Friday, November 24, 2017

Best of the Archives: Tips for Writing a Novella

This post by Janet Dean first appeared in Seekerville on 
June 13, 2011. Comments are closed today so
we can catch up on our reading and writing!

Janet here. I was honored when asked, along with authors Victoria Bylin and Pamela Nissen, to write a historical novella for Love Inspired Historical. And I was thrilled to join these wonderful authors on the printed page! The Spring wedding anthology released in the spring of 2012 as Brides of the West.

Executive Editor Tina James gave these guidelines for this novella:

The word count for this novella was 25,000 words.
The theme is spring weddings.
The hero and heroine should know each other in this reunion romance.

My story in this collection is entitled "Last Minute Bride."

I was grateful for these concrete facts to center my story around. Yet I wanted more information about novellas in general so sent out a plea for tips and got great advice on writing novellas.

Cheryl St. John gave this explanation: A novella needs all the same elements as a full-length novel: Engaging, sympathetic characters, internal and external conflict, believable motivation, a realistic setting and hooks that keep the reader turning pages. However, you have a lot fewer pages in which to do all that.

I'm nodding and noting that the 25,000-word count would vary depending on the number of novellas in the anthology.

Seeker Glynna Kaye, chimed in with her view of novellas: I think the best ones don't try to cram a 60-100K book plot into 25K. Instead, they focus on a "smaller picture" -- a snapshot, a shorter timeframe and a GMC that fits that. Instead of months, they might encompass a weekend or a few weeks. You get a cozier feeling from them than you might get in a bigger novel because of the narrower scope. I always like ones that leave you smiling at the end. That is heart-warming.

Victoria Bylin gave me this advice:

1. Limit the time frame of the story. A day? A week? A month?
2. Keep story locations to a minimum. Setting description eats up word count
3. Keep secondary/supporting characters to a minimum.
4. Instead of starting from scratch, use secondary characters from earlier books.

Cheryl St. John added these tips:

1. The first place I look for a story is in my idea file where I’ve saved ideas that didn’t have enough conflict to support a full-length novel. Don’t ever throw out an idea—the archives are a gold mine when you need a novella.

2. When developing your characters, don’t give both major story people complicated pasts or set them both up with difficult to resolve motivations or conflicts. Keep the major stumbling block to falling in love focused on one character.

3. One character may already be in love with the other or have admired them from afar.

4. Use a secondary character from a previous book as your hero or heroine. You already have their names and descriptions decided and most likely your setting has been established, so your job is easier.

5. Secondary characters are important, but one character may serve several purposes. Look to combine characters if the cast gets too large.

6. Use stereotypes for secondary characters. The reader already has expectations and a mental image.

I'd first given life to the characters in my novella in this book.

With all this wonderful advice for writing this novella, I was ready to forge ahead. I decided to tell the story of single mother Elise Langley and Doctor Wellman, secondary characters in Wanted: A Family  They were already attracted to one another in that story so their HEA in 25k was believable. It was easier to write, too, as I had their descriptions and the setting. All I had to do was give them a strong conflict and a equally strong reason to keep them interacting. I was not only able to bring Elise and David their happy ending in "Last Minute Bride," I was able to tie up the lose ends of other unwed mothers from the original story. 

Since "Last Minute Bride," I've written "A Daddy for Christmas" a novella with brand new characters and setting so it can be done. I kept the time period tight and the conflict to falling in love rested with my wounded heroine Tess.

When Rafe Rafferty discovers he’s a father, he returns to Bountiful, Indiana, to marry the mother, only to learn she died after childbirth and her sister Tess is raising his child. Rafe falls head over heels for his daughter and for Tess Russo, a woman who doesn’t trust easily. Especially the man she thinks abandoned her sister. Can Rafe prove he’s worthy and conquer the protective walls she’s built around her heart?

Janet Dean grew up in a family who cherished the past and had a strong creative streak. Her father recounted fascinating stories, like his father before him. The tales they told instilled in Janet a love of history and the desire to write. Janet is a two-time Golden Heart finalist, Genesis and Carol finalist and a member of Romance Writers of America and American Christian Fiction Writers. Her Love Inspired Historical novels are also Golden Quill, Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, Booksellers Best, Inspirational Readers Choice Award and Holt Medallion finalists. Visit Janet at her Website:

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Seekerville Is Closed Today To Celebrate Thanksgiving

Seekerville is closed to celebrate the U.S. Thanksgiving Day as we pause to reflect on the blessings God has given us.

Please stop back by again!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The Writer's Perfect Resource

with guest Mary Vee.

Thank you for inviting me to Seekerville today. I’m so excited to be here with you all. 

As an author of Never Give Up Stories, I’ve spent years learning about the writing craft from classes, conferences, and resources books and benefitting from many hours honing my skills.

Like you, God has blessed me with experienced writers who’ve helped me throughout my writing journey, each contributing a golden nugget that opened the door to the next step. 

But there is one who was there when I started. He was there when you started too. His book has numerous new editions, has been translated into almost every language, and is a global bestseller. I believe you have a copy too. 

Because of his writing expertise, his compassion, and willingness to help, his book has become an invaluable tool. A writer’s perfect resource with helps to meet our calling. And the author, well, he is available to everyone and anyone who asks.

Photo Adam Burden Unsplash

The one I am referring to is God, and his book is the Bible.

Yeah, really! Let me show you how the Bible is your perfect writing resource. For this discussion, we are going to focus on the basic model of storytelling since the Bible is the perfect resource for every aspect of our lives.

Consider the opening sentence. Genesis 1:1 states: In the beginning, God created the Heavens and the Earth. These words tell readers the setting, who the story is about, and leaves them a great hook: “What happened next?” and “Who is this God who created everything we know?” Aren’t you bursting to know more about the one who created everything and is completely interested in you? Me too!

So, in the opening pages, the Master Author develops setting and continues to show the people involved by taking us to the garden. He shows us what it looks like-- including the tree with the forbidden fruit in the middle--and he explains the basic rules for this new world formed by his spoken word. 

Soon sin, the epic problem, begins a story in need of redemption only a great God could provide.

This opening follows the rules we’ve been taught in writing classes and texts. 

  • Lead with a hook. 
  • Familiarize the reader with the setting.
  • Introduce the characters.
  • Open the reader’s eyes to the character’s epic problem.
  • Begin the journey seeking the solution.

The journey is long with many bumps in the road, components found in books.

 Layers. Depth. Passion. Villains. Hero.

The Bible moves forward using events to expand and deepen the journey: Noah and the terrible flood, David facing Goliaths, God’s Son sent as the only means of salvation, the call for disciples to go into all the world and tell the Good News. The news spreads to the ends of the known earth. Trials and troubles bleed into the ages. Heartache and miracles. Deception vs. Truth.

The climax is yet in our future. The book of Revelation tells us what will happen, but if you’re like me, we don’t fully understand the meanings presented. What we do know is: for those who follow The Way, the happily ever after will be eternity with God in heaven.

You see? Before writing instructors or books taught the principles of writing, God used them in his book, written just for us. 

He is available to stir your mind to generate great ideas. He will listen to your thoughts and provide clues to your story’s direction. He will laugh with you, cry with you, and love you every day. He is faithful to turn any story into a Never Give Up Story. One that will truly end in a happily ever after…with no end. Because we have an eternal God.

Never Give Up your calling as a writer. God, the great mentor is here for you whenever you need. He loves you.

You may wonder why I use these words: Never Give Up. This is my brand. All my stories fall into this realm, from mystery and suspense, to travel and holiday celebrations. God has rescued me from numerous pickle problems, some simple like a flat tire, some huge, like cancer’s ugly visit three times. In each case, God asked me to trust him by Never Giving Up. This was the only way I survived.

No matter the depth of the valley or the height of the mountain peak, he’ll ask the same of you. 

What one writing principle have you discovered in the Bible? How has God blessed you on your writing journey? Sometimes writers hear from readers that our story/words/characters have touched their heart. Would you be willing to share one today?

My debut book, Anders’ Redemption-released this holiday season--tells of one man’s heartache the night an accident robs him of a promising career. Forced to survive on cheap noodles for a year, Brice Anders finally receives the letter. The one that promises a second hope for his dream-until an intruder breaks into his new home and steals his work. With days left ‘til Christmas, his job on the line, his memory not helping, only hope can deliver redemption. 

Anders’ Redemption is on sale for the holidays. Both paperback and ebooks are available from:

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One commenter will receive their own ecopy of Ander's Redemption. Winner announced in the Weekend Edition!~

Rock climbing, white-water rafting, zip lining, and hiking top Mary Vee's list of ways to enjoy a day. For some crazy reason, her mystery/suspense fiction characters don’t always appreciate the dangerous and often scary side of her favorite activities. Unbelievable. Mary writes travel books. Come take an amazing trip. She also pens retellings of Bible stories on the blog, God Loves Kids. She has been a finalist in several writing contests.

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Twitter: @MaryVeeWriter

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Facebook: Turning Friends into Fans

Facebook is all about making friends, interacting with them, sharing everything from recipes to the latest escapade at Walmart. Or as Facebook likes to ask, “What’s on your mind?” It’s a lot of fun, and you can keep up with family and friends, local and not so local.

As authors, we end up with lots of friend requests from people we don't know personally, so we need to step outside the box to separate fans from our real family and friends, but to stay in touch with them as well.

I mentioned a few of my techniques to some of the Seekers, and they wanted to know more about how I turn friends into fans.

Accepting Friend Requests

These Friend Requests are fictional. Do you recognize any of them?

Let's start at the beginning. You have a bunch of friend requests waiting for you to Confirm or Decline. My policy is never to accept friend requests immediately. I wait several days in case someone's account has been hacked. I search for their name in the Facebook search box to try to determine if it looks like the profile has been hacked. If I don't see anything suspicious, I take a quick look at their profile, looking at what they talk about, and look to see if we have mutual friends. If all looks well, I Confirm/Accept the friend request.

As I worked on this post, I accepted a friend request that's been pending for several weeks, simply because I've been busy writing and haven't had time to check them all off. This person--we'll call her Sue--and I have mutual friends. Sue lives in my home state, but over a hundred miles from me. Also, one of our mutual friends is one of my biggest fans, so I can only assume she found me through our mutual friend.

Add to Another List

Now that I know Sue lives in my home state, I'm going to add her to a couple of special lists that I've created. You'll find the "Add to another List" option under the Friends tab. What kind of lists do you want or need? I have several, but if you're an author (or an aspiring author) start with Fans, Local, State (mine is Mississippi), your High School, or College, etc. Other ideas might be Best Friends, Editors/Agents, Media, Bloggers.

Check all that apply. If you don’t know the person at all, assume they are a FAN. Fan is your friend. If you don’t know them, but all their friends are local to you, and you see on their profile that they are within 20-30 miles of you, check Fan & Local.

Now that Sue and I are friends, I Stop. :) Well, not literally. I can be friendly with her, chat it up. Post on her wall, maybe invite her to visit my webpage or like my Facebook page. After all, she did send me a friend request, so I can only assume our connection is books. My books, hopefully.

Second Reminder to Like Facebook Page

Every few months I invite my new friends to like my Facebook page. But not ALL my friends, just the ones I've marked as Fans. If another author sends me a friend request, I don't message them asking them to like my page. Although, I have goofed up and sent those messages out, either not recognizing someone as an author, or by accident, but I try not to bombard my writer friends.

Note: To toggle between your profile and any pages you own, use the inverted triangle in the far right hand corner at the top of your Facebook profile.

We're several steps into our Turning Friends into Fans post, and I doubt I’ve told you anything you didn’t already know, so let’s step it up a little bit. :) 

Remember the new categories under "Add to Another List" you created? Specifically, the "Fans" list where you didn't include other authors, editors, and agents and known industry professionals? While on your author page, not your profile, click on the "Invite your friends to like this Page", then chose "Fans" and send everyone an invitation to like your page. You can review the list and select/deselect manually, or you can just send to all.

Don’t assume all your friends know you're an author. You can include a simple message like, “We're friends on Facebook, but did you know that I'm an author? I'd love it if you'd like my FB page so you can stay informed about my latest books.”

What else can you do with your specialized Lists... Well, you can invite Locals to Book Signings as I did for this event recently. Sebastopolooza Booksigning & Giveaway 2017. I invited about 500 people to the festival because I knew they were local. And I had a LIST and I knew how to use it. Sure, some couldn't attend, but some could. And they knew I'd be there with my books because they got an invitation. 

And, for fun, I created a Seekerville Event last night and invited some of you. Give us a shout out if you got an invitation to join us today via the Facebook: Turning Friends into Fans Event

So, there ya go. Two ways you can create lists in Facebook and use them as needed. Maybe there are other great ways you can think of to use these lists. Other than Local, State, Fans, what other categories can you think of that would make turning friends into fans a worthwhile endeavor?

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Tips for Writing with Emotion

Janet here. Writers all know how important emotion is in our stories. Emotion draws readers in and makes them care about the characters. Once they do, they'll keep reading to find out what happens on their journey. 

The hard part is getting that emotion on the page. Some writers study craft books and posts and attend workshops on writing emotion. Others have torn a well-loved book apart, examining how the writer brought them to tears or laughter. With all these resources available to us, why is writing strong emotion difficult? At least it is for me.  

Perhaps it's because there's no quick and easy way to get it done. To write an emotional story that will elicit emotion in ourselves, in our characters and in our readers takes time and effort. 

To prime the pump and keep the emotion flowing, I need to dig deep into myself, into my story and into my characters.     
  • Dig deep into our characters. We have to figure out who the characters are and what makes them tick. To do that, we need to know what has wounded them and what they desperately want and why. Fleshed-out characters, just like real people, come with emotional baggage. That baggage skews their view of themselves, of others and of their world. When we know our characters inside and out, we can take them on an emotional journey that will heal their hurts and allow them to move on with their lives. Sometimes I have to write the first chapter, even the first three chapters, before I figure out who my characters are. Once I know them really well, I may have to go back and rework the opening to make it fit how they would react and why.  
  • Dig deep into ourselves. We may not have experienced what our characters have, but most of us have experienced grief, disappointments and hardships and can use the feelings those things brought us when writing our stories. To do this requires being vulnerable and that's scary, even painful. But when we tap into our wounds, our concerns, our relationship with others and with God, all those things that have impacted or hurt us, we can use that emotion when writing our stories. The closer story events come to our real lives, the more uncomfortable the writing may be. I wrote a scene in The Bride Wore Spurs where the heroine's father died. My father had died seven years earlier. Perhaps I hadn't dealt with my grief, but I found myself weeping as I wrote the scene and every time I read or revised it. My editor's comment proved that I'd allowed myself to bleed on the page and the emotion was real.
  • Dig deep into our story. We want to write stories that matters. The story should have a takeaway or truth that lingers long after our readers closed the book. When we have a strong passion for our the theme or takeaway, we'll find writing with emotion is easier. Gripping stories with high stakes and characters experiencing universal fears make readers identify with the characters, even become them. If we aren't emotionally involved in our stories, our readers probably won't be either.   
Once the pump is primed, we can utilize craft techniques to help produce emotion. Unless stated otherwise, all excerpts are from The Bounty Hunter's Redemption.  

I believe some writers are intuitive about how to elicit emotion. If you're one of those, you may want to skip to the end of the post. The rest of us may need to study craft for ways to produce emotion in the reader. Telling the emotion is often the first attempt at getting emotion on the page. She felt afraid doesn't create that emotion of fear in the reader. The snake of fear slithered along her spine is a bit more eerie, but still telling the emotion. The character whose head we're in needs to show the fear she's feeling through her thoughts, descriptions, actions and reactions. Other characters may see that emotion in another character and describe it. Vivid, pertinent details are the building blocks of storytelling. Vivid details of the setting and of the characters bring scenes alive and connect readers emotionally to the story.

  • Physical Reactions: One of these techniques is describing the characters' physical reactions (things like clenched fists and racing hearts) either through their own eyes or the eyes of another. Overdo these descriptions and we risk annoying the reader. On the flip side, we can have our characters suppress physical reactions, such as refusing to cry. When we know our characters, we know how they'll react in a given situation. We can make physical reactions like laughing and crying feel fresh by adding a few select words as in this excerpt from my novella "A Daddy for Christmas": Miss Mae tried to trap a snicker behind a gloved hand and failed. We can add emotion by embellishing as in this excerpt with Carly describing Anna's physical reactions on the witness stand: Tears brimmed then spilled down Anna’s cheeks, the anguish of reliving that nightmare plain on her face. The room was so quiet Carly could hear each ragged breath Anna took. 

  • Descriptions: When a character describes another character, instead of just giving hair and eye color, for instance, use the opportunity to show the character's emotional state, as in this excerpt: A woman stood between Nate Sergeant and a young boy like a petite, beautiful fortress. Pink lips, flushed cheeks, her fair complexion in sharp contrast to her coal-black hair, the delicate female couldn't outweigh a hundred-pound bag of grain. Under slashing brows, dazzling blue eyes met his, sizing him up, her expression wary, alert.
  • Introspection/Thoughts: Characters can remember painful or joyful events, have emotionally-charged flashbacks, react emotionally in their thoughts to what's going on around them and make decisions for what action they'll take next. We need to be careful when writing introspection not to tell, saying things like, he felt angry. It's easier to show emotion when we Intersperse action, reaction and introspection. If we overdo the length and frequency of introspection, we'll slow the pace. In this scene from "A Daddy for Christmas" Rafe decides his course of action: 
    As he tramped to the livery in the moonlight, Rafe thought about his daughter, an innocent in all this. Too young to understand what had transpired. But one day she’d grow up, and when she did, she’d wonder why her father hadn’t cared enough to stick around, hadn’t cared enough to risk loving her. 
    For the grownup Josie’s sake, he would take this chance and try to be a good dad to his daughter. Anyone planning to stop him had better move aside. 
  • Action: Select actions for your characters to take that will elicit emotion in the characters and in readers, as in this excerpt from "A Daddy for Christmas", Rafe has just left an encounter with his father: 
    Rafe forced his fisted hand to turn the knob and stepped outside, softly closing the door behind him. He leaned against it, gulping the cold December air like a drowning man. 
    Tense action scenes with high stakes keep emotion running high. This is not the time for lengthy introspection. Instead use short sentences with strong verbs, as in this excerpt: Stogsdill whirled, slamming into the muzzle of the gun. The motion jerked her backward. Her finger slipped in a reflexive squeeze on the trigger. With a deafening boom, the Smith and Wesson fired
  • Dialogue: When characters say harsh things, surprising things, shocking things, their words carry an emotional wallop. In "A Daddy for Christmas" these are Tess's words to a guilt-ridden Rafe: He ambled toward them, scanning the store, and then stopped before her father. “I’m sorry about your loss, sir. So sorry about Vi.” His Adam’s apple convulsed. “I’m to blame for her death.”                                                                            “Easy enough to apologize,” Tess said. “You didn’t sit at her bedside and watch her draw her last breath.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Better yet, we can reveal truth and fuel emotion by having the character's words clash with their thoughts or actions.  

  • Setting:  We want the setting to feel real, to ground the story in place and time, but it's how the characters see the setting and the emotion it triggers that makes setting a powerful tool for emotional writing. The setting is not just location and time period, it's anything tangible in the story. In this excerpt, I used elements of the setting to show Carly's feelings about her dead husband.: Though the air carried the scent of mowed grass, spring flowers and fresh-turned dirt, the vile odors that had clung to Max filled her nostrils still, as if he stood at her side, not laid out at her feet. Setting can also be used as an analogy or metaphor, as in this excerpt: Gnaw Bone Christian Church cast a morning shadow, the steeple’s silhouette pointing right at Nate like the finger of God.       
  • Symbols: A cowboy hat Nate gave Henry is used to show Henry's feelings toward Nate, as in this excerpt: Nate stared at Henry’s Stetson lying there in the mud. Discarded, soiled, unwanted.    
These tips are tools, not a magical formula. Writers usually combine these techniques, as in this excerpt inside Carly's head that gives Henry's description, dialogue, action, reaction, and ends with her introspection:

Henry, his dark brown hair lifting in the gentle breeze, pointed to the hole in the ground. “Is Pa staying in there?”

Carly met his troubled eyes; eyes far too old for one so young. “Yes. Your pa’s passed on.”

“Like our old hound dog? Pa ain’t coming back?”

“That’s right.”

Her son gave a nod then stepped to the dirt piled at the edge of the grave and stomped the soil with his scuff-toed shoe.

Once. Twice. Three times.

Henry pivoted back to her, lips quivering, eyes welling with tears. “He can’t hurt you now, Mama.”

The heartbreaking truth sank to Carly’s belly like a stone. Henry had not forgotten the last time his father had returned home. The first time Max had slapped her with more than words. The force of the blow had knocked her to the floor, terrifying her son.

If you're feeling brave, share a one-two sentence excerpt from a manuscript or book you've written or have read that triggered an emotional response in you. One person leaving a comment will win a $10 Amazon gift card and an eCopy of "A Daddy for Christmas."

For breakfast, I brought coffee and tea, apple fritters, hard-boiled eggs and oatmeal. 

Janet Dean grew up in a family who cherished the past and had a strong creative streak. Her father recounted fascinating stories, like his father before him. The tales they told instilled in Janet a love of history and the desire to write. Janet is a two-time Golden Heart finalist, Genesis and Carol finalist and a member of Romance Writers of America and American Christian Fiction Writers. Her Love Inspired Historical novels are also Golden Quill, Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, Booksellers Best, Inspirational Readers Choice Award and Holt Medallion finalists. 

When Rafe Rafferty discovers he’s a father, he returns to Bountiful, Indiana, to marry the mother, only to learn she died after childbirth and her sister Tess is raising his child. Rafe falls head over heels for his daughter and for Tess Russo, a woman who doesn’t trust easily. Especially the man she thinks abandoned her sister. Can Rafe prove he’s worthy and conquer the protective walls she’s built around her heart?

Saturday, November 18, 2017

The Weekend Edition


If you are not familiar with our giveaway rules, take a minute to read them here. It keeps us all happy! All winners should send their name, address, and phone number to claim prizes. Send to

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Monday: Winner of the throwback copy of Missy Tippens' first book, Her Unlikely Family, is Kelly Blackwell!

Tuesday: Myra Johnson shared "Survival Tips for Writers (and Readers)." Melanie Pike is the winner of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking, by Susan Cain.

Wednesday: Debby Giusti blogged about that for which she is most thankful concerning the writing life in, "A Writer Gives Thanks!" The winner of the first two Publishers Weekly bestsellers in Debby's Amish Protectors series, Amish Refuge and Undercover Amish, is Cynthia Herron! Congrats, Cynthia! Happy reading!

Thursday:  Lizzie Poteetformer editorial assistant with St. Martin's Press and now an agent with The Seymour Literary Agency, was our very special guest today. Trixi Oberembt is the winner of an Amazon gift in honor of her visit!

Monday:  Janet Dean will be chatting about craft in her post "Tips for Writing with Emotion." Leave a comment for a chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card and an eBook of her novella "A Daddy for Christmas."

Tuesday:  Pam Hillman blogs today!

Wednesday:  Seekerville is delighted to welcome Mary Vee with her post, "The Writer's Perfect Resource." Stop by to chat with Mary and you could win an ecopy of Anders' Redemption: A Christmas Novella Mystery.

Thursday:  Seekerville is closed to give thanks. We give thanks for you!

Friday: The Best of the Archives featuring a classic post from our ten years of blogging. Comments are closed on Fridays to catch up on reading and writing.

Ruth Logan Herne is giving away a paperback or Kindle copy of this beautiful story to one weekend visitor! Leave a comment and yes, tell her you want to win "Welcome to Wishing Bridge" and Ruthy will tuck your name right into her wishing well!
Celebrating the official release of Ruth Logan Herne's newest 4 Star novel "Welcome to Wishing Bridge" from Waterfall Press. Set in the hills of Western New York, Kelsey McCleary never meant to stop in the quaint village her miscreant mother mentioned decades before, but when fate has other ideas, or maybe destiny, or it could always be God's perfect timing. Kelsey finds herself in a place where prayers, wishes, and dreams just might come true. Kindle, paperback and audio copies available! And that has the happy author dancing in the Western New York snowflakes!
Tina Radcliffe has teamed up with over 50 fantastic authors to give away a huge collection of inspirational romances to 2 lucky winners, PLUS a brand new eReader to the Grand Prize winner! And you'll receive a collection of FREE ebooks just for entering. Inspirational romance authors in this sweep include Susan May Warren, Stacy Henrie, Barbara Scott, Bethany Turner, Kara Isaac, Mary Connealy, and of course, Tina Radcliffe. For a total of over 50 books. Enter the giveaway by clicking here:

Send yourself a reminder to check out Thankful for Books Winter Stock Up with Melissa Wardell! Under the Mistletoe will be featured Thanksgiving weekend along with other holiday sale reads. Under the Mistletoe is free Wednesday, November 22 through Sunday, November 26. 

Wrap your heart around a cozy little romance that starts with a red wool scarf, an angel or two, and ends with Ben Logan and Lucy Fielding under the mistletoe. An uplifting tale of romance and faith for the holidays. 

Just in time for the holidays, a sweet novella about family, love, and letting go.
He offered her his past.
All he wanted was her future.
The Christmas Angel is available at a holiday price reduction of $.99 on Amazon.
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