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New Book Shares Fictional Account of Devastating 1913 Ohio Flood

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Catching RaindropsAuthor Shares Story Through the Eyes of 12-year-old Maggie

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Heavy rains in March of 1913 created what is still known as the greatest natural disaster in Ohio history. Dayton flood levies broke putting downtown under 20 feet of water, gas lines ruptured sparking a series of fires and in the end at least 428 people were killed. A century after this devastating natural disaster author Crystal Hoblit is transporting readers back in time through the pages of her new book, Catching Raindrops (Ambassador International; November 2012; $ 9.99, paperback).

The book shares the disaster through the eyes of 12-year-old Maggie, visiting family in Dayton when the flood strikes. Maggie endures heart-wrenching tragedy and harrowing danger as she attempts to escape the devastation. “I’ve lived in Ohio my whole life,” explains author Crystal Hoblit. “I’ve always been intrigued by this event in Ohio history and I wanted to teach a new generation about what happened through this piece of historical fiction.” Catching Raindrops also includes important life lessons about living each day to the fullest. “We should cherish every moment and always believe that God is there around us,” says Hoblit.

Crystal Hoblit lives in the flat, but lovely area of southwest Ohio. Catching Raindrops is her first novel, a project she has been working on for five years.

To learn more about the author Crystal Hoblit and Catching Raindrops, visit Facebook.com/CrystalHoblit. For interview requests please contact publicist Alison Storm at media@emeraldhouse.com.

 

 

How to Use Pinterest to Promote Your Book

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pinterest-buttonPinterest is a very popular social media site and is a great stage for authors to present their platforms. However, when you are marketing your books, you need to keep your eyes on book sales! I’m going to share some tips about Pinterest marketing for authors. When you promote books on Pinterest, you should take every opportunity to drive users back to your Amazon book page, the iBookstore, or Barnes & Noble sales pages so people can quickly and easily buy your book. I will introduce some basic rules, similar to that in Facebook and Tweeter, for using Pinterest to promote books.

1. Create an author pinboard. Let people know more about you. Tell your followers and readers who you are, where you came from, and how you came to be a writer. Give them a glimpse into your world. Pin photos of your hometown, what inspires you and your writing process.

2. Stay engaged in the communication. Repin, like, and comment on other people’s Pinterest content. Follow the Pinterest boards of authors you like. Do not just present your own books. We need connection to others. The more you engage with others the more likely they are to follow and repin your content.

3. Promote the Pinterest “P”. Put the Pinterest logo on your site, blog and all the other social media, so your readers will know they can also follow you on Pinterest.

4. Use keywords. Make sure the names of your boards have catchy titles. Keep keywords into your descriptions so if someone is searching they’ll have a better shot at finding you.

5. Choose great content. Pinterest is all about the visual. Pick great pictures and videos. The better your images are the more likely you are to get a repin or like.

And if you’re on Pinterest, be sure to follow Ambassador International! We’d love to connect with you there.

Join Us on Pinterest!

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pinterest-buttonWe are very excited to announce that we are on Pinterest! Pinterest allows you to organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. You can browse boards created by other people to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests. If you are interested in Christian books, follow Ambassador International in Pinterest! We are pinning lots of fun stuff including:

Ambassador Books: check out the latest titles published by Ambassador, including old favorites!

Favorite Verses: In our Favorite Verses board we will post Bible passages that have been particularly powerful for us. Check out the amazing way artists are combining scripture with their art forms!

Book Club Food and Decor: Get tips and ideas for your next book club meeting!

Awesome Author Quotes: Get inspired by the words of famous authors of years gone by as well as current writers.

If you’re pinning, give us a follow and we will happily follow you in return. We want to see what beautiful things you are finding on the web as well. Happy pinning!

 

 

Novel Explores the Power of Writing Upon One’s Inner Journey

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Young Author Addresses Relatable Topics of Grief, Faith, and Hope

Finding TomFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Although set in 1950’s America, author Simeon Harrar’s first novel Finding Tom (Ambassador International; November 2012; $13.99, paperback) addresses issues that are still relevant today for people of all ages. Harrar explores the question of where one is most likely to find and be closest to God while simultaneously demonstrating the cathartic power of writing.

Protagonist Tom Weston grows up in rural America until his world is turned upside down by the death of his mother. Floundering Tom has no goals for the future until an unexpected writing contest leads him to an equally unexpected mentor. His path takes him to the prestigious Locklear University where he finds himself a stranger in a new world in which all of his peers come from a very different background. Encouraged by his mentor, Dr. Emory, Tom turns to writing as a means of expression. While addressing issues from loss and change to peer pressure and finding your first love, Harrar attempts to demonstrate the power of writing in discovering God and thus oneself.

Harrar’s passion for writing and desire to inspire young Christians led him to publish his first novel. “I hope that Finding Tom will be a breath of fresh air for those of you who are like me and love stories but also want depth and literary merit,” he states.

Born to missionary parents, Simeon Harrar lived his early years in Senegal, North Africa and Papua New Guinea before attending Erskine College. He worked as a missionary in Thailand with families affected by human trafficking before getting married. He now lives in Pittsburgh where he is earning his Master’s degree with the hopes of becoming a bi-vocational church planter.

To learn more about the author Simeon Harrar and Finding Tom, visit simeonharrar.com.  For interview requests please contact publicist Alison Storm at media@emeraldhouse.com.

 

Declutter Now! Blog Tour: Win Free Copies This Week!

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Declutter NowStarting today several blogs are hosting stops on the Declutter Now! book tour! For the entire week you’ll be able to read reviews, exclusive guest posts and even have chances to win this powerful book by husband and wife team Lindon and Sherry Gareis! Now is the time to get organized for the holidays and focus on what’s really important– Declutter Now! is the perfect tool to help you do that.

Sunday, November 11: Book Spotlight at By the Book

Monday, November 12: Win a copy of Declutter Now! and a free Skype coaching session from the authors at the Belle Magazine Facebook page

Tuesday, November 13: A review and giveaway from Homemaking Organized

Wednesday, November 14: A Review at LindseyHolder.com

Thursday, November 15: A Review from LuxuryReading.com, a Review and Giveaway from Raising the Barrs and a Review from Thoughts from Mill Street

Friday, November 16: A Review and Giveaway with Mom Does Reviews

Saturday, November 17: A Guest Post on Creative Madness Mama, a Guest Post at By the Book, a Review by 2 Kids and Tired Books

Single Author Hopes to Encourage Other Unmarrieds

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single-and-contentAuthor Jenny Hershberger releases Single & Content to reach new generation of singles

For immediate release:  Ever since she was a little girl, Jenny Hershberger wanted nothing more than to be a wife and mother, but as she entered her 30s she found herself without children or a husband. “It has been painfully difficult to watch the years of my life come and go with these longings not yet satisfied,” she writes. “But now God has drawn me away from that desperate valley of malcontent.” Now she’s hoping to encourage others facing a similar walk with her new book Single and Content: A Journey from Despair to Delight (Ambassador international; September 2012; $9.99, eBook).

Single and Content addresses all of the challenges of the single life– including abstinence. According to a recent study from The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, 80 percent of single Christians say they’ve had sex. Jenny writes about her own struggles with “hormone-induced mania” and admits that sometimes it is really miserable to do what is right, but she knows God has perfect timing. “Single, divorced, married, or widowed, His plan for your life is for His glory,” explains Jenny. “God holds the key to your contentment and once I found that out I was able to fully embrace my singlehood.” Jenny hopes by sharing her story of restoration through her new book Single and Content, she’ll help others in similar circumstances.

Jenny Hershberger was born and raised in Troy Township located in northeastern Ohio. Since graduating from Marietta College she has worked as a freelance photographer and graphic designer. Jenny has traveled extensively throughout the US and to several foreign countries. Traveling, photography and journaling are solely symptoms of her passions.

To learn more about Jenny Hershberger and Single and Content, visit singleandcontent.com. For interview requests please contact publicist Alison Storm at media@emeraldhouse.com.

 

A Holiday Buying Guide: iPad Mini, Nook HD or Kindle Fire HD

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It looks like eReaders will be among the most popular gifts this Christmas season. And there are quite a few fresh options available for shoppers. Apple launched the brand new iPad Mini on October 23th. Barnes & Noble’s Nook HD follows the step and is expected to be available on December 8th. Of course, Amazon’s competitive brand Kindle Fire HD also captures a large market share of tablet. The three have different features and customers could choose according to their preferences.

iPad Mini, From $329

iPad MiniiPad Mini is nearly two thirds size of the traditional iPad. It looks more like a real book size, so it may attract more customers who are used to paperback books. It is thinner and lighter than the traditional iPad but maintains almost the same features as the latest iPad. The price of iPad Mini is $130 higher than that of Nook and Kindle Fire. This may hinder customers from purchasing it. Also, Apple users will have alternatives such as the iPad and iPhones, so the iPad Mini is not urgently needed. However, a real Apple fan will still buy it as soon as possible.Nook HD

Nook HD, From $199

The new Nook HD, introduced by America’s biggest bookstore, is considered one of the best tools to read ebooks. Barnes and Noble provides over 3 million books to browse and no annoying ads. It is convenient for customers to put in a pocket and to pull out to read in any place. The price is reasonable compared to iPad mini. However, the maximum storage is 16G, much less than iPad Mini and Kindle Fire.

Kindle Fire HD, From $199

The Kindle Fire HD, supported by Amazon, has captured the tablet market for a long time. Another perk of the Kindle FireHD is that readers can purchase all Ambassador International Christian fictionKindle Fire ebooks for just $2.99 each. It’s the same price as the Nook HD, but offers double the storage. The weakness is the size is smaller than a real book.

So which one has your eye? Will you be buying an eReader for someone on your gift list this year?

New Novel Address Race Issues in the American South

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the color of my heartAuthor Believes Heart Matters More Than Skin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Do you see the color of someone’s skin or the color of their heart? That’s the question author Sarah Martin Byrd hopes readers ponder as they enjoy her new novel The Color of My Heart (Ambassador International; October 2012; $14.99; Paperback). The book follows Laura Carter, whose perfect life is rocked by a shocking letter from her great-grandmother revealing secrets about her birth family. A stack of diaries traces Laura’s ancestors’ heartbreaking voyage from Africa to Georgia on a slave ship. “Laura is thrown face-to-face with prejudices that exist in her community and in her own family,” says Byrd. “Ultimately she understands that we all have one maker. No matter what color we are on the outside, it’s the inside that truly matters.”

Byrd quotes scripture to highlight the theme of the novel The Color of My Heart. “28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise” (Gal. 3:28-29, NIV). “God does not judge us based on our race, skin, beauty or lack of,” says Byrd, “He judges us by the condition of our hearts. Not our wealth, color, or position in life. So the color of one’s heart matters more than the color of skin.”

Sarah Martin Byrd is a graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature. She is a published novelist, newspaper columnist and blogger. Sarah loves sharing her life story with children of all ages. The Color of My Heart is Sarah’s second published novel.

To learn more about the author Sarah Martin Byrd and The Color of My Heart, visit www.sarahmartinbyrd.com. For interview requests please contact publicist Alison Storm at media@emeraldhouse.com.

 

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