Saturday, August 23, 2014

Fantastic Fall Reading - the final day!

I hope you all have enjoyed this week! It's so fun to get to introduce you to what may be some new faces and new reading for y'all. I love my friends. A HUGE thank you to everyone who helped make this week possible!!

SO. :D

I have some extra, extra, EXTRA fun news for you all today!! As many of you know, my very first book that I ever published was Miss Match (seven years ago this last spring!!). Well, Miss Match, Rematch and Match Point all have some new looks going on now... (and if you are a follower on Facebook, then you've already seen a sneak preview of this!!)

What do you think??!! I absolutely LOVE them - I think it totally captures the spirit of the books. Miss Match is re-releasing on Kindle and Nook this weekend, Rematch will be re-releasing on Kindle and Nook on August 29th and Match Point will be re-releasing on Kindle and Nook on September 5th!

In more GREAT news - ALL of my novellas, which have previously been exclusively on Kindle will be available on Nook starting this week as well!! 

And in the BEST news....

You guys have been asking and asking and asking for years about whether or not this will ever happen and I have been responding, "probably not", "probably not", "probably not" over and over again... but today I am SO SO SO excited to announce that the Lauren Holbrook series is growing by one book this December!!

Yay!! Match Made, book four, is releasing this coming December!! I'm SO excited for you guys to meet a few new characters and to see what happens to the ones you already know. ;)

So so so excited!! I will keep you posted with updates and pre-order info and all the fun details!

Want to win a Kindle copy of the newly redecorated Miss Match?? :) Enter to win on our Rafflecopter below! (And this contest IS open to everyone - USA or not!)

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Fantastic Fall Reading - Meet Betsy!!

Okay, guys. I am SO super excited about this book today!

This is my friend Betsy St. Amant. And she's awesome. I mean, really awesome. She's super fun, super real and has a super cute daughter and basically, she's just super all around. ;)

She just came out with her latest book which I am dying to read because it totally looks right up my alley. I mean, it's got a cupcake on the cover. You can't have a better cover than that!

Her official bio: Betsy St. Amant has a heart for three things – chocolate, new shoes and sharing the amazing news of God’s grace through her novels. She lives in Louisiana with her adorable story-telling young daughter, a collection of Austen novels, and an impressive stash of Pickle Pringles. A freelance journalist and fiction author, Betsy is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and is multi-published in Contemporary Romance. Her ninth Love Inspired novel released in January 2014, while her first romance with Zondervan Publishers comes out September 2014. When she’s not reading, writing, or singing along to the Tangled soundtrack with her daughter, Betsy enjoys inspirational speaking and teaching on the craft of writing, and can usually be found somewhere in the vicinity of a white-chocolate mocha.

And Betsy, take it away!!

Erynn: Tell us a little about how you got started writing.

Betsy: I don’t remember a time when I didn’t write! I literally started writing “books” when my dad brought home our first desktop computer when I was about 7 years old. I would play around and write short stories and poetry. The “books” usually consisted of a girl about my age who had a dog, and liked to play outside, and not a whole lot else happened. :) (this was before I learned the value of conflict in a storyline! Haha!) When I got a little older, I started my first attempt at fan-fiction, which, at the time, never realized was fan-fiction. I just knew I liked writing my own version of a Babysitter’s Club or Sweet Valley High novel. :) I got serious about publication when I turned 18, and realized that my dream of being published wasn’t going to come true by simply wishing. So, I started attending writing and speaking conferences, joined the ACFW ( at the recommendation of award-winning author Gayle Roper, and taking various classes on the craft of writing. I landed my wonderful agent Tamela Hancock Murray in 2007 after an ACFW conference and she sold my first traditionally published novel a few months later. It’s been nonstop ever since! :)

You just had a new book release! What is it about?

Yes! So exciting! This is my first trade-length novel with Zondervan/Harper Collins. (I was also part of a Bridal Series a few months back with Zondervan! My novella February Bride released in January 2014 in e-book and audio form. It will release again in November 2014 as a 3-in-1 print compilation!)

Here’s the back cover copy for my September 2014 release, All’s Fair in Love & Cupcakes! I wrote this book during a very transitional and rough season of my life, and it’s truly a testament to God’s glory and His provision divine love for me. It will be forever be a favorite of mine. 

Kat Varland has had enough of chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry.
At twenty-six years old, Kat is still living in the shadows of her family in Bayou Bend, Louisiana. Still working shifts at her Aunt Maggie’s bakery. Still wondering what to do with her passion for baking and her business degree. And still single.
But when Lucas Brannen, Kat’s best friend, signs her up for a reality TV bake-off on Cupcake Combat, everything Kat ever wanted is suddenly dangled in front of her: creative license as a baker, recognition as a visionary . . . and a job at a famous bakery in New York.
As the competition heats up, Lucas realizes he might have made a huge mistake. As much as he wants the best for Kat, the only thing he wants for himself—her—is suddenly in danger of slipping away.
The bright lights of reality cooking wars and the chance at a successful career dazzle Kat’s senses and Lucas is faced with a difficult choice: help his friend achieve her dreams . . . or sabotage her chances to keep her in Louisiana.

What is your favorite type of character to write about?

I’m very much a character-driven writer, rather than a plot-driven. Which essentially just means I always-always-always create my characters and their internal conflicts first. This is just what comes naturally to me! So to pick a favorite type of character is so hard, because all of my characters become my awesome, messy, complicated, fabulous friends because I always end up knowing them so well!! But one thing I do consistently enjoy is writing heroes and heroines who are flawed and have been broken, but are still true heroes. Manly men who aren’t afraid to show their weakness and who overcome their past through God’s strength; broken women who overcome their scars and past hurts through God’s grace. That’s real life, and that’s what readers (and myself!) can relate to most.

Favorite writing space? Favorite writing snack?

Barnes & Noble Starbucks, with a grande, non-fat White Chocolate Mocha! And if I can’t go to Starbucks for whatever reason, then I like to write at home at the desk my Daddy built years ago, and munch on Pickle Pringles. :)

If money were no object, where would you go for a vacation? Who would you bring? 

I would take one of my best friends and soul-sisters, Lori Chally, to Florence, Italy! We both have been dying to go ever since we read Susan Meissner’s voice The Girl in the Glass and it’s officially a Thing of ours now. We actually got really close to going for my 30th birthday last Spring but complications arose. I have a feeling God is going to redeem it, though ::wink:: Ciao!!

 Thank you so much, Betsy!!

Betsy has been so sweet to giveaway a copy of All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes! And y'all know the drill by now - check out our Rafflecopter for details!

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I've got super fun news to share tomorrow!!

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Fanastic Fall Reading - Meet Alicia!

I hope you guys are enjoying this as much as I am!!

Side note: I will draw all of the winners on Monday for the entire week. :)

Today's guest is my friend Alicia Willis - she's super sweet and been a faithful reader of Scribble Chicks, the blog I help write on for writers, for many years! We got to meet a little while ago and it was just so fun! We were all so excited when she got her first book published and now she's just released book number five!

Her official bio: Alicia A. Willis is a homeschool graduate and avid historian. From an early age, she has had the desire to write family-friendly, accurate books about the past. When not writing or doing endless historical research, she enjoys singing, being a church pianist, and teaching music. She and her family live in New Mexico.

And I'll let her take over from here!!

Erynn: Tell us a little about how you got started writing.

Alicia: I can’t remember a time when I haven’t had a pen in my hand! I think I’ve been writing ever since I learned how to scribble my name. However, it was when I was about twelve that I first knew that I wanted to become a published author. Eight years, countless rewrites, and many prayers later, my first title, To Birmingham Castle, was published.

You just had a new book release! What is it about?

Yes! From the Dark to the Dawn: A Tale of Ancient Rome is set in 61 A.D., opening with the Roman victory at Watling Street in ancient Britain. It’s a 120,000 word book, so a short synopsis isn’t easy! But here is my go at it:

    In the dark turbulence of ancient Rome, a rebellious Iceni captive meets his match in his Roman master. When Christianity enters the picture, the clash of race and rank is intensified as Philip seeks to win his master Marcus to the Lord and survive the terrors of persecution under Nero. A tale of faith, persecution, redemption, and romance.
You can find the whole synopsis on Goodreads or online retailers.

What is your favorite type of character to write about?

For a little background, I write Christian Historical-Fiction and my protagonists are almost always male. I really focus on relationship characters, whether it’s knights and squires, a wheelwright and apprentice, or a master and slave. So I would have to say that my favorite characters are the protagonists who develop a friendship inside of a mentoring or business relationship.

Favorite writing space? Favorite writing snack?

I love to write on my bed, propped up against the pillows and my teacup schnauzer, Licorice, at my side. Oooooh, and I love coffee as a writing companion too. (Well, technically, coffee is an any-time-of-the-day companion!) A favorite snack would have to be cinnamon-sugar-toast and Nutella with apples! (Of course those are healthy!)

If money was no object, where would you go for a vacation? Who would you bring? 

My dream is to tour Europe, beginning in London and ending in Rome. :) I would bring a fellow history buff or anyone who would put up with me gazing for three hours at the Mona Lisa, snapping a million photos of an old castle, and running my fingers along the dusty Grecian

Thanks so much, Alicia!! 

Alicia has been so kind to giveaway an ebook of her newest release, From the Dark to the Dawn: A Tale of Ancient Rome!! (And out of USA friends, she is also willing to do an ebook!!) To enter, follow the directions on our handy Rafflecopter.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Fantastic Fall Reading - Meet CJ!

Today I've got a friend who I'm excited for you all to meet - CJ Darlington! She's a fantastic writer, a horse lover and won the Christian Writer's Guild contest a few years back for a new author. She's that good.

Her official bio: C. J. got her big break in publishing when her first novel Thicker than Blood won the Christian Writers Guild 2008 Operation First Novel contest. She hasn't slowed down since and wrote and published her second and third contemporary novels Bound by Guilt and Ties that Bind. Her newest novel Jupiter Winds is a YA/dystopian/space adventure. In 2013 C. J. went indie and started her own publishing company, Mountainview Books, LLC, with her mom and sister. The goal of the press is to publish fresh fiction to inspire your faith. A homeschool graduate, C.J makes her home in Pennsylvania with her family and their menagerie of dogs and a paint horse named Sky.

And onto the interview!! 

Erynn: Tell us a little about how you got started writing. 

CJ: I’ve loved reading and writing ever since I was a little kid. I would sit at my dad’s old word processor and type out stories about my pets and animals. When I was twelve I started thinking about what it would be like to publish something I wrote. Had no idea how to do it, but the dream was sparked! When I was fifteen I began the story which fifteen years later would become my first published novel, Thicker than Blood. It was the love of story that first got me going, and it’s what always draws me back too.

You just had a new book release! What is it about?

Jupiter Winds is the story of Grey Alexander, a teenage girl, who in 2160 becomes the bait to catch her missing revolutionary parents she thinks are dead. But it’s much more than that too. This is a story about family. I’ve read a bunch of science fiction/dystopian style novels lately that often feature a strong heroine, but usually she’s completely alone and there’s always a romance subplot. I wanted to write something a little different. Grey is definitely strong and starts out alone, but she doesn’t stay that way. And she ends up on the planet Jupiter. LOL – yes, I know that scientifically there’s not suppose to be life there, but what if everything we knew about the planet was wrong?

What is your favorite type of character to write about? 

Flawed people. I love taking a character who’s had a tough past or faced terrible obstacles and showing their journey to redemption. In Jupiter Winds the spiritual journey is subtle, but it’s there. And there’s hope. That’s something else I love writing about—showing that no matter how far we go or travel (even to another planet!) God is still there waiting for us.

Favorite writing space? Favorite writing snack? 

I actually don’t really have a favorite writing space. I wrote much of Jupiter Winds at my dining room table or in my bedroom. Someday I would love to have an office of sorts (or a library!) where I could be surrounded by my books, but until that day I write wherever I can. I love snacking on Chili and Lime chips, but it has been so long since I’ve had them since they stopped making them in the brand I liked. A good, strong cup of tea is a must. Or a cappuccino! My sister is in love with her Keurig coffee maker, and I will pop one of those little cups in there sometimes too. I just had a caramel vanilla cup of coffee with some half and half.

If money were no object, where would you go for a vacation? Who would you bring? 

I’d love to see Alaska! I’m a sucker for beautiful mountains. Or I’d go back to my favorite state—Colorado. I’d bring my family, of course. If I could bring all of my dogs with me too, that would be awesome.

Thank you SO much CJ!!

CJ is giving away a copy of Jupiter Winds!! And - FUN news for my out of country friends - she is giving away an ebook (if you are in the USA, you can pick ebook or paperback). :) To enter this giveaway, follow the directions in our spiffy Rafflecopter below. ;) 

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 Love this week!!

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Fantastic Fall Reading - Meet Bekah!

Hi friends!!

This is going to be SUCH a fun week!! I have four amazing authors that I know you'll love who all were so kind to come on here and talk about their books! And stayed tuned all week - I've got a very fun announcement on Friday!!

First up, it's my friend Bekah Hamrick Martin. She's hilarious and one of my absolute favorite people. She has about the cutest little girl in the world and a gigantic heart for girls. Her book, The Bare Naked Truth About Waiting, is a definite must read for high school girls.

Her official bio: Bekah Hamrick Martin was born in Savannah, Georgia, in an event which her brother keeps reminding her was completely unnecessary. She spent the better part of her high school years vacationing on the north end of her mattress due to an illness, where she developed a deep taste for chocolate and sarcasm. Today Bekah shares with teens about tough times, healing, and surviving their high school years—no matter where they spend them.

SO... I'll let her fill you in on the rest!

Erynn: How did you get started writing?

Bekah: I was 17 when I started writing death poetry. A few years later I turned it around to writing newspaper humor columns (talk about emotional whiplash).

Ha! Tell me what your heart or inspiration was behind The Bare Naked Truth:
As a writer, I get to tour and hang out with a lot of awesome teen girls. What I love about this is how these new friends open up to me and share what's going on inside their hearts. I was getting a lot of dating questions, and "When's the right time?" questions. Not being an expert on the topic, I decided to talk with over twenty different authors (Susie Shellenberger, Annie Downs, and even the infamous Erynn Mangum!) who each had their own experiences and advice. What developed was a humorous book with some serious takeaway from these ladies.

I love how creative the book is! Okay. Favorite writing space? Favorite snack?

Well hello. Beachfront. But the reality is I usually have to imagine that part. I pretty much sit in our boring beige apartment and pray the baby doesn't wake before I hit my word count.

Snacks... CHOCOLATE (peanut M & M's preferred). And lots of caffeine. This writer drinks a minimum of two cups a day.

This is why we are friends. Amen to everything you just said. So, if money were no object, where would you go for vacation? Who would you bring?

Seems simple, but definitely Cancun. I would bring my hot Swedish man, and no babies. Because when it comes to enjoying a vacation or working the whole time... I'M the baby in that equation.

Thanks, Erynn, for inviting me over!

Thank you so much for coming, Bekah!!

Bekah has super kindly offered to give away a copy of her book, The Bare Naked Truth! I KNOW you guys will love it (and super fun tidbit - part of mine and Jon's story is in her book!!). To enter, all you have to do is follow the directions on the lovely Rafflecopter below.

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Yay for a fun week!!

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