Blogger of the Month | December

December 19th, 2014


Congratulations to Joan of Book Woman Joan! She is Litfuse’s blogger of the month! Thank you, Joan, for being a faithful reviewer and for providing some creative and thought-out reviews.


Joan Nienhuis

Where can we find you on the web?

My book review blog
My other passion is photography

Number of years you’ve been reviewing:

I opened a Christian bookstore in 1974 so I have been reviewing books for 40 years. I have been doing so online since 2008, so 6 years.


Retired Christian bookstore owner of 33 years, photographer. (Living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, as Amy knows, one cannot help but take photos! I do sell greeting cards and prints at local businesses.)

Review writing tip:

If a book has discussion or personal reflection questions included, I always mention that in my review. As a bookseller, customers frequently wanted to know if a book… read more »

Music Mixes | ‘Where Treetops Glisten’ Playlist

December 18th, 2014


Turn back the clock to a different time with Where Treetops Glisten. Listen to Bing Crosby sing of sleigh bells in the snow, as the realities of America’s involvement in the Second World War change the lives of the Turner family in Lafayette, Indiana. Since many great Christmas songs debuted during World War II, Tricia Goyer, Cara Putman, & Sarah Sundin titled their novellas with well-known holiday songs. Listen to their Christmas music playlist inspired by their novella collection!

Winter Wonderland

White Christmas

I’ll Be Home for Christmas

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow

Jingle Bells

Silent Night

O Holy Night

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

[Tweet “Listen to a playlist inspired by “Where Treetops Glisten” @triciagoyer… read more »

Interviews with Characters from ‘Where Treetops Glisten’

December 17th, 2014


Turn back the clock to a different time, listen to Bing Crosby sing of sleigh bells in the snow, as the realities of America’s involvement in the Second World War change the lives of the Turner family in Lafayette, Indiana. 

In Cara Putman’s “White Christmas”, Abigail Turner is holding down the Home Front as a college student and a part-time employee at a one-of-a-kind candy shop. Loss of a beau to the war has Abigail skittish about romantic entanglements—until a hard-working young man with a serious problem needs her help.

Abigail’s brother Pete is a fighter pilot hero returned from the European Theater in Sarah Sundin’s “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” trying to recapture the hope and peace his time at war has eroded. But when he encounters a precocious little girl in need of Pete’s friendship, can he convince her widowed mother that he’s no longer… read more »

The Story Behind “Where Treetops Glisten”

December 16th, 2014


Maya Angelou once said, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” Where does a writer find inspiration? What’s the hardest part about writing a story? What do you hope your writing achieves? We’ve asked Tricia Goyer, Cara Putman, and Sarah Sundin, the authors of Where Treetops Glisten, to tell us the story behind the story.

How did the three of you decide to collaborate on a collection of novellas together?

Cara: I’d written in a couple of novella collections and loved the collaborative aspects. Writing is often solitary, but when you’re working on a collection with other writers, you have fun opportunities to work together. I asked Sarah and Tricia if they’d like to work together because I love their World War II stories, and I love their hearts. I also thought this was a sneaky way to get to know them better. It’s… read more »

Weekly Client Roundup

December 15th, 2014


Hi, everyone! Are your presents all wrapped up and under the tree? This is Chirper Caitlin, and here is your weekly client roundup:

Congratulations to the winner of Robin Lee Hatcher’s Kindle Fire giveaway, Tammi Dearing! Tammi, we’ll be in touch via email for you to claim your prize.

Suzanne Woods Fisher has exciting news! She needs your help spreading the word about her new book, and to reward you, you’ll be entered to win a signed copy of her upcoming release!

Did you miss out on the blog tour of Sarah Ladd’s A Lady at Willowgrove Hall? Sarah stopped by Suzanne Woods Fisher’s blog to chat about the book and her life as an author, as well as give away a copy of the book!

Beth Wiseman shares an encouraging word about miracles and her new book, The Promise. Stop by to be challenged!

There’s a… read more »

Sunday Refreshments with Kelly Pulley | Overcoming Self Doubt

December 14th, 2014


Time and time again, we find ourselves doubting God and His plan, even though He never fails us. Kelly Pulley, writer and illustrator of Magnificent Tales: Treasury of Bible Stories, joins us today to share about a season of self doubt he faced and how God saw him through. You can learn more about Kelly at

Sometimes my wife says I act like Gideon. She’s right. I continue to doubt God’s plan for me even after witnessing time and again, the clear and miraculous signs, which have made His intended path for me very obvious. True, I never witnessed the same miraculous signs that Gideon did in the book of Judges, but the circumstances that guided me through my career from imprinted apparel artist (screen printed t-shirts), to Christian Children’s book illustrator, to writer, were surely not just coincidence. And clearly, God had… read more »

Who Said It? | Week 21

December 13th, 2014


A surprise set of books is up for grabs in this week’s Who Said It?! You will find this week’s quote in one of the books we will campaign in December. Read through back cover copy and excerpts to help you figure out what book it’s from, take a guess in the comment section, check back for clues, and you could be a winner!

A mans’ appearance should not define him as a rogue. Nor should his past forever delineate him as one.

CLUE #1: Check out our campaign schedule . . . you have pretty good odds!

Are you eligible to win? Check out our rules and regulations for giveaways here.

This winner will receive this holiday baking kit!

Congratulations to the winner of last Saturday’s What’s the Big Picture contest, BRITTANY HICKEY. The picture was wrapping paper! Please email your mailing address to elizabeth {at} litfusegroup {dot} com to claim your prize.

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Friday Favorite: Stocking Stuffers for Book Worms!

December 12th, 2014


It’s no secret: we are all unashamed book nerds here at Litfuse. And I bet you are too! We have a few items on our Christmas wish list we thought you might like for yourself or for the reader in your life. Check out our Guide Guide for Readers Pinterest board for more gift ideas.

Book Nerd Tote: $17

Your books will feel right at home in this tote. No shame.

Pillow cover: $16.99

A perfect pillow to cuddle up with a good book.

Book Pendant: $9.25

So many books, so little time … truth.

Library coaster set: $16

I’ll take a cup of coffee to go with that coaster.

Writing gloves: $26

Keep your hands warm with your favorite story. Our Nester, Christen, has a pair and loves them!

Page Holder: $6.99

One-handed reading made easy.

Library card pouch:… read more »