Merry Christmas Early! The Revisionary, Free on Kindle for a Limited Time

This Cyber Monday, here’s something you don’t need to buy. I’m excited that for the first time, I can give away copies of The Revisionary for free on Kindle. It’s my Christmas present to you! I hope you enjoy and share with other fans of young adult dystopian fiction.

Merry Christmas early! Download the award-winning dystopian novel, The Revisionary, by @kjhogrefe for free December 2 and 3. Available on Amazon.

If you’re new to the blog, you might wonder: What’s it about? I’m glad you asked! This futuristic thriller takes characters on a journey where they must rediscover America’s heritage to find hope for her future.

Nineteen-year-old Portia Abernathy plans to earn a Dome seat and rewrite the Codex rules to rescue her exiled brother. Her journey demands answers from the past civilization, but uncovering the truth means breaking the rules she set out to rewrite.

You can learn more on my book page. When you finish the story, if you can spare a minute or two, I would be thrilled if you would leave a simple, honest review on Amazon or Goodreads. Again, there’s no pressure to leave a review, but I would truly be grateful if you would consider doing so. Reviews can go a long way in sharing books with others.

Now, it’s your turn to share: What’s been your favorite find this gift-giving season? I’d love to hear about your good deals (or good reads) in the comments below.

~ Kristen


Giveaway Winner!

Congrats to Pamela on winning a copy of the Fresh Start Bible! Thanks to all who commented and shared on social media. This resource released December 1 and is available on Amazon.

Two YA Authors to Read this Spring PLUS a Giveaway!

Spring weather in Florida is blissful and hints that summer is just around the corner! Maybe you have an official spring break, or maybe, you’re in my camp and don’t technically get one. Regardless, you can still hop in to some spring reading. If you’re a sunshine girl like me, I suggest grabbing a beach towel, some sun protection, and a book you’ve been wanting to read to enjoy the best of both worlds (in my case, Florida and fiction).

Perhaps you’ve finished your current read and are looking for something new. If you enjoy young adult fiction, here are two authors worth adding to your list. Also, be sure to scroll all the way to the end of this post, because there’s a chance to enter a spring giveaway of 30 books (including one of my own) and a grand prize!

Emily Golus

Today, Golus’ sequel to Escape to Vindor releases, and I’m excited to share my review of Mists of Paracosmia with you. When Golus invited me to be an advance reader, I said yes, even though I was in the middle of wedding planning.

Golus spins another page-turning fantasy adventure in this sequel. This time, instead of Megan translating to Vindor, her younger brother finds himself there. Arden has been bullied at school, and when he hears there are Samurai in Vindor, he thinks he’s found his chance to train and teach the bullies a lesson when he returns home. However, though his journey, he learns the qualities that make a real warrior and hero are sacrificial, not selfish. Plus, Vindor’s problems are much larger than his own, and somehow, he must find a way to help.

I loved how Golus developed the sibling relationship between Megan and Arden. While Arden is trapped in Vindor, Megan is desperate to find a way to get him back—and risks everything in the process. We also see a more mature Megan in this story as she is now in college and learning what true friendship, and perhaps romance, looks like.

The ending was well-foreshadowed and still offered a delightful surprise. Why do the mists destroy memories in Vindor, and who controls them? This fantasy, with its well-crafted world building and lovable characters, offers a clean, thought-provoking, and memorable story readers of all ages will enjoy.

Lisa Mayer

Mayer’s first book in the Aletheian Journeys, The Arrow Bringer, released in March, which happened to be my wedding month. I had planned to read the book during my honeymoon travels but finished before I left because I had to find out what happened to the characters!

From the opening sentence, I was invested in Evie’s story. She’s dying of leukemia yet about to embark on the most important quest of her life, one that will decide the fate of her people and her soul.

Mayer’s descriptions are so vivid that the scenes spring to life in my imagination. Her world-building is masterful, and she makes me genuinely care about the characters. This story very much reminded me of C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia with its redemptive theme. From what I hear, there’s a sequel, and I’ll be watching for it.

Spring Giveaway

Now through May 4, you have the chance to win thirty books and a $100 Amazon gift card! I’ve partnered with other Christian fiction authors in this event, hosted by Celebrate Lit, and am offering one of my own books, a Kindle copy of The Revisionary, as one of the prizes. I’d love for you to take home some good reads and the grand prize!

Click the image below to enter the giveaway or learn more at the Facebook event.

Do you already have books lined up for your spring reading? If so, please share in the comments!

Kristen

 

Tweetable

Two YA Authors to Read this Spring PLUS a Giveaway! – @kjhogrefe (Click to Tweet)

 

 

 

The Reactionary: Gratitude Moments

Coming to the end of a trilogy is a little like crossing the finish line of a half marathon. The only reason I felt amazing at that time is that I’d prepared and trained with friends. Others cheered me on, even though they may have secretly thought I was crazy.

This Tuesday, The Reactionary publishes, and I want to start the week with gratitude by saying thank-you to everyone who made crossing this finish line not only possible, but truly unforgettable. My family has been my constant support, and some new faces have joined those ranks throughout this journey, including my sister-in-law Brooke.

Pictured with my brother Dave and sister-in-law Brooke

I also want to say a special thanks to my fiancé, James Parnell, for wanting to join this bandwagon and encouraging my writing.

Photo credit: Aja Skye Photography

Members of my writing family include fellow author Ashley Jones, my Word Weavers group, members of my book tribe (You know who you are!), and more recently, my colleague Maria Constantine whose family roots go back to Italy. At one point, I mentioned to her that my heroine travels to Italy in this final book and that in my dreams, I’d get to visit one day.

That’s when she said, “You have to go! Want to come with me?” As a result, she and I planned a spontaneous trip to some of the settings in this novel, and in a month’s time, I found myself walking the streets of Orvieto and then mapping out Portia’s entrance to the Port of Civitavecchia from just outside Fort Michelangelo. I can’t thank Maria enough for helping make this dream a reality!

Exploring Civita di Bagnoregio, Photo credit: Maria Constantine

In another sense, Kelli Sorg (Make It Snappy) traveled with me this whole journey as well. She made brainstorming and creating the final cover perhaps the most enjoyable design session of all time.

The leadership and talent at Write Integrity Press also deserve my heartfelt gratitude. My editor Marji Laine championed this book and made the production process as seamless as possible. I’m also grateful to my primary editor Brittany Clubine who grasped the vision of Portia’s story from the start and believed in it.

At the end of my half marathon, people asked me, “So, what’s next?” I told them, “I’ll keep running!” Those runs might be in my neighborhood, for my church’s Hope 5K, another half marathon some day … who knows! The same is true of my writing. Lord willing, I’ll keep composing the stories He gives me and then watch where He takes them.

~ Kristen

Tweetable

The Reactionary: Gratitude Moments – @kjhogrefe (Click to Tweet)

 

Flag Design Contest: Vote for Your Favorite!

What teacher doesn’t enjoy seeing her students’ creativity? I sure do!

I’m privileged to teach English for Alpha Omega Academy and invited our middle and high school students to design their version of the ASU pennant (the fictitious flag of the dystopian society in my new young adult novel).

Today, I’m posting their designs here for you to vote on your favorite. The winner’s name and design will be published in The Revisionaryavailable for pre-order next month.

Below are the submissions, and I’m honestly glad you’re choosing the winner and not me! They are all outstanding and meet the submission guidelines: to design a flag that includes a child, scroll, and olive branch. From there, the students let their creativity take over, and I’m so proud of their hard work.

Each submission is numbered, and that number corresponds to a survey below the designs. Choose the one you like best, and vote by Saturday, April 29.

#1 – Design A by Brianna

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#2 – Design B by Brianna

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#3 – Design by Emily

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#4 -Design by Enoch

 

 

 

 

 

 

#5 – Design by Gabe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#6 – Design by Hannah

 

 

 

 

 

#7 – Design A by Kyrah

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#8 – Design B by Kyrah

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#9 – Design C by Kyrah

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#10 – Design by Nikole

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vote on your favorite

Complete the survey by choosing your favorite submission. The winning entry will become the flag design for the dystopian society in The Revisionary and will be published in the book.

You may select only one choice.

I am grateful to my editor Marji and Write Integrity Press for making this contest possible.

Next week, I look forward to sharing the results with you right here!

~ Kristen

 

Tweetables

You decide my book’s flag design – @kjhogrefe (Click to Tweet)

AOA students display creative talent in art contest for YA fiction novel – @kjhogrefe (Click to Tweet)

 

Grateful Giveaways & Book Specials

book-specials-2This week, the Florida Christian Writers’ Conference starts! Several years ago, I discovered this conference and am so grateful I did. If you’re a writer and would like to learn more how conferences can help you in your craft, visit my For Writers page.

Each year, I usually leave this conference sleep-deprived but with my cup “brimming over.” I’ve made amazing friends there, enjoyed teaching workshops, and soaked up ideas through the workshops of other writers, editors, and agents. (For any who are reading this post and attending FCWC, I hope you’ll join my workshop called Friend Your Audience on Social Media.)

Word Weavers reunited at the Florida Christian Writers Conference
Word Weavers reunited at the Florida Christian Writers’ Conference

The people are the best part of writers’ conferences, but one of my other favorites is the FCWC bookstore. I come home with autographed copies from some of my favorite authors (like Davis Bunn, a few years back) and new authors I’ve met whose works I can’t wait to read.

This year, my young adult fiction books will again be in the bookstore, but I also want to make the Kindle versions available free or at a discounted rate throughout the week. It’s my small way of saying thanks to you, my readers, and to all the writing professionals who have made a difference in my life. I also hope my books, including my upcoming release, and my story might inspire other writers to keep daring and dreaming to be published some day. I can’t wait to see what awesome things God has in store for this year’s conference.

So thank you again! Please feel free to share this post or the picture below with your friends, especially any teens you know.

kindle-special-2
Click on the image to go to Amazon and download your copies.

Enjoy!

Kristen

 

Tweetables

Excited for FCWC 2017 this week! Enjoy my Kindle books free or discounted as a grateful giveaway. – @kjhogrefe (Click to Tweet) 

Grateful Book Giveaways and Specials – @kjhogrefe (Click to Tweet)

 

Note: Some dates changed due to a discrepancy in my publisher’s promotion instructions. As a result, additional FREE days for my first book replaced a countdown special. 

The Revisionary – Coming June 2017

revisionary-1I have two exciting announcements today! First, I want to congratulate the winner of the random drawing for the Women of Faith books.

Drum roll, please. The winner is … Trudy!

Thank you to everyone who participated! Remember, even if you didn’t win, you can still get these outstanding resources on Amazon or elsewhere. Also, I’ll be doing several more giveaways this year that you won’t want to miss.

Now, for my second big announcement: In partnership with Write Integrity Press, I’m thrilled to share some details about my new young adult fiction novel, releasing this spring!

The Revisionary is a dystopian suspense story laced with American history and flashbacks to its Judeo-Christian heritage. Unlike my first trilogy, which was staged in contemporary times, The Revisionary begins in a futuristic civilization, the remnants of what once was called the United States of America.

The Revisionary: Genre and Preview

A dystopia is the reverse of a utopia (ideal society), and this genre implies that all is far from right in the setting. In 2149, the American Socialists United (ASU) is a technologically barren land cut off from the outside world. Citizens in most squares eke out their existence in cube communities, remotely grateful they survived post-Apocalyptic conditions and painfully aware they owe their lives and fidelity to the Friend appointed by the Dome to rule.

At graduation, young adults receive their work assignments within their squares, except for an elite few selected for their undergraduate achievements. These draftees must report for selective training at the Crystal Globe University and ultimately, service in positions of leadership in the Dome or elsewhere.

The draft brings personal prestige and advancement for the graduate’s family, and no one dares defy it—no one, that is, except for Portia Abernathy’s brother. His rebellion condemned him to a western satellite, a sentence reserved for criminals and raiders.

Now, ten years later, the draft board calls Portia’s name. She hoped it would.

Unlike Darius, she wants to reform the system to make changes that will help the people. If she completes her Revisionary training and earns the Dome seat in her profession, she intends to rewrite the satellite rules to bring back Darius, and for that matter, other unfairly sentenced prisoners.

However, she soon discovers that citizens like Darius aren’t the only ones who need saving, and Portia must decide if it’s better to rewrite the rules or break them like her brother did.

Coming Soon

Fairly soon, I’ll be able to share a sneak preview of my cover. There’s a neat story behind it that I can’t wait to tell you!

In the coming weeks, I also want to introduce you to Portia, my heroine. In the meantime, here’s a trivia question for you:

Portia shares a name with a character from a famous play. Who wrote it, and what was the play’s title?

Also, if you have any questions you’d like me to answer in my next update, please leave a comment below. I look forward to hearing from you!

Kristen

 

Tweetable

Coming this June! New YA Fiction, The Revisionary – @kjhogrefe and @WriteIntegrity (Click to Tweet) 

Christmas Giving & Book Giveaway

christmas-givingGiving is one of the most beautiful parts of the Christmas season. As Karen Ehman explains in her book Listen, Love Repeat, there’s more than one way to give. Yes, people primarily think of gifts, but giving of one’s time is often even more valuable.

A friend shared a story how someone had decorated her tree and house for Christmas a few years ago after she had her baby, and that gift of time meant more than any present.

Are you looking for opportunities to give? Am I? Let’s not be so wrapped up in our own schedules that we miss opportunities to bless others.

To paraphrase Mother Teresa, how much love do we put into our Christmas giving? Let’s load others up with love this year.

Free Book Download – Today Only!

Today and just today, my book Captive Beneath the Bahamian Sky is available FREE in kindle version (regardless of whether you have Kindle Unlimited or not). This is the first book in my series Wings of the Dawn, a young adult Christian suspense trilogy.

Click here to download your free copy. Merry Christmas on me!

Next Week

I’m super excited to share a beautiful, biblical Christmas craft idea with you all next week. If you enjoy making items to share at Christmas, you won’t want to miss next week’s post.

Have a blessed week!

~ Kristen

Tweetables

Load others up with love this Christmas. – @kjhogrefe (Click to Tweet)

Free YA Christian Suspense on Kindle today – @kjhogrefe (Click to Tweet)