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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

John 3:16 Authors Join Prisoners in Novel Florida Initiative to Boost Reading and Job Skills

    CONTACT:  Chaplain Steve Fox, 850-464-3592,

John 3:16 Authors Join Prisoners in Novel Florida Initiative to Boost Reading and Job Skills

Crawfordville, FL – July 30, 2014 – A new pilot project at the Wakulla Correctional Institute near Tallahassee, Florida, offers a unique opportunity for authors and inmates to connect. The John 3:16 Marketing Network, a Christian network of over three hundred authors, has agreed to donate ten to fifteen books each month on an ongoing basis to restock the prison’s old, outdated library.

“Most of the books have been read multiple times by prisoners,” says Chaplain Steve Fox. “When author Lorilyn Roberts approached me with the idea of sharing books with inmates in exchange for book reviews, I thought it was a great opportunity.”

Lorilyn Roberts, founder of the John 3:16 Marketing Network, concurs. “I was thrilled to make the connection with Chaplain Steve and pursue the already expressed desire of our John 3:16 authors to get books into prisons. Our Christian authors write in all fiction genres as well as nonfiction. Prisoners will be introduced to fresh, new voices in the literary world with recently published books just waiting to be read.”

Chaplain Steve adds, “Reading takes the prisoners on a journey out of their cell into an undiscovered world. Knowing the author will personally receive each inmate’s book review will help with prisoners’ self-esteem and encourage personal growth in character. Writing book reviews will also promote job skills for inmates for when they are released from prison.”

The first shipment of books arrived on Monday, July 28. “If this pilot project is successful,” says Chaplain Steve, “I expect other prisons in Florida to implement a similar program. It truly is a win-win opportunity for both authors and inmates.”

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CONTACT: Chaplain Steve Fox,, 850-464-3592
CONTACT: Lorilyn Roberts,, 352-338-6012

Friday, July 25, 2014

A Taste of Friday with Kara Howell's In the Presence of Shadows

In the Presence of Shadows
Kara Howell

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Print: $9.45
ISBN: 978-0615980911

E-book: $3.99

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In the land of Flasha Mura, a teenaged Gisbon boy is plagued by a monster he can’t see. No one knows what this beast is, but its ferocious appetite threatens to consume Brehane and his father’s herd, effectively ending his future before it has a chance to begin.
He wants to face this menace on his own, but he knows he needs help. Who will he trust? A new friend sent to protect him, or Melek, the God he believes in and thought he trusted. Will he let go of his dream so that he can find it?
Brehane’s uncle brings history alive as he recounts the dramatic lives of the kings and dragons of Yisra’el. In the histories wars are lost and won, trolls taunt, evil relentlessly pursues, dragons speak, friendships are forged, fear grips hearts, kings become sorcerers, love is found, and miracles happen.
Excerpt from a reviewer: 5.0 out of 5 stars A story within the story, April 10, 2014
K Payne (Ontario, Canada) - See all my reviews
I love when an author can take a story from the Bible and add details to create a novel. Kara Howell does just this with the stories from 1 and 2 Samuel to create her first novel in the Chronicles of Dragons and Kings series.

For a free read of chapter one, visit the author's website.

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About the Author: Kara Howell lives in Aurora, Colorado with her husband and four children. She homeschools three of her children. Her love for youth, the Bible, learning, and teaching are what prompted her to write The Chronicles of Kings and Dragons. She also enjoys playing the drums, riding horses, playing video games, photography, and reading. She is also a huge Doctor Who fan. No, seriously, with the help of her dad, she turned a kitchen cabinet into the Tardis and hung it in her bathroom, right above the toilet.

Friday, July 18, 2014

A Taste of Adam's Animals with Kimberley Payne

Adam’s Animals – Fun Facts About God’s Creation 
by Kimberley Payne

Adam’s Animals – Fun Facts About God’s Creation just released this spring!

Is your church running a Vacation Bible School (VBS) program this summer based on the Weird Animals curriculum?

Consider using  Adam’s Animals along with the accompanying craft book, Super Simple Animal Crafts in your Sunday School program leading up VBS. It’s a great resource for your church to generate interest in your summer programs.

Adam’s Animals is an entertaining and educational book that offers children loads of fun while they learn about the Bible.
Inside you’ll find:
• Bible stories about the animal
• Fascinating facts about each animal
• Whimsical illustrations for creative colouring fun
• Word search puzzles to learn new words and improve spelling

Watch a video of author Kimberley Payne reading from Adam’s Animals

View sample pages from Adam’s Animals

What others are saying about Adam's Animals
"Kimberley looks at the creatures found in the Bible and gives children some incredible scientific facts about them. She then follows those facts up with Scripture references from the Bible on what God has to say about the many animals she has listed in this book. If your child is one who likes "Did you know...?" books, they'll love this one. Included in the book are word search activities and pictures to colour. " – Laura Davis

"Author Kimberly Payne has done a thorough job of researching the animal kingdom and combining it with scripture and biblical stories. This book has many fascinating facts about animals and is laid our in a very organized manner with pictures to color and word puzzles." – Carol Stratton

"From ants to worms, children will not only find the facts interesting, some will even make them giggle. At the same time, they are learning how creative God is that he would make so many animals with distinct characteristics."– Carol Round

"I plan to use this book in our home school program as it integrates faith, science, language and art.
My kids love it - there is much information in it, our 12 year old couldn't get through it in one sitting." – Michelle Evans

"This is a delightful book filled with (as promised) fun facts about God's creatures. I appreciated the focus on scripture and how Kimberley aligns God's word with God's creatures. The word challenges are a wonderful way to hone other skills such as spelling and reading, too, so this is a great activity to go along with the information. "– Glynis Belec

This children's activity book cleverly ties in scripture, so not only does it teach the inquisitive child about God's creations, but also about God's word."—Melanie Fischer

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About the Author

Kimberley Payne is an award-winning author who combines her teaching experience and love of writing to create educational materials for children about family, fitness, science and faith. You can visit her website at

Friday, July 11, 2014

A Taste of Through Many Dangers with Dana Rongione

Through Many Dangers:  A Delaware Detectives Mystery
by Dana Rongione


About the Book:
In this second book of the Delaware Detectives Mysteries, Abby and Jamie come face to face with a case that seems unsolvable. With no clues and a man's life hanging in the balance, the siblings struggle to find information that will lead them in the right direction. But when evidence finally begins to surface, the mystery takes a new turn, leaving Abby and Jamie back where they started. Will the siblings prevail? Will they find Mr. Baker before it's too late? Who will survive through many dangers?

Review excerpt: 
This really is a little gem. Yes it's middle grade, it's simple, it's written for kids - but it is a great mystery with loads of lessons and bits and pieces to learn. Grab this one for your kids and indulge and enjoy it yourself! - Michelle Dennis Evans

Purchase Links: 

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