Adorning the Dark by Andrew Peterson

Adorning the Dark by Andrew       PetersonEnter for a chance to win one of two signed editions of "Adorning the Dark: Thoughts on Community, Calling, and the Mystery of Making" from Andrew Peterson. This book is designed to help anyone in their quest for creativity.

Andrew is the bestselling author of the YA/Middle-reader fiction series "The Wingfeather Saga" and an award-winning musician.

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Making something beautiful in a broken world can be harrowing work, and it can’t be done alone.

Over the last twenty years, Andrew Peterson has performed thousands of concerts, published four novels, released ten albums, taught college and seminary classes on writing, founded a nonprofit ministry for Christians in the arts, and executive-produced a film—all in a belief that God calls us to proclaim the gospel and the coming kingdom using whatever gifts are at our disposal. He’s stumbled along the way, made mistake after mistake, and yet has continually encountered the grace of God through an encouraging family, a Christ-centered community of artists in the church, and the power of truth, beauty, and goodness in Scripture and the arts.

While there are many books about writing, none deal first-hand with the intersection of songwriting, storytelling, and vocation, along with nuts-and-bolts exploration of the great mystery of creativity. In Adorning the Dark, Andrew describes six principles for the writing life:

serving the work
serving the audience
selectivity
discernment
discipline
and community

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Categories: academic

Hero's Haven by Rebecca Zanetti

Hero's Haven by Rebecca ZanettiEnter for your chance to win a copy of HERO'S HAVEN by Rebecca Zanetti!

He’s her darkest fantasy. . .

After years of struggling, Haven Daly has finally accepted that she’s nuttier than a fruitcake. Why else would she see visions of a beautiful but tormented male every night . . . and actually believe she can talk to him, even feel his touch? But thanks to those dream journeys, she can paint images nobody else on earth can duplicate. In each brush stroke, she captures the blatant masculinity and raw desire in his eyes that promise he’s coming for her…and soon.

She’s the light that keeps him going. . .

Quade Kayrs has already suffered a lifetime of pain and torture. Completely isolated, he kept his sanity thanks to one beautiful female, a vision with kind emerald eyes. In the end, her soft voice led him out of hell. Now, naked and alone, he’s in a strange world that bears little resemblance to the one he left behind. All he knows is Haven. All he wants is Haven. His final mission? To protect her from the evil hunting them both—whether she likes it or not . . .

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Categories: words

Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn

Love Lettering by Kate ClaybornEnter for your chance to win a copy of SIGNED copies of LOVE LETTERING by Kate Clayborn!

In this warm and witty romance from acclaimed author Kate Clayborn, one little word puts a woman’s business—and her heart—in jeopardy . . .

Meg Mackworth’s hand-lettering skill has made her famous as the Planner of Park Slope, designing custom journals for her New York City clientele. She has another skill too: reading signs that other people miss. Knowing the upcoming marriage of Reid Sutherland and his gorgeous fiancée was doomed to fail is one thing, but weaving a secret word of warning into their wedding program is another. Meg may have thought no one would spot it, but she hadn’t counted on sharp-eyed, pattern-obsessed Reid . . .

A year later, Reid has tracked Meg down to find out how she knew that his meticulously planned future was about to implode. But with a looming deadline and a bad case of creative block, Meg doesn’t have time for Reid’s questions—unless he can help her find her missing inspiration. As they gradually open up to each other, both try to ignore a deepening connection between them. But the signs are there—irresistible, indisputable, urging Meg to heed the messages Reid is sending her, before it’s too late...

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Categories: words

Adjustments by Will Willingham

Adjustments by Will WillinghamEnter to win one signed copy of Adjustments: A Novel, by Will Willingham.

By turns thoughtful and hilarious (even, inexplicably, both at the same time), this deeply Midwestern book quietly unfolds a vision for how to navigate in a world where we can’t always resolve things.

It begins with an old man's call to the insurance company to get a minor house repair covered. Once the adjuster shows up, a journey both tender and tough is set in motion.

As much as the characters have a relationship with poetry and story (and they do), it is also a profound book about naming both the things that have held us back and the things we want, to move us forward.

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Categories: world-war-i

In the Dark by Loreth Anne White

In the Dark by Loreth Anne WhiteA secluded mountain lodge. The perfect getaway. So remote no one will ever find you.

The promise of a luxury vacation at a secluded wilderness spa has brought together eight lucky guests. But nothing is what they were led to believe. As a fierce storm barrels down and all contact with the outside is cut off, the guests fear that it’s not a getaway. It’s a trap.

Each one has a secret. Each one has something to hide. And now, as darkness closes in, they all have something to fear—including one another.

Alerted to the vanished party of strangers, homicide cop Mason Deniaud and search and rescue expert Callie Sutton must brave the brutal elements of the mountains to find them. But even Mason and Callie have no idea how precious time is. Because the clock is ticking, and one by one, the guests of Forest Shadow Lodge are being hunted. For them, surviving becomes part of a diabolical game.

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Categories: djibouti

The Cost of Honor by Diana Munoz Stewart

The Cost of Honor by Diana Munoz StewartEnter for a chance to win one of 20 copies of THE COST OF HONOR the third book in the Black Ops Confidential series by Diana Muñoz Stewart.

Washington Independent Review of Books called the series’, “original, impressive” a “rollicking good ride” and “high-octane.”

Of her series and THE COST OF HONOR, the final book in the series, Publishers Weekly said, "The electric final installment of Stewart’s Black Ops Confidential trilogy delivers all the fast-paced suspense fans will expect..”

American Library Association--Booklist said of this third book in the Black Ops Confidential series, “Thrilling, sizzling, and full of adventure, The Cost of Honor can be enjoyed as a standalone novel.”

Of THE COST OF HONOR, out November 26TH, 2019, Publishers Weekly also said, "Tantalizing intrigue, effective red herrings, and red-hot romance combine into a powerful tale. Readers will be sad to see this heart-pounding series end. Publishers Weekly 

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Categories: led-zeppelin

Hall of Mirrors by Robert Carlile

Hall of Mirrors by Robert CarlileEnter for a chance to win one of 30 pre-release copies of the novel HALL OF MIRRORS by Robert Carlile. Here is a short synopsis:

Chris Creighton, 17, is surprised to learn that in appearance, he resembles a pair of identical twins, Alex and Max, separated since birth. Alex, abandoned by his mother, has followed a dark path—violence, drug trafficking, murder. Max, adopted by a prominent family, is a hero on the high school basketball court. The Hall of Mirrors at the amusement park becomes the focus of where Chris and Max confront Alex. With identical images of the three swirling on all sides, Alex threatens them both. Chris has to find a way to save himself and Max from the catastrophe Alex has planned for them.

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Categories: writing

Chasing Brother Moon by Catherine Cruzan

Chasing Brother Moon by Catherine CruzanReturn to a New Realm of Fantasy in Catherine's 2nd installment of the Elfkind series.

Before the fall of the greatest human city, a shrewd yet down-on-his-luck thief wanted to change his fate. All he had to do was trade an elf for a Damandrin stone of power. It was a simple plan until his ill-conceived alliances set him on a collision course with the thieves’ guild, a macabre brotherhood of magic-wielders, a band of Elvin warriors, and the most powerful sorcerer in Damandrin. If not for a disenfranchised Elvin Warden and her wolf companion, he would already be dead.

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Categories: human-ecology

Cut and Run by Fern Michaels

Cut and Run by Fern MichaelsEnter for your chance to win a copy of CUT AND RUN by Fern Michaels!

THE 30TH SISTERHOOD NOVEL

The Sisterhood: a group of women from all walks of life bound by friendship and a quest for justice. Armed with vast resources, top-notch expertise, and a loyal network of allies around the globe, the Sisterhood will not rest until every wrong is made right.

It’s been three months since Countess Annie de Silva slipped away from her home before dawn, leaving a cryptic note and no clue as to her destination. That’s an eternity for friends as devoted as the Sisterhood. Now they’re desperate to ensure that their founding member is alive and well, and that means tracking her down—wherever in the world she might be.

Myra Rutledge, Annie’s closest confidante, knows the secrets of Annie’s past, including the remote mountain in Spain where Annie spent some of the best—and worst—days of her life. Annie vowed that she’d never return to the mountain or the stunning monastery there. But the memories of the past have called her back. Now, she needs allies who are fearless, loyal, and willing to do whatever it takes to see justice done. And with the safety of one of their own on the line, the Sisterhood won’t let her down . . .

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Baby Trolls Get a Bad Rap by Justine Avery

Baby Trolls Get a Bad Rap by Justine Avery~ An Amazon.com #1 New Release ~

ENTER NOW for your chance to win this holiday season's hottest children's book gift! A pre-release advance paperback edition of the fully illustrated children's picture book Baby Trolls Get a Bad Rap by Justine Avery... delivered to your door in time for holiday gift giving!

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Trolls. You think you know all about them—from what you’ve read, seen, or heard.
But have you considered the baby trolls?
They do exist. And they have something to say. 

...Meet Horatio, Saul, and little Grizelda: three baby trolls who just want to be heard, respected, and most of all, to be your friend.

"An interesting way to introduce young readers to the concept that everyone matters, no matter how old and in spite of all their differences." —Readers' Favorite

"Fun, fun, FUN! ... I chuckled all the way through the book. Comic timing is everything in a book like this and... Justine Avery is excellent at it ... Very sweet, very funny and very, very clever! A wonderfully written, wonderfully illustrated picture book." —The Wishing Shelf Review

"Introduces three well-spoken young troll babies to young readers who may also feel overlooked, ignored and even disrespected ... Justine Avery’s troll babies have personality and pluck ... An ideal selection for storytime ... Perceptive and charming, most highly recommended." —Readers' Favorite

* Currently available to pre-order with special pre-release pricing. *

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Categories: funny