Monday, October 28, 2019

Wedding Score ~ New Novella From Christian author Amanda Tero




My Review

It's always my pleasure to share with you new releases from my fellow Christian authors and "Wedding Score" by my dear friend, Amanda Tero, is no exception. In my own life, Psalm 84:11 has been my anchor:

"For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly."

"Wedding Score" embodies the truth of this psalm as Stephanie navigates what it means to truly trust that God will keep "no good thing" from her - even if serving Him as an unmarried piano teacher is that good thing. As a wise, loving Father, our God knows what gifts are best for us as well as the timing of those gifts. "Wedding Score" honestly, yet lightheartedly shows Stephanie's struggles and victory in trusting the Lord with the score of her life.

About the Release

Are you a single who has been in this singleness journey a little longer than you anticipated? This week is the release of Amanda Tero’s contemporary fiction novella, “Wedding Score.” Main character Stephanie is there with you as she’s suddenly thrown into a season of discontentment and impatience. Told in a whimsical, honest style, “Wedding Score” is a 1-2 hour short read that leaves readers feeling understood and hopeful.



About "Wedding Score"

Most girls dream of their wedding days. Except me. I’m too busy practicing piano and being the live soundtrack for everyone else’s weddings to think about my own. 

I’ve survived most of my twenties with harmonious chords and pleasant days. So why is it that now, at twenty-seven, a discordant feeling presents itself? 

Is there a solid solution to loneliness when there is absolutely no potential husband on the horizon?

A CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN SHORT READ


About Amanda

Amanda Tero began her love for words at a young age—reading anything she could get her hands on and penning short stories as young as age eight. Since graduation, she has honed her writing skills by dedicated practice and study of the writing craft. She began her journey of publication with a few short stories that she had written for her sisters and continued to add to her collection with other short stories, novellas, and novels. It is her utmost desire to write that which not only pleases her Lord and Savior, but also draws the reader into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.



Connect with Amanda
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amandaterobooks@gmail.com


Giveaway
Amanda is giving away paperbacks, yes... 
But she really wants to share this story with as many readers as possible. So, for release week, she'll be sending eBooks to anyone who wants one! So hop over and submit your email for a free eBook!



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Visit Amanda's blog for a complete list of bloggers and special tour information.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Protecting The Poor ~ New Robin Hood Retelling From Christian author Amanda Tero


This week signals the completion of the Tales of Faith series!

Kenzi's Review

If you are a Robin Hood fan you will love "Protecting The Poor"! Dumphey is a peasant orphan who can't watch the injustice around him without doing something. When the opportunity comes to actually end the oppression of Sheriff Feroci will he take the chance - even at the expense of his conscience?

There are many things I enjoyed about Amanda's latest fairytale retelling. The medieval setting, the winsome characters that make up Dumphey's Merry Men, and the brotherly bond between Dumphey and Noel made the story both enduring and endearing. But what I loved most of all was how Amanda tackled the age-old question "do the ends justify the means?" Does God care not only about what we do but how we do it?  Now you definitely have to read it to find out how Dumphey wrestles with this question, don't you?!

Amanda has also done a masterful job keeping "Protecting the Poor" Christ-centered and family-friendly. Like "Befriending the Beast" and "The Secret Slipper", it is a great family novella perfect for children (my ten year-old sister loves reading The Tales of Faith series!) and not-so-children-anymore (like me ;)). It might just become your family's new favorite read-aloud!


ABOUT THE BOOK

Sheriff Feroci is now lord over the province, and Abtshire has become a pit of injustice. Being forced into the lord’s service does not give Dumphey as many opportunities to help the poor as he desires. When attempts on his life drive him into the forest, this freedom opens a world of possibilities for helping others. But how can he do so when he is running for his life? And does God want him to do more than simply feed the poor?

Noel has always hidden behind the shadow of his older brother, Dumphey. When life forces him to stand on his own, will he still follow God in the corrupt world in which he lives? Would God really call him to do something that is beyond his power to do?

As Lord Feroci's sinister plot comes to light, each lad has a choice to make. A choice that could cost them their lives.

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GIVEAWAY
It wouldn't be a release party without a giveaway! One U.S. Winner will receive the complete paperback Tales of Faith series, and one International Winner will receive the complete eBook series.




About the Series
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About the Author
Amanda Tero began her love for words at a young age—reading anything she could get her hands on and penning short stories as young as age eight. Since graduation, she has honed her writing skills by dedicated practice and study of the writing craft. She began her journey of publication with a few short stories that she had written for her sisters and continues to add to her collection with other short stories, novellas, and novels. It is her utmost desire to write that which not only pleases her Lord and Savior, but also draws the reader into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.

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Wedding Score is open for reviewers, bloggers, and influencers. Sign up here.

Blog Tour
Shout-out to all the wonderful bloggers who are participating in the release of "Protecting the Poor."

Monday - August 26, 2019
With a Joyful Noise - Protecting the Poor Release Post
Life of Heritage Corner - Interview, Review, Giveaway
Great Books for God's Girls - Interview, Review
Peculiar Miss Darcy - Interview
Debbie's Dusty Deliberations - Spotlight, Review, Guest Post

Tuesday - August 27, 2019
Maidens for Modesty - Giveaway, Guest Post
A Brighter Destiny - Spotlight

Wednesday - August 28, 2019
Purposeful Learning - Spotlight, Guest Post

Thursday - August 29, 2019
Rachel Rossano's Works - Spotlight, Guest Post
In My Bookcase - Review, Giveaway

Friday - August 30, 2019
Losing the Busyness - Spotlight, Review, Giveaway
Resting Life - Guest Post

Saturday - August 31, 2019
Blossoms and Blessings - Spotlight, Review, Guest Post
Reading on the Edge - Spotlight
Verbosity Reviews – Spotlight, Review, Guest Post, Giveaway

Monday - September 2, 2019
With a Joyful Noise - Giveaway Winner Announced

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Ever Wonder...How Books Covers Are Designed?


As a final wrap to the three month tour of Amanda Tero's Tales of Faith series, Amanda shares with us how she does her own cover designs (this lady is talented! :) ).

Interested in learning more about the Tales of Faith series? Watch for my personal review of Amanda's Robin Hood retelling, "Protecting the Poor" coming up next week!


Guest post by Amanda Tero

How often do you look at a book cover and consider the process it took to get to the shelves? Well, if you’re me, you analyze it. I am an avid cover lover. Sometimes I go to a bookstore just to drool over the cover designs (okay, so “drool” might not be the best verb…).



It’s easy to sit back and admire covers (or—*ahem* if you’re me—pick them apart and critique them while you admire them…). But covers have to come from somewhere. And, if you’re a broke Indie author like me, you can’t afford top-notch designs, so you do with what you’ve got and have fun playing around with designs until you find that perfect fit.

Book One
Before “Befriending the Beast” was even as series, I had just one book I was looking at. And I played with a few different ideas. I’m kicking myself now for not saving those ideas, but from what I remember, I had a main general idea and for once, stuck with that idea. I did play around with having a slightly different layout, such as…


But, I soon figured out that simple is better and chose the design I have today.



Book Two

As soon as I realized “Befriending the Beast” was morphing into a series, I knew one thing: cover design was going to be easy from here on out. Maybe boring in my creativity field, but easy. ;)






Well… kind of easy. Turns out the biggest debate was what color I should choose for the cover. As you can see, I had to play with several ideas and help from others in choosing the perfect one.

Book Three
The first thing I knew about "Protecting the Poor" was that its color would be green (I mean, Robin Hood screams green!). The hardest thing with this cover was finding the perfect background image for the bottom. This was the first idea I had...


Several of my friends pointed out that the mountains were way too bland to fit my story and the costume too fake. As you can see, the top didn't change at all, but I changed the bottom entirely for the final cover.


Back Covers
I've got to show the back covers. I mean, I spent just as much time on the back cover. And they're just as much fun to analyze as the fronts!


I chose a simpler format for the back cover and also chose to highlight something that is key to the story.

Are you a designer?
Have you ever designed a cover? If so, please comment with a link so I can view it. What is your favorite cover? Share the title and author.



About the Tour
The clock is ticking until the release of “Protecting the Poor!” This is the third and final month of Tales of Faith 3-month tour. We’ve spent a month on Befriending the Beast,a month on The Secret Slipper,” and now, are looking at a month digging into “Protecting the Poor”—the history behind it, behind-the-scenes of writing and editing, the messages threaded through it, and more. Amanda will link to each blog on With a Joyful Noise, so check in every week and see what blogs have a special Tales of Faith feature!

Pre-Order Protecting the Poor on Amazon

About Amanda
Amanda Tero began her love for words at a young age—reading anything she could get her hands on and penning short stories as young as age eight. Since graduation, she has honed her writing skills by dedicated practice and study of the writing craft. She began her journey of publication with a few short stories that she had written for her sisters and continued to add to her collection with other short stories, novellas, and novels. It is her utmost desire to write that which not only pleases her Lord and Savior, but also draws the reader into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.

Connect with Amanda


Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Who Is Your Jolin?

Raoul gripped Jolin’s shoulder as Galien left. “Sometimes you enrage me.”

Jolin nodded. “And sometimes you are too hasty.”

“We can plan our next step as we ride together.”
No response.

Raoul shook Jolin. “Give me three good reasons why I should remain here.”

Jolin looked down at his boots. His shoulders rose then fell under Raoul’s grip before he looked up. “M’lord, you are angry. I fear you shall do something you will regret.”

“That is one reason.”

“Aye.” Jolin brought his gaze up to meet Raoul’s. “That one is enough.”
Excerpt from "The Secret Slipper "
Amanda Tero


Friendship is a precious gift. Today, my good friend and fellow writer, Amanda shares about one of the friendships in her novella, "The Secret Slipper" and how God intends us to be an arrow pointing our friends to Him!

Who Is Your Jolin?
by Amanda Tero

Jolin is that one-of-a-kind fellow. He is steady and level-headed. A friend who tries to keep Raoul in check. As I think about my own personal journey—whether it be in writing, music, or just life in general—I have my own “Jolins” who have helped me along this pathway and it has been a blessing beyond words.

But I’m just as guilty as the next person in not actually stopping to think about friendship. I appreciate them in books, but in real life, I too often take my friends for granted. The honest truth is that I can only write a solid friend character like Jolin because I’ve experienced that type of friendship in my life. He is the type of friend that we all need in our lives. But more than that, he exemplifies the type of friend we all need to be to others.

This world is full of counterfeit friends. Those who only hang around you because of what they hope to gain (see Proverbs 19:4). Those who will smile to your face and slander you behind your back (Proverbs 16:28). Those who will chat with you for an hour, but of nothing of substance.

A real friend is one whose walk with God is a continual upward progression. This friend will encourage us to walk closer to the Lord (Proverbs 27:17)—not tempt us to stray away from God (1 Corinthians 15:33—also read 2 Samuel 13 for an example with Amnon and his friend Jonadab).

A real friend will not be afraid to speak the truth—even when it hurts (Proverbs 27:6). At the same time, a genuine friend is quick to forgive and look beyond mere temporal differences and arguments (Proverbs 10:12).

This friend will pray for you and with you (Philippians 1:3-4). They will keep you accountable in your spiritual walk.

Friends who chit-chat, laugh at jokes, and grab a bite with you “just because” are a dime a dozen. But a true friend who genuinely cares for you, your walk with the Lord, the decisions you’re making, and whether or not you’re doing what you feel God is leading you to do… those are rare gems in our day.

If you don’t have that type of friend, it will be easy to look at this list and become discouraged. But remember, even if there isn’t a friend like this for you, it doesn’t mean you can’t be type of friend. Focus on your relationship with God and He can use that to draw others closer to Him. Then pray—pray that God will provide you that invaluable friend, and pray that He will help you to become the type of friend you need to be.

Verses Referenced
Proverbs 19:4
Wealth maketh many friends; but the poor is separated from his neighbour.

Proverbs 16:28
A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.

Proverbs 27:17
Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.

Proverbs 17:17
A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

1 Corinthians 15:33
Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.

Proverbs 27:6
Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

Proverbs 10:12
Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.

Philippians 1:3-4
I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy,

Have you read the "Secret Slipper"? This summer we're highlighting"The Secret Slipper" along with all the novellas in Amanda's Tales of Faith series as she prepares to release her final triplet, "Protecting The Poor"!


About The Tales of Faith Tour!

Welcome to the second month of the Tales of Faith 3-Month tour! For the month of June,
Amanda guest posted on a dozen blogs, featuring “Befriending the Beast.” This month, we’re
getting a deeper look into book two of the Tales of Faith series: “The Secret Slipper.” Each post
by Amanda is unique to the blog—an inspirational post, an article on the writing craft, an excerpt
from one of the Tales of Faith books… you’ll just have to visit each blog to see what comes up.
;) Amanda will link to each blog on With a Joyful Noise, so check in every week and see what
blogs have a special Tales of Faith feature!






About Amanda

Amanda Tero began her love for words at a young age—reading anything she could get her
hands on and penning short stories as young as age eight. Since graduation, she has honed her
writing skills by dedicated practice and study of the writing craft. She began her journey of
publication with a few short stories that she had written for her sisters and continued to add to
her collection with other short stories, novellas, and novels. It is her utmost desire to write that
which not only pleases her Lord and Savior, but also draws the reader into a deeper relationship
with Jesus Christ.

Connect with Amanda

Email
Website
Facebook
Instagram

Pinterest
Blog

Goodreads 
Amazon