Cathedral book launch!

I’m several days late on this, but at long last I am here to tell you all about my book and its entrance into the world!

Cathedral is a book of poetry and creative prose about beauty in the midst of grief and joy in the face of great sorrow. I wrote the pieces in it over the past five years (the earliest poem is from 2016, while I wrote the very first poem in the book in August 2021). They chronicle my own personal journey through darkness and desperation; they are also arranged in a particular order so that the book itself is a journey from death into life.

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blog tour + book review // Fifteen by Amie Woleslagle

Hello hello, lovely readers! Today I’m participating in the amazing Amie Anne’s blog tour for her book Fifteen. The book is a collection of poetry about mental health, and *squeals* I got to read it!! It’s beautiful and important and I can’t wait to tell you what I thought. But first — the book info:

You’re not alone

You’re not the only person who struggles with mental health issues, not the only person with demons floating in your mind. Amie Woleslagle wrote Fifteen because she deals with them as well. Not to fix your pain, but to reach out and hold your hand. To remind you that you are not alone, to ask you to stay and make the world a better place. Because the world will never be the same without you and your unique take on life. Fifteen is a book of poems crafted from one teenager dealing with mental health issues to another teenager in the same place. It walks through the battle of pretending to be okay, of having people you thought were trustworthy shatter your heart, and the battle of not giving in when your brain has given up. Fifteen covers true friendships, embracing joy, self acceptance, and living your faith while struggling with mental illness, all the while showing that, in the end, flowers will bloom in the ashes of your pain. 

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cover reveal: Fifteen by Amie Woleslagle

I’m back! I know it’s only been a day since I talked about a brand-new poetry book… but I can’t help it. I love it when young writers publish poetry, and so I sign up to share new books all the time 🙂

Today I’m honored to show you the cover for Amie Woleslagle’s book Fifteen!

You’re not alone

You’re not the only person who struggles with mental health issues, not the only person with demons floating in your mind. Amie Woleslagle wrote Fifteen because she deals with them as well. Not to fix your pain, but to reach out and hold your hand. To remind you that you are not alone, to ask you to stay and make the world a better place. Because the world will never be the same without you and your unique take on life. Fifteen is a book of poems crafted from one teenager dealing with mental health issues to another teenager in the same place. It walks through the battle of pretending to be okay, of having people you thought were trustworthy shatter your heart, and the battle of not giving in when your brain has given up. Fifteen covers true friendships, embracing joy, self acceptance, and living your faith while struggling with mental illness, all the while showing that, in the end, flowers will bloom in the ashes of your pain. 

The blurb really makes me want to read it! I can’t wait to start my copy.

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And here’s the cover:

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Waiting Spaces by Acacia Mitchell // poetry book review + launch!

Hey there, my friends! I’m excited today to talk about my friend Acacia Mitchell’s poetry book, Waiting Spaces. I was honored to be a beta reader for it and I can’t wait for more people to read it!

As you may know, I’m a huge fan of modern, lyrical poetry, and Acacia’s was just right for me. I’m going to tell you all about why I loved it — after I tell you about it and its author (:

about the book

We have all waited.  

While searching for answers. Staying in places of rest and growth, or unsure of where to call home.

Waiting Spaces explores the feelings of waiting through poetical thought and spoken word. 

Each poem is written as a letter to those who are in their own spaces of waiting. 

Perhaps you will find one written to you. 

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Ivy Introspective by Kellyn Roth // blog tour + author interview

I have an exciting post for you today, readers! My friend Kellyn is releasing her book Ivy Introspective, book two of the Chronicles of Alice and Ivy, and I’m joining in her blog tour.

Be sure to read to the end, because I also got to interview her — and she has amazing answers, including the inspiration for the book, her favorite writing music, and some recommendations for reading!

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about the book + author

In a world that doesn’t understand her, how can she grow?

Ivy Knight lives her life in a blur of confusion as the world passes her by in a tumultuous melody. She isn’t the perfect daughter or student, but as long as she can be with her family, she doesn’t mind watching rather than living.

Mrs. Chattoway treasures both of her granddaughters now that they’re reunited. When Ivy’s parents enroll her in a Scottish school for unique children, she’s happy to chaperone.

In a new place with a new guardian, Ivy discovers a special talent that helps her see the blurred world in a new way. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel, and Ivy becomes determined to find it — and help others do the same.

Ivy Introspective is a Christian women’s fiction novel with…

  • a young girl and her grandmother learning to embrace who they are in Christ and conquer fear together
  • mental health rep
  • babies!!!
  • misunderstood musical prodigies
  • misunderstood prodigies in general
  • Scotland
  • ergo, awesome Scottish accents
  • sweet friend/snarky friend cliché
  • recovery from emotional wounds
  • strong families becoming stronger
  • innocence
  • learning to develop healthy friendships
  • being stronger and smarter than you think

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Dust blog tour stop #23 // book spotlight + treasure hunt ✨

Hello, Lost Boys (and Girls), and welcome to stop #23 on the blog tour for Kara Swanson‘s Dust!

If you don’t have any idea what I’m talking about, you can start the blog tour here. (I highly encourage you to go through the whole thing — there’s a treasure hunt you can participate in if you follow the entire tour!) And if you want to see the previous post, you can find stop #22 here.

And now that you know what’s going on, let me tell you a little bit about Dust and Kara Swanson! Kara is the author of The Girl Who Could See (and was one of the sponsors for the Hope in Disaster contest). She was first published as a teen and is now releasing the first of her Heirs of Neverland duology with Enclave Publishing on July 21!


// about Dust //

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Why Getting Involved in the Bookish Community is Rewarding // guest post by Kellyn Roth

Hi there! I’m Kellyn Roth, founder & manager of the author service providing website Reveries Co. We recently launched a new website with a blog, and Maya graciously allowed me to guest post to celebrate!

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I’ve been involved in the bookish community for many years as a blogger, author, and later writing coach.

Now I hope Reveries Co. will offer a hub of inspiration and advice to authors of all shapes and sizes through our blog and social media, as well as offering affordable, professional services.

Suffice to say I’ve spent a lot of time trying to think of ways to benefit the bookish community — writers and readers of all sorts — but sometimes, when people question why I invest so much time in it, I feel like I’m not sure why.

Why is it worthwhile to be involved in the online community of readers and writers who I lovingly refer to as “the bookish community”? Why do I want to help them? What’s the purpose of it all? Is it a worthy cause?

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Love Lifted Me by Faith Blum // book review + blog tour

Welcome, friends! Today I’m reviewing Love Lifted Me by Faith Blum, a novella inspired by Cinderella and Song of Solomon. I very much enjoyed reading it and can’t wait to tell you all about it!

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about the author

Faith Blum is a small-town Wisconsin girl who lives in the center of the state with her husband and baby boy/girl. She loves writing, reading, crafting, and her cat, Smokey. She writes primarily historical fiction with an emphasis on Christian westerns. Find out more about Faith on her website.

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about the book

Love Lifted Me - composite 1Elaheh’s brothers are lazy and controlling…

When Elaheh’s parents die, she is devastated, especially when her brothers seem to not care at all. They slowly make her help them more and more in the vineyard until she is finally forced to do all of the work plus keeping the house clean and food ready.

When Prince Solomon comes to town to hear from the people, Elaheh talks to him to see if there is anything they can do. Solomon feels bad for Elaheh and searches for weeks to find something, but can’t. So he comes up with a plan.

Will Solomon be able to rescue Elaheh from her lazy brothers? Will Elaheh survive all the work she is forced to do? Can true love come to humble foreigner like Elaheh?

// inspired by Cinderella and Song of Solomon // 

buy Love Lifted Me on Amazon

check out the first three books in the series here, and book four here

➽ GENRE: Biblical fiction / historical retelling

➽ LENGTH: 25,000 words (novella)

➽ AGE RANGE: all ages
(note: I actually disagree with this age range; I’ll specify more down below!)

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my review

initial thoughts

When I started reading this book, I had no idea what it was about. I may have read a synopsis or description of it at some point, but I don’t remember it. I signed up to review it because I wanted to support Faith, but I had no clue what her book was about… (sorry, Faith :)).

And at first, I didn’t really like the book. The book started in the middle of action without explaining what was going on, the characters’ decisions weren’t believable, I didn’t relate to the MC (main character) at all.

I’m happy to say, though, that within a few chapters I actually loved the story! It took a bit for me to get into it, but once I did I didn’t want to stop, and I wouldn’t hesitate to sign up to read any other book by Faith Blum (even if I didn’t know what it was about… XD).  Read More »

Amie Anne // blog tour + giveaway

Mae g’ovannen, mellon-nîn. Well met, my friend, and welcome to my spotlight of Amie Anne!

I first found Amie’s blog through the Young Writer’s Workshop, where she and I are both members. I’ve enjoyed reading her thoughtful posts and I love her blog design! When I found out she was changing her blog’s name and logo (I think the new one is gorgeous!!) and running a blog tour to announce it, I joined right away.

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about Amie

Amie is known as…

an old person in a young person’s body. She feels deeply, and shows hardly any of that feeling while she expresses all her tears, pain, and happiness in writing or music. She is a blogger, photographer, author, editor, girl Friday, artist, musician, and pretty much whatever else she puts her mind to.

Amie enjoys learning new languages, strange food combinations, laughter, animals (especially her bunny rabbit, Snowball and her dog, Star), and books. She is a writer who strives to share her Savior’s love while encouraging everyone to reach for the stars in spite of the darkness of this life.

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about Amie’s blog

Amie Anne is about a girl reaching the stars, and encouraging others to do so. While reaching the stars, she spends her time snapping pictures, creating history posts, monologues, and poetry. 

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enter the giveway now!

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The Dressmaker’s Secret by Kellyn Roth // review + giveaway!

Hello, my friends!

Today’s post is all about my friend Kellyn Roth‘s amazing new book, The Dressmaker’s Secret. I had the honor of being on her ARC readers team for it, and now I get to review it for you! I’m so excited to do this!


about the book

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If they knew who she was, they’d never accept what she’s become.

Claire will stop at nothing to provide for her daughters. An unwed mother, she does everything possible to raise them whilst avoiding her scandalous past. Some secrets are best kept, even between mother and daughter.

Alice longs for a father, especially if that means her mother will be happy. She takes matters into her own hands—but she never expected what she finds.

Despite her efforts to shelter her daughters, Claire’s ghosts rise up to haunt her, and any semblance of control over her life vanishes. If her secrets are uncovered, what will become of her family?

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about the author

Kellyn Roth is a Christian historical women’s fiction & romance author from North-Eastern Oregon who has independently published multiple novels, the most notable being The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy series.

She founded the company Reveries Co. to help Indie authors achieve excellence affordably and without delay. Kell teaches writing through the Young Writer Lessons as well as privately and through her blog.

She lives in the country outside a small town in North-Eastern Oregon with her parents, two little brothers, conceited beta fish, arbitrary cat, precious border collies, and various cows and chickens.

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my review

The Dressmaker’s Secret is a historical women’s fiction/romance, which is not a genre I typically read. I was intrigued by its synopsis and I really like Kellyn’s work, though, so I decided to sign up for the ARC readers team — and I’m glad I did! I very much enjoyed the book and can’t wait for its sequel, Ivy Introspective (coming out this summer). Read More »