13 Reasons Why (Not) Blog Tour

In case you’re confused at all about the title for the blog tour.
13 Reasons Why is a Netflix TV series centered around a young girl’s suicide. There’s debate about whether it promotes suicide or simply raises awareness, but the undeniable fact is that this show has persuaded others to take their own lives. Each episode explains a reason for the girl’s suicide—13 episodes, 13 reasons. Since both Freedom and Beloved deal with the topic of suicide, we decided to name our blog tour the 13 Reasons Why tour—but each day, we are giving reasons to choose life. We are fearfully and wonderfully made, loved beyond measure by our Creator. And that makes every day worth living.
If you share about the blog tour or reasons to live on social media, we want to hear about it! Use the hashtags #13rwtour and/or #R2L (reason to live) so we can find you! Also, feel free to tag Faith (@faithpottsauthor) and (@katetheauthor) on Instagram! (Faith also has Facebook, but Kate doesn’t.)

I chose to do an interview, because I love interviews.

Read writing is Kate and Yellow is Faith and I am Bold. I chose the first color based on its pun and the second because when I looked up the color of Faith (sorry Faith, but….) Yellow often stands for hope and faith, which I thought was super cool.

What would you like your book to achieve?
It’s my hope and prayer that Freedom will bring light to the harsh realities of suicide and raise awareness of the heartbreaking statistics, nationwide. One person taking their own life is one too many. 

I’m not gonna lie, if it gets a bunch of 5-star ratings, I’m going to be a happy camper! But I wrote this book to show readers God’s love, to tell them that they are precious in His sight. That suicide isn’t the answer. If it keeps just one person from taking extreme measures, I’ll be so glad.

What is the most encouraging verse in the Bible?
Oh goodness, that’s a tough one… I’m not sure I could choose only one verse, but here’s one that had a special impact on Freedom. 
Galatians 5:1 KJV — Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

Now, that’s just a matter of opinion, haha! But I love Romans 8:38-39, “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” I think this is rather fitting for my book. 😉 Nothing can separate us from the love of God. 

Has any one close to you committed suicide?
No, I haven’t lost anyone close to me to suicide. I’ve only been personally impacted by suicide by friends of friends taking their own lives, and through a few friends who have struggled with suicidal thoughts and intentions. 

No, actually. Suicide isn’t necessarily a topic that I have personal experience with, but it’s still an important subject to me.

What do you think is the saddest reason to commit suicide?
Any reason to commit suicide is the saddest reason. I’m not sure I can pick only one because they all equally matter. Whatever the reason, it’s the worst one to that person. 

Any reason you have to kill yourself  is heartbreaking. Whether a loved one dies, or something happens to make you feel worthless . . . any reason is a sad, horrid reason. I can’t just pick one out.

What is the most interesting story of why someone didn’t choose suicide that you have heard?
I don’t think I can pinpoint a “most interesting” or “best” story. Any story of someone stopping before going all the way and ending their own life is a story that will make me cry. Regardless of the specific reasoning, I’m thankful. And I’m so proud of them for choosing life. 

This answer is going to be much like the last one—any reason to choose life is an important one, no matter how strange or unique. ❤

Freedom

About the book:

FreedomHaving just returned to American soil from the desert sands of the Middle East, James Greene is done with his life. ‘Double amputee’ doesn’t seem like a strong enough phrase to label the physical and emotional pain he bears. Add the lack of love and communication with his family members, the demons that haunt him day and night, and he can find nothing worth living for. Ending it all is the only way out.

Alexandria Lorance is a not-so-ordinary physical therapist, content with aiding in her patients’ recoveries. Her work gives her fulfillment, but alone in the silence, she still endures the hidden scars of a past, unhealthy relationship. Reminding herself that true healing is found in Christ alone, she seeks to show kindness and love to everyone she meets.

When these two broken ones’ paths intersect, the spark of friendship is ignited, bringing hope and joy to both. Can they step out of the darkness of suffering and into the freedom of grace?

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About the author:

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Saved by God’s grace, Faith Potts is a teenage writer and homeschool graduate, living with her family and beloved yellow labs in the North Carolina mountains. When she’s not weaving stories, consuming large amounts of coffee, reading stacks of books, or studying American Sign Language, she can be found laughing harder than is healthy, daydreaming, and—of course—blowing dandelions.

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Beloved

About the book:Beloved

Life without love is hopeless. Foster teen Cara Richards is unloved. With nothing left and nowhere to go, she is determined to find peace, no matter the cost. But despite her intentions, she’s tossed into another foster family and this time, there’s no going back to who she used to be. To make matters worse, one of her five new foster brothers is a Jesus freak, and she refuses to believe that God actually cares.

Her world is thrown upside down in a way she never expects. Though she prides herself on a resilient heart, her mind is lost adrift among a sea of questions: Is death really the answer? Does God care about someone as unworthy as me? Can everyone truly be loved, no matter what?

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Kaitlyn Krispense

Kaitlyn is a farmer’s daughter and a born-again believer in Christ with an obsession for books and music. It is these obsessions that led her to write her own stories. Psalm 46:10 gives her inspiration, her brothers make her laugh, and there’s nothing quite like the excitement of opening an unread book for the first time. Her passion is to share the steadfast love of her Savior through the writing that takes up much of her free time, whether actual writing takes place or writer’s block, in which case she’s probably browsing Pinterest.

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There is a giveaway, check it out.

As I’ve yet to completely figure out the scheduled posting I don’t fully know when this will hit the internet, but I am going mostly off grid for the next ten days. There will be a few more scheduled posts, but mostly I won’t be here.

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Protecting The Poor Review

It is ending.

Amanda Tero has spent the last three months celebrating the fact that she finished a trilogy and now the final book is out.

I’ve agreed to give a review of the final books so here it is.

Protecting the Poor

The Characters

Were all cool. I think my favorite was Noel. He inspired his older brother to do what is right and found the courage to step out and save the day.

The Lack of Romance

It didn’t have any, need I say more. I don’t like romance.

The Ending

From the time Noel leaves Abtshire to the epilogue the ending was action packed.

The Villains

They were smart like villains of that type rarely tend to be.

The Rating

***** Five Stars *****

About Amanda
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.

GIVEAWAY
It wouldn’t be a release party without a giveaway! One U.S. Winner will receive the complete paperback Tales of Faith series, and one International Winner will receive the complete eBook series.
Head over to her blog to enter the giveaway and find out more about the tour.

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Do you want to get a signed copy of “Protecting the Poor?” Order here!
Sorry to anyone who came by earlier wanting to see the post, but I’ve been super busy lately and the post didn’t get as polished as I would like it until now.

The Divided Nation: A Review Of Sorts

Today I’m doing a blog tour for The Divided Nation and I signed on to do a review. It’s a super interesting Indie Book by my friend Angela Watts

WHEN THE NATION DIVIDES, THE INFIDELS MUST RISE.

The United States has fallen. Three years after the 2024 presidential election and the declaration of martial law, the nation is at war against itself. Gangs battle, civilians struggle for survival, and officials of the United Nations  thrive. West Johnston, heir to the most powerful ganglord in the country, refuses to continue the family legacy. But, in order to defeat his father, he must become him: bloodthirsty and willing to do whatever it takes for control.

West gains control by helping fellow gangsters, Nate and Simon, when they form an alliance with one of the last remaining townships in America. After years of surviving and winter fast approaching, Springtown is in desperate need of supplies from the two teenagers. When the town leader’s daughter, Rene’, is kidnapped by an unknown rival, Nate and Simon risk their reputations to save her and the town they now love. But without help from West, their rescue mission will fail.

Told in multiple bold, abrasive narratives, THE DIVIDED NATION steps into a future where brotherhood bonds must be stronger than iron to survive a broken world, and faith without courage is dust in the wind.

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** Spoilers**

Laura went out picking flowers and on her way back she decided to check the mail.

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To literally no ones surprise there was a letter. Taking the letter she ran back to the house so Pa could read the letter.

The letter read

“Greetings all, Today I want you to review a book. It has torture in it so you may not want to read it with the girls. Others will be there too. E.

Pa: Ma what do should the girls do instead?

Ma: Why don’t you two take Carrie and go the Mount Inspiration.WP_20151231_005

Pa and Ma went to where they saw some other people.

Adonijah: Hi I’m Adonijah

Kit: I’m Kit, Linda should be here soon. WP_20151231_006

Look here’s a note it says “This is a laptop computer. You can use the buttons to make it do things. Some other time you can explore it, but today I have it all set up. E.”

Pa: Let’s get started with the review.

Page, Page, Page. That’s getting old let’s skip it.

Adonijah: Look. It has a character list. I love character lists. WP_20151231_011

Ma: Oh, my this takes place in the distant future.

Kit: I’m glad it does. It sounds miserable. * WP_20151231_014

Pa: Five hours is a good days journey. WP_20151231_017

Adonijah: Oh, my that sounds horrible. I couldn’t do that. WP_20151231_024

Linda: Oh, She helped a mother give birth. I want to learn how to do that, but I don’t think I could yet. WP_20151231_028

All: We’re glad that they found something to celebrate after all this. We give it four out of five stars.WP_20151231_042

 

The Divided Nation (3)

US shipping only. If an international winner is drawn, they will receive an ebook only.

1st place: hardback copy of The Divided Nation. A custom mug with a quote from the book, bookmark, and an exclusive snippet from The Infidel Books.

2nd place: paperback copy of The Divided Nation, bookmark.

3rd place: ebook copy of The Divided Nation.

Go up to the top and click the link to go to her blog. Then search around there.

Sorry Angela that it took me so long to get this up. The internet had been slow most of the week and this was a picture heavy post. It isn’t really a normal review, but honestly my thoughts on The Divided Nation were super scattered and…

Mary, Laura, and Carrie were in awe of the mountain of fabric and books.

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It Isn’t Fully Over 3 Month Blog Tour

I would say this is the last of Amanda Tero’s Great Three Month blog tour, but she is has a tour planned for the end of this month as well.

About the Tour
In anticipation of the release of “Protecting the Poor” (book three in the Tales of Faith series), Amanda is guest posting or being featured on over a dozen blogs each month. Each post is unique to the blog—an inspirational post, an article on the writing craft, an excerpt from one of the Tales of Faith books… you’ll just have to visit each blog to see what comes up. 😉 Amanda will link to each blog on With a Joyful Noise, so check in every week and see what blogs have a special Tales of Faith feature!

About Amanda
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.

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Historical Names – or Not

You ever have that perfect idea for a post and then you find yourself scrambling to find the “try, try again” method? I have some really cool names in “Protecting the Poor” (I can’t take the credit—I got most of them from this website—you can read more about how I chose names and why here).

Dumphey, Betin, Stephan, Arther, Patey, Dickie, Noel, Feroci, Barat, Lydda, Zuzene… many of these aren’t exactly the names you hear parents name their kids today (well, I don’t know—some names I hear today make me wonder… ;)).

My original plan was to find the origins of each of these names and share some history, but apparently I chose a lot of outlandish names with very little data on them. Then, I thought I’d just define all the names. So apparently I chose outlandish and obscure names with like… no data on them.

Ah, yes, there is a lot of leeway I took under the guise of “fantasy historical fiction.” If this was an actual historical work, I’d have taken a lot more care to make sure I had data on these names.

I was able to find definitions for these names:
Noel – Born on Christmas Day
Stephan – Crown
Arther – Closest found: Arthur – Bear
Dickie – Closest found: Dick – Diminutive form of Richard
Barat – Closest found: Barrett – trader
Lydda – Closest found: Lida – people’s favor

The names that I couldn’t trace a definition for were…
Dumphey
Barat
Betin
Patey
Feroci
Zuzene

So, play along with me. Instead of looking back to history, let’s create some history of our own, shall we? I’ll give you one quote from each of these characters, and I want you to define their names for me.


What do you think these names should mean?

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Feel free to check out my previous two posts. An Interview. An Inspirational Post.Banner Three Month Tour

The Three Month Tour: The Interview {Part 2 of 3}

At the beginning of last month, my internet friend Amanda started a three month blog tour and right now we are in the second month. Feel free to check out last month’s post if you missed it, it was very inspirational. This time I asked her to do an interview with me and I had a lot of fun learning about her and her books. So lets get right into the questions.

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Which book are you most proud of?

Ooh, let me think… Ah, I am probably most proud of “Quest for Leviathan.” It was the first project that I’ve really done with another individual: Natalie Nelson, who illustrated it. The end product really is beautiful.

What character (of yours) are you the tiniest bit envious of and why?

You know, I’d have to say that I’m most envious of Noel in “Protecting the Poor.” I’m like Dumphey in the story, and all of the reasons he admires his younger brother, I admire as well. Noel has that guileless sort of innocence and genuine concern for others. Dumphey is me in wanting to take action over prayer whereas Noel is so cautious to pray about everything yet is not ashamed of the Gospel.

Recently I realized that your post would be the closest post my blog you have to it’s blogiversary. How do you feel knowing that this is my unofficial first blogiversary post?  
Oh wow! That is so cool! Happy blogiversary and sticking in there for a year. 😉 I love meeting “new” bloggers on the block and think it’s great when you can keep it going. Congrats!
What is the least common thing you are a fan of?
Hmm… the only things that come to mind are work-related (like, I’d rather practice piano than just play around, I love studying, I don’t love taking breaks…). 😉 Which is not exactly a fan-type of thing. I guess I’m not that eccentric in my fan-hood, because anything else I can think of (dark chocolate, Sue Thomas F.B.Eye, books, etc.), I know plenty of other people who are fans of them as well. So I guess I’ll stick to work. 😉
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What honor would you like to have your book receive?

The greatest honor for me is actually not given by man. I know there are a lot of book honors out there, but for me, if one of my books would be the means to bring a soul to salvation, which would be the absolute highest honor I can think of—it would make it all worthwhile.

What is a detail you are particularly fond of that you don’t expect most people to notice?

I find that this varies with the story I’m writing. For example, in the book I’m working on for publication in 2020 (a Librarians of Willow Hollow novella), one tiny detail I did was do an almost direct copy/paste from a scene in the beginning to a scene in the end. I switched a few details, but the general progression of the horse leaving the town, what my main character saw on that exit, etc., are all the same. I don’t expect anyone to notice it, but it’s a tiny detail that makes me grin every time I think about it.

If I got print copies of your books would you rather I kept them forever letting my friends and family read them or I gave them to a thrift store in hope that they get found by someone who they inspire?

Hmm… another really tricky thought. I guess I’ve seen how God can use both avenues so richly, that it really doesn’t matter. He knows whose hands they need to be in—and it could very well be a friend’s hand or at the same time, be a random thrift store shopper. I guess I don’t have a real answer to that question. 😉

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About the Tour
In anticipation of the release of “Protecting the Poor” (book three in the Tales of Faith series), Amanda is guest posting or being featured on over a dozen blogs each month. Each post is unique to the blog—an inspirational post, an article on the writing craft, an excerpt from one of the Tales of Faith books… you’ll just have to visit each blog to see what comes up. 😉 Amanda will link to each blog on With a Joyful Noise, so check in every week and see what blogs have a special Tales of Faith feature!

About Amanda
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.

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Ten P’s In A Pod

They are Gramsie’s cousins

-My Sister-in-law

A couple of weeks ago I went to visit my oldest brother and while there I read “Ten P’s in a Pod”. It is an interesting read.

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Through out the book, there is the claim “Most unusual family in the world”. Maybe back then they were super unusual, but to me the girls sounded like “girls”. By “girls” I mean they really cared about how they looked. Sure I care about how I look, but not enough to get my hair done in the latest style, or to spend my family’s few dollars on books and magazines.

I felt like someone had edited the book. The family had memorized large portions of the Bible. The Bible was often quoted in the book and most of them had the reference in parentheses at the end. Enough of the verses didn’t though or also had the phrasing “in (book of the Bible)”

I felt like though at least the author wasn’t a hypocrite, the kind of life his family led could easily lead to hypocrisy. They traveled North America singing, encouraging people to read the Bible, quoting the Bible, and the father preached. I think that the family’s habit of all 10 year olds on up being in the Bible at least 2.5 hours stopped them from that fate.

Speaking of reading the Bible for 2.5 hours everyday. I don’t think it is necessary for normal people to read nearly that much. Personally for me most days I’ll get half an hour. For those who teach about the Bible, yes I think 2.5 hours is great, maybe consider more, but for most of us our job is to act out God’s Words and that requires taking our heads out of books, movies, computers, and instead helping others.

 

Hymns In The Hills; An Interview With The Author

I really enjoy Christian Indie authors, so I like to support them however possible. So I sign up for blog tours. Today it’s “Hymns in the Hills” time to shine. I am bad at written reviews though so I chose to do another interview.
Here is the Author Rebekah Morris!!!
What detail are you the most proud of?
Kade’s name. I’ve never made up a name before and after coming up with MacKaidric, I had many people tell me how much they loved the name. That was a relief because I wasn’t sure it would actually work.
What character in this book are you the tiniest bit envious of and why?
I had to think about this one a few minutes since it’s a question I’ve never been asked before. After due consideration, I decided on Jess, because she has so many younger siblings, and I’m the youngest in my family. I know she did have a difficult time trying to take care of them all at times, but she did have the help of Zeke and Ez. And Riss and Belle.
What is the least common thing you are a fan of?
Frozen Gummie Bears. I just love those things. I don’t really like them at room temperature, but cold? Yes, please! I’m trying to turn this love into a fad. Want to join the club? I don’t really have a FGB club, but it sounds good.*
What sort of honor would you like your book to receive?
Well, it would be fun if it got a 5 star rating from Readers Favorites. But the highest honor this book could receive, and I would love it if it would receive it, would be that it encouraged a reader of any age to accept the free gift of salvation, and then show them that even a small light can be used for Christ.
Thanks so much for letting me come and share today, Esther.
~Rebekah
Hymns in the Hills
Hymns in the Hills synopsis:
“Could you not teach them what you do know?”
 
Separated from her parents and sent to live with unknown relatives for the summer, Belle Standish clings hard to the promises found in her dear Bible and her beloved hymns. As she grows to love her newly discovered family, she finds much work to be done for her Lord in this neglected field.
 
But when danger threatens those she loves, Belle’s faith and courage are tested in ways she never imagined. Will God’s promises hold true even in the midst of the storm? And what can she possibly accomplish with just her one little light?
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Author Bio:
Rebekah A. Morris is a homeschool graduate, an enthusiastic freelance author and a passionate writing teacher. Her books include, among others, Home Fires of the Great War, The Unexpected Request, Gift from the Storm and her best-selling Triple Creek Ranch series. Some of her favorite pastimes, when she isn’t writing, include reading and coming up with dramatic and original things to do. The Show-Me state is where she calls home.
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Posting Schedule:
Monday, May 27th
Rebekah – Introduction post
Amanda – Book Spotlight
Tuesday, May 28
Rebekah Ashley – Book Spotlight
Rebekah – Something 🙂
Wednesday, May 29
Erika – Review
Sarah – Book Spotlight
Rebekah – Interesting facts
Thursday, May 30
Kaylee – Review
Rachel – Review
Rebekah – More fun
Friday, May 31
Esther – Author Interview OF
Jessica – Book Spotlight
Rebekah – Something Else
Saturday, June 1
Penny – Review
Rebekah – Ending post

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*I couldn’t find gummy bears to freeze, but I did find some gummy candies, they are in the freezer waiting for this afternoon when I plan on eating a few and posting about it on my Instagram.

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