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Saturday, April 08, 2006

We have a winner!

Congratulations to Eveline Maedel! If you'll email me with your snail mail address, I'll get your copy in the mail. I know you'll enjoy it.

Thanks to everyone who participated, and keep watching. I'll post details of a new contest soon! - Donna



I have one copy, courtesy of Glass Road Public Relations, of Tamara Leigh’s new release, Stealing Adda, to give away. I'll collect names now through Tuesday, April 25th. If you are interested, post a comment under this post telling me what your thoughts are on Christian Romance novels. Do you read or write in this genre? How about 'Chicklit'? You might even list a couple of your favorites for those not familiar with the genre.

On April 25th, I'll put all the names in a basket, and draw one person's name! If Christian Romance isn't your cup of tea, keep stopping by. More surprises in store!

14 comments:

Dabbling Mum said...

I read this book Donna and it's simply fabulous!

I stopped reading romance novels years ago because of the filfth in them. I had no idea Christian romance novels could be clean and romantic!

Eveline Maedel said...

I think it is challenging for Christian authors to write a good novel, romance or otherwise, without being "too preachy" or overdoing it. The characters faith needs to be essential to the story line and development.

One author who does a good job of this, I think, is Liz Curtis-Higgs - her Scottish romance series that started with "Fair is the Rose" are excellently written.

For "chick-lit", I enjoy Mindy Starns-Clark - the Tulip series is entertaining. I think I just like characters that are real and quirky! "Stealing Adda" looks like something I'd enjoy reading.

Great contest idea, Donna - good luck with it!

Donna J. Shepherd said...

Thanks for the recommendation, Dabbling Mum! I should have mentioned that I enjoyed the book as well. I don't get to read a lot of fiction, but I thought "Stealing Adda" was very funny. It's not overly preachy, yet Tamara stresses Christian values and gives the viewpoint of someone seeking the truth found only by seeking God.

Eveline, thanks for giving us some authors to try out!

Anonymous said...

There is a definite place for Christian Romance. I think many--especially young people--have no idea what pure, proper romance is, nor do they fully realize what the alternatives are to the secular TV version.
Ellen

Charleen said...

I love romance novels but hate that the writers seem to believe filth is romance, I disagree totally and hope Christian romance novels are well received and hopefully romace and filth can once again be separated....Love your site Donna!

Shari Lyle-Soffe said...

I started reading Christian Romance Novels about three years ago and I love them. I had been turned off to romance novels years ago because of the sexual descriptions. I am interested in people's feelings and relationships not their sex life which should be private and intimate. Christian Romance Novels are great. I love reading about people who have the same values I do.

Judith Bronte said...

Even though I write online Christian romance stories, I only started reading Inspirational Fiction a few months ago. So far, Andrea Boeshaar's Promise Me Forever has been my favorite. I'm also starting to read Janette Oke, and I just love how gracefully she tells her stories! As a writer who one day hopes to be published, I pray that my love stories would help encourage people in their Christian walk, and by depicting Christians living their faith, that it would even be a testimony to the unsaved. At least, that's what I'm working toward!

Judith Bronte said...

Even though I write online Christian romance stories, I only started reading Inspirational Fiction a few months ago. So far, Andrea Boeshaar's Promise Me Forever has been my favorite. I'm also starting to read Janette Oke, and I just love how gracefully she tells her stories! As a writer who one day hopes to be published, I pray that my love stories would help encourage people in their Christian walk, and by depicting Christians living their faith, that it would even be a testimony to the unsaved. At least, that's what I'm working toward!

Vicki said...

Well, I need to stretch my genre horizons, so throw my name in the hat:-) This book sounds good.

Anonymous said...

Dear Donna - I do enjoy Christian Romance. In fact, I am writing a "cozy mystery"--a Christian, clean, non-violent murder mystery, with a central romance. So put me down!

Love, Joy and Peace,
Katharine

tammya said...

I turned to Christian Romance when I turned back to God many years ago. I love to read romance without the smut. With the values I am trying to live by. I love that my daughter, who is getting old enough to read these now, can go grab any book off my shelf and I don't have to worry that it's not okay. And that they show her what a relationship should be like. Thanks for giving that to us!

AJJoshua19@aol.com said...

I love Christian Romance novels! They're my favorite way to escape and take a break from life. I started reading Christian Romance when I was 13 (I'm now 24). It started with great books from Janette Oake. Then as I grew older, I began reading Lori Wick. I love her novels! Well write, turns out the way the reader hopes, great lessons in faith, and just fun reading! I've read other romance novels such as the ones from Steeple Hill, but even though they claim to be Christian, they just seem to be missing the depth and spiritual walk that Wick and Oake's books have. Christian romance is a great genre, but it's hard to find well written stories. I'm thankful I found my two favorites. I'm sure there's lots more out there! I'm going to scroll through the other posts for ideas :)

Donna J. Shepherd said...

I heard from a guy - a police officer, no less, who read the book and liked it very much! Even he was surprised. So guys, don't be shy! Even if you don't want to read it, you can enter for a woman in your life. :)

Thanks for all the recommendations and feedback!

Sherri Smith said...

Hi Donna, I think there is a place for Christian fiction or romance. People are turning away from smut and looking for good reading that isn't preachy but not filth. That's what I tried to do with my novel "Bitter Water." My neighbor tells me I write like Debbie McCromber. i had to buy one of her books because I had never heard of her.

Sherri Smith

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