Wednesday, August 8, 2018

{Blog Tour, Book Review, & Giveaway} When Beauty Blooms by Victoria Lynn // a Sweet Little Tale of Overcoming Anxiety

Hello, Spirits! Today, I'm happy to be a part (and share my review!) of Victoria Lynn's latest release, When Beauty Blooms.

Book Review


"Beauty blooms when you are true to who God created you to be."

When I learned that Victoria Lynn's next release would be about a young woman in Enlightenment England who struggles with social anxiety, I knew it was something I'd want to read. As someone who battles hints of anxiety herself, Victoria's new story was I tale I just had to explore! And I was not in the least disappointed.

Marjorie Kirk feels hopeless. Neglected by her family and possessing little in the way of looks, she struggles to find her place in society. She's an outcast, and the world has little to offer... until she meets the young local minister, and embarks on a journey of friendship, self-discovery... and even a touch of romance.

Y'all, this was sweet! Marjorie's kindness and societal exploration and Miss Claire's encouragement were endearing. And the minister! *smiles* His budding relationship with Marjorie was charming.

When Beauty Blooms makes for a sweet, short little tale of overcoming anxiety, finding your place in the world, and accepting God's chosen path for you. To anyone who's ever felt unnoticed or unimportant, this is a story I recommend!

NOTE: I received a free ebook copy of When Beauty Blooms from the publisher, in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

About the Book

Revolutionary-War-Era England

Marjorie Kirk is a woman with no fortune, no prospects, no family, and no skills. Or so she thinks. She is awkward, shy, and the farthest thing from any semblance of a society lady.

The new minister keeps turning up in the most awkward of places and she can't help but feel that her life is doomed to one of embarrassment. But will her flaws actually be the thing that others find the most attractive?

A story of a young woman with social anxiety and how she learns to bloom.

Amazon // Goodreads

About the Author

Victoria Lynn is in her twenties and if she's not writing, she is probably sewing, singing, playing the piano, washing dishes, creating something with her hands, or learning something new. She has a passion for serving her Creator, encouraging others, and being creative. She blogs at about writing, fashion, modesty, her walk with God, and life. She lives in Michigan with her parents and eight siblings.

Website // Facebook // Goodreads // Instagram // Amazon


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Tour Schedule

Aug. 6

Michaela Bush // Spotlight //

Ashley Spies // Spotlight //

Aug. 7

Gabriellyn Gidman // Spotlight //

Aug. 8

Serethiel // Review //

Medomfo //Review //

Aug. 9

Kaylee // Review //

Giana // Interview //

Aug. 10

Gracelyn Buckner //Review //

Aug. 11

Angela Watts // Spotlight //

Aug. 12

Allison Tebo // Interview //

Aug. 13

Jana Tenbrook // Review //

Lilly Shyree // Review & Interview //

Aug. 14

Hosanna Emily // Guest Post //

Aug. 15

Laura Grace // Review & Interview //

Lydia // Review //

Allyson Kennedy // Interview & Review //

Aug. 16

Madison Guy // Spotlight //

Aug. 17

Tammy Lash // Guest Post & Spotlight //

Aug. 18

Laura Guenot // Review //

Aug. 19

Grace Maples // Review //

Aug. 20

Sunny Houk // Interview //

Aug. 21

Rebekah Morris // Review //

Aug. 22

Abigail Mckenna // Review //

Raechel Lenore // Review //

Aug. 23

Sarah // Review //

Aug. 24

Kaitlyn Smith // Interview & Review //

Aug. 25

Faith Potts // Review //

Thanks for reading! ❤


Tuesday, August 7, 2018

{Blog Tour, Book Trailer, & Interview} Fairest Son by H.S.J. Williams

Happy Tuesday, Spirits! Today, I'm absolutely ecstatic to be a part of the launch tour for H.S.J. Williams's first release, Fairest Son!

About the Book

A Snow White Retelling

The Fair and Foul courts of the fey folk have long yearned for one to bring them together in peace, but hopes are dashed when the fairest prince and the prophecy concerning him are laid to ruin. Burdened with shame and sorrow, the prince flees to the cold mountains far above the forests and lochs with nothing but animals and goblins for company.

When a human huntress stumbles upon him in her search for a legendary predator, their fates are intertwined. But she hides deadly secrets, and if he dares to trust her, he may risk the doom of both courts to an ancient evil...

Amazon // H.S.J. Williams's Shop // Goodreads

$1.99 until August 11th, 2018!

Book Trailer


Welcome to The Book Sprite, Hannah! I’m so thrilled to have you here -- and for Fairest Son to release!! *squeals* First off, would you mind introducing yourself and your story?

Thank you for having me, Serethiel! I am quite thrilled as well! Well, my author name is H.S.J. Williams and I have recently released my first novella, Fairest Son. It is a gender-swap retelling of Snow White set in Celtic faerie courts and featuring a maimed prince, a secretive huntress, and several grouchy goblins.

If you could meet any author (no matter their time period) to chat over tea, who would it be and why?

Just ONE? That's hardly fair. I would like a whole assortment, if you please. But if I must choose, it would be Anne Elisabeth Stengl because she is the author I have the closest relationship with, she writes my very favorite books, and she is in many ways the one who inspired Fairest Son's conception. We would have a lovely time chatting about books, kitties, and art.

What message do you want readers to take away from Fairest Son?

The tale of Fairest Son is about beauty, true beauty. In a world of faeries where appearances are taken so highly, it is important to remember that the most beautiful people are those with the kindest and most giving hearts. Knowing people for who they are, not what they look like.

Once readers have read (and adored!) Fairest Son, what books would you recommend they start, next?

Of course! If you enjoy darker faerie worlds with deep messages, I recommend Tales of Goldstone Wood. I would also recommend An Enchantment of Ravens, but only to older readers who are aware it contains some language and one descriptive kissing scene. For those just want more fairytale retellings, I highly suggest the books by Melanie Cellier!

Thank you so much for your time, Hannah! It's been a pleasure chatting with you! 😊 Before you go, is there anything you can share with us about your next release?

Of course! While Fairest Son is a standalone short story, I have been working for years on a much larger series set in world of reclusive elves, aspiring humans, and dangerous folk of all kinds. It is a vast story of redemption, and it will begin with Moonscript. I do not have a release estimate yet, but it draws ever closer with each day. πŸ˜‰

About the Author

From the beginning, H.S.J. Williams has loved stories and all the forms they take. Whether with word, art, or costume, she has always been fascinated with the magic of imagination. She lives in a real fantastical kingdom, the beautiful Pacific Northwest, with her very own array of animal friends and royally loving family. Williams taught Fantasy Illustration at MSOA. She may also be a part-time elf.

Facebook // Website

About the Illustrator

Irina Plachkova is an acclaimed artist, freelance illustrator, and fashion designer, better known as PhantomRin. You can find more of her work at

Thanks for reading! ❤


Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Love Needs No Words by Faith L. Potts // A Sweet Exploration of the Value of Love


Fourteen years ago, Shay Williams fell for a guy. Now, he's back in her life -- and with a shocking revelation.

Last October, I had the pleasure of reading/reviewing Faith L. Potts's debut novella, Dandelion Dust. Clean, sweet, and wholesome -- with a clear message on top -- it made for a heartwrenching (but AMAZING πŸ˜) read. So when January rolled around and Faith announced Love Needs No Words as her second release, I knew I had to read it.

Shay Williams's life is simple. Home for the summer, she spends her days working the cash register at a local diner -- and it's there she is reunited with her childhood crush: Daniel Rogers, now left mute by a tragic accident.

This story... *happy-sighs* It was so sweet. 😊 Shay was so honest and considerate, and Daniel was so kind and SUCH A PRECIOUS CINNAMON ROLL YOU GUYSSS (but, I would like to second Ivie @ Ivie Writes and note that, though a cinnamon roll he may be, a determined and accomplished one he is! πŸ˜‰). Plus, the theme of acceptance and the portrayal of disabilities... YES. I approve. πŸ’ž

Though I didn't enjoy this book quite as much as Dandelion Dust, it still made for a lovely, satisfying read. I can't wait to dive into (and learn more about!) Faith's next release! πŸ’—

You may want to know: I misplaced my notes on this one. *hides* πŸ™ˆ But, I do recall some bullying and, of course, a light romance. This was a very clean read, and one I'd most likely recommend to almost any age group!

NOTE: I received a free ebook copy of Love Needs No Words from the author, in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.


Thursday, July 19, 2018

{Relaunch Tour} The Reluctant Godfather by Allison Tebo

Good morning, Spirits! Today, I'm thrilled to take part in the relaunch tour for Allison Tebo's debut release, The Reluctant Godfather!

About the Book

Book One of the Tales of Ambia

A humorous and magical re-telling of Cinderella from a unique perspective.

Burndee is a young and cantankerous fairy godfather who would rather bake cakes than help humans. A disgrace to the fairy order, Burndee has only two wards entrusted to his care... a cinder girl and a charming prince.

A royal ball presents Burndee with the brilliant solution of how to make his wards happy with the least amount of effort. He’ll arrange a meeting and hope the two fall in love.

The debut novella from Allison Tebo, The Reluctant Godfather is a new addition to the charming fairy tale tradition of Cameron Dokey and K.M. Shea.

Amazon // Goodreads

About the Author

Allison Tebo is a Christian author in her mid-twenties who loves to write fiction in every genre. It is her goal to write fiction that appeals to many different kinds of people by writing clean, classic fun. Her desire is to provide quality stories for every age to enjoy.

When she is not writing, Allison works as a sales associate for a major transportation company or might be found singing, painting, baking, or defending her championship title as GIF Master.

Website // Blog // Goodreads // Facebook // Twitter


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Tour Schedule

Sunday, July 15th:

Introduction // Kellyn Roth @ Reveries

Review // Olivia R. @ Meanwhile, in Rivendell ...

Monday, July 16th:

Book Spotlight // Gabriellyn @ PageTurners

Review & Author Interview // Megan @ Counting Your Blessings One by One

Tuesday, July 17th:

Review & Author Interview // Chloe @ Purely by Faith

Wednesday, July 18th:

Author Interview // Kimia Wood Blog

Thursday, July 19th:

Book Spotlight // Serethiel @ The Book Sprite

Friday, July 20th:

Book Spotlight // Angela R. Watts @ The Peculiar Messenger

Saturday, July 21st:

Author Interview & Book Spotlight // Victoria Lynn @ Ruffles and Grace

Sunday, July 22nd:

Review // Kimia Wood Blog

Monday, July 23rd:

Book Spotlight // Hannah @ H.S.J. Williams

Tuesday, July 24th:

Review // Rayleigh @ Literature Approved

Wednesday, July 25th:

Author Interview // Medomfo @ Writings From a God Girl

Thursday, July 26th:

Character Interview // Angela R. Watts @ The Peculiar Messenger

Friday, July 27th:

Review // Jessica Greyson

Review // Gracelyn Buckner @ Literatura

Saturday, July 28th:

Book Spotlight // Erika Mathews @ Resting Life

Wrap-up // Kellyn Roth @ Reveries

Thanks for reading! ❤


Saturday, July 14, 2018

{Blog Tour, Guest Post, & Giveaway} Worlds Beneath by K.A. Emmons

Happy Saturday, Spirits! Today, I'm delighted to share Worlds Beneath -- a new book from indie author K.A. Emmons!

About the Book

Book Two of The Blood Race Series

I used to think that seeing was believing, but now, as I struggle to stay alive below the ravine, I begin to realize that -- good or bad -- I will see whatever I believe.

"Who are you, Icarus, that the earth opens its mouth to receive your blood?" Sensei's words were my last thoughts before I fell into the bottomless ravine, plunging toward my own death, and bringing about Hawk's at the same time. Or so I thought.

I woke up underwater. I awoke in a strange and unfamiliar world, filled with maze-like forest, shadows, and nightmares seemingly as vivid and dangerous as reality. I had no idea who I was, or how I got there -- I couldn't remember anything, until I remembered her: Hawk. The other half of my soul.

I knew that in order for her to stay alive, I had to survive and find a way out. But that's easier said than done when you're trapped in a realm as deadly as your every thought -- and dominated by a hierarchy of ravenous wolf packs.

Alerted by a dream, I realize that Hawk has left the Dimension to come find me. For an instant, I rediscover hope. But that hope quickly burns to ash when I realize that we may not be the only ones down here. Someone else with a thirst for her blood may have survived the fall too. And I may have just lured her right into the jaws of a predator even fiercer than the wolves.

Amazon // Goodreads

Book I: The Blood Race: Amazon // Goodreads

Guest Post: K.A. Emmons on Writing

I have always said that books are like children; each is different, and each has its own personality. The writing process for me, is a different journey each time and with each new book. Each time I sit down at the desk in the morning with my cup of coffee, I don't have a map or a plan, or a binder full of notes (though there is nothing wrong with that).

I ask to be shown; I ask to be moved and overwhelmed by a story that will change me for the better and make my heart like the moon -- full of craters from meteors, except each meteor is a story.

My sister calls me a pantser. I don't plan much of anything -- in writing or life. I ask to be led. I ask to be guided, and then I wait and see what happens. Because life is exciting, is it not?! Like a good story, it's full of purpose and meaning and twists and turns. It requires that we slow down and savor in order to truly enjoy the journey. And honestly, that's the best word I can think of that embodies the writing process for me:
And there is no destination other than truth. And truth is an everyday discovery.

So whether you're a plotter or a pantser, leave room for that discovery. Give yourself permission to loosen your grip. Relax... this is the best part of writing a book -- the journey of actually writing it! Discovering the meaning behind each word, scene, and character. And through this discovery, may you find a beautiful arc that bends towards the truth.

Don't feel the need to take every single piece of advice you receive or have your entire story figured out before you even begin... leave room for adventure, for wonder, and for exploration. Leave room for the truth to be revealed and discovered.

There is no right or wrong to writing: write what's in your heart. Write what you're passionate about. There's a beautiful phrase: raison d'Γͺtre -- and it means "the most important reason or purpose for someone or something's existence."

I'm a firm believer that each and every one of us have a raison d'Γͺtre -- we all have a big, beautiful purpose -- a reason we exist. And as creators, everything we create should have a purpose -- a REASON, too. So listen to your heart, listen to that still small voice of truth, and follow it through your story. Let it weave into your prose, and let it infect your characters.

So next time you sit down to write and work through your own process, I hope you find meaning and truth, and purpose and life. And when your readers sit down with your book in their hands?

I hope they find the same thing.

About the Author

When she's not hermiting away in her colorfully-painted home office writing her next science fiction, passionate storyteller and adventurer Kate Emmons is probably on the road for a surf or hiking trip, listening to vinyls, or going for a power run. Emmons's debut novel, The Blood Race, is the first book in her YA science fiction / fantasy thriller series. Get connected with Kate on your favorite social platform, and be sure to check out her website!

Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // Goodreads


Enter below for a chance to be one of four winners, who will each receive an autographed copy of The Blood Race!

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Tour Schedule

Jameson C. Smith // // Author Interview // July 1st

Nabila // // Guest Post // July 2nd

Hannah Whatley // // Book Review // July 3rd

Hannah // // Book Review & Giveaway // July 4th

Laura A. Grace // // Author Interview & Giveaway // July 5th

Hannah // Guest Post & Giveaway // July 6th

Lisa // // Book Review & Giveaway // July 7th

Rosie // // Guest Post & Giveaway // July 8th

Kenzie // // Book Review & Giveaway // July 9th

Chloe // // Book Review // July 10th

Ivie // // Author Interview & Book Review // July 11th

Elly // // Author Interview // July 12th

Rebecca // // Author Interview // July 13th

Serethiel // // Guest Post & Giveaway // July 14th

Grace Anne // // Book Review & Author Interview // July 15th

Lila Kims // // Book Review // July 16th

Tessa Emily Hall // // Guest Post // July 17th

Medomfo // // July 18th

Riley // // Book Review // July 19th

Hanne // // Guest Post, Book Review, & Giveaway // July 20th

Audrey Caylin // // Guest Post & Giveaway // July 21st

Gracelyn // // Book Review // July 22nd

Serena // // Book Review & Giveaway // July 23rd

Faith // // Book Review & Author Interview // July 24th

Angel // // Book Review // July 25th

Stephanie // // Guest Post & Giveaway // July 25th
Jessica // // Book Review // July 26th

Allyson Kennedy // // Book Review // July 27th

Theresa // // Book Review & Giveaway // July 28th

Abigail // // Book Review // July 29th

Sarah Addison-Fox // // July 30th

Savannah Grace // // Book Review // July 30th

Kiki // // Book Review & Author Interview // July 31st

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Thanks for reading! ❤


Thursday, July 12, 2018

{Cover Reveal} Spicebringer by H.L. Burke

Hello, Spirits! I hope you're off to a lovely Thursday! Today, I'm glad to share the cover for H.L. Burke's upcoming release, Spicebringer...

About the Book

A deadly disease. A vanishing remedy. A breathless journey.

All her life, Niya's known she will die young from the fatal rasp. She survives only with the aid of vitrisar spice and a magical, curmudgeonly fire salamander named Alk. Then an ambitious princess burns down the vitrisar grove in an effort to steal Alk so she can claim her rightful throne. Joined by Jayesh, a disgraced monk, Niya and Alk must flee to the faraway Hidden Temple with the last vitrisar plant, or all who suffer from the rasp will perish.

But even as Niya's frustration and banter with Jayesh deepen to affection, the rasp is stealing away her breath and life.

For a girl with limited time and a crippling quest, love may be more painful than death.

Amazon // Kobo // Apple iBooks // Uncommon Universes Press // Goodreads

About the Author

Born in a small town in north central Oregon, H.L. Burke spent most of her childhood around trees and farm animals and was always accompanied by a book. Growing up with epic heroes from Middle Earth and Narnia keeping her company, she also became an incurable romantic.

An addictive personality, she jumped from one fandom to another, being at times completely obsessed with various books, movies, or television series (Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Star Trek all took their turns), but she has grown to be what she considers a well-rounded connoisseur of geek culture.

Married to her high school crush who is now a US Marine, she has moved multiple times in her adult life but believes that home is wherever her husband, two daughters, and pets are.

Facebook // Readers' Group // Twitter // Instagram // Website

Thanks for reading! ❤


Saturday, July 7, 2018

{Blog Tour, Guest Post, & Giveaway} Renegade Skyfarer by R.J. Metcalf

Hello, Spirits! Today, I'm thrilled to feature R.J. Metcalf and her debut novel, Renegade Skyfarer!

About the Book

Volume One of the Stones of Terrene Chronicles

The airship crew saved Ben's life from a dragon, of all things.

When Ben wakes up, he has no memory of his family, his home, or how he got to this strange world. All he knows is what his new crew members tell him: the magical Barrier that protects their land is weakening. Unless they find the artifact that can repair it, all of Terrene will be destroyed and enslaved by the enemies beyond.

But when Ben suspects that danger may lurk closer than dragons or sky pirates, he has to decide: stay and fight with the airship crew, or focus on regaining his lost memory? If he leaves, he risks losing his newfound friends -- but if he stays, he might never return home.

Welcome to Terrene -- where dragons exist, the past haunts, and magic is no myth.

Welcome aboard the Sapphire.

Amazon // Barnes & Noble // Goodreads

Guest Post: R.J. Metcalf on Writing

Oooh, the writing process!

First, you must know that the entire story of the series actually originated with my brilliant husband, Mike. He'd talked about this world and these characters, and how this person would do this or that, and how it'd lead to this occurrence, and so on and so forth. I thought the world sounded amazing, and I wanted to dive into it, but we both thought writing such a thing would be an endeavor for a few decades from now. You know -- when retired, the kids are out of the house, and there's "free time."

Well. I met Jamie Foley online through her beta reading callout, and I'm sure the Lord chuckled at Mike's and my misguided concepts of waiting to write. The moment Jamie sniffed out that we had a story in our heads and hearts, she lovingly pushed as only a Texan can, and urged us to start writing. Now. Today. Ten seconds ago. (If you've never met Jamie, know that she is relentless when she knows something good is up.)

It really didn't take her long to convince us. But then came the difficult question. How to write it? Mike is the idea man. He thinks of all the big pieces that need to fit together, how one event will lead to the next, and making sure there's no plot holes to be found. He forms the skeleton, if you will. For each book, we'll discuss what needs to happen for the plot, what certain characters will or won't be doing, any unknowns (because characters have a mind of their own), and make sure we're on the same page. After we hash all that out, Mike will write a long, multi-page synopsis, then hand it over to me for the actual writing.

I'll take the synopsis and look it over, sometimes rearranging events or point-of-view chapters for better flow of the plot, and then I'll write out a list of chapters based on who's POV, what's happening in the chapter, and what direction it needs to go in. Then comes the pre-writing. Basically, it's an ugly outline for each chapter. It ranges from three to five word non-sentence idea placements, to something as obscure as "Blade haze" or "Jade argh." It's basically for the sole purpose of keeping me on track for what the direction needs to be for that chapter. I'll share all my pre-writes with Mike, so he can point out if I missed something important, or if I'm taking things in the opposite direction than he was envisioning. Which, when you have characters with minds of their own, that happens a bit more frequently than you'd think. *laughs*

Then the fun part: writing.

If I'm home, then I've got my YouTube playlist up and blasting while I have my two desk candles lit, and a hot tea or iced beverage next to me. Possibly an apple with some almonds, or a cookie if I'm being healthy. 😜 Then I sit down, review my pre-write, get the scene firmly in mind, and let my fingers flow over the keyboard. Sometimes I'll review the pre-write and realize that I need a specific emotion for that scene, and I'll spend a few minutes pacing my room, mentally getting in that character's skin, preparing for the emotional onslaught to follow. Chapters like that, I have a little sign I hang on the wall next to me as a warning to not interrupt me while I'm writing, because whatever mood I'm channeling for that chapter, that mood will either overflow onto whomever is asking me for a snack, or it'll pop like a soap bubble and be nigh impossible to just get back into.

After writing comes my review of the chapter, then I'll share it with Mike and maybe my alpha readers. Or I'll wait and send it to my alpha readers once the entire manuscript is done and it's getting sent to my amazing editor at the same time. Depends on my deadline.

And in a not-very-small nutshell, that's my writing process.

Any questions? I'd love to answer more, if desired!

About the Author

During the day, Becky is a stay at home mom of two active little boys. When she has "free time," she enjoys reading, writing, baking, and sewing.

After many years of creative writing classes, writing fanfiction drabbles, and daydreaming, it was high time to start writing her husband Mike's story. She dove into the world of Terrene and hasn't looked back -- except for when she runs out of dark chocolate.

Any free time not spent in Terrene is typically expended on hosting dinner and game nights, running amok with the two little monkeys or watching nerdy movies with Mike.

Website // Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // Amazon


Want to dive into a new world or in need of a good book? Enter to win a signed print copy of Renegade Skyfarer, a Stones of Terrene notepad and pen, writing notebook, and bracelet! (US only.)

Tour Schedule

Monday, July 2nd

Author Interview – Dragonpen Press

Tuesday, July 3rd

Guest Post – Jannette Fuller

Review – COBonham

Wednesday, July 4th

Interview – Little Novelist

Guest Post – Author Anthony Avina's Blog

Thursday, July 5th

Interview – Jamie Foley

Friday, July 6th

Review & Interview – Reality Reflected

Review – One Servant's Heart

Renegade Skyfarer Facebook Launch Party

Saturday, July 7th

Guest Post – The Book Sprite

Interview – Quills & Inkblotts

Monday, July 9th

Visual Post – Jebraun Clifford

Tuesday, July 10th

Guest Post – Damaged Pages

Wednesday, July 11th

Interview – Read. Eat. Sleep. Repeat.

Thursday, July 12th

Interview – Unicorn Quester

Friday, July 13th

Interview – Lands Uncharted

Saturday, July 14th

Review – Story Storming

Monday, July 16th

Blog Tour Wrap-Up – Unicorn Quester

Thanks for reading! ❤


Wednesday, July 4, 2018

{Double Cover Reveal} Bitter Winter :: Lacy by Jaye L. Knight

Elen sΓ­la lΓΊmenn' omentielvo, Spirits! Today, I'm thrilled to share the cover for the next installment of Jaye L. Knight's The Ilyon Chronicles -- Bitter Winter -- AND the cover for its sequel novella, Lacy!

About Bitter Winter

Book Five of The Ilyon Chronicles

Already struggling with a harsh winter and the threat of food shortage, a catastrophic event leaves those in the Landale camps reeling. Just when things couldn't get much worse, camp members fall ill with the same devastating sickness that’s sweeping across the country.

Determined to gain the cure, Jace sets off to ValcrΓ©. However, there are only two sources -- the queen, or a powerful gang of smugglers who have made the dangerous city their home. When Jace gains audience with the gang leader, he finds the price of the cure is steeper than any of them imagined, forcing him to make an impossible choice -- betray his conscience or let those he loves die.

// Goodreads

Coming Soon!

About Lacy

A Bitter Winter Companion Story

The last thing Aaron ever envisioned was falling for a prostitute. Everything about it spells trouble. However, he can't help noticing the way her smile lights up when she sees him and how much brokenness she hides behind it. Neither can he ignore how desperately she needs rescue and protection.

When Lacy shares a life or death secret with him, Aaron is willing to risk everything to help her and to show her ElΓ΄m's love. Yet, such a choice could destroy his reputation and maybe even cost him his freedom.

// Goodreads

Coming Soon!

Aren't these covers gorgeous?! *heart-eyes* You can see the official cover reveal post (over on the Ilyon Chronicles website) here.

Thanks for reading! ❤


Saturday, June 9, 2018

{Blog Tour, Character Interview, & Giveaway} The Electrical Menagerie by Mollie E. Reeder

Hello, sweet Spirits! Today, I'm delighted to share my first blog tour here at The Book Sprite -- an exclusive look at The Electrical Menagerie, a debut novel from author Mollie E. Reeder!

About the Book


The Electrical Menagerie, one-of-a-kind robotic roadshow, is bankrupt.

Sylvester Carthage, illusionist and engineer, has the eccentric imagination the Menagerie needs to succeed creatively -- but none of the people skills. Fast-talking Arbrook Huxley, meanwhile, has all the savvy the Menagerie needs to succeed commercially -- but none of the scruples.

To save their show, Carthage and Huxley risk everything in a royal talent competition, vying for the chance to perform for the Future Celestial Queen. In this stardust-and-spark-powered empire of floating islands and flying trains, a shot at fame and fortune means weathering the glamorous and cutthroat world of critics, high society, and rival magicians -- but with real conspiracy lurking beneath tabloid controversy, there's more at stake in this contest than the prize.

Behind the glittery haze of flash paper and mirrors, every competitor has something to hide... and it's the lies Carthage and Huxley tell each other that may cost them everything.

"Dazzles from start to finish. In Carthage and Huxley, Sherlock and Watson fans will find another dynamic duo whose ready wit and sizzling banter (and inevitable personality clashes) never fail to delight. You'll be calling for an encore performance."
~Gillian Bronte Adams, author of The Songkeeper Chronicles

Amazon // Goodreads

Character Interview: Sylvester Carthage

Welcome, welcome, Mr. Carthage! I'm so glad you can join us here, today! First off, would you mind introducing yourself?

My name is Sylvester Carthage. Thank you for having me. I'm not sure what to say about myself. Huxley told me to prepare to recite my biography, but I doubted you wanted me to read from a script. Even I'm not interested in what I've already done -- I'd rather talk about the future.

Sylvester Carthage art by Randi Lynn Jackson.
I understand that you are the creative mind behind the Electrical Menagerie. What inspired this unique robotic roadshow?

Well, I don't know how old you are, and I suppose many young people now have grown up with electricals serving in the home -- it seems nowadays even the most middle-class families have an electrical maid, or a footman -- but I didn't. We didn't even have electricity.

When I experienced electricity for the first time, I knew that mankind had turned a tremendous corner. We are no longer limited by darkness, or by distance, or by what already exists.

I could have a live menagerie, but then it would just be what already exists. My electrical menagerie is limited only by imagination -- which is hardly a limitation at all.

You work alongside Mr. Arbrook Huxley, is that correct? How did you two meet?

It was on Astoria Isle, where I did magic on the corners for many years. One morning, after a show, he came straight toward me and started talking without any introduction. I was so taken aback I confess I may have seemed stupidly slow to respond.

But I have since chalked that up to his being foreign. On Fallsbright, apparently, one may engage a total stranger without any sort of preamble.

In a matter of time, you could have the opportunity to perform for the Future Celestial Queen. What makes you think you can do this?

When I was a street magician, I was oft rained on, I was spit on once or twice, and I went hungry many nights. There is something inside me -- perhaps something foolish, but powerful nonetheless -- that just didn't care. I can abide pain, I can abide hunger, but I can't abide anything less than to accomplish what I set my mind to.

This, for me, is more than a contest. It's the culmination of a lifelong journey, and I will stand on that stage on Celestia.

As for what I'll do when I get there -- well, I have more than a few new inventions and illusions up my sleeve. But you'll have to watch the show. A magician never gives away his secrets.

Thank you for your time, Mr. Carthage! Any final words of wisdom for the audience?

There are many people with no belief left in them at all. You must choose to believe anyway, despite those people -- in all of the good things that go unseen.

About the Author

Mollie's first job was with a major theme park, where she operated a roller coaster, fixed parade floats, and helped Scooby-Doo put on his head. Now, Mollie is a movie producer and the author of character-driven science fiction / fantasy novels for adults who never outgrew imagination. Her favorite things include Jesus, dinosaurs, and telling cinematic stories that blend glitter and grit.

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Tour Schedule

Monday, June 4th

Book Spotlight – Sarah Ashwood's Newsletter

Author Interview – New Authors Fellowship

Review – Finding Kat Heckenbach

Tuesday, June 5th

Review – Seasons of Humility

Book Spotlight – Fairies, Fantasy, and Faith

Wednesday, June 6th

Guest Post – H.L. Burke's Blog

Character Interview – Kyle Robert Shultz

Review – Bold Reads

Thursday, June 7th

Review – Inspired Chaos

Guest Post – J.L. Mbewe

Review – Scriblerians

Review – The Bibliophile of Beaverton

Friday, June 8th

Author Interview – Bethany A. Jennings

Guest Post & Review – The Elven Padawan

Author Interview – Shannon A. Hiner

Saturday, June 9th

Author Interview, Character Interview, & Review – Katelyn Buxton Books

Review – K.M. Carroll, Author – fun, fantastical escapes

Character Interview – The Book Sprite

Monday, June 11th

Blog Tour Wrap-Up – Unicorn Quester

Thanks for reading! ❤


Thursday, June 7, 2018

Where Trains Collide by Amber Stokes // A Phenomenal Tale of Love, Trains, & Hearts Made Whole


Trisha had a dream, a painted masterpiece of what her future might be -- until all her hopes finally burnt out.

Ever since I read my first Amber Stokes book back in 2016, I knew I needed more! So when Amber announced the release of her latest novella, Where Trains Collide, a couple months ago, I signed up as a reviewer without a moment's hesitation! And oh, my friends, I'm so glad I did. πŸ’–

Where Trains Collide tells the story of Trisha Knolane, a college student who has little hope of a happy ending. Haunted by the stress of homework and classes, she gives in to her impulsive side -- and ends up on a train to Oregon, longing to find renewed strength. If only her ex-boyfriend weren't on the train, too.

THIS BOOK!!!! Oh my word.

The characters were amazing. So human, so relatable. Trisha's pressure in college, the life she wants compared to the life she has. Paul's goodness and chivalry was charming, and the two's romance was absolutely darling!

The setting was sweet and adventurous. From the very start of the story, when Tricia anxiously awaits her train, I could just feel the anticipation, from the darkness of the night, grayed by the streetlamps, to the mounting thrill of a new experience. All the little nods to Humboldt County, and the immersive descriptions of Oregon, completely captured my heart.

But my favorite thing about this book was the message.

You see, this book came at such a perfect time for me. Trisha's internal battle over her student life and her future were SO. CRAZY. RELATABLE. Watching her journey (both emotionally and travel-wise) changed me. And I totally cried while reading it! (Which, for the record, I consider a plus. This book had a serious impact on me!)

Where Trains Collide changed my heart for the better. It taught me that God has a plan -- for your life, and for mine. He doesn't forget. He never changes. He knows our stories... and our stories aren't finished, yet.

On that note, GO READ THIS! I'm 110% certain you'll fall in love with it. 😊

NOTE: I received a free copy of Where Trains Collide from the author, in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

Keep an eye out for a tour stop on my main blog, tomorrow! And, starting this Saturday, you can now find my blog tour posts and cover reveals on this site! 😁

Have a wonderful evening! ❤


Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Dandelion Dust by Faith L. Potts // A Modern Parable of Trusting in God

The following review was originally published at Merikthorne Library, on February 20th, 2018.

4.5 stars

For one small moment, Charity's life was perfect -- until a fraction of a second changed everything.

When Faith announced the release of her debut novella, I was ecstatic. A modern, Christian romance featuring two young adults? With a coffee shop or two, and a dash of four-wheeling thrown in? SO MUCH YES. So when the opportunity arose to review Dandelion Dust, I jumped at the chance... and I was not in the least disappointed. πŸ’•

Charity Grace's life is perfect. Four years ago, a mission trip to Guatemala revealed a newfound friend in Hannah Traven, an Oklahoma native. Now, Charity's off to college... and she and Hannah's older brother are dating, completely head-over-heels for one another.

...And then the phone call comes, and Charity's world begins to crumble. For, "like a speck of dandelion dust riding the tides of a prairie wind, life is fleeting"... and her boyfriend's life hangs in the balance.

FRENS. This book... *sighs* I laughed, I cried, I adored it.

Each character was so human, so flawlessly crafted that one could easily believe them to be a friend or family member.

AND THE ROMANCE. *flails* Gaaah, the romance! It. Was. Adorable. Ryder and Charity were so sweet and natural together! I'd readily describe it as one of the most realistic inspirational romances I've ever read.

My, my. The plot, the themes, the writing... it was all woven together so beautifully. Everything about this book was perfect. πŸ’—

For a truly inspiring tale of God's unwavering love, I whole-heartedly recommend Dandelion Dust!

You may want to know: Although one character is injured in a quad accident, the story does not dwell on the specifics of the incident itself (a.k.a. there's no gore). This book does carry a bit of romance, but I'd readily deem it void of anything questionable. πŸ™‚

NOTE: I received a free ebook copy of Dandelion Dust from the author, in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.


Cloaked by Rachel Kovaciny // A Captivating Red Riding Hood Retelling, Set in the Old West

The following review was originally published at Merikthorne Library, on September 29th, 2017.


A story of love. A story of fear. A story of hope. A story of courage.

Have you ever read a book that makes you crave an adventure? Perhaps a story that sparks a desire for travel, or independence? A story that simply sweeps you off your feet, whisking you away and inspiring that sense of wanderlust? For me, that story was Cloaked, by Rachel Kovaciny.

Mary Rose arrives in Wyoming with few expectations; all she knows is that she's to meet her grandmother, an estranged -- and possibly wealthy -- member of the family. But when a striking accountant enters the scene, Mary Rose realizes that her newfound adventure was merely a mirage... and she might just need to flee for her life.

Oh, this book was wonderful! Like the sunrise on a chilly spring morning, this book held such a glow of warm familiarity. The writing style was direct and to-the-point, but also maintained a bit of elegance. The characters were all so real: Mary Rose with her curiosity, Jubilee and Hauer with their friendship and laughter, Mr. Linden with his charms...

Cloaked was so amazing! I highly recommend it, and I would read it again in a heartbeat. πŸ’–

You may want to know: There are some implications, including brief and un-descriptive "touching" and a forced kiss. There is some mild violence, as well as a very light romance.

NOTE: I received a free ebook copy of Cloaked from the author, in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.


Coiled by H.L. Burke // A Sweet, Mythological Romance

The following review was originally published at Merikthorne Library, on June 23rd, 2017.

3.5 stars

Greek mythology retold. A giant, man-eating serpent.
A rejected princess with a hideous curse and an astounding gift.

From the moment I first heard about H.L.'s upcoming novel to the moment I saw the cover, I knew this was a story I wanted to read.

A retelling of Eros & Psyche, as well as a Beauty & the Beast retelling in its own right, Coiled is the story of Laidra -- a girl forced into hiding by her own family, treated as if she was the child who was never meant to be, and thrown into political schemes as bait for a monstrous snake.

The characters -- Calen is so adorable! Which is saying a lot, because I hate snakes. But (thankfully!), Calen was no problem for me! He was such a cute, lovely little ginormous guy! 😊

ZEPHIA. She was probably my favorite character in the entire book! A clever, powerful demigoddess, daughter to a wind god? Yes, please!

And Valen. Uhg, Valen. He and his father are both such terrible people that I love/hate it. The pair of them would both, without a doubt, qualify for Paper Fury's "best worst villain to hate".

The romance -- The romance was definitely sweet. As the story progressed, however, I felt like the affection between Laidra and Calen was starting to be displayed a little too physically. A good dose of innocence in the romantic area would've been preferred, but otherwise, the romance was considerably clean. (See notes below.)

The writing -- H.L.'s voice is fast-paced, but not too much -- just enough to keep the story going at a likable, adventure-ready pace.

The setting -- The mythology elements shown through just enough to deliver an allegorical tale evidently set in a fantasy land inspired by ancient Greece. And, being the Greek mythology nerd that I am, I loved uncovering the subtle little references to characters such as Theseus and Perseus!

The plot -- About halfway through, when a certain unfortunate event occurred to a certain primary character, an unforeseen journey came into view. I tend to prefer romance in a story when it's "all or nothing", so I personally would've liked that journey to... not exist? It was certainly enlightening and relevant to the story, but I would've preferred to focus on the relationship between the main characters.

This made for such a lovely read! I'd recommend this to anyone searching for a sweet, romantic read with mythological elements thrown in. πŸ™‚

You may want to know: There are some brief and rather undescriptive references to nudity, as well as strong suggestions/implications. There is violence and references to warfare, along with the involvement of "gods", drinking, magical elements, and kissing. The "ba-word" is used once.

NOTE: I received a free ebook copy of Coiled from the author, in exchange for my honest review.


The Sound of Diamonds by Rachelle Rea // Rogues, Romance, & Redemption

The following review was originally published at Merikthorne Library, on April 21st, 2017.

4.5 stars

I love a good rogue romance. Unfortunately, most of those romances I hold so dear rarely come true, so to put it (*coughs* I'm looking at you, Guy and Marian). But this... My dear friends, this was so good.

Gwyneth Barrington is on the path to becoming a nun. Living in a convent in Leiden, the Netherlands, she suffers from the memory of her parents' murders, and their promise for her happy future.

And then the assumed murderer shows up, claiming that Leiden's convent is under attack, and he wishes to bring Gwyn to safety.

If only it were that simple.

I've been interested in The Sound of Diamonds for a while, now. That gorgeous title, that intriguing cover... As Prince Edward from Disney's Enchanted would say, what's not to like? So when a review opportunity came up, I pounced. πŸ˜‰

The first chapter begins with action and adventure. Gwyneth, a young, headstrong noblewoman. Dirk Godfrey, a redeemed rogue with a scandalous past. Two of Dirks closest friends, a strict nun, and a sweet postulant.

The characters -- One of my biggest pet peeves in religious romance novels (and probably the main reason I don't read more romance, period) is the helpless (and very beautiful) Mary Sue and the slightly flawed (yet still very handsome) Gary Stu. I love how Rachelle took these stereotypical characters and tossed them out the window. πŸ˜„

We have a feisty daughter of nobility (with glasses! *cheers*), a God-pursuing son of a lord and lady, and a cast full of fun characters.

My only complaints in regards to the cast were Cade and Ian, both of whom seemed very similar (though the latter got much less "screen time"); and the villain, who, though his reasons seemed comprehensible enough, felt like he needed a little more motivation.

The romance -- I'll start by saying that the side-romance (between a certain friend and postulant *winks*) was super sweet. There was what was possibly an implication of sorts later on in their relationship that seemed a bit out of place, but it was left open to interpretation.

But the main romance. Our hero and our heroine. (*smiles*) Even though I know the answers, I'm still tempted to scream at them, "What took you so long?!" πŸ’—

The writing -- I've yet to experience a novel so wonderfully historically accurate, yet so well written at the same time. Never in my life have I heard of the Dutch Revolution, but Rachelle brought it to life in wonderful ways, with her little phrases in late-Renaissance Dutch and Spanish.

The setting -- I'm not big on description; in fact, if there's more than one sentence of description in a book, that's the part I usually skip. However, I did feel as if this area could've done with a tad more development.

The plot -- 
Fantasy lovers, take your favourite fantasy quest -- journeys across seas, through forests, to castles, you name it... Now apply it to a historical romance, with an emotional murder mystery along the way. (*nods*) Remarkable, isn't it?

So, yes, my dear friend -- go read The Sound of Diamonds! Even if you're not big on historical romance, go do it. You won't regret it. πŸ™‚

You may want to know: There is violence (murder included) and kissing, as well as a few slight implications.

NOTE: I received a free ebook copy of The Sound of Diamonds from the author, in exchange for my honest review.


Fairest by Gail Carson Levine // An Original Reimagining of Snow White

The following review was originally published at Merikthorne Library, on December 8th, 2016.


Sequel to the Newberry-Honor-Award-winning Ella Enchanted and a retelling of Snow White, completely its own, Gail Carson Levine's Fairest tells the story of Aza -- a young woman with hideous looks yet a voice to make up for them; abandoned at an inn when she was a child.

I really enjoyed Ella Enchanted, so I had rather high expectations for Fairest. Though the beginning and end were both rather slow, Gail's tasteful writing and curious plot in between helped to make up for it. I greatly admire how Gail can so boldly weave unique cultures and intricate languages into her stories!

The characters, I had a hard time coping with. Aza's battle with discovering inner beauty was certainly relate-able, but I didn't feel like she truly struggled with it -- at least enough to make me empathize much with her.

I also felt no connection to Ijori, Ivi, Areida, or many of the main characters; the character I enjoyed the most was probably zhamH. (Random comment: Gnome Caverns sound like so much fun!)

The setting was good, but I rather wish there had been more description. As interesting as Ayortha's musical culture was, it wasn't enough to make me fall in love with the kingdom.

I do think I'd recommend this book, though likely more so after one's read Ella Enchanted, so they'd have a better knowledge of the setting. Fairest makes for a fun little read, and would probably be enjoyed most by pre-teen girls. :)

You may want to know: There is kissing and mild fantasy violence, along with some magical elements.


Unblemished by Sara Ella // If Rick Riordan Wrote Fairytales

The following review was originally published at Merikthorne Library, on December 8th, 2016.


Oh, Unblemished. It seems so long since I've last been completely torn on how to rate a book.

Unblemished tells the story of Eliyana -- a high school senior with a ghastly birthmark that marks her face. She's never considered herself beautiful, and after her mother's death and recurring strange interactions with people she thought she new, her world comes crashing down... and she must be taken to another.

...Don't get me wrong: Unblemished was really good. Sara Ella seems a true wordsmith, and though I'm not a great reader of contemporary fiction (particularly set in a city), she was able to make me like it. It was as if Rick Riordan wrote fairytale-esque novels -- Sara Ella's writing is some of the best I've ever read!

But there were some problems I had with the book. The allegory, for one. I thought I understood it -- it was all rather confusing when I was first introduced to different Reflections, but as time went on, it began to make sense. Until it didn't. I honestly have no idea how the allegory works, or even if there's one at all.

There was also the matter of clichΓ©s. ClichΓ©s don't typically bother me, but they seemed all too stereotypical for a contemporary fantasy: A girl finds out she's really a chosen one who's supposed to save a magical kingdom surrounded by darkness; she's captured by the villain and escapes multiple times, but every time she's around him, he takes his time explaining his master plans. There's also a love triangle!

So the love triangle. It didn't bother me and seemed somewhat believable, at first. But then there was a giant whirlwind of face-paced emotions, confusing loyalty, and other such drama. The end result was less than satisfactory.

In the end, I think I liked the book? The writing was AMAZING, but I had a hard time standing the characters or the fantasy world. I'd expected Unblemished to be a sweet read about God and true beauty, but there seemed little talk of either, and I must admit that I was a little disappointed... πŸ˜• So I'm not sure whether I'd recommend it, or not. If you are interested in reading it, I highly recommend it for the writing style. πŸ™‚

You may want to know: There was fantasy violence, kissing, and drinking, as well as minor implications.


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