I’m particularly excited about Ronie Kendig’s new release Embers, just out today. Ronie’s previous books have been contemporary romance/suspense (which I liked) so I’m anxious to see what she does in the speculative genre!
Yesterday I got to talk about Inspirational fiction to a bunch of awesome librarians at the KLA/MLA Libraries Without Borders conference. It was tons of fun. Below are links to the slides from my presentation as well as a link to a handout on Inspirational publishers and awards. (A big thank you to Deborah Bryan for the awesome handout!) I’ve also included links to some genre specific websites. Enjoy and if you were at my presentation yesterday, thanks for stopping by!
According to this online To Be Read Calculator, I will be finished with my Goodreads TBR list in approximately 5 years. *heavy sigh*
I can’t decide if that means I need to remove things from my To Read shelf, or if I should read faster… Of course I was in the bookstore last night and I added four books to my list so it’s probably 5 years and 6 months now… How do you decide when you need to give up on something you’ve been meaning to read for a year or two, but just haven’t gotten to yet?
Okay, so I know I said I was done with Esther, but I’m changing my tune because Rebecca Kanner totally grabbed my attention with her new novel Esther which comes out in November. I was intrigued by Kanner’s previous book about Noah’s wife, Sinners and the Sea, but I never got around to reading it. I guess I’ve got to go find it now!
For Esther, becoming queen is a matter of life and death. The king’s harem is a dangerous place and only the favored or the very ruthless survive. To ensure her survival, Esther sets her sights on being queen and embarks on a quest to get there no matter what the cost. She finds help and allies in unexpected places and gradually comes to accept that sacrifices must be made, sometimes by her, and sometimes on her behalf by those she comes to love to secure her place as queen. Of course eventually she realizes that she must be willing to sacrifice her life for her people.
I loved Kanner’s portrayal of harem life! Runaway lions, assassins, poison, – it all felt very real. (Well maybe not the runaway lion so much…but it could happen!) I also liked the relationships in this story and the supporting characters, but I have to say that my favorite element in this book was the love story. *Spoiler alert* It’s not Xerxes! *End spoiler alert* I should mention that there is perhaps less direct spiritual content than some may prefer in Biblical fiction, but that can be a plus for others. There is also some mature content appropriate to the story so keep that in mind if younger readers are your audience. If you liked Tosca Lee’s Legend of Sheba give Esther a try.
This eBook was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Never the Bride by Cheryl McKay & Rene Gutteridge
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Jessie Stone has been trying to write her own love story (and failing) for a long time. So when God shows up and challenges her to let Him take a turn at it, will she hand over her pen to the original Author? I was perfectly content with what I thought was a fun, chick-lit-ish read about a spunky heroine who can’t find her prince charming. But then God showed up as a walking talking character, (and a cute one at that!) and this story became so much more than just another contemporary romance. Imaginative, thought-provoking, and a little hysterical!
Jessie Stone has spent thirty-five years fantasizing about marriage proposals, wedding dresses, and falling in love. She’s been a bridesmaid eleven times, waved dozens of couples off to sunny honeymoons, and shopped in more department stores for half-price fondue pots than she cares to remember. But shopping in the love-of-her-life department hasn’t been quite as productive. The man she thought she would marry cheated on her. The crush she has on her best friend Blake is at very best…well, crushing. And speed dating has only churned out memorable horror stories.
So when God shows up one day, in the flesh, and becomes a walking, talking part of her life, Jessie is skeptical. What will it take to convince her that God has a better love story than one of the thousands she’s cooked up in her journals? Will she trust Him with her pen when it appears her dreams of being the bride are forever lost?
A romantic comedy with a spiritual twist, Never the Bride is what it means to lose control—and getting more than any woman could ever imagine.