Black Friday Book Sale!

ICB_FBAd.jpg

This year has been the best year that I’ve had so far in my life, as far as reading goes. Yesterday was Thanksgiving. Happy Late Thanksgiving everyone! Like most other bookworms, great books make their way onto my “things I’m thankful for” list every year. It’s so very hard to choose favorites, but I went ahead and picked five books (or series) that I read in 2015. I recommend these books to all of you.

  1. The Ilyon Chronicles (Half Blood, Resistance, and The King’s Scrolls), by Jaye L. Knight

This is the first series that I have really fangirled over! I know that this is three books, for now (more are coming). But it was too hard to choose just one of these. They are amazing Christian Fiction. Such a fantastic world. Absolutely incredible characters with a wonderful story line.

2. The Blades of Acktar (Dare and Deny), by Tricia Mingerink

These books have Christianity spread throughout it without sounding preachy. I love these so much! I fangirl over them too. They have such great characters. There is such a good message in these books. I can’t wait to read the rest once they come out.

3. The Leviathan Trilogy (Leviathan, Behemoth, and Goliath), by Scott Westerfeld

One of my friends on Goodreads read this trilogy and rated it very high. So it caught my eye. I had the opportunity to read them and boy was she right. It was so good! I’ve never read steampunk before this and now I want more of it!

4. Blood of Kings (By Darkness Hid, To Darkness Fled, and From Darkness Won), by Jill Williamson

The light versus dark (good versus evil) was a prominent theme in this trilogy. They were so good. I hope to read more by this author. They were so exciting!

5. Water Princess, Fire Prince, by Kendra E. Ardnek

This was my first beta read. I really really enjoyed it! The romance was perfect and not inappropriate at all. It was awesome and so sweet. This is the first of a series and I can’t wait to read more.

I am hoping for another year of incredible reading (maybe even better than this year). Speaking of more reading, here’s another thing to be grateful for. Books on sale! In honor of Thanksgiving and Black Friday, a group of independent Christian authors banded together to offer over seventy discounted books on Nov 27-30. There’s literally something for everyone.

Every single book listed on Indie Christian Books is on sale in one or more ways. Find discounted paperbacks, dozens of books offered with free shipping, $0.99 ebooks, package deals and more. Even if you have a budget of $0, new reading material awaits you.

Not sure what to pick? The fearless Indie Christian Books team created a quiz that will generate a book list perfect for you! Check it out!

Book Quiz

What awesome reads of 2015 are you grateful for? What books are you looking forward to reading in 2016?

A note on the Ebooks Only page. All books are listed as “Sold Out.” This only refers to paperback copies of these titles. Please click onto the product pages to find descriptions and links to discounted or free ebooks.
Acknowledgements: Thanks to Leah E. Good for her work organizing this sale, Gloria Repp for completing the time consuming job of uploading book info to the sale website, and Hannah Mills for her fantastic design work on the website graphics. Hannah can be contacted at hmills(at)omorecollege(dot)edu for more information about her design services.

-G. Paige

BLOG TOUR-Book Review: Deny (The Blades of Acktar: Book 2)


Hey everyone! Here is another post for the blog tour for Deny!!! Today, I have a book review for you all. I hope you guys enjoy this! I certainly am!!!

Author Bio:

imageTricia Mingerink is a twenty-something, book-loving, horse-riding country girl. She lives in Michigan with her family and their pack of pets. When she isn’t writing, she can be found pursuing backwoods adventures across the country.

You can connect with her on Facebook, PinterestGoodreadsTwitter, Instagram, her blog.

For more information on the blog tour click here!

 

imageMy Review:

Rating: 5/5 stars.

No. No. No. It could not have just ended like that. No way! I need the next book now! Alright, let me just say that this book was totally and utterly incredible.

Leith Torren has now been promoted to First Blade from Third Blade. Now he must be more careful, because King Respen will have an closer eye on him. He is in even more danger than he ever was before. How long will these lies hold? How long will it be before he trips up? For Renna Faythe, it has been a long time since she felt safe. Recently Leith made her feel that way. But now he goes away and puts himself in danger. Will she ever get the courage, that everyone else displays? She feels the need to be something more. But what?

This book was so intense. I mean intense. I pretty much panicked a few times. Scrambled to read more, but from how many pages I had left I knew, I knew, that it wasn’t going to end well. Then for a moment I had hope of a great happy ending. But it was absolutely crushed, though still so amazing. Sometimes books with unhappy endings are the best ones. I think this book fits that category. I did love the ending, but now I have to wait forever before the next on comes out!

Apart from all of that, the book was really well done. It started off right where it left off from the book before. I was sucked in from the beginning. The relationship between Leith and Renna is so sweet and they become closer to each other. Renna grows dramatically in this book. Leith, oh my goodness, is so great. He learns that he can’t save everyone.

The story progresses so fast. There is not a dull moment. Nothing seems to go absolutely right. There is adventure, life threatening danger, fights, and more danger. I wasn’t calm at all while reading this.

This book is for all fantasy lovers. It was so good. I can not tell you enough how good it is.

Giveaway!

 

To celebrate the release of Deny, Tricia is giving away a signed set of Dare and Deny! Click on the link below to join in!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

-G. Paige

BLOG TOUR-Author Interview: Deny (The Blades of Acktar: Book 2)

image

Hey everyone!!! Today is the start of a blog tour for Deny, the second book in The Blades of Acktar. To see my review on the first book, Dare, click here. It was absolutely incredible. Today, I am doing an author interview with Tricia Mingerink. Next week I will post a review on the book. So be on the look out. Enjoy!

image

Book Description:

All lies have consequences.

Promoted to the top rank among King Respen’s assassins, First Blade Leith Torren hides his involvement with the Resistance. How many lies will it take to protect his secret?

Renna Faythe has done nothing but survive for the past four years, but now Leith’s courage inspires her to try to be something more. If only she could figure out what that duty might be.

When the unthinkable happens, faith waivers. Friendships tear. What else will they be forced to deny?

But this time, Leith faces his greatest fear.

He can’t save everyone.

Author Bio:

image Tricia Mingerink is a twenty-something, book-loving, horse-riding country girl. She lives in Michigan with her family and their pack of pets. When she isn’t writing, she can be found pursuing backwoods adventures across the country.

You can connect with her on FacebookPinterestGoodreadsTwitterInstagram, her blog.

 

 

 

Interview:

When did you first start to come up with ideas for The Blades of Acktar?

I first got the idea a little over a year ago. It sort of hit me all at once. I had this idea about a dark room with black-clothed assassins sitting around a table reporting to the king. I knew the main character was named Third Blade Leith Torren and he didn’t want to be there. The rest of the story came from there.

Are there any inspirations you had from books, movies, etc. that helped make The Blades of Acktar?

Even though Jaye L. Knight’s Ilyon Chronicles are very similar, I didn’t read them until after I’d written the first drafts of the first three books in The Blades of Acktar so any similarities are purely coincidental. But, they did give me motivation to push forward with revising and publishing The Blades of Acktar. Not only that, but Jaye’s publishing resources under her previous pen name Molly Evangeline pretty much taught me what I needed to know about formatting a paperback.

Are there any major changes that you made to Dare or Deny before publication? Why?

Are there any changes? I could write an entire book about the changes I made to these books during revision.

For Dare, Renna wasn’t actually in the original ending. Leith’s plan went all right. No tension whatsoever. So I changed it so their plan went all wrong. Also, the whole love story part of the book? That wasn’t in the first draft either.

Deny made the changes to Dare look superficial. I pretty much re-wrote the entire book. I started from scratch for the first 80 pages, rewrote most of the scenes with Martyn, rearranged the order of the chapters, and re-did the entire love story part several times. I think chapter 42 is the only chapter that remains mostly how it did in the first draft. Everything else is has changed that much.

Which character is most like you?

That’s a tough one. I think I put a little bit of myself into each character in some ways, yet none of them are really like me. Renna is my scaredy cat side, though she is even more introvert than I am. Leith is probably the most like me. We share the same fear of failure, though he is much braver than I am.

Have you written any other stories that haven’t been published?

Yes, a lot. I have manuscripts from several series (some finished, some not) that are stuffed away in drawers and filed away on my computer. Perhaps someday I’ll dust those storylines off.

Do you have any ideas/thoughts for books besides The Blades of Acktar?

Of course! I have ideas for everything from fairy tale retellings to steampunk to dystopian to historical fiction. I’m still brainstorming those ideas to see which one I decide to write once I finish Book 4 of The Blades of Acktar.

When did you really start to think about becoming an author? Is it what you were expecting?

I started drawing picture books when I was 2 years old before I even knew how to write. When I was 6, my parents took my family to Laura Ingalls Wilder’s home in Mansfield, MO, the place where she wrote The Little House books. When we took the tour of the house, I saw Laura’s desk and right then and there, I decided I was going to be a published author someday. It took 19 years from that day, but I got there.

It’s both the same and different than I thought it would be. It’s not the giddy excitement or absolute joy all the time. It’s a lot of hard work, and honestly, getting that second book out is way harder than the first. But, it feels right, like even when it is hard, it’s what God has called me to be.

What is your favorite part about being an author?

Readers, though they are the best and most humbling part of being an author. It is amazing to hear about people getting your book as a birthday present or dressing up as one of your characters for school, or starting a Pinterest board dedicated to your book. Yet, it’s also humbling. I sometimes feel very inadequate and I realize that in the end, when these books touch people’s hearts, it’s not my work, it’s God’s work and I need to give the glory to Him even when I’m tempted to bask in it for myself.

For more information on the blog tour and to see who’s posting on it, click here.

Giveaway!

image

To celebrate the release of Deny, Tricia is giving away a signed set of Dare and Deny!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I hoped that you guys enjoyed this! I enjoyed it! Really though, everyone needs to read these books! They’re fabulous!

-G. Paige

Book Review: A Superhero Story (Wearing the Cape: Book 1)

Rating: 4/5 stars.

Oh my goodness! What just happened? This book was great (though it had a few things that weren’t so great or appropriate).

Ever since the Event, random people have had superhuman breakthroughs and have incredible powers. Nine years after the Event, Hope, an eighteen year girl living in Chicago, is about to start he freshman year of college. Her life is pretty great, but then she has her breakthrough. Her whole life is changed upside down. She joins the Sentinels (Chicago’s own superhero team) to learn to control her powers and is code-named “Astra”. But after that, what will she do with her life? Will she take on the mask and cape and make a career as a superhero? Or will she go back to her plan for her life? Another thing is that the Teatime Anarchist, a major supervillain, has an interest in her. He thinks she is supposed to save the world, or, most of it. At other times, he seems to want to kill her as soon as he has an opportunity.

It book had a very different feel to it from others that I’ve read. It was written very frankly. I really do think that this book was awesome. Superheroes in a modern world! What could go wrong? There was action. It had that good versus evil style that is so classic. I loved it! The violence felt bitter and rough and real. It was so real.

I didn’t care for how the romance was done. Don’t get me wrong, I love a little romance here and there.  But the romance between Hope and this guy got a bit, shall we say, out of control. It never got drastically horrible, but it was a bit uncomfortable for me. Also, there was a lot of times that bad and inappropriate “romance” was mentioned about certain superheroes, but it was never really explained or described.

Then that ending! Woah. It totally caught me off guard. I wanted to cry. How could you do that to her? To me? The rest of the books won’t feel the same now. That was so terrible. I’m sure that many of you that read this will sob your eyes out. Needless to say, I want the next book now!

I’d recommend this to older teens and adults who love superheroes, dystopian (it wasn’t that futuristic, but at times it felt that way), and/or fiction. It was good.

-G. Paige

Book Review: Precisely Terminated (The Cantral Chronicles: Book 1)

image

Rating: 3/5 stars.

Picking to read this book because Miss Amanda’s father (Bryan Davis) is one of my FAVORITE authors, I have really enjoyed Precisely Terminated. I think she writes a lot like her father.

About 850 years in the future everyone has microchips implanted in their skulls at birth. The world is ruled by the nobles and their computers. Most people are slaves living under the tyrannical rule of these nobles. It has been this way for centuries. When Monica (a noble) escapes death in the city Cillineese, she becomes the only person without a microchip. Now she lives in Cantral (the capital) in hiding pretending to be a slave, while the slave council tries to find a way for her to use her chip-less state to destroy the computers. The fate of millions rests on her shoulders.

This book was a very well written and believable tale with a hopeful ending. I have never read Christian dystopian novel before this and I must say I liked it. The main character, Monica, was well interpreted. But I didn’t connect well with the main character. I still enjoyed reading about her, though I usually like male protagonists better. There were quite a lot of characters that were in the book for only a small amount of time but played important roles. But because they were there for so short a time, I didn’t really get to know any of them.

It was a bit confusing at the beginning, but that’s because I was trying to figure out how this world works. I understood the world better as I read. Also, it took almost until the end for me to get in to it, but once I was I was hooked. It’s an amazing journey, pretty fast-paced (a bit too fast-paced), and has a good bit of danger. Though too many people died and they died so quickly.

I would recommend this to anyone who likes fiction, especially dystopian or adventure. It was a very good book. Quite entertaining. I’m excited to see how the rest of The Cantral Chronicles unfolds.

-G. Paige

God and the New Testament (Part 2)

ahrHere is the second and last part about God, His love, and His relationship with us. If you missed the last part, you can check it out here. This part will focus more on God in the New Testament and in this present time.

God is three in one. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. For the most part, we only see the Father in the Old Testament (but all of them are there). In the New Testament we see all three, though Jesus is the most prominent. They each add something as a whole. The Father is the one who created the world, Jesus is the one who saves the world (at least, those who accept him), and the Holy Spirit who comes into our hearts and fills us. The Holy Spirit is like our conscience, always urging us to do what’s right and letting us feel guilty when we fall short. The Holy Spirit is the one who gave the twelve apostles the ability to speak in tongues and allow people (even in today’s time) to preform miracles.

In the New Testament the Father shows His love by sending His only Son into the world, fully God and fully man. He was born of a virgin in the little town of Bethlehem. Throughout his life on earth Jesus fulfilled all the prophecies about him in the Old Testament. He had twelve disciples, one of whom betrayed him. He preformed many many miracles, including raising someone from the dead, and he taught those who would listen (usually in parables). He never sinned.

After he was betrayed, Jesus was tortured then crucified and died. God let it happen, even though His son asked for the suffering to be taken away from Him. It was the only way to save us.

Luke 22:42

Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.

God is so holy and sovereign that He can’t even look at sin. We can’t even begin to comprehend God’s majesty. That is why Jesus said this at his crucifixion.

Mark 15:34

Then at three o’clock Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?

God turned away from His own son because Jesus had taken on the sins of the whole world (past, present, and future) so that God couldn’t stand to look at him. But Jesus rose again on the third day after his death and once appearing to many people he arose to Heaven to sit on the throne at the right hand of God forever.

Just think for a moment. God gave up His only Son. Of course, I’m not a parent, but I am sure some of you who read this are. Would you give up your child to save the world? He wouldn’t even save the whole world, only those who accepted him as their lord and savior. I can’t even begin to imagine that. But God did it for us. Now that is just plain amazing. It shows us His love, but also His hate of sin. His own Son was the only sufficient sacrifice that could wipe away our sin.

Before Jesus went to heaven, he gave us a “mission”.

Matthew 28:19

Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

This command is for all Christians. Considering what God did, Jesus did, to save us, we should be glad to do this. The rest of the New Testament gives us great examples of this task being carried out.

I’m not perfect, no one is. This point of this discussion is to know that God doesn’t change. He is the same forever. He has always loved us and He will always hate sin. So lets remember that. Okay?

-G. Paige

Cover Reveal: Twinepathy by C.B. Cook

Hey everyone! I know this is not any of the normal days I post, but I signed up to do a cover reveal of C.B. Cook’s newest book, Twinepathy, which is expected to be released in early 2016! But she has been posting the book in parts on her blog each week! Go here to check her blog out! I am so excited to show this to you guys!!! Now I’m giving the platform to C.B. Enjoy!

Hullo, everyone! C.B. Cook here! I am very pleased to announce that I am here to reveal the cover of Twinepathy! This wonderful blogger here has allowed me to infiltrate their blog (temporarily), and I greatly appreciate that. Thank you, person, for being a wonderfully dedicated follower of this blog.

Now, on to the cover reveal! Drum roll, please…

image

Check out the first part here!

I’m so thrilled that you guys are celebrating this with me! If you’re on Goodreads, you can add Twinepathy to your Goodreads shelves – once we hit 100 people adding it, I’ll be posting an extra part. I’m so grateful for your support! Check out the cover reveal post on my blog for a bonus part. Keep on being awesome!

About C.B. Cook: Often referred to as a master of the cliffhanger, C.B. Cook is just a 17-year-old girl trying to find out where her King is guiding her, while writing the stories of the people she creates, the worlds she wants to live in, and the adventures she dreams about. Also known as a mysterious creature called an “author”. She’s a Christian and a homeschooler dedicated to changing others lives through the power of the written word.

Here is the link to the book on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26793603-twinepathy/

This is a link to a group C.B. Cook created for Twinepathy: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/173528-twinepathy—join-the-enhanced

Also, C.B. has written another book called Paralyzed Dreams that came out earlier this year. I haven’t read it yet, but I’ve heard really good things about it. You can find it on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/Paralyzed-Dreams-C-B-Cook-ebook/dp/B00TWVOYNC/

What do you think? Sounds good, doesn’t it? She already has seven parts of Twinepathy on her blog. Go ahead and go read it! Trust me, I have been enjoying it immensely.

Well, that’s all for now. Have a fabulous day!

-G. Paige