New Releases in Christian Fiction | February 2023
Iola Goulton | Contemporary Christian romance with a Kiwi twist
by Iola Goulton
4d ago
Here are the February 2023 new releases from members of American Christian Fiction Writers. There’s a lot! There are two I’m particularly looking forward to reading this month: Musoka Hearts by Carolyn Miller, one of my favourite authors. Never Find Another You by Narelle Atkins, the first book in the new Trinity Lakes contemporary Christian … The post New Releases in Christian Fiction | February 2023 appeared first on Iola Goulton ..read more
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Bookish Question #263 | Do you finish reading a book that doesn’t fit your genre expectations?
Iola Goulton | Contemporary Christian romance with a Kiwi twist
by Iola Goulton
4d ago
Do I finish reading a book that doesn’t meet genre expectations? As with so many of these questions … it depends. I often buy books based on their genre and description, but they then get downloaded to my Kindle … and they sit there. As a result, I may not always remember what genre a … The post Bookish Question #263 | Do you finish reading a book that doesn’t fit your genre expectations? appeared first on Iola Goulton ..read more
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First Line Friday #270 | The Hearts of New Cheltenham by Chautona Havig
Iola Goulton | Contemporary Christian romance with a Kiwi twist
by Iola Goulton
1w ago
It’s First Line Friday! That means it’s time to pick up the nearest book and quote the first line. Today I’m sharing from The Hearts of New Cheltenham by Chautona Havig, part of the Destination Christmas novella collection. Here’s the first line from the Chapter One:   What’s the book nearest you, and what’s the ..read more
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Bookish Question #262 | What is wrong with book marketing (from a reader perspective)?
Iola Goulton | Contemporary Christian romance with a Kiwi twist
by Iola Goulton
1w ago
My degree is marketing, and while I’ve never worked in marketing in a professional capacity, it’s a subject I’ve always had a keen interest in. My first comment about book marketing is that authors defined “marketing” too narrowly. Marketing is about more than advertising and promotion. Marketing starts with the product: having a good book ..read more
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Book Review | The Weight of Air by Kimberley Duffy
Iola Goulton | Contemporary Christian romance with a Kiwi twist
by Iola Goulton
2w ago
I almost didn’t request The Weight of Air because it seemed to be mostly set in the USA. Kimberley Duffy’s previous novels have both been partly been set in India, and the unique location was one of the strengths. I also wasn’t engaged by the thought of a circus setting, or the idea of a … The post Book Review | The Weight of Air by Kimberley Duffy appeared first on Iola Goulton ..read more
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First Line Friday #269 | Over the Waters by Deborah Raney
Iola Goulton | Contemporary Christian romance with a Kiwi twist
by Iola Goulton
2w ago
It’s First Line Friday! That means it’s time to pick up the nearest book and quote the first line. I’m working through my to-read list, and the next book is Over the Waters by Deborah Raney, the 2019 reissue of a 2005 novel which I want to read because of the setting: Haiti. Here’s the … The post First Line Friday #269 | Over the Waters by Deborah Raney appeared first on Iola Goulton ..read more
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Bookish Question #261 | Do you get frustrated when you read a book that’s marketed wrong?
Iola Goulton | Contemporary Christian romance with a Kiwi twist
by Iola Goulton
3w ago
Do I get frustrated when you read a book that’s marketed wrong? Yes. But first let me give you an example to explain what I mean by a book that’s marketed wrong. Several years ago, I bought a book with a bright pink illustrated cover that featured a picture of the Eiffel Tower. I expected … The post Bookish Question #261 | Do you get frustrated when you read a book that’s marketed wrong? appeared first on Iola Goulton ..read more
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Book Review | Where Grace Appears by Heidi Chiavaroli
Iola Goulton | Contemporary Christian romance with a Kiwi twist
by Iola Goulton
3w ago
I bought Where Grace Appears on sale for 99 cents after seeing it advertised online, and I read it in less than a day. That, to me, is the highest compliment. Oh, and then I went and bought the sequel, Where Hope Begins. The opening line got me intrigued from the start: It’s been said … The post Book Review | Where Grace Appears by Heidi Chiavaroli appeared first on Iola Goulton ..read more
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First Line Friday #268 | Where Grace Appears (Orchard House #1) by Heidi Chiavaroli
Iola Goulton | Contemporary Christian romance with a Kiwi twist
by Iola Goulton
3w ago
It’s First Line Friday! That means it’s time to pick up the nearest book and quote the first line. I’m quoting from Where Grace Appears, which I recently purchased from a BookBub deal. I have read some of Heidi Chiavaroli’s previous books, so was thrilled to find she’d written a contemporary Christian romance … my … The post First Line Friday #268 | Where Grace Appears (Orchard House #1) by Heidi Chiavaroli appeared first on Iola Goulton ..read more
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Bookish Question #260 | How big is your to-read pile?
Iola Goulton | Contemporary Christian romance with a Kiwi twist
by Iola Goulton
3w ago
I don’t like this question because it forces me to question why I’m buying new books or requesting review copies when I have all these unread books … Having said that, I didn’t buy as many new books last year. I also made an effort to only buy new books if I was going to … The post Bookish Question #260 | How big is your to-read pile? appeared first on Iola Goulton ..read more
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