Oceane McAllister Interview (+Book Spotlight)

Everyone, give a big welcome to debut author Ocean McAllister. 😀 Oceane, tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m a speculative fiction writer from New England. I love thunderstorms, black olives, and sad endings. I also hate love triangles with a passion and avoid watching rom-coms. (There’s literally NO point to them) I’m also the oldest of eight, which is pretty cool!

Agreed on the love triangles. XD

May we also have an introduction to Rose’s Wrath?

Well, it’s a fairytale retelling combining Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Snow White, and Sleeping Beauty’s stories. The idea first came to me when I wondered how cool it would be to have fairytale characters have magical capabilities that corresponded to key elements from their story. For example, Verre (Cinderella) being able to manipulate glass.

Wow, that sounds like a really cool concept. What first made you decide you wanted to be an author?

I’ve loved to write for most of my life and I can barely remember a time where I didn’t. It was when I finished writing my first full-length novel that I realized I could pursue publishing at some point. And so from then on, I did!

Congratulations! And for one last question… what is your favorite aspect of the ordinary life God has blessed you with?

The little things, I think. Like writing, coffee, siblings, and having the privilege to read my Bible without fear of persecution. It’s things like that which make my life enjoyable, even though they’re rather mundane. It’s definitely a gift from God. 

Thank you so much for coming!

About the Book

“Have you ever heard Red Riding Hood howl at the moon?”

When Cerise, Verre, Blanca, and Aura are captured and forced to complete a near-impossible task, it seems certain that their loved ones’ lives are as good as over.

“Or seen Cinderella kill a man with just a shard of glass?”

And despite meeting a dragon, internal disputes, and the fact that they’re all most likely going to die, they grow close. Too close.

“Snow White has vanquished more with her poisoned breath than her beauty.”

For secrets will come to light that have the power to change everything. There is a traitor in their midst; one who could potentially save or destroy them all.

“And Sleeping Beauty? She will bring slumber with but a touch of her hand.”

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Sarah Grace Grzy Interview

Sarah Grace is an amazing friend, booklover, and reviewer, and now I can add author to that list! Today I have the privilege of interviewing her about her debut novella Live Without You!

Join me in welcoming author Sarah Grace Grzy to Once Upon an Ordinary! *applause*
Thank you thank you! It’s an honor!

Sarah Grace, tell us a bit about yourself.
I am a Jesus-loving, coffee-drinking, bookerly kind of girl from the Midwest! I am a web and graphic designer, and in my spare time, I love hanging out with my ever-growing family, painting, playing music, or eating pizza. 🙂

Congratulations on publishing! May we have an introduction to Live Without You?
Live Without You is a contemporary Christian romance novella, and explores themes of fear and love, guilt and grace. It’s got some humor, some tear-jerker moments, and some sweet, clean romance. But mostly, it’s about real people dealing with real issues.

You’ve been in the book community for a while, but not always as an author. What first made you decide you wanted to be an author?
Well, anyone who has known me for any length of time knows I’ve always adamantly said I’m not a writer. But then out of the blue, that changed and I found myself with a novella on my hands. Even after that, I didn’t plan to publish until I started getting a ton of positive feedback and I found myself incredulously asking my sister, Victoria Lynn (who is also a published author!) “Should I publish???” She just looked at me and said “Yes! I thought you were!” So I prayed about it and determined that publishing was where God wanted to take me and my little novella next. 🙂

What is your favorite aspect of the ordinary life God has blessed you with?
The ability to walk through this wonderful, beautiful journey God has for me with my favorite peoples in the whole wide world: my family. I love that they are my best friends, my biggest supporters, and they do a fabulous job of keeping my feet on the ground. 😉 I feel so blessed to have such an amazing “built-in support group”!

Thank you so much for coming!
Thank YOU, Kate!

Live Without You blurb…

Piper Redding is a loner, but lonely. Everyone she loves has abandoned her and opening her heart to others is just asking for more pain. She can’t help but blame herself for her brother’s tragic death six years ago, and in her guilt, she shuts herself off from the world. No one could love her-not even the God who promised to be there for her but wasn’t. For paramedic Ezra Bryant, failure is not an option. He’s had enough of it, and only by God’s grace is he able to put it behind him. But when a traumatic event brings Piper’s greatest fear and Ezra’s failures to light, can they use that event to allow God to mend their broken pieces? Can love triumph over fear, and grace over guilt?

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Be sure to check out the rest of the tour and the sweeeeet giveaway here! 😀

And just for fun… here are two of my favorite quotes from the book. 😉

So good…
Reason #600 Tyler is my favorite.

That’s all, folks!

The Daily Life of Hailey Grace Blog Tour: Author Interview of Beloved

Today I have a treat for you all! Another interview of an independently published author. 😀 Let’s get to know her!

Join me in welcoming author Beloved to Once Upon an Ordinary! *applause*

Beloved, tell us a bit about yourself.

Hello! Thank you ever so much for having me. I am so excited to be here and share Hailey Grace story with you. As for me, my name is Beloved, and I like to think of my stories as the very expression of Jesus love for the world. I am a Minister, Author, and above all a lover of Jesus Christ who is also my very Best Friend. Writing is one of the most sacred ways that God speaks to me and Jesus makes Himself known to me. I like to think of writing as dwelling in the secret place of the Most High. As much as I enjoy writing, my heart first belongs to the ministry of the Word. Preaching, teaching, and sharing the Gospel up close and personal with others is my passion.

Congratulations on publishing! May we have an introduction to The Daily Life of Hailey Grace?

Thanks, and sure you can!  Hailey Grace is your average teenage church girl who’s been raised under the Christian faith. However, when her best friend dares her to ask God for a birthday present, Hailey’s faith is really put to the test and she learns what it really means to walk by faith and not by sight.

What first made you decide you wanted to be an author?

I think when I was probably around the same age as my character Hailey Grace. About 12 years old or so, I knew I wanted to make movies, and it wasn’t long after I realize that every movie begins with some sort of script. So, I had to first put my story down on paper.

What is your favorite aspect of the ordinary life God has blessed you with?

Having to be totally and completely depended on Jesus for the simplest things. Unlike most authors, I wrote The Daily Life of Hailey Grace in the darkest moment of my life. I was alone, broken, and my life was in shambles. I was practically homeless, jobless, and friendless. I’d been betrayed by someone who was supposed to have loved me forever and everything that meant anything to me was taken from me. And yet in the midst of all that Jesus was there and gave me this beautiful novel. Through Hailey’s eyes, I found peace, joy, and a love that would last forever.  I can appreciate every aspect of the ordinary because I love, honor, and walk with the Extraordinary. Jesus Christ. My life-love, and my forevermore.

Connect with Beloved on her website, Facebook (belovedchrist), Instagram (
@belovedforever2018), and Twitter ( beloved4jesus).

Enter the giveaway to win an autographed copy of The Daily Life of Hailey Grace, as well as a $10.00 Amazon Gift Card! There will be 3 book winners, and one Grand Prize Winner will receive the Gift Card in addition to their copy.  

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The Christmas Duet Blog Tour: Rebekah Morris Interview + Book Spotlights

Rebekah Morris and Faith Blum have teamed up for a fun Christmas Duet Blog Tour! Why “Christmas Duet”? Because both books have titles that have to do with a Christmas song, that’s why! Be sure to check out the giveaway. 😉

Today I’m spotlighting both books, and I’ll also be interviewing Rebekah. Let’s get started! 😀

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(Intriguing cover, wow!)

His Law Is Love by Rebekah Morris

Will hate and fear drown the song of Christmas love?

Amelia is eagerly anticipating her first Christmas in the west, but she soon finds that her brother-in-law’s worry and her sister’s exhaustion reach far deeper than the cares of a ranch and a family. A rash of fires and cattle thefts is plaguing the area, and the three young orphans they’ve sheltered are under suspicion from their prejudiced neighbors.

As hostilities mount, Amelia seizes every opportunity to help and encourage, but how much can one girl do? Will Reverend Brown win the community over to the true spirit of love? And will help arrive before everything they hold dear is destroyed?

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About the Author

Rebekah A. Morris is a homeschool graduate, an enthusiastic freelance author, and a passionate writing teacher. Her books include, among others, Home Fires of the Great War, The Unexpected Request, Gift from the Storm, the Christmas Collection series, and her best selling Triple Creek Ranch series. Some of her favorite pastimes, when she isn’t writing, include reading, playing with her seven nieces and nephews, and coming up with dramatic and original things to do. (Sometimes with the nieces and nephews!) The Show-Me state is where she calls home.

 

 

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(Who else loves a good short story collection? Especially a Christmas one. 😀 )

O Come All Ye Faithful and other short stories by Faith Blum

  • O Come All Ye Faithful

Edwin wanted to be home, but instead he crouched in a trench. The English on one side of No Man’s Land and Germans on the other. What a way to spend Christmas. Could anything make it better?

  • Peace on Earth

Emmie and Elana are estranged sisters, torn apart by an old boyfriend five years earlier. Will they survive a night in the same hotel room after a blizzard forces them together or will peace on earth go out the window?

  • Silent Night

Christmas decorating had never gone this wrong. Jenna had just started when a crazy, gun-waving woman, walks right in the front door and ties her up in her own Christmas lights. Will Jenna even see her family this Christmas?

  • The Gift Goes On

Four friends and a year to reflect on. The year had been good for Carlotta, but Priscilla, Remus, and Newton all had at least one trial through the year. A mysterious giver the previous year had helped them all out, though. What would this year’s gifts bring?

  • O Christmas Tree

Gareth loves Christmas. But more than that, he loves Christmas tree hunting. As the family prepares for their annual trip, Gareth can barely contain his excitement. But what are all the spray bottles for?

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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.

Giveaway

Just like Rebekah and Faith teamed up for this tour, they have also teamed up on the giveaway!

Grand Prize: Paperback of each (US only)
1st Prize: eBook of each (International and US)
2nd Prize: eBook of choice (International and US)

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Author Interview

And now it’s time for that interview. 😀 (I’ve already interviewed Faith. Read it here.)

Join me in welcoming author Rebekah Morris to Once Upon an Ordinary! (And it’s about time too! 😀 She’s one of my favorite authors, and we are quite indebted to her for the Five Fall Favorites party.) *lots of applause*

*bows dramatically* *grins* You have to take some of the credit, Kate.

Rebekah, tell us a bit about yourself.

Sure! I’m the youngest of three children, an aunt to seven nieces and nephews, and a daughter of the King of kings. I’ve lived in Missouri my entire life, and have always been known as a drama queen. 🙂 My best friends are twins, and I was always creating things we could pretend. So, though I’ve had an active imagination all my life, I didn’t love writing until after I had graduated from high school.

What first made you decide you wanted to be an author?

I had written a “pretend” letter (making up events and using middle names) to some friends and they replied in like fashion. That was rather fun and we kept it up. After writing these “pretend letters” with different friends for several years, I ran out of available friends. (Why do people get so busy?) So my mom suggested I write a book. I didn’t expect to publish it, but it was something to do. I kept it in the same “letter” style I was used to, and 6 years later “Home Fires of the Great War” was published. Ever since then I’ve had stories in my brain and I have to write. 🙂

Congratulations on your book His Law Is Love! May we have an introduction?

Thank you. Of course.

Will hate and fear drown the song of Christmas Love?

Amelia is eagerly anticipating her first Christmas in the west, but she soon finds that her brother-in-law’s worry and her sister’s exhaustion reach far deeper than the cares of a ranch and a family. A rash of fires and cattle thefts is plaguing the area, and the three young orphans they’ve sheltered are under suspicion from their prejudiced neighbors.
As hostilities mount, Amelia seizes every opportunity to help and encourage, but how much can one girl do? Will Reverend Brown win the community over to the true spirit of love? And will help arrive before everything they hold dear is destroyed?

Do you have a quote or story passage that makes you smile?

Coleson made a noncommittal answer and then pointed to a distant smudge. “That’s Little Valley.”

Amelia stared. “But–where’s the valley?”

“There isn’t one. At least not to speak of. The town sits in a slight depression and you have to go up a hill, a very slight hill, to leave it.”

“Oh.”

What is your favorite aspect of the ordinary life God has blessed you with?

I love being able to stay at home and write and also have the freedom to babysit my nieces and nephews, minister at a local nursing home, and do other ministry opportunities. If I was working outside my home I wouldn’t be able to do the many things I do now.

Any plans for further projects?

Absolutely! I have a new Christmas Collection book that I’m hoping to get published before Christmas titled “Christmas Quilts.” I am also hoping to have a paperback (and possibly a kindle version as well) collection of my monthly stories ready for purchase by the end of the year.  Next year I am hoping to finished and publish two novels that I’ve been working on. And who knows, I may get another Christmas story or two written before this Christmas. 🙂 After that, there’s no telling what sort of things might happen, what stories might be created, what novels might grow from a short story! Stay tuned!

Thank you so much for coming!

Thanks so much for having me, Kate! I enjoyed chatting with you and your readers.

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November 26
Bookish Orchestrations – Introductory Post
Cover Lover Book Review – Book Spotlights

November 27
Read Another Page – Book Spotlight
Kaylee’s Kind Of Writes – Two Book Reviews
Jaye L. Knight – Excerpts

November 28
Lit Aflame – Book Review and Excerpt
Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections – Book Review of His Law is Love
Jenny Berlin – Excerpts

November 29
Frances Hoelsema’s Blog – Two Book Spotlights
Rebekah Ashleigh – Review of His Law is Love and Book Spotlights
Novels, Dragons, and Wardrobe Doors – Book Review and Spotlight
Salsa And Tea – Author Interviews

November 30
Purely by Faith Reviews – Two Book Reviews
Once Upon An Ordinary – Author Interview and Book Spotlights
In the Bookcase – Excerpts

December 1
Books, Life, and Christ – Two Book Reviews
Maidens for Modesty – Two Book Reviews
Chosen Vessels – Two Book Reviews
Harvest Lane Cottage – Two Book Reviews
Jessica Greyson – Book Spotlights
Twin Thoughts – Book Spotlights
Heart of the Rose – Two Book Reviews
Read Another Page – Book Spotlight and Review

December 3
Bookish Orchestrations – Giveaway winner

Allyson Kennedy Interview

I love discovering new authors, don’t you? Especially independent authors. 😀 I seriously can’t wait to read this author’s debut novel, but for now, let’s get to know her!

Carolina Girl Relaunch Blog Tour

Join me in welcoming author Allyson Kennedy to Once Upon an Ordinary! *hands you lemonade*

*Accepts lemonade* Thank you, ma’am! It’s great to be here!

Author PicAllyson, tell us a bit about yourself.

Well, I’m twenty-something author from eastern North Carolina. I started writing at age seven and finished writing the first draft of my debut novel, Can’t Beat the Heart of a Carolina Girlat age sixteen. When I’m not writing, I love reading books by fellow indie Christian authors, watching movies, and enjoying the quietness of country life.

What first made you decide you wanted to be an author?

For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to be a published author, but never really thought it would become a reality. Growing up, I thought that traditional publishing was the only way I’d ever be able to hold a printed copy of my own book, and I knew the odds were slim of that ever happening. After my Grandma passed away in 2006, I learned that she loved to write when she was younger as well and had written a romance novel of her own. Grandma never published her novel, so learning this about her made me want to chase this crazy dream even more.

Congratulations on relaunching your book! May we have an introduction to Can’t Beat the Heart of a Carolina Girl?

Thank you!

Does the quality of a yearbook picture have the power to predict how a school year will turn out? Riley Houston seems to think so, as her photos from middle school depicted the life of a loner, the school’s residential ugly duckling. After summer vacation is spent rebuilding her self-confidence, Riley finds herself on the radar of her long-time crush, Brett Harvey. For the first time, Riley believes she’s on the verge of a breakthrough… that is, until she has to recite an original poem in class.

Will she enter high school as a swan, or will the newfound attention make Riley question everything she’s ever wanted? Is seeking to be known worth straying away from who God made her to be?

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What is your favorite aspect of the ordinary life God has blessed you with?

Quiet time spent either talking to God or writing has always been one of my favorite aspects of life. Being an introvert, I crave alone time, so being able to sit down and work toward my goals while simultaneously seeking to please God through my passion of writing means the world to me.

I also enjoy spending time with the people God has placed in my life: my parents, sister, boyfriend, cousins, etc. I love spending time with the people closest to me and being comfortable enough with them to the point where we end up laughing until we cry on a regular basis. I know it’s a cliché saying, but the older I get, it really is the little things in life that begin to matter the most.

Any plans for further projects?

Yes! I’m planning to release my next novel, Speak Your Mind, on November 24th (Lord willing!). The novel is about a seventh grade girl named Victoria who navigates the horrors of middle school alone inside her head, until her new neighbor shows her that having faith in God can help her overcome her social anxiety.

As for WIPs, I have two that are still in the brainstorming stage, and one that I’m currently focusing on, The CrushThe Crush is a young adult romance novel that chronicles a high school girl’s feelings while dealing with her first major crush. I’ve been writing and rewriting The Crush since 2011, and it’s been a handful to work on; however, since Speak Your Mind is now in the editing stage and The Crush’s plot has been revamped, it’s slowly but surely coming together. I don’t have a publication goal set for it yet, but hopefully it will be completed within the next year or so!

Thank you so much for coming! 

Thank you so much for having me on your blog! Have a blessed day!

 

Connect with Allyson on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, Amazon, Goodreads, and her blog.

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Thursday, July 19th: Rayleigh Gray // Book Spotlight via Literature Approved

Friday, July 20th: T.R. Noble // Author Interview via Inside Cup

Saturday, July 21st: Jes Drew // Book Spotlight via Pause for Tales

Monday, July 23rd: Sarah Addison-Fox // Author Interview & Book Spotlight via Disjointed Babblings

Tuesday, July 24th: Laura A. Grace // Author Interview & Book Spotlight via Unicorn Quester

Wednesday, July 25th: Kate Willis // Author Interview via Once Upon an Ordinary

Friday, July 27th: Abigail Harder // Book Spotlight via Books, Life, and Christ

 

Angela Watts Interview

I’ve got a special treat for you all today… 😉
The Thief, The Damsel, and The Dragon_ Blog tour

Join me in welcoming author Angela Watts to Once Upon an Ordinary! *sets off celebratory fireworks*

I’m honored to be here, Kate! *waves*

Angela, tell us a bit about yourself.

angelawattsIn short, I’m a 16 year old, homeschooled Christian who’s been writing things since I could scribble. I live with my family at our ranch, Step By Step Sanctuary, in Tennessee. Also, I’m actually a wizard in disguise seeking to conquer the world (in the name of Daffy Duck).

What first made you decide you wanted to be an author?

I didn’t exactly decide that… I just always knew I would write. Wherever God would take me. I didn’t find out about Indie publishing till I was 15 years old and had completed my first novel. Around that time, I realized, hey! I could actually share my writing with the world! And I believe that is what God wills me to do. 🙂

Congratulations on publishing! May we have an introduction to The Thief, The Damsel, and The Dragon?


angelawatts2“… the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.” ~ Psalms 91:13

Edward Prosner is going to steal from the small town mayor of Fall Springs, North Carolina. He’s got a flawless plan of action and is determined to return honor and justice to his father’s good name. The problem he faces? He needs a date for the mayor’s dinner party.

Lucy Levitt is a huge romantic at heart, but with her family’s ranch and her part-time job, she has no time for dating. She believes God will place her soulmate in her life when the time is right. When the new man in town asks her out, how can she say no?

The first date seems ordinary enough, but then they begin to realize that they can’t fight their dragons alone.


What is your favorite aspect of the ordinary life God has blessed you with?

All of it. I love the ordinary moments of waking up, drinking coffee, and going outside in the morning to feed up the animals. I love the ‘ordinary’ beauty in watching the squirrels outside the kitchen window, or the way the sun never fails to set, or how I can always count on my nieces being ready for a hug (unless, ya know, they decide to run for it and I have to chase ’em for it. 😉 ). Life is precious and even the mundane things are not to be forgotten.

Any plans for further projects?

I plan on finishing my novel “Seek” for publishing by the end of 2018. Besides that, I’ll be working on JUMP (for publishing!) and other assorted stories.

Thank you so much for coming!

Thank you so much for havin’ me, Kate! I wish you all a fantastic summer!

 

Add The Thief, The Damsel, and The Dragon on Goodreads

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Enter the giveaway for a signed paperback copy 😉

 

Connect with Angela

Blog: thepeculiarmessenger.wordpress.com

Facebook: Angela R. Watts

Twitter: PeculiarAngela

Goodreads: Angela R. Watts

Pinterest: AngelaRWatts

Instagram: angelar.watts

 

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Monday, July 2nd

Author Interview // Julia @ Julia’s Creative Corner

Book Spotlight & Author Interview // Michaela Bush @ Tangled Up In Writing

Review // Loretta @ Just Writing

Tuesday, July 3rd

Book Spotlight // Faith Blum @ Bookish Orchestrations

Review // Chloe @ Purely by Faith

Review // Grace Maples @ Proclaiming His Excellencies

Book Spotlight // Annie @ Letters from Annie Douglass Lima

Wednesday, July 4th

Review // Hannah Gridley @ The Heart of the Rose

Author Interview // Medomfo @ Writings from a God Girl

Thursday, July 5th

Author Interview // Malachi Cyr @ Brainstorms with Rain

Review // Kellyn Roth @ Reveries

Friday, July 6th

Author Interview // Sarah Willoughby @ R535

Author Interview // Kate Willis @ Once Upon an Ordinary

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

Review // Gracelyn Buckner @ Literatura

Saturday, July 7th

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

Book Spotlight // Faith L. Potts @ Stories by Firefly

Interview of Livy Jarmusch

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Today I have a special treat for y’all… an interview of a super sweet author of contemporary Christian fiction!

Join me in welcoming author Livy Lynn to Once Upon an Ordinary!

AuthorPic1Livy, tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m a twenty-something author, singer, song-writer, blogger, and coach. I have a slight obsession with all things Disney, fairy-tale, castles, ball gowns, glitter…pretty much anything lovely and whimsical! My goal as an author is to write stories that follow the words of Philippians 4:8. (Whatever is pure, lovely, noble, admirable, etc.) All of my published work contains pretty strong sprinkles and dashes of all the things I love. (Castles, ball-gowns, puppy dogs…)

What first made you decide you wanted to be an author?
I’ve always enjoyed storytelling, ever since I was a little girl, but I didn’t make the decision to begin pursuing writing professionally, until a few years ago. I was running my online magazine for Christian girls (www.crownofbeautymagazine.com) and I had a few fictional projects I had been working on, just for fun, collecting dust on my computer. I thought, “Hmm, what if our Crown of Beauty girls would enjoy these stories? What if I’m not the only girl who is frustrated with the selection of YA Christian fiction we have available today? What if someone else would enjoy a trip to Tarsurella?” (Tarsurella is the fictitious, modern European country where The Tales of Tarsurella take place.) So I decided to enlist a few Beta Readers, get their feedback…and wow, I was blown away and humbled by their responses! I thought, “Okay God, maybe this is something You have for me. Maybe this is yet another avenue to share truth, and to put your Love and Beauty on display for the world.” And then I started writing like crazy, haha!

May we have an introduction to Tarsurella and The Rebellion specifically?
TarsurellaPosterOf course! The Rebellion is a sequel to The Coronation, which is book #2 in The Tales of Tasurella trilogy. In The Coronation, Prince Addison is only two weeks away from inheriting the entire Kingdom of Tarsurella. In spite of all the excitement while preparing for this grand event, Prince Addison and his younger siblings (all 7 of them!) must carry on with the daily activities of life. Prince Addison is advised not to begin ruling without a wife by his side, so he’s receiving a lot of pressure to fall in love and find the right woman. Of course, he wants to do things God’s way, which means things aren’t always going to go as one would imagine! The Rebellion picks up just a few months later, as Addison has finally fallen in love…but the political terrain of his nation is incredibly rocky. Rumors of a rebellious uprising among the youth in Tarsurella intensifies, as acts of violence and protest break out across the city. Addison is determined to discover a hidden instigator who is fearlessly blogging democracy-driven ideals, with a secretive pen-name.

Do you have a quote or story passage that makes you smile?
I think one of my favorite quotes from The Rebellion, is:
“An adventure? In a library?” Hanson asked.

“Why of course!” Her eyes shone. “That is where all adventures begin!”

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(And another quote just for good measure. 😉 )

What is your favorite aspect of the ordinary life God has blessed you with?
Oh wow, what a question! I think it could take me ALL day to answer that! Do you have a few hours? Haha! Truly, I am so blessed. And a day doesn’t go by without my heart exploding in thankfulness as I look back in wonderment at everything the Lord has done in my life. I’ve seen Him work so many miracles. Open so many doors. Teach me so many lessons. Give me so much grace. Just the simple fact that there are excited, precious, priceless souls out there who actually want to read what I write, and hear what I have to say is just: wow.

But honestly, my favorite part of this entire journey, is that I get to do it with Jesus. His Holy Spirit is with me every single moment. He’s there when I can’t fall asleep because I’m crazy excited about a story idea. He’s there when disappointment strikes. He’s there when writer’s block hits, frustration breaks out, or I accidentally lose a VERY important file. He’s there during the long hours, and lonely nights. But He’s also there in the joys! He’s there when I hear feedback from readers who say they’ve been inspired to pray more, who say they realized they were in a toxic relationship and need to get out, or who were simply delighted by a pure, clean, uplifting story. And that’s when I can take all those roses of adoration and glory, and toss them up to Him! He gets ALL the glory, so the fact that He wants to use me in this manner is just…ahh, so fulfilling! ❤

Any plans for further projects?
Of course! Book #3 will be coming out, as well as more episodes of Regal Hearts! Regal Hearts: The Unlikely Story of a Princess, a Popstar, an Amish Girl, and an Average Girl was written in an episodical, TV show, type-format, and I release the continuation of those stories in “Episode Bundles”. Season 2 will be coming out in paperback and Season 3 on digital! What a lot of readers don’t yet know, or are still figuring out, is that Regal Hearts is actually connected to The Tales of Tarsurella! So if you want more Tarsurella fun, be sure to check out Regal Hearts! (You can actually read Episode 1 for free, on my blog!)
I’ve got several other projects in the works, some of which I can tell you about, and some I can’t! Haha.

But one of the projects I CAN tell you about are the new Author Coaching Sessions my sweet friend Bella and I are offering, for authors who desire to self-publish their first book! We also offer sessions for established authors and bloggers who desire to grow their reach, build their platform, or even launch a brand new blog. It’s SUCH a joy being able to help encourage other aspiring authors, and Bella and I have some pretttyyyyy fun stuff up our sleeve that we’ll be releasing soon, so if this sounds like something you’d enjoy, please come check us out!
We have a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/cheerleadersessions/ & Instagram @cheerleadersessions if you’d like to connect with us! Or you can find all the details about what we do, here! 🙂 https://www.livylynnblog.com/for-authors-marketing/

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The Allegiance Blog Tour: Interview of Sarah Addison-Fox

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Today I’d like to introduce you to author Sarah Addison-Fox and her very sparkly dystopian book Disowned

allegiancebooktourmediaki-001Sarah, tell us a bit about yourself.
Well, I’m from New Zealand, I’m really silly a lot of the time. I love reading, and I’m a shameless fangirl when it comes to my favourite books. I have a wonderful husband who I met when I was 13 and I have two smashing children who we home-school. I write Christian Fantasy, usually chocka block with romance, action, and adventure. I tend to focus more on the characters, and the action than the world building and any magic I write into my stories all stems from my own views on God being our Creator.

What first made you decide you wanted to be an author?

I always wanted to be an author. From the time I was a little girl writing stories about princesses, to my late twenties and thirties when I studied writing and earned a Diploma in Fiction writing. I spent a long period of time thinking I wanted to write Romantic Intrigue.

It wasn’t until I was looking for faith building books for my daughter to read, that I stumbled onto Donita K Paul’s series. I loved how she wove faith into the story without it being too heavy handed, and of course the dragons were pretty cool! After that I searched out more like it, building a library of Young Adult books that my daughter could read when she was older. $1000 books later (postage to NZ is a killer) I found that not only did I like Fantasy but that I actually preferred it over other genres.

I spent about a year binge reading, then I got my Kindle as a gift, and discovered Tricia Mingerink’s Blades of Acktar series. That one series struck a cord, and made me start wishing I could write again. I kept reading everything I could find, but it wasn’t until I was diagnosed with MS, and for a week lost the use of my arm, that I realised time was short, and that I was being called to write. After that I fully committed to finishing a novel.

If someone had told me at the beginning of the year that I would publish my first novel Disowned, and go on to write seven more books before the year was out, I probably would have laughed in their face!

allegiancebooktourmediaki-002Would you tell us a little bit about the Allegiance series in general and Disowned in particular?

Disowned is the story of a slave girl, caught in the class system of her country. Even though her family have thrown her away, and she has spent her entire life thinking she is worthless, somewhere inside she still wants to find a better life and find a chance for freedom. The Allegiance series encompasses the trials Celeste and the Haynes family go through. In Dissemble I introduce two new characters who like Celeste are damaged by their pasts, and are seeking to find a life apart from what they’ve been dealt.

In essence the entire series could be summed up in three words. Freedom through faith.

What is your favorite aspect of the ordinary life God has blessed you with?

Every single day I can sit at the computer and write is a blessing to me. I keep saying I am living my God given dream. And I really am. Life is so short, and so fleeting. Writing infuses me with passion and stops me from dwelling on what might happen with my health. Writing and losing myself in my fantasy worlds for a few hours each day, makes me a better wife, a better mother and it helps me to reach out to the world and to hopefully be a blessing to others.

Any plans for further projects?

I’ve written two complete series now, and am currently writing the second book in a third series. The Allegiance series will be published first, with Dissemble set to publish early February. I’m aiming to publish the remaining Allegiance books every three to four months (depending on whether my beta readers are available!) then I’ll be publishing a more traditional fantasy series, set in a rainforest, with renegades, prophecies, legends and a few magical elements. I also intend to publish the series I’m working on right now, which is set in a plague ravaged country, with a corrupt King, mercenaries for hire, and superstitious warriors.

So, quite a few things on the horizon for this old Kiwi gal!

Thanks so much for having me Kate!

Connect with Sarah Addison Fox on her website, Instagram, Facebook, Goodreads, and Twitter. Buy the book on Amazon. 😉

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The Vintage Jane Austen Blog Event: Kelsey Bryant Interview (& Book Review!)

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Today I am honored to be interviewing Kelsey Bryant and reviewing her beautiful book, Suit and Suitability, a retelling of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility.

KelseyBryantVJAJoin me in welcoming author Kelsey Bryant to Once Upon an Ordinary!

Kelsey, tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m a daughter of God who lives in Texas and works at several jobs that I love, including writing, copy editing, and teaching martial arts. I’ve written three novels, but I delight in many things—Bible study and Hebrew, keeping fit and eating healthy, reading British authors and seeing new places, and spending time with family and friends, to name a few. I’m a homeschool graduate and love being a daughter, sister, and aunt.

What first made you decide you wanted to be an author?

My parents passed their love of books to me. I can’t remember never creating stories, so I suppose being a writer and author was always something I wanted. My grandfather was an editor and compiler of Christian books and devotionals, so that went a long way in inspiring me. After high school, I decided to seriously pursue becoming an author because that was the only thing I felt God calling me to do at that point. After several years, I finally completed a novel (Family Reunion, the first book of the Six Cousins series) and was ready to publish.

I love the concept of retelling old favorites. May we have an introduction to Suit and Suitability and a little backstory on what made you choose this book?

Suit and Suitability casts Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, one of my favorite novels, into Great Depression America. Here’s the synopsis:


Canton, Ohio, 1935. Ellen and Marion Dashiell’s world crumbles when their father is sent to prison. Forced to relocate to a small town, what is left of their family faces a new reality where survival overshadows dreams. Sensible Ellen, struggling to hold the family together, is parted from the man she’s just learning to love, while headstrong Marion fears she will never be the actress she aspires to be. When a dashing hero enters the scene, things only grow more complicated. But could a third man hold the key to the restoration and happiness of the Dashiell family?

The heroine of Sense and Sensibility is Elinor Dashwood, my favorite book character ever. Her courage, capability, unselfishness, and strong moral character really inspire me. I love the whole novel, but Elinor is the main ingredient that drew me to write a retelling of it.

What is your favorite aspect of the ordinary life God has blessed you with?

If I had to pick one, it would be the opportunity I have to walk daily with my Lord, Savior, and Teacher and receive His guidance. I can’t imagine living without Him as my best friend and bedrock.

Any plans for further projects?

I’m working on a third novel in my Six Cousins series as well as trying my hand at a fairy-tale retelling for children. Suit and Suitability showed me how much I love writing historical fiction, so I hope there will be more of that in the future.

Thank you so much for coming!

Thank YOU so much for having me!

SuitSuitabilityVJAtourCanton, Ohio, 1935. Ellen and Marion Dashiell’s world crumbles when their father is sent to prison. Forced to relocate to a small town, what is left of their family faces a new reality where survival overshadows dreams. Sensible Ellen, struggling to hold the family together, is parted from the man she’s just learning to love, while headstrong Marion fears she will never be the actress she aspires to be. When a dashing hero enters the scene, things only grow more complicated. But could a third man hold the key to the restoration and happiness of the Dashiell family?

I really loved this book. The characters were what made it most enjoyable for me. 😉 I really appreciated how quiet and sensible but also how loving Ellen was portrayed. No cliches here, just a regular girl who loved her family. The sister dynamic between her and Marion was great, though realistically painful at some points. Even though their relatives were overly helpful sometimes, their time at Cardinal Bush sounded delightful, and Sport was a sweet companion for Greta.

Everett was such a great guy. There were times that from his description he sounded a wee bit effeminate, maybe? But he wasn’t in the least. He was just a shy, exceedingly honorable guy that I ended up, ahem, loving to pieces. 😉 And guys, his bravery? SPOILER ALERT! Snooping at the office to help get the Dashiells’ dad acquitted?!! END OF SPOILER! ❤ Calvin Bradley was pretty awesome too. I really appreciated how he tried his hardest to let Ellen keep her job. What a great example of a compassionate, Christian employer during the Great Depression!

The romances (2 out of 3) were just entirely too sweet. Three cheers for friendship-based romances! The spiritual lessons weren’t “in-your-face”, but I was reminded again to give everything to God and let Him define my dreams. (Which is eerily applicable to my life right now.) (And can I just say that the whole ladder metaphor was sooo beautiful?!!)

There were a few slow spots in the book (particularly Leona, the spoiled brat, and a lot of description of New York) that I was tempted to skip over, but other than that the book was entirely fantastic! Just a note to parents of younger children, there are a couple intense scenes including a non-descriptive SPOILER ALERT! car accident END OF SPOILER! and some slang words that had a more appropriate meaning in the ‘20s. 😉

Best quote: Ellen half-smiled. “I hope so. I’d like to see your dreams coincide with God’s plan.”

Altogether, I enjoyed this book very much and can’t wait to see what this author writes next! 

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Available on Amazon in ebook and paperback! 

 

Hop on the rest of the blog tour for interviews, reviews, giveaways, and so much more! 😀

November 5

Review of Emmeline – Once Upon the Ordinary

Review of Bellevere House – Kaylee’s Kind Of Writes

Series Spotlight – A Real Writer’s Life

Interview with Kelsey Bryant – Resting Life

Series Spotlight – Kelsey’s Notebook

November 6

Interview with Sarah Holman – J. Grace Pennington

Review of Emmeline – Kaylee’s Kind Of Writes

Mini-Reviews and interview with Sarah Scheele – Deborah O’Carroll

Interview with Rebekah Jones – Livy Lynn Blog

Review Suit and Suitability – Resting Life

November 7

Interview with Kelsey Bryant – J. Grace Pennington

Review of Perception – Kaylee’s Kind Of Writes

Review and Interview of Perception – Purely by Faith Reviews

Review of Second Impressions – The Page Dreamer

Series Spotlight – Finding the True Fairytale

November 8

Interview and Review Suit and Suitability – Once Upon the Ordinary

Review of Suit and Suitability – Kaylee’s Kind Of Writes

Review of Perception – A Brighter Destiny

November 9

Series Spotlight – God’s Peculiar Treasure

Review of Second Impressions and Suit and Suitability – Ordinary Girl, Extraordinary Father

Interview with Rebekah Jones – Kaylee’s Kind Of Writes

Series Spotlight – Christian Bookshelf Reviews

November 10

Review of Suit and Suitability – With a Joyful Noise

Series Spotlight – Liv K. Fisher

Review of Second Impressions- Kaylee’s Kind Of Writes

Review of Perception – She Hearts Fiction

Interview with Sarah Holman – Rebekah Ashleigh

November 11

Series Spotlight – Reveries Reviews

Review of Suit and Suitability – Faith Blum

Interview with Sarah Holman – Kaylee’s Kind Of Writes

Interview with Hannah Scheele – Peculiar on Purpose

Review of Bellevere House – Seasons of Humility

 

Lydia Howe Interview

Join me in welcoming author Lydia Howe to Once Upon an Ordinary! 

Aww, thanks so much for interviewing me, Kate! This is quite the honor. 🙂 I’m thrilled to be on Once Upon an Ordinary because it’s a blog I really enjoyed reading. 

Lydia, tell us a bit about yourself. 

Lydia's Author PictureI’m a writer, which is probably pretty obvious since this is an author interview. 😉 I also greatly enjoy traveling (I’ve had fun trekking all over the world), cooking (I work at a coffee shop that also serves salads, wraps, paninis, etc…), cutting grass (my mower’s name is Chadwin), reading, and living out in the country. One of my dreams is to someday own a pet skunk named Charlie Kate. I’d be delighted to connect with y’all, and can do so via social media. Links here: BlogYoutubeFacebook,TwitterGoodreadsInstagram, and Google+

What first made you decide you wanted to be an author? 

Having books read to me at a young age made a huge impact on me. I thought of authors the same way most people probably think of celebrities and royalty. So, to realize I could have that kind of impact on other kids blew me away as a young’n. 😉 

Congratulations on publishing Where Dandelions Grow! May we have an introduction?

Where Dandelions Grow v1.21Aww, thanks! 

Destiny Sparks grew up with her cousins as her best friends – until one fateful day when her mother uproots her out of the blue and moved her family across the country. Now, a decade later Destiny travels back to her hometown, desperate for answers as to why her mother is so bitter and why she destroyed the friendships Destiny held closest. 

The story is told from Destiny’s point of view, and we get to follow her as she makes a new life in Swallow Ridge, working in a bookstore/coffee shop and pursuing her dream as a writer. 

Do you have a quote or story passage that makes you smile?

There’s a part that always amuses me, and that’s when there’s a slight misunderstanding. (Setting: The four cousins are talking together for the first time in ten years.) 

“Our moms thought they were going to inherit it, too,” Kamryn grimaced. “I can’t believe our own grandma made them all believe that. Oh well, that’s a thing of the past. We can’t speak ill of the dead.”

Lexie, Teal and I exchanged a look.

“What?” Kamryn put her hands on her hips. “This isn’t fair you three are already keeping secrets just cause you found each other first.”

“We weren’t keeping secrets,” Lexie huffed at Kamryn.

“It’s just . . . Grandma isn’t dead.”

“Oh. That’s a bit of a shock. I always thought she had died years ago.” Kamryn gave a wave, as if dismissing the thought.

* * * 

(Setting: About a chapter later when Kamryn is visiting her grandma for the first time.) 

“It’s good seeing you again, too, dear.” Grandma returned her hug, then gave me one. Kamryn was right behind me, and when Grandma saw her, she just stood there for a moment, gazing up at Kamryn’s face.

“Grandma.” Kamryn leaned over and gave her a gentle hug, and then stepped back and glanced swiftly over her. “You’re looking a lot better than I would have imagined. You must work out a lot.” 

She looks better than Kamryn had imagined? No kidding, Kamryn thought Grandma had died.

What is your favorite aspect of the ordinary life God has blessed you with?

One of my favorite things in life is to make ordinary things feel like an adventure. It’s amazing how much of a difference mindset makes. It makes me so happy to just stop and soak in everyday moments and realize that although they’re currently ordinary, eventually I’ll look back on them as a thing of the past and I’ll treasure the memories. 

Any plans for further projects?

With the same characters? I’m not sure yet…. As for writing in general? Yep! I’m currently editing a couple of different projects – one is a contemporary YA novel called When Life Hands You Lymes and the other is a realistic fantasy YA novel called Echoes. Plus, I’ve got a fun idea in the brainstorming phase that includes a mystery and digging for fossils. 

Thank you so much for coming!

Thank you for having me! 

 

(Don’t forget to check out her blog Noveltea for more book release fun, including a giveaway! 😀 )