Come Spend the Day With Me!

Hello, Dear Readers!

I wanted to remind you about the wonderful opportunity happening in Texas! CRAVE HIM! (acronym for:Christian Readers & Authors Visitation Event – He Inspires Me!) is all-day on Wednesday, September 20 in Southlake, Texas, and I’d like to personally invite you to join me!

CRAVE HIM! Readers & Authors Event

Twenty-nine other Christian authors will be attending to praise and pray and play games with all the readers. And, there will be GIVEAWAYS, galore! Plus, books to purchase (including Someplace Familiar, of course!) and have the authors sign and personalize! All in all, a fun-filled event!

Use my first name as the code at registration and bring a friend for half price! Have your friend register, too, using my name again as the code.

I’d really love to meet you in person and spend the day with you. Be sure to tell them you’d like to sit with me at lunch when you register. Click the button below to register today!

PS – If you’d love to come, but need some help, you may apply for a scholarship here.

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Someplace Familiar Summer Sale!

Are you participating in the Singing Librarian Books Christian Fiction Summer Reading Safari? During the month of August, reading adventurers are invited to log their books and reviews for points and chances to win books and prizes from sponsoring authors. I’m so thrilled to be one of those sponsors!

Let's go on Safari - the Christian Fiction Summer Reading Safari, that is! Get Someplace Familiar by Teresa Tysinger for ONLY $0.99 on August 15, 2017!

To celebrate, TODAY you can get your eBook copy of Someplace Familiar for only $0.99! Then, be sure to register on the safari, log the book after you’ve read it and posted a review. There are so many other books, sponsors, and prizes to be had. Don’t miss this WILD chance at summer book fun!

Let’s Meet Up!

What’s more fun than offering you lovely readers a deal on books? How about meeting you lovely readers in person?!

Come meet me and other Christian authors at the CRAVE HIM! Christian Readers and Authors Visitation Event on September 20 in Southlake, Texas.

You're invited to CRAVE HIM! Readers & Authors Event: September 20, 2017 in Southlake, Texas

CRAVE HIM! invites you to meet your favorite Christian authors (see line up HERE) face to face, play “Getting-to-Know-You” games, have lunch with them, then go home in the afterglow of CRAVE with a bag of books and special swag from the authors you love!

I would love nothing more than getting to meet you and chat about books!!!

REGISTER TODAY!

Some Housekeeping (and a Winner!)

Some Housekeeping Today on the Blog!

It’s time to dust the cobwebs off this blog and get back to regular posting.

Not to say we’ve not had some fun visitors, most recently my friend and fellow author Jaime Jo Wright who answered some fun questions. What’s more, the WINNER of a free copy of Jaime’s latest novella collection, Of Rags and Riches, is Diane Buie! Diane and I have already touched base and she’ll be getting her copy soon. Enjoy!

Housekeeping To-Do List:

  1. Set Schedule. I’ll be posting about my own writing, life, faith and more every Tuesday. Thursdays will be open for guest posts, author interviews, giveaways, etc. If you’re interested in being featured contact me here.
  2. Organize Posts. I’ll be working to clean up the tags and categories of my posts so they’re easier to find and search. You’ll be able to browse posts for readers, writers, giveaways, interviews, and more.
  3. Fluff Design. If you’re like me, sometimes you just have to move the furniture and hang some new pictures! So, during August, I’ll be working to “fluff” the look and feel of the blog. I’m excited to share some ideas I’ve got with you!
  4. Build New Pages. I’ll also be working on some new areas of the website that will allow me to share a little more of my passion to encourage others through my faith as well as fun every-day doing-life-together stuff. Can’t wait!

Is there anything you’d like to see included here on the blog or the whole website? What do you most enjoy reading or browsing? Leave a comment telling me about your ideas.

Reinvention and Grace

If you’re a long time follower, you may have noticed a shift in my “mood” and regular engagement in this blog and social media following the release of Someplace Familiar. I’ll be posting some reflections on this soon, but I felt an urging from God to step back and simply be. Listening instead of talking. Thinking instead of doing. And a lot of times, that leads to some kind of reinvention. I hope most of you have stuck around and are willing to extend me some grace while I tip-toe back in to this more regular, but hopefully more manageable, schedule. Thanks, friends.

Author Interview with Jaime Jo Wright + Giveaway!

Author Interview with Jaime Jo Wright

I’m THRILLED to break my hiatus to bring you a super fun author interview with none other than one of my favorite writers and all around awesome person, Jaime Jo Wright. Before we get to her answers, read a little about her latest novella…

“The Fisherman’s Nymph” in Of Rags and Riches Novella Collection

Author Interview with Jaime Jo WrightLove Flourishes during America’s Gilded Age

Journey along in nine historical romances with those who lives are transformed by the opulence, growth, and great changes taking place in America’s Gilded Age. Nine couples meet during these exhilarating times and work to build a future together through fighting for social reform, celebrating new opportunities for leisure activities, taking advantage of economic growth and new inventions, and more. Watch as these romances develop and legacies of faith and love are formed.

“The Fisherman’s Nymph” by Jaime Jo Wright – Flambeau River, Wisconsin, 1890
The reclusive daughter of a fly-fisherman guide must read the waters for a wealthy gentleman’s sport and send him back where he belongs before he hooks her heart and takes her away from the river she was born to love.

Available on Amazon and other retailers.

INTERVIEW WITH JAIME JO WRIGHT

I’ve enjoyed having you on the blog before, so readers may already be at least acquainted with you. So, can you tell us something about yourself that we may not know?

Something you may NOT know? Hmmm . . . I love frogs. Really. I do. Now that doesn’t mean send me little statues of frogs and such, because I don’t collect them, lol! (thank you in advance for thinking of it though). I mean, that, I love REAL frogs. I have two tree frogs and two leopard frogs both in separate aquariums. We get along quite splendidly.

“The Fisherman’s Nymph” novella is about two characters who fly fish. Do you enjoy fly fishing yourself and how did you research for this story?

I do fly fish! Fly fishing is most definitely a women’s sport too, and it takes much finesse and strategy as well as appreciation of conservation and the environment. I researched for this story simply by drawing on personal experience. The setting takes place about 10 minutes from where I vacation regularly (http://www.hiddencoveresort.com). The Flambeau River is a place I’ve canoed many summers, camped along, and swam (swum?!?) in. So all in all, it really is a story encompassing much of my personal experience.

This is the third novella collection you’ve been published with! What draws you to these types of collections and are there challenges to writing novellas? 

I really love writing novellas. They’re challenging because you have to be succinct and believable in a very small amount of words. It’s difficult to make a romance believable, a storyline complete, and an adventure possible when you’re limited to such a small degree. I believe that challenge is what makes me enjoy them.

Your first full-length novel, The House on Foster Hill, releases in December. I cannot wait for this one! Can you tell us a little bit about it?

Oooo, now as much as I love writing novellas, I love writing dual timelines even more. #THOFH is a mystery that spans over a hundred years and centers around an abandoned house. Two heroines are linked by their experiences, and there’s danger, a Jane-Eyre style creep factor, romance, and lots of ancestral mystery surrounding this house. Frankly, i still wonder if the house on Foster Hill isn’t actually alive 😉

Now for some fun, rapid-fire questions to get to know you better…

Favorite indulgent treat? rising crust supreme pizza
Favorite vacation spot? anywhere but my house
Favorite weather? Autumn, 35-55F, cool and crisp
Current book you’re reading? Many Sparrows by Lori Benton
What makes you laugh? my sisters

More About Jaime Jo Wright

Author Jaime Jo Wright visits the Authors' Open House at https://teresatysinger.com to talk about perspective as a mom and writer.Professional coffee drinker & ECPA/Publisher’s Weekly best-selling author, Jaime Jo Wright resides in the hills of Wisconsin writing spirited romantic suspense stained with the shadows of history. Coffee fuels her snarky personality. She lives in Neverland with her Cap’n Hook who stole her heart and will not give it back, their little fairy Tinkerbell, and a very mischievous Peter Pan. The foursome embark on scores of adventure that only make her fall more wildly in love with romance and intrigue.

Jaime lives in dreamland, exists in reality, and invites you to join her adventures at jaimejowright.com. You can also connect with her at…

Facebook: www.facebook.com/jaimejowright
Twitter: www.twitter.com/jaimejowright
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/jaimejowright 
Instagram: www.Instagram.com/jaimejowright 
Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/13916081.Jaime_Jo_Wright

 

Author Interview with Jaime Jo Wright

WIN A COPY OF OF RAGS & RICHES NOVELLA COLLECTION!

Want to win a copy of the Of Rags and Riches Novella Collection?
Leave a comment on this post, asking Jaime something you’d like to know and a winner will be chosen at random to win a paper or eBook copy (your choice!)*.
Winner chosen in early August.

*Paper copies open to US residents only; eBook copies open to US and international readers.

On a Break

Taking a break...

I’m not sure if it’s the pace of summer, post-book release exhaustion, or just a phase of funk. But I’m feeling called into a season of rest and recharging. So, for a short time, I’m going to be ON A BREAK from posting and most social media. I’ll check in from time to time, I’m sure, but will mostly be unplugged. Enjoy your midsummer, friends!

In the meantime, if you’re looking for some rest and relaxation of your own, be sure to add Someplace Familiar to your summer reading list!

Recapping Release Month + Giveaway

Recapping Release Month | Someplace Familiar by Teresa Tysinger

I can’t believe it’s been one month since Someplace Familiar released into the world! A special thank you to everyone who has shown support and encouragement for the book these last few months. It’s been a whirlwind full of some unexpected lessons, surprises, blessings, and more. I thought it would be fun to share a few highlights recapping my first book release month!

  1. It’s Exhausting! I am an introvert who manages quite well in the world. But I honestly recall release day being the most exhausting day I’ve had in a long time. I felt “on” from sun up to way past sun down. I wanted to thank everyone who left comments, sent notes, posted early reviews, etc. A fellow author had suggested I take release day off from work and I wish I’d listened to her! Some days, I still feel like I’m recovering a whole month later.
  2. The Emotional Highs Are Unlike Anything Else! This may sound like an exaggeration to many of you, but I can say with confidence that seeing my “book baby” out in the real world compares only to my wedding day and the day my daughter was born. From start to finish, the book took more than three and a half years to get published. That’s longer than my husband and I dated and, of course, longer than my pregnancy. So maybe not such a long reach to comparing the three experiences. And, oh the tears, when I first held the book in my hands. Emotional indeed.
  3. Selling Books Feels Like Self-Promotion. Though I am marketing my book, readers are looking to connect with me, the author, too. So, in many ways, book marketing is self promotion. And that is SO unnatural for me. I’ve had to really push myself on this. I mean, it feels so presumptuous to ask complete strangers to spend their hard-earned money on MY book. Not that I don’t value the time, energy, and talent I feel I’ve put into the book. I guess another way to say it would be I get sick of talking about me and the book. (Probably not a good marketing tactic to tell you that! LOL)
  4. I’m Not a Businesswoman. This self-publishing experience has made it very clear to me that I do not have the gift of running a business of any sort. There’s so much to keep track of and remember. It’s all important, so I do it as best I can. But, man, I just want to write and forget all the numbers and charts and percentages and so forth. Thank goodness my husband can share some of his skills with me.
  5. It’s a Second Career. Finally, despite all of the challenges, learning curves, long hours, etc. I can’t wait to do it all over again. Next up is writing book two in the Laurel Cove Romance Series! Not being deterred by the hard work of Someplace Familiar proves to me that this writing thing is really a second career for me. I’m in it for the long haul with no other choice but to write. It’s in me, it’s what I do. And I thank God for the opportunity to partner with Him again!

Win a FREE eBOOK of Someplace Familiar by Teresa Tysinger

Let’s celebrate the one-month birthday with a giveaway!

Head over to my Facebook Page to enter.

Someplace Familiar Blog Tour Wraps Up (+Winner!)

Someplace Familiar Blog Tour and Giveaway

This past week was a BLAST, visiting with several bloggers and fellow authors about Someplace Familiar. There were Q&As, behind-the-scenes, interviews, favorite quotes, and much more.

Special thanks to these super participants – and to all you readers – for making the week so amazing.

Andy Carmichael
Denise Hershberger
Fiction Afficionado
A Baker’s Perspective
Faithfully Bookish 

Brandy Bruce
Singing Librarian Books
Bibliophile Reviews
Meghan Gorecki
Mikal Dawn
Robin E. Mason
Reading Is My SuperPower

Now, listen closely for the drumroll…. it’s time to announce our blog tour giveaway winner!  The reader who will get an autographed copy of Someplace Familiar, 8×8″ custom canvas painting by Cyndi Browning, and a $10 Amazon gift card is…..

HEIDI MADSEN ROBBINS!

Heidi, watch your inbox for an email from me so we can get your prizes to you.

What’s Next?

Author Chat Facebook Party | Monday, June 19

Tomorrow, I am lucky enough to have the opportunity to hang out with some of my favorite fellow Christian authors and people in an AUTHOR CHAT FACEBOOK PARTY hosted by Singing Librarian Books! Join us tomorrow (Monday, June 19) beginning at 7 p.m. CST for the chance to chat with Pepper Basham, Kara Isaac, Mikal Dawn, and myself. Ask your questions, find out about our newest releases, and even win some fun giveaways!

RSVP HERE

Guest: Author Amanda Everett

It is my pleasure to turn the screen over to my guest, Amanda Everett! Amanda is a tender-hearted author I’ve had the blessing of connecting with. I’m sure you’ll find her equally delightful. Take it away, Amanda!

Guest: Author Amanda Everett

Guest: Author Amanda Everett

There’s a wonderful quote by Cassandra Clare that says, “One must always be careful of books and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”

How true that is! Words are powerful, and what we fill our mind with will often overflow into other areas of our lives. It’s for this reason alone I primarily read Christian fiction.

Whether or not you’re an avid reader, I think it’s safe to say that we all have at least one book which has profoundly affected our lives. Here are five of my favorite novels, in no particular order, and the ways they have influenced my walk with the Lord.

  1. Amanda Everett - Secrets by Robin Jones GunnThe Glenbrooke series by Robin Jones Gunn Secrets, book one in the Glenbrooke series, was the first contemporary Christian novel I ever read. It opened my eyes to a world of romance and the joys of God-centered relationships as I’d never seen before. Gunn’s writing gave me hope and made me raise my standards for the type of man I wanted to marry. I know some people may say that romance novels give readers unrealistic expectations, but in this case they couldn’t be more wrong. If anything, they encouraged me to hold out for a man who loves and serves the Lord whole-heartedly.
  1. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers – No other novel has made me more aware of my own sin and of God’s relentless, unconditional love than Redeeming Love. While reading this book for the first time I was smacked across the face with the many ways I run from God and all the times he pursued me when I didn’t deserve it. Any book that points out my need for a Savior is a definite favorite.
  1. Though None Go with Me by Jerry B. Jenkins – The heroine in this novel makes a promise to follow Christ no matter what. That’s a cliché phrase we often toss around, but what does that actually look like? Though None Go with Me showed me the power of choosing to follow Christ in the small, everyday moments and the far-reaching impact it can have on those around me. It took the concept of laying down my life to follow Christ and made it relatable to me as a woman in the present day.
  1. The Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers – This series. Wow! It had me examining my own walk with the Lord and the way I serve others. The heroine, Hadassah, is a humbling example of what it means to love and serve others, even our enemies, as Christ loved us. I often found myself questioning whether or not I would have the same kind of faith if I was in her shoes, and that alone challenged me to dig into God’s word more. It also gives a staggering glimpse into what early Christians endured for the sake of following Christ.
  1. Amanda Everett - A Love Like Ours by Becky WadeA Love Like Ours by Becky Wade – I finished reading this book a week before we became foster parents to two little ones. During the sleepless nights and heart-wrenching days that followed, when I didn’t have the energy to shower let alone read my Bible, the message of Becky’s book stayed at the forefront of my mind. God is good. I clung to those words, repeating them over and over to myself when it felt like my entire world was falling apart. While the children have since moved on, the impact A Love Like Ours had on me during that time still brings me to tears. I know God used Becky’s writing to minister to me when I didn’t have the strength to seek Him on my own.

I’ve heard people write off Christian novels as being too preachy or filled with trite clichés, or worse yet, accuse them of being irrelevant. But as Cassandra Clare said, words are powerful. God himself gave us the greatest love story ever told—written on pages and bound together for us to read. While Christian novels are no substitute for spending time in God’s word, they have the unique ability to reveal different aspects of God’s character in a way we may not have known before. As a writer, what could be greater than impacting others for Christ?

I’m curious to know, what books have most impacted your life? Tell me in the comments section below.


It’s Teresa again… Thanks to Amanda for this great post! Have you been enjoying the tour around the blog-sphere this week, chatting with other authors/bloggers about Someplace Familiar? If you’ve not visited yet, be sure to check out these posts and chances to enter the Someplace Familiar Blog Tour Giveaway!

Someplace Familiar Blog Tour and Giveaway!

Andy Carmichael
Fiction Aficionado
100 Pages Per Hour
A Baker’s Perspective
Faithfully Bookish
Bibliophile Reviews
Brandy Bruce
Singing Librarian Books

As well as these recent posts:
Yankee Belle Cafe
Reading Is My Superpower
Interview with Amanda

ENTER THE GIVEAWAY HERE

Someplace Familiar Goes On Tour

Someplace Familiar Blog Tour and Giveaway

Someplace Familiar has been out “in the wild” for over a week now, but the celebration continues! For the next week, join me and 10+ of my fellow authors and bloggers in chatting about the book. You’re invited to visit each blog on the schedule below, leave comments to join the chat, ask questions you might have about the book (I’ll be visiting and answering any questions you may post), and even enter a special giveaway. More on that at the end of this post!

BLOG TOUR PARTICIPANTS!

Andy Carmichael
Denise Hershberger
Fiction Afficionado
A Baker’s Perspective
Faithfully Bookish 

Brandy Bruce
Singing Librarian Books
Bibliophile Reviews
Meghan Gorecki
Mikal Dawn
Robin E. Mason

GIVEAWAY – WIN IT!

At the end of the blog tour, one reader will win an autographed copy of Someplace Familiar, $10 Amazon gift card, and a one-of-a-kind 8×8″ canvas painting by artist (and my sister) Cyndi Browning!

Someplace Familiar Blog Tour and Giveaway!

ENTER TO WIN HERE!

Be sure to visit each post throughout the week (check my Facebook page for links each day) for more chances to enter.

I can’t wait to chat with you all about the book!  Have a question?  Post it below or visit each stop along the tour and see if I answer what you’re wondering about.

This is going to be fun!!!