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How to love your favourite authors – part 1

How to love your favourite authors – part 1

Do you know the best way to sell books? Word of mouth recommendations. Book reviews are one way to love your favourite authors. I’ve been a fan of certain author’s book since I was in primary school and devoured Enid Blyton and Narnia. In those days I simply told my friends about the books and pushed the book their direction. Nowadays things are done differently. Many authors struggle to continue writing because writing can be a lonely task. Many times…

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Criss Cross – high quality Christian suspense

Criss Cross – high quality Christian suspense

Do you like suspense novels? This is a debut novel but C.C. Warrens writes like a seasoned author. This book headed the list for top novels of 2018. Holly is short, feisty and scarred. She has lived in multiple foster homes and doesn’t remember anything of her background before she was ten. But someone out of her past is stalking her. This is the first book in a trilogy (Cross Fire; Crossed Out). There is also an excellent eighty page…

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Top 9 reads 2018

Top 9 reads 2018

Top reads 2018 I have been searching all year for 10 reads that deserved to be on this list. I didn’t find ten. This list will contain a mix of non-fiction and fiction. Non-fiction My review: This book is gold. It is possible to read it straight through but its strength is that it is a book to go back into and dip in to the relevant section. For example, if someone asks you to speak at a wedding or…

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Grace in the Shadows – Book 2

Grace in the Shadows – Book 2

Grace in the Shadows – Back Cover Blurb Physiotherapist Esther has survived cancer, but wounds within her family remain unhealed. Is her revived faith the reason for the rift or could a simmering secret be the root cause?Cosmetics consultant Rachel buried her past – and her father’s God – but the past refuses to stay buried. Will she continue to run or is confronting her pain the way to freedom? Two women. One collision course with truth.Can God’s grace shine…

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Book trailers

Book trailers

Book trailers Do they influence people to buy books? Not necessarily, but they’re fun and may influence those who have already heard about your book previously. 1-2-1 discipleship book trailer   Stories aren’t just for kids book trailer   Grace in Strange Disguise Grace in the Shadows Principles in making a book trailer About a minute long for the ‘slideshow’ kind above Can be up to 3 -4 minutes if includes snippets from the author (perhaps interview questions …) These…

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Life changing fiction – CS Lewis – Narnia series

Life changing fiction – CS Lewis – Narnia series

Life changing fiction One other characteristic of life changing fiction is that it is worthy of being read over and over. I first had C. S. Lewis’ Narnia series read to me when I was seven or eight years old. I enjoyed the stories but I doubt I knew that I would read the series every year from the time I was about thirteen. I little realised how the words and ideas would influence my thinking. Of all of the…

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Life changing Christian fiction – Screwtape Letters, CS Lewis

Life changing Christian fiction – Screwtape Letters, CS Lewis

Life changing Christian fiction – what does it mean? In the eighteen months prior to publishing Grace in Strange Disguise, I have immersed myself in the world of Christian fiction. There are millions of words out there. The more I’ve read, the more I’ve hungered for stories that are worth reading. I’ve read many that are well written but they don’t move me to tears. They don’t make me hunger and thirst for following Jesus. They don’t make me want…

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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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