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!


Shaina Turner

Shaina Turner

Shaina is the Fiction team's newest addition. In her role as Acquisitions Assistant, she helps facilitate the release of novels, provides feedback to authors on best practices for social media, along with maintaining Tyndale Fiction's Twitter, @Crazy4Fiction. Shaina enjoys reading, both recreationally and the many proposals that come through, and loves to visit the towns she reads about in novels.