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Young Writers Guidebook [FREE DOWNLOAD]

This article and accompanying free download is a excellent encouragement to teen writers! Share this wonderful resource with your story-spinning friends and family.

Can Teens Get Published? Absolutely.

article by Jaquelle Crowe

"I’m a teenager, and I got published.

And I’m not the only one – not by a long shot....

....But it takes hard work, it takes consistent guidance, and it takes knowledge. Especially knowledge.

Which is why we went to the experts (young people who have actually been published!) and asked their advice. We asked them, 'What would you say to an aspiring young writer?'"

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Young Writers Guidebook


Book Review: The Destiny of One

The Destiny of One by Sarah Holman (5 star review)

The Destiny of One // The Destiny Trilogy, #1

written by Sarah Holman

206 pages // published in 2011 // young adult Christian sci-fi


Destiny – it's a word that plagues Maria Morris. What does God want her to do with her life? Should she go to college or does God have other plans for her? When her parents go missing during a business trip, Maria embarks on a quest that will change her life forever. Trying to fight against an overbearing Milky Way Government, Maria travels to earth in search of a lost prince and some crown jewels. Her faith is tested, however, when a new law is passed. Will Maria be able to find her parents and the crown jewels before it's too late? Is she strong enough to stand up for her faith even if it means never seeing her family again? Most of all, will Maria discover her true Destiny?

My Review...

4 Star Rating

I have enjoyed many of Sarah Holman's books for a few years now, but FINALLY I have decided to read her very first book, The Destiny of One. So glad to have this one under my belt now! And I might add that I greatly enjoyed reading it.

19-year-old Maria Morris lives on Mars with her parents and siblings in a futuristic Space Age. A new law is being passed: all Christians will be marked to separate them from the rest of the galaxy's population. Maria is a girl who's just trying to figure out what to do with her life... just like so many teenagers and young adults! I like how this book focuses on an issue that many deal with, and have to seek God's wisdom in. Maria is really a great role model in this sense.

"....I just feel like I should be doing something, that God has something for me that I'm missing. How do I find out what God wants me to do?"
- The Destiny of One

The story is a wonderful testament to the Christian faith. There's fun adventure, and it allows for quality morals to shine through the plot. Christian and homeschool families will love this sci-fi series.

Last thought: I hope to see plenty more of Quint in book #2!

The Destiny of One is available on Amazon in e-book format.

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Book Review: Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories: 1896-1901

Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories: 1896-1901 by L.M. Montgomery (5 star review)

Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories: 1896-1901

written by L.M. Montgomery

188 pages // collected in 2007 // literary fiction


Lucy Maud Montgomery, (always called "Maud" by family and friends) and publicly known as L. M. Montgomery, (1874-1942) was a Canadian author, best known for a series of novels beginning with Anne of Green Gables (1908). In 1893, following the completion of her grade school education in Cavendish, she attended Prince of Wales College in Charlottetown. Completing a two year program in one year, she obtained her teaching certificate. In 1895 and 1896 she studied literature at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. After working as a teacher in various island schools, in 1898 Montgomery moved back to Cavendish. For a short time in 1901 and 1902 she worked in Halifax for the newspapers Chronicle and Echo. She returned to live with and care for her grandmother in 1902. Montgomery was inspired to write her first books during this time on Prince Edward Island. Her works include: The Story Girl (1911), Chronicles of Avonlea (1912), The Golden Road (1913), Anne of the Island (1915), Anne's House of Dreams (1917), Rainbow Valley (1919), Further Chronicles of Avonlea (1920) and Rilla of Ingleside (1921).

My Review...

5 Star Rating

One day I told myself that since I consider Lucy Maud Montgomery one of my favorite authors of all time, I should have a sit-down with her and read ALL of her short works. And so I began with this collection.

In short, it's wonderful. There's a lot of treasurable gems in here. Some of them sad, some filled with happiness. One or two went down the Victorian gothic route, and I was (still pleasantly) surprised to experience such from Montgomery. It seems I don't know her as well as I thought.

There's a couple of fabulous little Christmas stories in here. In both I became acquainted with the term "[her] face was a study"... in which the mentioned character is struck in awe (I had a good laugh over that phrase and it's a now a favorite of mine!)

Some of my other favorites in this volume include "Detected by the Camera", "In Spite of Myself", "Miss Calista's Peppermint Bottle", and "The Waking of Helen".

I'm excited for the next collection!

Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories: 1896-1901 is available on Project Gutenburg in e-book format, and on Amazon in paperback, e-book, and audiobook format (and others).

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L. M. Montgomery Reading Challenge


Lucy Maud Montgomery reading challenge 2017

My January always has a little more happiness in it because I can spend it with a kindred spirit of old. The L.M. Montgomery challenge is here again!

Please, go read all about it on Carrie's blog.

L. M. Montgomery Reading Challenge

So, here's my little list of titles I'm reading for the challenge, both of them I've never read, but have been greatly anticipating. (To be truthful though, I've already started reading both of them, so that anticipation is already concluded, and the joyous reunion has begun!)

There's a few of Montgomery's novels that I have yet to read. One such being: Jane of Lantern Hill. And for my second title, I've decided it's high time that I read every single one of Montgomery's short stories. So, with my deepest regards to Project Gutenberg, I'm starting from the chronological beginning this January and read this collection: Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1896 to 1901. (Next year, I plan to graduate into the next collection.)


Orphans of the West -- Cover Reveal! // BLOG TOUR

 About the Series

Genre: Christian Western Coming of Age

Logline: Through God’s leading, four orphans grow up to be important members of their communities.

The Orphans of the West series is a continuation of the stories of 4 orphans that were introduced in either a Hymns of the West novel or novella and goes through each orphans life.

Savior, Like a Shepherd is about Titus Hine who was introduced in Blessed Assurance (Hymns of the West Novellas #6) and how he must take care of his sister and brother as winter approaches, all while not being allowed to work anywhere.

All the Way is about Henry Salisbury, the only orphan in the series not directly introduced in a previous book, but it has other characters you will recognize from the books about the Brookings family.

He Hideth My Soul is also attached to the Brookings family and Otis Miller as Otis finds out that his grandfather left him a large inheritance and he can finally follow his dream.

He Leadeth Me takes up Gage Wilhelm’s story. Gage was introduced in I Love Thee (Hymns of the West Novellas #1) and tells how he is given the deed to his farm and told to go back to his farm. Gage gladly accepts only to have someone show up claiming his long-dead father owed another man a large sum of money and now there’s 10 years of interest added on.

About the Author

Faith Blum is a 20-something author of multiple books in various genres. She loves to write, read, play piano, knit, crochet, sew, watch movies, and play games with her family. She lives in Wisconsin with her family on a small family farm where they raise goats, chickens, turkeys, ducks, and have 2 dogs and a varying number of cats.

Faith’s goal in her writing is to encourage Christians in their walk with Christ. If you enjoyed this book, go to her website to sign up for her NewReleases Newsletter so you can get an email when her next book in the series comes out. You will also find links to her other Social Media sites on her website. She loves to hear from her readers, so feel free to contact her.

Reveal Time!

Now comes the fun part, the cover reveal! First, here is the cover I am revealing to you:

He Hideth My Soul

Logline: An aspiring doctor finds out he is the willed heir of his rich grandfather, but when he finishes his schooling and goes to his silver mine, he must make tough decisions that could mean life or death for those working in his mine.

To gain access to the secret web page so you can see the other three covers, go here to find options for Facebook post, tweet, Instagram, and email wording. Each option shares the pre-order link to the first book in the Orphans of the West series, Savior, Like a Shepherd. In each post is a word in ALL CAPS. That word is the case sensitive password to gain access to the covers.

Participating Blogs

Melanie D. Snitker, Author – Savior, Like a Shepherd
Sarah Allerding – Savior, Like a Shepherd
Queen of Random – All the Way
Rachel Rossano's Words – All the Way
Thilly Little Nothings – He Hideth My Soul
In the Bookcase – He Hideth My Soul
George’s Shorts – He Leadeth Me
Wildflower Acres – He Leadeth Me