Month: July 2014

What’s Happening Wednesday: Tyndale Summer Reading Program – Only 1 Month Left!

Afternoon, readers! In celebration of this month’s What’s Happening Wednesday post, we wanted to remind you about Tyndale’s great Summer Reading Program. With so many opportunities to win free books, sign up now and enjoy the last month of the program! 


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The Tyndale Summer Reading Program is a great opportunity to earn rewards for reading and sharing about the books you read from our summer reading list. When you share your thoughts in a variety of places including personal blogs, retails sites (Amazon, Barnes & Noble,, etc), and social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and GoodReads, you can earn free books!

Here’s how to join and participate:

  • Set up your account by going to our Summer Reading Program site and clicking on the “Apply Now” link below.
  • Take a look at our summer reading list and find books you’re interested in reading.
  • Visit your favorite bookstore, online retail site, library or grab your e-reader and purchase or borrow one of the books from the list. Basically you can get the books anywhere you normally get books. (Note: We cannot send you free books to read.)
  • After you finish reading a book, share about it on your blog, a retail site, or using one of your social media accounts. Sharing about the book in at least three places will earn you one point.
  • Log-in to your Summer Reading Program account and submit your book sharing links. Each book shared about counts as one point.
  • Once you earn 5 points you’ll be able to select any book from our summer reading list to be sent to you for FREE. It’s that easy!
A few of the great fiction books available to read!

A few of the great fiction books available to read!

During the 2013 Tyndale Summer Reading Program over 1600 books were read, and the top reader read over 50 books! It was definitely a summer full of reading, and this year we’re hoping that even more people will take their reading to the next level.

Here’s what the Tyndale Summer Reading Program will get you:
– For every 5 books you read and submit proof that you shared about them, you’ll receive a free book of your choice from the summer reading list.

  • The top reader at the end of the summer will receive a $75 gift card towards books.
  • The 2nd through 4th place top readers will each receive a $50 gift card towards books.
  • Everyone who reads at least five books will be entered to win a free e-reader!

Join the Summer Reading Program today!

Participate by providing us with some of your information.

Program will run June 1st through August 31st 2014.


Happy reading!


July Shelfie + Updates!

Afternoon, readers! Wanted to give you a quick summer update and some fun things to check in on.

Jolina Petersheim Giveaway

Chat about your favorite classic book and enter to win Jolina Petersheim’s novels The Outcast and The Midwife, along with Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, the novel that inspired her debut.

Firewall_SC_3D-spine Join suspense novelist DiAnn Mills on Pinterest and see what life would be like in FBI: Houston, her new romantic suspense series. Enter her contest to win great prizes such as an iPad Mini! Ends 7/30!


Because of the time of year, we do not have a lot of books coming in from the printer, but we’re very excited to show you our July #shelfie featuring two novels from award-winning author Lisa Wingate, The Prayer Box and The Story Keeper, and the latest from the very talented Gina Holmes, Driftwood Tides.

July Shelfie

These are great books to read in the bright summer sunshine on the beach/front porch/back patio.

We love seeing your #shelfies too, readers! Here are some great ones sent to us on Twitter @Crazy4Fiction:

@brendanaska ebook shelfie (share link on blog) @brendanaska pbook shelfie


@ErynnNewman Shelfie


@KaraIsaac Shelfie


@TooReadorNot Shelfie

Thanks for sharing your #shelfie Brenda, Erynn, Kara, and Kate! We loved seeing what you read.

Don’t forget to take a quick snapshot of YOUR #shelfie, share it with us @Crazy4Fiction on Twitter for a chance to be featured on the blog!

Hope you’re all having a fun summer in the sunshine!


Jolina Petersheim on Writing Amish Fiction + Book Giveaway!

Hey there, readers! Today we’re celebrating the release of The Midwife by the very talented Jolina Petersheim with an extra-special giveaway.

Jolina Petersheim Giveaway

Giveaway includes:
A copy of The Midwife
A copy of The Outcast, a modern retelling of The Scarlet Letter
And a copy of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic The Scarlet Letter

Here’s a little background from Jolina on her writing and how her stories came about:

When I started imagining characters in my head, I remembered The Scarlet Letter (which was my favorite book in high school) and the desperation Rev. Arthur Dimmesdale feels when his sin brands his chest, yet he still wants to hide it from the Puritan world. But eventually his inner turmoil supersedes his outward facade of calm. This inward/outward dichotomy fit so well with the premise of The Outcast that I knew I wanted to pay homage to The Scarlet Letter. Plus, I believe that the Old Order Mennonites are about as close to Puritan life as we Englischers can get.

However, recently I read Margot Livesey’s wonderfully literary modern retelling of Jane Eyre called The Flight of Gemma Hardy. I had the privilege of hearing Livesey speak at the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville (where I held a panel last year!), and she said that she originally wanted to name her book No Attics to prove that, though her novel pays homage to Jane Eyre, that does not mean it is an exact replica of that book.

I believe the same of my own novel: some events in The Outcast play out according to The Scarlet Letter, and others are entirely new. I think the surprise makes it rather fun to read—it was sure fun to write!

My sophomore novel The Midwife is a story about a mother who risks everything to save a child who’s not genetically hers. The concept of surrogacy was first brought to my attention when my dear friend from college discussed using a gestational surrogate in the future because she would be unable to carry a child of her own due to the medication she was taking for a heart transplant.

jolina petersheim the midwife

This made me contemplate the many obstacles of surrogacy that everyone involved would have to overcome.

What if the surrogate became attached to the child? What if, God forbid, something happened to one of the parents, or if there was a chromosomal abnormality and the parents decided they did not want the child any longer?

All of these disparate ideas coalesced into the concept for The Midwife once I gave birth to a child of my own. I knew that even if I were of no relation to the child, if my body had sustained her for nine months, she would still be my daughter even if we shared no genetic connection.

From there, the story goes on to expound upon the heights and depths a mother will go to protect her child, and it asks a difficult question: What defines motherhood—genetics or love?

So glad you got to know Jolina a little better today. To chat more, visit Jolina online . . .

on her blog
on Facebook
on Twitter
on the Southern BelleView Daily blog

Don’t forget to enter Jolina’s giveaway through the widget below!


What’s your favorite classic novel? Share in the comments below!

DiAnn Mills Life in FBI: Houston Pin to Win Contest!

Morning, readers! Today we  are celebrating romantic suspense author DiAnn Mills’ latest release, Firewall, with a very exciting pin to win giveaway! See the graphic and Punchtab widget below for how to enter.

Visit DiAnn Mills on Pinterest!

Happy pinning!



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