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I'll be back...

Hullo, friends, and happy November! Oh, what?! November's already half over??? Oh well... 😄

I come here to inform you that I shall be a way and this blog will be down for a while. Perhaps I shall not be on an especially grand adventure, but I will tell you that when I come back there will be some changes made to this blog. I'm not sure when I'll return, but hopefully by the end of the month. (Don't worry, I won't put on a magic ring and disappear and you'll never hear of me again...😉)

Until then, may the sun shine on your path and beauty surround you always.

Yours truly,
S. F.

A Page From My Quote Book

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One of my favourite things to collect is quotes. Words are so beautiful and powerful. Today I was flipping through my little quote book and found this quote. The thought popped into my mind to share it on my blog, so here it is. :)

Never lose an opportunity of seeing  anything that is beautiful;  for beauty is God's handwriting —a wayside sacrament. Welcome it in every fair face,  in every fair sky,  in every fair flower,  and thank God for it as a cup of blessing. —Emerson

Behind the Scenes of Burning Rose by Hope Ann

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The week we have all been waiting for. (*cough* you've been waiting for this week as much as me, right? *cough*) Yes, as I was saying... Burning Rose is here! You heard me fanbling about this book a little while ago, and today's the official release date! I am SO excited to get my hands on my own copy of Burning Rose!


A war, founded in ancient legends, changes the lives of those it touches forever. Elissa, a villager from the northern mountains, attempts to save her brother and ends up trapped in a hidden valley with a strange host and a treacherous enemy. Evrard, the Wingmaster of the Prince’s army, races against his own weakening powers to discover the location of his twin and save her from deadly mistbenders. Haydn, a pardoned rebel from Tauscher’s army, confronts shadows of myth and former comrades in his struggle to keep his sister safe and find the stolen Stormestone. BONUS Before the war, before the legends, before the Separation, there was a man who started it all. There wa…

Excellent Writing Advice

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I came across this awhile ago and think it's a wonderful power boost for when you don't feel like writing. What's your favourite writing advice?

Poetry Leaves #1 - My Place of Solitude

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With autumn soon coming, I find myself in a nostalgic state that always comes when the air grows cold and leaves begin changing colours. This year, however, it's different. Instead of just thinking, it's made me write. I want to finish those stories I've started. I want to write more poetry. I want to take myself out of a mindset of dreaming of the things I could discover on pen and paper and acting on those dreams instead.
Which leads to this blog post. I've decided to share the poems I write on this blog, in hopes to keep myself motivated to write them and give me a reason to be a little more active in Blogland. :) Here is my first poem:
My Place of Solitude
I know a place of solitude It's down the road a stretch. I can go there when I need to Have a place to sort my thoughts.
It's a spot down at the river Where it makes a little bend. I found my special "Thinking Rock" there For quiet reigns as king.

As the peaceful river
Goes gliding along
And the…

"Burning Rose" by Hope Ann - Cover Reveal

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It's here! It's here! It's FINALLY here!
Item one: I prefer physical copies of books over e-books. Item two: I adore the Legends of Light novella series being written by Hope Ann. Item three: The first the books are coming out in paperback in October. Item four: I have some fangirling to do. Item five: Who wants to see a gorgeous book cover?


A war, founded in ancient legends, changes the lives of those it touches forever. Elissa, a villager from the northern mountains, attempts to save her brother and ends up trapped in a hidden valley with a strange host and a treacherous enemy. Evrard, the Wingmaster of the Prince’s army, races against his own weakening powers to discover the location of his twin and save her from deadly mistbenders. Haydn, a pardoned rebel from Tauscher’s army, confronts shadows of myth and former comrades in his struggle to keep his sister safe and find the stolen Stormestone. BONUS  Before the war, before the legends, before the Separation, there was a…

Treasured Friendships

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Isn't this a lovely thought? I'm so blessed by the many treasured friendships I've made through blogs. Here's to you!

Roses, Scars, Wolves. . .an Exciting "Beauty and the Beast" Retelling Release

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Hullo, dear friends! I come today with some very exciting news. You may know by now how much I love the "Legends of Light" series which is being written by Hope Ann, and she just released another one!!

War clouds the horizon and rebels gather under a mysterious leader. Alone, with her two younger sisters, Elissa watches the mountain road desperately for her brother’s return. Instead, she receives news of his capture by a strange figure covered in scars and cloaked in wolf skins. With rebels drawing nearer, she sets off to find her brother. To save him. There is no one else who can.

Yet she soon finds the rose that granted her warning now holds her captive in safety. Outside the valley, war threatens those she loves most. Though her strange host claims the ancient promises of the Prince’s return and victory over the rebels, Elissa knows the blood-drenched truth. She is on her own. Elissa will do anything to keep her family safe, but more than one kind of wolf stalks the Blackw…

The Love of Good Books

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"I remember hearing Grandpa say that a love for good books was one of the best safeguards a man could have.”  ― Archie, from Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott

A favourite quote from a favourite author.

The Scibbler Award

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Once, in a time long gone by that no one but the ancients can remember. . . S. F. got awarded the "Scribbler Award" by the amazing Saphira. And for a reason not even the ancients can remember, she didn't post it. So some adventurous person went and dug it out of the dusty drafts. . .

Presenting 😊 El Premio del Scribbler 😊
Rules~
1. Link to the person who nominated you. See above.
2. Link to your favorite writing blog, so we can check it out, and/or share your favorite writing tip.  See below.
3. Pass the award along to a maximum of 5 people. I seem to always pass tags along to the same people, so I'm not quite sure who to tag this time. If you're a "scribbler", consider yourself tagged!

Favourite writing blog: Hope Ann's "Writing in the Light" has lots of brilliant things for writers. Kara and Naomi's "Writing to Inspire" also has great writing tips. And if it counts, I love "Kingdom Pen".

Favourite writing tip: "D…

🕮 A Bookish Tag 🕮

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Welcome to the Bookish Tag. It's very booky. ;) Kara over at Saved by Grace tagged me, and here you have it!


RULES: You must be honest You must answer all the questions You must tag at least 4 people
1. Which Book Has Been On Your Shelf The Longest?
Probably Meet Kit from when I was four, or the Nurse Nancy Golden Book I got about the same time.

2. What is your current read, your last read, and the book you'll read next?
Currently I am reading Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott. I am loving it so much, especially the dear characters. I think the last thing I read was a re-read of The Last Battle by C. S. Lewis. And next will be Freckles by Gene Stratton-Porter.

3. What book did everyone like but you hated?
No book comes to mind.

4. What book do you keep telling yourself you'll read but you probably won't?
I have so many I keep telling myself I'll read and I hope to read them all. . .one day. . .and who knows if I will or not? Not me!

5. What books are you saving fo…

Shadows of the Hersweald Blog Tour

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Welcome to the launch of Shadows of the Hersweald, the third novella in the Legends of Light series! This Hansel and Gretel retelling is an amazing novella that I was privileged to read it before it was officially released and I loved it! The author Hope Ann does a wonderful job with this series blending together allegorical, fairy tale, and "fruits of the Spirit" elements. So hang around if you enjoy Christian fantasy and fairy tale retellings to learn more about this Hansel and Gretel novella!


They would have to come that afternoon. Haydn glared at the rutted road twisted away from the gate beneath him, slithering into the shadows of the Harsweald. And what was the flaming idea behind leaving him in charge? Tregaron in the hands of a criminal… that would put them all in the good graces of the province governor, no questions asked.

A battered soldier from a defeated army, Haydn knows there is only one end to the arrival of the Prince’s governor. Except he hasn’t counted on t…

Spring is Sprung!

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Spring officially arrived yesterday! Hooray! 🌷🌸🌼 It's so exciting, although the weather has felt like it for the last little while, but it's lovely to say it's SPRING! :)

Sound the flute! Now it’s mute! Bird’s delight, Day and night, Nightingale, In the dale, Lark in sky,— Merrily, Merrily merrily, to welcome in the year. ~William Blake
Welcome, beautiful spring, full of hopes and new life! Are you looking forward to anything this spring?
Love ~ S. F.
PS. Remember this post about Song of the Sword by Hope Ann? The next book in the Legends of Light series is coming out in one week! It's called Shadows of the Hersweald and is a "Hansel and Gretel" retelling. I was privileged to read it before it was released and I would tell you all about how amazing it is, but you'll have to wait for my post next week that's part of its book launch blog tour. 😉AND there's a short story that goes along with it, so the brilliant-ness doesn't end when the novella does.…

Life is Glorious

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There is so much to love about life, and so much to do to enjoy it. 
I recently read a blog post by SW on A Free Mind and it made me think once again about how true the above statement is. Here is her beautiful advice~
Be humble. Be kind. Know that you'll make mistakes and it'll be embarrassing, but have a sense of humor.
Laugh.You might as well have fun.
Tell people you love them, and be gentle.
Question everything, and I mean everything. Because the truth can take it, but nothing else can. And it's the truth that matters.
Take chances and do things that scare you. Never close your eyes to possibility.
Don't box up reality and pretend you know its walls.

Look up, at the sky. Taste the air on the tip of your tongue. Watch the clouds move.
Take care of yourself, always be gentle. Cry if you need to, but don't give up hope. Look for things to be grateful for. Smile. Hug. Breathe deeply, in and out. Do it now.
Be brave. Seek out life. Know that adventure is close to yo…

In Case You Were Feeling Down. . .

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Are you having one of those days when it seems a bit hard to go through? Have a dormouse~


And while you're at it, have lots of dormice!!!

*squeal*Aren't they just the cutest?

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

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"I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well." ~Psalm 139:14

Recently I cut my thumb and removed the top layer of skin. Instantly, it started to heal itself and make the skin anew. And not just any skin--perfect skin. And a new finger print, too! How amazing!!
There are those moments sprinkled through everyday life when you stop and look at this wonderful world and you just know that everything was divinely created. Sometimes it takes a moment when we're pondering birds wings and how they undeniably formed and fashioned by an all wise Creator, to help us understand that He knows us and He has a just as perfect plan for our life.
It is the seeds of springtime, the zinnias of summer, the way leaves fall in autumn to make a cover for the sleeping earth, and the ice pictures in winter, the way plants can heal, the birth of animals, eggs hatching, caterpillars becoming butterflies, the miracle of li…