Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Isfits from @JustinBlaney | A completely new genre of fiction

Hello! I'm partnering with Justin Blaney to help him spread the word about his fun new book series, Isfits.

He's launching the series with a Kickstarter campaign---he wants to turn these fun/unique stories into full-color, hardback, glossy-paged books.

Who's Justin? Justin Blaney is a virtuoso. He does a little of everything, but one of the coolest things he does (besides writing amazing stories) is run an organization called Innovate for Jesus (resources for pastors, ministry leaders, non profits, authors, etc.). The site features people like Francis Chan, Rick Warren, Pete Wilson, Matt Chandler, Mary DeMuth, and more.

Besides the super cool graphics, what is special about Isfits? Justin is releasing his Isfits series in the general kids book market rather than as Christian releases. His hope is to spread the gospel message to children who aren't normally exposed to Christian content.

What Is Isfits?

  • Postmodern fairytales & cautionary confessions

  • A cast of characters sampled from icons of adolescence, re-imagined.

  • A completely new genre of fiction. Since that's hard to describe, let's call it a graphic novel like you've never seen before.

  • Nearly 200 original designs, optimized for inspirational display in your home, office, prison cell, igloo, or hut.

  • Click here for more information. If you'd like to sign up to review the first book in the series, Cinderella Goes to the Potty (It's a five-minute read! You'll love it!), email info {at} litfusegroup {dot} com (and be entered to win $100 gift card!).  And if you'd like to learn more and support Justin's Kickstarter, GO HERE.

    Monday, November 4, 2013

    The Miner's Lady by Tracie Peterson

    About the Book:

    When Chantel Panetta's younger sister claims to be in love with Orlando Calarco, Chantel knows there is no hope. The Panettas and Calarcos have been sworn enemies for decades, and young love cannot heal the deep wounds between the two iron-mining families. Yet, unable to resist Isabella's pleas, Chantel agrees to help her sister spend time with Orlando...only to have a run-in with Dante, Orlando's brother.

    Chantel can't deny the attraction that flares when she's with Dante. But when a tragedy occurs at the mine, is there any hope that the hatred that has simmered between these two families might be resolved? Or will Chantel and Isabella's hope for love be buried amidst decades of misunderstanding?

    About the Author: 
    Tracie Peterson is the award-winning author of over ninety novels, both historical and contemporary. Her avid research resonates in her stories, as seen in her bestselling Heirs of Montana and Alaskan Quest series. Tracie and her family make their home in Montana. Visit Tracie's Web site at and her blog at

    The Miner's Lady is the third in Tracie Peterson's Land of Shining Water series.  While I loved the first two books (The Icecutter's Daughter and The Quarryman's Bride), I believe this one is my favorite of the three!!  

    The Miner's Lady is in the same vein as Romeo & Juliet or the Hatfields & McCoys.  In this story of two Italian families who are at odds from as far back as the old country work in the same mines and keep up the feud.  Meanwhile, two of their children fall in love and have clandestine meetings as their love grows.    In the meantime, two older siblings try their hardest to keep the peace between the families.  

    Peterson does a great job pulling the reader into the life of the miner, the fears and grunge connected to the mines and the love and family values of the Italian family.  Chantel is a sneaky, but lovely young woman who believes in love and wants her sister to experience love.   Dante is the older brother of Orlando and he is put in charge of keeping Orlando and Isabella apart. Throughout the book, God works on the hearts of both families... and through circumstances that happen and people they love.  There is an "A-ha" moment, when you kind of figure out how it will all end, but the story has drawn you in so far.... it doesn't matter.  The end may be predictable, but the getting there is NOT!  I couldn't put the book down, I was so pulled in to the storyline.  

    I would definitely recommend this book, as well as the other two in this series! If you want a fun, mildly comedic, romantic and spiritually sound book-- this is it!  Enjoy!!