Congrats to Chanpreet and Susan for winning the Beta Reader contest!
Thanks all for your entries!
Didn't win this time? Never fear - I'll have an ARC (Advanced Review Copy) contest too so stay tuned.
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Did you like The Red Tent? Uh, who didn't like The Red Tent?
I actually re-read it when I was pregnant with my first child and having horrible "morning" sickness. I tried to find something - anything - in the Bible that might give me solace, or at least some insight into how the women of Biblical times handled their pregnancies. Look, I've got a fancy degree in theology so I know 99.9% of the Bible was written by men, but come on - not even anything on the Virgin Mary? There's more written about Joseph's lineage and angel dream than Mary's pregnancy or birth. "And she gave birth to a son and wrapped him in cloths." Um, I'm pretty sure there was a bit more going on there.
Frustrated, I turned to Anita Diamant's gripping tale of Dinah and all her aunties trudging through the Levant under the yoke of a patriarchal, fiercely holy tribe that would become Israel.
In a similar way, so many (dare I say all? Probably an over-statement) stories of the life and times of Jesus are focused on the men involved. Never mind the fact that the women who followed Jesus risked so much more than their male counterparts to do so, never mind the fact that it was a woman who carried and bore him, women who stood by Him through his trial and execution and women who first discovered the empty tomb and first saw the risen Christ.
Still, all we get is the male perspective. Well, no longer.
In Margaret George's Mary Called Magdalene, we finally have a riveting, believable, heart wrenching, and spot on interpretation of one of the most fascinating women from the heart of Jesus' inner circle. Written with, as always, George's impeccable research, this immersive first person perspective will give even those who are not of the Christian faith a woman who's story, who's struggle, who's devotion to her beliefs and her family, who's woman-ness, transcends the centuries and the faiths.
This book has been call "the diary of a soul" and for good reason. I hope you enjoy diving into a world two thousand years ago and finding how one woman's journey can resonate through the years like a tuning fork to your own.
As with all my recommendations, I'd love to hear what you think of the book, so post a comment or send me an email. And in the meantime, Happy Passover, Easter and just plain spring to you all.
By royal decree, two loyal subjects shall be the first in the realm to read God & King, the forthcoming continued saga of our faire land of Troixden.
"Let it be mine own!" Thou cries.
By all means, get thy quill & sign as a new subscriber. If thou hast done so afore, one must needs with haste post thy musings of Heirs & Spares at the book merchant thou preferest. Do then, show Us thy words below.
But I hath done all this and more! Good people, peace. Merely bespeak on ye Book of Faces that Heirs & Spares is 99 pence until April 20th.
Ye shall hear of thy winnings in a fortnight, the twenty-first of April.
You voted & this is now my "official" author photo...of course, you'll probably see a bunch of them around the site & other places, but this color (and black & white for the book) will be what I use publicly. Thanks for all your comments and votes!
But wait! Unlike porridge for Oliver Twist, there's more!
It's God & King Beta Reader Contest time!
Want to be one of two people to read God & King and give me input before it hits the printing press and cyber shelves? And want to get your mitts on in it in two week' time? But of course you do.
So here's how to enter: become a new subscriber to my newsletter, or, if you already subscribe, post a review of Heirs & Spares on whatever site you prefer and post the link to that review in the comment section below.
Done all that? Share that Heirs & Spares is 99 cents until Easter (April 20th) on Facebook (and link it below).
I'll randomly select two winners ('cause it's the second book) on Monday April 21st!
May the odds be ever in your favor...wait, that's a different book...
Call me indecisive...but really, this is just fun. Photo 1 & 2 from the previous voting are neck & neck, so I thought I'd make it more interesting by letting you vote on the color or black & white for each of those.
You can still vote up the two other pictures from the previous poll if you want as well. I just love hearing your input!
Have at it!