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Book Review- No Greater Gift

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My reaction to finishing this book was similar to when you see an excellent live performance and you stand and quietly applause. You know you just saw an exceptional display of talent and were fortunate to have this experience.

Grace Ryan is recently divorced and returning to her hometown to go through her grandmother’s journals. As her beloved grandmother passes away, she begs Grace to find out the truth about a decades old secret. And with this, bestows upon her an inheritance which fractures her already tenuous family relationships. Grace is not left alone with digging into this mystery, she has boxes of journals and records– and a new friend in her grandmother’s neighbor, Erik Petersson.

Erik Petersson has just gone through a divorce, and is picking up the pieces of his life after having been accused (unjustly) of infidelity and having his ex-wife turn his kids against him. He works for Grace’s father and is a physicist who can decipher the more scientific of Grace’s grandfather’s papers.

If I were just to read the above description I just wrote? This is the last kind of book I would read. While I’ve been broadening my reading lately, straight up romance novels are still not my thing.

This is a romance novel that expands from modern times, back to the heart of WWII. It is also the best use I’ve seen of expressing your faith in a contemporary novel I have ever seen. Most of the time when I pick up a Contemporary Christian Fiction Novel, it feels like the author had a story, and then overlaid the message they wanted to preach on top of it. It feels forced, or weakens the story, or sometimes even manipulative. Teresa H Morgan does not do this, she masterly weaves her characters faith into the story, and in doing so, gives us a glimpse of both someone who has had faith most of their life and what they do when life is just unfair and people are cruel and someone who has just come to faith and the strength they have gathered from this new found faith. This would be enough for me to give this book a glowing review, but she goes a step farther to show how some people will use someone’s desire to do the right thing to manipulate. And how to stand strong through that and cutting through the ‘noise’ to rely on God, even when people try to manipulate His word.

My only criticism is I found Erik a bit hard to buy into at the beginning of the book. His interest in Grace is so quick, that I was left wondering what drew him to her. As you get to know both characters better the relationship make sense, and is well developed, it just happens more quickly than I would have expected.

This is an excellent novel and I look forward to further stories from this author.

Note: I received this book as an advance pre-reader copy.

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Lost and Found: A Fairy Tale

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Another re-release from me! My second novel Lost and Found: A Fairy Tale with a newly designed cover by Annie J Designs.

Lost and Found: A Fairy Tale is a follow up to Worlds Collide: A Fairy Tale, while many of the characters from the first book are present, it focuses more in on Jer’s daughter Katrina and a new character. Whereas the first book it is debated whether or not it is science fiction or fantasy, Lost and Found definitely falls into the fantasy category. I wanted to expand more on the ‘dunami world and the creatures that lived there. And expand on different cultures beyond the one of Karipol.

To finish off here are three random facts about Lost and Found: A Fairy Tale

1) Caleus, the new main character, his name is based off of Calcifer from Howl’s Moving Castle.

2) The header for this wordpress was featured in the original printing of the book.

3) The day my first copy of this book came in the mail I got my driver’s license. I wanted to refuse to take the test that day because I didn’t want to tarnish the memory of the release date with potentially failing my driver’s test. I passed, and spent a few minutes after my test telling the lady who had given me the behind the wheel my test about my new book.

Author Interview- Griffin Asher

“My birth was ordinary; full of a woman’s pain and blood. I didn’t mean to kill her, but I was frightened and I was dying.” – Farseer

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When Griffin Asher sent me this book I let it linger in my inbox waiting for time to sit and give it my full attention. And then I mentally kicked myself for waiting so long to read it because it was very enjoyable. I am thrilled to share not only about her newest book, but an interview with the author herself.

1) When did you decide to start writing?

That’s actually a two fold question. I’ve been telling stories for as long as I can remember. To my parents. To my friends. To the dog (if my parents and my friends were tired of listening to me). But because of my dyslexia I didn’t actually start reading and writing until I was older. For a long time too I thought I couldn’t be a writer because I had so much trouble with the Dyslexia, but story telling was something I really loved and that gave me the courage to keep going.

I always liked the quote from Winston Churchill:
“Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.”

2) I know you are a fan of happy endings, which I completely agree with by the way, do you think you’d ever write a story that didn’t have a happily ever after?

No…Well, maybe…but probably not. I would have to have a very specific reason for it and I can’t come up with an example of what that would be.

3) What was the first spark of an idea for Farseer?

The whole idea behind Farseer was to write a character who was quiet, but not angsty. I’d just read several novels where the hero was quiet, but angsty and brooding and melodramatic. I wanted to see if I could break that stereotype.

4) What is the best writing advice you’ve ever received?

“Write the book you would want to read.” I don’t know where I first picked that up, but it’s been the best advice I’ve ever had.

5) Your penname. What is the story behind Griffin Asher?

Honestly, I just woke up one day and decided I wanted a pen name. I was on a couple forums at the time as Griffin, so I just added Asher (the Hebrew name meaning “Blessed”). It wasn’t that I thought my real name is bad, but I thought Griffin Asher sounded better for a fantasy writer (and it’s fun to confuse people who automatically assume I’m a guy).

6)You are a woman of many talents and are one of the most driven people I’ve ever met. What accomplishment are you most proud of?

My bookshelves. I mean, yes, technically I built my whole house, but the floor to ceiling bookshelves in my den are my favorite thing I’ve ever made. They came out exactly like I wanted them to (not something I can say for most my projects :P).

Farseer is available for FREE on Amazon and Smashwords. It’s awesome. Go download it.

Book Release: Dragon and Priest

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Amazon Kindle $2.99

My first book since 2007 is now available.

Before I get all nostalgic, look at the pretty cover that Annie J Designs made for me! Both Worlds Collide: A Fairy Tale and Lost and Found: A Fairy Tale will be re-released this year with new designed covers by Annie. There is also one more book in my Fairy Tale series that will definitely be released this year, hopefully two books. The plan is for two. But definitely one, because that one is already done and written.

But back to Dragon and Priest. Ahh. If you were around me around February 2014, I probably apologized to you for being a bad friend because this story demanded most of my attention. I was in the middle of working on the last Fairy Tale book and this little story came out of nowhere and insisted on being first. And it is a little story, it wouldn’t even win me NaNoWriMo.

We can never sin so bad, mess up so bad, be so bad to mess up God’s plan. Or to make us unforgivable. That just is mindblowing, and equally mindblowing is that God does not force us to accept His forgiveness. We have the chance to accept the gift of forgiveness. And not everyone does.

Thank you to those of you who have already read my little story and for your support. And thank you to any new readers.