COVER REVEAL SIGN UPS | THE DIVIDED NATION

The time has come.

I need your help, before it’s too late.

Are you in?

COVER REVEAL sign ups for The Divided Nation are officially OPEN! The reveal will be the 21st of this month, God willing. 😉 You can sign up to take part below. if you’re in my street team, you’ve always gotten a sneak peek. If you aren’t on my team but wanna be, let me know! 🙂 Street team members get free ARCs, exclusive previews, and more.

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Want MORE updates? Here are a few!

My editor, Abigayle Claire, is doing great and I always enjoy edits (no, I’m not an alien) (Or am I?). I adore working with this woman and I love seeing my manuscript grow stronger!

My cover designer, Mandi Lynn, has been a pleasure to work with (I am always so nervous about covers, y’all…) and I’m super excited to share the cover with y’all this month.

Thanks so much and God bless!

Ang

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EVERY BRIGHT AND BROKEN THING by BRIAN MCBRIDE | REVIEW

EVERY BRIGHT AND BROKEN THING is released! Today is the day!

I’m screaming with excitement because this book hit me right in the heart 6 months ago and I still cry about it. But enough of me. Here’s the info and then my UNprofessional review, ft. GIFs and Vines… (You can find the professional, boring reviews I did on Amazon/Goodreads, also.)

 

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EVERY BRIGHT AND BROKEN THING by BRIAN MCBRIDE

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Haunted by the last question their mother ever asked them before she passed away, the Greyson brothers struggle to cope with their grief and adjust to life after tragedy.

Semi-popular sixteen-year-old Liam spends his nights performing as the lead singer of his high school indie pop/rock band, Liam and the Landmarks. But something happened to Liam two years ago at his friend’s house – a secret Liam will take to his grave. But in small towns like Summit, Colorado, secrets always seem to find their way out.

Twenty-four-year-old Ezra thought that he could cure his grief when he left Summit behind for a prestigious art school in Chicago, but things only got worse. Now a college dropout working at a gas station mini mart, he turns to alcohol, prescription painkillers, and meaningless one-night stands. But Ezra can’t run forever – life always catches up with you.

With striking and abrasively honest dual-perspective narratives, EVERY BRIGHT AND BROKEN THING illustrates the unbreakable bond between brothers and the power in coming home.

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AUTHOR BIO

Born and raised in Oregon, Brian moved to California at sixteen, where he has lived ever since. He’s been writing since he was thirteen-years-old and has been reading for longer. Now 23, Brian is pursuing a degree in Social Work, which he hopes to use to help rescue children and families from bad situations. A fourth generation pastor, he is heavily involved in his local church in the San Francisco Bay Area and is also pursuing his Minister’s License. Brian is currently building his first home, a Tiny House On Wheels (#THOW) in his parents’ backyard. Among other things, he is also passionate about iced tea, animals, adoption, and the arts.

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EVERY BRIGHT AND BROKEN THING

REVIEW

Every Bright and Broken Thing is one of the most heartbreaking yet healing novels I have ever read. I don’t say this lightly when I say it is one of my all time favorites. You will fine a condensed, professional review on Amazon and Goodreads from me, but THIS review will be full of tears, feels, and screaming. Buckle up. Let’s do it.

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STORY

The story is well-paced, intriguing, and beautiful. It never glorifies evil. It never ends with the characters lacking hope. Hope and love shine through the dark, just like they should. AND IT NEVER GETS BORING. I never felt like I was gonna suffocate because #stupidteenageangst. Nooo. It was realistic. All of it.

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The story follows two brothers searching for home after their mother dies and their lives grow darker than they know how to handle. Let’s begin with wow, did it take one of my biggest fears (losing a parent) and play me like a fiddle! It was a great reminder that yeah, we all fear big stuff, but God is still God. He is always Good. No matter our fears. He’s bigger than them.

I’m a huge sucker for brotherhood bonds and this book delivered on that front. Soo well. I also adored how things were handled–from Liam’s tragedies, to Ezra’s romance, to the brotherly relationships, everything is realistic. There are always consequences, but there is always hope.

Christian fiction has a tendency to shy away from important, heartbreaking topics, or tackle them but without a Biblical perspective. The trick with Christian fiction, also, it might not be picked up by someone without faith, someone who needs the book. I’m delighted to say EBABT handled gritty topics in a strong Biblical perspective. Believers and nonbelievers both can see the TRUTH of the Light without getting dark content or preachy sermons shoved down their throats.

THEMES

Hope shines brightest in the darkest of places. Having faith and love does not equal a perfect life or flawless happiness.

This novel shows Liam and Ezra finding the meaning of home, love, and hope. They make decisions, some bad, some good, but they never stop pushing on. That is life. We get hurt, battered, lied to, and broken, but God is enough to help us on, baby step by baby step. There is freedom in His Love. We can rejoice in absolute agony. That’s being human. Being human is scary and wild, but it’s far better than limiting ourselves to fleshly desires or material possessions.

Too often, we are hurt, and we decide to give up. We wallow in unforgiveness, fear, anger, and pain. We don’t choose courage. But this novel shows that even the ‘smallest’ choices make big differences. Healing is always possible with Jesus, even if it isn’t a magical fix, it is definitely better than what the world has to offer.

The themes are just stellar and we need more of them!

CHARACTERS

THE CHARACTERS ARE ALL MY BABIES (except Bill and Darren and Stacy, they can pound sand) and I LOVE THEM TOO MUCH. My sons. My babies. I will fight anyone in a Denny’s parking lot for these golden humans.

— Liam is the one who hit me very deeply. I know what it is like to have people I love just walk away from me and leave me behind without so much as a word as to why. I know what it’s like to want something but be unable to reach it and wonder what I did wrong. His anger and self-hatred was heart-deep for me, but I found his journey absolutely inspiring. I cheered him on, cried with him, and still want to wrap that boy in a blanket and give him hot coco and sing to him. Also, *SPOILER* THE SONG! THE DREAM! I AM DEAD INSIDE!*END SPOILER*

— I loved Ezra’s journey (AYYY ARTIST BRO) and found his redemption encouraging in my life right now. (Big shout out to the end of the book when Ezra protects his bro big time. I also adored his relationship with Elaine as they grew together and it wasn’t your cliche ‘good girl saves bad boy’ deal. It was real. Raw. Beautiful. Almost reminded me of my own parents, even!

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— I loved Mr. Greyson so very much. YA fiction needs more supportive, loving, Christian parents who don’t just sit back and do nothing, y’all.

— THEO! MY SON! MY FIGHTER SON. I adored this dude. He was doing exactly what I wanted to do countless times and is a great example of a bestie. #EveryoneNeedsATheo

— Also, shoutout to Lincoln, who needs his own book. I totally called a few things regarding him and Liam but it made it even more heartbreaking…

— I will beat Darren with a stick and not think twice about it. (See Vine) (Actually I have a whole Youtube playlist of clean vines that remind me of this book.)

Basically, I loved the cast of characters. They were real, motivated, and well done!

CONTENT

Mentions of drugs/drug abuse. Mentions of alcohol, drunkards, alcohol abuse. Some teenage partying. Some barely described kisses, all mild. A make out scene that doesn’t get graphic and stops short before anything happens. Mentions of blood and violence. Mentions of sexual abuse, briefly to mildly described, some on screen. Overall rating, 13+.

OVERALL

Healing from abuse is a topic dear to my heart. I relate to Liam–it’s hard choosing hope and healing but through Jesus, it is possible. And oh so worth it. This book made me laugh, cry, and I pray it blesses many others.

I’m so glad I listened to God 6 months ago when I signed to beta read this. I was “too busy, God” but I just couldn’t get this feeling out of my heart. Sure enough, I needed this book very much.

Big thanks to Brian McBride for allowing me to beta read and be a part of his street team. I look forward to what else God has in store for you. Thanks for being bold enough to share your heart in this novel.

God bless,

Ang

WHY EVERYONE NEEDS AN EDITOR | GUEST POST by MICHAELA BUSH

I’m super excited to announce that… My dear friend, Michaela Bush, is starting her company with a bang!

Michaela Bush is now offering affordable and professional author services!  She has a brand-new B.A. in English, as well as a passion for helping current and aspiring authors achieve their publishing goals.  She offers editing, proofreading, consultations, and more.  Her business name is Tangled Up In Writing.

Before we begin, let me start by saying, Michaela is a fabulous editor! I enjoy sending her my short stories and novellas. She’s got great insight and keen eyes, so I can personally vouch for her work.

MICHAELA’S BIO

Michaela Bush is a Christian author, freelance editor, and entrepreneur.  She graduated in 2019 from Clarion University in Pennsylvania and holds a B.A. in English with a minor in Psychology.  When she’s not spinning together her next story or working, she enjoys spending time with her family or horseback riding.  She is also a crazy cat lady.

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WHY EVERYONE NEEDS AN EDITOR

A GUEST POST by MICHAELA BUSH

What’s up with editors, anyway?  At an event I attended last Saturday, a gentleman approached me and explained that he thought editors were too expensive and completely optional.  I can certainly understand his perspective, but here’s mine: if I spend months or even years working on a book, I want to make sure that everything’s perfect, pristine, and presentable!  

Some folks might think they can get away with using a grammar manual and DIY-ing their book — which I have no qualms against! — but here’s why I think it’s important to hire an editor…from personal experience:

 

An editor will have a fresh pair of eyes.

 

You’ve lived your book, given life to the characters and worlds you’re inventing, and managed to write it all down in a logical manner.  An editor works like a beta-reader on steroids — they notice everything you need to improve upon. Whether it’s a sentence that is awkwardly-worded or a plot that changes mid-book, editors catch problems more easily because their eyes (and minds) are fresh to your story.  They may also notice and correct problems with grammar or spelling errors, which is crucial for a flawless book.

 

You’ll make a better first impression.

 

Especially if it’s your debut novel, you want to make a good impression.  New readers might be turned off or disappointed if they spend big money for a brand new book that’s hard to understand, has a plot hole, or is riddled with grammatical or spelling errors.  Just as one might immediately notice a small slip-up in a bestseller, readers will notice errors in your book — and they might not give you a free pass. Editors work to ensure that your book is polished.  

 

An editor might catch issues that you’re “change-blind” to.

 

You’ve had this idea rattling around in your head for months (or even years).  However, your final draft is probably a far cry from the original idea that popped into your head – and the plot’s probably changed too.  You might not notice these changes because, at one point in time, your brain marked those plot points as “correct.” This is a phenomenon that is called “change blindness” in the psychology realm.  If a brain is so used to something being one way, it sometimes doesn’t even notice that something has been changed.  

This actually happened in a novel that I wrote hurriedly and, yes, skipped a lot of steps that I should have taken, like sending it out for others to check for errors (which cost me a lot of time and embarrassment as I went through to fix errors that would have been noticed by a pair of fresh eyes).  There was one scene that had several different versions written, and later, when I changed the gender of a minor character that appeared in that scene, there was an instance where I referred to the character as “he” instead of “she” — oops!

An editor has the unique opportunity to look at your book as both a professional grammar critic and as a reader — things that don’t make sense or add up will pop up like big red flags.  This allows you to go back and make necessary changes before the book hits the shelves.

 

Error-free books can be taken more seriously.  

 

Especially in the indie realm, it’s hard to be taken seriously by folks who are used to reading books from major publishing houses.  If your book has grammatical errors or a plot hole, people are apt to notice and gleefully point it out – worst of all, online reviews allow disgruntled readers to mention said mistakes…and reviews can’t just be removed.

Also, If you’re submitting a manuscript to a publisher or an agent, a polished manuscript will show them that you are serious and have faith in your book.  Some publishing companies and op-ed news companies state on their websites that a manuscript may be turned down due to excessive errors. A few years ago, I sent an original theatrical script to a publishing house and one of the first rules on their list for unsolicited scripts was this — plays didn’t have to be correctly formatted, but those with many errors would be automatically turned down.  

Essentially, you want your book (or any work, for that matter) to be polished and professional.  Editors help you achieve that, whether it’s at the developmental stage or the final copy edit.

 

An editor’s goals align with your goals.

 

Editors don’t just work for the paycheck.  They want to make sure that your book is polished, in its best possible form, and will make a good impression.  Editors are usually so detail-oriented that the smallest mishap or mistake would probably haunt them for life (or maybe that’s just me..), so they want to make sure that it doesn’t haunt YOU either!

Basically, hiring a good editor is worth it because their goals – and their job – align with what you want as a writer.  You want to avoid disappointing or upsetting readers by presenting a book that hasn’t been polished, and likewise, you want to make sure that all the time you’ve spent working on your book is worth it in the end — AKA, satisfied readers and a lovely new book!  

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I hope you guys found that guest post helpful! 🙂 Big thanks to Michaela for letting me host her on my blog.

God bless and check Michaela’s business out, friend!

Ang

COVER REVEALS | FREEDOM by FAITH POTTS + BELOVED by KAITLYN KRISPENSE

I’ve got TWO cover reveals for you today, friend, and that would be the covers for my friends’ upcoming novels. These books are co-releasing in honor of suicide awareness. Not only are these two women absolute dears, they’re on fire for Jesus, so I strongly recommend you give them a follow and support these novels!

Allow me to introduce…

 

FREEDOM by FAITH POTTS

Having just returned to American soil from the desert sands of the Middle East, James Greene is done with his life. ‘Double amputee’ doesn’t seem like a strong enough phrase to label the physical and emotional pain he bears. Add the lack of love and communication with his family members, the demons that haunt him day and night, and he can find nothing worth living for. Ending it all is the only way out. 

Alexandria Lorance is a not-so-ordinary physical therapist, content with aiding in her patients’ recoveries. Her work gives her fulfillment, but alone in the silence, she still endures the hidden scars of a past, unhealthy relationship. Reminding herself that true healing is found in Christ alone, she seeks to show kindness and love to everyone she meets.

When these two broken ones’ paths intersect, the spark of friendship is ignited, bringing hope and joy to both. Can they step out of the darkness of suffering and into the freedom of grace? 

A Marine, broken by war. A therapist, scarred by words. A chance meeting in a parking lot bonded them together. But can love grow in these two hurting hearts? Or are they truly too broken to ever find lasting happiness? 

ADD ON GOODREADS | SEE BEAUTIFUL PHOTOS OF THIS BOOK AT FAITH’S BLOG

 

BELOVED by KAITLYN KRISPENSE

Life hurts.

Cara Richards just doesn’t care anymore. Alone and unloved, she decides that there’s only one response to the nightmare that has become her life.

When an unwelcome intervention disrupts Cara’s plans, her life is changed in a way that she never imagined. Regardless of how tough she believes herself to be, she’s unprepared for another foster family. She’s even less prepared for five foster brothers, one of whom is convinced that God is the answer to all of her problems. Though she prides herself on a resilient heart, her life continues to spiral into a world full of questions.

Is death really the answer? Does God actually care? Can everyone truly be loved, no matter what?

ADD ON GOODREADS

SEE MORE FABULOUS PHOTOS OF THIS BOOK ON KAILTYN’S BLOG

 

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OK, now that y’all have seen them, too… *screams with you* Aren’t they gorgeous?! I don’t know about you, but I cannot wait to buy these beauties.

Suicide is a topic we avoid and I pray these books bring awareness and love to bless the aching. Let us never forget to pray for the men and women who think suicide is the only answer. Let us also help those in need.

God bless,

Ang

REST IN THE LORD

Rest isn’t our enemy. 

As Christians, it can be super easy to drown ourselves. In the everyday chaos of life, in our goals, in our dreams, in our friends and family. It can be easy to focus so hard on glorifying the Lord by what we do, we forget to glorify the Lord with rest, as well.

God gave us a Sabbath for a reason. I’m not a perfect Sabbath keeper and I don’t go to church, but the more I study the Word, the more I see that there’s a strong difference between a sluggard and a man of God resting.

Sometimes, we don’t have a choice but to rest. Maybe we’re sick, or have an illness, or injured ourselves. Resting can be difficult when you don’t have a choice in the matter. I mean, I’ve been sick for a couple days and already feel my To Do List piling against me.

I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord,  only makest me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8

What about if life leaves us no choice but to keep fighting, working, and pushing on? We can’t rest! That’s laziness. We have to push on, people depend on us, we set deadlines, etc etc. Believe me, I understand this. I understand seeing mountains of life stacked so high, I want to break down and run away so I don’t have to keep working. It’s human nature. What makes us different as believers? We don’t run from mountains. We move them.

And guess what? You have to rest in the Lord to do so.

Be still, and know that I [am] God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. – Psalms 46:10

In all that we do, we must glorify the Lord. He calls us to rest. And it isn’t easy, taking rest, or relaxing when we “have things to do”. I’m not saying be lazy all the time, but I am reminding y’all that there’s a reason for everything God commands, so there is a reason He says rest, too. We must find absolute rest in Jesus to be able to fight on.

Come unto me, all [ye] that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  – Matthew 11:28-30

So, even while our actions, goals, and dreams might glorify God, don’t forget that obedience does, too. It is something I’ve struggled with lately. I want to obey the Lord, but it is very intimidating to follow His commandments when I have mountains threatening to run me down. Can you relate? I also started to recall times in the Bible when Believers faced crisis, and God told them to rest, and they did. They obeyed when it made no sense.

That’s what I choose to do. I choose to rest when God calls me to rest. I choose to trust God’s timing instead of my own. I choose to be fearless instead of fearful.

God bless,

Ang