Writing Related

what shall I write you for christmas [in which YOU VOTE THE STORY]

October 27, 2018

SO HEY this is just a quick post compared to usual. Next month I'll be talking about NOTHING EXCEPT one of my wips so I thought I should get this out as soon as I could XD

I had this great idea to give you all something fun for Christmas but I couldn't decide WHAT. So, I thought - why not let you all decide??

HERE'S THE DEAL. I will be writing you a SHORT STORY for Christmas, but I need your help to decide what kind of story. I have four ideas that I'd love to delve into, and it's your job to tell me which one!

Chances are you won't all agree, but that's okay. MAJORITY RULES. The story that gets most votes wins ;D

The contestants :

[working title]

genre: futuristic ordinary life

IN WHICH everyone just does online shopping and have their orders delivered to their doorstep but there's one little shabby corner store left on our main character's street, and she just happens to know the social outcast boy whose family runs it bc they go to the same school. Then Christmas time comes and ...


but it's about smol disasters and unlikely heroes ...

[working title]

genre: magical realism/fantasy

IN WHICH I draw inspiration from Owl City's song "Peppermint Winter".

You only see Santa on Christmas Eve right?
Well what about his elves?

This is about a little girl who loves Christmas and how she meets this mysterious boy in the area and has a lot of fun with him and wants to be friends but SURPRISE she discovers he has a secret identity.


but it's about magical friends and secret identities ...

[working title]

genre: contemporary/retelling

IN WHICH I attempt to retell the folktale of the Gingerbread Man and instead of food and animals it features humans and a little fugitive and a touch of mystery. Main character is on the run after being suspected of something and it will take a special someone to catch him/her.

SORRY THAT'S KINDA ALL I HAVE ON THIS ONE. (more brainstorming required)

but it's about running and hiding and trying not to be caught...

genre: fanfiction/retelling

IN WHICH I write a fanficton/retelling of The Lion King, from Scar's perspective with a TWIST - he's the good guy, and Mufasa is the questionable one. This one would be longer than a short story but has zero percent to do with Christmas XD


but it's about a neglected smol lion cub and his tyrannical elder brother and how he brings justice to Pride Lands ...


xx lisa


beyond her calling [by kellyn roth]

October 20, 2018

sO this post is a number of hours late but #ohwell. In any case BOOK REVIEW TIME today after quite a long break! I am really excited to talk about Kellyn Roth's new book Beyond Her Calling which is the fourth book in her series, The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy. If you remember my reviews for the three preceding books earlier this year, you'll know how impressed I was with the series and how much I enjoy it ;D

Beyond Her Calling (The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy, #4)

by Kellyn Roth

At twenty, Ivy Knight feels as if she hasn’t accomplished anything of worth. Her life stretches on before her, empty and pointless. Though her faith in God and her mental abilities have been strengthened, she still doubts herself. Does God have a purpose for a socially awkward, often confused and frightened young woman?

Jordy McAllen has just returned to Scotland after his education in London. Though he has accomplished a lot for a farm lad such as himself, he fears that what everyone has always said about him may be true: he won’t really make a good doctor. Determined to prove himself, Jordy snatches up the opportunity to become the doctor in the village of Keefmore near his parents’ farm.

Helping Jordy with his work at Keefmore seems like the perfect opportunity for Ivy. Still, she doubts herself. Is there a purpose to Ivy’s life?


In this book, Kellyn has written the best work of her series, in my humble opinion. If book one hooked me to the series, and book two thoroughly convinced me of Kell's talent, and if book three destroyed all my feels - then this book has given me the most emotionally relatable characters I've seen in a very long time. Books one and two are about Alice and Ivy as children, and while I could imagine and understand what they were going through, I didn't feel like wow this is talking about me. And in book three, Alice's struggle and growth were rather on a subject I don't yet connect to. But in this book - WOW.

I feel like Kellyn has HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD with a lot things I feel in Ivy and Violet. Which is funny because never would I have compared myself to those two XD But still ... their struggles are mine in a lot of ways, and I've felt the way they did, and yeah this book just tugged at my heart strings and touched really deep. They both deal with problems self-worth (and wow that sounds so contemporary, but it's still generally what it was in the past XD) and the meaning of their lives and what God has planned for them and how much they matter to him - and the struggles were so real and touching and I love how, even though the clear and easy answer was provided, it wasn't easy to TAP INTO IT, so to speak. It's hard to explain. They KNEW what was true, but it was so difficult for them to FEEL and BELIEVE it anyway.

Can I say that JORDY MCALLEN was written so well? I am so dead tired of perfect male characters and while Jordy really IS as wonderful as Ivy thinks, he still isn't 100% perfect. And he's a mischievous tease at that so *thumbs up* And I am very into storylines that deal with doctors on a mission *nods*

AND THIS BOOK WAS SO SCOTTISH. I love how Kell wrote the brogue and I was reading all the Scottish speech in Scottish accent and having so much fun with it XD I really felt the atmosphere and setting and hey Kell, thanks for transporting me to my dream travel destination for a while there :D

THE ROMANCE PART is the absolute cutest and I loved it even more than Alice's #sorrynotsorry

Plot wise ... umm it wasn't terribly action packed or anything. It was about Ivy helping Jordy in Scotland and getting to know people and navigating her own conflicting emotions and trying to help Violet. But it was really engaging all the same!!

Here's list of reasons you NEED THIS BOOK (after you've read the others, of course ;))

- it's a clean Christian historical romance with
- friendship to romance
- mental disabilities rep
- letters and correspondence
- emotional conflict
- Scotland
- trying to navigate the meaning of life
- awkwardness
- kittens
- a doctor and his practice and his patients and his assistant
- IT TAKES PLACE IN THE FALL (and ha, it's the perfect time for me to read it)
- lots Scottish brogue
- mischievous and lovable boys
- new found friends
- lots of wisdom that's hard for the characters to follow
- cows (and being afraid of cows)
- border collies
-small adorable children
-more Scotland
-awesome families
-siblings and best friends and both at once
- conversations about Jane Austen


And here's some more good news for all of you. Kellyn is hosting a GIVEAWAY!! *cue cheering* Enter below, and good luck ;DD

Kellyn Roth lives on an Eastern Oregon ranch with her parents, little brothers, border collies, cats, and a few dozen cows and chickens. Always a lover of a good story, and especially of telling one, she’s been writing since she was seven and published her first novel at fourteen. Now a homeschool grad, she divides her time between penning her next Christian historical novel, creating professionally silly articles at kellynroth.blog, and her actual life. Actual life plays second fiddle sometimes, though.

Find out more on her website: https://kellynrothauthor.com/


The Dressmaker's Secret (The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy, #1)   Ivy Introspective  (The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy #2)   At Her Fingertips (The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy, #3)

Full schedule for blog tour in case you're interested :

  Saturday, October 20th

Intro Post // Kellyn Roth @ Reveries
Author Interview // Molly @ A Sparkle of Light
Review // Lisa @ Inkwell
Review & Character Interview (Jordy) // Amie @ Crazy A
Character Interview (Ivy) // Jo @ The Lens and the Hard Drive
Book Spotlight // Annie @ Letters from Annie Douglass Lima

Sunday, October 21st

Theme Day // Kellyn Roth @ Reveries
Guest Post by Character (Ivy) & Review // Grace M. Morris
Book Spotlight // Erika Messer @ Maiden of the Pages
Author Interview // Angela R. Watts @ The Peculiar Messenger

Monday, October 22nd

Ivy Day // Kellyn Roth @ Reveries
Character Interview (Ivy) // Loretta Marchize @ Just Writing
Review // Andrea Cox @ Writing to Inspire
Character Interview (Jordy) // Liz @ Home with the Hummingbirds
Author & Character Interview (Violet) // Julia @ Julia’s Creative Corner
Review & Character Spotlight (Ivy) // Caroline Kloster @ Inside the Autistic Life

Tuesday, October 23rd

Jordy Day // Kellyn Roth @ Reveries
Author Interview // Faith Blum @ Bookish Orchestrations
Review & Guest Post // Cara @ Jessie Bingham
Guest Post // Lindsi @ One Beginner To Another
Character Spotlight (Ena) // Shannon McDermott @ Shannon’s Blog

Wednesday, October 24th

Violet Day // Kellyn Roth @ Reveries
Guest Post // Germaine Han @ The Writing Mafia
Review // Jana T. @ Reviews from the Stacks

Thursday, October 25th

Real Life Day // Kellyn Roth @ Reveries
Book Spotlight // Gabriellyn Gidman @ PageTurners
Author Interview // Sara Willoughby @ Th!nk Magazine
Review // Michaela Bush @ Tangled Up In Writing
Guest Post by Character (Violet) // Peggy M. McAloon @ Peggy’s Hope 4U

Friday, October 26th

Future Day // Kellyn Roth @ Reveries
Review // Abigail McKenna @ Novels, Dragons, and Wardrobe Doors
Review // Gracelyn Buckner @ Literatura
Review // Bella Putt

Saturday, October 27th

Wrapup Post // Kellyn Roth @ Reveries
Character Interview & Spotlight (Jordy) // Kaylee @ Kaylee’s Kind of Writes
Book Spotlight // Abigail Harder @ Books, Life, and Christ

And be sure to check out the Facebook party every day this week for exciting updates!




favorite book covers

October 13, 2018

SO recently I was tagged twice for the same tag - the #coverlove tag! Big thanks to Allison and Ivie!! And turns out that they asked a lot of the same questions. I decided to kill two birds with one stone - I combined the questions that were similar, got rid of the questions that dealt with "least favorite covers" (bc hi, this is about COVER LOVE and I don't want to ruin my aesthetic XD), and TADA - here are some of my all time favorite covers!

 most aesthetic book cover

A Lite Too Bright
"Arthur Louis Pullman the Third is on the verge of a breakdown. He’s been stripped of his college scholarship, is losing his grip on reality, and has been sent away to live with his aunt and uncle.

It’s there that Arthur discovers a journal written by his grandfather, the first Arthur Louis Pullman, an iconic Salinger-esque author who went missing the last week of his life and died hundreds of miles away from their family home. What happened in that week—and how much his actions were influenced by his Alzheimer’s—remains a mystery.

But now Arthur has his grandfather’s journal—and a final sentence containing a train route and a destination.

So Arthur embarks on a cross-country train ride to relive his grandfather’s last week, guided only by the clues left behind in the dementia-fueled journal. As Arthur gets closer to uncovering a sad and terrible truth, his journey is complicated by a shaky alliance with a girl who has secrets of her own and by escalating run-ins with a dangerous Pullman fan base.

Arthur’s not the only one chasing a legacy—and some feel there is no cost too high for the truth."

I actually haven't read this book, but I would like to! LOOK AT THAT COVER. I have a thing for artsy covers - especially ones that combine pictures as one like double exposure. This one does JUST THAT. It looks painted, and then in the sky there is the figure of a man facing away from us. I WANT TO HAVE A COVER LIKE THIS SOMEDAY. Even the title is poetic, wow. I hope the story will be as good. If anyone has read this - PLS LET ME KNOW HOW IT WAS :D

favorite autumn book cover

In 27 Days
"Hadley Jamison is shocked when she hears that her classmate, Archer Morales, has committed suicide. She didn't know the quiet, reserved guy very well, but that doesn't stop her from feeling there was something she could have done to help him.

Hoping to find some sense of closure, Hadley attends Archer's funeral. There, Hadley is approached by a man who calls himself Death and offers her a deal. If Hadley accepts, she will be sent back 27 days in time to prevent Archer from killing himself. But when Hadley agrees to Death's terms and goes back to right the past, she quickly learns her mission is harder than she ever could have known.

Hadley soon discovers Archer's reasons for being alone, and Archer realizes that having someone to confide in isn't as bad as he'd always thought. But when a series of dangerous accidents starts pushing them apart, Hadley must decide whether she is ready to risk everything - including her life - to keep Archer safe."

LOOK I SNUCK IN AN ALL TIME FAVORITE OF MINE! This book takes place in the fall - November through December, I believe - and WOW LOOK AT THE COVER. It was love at first sight, honestly. Not only is is sideways, giving this feel of being thrown off what you're used to but it's also artsy with those paint splatters. It has New York buildings, Hadley wearing a scarf and she looks so pretty too ^-^ And the text is all wonderfully aligned - left and right.

cover with a face

Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle, #3)SOME CONTEXT: from The Raven Boys: "For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore."


"Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs. 

The trick with found things, though, is how easily they can be lost.

Friends can betray.
Mothers can disappear.
Visions can mislead.
Certainties can unravel."

THE CHARACTERS IN THIS SERIES ARE SOME OF THE BEST I HAVE EVER ENCOUNTERED. Nearly everyone I know loves this series and so do I! For the most part! It does have some "iffy" content, so readers should use their own discretion, but THE CHARACTERS!! And the covers!! I must applaud all of Maggie Stiefvater's book covers, I really must. They are all 100% perfect! And this has got to be pretty much my favorite cover with a face on it. I would love to have Broccoli Queen's book cover in this style lol

book you read primarily because of the gorgeous cover


• Her parents, who are having problems. (But they pretend like they’re not.)
• Being sent to her grandparents’ house for the summer.
• Never having met said grandparents.
• Her blue days—when life feels overwhelming, and it’s hard to keep her head up. (This happens a lot.)

Finley’s only retreat is the Everwood, a forest kingdom that exists in the pages of her notebook. Until she discovers the endless woods behind her grandparents’ house and realizes the Everwood is real--and holds more mysteries than she'd ever imagined, including a family of pirates that she isn’t allowed to talk to, trees covered in ash, and a strange old wizard living in a house made of bones.

With the help of her cousins, Finley sets out on a mission to save the dying Everwood and uncover its secrets. But as the mysteries pile up and the frightening sadness inside her grows, Finley realizes that if she wants to save the Everwood, she’ll first have to save herself.

Reality and fantasy collide in this powerful, heartfelt novel about family, depression, and the power of imagination."

This book's cover is AMAZING!! I wanted to read it as soon as I saw the cover + I was encouraged by two friends who loved it. AND IT DIDN'T DISAPPOINT. The main character's age sets this as middle grade fiction, but anyone of any age can definitely enjoy it. It has cousins and mystery and good depression/anxiety rep. So IF THIS COVER DOESN'T CONVINCE YOU idk who you are then allow my GREAT LOVE FOR THIS BOOK TO DO SO. 

[^^ and here's a couple of reviews from my good frens just bc I never got the chance to post my review so pls read and be convinced: review by mary and review by abi]

a book cover you love on a book you love

The Scorpio Races"It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.

At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.

Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen."

ANOTHER STIEFVATER BOOK HAHA! SO originally I read another cover edition of this book but THIS ONE IS BY FAR MY FAVORITE COVER version. It looks like pastel and art!! And there's A HORSE which practically sums up the whole book. This is definitely a top favorite of mine and the first line of the book says IT'S NOVEMBER which means it's an autumn-ish book and YOU NEED TO READ IT. 

book cover with a place / location

Lunatic (The Lost Books, #5)
"Fight the Horde . . . or die with love.

Separated by time and space, our heroes finally return home. But five years have passed and they find a nightmarishly changed world.

The despised Horde are now in control. The healing lakes of Elyon are now blood red. And mighty Thomas Hunter and his Forest Guard have disappeared.

Take a stand with the chosen but be wary, for not all is as it seems. Now the chosen themselves are questioning their very sanity. For the only way to win may be to lose. The only way to live may be to die. And the only one to lead may be a lunatic."

BEHOLD, a book from my favorite series of ALL TIME. Ted Dekker's Lost Books are fantastic and my favorite books in the series are Lunatic and Elyon, the two last ones. This cover features a place/location - OTHER EARTH. Though I'm not sure I would survive, I would totally jump at the chance to visit over there. I'd highly highly recommend you to visit over there too by READING THE BOOKS XD I also happen to love these cover editions of the series - they're rarer but so much prettier! With scenery + blackness (which shows glimpses of Other Earth and indicates mysterious darkness).

a cover that makes you think of your childhood

Pax"Pax was only a kit when his family was killed, and “his boy” Peter rescued him from abandonment and certain death. Now the war front approaches, and when Peter’s father enlists, Peter has to move in with his grandpa. Far worse than being forced to leave home is the fact that Pax can’t go. Peter listens to his stern father—as he usually does—and throws Pax’s favorite toy soldier into the woods. When the fox runs to retrieve it, Peter and his dad get back in the car and leave him there—alone. But before Peter makes it through even one night under his grandfather’s roof, regret and duty spur him to action; he packs for a trek to get his best friend back and sneaks into the night. This is the story of Peter, Pax, and their independent struggles to return to one another against all odds. Told from the alternating viewpoints of Peter and Pax."
I have not read this book either, and I hear it's really SAD (tragic books, anyone?) but THAT COVER. It's currently my favorite cover in existence. It's so aesthetic and artsy and simple and features a FOX (aka one of my favorite animals) and makes me think of The Little Prince + Bambi. This makes me think of my childhood because I used to read more animal stories as a kid?? And also BAMBI was my favorite book + movie for a long while?? This just brings back all the memories AND THE COVER IS WONDERFUL so maybe I ought to give it a try ^-^

a book cover with a food item you love to eat

Love & Gelato
“I made the wrong choice.”

Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isn’t around for sixteen years? All Lina wants to do is get back home.

But then she is given a journal that her mom had kept when she lived in Italy. Suddenly Lina’s uncovering a magical world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. A world that inspires Lina, along with the ever-so-charming Ren, to follow in her mother’s footsteps and unearth a secret that has been kept for far too long. It’s a secret that will change everything she knew about her mother, her father—and even herself.

People come to Italy for love and gelato, someone tells her, but sometimes they discover much more.

THIS IS THE ONLY ONE I COULD THINK OF. It has ICE CREAM. I mean, gelato. I haven't tried gelato myself but it's supposed to be like ice cream so yeah?? I haven't read this book either, but I'VE HEARD GREAT STUFF ABOUT IT and it sounds super similar to One Paris Summer, which I enjoyed. The cover is very lovely - aesthetic and minimalist ... AND it's set in Italy and I'm dying for books to be set outside of America so I might have to get this one. HAve any of you read it? 

I'm not gonna bother tagging anyone for this, but feel free to do what I did if you want to. I'd love to see your favorite covers too! 


xx lisa

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