Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Gold Earings by Diane Tatum

While in high school in St. Louis County, MO, Diane Tatum wrote the short story “Gold Earrings” which grew into this novel. After teaching middle school language arts for eleven years in Tullahoma, TN, Diane “retired” from teaching in 2009 in order to write full-time. She writes for and Diane teaches Youth Sunday School (since 1981) and has written Bible study materials for middle schoolers for LifeWay and David C. Cook. Diane and her aerospace engineer husband Ken live in Tullahoma, TN.

Daughter of a bordello madame and an Italian captain of the seas, Angelina Mercy longs for a new life, free from the condemnation associated with her mother’s home in Boston. A former navy man, Jonathan Thomson has accepted God’s call and become a minister of a small congregation. Adrift from his Yankee heritage in the Missouri plains, Jonathan longs for a family of his own. Pursuing Alice, the daughter of the town’s wealthy patron, Jonathan believes he can tame her wild ways and accomplish more as a preacher once so established. When Angelina’s guardian and Jonathan’s seminary professor learns of Jonathan’s misguided intentions, he seeks out a solution to aid both individuals, providing a new home for Angelina in St. Joseph, Angelina and Jonathan are brought together with a strong initial attraction.

Can Jonathan ignore Angelina’s Gold Earrings, a constant reminder of the implications of her less than pristine parentage? And will Alice succeed in keeping Jonathan from Angelina? The resilient heroine of Diane E. Tatum’s novel will inspire you in this touching tale of love against the odds.

Here's a short teaser from the book -

What a glorious day! Angelina Mercy praised God and her godfather Dr. Ben Graves for this opportunity to start her adult life free of entanglements and judgments concerning her mother’s occupation. She pulled her midnight black hair back exposing her glinting gold earrings to the sun. Hopefully she’d also escape the nightmare that reoccurred on nights when she was exceptionally tired.

The train would take her to St. Joseph, Missouri, where she would meet the Reverend Jonathan Thomson, who had procured employment and a place to live for her. Dr. Ben had only told her that he was 28, had been his theology student, and had been a chaplain in the Union Navy during the Civil War. In fact, Dr. Ben had been quite mysterious when he’d told her, “It’ll be good for both of you for you to settle in St. Joe.” Surely he just meant that the Reverend Thomson was someone she could trust with her life.

Gold Earrings is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and bookstores across the country.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Eyes Wide Open by Canadian Writer R. K. Livingston

If you like reading about life in bite-sized pieces you'll love this one. It's a delightful read, well written and full of short stories about real life, it's joy and its sorrows. This would make a good gift book for Christmas.

You can purchase it at or at the author's website -

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Sell More Books by Steve and Cherie Miller

Can low-profile, not-yet-famous authors get published and sell lots of books? This book says "Yes!" and tells how.

“…a comprehensive guide to marketing a book…[a] well-written, engaging resource that’s loaded with specific tips…. Brimming with creative ideas, Sell More Books! should prove to be a low profile author’s best friend.” - ForeWord Reviews

Writers and publishers will find the latest insider tips on writing and publishing more marketable books. Learn up-to-date information on publishing options, social networking, and "tried and true" book marketing tactics.

Includes hundreds of practical book-selling strategies for both traditionally and self-published authors. Learn which methods may work best for your books and your personality, and which methods might be a complete waste of time.

Should all authors blog? Should all authors do Twitter? According to the authors, in some cases these strategies can produce results; for others, they will be a waste of time. This book provides the wisdom to help authors make wise choices.

Chapters include:

Write a Marketable Book
Write a Title and Subtitle That Attracts Audiences
Attract People with your Cover
Publish through the Most Marketable Channel
Get Lots of Blurbs from All Kinds of People
Optimize Your Amazon and Barnes & Noble Pages
Build a Professional Online Presence
Submit Your Book to Contests
Check Your Attitudes toward Marketing
Use Guiding Principles to Prioritize Initiatives
Seek Early Reviews from Respected Book Review Sources
Seek Reviews and Endorsements from Busy Blogs
Seek Reviews and Endorsements from Other Publications
Attract Attention through Social Media
Optimize Digital Sales
Sell Your Book in Brick and Mortar Stores (Not Just Bookstores!)
Help Reporters and Journalists with their Articles
Consider Radio (Even if You’re Shy!)
Consider Speaking (Even if You’re Shy!)
John Kremer’s Twelve Tips for Low-Profile Authors
Bulk Sales Beyond the Bookstore: An Interview with Brian Jud
Consider Press (News) Releases

Low platform authors can win! Author J. Steve Miller didn't have a degree in music; neither was he a professional musician. Yet, he wrote a book on music that was published by a respected publisher and was translated into Dutch, German, Romanian, Russian and Spanish. He doesn't have a degree in education, yet his educational resources are used by schools and teachers in every state and over 30 countries.

“Whether you’re traditionally published or self-published, the author must do the promotion. This book provides solid guidance and is full of valuable tips.” - Dan Poynter, best-selling author of over 125 books and revisions, recognized authority on book marketing, promoting and distributing, author of The Self-Publishing Manual

Steve and Cherie Miller love to write, publish, and help fellow authors. Cherie serves as president of the Georgia Writers Association. Steve is president of Legacy Educational Resources. Contributors Brian Jud and John Kremer are two of the most highly respected names in book marketing.

About the Author

Steve and Cherie Miller love to write, publish, and help fellow authors. They live on Lake Allatoona in Metro Atlanta. Cherie serves as president of the Georgia Writers Association. Steve is president of Legacy Educational Resources. Contributors Brian Jud and John Kremer are two of the most highly respected names in book marketing. Blythe Daniel is a Colorado literary agent and book publicist with experience in the traditional publishing industry. Stephanie Richards is a Georgia publicist.

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

The Betrayal by Jerry B. Jenkins

If you like books with lots of dialogue and action, you'll enjoy The Betrayal. In Jenkins' usual style, he builds his story, the second in the Precinct 11 Series, through the dialogue and actions of his characters. We are introduced to them in quick succession as the main character, Boone Drake, a detective in the Gang Enforcement Section of the Chicago Police Department, is shot while escorting a witness. His one-time partner, now boss, Jack Keller, is immediately on the scene and the two begin to speculate on how it was possible for a man with a gun to be there, and how he knew where the witness would be.

Acknowledging that it had to have been an inside job, the two detectives have to face the fact that someone they work with, someone they know well, perhaps even someone they care deeply about is a betrayer. The emotional stakes are raised as Boone's new love interest is accused and the race is on to prove her innocent and find the real culprit.

The Betrayal's weakness is that it is lacking in narrative. The story is almost entirely told through the dialogue and action, so there is no room to go deeper. There are no great themes here, no stunning insights, no moments when you want to pause and think.

But it is a fast and enjoyable read. The book is available through all the usual sources and at any Christian bookstore across the country.