Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Permanent Resident at the Purse Table, a COTT Feature

“Keisha’s debut novel is a sweet reminder of the redeeming power of love, along with a dose of drama between good friends! Her characters are so relatable because they’re imperfect people who’ve made some serious mistakes—just like the rest of us!”
-Michelle Stimpson,nNational Bestselling Author



About the book:
If you’re size six, you dance. If you’re Ava Alexander, you watch the purses while your girlfriends dance. Each man that passes her by takes a little of her self-esteem. After escaping a mentally abusive relationship, she promises God she will wait on Him to bring her the right man. And she means it—Until Ishmael. When her best friend’s fiancĂ© throws a few compliments her way, she travels down the path of betrayal. Ava’s choice strains her friendship and sends her into a depression. 

Ava receives spiritual guidance from Dr. Glory Moses. Through God’s Word, there is a glimpse of hope for a restored friendship, and a newfound love for the woman she is. In addition, a man she meets at the counseling center offers her a glimpse of what could be if she lines up with God’s will for her life. 

Will Ava be able to overcome her insecurities and step into the life God plans for her, or will she continue to self-destruct?

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What COTT voters had to say:
* I'm happy to see a novel with a plus-sized woman as the main character. Thanks, Keisha!
* I voted for Permanent Resident at the Purse Table!! Good luck Keisha!
* Permanent Resident at the Purse Table!! You won't be able to put it down!
* Keisha Bass, Your book sounds like a must-read! We've all sought validation in a way that brought trouble. Can't wait to see how all turns out! Lana K.
About the author:
Keisha Bass has a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with a minor in English and holds teaching certificates in
English, Speech, and Physical Education. She has been a teacher and coach for fourteen years, and currently teaches middle school physical education and coach girls’ volleyball and softball. She grew up in Houston, Texas, but now resides in Arlington, Texas. Keisha is also Vice President of the DFW Ready Writers, a local chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers, and a member of North Texas Christian Writers.
Permanent Resident at the Purse Table is Keisha’s first novel. She has published non-fiction articles in magazines and two online publications, TheChristianPulse.com and sober24.com. Her article, “Heart Problems”, was published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: A Book of Miracles.

Keisha, when is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
"My next book, Permanent Resident at the Altar, is due out November 2015. It takes a closer look at my main characters’ lives from the first book and how they are moving forward in their newfound situations. There’s drama, laughter, and definitely more chances to learn how to lean on God in every area of their lives."

Connect with Keisha:
keishabass@att.net 

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Escape to Ireland in "Londonderry Dreaming"


 "If you need one of those “Ahh…” moments, consider taking a trip with Keith and Naomi and read Londonderry Dreaming"
--Sandy Ardoin, Romance Author and Blogger



About Londonderry Dreaming:
Acclaimed New York artist, Naomi Boyd, and music therapist, Keith Wilson, loved one another five years ago, until her grandfather with his influence over Naomi separated them.

That root of bitterness keeps them apart until a letter from Keith’s grandmother, Ruth, draws Naomi to Londonderry to find she’s too late. Ruth has passed on. After the death of his beloved grandmother, Keith has also come to Londonderry only to open the door to his past…Naomi...beautiful as ever, the girl who broke his heart.

A mysterious painting in Ruth’s attic brings up questions about their grandparents’ entwined past and their own broken romance. But more comfortable with the unspoken languages of art and music, Naomi and Keith find it difficult to share their old hurts and true feelings.

Will the majestic coastline of Northern Ireland inspire them to speak the words to bring peace to their grandparents’ memory and to rekindle love?


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What COTT voters had to say:
* Christine, I am glad to see that you have given your talents to the age old problem of "family feuds" which can go for generations and young ones don't know what the feud is all about. I am sure that the 'attic painting' will be a puzzle too good to put down. Maggie
* I am such a fan of Christine's and love her novels!
* Londonderry Dreaming - Have thoroughly enjoyed this new author, Christine Lindsay's books. Anxiously waiting for the release of her 3rd book in the trilogy The Twilight of the British Raj. Brenda C.
* I've just finished reading Londonderry Dreaming, and it is definitely my choice. Christine Lindsay is an extraordinary writer!
* Simply put, I am a fan of Christine Lindsay's writing and I haven't read the others' work. I know what to expect and I know I'll be delighted!
* I've loved all of Christine's books. This one will be no different!

About Christine:
Christine Lindsay was born in Ireland, and is proud of the fact that she was once patted on the head by Prince Philip when she was a baby. Her great grandfather, and her grandfather—yes father and son—were both riveters on the building of the Titanic. Tongue in cheek, Christine states that as a family they accept no responsibility for the sinking of that great ship.
It was stories of her ancestors who served in the British Cavalry in Colonial India that inspired her Multi-Shadowed in Silk, Book 2 Captured by Moonlight, and Christine is currently writing the final installment of that series called Veiled at Midnight to be released August 2014.
award-winning, historical series Twilight of the British Raj. Book 1
Londonderry Dreaming, Christine’s romance novella set in N. Ireland released Feb. 21, 2014.
Aside from being a busy writer and speaker, Christine is also VP of Christian Authors’ Network. She makes her home in British Columbia, on the west coast of Canada with her husband and their grown up family. Her cat Scottie is chief editor on all Christine’s books.

Christine, we hear you had a lot of fun writing the Irish brogue into your book. 
"I really hope readers enjoy this humorous aspect, especially the dialogue from the fictional 'Irish cousins'. I was born in Ireland and raised in Canada, but all my extended family is Irish---so I know how they talk and think. Much of what the Irish cousins say in the book is what I have heard my cousins say when they tease each other.  I get such a kick out of their blarney...oh...my...do I love their blarney."

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Worth the Wait--A Win Worth Waiting for!

All the best things in life are worth striving for,
such as Christmas, babies,
 and winning at Clash of the Titles
Our latest winner is a YA novel that, according to one of our voters, is the "perfect high school drama." 
The readers have spoken!
Hats off to you, Laura, for your smashing win!

To celebrate Worth the Wait's win, the e-book will be on sale for $1.99 now through April 1st!


Worth the Wait
by Laura Jackson
--March's Clash Champ!--

About the Book:
Ellie Lansing has a picture-perfect life with a close-knit family and the perfect boyfriend. But her world is suddenly knocked off center when her drool-worthy boyfriend cheats, and her always-has-it-together mother is diagnosed with cancer. Ellie doesn't get it. She always does the right thing - doesn't God owe her a happy life? Through her heartache, Ellie learns that sometimes what seems like the end is really just the beginning and that what God has for us is always worth the wait.

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What COTT Voters Had to Say:
* Loved Worth the Wait!! It was such an inspiring story....looking forward to your next novel!
* Laura Jackson Perfect high school drama and I can't wait to see what God has in store for Ellie and all her other friends.
* Keep up the great work, Laura. Loved your book, Worth the Wait.
* All of the books sound great. The one I've been most excited about though was Worth the Wait by Laura Jackson.
* Follow your dream, Laura Jackson! It's worth the wait.
A Note from the Author:
I love books. Back in third grade, my cousins teased me because I was reading a very thick book about the Battle of New Orleans. I don't remember anything about that battle now, but I remember wondering why they didn't want to read it.

After graduating with a BA in English and history (where I didn't learn anything about that Battle of New
Orleans), I taught 7th grade language arts for eight years. That's where I fell in love with YA books.

Wanting to share my passion for books with more kids, I earned a Master of Library Science degree and switched to an elementary school. I loved sharing great books with kids, but I missed writing with my students.

So, I started writing on my own. My first book was a flop, and I didn't even finish it. Then, Ellie kept popping up in my head, and I had to write her story.

Now, I have the best of both worlds--reading all day with kids and writing YA at night.

A Glowing Review:
"I would buy a hundred books like this! As someone who has worked with a lot of young people navigating the extremely tough world of high school and young adult culture I was so impressed by how accurate the culture was and how open and honest the main character (Ellie) was about her internal struggle. This is definitely a book I would recommend to any of the girls in my classes or youth group because it tackles tough questions head on but doesn't linger on graphic or questionable material.... This book has it all--raw truth, messy struggles, family issues, peer pressure, huge life issues,true love, finding an authentic relationship with God and an unshakable element of hope that will inspire you to see God in a new way. I can't wait to read whatever else this author puts on a page!" --jmoliver Read the rest of the review here.


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