4.30.2016

Author Interview//Amanda Tero


On this Saturday I have a very exciting post! I have the privilege of interviewing author Amanda Tero! I hope you enjoy getting to know this incredible author and checking out some of her books! =)


1. When did you first start writing?

The first story I wrote was probably when I was seven. At least, the papers are written on wide-rule paper, the letters scribbled over two lines. :) It was written skit-style and was about six pages. I didn't really seriously begin to write until I was about ten.

2. Do you have any funny writing quirks?

Hmm... I mean, I think most authors make facial expression as they're trying to describe them, so is that considered a funny writing quirk? I can't think of any others. :)

3. Do you listen to music when you write? 

No I do not. Even though I'm a musician, I find that the music tends to distract me -- that might be because I'm a musician and my brain is trying to analyze the music I'm writing instead of using it as a soundtrack to my writing.

4. What is your favorite author and book? 

I know you probably mean "besides God and the Bible" (which is hands-down the best!) ... I like a lot of different authors. Janette Oke has been the author I've read the most of that I like. For Indie authors, Alicia (Willis) Jones is definitely my favorite. Other authors like Anne Mateer, Beverly Lewis, Roseanna White, Faith Blum, Kelsey Bryant, Sarah Holman, Tracie Peterson, and Francine Rivers I have read some of their books and liked them as well--but there is always the possibility that I haven't or wouldn't like all of their books. For non-fiction, I like Elizabeth George.

5. What things do you do when you're not writing?

Well, actually, writing is my hobby. :) So usually I'm doing a lot of other stuff and writing is just thrown in there. I teach piano and violin, arrange hymns (www.withajoyfulnoise.com), transcribe music for other Christian composers, do music with my family ministry, read, am a photographer and graphics designer, clean the kitchen, plus a lot of other random things that comes as being a part of a large family. :)

6. Coffee or tea?

Usually, coffee -- though I'm not addicted to it.

7. Favorite resources for writing?

Books. :) The internet is useful, and I do use it a lot, but I really like having reference books in my hands!

8. What is your best advice for any writer? 

Seek first and foremost to follow and please God. It is so easy to get pulled into writing "what I think will sell" instead of writing the less popular topics that God is leading me to write. 

About the Author

Amanda Tero is a homeschool graduate who desires to provide God-honoring, family-friendly reading material. She has enjoyed writing since before ten years old, but it has only been since 2013 that she began seriously pursuing writing again – starting with some short stories that she wrote for her sisters as a gift. Her mom encouraged her to try selling the stories she published, and since then, she has begun actively writing short stories, novellas, and novels.

Blog Links- 
With A Joyful NoiseAmanda Tero 

Book Links
 Amanda Tero Books
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Thank you so much Amanda for doing the interview with me! For all of you readers I would encourage you to check out her books and her blogs! Both of her blogs are wonderful and I'm looking forward to reading some of her books soon. :)

4.23.2016

The Get To Know Me Tag

Welcome back to "Completely For Him" for another of my posts! 
I hope you enjoyed reading the cover release on Monday for Hosanna's novel! You should really go buy yourself a copy of the book after it releases! =) Anyway, on to my post which just happens to be another tag-



Vital Stats



Name: Hannah

Nickname: Ummm...I don't have any common nicknames and the ones I have been called might be a little too embarrassing to say...so...=D

Place of Birth: South Dakota 


Firsts



Best Friend: Well, that's hard to say...I guess my parents, grandparents, siblings... :)

Award:  Maybe the trophy I got for playing soccer...but then everybody else on the team got it so I'm not sure! =D

Sport:  Football? I was a tomboy when I was younger... ;)

Real holiday:  Thanksgiving

Concert:  Probably the Josties a couple years back. They are so good! 

Favorites




Film: Flywheel, Ring The Bell, Sound of Music...

TV Show: Counting On(and 19 Kids and Counting), Bringing Up Bates...actually I've never watched these on TV because we don't have a TV, but I love watching them on Youtube! :)

Color: Lavander Pink, Mint Green, and Lilac Purple

Song:  "Trust In You" (Lauren Daigle)// "Safe" (Phil Wickham)//"Hungry" (Jeremy Camp)// "Not Alone" (Crave)...and so many others! Sorry that wasn't really just one...but you should go listen to them right now! =D

Restaurant: Subway, Wendys, Panera Bread

Books: Song of Acadia series, Millie Keith series, Love Comes Softly series, and many other series/books by Janette Oke and Martha Finley!

Currently



Feeling:  Happy and tired. I just finished re-arranging my room and it looks amazing!!

Single or Taken: Single

Eating: Nothing except I did just eat a bar. Yum!

Watching:  Me typing this...I mean do most people watch other things while they're typing? :P

Wearing:  Jeans and a pink shirt(I wear a lot of pink!) =)

Future



Want children: Yes!

Want to be married: Yes!

Careers in mind: Well, a wife and mother mainly...but before that...I'm still figuring it out! (;

Where you want to live: Anywhere that God wants me to live!

Do you believe in...


God: Definitely!

Miracles: For sure!

Love at first sight: Nope. I believe you can be attracted to someone right away, but it wouldn't be love yet...

Ghosts: No

Aliens:  No

Soul mates: So...I had to look this up because I didn't know what it was, although I had heard of it. It said a soul mate was "someone who was ideally suited for another as a close friend or romantic partner". I believe that God has specifically picked out the person you are to marry so I guess I believe in soul mates... =)

Heaven: Yes!

Hell:  Yes, but you have a choice to go there or not!

Kissing on the first date:  No! Not a good idea. Wait until your wedding day!

Yourself:  Well I believe that I can "do all things through Christ who strengthens me", but other than with His help no.

Thank you so much for reading this and I hope you learned more about me through it! If you have any other questions about me feel free to comment below and I'll try to answer you! =)

4.18.2016

The Mystery of the Midnight Trespasser Cover Release

Hello again to all my amazing readers! 
I am so excited about this post! One of my friends, Hosanna, is doing a cover release for her book "The Mystery of the Midnight Trespasser" and I get to be apart of it. I have read the book and it is really good so I can't wait to get a copy of the 2nd Edition! =) So for the revealing of the cover...


RELEASE DATE: April 26, 2016

"Rosy growled, and I knew she was pacing the porch. I sensed her uneasiness. Something was wrong. Rosy never barked at cars; why would she choose this one?" 

13 year-old Emily Kessler believes in God, but when she discovers someone trespassing in the middle of the night, can she learn to trust in Him completely? Will she have the courage to solve the mystery with her friends? And when everything falls apart, will Emily be able to keep those she loves safe?

About The Author-


Hosanna Emily wrote her first novel at age fourteen. She is a homeschooled, independent author who is the oldest daughter in a family of eleven. She enjoys exploring the sparkling creek by her home in rural Kentucky, reading, drawing, learning American Sign Language, and spending time with her family and with her Creator.

To learn more, visit her blog at:
HavingaHeartLikeHis.blogspot.com

4.16.2016

None But Jesus


In the quiet, in the stillness
I know that You are God
In the secret of Your presence
I know there I am restored

When You call, I won't refuse
Each new day again I'll choose

There is no one else for me
None but Jesus
Crucified to set me free
Now I live to bring Him praise

In the chaos, in confusion
I know You're Sovereign still
In the moment of my weakness
You give me grace to do Your will

Oh, when You call, I won't delay
This my song for all my days

There is no one else for me
None but Jesus
Crucified to set me free
Now I live to bring Him praise

And there is no one else for me
None but Jesus
Crucified to set me free
Now I live to bring Him praise

I am Yours, and You are mine
I am Yours, and You are mine
I am Yours, and You are mine

All my delight is in You, Lord
All of my hope, and all of my strength
All my delight is in You, Lord
And forevermore, You're my delight

All my delight is in You, Lord
All of my hope, and all of my strength
All my delight is in You, Lord
Forevermore

There is no one else for me
None but Jesus
Crucified to set me free
Now I live to bring Him praise

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This is such a beautiful song! In the quiet, in the stillness, He is there...He is sovereign. There is no one else for me none but Jesus...



4.14.2016

3 Day Quote Challenge- Day 3

Alright here is my last quote for the 3 Day Quote Challenge! =) Thank you for nominating me Katie!

Rules:
-Thank the person who nominated you

-Nominate 3 new bloggers everyday
-Post a new quote everyday for 3 consecutive days


Here it is-


I nominate-


See you Saturday! Thank you for reading these quotes. :)

4.13.2016

3 Day Quote Challenge- Day 2

Hello again for Day 2 of the 3 Day Quote Challenge! Thank you so much Katie for tagging me!

Rules:
-Thank the person who nominated you

-Nominate 3 new bloggers everyday
-Post a new quote everyday for 3 consecutive days


Here is my next quote:

I nominate-

-Hannah@Hannah Rodzzz

See you again tomorrow for the last day! 

4.12.2016

3 Day Quote Challenge- Day 1

Hello!
I was nominated by Katie from Concealed Foundation for the 3 Day Quote Challenge! Thank you so much, Katie

Rules:
-Thank the person who nominated you

-Nominate 3 new bloggers everyday
-Post a new quote everyday for 3 consecutive days


Here is my first quote:



This is such a true quote and how we all should be with Jesus! 

I nominate-

-Trinity@Lords Girls

I'll see you tomorrow for Day 2 of the 3 Day Quote Challenge!

4.09.2016

Rest In Him


Hello readers!

This Saturdays post is going to be about resting in our Savior during the busy seasons of our lives. This is something that I'm learning a lot more about as this semester has been especially busy with school, chores, blogging, reading, writing, and staying caught up with friends and family. How can we manage life when it seems like there's not much that we can take out? We can't stop doing school, chores really need to be done, blogging is something that would be nice to do, and keeping up with friends and family is important as well. But then how do we have time for Him? How do we have peace when everyday is a marathon of going here and there and doing this and that?

1. Pray
Pray. Pray throughout each day asking the Lord for strength and grace in the business of life. Rest in him and ask him to give you peace to go through it confidently and completely free of stress. Release the outcomes to Him and let Him give you the peace that passes all understanding.

2. Have Joy
Although this definitely will not be the only busy season of your life I would really encourage you to enjoy it. It will make it so much more fun and stress-free if you enjoy the busyness instead of complaining or making it a drudgery.

3. Spend Time with Jesus
You are not going to get through it joyfully and with peace in your heart without Him. Make sure you spend at least a 1/2 hour each day with Jesus reading his word, listening to him, praying, and just being in His presence. This will make a big difference to your day! And if you think you don't have time for Him how about getting up a 1/2 hour earlier than you usually would to be with Him? As the saying goes "Where there's a will, there's a way" and that's certainly true for spending time with Jesus. You have to have the will to do it!

4. Do Your Best
Don't just get it done, but get it done well! I think this is really hard for me to do because when you have so many things to do you want to just get by on the bare minimum. But remember Who you are doing it for and do your best for Him. But also release the outcomes to Him!

5. Surrender
Surrender your will for His will, your plans for His plans. When things don't go the way you had wanted them to go surrender. Give up your agenda for His. Know that His plans are always better. Always

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What are some ways you have joy and peace in the busyness of life? What are some areas you may need to work on?

4.05.2016

"Love Without Limits" Book Review


Even though he was born without arms or legs, Nick Vujicic created a “ridiculously good life.” But after dating disappointments and a failed relationship, he reached his mid-twenties worried that he would never find a woman to love him and share his life. 
 Then Nick met Kanae and everything changed.  But even with undeniable chemistry, they would have to navigate twists and turns worthy of a romantic comedy before becoming "one" in marriage. 
 In Love Without Limits Nick and Kanae tell how they improbably found each other, fell in love, and then fought to overcome skepticism from others about their relationship. Filled with practical insights that will benefit any couple, this inspiring book describes a godly courtship and the early years of the Vujicics’ marriage and parenting journey. 
 Above all, Love Without Limits is an inspiring reminder that when Christ is at the center of a relationship--even with serious challenges--true love will triumph.

Wow. This book was so amazing! I had heard about Nick Vujicic different times and had watched some of his videos, but I had never known all the doubts, all the struggles, all the hurt, and all the pain he went through. It really shared his story of how he had gone through many different relationships that had ended in hurt and pain for him. Then one time when he was speaking he saw this young woman, Kanae, who really caught his eye. They got to know each other even though at first there was some misunderstandings and finally got engaged and married. They also now have 2 sons. It was a fun story to read and very inspiring to me that when you give Jesus your life he provides in so many ways we wouldn't expect and he gives us the grace and the strength to get through every single trial we face. 

Oh! And if you're wondering where I got this book I got it from Blogging for Books which is a super cool website where you can receive books for free for an honest review. It's wonderful and if you're a blogger it's a great thing to check out! I'll be posting more reviews like this in the future. :)

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Have you read "Love Without Limits"? Have you heard of Nick and Kanae Vujicic? I would love to hear your answers below! 





4.02.2016

Fanny Crosby: The Hymn Writer


You may have heard the name Fanny Crosby as the writer of many of the hymns we sing today. She is an incredible woman with an incredible trust in God. Let's look a little bit into why she is so amazing---

Fanny was born on March 24, 1820 in New York, City. She was blind at birth. She was never able to see anything. All she could see was black...complete darkness. She never was able to enjoy the beauty of the flowers, the striking colors of the birds, the white blanket of snow out on her doorstep. She never saw the faces of her family, her friends, her husband, her children...anyone she met. It was all dark. Most people probably would think when they hear that she was blind that she had a miserable, dull life. But no...at a young age her mother taught her to love her Savior and to trust in His promises. She learned to do just that! 

As she grew older her faith strengthened. At age 8 she wrote her first poem which told of her condition. She later told people "It seemed intended by the blessed providence of God that I should be blind all my life, and I thank him for the dispensation. If perfect earthly sight were offered me tomorrow I would not accept it. I might not have sung hymns to the praise of God if I had been distracted by the beautiful and interesting things about me." Wow. She actually said she didn't even want to have sight because she might have missed out on the thing's God had intended for her to do? That is amazing! 

As she got older she wrote more poems and songs like "Blessed Assurance" and "Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior". She got married to another blind man, had children, served the poor while living in a slum herself...completely gave everything because of her love for her Savior. She did not let her blindness hold her back from doing the work God had sent her here to do. She once said "when I get to heaven, the first face that shall ever gladden my sight will be that of my Savior". I can't imagine being blind and accepting it so well. It's so easy for us to want what others have. Their looks, their personality, their friends, their parents, their life. But I think we need to accept that God did not make a mistake when He created us like we are. He knows our future and He created us exactly how he saw fit. Now it is up to us to make the most of what He has given us! 

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In what ways could you better use what God has given you? You don't have to tell me, but I would encourage you to think and pray about what God has given you and how you are going to use it for Him!