Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Introducing the Christian Fiction Book Club


I'm searching for more meaningful ways to connect with fans of Christian fiction. I have touched base with some of you through your blogs and on Twitter, but I'd like to chat with you in more detail. So, I'm starting a Christian fiction book club.

Thing is, I'd rather not host it every month. Instead, I'd prefer it hop from blog to blog. You don't need to be a book blogger or writer to participate. I'd love for this book club to cross over into Christian mommy blogs too!

I'll get us started by hosting September's club meeting here. We'll read Havah by Tosca Lee. Hopefully many of you were able to pick up a free download from Barnes and Noble when I announced the special a few weeks ago. But if not, I have a print copy to give away today (more on that later). Also, Havah is currently available for review at NetGalley.com.

Here's how the book club will work:

1. Secure a copy of Havah by Tosca Lee and read it between now and September 29.

2. Peruse these discussion questions on Tosca Lee's website. Choose one or more of them to address in a blog post. You might also want to include a short review of the book.

3. Schedule your blog post to run on September 29. You may copy and use the book club logo above if you'd like.

4. On Wednesday September 29, I will run my review and answer a few discussion questions. I'll include a MckLinky at the bottom so you can link your posts.

5. From Wednesday the 29th to Saturday Oct 2, we will hop around reading and commenting on the reviews and opinions of participating bloggers.

6. If you do not have a blog of your own, you can share your opinions about Havah in the comment sections of other blogs.

7. Have you already read Havah? Great, participate anyway! You'll got a head start answering some of the questions!

Here's more information about our September book club pick:


This is from the back cover:

Eve...

Myth and legend shroud her in mystery. Now hear her story....

From paradise to exile, from immortality to the death of Adam, experience the dawn of mankind through the eyes of the woman first known as...Havah.

Praise for Tosca Lee's Havah: The Story of Eve

"Havah is a novel with boundless imagination...a book of such scope, such beauty, that it defies description." -Eric Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of Fireproof.

"Tosca Lee has given us a veritable literary feast in Havah. Her vivid story of the original earth mother nourishes while her delicious use of language delights. Devour it." -Claudia Mair Burney, author of Wounded.

"The story of Eve comes alive in this interpretation of the first people of the Bible. Even today, this story of love, longing, and loss offers encouragement." -Romantic Times

"Tosca Lee has breathed new life into the story we thought we all knew so well." -Fiction Addict

"An enchanting story, masterfully told by an extraordinary wordsmith." -Robert Liparulo, author of Comes a Horseman.


Giveaway time! Want to win a copy of Havah by Tosca Lee?

Leave me comment within the next two days to let me know you're interested in participating in the Christian Fiction Book Club. Remember to include your email address if it's not in your profile. I'll use random.org to pick a winner Friday.

Also, I'd love to get some book recommendations for October and pipe up if you're interested in hosting future meetings at your blog.

Want more information about future book club picks and locations? Join my group at the Book Club Network or look for updates in the Christian Fiction group at Book Blogs.





(Will you consider tweeting or blogging about this book club to drum up some interest? My social share buttons are below.)
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30 comments:

  1. This is great, Joy! I'll love to participate. Thanks a bunch

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  2. Looks like a great idea! With two preschoolers at home though soon to be just one as my oldest starts Pre-K, I don't think I'll be able to join in the fun just yet. I'll keep this in mind though!

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  3. I'd love to participate and/or host. I downloaded this the other day but only read a few pages. I'll have to pick it back up now. If you'll tell me how to host, so I don't fall flat on my face, I could do that in the future too. Love the book club graphic! Cute!

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  4. Great! Thanks for the interest Gina and Angie. We'll muddle through the first one together and pick new hosts after that.

    Michelle, I hear ya' sister. I didn't read at all during the preschool years. :)

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  5. Thanks! I'm excited (except about reading on computer screen since I don't have an e-reader!)!
    Monique
    http://armsofasister.com

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  6. Hey! I would love to participate and would love to be entered to win :)

    Do I need to purchase a copy?

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  7. Thanks for chiming in Monique and Juju!

    Monique, do you have a smart phone? I just recently learned how to get Netgalley books through the TXTR app on my iPhone. I am such a happy camper now.

    Juju, if you don't win this print copy, you can read it at Netgalley.com for free.

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  8. I like your logo. I think this will be fun. I'm not sure how I'll fit another book in, but I'm determined :)

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  9. Oh, I am totally interested!! :D Now how to find a copy. Up for your free copy (kat.shakespeare@gmail.com) and if not, I'll try to figure out how to get one on NetGalley. Thanks!!

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  10. Thanks Julia and Sarah for participating! :)

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  11. Count me in, Joy! What a great idea. Please enter me for the free copy. janalynvoigt(at)gmail(dot)com

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  12. Sounds like a great idea, Joy. Havah also sounds like something I want to read.

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  13. Welcome aboard Janalyn and Tracy! This is shaping up to be a nice sized group.

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  14. I just joined your club. It's exactly what I've been looking for!

    I'd love to win the book!

    I've shared this book club at the following places:

    My Blog

    Facebook

    Twitter

    readingatthebeach(@)gmail(.)com

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  15. Yay Vicki!

    Thanks so much for social sharing! The more we can attract, the better the conversations. :)

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  16. I would be interested in participating and even hosting if you're still looking for hosts. I've been wanting to join a book club for a while! I actually have a copy of Havah already, but haven't read it! Great Idea!!

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  17. Hi Joy, Julie here from Edifying and Edgy. I received Havah from B&H publishing company to review on my blog: http://gravesok.wordpress.com/
    I thought it was a great book! I love Christian fiction!

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  18. Yay, you found me Megan, I just discovered your blog not too long ago. I'm glad we've connected.

    Julie, I checked out your review. Sounds like our first book club pick is a winner. I know you've already read it, but please consider joining our discussion anyway on the 29th. You can start on the questions now, before you forget. :)

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  19. Sounds like a great idea. Don't know if I will be able to join in the fun in September, but will check back often on your progress. Would love to get a free book!

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  20. Random.org says the winner of this book is commenter number 4, which when you take out my response, is Monique! Congrats Monique, I'm emailing you now!

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  21. Hi Joy,

    I would love to be in your book club. I have read Havah so will get ready to post.

    Julie(from Edifying and Edgy)

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  22. Hi Joy,
    I'm new, just found your blog, and amm definitely signing up to be a follower! Lol....

    I think that this sounds really cool and will give it a shot. Now this is really brave...I'm leaving for college on Friday and I'm a freshman. So, I'll let you know if it gets to be too much. However, I have a month, so I'm pretty determined.

    Now to try and get my hands on a copy of this book....
    Hannah

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  23. Yay, Julie and Hannah, thanks for joining us.

    And Hannah congrats on college! Good luck with your first sememster.

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  24. I got a copy of the book! And thank you....college is really difficult for me. Not going to lie! I'm not a huge fan yet : / I'm only 40 minutes from home but the urge to be there instead of here is SO intense. We're on day three almost four and I don't know, it's just tough : )

    Talk to you soon!
    Hannah

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  25. Aw, hugs to you Hannah. Hang in there! I was miserable my first couple of weeks of college, but then I made some friends, and after that happened, I had a little too much fun.

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  26. Lol Joy!! I don't know what I want, you know? I'm definitely keeping an open mind right now and not trying to draw too many comclusions in the first week, but I'm close enough to commute and it sounds soooo nice right now! Lol! I mean, this year I'm staying on campus because my mom and I agreed that it was important to try and make some connections. However, it's a really small campus in an even smaller town basically. There's nothing around us and I've heard from upper classmen that there really is a lot of "sitting around time". I'm not a big fan on that! Lol...my earliest class (as a freshman) is 8am, but I could leave after 7 and be in the classroom on time....that's the thing that really sticks out to me is that even my freshman schedule is doable for commuting...I don't know....I'm just wicked family based and don't like being away from them at all! I am TOO excited to go home on Friday! I have it all figured out...I can leave after my class gets out and be home before my mom and sis are out of school...then I can stay until Monday morning which is AWESOME!! I can have 3 whole nights at home on the weekend...which I'm ridiculously excited about!

    Anyway, I sound a little desperate, which I think I...am! But that's okay...sorry for boring you with details that I'm sure you didn't want to know, but it's nice to vent to someone : )

    Talk to you soon!
    Hannah

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  27. Hmm, sounds like the college I went to. The only thing in our town was a gas station. It rented movies, sold groceries, and made subs. And of course you could fill up your tank. What more could a college kid need? LOL. But, that isolation did help build a camraderie between students. So, for that reason, I agree with your mom...try to stick it out on the weekends even if the temptation to go home is strong. Have fun! Once you settle in, you'll have the time of your life.

    Don't forget to come back and let me know how it's going! :)

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  28. Well it's not the weekends lol! The next three weekends I have to go home for one reason or another...seriously! It's just getting me to stay during the week! Lol....it's really bad...close knit family members are not good to send away to college! That's the conclusion I'm drawing so far....

    Don't worry, I'll definitely keep you informed : )
    Can't wait for Friday, woot, woot!
    Hannah

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  29. Hi all, I think this is awesome group! I love a good Christian book and I am a Christian Author. I write Christian poetry and devotionals.I currently have one book out and a second one will be coming out in November.

    Anyways Just was saying Hi and introduce myself.

    Feel free to come and check out my blog at http://authorkevinlewis.com.

    If interested in reviewing either of my books let me know. Have a blessed day everyone!

    Sincerely,

    Kevin Lewis

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  30. I just discovered your book club, and I am interested in participating in the future.

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