Wednesday, 20 June 2018

{ I Don't Dance Blog Tour- Day One; Giveaway + Interview with Jesseca Wheaton }



                              


Hey, Y'all! I know its only Wednesday BUT for a very special reason, Thursday's post is early! Jesseca Wheaton's' I Don't Dance releases TOMORROW!  I am so so so so excited and definitely will be buying it hot off the press.

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1. Thanks for doing this interview, Jesseca! Let’s start off with a question about your popular book, A Question Of Honor. What inspired it?
A Question of Honor began with two pictures I found on Pinterest. One was of a couple saying goodbye, and the other was of a soldier with a little girl on his lap. I pined them and thought maybe someday I’d write a story for them. But then I couldn’t wait so I wrote a quick scene…and the rest is history.


2. How do you manage to squeeze writing into your day? Do you have a specific time of day set aside for writing?
Haha, I wish! Most of the time, though, my days are so busy that I just try and fit writing in wherever.
Normally this works better at night because I can make sure I’ve finished my things fo the day and give myself an hour or so dedicated just for writing. Some days when things are slower I can also fit in some time in the afternoon. Those days are always a treat.


3. Does finishing a book make you happy or sad? Why? :D
It depends, and it’s kinda a mix of both, to some degree. Happy that the story is finished, but sad that I have to leave my characters. It’s one reason why theres a Questions of War series and not one book...xD


4. What are some of your personal favorite World War Two books?
The Waves of Freedom series by Sarah Sundin is amazing. Also, Resist by Emily Ann Putzke and Brothers in Arms by Jack Lewis Baillot.


5. About “I Don’t Dance”, was it hard to write contemporary fiction after writing your Questions of War series?
Not really. I had expected it to be more difficult to get into as I was writing, but that wasn’t the case. The style you write in is slightly different, and of course, the research that goes into it is different. But I didn’t have a difficult time with it.


6. Lastly, What is the story behind I Don’t Dance? What inspired it?
During the time when I wrote, I Don’t Dance God was teaching me to wait. Not exactly in the same way as Ty, but the lesson was similar all the same. I Don’t Dance was written, among other things, to encourage others when God has said ‘wait’. It was inspired by a number of things, but I’d have to say that was the main thing.


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ABOUT I DON'T DANCE.
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Title: I Don't Dance.
Author: Jesseca Wheaton.
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Military.

About The Book:

"Ty and Jen have been friends for nearly as long as anyone can remember. But when Ty goes off to college and leaves her behind, he has to face the reality that he cares for her as more than just a friend.
As graduations approaches and with only one summer left before he begins basic training, Ty must make a decision. Military life is never easy; is it fair to force it on the one he loves?
In the midst of wrestling with the question and coming to the realization that summer is quickly drawing to a close, Ty struggles to face questions he cannot answer, and is forced to examine his own heart.
Is it possible that God has a future for him with Jen? Or will the summer close with only memories of days gone by?

Their relationship would be old fashioned. But that was okay. Because old fashioned and whimsical fit perfectly with a southern summer."


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About the Author:


Jesseca is a daughter, sister, and a child of God. Her days are spent reading, cooking, spending time with siblings, or playing piano. And writing, of course! At an early age words fascinated her, and her love for the printed page has only grown. She lives with her parents and seven siblings in the sunny state of Kansas, and she’s convinced there’s no place like home.


G I V E A W A Y.
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First Place: Paperback copy of I Don’t Dance + Scotty McCreery’s Clear as Day album (U.S. winners only)
Second place: E-book copy of I Don’t Dance + $5 Krispy Kreme Giftcard.

L I N K.
https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/3621d2874/


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Thursday, June 21st
Soleil Bourdon//Review, Book Spotlight - Reviews By Soleil
Faith Potts//Review, Book Spotlight - Stories by Firefly
Janelle Martin//Review - The Ramblings of a Bookworm

Friday, June 22nd
Laura//Review - Beautiful Things
Chloe//Review - Purely by Faith Reviews
Rebekah Eddy//Review, Author Interview, Book spotlight - Rebekah’s Remarks
Molly Anne//Review - Set Apart for Him
Abigail McKenna//Review - Novels, Dragons, and Wardrobe Doors

Saturday, June 23rd
Angela Watts//Book Spotlight - The Peculiar Messenger
Kaylee H.//Book Spotlight - Keylee’s Kind of Writes
Kellyn Roth//Review - Reveries
Kate//Book Spotlight - Twin Thoughts


Thanks for Reading!! Have you read any of Jesseca's wonderful books? Are you part of the blog tour for this one?

~Victoria

Monday, 18 June 2018

A Wrinkle in Time Movie Review.

A Wrinkle in Time Movie Review.
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Hey Guys!! Happy (Late) Fathers Day! I hope you had a wonderful day. =) Sorry I missed last weeks posts. Recently I watched A Wrinkle in Time and wanted to share my thoughts on it!

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PS: I disliked the book, but I’m a slicker for movies based on books that they be exactly like the book!
As 2018 approached, I was greatly anticipating the release of a new movie I was very much looking forward to, A Wrinkle in Time. I had seen the older version and thought the animation was pretty cringe-worthy but the storyline did stay true to the book.

I had hoped the new 2018 version of A Wrinkle in Time would have better animation and was quite disappointed. I think it was Mrs. Whatsit, turned into what looked like a piece of lettuce on which Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin rode on. In the book, Mrs. Whatsit turns into a horse-like thing, sort of like those things on the Narnia movies.

I was also very annoyed that they did not stick to the plot of the book, such as the other movie. The setting was quite wrong, the character's appearance was not as the book said as, and the storyline was WAY off.

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The Characters: 
-Charles Wallace. NO. Just NO. He acted way too fake, he wasn't how anyone would picture him to be.
-Meg Murray.   Also NOOOOO. In the book, She wasn't very good looking and had braces. It showed otherwise in the movie.
-Calvin. LOL, don't remember his last name xD. He was okay, not exactly as he should be but okay. A bit too fake, too perfect and also too well dressed. He definitely was not like that in the book.

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Overall:
 This was supposed to be emotional, touching, adventurous, and scary but I cannot say it was any of those. I actually found it corny and cringe-worthy most of the time.

Camazotz. It was supposed to be dark and gloomy in the story. NO. It was sunny and joyful. NOOOO. Overall, This movie was much too modern, with the setting, people and outward and inward appearance. Disney has done a very poor job with this movie, I must admit and I am sorry to say.

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Overall Rating: 2/5 stars.

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Thanks for reading!! What did you think of A Wrinkle in Time if you've watched it? Yay or Nay?
Have you read the book?

~Victoria

Saturday, 9 June 2018

Quest for Leviathan Blog Tour.

            Quest For Leviathan Blog Tour               


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My Review: 
 Very well written! It was crafted together with skill and the whole thing was well written. The drawings inside that went along with the story were amazing! I just loved them! 
I really liked the story. It was very interesting  and not a piece of history people usually write about. The struggle Anath came to accept was realistic and good.  I loved the setting and the characters you felt like you knew instantly instead of just for a few minutes. For such a short story, it’s very good and interesting. Rating: 4/5 stars.
Intro
Are sea monsters a real thing? What about fire-breathing dragons? According to the Bible, there is a fire-breathing sea creature who really existed: the leviathan. Amanda Tero brings this dragon to life in her newest short story, "Quest for Leviathan." Join Anath and his crew of ninety-nine rowers as they face the waves of the Mediterranean Sea and the power of Leviathan.

About the Book
Leviathan took the life of his father.

Anath has spent three years preparing for the voyage that will end the threat of Leviathan. Yet as the Valor launches into the depths of the Mediterranean, an inward quest also begins, taking Anath to depths he is not willing to face.

Purchase an e-copy on Amazon or order a paperback.
Add to your Goodreads shelf.

Giveaway!
Amanda is giving away TWO print copies of "Quest for Leviathan" to one winner -- one for you, and one for your friend!

LINK TO GIVEAWAY:

About the Author
Amanda Tero began her love for words at a young age—reading anything she could get her hands on and penning short stories as young as age eight. Since graduation, she has honed her writing skills by dedicated practice and study of the writing craft. She began her journey of publication with a few short stories that she had written for her sisters and continued to add to her collection with other short stories, novellas, and novels. It is her utmost desire to write that which not only pleases her Lord and Savior, but also draws the reader into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. 

Connect with Amanda
Email: amandaterobooks@gmail.com


Thursday, 7 June 2018

{ A Month In Review: May 2018. }

May. It seems like just yesterday it was April and now it’s JUNE?! How crazy is that?! May was filled with Scotty McCreery (especially Roll Your Window Down! πŸ™ŒπŸΌ), our lil bumpkin calves, many cups of black tea, and both good and bad books *wink wink* Lets see what was up in May! 

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W H A T . W A S.  U P.   I N.  M A Y.   

>>My brother brought the tractor or something to town and didn’t have anything to drive home so me and my sister hopped in the 15 passenger van and went to pick him up with an empty tank of gas XD we  barely made it home! 

>>I finished memorizing 14 Verses for a Sunday School class I was part of and it was harddddd, I probably can’t say them all in the spot but I *memorized* them. The reward was a gift card to my favourite bookstore, which I’m super excited about! 

>> My room blew up. It was a HUGE mess, with sunflower seeds etc.... don’t ask why XD.

>> Dad had to shoot one of our sick calves! 😭😰 Darcy was super cute, but really disgustingly sick. 🧐😝😰😘

>>We got a new calf! His name is Spots!! 

>> FINALLY got around to reading Anne of Green Gables! I’m only 25 pages in, but it is exactly like the movie. 

>> Mother’s Day! That was a fun day. 

>> I rearranged my room, because my sister was in her room, and a mouse poked its head over the heat vent (which is in the roof!) and she hates mice so she slept over! 

>> Merry was MIA, but then me and Hannah (my sister) found her sniffing under the old dishwasher in the storage room. . . . I gave her a generous helping of Cat Nip πŸ˜‰

>> I PREORDERED THE PENDERWICKS AT LAST!!!!!!!!!!! SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!! πŸ‘ŒπŸΌπŸ‘ŒπŸΌπŸ‘ŒπŸΌπŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ˜±πŸ˜±πŸ˜±πŸ˜±

>> I GOT THE PENDERWICKS AT LAST IN THE MAIL AND FINISHED IT THE NEXT DAY! SO WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!! Me: πŸ‘ŒπŸΌπŸ˜πŸ˜­❤️

>> I got Four free books! The Theory of Happily Ever After by Kristin Billerbeck (review) , My Name is River by Wendy Dunham, the author SIGNED it!!! (review), The Accidental Guardian by Mary Connealy (instagram picture) and A Rebel Heart by Beth White (review)!

>> I WENT SWIMMING AT 9 o’clock and It WAS FREEZING!!!!

>> I started randomly laughing at Scotty McCreery singing “Write My Number On My Hand” bc he was singing “......Coca-Cola” and it sounded so ridiculous *LOL* and when he was like “Write my number on your hand, it’ll look good with your Farmers Tan...” *LOL* okay, that was pretty random...XD

>> I CHANGED UP MY BLOG!!! And added Labels to all my blog posts. :P

>> Started my first Lauraine Snelling book.....and it’s so good!! It’s really amazing!!! See my full review of A Promise for Ellie on Goodreads πŸ˜‰.

>> The manure guys came!! They scooped out the whole cow pens and drove off with the manure in the back of the trucks :O PS: They came back for more...xP

>> I cleaned my room really well and *sigh* it went and got messy again. *triple sigh*

>> I was trying to read Until Tomorrow but all I could hear was EUGENE MELTZNERs SQUEAKY VOICE FROM ADVENTURES IN ODYSSEY!!!!!

>> Me and my sister, Hannah attempted an all nighter to watch the royal wedding at 3am....>.< Fail for me, Win win win for Hannah ;D
>> Started PAIGE REWRITTEN!!! EEPS!!

>> Listen to a whole audiobook in less then a week *gasp*!

>> Bought a mint plant! Merry really likes to sniff it ;)

>> Forced myself to read The Theory Of Happily After. REALLY didn’t like it. Full review on previous post πŸ˜‰ 


>> Okay—-so I got Just Look Up from the library and was really enjoying it. BUT. Everytime I turned the page, a awful smell wafted out. It smelt so bad!! *plugs nose* I literally had to hold my breath every time I turned to page xD
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B O O K S.    
I read:
Katy's Homecoming by Kim Vogel Sawyer [3.5 stars]
-Little Farm in the Ozarks, by Roger Lea MacBride [4.5 stars.]
-Paige Torn by Erynn Mangum. [5 stars]
-Even The Beasts, by Rebekah A. Morris [4 stars.]
-In The Land of the Big Red Apple,
by Roger Lea MacBride [4 stars.]
-A Reunion In Pinecraft, by Shelly Shepard Gray. [3.5 stars.]
-On The Other Side of the Hill, Roger Lea MacBride [4.5 stars.]
-The Penderwicks At Last, by Jeanne Birdsall [5 stars.]
-A Promise For Ellie, by Lauraine Snelling. [4 stars.]
-The Betrayed FiancΓ©e, By Wanda & Jean Brunstetter. [3 stars]
-The Theory Of Happily Ever After by Kristin Billerbeck [2.5 stars.]
-The Accidental Guardian by Mary Connealy [4 stars]


Books I Got.....

-Small Town Girl By Ann H. Gabehart. (Bookstore, 4$)
-The Accidental Guardian, (for bookstagram picture, free)
-Down To The Bonny Glen (Bookstore, 2$) 
-A Heart for Home, (Bookstore, 4$)
-No Distance Too Far, (Bookstore, 4$)
-A Measure Of Mercy, (Bookstore,4$)
-A Touch Of Grace (Bookstore, 4$)
-The Penderwicks at Last, (Amazon, 22$)
-The Theory Of Happily Ever After, (For review, free)
-My Name is River (free, review)

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SO SORRY ABOUT NO PICTURES. I might try again,
to post them but they weren't working. :/

-How was your May? Did you do anything exciting??
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QQOTD: Have you used Wordpress?? I wanted to switch over....What do you think?!?

~Victoria.

PS: extra special post on Saturday....stay tuned!

Monday, 4 June 2018

{ By The Book Tag }

Hey guys! Today I’m doing the By The Book Tag, thanks for tagging me Shantelle!
I’m going to go ahead and tag: Rebekah Ashleigh if you want to do it! =D On Thursday, I’ll have my Month In review post =D
What is on your nightstand right now? 

-Sophie’s Dilemma by Lauraine Snelling
-Mandie Collection Eight by Lois Gladys Leppard
-The Road Home by Beverly Lewis
-Camp Club Girls: Secrets And Surprises Volume.


What was the last truly great book you read?
AH. AH. AH. Millie’s Grand Adventure by Martha Finley revised by Kersten Hamilton. WOW! It’s basically my favourite book of all time, just so amazing!!!!!!

If you could meet any writer - dead or alive - who would it be and what would you want to know?

Martha Finley or Susan K. Marlow. I would want to ask Martha Finley WHY she didn’t write another Millie book!!!! And Susan K Marlow to see if she’s writing more about Andi! 

What books might we be surprised to find on your shelves?

Hmm, idk. Maybe the Camp Club Girls, or Lizzie Search’s for Love Trilogy, XD Camp Club Girls are pretty good and LSFL are just so relatable and great!!!


How do you organize your personal library?
Usually by age, genre and author. I have YA fiction, adult fiction and children’s fiction, which are usually sorted by genre then! But on my top shelf, I have my favourite books and YA. All the authors books are together. 


What book have you always meant to read but haven't gotten around to it yet?
The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest, oh yes yes yes. I NEED to read it! I have my own copy but have yet to read it. I have even read the sequel, The Beautiful Pretender!! I’m definitely going to try and read it this week. 



Anything you feel embarrassed never to have read?
Maybe the whole Nancy Drew series or Little Woman. I’ve read parts of the original Little Woman but not the whole thing. ;) I really just like to read what I like to read and try not to force myself to read awful books! 


Disappointing, overrated, just not good: What book did you feel you were suppose to like but didn't?

The Ebb Tide. I read it in the dead of winter and it made me crave summer, and I forgot all the characters since I started it last year and picked it up again in the middle. I’m definitely going to reread it this summer, all in one blow, so I’ll enjoy it more!! It’s such a summery book tho! It’s weird, I loved The Ebb Tide but didn’t like it at the same time! The other day I was really wanting to read it again LOL. 


What kind of stories are you drawn to? Any you stay clear of?

Contemporary books. I also love them with humour like Erynn Mangums fabulous series ;) I usually stay clear of dystopian and fantasy, really not my thing! And old classics. Blegh, I just get super bored! 


If you could require the president to read on book, what would it be?

Hmm idk. Probably the Bible. πŸ˜‰


What do you plan to read next?

The Road Home by Beverly Lewis! It looks so good, and I can’t wait to read it!!!!!!!! 




Thanks for reading! What was your favourite question? If you do this Tag, I’d love to read your answers!!
-Victoria 

Thursday, 31 May 2018

{ Hallmark Movie Tag }


                { The Hallmark Movie Tag }


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Thanks for the tag Rebekah!!!

1) What's the best Hallmark Christmas Movie you've seen?
  I really liked Finding Father Christmas, it just had a fun Christmas feel to it. :D 


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2) What's the best Hallmark movie you've seen?
  Ohhhh, hmm. I haven't watched many Hallmark movies actually! But I really enjoyed The Shunning. It's a lot like the book but I just found it a good Hallmark movie. :D 


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3) What's your favorite Hallmark Movie Season?

Ohhh. I recently started watching Hallmark, but I've really liked the June Wedding Season so far! We'll see if Christmas beats it ;P
4)  The last Hallmark movie you saw?

The Perfect Bride. It was pretty good, but some parts of it were rather cheesy ;D The only reason I watched it was bc Rosemary and Lee from WCTH!!
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5) Have you ever decided to watch a Hallmark movie based off it's title?

                  Yep, Unleashing Mr. Darcy. I didn't finish it though, it was pretty cheesy. AND yes,Ii started it bc MR DARCY!


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6) Do you like Hallmark murder mysteries? If so, which one?

No, i haven't watched any  :D

7) Favorite Hallmark movie series?
OH! Definitely When Calls The Heart! It's just so GOOD! Thanks for convincing me to start watching it again, Rebekah! :D :D

8) A Hallmark movie that had you dying of laughter??
Hmmm. Once Upon A Prince was SOOOOO CORNY!!!! It definitely made me LOL.
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9) Is there a Hallmark movie out that you haven't seen yet, but would like to?

AHHHH YES! I want to watch Campfire Kiss and A Chance At Romance.
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       10) Whats your most anticipated Hallmark Movie?
   The second Perfect Bride Movie. :D

Thanks again Rebekah! I tag:



~Victoria