AUTHOR INTERVIEW | BEYOND HER CALLING by KELLYN ROTH

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I have a very exciting author interview with Kellyn Roth today, in celebration of her new release, Beyond Her Calling! Let’s jump right in because you’re going to love this!

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At twenty, Ivy Knight feels as if she hasn’t accomplished anything of worth. Her life stretches on before her, empty and pointless. Though her faith in God and her mental abilities have been strengthened, she still doubts herself. Does God have a purpose for a socially awkward, often confused and frightened young woman?

Jordy McAllen has just returned to Scotland after his education in London. Though he has accomplished a lot for a farm lad such as himself, he fears that what everyone has always said about him may be true: he won’t really make a good doctor. Determined to prove himself, Jordy snatches up the opportunity to become the doctor in the village of Keefmore near his parents’ farm.

Helping Jordy with his work at Keefmore seems like the perfect opportunity for Ivy. Still, she doubts herself. Is there a purpose to Ivy’s life?

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AUTHOR BIO

Kellyn Roth lives on an Eastern Oregon ranch with her parents, little brothers, border collies, cats, and a few dozen cows and chickens. Always a lover of a good story, and especially of telling one, she’s been writing since she was seven and published her first novel at fourteen. Now a homeschool grad, she divides her time between penning her next Christian historical novel, creating professionally silly articles at kellynroth.blog, and her actual life. Actual life plays second fiddle sometimes, though.

Find out more on her website: https://kellynrothauthor.com/

SCHEDULE

Saturday, October 20th

Intro Post // Kellyn Roth @ Reveries

Author Interview // Molly @ A Sparkle of Light

Review // Lisa @ Inkwell

Review & Character Interview (Jordy) // Amie @ Crazy A

Character Interview (Ivy) // Jo @ The Lens and the Hard Drive

Book Spotlight // Annie @ Letters from Annie Douglass Lima

Sunday, October 21st

Theme Day // Kellyn Roth @ Reveries

Guest Post by Character (Ivy) & Review // Grace M. Morris

Book Spotlight // Erika Messer @ Maiden of the Pages

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

Monday, October 22nd

Ivy Day // Kellyn Roth @ Reveries

Character Interview (Ivy) // Loretta Marchize @ Just Writing

Review // Andrea Cox @ Writing to Inspire

Character Interview (Jordy) // Liz @ Home with the Hummingbirds

Author & Character Interview (Violet) // Julia @ Julia’s Creative Corner

Review & Character Spotlight (Ivy) // Caroline Kloster @ Inside the Autistic Life

Tuesday, October 23rd

Jordy Day // Kellyn Roth @ Reveries

Author Interview // Faith Blum @ Bookish Orchestrations

Review & Guest Post // Cara @ Jessie Bingham

Guest Post // Lindsi @ One Beginner To Another

Character Spotlight (Ena) // Shannon McDermott @ Shannon’s Blog

Wednesday, October 24th

Violet Day // Kellyn Roth @ Reveries

Guest Post // Germaine Han @ The Writing Mafia

Review // Jana T. @ Reviews from the Stacks

Thursday, October 25th

Real Life Day // Kellyn Roth @ Reveries

Book Spotlight // Gabriellyn Gidman @ PageTurners

Author Interview // Sara Willoughby @ Th!nk Magazine

Review // Michaela Bush @ Tangled Up In Writing

Guest Post by Character (Violet) // Peggy M. McAloon @ Peggy’s Hope 4U

Friday, October 26th

Future Day // Kellyn Roth @ Reveries

Review // Abigail McKenna @ Novels, Dragons, and Wardrobe Doors

Review // Gracelyn Buckner @ Literatura

Review // Katherine Brown Books

Review // Bella Putt

Saturday, October 27th

Wrapup Post // Kellyn Roth @ Reveries

Character Interview & Spotlight (Jordy) // Kaylee @ Kaylee’s Kind of Writes

Book Spotlight // Abigail Harder @ Books, Life, and Christ

GIVEAWAY

Enter the giveaway to win a signed paperback copy of Beyond Her Calling!

ENTER HERE!

INTERVIEW

While writing Beyond Her Calling, which character could you strongly relate to?

Honestly, I didn’t relate greatly to Ivy or Jordy. Both of them were loosely based off two of my friends (in real life), and neither of my friends are very like me – nor are their struggles. Jordy is a bit more like me in thought process, though, hehe.

I probably related most strongly to Ena Owen. Ena and I deal with grief in the same way, for one – we get really upset, then we’re mostly okay with it afterwards. We’re both no-nonsense with children, as well, though not without leaving room for creativity (as long as it’s within reason, haha). And I like to think I’m a wise as she is. *gives the rest of the world a condescending glare*

As an historical fiction author, what kind of research do you do, and how long do you research before writing your story?

At this point, I’m honestly just researching a few specifics related to random things for each story and leaving the rest to chance/my former knowledge of the era. When entering a new era, I’ll read a combination of books (fiction and nonfiction) about it or written during it, do a ton of Google searches, ask a gazillion questions of my history nerd (meant as a compliment) friends, etc. But by now, I really understand the Victorian era fairly well.
 
Also, I don’t do a ton of research prior to writing. I like to begin my research in the 2nd or 3rd draft – especially since most of what I need to research are little details that don’t matter at first. (I suppose when people ask me the plotter vs. pantser question I should say, “Plotter … up to a point.” 😉
 
For Beyond Her Calling, I did some research on medical degrees, bipolar disorder, and regions of Scotland then watched five YouTube videos/read a couple blogs on Scottish accents while writing and called it good until the second draft!
 

What was the most difficult thing about writing Beyond Her Calling?

I’m very tempted to say the Scottish accents. Those were hard to pin down! How much do you write? Is the dialect correct for the region? Will the reader even be able to decipher what they’re saying? It was a delicate balance.
 
But I think it was also very hard to portray a grownup Ivy. At least, it took me a while to pin it down!

Do you write each novel as a standalone, or do you feel the series could be more appreciated as a whole?

My goal with my stories – all of them! – is to write novels that a person could pick off a bookshelf, regardless of what order, and enjoy. I think the books before it and even after it will deepen peoples’ understandings of the characters, but I think the books can be equally enjoyed as standalones as they can as series.

When your readers finish Beyond Her Calling, what’s one thing you pray they take from the story?

A desire to read the next book by me? 😉
 
Seriously, though, I hope they take away that everyone is valuable and beloved by God and everyone can succeed at whatever they put their mind to IF they’re relying on Jesus Christ as their strength. But … our plans may not be His, of course, and we need to accept that (as we found out in At Her Fingertips).
 
In truth, I’ve been enjoying exploring different aspects of God’s plans for us in this series! It’s a heavy theme, but it’s not a particularly dark one, which is a nice as the next two books in The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy will feature some challenging topics, including but not limited to adultery, miscarriage/stillborn children, suicidal thoughts and extreme depression, and the forgiveness and/or healing aftermath. Let’s just say I have my work cut out for me if I’m going to portray these in a Christ-like manner!

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If you’re interested in Beyond Her Calling, I will tell you it is one the sweetest books you’ll read. I definitely enjoyed the characters and setting!

Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to visit the rest of the blog stops!

God bless,

– Ang

HAVE YOU READ BEYOND HER CALLING? DO YOU WANT TO? IT IS ALMOST CHRISTMAS, SO BELIEVE ME, THIS IS THE PERFECT GIFT!

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BOOK SPOTLIGHT | ORPHANS OF THE WEST by FAITH BLUM

Howdy, friend! I’m excited to share a book spotlight for TWO books today! =D Be sure to check these cool books out because there’s a giveaway, as well!

 

ABOUT THE BOOKS

Sing the Wondrous Story

an Orphans of the West novella

Jason was kicked out three years ago. His judgmental actions and decisions caused a rift and turmoil within his family, especially concerning his sister, Jessamine. Now God is leading him to return home—a home he isn’t certain he will be welcomed back to. The last three years has led to personal growth, he still has a lot to learn. Can he overcome his past mistakes or will he always be the black sheep?

Jessamine has popularity and the attention of many in town except the two men she wants to catch for herself. She lives for those moments of attention and needs to marry a rich man to buy all the pretty things she desires. There are two men who fit that and she will stop at nothing to find a husband to make her life perfect. When Jason returns and challenges her actions, will she be able to let go of her plan? Can she find love in more than herself?

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He Leadeth Me

(Orphans of the West, #4)

Gage was eight when his parents died, but despite that, he has been content with his life. He misses the farm, though, and when his uncle gives him the deed and tells him to go back, he seizes the opportunity.

Almost a full day’s ride, Gage reconnects with his friend, Danny and settles into farm life. Then someone shows up claiming Gage’s long-dead father owed a large sum of money that has accrued thirteen years of interest.

What will Gage do when he learns of his father’s past? Will he let God lead him no matter what happens?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Faith Blum is a small-town Wisconsin girl. She’s lived in, or outside of, small towns her whole life. The thought of living in a city with more than 60,000 people in it scares her, especially after some interesting adventures driving through big cities like Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota.

Faith currently resides in the middle of the state of Wisconsin with her husband and their cat, Smokey. She is blessed to be able to have writing as her full-time career with household work and cooking to do on the side. She loves to paint walls as long as she doesn’t have to do hallways or ceilings.

When not writing, you can find her cooking food from scratch due to food allergies (fun), doing dishes (meh), knitting, crocheting, sewing, reading, or spending time with her husband (yay!). She is also a Community Assistant for the Young Writers Workshop and loves her work there. She loves to hear from her readers, so feel free to contact her on her website.

FOLLOW ALONG!

We have two weeks of amazing blog posts culminating in a fantastic Facebook party on the 26th, 1:00 to 2:30 PM CDT!

Wednesday, September 12th

Intro Post // Kellyn Roth @ Reveries

Sing the Wondrous Story Spotlight // Faith Blum @ Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections

Author Interview // Germaine Han @ The Writing Mafia

Thursday, September 13th

Book Spotlight // Kaylee @ Kaylee’s Kind Of Writes

Saturday, September 15th

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

Monday, September 17th

Review of Sing the Wondrous Story // Abigail McKenna @ Novels, Dragons, and Wardrobe Doors

Wednesday, September 19th

Author Interview // Maddie Morrow @ What a Novel Idea

Guest Post // Medomfo @ Writings from a God Girl

Thursday, September 20th

Guest Post // Rachel Rossano

Friday, September 21st

Book Spotlight // Amanda Tero @ With a Joyful Noise

Saturday, September 22nd

Review of Sing the Wondrous Story // Kellyn Roth @ Reveries

Monday, September 24th

Review of Sing the Wondrous Story // Grace Maples @ Proclaiming His Excellencies

Tuesday, September 25th

Review of Sing the Wondrous Story // Chloe @ Purely by Faith Reviews

Wednesday, September 26th

He Leadeth Me Spotlight // Faith Blum @ Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections

Review of Sing the Wondrous Story // Hanne T @ RockandMinerals4Him

Wrap-Up Post // Kellyn Roth @ Reveries

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GIVEAWAY!

Enter the giveaway! The winner will receive a notebook, metal bookmark, and a paperback copy of one of the books (their choice).

CLICK HERE TO ENTER!

 

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Thanks for joining me, y’all! Be sure to give Faith a follow. 🙂 And before you head out, I’m almost to my goal amount of beta readers for Seek! So if you’re interested, sign ups close on the 20th!

God bless!

– Ang

INTERESTED IN THE BOOKS? =) THEY SURE SOUND AMAZING!

BETA READ SEEK

The month of September has been a whirlwind so far. I got sick and am still recovering. We’re on the verge of packing our house because we sold house #1 (more on this to come). And, today, 9/11, I fasted for the first time. The fast ran from 6 AM to 6 PM today (I didn’t eat till 7:20 though). During that fast, we prayed for North Carolina — that God will guide hurricane Florence out to sea and have mercy on the US.

September 11th has been sobering today, as well. Our nation changed seventeen years, and it has never been the same. We cannot forget the lives lost and given that day. Remember. And continue to pray for mercy over our nation!

I do have exciting news. Seek is coming to an end sooner than I expected, so beta reader sign ups are OPEN! You can sign up HERE:

I have to run write, so that’s all for now. 😉 Thanks so much and see y’all soon. God bless!

– Ang

 

HOW HAS YOUR SEPTEMBER BEEN? DID YOU SIGN UP, FRIEND?

HOMEWARD | A SHORT STORY

Hello, friend! In July, I entered the Golden Rain Short Story contest, hosted by Annie Louis Twitchell. The theme was remembrance. My mind immediately landed on the idea of a veteran/Army inspired short story… But I wanted to go further. I wanted to remember something that hurts a great deal but we often shy away from.

Suicide.

My following short story won the contest. Please note, that once the next winner of the Golden Rain contest is announced, this story will be removed off the website and I will be publishing it on Amazon Kindle only, and it will remain free. Please remain in prayer that every soul will believe suicide is not the answer.

 

HOMEWARD BY ANGELA R. WATTS

CLICK HERE TO READ

 

As you may have heard of, 22 veterans a day are lost to suicide. Suicide has become a dark stronghold on this nation, but we cannot let it win. Jesus wins. To fight the lie that suicide is, we must pray. Please share this story to help reach others.

God bless.

– Angela

BOOK SPOTLIGHT | WHEN BEAUTY BLOOMS by VICTORIA LYNN

Guess what? Victoria Lynn’s newest book, When Beauty Blooms, is PUBLISHED! I am so excited to share this one, y’all. I kind of alpha read it a while back, so when I saw she was publishing it, I freaked. 🙂 Let’s get right to the blog tour!

 

Book Synopsis

Revolutionary War Era England

Marjorie Kirk is a woman with no fortune, no prospects, no family, and no skills. Or so she thinks. She is awkward, shy, and the farthest thing from any semblance of a society lady.

The new minister keeps turning up in the most awkward of places and she can’t help but feel that her life is doomed to one of embarrassment. But will her flaws actually be the thing that others find the most attractive?

A story of a young woman with social anxiety and how she learned to bloom.

GOODREADS | AMAZON

 

Author Bio

Victoria Lynn is in her 20s and if she’s not writing, she is probably sewing, singing, playing the piano, washing dishes, creating something with her hands, or learning something new. She has a passion for serving her Creator, encouraging others and being creative. She blogs at www.rufflesandgrace.com about writing, fashion, modesty, her walk with God and life. She lives in Michigan with her parents and 8 siblings.

Author Links:

Website: https://rufflesandgrace.com/

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

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/447587.Victoria_Lynn

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

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/default/e/B06XDFPBZC/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1532800176&sr=8-1&redirectedFromKindleDbs=true

 

SCHEDULE

Aug. 6

Michaela Bush // Spotlight //

tangledupinwriting.blogspot.com

Aug. 7

Gabriellyn Gidman // Spotlight //

https://pageturnersweb.wordpress.com/

Aug. 8

Liv K. Fisher // Review //

https://the-book-sprite.blogspot.com/

Medomfo //Review //

www.writingsfromagodgirl.wordpress.com

Aug. 9

Kaylee // Review //

kayleeskindofwrites.blogspot.com/

Giana // Interview //

Giannaandgemini.wordpress.com

Aug. 10

Gracelyn Buckner //Review //

gracelynbuckner.wordpress.com

Aug. 11

Angela Watts // Spotlight //

Thepeculiarmessenger.wordpress.com

Aug. 12

Allison Tebo // Interview //

www.allisonswell.com

Aug. 13

Jana Tenbrook // Review //

Reviewsfromthestacks.wordpress.com

Lilly Shyree // Review/Interview

Alillyingodsgarden.blogspot.com

Aug. 14

Hosanna Emily // Guest Post //

HavingaHeartLikeHis.blogspot.com

Aug. 15

Laura Grace // Review // Interview

www.unicornquester.com

Lydia // Review //

https://spoonfulofsurprises.com

Allyson Kennedy // Interview/Review //

https://authoringarrowheads.wordpress.com/#content

Aug. 16

Madison Guy //Spotlight //

Alittlesoutherngrace.com

Aug. 17

Tammy Lash // Guest Post/Spotlight

https://tammylash.wordpress.com/

Aug. 18

Laura Guenot // Review //

https://www.beautifulthingsbylaura.com/

Aug. 19

Grace Maples // Review //

https://proclaiminghisexcellencies2910.wordpress.com/

Aug. 20

Sunny Houk // Interview //

https://thatowlnerd.wordpress.com

Aug. 21

Rebekah Morris // Review //

www.readanotherpage.com

Aug. 22

Abigail Mckenna //Review //

Novelsdragonsandwardrobedoors.blogspot.com

Raechel Lenore // Review //

Godspeculiartreasurerae.wordpress.com

Aug. 23

Sarah // Review

http://smylinggirl.blogspot.com/

Aug. 24

Kaitlyn Smith // Interview/Review //

https://www.maidensformodesty.com

Aug. 25

Faith Potts // Review //

chosenbythePotter.blogspot.com

 

 

GIVEAWAY

ENTER HERE!

 

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How SWEET does this book sound?! It is the bestest. =D Be sure to check out the other posts, enter the giveaway, and read the beauty!

God bless.

– Ang

 

DO YOU WANT TO READ ‘WHEN BEAUTY BLOOMS’? DO YOU ENJOY HISTORICAL FICTION?