Do Books Fix Everything? {sale + challenge}

Do Books Fix Everything?

My approach to processing life is books.
God’s teaching me a lesson? Write a book.
Difficult trauma in the world? Put it into a plot.
It’s Christmas? Chances are I’ll give you a book.
Need an escape? Pick up a book.
See an issue in the world that needs fixing? Fix it in the world of the book.
Wish autumn were longer? It is in my book. 

Today is the National Day of Remembrance of Aborted Babies. 

So today I’ve put my pro-life ebook on sale for 50% off. This weekend, grab it for only $1.99

Today I’m also announcing the Honor Life challenge for Instagram and blogs. During the month of October, follow the prompts in the image below and share a post, photo, quote, book, or caption that somehow relates to one of the prompts. If you have a blog or social media account, please join! I have a full, fun launch month planned for Sustainer’s Smile, so stay tuned.

Overrun By Your Love is also on sale today. If you might enjoy an inspirational poetry collection with a mix of fun and serious poems, pick it up today

Books don’t fix everything, but they can be an effective way to process life. Praise God that He gave us His Word – both written and made flesh – and His Word IS the answer to everything in our lives today – big or small.

How do you tend to process life? Is it through books?

Announcing Five Fall Favorites 2021!

It’s fall! Which means . . . Five Fall Favorites is coming, and this year I’m a co-host. Come back right here to this blog on October 4-9 to find out my five favorite books in each of five genres – plus a five-book giveaway, a new free book every day, and more!

Here’s a sneak peek:

What genres do you think these might be? Let me know in the comments!

Sustainer’s Smile Cover, Preorder, and Sale!

Sustainer’s Smile (Truth from Taerna #4) by Erika Mathews is now available for preorder in EBOOK and SIGNED PAPERBACK! It will be released on October 21, 2021!

Sustainer’s Smile is a kingdom adventure pro-life novel. It’s clean and Christian. And it’s my favorite book I’ve ever written. It addresses topics near to my heart, and the characters! I can’t wait for you to read it.

Also, I LOVE the cover…!

This launch will hold an exciting opportunity! In honor of Respect Life Month in October, Ryana Lynn and I are co-releasing our pro-life novels Sustainer’s Smile and To Save a Life! We are organizing a blog tour to scatter pro-life posts around the internet that month – and we’re aiming for 64 bloggers to commemorate the 64 million unborn lives lost since Roe v. Wade. If you have a blog or otherwise want to help, please join the Official List here for more information. And please help by spreading the word! https://forms.gle/ygiVFDUjfvwW466x8

ABOUT THE BOOK

A helpless newborn . . . that’s exactly how twenty-four-year-old Liliora Ellith feels in her efforts to speak up on behalf of the youngest members of Taerna’s pleasure-driven society. Her tender heart for the defenseless and deep aversion to conflict throw Liliora’s soul into turmoil when tragedy opens her eyes to the quiet yet heartrending war on Taerna’s babies—both born and unborn. Adon Olam’s word coupled with a secret in her own past fuel her determination, but the challenges ahead of her threaten to send her spiraling into hopeless depression. At the very end of herself, can her own utter insufficiency be anything less than the catalyst for complete disaster?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Erika Mathews writes Christian living books, both fiction and non-fiction, that demonstrate the power of the kingdom of God through ordinary people, transforming daily life into His resting life. She’s a homeschool graduate with a Bachelor’s in Communications, a Master’s in Biblical Ministries, and a passion for sharing Jesus Christ and His truth. Outside of writing, she spends time with her husband Josh, mothers her little ones, reads, edits, enjoys the great Minnesota outdoors, plays piano and violin, makes heroic ventures into minimalism, clean eating, and gardening, and uses the Oxford comma. You can connect with Erika atrestinglife.com.

NOW FOR THE REVEAL!

ISN’T IT GORGEOUS?

I love all the greens that symbolize LIFE! I love the moods indicated on this cover. And I love the little details that complete this cover! What do YOU think of it? Let me know in the comments! 

Design credit goes to Megan Mccullough.

If you haven’t discovered the world of Taerna yet, you can start with Promise’s Prayer.

Thank you so much for attending this reveal party. Watch Erika’s Instagram this month for celebrations, or hop over to restinglife.com/signup for all the updates plus a free short story. And don’t forget to preorder the EBOOK and SIGNED PAPERBACK!

 May the blessings of the Lord be upon you today!

Surrender’s Strength is HERE!

IT’S RELEASE DAY! My new novel Surrender’s Strength (Truth from Taerna #3), a new Christian kingdom adventure novel by Erika Mathews, is now available! You can pick up the paperback and ebook on Amazon here

JOIN THE FUN

  • Click here to read the first chapter for free!
  • Buy the paperback or ebook here.
  • Join the Bookstagram challenge on Instagram, or catch up on past posts.
  • Read other release posts {scroll down for the list}.
  • Join the cover reveal for Sustainer’s Smile (Truth from Taerna #4) on July 21 – and be the first to see the cover!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Her only ambition is keeping her old familiar identity. 

But she isn’t given that choice.

Ever since her mother’s death, all Laelara wants is to keep doing what she’s good at: managing the household. She definitely isn’t interested in higher education. When she’s sent to the city to further her schooling, Laelara finds herself caught up in a case of mistaken identity that seems like the perfect opportunity to avoid the despised Academy. Amid the whirlwind of new friends, new jobs, and the glitzy social life of the Palace District—particularly the trivia contests—her double life becomes more and more precarious. For the first time in her twenty years, everything spirals out of her careful control: her family’s security, her job, her friendships, and her very identity. With her lifelong purpose and identity stripped away, to what will Laelara surrender, and where will she find the strength to persevere?

Find it on Amazon!

Add to Goodreads

I’m thrilled to release this book. Laelara’s story of surrender, control, and identity is a needed tale, and I can’t wait to see how God touches lives through her story.

BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE

Madi’s Musings: character spotlight on Ellrick, author interview, and book excerpt
Read Review Rejoice: book excerpt 
Old Fashioned Book Love: book review

If you haven’t started the journey into Taerna yet, grab Promise’s Prayer!

You Can Buy Surrender’s Strength! (And See the Cover!)

Huge news! My next book Surrender’s Strength (Truth from Taerna #3) is now available for preorder in EBOOK and SIGNED PAPERBACK! It will release on July 19, 2021!

So, click one of those links and preorder it today, and it will automatically appear on your Kindle on July 19, no further steps needed. Or, if you order the paperback, you’ll be the first one to receive your signed copy the moment it’s ready.

Today, to celebrate, I’m revealing it’s gorgeous cover!

If you’re new here, Surrender’s Strength is the third book in a clean Christian kingdom adventure series. Truth from Taerna is a six-book series born from a heart to communicate the truths of God’s kingdom—the spiritual realm hidden from our physical senses—in an engaging story format. Each book focuses on an aspect of spiritual truth that today’s church often downplays. My desire is to demonstrate how the powerful, life-changing truths of God’s kingdom could play out in a fictional setting. My goal is that God will use this series to reveal His kingdom to you as the reader. 

Each book can be read as a standalone. Each book follows a sibling of the family as they learn and grow closer to Adon Olam (a Biblical Hebrew name for God). These books have no violence, no magic, no language, and minimal squeaky clean romance. 

So – you can start the series right here with Book Three! But if you’d like to start at the beginning while you wait for release day, click here.

And now, on to Surrender’s Strength!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Her only ambition is keeping her old familiar identity. 

But she isn’t given that choice.

Ever since her mother’s death, all Laelara wants is to keep doing what she’s good at: managing the household. She definitely isn’t interested in higher education. When she’s sent to the city to further her schooling, Laelara finds herself caught up in a case of mistaken identity that seems like the perfect opportunity to avoid the despised Academy. Amid the whirlwind of new friends, new jobs, and the glitzy social life of the Palace District—particularly the trivia contests—her double life becomes more and more precarious. For the first time in her twenty years, everything spirals out of her careful control: her family’s security, her job, her friendships, and her very identity. With her lifelong purpose and identity stripped away, to what will Laelara surrender, and where will she find the strength to persevere?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Erika Mathews (square) - Copy-min

Erika Mathews writes Christian living books, both fiction and non-fiction, that demonstrate the power of the kingdom of God through ordinary people, transforming daily life into His resting life. She’s a homeschool graduate with a Bachelor’s in Communications, a Master’s in Biblical Ministries, and a passion for sharing Jesus Christ and His truth. Outside of writing, she spends time with her husband Josh, mothers her little ones, reads, edits, enjoys the great Minnesota outdoors, plays piano and violin, makes heroic ventures into minimalism, clean eating, and gardening, and uses the Oxford comma. You can connect with Erika at restinglife.com.

AND NOW! THE COVER!!! 
ISN’T IT GORGEOUS?

Design credit goes to Megan Mccullough
As you might guess, candles play a role in this story. And more of it happens in the city than the previous books. Furthermore, much of it happens in winter.

If you haven’t discovered the world of Taerna yet, you can start with Promise’s Prayer.

Thank you so much for attending this reveal party. Watch my Instagram this month for celebrations, or hop over torestinglife.com/signup for all the updates plus a free short story. And don’t forget to preorder the EBOOK and SIGNED PAPERBACK!

 May the blessings of the Lord be upon you today!

There’s a New Book on the Block!

Want to try stories (and a poem!) by thirteen Christian women that will inspire and challenge you in your walk with God? I’m blessed to have one of my stories as a part of this collection – and I so much enjoyed reading each of the other stories!

If you’ve read my Truth from Taerna books, you may be interested to hear that my story in this collection stars Carita’s parents! The collection releases on April 26, but it’s already on Amazon!

About the Book

He was willing to do anything.
Talk about anything, they said.
She hadn’t ever done anything.
You can do anything.

In this heartwarming collection, thirteen Christian authors weave tales both historical and contemporary in a variety of imaginative settings. Anything features characters stretched to their limits: a pencil and a crayon who are best friends, a Tea-Dragon with a mischievous and mysterious habit, a terminally ill child with a lovely wish. In these pages, you’ll discover an eccentric gentleman who never stops reading, a foster boy who makes up in appetite what he lacks in conversational skills, and a single mother with a fault-finding mother-in-law and five rambunctious children who haven’t learned respect for a living room.

Watch as a couple sacrificially prays for a lost and dying sister-in-law, a young lady tearfully talks her best friend through a coma, a courageous brother offers to lay down himself for others, a camera-shy teenager faces her greatest fear, and a music camp applicant struggles mightily with writing an interesting bio. Warmth, hope, and encouragement pervade the pages, echoing the theme of “anything” from a refreshing variety of angles both insightful and entertaining, spiritually profound and eternally valuable. These short pieces will delight and encourage the whole family.

All the Links

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About the Authors

Rebekah Morris is a homeschool graduate, an enthusiastic freelance author, and a passionate writing teacher. Her books include, among others, Home Fires of the Great War, The Unexpected Request, Gift from the Storm, and her best-selling Triple Creek Ranch series. Some of her favorite pastimes, when she isn’t writing, include reading and coming up with dramatic and original things to do. The Show-Me state is where she calls home.
Connect with Rebekah: readanotherpage.com
 
An avid reader and incurable story-spinner, Angie Thompson also enjoys volunteering in her church’s children’s program and starting (but not always finishing) various kinds of craft projects. She currently lives in central Virginia near most of her incredible family, including two parents, six brothers, one sister, and five siblings-in-law—plus four nieces, six nephews, and several assorted pets!
Connect with Angie: quietwaterspress.com/music
 
Jaybird Summers lives in a rural town in Southern Tennessee. She enjoys reading, baking, and writing stories that bring joy to others. When not spending time with her friends or reading, she is most likely to be found in her tree where she comes up with all her good (and sometimes not so good) ideas!
Connect with Jaybird: instagram.com/DreamyJaybirdCustoms
 
Jae Fisher currently lives in Upstate South Carolina with her family. She likes to read and write in her free time. She hopes to publish her novel series, The Dares Chronicles.
Connect with Jae: instagram.com/the_sapphire_writer
 
Courtenay Burden is a homeschool graduate, an unconquerable bookworm, and a Victorian enthusiast. She is passionate about good and great literature—writing that embodies both literary and spiritual excellence. She believes that good and great books are a powerful tool in Christ’s kingdom and she seeks to use that tool for His glory in her vintage-style fiction.
Connect with Courtenay: sawpublishing.com

Tiffany Michele fell in love with the written word at a young age. Following God and this passion, the next thing she knew she was writing a book! And another and another. Working from home in the lovely state of Oklahoma, Tiffany is surrounded by three dogs, a flock of chickens, and a small pride of cats. She can be found writing or doing some form of art with a dog at her feet and a blanket or two on her lap.
Connect with Tiffany: TiffanyMichele.com
 
Brianna Burden is a homeschool graduate, graphic designer, part-time teacher, and on-the-side writer. She loves all things musical, and her hobbies focus themselves around friends, singing, chocolate, and creating beautiful things. You’re sure to find a smile on her face if all her hobbies have a chance to converge in one event!
Connect with Brianna: sawpublishing.com
 
Chelsea Burden is a homeschool graduate, a first-generation Anabaptist, and a passionate word-lover who enjoys dabbling in etymology (not entomology!) and routinely adds bona fide words to spellcheck. She loves books, people, and Jesus—and chickadees, hymns, snowflakes, and having a good time with friends. She lives in Canada and spends her days writing and doing whatever else comes to hand in her three-generational home.
Connect with Chelsea: sawpublishing.com
 
Hannah Foster has enjoyed journaling and blogging since her teen years and discovered a love for penning her own stories in her mid-twenties. Hannah’s desire is that the words she writes would bring hope, joy, and light in a dark world. If you don’t find her reading or writing, you will probably find Hannah in the kitchen baking.
Connect with Hannah: instagram.com/coffeebooksandteatime

Sarah Susanna Rhomberg is a young writer who lives in Europe and is fluent in both English and German. When not writing, you will often find her reading or working on the organization of a camp for children—always with a mug of herbal tea at hand. Sarah wants to live her life for Christ and writes to glorify Him.
Connect with Sarah: sarahsusannarhomberg.mailchimpsites.com
 
Erika Mathews writes Christian living books, both fiction and non-fiction, that demonstrate the power of God in ordinary people, transforming daily life into His resting life. The author of the kingdom adventure fiction series Truth from Taerna, she’s passionate about encouraging others to intimately know Jesus. She enjoys playing with her children, editing, anything outdoors, being organized, autumn, apple crisp, and sunrises.
Connect with Erika: restinglife.com
 
Born and raised in Texas, Andrea Renee Cox turned her fascination with reading into a career of two varieties: writing and editing. Her articles have been published on her blog, Writing to Inspire, and My Book Therapy’s Weekly Spark, and she’s copyedited for award-winning authors and several publishing companies. Additional short stories may be found on her website.
Connect with Andrea: writingtoinspire.blogspot.com.
 
Mary Polyakov is an extroverted book devourer whose childhood adventures in milking goats, growing whatever fit in a handy container, picking nettles, getting lost in forests and books, and exploring with her siblings gave her a love of story and adventure, which led to a combination of the two. She strives to write what honors God and celebrates the things about sibling relationships and friendship that build up instead of tear down.
Connect with Mary: instagram.com/ive_seen_a_new_world

Love and Memory ~ Book Release + Review

Love and Memory is a new clean Christian fantasy book by Kendra E. Ardnek, releasing this week. There’s a giveaway you can enter for the next few days only, so do read on past my review.

I got to read an early copy of this book, and it’s a good one. Ups and downs, twists, heartache, pain, beauty, love, relationships, loss, friendship, and so much more.

If you check my Goodreads shelves and my reviews, you might scratch your head, wondering why I read this book at all, let alone enjoyed it. To be sure, it isn’t my normal genre. But these books are something special. They are the exception in many ways. Let me explain.

I don’t read many fantasy books of this type. Kendra’s books are one rare exception. Why? It’s because the way she handles the fantasy systems of her worlds are very solid and thought-through. They aren’t random. They are based on reality and on the true system of rightness/wrongness – on the kingdom of God and the kingdom of the enemy. Many of the fantasy elements are strictly scientific, and evil is never condoned or presented as right. Central to everything is Alphego, the Rizkan name for God. And what is more, the books are deep and heartfelt and rich and show right and wrong, good and sin – but they never go to a dark place.

This book is also full of romance. Everywhere. Specifically, there are a lot of arranged marriages, and there’s a lot of married/engaged/Tied romance (it’s complicated. Read the book.). And I’m not a big fan of romance in books. I typically don’t read romances, and when I do, I don’t enjoy them. But again, this series is unique. First, the romance is usually between a well-established couple: either best-friends-for-life-getting-married-or-already-married, or an arranged marriage. There’s not much if any of the whole “attraction but no relationship” phase. Second, it’s pretty clean. There are way more kisses than I like, but very few are totally unmarried couples (it’s complicated. Portal fantasy. But there’s a lifelong commitment behind the kisses). But why I enjoy this aspect anyway? The romance isn’t the focus. Sure, it’s a big plot point. But there’s so much more to their lives and the plots, and the romance is presented in its proper place. #putromanceinitsplaceinbooks

So – why do I enjoy a romantic fantasy? Primarily because of two things: the characters and the message. (Also, the plot is AWESOME, and the setting is cool.) The characters are so rich, so relatable, so well-drawn. And the message is so Biblical, so true to life, so applicable. And it’s woven in gently and gracefully through the characters, the choices they make, and the plot itself.

In particular, Love and Memory was full of heartbreak. There were wrong choices. There were characters I wanted to push off the page. (Or at least shut their mouths!) There were times I sighed with the characters because resolution is never as easy as we wish it was, and the things we try don’t magically fix our problems. I really appreciated how this book tackles the theme of return and reintegration. When there’s been a huge change in life, we don’t just bounce back. We’re never the same. With a portal fantasy, it’s easy for an author to return the characters to earth exactly as they left–but life doesn’t work that way. Truly, no one with those experiences can return unchanged, and that’s what Love and Memory shows. There’s hurt. There’s loss. There’s grief. There’s so much more, and with twelve points of view in this book, the author portrays a wide variety of actions and reactions.

But wow. There’s growth. There’s hope. There’s positive influence. There are friendships made and relationships restored or forged. There is love, and there is the hand of God guiding the lives of each person – drawing them to Himself.

Love and Memory reminds me of a frank heart-to-heart with the characters . . . a heart-to-heart that grips the reader with the ups and downs of the journey while reminding them that hope, love, and faith are never too far gone.

Love and Memory 

Release Date: April 22nd, 2021 

Book Description: 

The Rizkaland Legends #3 
 

When a Queen forgets, 

Her enemies rejoice in her weakness. 

But when the Queen remembers, 

They tremble in fear. 

When a King loves, 

His country rejoices with him. 

But when that love is broken.  

The land is broken, too. 

Can Water and Fire join again? 

Can Love and Memory be restored? 

They spent years in Rizkaland. They ruled the land, forged friendships, built families, and made it their home. But then it was time to return to Earth, and their former lives just don’t fit anymore. Clara and Andrew struggle to reevaluate their priorities when hundreds of miles separate them. Reuben and Petra are lost as they seek a balance between their old friendship and their Rizkan marriage. And Ashna and Noraeto never planned to return, so what live is there for them on Earth?  

When the unthinkable happens and a new enemy arises, they’re all thrown back into Rizkaland, into a young prince’s rise to power and struggle to build alliances for his kingdom. But they no longer belong in their other world, either. 

Are good memories too much to bear? 

Purchase Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08CSYSSXS/ 

Add Book on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32674009-love-and-memory 

Kendra E. Ardnek is the self-proclaimed Arista of Fairy Tales. She lives in the Piney Woods of East Texas with her dragon babies and massive herd of mini-giraffes, and she is still waiting for one of of her fifty nutcrackers to come to life and marry her. When not writing, you can usually find her sitting in a random box, and she’s frequently known to act before she thinks. 
Find her online at: Website || Blog || Goodreads || Facebook || Twitter || YouTube || Newsletter || Instagram || TikTok || Amazon 

Preorder Giveaway

The author is giving away a paperback copy of Love and Memory for every ten preorders. To enter, you need only preorder the kindle edition and then forward Kendra your receipt at Kendraeardnek(at)gmail(dot)com. (Giveaway is U.S. Only.)

Tour Schedule: 

April 19th – Monday 
Knitted By God’s Plan: A Post of Tantalizing Snippets 
Fantastical Notions: Interview – Kendra 
Resting Life: Review 

April 20th – Tuesday 
Knitted By God’s Plan: 12 POV’s and How I Managed 
Madi’s Musings: Interview – Petra 
Katherine A. Massengill: Review 

April 21st  Wednesday 
Knitted By God’s Plan: Every Reason You Need to Read LaM 
Madi’s Musings: Interview – Kendra 
Live. Love. Read: Review 
Safe Return Doubtful: Portal Fantasy and the Doorkeeper 

April 22nd – Thursday *Release Date* 
Knitted By God’s Plan: IT’S HERE, GUYS! 
Lands Uncharted: Interview – Kendra 
Fantastical Notions: Review 
Rachel Rossano’s Words: Motherhood in Fiction 

April 23rd – Friday  
Knitted By God’s Plan: Book 3 Title Announcement 
Dreams & Dragons: Interview – Kendra 
A. R. Silverberry: Interview – Andrew 
Light & Shadows: Review 

April 24th  Saturday 
Knitted By God’s Plan: Next on the Horizon 
Dreams & Dragons: Interview – Sorei 
Katherine A. Massengill: Interview – Kendra 
Madi’s Musings: Review