May 2013 Posts

Tyndale Fiction- What’s Happening Wednesday? Summer Reading Edition

Afternoon, readers! With summer upon us, we thought it might be fun to share a little of our summer reading plans in this month’s edition of “What’s Happening Wednesday?”
Share what you’re reading in the comments. We’re always looking for book suggestions!


At the moment, I’m reading through proposals. We receive a lot of proposals through agents and writers’ conferences. It’s easy to get behind and let them pile up in your in-box. While reading through them, I’m always hoping to find that gem—that story with a unique hook. I’m hoping to be surprised, moved, and left wanting more.

What Jan’s reading . . .
I saw The Great Gatsby over the holiday weekend, and now I want to go back and read the book again. I’d also highly recommend Misery Loves Company by Rene Gutteridge. It’s a play on Stephen King’s novel Misery.


Late winter, early summer, and late summer are common times for contracted manuscripts to be due, and right now I have three that I’m reading and writing reviews for. I have two scheduled to arrive in the next month, so I need to stay on task! I’m also reviewing proposals, looking for potential gems.

What Stephanie’s reading . . .
I have a pretty eclectic list of books I’d like to read this summer: Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, and Defending Jacob by William Landay are just a few. Though I get to read many of Tyndale’s novels in manuscript stage, I don’t get to read them all—and I don’t get to read nonfiction—so these are a few Tyndale titles on my to-read list: Frame 232, In Broken Places, All for a Song, Sparkly Green Earrings, and Follow Me.

Do you read multiple books at once, or do you have to finish one before you start another? Also, do you read only fiction, only nonfiction, or a mix of the two?


Right now, I’m focusing on putting together interesting content for the blog, including fun features with authors, giveaways, behind the scenes with the fiction team, and much more. In addition, I’m planning and getting ready for a few conferences I will be attending this summer, including Write to Publish, ICRS, and ACFW.

What Shaina’s reading . . .
As far as a good summer read goes, I’m quite excited to start reading The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman. Besides the great buzz in the media, every time I come across the cover I always pause. There’s something very inviting and intriguing there.

What would you like to see discussed on the blog this summer? Do you have any fun summer plans? Attending any camps, conferences, events?


These are not the lazy days of summer for me, as this is the time for summer reading and some great titles to release. I am working on several seasons at once, launching several books, and finalizing ad design for summer titles like Dead Lawyers Tell No Tales by Randy Singer, Frame 232 by Wil Mara, and Implosion by Joel Rosenberg, as well as finalizing marketing and ad plans for books releasing this fall, including The Prayer Box by Lisa Wingate, Every Waking Moment by Chris Fabry, So Long, Insecurity Teen Edition by Beth Moore, The One Year Devos for Teen Girls by Dannah Gresh, and Popular by Tindell Baldwin. And as if that weren’t enough, I am developing marketing plans for some of our spring 2014 titles, including new novels by Joel Rosenberg and Randy Singer as well as a new kids’ book by Dandi Daley Mackall.

What Cheryl’s reading . . .
What am I going to read this summer, you ask? I am looking forward to reading the early manuscripts for the novels by Joel and Randy—the concepts are amazing, and I can’t wait to see how they turned out!

Introducing our newest team member . . .


I will start by sharing that my most recent work experience is with an online publishing company that published inspirational gift books. Discussing promotional ideas with authors for their titles as well as creating promotional copy for consumer and affiliate marketing was a fun part of my job. It is exciting to work in publishing and be a part of the process from the beginning manuscript to the finished title. I have been an avid reader since I learned to read. Fiction and historical fiction have always been favorites of mine since they provide a bit of real life mixed with imagination.

Each day I meet more of the superb Tyndale team and am enjoying being a part of the collaborative fiction team. I am currently working on author videos, book-signing events, promotions, and reviewing book covers for the spring 2014 titles. I am blessed to be part of the wonderful Tyndale team!

What Julie’s reading . . .
Tyndale offers a treasure chest of wonderful reads! Some of the titles on my to read list are ~ Frame 232, Tangled Ashes and Grace’s Pictures. I am currently reading Sister Wendy on Prayer.

Summer is such a busy season; it’s always nice to sit back and get some sunshine with an enjoyable read.

Looking for reading recommendations? Check out Tyndale House Publishers’ Summer Reading Program. There are many great fiction and nonfiction books to choose from, including titles from favorite authors such as Maureen Lang, Joel Rosenberg, Candace Calvert, Susan May Warren, and many more. Spend the summer reading and win some great rewards and prizes!

Happy reading!


Tyndale Summer Reading Program – Earn free books for reading great books!



It’s once again time for the Tyndale Summer Reading program!

The Tyndale Summer Reading program is a great opportunity to earn rewards for reading and sharing about the books you read. When you sign up you can earn points towards free books by reading books listed on our summer reading list and then sharing about the books you read in a variety of places including personal blogs, retails sites (Amazon, Barnes & Noble,, etc), and social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.

Here’s how to join and participate:

-Set up your account by clicking on the “Apply Now” link at the Tyndale Summer Reading program website – click here.

-Take a look at our summer reading list and find books you’re interested in reading.

-Visit your favorite bookstore, online retail site, library or grab your e-reader and purchase or borrow one of the books from the list. Basically you can get the books anywhere you normally get books. (Note: We cannot send you free books to read.)

-After you finish reading a book, share about it on your blog, a retail site, or using one of your social media accounts. Sharing about the book in at least three places will earn you one point.

-Log-in to your Summer Reading Program account and submit your book sharing links. Each book shared about counts as one point.

-Once you earn 5 points you’ll be able to select any book from our summer reading list to be sent to you for free. It’s that easy!

During the 2012 Tyndale Summer Reading program over 1600 books were read, and the top reader read 50 books! It was definitely a summer full of reading, and this year we’re hoping that even more people will take their reading to the next level.

Here’s what the Tyndale Summer Reading Program will get you:
– For every 5 books you read and submit proof that you shared about them, you’ll receive a free book of your choice from the summer reading list.

  • The top reader at the end of the summer will receive a $75 gift card towards books.
  • The 2nd through 4th place top readers will each receive a $50 gift card towards books.
  • Everyone who earns at least one point will be entered to win a free e-reader!

Plus we will introduce more great opportunities throughout the summer including milestone awards and reading challenges.
Join the Summer Reading Program today!

Program will run June 1st through August 31st 2013.


For more information, to view our summer reading list and to sign up visit the Tyndale Summer Reading program website – click here.

Prototype Twitter Chat with Jonathan Martin – Monday June 3rd, 7pm CST


Join Jonathan Martin on Monday June 3rd at 7PM CST for a Twitter chat about his new book Prototype.

To prepare you can read the first chapter or buy your own copy of Prototype by visiting

On Monday you can follow along by following Jonathan on twitter –

Or follow the hashtag #prototype.

You can also use a handy tweet chat site like – tweetchat to easily follow along.

Can’t make the tweet chat? We’ll post the transcript on our blog next week.

Want to submit a question early?  Just post a comment on this blog post and we’ll use some of the questions to get the ball rolling on Monday.

E-Book Deal Alert: Take a Chance on Me

Take a Chance on Me


For a limited time, you can download Susan May Warren’s, Take a Chance on Me, a Christiansen Family novel, for $3.99! This offer ends on 5/25/13.

What’s it about?  When Ivy Madison bids on Derek Christiansen at a charity bachelor auction, she has no idea she is bidding on a widower for whose wife’s death Ivy is indirectly responsible. All Ivy knows is that the Christiansen family could be the family she’s always dreamed about.

Who should read it?  People who would like to move to Deep Haven, people who like romantic stories, people who might just have that ABBA song stuck in their heads

What should you read when you’re done with this? For another story set in Deep Haven, check out Susan May Warren’s My Foolish Heart. If you’re looking for another contemporary romance, check out Gina Holmes’ Dry as Rain.


Click here to see all our current ebook deals!

Free E-Book Alert: Deployed



For a limited time, you can download the first book in Mel Odom’s Called to Serve series, Deployed for free! This offer ends on 5/25/13.

What’s it about? Single mom Bekah joins the Marine reserves to support herself and her son. To defeat terrorists and bring peace, Bekah must convince a successful Somalian businessman that they’re on the same side.

Who should read it?  People who like fast-paced military stories, people who are interested in peace-keeping missions, people who like strong female characters

What should you read when you’re done with this? Read the true-life story of a soldier, read SEAL of God, former Navy SEAL Chad William’s memoir of is life in the service. For more by Mel Odom, check out his series about military crime-scene investigators, Military NCIS, and watch out for book 2 in the Called to Serve series, Renegade, out in July.


Click here to see all our current ebook deals!