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A Blog Tour Collision

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I decided why not have two tours collide. I’ve actually had Willowy on here before. But whatever, here is an interesting interview.
What honor would you like your book to receive?
I will be submitting Angel Gate in a writing contest to compete for the Selah Award, so I would be so honored if my book were to be a finalist.
I’m not very well educated on book honors. I can say that if it does receive some sort of an honor I’ll probably be shocked out of my socks. But honestly, the biggest honor that it could receive in my opinion is simply the chance to bless girls lives. I tell people I wrote this book for one girl. The one girl that needed it in her life to tell her that yes, she is loved; yes, God sees her; yes, she is important and not forgotten. I believe with all my heart that God worked through me to write this book for that girl and I trust Him completely to get it to her, and that’s the best honor I believe I could ever receive.
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If I got a physical copy of your book would you rather I kept it forever or gave it away?
Keep it forever! I would rather my books be safe in someone’s treasured bookshelf than lost in a thrift store somewhere.

Oh dear, if you get a physical copy of the book it’s really up to you! If you want to give it away feel free! But if you want to keep it it’s your book XD. If you feel led to give it to a girl though, I highly encourage that! God can work through any person and I just want this book to reach the girls that need it most.
What character are you a little bit jealous of and why?
Bitter yet gentle Audrey Wade finds a love that balms old hurts, satisfies a lonely heart, and brings her happiness again. I suppose that is something anyone can envy and admire.
Ooo what character am I jealous of… Can I say the MC Rose? Although I wouldn’t want what she has in this book, she’s got quite the great story in the second book that takes place four years after Dewdrops and Butterflies (that book is already handwritten and typing all glorious 165k w handwritten words up is my NaNoWriMo project for this November) and I wouldn’t mind living in her shoes for a day or two. 😛
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What detail are you most proud of in this book?
Tomblin! He’s just one of those characters who floats around in the book, inconsequential—I suppose—but so rich in personality that I feel as if I know him. He’s quirky, temperamental, and somehow humorous. You just got to love him.
There’s two parts of this book that I’m most proud of. The first is how much I allowed it to grow and shape itself and how it’s developed from the early stages. I knew God was writing through me and I didn’t want to stifle that if He was guiding me to change or adjust something. And the final manuscript is so much more than I could have gotten it to be on my own.
The second part is just how many personal references I made in the story. You have to know me really well to catch almost any of them, but reading it and recognizing them in my own book makes me grin every time.
What is the least common thing you are a fan of? i.e. something you are one of the only people you know of that likes that thing.
Smelling old books, walking in a thunderstorm, drowning my food in A1 sauce…
That’s an interesting question. I don’t know the answer to that one. I’m a pretty agreeable person I guess. I don’t disagree with everybody else about things…
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What is the oddest thing on your bucket list?
I want to be a stowaway on a train! Whether or not that will ever happen is yet to be seen.
Oddest thing on my bucket list. Well, I don’t have a physical list, but I do have an abstract, ever-shifting list in my head. The oddest thing I can remember right now is… to spend a week with just my best friend and I in a condo on the California coast. It’s a wild dream that’s probably not going to happen but that’s what a bucket list is for right?
What character surprised you the most?
Long forgotten ex-fiancé from Audrey’s past makes an abrupt reappearance and tries to reenter a romance he abandoned years ago.
AAAAlllex my friend. This man went from being the picture of perfection to a character that I could relate to so much more than any of the others. I’m really pleased with the way he turned out. Although I am sorry for putting him through what I had put him through, I wouldn’t take it back XD.
I’m maybe planning on doing a tour collision. What do you think?
*I wasn’t certain on this one, so I wanted to check with you. What is a tour collision? Thanks so much!*
A tour collision is when to blog tours collide.
8. Great idea! 👍
I don’t know exactly what a tour collision is, so I couldn’t state my opinion on it, but it sounds either fun or destructive. 
Thanks for interviewing me!
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BOOK SYNOPSIS: Angels Gate
 

Would the penalty for his questions—and his lovebe lethal?

He’s got it all—looks, charisma, the compelling grin—everything Hollywood could ever ask for. Cass Remmlone is finally living his dreams. Maybe he’s not like he used to be. Maybe he doesn’t call home anymore, doesn’t read his Bible, doesn’t darken the doors of a church. But he’s having fun—and he’s having it with his best friend, Eddie Barlow. 

Cass should have known God wouldn’t shut His eyes forever. Chastisement slams so fast Cass hardly knows what’s happening. Eddie is lying on the pavement, paramedics hunkering over him, even as his face goes slack. He whispers one name: Madeline. 

Drowning in the horrors of his grief, Cass climbs into his convertible and drives away, leaving behind a career he spent most of his life pursuing. With nothing more than a letter and a name to go on, Cass finds himself in a town called Angel Gate, West Virginia, where he hopes to uncover more about the woman named Madeline. It is mere providence that leads him to the rundown farm, where he catches his first sight of Audrey Wade. If he thought she was beautiful before, the fact that she wants nothing to do with him only increases his attraction. But are his efforts even fruitful? Or is he wasting his time?

The longer he spends in Angel Gate, the more he begins to sense something sinister. A child is in danger, yet no one seems to notice. And who is Madeline? Why does the town go hush at the sound of her name? The closer he comes to the answers, the deeper he sinks into a nightmare. 

Cass Remmlone can star in a movie…but can he rescue a child, win Audrey’s heart, and uncover a grisly truth? Or will he die trying?  

AUTHOR BIO:  Willowy-wisper-

WILLOWY WHISPER is a young Christian fiction author, graphic designer, and photographer. She lives in a beautiful place called West Virginia, nestled between mountain and field. She is the author of eleven novels, ten of which are published, and numerous short stories. She enjoys playing the piano, guitar, mandolin, and ukulele. She is also a born-again believer in Jesus Christ, an incurable romantic, and a passionate dreamer.

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???? Libby????

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Libby’s Blog/Blog Tour Headquarters.
Dewdrops and Butterflies Goodreads page.
Libby’s Facebook.
Libby’s Instagram.
Libby’s Bookstagram.
Libby’s Pinterest.

Honestly I found it super interesting to see which of them sent me what information. So glad I could take part in these tours.

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Chocolate Pudding For Breakfast

I have a couple of controversial opinions about food. One of them is that I don’t like chocolate milk. I don’t like hot cocoa. I do love chocolate ice cream. And chocolate pudding is the best. But just to drink it? No.

Naturally this causes some controversy. Not much, because it is well known, I have never liked it. When we were little I would have half a mug of hot chocolate and most of it would stay in the fridge for weeks. I wanted to like it, but it didn’t happen.

I think it was my tenth birthday, I went out for a birthday breakfast and for my drink I ordered hot chocolate. Having matured I finished it and for the next five-six years I tried my best to pretend like I liked hot chocolate. (but whenever possible I was as likely to get apple cider or tea)

Recently I’ve just come to accept the fact I don’t like hot cocoa. I don’t like chocolate milk.

So when from the food pantry yesterday we got 18 bottles of chocolate milk, I didn’t want to give up my share. So this morning was cool and Mom got one of the bottles heating up on the stove*. I did so much whisking that be the time I gave up on it thickening it was more like mousse.

Recipe

1 cup milk

2 Ts Cocoa

2 Ts Sugar

Pinch Salt

1 Ts Cornstarch

Or 1 Cup Chocolate Milk

Pinch Salt

1 Ts Cornstarch

While heating most of the milk be sure an stir in the flavoring. Once they are well incorporated in a bowl mix together the remaining milk and Cornstarch. Stream the mixture into the cooking pot and stir. (Brisker stirring will result in a more mousse like texture) Upon achieving thickness remove from heat and serve.

 

*The reason Mom only heated up one bottle is the plastic wrapping the bottles came in said that is was nearly a month out of date. A dozen people had drunk some of it the day before and no one got sick. So…

Also this was apparently a taste test of some sort. The label said 2% Natural Chocolate Milk. The Ingredients were Milk and Vitamin D3. So we were also uncertain as to what was actually in the milk.

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Sustainable Tuesday: Unsustainable Things

In honor of Nanowrimo being next month I thought I would take today to write as many words as possible even though I’m tired. I’m starting at 5:47.

Speaking of Nanowrimo, if you followed me because of it, I will be posting updates on Sundays.

So the title of this post is because I thought why not talk about things that I find unsustainable and why I think that.

1 : My blog…

A. Yes. Sadly with Nanowimo coming up my blog will be hard to sustain. Don’t worry I’ll still be posting as normal.

B. I have started working on Thursdays. I may have a job on most Wednesday’s and some Fridays. And hopefully soon I’ll be housekeeper of an Air BnB. So my habit of writing the post just before I publish them is starting to get unsustainable.

2 : Makeup.

A. My wallet can’t afford any makeup. Especially the super nice, sustainable, kind. My skin is mostly clear and so I don’t care.

B. If you ask me about Sunscreen I have opinions on that subject that could be a blog post by themselves.

3 : Movies and Shows

A. Having a TV. It can really eat up your time. Even if you have it on for background noise, I find that the visuals are super distracting. Play some music or get an audio book instead.

B. Going to the Movies. Not only do you have the cost of the ticket, but often people make a special trip. If you must go, don’t get a snack, I’ve heard that movie theatre popcorn is one of the most expensive things you can buy per once.

4 : Having food made for you

A. Visiting restaurants. Maybe my mom is a good cook. Maybe I have annoying dietary restrictions. But often when I visit a restaurant I come home thinking I could have easily made something just as good for less money. Sometimes I feel like I could have even done better. So why eat out.

B. Having food delivered. This has all the problems of the visiting a restaurant, but now you also have a lot of trash and maybe dishes to wash. Yeah, no.

C. (Yay finally a C) Buying prepared food. There is really no occasion to buy pre-prepared. It is either more expensive and keeps less long. Or it doesn’t taste as good. Or is full of really odd chemicals. Except for granola, fruit, chia, nut, etc. bars (these can be a bit difficult to make) everything is simple enough to make at home.

5 : Not Being educated.

I don’t mean you must go to college and get a degree. I mean do you due diligence. Learn all you can about things before you start talking about doing them. If you want to get solar power, make sure you have enough money to pay the massive start up costs. If you want to go vegan, make sure to know what you need to eat. Just be educated, your degree doesn’t matter nearly as much as what you know.

I’ve written just over 500 words and it is now 6:14, I think this bodes well for next month. If you have actually read through all my ramblings, thank you. That is so nice. I don’t know why you did so if you wouldn’t mind leaving me a comment explaining I would be grateful.

Awhile ago I mentioned changes would be coming to my blog. So far they are pretty minor, but I’ve seen them. To be honest I don’t know how I want my blog to change. I’ve cut down on how many people are following me. I may be putting together a little giveaway soon.

It’s not really been mentioned on here, but I’ve recently started a booktube channel and so that will be cutting down on my free time. I have fairly big sewing plans this month. I’m re purposing so much fabric. And yeah, work exists.

Looking forward to not getting any comments.

But for those crazy people who may be still interested I’m now at 6:22 and a word count of 676.

 

 

Side question how much would you pay for a super awesome sustainable Blue Jean Skirt?

The NaNoWriMo 20 Questions Tag

Rules

  1. Thank the awesome blogger who tagged you!
  2. Link back to the creator of this tag, Sophie @Sophie’s Corner. (I want to hear about your NaNo novels!!)
  3. Feel free to use the NaNoWriMo 20 Questions Tag graphics!
  4. Answer the questions.
  5. Tag some friends who are also doing NaNo this year.
  6. And have fun!!!

 

Thanks Sophie for tagging me and letting me use the graphics

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Tell me about your NaNoWriMo project this year! Give me a blurb!

Come to Containsia a place with no gluten and no magic. Hiding from the Empire there maybe Centaurs, Dragons, Dryads, Dwarves, Elves, Fairies, Goblins, Lecrans, Nyads, Onontets, Trolls, Werecats, Weregoats, Werewolves and the occasional talking animal.

Zimran has a few problems. On one hand Zimran has “The Mark of Goozon”, on the other he has “The Mark Dracone”, in the back of his mind is the fact that both he and his sister is of age to wed, never mind the fact that the shunned have been in contact with him.

What’s the genre?

Epic. YA. High. Fantasy. With, No, Magic. There, Will, Be, Dragons. And, Elves. And, Fairies. So…

Describe your MC in three words.

Dragon-rider, Brother, Stressed

Without spoilers, describe your villain in three words.

Empire, Evil, Cliche?

Not to be vague, but this is book one of a (hopefully) five book series, so …

What is your goal? (the traditional 50K? 20K? 5K? or……. 100K?)

Traditional, Traditional, Traditional. I want to hit 50K, but it’s not to important.

Is this your first draft? Second? Third?

First draft, attempt six….

Yes. This story has been around a bit.

Are you starting a new project (or draft), or continuing an existing one?

Starting a new draft. None of the existing drafts are up to snuff, but I will reread them all.

What is your favorite time to write in the day?

Mid morning?

Where are you going to write?

It depends. Hopefully on my desk in my room. But I’m still sharing with my sisters and the desk isn’t made yet. Probably on my lap, in my chair, in the living room. Possibly on my bed.

Computer or paper?

Computer, but I may switch to paper. There are advantages to both.

NaNoWriMo is a huge commitment!! How are you going to make time to write?

By reading less. I’m considering almost completely stopping reading on my computer and using that time to write.

Are you going to participate in local or online NaNoWriMo events? (e.g. kick-off parties in your city, write-ins, virtual writing sprints…)

Maybe… Yes! I’m hoping my boss librarian will let me hold a write-in or two in the local library, but I’ll probably do some sprints as well.

Do you write from beginning to end or skip around?

Beginning to end. At a later point some scenes may skip around. But it is supposed to be beginning to end.

Planner or pantser? (or plantser?)

I’m planning. It is slow going. Last time I pantsed.

What will be your go-to NaNoWriMo snack?

Cabbage! Private jokes from Camp Nano aside. Apples, Oranges, Cabbage.

Choice of caffeine? (or no caffeine?)

Mostly no, but I’ll have a cup of black tea on occasion.

Any rewards for milestone achievements? For finishing NaNoWriMo?

Ummm…. Maybe I should do this…. Ummm…. I’m trying to save money…. Ummm…. I really think this is a good idea, but I’ve never really done it. I don’t know what to make my rewards… Mom suggested that I get a sticker for every day I write. What the final reward will be is beyond me. Give me your suggestions.

Share a tip for other NaNo-ers!

Plan ahead. You probably know what days you definitely  won’t be able to write on. (I’m looking at you Thanksgiving) so plan ahead and bump up our word count goal accordingly.

How are you feeling about NaNoWriMo? (Excited?! Nervous!? Terrified?!)

Not terrified. I don’t put that much concern into the matter.

Share an aesthetic for your NaNoWriMo novel!

Now to be perfectly honest I’ve never made an aesthetic for anything, so tell me how I did.

The vast majority of these are from Pinterest. Because I realized I wanted to do this tag on Sunday the 13th, last Friday I went to the library and did some pin-surfing. If you want to see other options I considered for this aesthetic and more behind the scenes stuff check out my Containsia board.

I want to tag these wonderful people!

Bella Putt

Ariana

Jenna

Sunny

Megs

Brooklyne

Sarah

I thought there was a couple more people I wanted to tag, but I can’t find them right now, so I’ll edit it if I remember.

If you want to encourage me or keep track of how I’m doing you can buddy me on NaNoWriMo or buy me a coffee.

I added the tag to my bookstagram

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Titles Are To Important

I’m doing NaNoWriMo again this year. I plan on posting more about it on Sunday.

I’ve acquired a Ko-fi account. I’m still setting it up but I thought you should know.

I’ve posted a video to IGTV and since you can only watch it on a smart phone, I posted the video to YouTube as well. But wait, before you go over to my Instagram to watch it I must tell you something. I have two Instagram’s. The one on my blog is more for my blog, it’s about sewing and my normal life. The video is on my other account, my bookstagram. If you want to see my bookish self check out @authors.ace.

If you are wondering where the Ingalls are, they are waiting for it to be dry enough for me to remember to take them outside to go a camping trip. I may not mind camping out in the rain myself, or even taking a book out into the rain for a quick photo, but my paper dolls are super precious.

Diary Of A Librarian

Am I Afraid?

Oh, bother I’m writing on the job again.

Recently I read this amazing post about pride and I thought, “Why don’t I do a post about fear.” So here I am.

Fear

An unpleasant feeling. Sometimes it can be useful, but most often it is debilitating. The Bible has a lot to say about fear and being afraid.

The first to pop into mind is Psalm 56:3 as it is M’s favorite verse.

Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You.

It’s a pretty classic Psalm of David. It tells us that David was able to put his fear on YHWH

1 John 4:18 is another that comes swiftly to mind.

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

Don’t you want perfect love. We are not meant to be afraid.

Next up is a verse I don’t know why it comes to mind. I have memorized it, perhaps that is why. Deuteronomy 6:13

Fear the LORD your God, serve him only and take your oaths in his name.

Suddenly we are still talking about fear, but now it is different. We are to fear God.

How????

Does Deuteronomy 11:1 give us a hint.

You shall therefore love the Lord your God and keep his charge, his statutes, his rules, and his commandments always

I think it does, for it brings us back to the subject of love.

So am I afraid?

No.

Do I fear?

I hope so.

What about you?

Sustainable Tuesday: Buy For The Future

Feel free to leave comments about how buying for the future is the point of sustainability, then I can know you only read the first sentence.

 

 

Okay. Now onto the point of this post.

Ages ago, my parents lived in France and something delightful happened. The worth of the American Dollar went way up. Their income remained the same, but they were worth so much more.

They didn’t start eating out all the time. They didn’t start eating expensive food all the time. They didn’t start going to movies all the time.They bought things.

Things that have been used since then. Things that are still being used. Things we joke we will argue over when they die. I might have considered taking pictures of these things. But sadly we have looked and found they are no longer made.

Mom’s Pans

Stainless steel nesting pans. With Copper in the bottom. Removable handles. Yes these are plastic, but as long as you keep them clean and off of cooking pots they will last for years with only the springs needing to be replaced. The largest pan can hold just enough soup for six people and the smallest is perfect for one person. I love these pans.

Theory

If you find yourself with a surplus of money invest in some nice, expensive pans and learn how to take care of them. Thirty plus years from now you will still be using them and patting yourself on the back.

Matching Backpacks

As my parents knew they would be doing a lot of traveling they got matching orange backpacks. These packs were designed to be used for hiking or traveling. The smaller one just works as a carry on, but the larger is great for stashing extra things. They zip all the way down the sides, but still feel great for a long time on your back. I can’t say they’ve been used as much as the pans, but on average probably twice a year for some purpose or other. These are mostly plastic, but with care they’ve lasted and been used, so it’s less of a worry.

Theory

If you know you will be traveling a fair amount invest in a good backpack. Do your research and find something. If you know you will be doing lots of spontaneous traveling get something that zips all the way down. You will not regret it.

 

Unlike some of my parents wedding presents (which I’ve barely seen), the things they bought in France are staples of life. Perhaps some other day I will write about some of the old staples in our house, but for now these two will do.

Buying larger items, that hopefully will only need to be done once or twice may seem hard, but if done correctly will be extremely rewarding.

What are you going to cut out of your life so you can invest in your future?