Thursday, March 31, 2022

Wolf Hunter Pre-Order Blitz

 


Title: Wolf Hunter
Author: Harper A. Brooks
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Cover Designer: Ryn Katryn
Publication Date: April 28th, 2022
Hosted by: Lady Amber's PR

Blurb:

Falling for her target wasn’t part of the plan.

 

Tasha Ward exists as a phantom. Drifting from place to place, she can blend in to the point of invisibility—a trait highly useful for a deadly assassin like her. But after years of perfecting her skills, she wants to be seen.

 

No… It’s more than that. She wants the alpha of the murderous Redcliff wolf pack to look her in the eye as she plunges her knife straight through his heart.

 

Traveling deep into the pack’s territory alone, Tasha’s prepared for war... until she finally faces the pack’s ruggedly sexy leader and does the one thing she’s never done before. Hesitate. 

 

As the new alpha, Reid Holden doesn't agree with many of the traditions his father believed in. Such as taking a woman to sacrifice once a year. Unfortunately, being on top means you’re always a target, and there are venomous snakes everywhere. Even in his own family.

 

Tasha’s meant to be another enemy, but Reid is finding it impossible to hate her. It doesn’t help that his wolf has already claimed her as its own. She may want him dead, but she may be the one person he’ll end up risking everything for.

 

Sizzling romance meets pulse-pounding suspense in Wolf Hunter, the latest gripping novel from USA Today Bestselling Author Harper A. Brooks!


  


Harper A. Brooks lives in a small town on the New Jersey shore. Even though classic authors have always filled her bookshelves, she finds her writing muse drawn to the dark, magical, and romantic. But when she isn't creating entire worlds with sexy shifters or legendary love stories, you can find her either with a good cup of coffee in hand or at home snuggling with her furry, four-legged son, Sammy.

She writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance.

RONE Award Winner

USA TODAY Bestselling Author

International Bestselling Author

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Sunday, March 20, 2022

Review:Blessed With a Curse



From the moment of my birth, I became Zeus's number one Most Wanted.

I'm so screwed.

I'm not a bad person. In fact, I'm training to be a nurse so I can help and heal people. Not that Zeus would care about any of that if he even knew. No, all he cares about is his law- no humans are allowed to use magic. The punishment for breaking this is death- a fate I've been able to avoid by living my life in meticulous secrecy.

Until the night my magic activates on its own, releasing a gorgeous demigod from the town's statue.

I have no choice but to run, taking Nikandros with me. After days filled with terror of being caught and killed, Nik convinces me to fight for my freedom. My magic may be strong, but going up against Zeus himself? Impossible. Run or fight, it doesn't seem to matter anymore.

Thanks to this magic I've been cursed with, I will soon meet my end.

If you like touching on Greek Mythology in books like Percy Jackson, observing a young woman forced by circumstance to embrace the heroine within like Katniss in the Hunter Games, and exploring some light, clean romance with your fast-paced Young Adult Fantasy books, then you'll devour Katie Cherry's imaginative new series.

Buy Blessed With A Curse to start this breathtaking adventure today

Review:
After Paige lost her mom all she wanted was to live a normal life but she is hiding a secret from her friends and as much as she wishes she could tell someone, she can't without putting her life in mortal danger. They live in world where magic is outlawed by the gods and being a magic user is a death sentence. So when her friends decide to test the long local myth about the statue in middle of town she can't refuse except for touching him,that she tries to cleverly trick her friends into thinking she did for their celebratory picture but she doesn't count on tripping and accidentally grabbing hold of the statue. Now she plans on just walking away and pretending nothing happened, until it does. Now Nik is a demigod freed from his stone cage ages after being cursed and believes Paige is his true mate. Now they must try to out run Zesus and his followers who hunt magic users while working on getting Nik up to date on the times,navigating emotions and find a way between Nik's demigod powers and Paige's magic to defeat Zesus and his cohorts. The characters are relatable and likable. This was a fun story to read and I definitely recommend it! I had a hard time putting this book down to get some sleep after becoming wrapped up in the main characters plight!

Friday, March 18, 2022

Royal Captive Virtual Tour



 BOOK DETAILS

TITLE: Royal Captive (Fate of Eyrinthia #3)

GENRE: YA Fantasy Romance

RELEASE DAY: March 18, 2022





BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE:

https://www.heatherfrost.com/post/royal-captive-blog-tour-schedule




BLURB:

A DECOY trapped in a dangerous lie

A SERJAH searching for the truth

A PRINCE caught in a deadly game

A WORLD choked by secrets


Abducted during a devastating ambush, Clare is now the captive of ruthless mercenaries. Dragged through the wilderness while grieving heart-rending loss, she must maintain the illusion that she is the princess. Because if she lets the mask slip, even for a moment, the Mortisians will have no reason to keep her alive.


After arresting traitors close to the crown, Desfan fights to rebuild his court, knowing that the imminent arrival of the Devendran princess will further upset the precarious balance in Mortise. But Desfan’s world is rocked when he discovers a rumor that rewrites the most devastating event in his life. He will stop at nothing to find the truth–no matter where it leads.


As Grayson struggles to find his footing in Mortise, he discovers new friends and enemies. His life is further complicated by the tenuous alliance with his spymaster brother. With secrets deepening around him, Grayson must decide where his loyalties truly lie. Through it all, his heart remains in Ryden with Mia. Unfortunately, his love for her is no secret, and the Black Hand is a coveted weapon . . .


Eyrinthia holds its breath as allies and enemies collide. Secrets. Lies. Betrayals. Nothing will be the same.

Review:

Heather Frost has once again weaved a story in this continuing series with romance, action, intrigue and twisted and turns that will keep you glued to the story til the last page!

Excerpt from Royal Captive –

“Exciting times at your palace lately,” Zadir drawled.

The pirate reclined in his seat, looking perfectly at ease talking with the future serjan of Mortise. The man was in his middle years, his beard thick and black. He was built a little stocky, and a grin twisted in his beard more often than not. For a criminal, he was quite decent. He had a moral code, such as it was, and Desfan was perfectly content to work with the infamous pirate.

He could always arrest him later.

Desfan pulled out a chair across from the pirate captain and sat, Karim following suit beside him. “My life is generally more exciting than I’d like,” he said.

“And yet you claim to bore easily.”

“True.”

“An enigma is our serjah.”

The men chuckled, and Desfan ordered two drinks. As the serving maid walked away, he pulled out a heavy purse and dropped it onto the table. “For your services to the crown.”

“Not a phrase I’ve heard before.” Zadir lifted the purse and tossed it to the man beside him. “Count it, Whistler.”

Desfan quirked a brow. “You don’t trust me?”

“I don’t trust anyone. It’s how I’m still alive.” Zadir folded his arms across his broad chest. “I admit, I was sorry to hear my findings reached you too late.”

“Jamal was stopped. That’s what matters.”

“Him and half your council, it sounds like.”

“Various crimes.” Desfan shrugged. “Politics.”

“Nasty business.”

“And pirating isn’t?” Karim asked.

Zadir smiled. “At least pirating is fun.”


********




LINKS:

Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09PMHXFB1?ref

Amazon Hardcover: https://www.amazon.com/Royal-Captive-Eyrinthia-Heather-Frost/dp/1734891955/ref

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PRE-ORDER GIFT: THE CAPTAIN AND THE TROUBLEMAKERS


Pre-order ROYAL CAPTIVE (Fate of Eyrinthia #3) in any format, then fill out the form below to receive an exclusive short story: The CAPTAIN AND THE TROUBLEMAKERS.


About the Story: 

When Wilf steps in for Bennick’s father during an important rite of passage at the military academy, he gets more than he bargained for. Eleven-year-old Bennick has a fight to pick with another student—a boy named Venn Grannard . . .


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HEATHER’S BIO:

Heather Frost is the author of the Seers trilogy and the Fate of Eyrinthia series. Her books have been Whitney Award Finalists and Swoony Award Finalists. She has a BS in Creative Writing and a minor in Folklore, which means she got to read fairy tales and ghost stories and call it homework. When she's not writing, Heather likes to read, travel, and hold Lord of the Rings movie marathons. She lives in a beautiful valley surrounded by towering mountains in northern Utah. To learn more about Heather and her books, visit her website: www.HeatherFrost.com. 




Thursday, March 17, 2022

The Last Gasp Audiobook

 

 

About the Book

 


Book: The Last Gasp

Author: Chautona Havig

Narrator: Christa DelSorbo

Genre: Christian Historical Mystery, Fairytale

Release date: December, 2021

At the pinnacle of his Hollywood career, Garrison Prince’s reign ends tonight.

As plain old Gary Prinz, he can pursue his Bible education, buy a bungalow in Pasadena, acquire a few chickens, and marry the girl of his dreams. He just never imagined trading the silver screen for a pulpit would wreak such havoc.

A cigarillo girl, Lucinda Ashton spends her days with her boyfriend, Gary, and her evenings selling candy and “gaspers” to the Hollywood elite at the Taj Mahal Theater.

However, when gunshots ring out just as intermission begins, Lucinda finds herself smack-dab in the middle of a brouhaha that leaves three dead, and no one has a clue why.

All the police know is that the evidence points to Lucinda as the killer and Gary as the intended target.

Four new friends, one young orphan, and a potluck of clues that don’t seem to fit anywhere leave the police baffled, Lucinda in fear for her freedom, and Gary ready to trade in his acting shoes for gumshoes if it’ll save his “Cinda.”

The first book in the Ever After Mysteries combining beloved fairy tales and mysteries, The Last Gasp. This Cinderella retelling blends a murder with enough crime and story clues to keep you on the edge of your seat.

 Review:

I wasn't sure what to expect from such a mixture of genres but it very well written and the story is intriguing from the beginning. The suspense, romance, and mystery keeps you enthralled to the very end. I had a bit of trouble with the narration moving between different characters at the beginning but by the second chapter it flowed flawlessly. I look forward to more of this series from the author and the narrator.

Click here to get your copy!

 

About the Author



Using story to connect readers with the Master Storyteller.

Chautona Havig lives in an oxymoron, escapes into imaginary worlds that look startlingly similar to ours, and writes the stories that emerge. An irrepressible optimist, Chautona sees everything through a kaleidoscope of It’s a Wonderful Life sprinkled with fairy tales. Find her at chautona.com and say howdy—if you can remember how to spell her name.

 

 

 

 

About the Narrator



Speaking Life into Story

Queen of the one-eyebrow quirk, Christa DelSorbo auditioned for the role of Tarzan’s mom and has the photos to prove she ended up as the only cast member in a literal cast. These days, they keep her stuck in a box with a ball on a stick and only feed her when she reads another chapter of another fabulous book. She loves every minute. Or so they tell her. *eyebrow slowly raises *

 

More from Christa

https://youtu.be/pyl5b7jYJnM


Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, March 16

For Him and My Family, March 17

Book Butterfly in Dreamland, March 17

Inklings and notions, March 18

Locks, Hooks and Books, March 19

Texas Book-aholic, March 20

Connie’s History Classroom, March 21

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, March 22

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, March 23

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, March 24

Book Looks by Lisa, March 24

Just Your Average reviews, March 25

Sodbuster Living, March 26

Books I’ve Read, March 26

Vicarious Living, March 27

Rachael’s Inkwell, March 28

Vicky Sluiter, March 29


Giveaway


https://promosimple.com/ps/1bc93/the-last-gasp-audiobook-celebration-tour-giveaway


To celebrate her tour, Christa is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book in the winner’s preferred format!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

   

Sunday, March 13, 2022

Blood Scion Book Tour


 
Book Title: Blood Scion (Blood Scion)

Author: Deborah Falaye

Publisher: HarperTeen

Release Date: March 8, 2022

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Mythology

 

Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58329290-blood-scion 

 

Book Purchase link:

https://www.harpercollins.com/products/blood-scion-deborah-falaye?variant=39373024362530 

 

Book Description: 

This is what they deserve. They wanted me to be a monster. I will be the worst monster they ever created.

Fifteen-year-old Sloane can incinerate an enemy at will—she is a Scion, a descendant of the ancient Orisha gods.

Under the Lucis’ brutal rule, her identity means her death if her powers are discovered. But when she is forcibly conscripted into the Lucis army on her fifteenth birthday, Sloane sees a new opportunity: to overcome the bloody challenges of Lucis training, and destroy them from within.

Sloane rises through the ranks and gains strength but, in doing so, risks something greater: losing herself entirely, and becoming the very monster that she ahbors.

Following one girl’s journey of magic, injustice, power, and revenge, this deeply felt and emotionally charged debut from Deborah Falaye, inspired by Yoruba-Nigerian mythology, is a magnetic combination of A Song of Wraiths and Ruin and Daughter of Smoke and Bone that will utterly thrill and capture readers.

Please note: Blood Scion includes the following trigger warnings: blood, colonization, genocide, mentions of rape, racism, sexual abuse, torture, and violence.

 Review:

While this book contains real heavy subjects, the author uses her knowledge of her Yoruba culture and mythology to intertwine a fantasy world with magic, gods and their bloodlines,people fighting against tyranny and for freedom, an empire hellbent on genocide of those special bloodlines and give no care about the people they have under their rule as long as they stay in power and who better to do your dirty work than the very people you oppress.This story could easily be set in the historic centuries where empires gave no care about the people whose land they conquered for their own gain in the name of exploration or our time where multiple militia and trynnacial governments have taken over and conscripted child to fight there wars,if you're a person not just living in their own six feet world and have payed attention to multiple countries that have kidnapped or forced children to fight their wars than you'll understand where the author is coming from as she tells this story, or being that the world map has changed much and not many empires left as we're told through the characters this could be a a look into the future or you can look at as just a fantastical world made up by the author as it is written and even though there's some disturbing subjects addressed within in this made up world, I say take a breath and keep reading and when you're finished decide if you want to leave these subjects in the book as you close it or if you want to go down the rabbit hole to see these are real issues happening in remote parts of our world and find a way to help through non-profit organizations, prayer or just sharing this book with someone else. I believe the author poored her heart and soul into this book as a way of bringing forth truths from her culture and mythology and to bring hope to those going through their own struggles as our characters fight to find hope admist their struggles. Sloane has lived her whole life concealing her true identity and magic, her se otherwise she will be branded a Scion and marked for death.Sloane must come to terms with her magic as she embarks on a mission to prove what happened to her mother as she is drafted into the children army and brought to the capital for training. But she must survive, not be discovered of her true identity or her plans for revenge, while working her way up in the ranks.Sooner or later something must give,Sloane must decide who she truly is and wants to be. I knew the warnings going into this book and I also knew they were real issues so despite my past traumas,I decided to give this book a chance because I believed the author had something important to share through this fantasy novel. I only wish a map of the world mentioned in the story and pronunciation of culture worlds used would have been included in the book but it in no way takes away from the story and the author does well to incorporate meaning of these words explaned by the characters without taking away from the story. The story flows well and I was captivated from the first page and engrossed into their world until the very end. 

Favorite Quotes:

"I am Yoruba but I am not. This is Nagea,but it is not. My world is only half of what it should be, and I am only half of what I really am."

"But I was wrong, so wrong. Because there is nothing monstrous about this magic at all, nothing vile and corrupt like what the Lucis wanted me to believe. And to think I spent so long denying myself a sound as achingly pure and free as this."


Author Bio:

 


Deborah Falaye is a Nigerian Canadian young adult author. She grew up in Lagos, Nigeria, where she spent her time devouring African Literature, pestering her grandma for folktales, and tricking her grandfather into watching Passions every night. When she’s not writing about fierce Black girls with bad-ass magic, she can be found obsessing over all things reality TV. Deborah currently lives in Toronto with her husband and their partner-in-crime yorkie, Major. Blood Scion is her first novel.

 

Author Links:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19718492.Deborah_Falaye 

https://twitter.com/deefalaye 

https://www.instagram.com/deborahfalaye/ 

 

Friday, March 11, 2022

STORM OF CHAOS AND SHADOWS by C.L. Briar


 

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STORM OF CHAOS AND SHADOWS
- PRESS RELEASE
Title: Storm of Chaos and
Shadows
Author: C.L. Briar
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: March 8, 2022
Genre: Romantic Fantasy
Format: Paperback, Ebook
Purchase Links:
• https://www.amazon.com/gp/p
roduct/B09HQ9Z1YM
Synopsis:
Only the strong survive among the fae. Only the cruel.
Elara’s instincts have kept her alive despite the growing
viciousness of the fae realm. Since the enchanted storm
decimated her family seven years ago and forced her to
care for her younger siblings, Elara craves an escape from
the ghosts of her past.
When the charming general of the last human stronghold
offers her the chance to act as a spy, Elara discovers a trail
of embers and ash, along with her own awakening
darkness. As the mystery of their enemy unravels, her
yearning for revenge ignites. Elara must control her inner
shadows and uncover the foe destroying their world or
watch as the remaining cinders of humanity are
extinguished forever.
 
Review:
This book has great world building, amazing characters,and magic system. Fae-check, strong heroine-check, slow-burn romance-check...everything you need for a great debut to a new series! Now the steamy encounters were a little much for me and I honestly think the story could have been just as great without it but if smut is your thing, there's some in there for you. Definitely recommend this for anyone 18+ as the plot is intriguing and I'm curious to see where the next book takes us!



Link to the tour schedule: https://literaryboundtours.com/2022/03/10/tour-schedule-storm-of-chaos-and-shadows-by-c-l-briar/


Author Bio:
C.L. Briar lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, two children,
and hound dog. Her love for all things fantasy started with Lord of
the Rings and has only grown. When she is not writing, you can find
her looking for bugs in the backyard with her adventurous
daughters, attempting to bake, and consuming copious amounts of
coffee.
SOCIAL LINKS:
• Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/C.L.Briar
• Website: https://clairelbriar.wixsite.com/clbriar
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STORM OF CHAOS AND SHADOWS
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Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Cover Reveal:Shattered Souls

 


Title: Shattered Souls


Author:Publisher: Beck Michaels Pluma Press

Release Date: Aug 30, 2022

Genre:Pages: 500+YA Epic Fantasy

Format: Hardcover | Paperback | Ebook

 Amazon:https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B08RYPCXF9


 Synopsis:

 SURVIVAL DEMANDS MORE THAN BLOOD.

 IT DEMANDS SOULS.

 Mourning the loss of her enemy. Alone and afraid, the time has come to be her own savior. She cousin and her bond, Dyna lies trapped with the willthe damsel is dead. This time, she fights. use every skill and spell her Guardians taught her to survive. Because

Cassiel and the Guardians are desperate to find their Maiden. Except they cannot do it alone. Their journey to cross Troll Bridge proves harder than ever as they race against the impending winter. When the High King summons him to answer for his crimes, Cassiel will sacrifice everything in order to save the one person he can’t live without. Even if it means his fate will end in exile—or a throne.

Dyna and her Guardians will all face a trial by fire as they confront their greatest threat yet. Themselves. And when ice meets flame, will they be willing to pay the price?

The hunt for Mount Ida reaches new heights and dark lows as the Guardians of the Maiden continues in this heart-gripping tale about the bonds of love, duty, and power.

Shattered Souls releases August 30th! Submit your pre-order receipt on Beck's website for a free print, bookmark, and bookplate (US and International). Now is the perfect time to catch up on the series. Divine Blood (b1) is on sale for .99 and Bonded Fate (b2) is 1.99 on Amazon! Sale ends Saturday, March 12th."

         


                       

About Beck Michaels

Beck Michaels is the bestselling author of the enchanting epic fantasy series, the Guardians of the Maiden. For her, the best books are the ones with characters that pull on your heartstrings. Therefore, she’s always looking for ways to collect tears from her readers. Beck currently lives in Indiana with her husband and two children, where she spends most of her time reading and daydreaming of adventures in faraway lands.

Link to the list of hosts doing the reveal: https://literaryboundtours.com/2022/03/02/cover-reveal-schedule-shattered-souls-by-beck-michaels/

You can find Beck on her socials: Website | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter


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Friday, March 4, 2022

Leah: Unnoticed. Unwanted. Unloved. Celebration Tour




About the Book



Book: Leah: Unnoticed. Unwanted. Unloved

Author: Amanda Bedzrah

Genre: Bible Fiction

Release date: November, 2020

Lying in bed next to ‘the man of her dreams’, Leah is crippled with fear and unable to sleep. She knows that her husband Jacob is going to wake up to her, not “the woman of his dreams”.

Jacob worked and served Leah’s father Laban for seven years to marry her younger sister Rachel, but on the night of their wedding, the brides were switched; the right man was married to the wrong bride.

As Leah anticipates, his dissatisfaction is not hidden; his rejection is immediate. Seven days later, Jacob marries Rachel after promising to work another seven years for her.

Leah is now left in a place of pain and bitterness. A fearsome war erupts. She is in a battle for her husband’s affection – not with an enemy, but with her own sister!

Will she ever be loved and accepted?

Can God use a woman like Leah: unnoticed, unwanted, and unloved, to change history?

This book is a fictional retelling of one of the greatest Bible stories of all time. It is a story of love, deception, betrayal, competition, heartbreak, and forgiveness. It reminds us that God has a plan and purpose for our lives.

No pain is ever wasted with God!

 Review:

I grew up loving this story about how Jacob worked extra years to finally gain the wife he was promised after his Uncle deceived him. However, I never thought about how it was ironic or maybe even a consequence from God because he had deceived his Father for the Birthright. But in all that God still fulfilled His promise to Abraham as these sons would begot a Nation. However, I always felt sorry for Rachel who was forced to let her Betrothed marry her sister first then share her husband with her on top of having trouble baring as many sons as Leah did,I never really thought about it from Leah’s point of view until now. Also, the author paints a story of Leah and Rachel being twins,well I need to back and read the Biblical story because while I knew Leah was the oldest and Rachel the unexpected twin,I don’t remember that being said in the Bible. The reason I bring this tidbit up is because I'm an identical twin, second born and completely unexpected, however as descriptions of the girls' looks and personality traits I am more like Leah and my twin like Rachel so while birth order I could relate to Rachel, personalities and looks I can relate to Leah. I can also relate to being the less desired one. The author used multiple points to view to convey the story of this family, their struggles and hardships, love,and joy as God meticulously laid the foundation of a Nation from this family. It is a well written, though out story that will touch your heart. One of my favorite quotes is the prayer Leah uttered in obedience to God,though she knew not how to forgive those who had hurt her,she knelt down in prayer even as she fought a fever and sickness and did what He asked, "Give them to me in prayer " which I think many of us could use this prayer as a guidance to forgiveness when all we can see is the pain.

“Dear Lord, here I am kneeling in prayer before you. My heart is cold and filled with emptiness. Sorrow has been a constant companion and the bitterness eats my soul. My bones are weary with anger and I smell of failure. I am filled with so much pain and regret. Every day I am unnoticed, I am unwanted, and I am unloved. If I am to be a slave in my own house, then let me be Your slave. If You will welcome me into your arms and accept me as I am… If You will take this shame and turn it around for good… If You will be my God and fill my heart with Your love… Then I will serve You. I will serve them too. I will forgive them. I will place my father, my husband, and my sister into Your hands. Teach me Your ways, oh Lord, and give me Your peace.”

Click here to get your copy!

 

About the Author



Amanda Bedzrah is married to Francois and they have three wonderful children. They live in the county of Kent, best known as “The Garden of England” in the United Kingdom.

Amanda is a passionate Bible teacher, an inspirational speaker, a prayer minister, and a senior NHS professional. She is a Law graduate (LLB Hons), she is also certified in Business Analysis Practice and Project Management.

 

More from Amanda

An Interview with the Author

 

Who is Amanda Bedzrah and what does a day in your life look like?

I am just a girl who loves Jesus. I have been saved, redeemed and restored by the Jesus and my life is dedicated in service to Him. I am married and I have three wonderful children. I live in the county of Kent, best known as “The Garden of England” in the United Kingdom.

A day in my life will consist of praying, reading, working, writing, cooking, cleaning and being wife and mum. My life is actually quite busy, there is always something going on.

How many books have you written? And are there more books in the future?

To date, I have written six books (1 fiction) and designed two Journals on Kindness. My most recent book is a Bible study guide called An Introduction to women in the Bible which is a synopsis of women in the Old and New Testament.

I have another Bible fiction books due in 2022 so yes, I absolutely see more books in my future, I love writing- it’s a gift and a calling, my purpose. If I could, I would spend the rest of my days writing.

What or who inspired you to write LEAH?

Leah is definitely a God project. I remember reading her story about four years ago and I wondered what it would have been like for her. I was so drawn to Leah, and for many years, I looked for novels based on her life and it seemed like her story had not written, or there was none that I could find. I kept waiting, until last year, frustrated I complained to God and He said – “you write it”.

I was like whatttttt? Me? No way. Initially, I allowed fear to deceive me, but I just couldn’t shake the feeling inside me, the direction God had given and the hidden excitement about the challenge that slowly bubbled to the surface and so I sat down one day and started writing on my phone and the words just fell out and the rest as they say is history.

Why did you choose this type of book (a novel)?

I love the Bible and I love Bible fiction. For many, the stories will be familiar. They know the story from the Bible or have heard it, but a novel truly brings it to life. It may answer some of their own questions about the story or make it easier for people to find themselves or their situations or someone they know within the pages of the book, and that sparks something within that helps the reader connect deeply.

The bible is rich with stories that are relevant to our lives today and I consider it an honour to be able to give life to the characters, and use my imagination in collaboration with the word of God to create a beautiful story. A story that entertains, educates, motivates and inspires but most importantly, to write a novel that encourages people to read the bible for themselves.

Is there anything you found particularly challenging in your writing of this book?

Initially, I found it hard to separate my own feelings and reactions from Leah’s. I had to remind myself that this was her story not mine and I didn’t want to bring my own preconceived ideas into the Bible story. It was also challenging to not cry when I was writing, for me, certain parts were so emotional.

It also required a lot of research. The Bible is silent on many things about their lives and so it was a challenge to capture who and how they were in detail. I got to the point where I had to decide how much imagination I wanted to use and how much Bible text. My preference was to stay as close to the Bible as possible, in fact I made sure I used up every single bit of information from the Bible first and then weaved imagination into it.

I know that although these are real people in the bible, they actually existed and there are some historical data about their lives that can be found in Jewish history and so I did a lot of research to get a good idea of the characters themselves or similar characters in their timeline.

I tried as much as possible to capture the culture of their time and write from that context. I gathered as much information about their tradition used that to fill out the character. The rest really was God breathed imagination.

Where is your favorite place to write?

I enjoy writing in my reclining couch in my front room. I have one of those portable lap tables that I use. I sit in front of the TV and write. I would however love to have a home office. I imagine a quiet space filled with lots of books, an oak desk, sofa, lamp and a large bay window with a wonderful view of nature. I don’t have that yet, but if I did, that would be my favorite writing place.

What is your greatest hope for this book?

I would love to see this book on the big screen. It is my hope that one day it will be turned into a movie to reach a wider audience. I also hope that when people read this book, they find Gods love within the pages of the book and it draws them towards the Bible so they can experience the word of God for themselves.

What would you say is special and unique about this book?

It is based on the word of God and I believe everything about Gods word is special and unique. I think it is an interesting book and brings the story to life. I used my imagination to give readers an insight into the world of these Bible heroes and possibly answer some questions they might have asked. Also, for women who have experienced rejection, I pray that Leah’s story will inspire and encourage them as well.

How has this book impacted your life?

This novel has had a huge impact in so many ways. As this is my first fiction novel, it is so humbling to see how it has been well received. I enjoyed stretching my creativity and I want to do this more. I learnt so much from writing this book. I’ve read it six times. Each time, I learn something different and each time I ask myself “Did I really write this”?

I honestly can’t take much credit, I know that it was God who wrote through me and it truly humbles me to be so used by God.

What is your favorite part of the book?

There are so many good bits. I love every part of the book. If I had to pick a favourite bit, it would be the voice of God. Each time He spoke, it was just lovely. I particularly like the last few sentences on page 56.

What would you say is the greatest obstacle you have overcome as an Author?
The confidence to write and not worry about whether it is good enough or if anyone else will like or read the book. The enemy always comes to attack and deceive and it takes the Grace of God to overcome that hurdle.

What would you say to the Ladies who may be going through a difficult marriage feeling unloved, unwanted, and not worthy?

I would say that this novel is for you. I dedicate this book to you. Please, know that you are completely loved by God and His plan and purpose for your life is not dependent on the acceptance of man. Being rejected by the man who should love you can be a very painful experience. Know that God sees your pain, just like He saw Leah’s.

The Bible tells us in Genesis that when God saw Leah was hated He opened her womb. He gave her a gift of children to bring love and comfort into her life that is how merciful He is. God has a very tender heart towards women who are rejected, we see that even in the life of Hagar, right there in the desert, running away from Sarah, God met her and ministered to her needs. We see Gods heart with the woman who had been bleeding for twelve years, rejected by society but accepted by Jesus.

Jesus was rejected by the people who should have loved him, but it did not stop Him from fulfilling His purpose. The rejection of man does not and will not disqualify you from your destiny. God has accepted you. God sees you. God loves you.

Take courage, trust in God and lean on Him. He can turn any situation around, and He can bring beauty out of any situation if we let Him.

In the book you decided to make it a happy ending for Leah, why did you choose this ending?

I love a happy ending and I wanted to give Leah that. I also wanted an ending that will inspire other women to not give up hope. I don’t know what the relationship with Jacob and Leah was like after Rachel died, but we can assume that her death brought the end to the controversy and strife that already existed, something must have changed because Jacob asked to be buried next to Leah.

Leah was buried with the Patriarch’s and most importantly – she is the mother of Judah from which our salvation comes from. She was rejected by man but chosen by God to start the lineage of the Lion of the Tribe of Judah. I wanted to celebrate this amazing woman.

What would you say to the many Authors’ to be?

Just go for it. You have a story inside of you that will change someone’s life, even if that person is you, it is still significant. Don’t listen to the voice of fear that says your story is not good enough, just keep writing.

Like any other gift, it takes time and practice so just write. You will be surprised how much you will enjoy it and how much you will bless others.

Also, the Holy Spirit is always willing to write through you, if you invite Him and allow Him, you will be surprised at the words that will pour out of you.

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