Introducing Author and College Student, Amber Stokes!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

It gives me great pleasure to introduce the newest member of The Borrowed Book team!

Amber Stokes is a college student at Corban University. She is an English major who loves to write poetry, short stories, novels (her first manuscript is still a work-in-progress), and, of course, blog posts. Amber says it is her desire to follow God's will for her life, wherever He leads her. We're so glad He led her here!

From being valedictorian of her graduating class (McKinleyville High School, class of 2009) and graduating with an International Baccalaureate Diploma, to earning her black belt in Jujitsu, Amber has worked hard to excel in life. She has participated in choir, her high school's Key Club, and Corban's production of State Fair (Fall 2009). Her favorite activities include reading Christian fiction, writing, and spending time with family and close friends.

Beginning next Monday, Amber will post articles dealing specifically with her writing journey. In addition, she'll post occasional reviews, give insight into her publication trials, and give us a glimpse into the life of a full-time college student/full-time author. To find out more about Amber and her work, visit her at Seasons of Humility.

Please help me welcome Amber to The Borrowed Book. We look forward to working with her for many years to come.

48 comments:

Project Journal said...

*squeals in excitement at seeing Amber's name in up in bright lights* ; )

Yayayayayayayayayay!!! Amber, this is so cool. I am so, so proud of everything you've accomplished and just know that you are going to go sooooooooo far, girl. I truly think that you are a huge gift from God to me because I don't know what I'd do without you ^_^

*sniffle sniffle* So now before I start crying on ya again (joking, joking!!), I will take my leave. I just wanted to congratulate you because this is absolutely fantastic for you, Tiny! And.....yep think that's about it.

Talk to you soon!!
Much love,
Hannah

Bluerose said...

Yah!! Congratulations, Amber! I'm proud of you. :)

Elizabeth Ludwig said...

We are so glad to have you join us, Amber. I'm really looking forward to your posts. I know your fresh take on this business and your enthusiasm for Christian fiction are going to be a huge asset to us here at BB!

Julia M. Reffner said...

Welcome, Amber! How exciting and you will be a great addition!

S. Dionne Moore said...

Aw, Amber, so good to have you join us. I love having someone new to torment and tease. You'll be a great addition to the team and it will help you build a platform for the release of your first book when that happens. And it will.

Casey said...

You are in good company Am! You'll do a GREAT job, I have no doubt. :D

Amanda said...

CONGRATULATIONS, AMBER!! :D

I am so very happy for you, my friend! I know you will be a blessing and asset to this blog and all those who read it! I just became a follower of it :) I had actually never heard of it before until you mentioned you were gonna be here and now that you are its only right that I follow! This blog is beautiful and I know you’re only gonna add to that beauty! :)

And, WOW, check out that long list of accomplishments! Valedictorian? Black belt in Jujitsu? Girl, I wouldn’t stand a chance against you in a classroom OR a dark alley, LOL! ;) All kidding aside, those are incredible accomplishments and I’m sure that list will grow and grow– prayerfully with “published author” soon!!

Looking forward to reading your posts! :)

Blessings,
Amanda

Ariel said...

Yay Amber! So excited :D

Renee (SteelerGirl83) said...

Wow Amber congrats on joining a wonderful team! It will be so cool to see you here. You always do such an awesome job with your blog I know you will be TERRIFIC here! I can't wait to read your posts!!!!!

XOXO~ Renee

Diane said...

A wonderful line-up of authors here. I follow Amber's blog and am excited to see how God will use her. :O)

Amber S. said...

First of all, thank you so much, Elizabeth, for the sweet introduction and the warm welcome! I am so pleased and honored to be joining The Borrowed Book team! :D

And thank you all for your kind comments and support--I'm so thankful for all of you, and I am blessed to call you my dear friends! I'll be responding more soon, but I just had to let you know now how much your comments and encouragement mean to me! :)

~Amber

Sandra Robbins said...

I tried to leave you a comment, but it didn't work. Maybe this time it will. Anyway, I'm late welcoming you to the blog because I've been away from home all day long. I'm so glad you've joined us because I'm not the new kid on the block any more. I can't wait to meet you in person.

Sandra Robbins

Amber S. said...

Hannah,

Hehehe *squeals in excitement even louder than Hannah and giggles uncontrollably* Oh, yeah--it's a good day! ;)

Thanks so much for your sweet words and for celebrating with me! I think your friendship is a gift to me, as well, and I'm glad we've been able to talk more lately. :)

Have a fabulous day!

~Amber

Amber S. said...

Blurose,

Oh, thank you! :D I really appreciate your support--ever since we first met in the blogging world, you've been so encouraging to me. Thank you!

~Amber

Amber S. said...

Oops! I apologize for misspelling your username in the last comment, Bluerose. My bad! ;)

~Amber

Amber S. said...

Elizabeth,

Again, thank you for the kind introduction and for inviting me to join ya'll! And that means so much to me that you think I will be an asset to this blog--thank you! :)

~Amber

Amber S. said...

Julia,

Thank you! I'm so excited to be a part of this blog! :)

~Amber

Amber S. said...

Sandra,

Thank you for everything! I'm so pleased you thought of me when searching for a new victim...I mean, recruit...for the blog! ;) And thank you for your vote of confidence in my writing career--that means so much coming from a fabulous published author such as yourself!

~Amber

Amber S. said...

Casey,

For sure! These ladies are wonderful! :) And thank you for your encouragement!

~Amber

Amber S. said...

Amanda,

Oh, thank you so much, dear friend! I'm so happy I could introduce you to this blog, and how exciting that you're following it now! :)

And thank you for your kind words about me. You are so sweet! I really, really appreciate your friendship and all the ways you encourage me in my writing. :D Love ya!

~Amber

Amber S. said...

Ariel,

Awww, thank you for sharing my excitement! :D

~Amber

Amber S. said...

Renee,

These ladies are great, and I'm so excited to be a part of The Borrowed Book team! :) Thank you so much for your support--you've always been there for me, ever since I first started my blog, and I really, really appreciate you! :D

~Amber

Amber S. said...

Diane,

Oh, that means so much to me! Thank you for visiting here and for your encouraging words! :)

~Amber

Amber S. said...

Sandra R.,

Oh, no problem! Thank you for the warm welcome, and I'm glad I could help you out by becoming the new kid. ;) It would be a pleasure to meet all of you in person, and I sincerely hope we do in the near future!

~Amber

Ruth said...

Congratulations on your new blogging venture, Amber! I look forward to reading your posts!

Amber S. said...

Ruth,

Thank you! I'm thrilled that you'd want to read my posts on both blogs! :)

~Amber

Project Journal said...

*hands on my hips staring at Amber* Ummmm excuse me, squealing louder than me now too??? Sheesh, lady, you just like stealing all my fun don't you :P

Anyway, yep you're my gift totally lol. Anddddd YES! I am SO excited that we've gotten to talk more!!!! It was so cool to finally hear your voice, since I feel like I've known you for so long lol....anyway, I'll go and stop like stalking you or something geez.

*leaves looking under tables, on top of the TV, under the seat cushions* Oh, what am I looking for? A life :x

Talk to you later, Tiny,
Hannah

Renee Ann said...

This is such a great opportunity for you, Amber! Can't wait to see how God uses this in your future. Blessings!

Amber S. said...

Hannah,

Of course! ;) You know I can't let you best me in everything!

It was awesome to be able to hear your voice, too! We have known each other a long time now. It's been so fun. :)

And hahaha, I know you're not stalking me! I'm flattered that you stopped by my blog and the BB to send a shout out to me. Thank you!

~Amber

P.S. I found it! Your life was right where you left it--under the pillow. I told you to be more careful with it! ;)

Amber S. said...

Renee Ann,

I was definitely blessed with such an amazing opportunity, and I am very thankful for it! :) Thank you for your kind words and your encouragement!

~Amber

Project Journal said...

ME best YOU!?!?! *attempts to pick jaw up off the floor* Oh, honey, you have that sooooo backwards. You'll always have me beat lol, I can pretty much promise you that.

Ha! Fun is an understatement, girlie :D I absolutely adore having met you. I hope we stay in contact in the years to come because I'd love to be included in your adventures. You've got so much ahead of you, hun, you're going to do brilliantly!

Oh pshaw! I don't know why you'd be flattered, I haven't done anything! Lol...

And okay, the pillow thing....Tiny...you blow me out of the water almost every single day. I swear! I can't explain it, but you've got this way about you that makes my heart feel so happy! LOL I feel so connected with you sometimes...I don't know. I feel like a silly schoolgirl pouring all her feelings out when I shouldn't be :P But when the moment takes me there, I go with it usually lol. I don't expect you to feel the same at all, I just thought I'd let you know, Miss Amber.

Thank you so much *big heartfelt hug* lol
Hannah

Amber S. said...

Hannah,

Oh, pshaw right back at you! ;)

And thank you! I'm excited at the thought of having all of ya'll tag along with me on my writing adventures! Hopefully they won't lead to dead ends. That might be kind of boring... ;)

Just kidding! Anyway, I really appreciate your support, my dear! :)

And you're so cute! I'm glad that you like the pillow line. ;) I was trying to think of where I could say you left your life without seeming like you would have left it in some neglected place, if that makes sense! For instance, I didn't want to say you left it under the bed because then it would seem as if you were trying to hide it rather than just accidentally leaving it in dreamland (etc.). Sorry if I'm just confusing you more! ;) But I'm so glad we're friends and that you understand my quirky ways. :)

~Amber

Project Journal said...

Ohhhhhhh Amber,
You've got me giggling right now, which even though it kills my stomach to do so, I love it. Thank you!!! I feel like you're gonna get so sick and tired of hearing thank you and how much I love you that it's going to be overused! But that's not the point for sure baha! I just don't know how to say it otherwise ; )

It won't lead to dead ends, I'm confident saying that lol. You're gonna do fabulously, dahling, now keep your pretty lil chin up and think positively and confidently! Who am I to give advice? But I believe it for you, girlie. Lol!

Ummmm your quircky ways speak to me *falls off couch laughing* I LOVE it! It cheers me up more than you can know, I think, and it's so darn fun. I'm pretty sure I know what you mean, but just to clarify, I definitely didn't throw my life away on purpose :P Trust me, it grew legs and decided to walk off and find someone much more interesting than me. Bahahaha...

OH! Girllllll, I had a phenomenal dream last night! And yes it has something to do with you or I wouldn't bring it up ;D I most definitely will have to tell you sometime. Is that weird that I dream about my friends? LOL! Usually my friends are in my dreams...I think it's because you guys are the bright spot in my life lol *blush*

Okay shutting up now. But may I just say HAHA!! You know what I can best you at??? Writing longer comments I think ; ) You're pretty close, but usually I can trump you, I think, lovey. Hehehe
Talk soon,
Hannah

Amber S. said...

Hannah,

OK, you can definitely best me at writing long comments! ;) I won't even try to beat you now!

Thank you so much for your kind words, my friend! I appreciate your confidence in me and your support! You are an awesome friend! :D

And I know you didn't throw your life away! I also know that it didn't walk away on you. ;) You simply left it under the pillow, and it's waiting right there for you, so go get it and "keep moving forward!" (As they say in Meet the Robinsons--LOVE that movie!) ;)

Anyway, you'll have to tell me about your dream sometime! That's sweet that you dream about your friends. :)

Love ya, girl!

~Amber

Project Journal said...

HA! Gotcha! But you know what? I think you might beat me at smileys, geeeeeeeeeeez, girl! You put lottsa smileys : ) I love it! Bahaha...

Lol oh geez...I don't think I can find the right pillow ; ) And I've never seen that whole movie *avoids Amber's glare* LOL!

Yep I certainly will....I just hope I can remember all of it lol...hmmm *thinking* I don't know if I can anymore...OH WAIT! I remember :D heheheehe...

Love you too, Shorty ; )
Hannah

Amber S. said...

Hannah,

I do use a lot of smileys, don't I? ;) I'm glad you love it, though! ;D

Oooh, you should definitely watch all of that movie--it's super sweet and fun!

Talk to you soon! :)

~Amber

P.S. One more smiley for good measure... :D

Project Journal said...

Bahahahaha! Love it!!

Well I guess I'll have to now, won't I, Miss Bossypants ; )

Mmhmmmmm I'm sure we will talk soon, nighttime chat buddy :P

Hannah

Amber S. said...

Oh, yeah! ;) You definitely have to--because I said so!

And yes, we'll have to have our nightly chat soon. ;)

~Amber

Project Journal said...

LOL! Oh man, you have no idea how much I'm loving this. I feel really selfish though...lol! I shouldn't tie you down and make you text me every night ; )

But oh how I love it Amber....you are such an awesome friend. Makes me think of that Toy Story song ; )

*singing* You've got a friend in me....you've got a friend in me! Though the roads look, rough ahead and you're miles and miles from your nice warm bed. You just remember what your old pal said, Tiny, you've got a friend in me.


Hannah

Amber S. said...

Hannah,

I'm loving it, too, and you're not being selfish! We're just two friends talking the night away, so to speak. ;)

And oh! I love that song!!! How did you know I like Toy Story? ;) Must have been all that excitement on my blog last summer with the release of Toy Story 3...and of course that AWESOME party you planned for me on your blog! :D

Thank you for serenading me, dear friend. :) "You've got a friend in me!"

~Amber

Project Journal said...

Lol! I love that "two friends talking the night away" Awwwwww so true : ) Except I pin you down to every night. But you know...tonight you pursued me...so I guess that's good sign! LOL! Trust me I overanalyze everythinggggggggg. So annoying :P

You know, have a little faith, Miss Amber. I'm just that good, don't you know that by now? Is that the only Disney movie you really favor? Lol...because lemme tell you anytime I see Toy Story I think of YOU now...sheesh lady *shaking head* Yeah, now I've gotta one up last year, especially since you're turning the big 2-0!! You're so....old blech. Rofl!! I don't know what I'm going to do just yet, but just you wait and see, missy. I'll do something fabulous for ya : )

And hey, no problemo. I don't sound that good, but I can pull it off hehehehehe

Hannah

Amber S. said...

Hannah,

I did indeed send the first text this evening. ;)

And awwww, that's sweet that you think of me every time you see Toy Story! :) I LOVE that whole series! But believe me--I love a LOT of other Disney movies, too! Don't think I could list them all right now... ;)

You know, I think you're the one with the birthday coming up next month... So I think I'm going to need to do some plotting of my own... Don't even start thinking about my birthday yet! It's 4 long months away!

You know, we sure are piling up a lot of comments on here... ;) But it's fun chatting with you! :)

~Amber

Project Journal said...

You sure did!

Lol I can't help it! One of my friends from home is obsessed with Jasmine and it's the same way with her, always think of her when I see Jasmine. And one of our pastors! Pastor Lory! Absolutely obsessed with purple. She always wears a purple oufit under her robe every Sunday. She's pretty fun. But Toy Story is reserved for you, my dear. Forever and always, I'm sure ; )

Hmmmm Disney movies, trying to think of my faves...

Oh pfffft please! You really don't need to do anything. It's not a big one, not important at all. I would never expect you to do anything. Besides mine falls on a Tuesday! You're going to be too busy with school, young lady!! Don't bother with it...

And I AM planning a lil in my head!! I've got some ideas, i just want it to be really, really special for ya : ) Sicne I can't really do anything. It's not good enough, but it'll have to do given the cirumstances.

Yes we are! They're going to ban me from the blog O_O EEK!
Hannah

Amber S. said...

Hannah,

Fun! I'll always be Toy Story girl now. ;)

And yes, your birthday is important!! I have every right to plan a birthday party for you!

Silly, they won't ban you from the blog. How could they ban sweet, little ol' you? ;)

~Amber

Project Journal said...

Oh yes, Miss Teeny Tiny. Always the Toy Story girl you shall be :D

*blush* Every right!? What!? You is crazy, girl. You really shouldn't bother yourself, you're much too busy lol...I mean technically I CAN'T stop you....bahahaha! I'm sure it would be a fun time, but Amber! *blush* I don't know...no ones ever thrown me a party before lol other than my mom. No friends *shrug* So you'd be the first...and I can't imagine a better person : ) So thank you, but still I don't know if you should. It really isn't important.

And *blush a deeper shade of red* YOU! *shaking head* I'm not sweet lol...they are going to! ACK! :P But as for how...hmmmm I'm not sure how they'd do it, but where there's a will there's a way, my dear.

(((big hugs))) Feeling loveable this morning ; ) So you get some lol!!
Hannah

Joy Tamsin David said...

How could I have missed this welcome post?! Amber is going to make a great addition to this team!

I'll have to pick your brain later about Jujitsu. I'm thinking about getting my son involved in it.

Amber S. said...

Hannah,

Well, I think it's about time you had a party then! :) March is going to be awesome!

Thanks for the love! ;) Have a great weekend!

~Amber

Amber S. said...

Joy,

Thank you so much! I'm so glad you think so. :)

And yes, feel free to ask away! Jujitsu is a great form of martial arts for those who want to know how to defend themselves. It's also great for learning self-discipline and building self-confidence. :)

~Amber

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