Friday, June 15, 2018

Book Review, Blog Tour, and Giveaway: "Quest for Leviathan" by Amanda Tero

Are sea monsters a real thing? What about fire-breathing dragons? According to the Bible, there is a fire-breathing sea creature who really existed: the leviathan. Amanda Tero brings this dragon to life in her newest short story, "Quest for Leviathan." Join Anath and his crew of ninety-nine rowers as they face the waves of the Mediterranean Sea and the power of Leviathan.

About the Story
Leviathan took the life of his father.

Anath has spent three years preparing for the voyage that will end the threat of Leviathan. Yet as the Valor launches into the depths of the Mediterranean, an inward quest also begins, taking Anath to depths he is not willing to face.

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My Thoughts
"Quest for Leviathan" is a short story, but it doesn't feel like one as it is well developed. I really enjoyed how Amanda Tero incorporated Biblical truths into the story and dialog. The story is set in the era of Job, so not much is known about that time of history, but the setting and characters felt believable as being from that time period. The hand drawn illustrations that appear periodically through the book help enhance the story. (Although the one of the up raised hands was a little deformed to me). There was a good character growth arc and I found them to be relatable.

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About the Author
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. 

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Author Interview

Do you set a plot or prefer going wherever an idea takes you?
I do a little bit of both. When I get an idea, I usually have a general
idea of where the plot will go, but I also like to explore the options
as I write. Sometimes, a good surprise is awaiting me!

What, according to you, is the hardest thing about writing?
Promotion, hands down. Since I’m independently published, all of
the promo is done by me. I’d just rather write and design covers than
sell the thing. ;)

What would you say is the easiest aspect of writing?
That kind of changes, depending on the story. :) Usually, writing down
the first draft is pretty easy, but then I have to work at it to fill in gaps and
strengthen the story—which is definitely not always easy. ;)

Do you pen down revelations and ideas as you get them, right then
and there?
Usually, yes. Otherwise, I would forget so much!!

Do you need to be in a specific place or room to write, or you can
just sit in the middle of a café full of people and write?
It works best if I can be somewhere quiet. Which is funny, because I was
raised in a family with twelve kids.

When did it dawn upon you that you wanted to be a writer?
I think it was a gradual thing. I’ve loved writing since I was at least eight
years old. I never had huge dreams to become published—that just kind
of happened all in God’s timing.

Anything else you'd like to share?
No matter where you are in life, and what calling God has placed on
your life, keep your focus upward and your heart sensitive to His leading!
He’ll never lead you astray!

Blog Tour

June 8 – With a Joyful Noise
              Resting Life
             The World of the Writer
             Authoring Arrowheads
             Purely by Faith Review
             Bekah’s Books
June 11 – Clothed with Scarlet
             Reveries Reviews
June 12 – Chosen Vessels
             My Purple Pen
             Read Another Page
June 13 – Once Upon an Ordinary
             Maidens for Modesty
             Yahweh Sisters
June 14 – Honey Rock Hills
             Life of Heritage Corner
             Kaylee’s Kind of Writes
             Blossoms and Blessings
             Lit Aflame
             Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen
             Peculiar Miss Darcy
June 19 – Done in Love
             Creating Romance
June 20 – Keturah’s Korner
             Rock and Minerals 4 Him
             Christian Author: A.M. Heath
             Views from the Window Friend
             Hunting for Truth
June 23 – Reading on the Edge
             Summer Snowflakes

June 25 – With a Joyful Noise

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.

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