Monday, August 13, 2018

Camp Hope by Sara L Foust ends 8/20

Be sure to read on down to learn how to enter in Sara's giveaway!

Camp Hope: Journey to Hope is the second installment in my Love, Hope, and Faith Series. It tells the story of Amy Dawson and her foster daughter, Mattie. Amy had a traumatic childhood, abused and then yanked from her jailed mother. Her life improved drastically when she was sent to live with her Aunt Zena on a huge farm in Briceville, Tennessee. Zena ran a summer camp for foster children with her best friend, Sam. Now that Zena has passed on, Amy has taken role as the director.
However, her scarred childhood has never left her. She is withdrawn and scared a lot of the time, especially of men. When Mattie is kidnapped and Amy is faced with the return of her high school love, Jack Evans, she isn’t sure how to handle things. The fear in her says hide. The desire to retrieve Mattie says be brave and go find her.
Amy’s motherly instincts win out and she delves deep into the mountains of Royal Blue. Royal Blue is a real mountain chain here in East Tennessee, part of the Cumberland Wildlife Management Area. It is thousands of acres of untouched wilderness, marred only by 4-wheelers paths that are like a maze of crisscrosses. It is home to bear, elk, rattlesnakes and copperheads, bobcats, coyotes, and more.
Amy stopped believing God cared about her when she was a young girl, and she gave up hope in any type of full healing for herself a long time ago. My hope is that readers will learn from Amy’s story. It is not only a story of loss and adventure, it is a story of reclaiming hope in God. Of realizing that no matter what has happened to you or what mistakes you have made, God has an abundant love for you and can provide full, complete healing.


GIVEAWAY: Ask Sara a question to be entered to win her Camp Hope.
AMY DAWSON directs a summer camp for foster children near Briceville, Tennessee. A foster mom for the first time, her responsibilities as mother to a traumatized child bring a whole new set of challenges and joys.
But when Amy’s four-year-old foster daughter is dragged into the mountains of Royal Blue by a former employee, parenting challenges are overshadowed by a new nightmare. The Sheriff's department fails to procure viable leads, and Amy can’t sit idle. Her childhood friend and first love, JACK EVANS, returns to lend his skills as tracker. Problem is, he also stirs up romantic memories Amy would rather leave buried.
Jack struggles to let go of his past failures and prove his reliability by bringing Mattie home, but fears when he left camp nineteen years ago and failed to keep a promise to Amy he permanently lost her confidence.
As Amy plunges into the wilderness on horseback to search for Mattie, she must decide who she trusts, let go of her childhood traumas, and learn to rely on hope in God. Facing dehydration, starvation, and a convoluted kidnapper, will she succeed in recovering her precious foster daughter or get lost in the vast wilderness forever?


Author Bio:
Sara is a multi-published, award-winning author who writes Inspirational Romantic Suspense from a mini-farm in East Tennessee, where she lives with her husband and their five homeschooled children. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from the University of Tennessee and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. Her debut novel Callum's Compass won second place in Deep River Books' 2017 Writer's Contest. She also has a story, “Leap of Faith,” in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Step Outside Your Comfort Zone. Sara finds inspiration in her faith, her family, and the beauty of nature. When she isn’t writing, you can find her reading, camping, and spending time outdoors with her family. To learn more about her and her work or to become a part of her email friend’s group, please visit www.saralfoust.com.



Monday, August 6, 2018

Come Next Winter by Linda Hanna and Deborah Dulworth ends 8/13



Read on down to find out about their giveaway!



Connecting with Our Readers


One common denominator we have as writers is to bond with those who love our books. To some, the thought is overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. In preparing to write, the first question we ask is: who is the target audience? So using that same analogy, let’s think of our outreach as a target as well. 


The outer circle on the target includes the readers online who you will probably never meet face-to-face. Social media followers have a great influence on book sales. It’s a perfect tool to connect because you can reach a vast number of fans.


To bridge the gap between readers and authors, it helps to make a list of how people respond when you work online. How many shared, emailed, tweeted, and liked what you posted? Find the sweet spot that readers reacted to the most, then repeat what worked, and explore more ways to keep the same level of interest. For instance, our stories are laced with humor and followers say they’re disappointed if we don’t give them the expected fun-filled posts on our author page.

Those ongoing exchanges with fans often result in a writer’s biggest reward: word of mouth marketing. The more dedicated your followers are, the wider your readership becomes.


The next ring on the target is comprised of those who are in your book signing audiences. It’s easy to connect with this group. Area librarians are more than happy to host signings for local authors. Most will advertise it in the paper, on the library marquis, their bulletin board, etc.


One of the greatest pleasures of being an author is meeting with local readers. That personal interaction is an effective way to guide them toward your books. When people talk one-on-one with a writer, a natural curiosity quickly grows and they will want to read your stories.


As authors, we become the center of our own circle of readers and, let’s face it; they can make or break the success of our books. Good stories stir readers and they are the ones who write reviews and share with their friends about how great the books are. One fan can become a valuable link to his larger sphere of influence.
The bull’s eye of the target represents your inner circle of peeps. Family, friends, church, and work relationships are crucial in your networking.


Family reunions are the best time to connect with relatives you rarely see. Most of them are proud and excited to have a family member who is an honest-to-goodness author.


Church functions offer a plethora of speaking and book signing possibilities. Male authors find men’s breakfasts and sports-related banquets are great opportunities to present their books. Meanwhile, lady authors find women’s groups such as mother/daughter teas or banquets, and ladies overnight retreats to be perfect occasions to share.


Additional speaking possibilities are senior adult groups and district groups. Find a church (or a civic function) that offers a holiday market where you can set up a booth.


Building an Audience


Ø  Look for common interests


            For instance, long checkout lines are a good place to strike up a conversation with the bored person behind you. If you see someone looking at books in a store or a person in a restaurant with a paperback, that’s an open door to ask what they are reading and who their favorite writer is. Then casually point out that you too are a published author and mention your book’s genre. That starts the ball rolling. Keep in mind that while you’re talking, the goal is to lead that dialogue toward the content of your books.


Ø  Find ways to compliment


            This puts the person at ease and makes them more receptive to what you have to share.


Ø  Acknowledge their struggles


            Everyone carries a burden, so it’s important to respond to their concerns. It shows them you care. You never know how your interaction with them will affect their lives in profound ways. They’ll remember your kindness.


Ø  Celebrate their successes


            This gives them encouragement and bolsters their self-esteem.  Ephesians 4:29  says, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”


Now that we’ve filled your quiver with conversational arrows, get out there and enjoy your target practice. Ready, aim, fire!


Linda Hanna and Deborah Dulworth

GIVEAWAY:  Be sure to leave a comment to be entered to win a PDF e-copy of Come Next Winter

The Call of Indian Summer


Will their struggles and personal doubts overpower the prospect of love and loyalty?
Recently widowed Sue North leaves her stately Vermont home to work with her daughter and son-in-law caring for orphans near Apache Pointe, Arizona. The last thing Sue wants in her peaceful new life is to catch the eye of another man. But then, in one jaw-dropping moment, suave attorney, Brian Campton, saunters into her path. After dealing with her husband’s abuse, can she find the courage or desire to begin a relationship with someone as serious-minded as Brian?
Meanwhile, Stuart Drake, the handsome survivor of a loveless marriage, is on the lam from the dogged church ladies keen on his availability. He chooses the tuck-tail-and-run method to guard his battered soul, all the while yearning for affection he’s never known. Has finding the joy of a shared love eluded him? Enter Sue North. Stuart finds himself tripping over his heart. She’s beautiful, vibrant, and . . . too young. The age gap haunts him. Can he compete with the flirtatious lawyer’s money and sophistication?
The Call of Indian Summer will lure you into the struggles and personal doubts which challenge the prospect of love and loyalty.



ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Author Bio: The writing team of Hanna and Dulworth deliver a story full of love and faith, and sprinkled with touches of humor that will have you wondering whether to laugh or cry. Their first novel in the Seasons of Change series, Come Next Winter, released in 2016. Linda and Debbie love to share uplifting messages of faith, family, and love. Their hope is to inspire and encourage readers on their own spiritual journey. Though their paths have unexpected twists and turns, they cling unswervingly to their faith and God continues to bless.



Both:
Website: [www.dulworthandhanna.wordpress.com]www.dulworthandhanna.wordpress.com
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Monday, July 30, 2018

Chase by Glenn Haggerty ends Aughust 6th

Please welcome Glenn Haggerty to my blog this week. It's Glenn's first time visiting with us so be sure to give him a warm welcome! Glenn is giving away a kindle copy of his book, Chase, so be sure to read on down on how to enter. 

I’ve always loved reading and would often find myself daydreaming about a book and then taking it on a tangent. But I never considered writing. I didn’t think I was good enough for that. And between family, my business and ministry I didn’t have the time—writing was out of the question. But Glaucoma changed all of that. Suddenly I had lots of time but had to figure things out—really find grace to navigate a new situation. I began telling stories to my children . . .
So now I write action/adventure/mysteries to
entertain and give hope. My latest mystery, Chase, Intense Book 3 was released on April 1, 2018. In Chase, Tyler, a middle school newbie, watches helplessly as his friend, Jake, descends into drugs. With the help of a couple of classmates and encouraged by the local police, Tyler begins shadowing drug runners to rat out the methamphetamine dealer before his friend turns into a brain-dead druggie. But Tyler has underestimated the power and raw evil that is about to be unleashed against him. There are lots of twists and turns and character surprises as Tyler and his friends come face to face with organized evil. Faith and courage are tested to the max, and many lessons are learned regarding life and friendships.

My next book in the Intense series is tentatively titled, Hyde, which follows the theme of the first two books and once again also serves as the name of the main antagonist. It set in Florida where Tyler is vacationing with his cousins. Once again, they get caught up in a mysterious disappearance that has to do with modern-day pirates and treasure buried in plain sight. I’ve done some research on the Spanish gold fleet of Seventeen-fifteen and discovered some interesting possibilities. 

GIVEAWAY
To enter the giveaway answer one or both of the questions below. Don't forget to leave your email so we can contact you if you win!

1. When you think of Christian fiction books for middle and high school students would you give an eBook or a print copy to them?
2. If you like a book, how often do you read the next book in the series? The entire series?

ABOUT GLENN: 
Glenn writes inspiring adventures with an edge. No matter how dark the day, finding hope to pursue the prize is the core of all his novels and studies. He is a member of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers), a graduate of Vision Loss Resources and Bethel Seminary, the father of six and grandfather of seven. Glenn likes tandem biking, kayaking, and daydreaming and lives in Minneapolis with his wife. He is also an award-winning author with short stories published in Splickety, Havok, Cadet Quest and Partners. Chase, the third book in his Intense series was released on April 1, 2018.
You can connect with Glenn at: Website http://www.glennhaggerty.com/


“There they are.” Chase’s voice rolled up the slope. Even hollering his voice sounded flat and lifeless like someone had drilled a hole in his body, and his soul had leaked out.
Drugs infiltrate Tyler Higgins’ middle school turning ordinary kids into brain dead druggies. When his friend is infected, Tyler decides to cut the small town drug flow by ratting out the dealer before it’s too late.
Shadowing drug runners is risky business. A bowhunter has already disappeared, and Tyler’s true adversary remains veiled. After his first spying mission misfires, Audrey, his classmate, volunteers to help, but Tyler can’t imagine where this mission will lead. Everything goes sideways, but he doggedly follows the twisting trails, risking his friendships and his own neck. In the end, he isn’t sure who he can trust or if he can rescue anyone—including himself.

You can pick up your copy of Chase, Intense Book 3 here www.amazon.com/dp/B0792JP7Z2
If you’ve read this far, I have an extra for you! You can get Escape, Intense Book 1 free in ebook format at Kindle Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075X2SF8S Nook and other epub https://www.books2read.com/u/m2oRQ7
Escape is a short, fast-paced introduction to the series and another great summer read.