Book Review: A TIME TO RISE by Nadine Brandes

Here it is! My official review of “A Time to Rise” by Nadine Brandes, the final book in the “Out of Time” series! It releases THIS FRIDAY! So read on to hear all about it, and then get your running shoes on so you can run to the bookstore and buy it!

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Synopsis:

What more can you sacrifice than your life?

Parvin Blackwater is dead.

At least…that’s what the Council—and the world—thinks. But her sacrifice tore down part of the Wall long enough to stir up hope and rebellion in the people. Now she will rise again. Strong, free, and fearless.

Parvin and Solomon must uncover the mysterious clues that Jude left behind in order to destroy the projected Wall once and for all. Meanwhile, the Council schemes to new levels of technology in its attempts to keep the people contained. Can a one-handed Radical and a scarred ex-Enforcer really bring shalom to the world? Continue reading

“A Time to Rise” Tour: Giveaway #2!

Ready for another giveaway? Once again, it’s time to celebrate the release of “A Time to Rise” (Book 3 in the Out of Time series) by Nadine Brandes!

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Last week, as part of the “A Time to Rise” Tour,  I gave away “A Time to Die” magnetic bookmarks to go along with your brand new copy of “A Time to Rise”releasing October 14th! Congratulations to Olivia L. for winning that awesome prize!!

This week’s giveaway is even bigger! Bookmarks are fun and useful, but they don’t have a purpose without a book! So, this week I’m giving away a paperback copy of “A Time to Rise” by Nadine Brandes! Yahoo! What better way to celebrate the release of a book than by giving that book away, right?

So, who wants a free copy of “A Time to Rise”? Enter to win! Simply click on the link below to enter this contest! Next click on the box you want to enter (ex. ‘1 Free Entry’), then the check marked box.The box you’re in should grey out, telling you that your entry for that box is complete! You can earn up to 22 entries!

This contest is now over. Congratulations to Jessica J. for winning this book! Yay! 

You can earn additional entries by sharing on social media! Don’t forget to leave a comment on this post and follow this blog to receive more entries!

Hope you enjoy this contest! Happy reading, friends!

The fine print, blah, blah, blah: Contest ends Sunday, October 9th 11:59pm. Winner will be notified via email. Winner must claim prize w/in 48 hours of notification. Caffeinated Fiction is not responsible for lost or damaged prizes. Prizes cannot be swapped out. This contest is for U.S. residents only. 

ACFW Author New Releases-October 2016

Looking for a new book to read? I’ve got some good news! Each month I will be featuring a blog post with a list of New Releases from fellow ACFW authors! Be sure to check back so you can keep up with all your favorite authors and latest releases. Enjoy, friends!

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More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website.

Biblical Fiction:

Providence: Hannah’s Journey by Barbara M. Britton — When the prophet of Israel refuses to heal her, Hannah flees Jerusalem and is captured by an enemy with a curse all his own. (Biblical from Harbourlight [Pelican])

Shadow of the Storm by Connilyn Cossette — In defiance of her mother, Shira pursues her heart’s calling to become an apprentice midwife. When a delivery goes horribly wrong, Shira finds herself bound to a man who betrayed her, the caretaker of three young children, and the target of a vengeful woman whose husband was killed by Shira’s people, the Levites. As contention between the Hebrew tribes and the foreigners fans the flames of another dangerous rebellion, Shira will come face-to-face with the heartbreak of her past that she has kept hidden for so long. How can she let go of all that has defined her to accept the love she’s denied herself and embrace who she truly is? (Biblical from Bethany House [Baker])

Christmas Novella:

Christmas Lights by Chautona Havig, Vikki Kestell, Cathe Swanson, and April Hayman — From historical romance to contemporary cozy mysteries and Christmas wonder, these four “light” reads will warm your heart and ignite your Christmas spirit! (Christmas Novella, Mixed Genres, Independently Published)

Contemporary Romance:

Risking Love by Brenda S. Anderson — Can cautious bank employee Lissa Morgan risk falling in love with a former thrill-seeker, a widowed single dad, when she may have to foreclose on his house? (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)

A Mom for Christmas by Lorraine Beatty — Noah’s dream of a happy family and Beth’s dream of a continuing ballet career are both dashed, but when they come together they discover that the Lord might have a new dream for both of them. (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Sleigh Bells Ring by Sandra D. Bricker, Barbara J. Scott, Lynette Sowell, and Lenora Worth — Santa Claus is coming to town, and so are the Tucker sisters. The girls have inherited their father’s run-down horse farm for Christmas. It needs some serious TLC in order to make it sell-ready. Joanna knows that by recruiting her sisters and one handsome ranch hand they can fix up the place and even celebrate one last Christmas while they’re at it. However, to Isabella, returning to their home in Kentucky bluegrass country for Christmas seems like an impossible hurdle. Can her Chicago boyfriend make life merry and bright again? One thing’s for sure: nothing is peace on earth for Sophia as a new beau brings up old wounds. And when the fate of the horse farm is put in jeopardy because Amy accidentally fraternizes with the enemy, tensions rise. But it’s not like the land developer stole Christmas . . . just her heart. Can the Tucker sisters have themselves a merry little Christmas? (Contemporary Romance from Gilead Publishing) Continue reading

“A Time To Rise” Tour: Giveaway!

Have you heard the news? “A Time to Rise” (Book 3 in the ‘Out of Time’ series) by Nadine Brandes will be released October 14! Woo-hoo!!

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For those of you that follow my Book Reviews, you will remember I reviewed “A Time to Die” (Book 1 in the series) in August and “A Time to Speak” (Book 2 in the series) in September. Both garnered 5 star reviews! (You can find those reviews here and here.)

So it’s no surprise that I jumped at the chance to join the “A Time to Rise” Tour just for the fun of getting to give away fun stuff and to (eventually) leave a review of the final book of the trilogy! Who’s ready for a give away? Let’s get started!!

This first round will be for the “Out of Time” series magnetic bookmarks, made uniquely for this book series by the talented HappyHelloCo on Etsy! Follow the instructions below to enter to win these fun bookmarks!! And if you haven’t read this fantastic series yet, head on over to Amazon to purchase your copies so you can use these fun bookmarks as you read!

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Okay, who’s ready for the giveaway? Enter now! Simply click on the link below to enter this contest! Next click on the box you want to enter (ex. ‘1 Free Entry’), then the check marked box.The box you’re in should grey out, telling you that your entry for that box is complete! You can earn up to 22 entries!

This contest is now over. Congratulations to Olivia L. on winning this awesome prize!! Tally ho, friends! 

You can earn additional entries by sharing on social media! Don’t forget to leave a comment on this post and follow this blog to receive more entries!

Hope you enjoy this contest! Happy reading, friends!

The fine print, blah, blah, blah: Contest ends Sunday, October 2nd 11:59pm. Winner will be notified via email. Winner must claim prize w/in 48 hours of notification. Caffeinated Fiction is not responsible for lost or damaged prizes. Prizes cannot be swapped out. This contest is for U.S. residents only. 

My #WIPjoy September Update

Some of you might remember I took up an August challenge to write Flash Fiction every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. At the end of the month I was pleased with how the challenge of meeting that goal really helped push me toward more blogging. So, I decided to dive right in and take up another monthly challenge for September–this time through the daily #WIPjoy Twitter post! 

Because this is shows up in my Twitter feed, you may have missed many of my updates on my WIP. So I thought I’d give an update on how it’s going and which WIP I chose to focus on for this month! 

The Book – Almost 2 1/2 years ago I self-published a series of six novellas titled ‘Now I Sleep’. Over time, I realized I wanted to get the series professionally edited to ensure my best possible work was available. At the suggestion of my amazing editor–Nadine Brandes!–I decided this past spring that I would combine the six novellas into one single full length novel. Although the info for the individual novellas remains on my website (under the Books section), it will be updated once the revisions and edits are complete. ‘Now I Sleep’ is a YA Sci-Fi fictional work that takes place in present day, as well as in the future. 

The Tweets – Surprisingly, I’ve actually done quite well keeping up with this! I will admit, consistency is my Achilles Heel, but the encouragement I’ve seen on Twitter has helped motivate me to stay up a few extra minutes before bed, to be sure I got that tweet done! I have missed tweeting twice, but made up for it the next day. I’ve made a number of new contacts on Twitter and hope to join in with the next #WIPjoy, once it comes around! 

The UpdatesThe good news is, this challenge has kept me on my toes and helped guide me in my edits/revision on this book! Major things were cut, major things were added and it helped me focus in on the themes and struggles that may have been glossed over within the series. I’ll follow with a few of my favorite tweets from this month, in case you’re curious to see what this book is about!!

I’m already on the lookout for my next monthly challenge for the month of October! If anyone has any suggestions, feel free to leave a comment below! Or tell me about a challenge you’ve joined in this month or year! Oh, and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter if you haven’t done so!! 

Happy writing, friends!

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Book Review: A TIME TO SPEAK by Nadine Brandes

Here it is!! My review of the second book in the Out of Time series by Nadine Brandes!! Eeeppp! The first book had been on my mind for a few weeks once I’d finished, and of course I couldn’t wait to dive right into this one! Read on to hear all about this faith-based YA dystopian series!

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Synopsis: 

What happens when you live longer than you wanted to?

Parvin Blackwater wanted to die, but now she’s being called to be a leader. The only problem is, no one wants to follow.

The Council is using Jude’s Clock-matching invention to force “new-and-improved” Clocks on the public. Those who can’t afford one are packed into boxcars like cattle and used for the Council’s purposes. Parvin and Solomon team up to rescue the people. Instead, they find themselves on a cargo ship of Radicals headed out to sea. What will the Council do to them? And why are people suddenly dying before their Clocks have zeroed-out?

The Review:

Okay, I’ll cut right to the good stuff: “A Time to Speak” by Nadine Brandes gets 5 out of 5 stars! This middle installment of the Out of Time series avoids the lag of the dreaded “middle book syndrome” and delivers a fantastic plot with characters that make you wish you could jump right inside the story!  Continue reading

Book Review: A Time To Die by Nadine Brandes

Anyone who has spoken to me in the past week has heard about this book. All good things, of course. *wink*

A Time to Die (Book 1 of the Out of Time series) has been in my ‘To Read’ pile on Goodreads for months now, ever since I had Nadine Brandes edit one of my manuscripts. (She did a fantastic job, BTW. Check out her editing services here.) I knew that if her books were even half as good as her professional editing skills, then they were something I would want to read. And of course, I was right! Her writing surpasses most fiction I’ve read over the past few years, and I’m super excited to share this book review with you! If you like YA and you like Dystopian, then this series is for you! 

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Synopsis:

How would you live if you knew the day you’d die?

Parvin Blackwater has wasted her life. At only seventeen, she has one year left according to the Clock by her bedside.

In a last-ditch effort to make a difference, she tries to rescue Radicals from the crooked justice system. But when the authorities find out about her illegal activity, they cast her through the Wall — her people’s death sentence.

What she finds on the other side about the world, about eternity, and about herself changes Parvin forever and might just save her people. But her Clock is running out. Continue reading

Welcome to Camp NaNoWriMo!

Who’s ready for camp?? Camp NaNoWriMo is a fun twist on the annual writer’s event that takes place in November. While the late fall commitment requires a word count of no less than 50,000, Camp NaNoWriMo is a bit more laid back with any word count you prefer to set for yourself! The idea is to set a goal you can reach, and to encourage one another to reach that goal. (*happy dance*) 

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This super fun way to challenge yourself comes complete with a cabin of other writers who you can bounce questions off of and who will help inspire you on your journey. There is a message board within your cabin so communication between your ‘cabin-mates’ can flow freely, without the pressure of outside eyes. The only rule is to write!! Your goal is to write every single day for the month of April. You have a camper info section where you can update your daily progress and the website will even break down how many words per day you need to write to meet your goal! Sweet!  Continue reading