the book-lover blog tag

Well, my friends, I’ve been tagged for entirely too many tags to go on not doing them. So behold: I am doing a tag.

I was tagged for the book-lover blog tag by Leannah @ The Story Girl. Thanks, Leannah!

the rules

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog. (Already did!)
  2. Include the Book-Lover Blog Tag graphic and rules in your post. (Note: the graphic has the wrong website on it; Bella’s blog is now
  3. Answer the questions.
  4. Nominate at least 5 new bloggers to do the tag.

the questions + my answers

1 // What is your favorite thing about reading?

My favorite thing about reading is that I can immerse myself in an imaginary world and come to know and care about the characters in the story. I also particularly enjoy it when a (fiction) book makes me challenge my assumptions/point of view on an issue.

2 // Who is your favorite male character?

Narnia Movie Tie-in | Narnia Fans

Ahh, just one? Well, having recently re-read the Ender’s Game/Shadow series, I must say that I’m particularly partial to Peter Wiggin, the Speaker for the Dead, and Julian Delphiki. I also like Sam and Glorfindel (The Lord of the Rings), Tellius (The Gateway Chronicles), Eanrin and Aethelbald (The Tales of Goldstone Wood), and Edmund (The Chronicles of Narnia).

(I couldn’t find a single cover in the Ender series that I liked! So there’s the cover of a Narnia book, featuring Edmund somewhat prominently.

Orson Scott Card, I beg of you, hire someone new to design your book covers.)Read More »

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


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 »

Dust by Kara Swanson // cover reveal + preorder goodies!

My friends, today I get to share with you the cover for Kara Swanson’s new book Dust!

Kara is the author of the novella The Girl Who Could See. Her book Dust, which is a Peter Pan retelling/sequel, releases this July with Enclave Publishing.

And the cover is gorgeous:


Even if I didn’t know anything about the story, that cover would make me want to read it.

About the book:

The truth about Neverland is far more dangerous than a fairy tale.
Claire Kenton believes the world is too dark for magic to be real—since her twin brother was stolen away as a child. Now Claire’s desperate search points to London… and a boy who shouldn’t exist.
Peter Pan is having a beastly time getting back to Neverland. Grounded in London and hunted by his own Lost Boys, Peter searches for the last hope of restoring his crumbling island: a lass with magic in her veins.
The girl who fears her own destiny is on a collision course with the boy who never wanted to grow up. The truth behind this fairy tale is about to unravel everything Claire thought she knew about Peter Pan—and herself.

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flotsam and jetsam | 3

Hello, friends!

I’ve taken an unintentional blogging break since Christmastime, and it’s likely to extend for a while (because I have SCHOOL), but I have a few things I’d like to share with you today. So welcome to flotsam and jetsam #3.

meadow of sunflowers

First: voting is open for the Best of 2019 Blogging Awards, hosted by Megan @ A Barefoot Gal! Some of my very favorite blogs are on the list, including Allison @ A Farm Girl’s Life, Charis Rae, Essie Writes Poetry, and many others I’m forgetting. Go vote!Read More »

Dust to Flame by Hope Ann // book launch!

Hello, my readers and friends!

Hope Ann’s wonderful book Dust to Flame releases TODAY, and I’m so excited to be participating in the launch! If you’ve never heard of Hope or her books, you’re in for a treat. Hope writes fantasy stories about important things: family, relationships, fear, power, and more. She also works for Story Embers and has an amazing blog.

And today you get the opportunity to buy one of her books!

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Dust to Flame by Hope Ann // cover reveal

Hello, friends!

Today I have a very exciting post. One of my favorite authors, Hope Ann, is revealing the cover for her newest book today. Dust to Flame is a fantasy story about a story-actor who accidentally gains immortality, powers, and someone to care for.

The book will release on December 10, 2019 (which is only 11 days away!), but for today only, you can pre-order a copy on Amazon for $0.99 (after today, the price is $2.99 — which is still a great deal).

And here’s the cover:

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the aesthetically pleasing book // a tag

Welcome, friends!

Today I’m doing a tag that I first saw on Tales of the Lonely Sun, where Carlye did it. It originates from DreamlandBookBlog, so thanks to Beatrice for creating it!

There don’t appear to be any rules, so I’ll begin by answering the questions and we’ll see where I go from there.

1 // best color combo on a book cover

cover design by Seedlings Design Studio

I still haven’t read this book, but the cover is so beautiful. I love the double exposure and the gorgeous fonts. (If you’ve read it, please tell me what you thought of it!)Read More »

The Story Hunter by Lindsay A. Franklin // cover reveal

My friends, today I have something amazing to share with you! One of my favorite Christian fantasy writers, Lindsay A. Franklin, will be releasing The Story Hunter on May 19, 2020. This book is the third in her Weaver Trilogy.

I am so excited! I first read The Story Peddler (book one) this summer and was left in awe of Lindsay’s skill and style. It’s a beautiful, adventurous tale about a girl whose stories become glass sculptures as she tells them. She follows the rules about which stories are the right ones for as long as she can, but eventually the truth breaks free – and so begins a journey where she discovers that there are others like her.

Book two, The Story Raider, came out this year. I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but I plan to as soon as possible! The first one left me with many unanswered questions and set itself up very well for a great second installment.

And now, I’m privileged to reveal to you the cover for the third and final book in the Weaver Trilogy:




(this is actually rather fun)




(now I see why people do this when they do cover reveals)




(but I won’t make you wait much longer, I promise)




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flotsam and jetsam | 2

Salvete, amici! (That’s Latin for “hello, friends.”) I’m here today to share seven things that I’d love you to know about.

(Originally, this post was called “seven things.” Then I poked around in my archives and remembered that I have a name for this kind of post, which I completely forgot… check out the first Flotsam and Jetsam here.)

Note: The name is inspired by Tolkien, but the content is a general mishmash of everything (and I’m definitely not devaluing the things I include here by calling them “flotsam and jetsam”).

Here are some things I’ll be sharing in this post:

  • a tag
  • books I’ve read recently
  • a snippet from my writing
  • a blog post I love
  • two of my favorite songs
  • and more!

Let’s go! Welcome to flotsam and jetsam, round two.

1 // why seven?

Because it’s my favorite number, so I picked it (:

2 // my tag is making people happy

As you may know, I created a tag here. It was lots of fun, but the best thing about it is that people are doing it! Here are some people who did it:

Mary // Wild Writing Dreams
Jenna // Jenna Terese
Kassie // Soldier Girl Stories
Weez // Caught Daydreaming
Clara // Clara & Co.
Jo // Pananaw
The Story Sponge
Audrey Kate // The Junebug Blog
Kenechi // Well… Go Read!
Laura // Beautiful Things
Eden // The Happy Hedgehog

I love seeing people’s lists of ten things that make them happy, but what makes me happier is that people keep commenting and saying that the lists of happy things also make them happy! (I know that’s confusing. But it was the point of the tag, and I’m glad it’s working.) If you haven’t done the tag yet, please do. I tag you. Go and do it and spread the happiness.

(Side note: I intentionally didn’t put “link back to the creator of the tag” in the rules for this tag. Because the point is not to make my blog popular – it’s to make people remember the simple things that make them joyful. Therefore, I may have missed it if you or someone you know did this tag. If you’re not on the above list but wish you were, feel free to comment your link so other people can read your list as well.)

3 // some books I’ve read recently

I’ve been wanting to post reviews of these books for a while, but since I haven’t really had time, I’ll be sharing them here. Read More »

know the novel, part two: within the WIP // a writers linkup

My friends, I’m doing another November post (which I somehow made time for), and this time it’s the second part of Christine’s NaNo Writers Linkup! I did the first part here, and I was so happy that some of you did it too. If you didn’t, but want to participate (even if you’re not doing NaNo!), then head on over to Christine’s blog for an explanation of how to do so and a handy place to add your link.

On to answering the questions!

1: How’s the writing going overall?

Well, considering that (at the time I’m writing this) I’m 4.5 days in, it’s going very well! I’m handwriting, which I thought would be awful, but it turns out that I can do 1.5-2k per day without panicking or feeling too drained. It’s amazing. Read More »