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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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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A Crazy Blog Tour; Part 1 Of 3: Inspirational

Waiting. Does it ever stop?

Is it just me, or is there irony in that question? Let’s admit it, though: sometimes, we’re just waiting for the waiting period to be over.

But usually it doesn’t just stop there. Have you noticed? We’re waiting for graduation so we can stop doing school then we’re waiting for that perfect job to come along. We wait until God brings along a husband for us gals, then we’re waiting for the engagement, then the wedding. Then we wait for the first baby, and wait until said baby is out of diapers, and wait until baby grows up and goes through all the school years and graduates, and wait for baby to find a spouse and get married… the circle never ends. As soon as one waiting period is over, we’re waiting for the next thing.
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I’m a single gal myself. What most people don’t realize is that I’m knocking on 30’s door (nope, not in my teens anymore by a long shot). And in these definitely-less-than-thirty-years, I’ve had my fair share of waiting. Whether it’s an annual event, a nephew to be born, a sister’s wedding, a husband for myself, or the wide-open “just waiting”—it’s all the same. Waiting can easily lead us to impatience and uncertainty. And if we’re not careful, the agony of waiting can lead us to take steps that God is not leading us to take.

Granted, in some instances in life, we are responsible to take action during the waiting period. For example, every time I have a story idea, there is this waiting and anticipating stage for writing, editing, and publishing. But guess what? If I don’t actually crack down and put some work in, I’ll be waiting for it to be ready for publication for years.
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But what about when something is completely out of our control? When the waiting is contingent on someone else? Or if it’s open-ended waiting… and we’re not really sure what we’re waiting for?

Yeah. That’s when it’s extra tough.

Psalm 37 is kind of my go-to Psalm whenever I’m having a rough time waiting or knowing the next step to take. Verse seven says, “Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him…”

Instead of “just waiting,” we need to refocus our heart to be “resting and waiting.” What’s the difference? To me, resting in the Lord means putting my entire life in His hands—my past, my present, and my future. It is, in a sense, just another definition of trusting in Jesus Christ. As long as I am focused on the fact that I’m waiting, my eyes are on my circumstances, not on Christ. And when my eyes are off Christ, it opens the door for discontentment, impatience, doubt, and fear to set in.
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Psalm 27:14 encourages us to “Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.” This thought is reiterated in Psalm 62:5, “My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from Him.” Ultimately, we are waiting on God. When I remind myself that my Savior loves me and has greater plans for me than I could ever imagine, it helps me to trust Him in every waiting period.

Does it get easier? You know, sometimes it does. Is every day easy? No, of course not. But every day in every waiting period offers us the opportunity to grow more in our trust of Jesus Christ. We can choose to heed the exhortations from the Psalms and wait (patiently!) or we can ignore them and fret our days away. Today, I have that choice. Today, you have that choice. How will we live in our waiting period?

 

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!

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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, is this a crazy blog tour?

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