{ When You by Gifs... \\ Le Writer Version }

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Because who can't resist doing a When You by Gifs post? Especially one about WRITERS?

Moi, of course.

So, lets begin. Because us writers have many strange things we do and they must be brought to justice with gifs.

When you come up with a novel idea because you've been searching your brain for one after abandoning an old and terrible idea (true story):

When you are annoyed Microsoft Word says that the name of your character isn't an actual word:

When you have writer's block:

When it's hopeless because you can't find the perfect title:

When you're editing:

And editing:


And when you FINISH editing:

When you realize that after alpha and beta readers comes more...editing:

When someone wants to know what you're book is about:

When someone loves your book:

Do you enjoy When You posts? I do. Do you ever feel like any of these? Are you a writer?

{ Happy Birthday to The Old River Road! }

Sunday, July 9, 2017

It’s been one year since Ivy Rose’s debut novel was released! To celebrate The Old River Road‘s first birthday, the eBook will be discounted to $.99 on Amazon July 8th - 10th. Also, she is revealing the title of book two in the Long Lake Legacy series.

    When seventeen-year-old Clara Boutwell married her dashing coworker, William McDonald, she was convinced her life was near perfect. The journey before them as newlyweds in the great city of Chicago was promising and exciting. But a frightening disease soon takes William in its grip, forcing them to the clean air of the western frontier in a desperate attempt to save his life. But pioneering doesn’t prove to be easy, with miles between neighbors instead of fences. On the eastern Washington prairies, the McDonalds face hardships and trials in a new world where everything is tested, from physical endurance to emotional strength—down to their relationship and faith in the Lord.
    This novel tells the incredible true story of Clara and William, the great-great grandparents of the author, in a sweet narrative full of laughter, tears, and the struggles of an early pioneering family. Prepare yourself to share in their experience as you read this account of a pioneer family in Washington state, and see their lasting legacy that has endured into the fifth generation.

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MOCK COVER, not the final product

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Check out the other blog stops this weekend...

Abigayle Claire @ The Left-Handed Typist
Faith Potts @ Stories by Firefly
Victoria Lynn @ Ruffles and Grace
Jesseca Wheaton @ Whimsical Writings

About the Author

Ivy Rose is a young novelist with a passion to create beautiful fiction. She’s been accused of wearing out coffee makers and clearing the entire house of its chocolate supply. Armed with a desire to create scenarios readers can easily relate to, she writes in many genres about ordinary individuals faced with extraordinary choices. When not studying for exams, she can be found practicing fiddle, TaeKwonDo, or ATV-ing the Pacific Northwest.

Have you ever read The Old River Road, or any of Ivy Rose's books? You know, it's her birthday too, so HAPPY BIRTHDAY IVY!! Congratulate her with me for publishing an awesome book a year ago!

{ the get to know me tag \\ how much do you REALLY know about me? }

Thursday, July 6, 2017

(SORRY this is late but apparently my mom had a BABY yesterday so I've been kinda busy #notashamed)

Apparently, a while ago, May did this Get to Know Me Tag thing and then I realized WHEN HAVE I ACTUALLY EVER TALKED ABOUT MYSELF besides here and here? Yeesh, that's not much.

You guys probably think I'm some alien robot creepy stalker dude. That or a pink pony trying to take over the blogiverse. #goals

Now, I guess I'll stop talking about me and get on to this post about me. :P

Name: Anika Walkes (though I go by Anika Joy as an author name because someday I'll probably get married so, yeah).
Nicknames: Ani and Joy are the two I can actually think of.
Birthday: November 15. NOVEMBER BABIES ROCK. (Also SQUUEEEE because May has a birthday 2 days after me).
Star Sign: Scorpio because #ScoprioRocks
Occupation: I am a full-time procrastinator. Oh, you meant a real job, huh? I am a student. Yeppers. A full time homeschooled middle school student if that's actually an occupation...
Hair Color: Dark brown.
Hair Length: Well, it depends. I originally have curly hair, so, if it's curly it's shoulder length, and it's past my armpit if it's straightened.
Eye Color: Dark hazel/brown.
Best Feature: Uh...I guess either my hair or my skin color. That's what most people say.
Braces: None. I don't need them and never will (hopefully).
Piercings: I got my ears pierced when I was 4 years old. I love them, too, though it is a bit hard to remember to wear them.
Tattoos: Eh, no.

Righty or Lefty: Righty. Though just like May said, my left thumb goes over my right when I clasp my hands and my left ankle goes over my right all the time so...yeah. Weird.
Real Holiday: I'm not sure if Thanksgiving counts...if not, then Christmas.
Best Friend: My BFF Ava! Our moms have been very good friends since they were kids, so I guess the disease passed on. :P
Award: To tell the truth...I've never won an award. Never in my life. :(
Sport: Volleyball.
Concert: Uh...a Christian bluegrass concert.
TV Show(s): Uhh...umm...baa...daa...aaaaaahhhhhh...I don't know. Full House, maybe? I like the new Disney show, Andi Mack, too. The Flash is a cool one. And D.C. Legends.
Color: Turquoise. I plan on redoing my room that color.
Songs: HA I was prepared for this one because I have a playlist of my favorites (and don't worry, it's only five songs) and they are: When Can I See You Again by Owl City, Diamonds by Hawk Nelson, Livin' on a Prayer by Bon Jovi, That's What I Like by Flo Rida ft. Fitz, and How Far I'll Go by Auli'i Caravalho.
Restaurant: I shall not answer this question because IT IS RIDICULOUS. HOW CAN ONE HAVE FAVORITES?
Books: I also shall not answer BECAUSE THIS IS A REALLY STUPID QUESTION.

Shoes: My feet. I'd go barefoot above all. #BarefootIsBetter
Feeling: Hungry because it's 8:30 in the morning and I haven't eaten breakfast yet. Also very numb and achy because I've been sitting in the same position for two hours.

Single or Taken: Single 'till the day I die (or maybe not...).

Eating: I just took a break and ate two pieces of toast and some cantaloupe but HAHA I'm still hungry.

Thinking About: How these new glasses I got are annoying my nose because I've never had glasses before and they annoy me a lot. Also how hungry I am.

Watching: Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is playing in the background but I am totally not watching it (maybe)...

Wearing: A pink tank top and blue running shorts and my amazingly annoying but good looking pink and black glasses.


Want Children: Yepperdoodles. I wanna house full of 'em.

Want to be Married: Yes.

Careers in Mind: Author and web/graphic designer. I'm actually considering starting a free web design service...

Where You Want to Live: I have no idea. I'll go wherever God wants me to be.


God: Totally.

Miracles: Yes, I believe in miracles from God.

Love at First Sight: I think that you can have "like at first sight" (as in a crush or something), but I believe that true love develops as you spend more time with the person.

Ghosts: I believe in the Holy Ghost, One of the Trinity, but no, not real "ghosts".

Aliens: No way.

Soul Mates: I believe that God has a person for everyone unless He doesn't plan on them getting married. So, in a way, yes.

Heaven: Yes.

Hell: Yes.

Kissing on the First Date: No, not really. I mean, maybe if you've been friends for a long time and you know that you want to marry each other. But, I wouldn't kiss anybody I don't know I'm gonna marry.

Yourself: I believe that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

I TAG...

If you are a person and you like Hobby Lobby you are officially tagged for this tag. Thank you. *bows*
Were you surprised from any of my answers? Did you already know any of that stuff about me? Would you like to see a picture of my new sibling because BABIES = cuteness.

{ A Question of Courage Cover Reveal }

Saturday, July 1, 2017

(this is going to be a really quick post bc NaNo has started plus I'm super busy so no really pretty title image :( )

Ok, guys. I am literally so excited because GAH A QUESTION OF COURAGE HAS A COVER.

It is SO BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!! Like, I think I'm in love. AND YOU MUST BE TOO CAUSE IT'S GORGEOUS.

A man. A decision. A destiny. 

Rafe Sullivan never imagined the war would come to his doorstep. But when Pearl Harbor is attacked and America's focus suddenly shifts to the Pacific, he finds he can't ignore the problem anymore. 
Leaving the life he loves behind, he joins up to do what he does best. Fly. 
Yet, nothing could have prepared him for the horrors of war, and the struggle that is going on in his own heart. As an outstanding Navy pilot, he is stationed on one of the few Pacific carriers. But could God be calling him to step out in faith, and go beyond the call of duty? 

Lily Wilson gives her all to help the hurting community around her. With the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the war is brought home to many American families. And as a nurse, she longs to be able to relieve some of the suffering. Yet, her own grief is still fresh in her heart, and though she's made the decision to get on with her life, she can't seem to leave the past behind. When healing at last comes, the guard she placed around her heart slowly begins to crumble. 
But when she receives the news she hoped she would never again hear, can she trust that God’s plan is always right?

Arthur Warrington saw the Navy as an escape from the life he left behind. And it seems good for him. He is able to forge new friendships and distance himself from his past. But when his best friend makes a decision that rocks his world, he is left grappling with the question: what is true courage? 

Three lives. One War. And a search for the Courage to go on.

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And the blurb. Oooohhhh the blurb. I cannot wait to actually read the book. It'll be amazing. <3

{ A Book Review \\ The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy }

Monday, June 26, 2017

'Ello, mates! Today, for the amazing Kellyn Roth, I shall be reviewing the first two books in her series, The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy.

Rather than reviewing both books separately, I shall be doing a review of the Chronicles themselves (smart, huh? *wink*). And, since there are only two published books in the series so far, I can only review the books that I signed up to review, and it works out perfectly. #genius

Anywho, Kellyn is publishing the second book in her series for the first time and re-publishing the first book. Don't you love the covers??? (Which you can see below). <33


Kellyn Roth was born and raised in the country outside a small town in North-Eastern Oregon. Ever since she could talk, she’s had a fascination with words, always coming up with songs, poems, and stories. Now a homeschooled high schooler, she spends her spare time penning historical novels, several of which have been published.


Book 1:

After a revealing conversation with the first children of her age she’s ever met, curious eight-year-old Alice Chattoway realizes that one ought to have a father … and she doesn’t. Having determined that his absence is making her mother unhappy, Alice resolves to find him and create a family for herself.

However, Alice’s mother, Miss Chattoway, is reluctant to answer any questions posed about a man she’d much rather forget. While Alice investigates, Miss Chattoway tries to balance her own spiritual turmoil with her need to be both mother and provider to her daughters.

Will Alice ever unravel her mother’s secrets? Can Miss Chattoway let go of the past to reach for the future?

Book 2:

Trapped in a world where she doesn’t belong, twelve-year-old Ivy Knight struggles to keep her head above water as her simplicity is brought to light by her new position as a young lady growing up at Pearlbelle Park.

Worried about their daughter’s inability to fit in, Ivy’s parents decide to send her to McCale House, a boarding school in Scotland for boys and girls like her. However, alone and frightened without her beloved mother, sister, and nurse, Ivy can’t seem to focus.

Will Ivy ever learn what Dr. McCale is trying to teach her? Or will she remain lost in her own mind forever?


**This is a review of the second edition of The Dressmaker's Secret, published June 2017**

First off, bravo!!!! Encore!!! Amazing job, Kellyn! These books have to be among my favorite historical novels I've read. I enjoyed Ivy Introspective a bit more than I did The Dressmaker's Secret, but they both reminded me somewhat of A Little Princess. Maybe it's the setting, or the time period, or the sweet little girls (or all three), but I LOVED it. A Little Princess has always been a favorite for me, and the relation of the books to it but also how they were different made it a splendid read.

The plot lines were easy to follow, and I caught many of the small lessons that made both books whole. There were many plot twists that caught me off guard, and one in the first book that made me a tad bit sad, but as usual, I got over it. Books are meant to stir up emotions. ;)

I didn't catch any errors in both books (yay!!) and loved how there was a Bible verse at the beginning of every chapter. I hope that that is something that will be continued for the whole series.

**This is a review of the second edition of The Dressmaker's Secret, published June 2017**

Rating: 4.5 stars


Tuesday the 20th
-Lana @ The Music of Words (book and character spotlight)
Wednesday the 21st
-Faith Blum @ Bookish Orchestrations (author interview)
Thursday the 22nd
-Leona @ Great Books for God’s Girls (review of IvIn, author interview)
Friday the 23rd
-Jordy @ Jordy Leigh (author interview)
-Tonya @ Literary Musings (reviews of TDS and IvIn)
Saturday the 24th
-May Everly @ Forever and Everly (author interview)
-Zane Jones @ Simple Impossibilities (author interview)
Sunday the 25th
-Dani Eide @ Perspective of a Writer (character interview and spotlight)
Monday the 26th
-Anika Joy @ This Journey Called Life (review of TDS and IvIn)
-Maddy @ Girls Living for God’s Glory (book spotlight)
Tuesday the 27th
-Heather @ Frozen Books Blog (guest post)
Wednesday the 28th
-Jesseca Wheaton @ Whimsical Writings for His Glory (author interview, book spotlight)
-Jaylee Morgan @ Jaylee Morgan Writes (character interview and guest post)
-J.C. Buchanan @ Beyond the Amethyst (review of TDS and IvIn)
Thursday the 29th
-Zielle @ My Homeschool Notebook (review of TDS and IvIn)
-Sarah Briel @ Penumbra Reviews (review of TDS and IvIn, author interview)
-Sel H. @ Hearth (author interview)
Friday the 30th
-Angela R. Watts @ The Peculiar Messenger (author interview)
-Lainey @ Direct My Paths (reviews of TDS, character interview and spotlight)
-Dawn Dagger @ Dawn Dagger’s Official Blog (review of TDS, author interview)


a Rafflecopter giveaway 
Have you read the first edition of The Dressmaker's Secret? Are you planning on reading the second and/or Ivy Introspective? Are you going to enter the giveaway? Congratulate Kellyn with me!!

{ the revealing of the surprise...\\ y'all ready for this? }

Sunday, June 18, 2017

So...it's finally here. The surprise. The thing you've all been waiting for. Sheesh, by now you probably think there isn't even a surprise because I've been holding it off for so long. (right now Sare's post legitimately describes me. all the time.)

I know that when some people have surprises they just do this whole thing where they make you scroll down this HUGE line of dots and it's just like STOP IT I WANT TO SEE WHAT IT IS and your start scrolling so vigorously your finger starts to hurt.

I'm not gonna make you do that because I am so sweet and kind.

A post before this one I gave you guys a hint. Let's recap that hint and see what some of your answers where. #totallynotstalling

it's old but new, where thoughts are told, and my opinions are translated in bold.

One of you got pretty close to the answer, and to tell the truth, I wasn't very surprised.

Well, I told you guys I wouldn't make you wait, so I won't.

I created a blog of essays and poems.

The answer to the riddle is a new blog, because I've been blogging for a while but this one is newly created, my thoughts are told there, and you might see me using bold a lot in my posts. ;)

Unlike This Journey Called Life, my other blog, titled the beauty of words, will be where I post any poems and essays I write for school or that I write in my notebook. The beauty of words will be a private blog, so you will need to request permission to get in. To do that you can either use the button they provide which will alert me or email me with your email so I can invite you. :)

Here's a complimentory screenshot of the blog:

And the link to the blog: GO TO THE BEAUTY OF WORDS (remember, it's private, so you need to request permision).
Ok, I'll let you freak out now. I'm kind of out of words, so I'll let you do the talking. What do you think about it? Do you like the blog?
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