5 Things I Loved This February

Several email lists that I subscribe to do a monthly list of things they’re enjoying. Those emails are my favorites. Often I delete similar emails without reading them. There’s just not enough time to keep up with them all. But the “things I’m loving” emails get saved until I have some time to comb through them.

5 Things I Loved this February

With so much content available online, I find it helpful and enjoyable to receive a curated list of podcasts, blog posts, books, recipes, etc. that someone else has already vetted and enjoyed.

Since I don’t plow through books quite as fast these days, I will be experimenting with mixing in other types of content as I try to get back into the blogging game. A “what I’m loving” list seemed like a good place to start since it’s the type of content I enjoy receiving.


Annual Indie Christian Books Sale

Four years ago, I contacted my small circle of authors friends to see if they wanted to discount their books for Black Friday and join forces to spread the word. It was supposed to be a one-time thing. This is our third year with a dedicated website for the one-week sale, our circle of authors keeps growing, we’re drawing close to having 1,000 unique visitors check out the sale, and since it’s become way to much work for little old me, Kendra E. Ardnek has joined me as a second coordinator. It’s safe to say, Indie Christian Books has a lot to be grateful for.

ICB Sale Blog


Goth Giveaway Winner Announced!

Ready to find out who won a paperback copy of Goth? Drum roll please!

Giveaway Winner


5 Books I’m Thankful For + An Awesome Sale!


Like most other bookworms, great books make their way onto my “things I’m thankful for” list every year. It’s hard to choose favorites, but I went ahead and picked five books I read in 2015 and am thankful for.

  1. The Word Unleashed, by Steve Rzasa: This book really encouraged me in my faith and helped me through a period of change in my life. I deeply believe that quality fiction is one of the most powerful ways to communicate truth and inspiration. This book was proof of that to me.
  2. The King’s Scrolls, by Jaye L. Knight: Like Rzasa’s The Word Unleashed, my brother read this first and insisted that I needed to prioritize it on my to-read list. He has good tastes! I adore Jaye’s characters.
  3. When Sorry Isn’t Enough, by Gary D. Chapman: This is the non-fiction book that impacted me most this year. It’s due for a re-read since I can’t remember all of the concepts very well at this point.
  4. Priscilla & Aquila, by Lois T. Henderson: This is the last book I read, and I’m thankful for it because it bumped me out of the dystopian reading rut I’ve been in. Don’t get me wrong. I still adore dystopian and gravitate to it, but it’s always good to get a change of scenery. I’m currently working on Ruth by the same author.
  5. The Maze, by Will Hobs: I’m grateful for this book because it was really fun and relaxing to read it while I was traveling through the very place the story was set in. It was a great, surprisingly good find in a Grand Canyon visitor’s center.

I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to another great year of reading! Speaking of more reading, here’s one more thing to be grateful for. Books on sale! In honor of Thanksgiving and Black Friday, a group of independent Christian authors banded together to offer over seventy discounted books on Nov 27-30. There’s literally something for everyone.

Every single book listed on Indie Christian Books (Including my two books, Counted Worthy and Stories for God’s Glory) is on sale in one or more ways. Find discounted paperbacks, dozens of books offered with free shipping, $0.99 ebooks, package deals and more. Even if you have a budget of $0, new reading material awaits you.

Don’t know what to pick? The fearless Indie Christian Books team created a quiz that will generate a book list perfect for you! Check it out!

Book Quiz

What awesome reads of 2015 are you grateful for? What books are you looking forward to reading in 2016?

A note on the Ebooks Only page. All books are listed as “Sold Out.” This only refers to paperback copies of these titles. Please click onto the product pages to find descriptions and links to discounted or free ebooks.
Acknowledgements: Thanks to Leah E. Good for her work organizing this sale, Gloria Repp for completing the time consuming job of uploading book info to the sale website, and Hannah Mills for her fantastic design work on the website graphics. Hannah can be contacted at hmills(at)omorecollege(dot)edu for more information about her design services.

Stay Tuned


Hey everyone! Just wanted to pop in to let you know I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth. Quite the contrary. I’ve just been buried by a landslide of work going into organizing the magnificent Black Friday sale coming up!

We’ll get back to our normal Guess a Quote/Friday post routine next week, Lord willing. For now, do any of you bloggers want to get free books and help spread the word about the sale this Friday?

You’re Invited

Jamberry Invitation

Hey everyone! This invitation is especially to the girls, but if any guys are hunting for Christmas ideas for their moms and sisters, they’re welcome too! A friend of mine (and fellow OYANer) is a Jamberry Nails consultant. She asked me to join her in hosting a Facebook party for my friends, and I said yes. 🙂

Join the Party

If you haven’t participated in a Jamberry party yet, it’s basically a Facebook event that gives you a no-pressure opportunity to learn about Jamberry Nail Wraps (and their other products), and play some games to try to win giveaways.

I tried Jamberries for the first time this summer. Friends gave me a gift card to get a few sheets of wraps, and I love them! Plus, four sheets lasted me all summer. You can get at least two manicures per sheet, and a manicure usually lasts me about two weeks.

Anyway, I’m really excited to support my friend’s business by hosting a party with her. I hope you’ll join us!


Happy Birthday, Counted Worthy!


It’s November, and that means it’s Counted Worthy’s birthday! The first year of it’s existence has been a wild ride. 🙂 Wild, but very good. I know a lot of you are hoping for a sibling to come along soon in the form of a sequel. That’s been a consistent bit of feedback on the Bookish Needs survey. The next book is in the works. Hopefully 2016 will be the year!

But, back to the celebration. Of course, when a birthday comes around, it’s time to celebrate. I want you, my dear guests, to enjoy this party. So check out the party favors!

50% Off!

For 36 hours only (starting at 6PM on November 3rd), get 50% a paperback copy of Counted Worthy. You must use this link in order to apply the discount code to your order. Christmas shopping anyone?


I thought about including a link to an awesome cake recipe in the post, but I’m the queen of ruining from-scratch cakes, so I decided to skip that. Those $2 box mixes at the store might not have bragging rights attached, but they sure do taste good!

Anyway. Next up. A present for the birthday book!

Give Counted Worthy a Present

If you haven’t already left an Amazon review for Counted Worthy, a birthday review would be well appreciated! If you’ve already left a review, maybe you know someone else who enjoyed the book. Ask them to take a few minutes to leave one.


What are your favorite Counted Worthy memories. Favorite scenes? Something you learned from reading it? How it impacted you or someone you know?

Thanks for celebrating with me! And more thanks to Counted Worthy’s Aunt Amanda for reminding bad-mommy-me that today was its birthday.

The Secret is Out! The Quote Variation Winner Is…

The QV Winner

Having the quote variation contest these past two weeks has been a blast! You all are so creative and so much fun. 🙂 Thanks to each one of you for participating through entering a quote, voting, or both! The quote variation that received the most votes is quite appropriate for this blog.

The Winner Is…

#7 | Variation Bookworm


Congratulations Lina-Ruth! You’re the winner of some new-to-you reading material! I’ll be emailing you with more details by the end of the day. The runners up were #5 | Variation Salvation and #2 | Variation Superhero which tied for second place. Awesome jobs Spencer R and proverbs31teen! 🙂

Thanks again to all who participated. Hopefully we’ll be able to do something like it soon. Let me know if you have any ideas.