Monday, January 27, 2014

Featured Author Interview: Hannah Alexander

Hannah Alexander is the pen name for the husband-and-wife writing team Dr. Mel and Cheryl Hodde. The Hoddes began collaborating on fiction books during their first date, actually a blind date arranged by their pastor. It all began when Cheryl shocked Mel with her request, “Can you help me paralyze someone without killing him?”  
 
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Cheryl went on to explain that she was an author and needed to paralyze a character in the book she was working on. Mel, a board-certified ER physician with a degree in osteopathy, was happy to assist. This was Mel's introduction to the world of fiction and Cheryl’s introduction to medicine. They were both fascinated, and a year and a half later they were married.

The couple established a pen name that rightfully distinguished the two sides of their writing. After more than a decade of marriage, they have written more than a dozen books as Hannah Alexander and have garnered a Christy award for their work.

The following is a January 2014 interview with Cheryl.

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ENTER THE GIVEAWAY
AT THE END OF THE INTERVIEW


Be in to win a copy of
Keeping Faith
by Hannah Alexander


5 copies to be won

Contest open to entrants with USA addresses only.

Contest runs from 24 January - 7 February NZDT

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Featured Debut Novelist: Jocelyn Green

Jocelyn Green is an award-winning author who inspires faith and courage in her readers through both fiction and nonfiction. A former military wife herself, she offers encouragement and hope to military wives worldwide through her Faith Deployed ministry.  Her novels, inspired by real heroines on America’s home front, are marked by their historical integrity and gritty inspiration.

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Jocelyn graduated from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, with a B.A. in English, concentration in writing. She is an active member of the Evangelical Press Association, Christian Authors Network, the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Military Writers Society of America.

She loves Mexican food, Broadway musicals, Toblerone chocolate bars, the color red, and reading on her patio. Jocelyn lives with her husband Rob and two small children in Cedar Falls, Iowa. 


The following is a January 2014 interview with Jocelyn.

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ENTER THE GIVEAWAY
AT THE END OF THE INTERVIEW


Be in to win a copy of
Wedded to War
by Jocelyn Green


One digital copy to be won

Contest open to entrants worldwide.

Contest runs from 17 - 31 January NZDT

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Featured Author Interview: Rene Gutteridge

Rene Gutteridge is the author of more than a dozen novels, including suspense fiction and comedic fiction, and one novelization. Her comedy novel, Skid, has been adapted into a movie.

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Rene's latest releases are Misery Loves Company, Heart of the Country, EscapementPossession and Listen, from Tyndale House Publishers. Her other suspense titles include the Storm Series, plus her very first novel, Ghost Writer (Bethany House Publishers).

She is also known as a comedy writer. Her latest comedic novels are Never the Bride (winner of the 2010 Carol Award for best women's fiction), and Greetings from the Flipside, both co-written with screenwriter Cheryl McKay (of The Ultimate Gift). Her other comedy titles from WaterBrook/Multnomah Publishers include the Boo Series and the Occupational Hazards series.

The following is a January 2014 interview with Rene.

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ENTER THE GIVEAWAY
AT THE END OF THE INTERVIEW


Be in to win a copy of
Misery Loves Company
by Rene Gutteridge


One print copy to be won
Contest open to entrants with USA addresses only.

Contest runs from 10 - 24 January NZDT

Featured Screenwriter/Novelist: Cheryl McKay

Cheryl McKay has been professionally writing since 1997, as "Purple Penworks",  the banner under which she works on creative projects, penning film and television projects. She also now works as a producer on scripts she writes.

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She has also written a script called Greetings from the Flipsidecommissioned by Art Within, after winning a year-long fellowship. It’s been adapted into a novel for B&H Publishing (with Rene Gutteridge) and released in 2013. Her screenplay, Never the Bride, has been adapted into a novel for Random House Publishers and was released in 2009. The film version is in development. She also wrote the screenplay for A Friend for Maddie.

Cheryl lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Chris, who is a photographer and a musician. 


The following is a January 2014 interview with Cheryl.

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ENTER THE GIVEAWAY
AT THE END OF THE INTERVIEW


Be in to win a copy of
Greetings from the Flipside
by Rene Gutteridge and Cheryl McKay


One print copy to be won

Contest open to entrants with USA addresses only.

Contest runs from 10 - 24 January NZDT

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

January New Releases in Category Fiction

New Releases in Category Fiction for January 2014 include titles from Harlequin's Love InspiredLove Inspired SuspenseLove Inspired Historical, and Heartsong Presents

The following blog post is a title listing with descriptions of each release.
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PLUS! ENTER THE GIVEAWAY

Be in to win a copy of one of the following:
Frame-Up by Jill Elizabeth Nelson
Race for the Gold by Dana Mentink
Homefront Dreams by Darlene Franklin
The Heiress's Courtship by Gina Welborn
Love on the Slopes by Elizabeth Goddard
The Wyoming Heir by Naomi Rawlings
Journey of Hope by Debbie Kaufman
Her Unexpected Cowboy by Debra Clopton
His Ideal Match by Arlene James
The Firefighter's New Family by Gail Gaymer Martin
The Rancher's Secret Son by Betsy St. Amant


Simply comment at the end of the blog post on which titles you would love to read the most and you can enter the Rafflecopter draw. Contest entries close Sunday January 19 NZDT.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

January New Releases in Christian Fiction

Happy New Year!! 

New Releases in CBA Trade Christian Fiction for January 2014 include 35 new releases and reprints from Abingdon Press, B&H Fiction, Barbour Publishing, Bethany House Publishers, Center Street, Harvest House Publishers, Revell Books, River North, Thomas Nelson, WaterBrook Multnomah and other publishing houses of CBA Trade fiction.

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PLUS! ENTER THE GIVEAWAY

Simply comment at the end of the blog post on which titles you would love to read the most and you can enter the Rafflecopter draw. 

Contest entries close Friday January 17 NZDT.



Be in to win a copy of one of the following:

The Quaker and the Rebel by Mary Ellis
Solomon's Song by Roberta Kells Dorr
Songs of the Shenandoah by Michael K. Reynolds
Shadowed By Grace by Cara C. Putman
All Things Hidden by Tracie Peterson & Kimberley Woodhouse
Dare to Love Again by Julie Lessman
Huckleberry Hill by Jennifer Beckstrand 
Once Upon a Winter's Heart by Melody Carlson
Scraps of Evidence by Barbara Cameron

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