Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Q & A Tag

Hello and Happy Valentine's Day, readers! I hope you all enjoy this day and take time to love on the people around you. ^_^

Quite a time ago, I was tagged by Savannah Grace @ Scattered Scribblings and Ashley Bogner for the Q & A Tag. Sadly, I can't pull up Ashley's blog, so I will just be answering Savannah Grace's questions in this post.
But thank you, both Savannah Grace and Ashley, for tagging me! *smiles*

- The Rules -

Thank the blogger who nominated you
 Answer the questions you were given 
Nominate other bloggers
Write out your ten questions 
Let them know they've been tagged


1. What is a hyped book that you want to read?

Let's see ... amongst the Christian historical-fiction reading community, I've been hearing good things about The Lady and the Lionheart by Joanne Bischof. A lot of people seem to be gushing about it and favorite-ing the couple; and since I've loved the three books (and one novella) that I've read by Joanne Bischof thus far, I'm really excited to get my hands on a copy of The Lady and the Lionheart!

Also, I keep hearing about Can't Help Falling by Kara Isaac from here and there and everywhere. It sounds fantastic too! Fans of Narnia will like it? Count me in! ^_^

2. When/why did you start your blog?

I started A Writer's Heart May 23rd, 2014. Why? Because I wanted to be a part of the reading/blogging/writing community I saw online. Wanted to get my name out there a bit before I started publishing novels. Wanted to write. Wanted to connect. Wanted to share about my love of books. *smiles*

My other blog, Lady Grace ~ A Quiet and Gentle Spirit, I started September of last year. That one I started because I wanted to get into a more regular schedule of posting thoughts on faith and life struggles and that sort of thing.

3. Penguins or puffins? (important questions, people)

Penguins, definitely. *winks*

4. Show us a picture of your bookshelf!

I'm actually visiting my family right now ... and so my poor bookshelf is across the country from me. (I miss my books!!) But I'll share an old video of me in front of my bookshelf! *grins* (Hey, anyone want to see an updated Bookshelf Tour when I get back to my books? Just wondering, haha!)

5. What three songs have you had on repeat lately?

I've actually been in kind of an odd mood for the last couple months, and haven't been listening to much. But three songs I have looked up recently would be:

"Fireflies" by Jessa Anderson

"Forever and Ever Amen" by Randy Travis

"Chain Breaker" by Zach Williams

6. If you could live in one fictional world, which world would it be?

Well, I love the world of E'veria from Serena Chase's EYES OF E'VERIA series. Something about the mix of fantasy and fairy tale is so whimsical and intriguing. Plus ... the characters. <3

7. What are three things on your bucket list?

  • Publish my fantasy novel, Silver Rose.
  • Go on a road trip with friends.
  • Grow closer to Jesus.

8. Share the last sentence you wrote in your WIP.

This is from my third (fourth?) attempt at starting Diamond's Quest, sequel to Silver Rose. My first attempt ended at about fifty pages, and then I decided I needed a different main character. And then I restarted again. And maybe again. And again? I added a new main character just recently, haha, because of changes I made in my last rewrite of Silver Rose. *ahem* Anyway ...

“Skyla. My Skyla, you will find the light just like Karalee did. Even if I cannot, you will find it.” 
- Diamond's Quest by Shantelle Mary Hannu

9. What is the best book you've read this month? What was the worst?

Grace and the Preacher by Kim Vogel Sawyer! It was so sweet! ^_^ My first five-star rating of the year!

And I suppose my worst read would have to be The Dream Dress by Janice Thompson. It just wasn't really my thing.

10. What's a fact about you that other people might be surprised to know?

I've been wheat-free and peanut-free for probably around five years. And I recently became dairy-free, around May of last year. Thus far, I'm finding it the hardest to be dairy-free. I mean, you can't have ice-cream, or strawberry milkshakes, or Greek yogurt, or whip cream, or CHEESE, etc., etc., etc. ... Even most of the chocolate bars and yummy chips have dairy in them. It just seems easier to find substitutes for wheat than for dairy.

Anyway. Sorry for that tirade, haha. It's not that bad. Just takes getting used to.


- I Tag -

Deborah O'Carroll @ The Road of a Writer
LaKaysha @ Calico and Lace
Christine @ Musings of an Elf

- Questions -

1) Favorite book you've read this year?
2) A restaurant you love, and what do you usually order?
3) What's one movie/TV series that has impacted you? Why?
4) Do you prefer cold cereal or oatmeal?
5) Love being with people, or would you rather be a loner?
6) A book cover you love? 
7) What trait do you, personally, think is important for people to have?
8) A favorite thing about blogging?
9) What's one wish of your heart?
10) Could you share about three blessings (big or small) that have touched your day?


Well, that's that! Hope you all enjoyed and have a blessed rest of your day! <3


  1. Thanks so much for tagging me! I know I'm gonna have loads of fun doing it! =D

    Ooh! Randy Travis!! I see him and I just want to hug him! He's like family here in this house. ;D

    1. You're welcome, Daminika! I hope you did! I loved your post! :) :)

      Haha, he's pretty cool, hey? I just love that song! :D

  2. This was so fun to read! And, oh man, I know the struggles of being dairy-free! Well...I UNDERSTAND the struggles. I haven't had to be dairy-free myself, but my brother is allergic to milk and it's SO hard. Things you couldn't imagine would have milk DO. It feels like every food on the planet has milk! It's craziness! So yes, I sympathize with you there.

    I'm so honored you would tag me. Thank you so much! <3

    1. Thanks, Christine! :)

      Ah, yes it is crazy!! Things like going out to eat are suddenly so much more complicated!

      Aw, you're welcome! <3

  3. Happy Valentines Day! :)

    This was interesting to read! I hadn't been on in a while so it was nice to come on again. I've never had to go dairy-free and am SO thankful of that. My mom is, though, and, yes, it's hard!

    Thanks for tagging me!! :D

    1. Thanks, Emily! :)

      So glad you enjoyed! Yes, dairy is just a hard thing to be off of! I think it gets a little easier once you get used of it.

      You're very welcome! :D

  4. Happy (late) Valentine’s Day, Shantelle! :)
    I had fun reading your answers to these questions.
    Oh, I’d enjoy seeing an updated bookshelf tour sometime! :)
    Gluten free and dairy free can definitely be hard. Especially dairy free. I know what you mean, gluten free is much easier to find substitutes for. ;)

    1. Thank you, Rebekah! :)

      Ooh, glad you enjoyed! Wonderful - I really hope I can do another tour as soon as I get back to my books! :D

      YES! You wouldn't think so, but now being off both dairy and wheat, it seems dairy-free is just harder!