Saturday, July 31, 2010

On My Wishlist 7/31


These are two books I can't wait to get my grubby little hands on:


A Hope Undaunted by Julie Lessman.
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/1/2010

Synopsis from Barnes & Noble:
The 1920s are drawing to a close, and feisty Katie O'Connor is the epitome of the new woman—smart and sassy with goals for her future that include the perfect husband and a challenging career in law. Her boyfriend Jake fits all of her criteria for a husband—good-looking, well-connected, wealthy, and head-over-heels in love with her. But when she is forced to spend the summer of 1929 with Luke McGee, the bane of her childhood existence, Katie comes face to face with a choice. Will she follow her well-laid plans to marry Jake? Or will she fall for the man she swore to despise forever?

A Hope Undaunted is the engrossing first book in the WINDS OF CHANGE series from popular author Julie Lessman. Readers will thrill at the highly charged romance in this passionate story.

(I'm so excited! Julie Lessman will be here August 11 for a stalking on Outside the Author's Studio. She's also giving away one of her books!)

Within My Heart by Tamera Alexander
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/1/2010

Synopsis from Barnes & Noble:
Widow Rachel Boyd struggles to keep her ranch afloat and provide for her two young sons, though some days it feels as though her efforts are sabotaged at every turn. When her cattle come down with disease and her sons' lives are endangered, she must turn to Rand Brookston, Timber Ridge's physician and reluctant veterinarian. While Rachel appreciates his help, she squelches any feelings she might have for Rand—her own father was a doctor and his patients always took priority over his family. Rachel refuses to repeat the mistakes her mother made. But when she's courted by a wealthy client of the local resort, she faces a choice: self-sufficiency and security or the risk inherent in the deepest of loves.

What books are on your wish list this week? Head over to Book Chick City to share!

Friday, July 30, 2010

48hr Read-a-Thon starts now!



Do I need another reading challenge?

Um, have you seen my to be read pile? (Joy directs your attention to her Shelfari widget on the right).

This weekend I plan to knock one of those titles off the shelf. Not sure which one yet (I'm leaning toward Missing Mabel), but if I put my mind to it, I can finish one of 'em in 48hours and still spend some quality time with the boys.

Technically, I should call that Shelfari widget my to be read immediately pile.

Because the truth is, the stack of books on my nightstand dwarfs the list in my sidebar. This week I took a count. There are 58 unread novels in this house waiting for my attention (59 after I receive the Amazon order I placed Monday). I have an additional nine books on my iPhone, one PDF in my mailbox, and two galleys waiting for me at Netgalley.

So yes, my friends. I need another reading challenge...or an intervention.

Care to join me? Visit the Unputdownables blog. Don't you just love that name?!





Wednesday, July 28, 2010

When opening the manuscript is like opening a vein...and other writing neuroses.

While Joy is off opening a vein editing her manuscript, her friend Shawna Van Ness is here to spread some neuroses around.

I remember sitting in Mrs. Delzell's class my senior year of high school and, in the middle of a class discussion, (no, I don't remember the topic) one of my classmates turned to me, made a disgusted face, and said, "Geez, Shawna, do you have to analyze everything???"

Nineteen year later I have realized that, yes--I do have to analyze everything. I am a freak. I'll admit it. I not only analyze everything, I over-analyze everything. I'd like to think of my need to examine issues from various angles as a strength--that I am "analytical"--cuz that sounds like a smart-person thing. And I love, love, love to sound like a smart person. It just feels nice. But "analytical" also sounds sort of like a suit-wearing, math-person thing, and I am SO not that. I'm an artsy-fartsy creative type; I'm mostly ruled by my emotions. I'm an over-thinker. Just not usually about the sorts of things that could do anyone any good.

Although I apply this strange sickness to all areas of my life and relationships, my writing is the most frequent victim of this analytical, second-guessing neurosis. For example: Something I thought beautiful and moving yesterday... well, today I may edit the heart right out of it. On the other hand, something which is truly crap might have bathed in the lying light of "Oh, my genius muse!" the day before. It kinda sucks.

I am my worst critic. Wait--am I? Maybe I should think about it from another angle....

I've had countless days where I make the mistake of reading something in a bad mood and decide I should consider applying for a job at McDonald's instead of inflicting one more word upon my poor readers. Are all writers this insecure, or just us artsy-fartsy types? Yet I have two completed novels just waiting for an editor's summons within my hard drive.

Since writing those first two books my craft has improved--a lot. I've added more tools to my chest, more cookies to my jar, more... well, you get the idea. I've also added to my file a whole pile of rejection letters. These letters, and the fact that my road to publication has detoured waayyy off course leads me to believe that, while the McDonald's thing might have some merit, I am better than I was when I wrote the first book. So maybe, instead of me saying "I have two completed novels" I need to admit that, until it sells, it's still just a DRAFT of a novel. Forget that the one on the hard drive is draft number seven-hundred-and-forty-six. There is, obviously, more work to do. And I know--I know I am a better writer now than I was when I printed that "final" draft. I've worked hard to become so.

So where does that leave me? And where does that leave my manuscripts? Well, it looks like, and by the way I spent my day today, feels like I've headed straight back into the blood-letting realms of The Massive Re-Write.

You think I'm being dramatic? Well, I'm not. I mean, really. Would you pull out your child's eyelashes one by one so her vision was less impaired? Could you cut off one of your child's fingers to make her grip tighter? Well, that's how it feels sometimes when I am forced to revisit these books I've birthed with THE DRIPPING RED SCALPEL OF NOW-IT'S-WRITTEN, GET-IT-RIGHT.

Over-dramatic? Me?

Never.

Okay, sometimes.
But I'll tell you one thing...

I'm going to analyze the snot out of these pages. I might even get snot on these pages, cuz it hurts to cut so deeply. But it will make them stronger. Better. Cleaner.

Yep, I'm going to analyze EVERYTHING. I'm going to force myself to remember back to where it began and where it took me. I'm going to pray that the heart and soul of this novel--and the passion and purpose it drew out of me when it first revealed its divine spark--survives the amputations and the series of reconstructive surgeries it needs in order to come out of the anesthesia of the slush pile and awaken into a tighter, cleaner realm of truth and beauty and, maybe even, publication.

After all, isn't that what the hard times are for? The crucible for silver, the furnace for gold, and there will be beauty for ashes in THE END.



Shawna Van Ness is a pre-published writer who blogs at Fiction Mirrors Truth, and this post originated over there. She has quickly become one of my favorite writing bloggers. Don't follow her if you hate laughing.









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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

My top ten favorite books of all time


Except for number one, these titles are in no particular order.

1. The Bible- Looking for a life changing read? Try this one.

2. Roots by Alex Haley- This book was even longer than the mini-series, but worth the time investment.

3. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

4. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton- When I was a tween, I named my parrot Ponyboy. 'Nuf said.

5. This Present Darkness by Frank Peretti- Two decades ago, this book started my love affair with Christian fiction (Thank you, Frank!).

6. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell- What self respecting romance lover hasn't read GWTW? Awesome book, but I always wished Scarlett and Rhett had a happily ever after.

7. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers- Edgy inspirational romance at its finest. If you never read another book I recommend on this blog, read this one.

8. Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco- This is a children's book that I read to my third grade class every year. And every year when I get to the last page, I get choked up.

Yeah, I'll be able to hear your groans coming through the computer with my last two choices:

9. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

10. The Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer

They don't claim to be literary, but any series that can make me haul myself out of bed at dawn to be the first person in line at Barnes and Noble, deserves a spot on my top ten list.

Honorable Mentions:

The Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene
The Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery

Both of these series sparked a love of reading in my little ten year old heart that still burns today.

Want to share your top ten list? Head over to the Broke and the Bookish.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Stalking Love Inspired author, Carla Capshaw

My first stalking victim, author Carla Capshaw, popped up on my radar a couple of weeks ago when I received a tip her book, The Gladiator, might be edgier than most Love Inspired novels. I tracked her down online, and she graciously agreed to come share things we'd discover if we picked through her garbage or interviewed her friends.

(Thanks Carla, for considering this new blog feature more funny than creepy).

The last thing you threw away? A cat food can, a Coke can and a M&Ms wrapper. In other words, I fed the furry people and sat down to write. :-)

Your brand of toothpaste? Colgate or whatever's in a green container.

Three things in your purse: Wallet, keys and gum.

Favorite lawn ornament? My frog with the daisy parasol.

A sentence from your rough draft that didn't make the novel: I don't think I have any that I kept. I usually write, delete and
rewrite as I go.

The name of every book you've ever published (so we can track 'em all down): Well, since you twisted my arm... ;-) The Gladiator, The Duke's Redemption, The Protector
Stalker's note: The Protector is in stores now!

Your favorite not-quite-a-curse word: Bloody.

What sounds might I hear outside your kitchen window?
Cats meowing, crickets chirping and dogs barking in the next yard.

One lousy job from your past: My first job was the worst. I was a hostess at a southern-themed restaurant. I had to greet each customer with a "Howdy folks! Welcome to Po Folks."

What would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? "Well done, my good and faithful servant!"

Florida native Carla Capshaw always dreamed of being a writer and world traveler. She followed her wanderlust around the globe before beginning work on her first novel. A two-time Rita nominee, she's found inspirational historical romance is the perfect vehicle to combine lush settings, vivid characters and a Christian worldview. Currently at work on her next novel, she still lives in Florida, but is always planning her next trip…and plotting her next story. Carla loves to hear from readers. Learn more at: http://www.carlacapshaw.com. Contact her: Carla@carlacapshaw.com.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

In My Mailbox 7/25


The winner of this weekend's Got Books? giveaway was Tribute Books. Thanks everyone who entered!

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme by The Story Siren and The Printed Page. Since I got a bunch of books this week, I decided to participate.

Here are the books I received in my mailbox:

1. The Gladiator by Carla Capshaw.

Carla agreed to let me stalk her on Outside the Author's Studio tomorrow. Be sure to check back!








2. Beyond this Moment by Tamera Alexander.

There are a few books that I've been waiting to get my grubby little hands on and this one of them. Tamera is on my short list of absolute favorite authors.







3. Secrets and Lies by Rhonda McNight.

I'll post a review of this one in August and I'll be offering the book as a giveaway, so make sure to watch for it.








4. Sins of the Mother by Victoria Christopher Murray.

This was my first contest win ever! Thanks to Shan from Curled Up with a Good Book and a Cup of Tea. I'm looking forward to reading it.








I got these books in PDF, galley, or e-book format:


1. Marrying Mallory by Diane Craver.

This is a Desert Breeze e-book. If you need some more titles for the Inspy E-book Challenge, Barnes and Noble is practically giving away Desert Breeze books right now! They're all on sale for about two bucks. I've highlighted a few of the authors on this blog, Shawna Williams (No Other) and Anne Patrick (Fire and Ash). This would be a great time to buy one of their books.




2. Wrangler in Petticoats by Mary Connealy.

I loved Doctor in Petticoats and I'm excited to have a preview copy of the next in the series. I'll post a review in September.








3. Rodeo Resurrection by Teri Wilson.

This is an e-book from White Rose Publishing. I'm excited because this is the first time I've tried this publisher, and the cover is adorable. I'm a sucker for a cute cover, even on an e-book. I'll post the review in August.

I'm happy with my stack of books this week. They are about as varied as Christian romance gets. So, what's in your mailbox?

Friday, July 23, 2010

Book Blog Swap- Any Volunteers?


I guess I should capitalize on all the book bloggers visiting Edgy Inspirational Romance this weekend and introduce my new feature.

Since I only review inspirational romance, starting next month I'd love to do a Book Blog Swap with a blogger that reviews other inspirational genres. Your blog does not need to review Christian fiction exclusively, but the review you post here should be for a Christian fiction or non fiction book (but not a romance). You can repost a review that already ran on your blog, or you can write a new one.

And while you're blogging here, I'll post an inspirational romance review at your blog. For continuity, we'll both use the feature logo at the top of our posts. This feature will run once or twice a month depending on how many volunteers I get.

So, what d'ya say? Any takers?

Send me an email if you're interested!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

A Birthday Giveaway!


It's my birthday! Looking for gift ideas? I'll take the cartoon dude's present, please. :)

But today, I'm the one giving out gifts! Since my birthday coincides with the Got Books? event, I'm giving one lucky reader a present from my bookshelf. Here's a hint, I'm sending three inspirational romances, but the titles will remain a secret until you unwrap them.

I like giveaways with no hoops to jump through, so the rules here are pretty simple. To be entered, just leave a comment between now and Saturday (include your email address if it's not in your profile). I'll use Random.org to pick a winner July 24 at 9pm. Open to US residents only please.

http://gotbooksevent.blogspot.com


Follow the link to find other book bloggers with giveaways this weekend!



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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Proud to be an E-book Author by Anne Patrick

While Joy is off working on the Inspy E-book Challenge, author Anne Patrick is here blogging about the e-publishing industry.

First of all, I want to clear up a misconception that some readers have about e-books. The e in e-book does not stand for erotica. E-books are electronic books that come in many formats, including PDF. You can read them on your computer or an e-book reader, and if you haven’t heard, they are becoming VERY popular.

E-books constituted a little over three percent of all trade book sales in the United States last year. But in the first quarter of this year, sales were up almost 270 percent from the comparable period in 2009.

Even the major publishers are dipping into the pool. A couple of weeks ago, the Hachette Book Group reported James Patterson has sold 1.14 million units of his books for devices like Kindle, Sony Reader, Nook, and iPad.

Man, what I wouldn’t give to have just a quarter of those sales.

There are a number of reasons these devices are so popular. Most e-books are a whole lot cheaper than print books. You can purchase and download e-books in minutes. They’re environmentally friendly. Your books take up less space because you can store thousands on a computer or e-reader. The print is adjustable, for those of you, like me, who don’t like to wear your reading glasses. It doesn’t matter if you like romance, suspense, inspirational, science fiction, or westerns. All your favorite genres can be found as e-books.

The only downfall is the e-readers are pretty expensive. However, the prices are starting to come down and many predict by the end of the year most will be very affordable.

There are a number of companies, which are strictly e-publishers, producing award winning books by talented authors. Desert Breeze Publishing, White Rose Publishing, Whiskey Creek Press, and Samhain Publishing are just a few of the more popular inspirational e-presses.

There used to be a stigma, and maybe there still is to a certain extent, that authors who went the e-publishing route were authors who couldn’t land contracts with New York publishers. This is no longer the case. There are many authors, formerly with big publishing houses who have pursued e-publishing because it is very lucrative. Instead of the usual eight to twenty percent of royalties most print publishers pay, an e-book author makes thirty to forty-five percent on sales.

Now who wouldn’t want to double their royalties?

Another trend in the making is edgy Christian fiction. With the smaller independent e-book publishers, authors are given more leeway as to what they’re allowed to write. They’re tackling tough issues that the market used to shy away from, and dealing with situations that affect people every day.

Romances are spicier than the norm, or in my case thrilling stories of sweet romance and suspense with inspirational messages weaved into them. I know it’s hard to imagine a story about murder and mayhem being inspirational, but I love suspense and I want all my writing to reflect my faith so that’s how my muse works. There is both evil and good in this world and I like combining the two and watching how my characters deal with it.

So is the publishing industry just going through a phase? Some want to think so, but the numbers don’t lie. We are forging into the electronic age whether we want to or not. Look at how much the music industry has changed. Now I’m not saying the print book is going to be obsolete like the eight-track (I’m giving away my age here). People love the feel of books. They like thumbing through the pages, making notes in the margins. But the times are a changing, and I for one welcome that change. More people than ever are reading. So don’t be afraid of the future. Embrace it. Try an e-book!

Don't miss Anne's newest release, Fire and Ash!

Fire Investigator Sadie McGregor is called to her hometown of Emerald Point, Missouri to investigate a suspicious fire which claimed the life of a local college student. The fire appears accidental, but what Sadie and the handsome new sheriff discover will not only affect those close to them, it will rock the entire community and may cost one of them their life.

To learn more about Anne Patrick, known for her sweet edge of your seat suspense, or her alter ego Kinzie Monroe, who writes inspirational romance, visit www.annepatrick.weebly.com.

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Review: Doctor in Petticoats by Mary Connealy

I dare you to read the first two chapters of Doctor in Petticoats without chuckling, but if you're like me, you'll laugh out loud. Mary Connealy is known for writing romantic comedies set in the Old West, and Doctor in Petticoats might be her funniest yet.

This novel follows the lives of Beth and Mandy McClellan, who we first met as children in the novel Petticoat Ranch. Beth and Mandy have grown up and married, and their parents are less than enthusiastic about either of their husbands. The men have something else in common besides not winning Sophie and Clay's approval.

During the course of the novel, each of them commits what amounts to a cardinal sin in the Old West...they cry. But that's where the similarities end. The author deftly turns one of these tortured souls into a beta hero, and the other into a slime ball.

Connealy plays to her strengths in this novel. Humor is her strong point followed closely by her action and adventure scenes. The romance is light and sweet and the story is definitely entertaining. Since this is the beginning of a new series, we are left with one unresolved storyline, but that did not diminish my enjoyment of the book. Actually, I highly recommend it. If you've never read a Connealy novel, this would be the perfect place to begin.

Want more information? Here's the back cover blurb:


Doctor Alex Buchanan is a wanted man- a deserter from the army stalked by a bounty hunter- but he'd rather be dead than inflict any more pain on his patients. Beth McClellan is idealistic, believing the nursing training she received will be enough to help her serve as doctor to her home town in West Texas. When Alex and Beth meet in a stagecoach accident, they find that they work well together. But are his demons and her dreams too deeply rooted for either of them to pay the price required for a future together?

My rating:






I received a review copy of this novel from NetGalley.

Friday, July 16, 2010

More Free eBooks!

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Need some more reading material for the Inspy eBook Challenge? If your e-reader is running low, check out the latest free Kindle downloads from Amazon:

1. Forevermore by Cathie Marie Hake

2. My Beautiful Disaster by Michelle Buckman.

This is actually YA, not romance, but I'm excited about reading it. I took a lecture from Michelle Buckman at the conference I went to last month and she read excerpts from her writing. Fantastic!

3. The Outsider by Ann H. Gabhart

Those of you participating in the reading challenge, don't forget to leave comments to update us on your progress! Not signed up yet? Click the button above to see what all the fuss is about.

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Review: The Highlander's Sword by Amanda Forester

I don't spend much time in the mainstream romance aisle of Barnes and Noble, so if I hadn't read author Amanda Forester's guest post at the Seekerville blog I might have missed this gem completely. The Highlander's Sword is a mainstream romance that deserves honorary edgy inspirational status.

Lady Aila Graham's future is laid out for her. She will care for her ailing mother until she passes, then join the convent and devote her life to God. But when her father unexpectedly marries her off to Scottish Laird, Padyn MacLaren, Aila must cling to the promises of scripture and trust the Lord will not leave her or forsake her. It's a good thing she has her faith to hold onto, because getting married was just the beginning of a very bumpy ride. She still needs to escape from a kidnapper, help prevent the siege of her land, and thaw the heart of her new husband.

Forester crafted a rich setting, filled it with likable, well rounded characters and threw them into an adventure that I couldn't put down. I loved the banter between MacLaren and his right hand man, Chaumont, a French knight with a spotty heritage. Chaumont nearly stole the show as my favorite character (in my head his name was Charmant, French for charming).

This book is saucier than traditional inspy romance, and the message of faith is more subtle, but this book holds crossover appeal, and fans of edgy inspirational will not be disappointed. Although it is a mainstream romance, there is no explicit sex (eventually the hero and heroine do get to know each other in the Biblical sense, but it is described tastefully using pretty general terms) and there is only an occasional crude word.

Now, speaking of crude words, if I had an eraser, there is one that I would have liked to delete. The hero confuses his um, manhood, with a rooster once in this novel. I dunno, there's just something about that phrase along with "moist" and "full retail price" that really turns me off. But it only occurs that once, and thankfully not during the love scene.

All things considered, I highly recommend this book to fans of edgy inspirational fiction. If you give it a chance, you might find you love just as much as me.

Want more info? Here's the back cover blurb:

A quiet flame haired beauty with secrets all her own.

Lady Aila Graham is destined for the convent, until her brother's death leaves her an heiress. Soon she is caught between a hastily arranged marriage with a Highland warrior, the Abbot's insistence that she take her vows, the Scottish Laird who kidnaps her, and the traitor from within who betrays them all.

She's nothing he expected and everything he really needs.

Padyn MacLaren, a battle-hardened knight, returns home to the Highlands after years of fighting the English in France. MacLaren bears the physical scars of a battle, but it is the deeper wounds of betrayal that have rocked his faith. Arriving with only a band of war-weary knights, MacLaren finds his land pillaged and his clan scattered. Determined to restore his clan, he sees Aila's fortune as the answer to his problems...but maybe it's the woman herself whom he really needs...

My rating:







Amanda also guest blogged here, at Edgy Inspirational Romance. Read about the day she got "the call."


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The INSPY Awards: The Bloggers' Award for Excellence in Faith-Driven Lit


What is the best Christian fiction book you've read in the past year? Maybe it wasn't Christian fiction, maybe it was a general fiction novel that dealt with issues of faith.

Here's your chance to nominate it for an Inspy Award. Announced this month, the Inspys are the brain child of book blogger Amy Riley from My Friend Amy. And kudos to her for such a fantastic idea!

In order for your favorite book to qualify for the INSPYs, it must meet the following criteria:

The book must have been originally published in the United States between July 1st, 2009 and June 30th, 2010. Reissues are not eligible.

The book must have been published in hardcover or trade paperback original.

The book must possess exceptional literary qualities including but not limited to: innovative, original writing, and depth of characterization.

The book must respectfully grapple with some element of the Christian faith.

The book must not have excessive profanity or explicit sex scenes.

Categories include historical fiction, Amish fiction, thriller/suspense/crime fiction, romance/romantic suspense, speculative fiction, creative nonfiction, YA fiction, and general/literary fiction.

Nominations are due by July 31. Winners will be announced December 13.

They are also looking for judges. So, if you are a fan of Christian fiction and would like to help judge the first annual Inspy Awards visit http://inspys.com/.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

What is Edgy Christian Romance?

Let me break it down for the beginners out there.

If romance were a summer drink, bonnet books and Christian category would be sweet tea. Edgy inspirationals would be unsweetened with a slice of lemon. And mainstream romance would be a Long Island iced tea.


Don't worry, I'll elaborate. But before we get started, there are a few things you need to know:
  • I use the words Christian and inspirational interchangeably (but only when talking about books).

  • I don't bash sweet inspirationals to promote edgy Christian fiction. My bookshelf is big enough for 'em all. If it starts with ro and ends with mance, I'm probably gonna love it.

  • I'm not an expert. I'm not the guru. I'm not the definition diva. I'm just a fan obsessed enough with this sub-genre to start blogging about it.

Here is what I've come to expect from an edgy inspirational romance:

1. An edgy inspirational romance will have characters who struggle with temptation.

The type of temptation they struggle with is as varied as the ones we struggle with everyday. But sexual sin of some kind, or lust, is not uncommon to find in this sub-genre.

2. An edgy inspirational romance is not afraid to mention body parts.

You might find a butt or a breast (and in case you're wondering, I mean the words, not actual pictures).

3. An edgy inspirational romance might deal with gritty topics like divorce, abuse, alcoholism, or prostitution.

No worries. Since this is a romance, we'll always get our happily ever after.

4. Edgy inspirational romances are about three way relationships.

But not the kind of three ways you'd find in a Harlequin Spice.

The three way in this scenario means God, the hero, and the heroine.

Despite edgy subject matter, these are books written from a Christian worldview and contain a message of faith. The messages range from subtle to overt depending on the author.

5. An edgy inspirational romance does not glorify sin.

This is really the most important point. In my opinion, if the sin portrayed in an edgy book makes the reader aspire to engage in it, than the book is not inspirational.

6. For every point I mentioned above, there's probably an exception to the rule.

Which brings me right back to where I started. I am not the guru, I am not the expert. I am not the definition diva.

So as we kick off our Edgy Christian Fiction Summer Blog Tour, I guess the only question left to ask is how do like your tea?






Want to wade into this sub-genre? Here are some of my favorites to get you started:

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers


A Bride Most Begrudging by Deeanne Gist


A Passion Most Pure by Julie Lessman


Don't miss the next stop on our blog tour! Wednesday, Dan Calabrese writes about spiritual warfare in the edgy Christian novel.

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