On The Wings of A Dream {Blog Tour}

Hi everyone! I’m so excited to be participating in Enni’s blog tour for her new blog, On The Wings of A Dream.


I think both her header and her button are beautiful. Take a look for yourself!

Here is her button. Don’t forget to swap with her!


A few things about Enni:

  • She is a great friend.
  • She is a great writer.
  • She loves horses.
  • She is homeschooled.
  • She is a Christian.
  • She likes photography.

She is an awesome person, so if I were you, I’d go check out her blog right now! 🙂 (well, after the interview)


The Interview:

Enni’s writing is in blue-green aqua color and my questions are in bold. I also have comments after some of her answers which are in italics.

– Was it hard for you to give up something about horses in your blog title?

Yes, it was. ☹ I was going to do something like “Riding in a Dream” but then it wouldn’t be related to writing, and since I’m not an official horse rider, I didn’t think that I had a right to say that. 😛

Hehe, fair enough!

– Is your new blog, “On The Wings of A Dream” still going to include horse posts?

Oh, yes, DEFINITELY. 😃 I have many ideas for some!

YAY!

– Do you have exciting plans for us in the future? If not, that’s okay. What do you hope “On The Wings of A Dream” will become and mean to people?

YES! But I’m not sharing them. 😝I think…I hope that it will be a place that people can enjoy God-honoring writing, and I also hope that it will just be a sort of nice, clean, refuge from the other bad parts of the internet.

I’m excited! 😉 😜 Yeah, that’s a good answer.

– Why “On The Wings of A Dream”?

Hmm, Scribbling on a Dream got the highest votes on my poll, but somehow, it mysteriously transformed into On the Wings of a Dream. XD Not too helpful, I know. 😝

Haha. Well, I think I like On the Wings of a Dream better anyway. 😉

– How long have you been wanting to start a new blog?

About…I created it in September, so three months?​

– Did it take you a long time to settle on a name?

I think so, yes!

(Like me! I’m so indecisive. XD)

– Why do you blog? What motivates you to do it?

I blog because I like to share my thoughts and spread happiness to the world. 😀 Hmm…I am honestly not sure!

Good answer! 🙂

– What is your biggest pet peeve about blogging?

When I accidentally publish a page instead of a post. 😡

UGH. YES.

– What is your favourite thing about blogging?

Probably getting to meet all these awesome people – including you! 😃 Also, thanks to Allison’s Etsy Shop that’s on her blog, she, Megan and I have now become pen pals – blogging has really just opened up a new world to me!

Aw, it was awesome to meet you as well! You’re such a great blogging friend. 😊 💗

– Do you have anything special planned for Christmas on your blog?

Yes, I do – however, that’s a secret for now. 😊

😉

– Last question: What bloggers inspire you?

You, Allison, Megan, Madi…

Aw, that’s so sweet of you to say! And yes, those blogger are very awesome. 😊

Thank you so much for the questions! 😃

Thank YOU for doing this with me, Enni! Congrats again on your new blog!!

 >> CLICK ME TO GO TO ON THE WINGS OF A DREAM<<

~ Zielle

p.s I have a very important choir performance soon, so wish me luck!

 

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What I Actually Read In The Month of September

At the start of the month, I wrote a post saying what books I wanted to read/review last month. Let’s see how I did!

I read completely different books than to what I said I would read; let me tell you that.

 

I didn’t read as much as I’d wanted to, and as you can see, it is VERY much different to my to-read list on my September Reads post! XD My older sister could read 13 books in 1 or 2 days!

Next month, I’m going to try and…

  • Read 15 books
  • Review at least 5 books, including my ARC’s
  • Read 2 classics
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I think I’ve read about five of all the thousands of old books we have
  • Read The Green Ember
  • Ask for at least 3 books to review
  • Get a paperback book #desperation

Let’s see how I do at the end of the month! 😉

Do you have any books you are planning to read/review this month? Have you read any of the books I read?

Happy reading!

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Author Interview with Lydia Howe {Where Dandelions Grow Blog Tour}

Hello everyone! Two days ago, I posted a review of WDG by Lydia Howe. As part of her book launch, I’m doing an author interview with her about WDG.

My questions are in bold, her answers are in normal font, and if I reply, it’ll be in italics. Enjoy!


What/who inspired you to write Where Dandelions Grow?

It was a warm May afternoon in 2012, and I was sitting out under a canopy at my cousin Alexa’s High School graduation party. Another cousin, Aubrey, was playing her cello in a string quartet, and boom, the beginning of Where Dandelions Grow was born. 

Wow cool! It’s interesting to know that WDG is kinda based of your real life! 🙂

What is your favourite quote from the book?

“Dandelions have always been, to me, a symbol of my hopes and dreams. They’re resilient – some of the earliest flowers in spring, some of the latest in the autumn. They endure being crushed underfoot, only to rise again and share their beauty with others.”

That’s my favorite one as well! Along with this one:

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Who is your favourite character from the book?

Mrs. Reed is for sure one of them, but I also like seeing the relationship between Katie and Darren – two of Mrs. Reed’s twenty-something grandkids. Darren isn’t in the book much, but his appearances amuse me. Everyone needs someone like them in their life. 

I love Mrs. Reed! I would love to have her in my life.

How many times have you read Where Dandelions Grow?

Goodness! I should probably keep track of these things, but I don’t generally think about it in time. This book didn’t take quite as much editing as some of my other books have, so probably less than a dozen times. 

How long did it take you to write this book?

The writing process of this book was pretty fast – only forty days. And then came the editing process which was quite a bit longer. After that though, I ended up shelving the book for several years due to a few slight issues. So, I actually wrote the book over five years ago. 

Interesting!

What is a technique you use when developing your characters that you’d like to share with us?

The characters are by no means echoes of my cousins, but each one of the four cousins share some characteristics between me, my sister, and our two cousins who we grew up with. Therefore, it was a lot easier than normal to come up with unique individuals. 

My biggest writing technique for character development is to brainstorm and develop characters in my head as I go about my daily chores. That way I get to the point where I know them really well before I even start writing their story. 

Thanks for sharing that!

Thank you for your questions, Zielle! I had fun answering them. 🙂 

You’re welcome. Thank you for doing the interview with me, and best of luck with your book! 🙂


Don’t forget to review the book and enter the giveaway! Three remaining days to enter.

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Where Dandelions Grow by Lydia Howe {Blog Tour} {UPDATED}

Hello, hello!

I’m so excited to be here. Today I will be reviewing Where Dandelions Grow by Lydia Howe.


Title: Where Dandelions Grow

Author: Lydia Howe

Genre/s: Christian fiction

Content: 0/5. No content that I can think of. It mentions that two people are dating, but that’s it.

Age-range: All ages!

Overall rating: 4.5/5

Source: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.


Cousins are forever, or at least they’re supposed to be. 

What happens when your world falls apart and your dreams are mocked by those closest to you? 

Destiny’s idyllic childhood full of laughter and cousins abruptly ended when her mom uprooted the family to move them across the country with strict instructions to never talk about Swallow Ridge again. Eleven years later Destiny moves back to her hometown, determined to find her cousins… and answers. 

Plagued by generations of bitterness and manipulation, Destiny hides her life-long goal – unwilling to let anyone else trample her fragile dreams. But living in the cozy town full of dandelions teaches Destiny there’s more to life than what she’s been taught. 

Is it possible Swallow Ridge not only holds the answers Destiny so intensely searches for, but also the hope?

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Wow. This was beautiful. It took my a while to read it, due to no action, but this was an awesome book worth reading.

Plot 4.5/5

The plot was well on track, well developed, and beautiful. I loved the message it depicted; of hope, forgiveness, and letting go of the past to ‘take the higher road’ (WDG, Lydia Howe).

There were some parts that were a bit ‘meh’ to me, though.

And the ending. Wow! It was just beautiful.

Characters 4/5

I liked the characters, and the cousins relationships were sweet. But sometimes they were too sweet it became cheesy and their dialogue sometimes unrealistic.

Even though the book was written in first person, I couldn’t fully connect with Destiny. I don’t think anything would’ve changed if it were written in third person.

I really loved Mrs. Reed. The way she taught; she wasn’t preachy which was great. I loved the talk she had with Destiny. She is someone I would LOVE to have in my life. This is something that Mrs. Reed said that I loved:

Writing 4.5/5

The writing is simple, yet beautiful and the wisdom in it made me smile.

Overall 4.8/5

This book is full of wisdom. I don’t think I have ever read a book that has spoken to me this much, and made me smile so much at the end. And my favorite chapter is chapter 9. 😉

The 2% off the 5 stars is because of the lack of action that I usually enjoy reading. It’s not such a big deal, it’s just that it took me longer to read.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed christian fiction, books about hope, forgiveness and DANDELIONS.

I also absolutely LOVED the name Swallow Ridge! ❤

*I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I was not required to post a positive review.*

About The Author

Lydia Howe (aka Aidyl Ewoh) is a twenty-something adventurous author who is partial to hiking in the mountains of Asia and South America, building life-size models of dinosaurs, taking road trips across Europe, visiting friends in Africa, growing up in a barn and everything in-between. She currently works in a coffee shop during the day and concocts stories by night. Find her online at her Blog, YoutubeFacebookTwitterGoodreads, and Google+

Lydia Howe is also hosting a giveaway! If you win, you will get a $25 amazon gift card. How awesome is that?

>> ENTER THE GIVEAWAY! <<

Be sure to buy the book and enter the giveaway! I’m sure Lydia would appreciate it. 🙂

Comment below and help celebrate with Lydia! Share her book on social media, and comment down below your favorite quote from WDG that I included in this post.

Stay tuned for an author interview with Lydia Howe on September 30, and check out her blog to find the other reviews in the tour.

You can buy the book for only $0.99 on Amazon!

Don’t forget to review the book in Goodreads and Amazon. Reviewing books on Amazon really helps the author.

Thanks so much!

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Where Dandelions Grow by Aidyl Ewoh {COVER REVEAL!}

Hi fellow book lovers!

I am pleased to announce that Lydia Howe (aka Aidyl Ewoh) has released her final cover for her book; Where Dandelions grow, which I will be reviewing in her blog tour. Congratulations, Lydia!! There is also a giveaway at the end of this post, so read on to find out about it!

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Cousins are forever, or at least they’re supposed to be. 

What happens when your world falls apart and your dreams are mocked by those closest to you? 

Destiny’s idyllic childhood full of laughter and cousins abruptly ended when her mom uprooted the family to move them across the country with strict instructions to never talk about Swallow Ridge again. Eleven years later Destiny moves back to her hometown, determined to find her cousins… and answers. 

Plagued by generations of bitterness and manipulation, Destiny hides her life-long goal – unwilling to let anyone else trample her fragile dreams. But living in the cozy town full of dandelions teaches Destiny there’s more to life than what she’s been taught. 

Is it possible Swallow Ridge not only holds the answers Destiny so intensely searches for, but also the hope?


GIVEAWAY: CLICK HERE!

 

So comment down below and help me celebrate with Lydia. Look out for an author interview with Lydia and a review of her book. Also, check out her blog HERE!

Where Dandelions Grow is being released as an e-book on September 26th. Pre-Order your copy today for just $0.99! Find the book on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Where-Dandelions-Grow-Lydia-Howe-ebook/dp/B0753JSDBS/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1503660423&sr=1-1&keywords=Where+Dandelions+Grow


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Blog Tour Part One: The Dressmaker’s Secret – Kellyn Roth (Book Review)

Hi guys! My “first review” here. I’m putting it in quotation marks coz’ I’m just re-blogging this from my personal blog (CLICKY DA LINKY! It leads to what it says). 😛 But, I hope you enjoy this. Currently, I don’t have a review system I’m sticking to (like the way I will structure all my reviews), because the one I’m using in this post is sort of copying Kellyn’s system from ReveriesReviews (great review blog, btw), and I want it to be different. So I’m working on it, and if you have any ideas, please don’t hesitate to let me know! 🙂

My Homeschool Notebook

*UPDATED 1/07/2017*

Hi everybody and you probably know that Kellyn Roth is hosting a blog tour for her first two books in the Alice And Ivy Chronicles: book 1, The Dressmaker’s Secret and book 2, Ivy Introspective. I am reviewing Ivy Introspective in a separate post that I will link RIGHT HERE, so be sure to check that out as soon as you finish this. 🙂 Let’s dive right in!

Review of The Dressmaker’s Secret

Rating: 4/5 stars

Age range: 12+

Era/setting: Late 1800’s

Genre: Christian historical fiction and romance

Source: was given in exchange for an honest review

You can find it at: AmazonGoodreadsBarnes&NoblesCreatespace, Kobo, iBooks, and Inktera

Blurb:

After a revealing conversation with the first children of her age she’s ever met, curious eight-year-old Alice Chattoway realizes that one ought to have a father … and she…

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