The Mistress Of Tall Acre by Laura Frantz 


  

Rating: 4/5 Stars 
About the book: 

The American Revolution is finally over, and Sophie Menzies is starved for good news. When her nearest neighbor, General Seamus Ogilvy, finally comes home to Tall Acre, she hopes it is a sign of better days to come. But the general is now a widower with a small daughter in desperate need of a mother. Nearly destitute, Sophie agrees to marry Seamus and become the mistress of Tall Acre in what seems a safe, sensible arrangement. But when a woman from the general’s past returns without warning, the ties that bind this fledgling family together will be strained to the utmost. When all is said and done, who will be the rightful mistress of Tall Acre?

Triumph and tragedy, loyalty and betrayal–readers find it all in the rich pages of this newest historical novel from the talented pen of Laura Frantz. Her careful historical details immerse the reader in the story world, and her emotional writing and finely tuned characters never cease to enchant fans both old and new.



My opinion/review: 

         Although I didn’t enjoy this book entirely, I am so glad I didn’t put it down. It had a great start, but I found myself getting bored some parts. However, by the middle of the book I was completely and utterly in love with this story. Definitely added to the list of my favorite books (that doesn’t actually exist, but if it did, this book would be close to the top). The writing was excellent. Even though I don’t favor third person, Laura Frantz done a wonderful job with it. So many unexpected plot twist! I cried with Sophie & Seamus, laughed with them, & loved with them. Their romance was so so sweet & beautiful. It was adorable how Seamus’s daughter, Lily Cate, brought them together. The main thing I disliked & at the same time loved, was the ending. Right down to the last sentence. I even cried. No lie there lol. Such an amazing story that every historic fiction lover will enjoy! 

I was send this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review. 

God’s Smuggler by Brother Andrew 

  

My rating: 4/5 Stars

Description on back of book: 

     As a boy Brother Andrew dreamed of being an undercover spy working behind enemy lines. As a man he found himself working undercover or God. His was a mission filled with danger, financed by faith, and supported by miracles. 

     In this expanded edition, Brother Andrew’s electrifying real-life story of smuggling Bibles into the most dangerous places on earth will grip readers all over again and inspire a new generation to step out on their own journeys of faith. Plus, a brand-new interview with Brother Andrew reveals behind-the-scenes information and fascinating insights into current events that are riveting the world. 

     Sixty years after his first perilous trip, Brother Andrew’s legacy continues, making him one of the all-time heroes of the faith. This harrowing account of his narrow escapes and amazing adventures will bring you to the edge of your seat… and to a bold new level of faith. 



My review: 

     I don’t like biographies. I just do not like them, they bore me. But, this book was amazing. I cannot think of enough words to describe it. It had me hooked from the very first chapter. Brother Andrew’s faith was so so inspiring and encouraging. The miracles that God preformed in his life literally brought tears to me eyes. I believe every Christian, young or old, should read this captivating story.  

     On the book cover, it says “more thrilling than a spy story.” That could not be more true. From Brother Andrew’s time in war, to smuggling a Bible bedtime the Iron Curtain, it was all way more thrilling than any spy story I have read. 

     His story proves that no matter what your past, what you have done, God still loves you and He wants to use you. God can and will forgive you. The description says it will “inspire a new generation to step out on their own journeys of faith.” That’s definitely what this book done for me. 
***I was sent this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review. 


Author Interview! 

Today I had the honor to interview one of my favorite authors, Meaghan Rauscher! If you haven’t read her books, Droplets and Ripples, then I encourage you to do so. Like now! So let’s start by you telling us about yourself!

Meaghan: Hi there! My name’s Meaghan and I’m 24 years old, currently living in Georgia, and I’m the debut author of the Droplets Trilogy. I come from a big family, one of seven kids, and I love all things writing and reading. I graduated from the University of Georgia in the Spring of 2014 and then spent 6 months down in Orlando working at Disney World!


Me: When and why did you begin writing?

Meaghan: This is a tough question and one I have been asked often, but I think it all really started when I was a little kid and realized I enjoyed telling stories. My sisters and I would play with dolls and I would make up story lines, and loved it! Then as I grew older and got involved in club swimming, I would spend eight practices a week in the water. During that time, my mind would sometimes wander and I would develop some story lines in my head. Honestly, a lot of the plot line for Droplets was developed while I was swimming.


Me: Which writers inspire you?

Meaghan: J.K. Rowling, Diana Gabaldon, Francine Rivers and Kiera Cass, to name a few. Rowling and Gabaldon are such fantastic writers because they are able to take a reader into a different world which feels so real you forget about everything else around you. I don’t think I have ever been as more enveloped in a book than I was with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, I lived, died and breathed with that one. As for Rivers and Cass, I love how they make the reader connect with the characters. River’s Redeeming Love was one of the most heartwarming and moving books I have ever read. I hope I can someday write a romance with such immense feeling.


Me: Who is your favorite character from your books and why?

Meaghan: Wow! Tough question. Surprisingly it isn’t Lissie. While I really enjoy the way she thinks and cares for people, not to mention the development she goes through, I think I would have to say Patrick is my favorite character because of how genuine he is. There is a key aspect to his character that is really magnetizing and I think it’s enhanced in Ripples (without giving away anything, I will just leave it there). However, one character in particular has made himself known and that’s Elik. I didn’t expect for him to be a very big character and his role keeps getting larger. There’s something about him that’s charismatic and I enjoy all the scenes I write when he is involved in the action.

 

Me: What inspired you to write your first book?

Meaghan: Honestly? The main idea came to me when my younger siblings were watching The Little Mermaid in the other room. For some reason my mind started churning, wondering what it would be like if a girl was forced to become a mermaid and didn’t want to be one. From there, everything seemed to fall into place.


Me: What was the hardest thing about writing your first book?

Meaghan: I struggled with how and where to end it. Droplets was originally a much shorter story and the climax wasn’t nearly as complex as it turned out to be. Reworking the entire manuscript to develop the rising plot was difficult.


Me: Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead characters from your books?

Meaghan: I have had this question a lot and to be honest I still haven’t figured out who would be right for the part. However, if I had to say someone, I would think Anna Sophia Robb would be excellent at playing Lissie. Patrick is a bit harder. Someone along the lines of Alex Pettyfer or Liam Hemsworth might fit his role though.


Me: Do you proofread/edit all your books or do you get someone to do that for you?

Meaghan: Normally what happens is I sit down and write the book from beginning to end. After it’s completed I step away for about a week or two and then get it printed and start to make edits myself. Mainly the first edit is for content and continuity. Then after those changes have been made I go through it again, brainstorming as I go, cutting out parts or adding in any other scenes as needed. Finally, I get to the third edit for grammar. After this, I send it off to a go friend of mine to get her opinion and her expertise on grammar, while also having family take a look and make changes.


Me: Can you tell us about your publishing journey?

Meaghan: My journey took quite a while but I believe it was essential to making Droplets the book it is. I tried my hand at querying for about a year while I began to work on the second book in the series. Some responses got me through a little farther than the initial weeding out of books, but in the end the only answer I got was “No”. So it took a little bit of courage, but I decided to self-publish and did so in December of 2013. After a year’s worth of selling some copies, I really decided to buckle down and make the most of what I had written and purchased a new cover and revamped the interior. This was probably one of the best decisions I have made. My sales have tripled in the last four months as a result!


Me: Do you have any advice for young writers?

Meaghan: Write what you want to write, not what you think publishers will want. There’s nothing fun about writing something for the purpose of someone else, do it for you and see who will come along for the journey. I wrote a book about mermaids because I’ve always loved the water. If you write the story you ant to read, people will join you in reading it!

Now for some more silly questions. 🙂


Me: If you could have any super power what would it be?

Meaghan: I think I would have to say flying! And I’m not talking about gliding in the air, I mean diving and twirling and flipping through sky! Roller coasters are some of my favorite things and I would love to be able to fly, not mention I can’t fly in my dreams so it would be a nice change.

Me: What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

Meaghan: Chocolate Moose Tracks. It used to be just plain chocolate, but I like to add in the Moose Tracks now because it has even more chocolate. And who wouldn’t love that?


Me: What is your all time favorite movie?

Meaghan: This is one of the hardest questions I’ve ever had to answer! But I think I have to go with Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. No matter when that movie is on, I sit down to watch it. However, Pride and Prejudice and Pirates of the Caribbean are up there too.


Me: Favorite song?

Meaghan: Shut up and Dance by Walk the Moon (Yes, I am the person who has watched the Youtube move montage to that song at least fifty times).


Me: Favorite book?

Meaghan: Can I pick them all? No, just one? Okay then, I have to say Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. There’s never been a book which got me more excited and scared than that culmination of the whole series. It’s one I could read over and over again, and have in the past. I think I need to travel to Hogwarts sometimes soon again!


Me: Thanks so much for doing this interview! It was an honor 🙂 

Meaghan: Thanks so much Gracey! I had so much fun answering your questions!!

Buy Droplets here!

You can keep up with Meaghan at her accounts listed below.

website:
http://discoverexplore.wix.com/meaghanrauscher

Instagram Accounts:

@meaghanrauscher 

@dropletstrilogy


Facebook:

Facebook.com/droplets

Author interview! 



Hello sweet book loves! I am so honored to be doing an interview with…*drum roll*… LeeAnna Neece, author of A Captive Heart. Please, LeeAnna, tell us somethings about yourself! 


LeeAnna Neece: Not much to really tell, I am wife, a mother, and a grandmother. I love writing, have articles posted online under my first name Arlie Neece. I play billiards, spending time with my friends and family, love traveling, and riding with my husband on his Harley Davidson. I am a member of NAPW, an animal lover, and I believe that everything happens for a reason. 


Me: What is your book A Captive Heart about? 

LeeAnna Neece: My book is about a group of pirates that have been on the up and up trying their best not to be pirates. When one night a man from their past shows up. Now they are back to their old ways to get revenge. However along the way they have to take care of a young lady and her three brothers. That causes problems for the captain and he is fighting his feelings for the young lady, while everyone on his crew along with her fight to make him realize his feelings.


Me: When and why did you begin writing?

LeeAnna Neece:I begin playing around writing along time ago. I found it was a great way to let myself go from everyday life.


Me: Which writers inspire you?
LeeAnna Neece: As far as writers who inspired me, I really can’t say. I love reading as much as I do writing. I have no favorite authors, to me its more about the book itself and how it touches me not so much the author who wrote it.



Me: Who is your favorite character from your book and why?

LeeAnna Neece: That would be Breanna, I called her Bre through alot of it. She reminds me of the free hearted person I want to be.



Me: What inspired you to write your first book?

LeeAnna Neece: Well it came to me in a dream, so I got up that night while it was still fresh and begin writing it.



Me: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

LeeAnna Neece: I learned alot from writing this book, one is the most important thing to me, and that was the support my husband gave me while I was writing this. He was always there to help me if I got stuck, to run ideas by, and to keep me on track when I wanted to just give up. 



Me: What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?

LeeAnna Neece: I would say time is the hardest thing. When I wrote this series I did it in outline form, now that the first part has been published its finding time to get the next one into chapter form.



Me: Do you proofread/edit all your books or do you get someone to do that for you?

LeeAnna Neece: I did proof it some, had my husband and a friend to help, but I also paid the publishing company to proof it too, can’t never be too sure


Me: Can you tell us about your publishing journey? 

LeeAnna Neece: After years of trying to get it published, I was excited when they wanted my book. I have rewrote and resubmitted my book so many times and would get told too harsh, not enough sex, not a right fit for them, all kinds of things. I had done gave up when my husband told me to try this company he seen them on TV. So I did, expecting to get the same response, I really was in shock for weeks when they said they wanted my book. Think in some part I’m still in shock.


Me: Do you have any advice for young writers?

LeeAnna Neece: My advise for future writers, don’t give up. There might be tons of rejections, and people telling you that it’s stupid idea or you’re hopeless for doing this, but you’re not. This is your dream not theirs so they will never understand. Someone out there will see your true self and will want to publish your work. So never give up on your dream or yourself.



Thank you so much for doing this interview! 


You can buy A Captive Heart here!

Keep up with LeeAnna Neece at her sites listed below. 

Instagram: @leeannaneece

Website: http://authorleeannaneece.com