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Regal Hearts Blog Tour-Halee’s Bookshelf

“Here we go again. Exhibit A of how the shallow waters of Hollywood works, as you get attacked by the media sharks. First, they compliment you, allow you to put your guard down, and then SNAP! The mousetrap slams down on the innocent cheese taker.”

Watch out people, because the evil of this world is using our media! Whether we like to admit it or not, books (among other things) are strongly influenced by the culture, and these negative and ungodly things are being mindlessly fed to our young people through popular series. They may grab your attention, keep you on the edge of your seat, and may capture you with its romance and fantasy, but it’s not wise material to be putting time into.

Thank God though, because as this generation of young people comes in, so do Godly young writers who are eager to share their writing talent to hungry readers around the world! ^_^ 

I introduce to you, Livy Jarmusch, founder of Crown Of Beauty Magazine!! Livy is an amazing world changer in this generation, touching countless young girls for the glory of God, and she’s also producing TONS of clean and positive media that establishes a firm foundation of biblical content. She has written several books: Secrets Of RoyaltyWhen Life Feels Like A Taylor Swift Song, and a magazine article bind up called Beauty, Boys, and Ballgowns.

Now, with her new “episode-style” story coming up, you’ll be in love with the vivid, relatable characters, the powerful plot, and the need-to-read messages presented.


I’ve read the first two chapters, and let me tell you, I can’t wait to read more!! It’s such an exciting series with so many twists and turns.

Written especially for girls, Livy hits impacting issues straight on, in an amazing way…..

“No more crying. Listen to me. You are a brave, strong-willed woman. You have been asked to do something against your will, something that will require all the courage and faith that you possess. But God will help you! We will pray, and pray, and pray again, and He will see you through every test and trial that presents itself to you. You must begin to gather your head about this, child.” 

I have to say, my favorite character so far is Emma, with her spunky personality and bookworm/wallflower personality, I can’t help but relate! But I am really enjoying diving into the other creative storylines woven into the big picture…(aka, the whole series.)

I hope you’ll pre-order Livy’s first “episode” in the Regal Hearts series! It’s on Amazon right now: click here.

~By His Grace,

Halee Westbrook

(P.S. Want to read the other blog posts in this blog tour? Check out this following links below, and don’t forget to peruse Livy’s website, Crown Of Beauty!)

 

The synopsis: 

Following the dramatic birth of her royal daughters, the Queen of Bella-Adar is murdered by the merciless sword of an evil usurper. The helpless princesses are placed in the care of the URIA, an undercover organization who safely extracts and protects the girls from a tragic fate. Sixteen years later, Lena Bodner encounters a stranger who uncovers secrets from her past…

Embark on these regal adventures, as Episode 1 launches an exciting, riveting mini-series of 25 pages released in a periodical, episode format. Reading Regal Hearts is like watching a TV show unfold in your mind, so you’ll have to be patient for the release of each new episode!

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Blogger Tag (from Peculiar On Purpose)

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Hey everyone! I saw this tag from Kimberly @ Peculiar On Purpose and I really wanted to do it. P.S. I WILL be tagging bloggers and friends at the end of this post so stick around!


1. Are you named after anyone?

Nope! My parents weren’t cool.

2. When was the last time you cried?

Um, last week. *Blushes*

3. Do you have kids?

Hahaahah! No. But I hope to one day!

4. If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself?

I’ve thought of this before, and honestly I think I would. But there’s certainly parts of me I would be puzzled about! LOL.

5. Do you use sarcasm a lot?

NEVER.

6. Will you ever bungee-jump?

Would be super cool, but realistically, probably no.

7. What’s your favorite cereal?

Well, we’re healthy folks so I normally don’t eat cereal…But if we’re talking junk….CINNAMON TOAST CRUNCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

8. What’s the first thing you notice about people?

Glasses…? Dressed sloppy….? Smiling…..?

9. What is your eye colour?

Brown.

10. Scary movie or happy endings?

HAPPY ENDINGS! Please. Scary movies are for people with fictional backbone. (In which I have none of.)

11. Favorite smells?

Eucalyptus. Cinnamon. Meadows. Lemon. Walking into a house with an essential oils diffuser. *laughs*

12. Summer or winter?

SUMMER. SWIMMING. SWIMMING CANNOT BE DONE IN WINTER.

13. Computer or television?

Computer. I really don’t like TV. PLUS I’ve got PureFlix, NetFlix and Amazon Video so I’ve got plenty of films to watch. :-)

14. What’s the furthest you’ve ever been from home?

Colorado! Which I totally recommend as a trip, BTW. I do hope to go to New Orleans on a mission trip one day though.

15. Do you have any special talents?

Hmm….What exactly do you mean by “special”? I love to write, read, craft, color, draw, talk, advise, pray, bake, cook, wash dishes, do laundry, driving, blogging, connecting with people, etc…..But the question is are any of them talents? Eh. IDK.

16. Where were you born?

In a little section of a big state in the USA on the Earth in the Milky Way in the whole Universe. :-)

17. What are your hobbies?

READING. WORDS. PEOPLE. JESUS.

18. Do you have any pets?

Yep! My Yorkie, Chewy. ^_^

19. Favorite movie?

*deep sigh* One cannot pick a favorite, so why do we keep asking these questions????I’ll say my current favorite: Princess Cut…But you can check out THIS movie list from a few months back and you can check out several of my favs.

20. Do you have any siblings?

Yes! Samuel, 6. Abigail, 4. And Benjamin, 2. :-)

21. What do you want to be when you grow up?

A fervent Christian women with a servant’s heart and the fire of a modern day Paul igniting her every decision!!

 

That’s it! I therefore tag:

Abbie and Caitlyn

~By His Grace,

Halee

 

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NaNoWriMo-From one participant to another.

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My top tips for succeeding this insane November:

1. Give yourself the freedom to remember it’s just the first draft!

So many NaNo particpants (myself included), get caught up and stressed about plotting, comparing themselves to others, word count and even burn out. Guys, it’s absolutely bondage to tell yourself this draft has to be perfect! And not only that, but it’s unrealistic as well. Every author and pro NaNo-er will tell you to shove away the inner-editor that’s dying to come out. That’s great for December, but NOT for a month of high-speed and pressure writing!

2. Use Your Resources!

Websites and media are among many of a writers closest friends-especially during an insane month like November!

  • Pinterest. This is great for boards filled with writing advice, character photos, and making group boards with all of your NaNo friends! (Me and my NaNoWriMo brainstorming group have a Pinterest board chock-full of inspiration. See it here.)
  • Spotify. This is perfect for the music-lover. You can stuff playlists full of non-lyrics scores for writing, or your favorite songs for inspiration.

NaNoWriMo advice videos. These are my rowboat during a bad storm!! Hahaha. But seriously look up some videos on YouTube. My two favorite writing channels are here and here.

3. Print out a writing schedule.

Whether this means a literal writing schedule where you plan out when you’ll write, or one online that shows you how many words you need per day, I recommend finding one, and if you can, stick to it! Obviously I won’t be able to write 1,667 words per day, but on the days that are less busy, I’ll be trying to exceed that!

4. Catch a vision.

It’s certainly NOT necessary to  plot out every moment of your novel, you must let it flow and be spontaneous! Not just follow a dry itinerary! BUT, I do feel like it’s important to go off of something, whether that be characters or setting or how  you want the attitude to feel.

5. Word-sprints/wars.

Last year I attempted, I think 20,000? I reached 10,000, but honestly I don’t think I would’ve hit even that much if it hadn’t have been for my amazing support group! We had word count contests and so many readings of our work. We never edited, never really critiqued, but there was so much love and belief in each other’s abilities to hit 50K, that we were bound to do better after one of our meetings!

6. Don’t go for the cliches…..Or do.

Love at first sight…..Boy is rebellious and girl is innocent….They hate each other at first then fall in love…. A main character that comes from a broken home and just needs love….Female protagonist is overly kick-butt and can out-fight any man…Ya know, whatever. These cliches disgust me. I’ll just be honest with you! I think they’re over-used (especially in YA fiction) and need to be abandoned. BUT, if you feel like using one of them for your own enjoyment, go for it! It might not be published if done un-tastefully, BUT try it out. The goal for November is to get you used to writing as much as is possible for you.

7. Lastly, remember this:

Remember the purpose behind National Novel Writing Month. It’s to get you writing EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. Whether you’ve been a writer for 10 minutes or 10 years, this is the perfect opportunity for you. Make it work, don’t let your guard down and start comparing yourself to other writers. You’ve got this! It’s not so much about what you write, whether that be a deep fantasy novel, 5 novellas, a poem a day, journal-ing or even letters to people you love, save it in a document and feel good that you’ve participated in the worldwide phenomenon that is NaNoWriMo.

 

~By His Grace,

 Halee