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Oh, hello there! So, I know it’s Tuesday, I know I rarely post today. . . but I had some news I wanted to share and I didn’t want to deprive you all of the writing prompt for tomorrow. Otherwise, I have a jam-packed schedule for this week and next. *hint hint* Blog tour on the way. I wanted to take this moment to interrupt the regular scheduled programming to give you some fun news! At least, I think it is fun. . . I’ll keep you updated after the first few days or so. It could be a mixed bag.Read More »

Writing Prompt #54 : Part 1

Two summers ago, I was a part of a email writing group. We had a lot of fun, but over the summer we were give a pictures that had 10 characters in it. We were also given 10 phrases that we somehow had to incorporate into each persons story. Over the course of the 10 weeks, we wrote a character per week and I thought I could share it here. I will do one character per week, as we originally wrote it. Some of the stories may be somewhat ludicrous, odd, or strange depending on what phrase we had to work into the story. I will also have you know, I wasn’t in charge of picking any of this. Our group leader did. LOL! Which made it quite interesting, having no control over what we were to write. I wanted it to be somewhat cohesive between the weeks though, so I set it in a fantasy/dystopian genre. It was very different for me, but here it is. Open-mouthed smile Also, I did write this two years ago and it isn’t anything publishing quality. Just some fun bit of a writing exercise. I hope you enjoy! I also wrote it starting with the character all the way to the left and working my way to the right each week.

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Phrase to include: “I just realized how dangerous this could be.” “I’ve known it all along.” Read More »

Allegiance Blog Tour: Book #1 Disowned

Hello all! I am so happy and excited to share this book with you! I have gotten to know the author quite well over the last few months and I am so excited for her new series! Book two is actually going to be released relatively soon as well! You can check out the tour here, and you can view her book, which has been consistently ranked in the top #100 in Christian Fantasy on amazon, here. The Allegiance Tour

About The Book:

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Two countries, two choices, one life. When Kyraenean slave Celeste risks her life to reach the free nation of Etraea, a country filled with technology and wealth, she unknowingly sets off a chain of events that will change her life forever. After escaping her new owner, Celeste awakens in the home of an Etraean soldier, sworn to protect the fragile peace. For Corporal Mick Haynes, life is simple. Follow the rules, do your job and work your way up the ranks. Getting shot and finding a wanted slave at his family’s farm wasn’t part of the plan.

When a Kyraenean bounty hunter locates Celeste, Mick’s loyalty will be stretched to the limit. With war on the horizon, Celeste faces two impossible choices. Both securing her freedom, but both at a cost she could never have imagined. Will Etraea provide the freedom she’s longed for or shackle her to an entirely new master?

My Review:

4.5 stars out of 5

This book was so good! If you like adventure stories, then you will love it. I found that it was suitable for the family. I would probably let the younger ones read it if I was reading it aloud.

The story has quite a bit of excitement! From the first page I was drawn in and excited to see where the plot was going. I didn’t want to put it down. There was action, glimpses of a home life that is beautiful, and I might add, the characters were phenomenal.

Speaking of characters, Hokey smokes can Sarah Addison-Fox write them! I love them all, except for the ones I hate. Even those, I love them because they were good enough to make me hate them. Only a true reader will understand that statement. Most people fan-girl about Mick, and while I like him well enough, Ethan is the saving grace of this book. As a father, he reminds me so much of my own dad. I adore his personality and his drive to take care of his family, his words of wisdom. Maggie is awesome herself and their children are adorable! The glimpses of family life that we get are so enjoyable, they don’t make the story feel slow in the least.

The plot was well worked out for the most part. There is quite the cliff-hanger at the end which leads into book 2 (which I CANNOT wait to read). The change of the characters and the growth that occurs is over all believable and I enjoy the realistic aspects to the story and characters despite the story being set in a fantasy world. The themes were great too. The over all impression that all men are created equal was well done.

If you like adventure stories with a small amount of romance, big themes, and exciting happenings, you will definitely enjoy this book!

*content warning* There is a few uses of a minor swear word that seemed a little unnecessary to me. There was also EXTREMELY VAGUE mentions of how the slaves were treated that may have insinuated at prostitutes. Nothing graphic or shown in any way. Otherwise, some violence, hand to hand fist-fighting, gunshots, wounds etc.

About the Author:

Sarah Addison-Fox

Sarah Addison-Fox is a New Zealand-born home-schooling mother of two who loves action-packed, clean, fantasy with strong heroines. She has an astonishing amount of nail polish, has all her creative writing credentials shoved in a drawer somewhere, and has a husband who, after 27 years, can still make her blush. When she’s not working on both her YA fantasy series’ she can be found fangirling on Goodreads or sending GIFs on Twitter.

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Does this book sound exciting to you?

By God’s Grace,

Victoria

Blog Tour Announcement and Sign-ups

Hello all! I have a special announcement!

I am hosting a blog tour! This one is a little different than others. I am actually hosting it for another author, and I could not be more excited about it.

I have been in a bit of a reading slump lately and struggling through books. When I picked up this book, I was instantly drawn in and at night I am hard pressed to put it down. Both of my sisters are reading it at the same time as I am and we are all freaking out about how amazing it is! I didn’t really know what to expect from it, but it is phenomenal!!!! I just can’t get over it! Hence the reason I offered to do a blog tour for it.

Are you ready to find out what the book is?

/// White Wolf and the Ash Princess by Tammy Lash ///Read More »

What My Job is Like

What My Job Is LIke

I thought this might be an interesting post for you all. I haven’t talked a lot about my job, but I wanted to share it with you as it has become such a major part of my life.

I am a receptionist/guest coordinator at a local salon and spa. But this salon and spa is so much more. It is called The Rouge and it is a lovely place. The staff and owners strive to go above and beyond and do their very best for their clients. Definitely more high end than your average salon. They offer a wide range of services from many different hair colors and cuts for men, women and children as well as a whole menu of spa items from massages to facials, manicures and pedicures.

On any given day my job is mostly filled with answering phones, scheduling appointments, checking clients in and out. But I do a lot of extras as well. Housekeeping such as cleaning, dusting, mopping, organizing, getting people drinks and being a gopher as much as possible. I enjoy the fact that there is a lot of people interaction. Making customers feel special and going above and beyond to meet their needs and wants.

That job description so undersells what I do. There are anywhere from 4-10 people on the “books” (our scheduling program) on any given day. To break it down, there are so many steps that must be taken when scheduling an appointment that when I first started working there, I came home mentally exhausted every day for several months. There was just SO MUCH. And I was soaking it up like a sponge. While, after 6 months, and lots of hard work, a lot of it is second nature, there is a constant learning process as we get more familiar and better at what we do.

To give you an idea, each service, i.e. the different kinds of hair color and haircuts, each have a service code. Now, for ones we don’t know by heart, we can look them up pretty easily. For instance, ladies cut = 1 hcw, mens = cut 1 hcm, childs cut = 1 hcc, and there are also Junior miss = 1 jr miss and Junior gent= 1 jr gent. That is just the haircuts. There are then probably up to 20 different combinations of color services. Talk about mind boggling.

And speaking of hair color services, did you know there is a difference between a Balayage and highlights? And there is a Balayage and an ombre. Again, two different things. But then there is just a plain balayage, or a balayage with color, which means they darken your roots first, then do the balayage. I’ll spare you the headache of listing any more. 😀

Add to this constant craziness of trying to figure that out and NOT mess anything up, the fact that different stylists take different amounts of time to do things, and there are 18 stylists. Some do everything, some have certain services they do not offer, and we have to remember all that. Since that is impossible to remember that off the top of our head, we have notes tape to our computer screen in case we aren’t sure. Despite that, I have scheduled things wrong Many a time. It happens though. The girls are really good about knowing we have a lot to handle and rolling with it as much as possible. And I am not the only receptionist who makes mistakes, it is a fact of that many variables spinning around at any given time.

Needless to say, the job is constantly changing and is rarely boring. . . unless it is slow. But I find things to keep me busy, so it is what it is. One day I could be slammed from the moment I walk in the door, to the moment I leave. Other days, it feels like every other appointment is a no-show or a cancel. And everything in between.

Either way, I am thankful for this job and the many lessons I am learning and the lessons God has taught me spiritually through this journey.

Do you have any questions about my job? Ask me in the comments or tell me what you do for a living!

By God’s Grace,

Victoria