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!


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!

Today Is the Day! Counted Worthy Release

CW_Cover MediumCounted Worthy hit the shelves this morning! You can buy it at…

If you’ve already read it, please consider leaving a review on Amazon. Amazon reviews are very important, especially to self-published authors. If you want to help out even more, consider:

  • Asking your library to purchase a copy
  • Posting a video review to YouTube
  • Tweeting, Facebooking, Pinning, etc. about Counted Worthy
  • Writing a blog post about Counted Worthy
  • Adding Counted Worthy to an Amazon Listmania or Goodreads Listopia list.
  • Attend and invite others to attend the Facebook Launch Party next Monday.

If you implement any of these ideas (or come up with ideas of your own) let me know and I’ll be sure to give you Story Shop points.

Release Day Fun

I’m not the only one celebrating today. Check out the release day fun going elsewhere in the blogosphere and beyond.

Dreaming Hobbit: Author Interview
Ivory Palace: Author Interview
Writing to Inspire: Author Interview
The Rebelution Facebook Announcement
Christian Bookshelf Review: Interview and Giveaway

Counted Worthy: Cover Reveal

ebook_cover I have been eagerly anticipating this day ever since I made the decision to self-publish Counted Worthy. So, readers, I’m pleased to introduce you to the official cover of Counted Worthy. And to make things better, it’s now available for pre-order!

Thanks so much to all of you who have encouraged me along the way, supported this project through Kickstarter, and joined the team of beta readers and editors. I appreciate every single person who is reading this post.

For those of you who enjoy building up Story Shop points, sharing this post is worth three points instead of the normal one point for post shares. Please share this post on your social media accounts and send me the links so I can award you points.

Please check out all the details below! And let me know if I missed any details. My baby is finally making it’s debut. 😀


Heather Stone lives in fear of repeating the past, yet she continues doing the one thing that could trigger another disaster. When the police trace an illegal Bible to her house, Heather’s world begins to crumble.

Her father’s life hangs in the balance. No one with the power to help knows or cares. If she tries to save him, she could lead her friends to their deaths. If she does nothing, her father’s fate is certain. Can she evade a hostile police force and win public sympathy before it’s too late?


Get the paperback or Kindle e-book.

Check out the special Counted Worthy page for more details!

Sneak Peek

Want to get a look at the first chapter of Counted Worthy? Wait no longer.

Read Chapter One

E-Reader Survey & New Story Shop Prizes

New Prizes Added

Just in case you missed the survey posted yesterday, here’s a post dedicated to it. I’m currently hosting a survey to see how many of my blog followers have e-readers. You’ll want to participate in this survey for two reasons.

  1. The results will probably influence future giveaways. If you have an e-reader, e-book giveaways are simpler for me and convenient for you (especially if you don’t live in the US but really want to participate in the giveaways). On the other hand, if you don’t have an e-reader, you’ll want to make your voice heard too because you won’t be able to participate in e-book giveaways. Don’t worry, I’m not going to switch to entirely one or the other. I just want to know if people do or don’t have access to reading e-books!
  2. You can earn a point to spend in the Story Shop by taking the survey. Just leave a comment here or on yesterday’s post verifying that you participated, and I’ll award you your point!

And speaking of the Story Shop, there are two NEW prizes available. You can now purchase books from Shop My Bookshelf using Story Shop points. For 30 points you can get a free book and pay for shipping yourself. For 80 points you can get a free book AND free shipping. Visit the Story Shop page to find out how you can earn points and invite your friends to do the same.


Story Friends: Help Pick a Cover Design

Help Pick a Cover Design

*This survey has ended. Click here to learn more about Counted Worthy.

Hello everyone. In case you missed the grand opening of the Story Shop, please go ahead and check it out. The Story Shop is a project I’m testing. The idea is that you get to participate in games, surveys, and other activities to earn points. You can then redeem those points for prizes listed in the Story Shop.

This survey is to help me pick a cover design for my novel Counted Worthy. Counted Worthy is set in the future. It is narrated by a teenage girl who is a member of the persecuted church. You can read more about it here. I’m in the beginning stages of self-publishing this story, and I want it to have a fantastic cover. The covers below belong to previously published, unrelated books. I’m not endorsing any of them. I haven’t even read all of them. It’s the design that matters. For any of the options, I’d take the general concept and substitute images and designs that fit Counted Worthy. Which design do you like best? Which of these books would you be most likely to buy based on cover design alone.

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Leave a comment stating which book design you voted for. You will be awarded one point for voting, but only if you leave a comment. I can’t give you your point if I don’t know who you are. Earn additional points by sharing this post on social media and sending me the link to your share.

Meet Suhana

Meet SuhanaThank you to everyone who voted to help me name “Little Friend”. There was a lot of variety in the voting. Apparently there was a good reason I couldn’t decide between those four names. They’re all good ones! One name did come out on top, though. Suhana received 35% of the votes. Sumita received 26%, Sameena received 24%, and Shaila received 15%.

So, I’d like to introduce you to Suhana. Abandoned at her orphanage as a baby, Suhana is a quiet soul who keeps mostly to herself and doesn’t talk much. She spends most of her time trailing the older girls who are in charge of caring for her. The orphanage director considers her an odd duck and often apologizes for her reclusiveness when missions teams visit the orphanage. Few people recognize Suhana’s intelligence and power of observation. She misses very little that goes on at the orphanage. When main character Tyler James (aka TJ) arrives at her orphanage, Suhana watches as separates from the other members of the missions team. To everyone’s surprise, she attaches herself to him and soon has him wrapped around her little finger. He becomes her protector just when she needs one the most.

Thirty-four people responded to the Help Me Name “Little Friend” survey. Of those 34 people, I know who 7 of you are.

Hanna R
Jennifer Sauer
Spencer R

If you voted and your name is not on this list, leave a comment so I can add your name to the list. Known participants have been awarded one point. Points can be used to purchase prizes in the Story Shop. That’s right! My exciting project to get you all involved in my stories and award prizes for participation has been launched! Please hurry and check out the Story Shop and let me know what you think. Do you have any ideas for what you’d like to see as prizes in the shop? Let me know! And keep your eyes out for the next Story Friends activity.

Also, the My Books page is freshly updated. Check that out too! 🙂

Help Me Name “Little Friend”!

Help Me Name Little Friend*This Survey Is Now Ended, visit Meet Suhana for results
I think most of you know that I’m a writer. If you were unaware of this fact, I invite you to read my short story, Saving Memories. I’m wrapping up final edits on my previous book, Counted Worthy, and getting ready to launch into outlining my next book, Shadow Mission. I have a slight problem, though. I can’t decide on a name for one of my favorite characters! Can you help me pick a name for “Little Friend”? You can read more about her on the form below. If you’d like some pictures to help, she has her own board on Pinterest. Thanks so much!

P.S. Leave a comment to tell me which name you picked and why! 🙂