Through All Things Blog Tour

Loved ones must be rescued.

His brothers depend on him for survival.

The trail behind him is already stained with pain and loss.

Allen is only seventeen, but tragedy and a strong sense of duty already weigh on his shoulders. As the French and Indians wage brutal warfare on the English settlers, Allen embarks on a treacherous journey to free his captive sister and her friend.

With little hope of survival and even less for success, Allen knows he needs God to do the impossible. But if God is able to do all things, why does everything seem to be going wrong?

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Hello and welcome to “Through All Things” book tour!  I am privileged to be one of the very last stops on this wonderful tour.  Anyway, I would like to announce the author before I interview him.  Please help me welcome…

Malachi Cyr!

Malachi is a Christian, homeschooled teenager who highly enjoys putting the stories from his imagination down on paper.
He enjoys reading, writing, airsofting, sword fighting, frizbee, woodworking, Bible studies, working with his Dad, hiking, camping, generally doing stuff with his friends, and too many other things to count.

He writes to
1. Glorify and honor God in his stories.
2. Make the stories that he’s played up in his head come to life.
3. Have fun.

 

(you don’t have to include all that if you include it at all)

Don’t worry, Malachi.  I wanted to include it.  😁

Anyway, on to the interview with Malachi.  Oh, wait.  I forgot to include his links or whatever you call these.

Blog: Brainstorms with Rain

Goodreads: Malachi Cyr

Generation Rising: Malachi Cyr

There!  Now you can go stalk Malachi.  Haha, no, not really.  Anyway, on to the interview.

When did you first decide you could write?

When I joined Noble Novels. I had written some before, but that is when I realized I could really write stuff for other people to read. I highly recommend it for aspiring writers.

How would you respond to someone who said, “I can’t finish a whole book.  Help!”

Do NaNoWriMo. But don’t just do it, do it to completion. Take no excuses, make time to write, and get writing buddies or even just friends to force you to crawl all 100 yards when you felt like you were done after ten. It’s great especially if you’re competitive like me. Camp Nano is also a great option, but I don’t like it as much as the one in November, but that’s just me.

What is your favorite thing about your book?  (This can be a spoiler)

Oooh. That’s hard. I think one of my favorites would be when the boys take refuge in the cabin, and for the first time Allen realizes that he actually loves his little brother who he’s harbored bitterness against for years (he blamed him for the death of his mom.) I also really liked one part when Allen jumps out of the tree on–actually, that would be too much of a spoiler. Sorry 😀

When do you usually write? (Late at night, early in the morning, whenever you have a spare moment…) Why do you choose that time?

During Nano, I try to set aside as much of the day as I can, but that’s changing more and more as I get more busy. So basically whenever I get a spare chunk of time, because that’s when I’m available 😀

Do you have a favorite character your book?  If so, who is it?

That’s difficult to answer, since I like them all in different ways. I identify with Allen most. I like Betty and Jess a lot (even though I’m not an expert at writing girl characters by any stretch of the imagination.) Charlie and Ben are special in their own ways. Jason and the unnamed man at Cedarville are two of my lesser characters that I liked a lot. Then there’s Pa, and Colonel Williams, and Jenkins, all of whom I liked. So to skip out I’ll stick with my official answer of liking the awesome, big, faithful, calm, lovable, Newfoundland dog Behr the best.

Is writing the only art form you enjoy?

Is sword-fighting, airsofting, or frizbee an art? 😀 I actually do dabble in making stuff with wood (extremely basic, but I guess it counts,) and poetry by writing silly songs (Usually to the tune of Goober Peas or a Les Misérables song).

Do you have any kind of food or drink that sparks the brain storms?

Every NaNoWriMo, I buy a 4.5 pound bag of chocolate chips. Some I melt down and put into candy molds. Some I give to the bakers at my house to make me “Nano Fuel” cookies. Most I leave to be eaten as they are. No matter what I do to them, the are always gone by the end of the month. My sister also does homemade Kombucha, which are also an official “Nano Fuel.” When I can get it, a can of sardines is added to the fuel list as well. Yes, that is an odd assortment, but don’t worry, I eat them at different times from each other.

What is the most discouraging part about writing?

Editing. It’s inevitable, if you’re going to publish, and I often find myself wondering through the long, drawn-out process if the story is any good, or even worth it. But there’s lots of fun parts to editing too; rediscovering a scene I liked, seeing what parts my beta readers enjoyed, and the excitement of being close to being done. Okay, take that back. The most discouraging part of writing is writer’s block/editor’s block.

How do/did you pick your character’s names?

Randomly. If something sounds good, I use it. I’ll get inspiration from people I know, characters from other books, the author name on the nearest book (as long as it doesn’t happen to be Malachi Cyr), and from street signs. Occasionally I’ll look up a time period appropriate list of names, and look up the meanings.

What is an interesting fact about the writing process of the book that isn’t well known?

When I tackled this project during NaNoWriMo, I managed to reach my 50,000 word goal in 10 days (50,159 to be exact). In another 18 days I had finished the first draft (that was another 10k words, or to be exact a total of 60,018). The final work came out to 75,701.

Does real outside weather effect the storms that happen in your brain?

It can, but usually only when it’s exceptional weather outside and I’m on a brainstorming walk. You see, I live in Phoenix, and if I only had a brainstorm when there’s a real storm, I wouldn’t have brainstormed almost at all for the past two years (we’re in a really dry stretch, and our house hasn’t had a good storm since 2016.)

What are some of your favorite writing quotes?

Well, I have a few, and they’re a little bit general, and could apply to a lot of things.

“Charge!!!”

~unknown

“Words have power. Use them wisely.”

~unknown

“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

~Paul the Apostle

“Death to all Penguins!”*

~Liberty Hoodenpyle

*This quote makes no sense to anyone so don’t try to understand it. It’s just a heap of fun to yell out at the top of your lungs.

Do you have anything you would recommend for beginning writers?

Start small. Don’t try to kill a novel before you’ve ever tackled a short story or two or ten. And then after you’re written the story, take the next step and share it with others. Sharing the story could be letting friends read it (immediate family doesn’t count, since it’s usually not very hard to let your mom read your story). It could be publishing it on a blog. I personally recommend Noble Novels as an essential tool to taking your writing to the next level by getting it out there.

And lastly, is there anything you would like to say?

For all the aspiring authors out there, keep writing. Someone somewhere wants to read your stories. Perseverance is what separates failure from success.

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Y’all should congratulate me.  I refrained from adding any witty comments throughout the whole interview.  Do I get any pats on the back?  No.  Oh, anyway…Thanks, Malachi, for doing this!  It was a pleasure to help get the word about your book out there.

BUT!  I’m not done yet.  First, y’all all need to sign up for this awesome giveaway.  (I WANT THE HAT!  Haha…And y’all, look at the thingy.  Oh, my brother is going to be upset at me.  I can’t remember the thingy’s name.  😔 EDIT: I remembered the name of the thingy!  Look at the powder horn!  Isn’t it epic?  [And yes, I know I’m a girl and I shouldn’t like these things but I grew up with an older brother.])  It’s only for us Americans.  Sorry.  No, actually, if you’re from somewhere else in this world, you’ll get an Amazon egift card for $20 and a kindle copy of “Through All Things”! (And that might almost be as good as the prize for us Americans.)

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And, I’m not done yet either.  Allen, the main character, has come out of the eighteenth century, and has agreed to come to my blog!  Please welcome Allen!

How old are you presently?

Seventeen*

*Note: Questions are being answered based on Allen’s age and experiences during the main portion of Through All Things.

What do you fear the most?

Failure. Dangers and hardships can be coped with. Even the Indians don’t scare me as much as the consequences of failing in my mission to rescue the girls.

What is your favorite animal?

My brother Charlie’s great big black Newfoundland dog. His name is Behr, and he is indispensable to us.

Do you have something that annoys you?

My little brother Ben often wants to follow me around when I just want to be alone. Charlie and I also have trouble getting along at times, since the way he thinks and acts can seem so senseless to me. It sometimes feels like he purposely does things the least logical way. As we’ve shared dangers and hardships together, though, we seem to understand each other better.

What is your favorite kind of music?

There isn’t a lot of different music out on the frontier, but one of my best memories is of my Ma singing to us children before we went to sleep. Of course I’ve heard the militia band play, and Mr. Clemont is really a wonder on his fiddle, but nothing comes close to the memory of Ma’s singing. It’s one of the things I’ve missed most about her.

Would you rather write a letter or talk to someone face to face?

I never was one for letter writing. There’s no questions to answer or comments to make like in a conversation. It’s all very factual, not like talking to a real person. Besides, postage out here is so expensive, so unsure, and takes so long that no one ‘round here writes letters, unless it’s Colonel Williams writing the Governor or something.

Do you have trouble expressing your emotions?

Sometimes. Often worry can come out as anger, which is never good.

What is your opinion of the word bumfuzzle?

Never heard tell of it. Seems to be a rather confusing word.

What is your favorite food?

Jess’s homemade biscuits with gravy. She only makes them on occasion, though, since the take more work than cornbread or porridge.

What is your shoe size?  (If you live in the age of shoe sizes…)

Buying shoes is a luxury that we seldom get to indulge in. I had a pair of boots that Pa had bought for me, but I lost them when the house burned down. I generally go around barefoot or in homemade moccasins.

Do you enjoy sword fighting?

I used to when Pa and I would cut ourselves sticks and use them in a play sword fight, but now I’ve seen enough of real fighting to make me wish to never see another fight again.

What about horse racing?

That I do enjoy. Sometimes Pa would let Jess and I ride our two horses, while Betty’s Pa let her ride his, and we’d have races through the woods bareback. It was a lot of fun…until you fell off and got a mouthful of dirt.

What do you think of this blog tour so far?

*Switches to Mission HQ Allen* I dunno what to think yet. Commander seems to have high hopes for it, but I don’t quite see the use.

Thanks for joining us on Crazy A, Allen!

Was my pleasure, thanks for having me!

You are very welcome, Allen.

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AWE!  There is a Newfie in this book!  No way!  Okay, now I want to buy it more than anything.  Ahem, back to professional mode.

That is all for today, Ladies and Gents.  Go buy Malachi’s book, and give him ratings on Amazon (preferably good ratings) and review his book on Goodreads!

~~Amie~~

P.S. Here’s a song I’ve really been enjoying.  Please remember that the people you know aren’t just people.  They’re souls going somewhere.

What’s on My Bookshelf?

Note: All pictures are not my own.

Second Note: Some books below contain the concept of slavery.  This does not mean I indorse slavery.  The Bible forbids slavery, and I believe all men (and women) are created equal in the sight of God.

Okay, so this post is only of one of my many bookshelves.  I have an extreme collection of books that keep me company, and they are stuffed in every imaginable place in my bedroom.  This is my bookshelf of favorites, or things I’ve had for a while.  It’s in the easiest place to get to, and so you’re going to see what’s on it.

First up we have,

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The Knights Series by Chuck Black

So I just recently received these for my birthday, but they quickly made it to my top favorites.  My favorites out of the series are Sir Bentley, Lady Carliss, Sir Quinlin, and Sir Rowan.  I enjoyed every single one of these, and if you are needing something wholesome to read, this would be one of my first suggestions.

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The Baker Family Adventures by C.R.Hedgcock

Oh my.  I’ve read these so many times.  I just love them, and I love everything about them.  I don’t think they have one bad review.  Okay, yes, I’ll admit that they’re pretty predictable.  At least, she uses well known mystery plots, but gives them exciting twists.  You won’t be disappointed if you read these.  (My favorites are the fourth through seventh.  I really can’t decide.  My favorite character is Phil all the way.  Phil is amazing.)

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Ishmael by E.D.E.N. Southworth

This book makes me furious.  I have to shut the book a thousand times as I read it.  Oh, poor Ishmael!  A word of warning.  If you are twelve and under, don’t read this book.  Also, this author is questionable, so talk to your parents before you read it.  Other than that, it’s a great book that will teach you about the sin of silence.  (Grr, I hate that sin.)

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Self-Raised by E.D.E.N. Southworth

Yep, she’s one of my favorite authors, even though I don’t agree with a lot of what she stood for.  This is the (much needed) sequel to Ishmael.  This book doesn’t make me mad. In fact, I have this smug feeling as I watch one character get her just desserts.  I sit through out this tale thinking, “Finally.  Hah, I was waiting for you to get a taste of your own medicine.”  Not very Christian of me, huh?  Well, I would recommend this book with the same warning as Ishmael.

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The Hidden Hand by E.D.E.N. Southworth

Oh my!  Probably my all-time second favorite book.  My parents tell me I’m Capitola to the dot.  Anyway, I read this book aloud to my family, adding in the different voices.  Oh, how I loved to rage as Old Hurricane.  “You….You…You ungrateful vagabond!  You street urchin!  You!”  I also really liked Capitola.  My mom started laughing so hard when Mrs. Condiment was introduced.  😉 Oh, and Black Donald?  I’m gettin more and more excited as I continue typing.  This book is a MUST read, though I would attach the same warning to it as with Ishmael and Self-Raised.

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A Lost Pearle by Mrs. Georgie Sheldon

Okay, this book….I had to throw it across the room a few times.  Oh, it makes me just as mad as Ishmael. That….GRRRR!  Okay, I’d spoil it if I tell anything other than a teaser.  Pearle is a beautiful, happy girl who is bound to be married to the love of her life.  On her wedding day, everyone for miles around comes.  All are astonished when the bride is as white as marble, and the groom?  He isn’t the right groom.  This is not a romance really, as I would never read a romance, though the setting does include Godly true love and all that nonsense.

(And again.)

The Wide Wide World by Susan Warner

My all-time favorite book.  Famous when it was first published, this book is referenced in book four of the Elsie Dinsmore series, and Little Woman.  It has successfully made Jo, Elsie, and Amie cry.  I tell you, it takes a lot to make me cry.  Little Ellen is heart wrenchingly taken away from her dying mother and placed in her step-aunt’s house.  Her step-aunt has no love for her, and heart-broken Ellen has no love to bestow on her cruel aunt.  The story follows Ellen’s sad story as she lives with her aunt and strives to have a true relationship with her Savior.

(And again.)

The Lost Clue by Mrs. O.F.Walton

Hmm, a good, yet predictable, mystery that has a terrible ending.  I like it because I enjoy mysteries, but it’s not my absolute favorite.  When Kenneth Fortscue is summoned to his dying father, little does he dream the mystery that will unravel because of that simple action.  The story that follows is interesting, and will fill an afternoon.

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Through His Eyes by Cassandra Driver

I bought this book while I was in Nashville, and I stayed up until twelve that night to finish it.  It is a work of art!  Cassandra certainly did an amazing job.  Join twins Virginia and Travis, who are WWII refugees in the US.  Their aunt has just died, leaving them alone in the big United States.  Suddenly mysterious things start to happen that are all wrapped around one thing…A music store.

Can you tell I like mysteries yet? 😉

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Outlining Your Novel by K.M. Weiland

A must have for every author.  It really changed my outlook on outlining, and hopefully changed my writing for the better.  That’s all I really can say.  It’s a book that every aspiring author should have on their shelf.

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Structuring Your Novel by K.M. Weiland

Um, I haven’t read this yet, so we’ll pass over this.

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Life in Dixie by Mary A. H. Gay

An amazing book for all Civil War buffs.   Mary’s brother died during the war, leaving his son and wife.  Mary undertakes the huge task of writing an account of the war for her nephew, for as she phrases it, “If we do not [write our own account] do it ourselves they [Southern Traditions] will be swallowed up in oblivion.”  A true account of what life was like in Decatur, Georgia, during the war.  (If you plan to write a historical fiction during the war, I would buy this and read it.  It contains songs they sang, how they earned money for the troops, and what letters from brothers and sister looked like.)

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Andersonville Georgia by Peggy Sheppard

(I have no idea where you can buy this.  I would look it up on Ebay, since Amazon doesn’t have it.)

Yep, another Civil war book.  Can I just tell y’all that I’m hooked on history?  Most of the history books I’ve read are in my older brother’s room because he owns them.  On average in our house, every room has at least one bookshelf, with the exception of our kitchen and our craft room.  Yikes!  A lot of books.  Anyway, on to this book.

Warning!

If you are anti-reb, you shouldn’t read this book.  Sorry.  This book kinda makes the Yanks look pretty bad.  Peggy defends the poor Rebs with all of her might as she points out how they tried to improve the condition of Andersonville, though the North wouldn’t agree.  So, this is a very controversial book.

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Ghost, Thunderbolt, and Wizard by Col. Robert W. Black

If you don’t know about Morgan, Forrest, and Mosby, you aren’t into the Civil war, sorry.  This book deals with some of the most respected, and hated, men of their day.  Mosby, and his infamous Rangers.  Morgan, and his cutting the Union telegraphs.  Forrest and his cavalry.  Each man played a huge role in the fight for Southern Independence, which was sadly a losing cause.  (Or maybe not sadly.  Guess God willed it to be a losing cause.)

(Has anyone heard “The John Hunt Morgan song”?  The tune’s Bonnie Dundee.  Great history in that song, just saying.)

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The Widow of the South by Robert Hicks.

Gulp.  Um, this book is both good and horrible.  No young person should read this book, to say the least.  I know it isn’t historically correct, but novelists can get away with that if they write the story well enough.  If you can find a better book to read, by all means do that.  Don’t read any of Robert Hicks’ other books.  Just save yourself extreme disappointment, because they just get worse.  So, I’d say pass this book if you can.  Read everything else on my bookshelf before you read this.

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They Called Him Stonewall by Burke Davis

Oh, amazing book, y’all.  If you have ever enjoyed studying Thomas Jackson, this book is a must.  It’s really the best book I’ve read on him so far, and after you read it, go listen to “Stonewall Jackson’s Way.”  Guys, these old songs are so rich with history.  Before I read history books, those songs just didn’t make much sense.  Now, I can totally understand what they were talking about, and why this is happening in the song and such.  Great book.

All right, shall we move to the second shelf of my book shelf?  *Looks at what I have on it*. Actually, you’ll have to come back for part two of this amazing post.

Have you read any of the books on my bookshelf?  What one sounded most promising?  Are you going to check any out?

~~Amie~~