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Some Great — and Cheap! — Summer Reads

I love a great book and I love a great deal, so when I find specials that combine those two things I’m especially happy. Here are two fabulous YA eBook deals that will give you a great start on fun summer reading material.

Turning Point SetDeal #1 — Turning Point, a set of 7 — yes, I said 7! — full-length eBooks for only 99 cents! The titles include:

By Darkness Hid, by Jill Williamson

Whisper if You Have To, by Staci Stallings

It’s Complicated, by Laura L. Smith

Failstate, by John W. Otte

The Wishing Pearl, by Nicole O’Dell

Mardan’s Mark, by Kathrese McKee

Glass Girl, by Laura Anderson Kurk

The genres run from fantasy to contemporary, with both male and female points of view. The theme that ties them together is that they each focus on a turning point in the main characters’ lives. Click on the links to the authors’ websites to learn more about the books, or you can read full descriptions and buy the set at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Remember — the set is only in digital format. And even if you’ve read one of them (like I have) or aren’t sure about whether you’d like one, it’s 99 cents for 7 full-length novels! That’s a crazy summertime deal that you don’t want to miss. And, you might find a new author — or genre — that you really like!

In BetweenDeal #2 is … the Kindle version of In Between by Jenny B. Jones is FREE for a limited time! I can honestly say that she’s one of my favorite YA authors and that I loved this series (In Between is the first in her Katie Parker Production series). If you’ve never read any of her books, this is a great place to start.

Both these deals will only be available for a limited time and I’m not sure when they’ll end. So — start clicking those eBook links and get your summer reading stash set!

Your turn — If you buy either of these and like them, come back and let me know! I’d love to hear what you have to say.

Sneak Peek: Spiraling Out of Control

For our final Christmas Book Tour Sneak Peek, I’m featuring Spiralling Out of Control by Michelle Dennis Evans. It’s written from a Christian world view, but does touch on some adult themes and is recommended for readers ages 17 and up.

Michelle Dennis EvansMore about Michelle:

Michelle Dennis Evans writes picture books, chapter books, young adult contemporary novels and enjoys dabbling in free verse poetry. Her debut novel Spiralling Out of Control and poetry collection Life Inspired both reached #1 in subcategories on Amazon in their first week of release. Michelle is passionate about seeing people grow and move forward in their journey. She lives on the Gold Coast with her husband and four super active, super fun and super time consuming children. Find Michelle and all of her social media links at MichelleDennisEvans.com


More about the book:

Temptation, depression, seduction, betrayal … Not what Stephanie was expecting at fifteen years of age. Uprooted from her happy, all-girl high school life with a dream filled future and thrown into an unfriendly co-ed school, Stephanie spirals into depression.

When charismatic high school senior, Jason notices her, Stephanie jumps in feet first and willingly puts all her faith and trust in him, a boy she barely knows.

Every choice she makes and turn she takes leads her towards a dangerous path.

Her best friend is never far away and ready to catch her … but will she push Tabbie too far away when she needs her most?

Spiralling Out of Control PREVIEWExcerpt from Spiralling Out of Control – Chapter 3 part c

“Steph, dinner is ready.” Diane knocked on her door.

Stephanie didn’t reply.

“Look,” her mother opened the door. “I know it wasn’t the best start, but why don’t you come downstairs for dinner. Dad’s just come home and he wants us to eat together.”

Dragging herself off the bed, Stephanie followed her mother.

“Hello, Steph.” Her father spoke while focusing on the newspaper. “Mum said you didn’t have a good day.”

Stephanie wanted to rip the paper from his hands. But didn’t.

They sat at the table while April dissected her fabulous day. “Oh, there’s three girls in my class who do gymnastics,” she said. “They go to the best club. I just have to join it.”

Her father looked up from the paper. “We can book you in for a trial, if you like.”

“There’s a birthday this weekend. Jenna has invited me. Is it okay if I go? Well, I kind of already replied but I … well is it okay?”

John tilted his paper forward, peering over the top. “I hope you didn’t invite yourself.”

April shook her head. “There’s a play coming up and I’m trying out for a part tomorrow.”

Diane smiled. “Do you need help with learning lines? Maybe Stephanie can help.”

Stephanie pulled a face at April and shook her head, rolling her eyes.

“Mum, can you come and help at school?” April asked.

“Yes, I should be able to fit in one or two days.”

“Dad, they’re asking for fathers to help with some of the backdrops and props. Can I put you down for that?”

He folded the paper in half, putting it down. “It depends what time and which day they need me.”

“Mum, I can’t believe they gave me readers. They’re so easy. I can read way better than that!”

All Stephanie heard was, “Blah blah blah,” while April continued to prattle on. Argh!

After dinner, Stephanie resumed her position on her bed, staring at the ceiling, letting the loud music thump off the walls until her mother asked her to turn it down for the night. She held her aching head in her hands and cried herself to sleep. That night she had nightmares of up-close faces coming one after the other, laughing.


Stephanie’s mother stopped right in front of the school gate for the third day in a row.

“Mum! Could you stop a little further away from the gate?”

“Why? There’s no other cars right in front,” Diane said. “Saves you the walk.”

Believe me, Mum, you are making my life worse.

Stephanie groaned as she leant against the car door that never closed on the first shove. Before she even looked up, the banter had started.

“Wanna have lunch?” one boy asked, followed by one of his friends with, “Oh, no she already has a lunch date … with herself.”

“Shut up, idiots.” Stephanie urged her feet to move faster.

The boys erupted with laughter. The only difference each day was different boys delivered the lines, adding obscene remarks about her body parts. Wolf-whistle boy was always in the centre, finishing with a whistle each day.

“Get a life,” she told them as she walked away.

Thanks for reading the excerpt, and visit author Michelle Dennis Evans online if you’d like to learn more. And … please pop over to the John 3:16 page and enter the Rafflecopter for your chance to win a $200 Amazon voucher http://bit.ly/Christian_Books

Look for These New Books!

Bash and Running Lean 2

Bash & the Pirate Pig by Burton W. Cole and Running Lean by Diana L. Sharples

I had a few minutes to stop by the closest Lifeway store and was thrilled to find two special books on the shelf — Bash and the Pirate Pig by Burton Cole and Running Lean by Diana Sharples.

Let me tell you a bit about them and why I was so tickled.

Diana and I have seen each other’s names through online writing groups and classes for quite a while and have met and had the chance to talk at a couple of writing conferences. She’s a gifted writer and artist with a heart for teens and has worked hard at this publication game. Running Lean is her debut YA novel about Calvin and Stacey, a high school couple who balance each other out while they each battle private demons. Calvin still grieves for his brother’s death in Afghanistan and Stacey is succumbing to anorexia. Tough topics, but very real life for teens today. I’m only a few chapters into the book, but am enjoying it very much.

Burt is the fearless leader of an online writing critique group that started a couple of years ago for a few of us who were writing middle grade fiction. We read and critiqued Bash and the Pirate Pig from page one, celebrated with Burt when he signed with a literary agent, and threw another online party when he signed a publishing contract. Bash is the story of Raymond, a somewhat dull city kid who gets packed off to spend the summer on the farm with his cousin Bash (Sebastian). Nothing is dull after that! Burt uses lots of stories from his own childhood as the basis for escapades Bash and Raymond (aka Beamer) get pulled into. Cow tipping, cow riding, skunk tracking, hayloft flying, and more had me laughing every time Burt sent a chapter for us to read. It’s a book middle school kids (especially boys!) will love — and the best news is, another story about Bash and Beamer is also under contract.

I’ll post more official reviews later, but for now just know that these are two great books you don’t want to miss. If you see either of them in the store or decide to pick up a copy, come back and let me know what you thought!


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