You Never Know Who’s Listening

by Susan G Mathis

In August, I had the blessing of being part of the book talk and signing at the Cornwall Brothers Museum in the Thousand Islands, NY. With COVID, I wasn’t sure if anyone would come, but I was shocked that fifty people filled the room and many more were turned away because of the number restrictions in place. I sold sixty books that day.

While that was great, I was surprised by grace not once but three times! Three women asked me to sign their books, and while they did, each one of them confessed that my stories brought them closer to Christ. One had been far from the Lord for decades; two others were unbelievers, but because I write about the Thousand Islands that they love, they read my novels and came to Christ!

My novels are fictional stories of broken people who found healing and hope, but they don’t overtly share the Gospel message or give an altar call. Somehow, they touched hearts and drew them to the One I write for.

Yet I guess that’s the way with many things we do. We care. We’re kind. We give. We love. We share God’s love and people are touched, changed, and sometimes redeemed by what we say or do. I imagine a little bit of heaven will include the unfolding of those moments where we have touched a life for eternity, whether it’s through a word, a deed, or through our writing. And won’t that be fun?

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Reagan’s Reward

In my sixth Gilded Age story, Reagan’s Reward, it’s 1912. Reagan Kennedy assumes the position of governess to the

Bernheim family’s twin nephews, and her life at Cherry Island’s Casa Blanca

becomes frustratingly complicated. Service to a Jewish family when she is a Gentile and tending to eight-year-old, mischievous boys yields challenges galore.

Daniel Lovitz serves as the island’s caretaker and boatman. He tries to help the alluring Reagan make sense of her new world, but she calls into question his own faith background and forces him to face the hurts of his past. Then there’s the jealous lady’s maid who seems intent on wedging herself between them. Can he and Reagan ever find common ground on such a small island?

Reagan’s winsome spirit and faith-filled life touches not only the Bernheims but also Daniel. Her journey reminds us that following Christ can make an eternal difference in the lives of others.

Susan G. Mathis

Susan G. Mathis

Susan G Mathis is an award-winning, multi-published author of stories set in the beautiful Thousand Islands, her childhood stomping ground in upstate NY. Her first two books of The Thousand Islands Gilded Age series, Devyn’s Dilemma and Katelyn’s Choice are available now, and she’s working on book three. The Fabric of Hope: An Irish Family LegacyChristmas Charity, and Sara’s Surprise are also available. Susan’s books have won numerous awards, including the Illumination Book Award, the American Fiction Award, and the Indie Excellence Book Award

Visit www.SusanGMathis.com for more.
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From celebrating authors abroad to books available in languages abroad…check out what’s happening with some of our CAN authors, including new releases, speaking engagements, and book signings.

Author Grace Fox is currently in Romania. She’s leading a women’s team to minister among HIV-infected youth, abused mothers and children, and abandoned grannies. Learn more at www.gracefox.com

Grace Fox

Grace Fox

 

Davalynn Spencer will be signing her latest release, The Canon City Chronicles, from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1 at Tailored West fashion boutique, 502 Main St. Canon City, CO. She will also be in-store Saturday Dec. 2 from 10 to 5 and Sunday Dec. 3 from noon to 4 p.m.

Davalynn Spencer

Davalynn Spencer

Award winning author Lena Dooley is releasing Brides of Minnesota on December 1. Available now for preorder on Amazon and Christianbook.com at a reduced price, just in time for Christmas!

Lena Nelson Dooley * Keynote: God's Plans for you * Writing: Layering Pizzazz * Authentic Historicals

Lena Nelson Dooley

Susan G Mathis, author of The Fabric of Hope: An Irish Family Legacy, was a guest on Angela Breidenbach’s radio show “Historically Speaking”. Listen at this link: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/alongcameawriter/2017/11/10/historically-speaking

Susan was also on Scott McCausey’s radio show “Speak Up!” Check it out here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/christian-devotions/2017/11/14/marriage-preparation-with-susan-mathis-on-christian-devotions-speak-up.

Susan Mathis

Karen Whiting recenlty spoke about using her teen book Girl Talk Guy Talk on communication to employers as they mentor teens. Listen to the podcast that was on iworkfrohim radio show at https://www.iwork4him.com/podcast/2017/11/a-book-from-karen-a-story-from-amy

Cindi McMenamin will be the keynote speaker for the Mission Hills Christmas Women’s Brunch on Dec. 2, 2018 at Mission Hills Church in San Marcos, CA. Her message is titled “Celebrate the Savior.” Come visit if you’re in the area!

Cindi’s recent release, 10 Secrets to Becoming a Worry-Free Mom (Harvest House Publishers, 2016) is now available in two other languages: Portuguese and Korean. And Cindi’s bestselling book from Harvest House Publishers, When Women Walk Alone (more than 125,000 copies sold), is now available in four languages, including German, Spanish and most recently, Portuguese!

Cindi McMenamin, Topics: Prioritizing God * Rest & Rejuvenation * Mother-Daughter *

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Gail-at-podium-1Welcome to the Can Blog on Writing from Gail Gaymer Martin  at www.GaiGaymerMartin.com

Spring brings flowers and trees heavy with blooms, a rebirth for the world, and that’s how I see writing, a rebirth of ideas born in my head but given life on paper. I hope these ideas inspire you.

I have two topics today — one is the research techniques for suspense fiction and the other an invitation to a conference I’ll be keynoting along with a book signing in Owosso, MI on Saturday, May 25. Here’s the info:

Mid-Michigan Christian Writer’s Conference in Owosso MI, Keynote Speaker:
Gail Gaymer Martin Our Dreams, God’s Blessings, a message of humor, hope, and
direction. Saturday, May 25, 2013 Doors open at 10:15 AM to 3:00 PM, held at  Comstock Inn & Conference Center  at 300 S. Main. Cost including lunch- $35.  More info and registration: www.mmcwf.com

And now Researching Suspense Writing

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Pam-Fave 7 closeupHello! Pamela S. Meyers here with another article on book promotion. My theme for these monthly articles started out with a focus on marketing your debut novel. That was over a year ago. I now have two more books coming out in the next couple of months so my view has shifted.

Love Will Find a Way is releasing within the next couple of weeks, then fast on the heels of that book,  Love Finds You in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin releases on April 1, 2013. A couple short years ago if I’d been told I’d have one book already published and two more due out within a month of each other, I’d have said “no way.” God is full of surprises!

With my LFY book, I’m embarking into new marketing waters as the book is with a large publisher who is able to provide valuable assistance in marketing my novel. Does that mean that I can sit back and let my publisher promote my book? Not at all. I’m fast learning that I am part of a marketing team.

The setting for my story is a popular getaway spot and the downtown area is filled with nice gift shops, but no large bookstore. That’s where we’ve become creative. Over the April 27th and 28th weekend, I’m first doing a launch presentation and signing at the Geneva Lake Museum—an
Glm_logo_large appropriate venue since my book is historical romance—and the next day, I’m signing my book at the Cornerstone Gift Shop and Gallery, a very nice gift store that sits at the main intersection of town.The same intersection that is mentioned in the first chapter of my book.

The museum event will be more involved with a Power Point presentation where I plan to share anecdotes about my childhood growing up in the town and later doing research for my story. That will be followed by a question and answer session and a book signing.

During the event at the gift shop, I will not be doing a formal presentation, but positioned at a table where I can have conversations with theIMG_0286-sq-sm guests as I’m signing their books.

The point is that you don’t always have to have events and signings in a bookstore or a library. Go where the people are and try to utilize the setting or timeframe when selecting a venue.

Both of these events are new territory for me and I’m very excited. I’ll probably be doing a report in my May blog of what worked and didn’t work, so stay tuned!

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Sherry Kyle, author

Hi, Sherry Kyle here, writing to you on my laptop from Central California.

I prayed fervently on my way to the Capitola Mall on Saturday. The direction of my prayer went something like this, “Please, God, help me to be a listening ear to those who need encouragement coming into Inklings Books & Things. Help me plant a seed for Christ. And if I sell a few books, well, that would be nice too.” I wasn’t nervous or anxious at being the featured author at my neighborhood bookstore. Instead I was eager to see who God would bring my way. Here are three stories that I hope bless you as much as they blessed me:

The first couple I spoke with was a quiet, older pair. They gingerly picked up my books and looked at the back covers, saying they didn’t know a child they could give The Christian Girl’s Guide to Style to and usually didn’t read books like Delivered with Love. “Thank you for taking a look,” I said, smiling. After we talked a few minutes, they moseyed to another part of the store. It wasn’t long before the woman came back and expressed her interest in writing poetry and her desire to publish one day. After finding out she was a Christian, I took the opportunity to tell her about Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. Before Catherine left, she thanked me for all the information and signed my mailing list.

Inklings signing

Raul, a twenty-six year old young man, was the next person who came by. “Are you an author?” His face lit up and he extended a hand. “I’ve never met a real author before,” his voice rose in excitement. After shaking his hand, we talked like two people who share the same passion for books. I discovered Raul loves “paranormal” books, a far cry from what I write, but it didn’t matter. I was able to encourage him to pursue his writing dream.

A woman named Carol walked right up to the table and said, “I love supporting local authors.” It didn’t matter what my novel was about she wanted to buy it. As we chatted I discovered she had a brain injury, which prevented her from writing. I found out she taught creative writing years ago and had a story idea that she felt had never been done before. Her eyes clouded when she shared the image that sparked her imagination. She wanted to write again, but was afraid. I told her that before I write I pray to God to help me because
I can’t do it in my own strength. I also asked her if she would consider writing an article instead of a novel—something possibly more doable for her. After I signed her book she thanked me for listening and told me I was worth my weight in gold.

On my way home I thanked God for answering my prayer.

We can and do make a difference. Praise God!

Do you have a similar book signing story? Please share.

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