Book Release: Crannig Castle Review

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Happy Thursday, friends. Today, we have a book review for my sweet friend Morgan Elizabeth Huneke’s newest book, Crannig Castle.

Some of you may recognize her name from my partciation in the virtual book tours of hers, from cover reveals to reviews to interviews, and also as a somewhat frequent commenter here on this blog. Morgan’s awesome.

Without further adeiu, here’s the description, then stay tuned for my review following.

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Cover Reveal for Crannig Castle

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Happy Monday, everyone! I’m popping back in today (even though I’m technically still on my hiatus) to share with you the cover for my lovely author friend Morgan Elizabeth Huneke’s newest book, Crannig Castle.

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Blog Tour: Book Review For Espionage

Two blog tour posts in one day? YES! This is the blog tour post for Espionage by Morgan Elizabeth Huneke, and if you’re looking for the Samara’s Peril blog tour post…find the link at the end of this one. But before you do that, read this review!

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Cover Reveal: Espionage by Morgan Elizabeth Huneke

Espionage Blog Tour

 

Happy Monday, everyone!

 

Today I have a cover reveal for a dear friend of mine’s newest book. Morgan Elizabeth Huneke is a splendid author and a fantastic friend, and I’m thrilled to share the cover of Espionage with you all. Let’s start with what the book is about.

 

About the Book

“Sir Roland has invited us to visit for the Autumn Feast.”

 

“Do we have to go, Papa? I couldn’t feast with the most crooked politician in all of Briznom.”

 

As the daughter of a Briznomian vassal lord, Vannie Cumberland has spent her childhood immersed in the world of politics. Relations between Briznom and the neighboring country of Calhortz are strained due to the tyrannical rule of the strytes. A proposed alliance could calm relations between the two countries, but would come at the cost of Briznom’s freedom.

 

When her father’s political archenemy invites them to the Autumn Feast, Vannie uncovers an evil scheme endangering the life of someone close to her. Personal enmity comes to a dangerous head as Vannie struggles to expose the corruption and stop the alliance. Time is running out.

 

Events are becoming too big for her to handle. Will Sir Roland’s son help or will things finally spiral out of control?

 

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I was one of the lucky people who got to beta read and edit Espionage, and it’s my favorite of her books so far. I can’t wait for the release!

 

Release Date

Espionage, A Companion to Time Captives, will be released on May 16th, 2016. Stay tuned on Morgan’s blog and Facebook page for more information and sneak peeks.

Preorder on Kindle now!

 

Now,  let’s read a bit about Miss Huneke herself.

 About the Author

Morgan Huneke Profile Morgan Elizabeth Huneke is a homeschool graduate who lives in Georgia. She has enjoyed creating characters and writing stories since early childhood. Her other interests include reading, playing the piano and violin, and politics. She is the author of Across the Stars and The Experiment as well as the Time Captives fantasy trilogy.

 

You can connect with Morgan on her website, blog, Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Instagram, and Pinterest.

 

Ready for the cover, y’all?

 

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Yay! Be sure to buy the book and support Morgan when it comes out. It’s a great book, and while it is a companion to the Time Captives trilogy, it could be read as a standalone book too (with a little background information). I hope you all enjoy it!

See other participating blogs here.

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The Crossways BLOG TOUR – Author Interview + Giveaway!

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Yesterday, I shared my review for The Crossways by Morgan Elizabeth Huneke. See that here, or scroll down if you’re on the Scattered Journal Pages home page.

Before I begin, I’ll share about the book, about Morgan, and then we’ll get on with the interview.

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About the Book

“M’lady, it has been fairly well confirmed that the Redona was hidden away by the merfolk at the conclusion of the Great War instead of destroyed as was commanded. My brother has confirmed to me Joseph’s belief that it was concealed at the Crossways.”

Toarna pressed her fingertips together in thought. “It must be recovered and destroyed as was at first intended.”

Emily, Allan, Jill, and Joey have been reunited with their long lost ancestors. But with that reunion comes the true beginning of their quest: free the rightful king of Calhortz so that he may be restored to his throne. The Redona, the only object that can free him from his long imprisonment, is rumored to be concealed in The Crossways, a mountain across the sea which cannot be entered.

A slave since birth, Adriel’s resentment and hatred towards the strytes only grows as his family is continually ripped from him. He longs for the freedom the Time Captives are prophesied to bring, but he doubts their existence, just as he doubts God’s love. Circumstances in Calhortz are so dire. How could they ever improve?

Who can enter The Crossways? Will the king ever be freed? Or will the slaves of Calhortz lose all hope of freedom before it is even offered to them?

The Crossways is the second book of the Time Captives trilogy, a tale of faith, family, fantasy, and a fight for truth and freedom.

Buy Now

Kindle ~ Paperback ~ Signed Copy

Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25990964-the-crossways

 

About the Author

Morgan Huneke Profile

Morgan Elizabeth Huneke is a homeschool graduate who lives in Georgia. She has enjoyed creating characters and writing stories since early childhood. Her other interests include reading, playing the piano and violin, and politics. She is the author of Across the Stars and The Experiment.

You can connect with Morgan on her website, blog, Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest.

And finally, the interview. 😀

Hi Morgan! Thanks for joining me here at Scattered Journal Pages. Tell me a few things that most people won’t easily guess about yourself.

*racks brain for something that’s not obvious* I have a hard time hiding things, and I’m super easy to read, but I’ll try. I don’t really like to watch TV just for the sake of watching TV. I like watching it when there’s something I want to watch. Which does happen a lot, but sometimes I don’t feel like watching anything. I’ve gotten “why did you do that?” from my sister for turning the TV off after the news. Hmm, I have an irrational fear of the wheels falling off our minivan while I’m driving. Not really sure where that came from. I don’t like to sit around and do nothing. It bores me and I feel like I’m wasting time, even if the reason I’m sitting around doing nothing is because I’m sick or I have a migraine or something. I’m really bad at foreign language. I’m pretty good at English, and it’s so easy. But when it comes to foreign language, forget it. I’m not really the best at geography either. I prefer to focus on things I like, like history and literature and music and writing and sewing (when I feel like it) and watching kids.

When did the idea first come to you for the Time Captives trilogy, and how long was it before you started writing and developing the books?

I can’t exactly remember, I didn’t start putting dates on things until a few years later, but I think sometime in 2011. I came up with some things then, but I finished Across the Stars and The Experiment before starting it, so a lot of things got thrown out. I mean, a lot. I started actually writing it at Disney World on December 10, 2012, so it was probably about a year and a half between the idea and actually getting the prologue down on paper.

How long does it usually take on average for you to write and publish a new book?

About 2½ to 3 years, which flies right in the face of my thinking I’m a slow writer. My ideas do usually sit in my brain and simmer for a while before I actually start putting them down on paper, though, so that adds a good bit of uncounted time. And there are little snippets of stories sitting on my computer that I won’t count towards writing time until I actually get serious about working on them. So from the time I get serious about a project to when I publish it is 2½ to 3 years. Except The Experiment. That was a year and a half.

Which character in any of the Time Captives books do you most relate to, and why?

Probably Jill, because we have the same personality type. I swear, I gave her a personality type before I even knew my own! But she’s sweeter than I am and more willing to step outside of her comfort zone when need be. But there’s some of me in all of them. I can relate to Emily and George and Abigail and Adriel and Jonathan…okay, yeah, I relate to Jonathan because I channeled all my Narnia love into him. Is that a problem? 😉

What was the hardest aspect of this book and trilogy to write?

The Time Captives. They were really difficult characters to work with. While other characters like Adriel and Grant jumped onto the page with full personality, the Time Captives didn’t want to let me in. And they were always dragging their feet about their quest. Plus there’s so many of them. I’m never writing a story with that big of a main group again. My poor brain just can’t handle it all.

Do you plot out and plan your stories before or while you write?

A little bit of both. I always have a general idea of what’s going to happen before I start a story. At least, with the stories I’ve been able to finish. Basically, I start with a beginning, an end goal, main characters, and a few scenes from the middle that may or may not end up in the book. For some stories, like my outer space dystopian, I had the full storyline written out. But with that, I ended up scrapping it and just writing down the major plot points. For Time Captives, I restructured it so many times that the plot points weren’t written down until I was halfway through. I like having plot points beforehand, so I know where I’m going. However, I rarely plan any deeper than that, I like to figure it out as I go along, unless I run across a point where I’m stuck, and then I stop and plan it before continuing.

What do you hope that readers will take away from The Crossways?

Primarily the Gospel. This is actually my first book with an explicit Gospel message. But also that God uses everything, even the worst of circumstances, for good. And that being dishonest is never worth it, even if it seems so at the time.

Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions! I wish you the best with your release of The Crossways.

Thanks for having me! I enjoyed it.

Giveaway

Join in the excitement of Time Captives and enter to win a special prize! The first prize winner will receive a signed copy of The Crossways. The second prize winner will receive an eCopy of The Crossways in the eBook format of his/her choice. Giveaway open to U.S. residents only.

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For more stops on the blog tour, go to http://morganhuneke.blogspot.com/2015/10/release-day-for-crossways.html

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The Crossways BLOG TOUR – Book Review + Giveaway!

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Remember the cover reveal I did for this book a few weeks ago? Well, the book is FINALLY HERE!!! Yay!! So. Without further adieu, let us take a look at what it’s about (if you don’t know already).

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About the Book

“M’lady, it has been fairly well confirmed that the Redona was hidden away by the merfolk at the conclusion of the Great War instead of destroyed as was commanded. My brother has confirmed to me Joseph’s belief that it was concealed at the Crossways.”

Toarna pressed her fingertips together in thought. “It must be recovered and destroyed as was at first intended.”

Emily, Allan, Jill, and Joey have been reunited with their long lost ancestors. But with that reunion comes the true beginning of their quest: free the rightful king of Calhortz so that he may be restored to his throne. The Redona, the only object that can free him from his long imprisonment, is rumored to be concealed in The Crossways, a mountain across the sea which cannot be entered.

A slave since birth, Adriel’s resentment and hatred towards the strytes only grows as his family is continually ripped from him. He longs for the freedom the Time Captives are prophesied to bring, but he doubts their existence, just as he doubts God’s love. Circumstances in Calhortz are so dire. How could they ever improve?

Who can enter The Crossways? Will the king ever be freed? Or will the slaves of Calhortz lose all hope of freedom before it is even offered to them?

The Crossways is the second book of the Time Captives trilogy, a tale of faith, family, fantasy, and a fight for truth and freedom.

Buy Now

Kindle ~ Paperback ~ Signed Copy

Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25990964-the-crossways

And about the author! Morgan! She’s a wonderful author that I get to be a fan of, and a wonderful person that I am blessed to call my friend. Tomorrow, I’ll be interviewing her, but for today, you get a little snippet of who she is and what she’s about. 😀

About the Author

Morgan Huneke Profile

Morgan Elizabeth Huneke is a homeschool graduate who lives in Georgia. She has enjoyed creating characters and writing stories since early childhood. Her other interests include reading, playing the piano and violin, and politics. She is the author of Across the Stars and The Experiment.

You can connect with Morgan on her website, blog, Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest.

And here is my long-awaited review of The Crossways. Enjoy!

FIVE STARS: (5/5)

Ah, such a great book! Where do I even start?

(Maybe I should start with telling you all that my review for the first book, Creighton Hill,  is here on Goodreads, I just haven’t gotten around to posting it on my blog yet.)

Alright. I wouldn’t consider myself a terrible reader, I just got sidetracked with some other books (like, four) while reading this one. And I can’t focus well on more than one book at one time, so I pushed it aside.

The more I read of The Crossways, the more I was interested and wanted to keep reading it. It was great.

I finally finished it the day after the release, and two days before my review was supposed to be up…AND COME ON PEOPLE, I WANT MORE TIME CAPTIVES!

Seriously! It was so great! I just had to let myself get into it first.

The Crossways follows a few storylines. We have the Time Captives (the kids who are stuck as kids in the land of Calhortea), Adriel (he’s a slave and gladiator, and just so great!), and Eleanor (flashbacks to her life; she’s a Time Captive and a heart-wrenching 3-D character). Emily’s character got the most POV (point-of-view) out of all the rest of the Hubbards.

There’s something called the Redona at The Crossways. The Redona is an object that will be able to free the true king of Calhortz, who’s trapped on an island, but it’s virtually impossible to get to and then retrieve, and if anyone with royal blood tries to leave, they die. The journey of the book (because every good book just HAS to have a journey) isn’t just to get to The Crossways, or even get inside. It’s also made up of the personal journeys of Adriel, and Emily, and Eleanor. It’s just so good.

Pros:

-The Gospel Message! It’s a children’s book, but the Gospel message is very clear and still enjoyable of a book. It would be a great tool for middle-grade kids to 1) understand their faith more 2) see how faith works out in their lives and 3) make the most out of what they’ve been given, because they can know that God is with them through it all.

-The Plot! It’s so fresh and new and unique and exciting and terrifying! It’s awesome. Portal fantasy is a favorite genre of mine.

-The worldbuilding! Such fun. So cool. I still need to understand the map better, because I’m terrible at comprehending those kinds of things, but what we saw of Calhortea was GREAT.

-DRAGONS. Well, one dragon. She’s a really good dragon at that. (Hehehe.)

-Gladiators. It’s a sad concept, but has always intrigued me.

-Boats and pirates. Because. They’re cool. Boats are great and pirates are evil, so it evens out.

-Ships. (Yes, both meanings of the word…I just had to do that.) The Andaron is really cool, and for those of you who know what the term ‘shipping’ refers to when referring to characters, Weathersbard is heartbreaking and Jill/Adriel is adorable but they’re kids. So…PLEASE MORGAN, MAKE JILL COME BACK TO CALHORTEA WHEN SHE’S GROWN UP AND COME MARRY ADRIEL. Havilan/Adriana will be a great thing to look forward to. 😀

Cons:

-There were a ton of characters, so some of them didn’t have time to be properly developed. For example, I thought Draewin was a girl until I heard Havilan call him brother…oops. I’m sure it was just me, so whatever. It’s okay. The things I needed to understand were covered, there just seemed to be a few too many characters to really get to know well. And some of the Time Captives got a little lost in my head, because there are fourteen. Obviously you can’t follow them all.

That is okay, though. No book can be 100% perfect, and I forgive!

There weren’t really any other cons, so yaaaayyyyyy!

This book totally topped the first one, even though that one was really awesome.

Are you convinced to read it yet? Go buy it! And the first one, too. It’s really great, and I promise you’ll enjoy it.

AND A GIVEAWAY! Who doesn’t like winning free stuff? (I don’t know, but I love it!) So be sure to enter, pleasepleaseplease do.

Giveaway

Join in the excitement of Time Captives and enter to win a special prize! The first prize winner will receive a signed copy of The Crossways. The second prize winner will receive an eCopy of The Crossways in the eBook format of his/her choice. Giveaway open to U.S. residents only.

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More Stops On The Tour!

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The Crossways by Morgan Elizabeth Huneke: COVER REVEAL + FREE BOOK!

Hello world! Happy Tuesday. Today’s post is a cover reveal for my wonderful friend Morgan Elizabeth Huneke’s next book. It’s the second book in the Time Captives trilogy, written for middle grade and up. I just recently finished reading Creighton Hill, and I can tell you that it was lovely. As some have already said, it’s like Narnia meets historical fiction. Creighton Hill was a really enjoyable book and I’m really excited for more.

Let’s read what the book is about first, just to get acquainted with it all.

About the Book

“M’lady, it has been fairly well confirmed that the Redona was hidden away by the merfolk at the conclusion of the Great War instead of destroyed as was commanded. My brother has confirmed to me Joseph’s belief that it was concealed at the Crossways.”

Toarna pressed her fingertips together in thought. “It must be recovered and destroyed as was at first intended.”

Emily, Allan, Jill, and Joey have been reunited with their long lost ancestors. But with that reunion comes the true beginning of their quest: free the rightful king of Calhortz so that he may be restored to his throne. The Redona, the only object that can free him from his long imprisonment, is rumored to be concealed in The Crossways, a mountain across the sea which cannot be entered.

A slave since birth, Adriel’s resentment and hatred towards the strytes only grows as his family is continually ripped from him. He longs for the freedom the Time Captives are prophesied to bring, but he doubts their existence, just as he doubts God’s love. Circumstances in Calhortz are so dire. How could they ever improve?

Who can enter The Crossways? Will the king ever be freed? Or will the slaves of Calhortz lose all hope of freedom before it is even offered to them?

The Crossways is the second book of the Time Captives trilogy, a tale of faith, family, fantasy, and a fight for truth and freedom.

Sounds interesting, right? Well, you won’t have to wait too long for it.

Release Date

The Crossways, Time Captives book 2, will be released on October 19th, 2015. Stay tuned on Morgan’s blog and Facebook page for more information and sneak peeks.

See? It comes out in a little under a month, which means that YOU WILL HAVE TIME TO READ THE FIRST BOOK IN THE SERIES! And you want to know what? It’s free on Kindle, TODAY ONL.

Free eBook

Haven’t yet begun your journey with the Time Captives? Book 1, Creighton Hill, is free on Kindle today only! Find it at Amazon.com!

Free Kindle Creighton Hill

I highly recommend this book. Why don’t you download it and try it?

And here’s the lovely Morgan. Let’s see who she is.

About the Author

Morgan Huneke Profile

Morgan Elizabeth Huneke is a homeschool graduate who lives in Georgia. She has enjoyed creating characters and writing stories since early childhood. Her other interests include reading, playing the piano and violin, and politics. She is the author of Across the Stars and The Experiment.

You can connect with Morgan on her website, blog, Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest.

AND FINALLY, FOR THE COVER THAT YOU ALL HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR!

The Crossways Cover

Woot woot! It’s here, guys. Be sure to be ready to read The Crossways when it comes out October 19th.

Want to see the list of other blogs participating? See them here. http://morganhuneke.blogspot.com/2015/09/the-crossways-cover-reveal.html

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Book Thursdays: The Experiment by Morgan Elizabeth Huneke REVIEW!

Book Review: The Experiment by Morgan Elizabeth Huneke

The Experiment

Description:

One hundred years in the future… America as we know it today no longer exists. Scientist Holly Reginald and President Malcolm Crowdler have hatched an evil plot to control the minds and lives of the American people. Only a few are still able to fight back. And those few are children. Mystery and intrigue abound in this heart-stopping adventure as the last remnant of Americans strives to stop The Experiment…before it’s too late.

 

My Review:

5 Stars

This book is such a fun and interesting story. It’s only around 30,000 words, so probably less than two hours to read.

I would consider it a present-day dystopian story. Think futuristic America crumbling in the hands of a power-hungry president, and an entire nation brainwashed in the name of “the good of the people.”

Yes, it was that kind of book. A very fun read, too.

I told the author that “It’s a pro-homeschooling conservative political action novella.” It’s really funny, knowing Morgan personally, how much of her shines through the book. It’s really cool.

I enjoyed the plot. It’s not quite the kind of story that I’ve ever read before, which made it very fun. The government seeks to control the minds of American kids, and all but a few are affected. Why? You’ll see. Does it even ever get resolved? Well, you’ll see that too.

The writing was done well. I like Miss Huneke’s style, and I have yet to read her other works (that are sitting unread on my Kindle). It was easy to read for me, and it is aimed at kids between the ages of 10 and 16. So it’s between Middle Grade and Young Adult, and it fit there well.

The characters were well-developed. There were a lot, and some did seem like names alone, but that’s okay. I understood the main characters well, and that was good enough for me. Besides, we don’t need to read the backstories of thirty-eight characters. It was balanced well.

The worldbuilding was quite interesting. It is set in present-day America, so that part was already established. I liked Courtstone (the well-done setting, not the fictional place) and found it to be an intriguing place.

Everything was described well. My imagination ran with the descriptions.

However, if you are a liberal, an atheist, and anti-homeschooling, this book is definitely not for you. You may find it offensive if you are sensitive about such things.

But did I enjoy it? Oh, yes. Ever so much.

Now, go be kind and have fun reading this book. Like I did. It was wonderful.

I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest and unbiased review, which I have provided. Thank you, Morgan!