Facebook Launch Party!

launch_party_blogThe party starts in one hour, and now you can participate even if you don’t have Facebook! Brett Harris has opened up a place on The Rebelution for non-Facebook users to follow the excitement, ask Brett and I questions about writing and more, and enter giveaways. We’ll be hanging out on Facebook and The Rebelution from 9PM-10:30PM EST.

The Grand Prize giveaway is a book bundle containing Counted WorthyDo Hard Things, and Start Here! Hope to see you there!

If you’d like to read a new review of Counted Worthy before the event, check out this Newbery and Beyond review!

If you’re waiting for Guess a Quote to resume, check back tomorrow. I hope to have the winners from two weeks ago up and a new quote posted tomorrow afternoon. 😉

 

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

Praise for Counted Worthy

CW_Mockup Medium Only three days left until the Counted Worthy release date! Last night I ordered copies for everyone who contributed to the Kickstarter campaign, and I’ve been working on some author interviews for the blog tour. Speaking of the blog tour, Christian Bookshelf Review featured an author interview and book giveaway.

It’s been exciting to share Counted Worthy with some beta readers over the past few weeks and get their feedback. Here’s what they’ve had to say.

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Every generation must discover its own storyweavers. Leah Good is one of ours and we are fortunate. Counted Worthy is a thrilling work of inspirational fiction that perfectly complements the message of Do Hard Things. Grab a copy for yourself, grab a copy for a friend, and help spread the word about this phenomenal debut. Counted Worthy belongs in the hands of every Christian teen and story lover in the country. It’s that good. –Brett Harris, bestselling author of Do Hard Things

This is a timely novel during a year that international persecution of Christians has regularly made headlines. –Woody Robertson, co-founder of CollegePlus

 Page-turning, tersely written dystopia about the power of words and the ultimate power of THE Word. A great first novel from an author I hope we’ll see more of. —Rachel Starr Thomson, author of The Oneness Cycle, The Seventh World Trilogy, and other novels

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Counted Worthy is quite possibly the best contemporary Christian fiction I’ve ever read. The strong, beautiful message is clearly conveyed without the slightest bit of preaching; something exceedingly rare in today’s Christian market. The premise, both unique and familiar, shines like a candle in the dark, forcing you to re-evaluate just how far you’d go with your faith. Ultimately, it instills a desire to follow God to the end of this world. Eagerly awaiting Miss Good’s next novel! –Catsi E, reader

 Radical. Intense. Compelling. Leah Good’s dystopian novel, Counted Worthy, powerfully embodies the message that today’s young people need to hear: the Reason we have to die to self, pursue the impossible, and when all else fails, to stand. This is the message that has the potential to turn a generation of complacency into a generation of inspiration. –Melody van Achterberg, reader

 Intense. Even if you’re not religious, you can still find appreciation, inspiration, and will wait in anticipation reading this novel. –R. Stars, reader

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. 😀


Synopsis

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?


Pre-Order

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

Kickstarter Update

support_counted_worthyHello Everyone! I want to thank all of you who have pledged to and shared the link to the Counted Worthy Kickstarter campaign. Last Monday was absolutely incredible. After launching the campaign and posting about it on social media, The Rebelution blog also hosted a post about the campaign. Over the next 12 hours, $750 of pledges came pouring in. The campaign reached it’s base goal of $1,000 within three days.

Today the Kickstarter page shows $1,540 in pledges and 69 hours (a little under 3 days) to go. I would love your help in reaching the stretch goal of $2,000. At this point, all pledges are locked in. This means that if you pledge, you’ll definitely pay the money you pledged and you’ll definitely receive  the reward you chose. This means that supporting the campaign is a great way to pre-order a copy of Counted Worthy.

For a pledge of $10 you’ll receive an e-copy of Counted Worthy. A $15 pledge gets you a paperback. And a $20 pledge gets you a signed paperback.

Please continue to share the campaign with your friends. We have 69 hours to raise $460. Every email, Facebook share, tweet, and pin make a difference in reaching the stretch goal.

Tweeting Made Easy

The #CountedWorthy Kickstarter ends in 69 hours. Pledge now to help reach the stretch goal of $2,000. Click to Tweet

Pre-order your copy of #CountedWorthy by pledging to the Kickstarter. Act soon. Only 3 days left. Click to Tweet

Greetings, Salutations, and Announcements

IMG_6Greetings, salutations, and apologies for forgetting to post on Monday. My brother and I arrived home from a missions trip at 3AM Saturday morning. I was still recovering on Monday. If you’d like to read a little more about the trip you can check out Encountering the Fatherless on my other blog. Or you could ask questions in the comments section. I got to hang out with the kids in the picture all week. It was a blast! 🙂

You guys did a great job of keeping this place hopping while I was away. We hit 200 followers and counting, so I’m trying to brainstorm a fun way to celebrate that landmark. Any ideas?

A bunch of you also voted for the cover design of my new book. I’m excited to announced that a design has been selected, and I’m working with Marli Renee to create the actual cover. You’ll just have to wait and see which design we went with and how we’re going to execute it. I got a lot more votes than comments, so there are a bunch of people who have not been awarded their story shop points. If you’re one of those people, please leave a comment so I can keep track of your points.

I’ve got a lot of exciting stuff in the works right now, so please have patience with my slightly scattered sounding posts and occasional forgetfulness. Hopefully you’ll enjoy experiencing this self-publishing journey alongside me.

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.

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Ella
Hanna R
Lisbeth
Jennifer Sauer
Spencer R
starshining4ever
OnionTea

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! 🙂