Guess a Quote [12.16.14]

Guess a Quote [A Christmas Carol]Can you believe it’s almost Christmas? And December baby me is leaving her teens tomorrow. Yikes! It’ll be rather amusing running my other blog, Teens Interceding for Orphans, from now on. ;) What do you all do for Christmas? My family exchanges gifts on Christmas Eve, does stockings Christmas morning, and for the past few years we’ve had friends over for dinner on Christmas.

In keeping with the Christmas season, last week’s quote came from A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens. Listening to the Focus on the Family radio theater production of the story is one of my favorite Christmas traditions. What is your favorite way to consume this Christmas classic? Reading, audio, movie? Starshining4ever and writefury both correctly guessed the quote, and CJ got the right author.

Now for this week’s quote. It’s from a short story this time.

But in a last word to the wise of these days let it be said that of all who give gifts these two were the wisest. Of all who give and receive gifts, such as they are wisest. Everywhere they are wisest.

Happy Guessing!

Announcements

If you wanted to listen to the radio interview I did last month but didn’t get to, I’ve got good news. The station sent me an MP3 of the interview and gave me permission to share it here! I’m so excited to do so! Hope you enjoy it.

 

Also, a reader nominated Counted Worthy for a reader’s choice award on Goodreads. It’s currently ranked as 139 of 395 books. If you have a Goodread’s account, it would be awesome to have your vote. Just follow the link, find Counted Worthy (it’s currently about half-way down page two), and click “vote for this book.” If you participate in the Story Shop, just let me know that you’ve voted and I’ll give you a point. ;) Thanks!

Book Review: Machiavellian

MachiavellianBetween the release of Counted Worthy, working on a new book, and the holiday season, my reading progress has been reduced to a crawl. You’ve probably noticed that the book reviews have been lacking the past few weeks. But, I finally finished something! J. Grace Pennington was kind enough to give me a free copy of her latest release in exchange for an honest review. So here it is.

In this book, Andi’s sympathies from the previous book are dragged into another adventure. When the Surveyor picks up some extra passengers, the get more than they bargained for. The trouble is, the heroes and villains seem as entangled and undecipherable as the motives and goals. As the line between right and wrong seems to blur, Andi struggles to discover the truth before more people get hurt.

This story leaves the humanistic tendencies of science fiction no where to be seen and quite un-missed. The Christian worldviews and morals of the author and her characters weave into the story without ever becoming preachy. This series keeps getting better along with the author’s improving writing prowess. I can’t wait to see what will come next.

Guess A Quote (12.08.14)

Guess a Quote [Polar Express]The enthusiasm shown for last week’s quote is making me want to watch the movie. And, apparently, it made some of you want to read the book. Wolfen S. Silverfang, Emily Ruth, Lina, Sneha, Amanda, Amanda Beguerie, and Morgan Huneke all correctly guessed The Polar Express. Good job guys!

Here’s the quote for this week. :)

For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child Himself.

Happy Guessing!

P.S. Don’t forget to grab yourself a free read from last week’s Borrow My eBooks post.

Borrow My eBooks

Borrow My eBooksIt’s that time of year. Christmas shopping leaves many of us broke. Which can pose a problem for readers. With little money to spare and even less time available to stock up at the library, you may be on the search for something to read. Look no further. I’ve decided to make most of the lendable books on my kindle available to you. If you’ve never borrowed a Kindle book before, here’s how it works. I can send you an invitation to borrow one of my ebooks. You then have 7 days to accept that offer. After you accept, you have 14 days to read the book before it is automatically returned to me. Don’t have a kindle? No problem. Amazon offers a free reading app that can be downloaded to computers, tablets and smart phones.

This is on a first-come-first-serve basis. Just leave a comment stating which book you’d like to borrow, and I’ll send you the borrow invitation as soon as I have time. (The FREE books are, well, free … so you might as well just get your own copy to keep if you want one of them.)

As a side note, I haven’t had time to read many of these books. So I’m not recommending them. Just making them available to you. So use your own discretion, and let me know which books need to go highest on my to-read list when you’re through.

I hope you all have a lot of fun with this!

Fiction
Horse Dreams, by Dandi Daley Mackal
The Case of the Tabloid Tattler, by Perry Kirkpatrick
Stasis: A Will Vullerman Anthology, by Tobias Buller
Foundlings, by Matthew Christian Harding [FREE for Kindle]
Prophet, by R.J. Larson
Captive of Raven Castle, by Jessica Greyson
Annabeth’s War, by Jessica Greyson
A Purple and Gold Afghan, by Jordan Smith
Truth, by Molly Evangeline
Red Rain, by Aubrey Hansen
The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins

Non-Fiction
UFOs and the Christian Worldview, by Jeff Gerke
Finding the Core of Your Story, by Jordan Smith
How Do I Decide: Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing, by Rachelle Gardner
Infinitely More, by Alex Krutov
Who Is Jesus,  R.C. Sproul [FREE for Kindle]
Always Enough: God’s Miraculous Provision Among the Poorest Children on Earth, by Heidi Baker

Update! (aka — New Books)

Spencer R. just sent me an email offering some of his ebooks to be lent out as well. What a fantastic idea! If you have ebooks you’re willing to share as well, use the contact form to let me know. Just make sure it’s part of the lending library program. If it is, you should see this when you go to the book page (except with your name instead of mine, of course).

Instant Order Update

Here are the books available from other members of Leah’s Bookshelf. If you chose one of these books to borrow, I will send your email address to the owner of the book and it will be up to him/her to send it to you when they have an opportunity.

Prophet, by R.J. Larson [Owned By: Spencer R.]
Prophet, by R.J. Larson [Owned By: Amanda]
Counted Worthy, by Leah E. Good (me!) [Owned By: Spencer R.]
Sew, It’s a Quest, by Kendra E. Ardnek [Owned By: Amanda]

Guess a Quote (12.01.14)

Guess a Quote [Great Expectations]Well, Spencer R. came up with a great quote for our last challenge. Many of you were excited to see it . Congratulations to CJ, Talia, Jennifer Sauer, Elisabeth Sullivan, starshining4ever and Emily Ruth for correctly guessing Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens. That was a really fun quote.

Here’s the quote for this week.

At one time, most of my friends could hear the bell, but as years passed, it fell silent for all of them. Even Sarah found one Christmas that she could no longer hear its sweet sound. Though I’ve grown old, the bell still rings for me…

Happy Guessing!

10 Bookish Things I Am Thankful For

Australian1. The Bible. The most powerful book of all.

2. All of the wonderful people who have been reading my book, leaving reviews, and even emailing me to share their thoughts about Counted Worthy. So grateful for all of you!

3. These eyes the Lord blessed us with that we can use to read.

4. The power of fiction. It’s been used to tell some bad stories. I’m not thankful for that. But I am incredibly thankful for fiction’s ability to package truth in such a unique, heart-touching way when handled properly.

5. Writer friends. Creative, crazy, and attached to our fictional people. We have a lot of fun together.

6. Books that have inspired me. Right now I’m thinking especially of Do Hard ThingsSafely Home, and Secret Believers.

7. My Kindle! As much as I love the feel and smell and lesser eye strain of “real” books, the cost efficiency of Kindle books is hard to beat.

8. Book editors. Writers come up with the stories, but editors make them readable. Can you image how much less enjoyable our books would be if an editor hadn’t polished them up?

9. Memories that allow us to remember the stories we read and even retain our favorite phrases to quote at opportune moments.

10. Other readers to share stories with and rehash favorite details after we’ve read them.

What bookish things are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sale

Black Friday Sale

Hello everyone! I promise haven’t forgone being thankful in exchange for diving into the crazy, American shopping spree that is Black Friday. However, I do want to make you all aware of some really great sales being hosted by Christian indie authors (myself included) before it’s too late. So I’ll be posting my grateful list tomorrow. In the meantime, check out these Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. Some of the sales require coupon codes. Some are built into the price you see. And for some you’ll be able to see the original price and price reduction. The Cyber Monday sales might not be visible or available until Dec 1st (but they’ll be great, so be sure to check back!). Without further ado.

DISCLAIMER: I have not read most of these books. Inclusions of titles in this post does not equal a personal endorsement from me. Read the descriptions and decide for yourselves if they meet your standards.

Kendra E. Ardnek
The Ankuluen: Cyber Monday
Saffron’s Big Plan and Other StoriesCyber Monday
Do You Take This Quest?: Cyber Monday

Faith Blum
A Mighty Fortress: Black Friday and Cyber Monday)
Be Thou My Vision: Black Friday [7626YZAK — 20%] and Cyber Monday

Sarah Brown
The Prodigal Pup: Black Friday
Learning Lessons from Furry Friends: Black Friday

Kelsey Bryant
Family Reunion: Black Friday [YFY84GHU — 20%]

Elizabeth Ender
RansomedBlack Friday [GNE6VUXY — 30%]

J.J. Francesco
Blood Chain: Cyber Monday

Julie Gilbert
Nadia’s Tears: Cyber Monday

Leah Good
Counted Worthy: Black Friday [K7CVNEER — 40%] and Cyber Monday

Melody Grubb
The Land of Calais: Black Friday and Cyber Monday
The Warmth of His Eyes: Black Friday and Cyber Monday
Send Me, Lord Jesus: Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Therese Heckenkamp
Past Suspicion: Black Friday and Cyber Monday
Frozen Footprints: Black Friday

Rachel Heffington
Anon, Sir, Anon: Black Friday [9MTYHSX3 — 25%] and Cyber Monday

Rebekah Jones
Journeys of Four: Cyber Monday
Grandmother’s Letters: Cyber Monday
A Year with the Potters: Cyber Monday

Jaye L. Knight
ResistanceBlack Friday [Q45HN6G9 — 25%] and Cyber Monday

Tina M. Neely
Diamond Hair Princess: Black Friday

Joel A. Parisi
Shadow Play: Cyber Monday

J. Grace Pennington
Radialloy: Black Friday [Y2XHGYDN — 25%] and Cyber Monday
In His Image: Black Friday [KXNZ7PYN — 25%] and Cyber Monday
Machiavellian: Black Friday [UFXGUYMM — 25%] and Cyber Monday

Jennifer Sauer
Why Rodney Never Should’ve Gone to the NAPIC: Black Friday [F76DDR7S — 45%] and Cyber Monday

Sarah Elisabeth Sawyer
Touch My Tears: Black Friday and Cyber Monday
Third Side of the Coin: Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Cara Simmons
The Haven: Black Friday and Cyber Monday
The Leviathan: Black Friday and Cyber Monday
The Champion: Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Jordan Smith
Finding the Core of Your Story: Black Friday [NL4NJXWS — 30%]

Melanie D. Snitker
Calming the Storm: Cyber Monday

Rachel Starr Thomson
Reap the Whirlwind: Cyber Monday
Lady Moon: Cyber Monday
Angel in the Woods: Cyber Monday

Aren’t there a lot of books? I’m thrilled with how many people participated. Let me know if you purchase any of them and what you think of them when you’re finished reading.

Radio Interview

Hey everyone! Just wanted to let you all know that I’m going to be on the radio talking about Counted Worthy at 8AM EST time tomorrow (Monday, Nov 24th). If you want to tune in, you can do so online. I’m so excited and grateful for this opportunity! Can’t wait to see how it goes. :)

While I’m here and talking about Counted Worthy, check out this delightful poem a fan sent me today. She did a great job with it. It’s like a synopsis of the story in poem form. Thanks so much, Amanda!

Poem by Beth Beguerie