Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Blog Tour: Interview (and GIVEAWAY) with Miranda A. Uyeh

Meet the Author...

 
Miranda A. Uyeh is an assistant lecturer at a local college in Makurdi City, Nigeria, where she teaches two geology courses. Her love for books goes as far back as when her father placed Disney’s Rapunzel in her hands—her very first storybook! By the time she was thirteen she knew she was going to be a writer. You can find Miranda on her blog where she shares her love for books, entertainment and Christian spirituality with her readers. Miranda holds a B.Tech (Hons) in Applied Geology from ATBU, Nigeria. To Die Once is her debut novel, #1 of the Child of Grace book series.



Meet the Book...

Two men, one woman, a rosebush …

… a terrible past, an uncertain future

Jennifer, a woman unexpectedly trapped in a path of love and passion against everything she believes. 

Rodrigo, a man set to get what he wants at the cost of what matters most.

Stefano, a man with a past, a story to tell and passion to offer. 

Chidi, a friend in need, a friend indeed. Or not?

From a culture where good girls follow the norm and live as they’ve been told, Jennifer is no different from any other girl until by happenstance, she meets and falls in love with Rodrigo, a man who’s handsome, rich and foreign. Different. She has no idea who he is or what he does, and is swept into a world of romance and passion. It is not long before she discovers a shocking truth that shakes both her world and his.

Then he is gone.

Stefano shows up at a time when Jennifer has made up her mind about the rules of life. He thinks she’s beautiful and is in love with her. In a bid to convince her to give him a chance in her life, old memories once buried are brought to life. And the events that follow don’t leave anyone unaffected by the truth of the past that was left unsettled.

Meanwhile, Jennifer with her friend Chidi, find themselves on a self-discovery journey that has one of them raising questions. 

Some just have to ask, where is God in all this?

… an inspirational romance, from Lagos to Italy.

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 Praise for To Die Once

 

"A little mystery, a bit of intrigue, a lot of romance. To Die Once is a Christian romance with real characters facing deep issues. The emotional writing is truly heart-felt. This is Ms. Uyeh's debut novel and thankfully, this won't be the last." —K. Victoria Chase, Bestselling author of From Across The Divide, Virginia Justice, Raphael: volume 1, Santiago Brothers book series.

"Miranda Uyeh has penned a novel full of heart. To Die Once is a story alternately thorny and tender that tackles the various forms of love - romance, friendship, and faith - in unique settings and situations. Often surprising, consistently intriguing, Uyeh's debut is a bold start to her blossoming writing career." — Amber Stokes, Author of "The Heart's Spring" Series


"A fun inspirational romance read" — Rektok Ross, Best selling YA Romance author of Prodigal

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Author's Note

 

This is a story centered on God’s healing power of grace and mercy. People like Jennifer, Rodrigo (and Stefano), and Chidi exist in our world today, hurting from the choices and the
mistakes they’d made in the past, and seeking redemption/solace in any way possible, even from vices like alcohol. If you find yourself in such a position, or you know someone drowning in pain, please, let them know that God’s arms are wide-open to receive and heal anyone who will earnestly come to Him. He says in His Word in Heb. 4:16 that we can come boldly before the throne of grace to seek grace and mercy for when we need it. Do not lose hope that you can be healed and fully restored. There is no sin that God can’t forgive, and there’s no one He’ll turn away. Come to Him today and receive your healing!


Let's Chat!

 - What inspired you to write To Die Once?


I’ve read so many books and watched so many movies; they all came together and gradually formed a story in my head. God, of course, helped me make it a grace-themed story.


 - What is it about this story that drives you to love it as much as you do?


Believe me when I say that I, too, am a child of God’s mercy and grace. I thought it would be really nice to spread the word that God is good. Being a writer, why not use books too!


- One of my favorite things about reading Christian novels is the Biblical message that is weaved into the lives of the characters. Is there something special that God taught/showed you while going through the process of writing your latest work?


Honestly, Laura, God showed and taught me so many things, which included true love, mercy/forgiveness, trust, and what it means to be sensitive to the needs and to be gracious to the person right next to you. It’s been a wonderful journey!



- What is the underlying theme/message of the book? Is this what you set out to write?


Like I said, it’s God’s healing power of grace and redemption! I didn’t set out to write about it, and not so deeply either. But I remember that I had a burning desire to write this story for God and His work. So before and during my time of crafting this piece, I constantly and fervently went to God in prayer, asking Him to take preeminence in this story. I prayed that every single page would be filled with His truth so that anyone who laid hands on it would  know without a doubt that this book held God’s truth, and more importantly, be impacted by it.



- Almost every author puts a little of themselves into their stories—what did you put of yourself into this one?


I really can’t mention everything I put of me this story, but I can tell you the characters that have a lot of me in them—Jennifer and Chidi! I also filled the pages of this book with the lessons I’d learned at God’s feet.


- What is one thing you want readers to take away from reading To Die Once?


I want every reader out there to know that God’s grace is very real. He is willing to heal and forgive anyone who would come to Him. It doesn’t matter how messed up you are, or how bad your decisions of the past were. What matters is that you come to Him and trust that He will heal and restore you, even in ways you never thought He would.


- Lastly, where can readers find you on the Internet?


Oh, lovely! Twitter (@Rini_MAU), pinterest (rini_mau), goodreads (Miranda Uyeh), google+ (Miranda A. Uyeh), facebook (facebook.com/ToBeAPerson), Shelfari (Miranda A. Uyeh) and my blog (To Be A Person: http://mautobeaperson.wordpress.com)


Laura, it was so nice of you to host me today. Thank you!


Giveaway Time!


10 winners will be drawn every week via the rafflecopter ticket every week making a total of 70 ebook winners all together. The winners will be announced every week on my blog on Sundays, but they will be emailed their ebooks after the tour. The giveaway is International.

Monday, April 21, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

 
"It's Monday! What Are You Reading?" is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey where we share what we're reading and our goals for the week.


What I Read Last Week...

I really enjoyed both of the books I read this week! Both were great and, even though Love Gone Wild wasn't what I expected!
  


What I'm Reading Now...

I just started Table for Two and it has me hooked! Really good so far!


What I Hope To Read This Week...

This is probably one of my favorite Amish series and I can't wait to read Seasons of Tomorrow


There's a glimpse into my reading world! What about you? What are you reading?

Friday, April 18, 2014

Book Review: Love Gone Wild by Amy Matayo


Anna Lloyd’s life has been completely mapped out. As the daughter of a wealthy political family, she’s cultured, beautiful, dating her town’s most eligible bachelor, and is the perfect asset to her parent’s life in Chicago politics. So why is Anna unhappy? And why—when her boyfriend claims she’s nothing but a pampered socialite—does she do something as stupid as audition for an Alaskan survival show just to prove him wrong?

Jay Maddox wants one last chance at fun. After a lifetime of being responsible for siblings, mortgages, and a dysfunctional mother, he’s ready for a change. So when an opportunity to spend thirty days in Alaska with nothing but nature and nine other strangers comes along, he signs up. He’s young, loves a challenge, and winning comes with money—money that Jay could really use to get ahead in life.
But when everyone arrives in Alaska to begin taping the show, the producers make a decision that throws everything into chaos and ruins Anna’s plan to prove herself. Now Jay and Anna are alone in the wilderness and forced into a partnership neither one expected. Just as they begin to care for each other and push for a win, they realize the game isn’t what it seems. Will the show’s outcome bring Jay and Anna together at last or ultimately be game over for the life they’ve always wanted?


My Thoughts/Review

Okay before I start my review I want to say that I really loved Amy's first novel The Wedding Game (you can see my review here) and became a huge fan after finishing it! When I saw Amy was releasing another book I jumped on reading it as soon as I could! Unfortunately though Love Gone Wild did not reach the expectations I had hoped when starting!

Is the book itself bad with horrible characters and storyline? No, I actually loved the characters and even more their spunky conversations! More then once did I let out a good laugh! I was just surprised in finding that the book is more of a edgy, clean romance (however there were times that it was too steamy for my liking). I had really expected a Christian message being gently woven throughout the story as Amy's first novel, but there wasn't really one except a mention of pursuing the dreams God puts in our hearts. It seemed the story was more focused on the heated attraction between Anna and Jay and their growing, hot relationship.

However, Amy really delivered a unique storyline which is something I greatly appreciate about her work! I wanted a little more of the reality show and challenges, but overall it was very interesting! There was definitely a twist at the end that caught me by surprised and so glad Anna made the "right" choice!

Overall, Love Gone Wild is a good novel with characters who will leave you smiling at their witty remarks as well as leaving you thankful to be in the comfort of your own home (I certainly wouldn't want to be on a reality show that takes place in the middle of Alaska)! Despite that this was not my favorite novel by Amy, I'm looking forward to her next release!

I give this novel a 3.5 out of 5 stars!

*(I received this book from the author for free in exchange for an honest review! All thoughts expressed are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.)*

About the Author

Amy Matayo graduated from John Brown University with a degree in Journalism. Afterwards, she went to work at DaySpring Cards, where she worked for seven years. After the birth of her first child, she became a freelance writer for David C. Cook before pursuing novel writing full time. The Wedding Game won the 2012 ACFW Genesis award and is her first novel. Her second in the series—Love Gone Wild—releases March 1, 2014.

As the mother of four children with a husband immersed in political life, Amy has very little free time, preferring to spend that time enjoying intellectual pursuits such as: watching television with her feet propped up, watching movies with a bucket of popcorn, and watching her laundry pile high—with no desire to do anything about it. Learn more at her website www.amymatayo.com.