Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Real love drew me to write real romance. When I was a girl, the novels I read had dashing heroes who fell in love with the heroine at first sight, spouting poetic compliments.

Then I fell in love with my husband. I found him mildly annoying at first. It took us both a while to fall in love. He doesn’t give compliments, and the only poem he quotes is a limerick he wrote in junior high about dog poop (don’t ask). And I adore him.

So when I started writing, I was determined to portray real love in my stories. I wanted to portray love that would have women appreciate the men in their lives more deeply—not resent them. (tweet this)

Here are the three components of real love I like to portray in my novels:

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Bethany Turner {Writer Wednesday}

A little bit about Bethany...

Bethany Turner is the director of administration for Rock Springs Church in Southwest Colorado. A former VP/operations manager of a commercial bank and a three-time cancer survivor (all before she turned 35), Bethany knows that when God has plans for your life, it doesn't matter what anyone else has to say. Because of that, she's chosen to follow his call to write. She lives with her husband and their two sons in Colorado, where she writes for a new generation of readers who crave fiction that tackles the thorny issues of life with humor and insight.

Connect with Bethany...

Website: www.seebethanywrite.com
Blog: www.seebethanywrite.com/blog
Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/seebethanywrite
Facebook: www.facebook.com/seebethanywrite
Twitter: www.twitter.com/seebethanywrite

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Billy Coffey | New Novel News

Steal Away Home
by Billy Coffeey

Published: January 2, 2018
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Purchase: Steal Away Home

Owen Cross grew up with two loves: one a game, the other a girl. One of his loves ruined him. Now he’s counting on the other to save him.

Owen Cross’s father is a hard man, proud in his brokenness, who wants nothing more than for Owen to succeed where he failed. With his innate talents and his father’s firm hand guiding him, Owen goes to college with dreams of the major leagues—and an emptiness full of a girl named Micky Dullahan.

Owen loved Micky from the first time they met on the hill between their two worlds: his middle-class home and her troubled Shantytown. Years later he leaves her for the dugouts and the autographs, but their days together follow him. When he finally returns home, he discovers that even peace comes at a cost. And that the hardest things to say are to the ones we love the most.

From bestselling author Billy Coffey comes a haunting story of small-town love, blinding ambition, and the risk of giving it all for one last chance.

“In one evening, a single baseball game, Coffey invites us into a lifetime. With lyrical prose and aching description we join Owen Cross on a journey of love, loss, faith, the unexpected—and America’s favorite pastime.” —Katherine Reay, author of Dear Mr. Knightley and The Austen Escape

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Picturing Heaven by Randy Alcorn | Re:View

Talk about stunning! This amazing adult coloring book is not only perfect for fans of coloring but also for use as a quick devotional.

Randy Alcorn, popular author of the book Heaven, has created forty short devotionals all revolving around heaven for this beautiful book. Ranging in topic from the New Jerusalem to the pleasure God takes in giving us good gifts, he expounds on a scripture for each devotional in a concise but meaningful manner.

Then, to add to the experience, each devotional comes with a coloring page accompanying it. The illustrations by Lizzie Preston are stunning and I absolutely love the gold accents each page has.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Susanne Dietz | Author Chat + Giveaway

I had the blessing to meet this sweet woman years ago when we ended up living close-ish to one another and were going to the ACFW Conferece on the same flight! I'm so happy to host her here to talk about books--especially hers!
Susanne Dietze began writing love stories in high school, casting her friends in the starring roles. Today, she's the award-winning author of over a dozen historical romances who's seen her work on the ECPA and Publisher's Weekly Bestseller Lists for Inspirational Fiction. Married to a pastor and the mom of two, Susanne lives in California and enjoys fancy-schmancy tea parties, genealogy, the beach, and curling up on the couch with a costume drama and a plate of nachos.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys | RE:View

This book. Oh my heart! I went into this blind (like I typically do) and had no idea what I was in for. But honestly, the story was so good that I’m glad I did. I might have been scared away if I knew hints of what the story would hold, but this way I was able to watch it unfold in its interpersonal beauty despite the weightiness of the topic.

The plot and historical facts were woven so seamlessly together that it felt like a historical account but with heart. It did take a few chapters for me to really get in to it and connect with the four main characters, but once I did it was incredible to see how they came together and to see what their story became.

I would highly recommend this to fan of historical fiction, YA historical, and those who enjoy stories with more weight to them but in a satisfying way. I walked away from this book with a greater understanding of a happening in history I’d had no prior knowledge of and a feeling of being a part of a great and beautiful story.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Isaiah's Daughter by Mesu Andrews | New Novel News

Isaiah's Daughter
by Mesu Andrews

Published: January 16, 2018
Publisher: Waterbrook/Multnomah
Purchase: Isaiah's Daughter 

The Hebrews are a divided nation. Israel in the north—ten tribes strong—has bowed to pagan worship. In Judah’s two tribes, an evil king mocks King David’s legacy while a remnant of Yahweh’s faithful cling desperately to their one true God.

Caught in the middle of the warring is an orphaned girl named Ishma—meaning “desolation.” Her short life already mirrors the name.

Yet Yahweh’s plan for her has only just begun.