Predicting the Future…Or Something Like it…

Ahem. I can now predict the future.

No, really! How you ask?
Well, I can’t predict your future or tell you when the price of gas is going to go up, but I can totally predict trends in the Inspirational Fiction market. if you insist on proof, a while ago (Okay, a long time ago, this post was unavoidably delayed) I attended Library Journal’s Christian Fiction Book Roundup webcast. I asked two questions about Inspirational fiction trends and the publisher representatives actually answered both of them! (And no one else’s, maybe I was the only webcast attendee…)

Anyway, according to the publisher representative panel, the following Inspirational Fiction Trends should be on your radar. Romantic Suspense. (No surprise here, but Inspy romance is changing, so it’s worth paying attention to this trend.) World War II and American Revolutionary historicals are gaining popularity, but other lesser known historical time periods (read: not “Prairie Fiction” *Happy Dance*) are also gaining momentum. Biblical Fiction is definitely coming back (which I predicted two years ago) and Teen Fiction is also gaining ground in the Inspy market. (Which I also predicted here.)

So there you have it. Proof that I can predict trends in Inspirational Fiction. Now whether or not that’s a useful skill is still up for debate…

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New Middle Grade Favorites

I’m participating in a Juvenile and Young Adult Reading Challenge right now, a contest between several library systems to see who can read the most Middle Grade and Young Adult literature. I won’t win, (SIGH…) but I’ve discovered some new favorites! Book-eighthday340 InquisitorsMark_revised_final-198x300First, The Eighth Day and its sequel, The Inquisitor’s Mark Dianne K. Salerni. The concept is an extra day of the week that only some people (called transitioners) know exists! Of course there’s some people that only exist on the eighth day of the week making for some complicated math… Anyway, throw in some ties to Arthurian legend and a plot to destroy the world and you have this series. I just finished The Inquisitor’s Mark last night and now I’m all like, “What the 3rd book isn’t out yet! NOOOoooooooooo!!!!!”tumblr_inline_n2lyrdF2r71sc4c1wtumblr_inline_n2lyxlKyxb1sc4c1wtumblr_inline_n2lyplJjMT1sc4c1w

Second, JAMES RILEY. If you haven’t read his Half Upon a Time trilogy you should. Like, right now. I love fairy-tale retellings, and Half Upon a Time is one of the best I’ve read in a while. Jack, the main protagonist, is the son of Jack [and the Beanstalk.] A main protagonist who’s not a girl/princess/prince is a refreshing departure from the retold fairy-tale formula. And it’s HILARIOUS.

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Coming In Spring 2015!

I’m back! (For now at least.)

I’m coming out of hibernation to call your attention to Enclave Publishing’s Spring 2015 releases!

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First up Dreams of Caladria. I believe that this is a reboot of Song of Fire by Joseph Bentz. (Published in 1995 by Thomas Nelson.) I loved Song of Fire, so I’m okay with that, but I feel like Enclave should let people know that’s what they’re getting. I was kind of sad it wasn’t a sequel. :-(

Speaking of sequels, if you haven’t read Kathy Tyers yet, give Fusion Fire a try. Second in the classic Firebird trilogy, you don’t want to miss this, especially since Tyers wrote two new Firebird books for Enclave.

Heir of Hope by Morgan L. Busse is book 3 in The Followers of the Word series WHICH I LOVE. I can’t wait for this one!

I’m also pretty excited about Waking Beauty by Sarah E. Morin. As far as I can tell this is a fairy-tale retelling, a genre we haven’t seen yet from Enclave, so I’m excited to see what it will be like.

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Enclave Publishing Goodreads Giveaways

For a limited time, many Enclave  Publishing* authors are giving away copies of their books on Goodreads. Some of these titles are from Enclave’s new Fall line-up. I’m especially excited about the re-release of Firebird by Kathy Tyers.

Firebird was first released in 1987 by Bantum Spectra. A sequel, Fusion Fire, followed and both titles were republished by Bethany House in 1999, as well as the final book in the trilogy, Crown of Fire. Tyers has been considered a pioneer in Christian Spec-Fic ever since. Enclave not only published the Annotated Firebird Trilogy, but two never-before published sequels, Wind and Shadow and Daystar, as well! Don’t wait too long some of these contests are only open through tomorrow!

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Failstate: Nemesis Firebird A Time To Die

*Enclave Publishing was formerly known as Marcher Lord Press. For more on that drama see my previous blog post here. :-)

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Meant to Be Mine Blog Tour and Giveaway

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A book tour hosted by Prism Book Tours.

 Welcome to my tour stop for

Meant to Be Mine 

by Becky Wade

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Meant to Be Mine
(A Porter Family Novel #2)
by Becky Wade
Christian Romance
May 2014 by Bethany House Publishers

 Ty Porter has always been irresistible to Celia Park. All through high school—irresistible. When their paths cross again after college—still irresistible. This time, though, Ty seems to feel exactly the same way about Celia. Their whirlwind romance deposits them at a street-corner Las Vegas wedding chapel.

 The next morning they wake to a marriage certificate and a dose of cold reality. Celia’s ready to be Ty’s wife, but Ty’s not ready to be her husband. He’s a professional bull rider, he lives on the road, and he’s long planned to settle down with the hometown girl he’s known since childhood.

 Five and a half years pass. Celia’s buried her dreams so that she can afford to raise her daughter. Ty’s achieved all of his goals. Or thought he had, until he looks again into the eyes of the woman he couldn’t forget and into the face of the child he never knew he had.

 How much will Ty sacrifice to win back Celia’s trust and prove to her that their spontaneous marriage can still become the love of a lifetime?

My Review 

— I’ve been a huge Becky Wade fan ever since I read My Stubborn Heart. I loved Undeniably Yours and Meant to Be Mine is even better! It’s romance with just the right touch of faith at it’s heart. The characters are spot on and the pacing is fantastic. Typically when I read romance novels I want to hit the heroine over the head with a 2 x 4 before the 5th chapter, but I was right there with Celia every step of the way. (Of course that meant I spent some time wanting to hit the hero over the head with the aforementioned 2 x 4…) It’s Celia’s daughter Addie who’s the real showstopper in this story and her desire for her family to be whole again will tug at your heart. Meant to Be Mine feels like a story about real people. Often a fictional characters struggles feel forced or manufactured, but Celia and Ty’s emotions feel so genuine they practically jump off the page. Becky Wade has officially made it to my ‘”Top Five Inspy Romance Authors” list and I’m sure she’ll make yours as well. I’m hoping we don’t have to wait too long for more about the Porter Family! –Claire

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 About the Author

 During her childhood in California, Becky Wade frequently produced homemade plays starring her sisters, friends, and cousins. These plays almost always featured a heroine, a prince, and a love story with a happy ending. She’s been a fan of all things romantic ever since.

Becky and her husband lived overseas in the Caribbean and Australia before settling in Dallas, Texas. It was during her years abroad that Becky’s passion for reading turned into a passion for writing. She published three historical romances for the general market, put her career on hold for many years to care for her kids, and eventually returned to writing sheerly for the love of it. She’s delighted to be penning warm, wry, and heartwarming contemporary romances for the Christian market. Her CBA debut, My Stubborn Heart, was a finalist in both the RITA and INSPY awards.Undeniably Yours kicked off her Texas-set Porter Family series. Her newest contemporary romance, Meant to Be Mine, has just hit shelves!

These days Becky can be found failing but trying to keep up with her housework, sweating at the gym, carting her kids around town, playing tennis, hunched over her computer, eating chocolate, or collapsed on the sofa watching TV with her husband.

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 Tour-Wide Giveaway

 Prize #1: $50 Visa gift card and a paperback or ebook copy of Meant to Be Mine (open internationally)
Prize #2: 1 lb. of Starbucks coffee and signed copies of Undeniably Yours and Meant to Be Mine (US Only)
Prize #3 Box of See’s Chocolates and signed copies of Undeniably Yours and Meant to Be Mine (US Only)
May 4 – 18

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Jimmy Fallon Must Be Reading My Blog

Remember, you heard about Amish Vampires in Space here first! That means Jimmy Fallon totally reads my blog right?

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Steve Laube Buys Marcher Lord Press. Drama Ensues.

So last week, when I posted about Amish Vampires in Space, I didn’t realize what a hot mess of controversy I’d stumbled into! If you would like a crash course in Inspy publishing drama, this story will give you a great idea of what is driving some of the hot button issues in Christian Publishing.

Turns out Amish Vampires in Space, originally published by Marcher Lord Press, was not part of the deal when owner Jeff Gerke recently sold Marcher Lord Press to Steve Laube, a publishing agent who has stong ties to CBA publishing, which means the Big Bad CBA is trying to destroy Christian Speculative fiction!
…Ok, that was an exaggeration. For real this time.

Jeff Gerke started Marcher Lord Press 5 years ago because he was frustrated by mainstream CBA’s (Christian Booksellers Association) lack of interest in Christian Sci-Fi and Fantasy. As “the premier publisher of Christian Speculative Fiction” MLP has been sucessful, producing award-winning titles and introducing new authors such as Jill Williamson. Gerke has sold Marcher Lord Press to Steve Laube, a publishing veteran and agent with strong ties to the CBA publishing industry. Some fans worry that MLP has “sold out,” while others believe Laube is an excellent choice. Karen Hancock, Kathy Tyers, Bryan Davis, Tosca Lee, and Donita K. Paul are just a few of the authors Laube has worked with in the past, all of whom are major pioneers in the Christian Spec-Fic genre.

And you thought Inspirational publishing was all smooth sailing across the prairie!

Click through the links below for more.
Blog post from speculativefaith.com with lots of fun comments from some of the big names.
Laube’s official press release with a Q&A
Kerry Nietz talks about Amish Vampires in Space being dropped
Another blog post with more great links on the subject

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The Traitor’s Wife by Allison Pataki

TraitorsWife3D260Inspirational historical title The Traitor’s Wife by Allison Pataki is garnering a lot of great buzz. It’s exciting to see an inspirational title get this much attention! It debuted at #5 on the New York Times Best Seller List on Wednesday and was mentioned on the TODAY show on Monday.

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Amish Vampires in Space!

So you’ve missed hearing about Amish Vampire fiction from me right? C’mon, you know you have! Well you’re in luck because I ran across this delightful title from Kerry Nietz today. 18623959

Priceless. I don’t really like Amish fiction, but I might check this one out. Click here for more Christian fiction about vampires. You know you want to!

Kerry Nietz is the author of the Dark Trench saga, Christian sci-fi from Marcher Lord Press. I just finished book 1, A Star Curiously Singing, and while it took some time for me to figure out what was going on, I don’t typically enjoy sci-fi as much as fantasy, so that may have been just me. I did enjoy it enough to want to read the rest of the series, so that’s a good sign.

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