13RW BLOG TOUR | AUTHOR INTERVIEWS

Today, in honor of the 13 Reasons Why blog tour, I will be interviewing Faith Potts and Kaitlyn Krispense. These two have released their novels during Suicide Awareness Week. If you’re curious about the blog title, here’s an explanation…

“13 Reasons Why is a Netflix TV series centered around a young girl’s suicide. There’s debate about whether it promotes suicide or simply raises awareness, but the undeniable fact is that this show has persuaded others to take their own lives. Each episode explains a reason for the girl’s suicide—13 episodes, 13 reasons. Since both Freedom and Beloved deal with the topic of suicide, we decided to name our blog tour the 13 Reasons Why tour—but each day, we are giving reasons to choose life. We are fearfully and wonderfully made, loved beyond measure by our Creator. And that makes every day worth living.” ~ Kaitlyn Krispense

I don’t know about you guys, but the glorifying of suicide needs to end, and to do that, we must speak up. I’m honored to be part of this blog tour in effort to show life as the precious gift it is.

REASONS TO LIVE…

New song releases.

Seeing happy dogs while out in town. 

Funnel cakes during festival seasons.

Bringing a smile to a stranger’s face in the store.

To learn to do something new.

To see another sunset and another sunrise.

Saving the turtles who wander into the road.

Laughing over silly things till your stomach hurts.

Late night conversations with the stars.

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FREEDOM

Having just returned to American soil from the desert sands of the Middle East, James Greene is done with his life. ‘Double amputee’ doesn’t seem like a strong enough phrase to label the physical and emotional pain he bears. Add the lack of love and communication with his family members, the demons that haunt him day and night, and he can find nothing worth living for. Ending it all is the only way out. 

Alexandria Lorance is a not-so-ordinary physical therapist, content with aiding in her patients’ recoveries. Her work gives her fulfillment, but alone in the silence, she still endures the hidden scars of a past, unhealthy relationship. Reminding herself that true healing is found in Christ alone, she seeks to show kindness and love to everyone she meets.

When these two broken ones’ paths intersect, the spark of friendship is ignited, bringing hope and joy to both. Can they step out of the darkness of suffering and into the freedom of grace? 

A Marine, broken by war. A therapist, scarred by words. A chance meeting in a parking lot bonded them together. But can love grow in these two hurting hearts? Or are they truly too broken to ever find lasting happiness? 

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ABOUT FAITH POTTS

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.

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW WITH FAITH

Welcome to the blog, Faith, I’m super excited to have you here. Let’s jump right to it… Have you always wanted to write about harder topics, or are these subjects something God slowly presented to you over your author career?


Writing about the difficult topics is something that I didn’t plan on. A few years ago, I never would’ve expected to be publishing a book centered around suicide and the heartache that accompanies it. I started playing around with a story of a suicidal veteran, having no clue where it was going. And over the course of the very wild, very messy first draft, I realized that this was the story God wanted me to tell—regardless of how much it hurt and even when I cried through entire scenes. No matter how it’s accepted, I know this is the story that He wanted me to write. ❤

What part of Freedom most resonates with you? Have you ever related to certain elements in the story?


The element dearest to me—and one I can personally connect with—is the worthlessness and purposelessness experienced by several of the characters. Whether it’s thinking you “don’t deserve better” because of past mistakes or feeling like your life has no purpose or value, it’s a crippling mindset and a painful place to find yourself in.

Publishing a novel that tackles hard topics is not easy. What has pushed you on this far, despite the backlash and/or ignorance from others?


Although I love this story from the bottom of my heart, I would still be okay if no other soul on this earth found it to be worth their time. Why? Because I didn’t write this story for them. I wrote the story God placed on my heart. I said early on that if just one person realizes how serious and massive the suicide epidemic is because of this story, then it was all worth it. But now I can look back and see that that’s already been accomplished. Without writing this story which forced me to dig deep into the darkness of suicide, I never would’ve realized for myself just how horrible it is.

Writing a novel like this one isn’t easy, either. What did you do to ensure you didn’t wipe your emotions out? What kept you focused on the hope of the story, too?


I have been wiped out, beat down, and discouraged. But I’ve also prayed more over this book than any other story I’ve written. Jesus has kept me focused on the Hope, the Light, and the greater purpose. Reading stories of people who’ve lost loved ones to suicide and seeing how they’re able to cling to grace and push on through unimaginable pain—those people have unknowingly kept me mindful and grounded.

What can readers expect from the books to come in this series?


More hard topics. More pain. More Faith-tears… *ahem*  Lord willing, there will be two (maybe three?) more books in this series and each will deal with harsh realities that Christian fiction prefers to steer clear of. Abortion, teen pregnancy, drug addiction, doubting your faith… and whatever else God throws at me.

I absolutely loved this interview, Faith, you are right on the mark. I’m so grateful you shared this story with the world and continue to be on fire for Chris. ♥

 

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BELOVED

Life without love is hopeless.

Foster teen Cara Richards is unloved. With nothing left and nowhere to go, she is determined to find peace, no matter the cost. But despite her intentions, she’s tossed into another foster family and this time, there’s no going back to who she used to be. To make matters worse, one of her five new foster brothers is a Jesus freak, and she refuses to believe that God actually cares.

Her world is thrown upside down in a way she never expects. Though she prides herself on a resilient heart, her mind is lost adrift among a sea of questions: Is death really the answer? Does God care about someone as unworthy as me? Can everyone truly be loved, no matter what?

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ABOUT KAITLYN

Kaitlyn is a farmer’s daughter and a born-again believer in Christ with an obsession for books and music. It is these obsessions that led her to write her own stories. Psalm 46:10 gives her inspiration, her brothers make her laugh, and there’s nothing quite like the excitement of opening an unread book for the first time. Her passion is to share the steadfast love of her Savior through the writing that takes up much of her free time, whether actual writing takes place or writer’s block, in which case she’s probably browsing Pinterest.

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW WITH KAITLYN

 

Welcome, Kaitlyn! I’m glad to have you here. I’ll avoid asking “what inspired you” to write this novel… How about the tougher version. What made you tackle the tough topic of suicide and actually finish the novel despite the difficult element?

Thanks . . . I think?! So, when I first got the inspiration for this story, I was going through a time of depression. I wasn’t suicidal myself, but when I started the story, it just kinda . . . went that way? Honestly, the suicide aspect didn’t bother me as much as it probably should have.

What part of Beloved resonates with you the most? A character or a certain aspect..?

The message. The fact that we are loved by our Creator, and that makes us utterly priceless. Many people—including me—need to be reminded of this fact over and over. And if I can have a part in helping spread that, then this will all have been totally worth the hours I agonized over poorly-structured sentences.

How long did you have the idea for Beloved before you wrote it, and how long have you been writing before? What made you decide to publish this specific project?

About two hours. I actually would’ve started it sooner but I was working in the garden, haha! Before that, I’d been writing for . . . three years? Give or take. I was into writing fan fiction back then, and then I wrote my first novelette—one that will stay locked up forever, muahahaha. But yeah, that got me into really loving it.

What is your opinion of the “stigma” behind suicide? Do you still see it in existence, or do you think we have surpassed a healthy awareness, perhaps even become a society who worships the heartbreak?

We live in a fallen world. There will be people who see suicide as a sad a heartbreaking thing, and others as the opposite. But I can only speak for myself—life is a precious gift from God, and when we take that away, it’s going against everything that He created us to be. What’s important is that we never forget the seriousness of it, and that we spread the love of Christ to everyone. Who knows? A simple hug could keep someone from ending it all.

What can readers expect from you after Beloved? Do you have any more novels in store for us? I hope so!

I’ve got a couple of ideas that I’ve been working on off and on . . . one in particular being an urban fantasy that I’m rather excited about. Not sure where it’ll go, or if it’ll get published—we’ll have to wait and see! I’ve also written several flash fiction stories that I’m thinking about compiling into a collection.

Amen, Kaitlyn! Life is a precious gift and I pray Beloved inspires someone to choose life. ♥ Thank you!

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Three lucky winners will wrap-up the party with anywhere from a ebook copy of one of the books to paperback copies of both.

Giveaway closes midnight September 13th, winners will be announced on the 14th. International entrants are welcome, but should they win first or second place, ebooks will be substituted in place of paperbacks.

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That’s all for today, folks! Check out Faith and Kaitlyn’s blogs for the full HUGE schedule! I hope this post encouraged you and PLEASE comment at least ONE reason to live below. ♥

God bless,

Angela

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WHY EVERYONE NEEDS AN EDITOR | GUEST POST by MICHAELA BUSH

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Before we begin, let me start by saying, Michaela is a fabulous editor! I enjoy sending her my short stories and novellas. She’s got great insight and keen eyes, so I can personally vouch for her work.

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WHY EVERYONE NEEDS AN EDITOR

A GUEST POST by MICHAELA BUSH

What’s up with editors, anyway?  At an event I attended last Saturday, a gentleman approached me and explained that he thought editors were too expensive and completely optional.  I can certainly understand his perspective, but here’s mine: if I spend months or even years working on a book, I want to make sure that everything’s perfect, pristine, and presentable!  

Some folks might think they can get away with using a grammar manual and DIY-ing their book — which I have no qualms against! — but here’s why I think it’s important to hire an editor…from personal experience:

 

An editor will have a fresh pair of eyes.

 

You’ve lived your book, given life to the characters and worlds you’re inventing, and managed to write it all down in a logical manner.  An editor works like a beta-reader on steroids — they notice everything you need to improve upon. Whether it’s a sentence that is awkwardly-worded or a plot that changes mid-book, editors catch problems more easily because their eyes (and minds) are fresh to your story.  They may also notice and correct problems with grammar or spelling errors, which is crucial for a flawless book.

 

You’ll make a better first impression.

 

Especially if it’s your debut novel, you want to make a good impression.  New readers might be turned off or disappointed if they spend big money for a brand new book that’s hard to understand, has a plot hole, or is riddled with grammatical or spelling errors.  Just as one might immediately notice a small slip-up in a bestseller, readers will notice errors in your book — and they might not give you a free pass. Editors work to ensure that your book is polished.  

 

An editor might catch issues that you’re “change-blind” to.

 

You’ve had this idea rattling around in your head for months (or even years).  However, your final draft is probably a far cry from the original idea that popped into your head – and the plot’s probably changed too.  You might not notice these changes because, at one point in time, your brain marked those plot points as “correct.” This is a phenomenon that is called “change blindness” in the psychology realm.  If a brain is so used to something being one way, it sometimes doesn’t even notice that something has been changed.  

This actually happened in a novel that I wrote hurriedly and, yes, skipped a lot of steps that I should have taken, like sending it out for others to check for errors (which cost me a lot of time and embarrassment as I went through to fix errors that would have been noticed by a pair of fresh eyes).  There was one scene that had several different versions written, and later, when I changed the gender of a minor character that appeared in that scene, there was an instance where I referred to the character as “he” instead of “she” — oops!

An editor has the unique opportunity to look at your book as both a professional grammar critic and as a reader — things that don’t make sense or add up will pop up like big red flags.  This allows you to go back and make necessary changes before the book hits the shelves.

 

Error-free books can be taken more seriously.  

 

Especially in the indie realm, it’s hard to be taken seriously by folks who are used to reading books from major publishing houses.  If your book has grammatical errors or a plot hole, people are apt to notice and gleefully point it out – worst of all, online reviews allow disgruntled readers to mention said mistakes…and reviews can’t just be removed.

Also, If you’re submitting a manuscript to a publisher or an agent, a polished manuscript will show them that you are serious and have faith in your book.  Some publishing companies and op-ed news companies state on their websites that a manuscript may be turned down due to excessive errors. A few years ago, I sent an original theatrical script to a publishing house and one of the first rules on their list for unsolicited scripts was this — plays didn’t have to be correctly formatted, but those with many errors would be automatically turned down.  

Essentially, you want your book (or any work, for that matter) to be polished and professional.  Editors help you achieve that, whether it’s at the developmental stage or the final copy edit.

 

An editor’s goals align with your goals.

 

Editors don’t just work for the paycheck.  They want to make sure that your book is polished, in its best possible form, and will make a good impression.  Editors are usually so detail-oriented that the smallest mishap or mistake would probably haunt them for life (or maybe that’s just me..), so they want to make sure that it doesn’t haunt YOU either!

Basically, hiring a good editor is worth it because their goals – and their job – align with what you want as a writer.  You want to avoid disappointing or upsetting readers by presenting a book that hasn’t been polished, and likewise, you want to make sure that all the time you’ve spent working on your book is worth it in the end — AKA, satisfied readers and a lovely new book!  

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I hope you guys found that guest post helpful! 🙂 Big thanks to Michaela for letting me host her on my blog.

God bless and check Michaela’s business out, friend!

Ang

BETA READING 101 | FOR READERS AND AUTHORS

Whether you are an author honing your craft or a reader looking for more great books, there’s a thing called beta reading that is your new friend. This post is all you need to know about beta reading, as an author or reader!

What is a beta reader? According to the wonderful web, a beta reader is basically an unpaid reader of an unreleased project who gives feedback. Their perspective is that of an average reader and that insight is vital for authors. Beta reading means you read an incomplete project and give honest feedback about it (usually on a deadline).

For the author: why do I need a beta? As authors, we must grow in our skills and criticism is a crucial tool for development. Of course, not every author starts out as a Shakespeare with perfect manuscripts and tons of cash to spend on hiring editors. If you want readers to help you strengthen your project before you publish, beta reading is the route you’ll wanna take.

For the reader: why should I beta read? Beta reading is a unique opportunity to read a story and give an author feedback that can help them! You aren’t reading a finished project–you’re watching a story unfold in messy, beautiful live action. Some of the best novels I’ve ever read were those I beta read. There’s a good chance you’ll find a new favorite when you beta, and helping an author is also highly rewarding.

Now that we have the basics aside, let’s get on with the post. I’ve split it into two sections. Dig deep!

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BETA READING FOR AUTHORS 101

There are different ways to go about gathering beta readers. Before we begin, let’s recall that a beta is slightly different than an alpha reader. An alpha reader is a much smaller group (3-6 people) who are close to you (friends and family) who aren’t giving critique. They’re reading your story to encourage you. A beta reader is not signing up to be your cheerleader. Thus, it can be difficult to find anyone interested in reading your story, whether your online platform is strong or weak. Here are some quick tips on FINDING your betas.

  • Friends. Let your friends know you’re looking for readers. You might struggle with this (if you don’t have a lot of writer/reader friends) but try anyway. Word of mouth has a lot to do with finding readers, so if your friends help out a little, that can go a long way.
  • Social media presence. Don’t have a lot of close writer friends? While it doesn’t hurt to ask a fellow author in your project’s genre for a bit of help, look into joining groups of fellow writers where you can directly interact. Facebook groups, Gmail chats, Goodread pages, etc, can be great places to start interacting with readers.
  • Make a Google Docs form and share it like crazy! A Google form is a simple way for betas to sign up.

In most cases, the amount of beta readers you need will vary. For my full length novels, I might have 25 betas sign up, but 20 finish. A general number for novels is 10-15 betas. For smaller projects, maybe less than 10. It is important to find what works best for you! Right now, you might get 10, and later, you might get so many betas signing up you have to say no to a few. Try not to let the numbers bog you down and keep things reasonable.

DO: BE COURTEOUS

Having people interested in your imperfect, messy book is a blessing. Be courteous from beginning to end. You won’t have every beta finish your book, not every beta will like your book, but be kind always. You won’t agree with everything your betas say, but be respectful.

Personally, I enjoy working with an author who’s super friendly and approachable, more than an author who must be strictly professional and quiet all the time. A part of being an author is building reader relationships. That starts with your betas! So, chat, respond, message them your thanks. It doesn’t take a lot of time to be nice.

DON’T: FORGET YOUR BASICS

Don’t send your manuscript to betas without any information on what you need from them. Give your betas suggestions and requests from the start to save headaches. If you need plot critique more than grammar edits, let that be known. Your betas can’t help much if you don’t set them up to do so.

A few things you should mention in the information email:

  • Novel info. Title, blurb, and cover (if you have it) are things to include with the manuscript.
  • Deadline. When do you need them to be finished? Make it clear and if you’re able, be flexible, because some betas might need more time.
  • Feedback guidelines. If you don’t need them to point out every grammar issue they find, feel free to assure them that’s an optional thing!
  • Send questions. Make a list of questions about the story you’d like them to honestly answer when they finish reading the manuscript.
  • Remind them it isn’t a review copy. It’s wise to let betas know you don’t want them posting reviews anywhere, since they read a work in progress draft, and not the final product.

Remember, betas are human, and not every beta will remember every detail! It is recommended you give occasional nudges to remind them of the deadline, whether through simple group messages or an email a week or so before the deadline arrives.

DO: PROCESS FEEDBACK CAREFULLY

Remember how I said not every beta will like your book? Well, sometimes, a beta will flat out dislike your story and will send pages of what you must change to make it better. Sometimes, a beta will like your book and still have constructive criticism that helps your story grow. How can you tell what feedback is useful and what is the reader’s opinion? Here are some tips on dealing with beta reader feedback in general.

  • Take note of everything. Whether you keep track of notes on a document or in a notebook, record every beta’s feedback and comments. This will make editing easier, and you’ll see if multiple betas saw the same issue, etc. Even if you don’t like the suggestion or might not use it, write it down, anyway.
  • Let it sit. Whether you’re on a deadline or not, let the feedback sit for a while so you can process it. If it’s a piece of criticism, it can be hard to process it when you’re defensive, so give yourself time. This might be an hour for some and a month for another. It will pay off to be clear minded when you consider beta feedback.
  • Ask yourself questions. Is the reader’s suggestion fitting to the story or no? Is their suggestion helpful or is it distracting? Is this feedback strictly reader’s opinion, or are they correct?
  • Ask other betas. It is possible an issue was noticed by more than one beta (ie., if a scene moved too fast or if a character motivation lacked). Asking your team about the conflicting topic is useful!
  • Ask who this reader is. If you have a beta reader who reads mostly fluffy romance, and your novel is a hardcore dystopian, it might get tricky. Their genre isn’t what you’re writing, so they might be expecting or wanting something different than you’re offering.
  • Pray. Remember that this is your story and God gave it to you. He didn’t give this story to your readers when He let you write it, so don’t try to please everyone. You can’t. Ever. Pray every piece of feedback over and pray as you edit your manuscript.

You will run into betas who don’t understand the story you’re trying to tell. You will run into betas who will try to rewrite your story. But you’ll also find betas who love your work, who become loyal readers, and help brainstorm. Don’t let the voices cloud your vision, ever, and learn to differentiate between the bad voices and the helpful critique!

DON’T: FORGET TO RETURN THE FAVOR

If at all possible, return the favor sometime! Your beta team helped you strengthen your novel. If one of your team ever needs a beta, try to help out in return. If a beta has a street team, see if you can join and offer some encouragement.

The Indie author community can be quite supportive, so continue to branch out, help out, and find confidence in yourself and your writing. 

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BETA READING FOR BETA READERS

So, you’ve signed up to beta read, talked to the author, and are ready to dig into the manuscript! Assuming the author gave you a list of questions or general suggestions as to what they’re looking for, you should be all set to read your heart out. But, if you’ve never done this before, what do you do?

Here are some tips to help you do the best you can while enjoying yourself!

DO: BE CONSIDERATE

Just as the author should be thankful for you, do your best to be considerate of the author, as well. Even if they don’t say so, most authors are nervous when they send their book off to betas (even if they’ve done it before!). We’re all human.

  • Don’t sign up to beta something you aren’t excited about. If you dislike dystopian but sign up to beta a dystopian reader, you might not enjoy yourself! Be careful what you beta so you can enjoy it and help the author (if you’re the target audience, your feedback is useful for that author).
  • Be honest with yourself. If an author gives you a month to read the book and you decide you can’t finish/don’t want to finish midway, contact them and let them know. Don’t say you’ll have it done within a week when you won’t.

DON’T: BE CARELESS

Keep in mind that, regardless if you adored the beta project or disliked it, the author poured themselves into the book! You must be honest with your feedback without trying to take control. Here are some tips on giving feedback.

  • Be constructive, not destructive. Saying “The characters lacked motivation,” you might point out specific times where the character’s motivations were weak. Your job isn’t to list every problem and not give helpful advice. Authors can’t read minds! If a certain scene was confusing, try to describe it or mention the page numbers, and explain why it confused you. Don’t just say, “When the two characters were talking, I don’t know what they figured out,” because an author probably can’t understand your comment, either.
  • Keep feedback balanced! This might be hard. If you really adored a novel, you might just wanna scream and cry into the email instead of offering critique. If you disliked the novel, you might have little nice things to say at all. Try to list the good things and encouragement, as well as the critiques, because authors need both! We can’t strengthen our stories without criticism and without encouragement, a lot of criticism can be hard for an author to swallow.
  • Find your feedback style. Many people use the sandwich method (which you can Google), but every beta has their own style. Personally, I set my beta response emails up in two sections: what I liked and what I critiqued. If the author sent you questions to answer, and you’ve answered them in your response email, feel free to tag other thoughts/suggestions on, too!

DO: ACKNOWLEDGE THE AUTHOR’S ROLE

It can be easy, sometimes, to want to change the story or nitpick things you dislike. Remember, though, this isn’t your story. Some things you feel or think about a story might be objective, and while that’s cool, it isn’t cool to dump it all on the author.

  • Don’t try to overrule the author’s final say-so. This is a big tip! Many betas will give tons of reasons why the author should change something to fit their [the beta’s] tastes. While giving your personal thoughts and input is great, don’t forget to tell the author that they have the final say-so and to take your thoughts with a grain of salt. I can’t say how helpful and encouraging this simple reminder can be, as an author.

DON’T: FORGET TO HAVE FUN!

Beta reading may sound like a lot of work, but it is often worth it! You’re enjoying a story (for free!) and helping an Indie author in their journey. Despite the effort beta reading takes, here are some ways to enjoy yourself, too.

  • Read! Just read the story and enjoy yourself. If that means gobbling the project in one sitting or taking your sweet time, try not to stress the deadline.
  • Chat with the author. If you can drop comments on the document, authors love beta reader commentary!
  • Chat with other betas. Nothing creates hype for a book release like a bunch of beta readers crying over the book!
  • Chat with friends/family. I cannot tell you how fun it is to freak out with family members about beta projects. Even talking with friends can help you decide which suggestions you might give the author, too!
  • Fanart. Have some extra time? Sketch up some fanart (maybe ask permission if it is OK to share it on social media before you do)!
  • Music playlists. If you enjoy music, creating a playlist for the beta project is super cool. Be sure to send it to the author!

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And there we have it. I hope this post helped you understand beta reading and inspired you. If you have ANY more questions, I’d be more than willing to answer them in the comments. While I’ve beta read for many and had many betas read for me, I want to give a huge thanks to everyone who chatted with me and gave me their tips, as well. This post wouldn’t be the same without their help!

Thanks, and God bless!

Angela

 

DAWN CHANDLER by ELIZA NOEL | BOOK REVIEW

Though I didn’t sign up for Eliza Noel’s undergoing blog tour for her middle grade release, Dawn Chandler, I did receive an ARC copy. I’ll be sharing my review and some info because there is a GIVEAWAY you don’t wanna miss. 🙂

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DAWN CHANDLER

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Dawn Chandler likes the way her life is— or was. She liked going to the mall with her best friend, excelling at middle school, and attending church with her family. Typical life for a twelve-year-old in the city of Fresno.

When Dawn’s parents announced they were going to homeschool her, on her birthday no less, she felt like her world was falling apart. Normal kids are supposed to go to school, not read books at home. To make matters worse, they may be leaving the only home she’s ever known. 

What are her parents thinking?

Before making the final moving decision, the Chandler family visits Lone Pine, a small town between Mt. Whitney and Death Valley. While there, Dawn and her siblings become acquainted with their eccentric great uncle, explore the new area, and meet a large homeschooling family. All of this makes the ‘vacation’ more bearable. Still, Dawn isn’t sure if she can make the move and leave everything she’s familiar with behind.

Can Dawn learn the values of faith, family, and contentment?

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Eliza Noel is a home school graduate with passion for Jesus, people, and literature. Growing up, her favorite books were always Nancy Drew, Anne of Green Gables, and Pride and Prejudice. Around age twelve she wanted to read something with positive values in a modern setting, but couldn’t find what she was looking for. So she wrote it.

When not doing something book-related (reading, writing, blogging, bookstagramming), Eliza works at her day jobs, spends time with her many younger siblings, longboards, has coffee with friends, eats chocolate, and listens to music. California is home, but she would like to travel more and feels she could learn to be content anywhere.

You can follow her writing journey and see snippets of her everyday life on elizanoelauthor.blogspot.com or by following @elizanoelauthor on social media.

 

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One winner will get all of the following book-themed prizes. (U.S. only).
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  • Dawn Chandler Book Keychain

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BOOK REVIEW

FTC DISCLOSURE: I received a free ARC ecopy of this book. A positive review was not required. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.

 

STORY

The story is well-paced and sweet, and since I knew which directions the story would take, that made it a fluffy read. The plot is great for middle grade girls looking for a inspiring stories about friendships and faith, though it’s a uplifting read for anyone!

THEMES

This story isn’t preachy at all with great doses of faith and kindness. The main character, Dawn, learns to have grace and faith in the Lord during trials. The Biblical messages were nothing short of encouraging!

CHARACTERS

The cast of this novella is a large one and a refreshing dose of reality–homeschool families not being Amish-like? Count me in, dude. The characters are well-rounded, humorous, and understandable.

CONTENT

Absolutely clean.

OVERALL

I enjoyed reading this novella. It was cute and I definitely hope there is a second book! If you enjoy middle grade, cute stories, or a big of a refreshing read for your summer TBR, check this one out.

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That’s all for now, but expect a killer blog post this Saturday! I’m going through a rather emotional time but regardless, more posts are heading your way and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

God bless!

Angie

EASY WAYS TO SUPPORT INDIE AUTHORS

In today’s world, Indie artists aren’t so rare. There are many Indie authors who find the self-publishing route fits them best. It’s a huge feat for artists because it proves everyone can do what they set their minds to. The sky is the limit!

However, everyone needs support. As an Indie author, it is vital to have support from friends, family–and readers. If you are an Indie or someone who wants to help support your Indie author friends, this post is for you. (You awesome person, you.)

 

REVIEW THE BOOK ON AMAZON/GOODREADS

You’ve probably heard this before, but it is important. I won’t waste a lot of time, but reviews on Goodreads are great, but reviews on Amazon are epic. It helps authors to have reviews on Amazon because that’s usually the link they’ll send to buyers!

So if you read the book, leave the author an honest review! It doesn’t have to be a book report! Even a quick “I really enjoyed this book!” is fantastic. 

(PS. Can’t review on Amazon? Reviews on Goodreads and your blog, if you have one, is still great!)

 

TELL YOUR FRIENDS

Word of mouth is powerful. Online or offline, if you find a book by an Indie author and think someone you know might enjoy it, spread the word! It’s easy and that bunny trail can mean the world to an author. Spreading the news about a published book or an Indie’s upcoming release is an amazing, simple way to help out. You can repost, share a status, email a friend, or give a fast Tweet. Your voice matters. ♥

 

IF YOU LIKE THE AUTHOR, FOLLOW THEM!

Not only does following an author give you a better chance of winning things (who doesn’t like a free book, yo?), you’ll be one of the first to see what they’ll release next! Of course, don’t feel pressured to follow or anything, but also don’t feel like your follow doesn’t matter. It does! Every follower is appreciated by Indie authors, trust me!

 

PRE-ORDER THE BOOK

Another simple way to get in on the fun! Pre-ordering books helps build hype, and hype is important for new releases! If you know you’ll buy the book anyway, pre-ordering is a fun way to do it (and I know Indie authors who do special things for folks who pre-order, too).

 

MESSAGE THE AUTHOR!

There is nothing like getting a note, email, or message about how much someone liked your book, or how much it meant to them. It doesn’t take much of your time to send a message… and authors don’t bite! If you liked their book or look forward to their next release, send the love, y’all. It isn’t easy being an Indie author and supportive feedback really helps.

 

REQUEST THE BOOK AT YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY

If possible, request the Indie book at your local library! This kinda speaks for itself–libraries are soo not dead. 😉

 

SHARE STUFF

Share the book you like on social media! If you have a bookstagram, it makes an Indie authors DAY when we see our book on someone’s feed! So share the news and make it yours, yeah?

 

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As eccentric as Indie authors are, we’re still people, and everyone needs support. Even the smallest bit of support doesn’t go without gratitude!

What are some of YOUR tips? Any two-cents to add to help Indie authors? Comment below with the love!

God bless,

Angie