Thank you, Veterans.

I recently saw something I thought made an interesting point. (though if you get down too it, I don’t agree…)

It said that war is worse then hell, because the guilty go to hell– but even innocent people are harmed by war.

(I don’t exactly agree, because we are all guilty and deserve Hell… but it is an interesting idea.)

The other night I was watching a TV show and it was set during WWI. There were young men in the trenches, they were fighting and getting hurt. There was a scene in a hospital with many wounded.

Again there was an interesting point made. Someone said that when you are on the front line, you pray to be spared, but if that isn’t meant to be, you pray for a bullet to kill you cleanly.

And watching that, I realized, that isn’t war. That is a representation of war. An idea of war. A glimpse, maybe, into what it is. But it isn’t war. For starters, while WWI happened, the story was fictional!

I can watch many things, and read, and even visit historical places, but– and truly I am grateful– I have not experienced war.

And I hope I will not have to face war.

War isn’t glory.

It’s… I don’t know what it is. I can’t explain what war is.

I believe it would be worse then I imagine.

I am now coming under the impression I will never know what war is unless I ever go through it first hand. Even then, could I explain it? Because, surely, if it could be explained, in all the years and all the wars, someone would have found the words.

It hurts my heart when I see old men wearing their WWII veteran hats, or their Vietnam veteran hats.

So many of them were the age I am now or even younger when they went off to war, and while they obviously lived through the war, I wonder how it affected their lives even after it was over.

I know not everyone sees the worst of the war, many people do paper work and are never sent to the frontlines, but still. Especially when I think of people my age, how many of them would be selfless enough to truly fight for what was right this day in age? I believe most of them are too busy throwing tantrums when things don’t go our way.

I saw a picture one time, of an old man wearing a veterans hat and a little girl standing next to him. It was captioned something like the old man said to the little girl, “For you, I would do it all over again.”

I always feel really awkward when I try to or think about, thanking veterans. But they deserve it.

Thank you, Veterans. Thank you so very much for making this society as good as it is. I don’t deserve it, but I truly appreciate it.

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With Rachelle Rea Cobb!

I wasn’t sure what exactly to call this…. it isn’t a guest post or an interview… haha…

Today I’m talking a little about author Rachelle Rea Cobb’s books! She wrote The Steadfast Love Series (Book 1: The Sound of Diamonds, Book Two: The Sound of Silver, and Book 3: The Sound of Emeralds)

I haven’t read her books yet, but I look forward to when I DO get around too it. (And if you haven’t read any yet either– make sure you enter the giveaway she’s hosting! The link will be at the end. 🙂 )

Who is Rachelle Rea Cobb, you may ask?

About: Times gone by snatch Rachelle Rea Cobb close, so she reads and writes about years long ago– her passions include the Reformation, Revolutions, and romance. Rachelle wrote The Steadfast Loves series during college. Five months after she graduated, she signed a three-book deal with her dream publisher, WhiteFire. She’s a homeschool grad, Oreo addict, and plots her novels while driving around in her dream car, a pick-up truck. In June 2016, she married a man with the same name as her fictional hero, and they live happily ever after and in Small Town, South.

Since today Rachelle is celebrating the birthday of The Sound of Silver, I’m only going to post that back cover– not all three. Wouldn’t want to overwhelm you too much, right?

Back cover:

The stalwart saint, fighting for faith…and the redeemed rebel, fighting for honor.

After Dirk rescues Gwyneth from the Iconoclastic Fury, she discovers that faith is sometimes fragile–and hope is not as easy as it may seem. Now truly orphaned yet not alone, Gwyneth continues her quest to learn more about the love of God preached by Protestants she once distrusted.

Dirk’s quest is to prevent his sullied name from staining hers. Will his choice to protect her prove the undoing of her first faltering steps toward a Father God? Once separated, will Dirk and Gwyneth’s searching hearts ever sing the same song?

Make sure to hop on over andhttps://widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js“> enter the giveaway for a necklace and a book! (winner’s choice of the three!! All you have to do is click here.)

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The Six Question Character Challenge

I was tagged by Luke over on his blog, to do a Six Question Character Challenge. Thanks so much for tagging me! I always get excited when someone tags me in a blog challenge. 🙂

Okay, so I decided I’m going to do it on my WWII novel, This Very Moment. (I thought maybe you were tired of hearing about that story, but I already got started to use that story so it’s too late now! 😉 )

These are the six questions I’ll be answering about some of my most important characters:

  1. A contradiction within the character (the good kind that indicates depth)
  2. The character’s Meyers-Briggs type
  3. Favorite color
  4. How would they slay a dragon?  (Even if there aren’t dragons in your book)
  5. What is their darkest secret?
  6. Where do they see themselves in ten years?

I’m also going to include pictures from my pinterest board. 🙂

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Marilyn King: (main character)

  1. Contradiction: She is fun, and strong, and brave, and wild (in a good way) but she is also terrified of turning into her mother.
  2. Personality type: I actually don’t usually do MBTI tests, but I think I did for her a LONG time ago, and I think it may have been ENFP. Maybe. I wouldn’t swear by it.
  3. Maroon, or Navy. Those are usually the colors I imagine her wearing.
  4. I could see her standing up to the dragon, just herself and her God. 🙂
  5. Her darkest secret? I don’t think I can say without spoilers….
  6. In ten years, she would be relaxed. Happy. The war would be over, and those she loved would be able to have a peaceful life with little to know sadness in it. Kenneth, her twin brother, would be happily married with kids of his own for Marilyn to spoil– because marriage and children wouldn’t be in her future.

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Peter:

  1. He believes in right and wrong strongly, but he believes in getting the right results no matter the cost.
  2. I have no idea…
  3. Navy blue as well.
  4. He would charge at the dragon, yelling. Maybe a shotgun in his hands?
  5. Well. Um. Spoilers. So. I’m skipping. 🙂
  6. In ten years, he would probably be happily married, maybe back where his family came from. Someone high in society, and very rich, and smart. Someone people looked up too.

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William Millbrook:

  1. He is brave and wise and strong. But the hardest thing he ever does is walk away.
  2. And again, I never figured it out (or if I did I forgot.)
  3. Green, like grass. Or red like apples from the apple orchard where he lives.
  4. He would quietly assess the dragon before trying his hardest to take it down (but probably dying in the process.)
  5. Darkest secret? He his head over heals, completely, 100% in love with someone, but he can’t tell her. (Wow, that sounds dramatic. I’m almost rolling my eyes…)
  6. He doesn’t really think about the future much. He just wants the war to end.

kenneth

Kenneth King: (Marilyn’s twin brother)

  1. He cares about people a lot and loves to help them…medically. Other then that, he isn’t the best at making friends (kind of a loner, shy.)
  2. I think he is an INFJ. I think.
  3. White. Clean. Fresh. Pure. Like snow on the mountains, or a clean hospital room.
  4. He would probably try to take the dragon down, not by fighting but by poisoning him, or starving him somehow. Then when the dragon is weaker killing it.
  5. He thought he was in love once, or at least he thinks he would’ve been eventually. She hurt him, and now, even though he’s no longer upset, he doesn’t think he’ll love again– he just accepts is as a fact of life.
  6. In ten years, Kenneth wants to have his own medical practice, or even a hospital. He’d love to be an uncle and see Marilyn happily in love and married.

There we have it! Some things you might have not known about my characters until now! (I didn’t even know some of those things about my characters until now. Like their favorite colors. XD)

I’m tagging Kara (figures, right?) over on Saved By Grace, Sierra Abrams, and Tessa Emily Hall.

Any questions y’all want my characters to answer? Or from another story, perhaps? Let me know and I’ll see what I can do. 🙂

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A Lady Unrivaled ~ Book Review

A Lady Unrivaled by Roseanna M. White

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Back Cover: Lady Ella Myerston can always find a reason to smile–even if it’s just in hope that tomorrow will be better than today. All her life everyone has tried to protect her from the realities of the world, but Ella knows very well the danger that has haunted her brother and their friend, and she won’t wait for it to strike again. She intends to take action . . . and if that happens to involve an adventurous trip to the Cotswolds, then so much the better.

Lord Cayton has already broken two hearts, including that of his first wife, who died before he could convince himself to love her. Now he’s determined to live a better life. But that proves complicated when old friends arrive on the scene and try to threaten him into a life of crime. He does his best to remove the intriguing Lady Ella from danger, but the stubborn girl won’t budge. How else can he redeem himself, though, but by saving her–and his daughter–from those dangerous people who seem ready to destroy them all?

My Review: I’ve heard of Roseanna M. White for awhile now, but I had never actually read any of her books until I got this one.

I used to think that I didn’t like historical romance… but then I just realized I only like good historical romance. 😉 (I’m sure you’re thinking… of course??)

This is definitely one I would classify as good.

I wasn’t sure how I felt about it at first, there were three different point of views and… I can get overwhelmed when there are too many. At first I thought they weren’t all necessary, but as the story progressed and finished– each of the characters does add something to the story, and they each grow and change during it.

A Lady Unrivaled is the third book in a trilogy. I think I would have appreciated the story more had I read the others– I still really enjoyed this one.

Ms. White wrote an engaging and original story with romance and mystery. The characters were real (and I especially liked Ella) and the story while I wouldn’t say it was suspenseful (the whole time) it certainly kept my interest.

I would give this book five out of five stars. And I look forward to what book of hers I might pick up next!

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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#WIPJoy September 2016

First off, I’m sure you’re wondering: What does #WIPJoy mean?

Well, I’m going to explain it all to you. 🙂

Let me begin with WIP (in the writing world) stands for Work In Progress, and the Joy is at end of the hashtag, I assume to either make it stand out on it’s own, and/or because you’re sharing the Joy!

Anyway, this hashtag is kind of big on twitter (at least to me and the people I follow).

If you’re on Twitter you can follow Bethany A. Jennings (@simmeringmind) because she’s the mastermind behind the whole idea.

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As you can see, #WIPJoy gives you questions that you answer about your story. I did it on my WWII story, but I only made it about two weeks in before I stopped. I thought, though, that it would be cool if I did a blog posts with my answers so they would be all together, AND for the people who aren’t on twitter. 🙂

 Day 1: (This is just a reminder that on Twitter you are limited in how much you can say per tweet.) A WWII novel about a girl raised by her grandparents, is terrified about turning out like her mother.

As a result of all the bad relationships in her family, she doesn’t know what real love is.

Day 2: I’m editing my story (This Very Moment) for the thousandth time. *sigh* but it’s nice to see it improving!

Day 3: Cherish, discover, heal, trust, and forgive.

Day 4: I think (at least for me) my story evokes a lot of nostalgia. Sad you’re growing up, but knowing that it’s also not a bad thing.

But then, you could take into account one of them goes to fight in a war so it’s not ALL good. My poor characters.

Day 5: Ah, I’m never good at these ‘share a line’ ones because…. I don’t just have some memorized or have a secret stash of my favorite or anything? And I like it better when I only have to think about it for a little while, not when I have to go hunting through my story…. so I don’t have an answer for this one…

Day 6: My antagonist loves himself. Loves being in control.

Day 7: Marilyn’s mother and her grandmother are probably the ones who have the most interesting history.

Day 8: (Oh I remember this one! I think it was one of my favorites.)

Being poked with a needle.

The smell of fresh bread.

Shouting at loved ones.

Seeing loved ones leave for war.

Taste of a milkshake.

Day 9: The short answer? No, my main character and I don’t really have much past in common.

Day 10: And then again with the ‘share a line’…. *casually skips*

Day 11: I regret never standing up for myself. I’m strong then I think.

Day 12: I think Kenneth hides how much he feels. If he let me know, I might be able to help him. I love him so much.

Day 13: Um. She doesn’t really use weapons… a needle maybe? Words? Haha.

Day 14: I like the old fashioned idea of romance. Deeply in love, approved of my by families, and… kind to each other.

Day 15: (honestly I don’t like the question, because I kind of feel like my characters don’t know they are characters, this is their actual real life… but I did answer it.)

Well, it would be nice if she could remember my name is spelled with ONE n (Marilyn) and she kinda makes my life suck.

Day 16: Um… I have no idea what to say for this one.

Day 17: Yes, yes I do.

Day 18: One day, I feel like I will share some lines of my story with you, but… today is not that day.

Day 19: Ooh, well, you see when I was 13 I wrote the first draft of this story. And ever since then, I have loved it. It never let me go. Even after I knew that that version sucked, I wanted to rewrite… and so I eventually did. (and hopefully it sucks far less. 😉 )

Day 20: A big theme in my book it relationships, so I’d recommend it to someone who finds them interesting or has had problems with them in the past.

Day 21: Probably the said relationships.

Day 22: I know this sounds like an excuse, but my computer doesn’t really like..anything. Like me putting pictures of my blog, for example. But if you follow me on Pinterest I have a board.

Day 23: Well. That’s a really hard question. I kind of feel like it isn’t the typical romance… before you get to the ‘happily ever after’ they go through a bit of pain…

Day 24 and again… skipping! 🙂

And this blog post is already pretty long, so I’m just going to wrap up there. So. Now you know a tiny bit more about my story (I feel like I should do a blog post actually about my story now…)

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Currently~ October 2016

Hi, all! It is October first now, and Fall is (and has been for a little bit) officially here!

And since it is, I figured it was a good time to do a ‘Currently’ blog post!

Currently….

Reading~ A Lady Unrivaled by Roseanna M. White

So far I like it! Look for a review coming up soonish.

Watching~ NOT SOUND OF MUSIC THAT’S FOR SURE.

*ahem* I mean, I’ve been wanting to watch The Sound Of Music for weeks and you know? I can’t find our copy anywhere! I even looked places I knew it wouldn’t, and even went into the dark depths of the closet where we keep the Christmas stuff and I still couldn’t find it! I’ll just have to buy my own personal copy, but it still made me sad.

Anyway, I AM watching Hart of Dixie season three. I’m not sure what I’ll watch after this, though….

Writing~ A few months ago I started a new story for an idea I’ve had a for a little while now… but the idea was still too small, and even though it was an ‘old’ idea, it wasn’t big enough yet, it still needs time to grow into something big. So I wrote a few hundred words, and the happy feeling pattered out and I knew, what I knew when I began the story: there isn’t enough.

So, after not writing again for a few weeks, I started writing another idea that I’ve had for awhile. A bigger idea. An idea I love and I think I can actually finish. You know what it is? A SEQUEL!! (That will take you to another blog post I did where I talked about my story a little bit.)

It isn’t a sequel to my WWII story, but to the story I finished before that one, called Pieces of My Heart. 😀 Here is the Pinterest board if you want to look at it!

Eating~ At this very moment… nothing. 😉 But I did get some caramel so I can make caramel apples again! The last time I made them– my first time making them– was three years ago, the same year I started blogging.

(Oh yeah, so um, happy birthday, Naomiandbooks…)

Looking forward to~ Besides fall? I’m really looking forward to fall. 😀 I’m, of course, looking forward to the holidays. (ALWAYS) Honestly, I’m just interested to see where this next time/phase of life is going to take me.

OH! And I’m looking forward to the Celtic Festival that’s coming up in a few weeks! That’s always a good time. Well, except for that time my sister Kristin and I were walking by ourselves and this creeper older guy drove up and was like, “Hi girls, need a ride?” He drove off and Kristin and I were like, “Walk faster, walk faster, walk faster.” Oh, and then there was that other time I got a ring stuck on my finger, I feared forever. (or losing my finger.)

So that’s what’s going on Currently. But I also feel like this was also a throwback post– I linked a lot of stuff I wrote a long time ago….

What’s going on with YOU currently?

 

 

 

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Hello, Fall

Hello, Fall

When I think of fall I think of the pretty colors the leaves change into. I think of nights I actually begin to need the extra blankets on my bed.

Drinking hot tea, and wearing sweaters. Jeans. Boots. Maybe a scarf that I made myself.

I always love writing, but for some reason the fall just puts me in a even bigger mood to write. Maybe it has something to do with NaNoWriMo?

Fall means cold toes and wearing slippers.

I’ll have to readjust to wearing socks inside– during the summer I got used to having bare feet and now when I where socks without shoes it bothers me. Haha!

It means (hopefully!) work will be less busy, because people will be traveling less.

It means that everything gets to be flavored pumpkin and maybe even dyed orange if it is particularly unlucky.

The days get shorter, and the holidays get closer.

And for some reason, I think Fall is my favorite season.

Come at us, Fall, and stay awhile.

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