Get to Know Kate Lloyd

July 22nd, 2014

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Meet Kate Lloyd: a novelist, a mother of two sons, and a passionate observer of human relationships. Keep reading to get to know the storyteller behind the compelling story of Forever Amish!


What’s your go-to activity to get out of writer’s block?

I don’t struggle much with writer’s block. It seems writing possibilities are always circling through my brain. But if I do get stuck, one of my favorite activities is walking with camera in hand. All sorts of new inspirations spring to life in the back of my mind, especially if I’m chugging uphill, unfortunately.

When you were in kindergarten, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be an artist like my mother. She was an accomplished portrait sculptress, but I excelled in drawing and painting. However, even when I studied art in college I never felt the passion for my endeavors… read more »

Weekly Client Roundup

July 21st, 2014

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Hi, everyone! Was your weekend a good one? This is Chirper Caitlin, and here is your weekly client roundup:

Currently on tour with us is Dave and Neta Jackson’s newest release, Penny Wise! Stop by this page for the scoop on the book and to read some of the reviews.

Stop by Suzanne Woods Fisher’s blog for a chat with author Kristy Cambron (her book is going on tour with us later today) and a book giveaway.

Speaking of Kristy Cambron, her new book, The Butterfly and the Violin, is up for grabs on Goodreads.

Thinking about reading Susan May Warren’s When I Fall in Love? Check out this review from Relz Reviewz.

Stop by Relz Reviewz to meet Marc and Elin, the protagonists from Colleen Coble’s Seagrass Pier.

Amish Wisdom and Suzanne Woods Fisher have paired up to give away all the Amish Wisdom contributors’ August releases! Enter here.

That’s… read more »

Sunday Refreshments with Karen Barnett | God’s Scrapbook

July 20th, 2014

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What do you think would be in God’s scrapbook of your life? Karen Barnett, author of Out of the Ruins, shares why she is thankful for God’s undeserving grace.


I grew up with a camera in my hand. My dad is a retired photographer, and he loved showing me how to get the best shots. I have scrapbooks filled with pictures from my youth. When digital cameras became affordable, I was ecstatic. I could take as many photos as I wanted and never worry about the cost of film processing.

Now that I’m a parent, I take scads of photos of my family. I love sorting through them, because with a single click I can discard the bad ones, keeping only the best.

Blurry shot? Delete.
Closed eyes? Delete.
Kid sneering at the camera? Delete.

I look fat? DELETE!

There are many more keepers.

Brother hugs his sister? Keep.
Dad and daughter smiling… read more »

Who Said It? | Week 11

July 19th, 2014

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It’s time for another round of Who Said It? and a chance to win a surprise set of books. You will find this week’s quote in one of the books we campaigned  in July. Not sure what books that includes? You can see our campaign schedule here. 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!

Love does extraordinary things to people

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

P.S. The winner of last Saturday’s Big Picture is DEBBIE MITCHELL! We gave you a tricky one . . . the cover of The Butterfly and the Violin.

Are you new here? You might want to subscribe to our email… read more »

Friday Favorite | Library Tips for Authors & Readers with Judy Gann

July 18th, 2014

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Did you know you can recommend books for your library to purchase? They love patron feedback! Judy Gann, the librarian behind Library Insider, joins today to share library insider tips for readers and authors. Keep reading to learn how you can make the most of your library trips.


Over thirty years ago when I first started working in public libraries we didn’t have computers. Back in the dark ages we thumbed our way through wooden card catalog drawers to find the answers to patrons’ questions. Most of the programs offered by the library were geared to children.

Much has changed in the past thirty years, largely due to the internet. Now almost every interaction with a library patron involves the computer. In addition, libraries now offer a variety of programs for all ages.

Many have predicted the demise of the public library. After all, with online resources who needs… read more »

Get to Know Chelsea Jacobs

July 17th, 2014

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Chelsea Jacobs grew up with an immense love for words–both reading them and writing them. That love continued and led her to write her first novel, Happy to Be Alive, Because. Keep reading to learn more about Chelsea!


What’s your go-to activity to get out of writer’s block?

One of my favorite things to do when inspiration is lacking is to pick up a book I’m familiar with. It’s like having coffee with an old friend who reminds me why I want to write. Once I can remember the why, the what doesn’t seem as unattainable.

When you were in kindergarten, what did you want to be when you grew up?

The better question would be what didn’t I want to be. I don’t think I ever settled on one career for more than a week or two because I wanted to be whatever I was fascinated with at the… read more »

The Story Behind ‘Penny Wise’

July 16th, 2014

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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 Dave & Neta Jackson, authors of Penny Wise, to tell us the story behind the story.


Tell us a bit about the story behind your latest novel. Where did you find inspiration?

Seven years ago we moved into a delightful multi-cultural neighborhood on a deadend street in the Chicago area—sixteen mostly-brick “Chicago bungalows” in which our neighbors in our block alone were a mix of African American, white, Hispanic, Ethiopian, Nigerian, Belizean, and Jewish! As we began to get to know our neighbors, we realized how easy it is for the families on one end of the street to not really know the people on the other end, and for… read more »

Get to Know Naomi King from ‘The Revealing’

July 15th, 2014

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Naomi King, soft spoken, loyal, and easily overlooked, has a gift. She sees what others can’t see. Intuition, she calls it. Others in Stoney Ridge don’t know what to make of it and dismiss her hunches and inklings altogether. . . Read our interview with Naomi to learn more about The Revealing by Suzanne Woods Fisher. To celebrate her latest release in The Inn at Eagle Hill series, Suzanne is giving away 3 (that’s right, 3) iPads! Click here to learn more and enter!


What is the most interesting thing about you?

That people don’t realize I have interesting thoughts. Even the old sisters of the Sister’s House think I’m one of them—and they’re in their 80s!

Occupation:

I help take care of my brother Galen’s horse farm.

What three words would you use to describe yourself?

Quiet, observant, underestimated.

What do you do for… read more »