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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!!!!

Happy New Year! Well, New Year's Eve, anyway...

*A Sapphire Chamber*, being started in October, doesn't have much to look back on (Unless you'd care to look back on the irritating issue of white highlights throughout my blog, but I don't think any of us would enjoy that...). However, there is something exciting to share!

Most of you know that Christian author Anne Elisabeth Stengl is one of my favorites, and when sharing my recent fan art with her, something rather magical -- or, I consider it magical, anyway -- happened.


You can see my fan art here (with the comments), or see it below...


Along with my Heartless fan art, I'd like to share about Christian musician Megan Rae's new album, In My Defense (which you can order from her by clicking here).

In My Defense: A Music Review

In My Defense is certainly a masterpiece! It is completed with fourteen tracks, adding up to a total of forty minutes.

My favorite song on this CD has to be "Fall from Stone", second-favorite being "Winter Will Be Over Soon". In fact, I love this CD so much that I think I should just rate the songs by favoritism:

I. "Fall from Stone"

II. "Winter Will Be Over Soon"

III. "Elizabeth"

IV. "In the Morning"

V. "Gold and Stone"

VI. "Hm"

VII. "Hoax"

VIII. "Sparrow's Secrets"

IX. "Weaved"

X. "The Soldier"

XI. "Have You"

XII. "Down the Road"

XIII. "Easier"

XIV. "In My Defense"

Farewell, 2014...

With this end-of-the-year surprise and music review, it seems only fitting to close off 2014 with four little words...:

See you next year!

~Olivia

Friday, December 12, 2014

Winter Readings

It's winter! And, thankfully, raining! So much to do over winter break -- read, write, paint, etc., etc. Originally in this post, I was going to suggest a certain saga to my readers, but I decided against it. Instead, I'm going to give you the list of the two books I'm reading. Enjoy! :)

Chime by Franny Billingsley


Before Briony's stepmother died, she made sure Briony blamed herself for all the family's hardships. Now Briony has worn her guilt for so long it's become a second skin. She often escapes to the swamp, where she tells stories to the Old Ones, the spirits who haunt the marshes. But only witches can see the Old Ones, and in her village, witches are sentenced to death. Briony lives in fear her secret will be found out, even as she believes she deserves the worst kind of punishment.

Then Eldric comes along with his golden lion eyes and mane of tawny hair. He's as natural as the sun, and treats her as if she's extraordinary. And everything starts to change. As many secrets as Briony has been holding, there are secrets even she doesn't know.

--goodreads.com

Muscle and a Shovel by Michael Shank



Muscle and a Shovel is a raw and gritty true story about a pair of young newly-weds who move to the city to chase the American dream. In the process they're befriended by a man who turns their belief about God, their church, and their faith upside down! Baptists, Methodists, Presbyterians, Catholics, the Community Churches - none are spared when Truth is at stake and their new friend Randall isn't about to "candy coat" God's Word for the sake of "political correctness" or "religious tolerance." 

This story will grip you from opening to close and will stimulate your spirit on levels you didn't think possible. Get ready to fight or flee because Muscle and a Shovel is one of those rare books that will raise your heart-rate and your blood-pressure. You won't want to wait to share it with your friends or you'll want to dowse it in gasoline and set on fire! There'll be no middle ground.

Many Christian reviewers have said, "This book will turn our current religious world upside-down!"

--amazon.com


~Olivia

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