Cover Reveal: The Mystery of the Golden Ball

The second book in K.S. Mitchell’s Pen & Quin: International Agents of Intrigue series is here! This installment continues the adventures of twins, Pen & Quin, who can’t resist a mystery! Coming September 2020!

Announcing a new Amish series!

We’ve just contracted with Mindy Steele for a three-book Amish series set in the fictional town of Miller’s Creek, Kentucky. The first book in the series is “To Catch a Hummingbird,” which will release next year.

About the book

Lydia Miller prefers keeping busy. It leaves little time to think, and to regret what she did. She works hard to help keep the family farm afloat since her father’s death, but with her mother busy running the local bakery, it only made sense they would sell the farm. Now, instead of multiple jobs, Lydia has only one, caring for the Graber children, which is proving to be a challenge like no other.

Widower, Silas Graber fell right into the Bishop’s plan. He did need help, but he thought he was getting Hazel Miller not her daughter. Her ways are nothing like his late wife’s, but she has breathed life back into his home. It’s only right he help her overcome her past, but he didn’t expect so much in return.

We’re excited about this book series, and believe you will be, too!

Our First Christmas Anthology Is Coming!

For the first time in our 16-year history, Vinspire Publishing is releasing a Christmas anthology! With three books, the Spirit of Christmas series will include Making Christmas Hope by Rachel Carrington, Remember Me at Christmas by Debra Curwen, and Take a Right at the Mistletoe—a very Vienna Christmas by Barbara Brutt!

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The contemporary romance titles will release individually as novellas beginning in November before the paperback releases later that month!

We’re so excited about this anthology, and hope this is the first of many!

Vinspire Publishing is Participating In Romance Slam Jam

For the first time, we’re excited to announce that editor-in-chief, Dawn Carrington, will be participating in the Romance Slam Jam Convention, which is being held virtually this year (http://rsjconvention.com/) from June 24-June 28.

Dawn will be on the Ask an Editor panel on Wednesday, June 24th from 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. and then she will be taking pitches on Thursday, June 25th from 5:00p.m.-6:00 p.m. where we’ll be looking for Christian African-American romances as well as interracial romances!

We’re excited about this opportunity! For more information on the convention, visit rsjconvention.com.

Continuing the Forlorn series by Gina Detwiler

Detwiler, Gina3BWGina Detwiler, author of the bestselling Forlorn series, has signed a contract to continue the series with an additional two books and a novella.

The novella delves into Jared’s backstory while the two novels continues his and Grace’s journey as they fight against the forces of evil.

Look for the continuation of the series in 2021! In the meantime, you can read the first three books which are all together in one bundle!

 

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Guest Post by Dawn Carrington, Editor-in-Chief—Bring on the Drama

The Vampire Diaries. The Originals. Teen Wolf. Nashville. Gilmore Girls. Ugly Betty. Buffy: The Vampire Slayer. Dawson’s Creek. Beverly Hills: 90210, Gossip Girl. Veronica Mars. The list of teen dramas goes on, with many of the series having lasted more than the four years on television which, in today’s world, is considered a good run.  Post a poll on Facebook, and you’ll see just how many adults enjoyed (or still enjoy) those shows even though they were geared toward a teen audience.

Switching mediums to young adult novels, and you’ll find Twilight, Harry Potter, Hunger Games, The Fault in Our Stars, The Princess Diaries, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Lovely Bones, and The Maze Runner to name a few. These are all popular teenage novels that were made into movies, and the buying audience wasn’t just young adults.

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Teen fiction is unquestionably popular. As much as adults love books geared toward our generation, we can also lose ourselves in a good story, regardless of the age of the characters. In young adult novels, we have all the drama, the love, the adventure, the danger, without the boring parts of life that we, as adults, have to face every day.

In most cases, young adults can focus on being young adults, and that is a draw to those of us who have already tiptoed past our teenage years. Because of our life experience, we can see a teenage tragedy that’s survivable. What we saw as a crippling moment in our lives was a lesson. These young protagonists are still learning, and we like being along for the journey.

But what about those books that tackle tough topics like death, assault, and homelessness. What can we, as adults, possibly see in those stories? How can they be any more interesting than reading about the same thing in a book written for our age?

Most, it not all, young adult books, even those that delve into the darker edges of life, still carry an element of hope. You can still find meaning within those pages. Young adult books are rarely written with the intent to terrorize readers or leave them feeling hopeless. The endings might not always bring a smile, but we can close the book knowing we survived another journey and, for a few hours, got a chance to relive the years of teenage drama and angst. And, for some reason, those years don’t seem quite as bad as they were at the time.

Guest Post by Felicia Bridges, Author of Kenya Quest

Mission SeriesI write the stories that come to me, the ones that grab me and won’t let go. I don’t do market research to determine what twist the plot should take or whether the family in my story should be more diverse or whether the next story will sell more copies if it is set in Venice vs. Venezuela. But there are times when, as authors, we need to look to the future and consider where our resources are best invested.

According to Jennifer Austin, https://jenniferaustinauthor.wordpress.com/2014/06/23/what-do-ya-readers-want/, based on a limited poll, YA readers are looking for less romance, especially love triangles, more sci fi, more diversity, and more fantasy but not sugar-coated fairytale fantasy. They want stories that reveal the darkness in the world, that aren’t afraid to confront evil or even allow evil to appear to triumph, but in the end they still want the “happily ever after.”

BookBrats also published a broader survey of what YA readers want a few years ago (http://www.bookbrats.com/ya-readership-survey-results/#.VlpUrd-rSu4).  The most important criterion according to those surveyed? Good writing. Well-developed characters. Rich, well-constructed plots. Realistic dialogue. In short, the most important ingredient for a successful novel was simply the quality of the writing.

The next critical foundation is originality. Once a story has taken the market by storm (think Twilight, The Hunger Games, Divergent), trying to emulate their proven success by copying the formula will fail miserably. Knock-offs will be compared relentlessly to the original, and seldom will they be found to exceed the one which set the standard. Readers have experienced that; now they want something new and different.

Be original. Be excellent. Write something wonderful.

MaMa in the Holler Earns 5-Star Review

Months ahead of its release date, MaMa in the Holler has already earned a 5-star review from Readers Favorite! Congratulations to Jaime McKoy for writing such a touching book and to Hope Smith for illustrating it! Preorder your copy today!

MaMa In The Holler by Jaime McKoy is a beautiful story and speaks about the bonding between a grandmother and a grandchild. Hope Smith’s illustrations are as delightful as the story and breathe life into the events and make the bonding between MaMa and the girl palpable to youngsters.

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Book Birthday: More Remarkable Housewives of the Bible

The second book in Erin Brown Hollis’ series is now available! More Remarkable Housewives of the Bible picks up where Remarkable Housewives of the Bible left off, introducing you to five more women from the Bible whose lives can change yours!

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Welcome back to Girls’ Night!

Grab your favorite snacks, your besties, and some open nights on the calendar to take a deep dive into the noteworthy drama sprinkled throughout the Bible. These days, our television entertainment also 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…

More Remarkable Housewives of the Bible invites you to…

  • take a breather from the pressures and distractions of today;

  • delve off into the alluring, water-cooler-gossip-worthy tales of the biblical housewives; and

  • discover the incredible promises of fortitude, survival, empowerment and love found through their stories in God’s Word.

So, with that said, right now, I would like to invite you to join me for a good old-fashioned Girls’ Night. Actually, several of them. Whatever time of the day works best for you, curl up on the couch with me and let’s chat it up.

Over the next few weeks we will have some fun getting to know each other and learning about Deborah, Rahab, Leah, Abigail, and Bathsheba. You know, the ladies God would love for us to chat about since He divinely plopped them right there in His Word for us. Grab your popcorn, friend. It’s about to get real…

A Perfect Setting

A guest post by Vinspire Publishing’s Editor-in-Chief, Dawn Carrington

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Here at Vinspire Publishing, we’re fortunate to live in Charleston, South Carolina. Known as the Holy City, the Lowcountry, and Chucktown, it’s been voted as America’s Most Friendly City, and it’s the oldest city in South Carolina.

I set a lot of my own books here in the Lowcountry because of familiarity, but beyond that, there are so many unexplored parts to Charleston that would make excellent settings for books. Though it’s popular with visitors, it doesn’t get as much attention in books as cities like Chicago, New York, and San Francisco.

Though I’ve lived here well over twenty years, I’ve never taken one of the popular Ghost Walks or carriage rides. The Wentworth Mansion ranked #2 on U.S. News and World Report’s list of Top 10 Hotels, but I’ve never stepped foot inside it. See what I mean about the possibilities?

Beyond the sites I haven’t seen, there are a whole host that I have, and those places will come up in future novels. The Battery, Fort Sumter, the Old Exchange Building and Provost Dungeon, Magnolia Plantation, and Charles Towne Landing are all truly unique places that invite characters. The names alone lend themselves to book settings, don’t they?

Now take a moment and imagine what kind of stories could be written in those settings. Historical fiction, of course, but what about a young adult paranormal story for the Old Provost Dungeon? A pirate romance for Charles Towne Landing, maybe? And though the Battery was a place for artillery during the Civil War, it overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and always makes me think of mermaids and underwater civilizations.

Now look around your own hometown and see what ideas some of the sites give you. Not every book needs to be set in a major city. In fact, some unique, smaller towns or less talked about cities would be a fresh addition to the world of fiction, especially if a local landmark can help you find your plot!