Thursday, December 14, 2017

Spotlight Tour: Seeking A Familiar Face

Book Details:

Book Title: Seeking a Familiar Face: The Transformational Journey of Connecting with God by May Patterson

Category: Adult nonfiction, 175 pages

Genre: Christian Living

Publisher: Exploration Press

Release date: September 2017

Tour dates: Dec 11 to 29, 2017

Content Rating: G

Book Description:

The greatest adventure of your life awaits. And it will change everything.

Ever feel disappointed? Like your life isn't as fulfilling as you had always dreamed it would be? Are you laden down with responsibilities, feeling overwhelmed and empty, or maybe even a bit caged?

You're not alone.

Many people in the Bible felt the same way. Most had difficulties. Some felt stuck. Others were depressed, afraid and uncertain. And some just wanted to get closer to God. So they set out on life's adventure —seeking God—and encountered the One who fulfilled their longings and changed their lives forever.

The same can happen for you.

Seeking a Familiar Face guides you on the transforming journey of connecting with God, through simple, yet extraordinary ways. It doesn't matter if you are already seeking Him or just getting started, this book will encourage you to go a little farther toward locking hearts with God.

In this book you will discover engaging narratives from ten biblical characters, along with stories, humor, and practical ideas for seeking God. There are thought-provoking questions at the end of each chapter to discuss with a friend or a group. Most of all, "Seeking a Familiar Face" will offer you fresh hope for deepening your intimacy with God.

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Video of May Patterson explaining
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Meet the Author:

May Patterson has been writing and teaching bible study classes for several years. Her new book, “Seeking a Familiar Face,” was birthed from a Bible study she wrote in 2014 called “A Time to Seek.” She was trained in small group dynamics for over ten years at Bible Study Fellowship, serving as a leader for four years. She has written for several magazines including Focus on the Family, Upper Room Magazine and Shattered Magazine, among others. She is married to her dear friend, Mike, and they have three grown children. She loves to tell stories, laugh, and talk about the adventure of seeking God.

Connect with the Author: Website ~ LinkedIn ~ Facebook

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Blog Tour: Sea of Strangers

Welcome to the Sea of Strangers Tour! 

Know your enemy if you want to survive…
The only way for Khya to get her brother back alive is to kill Varan—the immortal ruler who can’t be killed. But not even Varan knew what he was doing when he perverted magic and humanity to become immortal.
Khya’s leading her group of friends and rebels into the mountains that hold Varan’s secrets, but if risking all their lives is going to be worth it, she has to give up everything else—breaking the spell that holds her brother captive and jeopardizing her deepening relationship with Tessen, the boy who has been by turns her rival and refuge since her brother disappeared. Immortality itself might be her only answer, but if that’s where Khya has to go, she can’t ask Tessen or her friends to follow.
Sea of Strangers (The Ryogan Chronicles #2)
by Erica Cameron
Publication Date: December 5, 2017
Publisher: Entangled Teen


REVIEW: I enjoyed this story, but in parts it was a bit much. The ranks and other language used is unfimilar, and I had to check the glossary often to keep up. The overall story was fun though, and I enjoyed the world-building. Khyais an interesting character, and I loved seeing her journey to save her brother.

Erica Cameron is the author of books for young adults including the Ryogan Chronicles, the Assassins duology, and The Dream War Saga. She also co-authored the Laguna Tides novels with Lani Woodland. An advocate for asexuality and emotional abuse awareness, Erica has also worked with teens at a residential rehabilitation facility in her hometown of Fort Lauderdale.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Review: Child of the Wolves

949457 Child of the Wolves by Elizabeth Hall
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Granite, a Siberian husky puppy, is all alone in the Alaskan forest after escaping from his kennel. Each moment of his life is threatened until Snowdrift, a great white wolf, welcomes him into a wolf pack. But Granite must earn his place among the wolf tribe by facing vicious attacks from the other wolves, the human wolf hunters, and the constant challenges of the frozen forest.

12 Days of Fantasy for Christmas: Morgan Wylie

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

12 Days of Fantasy for Christmas
Day 12: Silent Orchids by Morgan Wylie

Silent Orchids

(The Age of Alandria #1)
by Morgan Wylie

YA Fantasy

Paperback & ebook, 302 pages

May 5th 2013

***Nominated for UtopYAcon award: Best Debut Novel of 2013***

A dying realm.

The ancient evil of the Droch-ShĂșil has been unleashed.

The Orchids have been silenced… but for how long?

Daegan, elite of the Ferrishyn warrior tribe of Faeries, is charged with a mission to find the Sol-lumieth, a mysterious new power that could change the fate of all in the realm of Alandria. But he is conflicted by his purpose, and he cannot trust the motives of those he serves. He has too many questions and they must be answered.

Kaeleigh, a girl abandoned as a small child just outside Missoula, Montana, is now 18. She is trying to discover who she is and where she belongs. In her heart, she feels she has family out there… somewhere. Desperate to unravel the mysteries of her past, she embarks on a journey that will forever change her along with her two best friends, Finn and Chel—who have secrets of their own.

Guest Post: Character Interview

Hello! Thank you so much for having me today!! I wanted to share some things that you may find interesting about my main character Kaeleigh from The Age of Alandria series.

*Ahem, throat clearing*
Chel: Excuse me, Morgan, but I think if anyone is going to talk about Kaeleigh it should be me! ;) *Chel bounces behind me. 

Me: Well, hi Chel, I didn’t know you would be here, but I should’ve known better. Where’s Finn?

*Chel nods to the back of the room* 
*Finn stands at the back of the room, arms crossed, and scowling* 
Chel: Oh Finn, relax. I’m not going to share anything Kaeleigh wouldn’t want people to know.

*Finn Slinks over from where he was skulking in the corner with a cheesy grin* 
Finn: I know, that’s why Chel and I will take it from here.

Me: Okay, well, everyone let me introduce you to Kaeleigh’s two best friends… Finn and Chel.

Chel: I’m so excited! Thank you for having us here today.

Finn: Um, Chel… they didn’t. We hijacked this post.

Chel: Technicalities Finn *waves hand flippantly* Plus who knows Kaeleigh better than her BEST friend?

Finn: (s)

Chel: Huh?

Finn: friends. You said friend. I added the ‘s’.

Chel: Hmm. Well, you better hope that Morgan doesn’t do something drastic to you in book 2.

Finn: *glares*

Chel: Just sayin’. Ok let’s get this show on the road! I’ll go first…

Finn: Of course you will *mumbles under his breath*

Chel: *glares back* those were my dagger eyes

Finn: Oh is that what that was? I thought maybe you just had something in both your eyes

Me: Ok you two, this is suppose to be about Kaeleigh. These people have things to do, get on with it!

Chel: First off, you should know that Kaeleigh is the best friend a girl *ahem* or guy (eye roll to Finn) could have. She is loyal and caring, she always thinks of us before herself.

Finn: I’m not sure that isn’t something they couldn’t figure out.

Chel: Fine. You go.

Finn: *sighs* I don’t like this. I don’t think she would appreciate us talking about her.

Chel: Oh! I got one… Kaeleigh is a restless sleeper. She kicks!

Finn: *smirks* And she talks in her sleep.

Chel: See this is fun.

Finn: *frowns*

Chel: Hey I’m doing all the work here. Your turn.

Finn: Kaeleigh calls me if she hasn’t heard from me after a couple days, just to make sure I’m not lying dead, alone, on the floor in my apartment.

Chel: Oookay… that was morbid, Finn. Back to me. Remember last winter when I found an injured stray cat? I tried to take care of it, but it got real bad. Kaeleigh helped me take it to the vet. *pause and looks down, hands wringing* That’s why she got fired from that secretary job.

Finn: *growls* Chel, you know she’s allergic to cats. You should have called me.

Chel: I know, but you would have just told me not to bother. Did you even hear me though, I’m the reason she lost her job.

Finn: *shrugs* It obviously didn’t bother her that much—she got another one. It’s just a job to her. You are her family and that means something.

Chel: *takes deep breath* You’re right Finn, thanks. You know, you’re all right when you want to be. I think Kaeleigh is the only person who can make you smile, but you know that, don’t you?

Finn *stands up non-chalantly* Hey Morgan, I think we are finished here, if you need to say anything.

Me: Thanks Finn for remembering that I was even here. Chel, anything else you want to add?

Chel: No, I’m good. Thank you for letting us hijack your post. It was fun! *pokes Finn*

Ok, well, I hope you were able to learn a little something about my main character and maybe even a little about the dynamic of her posse. Thank you for indulging my characters today!

—Morgan Wylie

About the Author

Morgan Wylie is an award-winning author with several genres published from YA fantasy to adult paranormal romance and other things in between. Morgan published her first novel, Silent Orchids, one year after moving across the country with her family on a journey of new discovery. After an amazing three years in Nashville, TN and the release of two more books, Morgan and her family found their way back to the Northwest where they now reside. Still working everyday with great optimism, Morgan continues to embrace all things: “Mama”, wife, teacher, and mediator to the many voices and muses constantly chattering in her head… where it gets pretty loud!

Tour Schedule

November 30th: Launch
December 1st: Sarra Cannon
December 2nd: W.R. Gingell
December 3rd: Nikki Jefford
December 4th: K. D. Jones
December 5th: M. L. LeGette
December 6th: Belle Malory
December 7th: Melissa McShane
December 8th: Sara C. Roethle
December 9th: R.K. Ryals
December 10th: Jennifer Silverwood
December 11th: Melissa Wright
December 12th: Morgan Wylie
December 13th: Grand Finale

Tour Giveaway

1 winner will win a FIRE HD 8 TABLET from Amazon along with the following ebooks:
- TRITON'S CURSE by Sarra Cannon
- MASQUE by W.R. Gingell
- A WHITE SO RED by K.D. Jones
- THE TWELFTH KEEPER by Belle Malory
- SERVANT OF THE CROWN by Melissa McShane
- TEMPEST by R.K. Ryals
- CRAVING BEAUTY be Jennifer Silverwood
- REAWAKENED by Morgan Wylie

Open to US residents or those who are eligible for the Fire Tablet in their area (those who are not, can receive cash value through PayPal)

Ends December 17th

Monday, December 11, 2017

Review: Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 1

870 Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 1 by Hiromu Arakawa
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Alchemy: the mystical power to alter the natural world; something between magic, art and science. When two brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric, dabbled in this power to grant their dearest wish, one of them lost an arm and a leg...and the other became nothing but a soul locked into a body of living steel. Now Edward is an agent of the government, a slave of the military-alchemical complex, using his unique powers to obey orders...even to kill. Except his powers aren't unique. The world has been ravaged by the abuse of alchemy. And in pursuit of the ultimate alchemical treasure, the Philosopher's Stone, their enemies are even more ruthless than they are...