My Week with My Adopted Parents

I’m spending this week with my adopted parents*. The internet isn’t always the best, so I’m glad to finally have a good signal and be able to catch up on some stuff. We’ll be going to the Creation Museum tomorrow so if any of y’all will be there on Friday or Saturday I’d be delighted to see you. 
Yesterday we had some of our friends from the Museum come over (my parents live about three hours away from the Museum) and we had a great time hanging out. They had a guest visiting from Australia so I had a lot of fun asking her what life was like there. We went to Holmes County together and got to see some cool stuff like how one of the stores makes homestyle apple butter and jellies. (Sadly, I did’t take any pictures while we were there.) 

My dad has been working on carving a bear out of a log. He’s such an amazing artist. I enjoy getting to watch him work and am always blown away by his many talents. He can paint, draw, carve, sculpture, build, and do taxidermy, plus of course play about eight instruments and sing and write songs and books and… Well, the list goes on.

Cowboy and I hung out for a bit this morning. He’s a sweet horse although he didn’t like staying still for a picture. I enjoy getting to be around him. My parents are really good with animals. Mom is currently trying to tame two cats that were abandoned. Her patience is crazy. I’m the kind of person who likes to rush through everything and think I probably would have given up on the cats after the first couple of days. 

We worked on a small writing project this morning and I’m hoping to do some brainstorming for another Creation Quest book later on today. And… Speaking of books, Cave Secrets of the Pterodactyl is on sale right now! When you buy it, you also get a audio book, so it’s actually a two-for-one deal. Just click on the title and it will take you to the Answers in Genesis website if you want to check it out. 

I hope y’all are having a great week. What are you looking forward to doing this weekend? Have you ever been to the Christmas Town at the Creation Museum? Oh yes, and today is your last day to enter this giveaway.

*I’m going to drop the “adopted” part for the rest of the post. 

The Family

Hey everyone! I figured that since it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything about my books that are published I’d give them the stage for today. I’m not sure if I’ve actually ever had all three of them on at the same time so it’s kinda like having a family reunion. I’d be delighted to hear which book looks the most interesting to you. Enjoy! 
Action Kids’ Club:
Fiction

Twelve-year-old Olivia Hall’s dream of a friends’ club ends when she finds out her family is moving. Her parents assure her it’s a good thing, opening a new world of possibilities for the Halls, but going from ‘miss popular’ to ‘the new girl’ won’t be easy, and Olivia is not convinced. 

Soon she begins to realize that although her life has suddenly changed, there’s plenty of adventure to keep her on her toes. From making new friends at Forward Focus, to hanging out at the world-renowned Kids Zone, to meeting the curious head chef, she discovers that there’s much more to life – and her new surroundings – than she ever imagined. How will she make the most of these new opportunities? Or will she let them slip away? 


Action Kids’ Club will entertain both boys and girls as they learn success principles in a fun and interesting setting.

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Buddy Davis’ Cool Critters of the Ice Age 
Non-fiction

Meet 17 strange & unusual animals: 

– The size of a car!
– Antlers over 12 feet long!
– “Monster-sized” in North and South America!

There is a lot to learn about life during the great Ice Age. Was the ice everywhere? How did these animals live? With interesting facts about glaciers, land bridges, these animals, and more – you will see an amazing world emerge from the cold and distant past! Don’t forget your coat as you step back in time to discover why the Ice Age happened and what the Bible reveals about it!

An exciting Ice Age exploration led by popular adventurer Buddy Davis!


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Cave Secrets of the Pterodactyl 
Fiction 
Strap on your headlamp and sling on your backpack for a great adventure deep inside a perilous cave. The adventure follows explorer Buddy Davis as he searches the inky darkness of a limestone cave for evidence that men and dinosaurs walked the earth together. Along the way, you will learn a pile of truths from God’s Word as young Lydia Davis and her family teach others about the Creator and Savior … and have a few adventures of their own. You can trust the Bible, and you will find many good reasons to do so as you join in the mystery. And be careful not to slip on that rock! How would you get out of the cave with a broken leg?

Caving and Belly Crawling and Donald Duck Voices – Oh My!

Where do I even start? There are about ten things I’m bursting to blog about. First things first, though:

HAPPY SEPTEMBER! 

Ahem, yes, now that we have that cleared up, I can move on. Just hang on tight, blogglings, because later on this week I will hopefully devote a whole post to talking about this wonderfully amazing month that we’ve just entered. 

I’ve been hoping, really, really hoping that it would work out for me to go caving with my *adopted parents this past weekend. It was one of those deals where we weren’t going to know until the last minute though, so that was a bummer.

Wednesday evening I finally decided it just wasn’t going to happen and I called my dad to let him know. He was disappointed of course, but understood. Then, low and behold, with a lot of help from some wonderful people, we were able to make it work out!

I arrived at the Creation Museum mid morning on Friday and had a delightful day there (which I’ll blog about at a later date) and then early Saturday morning my parents and I drove the six or so hours to the Cumberland Caverns in TN.

We did this same trip last year (see here and here) which is when my great endearment to the deep recesses of the earth first began to grow in my heart. Caving… What can I say? It’s amazing. It’s fun. It’s adventuresome. It’s freaky. And sleeping in a cave? Oh, so, so much better than just spending several hours down in the belly of the earth.

We had a lot of repeat people from last year, plus a whole host of newbies. There were about 140 people who did the walk-thru part of the cave which included a concert by my dad, supper, and watching the Extreme Caving DVD, most of which was filmed inside the cave.

Then we began the ‘extreme’ part of the caving. One of our friends who was along kept all of us in the back of the group entertained with his mimicking of many different accents and cartoon characters. Of course that launched me into a several hour long British-accent-spree and pretty soon we had other people joining in with different accents as well. When I finally stopped talking in the British accent, one of the guides gave me a weird look and asked “Weren’t you the one talking with a British accent?” I guess I was pretty convincing. One of the best parts of the extreme caving is when our friend sang to us in Donald Duck’s voice. It was like we were standing in the presence of talent. 😉

Last year when we all settled down in the cave for the night I fell asleep right away and was mildly disappointed in the morning to hear that everyone else had slept fitfully and I’d missed out on all the fun by slumbering peacefully until our wake-up call. Well, this year was a repeat. Again, I shut my eyes and didn’t wake up until my mom told me it was almost time for them to turn the lights on. I guess being used to sleeping on the hard ground pays off after all… 

Caving this year was amazing. I got to meet lots of new and interesting people, made friends out of pervious strangers, and thoroughly enjoyed myself. I can’t wait to go again! By the way, if you want to check out my book that includes a caving adventure, you can find it here.

What about you? Does caving sound like something you’d enjoy?

*I’ll be leaving off the ‘adopted’ for the rest of the post

Answer Key

Hey y’all!
Here are the answers to the game I put on my blog during my book birthday celebration.
Thank you to everyone who played. It was fun. 🙂 
Sarah Rudolph wins with 15 correct answers! Way to go!!! 
David Mabe comes in with a close second of 14 correct answers, 
but sadly, there’s no second place prize. :-/
Good job, everyone! 

Multiple Choice:
Just write the numbers and your answers in the comment section!

1. When I was younger I wanted to be: (a) a stay-at-home, homschooling mom, (b) a missionary, (c) an actress, (d) a writer, (e) all the above Answer: E

2. Archaeopteryx: (a) a branch of science, (b) a fossil bird, (c) a European biologist, (d) ancient pottery, (e) none of the above  Answer: B
3. I used to pray for: (a) brown eyes, (b) a pair of pink snow boots, (c) all the books I could ever read, (d) a pet skunk, (e) all the above  Answer: A

4. Petroglyph: (a) a flying reptile, (b) a mountain range in Asia, (c) a rock sculpture, (d) the name of my first pet bird, (e) none of the above  Answer: E (A petroglyph is a rock carving)

5. In Cave Secrets of the Pterodactyl, CJ’s initials stand for: (a) Carl James, (b) Chadwin Josiah, (c), Caleb Jonathan, (d) Carter Joshua, (e) none of the above   Answer: E (I don’t know what CJ stands for…) 

6. Stalactite: (a) a unit used to measure distances in caves, (b) a structure like an icicle hanging from the roof of a cave, (c) a fossilized animal track, (d) a tapering column rising from the floor of a cave, (e) none of the above  Answer: B

7. In Cave Secrets of the Pterodactyl, the dedication reads: To my extraordinary super and supportive family And to God, the Dream Giver. How the last part was worded was inspired by: (a) a Bible verse, (b) a song, (c) a recurring dream I had as a child, (b) a book my dad read to me, (e) all the above  Answer: B


What Do you think… 
Just write the letters and answer true or false in the comment section! 

A. A pterodactyl a dinosaur. 

 Answer: False A Pterodactyl is actually a flying reptile. 


B. I continually dreamed of pterodactyl’s while writing Cave Secrets of the Pterodactyl

 Answer: False I don’t think I’ve ever dreamed about them.


C. “Pterodactyl” is pronounced with the “P” silent

 Answer: True


D. I wanted the cover of Cave Secrets of the Pterodactyl to look like a mixture between a log book and an adventuresome journal 

 Answer: True


E. My editor told me he thought I should publish Cave Secrets of the Pterodactyl under the name of Lydia Howe instead of Aidyl Ewoh, even though I go by both names

 Answer: True


F. I had gone caving multiple times before I wrote Cave Secrets of the Pterodactyl

 Answer: False The first time I went caving was a month and a half after the book was published.


G. The Main Character of Cave Secrets of the Pterodactyl was named Melody to begin with, then I changed her name to Sommer, then I ended up writing for months without her having a name before finally settling on “Lydia”

 Answer: True


 Your Turn to Guess… 
Just write the numbers & letters and your answers in the comment section!

1A If I could travel anywhere I’d go to… 

 Answer: Alaska 


2B This year I went to ??? for the first time.

 Answer: Asia (Indonesia) and Europe (Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Holland, Belgium, France, and England), Nashville, TN and the Everglades 


3C One of my favorite Bible verses is ???? 

 Answer: Eph. 3:20 Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we could ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, 

and John 14:27

4D If my family described me in one word, what would it most likely be?

 Answer: Driven, Enthusiastic, Unique,  (or something like that…)  


5E Am I a night owl or a early morning person? 

 Answer: Night Owl 

Book Birthday Celebration #4 // HAPPY BIRTHDAY // Contest

Happy Birthday! 
Today is Cave Secrets of the Pterodactyl’s first birthday!

A text from my amazing sister at midnight.
I know, I know, I sound like a proud momma or something, don’t I? 
But you just wait until you have your darling little book held in your hands and you’ll understand the feeling. Actually, I know books are quite different because Cave Secrets of the Pterodactyl suffers nothing when I forget about it for the day, it doesn’t mind being held by strangers and last I knew, no one had ever called it ‘adorable’ and, well, it’s never going to grow up… 

The surreal feeling of having strangers buy my book at the Answers Mega Conference. 

If you want to check out the pervious three posts in this book birthday blog party, you can find them here, here (don’t forget to play the game!) and here. And what else makes a party better than party favors? So, if you’re in the mood for a gift, head on over to His Princess and Book Nook for your chance at winning something hosted by NovelteaIf you want to find out more fun stuff about Cave Secrets of the Pterodactyl, you can check out the blog tour I did over the six-month anniversary of the book being published. You can find that here


A dream come true: My book being advertised by AiG,

I would have to say, the first year of being published has been amazing. It’s been busy, full, wonderful and crazy. I’ve traveled all over, partly for the book, partly for other reasons. I’ve blogged a lot. I’ve had lots of stuff going on personally and with my work. All in all, it’s been an exciting adventure. In some ways I can’t believe it’s only been a year, in other ways it seems way longer.

Being thrilled to see my book being sold in the Cumberland Caverns bookstore.

I didn’t realize how much my focus would change when my book got published. Instead of being able to concentrate only on writing and editing, I now had book signings, blog book tours, reviewers, marketing and all that crazy stuff to think about and work on. In some ways it was a lot more simple to just write, but I’m so, so happy to be at this place right now! It’s the craziest feeling to have a total stranger walk up to me at an AiG event and tell me they’ve read my book and their kids loved it, or that they want a picture with me. It’s always like the “Wait, are you talking to me?” feeling. I’ve even had kids bring their previously bought copy of the book to an event for me to sign. That’s just like Woooow… I mean, I’m just me. 😉 I can’t thank God enough for all He’s blessed me with.

Meeting some of my fans and being amazed that they were actually excited to meet *me*!

Alright. Now about that contest I mentioned I was going to have as part of the birthday celebration. This is going to be fun, folks. Have y’all guessed what it is? Well… It’s has something to do with words (because I’m a writer) and it has something to do with the imagination (because I’m a writer) and it has something to do with an idea (because I’m a writer). It’s a… 
For the book’s six month anniversary, I went and gave out six copies to random strangers.
Writing Contest! 
Yes, y’all read that right. Noveltea is hosting a writing contest. 
And it’s going to be fun. 
The rules are really simple: 
1. The story should be between 300-500 words
2. No Horror or Magic 
3. The stories are due on or before June 28th, 2014 (two weeks)
You can email me the story at aidylewoh(at)gmail(dot)com

After I get the stories, I’ll pick my favorite three and post them on my blog, then y’all will vote on the winner. 
The prize will be this amazing, fun, and adventuresome DVD. 
The contest is open to everyone, but I’ll only be sending the prize to a USA address 

So, what do y’all think? Excited? I am! Pass along the word and let’s have fun! And thank you, thank you, thank you! To everyone who has helped me celebrate not only this birthday, but also my writing as a whole. Y’all are wonderful! 🙂 

Book Birthday Celebration #3 // A Trip Down Memory Lane



Update: 
Check out This blog for your chance to win a book & Gift card

Hey everyone! Today is the third day that I’m celebrating the upcoming first birthday of my first book being released. How exciting! You can read about Day One Here and find out some random facts, and read about Day Two Here and try your hand at a fun guessing game with a fun prize at the end! 

We’re going to start off with a trip down memory lane. Starting seventeen days prior to getting my book published, I began counting down the days on my blog. You can read those posts, here:

Only Seventeen Days!

Only Twelve Days!
Holding a proof copy for the first time. 🙂 
Then I moved on to writing my writing story, although I never finished that… Maybe I’ll get back to that some day… 


Writing Story Part 1
Writing Story Part 2
Writing Story Part 3
Writing Story Part 4

I hope you enjoy this trip down memory lane and are able to catch a glimpse of what my life was like while waiting for my book to be released. It was crazy! I’ll see you tomorrow for the announcement of the cool contest I’ll be hosting on Noveltea. Have a great day, y’all! And don’t forget to play the game

Book Birthday Celebration #2 // Game Time!

Hey Y’all! 
Welcome to Day 2 of my Book Birthday Celebration
We’re going to start out with some fun games where y’all get to write your answers in the comment section and then the blogger with the most right answers will get an autographed copy of Cave Secrets of the Pterodactyl at the end of our party. 
Make sure to pass on the word so others can join in with the fun. 😉
Ready? Set?GO! 

Signing my book contract in the same chair where I wrote the book.

Multiple Choice:
Just write the numbers and your answers in the comment section!

1. When I was younger I wanted to be: (a) a stay-at-home, homschooling mom, (b) a missionary, (c) an actress, (d) a writer, (e) all the above

2. Archaeopteryx: (a) a branch of science, (b) a fossil bird, (c) a European biologist, (d) ancient pottery, (e) none of the above 
3. I used to pray for: (a) brown eyes, (b) a pair of pink snow boots, (c) all the books I could ever read, (d) a pet skunk, (e) all the above

4. Petroglyph: (a) a flying reptile, (b) a mountain range in Asia, (c) a rock sculpture, (d) the name of my first pet bird, (e) none of the above 

5. In Cave Secrets of the Pterodactyl, CJ’s initials stand for: (a) Carl James, (b) Chadwin Josiah, (c), Caleb Jonathan, (d) Carter Joshua, (e) none of the above  

6. Stalactite: (a) a unit used to measure distances in caves, (b) a structure like an icicle hanging from the roof of a cave, (c) a fossilized animal track, (d) a tapering column rising from the floor of a cave, (e) none of the above

7. In Cave Secrets of the Pterodactyl, the dedication reads: To my extraordinary super and supportive family And to God, the Dream Giver. How the last part was worded was inspired by: (a) a Bible verse, (b) a song, (c) a recurring dream I had as a child, (b) a book my dad read to me, (e) all the above 

Texting with my adopted parents in the middle of the night while I was in Hawaii 
What Do you think… 
Just write the letters and answer true or false in the comment section! 

A. A pterodactyl a dinosaur. 

B. I continually dreamed of pterodactyl’s while writing Cave Secrets of the Pterodactyl

C. “Pterodactyl” is pronounced with the “P” silent

D. I wanted the cover of Cave Secrets of the Pterodactyl to look like a mixture between a log book and an adventuresome journal 

E. My editor told me he thought I should publish Cave Secrets of the Pterodactyl under the name of Lydia Howe instead of Aidyl Ewoh, even though I go by both names

F. I had gone caving multiple times before I wrote Cave Secrets of the Pterodactyl

G. The Main Character of Cave Secrets of the Pterodactyl was named Melody to begin with, then I changed her name to Sommer, then I ended up writing for months without her having a name before finally settling on “Lydia”

The first proof copy of Cave Secrets of the Pterodactyl
 Your Turn to Guess… 
Just write the numbers & letters and your answers in the comment section!

1A If I could travel anywhere I’d go to… 

2B This year I went to ??? for the first time.

3C One of my favorite Bible verses is ???? 

4D If my family described me in one word, what would it most likely be?

5E Am I a night owl or a early morning person? 

And there you have it folks! I hope you have as much fun playing this game as I had making it up! Sorry it’s a bit late, I’ve had a full, busy, amazing day so far and hope the rest of y’all have, too! I can’t wait to see y’alls answers. And remember, you don’t have to answer all the questions to participate. 🙂
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Q&A Time! If any of you have questions that you’re curious about regarding my book or my publishing journey, just leave them in the comment section and I’ll try to answer them in a post sometime really soon! Thank you. 🙂