Friday, December 5, 2014

2014 Favorite Nonfiction Books

Yesterday, on the WIP blog, we shared our authors' favorite novels of 2014. Today, we'll share their favorite nonfiction books. The books they chose did not have to be published in 2014 - they were just their favorite books they read this year. They're listed in no particular order.



























Did you see any of your favorites on the list? 
If not, share yours in the comments!


Today's the last day to get Jerusha Agen's This Dance, FREE on Kindle! The other books in the series are available in print and Kindle formats, so look for This Shadow and This Redeemer to complete the set.











Join more of the Five Golden Days of Christmas here:

Friday's Blogs:


Sheryl Holmes: Give Hope: Weep and Laugh

Julie Arduini:  Christmas Concert Memories
Fay Lamb, On the Ledge: Ho, Ho, Help           

Thursday's Blogs:

Fay Lamb: On the Ledge: A Special Gathering
Sheryl Holmes: Created to Crave


Wednesday's Blogs:

Tuesday's Blogs:

PNP: Cancer Survivor and Mom of Nine Offers Hope All Year Long
Tracy Ruckman: Christmas at Rumi Rancho
Julie Arduini: The Focus of Christmas
Fay Lamb: On the Ledge: A Very Special Mom

Monday's Blogs:

Sheryl Holmes: Give Hope: Carry!


Tonight, we're having a Facebook Party and we'd love for you to come, 7-9 PM. It's a "drop-in, stay as little or as long as you want, come as you are" party! We're giving away books, jewelry, Christmas ornaments, a Nativity, gift cards, and more - hope we'll see you there. 



Writer’s Goal to Make God Tangible

Ever met someone and felt an instant connection? Today's feature author is one of those people for me - when I met Theresa Anderson at conference a few years ago, I felt I had a friend for life.

Theresa Anderson is a chiropractor, writer, editor, and homeschool educator of her two children. Her writing has appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, the Christian Communicator magazine, ChristianDevotions.us, Relief Notes, and A Dozen Apologies. An active member of the Christian Authors Guild, Theresa has served as its newsletter editor and webmaster, and is an Apprentice graduate of Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild.

Theresa loves and rescues animals of all kinds. Injured birds and stray dogs can find help at her Atlanta area homestead. Even her cat Chloe found refuge in the chicken coop and now rules the roost inside the house.

That rescue heart translates to people too. Theresa has a passion for women to embrace the hope and healing that Jesus promises. As a member of the women’s ministry teaching team at Westridge Church, she speaks the truth of God’s Word to encourage and inspire women to live as devoted disciples.

Theresa resides in the Atlanta area and is a prolific creator of numerous to-do lists for her husband.



Today's the last day to get Jerusha Agen's This Dance, FREE on Kindle! The other books in the series are available in print and Kindle formats, so look for This Shadow and This Redeemer to complete the set.









Join more of the Five Golden Days of Christmas here:


Friday's Blogs:


Julie Arduini:  Christmas Concert Memories
Fay Lamb, On the Ledge: Ho, Ho, Help           

Thursday's Blogs:


Fay Lamb: On the Ledge: A Special Gathering
Sheryl Holmes: Created to Crave


Wednesday's Blogs:

Tuesday's Blogs:


PNP: Cancer Survivor and Mom of Nine Offers Hope All Year Long
Tracy Ruckman: Christmas at Rumi Rancho
Julie Arduini: The Focus of Christmas
Fay Lamb: On the Ledge: A Very Special Mom

Monday's Blogs:

Sheryl Holmes: Give Hope: Carry!


Tonight, we're having a Facebook Party and we'd love for you to come, 7-9 PM. It's a "drop-in, stay as little or as long as you want, come as you are" party! We're giving away books, jewelry, Christmas ornaments, a Nativity, gift cards, and more - hope we'll see you there. 



Thursday, December 4, 2014

Fictional Christmas Memories – and a Few Real Ones Too

Fictional Christmas memories? Some of us have them, but that's not what we're talking about here. We asked our authors to share with us their characters' favorite Christmas memories. Our lone nonfiction author in this group shared her own precious memories too.

From Julie Arduini: Definitely her most recent Christmas. She went back to visit her family in Youngstown and didn’t know Ben followed her to apologize. The rest you’ll have to read!
(Entrusted)








From Betty Thomason Owens: Nancy Sanderson's favorite Christmas was in 1925, spent attending galas & parties with Robert Emerson, and Grandmother approved of her. (Amelia's Legacy)








From Elizabeth Noyes: TJ McKendrick's most memorable Christmas is her first post-wedding Christmas, spent with her spouse and surrounded by his family. (Imperfect Wings)










From Jerusha Agen: Nye Sanders’ (This Dance) first Christmas fully believing in Jesus and walking with Him is her most memorable. Even though Nye’s sister had just gone through a tragedy in her own life, the first Christmas Nye had new hope and truly understood what Christmas is all about is a memory Nye and her whole family will cherish. And given the special romantic something that happens to Nye’s sister, Oriana, on Christmas Eve, that Christmas is sure to be Oriana’s most memorable, too. (Check out This Shadow to read about that special Christmas!)




From Fay Lamb: Libby’s most memorable Christmas was the year she and her mother both received the Lord. Before that time, Christmas was a day for presents, and she soon tired of those. There had been no special meaning, but that first Christmas when she understood the significance of the holiday, that God had come to earth as a babe to become a sacrifice for her sins, she knew that all other gifts would always pale in comparison. She celebrates Christmas in her heart every day, but Christmas Day is the day when the world pauses to reflect on Christ and His gift to the world. (Libby)




From Sheryl Holmes: My most  memorable Christmas times were the long ago holidays, when all the extended family use to pile into my parents’ second floor apartment (about 40 people) and sit elbow to elbow eating lots of food and opening gifts; memory of hiding out with my cousins in the bedroom, playing candy land and jumping on the bed was always lots of fun! (Towdah)








Be sure to pick up a copy of Jerusha Agen's This Dance, which is FREE on Kindle today and tomorrow!












Today's the last day to get Fay Lamb's Charisse for FREE on Kindle, so be sure to grab yours and tell your romance-loving friends to get their copy. And don't forget about the next book in this series, Libby. She's quite the character, and there's a hunky hero involved in her story, in case you're interested. 








Join more of the Five Golden Days of Christmas here:


Thursday's Blogs:


Fay Lamb: On the Ledge: A Special Gathering
Sheryl Holmes: Created to Crave


Wednesday's Blogs:

Tuesday's Blogs:


PNP: Cancer Survivor and Mom of Nine Offers Hope All Year Long
Tracy Ruckman: Christmas at Rumi Rancho
Julie Arduini: The Focus of Christmas
Fay Lamb: On the Ledge: A Very Special Mom

Monday's Blogs:

Sheryl Holmes: Give Hope: Carry!


And be sure to mark your calendar! We're having a Facebook Party on Friday, December 5, and you're invited! We're giving away books, jewelry, Christmas ornaments, a Nativity, gift cards, and more! 



Movie Reviews Safe for Family Viewing

Since I (Tracy) started grad school in August, seeking my MFA in Screenwriting, we've been required to watch dozens of movies and TV shows (32 movies in one class alone!) and I've been overwhelmed with the need for CLEAN films and programs. Hollywood has earned its "Holly-weird" label for a reason, and yet, family movies and programming are what viewers seem to want most. I read an article recently about a study that showed more profits were made for filmmakers of G-rated movies, so it's obviously not money they're seeking.

One of our authors, Jerusha Agen, is a screenwriter too. She owns and operates a blog called Redeemer Reviews, where she reviews movies and shares whether they're safe for family viewing. She states on her website: "With the abundance of new and old movies that are more easily accessible than ever before, discerning moviegoers can have a difficult time sifting out the bad from the good and knowing which films are worth watching.

Redeemer Reviews can help! Here, you'll find a growing collection of critical film reviews written from a Christian perspective.

Covering movies of all eras, from brand new releases to old classics, these reviews are intended to point movie viewers toward the best films, while warning of potential dangers in others.

Redeemer Reviews aims to help individuals and families get the most out of the wonderful world of movies."

What a great ministry, Jerusha!

Writing wholesome, but realistic, stories is Jerusha's gift. Her first novel, This Dance, is FREE on Kindle today and tomorrow, so snag your copy and be sure to tell your friends about it too. This Dance is the first of three in her Sisters Redeemed Series. The other two books are also available in print and Kindle: This Shadow and This Redeemer.

Jerusha is also co-author of many of our novellas, including A Ruby Christmas, A Dozen Apologies, and its sequel The Love Boat Bachelor.

Available on Kindle
   
Coming February 2015
Available Now on Kindle

         




Today's the last day to get Fay Lamb's Charisse for FREE on Kindle, so be sure to grab yours and tell your romance-loving friends to get their copy. And don't forget about the next book in this series, Libby. She's quite the character, and there's a hunky hero involved in her story, in case you're interested. 

Join more of the Five Golden Days of Christmas here:


Thursday's Blogs:


Fay Lamb: On the Ledge: A Special Gathering

Sheryl Holmes: Created to Crave


Wednesday's Blogs:

Tuesday's Blogs:


PNP: Cancer Survivor and Mom of Nine Offers Hope All Year Long
Tracy Ruckman: Christmas at Rumi Rancho
Julie Arduini: The Focus of Christmas
Fay Lamb: On the Ledge: A Very Special Mom

Monday's Blogs:

Sheryl Holmes: Give Hope: Carry!


And be sure to mark your calendar! We're having a Facebook Party on Friday, December 5, and you're invited! We're giving away books, jewelry, Christmas ornaments, a Nativity, gift cards, and more! 



Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Treasured Christmas Ornaments of Authors and Characters

I love Christmas ornaments - big and small, old or new, sentimental or silly! We asked our authors to describe some of their favorite ornaments.




From Betty Noyes: A white pearlescent ball, hand-painted with a handwritten message for peace, written in Korean characters.










Jerusha Agen: For Nye Sanders from This Dance, it’s a sparkly pair of red, high-heeled shoes—perfect for tango dancing. When tragedy made Nye reject her tango career and everything to do with her passion for dancing, Nye never wanted to see that ornament again. After God works a miracle of healing in her life, Nye digs out those red shoes the next Christmas and hangs them on the tree, cherishing everything they represent and the memories they hold.


From Fay Lamb: There is one ornament that I pull out through the years. It has fuzzy green balls encircling a photograph of my youngest son. The thread on the string is fraying, and the green balls are precariously hanging, but I look at his smiling third-grade face, and I remember that it was that year that I sat in his rooms at two different hospitals for a span of a month, and I imagined all the horrible scenarios that could present themselves as the doctor’s sought to find out what was wrong with him. When the diagnosis was finally received, and we learned that the spiking fevers that were troublesome to diagnose had actually served as a warning, and that without them, he could have died suddenly, I am reminded of God’s goodness, even when it seems as if we are walking a long valley. The picture might be that of one son, but it represents God’s goodness to our entire family.

Julie Arduini: I cherish all of mine, they are memories to me. A drive-in ornament marking our first year married. The new baby ornaments. Having ornaments each year for the kids that summed up that year. Secret sister gifts.

From Julie's novel Entrusted: Jenna’s favorite ornament isn’t quite for the tree but it’s on display just the same. The snow globe Ben gave her on behalf of the council that was misspelled as a joke and read “Spectacular Falls.”

Sheryl Holmes: The old glass ornaments that are hand painted and hung on great grandparent trees.






Today's the last day to get Peggy Cunningham's Really Rare Rabbits: Giant Green Ghosts and the Secret at Peppermint Pass for free, so grab it now!

Fay Lamb's Charisse is free today and tomorrow, so be sure to tell your romance-loving friends to get their copy. And don't forget about the next book in this series, Libby. She's quite the character, and there's a hunky hero involved in her story, in case you're interested. 


And be sure to mark your calendar! We're having a Facebook Party on Friday, December 5, and you're invited! We're giving away books, jewelry, Christmas ornaments, a Nativity, gift cards, and more! 


Writing and Teaching Romance Easier than Living It

Today marks the halfway point of our Five Golden Days Christmas celebration! Are you having fun? I know we all are - it's fun getting to know our authors, and we love giving away stuff!

Today's feature author on Pix-N-Pens is the incredible Fay Lamb. Fay writes beautiful romance stories that make you sigh all the way through the book, and she writes romantic suspense that has enough twists and turns that you can't read fast enough! She's also one of the most beautiful souls you'd ever hope to me, and we at Write Integrity and Pix-N-Pens are blessed beyond measure to have her as a beloved member of our family.

Fay made a comment on a Facebook post or in an interview somewhere earlier this year that struck me funny, considering she writes ROMANCE  and ROMANTIC SUSPENSE and she teaches other writers HOW to write both genres. She said she's not a romantic - her husband's the romantic one in the family! That just tickled me because she does such a delightful job with her stories. I wonder if she pours it all out on paper so there's nothing left at home?

Her romance novel, Charisse, is FREE through 12/4 on Kindle, so grab it now and tell your friends.

Charisse is the first in the Ties that Bind Series. Libby is the second book in the series, and next year, we'll meet Hope and Delilah to complete the series.

Fay also writes romantic suspense. Her Amazing Grace series is also four books: Stalking Willow and Better than Revenge are available now, and Everybody's Broken and Frozen Notes will be out next year.

Coming early next year is the first book in her new series - the "book of her heart" Storms in Serenity of her Serenity Keys Series. Bookmark her website and ours, and watch for its release.

She's also a co-author of most our novellas: The Christmas Tree Treasure Hunt, A Ruby Christmas, A Dozen Apologies, and its upcoming sequel The Love Boat Bachelor.

Fay's giving away some autographed copies of her books, and an angel she tatted herself, at the Facebook Party Friday night, so be sure to drop in for a chance to win. (The woman is multi-talented with a heart of solid gold, but here's a hint. Don't ask her to cook for you, although I probably am one of a few that can say she actually DID cook for me. She says her favorite recipe is "any occasion where I don't have to cook.")




Today's FREE books:

Jerusha Agen's This Dance is free today through Friday. This contemporary novel is the first in her Sisters Redeemed Series.

Today's the last day to get Peggy Cunningham's Really Rare Rabbits: Giant Green Ghosts and the Secret at Peppermint Pass for free, so grab it now!

Fay Lamb's Charisse is free today and tomorrow, so be sure to tell your romance-loving friends to get their copy. And don't forget about the next book in this series, Libby. She's quite the character, and there's a hunky hero involved in her story, in case you're interested. 


And be sure to mark your calendar! We're having a Facebook Party on Friday, December 5, and you're invited! We're giving away books, jewelry, Christmas ornaments, a Nativity, gift cards, and more!