Foto Sisters Music

This week’s music feature is of some childhood friends of mine: the Foto sisters. We used to play music together at church and went through a lot of learning together. I’m so excited to be watching where the Lord leads their music group.
Here is one of their newer songs from their YouTube channel

Vlog: Will There Be a Book Three in Tales of Faith?

Will there be a book three?
Short video for today!



But I’m still back behind in book two… 😉 “The Secret Slipper” is still on tour!! Here are the blogs Lia and Raoul have been featured at in the past few days…

Zerina Blossom’s Books
Once upon a time … there was a girl named Cinderella. You all know the story, but I bet you haven’t heard it told quite like this. There is no prince charming, no ball, and definitely no romance. Rather, there is a little, crippled girl kidnapped while her father, the King’s brother, is fighting in a war. Ten years later, her father learns she is still alive but only has her specially-made slipper to track her down with. Cute, right? Father-daughter love is beautiful.” Read more


O’Scarlett Reviews
“The rags-to-riches story of redemption is ever so much stronger and more powerful when it’s the father stepping in for his daughter than it is when it’s a love interest that the girl meets for the first time in a rushed ball. Amanda tells her stories without shame for her faith, and the story of redemption is told clearly, even as it’s shown. The characters are diverse and interest, with many different motives and struggles.” Read more

Kendra also featured it on her blog, Knitted by God’s Plan.

Alicia G. Ruggieri’s blog

“Amanda Tero’s new novella The Secret Slipper is not forced, trite, or unoriginal. It hinted just enough at the original fairytale to bring a smile to my face when I made connections between this story and its inspiration, yet it had such an independent, confidently-told plot of its own that The Secret Slipper held my interest until the very last page.” Read more


His Princess Warrior

“I loved everything about this book, but I appreciate that Amanda wrote Lia in such a way that I could intimately empathize with her. As someone who already knows Christ, I knew the answers to her questions and doubts and “whys?!” all along. As Christians, we often know the right answers in our heads, but when bad things happen– and then continue to get worse instead of getting better– we often let feelings of anger, abandonment, bitterness, and fear well up in our hearts and overtake them. We have sooo many legitimate feelings/questions we want to ask of God and church leaders but “know better” than to ask. Throughout the course of the story, we experience these feelings with Lia (all the legitimate unfairness of her situation) and, in response, we receive one of the most exquisite explanations of salvation I have ever read. But I loved that we were allowed to experience those “forbidden” emotions with Lia– and given such a beautifully crafted but accurate answer in response.” Read more


Once Upon an Ordinary
“The Raoul, Jolin, Galien team was very dynamic, which made for some fun exchanges and good lessons. Bioti? She made my blood boil. I thought she was horrid when she was first introduced, but she just got worse and worse. I knew exactly what she meant to do when she told Lia to keep driving. Poor girl. *sniffs*” Read more (plus an interview!)


Penumbra Reviews
“I said it before but I have to say it again the characters were epic. They were just so real and emotional and I’m going to go flail around on the ground for an hour because they were so lovely. I loved Lia’s entire outlook and how real it was.” Read more


Peculiar Miss Darcy
“Although I loved the main characters, my favorite character was Jolin, the closest friend of Raoul (also known as Lord Kiralyn). I’m delighted to be able to interview him here today. I hope you enjoy his answers as much as I did.” Read the interview here

Book spotlight on…

Another interview on…

I am blown away by all of these ladies’ sweet words!!! I would love it if you hopped over to their blogs and left them a comment! ❤

Scripture Graphics #41


What a glimpse into the heart of God! Yes, He said this of Israel, but He never changes, and verses in the New Testament (such as 2 Peter 3:9) prove His desire for all mankind.


The definition for “whole heart” is “the whole heart, used widely for the feelings, the will, and even intellect; likewise for the center of anything.” If I am seeking God with my feelings, will, and intellect, then I will be more likely to let God run my life, and less likely to let my life be run by my feelings, will, and intellect.


This verse has been on my mind lately as I’ve been seeing a lot of debate about “what a Christian should and shouldn’t do.” It is our duty to seek God for what is “good” and to follow that.


Do we cling to hope in God, even when days are dark, prayers seem to go unanswered, and life gets tough? Added to that, does our praise grow more and more–or do we stop praising when the road gets rough?

What verse are you memorizing this week?

All Things Bright and Beautiful | Book Review

This book makes me smile–it really does. It is so bright and colorful with a hint of glitter. I don’t have any toddlers in my family, but having been around children, it is just the type of book that I know they would like. The cover of this book is padded hardcover; the pages typical board-book style. It has a nice carrying handle which would be perfect for small hands. The size is also good for young children.

The illustrations of this book match the song perfectly. Every season and animal is depicted with bold illustrations that match the words on the page. The font is bold and easy to read. It brings the song to life very well.


*I received this book from BookLook Blogger for my review*

You can find the book on Amazon or ChristianBook.

Have you heard this old hymn before? I was going to try to find a YouTube video…but there are 1,001 variations and I couldn’t find an original that I liked enough to share. 😉



The Starving Christian Writer | over at Wordquill


Ah, don’t you love stereotypes? I don’t know about you, but I have found that, more often than not, when I tell someone new that I’m a writer, their first reaction goes something like, “You must be famous! A best-seller!” Oh if they only knew…

But today I’m not actually thinking about the poverty of aspiring authors, the hopeless clicks on KDP to see if maybe—hopefully—we sold one copy today…or this week. My thoughts are going more toward the emphasis on “Starving Christian.” If you notice, we are called “Christian Author,” not “Author Christian.” Christian comes first—yet how often do we put the emphasis on author and neglect Christian?
Continue reading on Wordquill.com

First Line Friday | 5.26.17

Happy Friday!! I’m trying not to bombard everyone with “The Secret Slipper” but since it released yesterday, why not use that first line? Makes my job of figuring out which of the 350 books on my bookshelves to choose from easier (I’ll do that next week). 😉

The first line of “The Secret Slipper” is…

“Another grave. This time, a short one.”
(“The Secret Slipper” by Amanda Tero)
And I do promise… it’s not a morbid story. 😉 Today is the last sale-day for Kindle copies of both “The Secret Slipper” and its prequel, “Befriending the Beast.”
Commercial over. ;P 
What is the newest book that you’ve read?
And… do you have a first line handy??
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Also, be sure to hop along to all of these other blogs and see what First Lines they have to share!
Please note that I may not fully endorse all of the books that these bloggers read or the content in these blogs.
Rachel – Bookworm Mama
Lauraine – Lauraine’s Notes
Andi – Radiant Light
Robin – Robin’s Nest
Kathleen – Kathleen Denly
Trisha – Joy of Reading
Jeanette – CJane Read

Vlog: Who’s Who in "The Secret Slipper" | Blog Tour Day One

Also, in honor of release day, I’m posting every hour on my FB Author Page
In other news…the paperback is available TODAY on Amazon! I was holding my breath there for a moment. 😉

And…if you  have time, hop over to these lovely ladies’ blogs and see what they have to say about “The Secret Slipper.”

Leila has Slipper spotlighted on her blog.

Faith gave a five-star review on her blog where she gives a rundown of my characters’ traits: “Rebellious, kind, angry, willing to risk everything, grudge holders, desperate, helpful, cruel, sweet.”

Leona not only gave a give-star review, but she also interviewed me on her blog today. What are some of my favorite things about “The Secret Slipper?” I answer them there.

It would mean a lot to me (and them) if you hopped by and left a comment!

It’s Here!!! The Secret Slipper Release Day! (Giveaway)

*throws confetti and dark chocolate and M&Ms and balloons*

The day has finally come for “The Secret Slipper” to be released into the world. 🙂 You have all been such faithful supporters and encouragements. I seriously cannot thank you enough!!
Before I get into all the promo stuff, I have to give a shout-out to the lovely bloggers who are joining me with my personal blog tour. 
May 25, 2017
Amanda @ With a Joyful Noise | Release Day, Giveaway
Leila @ Leila Tualla’s Bookshelf | Spotlight
Faith @ Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections | Review, Giveaway
Leona @ Great Books for God’s Girls | Review, Interview
May 26
Emily @ Zerina Blossom’s Books| Interview
Kendra @ Knitted By God’s Plan (Spotlight) and O’Scarlett Reviews (Review) | Spotlight, Review
Alicia @ A Brighter Destiny | Review, Giveaway
May 27
Katie @ His Princess Warrior | Review, Giveaway
Heather @ Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen | Spotlight, Interview, Giveaway
                                                               
May 29
Kate @ Once Upon an Ordinary| Review, Interview
Sarah @ Penumbra Reviews | Review
Dary @ Peculiar Miss Darcy | Character Interview
Julia @ My Joyful Journey with Jesus | Interview
May 30
Kenzi @ Honey Rock Hills | Review, Giveaway
Anita @ Christian Author: A.M. Heath  | Review
Judith @ JudithWNicholson  | Interview
May 31
Jesseca @ Whimsical Writings for His glory  | Spotlight, Review
Raechel @ God’s Peculiar Treasure Rae  | Spotlight, Review
Esther @ Purposeful Learning | Review, Interview, Giveaway
June 1
Kellyn @ Reveries Reviews  | Review
Victoria @ Victoria Minks Blog  | Spotlight, Review
Kelsey @ Kelsey’s Notebook | Spotlight
Sarah @ The Destiny of One | Spotlight
June 2
Hanne @ RockandMinerals4Him | Spotlight, Review, Giveaway
Erica @ Roxbury Books Blog | Spotlight
Janell @ Views from the Window Friend  | Review
Crystal @ Crystal’s Adventures for Christ  | Spotlight, Review, Interview
June 3
Alexa @ Verbosity Reviews  | Spotlight
Faith @ Chosen Vessels  | Review
Melissa @ Clothed with Scarlet | Review, Interview, Giveaway
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Surely by now you’ve learned a lot about “The Secret Slipper.” To read the description (and if you want an eBook for the sale price of $1.99) head over here:
“Befriending the Beast” is also on sale for just $0.99, which you may find here:

Sales only last until tomorrow though!

If you’re interested in ordering paperbacks, you may purchase them through Amazon, OR I’ll knock a dollar off if you want me to sign it. 😉 Paperback order form here.

And…you all know me… I love giveaways so if you’re not quite wanting to get either book yet, you may enter my giveaway.

U.S. Giveaway: Enter to win the set of “Befriending the Beast” and “The Secret Slipper”
International Giveaway: Enter to win the eBook set of “Befriending the Beast” and “The Secret Slipper”

Now, to get all anti-me for a moment…
What excitement are you celebrating this week?

It’s Here!! The Secret Slipper!!

*throws confetti and dark chocolate and M&Ms and balloons*

 

The day has finally come for “The Secret Slipper” to be released into the world. 🙂 You have all been such faithful supporters and encouragements. I seriously cannot thank you enough!!
Before I get into all the promo stuff, I have to give a shout-out to the lovely bloggers who are joining me with my personal blog tour.
May 25, 2017
Amanda @ With a Joyful Noise | Release Day, Giveaway
Leila @ Leila Tualla’s Bookshelf | Spotlight
Faith @ Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections | Review, Giveaway
Leona @ Great Books for God’s Girls | Review, Interview
May 26
Emily @ Zerina Blossom’s Books | Interview
Kendra @ Knitted By God’s Plan (Spotlight) and O’Scarlett Reviews (Review) | Spotlight, Review
Alicia @ A Brighter Destiny | Review, Giveaway
May 27
Anika @ This Journey Called Life | Spotlight, Review, Giveaway
Katie @ His Princess Warrior | Review, Giveaway
Sarah @ The Destiny of One | Spotlight
Heather @ Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen | Spotlight, Interview, Giveaway
                                                               
May 29
Kate @ Once Upon an Ordinary | Review, Interview
Sarah @ Penumbra Reviews | Review
Dary @ Peculiar Miss Darcy | Character Interview
Julia @ My Joyful Journey with Jesus | Interview
May 30
Kenzi @ Honey Rock Hills | Review, Giveaway
Anita @ Christian Author: A.M. Heath  | Review
Judith @ JudithWNicholson  | Interview
May 31
Jesseca @ Whimsical Writings for His glory  | Spotlight, Review
Raechel @ God’s Peculiar Treasure Rae | Spotlight, Review
Esther @ Purposeful Learning | Review, Interview, Giveaway
June 1
Kellyn @ Reveries Reviews  | Review
Victoria @ Victoria Minks Blog  | Spotlight, Review
Kelsey @ Kelsey’s Notebook | Spotlight
June 2
Hanne @ RockandMinerals4Him | Spotlight, Review, Giveaway
Erica @ Roxbury Books Blog | Spotlight
Janell @ Views from the Window Friend  | Review
Crystal @ Crystal’s Adventures for Christ  | Spotlight, Review, Interview
June 3
Alexa @ Verbosity Reviews  | Spotlight
Faith @ Chosen Vessels  | Review
Melissa @ Clothed with Scarlet | Review, Interview, Giveaway
~*~*~*~
Surely by now you’ve learned a lot about “The Secret Slipper.” To read the description (and if you want an eBook for the sale price of $1.99) head over here:
“Befriending the Beast” is also on sale for just $0.99, which you may find here:

Sales only last until tomorrow though!

If you’re interested in ordering paperbacks, you may purchase them through Amazon, OR I’ll knock a dollar off if you want me to sign it. 😉 Paperback order form here.

And…you all know me… I love giveaways so if you’re not quite wanting to get either book yet, you may enter my giveaway.

U.S.Giveaway:
Enter to win the set of “Befriending the Beast” and “The Secret Slipper”
International Giveaway:
Enter to win the eBook set of “Befriending the Beast” and “The Secret Slipper”

 

Now, to get all anti-me for a moment…
What excitement are you celebrating this week?

Greg Howlett Music

The last two weeks, I’ve featured up-and-coming arrangers. This week, I’m featuring someone who’s been in the arranging world for years. Even though I have not gone through Greg Howlett’s courses, I do know he’s got some good stuff out there. Just doing one small course of his (it was free sometime), I learned some tips that expanded my arranging. His website is here, for those of you interested in learning more. What’s more, Greg Howlett has some free arrangements for you to download. 
He has a lot of videos on his YouTube channel (I’ll admit, most of which I’ve not watched because I just haven’t found the time to peruse YouTube), but here is just one of them:
Who is an arranger/musician you enjoy listening to?