Dawn Chandler Blog Tour ++ An Author Interview

Hi everyone. Today, I have a fun post to share with you.  I am interviewing Eliza Noel today, gearing up for the release of her book, Dawn Chandler. Let’s begin!

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1. When did you first realize that you loved writing?

I’m really not sure…maybe when I started Dawn Chandler at age 12. I wrote stuff before that, but I wasn’t as dedicated and excited about it.

2. Do you write by hand or on the computer?

On the computer, but I do enjoy doing it by hand occasionally. If I’m journaling or just doing a writing exercise I’ll usually do it by hand.

3. Is your writing inspired by other authors?

I’ve definitely seen that my writing will start sounding like specific authors (C.S. Lewis or Jane Austen maybe) when I’m reading one of their books, but I usually go back and edit it to make it sound more like me. Overall, I can’t think of a specific author.

4. What does your writing day look like?

Lately I’ve been doing so much formatting and promotional stuff just whenever I can that I haven’t had a normal writing schedule. If I’m feeling motivated and get a decent amount of sleep I’ll get up at 5:30 a.m. and work on writing-related things until about 7:30 a.m..

5.Where did you first come up with the idea of Dawn Chandler?

 I was on a family trip in Lone Pine when I went to the drugstore, bought a composition notebook, and started writing. Fun fact though- at that point the book didn’t take place in Lone Pine. I changed it to that later.

6. How long did it take you to write Dawn Chandler?

From idea to publishing date about seven years. There were a lot of breaks throughout that time though.

7. Do you have a favorite character?

What is it that you like most about him/her? My favorite is Kenneth, Dawn’s older brother. I like him because he’s funny and caring.

8. What was it like self-publishing your book?

It’s been up and down, hahaha. Overall it was good. I liked the control I had over all the details. There were a lot of moments when I was formatting that were frustrating. I almost hired someone to do it for me, but now I’m glad I pushed through and will know how to do it next time.

9. Is there anything else you would like to say?

Yes, thanks for taking the time to interview me, Rebecca!

 

Dawn Chandler.jpgDawn 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?

Pre-order Dawn Chandler from Amazon.

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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.

 

 

Shadowkeeper Release and Interview

Who can’t resist a good myth retelling?

Fairy tale retellings are the “in” thing right now,  and don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy them, but myths have always been my jam. When I was seven years old and studying the Greeks and Romans, I soaked up the myths like a sponge, loving the stories, and just falling in love with the culture of the Romans and the Greeks — something I still adore to this day. 

If you’re like me, you’re in luck. My friend, Hope Ann, released a novella Monday, inspired not by one, but by TWO myths Add it to your TBR pile– you don’t want to miss this one — it’s Rebecca beta-tested and approved. 🙂 

 

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Death can die as easily as any other man.

Cedra has kept her sister safe for years. None of that changes just because Pethra got herself kidnapped by Death himself.

Claiming the questionable aid of Death’s weary older brother, the Shadowkeeper, Cedra forces her way through mist and shadows in pursuit of her hapless sister. But Death wants much more than he has revealed.

A wish that will splinter her and Pethra’s world no matter what she chooses: death, or a chain.

Loosely inspired by the stories of Hades and Persephone and Castor and Pollux, Shadowkeeper will sweep you into a world of wavering mists, shadowy passages, and the love of two siblings fastening them with ties stronger than Death himself.

 

~ Interview ~

What inspired Shadowkeeper?
One evening, my best friend and I were talking about mythology, what ifs, and ourselves—basically placing ourselves in the situations and what we would do. The two stories we interwove with this conversation was Hades and Persephone and Castor and Pollux. From that conversation came this story.

How long did it take you to write Shadowkeeper?
The rough draft too… three weeks? It was part of NaNo and would have been after, except I ended up ditching the first few chapters and restarting, because the voice wasn’t working. Editing and beta reading included, it is my fastest project yet and took around two and a half months to write and publish.

Do you have a favorite character?
Hard to say. Halcion, perhaps. He was a lot of fun—the world-weary brother of Death himself. He also underwent the most transformation from draft to draft, turning into the lovable but somewhat tortured character he is now.

When were you first published?
At the beginning of 2016, I believe.

Do you have a special place that you write?
Normally at my desk in my room, but anywhere it is quiet, really. Now that it’s winter and cold, I’ll sometimes write at the dining room table with headphones on.

Thanks for stopping by Hope! 

 

You can find Shadowkeeper here.

And because we all love Pinterest boards, here is the one for Shadowkeeper

 


B1bZ4qbZT1S._SY200_Hope Ann likes to think herself a dragon-riding, griffin-taming founder of worlds and explorer of legends. Using chocolate, she bribes a wide ring of spies, from the realm leapers of Aslaria to the double agents of Elkbend, for their stories. She thrives on frost, steel, and the tears of her readers which she secretly mixes into iced coffee. Deep in her hobbit hole, her actual life involves staying up too late writing, reading, researching stab wounds, and struggling to remember the difference between ‘effect’ and ‘affect’. Based in Indiana, she is the self-published author of the Legends of Light series. Hope Ann helps other writers as a personal writing coach and is the Communications Coordinator at Story Embers. You can find out more about her at https://authorhopeann.com/


 

Rebecca Morgan

Porch Swing Girl Blog Tour

Hey friends. 

Today I’m delighted to be a blog tour stop for Taylor’s Bennett’s novel, Porch Swing Girl.  

I haven’t been able to read Porch Swing Girl yet, but I can’t wait, because I love the sea, and since this is set in Hawaii, I bet I’ll get a lot of it. 

You can order Porch Swing Girl here. 

 

Can I just say that that cover is cute, adorable, and needs to be framed.

 

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What if friendship cost you everything?

Stranded in Hawaii after the death of her mother, sixteen-year-old Olive Galloway is desperate to escape. She has to get back to Boston before her dad loses all common sense and sells the family house. But plane tickets cost money—something Olive gravely lacks.
With the help of Brander, the fussy youth group worship leader, and Jazz, a mysterious girl with a passion for all things Hawaiian, Olive lands a summer job at the Shave Ice Shack and launches a scheme to buy a plane ticket home before the end of the summer.

But when Jazz reveals a painful secret, Olive’s plans are challenged. Jazz needs money. A lot of it. Olive and Brander are determined to help their friend but, when their fundraising efforts are thwarted, Olive is caught in the middle. To help Jazz means giving up her ticket home. And time is running out.

 

Want to see more of Porch Swing Girl?  Click here to see the full list of blog tour stops. 

 

~ Interview ~

 

When did you first realize that you loved writing?

I honestly don’t know!! I’ve always written, in one form or another. For me, writing is just as natural as breathing. I’m constantly spinning a story in my head and creating characters and scenarios. Even before I knew how to read, I had a constant desire to tell stories. I’d scribble gibberish on pages and call it a book, I’d dictate tall tales to my parents. When I got to be a little older, I’d write as much and as often as I could, and creative writing was by far my favorite.

I got serious about writing—and publishing—when I was thirteen. By then, I’d written my first attempt at a novel, and I was ready to see my story in print. Not surprisingly, that novel was a “practice run,” not fit for publication, but I learned a LOT through the writing/querying process that helped me get Porch Swing Girl published.

Do you write by hand or on the computer?

I actually started out writing by hand—I loved the idea of having one or two notebooks filled with my words, sitting on my shelf, ready to be edited and perfected. When I thought things through a little more, and realized that I’d have to type all of those words up before I could ever begin pursuing publication, I switched over to writing on a computer.

Is your writing inspired by other authors?

Absolutely! Especially my favorite childhood authors. There’s something so comforting and timeless about the works of writers like A.A. Milne (he wrote Winnie-the-Pooh) and Jeanne Birdsall (she wrote The Penderwicks) and I long to evoke a similar feel with my work. Authors like Ruta Sepetys (she writes bone-chillingly realistic WWII fiction) inspire me to create multifaceted characters that readers can’t help but fall in love with. I could go on and on…

Where did you first come up with the idea of Porch Swing Girl?

I first came up with the title—or, more accurately, it popped into my head one morning and I couldn’t ignore the urge to find out who this girl was and why she was on the porch swing. After a morning of brainstorming, I’d uncovered a story that I was absolutely in love with. I knew the girl on the swing had to be upset—grieving a huge loss. But she wouldn’t stay that way—not for long. Something else would happen to her that would put everything in perspective. She’d meet a few quirky characters to help her along…

I decided to set it in Hawaii because, while it’s one of my favorite vacation destinations, there aren’t many books written that take place in this beautiful location.

How long did it take you to write Porch Swing Girl?

It took me nine-ish months, though that really isn’t very accurate. When I started writing Porch Swing Girl, it was more of a hobby than a serious pursuit. Halfway through the first draft, my family went through a really rough time, and I often didn’t have the time/energy to write. I can (and usually do!) write a lot faster than that. It really depends on where I am in “life,” though 😊

Do you have a favorite character?

My favorite character from Porch Swing Girl is Olive, my main character. She’s been described as stubborn and snarky, but I absolutely adore her. When I’m writing from Olive’s point of view, I write things I would never dare say in real life (Olive can tend to be a bit opinionated 😉 ). But, when they’re coming out of Olive’s mouth, they just fit. I love looking at the world through her unique filter and coming up with quirky ways to describe even the most commonplace items/situations.

Thanks for stopping by Taylor! I enjoyed having you on the blog. 

 

Author PhotoHomeschooled since kindergarten, Taylor Bennett is the seventeen-year-old author of Porch Swing Girl, which will be released by Mountain Brook Ink on May 1st. When she’s not reading or writing, Taylor can be found playing her violin or taking walks in the beautiful Oregon countryside. She loves to connect with readers via her author website, as well as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram (her favorite!), Pinterest, and Goodreads.

The Lost Girl of Astor Street Clue Hunt: Clue 13

Who can’t resist a good mystery? My mystery reading has been limited to Encyclopedia Brown when I was young, and now Agatha Christie, so when I signed up for an ARC of The Lost Girl of Astor Street, I was super excited.

This wasn’t an ordinary mystery. The story was set in 1920’s Chicago, a culture I was studying at the time (for the American History 2 CLEP test). I recognized things that I had learned, and at the same time, what was happening in the rest of the world was flying through my brain.

For the release, I am participating in a Clue Hunt. For details, visit Stephanie’s blog.

 

“It should concern you that Al Capone is our measuring stick.”

-Detective Cassano, The Lost Girl of Astor Street, by Stephanie Morrill

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From the back of the book:

When her best friend vanishes without so much as a good-bye, eighteen-year-old Piper Sail takes on the role of amateur sleuth in an attempt to solve the mystery of Lydia’s disappearance. Given that Piper’s tendency has always been to butt heads with high-society’s expectations of her, it’s no surprise that she doesn’t give a second thought to searching for answers to Lydia’s abduction from their privileged neighborhood.

As Piper discovers that those answers might stem from the corruption strangling 1924 Chicago—and quite possibly lead back to the doors of her affluent neighborhood—she must decide how deep she’s willing to dig, how much she should reveal, and if she’s willing to risk her life of privilege for the sake of the truth.

Perfect for fans of Libba Bray and Anna Godbersen, Stephanie Morrill’s atmospheric jazz-age mystery will take readers from the glitzy homes of the elite to the dark underbelly of 1920s Chicago.

I received a free copy of The Lost Girl of Astor Street via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Characters: Good strong characters that I related to and enjoyed. I seriously loved Piper, who remained me of myself sometimes.

Plot: Fast paced and gripping, I read this book in two days, I just couldn’t put it down. I didn’t cry, but I came close to it once or twice.

Writing: The writing was beautiful. I loved it. I don’t know if melt is a good word, but it melted me. Stephanie has an amazing talent, and I hope we see more of Piper.

Bad Language: None

Inappropriate Content: A married man has a girlfriend; Piper goes to a speakeasy.

Over-all-rating: 5/5  I loved this book. Really, really loved it. Go buy yourself a copy of it here:

~ Interview ~

When did you first realize that you loved writing? I’ve wanted to be a writer since first grade. My elementary school encouraged writing time and we had freedom to write whatever kind of stories we desired. Then a parent volunteer would type our stories up for us, and we could pick the color for our cover and the binding. At the end we were supposed to illustrate it (I was awful) and then read it to the class. I loved it so much, and after that I always wanted to tell stories for a living.

When were you first published? My first book was Me, Just Different, which was the first in a contemporary YA series called The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt. It released in 2009, and then two more followed it. I have two other contemporary YA titles, the Ellie Sweet books, that came out in 2013. The Lost Girl of Astor Street is my first historical mystery.

Do you write by hand or on the computer? I write on the computer, unless I’m brainstorming. Then I find that nothing works as well as a notepad and pen.

Is your writing inspired by other authors? I’m sure every story I’ve ever enjoyed (or not enjoyed!) has found its way into my writing style in some sense, but there’s no one specific who I try to sound like.

Where did you first come up with the idea of The Lost Girl of Astor Street and what motivated and inspired you?  My initial idea for The Lost Girl of Astor Street came while I was putting away laundry, of all things. My mind was wandering (as it often does during chores), and I started thinking about different stories I like. I thought about Veronica Mars for a while, and then something triggered a thought about Downton Abbey, and I thought, “I wish there was something out there that was like Veronica Mars but in a Downton Abbey kind of setting. Oh, maybe I could do that!”

How long did it take you to write The Lost Girl of Astor Street?   After I spent about a month doing research, my first draft took me about three months. And then my edits seemed to take forever. I spent about a year trying to turn my lousy first draft into a book that I wanted to read. I had never written a historical or a mystery, so I had a lot to learn!

Do you have a favorite character? What is it that you like most about him/her?   It’s probably a bit silly to pick Piper as my favorite character, but I loved writing her. The way she saw the world was really interesting and enjoyable for me to write.

I just love author’s inspiration boards on Pinterest. Check out Stephanie’s here and here.

You can also find out more about Stephanie Morrill at her website, http://www.stephaniemorrill.com/

And if any on my lucky readers are near Gardner or Overland Park, Kansas, Stephanie will be there for book signings! 

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Clue 13: own

Links to the rest of the clues:

Clue 1: Stephanie’s Morrill’s Blog
Clue 2: Some Books Are
Clue 3: Gabriella Slade
Clue 4: Page by Page, Book by Book
Clue 5: Pens and Scrolls
Clue 6: Singing Librarian Books
Clue 7: Heather Manning
Clue 8: Annie Louise Twitchell
Clue 9: Noveling Novelties
Clue 10: Kaitee Hart
Clue 11: Classics and Craziness
Clue 12: Zerina Blossom
Clue 13: Rebecca Morgan
Clue 14: Keturah’s Korner
Clue 15: That Book Gal
Clue 16: Anna Schaeffer
Clue 17: Hadley Grace
Clue 18: Lydia Howe
Clue 19: Ramblings by Bethany
Clue 20: Matilda Sjöholm
Clue 21: Lydia Carns
Clue 22: Broken Birdsong
Clue 23 & Clue 24: The Ink Loft
Clue 25: Roseanna M. White

Old River Road Blog Tour Interview and Giveaway

Today, I am happy to be a stop on Ivy Rose’s blog tour for her novel, The Old River Road. The Old River Road Blog Tour will be going on from July 8 to July 15, so you have a whole week to learn more about Ivy Rose’s novel.  Check out the other blogs that are participating in this tour. The full list is at the end of this post.

And now, on with the tour!

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Meet Ivy Rose and her debut novel, The Old River Road. This book is the first in a series of a yet-to-be-determined number of books based on the lives of the author’s ancestors. Written in a style similar to that of Janette Oke and Laura Ingalls Wilder, this is a story you won’t want to miss

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When seventeen-year-old Clara Boutwell married her dashing coworker, William McDonald, she was convinced her life was near perfect. The journey before them as newlyweds in the great city of Chicago was promising and exciting. But a frightening disease soon takes William in its grip, forcing them to the clean air of the western frontier in a desperate attempt to save his life. But pioneering doesn’t prove to be easy, with miles between neighbors instead of fences. On the eastern Washington prairies, the McDonalds face hardships and trials in a new world where everything is tested, from physical endurance to emotional strength—down to their relationship and faith in the Lord.

This novel tells the incredible true story of Clara and William, the great-great grandparents of the author, in a sweet narrative full of laughter, tears, and the struggles of an early pioneering family. Prepare yourself to share in their experience as you read this account of a pioneer family in Washington state, and see their lasting legacy that has endured into the fifth generation.

 

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Ivy Rose is an 18 year old history lover and literary enthusiast. Aside from writing, she enjoys being outdoors, chocolate, travelling, reading, and ATVing (preferably if there is mud involved). She resides with her family of 9 on the banks of the Long Lake in eastern Washington.

You can connect with Ivy via her blog, Goodreads, and Pinterest.

 

 

 

 

 

Interview of Ivy Rose

How long and how has your journey been from when you first had the idea?

It’s been eight years since I first read Clara’s memoirs, and nine months since I put the first words to paper.

How long did it take for you to write The Old River Road?

The actual writing took about four months.

Do you have a favorite character? What is it that you like most about him/her?

My favorite character is probably Esther. Even though she has a fairly short role in this book, she is so much like a very dear friend of mine. 

Where did you first come up with the idea of The Old River Road and what motivated and inspired you?

The idea came from Clara’s memoirs. After reading them, eight years ago, I remember thinking that it would make a great story and someone should write a book about them. 🙂

The main motivator for this project was my mom. She was always there, telling me I could do it. And she bought me lots of chocolate, too. 🙂

Anything else you would like to say?

Thank you so much for having me on your blog! It’s an absolute honor!

 

 Click on the links below to enter the giveaway!

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The Old River Road Prize Pack

International Prize

Friday, July 8th (release day!)

Emily (apurposeandapromise.blogspot.com)—Review, Spotlight

 Jesseca Wheaton (jessaswhimsicalwritings.blogspot.com)—Review, Interview

Anika Joy (anikaavenue.blogspot.com)—Review, Interview

Saturday, July 9th

Olivia  K. Fisher (Oliviakfisher.blogspot.com)–Interview, Spotlight

Faith Blum (faithblum.wordpress.com)—Review, Interview, Spotlight

Hannah E. (completelyforhim.blogspot.com)—Review, Interview

Monday, July 11th

Faith Potts (fireflysstoryspace.blogspot.com) – Review

Rebecca Morgan (wordchangersforhisglory.wordpress.com)—Review, Interview

Tuesday, July 12th

Abigayle Ellison (theleft-handedtypist.blogspot.com)—Review, Spotlight

Kenzi Knapp (honeyrockhills.com) –Review, Interview

 Hosanna Emily (havingaheartlikehis.blogspot.com)—Review, Interview

 Wednesday, July 13th

Blessing Counter (countingyourblessingsonebyone.blogspot.com)—Interview

Victoria Minks (Victoriaminks.com)—Review, Spotlight

Thursday, July 14th

Deborah C. (readinginjune.blogspot.com)—Review, Spotlight

Anna S. Brie (annasbrie.blogspot.com)—Review, Interview

Leona G. (greatbooksforGodsgirls.wordpress.com)—Review, Interview

Friday, July 15th

Amanda Tero (withajoyfulnoise.blogspot.com)—Review, Interview

Hope Ann (authorhopeann.com)—Review, Interview