Stop Waiting for Friday

True and Pure

Hi everyone! Today I’m so excited to bring you a guest post from the wonderful Miriam at Crafted by Christ.  Be sure to subscribe to her blog! She has wonderful insights on Christianity, life, and being a teenager, and I’m honored to exchange posts with her. 

It was the most boring month of my life.

In May of 2016, at the end of my sophomore year of high school, I had nothing to do but anticipate the future. The end of that month began the whirlwind of working and taking college classes that I am still caught up in today. But this was the beginning of the month, and all I could do was imagine what my life would be like after I started my first job while simultaneously taking classes for dual credit at the local university. So, day after day I went through the motions of…

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Free E Book 

Hey y’all! 

I am dropping in here real quick to say that blogger Lydia Howe is about to publish her book ” Where Dandelions Grow” and needs help with reviews! She is giving out free e copies right now to anyone interested! All you have to do is post the review on your blog. ^_^ I hope that some of y’all can sign up, the book sounds great and I can’t wait to read it! 

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Midweek Inspiration | Take A Rest In The Shade

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If you are weary, rest.

If you are unsure, look at the map.

If you don’t know which direction, use a compass.

When darkness sweeps over us, we can feel overwhelmed.

But it is often in the darkness, God shines the brightest.

God never left us. When we turn towards His light, we will find Him.

~T. R. Noble 

(Feature Image quote is mine, please ask permission first, and give credit. If you like the whole post, then feel free to reblog. 🙂 )

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Thoughts on… {Beauty}

A Farm Girls Life

Imagine I give you a gift. It’s huge and beautifully wrapped in your favorite color of wrapping paper and topped with a perfect bow. It promises to be wonderful, but when you shred the paper and tear open the box, there is nothing inside. The box is empty.

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Beauty is our wrapping paper. It can make a good present even better and add to our enjoyment, but beautiful wrapping paper alone is not worth anything.

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Sadly, our culture seems to focus on our wrapping paper almost to the exclusion of the gift inside. The world whispers that if you are beautiful, everyone will love you, you will feel great, and life will be perfect.

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And that’s certainly a handy way to get people to buy makeup, skin products, hair products, brand name clothes, and all the other things that the world says you simply must have in order to be beautiful.

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But that is a…

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Blog Tour : Andora’s Folly + Author Interview!

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Hey y’all! I am back with another blog tour. Abigayle is about to be publishing her new book Andore’s Folly and I am so excited about it! I recently got a paperback copy of her other book Martin Hospitality, and it was amazing! Abigayle is a very talented author, and if this book is half as good as her other one, everyone will be in for a treat! Now, let’s get into the post!

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SYNOPSIS

A Pandora’s Box retelling

Andora is a beautiful young woman with insatiable curiosity. Raised in splendor, she is spoiled by her privileged life. When a love letter is slid under her door, her life takes a drastically unromantic turn. Nothing makes sense—her arranged marriage, the gifts her parents bestow on her wedding day, or her new husband’s temperament.

As Andora begins to unravel the mysteries around her, she ignites a chain of events that have the power to sabotage her entire village forever. Only her new-found wisdom as a desperate peasant’s wife can save her from her folly.

BOOK LINKS

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Andoras-Folly-Abigayle-Claire-ebook/dp/B073X5H39L

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34496347

Pinterest Board:  https://www.pinterest.com/abitheauthor/andoras-folly/

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authorheadshotAbigayle has been a writer ever since her mother taught her how to hold a pencil. However, she devoted more time to reading words with her green eyes than writing them with her left hand. Inspired by a crazy dream at the age of seventeen, she set off on a journey to self-publish her first novel, Martin Hospitality. Since then, Abigayle has devoted herself to sharing what she has learned through the mediums of freelance editing, and her blog theleft-handedytpist.blogspot.com … when period drama films are not calling more loudly. None of her successes would be possible without the support of her Savior, large family, and online community.

MEDIA LINKS

Blog:  http://theleft-handedtypist.blogspot.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/abitheauthor

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/abitheauthor

Instagram: https://instagram.com/abitheauthor

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/abitheauthor

Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/abitheauthor/

Youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1a2mB0YvhJkw7Abh5NmLeg

Google +:  https://plus.google.com/117563393823109743999

It is now time for the author interview! I loved getting to interview her, and I hope that her answers are helpful to any writers out there!

1. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I’ve written since I was about 6 or so. I guess I’ve enjoyed writing ever since I could write. I always hoped I could publish something one day, but I didn’t begin “seriously” writing until age 16.
2. Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
 
My inspiration and ideas are often initiated by a dream or something of the sort. I develop the plot from there, but lots of my ideas come as I start writing. Things like Pinterest can be very helpful if I’m looking for something more aesthetic to add to the book.
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3. If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
 
Hard question! Probably to think about the full picture of every story–to treat them all as a potential completed work instead of just writing the little bits that pop into my head. Then I might have made progress sooner.
4. What period of your life do you find you write about the most often (example: child, teenager, young adult)?
 
It depends on the character’s age, as I take lots of bits from my own life. Mostly childhood, I guess, as my characters are usually quite different from me by the time they reach my age.
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5. How long, on average, does it take you to write a book?
 
The actual process of writing seems to take me about a year. Sometimes I spend several months on development before that. All in all, 16 months maybe? It depends on the length of the book I’m working as well. ; )
Blog Tour Schedule

SAT, JULY 29

Madison Guy // Spotlight

Maddy // Interview

SUN, JULY 30

Emily Mundell // Review

Faith Potts // Review

MON, JULY 31

Hanne T // Review

Victoria Lynn // Spotlight + Interview + Review

TUES, AUG 1

Ashley // Spotlight + Review

Faith Thompson // Spotlight + Review

WED, AUG 2

Mikayla // Review

Soleil // Spotlight

THURS, AUG 3

Ashley Bogner // Review

Savannah Grace // Spotlight + Interview

FRI, AUG 4

Lisa // Interview

Abigail McKenna // Review

SAT, AUG 5

Grace Anne // Review

Zane Jones // Interview

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You made it down to the end of the post! ; ) What do you think of Andora’s Folly? Isn’t the cover gorgeous? Have you read Martin Hospitality?

Hold Onto The Light ~ Quote

Hey everyone! T. R. Noble wrote and shared a quote today on her blog that I loved, so I decided to share it over here as well. I hope that y’all enjoy it and be sure to stop by her blog!

It’s too easy to cling to darkness.

It’s wearying holding sadness in our heart.

And it is hard to find the light.

But, I tell you today, fight.

Fight for the light.

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Strive for love.

For a different, and better life.

It starts with one small piece.

Your heart.

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Hold a piece of the light, and the clouds will part.

~ T. R. Noble 

Blog Tour: The Dressmaker’s Secret and Ivy Introspective + Giveaway!

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Hey y’all! Today, I am participating in a blog tour! Kellyn over at Reveries is publishing her two books, The Dressmaker’s Secret and Ivy Introspective! I am doing a book spotlight and I will be sharing the covers, giving some information about the books, and I’ll be sharing the link to an awesome giveaway that Kellyn is hosting. So, let’s get into the post!

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The Dressmaker’s Secret

After a revealing conversation with the first children of her age she’s ever met, curious eight-year-old Alice Chattoway realizes that one ought to have a father … and she doesn’t. Having determined that his absence is making her mother unhappy, Alice resolves to find him and create a family for herself.

However, Alice’s mother, Miss Chattoway, is reluctant to answer any questions posed about a man she’d much rather forget. While Alice investigates, Miss Chattoway tries to balance her own spiritual turmoil with her need to be both mother and provider to her daughters.

Will Alice ever unravel her mother’s secrets? Can Miss Chattoway let go of the past to reach for the future?

Amazon ~ Goodreads

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Ivy Introspective

Trapped in a world where she doesn’t belong, twelve-year-old Ivy Knight struggles to keep her head above water as her simplicity is brought to light by her new position as a young lady growing up at Pearlbelle Park.

Worried about their daughter’s inability to fit in, Ivy’s parents decide to send her to McCale House, a boarding school in Scotland for boys and girls like her. However, alone and frightened without her beloved mother, sister, and nurse, Ivy can’t seem to focus.

Will Ivy ever learn what Dr. McCale is trying to teach her? Or will she remain lost in her own mind forever?

Amazon ~ Goodreads

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Kellyn Roth was born and raised in the country outside a small town in North-Eastern Oregon. Ever since she could talk, she’s had a fascination with words, always coming up with songs, poems, and stories. Now a homeschooled highschooler, she spends her spare time penning historical novels, several of which have been published.

Website · Blog · Newsletter · Facebook · Amazon · Goodreads

It’s now time for a giveaway!

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http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/cbb544c91

Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday the 20th

-Lana @ The Music of Words (book and character spotlight)

Wednesday the 21st

-Faith Blum @ Bookish Orchestrations (author interview)

Thursday the 22nd

-Leona @ Great Books for God’s Girls (review of IvIn, author interview)

Friday the 23rd

-Jordy @ Jordy Leigh (author interview)

-Tonya @ Literary Musings (reviews of TDS and IvIn)

Saturday the 24th

-May Everly @ Forever and Everly (author interview)

-Zane Jones @ Simple Impossibilities (author interview)

Sunday the 25th

-Dani Eide @ Perspective of a Writer (character interview and spotlight)

Monday the 26th

-Anika Joy @ This Journey Called Life (review of TDS and IvIn)

-Maddy @ Girls Living for God’s Glory (book spotlight)

Tuesday the 27th

-Heather @ Frozen Books Blog (guest post)

Wednesday the 28th

-Jesseca Wheaton @ Whimsical Writings for His Glory (author interview, book spotlight)

-Jaylee Morgan @ Jaylee Morgan Writes (character interview and guest post)

-J.C. Buchanan @ Beyond the Amethyst (review of TDS and IvIn)

Thursday the 29th

-Zielle @ My Homeschool Notebook (review of TDS and IvIn)

-Sarah Briel @ Penumbra Reviews (review of TDS and IvIn, author interview)

-Sel H. @ Hearth (author interview)

Friday the 30th

-Angela R. Watts @ The Peculiar Messenger (author interview)

-Lainey @ Direct My Paths (reviews of TDS, character interview and spotlight)

-Dawn Dagger @ Dawn Dagger’s Official Blog (review of TDS, author interview)

That’s all for today! Be sure to check out the other lovely blogs participating in this tour!

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Did you participate in the tour? Are you looking forward to reading these books? Aren’t the covers just gorgeous?

Hello!

Hi! It’s Brooke! You may know me from my other blog-CLICK ME! If you don’t,then you should go check it out.(shameless self promo) Anyways,I found this blog one day while I was wandering the blogosphere and said “WOW!” there are other teenage girls just like me who love and worship God! After a long and complicated process,I finally became a part of this blog! Let me tell you a bit about myself. I am 13 and my name is Brooke. If you couldn’t figure out my name then,I can’t even… I live in the Golden State and wouldn’t trade it for the world! God really touched me when I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease. That was a life changing event for me. Check out my post about it at my personal blog. It’s entitled –My Choice. Now I’ll tell you some facts about me. Continue reading

Grace Upon Grace / T-shirt Shop

Hey guys! It’s Melani here. I’m Maddy’s sister and I blog at Reflections of the Heart. Our mom started a new shop selling super cute mom and faith shirts.  I modeled one of them for her at my blog and I’d like to share that post with y’all!

“Hey guys! For several years now my mom has had a business where she sells little girl birthday outfits and costumes. Or outfits for everyday occasions. : P NOW she is branching out and selling super cute and fun t-shirts. She has this beautiful faith based one that I will be modeling today! Check out her Joyfully Made shop to see what else she has up for sale!

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T-shirts are pretty great. I think most of us can agree with that! My mom had several shirts come in the mail today and they’re all super cute! My personal favorites are this one and a Georgia one. My home!

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This shirt is a medium on me. It’s a little longer than it looks since I tucked it into my skirt. ; )

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My flower headband came from Hobby Lobby. I’m pretty sure my skirt came from Cato. Which is probably my number one favorite store. They have a lot of pretty skirts and dresses that are longer than what you’d find in most other stores.

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Thank you so much for visiting today! Here are a few more t-shirts my mom has up for sale. Click on the picture to go to her shop!”

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