Winners Announced from Liz Tolsma’s ‘The Melody of the Soul’ Facebook Live Party

February 6th, 2018

We are thrilled to announce the winners from tonight’s The Melody of the Soul Live Facebook party with Liz Tolsma. Thank you all so much for coming!

Here is the list of everyone who won* something during the webcast today:

Congratulations to Kelly Bridgewater! You’ve won a copy of The Melody of the Soul. Email your mailing address to caitlin@litfusegroup.com.

Congratulations to Jennifer Devon Hibdon! You’ve won a copy of The Melody of the Soul. Email your mailing address to caitlin@litfusegroup.com.

Congratulations to Pauline Trummel! You’ve won a gift card to Amazon, Starbucks, or Barnes & Noble. Email your email address and choice to caitlin@litfusegroup.com.

Congratulations to Kailey Betchel! You’ve won a copy of The Melody of the Soul. Email your mailing address to caitlin@litfusegroup.com.

Congratulations to Grace Olson! You’ve won a copy of The Melody of the Soul. Email your mailing address to caitlin@litfusegroup.com.

Congratulations to Arletta Bouton! You’ve won a gift card to Amazon, Starbucks, or Barnes & Noble. Email your email address and choice to caitlin@litfusegroup.com.

Congratulations to Brenda Murphree! You’ve won… read more »

Music Mixes | The Melody of the Soul Playlist

January 25th, 2018

Have you ever wish books came with soundtracks? You’re in luck! Liz Tolsma put together a list of songs to go with her new release, The Melody of the Soul. Listen to the songs referenced in the book below! Plus, join Liz and other bookworms for a Facebook Live event on February 6. If you haven’t already, enter her prize pack giveaway—click here for more details and to enter.

Go back in time to 1943 and meet Anna Zadok, a Jewish Christian and concert violinist whose career is ended because of Nazi occupation in Prague. Though musical instruments have been declared illegal, Anna defiantly continues to play the violin. But Officer Horst Engel, quartered in Anna’s flat and dissatisfied with German ideology, enjoys her soothing music. When Anna and her grandmother face deportation, Horst risks everything to protect them.


I don’t listen to music when I write, because I need… read more »

Winner Announced from Jeff Vanderstelt and Ben Connelly’s ‘Gospel Fluency Handbook’ Giveaway

January 24th, 2018

Jeff Vanderstelt and Ben Connelly, authors of Gospel Fluency Handbook, are pleased to announce the winner from the Small-Group Bundle Giveaway.

Congratulations to the winner:

Rebekah Baker

Please email your mailing address to caitlin {at} litfusegroup {dot} com

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Instagram: Business Profiles vs. Personal Profiles

January 23rd, 2018

I’m the type of social media nerd who is willing to try pretty much any new feature announced on the latest app updates, so when Instagram introduced its business profile a couple of years ago, I jumped at the opportunity to give it a try. My own Instagram I use for my blog was immediately switched to a business profile until last summer when users were freaking out over what they deemed was a connection between having a business profile and seeing a drop in engagement.

Looking back, though, I did not see any increase in engagement when I switched back to a personal profile, contrary to popular opinion. Listening to this podcast then convinced me no numbers truly exist to substantiate the claims that business Instagram profiles ruin engagement and numbers, so I switched back to a business profile.

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The Story Behind ‘The Melody of the Soul’

January 19th, 2018

Where did Liz Tolsma find inspiration for her latest release, The Melody of the Soul? Read our story behind the story below to find out! Go back in time to 1943 and meet Anna Zadok, a Jewish Christian and concert violinist whose career is ended because of Nazi occupation in Prague. Though musical instruments have been declared illegal, Anna defiantly continues to play the violin. But Officer Horst Engel, quartered in Anna’s flat and dissatisfied with German ideology, enjoys her soothing music. When Anna and her grandmother face deportation, Horst risks everything to protect them.

Plus, join Liz and other bookworms for a Facebook Live event on February 6. If you haven’t already, enter her prize pack giveaway—click here for more details and to enter.


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

I saw a notification on Facebook one… read more »

What Facebook’s New Algorithm Change Means for You as an Author

January 17th, 2018

A new year almost certainly means new algorithm changes to your most-used social media platforms, and Facebook is no different this year. Mark Zuckerberg recently announced Facebook’s 2018 goal: “making sure the time we all spend on Facebook is time well spent.” With that comes a major algorithm change that has many business page owners calling it the “Newsfeed Apocalypse.”

So . . . what major algorithm change has everyone up in arms? Here’s what Mark Zuckerberg says in his post announcing the changes:

The first changes you’ll see will be in News Feed, where you can expect to see more from your friends, family and groups.

As we roll this out, you’ll see less public content like posts from businesses, brands, and media. And the public content you see more will be held to the same standard — it should encourage meaningful interactions between people.

With business pages’ posts being… read more »

Join Us for Weekly Facebook Lives

January 8th, 2018

Happy 2018! We hope you had a wonderful holiday season, filled with family, friends, food, and plenty of time to read some good books.

We’re excited for the new year because we’ve got some new things in store! First things first: We’re going to be doing Facebook Live chats every Wednesday at 1:30 PM EST/10:30 AM PST. Some of the Litfuse chicks will be chatting weekly about social media, publicity, marketing, blog tours, live events, blogging, etc.

We hope you’ll join us! If you have any topic suggestions or questions you’d like answered, leave them below in the comment section or shoot us a message on Facebook.

We hosted our first Facebook Live chat last week. Watch below if you happened to miss it!

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What is Stealing Your Significance? | Donna Gaines

December 29th, 2017

As we look to 2018 and start make goals and plans for the new year, don’t loose sight of what gives you significance! Donna Gaines, author of Choose Wisely, Live Fullyjoins us today to remind us where we must look to discover our worth.


Deep within every one of us resides a longing for significance. We want our lives to matter, to make a lasting impact. The secret to real significance is experienced when we realize our worth is in Christ. Once we recognize our significance in Him, we are finally able to live beyond ourselves. Until that time, we seek worth and significance from other people, possessions, and power.

In my book Choose Wisely, Live Fully, I point out, “Reading through Proverbs we see the guidelines God has given us for living. He has made it very clear. So why do we have a hard time believing or obeying? We… read more »