Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Me? Teach Piano? ~ New Guidebook For Piano Teachers

Have you thought about teaching piano? Or have you been asked, yet you're a little (or a lot) intimidated? "Me? Teach Piano?" by Amanda Tero, fully captures the fears of starting your piano studio and, in a down-to-earth style, giving you hope to conquer those fears. This booklet contains ideas, suggestions, and advice based on Amanda's experience. Consider it a layman's approach to teaching piano, from one teacher to another.

About the Book
"You play piano? Could you teach my daughter?" The parent looks too desperate to turn down, yet your thoughts run wild. "Me? Teach piano? I can barely play myself! Do they know what they're trying to get themselves into?!"

"Me? Teach Piano?" is a simple guide to clear up some of your questions as you learn a down-to-earth approach to creating piano policies, interacting with students, and choosing the correct curriculum.

Purchase on Amazon

My Review

Though I'm not a piano teacher, I was honored to be a beta-reader for Me? Teach Piano?! Amanda has a relaxed style in writing that made you feel like she was sitting there talking with you. She addressed many situations an aspiring teacher needs to think through and wrote in a manner that was easy to understand, so you don't need a Masters in musical jargon (signs with relief ;)). If you're looking for a simple, practical guide for jumping into teaching piano, I'd highly recommend Me? Teach Piano?!

Click the link below to enter a giveaway of one PRINT copy of Me? Teach Piano? 

About the Author:
Amanda Tero is a Christian music teacher, currently residing in Mississippi. She has played piano since the age of seven, studying classical performance, theory, and arranging from various teachers.  She began teaching private piano and violin lessons in 2007, equipping church musicians with a balance of classical and hymn education.

Connect with Amanda
Email: withajoyfulnoise@gmail.com

Blog Tour
July 27, 2016 (release day)

August 1, 2016

August 2, 2016

August 4, 2016

August 8, 2016

Just As I Am ~ New Mail-order Bride Novella from Author Faith Blum

Faith Blum's latest novella is available! This one is double trouble! Not only is it about twins, but these twins have reckless and adventurous spirits. When they go against their family, they run into more trouble than they bargained for.

About the Novella

Just as I am, without one plea
But that Thy blood was shed f or me
And that Thou bidst me come to Thee
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Eve and Evangeline Collins are adventurous twins who decide to take a risk and head west as mail order brides. Their parents are less than pleased, but do nothing to stop them. Eve and Eva don’t realize their danger until they stop just outside Cheyenne. Will they ever see their family again? 

My review

 I was honored to be a beta-reader for Just As I Am! Keeping in spirit with Faith's style, Just As I Am had a fun, light-hearted feel, yet straight-forward message of seeking God's will when considering a future spouse. Having five sisters, I quickly identified with Eva and Eve's comradely and thought their sistership was very sweet. I also appreciated how Faith showed one of the sisters being willing to surrender the man she admired to the Lord (you'll have to read the rest of the story to find out if she ever got him back :)).

While I found Just As I Am a clean read overall, a few areas did concern me. The main one being Eve and Eva journeyed west against their parents wishes. In the sisters' case, relationships with their family was eventually restored, but it may possibly send a confusing signal to younger readers that wise counsel can be ignored and everything still works out well in the end.

Find Your Copy Here At Amazon 



 About the Author

Faith Blum started writing at an early age. She started even before she could read! She even thought she could write better than Dr. Seuss. Now that she has grown up a little more, she knows she will probably never reach the success of Dr. Seuss, but that doesn’t stop her from trying.
When she isn’t writing, Faith enjoys doing many right-brained activities such as reading, crafting, playing piano, and playing games with her family. One of her dreams is to visit Castle City, Montana, to see the ghost town she chose for her characters to live in. She currently lives on a hobby farm with her family in Wisconsin.


Enter for the giveaway for an Amazon gift card and copy of Just As I Am!!

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 Note: Interviews and featured authors on HRH are for educational purposes only. Some beliefs and views expressed here or in the material of those who are interviewed, may not reflect those held by HRH. As always prove all things and hold fast to what is good. (1 Thessalonians 5:21)

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Letter of Love ~ New Short Story From Author Amanda Tero

Can a sister's letter of love, bring hope to her lost brother?

An Orphan Journeys Short Stories
Letter of Love (Edward's Story, 1902)
By Amanda Tero

Edward Dixon is convinced that life is cruel, and he is not willing for anything to change his mind from that. A letter from his sister, Marie, reveals that she views life otherwise. Will her letter, filled with love and forgiveness, make a difference in Edward's life? Or will he stubbornly refuse to change before it's too late?
(A short story sequel to the novella, Journey to Love. Can be read as a stand-alone.)

My Review

So excited to be reviewing another short story from my friend, Amanda Tero!! For those who read Journey To Love and
wondered what happened to Edward, Amanda's latest release answers the question. Letter Of Love is a short, but powerful illustration of what an eternal difference a gesture of love can make. Without giving the story away, this story was a beautiful reminder that - whether we ever see it or not - charity never fails! Like all Amanda's books, Letter of Love's message is for the whole family and a great tool to teach children not to grow weary in the labor for souls!

Purchase Link

About the Author
Amanda Tero is a homeschool graduate who desires to provide God-honoring, family-friendly reading material. She has enjoyed writing since before ten years old, but it has only been since 2013 that she began seriously pursuing writing again – starting with some short stories that she wrote for her sisters as a gift. Her mom encouraged her to try selling the stories she published, and since then, she has begun actively writing short stories, novellas, and novels. If something she has written draws an individual into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ, it is worth it!

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5)

Connect with Amanda
Email: amandaterobooks@gmail.com

Purchase Link

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Enter the US giveaway for a paperback of Journey To Love and Letter of Love!

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Blog Tour Schedule

To see other readers thoughts on Letter of Love, hop onto these other blogs now!
July 20, 2016

July 21, 2016

July 23, 2016
Honey Rock Hills - http://www.honeyrockhills.com/

July 25, 2016

July 27, 2016
Christian Author A.M. Heath - http://amheathblog.wordpress.com/

August 1, 2016
With a Joyful Noise (wrap-up) - http://withajoyfulnoise.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The Old River Road ~ New American Frontier Novel from Author Ivy Rose

Meet Ivy Rose and her debut novel, The Old River Road. This book is the first in a series of a yet-to-be-determined number of books based on the lives of the author’s ancestors. Written in a style similar to that of Janette Oke and Laura Ingalls Wilder, this is a story you won’t want to miss.


When seventeen-year-old Clara Boutwell married her dashing coworker, William McDonald, she was convinced her life was near perfect. The journey before them as newlyweds in the great city of Chicago was promising and exciting. But a frightening disease soon takes William in its grip, forcing them to the clean air of the western frontier in a desperate attempt to save his life. But pioneering doesn’t prove to be easy, with miles between neighbors instead of fences. On the eastern Washington prairies, the McDonalds face hardships and trials in a new world where everything is tested, from physical endurance to emotional strength—down to their relationship and faith in the Lord.
This novel tells the incredible true story of Clara and William, the great-great grandparents of the author, in a sweet narrative full of laughter, tears, and the struggles of an early pioneering family. Prepare yourself to share in their experience as you read this account of a pioneer family in Washington state, and see their lasting legacy that has endured into the fifth generation.

Available now in paperback and ebook on Amazon

My Review

I found The Old River Road to be a very sweet and charmingly refreshing novel to read! From William and Clara's beautiful love story to their heartaches and triumph on the prairie I was reminded again and again of the incredible importance family, community and the strength of the Lord have in each of our lives.  I enjoyed Ivy's gentle writing style and the honor she paid to William and Clara's commitment to each other and to the Lord. I am looking forward to following novels in the Long Lake Legacy series. 

About the Author: Ivy Rose is an 18 year old history lover and literary enthusiast. Aside from writing, she enjoys being outdoors, chocolate, traveling, reading, and ATVing (preferably if there is mud involved). She resides with her family of 9 on the banks of the Long Lake in eastern Washington.

You can connect with Ivy via her blog, Goodreads, and Pinterest

Interview with Ivy Rose!

In preparing for the release of The Old River Road, I had the honor of interviewing Ivy and learning more about the process and message behind her novel!

(Kenzi) What lead you to write The Old River Road? Basically, what is the “story behind the story”? :)
(Ivy) It started eight years ago, when I stumbled across Clara’s memoirs in a box of old documents. I remember thinking, “Wow, this is so cool! Someone should write a book about this!”

(Kenzi) I really enjoy reading authors who have taken an ancestor and written about his or her life! What was especially helpful to you as you researched William and Clara’s lives?
(Ivy) The most helpful thing was talking to the real people who actually knew them and their children. They were able to give me little tidbits of stories that I was able to dissect and figure out personality traits from.

(Kenzi) What is a special moment or memory you have from when you were writing The Old River Road?
(Ivy) I can recall one morning around 2 a.m. when I started to think I must have completely lost my sanity trying to write the book. Then I realized I had lost it long before…or else I wouldn’t be up at 2 a.m. writing! :)

(Kenzi) What is the message you hope The Old River Road will convey to readers?
(Ivy) The main message I hope to convey is that even in the most frustrating and difficult circumstances, God still reigns. William and Clara went through a lot of hard stuff in their life, yet the people who knew them said that they were always smiling. Their lives were such a testimony to those they knew personally. Though they departed from this earth long ago, I hope that through the book, I can carry on the legacy they left.  

(Kenzi) A fourteen year old girl comes up to you and says, “I think God is calling me to write for Him.” What advice would you give her?
(Ivy) I’d tell her to not ever forget that it is Him she is writing for. She can do anything she wants to, with God at her side.

Thanks so much for sharing, Ivy! Congratulations on the debut of The Old River Road! :D


~Blog Tour Schedule~

Drop in on each of the following blogs for more reviews, interviews and more during release week for The Old River Road!

Friday, July 8th (release day!)

Emily  — Review, Spotlight

Jesseca Wheaton — Review, Interview

Saturday, July 9th

Olivia K. Fisher  — Interview, Spotlight

Faith Blum  — Review, Interview, Spotlight

Hannah E.  — Review, Interview

Monday, July 11th

Faith Potts  – Review

Rebecca Morgan  — Review, Interview

Tuesday, July 12th

Abigayle Ellison  — Review, Spotlight

Kenzi Knapp  – Review, Interview

Hosanna Emily  — Review, Interview

Wednesday, July 13th

Blessing Counter  — Interview

Victoria Minks  — Review, Spotlight

Thursday, July 14th

Deborah C.  — Review, Spotlight

Anna S. Brie  — Review

Leona G. — Review, Interview

Friday, July 15th

Hope Ann — Review, Interview

Amanda Tero — Review, Interview

Anika Joy – Review, Interview

The Old River Road Prize Pack International Prize

 Note: Interviews and featured authors on HRH are for educational purposes only. Some beliefs and views expressed here or in the material of those who are interviewed, may not reflect those held by HRH. As always prove all things and hold fast to what is good. (1 Thessalonians 5:21)