I’m so excited to announce that my new web site has finally launched. One of my favorite features is the Media Player which allows you to listen to mp3’s of interviews and podcasts about my books. If you have a book group, feel free to use the podcasts for your discussions. Since I can’t be there to answer questions about the book, this is the next best thing. I’ll be adding podcasts about other books periodically.
Thanks to you, Dawn’s Light is a best-seller. And we’re seeing sales of the other three books picking up, too, as you tell others about the books. Here’s hoping the Restoration Series will impact readers in a way that will prepare them for physical disaster, as well as their eternal future.
What I’m Working On
My book Double Minds is in production now, and will be released in February. Check out the new cover. People sometimes ask me if I hire my own artists. The answer is that my publisher, Zondervan, has an amazing art department. They run several choices of covers by me for each book, and I choose the one I like best. For Double Minds, this process was easy, because I loved the first one they showed me. It looks like a golden ribbon swirling down, but it’s actually a guitar. It was perfect for this story of Parker James, a Nashville-based singer/songwriter trying to make it in Christian music. When a co-worker is murdered, Parker realizes that she may have been the intended victim.
Double Minds will be a stand-alone novel, available in both hardcover and paperback. Meanwhile, as I wait for its release, I’m hard at work on Intervention, another stand-alone novel that will release later in 2009.
Zondervan First Novel Contest
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Mount Hermon’s Christian Writers Conference, Zondervan is sponsoring the Mount Hermon/Zondervan First Novel Competition. For thirty-nine years, Mount Hermon has created an exhilarating laboratory for training writers, whether beginning or professional. They provide a rare opportunity for writers to test their skills under the guidance of professional writers, to check their message alongside Jesus’ teachings, and to challenge the marketplace by sharing and placing their manuscripts with our editors and publishers.
The Mount Hermon/Zondervan First Novel Competition is open to writers who have attended a Mount Hermon Writer’s Conference or who are registered for the 2009 conference. The writer must not be published—fiction or non-fiction, print or electronic. In addition to the opportunity for their work to be published by Zondervan, the writer has the opportunity for unbiased feedback on their work by editors and experienced judges.
Defined broadly, this will be a work of fiction written for a popular audience. Zondervan will announce the winner at the 2009 Mount Hermon Writer’s Conference. The author winning the prize will enter into a publishing agreement with Zondervan and receive a $10,000 advance against royalty, subject to the terms of the publishing agreement.
Submissions for the 2009 Mount Hermon/Zondervan First Novel Competition will be accepted from September 1, 2008 through November 1, 2008.
Among the judges will be some of Zondervan’s top fiction authors, including Karen Kingsbury, Brandilyn Collins, and Terri Blackstock. For more information, please visit their Web site and click on “08 Fiction Contest.”
Mall of America Book-Signing September 20, for 127 Christian Authors!
Come and meet your favorite authors, all in one place, on September 20 at the Mall of America. I’ll be there signing books, and I’ll be part of a panel discussion. No kidding, there will be 127 Christian novelists participating in this huge event! You can find us in the Best Buy and Sears Rotundas and connecting hallway, from 1-3 p.m. What a rare opportunity to meet and talk with the authors about the books you’ve loved. Here’s a list of the authors participating:
|Tamera Alexander||Jennifer Allee, aka Arenz||Diane Ashley|
|Karen Ball||Janet Lee Barton||James Scott Bell|
|Joseph Bentz||Terri Blackstock||Robin Caroll|
|Patricia Pac||Jac Carroll||Jeanie Smith Cash|
|Eleanor Clark||Debra Clopton||Gloria Clover|
|Brandilyn Collins||Mary Connealy||Lyn Cote|
|Kathryn Cushman||Margaret Daley||KM Daughters|
|Susan Page Davis||Mary Davis||Janet Dean|
|Megan DiMaria||Brandt Dodson||Lena Nelson Dooley|
|Cecelia Dowdy||Sharon Dunn||Wanda Dyson|
|Lynette Eason||Meredith Efken||Leanna Ellis|
|Sharon Ewell Foster||Miralee Ferrell||Tina Ann Forkner|
|Darlene Franklin||Jonathan Friesen||Rhonda Gibson|
|Terri Gillespie||Beth Goddard||Debby Giusti|
|Cathy Gohlke||Rene Gutteridge||Cathy Marie Hake|
|Kelly Eileen Hake||Karen Harter||Rachel Hauck|
|Roxanne Henke||Cynthia Hickey||Patti Hill|
|Sharon Hinck||Joan Hochstetler||Steven Hunt|
|Angela Hunt||Denise Hunter||Annette Irby|
|Jennifer Johnson||Jenny B. Jones||Golden Keyes Parsons|
|Deb Kinnard||Julie Klassen||Kathleen Kovach|
|Harry Kraus||Patti Lacy||Maureen Lang|
|Jeanne Marie Leach||Tosca Lee||Julie Lessman|
|Michelle Levigne||Sherri L. Lewis||Elizabeth Ludwig|
|Christine Lynxwiler||Richard L. Mabry||Sharlene MacLaren|
|Gail Martin||Debby Mayne||Vickie McDonough|
|Andrew McGuire||Susan Meissner||Becky Melby|
|Dana Mentink||Amber Miller||Judith Miller|
|Sara Mills||Siri Mitchell||Nancy Moser|
|Janelle Mowery||Elizabeth Musser||Mark Mynheir|
|Jill Nelson||Mae Nunn||John Olson|
|Donita K. Paul||Trish Perry||Marta Perry|
|Allie Pleiter||Cara Putman||Deborah Raney|
|Sandra Robbins||Paul Robertson||John Robinson|
|Martha Rogers||Cynthia Ruchti||Gail Sattler|
|Kim Vogel Sawyer||Shelley Shephard Gray||Virginia Smith|
|Lynette Sowell||Candice Speare||Kathryn Springer|
|Denice Stewart||Sarah Anne Sumpolec||Michelle Sutton|
|Camy Tang||Donn Taylor||Janice Thompson|
|Cindy Thomson||Missy Tippens||Carrie Turansky|
|ML Tyndall||Amy Wallace||Susan May Warren|