WordServe December News & End of Year Update

Wow, what a year it has been! Not just personally, but also in the book industry. We’ve been very fortunate in the WordServe family that no employee or client has personally been taken out by the pandemic. Not all of our extended family members were as fortunate, of course. And we continue to pray for those left behind.

And now . . . it’s Christmas season. And while few will have a “normal” Christmas, we know that God’s character, His plan and His love is unchangeable. There is peace in knowing that, even amidst the chaos of living through a pandemic.

We get asked all of the time how we’re doing during these dark days in our history. Surprisingly, we’ve had our best year ever—by far. I can’t explain it except that publishers still have to publish 12 to 18 months from now, so they were open for business. And they were selling books! Many publishers are posting their own record profits.

Every year we like to look back on what the four agents here at WordServe were able to accomplish for our clients. Here’s a good sampling:

2020 Book releases:

Christian nonfiction projects: 25

Christian fiction: 7

General Market: 16

Foreign books: 3

2020 Books/projects signed:

First-time authors: 26 (a record by far)

Christian nonfiction: 54

Christian fiction: 7

General Market: 16

Collaborator projects: 6

Film options: 3

Specialty Bible: 1

That’s 87 books/projects signed in 2020. Another record.

So we’re very grateful that even amidst world chaos, we’ve been able to keep the ball moving down the field for our agency clients.

On behalf of our other three agents, Keely, Nick, and Sarah, and Ruthanne our faithful office manager/assistant, we send a heartfelt Have as Wonderful of a Christmas as you possibly can!

 With warm Christmas wishes,

Greg Johnson, and the WordServe team

December News

New Releases

Guideposts has released the 2021 devotional, All God’s Creatures: Daily Devotions for Animal Lovers. 

Animals are God’s gift to humans. They are instruments of His Grace blessed with a special gift for comforting us when we are down, filling us with joy at just the right moment, and encouraging us on our walk of faith.

Read submissions from WordServe authors, Linda Clare and Kathy Carlton Willis, and be encouraged.

Congratulations to Jennifer Love, MD and Kjell Tore Hovik, PsyD, PhD and Citadel Press for the release of When Crisis Strikes: 5 Steps to Heal Your Brain, Body, and Life from Chronic Stress.

YOUR BRAIN’S GREATEST ENEMY? CHRONIC STRESS. LEARN HOW TO REGAIN CONTROL, LIFE BALANCE, AND WELL-BEING.

The second in a line of health care books published in partnership with Dr. Daniel Amen and the Amen Clinics, When Crisis Strikes offers a proprietary 5-step program for tackling life crises and coping with chronic stress.

Stress is an unfortunate fact of modern life, and when those stressors are catastrophic–divorce, illness, caregiving, loss–a brain under stress becomes a brain in crisis. In this invaluable guide, award-winning psychiatrist Dr. Jennifer Love and neuropsychologist Dr. Kjell Hovik explore how to heal the damage that prolonged stress can do to your brain and your health. In When Crisis Strikes you’ll learn how to prevent these side effects from hijacking your daily life.

  Discover how your brain works with your body’s natural stress response system.
  Learn how mental and emotional cues cause physical reactions like muscle tension, pain, lowered sex drive, and more.
  Practice the five steps to relieve a stressor’s toll on your mind and your body.
  Utilize the tools to deal with any life crisis.

Including a foreword from renowned psychiatrist and brain health expert Dr. Daniel Amen, When Crisis Strikes provides hope and healing for everyone who has experienced the often-crushing weight of chronic stress.

Congratulations to David Murrow and Salem Press for the release of Drowning in Screen Time: A Lifeline for Adults, Parents, Teachers, and Ministers Who Want to Reclaim their Real Lives. 

ARE YOU DROWNING IN SCREEN TIME?

Between Zoom meetings, online classes, social media, gaming, and binge-watching TV series, humans now spend most of their free time submerged in screen life—and that’s taking a toll on real life.

The good news: there is a way back. Bestselling author David Murrow’s new book is a rescue plan for parents, adults, teachers, and ministers who want to help others (or themselves) achieve screen-life/real-life balance.

Built around five simple parables, Drowning in Screen Time shows you:

• What screens are doing to your family and relationships

• Why screen content is so addictive

• How to find freedom and confidence in real life

Drowning in Screen Time is full of positive, practical ideas that can help you keep your digital head above water.

Congratulations to Ron Hutchcraft and Harvest House for the January 5, 2021 release of Hope When Your Heart is Breaking.

Losing means grieving.
Grieving means choices.
Choices mean hurt or healing.

You’ve lost someone you love. Or you’re on the brink of losing your marriage. Your dreams. Your health. Or perhaps the trauma of your past pursues you into the present.

Your life’s going to change. Which way it goes won’t be decided by your loss, but by the choices you make.

At the crossroads of grief, one road will lead to hope and healing. The other, to more hurt.

Hope When Your Heart Is Breaking is an honest look at both roads, and how your greatest loss can lead to your greatest gain. Author Ron Hutchcraft writes from the deep well of his own devastating loss and grief, and points you to the practical steps that lead to peace and wholeness.

This book is a pathway to hope—a roadmap through the pain of grief and loss. Discover new strength through a new closeness to others and to God. And make the decisions that lead to comfort, growth, and life.

New Contracts 

Ed Norwood signed with Freiling Publishers for Be A Giant Killer to be released December 2021.

Jennifer M. Rosner signed with InterVarsity Press for her book Recalling Jesus, to be published in 2022.

Linda MacKillop signed with Kregel Publishers for Try Again Farm to be released at the end of the year, 2021.

New Clients

Tammy Wilborn, Carissa Shillito, Catherine Ricketts joined WordServe this month. Welcome!

WordServe News November 2020

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

Alaskan SecretsCongratulations to Sarah Varland and Love Inspired for the release of Alaskan Secrets.

Investigating a cold-case murder might get her killed.

When her first love, Seth Connors, is attacked in the Alaskan wilderness, former police officer Ellie Hardison knows the crime is linked to his sister’s unsolved murder. This time, she won’t stop until she finds the culprits—even if it means joining Seth undercover. With one last chance to find justice, success could bring Ellie and Seth back together…and failure could prove fatal.

From Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense: Courage. Danger. Faith.

Congratulations to Anne Barbour and FaithHappenings Publishing for the release of The Savior Has Come: An Advent Devotional.

The Christmas narrative is a riveting one, yet it is one most of us file away until December rolls around. The coming of Jesus to the earth is a pivotal historic event that merits daily remembrance. Anne Barbour’s The Savior Has Come will take you inside the events of the birth of Jesus, bringing the characters and places to life. Reading it will change your experience of Christmastime, and may just change your life as you revisit the significance of Jesus’ arrival. Discover treasures hidden in plain sight in the story of the birth of Jesus.

The Savior Has Come offers a unique reading format that is both refreshing and illuminating. Twenty-four Advent entries provide a simple, meaningful way to rediscover the familiar Biblical telling of the entrance of the Savior of the world. There are Biblical passages written in the text, reflections about the story, prayers, and a place for you to record thoughts and emotions. It was written for individual or group devotions and makes for a great first gift of Christmas.

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Congratulations to Joe Wheeler and Pacific Press for the release of Christmas in My Heart: A Treasury of Old-Fashioned Christmas Stories. The Best of Volumes 14-27.

Little did the young boy know all those years ago when he listened to his mother recite or tell emotional Christmas stories that he would eventually send a publisher a collection of his favorite Christmas stories. Back in 1992, a college professor, Dr. Joe L. Wheeler, was blindsided by a manuscript of tear- jerking Christmas stories he submitted, upon request, to a publishing house. He had no way of knowing that the simple little 128-page books would refuse to die and become (over the next 29 years) the longest-running Christmas story series in America. A traumatic brain injury resulting from a stairway fall brings the series to a halt—but not before about a million Christmas books were ensconced in homes and libraries around the world. Book 28 features some of the most beloved stories from books 1–13, and book 29 does the same with stories included from books 14–27. In each case, Dr. Wheeler shares the story behind the story–why these finalist stories were chosen for inclusion.

Cvr_TBTBS.inddCongratulations to Debora M. Coty for the re-release of Too Blessed to Be Stressed: Inspiration for Climbing Out of Life’s Stress-pool.

If you often find yourself struggling with the stresses of finances, health, career, relationships, self-image, or family, then this humor-filled volume is just what you need. With simple, practical tips for attaining the peace you crave—the peace that passes all understanding—you’ll discover healing, refreshment, and revitalization for your spirit, body, and mind.

Contracts

Mike Ashcraft signed with B&H Publishing for The Art of Conclusion to be released March 2022.

John Spencer signed with Potomac Books for Connected Brothers to be released late 2021.

Shellie Tomlinson and Chrys Howard signed with Focus On The Family for Rocking It Grand: 21 Ways to e a Game-Changing Grandma to be released November 2021.

Stephen Arterburn, Misty Arterburn, and Nick Harrison signed with Tyndale House Publishers for 365 Pocket Prayers for Those in Recovery to be released late 2021.

Jean S. Barnes and Jessica Wrasman signed with Elk Lake Publishing for Wise Woman Within to be released in November 2021. 

Walt Larimore signed with Post Hill Press for War Horseman: A World War II Hero’s Stories of Savagery, Struggles, and Saving Lipizzaners to be released in Spring 2022.

Jessica Hooten Wilson and Jacob Stratman signed with Zondervan for To This You Are Called to be released in 2021. 

New Clients

Tom Sileo, Kevin Nye, William & Bobbie Bee,  signed with WordServe in November.  Welcome!

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WordServe News October 2020

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 Robert Wise and Frank Sission for the October 20 release of I Marched with Patton

Published to commemorate the seventy-fifth anniversary of General George Patton’s death, a gripping firsthand account of World War II written by a soldier with the American Third Army who served under the legendary warrior and participated in many of the most consequential events of the conflict—including the Battle of the Bulge and the liberation of Dachau.

Following in the footsteps of the bestsellers All the Gallant Men, Every Man a Hero, Don’t Give Up, Don’t Give In, and Never Call Me a Hero, I Marched with Patton is a remarkable eyewitness account that offers priceless insights into a foot soldier’s life on the front lines during World War II under the command one of the legendary figures in American military history.

Now a spry ninety-four years old, Frank Sisson looks back at his life and his service in the Third Army. Born in rural Oklahoma, Frank grew up fatherless during the Great Depression. In 1944, at age eighteen, he enlisted and was deployed to France where he marched with Patton, taking part in many of the key Allied movements of the war. Frank fought in the Battle of the Bulge, nearly died crossing the Rhine with Patton, and was among the first American soldiers who liberated the notorious Dachau concentration camp.

After the war, Frank continued to serve in the army as a military police inspector in Berlin. When he finally returned home, he attended college and built a career in business.

Frank Sisson’s remarkable reminiscences provide a fresh, unique look at Patton’s leadership, the final year of World War II and its direct aftermath, and the experience of combat on the front lines.

I Marched with Patton includes 25 black-and-white photographs.

When Dr. Walt Larimore moved his young family to Kissimmee, Florida, to start a small-town medical practice in 1985, he had no idea he was embarking on an enterprise that would change his life in ways both large and small. But there’s no telling what you’ll run into as a family physician in a rural, small-town community.

Perfect for anyone yearning for a simpler, slower pace of life, as well as fans of Dr. Larimore’s popular Bryson City series, The Best Medicine is a tender and insightful collection of stories chronicling one young doctor’s passage from inexperience to maturity as a physician, husband, father, and community member. Filled with characters colorful and crusty, warm-hearted and hot-headed, witty and winsome, these captivating stories glow with warmth, love, and humor. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll wish Dr. Larimore was your doctor.

Teen’s Guide to Face to Face Connections in a Screen-to-Screen World by Jonathan and Alyssa McKee will release on November 1, 2020.

Phones can be a great tool for connecting with people outside the room, when they don’t interfere with the people inside the room.

You can dare to be relationally different in a screen-to-screen culture.

But. . .honestly, I like my phone. So what should I do?

You probably enjoy screens but don’t want them hurting your relationships with the people who matter most, right?  What if you could improve your face-to-face relationships, develop deeper connections, resolve conflict, and confidently communicate with friends, parents, teachers, roommates, coworkers, potential employers…even the barista at your local coffee shop?

What if your phone truly helped you connect with the people more than disconnect with those around you?

What if you paused to think before you posted, avoiding some of the hurt and consequences that almost always lead to regret after?

What if you became a master of your own screen-time instead of letting it master you?

What if you became more screen-wise?

40 real-life realizations including. . .
* Your phone doesn’t have an UNSEND button.
* Sometimes less is more.
* We all need a digital detox every once in a while.
* Sometimes the people we love the most are the people we ignored all day.
* If you find someone who doesn’t look at their phone once during a meal…marry them!

Author and youth culture expert, Jonathan McKee, and his daughter Alyssa McKee, uncover forty random realizations they’ve discovered over the last five years.  Screens provide fun platforms to connect with faraway friends; and sometimes the people we love the most are the people we ignore all day.  Jonathan and Alyssa help young adults navigate face-to-face communication in a screen-to-screen world too!  Maybe they’ll help you navigate face-to-face communication in a screen-to-screen world too!

The third book, Softly Blows the Bugle, in Jan Drexler’s The Amish of Weaver’s Creek series releases October 20, 2020.

When Elizabeth Kaufman received the news of her husband’s death at the Battle of Vicksburg in 1863, she felt only relief. She determined that she would never be at the mercy of any man again, even if it meant she would never have a family of her own. Then Aaron Zook comes home with her brother when the war ends two years later.

Despite the severity of his injuries, Aaron resolves to move West and leave the pain of the past behind him. He never imagined that the Amish way of life his grandfather had rejected long ago would be so enticing. That, and a certain widow he can’t get out of his mind.

Yet, even in a simple community, life has a way of getting complicated. Aaron soon finds that while he may have left the battlefield behind, there is another fight he must win–the one for the heart of the woman he loves.
Welcome back to the Amish community at Weaver’s Creek, where the bonds of family and faith bind up the brokenhearted.

Contracts

Robert Wise signed with Elk Lake Publishing, Inc. for Man on Fire to be released late 2021.

Stephen Arterburn, Ron Archer and Rachel Archer signed with Regnery Publishing for  Not All Black and White to be released late 2021.

New Clients

Kristen Kansiewicz, Ali Rothrock, John Bruchalski, Corey David Mead, Courtney Bejgrowicz, Gene Rice, Dr. Alice Ours Vitiello signed with WordServe in October.  Welcome!

WordServe News September 2020

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

Will revelations of the past hijack their future?

Since childhood, Ida Mae Hoscutt, the beloved proprietress of the Come and Get It Diner, has loved Charles “Chuck” Farrow from afar. Now on the eve of her thirty-ninth birthday with no marriage proposal in sight, Ida Mae mourns past mistakes and contemplates a makeover. When a radio commercial wrenches Ida Mae’s heart, will a sudden turn of events sabotage her chance for happiness or will a long-held secret be the answer to love ever-after?

As Ida Mae’s right-hand man at the Come and Get It, Chuck yearns to shift gears and start over. He’s ready to shelve bachelorhood and blunders in favor of possibilities and new beginnings. When he prepares to move forward, two things challenge his objective. One is the father who walked away and never looked back. The other? A decades-old question that only Ida Mae can answer.

And Ida Mae isn’t talking.

Congratulations to Wade Mullin and Tyndale on the October 6 release of Something’s Not Right: Decoding the Hidden Tactics of Abuse and Freeing Yourself from Its Power.

“Am I the only one who sees this―am I just imagining things? Is something wrong with me . . . or could this be abuse?”
Maybe you don’t know for sure: all you know is something feels off when you think about a certain relationship or interaction with an institution or organization. You feel alone and confused―but calling it “abuse” feels extreme and unsettling, a label for what happens to other people but not you. Yet you can’t shake the feeling: something’s not right.

In his debut book, researcher and advocate Wade Mullen introduces us to the groundbreaking world of impression management―the strategies that individuals and organizations utilize to gain power and cover up their wrongdoings. Mullen reveals a pattern that accompanies many types of abuse, almost as if abusers are somehow reading from the same playbook. If we can learn to decode these evil methods―if we can learn the language of abuse―we can help stop the cycle and make abusers less effective at accomplishing destruction in our lives.

Something’s Not Right will help you to identify and describe tactics that were previously unidentifiable and indescribable, and give you the language you need to move toward freedom and create a safer future for yourself and others.

Congratulations to Rick Lawrence for the October 6 release of Jesus-Centered Daily.

The Jesus-Centered Daily devotional invites you into a more intimate relationship with Jesus. You’ll get to know his heart and come to truly understand and embrace the relationship he desires to have with you.

This engaging devotional experience starts with Jesus at the center, so you can focus on building a relationship with him on a daily basis in a more doable way. These daily devotions won’t just help you think about your relationship with Jesus in a new way, but they’ll also help you come to know him as a close friend. He’s not content to sit on the sidelines. He doesn’t want to be compartmentalized to church on Sunday or your morning devotion time. He wants to be right there with you, walking side by side.

Each day you’ll be immersed in a surprising insight into the heart of the real Jesus and what it means to really know him (not just facts about him) and follow him. In every devotion you’ll…

• read a short Scripture passage and an intriguing devotional insight,
• ponder a simple “Wonder” question that organically focuses your attention on the heart of Jesus,
• pray and connect with Jesus in a new way to grow your friendship,
• sink into a “word” from Jesus that relates to the day’s theme, and
• experience Jesus through a special “Do” prompt—try something simple, creative, and sensory-based that’s tied to your devotional experience.

This thought-provoking, sense-engaging daily devotional will draw you closer to Jesus every day of the year. It’s easy to incorporate into your daily life—and it invites you into life-changing, life-affirming moments with Jesus.

Makes a great gift for family and friends.

Contracts

Sandy Silverthorne signed with Revell for Dad Joke Book to be released late 2021.

Fred Sievert signed with Morgan James FAITH for Fast-Starting a Career of Consequence to be released late Summer 2021.

Ace Collins signed with Tyndale House Ministries for Geared-Up Faith for Classic Car Buffs to be released Summer 2021.

Amy Sorrells signed a contract with Tyndale for 40 Days of Hope for Healthcare Heroes, a nursing devotional. It will be releasing in Summer 2021.

Shannon Deer and Cheryl Miller signed with Rowan & Littlefield for Business Doing Good: Strategies for Empowering Women and Communities to be released Fall 2021.

Joshua Kemble signed with Markosia Enterprises Limited for Two Stories to be released 2021.

Karissa Tunis and Sharlene Medini signed with Skyhorse Publishing, Inc. for Parenting While Working From Home to be released September 2021.

Shannon K. Evans signed with Brazos Press for a two-book deal. A Wilder Journey to be released early 2022 and Book #2 to be released in Spring 2023.

New Clients

John Spencer, Dr. Brook Bello, and Dorcas Smucker signed with WordServe in September.  Welcome!

 

WordServe News August 2020

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

Could you use a little joy right about now?! Congratulations to Nicole J. Phillips and Baker Books for the September 1 release of The Negativity Remedy: Unlocking More Joy, Less Stress, and Better Relationships through Kindness.

We’re all pretty nice people, right? It’s just that occasionally we’re tempted to gossip or indulge in a little justified road rage . . . or snap at our spouse . . . maybe scream at our kids . . . I mean, if everyone else would get with the program, we wouldn’t be this way!

But maybe the trouble isn’t with all those other people who aggravate us. Maybe we’re the problem–specifically, the way we react to inconveniences, accidents, and just plain old everyday life with negative words, thoughts, and actions. Because the truth is, when we stop focusing on how we’re being affected and start responding in kind ways, that’s when something remarkable happens: we actually feel happier ourselves.

With humor, compassion, and encouragement, Nicole Phillips draws on scientific research and real-life examples to help us recognize unhelpful negative thought patterns, show kindness toward others even when we don’t feel like it, and discover how one little change actually changes everything.

Congratulations to Jamie Sumner for the September 1 release of Tune It Out.

From the author of the acclaimed Roll with It comes a moving novel about a girl with a sensory processing disorder who has to find her own voice after her whole world turns upside down.

Lou Montgomery has the voice of an angel, or so her mother tells her and anyone else who will listen. But Lou can only hear the fear in her own voice. She’s never liked crowds or loud noises or even high fives; in fact, she’s terrified of them, which makes her pretty sure there’s something wrong with her.

When Lou crashes their pickup on a dark and snowy road, child services separate the mother-daughter duo. Now she has to start all over again at a fancy private school far away from anything she’s ever known. With help from an outgoing new friend, her aunt and uncle, and the school counselor, she begins to see things differently. A sensory processing disorder isn’t something to be ashamed of, and music might just be the thing that saves Lou—and maybe her mom, too.

Contracts

Dr. Daniel Amen signed with Tyndale Publishing for a two-book deal. Happy: The Neuroscience of Feeling Good to be released in 2021 and Untitled Book #2 to be released in 2022.

Amanda Martinez Beck signed with Broadleaf Publishers for The Fat Girl’s Field Guide to the Modern World to be released early 2022.

Angie Ward signed with NavPress for a three-book deal. Book One: Seasons of Crisis to be released Fall 2021, Book Two: Kingdom and Country to be released Summer 2022, and Book Three: The Least of These to be released Spring 2023.

New Clients

Candace Camling, Leslie Verner, Jacob Stratman, Abhinav Singh, Susan Woodward, Amber Brandt, Sarah Westfall signed with WordServe in August.  Welcome!

 

What We’re Celebrating

Congratulations to Professor Christian B. Keller for being a finalist for the Gilder Lehrman Prize for Military History Book of the Year for 2019 for The Great Partnership: Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and the Fate of the Confederacy. The Gilder Lehrman Prize for Military History at the New-York Historical Society is a $50,000 prize administered by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the New-York Historical Society. Each year the award recognizes the best book on military history in the English-speaking world distinguished by its scholarship, its contribution to the literature, and its appeal to both a general and an academic audience.

WordServe News July 2020

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 Sarah Varland and Love Inspired for the August 1st release of Alaskan Showdown.

What she uncovers sheds light on a cold case…and can put her in a grave.

After finding the body of a missing hiker in her small Alaska town, search-and-rescue dog handler Adriana Steele becomes the target of a serial killer thought to have been inactive for decades. Now Adriana’s determined to help Officer Levi Wicks catch the murderer. But with the cold case heating up…the jaded officer is all that stands between her and death.

Congratulations to Kate Hurley and Harvest House Published for the release of the new expanded version of Getting Naked Later: Making Sense of the Unexpected Single Life. 

Will I always be lonely if I end up alone?

You thought you’d be married by now, but you’re not. Even though your friends in relationships love to tell you that singleness is a gift, this gift comes with its share of fear, grief, and still-to-be-answered prayers.

Life coach and singer-songwriter Kate Hurley has been there, and now she encourages you to open yourself to new opportunities and relationships of all varieties. Getting Naked Later will help you…

  • find family in your friends, church, and community
  • stop viewing the pursuit of a partner as a formula that demands a solution
  • hand over control of your life to God, finding peace in the knowledge that He has a plan for you

You don’t need to give up on romance, but you also don’t need to live on standby, expecting someone else to give your life meaning. Learn how to stop waiting and start embracing your life—right where you are.

This is an expanded edition of the previously released book Cupid is a Procrastinator.

This is a first for our agency…a book’s release with the author still in a war zone. Grateful to Ryan Hendrickson for his continued service as a civilian contractor, even after a 20-year career in 3 branches of the military, including the Green Beret’s where he was awarded the Silver Star for Valor, as well as several Purple Hearts (and other medals). Here he is holding a copy of his just-released book in Afghanistan. Salute!!!

 

Congratulations to Ryan Hendrickson for the release of The Tip of the Spear: The Incredible Story of an Injured Green Beret’s Return to Battle.  This is inspiring true story of a US Special Forces soldier who was medically retired after stepping on an IED, and his incredible return to active duty.

Sergeant First Class (SFC) Ryan Hendrickson is a brave, determined, and courageous soldier — a Green Beret clearing the way for his twelve-man team while conducting combat operations against the Taliban. As the “tip of the spear,” his role is to ensure the route taken by U.S. and Afghan troops are free of IEDs — improvised explosive devices. Many soldiers do not survive their last step; those who do often lose at least one limb.

While rescuing an Afghan soldier outside a mud-hut compound in 2010 — knowing that he was in “uncleared” territory — Ryan stepped on an IED with his right foot. The device exploded, leaving his foot dangling at the end of his leg.

American soldiers losing a limb is an all-too-common occurrence. But what makes Ryan’s story different is that after undergoing two dozen surgeries and a tortuous rehabilitation, he was medically retired but fought to return to active duty. Multiple skin grafts to his leg and right foot successfully reattached his lower leg, and he was aided in his recovery by wearing a new prosthetic device known as an IDEO (Intrepid Dynamic Exoskeletal Orthosis). Once he passed a series of crucial physical tests, Ryan was able to rejoin the Green Berets within a year and physically perform his duties, redeploying to Afghanistan in March 2012.

In 2016, he volunteered to return to Afghanistan with Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group. During a firefight with the Taliban, he risked his life under heavy enemy fire to rescue three Afghan soldiers cut off from friendly forces and return the bodies of two dead Afghan soldiers under the ethos that “no one gets left behind.” For his heroic efforts on the battlefield, SFC Ryan Hendrickson was awarded a Silver Star, the nation’s third-highest award for valor.

An engaging and harrowing account, Tip of the Spear tells the amazing story of one Green Beret’s indomitable spirit.

Congratulations to Rick Johnson and Revell for the release of How to Understand the Man you Love.

Men are fairly simple creatures with fairly simple needs. Yet women often find themselves frustrated trying to understand those needs in order to improve their marriages. Relationship expert Rick Johnson ends the guessing game, giving women an open and honest look inside the world of a man’s needs and helping them understand how best to use their influence to have a satisfying and exciting relationship.

Congratulations to Pierce Brantley and David C. Cook for the release of Calling: Awaken to the Purpose of Your Work.

Men today long for a calling but often settle for the next best thing: a job. They aspire for a higher purpose but still have bills to pay and family to support. But what if men could find their calling in the work they are already doing?

In his new book Calling: Awaken to the Purpose of Your Work, author Pierce Brantley uses practical language and shares actionable steps to show men how to redefine the purpose of their work and discover what it means to have a “called career.”

Brantley shows men they can find a meaningful connection with God in the work they are doing right now. Men were designed for this partnership, and once they embrace it they will be awakened to the true purpose of their work—not just a career but a calling.

Contracts

Bradley Caffee signed with Mountain Brook Ink a three-book deal for “The Chase Runner” Series to be released in 2021 and 2022.

Steve Arterburn signed a 6-book deal with Salem Publishers. Titles include: Understanding and Loving Your Pot-Smoking Child, Understanding and Loving Your ADHD Child, Understanding and Loving Your Child as a Single Parent, Understanding and Loving Your Child Through College, Understanding and Loving Your Child in a Screen Saturated World, and Understanding and Loving Your Bonus Children: Rethinking Your Approach as a Blended Family.

David Dusek signed with Fidelis Publishing, LLC for The Manhood Battle: Tactics to Biblical Manhood Learned from the 7th Cavalry in Vietnam to be released late summer 2021.

David Stoop signed with Revell for Don’t Die Before You’re Dead to be released in the fall of 2021.

Jessica Hooten Wilson signed a two-book deal with BrazosPress for The Scandalous Holy and How to Read Like a Christian to be released in 2021 and 2022 respectively.

New Clients

Diane Peterson, Lavender Vroman, Josh Kemble, Candy Mariballi, Michelle Krol, Shelley Kinder, and Jess Lewis signed with WordServe in July.  Welcome!

 

What We’re Celebrating

Congratulations to Jamie Sumner for the Kirkus Starred Review for Tune It Out. Read all about it here: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/jamie-sumner/tune-it-out/

 

 

 

Congratulations to Katie Powner for the Starred Review from Library Journal for her debut novel, The Sowing Season (Bethany, October 2020). Read what they’re saying here: https://www.libraryjournal.com/?reviewDetail=the-sowing-season

 

 

Congratulations to Mary Davis for being a finalist in the Will Rogers Medallion Awards in the Western Romance category for The Daughter’s Predicament (Quilting Circle Book 2)

 

 

 

Congratulations to Sarah M. Carlson for the great article on Fox News featuring her book In the Dark of War: A CIA Officer’s Account of the U.S. Evacuation from Libya. Check out the article here: https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/quietly-ferocious-cia-officer-libya-daniel-hoffman.

 

 

Congratulations to Cara Whitney for her beautiful book Unbridled Faith: 100 Devotions from the Horse Farm surpassing 100,000 books sold! Well Done!

WordServe News March 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

New from Mountain Brook Ink and Patricia Lee, Love Calls Her Home, Book 2 in the Mended Hearts Series. Can a hurting boy help two broken people find their way back to love? Lissa Frye returns home from the Navy hoping to find a different future—one which includes a husband, marriage, and a family, until news from her sister impacts Lissa’s personal life and derails her plans.

Congratulations to Kathi Lipp on her re-release from Harvest House Publishers, The Mom Project: 21 Days to a More Connected Family. Do you want to connect with your children outside your regular routine and find ways to understand, enjoy, and learn more about them? This handy guide offers a straightforward, workable plan to do just that! Kathi’s warm, funny, and thought-provoking expertise will give you the tools and confidence you need to connect with your kids. Small efforts can make a big difference in the life of a child…and in the life of a mom!

New from Joe L. Wheeler and Pacific Press, My Favorite Courage Stories the fifth book in Joe L. Wheeler’s Favorite Stories Collection. Desmond remained on top of the cliff until he had lowered every wounded man to safety. During this five-hour ordeal, again and again, Doss prayed, “Just one more, Lord.” The official record would go on to state that 75 men had been save by Desmond Doss, although it was likely closer to 100. Read this incredible story of courage and more in Joe L. Wheeler’s latest collection.

Congratulations Jamie Sumner on her new release from FaithWords, Unbound: Finding Freedom from Unrealistic Expectations of Motherhood.  Unbound gives hope and encouragement to all women whose picture of motherhood is strained by disillusionment, otherness, and even despair. With honesty and vulnerability, Jamie Sumner walks readers through each stage of her own journey to motherhood through infertility and special needs parenting. She pairs her story with those of women in the Bible, offering readers comfort, hope, and companionship rooted in biblical truths.

Debora M. Coty released her companion journal to the Too Blessed to be Stressed series. In the My Prayer Journal, Coty invites readers to spend some quite time in the comforting presence of our heavenly Father, who cares about anything and everything the day may bring our way. This inspiring journal features a collection of prayer starters plus scripture selections and room to record your own personal thoughts and prayers…the perfect complement to our daily routine.

Senator Tim Scott and Congressman Trey Gowdy release Unified: How Our Unlikely Friendship Gives U Hope for a Divided Country from Tyndale. Our nation is hungry for unity. Most Americans  would rather celebrate what we have in common than focus on our differences. But the feelings of division are real. In recent years, the very foundation of our melting-pot society has been shaken—ironically, by our differences. We long for a story that will give us a glimpse of how to once again find harmony with our diversity. This is that story.

Also released this month by Senator Tim Scott and Congressman Trey Gowdy in conjunction with Tyndale is The Friendship Challenge: A Six-Week Guide to True Reconciliation — One Friendship at a Time. Do you want to transform your community? Take the Friendship Challenge. In 2016, Scott and Gowdy began hosting a series of community roundtables, bringing together pastors, law enforcement officers, and administrators to discuss community relations. In The Friendship Challenge, they apply the lessons they learned to help promote reconciliation in their communities.

Congratulations to Leslie Leyland Fields and Kregel Publications on her new release The Wonder Years: 40 Women Over 40 On Aging, Faith, Beauty, and Strength. Start embracing the wonder of life after 40. We’re all getting older. How do we make the second half of our lives the best half? Forty incredible women of faith from 40 to 85 tackle aging anxieties head on—and upend them with compelling first-person stories full of humor, sass, and spiritual wisdom.

Contracts

Rick Lawrence signed with Harvest House Publishers for Finding Freedom to be released early 2019.

Cynthia Herron signed a three-book deal with Mountain Brook Ink with a possible book four. The three books will be part of the Welcome to Ruby series. First book in the series, Her Hope Discovered, due for release July 2019.

Kim Kimberling signed with Faith Words for his book Avoiding The Train Wreck Marriage: Keys to Making the Right Connections for a Lifetime, due to publish in early 2019.

Casey Diaz with Mike Yorkey signed with Emanate, an imprint of the Thomas Nelson division of Harper Collins Publishing for The Shot Caller due out Spring 2019.

Laurie Short signed with Bethany House a division of Baker Publishing Group for Hidden Wisdom to be released early 2019.

Jamie Erickson signed with Moody Press for The Unlikely Homeschooler due for release mid 2019.

Lydia Harris signed with Harvest House for her Grandma and Me Cookbook due for release mid 2019.

Sara Varland signed with Love Inspired for books 3 and 4 of the Moose Haven Series, due for release mid and late 2019.

New Clients

Sarah Jackson and Ryan Hendrickson joined WordServe this month. Welcome!

What We’re Celebrating

Congratulations agent Sarah Joy (Freese) Oaklief and family! Welcome to the world sweet Sadie Jayne Anne Oaklief, born March 15. At 6.9 lbs and 19 inches, Sadie Jayne (and mama) are home and doing great!

 

Congratulations to Donald Stratton whose work All the Gallant Men with Ken Gire helped inspire a commercial on PBS which has been nominated for an Emmy! See the commercial here: https://www.facebook.com/ussarizonasurvivor/posts/438281903295828

WordServe News February 2018

Exciting 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

Mary Davis released Courting Her Amish Heart with Love Inspired. A doctor or an Amish wife? She can choose to be only one…This first book of the Prodigal Daughters series has Kathleen Yoder coming home after fourteen years in the Englisher world.

Fred Sievert released Grace Revealed, Finding God’s Strength in Any Crisis with BroadStreet Publishing. Crises are inevitable, will you face them alone or call upon God’s amazing grace for a lasting solution? In Grace Revealed, be inspired and encouraged from real-life stories of others who discover they are not alone when crises arise.

Mindy Ferguson released the latest installment of the Eyewitness to Promise Bible Study Series with Abraham: Developing Unwavering Faith. Through this study, you will watch the budding father of a nation question God’s plans, take matters into his own hands, and, at times, compromise truth. Like us, Abraham and his wife, Sarah, made mistakes along their journey with God, but Abraham learned to trust God more fully from each misstep. Abraham became a great man of faith. Will you?

 

New Contracts 

Martha Bolton signed with BroadStreet Publishing for Forgettable Jokes for Older Folks, due for publication in December 2018.

New Clients

 

What We’re Celebrating

 

WordServe News January 2018

Happy 2018! Exciting things have been happening this month at WordServe Literary.

On the final post of each month you’ll find a list of WordServe authors’ recently released books along with a recap of agency news.

New Releases

Mary Davis’s novella, Holly and Ivy, was released as part of A Bouquet of Brides Collection from Barbour. In this delightful collection, readers meet seven American women who were named for various flowers but struggle to bloom where God planted them. Can love help them grow to their full potential?

Phillip Robinson and Rondol Hammer released Forgiveness in the First Degree with FaithHappenings Publishers. The gun was never supposed to go off. When a drug dealer assured twenty-nine-year-old Ron Hammer and his brother-in-law that they could make some quick easy money, they were intrigued. He promised them that when a local grocer delivered a bag of money to his store to cash Friday paychecks, they only needed to show him a gun and he’d hand over the bag.
But high on meth and dulled by liquor, they ended up in a scuffle with their target, and the gun accidentally fired.

 

Sarah Varland released Mountain Refuge with Love Inspired Suspense. When someone tries to grab Summer Dawson on a secluded mountain path, she escapes—but soon discovers she’s a serial killer’s latest target. Ex-cop Clay Hitchcock, promises she won’t become the next victim, but can Clay and Summer work together to bring down the crazed killer lurking in the wilderness?

New Contracts 

 

New Clients

 

What We’re Celebrating

 

WordServe News June 2017

Exciting 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.

Agency News

Anita Agers-Brooks launched a new project this month, BookInfluencers.com. Created to help authors expand the reach of their books, Book Influencers connects writers to thousands of book reviewers, book clubs, book sellers, and dozens of influencers in other categories. She’s offering a special discount to WordServe authors of 10% off all services for a limited time. Please check out the site at http://bookinfluencers.com, and email Anita at bookinfluencers@gmail.com with any questions!

New Releases

Tricia Williford released You Can Do This with NavPress. Tricia explores how confidence and self-awareness can be a path toward stronger and richer faith, and offers stories and strategies to inspire and lead women to develop the confidence to stand firm in the face of the blows, losses, and disappointments in life.

Jan Drexler pre-released An Amish Courtship with Love Inspired. Samuel Lapp all but accepts his estrangement from the Amish community—until Mary Hochstetter moves in next door to. She sees Samuel differently than his neighbors do. If he can earn her respect while helping with her aunt’s chores, perhaps the rest of the community will follow. But as their delicate friendship grows deeper, they both must overcome their painful pasts before they can build a home together.

Amanda Jenkins and Tara McClary Reeves’ books, The Knight and the Firefly and The Pirate and the Fireflyare now available in paperback! These creative and inspirational tales guide children through God’s Word with the help of Phineas the firefly, imparting important lessons about courage, confidence, friendship, and more.

Anne Love’s novella “The Gardener’s Daughter” was published as part of the Of Rags and Riches Romance Collection by Barbour. Nine stories of poverty and opulence during the Gilded Age will thrill readers as couples meet during these exhilarating times and work to build an incredible future together.

New Clients

Amanda Anderson, Drew Clark, Cynthia McGovern, Bill Nester, and Kerri Pomarolli joined WordServe Literary this month. Welcome!

What We’re Celebrating

Tricia Lott Williford’s book, You Can Do Thisis being featured on the main table at 64 Barnes & Noble stores nationwide. It also hit #1 for new titles on Amazon in Women’s Issues. Congrats, Tricia!

Leslie Leyland Fields’ latest book, Crossing the Waters: Following Jesus through the Storms, the Fish, the Doubt, and the Seas, will be translated into the Slovak language. Additionally, RightNow Media is heading to the Alaskan island where Leslie lives to film a video study of Crossing the Waters, one of just 20 books a year RightNow chooses for their video study series!