Snippet Sunday 4/6: Excerpt from Andrea & the 5-Day Challenge (YA romance)

I'm participating in Snippet Sunday this week. Visit their Facebook page.

In this excerpt, Andrea is sitting with the object of her desire at a football pep-rally (It's spirit week and today is Dress as Your Favorite Superhero Day) and has just experienced a painfully awkward conversation through the throng of the crowd. To learn more about this title, read the previous post with blurb and cover art. Coming out this Fall from Pelican Book Group.

I leaned in near Luke, and he smelled really great—like something fresh and clean. He looked incredibly good in a suit and tie and I almost couldn’t speak. “I…I think I’m going to go back inside before the crowd converges.”
“Sure, OK.”
I’d assumed that to be the end of our conversation, but he turned his gaze to mine and smiled. “I’ll go with you.” Then he stood with me and took my hand to help me down the unsteady bleacher.
I thought I might just die then and there. Who was this guy? He was a seventeen-year-old gentleman. Did they even come like that these days? He was supposed to wear baggy shorts and have scraggly hair while he grunted rather than spoke to a girl, but instead this one had politely helped this girl down out of the football stands and planned to escort her back to her locker. Well, knock me over with a leaf blower.


Cover Reveal for my new YA Romance

In my years as an author, I've probably received 15 or so covers for my novels, novellas and stories. And I have to tell you that they are always exciting. It never gets old. Finally there is a 'face' (so to speak) for the novel you've poured your heart and soul into. This past week I received the cover art for my latest novel--coming later this Fall.

Isn't it gorgeous! I made the graphic extra large because I just love looking at it.

With every title, I have to fill out a cover art worksheet to assist the cover artist in creating the most representative cover for the book. I have never had a specific, concrete idea for any of mine until this book. I had this great idea about a girl holding a prayer journal on the cover, and I wanted a logo for the Aubrey Christian Academy series. Well, that's exactly what I got. And each of the subsequent titles in the series will be similar.

I'm incredibly excited about the release of this book. It's been over three years since I've had a title out and even longer since I've had a new novel. This is also a special book. I dedicated it to all the teenagers I've taught over the years. They have all inspired me and I pray and hope I have inspired them too.

Here is the unedited blurb for the book:

Dear Lord, 
I need Your help and sooner would be better than later. Wouldn't you know it, just as soon as I decided to attempt the youth group 5-Day Bible Study Challenge, my parents start acting stranger than ever and heaping on loads of pressure all to get me into Julliard. My friend Amy isn't any better, urging me to ask Luke Ryan to homecoming. As if the cute, transfer jock would actually go out with me. I mean, we're kinda friends, and I've enjoyed our Geometry study sessions, but in case she hasn't noticed, I'm the invisible one at Aubrey Christian Academy and I like it that way. On top of that, I have a feeling Luke's concealing something troubling behind those chocolate-brown eyes of his. I know I can be self-centered and a bit melodramatic, but I really do want to seek Your will for my life. Then maybe I'll even figure out which direction points up. 

Andrea Jamison
High School Junior, Change-o-phobic & Complete Neurotic


Story posted on Wattpad

I don't know if any of you are on Wattpad, but I've had an account there for about six months. I haven't done a whole lot with it, but I do have the first chapter of a work in progress posted there called Valentine's Challenge if anyone is interested in reading. I hope to add to it soon.



Book Review: Merry Humbug Christmas by Sandra D. Bricker

During the holiday season I actually got some reading done.  One of the books I read was from Sandie Bricker, her new Christmas book of two novellas.  I first discovered Sandie's books when she started writing for Summerside Press in their Love Finds You series.  I absolutely loved her book, Love Finds You in Snowball, Arkansas.  It was well-written, funny, insightful and God-honoring. I loved it so much I bought a copy for my mom and my sister.  I've read several more of her books since that 2008 release.  And I now follow her on Facebook and thoroughly enjoy her comments and posts.  

So when I heard she had a new Christmas book I knew I had to get it.  I loaded it up on my Kindle and waited for a lovely Christmas tale to unfold.  Like usual I loved her voice and heart warming stories told in her humorous way. They were enjoyable stories. Sandie is a talented author.  My one qualm with this book and especially the first story was that it seemed to lack a true Christian message.  There are Christians in the book but the Christianity was laid in place lightly.  

For example, in the first story the heroine, Joss, doesn't seem to be a Christian even though she throws up a prayer now and again. The hero, on the other hand, does have a strong faith.  I was expecting to see a transformation in Joss, a realization that she needed Christ in her life.  But it never came.  And the hero, Patrick, never seemed to have a problem that she wasn't a true believer. He still planned to have a relationship with her.  Perhaps I'm being picky but that bothered me.

Overall, though, they are two delightful stories that I would encourage you to read.

A Merry Humbug Christmas features two holiday romance novellas from hilarious and heartwarming author Sandra D. Bricker. -- the perfect gift to yourself or someone else at this most wonderfully stressful time of year. 

In "Once Upon a Jingle Bell," A Bah! Humbug cruise to the Mexican Riviera is Joss Snow’s answer to this year’s quest to avoid the holidays completely; at least until she’s rebooked on a different kind of cruise altogether. Candy canes, holly wreaths, reindeer and ornaments seem to be stalking her on the 12 Days of Christmas holiday cruise extravaganza. An escape back to land is her only goal . . . until she meets a kindred spirit in rugged Irishman Patrick Brenneman, and then the game is on! Avoid Christmas festivities at all costs . . . except maybe for that one stop under the mistletoe. 


New Years Resolutions

I'm not big on making resolutions. What happens to our resolutions anyway? Inevitably, we always break them. It's like promising God that you'll never sin again.  It's just not going to happen. So, no I didn't make any grand New Year resolutions this year. However, I do like to assess the past year and formulate goals for  to the future as a new year commences.

This year I want to eat healthier and exercise more.  I pray I'll read my Bible regularly and get up earlier. I hope to submit several new manuscripts to my publishers and get back into a regular writing routine.  I'd like to read at least 36 books this year. That's only 4 a month. And I pray I make my family feel loved every day of the year.

What about you? What are your goals for the next year?


Happy Thanksgiving!

Let us give thanks to God above,
Thanks for expressions of His love,
Seen in the book of nature, grand
Taught by His love on every hand.

Let us be thankful in our hearts,
Thankful for all the truth imparts,
For the religion of our Lord,
All that is taught us in His word.

Let us be thankful for a land,
That will for such religion stand;
One that protects it by the law,
One that before it stands in awe.

Thankful for all things let us be,
Though there be woes and misery;
Lessons they bring us for our good-
Later 'twill all be understood.

Thankful for peace o'er land and sea,
Thankful for signs of liberty,
Thankful for homes, for life and health,
Pleasure and plenty, fame and wealth.

Thankful for friends and loved ones, too,
Thankful for all things, good and true,
Thankful for harvest in the fall,
Thankful to Him who gave it all.


Cindy is on Facebook!

It official! Cindy K. Green is now on Facebook. I would love for you to come on over and give my page a Like.  You can look me up as Cindy K. Green Author or try this link https://www.facebook.com/CindyKGreen. I plan to have a Facebook party/contest to inaugurate my page very soon. Stay tuned for more details. Happy Saturday!