AUTHOR INTERVIEW | FATE OF THE WATCHMAN by CHAD PETTIT

I am participating in the blog tour for a supernatural novella that looks SUPER COOL so let’s get right to it! I will be sharing a neat author interview with y’all!

THE FATE OF THE WATCHMAN

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“Lester Sharp is a workaholic, obsessed with the success of his business and oblivious to the world around him. All of that changes when a peculiar stranger comes into his shop asking for food and help. Lester soon finds himself on an impossible journey around the world to bear witness to some of the greatest tragedies a person can know, all frozen in a single moment of time.

In this challenging and gripping novella, debut author Chad Pettit, delivers a supernatural, pulse pounding adventure in which Lester Sharp is in for the longest second of his life and learns lessons to last a lifetime.”

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Chad Pettit grew up in Oregon with books and mountains to help his imagination grow. After high school, he spent ten years in the Army, travelling and deploying all over the world, including two combat tours in Iraq. After the military, Chad earned a Bachelor of Arts from Texas A&M University-Central Texas, and then he started teaching English at an early college high school in central Texas. Chad currently serves in a local church as a deacon and the Sunday school superintendent.

Twitter: @pettit_chad
Facebook: ChadPettit.Writer
Instagram: @chad_pettit_

AUTHOR INTERVIEW

 

What inspired you to write Fate of the Watchman, and in what way was this inspiration different from previous projects?

It’s actually difficult to talk about. I am, like many people, prone to apathy. I get so caught up in my own life that I fail to see the needs of others. I had also fallen into a rut of “punch the clock Christianity.” I was showing up, but I wasn’t living the life. I decided to write a story about a guy that had gone to the extremes of this, and it fit well with a short story idea I wrote in high school about time stopping for all but one man.

As far as being different than my other projects, I don’t know that it is. I write from a place of pain that has been healed, that vulnerable spot that taps into things I’ve been through. I express these experiences through extremes, but my heart is woven into every bit of what I write.

What spiritual lessons did God teach you while writing Fate of the Watchman?

I think it’s more of a better understanding of truths I already knew but needed to connect with on a more personal level. Reflecting on the story, I have been thinking lately about Jesus looking out over the multitude and having compassion on them (Matthew 9:36). He wanted to serve them because he was touched with the feeling of their infirmities (Hebrews 4:15). I also learned that prayer is valuable, yet we often put little value in it.

What supernatural Biblical references did you find most helpful when writing this novella?

This book and the next are strongly influenced by the riders in Zechariah that have been “sent to walk to and fro through the earth” (1:10). I have always thought of these as a watcher caste of angels, and I believe they may still be among us.

Was it difficult writing the main character of Lester Sharp?

Very. It took a long time, and he went through a lot of changes over the past five years. I wanted a character who would deliver the message without being didactic, but exploring his character was challenging to my own.

What do you pray your readers will walk away with upon reading your book?

I pray that hearts are burdened for others, but I also hope it is a unique burden for every reader. What I’ve tried to do with this book is point to many needs and allow each person to be impacted in his or her own way. We can’t all go to the same places and minister to the same people. For me it was doing more to help persecuted Christians, which is part of the reason I’m donating 50% of my royalties to Voice of the Martyrs.

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Winner will receive an ebook copy of the book!

ENTER THE GIVEAWAY!

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That’s all for today, folks! 🙂

– Ang

 

DOES IT SOUND COOL OR WHAT? DO YOU ENJOY SUPERNATURAL THRILLERS?

 

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BLOT TOUR: THE RELUCTANT GODFATHER | CHARACTER INTERVIEW

Welcome to my second and last post for Allison Tebo’s blog tour launch for The Reluctant Godfather! I have a character interview with Prince Colin (EEP!!) to share with y’all today, so let’s get hopping!

 

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SYNOPSIS

A humorous and magical re-telling of Cinderella from a unique perspective.

Burndee is a young and cantankerous fairy godfather who would rather bake cakes than help humans. A disgrace to the fairy order, Burndee has only two wards entrusted to his care…a cinder girl and a charming prince.

A royal ball presents Burndee with the brilliant solution of how to make his wards happy with the least amount of effort. He’ll arrange a meeting and hope the two fall in love.

The debut novella from Allison Tebo, ‘The Reluctant Godfather’ is a new addition to the charming fairy tale tradition of Cameron Dokey and K.M. Shea.

AMAZON  

http://allisonteboauthor.com/shop/

 

AUTHOR BIO

Allison Tebo is a Christian author in her mid-twenties who loves to write fiction in every genre. It is her goal to write fiction that appeals to many different kinds of people by writing clean, classic fun. Her desire is to provide quality stories for every age to enjoy.

When she is not writing, Allison works as a sales associate for a major transportation company or might be found singing, painting, baking, or defending her championship title as Gif Master.

Website: http://allisonteboauthor.com/

Blog: http://allisonswell.website/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16192992.Allison_Tebo

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/allisonteboauthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AllisonTebo

 

GIVEAWAY

First Prize:

  1.  Paperback copy of The Reluctant Godfather
  2.  Slipper of Glass – Fairy Tale Candle
  3.  Cinderella Necklace

Second Prize:

  1.  Ebook copy of The Relucant Godfather

ENTER HERE!

 

SCHEDULE

Sunday, July 15th:

Introduction // Kellyn Roth @ Reveries

Review // Olivia R. @ Meanwhile, in Rivendell …

Monday, July 16th:

Book Spotlight // Gabriellyn @ PageTurners

Review & Author Interview // Megan @ Counting Your Blessings One by One

Tuesday, July 17th:

Review & Author Interview // Chloe @ Purely by Faith

Wednesday, July 18th:

Author Interview // Kimia Wood Blog

Thursday, July 19th:

Book Spotlight // Serethiel @ The Book Sprite

Friday, July 20th:

Book Spotlight // Angela R. Watts @ The Peculiar Messenger

Saturday, July 21st:

Author Interview & Book Spotlight // Victoria Lynn @ Ruffles and Grace

Sunday, July 22nd:

Review // Kimia Wood Blog

Monday, July 23rd:

Book Spotlight // Hannah @ H.S.J. Williams

Tuesday, July 24th:

Review // Rayleigh @ Literature Approved

Wednesday, July 25th:

Author Interview // Medomfo @ Writings From a God Girl

Thursday, July 26th:

Character Interview // Angela R. Watts @ The Peculiar Messenger

Friday, July 27th:

Review // Jessica Greyson

Review // Gracelyn Buckner @ Literatura

Saturday, July 28th:

Book Spotlight // Erika Mathews @ Resting Life

Wrapup // Kellyn Roth @ Reveries

 

INTERVIEW WITH COLIN!

Greetings, Prince Colin, and welcome to The Peculiar Messenger. Thanks for coming!

Hello Miss Angela.  A friend told me an interview is similar to the royal process of receiving the populace in a public session.  *flashes a charming smile*  I hope I do it right!  You’ll tell me if I get anything wrong, won’t you?  *winks*

I’m sure you’ll do just fine! Let’s get started. 🙂 What is the ‘best’ day of your life, thus far?

Hmm – that’s rather a difficult question.  Either the day Cynthia said she would be my wife or the day she told me we were going to have a child. *beams*  I can’t choose between those days.  Can I count both of them as one?

I think those both count. 😉 What would you do if you could wear a mask and pretend to be someone else for a day (no one would know it was you)?

Pfft – easy question.  I would pretend to be Burndee, obviously!   Ahh, what a time I would have.   First of all, I would insult everyone on the Fairy Council, especially Fey. Then I would go to The Magic Pumpkin bakery and announce that everything was half price and everyone’s dog gets a free cookie (Burndee doesn’t like animals, you know).  Hang on a minute.  *opens notebook*  These really aren’t such bad ideas . . .

 What was one of your childhood fears, and do you still have it?

Well, I . . . *fiddles with his collar* I was always rather afraid that people weren’t really paying attention to me, or didn’t really care what I was talking about—they only pretended to pay attention because I was royal. It makes me feel like half a person, like a ghost—as if I’m not really there. I was afraid of being ignored or placated.  I still hate that.

What is some advice you’d give young lovers? (Be brutally honest, haha!)

Make sure you marry your best friend.  I was a fool not to realize Cynthia was the woman for me sooner than I did.  I think you young people call it “friend zoning” in your social circles.  That is a terrible error. I consider myself very blessed indeed to realize before it was too late that my best friend was also the woman I wanted to marry.

Quick! You have a magical power! What is it, and what are you doing with it?

An intriguing concept!  I would choose invisibility.  First off, I’d tickle my father for an hour. Then I’d go to Burndee’s bakery and juggle his pastries in front of him.  Ha – wouldn’t his eyes pop out of his head!  Then I’d pull Ella’s hair and, eh, probably not much else.  Not if I want Burndee to be speaking to me afterwards . . .

Then I’d risk life and limb and find my wife in her laboratory, where I would rearrange all of her equipment every time her back was turned.  *chortles*

Then I’d spy on my kitchen staff—I have a bet with the captain of the guard that our chef doesn’t wear her hair net when she’s cooking and I intend to win that bet and prove that she doesn’t wear a hair net.  I’ve swallowed the hairs to prove it.

Last of all, I’d eavesdrop on my councilors to hear what they’re saying about me and then surprise them all the next morning during an advisory session.  I’ll casually drop some comments from their supposedly clandestine conversations and watch them turn white.

Ah me, I would truly enjoy being invisible.  Angela, could you please maybe talk to Burndee for me and convince him to grant me invisibility for the day?  What do you say, dear?

I could talk to Burndee, but perhaps it would be best to ask him for such a wish without pretending to be him and causing havoc at The Magic Pumpkin. 😉 Thanks for being here, Prince Colin! *curtsies*

Thank you for having me, Miss Angela.  It’s been a pleasure speaking with you.

 

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What a lovely interview! Though… It might cause trouble. 😉 I hope you all have a lovely time with the blog tour — it is FABULOUS!

God bless,

– Ang

IS COLIN AMAZING OR WHAT? ARE YOU EXCITED FOR THIS BOOK?!

BOOK SPOTLIGHT | HE’S MAKING DIAMONDS by SARA WILLOUGHBY

I share with you a book spotlight for an incredible book called He’s Making Diamonds: A Teen’s Thoughts On Faith Through Chronic Illness, by Sara Willoughby. This book is releasing TODAY! AHHH!

I am seriously ecstatic to share the news for this, y’all. I had the absolute blessing of beta reading this book and I read it in a day — and it is still firm in my heart! The book is for teens and people with chronic illness, but I could relate to it even as a teen who isn’t ill… And, My Mom has had chronic Lyme disease for years now, so reading this book was so encouraging! Actually, encouraging is a small word. This book is… Moving. Powerful. A GIFT.

 

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SYNOPSIS

BOOK TRAILER!

Foreword writer: Jon Steingard, frontman for Hawk Nelson

Are you a teenager trying to navigate faith through chronic illness? I’m here to tell you, you are not alone.

When sickness takes over your life, it’s a never-ending battle to make it through each day. How do you cope? How do you keep fighting? Most of all though, how do you find God in the midst of the suffering?

Through my own journey of sickness, I’ve struggled with the same questions—questions we all think but are afraid to ask. My name is Sara, and I’ve been sick with Lyme disease and more since I was fourteen.

Those questions you’re afraid to ask? I’ve asked them too—as have many others.

This book addresses topics and questions such as:

  • Why is there sickness?
  • Where is God in sickness?
  • Resting in the storm
  • How to deal with the way chronic illness changes you
  • Joy and despair
  • Hope
  • Praying through chronic illness
  • Relationships in the midst of chronic illness
  • And more!

The journey of illness is not an easy one, but hope remains. God hasn’t left us. He hasn’t forgotten us. On the contrary, He’s making diamonds out of us.

GOODREADS | AMAZON ( + KINDLE)

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AUTHOR BIO

S. G. Willoughby is a seventeen-year-old girl with Lyme disease, toxic mold poisoning, and MCS. Currently, she resides in Arizona with her parents and two siblings. In her spare time she loves to write, read, and have adventures.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/R535Blog

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/r535blog/

Website: http://sgwilloughby.com/

 

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There is also an INSTAGRAM PARTY live on Tuesday, July 24th, @ 2 p.m. PST — Sara will be giving away a signed copy of the book! HOW COOL?!

I will be posting a review in the future when I buy a paperback copy of this wonderful book. I would recommend this to anyone, whether you or a loved one has a chronic illness or not. God’s truth and word shines so strongly through it… I was able to ask questions, find answers through Scripture, and draw closer to the Lord after reading this blessing.

God bless you all.

– Ang

 

DO YOU HAVE A CHRONIC ILLNESS? DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO DOES? WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THIS LOVELY BOOK SO FAR?

BOOK SPOTLIGHT | THE RELUCTANT GODFATHER by ALLISON TEBO

Greetings, whimsical followers! I am so happy to share this exciting news: my dear friend, Allison Tebo, is relaunching her novella The Reluctant Godfather! I’m taking part of the blog tour with a book spotlight AND a character interview! Whoop whoop! Today is the book spotlight!

 

SYNOPSIS

A humorous and magical re-telling of Cinderella from a unique perspective.

Burndee is a young and cantankerous fairy godfather who would rather bake cakes than help humans. A disgrace to the fairy order, Burndee has only two wards entrusted to his care…a cinder girl and a charming prince.

A royal ball presents Burndee with the brilliant solution of how to make his wards happy with the least amount of effort. He’ll arrange a meeting and hope the two fall in love.

The debut novella from Allison Tebo, ‘The Reluctant Godfather’ is a new addition to the charming fairy tale tradition of Cameron Dokey and K.M. Shea.

AMAZON  

http://allisonteboauthor.com/shop/

AUTHOR BIO

Allison Tebo is a Christian author in her mid-twenties who loves to write fiction in every genre. It is her goal to write fiction that appeals to many different kinds of people by writing clean, classic fun. Her desire is to provide quality stories for every age to enjoy.

When she is not writing, Allison works as a sales associate for a major transportation company or might be found singing, painting, baking, or defending her championship title as Gif Master.

Website: http://allisonteboauthor.com/

Blog: http://allisonswell.website/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16192992.Allison_Tebo

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/allisonteboauthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AllisonTebo

 

GIVEAWAY

First Prize:

  1.  Paperback copy of The Reluctant Godfather
  2.  Slipper of Glass – Fairy Tale Candle
  3.  Cinderella Necklace

Second Prize:

  1.  Ebook copy of The Relucant Godfather

ENTER HERE!

 

SCHEDULE

Sunday, July 15th:

Introduction // Kellyn Roth @ Reveries

Review // Olivia R. @ Meanwhile, in Rivendell …

Monday, July 16th:

Book Spotlight // Gabriellyn @ PageTurners

Review & Author Interview // Megan @ Counting Your Blessings One by One

Tuesday, July 17th:

Review & Author Interview // Chloe @ Purely by Faith

Wednesday, July 18th:

Author Interview // Kimia Wood Blog

Thursday, July 19th:

Book Spotlight // Serethiel @ The Book Sprite

Friday, July 20th:

Book Spotlight // Angela R. Watts @ The Peculiar Messenger

Saturday, July 21st:

Author Interview & Book Spotlight // Victoria Lynn @ Ruffles and Grace

Sunday, July 22nd:

Review // Kimia Wood Blog

Monday, July 23rd:

Book Spotlight // Hannah @ H.S.J. Williams

Tuesday, July 24th:

Review // Rayleigh @ Literature Approved

Wednesday, July 25th:

Author Interview // Medomfo @ Writings From a God Girl

Thursday, July 26th:

Character Interview // Angela R. Watts @ The Peculiar Messenger

Friday, July 27th:

Review // Jessica Greyson

Review // Gracelyn Buckner @ Literatura

Saturday, July 28th:

Book Spotlight // Erika Mathews @ Resting Life

Wrapup // Kellyn Roth @ Reveries

 

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Does this book sound amazing?! Yes! I read the original version and adored it, so I’m very excited for this! God bless.

– Ang

 

DOES THIS LOOK BEAUTIFUL OR WHAT?! DO YOU LIKE FAIRY TALES — WITH A TWIST?

 

BOOK SPOTLIGHT, REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW | THROUGH ALL THINGS by MALACHI CYR

Malachi Cyr is having a fantastic blog tour for Through All Things, a historical fiction novel! I am super stoked, y’all, and will be doing a book spotlight, book review, and author interview! Oh, and there’s an epic giveaway going on… You won’t wanna miss this.

 

THROUGH ALL THINGS

Loved ones must be rescued.

His brothers depend on him for survival.

The trail behind him is already stained with pain and loss.

Allen is only seventeen, but tragedy and a strong sense of duty already weigh on his shoulders. As the French and Indians wage brutal warfare on the English settlers, Allen embarks on a treacherous journey to free his captive sister and her friend.

With little hope of survival and even less for success, Allen knows he needs God to do the impossible. But if God is able to do all things, why does everything seem to be going wrong?

 

AUTHOR BIO

Malachi is a Christian, homeschooled teenager who highly enjoys putting the stories from his imagination down on paper.
He enjoys reading, writing, airsofting, sword fighting, frizbee, woodworking, Bible studies, working with his Dad, hiking, camping, generally doing stuff with his friends, and too many other things to count.
He writes to
1. Glorify and honor God in his stories.
2. Make the stories that he’s played up in his head come to life.
3. Have fun.

Blog: Brainstorms with Rain

Goodreads: Malachi Cyr

Generation Rising: Malachi Cyr

 

BOOK REVIEW

In short, this book is one I want to have on my shelves just so I can pick it up every now and then, to remember. Remember how that no matter the pain we face, God is still in control. This is the kinda book that really dug deep for me… And it takes time to process all that these pages held. So I’ll do a quick basis review and then really dig into things…

Rating: 5/5 stars

Writing: It was immediately gripping and everything played out in a flowing, vivid manner. I felt like I was there.

Setting: I’ve read pretty much no historical fiction set in colonial times, and what I have has been like boring toast. This book was incredibly realistic and the locations were all very well done. I really enjoyed it.

Characters: They were all so real. I felt strongly for all of them and their goals, hopes, and emotions were always portrayed and executed astoundingly. The little things all pulled together so well, and I smiled more than once because of how great the characters were (Charlie and Ben, though, guys… And Behr… and Nootau’s story just, so much yes…).

Story/Plot: Where do I start… It was amazing. But a whole lot more on this later. For now, the plot was smooth, well motivated, and very intriguing.  Like I said, books that deal with heavier topics usually don’t hold good places in my hearts because they get darkened so, so easier. Being an empath can be hard. Reading a novel where my own fear are played out? Really hard. And yet, I couldn’t put this book down.

Now, for the deep stuff.

In truth, this book hit some of my own personal, biggest fears. Who doesn’t fear losing family? I’ve always had the fear I’ll lose my family and have to keep pushing on — because by then, I’m thinking ‘why? Why bother fighting if the ones I love are gone?’ I usually avoid fiction with such topics (I don’t watch Red Dawn with my family because, uh, no… thanks…) because I don’t want to empathically think like that. I do it enough on my own. Add fiction, making it all the more vivid? Not a fun choice.

But Through All Things was different. Usually, I’d always remove a star (or more) from a book if it was too sad/someone died, but this book handled things in a way that really opened my eyes… I’ve always been covering the part of me that fears such things — this book opened that fear wide and dealt with it. I found myself strongly relating to the main character, Allen, even though I’ve never personally lost someone dear to me… I had thought about such pains. And in other ways in my life, I really understood the constant ‘why, God? Why are You not hearing me?’ And I cried, y’all. More than once. A couple times.

Still, this book was strangely… uplifting. That word is kinda small. But the book didn’t shy away from raw, chaotic, painful life — and that’s how it is, y’all. Life is so hard. It doesn’t help to say ‘things will be OK because we have God’ — yes. But that doesn’t make life less difficult. I loved this book because it pushed on and showed what the Word of God had to say. God doesn’t say things will be easy. Doesn’t promise us we get to keep our families. But He promises us that with Him, all things are possible. There’s so much to this life, folks, and TAT showed me that living in fear is not something we should do. In Christ, we have power to fight and protect, without living in fear.

AUTHOR INTERVIEW

What inspired you to write Through All Things, and what made you pursue it to the end?

I don’t recall what originally inspired me, but I was re-inspired by watching the movie Alone Yet Not Alone. I had a lot of encouragement to keep at it until the end, and I wanted to see it in print as well. 😉

 

If you could pick one place in this story to go visit for yourself, what place would that be and why?

I would want to visit the Sanford homestead. It’s fictional, so I couldn’t really, but I would like to see it. It’s also about the only “Place” in my story other than Cedarville or the Indian village, since the entire time the boys are on the move. If I got the opportunity to visit a real location from my story, it would have to be the St. Lawrence River (of course it would need to be the location I picked out on Google Maps when I was writing this story). That would be cool.

What is one major lesson God showed you while you worked on TAT?

So I thought that I had learned the lesson of this story about trusting God through hard times, but while I was writing it came true in a whole new way since I have a friend who is battling both Lymphoma cancer and Lyme disease. Seeing him suffer made me want to question why God is doing this, and then my own writing is dealing with that exact question.

Do you see a lot of yourself in Allen, the main character?

I can at times, more so than many of my other characters.

If there’s one thing you pray this story gives its readers, what would that be?

I want to leave people with hope and a trust that God does know best. We all go through a lot of difficult times, and we often either question why God is putting us through the trial or forget that He is sovereignly directing it it in the first place and begin to think that we’re all alone. What we have to remember is that He does all things well, that it all will work together for our good, and that He is with us all the way.

 

SCHEDULE

July 9th

Liberty H @ https://goneinadream.wordpress.com/: Book Review

July 10th

Anna Willis @ https://astorynerdslife.wordpress.com/: Character Interview

July 11th

Angela Watts @ https://thepeculiarmessenger.wordpress.com/: Author Interview/Book Spotlight/Book Review

July 12th

Kaylee @ http://kayleeskindofwrites.blogspot.com/: Book Review

July 13th

Maggie Joy @https://myatticcorner.wordpress.com/: Author Interview

July 14th

Amie @ https://crazya.blog/: Author/Character Interview

Rosy Marr @ https://rosyswritings.wordpress.com/: Author Interview

 

GIVEAWAY

ENTER HERE!

I am so not fooling around when I say this giveaway is SO EPIC, GUYS. Also, it is domestic only, so international entries will get a $20 amazon eGift card and a Kindle copy of Through All Things. Super neat!

 

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Huge thanksto Malachi for letting me take part in the blog tour, and doing the author interview with me. Congratulations on publishing TAT — the world needs to read this book!

God bless,

– Ang

 

ARE YOU EXCITED FOR THROUGH ALL THINGS?! DID YOU ENJOY THE INTERVIEW?