Two Blog Tours, a Guest Post, and Two Reviews: UNTITLED by Jesseca Wheaton and STOP THE RAIN by Kassie Angle!

I am so happy to share a lovely guest post from Jesseca Wheaton today! I am also reviewing her BRAND NEW WWII NOVELLA which was soooooo good, and the cover is killer!

Review

I really don’t know how to review “Untitled” it is just …

Hard?

Like, I know, I’ve seen things caused by war, but Wheaton took the hard subjects she wrote about and she gave them life in a way that touched my heart more deeply than most books do. The heartbreakingness of this story, the hope of the end of the story, and the brotherhood woven throughout the pages is one you will not want to miss.

And, wow, the messages in this book, just wow! I am very pleased with how Wheaton took topics often brushed aside and brought attention to them in a God honoring way.

As the author has said this is not a book for younger readers, though the subjects in this novella are done tastefully it is just on subjects that is not good for younger readers.

I voluntarily received and reviewed a complimentary e/copy of this book which I received from the author/publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

Guest Post

Hey guys! My name is Jess, I’m the author of Untitled, a YA historical fiction book releasing this week! Abigail asked me to talk a bit about what inspired Untitled, so I’m going to do that a bit today! 

Untitled was honestly just a mix of so many things. Late last year God put it on my heart to write a book that dealt with homosexuality. And I really, really didn’t want to. Not only is it a subject that is incredibly controversial, I was sure I wasn’t the right person to write it. Sure, I’ve struggled in how to treat people who have chosen that lifestyle, (co-workers, classmates, etc) but that didn’t mean I’m the best person to write about it. But God doesn’t call those who are best equipped; He equips those who He calls. And He doesn’t take no for an answer. So after a couple months of fighting the idea I decided I would at least try. Then I could say I’d given it a go and it wasn’t working. 

For several weeks I struggled with a story sent in present-day, and I just couldn’t make much headway. And I really wanted to scrap the whole idea and write a WWII story of some sort. 

For a while I’d been wanting to write a story about WWII in the pacific, and I wanted to include the Marines. So far I’ve written mostly Army, but also Air Force (Army Air Corps during WWII), and Navy. The Marines were a huge part of the battle in the Pacific, and so that all fit perfectly. 

And then it hit me … who not do some research and see how big of an issue homosexuality was during WWII? Maybe I could somehow combine both stories. 

So I researched it and was really surprised to see that while it was an issue people were aware of and knew quite a bit about even 80 years ago, it wasn’t talked about because it was illegal. But it was a thing and if you dug enough you could even find pictures of homosexual couples from the time period. So I decided to combine it with my WWII story idea. And I did. And just like I had expected, the words came so much easier. (For whatever reason I can write WWII much better than I can write contemporary.) It took longer than my other books because it wasn’t during it during NaNo, and I was working a full time job + full time college + clinicals. But I think that it was perfect because there’s so many different experiences in the book that reflect this. And then Covid happened and I was able to finish it fairly quickly because all I had was work and that really gave me a lot of free time.  From there I sent it to Angela to read over the (very) messy first draft, and she gave me some amazing feedback. From there it went to beta-readers, editors, and now we’re here. It’s been such an incredible adventure and I’m so very blessed by everyone who took time to help me with this project. .It’s one I could never have done on my own.

About the Author

Jesseca is a daughter, sister, and a child of God. When she’s not busy at her full time job as a first responder, her days are spent reading, spending time with siblings, watching movies that make her cry, and playing piano. Oh, and writing, of course! At an early age words fascinated her, and her love for the printed page has only grown. She lives with her parents and seven siblings in the sunny state of Kansas, and she’s convinced there’s no place like home.

Blog

Goodreads

About the Book

Okinawa, 1945

Two brothers. Two Separate Paths.

A Navy corpsman assigned to the Marines, Jess Walker’s world is shaken as he struggles to aid the men around him. But the battlefield isn’t his hardest challenge. The nagging memory of how he lost his brother weighs on him, serving as a constant reminder of his failure. War has no mercy for anyone and Jess isn’t sure he can survive the war inside. As his world comes crashing down around him, he struggles to believe there is a future beyond the pain. 

Clay Walker has moved on from the life he once lived. A successful Marine pilot, he wants nothing to do with his family and the God he left behind. Japan is on the brink of surrender when his unit is shipped off to Okinawa, and it’s there that Clay is forced to realize his past is not as deeply buried as he thought. Faced with heavy losses and questions without answers, Clay has a choice to make. Is he willing to step back and let God take the controls? Or is it too late for a second chance? 

As WWII rages, the two brothers must face their demons — or be lost to the burning world around them.

Coming November 11th

GOODREADS

SCHEDULE

NOVEMBER 7th

Angela Watts | Blog Tour Introduction

Michaela Bush | Author Interview 

NOVEMBER 8th

Kaitlyn Krispense | Book Review


NOVEMBER 9th

Angela Watts | Book Review

NOVEMBER 10th

Katja Labonté | Book Review

NOVEMBER 11th

Libby May | Book Review + Author Interview

Abigail Harris | Book Review

Faith Potts | Book Review

Esther Jackson | Book Review


NOVEMBER 12th

Kassie Angle | Book Review


NOVEMBER 13th

Joshua Reid | Guest Post

NOVEMBER 14th

Natalie Claire | Book Review

Angela Watts | Blog Tour Wrap Up

GIVEAWAY LINK + INFO

One winner of the giveaway will receive…

  • Paperback copy of Untitled 
  • Box of compass cards
  • God Bless America Wooden Sign
  • Bookmark 
  • USMC keychain 
  • U.S. Navy Medallion


RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY LINK!

Stop the Rain Tour: The War’s Not Over

Review: Kassie broke me with this book. Completely and totally broke me.

I sobbed through the second half of the book and was just so shocked by how powerful STOP THE RAIN is.

Best friends are always something I love reading about but the brotherhood that Angle wove throughout this painful, wonderful, heart-breaking story was above and beyond any I’ve read before. I loved it and I hated it.

Seeing the author’s love of military, her knowledge, and support show through the pages made the book even better… Honestly, this review is like one the worst I’ve ever written since I am so not giving the book enough credit but I think I’ll sit down next month and share a longer more heartfelt review.

I voluntarily received and reviewed a complimentary e/copy of this book which I received from the author/publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

Synopsis:

He left his entire world in Iraq. So why did the war follow him home?

Harley Keane and his best friend Nigel were just kids when 9/11 rocked their world and changed their lives forever. When they’re finally old enough to join the Army, all their childhood dreams seem about to come true. But war wasn’t supposed to be like this. A kid’s dream isn’t supposed to become a living nightmare. Fellow soldiers aren’t supposed to bleed out in front of your eyes.

Back home, safe and unwounded, Harley feels anything but. Why would God spare him when so many others were taken? Why won’t the nightmares stop, even when he’s awake? And how long can he hide the truth that threatens everything he has left? When Harley’s invisible scars refuse to stay hidden, will he let anyone close enough to help? And how do you go on with life when “okay” isn’t okay at all?

Author Bio:

Kassie Angle is a teenaged Christian author, cowgirl, therapy dog trainer, stereotypical INFJ, and Army girl to the core. Her first love, i.e. debut novel, O to be Like Thee, swept her unexpectedly into the world of indie authors. She tries to use her stories to fill the silences in literature, helping more people understand the world of the Army and showing how God heals the broken-hearted. You can find her and more of her writing at SoldierGirlStories.com.

Links:

Kindle

Paperback

Goodreads

Soldier Girl Stories

Tour Schedule:

9th – 

An Ordinary Pen, review and author interview 

10th – 

Abby Elissa, author interview 

Kaitlyn Krispense, Author, author interview 

EJ’s Journal, review, spotlight, and guest post 

11th – 

Beautiful Things by Laura, review 

Life of Heritage, review and spotlight 

Read Review Rejoice, review

Set Apart for Him, spotlight 

Lionhearted Art, art

12th – 

Little Blossoms for Jesus, review and guest post 

Jenna Terese, guest post 

Whimsical Writings for His Glory, review, spotlight, and author interview 

13th –

Kenmore Pines, review, author interview, and character interview

14th –

Stories by Firefly, review and spotlight

Well Go Read, spotlight 

Now, go grab your copies of these books, you will not regret it!

7 responses to “Two Blog Tours, a Guest Post, and Two Reviews: UNTITLED by Jesseca Wheaton and STOP THE RAIN by Kassie Angle!”

  1. Thank you for this… 💙💙

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    1. You’re welcome! I am only sorry that I didn’t get it up yesterday!!!

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  2. <333333 so much love.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Thank you so much for the amazing review! ❤️

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