Saturday, June 16, 2018

Quest for Leviathan - My Review


Are sea monsters a real thing? What about fire-breathing dragons? According to the Bible, there is a fire-breathing sea creature who really existed: the leviathan. Amanda Tero brings this dragon to life in her newest short story, "Quest for Leviathan." Join Anath and his crew of ninety-nine rowers as they face the waves of the Mediterranean Sea and the power of Leviathan.



Leviathan took the life of his father.

Anath has spent three years preparing for the voyage that will end the threat of Leviathan. Yet as the Valor launches into the depths of the Mediterranean, an inward quest also begins, taking Anath to depths he is not willing to face.


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Amanda Tero began her love for words at a young age—reading anything she could get her hands on and penning short stories as young as age eight. Since graduation, she has honed her writing skills by dedicated practice and study of the writing craft. She began her journey of publication with a few short stories that she had written for her sisters and continued to add to her collection with other short  stories, novellas, and novels. It is her utmost desire to write that which not only pleases her Lord and Savior, but also draws the reader into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. 

Connect with Amanda

Email: amandaterobooks@gmail.com






Amanda Tero’s new story Quest for Leviathan places an interesting spin on a Biblical passage.  Tero based this tale on Job 41, and I love how authors become inspired to write a story connected to something they love or something they have read themselves.  It helps the reader to better identify with the original text or a specific part of history.

There are so many scars in Anath’s life, including Leviathan--the sea monster he feels he must fight.  Anath battles yesterday’s pain on a daily basis, but he also holds so much grudge within his heart.  Will there every be a moment when he knows what to do with all of this hurt?  Can he be still long enough to let go and to let God take over his life? 

This is a short story, but it holds such an excellent lesson for the reader.  No matter the storms of life, the Lord will be there to fight the battles (Deuteronomy 1:30).  There is nothing in life He does not understand, because He knows each and every moment of our lives—every time we have ever experienced pain or fear.  Hopefully, Anath will come to comprehend this truth throughout his own journey.  

I recommend giving a copy of this book to any young person who might be facing their own giant.  Take heart—the Lord is with you!  Happy reading!    


This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the author for my copy.




1. It's such an amazing accomplishment to be able to sit down and write a story—in regards to the writing process, what helps you achieve your literary goals?

Wow… well, time is a valuable commodity. ;) But apart from the obvious, reading other fictional books and then books on the writing craft has helped me immensely. Above that, getting my own writing critiqued by other writers and readers has pointed me in the right direction.

2. What advice would you give to writers who want to become published authors one day?

I could give a lot of advice from mistakes I’ve made. ;) Top piece of advice, though, is to be sure you’re following God every step of the way! Then, don’t be too proud to learn. Always try to actively learn as you write. Anyone can get an idea, and anyone can jot down words…but I personally believe that as Christian authors, our quality is a testimony of our diligence to develop the gifts that God has given us.


3. After your initial inspiration comes, how do you transform that idea into reality?

It is different for every work. Sometimes, I just sit down and write. More lately, I’ve become more of a planner (a result of me realizing that my stories usually lack any depth in the first draft). I will bounce the idea off a friend, think about it, pray about it, keep an ongoing idea-file on my phone in which to jot down different fragments of thoughts or quotes, and research (amazing inspiration comes by just researching the era!).

4. Do you ever feel like abandoning the writer's pen?

Sadly, yes. It is never because of a lack of desire, but a lack of time. Lord willing, this fall I’ll be attending college for the first time to pursue a music degree. Because it’s a completely different field than writing, and I’ll still be teaching several piano/violin students, I’m not so sure how much writing time I’ll be able to squeeze in. I’m hoping and praying that I can keep jotting down short stories to hone my skill and keep in practice, but we’ll see.

5. What encouraging words would you give to a writer who may feel discouraged in their literary journey?

If this is what God has led you to do, and you are certain beyond any doubt that you’re supposed to be here, KEEP ON! There are ruts and valleys and dry spells in writing, just as in everything else. But you’ll get through it. No one stays there forever!

6. Who or what in your life inspired you to become an author?

This is a difficult question to answer. In some ways, my mom was a big inspiration. She was my teacher (we were homeschooled) and helped us to develop a love for reading. Above that, when she saw that I was interested in creative writing, she steered my schooling to go in that direction and was brutal in editing my papers (don’t worry, I survived and my readers all thank her for it ;) ). So that, plus having bookshelves full of well-written books helped my desire in becoming an author.





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Friday, June 15, 2018

First Line Fridays


This week I thought I would highlight a book by someone I grew up watching.  I always loved tuning into Full House when I was a kid, and I desperately wanted Candace Cameron's hair.  Who didn't?!  And yes, I copied her phrase--"Oh Mylanta"--which I have been saying for years.  :) 

Cameron has written several books, but I wanted to showcase her latest work this week.  Make sure you check out her amazing Hallmark movies too.  I especially enjoy the mystery ones.  :)  Happy reading! 

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line!

Today I am going to post a line from: 

  Kind is the New Classy 
by Candace Cameron 



And the first line is...

"Not a day goes by that I'm not thankful for the amazing job I have.  I get to entertain people through comedy, romance, drama and heartfelt storytelling by acting my way through your television screens."  

Happy reading and happy Friday!   

Let me know your first line in the comments & then head over to Hoarding Books  to see who else is participating! 








Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Forsaking All Other - Spotlight Book Tour


Publication Date: April 1, 2018
Courante Publishing
eBook & Print; 291 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction

Love is no game for women; the price is far too high.

England 1585.

Bess Stoughton, waiting woman to the well-connected Lady Allingbourne, has discovered that her father is arranging for her to marry an elderly neighbour. Normally obedient Bess rebels and wrests from her father a year’s grace to find a husband more to her liking.

Edmund Wyard, a taciturn and scarred veteran of England’s campaign in Ireland, is attempting to ignore the pressure from his family to find a suitable wife as he prepares to join the Earl of Leicester’s army in the Netherlands.

Although Bess and Edmund are drawn to each other, they are aware that they can have nothing more than friendship. Bess knows that Edmund’s wealth and family connections place him beyond her reach. And Edmund, with his well-honed sense of duty, has never considered that he could follow his own wishes. Until now.

With England on the brink of war and fear of Catholic plots extending even into Lady Allingbourne’s household, time is running out for both of them.

You can read the first chapter here.

The beautiful cover for the novel was designed by Jennifer Quinlan of Historical Fiction Book Covers.





Catherine Meyrick is a writer of historical fiction with a particular love of Elizabethan England. Her stories weave fictional characters into the gaps within the historical record – tales of ordinary people who are very much men and women of their time, yet in so many ways not unlike ourselves.

Although she grew up in regional Victoria, Australia, she has lived all her adult life in Melbourne. She has worked as a nurse, a tax assessor and finally a librarian. She has a Master of Arts in history and is also a family history obsessive.

For more information, please visit Catherine Meyrick’s website. You can also find her on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest.




Bess felt a prickling along her spine and turned to find an elderly man standing close.
Askew beckoned to him. ‘Bess, you will remember Master Litchfield.’
The old man simpered as he bowed and took her hand. Bess did remember him. He had been one of those too friendly men who always had an apple or a sweetmeat ready for any child. Her father, like so many others, had seen him as a kindly man yet she and Ann had not warmed to him. Bess supposed he was approaching the allotted span of three score and ten. Time had not been gentle. He stepped forward and kissed her. His breath was rank and his lips moist. Bess resisted the urge to wipe her hand across her mouth.

His smile was unnerving. ‘Mistress… Ahhh…’
Stoughton,’ Bess finished for him.
‘No need for formality, Dick,’ Askew beamed. ‘You have known Bess since she was a baby.’
‘Bess,’ he said, still holding her hand, ‘you have grown indeed.’ When his eyes finally settled on her face, he said, ‘I was sorry to hear of your loss.’
‘Thank you, Master Litchfield.’ She wriggled her fingers free.
‘And you still serve Lady Allingbourne?’
‘Yes.’ Bess was surprised he knew so much of her life.
‘A lively household, no doubt.’ His eyes once more travelled over her body. ‘No doubt you have many young men dancing after you. You’ll be married again in no time.’

Bess opened her mouth to speak but, in face of his unwavering lascivious gaze, could think of nothing to say. All her training had deserted her—the ability to make light conversation, to lead it away from uncomfortable or unpleasant subjects without making the other party feel reproof.

‘Your…, your family, Master Litchfield,’ she stuttered, ‘how…, how are they?’
‘Ah Bess, I am quite deserted.’ His eyes moistened. ‘Both my daughters know nothing of their duty. Once married, they have never visited me. It has been nigh on fifteen years since I have seen either. I know only of their fortunes through others.’ His pale face was narrow, his sparse hair combed across his balding pate. He had made Bess uneasy as a child and nothing had changed. Her mother had no liking for him, declining all invitations for Bess and Ann to stay when his wife had been alive.

‘I visited my Joan once,’ he said. ‘Her husband was away. She barred the door against me, would not let me enter under her roof.’ He smiled his oily smile again. ‘But you are a dutiful daughter, Bess, you come at your father’s bidding. You follow his direction, do you not?’
‘I suppose I do,’ Bess said. She looked for a way of escape. Her father had disappeared, but she caught the eye of Maggie Drayton.

‘And you have no children, do you?’ Litchfield asked.
‘No.’
‘So sad. A young woman in her prime, so ripe…’
‘Dick,’ Maggie broke in, ‘you will have to excuse me, there is someone Bess must meet.’
‘’Till tomorrow,’ he smirked.


During the Blog Tour we will be giving away 2 paperback copies of Forsaking All Other! To enter, please enter via the Gleam form below.

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on June 18th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY.
– Only one entry per household.
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– Winner has 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen.

Forsaking All Other






Friday, June 8, 2018

First Line Fridays


I have read several books by Deborah Hale through the years, and each one has been very good.  Of course, most of them have been set in England, which as you know, is always the beginning of a very good story.  :)  The book I'm highlight this week caught my eye, because it is set during the Romantic era in England, and as I said earlier, this must be a good book.  :)  Happy reading! 

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line!

Today I am going to post a line from: 

  The Nobleman's Governess Bride  
by Deborah Hale 



And the first line is...

The Cotswolds, England 
1814

"'Miss Leaonard, I presume?' The question, posed in a rich, firm baritone voice, startled Rebecca Beaton as she stooped to pluck a fragrant purple hyacinth in the garden at Rose Grange."

Happy reading and happy Friday!   

Let me know your first line in the comments & then head over to Hoarding Books  to see who else is participating! 








Thursday, June 7, 2018

The King's Justice - Spotlight Book Tour




Publication Date: June 1, 2018
Thomas & Mercer
Paperback & eBook; 288 Pages
ISBN-978-1542046015
Series: Stanton and Barling #1
Genre: Historical Mystery

A murder that defies logic—and a killer on the loose.

England, 1176. Aelred Barling, esteemed clerk to the justices of King Henry II, is dispatched from the royal court with his young assistant, Hugo Stanton, to investigate a brutal murder in a village outside York.

The case appears straightforward. A suspect is under lock and key in the local prison, and the angry villagers are demanding swift justice. But when more bodies are discovered, certainty turns to doubt—and amid the chaos it becomes clear that nobody is above suspicion.

Facing growing unrest in the village and the fury of the lord of the manor, Stanton and Barling find themselves drawn into a mystery that defies logic, pursuing a killer who evades capture at every turn.

Can they solve the riddle of who is preying upon the villagers? And can they do it without becoming prey themselves?





E.M. Powell’s historical thriller Fifth Knight novels have been #1 Amazon and Bild bestsellers. The King’s Justice is the first novel in her new Stanton and Barling medieval murder mystery series. She is a contributing editor to International Thriller Writers’ The Big Thrill magazine, blogs for English Historical Fiction Authors and is the social media manager for the Historical Novel Society.

Born and raised in the Republic of Ireland into the family of Michael Collins (the legendary revolutionary and founder of the Irish Free State), she now lives in North-West England with her husband, daughter and a Facebook-friendly dog.

Find out more by visiting www.empowell.com. You can also find him on FacebookTwitter, and Goodreads.



During the Blog Tour we will be giving away 6 paperback copies of The King’s Justice! To enter, please enter via the Gleam form below.

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on July 13th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY.
– Only one entry per household.
– All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspect of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.
– Winner has 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen.


The King's Justice