Blog Tour: Written Off by Barbara Cornwaithe (Wilkester Mysteries, #3) || Celebrate Lit Blog Tour

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About the Book-

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Book: Written Off
Author: Barbara Cornthwaite
Genre: Christian Cozy Mystery
Release date: May 2021

“Break a leg?” They’ll be lucky if they don’t all break their necks!

After years of waiting, Katrina finally has her happily ever after. All is right with her world . . . until hate crimes begin happening in the charming college town of Wilkester. Even more disturbing is the fact that the perpetrator seems to be connected with the writing class Katrina teaches. How can she prevent her rosy visions of the future from turning into broken dreams?

Find out in this third book of the Wilkester Mysteries.

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My Review-

Similar Review: Brought to Book by Barbara Cornthwaite (Wilkester Mysteries, #2)

This was a really interesting book! I really like this author’s cozy mysteries: although I’ve only read two to date, I have enjoyed both of them, not because of any ~literary value~ it has, but just because of the story and the setting. The protagonist is a 40-something professor, which is very unique, and I also enjoy the cast of characters in the book, such as her friends who foster seven kids (if I recall correctly).

This book did not actually have a murder happen in it, but rather a series of race-related hate crimes. With that, there was an interesting discussion about race crimes, protests, and the like, which I’ve never seen addressed in Christian fiction before, and which I really appreciated and liked. The likelihood of the actual mystery happening seemed unlikely, and the motive for the crime ended up being really bizarre, but overall it was a really good topic to tackle in my opinion.

Like the previous one I read, the actual mystery aspect of this book was not my main enjoyment of this book: while it was more pronounced than in the previous one, I enjoyed the other parts of the book, such as the professor/teaching, the home renovations, and her interaction with her friends, much more than the actual mystery itself. Like the previous book, there is a lot of Christian living discussion, such as what God’s will is, building a Christian marriage and how to combat racism, which I really liked. With that being said, there was ONE sentence, describing a thought Katrina had that I was a little ” . . . ” about, which was when she pictured her fiancé taking her into the bedroom after her wedding. I think that was completely unnecessary to include in the book, regardless of whether it is realistic.

Overall, I really liked this cozy mystery. The mystery aspect of it isn’t fantastic, but the setting of the story, the character cast, and the Christian living topics it tackled really made it a worthwhile read.

My Rating-

3/5

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion; I was not required to write a positive review.

About the Author-Author Headshot

Barbara Cornthwaite lives in the middle of Ireland with her husband and children. She taught college English before “retiring” to do something she loves far more; her days are now filled with homeschooling her six children, trying to keep the house tidy (a losing battle), and trying to stay warm in the damp Irish climate (also a losing battle). She is surrounded by medieval castles, picturesque flocks of sheep, and ancient stone monuments. These things are unappreciated by her children, who are more impressed by traffic jams, skyscrapers, and hot weather.

Giveaway-

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Barbara is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a paperback of the book. Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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Blog Tour: To Steal a Heart by Jen Turano (The Bleecker Street Inquiry Agency #1) || Celebrate Lit Blog Tour

About the Book

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Book: To Steal A Heart
Author: Jen Turano
Genre: Comedic Historical Romance
Release Date: November, 2020

After spending her childhood as a street thief, Gabriella Goodhue thought she’d put her past behind her until a fellow resident at her boardinghouse is unjustly accused of theft. Using her old skills to prove her friend’s innocence, Gabriella unexpectedly encounters Nicholas Quinn, the man she once considered her best friend–until he abandoned her.

After being taken under the wing of a professor who introduced him into society and named him as heir, Nicholas is living far removed from his childhood life of crime. As a favor to a friend, Nicholas agrees to help clear the name of an innocent woman, never imagining he’d be reunited with the girl he thought lost to him forever.

As Gabriella and Nicholas are thrown together into one intrigue after another, their childhood affection grows into more, but their newfound feelings are tested when truths about their past are revealed and danger follows their every step.

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My Review-

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This was a really fun book! I’ve read a ton of Jen Turano’s work previously and I have enjoyed them all a lot. Turano’s characters are always so witty and fun, and it is just always a good time all around. I was really excited to see that there was another series from her coming and to meet the cast of new characters. As usual, it was humorous and bantery and all the characters were a lot of fun: I particularly enjoyed Gabriella’s friendship with the other girls who lived at the boardinghouse: they were all so unique! Like usual, it took me a little bit to get into the story, but once I started figuring out who was who, it all made sense.

This book was very similar to Roseanna M. White’s Shadows Over England series, in that the characters were from a street thief background. As per typical Jen Turano style, the book was set in New York society in the late 1800s, with The Four Hundred featured, but with a twist of wacky events that just seem to happen that require a tiny bit of suspension of disbelief, such as things that could have happened, but just seemed to work out *just so*, or little character traits that probably couldn’t happen in real life but just did in the book (like a dog that only listens if one speaks in pirate).

I wasn’t a huge fan of either of the main characters, and there didn’t seem to be a ton of chemistry between them, but I enjoyed them plenty. The fact that they were childhood friends called back to the “Shadows Over England” series (is it a call back if it’s a reference to another series by another author?), and I do like that trope. I did enjoy one of the side characters, Daphne, though! (and little birdies tell me that the next book is about her which I’m super excited about!). The Bleecker Street Inquiry Agency was SO MUCH FUN (think: women in the late 1800s forming a tiny little detective group) and I’m super excited to read more in the series because of it.

It felt like the storyline moved a little bit slowly in the beginning, but it definitely picked up as the book moved along. The wrapping up of the storyline was really interesting: I think it really added to the “suspension of disbelief” aspect of it, since it didn’t really feel like things should/could have happened the way they are.

Overall, I enjoyed the book a lot and I’m really excited to see where the rest of this series goes!

My Rating-

7/10

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion; I was not required to write a positive review.

About the Author

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Named one of the funniest voices in inspirational romance by Booklist, Jen Turano is a USA Today bestselling author, known for penning quirky historical romances set in the Gilded Age. Her books have earned Publishers Weekly and Booklist starred reviews, top picks from Romantic Times, and praise from Library Journal. She’s been a finalist twice for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards and had two of her books listed in the top 100 romances of the past decade from Booklist. She and her family live outside of Denver, Colorado.

Giveaway-

To Steal a Heart Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Jen is giving away the grand prize package of copy of To Steal a Heart, plus all three books in the American Heiresses series and a 30 second mystery kit!!

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

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Book Spotlight: Tales of the East by Faith Blum || plus exclusive Author Interview!

Hey everyone! Today I’m here with a super exciting blog post: I’m part of the release team for Faith Blum’s retelling collection, Tales of the East! I’ve reviewed a couple books of hers in the past on the blog, and this collection of novellas sounds super interesting! I’m excited to share the details of it with you all! Not only that, but Faith is doing an exclusive interview here, which I’m super excited about!

About the Book:

Five fairy tale retellings…

Go back in time to Old Testament times for imaginative retellings of Hansel and Gretl, Beauty and the Beast, Rapunzel, The 12 Dancing Princesses, and Cinderella. Love Lifted Me is also a retelling of the Song of Solomon.

Three kings…

Trust and Obey is set during the end of King Saul’s life, Lo, How a Rose, Rock of Ages, and The Haven of Rest are set during King David’s reign, and Love Lifted Me is set as Solomon starts to take over for King David.

One volume

All five books are now in one volume for a limited time! Don’t miss out!

This is a limited time volume that will go out of stock at midnight, December 31, 202. Purchase now on Amazon*

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My Reviews-

While I haven’t read all of the books in the series, I was able to read and review two of the books in the series, Trust and Obey, which is book 1, and Rock of Ages, which is book 3. I enjoyed both of them and look forward to reading the rest from the collection!

Exclusive Author Interview-

What is your favorite part of the writing/publishing process?

My favorite part of the writing process is writing the first draft. I love working out what is going to happen in the story.

What are ways that you have learned to adapt to writing with a baby?

Write whenever there is a free moment. Usually this means after David goes to bed.

What is your ideal writing situation?

Right now after 7pm has been the best time of day to write. I like to make sure I have my water available and have some classical music or soundtracks going.

Do you prefer reading or writing and why?

That’s a tough one. Reading is obviously easier because the book is already written, but writing means creating new stories. I think it’s a tie.

I noticed that a lot of your books share titles with classic hymns. What was your inspiration for that?

When I was coming up with the title for my first book, I noticed that the hymn A Mighty Fortress was predominant in the novel, so I decided to go with that for the title. After which, I decided to make that as part of my brand

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Faith Blum is a small-town Wisconsin girl. She has independently published over 25 books in over five years. Most of her books are Christian Historical Fiction with an emphasis on Westerns. During an eBook sale, she was #2 overall in Kindle eBooks on Amazon. Faith resides in Central Wisconsin with her husband, son, and their cat, Smokey. When not writing, you can find her cooking, doing dishes, sewing, reading, or spending time with her husband and son. She loves to hear from her readers, so feel free to contact her on her website: https://faithblum.com.


What is your ideal writing environment? Do you prefer reading or writing? Leave a comment and let me know; I’d love to hear from you!

A Day in the Life of an Author in College: Guest Post by Olivia Smit || Seeing Voices Blog Tour

Hey friends! Today I have a super exciting blog post, as part of the blog tour for the release of my friend Olivia Smit‘s new book, Seeing Voices, out now! I asked her to share a day in her life, because they are my personal favorite types of posts to read, and she is here today to tell us what a day in her life looks like!


Hi friends! I’m Olivia (author of “Seeing Voices”) and it is my honour and joy to be hopping on Hanne’s blog today to get to know all of you! I’ve loved to write pretty much as long as I can remember, but I never really thought about publishing until I finished “Seeing Voices.” In a lot of ways, it was the book that changed everything for me: it was the first time I’d written a story I loved SO MUCH that I didn’t want to keep it to myself. I wanted to share Skylar and Mike with the whole wide world. It’s been the WILDEST, most beautiful, sometimes stressful journey since I signed the contract with WhiteFire a year ago, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. “Seeing Voices” is out now, and I’m so, SO excited to finally share my special story with all of you.DSC_0888

In the meantime … here’s a little peek into what a sort-of typical day looks like for me, buried deep in school and publishing and writing forever. Just the way I like it. (although I could totally get along without the essay assignments … just saying.) I’ve never done a “day in the life” challenge before, but I’ve seen them done before and it was an absolute THRILL when Hanne reached out and suggested that I put one together for this post!

DISCLAIMER: Because I’m still in school (about to graduate though! woo!) each one of my days has a different rhythm and schedule. I picked a day when I had time to focus on writing and querying, because I thought that would be the most interesting for this post!! But please know that there are many days where I’m just driving from school to work and then spending my evening studying (bo-ring).

Okay! Now that that’s out of the way – on to “a day in my life!”

7:05am – Woke up before my alarm!! (This never happens lol but today I got lucky!) This means I have more time for some Bible reading (I’m reading through 1 Corinthians right now, and sloowwwly making my way through “Life of the Beloved” by Henri Nouwen) and my Fitness Blender workout!

8:50am – At this point, I’ve finished cleaning up after my workout and realized that I made a scheduling error for next week. It takes me approximately fifteen minutes to resolve the minor crisis this creates (!)

9:05am – Getting back on track … with meal prep! I made a smoothie for breakfast (my sister Hannah and I are dog/house-sitting right now, and the place we’re staying has coconut milk!!! Yum.) and then Hannah and I started chopping ingredients for tonight’s soup.

10:00am – Driving to school! (We realized halfway down the street that we left the soup sitting on the counter, so we had to turn around 2 seconds after these pictures were taken and put it in the fridge. Oopsie.)

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10:30am – Poetry class!

11:45am – Checked my phone and found an agent rejection waiting for me. Boo.

1:30pm – English class on Romanticism

2:30pm – Time to drop Hannah off at home – and our car started making a terrible noise, so that’s great.

3:00pm – Today I met a friend at a local coffee shop to chat about our writing projects and get some work done! My plan was to post in the Seeing Voices launch team Facebook group, and then send out another query on the project that got rejected this morning. (But first … I called the auto shop.)

4:30pm – After my writing date, I stopped by the grocery store to buy pizza for tomorrow’s dinner.

5:00pm – Home!! I sprawled out on the couch to look into a few more agent profiles. At this point, the discouragement hit me all at once, which was NOT FUN. (Also, I made another scheduling error. This time it was with the auto shop that I called a few hours ago. I REALLY need to start writing things down in my calendar.)

5:45pmSOUP. This was definitely a highlight (AND, in a completely weird twist of events, another agent emailed back and requested a full manuscript!! This is the first positive response I’ve had on this project and I went from being discouraged to happy so fast it was actually confusing.)afternoon

6:30pm – After dinner, I freaked out a little and sent the full MS to the agent! And then I did some homework (essays). Also, I procrastinated a lot on Twitter (to be honest, I really didn’t do that much homework. It was mostly Twitter.)

8:00pm – Getting ready for a podcast interview with Tara K. Ross and Rebekah Black on the Hope Prose Podcast! I’ve been listening to these ladies talk about books and writing (with a million amazing author guests) since the podcast started, and I’ve been looking forward to this for months!

8:40pmINTERVIEW TIME!! I lost my train of thought a ton, but Tara and Bekah were super nice and assured me they could cut the awkward parts out later, hehe.

10:00pm – Interview done! I came downstairs and devoured some crackers and peanut butter, curled up on the couch with the dog for a bit, and generally procrastinated going to bed by refreshing my email inbox six billion times.

evening 11:00pm– Finally, bedtime.

Monday ended up being a really interesting day … way more interesting than most of my life, I promise! But it was really fun to track the adventure … and I hope it made for an interesting post!


Olivia-Smit-headshot-400x600Olivia Smit loves baking, visiting small towns, and writing stories that face hard truth with hope and encouragement. Olivia will graduate (in April!) with an Honours Specialization in Creative Writing, English Language, and Literature and lives in Canada with her family. Seeing Voices is her first novel.

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Thank you so much, Olivia, for coming on the blog today!! Olivia is absolutely the SWEETEST soul and I have LOVED getting to know her better throughout the release of Seeing Voices! I got to read an early copy of the book, and it was SO good!! It was one of my favorite reads so far this year. Find my review here.


Are you a fan of soup too? What is your favorite study snack? Have you checked out (or read) Seeing Voices yet? Make sure you go check it out!

Blog Tour: Wedding Score by Amanda Tero || Book Spotlight, Review, and Giveaway!

Hey everyone! Lots of exciting bookish news happening recently: today I’m a part of the release team for Amanda Tero’s new book, Wedding Score!

About the Book-

Most girls dream of their wedding days. Except me. I’m too busy practicing piano and being the live soundtrack for everyone else’s weddings to think about my own.

I’ve survived most of my twenties with harmonious chords and pleasant days. So why is it that now, at twenty-seven, a discordant feeling presents itself?

Is there a solid solution to loneliness when there is absolutely no potential husband on the horizon?

A CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN SHORT READ

Are you a single who has been in this singleness journey a little longer than you anticipated? This week is the release of Amanda Tero’s contemporary fiction novella, “Wedding Score.” Main character Stephanie is there with you as she’s suddenly thrown into a season of discontentment and impatience. Told in a whimsical, honest style, “Wedding Score” is a 1-2 hour short read that leaves readers feeling understood and hopeful.

My Review-

I really enjoyed this little book (novella?)! Although I never really struggled with singleness, this book still had some good topics to explore, such as trusting in God, rather than man. I also like how this book about singleness DIDN’T end with the MC, Stephanie, finding a boyfriend! That just really doesn’t seem to happen in books.

As a piano player myself, I also really enjoyed the music aspects, and in that way, I related to Stephanie quite a bit. I also enjoyed the characters in this story: they were all pretty-well developed and had their own personalities, even during this short book!

Overall? I really enjoyed this book! Although it didn’t 100% resonate with me, I still really enjoyed the themes within it. Despite it being a super short book (I read it under an hour), the plot and characters were still well developed and memorable.

My Rating-

4/5

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About the Author-

Amanda Tero began her love for words at a young age—reading anything she could get her hands on and penning short stories as young as age eight. Since graduation, she has honed her writing skills by dedicated practice and study of the writing craft. She began her journey of publication with a few short stories that she had written for her sisters and continued to add to her collection with other short stories, novellas, and novels. It is her utmost desire to write that which not only pleases her Lord and Savior, but also draws the reader into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.

Connect with Amanda

Website | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Blog | Goodreads | Amazon |
amandaterobooks@gmail.com

Giveaway-

Amanda is giving away paperbacks, yes…

But she really wants to share this story with as many readers as possible. So, for release week, she’ll be sending eBooks to anyone who wants one! So hop over and submit your email for a free eBook!

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Visit Amanda’s blog for a complete list of bloggers and special tour information.

I really enjoyed Wedding Score! Make sure you head over to Amanda’s for some more release week fun (and a free copy of Wedding Score!).

Blog Tour: Protecting the Poor by Amanda Tero || Spotlight, Review, and Giveaway

This week signals the completion of the Tales of Faith series!

About the Book-

Sheriff Feroci is now lord over the province, and Abtshire has become a pit of injustice. Being forced into the lord’s service does not give Dumphey as many opportunities to help the poor as he desires. When attempts on his life drive him into the forest, this freedom opens a world of possibilities for helping others. But how can he do so when he is running for his life? And does God want him to do more than simply feed the poor?

Noel has always hidden behind the shadow of his older brother, Dumphey. When life forces him to stand on his own, will he still follow God in the corrupt world in which he lives? Would God really call him to do something that is beyond his power to do?

As Lord Feroci’s sinister plot comes to light, each lad has a choice to make. A choice that could cost them their lives.

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My Review-

Similar reviews to this: The Secret Slipper by Amanda Tero (Book 2 in this series)

This was a really fun read!! I haven’t really read much Robin Hood in general, although I do know the general storyline. Protecting the Poor was a really good Robin Hood retelling, and with a Christian/biblical twist. It was basically Robin Hood, but more realistic and with a good backstory that made sense and had more depth than just..stealing and giving.

I LOVED Dumphey and Noel: they were SO sweet and thoughtful and just AAA. Good people. Dumphey’s band of boys was AWESOME, and his and Noel’s food ministry was really cool as well. They felt really realistic, and had struggles just like everyone. The side characters were also amazing: Zuzene and Betin, and everyone else, except the villain of course. 🙂

There wasn’t any romance in this book, which I appreciated a lot. The plot twist at the end was also really cool, and I enjoyed it a lot as well. The characters throughout the series came back, and anyone who’s ever read any of my reviews knows that I LOVE CONNECTED CHARACTERS THROUGHOUT SERIES.

I really did enjoy reading this story: the story had a lot of depth and thoughtful parts. The action was also really well paced: although it was a novella, the story didn’t feel rushed or hard to understand. The spiritual content in it was also SO GOOD: there was so much thought about what God would want, even in the face of despair, and the gospel message shone through so well. I’d really recommend this book to anyone who’s looking for a clean fantasy book to read!

My Rating-

5/5

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion; I was not required to write a positive review.

Giveaway-

It wouldn’t be a release party without a giveaway! One U.S. Winner will receive the complete paperback Tales of Faith series, and one International Winner will receive the complete eBook series.

 

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Do you want to get a signed copy of “Protecting the Poor?” Order here!

About the Series-

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About the Author-

AuthorAmanda Tero began her love for words at a young age—reading anything she could get her hands on and penning short stories as young as age eight. Since graduation, she has honed her writing skills by dedicated practice and study of the writing craft. She began her journey of publication with a few short stories that she had written for her sisters and continues to add to her collection with other short stories, novellas, and novels. It is her utmost desire to write that which not only pleases her Lord and Savior, but also draws the reader into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.

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Do you want to be involved in Amanda’s next release?
Wedding Score is open for reviewers, bloggers, and influencers. Sign up here.

Blog Tour-

Shoutout to all the wonderful bloggers who are participating in the release of Protecting the Poor!

Monday – August 26, 2019
With a Joyful Noise – Protecting the Poor Release Post
Life of Heritage Corner – Interview, Review, Giveaway
Great Books for God’s Girls – Interview, Review
Peculiar Miss Darcy – Interview
Honey Rock Hills – Review
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations – Spotlight, Review, Guest Post

Tuesday – August 27, 2019
We’ve Got Pockets – Review
Maidens for Modesty – Giveaway, Guest Post
A Brighter Destiny – Spotlight

Wednesday – August 28, 2019
Soldier Girl Stories – Interview
Purposeful Learning – Spotlight, Guest Post

Thursday – August 29, 2019
Rachel Rossano’s Works – Spotlight, Guest Post
In My Bookcase – Review, Giveaway

Friday – August 30, 2019
Losing the Busyness – Spotlight, Review, Giveaway
Resting Life – Guest Post

Saturday – August 31, 2019
Blossoms and Blessings – Spotlight, Review, Guest Post
God’s Peculiar Treasure Rae – Review
Reading on the Edge – Spotlight

Monday – September 2, 2019
With a Joyful Noise – Giveaway Winner Announced

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Book Review: 100 Days of Sunlight by Abbie Emmons!!! || Eternal. Screaming.

About the Book-

When 16-year-old poetry blogger Tessa Dickinson is involved in a car accident and loses her eyesight for 100 days, she feels like her whole world has been turned upside-down.

Terrified that her vision might never return, Tessa feels like she has nothing left to be happy about. But when her grandparents place an ad in the local newspaper looking for a typist to help Tessa continue writing and blogging, an unlikely answer knocks at their door: Weston Ludovico, a boy her age with bright eyes, an optimistic smile…and no legs.

Knowing how angry and afraid Tessa is feeling, Weston thinks he can help her. But he has one condition — no one can tell Tessa about his disability. And because she can’t see him, she treats him with contempt: screaming at him to get out of her house and never come back. But for Weston, it’s the most amazing feeling: to be treated like a normal person, not just a sob story. So he comes back. Again and again and again.

Tessa spurns Weston’s “obnoxious optimism”, convinced that he has no idea what she’s going through. But Weston knows exactly how she feels and reaches into her darkness to show her that there is more than one way to experience the world. As Tessa grows closer to Weston, she finds it harder and harder to imagine life without him — and Weston can’t imagine life without her. But he still hasn’t told her the truth, and when Tessa’s sight returns he’ll have to make the hardest decision of his life: vanish from Tessa’s world…or overcome his fear of being seen.

100 Days of Sunlight is a poignant and heartfelt novel by author Abbie Emmons. If you like sweet contemporary romance and strong family themes then you’ll love this touching story of hope, healing, and getting back up when life knocks you down.

My Review-

OH MY WORD. I have been waiting to read this book before I knew what it was. I’ve been excited for this book ever since I started following Abbiee’s blog and instagram, and it’s finally out!!! I’m SO excited, and it’s an AMAZING BOOK. (If you haven’t seen the post I did for her blog tour, including a guest post from Abbie herself you can find it here)

I had all the intentions to write a twitter live-reaction thread while doing it buuuut it was too good and I finished it before I remembered. #oops. I ended up going back and writing down my thoughts though, so if you want to read initial reactions: it’s here

People always say to not judge a book by its cover, but in this case, THE COVER IS GORGEOUS AND EVERYTHING GOOD IN THIS WORLD AND IT ALSO MAKES SENSE IN THE BOOK AND CAN I JUST HUG IT. (There’s 100 Days of Sunlight merch out and it’s THE BEST THING EVER (if anyone is thinking about buying me something . . . .😉))

Fangirling aside, I really enjoyed this book! Although it was written on the simplistic side and it was kiiiiiiinda cheesy, it was SO sweet and it was so similar to my life right now. It also definitely made me cry (who’d’ve thunk).

My favorite part about this book was how it was divided up into the different senses and the different focus each section was on. Tessa and Weston are absolutely adorable and are the sweetest. Weston’s relationship with his friend Rudy, as well as Tessa’s relationship with her blogging friends (!!!!!) are also the sweetest and was really nice to see (as opposed to a lot of other YA contemps which are only focused on the MCs and no one else).

My only issue with the book is that I’m not certain of what age demographic this is meant for? On one hand, I’m inclined to say that it’s for a younger audience, because of the simplified love story and the cliche-ness of it all, but also there was a bit of language used. I personally didn’t mind it, but I know that younger (more judgmental) me would have been appalled at it. Readers of all ages will loVe this story, but I’m just,,not certain exactly if that’s an issue for anyone else.

Overall? I’m SO HYPED ABOUT THIS book and it doesn’t disappoint. I’ve already begun rereading it and I’m super excited. This is my summer of reading contemps that make me cry and 100 DOS is no exception.

Check out my blog tour post for 100 Days of Sunlight here!

My Rating-

4/5

Things liked-

  • It’s so swEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEt!
  • and it made me cry loL
  • Tessa and Weston are the cutest and remind me of my own story
  • That cover is goRgeous??!

Things disliked-

  • kiiiinda simplistic and also there was some language

 

 

A Productive Day in the Life as an Author || Blog Tour: 100 Days of Sunlight || Guest Post from Abbie Emmons and GIVEAWAY!! || *insert eternal screaming*

Hey guys!! Today, I’m bringing to you a post that I’ve personally waited to be making for YEARS: it’s my part in the blog tour for Abbie Emmons’ NEW BOOK, 100 Days of Sunlight!!! I’ve been following Abbie for about 4 years now: she is so inspirational as a blogger/indie author/self-employer and I’ve been WAITING for her to publish her book for SO LONG. I’m SO EXCITED because that day is finally here, and I’m super honored to be a part of her blog tour!

So today, as part of the blog tour, we have a guest post from Abbie, with a Productive Day in the Life as an Author! Take it away, Abbie!


A Productive Day in the Life as an Author, by Abbie Emmons

I’ve always been obsessed with productivity. Even when I was a little kid, I loved making task lists (though you couldn’t have called them “tasks” back then, haha) and to this day I’m always on the lookout for new ways to improve my output and make the most of my time.

Now that I’m a published author (!!!) there are even more demands on my attention – so many problems to solve and not enough time to solve them. Needless to say, I’ve had to be more diligent than ever when it comes to managing my time.

Before we go any further, I want to give a big THANK YOU to Hanne for inviting me to guest post on her lovely blog today! We’re going to talk about time management – what a productive day in my author life looks like. Let’s go!

Morning

Let’s begin at the beginning of the day. Mornings are essential because they are the time I feel the freshest and most energetic. Making sure my day gets off on the right foot is critical to staying happy and creative throughout the afternoon and evening. A bad morning usually leads to a bad day – but a good morning can lead to a wonderful day.

When I first wake up – regardless of what season of life I’m in and what projects I’m currently working on – I never miss my morning routine of tea and journaling.

I love to journal because it’s a great way to get all your feelings, hopes, and worries out of your head and onto the page. I tend to bottle up emotions too much, or pile on more work so I don’t stop and think about what’s bothering me – but journaling has helped me to quietly address emotional issues without stressing over them. It also helps me sort out problems with my goals or habits by self-reflecting objectively.

After showering and eating a healthy breakfast, I sit down to begin my work for the day (with another cuppa, of course). Many of you might already know that I’m obsessed with calendar blocking. (I usually calendar block my day the night before, so we’ll get to that at the end of this post.) The morning block of my calendar is always reserved for the most time-sensitive tasks (ie: anything that will matter tomorrow if I don’t get it done today). This might include editing a video for my YouTube channel, sending books off to someone, doing an interview, creating a promotion, or anything in between!

I work on stuff like this from 8:00 to 12:30, then I pause and take a half hour break for lunch.

Afternoon

Afternoon tasks are important, but not as time-sensitive (ie: anything that will matter next week if I don’t get it done this week). Afternoons are sometimes difficult for me to push through, as I start to lose focus around hour 7 of working. That’s part of the reason why I like to make my afternoon tasks not quite as important as my morning tasks. The pressure isn’t as intense, and if I don’t accomplish everything on my list, it’s okay because there’s always tomorrow!

My last work-related task for the day is usually answering emails and DMs. I do this after everything else because I’m an introvert. (Ha!) Interacting with people (even via email) takes quite a bit of energy, so I don’t like to spend a lot of my “battery life” on that first thing in the morning. After all, it doesn’t require my most creative energy, so I’ve found that late afternoon is a good time to get this done.

Around 4:30 p.m., I usually break for yoga. It’s nice to move my body after sitting in front of a computer all day, plus it’s a good way to refresh for my evening tasks.

Evening

As you might have guessed, evening tasks are the least urgent. They are still important to me, but for the distant future. For example, I might work on outlining or editing a future novel, or brainstorming a new idea for my YouTube channel or blogpost.

This is also the time of day when I turn my phone to airplane mode and “disconnect” from the world. Because I work from home, there’s no getting away from my work – but disconnecting from the internet in this free time is paramount to my mental health. Before I get off the computer completely, I’ll calendar block my tomorrow and make my next task list. I’ll prioritize my tasks in the same way I did everything today.

After dinner comes my night routine, which consists of stretching, reading, and spending time with my family. I stay off electronic devices (unless a lightning bolt of inspiration strikes and I simply MUST WRITE) because we all know that glowing blue light makes it harder to fall asleep. I try to get to bed by 10:30, but sometimes I break my own rules. (Hey, I’m young, I should enjoy that extra 30 minutes of reading a book. ha. ha.)

So there it is! In a nutshell, that’s what my average productive day looks like as an author.

Comment below and tell me: do you use calendar blocking? What is your favorite way to prioritize your tasks? Do you have a morning/night routine? Let’s talk all things productivity in the comments!

Thank you again to Hanne for having me on her blog today!

rock on,

Abbie


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