Genre Discovery & Clean Content Issues (Plus a Website Plug!)

I helped a lady discover Inspirational Fiction today!

Well, sort of. I had just finished waxing eloquent on the glories of* to a co-worker, when a poor unsuspecting customer walked up with a handful of Inspirational fiction titles and I pounced.

Me: Do you read a lot of Christian fiction?”
Poor Unsuspecting Customer: Oh, is that what these are?
Me: Um…well, yes, technically…
Poor Unsuspecting Customer: Oh, well I get a lot of these [Love Inspired paperbacks] because I don’t have to worry about the sex in them.
Me: *thunks head on desk.*

Actually, I told her she should check out if she ever had a moment and wanted to find some new authors or similar titles. This really bears up my findings that most people really do read Christian/Inspirational fiction for the clean content. So keep writing clean fiction, the people want to read it. Sigh.**

* is totally AWESOME! It’s my go-to website for all things Inspirational Fiction! It has monthly e-zines you subscribe to, author interviews, coming soon lists, and it covers all publishers! Check it out HERE.

**Disclaimer: Not that there’s anything wrong with clean content, but there are other reasons to read Inspirational fiction. Like, y’know, the plot, or the characters, or the faith element for crying out loud!

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TBR Thursday

It’s been a busy Fall folks, but I got some reading done over the holidays and I wanted to let you know what’s in my TBR pile for the next couple of days.

Cold Shot by Dani Pettrey (Yes, the Christian Inspirational Romance with A GUY ON THE COVER)

The Painter’s Daughter  by Julie Klassen

And last, but not least THE NEW TESSA AFSHAR NOVEL THAT I JUST FOUND OUT EXISTED, Land of Silence.



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Enclave Publishing Giveaway

Rel over at Relz Reviews is hosting a pretty awesome GIVEAWAY for 6 titles from Enclave Publishing!

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!

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Redefining Inspirational Fiction Presentation Notes

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!

Redefining Inspirational Fiction PowerPoint Slides

Inspirational Awards & Publishers handout

Historical Fiction
Regency Romance

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Meanwhile in 5 Years…

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?

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