Hey y’all! I’m back with another post and today, I’m doing something I’ve never done before…a book tag! I’m so excited! I’ve seen other bloggers/vloggers do these and I’ve always wanted to do one so when I saw Ivy Rose’s video of this tag, which in turn led me to Lindsey’s video, I was like, “Yes, girl, you’ve got to do this one!” So, I’m doing it today and I hope you enjoy! Sorry in advance for my grainy pictures...the phone isn't the best at these things and the lighting...*Sigh*
1. Find a book for each of your initials. R- Rachel and the Riot by Susan Martins Miller; L- Lights out! By Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Castleberry; M- Mandy the Outsider by Norma Jean Lutz (This one needed some minor edits.) I really enjoyed all three of these books, especially the first one. It’s set during what would later become the Labor Unions and how a family was divided by this evil institution. The main character’s dad was a doctor and cared for people on both sides. It also took a look at the “new” procedure of intubation, which fascinated me. Lights Out! is a Christian mystery story set in Tennessee. The main detectives are homeschooled brothers Jason and Andy. These books are sweet, innocent and very informative! The final book, Mandy the Outsider is about the days leading up to World War Two. I loved how it included a Japanese family who had come to America, become citizens and contributed to society. It also stayed away from the internment camps, which is a topic that I think often gets abused in literature. Don’t get me wrong, it was a sad time for everyone during that time in history, but sometimes I think some topics get over-killed and both sides are ignored, but that is a topic for another time. Anyway, this book was amazing!
2. Count your age along your bookshelf. Which book is it? I took this from my “To Be Read” (TBR) shelf. It’s Jacob DeShazer: Forgive Your Enemies by Janet and Geoff Benge
3. Pick a book set in your country (State 😉) Following these girls’ example, I’m going to pick a book set in my home state because 80% of my books are set in America 😉 And I see I only have my books to choose from! Oops on that one! But, The Land of Cotton, Our Heritage to Save and The Rivers of Sorrow are set in my state and county! That’s North Carolina for those of you who don’t know. These books take place in North Carolina and Virginia predominantly. Coffee Shop Christmas is also set in North Carolina, but the county is not specified.
4. Pick a book about a destination you would like to travel to. The Baker’s Daughter by D. P. Cornelius. I have not read this book, but it’s the only book I have at this moment that is set in Berlin, Germany. (I just realized today that all my WW2 books are set in the United States, surrounding European countries or the South Pacific! None are set in Germany! I need to remedy that…) So while I can’t recommend this book yet, I can’t wait to read it! I’ve gotten the desire to Germany over the last few years, though my top place I want to visit is Israel (I have no books set in there…or wait…oh! The Bronze Bow! Okay, so I’ll count both 😊). Anyway, my ancestors came from Germany in 1755 and settled in North Carolina shortly thereafter. I think it would be neat to visit the land of my ancestors and see where my Great-grandfather spent three years of his life defending the freedoms we know today. While the WW2 history of Germany is nothing to smile about, there are those who fought back (Think the White Rose Resistance Group!). I don’t know…I really want to go some day 😊
5. Pick a book that is your favorite color. The Treasure Hunt by Jean Pennington. I just read this book and I loved it so much! There were a few small things I had to fix, but this book was so good! It’s put out by Majesty Music…loved it so much. Oh…I forgot what this question was about…The book is GREEN! I LOVE GREEN! It’s my favorite color ever and emerald is my birthstone, so…yeah, I’m in love with this book’s cover 😊
6. Which book do you have the fondest memories of? Probably Behind Enemy Lines by Bill Doyle. I read this right after I moved from Newport, N.C. near Cherry Point Marine Base and while I knew I loved our military, this book gave me more reasons to love them. It wasn’t sugar coated, but also not too detailed for 2.7 reading level that was assigned to it. I think there were only two things I marked out, so I would suggest an adult reading it first, but it is quite an eye-opener into what our guys are willing to face to make sure the war stays over there. This is one of the few books I actually cried while reading. Words fail me to describe how much I appreciate them. God bless our troops!
7. Which book did you have the most difficulty reading? (No pictures for this one. I don't own on, don't recommend the other and can't get to the last one:))
Okay…so as far as the hardest to read because of content was Auschwitz Escape by Joel C. Rosenberg. I was listening to the audiobook…and I couldn’t finish it. At that time, was not ready to dig into everything that happened at this infamous Concentration Camp. It made me sick to my stomach. That being said, I do want to finish it someday, but I want to read it rather than listen to it. Don’t ask me why, but when it’s a book dealing with subjects of this matter, I prefer to read it myself rather than hear it out loud. I’ve heard it’s a good book and I want to know what happens to the characters…I just wasn’t ready.
For a book that I had difficulty reading because it was so bad, it would have to be Silent Thunder by Andrea Davis Pickney. Y’all…it was so bad! I’m sorry, I don’t mean to be rude. It’s just…the topic was not a children’s topic and this is a middle-grade book! And of course, her view of history differed from mine, but she had facts misstated that both sides of the Civil War agree on. Like timelines and things of that nature. I made myself finish it because I wanted to be able to explain why it was wrong if someone should ask, and the worst part came out at the very end. I tried to give the author a benefit of a doubt, but…it was just bad.
For one I had difficulty with just because I wasn’t grasping it on my own, Of Plymouth Plantation by William Bradford takes the prize. I had so much trouble with this book until my mother saved the day by offering to read it to me. Problem solved! It is now one of my favorite histories and I desperately need to read it again! It was amazing! You can’t make up stuff like this! READ IT!
8. Which book in your TBR pile will be your biggest accomplishment once finished? Jefferson Davis, American by William J. Cooper, Jr. and the Elsie Dinsmore Series. I’ve read…four or five of them, but I want to finish the series. They say the later books are full of history…right up my alley! And the first one is a very thick book and I’ve never read one on the Confederate President…*hangs head in shame* and I can’t wait to read it!
I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed answering the questions! Normally in a tag, you tag other bloggers, so I am tagging Amanda Tero and any of you bloggers/vloggers out there who would like to give it a try 😊 I only request that you link back to my blog in your post :P
Until next time,
Hello everyone! Today is a very special. Two years ago today, I started my blog. My intention was to have a blog strictly with historical articles. This past year, God broadened my vision and now I have writing posts, book reviews and devotions. It’s been so much fun and I’m excited to enter my third year of blogging. Thank you so much for joining my little community! I’m so happy to have you along for the ride, encouraging me to keep going. I don’t take that lightly. God Bless you and thank you so much!
To celebrate, after I do my wrap up, I will be posting my usual story prompts and some bonus story prompts inspired by my very first book, The Land of Cotton. I hope you enjoy!
Wow! God is so good! This month has been so busy! The first week of July, we had the Southeast Old Threshers’ Reunion where we handed out a lot of FBN information. I was able to sell several books as well, but the very best part was getting to hold a church service at the little white church on the property. My dad preached, and we sang. Nearly 200 people came, including our District 13 National Representative, Ted Budd and District Court Judge April Wood and her husband. They were such a blessing. Thank God for Christians in our Political system!
The following week, we had our VBS at our church in Newport, N.C. We had a fun sea theme and taught water related lessons to our students. I was privileged to assist a good friend of mine in her class and taught on the Woman at the Well to our class of 9-10-year-olds. Very attentive listeners!
After that, we helped a friend, who is expecting her third child, keep an eye on her kids during a week of morning services. That week proved to be a little less crazy, giving us much needed down time to regroup, just in time for…
National Sword of the Lord Conference! This past week was amazing! The preaching, singing and workshops were spot on and we were able to fellowship with several good friends! We handed out FBN material and sold more of my books. I was pleasantly surprised to see Pastor Jerry Ross from Jasonville, Indiana at the conference! He is the author of Stay in the Castle. If you haven’t read this book (or any of his other books) you should definitely check them out! Can’t recommend them enough! Maybe I should write up a few reviews…
Well, I decided to try out Camp Nanowrimo this year for the very first time. While I did not win, I did get 75% of my goal completed, which was a little over 100 pages edited on my Current WIP. I hit a rock in the road and need to re-plot so much of it…I’m back to the plotting stage, but that’s alright, because that will make my edits go a lot smoother.
I have also started a blog subscription thanks to a kind young lady’s request. If you want an update when a new post goes live, just send me your email! 😊 Can’t wait for you to join our family 😉 Every email, I include a snippet of the newest post, bonus information (for subscribers only!) and two suggested posts for you to check out. I can’t wait to hear from you!
Well…the last two sections about sum it up 😊 Oh, oh, oh! I know! July 28th, we went to Beacon Baptist Church in Raleigh, N.C. and got to see the Live presentation of the Patch the Pirate adventure, Operation Arctic: Viking Invasion. It. Was. So. Good. The pre-show included beautiful music videos and a fun sing-a-long with PJ Pirate (Jason Hamilton)! Also present was Princess (Meagan Hamilton Morgan), Captain of the Guard (Adam Morgan) and Sissy Seagull (Shelly Hamilton, though she was recovering from the flu and had someone stand in for her). It was so amazing! The music, the costumes, the sound effects, the acting and everything…oh, words fail me! And the we also stocked up on episodes that were missing from our collection. Ahh…the drive was so worth it 😊
And now for your monthly story prompts…
And your bonus prompts...!
That’s all I have for you today! Thank you so much for hanging out with me. Keep your eyes peeled for my next post! It’s gonna be so fun 😉
Hello everybody! Today, I have another writing post for you! This one is basically self-explanatory, but I thought I might give you a few tips and tricks I use when writing my first draft. Enjoy!
Now that I have my story plotted out, it’s finally time to write! So I start at the very beginning… (A very good place to start!) the title page. Yes, I am one of those writers that has to have all the preliminary pages formatted before I write the story. I give them headings (Acknowledgements, Introduction, etc.) and fill them out later. BUT THEY HAVE TO BE IN PLACE OR I WILL GO CRAZY! Okay…I might have a slight problem 😊
Once I have these pages in place, it’s time to write! I keep my outline close by, my Emotion Thesaurus, research books from the time era (just in case 😉), my music playlist and something to drink. While I do enjoy tea and coffee (decaf!) my writing drinks of choice are Water and Lemonade, the tarter the better! Fun fact, Stonewall Jackson loved lemons and ate them like candy. Thus he loved his lemonade quite tart. I suppose I’m in good company!
Basically, I type until I hit a stump. Sometimes I cannot remember the time-period appropriate word and it can leave me hung up for several minutes. I’ve learned to just insert the modern word and fix it later so I won’t forget the actual story I’m supposed to be writing 😊
When that dreaded writer’s block does hit me with full force, here’s some things I try…
Walk away. Get outside for a few minutes and relax, think about your story and try to figure out what needs to happen next.
Talk to somebody. My family has gotten me out of several writing slumps!
Play a game with my family! Apple to Apples and Dutch Blitz are two of my personal favorites!
Re-read what I have already written. This helps so much! Sometimes I can find why I’m stuck by reading over what’s already in the document.
Writing prompts. I keep a jar of them on my desk. I haven’t used them very much, since I’m revising books, not writing new ones, but I’m sure I will in the future 😊 Unlike the ones I post here, these are prompts like “What is it that your Character needs? Take it away from them and explore what they will do to get it back” or “What could you do to make it harder for your character to reach their goal? Do it!” or “When your character finally makes it to their destination/meets their goal, how do they feel about it? How have they grown through the story?” Super thought provoking!
Take a break and do some research. Since I write on the Civil War, there are many books, articles and documentaries at my disposal. I love finding those little details and little-known facts to bring out in my stories. I’ve by no means exhausted the research world on the War Between the States, but I had never read a fiction story that depicted the Battle of Kernstown. So, it was included in my book, Our Heritage to Save. Chicago’s Best Kept Secret was another revelation to me. (That’s in The Rivers of Sorrow.) For my current WIP (work in progress) I have a lost battle, a ship I didn’t even know existed and an incident with a lighthouse that a friend told me about.
The point is, whatever you need to do, get words written. Your story won’t write itself!
Also, if you are working on a computer or reading for long periods of time, it’s good to do the 20-20-20 exercise. (I learned this from a doctor, so it’s not dangerous 😊) Every 20 minutes, take a break and focus on something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. You wouldn’t believe the pressure this relieves from your eyes!
Well, that’s all for now! Our Next Writing Post will cover Revisions and Self Edits!
Writing for Him!
Howdy y’all and Merry Christmas! Today, I’m posting again for the Christmas in July Blog Party. In honor of this glorious Christmas season, I’ve asked one of the Characters from my book, Coffee Shop Christmas, to join me for an interview. So, let’s get to it!
Ryana Lynn: Hello there! Would you mind introducing yourself to our guests?
Sgt. Piper: Not at all. I’m Sgt. Dan Piper and I serve on the Caudwell, N.C. Police Force. We’re a fair sized department, but our town has a nice small town feel to it.
Ryana Lynn: That’s so neat! So, have you always wanted to be a Policeman?
Sgt. Piper: Yes and no. Ever since I was little, I wanted to be a Policeman, keeping the good guys safe and arresting the bad guys. My poor younger siblings had to endure so much as I practiced for the day I was old enough to sign up…being handcuffed with my toy handcuffs, the cuffs getting stuck so we couldn’t get them off, being chased around by me on my bike while making a siren sound…yeah, poor kids. Anyway, by the time I was 18, I wondered if maybe God wanted something different for me, if maybe I was supposed to be in the ministry. My parents, siblings and my pastor all helped me pray about what God wanted for my life. I ended up attending a year of Bible College before coming to the conclusion that God didn’t want me to be a preacher, but a faithful witness…to my fellow Policemen. I was accepted into the academy when I was 19 and have been in the Police Force ever since.
Ryana Lynn: That is amazing! It’s so important to seek God’s will for our lives first. Now, a fun question. What is your take on the Policeman-donut-coffee thing?
Sgt. Piper: Oh brother! Okay, so yes, there are officers who go for this all the way…but I am NOT one of them! I do love coffee, but not the donuts…okay, I’ll eat a Krispy Kreme Original Glazed occasionally, if the hot light is on, but NEVER in uniform. The teasing is bad enough without it being true!
Ryana Lynn: Haha, I bet that can be annoying. What is your favorite and least favorite parts of being a Policeman?
Sgt. Piper: That first one’s pretty tough…I’d say getting to know my fellow officers is one of my favorite things. Whenever a rookie comes in, I usually get them first, so it’s interesting finding out where they come from, why they joined up and what I can expect out of them in a jam. I work with some good fellows. I also enjoy the opportunity to share my Faith with them. While not everyone is open to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, many of them will listen and I can always count on my sister-in-law, Katherine, to follow up with them if they won’t listen to me anymore.
My least favorite part is easy: Losing a brother. My brother-in-law, Bryson, was on our team and passed away after a wreck during a high-speed chase on Christmas Eve. It was so hard on us, especially his wife. They didn’t get to say goodbye. I’ll never understand it, but we’ve gotten to see God work through his story. Losing any of the guys is hard…my heart sinks whenever I hear about a fallen Policeman, even if he isn’t in my unit. It’s a bond we all share, even if we’ve never met…I guess it’s something you can only understand if you’re a part of the team.
Ryana Lynn: Wow, I’m sure that is hard. So, if Bryson if your brother-in-law and Katherine is your sister-in-law…how are you kin?
Sgt. Piper: Me and Bryson married sisters. My wife Isabelle is the older of the two, which is kinda funny since me and Bryson are the same age. Isabelle is actually a couple years older than me! Bryson used to tease her and call her a cradle-robber ?
Ryana Lynn: That’s so funny! Thank you so much for joining us today! God Bless and be safe!
Sgt. Piper: Thank you!
Well, there you have it! If you would like to read some more Christmasy posts, check these out!
July 1, 2018
Author Sarah Holman
Free: “Distorted Glass”
July 2, 2018
Author A.M. Heath
Giveaway: Where Can I Flee?
July 3, 2018
Author Faith Blum
Giveaway: Audiobook redemption code
July 4, 2018
Author E. Kaiser Writes
Spotlight: new cover
July 5, 2018
Author- Amanda Tero
Free: Noelle’s Gift
July 6, 2018
Author Ryanna Lynn
Discount: Free shipping for Coffee Shop Christmas
July 7, 2018
Author Alicia G. Ruggieri
Discount: The House of Mercy e-book
July 8, 2018
Author Sarah Holman
July 9, 2018
Author A.M. Heath
Giveaway: In the Shadow of Thy Wings
Author Kelsey Bryant
Discount: Suit and Suitability ebook
July 10, 2018
Author Kelsey Bryant
Discount: Second Impressions ebook
July 11, 2018
Author Rachel Rossano
Discount: The King of Anavrea ebook
July 12, 2018
Author Amanda Tero
Free eBook: Hartly Manor
July 13, 2018
Author Kate Willis
Free eBook: Enjoy the Poodle Skirt
July 14, 2018
Author Kendra E. Ardnek
Vlog and Giveaway: The most romantic fairy tales
July 16, 2018
Author A.M. Heath
Giveaway: Out of the Ashes
Author Jessica Greyson
July 17, 2018
Author Rebekah Morris
Discount: The Unexpected Request
Free: Choices for Max
July 18, 2018
Author Emily Ann Benedict
Discount: Perception, a Vintage Jane Austen Novel
July 19, 2018
Author Erika Mathews
Discount: Promise’s Prayer ebook, Overrun By His Love
Free: Gather ‘Round The Fables
July 20, 2018
Author Ryana Lynn
Blog post: character interview.
July 21, 2018
Author Rebekah Morris
Sale: to be announced
July 23, 2018
Author Amanda Tero
Discount: Journey to Love, Befriending the Beast, The Secret Slipper
July 24, 2018
Author Rebekah Morris
Blog: Special upcoming release announcement
July 25, 2018
Author Emily Ann Benedict
Giveaway: The Father Christmas Confessions.
July 26, 2018
Author Faith Blum
Blog: Special upcoming release announcement and book sale
July 27, 2018
Author Alicia G. Ruggieri
Discount: A Time of Grace: The Complete Series
Blog: Spotlight on new book
July 28, 2018
Author Abigayle Claire
Giveaway and discount: Andora’s Folly
July 30, 2018
Author Alicia G. Ruggieri
Discount: The Mystery of the Missing Cufflinks
July 31, 2018
Author Amanda Tero
Giveaway and new release: “Finding Christmas Joy”
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That's right! I'm not only posting three posts in one week (click here and here to read them :)) but I'm also doing two posts in one day! Let me explain why...
For the last few posts, I've been scheduling them to go up ahead of time, just in case I can't make it to WiFi...this is not one such post :) Yesterday, I got a phone call from my local printer and they told me...
"The Rivers of Sorrow is ready for pick up! Here is your total..."
That's right! As of right now, The Rivers of Sorrow is available for purchase! For $14.00+ $3.00 s/h, the 3rd installment of The Battle for Heritage Series could be yours! I can hardly believe it! I've literally been working on this book for five years! Five! And to finally be able to hold it in my hands...unless you've published a book, you've know idea what that feels like :)
To celebrate the release, I've got a few goodies for you! An excerpt from the story, and some of my favorite quotes from the book! Enjoy!
From Chapter 1
January 4th, 1863
“Now, march right over to that tree, Yank. Keep them hands where I can see them!”
Confederate Lieutenant Richard Mason rubbed his eyes. “What now?” he mumbled as the shouting continued. He glanced at his pocket watch: 3:46 A.M. January 4th, 1863, was already upon them.
Groaning, Richard kicked off his blanket and stepped out into the cold Virginia night. “What’s going on out here?” he demanded, not at all happy to be losing sleep because of a troublesome federal prisoner.
Sgt. Tyler Nace turned and saluted his lieutenant and friend. “Sorry to disturb you, Lt. Mason. This yank tried to escape. Cpl. Calling sounded the alarm and we cornered him here. Calling had to shoot before he would surrender, sir.”
Richard frowned as blood dripped from the federal soldier’s left arm. “Sgt. Mason is on duty. Have him see to the fed’s arm. I want the prisoner secured for the night. Double the guard.”
“Yes, sir,” Tyler and Cpl. Jeremiah Calling said in unison, saluting. They led the prisoner to the infirmary. Sgt. Seth Mason moved from tent to tent, treating the wounded as needed. He too was aggravated with the escapee.
Richard’s younger brother checked over the wound. “Clean through. Jeremy, you saved his arm.”
The prisoner remained silent. Tyler studied him, noting the flash in the middle-aged man’s eyes. He’s probably pretty upset about being held prisoner by boys, Tyler thought. He’s old enough to be our father!
Seth finished tying off the bandage. “There, that’ll do it.” Seth winced and held his head. “Do I ever have a headache!”
“You need to get some sleep,” Jeremy stated in his to-the-point way. “You work too hard and too late. Go get some sleep.”
“Later. I’ve still got two tents to check. And after that I need to get these shoes to Eddie,” he said, jerking his thumb towards a pair of used brogans sitting on the desk.
“He could sure use them,” Tyler remarked. “He hasn’t complained, but I know his feet are about froze. He’s been walking around in his socks the last few days.”
Jeremy shook his head and pushed the prisoner toward the tent opening. Tyler joined them outside and the trio made their way back to the prisoners’ hold. Tyler nodded to the guards as they climbed the steps and opened the door.
“I tried,” the prisoner told his groaning comrades. Tyler pushed him past the group and led him to a separate room. They couldn’t risk the prisoner causing an uprising.
Titus Mallory, a Confederate sergeant, arrived to help guard. He walked among the soldiers keeping a sharp eye on them. There wouldn’t be trouble on his watch.
Morning light found the soldiers no warmer than the night before. Winter camp had been made around Moss Neck at Camp Winder following bloody fighting at Fredericksburg on December 13th, 1862.
Richard put on his hat and mounted his horse, Champion. He urged the handsome stallion into a run as they headed for his commander’s headquarters.
Major Alexander “Sandie” Pendleton looked up as Richard entered. “Morning, Lt. Mason. Gen. Jackson’s been waiting for you.”
Richard doffed his hat and nodded as Pendleton checked to see if the General was ready for him. “You may go on in, Lieutenant,” Pendleton said.
Richard saluted Lt. Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson as he entered the room. Jackson returned his salute. “Do have a seat, Lieutenant.” Richard fought the desire to rake his fingers through his dark auburn hair. When Stonewall stared at him like he was now, Richard imagined the general could see right through him.
Stonewall sifted through his papers. “I hear you and your command had a bit of excitement during the late fighting.”
Richard took a deep breath and replied, “Yes, sir. Two brigades were divided, but God pieced us all back together.”
Something of a smile hinted at the older man’s lips. “Indeed, He did. Our ever-kind Heavenly Father smiled on us during this campaign.” He shuffled through the papers and laid them aside. “Your Capt. Baines is up for a promotion to Major, Lt. Mason.”
He watched Richard’s expression. Noticing a slight change of his countenance, he asked, “Are you disappointed? Perhaps you believe your captain unworthy of the honor to be bestowed upon him.”
“Oh, no, sir!” Richard assured him. “I only feel sorry for our company. Capt. Baines is an inspiring leader, and I wish he could remain in its command. But I do not begrudge him the honor. I suppose to wish him back is selfishness on my part.”
Jackson nodded slowly. “It is. But hardly to be unexpected.” Silence stole over them. Jackson leaned forward and clasped his hands. “Have you a suggestion for company commander?”
Richard thought a moment. “Lt. Tucker would do well, sir…the campaigns of last year were unkind to our officers, sir. There were many wounded or killed, and others had to take spots in other companies.”
“Is Tucker a trustworthy man?” the general inquired.
“To the utmost, sir. By seniority it belongs to him.”
The general nodded again. “The men have elected you.”
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Well, that's all for now! Hope you have a fantastic weekend and please, tell your friends about The Rivers of Sorrow!
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