Thursday, March 23, 2017

Cover Candy Fun

Time for cover candy! Which ones are your favorites? I've not read by most of these authors (just Melissa Tagg and Mesu Andrews) ... have you? If so, what did you think?


To Win a Lady's Heart by Sian Ann Bessey

Published: November 1st, 2016


The False Prophet {Stonegate #2} by Harry James Fox

Published: January 15th, 2017


Tea Shop Folly by Carrie Fancett Pagels

Published: March 2nd, 2017


With Love, Wherever You Are by Dandi Daley Mackall

Published: March 7th, 2017


A Rose So Fair {Flowers of Eden #3} by Myra Johnson

Expected Publication: April 4th, 2017



Expected Publication: April 2017


A Broken Kingdom {Order of the Moonstone #5} by JC Morrows

Expected Publication: May 2017


The Girl Who Could See by Kara Swanson

Expected Publication: June 1st, 2017


Grounded Hearts by Jeanne M. Dickson

Expected Publication: June 13th, 2017


All This Time {Walker Family #3} by Melissa Tagg

Expected Publication: August 2017


Loving Luther by Allison Pittman

Expected Publication: September 1st, 2017


Before She Ignites {Fallen Isles Trilogy #1} by Jodi Meadows

Expected Publication: September 26th, 2017


Isaiah's Daughter by Mesu Andrews

Expected Publication: October 3rd, 2017


Love Held Captive {A Lone Star Hero's Love Story #3} by Shelley Shepard Gray

Expected Publication: October 10th, 2017


Masquerade by Kimberly A. Rogers

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The Green Ember {The Green Ember #1} by S.D. Smith

Published: December 12th, 2014


The Black Star of Kingston {The Green Ember #0.5} by S.D. Smith

Published: July 13th, 2015


Ember Falls {The Green Ember #2} by S.D. Grimm

Published: September 13th, 2016

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Book Sale #2!

So, since my book sale of last year(?), I've added seven new books to the list of books I'm needing to part with! *winks*

If you're interested in any of the books featured below, please comment and let me know! I'm selling them for about $6 each, FREE shipping. Paypal works for a payment method.

I use bubble-wrap envelopes to ship. If you buy a bunch of books, I'll box them up and ship via media mail - and shipping will be cheaper for me, so I can probably give you a better deal.

If you think your friends would like any of these books, let them know about this sale! I would really like all these books to go!

Email me at: swordmaidenofthelight (at) gmail (dot) com

My Youtube video is causing problems here on the blog, so you watch it directly on Youtube.com ...here's a link: BOOK UNHAUL/SALE:

***NOTE: Thunder by Bonnie S. Calhoun and Remnants: Season of Glory by Lisa T. Bergren have already sold***

Books Not Featured in Video:


Swift by R.J. Anderson - Good Condition (there's a mark on the front cover & some creasing. Pages all intact and clean.)


Esther: Royal Beauty by Angela Hunt - Very Good Condition


The Prayer of Jabez by Bruce Wilkinson - Very Good Condition

Sunday, March 12, 2017

The Tag of Happiness ... Once Again

Hey all! Going to be doing another tag today. So I was tagged by Emily @ Living Through Jesus for The Tag of Happiness! I've already done this tag, but that was awhile ago ... so why not do it again? *smiles* Thank you, Emily, for tagging me!



Some movies that make me happy



Some books that make me happy

Buttermilk Sky by Jan Watson // Starflower by Anne Elisabeth Stengl // Roses for Mama by Janette Oke  // Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson // Samara's Peril by Jaye L. Knight // Courting Morrow Little by Laura Frantz // Entwined by Heather Dixon // Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls // Cinderella's Dress by Shonna Slayton // Ashburn by Julia Erickson // Millie's Grand Adventure by Martha Finley (Kersten Hamilton) // Love Me Tender by Janice Hanna // The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson


Some songs that make me happy

"Good Fight" by Unspoken // "Sparrows" by Jason Gray // "When You Say Nothing At All" by Allison Krauss // "My Lighthouse" by Rend Collective // "Trust in You" by Lauren Daigle // "Words" by Hawk Nelson // "Children of the Living God" by Fernando Ortega // "Fireflies" by Jessa Anderson









Some foods that make me happy

Sweet Potato Fries // Fruit Smoothie // Chocolate // Banana Pancakes // Wacky Cake // Mangoes // Beef Stew // Chocolate Oatmeal // Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Some words that make me happy

Jesus // Redeemed // Chosen // Exquisite // New // Darling // Hope // Bookish // Passion // Heaven // Life // Friendship // Pure // Imagine // Inspire // Incandescently // Joy

Some other things that make me happy

Chick-fil-A // People // Books // BookTube Channels // Conversation // Laughter // Bookshelves // Baby Snuggles // Connecting

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There you have it! ^_^ As for tagging, I tag anyone who wants to do this tag! Leave me the link to your "Tag of Happiness" post in the comments below so I can read it!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Sharing a Post from Lady Grace

Just sharing the latest post from my other blog, Lady Grace: A Quiet & Gentle Spirit. (This blog is where I write my inspirational posts on faith and the like.)

I talk about something that has been very heavy on my heart, share some awesome Bible verses, and a couple lovely songs.

"Idols and Sin" from Lady Grace

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Book Review: The Firethorn Crown by Lea Doue


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Title: The Firethorn Crown

Author: Lea Doue

Series: Firethorn Chronicles #1

Genre: Fantasy/Fairy Tale Retelling

Audience: Young Adult

ABOUT THE BOOK

Princess Lily, the eldest of twelve sisters and heir to a mighty kingdom, desperately seeks a break from her mother's matchmaking. Tradition forbids marriage with the man Lily loves, so she would rather rule alone than marry someone who only wants the crown.

Fleeing an overzealous suitor, Lily stumbles into a secret underground kingdom where she and her sisters encounter a mysterious sorcerer-prince and become entangled in a curse that threatens the safety of her family and her people. Lily can free them, but the price for freedom may be more than she's willing to pay.

The Firethorn Crown, a re-imagining of "The Twelve Dancing Princesses," is the first in the Firethorn Chronicles, a series of stand-alone novels inspired by fairy tales and other stories. Follow the sisters on their adventures in a land where sorcery is feared, women can rule, and dragons fly.

~ MY REVIEW ~
**5 stars**

Eeeeeee! I loved it! SO MUCH!

You all know how much I love retellings of The Twelve Dancing Princesses, right? Well, I realized I've read eight retellings of this classic fairy tale, and The Firethorn Crown by Lea Doue definitely ranks as one of my favorites. (It actually reminded me somewhat of Entwined by Heather Dixon, which is my favorite The Twelve Dancing Princesses retelling fairy tale of all time!)

Lily is the crown princess of Ituria, a land filled with dragons (big and small), overeager suitors, eleven younger sisters, and sometimes, unfortunately, ... sorcery. In hopes of evading a particularly annoying admirer, Lily and her sisters stumble into a dark trap that not only threatens their entire kingdom, but also further ensures that Lily cannot marry the secret love of her heart.

Fantasy mixed with fairy tale is perfection. Dragons and princesses? Excitement, action, and tender romance? Yes, please! ^_^ I loved the fantastical kingdom of Ituria and the twelve endearing sisters! Lily was sweet and brave and lovely ... trying to do the right thing amidst brutal circumstances. She does her best to be strong, and also realizes that oftentimes we need our family and friends to stand alongside us. All the younger sisters were interesting and humorous and cute. I just adore tales like this! One of the reasons I love The Twelve Dancing Princesses so much must be because of all those sisters! (I'm an eldest sister myself ... have four younger sisters.) So yes, I just related to Lily in some ways and loved her character!

In fact, all the characters in The Firethorn Crown were delightful! Excepting the villain and some of the overeager admirers, that is. Three young men in particular, (you'll know who they are) were completely lovable and perfect and endearing and sweet and strong and protective! *all the heart eyes* I love these big brotherly characters who care so tenderly for the twelve sisters! It simply delights my heart.

Yes, yes. Can't say enough for these lovely fictional peoples. Fantastic job, Lea Doue, in your character-creating and world building! I was swept away ... kept on the edge of my seat ... intrigued and breathless ... muchly concerned for my dear characters ... and finally, satisfied and happy! ^_^ And, I had to chuckle many a time! *grins*

There was no Christian allegory/symbolism to speak of, but Lea Doue is a Christian and I felt there weren't any elements to be concerned about in her book. Besides some edgy gowns that the sisters are forced to wear, and sorcery being wielded by the villain (who also gets a little too close to Lily—but no kissing), I have no other cautions. I would recommend to middle to older teens and adults who enjoy this type of book.

I am utterly intrigued by this tale, and can't wait to continue the FIRETHORN CHRONICLES with The Midsummer Captives!

Lea Doue, you offically have another fan! Thank you for writing such amazing fairy tale stories!

Book Review: Love Me Tender by Janice Hanna


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Title: Love Me Tender

Author: Janice Hanna

Series: When I Fall In Love

Genre: Historical

Audience: Young Adult

ABOUT THE BOOK

As "Love Me Tender" plays in the background, Debbie Carmichael determines to salvage her family's restaurant, Sweet Sal's Soda Shoppe, when her father's health fails. Teen heartthrob Bobby Conrad agrees to perform at a fundraiser concert. But just two weeks before the highly publicized event, Bobby backs out of the benefit.

Enter Johnny Hartman, a young, unknown singer to take Conrad's place. Debbie soon realizes the twists and turns leading up to the concert are divinely orchestrated. And it isn't dreamy Bobby Conrad who has stolen her heart—but the tender love of Johnny Hartman.

~ MY REVIEW ~
**5 stars**

This book was so cute, I think it deserves five stars! ^_^ I don't read much books from this era, but it is certainly enchanting! From poodle skirts and Sweet Sal milkshakes to starlets and Elvis Presley's "Love me Tender", this book made me feel bubbly and smiley. It just has a captivating touch.

Journeying with budding star singer Johnny and small-town waitress Debbie was extremely fun. I got the inside scoop on all the "Hollywood Heartthrobs" from back then; and also watched these two, dreamy young people realize what was truly most important in star-crowded California.

Not a novel to miss! Love Me Tender was like going to the beach with a strawberry milkshake and watching an era passed play before your eyes.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Book Review: King's Blood by Jill Williamson


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Title: King's Blood

Author: Jill Williamson

Series: The Kinsman Chronicles #2

Genre: Fantasy

Audience: Adult

ABOUT THE BOOK

Jill Williamson's Fantasy Saga Continues!

In the second volume of Jill Williamson's Kinsman Chronicles, a remnant has escaped the destruction of the Five Realms and now lives on several hundred ships adrift at sea. As a flock, they sail north into the unknown in hopes of finding land that might become their new home.

As the king's illness worsens, Sar Wilek takes authority over the expedition and struggles to rule the disjointed people, while assassination attempts, vicious serpents, and dark magic endanger his life.

One prophecy has come to pass, but another looms dauntingly in the future. Who is this Deliverer? And if the Magonians have him, what might that mean for the realm of Armania?

~ MY REVIEW ~
**5 stars**

King's Blood releases into the world, as epic and complex as book one in THE KINSMAN CHRONICLES by Jill Williamson. I can't tell you how excited I was for this book—to return to the amazing characters and incredible fantasy world. Holding this enormous, thick, beautiful novel in my hands at last was like, ah, perfection! *grins*

But oh, my heart is bleeding ...

Brothers Wilek and Trevn, and all the other survivors of the Five Woes, have taken to the seas. They live day by day upon ships, searching for land while evading attacks from those who wish evil upon the royal family.

This book is thick, and the story has such depth, so it took me awhile to get through it. But I loved every moment of it! It was so delightful to return to its pages. As I read King's Blood in the quietness of night, I fell into the tale, feeling as though I were walking about the ships with Wilek ... laughing at Trevn and Mielle ... slightly freaked out over Charlon and all her crazy schemes. I don't know—it just swept me away.

I must say, I've come to quite love Lady Zeorah. Her story with Charlon ... heart-wrenching! I think I cried. Charlon, you better have taken something away from that wretched situation! Turn to Arman! Hinck, the spy, was interesting to read about. I was very nervous for him at times! Oh, and the prophetess! She continues to intrigue me.
Wilek and Trevn are, of course, my two favorites when it comes to the POV characters. And I adore Lady Zeorah and Mielle (though I don't believe the story is ever told from their point of view). The two romances blossomed so sweetly! Ah, I loved those bits so much! Wilek and Trevn's romantic relationships differed from each other, but they were both so uniquely beautiful. I especially adore Trevn and Mielle together. ^_^ Just can't say enough about those two romances. *wink*

Which brings me to my bleeding heart!! Not to give away spoilers, but that ending tore at my heart. Peoples, it brought tears to my eyes. Ultimately beautiful, but oh so hurtful.
King's Blood brings not just a few shocks and tragedies.

It was definitely fun to see similarities between this book and the BLOOD OF KINGS series by Jill Williamson. Since King's Folly and King's Blood's characters are the ancestors of the characters from the BLOOD OF KINGS series, we start to see familiar things pop up in this book, such as bloodvoicing, a gift to those of royal blood. Anyway, it was very neat, and I look forward to reading more!

I also loved how this whole tale mirrors the account of Noah and the flood from The Bible; or the Israelites being led out of Egypt, looking for a new land; or even the early settlers of America. Loved it!

Jill Williamson does such an amazing job with her descriptions. You can picture everything; the details sweep you away into this captivating world. And speaking of worlds, Mrs. Williamson also does fantastic world building! And crafts incredible, complex, interesting, real characters! Eep! I have not read many novels that tug me into their pages like these ones.

So many things happened! Personally, and in the big scope of things. Some happenings thrilled me ... other incidents horrified. Still more broke my heart. But overall, I can say King's Blood was an epic fantasy—a thrilling journey from beginning to end. I can hardly wait for the third book to make its way to my hands! (At least a cover, please? *winks*)

As a cautionary note, King's Blood is definitely for an adult audience. There are a few mature elements, though tastefully done. A fair amount of violence and gruesomeness throughout the book.
The biggest thing would be that the villains wield dark magic, sometimes doing spells and whatnot. Most of the time Jill Williamson doesn't detail this too much. The good people have a range of gifts, given to them by Arman (the one true deity in this fantasy world—represents God), one of them being bloodvoicing. There are also "root children", who have special abilities. All of it felt in its right context to me (there is a clear line between "light" and "darkness") but if you are uncomfortable with fantasy magic, this may not be a book for you.

I received a copy of King's Blood from Bethany House Publishers.