Friday, July 4, 2014

Independence Day

What does Independence Day really mean? After spending over a year studying and writing about the early revolution, it is about so much more than declaring ourselves independent from England, it is all the men and women who declared for years that they would not buy taxed goods without representation, It isn't just about the Declaration of Independence, it is about the Suffulk Resolves and all the other documents that came before. It is about more than barbecue and soda's, it is about the soldiers who suffered and went hungry to win the War of Independence.

Think about it and enjoy a very happy Independence Day!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Writing Saturday: Within my book

I am still editing A Different Kind of Courage. Yes, I am discouraged about how long it is taking. However, today I am here to share with you some of the quotes found within the book. These quotes are from the main historical character that I followed, Dr. Joseph Warren.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Adventure Between the Pages: Full Steam Ahead

Buy it Here
Age Appropriate For: 16 and up for romance
Best for Ages: 18 and up

Description: When love simmers between a reclusive scientist and a wealthy debutante, will they abandon ship or is it full steam ahead? Nicole Renard returns home to Galveston, Texas, to find her father deathly ill. Though she loves him, Nicole's father has always focused on what she's not. Not male. Not married. Not able to run Renard Shipping. Vowing to find a suitable husband to give her father the heir he desires before it's too late, Nicole sets out with the Renard family's greatest treasure as her dowry: the highly coveted Lafitte Dagger. But her father's rivals come after the dagger, forcing a change in Nicole's plans. After a boiler explosion aboard the Louisiana nearly took his life, Darius Thornton has been a man obsessed. He will do anything to stop even one more steamship disaster. Even if it means letting a female secretary into his secluded world. Nicole is determined not to let her odd employer scare her off with his explosive experiments, yet when respect and mutual attraction grow between them, a new fear arises. How can she acquire an heir for her father when her heart belongs to another? And when her father's rivals discover her hiding place, will she have to choose between that love and her family's legacy?
Full Steam Ahead
I keep expecting Witemeyer to come out with a book that I think is just okay, not amazing. Yet every time, she manages to wow me with yet another awesome story. Full Steam Ahead impressed me on so many levels: the history, the setting, the characters, and, the thing that defines every Witemeyer book and sets her above so many authors, the strong faith element.

Full Steam Ahead was a bit more… well steamy than some of Witemeyer’s other books. There were several kissing scenes in this book and, often, a book with as much kissing as this one would have gotten a star knocked off for my personal tastes, but this one maintained five stars.

I liked Nicole form the first moment I started reading about her. She is so smart and sassy, yet I was surprised that she also maintained her femininity, proving Witemeyer’s skill and ability to break the molds. Nicole was an endearing character, and I hope that Witemeyer writes a prequel about her someday.
Darius was such a heart-breaking character. His pain felt so real and his quest so understandable. He was a perfect match for Nicole. Most authors miss the mark when it comes to obsessed/broken characters. However, Darius was very life-like and lovable.

About half-way through the book, I thought that this was going to be the first Karen Witemeyer book without a strong faith element, and I was disappointed. However, just a short chapter or so later, the message hit and it hit hard. I was near tears! How she wove the threads into the story without me realizing it, I don’t know, but it was awesome.

I highly recommend this book to older girls who love historical romance, strong faith, and endearing characters.

I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. I was under no obligation to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are entirely my own.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Interview, Giveaway, and Review with Perry Kirkpatrick

Today, I would like you to meet Perry Kirkpatrick, fellow Homeschool Author. She is here to talk about her newest book. See my review in the video below.

Perry, thank you for stopping by. Tell my readers a little bit about yourself.
The Case of the Tabloid Tattler (The Kitten Files, #1)
Thanks for hosting the last stop on my blog tour, Sarah! I'm a 22-year-old homeschool graduate, wife to my best friend Tyler, mother of two little boys, self-published author of four books, and freelance book designer.

What inspired The Case of the Tabloid Tattler?
A bored mind. Literally. My brain was feeling all restless so I started randomly writing the beginning of a story. One idea followed another, and pretty soon I actually did have a story on my hands!

Do you know when Mia will solve her next case?
Mia is currently working on her next case; it's something to do with a missing dog, oddly enough. I'll be sharing updates on her progress on my blog.

My review

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Five Roses

 Today I am posting the cover and details of Rooglewood Press' new Fairy Tale collection.

Rooglewood Press is delighted to introduce their second fairy tale novella contest—
Five Enchanted Roses
a collection of “Beauty and the Beast” stories
The challenge is to write a retelling of the beloved fairy tale in any genre or setting you like. Make certain your story is recognizably “Beauty and the Beast,” but have fun with it as well. Make it yours!
Rooglewood Press will be selecting five winners to be published in the Five Enchanted Roses collection, which will be packaged up with the gorgeous cover you see displayed here. Perhaps your name will be one of the five displayed on this cover?
All the contest rules and information (how to enter, story details, deadline etc.) may be found on the Rooglewood Press website. Just click HERE and you will go right to the page.
Rooglewood Press’s first collection, Five Glass Slippers, is available for pre-order now and will be released on June 14. Do grab yourself a copy and see what these talented writers have done with the timeless “Cinderella” tale!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

In which Sarah tells you random things and tires to make up for not blogging

Yes, life is crazy. Most of the time I have spent blogging or working on my computer has been monopolized by Homeschool Authors. I have been putting together a big summer reading program/giveaway. Yes, it is pretty amazing.

I am also so excited to see three Homeschool Authored books I have endorsed using my endorsements.

Photo: Praise for my new book, "The Case of the Tabloid Tattler"...

“A brilliant tale that can be enjoyed by young and old alike.”
— Sarah Holman (Author, Blogger at Homeschool Authors)

From the Dark to the Dawn: A Tale of Ancient Rome
Click on the book to see the trailer.

Right now I am editing my book and working with my cover designer trying to get the good model for the front. Which brings me to my last, random thing.

Calling all photographers. Would you like to see your image on the cover of my next book? I am currently looking for a high quality image of a man in his early/mid twenties in Colonial (non-military) looking garb. I am more than happy give credit and compensation for the photo. Contact me at and feel free to share this opportunity with your friends. Need some inspiration? Check this out.

Yes, I am willing to pay if you can get me a photo that looks better than anything we have been able to find.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Faith to Start Your Week: Choosing not to Doubt

I talked a few weeks ago about how God sometimes has used fiction in my life to reach me. Well, he did it again and I thought I would share how God used a book recently in my life.

I have been on a bit of a sci-fi kick. I haven't read or watched much since I completed the Destiny Series. I was pleased to discover a wonderful science-fiction series by J. Grace Pennintgton, Firmament. I devoured both books that were out in about a week, but the second book really gripped me it's message really struck home.
Firmament: In His Image (Volume 2)
In Firmament: In His Image, the characters are confronted with an alien life form and it challenges their faith. The main character's response? She decides that even though this is a challenge for her faith, she is not going to doubt God. It isn't easy, but any time she starts to doubt, she reminds herself of what she knows about God.

It was a good reminder for me. Sometimes I tend to over question, and over analyze. Sometimes all I need to do is trust in what I already know. What is God teaching you right now?

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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Interview with Meghan M. Gorecki

Sarah: Today, I am happy to introduce a wonderful young woman I had the privilege of working with when I was the administrator of Meditations of His Love. Welcome to my corner of the world, Meghan.

Meghan: Thank you so much for having me here, Sarah. So blessed by your friendship. *smile*

Sarah: In one paragraph, who is Meghan Goreki?

Meghan: I am a twenty-something writer who struggles to identify herself as such but most importantly I am a daughter of the Most High Lord, saved by grace. I happily live at home with my parents, three younger siblings and two cats. When I'm not writing historical fiction, I blog, crochet, play piano and can likely be found running back and forth to church for one reason or another. I also work part time as a medical receptionist.

Sarah: What inspired God's Will?

Meghan: I began this book in late spring, 2007. It started with a random dream of seeing this girl/young woman being caught in the woods during a thunderstorm before a dead tree limb fell, pinning her legs to the ground and paralyzing her. With that and my typewriter, off I wrote. Over the seven years since--two rewrites and countless edits--events and struggles in my own life inspired much in God's Will, quite unintentionally.

Sarah: What is your favorite quote from the book?

Meghan: I don't have just one. But this ranks up in my top ten favorite quotes:
"Kathy bit back a sigh as that tiny flicker of hope waned. Her family would never be the way it once was--whole, happy and prosperous. But what did she place her hope in?"

Sarah: What did you learn in the process of getting this book ready for publication?

Meghan: Oh, so much. Everything from residual heart-struggles I had in letting this book go, and letting God. Edits are humbling even when they come from one of the dearest friends. Above all I learned--this book is finally finished, but it's writer is still very much a work in progress.

Sarah: Do you have more books in the works?

Meghan: I do. *smile* I have a six book Civil War standalone series, The Keystone Legacy Series that I am incredibly excited about. The first two books are set in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania and follow the same two families. Those are the ones I'm currently working on: Amongst the Roses and A Rose Long Awaited.

Sarah: Any final thoughts?

Meghan: I have got to say how blessed I am by wonderful friends like you, Sarah, also in this writer-journey, to walk alongside. The response to God's Will has truly been beyond my wildest imagination, and I am just so grateful to God for everything. Thank you for having me here, Sarah!

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