And the winners are…

Thank you to everyone who made the launch of In Too Deep successful. There really are no words to explain the dread, fear, and flat out nausea that stirs inside of me right before a book launch. I’ve shared before about my publishing fears so I won’t repeat them now, but I can assure you that I battle each and every one every time a new book release has my name on the cover.

It’s a strange war between wanting to succeed, being afraid to succeed, and being afraid to try and fail. I actually hesitated before posting the details for the #InTooDeep photo contest because what if no one entered? But in the end, I decided whatever sized splash In Too Deep made, I was going to enjoy every second. So I posted the contest and was delighted with the entries. Here is the winner of the e-book bundle:

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I must admit my favorite picture is the one my kids took for me.

My big goal for the event was to have some fun, give away a few prizes, maybe find a few more fans for my Facebook Page, and pick up a few new subscribers to my newsletter.

Because of your participation in sharing the posts about In Too Deep, over 5000 people were engaged in the launch party over various social media sites between the hours of 3-8 PM. That is far and beyond what I had hoped for. Bev D. won a copy of In Too Deep for commenting on a post on Sandra Orchard’s author page about the book, and Simone V won an Amazon gift card for participating on my author page. Over 800 people viewed the book trailer between all the social media shares, and Ruth E. won for sharing the trailer on Facebook. All prizes were awarded using the excel RAND BETWEEN function.

I picked up just over 40 new Facebook fans, which moves me closer to that 500 fan goal and a handful of people subscribed to my quarterly newsletter filled with deals, contest information, and opportunities available only to newsletter subscribers.

Nov 3rd started with me feeling like I was, well, in too deep. (I know, I know – GROAN.) At 2:59 I sat at my computer and fought back fear. Nov 3rd ended with feelings of elation and joy. Ultimately, I write for the Lord, but it sure feels nice when the reading community sends a wave of encouragement my way. Saying thank you doesn’t seem like enough.

If you missed the launch, you can still enjoy the first two chapters of In Too Deep free here, along with some other promotional material the publisher added in just for fun.

Here are a few more pictures from launch day:

 

In Too Deep e-book launch party

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Releases Nov 3rd!

In Too Deep releases TOMORROW!

This excites me for so many reasons. First, I had this crazy fear that I would be a one-hit wonder – you know, the artist that completes one great project and is never able to finish another. My first novel won awards. How would I ever compete with that?

As proud as I am of that first novel, I love In Too Deep even more. Every story has conflict. The three types of conflict are man against man, man against nature, and man against himself. In Too Deep touches on them all, but the action scenes portray my favorite type of conflict: man against nature. And when I received early reviews that described In Too Deep as:

A page turner, an excellent read, it kept me guessing, read it in one sitting, very engaging, it keeps you guessing, and fast-paced.

I knew that I had won the battle of that first crazy fear.

Second, the release of In Too Deep excites me because I can’t wait to share this book trailer with you!  I asked my readers and Facebook Author Page followers for digital photo submissions to aid me in making the book trailer. You all came through! Check out the trailer:

You can pre-order In Too Deep on Amazon.ca today, and it will download automatically tomorrow, or if you come back to Glorious Surrender tomorrow, you can read the first two chapters FREE here.

My Facebook Author Page has many contests running tomorrow in honor of the book release. You’ll want to pop over there between the hours of 3-8pm to take part. For those not on Facebook, you can still participate in one contest: Share the book trailer by clicking on the little share icon:

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It’s on the top right corner of the video. Tell me in the comments of this post how you shared it (your options are: email, twitter, facebook, or tumbler), and you’ll be entered for your chance to win an ebook download package. The winner will be announced at 8 pm, November 3rd on my FB Author Page AND in the comment section of this post.

I hope to see you tomorrow at the Facebook Launch Party! If you do have facebook, you can start thinking about the photo contest now. Take a creative picture with the words #InTooDeep and post it on my author page. The winner will be chosen by a random draw and will be awarded their choice of an e-book bundle OR a one chapter review of THEIR book-in-progress. Check out this early submission:

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Thank you for all your encouragement and feedback over the years. It is such a delight to share this exciting time with you!

The Novel, the Award, the Interview

The Builder’s Reluctant Bride won the Best Christian Romance category at The Word Awards in June. Accepting the award for my debut novel felt surreal.

Shortly afterward, Hope Stream Radio invited me to speak about the book. We shared some laughs, read an excerpt, and discussed the Christian themes woven through the story. Here’s the link.

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Available for purchase

Winner of Best Christian Romance Published in 2016

The Word Awards named The Builder’s Reluctant Bride the Best Christian Romance published in 2016, hosted by The Word Guild. The Word Awards is the “premier national event honouring Canadian writers who are Christian will present awards for outstanding career achievement, and for the best novels, non-fiction books, articles, scripts, poems, and song lyrics published in 2016. Christian writers.”

This one minute video contains two short clips from the night.

 

 

 

 

My Movie from Stacey Weeks on Vimeo.

Interview on Hope Stream Radio

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to speak with Ron Hughes from Hope Stream Radio about Glorious Surrender.

Vision Statement

HopeStreamRadio is a Christian Internet Radio Station that provides daily programming to English‑speaking Christians around the world to encourage them in their relationship with the Lord and inform them about the work God is doing around the world.*

Mission Statement

HopeStreamRadio is a Christian Internet Radio Station that exists to glorify God by encouraging Christians to engage fully in their abundant spiritual life.*

Interview

For those inclined to listen, click here

*taken from hopestreamradio.com

For those in the Burlington area

Tonight from 7-9pm Julie and I will be in Burlington at the Family Christian Bookstore promoting Unexpected Love. Tonight, Unexpected Love is on sale for 29.99. That’s a savings of $10! Come tonight and enter your name for a chance to win one of three great prizes.

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Unexpected Love is a perfect Mother’s Day Gift, a gift for that new mom, or just because.

It would be such a delight to see you tonight, to hear a bit of your story, and share in the wonder of God’s great love for us.