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review 2020-06-03 06:00
The Story Hunter Review and GIVEAWAY!
 

About the Book

 


Book:  The Story Hunter

Author: Lindsay A. Franklin

Genre:  Christian Fantasy, Action & Adventure

Release Date: May 19, 2020

Redeeming the past is a fatal quest.

In the wake of a deadly coup, the capital city of Urian has descended into chaos. Heartbreak and bloodshed await Tanwen and her friends as they discover the unlikeliest leader now rules Tir.

If they want to save the realm, Tannie and the Corsyth weavers must rescue Queen Braith and unmask the Master, ending the strife once and for all. But the success of their hunt depends upon an ally no one trusts.

The Master has a new target in sight: fragile, trauma-scarred Digwyn, whose unique weaving ability could turn the tide of any war. When the desire for vengeance proves too powerful for Digwyn to resist, Tanwen must face a terrifying truth: the fate of Tir rests in the hands of a volatile, shattered girl.




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About the Author

 


Lindsay A. Franklin is a Carol Award–winning author, freelance editor, and homeschooling mom of three. She would wear pajama pants all the time if it were socially acceptable. Lindsay lives in her native San Diego with her scruffy-looking nerf-herder husband, their precious geeklings, three demanding thunder pillows (a.k.a. cats), and a stuffed marsupial named Wombatman.
 

More from Lindsay

 

Someone asked me recently where my story ideas come from. In fact, that’s one of the author questions I get asked most often. Honestly, the answer is different for every single project I’ve worked on, every single thing I’ve written. I’ve gotten ideas from news headlines, from dreams, from random musings while washing dishes. I even got an idea for a novel from a throwaway remark made by an editor teaching a workshop (that’s how The Story Peddler started).

The idea for The Story Hunter started with a title that turned into a girl.

After The Weaver Trilogy was acquired, my publisher and I brainstormed a list of titles for books two and three in the series. My editor loved the title The Story Peddler and wanted to keep that format for subsequent books. On his brainstorming list was the title The Story Thief. Obviously, this title did not make it all the way to publication. The middle-grade best-selling series Story Thieves wasn’t on our radar at the time, and once it was, I knew we would have to work with a different title (and I absolutely love the title The Story Hunter, so there’s no lingering sadness over here). But the moment I saw that phrase, The Story Thief, a new character popped into my head. It was one of those rare instances when a complete person arrives in my imagination all at once. I knew who she was, what she wanted, and what her unique gift would be. She was Diggy, my story thief, and I knew book three would belong to her.

There were many things I loved about writing this final installment of The Weaver Trilogy but none more than getting to write my story thief’s journey. That’s her hand on the cover of the book, stealing lightning and battling her inner monsters. Though I knew who Diggy was the moment I imagined her, I wasn’t sure how her story was going to end until I wrote it. I can recall saying to my best friend during Hunter’s writing process, “I don’t know if Diggy is going to be okay.” Her backstory is very difficult and deeply personal to me. When we’re facing the kind of odds Diggy is facing, sometimes we don’t win. And even if we do, rarely do we come out unscathed. So I built the book around that question: is Diggy going to be okay? And I didn’t know the answer until I scribbled it down on my outline.

When readers reach The End for the final time in this series, I hope they will feel I’ve done Diggy’s story—and the stories of all my beloved Weaver characters— justice.
 
 

My Review

 

“And the dream of a safe, quiet life tucked away in the Corsyth with tomorrows stretching before me and Mor and the others shattered.”

Oh my heart! This book has evoked so many emotions, and I hate to see it end and to have to bid farewell to these characters. If ever there was a book to win me over to the fantasy genre, this trilogy would be it! In endeavoring to explore stories in genres outside my comfort zone, I have come to the realization that part of the reason why I tend to shy away from fantasy (and sci-fi, for that matter) is that I enjoy rural, pastoral settings. So I appreciate that The Weaver Trilogy incorporates a bit of both rural and urban life. Likewise, I enjoyed that there was still a strong element of realism, despite the clear fantasy components. Although I did not get a chance to read book two yet, there is enough backstory provided from it to clue the reader in to the major events. I would still recommend reading them in order, though, and reading book one first is essential.

Lindsay Franklin brings The Weaver Trilogy to an epic finale with “The Story Hunter.” Despite how seemingly straightforward her titles are, I love the fact that they end up meaning something different after reading the story than what I took them to mean at face value. When it comes to books, I enjoy surprises! There is no shortage of them here, as readers learn some surprising things about the events from the previous two books and how everything ties together. “The Story Hunter” opens with the aftermath of an uprising and a new and completely unexpected leader on the throne, and at no point does the action relent. This is truly a page-turner!

As with the other books in the series, this one contains multiple narrators, noted by their name in the chapter title. In many cases, this tends to be an issue for me, leading to confusion and information overload, but Franklin uses it so well here that I can’t imagine the series any other way. The varying viewpoints offer valuable insight into some of the main characters without becoming overwhelming for the reader. Digwyn, or Diggy, stole my heart in this book as I cheered for her and as my heart broke for her. I will miss these characters and the spiritual insight that they offer.

There are some caveats I would offer to potential readers: this third book in the series has violent scenes (fighting and the aftermath of battle) and does deal with post-traumatic stress involving sexual abuse. All of this is handled very well but could be disturbing or triggering to some, so I recommend this for older teen readers and above.

I received a complimentary copy of this book through Celebrate Lit and was not required to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own.

 

Blog Stops

 

 
 

Giveaway

 

 
To celebrate her tour, Lindsay is giving away the grand prize package of a signed set of The Weaver Trilogy paperbacks, set of four character cards with art by Laura Hollingsworth, set of three Weaver-themed Novelly Yours candles (The Corsyth, The Cethorelle, and The Craigyl), an “I Ship It Mor” enamel pin designed by Dust & Pages, Custom tea tins from Adagio Tea (Braith’s Blend and Diggy’s Spikefruit), and an assortment of bookmarks, stickers, and art prints!!
 
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.
 

 

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text 2020-06-01 22:17
June 2020 Library Love Challenge Link Up & Giveaway

 

Welcome to the June monthly link-up for the 2020 Library Love Challenge hosted by Angel’s Guilty Pleasures & Books of My Heart. 

 

This year we are doing things differently.  Instead of the yearly giveaway we’re doing a monthly giveaway and review link up.  If you have not signed up for the 2020 Library Love Challenge, sign-up is open all year long and you can join anytime. Find the rules and sign-up: here.

 

Share using #LibraryLoveChallenge 

 

 

Now for the Giveaway & What you could win: For the June Giveaway, you can pick any CD or MP3 from the list below of Books of My Heart’s Audiobooks (USA Only). 

 

  • Krewe of Hunters  by Heather Graham, narrated by Luke Daniels (CDs) – 4 abridged audios: The Night is Watching (9), The Cursed (12), The Hexed (13), and The Forgotten (16)
  • Secrets in Death by JD Robb, narrated by Susan Erickson (MP3) 
  • Just One Look / The Woods by Harlan Coben, narrated by Angela Dawe, Luke Daniels, Steven Weber (MP3)
  • Broken Soul by Faith Hunter, narrated by Khristine Hvam (MP3)
  • Pretend You’re Safe by Alexandra Ivy, narrated by Jim Frangione  (CDs)

 

Giveaway Policy: The Winner will be notified by email, and will have 48 hours to respond or a new Winner will be chosen.  Winning entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law.

 

ENTER THE GIVEAWAY AND REVIEW LINKY HERE

 

 

Source: angelsguiltypleasures.com/2020/06/june-2020-library-love-challenge-link-up-giveaway
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text 2020-06-01 22:15
June Of Books Giveaway Hop ~ June 1st – 30th

Hosted by It Starts at Midnight & FLYLēF

 

Welcome to June Of Books Giveaway

 

You could win ANY 2020 New Release of your choice up to $15 US Dollars (Open INT).  I’ll do physical or eCopy.  USA winner can pick a book from Amazon & International winner can pick a book from the BookDepository as long as they ship their for free (find that out here!).  The Winner will be notified by e-mail, and will have 48 hours to respond or a new Winner will be chosen.  Winning entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded.  No purchase necessary.  Void where prohibited by law.

 

Not sure what to get. Check out some of the June Releases!

 

 

Check out all the stops and enter this giveaway below!

 

ENTER THE GIVEAWAY HERE

 

 

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review 2020-05-30 05:00
When I Meet You Review and GIVEAWAY!
 

About the Book

 


Book:  When I Meet You

Author: Olivia Newport

Genre:  Christian fiction

Release Date: May, 2020

Book 3 in the Tree of Life Series: A Father-Daughter Genealogy Team Link Faith Journeys on Family Trees

A trunk abandoned at Denver’s Union Station more than a century ago leads Jillian and Nolan to untangle the mystery of its contents—including correspondence with the head of Pinkerton’s National Detective Agency Denver office. While Nolan digs into the legalities of the findings, Jillian searches for the descendants of a stolen identity who might not be who they think they are on Colorado ranch land. When Drew seems anxious to hear what Jillian has to say but his Great Aunt Min slams the subject closed—twice—Jillian is all the more determined to find out what happened to the woman who never claimed her luggage, why Min doesn’t want to talk about it, and what will happen for Drew if he gets the answers he seeks.

When I Meet You is the third book in the Tree of Life series by Olivia Newport. You’ll want to return to the lovely Colorado mountain town of Canyon Mines again and again to explore and celebrate unforgettable family stories that will inspire you to connect with your own family histories and unique faith journeys.



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About the Author

 


Olivia Newport’s novels twist through time to find where faith and passions meet. Her husband and twentysomething children provide welcome distraction from the people stomping through her head on their way into her books. She chases joy in stunning Colorado at the foot of Pikes Peak.
 

More from Olivia

 

Stolen Identity or Stolen Secrets?

Years ago I made a business trip to a country in Asia. Somehow I managed to pack for two weeks in carry-on luggage. This was before everyone started carrying electronic devices that required a bag of their own, and the impoverished area I visited had only intermittent electricity anyway.

When it was time to come home, my luggage met the requirements to keep it with me as I traveled halfway around the world through several airports. But at the boarding gate, a woman pushed a cart stacked with six oversized and overstuffed suitcases, insisting she had to take all of them on the plane. Her argument was that she couldn’t risk losing her personal belongings. She was moving back to the States, this was everything she owned, and she just wasn’t having this nonsense about abiding by the same limitations as the other 300 people in line or that none of those bags would fit in an overhead compartment anyway. The airline staff began waving people around her to get the large aircraft boarded on time for an international flight. She was one of the last people to take her seat—without her bags.

I admit I prefer keeping my bags with me and getting in and out of airports quickly. And once my bags didn’t come off the same plane I did, and it took a few hours for them to be delivered to me.

But what happens to truly unclaimed baggage? One-half to one percent of baggage that goes through American airports is never claimed. Airlines will try for ninety days to find the owners. If they can’t, they have to do something with it. Generally it’s sold, sight unseen, to the Unclaimed Baggage Center in Alabama. There it is opened and sorted into what can be cleaned and sold in their store, what might be donated, and what has no value and is disposed of as trash. They find some pretty interesting things!

But my brain goes back to the curious question of why the baggage is unclaimed in the first place.

It’s not just because the airline lost it. We’ve all seen the lines of suitcases that baggage handlers remove from the circling conveyer belt because they’ve been around enough times that it’s obvious no one is there to pick them up after the flight. People got off the plane and left the airport without their bags. Why?

My new book, When I Meet You, raises the same question about travel in the railroad era. A trunk abandoned at Denver’s Union Station more than a century ago surfaces, leading genealogist Jillian and her lawyer father, Nolan, to untangle the mystery of its contents—including correspondence with the head of Pinkerton’s National Detective Agency Denver office. While Nolan digs into the legalities of the findings, Jillian searches for the descendants of a stolen identity who might not be who they think they are on Colorado ranch land. When Drew seems anxious to hear what Jillian has to say but his Great Aunt Min slams the subject closed—twice—Jillian is all the more determined to find out what happened to the woman who never claimed her luggage, why Min doesn’t want to talk about it, and what will happen for Drew if he gets the answers he seeks.

When I Meet You is the third book in the Tree of Life series. Return to the lovely Colorado mountain town of Canyon Mines again and again to explore and celebrate unforgettable family stories that will inspire you to connect with your own family histories and unique faith journeys.
 
 

My Review

 

As someone interested in genealogy, even though I’ve never really pursued it, the Tree of Life series intrigued me from the very beginning. I love reading about Jillian’s work and research because, although it is fictional, it is also based on the real efforts of contemporary genealogists, and it speaks to that desire in all of us to know where we come from and who our ancestors are. That is also where the faith element fits in so perfectly, because ultimately we are all children of our Father God, and He has given us such a glorious legacy through Jesus!

Of the three books in this series thus far, “When I Meet You” is my favorite. Author Olivia Newport is now, by book three, really settling us in to Canyon Mines, Colorado, and I feel like a part of this small but bustling town. This book is also the most personal for the characters, who are becoming more dynamic. I have enjoyed them from the outset, but I realized while reading this latest addition to the series that they are growing in their relationships with each other. For the first time, Jillian’s past grief comes to the forefront, making her very vulnerable and resulting in some uncharacteristic behavior. Her relationship with Nolan, her dad, hits a few poignant patches, making it much more credible and relatable than the sweet but perhaps too-perfect connection that we have seen prior. I can relate to Jillian’s perseverance and nearly obsessive doggedness in solving the mystery, and I would find it difficult to set aside also.

This is also my favorite mystery of the three. Each book is a split-time story, with the primary story occurring in the present, but also with part of the plot worked out through scenes from the past. The personal connection that the characters have to this story truly enhances it and adds a great deal of dimension. To me, it seems as though they moved from being on the periphery and being drawn into the story to having the story revolve around them and having the other characters become more peripheral. Without giving any spoilers, I will just say that the issues that they contend with in this novel are ones that are very prevalent today. And, if you ever happen to come across an old trunk in your attic, or at a yard sale, open it; you never know what life-changing surprises might await you!

I received a complimentary copy of this book through Celebrate Lit and was not required to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own.

 

 

Blog Stops

 

Through the Fire Blogs, May 28

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, May 28

Texas Book-aholic, May 29

deb’s Book Review, May 29

For the Love of Literature, May 30

Lighthouse Academy Blog, May 30 (Guest Review from Marilyn Ridgway)

A Reader’s Brain, May 31

Blogging With Carol, May 31

Older & Smarter?, June 1

CarpeDiem, June 1

Inklings and notions, June 2

All-of-a-kind Mom, June 2

Hallie Reads, June 2

Betti Mace, June 3

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, June 3

For Him and My Family, June 4

Bigreadersite, June 4

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, June 5

Worthy2Read, June 5

Pause for Tales, June 5

Just the Write Escape, June 6

Inside the Wong Mind, June 6

Tell Tale Book Reviews, June 7

Connect in Fiction, June 7

Daysong Reflections, June 7

She Lives To Read, June 8

Read Review Rejoice, June 8

A Baker’s Perspective, June 9

Mary Hake, June 9

Remembrancy, June 9

Moments, June 10

With a Joyful Noise, June 10

 
 

Giveaway

 

 
To celebrate her tour, Olivia is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon Gift Card and a copy of the book!!
 
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

 

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text 2020-05-28 05:00
Heart of the Ajs Author Interview and GIVEAWAY!
 

About the Book


Book:  Heart of the Ajs

Author: T.E. Bradford

Genre:  Fantasy / Sci-Fi blend

Release Date: September 16, 2019

She has magic she cannot use…

He has a secret she must uncover.

THE SIX WORLDS OF BAQA

ASFAR, first planet from the sun is a desert planet steeped in superstition and tradition. Nafisa el Faruz is the princess, defender of the sun and champion of her people. Hers is the most powerful magic—zaman, holder of time.

TRINITOS, third planet, is home to the sky gate and the wicked man who controls its use, the Ajs An’hlj. He is yunfah—a wind walker, one who can control the air itself. The only thing he covets more than control is power, and he has his sights set on Nafisa.


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About the Author

 


Tracy is the author of the Divide Series, Six World Sagas, and International Bestseller: Kindled Legends – Written in the Stars.

When she’s not busy writing, she can be found taking a scenic drive with her family, snapping photos, or giving voices to her son’s stuffed animals. She reclines her feet in Upstate New York with her very own grumpy kitty, the husband God made just for her, and the son who is her forever best story.
 

More from Tracy

 

 

A large part of the plot for Heart of the Ajs stemmed from a conversation I had with my son. He’d asked me why he still had bad dreams, even after praying for God to take them away.

I searched for the words to explain why God doesn’t always say yes. Sometimes he says no. Or maybe. Or wait–which for me is the hardest answer of all. I thought of an example from when we’d been looking for a new house and didn’t get the one we’d been hoping for. We were so disappointed. But God had a better house in mind for us. We just didn’t know it yet. And at one point my job became very toxic, when after seven years of work I got pregnant and suddenly managers who’d promoted me several times were telling me I wasn’t cutting it. God had a better job in mind for me. I just didn’t know it yet.

I started to wonder if I could weave this truth into a story I’d been working on about a girl who didn’t feel her father or God were listening. She couldn’t see a way out, or understand how anything good could come from where she was.

Yet our precious Heavenly Father always has a plan. A perfect, incredible plan far beyond our wildest imaginings. One He is faithful to reveal with perfect timing.

Even if we may not know it yet.
 
 
 

Author Interview

 

 

When/how did you decide to become a writer?

 

I’m not sure I ever did decide. I was always torn between music and writing, thinking I had to pick one or the other. It took years for me to realize I could do both.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

 

Hah! Great question. I would say I have this thing about revealing info. I love to start a story or chapter, and only reveal to the reader later who it is they’re seeing or hearing. For me, it’s part of enhancing the impact. But I drive my editor crazy.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

 

Have you ever had a late-night snack, like a sandwich piled with every leftover in the fridge? My writing schedule is like that. Family-Job-Write-Job-Other-Family with a dollop of writing on top.

If you could live inside a book, which one would it be?

 

Hmmm. That’s a tough one. Mostly because great books usually also have terrible events or villains. Narnia is beautiful, but set during WWII. Not sure I’d want to experience that first-hand. I’d have to pick the happiest, most peaceful book ever. So I pick Sand and Foam, by Kahlil Gibran.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

If you love writing, just do it. Don’t get caught up in the weeds. No one is perfect right out of the gate. We all learn, and grow, and mostly by making mistakes. Don’t put so much stock in what other’s say that it paralyzes you. People all have their own opinions, and while constructive feedback can be helpful, you have to be able to let the rest go. Write because you love it. Because it’s how you cope with life. Because it’s who you are. But mostly because it makes you happy.

 
 
 

Blog Stops

 

Through the Fire Blogs, May 21

Artistic Nobody, May 22 (Author Interview)

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, May 23

Blossoms and Blessings, May 24 (Author Interview)

Inklings and notions, May 25

By The Book, May 26 (Author Interview)

Texas Book-aholic, May 27

For the Love of Literature, May 28 (Author Interview)

For Him and My Family, May 29

Wishful Endings, May 30 (Author Interview)

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, May 31

deb’s Book Review, June 1

A Baker’s Perspective, June 2 (Author Interview)

Blogging With Carol, June 3

 
 

Giveaway

 

 
To celebrate her tour, T.E. is giving away the grand prize package of a $20 Amazon Gift Card, a signed copy of my book Child of Prophecy, a piece of raw onyx, and a genuine Jasper stone heart necklace!!
 
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.
 

 

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