Monday, August 12, 2019

Amanda Tero Post #3



About the Tour
The clock is ticking until the release of “Protecting the Poor!” This is the third and final month of Tales of Faith 3-month tour. We’ve spent a month on “Befriending the Beast,” a month on “The Secret Slipper,” and now, are looking at a month digging into “Protecting the Poor”—the history behind it, behind-the-scenes of writing and editing, the messages threaded through it, and more. Amanda will link to each blog on With a Joyful Noise, so check in every week and see what blogs have a special Tales of Faith feature!


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(stay tuned for my review of Protecting the Poor on the 31st)




How Much of Robin Hood is History?
As a kid, I thought Robin Hood was a historical figure. Well… then I grew up. And got much wiser. And crushed my childhood fantasies. Because I realized it was just a tale. Not quite a fairytale, but definitely a tale.
If you think about it, though, even fictionalized stories have an element of truth (I mean, consider nursery rhymes—they’re more than just “cute little ditties” because of their political inferences). So, I do believe that Robin Hood has historical elements, even though the ballads and tales have skewered the original accuracy. There are many historical characters from which a Robin Hood character could have been generated. King David in the Old Testament. Eustace the Monk. Fulk FitzWarin. The list can go on of historical figures who were outlawed, lived in the forest, fought against the injustice of nobility (or, some stories, just fought against authority).
Robin Hood first appeared in historical recordings as early as mid-1300s. Many refer to “Robin Hood and the Monk” (an originally untitled piece) as one of the first ballads of Robin Hood. It is 92 stanzas long, so I’ll just share the first two (read the full ballad here):
        
In somer, when the shawes be sheyne,
And leves be large and long,
Hit is full mery in feyre foreste
To here the foulys song,
To se the dere draw to the dale,
And leve the hilles hee,
And shadow hem in the leves grene,
Under the grene wode tre.

Throughout the ages, Robin Hood has been known as Robin des Bois, Robehood, Rabunhod, Robyn Hode, Hobbehod, Robert Hod and many other variations of “Robert” and “Hood.” Though historians cannot prove his existence, there is a traditional grave for him in Yorkshire. Some insist that Robin Hood never existed but was, more or less, imagined for bedtime stories for the wee ones.
What do you think? Did a Robin Hood likely exist? If so, do you think he was more culprit or hero?
If your Robin Hood addiction (ahem… fascination) wants to learn more about the tales, ballads, and historical elements, here are some great websites to check out:


About Amanda

Amanda Tero began her love for words at a young age—reading anything she could get her hands on and penning short stories as young as age eight. Since graduation, she has honed her writing skills by dedicated practice and study of the writing craft. She began her journey of publication with a few short stories that she had written for her sisters and continued to add to her collection with other short stories, novellas, and novels. It is her utmost desire to write that which not only pleases her Lord and Savior, but also draws the reader into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.



Saturday, August 10, 2019

"The Secret Slipper" by Amanda Tero --Book Review

About the Book  

Being a cripple is only the beginning of Lia’s troubles. It seems as if Bioti’s goal in life is to make Lia as miserable as possible. If Lia’s purpose is to be a slave, then why did God make her a cripple? How can He make something beautiful out of her deformity? Raoul never questioned the death of his daughter until someone reports her whereabouts. If Ellia is still alive, how has she survived these ten years with her deformity? When Raoul doesn’t know who to trust, can he trust God to keep Ellia safe when evidence reveals Bioti’s dangerous character? As time brings more hindrances, will Raoul find Ellia, or will she forever be lost to the father she doesn't even know is searching for her?


My Thoughts

"The Secret Slipper" follows "Befriending the Beast" (Raoul going to see his brother the king takes place shortly before the end of the first book). I loved this retelling. At first I was thinking that it was going to be a Rapunzel retelling, but then realized it was a different twist on Cinderella and her step mother and step sisters. This was a very quick read, but it didn't feel short. A lot of story is packed into the book. I found it interesting that the prince of the story was the father and not a love interest. I loved the faith element in the book and that the Gospel message was clearly given. I look forward to reading more from Amanda Tero.

About the Author 


Amanda Tero is a homeschool graduate who desires to provide God-honoring, family-friendly reading material. She has enjoyed writing since before ten years old, but it has only been since 2013 that she began seriously pursuing writing again - starting with some short stories that she wrote for her sisters as a gift. Her mom encouraged her to try selling the stories she published, and since then, she has begun actively writing short stories, novellas, and novels.

If something she has written draws an individual into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ, it is worth it!

"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding." (Proverbs 3:5)

Connect with Amanda
Email: amandaterobooks@gmail.com
Website: amandatero.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/amandaterobooks
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/amandateroauthor/
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/truthpicsart/
Blog: www.withajoyfulnoise.blogspot.com
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/AmandaTero
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/author/amandatero




"The Secret Slipper" is available in paperback:
  • Series: Tales of Faith
  • Paperback: 164 pages
  • Publisher: ARTStudios (May 1, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1942931239
  • ISBN-13: 978-1942931232
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches


and in Kindle edition:
  • File Size: 3205 KB
  • Print Length: 166 pages
  • Publication Date: May 25, 2017
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B071R5859Y

Thursday, August 8, 2019

"Befriending the Beasts" by Amanda Tero -- Book Review

About the Book

Belle has returned unannounced to the castle to restore her relationship with the king, her father. Her hopes are dashed with the devastating message: "The king refuses to see you." Convinced that God has led her home, she is unwilling to return to Lord and Lady Kiralyn. Time is running out for the decision that will change her life. When tragedy strikes, will she and her father be pulled further apart or knit together? Could she stay at the castle even if she will never see her father again?



My Thoughts

This was a quick and easy read. I enjoyed the setting in medieval times. The twist of the Beast not being a romantic interest to Belle was unique. I found the story to be well written and that it flowed easily. I really liked the spiritual element of the story and how the Gospel message was clearly given.




About the Author 


Amanda Tero is a homeschool graduate who desires to provide God-honoring, family-friendly reading material. She has enjoyed writing since before ten years old, but it has only been since 2013 that she began seriously pursuing writing again - starting with some short stories that she wrote for her sisters as a gift. Her mom encouraged her to try selling the stories she published, and since then, she has begun actively writing short stories, novellas, and novels.

If something she has written draws an individual into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ, it is worth it!

"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding." (Proverbs 3:5)

Connect with Amanda
Email: amandaterobooks@gmail.com
Website: amandatero.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/amandaterobooks
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/amandateroauthor/
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/truthpicsart/
Blog: www.withajoyfulnoise.blogspot.com
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/AmandaTero
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/author/amandatero


"Befriending the Beast" is available in paperback:

  • Series: Tales of Faith
  • Paperback: 164 pages
  • Publisher: ARTStudios (May 1, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1942931239
  • ISBN-13: 978-1942931232
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches

and Kindle edition:

  • File Size: 3439 KB
  • Print Length: 108 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: September 30, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01L2IDEUQ


Sunday, August 4, 2019

"Jessie and James" by Jennifer Beckstrand -- Book Review, Blog Tour, and Giveaway

About the Book

Book: Jessie and James
Author: Jennifer Beckstrand
Genre: Western Historical Inspirational Romance
Release Date: July 24, 2019
BECKSTRAND_Jessie _JamesJessie Madsen has her hands full helping her parents run their small farm and boarding house while every fortune-seeker in the country seems to be flocking to her small town in search of gold. It’s bad enough that claim jumpers won’t quit trespassing on her property, but geologist James Kelsey, mildly intriguing and surprisingly handsome for an Easterner, seems more interested in her than the mining business. Jessie is certain she doesn’t have the time or the need for a man, and after getting her heart broken, she has resolved never to fall for an outsider again. Add stolen cash, a fast-talking con man, and a pair of bandits, and Jessie is indeed up to her eyeballs in trouble. Will she soften her rock-hard exterior and let the geologist discover the hidden treasure in her heart?

My Thoughts
“Jessie and James” is an entertaining read. I liked Jessie’s spunk and James’ steadiness. I found the book to be well written with relatable characters. I found the setting intriguing and it made me want to learn more about what mining used to be like. There were several twists that I didn’t see coming. I look forward to reading more books in this series as well as books by Jennifer Beckstrand.

About the Author

Jennifer beckstrandJennifer Beckstrand is the two-time RITA-nominated, #1 Amazon bestselling Amish romance author of The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hillseries, The Honeybee Sistersseries, and The Petersheim Brothersseries for Kensington Books. Huckleberry Summer and Home on Huckleberry Hill were both nominated for the coveted RITA® Award from Romance Writers of America. Jennifer has always been drawn to the strong faith and the enduring family ties of the Plain people and loves writing about the antics of Anna and Felty Helmuth, the Honeybee sisters’aendiBitsy, and Alfie and Benji Petersheim. Jennifer has written twenty-one Amish romances, a historical Western, and the nonfiction book, Big Ideas. She and her husband have been married for thirty-four years, and she has six children and seven adorable grandchildren, whom she spoils rotten.

More from Jennifer

Jessie and James is my first published Western historical novel, and I couldn’t be more excited. The first book I ever wrote was a historical Western, and I’ve been wanting to write another one for ten years. (That first Western is still hanging around my house somewhere. I might decide to publish it next. J) For my research, I traveled to a real mining town about two hours from my house. Yes, it really is named Eureka, and it was a boomtown in the 1880s, the period in which my book is set. I met an old-timer in Eureka who told me some fascinating stories about mining then and now.
Did you know that you may own the ground your house sits on, but you only own it to sixty feet deep? So a mining company can come in and dig a mine right under your house, and it’s perfectly legal. Many mines were dug straight down or in any direction that would get them to ore faster. In the 1880s in Eureka, often they’d dig straight down using only picks, shovels, and dynamite. A plumb bob was utilized to make sure their tunnels were straight up and down. They usually dug down 600 feet then drifted horizontally a couple hundred feet, then dug down again. Some mines went deeper than 1800 feet. Nowadays, there aren’t many mines that deep. They’re more dangerous, so they’re too expensive to insure.
In Jessie and James, James is an ex-cowboy turned geologist looking for gold. Jessie is a feisty, independent woman who runs a boarding house with her parents and thinks Eureka needs a little more fire-and-brimstone preaching to keep the incorrigible miners in line. Jessie doesn’t want anything to do with a gold digger, and she’s willing to use her shotgun to run James off. But James doesn’t scare that easy, especially when the woman on the other end of that shotgun might turn out to be the love of his life.
Jessie and James is full of shotguns, bandits, and heart-stopping romance. Don’t miss it!

Blog Stops

Betti Mace, August 2
Splashesofjoy, August 6
Bigreadersite, August 9
A Reader’s Brain, August 10
Blessed & Bookish, August 10
Texas Book-aholic, August 11
janicesbookreviews, August 14

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Jennifer is giving away a $10 Amazon gift card to two winners!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/e57b/jessie-and-james-celebration-tour-giveaway


"Jessie and James" is available in paperback:

  • Series: The Gold Diggers Collection (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 325 pages
  • Publisher: Independently published (July 17, 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1079772901
  • ISBN-13: 978-1079772906
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches

and in Kindle edition:

  • File Size: 3338 KB
  • Print Length: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Jennifer Beckstrand Publishing; 1 edition (July 19, 2019)
  • Publication Date: July 19, 2019
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07R77G9HH

I got a free copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own and given voluntarily. No compensation was received for my review.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Month in Review -- July


  • Wrote 5315 words
  • Sculpted 0 babies
  • Tatted 1 crosses
  • Sewed 0 sock monkeys  
  • Knit 0 hats
  • Exercised 10 days
  • Read in the Bible 25 days
  • Wrote up 0 backlogged book reviews 
  • "Love's Belief" by Linda Shenton Matchett -- Book Review, Blog Tour, and Giveaway

    About the Book

    Book: Love’s Belief
    Author: Linda Shenton Matchett
    Genre: Historical Romantic Fiction
    Release date: May 15, 2019
    Love's Belief small jpgMidwife Pia Hertz and her mother Sabine have been delivering babies long before the Nazis came to power. Now, the Third Reich has implemented mandates that require Jewish babies and other “undesirables” to be killed as part of The Final Solution. Is Pia’s new faith in Christ strong enough to defy the laws of man?
    Despite the agony of the injury at the Battle of Drøbak Sound that took his arm, Dieter Fertig is relieved he’s no longer part of Hitler’s army. He returns to Berlin and discovers Jews are being deported by the thousands. When he realizes the Nuremburg Laws require his best friend’s baby girl to be killed, he must find a way to spirit the child out of Germany before the Nazis discover her existence.
    Inspired by the biblical story of Shiprah and Puah, the midwives who saved Jewish babies during Pharaoh’s reign, Love’s Belief shows how one person’s actions can change the world.


    My Thoughts

    “Love’s Belief” is the third book in the Wartime Brides series. I found it to be well written and that it had a nice flow. I liked the spiritual thread woven through the story and how Pia and Dieter looked for God’s guidance in their lives. It was an interesting “modern” (it is set during WWII) retelling of the story of the midwives in Egypt who refused to follow the Pharaoh’s command to kill the male Hebrew babies. I appreciated how this story showed that not all Germans were happy with Hitler and his regime, even those who served as soldiers or Nazi youth. I look forward to reading more books by Linda Shenton Matchett.

    About the Author

    Linda Matchett Head ShotLinda Shenton Matchett is an author, speaker, and history geek. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, she was born a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry and has lived in historic places all her life. Linda is a member of ACFW, RWA, and Sisters in Crime. She is a volunteer docent and archivist at the Wright Museum of WWII and a trustee for her local public library.

    Read an Excerpt

    Berlin, late February 1943
    Chapter One

    “I thought Frau Schmidt was going to die.” Pia Hertz blew out a deep breath. “We haven’t had a difficult birth like that in a long time, Mutti.
    Ja, but you are a gifted midwife, Pia. I wasn’t too worried.”
    Pia chuckled. “You always say that.”
    Mutti linked her arm with Pia’s. “We must have confidence, otherwise fear will make us prone to mistakes. Now, let’s reward ourselves with strudel, if we can find it, hmm?”
    “A wonderful idea. I’m starving. Hopefully, the baker has some, and the line won’t be too long at this early hour. Selections at most of the shops have been meager as the war has ground on.”
    Leaning close to Pia’s ear, Mutti whispered, “Be careful what you say. You don’t want to be accused of sedition.”
    Pia cast a glance over her shoulder. “You’re right. It doesn’t seem to take much to get arrested these days.” She sighed. “I don’t understand why God has allowed Herr Hitler to succeed. Why has He not stepped in to save His people, the Jews?”
    Dust coated their shoes as they sauntered along the sidewalk, skirting the piles of rubble from the most recent RAF bombing raid.
    “There are some things we will never have an answer to, Daughter, but we must trust in His plan. It is difficult. Despite being a believer since childhood, I still struggle with doubts. It’s understandable that you do, too.” She stroked Pia’s cheek. “When we get home, let’s pray together and see what He would have us do.”
    Pia stifled a gasp. “What are you suggesting?”
    Her lips pressed in a thin line, Mutti frowned. She jerked her head toward the SS officer standing about ten meters away, then tugged on Pia’s arm. Continuing down the sidewalk, they arrived at the bakery. Unlit windows and lack of women waiting indicated there were no more treats to be had for the day.
    Ach, we’ll have to assuage our penchant for a sweet another time.” Mutti rubbed her belly. “Let’s take a shortcut down Rosenstrasse then head for the river. It would be nice to look at something other than damaged buildings and debris.”
    “Good idea. It is warmer today than yesterday, and there is a market at the end of the street. Perhaps they have some bread or cheese we can nibble on.”
    A chill swept over Pia as they walked past a police officer, their eyes averted to avoid any interaction. An elderly couple tottered along in front of them, holding hands and speaking softly. Pia’s heart tugged. Would she ever find someone to spend her life with: someone to look at her like the wrinkled, gray-haired man gazed at the petite woman by his side? At twenty-eight, it seemed unlikely. Der Führer’s desire to rule the world was destroying an entire generation of young men, and she certainly had no interest in a black-coated member of the SS.

    Blog Stops

    Genesis 5020, July 22
    Mary Hake, July 26
    Artistic Nobody, July 27 (Spotlight)
    Simple Harvest Reads, August 2 (Spotlight)

    Giveaway

    To celebrate her tour, Linda is giving away a grand prize package with a $25 Amazon gift card and a paperback copy of each book in the series!!
    Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

    "Love's Belief" is available in paperback:
    • Series: Wartime Brides (Book 3)
    • Paperback: 116 pages
    • Publisher: Shortwave Press (May 15, 2019)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 099852655X
    • ISBN-13: 978-0998526553
    • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches

    and in Kindle edition:
    • File Size: 236 KB
    • Print Length: 115 pages
    • Publisher: Shortwave Press (May 15, 2019)
    • Publication Date: May 15, 2019
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B07QJ7VN9K

    I got a free copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own and given voluntarily. No compensation was received for my review.