One of the characters in Kellyn Roth’s New Release, Beyond Her Calling, has agreed to share her thoughts with us on my blog:
New Release: Meet Violet Angel
Hope in Heaven … but What About Earth?
by Violet Angel
All my life I’ve been told about hope in Heaven. It was years until I could accept it, but I’ve finally come to believe that, even if my life is terrible, I have something to look forward to in the end.
Most Christians accept this. There’s hope in Heaven. It will be a fantastic place where there is no pain, no suffering, no … well, no sin—I suppose that’s the easiest way to say it.
However, that doesn’t give us much reason to stay on earth, does it, now? Especially for someone like me.
So why bother? Shouldn’t we all be diving head first off a cliff? Wanting to get there sooner? Not delaying in this wasteland in-between purgatory that is earth?
I’ve had a lot of people tell me that suicide is never the answer, that I have a purpose here, that my life matters … but why? Why would I want to stay on this earth when my only hope is in Heaven?
Well, life here isn’t perfect. But neither is it absolutely hopeless.
You see if we keep on living here, and if we don’t give up, and if we dedicate what life we have here to God, we can accomplish great things.
Until recently, I didn’t think I was one of the people. I couldn’t survive here on earth. The only option was to patiently wait out the remaining days I have and hope it ended quickly and painlessly. For years, I’ve played with suicidal thoughts and many times I’ve come close. Thankfully, people have stopped me, and here I am.
Then one day my friend Ivy looked me in the eye and said, “When you stop thinking about yourself … you’ll feel better.” That was the first seed she planted in my mind. Over the next few weeks, over a variety of conversations with a variety of people, I realized something.
Heaven may be perfect, but what about earth?
Here on earth, it isn’t always perfect. In fact, I doubt it ever will be. But God is here for us at all times, and He makes us able to bear the trials that do come.
In addition, there is hope—hope that you can help others be the best they can be, that you can inspire them, that you can give someone else that hope in Heaven. And I think that’s really the thing one ought to live for—others.
Have I put it into practice? No.
Will I? I’ll try, and God will help me.
I don’t know if I’ll succeed, but even the knowledge of more has given me hope for the earth that maybe I don’t have to be useless and that maybe I can give up myself and let others come first.
Do I have advice for others? Well, the best I can think is something that Ivy told me once: “You just need to give it to God.”
Thanks for reading this. Hope it wasn’t too terribly boring.
Bio: Violet Angel is a young lady from London, but she’s been cared for at McCale House, a boarding school for “simpletons” in Scotland, since she was three years old. Violet loves being sarcastic, music, reading, subtly teasing Ivy, pondering deep philosophical topics, and pouting in her bedroom. She’s a minor character in Ivy Introspective and Beyond Her Calling.
Fun Info About Violet:
Full Name: Violet Millicent Angel
Birthdate: February 13th, 1860 (age 20 during Beyond Her Calling)
Personality Type: INTP
Personality Info: It can be difficult to say exactly what is Violet and what is her problems, but it is safe to say that she’s sarcastic, slightly pessimistic, and generally rational unless she’s having one of her nightmares or episodes when she becomes overly emotional and paranoid. Violet loves thinking about theoretical problems and delving into theology of all types.
Appearance: Violet has long dark hair, almost translucent pale skin, and big blue eyes.
Violet was born in London. When she was three years old, her nightmares and anxiety issues led her parents to place her at McCale House. Being abandoned by her parents only made her worse, of course. #goodjobAngels
Violet struggles with suicidal thoughts, and Ivy has led her away from a literal cliff as well as several mental ones in the past. For this reason, and because Ivy is so innocent and friendly, they have been fast friends since they were twelve and fourteen respectably.
Family: Mr. and Mrs. Rupert Angel, Dorothea “Dorry” (younger sister by two years), and presumably some other little siblings
-Violet has bipolar syndrome (mild), nightmares inspired by her past, and is just generally scarred by her parents abandoning her as a three-year-old.
-The author believes Violet would do a lot better in the modern-day world, and would probably be deemed a normal (though still quite sarcastic) person, but unfortunately, that is not to be.
-EXCLUSIVE INFO: Violet is actually an heiress to quite a large sum of money. Can’t wait to see that unfold in book 6. 😉
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Beyond Her Calling by Kellyn Roth & a Giveaway!
You’ll love this new release by Kellyn Roth: Beyond Her Calling. At twenty, Ivy Knight feels as if she hasn’t accomplished anything of worth. Her life stretches on before her, empty and pointless. Though her faith in God and her mental abilities have been strengthened, she still doubts herself. Does God have a purpose for a socially awkward, often confused and frightened young woman?
Jordy McAllen has just returned to Scotland after his education in London. Though he has accomplished a lot for a farm lad such as himself, he fears that what everyone has always said about him may be true: he won’t really make a good doctor. Determined to prove himself, Jordy snatches up the opportunity to become the doctor in the village of Keefmore near his parents’ farm.
Helping Jordy with his work at Keefmore seems like the perfect opportunity for Ivy. Still, she doubts herself. Is there a purpose to Ivy’s life?
About the Author
Kellyn Roth lives on an Eastern Oregon ranch with her parents, little brothers, border collies, cats, and a few dozen cows and chickens. Always a lover of a good story, and especially of telling one, she’s been writing since she was seven and published her first novel at fourteen.
Now a homeschool grad, she divides her time between penning her next Christian historical novel, creating professionally silly articles at kellynroth.blog, and her actual life. Actual life plays second fiddle sometimes, though.
Find out more on her website: https://kellynrothauthor.com/
When I asked Kellyn why my readers might want to purchase this new release, she gave me a list of reasons:
A clean and pure Christian historical romance with:
-friendship to romance (which is actually based on love)
-mental disabilities rep
-cows (and being afraid of cows)
-small adorable children
-siblings and best friends and both at once
I have to admit…it’s a perfect list for my bookshelf!
A Quote from Violet:
I love chatting with the characters in author’s books. Today, we truly enjoyed the pleasure of welcoming Violet Angel to our blog.
Enter the giveaway to win a signed paperback copy of Beyond Her Calling!
Catch more information on the Blog Tour:
Saturday, October 20th
Author Interview // Molly @ A Sparkle of Light
Review // Lisa @ Inkwell
Review & Character Interview (Jordy) // Amie @ Crazy A
Character Interview (Ivy) // Jo @ The Lens and the Hard Drive
Book Spotlight // Annie @ Letters from Annie Douglass Lima
Sunday, October 21st
Guest Post by Character (Ivy) & Review // Grace M. Morris
Book Spotlight // Erika Messer @ Maiden of the Pages
Author Interview // Angela R. Watts @ The Peculiar Messenger
Monday, October 22nd
Character Interview (Ivy) // Loretta Marchize @ Just Writing
Review // Andrea Cox @ Writing to Inspire
Character Interview (Jordy) // Liz @ Home with the Hummingbirds
Author & Character Interview (Violet) // Julia @ Julia’s Creative Corner
Review & Character Spotlight (Ivy) // Caroline Kloster @ Inside the Autistic Life
Tuesday, October 23rd
Author Interview // Faith Blum @ Bookish Orchestrations
Review & Guest Post // Cara @ Jessie Bingham
Guest Post // Lindsi @ One Beginner To Another
Character Spotlight (Ena) // Shannon McDermott @ Shannon’s Blog
Wednesday, October 24th
Guest Post // Germaine Han @ The Writing Mafia
Review // Jana T. @ Reviews from the Stacks
Thursday, October 25th
Book Spotlight // Gabriellyn Gidman @ PageTurners
Author Interview // Sara Willoughby @ Th!nk Magazine
Review // Michaela Bush @ Tangled Up In Writing
Guest Post by Character (Violet) // Peggy M. McAloon @ Peggy’s Hope 4U
Friday, October 26th
Review // Abigail McKenna @ Novels, Dragons, and Wardrobe Doors
Review // Gracelyn Buckner @ Literatura
Review // Katherine Brown Books
Review // Bella Putt
Saturday, October 27th
Character Interview & Spotlight (Jordy) // Kaylee @ Kaylee’s Kind of Writes
Book Spotlight // Abigail Harder @ Books, Life, and Christ