Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Spring Have-read List and Updates

Congratulations Schuyler on reaching your goal! I was pretty excited to see the final results when I awoke the next morning, and the look on your face was priceless!

For everyone else,
I keep saying how I am a pathetic reader lately, but please don't judge. This past year has been one for surprises, twists (and we're not talking fun plot twists in life here, peeps) but I am resolved to persevere and make the best of it because My Lord and King fights for me. I read Pslam 17:15 last week, which says "As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness," and I find it so comforting.

So, how pathetic is my seasonal have-read list? Two completed novels. *insert monotone yay and wimpy flag waving here* But they were good books, which I highly recommend!

Blades of Acktar #4 Deliver by Tricia Mingerink
This was one great wrap-up to the series, if you didn't see all my bragging about it earlier this spring. I was thrilled to be a part of the launch team for it, and participate in the release party. I learned to like Martyn so much more, and was internally misty-eyed over seeing Renna become so grown up.

Resistance by Jaye L. Knight
I just completed this Sunday afternoon and I was engrossed in it during my family vacation. Jaye L. Knight certainly knows how to pull the heartstrings and ramp up the action to keep things moving. I love Kyrin, and I hope that you get a chance to meet her, too.

Still reading The Triune God by Ronald Kohl
I am reading this for devotions, and some sections are a bit harder to get through than others. I also take a long time to get through devotionals because I digest information very carefully. Some sections, in my personal opinion, are a little dry but the doctrine is solid and I'm enjoying gleaning knowledge about my Savior. My favorite sections are those by Carson.

For devotions next I plan to read Stable Help, by Connie VanHuis.
I am really intrigued by this book for a number of reasons. One, I love horses. Two, because I know her sister and she is a wonderful, Godly influence in my life whom I have great respect and admiration for. (I'm not naming her because I think she'd like to remain anonymous on social media.) Three, because I am really interested to know what lessons God has taught Connie through her horses!

To make up for my small reading list, I wanted to share with you some music that I love. I find that music is both healing, and also inspirational. Sometimes I create playlists for certain books that I write, because they help to jog memory patterns and get me excited about characters. Other times, I just need to hear something that calms me and rebuilds the creative part of me.
Here are my top three albums right now.

Vanquish, by Two Steps from Hell. TSfH is a collaboration between Nick Phoenix and Thomas Bergersen, two incredible modern composers. If you haven't heard of either of them, you are missing out. Bergersen is my absolute favorite composer right now; I love the emotion and complicated melodies of his music, the rising strings and piano scales. Phoenix is really good at theme-like sounds, repeated dramatic strains (reminds me more of Zimmerman). Together they make a grand team.
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Destiny, by Celtic Woman. While their Voices of Angels album is lovely, I prefer their single voices over the sound of a choir, and Voices of Angels really highlights the choir in the background of the songs. But I do enjoy hearing the Irish language in both albums.
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Update on White Hawks: I haven't forgotten about it and it is in the works. I do not have a time frame for when I will get it up on the blog. Sorry.

Update on Ember: I am up to Chapter 3! Many thanks to my brother, Mark, who also helped me with  small section in Chapter 2 that involved some motorbikes (of which I know nothing). This week I'd like to go back and amend some details in that section.

In other news, the week of July 10th I will be doing an Online Usborne Book party (for the whole week) over at my Writer's Facebook Page. Details will be up soon, so watch Facebook for them! There may be a chance to win some things!

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