MOST ANTICIPATED INDIE READS OF 2019

The rise of Indie books is an amazing thing to watch take flight. 2018 held many amazing Indie releases, and I’m sure 2019 will be just as good, if not BETTER. So buckle up–I’ll be listing my most anticipated Indie reads of 2019!

 

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KEES AND COLLIERS SERIES by KELLYN ROTH

Blurbs can be found on Kellyn’s Goodreads! 

This series is one that Kellyn is relaunching and adding to–basically, it is even better this time around, and I cannot wait to see these beauties released into the wild. Romance, drama, historical fiction, a kiddo MC–so much neat stuff. (And there’s a dog? So how much better can a series get?) 

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Releasing: summer 2019

 

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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Having beta read draft 2 and draft 3, I can honestly say this book is one of my all time favorites. Why? Because instead of avoiding hard topics, it tackles the pain and gritty realism of life–and offers hope. It is electrifying. 

Releasing: later this year

 

MARTIN LEGACY, by ABIGAYLE CLAIRE

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I will be buying Martin Hospitality soon, and already know I can’t wait to read the second book. Why? Because I’m a part of Abi’s street team and GAH THE SNIPPETS, Y’ALL. I can’t wait for this book–and also, I can’t wait to have both books on my shelf, because aesthetic.

Releasing: fall 2019

 

BELOVED by KAITLYN KRISPENSE

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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?

I cannot wait for Kaitlyn’s debut! It is gonna be SO SWEET. I’ve enjoyed snippets on her blog for sometime now!

Releasing: September 2019

 

A SOLDIER’S FREEDOM by FAITH POTTS

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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, 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 feels the hurt of hidden scars from 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. Would it be wrong to move forward to more than just friendship? 
A soldier, broken by war. A therapist, scarred by words. A chance meeting on a rooftop bonded them together. But can love grow in these two hurting hearts? Or are they truly too broken to ever find lasting happiness? 

Y’ALL, OK, AHHH. Ahem. I’m super excited for this book. I love every book Faith has written because 1) CASTS YOU LOVE? NO MATTER WHAT? 2) endearing/moving themes 3) romance that doesn’t make me wanna shoot myself. I’m sure this book will hold up to my expectations, lol.

Releasing: fall 2019

 

GUIDE ME HOME by MICHAELA BUSH

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Cortland may as well have been turned upside-down.

Morgan Barnes is watching her cousins grow up and get married – left and right, it seems! Feeling like she’s losing time fast, she signs up for Internet dating that quickly turns sour. When she meets Martin, she’s struck by the opportunity to help him. New to Christianity and Cortland, Martin’s grateful for a friend…but a girlfriend? Maybe not so much.

Meanwhile, Lucy and Spencer’s comfortable little world gets upended – and then flipped sideways to boot. Where there was only part of a story, now the other half unfolds. Where there were once childish dreams now resides knowledge unimaginable. And now resides faith, hope, and love – but will the Barnes and Clarkson families see God’s plan for the lattermost of all? 

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The Faith, Hope, and Love series is one of my top favorite romance series of all time. Clean, wholesome romance? Yes, please! I look forward to book 3 this year because of the new character, Martin, who JUST AHHH. SO GOOD. Y’all gotta check this series out.

Releasing: sometime in 2019

 

TALES OF AMBIA SHORT STORIES by ALLISON TEBO

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So, while the amazing Allison plans on publishing some short stories for the Tales of Ambia, they aren’t named. I am SO PUMPED for this series (The Reluctant Godfather and A Royal Masquerade are absolutely delightful), so I had to mention the upcoming releases this year. 😀

Releasing: sometime during 2019

 

THE DIVIDED NATION by ANGELA R. WATTS

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THE UNITED STATES IS FALLEN. THREE YEARS AFTER THE 2024 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, CIVIL UNREST UNRAVELS INTO TOTAL WAR. MARTIAL LAW DID NOTHING TO STOP THE UPRISING MOBS FROM DESTROYING WHAT IS LEFT OF THE NATION.

IN A SMALL SOUTHERN TOWN, A FAMILY HOLDS ONTO HOPE THAT THEY WILL SURVIVE THE DESTRUCTION. RENE’ FISHER WILL DO WHAT IT TAKES TO PROTECT HER FAMILY. WHEN HER ARMY BROTHER’S ENEMY CATCHES HER, SHE IS FACED WITH A BREAKING DECISION, AND ONLY GANGSTERS CAN SAVE HER.

THE GREATEST MAFIA LEADER OF THE US, MEXICO, AND CANADA, GEORGE JOHNSTON IS A GOD. HOWEVER, HIS SON REBELS AGAINST HIM, AS WELL AS THE SONS OF HIS RIGHT HAND MEN. THE GENERATION RISING CANNOT BE CONTAINED, BUT THEY CAN BE DESTROYED.

Haha, yes. That’s my book. Book one of The Infidel Books, which are dystopian novels… Previously titled AWAKE, it will be, God willing, releasing in August. =)

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I’m currently preparing to work on draft two and am so invigorated by this story, y’all. It is dark. Gritty. Painful. And shows the Lord’s love when you least expect it. I cannot wait to share it with you. (Want a taste of the world? Emmanuel is a free short story on Amazon that is a TIB prequel. If you enjoy it, I’d love an honest review on Amazon!)

Releasing: August 2019

 

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These are my top I-AM-GONNA-DIE excited books. I will probably be posting a part two of Indie books releasing in 2019, but… I’m not easillyyy excited, and this is the Mega Excited Post. 😉 Be ready for another post sometime, though, with more great Indie releases to come!

Sooo, comment below with YOUR most anticipated Indie releases! They can even be your own upcoming books. ♥ If you look forward to any of these, comments below. Share the love, too, by sharing this post!

God bless,

Ang

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TOP TEN BOOKS OF 2018

I read over 100 books in 2018, and I’ll be sharing my top fifteen favorites of the year in this post… And I’m ready to fangirl. Are you?

ALSO, let’s ignore that graphic, because, ha, no, I didn’t read all those books in 2018. I read like… 3 of them in 2018. But. It looks pretty. And alll my books are packed up right now so I cannot take another photo.

 

BEYOND HER CALLING, by KELLYN ROTH

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SOOOOO.

AHHHHHHHH.

Ahem. Basically, I’ve read the whole Chronicles of Alice and Ivy series, as an alpha/beta (which is why I have yet to leave reviews on any of the books, which will change this year, as I’ll be rereading them). And this is my favorite book from Kelly so far. Scotland? Romance? Sweet characters? Sass? Dogs? (DID I MENTION BENJI *swoon*)

This being said, I want to fight a couple of characters and bury them. I hate so much. I wanna die. Let’s pretend this series ends at this book. =)

 

THE EAGLE OF THE NINTH, by ROSEMARY SUTCLIFF

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Huge thank you to Allison Tebo and Mary for sparking my love for Rosemary Sutcliff! My Mom bought a few of her books for the school year, but The Eagle Of The Ninth wasn’t really required of me to read. I read it, loved it… then found Alli and Mary did, too!

This book hit me hard. The cast was strong, the plot intriguing, and it made me laugh and cry. I mostly related to Esca–his determination and selflessness really impacted me. I especially related to how he cared for Markus since Markus wasn’t entirely able-bodied.

 

THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE-DAME, by VICTOR HUGO

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I read this in less than 24 hours and I loved it so very much. It is one of the best classics ever. Just… read it so we can… be speechless together…

 

HE’S MAKING DIAMONDS, by SARA WILLOUGHBY

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This nonfiction book is one of the best books ever. I don’t say that lightly.

This is, as the title says, about a teen’s thoughts on faith through chronic illness–but it is not limited to those who are ill. My Mom has had Chronic Lyme for over 3 years and this book ministered deeply to me. I still find myself recalling things from its pages to keep myself focused. It is very dear to me and I pray you guys read it.

 

HORSEMAN, by KYLE ROBERT SHULTZ

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This book is too good, y’all. Sometimes, it reminded me of the movie Maverick. Other times, I was grinning at the monsters, beasts, and hilarity of the characters (yes, it’s normal to grin at werewolf-like beasts).

I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read more!

 

ACROSS FIVE APRILS, by IRENE HUNT

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A day might come when I don’t mention how much I love this book. But today is not that day. Rereading this book was like a really big hug. I love it so much.

 

SAFELY HOME, by RANDY ALCORN

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My mom told me how good this book was. But her words did little to prepare me for how good this book was. This novel opened my eyes to just how much God loves us and how prepared we need to be. God tells us to be ready. Are we?

 

BEHOLD, by FAITH POTTS

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I was soo excited to get this for Christmas and I read it in one sitting and IT IS SO PRECIOUS, Y’ALL. I loved the sequel story to Dandelion Dust, but I also loved the other stories sooo very much.

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A ROYAL MASQUERADE, by ALLISON TEBO

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Book review is HERE.

THIS WAS SO CUTE AND FUNNY AND ADORABLE. I LOVED IT. This series is one of my all time favorites. So much hilarity and precious characters.

 

MY COMPASS HOME, by MICHAELA BUSH

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I read this book in one sitting because I couldn’t believe things could get better than book one? But they did. And the cast blew me away and the emotions were so poignant and the plot was just AHHH. MY HEART. This book deserves a lot of love!

 

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There we have my top ten favorites from 2018! I MANAGED IT, Y’ALL. Because I’m actually a… really picky reader. So picking ten FAVORITES was… interesting.

I’m so excited to see what 2019 brings (actually, I’m already enjoying the books I’ve read so far!). 🙂

God bless,

Ang

PS. Don’t forget to fill out a form so you can see more content on the blog you likeMAYBE. MWUAHAHA.

 

YOUR TOP FAVORITES FROM 2018? DO YOU LIKE ANY OF THE ONES I DID?

12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS | EMMANUEL

As y’all know, I’ve published a Christmas short story! =) It is 99 cents on Amazon if you’re interested in snagging a copy for a moving Christmas story about finding Jesus in very dark places. HOWEVER, I’m posting this today to let you know, if you want a FREE COPY… Please message me your email and I’ll send one over! ♥ I wanna spread some Christmas cheer.

Emmanuel is actually a short story prequel to my series The Infidel Books. I’m so pumped to tackle this series in the future.

I love funny, cheesy Christmas stories, but this short story deals with finding hope in times where everything is coming against you. In my life right now, I can relate to this. This Christmas has been very rough.

 

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Make safe the way that leads on high

And close the path to misery

In dystopian America, with civil unrest and wars among the states, illegal activity is rampant and only the strongest survive. Reese Burns is one of the strong fighters. He doesn’t need Jesus to fight, either.

Ezekiel, a ten-year-old child, insists he get the answer about the story of Christmas. On Christmas Eve, Reese sets out to find the boy the best gift he’s capable of giving. The story of Jesus. The story only brings Reese pain at first, but then he’s forced to make a choice when a miracle happens. Can Reese choose faith in an unseen God in the midst of chaos?

GET IT HERE!

OR MESSAGE ME YOUR EMAIL!

Add it on Goodreads

GIVEAWAY

YES, there’s a giveaway for the 12DoC and it even includes Seek!

First place: The Christmas Secret by Wanda Brunstetter (paperback), Behold by Faith Potts (paperback), Christmas: God with Us (Jeremy Camp CD), surprise goodies
Second place: Seek by Angela R. Watts (paperback) & Coffee Shop Christmas by Ryana Lynn Miller (ebook)

ENTER TO WIN HERE!

 

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I truly hope you enjoy it if you read it. ♥ And feel free to leave a review, dearies! Especially on Amazon, if you can. 🙂

God bless and MERRY CHRISTMAS!

– Ang

 

DO YOU LIKE CHRISTMAS SHORT STORIES? DID YOU GET A COPY OF EMMANUEL?

 

 

12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS | BOOKS

I must be honest. I don’t read many books about Christmas. At all. Even so, I do love them, and have even written my own!

Today, I’m sharing my favorite books that make me all warm and fuzzy inside, even if snow occurs within the pages! These’ll be Christmas-y or just winter-ish books. 😉

 

ICEFALL | MATTHEW J. KIRBY

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GOODREADS

This middle grade novel is still one of the best books I’ve ever read. I adore it. The characters, the setting, the mystery… It is one chilling book!

 

A CHRISTMAS CAROL | CHARLES DICKENS

A Christmas Carol

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HA! A CHRISTMAS BOOK! I love this one sooo much, y’all.

 

THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE | C.S. LEWIS

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1)

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So precious. This classic series is perfect for all seasons, but this book (and the movie, heh) have winter vibes.

 

THE KITCHEN BOY: A NOVEL OF THE LAST TSAR | ROBERT ALEXANDER

The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar

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One of my favorite books ever, even if I have problems with the lack of Jesus and heavy themes that hold no hope (which you can’t have without Jesus!). Even so, the story, pacing, and style, as well as the characters, are epic. The cold setting makes me feel like I’m there.

(Note: I suggest readers 13+, due to stronger content and language)

 

STONES IN WATER | DONNA JO NAPOLI

Stones in Water

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Ever read a book that you don’t expect a lot from, but then it just hits you right in the heart like a rock? Yeah. This book was like that. The story was moving and the setting is perfect for snowy days. I suggest this for fans of WWII, as well. (Please. Someone read it so we can cry together.)

(Note: the sequel was total garbage so don’t bother with it, though, haha…)

 

THE NIGHT THE BELLS RANG | NATALIE KINSEY-WARNOCK

The Night the Bells Rang

GOODREADS

I read this as a younger reader, and it really stuck with me. I reread it again this year. It’s not that big or fancy, but goodness, is it touching…

 

ESTHER ASHTON’S NEW DRESS | KELLYN ROTH

Esther Ashton's New Dress

GOODREADS

Super sweet and quick read — perfect for the holiday season! =D ♥

 

THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS | CECIL MURPHY

The Spirit of Christmas

GOODREADS

I’m only half-way through this one, but it is precious!

 

EMMANUEL | ANGELA R. WATTS

Emmanuel

GOODREADS 

Yep, that’s my little story… It is a mini prequel to my The Infidel Books! AND I LOVED WRITING IT. I’m super excited it is published. It’s my first completed Christmas short story. Get it here.

 

BEHOLD | FAITH POTTS

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GOODREADS

I have yet to read Behold (because I’m gonna get a paperback copy because I can barely read stuff on Kindle…) by Faith Potts, but since it’s Christmas, I wanted to share this with y’all! I’ve heard great things and knowing Faith, it is bound to be precious!

 

GIVEAWAY

YES, there’s a giveaway for the 12DoC and it even includes Seek!

First place: The Christmas Secret by Wanda Brunstetter (paperback), Behold by Faith Potts (paperback), Christmas: God with Us (Jeremy Camp CD), surprise goodies
Second place: Seek by Angela R. Watts (paperback) & Coffee Shop Christmas by Ryana Lynn Miller (ebook)

ENTER TO WIN HERE!

 

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Be sure to enter that giveaway, friends! 🙂 I hope you’re having a wonderful December.

God bless,

Ang

 

HAVE YOU READ ANY OF THESE BOOKS? WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHRISTMAS BOOK?

BEHOLD, BLOG TOUR | BOOK SPOTLIGHT

HIYA! Back again with another blog tour post. I am sharing the news of Behold, a collection of short stories by my friend, Faith Potts!

I also have news on Seek’s giveaway/Q&A so stay tuned. =)

 

Synopsis

A collection of short stories honoring the birth of the Savior

From two siblings caught up in the harrowing days of World War II to separated foster children in the US…

From a memorable road trip across the Southeast to the reunion of a war-torn family…

You’ll be swept into the Christmas spirit with the endearing stories tucked inside these pages. The storylines range from family to romance to the bond of community, with settings scattered across America and beyond.

Behold the beauty of the Savior’s birth with this gathering of stories that warm the soul and bless the heart.

Goodreads | Amazon 

 

Author Bio

Saved by God’s grace, Faith Potts is a teenage writer and homeschool graduate, living with her family and beloved yellow labs in the North Carolina mountains. When she’s not weaving stories, consuming large amounts of coffee, reading stacks of books, or studying American Sign Language, she can be found laughing harder than is healthy, daydreaming, and—of course—blowing dandelions.

Blog | Website | Facebook Instagram  | Goodreads

 

GIVEAWAY

First place: paperback copy of Behold

Second place: ebook copy of Behold

ENTER TO WIN HERE!

 

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Does this book sound sweet or what?! I am soo excited to get a copy! 🙂 Big congrats to Faith for publishing it. ♥

I have a question for those who want to watch my Q&A video: what time would you be able to watch a live Youtube video? I might do a live Youtube and announce the winners then when I do the Q&A but the more people who can join live, the better. 🙂 Would some time around 3-5 PM central work…? Let me know.

God bless,

– Ang