Saturday, May 31, 2014

Sunday Story Snippet - Faith - 1

It's time! *excited shriek*

I finally get to share with you the first snippet of my work in progress, Faith. To know more about the story and it's progress you can go to our, "Work's in Progress" page.

I hope you enjoy! I can't wait to hear your thoughts :) I've had a fun time writing this up.

*Side note* For some reason when I transferred the snippet from word to blogger, there was a space put between every new paragraph. I had to go through and estimate the indents then, so I apologize if it doesn't look right.

Chapter 1

             Alynn gripped the edge of their dinner table tightly, her knuckles growing white with fear as she listened to her dad’s horrifying news.
            “The town not far from here got raided last night,” her dad said as he cleared his throat, “Those who escaped came running early this morning seeking refuge.”
           Alynn’s mom’s eyebrows tilted in with worry.
           “They came at night with dragons. The dragons burned the houses while men stole valuable possessions and took survivors away,” her dad continued.
            “Will they come to us?” Alynn’s younger sixteen year old sister, Enna, questioned.
            “So far they have only been raiding major towns and villages,” her dad announced, “But, it never hurts to take precautions. We’ll start putting some in place by the end of this week. I will do everything to keep you alive.”
            The room grew silent; everyone was still. Her mom’s face was pale, and her dad looked grim. Enna sat quietly, her gaze directed towards the floor. Alynn stiffened and clenched her jaw. She ran outside grabbing her book on the way. She sat on the steps beside her house as the wind blew around her skirt, and her pale skin welcomed the warmth of the afternoon sun. Alynn opened her book, but she couldn’t read with all the worries on her mind. What if the raiders DO come? What will happen to us? And what of the dragons? Are they scary? Does it hurt to be burned? Or to die? Alynn felt like crying, but no tears came. She buried her face in her lap, as if hiding would shut her out from the troubles of the world. At a footstep behind her she lifted her face from her lap. Enna sat down beside her.
            “I’m scared,” Alynn confessed.
           “I know,” Enna said, and then added, “It’ll be okay.”
           They both looked out to their surroundings. Around them were children playing with a ball, kicking it back and forth, and straight ahead was the forest of Caralel. There were many stories of the dangers in that forest, but no one knew which of those were legends, or if the rumor of the evil inside was real.
            Enna glanced at her sister, “At least we’re together.”
          Alynn turned her head to meet her sister’s gaze, “But what if someone gets left behind? What if we lose each other? What if someone takes us?” her voice grew to a mere whisper as she said, “What if one of us gets killed?” Tears glimmered in her eyes as she struggled to keep her emotions in check, “I can’t lose you or Mom or Dad.”
           Enna looked towards the horizon as the setting sun slowly sunk into the hills that looked like tiny anthills from far away. She watched as the children one by one responded to their mother’s calls and went inside. She sat there sitting beside her sister. Enna grabbed Alynn’s hand and intertwined it between her own, “It’s going to be okay, Alynn. God will watch over us.”
            Alynn leaned her head against Enna’s shoulder and sighed, “I hope you’re right.”


           Every sound that night got on Alynn’s nerves. She jumped when her mother came into her room, and she ran to the window every time she heard a shout or cry, thinking it was the raiders. Alynn sat by their window, keeping watch over the village. She took a few deep breaths to keep her body relaxed, “Lord, please keep us safe. Please don’t let the raiders come. Please don’t separate me from my family.” She knew she was overreacting, for who would even think of raiding a village so small? Her head grew heavy and eventually rolled to her side as her eyes shut and she fell asleep.


           Chaos. Fire. Screams. People crying. Men carrying swords and dragons breathing fire. Homes enveloped in flames. People running everywhere while trying to escape. Dragons with fire. Chaos. Complete chaos. Terror in the night.
         Alynn jerked awake, sitting straight up, her breathing ragged and fast. She looked out the window. Everything was normal. People were just coming out of their houses, getting water, or feeding their animals. Alynn got dressed into a long sky blue skirt and paired it with a plain white top. She laced up her brown boots and walked down the stairs to find her family cooking breakfast together. Her family was safe. She was safe. The raiders had not come while she was sleeping. Safety.
         “Go wash up in the river. Breakfast is nearly ready,” her mom said, giving Alynn a warm hug.
         “Good morning, Mom,” Alynn replied. She hurried out the door and onto the dirt path that led to the river. After a minute or so of walking, she turned to find Enna running at top speed, hair and skirts waving in the air, kicking up clouds of dirt behind her.
         “And that would be my sister,” Alynn remarked to herself. She stood on the path waiting for her to catch up.
         “I thought I wouldn’t find you,” Enna said gasping for breath.
         “You knew I was going to wash up, and this is the fastest way to the river,” Alynn pointed out, “It shouldn’t have been that hard.
         “You weren’t as far away as I thought,” Enna sniffed, “Apparently much slower too,” she added slyly. Her brown eyes twinkled and danced as she let out a laugh.
          Alynn turned away, “Why did you want to catch up to me so badly?”
          “I’m always the one late for breakfast. You always arrive on time, so I thought it would be best to tag along with you.” Enna skipped playfully by Alynn’s side.
           Alynn smirked, “Oh really? Race you to the river!” With that Alynn took off, leaving Enna standing on the path. Determined to not be beaten, Enna took off and focused on her sister’s figure not too far ahead. At the river she slipped into a giant mud puddle with a shriek.
           “I… Beat… You!” Alynn panted.
          “No, you didn’t!” Enna protested, sputtering in the mud.
           “Fine, you did beat me...” Alynn was interrupted by Enna’s, “Ha!”
           “…in being the messiest!” Alynn finished with a satisfying grin on her face seeing Enna in the midst of the filthy mud.
          Enna reviewed herself. Her skin was grimy, her long dark hair was a tangled mess, and her skirt was splattered with a mix of mud and dirt. Enna looked hopelessly at her sister. Even though Alynn was just a year older, she always seemed so much more mature. Her long blond hair was still nicely styled, and she had just finished wiping off the last bit dirt from her skirt. “Don’t tell Mom about my mess,” she pleaded, “I’ll find a way to sneak in and clean up without her seeing me. I’ll just carry a basin of water up to my room, get a new skirt from the rest of the clothesline, put my hair up….” Enna paused, realizing how impossible it was to do all of this before breakfast, considering how they already had wasted so much time.
            “I’ll do more than that,” Alynn smiled sympathetically, “Let me help you clean up,” Alynn ran her fingers through Enna’s hair, sprinkling water on the tangled sections to help separate the knots. It was a long process. She expertly put up Enna’s hair, and helped wash off the mud. The girls walked back to the house. As soon as they entered, their mother questioned them.
            “What could have ever taken you so long? I was beginning to get worried. I’m glad you’re okay,” She hugged both of them.
             Alynn glanced sideways at Enna. I probably should have done something a bit simpler in her hair. She thought. It took way longer than I was thinking it would. She looked at their parent’s plates, the food almost gone, “Sorry for taking so long. We didn’t mean to; it was just nice spending some time together.”
            "It’s okay,” said their mother, “What matters is that you are safe.”
             Safe. There was that word again. For that short time in the morning the heaviness of her heart had disappeared. Raiders. Dragons. Fire. The heaviness returned. Her family was safe. That’s what mattered. Everything would be okay as long as she was with her family, right?
Thanks for reading!

Friday, May 30, 2014

He is Awesome

I want to talk about this person today.

His name is God.

I believe in Him...

...But often put Him to the side when my schedule gets a bit tight or busy.

Think about it.

He created the world, He's the master of the universe, He can listen to everyone's prayers at once.

Read that again. He created the world!! He created you and me. Look at your hand. Clench your fingers together. Snap a rhythm. Move them around. How would you even start to make something this complex and amazing?

Look at your life. Think of your friends and family. Think of all they have done for you. Think of your blessings, your happy moments, your sad ones, and all the answered prayers.

When has God not been there for you?

Can you think of a time? I couldn't. He has His hand in all situations, good and bad. 

So if God has always been there for us... Why aren't we taking the time to be there for Him?

He is the ruler of all creation. The maker of everything. Take some time throughout your day. Think of Him. Thank Him. Praise Him for all that He's done in your life, and pray to Him wherever you are. Talk to God about anything and everything. He's your Friend, your Father, your Daddy. He's there for us, let's try to take some time and be there for Him.

He is awesome. 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Makilien vs Pirates

Hey everyone, Anna here again.  This is a report I did about two great books I enjoyed.  Both Katie and I thought it would be a good idea to post it.
                       Enjoy - Anna

Makilien vs. Pirates

In Proverbs 18:24 it says “A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother”.  I feel like this verse best describes two book series called Pirates of Faith and the Makilien Trilogy.  They’re both written by Molly Evangeline, and have some similarities as well as their own distinct features.  Like how similar the main characters are, or how different the time periods are like, and how they share the same faith in the stories.

Both Makilien & Pirates of Faith have great characters that pull you in and make you feel like you’re on the journey with them.  In book one of Makilien’s journey she makes many new friends that show her the way to find her faith and her trust in the one true God.  Throughout the pirate series, friends show compassion and love for each other.  In both books their friends always have each other’s back when they’re in a rough situation. 

Though both books are fantasy, their time periods are very different.  Makilien’s world is more mythical then historical, and she grows up in a more medieval time period.  Pirates of Faith are more historical based with the slave trade and American colonies.  Since their time periods are different, they have different transportation.  Though both use horses they also use different creatures and man-made ships.  Makilien’s world uses dragons as transportation sometimes, while in Pirates they use ships and carriages.

Faith is a big part of the books.  On Makilien’s journey, she finds the truth of the one true Creator. But in Pirates, most of the people are God loving, except for a few of the characters.  I enjoy the aspect of God in the books; it gives the author a whole new window for writing.

In the end, both book series are amazing. I truly recommend reading them.  I love the books and everyone I know who has read them loves them too.  These books have given me inspiration for both drawing and writing my own stories.  They are definitely books you can read over and over again and never get tired of the adventures. 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Character Interview

Hello everyone!

Katie here today for a quick message; I hope everyone had a fantastic Memorial Day weekend!

I had the honor of having one of my charcters interviewed over on a different blog. It was super fun and I encourage you to go check it out :) Here's the link where you can go read it:

Have a good rest if the day....
- Katie :)

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Sunday Story Snippet - Cierra's Adventure

Hey everyone, Anna here.  This is a snippet of the story I'm writing, Katie will post hers next week.  So, enjoy and stay tuned for what's next.

“How?” Cierra questioned as she looked at her test scores.  She glanced over at her friend Kacey who seemed a little too happy with what she got. 
“Have a great summer kids.” The teacher smiled, “I won’t be seeing you guys in the fall since I’m retiring, but I want you to be on your best behavior for your next teacher.” When the school bell rang, boys and girls jumped up from their seats like grasshoppers in the morning sun.
“I got an A!” Kacey shouted when they walked into the halls.
“Good for you,” Cierra sighed.
“What’s wrong?” Kacey’s face went somber.
“The teacher gave me a C,” She said in a miserable tone.
“Oh Cierra,” Kacey tried to comfort her.  “Don’t be sad, your birthday’s this weekend, isn’t it?”
“You’re right, I won’t be too hard on myself.”
Kacey smirked, “That’s the girl I know, now come on, It’s summer break!”
Cierra laughed, “Wait up, I need to get my stuff out of my locker!” Cierra turned the corner and ran over to her locker.  She grabbed all her books and shoved them into her backpack.  As she started to walk away, she heard her name being called.
“Cierra Prescott!” The teacher shouted.
“Yes, sir?" She turned and walked toward him.
“I’m disappointed in your work,” he looked down at her.
“I am too sir, I don’t know what happened.  I studied so hard.”  She sighed, “I even felt like I was the only one who actually tried.”
He nodded in acknowledgement, “I know how you feel.  I had a lot of trouble with school when I was your age.”
“Really?” She started to show interest.
“Yes, I was up till midnight every night studying and I kept getting bad grades.” He turned, “Let me tell you some more.”
She followed him into the room she had just left moments ago, “What did you do? I mean you would have had to get better grades to be where you’re at today.”
He nodded, “ It was a day like today.  It was the beginning of summer break.”
Cierra sat down in a chair and listened.
“My teacher pulled me aside and talked to me just like I’m doing now.  She told me to go have a fun summer and not to think about school at all until it started again.  She said I shouldn’t stress out on anything that comes my way.”
Cierra gave him a confused look.  “Why did she say that?”
He smiled, “I knew you were interested.”
Cierra blushed.
“It was a tip, I did what she said and when school came back I didn’t stress out on anything.”
“How was that supposed to help?” Cierra looked up at him.
He smirked, “That’s what I said, but I did it anyway.  Think of it as starting over, clearing the paint pallet and choosing new colors.  Try another technique, maybe that’ll help you.”
Cierra smiled, “Thank you Mr. Robertson.  I think I’ll try it,” She looked at the time and jumped out of her seat.  “I’ve got to go, good-bye!
“Good-bye Cierra!” She heard her teacher say as she ran through the school hallways.
“Where have you been? I’ve been out here waiting for you for the past ten minutes!” Kacey stood waiting at the sidewalk.
“I’m so sorry, Mr. Robertson wanted to talk to me about my grades.”  Cierra apologized.
“I think it was more then grades you talked about, you took forever!”  Kacey frowned, “Come on we should probably start making our way home.”
Cierra nodded as they turned to walk home.
   u        u        u
“Happy Birthday Cierra!” Her family and friends sang.
She looked around as they finished.  “Thank you, everybody,” she smiled, “I’m 15!”
Everyone around her started chanting, “Blow out the candles!”
“Okay, okay,” She blew as hard as she could.  "I wish for…"
“What’d you wish for?” Kacey interrupted.
“I can’t think of anything,“ She frowned.
“Come on, there has to be something you want?”
Cierra thought hard and shook her head.
Kacey scowled at her, “You have nothing you’re hoping to get today?”
“Nothing specific,” Cierra said.
“Wow,” Kacey turned herself around and started to eat her piece of cake.
Fifteen-year-old Cierra lives in a penthouse in the suburbs of New York with her parents, Cindy and Kevin, her brothers Jason, Jordan, and her four-year-old sister Merrily. 
“Is it time for you to open your present?” Merrily asked excitedly.
Cierra smiled, “I guess I could open now.” She eyed her mother.
Cindy walked over and handed Cierra a small square present, “Here you go.” She smiled
“Thank you,” she said as she tore into the wrapping paper.  Her jaw dropped, “A new tablet?”
“I know you’ve been wanting one, so I got you one of the newest versions they had.” She leaned in to give her a hug.
Cierra almost started crying.  “Thank you so much.”
      After the party and everyone went home, Cierra went up to their rooftop patio to set up her new tablet.  She had just sat down on the couch when she heard her mom call her name.  “One second,” She put the device back into its case and made her way for the door.
“There you are,” Her mother said frantically. 
“I came up here to try out my tablet,” She smiled.
“Good for you, but can you go say goodnight to your sister?”
Cierra nodded.  Smiling, she made her way down stairs to Merrily’s bedroom.  She slowly walked into her room, “Goodnight.” She whispered softly into her sister’s ear. 
Merrily turned over and gave her big sister a hug, “Goodnight.” She yawned and closed her eyes.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Resistance Review

Hello! Katie here today :)

*Disclaimer* I received a free copy of this
book in exchange for an honest review.

I'm sharing a review today of Resistance, by Jaye L. Knight. It is seriously the best book ever. I read it twice in a matter of three days. It's that good. (I'm a fast reader.. But I wouldn't have reread it if I hadn't enjoyed it :) Anyway, here's my review.




All three ingredients mixed into one thrilling adventure.                      


Kyrin Altair has the ability to remember everything since the age of four. She and her twin brother Kaden were taken from their home and put in a special school when found out about their unique talents. But when Kyrin is pressed into the service of the emperor, it is nearly impossible to hide her beliefs in Elôm, the one true God.

 Jace is a half-ryrik; a race that is looked upon in disgust and is known for blood-lust and murder. After the last peace of his life falls away, depression sinks in, leaving him to question the love of Elôm. He is treated by many as an outsider and a monster.


Have you ever been so excited about the release of a book… That you’ve talked about it every single day until you finally got to read it?

 Have you ever been so excited about the release of a book... That you consistently check for updates on its progress?

 Have you ever been so excited about the release of a book… That you reread the author’s previous series three times while waiting for her newest series? (I’m a fast reader :)

 Well guess what? I have. What book is it?


 I had the book on my Kindle, and as I was sitting there on the couch, holding it in my hands, the doubts came…

 What if it didn’t meet my expectations?

 Pfft. I was hooked by the first word. I had no reason to worry about it meeting “expectations.” It met them, and was unbelievably awesome.

 Tension was built throughout the book. I turned page after page, not being able to stop reading. There was conflict, both internal and external that progress through the story.

 The two character’s plots, Kyrin and Jace’s, were both equally exciting and intriguing to read. The separate stories slowly collide, and I loved witnessing their attempts to interact despite their differences.

 With all of the characters, I could find similarities that I could relate too. They had flaws, just like every other human being on earth. Jaye developed them well, and I can’t wait to meet them again in the rest of the series.

 Being a Christian, I really appreciate the faith aspect of Resistance. The Emperor is forcing people to worship two false gods. It makes me think of what I would do in those circumstances of being discovered and most likely killed. Each character must decide how they’ll react.  

 To say I liked it is an understatement. This is definitely my favorite book. I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did!
There you go! If you want to know more...
Here's the series' blog:
And here's the blog tour that's happening for the whole week. Make sure you check this link for special character interviews, reviews, and it includes a giveaway:
That's all for today! Have a wonderful rest of the week,
- Katie

Tuesday, May 20, 2014


Hello everybody Anna here,
Today Katie and I started a blog. It will include different things throughout the week, you can check out the schedule for a look into what we are doing. I hope you stick around and see what else we have in store for you.