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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Esther by Rebecca Kanner

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.

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