villains. Admittedly, I don’t have as much training as Friedrich, but I do have some, and I’d like to use that some to give the antagonists a taste, or more, or their own medicine.

The plot was captivating and keeps you on the edge of your seat until the very last page. The setting was well-described. Mr. Smith and Mr. Wesson are great friends, and I heartily approve of Mellie being so adept at arming and protecting herself.

What I loved most about this book was the faith. I always applaud authors who are unashamed and unafraid of including the Gospel in their books, and Hall does so masterfully. The main characters endure so many trials, trials through which their humanity shows, but through it all they have faith. They may struggle, they may stumble, but they desperately cling to the One who holds them in His hand. So beautifully done. On a related side-note, the way the title was incorporated was brilliant and a little tear-jerking.

You need to read this book. It is applicable to current times and illustrates how we are never alone despite the hardships we face. It impressed me, and I’m not keen on most suspense books. If you like Christian suspense with a dash of dystopian and action, you will love Midnight Will Come.

I received an eARC of this book from the author. I was not required to leave a review and all opinions expressed are my own.

Author Interview with Kaitlyn King

Today I am joined by author Kaitlyn King, who has penned multiple devotionals and Christian fantasy books.

–INTERVIEW–

What is your go-to space for writing? 

It depends what phase of writing I’m in. I hand write my first drafts and have started using my writing desk with a candle and mood music to keep me in the writing head space for that. When it’s time to put in on the computer, I sit at my work desk. If I’m just brainstorming then anywhere is fair game: my chair, my bed, my car…

What is your favorite genre to read? 

Fantasy, especially Fairytale Retellings right now. I love seeing the different unique spins on the familiar tales.

Words of wisdom for those who are just starting out on the writing path? 

Keep going! The fact of the matter is, you’re not going to have all the answers when you start out; and no matter how many supporters you have, the voices of the naysayers will play on a loop in your head. Despite all of that, if you keep going, it will all be worth it in the end.

What is your least favorite part of the writing process?  

Editinggggggggg! Ugh! I’m one of those “measure twice cut once” sort of people. I want it to be done correctly the first time. It hurts my heart to see those red lines all over my manuscript.

What is your favorite part of the writing process? 

Brainstorming. I love when I have a new idea and I can’t help telling everyone I see about it, and figuring out the details of my new world, and characters, and adventure! I’ll have notes everywhere for a while, then when I’m ready to get serious about it, I’ll start compiling them all in one place.

Do you focus on one project at a time or do you have multiple projects going simultaneously? 

My mother teases that I write like I read. By that she means, I work on several books at one time. I used to have books I’d be reading at school and different ones at home. Right now, I have 2 fictional series in progress, a stand alone, and a devotional series. And sometimes other ideas creep in so I have to take a break to write them down somewhere, or they won’t shut-up when I’m trying to work on other things.

What project(s) are you currently working on? 

Currently, I am working on the second and third books of my YA Christian Fantasy Series: More than Conquerors, a stand alone YA Christian Fiction book about Angels, a Christmas YA Christian fantasy trilogy, and a devotional series based on a year-long devotion guide I released last year. I know, I know, I sound crazy! Just imagine how many projects I’m not telling you about! 

How do you select the names of your characters? 

I like my character names to hint at what they are hiding or what they will learn on their journey. I don’t always use this method, but I try to most of the time. 

Has there been one particular person who has been a major source of influence for one of your characters? 

I often use people in my life as inspiration for my characters. My uncle was a major influence in how I designed the mentor character in my More than Conquerors series since I have memories of him teaching me to sword fight when I was younger. Don’t worry, the swords were fake.

How do you get inspiration to write? 

My ideas usually come from a “What if” question. What if there was a kingdom that only valued being a conqueror? Or what if my childhood nutcracker collection could inspire a story? It’s hard for me to figure out another way to explain, but basically, I’m inspired by the things around me, pictures, posters, toys, etc. and a “what if” question appears in my head. 

What inspired this series and the characters? 

More than Conquerors came from the theme my parents’ church chose one year. I walked in and there was banner hanging with the words written across a shield. That what if question popped in my head and by the end of the announcements I had the four main characters mapped out scribbled all over my bulletin.

On average, how long does it take you to write the first draft of a book? 

I’m still new to the process. My first book took a year to write the first draft, the second one took closer to six months. I believe I will get faster as I go. 

How do you incorporate your faith into your writing? 

I believe that whatever is in your heart will come out naturally in your writing. I try to show a believable relationship with God. I hope that through my writing I’m inviting others to grow closer to God,

What first inspired or gave you the “spark” to write? What books and/or authors have influenced your writing? 

The first time I wrote a story, I was in junior high. There was a certain class that I really hated (it was an elective so not one of my core classes) and so I would sneak a book in and read it instead of listening to the teacher. (Yes, bad, bad, bad, and now we’re over it.) One day I didn’t have a book, so I tried to write my own. My mother was very impressed with it, (Of course I didn’t mention the ignoring the teacher part) and insisted I show it to my grandmother (an English teacher.) She promptly used her red pen to edit it. My paper was practically bleeding. I thought that meant that I wasn’t a good writer so I didn’t try again for many years. I went to a camp and met an author who wanted to write books for Christian teens. I was inspired to do the same. I ignored that inner critic and got started. 

Every writer has a message they want to impart to their readers. What is yours? 

That’s a loaded question! I guess I want my readers to know they’re not alone. When I became a teenager, I realized I didn’t relate to the teens written about in books. Most were not written from a Christian perspective. I don’t want other Christian teens to feel that way. 

What is your favorite, underappreciated novel/series? 

I always recommend these two series: The Ranger’s Apprentice series and The Four Kingdoms series. Both deserve all the love in the world. 

What book of the Bible is your favorite? What makes this particular book your favorite? 

Esther, it’s reminds me of a fairytale. 

Who is your favorite Biblical character? 

I don’t know if I have a favorite, but I relate most to Martha. Like her I have a tendency to put working above all else, and need to be reminded to choose the better part.

If you could tell your younger writing self one thing, what would it be? 

Needing correction does not mean you are wrong. I wish I had kept writing back when I was thirteen. I believed that since I was bad at it that that meant I could never be good at it and was wrong for trying. The more you try, the better you will be at it.

How did you come to be a writer? Was this something that you always knew you were destined to be or did you arrive at this point via another path?  

I was sixteen when I felt God call me to be a writer, that doesn’t mean that it’s been an easy path. I’m still working to fulfill that destiny.


To learn more about Kaitlyn, check out these links:

https://authorkaitlynking.com/

https://peninhandpublishing.com/

Facebook: Author Kaitlyn King

Instagram: @authorkaitlynking

Merchandise: https://pen-in-hand-publishing.myspreadshop.com/


Thank you, Kaitlyn, for such a marvelous interview! I know I am definitely a lot like Martha, and I too love fairy tale retellings (and am writing two right now). What about you, dear reader? Which book of the Bible is your favorite? Have you read any of Kaitlyn’s books? If so, which ones?

DECEIVED Blog Tour: Character Spotlight – Holder Lygor

Today is the character spotlight for Holder Lygor, one of the main characters in DECEIVED. He’s also become the favorite of most readers thus far. You can take this quiz to see which DECEIVED character you are.

CHARACTER SPOTLIGHT: HOLDER LYGOR

Age: 20

Appearance: A little taller than average; light brown hair and hazel eyes; leaner, but strong, build

Positive Personality Traits: Caring, gentle, compassionate

Negative Personality Traits: Sometimes doesn’t see what’s going on in front of him; can be oblivious at times

Character Song: Destiny by Skillet

ABOUT HOLDER

Holder did not turn out the way I originally anticipated. He was supposed to have a personality more akin Rogan’s: sarcastic, snappy, grumpy. Instead, he surprised me during the first chapter by being an utter sweetheart. Holder’s dedication and compassionate personality is evidenced in the way he cares for his ward. As a bodyguard, it is his duty to physically protect her from harm. He goes beyond this and offers her an older-brother figure to look up to and a listening ear she can speak to. Where others tell his ward she cannot cry due to being a princess, and believe it necessary for her to be free of grief just after her parents perish, Holder gifts her the ability to be a child who can mourn her lost family.

I don’t remember why I made Holder a royal bodyguard. I do remember I needed him to be close in proximity to the antagonists. Whyever the case, I daresay he is a wonderful protector. I am interested in seeing how this develops as Holder’s tale continues.

Out of all four characters, Holder presented the least amount of emotional challenge to write. He doesn’t have emotional trauma like Rogan and Ivelle and he doesn’t have a horribly massive moral dilemma like Therese.

Though Holder is kind and gentle and quiet, he possesses an almost wry sense of humor that usually emerges when he’s ribbing Rogan. Holder can also get along with most people, provided they have no nefarious intent toward him.  

Holder is a character after my own heart. He is a bookworm, a voracious reader. He will read almost anything he can get his hands on, though that primarily is history. When no doing his duties, he can be found tucked away reading in a corner.

Holder is also a walking disaster. He’s not clumsy, but he does often create unorthodox ideas and solutions. These usually gain him a wound or several, and he is known for his heartfelt attempts that often end in disaster.

One trademark aspect about Holder is not something about himself, but the steed he rides. Its reputation is that of monster and beast, and for good reason. This red roan gelding has caused many a rider to break a bone and may or may not have bitten Rogan at least three times. Somehow, whether through Holder’s ability with horses, his grit, or his determination, he has managed to train the gelding enough that he can ride it without being thrown. The same cannot be said for others, however, and anyone else who attempts to master this horse will soon learn the error of such an assumption.

Holder is quite open to Truth and faith. His parents have paved the way and, though he does not interact much with him, his godfather assists in a more minute way as well. With a strong sense of right and wrong, Holder is eager to learn the truth. He is well on his way to shedding the false beliefs propagated in Orm.

My favorite quote of Holder’s:

Were they right?

(You’ll see why when you read the book. 😉 )


PREORDER INFORMATION

If you have preordered DECEIVED or order it during the duration of this blog tour (April 25 – May 7), and want some swag (character card and autographed bookplate), go here.


Giveaway Information:

Want a chance to win an autographed copy of DECEIVED and a character card? Be sure to go here. Or, if you don’t have social media, leave a comment at every blog post to be entered. Giveaway ends May 10th. (PDF will be sent to international entrants).


DECEIVED BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE:

Monday, April 25

Madisyn Carlin | Intro + Book Spotlight

Joy Woodbury | Book Review

Tuesday, April 26

Madisyn Carlin | Release Day! + Fun Facts

Vanessa Hall | Author Interview

Autumn | Book Spotlight

Wednesday, April 27

Esther | Book Review

Saraina | Character Interview: Therese

Joy Woodbury | Guest Post

Thursday, April 28

Madisyn Carlin | Group Interview

Kristina Hall | Book Review

Friday, April 29

Vanessa Hall | Book Spotlight

Olivia | Book Review

Saturday, April 30

Madisyn Carlin | Character Spotlight: Holder

Olive Creed | Book Spotlight

Monday, May 2

Vanessa Hall | Book Review

Grace Johnson | Guest Post + Book Spotlight

Tuesday, May 3

Madisyn Carlin | Meet the Characters

Stephanie | Book Review

Wednesday, May 4

Grace Johnson | Author Interview

Saraina | Character Interview: Rogan

Thursday, May 5

Madisyn Carlin | Character Q+A

Issabelle Perry | Character Spotlight: Therese

Friday, May 6

Grace Johnson | Book Review

Autumn – Author Interview

Jenavieve Rose | Book Review

Saturday, May 7

Madisyn Carlin | Blog Tour Wrap-Up

Olive Creed | Author Interview

Katja Labonte | Book Review

Saraina | Author Interview

DECEIVED Blog Tour: Welcome + Book Spotlight

Welcome to the first day of DECEIVED’s blog tour! I am so excited for you to learn more about my debut novel and to introduce this story to the world. DECEIVED releases tomorrow.

At the bottom of this post, you will find giveaway information and the blog tour schedule. Be sure to stop by each blog!

To start off the fun, take this “Which DECEIVED Character are You?” quiz and let me know who you scored!

SPOTLIGHT:

ABOUT:

Genre:

New Adult Christian Allegorical Fantasy

Blurb:

In a land built upon lies and deception, uncovering the truth can be deadly.

Therese Westa is sick of death, but taking lives is what provides for her younger sisters. When a client approaches her with an unusual request, Therese takes the job offer, which includes the condition of “no questions asked”. As Therese uncovers the reason for the request, she is faced with a choice: kill an innocent man or save her sisters.

Therese’s hesitation to carry out the assassination thrusts her into the aftermath of a dangerous chain of events. Caught between security and truth, Therese must choose where her loyalties lie, for the answer will determine who survives.

Find:

Paperback and Barnes and Noble links coming soon!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Madisyn Carlin is a Christian, homeschool graduate, blogger, voracious bookdragon, and author. When not spending time with her family or trekking through the mountains, she weaves tales of redemption, faith, and action.

Want to connect? Find her social media links here

PREORDER INFORMATION

If you have preordered DECEIVED or order it during the duration of this blog tour (April 25 – May 7), and want some swag (character card and autographed bookplate), go here.

Giveaway Information:

Want a chance to win an autographed copy of DECEIVED and a character card? Be sure to go here. Or, if you don’t have social media, leave a comment at every blog post to be entered. Giveaway ends May 10th. (PDF will be sent to international entrants).

DECEIVED BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE:

Monday, April 25

Madisyn Carlin | Intro + Book Spotlight

Joy Woodbury | Book Review

Tuesday, April 26

Madisyn Carlin | Release Day! + Fun Facts

Vanessa Hall | Author Interview

Autumn | Book Spotlight

Wednesday, April 27

Esther | Book Review

Saraina | Character Interview: Therese

Joy Woodbury | Guest Post

Thursday, April 28

Madisyn Carlin | Group Interview

Kristina Hall | Book Review

Friday, April 29

Vanessa Hall | Book Spotlight

Olivia | Book Review

Sherrice | Author Interview

Saturday, April 30

Madisyn Carlin | Character Spotlight: Holder

Stephanie | Character Spotlight: Rogan

Sherrice | Book Review

Olive Creed | Book Spotlight

Monday, May 2

Vanessa Hall | Book Review

Grace Johnson | Guest Post + Book Spotlight

Stephanie | Book Spotlight + Character Spotlight: Ivelle

Tuesday, May 3

Madisyn Carlin | Meet the Characters

Stephanie | Book Review

Wednesday, May 4

Grace Johnson | Author Interview

Saraina | Character Interview: Rogan

Thursday, May 5

Madisyn Carlin | Character Q+A

Issabelle Perry | Character Spotlight: Therese

Friday, May 6

Grace Johnson | Book Review

Autumn – Author Interview

Jenavieve Rose | Book Review

Saturday, May 7

Madisyn Carlin | Blog Tour Wrap-Up

Olive Creed | Author Interview

Katja Labonte | Book Review

Saraina | Author Interview

A Heart to Cherish Spotlight + Guest Post by Judith McNees

THE GUEST POST

I never thought I would be in a position to give advice to other authors, yet here I am with a book published, two more in progress, and the general story line for three more. I have to admit, I went into this with the idea that I would more than likely self-publish for a couple good reasons, so this post is geared a little bit more toward the indie publisher, but hopefully everyone will be able to take something away from it, whether you want to be traditionally published or indie published.

The first bit of advice I have for you seems like an oversimplification, but if you’re anything like me, it really isn’t. Just write! I spent a lot of time trying to research the best writing programs and how to self-publish, but none of that matters if you aren’t writing. If you’re indie publishing and don’t have an editor or publisher giving you deadlines, you need to come up with a system that will keep you on task. Some people schedule their writing time like an appointment on their calendar. Others I know of do writing sprints where they will set a timer and write without editing what they wrote for twenty minutes or a half hour. I’ve seen a lot of people say that once they start, they keep going past the end of their time.

Second, and this is SUPER important, find a writing community that is willing to mentor you along the way. I found a Christian writing organization that offers classes that I take whenever I’m able. I also found an online forum where I asked a TON of questions, and no one got annoyed with me for asking. That’s what places like those are for! I was blessed to get connected with a few authors who believed in me and helped me sharpen my writing, and it was through those organizations that we met.

Third, never stop learning and sharpening your skills. I realize that many beginning authors will not have a huge budget for classes or conferences; however, there’s a wealth of knowledge to be found for free or cheap. Many writers have blogs, and you can find posts all over the web about the craft of writing. There are also tons of books for writers. As a voracious reader, I have a Kindle Unlimited subscription, and I have found books on everything from each individual writing element all the way through publishing and marketing on there that don’t cost me any extra. If you’re connected with a writing community that is mentoring you, ask them what books they recommend for a specific topic. Most of the time, people are more than willing to pass along a title. You can also hop on Instagram and search #authorshelpingauthors and #writershelpingwriters for tips and tricks of the trade.

Finally, make sure you have someone who will be honest with you when they read your work and point out areas where you can improve. Usually, those people will not be your family and friends. Let those people be your cheerleaders. I love to support new and indie published authors by reading and reviewing their books on my social media platforms, and I have started so many books that sounded like amazing concepts, but when I tried to read them, they were poorly edited or made simple errors that could have been avoided. Indie publishing is somewhat simple to accomplish, but it isn’t easy to do well, and unfortunately, many of the indie authors I know who have been around longer than I have say that readers are much tougher on us than traditionally pubbed authors.

So, what questions do you have for me? Leave them in the comments section or head on over to my website and fill out a contact me form. Thanks, Madi, for having me on the blog!


THE SPOTLIGHT

ABOUT

Everyone leaves…including God.

That’s how Julia Price feels after years of being passed over in foster homes. All she has ever wanted is a family, but when she finds herself pregnant and homeless, her dreams seem further away than ever.

Strait-laced good guy Alex Morgan has waited his entire life for the woman God has prepared for him. When he makes it his mission to help Julia, he wonders whether she could be that woman. But why would God lead him to a pregnant non-believer?

As Julia struggles with issues of self-worth and trust, can she open her heart to both God and Alex? And can Alex trust their relationship to the One who holds Julia in His hand?

ABOUT JUDITH

Contemporary Christian romance author Judith McNees lives in southwestern Michigan with her husband and four of their seven children, along with their three dogs. Her family loves to travel together, but she still believes that her home state is one of the most beautiful states there is. She is a proud stay-at-home mom, step-mom, foster mom, adoptive mom, and grandma, which gives her plenty of fodder for her writing. She holds a B.A. in English from Western Michigan University and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.


Thank you for such a wonderful and helpful post, Judith! It certainly helped me, and I’m certain it will help others.

Echoing Judith: If you have questions for her, feel free to leave a comment and/or visit her website. Also, don’t forget to stop by on Friday for an interview with Judith. And don’t forget to add A Heart to Cherish to your Goodreads’ TBR.

Cover Reveal: A Heart to Cherish

Today I am excited to help in a cover reveal for Judith McNees’ upcoming release, A Heart to Cherish.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Everyone leaves…including God.

That’s how Julia Price feels after years of being passed over in foster homes. All she has ever wanted is a family, but when she finds herself pregnant and homeless, her dreams seem further away than ever.

Strait-laced good guy Alex Morgan has waited his entire life for the woman God has prepared for him. When he makes it his mission to help Julia, he wonders whether she could be that woman. But why would God lead him to a pregnant non-believer?

As Julia struggles with issues of self-worth and trust, can she open her heart to both God and Alex? And can Alex trust their relationship to the One who holds Julia in His hand?

Series info:

A Heart to Cherish is a contemporary Christian romance set in the fictional town of Tranquil Shores, Michigan. It is book 1 in a family saga that is currently planned as 5 books. The ebook is available for pre-order, and the paperback will be available for purchase on April 1.

Pre-order link: https://amzn.to/3sbbC7v

Isn’t it such a sweet cover?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Contemporary Christian romance author Judith McNees lives in southwestern Michigan with her husband and four of their seven children, along with their three dogs. Her family loves to travel together, but she still believes that her home state is one of the most beautiful states there is. She is a proud stay-at-home mom, step-mom, foster mom, adoptive mom, and grandma, which gives her plenty of fodder for her writing. She holds a B.A. in English from Western Michigan University and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.


A Heart to Cherish releases April 1, so be sure to add this to your TBR!

DECEIVED Cover Reveal

Today is the cover reveal for my debut novel, DECEIVED. I am super excited about this book, as it is not only my debut, but holds a close place in my heart. Also, when/if you preorder, hang on to that preorder receipt, because I’m having character art drawn, and I’ll be opening up a form come the book’s blog tour so you can enter your preorder receipt and receive a character card and autographed label sticker.

ABOUT DECEIVED

Title: DECEIVED (The Deception Trilogy, Book One)

Genre: Christian Allegorical Fantasy

Releases: April 26, 2022

Resistance (by Jaye L. Knight) x Dare (by Tricia Mingerink)

DECEIVED‘s ebook is available for preorder here. Paperback preorders will be available in April.

Cover Design by Lynnette Bonner of Indie Cover Design

BLURB:

In a land built upon lies and deception, uncovering the truth can be deadly.

Therese Westa is sick of death, but taking lives is what provides for her younger sisters. When a client approaches her with an unusual request, Therese takes the job offer, which includes the condition of “no questions asked”. As Therese uncovers the reason for the request, she is faced with a choice: kill an innocent man or save her sisters.

Therese’s hesitation to carry out the assassination thrusts her into the aftermath of a dangerous chain of events. Caught between security and truth, Therese must choose where her loyalties lie, for the answer will determine who survives.

Add Deceived on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/60230945-deceived


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Madisyn Carlin is a Christian, homeschool graduate, blogger, voracious bookdragon, and author. When not spending time with her family or trekking through the mountains, she weaves tales of redemption, faith, and action

CONTACT:

Blog: https://madismusingsblog.wordpress.com/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.dk/madisyncarlin/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/56238198-madisyn-carlin

Instagram Handle: madisyn_carlin


Isn’t the cover just gorgeous? The black and darker colors capture the sinister evilness in the book, but the lighter, brighter colors imply the subtle, but strong, theme of hope also woven through the pages.

Keep an eye on this blog, because blog tour sign-ups are coming up! You’ll meet the characters, see what inspired the story (on that note, be sure to check out DECEIVED’s Pinterest board), and more.

Thank you for celebrating my book cover release with me!

The Single Line Story Challenge

The Single Line Story Challenge was created by Maggie @Maggie’s Doodles.

I have been tagged by Sherrice at Penlightenment (thanks!). Now, do keep in mind I am a fantasy writer. Aside from a few paragraphs, I have never embarked upon another genre. So if these still have a fantasy flavor, despite being about as opposite of fantasy as you can get, just know I tried my best to capture the genre, but didn’t succeed. I’ll be marking which genre’s I’ll do in the list below so I can keep everything straight. Also, I wasn’t sure if single line meant one line only or one sentence, so I went with one sentence. If I am nominated again, I’ll do shorter answers.

THE RULES

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. . Write 5 single line stories that fall under any of these genres (you can pick which ones you do!):
    • fantasy – Of course.
    • Romance: Yes.
    • thriller: 
    • mystery
    • western: – Yes.
    • Contemporary:
    • Historical: – Yes.
    • drama
    • dystopian
    • adventure
    • sci-fi – Yes.
    • paranormal
    • young adult
  3. You can choose 5 genres that’re easiest for you, or you can challenge yourself to try something new!
  4. Nominate 5 blogger/writers who you’d love to see participate and leave an open nomination for all writers!
  5. You can do this challenge more than once.

FANTASY

“True, quests are unpredictable, what with the oodles of ne’er-do-wells you’ll encounter, the risk of being captured, imprisoned, and interrogated, the ungrateful souls who will show no gratitude, and the chance you’ll end up dead by some painful method, but I do indeed believe a quest would be good for you, m’boy, since it will offer you a chance at redeeming yourself after failing to stop the assassin sent for our beloved queen.”

ROMANCE

“It’s not because he thinks you’re weak or incompetent, it’s because he cares about you and he wants to protect you because he loves you; and all this is his fault because the big idiot just couldn’t tell you himself.”

WESTERN

This hotel, with it’s ramshackle structure, pathetically simple and boring decorations, splintered and uneven boardwalk, portly and uncouth proprietor, and atrociously simple fare was no fine establishment, and anyone who proclaimed such was not only blind, but addled.

HISTORICAL

The clouds of smoke from the numerous muskets, the wails of the wounded, sounds of bodies falling around him encased his heart in fear’s icy clench, but Jack refused to back down–what went on around him was a nightmarish scene other patriots faced, from Lexington, to Bunker Hill, and on, but they all agreed fighting for their descendants was worth the cost; putting their lives on the line was worth the cost–freedom and liberty were always worth the cost.

SCIENCE FICTION

Rale flipped through the Bible, the rational part of his mind struggling to comprehend why the prisoners, now dead and silenced and softening the dry earth with their blood, had clung to a faith over four thousand years old–a faith outlawed by the Reordered World Coalition and a faith which brought death upon them.


NOMINATIONS:
Joy @ Discipleship with Joy

And you! If you don’t have a blog, but want to answer the tag, go ahead a post a comment.

Love Under Construction Blog Tour: Book Spotlight + Review

Title: Love Under Construction

Author: Penny Zeller

Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Maplebrook Publishing


ABOUT

She builds websites. He builds houses. Together, can they build a family for two orphans?

Irelynn agreed two years ago to help raise her best friend’s twins should anything happen. When she is called upon to fulfill that agreement, there is only one problem—Irelynn must share the responsibility with the arrogant but handsome Quinton Gregory.

Quinton takes the role of raising his niece and nephew with all seriousness. He will do anything for the twins, even if it means putting up with the beautiful but stubborn Irelynn Brady.

When forced to be in each other’s presence far more often than is comfortable, things slowly begin to change. Will the unexpected attraction between Irelynn and Quinton become a love under construction?


REVIEW

Rating: 5 Stars

I rarely read contemporary romance, but I’m happy I read Love Under Construction. This is a sweet, faith-filled story filled with charming characters and touching themes.

The plot: Irelynn Brady and Quinton Gregory are thrust into the role of parenting Quinton’s orphaned, niece and nephew twins after their mom dies. Cue in the fact Irelynn and Quinton heartily dislike each other due to a past debacle (trust me, it’s not one of those cliche ones). Both characters have their struggles, which the author did well with spreading out through the book – there weren’t overwhelming problem dumps like what can happen in some contemporaries. Add in the mischievous twins and their equally-perhaps more so-mischievous great-grandmother, a group of scheming matchmaker wannabes, and other hilarious characters, and Love Under Construction treats the reader to a perfect blend of seriousness and hilariousness.

The settings: Chokecherry Heights is a growing town, and hosts a number of places mischief, shenanigans, and character growth take place in. The assisted living home was probably my favorite. I’ll leave it at that so as not to provide spoilers.

The characters: Irelynn has a lot on her shoulders, and while she does worry, understandably, at times, we get to see her faith in God grow and progress throughout the book. I admire how she loves the twins as if they were her own, and the sacrifices she makes to ensure they have what they need. Quinton is a great character as well. Battling his own struggles, he deals with losing all but three of his family members in a relatively short period of time. He is somewhat sarcastic with an oversized ego regarding his air hockey skills. Mom and Gram were awesome. We see how (Irelynn’s) Mom’s hard past has influenced her strong faith, and it’s touching to watch her help Irelynn through the tough times. Gram is Gram. A little Southern lady with an affinity for sweet tea and Uno, she leads a small group of other old ladies who believe themselves matchmakers. You’ll have to read the book to see the schemes these hilarious seniors cook up.

In summary, Love Under Construction is a sweet, faith-filled story filled with charming characters and touching themes.

I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Penny Zeller is known for her heartfelt stories of faith and her passion to impact lives for Christ through fiction. While she has had a love for writing since childhood, she began her adult writing career penning articles for national and regional publications on a wide variety of topics. Today Penny is a multi-published author of several inspirational books. She is also a homeschool mom and a fitness instructor.

When Penny is not dreaming up new characters, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, camping, hiking, canoeing, reading, running, cycling, gardening, and playing volleyball.

She is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency and loves to hear from her readers at her www. pennyzeller.com and her blog, random thoughts from a day in the life of a wife, mom, and author, at http://www.pennyzeller.wordpress.com.

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BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE

Monday, December 6:

Blog Tour Kickoff/Sneak Peek/Meet the Characters | Penny Zeller

Author Interview | Kristina Hall

Tuesday. December 7:

Book Spotlight | Joy Hannabass

Book Spotlight | Penny McGinnis

Wednesday, December 8:

Author Interview | Vanessa Hall

Thursday, December 9:

Book Spotlight and Guest Post| June Foster

Friday, December 10:

Book Spotlight and Giveaway| Chat with Vera

Book Spotlight and Review | Madi’s Musings

Book Spotlight and Guest Post | Kathy McKinsey

Saturday, December 11:

Book Spotlight/Ebook Giveaway | Patti’s Porch

Blog Tour Wrap-up/Love Under Construction Quotables/Giveaway | Penny Zeller

Author Interview with Laura Thomas

Today I have the honor of interviewing Laura Thomas, author of multiple books including the Christian Romantic Suspense series, “Flight to Freedom”.


ABOUT LAURA

Laura is married to Lyndon, her high school sweetheart, and has three fantastic young adult children—Charlotte (28), Jameson (23), and Jacob (21), a cheeky English bulldog named Lily, and the newest addition—a French bulldog named Lulu. Laura was born and raised in the south of England, then spent her teens and early twenties in Wales, before embarking on an intrepid adventure—immigrating to Canada. She now lives in Kelowna, a beautiful gem in British Columbia, where her authoring dreams have become a reality.

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You can find Laura’s books here.

Connect with Laura:

Website: https://laurathomasauthor.com/

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/lauracthomas/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LauraThomasAuthor


INTERVIEW

Every writer has a message(s) they want to impart to their readers. What is/are yours?

My tagline is “heartwarming encouragement for your soul” and I try to write everything—my novels, children’s stories, devotionals, and articles—through that hope-filled lens

What is your go-to space for writing?

Technically, I can write anywhere as I use my laptop, but the bulk of my writing is done in my pretty home office where I have a lovely big monitor and am surrounded by books (and usually bulldogs!)

Do you have a WIP? If so, could you give us a teaser?

Yes, I do. I finished the first draft of my latest Christian romantic suspense novel in the fall and am currently in the painful revision process… my time has been somewhat disturbed by the addition of a sweet French bulldog puppy! The working title is Captured in Frame and I can tell you that it’s set in an idyllic village nestled in the English countryside, and it involves a Canadian photographer, a dashing surgeon, guilt and grief, and the ugly underbelly of the art world. “Postcards, photographs, works of art—something about Bramble Cottage is worth killing for… but will Georgia uncover the dangerous truth in time?” How’s that for a teaser?

What is your favorite genre to read?

That’s a tough one to answer as I enjoy most genres other than fantasy and horror… but I particularly love WWII era historical fiction and contemporary Christian fiction—with a soft spot for romantic suspense.

Where would be your favorite place to live?

I actually love where I live! We emigrated from the UK to Canada 26 years ago and I think British Columbia is fantastic. In saying that, if I had the offer of sampling everyday life on a Caribbean Island or Hawaii, I would not decline!

What place(s) have you not been that you would like to visit?

My husband and I love to travel but there are a few places still on my bucket list—including Italy and New York.

Tell us a bit about your typical (if there is such a thing as typical) day.

Can I tell you about a typical day BEFORE I got the new puppy? Because I’m planning on circling back to it eventually…Weekdays begin at 6:30 am with coffee, time in my Bible, journaling, and working out. My mornings tend to be a mix of social media, marketing, errands, housework, photography, emailing, and anything else that might distract me from “proper” writing. For me, the best time to write is in the afternoon. I’ve done everything else and can give my full attention to writing or revising a novel/ story/ article/ blog post. My goal is to finish before my husband writing or revising a novel/ story/ article/ blog post.

Do you focus on one project at a time or do you have multiple projects going simultaneously?

I prefer to have one main project to work on at a time but that is rarely the case. Even when I’m working on one novel, there are multiple children’s books in the making as well as devotions and articles being written. As a multi-genre author, I have had days where I’m an octopus in the morning, being kidnapped as a wealthy woman or dealing with my teen angst in the afternoon, and closing the day with a reflection on God’s grace. It’s never boring…

If you had to do something differently as a child or teenager to become a better writer as an adult, what would you do?

I was an absolute bookworm as a child but definitely had a dry reading life in my teens and early twenties. I would love to have spent more time reading during those years, perhaps embracing more classics and delving into some different genres. I also wish I had written everything down when my kids were young as I know I have great chunks of missing memories I could draw from! But on the bright side, I think I have made up for the lack of both reading and writing in recent years.

On average, how long does it take you to write the first draft of a book?

I definitely work better under pressure and often it depends on what else is happening in my life but I can write the first draft of a novel in 3-6 months.

How do you get inspiration to write?

I find inspiration through observing, listening, reading, traveling, and doing life. My now-grown kids and my faith have been great sources of inspiration through the years. And honestly, sometimes I simply need to sit and start writing to be inspired!


The Glass Bottom Boat, Book One in the “Flight to Freedom Series” by Laura Thomas.

I recently reviewed The Glass Bottom Boat, the first book in the “Flight to Freedom” series. It’s definitely one to add to your TBR.

You can find the review here, and don’t forget to check out the rest of Laura’s books on her website!