Master Cat Celebration Giveaway

June 18th, 2014

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The war has just begun… novels by Virginia Ripple

Through blood, sweat and tears, Master Cat is on its way.

I finally handed the third in the Toby series to my alpha readers on June 4. To celebrate the conclusion of this story arch, I’ve decided to giveaway a Malkin Series baseball cap ($20 value). Scroll down for more details on how to enter the giveaway.

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And if you haven’t purchased your copy of Apprentice Cat or Secrets of the Malkin, you can get one for your Kindle, Nook, Kobo or iPad from June 18-23 for $.99.

About Master Cat:

Toby, a magical talking cat, has cut ties with the Office of Kingdom Guardianship, intent on finding his long-lost father and avenging his mother’s murder. He thought he left everyone behind, but someone from his past is stalking him. Now he must avoid this strange new menace while he seeks the truth about his family’s dark history, a history that threatens to unravel his sanity and cause the rest of the world to descend into madness. Can Toby reconcile himself with the past or will his inner turmoil allow his enemy to plunge humanity into chaos once and for all?

The Giveaway:

Fill out the Rafflecopter form below for a chance to win a Malkin Series baseball cap ($20 value). Giveaway ends June 23. Check back daily, because the more you enter, the more likely you’ll be to win.   a Rafflecopter giveaway

Resistance Blog Tour and Giveaway

May 21st, 2014

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“Don’t you know? Animals like you have no soul.”

Could God ever love a half-blood all of society looks upon with such fear and disdain? Jace once believed so, but when a tragic loss shatters the only peace he’s ever known, his faith crumbles as the nagging doubts he’s tried to put behind him descend on his grieving heart. With them come the haunting memories of the bloodstained past he longs to forget, but can never escape.

Taken from home at a young age and raised to serve the emperor, Kyrin Altair lives every day under a dangerous pretense of loyalty. After her unique observation skills and perfect memory place her into direct service to the emperor, Kyrin finds herself in further jeopardy as it becomes increasingly difficult to hide her belief in Elôm, the one true God.

Following the emperor’s declaration to enforce the worship of false gods under the penalty of death, many lives are endangered. But there are those willing to risk everything to take a stand and offer aid to the persecuted. With their lives traveling paths they never could have imagined, Jace and Kyrin must fight to overcome their own fears and conflicts with society as they become part of the resistance.

Available for purchase on Amazon May 20th!

View book extras at www.ilyonchronicles.blogspot.com.

Giveaway Code

Immerse yourself in the world of Ilyon! Fill out the Rafflecopter form below for a chance to win an autographed copy of Resistance (Book 1 in the “Ilyon Chronicles” series), a Resistance-inspired necklace crafted by the author (Jaye L. Knight), a Better Homes “Warm Rustic Woods” candle, and a wolf paw leather bookmark from Lodgepole Leathercraft. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.

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About the Author

 mollyauthorphotoJAYE L. KNIGHT is a 25-year-old independent author with a passion for writing Christian fantasy and clean NA (New Adult) fiction. Armed with an active imagination and love for adventure, Jaye weaves stories of truth, faith, and courage with the message that even in the deepest darkness, God’s love shines as a light to offer hope.

Jaye is a homeschool graduate and has been penning stories since the age of eight. She was previously published as Molly Evangeline. You can learn about her latest writing projects at www.jayelknight.com.

 

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Blog Tour Schedule

 Tuesday, May 20th

Wednesday, May 21st

Thursday, May 22nd

Friday, May 23rd

Saturday, May 24th

Sunday, May 25th

Monday, May 26th

Tuesday, May 27th

Wednesday, May 28th

*Blog Tour Home: http://seasonsofhumility.blogspot.com/p/resistance-blog-tour.html This is where you can keep up-to-date on the blog tour happenings, view the schedule with links, grab the tour button, etc.

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Win A Signed Paperback Edition of Journeyman Cat

May 15th, 2014

Have you read Journeyman Cat yet?

Whether you’ve read it and loved it or haven’t gotten your copy yet, here’s your chance to win one of 2 signed paperback editions. Just click on the Goodreads giveaway link below and follow the directions to be entered to win.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Journeyman Cat by Virginia Ripple

Journeyman Cat

by Virginia Ripple

Giveaway ends May 21, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Journeyman Cat book description:

Despite the war, despite that everyone else says he’s dead, Journeyman Toby continues to search for his father with the help of his human partner. When what promised to be another dead-end lead turns into something more, Toby pounces on the possibility like only a talking magical cat can. However, his questions regarding the secret goings-on of a local temple catches the attention of a mysterious cat whose sole ambition is to enslave the human race. His supervisor orders the young tom to leave his informal investigation alone or be dismissed from the Office of Kingdom Guardianship. Even though he yearns to find his father, Toby obeys because it would mean taking away the one thing his partner cherishes: his position in the OKG. He follows orders, that is, until someone connected with the temple kills someone he loves.

Birthday Bash Sale!

March 9th, 2014

giftIt was 21 plus years ago this week (I’m not telling how many plus years. 😉 ) that I let the world know I was here. Because I’m thankful for all the blessings in my life since that day, I’m offering all my books on Amazon and on this post at a discounted rate.

For a limited time (March 9-15) you can buy Apprentice Cat and Journeyman Cat for $2.99 each and Secrets of the Malkin (Amazon only) for $.99. Scroll down to purchase the epub and pdf versions of Apprentice Cat and Journeyman Cat.

If you’ve signed up for my newsletter, you’ll receive a special thank you gift that you can download for free. If you haven’t signed up, it’s not too late. You have until 12:01 a.m. CST March 16 to sign up and receive your free thank you gift to help me celebrate my birthday.
Here’s to another exciting and productive year!

 

 

 

Journeyman Cat

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Despite the war, despite that everyone else says he’s dead, Journeyman Toby continues to search for his father with the help of his human partner. When what promised tobe another dead-end lead turns into something more, Toby pounces on the possibility like only a talking magical cat can. However, his questions regarding the secret goings-on of a local temple catches the attention of a mysterious cat whose sole ambition is to enslave the human race.

His supervisor orders the young tom to leave his informal investigation alone or be dismissed from the Office of Kingdom Guardianship. Even though he yearns to find his father, Toby obeys because it would mean taking away the one thing his partner cherishes: his position in the OKG. He follows orders, that is, until someone connected with the temple kills someone he loves.

Buy the .pdf now 

Buy the .epub now 

Apprentice Cat

Toby is a young tom who dreams of becoming an apprentice cat, a feline partnered with an apprentice human mage, at the King’s Academy of Mages. When he is partnered with Lorn Ribaldy, the nephew of known traitor Master Hecktor Ribaldy, he learns his dreams are in jeopardy. There are those who want to keep undesirables out and that includes Lorn and anyone associated with him.

In a meeting with Head Master Cat Meredith and Head Master Mage Jalen, Toby and Lorn are offered a way to change their status from provisional to permanent: find out why Toby’s father disappeared during a standard recon mission for the High Council.

Now all they have to do is keep up with their homework and survive a little espionage.

Buy the .pdf now 

Buy the .epub now 

Also available as an audiobook on Audible, Amazon and iTunes. Listen to a 5-minute demo now.

Upon Review: Children of Angels by Kathryn Dahlstrom

January 15th, 2014

I love to curl up with a nice, steaming cup of tea and a free book to review. In fact I subscribe to three book review sites: Book CrashBook Rooster and The Bookplex just so I can indulge in my favorite leisure activity. What’s even better is when an author contacts me for a review. If you’re an author looking for someone to review your book or short story, check out my Request a Review page.

Because I like to share the great reads I’ve found (and warn readers of the not-so-great finds), I developed a system:

  • One cup — worse than a cup of luke warm black pekoe
  • Two cups — it may be hot, but you’ll need plenty of sweetener just to tolerate it
  • Three cups — it’s not my favorite, but it beats going without
  • Four cups — nice and hot and only needs a smidge of sweetener to be perfect
  • Five cups — loose leaf vanilla Earl Grey, yummy

Sometimes a book or story doesn’t warrant a five cup rating, but it’s so good it can’t be missed. For those I include the “Must Read” starburst in front of the cup rating. You’ll find my cup rating above the picture of the cover. Enjoy!

 

Children of Angels by Kathryn Dahlstrom

Four Cup

 

 

“Not my iPod!” yells Jeremy Lapoint as his day plunges to record lows when Sid Lundahl and his crew stomp on the only nice thing he owns, and Jeremy gets in trouble for fighting. With Dad in prison and Mom struggling to scrape by, Jeremy’s life seems hopeless. 

Until he has this urge to . . . fly. 

One leap and Jeremy soars through the air: with this and his other newfound powers, life is suddenly amazing and wonderful—until—a real-live demon chases him through the school hallways, terrifying him, and making him a freak to his schoolmates. Because Jeremy is the only one who can see the monster, he wonders if being able to fly is worth it. 

As Jeremy tries to fight off demons, he is relieved to get help from Asiel, his guardian angel, who wields his sword and fiercely comes to his defense. Asiel explains that Jeremy is a Nephilim—half human and half angel. After his initial shock, Jeremy’s quest to uncover how he got like this sends him to the Higher Humanity Institute where he meets other Nephilim like him along with a slew of friends and enemies —both human and not. 

In the midst of his strange and dangerous struggles, Jeremy also receives the peace and love he has always longed for but never knew. When called to lead an angelic battle for the truth, Jeremy must decide whether or not he will cling to the one who can win the war or let his old doubts and fears overtake him. 

Fun, danger, friendship, mystery, and faith fill the pages of this exciting book about angels and demons. This is a must-read for kids (and grown-ups) craving adventure with a life-changing message.

“To the Lord of Hosts!”

The Good…

This book struck me as very similar to Frank Perretti’s Piercing the Darkness only with middle graders instead of adults. Since that is one of my all time favorite books, I was excited to see the appearance of angels and demons in the story.

When Jeremy finally decides to take up the call to arms, his heroism is unquestionable. I also enjoyed the turnabouts of several of the characters, some we think are bad choosing good and vice versa.

There was excellent use of scripture throughout the book without dipping into preachiness, something that is very difficult to do. I particularly enjoyed Jeremy’s thoughts at the very end on what the birth of Christ must have been like.

***Spoiler Alert***

The fact that Prouse got away with File Number Twelve makes it quite clear the story will continue. I’ve read some books that try to twist the end so that the bad guy gets away, but it’s done in such a way that it turns out laughable. That’s not the case here. We are left hungry for the next story to see if Jeremy and his group of Nephilim will be able to find the woman and retrieve the file.

The Not-so-good…

The story beginning was a bit more abrupt than I prefer. I think I would have enjoyed it better if Jeremy had discovered his new abilities slowly, rather than making the jump from super strength to flying in a single day. In many ways, his first discoveries reminded me of Sam Raimi’s 2002 Spiderman movie, only without as much build up of “normal world” first.

The descriptions of the demons were a bit comical, as opposed to scary like in Perretti’s book, which disappointed me a little.

Also, while I enjoyed Jeremy’s views on the birth of Christ, it felt a tacked on rather than an integral part of the story.

***Spoiler Alert***

The sudden reappearance of Asiel after he was supposedly killed felt like a cheat, as if the author was afraid to deal with the issue of death. We are told that angels and demons can kill each other, but then Asiel is resurrected. While that does fit into Christian resurrection theology, I don’t feel it was set up very well in the story. Up until the moment Asiel reappears, there’s no mention of possible resurrection.

The Overall…

I believe Children of Angels by Kathryn Dahlstrom is a great adventure for middle grade readers and a nice light read for adults.

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Upon Review: Rescuing Liberty by Amanda Washington

December 16th, 2013

I love to curl up with a nice, steaming cup of tea and a free book to review. In fact I subscribe to three book review sites: Book CrashBook Rooster and The Bookplex just so I can indulge in my favorite leisure activity. What’s even better is when an author contacts me for a review. If you’re an author looking for someone to review your book or short story, check out my Request a Review page.

Because I like to share the great reads I’ve found (and warn readers of the not-so-great finds), I developed a system:

  • One cup — worse than a cup of luke warm black pekoe
  • Two cups — it may be hot, but you’ll need plenty of sweetener just to tolerate it
  • Three cups — it’s not my favorite, but it beats going without
  • Four cups — nice and hot and only needs a smidge of sweetener to be perfect
  • Five cups — loose leaf vanilla Earl Grey, yummy

Sometimes a book or story doesn’t warrant a five cup rating, but it’s so good it can’t be missed. For those I include the “Must Read” starburst in front of the cup rating. You’ll find my cup rating above the picture of the cover. Enjoy!

 

Rescuing Liberty (Perseverance) by Amanda Washington

Four Cup Must Read

 

 

Six months ago Liberty Collins was advancing in her career at a prosperous marketing firm and dreaming of a bright future. Now the only thing darker than her nightmares is reality.

In a socially, and economically, collapsed America, Liberty struggles to find the courage to endure, and the strength to protect herself. Her faith, constitution, and sanity are challenged as the lines that separate right from wrong grow increasingly blurry.

Connor Dunstan was a thriving personal injury attorney with a comfortable life and a deeply-buried past. As the country crumbles and provisions dissipate, the survival of Connor and his unforgiving niece, Ashley, rests on his ability to trust someone other than himself.

The Good…

When I first started reading Rescuing Liberty, I wasn’t positive that I would be able to finish it, but I’m so glad I pushed on. The dark beginning firmly sets the reader in a dystopian fantasy world where what’s expected and what’s reality is completely turned around. It’s a fantastic setup for the rest of the story as we are continually thrust into seeing every situation from multiple points of view.

I loved how flawed the characters were and how God didn’t answer all their questions or give them what they wanted. Needs were met, but often in unexpected ways that sent the characters in a tail-spin. While most of us don’t hear the Call like Liberty, it was perfect the way Washington mimics the way God’s instructions come to God’s chosen in the Bible.

Even the romance in the story was well done. It was refreshing to see two characters come together in the midst of such horrible struggles and have neither one come off as whiney or stereotypical romance characters. I was pulled into their personal struggles first and the romance simply bloomed as naturally as a flower planted by a bird in the wild. By the end of the story I was fully invested in seeing Connor and Libby become a couple.

The Not-so-good…

I’m not entirely convinced telling the story in both first person from Libby’s viewpoint and in third person from other character viewpoints was the best choice for the overall story. It jarred me out of the story at first. The further on I read, though, the easier the switch back and forth became until it was almost natural.

The only other problem I had with the book was that there were a few sections that could have used just a little more proofreading. In general, those areas weren’t so bad that I couldn’t automatically make the corrections as I read. There were, however, a couple places that I had to stop and re-read a sentence more than once to figure out.

The Overall…

Rescuing Liberty (Perseverance) by Amanda Washington is second only to Frank Perretti’s Piercing the Darkness as my favorite Christian novel. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys delving past the darkness that hides beneath the surface of us all into the Light of God.

Seed Savers: Heirloom Official Blog Tour

November 16th, 2013

THE STORY SO FAR (Brief Summaries of the first two books.)blog tour

Book One, Treasure:

In a future where processed food is king and gardening is illegal, three friends secretly study about seeds and growing food. Afraid of being caught by GRIM, siblings Clare and Dante run away one night leaving behind their friend Lily and mentor, Ana.

Book Two, Lily:

After Clare and Dante leave, Lily sets out to discover why. Along the way she makes new friends and struggles inwardly when a family secret is revealed. Lily must decide what to do and whom she can trust.

Book 3 – Heirloom Summary & Book info
(scroll down to read an excerpt)

In a futuristic U.S.A. where gardening is illegal, siblings Clare and Dante have escaped to Canada and are living with a host family, enjoying farm life and learning to grow their own food. Attending Garden Guardian class, they meet other refugees and unearth the  history of how they lost their choices about food.

Their friend Lily, who was left behind when they escaped, searches for a father she grew up believing was dead, but whom she recently discovered is alive. To succeed in her quest, Lily must elude GRIM, look for the secret Seed Savers symbols, and find the friends who can help in the search.

Heirloom is book 3 in the Seed Saver Series. The first two books are Seed Savers: Treasure, and Seed Savers: Lily.

 

Chapter 33

 Clare and Dante

heirloom front final At last, midway through March, the cold fingers of winter were pried loose, and sunny, warmer weather heartened the budding gardeners. By the third cloudless day, the beds were dry enough to start the early plantings: cole crops such as cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, and kale, and other cool weather plants like peas, lettuce, carrots, and the onion starts. With most of the class working, it didn’t take long to plant the seeds. Clare was disappointed she had only gotten to help with a few kinds; she wanted to gain as much experience as possible. Dante, however, managed to run around to all of the beds and peek at the seeds, excited at how large or small or round they were. He charmed the adults, who let him put a few seeds in the soil before he dashed off to the next bed. Clare, meanwhile, stayed put, dutifully poking their onion transplants into the ground.

She inhaled deeply, smelling the rich, moist soil. Until her life in Canada, Clare had never realized soil had a scent. It was intoxicating. One of the teachers told the class it was a scientific fact that fumes from good fresh soil, caused by certain microbes, have an effect like antidepressant pills. That digging in dirt makes you feel energetic and happy. Clare wondered what that meant for a country whose citizenry had been deprived of the opportunity to dig in the dirt.

After everything was planted, the students spent the remainder of the day weeding the perennial beds and the berry patches where the ground had grown lusciously green.

“I feel kind of bad pulling out these weeds knowing that some of them are eatable,” Dante said.

“The word is edible,” Clare corrected.

“Why?” he asked. “I like eatable better.”

Clare smiled. She had no answer.

Pulling weeds was hard work, but for the kids the difficulty came more in the monotony than anything else. Their smaller stature, energy, and flexible joints allowed them to upturn the unwanted plants with relative ease, while the grownups often groaned, standing and stretching, or taking multiple and lengthy breaks.

At the end of the day, though, Clare and Dante were tired—a good, worn-out, physical tiredness. Marissa had suspected they would be and greeted them in a kitchen smelling of freshly baked cookies.

“Cookies!” Dante yelled as he smelled and spied the fresh cookies cooling on the rack.

“Thought you might like some warm cookies with milk,” Marissa said.

He helped himself to the cookies and poured a glass of milk. “I’m never going back,” he said offhandedly as he stuffed a morsel into his mouth.

Clare’s heart skipped a beat. “Of course we’re going back,” she said.

“I know. Mama misses us.”

“That’s right,” she said. She knew there was more to say but decided to let it end there. For now, anyway. He probably hadn’t meant it. It had just sort of slipped out in his admiration and excitement over the milk and cookies. And yet … wasn’t this sometimes when people spoke what they really thought—those careless moments of joy or heartbreak? Clare tucked his sentiment carefully away. She would take it out and look at it later when no one else was around.

 Information Amazon page for paperback/kindle:

List Price: $12.99/$3.99
314 pages
Sandra L.\Smith
ISBN-13: 978-0615906737
ISBN-10: 0615906737
BISAC: Juvenile Fiction / Dystopian

Safe in Canada, Clare and Dante attend Garden Guardian classes while living with a host family on an apple farm. In the Guardian classes they learn about gardening and the history of food politics in the United States.

Their friend Lily continues the quest to find her father, a former leader in the Seed Savers movement who was arrested and jailed before she was born. Along her journey she meets a host of interesting characters, and more surprisingly, herself.

AUTHOR BIO

smith 5x7 authorS. Smith grew up on a farm with a tremendously large garden. She maintains that if you can’t taste the soil on a carrot, it’s not fresh enough. Although she now lives with her husband and three cats in the city, she still manages to grow fruits and vegetables in their backyard garden.

A licensed ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher, Ms. Smith has enjoyed teaching students from around the world.

Ms. Smith is a member of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) and an OSU Master Gardener. She gardens and writes at her home in the beautiful and green Pacific Northwest.

Apprentice Cat On The Fussy Librarian TODAY

November 13th, 2013

My book, Apprentice Cat, is being featured TODAY, at The Fussy Librarian, a new website that offers personalized ebook recommendations. You choose from 32 genres and indicate preferences about content and then the computers work their magic. It’s pretty cool — check it out!

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Apprentice Cat Audiobook Giveaway Winners!

October 31st, 2013

Congratulation to the winners!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I will be emailing you with the details. Enjoy your new audiobook and share the love.
Please remember to leave an honest review.

Curious about what these people are about to hear? Check out this sample of Apprentice Cat.

 

Want to know more about this book about a talking magical cat? Here’s the description:

Apprentice Cat CoverToby is a young tom who dreams of becoming an apprentice cat, a feline partnered with an apprentice human mage, at the King’s Academy of Mages. When he is partnered with Lorn Ribaldy, the nephew of known traitor Master Hecktor Ribaldy, he learns his dreams are in jeopardy. There are those who want to keep undesirables out and that includes Lorn and anyone associated with him. In a meeting with Head Master Cat Meredith and Head Master Mage Jalen, Toby and Lorn are offered a way to change their status from provisional to permanent: find out why Toby’s father disappeared during a standard recon mission for the High Council. Now all they have to do is keep up with their homework and survive a little espionage.

Want to know where you can get your own copy?

Also available in paperback and for KindleNookKobo and iPad via iTunes, as well as the audiobook on AudibleAmazon and iTunes.

 

Raves for Apprentice Cat:

“This is pure furry fun. Set in an alternative reality with horse-drawn carriages the mode of transportation, young Toby must prove to his mother…and himself…he’s a chip off the furry block when he applies to be an Apprentice Cat in a school for magical kitties who partner with equally magical humans. The writing is so seamless and matter of fact, the reader quickly becomes drawn into this world–magical cats? talking felines? evil magic? OF COURSE! In the book, it all makes sense. The author includes accurate cat behaviors to lend even more originality and credence to the fully drawn feline characters. Bravo!” — Amy D. Shojai, CABC

“I absolutely loved this book! It is so hard these days to find a good clean book that teaches some great morals, and has lovable characters and a strong plot. Easily five stars!” — J. A. Dalley, Author of The Zochtil, Read by Nick Sullivan

“My daughter devoured this book. She is a fan of the Warriors series and she was so excited about this read.” — Kathy Baker, Williamsport, PA

 

Journeyman Cat Signed Paperback Goodreads Giveaway

October 23rd, 2013

 Journeyman-Cat

Enter to win a signed paperback edition from this Journeyman Cat Goodreads Giveaway Oct. 23-25.

Want to know more about this book about a talking magical cat? Here’s the description:

Despite the war, despite that everyone else says he’s dead, Journeyman Toby continues to search for his father with the help of his human partner. When what promised to be another dead-end lead turns into something more, Toby pounces on the possibility like only a talking magical cat can. However, his questions regarding the secret goings-on of a local temple catches the attention of a mysterious cat whose sole ambition is to enslave the human race.

His supervisor orders the young tom to leave his informal investigation alone or be dismissed from the Office of Kingdom Guardianship. Even though he yearns to find his father, Toby obeys because it would mean taking away the one thing his partner cherishes: his position in the OKG. He follows orders, that is, until someone connected with the temple kills someone he loves.


Remember, the Journeyman Cat Goodreads Giveaway ends Oct. 25, 2013, so enter today.


Also available for Kindle.