by Dina Sleiman

Dina has knocked it out of the park again! Following Allen’s heartbreak, in book one of the Valiant Hearts series, he decides to strike out on his own. Recently being knighted and wanting to make a good impression, he signs up to joust in the upcoming festival of Edendale.

Gwendolyn is all rough and tumble and nothing of the prissy lady that she is supposed to be. Her parents try to put her in a box of feminism to which she vehemently rebels. She wants nothing of marriage and being held back.

Of course, we have the beautiful making of a true love story with lots of awesome girl power! Dina is the queen of girl power and I love it! Depth, adventure and lots of fun. I highly recommend it. It’s written as a YA novel, but I think it’s fun for all ages.

Thank you, Dina and Bethany House, for this great read! As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!!

If you would like to see my fun face-off with Dina, just click HERE!!

Face-Off with Jessica Keller!!

dsc_0097Jessica is in the HOUSE today!! She is an award winning author and popular speaker that writes Young Adult fiction and Inspirational Romance.

A taste of those awards?

  • Winner of the 2011 Golden Pen
  • Winner of the 2011 Where the Magic Begins
  • Winner of the 2011-12 Rattler Writing Contest (Contemporary Category)
  • Winner of the 2011-12 Rattler Wrting Contest (Spec. Category)
  • Overall Grand Prize Winner 2011-2012 Rattler Writing Contest
  • 2012 ACFW Genesis Award Semi-Finalist

Here are a few reads to check out:

Let’s see what she’s got, eh?

hXFQhK70KKbf9YbDq4nCcy6C3DFDg8jr9wa_e2MQBCjacnDYO6-Ot7KS2BmfibHc9czYvsZfZEhMqM-G5EKnSffd8V-SMubhP-nK9JWxY1MZTKkd_MSSF1uYDuzdIaeDQiuSX-fFcagGURh3pLYZ4MP-w_I_uJudGAys_hnT8qZ_HVM282FBnwRi5-iues71mAt1EXPxgK1JgVRuCv0-xtUqN3b466AocThe rules are simple. I ask Jessica some random questions. She replies and then I give my answers. Each winning answer is worth one point and I get to decide whose answer is better.

It’s my blog.

Here we go!

1. A spoonful of _______ makes your day better?

Jessica – Nutella

Charity – Oh. My. Stars. It doesn’t get much better than that…

— Jessica!!

Charity 0 / Jessica 1

2. Who is your favorite teen star breakout? They can be older now…like, Zac Efron or Miley Cyres :-/

Jessica – I adore Josh Hutcherson. Adore. Like, I want to be his big sister and bake him brownies and hug him and give him love life advice. He’s just so charming and respectable in his interviews.


Charity – Nice! Did you see him in RV? He plays Carl, the adorable little boy. hahaha.

I am going to have to go with Team Jacob. Taylor Lautner. haha. Just…because…BESIDES, he’s the only boy that Taylor SWIFT wrote a nice song about after they broke up. That’s saying something!!!

— Tie

Charity 1 / Jessica 2

3. When’s the last time your power went out? How long was it for? What happened?

Jessica – I happen to be on the same power grid as a huge, important, government science research facility. Because of that, anytime our power does surge or go out, it’s on again in seconds. Even during major (I’m talking tornado warning) storms, our power grid is given first priority. I don’t think we’ve ever been out longer than five or ten minutes. A car accident took out a power line last summer and there were workers at the site within minutes to restore the power. It’s a nice perk.

Charity – Woh! That’s really awesome! We don’t usually lose power. Maybe someone from the Witness Protection Program lives in my neighborhood and they want to keep him safe.?? Could be. You never know!

— Ok, probably not.

Charity 1 / Jessica 3

4. Can you use a pogo stick?

Jessica – Goodness, no. Not even in my young days. I consider walking while sipping coffee an accomplishment.

Charity – Ha!! Me too!!! I trip going UP stairs.

— Tie

Charity 2 / Jessica 4

5. If you could have all the Make-up, Clothes, or Shoes FOR FREE that you wanted, which would you choose?

Jessica – Well I don’t wear make-up so that rules that one out, but I’m a total shoe fan. I love unique and quirky shoes with designs, so I’ll pick that one!

Charity – WhA?? You don’t wear make-up! You are gorgeous. That’s so awesome.

I might die if I had to make that decision. You see, I am actually a princess IRL. So…Ima gonna need them all!

— Low Maintenance always wins

Charity 2 / Jessica 5

6. Summer Playlist Song #1?

Jessica – It’s not a new song but While the World Let Go by A Rocket to the Moon has been the number one song on my playlist this summer because it’s one of the theme songs I picked for the book I’m writing right now (the third book in my YA TimeShifters Series, written under the pen name Jess Evander).

Charity – That’s a gorgeous song! I had never heard it before. Anything from Tay’s 1989 album is on my #1 playlist. Lame, I know. What can I say…

— LOVE that song!

Charity 2 / Jessica 6

7. How do you strive to bring God the most glory in your life?

Jessica – By using my gifts to try to share truth. I’ve always felt that God has made me a “door opener” in people’s lives. I’m not someone who is going to shout the Gospel in your face, because I believe in living the Gospel and loving people well first. Like with my YA fiction – those are not considered Christian at all. They are mainstream and have no references to faith, but God sprinkles Truth and open doors into everything if you allow him to work through you. Those books have opened up so many conversations for me with teens who get in contact with me online after reading them (and that wasn’t the purpose of the books at all). But I believe if we’re faithful with our gifts that God will be glorified through the use of them.

Charity – Awesome.

— God wins!

Charity 2 / Jessica 6

8. Best crime show on tv (or netflix)?

Jessica – I can’t watch any of them! *sorry* For my day job I work in the realm of law enforcement and I just start laughing every time I watch a crime show because they are all so riddled with mistakes and none of them get close to being right in how things are really handled. I stick to more reality based shows…like fairy tales and Disney made for TV movies.

Charity – ahh! Prison Break?! Blacklist?

— I am taking this!!

Charity 3 / Jessica 6

9. Most useless x-man?

Jessica – Great question, because there are a lot of ludicrous ones, but I’m going to have to go with a tie between Skin and Beak. Skin had six extra feet of skin…that’s it. It was vulnerable like our skin and he couldn’t change himself with it. Know how many times he used this power in any meaningful way to help the x-men before he was killed off? Zero. That’s right. Well done there, Skin! And then Beak. A guy with a beak and feathers who can’t fly. So he’s legitimately just a guy with a beak…that’s helpful to…no one.

Charity – ha! I laughed reading this. You are totally right. I think Cyclops is pretty useless too.

— Can’t compete with your x-men knowledge!


Charity 3 / Jessica 7


Big time.

Like, seriously.

Thank you, Jessica! SO much fun getting to know you better 🙂 il_570xN.321850012

Guess What????? Yep! You got it!! This awesome gal is giving away THREE COPIES of her new release!!! All you have to do is head on over here and start entering:

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Fairy Tale Romance Collection — by Melanie Dickerson

Melanie Dickerson knew what she was doing when she started writing YA novels. All girls, whether 3 years old or 90 years old, want to be a princess!! In retelling these fairy tales, she has won over the hearts of many!

In this collection, we have Melanie first book. The story of “Sleeping Beauty” is retold  in The Healer’s Apprentice. We are introduced to Rose Roemer. She is an apprentice under the watchful eye of her protector. Of course, you are familiar with the story and can guess the rest (;

Next, in Melanie’s second book, The Merchants Daughter,
we are introduced to Annabel as she must work for the the man that “has a beard and one of his arms is afflicted”. She finds herself inside the castle in the midst of a “Beauty and the Beast” retelling.

In her third book, The Fairest Beauty, she begins to introduce characters we will see throughout the rest of her books. Sophie is a servant in her own father’s home because he has died and she is left with her evil stepmother. Nope! Not “Cinderella”! Not yet!! This is the retelling of “Snow White”.

Now we have “Cinderella”!! In, The Captive Maiden, we find the story of Sophie and Valten. This, Valten, is the brother of Gabe (whom Sophie married in the last book!!)! I don’t need to tell you the details. You get the idea! It’s everyone’s favorite fairy tale!

Lastly, The Princess Spy, is a retelling of “The Princess and the Frog”. Now, this was a bit of a stretch, as far as calling it a “retelling” of that particular story. However, it was still fun and entertaining. The story is centered Margaretha, who is the sister of Gabe and Valten.

Whew! Did you follow all of that? Well, you will have to check them out for yourself! The link for this set is in the pic above. The individual links are also posted.

My thoughts? Love these books. They are written for YA, but so much fun. I, personally, like her first book the most. They are all wonderful! We need more of these type for our youth.

Keep an eye out for Melanie’s new book, The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest. Release date is set for May 12th.

Thanks, booklookbloggers, for this wonderful collection! As always, this is my honest opinion. Here’s to many more!!

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