Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Meet My Boyfriend by Willowy Whisper {Book Review}



~ Description 

One accident. One man. One dance.

She'd never noticed Levi Grant. Not really. Everyone knew about him, though. Everyone remembered the accident, the tragedy. It was hard to forget. Especially since he had no arm.

She only said yes because of her soft-heart-syndrome. He'd never asked anyone to the dance. Never even had a girlfriend. How could she say no?

But at she's thrust into a whirlwind of misunderstandings and danger . . . the whole world seems to change. Will her heart change with it?


~ My Rating
5 stars 


~My Review 

This book left my heart in ruins, y'all. I stayed up too late, and then went to bed with stars in my eyes and an aching in my chest. I couldn't even consider reading anything else for days. It's that good. <3

I literally have no words to describe how darling this novella is. But, because most people prefer for reviews to have words instead of video footage of me flapping my hands and squealing over Levi... I'll attempt to be coherent.

Over the last few weeks, I've been trying to find some good, clean books with amputee characters. (It's research. I promise. Don't freak out.) I've found a couple good ones, and I have a list of books that I want to try out. But this one...this little, recently published novella that popped up in my Goodreads feed amidst my search...this is what I was looking for. This is the kind of stories I want. 

About the characters, let's start with Levi. He is such a dear! He's charming and adorable and missing an arm. He says "Hello, there," and calls her "girl," and has an ornery grin that I can literally imagine. He's a keeper. <3 

Levi and Claire make the perfect couple. She's sweet and relatable, soft-hearted and true. Payton got on my nerves sometimes, but she really did care about Claire—just didn't always choose the best ways to go about showing it. Reid utterly broke my heart, and that scene in the shelter, y'all.... *wipes tears* 

This book is pickup trucks and McDonalds drivethroughs. It's small-town universities and lunchrooms. It's smiles and winks and butterfly flutters. It's wide-open fields and fried chicken. It's homeless shelters and little old ladies. It's overbearing friends that love you to bits. 

I absolutely love this book, and I can't wait to get a paperback copy to pet and adore. *wink*

“I know I only have one arm, but I’d be proud to have you on it.”

**I received a free ebook from the author in exchange for my honest review.**

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Highway Thoughts + My First Post on the Group Blog


A few days ago, I was going to a town about two hours away. While on the highway, my thoughts led me to contemplate how interstates compare to life.

I know that sounds a little odd, (you should have seen the look my mom gave me when I told her this. xD) but hang with me.

Think about the purpose of interstates. Chances are, if you're on one, you're not going to stay on it until it ends. You're going to travel it for a little while and then exit off. You're not there for the destination, you're there for the journey.

Now let's think about life. To a lot of people, it's about the outcome. Making all the money. Having the best job, biggest house, and nicest car. 'Climbing to the top'. In a sense, the destination.

But friends, joy isn't found it having it all. Joy is found in the journey. In the little, seemingly meaningless everyday occurrences that bring a smile to your face.

On the highway of life, we're not here for the destination. We're here for the journey.

What do you think about when you're cruising down the highway? 


~*~ 



On a different note, my first post on the group blog that I recently became part of went live this week!  Click on the graphic above to check it out. :) 

Hope y'all have a blessed week. <3
~Faith

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Liebster Award 2018.

Happy Saturday, readers! :) I realized this morning that I had no idea what I was going to post here today, and I mildly freaked out. Thankfully, Ivie tagged me and rescued me from...peril? xD


// The Rules

~ Thank the person who nominated you.  Thanks, Ivie! :D
~ Answer the eleven questions they gave you.
~ Name eleven facts about yourself.
~ Nominate eleven bloggers for this and let them know.
~ Give them eleven questions.


// The Questions

1. Favorite candy?

*taps chin* Jolly Ranchers, LifeSavers, Sour Patch, Twix, Milk Duds... 


2. Favorite book? 

...really, Ivie?! Really?! Okay, fine. A Distant Melody by Sarah Sundin is *A* favorite. 


3. Favorite author?

Sarah Sundin, Jesseca Wheaton, Willowy Whisper, Beverly Lewis...among others.... ;)


4. Would you rather have to publish your first draft or publish your third draft?

Third. Very few people who I legit trust with my life (read: my critique partner and sometimes Mom) are the only human beings who see the full first draft. *nods*


5. Favorite movie?

Beautiful Dreamer and anything Signed, Sealed, Delivered. *nods*


6. Favorite Gif?

...okay, confession. I do not like GIFs. I just don't. But because it's such a thing with others and I did post this one to my other blog this week, I'll go ahead and add it. 



7. How long have you been blogging?

Three years this spring. :D


8. Do you like candles?

Yes. Especially Christmas-y candles. 


9. Rainy day or sunshine?

Typically, I'd say rainy. Because I like rainy days. But lately? It seems like it's rained nonstop for ten years, and I NEED SUNSHINE. xD 


10. How long have you been writing seriously?

A little over a year, since like December of 2016. 


11. Reading or writing? (Yes, this is an evil question.)

Very evil! *sigh* I don't even know. Right now, writing sounds best though, so I'll go with that. 


// The Facts

1. I wear glasses most of the time. 
2. Coffee is epic. 
3. I'm eating guac as I write this. 
4. My screensaver is a picture of my dog. 
5. I have over 500 books. 
6. Saturdays are gold. 
7. I love Unspoken's music. 
8. I have a hard time thinking of facts about myself when put on the spot. 
9. I have better things to do than sit here and think of facts. 
10. Just this week, I have discovered that I LOVE outlining/brainstorming. (Yes, I've written three first drafts without really doing it. Sshh.)
11. Roses are aesthetic. 


// The Tagged 

Because I'm doing this kind of spur-of-the-moment, I'm going to cheat and not tag anyone... *ducks* But if you would like to do this, consider yourself tagged! ;) 


// The New Questions 

(We're gonna pass Ivie's questions on to y'all...sshhh....) 

1. Favorite candy?
2. Favorite book? 
3. Favorite author?
4. Would you rather have to publish your first draft or publish your third draft?
5. Favorite movie?
6. Favorite Gif?
7. How long have you been blogging?
8. Do you like candles?
9. Rainy day or sunshine?
10. How long have you been writing seriously?
11. Reading or writing? 


Thanks for reading, friends! :) 
~Faith 

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Sleeping Handsome // Blog Tour + Book Review

Hello friends! :) We're here today to celebrate the release of indie-author Rebekah Eddy's latest work, Sleeping Handsome.



Summary

    Minnie's goal was to have a fun, worry free vacation with her best friend Amy. A few weeks spent in their favorite far away place before they both went back to their respective colleges. A visit to the many famous sights across the British Isles has been on both their bucket lists for a very long time, after all.
    However, when a mysterious taxi driver mentions a legend that somehow concerns her ancestral heritage, she decides to dig deeper. After being accused of stealing the famous statue and tourist attraction known as Sleeping Handsome, Minnie and Amy are plunged into a world they would never have imagined existed.
    Prince Gregory, after being awakened from being frozen in stone for hundreds of years, finds himself searching for his true love in order to reverse the stone spell on his kingdom and awaken the rest of his people. With his faithful horse Brutis by his side, he sets out to destroy his greatest enemy, release his kingdom from the stone spell, and win the heart of his princess.

>> Goodreads // Amazon // Lulu <<


Review

    Minnie and Amy's European vacation is greatly interrupted when they're accused of stealing a statue...that they may or may not have accidentally awoken from a hundreds of years old curse.

    The twist on the tale of Sleeping Beauty was SO cool!! I never would have thought of this take on the traditional tale. It was very well done indeed. ;)

    I'm not really one for magic in stories. I'm not saying it's wrong to read/write magic, it's just not something I especially enjoy. Talking and flying horses, fire-breathing dragons, invisibility powers, and countries frozen in time for hundreds of years are all fine and dandy, just not my cup of tea. ;) However, I still found this story to be a cute and enjoyable read.

   All the way around, Sleeping Handsome was a comical and intriguing tale of old legends, true friendships, and finding one's true love. I greatly enjoyed taking the journey along with Minnie, Amy,  and Prince Gregory. And let's not forget Brutis. ;)

    I think readers of all age would find something to enjoy inside the pages of Sleeping Handsome. :D Four stars!

**I received a free e-book from the author in exchange for my honest review.** 



Author Bio

    Rebekah grew up surrounded by family members who appreciated and read good literature. First, she fell in love with the stories her parents read aloud to her from the Bible and books like The Chronicles of Narnia, Great Expectations, The Hobbit, and Anne of Green Gables. After learning to read on her own, she discovered other fantastic books which helped to build her ever growing imagination.
    She completed her first written work at the tender age of eight and now uses it to humble herself whenever the need arises. The story did serve to show her that God had given her a desire to write, however, and from that moment on Rebekah has never looked back or regretted picking up her pencil and becoming an author.
    This nineteen-year-old homeschool graduate lives in rainy Western Washington and is currently working on receiving her BA in English in order to further her passion for creating worlds on paper.

>> Blog // Goodreads // Pinterest // Instagram << 


Quotes





Thoughts on the quotes? Think you'll nab a copy? And, seriously, aren't the graphics pretty? :D

~Faith

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Sometimes...



Sometimes I dance to a song on the radio.

Sometimes I stare off into midair for 7.56 minutes before noticing that I'm doing it.

Sometimes I ramble off numbers that I just made up, numbers like 7.56.

Sometimes I daydream in the shower.

Sometimes I eat ice cream out of the carton.

Sometimes I write stories so deep, dark, and dear to my heart that they will be forever hidden in a locked document, never to see the light of day.

Sometimes I am very dramatic.

Sometimes I fantasize about things that will probably never happen.

Sometimes I dream that those things will actually be in my future. 

Sometimes I watch sappy movies and read books that a lot of people would probably hate.

Sometimes I reseal those little papers that band-aids are in so that someone will think there's still something inside of them.

Sometimes it works and someone opens 9.2 of them before realizing they've been pranked. 

Sometimes I write stories that leave me hurt and raw, and then I wonder why.

Sometimes I realize why.

Sometimes I begin so many sentences with the same two words that the whole page starts to look weird.

Sometimes I realize I've already broken the pattern. 

Sometimes I write down a bunch of weird things and post it to my blog against my better judgment.

Sometimes I do not understand this Faith-person.

But I guess I'll keep her.



~*~



*coughs* Um, yeah, I don't know what happened there. What do you do sometimes? ;)

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Sisters in Christ ~ Ashley Nicole ~ February 2018

Hello, dear readers! Today I bring to you a chat with Ashley Nicole, a lovely young lady who blogs at Colorful, Creative Cards and More Precious Than Gold. I totally suggest you check out both of her blogs. Her posts are always so inspirational and encouraging! :)




Welcome to the blog, girl! Please introduce yourself. :D
Hello everyone! My name is Ashley and I'm a 20 year blogger from Colorado. I'm the oldest of 8, and currently am working on getting certified as a labor doula.




I love your blogs so much! What inspired you to start a blog? 
Well, my first blog, Colorful Creative Cards, I started to get my handmaid cards out on the web per say. After I realized how much I liked blogging, I started a group blog that has now become my personal blog to share things I've been learning.


Did you read other blogs before starting your own, or was starting a blog what thrust you into this amazing world we call The Blogosphere? ;) 
Hm, a couple of my friends had blogs that I read, but it was only 2 or 3 so I was more thrust into it :P


How did you find my blogs? 
I don't remember exactly how I found your blogs, but I'm pretty sure it was through someone else's blog... (can't remember whose though).


I'm not sure either. :P So, what's your favorite Bible verse, chapter, and book? Why?
Favorite Bible verse: Isaiah 61:1-3
"The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified."
My "life verse" I guess, because I love the the part about how God makes beauty out of ashes.




That is a beautiful passage! <3 

Favorite chapter: Ecclesiastes 3
I love this chapter because it talks about there being a time and a season for everything.




Favorite book: 1 Corinthians
I love the theme that is especially prevalent in the beginning of this book about how God uses weak and foolish people.


What Bible verse(s) have really helped you through some rough times?
1 Corinthians 1:27
"But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty."




What is one event in your life that really strengthened your Christian walk?
I've been teaching a Sunday School class at my church for around 9 months and that has really made me make the Christian faith mine.


Any Bible reading tips?
Read it all! The Old Testament is something I've been enjoying especially, and I think it's easy to think that since we're in the New Testament now, that we don't have to read the Old Testament. But there's some really cool history in there!


I definitely agree! The Old Testament gets overlooked far too often. ;)

Moving on to the writing/reading side of things... On a scale of 1-10, how much of a reader would you consider yourself? What about a writer?
Reader: Probably a 6. I don't have nearly as much time to read as I used to, but I do love to get my hands on a good book.
Writer: Probably only a 3 or 4. I pretty much only write for my blogs and in my journals. :)


Where's your favorite place to read or write?
My room! And more specifically, on my bed, either laying down or leaning against a bunch of pillows!




Who're your favorite authors? Favorite books by them?
Favorite Fiction Author: Nadine Brandes (A Time to Die, A Time to Speak, and A Time to Rise)
Favorite Non-fiction Author: Jaquelle Crowe (This Changes Everything)


What are some books that really impacted your young life?
In regards to fiction, I would definitely say the Out of Time Series by Nadine Brandes really impacted me.
When it comes to non-fiction, there's obviously This Changes Everything (listed above) but also, Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris, I Kissed Dating Goodbye, Humble Orthodoxy, and Stop Dating the Church by Joshua Harris, and I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist by Norman Geisler and Frank Turek.


I have not finished it yet, but Do Hard Things is great so far. :D And Out of Time—I've heard that series is amazing! 

Okiedoke, a couple random questions. If you had to use one word to describe yourself, what would it be?
Loyal. I'm extremely loyal to my family and friends.




Any pet peeves?
Unnecessary noise! I live in a house with quite a few little ones, so you'd think this wouldn't bother me, but I like my quiet time!


Favorite songs?
I went and saw The Greastest Showman a couple weeks ago, and I can't get the songs out of my head! I love that soundtrack so much!



I haven't saw it myself, but I've heard that it's epic. ;) 

Anything else to add? Goals for this year?
One of my monthly goals for 2018 has been to read one devotional type book and one biography a month. So, if any of you have any suggestions, please leave a comment!!

Thanks so much for having me on here, Faith!

Glad to have you, Ashley! :)


~*~


Thanks for reading, guys! Leave Ashley a comment and don't forget to check out her amazing blogs. :D

~Faith

*Images not our own.