Newly-Free Christian Novels ~ No Strings Attached

Updated March 28 Here’s another list of newly-free Christian books! I hope you are reading good and encouraging books during this time of quarantine.  If you live in a pleasant climate, take your Kindle outside and read in the fresh air and sunshine! Here in Wisconsin, we’re still having fires in the fireplace every evening. That’s a cozy way to read! I’m so blessed by the number of Christian authors who are giving away their books right now, to help others through this challenging time.  The books come with no strings attached, but I have a couple of suggestions if you’d like to thank the author.  First, leave an Amazon review.  It doesn’t have to be long or fancy – just a note that you enjoyed the book. Second, if you are a Kindle Unlimited subscriber and the book is available in Kindle Unlimited, consider borrowing and reading it that way. The author gets paid for Kindle Unlimited page reads, even if the book is also available free.  If your Kindle Unlimited shelf is already full, though, go ahead and buy it (free), so you can read it later. It’s a gift. Romance and Women’s Fiction KNOX: The Montana Marshalls Read More

Betwixt Two Hearts ~ A Crossroads Collection

I felt very honored to be invited to participate in the new Crossroads Collection: Betwixt Two Hearts. I bought the first three when they came out, and I enjoyed the unique concept – a collection of novellas that are each free-standing book but tied together in a theme, and one full-length book by Amanda Tru that connects them all.  (Note – most of the “novellas” are more like full-length books.) In Betwixt Two Hearts,  Amanda opens the collection with a story about two people establishing an online matchmaking agency. Not a dating site, mind you, but a real matchmaking agency with the goal of setting up marriages.  Each of the subsequent books is a contemporary Christian romance about two people who meet through the Betwixt Two Hearts agency. In addition to mine, you’ll find delightful stories by Amanda Tru, Kari Trumbo, Alana Terry, Carol Moncado, Chautona Havig. and ME. Mine is The Swedehearts Glory Quilt, the second book in my Glory Quilts series. It’s lighthearted – mostly – and features some of the same characters from The Christmas Glory Quilt.  David Reid is a sincere Christian man, eager to move on in his life. He’s an engineer, so he’s got a Read More

11 Reasons to gift Kindle Books ~ Have a merry clutter-free Christmas

Why to give Kindle Books as Christmas Gifts Everyone knows that books make great gifts, and digital books are especially nice because they are: Inexpensive – most Kindle books are under $10. Some are much cheaper! Environmentally friendly – no physical production or transportation “footprint.” Fast – forgot to shop in advance? Order online and have the gift delivered instantly. You can also schedule the delivery for later, if you are shopping early. Convenient – shop from home, in the proverbial pajamas. Abundant – you can find almost any title on Amazon. Easy to send – you only need the recipient’s email address. Free to deliver – you don’t have to pay postage or stand in line at the post office. Clutter-free – many of us have plenty of “stuff” and limited bookshelf space. Personal – we share books that we think other people will like. Easy to read – you can read Kindle books on a tablet, phone or computer. Or even on a Kindle. Returnable – if your recipient already has the book or is not interested, they can exchange it for an amazon gift card of the same value. How to Give a Kindle Books as a Read More

Are You a Kindle Unlimited Reader?

I recently learned of a great injustice:  When a Kindle Unlimited subscriber borrows and reads a book and then reviews it on Amazon, that review is not a “verified purchase” review.  It is lumped with the other “unverified” reviews. Now, before anyone jumps in to correct me, I admit that “borrowing” is not the same as “purchasing.”  But you have purchased a membership from Amazon, and they know exactly how many pages of that book you read, because they pay the author according to how many pages you read. If they want to quibble, they could call it a “verified read” or “KU read” or something like that. Stand up and be counted If you are a Kindle Unlimited subscriber, it’s because you are a serious reader. Your opinion of a book is worth hearing! You’re paying for that subscription, and you deserve to have your reviews seen and respected. I encourage you to write to Amazon. Emails and phone calls are helpful, but a real letter is most influential. Do all three, if you like.  Let Amazon know that you want your reviews to be given a mark of authority, like that of the “verified purchaser”.  As I suggested Read More

Bite-size Book Reviews

These were all new, first-time reads for me, from some of my favorite authors. It was a nice variety of styles and time periods.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. Random Acts of Murder, audiobook by Christy Barritt, read by Sandy Rustin This book is the first in a new series. The heroine is appealing, with her good intentions, insecurities and quirky personality.  She fled the scene of a murder and now she’s being framed for it. The hero is an old high school classmate, all grown up and in charge of the murder investigation.  Ms. Barritt does a good job of pacing the mystery and concealing the identity of the killer.  I would have liked to see more about the heroine’s spiritual and physical conditions, but it is a light-hearted story with lots of other action.  The supporting characters seem interesting; I hope they are developed further in the rest of the series.   Snow on the Tulips, audiobook by Liz Tolsma, read by Susan Denaker Ms. Tolsma has created a vivid portrait of a small Dutch village and its residents near the end of WWII. This is an intense, suspenseful story as much as Read More