Support Your Local Author

Have you been enjoying all of these Inkspirational suggestions for great books to read? I know my To Be Read pile is growing daily!!!

We interrupt this series of very helpful blog entries for a brief advertisement. These days, it is easier than ever to help your favorite author so that she can continue to write those wonderful books you love.

Write a review!!! There are lot of ways to do this, but since the overwhelming majority of my reading is now done on my Kindle, my favorite way is to continue past THE END and write a review before I close the book.

Amazon Review for blog

You don’t have to pretend to like the book and give it a five star review, although you should always be kind. Give it three stars, and just say, I learned a lot. (About how not to write a book?) But, if you do love it, give the future readers some great reasons why.

One tip- No Spoilers. Don’t tell how it ends, or even very much about the specifics. Just say, plenty of action, plot twists, had me on the edge of my seat,  – – you get the idea.

This week, I even got a chance to answer a question generated by my review. The reader wanted to know if this book was a “Christian” book, or was it just about faith in general. Woo-hoo! I said,”Yes, it is a Christian book, but the theology doesn’t overwhelm you.” I loved helping the author get her message out!

So, read, read, read, and then review. Your favorite local author will love you for it.

Now, back to your regularly scheduled blog. Enjoy the wonderful Inkspers!

Covers – Can’t wait!

I loooove new books. (I suspect I’m among friends with similar feelings here.)  🙂   I’ve included three books that are set for release this month – all with covers that intrigue me (along with great story lines)

Log Cabin Christmas1A Log Cabin Christmas is a collection of stories from some amazing writers, including fellow Minnesotan Erica Vetsch. I love this cover for several reasons. First, I want to stay in that log cabin! Wouldn’t it make a great hideaway to read or write? Second, I love the mountains. Maybe I’ve spent my life in the suburbs of Minneapolis, but I’m a mountain girl at heart.

I love the stories within this collection: Experience Christmas through the eyes of adventuresome settlers who relied on log cabins built from trees on their own land to see them through the cruel forces of winter. Discover how rough-hewed shelters become a home in which faith, hope, and love can flourish. Marvel in the blessings of Christmas celebrations without the trappings of modern commercialism where the true meaning of the day shines through.

Any cover with nature (especially those mountains!) quickly gets my attention.Alaska Brides cover1 I’ve yet to visit Alaska (it’s high on my bucket list) so I hope reading the Alaska Brides Collection will give me an idea of life in that vast state. These stories are written by some of my favorite authors including Mary Connealy and Tracie Peterson. I’m expecting this to be another great read.

Experience five Alaska adventures through the lives of determined women who overcome the many challenges to build their lives in the wilderness. From the gold rush, through a diphtheria epidemic, to the building of the Alcan Highway, readers will enjoy the stubborn fight each woman displays as love comes into her life. Will the women also give up fighting God and let Him lead them through America’s last frontier?

The Prayer Box1Yet another September release, The Prayer Box, is by Lisa Wingate. What drew me to this cover was, first of all, the title. I have a prayer box myself, so the simple cover of a young woman surrounded by paper prayers caught my eye. And I love the story line.

When Iola Anne Poole, an old-timer on Hatteras Island, passes away in her bed at ninety-one, the struggling young mother in her rental cottage, Tandi Jo Reese, finds herself charged with the task of cleaning out Iola’s rambling Victorian house. Running from a messy, dangerous past, Tandi never expects to find more than a temporary hiding place within Iola’s walls, but everything changes with the discovery of eighty-one carefully decorated prayer boxes, one for each year, spanning from Iola’s youth to her last days. Hidden in the boxes is the story of a lifetime, written on random bits of paper–the hopes and wishes, fears and thoughts of an unassuming but complex woman passing through the seasons of an extraordinary, unsung life filled with journeys of faith, observations on love, and one final lesson that could change everything for Tandi.

What kind of covers catch your eye?