Saturday, July 30, 2016

Friday, July 29, 2016

Your Turn: Top 5 Favorite Authors

Share your top 5 favorite authors on your blog and then share the link in the comments below.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Goodreads in 4 Simple Steps

Some of us are having trouble leaving reviews on Amazon for Read-to-Win. Here is a great alternative. Goodreads is a networking website just for bookworms! It's perfect for finding book recommendations, following friends and authors, and reviewing your favorite books. Here's how you can create an account and leave a review in four simple steps...

Step 1: Go to Enter your information into the circled boxes, and you now have an account! Simple as that! There will be self-explanatory steps to customize your profile, find friends, and choose favorite genres; but right now let's focus on reviewing.

Step 2: Type the book's title into the search bar and the select the right option.

Step 3: Click on the small green arrow under the book's cover. You can choose to mark this book as "to-read", "currently reading", or "read" on the pop-up menu. In this case we are leaving a review so mark the book as "read".

Step 4: Choose your rating, write your review in the box below (I use Chautona Havig's no-brainer method), and click "save". Your review is now published!

Enter the direct link to your review in the Read-to-Win giveaway! If you have any questions, feel free to comment below.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Top 5 Favorite Authors: Part 3

Kate Willis
At my garden party, C.S. Lewis is cracking nuts and jokes while G.K. Chesterton is arguing a finer point of theology. A.A. Milne and Eleanor Estes sip tea companionably as they laugh over Christopher Robin's latest adventure, and Elizabeth Enright wanders the gardens in the glow of Chinese lanterns and fireflies. I bask in the presence of these brilliant people, drinking in every word.

 Kendra Ardnek
C.S. Lewis. His Space Trilogy and Chronicles of Narnia are my favorite books. 
Tolkien. Because Middle Earth
L. Frank Baum. Because Oz.
Gail Carson Levine. Her Ella Enchanted helped me through a difficult part of my life, and I love the way she spins fairy tales.
Jaye L. Knight. Because Ilyon.

Sarah Holman
Elizabeth Camden ~ I think she is one of the most talented writers ever
Grace Livingstone Hill ~ She was a huge inspiration to be and I love her stories
J. Grace Pennington ~ Even though she is The Sleep Stealer
Nicole Sager ~ I always know I am going to love her books
Elisabeth Allen ~ Her stories always touch my heart

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Top 5 Favorite Authors Part 2

Jenelle Schmidt
This is so very hard. Only FIVE?!?!?
J.R.R. Tolkien - obvious reasons. Father of modern Fantasy, master craftsman of words, plot-wizard, and builder of deep characters. 
C.S. Lewis - one of the most brilliant writers who ever lived. 
George MacDonald - another master wordsmith and writer of deep and beautiful fiction, fantasy, and fairy tales.
Stephen R. Lawhead - I admire the research and authenticity he pours into his novels. I love that he rewrites famous legends like King Arther and Robin Hood and puts his own unique twist on them.
Timothy Zahn - I admire the way he does not stay in a single series or story, but creates vast, complex universes for every single story or series he writes. It is truly inspiring.

Honorable mention must go to Albert Payson Terhune - whose stories about his collies are enchanting, beautifully written, whimsical, inventive, and also quite humorous, and, at times, heartbreaking.

Morgan Huneke
Ugh, it’s so hard to narrow it down to the top five.
C.S. Lewis—Because Narnia. I’ve learned so much from those books.
Jaye L. Knight—Ilyon is to me as a young adult what Narnia was to me as a child.
L.M. Montgomery—Anne and Emily. Need I say more?
J. Grace Pennington—Grace is rightly called the sleep stealer. I can never put her books down.
Kendra E. Ardnek—Fun, yet deep. Half the time, I wonder how she came up with these neat, meaningful customs. Plus she’s one of my best friends so I get sneak peeks. ;)
 Honorable mentions because I have to: Elizabeth George Speare, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Noel Streatfeild, E. Nesbit, Patricia Beatty, Martha Finley, and Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Rebekah Morris
Since I have read hundreds of books by hundreds of authors, it was a challenge to decide on my top favorites. My sister told me to think of the books I pick up the most often. My favorite author is Isabella Alden (known as Pansy). She was a minister’s wife who lived in the late 1800s. Most of her books are based on real people and real events, which makes the stories that much more interesting. (I don’t know about you, but I enjoy a book even more if I know it is based on real people and/or events.)
The rest of the authors are in no particular order.
Janet Lambert
Francena Arnold
Johanna Spyri
Ralph Connor (Just keep in mind if you pick up one of his old books, you will most likely find language you wish wasn’t there. I always read with the white-out beside me. Not all his books have as much, but be careful.) You may also find the books slow to start and don’t think you’ll be interested. I almost always start that way and then somehow, I’m never quite sure how, I’m hooked and don’t want to put the book down.

Nicole Sager 
Lori Benton and MaryAnn Minatra both changed the world of Christian Fiction for me. Their books are so rich, deep, structured, real, and raw. Vickie McDonough provides a simple, lighthearted romp into the romantic wild west, while Karen Witemeyer goes a little deeper with the genre, while still delivering a super sweet story. Isabella Alden is one author whose stories never fail to leave an impact on my spiritual walk, and it's always in a relatable way.

Sarah Brown
My favorite authors, in order from best to fifth best, are: 1) Chautona Havig (especially the Past Forward and Aggie's Inheritance series), 2) Lynn Austin (though some of her books have to be read with care), 3) Louisa May Alcott, 4) Laura Ingalls Wilder, and 5) Janette Oke (especially the Prairie Legacy series). 

Monday, July 25, 2016

Top 5 Favorite Authors: Part 1

Sarah Brazytis
Only five?! Oh, all right, here goes…
Constance Savery 
~ She’s incredible! If you haven’t read any of her books, treat yourself (starting with her amazing Enemy Brothers!)!
A. A. Milne 
~ What more can I say? He has the skill of putting words together in a way not many can. Besides, you can never outgrow Pooh!
Patricia St. John 
~ She paints pictures with words. And I love the spiritual messages in her books. The Lord gave her a special gift!
Elizabeth Yates 
~ Historical fiction that absolutely shines! Elizabeth Yates has a way of bringing the past alive. I love her respectful, faithful presentation of the people of old.
Hilda Van Stockum 
~ Children. Adults. Elderly. Pets. The personalities in her stories simply shine! Because of her wide exposure to different cultures – Dutch, Irish, English, American, Canadian – she has the ability to introduce you to so many countries and their people in an unforgettable manner.

J. Grace Pennington
Such a hard question!  I'll try to pick just five... I'd have to say C. S. Lewis, Louisa May Alcott, Daniel Schwabauer, Frank Peretti, and L. M. Montgomery.  I love all their books!

Amber Schamel
Boy, picking my top 5 is a tough one, but I think I’ve narrowed it down. Here’s five of my favorites...not in any particular order.
Stephanie Grace Whitson
Carrie Turanski
Francine Rivers
Julie Klassen
Susan J. Reinhardt

Kyleigh Dunn
My top 5 authors are: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Elisabeth Elliot, Michael Card, and John Piper. 

Claire Banschbach
In no particular order…
K.M. Shea
Andre Norton
Brian Jacques
Stephen Lawhead
K.M. Weiland 

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

From the Authors

I'm holding a party to celebrate five years since I published my first book and seven years since I started blogging. It will run from July 24th - August 4th, and will involve fun games, giveaways, character interviews, and a cover reveal for my next book. Up-to-date details can found on this blog post: