The Christian Publishing Industry | A Look Back at 2015 and a Look Forward to 2016

January 22nd, 2016

Where are we at and where are we going? The Litfuse chicks share about the growth of the christian publishing industry

A Look Back at 2015 — Caitlin Wilson

Ch-ch-ch-changes! If there’s one word to describe what 2015 looked like in the Christian publishing industry, that word would be changing. In light of Abingdon Press announcing the closure of its fiction program, 2015 was a year of shifting and movement within the industry.

Overall, fiction seemed to take a back seat to non-fiction releases in 2015. From our company’s perspective, we toured more non-fiction books in 2015 than in any previous year, and readers seemed to be asking for more non-fiction. The top 100 best-selling Christian books of 2015 is proof that non-fiction continues to fuel the industry; if you take a look at that list, you’ll notice that the list consists of many perennial best-sellers from familiar names.

Don’t count fiction out just yet, though. Amish fiction is still going strong, particularly among its most loyal readers. We’ve also seen… read more »

The Story Behind “Safe in His Arms”

February 21st, 2013

Carol Shields once said, “Write the book you want to read, the one you cannot find.” When does a writer’s story begin forming? How long does it take to write? What were the finishing touches? We’ve asked Colleen Coble, author of the newly released Safe in His Arms, to tell us the story behind the story.

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

I have always been self conscious about my height. I was the tallest kid in my class until I was in the seventh grade. So many of us women struggle with our appearance, and we need to know God chose to make us how he did  and he loves us unconditionally.

How long did your book take you to write?

About six months counting the research, writing and editing.

How… read more »

Get to Know Ocieanna Fleiss

February 7th, 2013

Love Finds You in Glacier Bay, Alaska, wasn’t your average novel to write (read about that HERE). And Ocieanna Fleiss, co-author of the book with Tricia Goyer, isn’t your average writer. You can get to know her at the upcoming Facebook party on 2/12 (and be sure to enter the giveaway before then), but we thought we’d give you a sneak peek at the author behind the historical part of Love Finds You in Glacier Bay, Alaska.

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Biggest pet peeve: Chewing with your mouth open.

Do you untie your shoes before you take them off? After (if at all)

What is your favorite cereal? Grape Nuts

If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Magenta (I just like the way it sounds)

Favorite sport to play or watch: Hiking to do. Figure skating to watch, even though my husband says it’s not really… read more »

The Story Behind Secretly Smitten

January 23rd, 2013

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and if a book about the romance capitol of the country doesn’t put you in the Valentine spirit, we don’t know what will! Denise Hunter, Colleen Coble, Diann Hunt, and Kristin Billerbeck—real-life BFFs—just released the second book, Secretly Smitten, in the series, and it’s on tour right now with Litfuse! You can read the reviews HERE, then you can RSVP for the live webcast by setting a reminder HERE. Colleen and Denise are visiting the Litfuse blog today to tell us about their new book!

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

Colleen: My protagonist Tess is the oldest (like me) and mothers her siblings mercilessly (like me.) In all the Smitten stories, we’ve tried to bring aspects of our own personalities and our friendship to live.

Denise: Since Smitten… read more »

The Story Behind “The Lesson” | Guest Post by Suzanne Woods Fisher

January 9th, 2013

Carol Shields once said, “Write the book you want to read, the one you cannot find.” When does a writer’s story begin forming? How long does it take to write? What were the finishing touches? We’ve asked Suzanne Woods Fisher, author of the newly released The Lesson, to tell us the story behind the story.

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

In every novel, I try to weave some true-to-life elements from the Plain life into the plot line. In The Budget (an Amish-Mennonite newspaper), I had noticed references to Plain families fostering children whose mothers were serving jail terms. The Plain families weren’t trying to convert the children—they cared for them and took them to visit their mothers, and the result was a noticeable reduction in recidivism. I used that… read more »

“A Great Thriller for Anyone” (and a chance to win)!

December 31st, 2012

The blog tour for Resurrect by David E. Stevens ended a couple weeks ago. Be sure to stop by the tour post and read what the reviewers thought of book one in David E. Stevens sower fiction series Resurrect Trilogy.

If you missed the Facebook party on 12/4, you can get caught up here. David tells a little behind the inspiration for the series, gives a sneak peek at the next book in the series, and talks a little about what “sower” fiction is! It was a great party.

Congratulations to all our winners from the Facebook party, as well as Phillip Patterson from Huntsville, AL, who won a Kindle Fire.

Be sure to keep up with David E. Stevens on his website for news on his upcoming projects and news on the Resurrect movie!

And if you wanted to purchase Resurrect (perfect gift for the men in your lives),… read more »

“An Exciting Mystery” (and a chance to win)

December 28th, 2012

The blog tour for Elizabeth Ludwig’s No Safe Harbor ended a few weeks ago. Be sure to stop by the tour post and read what the reviewers thought of book.

If you missed the Facebook party on 12/6, you can get caught up here. Elizabeth shared her inspiration behind the story, we chatted a lot about No Safe Harbor and history, and Elizabeth shared a bit about book two in the Edge of Freedom series!

Congratulations to all our winners from the Facebook party, as well as our big Kindle Paperwhite winner, Veronica Warner from Fayetteville, Georgia.

Be sure to keep up with Elizabeth on her website for news on her upcoming projects (there’s lots of fun stuff on her website such as: hometown mysteries, deleted scenes and some of her research. You’ll want to check it out!)

And if you wanted to purchase No Safe Harbor, you can do so… read more »

An “Absolutely Stunning” Novel (and a chance to win)!

December 27th, 2012

The blog tour for The Breath of Dawn by Kristen Heitzmann ended a few weeks ago. Be sure to stop by the tour post and read what the reviewers thought of this “fast-paced-couldn’t-put-it-down” book.

If you missed the Facebook party on 11/27, you can get caught up here. Kristen shared the story behind the book and gave us a sneak peek at her next novel!

Congratulations to all our winners from the Facebook party, as well as Paula Dinsmore from Port Hadlock, Washington, who won a Kindle Paperwhite!

Be sure to keep up with Kristen Heitzmann on her website for news on her upcoming projects!

And if you wanted to purchase The Breath of Dawn (or any of her other books), you can do so here.

Have you shopped on eBay? Leave a comment here telling us your favorite eBay (or online) purchase, and we’ll choose a winner on January… read more »