Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas!



Today we remember 2000 years past
In a manger, a child, in the light the star cast,
King of all Kings, so humbly born
Fulfilling the promise made by the Lord.
Savior, Messiah, Redeemer, the Christ,
In the hay, and the straw, and the filth and the grime.
In a stable with animals all gathered around
Christ Jesus was born in this Bethleham town.
Rejoice all ye people, sing strong and sing loud!
'Till the streets, roads and rooftops ring with the sound.
Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
And blessings this Christmas to everyone.



Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you all have had a wonderful day of spending time with your families and remembering our Savior's birth!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

A Tale for Tuesday - Carol and the Belles

Howdy all!
I'm back with another Tale for Tuesday- this one a new Christmas release by Chautona Havig!
(It's also International Ilyon day today, but I'll be putting my post up tomorrow.)

Disclaimer: I received a free copy from the author in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.

Carol and the Belles is a sweet Christmas story. Penpals since grade school (for 25 years), Carol and Michal finally get the chance to meet when Carol travels to the U.S. However, when they meet in person, they find out that neither is what the other was expecting.

What I liked:
I loved the language. The descriptions of things, and a lot of Carol's insights were really beautifully phrased. There are several quotes in particular where I had to read and sigh over them several times because they were just perfect.
The humor. I liked the witty interactions between different people: Michal and Micaiah, Carol and Michal's friends (the "belles") :)
The characters. I found the characters very well developed. Each had their own little quirks and relatable . I also found parts of Michal and Carol to be very relatable. And Crystal, I loved what a good friend she was. :)
The setting. I love how Chautona ties her books together :) It was cool to recognize the names of places and characters from some of her other books.
Also, it was really interesting to read about Carol, who came from Romania, the orphanage and school, and Michal's program idea.

What I disliked:
There were a couple of spots I thought might've gone somewhere, but they just sort of fizzled out. So that was a little disappointing. But overall, this was a great book!

4.5 shiny silverwork stars, and I'd recommend it to anyone who likes romance, realistic fiction, and different cultures.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Black Friday Book Sale!

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Like most other bookworms, great books make their way onto my "things I'm thankful for" list every year. It's hard to choose favorites, but I went ahead and picked five books I read in 2015 and am thankful for.
  1. The Ilyon Chronicles, by Jaye L. Knight
  2. A Time to Die and A Time to Speak, by Nadine Brandes
  3. Water Princess, Fire Prince, by Kendra E. Ardnek
  4. Implant, by J. Grace Pennington
  5. Redeemed, by Margaret Peterson Haddix

I don't know about you, but I'm looking forward to another great year of reading! Speaking of more reading, here's one more thing to be grateful for. Books on sale! In honor of Thanksgiving and Black Friday, a group of independent Christian authors banded together to offer over seventy discounted books on Nov 27-30. There's literally something for everyone.

Every single book listed on Indie Christian Books is on sale in one or more ways. Find discounted paperbacks, dozens of books offered with free shipping, $0.99 ebooks, package deals and more. Even if you have a budget of $0, new reading material awaits you.

Don't know what to pick? The fearless Indie Christian Books team created a quiz that will generate a book list perfect for you! Check it out!

Book Quiz

What awesome reads of 2015 are you grateful for? What books are you looking forward to reading in 2016?
A note on the Ebooks Only page. All books are listed as "Sold Out." This only refers to paperback copies of these titles. Please click onto the product pages to find descriptions and links to discounted or free ebooks.
Acknowledgements: Thanks to Leah E. Good for her work organizing this sale, Gloria Repp for completing the time consuming job of uploading book info to the sale website, and Hannah Mills for her fantastic design work on the website graphics. Hannah can be contacted at hmills(at)omorecollege(dot)edu for more information about her design services.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

A Tale for Tuesday - Implant

Hey all! *waves*
Today marks the start of a new feature here at the Aerie- A Tale for Tuesday!
(Virtual cookies to anyone who can tell me the children's book that inspired the title ;) )
Also, be on the lookout for a blog design change here soon. I'm super excited- now let's see if I can pull it all together the way I want :)
And now, I have a review of the fantastic book Implant, by J. Grace Pennington!

 
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for free from the author in exchange for my honest review, which I have given. 

This. Book. Is. Amazing.
Seriously. A. Maz. Ing.
Like, read in an afternoon, cannot put it down amazing.
I was a little nervous, having never read any of this author's books before, though several were on my TBR list. I'll be remedying that now that I've read Implant. :) It's set in a not too distant future, and revolves around the idea of an implant that effectively eliminates disease and illness- but is able to track and kill someone as well.

What I liked:
It was unique! I've read lots of books, and sometimes I'm disappointed because it feels like I'm reading the same old thing. Implant was like no book I had read before.
It was unpredictable! I'm a hard to surprise bookworm. Maybe because I've read so much? Anyway, I've usually guessed the end/big reveal before it happens. Except with this one. I believe there was one detail I accurately predicted, and it wasn't even a major plot point. There were so many twists- All masterfully executed and brilliantly pulled off!
Plus, there was no romance. I don't mind romance in books (I'm a fangirl, what can I say? ;), but I must say it was refreshing to read one without any. 

The Characters: Oh, the characters. OH THE CHARACTERS. They were real, and relatable, and human. They had their flaws, and their personalities, and their secrets. (Might we pause for a second to appreciate the secrets? I never knew who to trust! See "it was unpredictable" above :D )

What I disliked:
A few scenes I had to read twice because I wasn't quite sure what had happened. Other than that, um, hm... *crickets* I honestly can't think of anything else to put here...

I'd recommend this to anyone who loves sci-fi, spec fic, and action. It'd probably be best for ages thirteen and up, because of the intensity. 
Five stars!




Sunday, November 1, 2015

Twinepathy Cover Reveal!

Good afternoon everybody!
For the past month or so I've been excitedly reading a serial story over at C.B. Cook's blog. And today I get to be part of the group revealing the cover! :) If you read it and need people with similarily awesome taste to fangirl with, you can join the Goodreads group for Twinepathy! Hope to see you over there!
Anyway, without further ado, I shall hand it over to C.B. Cook!

Hullo, everyone! C.B. Cook here! I am very pleased to announce that I am here to reveal the cover of Twinepathy! This wonderful blogger here has allowed me to infiltrate their blog (temporarily), and I greatly appreciate that. Thank you, person, for being a wonderfully dedicated follower of this blog.
Now, on to the cover reveal! Drum roll, please…

Author bio: Often referred to as a master of the cliffhanger, C.B. Cook is just a 17-year-old girl trying to find out where her King is guiding her, while writing the stories of the people she creates, the worlds she wants to live in, and the adventures she dreams about. Also known as a mysterious creature called an "author". She's a Christian and a homeschooler dedicated to changing others lives through the power of the written word.
I’m so thrilled that you guys are celebrating this with me! If you’re on Goodreads, you can add Twinepathy to your Goodreads shelves – once we hit 100 people adding it, I’ll be posting an extra part. I’m so grateful for your support! Check out the cover reveal post on my blog for a bonus part. Keep on being awesome! 
Sierra again :) What do you all think of the cover? Isn't it pretty? And has anyone else read Twinepathy yet? (If you said no... you're going to, right? :) )

Friday, October 23, 2015

The Crossways Blog Tour - Character Interview

Hello everyone!
I'm back with another post in The Crossways blog tour! I got to interview Adriel (one of the main characters) and today I get to share that interview with you! :)
The giveaway for a copy of the book is still open, and as always, be sure to check out the other blogs on the tour! 

Welcome to the blog, Adriel! Let's start with (what I hope is) an easy question, if not a bit random sounding: How do you feel about dragons?
*raises eyebrows* Dragons? They’re just like any other animal, I guess. I don’t really like animals. People keep them as pets, but I don’t see why. They’re big and troublesome. They use them in the Arena too, so they can’t all be nice.

Besides Rae, who do you feel the closest to?
My older sister, Ariela. I haven’t seen her in four years, thanks to the horrible strytes who sold her away, but we got along pretty well. She’s older, so she did try to tell me what to do, but it wasn’t in a bossy, controlling way like our oldest brother Jaysen. She made you want to pay attention, even though I didn’t usually listen when it came to the point. She was kind of a peacemaker too. I didn’t get along with either of my brothers, but Ariela helped us be civil to each other. 

What is the first thing you'll do when you and Rae are together and free?
I’m torn between finding the rest of my family and punishing the strytes. I want my family to be back together more than anything, but it’s because of the strytes that we’re apart and my dad is dead. They shouldn’t get off without punishment for all the cruelties they’ve inflicted on my family and so many others. I do miss my mom and my sisters and brothers, though. I think I’d find them first and then bring justice on the strytes.

Do you have a favorite color?
Not really. I’ve got too much else on my mind to think about colors. Rae’s is green. I guess I like blue. I don’t like red. I’ve seen too much blood for that. Maybe if I wasn’t a slave I’d have more time for normal things like favorite colors. Or maybe if I was just more like Rae. But I’m not.

Do you have any good memories of growing up?
*snorts* The strytes took care of that. Everything about my life has been tainted by slavery and oppression. That doesn’t exactly make for a happy childhood, especially since I can’t see the good in everything like Rae can. The few occasions where we were able to have some family time were nice, but we were usually exhausted on the rare occasion that did happen. If I’d grown up free, I’m sure I’d have lots of good memories of growing up, I do have a pretty great family and I love them a lot, but being slaves took away any chance of that.





About the Book

“M’lady, it has been fairly well confirmed that the Redona was hidden away by the merfolk at the conclusion of the Great War instead of destroyed as was commanded. My brother has confirmed to me Joseph’s belief that it was concealed at the Crossways.”
Toarna pressed her fingertips together in thought. “It must be recovered and destroyed as was at first intended.”

Emily, Allan, Jill, and Joey have been reunited with their long lost ancestors. But with that reunion comes the true beginning of their quest: free the rightful king of Calhortz so that he may be restored to his throne. The Redona, the only object that can free him from his long imprisonment, is rumored to be concealed in The Crossways, a mountain across the sea which cannot be entered.
A slave since birth, Adriel’s resentment and hatred towards the strytes only grows as his family is continually ripped from him. He longs for the freedom the Time Captives are prophesied to bring, but he doubts their existence, just as he doubts God’s love. Circumstances in Calhortz are so dire. How could they ever improve?
Who can enter The Crossways? Will the king ever be freed? Or will the slaves of Calhortz lose all hope of freedom before it is even offered to them?

The Crossways is the second book of the Time Captives trilogy, a tale of faith, family, fantasy, and a fight for truth and freedom.

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About the Author

Morgan Elizabeth Huneke is a homeschool graduate who lives in Georgia. She has enjoyed creating characters and writing stories since early childhood. Her other interests include reading, playing the piano and violin, and politics. She is the author of Across the Stars and The Experiment.

You can connect with Morgan on her websiteblogFacebookTwitterGoogle Plus, and Pinterest.


Giveaway

Join in the excitement of Time Captives and enter to win a special prize! The first prize winner will receive a signed copy of The Crossways. The second prize winner will receive an eCopy of The Crossways in the eBook format of his/her choice. Giveaway open to U.S. residents only.

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Tour Stops:

Monday, October 19

• Tour Introduction at Morgan Elizabeth Huneke
• Book Review at Girls Living For God’s Glory
• Character Interview at Knitted by God’s Plan Grant Weathersby
• Guest Post at Jaye L. Knight Pirate Character Arcs

Tuesday, October 20

• Book Review at Flights from the Aerie
• Book Review at The Art of Writing For Him
• Author Interview at Writing Anyone
• Guest Post at Bring Your Own Books ~ Time Captives Writer’s Block
• Character Spotlight at Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections Eleanor
• The Crossways Inspirations at Morgan Elizabeth Huneke

Wednesday, October 21

• Book Review at Knitted By God’s Plan
• Author Interview at Flights from the Aerie
• Author Interview at Leah’s Bookshelf
• Character Interview at Reflections of the Heart Jeremy Herb
• Guest Post at Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections ~ An American/Medieval Fantasy Culture
• Character Spotlight at Jaye L. Knight Rae

Thursday, October 22

• Book Review at Scattered Journal Pages
• Character Interview at Bring Your Own Books Eleanor
• Guest Post at In the Character’s Shadow ~ Putting Yourself in Your Characters
• Character Spotlight at Inklings Press Adriel
• Surprise Post at Morgan Elizabeth Huneke

Friday, October 23

• Book Review at Bring Your Own Books
• Author Interview at Scattered Journal Pages
• Author Interview at The Art of Writing For Him
• Character Interview at Flights From the Aerie Adriel
• Guest Post The Overactive Imagination ~ Choosing the Right Point of View

Saturday, October 24

• Book Review at Writing Anyone
• Author Interview at Elvish Pens, Fantastical Writings
• Character Interview at In the Character's Shadow Joseph
• Character Spotlight at Knitted by God’s Plan Jaysen

Monday, October 26

• Tour Conclusion at Morgan Elizabeth Huneke

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

The Crossways Blog Tour- Author Interview!

Hey All! :)
I'm back for another post as part of The Crossways blog tour! Today I have an interview with Morgan Elizabeth Huneke, the author of the Time Captives series. Also, the giveaway is still open, so be sure to enter at the bottom to win a copy of the book! :)

If you could have any superpower, what would it be? 
Hmm. That’s a tough one. I’d kind of like to be able to read minds because I’m dying to know what my dog dreams about when she’s wagging her tail in her sleep or twitching her feet like she’s running. I think, though, I’d like super speed. There’s so much more I could do and so many places I could go if only I could super speed there. Think about it, I could super speed to Disney World, skipping the eight hour drive and the cost of gas. And I could always be first in line for Soarin’ and Toy Story Mania. That would really be cool. Aside from that, it would be really useful. I’d never be late.

What is your favorite color and why?
My favorite color is purple and my second favorite is pink. I’m not really sure why. They’re just pretty colors. I like pastel shades best for all colors, though. Pastels are softer and gentler and prettier than other types of color.

Favorite fantasy creature and why?
Do hobbits count? Because if they do, it’s an easy question. Hobbits are amazing. They’re such little, comfort-loving creatures, but there’s so much more to them than meets the eye. They’re quite resilient. You can learn all about their ways in a month, but after a hundred years, they can still surprise you. And, well, Sam Gamgee is a hobbit. And Sam is amazing. He’s so loyal and determined. Frodo wouldn’t have gotten very far without Sam. And he has some of the most inspiring speeches in The Lord of the Rings. If you’re asking for a fantasy creature that doesn’t look basically like a human, though, I’d probably go with dragons. I find them fascinating. They’re portrayed so differently in so many different stories, it’s quite interesting. I also love to speculate on how much of fantasy dragons could have come from reality. The word “dinosaur” wasn’t invented until the 1800s, and before that, the word “dragon” was more commonly used. I think the word “dragon” was applied to dinosaurs prior to the invention of the word. Also, dinosaur skulls with mysterious hollows the purpose of which scientists cannot figure out have been found, leading to the speculation that there could have been dinosaurs that breathed fire. We already know there are wonders of Creation like the bombardier beetle. So dragons are really cool to think about.

Where do you get inspiration for your stories?
Soooooo many places. I get ideas from dreams, conversations, books, movies and TV shows, places I’ve been, news stories, imaginative games, Pinterest, history, random brainstorming sessions… I get ideas from everywhere, and it’s different for every book. The Experiment primarily came from dreams. Time Captives was sparked by I don’t know what, but was greatly influenced by Narnia, Tuck Everlasting, and Return to Gone-Away, among many other things.

Do you have a particular place where you like to write?
I really like writing on our front porch. However, since my sister usually does her schoolwork out there, I often end up on the back porch instead. Sometimes I sit on my bed to write or in the living room or at the dining room table or in the car or at church (before church starts if I have time after worship team practice, of course). Honestly, though, I write best at my desk in my bedroom. I should write there more often. I’d be a more productive writer if I did.
Thanks for having me!

About the Author

Morgan Elizabeth Huneke is a homeschool graduate who lives in Georgia. She has enjoyed creating characters and writing stories since early childhood. Her other interests include reading, playing the piano and violin, and politics. She is the author of Across the Stars and The Experiment.

You can connect with Morgan on her websiteblogFacebookTwitterGoogle Plus, and Pinterest.





About the Book

“M’lady, it has been fairly well confirmed that the Redona was hidden away by the merfolk at the conclusion of the Great War instead of destroyed as was commanded. My brother has confirmed to me Joseph’s belief that it was concealed at the Crossways.”
Toarna pressed her fingertips together in thought. “It must be recovered and destroyed as was at first intended.”

Emily, Allan, Jill, and Joey have been reunited with their long lost ancestors. But with that reunion comes the true beginning of their quest: free the rightful king of Calhortz so that he may be restored to his throne. The Redona, the only object that can free him from his long imprisonment, is rumored to be concealed in The Crossways, a mountain across the sea which cannot be entered.
A slave since birth, Adriel’s resentment and hatred towards the strytes only grows as his family is continually ripped from him. He longs for the freedom the Time Captives are prophesied to bring, but he doubts their existence, just as he doubts God’s love. Circumstances in Calhortz are so dire. How could they ever improve?
Who can enter The Crossways? Will the king ever be freed? Or will the slaves of Calhortz lose all hope of freedom before it is even offered to them?

The Crossways is the second book of the Time Captives trilogy, a tale of faith, family, fantasy, and a fight for truth and freedom.

Buy Now



Giveaway

Join in the excitement of Time Captives and enter to win a special prize! The first prize winner will receive a signed copy of The Crossways. The second prize winner will receive an eCopy of The Crossways in the eBook format of his/her choice. Giveaway open to U.S. residents only.

a Rafflecopter giveaway



Tour Stops:

Monday, October 19

• Tour Introduction at Morgan Elizabeth Huneke
• Book Review at Girls Living For God’s Glory
• Character Interview at Knitted by God’s Plan Grant Weathersby
• Guest Post at Jaye L. Knight Pirate Character Arcs

Tuesday, October 20

• Book Review at Flights from the Aerie
• Book Review at The Art of Writing For Him
• Author Interview at Writing Anyone
• Guest Post at Bring Your Own Books ~ Time Captives Writer’s Block
• Character Spotlight at Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections Eleanor
• The Crossways Inspirations at Morgan Elizabeth Huneke

Wednesday, October 21

• Book Review at Knitted By God’s Plan
• Author Interview at Flights from the Aerie
• Author Interview at Leah’s Bookshelf
• Character Interview at Reflections of the Heart Jeremy Herb
• Guest Post at Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections ~ An American/Medieval Fantasy Culture
• Character Spotlight at Jaye L. Knight Rae

Thursday, October 22

• Book Review at Scattered Journal Pages
• Character Interview at Bring Your Own Books Eleanor
• Guest Post at In the Character’s Shadow ~ Putting Yourself in Your Characters
• Character Spotlight at Inklings Press Adriel
• Surprise Post at Morgan Elizabeth Huneke

Friday, October 23

• Book Review at Bring Your Own Books
• Author Interview at Scattered Journal Pages
• Author Interview at The Art of Writing For Him
• Character Interview at Flights From the Aerie Adriel
• Guest Post The Overactive Imagination ~ Choosing the Right Point of View

Saturday, October 24

• Book Review at Writing Anyone
• Author Interview at Elvish Pens, Fantastical Writings
• Character Interview at In the Character's Shadow Joseph
• Character Spotlight at Knitted by God’s Plan Jaysen

Monday, October 26

• Tour Conclusion at Morgan Elizabeth Huneke