Guess a Quote (10.20.14)

Guess a Quote (Tale of Two Ciities)

Last week, Elisabeth Sullivan recommended a quote from A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens. The fun thing about classics is that, if you haven’t already read them, you can get them free on your Kindle. It seems like a bunch of you are familiar enough with the story to guess the quote, but haven’t actually read the book. Jennifer Sauer, Spencer R., Hanna R., Annie Hawthorne, and starshining4ever all guessed correctly. Good job guys!

Here’s a quote that should be relatively easy for fans of this particular author. Definitely a classic.

To die, to sleep -
To sleep, perchance to dream – ay, there’s the rub,
For in this sleep of death what dreams may come…

Happy Guessing

Announcement

As shown in the sidebar, I’m running a Goodreads giveaway for Counted Worthy! If you’re a Goodreads member, I’d love for you to take a moment to enter the giveaway and invite your friends to do the same. Thanks!

Book Review: The Runaway King

Runaway King, TheBack in January, I reviewed The False Prince, book one of the Ascendancy Trilogy. All three of the books are now on the market, and I enjoyed all of them. As I mentioned in my last review, if you enjoy The Ranger’s Apprentice series, you’ll certainly enjoy The Ascendancy Trilogy as well.

After reading other reviews, I expecting The Runaway King to be good, but not quite as good as The False Prince. In some ways that expectation was true, but in many ways it was not. The beginning of the book was good, but felt a bit too similar to the last one. After it got going, though, I forgot my concerns.

In fact, in some ways, I liked this book better than the last. Jaron is forced to make several emotionally difficult decisions and, in my opinion, he chooses well. He has more responsibility, or at least more obvious responsibility, in this book. In The False Prince, he really only had to worry about his own safety. In The Runaway King, he fights for the safety of his country, of a little girl attacked by thieves, and of his friends. He’s still not an impeccable role model, but there were some good morals in the story and I’m confident Jaron will be a good king.

If your an older reader looking for edge of your seat, heart in your throat reading, you might find yourself disappointed by this book. However, if you’re looking for a good, honest adventure tale, The Runaway King will deliver exactly what you’re looking for.

Guess a Quote (10.13.14)

Guess a Quote-Number the Stars

Last week’s quote came from Number the Stars, by Lois Lowry. Good job to Addyson, Morgan Huneke, Lisbeth, Annie Hawthorne, and starshining4ever for guessing correctly. Number the Stars is a book my family discovered as an audio book during a family road trip. As Morgan commented, it’s far different from Lois Lowry’s other books, but very good. It’s actually, of her books that I’ve read, it’s my favorite. (Sorry Giver fans. ;) )

This week’s quote comes complements of Elisabeth Sullivan. Thanks to Elisabeth for suggesting it. If you have a quote you think would make a great Guess a Quote feature, use the contact form to send it my way.

As the patient eyes were lifted to his face, he saw a sudden doubt in them, and then astonishment. He pressed the work-worn, hunger-worn young fingers, and touched them to his lips.
“Are you dying for him?” she whispered.
“And his wife and child. Hush! Yes.”
“O you will let me hold your brave hand, stranger?”
“Hush! Yes, my poor sister; to the last.”

Happy Guessing!

Counted Worthy: Cover Reveal

ebook_cover I have been eagerly anticipating this day ever since I made the decision to self-publish Counted Worthy. So, readers, I’m pleased to introduce you to the official cover of Counted Worthy. And to make things better, it’s now available for pre-order!

Thanks so much to all of you who have encouraged me along the way, supported this project through Kickstarter, and joined the team of beta readers and editors. I appreciate every single person who is reading this post.

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Please check out all the details below! And let me know if I missed any details. My baby is finally making it’s debut. :D


Synopsis

Heather Stone lives in fear of repeating the past, yet she continues doing the one thing that could trigger another disaster. When the police trace an illegal Bible to her house, Heather’s world begins to crumble.

Her father’s life hangs in the balance. No one with the power to help knows or cares. If she tries to save him, she could lead her friends to their deaths. If she does nothing, her father’s fate is certain. Can she evade a hostile police force and win public sympathy before it’s too late?


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Guess a Quote (10.07.14)

Guess a Quote_Anne Frank

Hello everyone! Is the weather getting cooler in your area of the country? Ours certainly is! We even light our wood stove for the first time yesterday morning.

Last week’s quote came from one of the most famous books that emerged from World War II. It’s from The Diary of a Young Girl, more widely known as The Diary of Anne Frank.  Congratulations to Mae for guessing correctly! I’ve read bits and pieces of Anne’s diary in other WWII books, but never the whole thing. Have any of you?

Here’s the quote for this week. This quote is from a fictional book that sticks to the WWII theme.

“But there are a lot of cigarettes available in Copenhagen now, if you know where to look,” he went on, “and so there will be others coming to you as well, I’m sure.”

and

Why was Papa speaking that way, almost as if he were speaking in code?

Happy Guessing!

Book Review: Among the Imposters

Among the Imposters

Luke looked with new eyes at the group sitting in front of him in the dark woods. They must all be illegal third children using forth identities. Luke’s heart gave a jump. AT last, he’d found others like him. He’d found a place to belong.

This series first captured my interest when I was thirteen. Six years later I still occasionally return to them as comfort reads. It’s rare to find books that were age appropriate as a tween an early teen that remain interesting years later.

Among the Impostors follows twelve year old Luke Garner, an illegal third child. After his only friend, another third child, dies, Luke is separated from his family and taken to hide in a boys school. There he meets other third children…but he’s not sure all of them are what they seem to be.

Can he discern friend from foe before the population police find him?

Guess a Quote (9.29.14)

Guess A Quote (9.29.14)

Life has been running at double-speed for me this past week. Thankfully, it’s all been good stuff to be busy with. I hope you all are having wonderful falls, getting into the swing of school and enjoying whatever fall foods and smells you enjoy. The trees around my home are beginning to change colors, which is always beautiful.

Our last quote came from Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley. Aubrey Lidden and Annie Hawthorne both guessed it correctly. I have not read this book yet, because it never sounded appealing to me. (Plus the green, rubber face-masks worn by trick-or-treaters freaked me out when I was little.) Then, in a writing class I took, the teacher mentioned that Frankenstein was written by 19 year old Mary Shelley as a way of showing that just because science can do something doesn’t mean it should. That description piques my interest, so maybe I’ll read it someday. (Apparently the original Frankenstein was not green with gears sticking out of his neck.) It’s available free for kindle.

Here’s the quote for this week. It comes from a well-known autobiography.

The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. As longs as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know that then there will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be. And I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.

Happy Guessing!

Round-Up: 5 Favorite Self-Published Books

5 Fav Self-Pubed books

The world of self-published books keeps on growing, but it can be a scary place for readers to venture. There is a glut of poorly written, poorly edited, poorly designed self-published books. There are also plenty of gems hidden among their not-so-shiny counterpart. If you’ve been afraid to give self-published books a try, fear no longer. I put together this list of my five favorite self-published books so you can go right to the gems. You can find other self-published books I enjoyed on my self-published shelf on Goodreads.

The Abolitionist, by Elisabeth Allen
It took me quite a while to get into this book, and the format took a while to get used to as well. However, once I did get used to the way the book is set up, I loved it. It’s not high action or edge-of-your seat. Instead, the tension in this story comes from the need to chose. The main character is faced with injustice and scared of losing the approval of “society.” I appreciated the struggle she went through to try to make the right decision. If you’re in search of a calm book to read while cozied up next to a fire, give this one a try.

In His Image, by J. Grace Pennington
This is my newest self-published favorite. I’ve read both of the author’s previous books and can say that this is her best one yet. Which reminds me that I need to announce who gets to borrow the kindle copy from me. That would be you, Spencer R. Congratulations! I’ll email it to you this afternoon.

Before You Meet Prince Charming, by Sarah Mally
This also includes Grace Mally’s book, Will Our Generation Speak. I love both of them. I decided to put Sarah’s book on the list because I’ve had it longer and read it multiple times. Both books really spoke to me and taught me a lot.

Peter’s Angel, by Aubrey Hansen
The only thing that bothers me about this book is that I can’t figure out what genre it fits into. It’s a cross between historical and speculative. Great story, though. And great writing too. Unfortunately, it ends on a bit of a cliff hanger, and book two still isn’t out.

Tales of the Heartily Homeschooled, by Rachel Starr Thomson and Carolyn Currey
I’ve loved every book I’ve read by Rachel Starr Thomson. I decided to display this one just because it’s different from the rest. I had such a good time reading the hysterical stories in here. This book is the perfect Christmas present for a homeschool mom or friend.

Which one of these books appeals to you? Have you already read any of them? If you have, which is your favorite? Are there any self-published books you would add to the “gems” list?