Thursday, October 30, 2014

Book Review: Homecoming by Kate Hasbrouck

Kerana is being sent to Earth to begin her duty as an Eldurian. Hers are a perfect people, without flaw and without sin, never experiencing the fall of man. Created by God to shepherd His people on Earth, they remain in the shadows, unnoticed. Kerana looks human, speaks like them, and has been taught to act like them. Above all her mission is to serve the humans.

Arriving on Earth, Kerana meets Eli at school. He is an ordinary human, with a father suffering from alcoholism, and a past that threatens to ruin his life. A star scholarship lacrosse player, Eli has to forget his true passion and live in a shell that doesn’t let anyone in. Until he meets Kerana. They find themselves intertwined in a connection that neither can quite explain. When this connection puts the two of them in danger, they find comfort and protection from each other. When Eli discovers that there is more to Kerana than just her stunning looks and grace, the Eldurians and their home planet of Eden may not remain a secret for very long.

My Thoughts/Review

What an amazing debut by Kate! It wasn’t a huge action story or even a big romance one, but there was such a plain spiritual message that makes this novel very unique and special!

I really enjoyed the way the story started off and how Kerana and Eli were introduced. They both have such a different background and history, but are both equally fascinating in their own way.

Eden (the place where Kerana is from) sounds so beautiful! Probably one of my favorite parts of the story itself is experiencing it through Eli’s eyes since he’s a human. The Eldurians even sound amazing, but their homeland even more so.

I could go on and on about the Gospel message that is presented through Homecoming, but it would take so long to write! However I will say that I was very moved and even in awe of the simple truths that are spoken.

I highly recommend this novel to anyone who is in need of a story that reveals God’s desire in having a personal relationship with us. Kate shows the reality of having to trust God as well as why where here despite hardships or other doubts that we face in life. Plus the romance was very sweet as well!

I am giving Homecoming by Kate Hasbrouck a 4.5 stars rather than 5 stars, but only because I felt there were a few places that lagged.

*(I received this novel from the author 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

Kate Hasbrouck has been writing and creating stories for as long as she can remember. She had written several stories by the time she was a teen, but Homecoming was the first full manuscript she had ever written with the intention of sharing it with other people. She attended Houghton College, where she received her Bachelor's degree with a dual-major in Writing and Psychology where she honed her skills. She lives in Florida with her husband, a youth pastor at a local church, where she spends time writing, ministering to teens, and enjoying the life God has given her. Homecoming is the first book in a trilogy.

Learn more at her website,
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Tears of the Sea

Hosted by Breaking the Spine

This week I decided to participate in "Waiting On" Wednesday, which is a weekly event that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. I don't know if I will do this continuously, but I have been so excited about this release that I had to share it!

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Tears of the Sea 
By MaryLu Tyndall

Publication Date: November 10

What do mermaids, curses, evil warlocks, kingdom rebellions, adventure and romance have in common? They are all part of Tyndall's new book! A branch into the fantasy world for this best-selling historical romance author!

Doomed by the evil warlock Forwin to wander the ancient seas as a mermaid for all eternity, Perdita longs for the release death would bring. Every ten years she has a chance to break the curse when she emerges from the sea fully human for one month. The catch? She must find a man willing to die for her. Yet, after three-hundred years, her failures have left her heartbroken and alone.

Savion Ryne wants nothing to do with beautiful women. It was one such woman whose betrayal sent him far away to battle Natas’ rebellion. He longs to return to his father’s kingdom in Nevaeh but must first complete an unknown mission.

After Savion falls off his ship during a storm, he wakes on the shores of an island with visions of a dark haired mermaid tending his wounds. When a woman similar in appearance begs for his protection, he is suspicious.
Perdita has never met anyone as honorable as Savion. Even though he shuns her every advance, she falls for him. But as the end of her time on land approaches, she faces the hardest decision of all, save Savion and remain cursed for all eternity or break the curse and watch the man she loves die.

It spoke to me . . . A tale of hope, sacrifice, and love .... Debbie Mitchell, book reviewer.

What's your "waiting on" pick this week?

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Author Interview with Michelle Onuorah

About the Author...

Michelle OnuorahMichelle Onuorah is the award-winning author of Type N , Double Identity, and Wanna Be on Top? Originally from Maryland, Michelle grew up with a love of storytelling. She wrote down some of her stories in a notebook and continued to write for fun. At the tender age of thirteen, she wrote her first book, Double Identity , and got it published the next year. Her debut novel Type N recently hit the Bestseller List on Amazon. She freely admits that she's in a genre of her own: "I'm a writer. I'm a Christian. I like sex. But I haven't had it. I believe in waiting until marriage. But that doesn't mean I want my characters to. I ultimately want to tell great stories. Why can't God be in them?" A graduate of Biola University, Michelle continues to write and publish under her company, MNO Media. You can learn more about her at, like her page at and follow her work on

About the Book...

Taking NamesThey took her love...and gained her enmity.

Nicolette Talloway has finally found happiness. As the only person in the world whose blood can cure any disease, she has managed to give her blood on her own terms without any interference from the government. Sure that she has found a permanent solution, she and the love of her life, Jason, settle into a new beginning together.

That is...until they are found.

There is a new President in charge and a new agenda written for Nicolette's blood - whether she wants to play ball or not. The problem is: they’ve pushed her too far. And when she finally decides to take matters into her own hands, Nicolette will no longer be running from authorities and giving her blood but will stand her ground and start Taking Names.

Let's Chat!

Welcome Michelle! It’s a pleasure to have you back at Crafty Booksheeps! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Hi Laura! It's great to be back - thanks for having me! To sum it up, I'm the author of two bestselling novels: Type N and Remember Me. I wrote and released the two within a year of each other under my publishing company, MNO Media LLC.  I started my company shortly after graduating from Biola University in Southern California.

Taking Names is the second novel in the Type N Trilogy. How did the series get inspired?

Type N was originally meant to be a standalone novel. The idea originated when I found out my blood type in college. I was always curious about it and for some reason, the hospital where I was born, did not have my type on record. So I paid to have it done while in school. While looking over the results, I thought about how cool it is that God gives people different blood types and how some blood types can interact with others and some can't. That's when the "what if" question came to mind. What if someone had a blood type that wasn't on record or previously known? And what if their blood could do really cool things like cure diseases? Once that question came to mind, Type N was conceived.

Did you encounter any interesting challenges while writing/researching for this book?

Absolutely. As a writer with very artistic leanings, I have absolutely no interest in researching scientific topics but I had to for this book. Thankfully I was still in college around the time the idea came to mind because I was able to interview my biology and pre-med friends. In fact, one of them connected me with a biology professor, also a licensed doctor, on campus who answered my questions about blood typing and hematology, and the procedures for administering blood to a patient in the ER. I had to learn about the various proteins in the blood and how they relate to the immune system's functioning. I had to do a refresher course on antigens. And then, because there are political implications of this fictional blood type, I had to research the workings of Congress and what could theoretically happen if someone did have Nicolette's type of blood.

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

Probably my feelings on friendship and Nicolette's initial isolation. Unfortunately, the idea for this book came to me at a time when I was feeling particularly lonely while in school. So Nicolette experiences quite a bit of that loneliness when the story opens. Thankfully, it's not permanent.

How has your writing changed as you have written more novels? Were there writing techniques/processes that you struggled with in the beginning that you don’t anymore?

I think my "voice" has become stronger - whatever that is. When I wrote Type N, I initially did it in a Word document and thought that I had to write in chronological order as a rule. By the time I wrote Remember Me, I was able to find a writing software (Scrivener) that works best for me and allows me to write the scenes as they come to me, regardless of their overall place in the story. I used to struggle with consistency but when writing Taking Names, I remained on task and often wrote ahead of schedule because I knew what worked for me by then. Unfortunately, part of my writing process involved waking up at 2AM to do it but it got the job done and I'm happy with the sequel.

One of my favorite things about 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 Taking Names?

For some reason, I felt led to write about forgiveness and how essential it is to the person who has been wronged. Nicolette will definitely be confronted with this issue on her journey in Taking Names, much of which stems from her experiences in Type N. I think forgiveness is one of the most difficult and counter-intuitive aspects of Christianity to accept but it is not only good for us, it is commanded of us.

I really love the cover of your novel! How did you want to come up with it?

Thank you! I love the cover too and count it as my favorite cover of all my books so far. I still get excited looking at it. Honestly, the cover was a God-thing because I knew that I wanted Taking Names to take on a slightly darker, more adventurous tone than Type N. By the time we see Nicolette again, without giving too much away, she is much more trained and prepared and confident in her own skin. I knew that I wanted her to be the focus of the cover and I wanted it to be fierce. A cover designer, Arijana Karcic, whom I had been consulting with for a few months, showed some authors a recent cover she had designed and I just knew it would be perfect. We made some slight changes (like her eye color and the font) but it was like looking at Nicolette for the first time, even though I had envisioned her in my mind years ago.

What do you hope readers will gain after reading Taking Names?

A really entertaining, fast-paced, heart felt ride. I want their hearts to pound. I want them to laugh, cry, and enjoy an awesome escape through storytelling. Readers of Type N have told me that the story has everything: action, romance, intrigue, thought-provoking questions about human nature. But the most redeeming aspect of the series is God's love and how His love can cover a multitude of external circumstances. Not only that, but how modeling one's self according to His example can make the most significant change of all.

Since the holidays are about to be upon us, what is one of your favorite holiday traditions?

Eating. I love Thanksgiving because it gives me the best excuse to see extended family and pig out. A personal tradition of mine during Christmas is waking up before the entire family, going downstairs, and sitting by the glow of the Christmas tree while it's still dark. I play "Merry Christmas" by Nat King Cole and enjoy some fellowship with God while celebrating the birth of His Son.

What’s next for you in the writing world?

I am working on my next novel. It is a New Adult romance called Jane: See the Sun about a young woman who survived a brutal foster home and has lived life relying on herself and her work ethic to overcome life's challenges. A friend from her past introduces her to a young man named Aiden who pushes her to trust others, abandon her past hurts, and open up her heart so that she can finally see the sun. What neither of them know is that God is doing a special work in both of their lives so that they can see the true source behind love and what it means to truly love each other.

Lastly, where can readers find you online?

Readers can find me on my official website, They can connect with me on Facebook at, and I'm on Twitter at I love to chat with readers and always reply so please do not hesitate to reach out!

 Interested in reading the first novel, Type N, before Taking Names releases November 7th? It will be on sale this Thursday and Friday for .99!

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