Ибо так возлюбил Бог мир, что отдал Сына Своего Единородного, дабы всякий верующий в Него, не погиб, но имел хизнь вечную.
While I receive many books in exchange for review, I am never required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my very own.

Friday, August 7, 2020

JustRead Tours: Review: Silver Moon by Jenny Knipfer


Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour & Giveaway for the By the Light of the Moon series by Jenny Knipfer, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOKS

Title: Silver Moon
Series: By the Light of the Moon #3
Author: Jenny Knipfer
Release Date: June 30, 2020
Genre: Inspirational Historical Romance


Silver Moon, the third book in the series: By the Light of the Moon, paints a stunning and poignant picture of life on the home front in Webaashi Bay, Ontario, and of three men who are a part of the Canadian Expeditionary Force during WWI.

Shamed into joining the war, the tide turns for Luis Wilson when he is steered into the depths of espionage. Injured and presumed missing, will he lose his heart to the very woman who presented him with a white feather?

Oshki and Jimmy offer a grim perspective on life in the trenches. They despair of ever returning home to the women who hold their hearts.

Meanwhile, Lily fights for the cause in her own way and rallies the female troops at home as prejudices run high and the local cafe owner is accused of being a spy.

Will the women of Webaashi Bay receive their men back unscathed? Can the power of love win out over insurmountable odds? All this drama and more plays out under the light of a silver moon.

PURCHASE LINKS*: Goodreads | Amazon

Review----

I really do think this series gets better with every book. I still can't decide if I like Blue Moon or Silver Moon the best, but they're both pretty awesome. One of my favorite things about this series is that while there is romance, romance doesn't drive the story. Silver Moon has a little more romance than the others, but still, there's lots of just plain townsfolk story to read, which is very refreshing. Silver Moon actually takes place twenty years after Ruby Moon and Blue Moon, which puts us right in the throws of WWI. I think it's even harder to come up with a unique war story, but once again, this storyline is killing it. (No, that was not meant to be a macabre pun... *Face palms*) The characters, once again, are what really make this story. Even the ones that I had no intention of caring about have somehow wormed their way into my heart. Silver Moon does have a little more language (mostly mild) and other uncomfortable content, but it's still a good good story. And almost everything that annoyed me about the first book seems to have smoothed out with each successive book, and I really haven't wanted to throw this one a single time. Somehow, this two decades later story is the perfect way to wrap up the stories. (Unless there's a surprise fourth book that I don't know about :) )


While I did receive a complimentary copy of this book, you're still getting my enthusiastic (and slightly spastic) honest review. As always. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Jenny Knipfer lives in Wisconsin with her husband, Ken and their pet Yorkie, Ruby. She is also a mom and loves being a grandma. She enjoys many creative pursuits but finds writing the most fulfilling. Her favorite place to relax is by the western shore of Lake Superior, where her novel series, By The Light of the Moon, is set.

CONNECT WITH JENNY: Website Facebook Twitter Instagram

 


TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card and a necklace made by the author!


Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway will begin at midnight August 3, 2020 and last through 11:59 PM EST on August 10, 2020. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

ENTER GIVEAWAY HERE


 


 

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Thursday, August 6, 2020

JustRead Tours: Review: Blue Moon by Jenny Knipfer



Here's the launch page, where you can find out everything about the tour, the schedule, the series, and find even more fun links to click on: https://justreadtours.com/2020/08/03/welcome-to-the-by-the-light-of-the-moon-blog-tour-giveaway/

BLUE MOON:

Title: Blue Moon
Series: By the Light of the Moon #2
Author: Jenny Knipfer
Release Date: December 2019
Genre: Inspirational Historical Romance

The year is 1885 and unwed Vanessa Gulet must surrender her newborn son to her married twin sister, Valerie, to raise. A seed of bitterness grows in Vanessa. When the opportunity arises for her to have what she's always wanted, Vanessa takes it despite the consequences to her family, getting more than she bargained for.

Meanwhile, Valerie, overcome with loss and grief, faces a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. Will she and her husband, Felix, forge through their trials together, or will these upsets cause them to drift apart?

Will Vanessa and Valerie remain at odds, or will they allow the power of forgiveness to heal their strained relationship?

Love seems to bloom in the most unlikely of places in Webaashi Bay for an old friend of Jenay's and a woman who owns the local dress shop. A parallel tale of love, forgiveness, and reuniting lost things is spun by a local author adding another dimension to the tale of the Gulet twins and their saga.

Guys!!! Blue Moon is such a good book. I'm actually enjoying the plotline even more than Ruby Moon. All the characters are giving me the feels: I love Vanessa and Valerie, Luis and Lily have very stolen my heart, we get to see my favorite characters from Ruby Moon again, and I hate Felix (in a good way... please tell me you get what I mean here) I fairly flew through this book... it's one of those that you can't put down once you're into it. I think the writing style is better in this one, too. (That, or I'm becoming accustomed... I'm not entirely certain. At any rate, I want to throw the book much less often than Ruby Moon) There are a few uses of mild language that do vex me, but overall, this book is INCREDIBLE! Once again, we have a very unique storyline, which I will say again, is very hard to do. I'm super impressed and I can't wait to read Silver Moon and find out what happens next. I hope we get to keep all my favorite characters' POVs, but frankly I'm rather astonished that the author can keep as many POVs going as she has and still do it quite well! Color me impressed. Also, I'm super into wanting to read the rest of Harold's novel!!!!!




I received a complimentary copy of this book, but as always, you get my incoherent honesty with extra exclamation points for pizzazz. 

Here's your chance to win! Click the link below the picture to enter the tour giveaway!

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/2b09c62e896/

GIVEAWAY: 

(1) winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card and a necklace made by the author!  

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway will begin at midnight August 3, 2020 and last through 11:59 PM EST on August 10, 2020. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.


Jenny's Author Page: https://jennyknipfer.com/
Amazon Link for Blue Moon: Blue Moon on Amazon


 

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

JustRead Tours: Review: Ruby Moon by Jenny Knipfer















Find the full tour schedule on the landing page: https://justreadtours.com/2020/08/03/welcome-to-the-by-the-light-of-the-moon-blog-tour-giveaway/

RUBY MOON:

Title: Ruby Moon
Series: By the Light of the Moon #1
Author: Jenny Knipfer
Release Date: December 2019
Genre: Inspirational Historical Romance 



On the shores of Lake Superior in Ontario during the mid 1890's, Jenay, a young woman of mixed French and Ojibwe descent, must survive the trauma of causing a horrific accident.
Amidst this drama, Jenay is caught in a web spun by Renault, a rich, charming man who once threatened ruination of her father's shipping company but now seeks something even more valuable...
Jenay must find where her strength lies in order to face the challenges life brings her or be washed away like driftwood on the tumultuous shores of Lake Superior. Life's richest dramas are played out under the banner of two ruby colored moons and become the hidden gems which forge her into a mature strong woman. Jenay realizes God is by her side, using even the harsh events of life to create something precious in her.

Ruby Moon is a lovely tale of grief and growth and love and life. Oddly enough, this book that is geared towards adults has a protagonist who is 15/16 for most, if not all, of the book. I loved the characters in this story, and I'm hoping to see more of them in the coming days as I dive into Blue Moon and Silver Moon. I truly enjoyed the story and the premise of the book. I found it fairly unique, which is hard to achieve when you're on your 3000th Christian fiction ;) (I actually have no clue how many I've read... don't quote me on that, haha) There are a number of different perspectives, sometimes we switch back and forth between first and third person, sometimes between past and present tense. And the cover is gorgeous
A few things that really did bug me- there was so much telling instead of showing. A lot of descriptions of people and places were info-dumped instead of coming out naturally through dialogue or actions.  I also wish that sometimes we could have just told the story in order rather than jumping back two days in a memory. (The bigger jumps didn't bother me, but when it's just a few days, just tell it straight) The accents were also slightly distracting, and didn't produce the right sounds in my heads like most good book accents do.
Overall, I liked the book a lot and I'm excited to read the next one (Especially since this book ended on what I consider a cliffhanger) but there were still things that made me want to throw the book in frustration. 



I received this book complimentary and this is my honest review.




Jenny's Website: https://jennyknipfer.com/
Buy the book on Amazon: Click Here


Enter to win the giveaway Jenny is hosting at the rafflecopter link below!



GIVEAWAY: 

(1) winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card and a necklace made by the author!  

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway will begin at midnight August 3, 2020 and last through 11:59 PM EST on August 10, 2020. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.



Monday, July 6, 2020

Review: Prince Nacil by R. R. Goodwill

This was supposed to be up yesterday, but everything sorta happened at once and I didn't manage to get it up there. (Sorry, Kendra!)

From the moment Victor Greenwood sets foot in the old farmhouse of Willowmere, Mrs. Whitaker and her family take the friendless drifter under their wings as one of their own. Deeply touched by their kindness, Victor delights them with his stories about the Elven-king Othniel and Jael his queen, forming a special bond with Mrs. Whitaker’s nine-year-old granddaughter, Jane. But several odd occurrences indicate that Victor is more than he admits to. When the secret of his heritage threatens Jane’s safety, he sets out for the homeland he has long been banished from, to find Jane and return her home. Unbeknownst to his friends, Victor is doomed to die thirty days after setting foot on his native soil, with only one hope of breaking the curse. But surely thirty days is far too short a time to find True Love...



This book was incredible. At first, it was hard to get into. The first several chapters, maybe four or five, dragged, which might have been because I had just finished a six book series and wasn't mentally prepared for the change. However, this book is one that you can totally throw yourself in there and get invested in. Each character is captivating in his or her own way. In fact, I'm even interested in a few characters that weren't even actually in the book, just mentioned in passing. A few times I was jolted out of the world of the story by a sort of stilted/forced Biblical part. DON'T get me wrong, I'm glad there was a clear Christian worldview in the book, I enjoyed it immensely after the last series which had some crass language and other annoying things to deal with. It just was sometimes a little unnatural. The worldbuilding was exquisite! Super inspiring and makes me want to go work up my own story. For now, I'm happy reading loveliness like this, though. Just a touch of romance, children were main characters, it's super long and great for one of those days you just want to settle in and stay put. I can't wait for the next book. (How long do I have to wait again?) 4 Stars (And a heart... am I allowed to add hearts to my review?)

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. (It's honest, I promise)

Purchase Link: Amazon

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Author Interview: R.R. Goodwill

Today we have a very special guest for an interview! I'm so glad that RR Goodwill could be here today to tell us a little more about herself and her new book! Without further ado, let's jump in and see what she has for us today!




Greetings, Erica! I'm honored to be your interview subject today. You'll find my answers below in purple.

Do you have a favorite character in your story?

*Tsk, tsk* That's like asking a mother which is her favorite child. 😉 I think the ones I found most enjoyable to work with, though, were Victor/Nácil, Müriel, and Miss Prescott and Lady Cambria to some degree. Nácil and Müriel are the most like myself, personality-wise; but more than that, I love the chemistry they have with each other. I loved the Mind-speaking scenes, and the deep connection they have, even though it gave me Da Feelz in more than one place. Miss Prescott was fun, pairing practicality and common sense with a love of the fantastical and thirst for Adventure. And Cambria ... *chuckle* Cambria showed up in the middle of the final incarnation of the story, insisting she was important to the overarching plot, and that it was perfectly logical for her to be there. And boy, was she right!

What was the hardest part of the book to write?

The actual plot, LOL. My inspiration comes in detached scenes and random bits of dialogue, so stringing all my "snippets" together coherently, and figuring out an interesting way to get Our Heroes from Point A to Point Z, was quite the challenge.

How did you work on your worldbuilding for the story?

I basically "borrowed" bits and pieces of Middle-earth and Narnia, combined them with concepts and imagery from Faerie-tales and other stories I enjoyed, and molded them all together into my own little world. Essentially, anything I like that fits within the typical pseudo-Medieval fantasy theme (or can be altered to do so), or that I wish existed or happened in our world (temperate weather year-round, for example), I put in Ýdära and figure out how to integrate it into the story in a way that feel snatural. Still working on that one ....

Do you have plans for a sequel or a spinoff with one of the characters? 

My readers will be happy to know that I'm currently working on the sequel to Prince Nácil, and am hoping (Lord willing) to have it finished by the end of the year. I have ideas for at least one or two more books after that, as well as a prequel series and a spin-off saga involving one character mentioned briefly in PN (but who becomes mmore important later) and one who hasn't been born yet, cannonically. *Grin* Yes indeedy, I have plans ....

What is your writing routine like? Are you snuggled up with a mug of tea and a furry muse or furiously typing away in a vortex or somewhere in between? 

When I'm in the groove, I'm usually plumped down at my desk, staring at my laptop screen, and struggling to find the right words to express the images and emotions of the scenes playing out in my head, and/or write down all that loverly dialogue before it evaporates from my brain. I generally don't encourage our puss-cat to sit in on my writing sessions because he's three feet long and 18-20 pounds of fluff and muscle, and consequently hard to reach over. 🙃 
I do sometimes sip on a mug of cocoa or a bottle of root beer (if we have them) while I'm working. Once in a while I might make myself a snack. Most of the time, I'm too focused on the story to bother about food and drink.😋

What do you hope will resonate most with your readers?

Mainly, I pray that my faith will shine through the Faerie-tale elements, and point my future readers to Christ, without sounding forced or preachy. I also hope some of the themes in the story will spark some serious thought, touch their hearts ... and maybe even tickle their funny-bone. Themes such as forgiveness, moving past grief, waiting to form opinions until one has all the information, and that faith and love are more powerful than fear.

What was your favorite book growing up?

Oh, I had several! Just off the top of my head, I'd say our books of nursery rhymes and fairytales (including a beautifully illustrated adaptaion of Hansel and Gretel), the first six books of the Anne of Green Gables Series, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen by Lloyd Alexander, and Howard Pyle's complilation of Robin Hood lore were perenial favorites throughout my childhood and growing-up years. Also C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia and Tolkien's The Hobbit and partf of Lord of the Rings, of course. 🤓


Thank you so much for coming by today! I can't wait to review Prince Nacil in a few days! 

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Character Interview: Prince Nacil

Todday's guest is Prince Nacil, royalty from another world! I'm so excited he is here! To meet him yourself, at the bottom of the post I'll include an amazon link to his book!

Welcome, Your Highness.

(Victor/Nácil) *Bows* Hail and well-met, Lady Erica. It is an honor to meet you. I shall endeavor to answer your questions to the best of my ability. You shall find my answers in green.

What is your favorite memory?
 
Ah, me! I have so many happy memories of my childhood and youth, it's difficult to choose just one. What comes immediately to mind, however, is the day my mother announced that she was expecting my youngest sister, Solána. We we had recently lost my two youngest siblings to the Red Dragon and were still grieving their deaths at the time. It was as if Elyon had sent us another to ease our loss. I shall never forget the smile on my father's face, nor the joy I felt from him, despite his pain.
 
What is one thing you wish you could go back and change?
 
*Grimmace* I'd have bitten my tongue when Lady Müriel spoke with me ere I left Ýdära. I said some rather nasty things and hurled serious accusations at her--based on erronious assumptions and fueled by my own pain and hatred. Had I been willing to hear her side of the story ... it would have spared us both, and our people, a great deal of suffering.
 

Are there things you prefer about the World of Men?
 
I must confess to a kind of casual fascination with automobiles and other modes of transportation there. I wouldn't say I prefer them to Winged Horses, however, for one can't form a bond of trust with a heap of metal powered by a loud, smoke-billowing motor. *Smirk* I've also become quite fond of Mrs. Whitaker's biscuits and sausage gravy, for there's nothing like them in Ýdära, to my knowledge.
 
Who is your best friend, and what do you love most about them?
 
Oddly enough, I never felt the need to seek out companionship beyond my own family circle growing up--although I was well-loved among our people and had several familiar acquaintances. Prior to the Revolution, I'd say I felt closest to my parents (especially my father), my brothers Phælon and Nathániel, and my sister Solána. It wasn't until I met Mrs. Whitaker and her family that I understood what friendship was. Of those dear folk, I'm most fond of little Jane Foster, Mrs. Whitaker's granddaughter. She reminds me so of Solána, although Jane isn't so merry. There's something about her that warms and cheers the hearts of all who know her. And then I met Müriel ... but that's an entire topic in itself.
 

What is your favorite time of day?
 
Do you know, it never occurred to me to have a favorite time of day? I enjoy the early morning hours, when the world is hushed and still but for a few bird-songs (and in my homeland, the tinkling chatter of the wee Forrest Faeries), and all Creation feels fresh and new. I enjoy midday, when I can pause in my labors and enjoy a good meal (which wasn't always the case during my exile). Afternoon and eventide are exciting times for me, filled with the activity of finishing the day's work and the promise of the evening meal to reward one's labor. I love the twilight hours, when the last ray of sunset is faded, and the sky shimmers with half-veiled stars, until one by one they appear. And I love the night, when the heavens inspire a sense of awe that the God Who calls all those stars by name ... is pleased to allow His creations to call Him Father.
*Sheepish half-smile* I wax poetic, but I daresay you know what I'm driving at 



Thank you, Prince Nacil, for gracing us with your presence here today! I'm so very glad you were able to share these special tidbits with us! Here's to biscuits and gravy! Until we meet again.

Author Interview: Jenelle L Schmidt

Today, as my last post in this amazing blog tour, I get to interview Jenelle and dig a little deeper into the fabulous story she wrote. I'm beyond excited, and I'm sure you are too, so we'll skip all the gushing and fan-girling and just get on with it ;)



What is your favorite part of your story? 


I really enjoy all the action-y bits of the story, and any time Ritioghra is on the page everything is really fun. But my favorite part would have to be the conversations between Echo and Branna, when Echo is being all socially awkward and trying to come up with things to say and failing miserably at presenting herself as a “whole human,” as my family is fond of saying. These moments were pulled directly from my own experiences as a fairly shy individual who often finds talking to people to be extremely difficult.


What was the most challenging part to write? 


The ending! It took a long time and many drafts to get that right. I think I rewrote the ending at least twelve times before I hit the one that made my editor say, “I think you’ve got it!”


But like all challenging things, I have to say, I’m glad I didn’t just go with my first draft. The story is far stronger with the ending it has, and I’m grateful to my beta readers and my editors for not letting me settle for anything less than my very best. Echo needed an ending worthy of her story, and I love where this ended up.


Who is your favorite character and why?


Every character in this book has a special place in my heart. I don’t know if I can choose between them. 


Echo and her neurotic social awkwardness and huge heart is of course the main character and I loved going on this adventure with her. 


But Jana’s irrepressible, jump-first-ask-questions-later nature is so fun and I love her to pieces. 


Runa and Gareth, though not as major characters are extremely dear to me as I identify with parts of their story and ache with them through their loss.


I love the tragedy of Malilia and her grit and determination to atone for the wrongs she has done.


Eirloch kind of stole my heart unexpectedly. I intended for him to be a minor villain, but he surprised me by refusing to be a villain. He’s a bit of a trickster, but it doesn’t come naturally to him... he tries to play the cunning game, but he does it because he feels it’s expected, not because he enjoys it (and he’s not very good at it, either). In truth, he’s a dear, sweet boy with a heart of pure gold.


And Ritioghra, the Winter King. Well, if he isn’t my favorite character, then he was definitely the most fun character to write! (He probably is my favorite character).