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

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SEEK, BLOG TOUR | DAY 7

THE LAST DAY OF THE TOUR IS UPON US. I cannot believe how amazing this blog tour was. The people who joined me were epic, and the support I’ve gotten means a great deal. =)

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Also, you can snag a copy of Seek on Kindle. I’m still having troubles with paperback (really, I’m not surprised, lol. But God is in control!) but I will share the news once it is finally released. ♥

 

 

SEEK COVER GOOD

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Angel Cutler’s routine life is overturned when local ganglord Viktor Marino tries to kidnap her. When she finds out her adopted sister is back in town and working with Viktor, Angel has to run away with the protection of two total strangers. Can Angel have faith in God to protect her family when she can’t?

Elijah Davis has seen Viktor bleed once, and to save his family, he’ll make it happen again. But who is the One Eli can turn to when he realizes he can’t protect his loved ones alone?

Hiding from gangsters and gunfire, the trio struggle to seek God above all else and trust that His plan is greater than their own. Or Viktor Marino’s.

AMAZON (KINDLE!) | GOODREADS

Paperback is going to release but not yet. (Thanks, KDP) I will share the buy link as soon as I get it, lovelies!

 

TODAY’S BLOGGERS

 

Friday, December 7th

Book Review | Hannah Gridley, Heart Of The Rose

My dear friend Hannah shared her review and I love it. 🙂

Book Review | Chloe, Purely By Faith

A sweet review from Chloe! EEP!

 

A RECAP…

Saturday, December 1st

Book Spotlight | Gracelyn Buckner, Literatura

Guest Post | Abigail Harder, Books, Life, And Christ

Book Review | Loretta, Just Writing

Sunday, December 2nd

Book Review + Author Interview | Molly Anne, Qadash – Set Apart, For Him

Author Interview | Shine, HauntingGhostTown

Monday, December 3rd

Guest Post + Book Spotlight | Liz, Home With The Hummingbirds

Book Spotlight + Author Interview | Michaela Bush, Tangled Up In Writing

Tuesday, December 4th

Book Spotlight | Faith Potts, Stories By Firefly

Guest Post | Grace Maples, Proclaiming His Excellencies

Wednesday, December 5th

Book Review | Kellyn Roth, Reveries

Book Spotlight + Guest Post | John-Clement Gallo, JC’s ShadowBlog

Guest Post | Medomfo, Writings From A God Girl

Thursday, December 6th

Book Review + Author Interview | A. Kaylee Harrison, Kaylee’s Kind Of Writes

Book Review + Guest Post | Parker Hankins, Pencils And Pianos

Guest Post | Sara, R535

Friday, December 7th

Book Review | Hannah Gridley, Heart Of The Rose

Book Review | Chloe, Purely By Faith

 

THE FUTURE

 

Previous theme posts:

Today, I’m talking about the FUTURE. Or, specifically, what plans I have for my writing future.

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As y’all know, Seek is book one of the Whispers Of Heaven series. Book two, which is titled Covenant, is expected to release sometime in 2020. Why the long due date? Because I don’t want to promise a super quick one and fail to reach it, haha. I have plans of working on book 2 during 2019 but can’t say it’ll be ready for publishing by the end of that year.

What else am I doing beside CovenantI have a few short stories I will be publishing (#spoilers…), so be on the lookout for those. =)

If you follow me on Twitter, you’ve seen my stuff about my other series, The Infidel Books. I adore this dystopian series but have yet to truly start it. I’m not making solid plans about it right now because I don’t want to get distracted from Whispers Of Heaven. BUT WHO KNOWS WHAT I DO?!

My biggest goal, however, is to rewrite my supernatural YA book, JUMP. I pray to submit it to Enclave but if they reject it, I might try another publishing company, and if all else doesn’t work out, I’ll be self-publishing it! I am super excited for JUMP. Why?

  • GOD.
  • Teenagers (that don’t whine all the time). It was the first book I’ve ever completed that had a teenage cast and it was super fun.
  • SIBLINGSSSS. It has sibling relationships, y’all! Good, strong ones. Ahh.
  • Small town in North Carolina. I have an obsession with NC. The setting is so aesthetic-y.
  • Creepy vibes.
  • Supernatural stuff. (I am a huge fan of Frank Peretti, Ted Dekker, and read nonfiction stuff on the topic of the supernatural from a Biblical standpoint.)
  • More gangsters… (OOPS?) Which means street fights.
  • A cutie named Fonz (CAN YOU GO WRONG WITH THAT?!)

If you are interested in beta (or ALPHA-ing, *gasp*) reading JUMP, please let me know! I will have it ready within the first quarter of 2019 for alphas or betas… we’ll see. 😛

Besides these plans… I’m leaving what I write to God! Plans change and what He tells me to write can change, and since I don’t want to push myself to write a ton of novels without His direction (and with life being sooo insane… I don’t want to foolishly stress myself out over writing)… I shall see where He guides me. 🙂

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. – Proverbs 3:5-6

GIVEAWAY

 

1st Place: A signed paperback of Seek and a mug with a Scripture verse on it!

2nd Place: An ebook copy of Seek!

ENTER TO WIN HERE!

Winners of the giveaway will be announced after the 8th. 🙂

 

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God has helped me so very much during the years I’ve worked on Seek. I couldn’t have done anything without Him, my family, and my friends. God bless you each. And bless each of you who have supported and encouraged me over the tour.

I trust God uses Seek to touch who He wants it to touch. I’m so overjoyed and grateful to God this chapter of my life is behind me. I trust the Lord has a plan for my future. He has one for you, too. ♥

God bless and seek the Lord,

– Ang

 

WHAT ARE YOUR WRITING PLANS FOR 2019? DO YOU LIKE THE SOUND OF JUMP? DID YOU ENJOY THE BLOG TOUR FOR SEEK?

 

SEEK, BLOG TOUR | DAY 6

Hello, folks, and welcome to day 6 of the blog tour! I’m happy to announce that I finished proofreading Seek and the files are uploaded… so it will be published soon!

Let’s continue. =D

 

SEEK COVER GOOD

BLURB

 

Angel Cutler’s routine life is overturned when local ganglord Viktor Marino tries to kidnap her. When she finds out her adopted sister is back in town and working with Viktor, Angel has to run away with the protection of two total strangers. Can Angel have faith in God to protect her family when she can’t?

Elijah Davis has seen Viktor bleed once, and to save his family, he’ll make it happen again. But who is the One Eli can turn to when he realizes he can’t protect his loved ones alone?

Hiding from gangsters and gunfire, the trio struggle to seek God above all else and trust that His plan is greater than their own. Or Viktor Marino’s.

AMAZON (KINDLE!) | GOODREADS

Paperback is going to release but not yet. (Thanks, KDP) I will share the buy link as soon as I get it, lovelies!

 

TODAY’S BLOGGERS

 

Thursday, December 6th

Book Review + Author Interview | A. Kaylee Harrison, Kaylee’s Kind Of Writes

An amazing review from Kaylee! =)

Book Review + Guest Post | Parker Hankins, Pencils And Pianos

This guest post talks about our identity in Christ alone. Wowza, was it incredible to write. I truly pray it touches you! Big thanks to Parker for letting me guest post.

Guest Post | Sara, R535

This post is about how Chronic Illness impacted my family. My mother has been ill the whole time I wrote Seek, so sitting down and addressing what it has been like… Wow. Thanks so much for this chance to speak on your blog, Sara. It meant a lot to me. ♥

 

FORGIVENESS

 

Today’s theme is about forgiveness. It is something God taught me and helped me learn as I wrote Seek

And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses. – Mark 11:25-26

I knew I had to forgive my adopted sister when she left, even though at first, I felt numb, like something was wrong with me because I wasn’t reacting. I was scared of how quiet I was, instead of being furious or crying all the time from grief. Because I was scared, I clung to God. I prayed constantly. As time wore on and God placed Seek on my heart, my healing began. I was overjoyed! Not only was I feeling something, but I was feeling joy in Jesus! I hadn’t been sure I’d ever find joy again.

While I wrote, God showed me that I would have to forgive my sister for what she had done. I was eager to understand what forgiving was, since I had never had to forgive something quite so huge before. I looked in the Bible, talked to my family, prayed with my best friend.

I knew that forgiving my sister, who hated me and showed no signs of repenting, wouldn’t be easy. I had lost someone dear to me, even if she had manipulated me to the point that I doubted our sisterhood had ever been real. I didn’t want to carry those weights. I wanted to be free. I wanted to forgive her. But what did forgiveness look like?

Many Christians will view forgiveness as repairing the relationship. God never says this. God never says we must give our trust or heart back to the person who wounded us. He says forgive seventy times seven times, but does this mean we must become a foot mat for people to walk all over and destroy? No! God does not want this from us. He actually says, “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14), “Depart from me, ye evildoers: for I will keep the commandments of my God.” (Psalms 119:115), and lastly, “I do not sit with the deceitful, nor do I associate with hypocrites. I abhor the assembly of evildoers and refuse to sit with the wicked.” – Psalms 26:4-5 Obviously, we can forgive without justifying a person’s sins or remaining close to them!

God tells us to forgive so that we may find peace in Him. When we forgive others, we accept God’s mercy. We surrender to God and let Him break our bonds to those who hurt us. When we fin peace in Jesus, we can pray for the ones who hate us without being bound to them, which is what God wants us to do. (Matthew 5:44) Is forgiving easy? No. Is it fast? Not always. Every journey in this life with the Lord is different. But if we hold a grudge, or cling to resentment, bitterness, hate, or anger, we cannot cling to the Lord.

This is what I learned as I wrote Seek and forgave my sister. I share this with you to encourage you that no matter what pain people have caused us, God is Greater. God loves us. He has given us each a story to share. I look forward to what lessons God has in store for me as I continue writing the Whispers Of Heaven!

 

GIVEAWAY

 

1st Place: A signed paperback of Seek and a mug with a Scripture verse on it!

2nd Place: An ebook copy of Seek!

ENTER TO WIN HERE!

 

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TOMORROW IS THE LAST DAY. *screaming* So SCURRY to enter the giveaway (don’t forget those daily entries and share it around ♥)! Also, I know I promised the Q&A video during the tour, but I got sick the first day of the tour and am just now getting some strength back. But the video will happen. Actually, would you prefer a live Facebook/Youtube stream, or uploaded vid that is ‘pre-done’? 🙂

And once again… thank you. Each and every one of you. For letting me post with you, reviewing Seek, stopping by, commenting, or even just glancing at Seek and thinking ‘cool’! God bless you each!

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– Ang

 

WHAT IS ONE LESSON GOD HAS SHOWN YOU RECENTLY? LET’S TALK. ♥

SEEK, BLOG TOUR | DAY 5

Day five is here and you are in for more adventure! Welcome aboard if you’re new and if you’ve been here since day one, hello again!

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SEEK COVER GOOD

BLURB

 

Angel Cutler’s routine life is overturned when local ganglord Viktor Marino tries to kidnap her. When she finds out her adopted sister is back in town and working with Viktor, Angel has to run away with the protection of two total strangers. Can Angel have faith in God to protect her family when she can’t?

Elijah Davis has seen Viktor bleed once, and to save his family, he’ll make it happen again. But who is the One Eli can turn to when he realizes he can’t protect his loved ones alone?

Hiding from gangsters and gunfire, the trio struggle to seek God above all else and trust that His plan is greater than their own. Or Viktor Marino’s.

AMAZON (KINDLE!) | GOODREADS

Paperback is going to release but not yet. (Thanks, KDP) I will share the buy link as soon as I get it, lovelies!

 

TODAY’S BLOGGERS

 

Wednesday, December 5th

Book Review | Kellyn Roth, Reveries

Another fabulous review of Seek! =D

Book Spotlight + Guest Post | John-Clement Gallo, JC’s ShadowBlog

*slams fist on table* GUESS WHAT, FOLKS. I got to talk about BAD GUYS. If you know me really well, you probably know how much I love a good villain. In this guest post, I give tips on how to create a villain you will love to hate.

Guest Post | Medomfo, Writings From A God Girl

Want to write Christian fiction but don’t know where to start? This post, in which I share tips for writing Christian fiction, is for you, friend!

 

THE ANTAGONIST

 

Today’s theme is going to be bad guys. (Day 1: Beginning, Day 2: Seeking God Through Pain, Day 3: Maintaining Motivation With Big Projects, Day 4: Family Bonds) If you aren’t a big fan of bad guys, that’s cool, but feel free to stick around anyway, friend! =) I’m going to introduce y’all to two antagonists in Seek.

Viktor Marino is a local ganglord who has more power than anyone should have. In the words of Viktor Marino, “A bad guy is just a good guy willing to do ugly things.” Viktor is one of my favorite characters, for different reasons, and most I can’t tell you, but he’s not a simple-minded villain. He isn’t big and scary. He isn’t completely invincible. Getting inside his head was a blast because I loved thinking like he did.

Michelle White is the adopted child of the Cutler family, and she is a narcissist who leaves home but comes back to haunt… Well, you get the idea. She’s probably my least favorite villain because she was based off of my adopted sister. Michelle is greedy for control. Having an antagonist who doesn’t really have much motivation you can empathize with is challenging.

If you look at your favorite villains, their motivations are different, right? Some want to help the world while others want to destroy it. Some want to get power and some do wicked things to gain love. No matter what the villain wants, most people want a villain they can understand! But when it comes to narcissists, that is hard to portray because in real life, many people don’t think narcissism is a real thing. And it is.

I wrote Michelle to show that in life, sometimes the bad guys don’t have big, strong motivations that make sense. Do I enjoy a villain who does? Yes! However, for the sake of realism, I strongly believe we shouldn’t shy away from writing what we know. If we know narcissists from experience, we can write that into a story and show that no matter how people do us wrong, God has our backs. We don’t have to fear wicked people. We don’t have think fiction should only show Hollywood-esque plots or characters. Every story matters. Even if it may seem insane, don’t shy away from what God calls you to write. This was important for me to learn because writing Michelle was a hard thing to tackle when I was still trying to heal from what my own sister had done to me, but I praise God I did, because I know Seek will help others find God in difficult times.

 

GIVEAWAY

 

1st Place: A signed paperback of Seek and a mug with a Scripture verse on it!

2nd Place: An ebook copy of Seek!

ENTER TO WIN HERE!

 

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Two days left of the blog tour, y’all! =) Thanks for joining me today and be sure to check the previous posts out. ♥

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God bless,

Ang

 

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT VILLAINS? DO YOU LIKE THEM OR NO?

 

SEEK, BLOG TOUR | DAY 4

It’s day 4… Only 3 days left of this tour! *flails* Let’s get right to it.

 

SEEK COVER GOOD

BLURB

 

Angel Cutler’s routine life is overturned when local ganglord Viktor Marino tries to kidnap her. When she finds out her adopted sister is back in town and working with Viktor, Angel has to run away with the protection of two total strangers. Can Angel have faith in God to protect her family when she can’t?

Elijah Davis has seen Viktor bleed once, and to save his family, he’ll make it happen again. But who is the One Eli can turn to when he realizes he can’t protect his loved ones alone?

Hiding from gangsters and gunfire, the trio struggle to seek God above all else and trust that His plan is greater than their own. Or Viktor Marino’s.

AMAZON (KINDLE!) | GOODREADS

Paperback is going to release but not yet. (Thanks, KDP) I will share the buy link as soon as I get it, lovelies!

 

TODAY’S BLOGGERS

 

Tuesday, December 4th

Book Spotlight | Faith Potts, Stories By Firefly

Another sweet spotlight from my friend, Faith! (Also, if you’re signed up for my newsletter, you know I GOT TO MEET FAITH IN NOVEMBER! =D)

Guest Post | Grace Maples, Proclaiming His Excellencies

OH GOLLY, Y’ALL! This guest post is about finding shelter in God and I really loved writing it. Be sure to check it out…

 

FAMILY BONDS

 

One of the funnest things to write in Seek was the family bonds. This book has a strong, functioning family who remain faithful through the hard times. It also has a dysfunctional family who broke apart when things grew difficult. The family ties in this novel heavily reflected my own and those I have seen.

My family is pretty tight. Despite trials, we stick together. We love each other. We have each other’s backs. Not many families have this blessing nowadays. While the Cutler family in Seek resemble my family as we are today, the Davis family in Seek resemble other family relationships I know of. Without going into great detail, Elijah Davis’ family fell apart after his father turned to alcohol.

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” – 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Wow, huh? Love is way more than a simple tug at the gut or feeling! Writing Seek, I was shown just how much God loves us, and what that means. It doesn’t mean God loves us and leaves us out to fend for ourselves. Oh, no! It means God protects us, will never fail us, is patient with us, and has more mercy than we deserve. Love is a huge gift! Even when we want to throttle those we love, we have to watch what we do and say, because in the end, we don’t want to hurt our family. Love is not always acting on impulse emotions. We have to watch what we say and do!

In life, it hurts to watch our family members walk away. Whether we can restore a relationship with them or not, we still love them (even if that love isn’t returned). The thing about family is we can’t make our loved ones do what we want them to do. In Seek, Eli Davis wants something from his little brother, and he tries hard to get it, but of course, we can’t control our family members (even if we think we know what’s best for them). Can you relate?

God knows how we feel, y’all. He knows how much it hurts to have family betray us. Think about Jesus and Judas! That was very up close and personal, and it hurt Jesus. When Peter betrayed Jesus, Jesus saw it coming, but He still loved Peter. And every day, when we sin or turn away from God, it hurts Him.

Losing people hurts, but not loving our family while we have them will hurt us far worse. Jesus is our example and He loved knowing what His followers would do. We may know our family member(s) won’t choose us when the going gets tough, but we can love them from a distance. We have to hold fast to those who are loyal, who love us through thick and thin. Blood bonds or not, those people are family.

 

MY EXCITING NEWS…

I got Seek’s proof copy! *screaming* I’ll be proofing it with my formatter and cover design *cough* Kellyn Roth *cough*, then the paperback will be available!

And here’s the thickness! The 2nd draft is the copy on the bottom, for fun contrast purposes. This baby has come so far. *cries*

 

GIVEAWAY

 

1st Place: A signed paperback of Seek and a mug with a Scripture verse on it!

2nd Place: An ebook copy of Seek!

ENTER TO WIN HERE!

 

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Thanks again for dropping by, friend. =) I’d love to hear your thoughts on this post. ♥

God bless,

Ang

 

DO YOU RELATE TO THE FAMILY BONDS PORTRAYED IN SEEK?