WordServe News March 2019

As usual, some great things have been happening this month at WordServe Literary!

On the final post of each month you’ll find a list of Water Cooler contributors’ recently released books along with a recap of WordServe client news.

New Releases

Congratulations to Andrea Gurney and Kregel for the March 26, 2019 release of Reimagining Your Love Story.

Reimagining Your Love Story offers perspective and guidance on how to love without fear.

“At the end of the day, none of us have a fairy godmother or pixie dust at our disposal. And so we must do the work ourselves.”–Dr. Andrea Gurney

We’ve all grown up watching the fairy tales that promise happily ever after with our one true love. Whether we like it or not, whether we think we believe it or not, chances are we’ve internalized that story of love. And despite the technology to find connection with more people than ever before, somehow we are also lonelier than ever before–even when we’re in relationships.

Although we were created for loving, intimate relationships, we’ve lost our understanding of how to find and maintain them. Andrea Gurney wants readers to discover more authentic connections that aren’t made of wishes, so she equips us with practices from psychology, biblical truths, and lessons from relationship science. She also helps us examine our developmental history, including how cultural and familial messages take root in our psyches. Together, these tools craft a solid foundation on which lasting love can be built, rather than a pumpkin carriage that disappears when the clock strikes midnight.

If you are disillusioned by unattainable societal standards, in need of healing from damaged relationships, or simply want to improve at relating well with others, you’re ready for Reimagining Your Love Story. Check out this link to a book promo video HERE.

Attention Amish Romance fans! Mary Davis and Jan Drexler re-release Courting Her Amish Heart and The Amish Nanny’s Sweetheart in these 2-in-1 Collections from Love Inspired. Get yours today!

 

 

Congratulations to Tim Riter and Harvest House Publishers for the release of a Biker’s Devotional: God, A Motorcycle, and the Open Road on April 2, 2019.

Riding for God’s Glory

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. Romans 14:23

If you’re a biker and a Christian, have you considered that riding, can be an activity that brings glory to God, draws you closer to His creation and provides an opportunity to share your faith with fellow riders?

Motorcycle and Jesus enthusiast Tim Riter has some amazing stories and spiritual truths he’s collected from riding over 200,000 miles, covering 46 states, and three countries. Discover what happens when

  • a long-haired hippie biker strolls into a redneck bar
  • a new back tire causes a dangerous spill
  • a chance encounter with an angry driver turns into a 20-mile chase

These and other engaging devotions will show you how your faith blends into your riding and help you experience that same sense of adventure you get from motorcycling in your walk with God, or in this case, your “ride with God.”

Congratulations to Laurie Polich Short and Bethany House on the April 2nd release of 40 Verses to Ignite Your Faith, Surprising Insights from Unexpected Passages.

Many of us have our “go to” verses. The ones we memorize, post on social media, and hang on our walls. But sometimes we need a fresh word or promise for the season we find ourselves in–something that ignites our faith in the face of fear, doubt, loneliness, insecurity, or overwhelming circumstances.

In this powerful, accessible new book, author and speaker Laurie Short mines the Scriptures, revealing insights and promises from 40 verses we often overlook. Digging in to these “in between” verses, she unearths fresh wisdom, guidance, and encouragement that will help you seek and experience God in new, dynamic ways. From trusting God’s timing, to not worrying about the future, to holding on to faith when things look dark, the hidden insights found in these verses will help you navigate the challenges that cross your path, breathe new life into your weary soul, and ignite your faith once again.

Congratulations to Casey Diaz with Mike Yorkey and Thomas Nelson for the April 2nd release of The Shot Caller: A Latino Gangbanger’s Miraculous Escape from a Life of Violence to a New Life in Christ.

“This is a story of a tough young man who lost his way, and of a loving God who never forgot him, no matter where he was.” — Nicky Cruz, bestselling author of Run Baby Run

The son of El Salvadorian immigrants, Casey Diaz was brought to Los Angeles at the age of two. An abusive, impoverished family life propelled Casey at only eleven years of age into the Rockwood Street Locos gang. Casey was willing to do anything to be number one, but years of chasing rival gang members led to a dramatic ambush and arrest by the LAPD.

At just sixteen, Casey was sentenced to more than twelve years in solitary confinement in California’s toughest prison as one of the state’s most violent offenders. He thought his life was over.

Yet, when a determined elderly woman paid Casey a visit, a whole new world of possibilities began to unfold. Casey scoffed as she quietly insisted God was going to use him. As the days in solitary wore on, Casey realized Someone else was calling the shots. What happened next can only be described as a miracle.

Perfect for:

  • People who believe they’re too far gone
  • Parents who want to keep their kids out of gangs – what are the warning signs
  • Social workers who interact with at-risk youth
  • Those looking for a gritty, informed perspective on LA street gangs and gang culture

A visceral insider’s look at the violent world of gangs and prison life, The Shot Caller is a remarkable demonstration of God’s reckless, unending grace and His desire to reach even the worst of sinners—no matter where they are.

A re-release of Amy K. Sorrells and Tyndale, Then Sings My Soul, available April 9, 2019.

1904, Chudniv, Ukraine. Playing hide-and-seek in bucolic fields of sunflowers, young Jakob never imagines the horrific secrets he will carry as he and his brother escape through genocide-ridden Eastern Europe.

1994, South Haven, Michigan. At age 94, time is running out for any hope that Jakob can be free from his burden of guilt.

When Jakob’s wife dies, he and his daughter, Nel, are forced to face the realities of his worsening dementia—including a near-naked, midnight jaunt down the middle of main street—as well as emerging shadows Nel had no idea lay beneath her father’s beloved, curmudgeonly ways.

While Nel navigates the restoration and sale of Jakob’s dilapidated lake house, her high school sweetheart shows up in town, along with unexpected correspondence from Ukraine. And when she discovers a mysterious gemstone in Jakob’s old lapidary room, Jakob’s condition worsens as he begins having flashbacks about his baby sister from nearly a century past.

As father and daughter race against time to discover the truth behind Jackob’s fragmented memories, the God they have both been running from shows that he redeems not only broken years, but also the future.

Contracts

Dr. Daniel Amen with contributor Chloe Amen signed with BenBella Books, Inc. for Secrets of Successful Students due to release Spring 2020.

Nicole J. Phillips signed with Baker Books for Kindness for Meanies to be released Spring 2020.

Fox News commentator Kathy Barnette signed with Center Street for her untitled book to be released in 2020.

New Clients

Terry Whalin, Daniel Bowman Jr., and Don Otis, signed with WordServe in March.  Welcome!

What We’re Celebrating

Congratulations to Ron Archer with Mike Yorkey for the starred review in Publisher’s Weekly for What Belief Can Do. Read the review HERE.

 

 

Check out the Bible Reading Plan on YouVersion Bible App for Amanda Anderson’s upcoming release of her new book, All My Friends Have Issues: Buidling Remarkable Relationships with Imperfect People (Thomas Nelson, July 9, 2019) 

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WordServe News February 2019

As usual, some great things have been happening this month at WordServe Literary!

On the final post of each month you’ll find a list of Water Cooler contributors’ recently released books along with a recap of WordServe client news.

New Releases

The latest title in the 100 Days Devotional Series from Stephen Artburn, 100 Days of Peace Devotional, releases March 1, 2019.

Experience the peace that comes from spending time in God’s presence with this daily devotional! Bound in a beautifully embossed imitation leather and packed with topics from growing in faith to trusting in the Lord, each of the 100 devotions provides a short reflection, a key Bible verse, an inspiring quote, and a prayer that will root your character in God’s Word and show you the importance of building up your character and passing it on to the next generation.

  • Daily devotions on 100 topics that encourage finding peace in God’s care
  • Thought-provoking quotes
  • Powerful prayers inspired by Scripture
  • 5-minute devotions with further study option

Peace can be scarce in these turbulent times. How can you find the genuine peace that Jesus promises us? This daily devotional by beloved author Stephen Arterburn will help you do just that. Each day’s reading encourages you to spend a few minutes thinking about ways that you and God, working together, can overcome your challenges, organize your life, focus your thoughts, and follow the path that your heavenly Father intends for you to take. This devotional contains biblically-based hope for life’s tough times.

Congratulations Kara Powell & Steven Argue on the March 5, 2019 release of Growing With: Every Parent’s Guide to helping Teenagers and Young Adults Thrive in their Faith, Family, and Future from Baker Books.

Parenting that changes your kids and changes you.

Many parents of a teenager or young adult feel as though they’re guessing about what to do next–with mixed results. We want to stay connected with our maturing child, but we’re not sure how. And deep down, we fear our child doesn’t want or need us. But growing up doesn’t have to mean growing apart.

Based on brand-new research and interviews with remarkable families, Growing With equips parents to take steps toward their teenagers and young adults in a mutual journey of intentional growth that trusts God to transform them all. By highlighting three groundbreaking family strategies, authors Kara Powell and Steven Argue show parents that it’s never too early or too late to:

– accept the child you have, not the child you wish you had
– work toward solutions rather than only identifying problems
– develop empathy that nudges rather than judges
– fight for your child, not against them
– connect your children with a faith and church big enough to handle their doubts and struggles
– dive into tough discussions about dating, career, and finances
– and unleash your child’s passions and talents to change our world

For any parent who longs for their kids to keep their roots even as they spread their wings, Growing With offers practical help and hope for the days–and years–ahead.

Congratulations to Jim Burns and Zondervan for the March 26, 2019 release of the paperback version of: Doing Life with Your Adult Children: Keep Your Mouth Shut and the Welcome Mat Out.

If you have an adult child, you know that parenting doesn’t stop when a child reaches the age of eighteen. In many ways, it gets more complicated. Both your heart and your head are as involved as ever, whether your child lives under your roof or rarely stays in contact.

In Doing Life with Your Adult Children, parenting expert Jim Burns helps you navigate the toughest and the most rewarding parts of parenting your grown kids. Speaking from his own personal and professional experience, Burns offers practical answers to questions such as these:

  • Is it OK to give advice to my grown child?
  • What’s the difference between enabling and helping?
  • What boundaries should I have if my child moves back home?
  • What do I do when my child doesn’t seem to be maturing into adulthood?
  • How do I relate to my grown child’s significant other?
  • What does it mean to have healthy financial boundaries?
  • How can I support my grown children when I don’t support their values?

Including positive principles on bringing kids back to faith, ideas on how to leave a legacy as a grandparent, and encouragement for every changing season, Doing Life with Your Adult Children is a unique book on your changing role in a calling that never ends.

Congratulations to author Kathryn Graves and BroadStreet Publishing on the April 2, 2019 release of the new devotional, Fashioned By God

I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139:14 NKJV

True beauty lies within, but no one wants to look like a hot mess!

Fashioned by God is a 30-day devotional that mixes fashion and faith to help you look and feel your best. Each day offers a Bible verse, spiritual lesson, prayer, questions for your heart, actions for your wardrobe, and an inspirational quote from a style icon.

Learn to:
– recognize the difference between fads and fashion,
– honor God with your personal style,
– declutter your closet and your heart,
– outfit your wardrobe with flattering essentials
– combine pieces you already own for new, chic outfits.

You don’t have to dread opening your closet every morning. Master the elements of style and be encouraged to deepen your walk with Christ.

Contracts

Margot Starbuck signed with Thomas Nelson for A Grown Woman’s Guide to Online Dating, due for release early summer 2020.

Shellie Thomlinson signed with Rengery for her book, Regardless, to be released in 2020.

Congratulations to Jeff & Cheryl Scruggs for their contract with Optimism Entertainment, LLC for exclusive motion picture and television rights for I Do Again.

Jamie Sumner signed a two-book deal with Atheneum (Simon & Schuster) for her next two middle-grade novels. They are due to be published in 2020 and 2021.

Anita Agers-Brooks, Kathy Graves, and Karen Jordan signed with Bold Vision Books for their book Woven. Intended to help women untangle difficult emotions and find the confidence, rest, and focus they were created for, it will publish in 2020.

New Clients

TullianTchividjian, Ron Hutchcraft signed with WordServe in February.  Welcome!

What We’re Celebrating

Congratulations to Jamie Erickson  on her new podcast, Mom to Mom – A Podcast for Every Mom For Every Season with Kate Battistelli and September McCarthy. Subscribe today!

WordServe News January 2019

As usual, some great things have been happening this month at WordServe Literary!

On the final post of each month you’ll find a list of Water Cooler contributors’ recently released books along with a recap of WordServe client news.

New Releases

Congratulations to author Jan Drexler and Love Inspired Books on the new release, Convenient Amish Proposal.

Suddenly a Mother

When Bethany Zook’s childhood friend returns to Indiana Amish country a widower, with an adorable little girl in tow, she’s willing to aid him in any way. But there’s just one thing Andrew Yoder needs—a mother for little Mari. And he seems convinced Bethany is the answer, just as she’s sure any union between them would be one strictly of convenience…

Andrew thought Bethany had married another. Now, determined to keep Mari despite his mother-in-law’s interference, he offers Bethany marriage in name only. But she’s quickly becoming more than a housekeeper and a mamm. Can he leave the past behind to claim a family of the heart?

Make 2019 your best year yet! Congratulations to Kim Kimberling, Ph D, and Faithwords on the release of 14 Keys to Lasting Love: How to Have the Marriage You’ve Always Wanted.

Discover the 14 secrets to a lasting and loving marriage.
In this fresh, insightful marriage book, Dr. Kim talks directly to couples, showing you that marriage isn’t just meant to make you happy but to make you holy. Over the years, through his ministry, he’s conducted countless couples surveys. He knows what you struggle with and what areas of marriage scare you. He knows what you want and what you don’t want. By looking at 14 major areas of marriage, Dr. Kim shows couples how to stay on the right track. Through chapters on empathy, personal health, conflict behavior, talking, intimacy, sex, and more, you’ll learn how to have the happy, connected marriage you’ve dreamed of.
This book will change your marriage, and it will most certainly change you. If you want to know God and love more deeply in this life, 14 KEYS TO LASTING LOVE will show you how to do that.

From the authors of Building Faith Block by Block comes the new release from Michael Ross, Christopher Ross and Harvest House Publishers, A Kid’s Game Plan for Great Choices: An All-Sports Devotional

Sports Devotions to Help Your Child Win in Life

From the father-and-son team of Michael and Christopher Ross comes this unique devotional combining your kid’s love of sports with faith and life lessons to encourage growth.

Your child will be inspired by tons of pro tips from sports superstars, including Tim Tebow, Stephen Curry, Allyson Felix, and many more.

These forty devotions feature stories from 15-year-old Christopher’s world, plus kid-relevant teachings that bring Bible verses to life.

Your kid will get the game plan for making good decisions in three key areas:

  1. With the Team—learning godly sportsmanship
  2. At School—having A+ encounters with teachers and friends
  3. With Family—scoring big with parents and siblings

A Kid’s Game Plan for Great Choices will help your child see the connection between the things they love and the One who loves them.

Congratulations to Paul Basden, Jim Johnson and Harvest House Publishers on the release of Tough Stuff Parenting: Helping Your Kids Navigate Faith and Culture.

Are You Prepared to Talk with Your Child About…?

Discussing difficult topics with kids has never been easy, but in today’s world, it’s more difficult than ever. Gay marriage, terrorist attacks, pornography, police shootings, and yes, sex, are just some of the complex issues children will encounter in our current culture. When your child asks questions, will you have answers?

Tough Stuff Parenting will equip you to have thoughtful, age-appropriate conversations with your child. The biblically-based wisdom and practical tools you’ll find inside will help you confidently engage your kid in meaningful dialogue. And when questions arise, your child will look to you first for answers instead of friends or the Internet.

Make a lasting connection with your kid by learning how to effectively discuss life’s most complicated topics.

Come experience for yourself…Life is Good with a God who is Great! Shine throughout 2019 with this new devotional from Marjorie Jackson and Shiloh Run Press, The Devoted Life: A Creative Devotional Journal.

This topically guided creative journal for teen girls offers inspiration and encouragement for those who desire to live their lives fully devoted to Christ. Amidst the loud, confusing voices of the world, trying to tell them which way is the right way to go, girls need to stop, rest, refuel, and reflect in the presence of their truest Friend and most loyal heavenly Father. Whether it’s through creativity, meditating on scripture, prayer, or writing, readers will join young author and artist, Marjorie Jackson, for a time of life-giving fun, faith-strengthening encouragement, and God-glorifying growth. As girls connect with their first love, Jesus, they will begin to understand that life is truly good with a God who is absolutely great!

Congratulations to Mary Davis for the release of her novella, Zola’s Cross-Country Adventure, as part of the newly released, The MissAdventure Brides Collection: 7 Daring Damsels Don’t Let the Norms of their Eras Hold Them Back from Barbour Books. 

Zoyla Calkin sets out on an adventure to be the first woman to drive an automobile across the country. Will the journalist tasked to report her persume failure sabotage her efforts? Or will he steal her heart? Find out in this collection of historical-fiction brides.

 

Contracts

Anita Agers-Brooks, Karen Jordan, and Kathryn Graves signed with Bold Vision Books LLC for The Woven to be released in 2020.

Contemporary Christian Musician and 2017 Artist-of-the-Year, Lisa Daggs with Margot Starbuck signed with Salem Publishing for Lisa’s memoir to be released in 2020.

Shellie Thomlinson signed with Rengery for her book, Regardless, to be released

New Clients

Dr. Dragos Bratasanu and Keith Allison (from Paul Revere and the Raiders fame!) signed with WordServe in January.  Welcome!

What We’re Celebrating

Congratulations to Jack W. London!  His book, Children of a Good War, was selected as one of the Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2018!

WordServe December News & End of Year Update

 

Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year! It’s been a great 2018 at WordServe, and as always, exciting things have been happening this month. But first, some reflections on the year as whole.

What’s new with WordServe in 2018?

On November 1st, we celebrated 15 years as an agency! Next May 1 will be my 25th anniversary of being an agent. It’s a big year. We’re ready for many more years serving our authors! The joy of being involved in shepherding an author’s career and seeing how their books and creativity make a difference seems to always far outweigh the challenges of the publishing industry.

How was our year in the agency as a whole? Here are a few stats we compiled:

New books signed: 51
New Collaborations signed: 15
Foreign books signed: 14
General market deals closed: 6
Movie options: 2
Books released in 2018: 41
Books by new authors: 19

Keely, Sarah, Nick and I continue to find success in an ever-changing publishing market. We’re pleased with the numbers because it shows we’re broadening the types of deals we’re doing for our authors. General market books, movie options and foreign deals have been a big jump for us compared to previous years.

So…we’ve not just been busy, we’ve been strategic. My sense is that we’ll continue to find new markets for our authors in order to serve them better. We have a long ways to go in having an in-road with film, but it’s always tough getting books from paper to celluloid.

Thank you for entrusting us with your writing career. We’re looking forward to big things in 2019 and hope you are too.

December News

New Contracts 

Jamie Sumner signed with B&H for her book Keep On Superhero: Celebrating Your Strengths as You Parent a Child with Special Needs.

Jan Drexler signed with Revell for An Amish Christmas Kitchen Novella.

Maritza Wills signed with Muvelt Nep Kft. (Budapest, Hungary) for John Jairo Velasquez – Mi vida como Sicario de Pablo Escobar.

New Clients

Robert Karrer, Rev. Herman Mendoza, Ed Norwood joined WordServe this month. Welcome!

Wishing all of our WaterCooler followers a very Happy and blessed New Year!

WordServe News November 2018

As usual, some great things have been happening this month at WordServe Literary!

On the final post of each month you’ll find a list of Water Cooler contributors’ recently released books along with a recap of WordServe client news.

New Releases

ForgettableCongratulations to author Martha Bolton and BroadStreet Publishing on the new release, Forgettable Jokes for Older Folks: Jokes You Wish You Could Remember about Things You Thought you’d Never Forget.

Laugh all the way to your next birthday … and beyond!

We all age, but why grumble about it? If you’re still here, have some fun and enjoy life. The best way you can do that is through laughter.

From well-known comedy writer Martha Bolton comes a refreshing book of jokes for older folks. Topics for laughter include senior foibles, doctor visits, grandchildren antics, travel, politics, pets, technology troubles, good ol’ days, and love.

Give yourself a laugh vacation. Read this book, share it with your friends, and smile your way to a better outlook on life. And these days, who couldn’t use some extra laughs?

Congratulations to Daniel G. Amen, MD and Tyndale on the release of Feel Better Fast and Make it Last: Unlock Your Brain’s Healing Potential to Overcome Negativity, Anxiety, Anger, Stress, and Trauma.

If you want to feel happier, more optimistic, more joyful, and resilient, Dr. Amen’s groundbreaking new book is for you.
We’ve all felt anxious, sad, traumatized, grief-stricken, stressed, angry, or hopeless at some point in life. It’s perfectly normal to go through emotional crises or have periods when you feel panicked or out of sorts. It is how you respond to these challenges that will make all the difference in how you feel―not just immediately, but also in the long run. Unfortunately, many people turn to self-medicating behaviors, such as overeating, drugs, alcohol, risky sexual behavior, anger, or wasting time on mindless TV, video games, Internet surfing, or shopping. And even though these behaviors may give temporary relief from feeling bad, they usually only prolong and exacerbate the problems―or cause other, more serious ones.

Is it possible to feel better―and make it last?

Renowned physician, psychiatrist, brain-imaging researcher, and founder of Amen Clinics Dr. Daniel Amen understands how critical it is for you to know what will help you feel better fast, now and later. In Feel Better Fast and Make It Last, you’ll discover new, powerful brain-based strategies to quickly gain control over anxiety, worry, sadness, stress and anger, strengthening your resilience and giving you joy and purpose for a lifetime.

New release from Stephen Arterburn, General Editor and Holman Press…Restoration Bible: Embracing God’s Word in Difficult Seasons. (LeatherTouch and Indexed)

We all have struggles and the Bible holds the ultimate truth for each one. The problem for those standing at a crossroad in life is how to find the path for healing and restoration. The CSB Restoration Bible features relevant and applicable notes and helps focused on life restoration in an easy-to-follow format to help individuals find hope and joy as they embrace the promises found in God’s Word during difficult seasons of life.

The key helps in this Bible include over 450 guided, devotional-style Restore notes following seven Life Restoration Principles via the easy-to-remember R.E.S.T.O.R.E acrostic (Rest and Reflection–Eternal Perspective–Support–Thanksgiving and Contentment–Other-centeredness–Relationships–Exercise of Faith). Each Restore note is based on a key verse in God’s Word related to a specific Life Restoration Principle followed by a short devotional to help expound upon the principle before guiding the reader to the “Next Step” in the restoration journey.

Other features include: A “First 30-days” Restoration devotional, book introductions highlighting “Restoration Themes” in each book, 66 restoration profiles of biblical characters and real people, 10 “Embracing God’s Word” full page features filled with scriptures highlighting biblical themes related to restoration, over 100 “Joyful Noise” callouts of scriptures throughout the Bible to provide encouragement from God’s Word, indices of all features for quick and easy reference, one and three year Bible reading plans, 52-week Scripture memory plan, topical concordance in “When you need…” and When you Feel…” format, two-column text, topical subheadings, smyth-sewn binding, presentation page, and full-color maps.

The CSB Restoration Bible features the highly reliable, highly readable text of the Christian Standard Bible (CSB), which stays faithful to the Bible’s original languages without sacrificing clarity. With its optimal blend of accuracy and readability, the CSB is ideal for the church—for reading, for teaching, for sharing with others.

Congratulations to Kathy Berry and Kregel on the release of When Words Fail: Practical Ministry to People with Dementia and Their Caregivers.

Encouragement and guidance for ministering to those with dementia

Millions of Christians suffer from dementia diseases such as Alzheimer’s, making ministry to them difficult as they lose memories and the ability to communicate. Drawing on her years of experience as a long-term care chaplain, Kathy Berry provides practical information and tools to equip ministers and lay leaders to meet the spiritual and pastoral needs of those living with dementia.

Chapters cover vital topics, including these:
Identifying those who may be showing signs of dementia and learning how to support them as they seek a diagnosis
Communicating with dementia patients as their language skills decline
Meeting the emotional, spiritual, and physical needs of people with dementia–and the needs of their caregivers

An invaluable resource to meet a growing need for congregations around the country, When Words Fail equips readers to answer Christ’s call to minister to “the least of these.”

Contracts

Marcus Brotherton signed with W Publishing for the story of CaptainTammy Jo Shults, the pilot who landed a Southwest Airlines plane after one of its engines exploded and blew a hole in the cabin, to be released mid 2020.

Contemporary Christian Muscian and 2017 Artist-of-the-Year, Lisa Daggs with Margot Starbuck signed with Salem Publishing for Lisa’s memoir to be released in 2020.

Army War College Professor,  Christian Keller signed with Pegasus for The Great Partnership:  Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and the Fate of the Confederacy to be released in 2019.

New Clients

Katie Powner, Tom Hilpert, Dr. Rebecca Siegel, Steve Watkins, Brandon Gross, Wade Mullen, September Vaudrey and Jennifer Leo signed with WordServe in November.  Welcome!

 

 

WordServe News October 2018

As usual, some great things have been happening this month at WordServe Literary!

On the final post of each month you’ll find a list of Water Cooler contributors’ recently released books along with a recap of WordServe client news.

New Releases

Congratulations to author Angela Ruth Strong and Mountain Brook Ink on the new release, A Caffeine Conundrum.

Solving a murder mystery is harder when you don’t trust your partner…or their taste in beverages.

Sassy city girl Tandy Brandt moves to the small town of Grace Springs to start a coffee shop, never imagining she’ll be competing with local beauty queen Marissa Alexander and her dream of running a tea house. Unfortunately, the current store owner dies before selling the location to either of them, and they both become murder suspects.

The unlikely pair team up in an attempt to discover the real killer, though with the secrets in Tandy’s past, and Marissa’s infamous clumsiness, they could be their own worst enemies. Despite their differences, they follow clues to question a sweet, apple pie baking antique store owner, a GQ Santa in the retirement center, and a hipster millionaire with no social skills. Will they be able to figure out whodunit and prove their innocence before one of them goes to jail…or worse?

Congratulations to Patricia Lee and Mountain Brook Ink of the release of A Kite on the Wind (Mended Hearts Book #3).

Is Love Strong Enough to Overcome the Walls They Hide Behind? Left waiting at the altar, Claire Simpson has buried her past and moved on, carving out a life for herself as a teacher on the Oregon coast. When her former fiancé appears, he threatens to unravel the peaceful independence she has worked so hard to achieve after their relationship failed.

Montgomery Chandler has moved to NOAA headquarters in Newport, Oregon to make new, happier memories for his children after his wife died of a lingering illness. Their home in Seattle held nothing but the whispers of their earlier lives. Starting over will help all of them heal, but Monty is resolved not to risk love again. When the handsome widower enrolls his hurting children at the school where Claire teaches, her determination to remain uninvolved vanishes at the whim of a snowstorm. This family needs her expertise. Can she help them without losing her heart?

New release from Stephen Arterburn…100 Days of Character Daily Devotional.

Your character matters to God, and this daily devotional equips you to develop godly character, resist common pitfalls, and overcome temptations—one day at a time. With topics from maintaining integrity to growing in faithfulness, each of the 100 devotions provides a short reflection, a key Bible verse, an inspiring quote, and a prayer that will root your character in God’s Word and show you the importance of building up your character and passing it on to the next generation.

Stephen Arterburn of New Life Ministries shows how to walk in integrity, stay rooted in Scripture, and set an example for the next generation in this 100-day devotional, which features:

  • Daily devotions on 100 character-building topics
  • Thought-provoking personal questions and practical applications
  • Powerful prayers inspired by Scripture
  • 5-minute devotions with further study options

Each day your character is tried and tested. How will you respond? Each day your character is tried and tested. How will you act when no one is watching? There are no shortcuts to building character. It’s a life-long journey. It’s a daily decision. It’s what you do when no one is looking. It’s how you act when trials come.

Congratulations to Debora M. Coty for her new release, Too Blessed to Be Stressed…Inspiration for Every Day Devotional Journal.

Ready to be rescued from the joy-sucking dully-funks?
The Too Blessed to be Stressed devotional offers up a daily dose of devotions (and humor) for a woman’s heart.

Thousands of women have had the pleasure of reading the wit- and near-wisdom-filled books from beloved inspirational humorist, Debora M. Coty. Her best selling Too Blessed to be Stressed has become a perennial favorite.

Now, be ready to be rescued from the joy-sucking dully-funks…

In this all-new 365-day devotional featuring just-right-sized, truth-filled readings (gift-wrapped in humor) for your heart. The Too Blessed to be Stressed daily devotional touches on everyday life topics like relationships, love, boundaries, hope, brokenness, and praise, while helping you to arrive at healing, refreshment, and revitalization of spirit, body, and faith. Read on, and be blessed!

Congratulations to Mary Davis and Love Inspired for the release of Courting Her Podigal Heart.

Mother-to-Be’s Amish Homecoming

A Prodigal Daughters story

Pregnant and alone, Dori Bontrager is sure her Amish kin won’t welcome her—or the child she’s carrying—into the community. And she’s determined that her return won’t be permanent. As soon as she finds work, she’ll leave again. But with her childhood friend Eli Hochstetler insisting she and her baby belong here, will Dori’s path lead back to the Englisher world…or into Eli’s arms?

Congratulations to Bob Welch with Dick Fosbury and Skyhorse Publishing for the release of The Wizard of Foz: Dick Fosbury’s One-Man High-Jump Revolution.

In 1968, perhaps the finest US Olympic men’s track-and-field team ever stirred the world in unprecedented ways, among them the victory stand black rights protest by Tommie Smith and John Carlos in Mexico City. But in competition no single athlete mirrored the free-thinking ’60s better than Dick Fosbury, a failed prep high jumper who invented an offbeat style that ultimately won him a gold medal and revolutionized the event. No jumpers today use any other style than his.

Yet few know the struggles Fosbury endured to achieve his success, as he and Bob Welch recount in The Wizard of Foz. From the tragic death of a younger brother to nearly dying himself, from flunking out of college to nearly being drafted, Fosbury cleared far more obstacles than a high-jump bar. And even when he had seemingly made the US Olympic Team, he faced a “redo” that nobody saw coming.

This book tells a story of loss, survival, and triumph, twined in a person (Fosbury), a time (the ’60s), and a place (a fantasy-like Olympic Trials venue high in the Sierra Nevada) clearly made for each other. It is a story of a young man who refused to listen to those who laughed at him, those who doubted him, and those who tried to make him someone he was not.

Contracts

Linda Clare signed with Harvest House for Prayers for Parents and Prodigals to be released Spring 2020.

Kate Crocco signed with Baker Publishing Group for Thinking Like A Boss to be released Fall 2019.

John Strege signed with Kregel for Heaven’s Snowflake: The True Story of the First Frozen Embryo Adoption to be released Fall 2019.

New Clients

Clint Perry and Henry Harrison signed with WordServe in October.  Welcome!

What We’re Celebrating

November 1st marks WordServe Literary’s 15th year serving authors and helping to publish great books. When I left the previous agency I’d been at for nearly ten years, I hoped we could build a stable of authors who would take seriously their calling to help change the world, one book at a time. I’m so grateful for Sarah, Nick, and Keely for serving their own authors amongst the 180+ authors currently in the agency. With nearly $20 million in contract value, and about 750 books published, we’re ready to see what the next 15 years brings! Happy Birthday to us!

 

WordServe News September 2018

As usual, some great things have been happening this month at WordServe Literary!

On the final post of each month you’ll find a list of Water Cooler contributors’ recently released books along with a recap of WordServe client news.

New Releases

Congratulations to author, Jan Drexler, and Revell, on the new release of The Amish of Weaver’s Creek Book One: The Sound of Distant Thunder.

Katie Stuckey and Jonas Weaver are both romantics. Seventeen-year-old Katie is starry-eyed, in love with the idea of being in love, and does not want to wait to marry Jonas until she is eighteen, despite her parents’ insistence. So much can happen in a year. Twenty-year-old Jonas is taken in by the romance of soldiering, especially in defense of anti-slavery, even though he knows war is at odds with the teachings of the church. When his married brother’s name comes up in the draft list, he volunteers to take his brother’s place. But can the commitment Katie and Jonas have made to each other survive the separation?

From the talented pen of Jan Drexler comes this brand new Amish series set against the backdrop of the Civil War. She puts her characters to the test as they struggle to reconcile their convictions and desires while the national conflict threatens to undermine and engulf their community.

Congratulations, Dillon T. Thornton, Ph.D., on his release of Give Them Jesus: Raising Our Children on the Core Truths of the Christian Faith.

A fresh, clear, joyful guide for parents on how to teach their children to love God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength.

GIVE THEM JESUS aims to help parents not simply add to their children’s stockpile of knowledge, but to cultivate children-disciples who are able to display Christ-likeness in every situation. Parents are the ones primarily responsible for opening up the Scriptures to help their children understand God, the world, and themselves. The family is the divinely appointed discipleship program; the home is first and foremost a place of worship. The introduction of the book discusses the four vital components of family worship: teach, treasure, sing, and pray, and offers practical suggestions for beginning and prioritizing family worship in the rough and tumble of life.

Subsequent chapters guide parents to a deeper understanding of the core truths of the historic Christian faith, as summarized in the Apostles’ Creed, arming them with appropriate language, helpful illustrations, and relevant object lessons, so that in the end they will be better prepared to pass these truths on to their children. Each chapter concludes with a family worship guide, which includes: 1) family memory verses, 2) nuggets of truth from the chapter, 3) questions for family discussion, 4) songs that celebrate the truths of the Creed, and 5) prayer prompts.

GIVE THEM JESUS equips parents to prepare their children to leave home and go out into the world as faithful participants in the great gospel story. “Never stop telling the gospel story to your kids,” Thornton says. “Give your children Jesus. Again. And again. And again. And you’ll see them walk in the truth.”

Congratulations to Tracie Miles on her new release from David C. Cook, Love Life Again: Finding Joy When Life is Hard.

In Love Life Again, Tracie reminds readers they each get only one life to live and inspires them not to take it for granted. Through compelling personal stories and powerful insights from Scripture, she helps women identify the stumbling blocks to their joy and offers tools and insights to take back control of their happiness.

Every chapter ends with a practical call to action to motivate readers to begin loving their lives again. She also offers reflection questions, prayers, and creative ideas to help readers smile. Love Life Again helps readers learn how to live the abundant lives Jesus died for them to have, despite the circumstances they may face.

It’s beginning to look alot like…Christmas In My Heart/27. Congratulations, Joe Wheeler and Pacific Press Publishing Association for the 100th Book and next installment in this lovely gift book series.

“Not in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine that Christmas in My Heart would still be alive and well after twenty-seven years-nor that it would also be our 100th book. How mightily God has blessed the ministry of our books! Without question, each year’s Christmas in My Heart collection is more daunting to assemble than the ones before. Reason being: We prayerfully search all year long for spiritually based, unforgettable, and deeply moving stories that will touch the heart, will stand the test of time, and be at least as strong as all our previous stories. Sadly, all too few authors are writing value-based stories today such as were the norm back during the golden age of Judeo-Christian stories (1880-1960), most published primarily in family magazines, few of which even exist anymore. In order to keep the Christmas in My Heart series going, we continue to purchase golden age story magazines and books, most from antique stores and the internet-also weaving in contemporary stories.” — Joe Wheeler.

Contracts

Arthur Shaw with Robert Wise signed with William Morrow/Harper Collins for The First Man on Okinawa. To be released, April 2019.

Angie Ward and Nav Press for Deep Gladness, an exploration of the concept of “calling” as it applies specifically to women leaders – those women of influence both in Christian ministry and the broader world. For publication in 2020.

 

New Clients

Dr. Kjell Tore Hovik, Jennifer Love Farrell joined WordServe in September. Welcome!

What We’re Celebrating

Congratulations to Jamie Sumner for her book, Unbound: Finding Freedom from Unrealistic Expectations of Motherhood, being selected by SpiritualityHealth.com as one of the “100 Books We Love” (part of their 20th-anniversary issue)!

 

Congratulations to author, Tracie Miles, for her book, Love Life Again coming in at #9 on the ECPA top non-fiction and top 50 of all books sold on CBA’s list for September! Check out the link:  https://christianbookexpo.com/bestseller/all.php?id=0918