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Weekly Teasers (9) April 23, 2014

1. I’m where yesterday follows today, and tomorrow’s in the middle. What am I?
2. Name a 7 letter word, from which if you take out 4 letters, you will have 1 left?brain teasers
3. I add 5 to 9, and get 2. The answer is correct, but how?
4. No sooner spoken than broken. What is it?
5. A word I know, six letters it contains, remove one letter, and twelve remains. What am I?
 

Weekly Teasers (8) Answers

1. Until I am measured, I am not known. Yet how you miss me, When I have flown! What am I? ANSWER: TIME

2. Which word is the odd one out: First Second Third Forth Fifth Sixth Seventh Eighth? ANSWER: FORTH = FOURTHbrain teasers

3. What happens only in the middle of each month, in all of the seasons, except summer and happens only in the night, never in the day? ANSWER: THE LETTER ‘N’

4. What demands an answer but asks no question? ANSWER: A TELEPHONE

5. What does man love more than life? Fear more than death or mortal strife? What do the poor have, what the rich require, and what contented men desire? What does the miser spend, the spendthrift save, and all men carry to their graves? ANSWER: NOTHING

 

In The Spotlight – Author Rosslyn Elliot April 22, 2014

Hi Guys!! It seems like such a long time ago since I posted an author interview. I am one who loves my romance, as you all probably should know by now ;) Historical novels are also ones that I enjoy, and my book review on Fairer Than Morning portrays that. I was so intrigued and saddened by the history, and I really wanted to know what inspired Rosslyn to write it. So, below you will find an author bio and an interview … enjoy :D

About Rosslyn…Rosslyn Elliott
As the child of a career military man, Rosslyn Elliott lived in four states and two foreign countries before she graduated from high school. She attended Yale University, where she earned her BA in English and Theater Studies. After five years working first in corporate New York City, then as a schoolteacher, she entered the Ph.D. program at Emory University and finished her dissertation in 2006.

Her study of American literature spurred her to pursue her lifelong dream of writing fiction. She has won awards for both her fiction and non-fiction writing, including two prestigious Carol Awards and the 2011 Lime Award for Fairer than Morning and the 2006 Lore Metzger Prize for her dissertation. Fairer than Morning was selected as one of Lifeway Fiction’s Ten Favorite Reads for 2011.

Rosslyn lives with her husband and daughter in the southern United States, where they enjoy working with horses and pampering their dogs.

1) I read the Historical Note at the back of your book Fairer Than Morning and found the correlations between the facts and fiction really enlightening. It also made me sad to know that people were actually treated like Will Hanby. What inspired you to use this history?
When I was living in Westerville, Ohio, I went to visit the Hanby House museum and was immediately swept away by the history of the Hanby family. I felt called to tell their story. In fact, I was really surprised that no one had told it in a novel yet!
2) What is the one thing you enjoy the most about writing?
The most rewarding aspect of writing is knowing that my work may help someone, somewhere, to feel stronger, or braver, or even just to forget troubles for a while. I like helping people.
Fairer_than_Morning3) What sort of music do you like to listen to and what artists do you recommend?
I am going to be very square here and VERY historical. Though I have eclectic taste in music and enjoy some examples of almost every musical genre, I most like to listen to classical music and folk-influenced music. Like many authors, I’m a person who feels very deeply and I often find that I need music to be a calming or diverting influence rather than more stress or loudness. So, if anyone wants a classical recommendation, my favorite is Mozart. Ha ha! And if anyone wants an Irish traditional recommendation, I’m partial to Cherish the Ladies.
4) If you could see any of your characters in a Hollywood movie, who can you envision acting as them?
I’ve always thought Natalie Portman would make a perfect Ann Miller. She has just the blend of gentility and intelligence I imagined in Ann. For Will Hanby… wow, that’s hard. He has to be dark-haired. He has to be tough to survive, but underneath the grime is a gentleman who cleans up nicely. He also has to be willing to be very skinny at the start of the movie  when Will is not getting enough to eat, so maybe I’d pick a young Robert Downey Jr.. I think he’s one of the actors who is good at losing weight and regaining it!
5) If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I was blessed to travel quite a bit as a girl. I would love to take my daughter back to Britain, which was my favorite foreign place and contains a lot of precious girlhood memories for me.
6) What are your fears?
I’m afraid of heights. I don’t feel bad getting up on a ladder, but I don’t like being on really high floors of buildings. Anything over the 5th or 6th floor gives me the creeps. I’ll do it, but I don’t like it much. I’m also not fond of plane flight.
7) Do you have a favourite food: dessert and main?
My favorite main course is steak or sushi. I love desserts and I’m not sure I can pick one! Of course, I love rich chocolate, but I also like tiramisu and a great fruit pie.
8) How do you like to spend your free time?
I’m very overscheduled and need to cut back, but that’s a mom’s life! My free time activity almost always has some work or mothering purpose, so it’s not exactly free. I’m trying to get better about that.
9) 5 interesting facts about yourself are:
a) I coach a team who does gymnastics on horseback. It’s called equestrian vaulting. (That sounds very interesting and I can imagine that would be lots of fun!!)Lovlier than Daylight
b) Even though I write historical fiction, fantasy was my first love as a child. I’m a huge Tolkien fan.
c) I attended nine schools before I graduated from high school.
d) I am partly color-blind, which is an extremely rare trait in women. Fortunately, it’s only certain shades of red and green.
e) I will dance in public if I ever really feel like it. My daughter lives in fear that I will dance in the grocery store. (haha that’s so cool :P )
10) What are your favourite movies?
I’ll name a few that I’ve really liked: Shadowlands, Sense and Sensibility, Babe.
11) Are you able to play any instruments? Are there any that you wish you could play?
I played clarinet when I was younger. I’m now teaching myself to play the Irish tin whistle, and I find the clarinet experience helpful.
12) How did you discover your passion for writing?
I wrote a poem when I was about six and read it to an adult dinner party, who applauded. That was a neat moment. My passion for writing is a passion for the power of words that is linked to my love of reading.
13) Are there any TV shows that have you ‘hooked’? (I know I’m obsessed with NCIS at the moment…)
I don’t get much time to watch TV, but I am a big fan of Longmire, the show about the Western sheriff. A friend recommended it to me because Sheriff Longmire is a really good man, in contrast to many of the anti-heroes on TV these days. I love the way he picks up garbage off the streets. Literally. :-)
14) What is your favourite time of the year?
It depends where I’m living. Now that I live in the deep South, it may be spring. It’s so beautiful when the buds come out on the trees.
15) Do you have a favourite bible verse, or one that greatly moves you?
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness does not overcome it.
16) What is your favourite childhood memory? (if too personal, you don’t have to answer it!)
Most of my best memories involve playing with my twin sister. We loved to play fairies and to make our plastic horses talk. We also liked dueling with our plastic swords. We were interesting kids, to say the least! We still have a strong relationship and we just took a vacation together with our daughters.

Rosslyn is a beautiful person and I can’t wait to read her other books. Be sure to visit her blog: http://www.inkhornblue.blogspot.com.au/ and website: http://www.rosslynelliott.com/index.html, where I love to look around!! Visit and you’ll know why….

 

Fairer Than Morning – Rosslyn Elliot (Book Review) April 21, 2014

Fairer_than_MorningRATING: 4 Stars
From the Cover ~
Ann dreams of a marriage proposal from her poetic suitor, Eli—until Will Hanby shows her that nobility is more than fine words.
On a small farm in 19th-century Ohio, young Ann Miller is pursued by the gallant Eli Bowen, son of a prominent family. Eli is the suitor of Ann’s dreams. Like her, he enjoys poetry and beautiful things and soon, he will move to the city to become a doctor.
Ann travels to Pittsburgh, accompanying her father on business. There she meets Will Hanby, a saddle-maker’s apprentice. Will has spent years eking out an existence under a cruel master and his spirit is nearly broken. But Ann’s compassion lights a long-dark part of his soul. Through his encounters with Ann’s father, a master saddler, Will discovers new hope and courage in the midst of tremendous adversity.
When the Millers must return to Ohio and their ministry there, Will resolves to find them, at any cost. If Will can make it back to Ann, will she be waiting?

My Thoughts ~
From the beginning, Elliot’s words captured my attention. I don’t know if it was my need to read a book after not having read one in a good couple weeks, but nonetheless, my attention was taken! Given that is a hard thing to do as I have been intently watching NCIS from the beginning, and am now up to Season 7. For NCIS fans, I understand how addicting it can be!!! Waiting for the next season from the Library is nearly torture. But that proves for another discussion some other time. Back to the review….

I must admit that I was fearful of not liking Will. Drawn from past experiences (from reading, of course), men who are bound to their masters and are beaten (nearly to death) and starved, have had some sort of vulnerable and fragile appeal to them. While there is nothing wrong with this!!!!, I prefer my heroes to be able to stand on their own two feet with courage, determination and a strong personality. Elliot does a phenomenal job with this! All the central characters are so well rounded and have such a deep personality that I felt like I knew them all. Having read my fair share of books, I can understand that that is not necessarily an easy achievement. However Elliot mastered it! I fell in love with the story and having finished it now, I can hardly wait to read another of Elliot’s books.

The story line was so complex. Both Ann and Will had promised themselves to, what they believed to be their husband and wife, that I began to doubt Ann and Will will ever get together. But the more I read, the more I appreciated and noticed their undercurrent affections for each other. It didn’t come immediately though as it came more than half-way through the book. This, as you can imagine, made for a great ending. I was beginning to get concerned that it would not end the way I imagined, so I skim read the pages (which I never do FYI)! The match-making though, of the father, was funny. I had a feeling he knew all along!

The main highlight of the book though, was the message Elliot conveyed. In amongst the rush of life, it is so easy to forget looking out for others and doing good-will, being compassionate and making sure their needs are met before yours. That is what struck me. The nature of Samuel Miller’s heart – helping slaves runaway and being a spark of hope for Will – whilst having to live with little money for his family, really resonated with me. Then there are other characters, such as Ann and Dr. Loftin that further encouraged this view as I was forced to reflect upon my Christian heart, and if I would help those in need. I would like to think that I would! I can’t imagine myself doing otherwise!

I can assure you that you will have many mixed emotions when reading this book – hatred, frustration, anger, love, compassion, understanding and many more! I hope that you will pick up this book and be inspired and encouraged like I was, whilst enjoying it, of course ;)

 

Jesus Paid It All April 18, 2014

Jesus Paid It All

 

 

Matthew 26:28 - This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.

Isaiah 53:5 – But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.

Romans 8:1 - Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

John 3:16 – For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, so that whosoever believes in him, shall not perish, but have eternal life.

Isaiah 1:18 - “Come now, let us reason together,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.

2 Corinthians 5:17 - Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

Ephesians 1:7 - In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.

Colossians 1:13-14 - For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves,  in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Psalm 103:12 - as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

 

Live In The Present April 17, 2014

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Weekly Teasers (7) Answers April 16, 2014

1. Complete this sequence of letters: o, t, t, f, f, s, s, _, _, _. ANSWER: E,N,T (EIGHT, NINE, TEN)brain teasers

2. From the beginning of eternity, to the end of time and space, to the beginning of every end, and the end of every place. What am I? ANSWER: LETTER ‘E’

3. I can run but I can’t walk, a mouth but I can’t talk, a head but I can’t think, a bed but I can’t sleep. Who am I? ANSWER: A RIVER

4. Which is the word in English that has nine letters, and remains a word at each step even when you remove one letter from it, right up to a single letter remaining. List each letter as you remove them, along with the resulting word at each step. ANSWER: STARTLING – Startling’ is the word. Begin by removing ‘l’, which makes it ‘starting’, then take away the ‘t’, making it ‘staring’, and so on – string; sting; sing; sin; in; and, I.

5. When you have me, you feel like sharing me. But, if you do share me, you don’t have me. What am I? ANSWER: A SECRET

 

Weekly Teasers (8) April 15, 2014

1. Until I am measured, I am not known. Yet how you miss me, When I have flown! What am I?

2. Which word is the odd one out: First Second Third Forth Fifth Sixth Seventh Eighth?brain teasers

3. What happens only in the middle of each month, in all of the seasons, except summer and happens only in the night, never in the day?

4. What demands an answer but asks no question?

5. What does man love more than life? Fear more than death or mortal strife? What do the poor have, what the rich require, and what contented men desire? What does the miser spend, the spendthrift save, and all men carry to their graves?

 

 

Fragrance From The Spring – Liana Wendy Howarth April 14, 2014

These review has been in the making for over 6 months! It’s not that the poems were a struggle to get through, it’s quite the opposite in fact!!! Liana wrote so beautifully that I wanted to digest everything! Such beauty I know I will savour for the rest of my life! I hope you enjoy this review and that you will get this book. I know that it will inspire, encourage and uplift you!! (sorry Liana that it has taken to long!)

FragranceFragrance From The Spring is a wonderful, refreshing, inspiring and encouraging collection of poems, written by Liana Wendy Howarth. This book is broken up into several sections, the first one being aimed at children, the second one about joy, compassion and hope, the next
and the second more inspirational. I have decided to write this review whilst reading the book because I want to accurately capture and convey all the details I want to, in the correct manner.
As what you normally do, you begin reading at the beginning of the book. So this is where I will start. Poetry is one of my favourite aspect of literature, especially when each poem has been analysed, as it is then that I am able to fully appreciate its beauty. Don’t worry, Liana’s aren’t that complex! However, her poems are easy to comprehend, allowing their beauty to really shine though. The few that I have read have really inspired and encouraged me. They highlighted Christian values, God’s love and principles that apply especially to children. One that comes to mind regards a child who is moving house again, further into the city and away from his old friends. The lesson learned is that things we may dread can be fun. But it all depends what we make of the situation. The other ones I wish to share are the first couple. The first one (Childhood Memories of England) regards the reflections of an adult on her childhood memories from England. The imagery is just amazing! I was captivated. The second one (Didn’t Get Much For Your Birthday….. Think Again) is a great reminder for children who still want more presents. Yet Liana reminds us that the beauty of the World is God’s gift to us which represent his “endless gifts to all”. This poem really hit home for me because it reminded me how much I really take life for granted and how easily I actually forget God, when his love and presents are surrounding me all day, I just don’t realise it. Quite frankly I felt ashamed, but I am thankful and blessed to have read it. Thanks Liana! Now, off to read a few more…..The other ones are just as good! With picture book perfection, Liana’s descriptions really bring the stories to life. With animals, ballet, lost kittens, toys, dreams, farms, zoos etc… I know Liana is able to engage children in her stories, no doubt about that! What I also love are the morals some of the poems have behind them, including the special gift of life, love and friendship. The thought provoking questions are also really cool as they include the readers, giving children a little secret.
Next up are the Poems of Joy, Compassion and Hope. These poems are really for a wide range of readers, beginning at high school students, unbelievers, to believers because they deal with relevant issues, being exams, the meaning of the cross and the perfect Lamb of God, and praise and glory to God!! How refreshing, encouraging and inspirational it is reading these poems. With scriptural references and indirect quotations, I felt truly blessed and uplifted.

What I love most about these poems, is that they speak and reveal God for who he is – His Grace, love, forgiveness. A Wounding Question reflects this beautifully, because it gently reminds us that God knows everything about us and will willingly hold us in time of comfort. But who will hold his? That is the question that gets to me because it reveals God’s goodness and depth of love which makes me want to humble myself and follow him with all my heart!!

This collection of poems really speaks to the heart and soul. In some cases it can even be read as a prayer. With beautiful imagery and analogies, Liana really touches the soul!! Reading this collection will leave you refreshed and with new energy for Christ!! Praise God for Liana’s gift that i hope all you will be able to experience!!

Make sure to visit Liana’s blog for more poems. They really are food for the soul!! http://poetrycottage.wordpress.com/

 

 

His Love Endured Forever!! Psalm 107 April 13, 2014

Psalm107Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say this – those he redeemed from the hand of the foe, those he gathered from the lands, from east and west, from north and south. Some wandered in desert wastelands, finding no way to a city where they could settle. They were hungry and thirsty, and their lives ebbed away. Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He led them by a straight way to a city  where they could settle. Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men, for he satisfies the thirsty, and fills the hungry with good things.

Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men. Let them exalt him in the assembly of the people and praise him in the council of the elders. Whosever is wise, let him heed these things and consider the great love of the Lord.

Psalm 107:1-9, 31, 32, 43

 

Miranda A. Uyeh: To Die Once – INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAY April 12, 2014

Here it is guys, the exciting news about the INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAY!!!!!! If you are reading this post and have not been introduced to Miranda A. Uyeh through her To Die Once Ebook CoverInterview, or don’t even know what this book is about through my review, then please follow the links. Because here it is, the info about the giveaway……

Miranda is giving away 10 ebooks every week for the next 7 weeks, giving you the opportunity of winning 1 of 70 copies! All you have to do is enter through Rafflecopter below. Every Sunday the winners will be drawn of Miranda’s Blog and winners will be sent the ebook once the giveaway is finished. Open INTERNATIONALLY!!

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Miranda A. Uyeh is an assistant lecturer at a local college in Makurdi City, Nigeria, where she teaches two geology courses. Her love for books goes as far back as when her father placed Disney’s Rapunzel in her hands—her very first storybook! By the time she was thirteen she knew she was going to be a writer. You can find Miranda on her blog where she shares her love for books, entertainment and Christian spirituality with her readers. Miranda holds a B.Tech (Hons) in Applied Geology from ATBU, Nigeria. To Die Once is her debut novel, #1 of the Child of Grace book series.

Make sure to follow her online one way or another!!Miranda A. Uyeh

Twitter     Blog    Facebook    Google+     Pinterest      Goodreads

 

Author’s Note
This is a story centered on God’s healing power of grace and mercy. People like Jennifer, Rodrigo (and Stefano), and Chidi exist in our world today, hurting from the choices and the mistakes they’d made in the past, and seeking redemption/solace in any way possible, even from vices like alcohol. If you find yourself in such a position, or you know someone drowning in pain, please, let them know that God’s arms are wide-open to receive and heal anyone who will earnestly come to Him. He says in His Word in Heb. 4:16 that we can come boldly before the throne of grace to seek grace and mercy for when we need it. Do not lose hope that you can be healed and fully restored. There is no sin that God can’t forgive, and there’s no one He’ll turn away. Come to Him today and receive your healing!

 

Philippians 4:6-7 – Peace Of God April 11, 2014

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To Die Once – Miranda A. Uyeh (Book Review) April 10, 2014

Now, for the moment you have all been waiting for…. the post about To Die Once. I hope I was building up the suspense because this book is really worth it!!!

To Die Once Ebook CoverTwo men, one woman, a rosebush …

… a terrible past, an uncertain future

Jennifer, a woman unexpectedly trapped in a path of love and passion against everything she believes. Rodrigo, a man set to get what he wants at the cost of what matters most. Stefano, a man with a past, a story to tell and passion to offer. Chidi, a friend in need, a friend indeed. Or not? From a culture where good girls follow the norm and live as they’ve been told, Jennifer is no different from any other girl until by happenstance, she meets and falls in love with Rodrigo, a man who’s handsome, rich and foreign. Different. She has no idea who he is or what he does, and is swept into a world of romance and passion. It is not long before she discovers a shocking truth that shakes both her world and his. Then he is gone. Stefano shows up at a time when Jennifer has made up her mind about the rules of life. He thinks she’s beautiful and is in love with her. In a bid to convince her to give him a chance in her life, old memories once buried are brought to life. And the events that follow don’t leave anyone unaffected by the truth of the past that was left unsettled. Meanwhile, Jennifer with her friend Chidi, find themselves on a self-discovery journey that has one of them raising questions. Some just have to ask, where is God in all this?

… an inspirational romance, from Lagos to Italy.

“A little mystery, a bit of intrigue, a lot of romance. To Die Once is a Christian romance with real characters facing deep issues. The emotional writing is truly heart-felt. This is Ms. Uyeh’s debut novel and thankfully, this won’t be the last.” —K. Victoria Chase, Bestselling author of From Across The Divide, Virginia Justice, Raphael: volume 1, Santiago Brothers book series.

“Miranda Uyeh has penned a novel full of heart. To Die Once is a story alternately thorny and tender that tackles the various forms of love – romance, friendship, and faith – in unique settings and situations. Often surprising, consistently intriguing, Uyeh’s debut is a bold start to her blossoming writing career.” — Amber Stokes, Author of “The Heart’s Spring” Series

“A fun inspirational romance read” — Rektok Ross, Best selling YA Romance author of Prodigal

My Thoughts ~ 5 STARS
Wow! Wow! Wow! I can’t believe this is Miranda’s first book! She writes as if she has been writing for years (which I am sure she has been!!). All I can hope is that my simple words make her story justice! Miranda’s talent is truly a gift from God!

Before I get into all my praise, I have to confess that I wasn’t really keen on the beginning. Jennifer, a strong Christian woman, falling for a non-Christian based on his physical appearance made me frustrated. I thought “Why would she do that?! Ignore all her good intuition for this man who kisses amazingly and looks super haTo Die Once Ebook Coverndsome?!” I was close to putting the book down because she didn’t even know him for who he was. All she looked forward to was the physical attraction. But, I thought to myself, I owe Miranda this much…. so I continued it. Have you ever started reading a book with a beginning that let down your expectations?  However you continue reading, hoping that it is going to get better, and fortunately, it does!? Well for me this was the book!!!!!!!

Although I say that the beginning was a little let down, it provided for the substance later on. It built character and gave us a glimpse of the hole Jenny has dug for herself. Without the beginning, the end wouldn’t be so beautiful and the symbolism so meaning full!!! To die once’ really reflects what happens in the book! Study the front page. Isn’t it so seductive?? Personally, I love it!! I think it reflects the book so beautifully. And the red roses – not only are they Miranda’s favourite ;) , but they are basically tie the book together. You are probably thinking right now “When is she going to start her review and stop waffling?” And believe me, I completely understand! I am just so scared that I am going to say something that gives the whole story away!

Right from the beginning Jennifer and Rodrigo have chemistry! The passionate kisses and strokes and the affectionate glances made my spine tingle! Don’t worry – although it may have reflected the style of secular books (actually I have no real idea as the only secular romance book I have read is My Sister’s Keeper), nothing awkward is explained. I don’t know how she did it, but Miranda really mastered it!! Drama, drama, drama…. that is all that pretty much follows. Jennifer’s world is falling apart and she feels completely incompetent to change her fate. This is what I like about her character because she accurately represents the average woman these days who is surrounded with all these problems. Miranda really humanised her which is what I love about this book – the characters pretty much came to life, as if I was watching a movie… except this one lasted longer. (It really kept me distracted, btw, from my Uni studies) Because I really disliked her lustful need at the beginning, I rejoiced when Rodrigo left, thinking that Jenny could return to her old life, but no, things had gotten way out of her control! And then along comes Stefano…..

I hope this review made the book justice!! If not, I just hope that the posts will have you hooked! I know that for me all I had to do was read the blurb to be drawn in. Thank you Miranda for the amazing and honouring experience and pleasure of being able to read this book! Can’t wait for the next one!!

Stay tuned for the INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAY!!! More info released tomorrow!!….

 

To Die Once – Miranda A. Uyeh & Interview April 9, 2014

It is my absolute pleasure to introduce you all to a new author – Miranda A. Uyeh. Some of you may have already heard of her, as she is part of the wordpress family, however for most of you, this is your first time. Well, can I just say that she is one very gifted and talented author! She writes as if she has written for years, and I cannot believe that this is only her first book. But I am pleased to say that it definitely won’t be her last! So, before I get started with my review, let me introduce you all to Miranda:

Miranda A. UyehMiranda A. Uyeh is an assistant lecturer at a local college in Makurdi City, Nigeria, where she teaches two geology courses. Her love for books goes as far back as when her father placed Disney’s Rapunzel in her hands—her very first storybook! By the time she was thirteen she knew she was going to be a writer. You can find Miranda on her blog where she shares her love for books, entertainment and Christian spirituality with her readers. Miranda holds a B.Tech (Hons) in Applied Geology from ATBU, Nigeria. To Die Once is her debut novel, #1 of the Child of Grace book series.

Make sure to follow her online one way or another!!

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And, because I thought it would be fun (and it was :) ) I also have an interview to share with you all…….

1. Getting your first book published must have had its challenges and I believe it was a
long process in the making. What sort of hurdles did you have to overcome?
I live outside the United States, but the rest of my team lives there. So when we first began, establishing a payment option that was comfortable for everyone proved a bit difficult. But eventually, we settled on using Google Wallet, desktop version, a very easy and comfortable option! Other authors have complained about problems they’ve had with their editors, but I’m happy to announce this wasn’t the case at all, as Amber Stokes and Rachelle Rea are friends of mine. Some authors aren’t pleased with the final product from their cover designer, but Lena Goldfinch—very talented, patient and professional—surpassed all my expectations. She, too, is a friend!

2. What inspired you to become a writer?
I remember that the first Christian romance I ever read, a Heartsong book by Norma Jean Lutz, first caught my attention when I was thirteen. I was so blown away that I penned her a letter which she sweetly replied. Nothing made me more excited at the time! I knew, then, that I wanted to be a writer. After a while, as I grew up, I forgot about Christian Fiction, but not my zeal to write, because I’d delved deeper into mainstream. But somewhere along the line, God took me through a journey that reminded me again of who I’m supposed to be. I wrote a blog post about it which I titled “Why I Believe In Christian Fiction”.

3. How long did it take for you to write To Die Once and what inspired you to write it?
I started writing To Die Once November, 2012, and I finished it some four to five months after? Being an avid reader of books and viewer of movies, I guess they all came together to form a plan in my head. Haha!

4. What are 5 interesting facts about yourself?
Hmm … well, the word “interesting” is relative, right? Haha! I think these add color to my personality:
i. I’m a child of the Most High God, and I don’t take that for granted!
ii. I love chocolate and roses. Red Roses please!
iii. I think Paris and Barbados are beautiful and I hope to visit these places one day.
iv. I’m looking forward to owning my own pet dog that I’ve already named Aspen.
v. Taking time to be by myself so I can reflect and meditate is the best way I can rightly put things into focus and draw inner strength from God.

5. Which do you like more:Miranda
Hot chocolate/Mocha/Coffee – Mocha! Although, sometimes, I prefer the separate flavors of coffee and chocolate. Tea, however, is at the top of my list.
Shopping/Beach/Watching movies – Movies please!
Pink/Green/Orange – Can I pick red or blue instead? Haha!
Lollies/Fruit/Biscuits – Fruit please. Unless there’s cake!

Flats/Heels/Boots – Without blinking, boots! I dig those.
Rabbits/Birds/Other – Dogs/Horses. Love their loyalty!

6. What is your worst fear?
The ocean. It is way too vast. Although, I have to admit, the view is quite grand from the beach.

7. Whilst writing To Die Once did you have any actors in mind who would be perfect character portrayals?
Not really. The characters’ looks in my head were very original. It’s why it took Lena and I a good bit of time to find the model I felt would exude Jennifer’s personality on the cover. And I can tell you, the one there fits PERFECTLY! I seriously doubt any other photo out there could have given better face value, and I thank God for this, because, I’d put it all in His hands before and during the search.

8. What is your favourite music/artist/album/song?
Music Genre: Christian Rock; Artist: Casting Crowns (in a classic sort of way); Album: Overcomer (Deluxe edition), by Mandisa; Song: You See Through Me, by Chris Taylor.

9. Do you have a favourite movie?
I have no favorite movie, but I have a list of favorites.

10. If you could do anything you wanted, what would you do?
Own a publishing/movie production company.

11. Did you always want to become a writer? What other professions interested you?
Yes! I made the decision to become a writer when I was thirteen. A few of the crazy times, I dared to imagine what it would be like to be an aerospace engineer or marine biologist. Haha! In less crazy times, I wondered about architecture.

12. What are your favourite TV shows?
I recently haven’t paid as much attention to TV shows as I used to. But overall, I believe the best ever to grace the TV were 24 (the best ever!), Nikita, Chuck, Suits, White Collar, House and Modern Family (that’s not to say I approve of the crazy in them!).

13. Do you have a favourite bible verse?
I have a variety of verses that God has used to bless me, and they’re such pillars for me: Heb. 4:16; Phil. 4:13; Is 40, 49, 41:14-16, 30:21; John 10:10; Rom. 8:1; 1 Pet. 3:3-11; 1 John 4:4, 5:3-5, Prov. 3:5-8; 1Chro. 4:9-10; Ps 91, 121, 16, 37:1-11; Lk 10:19; James 3:13-18; 1 Cor. 13 … Oh, they’re so many!

14. Have you started planning writing your second book?
Oh, yes! To Die Once is #1 in the Child of Grace book series. I’ve started writing
book #2, To Lie Once. This story centers on Jennifer’s sister, Joyce. It’s a “good girl gone bad” sort of story. I’m so excited writing it! There will be four books in all.

15. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
Paris, first. Then Barbados!

Be sure to come back for the Book Review of To Die Once and the INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAY :D

 

 

 

Weekly Teasers (6) – Answers April 8, 2014

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I understand that is may be a little soon as the questions were just asked a couple of days ago, however I wanted to get back on the ball with things….

1. What is as big as you are and yet does not weigh anything? ANSWER: YOUR SHADOWbrain teasers

2. A cowboy rode into town on Friday, stayed three days, and rode out again on Friday. How did he do that? ANSWER: YOUR HORSE’S NAME IS FRIDAY

3. 2 fathers and 2 sons go fishing. Each of them catches one fish. So why do they bring home only 3 fish? ANSWER: BECAUSE THERE WAS A GRANDFATHER, A FATHER AND A SON

4. I stand when I’m sitting, and jump when I’m walking. Who am I? ANSWER: A KANGAROO :P

5. It is an insect, and the first part of its name is the name of another insect. What is it? ANSWER: A BEETLE ;)

I hope you enjoyed these ones. You will find this week’s ones HERE.

 

Weekly Teasers (7) April 7, 2014

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1. Complete this sequence of letters: o, t, t, f, f, s, s, _, _, _.brain teasers

2. From the beginning of eternity, to the end of time and space, to the beginning of every end, and the end of every place. What am I?

3. I can run but I can’t walk, a mouth but I can’t talk, a head but I can’t think, a bed but I can’t sleep. Who am I?

4. Which is the word in English that has nine letters, and remains a word at each step even when you remove one letter from it, right up to a single letter remaining. List each letter as you remove them, along with the resulting word at each step.

5. When you have me, you feel like sharing me. But, if you do share me, you don’t have me. What am I?

 

Get God’s Opinion April 5, 2014

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because…’1 Timothy 4:12 NIV1 Timothy412

Try as you may, you will never fulfil a dream that is not your own. Stop and think about your personal history. How have your plans, goals and desires been influenced by others? Is it possible your dreams are the result of who your parents think you are? Who others think you are? Who you wish you were? Or are they the result of who you really are and what God meant you to be? You will live the life for which God created you, only after you figure this out. When a dream is right for you and you are right for a dream, the two cannot be separated from each other. TS Elliot said, ‘Whatever you think, be sure it is what you think; whatever you want, be sure it is what you want.’ Paul told Timothy, ‘Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young.’ Evidently certain people in the early church thought Timothy was too young and inexperienced to be in leadership. But Paul thought differently; and so did God. Cecil G. Osborne writes, ‘The young child has no clear picture of himself. He sees himself only in the mirror of his parents’ evaluation of himself…A child who’s told repeatedly that he is a bad boy, or is lazy, or no good, or stupid, or shy, or clumsy will tend to act out this picture which the parent or some authority figure has given him’. Let God and God alone, tell you who you are and what you should do. Get His opinion, for in the end it’s the only one that counts!

*The Word for Today is published by UCB Australia. A free introductory copy of the devotional may be obtained from UCB Australia; 1800 00 777 0 or admin@ucb.com.au*

 

 

 
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