The Doctor’s Lady | July Discussion & Quiz #HedlundChallenge2015

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The 2015 Jody Hedlund Challenge is a monthly series featuring the novels of author Jody Hedlund, hosted by Cassie of Bookshelves and Windows and Jamie of Books and Beverages. We invite readers and bloggers to join us in reading and discussing these books together. Every month, we’ll announce the book about four weeks before the discussion post will go live (alternating between Cassie and Jamie’s blogs). The following month, after everyone has read the book, we will discuss and interact with each other about our thoughts on each book with special appearances throughout the year! If you’re on Facebook be sure to join our group!

It’s finally time for July’s discussion of The Doctor’s Lady! How did everyone enjoy it? I can not wait to hear what you all thought!

 

Here are your discussion questions (some are courtesy of the lovely Bethany House):
1.  Priscilla didn’t talk about her infertility because of her embarrassment and concern over what people would think about her. Once she shared with Mabel, however, she realized her fear and pride had kept her from experiencing Mabel’s encouragement and support. Has there been a time when you hesitated to share a personal problem due to fear or pride? When you finally opened up about the problem what happened?

 

2.  Priscilla’s cameo pin represented her old life, the life of a proper lady and the expectations that came with it during that time in history. During much of the trip, she clung to her cameo along with her beliefs of superiority to the natives. But by the end, she came to a point where she was able to give the cameo away and to see the natives with new eyes. Have you ever had to let go of a previous way of thinking or living and embrace a new path? Tell about your experience.

 

3.  At the beginning of the trip, Eli didn’t want to rely on anyone else for help. He wanted to be strong and prove he could make it West on his own. By the end, he came to realize that learning to rely on others wasn’t a sign of weakness. How well do you accept help when you need it? Is it easier for you to offer help or accept it?

 

4.  Who was your favorite character? Favorite scene? Why?

 

Curious to know which one of Jody’s leading ladies is most like you? As a fun bonus this month, I put together this fun little quiz  so you can find out: Which Hedlund Heroine Are You? Click the picture below to be taken to the quiz and make sure you come back and tell us who you got in the comments!!
whhay quizLet’s talk! And make sure to let me know which Hedlund Heroine you are in the comments!

Announcing August #HedlundChallenge2015 | The Preacher’s Bride

The 2015 Jody Hedlund Challenge is a monthly series featuring the novels of author Jody Hedlund, hosted by Cassie of Bookshelves and Windows and Jamie of Books and Beverages. We invite readers and bloggers to join us in reading and discussing these books together. Every month, we’ll announce the book about four weeks before the discussion post will go live (alternating between Cassie and Jamie’s blogs). The following month, after everyone has read the book, we will discuss and interact with each other about our thoughts on each book with special appearances throughout the year! If you’re on Facebook be sure to join our group!Hedlund LogoIn August, we’re going back to the beginning and reading The Preacher’s Bride. I like to call this old-school Jody Hedlund. : )

Summary (from Goodreads): 

In 1650s England, a young Puritan maiden is on a mission to save the baby of her newly widowed preacher–whether her assistance is wanted or not. Always ready to help those in need, Elizabeth ignores John’s protests of her aid. She’s even willing to risk her lone marriage prospect to help the little family.

Yet Elizabeth’s new role as nanny takes a dangerous turn when John’s boldness from the pulpit makes him a target of political and religious leaders. As the preacher’s enemies become desperate to silence him, they draw Elizabeth into a deadly web of deception. Finding herself in more danger than she ever bargained for, she’s more determined than ever to save the child–and man–she’s come to love.

Where to Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | CBD

Discussion Date: August 25, 2015

Don’t forget! We’re discussing The Doctor’s Lady next week, so come on over to talk about it!

Business in the Books – Unlocking Exclusive Content (2)

Combining two things that are a big part of who I am, Business in the Books is a feature that was developed to showcase the promotions for books that stand out as effective marketing devices.  In this feature, I will highlight the promotions that I find most intriguing as a reader and innovative for the business side of books, that hook readers by adding value to their purchases while effectively making them valuable life-long customers. *This feature is meant to highlight effective marketing tools. This does not mean I recommend these books, as it is possible I have not read them.*

How does it work?

[overview of the promotion and examples of what’s hot right now]

The new promotion going around is all about getting the reader to share content with their own followers in order to ‘unlock’ exclusive content. Let’s take a look at a few examples.

1. A Lady of Esteem by Kristi Ann Hunter

Debut author Kristi Ann Hunter’s first novel, A Noble Masquerade, is coming to stores this September. A Lady of Esteem in the free prequel novella coming in July to interest readers in her full-length novel. As you can see from the tweet above, readers were asked to add the novella to their Goodreads list and unlock the first chapter once 250 people added in to their TBRs. It has been unlocked, so if you’re interested, click here to read the exclusive chapter.

2. Among the Fair Magnolias, a novella collection

This promotion has readers sharing the above image of the book cover. Once it reached 300 shares with hashtag #FairMagnolias on social media platforms, the exclusive content was released. To see the exclusive content, click here.

3. The Curiosity Keeper by Sarah E. Ladd

Similar to the promotion for A Lady of Esteem, once 100 people add The Curiosity Keeper to their Goodreads list, three chapters are unlocked. This has been done, so to read the exclusive content, click here.

Additionally, if another 100 people add this book to their Goodreads, Thomas Nelson will unlock the cover for her next book, Dawn at Emberwilde. [see here]

Now, let’s look behind the scenes a bit more…

Why Buy In?

[the incentive for readers to take advantage of the promotion]

The incentive varies depending on each individual promotion, but as you can see, the examples above offer a free first chapter(s) and exclusive content. Most of the time, the incentive will be referred to as ‘exclusive’ or ‘bonus’ content, which allows the publisher to share anything from new, previously unreleased scenes featuring characters readers already know or prequel scenes that give further insight of characters from full-length novels.

What’s the Angle?

[what the publisher gains when readers buy in]

Free marketing! Let’s take a look at how this works: Readers are sharing images and marketing tools given to them by their favorite publishers and authors in order to unlock exclusive content. They want this content enough to share with their friends and people who follow them on social media. And, let’s remember how important word-of-mouth is. Essentially, this is word-of-mouth social media style. And we all are more likely to take notice of a book if a friend or family member recommends it to us. So, the publisher offers something free and exclusive and in exchange they get free promotion from their loyal readers. That’s effective marketing.

What’s your take? Do you share promos like this on soical media to unlock new content?

Review: Make it Happen by Lara Casey

Make it Happen by Lara Casey
Thomas Nelson, 2014

We’re mixing it up today with a nonfiction book review on the blog! (And it’s a bit late, sorry!)

Lara Casey writes part personal story, part motivational encouragement in Make it Happen. I enjoyed how she made the process of taking the next step into whatever your dream is personal by inserting her own journey into this book.

Make it Happen is an interactive book where your participation is a huge part of making this book work. You don’t just read the chapters, you are asked to take action and do things meant to propel you forward in your leap to make your dream happen.

Throughout the book, readers will find questions and fill-in-the blanks that encourage you to make this book a personal journey. And at the end of the chapters, Lara provides action items to have you further examine your vision and how to get from where you are to where you want to be.

Lara Casey has written a book meant to motivate people who are tired of not following their dreams, and encourages them to pursue their purpose. I would recommend this book to people who have a specific goal in mind, or who want to accomplish something but need a push to get going.

*I was provided a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.*