I’ve been trying for a while to do a photography post and haven’t gotten around to it.  But, finally, here it is!  Enjoy!



A butterfly on some Russian sage.



Camping. ❤



And last of all, a blackbird hanging out on a rock.  I wonder what he’s thinking?


Which picture is your favorite?



The Lord of the Rings

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The Lord of the Rings

by J.R.R. Tolkein


One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them

In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-earth, it remained lost to him. After many ages it fell by chance into the hands of the hobbit Bilbo Baggins.

From Sauron’s fastness in the Dark Tower of Mordor, his power spread far and wide. Sauron gathered all the Great Rings to him, but always he searched for the One Ring that would complete his dominion.

When Bilbo reached his eleventy-first birthday he disappeared, bequeathing to his young cousin Frodo the Ruling Ring and a perilous quest: to journey across Middle-earth, deep into the shadow of the Dark Lord, and destroy the Ring by casting it into the Cracks of Doom.

The Lord of the Rings tells of the great quest undertaken by Frodo and the Fellowship of the Ring: Gandalf the Wizard; the hobbits Merry, Pippin, and Sam; Gimli the Dwarf; Legolas the Elf; Boromir of Gondor; and a tall, mysterious stranger called Strider.


Strong language – 0, I think

Romance – 3

Graphic Details – 5

Magic – 5, yes it has magic, but it’s not dominating.  Similar to Narnia.

Do you like stories of adventure? Journeys to free lands from an evil, tyrannical overlord?  When up to the very last moment you’re wondering what will happen next?

Congratulations, you’ve found a new favorite.

Frodo is a normal hobbit.  But even when you’re ordinary, extraordinary things can happen.

Kingdoms are at stake.

Will Frodo fulfill the quest in time?

(Frodo also has a not-so-normal cousin named Bilbo, whose adventures you can read about in The Hobbit. (Actually, I would recommend reading The  Hobbit first; The Lord of the Rings is a sequel to it.))

Lord of the Rings, an incredibly crafted story.  Sure to be a favorite.  (That is, if you read it!)

Lord of the Rings is on Amazon Here!

Well, that’s all for today!



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The Star Under the City

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The Star Under the City

by Maggie Joy

(Maggie blogs HERE)

When Ellen is suddenly orphaned and dropped alone into a strange city under tight Nazi control, she struggles to survive from day to day. Her life takes an unexpected turn when she finds a mysterious, metal six-point star that is slightly different from the ‘Star of David’ all Jews are forced to wear. Not only does the star feel like a sign of hope, but it sets her on a mission to find out what it really means. As she begins to wonder if she’ll ever find answers, she meets Lenz, and her life is flung into a whirlwind of danger and hardship, new friends and new enemies, and opportunities to learn trust and true sacrifice. As she attempts to find her place in the conflict, she discovers she is a part of something so much bigger than she could ever imagine.



Strong language – 0

Romance – 1 Derick and Amelia ❤

Graphic Details – I’ll say 4, ages 10 and up

Magic – 0

I first found out about Maggie on Noble Novels, a young writers’ site I am a part of.  I was very impressed with her writing; soon I found her blog.  In 2016-17 she talked a lot about her novel that she’d written in NaNoWriMo, and that she was then editing.

When it finally came out, I was so excited! I pulled weeds in the yard to earn a copy. 😉

Then I read it in less than 24 hours.  Let me tell you why.

THIS BOOK IS INCREDIBLE!!! I mean, I loved it!!! The characters are real and relatable.  The plot is excellent.  The emotion is amazing.

Tytus is so funny!  Lenz and Willie just about tie for favorite character.  Ellen is so relatable.  I just want to sob along with her when *ahem* bad things happen!

All that said, please read this book!  Find your copy here.

Talk to you all later!


NOTE: I have done a review on The Star under the City before, but I decided to re-do it with the new system.

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Wars of the Realm

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Wars of the Realm trilogy: Cloak of the Light


Drew is caught in a world of light – just inches away from the dark

What if…there was a world beyond our vision, a world just fingertips beyond our reach? What if…our world wasn’t beyond their influence?

Tragedy and heartache seem to be waiting for Drew Carter at every turn, but college offers Drew a chance to start over—until an accident during a physics experiment leaves him blind and his genius friend, Benjamin Berg, missing.

As his sight miraculously returns, Drew discovers that the accident has heightened his neuron activity, giving him skills and sight beyond the normal man. When he begins to observe fierce invaders that no one else can see, he questions his own sanity, and so do others. But is he insane or do the invaders truly exist?

With help from Sydney Carlyle, a mysterious and elusive girl who offers encouragement through her faith, Drew searches for his missing friend, Ben, who seems to hold the key to unlocking this

mystery. As the dark invaders close in, will he find the truth in time?




Wars of the Realm trilogy: Rise of the Fallen

A six thousand year war rages and now the demonic Fallen are coming for him—the one man shrouded in mystery. Only Validus stands in their way.

Validus is the last and least of God’s angels, but he’s seen much across the millennia since his creation. Empires have risen and fallen as angelic and demonic forces battle in a raging war that will determine humanity’s fate – and the fate of his defeated brothers.

Eventually called to be an earth-bound warrior, Validus rises to a position of power and respect, commanding legions of angels through impossible battles and overwhelming odds. But when orders arrive from the Creator’s most elite Messenger, he finds himself suddenly demoted to a task of apparent insignificance considering the fierce war they are waging against the demonic Fallen – the covert protection of one unbelieving man.

Validus soon finds himself on a mission that will push him beyond his abilities as he battles to protect Drew Carter, for the Fallen are coming for him. Legions of them.

As Validus races against time to discover why Drew is so important to humanity’s survival, can he stand between Drew and all who would destroy him?


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Wars of the Realm trilogy: Light of the Last


To Fight What Others Can’t You Must See What Others Don’t

After an accident left him temporarily blind, Drew Carter didn’t just regain his sight. He now sees what others can’t imagine–an entire spiritual realm of mighty beings at war.
Forget the gift, Drew just wants his life back. Part of that involves Sydney Carlyle, a woman he is inexplicably drawn to. When he’s offered the chance to become a CIA agent, it seems the way to redeem his past. The only problem–his visions of the supernatural realm are increasing in frequency.
It’s up to the warrior angel Validus and his hand-picked team of heavenly agents to protect the unbelieving Drew. Validus now knows that the young man is at the epicenter of a global spiritual war, and the angels must use a millennia of battle experience keep Drew alive, for the Fallen want him dead.

Surrounded by spiritual warriors and targeted by demons, Drew’s faced with an impossible decision that will forever alter the destiny of America…and his own soul.




Strong language – 0

Romance – 3

Graphic Details – 5

Magic – 0 (there is spiritual warfare.)

I can’t say enough good things about this book.  In fact, if you were to ask my favorite book, I’d say this one plus it’s two sequels, Rise of the Fallen and Light of the Last.

One of the best things about this series is the emotion.  You can feel for Drew so totally.  the time in the third one when {MAJOR SPOILER!} *when he gets told that he can’t be with the CIA anymore… Heartbreaking!!! I feel so bad for him!

#1 – Five stars because it’s totally amazing.  When I got done I had to have the next one!

#2 – I was a bit disappointed.   The point of view switches to the main angel.  It goes to the beginning of time and tells about the fall of the angels and doesn’t get back to the story where Cloak of the Light leaves you at a cliffhanger.  However, it is necessary to understanding the third book, so you have to read it.

#3 – My favorite!  You finally find out what happens to Drew that the second one didn’t tell you so that made me happy :).  The plot thickens further… and the chapter titled American Annihilation… yeah. 😉

So that’s the Wars of the Realms trilogy! Have you read these incredible books? (If not, please do!!)

They’re here on Amazon: Cloak of the Light, Rise of the Fallen, and Light of the Last. 

See you all next week!



*If you have read these books and want to read the spoiler, I’ll let you in on the secret.  I wrote the spoiler in white, so you have to highlight it with your mouse in order to see it.

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Grace Triumphant


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Welcome to the first Book Rating!

Profligate London, 1788. Slave ships haunt the seas, bearing human cargoes to further the wealth of the rich and destroy the souls of the slave traffickers. Russell Lawrence is an avid skeptic. Captain of the slave ship Barbados, wealthy, and a respected leader, he views religion as a crutch for the weak. But when the debauchery of the slave trade begins to destroy his good morals, his battle becomes more than fighting pirates and mutineers. What if there really is a God? Impressed as a cabin boy, Jack Dunbar sees his forced service on the Barbados as a God-given opportunity to witness Christ to the crew. But his efforts to influence the hardened slavers seems to be doing little good. How is it possible to live as a Christian on the sin-ravaged seas? Can his light shine bright in Africa’s dark interior? Back in Grosvenor Square, Elizabeth Grey battles opposition from society and her self-seeking fiancé. Her work with John Newton to end the slave trade is being harshly attacked. She faces life branded as a jilter and radical if she stands up for what she believes in. Will she ever glean the strength to call sin by its rightful name? A tale of adventure on the high seas, redemption, and faith. Sin abounds. Is grace enough to conquer doubt and triumph over evil?

Stars! Five+ Stars!

Strong language – Maybe 2

Romance – 2

Graphic Details – 6

Magic – 0

What I liked about this book:

So, I’m feeling at a loss of what to say because the descriptions says it all.  But I’ll give it a try!

This era is fascinating.  England is torn between the slave trade and abolition.  Despite the horrors of the trade, people still seemed to think it all right.

But it IS all right, isn’t it?

That’s what Russel Lawrence, captain of the slave ship Barbados wants to convince himself.  And what his cabin boy, Jack, wants to make sure he isn’t convinced of.

While Jack fights the good fight on the ocean, back in London Elizabeth Grey is fighting a battle of her own.  Will they stand strong?

My favorite characters are Isaac Rey and William Jones.  *Sobs*  They are both really good. 🙂

This book has emotion, drama, adventure, and humor all packed together, and ranges from pirates to masked intruders.  I would definitely recommend it to anyone!

(You can find it HERE on Amazon!)

What do you think of Book Ratings?

For now, Adios!



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Book Rating System

Hi everyone!

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I’m just popping in to tell you all about my new book rating system!  I am going to be doing one book review per week on my blog.  Check out an idea of how I will be doing this by clicking HERE.

See you soon!


HE’S Greater than the Fire

Hey everyone!
Here’s a reblog of a post from Amanda’s blog. Please continue to lift up the victims of the fires and the firefighters in your prayers!

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Hi, everyone. 

My heart is a little heavy today, for the fires raging in many places. I want to shut my eyes at the thought of homes being lost, and men and women diving into the flames. I want to cower underneath the reality of “fire”.  I want to ignore how I would feel, if my house was going to burn down. 

But God hasn’t called me to hide, or choose to be oblivious. He’s called me to pray. I know…that might sound like a small statement, but how HUGE it is. When we pray, we are asking the One who Created the Universe to intervene!!

That’s no small task!

Would or could you join me and pray against the fires? It won’t be in vain. HE’S greater than the Fire!!


My heart is a little broken with the knowledge of the extreme devastation, people are enduring.


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Liebster Award Nomination! (Yes, another. :))

Hi everyone! I have been nominated by Laura at Beautiful Things for the Liebster Award.  Thank you Laura!

For those that may not know what a Liebster award is – It is kind of like chain mail.  One blogger nominates eleven other bloggers for the award, then those eleven nominate eleven other bloggers for the award too!  It just keeps getting passed around.  The award is basically a badge that you put on your blog for all to see.  There are rules that each nominee has to follow as well.  Here are the rules that Laura gave her eleven nominees to complete and I will be giving you the same rules as well.

Tag rules:
Thank the blog that nominated you for the award. *check*
Answer the questions they gave you.
Give 11 fun facts about yourself.
Nominate 11 other bloggers for the award, and give them 11 questions to answer.

*All above text copied from Laura’s blog*


Questions for my Nominees:

1. What is the most courageous thing you have ever done?

     I don’t remember anything in particular…. 😦 That’s most likely because even heroes won’t feel courageous while they’re being courageous.  At least, that’s how I imagine it being an author and all.

2. Do you prefer ice coffee or hot, or do you not like coffee at all?

     No coffee, thanks. 😀

3. What is your favorite holiday?

     CHRISTMAS!!! By far.

4. What is one of your most special talents?

    Talents? *scratches head*.  Writing?

5. What is your favorite book?

    I don’t have one. 😉 I really like The Wars of the Realms series!

6. What is one of the earliest childhood memories you have?

    Hitting a praying mantis off of my sister’s leg with a baseball bat. 😛

7. Do you prefer cake or ice-cream?

     … Ice cream. *nods*, yes, ice cream. 😀

8. How many books have you read this summer?

     I’ve finished three.  Kinda.  One audiobook and two reading books.  And I’ve started a few more!

9. Cats or dogs?


10. If you could have any exotic pet…*Any kind guys*, which would you choose?

     Wow, that’s hard!  Elephants are cool…. but kinda big.  I like giraffes, but they’re kind of tall… Perhaps an iguana.  Yeah, I like iguanas. 😀

11. What is the best summer vacation you have ever gone on?

     Summer vacation.  I don’t remember the last summer vacation I went on!  My family doesn’t generally go on vacation in summer.  So I’ll change it to vacation in general. 😉

Two years ago this fall I shot a deer while hunting on vacation.  Happy me! IMG_5637.JPG


Eleven fun facts about me!!

  1. I like snakes. I caught the one in the pictures below just a few days ago!! It was super cool! And yep, that’s me holding it.

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  2. I’m a musician – I play flute, mandolin, and piano.
  3. I am working on editing a novel which I am kinda/but not really done with.  First draft is written out in a notebook. 😛
  4. Science and writing are my favorite school subjects. (Oh, I’m home-schooled too!)
  5. I like vanilla ice cream. ❤
  6. I read the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe  through in one day.  This was when I was probably eight. 🙂
  7. I read Ben Hur over the time when I was 10 to 11.  Yeah, it took me a year… but who cares??! 😉 Oh, and I was reading chapter books by the time I was 5 or 6.
  8. I’ve never had a nosebleed. 🙂
  9. One of my favorite things to do is write.
  10. While playing Yahtzee I’ve rolled a Yahtzee in one roll.  I’ve also gotten 517 points in one game!
  11. (Last one, this had better be good!) I’m a child of the King of Kings!  On this blog I try to shine for Jesus!


I nominate:

  1. Amie at Crazy A
  2. Grace at Grace Caylor
  3. Holly at My Reel Life
  4. Anna at A Story Nerd’s Life
  5. Malachi at Brainstorms with Rain
  6. Liberty at Gone in a Dream
  7. Julia at Julia Witmer
  8. Kellyn at Reveries
  9. Amanda at Amanda Joy Writes
  10. Megan at Perfect Possibilities
  11. Kate at Once Upon an Ordinary

Whew, I got 11!  Now for the questions:

  1. Do you like snakes? Would you hold one?
  2. What genre of music do you like?
  3. What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream? (or don’t you like ice cream?)
  4. How long have you been blogging?
  5. Summer or winter?
  6. Inside or outside?
  7. Do you prefer to read or write?
  8. What’s the longest (or closest to longest, if you can’t remember) book you’ve ever read?
  9. Historical fiction or fantasy?
  10. Watermelon or canteloupe?
  11. Cloudy or sunny?

Some of those were really silly. 😛 I guess I  was running out of ideas!



One Year Anniversary!!

Howdy folks!!

Well, it’s pretty exciting.  Today is my blog’s first anniversary!

I’d like to tell you a bit about A Sparkle of Light and how it got started.

A little over a year ago I’d been wanting to start a blog.  So I read a book about blogging.  I don’t know if it helped me all that much, but I still wanted to get going.  So a year ago… probably yesterday, I brainstormed for a blog name.  Inspired by the fireworks on the 4th, I came up with A Sparkle of Light, and more recently my tagline, Shining for Jesus.

Then I used a picture that I’d gotten from the fireworks for my back round picture.

And so my blog was born. 🙂

Since last year I have gained:





(From the USA, Mexico, Canada, Sweden, Thailand, Poland, Austria, India, Australia, and Zambia.)

188 visitors

And posted 17 times (18 with this one).

That’s about it. 🙂



Always shine for Jesus,