Websites And Blogs For Inspirational Fiction Fans
As we celebrate Inspirational Month on the RT website, you can find genre news and a look at the latest releases on our Everything Inspirational Page and connect with fellow fans at our inspirational message board. But today we are highlighting some of the other fantastic sites for inspirational readers. From what to read to where to buy it (and how to win it) — we’re bringing you our top ten picks for where to head on the Internet.
Where To Find Great Books
Fiction Finder is a free website put together by the American Christian Fiction Writers association. The site is comprised of several different ways to help guide your book buying (and borrowing) choices. Once you register as a member, you have access to author interviews, an online faith-based book club and a break-down of new reads. Also, each book’s page shows additional books by the same author as well as other stories with similar themes. If you are looking to build up your TBR pile, we suggest you stop by Fiction Finder.
Where To Get Insider Details About Series Books
If you love inspirational series romances, then you must visit the Love Inspired Authors blog. This site has posts directly from fifty-seven different authors as they discuss their upcoming books, writing inspirations and even their personal lives. At Love Inspired Authors you get a backstage pass to all things inspy series reads — and don’t miss your chance to enter in the “Jingle Bell Reading” giveaway which includes over twenty-five books and goodies. And if you want to craft alongside some of your favorite series authors, then Craftie Ladies of Romance is for you. On this blog, authors' posts include favorite recipes, decorating tips and more!
Where To Hear Wonderful Faith-Based Tales
Are you yearning to listen to some spiritual inspirational fare? Then be sure to tune into the radio broadcast “The Heartbeat of the Home” which is celebrating its 31st year of ministry. This radio drama/devotional broadcast is written and produced by Cynthia Ruchti. It features quandaries of faith, friendship, finance, raising children, work dilemmas and even general fears. The show plays on 14 radio stations and two television stations and you can stop by the show’s website to get transcripts of past episodes and find out where the show is broadcast in your area. We suggest you listen to it online every weekday at 11:00 am (Central Time) here at the online radio station WGNV.
Where To Get Writing Help
There is no way for us to pick just one website for aspiring inspirational authors because both of our picks are full of such great information for writers.
The American Christian Fiction Writers is an organization with over 2,000 members worldwide. For an initial membership fee of $65 (and an annual renewal fee of $45) you will become part of a large organization that hosts free online courses, puts together critique groups, has several private email loops and a monthly e-zine, holds an annual conference and has several special opportunities just for published authors!
Faith, Hope & Love, Inc. is part of the Romance Writers of America organization. Established in 1997, Faith, Hope & Love serves inspirational writers (and aspiring authors) both in the United States of America and around the globe. The annual membership fee is $24, plus the cost of an RWA membership, which begins at $110. Faith, Hope & Love members receive a bi-monthly industry newsletter, a critique partner-matching database, an online group with over 180 members and a slew of other special opportunities and projects.
Where To Find News About Multicultural Inspirational Fiction
Author Miranda Parker’s wonderful blog Christian Fiction has guest blogs, industry updates and includes events that feature inspirational reads that have a multicultural focus. In addition to her diverse list of guest bloggers, we particularly adore Miranda's Thriller Thursday feature and the author’s announcements about what is going on in the world of Gospel music. This blog is also a good place to head for writing advice in a separate section in the site titled “How to Plot a Novel”.
Where To Buy Books
If you’ve already browsed through IndieBound — or are seeking a independent online bookstore that only sells inspirational fiction — we recommend that you head over to Christian Book Distributors. Christian Book Distributors has been run by the Hendrickson Family since the 1970s. Today their company website gives readers access to works from the biggest authors in the genre. But Christian Book Distributors is not just a spot to buy books in electronic and traditional format. The company also has a wide range of gifts, DVDs, computer software and even electronic Bibles. We particularly love their “Midweek Markdowns” section, from Tuesday through Friday each week they put twenty-four items on sale from across their wide range of products. And you can find it all in one handy location!
Where To Find Great Inspy Author Blogging
We adore author Cecelia Dowdy’s fantastic Internet presence at Cecelia’s Christian Fiction Blog. Not only does Cecelia post nearly every day, but her wide range of topics include everything from a look at the inspirational books she is reading to topical movie reviews and even her favorite recipes. However, what put this blog on our list is her special feature Sunday Brunch. In these posts, she discusses real topics inspired from the Bible. These always include great reflection and questions from the author. RT’s reviewer Dawn Crowne says, “You’ve got to stop by for a Sunday Brunch because Cecelia's got such a great way of presenting her material. I love her conversational tone, which keeps these posts from getting too heavy. Instead, it’s like you are having coffee and a long chat with a friend."
Where To Find Giveaways
Healing Hearts is a labor of love for author Michelle Sutton and we predict that it will soon be bookmarked on your computer. Her blog features her reviews of works that she calls “Edgy Christian Fiction” from all across the genre. You can also keep up with what the author is reading (currently it’s A Lasting Impression by Tamera Alexander and Undercurrent by Michelle Griep). And the author is participating in the Inspirational E-book challenge; she’s in the home stretch of her plan to read six inspirational e-books each month from July through December. But we especially love her blog because it is positively brimming with contests for readers. And Michelle's got a list of what she’ll be giving away each week all the way through December of next year. We’re positively giddy with anticipation!
Sometimes you don’t have time to check out an entire website, and for moments like that we suggest that you follow the inspirational conversation on Twitter. To help you get started, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite faith-minded Twitter users below:
Do you have a favorite inspirational website? Share it with us in the comments below! And follow us all month long as we bring you an extra dose of inspirational news and coverage.