Friday, September 25, 2020

Blog Tour and Giveaway: About Face, Rest, and Intents & Purposes by Tonia Colleen Martin

About the Book

Book: About Face, Rest, and Intents & Purposes

Author: Tonia Colleen Martin

Genre: Illustrated Poetry

Release Date: 2019 and 2020

The terrible accident happened too long ago to remember the specifics. Having lost what she doesn’t remember owning, it takes the miracle of crossing paths with Hush, Shush and Silence, to reveal the truth. The shock of realizing she struggled to maintain an identity never meant to be hers, floors her. From a position of surrender, the surface of her tears mirrors who she has always been but hasn’t seen and does not know. Unimaginable possibilities, surprising choices and thrilling freedom ensues.

At the core of all anxiety is mistaken identity. About Face invites readers to consider who they might be apart from other people’s expectations and who they might become.

Click here to get your copy of About Face!


A perennial gift book for the stressed and beleaguered. Falling into the growing category of children’s books for adults, Rest: An Invitation to Freedom, lures readers out of frenzied productivity into a state of peaceful contemplation. Written for exhausted high achievers, this story is suitable for office lobbies, coffee and bedside tables.

“The heart of Christianity is a myth which is also a fact. At its best, the fairy story or fantasy is far from being a flight from reality; it is, rather, a flight to reality.”- JRR Tolkein

“The trumpet of imagination, like the trumpet of the Resurrection, calls the dead out of their

graves.” – GK Chesterton

“Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.” — C.S. Lewis


Click here to get your copy of Rest: An Invitation to Freedom!

This story took longer to live than to transcribe. For daydreamers, truth-seekers, joy-feeders, and those longing to let your heart instruct your mind, this little book is for you. Falling into my own stylized category of children’s book for adults, Intents and Purposes, chronicles the path of a life abandoned by disconnection and loneliness as it moves to the threshold of hope and contentment.

Both text and illustrations are mine. Although countless versions reside in my constantly reconfiguring memory, this compilation seems to be its truest version.

Click here to get your copy of Intents and Purposes!

About the Author

I earned my MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts, received the Hallberg Award for Art; Best of Show, Blue Line Gallery, Membership Medley; published in The Arts in Religious and Theological Studies; Ruminate Magazine; Metonym; Sierra College Journal.

More from Tonia

They are ready! Finally! These three illustrated books are condensed chronicles of various phases of my spiritual development. Over the years, I’ve learned that the deepest matters of the heart seem to be resistant to the confines of words. Images aid in the capture of emotions, but even still, the heart is shy. It runs from impatience and requires a concentration of listening and a suspension of judgment.

Each one of these books hovers over distinct territories and touch down in depths most avoid. I struggle to put my experiences into a kind and beautiful package, hoping to lure readers into places of feeling many might avoid. Not realizing they would be officially released during this unnerving pandemic, I am now so grateful for the message of hope that invites readers into possibilities and faith in our merciful Father of Lights who brought all things into being and is, even now, administering Peace to those who simply ask and expect. For those who suffer in the unknown, as I have and often do, I invite to include the reading of these missives of encouragement and their distribution of the message of Hope hidden in their pages.  They were written to uplift you on the days when you can find no words for your longing, no relief for your uncertainty and a deep desire for encouragement.  I am eager to get them out in the world.

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 19

Texas Book-aholic, September 20

Beauty in the Binding, September 21 (Author Interview)

deb’s Book Review, September 21

For Him and My Family, September 22

For the Love of Literature, September 23 (Author Interview)

Inklings and notions, September 24

Locks, Hooks and Books, September 25

Tell Tale Book Reviews, September 26 (Author Interview)

Artistic Nobody, September 27 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Ashley’s Bookshelf, September 28

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, September 29

Sara Jane Jacobs, September 30

Through the Fire Blogs, October 1 (Author Interview)

Mary HakeOctober 1

Emily Yager, October 2


To celebrate her tour, Tonia is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

My Review: 

About Face is another good book I have had the pleasure of reading by Tonia Colleen Martin. She is very talented with using words and pictures to get the story across. I love how she was able to show the gift of grace, inspiration, faith, healing and taught me on how to look at myself. There is much packed in such this short book. 

I am giving About Face four and a half stars. I recommend it for readers who are looking for a different read that shows the beauty of learning how to heal, to be kind themselves, and for those who are needing some much needed inspiration. Tonia Colleen Martin really has a unique way to speak to her readers and I will be curious to see where her imagination will take them to. 

I received About Face from the publisher. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion.

Rest: An Invitation to Freedom is a good book by Tonia Colleen Martin. I like that she does her own the illustrations and uses the talents of designer Jennifer Rose Triebwasser. The book is a unique one with the look of a children’s book but are geared towards adults. This one is my favorite that I have read by this author. As a mom and caretaker, it reminded me that I needed to take care of myself.

I am giving Rest: An Invitation to Freedom four and a half stars. I recommend it for readers who are looking for a unique and quick read. It would make for a perfect gift for new parents or caretakers. I will be picking up books by Tonia Colleen Martin future. I really like her work. 

I received Rest: An Invitation to Freedom from the publisher. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion.

Intents and Purposes is an interesting book by Tonia Colleen Martin. Not only did she write the book, she was, also, the illustrator. The talents of designer Jennifer Rose Triebwasser was a good touch, as well. This is quite a bit different type of book than what I am used to reading. It is in the style of a children’s book, but is actually a book for adults with some adult themes. Each page reads kind of like a poem with pictures that accompany the words. I thought it offered some encouragement and hope. 

I am giving Intents and Purposes three stars. I recommend it for readers who are looking for a unique read for married couples. It would make for a perfect gift for newlyweds, as well. I am wondering what else Tonia Colleen Martin will be releasing in the future. 

I received Intents and Purposes from the publisher. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion.


  1. Wonderful review! Thank you for sharing.

  2. Congrats on this tour and thanks for the opportunity to read about another great book out there to read. It helps out so I can find books I know my family will enjoy reading. Thanks as well for the giveaway.

  3. It sounds like an interesting book. Thank you for sharing.