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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 20 August 2019 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW and GIVEAWAY – AN ANCHOR ON HER HEART by PATRICIA LEE

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW and GIVEAWAY – AN ANCHOR ON HER HEART by PATRICIA LEE

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for the Mended Hearts series by Patricia Lee, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

                                                                             

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: An Anchor on Her Heart
Series: Mended Hearts #1
Author: Patricia Lee
Publisher: Mountain Brook Ink
Release Date:
August 1, 2017
Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Romance

 

THE BLURB

Can they keep their friendship pure when their hearts long for more?
McKenna Nichols, a young wife abandoned by her husband in favor of his work, is left alone to raise their autistic child. She promised to love him until death parted them. But when circumstances drive a wedge into their marriage and Dane chooses to escape what life has dealt them, how long can she be strong? Can she remain faithful to her marriage vows when tempted by the friendship of an unlikely stranger?
Rudy Taylor, who senses McKenna’s loneliness and understands the difficulty of raising her daughter, struggles to keep his concern for the young woman biblical.  Will McKenna’s faith in God and Rudy’s commitment to his Lord be enough to keep their relationship simple until McKenna’s husband one day returns?

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EXCERPT

As teenage sweethearts, she and Dane used to race down this street toward the ocean. She’d hold his hand at the top of the berm separating the beach from the town, letting the turbulent air tangle her hair around her face and neck. Dane would lead her to the sand, and they’d sit, his fingers straightening the unruly locks, his kisses tickling her ears. Nothing separated them, all of life waiting like a well-written fairytale.

 

Until Sydney changed the story for Dane.

 

THE AUTHOR

 

Patricia Lee is a published author, having written since she first learned what words could do at the age of six. She holds a BA in journalism from the University of Oregon. Articles to her credit have appeared in Moody Monthly, Power for Living, Expecting and Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse as well as in two anthologies— Cup of Comfort Bible Promises and In the Company of Angels. She is part of a team of bloggers who submit short devotionals for FaithHappenings.com.

Patricia is a member of the Oregon Christian Writers and of American Christian Fiction Writers. She and her husband have two adult children and live in the Pacific Northwest with two sleepy cats.

CONNECT WITH PATRICIA:  Website | Facebook | Twitter

 

 

 

MY REVIEW

This story pulled me in like a riptide and tossed me like waves on the ocean. The emotions are raw, the issues very real, and Ms. Lee does not make light of them, or downplay the reality of a child with special needs.

That Dane chose to leave rather than stay when his daughter was born gutted me. McKenna’s devotion to him was admirable—but maddening. That she honored her marriage vows was beyond honorable.

The setting—the Pacific Northwest and Alaska—were as much a part of this story as the characters. I was fascinated with the aspects of the fishing industry, and have a new appreciation for the men who make their living.

The attraction between McKenna and Rudy was as tumultuous as a storm on the Bering Sea—and as treacherous. As a reader, I wanted to see them get together. As a Christian I applauded them both for honoring God’s Word. The tension was taut and sometimes unbearable.

I did not raise a child with special needs, but I was a single mom and I could identify with McKenna too well in some of her deepest struggles. I appreciated Ms. Lee for portraying  McKenna in such a realistic light.

I cheered, I scolded, I cried. And I surely adored Sydney

 

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

ALL | THE | FEATHERS!

 

I received a complimentary copy of this book, but was under no obligation to read the book or to post a review. I offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card!

Be sure to check out each stop on these tours for more chances to win. Full tour schedule on this tour shown below. Giveaway begins at midnight August 19, 2019 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on August 24, 2019. Winners will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Due to shipping cost, only US mailing addresses valid.  For our giveaway rules and policy, click HERE.

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#Blogwords, Tuesday Reviews-Day and Giveaway, #TRD, Book Review, An Anchor on Her Heart, Patricia Lee, Mended Hearts Series

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BLOGWORDS – Monday 19 August 2019 – NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST – EDIE MELSON – GIVEAWAY WINNER

 

NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST – EDIE MELSON – GIVEAWAY WINNER

 

 

WINNER! WINNER!

 

Congratulations to

JODI HASSEL

Edie will be in touch with you to send your gift!

Thanks to everyone who entered!

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Edie Melson is a woman of faith with ink-stained fingers observing life through the lens of her camera. No matter whether she’s talking to writers, entrepreneurs, or readers, her first advice is always “Find your voice, live your story.” As an author, blogger, and speaker she’s encouraged and challenged audiences across the country and around the world. Her numerous books reflect her passion to help others develop the strength of their God-given gifts and apply them to their lives.

 

https://ediemelson.com/

https://www.amazon.com/Edie-Melson/e/B0060PWSPE

https://www.facebook.com/edie.melson

https://twitter.com/EdieMelson

https://www.instagram.com/stop2pray/

 

GIVEAWAY

Edie is offering a Kindle or print copy of Soul Care for Writers.

 

 

 

#Blogwords, New Week New Face, Guest Post, Edie Melson, Giveaway Winner, #WINNER

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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 18 August 2019 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – YOUR LIGHT IN ME

FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – YOUR LIGHT IN ME

 

The past months—summer months—have been a confoundng time for me. Weakness is part and parcel of the RA, but I began feeling a new level of malaise sometime in May. Doctor visits didn’t identify the culprit, not even my physical in July. Not until the telltale rash developed—I had Scabies! And lemme tell ya, that is a level of torment I’d not wish on anyone. (For the record, it is passed from an infected person; it is not from having or living in a filthy house, as was suggested to me.)

Once the correct diagnosis was made, and treatment administered, I began to feel better, and am now mostly back to how great I felt in April and early May. The upswing of this recovery is my writing, both the new book and the blog.

 

Today I give you a poem I wrote during one of my lowest points of depression—correction, a poem Holy Spirit wrote via the pen in my hand. Only the first line was from my desperate mind; the rest flowed through me like a refreshing spring of cool water on a hot day. A short time later, He also gave me the melody to go with it.

 

YOUR LIGHT in ME

Oh, my sweet Jesus, I long for your presence

My heart is not whole, except you are there

Wash me anew with Your great Holy Spirit

And grant me the power Your goodness to share.

Heavenly Father, I need You with me,

Your strength and Your mercy my soul to sustain.

Let nothing dwell in me ‘twould bind me from You

By Your grace, Lord, perfect me that I might bear Your name.

Pour Your anointing into my spirit

Kindle Your love in my soul every day

To set me in motion, to reach out around me,

To witness Your grace and Your Word to proclaim.

Put wings to my words, Lord, let me serve You in ways

That others might see You and ask of Your plan.

Use my feet as Your feet, Lord, my hands as Your own

And manifest things that only You can.

Send me out to the world, God, Your flock to help gather.

Grant me words of wisdom to help the lost see

Your perfect salvation, Your will for us all.

Oh show the world, Jesus, Your light in me.

 

                                © Robin E. Mason

                                April 1989

 

#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, Your Light in Me

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BLOGWORDS – Thursday 15 August 2019 – CHAT THURSDAY – AUTHOR INTERVIEW – VIKKI KESTELL – GIVEAWAY WINNERS

 

CHAT THURSDAY – AUTHOR INTERVIEW – VIKKI KESTELL – GIVEAWAY WINNERS

“Faith Filled Fiction”

 

“Writing is the best job ever… and the most demanding.”

 

WINNER! WINNER!

 

Congratulations to

BRANDI DAGWAN

 and

TONYA HAMILTON

 and

ASHLEY SAPP

 and

DYAN LYNESS

Vikki will be in touch with you to send your gift!

Thanks to everyone who entered!

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Vikki Kestell’s passion for people and their stories is evident in her readers’ affection for her characters and unusual plotlines. Two often-repeated sentiments are, “I feel like I know these people,” and “I am right there, in the book, experiencing what her characters experience.”

Vikki holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Learning and Instructional Technologies. She left a career of twenty-plus years in government, academia, and corporate life to pursue writing full time. “Writing is the best job ever,” she admits, “and the most demanding.”

Also an accomplished speaker and teacher, Vikki and her husband Conrad Smith make their home in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

 

http://vikkikestell.com/

https://www.amazon.com/Vikki-Kestell/e/B007OLYM0M

https://www.facebook.com/TheWritingOfVikkiKestell

https://www.bookbub.com/authors/vikki-kestell

https://twitter.com/FaithFilledFic

 

 

“A genre to me is more the setting than the objective. My characters are real to me. I could put them in any genre and they would thrive..”

GIVEAWAY

Vikki is offering five free Kindle copies of Laynie Portland Spy Rising.

 

#Blogwords, Chat Thursday, Author Interview, Vikki Kestell, Giveaway Winners, #WINNERS

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BLOGWORDS – Thursday 15 August 2019 – CHAT THURSDAY – AUTHOR INTERVIEW – HOPE TOLER DOUGHERTY

CHAT THURSDAY – AUTHOR INTERVIEW – HOPE TOLER DOUGHERTY

“Trading guilt and misery for God’s grace and mercy.”

 

“I don’t present the Gospel message in my books, but God is evident throughout the stories. My characters struggle with everyday problems, pray to and receive strength and wisdom from a loving God.”

 

Please join me in giving a feathered welcome to Hope Toler Dougherty.

 

FAST FAVES

Cake or Cookies

Facebook or Twitter

Paperback or Kindle

Thornton or Darcy

 

rem:  Hullo, Hope, and welcome to my little nest. Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?

HOPE:  I was born in North Carolina. I lived in Pittsburgh, PA, with my husband and family for 14 years before moving back to NC in 2004. We built a house on land my great-grandfather owned.

rem:  Oh, I love that—living in a family home! Tell us three random things about yourself no one knows.

HOPE:  I would love to play the banjo in a Bluegrass band. Teenagers scare me. I would love to work in radio.

rem:  Teenagers are scary creatures!! And Bluegrass is such fun music! Do you have a favorite Bible verse? And why is it a favorite?

HOPE:  One of my favorites is Ephesians 3:20 [God] is able to do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine.” God is big, and He knows what’s best for us.

rem:  Oh, yes, ma’am, He surely is and does! What is your favourite quotation and why?

HOPE:  I’m not sure the author of this quotation, but I really like it. “Amazing things happen on the other side of fear.” Too often we miss things because fear holds us back. I’m trying not to let that be my legacy.

rem:  And how sad it is when we let fear hold us back from the good things Father God has for us! What’s the most random thing in your bag or on your desk?

HOPE:  A ball of cotton yarn and a crochet hook. I like making wash cloths to give people if I’m stuck in a meeting.

rem:  How fun is that! I used to crochet but haven’t in an age! If you could spend an evening with a fictional character, who would it be and why?

HOPE: Jane Eyre!! She’s so fearless. She’s so confident in who she is and what she believes.

 

rem:  Great choice! Take me with you. What do you think is significant about Christian fiction?  How has being a novelist impacted your relationship with Christ?

HOPE: Christian fiction has a purpose beyond simple entertainment. CF offers hope which is what God offers us. My relationship with Jesus Christ is more mature. He’s taught me so much about Himself as well as about myself.

rem:  I love how the two intertwine—our writing and our identity in Him. When reading, what makes or breaks a story for you? Your fiction pet peeve?

HOPE:  Preachiness. (rem:AMEN SISTER!)  Boring dialog. Sloppy editing—when something happens on Saturday in one chapter and it’s Sunday in the next, when gas logs are mentioned in one chapter and ashes in the fireplace are described in the next.

rem:  Yes, yes, yes!! Drives me batty! (and yes, my inner editor goes bonkers, looking to see if I missed a clue or reason it would change… )  What are you reading right now?

HOPE:  I just finished The Wife Between Us for our book club. I also read Educated and Where the Crawdads Sing this summer. I’m looking forward to reading Heart on the Line by Karen Witemeyer, but I have tons more on my bedside table, on the floor beside my bed, on my desk, on the floor beside my desk…

rem:  Oh, so your TBR is about like mine… You flew a plane!! I may or may not be insanely jealous! (I am! hee hee)  Tell us about that experience.

HOPE:  While I was single, I decided to take flying lessons. I loved the experience and soloed a Cessna 150 a few times, but I never earned my pilot’s license. So much math, and science, and physics!

rem:  Well darn! That would have done it for me too! As a speaker, what topics do you present? What is your favorite?

HOPE:  I’ve spoken on God’s gifts and lessons from my writing journey, different aspects of writing a novel, the idea of changing career paths, the inspiration behind each of my novels. I can adapt my presentation to the audience. I’m not sure I have a favorite topic. I just love interacting with audiences.

rem:  One day, I’d love to attend one of your presentations. In a blog post titled, “Doing the Hard Things… Again,” (25 June 2018) you quoted, “If children don’t learn to do difficult things while they’re growing up, how will they do hard things when they’re adults?” I so, so agree with this. What does this quote mean to you and how do we implement it in the lives of our children?

HOPE:  First of all, thanks for reading some of my posts! That one is one of my favorites, by the way. We live in a fallen world, so life is hard. We’re not preparing our children for real life if we rake every stone from their path. Parents teach grit by making children honor a commitment to a team by finishing the season, by writing thank you notes, by taking swim lessons even if the water is cold, by apologizing if they’ve messed up, by speaking to the college professor if they’ve bombed an exam. Parents then encourage, support, and pray for them.

rem:  I love your answer as much as I loved the original post. (and it was my pleasure reading through [some of] your past posts!)  I read your post about the inspiration for Rescued Hearts. What are the “what if” moments for an author?

HOPE: The “what ifs” are ideas that float into my mind, and I begin wondering. They help me contemplate possibilities.

 

rem:  The most powerful tool in an author’s arsenal! #winkwink  Tell us a little about your writing journey.

HOPE:  I’ve always enjoyed writing and sporadically published non-fiction pieces but never wrote fiction because I didn’t think I could. In 2009 when our oldest daughter prepared to leave our nest (!), a daydream about Ireland came to me and wouldn’t go away. I started writing Irish Encounter then, began attended writing conferences and started writing a new project, met my agent in 2013, signed contracts in 2014, and had two books published in 2015.

rem:  So literally, your dream came true! Fictionally speaking… What are your top 3 recommendations for a new writer? What 3 things would recommend not doing?

HOPE:  1. Read all kinds of books, especially the genre you want to write and also writing craft books. 2. Write every day. 3. Attend writing conferences to take classes and to meet other writers. (And for a bonus one—PRAY!) 1. Don’t compare yourself with other writers. God blesses people differently. 2. Don’t let discouragement derail your dreams.  3. Don’t give up.

rem:  YES to pray for one another. OUCH to write every day… (I’ve had a rough spell for a long while… )  How do you choose your characters’ names?

HOPE:  Naming is such a hard thing for me. My family sometimes took weeks to name a pet! I have a baby name book, and I sometimes try out several names before I choose the right one. I think about the character’s age and the possible reasons behind a name.

rem:  Oh my! I’m totally the opposite—usually, though not always, when I meet a character I know their name! Do you think of the entire story before you start writing?

HOPE:  No. I try to fill out character sketches as much as I can before I begin, but I’m a seat-of-the-pants writer. I like being surprised at my laptop.

rem:  With my first novel I just sat and wrote… Seven books in, I now have reams of notes on who’s who and who likes what, etc. Tell us a little about your latest book? What is your current project?

HOPE:  My fourth manuscript is under contract for a May, 2020, release. (rem:YAY)  It’s the story of Josie and Ches…A college professor is good at nurturing. An attorney is good at keeping secrets. When their lives intersect, sparks fly, changing hearts and lives forever.

rem:  What is YOUR favorite part about the book or why do you love this book? Why should we read it?

HOPE:  I love the texting scenes between Josie and Ches and the sibling interaction with Josie and her three brothers I explored the idea of emotional affairs in this story. With the ease of finding old boyfriends and girlfriends on the Internet today, we need to be aware of and discuss emotion affairs.

rem:  You are so right! So often we forget about the emotional connection when the official relationship ends.  Please give us the first page of the book.

 

HOPE:

            Josie Daniels blew a hot breath into the neck of her white collared shirt, desperate for any kind of breeze. Summer heat in Charlotte wilted tough people in billowy seersucker. Her Park ‘n Go uniform, navy blue chino pants and an oxford cloth button-down, could stifle the hardiest of constitutions. She wiped a final sweep across the headlight of an SUV, and Kenny, her co-worker, grabbed her attention.

            “Hey, Josie.” He nodded to the car eating up the entrance ramp. “Your turn.”

            A new Lexus Sport Coupe prowled through the parking lot just this side of speeding and jerked to a stop in front of her. Leaving the car idling, the driver jumped out and motioned to her. “Get in. I’ll be back.”

            Nice manners. But accompanying travelers up to the drop off and driving their cars back to park them for the duration of the trip was her extra job for the summer, so she’d work hard to tamp down any miffed feelings.

            The air conditioner, blowing at full blast, chilled the sheen of perspiration on her face. Sitting in rich cars with icy air added to the perks of working at the Park ‘n Go. Every business person who dressed in several layers, long sleeves, and long pants despite the heat had to keep the A/C pumping all the time.

            What a sweet ride. Leather seats, of course. Still smelled new, for heaven’s sake. A bottle of ibuprofen in a cupholder. Interesting. A screen in the middle of the dashboard. Cool.

            Her brothers would choke when she told them she drove a brand new—

            The driver slid into the seat and buckled the seat belt. A light fragrance of a pleasant aftershave wafted her way. Score one point for not wearing an obnoxious amount of cologne. Good job, Mr. Hot Shot Something.

 

rem:  Oh what a fun scene! What is one take-away from your book(s) that you hope readers identify with?

HOPE:  God is big, and His plan for us is always better than our plan. In the middle of God’s will is the best place to be. When I pray for the safety of my family every day, I also pray that we stay in God’s will.

rem:  Couldn’t agree with you more! Anything you’d like to add?

HOPE:  Thanks for having me on your blog. You asked some interesting questions!

rem:  My pleasure, Hope. Happy to have you visit my little nest!

 

https://hopetolerdougherty.com/

https://www.amazon.com/Hope-Toler-Dougherty/e/B00X62XX7Q

https://www.facebook.com/AUTHORHOPETOLERDOUGHERTY/

https://www.instagram.com/hopetolerdougherty/

https://www.linkedin.com/in/hope-toler-dougherty-20097834/

https://www.pinterest.com/hopetdougherty/

https://twitter.com/hopetdougherty

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13941031.Hope_Dougherty

 

 

“Sometimes the writer’s life borders on the lonely side–unless you count spending time with imaginary characters, that is…   Spending time with other writers, especially Christian writers, is always such an encouragement, and spending that time at a beach (with lots of chocolate)? All the better!”

 

GIVEAWAY

Hope is offering an e-copy of Rescued Hearts, or a print copy to a U.S. reader.

Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

Giveaway will begin at 12:oo A.M. on Thursday 15 August and end at 12:oo A.M  on Thursday 22 August. Giveaway is subject to the policies found on Robin’s Nest.

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“Can I worship in jeans or shorts or pajamas? Yes.

Have I done it? Yes—beside Niagara Falls, around a campfire, at my desk. The Red Rock State Park in Arizona brought me to tears contemplating our Creator.”

 

 

#Blogwords, Chat Thursday, Author Interview and Giveaway, Hope Toler Dougherty

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 13 August 2019 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – THE RETURN OF THE KING’S RANGER by ANGELA K. COUCH

TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – THE RETURN OF THE KING’S RANGER by ANGELA K. COUCH

                                                                            

THE BLURB

The war for American freedom is over, and the British have gone back to England. Myles Cunningham wants to go home as well, not knowing what has become of his family since he was forced into the Continental Army nine years earlier. He returns to the Mohawk Valley with the understanding that he is believed to have been shot for deserting—fiction that might be made real if anyone recognizes him as the son of a Tory, and a King’s Ranger.

Everything is wonderful in the growing community along the Mohawk River, except Nora Reid is still alone. With her brother happily settled and both of her younger sisters starting families of their own, Nora feels the weight of her twenty-four years. A long walk leads her to the overgrown rubble of the Cunningham homestead where a bearded stranger begins to awaken feelings she’d lost hope of ever experiencing.

With secrets abounding—including whether Myles even cares for her—Nora must determine what she is ready to give up and how far she will go to secure his affections. She begins to break through his defenses, but Myles can’t risk staying. Not if he loves her.

 

THE AUTHOR

Always a romantic, I anxiously waited for my “hero” to enter the scene. I waited a while. Meanwhile, I tried to keep myself busy.

Besides writing, I learned to start horses. There is something thrilling about being the first person to ride a young horse, not knowing how they will react. I enjoyed learning how to speak their “language, to communicate.

I trained in martial arts. First, Hap Ki Do, a Korean martial art that pretty much covers everything from Taekwondo and Judo to Aikido, and just a bit of western boxing (in case you need to defend against it). I instructed for a while and earned my second degree black belt. I have also dabbled in Karate and currently enjoy Capoeira…so yes, I love writing action/fight scenes and will often choreograph the fight with whoever happens to be around.

For about 16 months I lived in Russia as a missionary and thoroughly enjoyed learning the language and making some great friends.

Aside from these things, I love reading, gardening, camping, hiking in the beautiful Canadian Rockies, painting, and so much more.

In short, I love living!

 

MY REVIEW

Reading this book was like a reunion with old friends. Many of the same characters from previous books in the series roam the pages of this story.

Ms. Couch wraps her story in conflicting loyalties and the price we pay when forced to choose. The conflict of our conscience and faith—and the opinions of those we know and love.

Nora’s heart tangles with the attraction, and stirs the dream she thought long lost.

Myles, too, tangles with the attraction, but resists and fends it off for all he’s worth.

With so much conflict on every side, and coming from within, can Nora and Myles know peace? How can there be a happy ending for them?

This story is deep and poignant, and tugs on the heart, evoking angst and tears, hope and faith.

 

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

ALL | THE | FEATHERS!

 

 

I received a complimentary copy of this book, but was under no obligation to read the book or to post a review. I offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

 

#Blogwords, Tuesday Reviews-Day, #TRD, Book Review, The Return of the King’s Ranger, Angela K. Couch

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BLOGWORDS – Monday 12 August 2019 – NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST and GIVEAWAY – EDIE MELSON

NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST and GIVEAWAY – EDIE MELSON

 

Book Launch Teams

 

What is a launch team & do I really need one?

A launch team—also called a street team, dream team, tribe, posse, road crew, etc—is a group of readers passionate about your book. These are people who believe in what you’ve written and see the value of sharing it with others. They agree to post reviews, mention it on Goodreads, share about it on social media, and of course talk about it in person.

 

In today’s publishing paradigm, finding a tribe of people who will advocate for our books is worth pure gold. There is nothing better than word of mouth for helping a book get off to a strong start.

How do I Find These People?

We find them anywhere readers hang out—online and in person. They can be reviewers, bookstore managers, readers and/or friends. Social media is a good way to spread the word that you’re looking for a team. The key is to find people who aren’t just excited, but will also be willing to truly help. The key is to get the ball rolling and people on the street team will recruit new members.

 

What’s in it for Them?

An author’s street team is a big priority. They always receive advance copies of the book (ebook or soft cover). In addition they get postcards, bookmarks, and other extras. They also get the inside scoop on a book and author they love.

In return, we as authors have a strong commitment to the people on this team. We pray for them regularly, stay in close touch and value their advice. They also get to make suggestions for promotions, blog posts, giveaways, and contests. Their input is valued and rewarded.

 

How do We Communicate?

That’s up to you. You can set up a Yahoo Group, secret Facebook page, or even a regular Google Hangout. The most important thing is the fact that it’s regular communication. Many of those on your street team will be there for multiple books.

 

Make a Specific Plan

One of the things I urge you to do is to come up with a detailed plan of how you’re going to interact with your team. I utilize a launch team for approximately six weeks. I find that people are happy to help out when there’s a specific time commitment, rather than an ongoing commitment.

 

Before I enlisted my team, I had a six-week schedule of what I wanted them to do and what I would be doing for them. Each week I had:

  • A message of encouragement (this could be a newsletter, email, or even a Facebook live if you’re doing everything through a Facebook group.) I tried to tie this encouragement directly to the content of the book. This works equally well whether the book I’m promoting is fiction or nonfiction.
  • A giveaway they would be automatically entered in when they participated that week.
  • Several pre-made social media updates for them to share.
  • A meme with a quote or Bible verse from the book for them to share.
  • Something they could do to raise awareness about the book in person (like visit a local bookstore or library).

 

The reason I had so many things each week is because everyone has different strengths. I made it clear that I never expected any one person to do all the things listed. I wanted everyone to do what they were comfortable with. By each one doing one or two things, the word spread rapidly.

 

By having this all mapped out at the beginning, it was much easier to manage in the midst of the excitement and busyness of launching a book.

 

Now it’s your turn. What questions do you have about launch teams and what experiences can you share?

 

Blessings,

Edie

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Edie Melson is a woman of faith with ink-stained fingers observing life through the lens of her camera. No matter whether she’s talking to writers, entrepreneurs, or readers, her first advice is always “Find your voice, live your story.” As an author, blogger, and speaker she’s encouraged and challenged audiences across the country and around the world. Her numerous books reflect her passion to help others develop the strength of their God-given gifts and apply them to their lives.

 

https://ediemelson.com/

https://www.amazon.com/Edie-Melson/e/B0060PWSPE

https://www.facebook.com/edie.melson

https://twitter.com/EdieMelson

https://www.instagram.com/stop2pray/

 

GIVEAWAY

Edie is offering a Kindle or print copy of Soul Care for Writers (U.S. address only).

Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

Giveaway will begin at 12:00 A.M. on Monday 12 August and end at 12:00 A.M. on Monday 19 August. Giveaway is subject to the policies found on Robin’s Nest.

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Soul Care for Writers

Our lives are busier each day, and the margin we have available for recovery and peace is shrinking. Edie Melson helps you find Soul Care solutions using devotions and prayers and opportunities for creative expression. She has learned that sensory involvement deepens our relationship with the Father and gives rest to our weary souls. She will teach you to tap into your creativity. Reconnect with God using your tactile creativity. Warning! This book may become dog-eared and stained. Draw in it. Experiment with your creative passions. Learn the healing power of play. Allow God’s power to flow through creativity. Soul Care for Writers will become your heart treasure.

 

 

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