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?

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SEEK, BLOG TOUR | DAY 3

Buckle your seat belts and grab your favorite snack, because we’re in for another fun day, y’all! Give it up for day three. *bows*

 

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

 

Monday, December 3rd

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

Have problems with *gasp* writer’s block?! Check out my guest post on Liz’s blog!

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

I had so much fun getting interviewed by my friend Michaela! Check it out, peeps. ♥

 

 

MAINTAINING MOTIVATION WITH BIG PROJECTS

 

Today, I’m going to chat about maintaining motivation for working on bigger projects. As I said, Seek took over two years to complete. Sticking with a project can be really hard. I never thought of ditching Seek and not finishing it, but that doesn’t mean it was always smooth driving. The guest post on Liz’s blog shows some tips of how I found inspiration while working on my novel. Now, I’ll talk about motivation, too!

Every storyteller has their own voice. God has a way for each of us to tell a story, and that will never be the same way for another person. We shouldn’t strive to be like others. We should strive to do what God wills us to do. This was a huge lesson for me as I wrote Seek because it set me free! My biggest motivational drive comes from God. If I felt myself getting sidetracked, I’d pray and God would help me get back on track. I motivated myself with the knowledge that God had a will for me and I had to keep going, no matter what.

I see so many writers say read fiction to build your storytelling skills, but I also think movies can be just as insightful. Why? Because if you’re a visual person (or lack a whole lot of reading time), you can learn things from movies. Of course, Hollywood is often silly, so take things with a grain of salt. But for storytelling and character development, what do you like to see in a movie? How can you apply that to a piece of writing? It can be helpful to see a story play out before your eyes on screen, y’all!

And another thing that kept me going through it all was the outcome. What is the outcome of finishing a big project dear to your heart? For me, it is being able to share a story that I pray will help others. in fact, I’ve already had people tell me how much they could relate to the characters and situations. It hit me deep!

To hold a final copy of a book I poured my heart into is enough to make me trudge through editing. To be able to tell others about my book and see their faces light up is so cool, guys. There’s so much joy to be spread by the written word. So many messages to share. And my motivation is being a Light for Jesus, no matter what project I’m working on. Sometimes, the biggest motivation comes from something small.

 

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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Also, I have exciting news tomorrow, and of course, more amazing bloggers to show you! =D And don’t forget to tell your friends about the giveaway. I sincerely appreciate all the sweet feedback I’ve received. God bless you all!

– Ang

 

ARE YOU ENJOYING THE TOUR? WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF WINTER?

SEEK, BLOG TOUR | DAY 2

Whoohoo! Day two! =) Are you ready for this? Of course you are. 😛

 

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

 

Sunday, December 2nd

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

Author Interview | Shine, HauntingGhostTown

I had a ton of fun with this interview. =D Thanks, Shine!

 

SEEKING GOD THROUGH PAIN

 

Like I said in the first post of this blog tour, God taught me a lot about seeking Him over the past few years. It has been painful, even after my adopted sister left. My Mom got sick with Chronic Lyme disease around the same time. Instead of getting a break, my family was dragged into another painful journey.

Despite the trials and sorrows we’ve faced, I don’t regret anything. I don’t wish things had gone differently. As I wrote Seek, I learned what life was really about. Life is about seeking the Lord in all we do, praying to Him, loving him with all our heart, mind, and soul. Nothing else will bring us joy or fulfillment! Only Jesus can give us worth.

The main characters in Seek all go through journeys as they draw closer to the Lord. I related greatly to the characters Angel and Elijah because of how they learned to forgive the ones they loved, even if they still have to say goodbye. Asher Mackinnley may be seen as a mere comic relief side character, but to me, he’s what it looks like to love God and find joy, even when the odds are against you.

The family bonds in Seek are heavily inspired by my family. As we go through difficulties, we stick together. As I wrote Seek, I began to see just how much my family had my back, and just how much I could help them by prayer. I can’t protect everyone from every single conflict. But I can trust God that He will love my family more than I ever could. It is when we seek God that we see these kind of truths, and we can find confidence in His love when our flesh fails. This is what Seek taught me.

 

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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EEP! Were the blog stops sweet or what?! =D Be sure to share the giveaway, too.

God bless and see ya tomorrow!

– Ang

SEEK, BLOG TOUR | DAY 1

Welcome to the launch for my Christian suspense novel, Seek! I am ecstatic for this tour because not only have I been working on Seek for over two years, but I have a lot of fantastic people joining me in the celebration. =)

Let’s get straight to the good stuff!

 

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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

 

Saturday, December 1st

Book Spotlight | Gracelyn Buckner, Literatura

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

I had so much fun on this post, even though it might be a bit controversial among Christian authors. Be sure to check it out, and I’d love to hear what you think. =D

Book Review | Loretta, Just Writing

 

BEGINNING

 

Writing a novel is a lot of work but one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. Just like everything, writing a novel has to start somewhere. In this post, I’ll be sharing how I wrote my novel Seek. And I’ll try not to bog you down (ha!) but I do want to share bits of the journey… so grab some coffee, coco, or sweet tea, and let’s get this party started!

In 2016, when I was fifteen years old, the Lord gave me a dream. It was a crazy dream but in it, I met my main characters, and the basic plot was revealed to me. For Camp NaNoWriMo that July, prepped with my notebook full of messy notes and outlines I didn’t finish, I wrote. I spent lots of time writing outside in the sun and walking with our horses as I prayed that God guided me. That first draft was barely above 130 pages long, but I had won Camp and had my first ever completed novel! I didn’t let it go, and by December 2017 or so, I had draft two of Seek completed (it was a longer draft) and sent to beta readers. My alphas were helpful and encouraging, even if the doc was a mess. Around this time, God showed me He wanted me to publish Seek to help others.

Over the years it took me to write and finish Seek, my family underwent many painful situations with family and our ranch. I truly believe that the lessons I learned in my life strengthened the story of Seek over time. Writing the book was my therapy for working through my adopted sister’s abuse, and when I realized I could share that story to help others facing the pain I’d felt, I wanted to do just that.

Before September 2018, I finally finished the third and final draft of Seek. I had more experience with writing, so I tackled the plot holes and character motivations with everything I had. I also studied more information on my genre. The gangster and action stuff was lots of fun to research. I tried hard to make things realistic and not Hollywood, ha!

Once the draft was finished, I sent it to my betas. They were absolutely epic with their feedback, criticism, and encouragement! They caught inconsistencies that made me laugh out loud, too! Don’t ever think writing is boring, y’all… It can be hilarious what a writer can come up with when they are sleep deprived and drank too much—or too little—coffee! After I edited beta comments, Seek was sent to my amazing editor and after lots of hard work, it was finished

Now, in December 2018, after many prayers, Seek is published! And I can barely believe it! 

 

GIVEAWAY

That’s the story of how God helped me write Seek… Now, I’ll share the 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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I’m so pumped for this blog tour — there is SO much fun in store and today was a fabulous kick-off! =D Thanks for stopping by. I’ll see you tomorrow!

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God bless,

– Ang

 

QUESTION ME!

December approaches, and with it, a milestone. I have blogged on The Peculiar Messenger for five years. For five years, I have blessed y’all with my presence.

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Quit scoffing!

Anyway, in 2016, I did a Q&A video (ft. my sis) and in honor of my blogivarsary and the launch of Seek, I’m doing another! Fun, yes? Well, it won’t be fun without questions! *dramatic Batman voice* I need your questions, friend. And I need them all. 

As usual, keep the questions clean and whatnot, but ask me about anything. 😉 I’m excited (if not… scared, lol) to do this video… Which will release sometime during Seek‘s blog tour (December 1st-7th)!

So, go forth! Question me! Tie me up and toss me off the ship if I don’t answer correctly! Or stick my hand in a blender! (No, I haven’t watch The Goonies lately)

God bless,

Ang

 

WHATCHA GONNA ASK? GIMME ALLLL YOUR QUESTIONS!