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Why You Should Read Like a Ship on the Sea | Launch Tour, Giveaway, & More!

by Kellyn Roth |
September 4, 2023

Hey folks! With Like a Ship on the Sea releasing tomorrow, I thought now is as good a time as any to try to convince you to read the novel … right?

After I get through a giveaway and all the other fun launch stuff, I’m going to talk about that … but first, I’d like to introduce you to the basics!

About Like a Ship on the Sea

If God asks you to confront a storm, how dare you stay in the harbor?

Lady Mary Cassidy O’Connell has a dream that can be summed up in three connecting ideas: a loving husband, adorable children, and a home of her own. Her mother’s lack of care makes life difficult for Cassie, and an escape is necessary. The plan? Marry Aubrey Montgomery, the man her parents have chosen for her, and find the peace she craves.

Unfortunately, Cassie is uneasy about marrying Aubrey. Her apprehension grows as she witnesses her dearest friend’s loving marriage take place. At this wedding, she catches the eye of Patrick Hilton, son of a wealthy American. Like Cassie, he’s also set to marry a woman chosen by his parents—only, Patrick claims, he is content with this choice.

Torn between her desire for happiness and the knowledge that God is leading her in a different direction, Cassie confronts the impossible decision. Is a loveless marriage of obligation better than being alone, or will she set sail on a voyage without a safe harbor?

Like a Ship on the Sea is the first novel in The Hilton Legacy, a stand-alone trilogy featuring characters from the author’s first series, The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy.

AMAZON ~ GOODREADS

About The Hilton Legacy

The Hilton Legacy will be a trilogy (with perhaps one standalone spin-off, depending on how I decide to do this!) set in 1880s and 1890s America and Europe.

The first novel, Like a Ship on the Sea, which is the one we’re celebrating today, features Patrick Hilton and his eventual love interest, Cassie. Of course, we know all about this novel!

The second novel, Like the Air After Rain, will feature Lorelei Hilton and her love interest and will primarily take place in England. There’s going to be a marriage of convenience angle that will be a lot of fun, methinks!

The second novel, Like Lightning in a Bottle, will feature Gwendolyn Hilton and her love interest and will primarily take place in England and America. This one is a little bit of a wild card, but we’re gonna have fun with it.

The Schedule

Monday, September 4th

“Why You Should Read Like a Ship on the Sea” by Kellyn Roth

Book Spotlight by Abby Johansen

Review by Coralie Terry

Author Interview by Naomi Sowell

Tuesday, September 5th (LAUNCH DAY!)

“All the Launch Day Celebrations” by Kellyn Roth

Book Spotlight by Faith Blum

Book Spotlight by E. G. Bella

Wednesday, September 6th

“About the Gilded Era” by Kellyn Roth

Interview by Anna Galicinski

Review by H.S. Kylian

Thursday, September 7th

“Tackling Tough Topics with Tact” by Kellyn Roth

Friday, September 8th

“A Guest Post by Alice Strauss” by Kellyn Roth

Book Spotlight by M.C. Kennedy

Book Spotlight by Bizwings Book Blog

Saturday, September 9th

“Introducing the Hiltons of Boston” by Kellyn Roth

Monday, September 11th

“How The Hilton Legacy Fits in with The Chronicles of Alice & Ivy” by Kellyn Roth

Author Interview by Amy Ullrich

Review by Pens, Pages, and Pulses

Author Interview by Jane Mouttet

Book Spotlight by Rhys-Marie Whitnell

Tuesday, September 12th

“All About Book Two, Like the Air After Rain by Kellyn Roth

Book Spotlight by Grace A. Johnson

Review by Naomi Sowell

Interview & Review by Saraina Whitney

The Giveaway

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway! There will be a USA and International Winner, so even if you don’t live in my country, ENTER ANYWAY, because I made a prize just for you!

US-Only Giveaway: a signed paperback copy of Like a Ship on the Sea, a themed candle, two bookmarks, three character art prints, a themed charm bracelet, and extra special bonus scenes.

International Giveaway: an ebook copy of Like a Ship on the Sea, extra special bonus scenes, a themed phone wallpaper, and the first chapter of book 2.

ENTER NOW!

Or paste this link into your browser: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/cbb544c921/ 

The Bookish Tag

With the help of Grace A. Johnson (who is way too kind to me), I am hosting a bookish tag! This can be done on any social media profile (or even your blog) and is a fun way to join together to celebrate the launch! Starting today!

I’m doing the prompt on my Instagram and Facebook profiles, and I may try to repost some of these to Twitter, too!

The Prompts

Sept. 4 //  a book set in your dream destination

Sept. 6 // your favorite swoon-worthy romance

Sept. 8 // a book with themes that inspire you

Sept. 11 // a most remarkable heroine

Sept. 13 //  a beloved mentor character

Sept. 15 // a hero with an inspiring arc

Sept. 18 // your favorite fictional sibling dynamic

Sept. 20 // a ship that took you by surprise

Sept. 22 // a theme that touched your heart

Sept. 25 // a series spinoff you loved

Sept. 27 // a topic you love to read about

Sept. 29 // your favorite historical time period

Rules

  • There are prompts for every other weekday in September, but you’re welcome to share whenever you can and catch up at any time.
  • Feel free to use any social media, including Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, your blog, and Youtube.
  • Share about books that fit into the categories, and have fun!  
  • Don’t forget to use the hashtag #likeashipontheseatag and tag Kellyn (@kellynrothauthor on Instagram & Facebook or @kellyntheauthor on Twitter) to be shared!

Why You Should Read Like a Ship on the Sea

There are a number of reasons you might enjoy reading Like a Ship on the Sea! And I’m going to get into some of them below!

I mean, granted, every one of these reasons may also function as a reason why you SHOULDN’T depending on your age, experience, tastes, and so on, but that’s no fun. I’d far rather share the positive side of things. So if you’re reading these and going, “Well, that’s actually making me NOT want to read it!” … it may be possible you’re not the audience for this book, which is fine. No one is making anyone read things they’re not comfortable with (except high school English teachers, I guess).

1: Because you want to support your good friend, Kell!

1: You should read Like a Ship on the Sea if … you enjoy realistic-ish romances, inspired by the classics.

Here’s the thing. I’m a big believer in the romance genre. That said, I do think there are some romances that have fallen away from the original intention of the genre. When romance novels (in the modern sense of the world, as “romance” started out as a synonym for “adventure”) began to be written, it was an opportunity for both men and women* to write a genre that specifically catered to women … and not necessarily* in a shallow way, either, despite the fact that there were certainly critics who labelled all romance novels (and especially all novels written for or by women) as such.

*There were subgenres that were geared toward sensationalism and emotionalism. There always have been! I believe it appeals to a specific part of the female brain and emotions. This can be used for good or for bad, but I won’t get into that now.

Now, you can see that as a good thing or a bad thing in several different ways.

If you’re looking at it through the lens of modern feminism, you can either choose to see feminism as the driving force behind the genre (giving women a voice in a time when they had little opportunity to speak) or the “patriarchy” as a driving force behind the genre (forcing women to think only of their narrow role).

If you believe the former, well, you’d be right. If you believe the latter, I can see your perspective, but I would also point out that a) the romance genre was primarily established by women! and b) oftentimes the WAY in which some of these romances are written (see Jane Austen) was wildly feministic given the times (giving women a way to express a need for health and safety within romances).

If you’re more on the conservative side of things, you can see it as allowing women to express themselves in a uniquely feminine way (since many Christians do believe that women are uniquely designed for marriage and therefore motherhood*) or giving women a voice they don’t need (no comment, but … I just disagree is all! More on that later!).

*Note: despite this being my personal goal and calling for life, I am not amongst the Christians who believe that marriage holds a higher calling than singleness. Some women are NOT called to marriage or motherhood. See … literally all of the Bible!

I don’t fall into either of those categories personally, as I believe is true of many of my readers! Here’s my perspective:

Romance is the perfect genre for women writers to share Biblical truths about life and relationships … and not just within the “romantic relationship” category! Now, I’ll first go ahead and expand on that based on my personal convictions, noting that other people may view it in a different way.

First, I believe romances offers a gentle and relational way to approach deep topics with the audience uniquely eager to read about these topics … all the while not being so realistic that the reader is not able to detach themselves from their personal perspectives, convictions, and so on to hear another side of the story (or whatever the case may be).

Second, romance is a genre most marked by female influence. And don’t get me wrong, I love the men in my life. However, I feel less called to speak to men than to women with my novels, due to personal conviction and personal preference, so the fact that the genre is woman-dominated doesn’t bother me.

Third, I love exploring emotions, people, and how relationships work. Though romance is of course marked by its focus on romantic relationships, I believe a good romance discusses every aspect of the main characters’ lives, and that includes other relationships … parents, siblings, and friendships, included!

However, overall, my biggest source of inspiration would be romances written by authors such as Jane Austen, to a certain degree the Brontë sisters (not all of their novels, but some), Gene Stratton-Porter, Maud Hart Lovelace, Eleanor H. Porter … there are more, but those are the ones that come to mind.

But all this to say, if you find yourself in agreement with me on some of these points, you may enjoy Like a Ship on the Sea!

2: You should read Like a Ship on the Sea if … you enjoy history as a backdrop for your romance novels.

I’ll admit it … for a historical fiction author, I seldom use many historical events in my stories, even if I do mention a war or two. I don’t enjoy researching things like the minute battles of a specific war, so I like to stick to simply keeping it accurate while writing about more day-to-day events.

This is not to say I don’t appreciate big events. However, I also believe that writing history more as a backdrop – effecting everything but not necessarily becoming the main focus – is equally as effective.

Plus, for me, I admit there is a degree of “the author is escaping into her special interest.” I love learning about the way people thought in Ye Olde Days more than anything. I appreciate understanding how morality and social movements changed and shaped people. It’s not an easy subject of study, but I find it so much more fascinating than a list of dates.

Which means that I know there’s nothing new under the sun. Many of the issues we struggle with today have their historical counterparts … and unlike in today’s world, we are able to separate ourselves slightly from the preconceived notions we have about this or that if we view said issues through the eyes of historical characters rather than contemporary ones.

For me, the fresh perspective is helpful. If it’s helpful for you, too, perhaps you’ll enjoy Like a Ship on the Sea.

3: You should read Like a Ship on the Sea if … you appreciate strong Christian themes.

I’m a Christian. When people ask me how my faith works its way into my stories … well, it’s easier to answer how it doesn’t than how it does, frankly.

I don’t write sermons and slap them on the page. I don’t (usually, unless I have a very specific reason) have characters go off on rants about things that don’t pertain to their lives. I don’t always include a “salvation/gospel” message, because I believe the Gospel is a lot more multi-faceted than “Christ died for your sins.”

Further, even if that were all there was to the Gospel message, well, we are asked to “make disciples of all the nations” … not just convert them. I write for a Christian audience, those who are in great need of discipleship, and leave others who are more talented than I am to write for the non-Christians, those seeking salvation for the first time and lacking the background that many Christian fiction readers do.

However, what I do include in terms of “faith content” is multi-faceted. Expect to see characters praying, reading their Bibles, and seeking God. Expect their actions to be informed by faith. Expect them to be imperfect, riddled with flaws, and yet trying to seek God and move past their sins and accept His grace for their mistakes.

Expect them not to shut up about God, because much like many of us Christians … well, they can’t help it. (At least, some of them. I have definitely written some characters who haven’t found their voice or are drifting away from God!)

If you enjoy STRONG Christian themes in your novels – if you enjoy Christian fiction in general – then Like a Ship on the Sea may be the book for you.

4: You should read Like a Ship on the Sea if … you prefer novels that don’t shy away from somewhat taboo topics.

The Bible discusses so many topics that I only hear Christians speak about in hushed voices.

And that’s always bothered me because a) I’ve been reading the Bible since I could read, and b) my parents never shied away from discussing these topics. So I didn’t get why every other Christian I knew (mostly) seemed to!

When I first started writing and publishing, I hopped in with The Dressmaker’s Secret, a story that covers a multitude of difficult, even taboo, topics, from illegitimacy to sexual deviancy to divorce to … well, some other things that I won’t get into. There’s a content warning review available here, basically.

All this to say, I was unprepared for Christian fiction culture. I don’t judge y’all if you have personal convictions at all, but my personal convictions are not what the vast majority of Christian authors and readers seem to have decided upon. And I was far too young when I began engaging with many people in the Christian literary world, especially in certain subsets, to know what to do with my disagreements.

I took it all very much to heart, and though I began to go along with it, to harshly judge whatever was not “clean fiction,” in strict and limited terms that I myself didn’t truly believe in, I … well, I was floundering. In my heart of hearts, I knew I wasn’t clean enough. My writing was dirty. My heart was dirty. I was … dirty.

There was a period of my life in my mid-teens when I became very ashamed about the (practical, innocent) knowledge I had while also being wildly curious (as one gets at that age) about allllll the taboo topics. I won’t dump my story on you here, but basically, there was a lot of spiraling and agony and self-hatred and risk-chasing in rebellion to the standards I couldn’t uphold that eventually culminated in suicidal thoughts that I thankfully never gained the courage to act upon.

I was so convinced I was evil. I remember thinking that my only purpose on earth must be to hurt and destroy, for it seemed that everything I wanted to explore or learn about was wrong. Sinful. And because I am very independent and I internalize things much harder than I know, I also was unable to go to the people (my parents, namely) who would’ve been able to make everything clear and help me through my shame. I was paralyzed with fear. And I had very few places to turn that could release that fear and shame.

Thankfully, God had a hand on me, and He didn’t let me go.

He kept me from ever truly despairing of His love and mercy.

He even used some of the sinful things I did to turn me back toward Him!

He provided friends who were open to discussing the “taboo” topics (which had come to include more and more things as the years went by, as I always overdid everything in those days) in a Christian way, showing me that it could be done. These conversations with my close friends didn’t cause destruction or impurity. Rather, they clarified and encouraged us to pursue God and holiness through Him … rather than relying on our own understanding of what was “holy.”

And He put books in my life (largely Christian historical romances, because those were the books I was reading!) that helped me work through various tough issues. (If you see me really obsessing over a modern Christian historical romance novel, then it’s probably because it just about saved my life at some point. Or gave me a great insight. And so basically, I love these novels because they deeply touched me and helped me feel like I could seek God … even despite my “I am so unworthy” mindset. Some of these include books by Sarah Sundin, Roseanna White, Kristi Ann Hunter, and Tamera Alexander.)

And the Lord eventually helped me release the tightness and pain within me. He restored my relationship with so many people I didn’t believe I could talk to anymore. He helped me feel again, when I had become so numb and angry that I felt like a big ol’ castle with a moat about five miles wide and deep.

And He gave me a new perspective about writing for Him, specifically writing Christian fiction for Him.

He helped me see that not writing smut or loads of cussing or tons of gratuitous … well, anything … is a good thing, but there is SO much I can write about honorably that shares me deep convictions about many “taboo topics” while remaining totally pure and holy and God-honoring.

My books are not “clean for all audiences.” Sure, I write “clean fiction” if you mean “no sex scenes, no graphic violence, no cussing,” but not in the sense of “no references to sexuality,” “no adult-only topics covered,” “no darkness whatsoever.”

I’ve learned that cleanliness is NOT the gold standard of a godly book. I still am firmly against writing smutty scenes, but my definition of what makes a book free of ungodly content is no longer “safe for all audiences, including small children.”

The Bible is meant to be read by all audiences, yes, but all audiences shouldn’t be encouraged to deeply dive into, for instance, sexual ethics based entirely on Biblical understanding. And the Bible is great, because you can totally read and understand it as a child … and then go back as a teenager and get something more out of it … and then go back as an adult and get even more out of it.

But we are not God, and we are not writing the Bible! That is an unrealistic expectation. As a married adult, I am both able to read the Bible in a way that deeply digs into what it says about, for instance, sexuality … and then portray these factors that in my books and in my characters’ relationships …

WITHOUT showing sexual scenes, writing in such a way that the reader’s mind will feel dirty or their thoughts and feelings edge toward sexual arousal (which is the main purpose of smut – it is meant to arouse, to create sexual feelings outside of marriage, which is wrong), or dishonoring God.

Yet that does not mean my book is literally the Bible. Some topics in my books are not kid-safe because I confess I am writing for adults. The Bible is written for everyone. But the Bible literally has power, and if you believe you can mimic that power, dear author … well, I can’t convince you otherwise, but I personally am afraid I can’t mimic that power. I’m just me, not God, and the gifts He has given me do, um, not lend toward Bible-writing, somehow. 😛

And really, what’s happened to me is, God has said, “Kellyn, I want you to write for specific people. Leave the audiences you can’t reach for me. You aren’t everything to everyone. You are THIS AUTHOR for THESE PEOPLE.”

The key is ALWAYS balance … and audience. I wouldn’t hand Like a Ship on the Sea to anyone under 16 because it does briefly and tastefully discuss some sexual topics, and there is an obvious undertone of attraction between my main leads, especially after they are married. It’s not explicit. In fact, because of my personal tastes, it’s “cleaner” than most of the Christian romances out there in terms of “how much is described.” (I’m not really opposed to a higher level of kissin’, and most of my favorite authors write more. But I just … am an awkward kiss-writer. I get the point across other ways.)

That said, sexual topics are not the only ones I like to discuss in my books, Like a Ship on the Sea including! There are other adult topics I choose to discuss in a straightforward, no-nonsense way.

I believe some authors who discuss such topics can struggle because they try to write about things that are tough to talk about in poetic ways OR they really lean into the grittiness.

Neither feels appropriate to me.

One belittles pain and sin into something sort of artistic and dramatic, which honestly can sometimes make it seem attractive … or too light … or too dark. (Art is funny that way. It can be understood all sorts of ways. But I don’t believe sin should be an art, truly.)

The other embroils the reader in darkness without a steady thread of light.

I think sensitive topics deserve a light but honest touch. I’ll probably talk about this more later, but if you relate to some of this, or you’re simply curious about how these ideas communicate to a novel, Like a Ship on the Sea may be the book for you.

5: You should read Like a Ship on the Sea if … you’re willing to give Patrick the benefit of the doubt.

This one is more of a joke, but like … Patrick is … Patrick is a work-in-progress. I expect quite a few 1-star reviews with, “The hero wasn’t likable!” Yeah, I know. I’m sorry, guys! I could only write the story I was given. I like Patrick a lot, and so have some of my early readers, but I confess he has his moments of irrationality.

What can I say? The man is not following God! But I promise God tracks him down! He gets better! Just trust me! And if it really effects your enjoyment, stop reading. I am not here to make anyone read a book they don’t enjoy. (Really. If you hate Patrick, it’s okay to stop reading, mark it as DNF or rate it 1 star, and move on. Please don’t suffer through something you’re not having fun with for my sake!)

But if you didn’t stop reading … Like a Ship on the Sea may be the book for you! 😉

TTFN!

~Kell~

P.S.

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20 Responses

  1. POINT THREE. Say it louder! Amen!

    And I always love reading your perspective on point 4, even though (or perhaps because) I’m called to write slightly different topics with a slightly different tone to a slightly different audience (which is to say I am currently mostly called to write deep Christian family-friendly books that I CAN hand to almost anyone). But that doesn’t mean you aren’t or can’t be called to write to someone that I’m not! And regardless of what we write (short of writing sin in a sinning way), it ALL can be done in a biblical way.

    1. Thank you, Erika! And I totally respect that … I don’t know what the world would be like without those great books that I enjoyed as a child and young teen, and that give an opportunity for family reading or just safety for anyone who wants it. That was such a staple of my childhood! And yes, it can all be done in a biblical way!

  2. I absolutely loved this wonderfully ramble-y post! Your thoughts on writing are always so inspiring! I didn’t think I could possibly want to read Like a Ship on the Sea even more than I already did…but I do 🙂 I’m so excited!

    1. Aw, thank you, Eloise! I’m so glad this made you want to read the book more, because … hey, that was kind of the point! And sometimes when I ramble, I do run rather far from the point!

  3. I absolutely loved this post, and I really appreciate your honesty and vulnerability here! I’m actually working on a blog post right now about this assumption that all Christian books should be family friendly or child appropriate, and why we also need books that tastefully deal with mature or taboo subjects. I think family friendly books for all ages are really important, because as a child I struggled to find books that challenged my reading level and maturity, but were still completely appropriate. That being said…those books don’t challenge, convict, or teach me as much now. When it comes to writing, I find myself drawn to challenging, thought provoking themes – some of which are considered taboo in Christian circles. So, I think the main point which drew me to “Like a Ship on the Sea” was ultimately the inclusion of these hard topics and heavy themes (some of which I’ve also struggled with.) I’m really enjoying the book so far, and I’m so interested to see how you handle these issues!

    1. Aw, thank you, Solanelle! I hope I get to read that blog post when it comes out … it’s all a matter of personal conviction, I think, and I personally am more convicted to discuss mature topics than I am to write child-friendly stories. But yeah, ever since I was probably thirteen or fourteen, I’ve struggled to find books that were actually interesting to me outside of classic novels, though there are some amazing Christian fiction novels out there, too.

      Aw, thank you! I’m so glad you’re enjoying it!

  4. As you know, I don’t read much Christian fiction, but I’m intrigued by “Like a Ship on the Sea,” so I may give it a try… 😉

    I’m sorry you struggled so much with unrealistic and unhealthy standards when you were a teen, and glad you’ve found a better path now. <3

    Yep. I, too, was really confused when I discovered the self-proclaimed Christian fiction genre in my late teens and early twenties, because it was so narrow and prescriptive in terms of the content which could be included, and even the kinds of Christians which could be represented. And I was like, who is making these rules?? Who says Christian authors can’t talk about blood or murder or sex or mental illness? Y’ALL CAN’T FOOL ME, I’VE READ FLANNERY O’CONNOR

    1. You might enjoy it! Or you might find it utterly annoying since it is very … well, me. 😛 Hey, I do have Catholic minor characters! They’re in like 1 scene, and the only religious talk is more reflective on one conversation I had with a friend than the whole Catholic experience, which I would know nothing about anyways.

      It’s interesting for sure, but I’m beginning to realize it may be more of a subset of the Christian fiction genre that I was stuck in than an accurate representation of the whole. Though I guess it again all comes down to audience … which is so tough. I’m still poking around for me.

      1. Well, well, we’ll just have to see when I read it! I’m interested to find out.

        Ahhh. Yeah, this is a good point; there are different subgenres within CFR that have varying rules about content. Christian thrillers and police/detective stories are a lot more forgiving about blood, violence, substance abuse, and the like, whereas you can find certain branches of Christian romance that do get fAIRLY STEAMY at times. I think the homeschooled-Christian-crowd probably gravitates toward the strictest and squeaky-cleanest areas of the genre, but they may TALK as if their tastes represent the whole 😉

        1. I’d be interested to hear what you think! Like I said, only ran it by the one Catholic (lol, I feel like I’m saying it like it’s a different race or something but you know what I mean – I’m still requiring of aid), soooo … yeah. We shall see.

          Yeah, it’s interesting, for sure! I would say it’s not even homeschoolers but like … old-school homeschoolers who attended Baptist churches in the Bible belt of the US & also have issues with jeans and short hair and earrings? Not saying these people are bad, but they are USUALLY the category who haven’t read a modern book & therefore seem to assume that all Christian fiction should be an Elsie Dinsmore rip-off but somehow with less of an edge. (I mean, what edge Elsie had, much as I enjoyed those books in a sad, depressed way, was … well, we need less of that kind of edge for kids.) Again, I am 100% a supporter of personal conviction. I’m just not a supporter of “and therefore everyone else must conform to make me comfortable even if it is relatively easy for me to avoid said things.”

          1. No, I totally get that! It is A DIFFERENT CULTURE for sure XD And it goes both ways–as a Catholic author I would have questions and uncertainties about trying to write a Protestant character accurately, and I would probably lean on friends to give me an insider perspective. I think that’s cool!

            Noooo, not the jeans and short hair and EARRINGS!!!

            Mmhhmmm. I think that’s a good description of the particular subculture. I never read Elsie Dinsmore and didn’t really know about the series until I was an adult, but they sound like what the kids call “a real trip.”

  5. HEYY. I LOVE PATRICK. I mean, yes, there were moments when I wanted to shake him…and then shake him some more…but he’s really such a darling. *grins*

    I love this post, and I’m really so grateful for authors like you who are willing to write about the tough things God’s calling you to write! Just, thank you.

    (Also…am I the only one seeing symbolism in the photo of you with Like a Ship on the Sea? With how the background sign says “caution: do not go beyond the fence”? I immediately thought that went brilliantly with the theme of the novel. XD)

    1. I honestly really love him myself, but I’m also aware of his … ahem … multitude of faults. That said, he’s probably one of my favorite guys to write.

      And thank you! Absolutely!

      I totally didn’t see that until after the picture was taken, but it did cross my mind as I was editing it later!

  6. The book sounds like a good read. Thank You for the chance to win this generous giveaway. I never can get on your instagram.
    Marion

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