Saturday, February 15, 2014

Sweet Sale!

Didn’t win the giveaway? Well there is still time to snag yourself a sweet read. Find yourself a treasure!  Some of our giveaway authors who wanted to make sure you got a gem to read. Running the 15-19th catch these great authors on your e-reader for only 99 cents!









Have a beautiful day!


And the winner is...

Last night, shortly after it ended our rafflecoppter operator hit the randomize button and...  and it picked the name...
Rachel Heffington.

So everyone give her a round of applause... and I don't think I could have arranged this better but you might want to go check out her blog she just release a new book herself and is having a giveaway....

Thank you to all who entered and don't forget to check out the 99 cent sale!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Starting Tomorrow

If you don't win the giveaway, there is still time to snag yourself a sweet read. Find yourself a treasure some of our giveaway authors who wanted to make sure you got a gem to read. Running the 15-19th catch these great authors on your e-reader for only 99 cents! And I am posting this now--because I know several of the authors have already lowered their prices, so check this out today and tomorrow and get some great books!







Thursday, February 13, 2014

Molly Evangeline & The Pirates Daughter's Promise

Hello Dearest Readers,

Today, I am delighted to introduce to you Molly Evangeline, authoress of The Pirates Daughters Promise...well, actually a lot more than that, there is a whole Pirates & Faith Series plus her Makilien Trilogy.  So make sure to take the time to go check out her website and get excited over her books, that I've been dying to read in paperback for forever!!!!

What do you love about writing?

Characters and seeing how God works in the story. I love writing about relationships and the different dynamics between people, particularly between siblings and in family conflict. And when God is so clearly fitting pieces of the story together for me in ways I never expect, it’s awesome. I think writing is one way that helps me make sense of the difficulties in my own life because in writing how God is working in other peoples’ lives (even if they’re fictional), He helps me better understand that He is working in my own life the same way.

Who is your favorite book couple ever?

I think I’d have to say Ela and Kien from Books of the Infinite by R.J. Larson. Their relationship was really fun to follow and they are quite adorable together.

What is your favorite “first meeting” between a story couple?

This is also Ela and Kien. They had a very interesting and amusing first meeting. Let’s just say Kien came out of it with a blackened eye. It definitely had me giggling and made for fun character and relationship growth through the series.

What couple did you ship, only to be disappointed? 

This usually doesn’t happen to me. The closest I’ve come was in The Hunger Games. It’s not that I shipped the two people who didn’t end up together (I won’t say who and avoid spoilers), but the way things ended between them was really disappointing and unsatisfying for me. I’ll just say I hate love triangles. It never seems to end well.

What book really illustrates the love of God for us in a way that caught your attention?

Can I mention Books of the Infinite again? It has really grown to be my favorite book series of all time, especially for this reason. I was very impressed by how the author wrote God into the story. It felt so much more real than many stories I’ve read, and instead of just mentioning God throughout, He was so present and so active in the characters’ everyday lives. Sometimes we tend to forget just how present and active God is in our own lives and how much He truly loves and cares for us. Books of the Infinite helped me focus on that more than any other fiction book I’ve read before.

What is your favorite form of love to write into your own books? 

I love writing all forms of relationships in my books. Friendship always plays a huge part. It’s probably the form of love I write about the most. But I also love writing about families and their love for each other. And I’m a hopeless romantic, so romance will always find its way into everything I write.

Do you have a favorite couple of those you’ve written? Why?

I’m currently working on a six book series called Ilyon Chronicles (the first of which is scheduled for publication in May) and my two main characters, Jace and Kyrin, are definitely my favorite couple so far. Their relationship is very different from any I’ve written before. It starts out very slow. They first are best friends before any romance enters the picture. It’s not until the end of book two that there’s any hint of it. I loved building their relationship so slowly and solidly from the ground up.

Was there ever a couple in your stories that you were not planning on ending up together but finally ended up writing in?

Oh, yes. This happens to me all the time. I had three couples in my Makilien Trilogy that were not planned, and another three in Ilyon Chronicles. And since I’m only a little over half done writing Ilyon Chronicles, who knows what could happen yet.

Do you find it harder or easier to write romantic love or friendship love in your books? 

I suppose friendship love is probably easier because it has always come very naturally to me when I’m writing. I don’t think I’ve ever had a time when it was difficult to write. At times, romance can be harder. It largely depends on the characters. Jace and Kyrin have been super easy to write because they’ve always had such great chemistry, even as friends.

Do you have a favorite friend pair in your books?

There are so, so many. I could name off several from Ilyon Chronicles alone. But, choosing from something I actually have published already, I think I’d have to choose either Aedan and Makilien or Halandor and Makilien from my Makilien Trilogy. I love Aedan and Makilien’s brother/sister like friendship, and especially love Aedan’s role of acting like her big brother and looking out for her. What I love about Halandor and Makilien is their father/daughter type friendship. Of everyone in the trilogy, Makilien probably relied on him the most.



Molly Evangeline is a homeschool graduate and indie Christian author in her mid-twenties. She is the author of the historical pirate adventure series, Pirates & Faith, and the fantasy trilogy, Makilien. She is passionate about indie publishing and enjoys assisting to-be indie authors. She currently lives in Wisconsin with her family and has recently chosen to start publishing under the pen name Jaye L. Knight.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Elizabeth Rose & Violets are Blue

Hello Dear Readers!

Today, I am delighted to introduce to you Elizabeth Rose of Literary Lane. A while a go I purchased the paperback and I found Elizabeth really has a lovely talent with words, tells a compelling story, and has a unique twist on her angle of telling the story of the Titanic, that I don't think most people think to cover, or contemplate. I can't wait for her next book to come out.




So without further ado Elizabeth Rose....

What do you love about writing?

The opportunity to capture a bit of humanity in all its beauty, conflict, and toil on paper. I love tracing the hand of God through history and then weaving it into my own tales. I write stories about great men and I write stories about small men, but no matter the character or setting, my favorite part is painting that certain something in the hearts of all mankind that yearns toward their Maker.

Who is your favorite book couple ever?

I have too many favorites. If the homeschooling community has made Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy a cliche and therefore an implied answer, I’ll add Sir Percy and Marguerite Blakeney from The Scarlet Pimpernel. If you have not read the book, please do so at once, as it is little short of phenomenal.

What is your favorite “first meeting” between a story couple?

Barring Elizabeth and Darcy again (of course), that would be Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe. Cracked slate, candy heart, and all.

What couple did you ship, only to be disappointed? 

Chad Buford and Melissa Turner of the sadly little-known Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come. I’m a strong supporter of romance that sprouts from childhood friendship, and I still cry when I read the necessary ending. Who knew an assigned book would make such a lasting impression?

What couple ended up together, but you wish they hadn’t? 

Following the theme of the previous question, Chad Buford and Margaret Dean. To be fair, Margaret, the lovely Southern coquette, does improve by the novel’s end, but I still preferred Melissa for her spitfire passion and selfless love.
What confession / proposal or wedding touched your heart? 

The last scene in Rilla of Ingleside is one of my favorites, though it doesn’t quite fit into the above categories. To this day, it remains one of the few passages I choose when I want something happy and dearly familiar to read.

On a different kind of love, what is your favorite bromance or sisterhood in a novel? 

I love the relationship between Jo and Beth March, especially towards the end of Little Women. Even with all her flighty ways, Jo softens and grows much more womanly and gentle around Beth, and she in her turn understands Jo better than anyone else.
What book really illustrates the love of God for us in a way that caught your attention?

I’m only partially obsessed with the famed Chapter XIII in A Tale of Two Cities, a scene that takes place between Lucie Manette and Sydney Carton. “For you, and for any dear to you, I would do anything.” We know from the Gospel of John that true love is not self-seeking but sacrificial, and if you’ve read Dickens’ classic (the ending! the ending!), you’ll know why I love this passage so.

What is your favorite form of love to write into your own books? 

I most often pen love of the Avonlea sort, a romance with little pomp or blare that “creeps to one’s side like an old friend through quiet ways . . . unfolding naturally out of a beautiful friendship, like a golden-hearted rose slipping from its green sheath.” I hope my own future love will spring from such circumstances, but who can know the plans of the Lord?

Do you have a favorite couple of those you’ve written? Why?

My favorite couple is always the only I’m currently forming in the back of my mind. Right now I’m fond of a certain pair from There Blossoms Red, my next historical novel, but to give more detail than that would be Telling.

Was there ever a couple in your stories that you were not planning on ending up together but finally ended up writing in?

Goodness, you are plying for spoilers! I set my jaw against Susannah and Kenneth of Rifles in the South Field becoming romantically attached, desperate not to write the age-old story about love across the fill-in-the-blank divide, but I’m grudgingly content with what resulted. It isn’t a romance, per say, so don’t get any notions, and I hope it is a bit different while remaining true to the period and human nature as a whole.

Do you find it harder or easier to write romantic love or friendship love in your books? 

There was a time when I felt terribly silly writing romance of any kind in stories because it was an area with which I had no experience. I have little more experience now, being just shy of seventeen, but good books and honest, friendly conversation have been my greatest alibis in understanding the other sex. I still prefer friendship love, since I’m quite hobbit-like in my affection for the comfortable things, but sometimes it’s fun to put in a dashing, madly romantic love for the temporary thrill of it.

Do you have a favorite friend pair in your books? 

Violet Bradshaw and Ethan Hartley, being characters in my debut novel, Violets Are Blue, and the first friendship pair between male and female that I successfully wrote, take the laurel in that category. There’s a hint of romance to come, but the book ends several years before either of them come of age, and their relationship remains open and unblemished in its youthful simplicity.

Favorite love story you’ve written?

The one that lives only in my head and has yet to see the light of day or Blogger.

What is your definition of love?

“Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” 1 John 4:10

Elizabeth Rose is a young lady of tender years who takes pleasure in a variety of pastimes, chief among them being writing. She lives in the southern United States with her large family, and has been home schooled her whole life. When she's not scribbling, she reads, dances, drinks tea, and blogs at Living on Literary Lane. Her debut novel, VIOLETS ARE BLUE, was published in April 2012.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Joan Bassington-French & Christmas at the Tittletons

Hello Dear Readers! 
Today I am delighted to introduce to you Joan Bassinton-French, authoress of Christmas mystery that has been on my WISH LIST ever since it came out! So I am super excited that one of you wonderful lovelies will get a chance to win this book! So excited!! Make sure you follow her blog Hidden Orchards and stay tuned to all of her writing!

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What do you love about writing?

~ I think the best part of writing is how your characters carry the story along once they’re developed enough.  I cease to be the writer and take on the job of recorder.  It’s really neat how that works.

Who is your favorite book couple ever?

~ My favorite book couple is probably Tom and Polly in An Old Fashioned Girl.

What is your favorite “first meeting” between a story couple?

~ My favorite would be the meeting between Gavin and Babbie in The Little Minister.  It’s funny because, Gavin, the minister, is horrified by Babbie, the gypsy girl, who completely ignores him on their first meeting even though he is used to being revered.

What couple did you ship, only to be disappointed? 

~ I never “shipped” Mr. Jarndyce and Esther in Bleak House, but I always feel sorry for Mr. Jarndyce in the end.

What couple ended up together, but you wish they hadn’t? 

~ Richard and Ada in Bleak House

What confession/ proposal or wedding touched your heart? 

~ I wouldn’t say that it necessarily touched my heart, but Valancy’s proposal to Barney in The Blue Castle certainly made me laugh.

On a different kind of love, what is your favorite bro-mance or sisterhood in a novel? 

~ I like the friendship between Emily and Ilse in the Emily of New Moon books.

What book really illustrates the love of God for us in a way that caught your attention?

~ The Hiding Place

What is your favorite form of love to write into your own books? 

~ I love to write about the love in families.  Maybe because I have four brothers I especially like to put brother-sister relationships in my stories.





Do you have a favorite couple of those you’ve written? Why?

~ My favorite couple is Lord Joseph and Lady Loira Loretto in The Peasants of Niminwell.  Even though they’re secondary characters, I love the way they have so much fun together trying to matchmake all the eligible bachelors of their city.

Was there ever a couple in your stories that you were not planning on ending up together but finally ended up writing in?

~ Yes, Hernagrow and Heron in Alicia were not necessarily going to be married, but their marriage gave me an excuse to leave them out of the story for a while, so I did it.  (They were also secondary characters.)

Do you find it harder or easier to write romantic love or friendship love in your books?

~ I find it harder to write romantic love into my books.  First of all, I’m not as interested in reading about that, so naturally I don’t care about writing it as much.  Secondly, my family and friends are such an important part of my life that this aspect of love creeps into my stories whether I want it to or not.

Do you have a favorite friend pair in your books? 

~ Yes, I love the friendship of Lonny and Cadmio in The Peasants of Niminwell.  They both have points in their character that the other helps to strengthen.

Favorite love story you’ve written?

~ I know that the love story between “villains” should probably not count, but I really enjoy the story of Slograv and Kalai in The Daulots, even though they both end up on the wrong side of things.

What is your definition of love?

~ Love is selflessness, demonstrated in the greatest way by Christ on the cross.  For a more complete definition, see I Corinthians 13.

Author Bio:
Joan Bassington-French is an author from America’s Mid-West who is currently pursuing a degree in English at a Southern university.  She especially loves Dickens and murder mysteries.  Her favorite book of the Bible is Job.  Her favorite pastimes are reading, writing, and cooking, and she prefers rainy days because they are cozier for reading.  If she’s outdoors she prefers to be talking a walk or working in a vegetable garden, but on the whole she’s definitely more of an indoor person.  She’s been told that she was born in the wrong century, but she likes electricity so much that she can’t really credit that statement.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Jack Lewis Baillot & Abolished Impracticality

Hello Dear Readers! 

Today I am delighted to introduce you to Jack Lewis Baillot. Now, oh, what does one say about Jack? Jack is wonderful, clever, creative and ever so much fun, and all of my books are on my list of I am going to buy and read these, I have a few of the ebooks but I am really wanting them in paperback--so one of you dear readers are going to be ever ever so lucky to snag a copy of Jack's latest work. (I am going to try and not be jelous--I promise.) However, not to miss out on any of Jack's brilliance, go follow her blog However Improbable, you won't regret it.


Now for our fabulous interview with Jack...

What do you love about writing?
I love the characters. The plots are fun, I like it when I come up with a new, exciting one. But the thing that keeps me going is the characters. I love all of them, even when they stand over my shoulder and threaten me with their swords. Even when they make me cry or irritate me. Or don't tell me what is going on with the story. I adore them all – at least most of them.

Who is your favorite book couple ever?
Oh dear....Um...well, they aren't really a couple yet. I hope they become one, even though he is sweet with the other girl – no, it isn't really a love triangle. He is supposed to marry one girl, but he loves another. And the girl he is supposed to marry isn't rotten or anything, and she is best friends with the girl he loves so I think when she finds out she is going to insist he marries the other girl. But the couple I am talking about is Kiggs and Phina from Seraphina. Amazing book. And Kiggs is one of the coolest book heroes I've ever come across.
Also, I love Howl and Sophie – OH!!!! And Annabeth and Ransom from Annabeth's War! I love those two so much!

What is your favorite “first meeting” between a story couple?
Ug....I don't think I read enough couple stories for this. (Oh, but I get why you are asking couple questions now! Brilliant me.) Kiggs and Phina's was sweet. She was worried he was going to be an annoying, snobbish prince but he just walked into the middle of this crowd and talked to them all like they were his best friends. Oh, but I think my favourite would be Han and Leia. “No amount of reward money is worth this.” I always like it when couples start out as enemies and fall in love.

What couple did you ship, only to be disappointed?
Luna and Neville. But, like almost everyone else in the world, I pretty much refuse to believe they ended up with anyone else. Really, can you imagine a couple who would be more amazing together?
Also Jill and Eustice. I never really cared about shipping anyone from the Narnia books, but out of everyone who I thought would end up together, they were the only two.


What couple ended up together, but you wish they hadn’t?
Percy Jackson and Annabeth. I know, shocking. But, after they became a couple, Percy stopped because AS cool. And I also didn't like Will and Alyss together, because I couldn't stand Alyss. Tom and Hester from the Mortal Engine books, because the second book was weird with them as a couple....and I will stop there.


What confession/ proposal or wedding touched your heart?
Ransom's to Annabeth. (His was sweet, very sweet.) I don't know why, but I've always liked Laurie's to Amy as well, I even go around quoting it sometimes. “We pull together very well, don't we?” I can't really think of a whole lot – more books need proposals.

On a different kind of love, what is your favorite bro-mance or sisterhood in a novel?
Oh dear....Haddock and Tintin – I know they aren't blood brothers, but they are close enough (maybe sometimes more like uncle and nephew, but you know what I mean.) Sherlock and Watson. Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli. Pippin and Merry. Sam and Fordo. Peter and Edmund. Caspian and Edmund. Jack and Art (the Larklight books.) HALT AND WILL!! (Again, not exactly brothers, more like father and son, but....I love them together and I couldn't help myself.) Bassa and Bryon from CassaStar. (Yeah, I have a long list. And that isn't even half.)


What book really illustrates the love of God for us in a way that caught your attention?
The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. Well, on that same note, I felt that way about most of the Narnia books. 

What is your favorite form of love to write into your own books?
Brothers, and best friends. Usually it turns out to be best friends who act like brothers. I also do a lot with the older brother and little sister. (I did both in The Broken Blade, and a good bit of it in the Haphazardly Implausible series.)

Do you have a favorite couple of those you’ve written? Why?
Yes. Grin I can't really say which it is though without spoiling something. So I will do my next favourite. Aden and Lucy from the Haphazard books. They were just really sweet and a lot of fun, and neither was very romantic. They were the kind that just liked to sit around and talk and eat. Kind of like FitzSimmons in Agents of SHIELD. They weren't romantic like a lot of the others try to be. They were just sweet.

Was there ever a couple in your stories that you were not planning on ending up together but finally ended up writing in?
Yes...and I got mad at him for it, and it lead to one of the reasons I killed him. (I took it out though and he technically never dies.) But anyways...eh, come to think of it, I can say this for all my characters. I just write them and they end up together and I never know where it comes from.

Do you find it harder or easier to write romantic love or friendship love in your books?
Hard to write romance when I actually have to write it. When romance ends up in my books I just stand back and do nothing and it all turns out okay. When I have to work at it it is HORRIBLE. But, friendships are the easiest for me, and I like writing them a lot. I love putting in a lot of characters with different personalities and watching who ends up becoming best friends with whom.

Do you have a favorite friend pair in your books?
Oh yes! Peter and Tony from Haphazardly Implausible. Out of everyone I don't know how they've become my favourite, but I really have fun with those two. I think it might be the way Tony looks after Peter. He's such a big brother to him.
Also, in The Broken Blade, Ryder-Adair and Striker are fast becoming my newest favourite friendship.

Favorite love story you’ve written?
You're determined to find out, aren't you? Okay, Peter and the girl he ends up with. (I will call her Emma because I don't want to give away her name and do the whole spoiler thing.) Everything about their story I love – no, the book isn't a romance one, but it has a bit in. A little bit.

What is your definition of love?
Love is accepting someone's personality and not wishing to change it to fit your own, or the way you think they should be. It is helping each other in drawing closer to God. It is selfless, including learning how to selflessly accept love and help from each other, and not just give it. It isn't putting blame on the other, it is not becoming angry over faults and mistakes but forgiving, no matter how often they are made. It is being there for each other, and it is encouraging and building each other up


Saturday, February 8, 2014

Kendra Ardnek with Sew It's a Quest & Do You Take This Quest?

Hello Dear Readers!

Today, I am delighted to introduce to you Kendra Ardnek, of Knitted by God's Plan a wonderful and prolific authoress who specializes in fairy-tales and knitting! Whimsical and creative, I know that you will love her books!!! Kendra is certainly one of those authors I wish I had more time to get to know...she seems like so much fun.



Here is her DELIGHTFUL interview!

What do you love about writing?

I love the way that my keyboard sounds when I pound the keys at ninety miles an hour. I love the scratch of my pencil or the smell of my ink when I write by hand. I love watching my cloud of thoughts weave themselves into a working story. I love seeing those words all bound up in a book. I love hearing from my readers how much they love my stories.

Who is your favorite book couple ever?

I've read so many books … and there are so many great couples to choose from … oh …

Does Christ and the Church count? It's in the Bible, you can't say that the Bible isn't a book. It's just such a beautiful story – I mean, he died for her, before she knew him (before she was born, really), and then rose again – and the ending! What a climax!

What is your favorite “first meeting” between a story couple?

Ohh … again, I've read so many books … I think I'll go with Taran and Eieionwy (okay, so that's not her name, but I'm too tired to look it up). It was just completely unexpected – he was despairing in the depths of a dungeon, and then out of nowhere, she was there, helped him escape and he was just … uh … what just happened?

What couple did you ship, only to be disappointed? 

Ask Miss Jack Lewis Baillot about this one. Yes, I'm glaring at a cliff hanger at the end of Abolished Impracticality. No, I can't name names, plot spoilers, you know.

What couple ended up together, but you wish they hadn’t? 

While I loved Champion in the Darkness by Tyrean Martinson, I was very disappointed in the small side of romance slid in. It felt completely unnecessary, especially considering the fact that she apparently subscribes to the “kill the love interest” mentality. No, I'm not naming names here, either.

What confession/ proposal or wedding touched your heart? 

I'm not one for proposals that touch the heart – I'm more for the completely unexpected one in the middle of an intense battle scene (I've read one, and it was brilliant). Wait, no, I do have one that tugged my heartstrings and made me cry – Ella Enchanted. It was so sad because even though they love each other and are perfect for each other and all that, her “gift/curse” of obedience would have endangered him as prince and eventually king, so she had to say no, but then *****Spoilers, spoilers, spoilers …****** I don't know how many times I've read that scene. I own the book now … I think I'll go read it again …

On a different kind of love, what is your favorite bro-mance or sisterhood in a novel? 

Wilbur and Charlotte in Charlotte's Web. Such a beautiful story. I adored the old cartoon as a child, and I love the book, too.

What book really illustrates the love of God for us in a way that caught your attention?

At risk of sounding clich̩ and all that, I'm going to go with The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. While the scene where Aslan sacrificed himself for Edmund was one reason that it took me so long to finally read the book (I had heard a radio show where they were talking about it, and it scared me РI was only eight or so at the time), once my Mom sat me down with the old BBC movies and I actually found out how it was done, I've loved it ever since. It was so simple, and yet profound.

What is your favorite form of love to write into your own books? 

While writing the romantic sort is fun and I usually include at least one in each of my books, what I find myself focusing the most on is family love, predominately on siblings (usually twins).

Do you have a favorite couple of those you’ve written? Why?

Uhhh … Oh, I have about four couples, who vie for the position of first place (and about ten that tie for second). Clara and Andrew, from Water Princess, Fire Prince, which I'm hoping to have out in about two years, have probably held the position for the longest, since they've been pestering me for about five years already. They're such a great team, so perfect for each other, and she can give him such a hard time. Then, from my Bookania Quest series (books one and two are my offerings for the giveaway) I have Robin and Eric, who spend eleven years as bitter rivals before they decide they actually might be good for each other, and Madeleine and Samson, who were an arranged marriage (political alliance made back when they were seven and eight), but are so used to the idea they both sorta take it for granted. And then I have a new couple in Worth of a King, (a cowrite with Miss Jack Lewis Baillot) Obsidia and Delaney, and they're a lot like Madeleine and Samson in that they sorta-kinda grew up with the idea, but there's a lot of political unrest over the fact that his father killed hers and stole his throne. Complicated issues there, and they are currently one of my few couples that I'm not entirely certain that they get a happily ever after.

Was there ever a couple in your stories that you were not planning on ending up together but finally ended up writing in?

I'm not sure … hmmm … oh, Robin and Eric weren't originally going to end up together. I mean, both characters existed, but I had other plans for him (him being already engaged and all that …) but then I had a weird plot twist idea that left Eric single, and while I was happy to leave him that way … but then I discovered some backstory that linked Robin and Eric, and decided they were perfect together. And they were, and have been.

Do you find it harder or easier to write romantic love or friendship love in your books? 

Having experienced more of the friendship sort, I'm better at that, but I consider my specialty to be sibling relationships, in particular, twins. (Honestly, of all the books I've written, so far, there have only been one or two that haven't had at least one pair of twins at least mentioned.)

Do you have a favorite friend pair in your books? 

Can I substitute that with twin set?
In that case, my favorite twins are … oh, dear. (surveys enormous crowd of twins with a few triplets and quadruplets mixed in) Wow. I have a lot of twins …

I think my current favorite set of twins would have to be Riley and Roxanne, AKA, the Plant Master and ROCKS, super hero and super villain arch rivals when their masks are on, but siblings who get along almost perfectly when they're off. I need to get their book written …

Favorite love story you’ve written?

My favorite demonstration of love that any of my characters have ever done is when Jen chose to risk, and probably loose her life for the imaginary world she had created as a child in The Ankulen. A close second is when a certain other character decides to go with her to keep her safe.

What is your definition of love?

Love is not just an ooshy-gooshy feeling that makes your heart go all a-flutter, though sometimes that's a side-affect (and sometimes it's just a side-affect of infatuation). Love is a commitment to put another person's needs ahead of your own. Yeah, it's a weird idea, don't know where it comes from – maybe from reading too many marriage counseling books. (They're a surprisingly good resource for learning how a guy's brain works).

Friday, February 7, 2014

Jansina with Shrouded Jewels & As Fairy Dust Settles

Hello Dearest Readers!

Today, I am delighted to introduce to you Jansina! I've had the privilege of meeting Jansina in person, and my editor for Annabeth's War.  Jansina is not only an author but an editor & publisher of her very own Rivershore Books! (if you are looking to sail out into the world of publishing and don't feel like you want to do it alone Janisna is the one to talk to!)

I am super delighted that Jansina is able to offer us two of her books (a series! Series are so exciting.) Though I haven't had a chance to read them myself, I know that you will love them. (The stack of books beside my bed will someday fall on top of me and bury me in a book grave.) I've had a chance to talk with Jansina about her books and the way she talks about her characters there is such a warmth and delight in them, they are perfectly wonderful!


However delightful Jansina....
What do you love about writing?

The limitless possibilities, the way even your own characters can surprise you, and the unique things you notice about people when you’re in a writing mindset.

Who is your favorite book couple ever?

Catherine Morland and Henry Tilney, from Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey. I know there are a lot of other great ones, too, though!

What is your favorite “first meeting” between a story couple?

Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe…hehe.

What couple did you ship, only to be disappointed? 

I can’t remember a book like that. If I was ever hoping for a romance that didn’t happen, I was still happy with the way the book ended up. With The Hunger Games, I was worried I’d be disappointed, but I wasn’t.

What couple ended up together, but you wish they hadn’t? 

Again, I don’t think there were any!

What confession/proposal or wedding touched your heart? 

The one in Freckles (by Gene Stratton-Porter) is just so beautiful and sweet…since I don’t want to spoil it, that’s all I’ll say – but do read the book if you have a chance!

On a different kind of love, what is your favorite bro-mance or sisterhood in a novel? 

Winnie-the-Pooh and Christopher Robin. Oh…that’s not a novel. Legolas and Gimli!

What book really illustrates the love of God for us in a way that caught your attention?

The Shack by William P. Young. I borrowed the term Papa from there. I also love Ransomed by Elizabeth Ender and think everyone should read it!

What is your favorite form of love to write into your own books? 

The romantic form is what I naturally lean towards, but I also really enjoy the friendship and family forms.

Do you have a favorite couple of those you’ve written? Why?

I do, but I’m not sure I can say without giving spoilers, since the book is in the editing stage now. Let’s just say they’re an unlikely and flawed pair, and I like the way they help each other improve.

Was there ever a couple in your stories that you were not planning on ending up together but finally ended up writing in?

Yes – a couple secondary characters in Shrouded Jewels and As Fairydust Settles will eventually end up together. I’ll probably give them their own books at some point to complete their stories.

Do you find it harder or easier to write romantic love or friendship love in your books? 

Romantic love is easier to write as the main focus; friendship is easier as a backdrop. (Of course, friendship can lead into romantic…)

Do you have a favorite friend pair in your books? 

Davey and Jonathan from Shrouded Jewels and As Fairydust Settles, because they respect and learn from each other, but aren’t afraid to call out the other when they’re acting dumb.

Favorite love story you’ve written?

It hasn’t fully been written yet…of the ones I’ve written already, I think Forgotten Memories wins, because it’s not as complex as Mical and Davey’s, and Joe is just thilly.

What is your definition of love?

Oh boy. Talking romantic (not unrequited) love: It’s part attraction, part commitment, mostly unselfish, and can only be perfected through Papa. It takes work and dedication, but it’s absolutely worth it.

About Jansina:

I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t writing. I finished my first short story when I was eight, and my mom had it bound into a book. From that point on, publishing became my dream. I now have three novels and two short stories published – more soon to come!

In 2012, I began my editing and publishing company, Rivershore Books. I now have three secondary proofreaders, a backup graphic artist, and an illustrator working with me, and the business continues to grow.

My goal is to honor God in my writing and encourage other authors to do the same with their own.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Sarah Holman & The Destiny of One

Hello Dearest Readers!

Today I am super tickled to be introducing you to one of my new favorite authors Sarah Holman of The Destiny of One. One of the queen bee's of busy authors, who keeps her days fill with writing epic book reviews, blog posts, researching, and her own lovely works.

This is one author who is really becoming a kindred spirit, and I know from chatting with her that the words she write flow directly from her tender and talented heart. I am currently reading her latest book Adventures and Adversities, it is beautifully and brilliantly written, drawing you right into the pages of her sweet story. I have a hard time keeping track of time as she slowly carries me away into the world of her wonderful characters that I find real and exhorting. It's certainly going on my "Give this really good book, as a gift list." I can't wait until my sister adds this to her long "To Read" list.

I am so excited that she is offering The Destiny of One to all of you, I read the first chapter of the ebook (I have a terrible confession to make, I am horrible at reading ebooks no matter how wonderful and gripping they are I can't seem to find the drive as I am sitting at my computer.) And I really loved it, but I need to save up and buy all of her books in paperback so I can read to my heart's content.


However lovely Sarah Holman in her own words...

What do you love about writing?
I love following a character through a story and seeing where it leads. I rarely have the story mapped out, so I am as surprised by many of the twists and turns that it takes as my readers.

Who is your favorite book couple ever?
Out of books I have read I would have to say it is Christy and Neil from Catherine Marshall‘s Brilliant work Christy. They actually aren’t that romantic of a couple, but the realism of the characters was amazing.

What is your favorite “first meeting” between a story couple?
This is a very hard one. I think to me one of my favorite first meetings out of any book was in
Janette Oke’s series Season of the Heart between Auntie Lou and the minister. It was so funny and real, I just loved it.

What confession/ proposal or wedding touched your heart?
Jane Austen takes the cake for this one all of her confessions and proposals are amazing. However, I think that Captain Wentworth’s letter to Anne has to be one of the most touching confessions/proposal ever.

On a different kind of love, what is your favorite bro-mance or sisterhood in a novel?
You really like asking tough questions, don’t you? Coming from a large family of girls, I think that it is a toss-up between Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and Louisa May Alcott’s, Little Women. Both of these books portray sisterhood much like that I share with my own sisters. However, unlike Pride and Prejudice, I have a wonderful mother and my two youngest sisters do not flirt with every boy they meet (they do have a thing for men in uniform though).

What book really illustrates the love of God for us in a way that caught your attention?
Christy by Catherine Marshall, hands down. This book had a profound effect on me and my faith. The love of Christ that Miss Alice and Christy have for the very broken people of Cutter Gape inspired me to look differently at the people around me.

What is your favorite form of love to write into your own books?
I like to write about all kinds of love, however, I am coming to enjoy writing about love between a man and woman that is based in strong character, and the love of God. It is easy to write a romance that is based on feelings and people ‘falling-in-love’ but I want to write love stories based on something deeper and more lasting. Of course, I do want to have a dash of feelings in there as well. ;)

Do you have a favorite couple of those you’ve written? Why?
Maria and her future husband. Perhaps it is because Maria is so much like me and I put so many of the qualities I really admire in guys into Maria’s future husband.

Was there ever a couple in your stories that you were not planning on ending up together but finally ended up writing in?
So far, that hasn’t happened. However, I would not be surprised if that happened in the future.


Do you find it harder or easier to write romantic love or friendship love in your books?
I find both easy to write. I have had many wonderful friendships to learn from and even though I have never been in a romantic relationship myself, I have a good imagination and plenty of books, movies, and real life people to draw from. The only thing I find hard to write sometimes is guy friendships. Those are a little tougher.

Do you have a favorite friend pair in your books?
Christy and Miss Alice, or maybe Jane and Elizabeth. It is hard to choose between the two. Christy and Miss Alice had a friendship and Alice was Christy’s mentor as well. Jane and Elizabeth were sisters as well as close friends. Both friendships say them though the good times and the bad.

Favorite love story you’ve written?
My latest one between Selah and William. William is so unsure of himself and Selah is so strong. Yet they both see the good and bad in each other.  It was so fun to write! Watch of the book A Different Kind of Courage coming later this year.

What is your definition of love?
Love is patient
Love is kind
It does not envy
It does not boast
It is not proud
It is not rude
It is not self-seeking
It is not easily angered
Love believes all things
Love hopes all things
Love never fails


Yes I took this from the Bible but it truly is my definition. If there any mistakes in my quotation it is because I did it from memory. This is what is ingrained within me. For the greatest virtue is true love.