The Infidel Books, #2

The grim alliance



The Second Civil War storms through the crippled US and winter brings nothing but disaster. West Johnston has earned his mafia father’s trust while searching for hidden answers: why are the UN leaders being assassinated, and why can’t the killers be found? If West can’t stop the Union from attacking D.C. in their last attempt to win the war, how can he stop his father?

Springtown remains one of the few townships left standing amid the tyrannical rule. Another group of gangsters prepare the town for winter. Rene’ Fisher is torn between fearing for her boyfriend Simon’s life and the upheaval taking place in Springtown. Can her father keep the town at peace? Will God have mercy on the allegiance the town must form with an unlikely candidate in order to survive, or will Rene’s home burn like the rest of the world?

Told in multiple bold, abrasive narratives, THE GRIM ALLIANCE steps into a war-ridden nation where bleeding for what you believe is the only option for those determined to win. But with faith, can even the bloodiest hands be made clean?


I beta read the first book in the series, then I reread it as an ARC. I really wanted to read this book, but I wasn’t sure I would be able to finish it in time. As I’m busy reading books for ‘Neath The Hackberry Reading Club. So this is just a spotlight, but I’m sure the book is great based on my thoughts of the last one.


Angela R. Watts is a YA fiction author who strives to glorify the Lord in all she does. She’s a homeschool graduate  living at Step By Step Sanctuary, Tennessee, though with Gypsy and Norwegian in her blood, she tends to travel. She’s been writing stories since she was little, but also enjoys chores, painting, and watching sunsets.

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The Sunshine Blogger Award

Sunshine blogger

My brain died last month. First it was a week of nervous hope with a side of niephlings. Then a week of hospice waiting. Next up was a week of sadness. And finally a “P, I wanted you to wait until after you got married, to get engaged.” I haven’t felt like sunshine or like blogging.  Except for last Friday, but that was in April. That day was full of sunshine even if it was the most miserable weather we’ve had in a month.

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post/or on your blog.


  • If the situation becomes dire and you have to trade away your precious books in exchange for food*, and you can only choose 5 books from your TBR to keep, which books would you choose?

If I’m only choosing from my physical owned TBR shelf, I get to automatically keep one of the books that is book 6 of a series I’ve only read the first two of. It’s not on the shelf so it doesn’t count. A quick look at my shelf immediately brought to attention three books that I really want to keep


Indian Boyhood By Charles A Eastman, The Jim Thorpe Story By Gene Schoor *I wrote this ages ago and have since read this book, The Book Of Lost Tales 2 By JRR Tolkien

Next up I had to sort through a bunch of books I feel meh about. And I also decided that I want to represent the type of books I like so… The next one I picked was naturally chosen for its cover just as it was originally, though the blurb sounds cool too, even though it’s a genre I have really mixed feeling for. *I wrote this ages ago and have since read this book.


When You Are Near By Tracie Peterson. It’s Christain Historical Fiction Romance.

Next I really wanted a middle-grade novel. I don’t have a great selection of middle grade novels on my shelf, I don’t have many books at all on my TBR shelf.


Early Thunder By Jean Fritz

  • If you can only choose 5 books to re-read, which books would you choose?

I’m going to go ahead and choose books that are not part of any series to cut down on the numbers to choose from. Also, I’m only choosing novels.


The Princess Bride By William Goldman, Catrin In Wales By Mabel Esther Allen, A Book By Georgina By Barbara C Freeman, The Pushcart War By Jean Merrill, The Jungle Book By Rudyard Kipling

I’ve reread all of these, but Catrin in Wales. I would mention the book by Mabel Esther Allen that I have reread, but that is part of a series. I’m also missing a good three authors from my reread list because they only write series.

  • What food can you never get tired of eating?


  • What is your favourite thing to do in the comfort of your home, other than reading and blogging?


  • What are your thoughts about exercising inside the house?

Erm. I’m not a fan.

  • If you wake up tomorrow and realize that your life up until now has been a dream, and that you are in fact have been living in a different country or fictional world your entire life, what country/fictional world do you want to wake up in?

The Shire!!! Or Rohan! Would also accept Archenland.

  • Which pet (real or fictional) would you choose to be your self-isolation companion?


  • Takeout or home cooking?

Home cooking. I don’t need to go to a restaurant.

  • Favourite social media platform?

Instagram. Bookstagram.

  • TV shows or movies?

Neither. Movies if I must.

  • Do you binge-read books or read a bit at a time?

It depends on the book. The one I’m reading I’m taking my time with, I might just finish it this evening because I just need to finish it. The Chronicles of Fid Book 2 Behind Distant Stars. (Note I wrote this on Wednesday. I finished TCoF on Saturday)

*Note: I’m just kidding here. Last time I heard, our food supply is pretty solid and won’t diminish any time soon- so no real need to panic!

My Questions *If you would rather answer one of the questions I was asked feel free to

  1. What is your favorite plant? (Unexplained bonus points if it can be a houseplant.)
  2. What is the least common thing you are a fan of? (meaning something only you are a fan of)
  3. What is your favorite activity to do on your porch?
  4. What is your favorite summer snack?
  5. Are you happy with your current room decor?
  6. Would you rather read a book, watch a movie, or do a craft?
  7. What subject would you like to learn more about?
  8. How do you advise getting into shape?
  9. Do you collect anything?
  10. Can you dance a ballroom dance?
  11. How many people have you met who donn’t like chocolate?

I tag


Martha Abilene

Kate Willis


AM Heath




Tales Of The Lonely Sun



So I really want to thank Sophie Li for tagging me with this. I had been struggling and recently life has been crazy and I had to replace a computer and we went on a long trip and we’ll go on another long trip next month and I’ve rearranged my room three or four times and I have to do it again before the next trip. So Sorry Sophi that this has taken me so long to do. I started it ages ago, but… I’m also sorry I haven’t been reading your posts, but I’m trying to get back into schedule now.

The Last Atlantean: Interview With Emily Hayse

The Last Atlantean Blog Tour
What is your favorite detail in your book?
I love all the descriptions of the clam bake. Sounds silly maybe, but it just made me really hungry and made me want to be there. 
What detail are you proudest of?
There’s a very slight reference to someone thinking that sharks were not that dangerous, and back before 1920ish people were not scared of sharks and shark attacks the way we are now. They were considered by mainstream society to be shy creatures that scared off easily. Of course, they feature heavily in the book and many of my characters have spent much more time studying them and their behavior, so they have a much better grasp of what they are capable of, good and bad. 
What character are you the tiniest bit envious of?
Probably Taurus, he’s got such a great outlook on life. Either that or Hattie, because she really lucked out with Isurus. 
What character surprised you the most?
Quite literally, The Lord of the Shark Kind. I had really very little idea what that man was thinking even as I was writing him, much less what he
would do. He kept me on my toes for sure, and there’s a twist with him at the end that I actually did not see coming until the moment it happened.
What honor would you like your book to receive?
I would love it if it won some kind of award. Maybe a ‘best of’ some fantasy award or a category someplace like the Realm Awards.
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?
That’s such a hard choice! I love cherished books spread through friends and families, but I also know the feeling of finding a book out of the blue that just totally changes or inspires me. Probably the first one, though I know the happiness of finding a good book at a thrift store.  

The Last Atlantean

The Last Atlantean

by Emily Hayse

    “Watch, ye sons of the sea, your doom is at hand. With soundless storm rises the fate of Atlantis.”

As a lighthouse keeper’s daughter, Hattie has always been able to handle anything the Atlantic throws at her. But when a stranger washes ashore in a storm, she finds herself unraveling a mystery that will change her life.

Caught up in a high-stakes game of intrigue and hidden loyalties, Hattie watches legends take shape before her eyes. But as kings and pawns prepare for a showdown that will determine the fate of an ancient world, she wonders whether she has thrown in her lot with the hero or the villain.

“I think I was made for the sea, and the sea for me. Perhaps it’s strange to love such a terrible and bloodthirsty thing; I don’t know. In this town we pit ourselves against it, day after day, for our whole lives, knowing every day that this could be the day the sea wins. Yet I am not afraid of it. I love it, even.”

Author Bio

EMILY HAYSE is a lover of log cabins, strong coffee, and the smell of old books. Her writing is fueled by good characters and a lifelong passion for storytelling. When she is not busy turning words into worlds, she can often be found baking, singing, or caring for one of the many dogs and horses in her life. She lives with her family in Michigan.

What is the least common thing you are a fan of?
I am a huge Iditarod fan. That’s not super common, I don’t think. 

Emily Hayse   


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Assumptions Collab With Zielle

My acquaintance Zielle is starting a new blog that shows how she has changed over the years. I agreed to help her share it around and we decided to do a collab so here it is.

Sorry it’s so late, but Collabs take lots of time.

As Zielle is super busy with all of the things she is doing so I was the one who came up with this idea. Both of us wrote a paragraph or two about ourselves then we had a list of details that the other had to make assumptions about.

Hi there! My name is Zielle.
I have been homeschooled all my life, but next year I will be heading off to public school for my last two years of schooling. I have been playing the piano my whole life as a hobby. My sister is amazing at piano, and I used to love watching her play… it entertained me. My favourite genres to write are fantasy and contemporary fiction, although I am still dabbling in genres and figuring which one I like the best. I’m a daughter of the King, and one comfort I get is knowing that He has a great plan for my life. I enjoy singing, acting, hanging out with friends (even though I can be quite shy), and babysitting my nieces and nephews.
Favourite well known fiction book
“Little Women”
Why did I come up with this idea
Favourite well known non fiction (Bible excluded)
“Anne Frank”
It is so hard
Favourite modern piece of music
“I Surrender” Hillsong
I don’t know much of that
Favourite classical piece of music
Mozart’s Sonata in C
How much thought is to much
Dream future
Help others until she has children, then focus on homeschooling them for the first several years of schooling.
Dream vacation
A week long camping trip with all of her friends and family in the campground
Dream book to write
A contemporary fantasy about a homeschooling family. They would always seek to glorify God, but it wouldn’t be like the Cooper Kids or Jonathan Park.
Favorite religious holiday
The Resurrection.
Favorite non-religious holiday
The Fourth of July
Favorite Bible verse

Jeremiah 29:11

Well there you have my list of assumptions about her. As we were squeezed for time we didn’t talk about how she was to correct my assumptions so I’m asking her now to do it in the comments.

I’m looking forward to reading Write in the Dark.


Odds And Ends About Containsia

So I’m not going to torture you by posting “The Annals Of Trade“, but as I’m writing a high fantasy novel for Nano, I thought I would share some of the world building and other crazy stuff. If you want a tiny bit of background look at my Nano 20 Questions Tag.

Chapter 1 Attempt 1

A boy strode through the forest.

The Featured Image is the Containsian Alphabet. It is properly known as the batid. Pencils have two points.

“The poor can be richer than the rich if they have peace.”

“Sam” will be the name of my baby dragon for the whole of the first book. Later on he will gain three longer, more pretentious, and meaningful names.

Chapter 1 Attempt 2

Peson sat in the By eating a meal when the door opened and one of his best friend’s came in, Zimran.


Onontets are queer type of being. Their heads are in the shape of a clove of garlic and their ears are like Lecran ears. Onontets are artists. Some of them work with visual arts, some work with audible arts, some work with textile arts, and some work with growing arts. The ones that work with visual arts are called Feg Onontets, the ones that work with audible arts are called Fet Onontets, the ones that work with textile arts are called Fep Onontets, and the ones that work with growing arts are called Ba Onontets. Another type of Onontet is the Fegfep onontets.

The Batid, Chant

Bab, Tat, Dad, Faf, Gag,

Hah, Jaj, Waw, Zaz,

Yay, Mam, Sas, Nan, Pap,

Rar, Kak, Lal, Vav.

A year varies in number of months and starts when the first peach shipment arrives in Hibroolby.

Chapter 1 Attempt 3

He stood by Sam´s side as he listened to the questioning ceremony.*

*Side Note, but this may be my favorite of the attempted beginnings.

The smallest Containsian unit of length is the Toe. The toe is the length of a big toe, about one and a half inches long.

“Rules and laws were made to ensure everyone has the best possible time, breaking them makes someone else feel bad.”

Rice and maize are the most common grains of Containsia.

Chapter 1 Attempt 4

At the bottom of a cliff sat a boy, behind him stood an old man and stag.

I thought I had another beginning of a chapter written on paper, but I can’t find it. So I’ll end this rather odd post here.