New Releases

The Return and The Chamberlain Key by Bob Hostetler

The Return (Book #2 of The Northkill Amish)

by Bob Hostetler and J. M. Hochstetler

Publisher: Sheaf House (April 1, 2017)

ISBN: 1936438445

ISBN-13: 9781936438440

Book description: Historical novel

After their home was destroyed and their family massacred, Jakob Hochstetler and his sons Joseph and Christian were taken captive, marched into the wilderness, and separated into separate clans and families. As their surviving family members in the Northkill Amish community try to learn where they are and have them returned to their homes, the captives wonder if they will ever see home again. Or if it even still exists.


The Chamberlain Key 

by Timothy Smith with Bob Hostetler

Publisher: Waterbrook (April 4, 2017)

ISBN: 1601429150

ISBN-13: 9781601429155

Book description: Nonfiction

In The Chamberlain Key, noted appraiser and conservator of artifacts and antiquities Timothy Smith manages to unlock doors that have been locked for centuries. Smith’s book is a stunning encryption and coded information in the oldest complete manuscript of the Hebrew Old testament, the Leningrad Codex. Rather than poring over old maps to find buried treasure, Smith uses the data calculation power of computer technology to show how Scripture is layered with meaning and insight—and holds a message of God’s redemptive plan.

About the Author:

Bob is the author of fifty books, including The Bard and the Bible: A Shakespeare Devotional, and Don’t Check Your Brains at the Door (coauthored with Josh McDowell). He has won two Gold Medallion Awards, four Ohio Associated Press awards, and an Amy Foundation Award. He is the founding pastor of Cobblestone Community Church in Oxford, Ohio. He and his wife Robin have two grown children, Aubrey and Aaron, and five grandchildren.


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Our Daily Bread for Kids Coloring and Activity Book by Crystal Bowman
Our Daily Bread for Kids Coloring and Activity Book by Crystal Bowman

Discovery House is offering a coloring and activity book to compliment Our Daily Bread for Kids, a 365 devotional book Crystal Bowman co-authored with her daughter. But this is more than a coloring book! It has pages to color, fun fill-in-the blank and word search activities, and it also has a message. Every coloring page represents a character or an event from the Bible, and every coloring page has a caption that sums up the story. From creation to the resurrection, to how we can show God’s love to others, it’s all there—in a coloring book.

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Marketing: Goodreads Giveaways

Carol McAdams Moore
Carol McAdams Moore

Authors with new books are always searching for ways to get the word out. Goodreads offers a simple giveaway program that requires very little, yet it spreads the word to many potential readers who may have been unaware of the author’s newest book or even of the author herself.

Listing a Goodreads Giveaway

  • Become a member of Goodreads. It is free and only takes a few minutes to complete the necessary forms online.
  • Choose one for title for each giveaway.
  • Decide how many copies of the title will be given. (The author is responsible for supplying the books and for mailing them directly to the winners.) The more titles, the more readers you will reach with your actual book.
  • Select the duration of the giveaway. It seems that a month is a reasonable amount of time to keep the giveaway listing fresh.

Making the Most of It

  • Goodreads offers a free widget that can be added to your website or blog. It draws your online readers to your Goodreads presence, potentially adding more names for the giveaway.
  • When the name(s) of the winners are selected, add something extra to the package with their autographed book. Some possibilities include a bookmark from another one of your titles, a note of appreciation, or a small promotional item — such as a pen or pencil.

Guidelines for the Author

It is important for the author to remember the following reminder from Goodreads. The names of the winners cannot be saved for future mailings.

A Goodreads giveaway is a quick marketing idea that you can put into action today.