WordServe News May 2021

Much has been happening this month at WordServe Literary . . . our highlights below include new releases, contracts signed, notable reviews and PR events, new authors to the agency and other news of note by clients and agents.

New Releases

Deadly Mountain TrapCongratulations to Sarah Varland with Sharon Dunn for the release of Deadly Mountain Trap a 2-in-1 Love Inspired Suspense

Caught in a killer’s sights

Mountain Captive by Sharon Dunn

Private investigator Jude Trainor won’t give up on finding a kidnapped little girl—even after the suspect runs him off a mountain road and sends bullets his way. But when Lacey Conrad steps in to help Jude, the criminal sets his sights on her. Can Jude and Lacey outlast a snowstorm and a person who will stop at nothing to cover his tracks?

Alaskan Mountain Murder by Sarah Varland

Searching for her missing aunt in remote Alaska, Cassie Hawkins and her little boy are thrust into a killer’s sights. Now their only safe harbor is Jake Stone, the man she loved and left…but never told about their son. With the mountain trails hiding deadly mysteries, can Jake guard the woman he’s always loved—and the child he didn’t know he had?

Congratulations to Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop on the June 8, 2021 release of The Soul of a Hero: Becoming the Man of Strength and Purpose You Were Created to Be.

If you are a man who is stuck and empty and ready for change, this is the book for you. If you are someone who would love to see the man in your life with the spark you used to see in his eyes, this book is a superb gift for him.

When people hear the word hero these days, the movie cliché of a superhero rescuing a desperate woman instantly comes to mind. But answering the call to be a godly hero is far from that mistaken scenario. The lives of too many guys are full of pain and frustration and an aimless desire to either medicate the pain or find another victim to rescue―the furthest thing from being a hero. The world needs men who are running on all cylinders, passionate about what they do. In The Soul of a Hero, bestselling authors and respected counselors Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop guide men to a better, hope-filled life by helping them rediscover their true God-given calling: to be a hero.

When men live into their true identity as heroes, temptations lose their allure and depression gives way to energy. Men who once felt as if their best years were behind them find a second wind to help them live every moment to its fullest. This book calls and equips men to become the heroes their wives, sons, daughters, friends, and coworkers want and need them to be.

In The Soul of a Hero, you will learn how to start from empty and transform yourself into a man who is thriving with purpose, joy, and true grit.

Road to RosesCongratulations to The Bachelorette, Desiree Hartsock with Autumn Krause and Zondervan for the June 22, 2021 release of The Road to Roses

When Desiree Hartsock was offered the opportunity to star on The Bachelorette, she thought she was finally getting the life she always longed for. Yet her reality TV dreams gave way to rough roads of unexpected twists, public scrutiny, and rejection. Now for the first time, Desiree reveals in this rivetingly honest book how she found her resilience and love after all–and you can too. 

Desiree Hartsock was living paycheck to paycheck and freshly–not to mention painfully–single when she first stepped onto the set of The Bachelor. Then when she was selected to star as The Bachelorette, she thought surely this turn of events promised a second chance. 

Yet Desiree’s debut on the world stage also meant facing the critics, as viewers judged her every word and action. She was devastated when Brooks broke up with her and the entire world observed her humiliation. But what the world didn’t see was the comeback journey that followed. The Road to Roses reveals: 

  • The emotional journey behind the events that played out on camera
  • The mindset changes that kept Desiree open to love and trust even after heartbreak, that ultimately led her to choosing her husband
  • And the off-camera journey of the lessons Desiree learned, like how to always fail forward, stay true to yourself, and trusting that despite the external pressures, God loves us just as we are

For anyone who is looking at the pieces of their lives and losing hope that they can be put back together again, The Road to Roses offers an authentic guide for finding your grit to keep going and make yourself proud no matter what pressures you face. Whether your heart has been broken, your dream has been put on hold, or your character is being put under pressure, following Desiree’s journey will give you courage to stay strong in your own.

Contracts

Kimberly Leto signed with Regnery for Fit God’s Way to be released September 2022.

Laurie Polich Short signed with Bethany for Faith, Doubt, and God’s Timing to be released January 2023.

Carissa Shillito signed with B&H/Lifeway for Innis and Ernest to be released November 2022.

Cara Whitney signed with Thomas Nelson for Country Soul: Inspiring Devotions From the Horse Farm to be released late 2021.

New Clients

Romona Robinson, Debra Adamson, Natalie Runion, Elizabeth Felicetti, and Marvin Truhe recently signed with WordServe.  Welcome!

 

WordServe News April 2021

Much has been happening this month at WordServe Literary . . . our highlights below include new releases, contracts signed, notable reviews and PR events, new authors to the agency and other news of note by clients and agents.

New Releases

BusesCongratulations to Charles Person with Richard Rooker for the April 27, 2021 release of Buses Are A Comin’: Memoir of a Freedom Rider.

A firsthand exploration of the cost of boarding the bus of change to move America forward―written by one of the Civil Rights Movement’s pioneers.

At 18, Charles Person was the youngest of the original Freedom Riders, key figures in the U.S. Civil Rights Movement who left Washington, D.C. by bus in 1961, headed for New Orleans. This purposeful mix of black and white, male and female activists―including future Congressman John Lewis, Congress of Racial Equality Director James Farmer, Reverend Benjamin Elton Cox, journalist and pacifist James Peck, and CORE field secretary Genevieve Hughes―set out to discover whether America would abide by a Supreme Court decision that ruled segregation unconstitutional in bus depots, waiting areas, restaurants, and restrooms nationwide.

Two buses proceeded through Virginia, North and South Carolina, to Georgia where they were greeted by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and finally to Alabama. There, the Freedom Riders found their answer: No. Southern states would continue to disregard federal law and use violence to enforce racial segregation. One bus was burned to a shell, its riders narrowly escaping; the second, which Charles rode, was set upon by a mob that beat several riders nearly to death.

Buses Are a Comin’ provides a front-row view of the struggle to belong in America, as Charles Person accompanies his colleagues off the bus, into the station, into the mob, and into history to help defeat segregation’s violent grip on African American lives. It is also a challenge from a teenager of a previous era to the young people of today: become agents of transformation. Stand firm. Create a more just and moral country where students have a voice, youth can make a difference, and everyone belongs.

saving my enemyCongratulations to Bob Welch for the release of Saving My Enemy: How Two WWII Soldiers Fought Against Each Other and Later Forged a Friendship That Saved Their Lives.

“A quintessential tale. Once read, never to be forgotten.” —Erik Jendersen, lead writer of Band of Brothers on HBO

Saving My Enemy is a “Band of Brothers” sequel like no other.

Don Malarkey grew up scrappy and happy in Astoria, Oregon—jumping off roofs, playing pranks, a free-range American.

Fritz Engelbert’s German boyhood couldn’t have been more different. Regimented and indoctrinated by the Hitler Youth, he was introspective and a loner.

Both men fought in the Battle of the Bulge, the horrific climax of World War II in Europe. A paratrooper in the U.S. Army, Malarkey served a longer continuous stretch on the bloody front lines than any man in Easy Company. Engelbert, though he never killed an enemy soldier, spent decades wracked by guilt over his participation in the Nazi war effort.

On the sixtieth anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Bulge, these two survivors met. Malarkey was a celebrity, having been featured in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers, while Engelbert had passed the years in the obscurity of a remote German village.

But both men were still scarred— haunted—by nightmares of war. And finally, after they met, they were able to save each other’s lives.

Saving My Enemy is the unforgettable true story of two soldiers on opposing sides who became brothers in arms.

One manCongratulations to Ron Archer and Mike Yorkey for the release of The Power of One Man: How God Uses Men Like You to Change the World.

What can one man do?

History is filled with world-changing events that turned on the hinge of a single person taking action. Their decisions and words shaped the world later generations came to inhabit.

In The Power of One Man, author Ron Archer examines biblical figures who changed the world in which they lived, then applies those lessons to the challenges men face today—deftly weaving the narrative with stories of both failure and success in his own life in a way that is not only educational, but inspirational. Most of the social problems in our culture stem from an epidemic of fatherlessness. But as Ron’s own life demonstrates, God has a plan to redeem and restore those areas by redeeming and restoring men themselves—one individual at a time.

What can God do with just one man? Anything He wants to—if you let Him.

Grace FilledCongratulations to Laurie Polich Short and Harvest House for the May 4, 2021 release of Grace-Filled Step Parenting: Help and Hope for This Unique and Loving Role.

Stepparenting Is Hard…but It Can Also Be Richly Rewarding

Stepparenting can sometimes feel like an overwhelming and thankless challenge. Loving and caring for children who aren’t biologically yours means having to earn trust, establish authority, and often put your own needs aside in favor of your stepchild’s well-being or a birth parent’s wishes.

But here’s the good news: With some expert guidance and God’s help, you can have tremendous influence in your stepchild’s life and grow in your faith along the way.

Seasoned stepmom Laurie Polich Short understands and empathizes with the difficult job you face. Drawing on extensive research, biblical teaching, and her own real-life experience (including an insightful chapter cowritten with her stepson, Jordan), Laurie provides practical and spiritual advice to help you fully embrace and succeed in your role as stepparent.

Whether you are about to become a stepparent or are further along on your journey, this compassionate and insightful resource offers the hope, help, and encouragement you’ve been looking for.

searching for graceCongratulations to Russ Masterson and Scotty Smith for the May 4, 2021 release of Searching for Grace: A Weary Leader, a Wise Mentor, and Seven Healing Conversations for a Parched Soul.

Searching for Grace invites you into the kind of relationship that we all long for deep in our hearts. The relationship between Scotty and Russ is scary, vulnerable, painful, but gorgeously loving and drenched in grace.” ―Paul David Tripp, author of New Morning Mercies

Anxious? Burnt out? Weary? Why is it so hard for our souls to find rest?
In Searching for Grace, Russ and his mentor, Scotty Smith, explore the contours of their lives and why embracing God’s grace unreservedly is so difficult for many of us. Their honest conversations offer priceless lessons for parched souls everywhere.

Many of us feel anxious and unfulfilled by our everyday existence, yet deeply long for a purposeful, meaningful, and peace-filled life. That tension creates a background buzz of profound discontentment behind everything we do. There is a better way. Searching for Grace reveals the conversations between Russ and Scotty that transformed Russ’s life forever, helping him identify the mindsets that contributed to his restlessness. Straight from his little black journal, Russ shares the seven life-giving principles he learned from Scotty that unleashed him to a refreshingly new life, radically built on God’s grace.

Creatures of HabitCongratulations to Steve Poe for the May 18, 2021 release of Creatures of Habit: Breaking the Habits Holding You Back from God’s Best.

Beloved pastor Steve Poe helps Christians identify and break free from the destructive patterns that are keeping them from the joy-filled, flourishing life Jesus promised.

We all have both good and bad habits in our life. Creatures of Habit reveals how to remove bad habits and replace them with godly ones. But it’s not a matter of working hard, of “pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps.” That approach simply doesn’t work. True transformation is God’s work–our job is to listen, obey, and put into practice what he’s already directing us to do.

Steve Poe has pastored large, growing churches for more than thirty-four years, and during that time he has counseled hundreds of people. He’s seen that poor choices often become bad habits that in turn cause people a lot of problems. Hundreds of things can become a bad habit in our lives, but Poe focuses on the most common, among them:

  • anger,
  • lust,
  • worry,
  • cynicism,
  • pride,
  • self-centeredness, and
  • greed.

Each chapter provides insights, biblical examples, and tangible tools that will help you break the bad habits that can become spiritual strongholds in your life.

Congratulations Ron Archer with Mike Yorkey for the

Contracts

Christopher L. Davis signed with Zondervan for the Hope Fully book and Video Study to be release in October 2022.

Colin Cahoon signed with WordServe Publishers/Valor Press Imprint for Mended Wings to be released in late summer 2021.

Tracie Miles signed with David C. Cook Publishing for Living Unbroken Small Group Study Guide to be released May 2022.

Amanda Anderson signed with RightNow Media for a Video On-Demand Bible Study May 1, 2021-April 30, 2024.

New Clients

Cathey Nickell, Kevin Ford recently signed with WordServe.  Welcome!

What We’re Celebrating

TheHouseLoveBuiltThe House that Love Built is a Finalist for ECPA Christian Book Awards 2021. Congratulations, Sarah Jackson! Check out the article HERE.

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WordServe News February 2021

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 , Elizabeth Goddard, and Love Inspired Suspense for the release of Alaskan Mountain Pursuit.

Danger in the Alaskan wilderness

Tailspin by Elizabeth Goddard

Nothing can stop Sylvie Masters from scuba diving to find her mother’s downed plane—except possibly the hit man determined to keep the truth buried. When bush pilot Will Pierson comes to her rescue, she knows she can still reach her goal, but she needs his help. Will wants answers, too, especially since his mother was the missing plane’s pilot. But Sylvie is shrouded in secrets—secrets that someone will kill for.

Mountain Refuge by Sarah Varland

When someone tries to grab mountain runner Summer Dawson on a secluded path, she escapes—but soon discovers she’s a serial killer’s latest target. Clay Hitchcock thought he was done with law enforcement, but after finding Summer running for her life, he’s back in cop mode. Now if they want to stay alive, Clay and Summer must work together to bring down the killer lurking in the wilderness.

Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Amen and Tyndale for the March 2 release of Your Brain Is Always Listening: Tam the Hidden Dragons that Control Your Happiness, Habits, and Hang-ups.

New York Times bestselling author Dr. Daniel Amen equips you with powerful weapons to battle the inner dragons that are breathing fire on your brain, driving unhealthy behaviors, and robbing you of joy and contentment.
Your brain is always listening and responding to these hidden influences and unless you recognize and deal with them, they can steal your happiness, spoil your relationships, and sabotage your health. This book will teach you to tame the:

1. Dragons from the Past that ignite your most painful emotions;
2. Negative Thought Dragons that attack you, fueling anxiety and depression;
3. They and Them Dragons, people in your life whose own dragons do battle with yours;
4. Bad Habit Dragons that increase the chances you’ll be overweight, overwhelmed, and an underachiever;
5. Addicted Dragons that make you lose control of your health, wealth, and relationships;
6. Scheming Dragons, advertisers, and social media sites that steal your attention.

In Your Brain Is Always Listening, Dr. Daniel Amen shows you how to recognize harmful dragons and gives you the weapons to vanquish them. With these practical tools, you can stop feeling sad, mad, nervous, or out of control and start being happier, calmer, and more in control of your own destiny.

Contracts

Dr. John Bruchalski signed with Ignatius Press (a division of Guadalupe Associates, Inc.) for Two Patients to be released in Summer 2022.

Barb Raveling signed with Harvest House Publishers, Inc. for Say Goodbye to Emotional Eating, to be released in Autumn 2022.

New Clients

Camden Morgante, Aubrey Golbek, Kasey Shuler, John Meador, and Bryan Clark signed with WordServe in February.  Welcome!

 

 

WordServe News January 2021

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 Oz SyndromeCongratulations to Dr. Michael O’Donnell and FaithHappenings Publishers on the December 24, 2020 release of The Oz Syndrome: Coming Home to Find Contentment in the Sacredness of the Family.

“Somewhere over the rainbow isn’t all it’s cracked up to be!” Our modern lifestyle has created an epidemic of restlessness, a desperate search for what we believe to be missing in our lives that Dr. O’Donnell has dubbed, The Oz Syndrome. In this obsession we wander over the rainbow and down the yellow brick road in an anxious quest for the “wizard” who we think can ease our restless heart. But Dr. O’Donnell shows us, as Dorothy learned, that the true answer was always there—right in our own backyard.

She SmilesCongratulations to Katy McCown and David C. Cook for the January 1, 2021 release of She Smiles Without Fear: Proverbs 31 for Every Woman.

Bible Study with Digital Video Sessions Included!

Many women live with anticipation—but also great anxiety—about what the future may bring. So they work hard to stay one step ahead of their worst-case scenarios. While they’re focused on arranging a secure tomorrow, their fear strangles the peace, joy, and purpose from today. With the Proverbs 31 woman as a guide, Katy McCown takes readers on a five-week journey to discover how to find security in God’s plans and confidence in His control.
McCown’s Bible study provides a fresh perspective of the Proverbs 31 woman to make her more accessible than ever before.

Features:

  • 6 digital video sessions easily accessed online
  • Personal or Group Study with 5 weeks of personal study segments to complete between 6 weeks of group sessions
  •  Practical tools for overcoming anxiety and fear rooted in God’s word

A Joy-Filled Invitation to Move the Weight of the World from Your Shoulders to God’s.

Relentless CourageCongratulations to Tana Amen and Thomas Nelson for the January 5, 2021 release of The Relentless Courage of a Scared Child: How Persistence, Grit, and Faith Created a Reluctant Healer.

A shocking and hopeful account of one woman’s extraordinary courage to face her past and embrace truth in order to help others find hope and healing

In The Relentless Courage of a Scared Child, Tana Amen shares her incredible story of transformation—of growing up in poverty, a bullied latch-key kid raised on sugary cereal and junk food, to becoming a world-renowned food and fitness expert.

Her challenging past of neglect, poverty, sexual abuse, thyroid cancer, and bouts of anxiety and depression set her on a path to find healing. Through her remarkable journey, we see more clearly the light that can shine through our own broken places and ultimately heal us: body, mind, and soul.

At once tragic and heartwarming, Tana’s story integrates cutting-edge psychology and proven wellness techniques from the Amen Clinics in a moving exploration of the healing available to each one of us, no matter the pain in our past.

Congratulations to Karissa Tunis, Shari Medini, and Skyhorse Publishing for the January 19 release of Parenting While Working from Home: A Monthly Guide to Help Parents Balance Their Careers Connect with Their Kids Establish Their Inner Strength.

Parenting in December is very different from parenting in July―especially while working from home!

As more parents work from home than ever before, there are unique challenges when it comes to meeting the demands of their job, helping their kids thrive, and finding even five minutes to take care of themselves. Parenting While Working from Home offers tips, strategies, and reflections to help parents balance their careers, connect with their kids, and establish their inner strength over the course of a year. Parenting experts and founders of the popular website, Adore Them Parenting, Karissa Tunis and Shari Medini share actionable tips, heartfelt insight, and planning strategies to help you enjoy your own parenting journey while working from home.

Building on the authors’ own experiences and the most common challenges they hear parents voicing today, Parenting While Working from Home encourages parents to make intentional changes that will result in happier families and thriving careers. This practical guide will teach you how to:

  • Manage your time so that both your kids and your job get the attention they need
  • Build a professional network and maintain your productivity from home
  • Create a kid-friendly environment that encourages independence and strong sibling bonds
  • Consistently tune in to your own needs so that you can meet your true potential
  • And so much more

While it isn’t always easy, working from home while raising a family can (and should) be an incredible experience. Parenting While Working from Home offers comfort in shared struggles, new solutions, and calmer days ahead!

Congratulations to Kristin Weber and David C. Cook for the February 1, 2021 release of Adulting for Jesus: A Book about Purpose, Trusting God, & (Obviously) Burritos.

Is adulthood a curseWhat should I do with all these participation trophies? As young adults try to figure things out and answer deep, soul-heavy questions, they’re given flak for living in “extended adolescence.” In a world that insists we can (and should) have it all, Adulting for Jesus uses humor to offer topical advice and encouragement for those who are asking, “Is this really all there is?”

Develop realistic expectations and a healthy, godly outlook on life for:

  • relationships
  • calling
  • blessings
  • serving
  • sabbath
  • social media
  • anxiety

Readers will find that by learning to laugh at themselves and find humor in situations, the reduced stress and anxiety makes the ride so much more enjoyable. Most importantly, the more young adults learn about God and see His faithfulness in their lives, the more they grow to love His will, even if it’s not exactly what they imagined.

Congratulations to Tracie Miles and David C. Cook for the February 1, 2021 release of Living Broken: Reclaiming Your Life and Your Heart after Divorce.

Unlike other books on divorce, Living Unbroken takes a deep dive into understanding and overcoming the emotional toll divorce, separation, and the loss of a serious long-term relationship has on a woman’s well-being. As someone who has walked this path, Tracie Miles leads women on a powerful, life-changing journey that provides much-needed hope, encouragement, and practical guidance for living their best life even if it’s not the life they once imagined. Her biblically sound approach teaches readers how to trust in God’s promises and restore their self-confidence and hope for the future.

Congratulations to David Dusek and Fidelis Publishing for the February 23, 2021 release of The Battle: Tactics for Biblical Manhood Learned from the 7th Calvary in Vietnam.

Victory in the battle of life comes by the hand of solid tactics, the undying resolve to win, and the unbreakable bonds of battle-hardened brotherhood. Using content from We Were Soldiers and interviews with those who were in the brutal conflict portrayed in that film, David Dusek shows men how to defend themselves and those around them from the attacks of Satan seeking to steal, kill, and destroy.

Contracts

Katie Powner signed Baker Publishing Group for the large print version of The Sowing Season.

Fred Sievert signed with Morgan James FAITH for Fast Starting A Career of Consequence workbook to be released in 2021.

Jennifer Leo signed with Barbour Publishing for Undercover Logger as part of the Lumberjack and Ladies Series to be in Summer 2022.

Ryan Hendrickson signed with Pray for Rain Pictures, Inc. for Tip of the Spear.

Jamie Erickson signed with Moody Publishers for a two-book deal to be released in January 2022 and January 2024.

Laura Stack signed with Freiling Publishing for Marijuana and Your Child to be released March 2022.

Ali Rothrock signed with Broadleaf Publishing for After Trauma to be released June 2022.

Mary Davis signed with Barbour Publishing for Mrs. Witherspoon Goes to War to be released July 2022.

New Clients

 Mary Tutterow, Chris Davis, and Laura Krokos recently signed with WordServe.  Welcome!

What We’re Celebrating

Congratulations to Charles Person and Richard Rooker along with St. Martins Press for the Starred Review from Publisher’s Weekly for Buses Are a Comin’: Memoir of a  Freedom Rider releasing April 27, 2021. Read the review HERE.

Congratulations to Jamie Sumner for winning the Owl Award for the 2020 Outstanding Works of Literature for Tune It Out. Check out the article here: https://blog.book-pal.com/industry-news/awards/winners-for-the-2020-outstanding-works-of-literature-owl-award-announced.

Shari Medini and Karissa Tunis  were on Good Day LA. Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhwiP5oSgvo&feature=youtu.be

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 February 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.

A Fond Farewell

Donald Stratton, who was one of three last-remaining survivors aboard the USS Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, died last weekend at age 97. Sunday TODAY’s Willie Geist remembered a life well lived. Check out Willie’s tribute here: https://www.today.com/video/donald-stratton-who-survived-attack-on-uss-arizona-at-pearl-harbor-dies-at-97-79267397887?fbclid=IwAR3UUbGiv9DkORqRWBwCmLGpGXaJ3iAkMB7fKgzSVaedXqMdmDYYkSHt4WE

New Releases

Congratulations to Tullian Tchividjian and our own FaithHappenings Publishers for the release of Jesus + Nothing = Everything.

It’s so easy to forget what the Christian faith is all about. We struggle so much, work so hard, and fail so often that we frequently sense something in the equation of life must be missing. Tullian Tchividjian argues that what we are missing is the gospel—a fuller, more powerful understanding of what the finished work of Jesus means for everyday life. During a year of great turmoil, Pastor Tchividjian discovered the power of the gospel in his own life. Sharing his story of how Jesus became more real to him, Tchividjian delves deeply into the fundamentals of the faith, explaining the implications of Christ’s sufficiency, a revelation that sets us free and keeps us anchored through life’s storms. Ultimately, Tchividjian reminds us that Jesus is the whole of the equation as he boldly proclaims that Jesus plus nothing really is everything.

Congratulations to Kate Crocco and Baker Books on the February 18 release of Thinking Like a Boss: Uncover and Overcome the Lies Holding You Back from Success. 

With over 11 million female-owned businesses in the US today, more women than ever are taking the reins to create their own success. Maybe you feel the pull to start a business but deep down you’re afraid that you don’t have what it takes. Maybe you have a great idea but wonder if you’re actually qualified to make it happen. Or maybe you want to expand your business, but you’re worried about how it will affect your family. If that’s you, it’s time to start thinking like a boss.

In this practical and encouraging book, Kate Crocco exposes the 12 limiting beliefs that are holding you back from your true potential, such as

– I should have it all together and I don’t
– I’m not ready or qualified to start
– I don’t have enough time
– It’s already been done before
– and more

With plenty of inspiring true stories and actionable steps you can take–starting now–Thinking Like a Boss will help you turn your limiting beliefs into limitless opportunity.

Congratulations to Jamie Sumner and B&H Publishing Group for the March 3, 2020 release of Eat, Sleep, Save the World: Words of Encouragement for the Special Needs Parent. 

An encouraging and empowering read, Eat, Sleep, Save the World reminds every parent of a child with special needs that they are, in fact, superheroes.

Parenting is hard—for everyone. And it takes a lot of inner pep talk and prayer to be the kind of parent your child needs. Eat, Sleep, Save the World is the rallying voice for the parenting special needs community. It highlights the exceptional qualities God has gifted you with, so that you can take care of your exceptional children. It is a celebration, a hallelujah, a high five for what you are doing right. And it offers peace in God for what you feel you lack.

With a mixture of humor, honesty, and hope, Jamie Sumner brings comfort to other parents like herself who need to hear that God has made them more than capable to raise their special kids.

Congratulations to Angie Ward and NavPress for the March 3, 2020 release of I Am A Leader: When Women Discover The Joy of Their Calling.

You feel it, deep in your bones: God is inviting you to join Him, to participate in His redemptive work in the world. And yet, as a woman leader, you face so many potential obstacles. Lack of clarity over your unique calling. Competing time demands. Changing seasons of life. Challenges such as self-doubt, criticism, and spiritual dryness. With nearly 30 years of ministry experience, Angie Ward knows firsthand the unique challenges that women leaders face as they seek to pursue their calling.

In I Am a Leader, Angie explores the concept of “calling” as it applies specifically to women leaders―those women of influence both in Christian ministry and the broader world: What is calling? How do you discover it? And what does it look like to live out that calling practically amid a multitude of challenges?

Thoroughly researched, theologically and biblically integrated, and uniquely personal, I Am a Leader will resonate no matter where you are on the calling journey: whether you are wondering about your God-given purpose; sensing an inkling of an invitation to a particular ministry, or embarking on the path but encountering challenges.

Congratulations to John and Marlene Strege and Kregel on the March 3, 2020 release of A Snowflake Named Hannah: Ethics, Faith, and the First Adoption of a Frozen Embryo. 

When John and Marlene Strege learned they wouldn’t be able to have a child, they were devastated. Then Marlene asked the question that would change their lives: Can frozen embryos be adopted? The answer not only gave them their beloved daughter Hannah, it drew all three into a political spotlight they never expected.

Hundreds of thousands of frozen embryos exist, held in stasis because parents using in vitro fertilization have completed their families without them. When scientists discovered a way to extract stem cells from human embryos for disease research and cures, those tiny lives were suddenly at risk. And Hannah, just a few months after this discovery, became the first human face of the growing resistance to this new science. In the first few years of her life, she not only sparked other parents to adopt their own “snowflake babies,” but she also inspired the first frozen embryo adoption program, featured on Focus on the Family (getting a new godfather in Dr. Dobson), attended her mother’s testimony in Congress, and stood at President Bush’s side as he vetoed federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.

This compelling story unfolds at the intersection of faith and family, science and politics. Pro-life Christians, those who have experienced infertility or know those who have, and anyone concerned with where science can lead when moral and ethical concerns are ignored will welcome this book–and the sweet face of the baby who might never have been born.

Congratulations to Dr. Daniel G. Amen and Tyndale for the March 3, 2020 release of The End of Mental Illness: How Neuroscience is Transforming Psychiatry and Helping Prevent or Reverse Mood and Anxiety Disorders, ADHD, Addictions, PTSD, Psychosis, Personality Disorders, and More.

New hope for those suffering from conditions like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, addictions, PTSD, ADHD and more.

Though incidence of these conditions is skyrocketing, for the past four decades standard treatment hasn’t much changed, and success rates in treating them have barely improved, either. Meanwhile, the stigma of the “mental illness” label―damaging and devastating on its own―can often prevent sufferers from getting the help they need.

Brain specialist and bestselling author Dr. Daniel Amen is on the forefront of a new movement within medicine and related disciplines that aims to change all that. In The End of Mental Illness, Dr. Amen draws on the latest findings of neuroscience to challenge an outdated psychiatric paradigm and help readers take control and improve the health of their own brain, minimizing or reversing conditions that may be preventing them from living a full and emotionally healthy life.

The End of Mental Illness will help you discover:

  • Why labeling someone as having a “mental illness” is not only inaccurate but harmful
  • Why standard treatment may not have helped you or a loved one―and why diagnosing and treating you based on your symptoms alone so often misses the true cause of those symptoms and results in poor outcomes
  • At least 100 simple things you can do yourself to heal your brain and prevent or reverse the problems that are making you feel sad, mad, or bad
  • How to identify your “brain type” and what you can do to optimize your particular type
  • Where to find the kind of health provider who understands and uses the new paradigm of brain health

Congratulations to Barry H. Corey and Tyndale for the March 3 release of Make the Most of It: A Guide to Loving Your College Years. 

The perfect gift for high school graduates!
College is a time when new and exciting horizons stretch out before us. We meet new friends and form relationships that last a lifetime. We discern what’s most important and what our ultimate direction in life will be. For those of us whose college days are in the rearview mirror, we long for recent graduates to love college and to make the most it. Often, we’re at a loss as to what advice to give our friends and family who are heading off to college―even though those years may well be the most consequential years of their lives.

From Biola president Barry Corey comes the perfect guide to making the college years count. It touches on everything from college romances to making friends, from getting sleep to embracing boredom, from your inner life to your social life.

In this slender volume, Barry Corey gives you wisdom that rings true but is rarely passed on. He serves up tips for survival, virtues to embrace, ideas to think about, and habits to cultivate for an enjoyable and flourishing journey through college.

After all, you will remember your college experience for the rest of your life. Make the most of it.

Contracts

Daniel Bowman Jr. signed with BrazosPress (a division of Baker Publishing Group) for the tentatively titled work, Notes from the Spectrum, to be released Summer 2021.

Preston Ulmer signed with NavPress for The Doubters Club: Finding Common Ground with Skeptics and Atheists, to be released Autumn 2021.

New Clients

Patricia Raybon, Amber Lilyestrom, Desiree Hartsock, Mike Kinney, Reggie Swinton signed with WordServe in February.  Welcome!

What We’re Celebrating

Congratulations to Jamie Sumner for her next fiction book, Tune It Out, being selected by Entertainment Weekly as one of five “Buzz” books for the middle-grade panel at Book Expo America in May. Check out the article here: https://ew.com/books/2020/02/24/book-expo-buzz-panels-announcement-2020/

Award-winning journalist, editor, and public speaker, Rich Ehisen recently sat down with our own Greg Johnson for an interview. Check out the conversation here:  A Few Words With: WordServe Literary Founder Greg Johnson.

Congratulations to Keely Boeving and author, Daniel Bowman, Jr. for being featured in Publisher Weekly’s feature on Religion Book Deals for the end of February 2020. Check out the mention here: https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/religion/article/82524-religion-book-deals-february-26-2020.html

 

WordServe News January 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 author Linda S. Clare and Harvest House Publishers on the January 21, 2020 release of Prayers for Parents of Prodigals.

Where to Turn When You Love a Wayward Child

You know what your child needs most is love. And you’ve given it to him over and over again. You’ve done all you can to train up your child, and yet you’re left brokenhearted as you watch her choose a different path.

Parents who love their prodigal no matter what, know that watching their child walk away can cause overwhelming guilt, frustration, and sadness. Whether you’re still waiting for your child’s return or are navigating your relationship after he or she has come home, this collection of topical prayers offers God’s comfort, wisdom, and compassion. Find encouragement in your journey with heartfelt prayers for:
faith, hope, forgiveness, trust, courage, peace, miracles, and grace. As much as you love your prodigal, you can rest in the blessed assurance that your heavenly Father loves your child even more.

Congratulations to Melissa K. Norris and Harvest House Publishers for the January 7, 2020 release of The Family Garden Plan: Grow a Year’s Worth of Sustainable and Healthy Food.

Live a Bountiful Life

Do something good for your family by learning how to plant a garden that will yield healthy, wholesome food throughout the year.

Melissa K. Norris, fifth-generation homesteader and host of the popular Pioneering Today podcast, will walk you through each step of the process, from planning your food crops and garden space to harvesting and preserving the food you grow. Even intermediate to experienced gardeners will discover dozens of new ideas.

More than just practical advice, you’ll learn how gardening can contribute to a sustainable lifestyle and give you a sense of accomplishment, peace of mind, and overall joy.

Make the Family Garden Plan your “grow-to” guide for good eating and greater well-being for you and your loved ones.

Congratulations to Glenn Schroder and Thomas Nelson on the January 21st release of Never Trust a Leader Without a Limp: The Wit and Wisdom of John Wimber, Founder of the Vineyard Church Movement.

A Unique Life, a Gifted Calling, a Lasting Legacy

John Wimber is not only revered as the founder of the Vineyard movement but is renowned for his unique ability to capture truth in pithy little phrases. This inspirational collection of memorable remarks, each placed in its historical context, offers astute observations on essential principles while also capturing and preserving the story and identity of a miraculous work of God.

For those who witnessed the miracle firsthand and for an entire generation of young leaders who never met John or experienced his ministry, here is a unique restatement of the foundational tenets that launched an international community of more than twenty-four hundred churches in more than one hundred countries—a lasting legacy of spiritual insights that changed lives then and can change your life today.

Change and tradition collide in two heartfelt Amish romances.

Courting Her Prodigal Heart by Mary Davis

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 Englischer world…or into Eli’s arms?

The Amish Baker by Marie E. Bast

When his son breaks one of baker Sarah Gingerich’s prized possessions, widower Caleb Brenneman insists the boy make amends by doing odd jobs in her bake shop. A childless widow, Sarah can’t help falling for the boy…or his farmer father. But Caleb is progressive New Order Amish while Sarah holds traditional beliefs. Their hearts may be a perfect match, but their lives are worlds apart…

Just released from the Amen Clinics is Dr. Chapek’s, Concussion Rescue.

For more than 25 years, the renowned Amen Clinics has been the front line of defense against the impact of traumatic brain injury.
 
Few of us have been untouched by injury, whether on the sports field, in a car accident, falling off a bicycle, or in the course of military service. While the consequences of a concussion are not always immediately apparent, they can range from debilitating to devastating. In fact, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is fast becoming a national health crisis, with millions of Americans visiting emergency rooms with a TBI each year. But there are proven, effective steps for healing.

In this groundbreaking book, Dr. Kabran Chapek describes in detail the programs and protocols he uses at the Amen Clinics to put patients on a pathway to recovery. For anyone struggling with the effects of concussion, Concussion Rescue guides you through strategies from the cutting edge of brain science:

* Find out what treatments should be employed within the first few hours, days, or weeks of suffering a concussion

* Build a diet and supplement plan that energizes your brain and promotes neurological healing

* Learn specific brain exercises and brain games that can alleviate problems with focus and concentration

* Discover which specific types of exercise can speed recovery—and how exercise affects the brain in general

* Correct sleep problems to detoxify the brain and release essential hormones that aid in healing

With a foreword by renowned psychiatrist and brain health expert Dr. Daniel Amen, Concussion Rescue provides the tools for recovery from mild to severe traumatic brain injury. Whether you or someone you love is among the many individuals suffering from a TBI, here is hope and help.

Congratulations to Rick Johnson and the Baker Publishing Group for the re-release and repackaging of Healthy Parenting: Become the Parent You Wish You’d Had, out on January 21, 2020.

Anyone can be a good parent, even if their own parents were abusive, neglectful, or absent. In this compassionate and practical book, Rick Johnson shows you how to identify the ways in which your past experiences affect your own parenting choices. Then he walks you through the process of healing the emotional and spiritual wounds toxic parenting has left behind. Finally, he outlines healthy habits and practices to take the place of negative ones that may have been modeled for you. With Rick as your sympathetic guide, you can break the cycle of abuse, neglect, or absenteeism and create a positive family environment now and for the future.

Congratulations to Kathy Barnette and Center Street for the release of Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain: Being Black and Conservative in America, due out on February 4, 2020.

During his first historic run for the presidency in 2016, Donald Trump made an impassioned plea to the black community. “Give me a chance,” he said. “What the hell do you have to lose?”

According to Kathy Barnette, black Americans have nothing to lose, except for crime-ridden communities, neighborhoods that have become shooting galleries, more social welfare programs, and the mocking indifference of the Democrat party. Barnette argues that even a cursory look into the black community reveals the destabilizing effect liberal policies have had on the black family.

There was a time when Barnette bought into the same lie as everyone else that if you’re black, you must be a democrat. In fact, she was born into the Democrat party just as much as she was born into brown skin. There was no point of separation. Until she began to understand what it truly means to be black in America. Barnette contends that being black is more than just the color of her skin. It’s a culture and a consciousness, too.

In NOTHING TO LOSE, EVERYTHING TO GAIN, Barnette writes about why liberal policies have failed the black community time and time again – and will fail the larger American community as Democrats rush to the hard Left of the party. From the “Great Society” to Kanye West’s ongoing war with the liberal establishment, this book provides sharp, eloquent commentary on the most pressing issues facing black Americans today: broken family structure, loss of identity, the legacy of slavery, and more.

Barnette argues that President Trump has not been willing to presume that the “black vote” is a foregone conclusion resting comfortably in the back pockets of Democrats. With his plainspoken style and willingness to face harsh truths, the president has done more for the black community than any president since Abraham Lincoln. Barnette insists the time is now to get back what has been lost, to fix the brokenness, and to recognize and support those who are actually working in our favor.

We have nothing to lose, and even more to gain.

Congratulations to Debora M. Coty for the release of the Easy-to-Read, Large Print Edition of Too Blessed to Be Stressed: 3 -Minute Devotions for Women.

Got 3 minutes to spare?
3-Minute Devotional from the Bestselling Too Blessed to Be Stressed–Now Available in Large Print!

180 uplifting readings from bestselling author Debora M. Coty pack a powerful dose of comfort, encouragement, humor, and inspiration into your day.

Minute 1: scripture to meditate on
Minute 2: a short devotional reading
Minute 3: a prayer to jump-start a conversation with God

This portable package makes a fabulous any-occasion gift for every woman.You’ll find the spiritual pick-me-up you desire in Too Blessed to Be Stressed: 3-Minute Devotions for Women.

Contracts

Dr. Jennie A. McLaurin and Cymbeline T. Culiat signed with Tyndale House Publishers for Healing Wounds to be released early 2021.

Kristin Weber signed with David C. Cook for Adulting for Jesus to be released in Spring 2021.

Kate Crocco signed with Baker Publishing Group to release a workbook in addition to the release of Thinking Like a Boss to be released with the book.

Tony Brooks with Bob Welch signed with Diversion Books for Leave No Man Behind to be released in Spring 2021.

Steve Poe signed with Thomas Nelson Publishers for Toxic Habits to be released Summer 2021.

David Dusek signed with Posthill Press for The Manhood Battle to be released Spring 2021.

New Clients

Hannah Linder, Charles Person, Mike Ashcraft, Brook Bello signed with WordServe in January.  Welcome!

What We’re Celebrating

Congratulations to author Jamie Sumner for her book, Roll With It, being selected for Books-of-the-year at A Mighty Girl (https://www.amightygirl.com/books-of-the-year) and a 2019 Cybils Finalist (http://www.cybils.com/2020/01/the-2019-cybils-finalists.html)!

 

WordServe News September 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, Cindy McGovern and McGraw Hill for the September 17 release of Every Job is a Sales Job.

An essential roadmap to achieving professional and personal success―from the “First Lady of Sales”

While you may not have “sales” in your title, that doesn’t mean you don’t have to sell. Renowned sales authority Dr. Cindy McGovern believes that everyone is a salesperson, regardless of his or her job description. When you ask for a referral, network to form a new connection, or interview for a job, you’re selling the other person on an ideal version of yourself. Every Job is a Sales Job will help you learn to identify “selling” opportunities that you may have overlooked. This indispensable roadmap will show you how to take control of your personal and professional success.

McGovern shares her proven 5-step sales process to help you attract new business, retain existing customers, and spot opportunities to promote yourself and your ideas. You’ll learn how to:

•Create a plan and set attainable goals
•Identify subtle opportunities that could result in future success
•Establish trust and listen for clues to understand what others need
•Ask for what you want and move past the fear of rejection
•Follow up on your ask, be grateful, and pay it forward
•Muster up the courage to ask for referrals and references

Congratulations to Jamie Sumner for the October 1 release of Roll With It.

“A big-hearted story that’s as sweet as it is awesome.” —R.J. Palacio, author of Wonder

In the tradition of Wonder and Out of My Mind, this big-hearted middle grade debut tells the story of an irrepressible girl with cerebral palsy whose life takes an unexpected turn when she moves to a new town.

Ellie’s a girl who tells it like it is. That surprises some people, who see a kid in a wheelchair and think she’s going to be all sunshine and cuddles. The thing is, Ellie has big dreams: She might be eating Stouffer’s for dinner, but one day she’s going to be a professional baker. If she’s not writing fan letters to her favorite celebrity chefs, she’s practicing recipes on her well-meaning, if overworked, mother.

But when Ellie and her mom move so they can help take care of her ailing grandpa, Ellie has to start all over again in a new town at a new school. Except she’s not just the new kid—she’s the new kid in the wheelchair who lives in the trailer park on the wrong side of town. It all feels like one challenge too many, until Ellie starts to make her first-ever friends. Now she just has to convince her mom that this town might just be the best thing that ever happened to them!

Author Jan Drexler releases the lastest in the Amish of Weaver’s Creek series, The Roll of the Drums, October 1.

Ruby Weaver’s curly red hair isn’t the only thing that sets her apart from her Amish community in 1863. Twenty-eight and single, Ruby doesn’t believe a woman needs to be married in order to be happy. Her ailing friend Lovinia Fischer, however, has other ideas and wants Ruby to promise to marry her husband after she dies. Never imagining she’d have to fulfill that vow, Ruby agrees. And she’s not the only one. Lovinia has extracted a similar promise from her husband, Gideon.

With both Ruby and Gideon reluctant to keep their promises, a compromise must be reached. Ruby will spend her days with Gideon’s family–helping to raise the children and keep the house–but her nights will be spent at her sister’s neighboring house. But this arrangement raises eyebrows in their conservative Amish community, and it soon becomes clear that Ruby must make a decision–marry Gideon or turn her back on her friend, the children she’s grown to love . . . and their father.

Congratulations to Lynne Hartke for her contribution to the October 8, 2019 release of  Daily Guideposts 2020: A Spirit-Lifting Devotional.

Daily Guideposts, America’s bestselling annual devotional, is a 365-day devotional from the Editors of Guideposts that will help readers grow in their faith every day of the year.

Daily Guideposts 2020 centers on the theme “He Performs Wonders,” based on Job 5:9, and is filled with brand-new devotions from fifty writers. Each day readers will enjoy a Scripture verse, a true first-person story told in an informal, conversational style, which shares the ways God speaks to us in the ordinary events of life, and a brief prayer to help focus the reader to apply the day’s message. For those who wish for more, “Digging Deeper” provides additional Bible references that relate to the day’s reading.

Enjoy favorite writers like Debbie Macomber, Edward Grinnan, Elizabeth Sherrill, Patricia Lorenz, Julia Attaway, Karen Barber, Sabra Ciancanelli, Mark Collins, and Rick Hamlin.

In just five minutes a day, Daily Guideposts helps readers find the spiritual richness in their own lives and welcomes them into a remarkable family of over one million people brought together by a desire to grow every day of the year.

New October 8 release from Paula Rinehart and Connally Gilliam is…and yet, undaunted: Embraced by the Goodness of God in the Chaos of Life.

Life is hard. We often find ourselves walking through stories that don’t feel like they should be ours. And yet here we are. We wonder where our good God is in the midst of it.

But we are not left without hope. In fact―we have the greatest hope of all. Through vulnerable stories and rich insight, Paula Rinehart and Connally Gilliam point to the Larger Story that carries all the anxiety, longing, and beauty of your life. The backdrop of the big gospel story―creation (how life ought to be), the fall (how life is), redemption (how life can be), and restoration (how life will be one day)―gives context to our lives and hope for walking forward. The grand story of the gospel of Jesus Christ frames our every step.

Discover renewed strength and joy in the middle of your ache . . . and the goodness of God that will give you the courage to remain yet undaunted.

October 8, Andrew T. Le Peau releases, Write Better: A Lifelong Editor on Craft, Art, and Spirituality.

Writing is not easy. But it can get better. In this primer on nonfiction writing, Andrew Le Peau offers insights he has learned as a published author and an editor for over forty years, training, guiding, and cheering on hundreds of writers. Here are skills that writers can master―from finding strong openings and closings, to focusing on an audience, to creating a clear structure, to crafting a persuasive message. With wide-ranging examples from fiction and nonfiction, Le Peau also demystifies aspects of art in writing such as creativity, tone, and metaphor. He considers strategies that can move writers toward fresher, more vital, and perhaps more beautiful expressions of the human condition. One aspect of writing that rarely receives attention is who we are as writers and how writing itself changes us. Self-doubt, fear of criticism, downsides of success, questions of authority, and finding our voice are all a part of the exploration of our spirituality as writers found in these pages. Discover how the act of writing can affect our life in God. Whether you’re a veteran writer, an occasional practitioner, a publishing professional, or a student just starting to explore such skills, Le Peau’s wit and wisdom can speed you on your way.

Keep cool these last few days of summer with Sarah Varland’s release of the Large-Print Edition of Alaskan Christmas: Cold Case.

Christmas Under Fire…

The Ice Maiden Killer is back.

For years, a serial killer has eluded authorities—and he’s set Alaska state trooper Erynn Cooper in his sights. Erynn’s only chance at survival is to trust Moose Haven police chief Noah Dawson with her life and the truth about her past. But with Christmas quickly approaching, Erynn and Noah are running out of time to catch the murderer…before Erynn becomes the next victim.

New Clients

Sarah Sanderson, Colin Paul Cahoon, Daniel Weiss, Joshua Glaser, Jennie McLaurin, Cymbeline T. Culiat, Lucas Johnson, and Robert Weatherwax signed with WordServe in September.  Welcome!

Contracts

Cara Whitney signed with Thomas Nelson for Sharing God’s Love with Everyone, Everywhere, to be released in the fall of 2020.

Ed Norwood signed with Elk Lake Publishing, Inc. for his work, Giant Killers to be released late summer 2020.

Rebecca Siegel with Amen Clinics signed with Kensington Publishing Corporation for her work entitled, The Brain on Cannabis, to be released Summer 2021.

Tana Amen signed with Thomas Nelson for One Less Scared Child to be released early 2021.

What We’re Celebrating

Check out author, Jamie Sumner’s latest article with Scary Mommy: HERE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WordServe News August 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 Mass Market Release of the 2-in-1 Collection of Courting Her Secret Heart by Mary Davis, and His Amish Choice by Leigh Bale, from Love Inspired, releases August 9, 2019.

Courting Her Secret Heart by Mary Davis

Deborah Miller lives a double life as an Amish woman—and a fashion model! All photography is forbidden in her Plain community, so she must keep her job a secret. But when Amos Burkholder starts helping at her family’s farm, hiding the truth from him is impossible. And soon she must choose between the Englischer world of modeling and the Amish man she’s come to love.

Congratulations to Walt Larimore, Philip Bishop, and Harvest House for the release of Fit Over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You.

Health, Fitness, and Weight Loss Advice You Can Trust

To stay fit over 50, you don’t need to be an expert on health. You need essential, practical, and accurate information from people who are experts. Doctors Walt Larimore and Phillip Bishop want to give you truthful and trustworthy advice to help you separate fact from wishful thinking and to identify misconceptions when you see them.

Take control of your overall well-being with tips to help improve your health in four key areas:

  • Physical — learn proven principles for effective weight loss, exercise, and nutrition
  • Emotional — keep your mind sharp and better manage your emotions
  • Relational — stay connected to others and build a stronger sense of community
  • Spiritual — improve your relationship with God

When you apply these easy-to-follow and scientifically sound strategies, you’re more likely to reap the many benefits of living well and staying healthy.

Just in time for back to school…Dr. Amen’s book, Change Your Brain Change Your Grades releases September 17, 2019.

A breakthrough approach to optimize your brain, change your habits, and succeed in school, from a renowned neuroscientist and bestselling author of Change Your Brain, Change Your Life

Do you feel like you should be getting better grades? Are you spending more time studying than the A students in your class but not getting the same results? Are you heading back to school after a long break and need a refresher to get more done in less time?

With schools becoming more competitive and technology becoming increasingly distracting, today’s students face a minefield of obstacles to academic success. Doing well in school isn’t just a matter of smarts or more studying: It takes good habits, practical tools—and a healthy brain.

Brain health pioneer Dr. Daniel Amen knows what it takes to get the brain ready to succeed. Change Your Brain, Change Your Grades draws on Dr. Amen’s experience as a neuroscientist and psychiatrist as well as the latest brain science to help you study more effectively, learn faster, and stay focused so you can achieve your academic goals. This practical guide will help you:

Discover your unique brain type and learning style

Kick bad habits and adopt smarter study practices

Get more out of your classes with less overall study time

Memorize faster and remember things longer

Increase your confidence and beat stress

For underachievers, stressed-out studiers, and students from middle school to college and beyond, Change Your Brain, Change Your Grades gives you the knowledge and tools you need to get the best out of yourself.

Congratulations to Steve Arterburn and Marcus Brotherton with Illustrations by Damian Zain for the September 3 release of Kirby McCook and the Jesus Chronicles.

It’s like Captain Underpants meets the Bible, only reverent!
What happens when a room full of kids find themselves without a junior-church teacher? They choose one of their own crowd to take her place, of course! Twelve-year-old Kirby McCook, mentored by his grandfather, leads his rambunctious friends through the Bible in this creative and fun Bible storybook. Bible stories laced with middle-grade humor help teach kids that Jesus has been part of the story from the beginning and can be found throughout the Bible, from Genesis through Revelation.

Releasing Spetember 3, 2019, An Amish Christmas Kitchen: Three Novellas Celebrating the Warmth of the Season by Leslie Gould, Jan Drexler, and Kate Lloyd.

As the weather grows cold and the nights grow long, the cheer and warmth of the Christmas season is one thing all readers can find comfort in. This collection from bestselling Amish fiction novelists Leslie Gould, Jan Drexler, and Kate Lloyd finds the beating heart at the center of the holiday and offers three novellas that celebrate family, faith, and especially the sights and smells of a bustling holiday kitchen.

Leslie Gould tells the story of how, in the wake of a heartbreaking loss, a young Amish woman finds unexpected comfort and hope in a yearly baking tradition surrounding the local Lancaster Christmas market. Jan Drexler offers a sweet tale of a shy Amish woman who decides to use her gift for sweets to woo a local Amish boy with her beloved Christmas cookies. And Kate Lloyd offers a heartwarming tale of a woman’s unexpected discovery about the truth of her past, and the warm and welcoming Amish family table she finds herself invited to on Christmas.

New Clients

Holly Stallcup, Dr. Anthony Brooks, and James Pence signed with WordServe in August.  Welcome!

Contracts

Ron Hutchcraft signed with Harvest House for Hope When Your Heart is Breaking, due to release January 2021.

Sarah Varland signed a four-book deal with Harlequin Books with release dates beginning in the fall of 2020.

Jana Voight signed with Mountain Brook Ink for a four-book deal, Montana Treasures, with release dates beginning in Summer 2020.

Melissa K. Norris signed with Harvest House for The Family Garden Planner due to release late Summer 2020.

 

What We’re Celebrating

Congratulations to Jamie Sumner for her Starred Review with Publisher’s Weekly for Roll with It. 

Check out the full review: https://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-5344-4255-9

Headstrong 12-year-old Lily “Ellie” Cowan loves to bake. Diagnosed with cerebral palsy at birth, Ellie heads to the kitchen when she gets frustrated with her overprotective mom, her hovering full-time aide, and her absent father. After Ellie’s grandfather, who has dementia, drives his car into the local supermarket, Ellie and her mom pack up their Nashville home and move into her grandparents’ tiny trailer in Eufaula, Okla. Soon, Ellie meets free-spirited neighbor Coralee and eccentric schoolmate Bert; their acceptance helps her to cope with her new school, which is far from wheelchair-friendly. Drawing on her own experiences with her son, who has cerebral palsy, debut author Sumner doesn’t sugarcoat Ellie’s daily challenges—social, emotional, and physical—including navigating showers and crowded classrooms. Sumner also makes it clear that Ellie is a regular kid who dreams of becoming a chef, which is conveyed partly through letters that Ellie writes to various culinary experts throughout the book. In addition, Sumner deftly explores universal difficulties of fitting in and following one’s passions. Ellie is easy to champion, and her story reminds readers that life’s burdens are always lighter with friends and family—and a good piece of pie—at the ready. Ages 10–up. Agent: Keely Boeving, WordServe Literary. (Oct.)

Congratulations to Linda Thompson for becoming an American Christian Fiction Writers’ Carol Award finalist in the Debut Category for The Plum Blooms in Winter (Mountain Brook Ink, editors Beth Jusino and Jenny Mertes).