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Thursday, July 28, 2016

The Eighth HARRY POTTER Book

You remember that Top Ten Tuesday post I did last month? Yeah, I somehow forgot to mention a book I am super excited for, yet keep forgetting about. Probably due to the fact that I CAN'T BELIEVE HOW MAGICAL IT IS AND HOW ON EARTH IS IT EVEN HAPPENING AFTER SO MANY YEARS!!!! (*draws scar*) (*puts on glasses*) (*waves wand*) (*fangirls*)

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Harry Potter & the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany. Can we just dwell on the fact that she's written another Harry Potter book, for the moment? Sigh. (*smiles wistfully*)

...So, yeah. There was pretty much no point to this post other than to drool over Rowling's new book. :P

Are you a complete Potterhead? What do you expect The Cursed Child to be like?

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Giveaway: SLEEPING BEAUTY Bookmarks

Hello, Dragons! I've popped in today to let ya'll know about a fantastic giveaway Rachel Kovaciny, over at Hamlette's Soliloquy, has invited participants to share! Skip on over to THIS LINK and enter to win one of five Five-Magic-Spindles-inspired bookmarks! There will be five winners selected (one for each bookmark); the giveaway is open to US residents only (due to shipping costs -- which I totally get!), and closes on Friday, July twenty-ninth. Winners will be drawn on Saturday, July thirtieth.

I've added Rachel's pictures of the bookmarks below. :)

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So don't forget to enter! It looks like quite a fun contest! :)

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Movie Review: THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS

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Max is a spoiled terrier who cherishes every single moment he spends with his owner. But when she brings home a giant, terrifying mutt named Duke, his life is immediately turned upside down.

Determined to rid himself of Duke, Max does everything in his power to make his owner hate the new pooch, from trashing their apartment to shattering beloved possessions. However, it's only a matter of time before Duke loses his patience... and the results could place Max and Duke farther from home than they ever imagined.

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The Secret Life of Pets was cute and well-made. As the proud mama owner of a cockapoo and a poodle mix, I thoroughly enjoyed the constant referencing to pets and their strange behaviours. There was a number of parts that left me and my parents laughing hard.

There were some things I didn't like, however (as there are with almost any movie). This may sound completely random, but I didn't like how far away Max and Duke ended up from their home. One, it seemed cliché, and two (simply based on personal opinion), I just don't particularly like watching beloved pets leave their owners, even if only for a little while.

Overall, The Secret Life of Pets was cute and enjoyable, but I think it was something I could wait for the rental DVD edition of.

You may want to know: There is some mentioning of pets who claimed to have killed their owners, and there is a former pet owner who is proclaimed dead later on in the movie. There is also a gang of pet "refugees", and an unusually large viper. (I just thought I'd mention the viper 'cause it was really creepy...)

Have you seen The Secret Life of Pets, yet?

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Freaking Out & the FIVE MAGIC SPINDLES Chat Party

Dragons, I did something crazy. (*whispers*) I changed the blog format. (*freaks out*)

While this may not seem like a big deal, I have parted from my much beloved blog header and background! (*sobs*) (It's a happy cry, Dragons, don't worry.)

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AND I CAN'T BELIEVE I DID THIS!!!!

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I seriously can't. What on earth was I thinking? I love it, though. (*giggles uncontrollably*) (*sits up*) (*straightens bowtie*) Right. Sorry 'bout that. That was a really weird reaction.

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Anywhozens, I'll calm down. Feel free to go ahead and get on with your life and blogging and other such wonderful things. :)

Off topic, but by the way, have you seen the event for the Five Magic Spindles Chat Party? Unfortunetly, I won't be able to make it, but you should definitely go and check it out! The authors are giving away some fabulous prizes, including cowboy-themed playing cards, a spinning wheel bookmark, a fairytale-ish art print, and a gorgeous fantasy-meets-sci-fi necklace!

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Beautiful People: Nicole, or Miss I-Eat-Mushrooms-for-Breakfast

I'd like to introduce you Dragons to a young lady from When the Sky Cries! While she is not the protagonist, she plays an important role in the last third or so of the book, and (in my totally unbiased opinion) is awesome.

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1. Do they want to get married and have children? Why or why not?

While Nicole enjoys being around children, she doesn't particularly desire to get married and have kids. But I suppose we'll just have to wait and see what God has in store for her. :)


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2. What's their weapon of choice?

Bow.

3. What's the nicest thing they've done for someone else, and why did they do it?

Offered hospitality, because the person was exhausted and felt they could not return home.

4. Have they ever been physically violent with someone? If so, what instigated it?

Erm, not really.

5. Are they a rule-follower or a rebel?

Complete rule-follower, but there could be some rebelliousness hidden underneath. ;)

6. Are they organized or messy?

Organized, for the most part.

7. What makes them feel loved, and who was the last person to make them feel that way?

Nicole feels the most loved when she spends time with her older brother (by one year), Falco.

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8. What do they eat for breakfast?

Mushrooms. Yes, it's completely disgusting, but she eats them.

9. Have they ever lost someone close to them? What happened?

Her parents in a fire. She and Falco survived by moving to an active village and living off the land.

10. How do they reward themselves?

With a swim.


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Saturday, July 9, 2016

Blog Tour, Interview, & Giveaway: THE OLD RIVER ROAD

Image provided by Ivy Rose.


About the Book

Introducing Ivy Rose and her debut novel, The Old River Road! This book is the first in a series of a-yet-to-be-determined number of books based on the lives of the author's ancestors. Written in a style similar to that of Janette Oke and Laura Ingalls Wilder, this is a story you don't want to miss!

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1885

When seventeen-year-old Clara Boutwell married her dashing coworker, William McDonald, she was convinced her life was near perfect. The journey before them as newlyweds in the great city of Chicago was promising and exciting. But a frightening disease soon takes William in its grip, forcing them to the clean air of the western frontier in a desperate attempt to save his life. But pioneering doesn't prove to be easy, with miles between neighbors instead of fences. On the eastern Washington prairies, the McDonalds face hardships and trials in a new world where everything is tested, from physical endurance to emotional strength -- down to their relationship and faith in the Lord.

This novel tells the incredible true story of Clara and William, the great-great grandparents of the author, in a sweet narrative full of laughter, tears, and the struggles of an early pioneering family. Prepare yourself to share in their experience as you read this account of a pioneer family in Washington state, and see their lasting legacy that has endured into the fifth generation.

Available now in paperback and ebook on Amazon!


Interview

Welcome to *A Sapphire Chamber*, Ivy! Feel free to tell us all a little bit about yourself. :)

Hi Olivia! Thanks so much for having me! Let's see... a little about myself... (You realize this is a very difficult question.)  :)

I'm eighteen years old, a big sister to six, a history lover, a people-person, and a musician.

Fun fact: My birthday was July eighth, which is also my parent's twenty-second wedding anniversary, and my first book released that day. Lots of fun packed into one short day. :)

When did you first realize you wanted to write?

Writing has been enjoyable to me for a very long time. I kept journals when I was younger, then (tried) to turn some of the adventures into stories. At around thirteen, I became more serious about my hobby and started to wonder if I could really be a published author one day.

What would your ideal day of writing look like?

Oh my... a whole day? Just having an entire day dedicated to writing would be ideal!

Let's see -- I'd eat breakfast in my room at my desk, reviewing whatever I wrote last so I am better prepared to continue. Then, I'd set a word goal for an hour -- anywhere from two-hundred-fifty to five-hundred. I'd type for the hour, then get up and move around for ten minutes or so. Repeat until lunchtime. At lunchtime, I would take a bit of a lengthy break to eat, take care of my dog, and maybe take a dip in the lake. Then, I'd go back up to my "cave of writerdom" and continue the hourly goals. Unless I get really hungry, I'd probably just take a short snack break for dinner and keep writing until bedtime.

Besides writing, is there anything else you would like to do? Be an editor, run a publishing company, become a swashbuckling pirate?

I'll be a pirate! :)

The main thing I am working toward is becoming a nurse. There's still a lot of college ahead of me, but I am quite excited to be working toward that finally. 

Thank you for your time! Before you go, I have one last question: What advice do you have for fellow authors, particularly those who are currently unpublished?

I think this is the advice I've given almost everyone who has asked this question, so excuse me for being a broken record. :) I keep saying this because it had such a phenomenal impact on me.

Don't forget Who you are writing for. It's easy to get discouraged when people don't like your writing, but that's just it. They're people. You don't want to serve people, you want to serve God. Write for Him, and ignore what other people say. It just doesn't matter.

About the Author

Image provided by Ivy Rose.

Ivy Rose is an eighteen-year-old history lover and literary enthusiast. Aside from writing, she enjoys being outdoors, chocolate, travelling, reading, and ATVing (preferably if there is mud involved). She resides with her family of nine on the banks of the Long Lake in eastern Washington.

You can connect with Ivy via her blog, Goodreads, and Pinterest.
Tour Schedule


Friday, July 8th (release day!)
Saturday, July 9th
Monday, July 11th
Tuesday, July 12th
Wednesday, July 13th
Thursday, July 14th
Friday, July 15th

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Thank you so very much for answering our questions, Ivy!! It has been a pleasure working with you during this blog tour!!

And to my fellow Dragons: Doesn't The Old River Road look awesome?! It's historical, takes place in the Pacific northwest, and tells the story of the author's ancestors... I can't wait to get my hands on it! (I mean, really. It just looks/sounds amazing. And incredible. And I can't wait to read it, now.)   :)

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Free Ebook: THE MOON MASTER'S BALL

Do you have yet to read the Five Glass Slippers anthology? Unsure as to whether or not it's for you? Get a (free!) taste with Clara Diane Thompson's darling novella, The Moon Master's Ball!


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The Moon Master's Ball is available for free on Smashwords, Nook, Kobo, and Kindle. After that, skip on over to Amazon to take a peek at Five Glass Slippers!

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Cover Reveal: A TIME TO RISE (& a Giveaway!)

It's officially here!! That's right, Dragons (I feel pretty weird calling you "guys" all the time... and what could be cooler than a dragon? Okay, well, maybe ---> ) -- the cover for the third and final book of Nadine Brandes's Out of Time series!! So feel free to scream. Squeal. Get excited. Eat popcorn and fangirl. Because A Time to Rise is coming out this October, and we have the cover to pull us through until then!

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About the Book

Image provided by Nadine Brandes.

What more can you sacrifice than your life?
Parvin Blackwater is dead.
At least... that’s what the Council -- and the world -- thinks. But her sacrifice tore down part of the Wall long enough to stir up hope and rebellion in the people. Now she will rise again. Strong, free, and fearless.
Parvin and Solomon must uncover the mysterious clues that Jude left behind in order to destroy the projected Wall once and for all. Meanwhile, the Council schemes to new levels of technology in its attempts to keep the people contained. Can a one-handed Radical and a scarred ex-Enforcer really bring shalom to the world?

A Time to Rise is the third book in the Out of Time series written by Nadine Brandes and published by Enclave Publishing. It is set to be released October fourteenth, 2016.


Books I & II

Find A Time to Die on AmazonBarnes & NobleBook DepositoryChristianbook, and GoodreadsA Time to Speak can be found on AmazonBarnes & NobleBook Depository, and Goodreads.

About the Author

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Nadine Brandes learned to write her alphabet with a fountain pen. In Kindergarten.

Cool, right? She dealt with ink splotches before even knowing how to spell. She never decided to become a writer. Her brain simply classified it as a necessity to life -- like bathing, eating, and sleeping.

Nadine is an adventurer, fusing authentic faith with bold imagination. She writes stories about brave living, finding purpose, and other worlds soaked in imagination.
When she's not taste-testing a new chai or editing fantasy novels, Nadine is out traveling, finding new music, and pursuing active life.

You can connect with Nadine via her website, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


Giveaway: Out of Time Magnetic Character Bookmarks

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Join in on the Promo Fun!

This epic cover reveal might be over, but you can still join in on the promo fun! Head on over to this link to grab a really cool countdown timer for A Time to Rise that you can share on your website. Also feel free to snatch up some cover photos/headers, such as a cover for Twitter, a cover and cover set for Facebook, and a cover, "coming soon" cover, and cover set for Instagram.

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The Out of Time series has been on my to-read list for a little while, now (I'm a crazy slow reader for someone who enjoys it), and (*sighs*) doesn't it just look... wow-some? A combination of "I can't wait to read this" and "incredibly awesome epicness"? Because I really think it does. It's in that huge group of books I can't wait to get my hands on.

Have you read the first two books in the Out of Time series, before? Are you a total fan ninja? ;)

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Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy Independence Day!

Happy U.S. Independence Day, everyone!! I hope ya'll have a safe and wonderful Fourth of July!!

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Friday, July 1, 2016

Mini Reviews (Edition #1)

So I've come to a conclusion about reviewing books. As an author, I know how hard it is to write a book. Therefore, writing a good book is even harder!

I recently read a book by an author I adored... a book I didn't really like. And writing a decent sized review simply begged for spilling out all the things I didn't like.

But I still want to review books! I mean, reviewing books is kinda fun, isn't it? Particularly the books which stole your heart. So I've come to a conclusion: mini reviews. Bite-sized reviews in which the reader merely states the things they liked about the book. Or the things they didn't like, without going off on a seemingly self-righteous rant.

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April - June 2016

Here be the first edition! Possibly the last; I don't quite know if I'll do this again, yet. But I enjoy reviewing books, so here it is!

A Dream Not Imagined by Shantelle Mary Hannu

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A Dream Not Imagined was a very sweet, fresh new take on Cinderella. Ellie is not so different from the numerous quiet, timid versions of her character, and yet the plot with its glorious twists and turns retells the story in a simply beautiful new manner, with the message that God always has a plan for us!

Cybele's Secret by Juliet Marillier

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As much as I loved Wildwood Dancing, I was very disappointed with Cybele's Secret, to the point that, just over halfway through, I put it down and sent it back to the library.

I don't really know the problem I had with the book. The writing itself was pretty close to the quality of Wildwood Dancing, but the characters seemed pretty one- or two-dimensional. Paula said she was a scholar, but, were it not for her saying it (very often), I feel like I never would've known, because there was no proof. Stoyan claimed to be uneducated, and yet he spoke more than one language. Paula fell for the far-too-mysterious pirate Duarte. Paula's father seemed weak... So it was probably the characters I had a problem with. They were just... there.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

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I know it's "the great American classic". But I just didn't love it. Twain's writing style, the usage of the n-word, the discrimination against different races, and the odd character development just didn't sit well with me.

The Healer's Apprentice by Melanie Dickerson

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Imagine that a sweet Christian romance meets the confinement of differing medieval social classes. That is what The Healer's Apprentice was.

Although I do enjoy Christian romances, I'm very picky about them, and don't typically enjoy it when its just all about the couple and their families. But Melanie Dickerson combined just enough love and adventure -- as well as glimpses of a well-known fairytale -- to make for a truly lovely read.

A Branch of Silver, a Branch of Gold by Anne Elisabeth Stengl

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A Branch of Silver, a Branch of Gold was certainly unexpected, but very much desired.

With a voice very different from that used in her Tales of Goldstone Wood series, Anne Elisabeth Stengl weaves an intricate tale filled with new, larger-than-life characters, as well as a few returns from those already familiar to readers.

Overall, the writing style was amazing. The characters were amazing. The plot was amazing.

I would recommend this for an older audience, however. Though it was completely clean, it was very spooky (which was amazingly done, as well, with perfectly crafted descriptions and perfectly creepy Faeries).

Half-Blood by Jaye L. Knight

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The first half or two-thirds of Half-Blood was kind of depressing and rather uneventful (plot-wise), but the ending was worth it. It was the perfect length for a novella, and the ending... Wow, the ending was so wonderful!

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Anywhozens, those are my most recent reads! I'm currently reading Resistance by Jaye L. Knight (which is one of those incredible, binge-reading-inducing, staying-up-crazy-late-'cause-I-love-this-book kind of stories). If you're curious about my book-related going-ons (I don't know if anyone here would be, but... yeah), you can shoot me a friend request on Goodreads, or check out my reading list page.

Are there any books you've been reading? Are you a longtime fan of Jaye L. Knight's The Ilyon Chronicles? Do you want to start reading them? Or are you like me, having just started getting into the series? As always, feel free to drop comments, below! :)

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