Just a quick note to let you know I’m guest posting at the Dare to Bloom site, and giving away an ebook copy of Heaven’s Prey. Come join the conversation about why we write — and/or read — fiction. Click here: Why Write Fiction? (Giveaway ends July 26, 2017, and is of course void where prohibited by law.)
Do you like to know about ebook deals, free books, and new releases? Like to read Christian fiction and non-fiction? I’ve just learned about a new way to find them.
Christian Book Heaven is a new source of curated book offers exclusively for Christian books. Notices come in a daily email, and readers can specify which genres they want to hear about. Here’s a link to subscribe:
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Because it’s short, and because it collects all the bonus features you could read here on the site if you took time to find them, my intent is to make this ebook free. At present it’s free for Kobo, Nook, but only free for Kindle in the US. Elsewhere for Kindle it’s 99 cents USD, which is the lowest they’ll let me set it. Kindle readers outside the US, I’ve tried my best to convince Amazon to match the free price, with no success. 🙁 You can find the bonus features listed on each novel’s book page here on my site. You might also have more luck than I’ve had with asking Amazon to match the price if you can find it free at one of their online competitors in your country. Readers who prefer iBooks, I’m sorry, but Apple only wants full stories, so they won’t take a book of bonus features.
If you’ve been waiting to read my Redemption’s Edge novels or the Hot Apple Cider anthologies, now’s the time. KOBO has a worldwide half-price sale on select ebooks, including Heaven’s Prey, Secrets and Lies, Without Proof (preorder), and Hot Apple Cider with Cinnamon.
Not a Kobo reader? Did you know the Kobo reading app is free for your electronic devices? Plus, if you’ve never tried them, they’re also offering a $5 bonus!
See below for codes and dates:
Canada: October 28th – October 31st
Promo Code: CA50SALE
United States/Australia/New Zealand: October 27th – October 30th
Promo Code: GET50SALE
United Kingdom: October 30th – November 2nd
Promo Code: UK50SALE
Tell your friends, and happy shopping!
Extra post this weekend… because I found out that my books are included in a half-price sale in the Kobo store! [Don’t have a Kobo? They have a free app to download for your tablet, phone or computer.]
If you wanted to read them before Without Proof comes out in November, now’s your chance. The following links are for the Canadian store, but Kobo sells worldwide. Outside of Canada, just go to your country’s Kobo store and search “Redemption’s Edge Sketchley”.
To buy: add the book(s) to your cart, proceed to checkout, and scroll down to see where to add a promotion code. Type SALE50 and you’ll see the discount apply. It works on more than one book, so stock up for fall reading! Sale ends August 31.
Since I have a story in this book, I haven’t written a review. But here are what some others are saying:
“The stories in the anthology do not all have happy endings. There are people who write about devastating losses in their lives, or occasions that do not turn out as planned. Sometimes there are people of faith who make stunning breakthroughs; sometimes people of faith die. But through the grief, hope survives.” Read the entire article at North Shore Outlook.
“The stories in both Hot Apple Cider books are written in ways that some of us can relate to. I appreciate the honesty of the authors as theyshared from their hearts. Thank you!” ~Helga (posted on the publisher’s website)
“This collection of wonderful writing from a variety of voices is honest, personal, and compelling. Stoke the fire, put up your feet, and open this book. Like me, you’ll be comforted, inspired, and encouraged. I felt as if God were reading over my shoulder.” ~Michael Messenger, Executive VP, World Vision Canada
“This book is easy to pick up and tough to put down. You’ll love these stories of love, faith, and hope. Thank God for second helpings!” ~Phil Callaway, bestselling author, speaker, and humorist
[Amazon links are affiliate links that benefit The Word Guild.]
Organized Grime, by Christy Barritt (Princeton Halls Press, Smashwords Edition, 2011)
Clean enough crime scenes, and if you’re the inquisitive type you’re bound to find some clues and get drawn into a mystery or two. Gabby St. Clair is feisty, quick-witted and funny, and by this, the third novel in the Squeaky Clean Mystery series, she’s developed a reputation for investigating where she shouldn’t, endangering her life, and catching villains.
This time the mystery comes to her door, in the form of FBI agents hunting her animal-rights activist friend, Sierra, who’s suspected of arson and bombing a building. Sierra has tried rescuing crabs from restaurants before, but Gabby’s sure she’d never commit acts of eco-terrorism.
Gabby needs to find Sierra before the authorities—or the real criminals—do. A string of murders is good for her business, but each crime scene turns up evidence of Sierra’s presence. As Gabby follows leads, danger follows her.
Organized Grime is a fine wrap-up to a fun series that I didn’t want to see end. The mystery itself is fast-paced, and I enjoy Gabby’s sense of humour. At the same time she’s finishing her forensic pathologist training, discovering what her new faith means to how she lives life, and resolving relationship issues with her family and her cute neighbour.
If you haven’t read the first two novels in the series, Hazardous Duty and Suspicious Minds, you can jump in with book 3. But the first two are good reading too.
Christy Barritt is also the author of the non-fiction book Changed: True Stories of Finding God Through Christian Music and the romantic suspense novels Keeping Guard and The Last Target. She has three new books releasing this year: Suburban Sleuth Mysteries #1 Death of the Couch Potato’s Wife (May 2012), and two romantic suspenses: Race Against Time (April 2012) and Ricochet (September 2012).
You can learn more about award-winning mystery author Christy Barritt and her books at her website. See book trailers for the first two Squeaky Clean novels here. Organized Grime is available as an eBook in multiple formats through Smashwords, in Kindle format, and in print from Amazon.com and Amazon.ca.
[Review copy provided by the author.]
Shadow of Reality, by Donna Fletcher Crow (StoneHouse Ink, 2010)
When college professor and mystery-lover Elizabeth Allerton convinces her good friend and colleague Richard Spenser to attend a week-long mystery role-play in a castle-replica-turned-hotel in the Colorado Rockies, she never dreams she’ll find a real murder—and love.
The guests work in teams to solve a mysterious death, acted out over dinner their first night. They come prepared with period costumes for 1930’s England, and the costumes Elizabeth rented for herself and Richard turn them into a dashing couple.
Trouble is, while he wants them to be a couple she’s happy with friendship. And she meets the man of her dreams in one of the mystery’s actors.
An even bigger trouble is her discovery of a genuine dead body. A storm has cut off access to the nearest village, and those in charge try to keep the real mystery quiet until the police can arrive. Elizabeth and Richard work to solve both mysteries, and the two keep blurring in her mind.
Shadow of Reality is an easy read with plenty of attention to costumes and food, and sprinkled with references to classic British characters like Dorothy Sayers’ Lord Peter Wimsey and Agatha Christie’s Tommy and Tuppence. The romance element is at least as strong as the mystery. There’s also a spiritual thread, as Elizabeth reconnects with the faith she learned as a child.
Originally published in 1992 as Castle of Dreams, the novel was released as an ebook in 2010 and a new print version is available for pre-order. Shadow of Reality is the first in the Elizabeth and Richard mystery series. The ebook is available in multiple formats at Smashwords or for Kindle or Nook. The paperback copy is coming out in 2011 and you can pre-order it at Amazon.ca or Amazon.com.
Donna Fletcher Crow is also the author of the Monastery Murders series and a number of other novels. You can find Donna (and a full listing of her books) at her website. She also blogs at the Deeds of Darkness; Deeds of Light blog.
Fans of Canadian suspense writer Linda Hall will be happy to know some of her stories are available in various ebook formats through Smashwords. Currently there are two free short stories, one 99-cent short story and the novel, Steal Away, for $2.99. The short stories may not be suspense, but Steal Away is the first in a series featuring private investigator Teri Blake-Addison. I highly recommend it, and you can read my review of the paper version here.
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I’ve been captured recently by the music of Geoff Moore, specifically his new album, “Saying Grace,” which is not yet widely available (you can get it at any of the stops on his cross-Canada tour with Steven Curtis Chapman). I wish I could share my favourite tracks with you: “I Believe,” “Saying Grace” and “The Long Way.” You can hear some of his other music on the Geoff Moore facebook page. Or searching YouTube will bring up older material including a duet with the legendary Larry Norman: “Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?”