Sunday, December 25, 2011

Calhoun author Donna Sundblad nominated for Epic eBook Award - Calhoun Times

The Calhoun Times article about The Inheritance turned out great. It not only talks about the book, but also the upcoming book signing at the Lighthouse Christian bookstore! This morning I received an alert and found that it is available online! You can read it here: Calhoun author Donna Sundblad nominated for Epic eBook Award

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What a nice Christmas gift! Merry Christmas to all my readers.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Get a Free Copy of The Inheritance

The Kindle version of Donna Sundblad's The Inheritance is available for free for a short time. Take advantage of the opportunity to get your copy today! And stop by and let me know who your favorite character is.

From the feedback I've gotten on The Inheritance, there seems to be a strong leaning toward one character as a favorite. If you've read the book, let me know who your favorite is...if you haven't stop by after you've read the story and let me know.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Follow Through - Letter of Introduction

I needed to write a letter of introduction for The Inheritance. The introvert in me let the task slide. Why? Because the next level would be contacting people. I intended to talk with the owners of the local Christian bookstore; a store I frequent as a customer, but walking in the door to promote yourself is another story. It is unnatural for me.

I'm a goal setter. It helps me stay anchored and to get done what needs to be done, even when I don't feel like it. This week the letter needed to be written. I let it go to the last day, Saturday. I pulled out my copy of How to Write Attention Grabbing Query and Cover Letters and spent a good amount of the morning crafting the first draft. Once I had the draft, editing and tweaking was the easy part. Actually contacting the bookstore would be another matter. The introvert in me is so much more comfortable behind the computer!

The letter was done. I just had to fix the second line of the address, when the phone rang. It was my daughter. She had been to the bookstore that morning and mentioned me...The upcoming interview with the local paper. Long story short, they wanted to talk to me. The letter was ready! It wasn't coincidental.

I often pray that God will enlighten the eyes of my heart, based Eph. 1:18: "I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints" (NIV).

I walked out the door armed with my letter of introduction and copies of the book. I returned home with my book on the shelves of The Lighthouse Christian Bookstore in Calhoun, Ga, and a tentative date for a booksigning. This date will be firmed up after I learn when the interview in the Calhoun Times will run. Through this experience, I'm reminded that God is in control, and he cares for me. As uncomfortable as I felt, I did what needed to be done and he paved the way to make it a little easier!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Press Release for The Inheritance by Donna Sundblad

This morning I received an alert in my email box letting me know that someone out there posted something about Donna Sundblad. I checked it out and found a press release about the interview conducted by Lisa B. Binion. Marketing and promotion is a big part of getting the word out about The Inheritance. It's so nice when someone else does the work for me! I want to thank Lisa and Fiction Writing at Bella on Line for the positive review and interview.

Thank you!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Transformed Lives

It's amazing. If I asked you what people were searching for this Christmas on the Internet what would say? It would be nice if people were searching for Truth, or how to commit a random act of kindness, but one of the most popular topics is the Grinch. People are looking for photos of the Grinch, Grinch quotes, and other such things related to the story of How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Granted How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a classic Christmas story in which good overcomes evil, and it is a story of transformation. I can understand the sentimentality. But I also think of the baby who came into the world  with lowly beginnings. He gave up being God to become man...for us. The shepherds searched for him. The three wise men searched for him. They found him, and it transformed their lives for real. Jesus came. He changed the world. His life and death still transforms the world today. If you search for him, you will find him.

"I believe that anyone would find The Inheritance a joy to read, no matter what your age or beliefs. This book mirrors the walk we have as Christians in a world filled with things that distract us from our Lord and Savior. Younger readers may not yet be able to grasp all of the symbolism that is intricately woven throughout Jejune's journey, but that will not take away from their enjoyment of the story." ~ Fiction Writing Review

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Lake Scene from The Inheritance

I came across this picture through a friend's post on Facebook. It looks much like the first lake Jejune visits when he enters the Valley of Shadow, in The Inheritance. For those who have read the book, what do you think? For those who haven't, here's a tiny excerpt.

Excerpt from The Inheritance by Donna Sundblad
The narrow trail wound along the wall of the valley toward the first plateau. It didn't take long to reach the deep azure waters of the lake. Tiny ripples gently lapped the gray pebbled shoreline. Wigglewot fluttered to the stony beach and stretched while Jejune walked to the edge of the lake and sniffed a handful of water. "It smells okay," he called over his shoulder. Wig waddled to the brink of the lake.

Jejune cupped water in his hand and took a sip. "Mmmmm, that's what I needed." He plunged the empty flask beneath the surface, and the soft pop of bubbles mingled with the peaceful sounds of nature. Late afternoon sun peeked from behind sooty low hanging clouds as he stuffed the cork into the flask. "Wig, you gather tinder, and I'll find the kindling." He glanced at the clouds overhead. "We need to build a fire."

This location plays an important role in the story. It is here that Jejune finds a treasure chest and what it holds..... Sorry, I can't say too much without spoiling the reading experience for others.

The Inheritance is available in print or for Kindle. It will be a great Christmas gift, hint, hint...wink, wink! Enjoy! To read what others have to say, visit my website and read the book reviews.