Friday, 30 March 2018

London In The Dark ONE YEAR BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION + Giveaway!


Hey everyone! So, Victoria Lynn over at Ruffles and Grace is having London In The Dark's One Year Birthday Celebration!!!!! I was so excited to be part of the celebration.


Author Bio:

Victoria Lynn is in her 20s 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 www.rufflesandgrace.com about writing, fashion, modesty, her walk with God and life. She lives in Michigan with her parents and 8 siblings.
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I also did a Interview with this talented author! Enjoy! {Victoria Lynn's answers are in blue.}
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1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your writing.
Hi Victoria! Thank you for having me! I am a Christian Fiction writer with a passion for encouraging others and telling stories that draw others closer to our savior while entertaining them with a good story. I have 8 siblings and live in michigan where I love to pursue my many hobbies. You can find out more about me and follow my journey through life over at rufflesandgrace.com.

2. What inspired London In The Dark? Any music, movies or books?
The main idea behind what inspired the story was one idea. What would it be like if a detective like Sherlock Holmes had a sister? That was the main thing that got me going, but otherwise, it was mostly Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the Father Gilbert Mysteries audio dramas by Focus on the Family that really inspired me with the general feel of the story.

3. How long have you been blogging at Ruffles and Grace? Could you tell us a bit about it?
I have been blogging at Ruffles and Grace for 5 years. Sheesh. I didn’t realize it was that long. :D I started off with the goal being to share modest, fashionable outfit ideas, but that morphed into what it is now, a place where I seek to encourage other people and share the things that are going on in my life. I predominantly post about Writing, Inspirational posts, fashion and other things that catch my fancy. I like to help others through things I have discovered so there are some tutorials and helpful posts as well.

4. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve always enjoyed writing as is evidenced by the binders and random notebooks lying around the house that are full of stories I wrote over the years. When I first realized that I wanted to publish a book was when I reconnected with a friend who had published her own book. She really encouraged me in my writing journey and pushed me to become better than I was. That was about 3 or so years ago and that is when I really started seeing writing as a craft that needed to be practiced and learned, just like anything else.

5. Does writing energize or exhaust you?
It can be both. It really depends. Once I get going and into a groove, I feel so energized and it’s really hard to put it aside. But if I write something incredibly emotional, I can feel drained. But mostly, I would have to say energized. There’s nothing like getting so caught up in the story it’s hard to stop writing.

6. Who are your closet Indie author friends? Is one of them your critic partner?
Julia Erickson is my closest friend. She is actually my bestie and we are as close as sisters. She is my main critique partner. I also have a group of writers and authors who I’ve become very close with.

7. Do you find it easy or hard to buy a regular price book? ;D
Hard! LOL! I am so cheap. It’s kind of ridiculous. I will occasionally if it is something I really want, but I am also picky about my books and like to have them looking all pretty. So I would rather buy a book new than clothing new. I am thrift store shopper to the core.

8. Did you ever base any of your characters off of a real person?
Yes and no. Probably no to the way you mean, but all of my characters are based off of reality. Every person I have met and known has been displayed in some way through my characters. It is just a matter of how much and when. But no, there isn’t a character that was based very closely off of any one person.

Thanks so much for having me Victoria! It has been a pleasure!
It was so fun! Thanks!!
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And we're having a giveaway!!! Thank you SO much, Victoria Lynn for providing the book, London In The Dark for this giveaway! You must be following, Victoria's Book Nook and Victoria Lynn's blog, www.rufflesandgrace.com to enter this giveaway.


Giveaway Details:

First Place winner must be in the United States only. Winner receives, one paperback autographed copy of London in the Dark, a London themed t-shirt of their choice from my Zazzle shop, and one Book Themed mug designed by me from my Zazzle shop.


Second place winners. Open internationally. Receives one ebook copy of London in the Dark.

NOTE OF APRIL 16 2018, THIS GIVEAWAY DID NOT WORK, SORRY ABOUT THAT.
                                                       ENTER HERE:

                        http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/a44877ea5/

                                               

London In The Dark Synopsis
London, 1910

Budding Private Detective Cyril Arlington Hartwell has a conundrum. London is being ravaged by the largest run of thefts in recent history. His hunch that it is all tied together may put him and those he loves in more danger than he could have reckoned.

Olivia Larken Hartwell is just home from boarding school for the summer anticipating time with her adoring parents.She misses her absent brother, Cyril, hoping for the day he will finally come home. But tragedy strikes, causing upheaval for all concerned and changes her life in a way she never could have imagined.

Olivia, Cyril, and their friends must bring the hidden to light, seek to execute justice, and dispel the darkness that hovers over London… and their hearts.

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Here is the schedule:



Friday March 30th:

Sarah - Spotlight/Review (personal giveaway)

Victoria Goodbrand - Interview (personal giveaway)
Medomfo - Interview
Sarah Addison-Fox - Interview

Hosanna - Interview



Saturday March 31st
Grace - Interview

Liv K. Fisher - Interview (personal giveaway)

Grace Buckner - Review (personal giveaway)

Sunny - Review

Abigail H. - Review

Josie - Review (personal giveaway)

Faith - Interview

Kaylee - Spotlight

Gray - Review

Leona - Spotlight

Jes Drew - Review

 And don't forget to check out her Facebook Party!!

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Friday, 23 March 2018

//-What I've Been Reading + What I'll Be Reading Next-//


      \/-READING UPDATES-\/


Hey Guys! I thought I'd share what I have been reading lately since I always enjoy reading other peoples reading updates!

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     What I've Been Reading.

So I just finished Chasing Jupiter  Rachel Coker and it was very good, but I rated it 4/5 stars because I disliked the ending.
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I also just read The Orphans Wish by Melanie Dickerson since I got an Advanced Readers Copy and it was very enjoyable! I gave it 4.5/5 stars.
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Christy Millers Diary was an excellent addition to the Christy Miller series by Robin Jones Gunn! I'm glad to own my own copy, it will definitely be a reread sometime. I gave this 5/5 stars!
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Last of all, I listened to Catch A Falling Star by Beverly Lewis. I really enjoy these as audiobooks and have listened to these multiple times! I gave this 4/5 stars as it wasn't the best in the series;D

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 What I'm Currently Reading.

A Distant Melody by Sarah Sundin. This book is amazing so far! I don't think I'll bother reading the rest of the series but this one was very good.
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 I'm also currently reading, A Question of Honor by Jesseca Wheaton and its amazing, I just haven't had time to read any Kindle books for fun.
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Lastly, I'm reading London In The Dark by Victoria Lynn for a review and its a very good book so far! We may-or-may-not be having a super special *post* about this on the 30th;)

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    What I'll Be Reading Next.
Now onto books that I'm planning on reading later this month and early April!
I saw a big sale on Faith Pott's book, Dandelion Dust soooo I bought it! I definitely planning on reading that next when it comes in the mail!
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And Faith's other book, Love Needs No Words, was on sale for super cheap! It just came out on Tuesday and I CANT WAIT!
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And, then I'm planning to slip in a few Mandie books by Lois Gladys Leppard! Mandie and the New York Secret, Mandie and the Fiery Rescue and Mandie and the Seaside Rendezvous!



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Thanks for reading!! What have you been reading lately? Have you read any of these books??


~Victoria from . . . . . . .






                                                     

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Favorite Contemporary Books Video!

Hey Guys! So I put together a video on some of my favorite contemporary books! Enjoy!! :D

How did you like it? Have you read any of these? Thanks for watching! I'll try to post a real post on Monday or Tuesday:D


Tuesday, 13 March 2018

A Place at Our Table, A Book Review.


A Place At Our Table, Amy Clipston, A Book Review.

About This Book:
  “Kayla Dienner has suffered her fair share of heartache, which is why she vows to protect her heart at all costs . . . until she meets Jamie Riehl.
  Along with his volunteer work at the local fire department, running his Amish farm keeps Jamie Riehl busy. He barely has time to eat at the family table, never mind find someone to date. But when he meets Kayla Dienner, he is smitten.
  Kayla tries hard to deny her attraction to Jamie. After all, she’s spent the last year discouraging her younger brother, Nathan, from becoming a firefighter. The death of their older brother in a fire a year ago is fresh in her mind—she can’t bear the idea of putting her heart on the line every time the sirens blare.
  Then tragedy strikes, and Jamie wants to extinguish any flame between him and Kayla. Can Kayla set aside her own fears to save the love she was determined to deny?
  The first book in the Amish Homestead series,
A Place at Our Table invites us to a quiet community in Lancaster County where love burns brightly no matter the cost.”
                                  My Review: First off, I loved this book! It was basically my favorite Amy Clipston book. Almost. well, maybe it was. No, Roadside Assistance and Destination were the best. No no, A Place at Our Table blew it out of the park. Hmmm...I still can't decide! She is my very favorite Amish fiction author though! Onto the actual review;D

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                                                     Main Characters: 5/5 Stars.
 Jamie Riehl- 
      Jamie was an awesome character! I thought his job as a firefighter was very interesting to learn about as he was Amish. I loved how it ended with his sister and him! He was caring towards his sister when the tragedy struck and so it was great to see both sides of Jamie's character!

Kayla Dienner-
     Kayla was my favorite character I'd have to say, but, boy, did I hate Abram a lot. He was a bit better near the end the book but GET LOST!! Kayla was fun, a bit over protective and kind!

Nathan Dienner-
  I thought Nathan was a great character and I loved how he wanted to be a firefighter even though his brother had died in an accident when he was a firefighter. Nathan tries to help out at fires but ended up getting in trouble with his parents and learns a lesson.

Cindy Riehl-
   Let's just say I didn't like Cindy at all. I found her to be a bit annoying at times. It was also very hard for her to forgive Jamie even though he didn't do anything! So at first she was okay but near the middle/ending, I was pretty sick of her.



                                                          Storyline:   5/5 Stars.
   Beginning-
         I loved how this book began! I love it when you get to meet the main characters right when the book begins and when the excitement starts right on the first page!

    Middle-
         The middle is kind of when the tragedy struck. I really really loved how realistic and good this part was. I thought it would be silly but it turned out to be quite shocking and really strengthened the story line. 

Ending-
       Again, I LOVED how this ended! I literally cannot wait for book two, Room On The Porch Swing to come out in May! Ahhh! Dying over here y'all! The ending was just so perfect! I didn't think I would enjoy this book because I heard this wasn't Amy's best book but, yes, yes it was!

                   
                                                               Writing Style: 5/5 stars.
              Amy Clipston made the characters very real. Her writing style is one of my very favorites besides Robin Jones Gunn's and Beverly Lewis's! I tried to listen to this as an audiobook but I found it more of a read-it-yourself kind of book!


                                            Overall Rating: 5/5 stars. This is an amazing book! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~<<~>>~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

       Anyways, thanks so much for reading! I would definitely recommend it if you enjoy Amish Fiction! I'm planning to do a read-through sometime, so be sure to check back for that!
~Victoria

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

//~Room and Bookshelf Tour~//



Hey Guys! So I decided to do a Room and Bookshelf tour! I hope you enjoy this post!
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First all of, this is my door knocker but its actually not on the door, just above my light switch. 

This is what you'll see when you just walk in!

Here's my trunk with some teacups and such on it.

                                                                     From the front.

                                            I go this lamp at a thrift store and I really love how it looks!

                                                  Our overweight kitten, Coal!! :P
 Heres my bed from the front. I got this Double Wedding Ring Quilt for Christmas, Its a queen size so its huge! I really love the colors in it though!
These are my hooks with my two shawls my sister made me and then my straw hat I found at Micheals in the fall! My other sisiter painted this lighthouse that looks like something from Road to Avonlea!


                                                  Some pillows I sewed and embroidered.
            I have  basket of books on a crate along with my Bible. I have to have the Millie Keith books I haven't read on there because when I finish one I need the next one!
My lace curtain and then my outer curtains which are tan.


                                                                 My sewing basket,
 AN dmy fireplace! I really love how antique it looks! I got this lamp for 5$ at a garage sale!!

We also had this antique looking chairs so I brought one up to my room and draped my Ohio Star quilt over it.

                                                            Merry's food and water.
              I actually made this stool to look old fashioned! before it was a woven straw or something stool but I used an old curtain and pillow to cover it up!
                                             My dresser which has some decor on top.




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Now onto my bookshelf tour! This is my bookshelf from the front. I own a little over 200 books.




On top of my bookshelf I have some dried flowers, a suitcase and a lantern.

                              These are super dark Panorama pictures I took of each bookshelf.
                             My shelf with all my favorite books on it:
                                                                    My Amish fiction shelf.
                                       My historical shelf and books that didn't fit with other sections.
          Janette Oke and Nancy Drew books. (And No, I have not finished the Nancy Drew series;P)
                                           Heres a closer look at my Amish fiction shelf.
First of all I have my Wanda E. Brunstetter books. I do have the Half Stitched Amish Quilting Club Trilogy but my sister is reading it.
                                 My Cindy Woodsmall, ,and Amy Clipston books/novellas.
                                                               My Beverly Lewis books.
  

                                                  Now onto my Contemporary/favorites shelf!
     I have my Holly's Heart, Summerhill's Secrets, Penderwick's, Chasing Jupiter, Match Made, and three Melanie Dickerson books. I haven't read Chasing Jupiter, A Viscounts Proposal or The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest yet!
Next I have my Lizzie Searches for Love, both Katie Davis Major's books, and Christy Miller High School Years!
          Sierra Jensen volumes, two Glenbrooke books, Departures, Christy Millers Diary, Christy Miller College Years, Married Years and the third book in the Baby Years!
          My Andrea Carter, Circle C Milestones by Susan K. Marlow! The Adventures are still coming in the mail.
                            I have all eleven Mandie volumes by Lois Gladys Leppard on the next shelf.
          Little House on the Prairie series, two Rocky Ridge Rose Wilder books, In The Shadow of Denali, A distant Melody, Return to Me, The Rose Trilogy in Mass Market Paperback size.
                 Anne of Green Gables books, some individual Mandie books, a Holly's Heart book, Millie's Unsettled Season, Destination Unknown and the Rachel Yoder volumes.
                                 Janette Oke books, Island Dreamer and three Sierra Jensen books!
                          Nancy Drew books. I used to like them but they aren't my favorite anymore.

Last of all I have a bunch of random books, some books I plan to give away, and a couple library books!

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Thanks for reading! What was your favorite picture?

_Victoria