Take a Look Inside by Editor-in-Chief Dawn Carrington

When I was looking to buy a house a few years ago, I spent a lot of time online perusing the houses, and I drove through neighborhoods during the day and at night to see if it was a place I could picture myself living.

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Sometimes, the outside of the houses were beautiful, but once I got inside, I noticed the problems. Water spots on the ceiling, cracks in the kitchen counters, and crumbling back porches. These weren’t faults that could be seen from just standing on the curb admiring the house from a distance or looking at pictures. And if I hadn’t looked inside, I might have bought a house that would cost more to repair than it did to buy it. Even though I passed on several houses, I knew someone would buy those older houses because they enjoyed tackling those problems and creating their own dream house.

In some ways, I look at books the same. I start out by being captured by the cover art and the book description. If I’m awed enough, I’ll read the excerpt because I want to see what the inside is like before I make a purchase. I want to see how other writers entice readers, how they tell their story, and how they keep people coming back for more.

Occasionally, the inside of the book is just like a faulty house, and I end up passing on the purchase. I got inside and took a look around, but the book wasn’t for me. If I like the first excerpt but I’m still not quite sure, I might visit a few other places with different excerpts. Just like visiting rooms of a house, I want to see beyond the initial face that is presented to the world. Occasionally, though, I’m bowled away by the initial read, and I’ll instantly buy the book.

While a cover and a great book description can really catch a reader’s eye, I encourage you to read the excerpts. If the first one doesn’t connect with you immediately, but you still like how the story sounds, search out more excerpts. Most authors will post different parts of their story at various place like their website, Wattpad, and Facebook.

If, however, that first excerpt ignites your desire to read the story, listen to your instincts even if it’s not your usual type of story. Excerpts can bring you into a new world of reading, connect you with an author you’ve never read, and draw you into a story you just have to read.

Look at this cover!

We’re so proud of our cover artist who creates these amazing covers. And we love to show them off! This is for Susan Miura’s newest young adult book! Let us know what you think!

Introducing Robin Dunne

As we announced last week, Vinspire has acquired the rights to the novelization of Robin Dunne’s script, Christmas on Mistletoe Lake. Robin will also be penning the novel, and we want to introduce you to our newest author!

Robin’s acting career began in 1998, when he landed a role in the John Woo produced blockbuster The Big Hit opposite Mark Wahlberg and Lou Diamond Phillips. Since then, Dunne’s other feature film credits include Borderline Normal, The Snow Walker, Devil In The Dark, Space Milkshake, Torment, and Just Friends. His television work includes roles on Manchester Prep, Dawson’s Creek, CSI Miami, NCIS, Dead Like Me, Defiance, and the Netflix series October Faction, as well a lead roles in the television films Sound of Christmas, Real Murders: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery, and On The Twelfth Day of Christmas, the latter of which he also co-wrote.

In 2008, Robin landed the starring role in the SyFy Channel’s hit series Sanctuary that ran for four seasons. He also directed on the series, which launched his career as a writer/director. To date, Robin has also written and directed the feature films A.R.C.H.I.E and A.R.C.H.I.E 2 (both featuring the voice of Michael J. Fox) as well as Welcome To Nowhere, which he also starred in alongside Sara Canning.

Most recently, Robin directed the movie-of-the-week, The Magical Christmas Shoes for Lifetime. Coming up in 2020, Robin is slated to direct the Lifetime MOW Christmas on Mistletoe Lake from his own script.

Master Your Challenge to Read More

You don’t have to look far on the internet to find any type of challenge. There are savings, cooking, writing, fitness, reading, and more. If you’ve decided you want to read more books, but you need to be challenged, Booklist Queen has you covered. You probably even have some of these books on your backlist just waiting to be read!

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And even though this challenge is for a full year, you can start now and choose the ones you want to read the most. Some of the challenges, like “bottom of your to-read list” and “by an indie author” will help you move some of those books off your shelves to make room for the new ones you want to buy! Not to mention how much it will help the author whose book you’re reading.

And once you’re done with a book, don’t forget to leave a review! Authors are eternally grateful for each and every one they receive.

Look What’s in Audio!

Mama in the Holler by Jaime McKoy!

What makes life in the holler so special in a little girl’s eyes? The smell of homemade biscuits, chasing chickens in the yard, and helping MaMa with her daily chores always make for a fun visit. But the greatest gift of all is knowing how much she’s loved and that every moment s

Get your copy of MaMa in the Holler free today with a 30-day trial to Audible!

Introducing Mindy Steele

As we previously mentioned, we’ve 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. Now, we’d like to introduce you to Mindy!

Raised in Kentucky timber country, Mindy Steele and has been writing since she could hold a crayon against the wall. Inspired by her rural surroundings Steele writes Amish Romance peppered with just the right amount of humor, as well as engaging Suspense. She strives to create realistic characters for her readers and believes in charming all the senses to make you laugh, cry, hold your breath, and root for the happy ever after ending.

She is a mother of four and grandmother to a half dozen blessings. When not at her writing desk, Steele enjoys family, coffee indulgences, and weekend road trips. Steele is represented by Julie Gwinn and her debut novel, Christmas Grace, releases September 2020. She is also the author of A Cranberry Christmas, which releases at a later date.

​Visit her website for more information on her upcoming releases. 

Now available in ebook—MaMa in the Holler

Our latest children’s book, which is available in paperback and hardcover, has now made it to ebook for only $1.99! Get your copy today!

MEDIA RELEASE: VINSPIRE PUBLISHING ACQUIRES NOVELIZATION RIGHTS TO CHRISTMAS AT MISTLETOE LAKE SCRIPT BY ROBIN DUNNE

Charleston, SC, July 13, 2020– Vinspire Publishing has acquired the rights to the novelization of Christmas at Mistletoe Lake, a made-for-tv movie script written by Canadian actor Robin Dunne.

The novelization will be written by Robin Dunne who penned the original script. This will be Vinspire Publishing’s first full-length Christmas novel as well as the first acquisition of a novel based upon a screenplay.

Robin Dunne, a Leo-award winning actor, has had several starring roles in various holiday movies as well as previous roles in the Syfy drama Sanctuary and the recent Netflix series, October Faction.  He also co-wrote the Roxy Hunter franchise for Nickelodeon and co-authored the novels for the franchise as well.

Penned as The Holiday meets Message in a Bottle, Christmas at Mistletoe Lake will appeal to viewers of contemporary holiday movies set in quaint towns and lovers of wholesome romances during the Christmas season. While the movie, which is produced by Chesler/Perlmutter Productions and will be directed by Robin Dunne, is tentatively set to begin filming this fall for a Christmas 2020 release, the novel is set to release on November 30. Prior to the book’s release, readers can expect behind-the-scenes videos from Dunne that will look at the transformation from script to novel, his writing process, and, potentially, scenes from the set during filming.  

Vinspire Publishing focuses on publishing genre fiction and non-fiction titles for the entire family. Its entire catalog is available online at www.vinspirepublishing.com and books are distributed nationally through Ingram and Baker & Taylor.

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!