Tips on How To Curl Your Hair and Make It Last

How to curl your hair

1 ~ Use a curling wand, not an iron.

Trust me, I have compared the two and if you are going to use one, get a wand. They work so much better. The method of twisting the hair as it goes around the barrel creates a more long lasting curl versus a curling iron that you keep the hair flat against and then it has no friction to keep it curled. Here are few options for inexpensive ones that are a great bang for your buck.Read More »

Black Friday Sale Announcement/Review/Interview

Hello lovelies!

Today I have a special announcement! I, along with 40+ other Christian Indie Authors are joining together to off you all some fabulous deals on books this holiday season. The sale officially kicks off on the 24th through the 30th.

I am not kidding when I say these are some amazing deals.

Like. . .

I can’t even!

Save up. I, for one am guarding my pocket book for dear life so that I can purchase some of these lovely books at a steep discount that you won’t find for at least another year, if ever again. Last year I had the privilege of purchasing Jaye L. Knights Ilyon Chronicles series as well a book by J. Grace Pennington. The sales were so great, I couldn’t resist and I had been waiting to buy them for some time. If you have been wanting to purchase any of these books for a while, now is a great excuse! Not to mention that a lot of these books would make some fabulous Christmas gifts!

This is the link to where you want to shop.

You can also enter a giveaway for an amazon gift card here!

REVIEW

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So I decided to read J. Grace Pennington’s book October. This book grabbed me when I saw that she had released it. I love books like this and this one sounded so promising. Not to mention, the cover made me swoon. SO PRETTY! *all the heart eyes*

I am here to tell you that it is TOTALLY WORTH IT!

This is a book that most people wouldn’t expect from the author who writes predominately  sci-fi. But I was enthralled. It was just the kind of book that I love.

A sweet, hometown, simple, but heartbreaking story of young people who become friends.

To most that might sound boring, but I have to say, THIS. . . this is why I write. Pennington took what most would call a simple story and made it beautiful. Her word pictures made me swoon, bringing to mind master’s of the art such as Louisa May Alcott and L.M. Montgomery.

So beautiful. It was a simple, heartwarming, sweet story that I can’t wait to share with others! This is the kind of fiction that started me as a reader. It is reminiscent of authors that I have loved and adored since I was ten. Anne of Green Gables, Little Women, stories such as these have died in recent eras and I am so happy that Pennington decided to bring that same feel back and bring it to the modern century. I don’t know what else to say but that I loved it!

Characters that are real, beautiful, unique, quirky, but NORMAL. A story that was like a relaxing, smooth boat ride down a slowly winding stream. Pennington took us to a place of sweetness and pathos that I can’t wait to go to again. Cozy reading at it’s finest.

One tiny quibble that I had was that the 17+ year old characters felt a little young for their ages, but aside from that. Wonderful!

Needless to say, I CANNOT wait to order a copy on the black friday sale!

INTERVIEW

Thank you for joining me today Grace! I am so excited to have you on Ruffles and Grace!

Thank you for having me!  I’m excited to be here.

1) What inspired the book? What made you decide to write it?

I was ironing clothes one fall day about five years ago and suddenly started getting images in my mind of scenes that were loosely based on things that friends and I had experienced.  Just a few scenes, which I wrote down, and then thought of a few more.  I just wrote those first parts because I couldn’t get them out of my head, then later, when I had more distance from some of the events and people that had inspired those pieces, I pulled them together into a full story.  It’s been very close to my heart ever since that day, addressing issues and truths that I wish more people talked about.

2) Where did the character of October come from?
October is a version of myself, though with a very different background and therefore different manifestations.  That said, the story is not autobiographical at all.  It’s complete fiction with real people as its characters.  I think it’s a bit like what C. S. Lewis called “supposal.”  Suppose that my name was October, and that I’d grown up very differently and had dealt differently with my issues, and suppose that I went to a small town and befriended two very dear people.  What would that look like?

3) What is your favorite genre to write? I know you like SciFi a lot and this is a very different book. Did you enjoy it as much or more than scifi? Or was this book hard for you to write?
I do gravitate towards science-fiction, and yes, this is very different.  I don’t think I enjoyed it either more or less than sci-fi.  It was just such a completely different process than my other books.  In some ways it was almost easier, because I don’t have to build a world or a future, and I really didn’t even have to create the characters–I took a world and people that already existed and just wove those threads into a story.  But on the other hand it was harder, because it was so much more personal and sad than anything else I’ve written.

4) What is one of your biggest encouragements to yourself in your writing?
I’ve been writing long enough that I know that no matter how hard it is or how much I may hate the words I’m writing, when I’m finished it will be worth it.  Once I’m past the first hurdle, I’ll be able to look back on the story and see it more clearly and have something to work with in the editing process.  Thus I’m able to look forward to that point and propel myself onward when my feelings try to tell me it’s not worthwhile.

5) What is something you would say to encourage another writer?
I would say just keep going!  So many people dream of writing, and so few people really accomplish it and persevere to the end of their projects.  But we all have stories worth telling, stories that can bless others.  The only way to get those stories out into the world, is to push through the process even when it’s hard and you’re convinced that this is the worse writing the world has ever seen.  Because you will reach that point.  But on the other side you’ll have a story–and you will have accomplished something so many only wish for.

6) What is your favorite writing beverage?
I like Crystal Light, especially peach mango flavor.  For awhile I stopped drinking it because I was avoiding aspartame, but somehow lately it seems I just can’t write without my cup of Crystal Light and my bowl of raw sunflower seeds!  Maybe I’ll find something more natural later, but for now I’m satisfied with that.

Thank you so much for being willing to join me today Grace! It has been a pleasure!
Thank you for having me, Victoria!  The pleasure is mine!

A few more details about the sale. As previously mentioned, my books are also for sale with some pretty deep discounts as well as loads of other authors who have decided to come together to do the same. It is October 24-30, so act fast.

Are you excited about the sale?

By God’s Grace,

Victoria

Christmas Comes Early Blog Tour

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Hello all! I am super pleased to be a part of this blog tour! Rebekah Morris is a lovely lady who I have come to know in recent months and who I am proud to call a friend. You can check out her website here. She has encouraged me greatly in my own writing and in life in general! I am so thrilled for this new release of hers! I know she has been working very hard on it for quite some time. I even got to work on it with her and she even hired my design company to create some of the covers for her! I hope you enjoy this little spotlight of some of her stories that sounds so interesting that I can’t wait to order the set and read them myself!

So, here are three books out of the Eight that I am super stoked to read! You can purchase them here. Read More »

BOUND Giveaway Winners!

EPP! Ya’ll! Thank you so much for entering the giveaway! I wish I could give each of you something. . . but the best I can do is an air hug! LOL!

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So, drumroll for the winners please!

The 3, second place winners.

~ Jazzy!

~ Anna Willis!

~ Faith Potts!

If you ladies don’t hear from me in a few days, feel free to email me so that I can send you your ebooks! Congratulations!

And now. . .

The Grand Prize Winner!

~ Angela R. Watts!

Congratulations! I will be emailing you soon!

Thank you all so much for participating! You all are fabulous! If you didn’t win and want a copy of Bound, you can email me for a signed copy and psst. . . I sell them cheaper than amazon does. Open-mouthed smile You can email me at rufflesandgrace(at)gmail.com or, you can purchase the book here!

By God’s Grace,

Victoria

BOUND: Blog Tour Day 3

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Welcome to day 3!

So Pinterest is obviously a huge part of a writer’s life. It makes it incredibly fun as we try to envision our books. Often times, we create these pictures in our head and then find something incredibly similar on pinterest, but with more color, more depth, more detail than our minds could ever conjure up. A picture is worth a thousand words. Often times finding that perfect image just makes my heart sing. It brings my fantasy’s to realities and makes me feel as though I am capturing the image with just the right words. So below, I created a collage/mood board for Bound. You can browse the rest of the pinterest board if you click on the image.

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BOUND: Blog Tour Day 2 // Characters

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Welcome to Day two Ya’ll! Today, I am going to give you a bit of insight into the characters of Bound! Enjoy these info graphics I had fun making!

I had such a delight working with these characters. They became friends to me and I couldn’t help but love them as they were slowly crafted in my mind. I hope you enjoy getting to know them as much as I did!

I have cried with them, laughed at them, and cruelly enjoyed plotting their struggles and joys.

You can purchase the book here.

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Today’s Participants:

~ Kaitlin Smith from Maidens For Modesty : Review/Interview

~ Gabriellyn Gidman from Page Turner’s Web : Interview/Spotlight

~ Ivy Rose from Lakeside Publications : Review/Interview

You can enter the magnificent giveaway, here!

Which character interests you the most or is your favorite?

By God’s Grace,

Victoria