Blog Tour | Guest Post | “A Hero’s Journey” by Blake Gardner

“A Hero’s Journey”

by Blake Gardner

A hero can be found in many stories. They can be found in everyday life. The hero triumphs over adversity and succeeds in the end. There are many different versions of a hero but their stories all have similar endings. This can be said of my story too. The main character in Inhuman Emergence: Innocence, Owen, could be called a classic hero. But nothing can be as black and white as the story of Heracles, whose story has a singular character that fulfills the roles of the main character, the protagonist, and the hero. It is from this ancient Greek demi-god’s name that we derive the word hero.

My book follows a main character closely. Owen is more of an incidental hero than the ones that seek out their own glory. He finds himself in a situation and at first refuses to be the hero. But his journey leads him to be a classic hero. Yet, things are not definitive as that. He is not the singular force that brings about the change a normal hero does. He is a leader, one thing that many heroic figures in a story could not claim. Being a leader is rare in today’s culture. Our youth may gain popularity or admiration through social media but it is a rarity for them to rally those that may follow to a cause.

Sometimes there is no discernable source to a viral video. It may be that there is a random photo or video that is posted by a person that has no idea that it will spread like a digital wildfire across the globe. From the outset of the ALS ice bucket challenge the person could have never know it would help the cause in such a significant way. Ordinary heroes are often not recognized; many never intend to make such a difference. That’s just what it takes for a hero to sway the forces of good to a just cause, a righteous act in the name of love and goodwill.

Society is ultimately connected in such an intricate way that small nudge in the right direction will cause history to change course. A single speech or small gesture can make so much more of a difference than all the ill will and calamity that we experience throughout our lives. Mine is the story of the incidental hero, one that does well not because he wants to change the world, but because he knew it was the right thing to do. Heroic actions don’t always have to change the world, and a single person can’t do it alone.



 

ABOUT BLAKE GARDNER

Blake Gardner Author Photo 2Blake Gardner is a debut author from Michigan. He has always had a love of reading. Writing interested him from a young age. For a short period, Blake found himself without a driver’s license and decided to write a book with all his spare time. “You can think of a great number of imaginative things while waiting,” Blake says. He loves sharing his work with readers. Blake encourages readers to connect with him via his website, and on Twitter and Facebook.

 

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Blog Tour | Review | A Wedding at the Paragraph Ranch by Kay Ellington & Barbara Brannon

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Welcome to my stop of the blog tour for the book “A Wedding at the Paragraph Ranch” by Kay Ellington & Barbara Brannon, hosted by Sage’s Blog Tours.

Let’s get on with the review, shall we? 🙂 


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Title: A Wedding at the Paragraph Ranch (The Paragraph Ranch Series, Book 2)
Author: Kay Ellington & Barbara Brannon
Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction
Publishing date: 9th September, 2015
Published by: Booktrope Editions
Pages: 261

My Rating: 4/5 stars

 

 


Summary: 

Can she piece together a dream on a shoestring?

As new owner of the falling-apart family homestead in West Texas, Dee Bennett is wrangling ways to earn a living, mend fences with farm and family, and manifest her dreams as a writer—all while nurturing the budding relationship with her beau, outdoorsy photographer Max Miller. But when a drop-dead-gorgeous, high-powered handler for a candidate in a key statewide election blows into Claxton, rivalries bigger than politics and football develop. With stakes running high on the campaign trail, as well as in publishing dreams and love lives, a Bennett family wedding must be attended to. And Dr. Dee, with the assistance of her motley writing-group protégés, must search her soul and fend off a host of challenges to live the life she just might learn to love.


My Take:

I liked this book. I really did. First, the cover called out to me, then I checked out the blurb and the first line, “Can she piece together a dream on a shoestring?” was enough to commit me into reading this book. A good decision! 🙂

I liked the main protagonist, Dee, right from the start. Man, that woman’s energy is contagious! 😉 She takes up reporting the ongoing elections, a job at the library, takes care of the notorious goats that were gifted to her and her daughter’s cat, works on the plan of preparing her ranch for an event organized by her cousin, holds writing meet ups at her place, and tries to give enough time to her outdoorsy boyfriend and her mother while having time-to-time phone call conversations with her daughter. 😀

I loved how Dee took one day at a time. An approach to life that I highly appreciate. 😀

From the start you get the idea that there’s a mystery in the book that is going to make it worth your time. It was going hand in hand with the story and with the way Dee tackled everything made it more realistic.

Though I didn’t feel that the title connects much with the story because a wedding occurs only in the start of the pages. That too is a thing that Dee just attends with no more involvement than attendance with the wedding, I found it a bit out of phase. There also is another wedding at the very end of the book. Although, throughout the book, before every chapter, pieces of wedding rituals are mentioned but I read that in haste to get to the interesting story continuation the chapters provided. I think those pieces worked as a hinderance to me. I am not saying that it isn’t good, it sure is but I would have liked to read it if the complete book was about wedding. It just felt irrelevant to me like all the wonderful stuff happening in the book were kind of getting overshadowed.

This is the second book in the Paragraph Ranch series, that might be the reason why I don’t get the title connection but it works well as a standalone too. 🙂

The setting, the characters, the dialog, everything is so well written that I just went on devouring page after page. 😀 Although, I didn’t care much about the political mentions I really enjoyed the book and those writing meet ups were so interesting, it provided with stories within the story. I would really have loved to be a part of that group. 😛

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One of the scenes that touched my heart. 🙂


Why would I pick it up?

This is a sweet story about a woman trying to piece her life together but at the same time a very intelligent creation. 🙂


Author’s bio:

KAY ELLINGTON, a native West Texan, has worked in newspapers from New York to California to the Carolinas—and back again to Texas.

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BARBARA BRANNON formerly led the Publishing Laboratory at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, but got to Texas as soon as she could.

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3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge! DAY 3

I was tagged by the lovely Maryan @ 1booklife! Thank you so much dear for tagging me. 😀 

I have always been in love with quotes and when you get a chance of sharing the quotes that make a difference in your life and help in shaping you as a person, it is difficult to select from the many quotes that have been a part of you! 😀 

Yes, the quote is from The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield ❤ ❤  

Check out my Day 1 and Day 2 posts! ❤


 

Here’s the last quote for this challenge-


 

Well, with this I end my 3 Days, 3 Quotes challenge. The final three people I want to tag for this challenge are:

Spread the love with the awesome quotes!  


 

3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge! DAY 2

I was tagged by the lovely Maryan @ 1booklife! Thank you so much dear for tagging me. 😀 

I have always been in love with quotes and when you get a chance of sharing the quotes that make a difference in your life and help in shaping you as a person, it is difficult to select from the many quotes that have been a part of you! 😀 

This quote is what gives me a reason to write. The love, the acceptance that you get from the readers is what the writers dwell on and I am no different. ❤

You already know that the quote is going to be from The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. ❤ ❤  

You guys can check my Day 1 post here to know why I selected this quote. 😉 ❤

The quote for today is-


The 3 people I would love to see doing this challenge are: 

(You guessed it right, blogs that I found recently. 😛 )


Spread the love with the awesome quotes!  

 

 

3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge! DAY 1

I was tagged by the lovely Maryan @ 1booklife! Thank you so much dear for tagging me. 😀
(By the way, I love you blog name, ❤ it is stuck in my brain. 😛 )

I have always been in love with quotes and when you get a chance of sharing the quotes that make a difference in your life and help in shaping you as a person, it is difficult to select from the many quotes that have been a part of you! 😀

So, for this challenge I have decided to use 3 quotes from my favorite book The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. This book is really close to my heart and I would really be excited if you guys read it and discussed it with me. 🙂


 

The rules are pretty simple, here they go- 😀  

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post a quote for three consecutive days.
  • Nominate three new bloggers each day.

Here’s the first one! ❤ ❤  

For this challenge I want to tag the people I found recently. 😉

So, the first three lovely people I would love to tag are: 

Spread the love with the awesome quotes! ❤