bookbinder poetry & the rain-drenched writer (collab #1)

Once upon a time, a rain-drenched Evelyn and a sunshine-splashed Emma decided to take an assortment of books from their skyscraper book piles and make poems out of the titles.

You may be wondering—why books? Why poems? What is found poetry?

🎶 We have answers 🎶

  1. Books are beautiful and are also reincarnated trees, so that’s cool.
  2. Poems make you Feel Things [and poetry-writing is one of my only skills. Help.]
  3. Found poetry = taking little teensy snippets of words from completed literary works and constructing them into an original poem. [It sounds like fancy plagiarizing, but it’s not. Look it up.]

If you’re ever stuck wandering by the calamitous corner of Writer’s Block, found poetry can lead you back to the paths of waterfalling words. [It works for me 99 percent of the time, but if you’re a novelist whose creative juices are all dried up and you try bookbinder poetry and become addicted and then become a Bookbinder Poet Extraordinaire and never touch novel writing again—I apologize ahead of time.]

My poems:

come celebrate with me
the roar on the other side,
the luxury of words,
the tiny journalist,
the naming of names.
a tangled web
after many years,
poetry for the earth:
my garden.
the lightest, heaviest things:
the view from Saturday,
each little bird that sings,
a wind in the door.

The rain-drenched writer’s poems: (!!)

walk to beautiful.
hope was here
every fixed star;
all along you were blooming.
the borrowers:
catching their talk in a box.
inside out & back again
all the light we cannot see.

That last poem of Evelyn’s is my favorite. :’)

A few weeks ago, Eve and I had the ABSOLUTELY WILDLY AMAZING experience of getting to meet The One and Only Evelyn The Great. She’s one of the most aesthetic people on the planet and getting to hike with her and see her face and talk with her about books and God and music and writing and blogging was wonderful. [fun fact—Evelyn was our first blog follower other than our family members. She’s a special person.] 🙂

Evelyn’s blog will bless you forevermore, and I ~highly~ recommend it. ❤ ❤ ❤

book review: moonscript

A lost prince held prisoner by His Darkness. A gentle and courageous jungle girl who fights prejudice against her race (and can turn invisible!). Two orphans on a quest to find a prince (and would also love to pick up a family on the way). Secret smugglers who are also fabulous at dancing. A smirky villain who is creepy beyond belief and will definitely (at least) give you a spicy slap if you don’t submit. A furry dragon who dishes out plenty of sass to everyone and uses the royal we.


The intriguing blurb:

“It is said that Darkness is empty and whatever vanishes into its depths is lost forever. I know this better than anyone. For I have suffered here in the shadows, and there are none who might find me.”

Seventy years. Seventy years the elven prince has been lost to the darkness, assumed dead by his people and endlessly broken for a book that connects to the hidden realm of his ancestors, a land untouched by evil.

And now a light in the shadows. A chance for freedom. But those willing to help him come from the unlikeliest of worlds.

The orphan girl, yearning for a loving family, and the boy who won’t leave her side. A healer maiden given an unexpected chance for a life beyond narrowed expectations. A grieving creature flown far from home.

They all search for something and now their fates are tied to his. If their quest for life can pull him from the dark mire in which his soul drowns, then perhaps he can be saved.

Or else he will drag them all down to a fate worse than death.

The beginning of an epic saga, MOONSCRIPT is a journey of innocence, despair, and redemption.

Seven illustrations by the author exclusively included in the paperback edition! 

It’s time for 🎵Legit Thoughts by Emma 🎵

This is a story that keeps you up reading until 3 am. (It may or may not have actually happened to me… *raises the book to hide dark circles*)

This book is overflowing with creativity and themes that pack a punch. Though this is Christian fantasy, H.SJ. Williams doesn’t shy away from showing the complexity of the war between good and evil. No beautifully good hero fighting the hopelessly dark villain here!

Errance, guys.

*silent moment of appreciation*

Errance (Mr. Sad and Strong Prince) is so raw and complex, and every facet of his brokenness and growth is handled masterfully. What. A. character. His backstory both chills you and makes you hurt for how it has changed him. My heart couldn’t handle the tiny glimpses of sweetness in his soul that all the other characters see but he can’t. His character arc is BEAUTIFUL and so satisfyingggg.

My favorite character besides Errance is The Daisha (We, the Fabulous Furry Dragon). The Daisha. No just “Daisha” for her! Her motherly character is sweet, and I love how aware she is of her own fabulousness. Also, A+ banter with her. Today’s News: I may now refer to myself as The Emma.

Tryss (Miss Healing Jungle Girl) is an endearing character who is both strong and gentle. I loved seeing her courage and conviction in fighting the prejudice against her race and how she proved herself worthy of trust.

H.S.J William’s books can be a wild ride and pretty intense, so I would not recommend this to someone who is not comfortable with darker portrayals of evil and some violence (all dealt with tastefully, but still could be too intense for some).

This book represents hurting, hope, and healing in ways that will bring joy to your soul and inspire you to live life in the Light.

It’s beautiful.

Book Purchase Links:
Barnes & Noble
Book Depository 

Blog Tour Schedule:

 May 7th H.S.J. Williams (Tour Launch) 
May 8th Light and Shadow (Book Spotlight), E. E. Rawls (Book Spotlight)
May 9th Tracey Dyck, Elizabeth’s Universe (Book Review), Grace M. Morris (Book Spotlight)
May 10th Allison’s Well (Book Spotlight), Amelia Nicole (Book Spotlight) 
May 11th Ester S. (Instagram) (Book Spotlight), Imperial Scribis (Book Review) 
May 12th Liv K. Fisher, The Labyrinth (Book Review) 
May 13th Dreams & Dragons (Book Spotlight), Bookish Musings (Book Review)  
May 14th Unicorn Quester (Author Interview), Embers Reviews (Book Review)  
May 15th Unicorn Quester (“3 Reasons Why” Video Review), Writing in Rivendell (Book Spotlight), Sarah, Plain & Average (Book Review)  
May 16th Jane Maree (Book Review) 
May 17th Jemma the Dragon Slayer – Tumblr (Book Spotlight), The Bookish Raven (Book Review)  
May 18th Words of Hannah Kay (Book Review), Purely by Faith Reviews (Book Review)  
May 19th Functionally Fictional (Book Spotlight), Jenelle Schmidt (Book Spotlight)  
May 20th Beka Gremikova (Book Spotlight), Seven Billion Smiles (Book Review)  
May 21st Today by Bryn (Tour Conclusion & Art Gallery) 

Also, did I mention the breathtaking preorder goodies?

What is your favorite Christian fantasy book?

Are you for furry, motherly, and slightly narcissistic dragons or no? (there is a correct answer) 😉

book review: the whispers God gives

My friend, Ellen Senechal, (one of the bright souls of this world) is releasing her devotional, The Whispers God Gives, on April 21st! In case you all don’t know the date anymore, like the rest of us, that’s this Tuesday.

I’ve got your back. 😉

The cover alone is enough to make my aesthetic side swoon. 😍 Besides being a skilled writer and a lovely human, Ellen demonstrates spectacular taste in book covers.

*swoons again*

*remembers not to be Victorian and just hides emotions by eating fries*


my heart is //happy// ❤

Also…this cover got me thinking.

In the devotional, *VERY MILD SPOILER ALERT BUT IT ISN’T REALLY A SPOILER* Ellie mentions a bird building its nest by her house.

(I know you guys were looking forward to finding out that information in your first read, so please forgive me for spoiling that experience for you.)

But, y’all, we need to know more about this mysterious little bird.

This has got to be a whole bonus side plot. What is the bird’s story? Why does she look so pensive? Why is she standing there with a flower in her beak? Is the flower for someone? Why is she pink? Did she accidentally fall into some pink hair dye? Does she have a secret identity? And most importantly–does she like french fries?

You guys are going to have to give me the answer to that. I don’t know what’s going on there, but I definitely think it’s important.

After all this distraction, I implore you to read the endearing book blurb:

Hear God whisper as you read!
Have you ever found yourself questioning God’s will for your life? Are you battling things nobody else seems to relate to? What about bitterness after losing a friend? Perhaps you’ve scoured the Internet and came up dry because you couldn’t find anything that spoke directly to your teen or pre-teen heart.
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, this book is for you.
In The Whispers God Gives, teenaged author Ellen Senechal speaks from her heart and from God’s Word. She longs to share what she couldn’t find no matter how hard she looked – a clean, wholesome Christian devotional that’s short, sweet, and to the point. A book centered around strengthening your relationship with God your Savior, Counselor, and Friend in thirty days.
Let God’s whispers begin!

It’s time for 🎵Legit Thoughts by Emma 🎵


In my private Bible study/time dedicated to the Lord, I don’t usually read devotionals. I prefer theology books that unpack key Biblical concepts by authors like Spurgeon, Sproul, etc. This is one of the only devotionals that drew me in and kept me interested all the way through. It was also one of the only devotionals that felt real and avoided cheesy messages.

Ellen tackles some tough struggles that many tween/teen girls go through including body image shame, betrayal in a friendship, hurt/bitterness when losing a friend, chronic physical pain, and anxiety attacks. I was impressed with Ellen’s vulnerability and courage in addressing these topics. And through all of this, she weaves themes and messages from her everyday life.

What makes this devotional feel relevant is Ellen’s honest depiction of the themes she is passionate about. She doesn’t reach for topics that she doesn’t relate to but beautifully illustrates with the truths she has experienced.


Secretly the best part of this devotional: the adorable stories involving tHE CUTE LITTLE SIBLINGSSS.

Go have a book-frenzied riot on Tuesday (that’s tomorrow, peeps) at Ellen’s blog: Ellen’s Musings.

Note: I received a complimentary e-ARC from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.

What is your favorite devotional? And most importantly, what is the secret life of the little bird on the cover??