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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!

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!