Ink Blotted Beka Artist Blog Tour

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Who is Rebeka Borshevsky?

A love letter to my friend

 

Who is Rebeka Borshevsky?

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She is a tireless supporter who uses her talents to edify her friends.

 

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Rebeka is a sympathetic cheerleader gifted with a soft heart.

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Rebeka is a loving friend who backs her words with action.

 

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Rebeka sacrifically gives of her gifts to serve her friends.

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Who is Rebekah Borshevsky? She’s my friend.  Thank you, dear one, for supporting me, my work, all my endeavors. Thank you for blessing me with your talents. Thank you for living out God’s Word for all to see. Love and hugs, dear one. ♥️

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These are the AMAZING pics that Rebeka did for me. I love them sooooo soooo much! Did you know that now, YOU TOO can have pictures of your own? Rebeka is now taking commissions! If you would like to see YOUR characters come to life, let her know by visiting her on….

Facebook

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Instagram

Rebeka also has a neat giveaway planned. Check it out HERE.

 

There are two more blogs where you can get to know Rebeka today. Please visit my bestie Savannah at Dragon Pen Press and my girl, Annie Twitchell.

Here are the list of stops. Be sure to give them all visit and tell them I said hi, will ya?

Oct. 1

Anne Louise Twitchell – Spotlight

Tammy Lash – Spotlight

Savannah J. – Spotlight

 

Oct. 2

Jenelle Schmidt – Spotlight

Bryn Schutt – Spotlight

 

Oct. 3

Skye – Spotlight

Katie Hanna – Spotlight

 

Oct. 4

Rebkah DeVall – Spotlight

Elizabeth Brown – Interview

 

Oct. 5

Penny Wood – Interview

Fran Laniado – Interview

 

Oct 6.

W.R. Gingell – Spotlight

Grace Mullins – Spotlight

 

Oct. 7

Rachel Rossano – Interview

Sarah – Spotlight

 

Oct. 8

Anna Willis – Spotlight

Grace Maples – Spotlight

Liv. K Fisher – Spotlight

Ann Marie Pavese – Spotlight

Until next time…see you soon! And please love, edify, and support one another. Love and hugs!

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When Beauty Bloom’s Blog tour

 

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Yikes-Mikes! This place is duuuuusty! Pardon me as I scramble around and tidy this place up just a wee bit. Cobwebs = spiders and although I’m getting used to the Daddy Long Legs that are EVERYWHERE up here in the Upper Peninsula, I don’t like all the other cubby, chunky, meaty ones that could be hanging about with them.  Yeah…bleck!! *Shudders* *manically wipes self off.* 😂

I’m so happy that you’re here regardless of what this place looks like and I’m thrilled that you chose to stop by! You’re welcome here ANYTIME! We have someone super special coming by today, too, and she should be here aaaaaany minute.

Man, what was I thinking?! I totally should have spruced this place up with a whitty post before everyone arrived, but moving with my family of five to Michigan’s U.P. has been a HUGE life change and adjustment. We bought a fixer upper to live in–a former headstart building, actually (yep, Chip and Joanna, we’re doin’ what you do on a tiiiiight budget 😂) and nooooo, we did not get our remodel done in an hour’s time.

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But, hey, look–I’m still smiling about it. 😂

People have been telling me it’s all about the journey and not so much about the destination. It’s been four months and I can kinda see that ringing true. Watching our adventures on YouTube is pretty neat. It’s awesome growing and learning with my family. I can’t imagine going through this sea of change without them. You can see our progress as well as some pretty awesome views of the North Country without traveling a step by visiting my daughter’s YouTube channel, With Sisu.

Victoria is making her way over!! Wahoo! While we wait for her to walk in, let me tell you a little bit about her.

Victoria Lynn is in her 20s and if she’s not writing, she is probably sewing, singing, playing the piano, washing dishes, creating something with her hands, or learning something new. She has a passion for serving her Creator, encouraging others and being creative. She blogs at www.rufflesandgrace.com about writing, fashion, modesty, her walk with God and life. She lives in Michigan with her parents and 8 siblings.

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Yeah. Tell me about it. She’s *star-eyes* stunning…and LOOK…she released something just as pretty.

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I CAN’T wait to read this novelette!! This story sounds like it’s written just for me. It’s the story of a young woman with social anxiety and how she learned to bloom. Yeah. That’s totally me! 😂 The story also takes during the Revolutionary War.  In ENGLAND. Ooooo! *Claps* England AND historical! ♥️ Hang on a sec…let me read you a little somethin’ somethin’ to give you a clue as to what this pretty story is about…

Marjorie Kirk is a woman with no fortune, no prospects, no family, and no skills. Or so she thinks. She is awkward, shy, and the farthest thing from any semblance of a society lady.

The new minister keeps turning up in the most awkward of places and she can’t help but feel that her life is doomed to one of embarrassment. But will her flaws actually be the thing that others find the most attractive?

Sounds pretty dog-gone awesome. Then again, what else did I expect? My friend is pretty dog-gone awesome. This lady is as sweet as the honey from Pooh Bear’s honey pot and I can’t imagine my life without her. She’s become a very, dear friend–and can you believe we are a generation apart?! Friendships come in all shapes and sizes–ages–so, take it from me, DON’T limit yourself to one type of friend. Who goes to a buffet to eat only ONE thing?!

Pardon my squeals. Victoria is at the door! Let me go give her a hug and bring her in. Get comfy. Help yourself to the cookies on the counter. I asked her to share with you her own opinion on friendships. I think you’ll really enjoy what she has to say. I know I always do.

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When asked to write on this topic for my guest post for this lovely lady’s blog, my mind swam with possible ideas, but most importantly, my heart swelled. I have been so blessed with incredible friendships. I also found that it worked in perfectly with the theme of this book, because interwoven with the story are some pretty powerful moments of friendship between Marjorie and her companions.

I have learned so much about being a friend in the last 10 years, but more so in the last 5. One of the most important things I have learned about friendship is how beautiful it can be if you just give it a chance.

Growing up, it’s a normal thing to want to have a friend your own age with which you do everything. You have the same hopes, desires, ages, and you find pleasure in the same things. And while that’s natural, I didn’t find friends like that until later in life. When I was a child, I always wanted a best friend. I pushed and prodded things into happening, hoping against hope that the next homeschool girl my age would be my best friend forever.

But friends came and went. We would meet a family, hang out for a bit, but then we would drift apart for some reason or other. I honestly believe that God let those things happen for a reason, and I am a better person and friend because of it. Not to mention, as a result I have amazing relationships with my sisters that I wouldn’t have had if I was busy with a bestie. I have had to seek friendships in places that I wouldn’t have thought would be a place to find a perfect friendship.

One of my best friends when I was little was ten years older than me. I look back now and am so grateful that she was willing to spend so much time with lil’ ol me. I looked up to her as a big sister and found great joy and wisdom in her company. To be honest, most of the friends in my arsenal of “got your back” besties until very recently were either older or younger than me.

God really blessed me with opportunities and people to sow into. There is one time in particular where a young girl of my younger sisters acquaintance was spending a lot of time at our house. Her older sisters were a bit AWOL when it came to their sisterly duties, and I really felt like instead of doing my own thing while she was visiting and letting my sister host, God wanted me to be an older sister to her in the absence of a relationship with her blood sisters. So much joy came from that experience. We had tea parties together, watched sappy hallmark movies together and just sat in a circle and talked and laughed until we felt like our guts were about to burst. So much joy from a relationship that most people wouldn’t even consider.

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Even now, I find such joy in the multitude of diverse relationships that I am blessed with. Tammy is a dear friend of mine, and while we have a lot in common, we are also in very different stages of life. Tammy is a mama to three near adult children, she just moved to the UP, and she has so many crazy things going on in her life that I don’t. I am unmarried, with no kids and a full time job. But that doesn’t mean that I can’t relate to her, and I have found so much fulfillment in being a friend to Tammy, more so than I would have is she were a twenty-something.

This post has been so rambly, and while the perfectionist in me wants to fix it, part of me thinks it’s perfect just the way it is. You see, my point with this post is that you can find friendships in some of the most unusual places. And when you do, they can be so much more fulfilling and full of more joy and amazingness than you could have ever imagined.

So be that friend. Willing to be a friend to anyone. Even if they are younger than you, older than you, or don’t like the same TV shows you do. 😀 It’s worth it. ❤

I love you Tammy and can’t wait to see what God continues to do with our friendship.

~Victoria

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Love you, too, girl! HUGS!!

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Surprises! Surprises! Surprises!

To celebrate friendship and the release of her new book, Miss Victoria has some sweet and generous prizes to give away! Click “here” to visit Rafflecopter to enter!

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As we wrap up this little gathering, please don’t let this be a forever goodbye. Please come back to visit. I’ll try to have the place looking better for you next time. Please, give Victoria a parting hug and promise to visit her again– perhaps on her website, Ruffles and Grace.

You can also find her on FacebookInstagram, goodreads, and Amazon.

Hugs! Thanks for visiting! I see I have a few cookies left. I’m going to go lay on the couch and read a bit of my buddy’s work. *Mumbles and crunches* To get your hands on a copy of When Beauty Blooms, by the stunning Miss Victoria Lynn, please zip on over to the Amazon and pick up a shiny new Paperback or Kindle version of your very own.

The blog tour continues! If you missed yesterday’s blog stop, please visit Madison at A Little Southern Grace. Tomorrow, swing over and visit Laura at Beautiful Things by Laura.

Ta-ta, my dears! Hope to see you again, soon. ♥️

 

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Magic Tea

 

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Renovating has become a full-time job for me and the kids. The U.P. is a majorly distracting place to live, so… to keep us on track, at the beginning of each day, I make a list of tasks for us to accomplish. Yesterday’s list:

Laundry

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(Dog gone dryer…but thanks fence!)

Pay bills

Balance checkbook

Get coffee

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(I loved marking this one off.🤗)

Pick up building materials

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(Thanks, lumber dude for loading us up. Man, this coffee is delish.)

•Paint ceiling

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Dun. Dun. Dun. Dog gone it–NO MARK.

We got everything done yesterday but the ceiling– the biggest, hardest, and most dreaded item on the list.

*Sigh*

Yes, those are weird streaks and brush marks in the picture. Please, don’t get me started on our ceiling…I don’t want to talk about our ceiling. I intensely dislike our ceiling. I wish I could go back and warn the past me and stop “me” from ever beginning this month-long nightmare in the first place…but I can’t, so I’ll warn you instead: KEEP YOUR CEILING TEXTURE. You’ll end up just adding texture BACK on that took you DAYS to get off.)

We had to skip the task that begins with the letter ‘c’ because the huge pail of flat latex that we needed was a whopping $130 at our small town lumber store vs. the less painful $48 at good ol’ Menards in town (45 min. away). Umm, yeah. We slid this over to today’s list.

*Ugh* I don’t like leaving an item uncrossed or unchecked. So, to help ease my itchy fingers, I added an unwritten task to yesterday’s list and I got a little head start on my “Magic Tea” staining project.

What? What’s “Magic Tea”, you ask? Hang tight, and I’ll walk you through what I did. And, yes…it is extremely magical! It was so magically awesome, I didn’t feel bad about leaving the ceiling undone…well, not as bad.

Step 1: Assemble your ingredients/tools. Black tea, vinegar, steel wool, two brushes, a ball jar with lid and seal, a mug for your tea, and sealer.

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The night before your project, pour vinegar in your ball jar and stuff in some pieces of steel wool.

This part reallllly freaked me out and disturbed me. There is no measuring here. You literally pour in your vinegar and you literally rip pieces of steel wool and stuff them in (the jar pictured is after I used it). I did four, walnut-sized pieces and filled the vinegar up to the neck of the jar. I was also super alarmed that the color didn’t change. I mean, I think the vinegar may have rusted a tad… but that’s it.

Cover, shake, or stir your vinegar soup and set it outside or in the garage for at least 24 hrs. Outside… because I read it could explode (?😲?)…and 24 hrs for scientific reasons that are truly over my head.

Black tea: Brew it and set it out with your vinegar soup. Why? Because I’m an impatient person and just wanted everything ready to go. Note: I had my stuff waiting a week. My tea molded and since I wasn’t drinking it and my wood was, I just sifted the gunk out.

Step Two: Select your wood. I’m using pine tongue and groove for a wall project. I hear that different wood types will give you different colors. Pine should turn a weathered grayish/dark brown. We shall see!

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(Hi, Finn!! *Meow*)

Step Three: Paint on your tea and let it dry…about an hour. Not much change here yet….

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(Hi, Emmie! *Meow*)

Step Four: Paint on your vinegar soup. (You can use the same brush as the tea.) You will see a teeny change in places, but walk away for an hour and don’t hoover. It makes the wood uncomfortable.

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It’s starting….😀

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Repeat the process as many times as you want to until you get the color you want. This is after 3 times of painting on the vinegar soup and “Magic Tea”.

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It turned out the PERFECT color! Don’t worry about mixing up the steps. I think I did…well, I know I did…I always mess up…and, hey, look…it still worked.

Kris got the ceiling paint after work yesterday, so unfortunately, today is ceiling day…but…if I get done at a reasonable time, I’m going to get to Step 5: putting on the waterproof sealer. This step will not only protect the finish of the wood, it will also bring out the delicious tones in the grain. I don’t need that second brush that I listed for you in the needed supplies. The sealer that I chose is water clean-up. Wahooo! Easy-peasy.

Yesterday was a good day. I learned a great lesson to let things go how they must. I gave my shoulders another day’s rest and I saved some cash letting Kris pick up the ceiling paint after work.

I think today we’ll use what we saved on the paint (and this super, cheap “Magic Tea” stain) and go support one of our local businesses and get some hand-dipped ice cream. YUM!

Keep on the lookout today, folks. Blessings can be found in the every day if you look. Look past your disappointments. Great things are out there. Intentionally look and find yours.

Hugs, friends!

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The Carpet Man

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It’s hard to believe we’re one month into our move–the one that took us 414 miles away from our dream home and 6 1/2 hours away from the friends and family that we hold dear (Mama, aka. Grandma B.😭).

Yikes.

We actually did it. *Gulp*.

We’ve been talking about moving up here for years…but it was just the “dream-talk” we’d spew after vacation the entire ride home, or while we unpacked our new U.P. tees and sweatshirts into our closets. My husband’s job turned our depressed chatter into reality in December 2017 when they flipped our world upside down. The company “cleaned house” and scooped Kris up in the dustpan with all the other managers. Long story made super short–their actions led us here…living full time in the U.P. I shouldn’t give this company full power, however. The might and divinity belongs to our soverign God. This company was just an instrument that God used to bless our lives in the season that they were required to–and they “let go” of my husband when they were asked to. Hindsight…it’s all good and all a part of His plan…and I guess I’m kinda sorry for calling upper management the idiots and jerks that I felt they were. They were just doing what they were told to do…right?  😂

Last month, a new course of life was chosen for us. It’s been a scary, defeating, and exhausting four weeks…yet, oddly exhilarating and exciting. Documenting our journey seems like a good way to keep my head on tight. It feels kind of bobbly and loose these days with so many bickering emotions clamoring for attention…so, here I am…keeping an account on my blog…so I can keep the nuts and bolts tight as I watch the Lord’s plan unfold.

At the month mark, I think we have finally moved past the feeling that we’re on this weird, super-long, hard-working vacation. Our Burlington, Michigan home feels like a far-off memory of order, comfort, and structure. I miss those days, but in our chaos, there is hope that those three traits are just over the hilltop. This hope is in the form of a carpet layer…and hallelujah…

…he’s coming out to measure for our carpet…. today!

I’m sooooo SUPER excited! I’m “Domino’s-pizza-delivery-man”excited! If I wasn’t so tired from all these renovations, I’d be zipping around the house high-fiving the kids and twirling around like a Disney princess with our cats . The carpet man is just one step closer towards my dream of clean feet and happy shins.

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Our current commercial grade carpet has zero pad (notice the delightful paint, ceiling texture, and wallpaper glue patterns that we added?😂). Think the carpet that you see at church or at the dentist’s office. It’s just fine under the soft support of your shoes—but it’s totally not so fine if you are a barefoot goddess with heavy feet. Ouch! I have to do this weird, hobble-walk-thing to the kitchen every morning until my muscles chill out.

The carpet man that is coming out today is our lantern. He’s the happy guide on our dark trail that illuminates the promises of a renewed sense of what we are missing: order, comfort, structure…and happy feet and legs muscles.

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To most, carpet doesn’t mean much. It’s underfoot… it’s under our noses… and it’s something you really don’t notice until it’s just not there.

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Today, the carpet man will be just measuring, but the next time he comes out…

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…he’ll be laying out squishy, clean comfort!!!!

I’m super stoked about the carpet man coming out today. I bet God is, too. This is just one of the many happy surprises He has planned for us in our new life. Sore shins and dirty feet are just a part of the journey. They help us appreciate the soft, comfy spots of our travels when we get there. I can’t wait to see what else He has planned. When I discover it, I’ll let you know. In the meantime, take time to sink your feet in your carpet and thank Him for your comfort today.

HUGS, friends!

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Want to hear MORE of our U.P. adventures? Visit Kelsey on her YouTube channel, With Sisu. Click on the title to visit. Like, comment, and subscribe to keep up to date.

When There Isn’t Much to Know

 

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In a few short days, my family and I will be leaving our comfy farmhouse in the country for a fixer upper in Michigan’s upper peninsula. We’ve been anticipating this 6 ½ hour move for months and now that the time has finally come, my desires have decided to stop getting along. I want to leave; I don’t want to leave. I want fresh and new; I want old and comfortable. I want exploration and adventure; I want familiarity and structure. Cornfields; wilderness. Farmhouse charm; up north ranch…the debate over what I want is pulling me into two opposite directions.

I’m afraid and yet, I’m not afraid—if that makes any sense. I’m afraid to meet new people, find new doctors, and shop at new stores. I’m terrified of the unknowns, but what is balancing out the fear of the unknown is focusing on what I do know—that the U.P. is exactly where the Lord wants us to be. It’s terrifying to give up control, but I know from years of experience that “letting go and letting God” is the ONLY thing that works when it comes to handling my anxiety. Letting go doesn’t come naturally. It takes work to daily turn my fear over to Him. Practicing I Peter 5:7 allows my Father to be the mediator between all my brain’s opposing forces. Sitting back and watching my Daddy work this past year has been exciting. I love his attention to detail in making all our puzzle pieces fit. It’s giving me the strength and courage to handle all the uncertainty that lies ahead. I’m looking forward to the time when I can see the complete picture.

We can have similar fears in our writing, especially when it comes to the unknowns in the historical genre. It’s fun to write—when we have all the facts—but the past can look just as hazy and as uncertain as our futures do and this can yank us in the opposite direction. We get discouraged, we get hammered by “writers block”, and we contemplate tapping-out. How do we go forward when we can’t see the complete picture? How do we finish a project that has as many missing puzzle pieces as a slice of swiss cheese? Our move has been full of life lessons. Let’s see how I can apply it to our writing dilemma.

 

Make It Personal

Over the past few weeks, we have been trying to fit in as many dinner and coffee dates as we can get. We know we will have Facebook and texting to keep in touch with all of our family and friends, but it’s just not the same as being physically present with them. We will miss their sweet faces, their warm hugs, and the sound of their laughter. Nothing beats good, old-fashioned, human contact.

In research, we often forget to step past the Google bar on our phones or laptops. The electronic age has made it easy to hoard information with a few clicks to the mouse and so often, “real” people are overlooked. You can add interesting, personal facts to your story by adding sources who are knowledgeable about what you are writing about. How do you find them? I found mine through simple chit-chat. At a dentist visit, I told my dentist all about my book in between tooth pokes and scrapings. It just so happens the man is an outdoor ninja. The guy is a treasure trove of facts when it comes to the outdoors and natural medicine and he has been extremely helpful in guiding me towards resources of my book’s time era. Don’t be afraid to chat-up your book with the business professionals you run into—even with your scary dentist. You never know—you might find valuable nuggets of information and find that your dentist isn’t all that scary at all.

An obvious and less social way to leave a shout-out for people-in-the-know is Facebook… but have you ever considered Instagram?

White Wolf and the Ash Princess is a modern telling, and it is both cultural and historical. There were many things Google couldn’t tell me about the Native American culture in the seventeenth century.  Much isn’t written, mostly because Native Americans passed down their history verbally. To fill in areas Google failed, I searched Instagram and found help through an Ojibwe artist in Canada. It was scary to reach out to a stranger, but stepping towards the human element gave me a unique look at the culture and people—and I made a new friend.

 

Take It to The Road

My family and I are moving just outside our favorite vacation spot, The Hiawatha National Forest. This forest is largely untouched and it is the inspiration—and setting—of the second half of White Wolf and the Ash Princess. Hours spent hiking the uninhabited woods and kayaking the vacant lakes of my story’s setting helped me to experience what my characters would have. Museums, historical markers, and landmarks are great places to get not only information, but an aesthetic point of view for your story. Consider adding antique stores, flea markets, and artist’s shops for not only artifact inspiration, but also a chance to talk with a store owner who could be a wealth of information. Get out there and do some footwork. Visit places of your stories era to glean more information.

 

Consider A Hybrid

What if there is just no information to be found no matter how hard you look? We have one of two options. A) Find a way around this fact or simply don’t touch it, or B) use creative liberties in the white spaces.

I did hours upon hours of research for White Wolf and the Ash Princess to make it as historically accurate as possible, yet, there were many aspects of the story that were unknown due to the verbal culture of my story. White Wolf is an interesting mixture of historical, fantasy, adventure, romance, and steampunk with a modern sound. I have found that many love this fresh perspective on historical fiction. This type of writing, however, is difficult to categorize—so, I came up with my own sub category. Hybrid History. I think this is a super fun, fresh way to write historical fiction and I don’t have plans to stop.

If your historical fiction piece is giving you fits, try changing up your research. Embrace the knowledge that you have and glean from the people and places around you. Remember, you are also writing a fiction piece. Don’t be afraid to add your own creative spin to the mix. Bob Ross, was an artist who encouraged the world to make their art pieces their own.

“You can do anything you want to do. This is your world.”

~ Bob Ross

Don’t be afraid of the unknowns in your historical fiction. Gather up your facts, talk to those around you, and take a cleansing, deep breath. Historical fiction is fun to write–especially when you give yourself permission to put “you” into it.

 

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Indie e-Con Scavenger Hunt 2018

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Hey! Welcome to my blog and stop #3 on the Indie e-Con scavenger hunt route. Sarah Addison-Fox is here with me to help hand over the third letter to our puzzle. Listen closely, maybe you’ll be lucky enough to hear her announce it in her GORGEOUS New Zealand accent! Take it away, friend.

 

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Author Sarah Addison-Fox

 

Who is Sarah Addison-Fox? What’s she all about eh?

Well stick around on Tammy’s blog and I’ll tell you!

I’m not going to talk about myself in third person though, that’s just weird. I will tell you briefly what I like to write.

I love to read and write action-packed fantasy, with lots of romance and while I publish under Christian Fantasy, I do my best to write with the preach factor set to low.

I write a lot. I even published a short e-book on how I managed to write 10 novels in 13 months. Here’s the linky thing to my Amazon page so you can check out what I’m currently selling.

While you’re there, you may as well take advantage of the May only reduced prices on book one and two of my Allegiance Series.

www.amazon.com/Sarah-Addison-Fox/e/B07564PJHN/

I’m also going to pitch a book launch Facebook Festival while I have your attention. I’m co-launching with Tricia Mingerink, and the gorgeous Serena Chase has agreed to be our guest of honour.

And no, I didn’t spell honour wrong. I live in New Zealand, you know, where the Hobbits live?  We use the Queen’s English thank you very much…

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Where was I, oh that’s right, I was going to give you a clue, that’s what you’re after, isn’t it?

TTFN. (Ta Ta For Now)

​ Sarah Addison-Fox is a New Zealand-born home-schooling mother of two who loves action-packed fantasy with strong heroines. She has an astonishing amount of nail polish, has all her creative writing credentials shoved in a drawer somewhere, and has a husband who, after 27 years, can still make her blush. When she’s not working on her Christian YA fantasy series’, she can be found fangirling on Goodreads or sending GIFs on Twitter.

Instagram: sarahaddisonfox/

Facebook: sarahaddisonfoxfantasyauthor/

Website: http://www.sarahaddisonfox.com

Twitter: @Saddisonfox

Goodreads: Sarah Addison-Fox

Be sure to sign up for Sarah’s Stars Newsletter and receive an exclusive Allegiance Series Short. http://www.sarahaddisonfox.com/sarahs-stars-newsletter-sign-up.html

 

Here’s another peek at the puzzle you need to solve:

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….and the letter from stop #3 is…..

 

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Thanks for stopping! Before you leave, why not give my blog a follow. I’d love to keep in touch with you.

To receive your next letter visit me and my new friend, Kelsey on her blog, Kelsey’s Notebook. For the full list of blogs to visit, head over and see Kendra at Kendra’s Giraffe Crafts.

Off with ya, now. Meet me at Kelsey’s Notebook for your next letter! Happy hunting!

After by Savannah Jezowski

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This book!

I first read After as a beta reader–and I loved it. I read it a second time after revisions and a third after publication–and I loved it both of those times, too.  Savannah Jezowski has a gentle and elegant writing style–and her stories, though edged in darkness, are lit with charm and hope.

On the streets of an ancient city, with creepers wandering at will and a mysterious assassin leaving corpses all over Pandorum, a young Spook with a dark secret will do anything to keep his brothers safe, even from forces that threaten to tear them apart from within. While others are searching for impossible cures from outlawed Spinners, Conrad Ellis III does not believe in fairy tales and miracles. But when he discovers a strange girl with shrouded ties to the Assassin, Eli is forced to leave the streets he loves and travel into the very heart of Pandorum in order to save a member of his family. With his health failing and the danger escalating, there is no escaping the inevitable truth. Today, he may hunt creepers.

 

Tomorrow, he just might be one.

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I have a confession. I don’t read fantasy. *Gasp* Hang on. Before you flog me with the hairs from a unicorn’s tail, let me clarify and say that I do read fantasy… I just don’t read-read it. There’s nothing wrong with fantasy—most of my favorite movies are fantasy-based (When a Monster Calls, Jungle Book, Lord of the Rings…)—it’s just not the area that I have ever hit first in Barnes and Noble. It’s the love and adoration that I have for my fantasy author friends that has taught me to backpack through unfamiliar landscapes, and it’s my love of story—good stories—that gives me the boldness to explore. I know that good stories can come from every genre, and After, by Savannah Jezowski, is one of those good stories.

My backpack didn’t feel heavy at all in the world of After—I hiked happily through it three times—and I didn’t get lost wandering the cobblestone streets of the Neverway. The warm glow of the street lamps, and the clippity-clop of horses’ hooves made reading this fantasy historically familiar. I felt comfortably at home. To me, I was visiting the grimy, Victorian world of Oliver Twist. The first chapter warned me, however, that I would have to watch my step. Orphans aren’t the only ones who zig zag through the streets of the Neverway—the undead do, too. The undead shadows of the Creepers stretch over the story and they give it a thrilling, gloomy dark. They aren’t the focal point of the story, however. It’s the Spinners/Spooks who carry the torches here and light the story.

After is an elegantly, dark Christian allegory that shows the power of our Christ to save. Savannah Jezowski built a strong world with themes important to the Christian walk: friendships, brotherhood, forgiveness, redemption…family…, but where Mrs. Jezowski’s pen has done its best work is the artistic flourishes and swoops she created towards character development. Never have I seen male characters so strong in modern literature. The Outsiders, by S. E. Hinton, will forever be my measuring stick towards proper character sculpting and painting, and Eli (Conrad Ellis the Third), Ivan, and Victor stand as tall as Pony Boy, Darry, and Soda Pop. Eli is hands down my most favorite male in Indie literature. Brooding, strong, sacrificial…Conrad is the masterpiece of After. Ivan, the handsome, lighthearted chatterbox with the cool hat, and Victor, the sweet little brother with the nightmares and mysterious friend, are both brilliant, supporting characters.

It’s hard to believe that After is outside of my usual reading genre. What a wonderful lesson for us all to exercise our reading muscles daily by venturing outside of our preferred world. You may be missing out on a new favorite if you stay inside yours. I know for me, I’m glad I have a broken-in backpack. After will be one that I will take off the shelf to enjoy for years to come.

 

Savannah-Jezowski
Author Savannah Jezowski

 

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