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Subject: Contest to Win A Christian Fiction Book!
Date Posted: 8/22/2013 1:10 AM ET
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I have been on this site for several years and I love it.  In order to honor all the lovely book traders on here I would love to giveaway a christian fiction book to one reader.  This book (which will be choosen by me and is a surprise) is lightly used by me and is in the Christian Fiction Genre.  I am not sure what the easiest way to run this contest is - so if you have any suggestions please share.  lol  I will start the contest on August 22, 2013 and it will end on August 28, 2013 at 12:00 am for both dates est. time.  I will have several questions for you to answer and each complete answer will be worth 1 point for a total possible 5 points.  Each point is worth a name on a piece of paper that I will place in a bucket.  So if you get 3 points this means you get your name in the bucket 3 times.  Winner will be drawn and notified buy Sept. 1, 2013.  One I receive the winners address I will mail via USPS to winner.  Please Post a Reply to this post with the answers to the following question:

1. Who is your favorite Christian author?

2. Why is the above author your favorite?

3. What is the title of your favorite Christian fiction book/series?

4. Why do you love the above book/series?

5.  Please list 4 authors you would love to read for the first time. (These need to be authors you have never read from before.)

6. In 1-2 sentences why do you want to read these new authors?

Questions must be complete answers and sentences (no abbreviations) to get a point.  If you skip a question you do not get a point for that question.  I want others to be able to enjoy reading the answers too.  :-)

 

Good Luck & Let's Have Some Fun!! :-)

Date Posted: 8/22/2013 5:49 PM ET
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Sounds like fun Alicia! Here goes:)

1. Who is your favorite Christian author? This is a hard one. But probably Lori Wick. I also like Karen Witemeyer.

2. Why is the above author your favorite? Her style of writing is sweet but a lot of romance and great plots. I have read every one of her books. 

3. What is the title of your favorite Christian fiction book/series? Again a hard one but either the Tucker Mills Trilogy or the Rocky Mountain Memory Series. Both of which are by Lori Wick.

4. Why do you love the above book/series? The Tucker Mills Trilogy has some really interesting plots. And the Rocky Mountain Memory Series has fiesty spunky heroines and wonderful heros. There is so much in them and her style of writing is very different from a lot of authors today. 

5.  Please list 4 authors you would love to read for the first time. (These need to be authors you have never read from before.) This will be very difficult. I have read almost all the authors out there:) But I think I can pick four. Steven James, Randy Singer, Travis Thrasher and Deeane Gist. 

6. In 1-2 sentences why do you want to read these new authors? The first three are mystery and action type authors. I love reading a good suspense novel but for some reason have never tried these ones. And the last author is one who I was warned about her books before but I am very interested in reading them. 

Date Posted: 8/22/2013 8:04 PM ET
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Charity - Great answers. You may be the only one to enter to win.  lol  Come on people this is supposed to be FUN.  I thought it would be a great way to learn about different authors.  Alicia



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Date Posted: 8/23/2013 11:43 AM ET
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Have you posted about this at all in the CF threads? If not, I will go post a link over there. Should get some more people seeing it:)

Date Posted: 8/23/2013 11:52 AM ET
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Great idea Charity!!  Thanks!!  Maybe my questions are too hard for people? lol

Date Posted: 8/23/2013 11:58 AM ET
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I don't think they are too hard, but I know this contest page doesn't get a lot of views. I only come here every so often but I did post about it on the CF book discussion thread. Should have more people over here soon. 

Date Posted: 8/23/2013 12:05 PM ET
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OK here it goes!  I guess I should answer the questions also to make this more fun.  My answers of course don't count towards the contest.  lol

 

1. Who is your favorite Christian author?  Lynn Austin is my favorite author.

2. Why is the above author your favorite?  I love historical/romance christian fiction.  Her books really draw me into her characters.  I get lost in her books and find myself still reading hours later.

3. What is the title of your favorite Christian fiction book/series?  Yikes!! I have so many!!  I loved the circle (Black, Red, White) series by Ted Dekker.

4. Why do you love the above book/series? I am not a huge fan of other Ted Dekker books but this series was wonderful.  I felt like I was in some type of other kingdom. I also loves how he wove the story around good and evil.  I just felt this series really took an amazing mind to come up with.

5. Please list 4 authors you would love to read for the first time. (These need to be authors you have never read from before.)  Hum!!  Lauraine Snelling, Sarah Sundin, Jocelyn Green & Walt Larimore

6. In 1-2 sentences why do you want to read these new authors?  I love historical romance and so I am always looking for new authors in this genre to read.

Date Posted: 8/23/2013 12:06 PM ET
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Thanks Charity!!

Date Posted: 8/23/2013 12:16 PM ET
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Ooo! You haven't read Lauraine Snelling or Sarah Sundin? I really enjoy Sarah's books and I don't often read war stories so that is saying a lot. She is a great writer. The books are big and she draws you into the story so much you don't even realize how long they are. Lauraine Snelling I don't really read much but my sisters love her books. I have never read Ted Dekker, mainly because I have heard his books are kinda on the scary side. And that is definitely not my cup of tea:) 

Hope you don't mind me chatting a bit about the books on here. Might draw others into the discussion. 

Date Posted: 8/23/2013 2:58 PM ET
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I'll join in so Charity isn't the only responder!  I saw her post in the CF book discussion thread.

I agree that it's very difficult to select a "favorite" in these categories - so many great options out there.

1. Who is your favorite Christian author?  I'll choose Deeanne Gist as my favorite author since I recently devoured her latest novel.

2. Why is the above author your favorite?  Deeanne primarily writes historical fiction (which is not my favorite genre) and she devotes exhaustive research to her books.  Her characters are strong, their professions are interesting, and the romances are a bit 'steamy' which make them more realistic in my opinion. 

3. What is the title of your favorite Christian fiction book/series?  One of my favorite series is the Psalm 23 Ministries by Debbie Viguie.

4. Why do you love the above book/series?  As soon as I begin a Psalm 23 Mystery, I hate to stop reading!  The books have a contemporary setting with a Jewist rabbi and the secretary of a Christian church as primary characters.  The mysteries are so compelling, I'm immediately drawn into the story.

5.  Please list 4 authors you would love to read for the first time. (These need to be authors you have never read from before.)  Four authors whose books I'd like to read are Sally John, Joyce Magnin, Gilbert Morris and Lynette Eason.  I have TBR books by each of them!

6. In 1-2 sentences why do you want to read these new authors?  I enjoy books with a contemporary setting and/or mysteries/thrillers and I haven't taken the opportunity to read these authors in these subgenres.

Thanks for causing me to think about these questions, Alicia.

Date Posted: 8/23/2013 7:45 PM ET
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Charity!! I love the chatting.  This is part of the Fun!! Actually Ted Dekkers books are for the most part scary that is why I don't usually care for them too much.  But I really like his circle series.  Not so much scary but more violent I would say.  He just put so much thought and imagination in the series.  Plus if you know anything about the Bible and Jesus you can pick up the subliminal message.  It is a really hard series to explain.  Think of the book Black as evil, Red as "The Blood" and White as Pure.  I do have a hard time understanding in general how Ted Dekker books can be classified as Christian when there is so much evil in them though.  Just because he makes a reference to God in his stories doesn't make them Christian books in my opinion.  The only books of his I have really liked where the circle series.  I think part of the reason I liked this series so much was because this was one of the first books I read when I made the transition from mainstream fiction (if I can say that) to CF.  Now I souly read CF.  Sorry for all the rambling.  lol

Date Posted: 8/23/2013 7:50 PM ET
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Valerie thanks so much for your answers.  I will have to look at Debbie Viguie.  I have actually never heard of her.  I also have never read any of the four authors you mentioned that you would like to read.  I am one of those people that once I find a few authors I like I try to read all their books before I move on.  I also have started reading the freebie CF kindle books I can find.  But to honest I am not finding very many authors that I love this way.  But they are free.  lol

Date Posted: 8/24/2013 12:03 AM ET
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Valerie, I have heard of Debbie Viguie but never actually read one. I will have to check one out at my library. I hate mystery books where you know who it is from the start or they are corny so I had never tried one. I love a good mystery and these sound interesting. Deeane Gist is an author I was warned about from several people for being to "steamy". I read the CF because I don't want sex scenes or anything close to it and someone told me they were pretty explicit. Have you ever read any of Julie Lessman's books? Are they any worse than hers? Gist's books sound really interesting but there are some CF authors today who go a little bit too far in my opinion. Jody Hedlund is one of them who is right on the edge for me but I really enjoy her stories. I am thinking I would enjoy Gist's as well. 

Alicia, that is why I had never tried any of the books by Ted Dekker. I just can't do the scary or violent stuff. I even have a hard time with some of the books by Tim Downs. Not sure if you have read any of his but the guy works on dead bodies and the talk about maggots and bugs and such just makes my stomach queasy:) But I might see if my local library has the Circle series. Sounds kinda interesting. 

Have any of you read any books by Lynette Eason or Janice Hanna(Or Janice Thompson depending on which book)? Lynette Eason writes a mean cop/suspense story and Janice Hanna always make me laugh. Her books are modern comedy and they are really funny. Every once in a while I enjoy a good laugh so I know to pick up one of her books. 

Date Posted: 8/24/2013 1:15 AM ET
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Charity have you ever read Lorena McCortney's Ivy Malone series.  Ivy is a sleuthing little old lady.  This series was so funny.  I would really recommend them.  No I have not read the ones you mentioned.  It looks like I have a lot of new authors to check out. :-)

Date Posted: 8/24/2013 6:57 PM ET
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Alicia, I have read that series and loved it! She has a new series out as well that is pretty good. I think the last one was Dolled Up To Die. They are funny and yet have a pretty good mystery as well. I know what you mean about new authors:) I went to my library to see what they had this morning but looks like I will have to request the Dekker books from another library. They don't have any of them here. 

Date Posted: 8/25/2013 1:06 PM ET
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I'll participate, but first I'll say that I find it really hard to pick favorites.

1- Who is your favorite Christian author?

This is a tough choice.  I'm going to choose Mindy Starn Clark.

2- Why is the above author your favorite?

Mindy writes great characters.  I can really feel for them and fall in love with them.

3- What is the title of your favorite Christian fiction book/series?

I love the Smart Chick Mysteries by Mindy Starns Clark.

4- Why do you love the above book/series?

For me, loving books is about loving the characters.  I love Jo and Danny and their relationship and could relate a lot to Jo.  Plus, when I read series I don't usually like all the books equally, but in this case I loved all three books.

5- Please list 4 authors you would love to read for the first time.

I would like to read books by Kim O'Brien, Marcia Gruver, Dianne Christner, and Beth Patillo.

6- In 1-2 sentences, why do you want to read these new authors?

I have read the blurbs about some of their books and they sounded interesting so they went on my wishlist or reminder list.  However, in the last few years I've had so many books on my TBR that I put on hold anything except those books written by my few favorite authors.

Date Posted: 8/25/2013 1:31 PM ET
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I have many of the authors you've mentioned on my Kindle TBR.  So many books, so little time!

Charity, I love Deeanne Gist.  I wish she wrote faster!  I actually do like that her books are "steamy".  I've read all her books except the last one (it's currently on my wish list).

You asked about a comparison with Julie Lessman.  I read Deanne Gist first and was looking for more books similar to hers.  So I then read Julie Lessman because I heard that she also writes edgy inspirational fiction.  I'm personally not a big fan of Julie Lessman because I find the books have too much drama, too much back and forth between different men and women (the characters can't seem to make up their minds about who they want and have no trouble going back to others when they feel they can't have the one they want), too many triangles, and got sick of all the men having little to no self-control when it came to women and sex. 

I think you should give Deeanne Gist a chance.  However, I would suggest you don't start with Courting Trouble, which I think is her most controversial and explicit.  I actually liked it and found it realistic, although I hated the ending (good thing it had a sequel or I would have been very unhappy).

 

Date Posted: 8/25/2013 9:30 PM ET
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So far we have:

 
 
If I miss someone, please let me know.
Subject: Christian Book Giveaway
Date Posted: 8/28/2013 1:50 AM ET
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1.  Who is my favorit author?  It was really hard to choose by I finally decided it would have to be Kathleen Popa.

2.  Why is she my favorite author?  Her writing draws me into the story & the story makes me want to worship & to dance before the Lord.

3.  What is my favorite book? Again it was hard to choose but I would have to say it is "The Martyr's Song" by Ted Dekker.

4.  Why is this my favorite book?  In this book Ted shows us what is ultimately the most important thing in our lives which is standing for Jesus no matter the cost & then he shows us a glimpse of Heaven that is truly breath-taking.

5. 4 authors I would like to read for the first time would be 4 new Christian authors who have just entered the Christian market.  Having said that, I wouldn't begin to know who they are?

6. Why would I want to read these authors?  I've basically read all the Christian authors with books listed on PBS.  It's always nice to find a new author with a new voice & new things to say.  Some new authors turn out to be gems (like Kathleen Popa).

Date Posted: 8/28/2013 9:00 AM ET
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  • Who is my favorite author?  I have 2 favorites - Brandilyn Collins & Terri Blackstock
  • Why is she my favorite author?  They both write great mystery fiction & since I love Christian mysteries, they are right down my alley!   I would say reading either of their books will keep you on the edge of your seat!
  • What is my favorite book?  That is a really hard one for me.  I don't really have favorite books, more like favorite authors, but since this is a more "recent" read for me, I would say "Double Blind" by Brandilyn Collins.
  • Why is this my favorite book?  I thought that although it was written classically Collins style, the plot was a different kind of plot (not really predictable), but definitely interesting.
  • Four authors I would like to read for the first time would be Bryan Davis, Jeanette Windle, Lorree Lough, & Pamela Carron
  • Why would I want to read these authors?  Because mostly, they are Christian mystery-type books & to me their plots seem interesting.  :-)

 

Alicia- I have to agree with Charity.  I very rarely come to the contest thread, but do check in on the Christian Book Recommendations thread.  Hope you have a great day & thanks for posting this.  I have found this interesting since I love Christian fiction.



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Date Posted: 8/28/2013 7:02 PM ET
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Ends tonight!

 

Date Posted: 8/29/2013 6:18 AM ET
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Contest Over!!

Date Posted: 8/29/2013 6:21 AM ET
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My little man drew a name before school to make it more fair.  lol

CONGRATULATIONS: Charity

Date Posted: 8/29/2013 1:58 PM ET
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Congratulations, Charity!  :-)  

 

Alicia, you might consider having this an ongoing thread over in the Christian book recommendations thread.  I'm always looking for new authors so I'm sure there are others over there that would be interested in all the names mentioned here - & over in that thread, it is specifically for Christian crowd so it will attract more which in turn would get us more names.  :-P

Date Posted: 8/29/2013 8:06 PM ET
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Great idea Bill!!  I am going to run another contest soon.  Do you know if I can post the contest over in the Christian book thread?  Thanks

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