April 2014 Posts

Kid Talk Tuesday: Get to know Christy Stroud

This week’s post is a Q&A with publicist Christy Stroud.

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Where are you from originally and what brought you to Tyndale?

I was born and raised in the Chicago area. Most of my life was spent in Buffalo Grove, Illinois. I can say with certainty that God brought me to Tyndale. After college I wanted to go to California to work for the U.S. Center for World Missions, but my parents didn’t think that was the best idea for me. So I ended up coming back home after graduation with a degree in English and no job prospects. Near the end of the summer, I got a call from the communications manager at the Chicago Tribune asking if I wanted to do some freelance communications work for him. I interviewed and got the job. It was only supposed to be for three months, but my boss kept extending my time there, eventually saying I could work there until I found a full-time job. This is what got me into public relations (I’d only taken one intro to PR class in college). Soon after he told me that, I saw a job posting at Tyndale for a publicity assistant. I applied and eventually was hired. I found out later my Tribune experience helped my resume stand out against the other candidates and all this is something that would not have happened if I’d gone to California after graduation. It’s definitely a God-thing.


When you were a young child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a teacher. I would always play school with my siblings and cousins (I was the oldest) and I liked kids so I thought it would be a good fit. Now I don’t think that would be the best job for me (but I married a teacher). As I got into high school and college, I wanted to write for a magazine.


What was your first paid job?

I worked part-time as a teacher’s assistant for a summer school program through North Suburban Special Recreation Association. I worked one-on-one with a student with special needs. At the same time, I worked part-time for Panera.


What do you like most about your job at Tyndale?

I love being able to help our authors get the word out about their books by getting reviews and interviews in online, print, and broadcast media. I enjoy getting to read some of our great books before they release and sharing my excitement for these books with the world. Now if the media would get as excited as we do about these stories, my job as a publicist would be so much easier! I also work with a great team of people at Tyndale. They make coming to work so much more enjoyable.


What is your favorite Tyndale Kids product and why?

I really enjoyed the London Confidential series by Sandra Byrd. It’s a series for tween girls, but I was drawn into the stories and, having worked with youth at my church, feel that the messages in the books are important and relevant to teen girls. I also love So Long, Insecurity Teen Edition. The format is so unique and visually appealing. I think it’s another great product that will benefit teen girls.

Goodreads April Fiction Book Giveaways

Are you a Goodreads user? Don’t miss out on two great Tyndale fiction books being given away for FREE right now.

Click the links below to go to the product page to enter for each title.

Enter to win Just 18 Summers by Rene Gutteridge and Michelle Cox
Enter to win Visible Threat by Janice Cantore

Good luck, and don’t forget to head over to our NEW fiction blog, www.crazy4fiction.com for more fiction fun!

E-Book Deal Alert: Life Support

Life Support
For a limited time, you can download Candace Calvert’s novel, Life Support, for $2.99!! This offer ends on 5/3/2014.

Nurse Lauren Barclay put her life on hold to keep a watchful eye on her troubled sister. It’s why she’s back in Houston. But that means confronting the brooding physician assistant who caused painful turmoil in her family—and left Lauren with memories her heart can’t forget.

PA and single parent Elijah Landry is no stranger to stormy relationships, including one with his father, who is threatening him with a restraining order. It won’t stop Eli from protecting his disabled brother—or from making peace with Lauren. He wants that and so much more.

But as Lauren and Eli draw closer, a powerful hurricane roars toward Houston. Survival instincts take priority and everything changes. Can hope weather the storm?


Click here to see all our current ebook deals!

E-Book Deal Alert: Haunted Waters

Haunted Waters
For a limited time, you can download Chris Fabry and Jerry Jenkins’s novel, Haunted Waters, for $1.99!! This offer ends on 4/30/2014.

Watch out! The Timberline twins are on the loose. Bryce and Ashley are ATV-riding tweens from Colorado who unearth action-packed mystery and adventure wherever they go. From clearing the name of a local miscreant to thwarting a gold-stealing heist, the twins’ growing faith and the strong example of their parents guide them through even the most life-threatening situations. With the trademark page-turner style used by Jerry Jenkins and Chris Fabry in the Left Behind: The Kids series, these fast-paced books will keep even reluctant readers on the edge of their seats. Readers will definitely get hooked by the unbelievable cliff-hanger at the end of book one, Haunted Waters. Perfect for ages 8-12.


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The Waiting – News and Book Giveaway!

In 1928, 16-year-old Minka was on a picnic in the woods when she was assaulted and raped. And suddenly this innocent farm girl—who still thought the stork brought babies—was pregnant. The baby was secretly born, named Betty Jane, and given up for adoption. For decades, Minka wrote letters trying to get news of her daughter; she kept loving and praying for her, even though she never dared believe they would meet again. Until nearly eighty years later, when Minka whispered her secret, impossible prayer for the first time:Lord, I’d like to see Betty Jane before I die. I promise I won’t bother her or interrupt her life. I just want to lay eyes on her. Unbeknownst to Minka, that very same day, a judge was releasing the sealed adoption records to her 77-year-old daughter. And soon, Minka’s phone would ring. Written by Cathy LaGrow (Minka’s granddaughter), The Waitingbrings three generations of this most unusual family together over the course of a century to tell a story of faith that triumphs, forgiveness that sets us free, and love that never forgets.

The Waiting by Cathy LaGrow available in May 2014.

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Jenna Bush Hager (center) with the author and subjects of, The Waiting (Tyndale Momentum, May 2014), after taping her Today Show segment in San Clemente, CA.  (L to R – Ruth “Betty Jane” Lee, Minka Disbrow, Jenna Bush Hager, Brian Lee, and Cathy LaGrow.) We’ll keep you posted about when the segment will air!



We’re giving away three copies of this fascinating book. Just use the contest form below, for each place you share you get an extra entry. (If for some reason the form isn’t loading for you, leave a comment letting us know you shared this blog post and we’ll count that as an entry.) We’ll pick three winners on May 2nd.