Quote Variation Contest Voting

Watching entries for the Pride and Prejudice Quote Variation contest role in was so much fun. You all came up with some creative ideas! Now you get to see them all in one spot. Scroll through, pick your favorite, and use the voting form to cast your vote. You can ask people to vote for your quote or support your favorite quote by using the sharing links below each image. (Note: If you use the Facebook share links, be sure to add a note telling your friends which quote you want to support. Facebook does not fill the description in for you.)

#1 | Variation CLEP

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#2 | Variation Superhero

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#3 | Variation Fishing


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#4 | Variation Hitchhiker


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#5 | Variation Salvation


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#6 | Variation Artsy


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#7 | Variation Bookworm


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#8 | Variation Fangirl


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#9 | Variation Hunger Games


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#10 | Variation Hobbit


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#11 | Variation Author


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And now for the drumroll please. It’s time to vote.

Can’t wait to see who will win! I’ll announce the results next Tuesday. :)

Guess a Quote [10.12.15]

Voyage of the Dawn Treader [GAQ]We all had a lot of fun with last week’s GAQ (Guess a Quote) post. The quote, which came from The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, by C.S. Lewis, has always been one of my favorites from Narnia.

…there I have another name. You must learn to know me by that name. This was the very reason why you were brought to Narnia, that by knowing me here for a little, you may know me better there.

As a little kid listening to the radio theater production of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, this line captivated me. Somehow those words coming from Aslan made Narnia seem more real because it linked itself to God and made God seem more accessible because Aslan was teaching the Pevensies how to know Him in our world. It made me so happy when the “new” movie kept that line.

Everyone who guessed got the correct title, series, or both. Congratulations to Emily Ruth, Amanda Beguerie, Brooke, Addyson M. Huneke, Elisabeth Sullivan, Victoria NightSky, proverbs31teen, Jonathan G, Abby, emilydm544, Hanna R, Spencer R, Morgan Huneke, Lina Ruth, narniahannah, Oathofgod, and Sarah D!

To everyone who participated in the Pride & Prejudice quote variation contest, voting for that will go up tomorrow.

Until then, here’s this week’s quote. Since they’re so much fun, I’m staying with the theme of well-loved quotes from well-loved books. This particular quote is also a great reminder in the face of headlines about the depraved practices filmed at Planned Parenthood and the battle being fought for the lives of unborn babies.

Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.

Happy Guessing!

Book Review: Keep a Quiet Heart

Keep a Quiet Heart

In the darkness of my perplexity and sorrow I have heard Him say quietly, Trust me.

My Texas roommates and I love Elisabeth Elliot. Her words of encouragement and wisdom have been sought after and enjoyed for decades. Because of this, Keep a Quiet Heart was a natural choice when we wanted to have a rommie book study. The book study never quite happened. Other things kept popping up, and before we knew it, it was time for us to return to our respective “normal” lives. I’m still glad for the motivation to purchase the book.

Keep a Quiet Heart is a collection of articles featured in Elisabeth Elliot’s newsletter over several years. Because of it’s “short story” composition, it’s easy to pick the book up and read a few nuggets in the midst of a busy schedule, or sit down and read a hundred pages on a day with more free time.

As always, Elisabeth’s writing is accessible and meaningful.

On June 24, as I read a few pages of this book, I wrote in my journal;

Lord, You know the beginning fron the end. Forgive me for fretting about what you send. Teach me to trust in your perfect plan. Keep my eyes on you instead of man. Cleanse me of pride in myself, and bring me to perfect spiritual health.

“…all is under my Father’s control: yes, recalcitrant computers, faulty transmissions, drawbridges which happen to be up when one is in a hurry. My portion. My cup. My lot is secure. My heart can be at peace. My father is in charge. How simple!” —Keep a Quiet Heart

As on that day, I’ve found this to be the sort of book that I can flip open at any time and find something relevant for the day behind or ahead of me. Definitely a great addition to my bookshelf!

Guess a Quote [10.5.15]

Pride and Prejudice [GAQ]Last week we hit on a quote that plenty of people could “fangirl” over. As many of you already guessed, the quote came from Pride and Prejudice, the beloved Jane Austen classic. Lina-Ruth, Sneha, Elisabeth, Morgan Huneke,Victoria NightSky, proverbs31teen, Brooke, Emily Ruth, Addyson, Amanda Beguerie, littlebookblog, Amanda, Hanna R, and emilydm544 all got it right! Great job, all of you!

Something that particularly amused me last week was two alterations of the original Austen quote. Morgan Huneke provided a “Whovian” version:

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a mad mad in possession of a blue box must be in want of a companion.

And Amanda Beguerie provided a short-girl version from Water Princess, Fire Princess:

It is a fact universally acknowledged that a short girl in pursuit of something above her head must be in want of some young man to get it down for her.

Those fun alterations gave me an idea. In addition to guessing the quote this week, make up your own variation of last weeks quote (you may submit up to three variations). At the end of the week, I’ll compile them and put it up so everyone can vote for a winner. The winner will get a free book or two from me. Go!

And now for this week’s quote. It’s another well-known quote, and one I’m quite fond of.

…there I have another name. You must learn to know me by that name. This was the very reason why you were brought [here], that by knowing me here for a little, you may know me better there.

Happy Guessing!

Book Review: The Methuselah Project

Methuselah Project, TheThis book is Gunner’s Run meets Captain America: The Winter Soldier meets Jill Williamson’s Replication. Young Roger Greene was born to fly and fated to crash. Stranded in Axis territory, he is quickly captured and escorted to a cell, but he hasn’t been delivered to any ordinary POW camp. Roger finds himself one of seven men subjected to an experiment designed to extend mans’ lifespan to match Methuselah’s. Unfortunately for Roger, it works.

The mashup of history, sci-fi, and flat-out adventure story in this book made for a fast paced ride, even when Roger was spending a lifetime languishing behind bars. At the beginning of the story, overly informative dialogue got distracting quickly but gradually wore off as the story progressed. The last 100 pages or so kept me up until one in the morning. Imagine combining an epic, cross country chase and manhunt combined with a WWII era guy trying to figure out McDonald’s and cell phones.

Overall, if you’re willing to overlook some clunky dialogue, strap on your seat belt and get ready for a wild ride.

DISCLAIMER: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Guess a Quote [9.29.15]

Alice in Wonderland [GaQ]Our last Guess a Quote was challenging. So challenging that even I’m a little confused, and I picked it! The quote was,

Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.

We got three different answers for which book it came from. Some of you said Alice In Wonderland, some said Through the Looking Glass, and some said The Princess Bride. I plugged the quote into Google when I began writing a new post, and it the first result said it came from Through the Looking Glass. However, on Goodreads it says it’s from Alice in Wonderland and I’m pretty sure I grabbed the quote from Goodreads. Since Hanna R. mentioned seeing it in Alice in Wonderland at the store, I’m going with Alice in Wonderland as the right answer. Oh the irony of being confused by a quote from Lewis Caroll since I find his books supremely befuddling!

Melody, Andrew Abraham, and Hanna R., congratulations on getting it right. Honorable mention to WriteKat who said Through the Looking Glass. For all I know, you’re correct.

This week’s quote is a salute to my Texas roommates. They adore the book this quote comes from.

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.

Happy Guessing!

Hello & Book Review: The Maze

Maze, TheHello everyone! At long last, I’m back–literally as well as virtually. After a four month internship in Texas, I’m home in Connecticut and enjoying the start of the marvelous New England fall. Being home should mean a bit more freedom to put time into blogging, and I can’t wait to reconnect with you all.

On the way home from Texas, my family and I hit some National Parks. I picked up The Maze, by Will Hobbs in a Grand Canyon National Park Visitor Center.

Rick’s life is in shambles. Frightened and with no one to turn to, he resorts to the only solution he can land on. Running away. Desperation leads Rick to one snap decision after another until he comes face to face with the owner of a vehicle he “sort of” stole and gets a terse but unexpectedly lenient reaction. With no where else to go, Rick stays with Lon, who turns out to be a scientist working to reintroduce Condors to Canyonlands National Park.

With Canyonlands on our itinerary to visit later on in our trip, reading The Maze was especially fun. I was also pleased to find that I had discovered a book about a foster kid without even trying to. My only bone to pick with the book was a few paragraphs about the “pre-historic” past of the Condors. Other than my difference of opinion with the author concerning the age of the earth (and therefore how long Condors have been around for), The Maze is a fantastic middle age novel. Totally clean and lots of action. It was the perfect entertainment for our long car rides across Arizona and Utah!

While we didn’t visit The Maze area of Canyonlands (which is only accessible with an off-road vehicle), here’s some pictures we took in Canyonlands.




If you have any questions about CollegePlus, I’ve been answering them for the last four months and still love doing it, so ask away! ;) I’d also love to know what fun and exciting (or run-of-the-mill) things you all have been up to this summer.

Author Interview and Blog Tour: Jaye L. Knight

My Ilyon Chronicles adventure began when I purchased Resistance during a Kindle $0.99 sale. It was mostly for my brother because he had previously enjoyed the author’s Makilien Trilogy, written under a different pen name. He loved it and even agreed to review The King’s Scrolls if I got a review copy. His enthusiasm got me curious. Now I’m hooked on the Ilyon Chonicles and Jace is one of my favorite characters.

So, without further ado, here’s my interview with Jaye.

If Jace had to choose an alias, what would it be and why?

When I first read this question, I had no idea what Jace would choose for an alias since I never really thought about it. However, I then saw a character on TV that had the name Wolf. Right away, I was like, yeah, I could see Jace using that alias. After all, he has a pet wolf and loves animals, so it just seems to suit him.

If Jace lived in 2015, what would his profession be?

A horse trainer. Definitely. He loves horses and would be the type of person to work for himself on a ranch.

What is Jace’s favorite verse in the King’s Scrolls and why?

I guess that would depend on what point in Jace’s life he’s at. Early on, he doesn’t really have one. Later on? Well, I could see Ps. 34:4 being one of his favorites: I sought the Lord, and He answered me, And delivered me from all my fears.

That’s all for now. Stay tuned for my review of Half Blood. In the meantime, here’s some more fun info about the books!

About the Book
The gasps and murmuring grew. Though some were hardly more than whispers, clear words reached Jace’s ears—dangerous, monster, animal, soulless. He tried to back away from their accusing eyes, but the collar pulled hard against his throat and held him in place.

For all his years as a slave, Jace has known nothing but the hatred people hold for his mixed blood—one half human, the other half the blood of a race considered monsters. Always, he is the outsider and quickly learns it is better to keep to himself. But, when his volatile ryrik blood leads him to do the unthinkable, he is thrown into a world of violence and bloodshed.

Forced to become a gladiator, Jace finds more and more of his heart dying as his master works to break down his will not to become the monster everyone believes he is. When a stranger interferes with his master’s harsh punishment, Jace’s world is upended yet again. But with it comes the possibility of hope that has long since died. Could the man possibly hold the key to escaping the hopeless darkness that is Jace’s life? Is there such a thing as life beyond the cruelty of slavery?

See where Jace’s story all began . . .

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About the Author
JayeAuthor2015Jaye L. Knight is an award-winning author, homeschool graduate, and shameless tea addict with a passion for Christian fantasy. 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. She has been penning stories since the age of eight and resides in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.

You can connect with Jaye on her website, blog, Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Etsy, and on her new fiction forum where you can interact with other readers of the series.

Share in the excitement of the release and enter to win a themed giveaway pack! Prizes include an autographed copy of Half-Blood, a blue feather bookmark hand crafted by Jaye, a bronze sword pendant, and a $5 Amazon gift card! (Giveaway is open to US residents only. Cannot be shipped internationally.)

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