WordServe News October 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

The Debutante's SecretCongratulations to Mary Davis for the August 5th paperback release of  The Debutante’s Secret (Quilting Circle Book 4) from Mountain Brook Ink.

Will Geneviève open her heart to a love she never imagined?

Washington State 1894

Geneviève Marseille, a French socialite, has only one purpose in coming to Kamola—stopping her brother from digging up the past. She has reluctantly journeyed alone to the quaint college town in central Washington State. Kamola is so different from her beloved Paris that she is tempted to abort her mission, but the kindness of a handsome deputy tempers her desire to flee.

Deputy Montana has lived a simple life. But when a fancy French lady steps off the train and into his arms, his modest existence might not be enough anymore. Even though he’s warned he can have no future with Miss Marseille becahttps://www.amazon.com/Mug-Mayhem-CafFUNated-Mysteries-Book-ebook/dp/B098D3CJN7/ref=sr_1_1?crid=175LT8E9DYUZX&dchild=1&keywords=a+mug+of+mayhem&qid=1633637414&s=digital-text&sprefix=A+Mug+o%2Cdigital-text%2C207&sr=1-1use her grandparents would never accept him, he is drawn to her at every turn. Can he make himself worthy of her?

Mystery surrounds Aunt Henny. She is aunt to all but related to no one in Kamola. When a nemesis from her past arrives, she must decide whether to flee as she’d done all those years ago, or stand her ground in the town she’s made her home and risk going to jail.

When secrets come out, will the lives of Geneviève, Montana, and Aunt Henny ever be the same?

A Mug of MayhemCongratulations to Angela Strong for the September  5th paperback release of A Mug of Mayhem (The CafFUNated Mysteries Book 4)  from Mountain Brook Ink.

When their wedding venue becomes a crime scene, the bride and groom are in for a real trick-or-treat.

One week before Marissa plans to get married at her fiancé’s farm, Connor is arrested for a murder in the corn maze. Marissa and her maid of honor, Tandy, must prove the groom innocent before the wedding is cancelled.

With a coffee shop to run, family visiting from out of town, and preparations for the big day, time is running out. The senior citizens who’d been at the farm during the homicide offer to help investigate, but are they witnesses or suspects? A cranky military veteran goes rogue and disappears with his gun, a retired spy suffers from dementia, and a former Broadway star still seems to be putting on a show. Unless the real killer is unmasked, death could do them all part.

His Love Revealed Book 2Congratulations to Cynthia Herron for the October 1st paperback release of His Love Revealed (Welcome to Ruby Book 2)  from Mountain Brook Ink.
 

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 righthand 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.

Leave No ManCongratulations to Dr. Tony Brooks with Bob Welch for the August 10th hardback release of Leave No Man Behind: The Untold Story of the Rangers’ Unrelenting Search for Marcus Luttrell, the Navy SEAL Lone Survivor in Afghanistan from Diversion Books.
 
A story of courage, perseverance, and patriotism behind the 75th Ranger Regiment’s rescue mission following one of the deadliest Special Ops incidents in Afghanistan―a grueling search for twelve Navy SEAL casualties and eight downed Night Stalkers . . . but just one lone survivor

 

On June 28th, 2005, a four-man Navy SEAL reconnaissance team under Operation Red Wings was ambushed in northeastern Afghanistan―as depicted in the book and film Lone Survivor. A quick reaction force was dispatched. Turbine 33, carrying eight Navy SEALs and eight members of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, was struck by a rocket propelled grenade―careening the dual rotor Chinook toward the rugged peak of Sawtalo Sar.

The result was the single deadliest incident in Special Operations history at the time.

Commanders called on the largest element of US Special Forces, the 75th Ranger Regiment. The rescue mission: Operation Red Wings II.

Author Tony Brooks gives a first-hand account of the daring recovery of Turbine 33 and the subsequent search for the remaining compromised Navy SEAL recon team―one of whom was Marcus Luttrell, the lone survivor. The Rangers were up against lack of intel, treacherous terrain, violent weather, and an enemy that was raised to fight.

Tony Brooks lived―and many of his fellow Rangers died―by the axiom, “Leave No Man Behind.” He is the first to tell the story other books and films have omitted, one of overcoming overwhelming odds to accomplish a mission: to bring every American soldier home.

Understand and Loving your Child with ADHDCongratulations to Stephen Arterburn with Michael Ross for the August 3rd release of Understanding and Loving your Child with ADHD from Salem Books.
 
When most parenting books were written decades ago, they did not address—nor could they address—all the issues parents would face today in the era of technology and excess. Parents do not need another article that contradicts the last one they read; rather, they need insights, techniques, and strategies to tackle the issues of twenty-first-century parenting. That’s what the Understanding and Loving Your Child series of books will do.

 

Understanding and Loving Your Child with ADHD will guide parents with methods they can use to help children who suffer from ADHD build character and competence rather than conflict, failure, shame, or disconnection.

 
 
Understand and Loving your Child Who Smokes PotCongratulations to Stephen Arterburn with Margot Starbuck for the August 3rd release of Understanding and Loving your Child Who Smokes Pot from Salem Books.
 
When most parenting books were written decades ago, they did not address—nor could they address—all of the issues parents would face today in the era of technology and excess. Parents do not need another article that contradicts the last one they read; rather, they need insights, techniques, and strategies to tackle the issues of twenty-first-century parenting. That’s what the Understanding and Loving Your Child series of books will do.

 

Understanding and Loving Your Child Who Smokes Pot will give parents methods they can use to connect with and support their children who use marijuana. These tools will equip parents to avoid conflict and shame while they continue to love and guide their child.

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

 

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

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

Making Work MatterCongratulations to Michaela O’Donnell, PhD for the Nov 9th release of Make Work Matter. Your guide to meaningful work in a changing world from BakerBooks .

In the past decades, work has changed dramatically. Yet we are still sent into the new world of work with old, outdated tools, expectations, and strategies. This leaves us ill-equipped in our pursuit of meaningful work that will impact our communities and change the world. The result? Unmet expectations and unfulfilled longings. Not to mention curiosity about how to do the work we sense God calling us to.

Make Work Matter provides a blueprint for a better future. Filled with stories and insights from faithful entrepreneurs and built on solid research, this book will help you

– discover what God is calling you to do in a changing world
– define where you are in this season of work
– embrace what the Bible says (and doesn’t say) about calling
– develop a mindset and habits suited for the new world of work
– reflect on and work out ways that sustain you on the journey

It’s time to close the gap between what you’re doing now and the meaningful work you desire to accomplish. This book will help you chart your own way forward.

 
 
52 lessons Its a Wonderufl lifeCongratulations to Bob Welch for the condensed 2021 hardback release of 52 Little Lessons from It’s a Wonderful Life from Nelson Books.
 
Do you pay a visit to Bedford Falls every Christmas? Does December feel incomplete without a reminder that “no man is a failure who has friends”? If George and Mary Bailey are annual guests at your home during the holidays, you already know that It’s A Wonderful Life is far more than just a festive seasonal film. It’s a reflection of what we can be when we’re at our best and a reminder that our lives can change everyone around us—for better or worse. Revisit the defining lessons in Frank Capra’s 1946 classic, and discover new dimensions of the film you’ve seen time and again. What can you learn from Mary’s quiet contentedness? Does George’s selflessness make you rethink your own priorities? And how about Clarence’s dogged commitment to his assignment? Join author Bob Welch for a close-up of the characters and themes that shape this beautiful story. You’ll be reminded that life’s most important work is often the work we never planned to do and that God can use the most unlikely among us to get the job done. From the lightheartedness of George and Mary’s floor-parting dance to the poignancy of a community that rallies to save a desperate man, 52 Little Lessons from It’s a Wonderful Life will inspire you to live for the deeper stuff that, as George Bailey finds, matters most.
 
52 lessons Christmas CarolCongratulations to Bob Welch for the condensed 2021 hardback release of 52 Little Lessons from A Christmas Carolfrom Nelson Books.

Gold Medallion Award-winner Bob Welch crafts 52 nuggets of Bible-based wisdom from one of the most popular novels of all time, A Christmas Carol.

  • “For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child Himself.”
  • “No space of regret can make amends for one life’s opportunity misused.”
  • “God bless us, every one.”

The lessons and stories from the beloved novel A Christmas Carol point to bedrock values we all share. Award-winning author Bob Welch takes readers deeper into the nuances of this classic by Charles Dickens. From the miserliness of Scrooge to the innocence of Tiny Tim, 52 Little Lessons from A Christmas Carol will inspire readers to live for what really matters, not only at Christmas, but all year long.

 

Contracts

John Meador signed with The Good Book Co, for Coming Back from Any Setback to be released May 2023

Stephen Blandio signed with The Core Media Group, for Stop Chasing Easy

Bill Meyers signed with Fidelis Publishing, for Rendevuous with God II to be released July 2022

Marv Truhe signed with Chicago Review Press, for The USS Kitty Hawk Race Riot to be released Oct 2021

Sandy Silverthorne signed with Revell Publishing, for Kids Big Questions For God to be releasedd March 2023

Bryan Clark signed with Davd C Cook, for God Isn’t Like That to be released May 2022

Margot Starbuck signed with Thomas Nelson Publishing, for What If Love Is The Point to be released Oct 2022

Joshua Kemble signed with Penn State Univ Press, for Jacob’s Apartment to be released September 2022

Katy McCown signed with David C Cook, for Whole:The Missing Piece to Live Your Most Complete Life to be released July 2023

Sarah Sanderson signed with Waterbrook Publishing, for The Place They Made to be released September 2023.

Laura Krokos signed with Davd C Cook Publishing, for Unshaken to be released March 2023.

Ace Collins signed with The Core Media Group for The Last Imprint.

Kara Powell signed with Baker Publishing, for 3 Big Questions That Change Every Teenager to be released February 2023.

 

New Clients

John Dailey, David Richardson, and Sara O’Meara signed with WordServe recently. Welcome!

What We’re Celebrating

 

People Magazine 10-25-2021Congratulations to Laura Stack for the compelling article in People’s magaine discussing her son, Johnny’s suicide. Read the full article at:  https://people.com/health/mom-loses-son-age-to-suicide-and-warns-others-of-his-high-potency-marijuana-addiction/

WordServe News September 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

Fast-Serving Career of ConsequenceA late congratulations to Fred Sievert for the February 12th paperback release of  Fast-Starting Career of Consequence. Practical Christ-Centered Advise for Entering or Re-entering the Workforce from Baker Books Publishing.

Many young, ambitious Christians are struggling to get noticed as new hires in the workplace today—not only young people, but those re-entering the workforce following military service, child-rearing, or after being furloughed due to Covid-19. These workers may find it challenging to stand out from the crowd while also maintaining their Christian values and ethics.

Fast-Starting a Career of Consequence is the perfect guide for those looking to create a strong, faith-based foundation to further boost their careers. Fred Sievert knows from personal experience because his relationship with Jesus Christ and trust in God were the biggest factors in advancing his career toward eventually becoming the president of a Fortune 100 company. Within Fast-Starting a Career of Consequence, follow the advice Fred gave his daughter as she entered the workforce for the first time. It provides those seeking a career with ten practical and effective tips they can implement to rapidly gain visibility and early success. Fred encourages readers to identify and use their spiritual gifts and apply other key biblical principles as they embark on a new career. Those seeking a career are encouraged throughout Fast Starting a Career of Consequence with relevant scriptural references.

3 Big QuestionsCongratulations to Kara Power with Brad M. Griffin for the August 3rd hardback release of  3 Big Questions That Change Every Teenager from Baker Books Publishing.

Today’s teenagers are the most anxious, adaptive, and diverse generation in history–which can make it hard for us to relate. And while every teenager is a walking bundle of questions, three rise above the rest:

 

* Who am I?
* Where do I fit?
* What difference can I make?

Young people struggle to find satisfying and life-giving answers to these questions on their own. They need caring adults willing to lean in with empathy, practice listening, and gently point them in the direction of better answers: they are enough because of Jesus, they belong with God’s people, and they are invited into God’s greater story.

In this book, which is based on new landmark research from the Fuller Youth Institute and combines in-depth interviews with data from 1,200 diverse teenagers, Kara Powell and Brad M. Griffin offer pastors, youth leaders, mentors, and parents practical and proven conversations and connections that help teenagers answer their three biggest questions and reach their full potential.

“If you love and care about teenagers, read this book.”
– Christine Caine, founder of A21 and Propel Women
 
The 3 Ms of Fearless Digital ParentingCongratulations to Carrie Rogers-Whitehead for the August 3rd paperback release of The 3 Ms of Fearless Digital Parenting: Proven Tools to Help You Raise Smart and Savvy Online Kids from Sky Horse Publishing.
 
How can we protect our kids online—and teach them to protect themselves?

 

Do you feel overwhelmed with technology in your home? Do headlines about this app or that website make you feel anxious and undecided as a parent? Do you get advice from many experts—but still feel unclear on what to do?

This book unpacks the “3 Ms” of parenting in the digital age, a proven approach used with thousands of parents through the work of Digital Respons-Ability and its founder, Carrie Rogers-Whitehead. When Carrie first started working in the field of digital citizenship, she found significant gaps in how digital parenting was taught. Not only were parents not informed enough around technology, they also didn’t understand child developmental stages. Parents’ expectations for their children were unrealistic because they didn’t know how online responsibility changes at different ages, as children’s brains change. From this realization, Carrie developed the 3 Ms—three approaches to digital parenting, based on specific age ranges:

  • Model (ages 0-8)
  • Manage (ages 8-13)
  • Monitor (ages 13-18)

By teaching parents how to change their approach to digital responsibility based on the developmental stage of their child, she has seen significant success in fostering happier and healthier relationships between parents and kids, as well as safer tech use by kids at all ages. This book presents Carrie’s approach in an accessible, easy-to-implement manner, giving all parents the opportunity to develop better tech use in their own homes and families, and to parent confidently and without fear.

 

Finding Your Place in God's Great StoryCongratulations to Paul Basden with Jim Johnson for the August 31st paperback release of Finding Your Place in God’s Great Story for Kids from Harvest Kids Publishing.

By learning about the Bible in eight easy-to-understand sections, children ages nine to twelve will see God’s Word as one complete story and find their role in it.

From Genesis to Revelation, God has a story to tell: He created us so he could know and love us, and because he knew we wouldn’t be able to love and obey him perfectly, he sent his Son to die for us so we can spend eternity with him.

Using language, humor, and illustrations that tweens will enjoy, Finding Your Place in God’s Great Story for Kids introduces children to the major themes and key characters in the Bible so they will better understand the gospel message and see to apply it to their lives. They will also discover the narrative threads that run throughout the Bible and gain a deeper appreciation of God’s Word and his immeasurable love for them.

Perfect for parents, grandparents, youth pastors, and Sunday school teachers to share with tweens, this book will strengthen children’s faith and increase their knowledge of the Bible and God.   

When the Circle is BrokenCongratulations to Bob & Jeanne Arnold for the August 15st paperback release of When The Circle is Broken: Our Hourney Through Deep Sorrow and Surprising Joy in the Loss of Our Daughter from FaithHappenings Publishing.

One of the most devastating experiences a family can go through is the death of a child. When the Circle is Broken shares the intimate spiritual journey of a family’s deepest pain and sorrow. The book describes the desperate hope they clung to as they waited for God to take away their pain and answer their questions. The irony of this pain is that it grows; yet God meets their pain in ways you can’t imagine.

“Anyone with a personal schooling in grief, or deeply hurting over the loss of a relationship, will find in this lament book ways to rise to new life from the grave of grief. With understated eloquence and authority, the authors open up their medicine cabinet and pass on wisdom in how to stop picking at the scabs of regret and sorrow and claim God’s promises of healing and hope.” —Leonard Sweet, best-selling author of Rings of Fire, professor, and publisher. Author of over 60 books.

“Raw. Glorious. Parents plunged into pain. Amazed by the effects of God’s comfort. Grief no one would choose. Soul growth no one could regret. Thank you, Bob & Jeanne for this gift of yourselves.” — George Miley, Founder, Antioch Ministry. The Mileys are engaged in a ministry of discipleship-reconciliation-mentoring-teaching-writing.

“This book is a brutally honest and compelling commentary on the journey the Arnolds traveled to achieve healing from the incomprehensible wound of losing a child,.provides a beacon of hope to anyone who has lost a loved one.” —Darrell Scott, author of Rachel’s Tears, his daughter Rachel was one of the students murdered at Columbine.

Follow the Arnold Family as they embraced the presence of grief, a grief that over time was recognized as their friend. Their story shares an encounter with a loving and compassionate God who not only loved them dearly but also suffered along side them.

Rewilding MotherhoodCongratulations to Shannon K Evans for the September 14th paperback release of Rewilding Motherhood: Your Path to an Empowered Feminine Spirituality from Brazos Press Publishing.

Women are often told by their communities that being a mother will complete or define them. But many mothers find themselves depleted and spiritually stagnant amid the everyday demands of being a mom. They long to experience a rich inner life but feel there is rarely enough time, energy, or stillness to connect with God in a meaningful way.

This book takes the concept of rewilding and applies it to motherhood. Just as an environmentalist seeks to rewild land by returning it to its natural state, Shannon Evans invites women to rewild motherhood by reclaiming its essence through an expansive feminine spirituality.

Drawn from the contemplative Catholic tradition and Evans’s own parenting experience, Rewilding Motherhood helps women deepen their connection to God through practices inherent to the life they’re living now. Topics include work-life balance, identity, solitude, patience, household work, and mission for the common good. Throughout, Evans encourages women to see motherhood as an opportunity to discover a vibrant feminine spirituality and a deeper knowledge of God and self.

The Brain on CannabisCongratulations to Rebecca Siegel, MD for the September 28th paperback release of The Brain on Cannabis from Citadel Publishing.
 
From the Amen Clinics, America’s frontline resource for brain health and treatment of brain injury, comes the most comprehensive and myth-busting guide yet on marijuana use and its effects on the brain—including how to effectively talk to young people about recreational marijuana use.

 

For more than 25 years, the renowned Amen Clinics has been
a frontline resource for brain health

…NOW they TACKLE all your questions about how marijuana affects your brain—and the brain of your child.

Since marijuana became legal in many states, people of all ages are using it for pain relief and treatment of a variety of illnesses and ailments. But is it safe? In this comprehensive book, renowned psychiatrist and licensed prescriber of medical marijuana Dr. Rebecca Siegel delivers the most complete guide yet about the benefits and risks of using marijuana today. Based on the latest scientific research, this easy-to-read book busts all the myths and helps you navigate the sometimes confusing and often-changing world of marijuana. Within these pages you’ll discover a wealth of invaluable information, including:

Why medical marijuana is vastly different than CBD and recreational marijuana—especially when it comes to children and teenagers

    Why medical marijuana is vastly different than CBD and recreational marijuana—especially when it comes to children and teenagers
    Evidence-based information on how cannabis is being used to treat an array of ailments and conditions
    The difference between various marijuana delivery systems, including edibles 
    Why those who may be genetically vulnerable to psychiatric disorder, including depression and anxiety, should exercise caution when using marijuana
    How to talk to teens or young adults about recreational marijuana use in a way that brings you closer
    How marijuana affects mood, productivity, and overall brain health
    Long-term vs. short-term risks for teens, adults, and older adults

With a foreword by renowned psychiatrist and brain health expert Dr. Daniel Amen, The Brain on Cannabis reveals everything you ever wanted to know about marijuana so you can make informed decisions for yourself—and your loved ones

 
One Way LoveCongratulations to Tullian Tchividjian for the October 1st paperback release of One Way Love Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World from David C Cook Publishing.
 
 

Real life is long on law and short on grace—the demands never stop, the failures pile up, and fear sets in. Life requires many things from us—a stable marriage, successful children, a certain quality of life. Anyone living inside the guilt, anxiety, and uncertainty of daily life knows that the weight of life is heavy. We are all in need of some relief.

 
Bestselling author Tullian Tchividjian is convinced our exhausted world needs a fresh encounter with God’s inexhaustible grace—His one-way love. Sadly, however, Christianity is perceived as being a vehicle for good behavior and clean living—and the judgments that result from them—rather than the only recourse for those who have failed over and over and over again. Tchividjian convincingly shows that Christianity is not about good people getting better. If anything, it is good news for bad people coping with their failure to be good.  
 
In this “manifesto,” Tchividjian calls the church back to the heart of the Christian faith—grace. It is time for us to abandon our play-it-safe religion, and to get drunk on grace. Two hundred-proof, unflinching grace. It’s shocking and scary, unnatural and undomesticated … but it is also the only thing that can set us free and light the church—and the world—on fire.
 
When The Universe CracksCongratulations to Angie Ward for the October 5th paperback release of When The Univere Cracks.  Living as God’s People in times of Crisis from NavPress Publishing.
 
Global conflicts, civil unrest, fallen leaders, health crises, financial meltdowns―the world is ripe with strife. When we face unexpected personal crises or when society around us seems to be collapsing, we wonder: Why is this happening? Can God be trusted?

 

Who can I trust to help me follow Jesus through this current crisis?

When the Universe Cracks is a sweeping, multifaceted look at the role of crisis in the life of faith from an esteemed gathering of pastors, faith leaders, and experts. You’ll find honest and realistic reflections to help you navigate a present trouble or anticipate changes. Inspired by a global pandemic, these writers examine the whole history of God’s people and offer a fresh perspective for every time the universe cracks.

Scholar and church leader Angie Ward facilitates this energizing and fascinating discussion. Thought leaders Jo Anne Lyon, Efrem Smith, Christine Jeske, D. A. Horton, Kyuboem Lee, Marshall Shelley, Matt Mikalatos, Sean Gladding, Catherine McNiel, and Lee Eclov each contributed a chapter.

When the Universe Cracks is the first in a series of Kingdom Conversations, books that bring together experts and faith leaders to address the most urgent and perplexing challenges of our time in resonant and redemptive ways for each of us and all of us.

 
A Flicker of LightCongratulations to Katie Powner for the October 5th hardback release of A Flicker of Light – A Novel from BethanyHouse Publishing.
 
Secrets are like pennies. Everybody’s got one, even the poorest among us.

 

For generations, the Jensens have raised their families in the small Montana town of Moose Creek, where gossip spreads faster than the wind. Yet some secrets need to be told.

When twenty-one-year-old Bea discovers she’s pregnant on the heels of her husband losing his job, she’s forced to admit she needs help and asks her dad for a place to stay. But past resentments keep her from telling him all that’s going on.

Mitch Jensen is thrilled to have a full house again, though he’s unimpressed with Bea’s decisions: dropping out of college, marrying so young–and to an idealistic city kid, of all things. Mitch hopes to convince Bea to return to the path he’s always envisioned for her, but she’s changed since her mom died. And he refuses to admit how much he’s changed, too, especially now that he might be losing his mother as well.

Grandma June is good at spinning stories, but there’s one she’s never told. Now that her mind is starting to fade, her time to tell it is running out. But if she reveals the truth before her memories are gone forever, the Jensen family will never be the same.

 
 
All That is SecretCongratulations to Patricia Raybon for the October 5th paperback release of All That is Secret (An Annalee Spain Mystery Book 1) from Tyndale Publishing.
 
From award-winning author Patricia Raybon comes a compelling new historical mystery series, a riveting puzzle about a young Black theologian–and Sherlock fan–trying to solve her father’s cold-case murder in a city ruled by the KKK.
It’s the winter of 1923 and Professor Annalee Spain―a clever but overworked theologian at a small Chicago Bible college–receives a cryptic telegram calling her home to Denver to solve the murder of her beloved but estranged father.
For a young Black woman, searching for answers in a city ruled by the KKK could mean real danger. Still, with her literary hero Sherlock Holmes as inspiration, Annalee launches her hunt for clues, attracting two surprising allies: Eddie, a relentless young orphan boy searching for his missing father, and Jack, a handsome young pastor who loves nightclub dancing and fast cars–awakening Annalee’s heart to the surprising highs and lows of romance and love.
With their help, Annalee follows clues that land her among Denver’s powerful elite. But when her sleuthing unravels sinister motives and long-buried lies, will clever Annalee become a victim, too? 
 

Contracts

Kevin Nye signed with Herald Press, for Grace Can Lead Us Home to be released March 2023.

Preston Ulmer signed with NavPress for Blow It Up to be release May 2023.

Deb Adamson signed with Cottage Door Press for Thankful Thanksgiving to be released Sept 2022

Elizabeth Felicetti signed with Wm. B Eerdmans Publishing Co for Blessed are the Barren: The Fruits of Infertility to be released May 2023.

Linda MacKillipp signed with B&H Publishing Group for Hotel, Oscar, Mike, Echo to be released Spring 2023

 

 

 

 

WordServe News August 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

Coffin Corner Boys New CoverCongratulations to Carole Engle Avriett with Captain George W. Starks for the July 13th paperback release of Coffin Corner Boys: One Bomber, Ten Men, and Their Harrowing Escape from Nazi-Occupied France.

“Gripping…filled with…dramatic escapes, moments of surprising humanity, and acts of bravery.” —Publishers Weekly

A Story of Adventure, Survival, Loyalty, and Brotherhood

Taking off from England on March 16, 1944, young Lt. George Starks and the nine-man crew of his Flying Fortress were assigned to the “coffin corner,” the most exposed position in the bomber formation headed for Germany. They never got there. Shot down over Nazi-occupied France, the airmen bailed out one by one, scattered across the countryside. Miraculously, all ten survived, but as they discarded their parachutes in the farmland of Champagne, their wartime odyssey was only beginning.

Alone, with a broken foot and a 20mm shell fragment in his thigh, twenty-year-old Starks set out on an incredible 300-mile trek to Switzerland, making his way with the help of ordinary men and women who often put themselves in great danger on his behalf. Six weeks later, on the verge of giving up, Starks found himself in the hands of a heroic member of the French Resistance—he calls him “the bravest man I’ve ever known”—who got him safely across the heavily guarded border.

Similar ordeals awaited the other nine crewmen, who faced injury, betrayal, cap-tivity, hunger, and depression. It was nothing short of miraculous that all ten came home at the end of the war.

George Starks emerged from his ordeal with two passions—to stay in touch with his crew whatever the obstacles and to return to France to find and thank the brave souls to whom he owed his life. His enduring loyalty enabled him to do both.

Business of Doing GoodCongratulations to Shannon Deer and Cheryl Miller for the August 15, 2021 release of Business of Doing Good: Engaging Women and Elevating Communities from Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

Outlines six principles and best practices for hiring and retaining women with challenging backgrounds.

Recently, business leaders have shifted their focus from a profit-only mindset to considering the impact of their businesses on all stakeholders. At the same time, the United Nations set aggressive Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) to improve our world by 2030. These SDGs address all major needs facing our world today, such as: eradication of poverty and hunger, access to clean water, gender equality, and decent work and economic growth. These are significant problems facing the world that have in the past largely been left to nonprofit organizations and governments to solve.

Investors and customers have higher expectations for companies to make a positive social and environmental impact. They want to know business can do good. Following suit, today’s business leaders are starting to recognize we will never fill the gap between where we are and where we want to be if businesses do not also do their part to contribute sustainable solutions to these enormous social problems. This book provides a guide for businesses to make a significant positive impact while also benefiting their businesses.

Business Doing Good outlines six principles business leaders can implement to effectively hire women who have experienced incarceration, poverty, addiction, and/or engagement in the sex trade. While making a difference to both these women and communities, businesses benefit from the women’s resourcefulness, resilience, ability to motivate, and other unique skills and perspectives only available to someone who has overcome difficulties. Investments in women, in general, are exponential as they are more likely to return that investment to future generations. The impact is endless. If we are going to end poverty and create economic development, women who have overcome challenging pasts cannot be excluded.

Marine RaidersCongratulations to Carole Avriett for the August 31, 2021 release of Marine Radiers from Regnery History Publishers.

The American people revere their elite combat units, but one of these noble bands has been unjustifiably forgotten—until now.

At the beginning of World War II, military planners set out to form the most ruthless, skilled, and effective force the world had ever seen. The U.S. Marines were already the world’s greatest fighters, but leadership wanted a select group to conduct special operations at the highest level in the Pacific theater. And so the Marine Raiders were born.

These young men, the cream of the crop, received matchless training in the arts of war. Marksmen, brawlers, and tacticians, the Marine Raiders could accomplish their objective before the enemy even knew they were there.

These heroes and their exploits should be the stuff of legend. Yet even though one of their commanders was President Roosevelt’s son, they have disappeared into the mists of history—the greatest warriors you’ve never heard of.

Carole Engle Avriett’s thorough telling of the Marine Raider story includes:

  • The personal narratives of four men who served as Marine Raiders
  • Frontline accounts of the Raiders’ most important engagements
  • The explanation for their obscurity, despite their earlier fame

The Marine Raiders were one of the greatest forces ever to take the field under the American flag. After reading this book, you’ll know why.

Living Strong Finishing WellCongratulations to David Stoop for the September 7, 2021 release of Living Strong Finishing Well from Revell Publishers.

Growing older is inevitable and, as we often say, it beats the alternative. But just because we age does not mean we must give in to a slow deterioration of our bodies, minds, social circles, and interests. It doesn’t mean we need to give up on our dreams, goals, or aspirations. In fact, as people live longer and healthier into old age, we need to decide what we want to do with all the extra years we’ve been given!

In Living Strong, Finishing Well, Dr. David Stoop draws upon his more than 80 years on the planet and his decades of counseling, speaking, and writing to show you how to live every moment to its fullest until you’re finally called home. He shows you how to be yourself, continue the search for meaning, stay humble, build on your friendships, develop resilience, stay teachable, and more as you learn to accept the gifts that come with growing older and wiser in a world that needs what you have to give.

Doubters Club 1Congratulations to Preston Ulner for the September 7, 2021 release of The Doubters Club from NavPress Publishers.

The closer we get to the heart of God, the closer we should grow toward the doubter, the skeptic, the differing perspective, even the atheist.

And that should make us wonder: Is it possible to grow in our Christian faith without engaging the doubter or the skeptic? And if growing in our faith means growing closer to the doubter, how do we do that without compromising what we believe to be true?

The Doubters’ Club is a guide for people who want to live in friendship with those who think differently than them. In The Doubters’ Club, you’ll learn how to: (1) rebuild the impression the other person has of us as Christians; (2) renovate the intention we have with the nonbeliever; (3) rely on an invitation into real life (not a church service); (4) reexamine our views through initiating conversations that matter; and (5) redefine progress as imitation, not just immersion. You’ll get practical steps and tools to help you navigate relationships and conversations―but not foolproof methods (because there aren’t any).

Maybe you’re ready to take a chance because it’s your mom or dad who is the skeptic, a sibling, an old friend, a coworker, or a neighbor. Maybe you’re just ready to embrace the adventure of your faith. If you are open to the mystery of doubt, The Doubters’ Club invites you to bring your uncertainties as common ground for relationship with skeptics and see what God does.

The Suicide SolutionCongratulations to Rick Lawrence and Daniel Emina for the September 14, 2021 release of The Suicide Solution  from Salem Books

This is a book for people who are struggling to find their way out of a cave of anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts—and for anyone who cares for someone who’s been lost in that cave.

Suicide is now the leading cause of death among young adults 18-34, and the fourth-leading cause of death among the middle-aged.

Just as a computer’s hardware determines its foundational capabilities and its software determines how it interfaces with the world, humans’ hardware is tied to our biology and our software dictates how we relate to others and ourselves. Together, these parts of our identity determine our functionality, limitations, and possibilities.

We become the story we have decided to live inside. When Jesus said, “I have come to set captives free,” He meant that He came to “de-bug” our programming. Jesus invites us to partner with Him to bring to the surface and then move past our debilitating bugs.

This book is a conversation between a minister and a psychiatrist. Informed by the clinical realities of anxiety, depression, and suicide, the authors draw from the transformational relational strategies of Jesus to chart a path into life and freedom..

Contracts

Katie Powner signed with Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, for And Then We Lived to be released July 2022.

Natalie Ryan Runion signed with David C Cook for Second Thoughts on Quitting Jesus to be release May 2023.

New Clients

Carolyn Leiloglou and Sarah Frazer signed with WordServe recently. Welcome!

What We’re Celebrating

Coffin Corner Boys New CoverCongratulations to Carole Engle Avriett with Captain George W. Starks for the prestigious selection and designation as part of the WWII Collection with Regnery, and for being the #1 New Release in WWII Biographies on Amazon! Pick up your copy today:  https://amzn.to/3igrEs1


 

 

 

Business of Doing GoodCongratulations to Shannon Deer and Cheryl Miller for this great write-up in Publisher’s Weekly for their newly released book, The Business of Doing Good: Engaging Women and Elevating Communities. Check out the full review here: https://bit.ly/3fiQIN7

 

WordServe News July 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

Dangerous TruthOn July 7, 2021, Laura Stack and Freiling Publishing, released  The Dangerous Truth About Today’s Marijuana: Johnny Stack’s Life and Death Story

This is the poignant life-and-death story of Johnny Stack, whose young and vibrant life ended by suicide after his descent into addiction to high-potency marijuana and cannabis-induced psychosis. 

You’ll laugh and cry with his mother, Laura Stack, as she retells the story of Johnny’s joyful childhood and then takes you through the unthinkable tragedy of his loss. It’s every parent’s nightmare. But this book is much more than Johnny’s story. 

Today Laura, who is a nationally recognized speaker and best-selling author, leads a national effort of parents, impacted family members, healthcare professionals, coalitions, teachers, and youth who are concerned about the harmful effects of marijuana on our children, teenagers, and emerging adults. 

This book is a clarion call for parents across America to educate themselves about the risks of today’s high-THC marijuana products and to better understand the potentially devastating effects on youth mental health. Laura’s real-life story is backed by recent scientific-based research on how today’s potent THC products lead to mental illnesses in adolescents, such as anxiety, depression, paranoia, psychosis, and sadly, suicidal ideation. 

This book is her vision to dramatically decrease adolescent marijuana usage, the false perception of safety, mental illness, and suicide, to allow our youth to live productive, happy lives.

when thoughts and prayersOn July 20, Taylor S. Schumann and IVP released When Thoughts and Prayers Aren’t Enough: A Shooting Survivor’s Journey into the Reality of Gun Violence. 

Taylor Schumann never thought she’d be a victim of gun violence. But one spring day a man with a shotgun walked into her workplace and opened fire on her. While she survived, she was left with permanent wounds, both visible and invisible. In When Thoughts and Prayers Aren’t Enough, Taylor invites us to see what it means to be a survivor after the news vehicles drive away and the media moves on. Healing is slow and complicated. As she suffered through surgeries, grueling rehabilitation, and counseling to repair the physical injuries and emotional trauma, she came face to face with the deep and lasting impact of gun violence. As she began grappling with the realities, Taylor experienced another painful truth: Christians have largely been absent from this issue. Gun violence undercuts God’s vision of abundant life and community―and the silence of the church rings loudly in the ears of survivors and families of victims. Taylor weaves her own incredible story of survival and recovery into a larger conversation about gun violence in our country. With compassion and honesty, she encourages readers to reconsider their own engagement with the issue and to join her in envisioning a more hopeful, safer future for our nation. Move beyond thoughts and prayers and enter into grace-filled dialogue and action.

UnshakableCongratulations to Larry Dugger and Fidelis Publishing for the July 28 release of Unshakable!: A 40-Day Guide to Overcoming Anxiety, Worry, and Emotional Distress. 

You can be unshakable.

What is keeping you up at night?

Are you worried that God has forgotten you?

If you’re like many people, you no doubt have anxious moments. Just as Jesus faced his emotional distress head on by challenging every poisonous thought and feeling, you must so the same. What if you give God the next forty days of your life to find peace in the chaos?

You can live unstoppable. When fear holds on tight, remember God travels broken roads looking for those crushed in spirit. Wounded hearts on winding backstreets call to him. He cannot stay away. Like a storm chaser, he runs into your tornado. It’s your broken heart and crushed spirit that he can’t resist. Drawing inspiration from the last three hours Jesus hung on the cross, best-selling author and pastor Larry Dugger sheds lights on what to do when you feel trapped in a dark place.

You can trust God with the impossible. This forty-day action plan is designed to move you away from anxiety, worry, and emotional distress. It’s time for you to stop seeking the predictable in times of crisis. God is not predictable. He is so much more than stained glass. He is creative, wild, and free to do as he wishes.

41zXQp2a9OSCongratulations to Jennie A. McLaurin and Cymbeline Tancongco Culiat with Tyndale for the August 3rd release of Designed to Heal: What the Body Shows Us about Healing Wounds, Repairing Relationships, and Restoring Community.

Our bodies are designed to heal. We fall off our bikes and skin our knees—and without effort on our part, the skin looks like new in a few days. But while our skinned knees easily heal, it can sometimes feel like our emotional and relational wounds are left gaping open, broken beyond repair. If our bodies instinctively know how to heal physical injuries, could they also help us understand how to restore painful emotional and relational ruptures?

In their groundbreaking debut book, physician Jennie McLaurin and scientist Cymbeline T. Culiat write Designed to Heal: a fascinating look at how the restorative processes of the body can model patterns we may adapt to heal the acute and chronic wounds of our social bodies. Through engaging patient stories, imaginative travels through the body’s microcellular landscapes, accessible references to current research, and reflections on the image of God, Designed to Heal offers a new perspective for healing our social divisions. By learning how the body is created with mechanisms that optimize a flourishing recovery from life’s inevitable wounds, we are given a model for hopeful, faithful, and enduring healing in all other aspects of our lives. Our wounds don’t have to have the last word.

This BookCongratulations to Tricia Williford and NavPress for the August 17th release of This Book is For You: Loving God’s Words in Your Actual Life. 

This is a book about falling in love with the Bible . . . that feels nothing like reading a book about the Bible.
This Book Is for You will help you learn that the Bible has something life-changing to say about who you are, where you are, and the God who is in the midst of it. When you finish this book, you just might say, “I see what she did here. I didn’t realize it, but I was learning while I was laughing. She invited me into a dialogue about things I didn’t know I wanted to learn. She stirred within me a love for the Bible, but it didn’t hurt at all.”

This Book Is for You invites you into the author’s life using stories, humor, and charm, revealing how the Bible has become Tricia Lott Williford’s daily lifeline. Regardless of your notions of the Bible, Tricia will help you engage with it as a living, meets-me-where-I’m-at thing.

Tricia is not a seminarian. She is a lover of God’s Word. She is not a highbrow academician. She is educated as a grade school teacher who sometimes uses comic relief to make her point. She is not a theologian, a Bible teacher, or even a Bible scholar. Tricia is a lover of messy people; a mom of two teenage boys who are likely late for school and wearing mismatched socks. She has been known to absent-mindedly doodle in the margins of overdue library books. She has battled depression and anxiety to degrees that have nearly drowned her. She has begged the Lord for miracles that only He could provide. And somewhere in the midst of all that, she fell hopelessly in love with the Word of God as a light to her next step and the air for her next breath.

Now Tricia wants you to experience this too.

Husband AuditionsCongratulations to Angela Ruth Strong for the August 17th release of Husband Auditions: A Novel. 

How far would you go to find the perfect husband? All the way back to the 1950s?

In a world full of happily-ever-after love, Meri Newberg feels like the last young woman on the planet to be single, at least in her Christian friend group. So when she’s handed a strange present at the latest wedding–a 1950s magazine article of “ways to get a husband”–she decides there’s nothing to lose by trying out its advice. After all, she can’t get any more single, can she?

Her brother’s roommate sees the whole thing as a great opportunity. Not to fall in love–Kai Kamaka has no interest in the effort a serious relationship takes. No, this is a career jump start. He talks Meri into letting him film every silly husband-catching attempt for a new online show. If it goes viral, his career as a cameraman will be made.

When Meri Me debuts, it’s an instant hit. People love watching her lasso men on street corners, drop handkerchiefs for unsuspecting potential beaus, and otherwise embarrass herself in pursuit of true love. But the longer this game goes on, the less sure Kai is that he wants Meri to snag anyone but him. The only problem is that he may not be the kind of husband material she’s looking for . . .

With droll comic timing, unbeatable chemistry, and a zany but relatable cast of characters, Angela Ruth Strong has created a heartfelt look at the reality of modern Christian dating that readers will both resonate with and fall for.

Contracts

Katie Powner signed with Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, for And Then We Lived to be released July 2022.

New Clients

Carolyn Leiloglou and Sarah Frazer signed with WordServe recently. Welcome!

What We’re Celebrating

One Kid's TrashCongrautlations to Jamie Sumner for the Starred Review from Kirkus:

ONE KID’S TRASH [STARRED REVIEW!]
Author: Jamie Sumner

Review Issue Date: July 1, 2021
Online Publish Date: June 16, 2021
Publisher:Atheneum
Pages: 240
Price ( Hardcover ): $17.99
Publication Date: August 31, 2021
ISBN ( Hardcover ): 978-1-5344-5703-4
Section: Children’s

Hugo is an only child who has been bullied his whole life because he is small; will his passion for Garbology protect him at his new school?

Eleven-year-old Hugo O’Connell has just moved to the mountains, closer to the Colorado ski resorts where his dad works long hours. Luckily, his cousin Vijay O’Connell will show him around. (The O’Connells are Irish Catholic; Vij’s mom, Hugo’s Aunt Soniah, is cued as Indian.) Hugo has been called every diminutive name in the book. Observant and smart, his watchful eye keeps him away from most trouble, except when class bully Chance Sullivan is involved. But Hugo’s powers of perception have gained him notoriety for studying the contents of garbage cans, a fascinating subject called Garbology. The story’s rich settings are vividly described: the sweaty smell of locker rooms, sparkling ski slopes, and chaotic cafeterias. Sumner perfectly captures the fickle nature of middle school social status and the gnawing pain of betrayal. With the self-deprecation of a tormented tween, Hugo expresses what he learns about friendship, honesty, and the bitter pill of revenge, for which Hugo and his friends who work on the school newsletter must pay serious consequences. This is a strong work about finding your people, learning to apologize, and the rewards of self-respect.

The pitch-perfect voice and everyday bravery of this middle school survivor are not to be missed. (Fiction. 10-13)

Road to RosesCongratulations to Desiree Hartsock Siegfried for her book, The Road to Roses being named to PopSugar’s June Round Up. Check out the article here: https://www.popsugar.com/entertainment/best-new-books-june-2021-48332823

when thoughts and prayersCongratulationsTaylor Schumann for the outstanding Publisher’s Weekly review for  When Thoughts and Prayers Aren’t Enough: A Shooting Survivor’s Journey into the Realities of Gun Violence. Check out the review here: https://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-8308-3170-8

On the SpectrumOn the Spectrum by author Daniel Bowman, Jr. has been reviewed on Ruminate Magazine. Please celebrate this great review with us! Read the review here: https://www.ruminatemagazine.com/blogs/ruminate-blog/on-the-spectrum-a-review

Check out author and Freedom Rider, Charles Person‘s interview on The Today Show here: https://www.today.com/video/freedom-rider-78-talks-about-his-fight-for-equal-rights-117065285637

BusesBe sure to pick up a copy of the entire account of the Freedom Riders in Charles Person with Richard Rook’s book Buses Are A Comin’: Memoir of a Freedom Rider 

WordServe News June 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

Fields of GraceCongratulations to Cara Whitney for the June 1 release of Fields of Grace: Sharing Faith from the Horse Farm.

From her horse farm in Nebraska, Cara Whitney–wife of Dan Whitney (aka “Larry the Cable Guy”)–shares down-to-earth stories about how ordinary people can share their faith in extraordinary ways.

In the midst of uncertain and sometimes frightening times, sharing God’s love with others gives us hope and purpose. With her humorous and often touching stories–many featuring horses, cows, and rascally dogs–Cara Whitney delightfully reminds us that it’s always a good time to share the love of Jesus with your neighbor.

In Fields of Grace, Cara passes on lessons from her amazing animal teachers, such as . . .

  • What a barnyard horse brawl shows us about how God uses us in our weaknesses
  • How caring for baby calves teaches us the value of letting go
  • Why a carriage-pulling pack horse motivates us to be our best selves
  • How a dance class inspires us to embrace our identity in Christ
  • What a floppy-eared dog tells us about loving our neighbor

With Scripture verses, beautiful photography from the American heartland, and a ribbon marker for finding your place, Fields of Grace is a gorgeous gift for:

  • Readers of Cara’s previous book, Unbridled Faith
  • Fans of Larry the Cable Guy
  • Anyone fascinated by the “simpler life” of farming in rural America
  • Animal lovers and photography lovers
  • Spiritual seekers interested in a gentle approach to learning more about God

These charming yet powerful stories encourage us to care for others as we grow in our own spiritual journeys. No matter what times we live in, the love of Christ can transform lives–and help each of us to draw closer to Him.

40 days of hope for Healthcare HerosCongratulations to Amy Sorrells for the June 8 release of 40 Days of Hope for Healthcare Heroes.

Renew your faith and focus, and rededicate yourself to the profession you love with 40 Days of Hope for Healthcare Heroes!

There’s hope for your weary feet and exhausted soul! Healthcare workers are suffering from their own epidemic of burnout and moral injury as a result of dwindling resources and being overworked. To care for patients, you need to find ways to take care of yourself. In 40 Days of Hope for Healthcare Heroes you’ll find inspirational readings and prayers to help renew your faith and focus, center your heart, and inspire you to rededicate yourself to the medical career you love. This beautiful giftbook combines short stories from the front lines, “Breakroom Boosts” to encourage and energize, space to journal, and prayers that are quick enough to recite during handwashing―something that occurs multiple times a day. Healthcare workers across all continuums of care will want to read this book to rediscover the joy of their calling and as a balm of relief for their caregiver’s soul.

Contracts

Robert C. Arnold and Jeanne Arnold signed with Faith Happenings Publishers for When the Circle is Broken to be released Spring 2022.

Clarence Shuler and Monique Gasden signed with Kirkdale Press (Faithlife, LLC.) for When You’re in a Dark Place to be released Spring 2022.

Mike Kinney signed with Regnery Publishing for Out of the Fire to be released May 2022.

Bonnie Kristian signed with Baker Publishing Group for Faith in the News? to be released May 2022.

William Bee and Wills Robinson signed PostHill Press (Knox Press) for The Shot: The Harrowing Journey of a Marine in the War on Terror to be released Spring 2022.

Joe Wheeler signed with Pacific Press for Christmas in My Heart, Volume 30, to be release May 2022.

Shelley Kinder signed with Kregel for God and Me and the Sea, to be released Summer 2022. 

New Clients

David Erickson, Karl Schaller, Kris Tarantino, Robert Vore, Rachel  G. Scott signed with WordServe in June.  Welcome!

What We’re Celebrating

Lost Down DeepCongratulations to Sara Davidson for being nominated for several awards for her book Lost Down Deep. Nominees include: 2021 ACFW Carol Awards Finalists; Christy Award; 2021 Selah Award; Holt Medallion, IPPY, and Daphne du Maurier finalist. 

 

WordServe News June 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 Diane Carlson Evans and Bob Welch for the Release of Healing Wounds: A Vietnam War Combat Nurse’s 10-Year Fight to Win Women a Place of Honor in Washington, D.C. 

What is the price of honor? It took ten years for Vietnam War nurse Diane Carlson Evans to answer that question—and the answer was a heavy one.

In 1983, when Evans came up with the vision for the first-ever memorial on the National Mall to honor women who’d worn a military uniform, she wouldn’t be deterred. She remembered not only her sister veterans, but also the hundreds of young wounded men she had cared for, as she expressed during a Congressional hearing in Washington, D.C.: “Women didn’t have to enter military service, but we stepped up to serve believing we belonged with our brothers-in-arms and now we belong with them at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. If they belong there, we belong there. We were there for them then. We mattered.”

In the end, those wounded soldiers who had survived proved to be there for their sisters-in-arms, joining their fight for honor in Evans’ journey of combating unforeseen bureaucratic obstacles and facing mean-spirited opposition. Her impassioned story of serving in Vietnam is a crucial backstory to her fight to honor the women she served beside. She details the gritty and high-intensity experience of being a nurse in the midst of combat and becomes an unlikely hero who ultimately serves her country again as a formidable force in her daunting quest for honor and justice.

YoungReadersCongratulations to Cara Whitney on the release of Unbridled Faith Devotions for Young Readers.

Calling all fillies, colts, and ponies! An adaptation of Cara Whitney’s popular devotional for adults, Unbridled Faith Devotions for Young Readers for ages 8-12 is filled with beautiful photos of horses, farms, and countryside that will inspire your young horse fans in their faith. Cara’s charming stories from life on a horse farm offer kids a unique opportunity to grow in their faith as they learn from one of God’s most majestic creatures.

Unbridled Faith Devotions for Young Readers is great for:

  • Young readers, ages 8-12, beginning to learn more about their Christian faith and to embark on their spiritual growth journey.
  • Children to read on their own. Each devotional features a Scripture, short reflection or story from Cara, and a prayer prompt.
  • Tweens who love horses and animals.
  • Families familiar with Unbridled Faith since content aligns with adult edition.

Young readers will appreciate the youthful full-color design and intriguing photography, including some from Cara’s own horse farm. Horse lovers everywhere will enjoy reading about these wonderfully caring, complex animals and what they teach us about prayerpersistence, and identity in Christ. You’ll appreciate how Cara’s words show tweens how to look for God’s grace in everyday moments and engage their faith in a new way.

 

Contracts

Steve Arterburn and Stonecroft President Naomi Overton are teaming up on Every Woman’s Study Bible with Tyndale.

Jim Burns signed a two-book contract with Zondervan for Have Serious Fun: and 12 Other Lessons I Learned While Confronted with My own Mortality, and Doing Life in the Empty Nest.

Rick Johnson, Sunset Parenting (parenting your grandchild) with Salem Publishing.

Glaser and Weiss signed with Salem Publishing for Treading Boldly.

Ron Archer signed with Oskie Roar Entertainment LLC for What Belief Can Do.

Carrie Rogers-Whitehead signed with Skyhorse Publishing, Inc. for The 3Ms of Fearless Digital Parenting to be release late 2021.

Katie Powner signed with Bethany for A Light on the Mountain to be released Autumn 2021.

 

New Clients

Stonecroft Ministries, Inc. (Beth Fitch), Laura Stack, Katy Epling, Bruce Thompson, Shannon Evans, Chris Lassiter, signed with WordServe in June.  Welcome!

What We’re Celebrating

And the winner is…Congratulations to Stephen Arterburn and M.N. Brotherton for being Christian Book Award’s 2020 Young Literature Winner for Kirby McCook and the Jesus Chronicles.

 

 

Congratulations to Sarah Jackson for The House that Love Built’s starred review from Publisher’s Weekly! Read all about it HERE.

WordServe News May 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 M. Carlson for the release of In the Dark of War: A CIA Officer’s Inside Account of the U.S. Evacuation from Lybia.

A CIA officer’s inside account of how Libya’s descent into rampant violence precipitated the harrowing overland evacuation of the entire U.S. Mission from Tripoli after being trapped in the city for weeks.

Most of the world is aware of the tragic events surrounding the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans. Most are also aware of the resulting political controversy in Washington. But few know what happened next in Libya. While said controversy in Washington subsided, the volatility in Libya escalated—threatening the brave men and women who remained behind to continue the U.S. mission.

In this dramatic retelling of dangerous attacks threatening the U.S. mission in Tripoli, Libya—less than two years after Benghazi—American valor and courage prevailed. The U.S. personnel and intrepid operators stood fast as militias clashed, suicide bombers attacked, and numerous threats and kidnappings closed in on their location. In the midst of it all, the intelligence and determination of one woman with unwavering faith played a pivotal role in saving them all…

Contracts

C.E. Avriett signed with Regnery for Saddle Up: Under the Southern Cross, They Fought: Elite, Lethal, Masters of the Night. Four WWII Marine Raiders Share Stories of their Four Short-lived, Legendary Raider Battalions.

New Clients

Lyndsey Medford, Jeff Schulte, Shari Medina, Karissa Tunis, Christy Bauman signed with WordServe in May.  Welcome!

What We’re Celebrating

And the winner is…Congratulations to Stephen Arterburn and M.N. Brotherton for being Christian Book Award’s 2020 Young Literature Winner for Kirby McCook and the Jesus Chronicles.

 

 

Congratulations to Sarah Jackson for The House that Love Built’s starred review from Publisher’s Weekly! Read all about it 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).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WordServe News: January 2017

It’s a new year, and exciting things have been happening 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

51kizchtjul-_sx355_bo1204203200_Debora M. Coty released Too Blessed to be Stressed … Inspiration for Every Day with Barbour. This 365-day devotional features just-right-sized, truth-filled readings (gift-wrapped in humor) for your heart. The Too Blessed to be Stressed daily devotional touches on everyday life topics like relationships, love, boundaries, hope, brokenness, and praise, while helping you to arrive at healing, refreshment, and revitalization of spirit, body, and faith.

cover-imageDena Dyer re-released the e-book version of her book Grace for the Race: Meditations for Busy Moms with FaithHappenings Publishers. In this collection of short devotionals—perfect for those few stolen moments you can find in a given day—Dyer uses real-life stories, scripture, and gentle humor to encourage moms and assure them that they are not alone.

517huchsljlTom DeLay and Wallace Henley released Revival! Revolution! Rebirth! with WND Books. America is at a strategic moment in history.Will the qualities that have made the nation exceptional be consigned to the grave like other historic civilizations, or will they spring up with new vitality? DeLay and former congressional aide Wallace Henley draw from their rich experience to show the powerful reasons for hope!

61dkx5py71l-_sx328_bo1204203200_Denise George and Robert Child released The Lost Eleven with Berkley. Nearly forgotten by history, this is the story of the Wereth Eleven, African-American soldiers who fought courageously for freedom in WWII—only to be ruthlessly executed by Nazi troops during the Battle of the Bulge. It’s a story of unheralded patriotism that should be read by all.

51x0oo6bql-_sx322_bo1204203200_Jonathan McKee released If I Had a Parenting Do-Over with Barbour. McKee offers real, practical help to parents who would rather learn from someone else’s firsthand experiences. . . in hopes of circumventing their own parenting flubs. The real-world application will equip readers with solid, helpful practices you can actually use in your own home.

New Contracts 

Dr. Daniel Amen signed a two-book deal with Tyndale. Memory Restore 360 will teach readers how to optimize memory through an intentionally healthy lifestyle, including diet, exercise, and spiritual practices. Raising Brain-Healthy Kids and Teens will teach parents how to care for and develop their child’s brain to optimize performance, physical and spiritual health, and emotional resilience.

Steve Arterburn and Marcus Brotherton signed with Tyndale to publish Jesus Kid, in which kid narrator Kirby McCook retells old and New Testament stories, helping readers see that Jesus has had an important place in God’s plan for redemption from the beginning of time.

Debora Coty signed with Barbour for the next book in her Too Blessed to be Stressed series, this one specifically for moms! Look for Too Blessed to be Stressed for Moms in 2018.

Shellie Rushing Tomlinson signed with Barbour for the publication of Devotions for the Hungry Heart, a one-year devotional drawing on Shellie’s personal experience and identifying six attitudes of the heart that position the Jesus-hungry follower closer to God’s gracious table.

New Clients

Bob Izumi, Ronaldo Archer, Nigel Dixon, Kathryn Graves, and Walt Larimore joined WordServe Literary this month. Welcome!

WordServe News: April 2016

Exciting things have been happening at WordServe Literary this month!

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

georgeJosh Aronson and Denise George released Orchestra of Exiles  with Berkley Books. This compelling biography tells the story of Bronislaw Huberman, the violinist who founded the Palestine Symphony Orchestra and saved hundreds of people from Hitler—as seen in Josh Aronson’s documentary of the same name.

51v21ckDovL._SX347_BO1,204,203,200_Wayne Cordeiro released the NIV LifeConnect Study Bible with Zondervan. Intended to help you grow deeper and stronger in your spiritual life, this feature-packed Bible offers helpful notes and articles, a variety of study tools, and links that direct you to an incredible set of digital resources. At home, online, or wherever you go, connecting with the Word of God is never more than a click, a tap, or a swipe away.

61VwcpvzlKL._SX398_BO1,204,203,200_Debora M. Coty released the Too Blessed to be Stressed coloring book  with Barbour. Encouraging readers to “color your way to calm,” the book offers 45 unique images on quality stock to comfort and inspire through beautiful design, refreshing thoughts, and scripture selections. Perfect for  anyone who enjoys a touch of inspiration alongside their creativity.

51S3bnXfyKL._SX355_BO1,204,203,200_Greg Johnson released If I Could Ask God Just One Question with Barbour. Written for teens, this short, question-and-answer format book offers solid, biblically based answers to teens’ most-asked questions about life, God, the Bible, and faith.

 

krusenCristóbal Krusen published They Were Christians with Baker Books. With passion and precision, Krusen brings to light the little-known stories of faith behind twelve influential people of history — including Abraham Lincoln, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Louis Pasteur, Frederick Douglass, Florence Nightingale, and John D. Rockefeller Sr.

41VN6aCurjL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Gillian Marchenko published Still Life with InterVarsity Press. This touching personal memoir describes Gillian’s journey through various therapies and medications to find a way to live with depression. Real and raw, Still Life affirms that while there are not always quick fixes, hope remains, and living with depression is still life.

New Contracts

Jonathan McKee signed with Barbour Publishing for his next book, If I Had a Parenting Do-Over, coming in Spring 2017!

Tricia Lott Williford signed a two-book deal with NavPress! The first, Every Confidence, a memoir of the pursuit of confidence, courage, and joy in a world that teaches women to be anything but brave, will release in July 2017.

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What We’re Celebrating!

Tough As They Come by SSG Travis Mills and Marcus Brotherton received a Christopher Award in the Books for Adults category. Mills and Brotherton will be honored at the 67th annual Christopher Awards, to be presented in New York City on May 19th, 2016.

Orchestra of Exiles by Josh Aronson and Denise George was featured in the New York Post’s “Required Reading” column.

Dianne Christner’s Covered Bridge Charm reached #9 on the EPCA Fiction Bestseller list!

Tim Maurer, author of Simple Money, appeared on the Today Show to discuss his book and questions about personal finance! You can see the segment here.