ACFW's Fiction Finder!!

In October, I wrote a piece of the Afictionado e-zine about Fiction Finder, a magnificent website whose design and implementation were chaired by my big "brother," John Olson. If you are ever looking for an awesome book to read, but don't know the title or the author, check this out. Or if you're just in the mood for a good action-adventure flick (after you've read my books, of course) you can find one with this amazing site.

Here is ACFW's Official Press Release: Finding Christian fiction the easy way
ACFW launches new free online resource to search for titles

PALM BAY, Fla. — With over 500,000 books published each year, it is harder than ever to find a new book that’s just right. A simple Amazon search in the Christian literature and fiction category yields more than 17,000 results. Consumers wading through the exhaustive, seemingly endless list of choices now have a more manageable resource to help them purchase their next book.

American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), the nation’s leading Christian fiction writers’ organization, is launching, a new free resource for retailers, readers, media and other Christian fiction fans to search for authors and books. The search engine allows users to sort by author, title, genre, topic, publication date, and target audience.

Cynthia Ruchti, president of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), believes this trusted, easy-to-use resource is a significant development in the search for Christian fiction authors and new titles.

”The idea rose from a roundtable discussion between the ACFW leadership team and Christian booksellers looking for a better way to connect their customers with great Christian fiction,” says Ruchti. “ACFW responded by rolling up our sleeves and creating a comprehensive database to serve readers, booksellers, publishers, authors, book club coordinators, librarians and others on the hunt for information and inspiration.”

The site also allows readers to learn about the nature of the content of each book. Each title is rated for action, conflict, humor, mystery, romance, spirituality and suspense, in addition to more sensitive issues like language, sensuality and violence. Users can also post reviews to the site and learn more about soon-to-be-released titles.

The database is the first of its kind and is not limited to books written by ACFW members. The organization is also working with publishers to ensure Christian novels by other authors are incorporated as well.

ACFW’s presence as the voice of Christian fiction and its industry prowess has long been recognized, and its authors are a mainstay on bestseller lists. is the organization’s latest effort to make finding the best in Christian fiction as easy as possible for fans around the world.

Quick facts about
* Book information pages include facts about the publisher, main themes, setting and the author’s other titles.
* A special “similar books” section offers other titles the user may be interested in reading.
* Users can create an account with their preferences, making it easier to find new favorites.

With nearly 2,000 members and 19 chapters in 14 states nationwide, ACFW seeks to promote Christian Fiction through developing the skills of its authors, educating them in the market, and serving as an advocate in the industry. Founded in 2000 under the banner of American Christian Romance writers, in 2004 the organization was renamed American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) to reflect its dedication to Christian fiction writers of all genres.

ACFW is headquartered in Palm Bay, Florida. Their advisory and operating boards work to give writers the tools they need to develop their craft, grow ACFW’s extensive publishing knowledge and secure relationships with industry professionals. To learn more about ACFW and their authors, please visit


TL Higley & her Seven Wonders Series

Hey, y'all. Do you love stories with intriguing twists on history? I confess they're one of my favorite genres. Today at International Christian Fiction Writers, I am featuring the awesome TL Higley and her Seven Wonders series.

The newest release, Guardian of the Flame, is a book that forced me to squander my time and abandon my kids to mac 'n chz. Heart-wrenching romance and gut-torturing action! You won't want to miss this one, y'all!!

Guardian of the Flame: A woman guarding the lighthouse at Alexandria is caught between her loyalty to Egyptian queen Cleopatra and her love for a Roman soldier in Julius Caesar’s army.

About Tracy: T.L. Higley holds a degree in English Literature and has written three previous novels and more than fifty drama productions for church ministry. She is especially passionate about "breaking down emotional and philosophical barriers that people have put up between themselves and Christ."

Purchase Guardian of the Flame now!

GUILTY! at NovelJourney

Check out my latest article at NovelJourney! This month I explain a bit about guilt and how it can harangue our characters. Does your character suffer from true guilt, false guilt, or maybe survivor guilt? Find out at NovelJourney!

NIGHTSHADE debuts at Barbour

Check it out, y'all. NIGHTSHADE, book 1 of the Discarded Heroes, has made its debut appearance--on the Barbour Publishing website. (if hte link doesn't work, cut/paste this:,7952.aspx?Tab=Books )

I love the copy they have for Max. Of course, all this "attention" has me quite antsy to see what Barbour's amazing design team comes up with for the cover. Back in late September, I received the design set instructions that the team had signed off on. A few of the details will be the Nightshade team logo (see image below--designed by long-time family friend Andrew Kendall), Max in full dress (Navy), and Sydney (his wife) in the background. Possibly a burning village or jungle scenery.

ACK! I shouldn't be thinking about this. It just knots my stomach up more. LOL

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