Sunday, August 4, 2019

Do You Want To Live - A Short Story


Dear Readers,
Are you shocked? I live, I breathe...and I have more going on than apparently, I've stopped by to say in awhile.
Well, the time has come for us to...erm....wait wrong thought. The time has come for me to share a short unedited story with you all! *gasp* I know the horrors of an unedited story is terrible, scold me in the comments below if you wish. However, this story came to me in a rush of a dream this morning, I don't think I'll have the time to pursue this little "dream" story any further. Yes, this really is a dream, I had it this morning...this is the dream life of Jessica Greyson. Seriously, it gets quite interesting at times, and people ask me where I get my ideas, mostly. I dream them up. Hahaha! Very funny, not really, but seriously I've had ideas and lynchpin moments come from dreams. It all gets quite interesting in the realm of sleep.

Also sorry for the formatting....I guess I shouldn't pre-write posts on my computer....

“Do you want to live?”
I blinked. Wondering for a moment how to answer this question. Was not my name on the lists? Wasn’t I called to die? They had taken my father and brothers out the day before. I had been separated from them in the women’s cell—but that too was now empty, and I sat on the stone steps waiting for my summons—wondering why I was left for last.
I looked up into the black mask of the executioner, his bloody ax resting at his side, dripping with what had been days of work.
“Do I want to live?” I repeated the question back to him.
“You’re name is not on the lists.”
“But how?” I questioned.
He shrugged one shoulder.
“The question is, do you want to live?”
I sat on the steps, wondering how I could live—everyone I had ever known or love had me the fate of the ax in the past few days—the kingdom had changed hands. I was no longer noble. I was common as dirt to be trod underfoot—traitors no matter how innocent they are never survive.
“What is your name?”
For a moment I hesitated—I could say I was someone else—but to die under someone else name would be no honor. I gave it.
He looked over the list of women’s names and shook his head. “You are not here.”
I bit my lip and looked at him, my brain muddled in the fog of grief and betrayal, the chains of accusations. Did I want to live, or did I want to die—everything I had ever loved was dead—and to join them in the after realm it would be no crime, to go, to let my life’s light be taken from me. But I had the choice to live—and what would I do with that choice? How could I do anything? What would I do with my life if I had it? There was none to protect me, none to whom I could be harbored under the shelter of their wisdom and protection—I would be going out into the brutal world without a defender, without the ability to take revenge. I would go into the worlds with little more than what I had born into it…didn’t that mean that I was ready to go out of this world with nothing just as I had come?
“I-I-I don’t know.” I stuttered out at last.
He took a coin from the heavy purse at his side.
He’d been paid a for every traitor he had slain. Blood money. I wondered for a moment—in his life of luxury and ease—if it would be easy to live on.
“Shall we let the fates decide?”
Without waiting for my response, he flipped the coin.
I knew instantly what I wanted to answer.
Now that the scales of fate were out of my hand, I knew what I wanted. I knew how I wanted the coin to land. My heart leapt into my throat strangling my voice that wanted to scream the words that I now knew the answer to, blood pounded in my ears.
He slapped it down, and glanced at me.
“I want to live,” I whispered.
Moving his hand he revealed the coin to himself.
“Tails.”
I blanched.
Tails.
The end.
I was suddenly unprepared for death—all of the serenity and surrender I had collected in the last few days fled. The wild urge to live flooded my veins even as I sat frozen to the spot, wanting to flee, with nowhere to go.
I wanted to live.
The hooded man turned and walked away.
Screams of terror built in my throat, I held them down with sheer will power. Fingernails dug deeply into my palms a painful agony, and yet relief to be able to express my pain and feelings.
He appeared a moment later, shoving something through the bars.
“Change, you don’t have much time. I will be back for you in three minutes.”
He walked away and I lost no time. I shed what I was wearing for the small clean—but raggedy common clothes. The clothes of a boy, I tucked my hair messy braid into the woolen cap, just as I heard steps returning down the stone hall.
A man opened the cell.
“Follow me. Keep your head down, don’t say a word,” it was the executioner—he had removed his mask…I didn’t want to look any longer, as two emotions collided in my stomach twisting it into heaving knots.
I did as I was bid, following his steps—steps that had led so many to their death—was leading me to life.
We reached the outer courtyard.
“Find your way out,” he said with a nod—and turning went back to the inner sanctum of the castle. It was a bustle of activity, carts wheeling in and out with goods—the King was ready to celebrate…I needed to leave before I heaved—dryly. I hadn’t eaten in days.
Spying a cart, leaving with a trail of apprentices behind it dressed not unlike me. I joined in hoping, an extra head wouldn’t be counted at the gate.
With my head down and tailing the troop of baker boys, I barely had time to react as a nearly empty basket was shoved into my middle, I grasped it and then glanced up to see kind brown eyes looking into my own.
“Make yourself useful,” he muttered.
I glanced hungrily at the two rolls in the bottom of the basket.
“No one will notice.”
Hunger.
Primal need overwhelmed the senses fighting in the pit of my being. The wrangle of horror, hatred, fear, the knowing I need to forgive—all vanished at the thought of soft, golden-brown bread.
I glanced up at the one who had shoved the basket into my stomach and there was a slight nod.
What if this is his ration…guilt bit into me, but the pinching howl of hunger swallowed it up as the first nibble of bread touched my tongue. Never had food tasted better, manna in the wilderness must have been like this.
We were outside the gate, and into the streets, the boy reached back and grabbed the basket.
I want to follow—but where can I go, what can I do?
I don’t know how to make bread, and I am certainly not a boy. My steps slacken as we go around the corner, and out of sight of the palace. I need to decide what I am going to do—where I am going to go.
I will look unto the hills from whence cometh my help—I am in a city there are no hills—But still, I look up and see in the midst of the hills of rooves. A steeple towered above the rest.
The nunnery—I need to go to the nunnery. They will take me in…




Saturday, June 1, 2019

Cover Reveal! Protecting the Poor


We're counting down the months until Book Three of the “Tales of Faith” series is released! But for now... we get to see the cover of Amanda Tero’s newest book.

Ready...??



"Protecting the Poor" will release August 26, 2019, completing the "Tales of Faith" trilogy. While "Befriending the Beast" and "The Secret Slipper" are loose retellings of fairytales, "Protecting the Poor" is a retelling of a classic legend: Robin Hood.


About the Book

Sheriff Feroci is now lord over the province, and Abtshire has become a pit of injustice. Being forced into the lord’s service does not give Dumphey as many opportunities to help the poor as he desires. When attempts on his life drive him into the forest, this freedom opens a world of possibilities for helping others. But how can he do so when he is running for his life? And does God want him to do more than simply feed the poor?

Friday, May 31, 2019

Hymns in the Hills Cover Reveal!


I've recently been enjoying Rebekah Morris' Triple Creek Ranch Series and am delighted to be helping to announce her latest release!

Hymns in the Hills synopsis:
“Could you not teach them what you do know?”

Separated from her parents and sent to live with unknown relatives for the summer, Belle Standish clings hard to the promises found in her dear Bible and her beloved hymns. As she grows to love her newly discovered family, she finds much work to be done for her Lord in this neglected field.

But when danger threatens those she loves, Belle's faith and courage are tested in ways she never imagined. Will God's promises hold true even in the midst of the storm? And what can she possibly accomplish with just her one little light?


Your word is: Jesus’

Links:


Author Bio:
Rebekah A. Morris is a homeschool graduate, an enthusiastic freelance author and a passionate writing teacher. Her books include, among others, Home Fires of the Great WarThe Unexpected RequestGift from the Storm and her best-selling Triple Creek Ranch series. Some of her favorite pastimes, when she isn’t writing, include reading and coming up with dramatic and original things to do. The Show-Me state is where she calls home. 


Friday, May 10, 2019

A-MAY-ZING GIVEAWAY

Hello Dear Friends,

I know it's been forever and a day since I've posted but I am here at last with a smashing giveaway!
I've teamed up with some awesome peoples to bring you some strong female stories, with no magic or fantasy other than fictional countries.

The winner will receive a signed copy of Annabeth's War, a hardcover copy of The Warrior Maiden, with a signed bookplate, and an ebook copy of the wonderful book Wren. Not pictured is a books sleeve and an awesome sword bookmark from NERD CAT CREATIONS 

Enter below! USA ONLY (sorry I'll try to do an international giveaway sometime soon)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Jane Austen Inspired Valentine Giveaway and Sale


Jane Austen. There's nothing quite like her. She continues to inspire us all these years later. This Valentines Day, myself and a few authors came together to bring a special sale and giveaway.

Twelve books are on sale for $2.99 or less. Books like Tracking Ruby and Water Princess and Fire Prince, feature characters who adore and quote Jane Austen's stories. Most of the books take the beloved classics and retell them in a new setting. Each book is perfect for those who want a little touch of Jane Austen and romance for this Valentines Day.

   
    
      




An author's participation in this giveaway does not mean they endorse all the books included. While all books are considered clean, they may not reflect the values of the other authors.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Literary Valentines

It's that time of year!
Hearts are already starting to peek out at the stores in shades of red, pink, and white. Chocolate is already starting to festoon store shelves in heart shapes and clutched by stuffed animals.
I love celebrating holidays. My love language is words and gifts so any excuse to exercise this is always taken! Hehehe!

One of my favorite things I started years ago was literary Valentines. I don't know about you but I love books, especially old books and characters so here is an opportunity to create literary Valentines for your favorite books. Feel free to use book covers or movie clips to create your ideal Valentine.

Here are a few entries from previous years:
















I am also throwing out a category for my own books I've made some templates for you to use if you want.






So if you've made it through all of that...to enter!

Create valentines of your own and post them on your blog, or Instagram and leave a link down below By midnight February 4th. I'll post them and place them in categories and we can vote on our favorites so get creative and storm up some love for some book characters. 

With Much Love,
Jessica Greyson

Thursday, January 3, 2019

ANNOUNCING!

Hello My Dearest Readers,
I am delighted to introduce to you Kellyn Roth, she is the delightful founder of Reveries Co. which I am delighted to be a part of offering my services as graphic designer and coach...
So without further ado...Kellyn...
Hi there! This is Kellyn Roth (or Kell, if you prefer), and today I’m going to tell you a little about Reveries Co.

Here’s our story.

On September 8th 2018, I was designing a site for my cover design business. As I drag-and-dropped the elements around, I realized I needed a shiny, flashy tagline. So I started thinking about my goals as a service provider. I wanted to help authors like me succeed! I wanted to make sure that every writer got the best services, personalized to their needs, at the best prices. But how could I do that? Editing is a service every author needs, but I’m not an editor, so I can’t offer editing. Every blogger, writer, and author needs a website, but web design isn’t my specialty. In fact, I tend to get frustrated with all that coding and other nonsense; I like to keep it simple. But a lot of people need more than “simple.” Suffice to say, I didn’t have the expertise I needed to offer a one-stop-shop for authors, bloggers, and other businessmen and women who needed those services but couldn’t afford them, couldn’t find the right providers, and even struggled to know what they needed. So I began planning … and in no time,

Reveries Co. Was Born!

Partnering with my dear friend, Angela R. Watts, I came up with a business plan, an application form, and a website.
Now over fifteen service providers have joined our forces, from seasoned professionals like Savannah Jezowski, Jessica Greyson, and Abigayle Claire to up-and-coming entrepreneurs like Charis Rae, Jessie Bingham, and Michaela Bush. Now we are dedicated to providing quality, personalized services for an affordable price. Our #1 goal is seeing you succeed in your writing endeavors. We even offer services such as consulting to give you the knowledge you need to go forward. I firmly believe that with hard work and a little elbow grease, anyone can develop a career and business in the writing field. However, I acknowledge that we all need some help from time to time. We’re here to offer that help quickly and easily.
Our team is a carefully-selected task force of experienced designers, editors, proofreaders, and other professionals, several of whom are authors themselves. Most of them have multiple years of experience and all have proven themselves to be consistent and trustworthy workers who offer quality services. All service providers are held to consistent standards of operation and output. We keep a close tab on the quality and proceedings of each service. We’re a team, and we function as one, helping each other succeed as well as authors.

Website // Instagram // Facebook // Twitter

Now, I know you’d like to hear a bit about what’s going on with the tour, discounts, etc., so let me share something about that.

The Giveaway

We’re giving away 30+ books—a combination of ebooks and paperbacks, genres and subgenres—to one lucky winner! Enter now!  a Rafflecopter giveaway

The first item of importance is the giveaway! This giant book bundle has books by myself as well as Savannah Jezowski, Jessica Greyson, Rebekah Morris, Kendra E. Ardnek, and others!

Facebook Party

The official Facebook launch party will be at the end of this week (Saturday the 5th) from 12 PM to 3 PM PST. I’ll be hosting a live video and taking your questions, assuming the internet cooperates, and there will be several giveaways, service provider spotlights, and other fun features.
During this party, we’ll also be offering a bunch of exclusive discounts and giveaways, so be sure to check in then!

Discounts

Throughout the tour, we’re offering exclusive discounts. Everything from editing to book cover design to consulting has an extreme cut taken out of the price … but we only have a limited amount of spaces available. Everything from 15% to 30% off of a bunch of different services - from editing to interior formatting to book cover design to website design! We even offer specialized coaching packages!
And that’s about it! I hope you’re able to join along with the blog tour and check out our other amazing posts!

Schedule

Tuesday, January 1st Interview with Founder // Kendra E. Ardnek @ Knitted by God’s Plan Spotlight // Abigail Harder @ Books, Life, and Christ Announcement from Founder // Lila Diller @ Creating Romance Wednesday, January 2nd Announcement // Kellyn Roth @ Reveries Spotlight // Mukta A @ Born Free Interview with the Co-Manager // Jo A @ The Lens & the Hard Drive Announcement from Founder // A. Kaylee @ Kaylee’s Kind of Writes Guest Post from Founder // Emily Yager Interview with Founder // Dawn Dagger Announcement from Founder // Eva-Joy @ Coffee, Classics, and Craziness Thursday, January 3rd Interview with Co-Manager // Michaela Bush @ Tangled Up In Writing Spotlight // Jessica Greyson Interview with Founder // Parker Hankins @ Pencils and Pianos Guest Post by Founder // Merie Shen @ Imperial Scribis Announcement from Founder // Jana T. @ Reviews From the Stacks Announcement from Founder // Hanne T. @ Losing The Busyness Friday, January 4th Announcement from Founder // Deborah @ Reading on the Edge Announcement from Founder // Katherine Brown Books Guest Post from Founder // Julia Witmer Announcement from Founder // Jessie Bingham Spotlight // Loretta @ Just Writing Interview with Co-Manager // Isabel Olivetti @ Chasing Fantasia Saturday, January 5th Spotlight // Abigayle Claire @ The Left-Handed Typist Spotlight // Gracelyn Buckner @ Literatura Announcement from Founder // Faith Blum @ Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections Guest Post from Founder // R.M. Archer @ Scribes & Archers Wrapup // Kellyn Roth @ Reveries
***
Have a great day, and thanks for reading my intro!
TTFN!
~Kellyn Roth~
***
Thanks so much for reading! If you're an author looking for something to kick-start your career check us out! We'd all love to help you out.

Well, these be popular