Bathsheba by Angela Hunt 



  

Is that not the most beautiful cover?! 

Rating: 5/5 Stars 

About the book: 

After sending his army to besiege another king’s capital, King David forces himself on Bathsheba, a loyal soldier’s wife. When her resulting pregnancy forces the king to murder her husband and add her to his harem, Bathsheba struggles to protect her son while dealing with the effects of a dark prophecy and deadly curse on the king’s household.
Combining historical facts with detailed fiction, Angela Hunt paints a realistic portrait of the beautiful woman who struggled to survive the dire results of divine judgment on a king with a divided heart.

My opinion/review: 


To be honest with you, I usually do not read “biblical fiction” or “biblical biographies”. Most of them I find are inaccurate, or just not as interesting as reading the Bible itself. HoweverBathsheba was such a powerful, amazing story due to the characters, the writing style, and the biblical accuracy.

The story was told in the perspective of both Bathseba and Nathan, the prophet. At first, I didn’t really like the idea of it being from Nathan’s perspective because I was hoping for King David’s perspective. But the author done a wonderful job portraying Nathan. One thing I didn’t like about him, was his attraction to Bathseba. Not sure why, but I just didn’t really enjoy that. People are always saying how Bathseba was a terrible lady. I never believed that, honestly, and reading about how someone else felt she was was really wonderful. I loved this new outtake on Bathsheba very, very much. 

The writing style was organized and so compelling. It captivated me from the very beginning and held my attention the whole entire book. 
Thankfully, this book was very biblically accurate.  It’s quite obvious the author spent much time on research. 

This book definitely earns 5/5 stars! 

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

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

Braver With You by A. Hart

Braver With You is the first book in the Greater Love Series by A. Hart. Click here  to buy this amazing love story! 

  

                                                       5/5 Stars

                                           Goodreads Description: 

When Special Forces soldier Calvin Smith is sent into the darkest places of the world, memories of the girl who stole his heart, keep him alive. 

When nursing student Emerson Williams is left to fight her battle with cancer, the image of the man who swept her off of her feet makes her fight harder. 

A year later they are reunited but a thrilling series of events attempts to keep them apart. Calvin and Emerson will have to face things that they never thought they would. 

“Braver with You” is a testimony to true love of all kinds and the powers it can have in the darkest of times. 


                                                        My review: 
Everybody loves a great love story, right? With a perfect boy, who also happens to be a soldier? Yeah, I thought so. You should definitely read Braver With You because you will love it. The story, the plot, the characters, it was all so wonderful. The writing was so captivating. I loved how the story went from Emerson’s POV to Cal’s POV. You got to see both sides of the story, and I really enjoyed that. I would honestly compare this book to a Nicholas Sparks novel, it was just that good. You’re definitely interested now, right? Well I have good news! Braver With You is currently free on Kindle (Buy it now!

Okay, back to the review. This book was amazing. It totally deserved those 5 stars. A. Hart is such a fabulous author, I was hooked from the very beginning. Each character had a different story to tell, and it was so very interesting to see  each characters perspective, and how much they loved the other person. The plot was so in depth, there were definitely some crazy plot twist. The only thing that I wasn’t crazy about, was that there was quite a bit of foul language. But overall, this was a wonderful book! I cannot wait to read the next book in the Greater Love Series! Go read this book so we can fangirl/fanboy about it while we wait *not so patiently* for the second!

 I recommend this book to anyone who loves a good romance, I mean it has a man in uniform! 

I was sent this book by the author in exchange for my honest review. Thank you, Amanda! 

Author interview! 

You can purchase Braver With You here! You’re definitely gonna want to buy this, and guess what! Braver With You is currently FREE on kindle! Go get your copy now! 



I am so honored to be doing an interview with the amazing author of Braver With You… A. Hart! Thank you so much, I am so happy to have you here on my blog today..So let’s start by you telling us about yourself! 

A. Hart: Oh boy, I don’t really know where to start but I’ll try. My dad was in the Navy, my brother was in the Army and my husband joined the Army. My entire life has been revolved around a loved one being in the military and ultimately being gone. My husband got out of the Army almost two years ago and we are both still adjusting to civilian life. I am definitely enjoying having him around more. He had been stationed in Alaska so we lived there for three years. I can say that it is my favorite place on Earth. I never found a place in Alaska I didn’t love, not even in the dead of winter. We plan to continue to visit it often. I am looking forward to writing an Alaska based novel soon. I have worked in almost all positions in the education field. I loved teaching but recently chose to come home to care for our kids and to pursue writing full time. I may return to teaching one day but for now I am happy. I have two young boys and a black lab who are very energetic. Keeping up with them is taxing and so I turn to my favorite beverage, coffee, a lot. So author typical I know. Anyway I am a reading addict and read three to five books a week. I like romance best bust I read all genres I love nature, hiking and when I am motivated, running.
 

 

 

Me: What is your book Braver With You about? 

A. Hart: Braver With You is a romance novel but I feel like it’s more than that. It has a little action, a little suspense and some comedy. It’s about two people who are pushed to fight for their lives- in different ways- and through their time apart and their hardships, the love that they shared is what gets them through the rough patches. Braver With You is about true love of all kinds- the kind between lovers, family, friends and even strangers. It’s ultimately about the love Cal and Emerson share and how it gives them both the strength to be braver.

 
Me: When and why did you begin writing?

A. Hart: You know, this is funny because I didn’t think I started really writing until I was in college. However I recently found notebooks full of stories and dramatic journals. They go back all the way to when I was six and continue through high school. I didn’t remember writing them until I read them, and then it all came back. As I read it, I could predict what the entry would say next. Anyway, I guess I always wrote however I didn’t become inspired to become a writer until after my first son was born.

 
Me: Which writers inspire you?

A. Hart: There are too many to count. They each have their own reasons for inspiring me and none to share the same. I love CS Lewis as an overall influence, however I don’t have the same personal style as him. My favorite book and movie is Fried Green Tomatoes At the Whistle Stop Café by Fannie Flagg. I adore the way the story was weaved so well and all of the details. As far as my style, the author I identify most with would have to be Nicholas Sparks. He tends to write contemporary romance that always has a little extra something in it, such as suspense. I am inspired by the way his stories are so cleverly weaved and how detailed his characters are. (Much like Fried Green Tomatoes)

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

A. Hart: Funny enough my favorite characters are the ones who don’t see too often in my novel, however I have a much more detailed relationship with them in my mind. Ethel is Calvin’s Granny and she is by far my favorite character. She is the old lady that I hope to be one day. I also adore Sarah because she is very much my opposite, yet somewhere deep inside me she exists. You see Sarah more in book 2- Stronger By Your side and then you learn all about in her in her book, which is book 3 of the Great Love series, Safer In Your Arms.

 

Me: What inspired you to write your first book?

A. Hart: When my first son was born I would read while he nursed or while I rocked him. Reading became more of an obsession. Soon the stories from the books began continuing in my mind. I started creating all of these scenarios in my head while I was doing dishes or driving. One day I was driving home from work, listening to music. An idea came in my mind for a story. I went home and that night I began writing Braver With You. I didn’t realize I was writing a book until I was 30,000 words in.

 

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

A. Hart: Oh my gosh, I can’t begin to tell you all the hard lessons I learned. I have no formal training for anything writing or computer related. I am still figuring it out as I go but every time I figure something out it makes the process easier.

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

A. Hart: The hardest thing about writing my last book was turning it into a novel. By that I mean, turning it from a word document to an actual book. It takes a lot more work than you would think. I edited it myself and that was exhausting.

Me: Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?

A. Hart: I actually have a pinterest board for this. I would have Chris Hemsworth play Calvin or Liam might work too. Emerson would be played by Ashley Green.

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

A. Hart: So I did proofread and edit my first novel. It was exhausting, confusing and tedious. After reading and editing it over twenty times, that’s not an exaggeration, I still missed some typos and grammar errors. The problem with doing it yourself is that you have the story in your mind so you tend to change the words in your head to the correct ones. I published it with mistakes and then after someone pointed them out I went back and fixed them. I still have a couple in their somewhere but they are not bad. I paid to have my novel formatted by Frostbite Publishing and I cannot explain how amazing they are. I had Adam format for me and he was helpful the entire way. He knows the entire self-publishing industry and was willing and able to answer all my questions. This saved me a lot of time and money in a couple areas. I had originally paid Lulu.com to format and after a month of waiting I got back the most hideous thing I had ever seen, I can’t even explain how awful it was. The whole time I was waiting I could never get an e-mail back or anyone on the phone. I got my money back from Lulu and that’s when I found Adam at Frostbite. He worked quickly and did and amazing job! I could always get a hold of him via e-mail quickly. He was helpful and professional. If you need a formatter you should defiantly check out Frostbite. Their website is – http://frostbitepublishing.com/ They also do really stunning websites, but I am not all that tech savy, so I don’t really want one (yet). I will absolutely use them if I change my mind. Anyway I got a recommendation from the, for someone who edits a lot of their clients work. She seems very nice and reliable. I am having her edit book 2, my current WIP. I don’t want to share until I see the end result but I have a strong feeling she will do great. When she does I will defiantly advertise for her.

 

Me: Can you tell us about your publishing journey? 

A. Hart: Well it started out with me sending queries to over a hundred agents. After absolutely no bites, I decided that I would self-publish. Like I said I was clueless at the beginning. I tried to ask other self-published authors what they did. After they told me things like, “I goggled it” or “I just did it”…I got frustrated. I wanted to respond “Well Duh! Of course I googled it, how do you think I thought to ask you what you did to become successful?” but of course I didn’t. I responded professionally. So I ended up hiring Lulu and that was the biggest mistake. DO NOT do it. I repeat DO NOT hire Lulu for anything. You need to find someone you trust who is knowledgeable and professional. I honestly suggest Frostbite, they have been a God send. I then self-published through Amazon (create space and KDP).

 
Me: Do you have any advice for young writers? 

A. Hart: Just write. Forget about what you are or are not supposed to write. Forget about the fact that not many authors make it. Forget it all, just write. If writing is like breathing for you, then just like you need to just breathe, you also need to just write. If you sit down every single day and write, if you take a step closer to your goal every day, you will eventually get there. Don’t be afraid to self-publish and don’t be afraid to make mistakes while doing so. Book number two is already so much easier and will be from here on out. It’s all because of the many mistakes I made that I learned what worked and what didn’t.

 
Keep up with A.Hart as she works on her second book at her social media accounts below. 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ahartauthor

Instagram: https://instagram.com/a.hart_author/

Pinterest: httDps://www.pinterest.com/ahisaacson20/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14187341.A_Hart