Friday Favorite | Keeping Up with the Litfuse Chicks (on Instagram!)

July 3rd, 2015


Summer is flying by for the Litfuse chicks! Between ICRS, vacations, and summer plans, the nest has been all a flutter in and out of the office! To stay updated on our latest reads and glimpses of our workday, follow Litfuse on Instagram. And you can follow our personal accounts to see what we’re up to when we’re not working.

Can you guess who recently took over Litfuse‘s Instagram? Hint: her book is left of the typewriter. And boy, do we have a smashing start to our summer TBR piles!

Amy documented the flora and fauna of her travels out west to Wyoming.

Audra  packed her bags and headed to Florida for this year’s ICRS!

Brianna headed to a different coast and soaked in the LA sunshine.

Caitlin treated her mom to the sites, sounds, and tastes of Omaha.

Christen’s keeping caffeinated as she and her… read more »

The Story Behind ‘Beyond the Ashes’

July 2nd, 2015

Beyond the Ashes

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 book? What do you hope your writing achieves? We asked Karen Barnett to tell us the story behind Beyond the Ashes. Swing by this page to enter to win a copy of Karen’s new release!

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

I got the idea for Beyond the Ashes while I was researching the first book in the Golden Gate Chronicles, Out of the Ruins. I remember reading about a doctor who was experimenting with X-ray radiation, believing it might be a miracle cure for cancer. In that era, they were still unaware of radiation’s dangers, and many of the early scientists ended up dying of… read more »

Character Interview with Summer Snow

July 1st, 2015

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Life hasn’t been easy for Summer Snow. In acts of selflessness-caring for her ailing parents and running her grandmother’s bookstore-she had forfeited her youth and dreams for the needs of others. And the only tries she had at love… didn’t turn out. Opportunity strikes when Granny sends Summer on an unexpected adventure with one Martin Langtree, a kind but gangly young man from Summer’s past. Read our character interview with Summer Snow to learn more about Summer’s List by Anita Higman, and watch this video for an inside look at Anita’s new release.

What is the most interesting thing about you?

I can give of myself in a mature, openhearted way, but then I can be goofy enough to fall in love with the wrong men!


I own and run a children’s bookstore. It’s a satisfying life. I love it. My dream is… read more »

Get to Know Pamela Havey Lau

June 30th, 2015

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Pam Lau wrote A Friend in Me for every believing woman who is a bit ahead in life from another woman. Over the years, Pam came across women in various stages of life but they had one thing in common, there was something holding them back from deeply loving the younger women in their lives. Read our interview with Pamela to learn more and make sure you check out of copy of A Friend in Me!

Biggest pet peeve:

People talking on cell phones in public places.

Do you untie your shoes before you take them off?


What is your favorite cereal?

Bob’s Red Mill 8-grain cereal.

If you were a crayon, what color would you be?


Favorite sport to play or watch:

When my high school daughters play basketball.

Coffee or tea:

Coffee with half and half and honey.

If you could roadtrip to anywhere in the U.S., where would you go?

Colorado Rocky Mountains and Colorado Springs

Biggest… read more »

Weekly Client Roundup

June 29th, 2015


Happy Monday! This is Caitlin, and here is your weekly client roundup:

If you work in a family ministry setting, drop everything you’re doing and check out Michelle Anthony and Megan Marshman’s book, 7 Family Ministry Essentials, on tour with us now.

Colleen Coble’s fourth book in her Journey of the Heart series is out now! Continue the captivating story with A Heart’s Betrayal and enter to win Colleen’s Melt into Summer giveaway!

Catch up on life at Chicory Inn with Deborah Raney’s second book in the series, Two Roads Home. Stop by the campaign page for a five-book giveaway; maybe you’ll be able to add Deb’s book to your beach tote bag.

Now that summer is officially here, you’ll want to add Summer’s List by Anita Higman to your must-read list. It’s currently on tour with our bloggers.

Book two in Karen Barnett’s The Golden Gate Chronicles… read more »

Sunday Refreshments with Karen Barnett | Unconditional & Undeserving Love

June 28th, 2015


Welcome Karen Barnett, author of Beyond the Ashes, to Sunday Refreshments! Karen joins us today to share how volunteering with her local pet shelter reminded her about God’s unconditional and undeserving love for us! Stay tuned to Karen’s campaign page next week to find out how you can enter to win a copy of Karen’s new release!

“If you’re going to find a home, you’d best learn to be a friendly kitty.” I sighed as I stared down at the ginger cat crouching in the corner of the kennel. My kids and I recently signed up to be summer volunteers at our local pet shelter. We’d taken positions as “pet socializers.” Spend a few months playing with kittens, snuggling with senior cats, and walking dogs? It sounded like the ideal summer service job.

The staff person had pointed Gong Gong out as a good… read more »

Who Said It? | Week 33

June 27th, 2015


Welcome back to Who Said It?! Below is a quote from one of the book tours that ends or begins in June. Check out our campaign schedule to narrow down your guesses. 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 of a surprise set of books.

It seemed all the beauty I’d once discovered was simply a veil masking the dark realities of life and, with that veil removed, the only thing left to see was darkness and pain and suffering.


CLUE: This quote can be found in the first chapter of the book!

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

Don’t forget to fill out our June Crossword! Winner will be announced in June when we reveal the next crossword… read more »