Ambassador welcomes new Publicity Director

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Ambassador International is thrilled to welcome Elizabeth “Liz” Ann Burgdorf as our new publicity director.

Liz graduated in 2005 from the University of Southern Indiana with a bachelors in broadcast journalism. Liz enjoys photography and reading in her spare time. She became a foster parent two years ago and has been married to her husband Eric for 13 years. They currently reside in Greer, South Carolina, with their two boys, a dog, and a cat.

Liz can be reached at [email protected]

New Binge-Worthy Series for Middle Graders Available Just in Time for Christmas!

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Recognizing a lack of available Christian middle grade fiction, Bertha Schwartz endeavored to fill that void with her new series, available on December 1, 2018. In The Searchers series (Daisy’s Search for Freedom, Kelly’s Search for Family, Sarah’s Search for Treasure) Schwartz has written three historical adventure novels that follow the lives of three different girls as they seek freedom, family, and treasure, and discover the voice of God directing their paths.

The Searchers

In Daisy’s Search for Freedom, Schwartz carefully spins the tale of a slave girl who is searching for the Underground Railroad with nothing but her faith in God to lead her. Author Katie Cruice Smith says, “The first book in The Searchers series does an excellent job of making history come alive through the eyes of someone my own child’s age. Schwartz does not shy away from uncomfortable topics but does an excellent job at depicting history in a way that is age-appropriate and faith-based. This series is a great way to ignite a love for history in our children while showing them how God has always been and will always be at work in our lives.”

Kelly’s Search for Family follows the life of Kelly as her papa goes missing and she is left to tend to the lighthouse—her papa’s job. This second book of the series will keep young readers turning pages to find out what happens next to Kelly in the aftermath of the Civil War and slavery.

Sarah’s Search for Treasure is a heartwarming and adventurous tale following spunky Sarah as her father goes in search of gold in the Californian gold rush. Young readers will be entertained by the resilience of Sarah and her whole family as they learn to fend for themselves in a new and changing world.

Each book in The Searchers series is a standalone and contains thought-provoking discussion questions to spark conversations with young readers and their peers, teachers, parents, guardians, etc.

The Searchers series is available December 1 where books are sold.

New Book Magazine Launching: Ambassador Sponsoring 1-Year Subscription

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Hope by the Book is a new magazine for readers by readers.

The Hope by the Book mission statement is:

We love books. We live books.
In fact, to us, books and lifestyle are interchangeable.

Books inspire us to change our lives, to refine our souls, to stretch our imaginations, and to deepen our faith.

We are avid readers and book ambassadors, and we invite you to join us as we find Hope by the book.

Hope by the Book magazine

 

You can learn more about Hope by the Book HERE.

 

Ambassador International is so excited about this new magazine launching in November…because we love books, too!! And to celebrate, we want to award one lucky winner with a one-year subscription! Entry details below. If you don’t win and want to subscribe, use the code “BOOKISH” for a discount off your subscription!

Win 1-Year Subscription to “Hope by the Book”!

Terms and Conditions:
Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

The winner will receive one-year only subscription to “Hope by the Book” magazine. The winner will be announced on Ambassador International’s Facebook page on November 1, 2018, between 12:01am and 11:59 pm, and will have 24 hours to claim, or they forfeit the prize. No purchase required.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram or Facebook.

“Fate of the Watchman” Cover Reveal Scavenger Hunt and Giveaway

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Join the scavenger hunt to see the full cover of Chad Pettit’s Fate of the Watchman and also look for clues to win a $10 Barnes and Noble egiftcard and a free digital pre-release ebook of Fate of the Watchman!

Welcome to the Fate of the Watchman Cover Reveal Scavenger Hunt! You have arrived at stop #8.

Please take time to carefully read the details below and follow the clues to the next stop.
The hunt began August 30, 2018, at Reading is My Superpower and ends on September 7, 2018, at 11:59pm EST at Chad Pettit’s site where he’ll reveal the full cover for his book! There will be 9 stops on this scavenger hunt, and you will find a CLUE IN RED at each stop. Write them down as you go. At the end of the hunt, you will unscramble and enter the clues into the giveaway entry form.

Chad Pettit

Who is Chad?

Chad Pettit grew up in Oregon with books and the mountains to help his imagination grow. After high school, he spent ten years in the Army, travelling and deploying all over the world, including two combat tours in Iraq. After the military, Chad earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Texas A&M University-Central Texas, and then he started teaching English at an early college high school in central Texas. Chad currently serves in a local church as a deacon and the Sunday school superintendent.

What is Fate of the Watchman?

Lester Sharp is a workaholic, obsessed with the success of his business and oblivious to the world around him. All of that changes when a peculiar stranger comes into his shop asking for food and help. Lester soon finds himself on an impossible journey around the world to bear witness to some of the greatest tragedies a person can know, all frozen in a single moment of time. In this challenging and gripping novel, debut author Chad Pettit, delivers a supernatural, pulse-pounding adventure in which Lester Sharp is in for the longest second of his life and learns lessons to last a lifetime.

Fate of the Watchman is a novella that releases on October 1, 2018, and will be followed by Chad’s second full-length novel Fate of the Redeemed {release date TBD}.

What’s next?

Below is the cover teaser!

Fate of the Watchman

Follow Chad for more updates on his novels! Details below:
For more information about
Chad Pettit & Fate of the Watchman
please visit:
www.chadpettit.net
@pettit_chad
www.facebook.com/ChadPettit.Writer
Instagram: @chad_pettit_

 

Thanks so much for stopping by our site and participating in the Fate of the Watchman Cover Reveal Scavenger Hunt and Giveaway. Before you move on to Stop #9 to pick up your next clue, be sure to write down this clue: to

See you at the end and happy hunting!

If you missed the beginning and need to go back, you can find the links below:

Day 1:

Reading is My Superpower

Day 2:

Allen Steadham

Day 3:

Daphne Self

Day 4:

Christian Shelf Esteem

Day 5:

Heather Norman Smith

Day 6:

Allison Wells

Day 7:

Katie Cruice Smith

“Fate of the Watchman” Scavenger Hunt Cover Reveal Giveaway

Publishing FAQs | Endorsements: The 6 Ws

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Frequently asked questions. Every industry has them and publishing is no different. Ambassador International has the pleasure of working with many new and upcoming authors as well as already-established authors who still need our assistance. Many of these authors come to us with lots of questions. Publishing your first book (or your 10th!) is exciting! There are many details to work out and decisions to make. This Publishing FAQ series covers questions Ambassador International receives regularly. Previously covered questions are:

 

Publishing FAQsEndorsements: The 6 Ws

What:

Merriam-Webster defines endorsing as “to approve openly” or “to recommend (something, such as a product or service).”  An endorsement for a book is not a review, it is a statement that openly approves or recommends your book to readers.

Why:

An endorsement lends credibility to a book. They are a no-cost marketing strategy that can be used in the promotion of your book.

When:

Now!

Whether you have signed a contract or not, it is never too early to begin seeking endorsements.Click To Tweet

Who:

In simplest terms, the more recognizable the endorser, the better, but also keep in mind that any endorsement is better than none. Endorsements can come from various sources – a recognized leader in the field, pastor, librarians, authors {award-winning authors are ideal but not required}

Where:

Endorsements will be used for your book, either on the cover or in the interior. They will also be used in marketing material.

How:

While Ambassador International can try and help authors acquire endorsements, we recommend you review your personal connections first and determine if you have any connections who would qualify as an endorser. And then all you have to do is ask them! It’s simple, really! If you don’t have personal connections, you can still seek out possible endorsers but you may have to try a little harder to get a yes. Endorsements are, or should be, offered for free, but we recommend that you offer and send the endorser a personally-signed copy of your book upon publication as a way of saying thank you.

 

We applaud you for doing your research to try and make your book the best version of itself it can be! Whether you have already signed a contract or still hope to in the future, you can begin the process now of trying to secure endorsements for your book. We recommend our authors try to have two or three good endorsements, but even if you get one, remember what we said earlier, any endorsement is better than no endorsement .

Summer Fiction Blast Ebook Sale!

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Are you looking for some new reading material to take on vacation with you this summer? Why not travel with Ambassador International?!

Listed below are the Christian fiction books that we’re running on sale for the whole month of July for only 99¢ on Amazon!


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Exciting Summer Reads!

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Looking for some exciting summer reads? Look no further! These following titles will be releasing this summer with Ambassador International.

 

July 1, 2018

Dusters and Dreams, historical fiction

Dusters and Dreams

One small village, three intertwined lives . . .
Rebecca has recently married vicar Jack Hayworth, but she must prove herself a capable wife to the village matriarchs. With her duties, events, and responsibilities, Rebecca is happy enough, but she secretly longs for a family. Must she stoically hide her heartbreak? Is it wrong for a Christian woman to struggle so much with unanswered prayers?
Edward owns a country estate, has a beautiful wife, and a profitable farm, yet he still feels dissatisfied. The world is changing outside of Biggenden Manor’s walls, and monotonous, high society life now leaves him empty. Can Edward find what he’s searching for in a differing world?
Violet is an outspoken, vivacious housemaid with a knack for getting into trouble with handsome men. She finds small village life oppressive and longs to spread her wings. Will Violet find the adventure and romance her heart craves?
Set in Victorian England, Dusters and Dreams is the sequel to Rebecca Stubbs: The Vicar’s Daughter.

 

 

 

Final Grains of Sand, general Christian fictionFinal Grains of Sand

When James Kreider receives the devastating news his life is shortened from cancer, he is immediately filled with shock and disbelief. At 60 years, Jim is too young to die and believes he has a whole life ahead of him. When the reality of his impending demise sinks in, Jim methodically prepares for his final days, including trying to heal old wounds. With a dash of life’s regrets and unfinished business, Jim’s hours are spent pondering the legacy he will leave for his friends and children.
In preparing for the end, Jim selects five individuals to represent his life at the funeral service. This group includes Jim’s boss, his personal physician, a neighbor, the pastor of his church, and a woman whom Jim was involved with in a long-term affair. None of the individuals know each other or why they were chosen. Summoned to the office of Jim’s attorney, the representatives disclose emotions and information few individuals wish to hear. Reluctantly, they agree to share every facet of their friend.

Jim’s story not only transforms the five representatives but alters the lives of the funeral guests. They realize the value of one’s life is less about the length of time, but rather how we touched other people through our actions and words.

 

An Unpresentable Glory, adult contemporary romance

An Unpresentable Glory

“I trusted you, and some day, you may know just how much you hold in your hands.”
Linda Jensen leads a relatively quiet life in Westchester County, New York, as the owner of a highly-acclaimed garden. Inherited from her parents, the garden is her pride and joy. It is not so joyful finding a strange man sprawled near her delphiniums! The mysterious man is sick, unable to do anything more than drink water—and beg for secrecy. Ignoring all alarm bells, Linda sees to his needs, but her caring act takes on unexpected significance, an unpresentable glory.
Seeds of trust, and perhaps love, are planted in Linda’s garden haven. But as secrets are revealed and scandal hits the headlines, the act of caring for this man threatens to tarnish both of their reputations. Like weeds in Linda’s garden, circumstances threaten to choke out their fledgling relationship, and small moments prove to be the biggest influencers—on a national scale.

 

 

 

Should Any Calamity Befall, young adult historical fictionShould Any Calamity Befall

“When my ship leaves for the Mediterranean next week, you shall be on it. Perhaps there you will learn some discipline.”

Ever since his arrival in Boston, Ezra has striven to do an honorable job, but trouble seems to follow him and his fellow apprentice, George. Even tying a cravat is fraught with peril. Now they are being sent to sea. But the sea has its own perils for American sailors in 1804. Besides the ever present dangers of shipwreck, scurvy, and storm, foreign adversaries are afloat. Even should one slip by the quarreling English and French, the Mediterranean is home to the Barbary corsairs.

George, aware of the dangers, persuades Ezra to enter into a vow with him to come to each other’s aid should any calamity befall. And so Ezra boards the Opulence, a promise on his tongue and a determination in his heart to look to God through it all.

July 20, 2018

Body by Blood, science fiction/thriller

Body by Blood

Dr. Raymond Verity came back to life today. Awakening from an optical-cerebral transplant into a clone body, Ray is amazed at how society changed in the 27 years he was cryo-preserved. Having pioneered cloning technology based on fetal tissue experiments, he has no qualms destroying imperfect samples. Until he meets his only granddaughter and falls in love with her despite her Down Syndrome. When he discovers that Mary Nell is scheduled to be “replaced” by her genetically-perfect duplicate, Dr. Verity embarks on a desperate mission to atone for his past sins. Can he save both Mary Nell and her clone? Body by Blood is a futuristic thriller which takes you on a heart-pounding journey that will call into question your core beliefs about life.

 

The 2018 Southern Book Prize Long List

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Tales of a Cosmic Possum

Ambassador International is pleased to announce that Tales of a Cosmic Possum by Sheila Ingle is on the 2018 Southern Book Prize Long List, featuring all the eligible titles that have been nominated for the Southern Book Prize (formerly the SIBA Book Award). Finalists for each category in the 2017 Southern Book Prize will be announced April 16, 2018. 

Congratulations, Sheila!

To learn more about the 2018 Southern Book Prize Long List, go HERE.

To learn more about Sheila and Tales of a Cosmic Possum, go HERE.

Three Ambassador Books Announced as Grace Awards Finalists

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The reader-driven literary award, Grace Awards, calls itself “the little engine that could” of Christian fiction awards. The Grace Awards is now in its eighth year. Learn more about the Grace Awards HERE.

We are excited {and honored} to announce that the following three Ambassador’s 2017 releases are finalists in the 2018 Grace Awards:

WOMEN’S FICTION/GENERAL FICTION:

Where the Sky Meets the Sand by Chris Loehmer Kincaid

Where the Sky Meets the Sand

The story of Jenny Neumeyer and Ole, a homeless boy she befriends while she and her husband are on vacation in Kenya. As she comes to terms with a secret in her past, two missionaries to Africa discover discover Ole and are determined to lead him home. Along the way, they realize that the boy is not the only one who is lost.

Learn more about Chris Loehmer Kincaid and Where the Sky Meets the Sand HERE.

ACTION-ADVENTURE/WESTERN/EPIC FICTION

The Reliant by Dr. Patrick Johnston

The Reliant

When the dollar collapses, widespread rioting and looting threaten the peace of a family in Zanesville, Ohio. Eight children tragically lose their parents in the chaos. The oldest, 19-year-old lovesick Sophie, is forced to care for her defenseless and hungry siblings in a stretch of woods surrounded by lawless anarchy. Their father has been killed, and their mother and Adam, Sophie’s fiancé, have gone missing. Running out of food and facing threats from encroaching marauders, they are tempted to doubt God’s love.

Learn more about Dr. Johnston and The Reliant HERE.

YOUNG ADULT:

Mission of a Lifetime by Priscilla J. Krahn

Mission of a Lifetime

A missing airplane . . . Hostile tribes . . . Mysterious kidnappings . . . Responsibility falls upon twenty-one-year-old William Rodriguez when his missionary parents disappear in the hostile jungles of Columbia. Willie knows that he has to go find them, but what will it cost him? When Willie finds himself in the midst of a drug smuggling ring, difficult decisions are thrust upon him. Can he escape his captors before his family is killed? Can he find forgiveness in his heart for the very people who ruined his life or will it only bring back more painful memories? Will he be able to survive the mission of a lifetime?

Learn more about Priscilla J. Krahn and Mission of a Lifetime HERE.

Winners to be announced in June.