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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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.
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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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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.

Connect with Amanda
Email:
Website:
Facebook:
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Pinterest:
Blog:
Goodreads:
Amazon:

What do you think of my interview style? Would you want to be interviewed by me?

A Book Of Books

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Everyone agrees that the Bible is a long (deep, confusing, and old) book. What is easy to forget is the reason it is so long, is that it is made up of lots of books. (I think that sentence was convoluted enough, don’t you) How many books is up to debate.

Do you divide the first and seconds into different books? What about the fact that Psalms clearly considers itself to be five books? Some of the books are no longer than a short article. (How big do you suppose Philemon would be if it was printed up? Sexagesimo-quarto, Aka the smallest standard book size at 3 by 2 inches) Would you include the Apocrypha?

Just imagine how much space they would take up if each book was printed like a normal book today. The paper is normally super thin in Bibles. They have medium small margins and the print can get tiny.

A normal book would not just have the content and a cover. They would include a study Bibles author information. Those random blank pages at the ends of the book. An index. We also could expect reviews at the beginning of the book (glowing reviews). I wouldn’t be surprised to see some of the books had first chapter from the next book by that author in them as an attempt to get you interested in it.

The Bible would literally take up an entire bookshelf. With the price of a new Barnes and Noble classic costing from $7.95-$13.95 at best you would be looking at spending $405.45 (not including tax or shipping). More realistically I would guess the price to be $758.70 (not including tax or shipping). Aren’t you glad that it is possible to get a Bible for so much less.

But wouldn’t it be so cool in some ways to have a boxed set of the Psalms. Or a Sexagesimo-quarto of Philemon.

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A Delightful Pairing: “Captain Marvel” And “Trixie Belden”

Wednesday afternoon I started finishing “Trixie Belden The Mysterious Code”. Then I went and started watching “Captain Marvel”. I hadn’t finished either of them.

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So an an hour before when I normally head to bed I got back to both.  I generally have multiple stories going at once, so that when one set of characters gets infuriating I can switch from them and go to a different set.

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Naturally this is what I did to the aforementioned characters. It was great! When Trixie was her normal crazy self I could switch, then when the action got to much I would switch.

I loved reading about a girl/young woman who was breaking the societal norms, but also growing more feminine. And contrasting that was the the tale of a woman becoming a superhero, but not loosing touch with her family. I found that they complimented each other well.

Would you do something similar?

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Faith In Fiction

Recently I’ve been reading lots of Christian fiction, and I’ve been struggling through a bunch of them, or I simply see them as childish.

This is compared to the two or three books, I’m currently in the middle of that the authors would not consider to be Christian. I am zipping through them.

I like the occasional Bible verse in a book, I like reading about people who pray, but more than that I like reading about families, about kindness. I like reading about people who help others. I like books that show faith, whether that is the authors plan or not.

Probably my favorite books are the ones where they show faith, but the stories are set in a time period that no matter how strong your faith was or wasn’t you went to church.

I can read the Bible anytime I want. And honestly super long prayers about fictional characters, is a little … uncomfortable.

What are your thoughts?

The Reluctant Communist

My Desertion, Court Marshal, And Forty Year Imprisonment In North Korea – Charles Robert Jenkins

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As per usual for book cover this comes from Goodreads

Honestly the main thing I didn’t like about the book was the subtitle. ^ It sounds like the court marshal happened before the forty years, when really it was after. This is by no means the only book I found the title to be annoying. I recently read a book title Hiking Westward, in which they did no hiking. Also the book Six Months To Live was more poetic than the truth. But it isn’t a really big deal.

The book starts  by explaining the authors childhood and young adulthood. It’s a fascinating reminder of how much America has changed.

Then he gives an explanation of how and why he deserted.

As the story progresses you get to see just how crazy and awful North Korea truly is. It is a world without sanity, not just a world of cruelty.

My first thought was that this book reminded me of Captain America, but for a shorter amount of time, and like not fictional. But the more I thought about it the more I realized it reminded me of The Man Without A Country which you can find here or there.

If you want to find out what I thought about the mention of sex in this book look no further than this.