Summer Book Haul!

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Hello y’all! I’ve been wanting to do a fun little book haul post, and when Victoria Lynn invited me to her amazing party– it totally fit the deal! Read her post for the lovely details!

My subject for today’s post, to join the part, is my summer reading book haul! These are the summer reading books I have bought, found (by found, I mean was given by my Mom when we went through storage), or books I got as gifts and just got around to reading. A lot of these are also ‘to be read’, but since I just got them and all, here they are. 🙂

 

SUMMER TO BE READ

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Love Comes Softly series by Janette Oke. Books 1, 2, 6, 8. My Granny loved Oke, and I’m excited to read this series.

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The A.D. Chronicles, by Bodie and Brock Thoene. Books 1, 3, 4, 5, 6. My Mom had a bunch of Thoene books in storage, so I was happy to find them!

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The Zion Chronicles, by Bodie Thoene. Books 2, 3, 4, 5.

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  The Trellis and the Seed, by Jan Karon. Elsie Dinsmore, by Martha Finley. Superman Unchained comic. OK: I think I’ve read this Elsie Disnmore book before (and have a hardback copy) but this copy isn’t packed up so… 😉 And a DC comic book is a fast way to up my 100 book reading goal this year LOL.

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OK, I bought these 4 books at a huge flea market in NC while on vacation. I was soo excited to get them! First off, I love Kipling- but this copy is pretty old. It doesn’t even have a year copyright in it- but someone signed it, and that signed date is 1938. So it is at least that old, y’all! Before WWII! *freaks*

The Stories of Sherlock Holmes is SUPER old, doesn’t have a copyright date, and is very delicate.

Bluebird and The Sparrow, by Janette Oke.

Little Men, by Lousia May Alcott.

 

   READ THIS SUMMER

Please note that I own every single one of these books except the two ebooks I read in exchange for a review/won. I just don’t have photos of them because they’re packed away, since we’re moving. So. ;(

 

 

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Letter of Love, by Amanda Tero. Ebook copy.

 

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Spinner of Secrets, by Annie Lousie Twitchell. Ebook copy. Read review here.

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Tortured For Christ, by Richard Wurmbran.

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Outlaw, by Ted Dekker.

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The Unholy Deception, by L.A. Marzulli.

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Henry Huggins, by Beverly Cleary.

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Winter Is Not Forever, by Janette Oke. (Excuse the weird photo above, the cover on Goodreads would not load for some reason… hm)

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 Of the O’Malley series, this summer I read ‘Guardian’ and am currently reading ‘Truthseeker’. Can I just freak out about this series, y’all? because it’s soo sweet. Other than a lot of typos in the print and all, the story is great!

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Victory On The Walls, by Frieda Clark Hyman.

The River Between Us, by Richard Peck.

The Warrior, by Francine Rivers.

The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. I actually read Little Prince twice, so… it’s a favorite. 😉

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 The Long Way Home, by Andrew Klavan.

Seek, by (yours truly) Angela R. Watts. I’m also asking for beta readers for Seek (Sept. 9th- January 2018) so if you want to sign up, here’s the link!

 

NONFICTION READ THIS SUMMER

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 Mayan Calendars, by Geoff Stray

Cannabis For Lyme Disease and related conditions, by Shelley M. White. Read review here.

 

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And that would conclude my summer book haul. 🙂

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Victoria is hosting a HUGE bookerly giveaway (EEK!!!) which you can enter here! Just look at those goodies. 😀

Bookerly Fun Giveaway!

 

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Isn’t this AWESOME?! 😀 Victoria has a wonderfully fun party going on. ♥

God bless and enjoy!
-Angela

Isn’t the giveaway epic? Have you read any of my summer books?

 

 

The Dressmaker’s Secret & Ivy Introspective Blog Tour

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Hey folks! I am back today with another blog tour post. 🙂

Kellyn Roth republished The Dressmaker’s Secret, and published Ivy Introspective on the 24th of this month. I beta read both of these lovely books, and I am very excited to see them ready and beautiful to sell. 🙂 Today, I have an author interview with Kellyn Roth to share with you all.

 

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The Dressmaker’s Secret

 

After a revealing conversation with the first children of her age she’s ever met, curious eight-year-old Alice Chattoway realizes that one ought to have a father … and she doesn’t. Having determined that his absence is making her mother unhappy, Alice resolves to find him and create a family for herself.

However, Alice’s mother, Miss Chattoway, is reluctant to answer any questions posed about a man she’d much rather forget. While Alice investigates, Miss Chattoway tries to balance her own spiritual turmoil with her need to be both mother and provider to her daughters.

Will Alice ever unravel her mother’s secrets? Can Miss Chattoway let go of the past to reach for the future?

 

Amazon ~ Goodreads

 

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Ivy Introspective

 

Trapped in a world where she doesn’t belong, twelve-year-old Ivy Knight struggles to keep her head above water as her simplicity is brought to light by her new position as a young lady growing up at Pearlbelle Park.

Worried about their daughter’s inability to fit in, Ivy’s parents decide to send her to McCale House, a boarding school in Scotland for boys and girls like her. However, alone and frightened without her beloved mother, sister, and nurse, Ivy can’t seem to focus.

Will Ivy ever learn what Dr. McCale is trying to teach her? Or will she remain lost in her own mind forever?

 

Amazon ~ Goodreads

 

Author Bio

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Kellyn Roth was born and raised in the country outside a small town in North-Eastern Oregon. Ever since she could talk, she’s had a fascination with words, always coming up with songs, poems, and stories. Now a homeschooled highschooler, she spends her spare time penning historical novels, several of which have been published.

 

Website · Blog · Newsletter · Facebook · Amazon · Goodreads

 

 

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The Interview

 

1. What inspired you to write The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy?
Well, the idea for The Dressmaker’s Secret originally came from me deciding to write a prequel to another series I wrote (which I never finished). I wanted to keep writing about these characters, though, instead of just making TDS a brief peek into the backstory of a character, so … I created The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy.
2. Which character from the Chronicles of Alice and Ivy do you feel most resembles you?
Hmm … that’s a hard but great question! Let’s see.
Well, Claire Chattoway of The Dressmaker’s Secret and I are both similar in personality type. I’m an ISTP/INTJ cross while she’s a plain ol’ INTJ. We’re both quiet around people we don’t know, and we’re both intelligent (haha), although no one could tell because we’d rather not share our great wealth of knowledge with the unworthy. 😉 And Claire and I are both private about our emotions. However, Claire doesn’t have that splash of whimsy and random that I have. (Ignore my ego …)
Alice and I also have a few things in common. However, she’s extroverted and much more sensible than me.
Quite honestly, there has yet to be a character in these books that is a lot like me. However, if I were to pick one, I’d definitely say Claire Chattoway.
3. What are two lessons God taught you while writing the Chronicles of Alice and Ivy? (Two lessons, one for each book; The Dressmaker’s Secret and Ivy Introspective.)
I think the most important lesson I learned while writing The Dressmaker’s Secret was that you need to be forgiving of those who hurt you because no one’s perfect (and because God forgave you). I suppose that’s technically two lessons, but they kind of meld together.
For Ivy Introspective, I think I learned a lot about the different kinds of people God makes. I learned how He loves them and how He created them individually to each fulfill different tasks + He has a plan for each and every one of His children. Which is … also more than one lesson. But honestly, God teaches me a lot with every story I write, so it’s hard to narrow it down!
4. Was researching history and such difficult for you when writing the Chronicles of Alice and Ivy?
It wasn’t too difficult, but that’s probably because I didn’t research enough. I did a great deal of my researching with novels written during the time. I also looked up trains, fashions, lighting, mental hospitals, Scotland, and Norfolk (England). I think I spent more time learning about Victorian manners than anything, though.
5. If you could go to one place from your novels, where would you go and visit?
Scotland! Don’t get me wrong; I love England to death, and I would give almost anything to go there, but Scotland holds a certain draw for me. I’m probably about 1/4 Scottish (give or take; there’s also some Irish, English, Norwegian, Swiss, Dutch, and maybe some Jewish in me … honestly, I’m all over the place …), so Scotland is important to me.
6. What message do you pray your readers will take from reading your books?
Hopefully the messages I learned, although if they could just catch a little glimpse of God’s incredible power, love, and sacrifice, I would be incredibly happy and blessed.
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Schedule

Tuesday the 20th

-Lana @ The Music of Words (book and character spotlight)

Wednesday the 21st

-Faith Blum @ Bookish Orchestrations (author interview)

Thursday the 22nd

-Leona @ Great Books for God’s Girls (review of IvIn, author interview)

Friday the 23rd

-Jordy @ Jordy Leigh (author interview)

-Tonya @ Literary Musings (reviews of TDS and IvIn)

Saturday the 24th

-May Everly @ Forever and Everly (author interview)

-Zane Jones @ Simple Impossibilities (author interview)

Sunday the 25th

-Dani Eide @ Perspective of a Writer (character interview and spotlight)

Monday the 26th

-Anika Joy @ This Journey Called Life (review of TDS and IvIn)

-Maddy @ Girls Living for God’s Glory (book spotlight)

Tuesday the 27th

-Heather @ Frozen Books Blog (guest post)

Wednesday the 28th

-Jesseca Wheaton @ Whimsical Writings for His Glory (author interview, book spotlight)

-Jaylee Morgan @ Jaylee Morgan Writes (character interview and guest post)

-J.C. Buchanan @ Beyond the Amethyst (review of TDS and IvIn)

Thursday the 29th

-Zielle @ My Homeschool Notebook (review of TDS and IvIn)

-Sarah Briel @ Penumbra Reviews (review of TDS and IvIn, author interview)

-Sel H. @ Hearth (author interview)

Friday the 30th

-Angela R. Watts @ The Peculiar Messenger (author interview)

-Lainey @ Direct My Paths (reviews of TDS, character interview and spotlight)

-Dawn Dagger @ Dawn Dagger’s Official Blog (review of TDS, author interview)

GIVEAWAY!

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(Click the above link to enter the giveaway.)

 

Thank you for letting me be a part of the blog tour, Kellyn! I enjoyed these books immensely. 🙂 God bless you all!

-Angela Watts

Dandelion Dust Blog Tour

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Hello all!

Faith Potts is publishing her endearing book Dandelion Dust. I had the honor of beta-reading this story, and it was so powerful. Faith put a lot of prayer and heart into the story, and it came out a touching, strong story of love, faith, and trust. One of the best little books I’ve read in a long time, and I won’t forget it!

I interviewed Faith, and am excited to share the interview with y’all! I hope you enjoy. Be sure to check out Dandelion Dust, because this book is one you need in your life!

 

 

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Synopsis

Like a speck of dandelion dust riding the tides of a prairie wind, life is fleeting. Though I never realized just how fragile it was until that day . . .

Charity always had a dream. It was simple, really. Find a guy, fall in love, and get married.
The day she met Ryder, Charity knew he was the man God had chosen for her. But she never expected their relationship to be tested and tried through the fires of a freak accident. Suddenly, her world is thrown into chaos, and the bleak, white walls and sterile smells of a city hospital fill every spare minute. And then there comes the dreaded news. It was likely Ryder would never make it out of the hospital bed.
As her carefully laid plans for the future come crashing down around her and the sun seems to set on her dreams, can Charity still find hope in the dark of night?

Like a dandelion, life is beautiful. But treasure every moment. . . for one day, the flower will be gone.

 

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About the Author


Faith Potts is a teenage writer, living with her family and beloved yellow labs in the southeastern US. When she’s not writing stories, consuming large amounts of coffee, reading books, or creating pottery, she can be found laughing harder than is healthy, daydreaming, and – of course – blowing dandelions.

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Writing blog: Stories by Firefly

Faith blog: Chosen Vessels

Social media: Goodreads // Pinterest // Instagram 

 

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The Interview

 

1. What inspired you to write ‘Dandelion Dust’?

To put it simply, a dream. The last week of December, I had a dream about a guy who wrecked a four-wheeler and everything just went from there. The two certain friends who I ended up in an utterly ridiculous conversation with the night before…well, they probably deserve some of the credit/blame too.

2. What is one thing that God showed you through writing this story?

To not take anything for granted. Just as Charity realizes in the book, we’re not promised tomorrow. Through that, God showed me how precious life is and that we should cherish those we love while we have them. Life’s too short to waste. I need that reminder constantly, but I’m more aware of it ever since I wrote this book.

3. If you could meet one of your characters from ‘Dandelion Dust’ in real life, who would you meet, and why?

*snickering* Loaded question, Angela-girlie. 😉 I could basically answer with any of them here and have oodles of reasons why, but I’ll settle on Ryder since I’m talking about Charity a little further down. Ry (yes, I give my characters nicknames) is goofy and full of teasing. Meeting him would be fabulous, although I would probably laugh until my sides ached. And of course, as one of my beta-readers told me, he’s the ‘most adorable thing ever.’ I’m inclined to agree.

4. Which character from ‘Dandelion Dust’ do you see yourself in the most?

Charity. Definitely. I don’t think I’ve ever related to a character as well as I do with her. Her fears, insecurities, and sarcastic thoughts? Yep, that’s Faith. I joke that she is me and I am her, which isn’t exactly true. (I don’t have a big sis or a super adorable nephew, so there are obviously some differences…some.)

5. What is one message you pray your readers will take after reading Dandelion Dust?

Trust God, no matter what. He is in control and He has a plan. Even if all you’re seeing is darkness and chaos, beauty can come from these ashes. That message would be followed closely by a reminder to cherish those you love. Tomorrow is never promised, folks.

 

 

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Thank you for answering my questions, Faith! And, haha, yes… it may have been a loaded question. 😉 Congratulations on publishing Dandelion Dust, Faith!

Be sure to check out the GIVEAWAY! It is so exciting! 😀

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LINK TO THE GIVEAWAY: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/4a652fbb2/?

(On WordPress, I don’t know how to embed the link, so follow that and enter! 🙂 )

Blog Tour Schedule:

Wednesday, June 28th

Olivia @ Living for the Other Side // Book Spotlight   

Soleil @ ReviewsbySoleil // Book Spotlight & Review

Liv @ Liv K. Fisher // Book Spotlight & Author Interview

Mikayla @ Ordinary Girl Extraordinary Father // Book Review

Kaitlyn @ Twin Thoughts // Character Interview

Thursday, June 29th

Rebekah @ RebekahAshleigh // Book Spotlight

Angela @ The Peculiar Messenger// Author Interview

Raechel @ Gods Peculiar Treasure Rae // Book Spotlight & Author Interview

Lydia @ Lydia Therese // Book Review

Rebekah @ Rebekah’s Remarks  // Book Spotlight & Author Interview

Faith @ The Writer’s Song // Book Review & Author Interview


Friday, June 30th (Release Day!)

Rebekah @ RebekahAshleigh// Book Review

Anika Joy @ This Journey Called Life  // Book Spotlight & Review

Laura @ Books and Chapters // Book Review

Olivia @ Living for the Other Side // Book Review

Jesseca @ Whimsical Writings for His Glory // Book Spotlight, Review, & Author Interview

Bethany @ A Great God and Good Cocoa // Book Spotlight & Review

Micaiah @ Adventures Beyond the Horizon // Author Interview

   Thank you for letting me be a part of the release of this touching novella, Faith! God bless you all.

-Angela Watts

 

Kellyn Roth’s Cover Reveals!

Hello all! I have some exciting news today. The lovely Kellyn Roth is publishing her novel Ivy Introspective, and republishing The Dressmaker’s Secret. This is great news- and what makes it even more fun, is today, she’s having a cover reveal! I’m very excited to be sharing with you all the new covers for these dear books. 🙂

I’m not gonna make y’all wait long…. I am SO excited…. You don’t want to miss out on this!

Ready?

 

 

 

 

 

Yes?

 

 

 

 

Good.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can’t you just FEEL THE EXCITEMENT?!

 

 

 

 

 

OK, I’ll stop being silly.

 

 

 

 

TADA!!!!

 

 

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The Dressmaker’s Secret, by Kellyn Roth! LOOK AT THAT COVER. AHHH. OMGOSH THE FONTS AND THE PICTURES, AHH!! 😀

AND HERE’s IVY INTROSPECTIVE, book two!

 

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I am in love with these covers! Ivy Introspective’s blows me away… it wraps it all up beautifully!

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 The Dressmaker’s Secret

After a revealing conversation with the first children of her age she’s ever met, curious eight-year-old Alice Chattoway realizes that one ought to have a father … and she doesn’t. Having determined that his absence is making her mother unhappy, Alice resolves to find him and create a family for herself.

 

However, Alice’s mother, Miss Chattoway, is reluctant to answer any questions posed about a man she’d much rather forget. While Alice investigates, Miss Chattoway tries to balance her own spiritual turmoil with her need to be both mother and provider to her daughters.

 

Will Alice ever unravel her mother’s secrets? Can Miss Chattoway let go of the past to reach for the future?

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Ivy Introspective

Trapped in a world where she doesn’t belong, twelve-year-old Ivy Knight struggles to keep her head above water as her simplicity is brought to light by her new position as a young lady growing up at Pearlbelle Park.

Worried about their daughter’s inability to fit in, Ivy’s parents decide to send her to McCale House, a boarding school in Scotland for boys and girls like her. However, alone and frightened without her beloved mother, sister, and nurse, Ivy can’t seem to focus.

Will Ivy ever learn what Dr. McCale is trying to teach her? Or will she remain lost in her own mind forever?

 

Kellyn Roth Social Media

Website Blog Newsletter Facebook Amazon Goodreads

 

 

Aren’t these covers gorgeous?! Kellyn, I give you a round of applause because these stories, as well as their NEW, SHINY covers, are SWEET!!

God bless,

Ang

 

What do you think of Kellyn’s covers? Aren’t they darling?

A Question Of Honor Blog Tour: Author Interview

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Today, I am super excited to be taking part in Jesseca Wheaton’s blog tour, for her book A Question Of Honor. Be sure to read my book review here, because this book is lovely.

And now, I’ll share the author interview with Ms. Wheaton: the amazing author behind the amazing book!

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About the Book:

A man. A child. A war. 

 When German soldiers invade France during World War II, young Joyanna’s perfect world is shattered. In the hands of those who hate her, she battles to comprehend why people can be so ruthless and cold toward those whom they have never met. 

 David Sullivan, pilot in the Royal Air Force, was certain he would never hate, but a painful loss forces him to either reconsider or do the inconceivable—forgive. He is suddenly challenged by the realization that doing God’s will is not easy, but most important. With the lives of freedom-fighters relying on him, he must learn the difficult lesson that he is not in control, but merely one who must surrender his heart of obedience to One greater.

 A sudden turn of events lands Joyanna and David in the same country—but for far different reasons. When their paths cross, David finds he must make a decision that will affect them both for the rest of their lives. 

Will he choose vengeance, or will he let his life be ruled by a higher standard? A standard of Honor.

Find on Amazon and Goodreads

A Question Of Honor releases March 3rd, 2017!

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About the Author:

Jesseca is an 18-year old daughter, sister, and a child of God. Her days are spent reading, cooking, spending time with siblings, or playing piano.  And writing, of course! At an early age words fascinated her, and her love for the printed page has only grown. She lives with her parents and seven siblings in the sunny state of Kansas, and she’s convinced there’s no place like home.

Website~Blog~Amazon~Goodreads~GooglePlus~Pinterest~Instagram

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Author Interview With Jesseca Wheaton

1.) Do you believe Yahweh gave you the gift of writing?
I do believe that God has given me the gift to use words in a way that ministers to other people, whether it be in writing or speaking. My earnest prayer is that He uses it to bring glory to His name.
2.) How long have you been writing?
Oh, goodness! Umm, I’ve been writing stories since I was eleven, but I seriously started writing in 2013, at age fifteen. My family was going through a difficult time, and it was during that season in our lives that I realized how much I LOVED writing, and it was the first time I felt God gave me something to write about. 🙂
3.) What is one thing the Lord showed/taught you during your journey of writing “A Question of Honor”?
God taught me so much through the writing of this book! First and foremost, He taught me that my writing needs to be for Christ. And everything I write needs to somehow point to Jesus as the hope for this sin-lost world. As I wrote the book, God changed my focus and goal in writing. I wasn’t just writing for the sake of doing it, or for fun.
I was writing something I hoped would encourage people in their walk with the Lord. I was writing something I hoped might make unbelievers question their unbelief.
4.) Where did you get the idea for “A Question of Honor”? 

That seems like it was so long ago. The story idea actually came from some pictures on Pinterest, if I remember correctly. The story has changed a TON since then, and it’s completely different than what I started out with, in more ways than one. But yes, pictures from pinterest, and an interest in WWII is what sparked the story idea.

5.) What is one message you hope readers will take from “A Question Of Honor”?

That no matter what circumstances are going on in our lives, no matter what we’re dealing with, God is in control. And He has a plan and a purpose, even when we can’t see it. And when life seems more than we can handle, He is there waiting for us to give up trying to do it on our own, and waiting for us to fix our reliance on Him.

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Thank you SO much Jesseca, for letting me be a part in this awesomeness, and for doing this interview! 😀 I enjoyed it, and I loved A Question Of Honor. I cannot thank you enough for sharing this book with the world. May God bless you, and may your book touch others. I know it touched me.

Blog Tour Schedule:

Wednesday: March 1st

Angela Watts — Review/Author Interview @ The Peculiar Messenger

Faith Potts — Author Interview @ Stories by Firefly

Thursday: March 2nd

Kellyn Roth — Review @ Reveries Reviews

Faith Potts — Review @ Stories by Firefly

Kaitlyn K.–Book spotlight/Author interview @ Twin Thoughts

Friday: March 3rd

Deborah C.–Book Spotlight @ Reading in June

Soleil B.– Book Spotlight @ Reviews by Soleil

Victoria Lynn: Book Spotlight/Review @ Ruffles and Grace

Brianna Henderson — Review/Author Interview @ Ramblings of a Pilgrim on the Way

Anika — Review/Author Interview/Book Spotlight @ Anika’s Avenue

Rebekah Ashleigh — Review @ Rebekah Ashleigh

Saturday: March 4th

Livi Jane–Review @ Living for the Other Side

Victoria Lynn — Author Interview @ Ruffles and Grace

Emily Putzke — Author Interview @ Taking Dictation

Julia Ryan — Review @ The Barefoot Gal

Rebekah Eddy — Book Spotlight/Author interview @ Rebekah’s Remarks

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ENTER THE GIVEAWAY HERE! 

 

YHVH bless you all!

-Angela Watts