How to Do Quiet Time (+ Playlist) | Sarah Humphrey

November 11th, 2016

In our nonstop, noisy world, it can be difficult to make space for quiet time. Sarah Humphrey, author of 40 Days to a Joyful Motherhood, joins us today to give us a glimpse into her quiet time. Plus, listen to Sarah’s go-to playlist to encourage reflection. To learn more about Sarah and her new release, visit her sarahhumphrey.com.


There is nothing like the quiet of the morning. There is a freeing sense about the cool, dark sky showing through my open blinds that brings me close to God. When Jesus went to the Gethsemane to be alone and to pray, I can imagine that what He experienced most was the Presence. Whether in a time of suffering or joy, there is something about the quiet of a dark room with a steaming cup of coffee, a journal, and a Bible that brings me understanding. I love to wrestle… read more »

Music Mixes | Eva Marie Everson’s Playlist for ‘God Bless Us Every One’

September 16th, 2016

When it comes to writing in silence or sound, Eva Marie Everson chooses to listen to music! For Eva’s latest release, God Bless Us Every Oneher go-to playlist included classical and contemporary holiday tunes and Christmas hymns! Listen to her playlist below and make sure to grab a copy of her new Christmas novella.


 

Silent Night (Martina McBride)
I Heard the Bells On Christmas Day (Casting Crowns)—my absolute favorite!
Christmas Canon (Trans-Siberian Orchestra)–my second absolute favorite!
O Come, O Come Emmanuel (Bebo Norman)
God Bless Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings (Barenaked Ladies, featuring Sarah McLachlan)
Gabriel’s Message–Sting
Mary, Did You Know–Mary Lowry
Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree–Brenda Lee
The Christmas Song–Michael Buble’)
It’s Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas–(Perry Como)
A Mad Russian’s Christmas–(Trans-Siberian Orchestra)
Hallelujah, Light Has Come–(Barlow Girl)

Charlene Dixon—called Charlie by family and friends—is devastated at the recent loss of her job.

For the last five years, the twenty-seven-year-old has blossomed as the activities director of an… read more »

Music Mixes | Tracie Peterson’s Go-To Writing Playlist

July 29th, 2016

When Tracie Peterson needs mood music to get her creativity flowing, she turns to soundtrack music! Listen to her playlist below and make sure to check out her new release, A Beauty Refined. Plus, enter to win her precious gem giveaway and RSVP to her 8/9.


I love the soundtrack music from The Last of the Mohicans, Zorro and Gettysburg movies. When I need mood music, I go for one of those.

What does it take to reveal the true beauty of a hidden gem?

Phoebe Von Bergen, the daughter of a German count, is excited to visit America for the first time while her father purchases sapphires in Helena, Montana. Little does she know, however, that her father’s intentions—both for her and the gemstones—are not what she thinks.

Ian Harper, a lapidary working in Helena, finds the dignified young woman staying at the Broadwater Hotel… read more »

Music Mixes | Donn Taylor’s Music References

July 8th, 2016

Donn Taylor may not listen to music when he writes, but music has a powerful influence on his novels. Keep reading to learn more and listen to a few of the musical references for Donn’s novels. Be sure to grab a copy of Murder Mezzo Forte and meet a reclusive history professor with musical hallucinations. . . .


I’ve been asked if I, like many other writers, listen to music as I write. The simple answer is “No,” but the complete situation is more involved. The problem is that I know just enough music to be dangerous and not enough to be a musician. Why dangerous? Because I can’t listen to music without trying to analyze how it works. So if I try to write and listen at the same time, the music takes over and the writing doesn’t get done.

Yet music does get into my mystery novels (Rhapsody in… read more »

Music Mixes | Sarah Ladd’s ‘Dawn at Emberwilde’ Playlist

June 10th, 2016

Would you rather have music or silence while you work? Sarah Ladd picks music! Listen to Sarah’s playlist below and you’ll feel like you are in the middle of one of her romantic, regency novels! *swoon* Make sure to check out Sarah’s latest release, Dawn at Emberwilde.


I love to listen to music while I write! Especially when I am writing in a coffee shop or in a busy place, listening to music helps keep me focused. Often, I like to listen to the soundtracks of movies set during historical time periods. A few of my favorites are in this playlist — I hope you enjoy it!

Album: Outlander Soundtrack, Vol. 1
-The Skye Boat Song
-Dance of the Druids

Album: Far from the Madding Crowd Soundtrack
– Bathsheba and Oake Unite
-Let No May Steal Your Thyme
-Oak Returns

Album: Sense and Sensibility Soundtrack (Patrick Doyle)
-Excellent Notion
-The Dreame
-Throw the Coins

Album: White Stone Artist: Secret Garden
-Passacaglia
-Appassionate

Album:… read more »

Music Mixes | Someone Like You Soundtrack

May 27th, 2016

Have you ever wish books came with soundtracks? You’re in luck! Victoria Bylin put together a list of songs to go with her new release, Someone Like You. Plus, enter to win a copy of Victoria’s book! Click here to learn more and enter. 


Hillsong United

— Oceans (Where My Feet May Fail)

Adele

— Rolling In The Deep

— Sweetest Devotion

Gary Allan

—Loving You Against My Will

—Best I Ever Had

—The One

Josh Turner

—Would You Go With Me

Hunger Games Soundtrack

—Safe & Sound

The Piano Guys

—Let It Go

—Over The Rainbow

—Father’s Eyes

Greg Buchanan (Harp music)

—The Journey

—Be Thou My Vision

—As The Deer Panteth

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Single mom Julia Dare has a lot on her plate.

A brand new Christian, Julia is busy trying to run her own business, spend time with her widowed mother, and raise her young son, Max, despite his father’s less-than-ideal influence on him…. read more »

Music Mixes | Becky Wade’s Writing Warm-up Playlist

May 20th, 2016

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 Becky Wade to tell us the story behind Her One and Only and share her writing warm-up playlist. Plus, enter Becky’s $100 Cash Card and Porter Prize Pack giveaway! Click here to learn more and enter. 


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

Have you seen those adorable photos on Pinterest of older brothers standing in a circle around a tiny baby sister swaddled in pink? The boys are typically holding up little blackboards that say something along the lines of, “Don’t mess with her!” or “The Queen has arrived.”

I’m from a family of daughters, so I was fascinated by the idea of three brothers… read more »

Music Mixes | The Unofficial Playlist for ‘The Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder’

April 28th, 2016

If you’ve already flown through the pages of The Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder, you’re going to love Rachel McMillan’s unofficial musical playlist for the first book of the series. Listen below! Plus, join Rachel for a Facebook part TONIGHT and enter to win her murder mystery prize pack, if you haven’t already. Click here to learn more and enter!


Below are a series of songs that belong to a bit of an unofficial soundtrack to the first Herringford and Watts book. Full disclosure: I am a massive Broadway fan and so when I first plotted Jem and Merinda, I holed up in a favourite coffee shop here in Toronto for a weekend and listened to the broadway cast of Newsies and to Ragtime

You Give Me Something (James Morrison)

Somewhere Only We know (Keane)

Something to Believe In (Newsies Original Broadway Cast)

Fall (Serena Ryder)

Brave (Sara Bareilles)

The Proposal/ The Night Was… read more »