Cathy Gohlke and I at ACFW

Hi Friends,  It’s my birthday today, and I thought it would be fun to celebrate with you! Keep reading for a special giveaway.

I recently returned from a wonderful week in Dallas, TX, where I took part in two special events:  CRAVE HIM – a readers’ and authors’ gathering, and ACFW – the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Annual Conference. Both were wonderful times of connecting and encouragement. Here are some photos from those events.

Lunch with reading and writing friends at CRAVE HIM 2017. Left to right: Brittany, Elizabeth L., Carrie, Staci, Staci’s daughter Gretchen, Cathy, Elizabeth E.

One of the workshops at ACFW focused on branding – learning ways to connect with readers by understanding what they expect when they read one of your books. One way to gain insight is to read reviews or ask readers what words or phrases come to mind when they think of you and your books. So, I thought I’d ask you, my blog readers, that question. And to add a little fun and motivation to get you thinking, I’m offering a giveaway to those who comment and answer this question:

What words or phrases come to mind when you think of me and my books? What feelings do my books evoke? What promise do I offer and fulfill to you, my readers? 

Dressing up like our characters at the ACFW Genre Dinner.

You have until midnight Pacific time 9/28 to answer and leave your comment. Tomorrow morning I’ll randomly choose one winner and contact them via email. As a prize, they can choose a copy of any of my books. Paperback or eBook for a US winner and eBook if the winner lives outside the US. 

I love my readers! Thank you for your kind reviews, faithful support, and constant encouragement!

****UPDATE: Congratulations to Alyssa Clark Tillett who is the winner of this giveaway!




Carrie in Blue ShirtI’m excited to be one of the authors taking part in the Christian Fiction Readers Retreat One Day Event, and I wanted to be sure you had all the information so you can plan to attend! I’ve invited the three women who are organizing the event to to be my guests today to tell you all about it. Welcome, Bonnie, Carrie and Annie!

Come join us at the Christian Fiction Readers Retreat One Day Event (CFRR) in Nashville, TN this summer! Our event theme is “Honoring God through Christian Fiction.”  Enjoy speaker sessions, author panels, breakout sessions, prayer & worship and author signings with your favorite Christian fiction authors! With 30+ authors, food, swag (including free books), games and TONS of giveaways, you don’t want to miss this event!

When is it, you ask?

August 24, 2016
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

For more information, including schedule, authors list, registration info and other logistical questions, check out our website HERE, or click on the image above.  Registration is now open! Late registration begins on June 16th. Once capacity is reached, registration will close. So hurry up and register!

Standard Registration Fee: $98
Late Registration Fee: $120

To go ahead and register, just go right HERE.

AND for the first giveaway at the event, all those registered can enter for the chance to win a BOX of Christian Fiction from the stewards of the event.  Just click on the image below to enter. (Link also available on our website).

We hope to see you there!

BookStand-300Hi Friends,

I know many of you are avid readers of Christian fiction . . . so how do you keep up with what’s new in Christian fiction and how do you find the next book you’d like to read? I’d like to tell you about NovelCrossing – a great website for readers!

Publisher websites are excellent for featuring their titles and authors. Book retailers have good, up-to-date, thorough book data and include reader reviews. Christian Fiction Online Magazine, Family Fiction, Title Trakk and others have features and interviews of favorite authors. Shelfari and Goodreads offer reader community options but cover all books and all genres. So where can an avid reader of Christian fiction go to find all that, across all publishers, at one Website? You can visit Novel Crossing, the Intersection of Fiction and Faith!

Here’s what Novel Crossing has for you:

Want to find your favorite Christian fiction author?

Currently 800+ novelists can be found on the Website, including favorites Francine Rivers, Karen Kingsbury, Jerry Jenkins, Ted Dekker, and hundreds of others. More are being added each day. By visiting your Novel Crossing author pages, you will find bios, photographs, and links to their presence in the digital world, including Websites, Facebook, and Twitter options. Authors are able to customize their own pages as well, giving them ability to leave messages for readers, upload videos or new photos.

Looking for a particular novel?

Around 4,000 individual book listings are available to browse on Novel Crossing, including titles both new and old, their authors, and their descriptions. These books are published by Christian publishing companies, and we exercise caution when adding self-published books so that the Novel Crossing catalog will remain a trusted source of faith-based fiction.

Don’t have a particular book in mind?

All titles are categorized into genres, and featured titles can be found in those categories as well as through book searches. Looking for romantic suspense that isn’t thriller-heavy? Come take a look!

Looking for Christian fiction news and entertainment? 

Check out any of our featured book reviews, unique-to-Novel Crossing author interviews, devotionals from favorite authors, features introducing readers to new books, by genre or topic, book club and librarian-specific elements.

Want to create of bookshelf of your favorite authors or get a recommendation for a next fantastic read? 

Novel Crossing allows community members the opportunity to build “Read,” “Reading,” and “To Read” virtual bookshelves, and offers suggestions of similar books on the book item pages. As you add books to your shelf, review books, and comment on features, Novel Crossing is better able to connect you with authors and books you may love.

Looking for the latest in book trailers or author interview videos? 

Novel Crossing features new videos weekly, drawing widely from the book trailers and author videos that help connect a reader to a beloved author or series.

Hoping to purchase a new novel?

Novel Crossing is not a retail site, but on any of the book pages there is a Buy Now link that will take you to a variety of retail options.

Can I write for Novel Crossing?

Check out our writer’s guidelines, where writers and reviewers can learn more about contributing to the Website.

NovelCrossing would like to hear from you!


NovelCrossing is offering 1 in 10 survey respondents a free book, while supplies last. Winners will be randomly drawn from among all survey respondents and notified in late January. USA only.

Have you visited NovelCrossing? Why not click over and take a look today! Happy Reading to All!