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.

Buy Now




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.

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

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

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The Crossways Book Review!

Hey All!
So it's Tuesday, and today I'm participating in Morgan Elizabeth Huneke's blog tour for her new book, The Crossways. Today's my day to post my review of the book, and my younger brother Ezra is back to share his thoughts as well! :D
Be sure to enter the giveaway (for a free copy of the book), and check out the other lovely blogs on the tour! Also check back here on Wednesday and Friday, as I'll have interviews with Morgan and her character Adriel!
Now, before we get to the reviews, a little about the book and the author:



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



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.


My Review:
I'm always a little wary of sequels. I mean, let's face it, are subsequent books in a series ever as good as the first? I've been majorly disappointed before, but I'd heard good things about The Crossways, and so I signed up to get an ARC copy for review.
I LOVED it. It is, in my opinion, even better than the first book! 
Instead of focusing solely on the Time Captives, we also have parts from Adriel's point of view. We also get chapters focusing on Eleanor, and her life after arriving from our world. I really liked these angles, and felt they added more depth to the story as a whole. 
Other things I liked:
Emily- As the oldest sister myself, I could recognize and connect to some of the emotions she was feeling, which were portrayed really well. I also really liked her growth throughout the book.
Twists- There were a few I didn't see coming, and I very much enjoyed seeing where the author took the story with them.
Adriel- I really enjoyed Adriel's storyline, and can't wait to see what happens to him next!
Also, the blending of science and fantasy was super cool :)

Ezra's Review:
The Crossways was awesome! It is amazing how intelligent the mermen were. It’s awesome that the mermen knew what would happen about 100 years in the future. It's sad that if anyone in the royal family tried to leave the island he/she would be fried! I hope the time captives get to go home soon.



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.


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