Thursday, July 24, 2014

Interview & Giveaway: Lissa Marie Niederer ~ Author of The Sky We Walk Upon!

Welcome to Christian Bookshelf Reviews, Lissa!! Will you tell us a little about yourself? 

Hi! Thank you so much for having me. I’m a wife and stay-at-home mom of 3 super cute kiddos. We live in Maine, where I graduated from the creative writing program at UMaine Farmington. I love books, being active (especially outdoors), baking, arts and crafts, and spending time with family. I’m really good at finding four-leaf clovers. Oh. And I’m scared of ostriches.

What is your novel, The Sky We Walk Upon, about?

The Sky We Walk Upon is a contemporary Christian romance, set at a snowmobiling camp in Western Maine. Hannah, the main character, has been hurt in the past, and so finds it difficult to let herself be loved, or to believe that there is a God who would love her endlessly, without question or judgement or boundaries. It’s as much a story about her struggling with a very new faith as it is a love story. did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I can’t remember ever not wanting to be a writer. In fact, I recently found my actual first book, “The Lost Rabbit,” which I wrote when I was about six I think and have kept all this time. It’s posted on my blog, if you’re interested in a good, hearty chuckle. 

What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk? 

I tend to write titles first. A great title will pop into my head, and I try to form a story around it.  

Where do you like to write?

I love to journal or write poetry outdoors—in a field or on a cliff by the sea somewhere. But if I’m working on something longer, I like to be at my computer when the house is quiet. Which doesn’t happen terribly often. 

What is your favorite genre to read and why?

I prefer contemporary Christian fiction to read and to write. I also love young adult literature, especially the classics like The Chronicles of Narnia or The Giver.

What is your least favorite genre to read?

Not a big fan of historical fiction. And I don’t read anything scary!

Is there a place you'd like to visit, but haven’t yet?

Lots of them! Alaska and Greece are at the top of my list. 

Do you have a favorite Bible verse?

Philippians 4:6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests by made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  

What is your favorite season and why is it your fav?

I like the transitional seasons, Fall and Spring. Fall for the harvest and the snuggly sweaters and the beautiful colors of our foliage here in Maine. Spring for the end of our long winters and the promise of new life!

Some this-or-that questions:

Snowstorms or Thunderstorms? Thunderstorms.
Chocolate or Vanilla? What’s vanilla?
Tea or Coffee? Coffee!
Call or Text? Both. Is that a legal answer?
Cats or Dogs? Mmmm. Dogs.
Early-bird or Night-owl? I’m not really either. I really like to sleep. Like, 10 hours a night.
Introvert or Extrovert? Extrovert, I guess.
Facebook or Twitter? Facebook. I have Twitter, but I don’t use it much. I’m sort of Twitter-challenged.
Mystery or Romance? Romance.
Sneakers or Sandals? Sandals, if I must have something on my feet.

Are you currently working on any new novels? If so, could you give us a hint?

Yes! I am working on another contemporary Christian title, Close To Me. It’s set in coastal Maine this time, and is focused around an unlikely friendship between two women—a young, widowed mother new to the small town of South Point, and a cantankerous older woman who is secretly mourning a loss of her own. And there may or may not also be a tall, dark, handsome stranger, because that’s how I roll.  

Thank you so much for being here! Is there anything else you’d like to tell readers and where can we find you on the web?

Yes, I love to hear from readers and/or aspiring writers! You can find me on Facebook at or follow my blog at The Sky We Walk Upon now has its own website also, where you can find ordering information and a complete description.

Thanks so much for having me!

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

"Waiting On" Wednesday: From the Start by Melissa Tagg

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event that spotlights upcoming releases that we're
eagerly anticipating.

 This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Monday, July 21, 2014

Review: Here To Stay by Melissa Tagg

About the book:
After playing nomad for five years, Blake Hunziker has finally had enough of adventure. Not sure what reception he'll get from everyone back in Whisper Shore, he's stunned at not only a warm welcome from his hometown but also a job offer. The job is his if he can successfully pull off the annual Christmas Festival. If only he knew the first thing about coordinating events...

If there's one thing Autumn Kingsley knows, it's Whisper Shore. For years, she's been stuck running her family's inn when all she wants is to see the world. Now she has a visit scheduled from a potential investor who could take over the inn, as well as a dream job offer in Paris. But with just two weeks to whip the inn into shape, her chance at escape is a long shot.

The Hunzikers and the Kingsleys may not get along, but Blake knows Autumn's the only one who can help him. She agrees to a trade--she'll help with the Festival and he'll help with inn repairs. But what was meant to be a simple deal quickly becomes much more than that when the guy who's done running away joins forces with the girl who can't wait to leave.
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Weekly Giveaway Link-up #28

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