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Top 10 Tuesday — Book Turn-Offs

25 Apr

The topic for this week’s Top 10 Tuesday was a bit daunting for me. I like all genres and have a pretty high tolerance for pain when it comes to books. I almost never give up on a book, but persevere to the bitter end. LOL! So I really had to think about what makes me mad or at lest irritated with a book. Many of the things on my list are just petty little annoyances; one or two will make me put a book down. To check out book turn-offs for other bloggers, click HERE.

 

Top 10 Book Turn-Offs

Covers that don’t match the character descriptions. If a hero is always gazing into the amazing emerald eyes of his lady love, then please don’t feature someone with sapphire eyes on the cover. Just saying.

Descriptions of geographical locations that don’t match reality. Locations of streets and landmarks shouldn’t be tampered with. Don’t make a major interstate run east to west when it runs north to south.

Typos, lots of typos. I’m not sure what the culprit is when a book has an inordinate amount of typos (editor, author or autocorrect), but it takes me immediately out of the story.

Repeated phrases. Give your characters several actions, not just one — over and over again. One character repeatedly forked his hair. I assume he had a nervous habit that made him run his hands through his hair. I had images of him sticking silverware into his head. 😉

Characters that won’t talk to each other. Some books create tension by having characters misunderstand another’s actions/words/motives, but will not ask for clarification. Communication really is key in a relationship, especially for a frustrated reader.

Non-gender specific names. I know this is petty and shows my advanced age, but I get confused when all the characters have names that would be best used for surnames. Give me an Abigail and an Adam, not a McSweeny and Strait.

Hard to pronounce names. If a book is set in a far off historical time, it is of course appropriate to use names of the time. And fantasy novels probably do need names with an exotic feel. But if King Ythopud shows up, at least provide a pronunciation guide.

Cliff-hangers. While I am pretty tolerant of loose threads in a series, do not, I repeat, do not end with a cliff-hanger if you have no intention of writing book 2!

Bad language. I’m not including occasional mild profanity, but the hard-core stuff. Use of F-bombs will make me close a book.

Bad theology. Whether it is CBA or ABA, a book that promotes itself as inspirational should be consistent and accurate. I am harder on Christian fiction, because it should be especially sensitive to portraying God’s truth. If it’s not scriptural, I will probably put that book down.

 

What about you?

What is your book turn-off?

 

Top Ten Tuesday — Books That Made Me Buy Them!

18 Apr

This week the folks at The Broke And The Bookish are charging bloggers to name the things that makes them buy books. It’s really a combination for me. First, although you aren’t supposed to judge a book by its cover, I just can’t help it. I love old fashioned images and catchy titles. Even the font is important to me. And then there are my must-read authors. The authors I have listed below are my book club’s favorites — their books are always good and lead to great discussions. If they have a book out, I (and the rest of my group) will be buying it. So this week I am featuring 5 covers that wooed me in the book store and five authors that I automatically buy. To find out what makes other bloggers buy a book, click HERE.

5 Lovely Covers That Said Buy Me!

Have you read any of these books?

Which should I read first?

 

5 Must-Read Authors 

(And Some of Their Lovely Book Covers)

Terri Blackstock

Elizabeth Musser

 

Francine Rivers

Dan Walsh

Robert Whitlow

What Makes You Buy A Book?

Top 10 Tuesday — Unique Books

11 Apr

 

This week bloggers have been challenged by the folks at The Broke And The Bookish to identify books we find unique. Hmmm. This took a bit of thinking on my part, but I came up with some books that are unique in characters, setting, and perspective. The most unique feature of these books is that they are all Christian. I often hear people say they don’t read CF because the books are all alike — well here are some that will challenge that presumption.

 

Top Unique Books

Vikings! Heather Day Gilbert writes books about Vikings. Strong female Vikings! Her Vikings of The New World series is currently 2 books strong, but there are more on the way promising great storytelling. The saga begins with God’s Daughter.

 

Gypsies! Brandy Vallance’s novel, Within The Veil, takes a look at the gypsy culture against the backdrop of Victorian England. There are some other unique elements that make this novel not your run of the mill CF historical romance.

The Circus! I know there have been other books with the circus as their setting, but The Lady And The Lionheart by Joanne Bischof goes much deeper. The two main characters are unique as well.

Judas. Tosca Lee‘s novel, Iscariot, is a powerful look at Jesus through the eyes of the disciple who betrayed him. With Easter around the corner, you cannot go wrong with this book.

LOTS of Jesus. In Imaginary Jesus, Matt Mikalatos looks at the question Jesus asks His disciples: Who do you say I am?

Werewolves, Zombies and Vampires, oh my! Matt Mikalatos is back with another novel looking at the Christian life. Night of the Living Dead Christian is a very unique read.

Witches and a very unique narrator. All of Billy Coffey‘s novels can be categorized as unique, but The Curse of Crow Hollow takes the designation up a notch. There is a witch, but it is the narrator that provides the most unique feature.

Island Destination. Ok, everyone likes a book with an island setting, but Uncharted by Angela Hunt offers a destination most would do anything to avoid.

Travel through space and time. Perhaps the most unique series of books I have read comes from the very talented Stephen Lawhead. The adventure in this 5-book series starts in The Skin Map. This one has it all — unique settings, characters, and mind-bending themes.

What unique books have you read?

Top 10 Tuesday — Authors!

28 Mar

I have had lots of fun in the 8 years I have been blogging, but the most fun has been meeting authors. And I mean in the flesh! It’s hard not to fan-girl when you finally get to meet your favorite author, and I have mostly succeeded. Okay, I probably haven’t, but the writers I have met have all been so gracious to overlook my enthusiasm!

This week the folks at The Broke And The Bookish are talking about authors we’ve met and those we’d like to meet. So I am introducing you to an even dozen of fabulous authors that I have interacted with over the years. To find out who other bloggers are talking about, click HERE.

 

Top 12 Authors I’ve Met (And Those I Want To)

Author’s I’ve Actually Met! Squeal!

Liz Curtis Higgs — I have been a stalker fan of Liz for years. I have gotten to meet her several times and interviewed her twice. She is just as funny in person as she is on stage and in videos. She is also very gracious and welcoming.

 

Cynthia Ruchti — Cynthia was my first, interview that is. I was so nervous! I’m sure I babbled and made no sense whatsoever. But she was great and made the experience great. Her women’s fiction is the best!

 

 

 

Elizabeth Musser — I interviewed Elizabeth after reading several of her books. She is a favorite of my book club, and since she is a Georgia girl she had some great tips for road trips for her books.

 

Kathi Macias — Kathi is passionate about her subject matter. She broke my heart describing some of the background for her novels. If you want a book with a missions emphasis, you need to check her out.

 

Robert Whitlow — Robert Whitlow is another favorite of my book club. During my interview of him, he basically gave me the whole story of his then WIP. His wife kept trying to get him to hush, but he was so excited about the project, and I promised not to tell! 😉

 

Tracy Groot — My book clubs had the great pleasure of hosting Tracy for a Meet and Greet. And because I am the coordinator for the groups, I got to take her out to dinner! My husband and I had the best time with Tracy and her husband. Her books are fabulous, by the way!

 

Suzanne Woods Fisher — The first time I met Suzanne, I was standing in line to get a book signed by another writer, and she was too! A little later we were in line to get into an author’s luncheon, and she invited me to sit with her. Oh yeah, I did! She is the sweetest.

 

 

Ginny Yttrup — It was country come to town when I attended a Christy Award dinner in Atlanta. I sat at an in the back table with some wonderful people, including Ginny. She had just released her first novel and was making the rounds of the conference. The next year in Orlando, I had the pleasure of congratulating her on her Christy Award!

 

 

Authors I Feel Like I’ve Met, But I Haven’t

I am friends with the following authors. Ok, it’s online — FB and Twitter. But I do interact with these authors and really want to meet them in person one day. Hopefully, they won’t run the other way!

Richard Mabry — He calls me Beckie By The Book, and I don’t discourage him. Richard has been great to include me on his influencer teams.

Rachel Dylan — I have been reading Rachel’s books for years and been on her influencer teams. I am so excited that she will be releasing a new series for Bethany in the Fall. Here’s hoping she makes it to Georgia for a book tour.

Lisa Harris — Lisa is a missionary in Africa, so I’m not sure I’ll ever get the chance to actually meet her, but I sure want to. I love, love her romantic suspense.

Rachel McMillan — Rachel has a big internet presence and an active tweeter and poster to Intagram. I’ve enjoyed traveling with her!

 

 

What authors have you met?

Clash of The Titles!

26 Mar

 

Clash of the Titles presents four new springtime reads! 

Peruse the images, read the blurbs, 

then vote on your favorite in the survey. 

I know which one is my favorite.

Enjoy, dear readers!

 

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He’s a nature photographer returning to make amends, and she’s a camera-shy naturalist seeking privacy. Their love for a boy brings them together, but the camera could drive them apart.

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Lifestyle magazine editor Heather McAlister was in the wrong place at the wrong time, witnessing a crime that shakes the roots of the town’s power brokers and sends her life into a tailspin. Previously burned by love, Detective Kyle Taylor has spent his entire adult life protecting his hometown, but now he’s protecting a woman he’ll risk everything to save.

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She’s ready to fly free of a life-long cocoon; he’s looking for anything but Raine. Can Paradise Pines find a miracle for two unwilling hearts?

 

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When a homeless man rescues Glorilyn Neilson from violent assault, he’s not the man he seems. What powerful secret keeps him on the streets?

VOTE BELOW!

 

 Click Here to load a dedicated page to the survey. 

Spotlight — 21 Days of Grace

23 Mar

Click here to purchase your copy.

About the Book

21 Days of Grace
Author: Compiled by Kathy Ide
Genre: Devotional
Release Date: March 24, 2015

Love fiction? Looking for a devotional? Check out 21 DAYS OF GRACE, book one in the Fiction Lover’s Devotional series (published by BroadStreet Publishing Group). Fictional stories followed by brief life applications written by best-selling Christian novelists and debut authors, including Angela Hunt, Cindy Woodsmall, and Deborah Raney. Great for individual or group study.

About the Author

Kathy Ide is the author of Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors and the editor/compiler of the Fiction Lover’s Devotional series. She’s a full-time freelance editor and writing mentor, working with Christian authors of all genres at all levels. She teaches at writers’ conferences across the country and is the director of the SoCal Christian Writers’ Conference and the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. She’s a co-owner of the Christian Editor Network LLC and founder of the four divisions that comprise the CEN: Christian Editor Connection, The Christian PEN: Proofreaders and Editors Network, PENCON, and The PEN Institute. To find out more about Kathy, visit http://www.KathyIde.com

Guest Post from Kathy Ide

I’ve always loved Christian fiction, and I’ve seen the power of fiction to touch hearts and change lives, both firsthand and hearing about the experiences of others. But you know, in my quiet times with the Lord, reading a chapter from a novel just doesn’t seem quite appropriate. So a devotional with short fiction stories seemed like a great solution. And you can take these purse-sized devotionals wherever you go, to read when you have a few minutes of down time. It’s a great way to get “inspiration on the go”. And they make fantastic gifts for friends and loved ones.

Giveaway!

To celebrate her tour, Kathy is giving away:

1st – 4th place winners: A set of all four devotionals in the series.
5th & 6th place winners: An autographed copy of 21 Days of Grace with a novel written by one of the contributing authors!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/b2cd

 

Blog Stops

March 23: Reading Is My SuperPower

March 23: A Reader’s Brain

March 24: ASC Book Reviews

March 24: autism mom

March 24: It’s Storytime with Van Daniker

March 25: Chas Ray’s Book Nerd Corner

March 25: Inklings and notions

March 26: Blossoms and Blessings

March 26: The Power of Words

March 27: Lighthouse Academy

March 27: Because I said so – and other adventures in parenting

March 28: Moments Dipped in Ink

March 28: A Greater Yes

March 28: Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations

March 29: Captive Dreams Window

March 29: Donna’s BookShelf

March 29: Southern Chelle

March 30: Pause for Tales

March 30: The Scribbler

March 31: Carpe Diem

March 31: Faithful Acres Body Soul Spirit

April 1: A Baker’s Perspective

April 1: Splashesofjoy

April 2: Christian Bookaholic

April 2: Karen Sue Hadley

April 3: Ashley’s Bookshelf

April 3: Lane Hill House

April 4: Stories Where Hope and Quirky Meet

April 4: History, Mystery and Faith

April 5: God is Love

April 5: Reader’s Cozy Corner

April 5: Simple Harvest Reads

 

Top 10 Tuesday — Authors To Read in One Sitting

21 Mar

I love, love, love suspense! And I have a few go-to authors that I must read. Some of their books are so good that I just cannot put them down. It’s a blessing and a curse! A blessing because I know when I buy their books I will be in for a twisting, turning good time. A curse because the ride, like those at amusement parks, are over much too quickly! LOL!

For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke And The Bookish, I have 5 authors that have books that are easily read in one sitting. To find out what other bloggers are sharing this week, click HERE.

Top Books I Could Not Put Down!

Terri Blackstock

Brandilyn Collins

Rene Gutteridge

Irene Hannon

Lisa Harris