New Book by Anna!

Guess what?  Anna at Annie Writes has a new book published!

Everyone needs a good book at any time of the year. This short story collection is an enjoyable read with lovely God-centered stories of hope and faith.

 

 

Anna P. is a 16-year-old Jesus-follower, who loves to write. Aside from writing, she enjoys photography, playing clarinet, babysitting, and spending time with her family. She desires that her books and other writing will encourage others in their walk with Christ.

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you for letting me help in your blog tour, Anna!

~ Molly ~

Book Review & December

Wow, can you believe that tomorrow is the first day of December?!  That feels like it’s almost Christmas already!  In honor of December, I’m doing a Christmas book review. 🙂

 

The Father Christmas Confessions

By Emily Ann Benedict

 

The Father Christmas Confessions (The Father Christmas Series Book 1) by [Benedict, Emily Ann]

What if Santa Claus isn’t one man? What if he is a secret organization?

Jeremy Ogden has 25 days to accomplish his mission and a list of people whose lives can be changed forever if he makes it to them in time. He just has one big problem…And her name is Virginia.

Virginia Kipyard is the last girl Jeremy wants holding his family’s ancient secret, no matter how many times his mother suggests she’s “the right girl.” But if he wants to save the life of the next man on his list, he might just need her help.

The “season of miracles” is about to take on a whole new meaning, even for Father Christmas.

 

Strong language – I’m not sure how to rate this as I saw another blogger say that this book had a British swear word, but I didn’t run into any.

Romance – 3

Graphic Details – 0 to 2

Magic – 0

*SPOILER* About the “magic” rating, there is something that is called a “gift” that is somewhat like magic, but referred to as a “gift” or a “miracle”

I love, love, love the concept of this book!  The Santa Claus idea is so cool, but I wasn’t sure I liked how the author made it happen.  The “Gift” weirded me out a bit, but it wasn’t exactly bad.

Anyhow, I would say this book would be for ages 12 and up, with adult supervision any younger.

The Father Christmas Confessions is on Amazon HERE.

See you next week!

~Molly~

 

Thanksgiving and I’m Back!

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ello everyone! I’m back from my trip (last week, actually) and back to blogging! 


So, today is Thanksgiving in the U.S.A.  Thanksgiving is, obviously, a time to give thanks!  Sometimes these days people forget to be thankful.  They forget what freedoms we enjoy.  They get caught up in the future and don’t remember to take in the present.

Light house on Lake Michigan

Sitting around the table eating good food, surrounded by family and friends, is a time to say thank you.  Thank you to family, to friends, and most importantly to God, for He deserves the most thanks.


Ps 107:1 O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

What is one thing you are thankful for today?

Always give thanks,

Molly

Liebster Award Nomination

I’m skipping the book review for this week and doing a blog tag: The Liebster Award!  I’ve been awarded for the I-don’t-know-how-manyeth time. 😀

Thanks to Amie at Crazy A!

Here are the rules:

Thank the blog that nominated you for the award
2. Answer the questions they gave you
3. Give 11 fun facts about yourself
4. Nominate 11 other bloggers for the award, and give them 11 questions to answer

 

  • History book or Science book?  Why?

Probably science…. because… I prefer listening to my history on audio! 😀

  • What is better, having to color all day, or having to wash dishes all day?

Color, definitely. 😉

  • Do you use caps lock often?

THAT DEPENDS ON THE DAY AND WHICH MESSAGE I AM TRYING TO GET ACROSS.

  • Lace, ruffles, or camouflage?

Out of the three, camouflage, however I prefer just a comfy t-shirt and skirt. 🙂

  • What is you opinion on the all time classic, Pride and Prejudice?

Great book!  Opinion over.

  • Botany or astronomy?

Astronomy!!!!!

  • If you had to choose a broken finger, or a broken toe, which would you chose?

Ouch.  Neither.  Okay, okay! I stepped on a nail a few days ago (I don’t suggest it!) and I found out how hard it is to walk with my foot hurting.  So I’m going with finger.

  • What is your favorite hair color?

Brown? Light brown? Somewhere around there.

  • Do you enjoy crafting or destroying better?

Crafting.

  • What is your favorite kind of tape?

Uh…. ?  Tape?  There’s more than one kind of tape?

  • Lastly, if you knew some horrid event was about to happen in the near future, how would you go about warning people?

That’s rough too.   I’d start by telling my parents, then they’d tell everyone they know, then those people would tell everybody they know, and post it on social media (Facebook, etc.), and soon the whole world would know! 😀

 

I tag whoever is reading this post! Answer the questions in the comments.

  1. What kind of shoes do you like to wear?
  2. Favorite food?
  3. Favorite genre to read/write in?
  4. Last book you read?
  5. Favorite Bible verse?
  6. Do you play an instrument?
  7. Pens or pencils?
  8. If pencils, regular or mechanical?
  9. Whew, only two more.
  10. Notebook or typing on the computer?
  11. Do you like answering questions? 😛

 

Finally, I’ll be gone for a few weeks, so I’ll get back to blogging when I return!

~ Molly ~

Author Interview | Kellyn Roth

Today I am helping Kellyn Roth with her book tour.  It’s a tour for her… well, book!  The brand new addition to The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy, Beyond Her Calling!

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I got to interview Kellyn about her writing life and favorite foods. 😉

My questions are in bold.

Her answers are in plain type.

How long have you been writing?

Since I was seven years old, so about ten years, officially? I’ve been seriously writing since I was twelve, which makes it five years. But I’d almost say I’ve been coming up with stories since I could talk! It’s a real passion of mine.

Had you written a full-length novel before The Dressmaker’s Secret?

I had, and I hadn’t. I’d finished a 10,000-word story, but that isn’t exactly a full-length novel even though I considered it to be one at the time! However, The Dressmaker’s Secret was my true first full-length novel. Or at least the first one I finished – I’d gotten up to 40,000-words with other ones, just not finished them!

Do you want to continue pursuing writing?

Absolutely! I’ll probably never stop. To me, it’s a full-time career. 🙂

Which of your characters in the Chronicles of Alice and Ivy would you most want to meet in person?

Ooh, that’s a hard one! Probably Violet Angel or Jordy McAllen.

Completely random question, do you like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches?

I absolutely … don’t? You see, I’m not a huge fan of jelly. *hides* Sorry! I just don’t enjoy them. I do like just peanut butter sandwiches, though!

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Kellyn Roth lives on an Eastern Oregon ranch with her parents, little brothers, border collies, cats, and a few dozen cows and chickens. Always a lover of a good story, and especially of telling one, she’s been writing since she was seven and published her first novel at fourteen. Now a homeschool grad, she divides her time between penning her next Christian historical novel, creating professionally silly articles at kellynroth.blog, and her actual life. Actual life plays second fiddle sometimes, though.

Find out more on her website: https://kellynrothauthor.com/

More About The Book!

BhC2At twenty, Ivy Knight feels as if she hasn’t accomplished anything of worth. Her life stretches on before her, empty and pointless. Though her faith in God and her mental abilities have been strengthened, she still doubts herself. Does God have a purpose for a socially awkward, often confused and frightened young woman?

Jordy McAllen has just returned to Scotland after his education in London. Though he has accomplished a lot for a farm lad such as himself, he fears that what everyone has always said about him may be true: he won’t really make a good doctor. Determined to prove himself, Jordy snatches up the opportunity to become the doctor in the village of Keefmore near his parents’ farm.

Helping Jordy with his work at Keefmore seems like the perfect opportunity for Ivy. Still, she doubts herself. Is there a purpose to Ivy’s life?

And guess what?? There’s a giveaway! Click on the book cover to enter!

And finally, a link to Amazon and Goodreads.

Thank you, Kellyn, for letting me help with your tour!

TTYL!

Molly

*Note: I’ve never read this book, but I hope to sometime!*

 

Great Expectations

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Great Expectations

Charles Dickens

Great Expectations by [Dickens, Charles, Editors, GP]

 

Pip, an orphan raised by his bullying sister and her sweet-natured blacksmith husband, discovers one day that he has a mysterious benefactor.  The good-hearted Pip suddenly has “great expectations” of his life and begins to reject spiritual valutes for materialistic ones.

Despite his financial windfall, things do not go well for Pip.  Estella, the beautiful but haughty young woman he loves, coldheartedly tortures him.  And then there is the reappearance of Magwitch, the escaped convict who forced Pip to steal for him when Pip was a young boy.

 

Stars! - Copy

Strong language – 0? I don’t remember….

Romance – 4

Graphic Details – 1

Magic – 0

I had what might be called “great expectations” for this book. 😉

I had enjoyed the story of Oliver Twist, also by Charles Dickens, so earlier this summer I picked up Great Expectations.  I was immediately drawn to the style of the narrative.  Like this first paragraph.

My father’s family name being Pirrip, and my christian name Philip, my infant tongue could make of both names nothing longer or more explicit than Pip.  So I called myself Pip and came to be called Pip.

– Great Expectations, Chapter One

The first part is fairly well paced, and the story keeps moving.

In the middle it gets slow, and I got confused over some of the characters.

And then, in the end, it redeems itself with some action, a few surprises, and the crashing of all Pip’s dreams. (Almost.)

The characters are all so vivid and each one is different!  From haughty Estella to humble Joe, this cast is quite incredible.  (Though in the middle, as I said, there are quite a few characters to get confused!)

I read lots of classics, so I didn’t find it too hard of a read.  If you are willing to plow through the boring parts, this is a great book!

 

Great Expectations is on Amazon HERE!

TTYL!

~ Molly ~

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The Witch of Blackbird Pond

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The Witch of Blackbird Pond

Elizabeth George Speare

Sixteen-year-old Kit Tyler is marked by suspicion and disapproval from the moment she arrives on the unfamiliar shores of colonial Connecticut in 1687. Alone and desperate, she has been forced to leave her beloved home on the island of Barbados and join a family she has never met. Torn between her quest for belonging and her desire to be true to herself, Kit struggles to survive in a hostile place. Just when it seems she must give up, she finds a kindred spirit. But Kit’s friendship with Hannah Tupper, believed by the colonists to be a witch, proves more taboo than she could have imagined and ultimately forces Kit to choose between her heart and her duty.

 

 

Stars!

Strong language – 0

Romance – 4

Graphic Details – 2

Magic – 0

Believe it or not, this book isn’t about a witch.

Despite it’s title, The Witch of Blackbird Pond is a clean, fun read.  My mom read this aloud to my siblings and I. 🙂

Kit is an unlikely heroine, being direct from Barbados (where you can swim without being suspected as a witch!) To top it off, she moves to Connecticut during the era of the Salem witch trials.  Being able to swim is unacceptable. 

Mercy is such a sweet person!  She is probably close to my favorite character.  Hannah Tupper is a very kind old lady.  Prudence is a nice little girl, and I feel so sorry for her!

All of the characters are believable, whether they’re annoying or nice.  (Some of them are very annoying! 😉 )

The plot is really good, too!  Between love affairs, being accused of being a witch, and midnight escapes, this book also keeps you reading from the first page to the last.

The Witch of Blackbird Pond is on Amazon HERE!

See you all next week!

~ Molly ~

 

P.S. Sorry this post is a day late

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Kingdom Series |Pt. 2

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Kingdom Series | Pt. 2

Chuck Black

 

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A sworn enemy of the Prince vows to eliminate his Followers.
Until the Prince saves his life…

For generations the Noble Knights have been in service to the King. Following a strict code of conduct, they preserve the peace in Chessington, the King’s chosen city, and rule its citizenry. Sir Gavin is a young and promising Noble Knight, devoted to King and Code.

Then a peasant disrupts the tranquility of Chessington, brazenly challenging the Code while claiming to be the son of the King–a Prince. When it is learned that he is actively training a force of men in defiance of the law, the stranger is arrested and executed.

But his Followers continue to defy the Code, and Sir Gavin swears to destroy this threat to Chessington–until he himself is grievously wounded in battle. As he faces his own death, Gavin is saved by someone who will transform his heart and change his life…

Journey to Arrethtrae, where the King and His Son implement a bold plan to save their kingdom; where courage, faith, and loyalty stand tall in the face of opposition; where good will not bow to evil–and one brave man stands against the Dark Knight.

 

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He was called to fulfill a mighty quest, filled with fierce battles.
A quest to bring hope to the kingdom…

Having narrowly escaped death at the hands of the evil Shadow Warriors, Sir Gavin is given a new name by the Prince to signify his new allegiance–to the cause of the one he once swore to kill. Called to share this message to everyone in the land of Arrethtrae, Sir Gavinaugh takes up his sword and embarks on an epic journey.

Winning hearts and minds with the power of his words and his skill with a sword, Gavinaugh travels from one end of the kingdom to the other, telling Outdwellers about the Prince, convincing them to join him. And though Gavinaugh is at times beaten, thrown in prison, or stranded far from home, the Prince himself guides his words, his sword, and his pilgrimage.

Journey to Arrethtrae, where the King and His Son implement a bold plan to save their kingdom; where courage, faith, and loyalty stand tall in the face of opposition; where good will not bow to evil–and the Prince’s chosen messenger speaks boldly of his quest.

 

#6

An evil army masses against the Knights of the Prince, and they are outnumbered.
Only the King can save them…

While the Knights of the Prince train in the Kingdom Across the Sea, the Dark Knight, Lucius, reigns in Arrethtrae with complete authority. But when a small group of loyalists swears allegiance to the King, the Prince returns, and in a mighty battle, Lucius and the Shadow Warriors are vanquished and imprisoned in the Wasteland.

Peace and prosperity renew the land, and the Prince rules from the royal city of Chessington. While the heroic Cedric travels as ambassador, he sees that every corner of Arrethtrae reaps the benefits of prosperity brought to the land by the Prince’s reign.

But not everyone will swear allegiance to the King, and it seems this paradise may be lost yet again because of the pride and greed of evil men who plot to free the Dark Knight and his minions. Cedric rides desperately to bring the news before it’s too late…

Journey to Arrethtrae, where the King and His Son implement a bold plan to save their kingdom; where courage, faith, and loyalty stand tall in the face of opposition; where good will not bow to evil–where the King reigns…along with His Son!

 

Stars!

Strong language – 0

Romance – 2

Graphic Details – 5, a few scenes with details of battles/battle wounds.

Magic – 0

Note, and a bit of a spoiler.  Written in white, so highlight to read. 🙂 When the Prince (representing Jesus) dies, he gets hung rather than dying on the cross.  This is a bit disturbing, as there must be blood to cover sins. and blood is lacking. 😦 

The third, fourth, and fifth books in The Kingdom Series cover the Apostle Paul to End Times.  Of course, there’s knights in shining armor and damsels in distress, so that’s all cool!

(Depending on your theology), these books are biblically accurate.  I highly recommend them!

And since I always find myself at a loss on what to say about books, that’ll be all for today.

On Amazon  Kingdom’s Call  Kingdom’s Quest  Kingdom’s Reign

See you all next week!

~Molly

 

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A Knight’s Guide on How to Slay a Dragon

Hello everyone!

Today I had a rhetoric assignment in school that I thought I’d share, just for fun.  Enjoy!

How to Slay a Dragon

If you are reading this (and obviously you are), you must want to know how to do the aforementioned deed.  If so, keep reading; you will not be disappointed.

First, gather the things on the list below.

  • A sword
  • A horse (a skateboard works too)
  • Two sombreros (one for you, one for the dragon)
  • Paper and pencil (to write an epic poem of your deeds)
  • A compass and map
  • Food
  • A pack of bubble gum

Gather these items in a backpack, mount your gallant steed (or skateboard), and get out your map.

Now the problem is where to find the dragon, as dragons are rather hard to find.  The only surviving dragon species is located in the country of Galoompifus, between Madagascar and Mozambique.

These dragons are infamous for keeping fair ladies captive.  If it is your wish to rescue a fair lady, then read on.  If it is not your wish, go find your skateboard and go on your trek without help from me.

Once you arrive at Galoompifus, you should be very careful.  Though the dragon-beasts look harmless, they are very dangerous.  (They look much like teddy bears until they stick out their spines.)

Ride your horse (or skateboard) up the large mountain in the center of Galoompifus until you find a dragon’s cave.  They are every where, and thus not hard to find.

Inside the cave a fair maiden will sit, bound to a chair with cords.  Typically, dragons don’t tie knots, but these are Galoompifus dragons.  As I said, they’re more like teddy bears.  Cut the cords with your sword and let her go free.

Soon the dragon will arrive.

Give the lady some gum so that she won’t scream while you’re fighting the dragon.

Toss the sombrero over to the dragon, then put your own on.

Fight the dragon.

Kill the dragon.

Ride down the mountain on your skateboard (or horse) with your fair lady.

Go home.

Chances are you’ll need a nap.

THE END

Let me know how you liked it!  And also, check what’s between Madagascar and Mozambique. 😉

~ Molly