Barbara Britton Book Release, Guest Post, & GIVEAWAY!
Wisconsin author Barbara Britton’s third book in the Tribes of Israel series releases in e-book TODAY!!
I am thrilled to be part of Barbara’s author journey and have enjoyed the first two titles in this series immensely. Jerusalem Rising: Adah’s Journey was no exception and I was grateful to be honored with an advance copy! The author is a master at creating characters we love (or ones we love to dislike). The vivid descriptions are woven into a fast-paced plotline that transport you back to Biblical times when women were most certainly expected to know their place in society. (And those who didn’t were dealt with harshly.) Outspoken Adah has you holding your breath as you wonder what speaking the truth may cost her. I highly recommend this book to all readers.
YOU CAN WIN A COPY OF THE E-BOOK!! Winners will be picked from those who leave a comment below this post! (Winners will be chosen 10 am CST Monday, November 13.)
ABOUT THE BOOK:
When Adah bat Shallum finds the governor of Judah weeping over the crumbling wall of Jerusalem, she learns the reason for Nehemiah’s unexpected visit—God has called him to rebuild the wall around the City of David.
Nehemiah challenges the men of Jerusalem to labor on the wall and in return, the names of their fathers will be written in the annals for future generations to cherish. But Adah has one sister and no brothers. Should her father who rules a half-district of Jerusalem be forgotten forever?
Adah bravely vows to rebuild her city’s wall, though she soon discovers that Jerusalem not only has enemies outside of the city, but also within. Can Adah, her sister, and the men they love, honor God’s call? Or will their mission be crushed by the same rocks they hope to raise.
If you can't wait to see if you might win a copy, click here to purchase right now!
The first two books in the Tribes of Israel series are available in paperback and e-book. (Aren't these covers absolutely GORGEOUS?)
Providence: Hannah's Journey:
In the writing world, authors are often asked about their platform . . . the base from which they can reach readers with their books. A few years into my own writing journey, I echo Barbara’s sentiment from her guest post below that Platform equals People.
Platform = People
by Barbara M. Britton
I am so excited to be sharing my e-book release of Jerusalem Rising: Adah’s Journey with you, Val. Your blog was one of the first I visited when my debut novel launched. Our paths keep connecting at various events and conferences. We just spent a joyous two days talking to librarians and catching up on life’s happenings in the exhibit hall of the Wisconsin Library Association Conference.
Recently I attended the American Christian Fiction Writers conference in Dallas, and the elusive “platform” word was discussed. An agent told us that some industry professionals think that having a large social media following is important for authors, and other agents think it doesn’t really matter. Which is it? Authors would like to know. What we have, you and I, is real connection. Our lives intersect and we get to talk and share our journeys face-to-face. Not just in the virtual world.
The first piece of advice I received as a newbie writer was to join a professional writing organization and to attend writing conferences. One can learn a lot about publishing by doing those two things, but the real blessing of getting involved in writing groups is building relationships with fellow writers. Having friends in the writing business is better than having a “like” by someone who doesn’t know you at all.
When did we meet? I don’t remember if it was at the Writers’ Institute in Madison, or at a SCBWI event, or at a local author festival, or a charity gala. We keep bumping into each other and working together which is awesome. Writing can be a solitary adventure, but it’s more fun if it is done in a community of friends.
I write about people in Bible times. The internet and social media wasn’t even a dream. People socialized with neighbors by their tents, at the well, or in the marketplace. They knew people by doing life together. Someone lived next to Uncle Abram, who knew Levite Ben, who to talked to Sister Susanna, and so on.
If you’re a writer, reader, or in the business world, try to meet one new person this week as you live your life. You never know where that conversation will lead, but you will be building the best “platform.”
Barbara's Fast Five:
Fav Pizza Topping – Pepperoni- I know it’s bad for you but it’s so tasty
Book You’re Reading Now – The Texas Rancher’s New Family by Allie Pleiter-Inspirational romance
Coffee, Tea, or Both – Iced tea
Fav TV Show as a Child – The Munsters or Mister Roger’s Neighborhood
Best Place You’ve Vacationed – Hawaii
Barbara M. Britton was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, but currently lives in Southeast Wisconsin and loves the snow—when it accumulates under three inches. Barb writes romantic adventures for teens and adults in the Christian fiction and Mainstream markets. She is published in Biblical fiction and enjoys bringing little known Bible characters to light in her stories. Barb is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Romance Writers of America and Wisconsin Romance Writers of America. She has a nutrition degree from Baylor University but loves to dip healthy strawberries in chocolate.