New Release–A GRAND TETON SLEIGH RIDE by Elizabeth Goddard and Lynette Sowell

I’m pleased to announce a new release by two Christians Read authors–Elizabeth Goddard (that’s me!) and Lynette Sowell. Lynette and I have been talking about writing a story set in Jackson Hole for years and finally got something submitted last summer that was quickly picked up by our editor. My husband and I spent many anniversaries skiing at Teton Village near Jackson. We’d stay with his aunt and uncle who lived in a beautiful cabin near the entrance to Yellowstone. She was the postmaster at Moran Junction. Many summers when I was growing up,  my parents would take us to Yellowstone National Park–one of my favorite places in the world. And one of the most famous mountain ranges—a picture of the Tetons graces many a dentist and doctor’s office. Ha!AGrandTetonSleighRide

A Grant Teton Sleigh Ride is a generational (historical) novella collection. Many changes happened in our nation over this time period–electricity and automobiles, two of the biggest changes. But Jackson Hole was often isolated when the Teton Pass was well. . .unpasseable, and folks often return to their horse-drawn sleighs in the winter well into the twentieth century.

Lynette and I loved researching these stories. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as we enjoyed writing them!

Wyoming’s spectacular mountains have drawn many—from trappers to ranchers to skiing enthusiasts. This Christmas, spend the holidays with the Covington family, who have called Wyoming home for generations. Rough, bristly rancher Zebulon sets his sights on eastern lady Belle Murray. Forward-thinking Emily would rather stay a dog musher than become a bride. Outfitter Sam wants to make his name in Wyoming—not say “I do.”  Hayley’s quest for her father’s approval goes sour when she takes an interest in a local ski bum. Will four festive sleigh rides rein in romance?

A Grand Teton Sleigh Ride releases September 1st in both electronic format (Kindle) and paperback, wherever books are sold. Pre-order your copy today!

 

 

Blessings!

Elizabeth Goddard

Lynette Sowell

Book Release Day

 

LoveintheWindThe day a book releases is always a fun day for authors. Sometimes we throw book launch parties near the release date or schedule book-signings or participate in blog tours and other social media venues for promotion.  Sometimes we simply let the people with whom we’ve connected in cyberspace know.

Like now.

Love in the Wind is the third and last book in my series set in New Mexico.  A sweet romance and complete departure from my usual romantic suspense, I enjoyed writing the characters and exploring the world of sailing. I hope you’ll enjoy reading it!

SAILING IS MADDIE CRAMER’S ESCAPE

Now she’s counting on it to bring her closer to the biological father she’s just met. But her chances of winning the regatta—and his approval—are in jeopardy unless she can find a new crew mate. Enter Grady Stone, a perfect fit for Maddie’s crew in more ways than one.

Maddie and Grady grow close as they spend time together on the water. But Maddie, wary of emotional entanglement, guards her heart closely. And Grady’s here only to help Maddie win the race, then he’s off to a new job. The day of the race will test their ability to sail together—and the trueness of their love.

 

 

 

Great Escapes by Elizabeth Goddard

In previous posts, I’ve often written about reading as an escape. Years ago, I read as much nonfiction as fiction. Self-help books, mostly. But these days I’m all about writing and reading fiction. The last few weeks, several family members have been dealing with serious health issues and I feel like my family is under attack. I have never needed an escape more, and as a result I’ve read more books recently than I have in the last few years.  Some for endorsement, others for pleasure, and then there are those authors I read to learn more about writing in my genre.

I have never started a book that I didn’t finish, that is, until recently. Maybe that’s because in the past, once I checked out that library book or I bought or borrowed the book, I didn’t have easy access to hundreds of other books that were calling to me. That’s a warning to authors that you’d better draw the reader in and quickly. Now, if I’m not drawn in with the writing or the premise, I have too many other choices.

That said, here are a few of the unforgettable books I’ve read over the last few weeks.

season of changeA Season of Change by Lynette Sowell

This is an Amish story, yes, but a different kind of Amish story set in an unusually place. It’s the first Amish book I’ve read in twenty years. That’s right, I don’t usually read Amish, but this author has a way of pulling you in with not only her voice, but with her storytelling. Natalie is a circus worker looking for answers to her past in the Amish community. See what I mean?

Healer of Carthage by Lynne GentryHOCbook

Lynne Gentry is one amazing writer, her voice and writing steps above others—but she’s also created a story like no other. A time-travel—sending a doctor to the Roman past, and you can count on the research. This story was a thrilling, historical and romantic ride. Like all my favorite genres woven together.

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 Stress Test by Richard Mabry

I haven’t read Mabry before, but now I plan to read all his novels. He writes medical romantic thrillers, and he knows his stuff. I love the fast-pace of his novels, and the medical details. The romance is second to the suspense plot and that’s fine by me. I look forward to his upcoming release, Critical Condition.

Thanks for taking the time to read through my recommendation for great escapes.

Blessings!

Elizabeth Goddard

Wilderness Peril

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Hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving, and have all your Christmas shopping done! If not, please consider sharing the love of reading and give a good book.

This is release weekend for Wilderness Peril!

ON THIN ICE

Run off the road and left for dead, Shay Ridiker’s only hope for surviving the frozen claws of the wilderness is pilot Rick Savage. The beautiful airplane mechanic came to Alaska expecting a routine repo, but a missing coworker and a crippled plane are just the tip of the iceberg. Now held captive by ruthless killers at a derelict gold mine, Shay needs Rick’s protection more than ever. But Rick has shadows that follow him into the land of the midnight sun. With gunmen at their backs, can he be all Shay needs—a haven…and a hero?

Enjoy!

Elizabeth Goddard

4 Simple Ways to Encourage Your Favorite Authors

November 1st is considered National Author’s Day, and I missed the party, if there was one, because I was working on a deadline.  November is also National Novel Writing Month. I haven’t participated in NaNoWriMo—the challenge to write a novel in a month—because I’ve been doing just that for far too long, as it is. But I look forward to hearing what amazing and creative literary works come out of this challenge.

If you’re a reader, and not a writer, I hope you understand that writing is a lonely and painful occupation. Sometimes the words flow easily and spill onto the page with little effort. Other times writing taxes the brain and no amount of pushing, prodding, or mental ripping will produce words, much less good ones. It takes mental acuity, organization, creativity and innumerable well-honed gifts to craft a novel that is then made available for all to see.

For everyone to enjoy.

For anyone to crush, which is another painful side to an author’s life.

So this month is the perfect month to celebrate writing and literature by encouraging and supporting your favorite authors.

Here are four simple things you can do:

1)      Buy their books. This is first and most important. Publishers don’t buy from authors if their books don’t sell. I think there might be too many free books floating around out there. Blog giveaways or digital downloads given in return for reviews. With the onset of the digital age and ebooks, piracy is also an issue.  Everyone wants a free book without thinking about how much time and effort was put into the process. But at the end of the day, books must be sold if an author is to continue writing.

2)      Write Reviews. I can’t express how key this is after you have bought and read a book. This has become even more important with the onset of the digital age. Reviews on sites like Amazon and Goodreads help a book’s ranking, and can help an author’s sales grow exponentially. Such a small thing, really, and it takes only a few minutes. Or if you’re a blogger, post your review on your blog too. Consider how easy it is to write and publish a review these days—an opportunity that wasn’t available years ago. Think of writing a review as a freedom and a gift and a right (am I going too far?)—a way for your voice to find an audience.

3)      Tell Someone. If you enjoyed the book, what better way to help your favorite author than to tell your friends and family about the book and the author? I always love to hear about a book that someone has enjoyed, or about a new author. I almost always investigate for myself. Become an influencer.

4)      Tell the Author. I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to hear from a reader that they enjoyed my book. It always makes me smile, and I make a new friend. Let your favorite authors knows when you finish one of their books how much you enjoyed it. Making someone happy will make you happy too.

All of the above can be considered acts of kindness, though maybe not random. Think about it. When you do these things for someone else, good things are bound to come back around to you.

Many Blessings!

Elizabeth

http://elizabethgoddard.com

Small Miracles

I was thinking on what to write for my post and then, when I saw Tara’s post below, it seemed like a confirmation. I had considered the same exact verse to go along with my post. I love it when that happens! 

Here is the scripture I’m referring to: The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth muchJames 5:16

Last week, while visiting at my mom’s, my daughter’s fiance left his car keys. Since my daughter was driving, he didn’t notice until she’d taken him home nearly an hour away. We finished up dinner, then began the frantic search while she drove him back. When the search revealed nothing, we started cleaning and vacuuming—you know how it is. You find stuff you thought long gone when you do serious cleaning.

Or maybe that’s just me.

We had already prayed that the keys would show up. I always pray when I misplace something. Don’t you? But an hour later, we still hadn’t found his keys and he was due at work. When they finally arrived back at Mom’s, the search started all over again in the same places we had already looked. Behind and underneath furniture and the cushions. Shelves, counters, and even in the refrigerator. Ha! I’m guilty of putting things in the strangest of places.

But after another half hour—nothing.

We went outside and searched the grass and even look through some of the garbage to make sure the keys hadn’t been thrown out with something else. Yuck.

Finally, I tugged one of my sons aside and asked him to pray with me. You know, really pray. A serious, heartfelt prayer—and I reminded him about the fervent prayer of a righteous man.  Within five minutes my youngest son yelled that he’d spotted something.

He’d donned his spelunker cap and looked under the furniture with his light–furniture we’d already lifted up and searched. But we did it again.

And this time, with the light shining, we realized there was something INSIDE the sofa behind the batting. (or whatever you call the underpinning of a sofa) We cut a slit in the material and voila—there INSIDE the sofa was the wallet along with my son’s long lost copy of THE TWO TOWERS. (he was ecstatic!)

I think I screamed. To my way of thinking, that was a small miracle. The wallet was inside the sofa. Obviously it had somehow worked its way down, not magically appeared, but this is a fairly new leather sofa and. . . honestly? We would NEVER have looked inside like that. Who would?

Maybe I should cut open all my furniture to see what’s inside. In fact, I’m in possession of my grandmother’s antique sofa that is at least sixty-five years old. I wonder what secret items found their way beneath the cushions and deep down inside, away from curious eyes?

The point, of course, is that fervent prayer really does work, and I’m certain that without that prayer, we would never have found the wallet.

Thank you, God.

Blessings!

Elizabeth Goddard

 

 

The Government Shutdown is Stranger than Fiction

The past couple of weeks I’ve attempted to research for a new story idea. I say “attempted” because I keep running up against this message:

“Because of the federal government shutdown, national parks are closed and the National Park Service website is not being maintained.”

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Someone took the time to create a landing page for government websites. I haven’t checked other government websites, but the national parks web pages are shut down. Doesn’t it cost  more money to do this than to just leave the website operational?

And I’m not sure “shutdown” is actually the correct word here because the website is there, I’m just not allowed to view it. That means I’ll just have to go around the government websites and view all the private websites about the national parks to find the information I need.

But this is only a minor inconvenience compared to other national park shutdown experiences. In one such story, tourists from all over the world were visiting Yellowstone National Park when the government shut down. Talk about being in the wrong place at the wrong time.  According to the Newburyport News, tourists were kept locked in a hotel by an armed guard. What in the world?

Many more such stories can be found at this Worldmag.com article.

What I find in common with the various situations is how strange they are. Unbelievable, in fact. I don’t think I could put any of these stories in a novel because they’re just too strange. No one would ever believe the U.S. Government would do such a thing.

Am I right?

goddard-LR-2 (2)Elizabeth Goddard is the award-winning author of over a dozen romance and romantic suspense novels. Find out more at ElizabethGoddard,com

Christians Read Fall Catalogue Released

(Click below to view the Christians Read Catalogue, 2013 Fall Edition, which includes Chapter Excerpts!

Discovering Books

IMG_0033In a world of millions of authors and even more books, discoverability has never been easy. While the shift into the digital age has created new avenues of promotion, anyone can get published and everyone is promoting—more than ever.  But I’m speaking from an author’s perspective.   

What about the reader? How do you find a book you want to read? Do you stand in the brick-and-mortar store and browse the titles and covers and then read sample chapters? Look at the books on discount tables? Or do you read sample chapters online? For that matter, how do you even come across a book that entices you to read the first few pages?

If you’re like me, you have your favorite authors for starters. You naturally look for their next book. Covers used to entice me, and sometimes they still do, but when I browse the Christian fiction section of the bookstore, the covers are all gorgeous and look very similar. That means nothing stands out. Not a good thing. Although titles can intrigue me too, I’m no longer enticed to find out more by title alone.

No matter the transition into this digital age, word-of-mouth is still at the top of the list of influencing factors. If a writing friend shares about a book she or he liked and tells me why, then I’ll read a sample chapter. Never do I buy a book without doing that.

I admit, too, that social media has influenced my book purchasing decisions.

What about you—in this shifting environment, how do you choose your books? No, really, I want to know.

Blessings!

Beth

Elizabeth Goddard is the award-winning author of Riptide, Love in the Air, and Wilderness Peril.

Love in the Air Releases today!

LoveintheAir (506x800)I’ve always wanted to write a hot air balloon story, and I finally got that chance last year. I’m pleased to share that LOVE IN THE AIR releases today! If you enjoy sweet romances–this is your kind of story. 

Back cover copy: 

KYLE MORGAN HAS RETURNED….

He was Nikki Alexander’s first crush—until his stunts in a hot-air-balloon race led to a family tragedy. Then he disappeared, leaving her brokenhearted. Now he’s back and stirring up all her emotions.

Blaming himself for her brother’s death, Kyle stayed away. But now Nikki’s in trouble. And he knows he must step in to make it right. He’ll help save her balloon business…and prove this time he’s here to stay. But first he must win her forgiveness before he can win her heart.

Excerpt:

The propane burner flared, torching the quiet dawn in the empty field.

Nikki Alexander never grew tired of the familiar sound she’d heard since childhood. After the fan blew enough cold morning air inside the rainbow-colored envelope to give it shape, she aimed the flames inside the balloon, which still rested on its side. Once the air began to heat, it would become lighter than the surrounding cooler air.

After a few minutes of hot-air bursts, the envelope lifted upright. “Lenny, stay with the basket and hold it down with me,” she said.

The new kid on the crew, a local high-school student, worked in exchange for learning everything he could about balloons so he could eventually pilot his own. “Okay, boss!”

Nikki smiled and nodded at the freckle-faced kid. She figured anyone willing to get up before dawn to crew a balloon ride deserved the chance. Balloons were typically launched during the early-morning hours or late evening because the winds were lighter, making for easier takeoffs and landings, and she could avoid thermals—when the ground heated up and caused vertical air currents.

She’d already experienced difficulty in controlling her balloon on such an occasion, an experience she didn’t want to repeat. Nor would her passengers appreciate a downdraft that could force the balloon into a hard landing—that and power lines were a balloon’s greatest dangers. That was why even though some people requested more convenient ride hours, Nikki had to turn them down.

She glanced at the scene around her, making sure the rest of the three-man crew—David and Richard—were in position to keep the envelope from rising too soon. The field she typically used for launch was situated next to Sky High Rides, perfect for the winds from the west, which would urge the balloon slowly toward the east and several wide-open fields, where Nikki had arrangements with the landowners.

Her soon-to-be passengers—a man, his wife and their two children—stood back, all eyes wide with amazement, except for the teenage daughter, who focused on an electronic device, probably texting her boyfriend because she wasn’t happy about having to get up before sunrise. Or she was angry because she’d had to leave him behind. The younger of the siblings, the boy, looked about seven or eight, which was her nephew Michael’s age. Already, Nikki could see the light in his eyes and knew he’d never forget this experience. Often one ride was enough to turn someone into a lifelong enthusiast.

Nikki had grown up in the balloon-ride business. Her father, the founder of Sky High, had created a successful business before he died eight years ago. She’d begun her career on the balloon crew and eventually she’d learned to fly and gotten her balloon pilot’s license. At twenty-eight, she had thousands of flight hours to her credit.

The balloon finally ready, she turned to the family and beckoned them forward. She’d already debriefed them on safety. Now they could climb into the basket.

Except that she spotted two familiar figures standing next to a white town car. Her mother stood behind Michael, gripping his shoulders as if holding him back.

“Richard, would you and Lenny mind assisting the family into the basket and wait for me.” Nikki trotted over to the car, tension building at the base of her head.

“Mom, what are you doing here?” She crouched to eye level with Michael and hugged him.

“As soon as you left this morning, he started at me again, begging to go with you.” Her silver-haired mother hadn’t bothered to paint on her usual makeup this early in the morning and looked at least ten years older than usual. “Nikki, you’ve got enough room in the basket.”

The Sky High baskets were commercial size. This particular basket could carry up to fifteen people, but Nikki shook her head anyway. “We’ve talked about this, Mom.”

“Can I ride in the chase car?” Michael looked so much like Nikki’s brother with his blue-gray eyes. He stared at her now, pleading just the way she’d seen Jordan do so many times growing up.

Her heart kinked at the reminder. None of them had recovered from losing Jordan in a balloon accident three years before, least of all Michael, who’d lost his father that day.

Although what happened to her brother was an unusual accident, flying still presented dangers, especially if the pilot was a risk-taker. Nikki would do everything in her power to send Michael on another path. She wouldn’t stand by to watch him follow in his father’s daredevil footsteps.

But right now, she could hardly fight the pleading she saw in her nephew’s gaze, especially if her mother wasn’t strong enough to keep from making the drive over.

She stood up. She’d have another talk with her mother about this later. “Michael can ride with David in the chase car this time.”

“Yippee!” Michael threw his arms up and jumped in victory. He took off running, but Nikki snatched him back.

“Hold on there. I’ll walk you over.” Nikki spotted the family already waiting in the basket, and her crew at the ropes, keeping the balloon earthbound. Of course she’d need to heat the air inside even more to send it floating skyward.

Nikki buckled Michael into the van pulling the equipment trailer. David would drive the van and meet her at the agreed-upon location unless her landing coordinates changed. From there, they would load the equipment on the trailer and bring the family back to their vehicle.

Once she was inside the basket and her passengers prepared, she ignited the flame in the burner, heating the air. Her crew let go of the tether lines.

Slowly, the basket drifted upward.

Nikki looked down and waved at Michael, who watched her from the van. David, Richard and Lenny loaded the rest of the equipment on the trailer and prepared for the chase. She would soon become a tour guide, telling the family about the various sights they would encounter along the ride.

But for the moment, the group was held captive by the fact they were floating in the air, far above the earth.

“It feels like we’re dangling here, not moving.” Finally, the teenager’s attention was stolen from her focus on texting.

Nikki smiled. “That’s because we’re drifting with the current. You won’t sense movement or even that we’re very high, but of course, you can see that we are.”

When the father took it upon himself to explain balloon flight to his children, Nikki allowed him the task. She held back when he got a few things wrong. By the smile on his face, he enjoyed impressing his kids, and she wouldn’t ruin that for him. She allowed her thoughts to drift with the balloon, back to the girl’s words.

It feels like we ‘re dangling here, not moving.

Unfortunately, that was exactly how Nikki felt about her life these days. After her brother’s tragic death while participating in the world’s oldest balloon race, Nikki wanted to sell the family business, to move her little family, which consisted of Michael and her mother, far from the memories. And far from the reminders of the man she once loved.

But there always seemed to be something or someone standing in her way.

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Blessings!

Elizabeth Goddard

Where Do We Get Ideas? by Elizabeth Goddard

IMG_1042Novelists often get ideas from what intrigues us.

We’re all different, so what intrigues me will be different than what catches your interest. As a novelist, I hope I find an audience—a group of people with whom my stories resonate—preferably a substantial group of people who are intrigued by the same things. More sales means I can write more books. But that’s another story.

Nature settings intrigue me most, and I usually find a place where I’d love to set a story and the novel idea (plot and characters) unfolds from there.

I’ve set novels at Crater Lake in Oregon (though the name was changed), in the Oregon high desert (Oregon Outback), and I have a three book series set in the coastal redwoods of Northern California. If I listed all my novels here you could see I favor the Pacific Northwest for settings, though I’m a Texan through and through. I lived a few years in Oregon, though, and fell in love with that region of the country.

I have a new book releasing in September that I’ve wanted to write for a while. It’s allIMG_1132 about hot-air balloons. I love balloons, and I’m enthralled with the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. I’m so glad I had the privilege of setting a novel there, giving me a chance to write a balloon story called LOVE IN THE AIR.

So how do you feel about hot-air balloons? Do you have a balloon story to share?

What settings intrigue you?

 

LoveintheAir (506x800)Elizabeth Goddard is the award-winning author of Riptide, North Dakota Weddings and Love in the Air. You can find out more by visiting her website: http://elizabethgoddard.com

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More on Books Changing Us

I was so fascinated by Maureen’s post that I started to comment, and then decided to make it  my post for today. I’ve written a previous blog post or two about how books can change us.

Maureen’s points are all valid and true. I don’t expect to convince otherwise in this post, but I still believe books can change us and in the same way the Bible changes us—helping us in our relationships with others. Maybe it’s not obvious, but books can hold spiritual nuggets and help us into a deeper understanding of biblical concepts. That deeper understanding can then change how I view my relationships with others, that is, if I’m open to receive and learn something new. Then I must choose to make that change.

Not every book has this effect, of course, but there are many I’ve read that have been gentle reminders to me in the small things such as how to deal more gently with my children, or how to quit keeping score with my husband or friends, but rather have grace and understanding. The list is long and wide on the books that have opened my eyes to my own faults, or that have revealed a new way of looking at certain aspects of my life or those of others.

But I’ll list two books that have changed me in big ways. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers opened my eyes to see just how much God loves me. How much He loves us. Before reading this book, I didn’t understand the infinite depth of His unfailing love. I can say today that knowing and understanding this spiritual truth revealed to me through this novel—a retelling of the story of Hosea—changed me. I never doubt God’s love, even when my heart isn’t where it should be. And that’s because of Redeeming Love—definitely an anointed novel. You might say that the Bible should have revealed this to me. Yes, that truth is there, but Redeeming Love is a retelling of this important biblical message in a way I could understand and internalize. Just like Jesus’s parables.

Another such book is Randy Ingermanson’s Retribution.  I can’t say enough about how this book explains the mystery of forgiveness. There is no other story like it, in my opinion. If you struggle with forgiving—and I think we all do whether we realize it or not—this book is a must read.

If you can then forgive like never before–you are changed forever.

Jesus told His parables to open our eyes and help us understand. Likewise, as followers of Christ we should allow Him to work and speak through us, and we should choose to grow and change as well. Just as our interactions with others change us, so can reading about interactions change us, if only in small ways.

Writing this post is a reminder to me as a Christian author how important it is that I write God’s truth as He directs into my stories.

Can you list books that have changed you?

Blessings!

Elizabeth Goddard

Award-winning author of Riptide and North Dakota Weddings. Available wherever books are sold.

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The 2013 Christy Award Winners

Books are important to us here on the Christians Read blog, right? What better place to share the winners of this prestigious award–the most coveted award in Christian fiction. In my last post, I shared I was reading You Don’t Know Me by Susan May Warren. As you can see below, there’s a reason the book drew me in so easily—it was . . . in a word, excellent! 

Another close look at the list and yes, that’s right–our own Jim Rubart is among the winners. Congratulations to Jim!

THE CHRISTY WINNERS:

Contemporary Romance: The Breath of Dawn by Kristen Heitzmann (Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing Group).

Contemporary Series, Sequels & Novellas: You Don’t Know Me by Susan May Warren(Tyndale House Publishers)

Contemporary Standalone: Not in the Heart by Chris Fabry (Tyndale House Publishers)

First Novel: Into the Free by Julie Cantrell (David C Cook)

Historical: Flame of Resistance by Tracy Groot (Tyndale House Publishers)

Historical Romance: Against the Tide by Elizabeth Camden (Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing Group)

Suspense: Rare Earth by Davis Bunn (Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing Group)

Visionary: Soul’s Gate by James L. Rubart (Thomas Nelson, a division of HarperCollins Christian Publishing)

Young Adult: Child of the Mountains by Marilyn Sue Shank (Delacorte Press, a division of Random House)

What Are You Reading? by Elizabeth Goddard

ImageSince I turned in my novel at the first of this month, I have a little extra time to catch up on reading. Funny that reading voraciously is what drove me to write, and now with writing, I hardly have time to read!

Finished reading Submerged by Dani Pettrey, and immediately downloaded another book that someone recommended—Susan May Warren’s You Don’t Know Me. Just got my copy of Rachel Hauck’s Once Upon a Prince. We won’t even talk about what is already on my Kindle and overflowing on my bookshelves and next to my bed that I haven’t read yet.

I’ve mentioned this before but nowadays I often read the sample chapters first to decide if I want to buy the whole thing. I can’t tell you how many novels I’ve started that I wished I hadn’t bought because I just can’t keep reading. Can’t finish.

I read the sample chapters of You Don’t Know Me and was immediately pulled in by the writer’s voice and attention to detail. I totally related to this character. I read that book in about two sittings and cried my eyes out at the end. It’s one that resonates with me for a lot of reasons, particularly the whole mother/daughter teenager angst thing. Now, to start on Once Upon a Prince this week. I love Rachel Hauck’s writing as well, and I’m looking forward to the journey.

What are you reading this week in June of 2013?

Elizabeth Goddard is the award-winning author of Riptide and North Dakota Weddings, new July releases.

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When We Don’t Get Things Write

Yes, I used the word “write” instead of “right” on purpose. Today during home school, I reviewed the differences between the two words with my youngest son and we worked on writing sentences for each word. While we worked through the correct use of each word, I pondered with another writing issue. A few days ago, I started reading a new book and discovered early on that the author had made a mistake. This isn’t something new and, to tag onto Maureen’s post, it’s part of the writer in me that I can’t turn off.

Except this error wasn’t a typo or anything simple, it was pretty big—an oversight, I’m sure, but still I thought maybe I was the one who was wrong because I couldn’t imagine this author or publisher would have missed this.

I’ve chosen to go with the grace card on this. I mean, we’re only human, right? We can’t be perfect all the time. We can’t get things right, every time, even when writing novels. I’ve made mistakes in my own stories, so I can’t throw any stones.

There is the element of artistic license, as well—when we choose to change the facts up to fit with our stories.

Here’s a question for you—do you feel that writers have any responsibility or obligation to get the story right—it’s fiction, isn’t it? Often writers include a letter to the reader to explain fact versus fiction, but sometimes not.

As readers, what is our responsibility to understand the difference between fact and fiction? How often do we believe the author, trusting that something we read in a novel is truth (beyond the obvious fictional storyline)?

Thoughts?

Blessings!
Elizabeth Goddard

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