Chain of Mercy Giveaway

Spine Poetry

(Last Day for the Giveaway!!!
See below for more info)

You ask what I’m reading? Well, let me tell you! My bed stand to-read pile happens to be overflowing right now; all I need is a little bit more time to tackle that pile.

So, what’s on that bed stand? Glad you asked! But rather than tell you about it, I thought it would be fun show you in the form of Spine Poetry.

SPRING INKspiration!

(Spring releases by our very own Inkspirational Messages contributors)

Spring Inkspiration

Library Love!

(Note: Every book I read, I order from the library, BUT I also purchase many of those books. I hope that by checking them out at the library too, that’ll help them stay on the shelves. Maybe a library expert could weigh in on whether this is beneficial or not …)

Library Love

And I can’t forget that we have a GIVEAWAY going on yet! One copy of Chain of Mercy, one small box of Fannie May candies, and the Phillips, Craig and Dean Breathe In CD will be given away.

To enter, in the comments section below, tell us what you’re reading now, and if you’re feeling creative, write it out in spine poetry form.

Contest ends tonight (Friday, May 9, 2014) at midnight, CST! Winner will be chosen via and will be announced here on Saturday, May 10, 2014.

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Brenda S. Anderson

Brenda S. Anderson is the author of the gritty Coming Home Series. She writes authentic and life-affirming fiction. Learn more about Brenda at

27 thoughts on “Spine Poetry”

  1. Brenda!

    You come up with the best picture ideas for you blog posts!

    It is so much fun to see what others read or recommend to read.

  2. Ohhh…I’m reading Irene Hannon’s One Perfect Spring right now!!! Just finished Meant to Be Mine and What Follows After. And have read all the inkspiratonal ones but yours.

    I’m impressed at how quickly your library gets those new releases on the shelves! And yes, it definitely does make a difference to check a book out from the library. The circulation stats will determine things like whether the library will replace the book if it’s lost or worn to ribbons, whether that author will be put on the automatic buy list, even whether a certain genre is popular enough to warrant buying more. That’s huge up here where it’s a real battle to get Christian fiction on the library shelves. I’ve been known to check books out and place them in the return bin outside just to up the Christian fiction stats. 🙂 Sshhhhh, don’t tell anyone!!!!

    1. Kav – I started Meant to Be Mine last night. Bad move! I can’t put the book down! ~~~ Thank you for filling in the blanks on how a library circulates books. Guess I’ll keep doing what I’ve been doing–gotta keep Christian fiction in circulation. I’m very blessed to live in a state where libraries are highly valued. In our local library system, it’s very easy to request books, and, so far, they’ve purchased every book I’ve requested–and that’s a lot! And Christian fiction is valued in our system, too.

    2. You said exactly what I was going to say, Kav! 🙂 We librarians can read one another’s minds, eh?

      So YES! Check those books out!!!!!!!!!!

      I must say, regarding “Spine Poetry,” that at the library we’ve been known to string together titles of Harlequin Romances to create whole mini-stories! LOL!!!!!

      1. Great to have that confirmation, Regina. I’ll just keep checking those books out & ordering books! What fun! ~~~ I can just imagine how some of those Harlequin stories go, Regina. 😉

  3. Cute concept, Brenda. I’ve never thought of it as spine poetry. Some of those spines are in my TBR pile. I finished Chain of Mercy last night. Once I got to focus on it, I read it in two days. And thoroughly enjoyed it, even though I’d read it in the critiquing process and knew what happened next. There were some things I forgot all about. It was fun getting to know Richard and Sheila again.

    1. Shannon – wish I could take credit for the Spine Poetry name, but I can’t. There are websites devoted to it! Some people make really fun poems out if it, too. ~~~~ Isn’t it fun reading a book in it’s published state after critiquing it? I love reading it as a story, opposed to looking for mistakes. And thank you, thank you for your kind words about Chain of Mercy! I admit, it’s a joy hearing/reading all the positive reviews. 🙂

  4. Just read Until I Found You (review will be up at the end of the month). Really, really enjoyed this one. Surprise!

    Now about halfway through Sidetracked by Brandilyn Collins. Vintage BC. Liking it.

    Next up: Bridge to Haven (Francine Rivers).

    1. I’ll look forward to your review of Until I Found You, Nicole. I’m excited to try an author I’ve never read before! Sidetracked will be added to my to-read pile soon, I’m sure. 🙂

  5. Great list, Brenda. Gonna have to try to find them all. Looks like your stack is about like mine.

  6. Just finished “When Love Calls” by Lorna Seilstad, currently reading “Making Waves” by Lorna Seilstad, and just purchased to read “Bridge to Haven” by Francine Rivers.
    That’s just the past two days. So many other books just before that. So many more awaiting my attention (including “Chains of Mercy” and Stacy’s….)

    1. Bev – weren’t Lorna’s books fun? Really, the weather’s been perfect for reading–there’s not much else we can do when it doesn’t stop raining! So, now I’m back to the book I’m reading: Meant to Be Mine by Becky Wade. It’s a definite page-turner!

  7. I am currently reading Kelly Irvin’s book “Love Redeemed” but am waiting on Shannon’s new book that I won to start reading it!

  8. I’m reading Love finds you in Homestead! I never knew about spine poetry! Will check that out in the future!


  9. Just finished reading “chain of mercy” and loved it. Now I’m reading “when love calls”. Anothet great book! Thsnks for all the wonderful reccomendations Brenda:)

  10. Wow, Brenda! What a great stack of books await you in your TBR pile! I’ll admit that I’ve lately begun ordering more books on Kindle than physical copies, but there are some that just warrant the extra expense and bookshelf space, so for the ones I fall in love with, I get the “real” book.

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