Monday, November 20, 2017

NaNo Music


Emily Miller

So, I am not really taking the "typical" approach to NaNo this year. This means that I am basically writing a second draft of a novel that I have been working on for over a year.

While I don't necessarily have a "novel" playlist, as my book is slowly starting to take more cohesive of a shape, I am starting to find songs that go with my novel so far.

My novel is very much a Christian romance/drama, but when I first heard these songs, I could not help but think how that this set of songs were perfect for my main two characters in the story.

Hope you enjoyed! What about you? Do you have any music for your novel? If so, what kinds of songs are they?

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Woman to Woman Saturday: Modesty

I have been writing for this awesome ministry group called Women to Women for just over a year now so I would encourage you to check out my weekly Saturday posts over on that blog.

This week's post deals with the issue of modesty, which can be found HERE!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

All About Avi

Now, personally I cannot stand most of the music Penatonix does. However, I do LOVE Avi Kaplain and his solo stuff (which probably makes me one of the few people excited that he left Penatonix). As I love music, being one of the many things I am extremly passionate about, I just wanted to share some of Avi's solo work that I have enjoyed. I hove you like these tunes as much as I do!

Hey Ya! This song just sounds so happy!

Quarter Past Four: A tribute to night owls or anyone who has struggled with depression!

Sweet Adeline! So upbeat and catchy! :D

Sunday, November 12, 2017

It's Been a Long Road

Hello, y'all! Guess who is back?

You know when you have all these grand plans for your blog at the beginning of the year, then you turn around and realize the year is almost over?

It has been a year full of trials, to say the least.

I have been suffering emotionally under the new job I have had since college graduation. Let me just say that dealing with difficult customers is extremely trying if you are a SEVERE introvert and are EXTREMELY self-critical. Yet, God has been teaching me a lot through this job, and it has led me to get a position that will be more beneficial to me emotionally.

I also fell into a pretty bad depression over the summer. I guess you could say it was a combination of hating my job and hating the idea of being out of school (as much as I was initially excited about it, HA!). Needless to say, it was not a very fun summer for me, but thanks to new medication, I finally feel as though as if I am starting to get better!

Now, the holiday season is just around the corner yet again, and I am super excited for it! I have decided to revamp this blog, though I honestly do not know what is gonna come of it. I really want to become more dedicated to my writing, as well as read all the books I have sitting on my bookshelf that I have yet to read, too!

So, I guess that I am thinking, or hoping that this blog will hold me more accountable to the goals I have. Most of you reading this are probably in the middle of NaNo like me, and those of you who are are probably thinking I am crazy to even try revamping this blog in the middle of it ;)

Like I said, I don't know what is gonna become of this blog, but feel free to buckle in, and come along for the ride!

My current favorite Home Free song for your enjoyment!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Blog Tour: Racing for Time

Hello, my fine friends and writers. Today I am part of a blog tour for Olivia Nickerson's new book, Racing for Time!

About the book:

After a frightening car crash that lands Janefer and her best friend Melanie in the hospital, Janefer is set on bringing the culprit to justice. When Melanie is found to be missing, Janefer is even more determined to discover the person behind it all.

Through a maze of lies and deceit, spiritual questions arise, leaving her confused and troubled. As Janefer races to gather clues leading to Melanie, she gradually learns to trust God with her life, no matter what the outcome.

Can Janefer find out the truth before Melanie is hurt--or worse?

Time is ticking.

My review: Four stars

I LOVE crime shows and mystery novels. If you are anything like me, then this book will be a treat for you.

First and foremost, I found myself really connecting with the protagonist Janefer. While I am a Christian, as I have recently wound up in the hospital two times in less than a month, I also have found myself questioning the goodness of God much like the main character.

Plus, like Janefer, I also have a parent with cancer, so the ending was a real heart breaker for me.

I also have to take a step back here and applaud her best friend Mel for having the courage she did when faced with a seemingly hopeless situation. I can only hope that I can be as strong as she was whenever I am faced with daunting odds.

The only problem I had with this book was that I guessed who the culprits were early on. Sure, it is a short novella and a fast-paced mystery, but I felt like there could have been more twists and turns to make things not so obvious in the beginning.

Overall, this is a very well written Christan mystery novella that has a great theme of salvation, as well as trusting God even when bad things happen.

You can pick up your copy here!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

2017 Story Ideas

Hello everyone! Hope your first two days of 2017 went well! I go back to school today *sighs*. Oh well, such is life.

Today I will be giving a general overview on some of the story ideas I would like to have written by the end of the year.

First and foremost, is Saving Camelot. I know, I know, some of you might be thinking, was she not going to finish that story last month? Unfortunately, life happened, and that ended up not being the case. My goal is to finish it this month though, hopefully starting next week!

Then, there is my book from NaNo, Surviving the Odds. For details on that little project of mine, please click here to go back to my beautiful books post from October.

Now, you guys got a certain peek at a Finn and his sweetheart in A Finnish Christmas. Armo and Adeline are going to ride to tell more of their adventures! Some of their tales will include (feel free to guess what some of these stories will be about in the comments):

  • A Wacky Proposal
  • The World Series
  • Their Shadow
  • Science Fiction Nutcase
  • Hard Choices
  • The Frights of Life
  • True Beauty
This is my hopeful project for Camp NaNo in April. I may do another beautiful books post towards the end of March to go into detail about this set of stories.

My next project is tentatively titled the Councillor and the Cowgirl, which I believe I detailed in an earlier post but will go ahead and reiterate here, so that everything is in one place.

A young lawyer meets a young woman who just moved into a sort of backwards town to take a job train horses. He immediately gets caught up in shenanigans with his two brothers as he tries to woo this lady's affections. Later, shortly after they are married, the councillor is threatened for a case he took on, and begins to withdraw from his new wife and brothers because of it, fearing for his life and the lives of those he loves.

Then there is the case of my two sisters featured in Saving Camelot, Jasmine and Victoria. I really want to write a sort of thriller with both of these sisters at the center of the action. It will involve international abductions, shootings, mystery, and intrigue at every turn!

There you have it! Some of the writing ideas I have for 2017. Saving Camelot is a priority right now, along with finishing the first draft of Surviving the Odds. By the end of the year, my hope is to have at least the first  draft of all of these stories done, along with the SECOND draft of Surviving the Odds finished.

What are some of your writing goals for 2017? Feel free to comment below!

Monday, January 2, 2017

2017 Reading Challange

Below is a list of categories and books I will be reading as part of the 2017 reading challenge I am participating in!

       A new year. A new challenge.
  • A classic
    • Jane Austen: Seven Novels
    • The Story of King Arthur and His Knights
    • Star Trek: The Classic Episodes (I know it is not a classic but still)
  • A book with a main character whose name you really like.
    • Waning Moon (This has a lawyer named Jarrod in it! For those of you who like the Big Valley, you will understand!)
  • A trilogy
    • Lord of the Rings Trilogy
    • Amish County Crossroads
    • Inkheart Trilogy
    • Lee’s Lieutenants: A Lesson in Command
    • The Civil War Trilogy
    • The Civil War: A Narrative
  • A biography about a person you respect/admire/want to learn more about.
    • No Higher Honor: A Tribute to My Years in Washington
    • Lee Considered
  • A book about or including a Biblical figure you admire.
    • A Reluctant Queen
  • One of your favorite books in the Bible.
    • Psalms
    • Proverbs
  • A book over 400 pages long.
    • The Complete C.S. Lewis Signature Classics
  • A reread.
    • Rescuing Hope
    • Ahsoka
    • Circles in the Snow
    • The Tamarack Murders
    • The Hobbit
    • Horses Never Lie About Love
    • The Mustang Who Loved Me

  • A book set in your favorite time period.
    • Team of Rivals
    • Battle Cry for Freedom
    • For Cause and Comrades
    • The Civil War in the American West
    • Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy
  • A history book.
    • Undaunted Courage
    • We Who Are Alive and Remain: Untold Stories from the Band of Brothers
    • Parachute Infantry: An American Paratrooper's Memoir of D-Day and the Fall of the Third Reich
    • Crazy Horse and Custer
    • D Day: June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World War II
    • Nothing Like It In the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad 1863-1869
    • Citizen Soldiers: The U. S. Army from the Normandy Beaches to the Bulge to the Surrender of Germany
    • The Wild Blue: The Men and Boys Who Flew the B-24s Over Germany 1944-45
    • The Supreme Commander: The War Years of Dwight D. Eisenhower
    • JFK and the Reagan Revolution
    • All Quiet on the Western Front
    • In Flanders Fields
    • Pearl Harbor
    • Undaunted Courage - Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, And The Opening Of The American West
    • Americans at War
  • A book about a hobby or career you want to pursue.
    • Confederates in the Attic
    • To America: Personal Reflections of an Historian
  • A book in your favorite genre.
    • A Home For My Hear
    • The Bluebird and the Sparrow
    • Carve The Mark
    • Underworld
  • A book by an author you’ve never read any other works by.
    • Adam
    • The McKinleys Trilogy
  • A book with a title you really like.
    • Fear Fighting
    • Chosen By a Horse
  • A book a family member or friend chooses for you. (No options!) P.S.-Two of these are books I borrowed upon recommendation from friends last year that I feel like I need to read XD
    • Agent 146
    • Big Valley
    • Cold Comfort Farm
  • A book that you buy at the bookstore – one that you haven’t had on your TBR list and haven’t decided on buying (a.k.a. spontaneous purchase!).
    • Three Rivers Ranch Romance Box Set
  • A book you’ve seen the movie-version of (but haven’t read before).
    • A Christmas Carol
    • Lonesome Dove