Here I am with a cup of hot chocolate, snuggled under a blanket. I know it might seem over the top for September 7th, but seriously, it is chilly here today.
I survived my first week of 12th grade, 😁 and though it wasn’t that difficult—yet, I’m glad it’s the weekend.
I know you are probably wondering why a new part of Echoes of Honor hasn’t come out for awhile. The truth is, I have so many writing projects going around in my head, I haven’t been able to focus. I know that’s not a very good excuse, but when you have the choice to either write the outline for the novel idea that has been keeping hollering for your attention, or work on a writing post, you will most likely go for the former. I’m not kidding about the hollering. I feel as if I might burst if I don’t get one story out on paper. Only true writers can relate. Personally, I don’t feel like bursting at this time, so while Echoes of Honor WILL return, it may not be for another week or so. Don’t worry, there will be some surprises happening in the future installments…Something to do with the guy everyone has been feeling sorry for.
*EHEM,* David—*Cough.* I didn’t say anything. 😉 No, he won’t die.
Enough of my life ramblings! Let’s get on to the purpose for this Saturday post.
A BLOG TOUR!
That’s right everyone! A blog tour featuring two new stories that focus on promoting and celebrating LIFE! Lots of people all over the world struggle with finding purpose and a reason for life. It is so sad that many of them think their lives don’t matter.
EVERY. SINGLE. LIFE. MATTERS.
Whether you are 1 month old or 99 years old, YOU MATTER!
If you’re struggling to see value in your life remember this…you were created for a purpose. Even if that purpose seems uncertain. God didn’t just randomly select your for this time and place on earth. He knew you before you were born and He is writing a beautiful story through you!
I applaud these two authors, Faith Potts and Kaitlyn Krispense for tackling such a weighty issue in their new novels! Thank you, girls!
ON TO THE BOOKS!
Having just returned to American soil from the desert sands of the Middle East, James Greene is done with his life. ‘Double amputee’ doesn’t seem like a strong enough phrase to label the physical and emotional pain he bears. Add the lack of love and communication with his family members, the demons that haunt him day and night, and he can find nothing worth living for. Ending it all is the only way out.
Alexandria Lorance is a not-so-ordinary physical therapist, content with aiding in her patients’ recoveries. Her work gives her fulfillment, but alone in the silence, she still endures the hidden scars of a past, unhealthy relationship. Reminding herself that true healing is found in Christ alone, she seeks to show kindness and love to everyone she meets.
When these two broken ones’ paths intersect, the spark of friendship is ignited, bringing hope and joy to both. Can they step out of the darkness of suffering and into the freedom of grace?
A Marine, broken by war. A therapist, scarred by words. A chance meeting in a parking lot bonded them together. But can love grow in these two hurting hearts? Or are they truly too broken to ever find lasting happiness?
About the Author:
Saved by God’s grace, Faith Potts is a teenage writer and homeschool graduate, living with her family and beloved yellow labs in the North Carolina mountains. When she’s not weaving stories, consuming large amounts of coffee, reading stacks of books, or studying American Sign Language, she can be found laughing harder than is healthy, daydreaming, and—of course—blowing dandelions.
Life without love is hopeless.
Foster teen Cara Richards is unloved. With nothing left and nowhere to go, she is determined to find peace, no matter the cost. But despite her intentions, she’s tossed into another foster family and this time, there’s no going back to who she used to be. To make matters worse, one of her five new foster brothers is a Jesus freak, and she refuses to believe that God actually cares.
Her world is thrown upside down in a way she never expects. Though she prides herself on a resilient heart, her mind is lost adrift among a sea of questions: Is death really the answer? Does God care about someone as unworthy as me? Can everyone truly be loved, no matter what?
About the author:
Kaitlyn is a farmer’s daughter and a born-again believer in Christ with an obsession for books and music. It is these obsessions that led her to write her own stories. Psalm 46:10 gives her inspiration, her brothers make her laugh, and there’s nothing quite like the excitement of opening an unread book for the first time. Her passion is to share the steadfast love of her Savior through the writing that takes up much of her free time, whether actual writing takes place or writer’s block, in which case she’s probably browsing Pinterest.
James Greene was my absolute favorite character! My heart just broke for him on about every page. His story felt so real, so painful. It gave me an excellent perspective on what wounded veterans go through. PTSD is a difficult subject to deal with and several times, I thought it was going to get the better of this unique characters. Faith Potts did a wonderful job of describing the emotions of PTSD victims and how sometimes the only thing we can do is be there for the sufferer.
Alexandria “Alex” Lorance, was sweet but I have to admit she wasn’t my favorite. Several times through the story I wasn’t entirely sure what her personality was supposed to be. I know characters can fluctuate throughout the story but I had a pretty hard time sympathizing with her. Alex’s break-up with a former love interest was painful for her, but I wasn’t exactly sure why she had such a hard time getting over it. I think after spending so much time with James, she’d see that he was nothing like her former boyfriend. Although I didn’t connect with her that well, I did appreciate her compassion for James and his situation.
James’ roommates—Hilarious! (Yeah, you’ll have to read the book to find out who I’m talking about). I hope we hear more about these guys in the future! 🙂
While this book was heavy at times, it always had those threads of hope woven throughout. Truth about the value of life even after so much pain showed like a bright flame and I appreciate how the author described the toughest scene with restraint. The author did a great job of not focusing on Jame’s emotions, instead of the objects in the scene.
Although a tad bit preachy at times, this book goes on to give us a picture of saying yes, to life, and yes, to the One that can ultimately heal our deepest scars. Inwardly and outwardly.
Cara’s life—Wow. My heart breaks for her and other teens like her. How many people do you see throughout the day in town, walking down your street, driving past you? What are their stories, what are they struggling with?
Cara’s problems are heavy. I felt terrible for her and just wanted to buy her a coffee and wrap a blanket around her shoulders for comfort. Personally, I wanted to yell at her relatives for not loving this precious girl.
Although I got that Cara was dealing with a lot I started to get bothered by her consistently negative attitude about everything. Even after her foster family did so much, she still had that chip on her shoulder. While she got a little more talkative, I didn’t expect her to continue to be like she was pretty much right up to the end. I wasn’t expecting a huge character jump but a little more of that sweetness I know was under her crusty layer would’ve been nice.
Erich…Glad he was there for Cara, but confused about the relationship. It really seemed like there was something between them romantically. If the purpose of their relationship was to be just as a brother and sister type of thing, I’m not sure why the author led us to think there was something more to their relationship. Overall, Erich was still a good character. I would like to read more about him in the future. He seems like a neat guy! Maybe he and Cara will have more of a relationship in a future book?
This story is both heart-breaking and though-provoking.
It makes you think about all the people walking around you when you’re in a busy town. What are their stories? How are they struggling? How can you practically help someone who just doesn’t seem to want your help?
I want to give a bit more of a warning on this story. Although Freedom does tackle heavier issues, Beloved was extremely heavy at times. I recommend it for 15+.
Thank you, Kaitlyn for writing this story!
Note: *…I received these books free from the authors for promotional purposes. No reviews, positive or otherwise, were required. All opinions expressed are purely my own…*
You don’t have long to wait to read these new stories! They release September 10, 2019!
Other blogs participating in this tour today!
Saturday, September 7th
Angela @ The Peculiar Messenger — 2x Author Interview
Laura @ Beautiful Things — 2x Review (ME)
Molly @ Qadash – Set Apart, for Him — Review of Freedom
Hannah @ Elizabeth’s Corner — Interview w/ Faith
AND….There’s a giveaway!!!
Hope you will go and check out these author’s blogs and their other writings! Refer to their author links above. 🙂
Have a great Saturday!