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Friday, June 30, 2017

Dandelion Dust - Release Day + Review

DANDELION DUST HAS BEEN SET FORTH INTO THE WORLD. GO FIND IT!

Ahem.

Today, Faith P. releases her book Dandelion Dust. I'm so excited for you, Faith!


You might remember seeing the book spotlight I did on DD just the other day. Well, today I'm back with a review of this story! (Check out Faith's blog for a list of other bloggers participating in this tour!)



~My Review~


*Five stars*


Wow. That's about the only word I have. This story was amazing. Like, awesome.

So, I'll start off with the point that I normally am not a fan of romance. I can handle some here or there, but usually I dislike when it's more of the main focus of a story. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed Dandelion Dust, however. The romance involved was clean and sweet. (Have I mentioned I can't stand most sappy romance books?)

Anyway, I absolutely loved Dandelion Dust. The "showing" aspect was great. I definitely felt as if I was watching the characters actions.

It's also one of those stories you can read more than once and not get bored of it. (Trust me, I've come across a lot of those.)

I loved Hannah. And Drew. Like, I need a story solely based on him. (Okay, Faith?) He was so sweet and worried about his brother and AHHH.

Ahem.

Charity was pretty awesome, too. (That's also saying something for me, because I'm usually not a fan of the girl in romance stories. While I've read plenty that do have amazing female leading role characters, there are some that just...ugh. I find many of them sappy, annoying, and just want the guy. xD)
But Charity was sweet and considerate of everyone around her. (Plus, while the story was based on her relationship, it still sorta wasn't. Not in a sappy way, anyway.) <3

And of course, Ryder. Besides the fact that he has such an awesome name, he was an all-around awesome character. :D

Also, how could I leave out Katydid? She was the cutest little thing.

Aside from the few grammatical errors (which is expected in a self-published book), my only negative comment would be that I felt like Charity didn't have many character flaws. She wasn't perfect by any means, but I personally also thought she was a very mature believer for her age. She didn't do a whole lot of questioning why God let bad things happen, or why it was happening to her/her family. I feel like there should have been a little more of a struggle for her. (Toward the latter half of the story, there was, but considering the circumstances, I think it could've come into play a little bit sooner.)
There was a lot of praying for Ryder (I hate to say "too much", because when can you pray too much, especially considering they were Christians in such a situation, but I do think it became a little too repetitive).

But yes, this story was amazing. GO READ IT.

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~About the Author~


Faith Potts is a teenage writer, living with her family and beloved yellow labs in the southeastern US. When she's not writing stories, consuming large amounts of coffee, reading books, or creating pottery, she can be found laughing harder than is healthy, daydreaming, and – of course – blowing dandelions.
Writing blog: Stories by Firefly // Faith blog: Chosen Vessels // Social media: Goodreads // Pinterest // Instagram
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And now, the moment you've all been waiting for... *drum roll*


Enter here:
~Livi Jane

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Dandelion Dust - Book Spotlight

Morning, readers!

How is everyone doing?

A wonderful friend of mine, Faith P., is releasing her beautiful book, Dandelion Dust, into the world in just a couple of days!

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I'll be back on release day with a review, but today, just a quick book spotlight!

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Isn't this cover gorgeous??

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~Synopsis~ 

Like a speck of dandelion dust riding the tides of a prairie wind, life is fleeting. Though I never realized just how fragile it was until that day . . .

Charity always had a dream. It was simple, really. Find a guy, fall in love, and get married.
The day she met Ryder, Charity knew he was the man God had chosen for her. But she never expected their relationship to be tested and tried through the fires of a freak accident. Suddenly, her world is thrown into chaos, and the bleak, white walls and sterile smells of a city hospital fill every spare minute. And then there comes the dreaded news. It was likely Ryder would never make it out of the hospital bed.
As her carefully laid plans for the future come crashing down around her and the sun seems to set on her dreams, can Charity still find hope in the dark of night?

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Doesn't it sound amazing? 

Be sure to check back on Friday for my review of this book and a giveaway! Why would you want to pass up a chance to win a copy of this book? :D

~Livi Jane

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Father's Day - Dad

Happy Father's Day to tall the dads out there, and a special shout out to my own dad! I love you!

Dad

~A Poem by Livi Jane~
One of the greatest gifts I’ve ever had, came from God, and I call him Dad.
Before we even met, you loved me from the start,
No love is more special, than the kind that comes from the heart.
You always love, you're always there,
You show how much you really care.
Though I might not always say it, I appreciate all you do,
And I cannot believe how blessed I am to have a dad like you!


~Livi Jane

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

D-Day...

June 6, 1944 dawned overcast and stormy. The weather wasn't ideal, but it was good enough. It was now or never.

*From Pinterest

The invasion had been carefully thought out and planned, and now it was time.

As the Allied troops prepared to storm the beaches of Normandy, they didn't know whether or not they would be one of the many ushered into eternity that day.
Would it be them or the man standing at their side? Would a one of them live to step off of the foreign soil and return to their homeland? Would they see their families again? See the war come to an end?
The answers to these questions were uncertain, but the troops knew one thing: 

Freedom wasn't free. It would have to come at a cost. And they were willing to pay that price.

#NeverForget #DDay

~Livi Jane

Goodreads Tag!

Good morning, all you lovely readers!! I hope you are doing fantabulous!

So.... Faith over at Stories By Firefly was awesome and tagged me for the Goodreads Tag! Thanks, girl!

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~Rules ~
 -Thank the person who tagged you 
-Answer the questions 
 -Tag at least three people 

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Let's get started, shall we?

Let me just  begin by saying I only made a Goodreads account sometime last year, and haven't been super active on it, especially before this past March or so...so...it's pretty lame. XD Plus, I use the app, and I have so much trouble with it. I still can't figure out half of anything on there. Is it just me?

A n y w a y, onto the questions!

1. What was the last book you marked as read?
A Question of Courage by Jesseca Wheaton. That was actually an alpha read. And it. Was. AMAZING.

2. What are you currently reading?
Um, I actually don't have any books on my 'currently reading' list. *grimaces* Well, I did pick up a book I found on one of our many bookshelves the other day. It's called The Whole Guy Thing by Nancy Rue (a favorite author of mine). But, I do need to go to the library, because I have a list of books to check out!!

3. What was the last book you marked as to read?
Choosing Courage: True Stories of Heroism from Soldiers and Civilians by Peter Collier. A friend (wait a sec, that was Faith!!) marked this as 'reading', and I thought it looked super interesting!

4. Do you use the star system?
Sometimes. :)

5. Are you doing the 2017 Reading Challenge?
No, but I'm doing my own Book a Week challenge!!

6. Do you have a wishlist?
Um...I don't think so. Not on GR, anyway. *is feeling lame that I know literally next to nothing about GR* 
But OF COURSE THERE ARE BOOKS I WISH I HAD *wonders who doesn't want more books*

7. Who are your favorite authors? 
Well, see, I read a ton of books from a bunch of different authors, sometimes only one or two from one author, so...these are some recurring faves:

Nancy Rue
Susan K. Marlow
Franklin W. Dixon
Jesseca Wheaton
Faith Potts

8. Have you joined any groups? 
Yep! I'm not active really, though... Like I said, I'm not on GR often.

9. How many Goodreads shelves do you have?
Just the four with which I started...I honestly haven't had the time to go on and mark ALL the books I've read in my lifetime...yikes. That would take a LOOOOONG time. XD

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I tag:

(Shh, no one will ever know that Kate was already tagged)

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And that wraps it up! Thanks again for tagging me, Faith!

How is your week going? Are you enjoying summer so far?

~Livi Jane

Friday, June 2, 2017

June! + May Highlights

HAPPY JUNE!!!!!! (One day late.)

Guys. We are SIX months into 2017!! Like, whaaaaat?

June means summer, which means unbearably hot temperatures here! (Although, I sadly won't be taking a break from school.

Anywayyy, let's move on to last month's highlights! :D

May Highlights:
  • I went on a trip with (most) of my youth group to the Fine Arts districts! It was a super fun trip!!! (More on that later.)
  • I got promoted at work! Meet one of Chick-Fil-A's newest Team Leaders! :D
  • Mother's Day weekend was nice! Us kids put together to buy Mom a hammock...and spent the rest of the evening testing it out. B-) Then my sisters and I went to the store and bought stuff for s'mores and made a fire in the outdoor pit! :D We also visited with our grandparents, which is always tons of fun!!
  • I ran a 5k!!!! (And, most importantly, didn't die!)
  • My critique partner and a couple of friends read my draft of Sunlight and Shadows... 0.0 (AND THEY SAID IT WASN'T AWFUL XD)
I think that about settles it for highlights! ;)

Ohhh! So, technically this isn't a May highlight because it happened yesterday, but um, work today was interesting. Our power flickered and went out at 8:30 am... 0.o (This was in addition to our headsets STILL not working because they mess up every time there's a storm, which means we have one person outside at the DT speaker relaying orders over the phone to someone inside.)
Needless to say, we ended up closing and everyone got an hour break to eat pretty much whatever food (since it would go bad sitting there and we heard we wouldn't have power until possibly 11). One of the ladies even braided all of us girls' hair! ;p
Thankfully, the power came back on about an hour later, and we were able to get things back up and running! Whew! It was fun/exciting in a really bad sort of way. XD

Writing:

I think I did well with writing this month, although I still haven't really organized or written much of anything in my already-existing stories.
So, I wrote three short stories/flash fictions this past month. One was for Faith's Imagine This challenge, one came from this picture prompt:

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Isn't it just SO heartbreakingly amazing??

The other was a sudden idea I had after reading more in depth about 9/11 in American History and chatting with some friends about heartbreaking stories...yeah. XD

Reading:

I read the first two books in Ronie Kendig's Tox Files series. They were interesting! I didn't like the second one as much because of the romance thrown in (nothing inappropriate, I just reallyyy did not like the girl. At all.) But, I am excited for the next book in the series to come out, and plan to read more of Kendig's stories in the upcoming future. Anyone who has read books by her is welcome to give feedback on what your thoughts are on her novels!

Music:
  • Thank God For Something, Sold Out, and Live Like You're Loved all by Hawk Nelson (yes, I've had a recent obsession with this band :D) 
  • Love You Like the Movies by Anthem Lights
  • The Irish Rover, Fields of Glory, and The Rocky Road to Dublin all by the High Kings
  • Keep Your Change by Paul Ruark
Disney songs:
  • Touch the Sky
  • How Far I'll Go
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Keep Your Change by Paul Ruark. Awesome song! :D

This song by Hawk Nelson has blessed me tremendously. Even when things aren't going as well as we wished they were, we can always find something for which we can thank God!!

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Verse of the Month:
(Yes, this a new section I'm adding in! What do y'all think?)

"The Lord hath chastened me sore: but he hath not given me over unto death."
Psalm 118:18 (KJV)

<3 The day I read this hadn't been the best, but it reminded me that no matter how far away God may seem, or how hopeless things may be, He has not given up on us! :D
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Next up, goals!

Goals:
  • Write at least 3,000 words. Check! I'm super excited because I was thinking I wouldn't hit my goal, and then after a history lesson on 9/11, I wrote a story that surpassed my goal in two days. :D My final word count for the month was over 5k!!!! :D
  •  Do more reading than I have been recently. I did a little better! Keeping up (at the moment) with my book a week challenge!
  •  Go to Fine Arts Districts competition (prayers would be appreciated!! I'm not doing any live performances this year, but I'm still nervous about how the results for my entries will come out)! YESSSSS!! And it was soooo much fun! Story time! After competition day was over and we made it back to the hotel, us girls decided to go get ice cream. Well, about five of us took the stairs, while our leader and my sister (also a leader) took the elevator with two of the girls. So, uh, we ended up going out the wrong door (because Rachel had no clue where we were going and should not have been the line leader XD) and got locked out of the hotel...on the complete opposite side from where the van was. *grin* As if things weren't interesting enough, one of the girls accidentally dropped her phone and shattered the screen... *grimace* We walked around for at least ten minutes before we found the others XD But we got our ice cream, and that's what counts, right?? Also, I merited (got first) in my poetry category, and came in second with my flash fiction!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was so excited! Then they asked me to read my poem aloud in front of everyone. I almost died, but I did it! XD
  •  Finally go to a crawfish boil this year... (Hopefully happening next week for our workplace's annual crawfish boil/party. ;P) Yep!! It was fun and the crawfish was yummy!!
  •  Continue reading the bible every day. Yes! Whoop whoop! :D
June Goals:
  • Write at least 3,000 words. Thanks to a couple of my friends, I have a new story idea (possibly a sequel to S&S), so I'm hoping I will meet this goal amidst the craziness of work and school this month. :)
  • Finish planning and start writing my new story (no title at the moment). 
  • Keep up with Book a Week Challenge.
  • Survive month one of summer at work XD
  • Continue reading the Bible every day.
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That wraps it up for today! How was your May? Any fun summer plans? 

Let me know what you're up to this June! :D

~Livi Jane