The Revolutionary Blog Tour and Starbucks Giveaway

Hey, friends! If you follow me on social media, you may have noticed The Revolutionary is on tour. Through April 23, a different blogger is sharing a personal review and information about how to participate in a Starbucks giveaway (gift card).

I’d love for you to take advantage of this chance to win some coffee, plus hear what readers are saying! After all, coffee does make the world “smell better,” as my character Portia once said.

To enter, visit any of the blog stops along the way  or simply click here:

Among the Reads, April 10

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, April 10

Moments Dipped in Ink, April 11

Inklings and notions, April 11

The Fizzy Pop Collection, April 12

proud to be an autism mom, April 12

Aryn the librarian, April 13

Multifarious, April 13

Ashley’s Bookshelf, April 14

A Greater Yes, April 14

It’s Storytime With Van Daniker, April 15

Texas Book-aholic, April 15

A Reader’s Brain, April 16

Jeanette’s Thoughts, April 17

Carpe Diem, April 18

MargaretKazmierczak, April 19

A Baker’s Perspective, April 20

Bibliophile Reviews, April 21

Simple Harvest Reads, April 22 (Guest Post from Mindy Houng)

Pursuing Stacie, April 23

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 24

Janices book reviews, April 24

Bigreadersite, April 25

Reading is my Super Power, April 25 (Interview)

I love hearing the different perspectives and takes on the story. That’s the beauty of fiction: each person responds to a different part of the story. For today, I’ll leave you with a few previews of some reviews so far:

Among the Reads

I could tell when reading the first book that the characters from this atheistic society would end up meeting Jesus. The author did such a beautiful job of sharing the Gospel through the testimony of a man who was a prisoner simply because he refused to give up his faith.

I love when readers glimpse one of the main reasons I write: to point people towards the truth of the gospel.

Ayrn the Libraryn

This “Revolutionary” Celebrate Lit Book Review is one of my favorites to date! And not just because the Author is a Floridian!!

To that I say, go #FloridaGirls! But seriously, I’m so glad she enjoyed the book. Click the link above to read why.


The Revolutionary is a true page turner (or location swiper, if you are a kindle reader) … It is full of mystery and intrigue, heroism and some young love.

Hurrah for Kindle swipers! I am one of them myself. Do you prefer paperback or Kindle? Tell me why in a comment.

Or, if you’ve read any of my books and would like to share comments about them here, please do so. Be sure to also click over to Amazon or Goodreads and post there.

Happy reading!

~ Kristen


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All Things Bookish: Reviews, BookBub, and Spring Photo Contest

Spring is my favorite season! I love the sunshine, warm weather, and vibrant green I see everywhere I look outdoors. (Sorry for all my northern friends who are still getting snow!) Today, I also want to pause to say thank you again to everyone who played a part in my book launch last month … and to everyone who continues to play a part.

Reviews and Thanks You’s

To start, here’s a big shout-out to everyone who’s written a book review on Amazon or Goodreads! Reviews don’t have to be long but really can make a huge difference.

Also, I want to thank the Inspired Prompt blog for hosting me and letting me share about my book! You can read the full interview here.

If you’re interested in learning about outside reviewers who’ve read my books, visit my press page for some of the outstanding feedback I’ve received.

For Book Lovers

Have you heard of BookBub? This website offers readers free and bargain books and lets them stay connected with their favorite authors. I recently joined and would love to connect with you!

Click here to friend me.

A Fun Contest for Spring

If you’re like me, you’re probably reading more than one book at a time or have a collection of recently read books cluttering your bookshelves.  We readers often have book lists, so why not get creative with them? My spring challenge for you is to stage your reading list, snap a picture, and share it on social media. Here are some lovely examples from my friends Lindsey and Devon!

If you include one of my books and tag me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, I’ll enter you into a drawing for a free Kindle version of one of my books … your choice which one! The deadline to participate is the end of spring (June 21).

I look forward to seeing your creative photos. Happy spring!

~ Kristen


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Top 10 Best Reads from 2016

hello2017-1Top 10 Best Reads from 2016? But Kristen, we’re in 2017 now.

Yes, I know this post may seem late, but I spent the last week moving and everything that comes with it. Besides, there are 12 new months to fill with good books, which gives all of us some time to add a title or two to our lists.

My top picks are in no special order and range from fiction to non-fiction, from fantasy to historical romance to personal growth. You might just find one that fits your favorite genre or something that pleasantly surprises you. I did.

#1: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein

Though written as a children’s book, The Hobbit is perfect for imaginations of all ages. Tolkein’s reluctant hero Bilbo Baggins bucks up his courage to go on an adventure and help the Dwarves reclaim their homeland from the evil dragon Smaug. Even if you’ve seen the movies with Martin Freeman, you should still read the book.

#2: I Dare You by William Danforth

I read this short book at least twice every year. Danforth develops the concept of a four-fold life, based on Luke 2:52: “And Jesus increased in wisdom (mentally) and stature (physically), and in favor with God (spiritually) and men (socially)” (NKJV, parenthesis added).

I once gave copies of I Dare You to my entire eighth grade class and share this book with friends whenever I can. It’s a must read for teens and adults who want their lives to make a difference.

#3: Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis

C.S. Lewis is my favorite author and continues to surprise me with his stories, which are so varied in nature. Till We Have Faces retells the tragedy of Cupid and Psyche from the perspective of Psyche’s jealous older sister. It’s a riveting read that reveals much about human nature.

#4: The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Guillebeau

Several years back, this book dared me to leave a “good job” to completely switch careers and pursue my dream to be a writer. After a crazy journey, I have an online teaching job I love and will release my first book with Write Integrity Press in June.

Read Guillebeau’s book; it will dare you to face your fears, abandon your comfort zone, and reach for the moon. As the saying goes, even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.

#5: GMC: Goal, Motivation and Conflict by Debra Dixon

This book is my top pick for fiction writers. It has revolutionized how I plan my novels and helped me write tighter scenes. If you write fiction or want to write fiction, read it. The full title is GMC: Goal, Motivation and Conflict: The Building Blocks of Good Fiction.

#6: Five Brides by Eva Marie Everson

If you know me well, you might be surprised a historical romance novel made this list. I’m surprised too, but I honestly couldn’t put Everson’s book down. Based loosely on a real-life story, the plot follows five roommates in Chicago who jointly buy one wedding dress they all plan to wear. Everson weaves their five love stories together into one page-turning tale which reminds us that everyone’s story is different.

#7: The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom

Although I read this Holocaust story as a student, re-reading it as an adult moved me even more. If Corrie Ten Boom’s story doesn’t challenge your faith and redefine your limits of forgiveness and self-sacrifice, I don’t know what will.

#8: In His Steps by Charles Sheldon

Personally challenging and convicting, In His Steps challenged me to walk as Jesus walked in every aspect of my life and revealed how much I fall short. Growing up, I probably had a WWJD wristband like other teens my age, but anyone who wears one should read this book first. The plot of this fictional story surrounds a church that pledged to live as Jesus did for one year, based on the text of I Peter 2:21: “For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps” (NKJV).

#9: The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis

Here’s another delightful tale by C.S. Lewis (a re-read for me)! It’s the prequel to the Chronicles of Narnia. So if you ever wondered how that magical wardrobe ended up in Professor Digory’s house or how the evil White Witch came to be in Narnia, this book is for you. Even if you’ve never read the Narnia series, I highly recommend The Magician’s Nephew as a standalone story.

#10: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

What are we making of life’s opportunities? Are we hoarding for ourselves or sharing with others? Are we so stuck in our routines that we fail to see the needs around us?

This classic tale convicts the Scrooge inside each of us. Christmas may be over, but the moral of A Christmas Carol is worth considering as we begin a new year.

What are your top book recommendations for 2017? I’d love to hear from you, so please share in the comments below. 

~ Kristen


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