Thursday, March 14, 2013

Enter our 2013 Christmas Novella Contest

Last year, one of our authors came up with an idea that quickly became The Christmas Tree Treasure Hunt - a novella written by several authors. Eight of our own authors climbed aboard: Joan Campbell, Jennifer Fromke, J.A. Marx, Ruth O'Neil, Debbie Roome, Deanna Klingel, Fay Lamb, and Sheryl Holmes all braved the unknown and poured their hearts into this project.

Then, to ramp up the excitement even more, I suggested we have a contest and invite writers to submit a chapter for possible inclusion in the book. And God sent us Marji Laine!

The project was such a success in so many ways (and the authors are still speaking to me and to each other!), the story so beautiful, and the response so fabulous, we've decided to do it again!

And this time, we're starting early!

We don't want to give away all the details at this point, but we need to provide you with a few of them so you'll know if want to participate.

A Ruby Christmas will be published in digital format in December. Details are still being worked out on how it will be released, but probably very similar to The Christmas Tree Treasure Hunt. Each participating author, and one guest author (potentially two guest authors this year), will each write one chapter of the novella. Each chapter will be 2000-2500 words in length.

Authors of A Ruby Christmas are: J.A. Marx, Jennifer Fromke, Marji Laine, Sheryl Holmes, Ruth O'Neil, Lynda Schab, Dianne E. Butts, Fay Lamb, Debbie Roome, Jerusha Agen, and possibly YOU!

If you wish to participate, we'll send you the details, and then you write a chapter that matches our theme. Deadlines for chapters will be April 30th.  The participating authors and I will choose one, or possibly two, winner(s) out of all submissions to be included with the project. The winner(s) will be chosen and notified later this year.

The author(s) of the winning chapter(s) should have a blog, and be willing and able to use it during the promotional period.

Oh - and one particular change this year. We're specifically seeking INTERNATIONAL destinations this year, so if you're intimately familiar with an international location, please send Ruby to that location! 

If you're interested in participating in this project, please send me an e-mail - editor [at] writeintegrity [dot] com with A RUBY CHRISTMAS INFO REQUEST in the subject line - and I'll send you more details. Serious inquiries only, please.  Requests for information will be taken ONLY through March 30th, midnight (eastern time zone), so if this is something you think you'd like to do send me an e-mail now! (I'm headed to conference tomorrow, so you may not hear from me until early next week - I'll send out the information as soon as I can.)

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The One Hope Nonfiction Winner is ...

I'm very excited to announce the winner of our One Hope Nonfiction contest, because I've "known" this writer's reputation for several years through Faithwriters - she is dedicated, hard-working, and one of the most positive writers I've ever encountered. (She's also warned me about her sense of humor, so it seems she'll be a great fit with the rest of us around here!) I look forward to working with her. 

The winner of our One Hope Nonfiction Contest for 2012 is:

Joanne Sher
for her manuscript
Ailing Body Nourished Soul

Joanne Sher is a Jew by birth, a Christian by rebirth, and a writer by gift. A native Southern Californian, she now lives happily in West Michigan with her husband and two school-aged children.

She is currently working on a biblical fiction set during King Saul's reign and centered around the handmaiden of Saul's youngest daughter Michal.

She is also a regular blogger, not only at her own site, but at the FaithWriters blog. She posts monthly at Jewels of Encouragement, The Barn Door, and Internet Cafe Devotions.

Find her elsewhere on the web:

We'll share more about Joanne's book later in the year.

Don't forget about the 2013 contests:

Books of Joy (win cash prize and publication of a three-book series)
One Joy (cash prize and publication)
Christmas Joy (cash prize and publication)

Friday, March 8, 2013

Free Autographs

Well, yes, most autographs are free - but have you heard about Authorgraphs? Many of our authors have digital books and can offer free, personalized autographs for their Kindle books!

Request your authorgraphs now - authors are standing by! And don't forget - it's "Read an E-book Week" and we're celebrating with SALE prices!! (Autographed books make wonderful gifts, too! You can ask the author to inscribe the book to your gift recipient when you request the authorgraph.)

Jennifer Fromke
   A Familiar Shore
   Special Delivery
   The Christmas Tree Treasure Hunt
   Heart Bouquets

Dianne E. Butts
   Prophecies Fulfilled in the Birth of Jesus
   Grandparenting Through Obstacles
   Dear America
   Deliver Me

Fay Lamb
   The Christmas Tree Treasure Hunt

Deanna Klingel
   Cracks in the Ice

Lynda Lee Schab
   Heart Bouquets
   Mind over Madi
   Madily in Love
   This Little Writer went to Market

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Someone's Mistake Becomes Your Gain

Last week, I ordered books for conference. The printer shipped two orders. I don't know if I placed two orders (I don't think I did) or if they had a glitch in their system (printer's words, actually) that caused the duplicate, but I'll soon be in possession of more books than I'll sell at conference.

Since we operate on a limited budget around here, I'm going to sell the extras at a pre-conference price just for YOU!

We have limited copies of these at this price so if you want to take advantage of the sale price snag them NOW. I'll take the books off the order button when they're gone. The books will be available at this price until they're sold or next Wednesday 3/13/13, whichever comes first.

Parenting on Your Knees
by Vicki Tiede
Paperback regularly $14.99, now only $9!

Really Rare Rabbits
by Peggy Cunningham
Paperback regularly $12.99, now only $9!

A Familiar Shore
by Jennifer Fromke
Paperback regularly $14.99, now only $9!

Grandparenting Through Obstacles 
by Renee Gray-Wilburn and Dianne E. Butts
Paperback regularly $15.99, now only $9!

Jake and the Buggy Melee
by Darryl E. Green
Paperback regularly $9.99, now only $8.00!


Monday, March 4, 2013

Celebrating Read an E-book Week

I've never been one to need an excuse to read a book - or cereal box or toilet paper wrapper or even instruction manuals - but in case you're not like me, I now have the perfect excuse for you - it's "Read an E-book Week"!

If you don't have an e-reader, you can snag - for FREE - a copy of Kindle for PC or Kindle for Mac, OR Nook for PC or Nook for Mac. You just download the software onto your computer and then download e-books straight to your computer and read them there. You can also download the Kindle apps for your smart phones! Here's the Kindle link - just choose which option you want and get started. Barnes & Noble also offers a similar program - you can grab one of the free reader apps here.

To help you get started, we're offering some great discounts on several of our e-books. Check them out and grab a copy or two!

Grandparenting Through Obstacles: Overcoming Family Challenges to Reach Your Grandchildren for Christ
by Renee Gray-Wilburn and Dianne E. Butts


***Named 2012 Book of the Year by The Book Club Network***

***One of GRAND Magazine's Top 25 Books for Grandparents for 2012***

"Grandparenting in today's world is very different from what it was only one generation ago, ReneƩ Gray-Wilburn and Dianne E. Butts understand that fact. Numerous obstacles - from raising grandchildren to long-distance grandparenting - face many grandparents today. The authors have assembled a collage of life stories from grandparents who live where you live and who know what you're facing.

These stories will encourage you, stir you, and inspire you in your won journey. Above all, these stories will fill your grandparenting toolbox with some exciting new tools for impacting your own grandchildren and families with the reality of the Gospel."

~ Cavin T. Harper
Executive Director, Christian Grandparent Network

A Familiar Shore
by Jennifer Fromke


**Won 2nd Place in the Reader's Choice Book of the Year Award from The Book Club Network**

Meg Marks is a young lawyer raised off the coast of the Carolinas. An anonymous client hires her to arrange his will, and sends her to meet his estranged family at their lake home in northern Michigan. After a shocking discovery, she finds herself caught between his suspicious family and a deathbed promise her conscience demands that she keep. Will she sacrifice her own dreams for revenge? Or will she seek something more?

Parenting on Your Knees: Prayers and Practical Guidance for the Preschool Years
by Vicki Tiede

Exclusively on Kindle

Strap on your sense of humor and don some knee pads as you prepare to be equipped for/by Parenting on Your Knees: Prayers and Practical Guidance for the Preschool Years. Vicki Tiede provides parents of preschoolers tools and strategies for parenting and praying when sleep and alone time are at a minimum. You will find hope and encouragement to nurture and pray for your child’s character, behavior, social skills, development, and spiritual growth.

Prophecies Fulfilled in the Birth of Jesus
by Dianne E. Butts


Travel through time to the first Christmas and your future Christmases will never be the same.

Travel back in time and discover the original prophecies written hundreds or thousands of years, or only months or moments, before they were fulfilled. Then travel forward in time to see them fulfilled in the birth of Jesus.

Explore 35 prophecies including the Virgin Birth, the Star, the birthplace of Bethlehem, the angel’s message to the shepherds guarding the temple sheep, and Mary and Joseph presenting Jesus to the LORD at the Temple just in time to meet Simeon and Anna.

In every chapter you’ll find:

*a “Key Verse” highlighting the prophecy
*Where in the Bible the prophecy is found
*Who originally wrote it
*When it was written, including the date if possible
*The context the prophecy was written in
*a “Prophecy Fulfilled Bible Reading” to read from your own Bible
*“Apply it to Your Life” questions
*a “Final Thought”
*a suggested “Prayer”
*“For more, read” Scripture verses on related topics

Discover the prophecies that predict, prove, and proclaim Jesus the Christ.

Cracks in the Ice
by Deanna Klingel


“We skate deliberately over the wide dangerous cracks, where lesser skaters might fall and never recover ...”

Gina Mangalli, niece of a mafia don, has dreams of Olympic gold as a figure skater. When tragedy strikes, her life spins out of control, and then a rash decision changes Gina's life forever.

The burden of guilt causes a spiral that carries her further from the life she had always dreamed for herself. Have things gone too far? Can her hopes and dreams be restored or is it too late?

Contagious Hope
by Debbie Roome


One final adventure could cost her everything ...

Savannah James, a young New Zealand therapist, volunteers for a six-week mission trip to South Africa. During her journey, she is confronted with AIDS, prostitution, murder, and even a midnight escape to a safe house. Her new friends have struggles of their own, and one may lead them into even more danger.

Will Savannah, Blake, and Pumzile ever be safe again? Will they ever be able to make a difference in the lives of those around them or will their final destination put an end to it all?

Most of our other books are available on Kindle and Nook, too, so if you want clean, wholesome Christian books, check them out. Just look at the "Our Books" tab at the top of this page and on the Pix-N-Pens website.

Thank you for reading our books and supporting our authors. We appreciate each and every one of you!

Don't forget to tell all your friends it's:

Read an E-book Week!

And check out our post on getting your e-books autographed by the authors, too!