Coffee Shop Devos Review +++ GIVEAWAY

Today, I’m happy to have my friend Tessa Emily Hall on my blog to celebrate her latest release, Coffee Shop Devos. Read more about the book and the author below, and hang around until the end of the post for a giveaway!  

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I struggled as a teen to find good devotionals. Either they lacked quality writing, or they were fluffy, lacking any teaching. I yearned for someone to help me through the teen years and not just, “make me feel good.” 

From lessons on God’s never-failing love, seasons of life, trusting in God’s plan, to transforming the trash and living to our greatest potential, Coffee Shop Devos is a pick-me-up that any young lady can glean encouragement from. And you can enjoy it all over a steaming cup of coffee made from one of the recipes featured in the book. 

 

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There’s something special about spending time at a coffee shop with a friend–engaging in a meaningful conversation, then leaving refueled and ready to tackle the rest of the day. What if your quiet times with God energized you the same way?

Coffee Shop Devos offers a warm atmosphere that will inspire you to discover your God-given purpose and live to your greatest potential. Choose your devo flavor in the Menu of Contents based on your current need. Then lean into deeper intimacy with Christ through reflection and prayer. Along the way, you’ll pick up tips and recipes for making your own coffee-shop beverage–regular or decaf–to enjoy while you read. And don’t forget to share your journey with your friends! #CoffeeShopDevos

Each of the 180 challenging and motivational devotions will leave you feeling refreshed and reinvigorated–almost as though you’ve shared a steaming pot of brew at a coffee shop with your Creator.

 

 

 


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Tessa Emily Hall is an award-winning author who writes inspirational yet authentic YA fiction to show teens they’re not alone. Her passion for shedding light on clean entertainment and media for teens led her to a career as an Associate Agent at Hartline Literary Agency, YA Acquisitions Editor for Illuminate YA (LPC Imprint), and Founder/Editor of PursueMagazine.net. Tessa’s first teen devotional, COFFEE SHOP DEVOS, will release with Bethany House in 2018. She’s guilty of making way too many lattes and never finishing her to-read list. When her fingers aren’t flying 116 WPM across the keyboard, she can be found speaking to teens, decorating art journals, and acting in Christian films. Her favorite way to procrastinate is by connecting with readers on her blog, mailing list, social media (@tessaemilyhall), and website: http://www.tessaemilyhall.com.

 


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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.

Song of Leira Cover Reveal

I don’t remember how I first came across Orphan’s Song, but I bought it and devoured it. Waited for book two, Songkeeper, and ate that one up as well. And today is the day for Gillian Adam’s Song of Leira cover reveal which releases June 5, 2018. I am so happy the day has arrived that I can show the cover to you.  Literally guys, I’ve been over here just squirming because I’ve been so excited.

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ISN’T IT GORGEOUS?! LOOK AT THE SEA PEOPLE. LOOK AT IT.  LOOK AT THE BEAUTY IT IS. THE SHIPS. THE SEA *flails endlessly over this gorgeous cover I can’t stop staring at.*

*Flails over Birdie’s awesome outfit. I totally want it now.*

 

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ABOUT THE BOOK

 

THE SONG BIDS HER RISE TO BATTLE

Reeling from her disastrous foray into the Pit, Birdie, the young Songkeeper, retreats into the mountains. But in the war-torn north, kneeling on bloodstained battlefields to sing the souls of the dying to rest, her resolve to accept her calling is strengthened. Such evil cannot go unchallenged.

Torn between oaths to protect the Underground runners and to rescue his friend from the slave camps, Ky Huntyr enlists Birdie’s aid. Their mission to free the captives unravels the horrifying thread connecting the legendary spring, Artair’s sword, and the slave camps. But the Takhran’s schemes are already in motion. Powerful singers have arisen to lead his army—singers who can shake the earth and master the sea—and monsters rampage across the land.

As Leira falters on the verge of defeat, the Song bids her rise to battle, and the Songkeeper must answer. 

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Burning Rose & Beauty and the Beast

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My friend Hope’s book, A Burning Rose, releases today! You can find my original post on that here. Today, Hope is here to give some fun facts about Rose of the Oath, her retelling of Beauty and the Beast.

You can find her official launch post here.

 

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A horribly disfigured man traps a girl in his castle by threatening her father, then tries to woo her and ends up falling in love himself. It is only after he lets her return to her sick father that she realizes she loves him and returns to save him from dying of sorrow.

I always liked Beauty and the Beast, mainly because the romantic pair knew each other for longer than a dance before falling in love. But there were always some parts of the story that bothered me. Why did the beast care for his roses so much and why did Beauty’s father ever let her go back and face the beast on her own? I explore these aspects in my own retelling, Rose of the Oath.

 

Beauty and the Beast fun facts:

Arguably one of the most popular fairy tales, Beauty and the Beast has been retold in film 13 times.

Walt Disney attempted to develop Beauty and the Beast into an animated film both in the 1930s and 1950s, but ultimately gave up because the writers found the story too difficult to adapt.

Beauty originally had three older brothers and two older sisters.

Beauty’s father was a merchant who lost his fortune, not an inventor.

There is no enchanted servants or Gaston in the original story.

Every night, in the original story, the beast asked Beauty to marry him and she refused.

The beast gave Beauty a week to return to him, in the original story but there was no time limit to the curse. Rather she returned late to find him starving himself because of his love and sorrow.

 

Beauty and the Beast was one fairy tale I was thrilled to retell, both because it matched up with the theme of love so well and because I could finally ‘fix’ the aspects I didn’t care for. Rose of the Oath is the first novella in my new paperback book, Burning Rose.

 

Thanks for stopping by, Hope!

 

 

 

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Hope Ann is a Christian wordsmith, avid reader, and dedicated author. Her time is taken up with writing, reading, playing with inspirational photos, blogging, helping care for the house and eight younger siblings, and generally enjoying the adventures of life on a small farm at the crossroads of America. She is the author of Legends of Light is currently working on several projects including a fantasy novel and futuristic trilogy. You can find out more about her at https://authorhopeann.com/

 

 

 

Burning Rose Cover Reveal

It’s finally here! The cover for Burning Rose, a paperback collection of the first three Legends of Light novellas by my friend, Hope!

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A war, founded in ancient legends, changes the lives of those it touches forever.

Elissa, a villager from the northern mountains, attempts to save her brother and ends up trapped in a hidden valley with a strange host and a treacherous enemy.

Evrard, the Wingmaster of the Prince’s army, races against his own weakening powers to discover the location of his twin and save her from deadly mistbenders.

Haydn, a pardoned rebel from Tauscher’s army, confronts shadows of myth and former comrades in his struggle to keep his sister safe and find the stolen Stormestone.

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Before the war, before the legends, before the Separation, there was a man who started it all. There was a curse, a promise, and a sacrifice. There was the Oathkeeper.

 

 

Fairy tales retold as you have never heard them before.

ROSE OF THE OATH: Beauty and the Beast

SONG OF THE SWORD: Rapunzel

SHADOWS OF THE HERSWEALD: Hansel and Gretel 

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ROSE OF THE NIGHT: a Rose of the Oath prequel

You can check out each ebook individually here or the Burning Rose page here. The Kindle version is available for preorder, but the paperback won’t be available to buy until the launch on October 3rd.

 

But on to the cover, because that is what this post is about, right? 🙂 

 

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Isn’t is gorgeous?  Squeals with giddiness and happiness. The lovely Kate Flournoy designed it, and you can find her here.

I am so happy for my friend and have enjoyed being a beta reader for her. I’m excited to see what else she writes.

If you want updates on the launch, as well as cool tidbits and a behind-the-scenes look, you can hop over here to Facebook and join Hope’s Readers of Aslaria launch group!

 

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Hope Ann is a Christian wordsmith, avid reader, and dedicated author. Her time is taken up with writing, reading, playing with inspirational photos, blogging, helping care for the house and eight younger siblings, and generally enjoying the adventures of life on a small farm at the crossroads of America. She is the author of Legends of Light is currently working on several projects including a fantasy novel and futuristic trilogy. You can find out more about her at https://authorhopeann.com/