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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

VeggieTales, Beverly Lewis, free Christian fiction (May 27)

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Spotlight: CASCADE
From Lisa T. Bergren: American teenagers Gabi and Lia accidentally find themselves in fourteenth-century Italy ... Knights of the realm. Political intrigue. The plague. A romantic historical suspense novel for young adults. The River of Time series offers romance and suspense with characters teens can admire.
VeggieTales: Music and Mayhem
Hitting stores in August, the DVD VeggieTales: Princess and the Pop Star will be chock-full of high-energy, family-friendly music, including a new song by Francesca Battistelli. Also includes behind the music interviews and more. Read the whole press release here!
Beverly Lewis: Making Amends
With The Judgment, Beverly Lewis continues her trilogy set in the mid-1980s among some of Lancaster County's most conservative Old Order Amish. In this interview, she talks about the new book, her inspiration for the series, and the underlying theme of the trilogy.
5 Questions: Dan Walsh
Get to know historical author Dan Walsh, author of The Deepest Waters. "I want my readers to be thoroughly entertained—but I also want them to experience a quiet revelation of God's nature in the story, too. His beauty, kindness, mercy and incredible patience."
FamilyFiction May /Jun 2011
In the new issue: The results of the 2011 FamilyFiction Readers Choice Awards * Wanda E. Brunstetter * Terri Blackstock * 10 New Voices in Biblical Fiction * Soul Surfer's Sarah Hill * Phil Vischer's What's In The Bible? * and much more! Read it online FREE!
300 Book Trailers!
Our website now sports 300 book trailers for titles representing all genres: Amish, historical, suspense, speculative, romance, contemporary, young adult, children's and comics. Click on a trailer frame to watch the book trailer and to learn more about the book!
Question of the Week
Who is your FAVORITE children's author? Click on over to our FamilyFiction page on Facebook and join the discussion!
Giveaway of the Week
Due to the Memorial Day weekend, there is no giveaway this week. Watch this space in the next issue of our newsletter to find out about our next giveaway!



Below, find free eBooks for your digital reader! (Offers provided by the respective publishers and retailers.)
Free Fiction: THE DEAD SAINT
Murder and a conspiracy that reaches all the way to the White House: Download Marilyn Brown Oden's The Dead Saint free for your Kindle, PC, Mac or portable device, from Christianbook.com and for Barnes & Noble's Nook. Limited Offer: Price Subject to Change.
Free Fiction: FOOLS RUSH IN
Hilarity ensues when cultures clash: For a limited time, download the first in Janice Thompson's Weddings by Bella series free for your Kindle, PC, Mac or portable device, from Christianbook.com, from Sony's ReaderStore and  for Barnes & Noble's Nook. Limited Offer: Price Subject to Change
Free Fiction: PIECES OF LIGHT
If you review Christian fiction on your blog or site, you could get a free digital review copy of Julie Cave's new apologetic thriller Pieces of Light. Go to http://bit.ly/piecesoflight, fill in your contact info and choose your book type. Act now: Limited to 100 downloads!

Links to more free Christian fiction here.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Karen Kingsbury, Phil Vischer, Soul Surfer (May 20)

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FamilyFiction May /Jun 2011
In the new issue: The results of the 2011 FamilyFiction Readers Choice Awards * Wanda E. Brunstetter * Terri Blackstock * 10 New Voices in Biblical Fiction * Soul Surfer's Sarah Hill * Phil Vischer's What's In The Bible? * and much more! Read it online FREE!
Contemporary Author of the Year
FamilyFiction readers awarded Karen Kingsbury in three different categories -- Contemporary Author of the Year, Novel of the Year (for Unlocked: A Love Story) and Book Trailer of the Year (also Unlocked). See all the finalists in these three categories here!
Cartoons, Puppets and Theology
VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer shares about his new DVD series What's In The Bible -- and what sets it apart from his earlier series. "Whereas VeggieTales presented key Bible stories, What's in the Bible presents the entire Bible. The whole thing."
Soul Surfer: Shattered Dreams
Read our exclusive interview with Soul Surfer youth leader Sarah Hill: "Even though I had a tough life coming from an abusive home, God never allowed anything to overcome me and take me out. I recommitted my life to the Lord, and I've walked with Him ever since."
100+ Author Interviews and Features!
Our website now features more than 100 author interviews and features, representing writers of all genres -- Amish fiction, historical, suspense, speculative, romance, contemporary, young adult, children's and comics. New interviews added every week!
Question of the Week
Who are your favorite Christian novelists who write AMISH fiction? Click on over to our FamilyFiction page on Facebook and join the discussion!
Giveaway of the Week
You could win one of 10 copies of Colleen Coble's historical romance The Lightkeeper's Ball! Go to our contest page, enter your name, email and this secret code: LB1120C. Entries must be received by Tuesday (May 24) at 10 a.m. CST. Winners announced in our next newsletter (May 27). Watch for a new prize next week!
Last Week's Prize
The winners of last week's prize: Jesse Klein, Mary Crane, Lauren Liggett, Janice Culpepper, Josh Rollins, Lynnette Trumbull, Kaylah Jones, Je Aiken, Deborah Trevett and Connie Rennard. Congratulations! Find out more about the movie Standing Firm here.



Below, find free eBooks for your digital reader! (Offers provided by the respective publishers and retailers.)
Free Fiction: A VOTE OF CONFIDENCE
Winning may come at too high a price: For a limited time, download the first in Robin Lee Hatcher's Sisters of Bethlehem Springs series free for your Kindle, PC, Mac or portable device, from Christianbook.com, from Sony's ReaderStore and for Barnes & Noble's Nook. Limited Offer: Price Subject to Change.
Free Fiction: THE PASTOR'S WIFE
Maura has one more secret to tell Nick before they can move forward: Download Jennifer Allee's drama The Pastor's Wife free for your Kindle, PC, Mac or portable device, from Christianbook.com and for Barnes & Noble's Nook. Limited Offer: Price Subject to Change.
Free Fiction: MAKING WAVES
What more could a girl want? For a limited time, download the first in Lorna Seilstad's Lake Manawa Summers series free for your Kindle, PC, Mac or portable device, from Christianbook.com, from Sony's ReaderStore and for Barnes & Noble's Nook. Limited Offer: Price Subject to Change.

Links to more free Christian fiction here.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Randy Singer, Grandma's Attic and more (May 13)

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FamilyFiction May /Jun 2011
In the new issue: The results of the 2011 FamilyFiction Readers Choice Awards * Wanda E. Brunstetter * Terri Blackstock * 10 New Voices in Biblical Fiction * Soul Surfer's Sarah Hill * Phil Vischer's What's In The Bible? * and much more! Read it online FREE!
NEW AUTHOR OF THE YEAR
The people have spoken! We put out the call for your favorite Christian stories and storytellers of 2010—in all genres, including Amish, Historical, Suspense, Speculative, Romance, Contemporary fiction and more. See the readers' 10 favorite new authors here!
Randy Singer: Revisiting 'False Witness'
The legal thriller author talks about what drives the new version of False Witness: "I was particularly moved by the plight of the Dalit children, struggling to get a good education so their generation might rise above the oppression and gain real equality and human dignity."
More to Discover in Grandma's Attic
Arleta Richardson's classic Grandma's Attic series returns in new packaging for girls 8-to-12. Combining the warmth of Little House on the Prairie with a Christian focus, the series transport young readers back to a simpler time to learn lessons still relevant in today's world.
560+ Christian fiction authors!
Our website now has profiles of more than 560 authors, representing all genres: Amish, historical, suspense, speculative, romance, contemporary, young adult, children's and comics. Click on an author's picture to view their latest titles, news, book trailers, and more!
Question of the Week
Has there been a Christian novel that really challenged you in your walk with God? (What was it -- and HOW did it challenge you?) Click on over to our FamilyFiction page on Facebook and join the discussion!
Giveaway of the Week
You could win one of 10 copies of the drama Standing Firm on DVD! How to enter: Go to our contest page, enter your name, email and this secret code: SF175D. Entries must be received by Tues (May 17) at 10 a.m. CST. Winners announced in our next newsletter (May 20). Watch for a new prize next week!
Last Week's Prize
The winners of last week's prize: Lourdes Montes, Adria Olson, Chris Buob, Jennifer Whitney, Jennifer Crevier, Jerry Howell, Susan Wheeler, Kathryn Clewell, Diana Schuh and Kim Greig. Congratulations -- watch for an email from us! More about Denise Hunter's A Cowboy's Touch here.


Below, find free eBooks for your digital reader! (Offers provided by the respective publishers and retailers.)
Free Fiction: TOO CLOSE TO HOME
Love grows even in the face of danger: Download the first volume in Lynette Eason's Women of Justice romantic suspense series free for your Kindle, PC, Mac or portable device, from Christianbook.com, from Sony's ReaderStore and for Barnes & Noble's Nook. Limited Offer: Price Subject to Change.
Free Fiction: IT HAPPENS EVERY SPRING
Can Steve and Brenda learn to thaw their chilly marriage? For a limited time, download the first volume from Catherine Palmer's and Gary Chapman's Four Seasons of a Marriage series free for your Kindle, PC, Mac or portable device, from Christianbook.com, from Sony's ReaderStore and for Barnes & Noble's Nook. Limited Offer: Price Subject to Change.
Free Fiction: HOMESPUN BRIDE
Losing her had shaken all his most deeply held beliefs: For a limited time, download Jillian Hart's Homespun Bride free for your Kindle, PC, Mac or portable device, from Sony's ReaderStore and for Barnes & Noble's Nook. Limited Offer: Price Subject to Change. U.S. Residents Only.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Christian fiction new releases (May 2011)

CLICK THE CATEGORY TITLES TO FIND MORE RELEASES IN EACH GENRE
AMISH
The Journey
by Wanda E. Brunstetter
Miriam's Heart
by Emma Miller
Hannah's Journey
by Anna Schmidt

SUSPENSE
Over the Edge
by Brandilyn Collins
Nick of Time
by Tim Downs
Indelible
by Kristen Heitzmann

HISTORICAL
Too Rich for a Bride
by Mona Hodgson
Rocky Mountain Proposal
by Pamela Nissen
Westward the Dream (repackaged)
by Judith Pella and Tracie Peterson

SPECULATIVE
The Redeemer
by Linda Rios Brook
Undercurrent
by Michelle Griep
New Kid Catastrophes (TJ and the Time Stumblers)
by Bill Myers

ROMANCE
Fade to Blue
by Julie Carobini
The Art of Romance
by Kaye Dacus
Wyoming Weddings
by Vickie McDonough, Susan Page Davis and Diana Brandmeyer

CONTEMPORARY
The Fine Art of Insincerity
by Angela Hunt
The Story Jar
by Robin Lee Hatcher and Deborah Bedford
When Sparrows Fall
by Meg Moseley

YA/TEEN
Departures: Two Rediscovered Stories of Christy Miller and Sierra Jensen
by Robin Jones Gunn
Dare to Be Different: 2 Interactive Stories in 1 (Scenarios 1 & 2)
by Nicole O'Dell
The Great Mogul Diamond (Dopple Ganger Chronicles #3)
by G. P. Taylor

CHILDREN'S
McKenzie's Branson Brainteaser (Camp Club Girls)
by Shari Barr
The Mandie Collection Volume Seven
by Lois Gladys Leppard
No Place Like Holmes
by Jason Lethcoe

COMICS
The Gadarene
by John Piper and Drew Blom
Hits & Misses
by Kathleen Webb and Studio Sakka
Best Mann For the Job
by Chris and Erica Well

MOVIES
The 5th Quarter
The Grace Card
Soul Surfer

DVDs
The Encounter
Israel Gets a King! (What's in the Bible?)
KJB: The Book That Changed The World
The Penny
Showing Grace to Others (Chuck Swindoll's Paws & Tales)


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This issue includes: The 2011 FamilyFiction Readers Choice Awards * Wanda E. Brunstetter * Terri Blackstock * 10 New Voices in Biblical Fiction * Love Finds You Across America * Soul Surfer’s Sarah Hill * Phil Vischer’s What’s In The Bible? * Tricia Goyer * Ginger Garrett * Brandilyn Collins * Mitchell Bonds * Julie Carobini * Melody Carlson * Susan May Warren * Dan Walsh * And Much More!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Author of the Year, free comics and more (May 6)

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Spotlight: AN UNLIKELY SUITOR
When society's elite spends a glamorous summer in Newport, the lives of three young women—and their unlikely suitors—become entangled in a complicated web of secrets. Will any of them find true happiness? A compelling tale of friendship, devotion, and sacrificial love from award-winning author Nancy Moser.
AUTHOR OF THE YEAR
The people have spoken! We put out the call for your favorite Christian stories and storytellers of 2010—in all genres, including Amish, Historical, Suspense, Speculative, Romance, Contemporary fiction and more. See the readers' 10 favorite authors here!
Q&A: Mike Delosso
The Darkness Follows author opens up: "At times the darkness overwhelmed me but in the midst of it all there was always light. That experience will never leave me and I want to share the hope I found with others. My way of sharing it is through my stories."
Free Comic Book Day
Saturday, May 6 is Free Comic Book Day in comics stores across the country! To celebrate, we'll be posting links to free Christian comics online all that day -- including links to tracts, Bible comics, classic Christian comics and more. Be sure to follow us here Saturday.
2011 Christy Award Nominees
The nominees have been announced for the 2011 Christy Awards honoring Christian fiction. Categories include Contemporary, First Novel, Historical, Suspense, Visionary, Young Adult and more. Click through to see all the nominees.

FamilyFiction May /Jun 2011
In the new issue: The results of the 2011 FamilyFiction Readers Choice Awards * Wanda E. Brunstetter * Terri Blackstock * 10 New Voices in Biblical Fiction * Soul Surfer's Sarah Hill * Phil Vischer's What's In The Bible? * and much more! Read it online FREE!
Question of the Week
Is there a bookseller near you who has a good selection of Christian fiction? Tell us about 'em! Click on over to our FamilyFiction page on Facebook and join the discussion!
FamilyFiction on the go!
Now you too can take FamilyFiction with you wherever you go! The mobile version of FamilyFiction.com is still in the "test" phase -- so feel free to take this sneak peek and let us know what you think. Check it out here: http://mobile.familyfiction.com
Giveaway of the Week
You could win one of 10 copies of Denise Hunter's romance A Cowboy's Touch! How to enter: Go to our contest page, enter your name, email and this secret code: DH065. Entries must be received by Tues (May 10) at 10 a.m. CST. Winners announced in our next newsletter (May 13). Watch for a new prize next week!
Last Week's Prize
The winners of last week's prize: Kim Greig, Becky Lee, Krista Jensen, Reuben Horst, Marlene Burns, Eve Nielsen, Amy Anguish, Donna Krueger, Cheryl Olson and Joshua Brown. Congratulations -- watch for an email from us! More about VeggieTales: 'Twas The Night Before Easter here.



Below, find free eBooks for your digital reader! (Offers provided by the respective publishers and retailers.)
Free Fiction: DISASTER STATUS
As they work to save lives, can they handle the attraction between them without getting burned? Download Candace Calvert's medical drama Disaster Status free for your Kindle, PC, Mac or portable device, from CBD, from Sony's ReaderStore and for Barnes & Noble's Nook. Limited Offer: Price Subject to Change.
Free Fiction: A TAILOR-MADE BRIDE
Will Jericho and Hannah find a way to bridge the gap between them? For a limited time, download Karen Witemeyer's historical romance A Tailor-Made Bride free for your Kindle, PC, Mac or portable device, from CBD, from Sony's ReaderStore and for Barnes & Noble's Nook. Limited Offer: Price Subject to Change.
Free Fiction: LIE DOWN IN GREEN PASTURES
Jeremiah and Cindy match wits with an unscrupulous land developer as murder invades the idyllic landscape: Download the third volume in Debbie Viguie's Psalm 23 Mysteries free for your Kindle, PC, Mac or portable device and for Barnes & Noble's Nook. Limited Offer: Price Subject to Change.

Links to more free Christian fiction here.

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