My friend, Amanda Tero, has written a retelling of the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale. I haven’t read it yet, but will be soon. It sounds amazing and the cover looks great, too!
About the Book
Belle has returned unannounced to the castle to restore her relationship with the king, her father. Her hopes are dashed with the devastating message: “The king refuses to see you.” Convinced that God has led her home, she is unwilling to return to Lord and Lady Kiralyn. Continue reading →
There’s been a lot of talk lately about Pokemon and Pokemon Go. Honestly, I have major concerns and I’m tired of all the talk about both of them. I’ve never done anything with Pokemon and I never will. I always knew there was something not quite right about it because my parents didn’t want us to get involved with it, but I never knew all of the reasons behind it.
About two weeks ago, I heard a radio talk show with a pastor who has now done quite a bit of research on Pokemon and Pokemon Go. I only heard half of the program, I went on his website later and found two articles with lots of research in them. I will link to the articles at the end of my post. Continue reading →
At VBS this year, the kids learned about Noah and the flood. Many people believe Noah and the flood is just a children’s story. It isn’t just a story. It really happened, but I’m not writing this post to debate the evidences for or against a worldwide flood.
What I am here to write about is Noah. When God looked down on the earth and saw that the heart of man “was only evil continually,” He also saw that Noah stood against everyone else. Noah stood up for righteousness, he did good rather than evil.
Instead of destroying His whole creation, God had Noah build an ark so He could save the animals as well as Noah and his family. Why was this so amazing and hard for Noah to do?
“Now no shrub of the field was yet in the earth, and no plant of the field had yet sprouted, for the Lord God had not sent rain upon the earth, and there was no man to cultivate the ground.But a mist used to rise from the earth and water the whole surface of the ground.” Genesis 2:5-6 (emphasis added)
Faith Blum’s newest novella is available! This one is double trouble! Not only is it about twins, but these twins have reckless and adventurous spirits. When they go against their family, they run into more trouble than they bargained for.
About the Book
Just as I am, without one plea But that Thy blood was shed for me And that Thou bidst me come to Thee O Lamb of God, I come, I come.
Eve and Evangeline Collins are adventurous twins who decide to take a risk and head west as mail order brides. Their parents are less than pleased, but do nothing to stop them. Eve and Evangeline don’t realize their danger until they stop just outside Cheyenne. Will they ever see their family again?
What happens when an ardent “lover” meets the gambling happy step-father of an actress who is less than interested in him admirer? Drama, disaster, daring escapes, and a…haunted castle? Lucette was the perfect heroine for this book. Although she wasn’t my favorite character, her sensitivity and moral uprightness were inspiring. This was my first book by Jen Turano. The only complaint I had about it was that this was the third book in the series and I didn’t realize it until about halfway to three-fourths of the way through when some details were missing that I didn’t know. A series name on the cover somewhere would have helped me a lot. Or a few extra details.
Lucette was wonderful, as was her patroness. But Bram was my favorite. Not just because of his eccentricities, but because of other things I can’t say for fear of spoilers. I loved how real his character was and how clueless he could be at times.
The dialogue was perfect. I loved how every character had different ways of saying things throughout the book.
As I mentioned earlier, there were a few plot details that appeared to be missing, but then I found out this was book 3 in a series. That being said, there were a few other plot points that made the story a little unbelievable at times. Overall, however, the plot and storyline were well executed and captivating.
Overall writing quality:
Jen Turano has a way with words and I will certainly be looking up more of her books again.
There were a few times when there was too much going on in the book and I had to put it down for a short time. However, I did have a hard time doing it even then.
I always love a good mystery and this one had me very interested. I did have a few guesses as to some of the twists and was correct each time, but even with that, it was a good book and one that I’m sure I will read again at some point.
Note: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
Last week, I wrote some tips on how to decide when to promote your books and a few ways to do so. This week, we’ll go through a tips on deciding what price, how to get into the big sites, and more. If you need any help in your publication process, check out my page For Authors or send me an email. If I don’t know the answer, I probably know someone who does.
Choosing the discount
If you are new to book promotions, this may sound backwards, but if you have more than one book published, the best way to promote it, get more reviews, and promote your other books, is to put one book on sale for free and then promote it heavily. It works, trust me. If you are going to do this, though, I suggest you leave your other books full price. That way you should easily earn back any money you spend to promote the book and then some.
If you have published only one book and sales have stagnated, keep writing and editing the next book and then run a Kindle Countdown. But please don’t make a rookie mistake and only discount it to $1.99. I highly recommend doing a 1 price increment change starting at $0.99. It might not make as much money for you per book, but you’ll get more sales which will get you more money. $1.99 seems to be the dead price for books. People are more willing to spend $0.99 or $2.99 than $1.99 on an eBook. Continue reading →