Yella’s Prayers by Nadine C. Keels

Yella’s Prayers
A Novel
(Coming-of-Age Love Story)
Five Gold Stars
“I would strongly recommend Yella’s Prayers!… I wanted to read it non-stop.” ~Opinions Are Just That

yellas-prayers-new-ebookShe awoke with a gasp, sitting up. “God? Was that You?”

A pivotal year awaits Bless, a young woman who hides her passion: her music. She’s not exactly friends with T’meal, a talented athlete who won’t explain why he’s passed up the chance of a lifetime. Nor is Bless too close to Lamall, a boisterous playboy with a broken private life that’s spiraling out of control.

But Bless knows she’s meant to help these two young men. She can’t deny the Voice that told her so.

A coming of age story of compassion, the awakening of love, and knowing when it’s time to step out of the shadows and shine.

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And be sure to check out the novel’s Deleted Scenes!
The ebooklet includes not only the extra scenes but also fun tidbits about the earlier, unpublished versions of the story and the original characters.
(The Deleted Scenes ebooklet contains spoilers and should be read after the novel.)
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Yella’s Prayers: Deleted Scenes

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“I wrote Yella’s Prayers because a novel once saved my life…”

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Embracing the Outcast by Nadine C. Keels

COMING SOON!

Embracing the Outcast
A Novella
Sequel to Reviving the Commander
(Historical Fantasy, Romance)

They can only experience beauty if they dare to behold it…

Now that Princess Eunice of Diachona has come of age, she has much more to study, and a new weight sits on her compassionate shoulders. Her late mother was an admirable ruler, but Eunice can hardly see herself thriving in the political arena. In fact, she doesn’t think many people see her at all, especially not would-be suitors who often bypass quiet Eunice to pursue ladies they find more attractive.

So when Eunice meets a serious, gifted artist who expresses his desire for her company, she isn’t sure if his interest in her is romantic or simply artistic. And why does this young man seem to be as saddened by Eunice as he is drawn to her?

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Crowns Legacy, a spin-off from the Movement of Crowns series

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Unscripted by Davis Bunn

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. Revell provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.

Unscripted by Davis Bunn

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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Danny Byrd’s film career as a line producer is severely threatened when his partner takes off with their investors’ money, and Danny ends up in jail. He then has an unexpected chance to redeem his career, a short window of time to pull off an unlikely film project, and an unforeseen ally—and possibly more—in lawyer Megan Pierce in Unscripted by author Davis Bunn.

In some ways, this novel reminds me of an earlier one I enjoyed, My Soul to Keep, by the same author: an underdog film situation, with a team of people determined to create something big, surprising, and rather impossible in Hollywood. This novel’s opening chapters, with a lot of technical talk, didn’t pull me into the story or characters that well, but my personal interest in filmmaking kept me reading.

While there’s a romantic thread and suspense woven into the plot, I wouldn’t say those elements are on the level of romantic suspense, here. The romantic side in particular wasn’t the most convincing for me, as I didn’t get a compelling sense of chemistry between the characters, despite the narrator’s declarations of their love. Also, I wasn’t the most moved by the film story within this story, although the characters clearly feel it.

Nevertheless, I’ve been reading this author for enough years to know that whatever he says, he’s going to say it well, with good descriptions and turns-of-phrase that will keep me on my toes. And, my goodness, I so love the book cover! It strikes the right serious tone in clear but unassuming, deftly blended green and gold, with a contemplative hero looking out over Hollywood from behind Hollywood, where the lights make a statement without a bright and glamorous feel. Excellent imagery!

 

Fellow Readers: Do You Finish Every Book You Start?

My answer to my blog post’s question is, “Nope.” And I’m okay with that. 🙂

Oh, when I was younger, time wasn’t as big a deal. If I had the hours to stroll through a book I wasn’t exactly enjoying, but thought I would eventually come to enjoy it if I stuck with it, I was more likely to keep strolling on through the pages.

Besides, even though I was raised with a love for checking out library books, once I got to a certain point in my adolescence, I began to buy books too. If I’d spent my money on a book, I wanted to finish it.

However, I’ve come to feel differently about that. If you’ve spent your money but still have more time, you likely have time to make or receive more money. But once you spend your time, you can’t make or receive it back. When a year, a week, a day, an hour is gone, it’s gone.

Even more valuable than the money I spend on books is the time I spend reading them.

So, when I have no obligation to finish a book I’m not enjoying, I’m now comfortable leaving it unfinished and saving my time, whether I spent money on the book or not. For the most part, I read for pleasure, and that’s what this bibliophile wants a reading experience to be: a pleasure. I’m not looking to spend hours waiting for a novel to “get good” at some point. I’m looking for it to be good. I don’t want to push through the first third or half of a book to eventually arrive at the enjoyable phase. I want to enjoy a whole book.

Whether I’m liking or loving a book, I want to be loving or at least liking it all the way through.

Granted, that doesn’t mean a book has to hook this particular reader with the first line or page, or that one unexciting scene or two will instantly make me abandon ship. If the basis of the plot interests me and the writing style/quality is holding its own, I’ll usually give a book 50 pages or so (or about an hour of my life) to persuade me to keep reading. And sometimes, when I suspect a book isn’t working for me merely because of my mood, I’ll take a break from the book and give it another try when I’m in a different head space.

In general though, for a book to be worth my limited, valuable time, I want to enjoy the whole experience of reading it—with few, if any, lapses along the way.

Sure, there can be a certain satisfaction in pushing through a chunk of less-than-interesting pages or chapters to get to the good stuff after while. (“Whew—I made it this far. Now it’s getting interesting!”) And I figure some readers will feel dissatisfied if they don’t finish a book they’re not enjoying, since quitting in the middle wouldn’t give them the sense of completion or closure they count on.

But if you aren’t a “push on through” kind of reader, and if you happen to feel guilty about that, don’t. There are countless books out there, and not one of them is the right one for everybody. If a book isn’t hitting the spot for you, another book will. It’s okay if you’d rather use your valuable time on reading experiences you’ll fully enjoy.

Examples of books
I personally enjoyed
every minute
of reading.

__________

So! If you’re not enjoying a book you chose for pleasure, what do you do? Set it aside, or push on through?

 

The Story of the Other Wise Man by Henry van Dyke

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.

The Story of the Other Wise Man by Henry Van Dyke

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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“But it is better to follow even the shadow of the best than to remain content with the worst. And those who would see wonderful things must often be ready to travel alone.”

Artaban is all prepared to join three of his Magi companions to go and present gifts to a new King whose coming is declared by the heavens. But Artaban’s trip encounters delays, profoundly altering his quest in The Story of the Other Wise Man by author Henry van Dyke.

I’d never heard of this classic before I came across it some weeks ago. No, it didn’t hold groundbreaking revelations or unimaginable surprises for me.

But even having a good idea ahead of time about where such a tale would go didn’t stop the tale from being beautiful to me. Beautiful in its atmospheric detail as well as in its compelling message about what’s important to the King. Yes, the story has some old-fashioned quirks, like the fact that some of the characters speak in “King James” now and then, but the message itself is timeless.

Not at all hard to see why this tale is indeed a classic.