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My top ten reads in 2017 + 3 bonus books if romance is your thing

My top ten reads in 2017 + 3 bonus books if romance is your thing

2017 has been the year I’ve gotten into ebook reading in a big way. This was mainly because I wanted to read Christian fiction to understand the market I was entering. Among the dross (sadly there was quite a bit of it), I’ve found authors to follow. I’ll include books in this list that weren’t ‘my thing’ but were well written and might be yours. 1. The Long Highway Home – Elizabeth Musser. One of my few 5 star reviews…

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Author interviews – written and oral

Author interviews – written and oral

Interviews, interviews, As both a traditionally and self-published author, I have experienced a range of author interviews throughout my hybrid writing career. Technology is also changing rapidly and that may be one of the factors in how things have changed. My first publisher (traditional) didn’t arrange a single interview. Perhaps that was normal for 2010 and the UK. The US publisher worked hard and even though I wasn’t in the US, they found me two radio interviews there and one…

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Stories aren’t just for kids: Busting 10 myths

Stories aren’t just for kids: Busting 10 myths

Announcing new booklet – Stories aren’t just for kids: Busting 10 myths about Bible storytelling I have been training people in Bible storytelling since about 2008. During trainings the same objections to using storytelling keep coming up. Stories aren’t just for kids: Busting 10 myths about Bible storytelling was written to tackle the most common objections. This book is different to my other books as it is written as a ‘taster’ to my non-fiction. It is meant to be free and…

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Author interview/giveaway – Grace in Strange Disguise (latest giveaways on top)

Author interview/giveaway – Grace in Strange Disguise (latest giveaways on top)

Author Interview + giveaways The realities of indie publishing is that instead of the publisher finding people to interview me online, radio … I have to find those myself. Over the next months I will have various author interviews. Most interviews will include an ebook giveaway competition. It will be a HUGE help, even if you don’t want to ‘win’, if you’ll pass on the competitions to your friends and contacts via email, Facebook, twitter … I will always have…

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Grace in Strange Disguise – life impacting Christian fiction

Grace in Strange Disguise – life impacting Christian fiction

Grace in Strange Disguise – published 1 October, 2017 Available online in ebook, print and AUDIO format. The story behind Grace in Strange Disguise Here Back cover blurb People disappoint us but what if God does too? Physiotherapist Esther Macdonald is living the Australian dream, and it doesn’t surprise her. After all, her father has always said, “Follow Jesus and be blessed.” But at twenty-eight, her world shatters. Everyone assures her God will come through for her, but what happens…

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Life changing Christian Fiction: ‘A Long Highway Home’ Elizabeth Musser

Life changing Christian Fiction: ‘A Long Highway Home’ Elizabeth Musser

Life changing books – 5 star book reviews I seldom award 5 stars for a novel. But in the world of contemporary Christian fiction, Elizabeth Musser’s book, A Long Highway Home, stands out. For Christian fiction to be awarded 5 stars it must have excellent writing, cover, editing and story, AND if it has ‘eternal impact’ content. By this I mean, does the book matter in eternal terms? Does it challenge and inspire me to follow Jesus? ‘Eternal impact’ books…

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Novel: Grace in Strange Disguise – Contemporary Christian Fiction

Novel: Grace in Strange Disguise – Contemporary Christian Fiction

Grace in Strange Disguise – Back Cover Blurb Physiotherapist Esther Macdonald is living the Australian dream, and it doesn’t surprise her. After all, her father has always said, “Follow Jesus and be blessed.” But at twenty-eight, her world shatters. Everyone assures her God will come through for her, but what happens when he doesn’t? Has she offended God? Is her faith too small? So many conflicting explanations. Will finding the truth cost her the people closest to her heart? Grace…

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Iola Goulton – interview with an editor

Iola Goulton – interview with an editor

Iola Goulton is an editor and upcoming novelist who lives in and loves New Zealand. I got to know her through the Australasian Christian Writers group on Facebook and was so impressed by her posts that I asked if she’d edit my novel. 1. You didn’t start out in the book world. What was your journey into editing? In a word, circuitous. Some might say it was a series of coincidences, but I don’t believe in coincidence. I lost my…

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It’s coming! The novel – ‘Grace in Strange Disguise’

It’s coming! The novel – ‘Grace in Strange Disguise’

It’s coming! And what a journey it has been. Over four years of hard work as I’ve crawled up the steep learning curve to learn how to write fiction. It’s coming! A reluctant start This post explains how I started writing the novel. A shock which led to a change in direction – but it’s coming! “I think this is one and a half books,” the editor wrote, “not just one.” My first thought was, “Oh no. Not more decisions…

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Recommended writing resources – Part 1 -books

Recommended writing resources – Part 1 -books

The need for writing resources Unless you are one of those rare and perhaps non-existent people who can write perfectly without outside help, then this post is for you. My switch from non-fiction to fiction was a massive leap. I felt very alone and really had no idea what I was doing. But I’m a planner, so I planned and then wrote chapter by chapter of a first draft. In some ways the first draft was the easy bit. The…

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