Wednesday, September 24, 2014

My Review of Mobility Matters: Stepping Out in Faith by Amy Bovaird

A few months ago, a dear writing colleague, Amy Bovaird, asked me if I would be willing to read a copy of her novel, Mobility Matters: Stepping Out in Faith.

I don’t have a lot of spare time on my hands, but something about Amy’s struggle (which, in my opinion, doubles as a gift… but I’ll get to that) intrigued me. I truly desired to read her novel, so of course I gladly made time to do it. Honestly, I’m so very glad that I did. It was worth every second, and I plan to read it again when it’s officially published. You should too, and I’ll tell you why.

Mobility Matters brought tears to my eyes more than once. Mere moments later, the same chapter would have me smiling and laughing through my sobs. Amy writes in a way that makes you feel every single emotion she felt through her issues, and I fell in love with her lifelike characters. I’m not joking when I say that I felt like I knew them. I even got downright angry at some of “my” new friends from time to time. Other moments, I wanted to hug them. It wasn’t until I finished reading the novel that I realized Amy’s characters weren’t actually my friends, and I’ve missed them ever since.

Mobility Matters: Stepping Out in Faith begins with the story of the aforementioned struggle Amy deals with on a daily basis. How could she deal with Retinitis Pigmentosa and all the challenges that came with it? How could she possibly survive her diagnosis without losing her hope? As my eyes trailed intently down the first several pages, I found myself seriously doubting anyone’s ability to do it. Little did I know at this point, although I was reading about Amy’s vision impairment, I was the one who was completely, totally, absolutely (…and hypothetically) blind.

Before long, Amy realizes—and I realized, too—that her struggle was nothing she couldn’t conquer. Does that mean it wasn’t a challenge? No. It simply means that with God, Amy is stronger than anything this world can throw at her. Amy turns her struggle into a strength throughout the course of this beautifully written novel. We can all take a lesson by watching her rise to the occasion. To me, that’s the faith and hope I found while reading each page.

Mobility Matters is moving, touching, and unexplainably life changing. I found myself growing in strength, faith and hope while reading about Amy’s own trust in The Lord. If she can overcome her struggles, I can overcome mine. Although I was sad to finish reading Mobility Matters, I was a better person on the last page than I had been on the first.


That’s why I’m calling Amy’s struggle a gift. We see the injustices of the world and wonder why God would allow something so sad to happen to such good people, but I know why Amy was blessed with her struggle. I truly believe that the hearts of many will be changed just by witnessing Amy’s extraordinary life. The Lord never gives us more than we can handle. It just so happens that Amy Bovaird can handle a lot. As a matter of fact, she can handle so much that she can even use Retinitis Pigmentosa as a gift to bring people closer to Christ, rather than the struggle it would be for most.

I strongly encourage anyone and everyone to read Mobility Matters: Stepping Out in Faith, no matter where you are on your journey through life. As you learn about Amy’s vision impairment, you’ll indeed find that perhaps we’re all a little more blind than we even knew. Don’t worry; you’ll see life much more clearly by the last page. No bifocals needed!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Announcement: Secrets of Whitestone Manor, coming 2015!

Hello everyone,

As you know if you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, I have been very quiet about my current work-in-progress. But, I'm finally at a place where I can release some information. Namely, the title! So, without further ado, Secrets of Whitestone Manor will be released sometime in 2015. See the teaser image below for the back cover summary, and a little sneak peak into the novel that has absolutely captivated my heart lately.

Enjoy!




Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Monday, July 14, 2014

Teaser & Reviews for The Rebels

Have you read the amazing reviews on The Rebels?! 

Here are a few for you to check out. Follow the link at the bottom to read them all, or to one-click your copy today!! <3

--Oh, and apparently even "manly men" like The Rebels. ;)

*5.0 out of 5 stars The Rebels
"it's a great book and im a manly man. everyone should read this like seriously. im in the military and this book is great!"

*5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing page turner with a little bit of everything! 
"Amazing! Hits close to home! Once I started it I couldn't put it down! This book had a little bit of everything; romance, comedy, drama, suspense, action, and truth! Loved it!"

*5.0 out of 5 stars Needs more than 5 stars!!
"I love this book! It focuses a lot on things that seem to be happening now in America. The characters are very well written and the story flows perfectly. I loved the relationship between Voss and Temper. True love, one where you never give up on each other can be so hard to find now a days. I also loved the connection that Temper has with her family. They are witty and funny, but can also be serious and just down right love each other. Its ok to be a rebel, when the reason you are fighting in the first place is for what you believe in the most. I highly recommend this one to anyone and everyone! Great Job!"

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Rebels-Brittany-Jo-James-ebook/dp/B00L0RZGGK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1405371315&sr=8-1&keywords=brittany+jo+james

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

#TeaserTuesday: The Rebels

Happy #TeaserTuesday!

»»THE REBELS has a **5 Star Avg Rating!**

»»Available now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Kobo, and Scribd! Add to your Goodreads TBR today.

»»Check it out here: http://www.amazon.com/Rebels-Brittany-Jo-James-ebook/dp/B00L0RZGGK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1404235114&sr=8-1&keywords=brittany+jo+james

#romance #thriller #suspense #military #revolution #freedom



Friday, June 20, 2014

Moving Mountains

In the last six years of trying to create a career out of writing, I've often felt like I sacrificed everything I could and saw very little in return. I've had blind faith. I've expected miracles and favor. I've worked desperately to change myself into someone who can be an example of Christ in this world. I've been humbled. I've been strengthened. I've failed. I've thrown fits. I've bawled my eyes out. I've sworn to never write another word. Then, I've taken a deep breath, got over myself, and tried again to reach my goals.

And, I have no doubt whatsoever that I will. Because, when things are impossible for me to do on my own, The Lord steps in and answers prayers. He can make something happen in one short second that I could have never done alone in a million years. The Rebels will be successful, and my career will be, too. And, I'm excited that when it happens, God will receive every ounce of glory because there's nothing that I could ever do to achieve it on my own. I'm nothing without my father, and through me, His will is being done. I'm believing for miracles in my career, with faith that will move mountains, and bring others to Him in the process.

(Luke 18:27-30)
Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.” 

Peter said to him, “We have left all we had to follow you!” 
“Truly I tell you,”
 Jesus said to them, “no one who has left home or wife or brothers or sisters or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God
 will fail to receive many times as much in this age, and in the age to come- eternal life.”