A Flash of Magic ~ Book Review + Giveaway

*squeals*

This book was soooo much fun!

But first…about the book itself.

For those of you who haven’t read Allison Tebo’s other three books in Tales of Ambia, you definitely need to.

They are great for when you just want something light-hearted and comical to read. And I would recommend reading them before A Flash of Magic.

A Flash of Magic itself is a collection of 8 stories from the characters and land of Ambia.

I received an advanced reader review copy of A Flash of Magic but was not obligated to give a positive review. Thus, these are my honest thoughts on the book!!

Overall, I thought A Flash of Magic was hilarious, enjoyable, and familiar in a warm but comical way. I loved seeing the various personalities of side characters pop out of the page.

I’ll admit some of the shorter letter-style stories the book began with (mostly the first one) did not grab my attention as much as the latter ones, but I still liked getting the perspective of those characters (such as Ella).

I’d say “A Letter from Magistrate Valyns” and “A Tale of New Year’s Eve”, were my favorites, closely followed by “A Letter From Cynthia de Ghent” and “An Excerpt From The Journal of Prince Colin.” Those ones in particular sure took you for a wild, hilarious ride.

A Flash of Magic is just one of those books that feels like sitting by a warm fire or snuggling up in a blanket. The magic is never dark, although there are those who use power (including magic) wrongly and are brought to justice. It’s sparkling with little threads of genius and wit and magic, and full of characters you’ll never forget.

As far as content, here’s Allison Tebo’s own description of the content in the book:

Some inborn magical abilities. There are definitely rules for those super abilities, and the magic is treated as gifts that ought to be used for good (there are consequences when it is used incorrectly) and it is implied that there is a higher authority magical beings answer to. Hints of affection between a married couple (it mentions one couple in bed together, simply sleeping or talking), and some light kissing. There is some family-friendly violence, mostly knocking people unconscious or hitting badguys/gals. Some name-calling and exclamations like mild exclamations like “blast.”

Allison Tebo’s Content Advisory for Flash of Magic

If you enjoy fantasy or fairy tale retellings, I hope you enjoy this book!


If you would like to purchase A Flash of Magic you can do so here.

You can also add it to your Goodreads shelf here.

And last but not least…the paperback giveaway on Instagram! It ends the 21st, and you can enter by clicking on the link below and following the instructions on the post. https://www.instagram.com/p/CiadkZ-LDEw/

Announcing the Winner of the WotS Giveaway!

Hey you all!

Thanksgiving week has been pretty busy school-wise and family-wise so I never ended up posting my review of “Wandering of the Stars” by P.D. Atkerson.

But today I’m here with the all-important announcement at least a few of you are no doubt waiting to hear! Who amongst you hath won the eBook of P.D. Atkerson’s “Wandering of the Stars”?

I must keep at least a little bit of suspense going here, so first…here’s a little bit about “Wandering of the Stars” (or as books are often acronymized, WotS)

“Wandering of the Stars” is the second book in the “Of the Stars” series by P.D. Atkerson, the first being “Testing of the Stars.”

It released just yesterday, and if you missed the giveaway, were not selected as winner, or would like to get your hands on a paperback copy, you can get it here. It’s actually free if you have a Kindle Unlimited subscription! And of course, if you haven’t read the first one in the series, you can get “Testing of the Stars” here.

Here’s a little bit more about the story itself:

WotS Cover

The attack on the Academy was only the beginning of the adventure for Max O’Brian. Two months later, he finds himself placed back on active duty. Max knew things would change after their early graduation, but being summoned to speak before the Council was not anything he expected. And definitely not the meaning behind the summons. From the Alliance base in D.C. to the distant plains of an alien planet, Max soon learns the Galaxy is becoming a small place. The Novens are closing in, and nowhere is truly safe anymore. Either in this star system or another.

Pique your interest? Definitely go check it out. I absolutely loved the first book in this series and am already enjoying what I have read of WotS. Plus P.D. Atkerson just writes really good stories.

As for the giveaway of a lovely eBook copy of this book…and the winner of that prize…you’re gonna have to scroll. 😉

THE WINNER IS…

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Congratulations! I’ll be in contact with you in the next few days to deliver you your copy of “Wandering of the Stars” by P.D. Atkerson. I hope you enjoy!

Have a blessed Sunday everyone, and don’t forget to follow P.D. Atkerson on her blog for more updates or random giveaways and sales. You never do know quite what she’s up to, so I’d keep a close eye on those “Top Secret” files.


“But let all who take refuge in You be glad,
Let them ever sing for joy;
And may You shelter them,
That those who love Your name may exult in You.”

-Psalm 5:11 (NASB1995)

My Review of Testing of the Stars by P.D. Atkerson

Just popping in real quick to share my thoughts on “Testing of the Stars” by P.D. Atkerson!

If you haven’t heard, Testing of the Stars is currently on sale for FREE via Kindle, but only through tonight. You can get it here.

Also, I am currently hosting a giveaway for the second book in the series, so check out my post on that here.

I’ll jump right in! This is what I thought of Testing of the Stars.

I love this book so much. “Do you like sci-fi?” they asked. “I think? If it’s really good.” I replied.
I’m not sure if this books confirms that I really do like sci-fi or if it is really just that good. Likely both.

I love P.D. Atkerson books, but I will say I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this one nearly as much as I did. If I didn’t love her book “Phantom Thief” as much as I did…I would almost say this one was better.

Testing of the Stars was fast-paced, packed with sarcasm, and had one of those stories where you just have to find out what happens next. While the prose wasn’t particularly exceptional, the characters were the best. Sarcastic? Sure. Possibly a little too sarcastic? Maaaybe. But I loved it. They were very real and empathizable (if that’s a word). I just wanted to give them a hug sometimes.

The worldbuilding was pretty good, too. I loved how easily I could picture everything and how concrete it was. There were a few teensy spots where it could potentially not make sense, but perhaps they will be explored more in the next books.

Speaking of the next book…I NEED BOOK #2!!!! Thankfully it comes out about a week and a half so you all won’t have to wait too long.

As far as faith-content goes, I actually really liked how it was incorporated. Although it wasn’t “thoroughly interspersed” and only came up on a few occasions it really fit and felt real. The faith element wasn’t altogether concluded either, but I have a feeling we’ll get more answers in book #2.

Overall I really, really, really love this book and if you like sci-fi or cool worldbuilding or space-stuff or starships or skill academies…do yourself a favor and read this book. I’m guessing you’re gonna love it.

Note: Testing of the Stars is currently free on Kindle through tonight, so now is a good time to get it!

I received a free copy of Testing of the Stars from the author and was not required to give a positive review. These are literally my honest thoughts.

If you’d like to see the review on Goodreads (or potentially follow me there) click here.

If you end up snagging Testing of the Stars today, I hope you enjoy it! I sure did.

Have a good rest of your day! I’ve got to skedaddle.

Giveaways, Book Sales, and P.D. Atkerson

Hey folks! Today I’m here with a pretty exciting announcement. And yes, it all has to do with giveaways, book sales, and P.D. Atkerson. 😉

Perhaps I should keep you in suspense, but honestly I am so excited I would rather just get it out and tell you now!!

Starting today, I am hosting an eBook giveaway of “Wandering of the Stars” by P.D. Atkerson!!!

Wandering of the Stars Cover belongs to P.D. Atkerson. E-Reader graphic is from Ereader Vectors by Vecteezy

But that’s not all! There is more!!

First off, there is a MASSIVE eBook sale starting right now on P.D. Atkerson’s books. Over the next two weeks, THREE of P.D. Atkerson’s books will be going on sale for FREE!!! And two others will only be 99 cents! Check out her post here for all the details of when and how.

Most importantly, “Testing of the Stars” is FREE on Kindle right now!! It’s actually one of my very favorite P.D. Atkerson books and it is also is the book BEFORE Wandering of the Stars (which I’m giving away!).

Not only that, but this whole giveaway is in honor of Testing of the Stars’ one year anniversary, which falls on November 28th!

If you like good, clean, and just plain AWESOME sci-fi, I wholeheartedly recommend it. If you didn’t hear me before…

Get “Testing of the Stars,” the first book in the series, for free here now through November 19th!


Secondly, another blogging friend of mine is also putting on a giveaway for one of P.D. Atkerson’s books (this time Deadlock). There’s a little bit of a challenge involved and I must say, it looks pretty fun! You can check it out here.

And now…more about the giveaway.

First off…about P.D. Atkerson. The mysterious writer behind all these books. She seems to be most famous for her series AKA Simon Lee and has a very devoted fan base. How she keeps up with all her various projects and new books and series’, is beyond me, but they certainty seem to get more and more interesting as they grow. I cannot say for certain, but I believe her favorite Bible verse might be Psalm 45:1, based on her blog. However, having never asked her, I truly do not know.

Here’s what she has to say about herself. Or at least what a third-person narrator has to say. 🤔

P.D. Atkerson is a homeschooled writer, living in Montana. She spends almost as much time in the worlds she creates as she does the real one. When she’s not reporting the stories of Simon Lee and other heroes, she’s making cakes, learning a different language or traveling to different worlds through the portals of books. She has a black belt in sarcasm and a master’s degree in useless facts.

About the Giveaway

What are you giving away? An eBook copy of “Wandering of the Stars” by P.D. Atkerson. It is the second in the Of the Stars series, and is preceded by “Testing of the Stars.”

What is the book about? Wandering of the Stars is a science fiction adventure story where Star Wars meets Keepers of the Lost Cities meets Firmament (by J. Grace Pennington). That is my description, at least. 😄 Here is the real synopsis:

The attack on the Academy was only the beginning of the adventure for Max O’Brian. Two months later, he finds himself placed back on active duty. Max knew things would change after their early graduation, but being summoned to speak before the Council was not anything he expected. And definitely not the meaning behind the summons. From the Alliance base in D.C. to the distant plains of an alien planet, Max soon learns the Galaxy is becoming a small place. The Novens are closing in, and nowhere is truly safe anymore. Either in this star system or another.

When can I enter? 11/15/2021 (now) to 11:59 PM 11/27/21 MST

Where and when do I find out who won? Here at farmgirl4jesus.wordpress.com, sometime on November 28th.

How can I enter? You can click here or scroll down just a little bit further to see and enter the giveaway.

How can I get bonus entries? All kinds of ways! From following P.D. Atkerson’s blog, sharing this post, and answering trivia questions about books by P.D. Atkerson you’ve already read, I’ve made lots of fun ways to participate and get extra points in the giveaway!!

What if I just want to buy the book, instead of leaving it to chance in a giveaway? You can absolutely buy Wandering of the Stars, and the author appreciates it a lot. Do know that Wandering of the Stars doesn’t release until November 27th (which happens to be the last day of the giveaway), but you can preorder it before it even releases here!

I already preordered Wandering of the Stars or I don’t want to enter the giveaway. What else can I do to help? On top of supporting indie authors by buying their books, two big things you can do to help are sharing about their books and content in your own sphere of influence (even just sharing this post on your own blog or social media!) and following their blog. P.D. Atkerson even has special Top Secret Files built into her blog for readers who have read the AKA Simon Lee series. It’s also where you will find info about her awesome sales, so I definitely recommend following it. You can check out P.D. Atkerson’s blog here.

THE GIVEAWAY —>

https://promosimple.com/ps/155b3/wandering-of-the-stars-giveaway

Enjoy the giveaway! I can’t wait to see who wins.

I’ll be posting a review of Testing of the Stars (the first book) very shortly and soon after that, I’ll post my review of Wandering of the Stars, so watch out for that.

Hope you are all having a blessed week.

“Do not fear or be dismayed! Be strong and courageous, for thus the Lord will do to all your enemies with whom you fight.”

-Joshua 10:25b (NASB1995)


P.S. I was able to confirm with the author that she at least thinks Psalm 45:1 is her favorite Bible verse. But she’s not sure. Actually, I think she said “sure” but…I think we’ll stick with that. Psalm 45:1 is P.D. Atkerson’s favorite Bible verse until reported otherwise. 😉

The Bookworm’s Tag

Hello. Was May really the last time I posted?

I’ve had a good summer so far. It hasn’t been an easy summer, but God has been good. Isn’t that always the case? I look back at rough days, beautiful days, in-between days, and there is no denying that God is indeed good. I’m still discovering all of what that means, but I plan on learning more and more each day.

Today I am here with The Bookworm’s Tag, which my dear friend Amber @ Dancing for the Holy One tagged me for. She must know me well, for I love books. =)

Thank you for tagging me, Amber!!

The Rules:

  • Thank and link to the blogger who nominated you
  • Include the tag graphic in your post
  • Answer the ten questions the blogger asked
  • Nominate between five and ten bloggers
  • Ask your nominees ten book-related questions!
  • Don’t feel bound to these rules
  • (Most importantly) Have fun!

Here are Amber’s questions and my answers!

1.What is your favorite writing style?

That’s a bit of a loaded question. Probably the best way I could describe (one of) my favorite writing style(s) would be weaving. I love books that intricately weave a beautiful, impacting story together. I love books that leave you musing on them and soaking up the picturesque prose. The authors that I’ve found best exemplify this style would probably be Amanda Dykes, Susie Finkbeiner, and some of Charles Martin (I’ve heard not all of his stuff is like that). But I also like different writing styles depending on my mood, the genre, and a whole lot of other things.

2. On average, how long does it take you to read a 400-page book?

Often about 2 days. If we’re going for average instead of median, though, I’d say 3-5 days.

3. What is your favorite books series?

Heh. Like which one of my favorite series? The Wingfeather Saga, The Accidental Cases of Emily Abbott, and the Out of Time series are the top three if that’s narrow enough. 😉

4. If you were to write a book/novel, what type of book would it be.?

It would probably be contemporary, western, fantasy, or action genre (so narrow, I know 😉 ). Actually, it would probably be contemporary. And the 1st draft synopsis would probably look like this:

Lissa is a quiet but determined girl, wrapt up in a struggle bigger than she understands. She goes from business pitch to business pitch as an entrepreneur, now that she has finally finished her master’s degree. Worn-out, and a touch lonely, Lissa decides to enjoy the Tanzania country for two weeks before what she hopes will be her best business pitch ever. She little guesses that just after God opens a new door, he will close the door on her biggest dreams forever.

Jana grew up in poverty and her greatest dream is to escape it and live in America. When she rediscovers the God who changes everything, her dreams are turned upside-down. Then, when Jana meets a girl named Lissa, and the fulfillment of her dreams is finally in her grasp, Jana must choose between chasing her dreams, or surrendering to God’s dreams for her.

So yeah, that’s probably what it would be like. 😉

5. Do you take the dust jacket (or ‘book cover protector’) off when reading a book?

I have mixed opinions on this. On one hand, dust jackets are just plain impractical. Sometimes, if they are super slide-y they’re actually annoying because they won’t stay on or stay flat. They also tend to get wrinkled really easily if they aren’t slide-y, and plain books can be so much nicer. But then…sometimes they are so pretty! And nice to have on a new book. Sometimes I like them. And other times I can’t stand them.

6. If you could only read 3 books for the rest of your life, what books would they be?

How could you ask such a question??? Three books? 😦 Oh well. Let’s see…#1 The Bible, #2 Probably The Disciplines of a Godly Woman (don’t even own it, but when I read it was super instrumental in my life), and something fiction. Not sure what that “something fiction” is yet though. How about…Lord of the Rings? I haven’t read all of it and it’s nice and long. Not that I can actually choose just 1 fiction book, but yunno.

7. Is there a certain book that you thought you’d hate, but ended up really liking?

Well, usually it goes the opposite way. But I suppose two books I’m thinking of might qualify. A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers I was fully prepared to hate but ended up mostly liking it (still not sure if I’d fully recommend it because of some content issues). Dewdrops And Butterflies by Libby May is a book I was skeptical of (I mean…butterflies?) but turned out to be an impactful, awesome read about foster care. It’s on my top books list now. But I didn’t think I’d hate it…just was a little skeptical, so I don’t know if it counts.

8. Would you prefer to read in a library or a park?

Hmm…well, I love libraries. But I don’t really read in them…I mostly just love looking around for books and seeing lots of books and getting lots of books. So if there was a nice park with a nice place to sit I might prefer reading in a park to reading in a library. But I don’t know…I’ve never really tried either one, honestly, or thought about how I liked it.


I nominate:

If you choose to accept my nomination, here are the questions!

  1. What’s are two books you would and have recommended over and over again?
  2. What’s a fictional book that helped you understand God better?
  3. What are two authors that you think have a very similar style of writing?
  4. Have you ever almost guessed every single plot twist in a book? What book was it?
  5. What are two fictional characters who could almost sum up your personality?
  6. Are you the person constantly getting more book recommendations than you could ever keep up with or are you the person always recommending tons of awesome books? Or something in-between?
  7. Has a book ever made you appreciate something (or a food, in particular) more than you did before? What was it (the book and the “thing”)?
  8. What is a book that has made you both laugh and cry? (If you don’t have one, you could pick one for each, I suppose).
  9. What’s one book (fiction or nonfiction) other than the Bible that you wish every single person on the planet would read?
  10. Would you consider yourself a bookworm? If so (or if not), how many books do you read each month?

Have fun! Feel free to do this tag on your own blog, even if I didn’t tag you. I’d love to see your answers!!


“Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.”

-John 21:25

Have a splendid day! The Lord be with you.

At Her Fingertips Cover Reveal

Hello friends and random readers! It’s been awhile. In fact it’s been almost two months.

But today, I’m here with something super exciting: a cover reveal!!!!! Kellyn Roth is an awesome author with awesome books. One of the things I appreciate about her is how she balances resolved/happy endings with realistic ones. Her stories never end “happily ever after.” Instead, her endings leave you with wonder and fill you with hope. She doesn’t sacrifice truth for a perfectly happy ending.

And now, this Feburary 23rd, I am excited to be part of cover reveal for her release of At Her Fingertips.

What is At Her Fingertips? It’s the 3rd book in The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy, following the lives of two sisters in the Late Victorian Era.

If you haven’t read the first two books or seen their gorgeous covers, you absolutely need to!

#1: The Dressmaker’s Secret

If they knew who she was they’d never accept what she’s become.

The Dressmaker's Secret (The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy Book 1) by [Kellyn Roth]

#2: Ivy Introspective

In a world that doesn’t understand her, how can she grow?

Ivy Introspective (The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy Book 2) by [Kellyn Roth]

And don’t forget the new in-between book (#2.5) Becoming Miss Knight!

Becoming Miss Knight: an Alice and Ivy novella (The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy) by [Kellyn Roth]

Aren’t those covers so awesome?? Are you ready for #3?

First, a little bit about the author!

~About Kellyn Roth~

Kellyn Roth is a Christian historical women’s fiction & romance author from North-Eastern Oregon who has independently published multiple novels, the most notable being The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy series. You should definitely call her Kell.

Kell lives on family-owned property outside an unmemorable but historical town with her parents, two little brothers, arbitrary cat, precious border collies, a dozen cows, and lots of chickens. She also possesses a classic, vintage aesthetic which does not at all speak to her country girl side, but such is life.

When not writing, Kell likes to blog, teach writing to her various students, have day jobs which allow her to keep her car properly insured, and spend lavish amounts of money on Dairy Queen french fries. She also likes to talk about Keira Knightley and her own books way too much.


You can find Kellyn on:

And now for At Her Fingertips!!!

~At Her FingerTips (What it’s about)~

She’s willing to do anything to follow her plan.

Debutante Alice Knight is ready for her first social season in London. She’s determined to impress society and her mother with an affluent match, at last escaping her past and embracing a future of her own making.

Peter Strauss, an American reporter visiting England, isn’t exactly what Alice had in mind. However, his friendship proves invaluable as Alice faces the challenges of her debut. Almost immediately, she attracts the attention of a well-born gentleman—perfect save for the simple fact that he’s not a Christian.

The life she longs for is finally at her fingertips, but between her own heart and the convictions of her faith, she isn’t sure she ought to grasp it.

When is it Releasing?

At Her Fingertips by Kellyn Roth is releasing on July 17th, 2021. (It feels so far away…).

Where Can I BUY It? Can I Preorder it?

Yesss!!! You can preorder it now on Amazon and have it delivered to your Kindle as soon as it releases!! You can find the link at the end of this post.

Where’s The Cover? What does it look like???

And now…for the cover reveal!

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And now for the absolutely beautiful cover!!!!!

At Her Fingertips

She’s willing to do anything to follow her plan.

ISN’T IT SOO PRETTYY???!?!??!

I’m so excited!!!!

Now for all the other fun jazz.

And now, finally, how to get it!!

You can preorder At Her Fingertips here!!!

Isn’t it so pretty? Are you excited for the release? Are you planning on preordering it?

Have an awesome week!


“Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.””

-John 8:12 (ESV)


12 Days of Christmas | Day 2 | Christmas Books

Welcome back to Day 2 of the 12 Days of Christmas blog party!!

I love reading books. If it’s possible to read too many books, I might read too many books. I also love sharing books I love with other people! Maybe it’s why I like reading books outloud so much. 🙂

So today I’d like to share my favorite Christmas books and stories! Most of them are short stories, but they were all super fun to read.

*Disclaimer: these books/stories are not arranged randomly and the order they appear in means nothing*

1) Behold by Faith Potts

Not only is Faith Potts an awesome blogger and the hostess of this awesome blog tour, but her books are AMAZING! This is a collection of 4 awesome sweet stories centered around Christmas and the birth of the Savior of the world!! I enjoyed every minute of it.

2) Finding Christmas Joy by Amanda Tero

I read this one just a few days ago and I liked it even more than I expected. It was a lot different than other things I’ve read from Amanda Tero, so it was a nice surprise. Nice short Christmas story that focuses on the true and deep meaning of Christmas.

3) Kind by Kellyn Roth

Kellyn Roth’s short stories are always THE BEST so I knew I was going to enjoy this short story. I was a little confused at first though (probably from only partly reading the blurb), so just know that it is about an American soldier stationed in Germany (not a German soldier).

4) Unwrapping Hope by Sandra Ardoin

This one is more of a novella, and I loved it! Here’s my review:

Unwrapping Hope (Widow's Might #0.5)Unwrapping Hope by Sandra Ardoin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was surprised by just how much I enjoyed this short story. The plot, the timing, the themes, I just loved it all! It ends with Christmas, so it’d make a good Christmas read. I really appreciated how the MC’s were honestly flawed, but learned to admit their faults and find healing. While romance is probably, technically the main plot I felt like it didn’t overdo it and it was definitely complex enough to be interesting and enjoyable to someone who doesn’t usually read romance. I highly recommend it.

Note: I received this as an ARC from StoryOrigin in exchange for an honest review.

View all my reviews

5) The Least of These by Kate Willis

This is a Christmas story that goes along with Kate Willis’ book “Kiera.” It’s awesome.

6) Red Boots by Kate Willis

This one was super short, it felt like, but really heartwarming and sweet. Great for a five minute read.

7) The Christmas Blessing by Melody Carlson

I’ve been debating putting this one on here. For one thing, I know other people haven’t liked this story. But I really enjoyed it. Sure, it could have been better, but the plot had me almost squealing at times. But I can’t say any more or it will ruin it!! I feel like it could have been a lot longer and that some scenes were skipped simply to keep it novella length, but it really could have been much longer (and it would have been nice). You would most likely enjoy, but it wouldn’t hurt to check out some other reviews first.

And that’s it for today! Hope you enjoyed!

Have you read any other these books? Are there any that look cool?

Have an awesome day. 🙂


Song of the Day:


These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. And you shall repeat them diligently to your sons and speak of them when you sit in your house, when you walk on the road, when you lie down, and when you get up.”

-Deuteronomy 6:4-7 (NASB)


Don’t forget to check out Stories by Firefly for the giveaway and all the other blog party posts!

And if you’d like to see more of my review you can check out my (still) growing Goodreads account here.

I’ll be back tomorrow with Christmas…recipes!!

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