ICYMI: Why Young Adult Books are so Addictive: Then and Now By Christine Bailey

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If you haven’t read J.D Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, you’re missing out. Arguably the first young adult novel, Catcher sets the stage for other teen protagonists dealing with the adolescent angst we’ve come to love in today’s novels. Or maybe the first YA novel was Maureen Daly’s Seventeenth Summer. Either way, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed by taking a trip back in time—with either book. You might even realize, like I did, that these teen worlds are not so different from ours today. Okay, so they didn’t have cell phones and social media back then, but they did have love and heartbreak.

I recently had the chance to sit down with a few teens and discuss this book with them. Here’s a comment from Lauren about the protagonist Holden Caulfield as an outsider:  “Holden, though likeable, isn’t always tolerated well by the people in his life such as his roommates and the kids at school. Along with his occasionally annoying personality, Holden is set apart because he doesn’t put forth effort in school. He has attended and flunked out of multiple schools, and he spends most of his time talking about how phony everyone is. Why does Holden act like this? Why not study hard and prepare for the future? He fears the future. He fears growing up. He remembers childhood and the innocence that came with it, unwilling to accept change and move forward with his life.”

Relevant? Relatable? Absolutely! So while Catcher was published in 1951, the themes throughout the novel still speak to audiences today. Plus, it has a great plot, suspense, and a main character you’ll be pulling for until the very last page—much like the good YA books we’re reading today. If you get the chance, read it and compare it to a more recent YA book—let us know what you think. What’s stayed the same? What’s changed? Thanks for stopping by!

ICYMI: Inspiration for the Remarkable Housewives of the Bible series

With the release of the second book in the Remarkable Housewives of the Bible series, we wanted to share some behind the scenes information from the author, Erin Brown Hollis.  (This is a guest post written by the author!)

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After laughing for hours at reality TV and texting my friends about the episodes late into the night, I sat perplexed with a thought – why can’t “church things” be this fun? These days, our television entertainment consists of some pretty outrageous drama, but what if I told you that the women of the Bible have riveting tales filled with much more exciting story lines than anything you’ll find on a soap opera or reality TV…

Maybe, like me, you have felt a little overwhelmed in Bible Study. Or dare I say it, bored? After years of digging in to spiritual books that felt more like a theology class than an encouraging dose of the Word, I decided to write something that would be fun staying up late into the night and cooking up some appetizers to discuss.

As it turns out, the Bible is ripe with scintillating drama, chat-worthy tales and applicable life lessons. These stories seem out of touch because how could Esther’s life in biblical times reveal anything interesting to discuss now? Well, let me tell you, friend – we’ve been reading these stories all wrong! Rather than checking these vignettes off as if completing our Christian girl Bible reading to-do list of sorts, we can dig in and get to know these ladies as if they are walking among us even now.

The women God chose to place in His Word are friends. They are moms. They are wives, leaders, followers, sinners, truth-tellers, brave beings, mistake-makers, licentious temptresses, and courageous souls. These ladies are more than worthy of our in-depth study – and that study can be a whole lot of fun!

A Congressional Congratulation for Susan Miura

On Christmas Eve, Susan Miura received a letter from Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi congratulating her on her Midwest Book Review rating and Royal Dragonfly award.  It’s impressive that the Congressman took time out of his day to thank a hardworking author! We couldn’t be happier for Susan (or prouder of her accomplishment!)

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Looking Forward to the New Year?

A new year can be a new beginning, and it’s usually welcome, especially when the previous year has been tough, be it for financial, emotional, or health reasons. But sometimes, it’s easy to get into the mindset that it’s just another year, that it won’t be any different than the previous one.

new-years-eve-4664930_1920We want to encourage you to find something positive to focus on as 2020 starts. It doesn’t have to be something big. Maybe you’re looking forward to starting your garden, meeting up with friends you haven’t seen in a while, or even going to see a new doctor who just might be able to help you solve the mystery of your health issues. If you don’t think you have anything good around the corner, challenge yourself to change your mindset. Even in the midst of darkness, we can find a light.

All of us here at Vinspire Publishing have been through our fair share of challenges so we understand the struggles. But we also understand that we have to choose to be happy. We hope you do that this year and every year.

Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas!

We hope you, your family, and friends have a Christmas filled with love, laughter, and hope!

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Tips To Help You Improve Your Writing

We often share writing tips on our Instagram page, but we realize not everyone is following us there. (You’re more than welcome, of course!) In the meantime, we’re sharing some of our top writing tips here because you can never have too much knowledge!

More Awards!

We’re always thrilled for our authors when their books are recognized by contest judges, and we’re excited to congratulate Leanne Pankuch, Susan Miura, and Leslea Wahl for their recent wins!

1st Place in Storymonster’s Royal Dragonfly Book Awards Science Fiction/Fantasy category – and an honorable mention in the YA Fiction category—Dragon’s Truth!

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1st Place in Storymonster’s Royal Dragonfly Book Awards YA Fiction category—Shards of Light

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1st Place in Storymonster’s Royal Dragonfly Books Awards Ebook Young Adult Fiction Category—Where You Lead

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