The Beginning of My New Book!

Hey everybody!  It’s me…again.  I just have a shorty clip of my new book i’m working on about World War Two.  This is a book i’m writing as part of my school this year.  So I won’t show you all of it, because my plan is to make it into an ebook.  But, we will see how it goes. 🙂

(This is a fictional story)


I was fifteen year old when the United States declared war on Japan on December 8, 1941.  It was a cold morning when we got the news.  I was sitting in our nice warm kitchen drinking a cup of hot chocolate and listening to the radio before having to head to school for the day.  It was snowing hard outside and dad had agreed to drive me there on his way to work, instead of doing my normal ritual of walking there.  I had just gotten up from the table and headed into the hallway to put my coat on when I hear my mom gasp and father say, “Oh, Lord help us!”  

I ran into the kitchen.  Father had a face of stone and mother had tears in her eyes.  “What happened?” I asked worriedly.

Father slowly sank into a chair and reached over to turn the radio off.  “The United States has declared war on Japan.”

Three days later on December 11th, Germany and Italy declared war on us.  We really war apart of the war now!

Father wasn’t surprised by the news.  He had been saying for months that there was no way for the United States to stay out of it.

Mother seemed to be denying that it was happening.  I think what scared her most was the fact that my older brother Mark had just turned eighteen, and would probably be getting a draft notice in the mail anytime.

Mark thought that is was going to be some bit adventure and couldn’t wait to join.

As for me?  Well, I can’t tell you that.  You will just have to read this book to find out.  Through these pages you will get to see the trials and triumphs and times of tears and joy that our family  faces in the face of the worlds most deadliest war.

Alice Gray


What do you guys think?  Does is peak your interest at all?  Thanks for reading and see you next time!



The Sunshine Blogger Award


Hey everybody!  I got nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by:

Sarah over at, My Pen And I

I thought I could do it on this blog, since I haven’t written here in awhile.  Thanks Sarah for nominating me!


1) Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link it back to their blog.

2) Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated 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 and/or your blog.


The questions I was given by Sarah to answer 

1) What’s your favorite thing about blogging? What’s your least favorite?

Favorite: Getting to connect with other bloggers.

Least favorite: Having to download all the pictures I take onto the computer.

2) What’s your favorite genre to read? 

Historical Fiction.

3) Have you ever written anything in that genre?

It has been a few years since I’ve TRIED writing a book.  I think I have started ten different books and never finished them.  They were all Historical Fiction…I think.  But I have started doing some research to start a book on World War 11.  If your guys are interested on getting some sneak peaks into that, let me know!

4) Dragons or unicorns?

I’m not huge into fantasy, so I could do without both.  But, if I had to choose…??? it would be…..unicorns.

5) Coffee or tea while writing?


6) If you could have any animal–real or mythical–as a pet, what would it be?

It would be a puppy that would always stay a puppy and never grow up. 🙂

7)What’s been your biggest blogging mistake?

Infrequently writing.

8) If you could meet any fictional character, who would it be?

Anne Of Green Gables.

9) Lord of the Rings or Narnia?

Never watched Narnia, and the only time I’ve watched Lord of the rings is actually with Sarah.  So, I would have to go with Lord of the Rings.

10) What’s your favorite song?

That is a really hard one!!!  Right now I’m liking After the Storm Blows Through by Maddie and Tae.

11) If you could go anywhere in the world for free, where would you go?

I would go to Paris.


 My Nominees 

Natalie (My Kinda Country)

Loren (Let’s Be Lost)

Anne and Brook (A+B)


Melani (Reflections of the Heart)

K.A. Cuddly Critters Blog

Leah C., Lead Me to Wisdom

Ametistia (Tisty’s Tales)

Maddy (Maddy’s Digital Diaries)

Megan (A Barefoot Gal)

Hope (The Nerd Notebook)

If you are not listed but would like to do this award, go for it!  That would be awesome if you would let me know if you did this award by commenting on this post.  Would love to see all your answers!

Some of my questions are a repeat of Sarah’s

My Question:

  1. What is your favorite thing about blogging? What is your least favorite?
  2. What is your favorite book of the Bible?
  3. What is your favorite book you have ever read?
  4. What is your favorite blog post you have written on your blog?
  5. Who is your favorite blogger (besides yourself 😉 )
  6. Your favorite movie?
  7. Your favorite book?
  8. How many siblings do you have?
  9. What are your hobbies?
  10. If you could go anywhere in the world where would it be?
  11. City girl or Country girl?  And why?

Those are my questions.  Go to town with them (just not literally).  Sorry Sarah, I stole some of your questions.  Thanks once again for nominating me. 🙂

Everyone have a great day and see you next time!


If you have any blog post ideas, please let me, and the other writers on this blog know.  Thanks!

Secrets Behind The Abortion Industry: What I Learned From Working At A Pregnancy Center

(Disclaimer: This post is very honest about the methods and techniques present during an abortion. If you are younger than 16, it may be too much for you and you might want to skip this post.)

I decided to apply to volunteer at a local pregnancy center the summer I turned 16. I thought I would be able to help out around the center, cleaning, organizing, or doing office work.

I didn’t expect to get the education on abortion that I did.

I read countless brochures, flyers, and articles on every subject you can think of. Abstinence, post-abortion, healthy relationships, adoption, healthy pregnancy, all kinds of medical problems and health issues.

Then came the videos. I watched plenty of informational videos on birth and abortion. I watched testimonials of women who had had an abortion, survived an abortion, or who used to perform abortions. The stories were crazy and seemed…

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The phrase, “bloom where your planted” is something I’ve heard a lot in the past few years. You see it everywhere. On note cards, typed onto those cute photos on Pinterest, Bible study books…. In response, I say easier said than done. Being content where we are is extremely hard, and its something I’ve had to learn to do.

 My family experienced somewhat of an uprooting, of everything we had once found familiar, and close a few years ago. We had to leave something I had known my whole life and set out to find new things beyond what we once had. I became angry really quickly. I was angry at my family, and I was angry at God. I honestly didn’t want anything to do with him for the longest time. I fought him and fought him. God was telling me, “Clara you need to bloom where you are planted.” But I looked straight at God, and said, “I refuse to grown here.” 

But what I found amazing, was that he blessed me. Instead of chastening me, like I expected, God blessed me. I found myself asking God, “Why are you blessing me? I am so mad with everything that happened, and at you! Don’t you see that?” I was rebelling against God, and I knew that it had to change. I once heard on a Christian radio station, that sometimes Gods way of bringing his children to him is through blessings or through hard times. I had gone through hard times, and through that I had gotten away from him, but all the while he kept loving me. He allowed me to find a job. He gave me new, caring friends. He allowed me to be accepted into college. I am constantly amazed by Gods grace and forgiveness. 

Looking back, he was always there for me, even when I rejected him. He was there, when I did the things I knew I shouldn’t have done, he was there when I went on a different path than the one he had for me, he was there, when I was hurting, and he was there when I felt alone. And eventually I learned to bloom where he had planted me. 

Even though I wasn’t in a place where I wanted to be, I had to learn to bloom. Its just like a flower. Sometimes when you transplant a blooming flower, and move it to new soil, it wilts a little. But with care, and a little love, it was eventually start to grow again.

I might take you a while to grow again, but you will.

Wherever you are, God put you there for a reason. Don’t rebel like I did. Stay close to Jesus, and he will bring you through it, and help you to bloom. I definitely had a hard time understanding that God had a purpose for that difficult time in my life I was experiencing, but sometimes I think we can see a lot clearer, when we can look back and see all that has happened in our lives, and how it worked out for the best. To look at the big picture, and see that all the hard times, and the rough brushstrokes, created something beautiful in the end, on the canvas of our lives.

A special thanks to Clara Ryder for this guest post! Click here to visit her blog.

Poison Kiss by Kendra E. Ardnek ~ Review

Everyone knows that Sleeping Beauty’s curse is triggered when she pricks her finger on a spindle and that she is awakened by true love’s kiss … but what happens when the wicked fairy decides to switch things up?

Edmund didn’t mean to put Auralea to sleep, but now it’s up to him and the famous Puss in Boots to figure out how, exactly, a spinning wheel is supposed to awaken her

About the author

Kendra E. Ardnek fell in love with the Nutcracker at the age of two, and has been collecting figurines ever since in hopes that one will someday come to life and marry her. In the mean-time, she’s sought out other lands and creatures, and has been asked by many to record their stories.

She’s the oldest of four children, and has plenty of cousins. She has just enough woods in her backyard to explore and think she’s miles away from any hint of civilization, yet not too much to get lost in. There is even a tree that looks like a four, and a waterfall (when it rains). She also loves to knit and crochet

My Review

This was such a fun retelling of The Sleeping Beauty. It was a fairly short book, but I still really enjoyed it. I absolutely loved the twist to the story. It wasn’t told like the original Sleeping Beauty and I really liked that. She put her own twist in it and made it super fun. I think that the name of her book goes perfectly with the story. It was the ( Poison ) kiss that put the princess to sleep, and the spinning wheel that woke her up. Love the creativity there!

I really liked Kendra’s writing style, and her creativity. I give it 5 stars!

Buy Poison Kiss here!


Have you read Poison Kiss? Or any other books by Kendra?

Reintegration || Blog Tour

Hey y’all! I am participating in Ashley Bogner’s blog tour for her new book Reintegration. It was released on the 18th, and I am so excited for her!

I am going to be sharing the cover/synopsis of the book, purchase links, and the blog tour schedule. Be sure to stop by the other lovely blogs helping with this tour!

A perfect citizen. A captured rebel. One decision could destroy them both

As a Regulator, seventeen-year-old Katherine Holliday’s duty is to protect the people of the Federation from a group of violent rebels who have exiled themselves to the mysterious wilderness. When one of these rebels is captured within the Federation, the government leaders propose an alternative to execution, a procedure they call Reintegration. The procedure involves erasing the rebel’s memory and attempting to make him a member of society. The rebel, a young man named Matthew, is not the violent criminal Katherine expects, and she can’t help but befriend him. A few weeks after Matthew’s Reintegration, Katherine realizes the procedure failed and she is now presented with a choice no one else can help her make. Can she warn her superiors that Reintegration failed, which could mean death for Matthew? Or will she defy everything she knows to help him escape—and risk her own execution?

Available On :



Barnes & Noble

When Ashley Bogner was in third grade, she decided she would be a published author when she grew up. Ashley is a homeschool graduate and has lived in seven different states. She completed a year of Bible college and in the fall will begin pursuing a degree in Communication Studies. After college, her plan is to work in the Christian publishing industry. When not writing, she can be found baking, posting book reviews on her blog, and watching her favorite movies over and over to the point of memorization.






The Schedule :

August 18 :

brielle N. (Review)

Liv Fisher (Book Info + Interview)

Unicorn Quester (Review)

Novels, Dragons, and Wardrobe Doors (Book Info)

Stories by Firefly (Book Info)

Kristin Spencer (Review + Interview)

August 19:

World of the Writer (Book Info + Review)

August 21: 

God’s Peculiar Treasure Rae (Book Info)

August 22:

Library in My Room (Review)

Girls Living for God’s Glory (Book Info)

Do you want to read Reintegration? Isn’t the over beautiful?

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! 

The sign up sheet :

Let’s talk 

Did you sign up?

Midweek Inspiration | Take A Rest In The Shade

Inside Cup

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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