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    Guest Post and Give Away

    It’s an honor to have debut author, J.C. Morrows on the blog today, sharing a bit of wisdom. Check out her new book at the bottom and make sure to enter the giveaway – a signed copy of A Reluctant Assassin, as well as a signed copy of my YA debut, The Gifting.

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    Words of wisdom … from a novice who has learned some things the hard way.

    Don’t judge yourself by anyone else. Don’t even judge yourself by who you used to be.

    Far too many people look at this person or that person; the NY Times best-selling author, the millionaire, the pop star, the perfectly put-together mom. You are not them. Your life is not meant to be what theirs is. Something that might actually surprise you: sometimes that pop star wishes she knew what it was like to be a soccer mom with no make-up and a toddler clinging to her as she rushes to get the grocery shopping done.

    God has a plan for you. It may not be what you expected. It may not even be what you want, but it is the best thing for you – whether you know it or not.

    God knows you better than you could ever hope to know yourself. So, if anyone knows what is best for your life, it would be God!

    I had other plans for my novels. I had big plans, big aspirations, big … dreams. Thankfully, God knew better. God knew the path I needed to take. He knew the way, the when, and the how I needed to publish my novel.

    I won’t say that every single step I’ve taken has been 100% correct. And I’m absolutely certain they haven’t all been brilliant, but I have tried very hard to stick to His path for my life and so far – He has rewarded those efforts. He is opening doors I never could have.

    Will I attain the dreams I once had? As a CBA author it’s unlikely, but I will attain the dream that God has planted in my heart and that is definitely good enough for me.

    And I am so very blessed to have such exceptional authors like Katie (aka K.E.) backing me up, supporting me, befriending me, mentoring me.

    And we are blessed to be featured on Donna’s BookShelf this month. Be sure to check out her blog and enter her giveaway! There are some fantastic prizes – if I do say so myself.


    JC Morrows - A Reluctant Assassin CoverA Reluctant Assassin

    Her mission was simple — get close to the Prince, and kill him. . .

    Kayden entered the palace under a lie, one designed to get her close to the Prince. On the outside, she may look like a princess but beneath the mask, a killer lays in wait — for the perfect moment.

    Dvarius was not ready to take the crown, nor was he ready for a wife . . .

    But due to his father’s unexpected death and an archaic law — he must find a bride before he is allowed to take his rightful place on the throne.

    And the one woman he wants — just might be the one who is there to kill him…

    Available on: ITUNES  NOOK  KINDLE  KOBO


    jc morrows

    JC Morrows – Bestselling author of YA Christian speculative fiction, drinker of coffee and avid reader – is a storyteller in the truest sense of the word. JC has been telling stories in one form or another her entire life and once her mother convinced her to write them down, she couldn’t stop.

    She finished her first speculative fiction novel purely for the enjoyment of her mother – also known as her biggest fan.

    She gives God all of the glory for her talent and ability!




    Enter to win an autographed copy of A Reluctant Assassin, as well as an autographed copy of The Gifting!

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    The Gifting E-Book Sale!

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    First, the entire Gifting series is complete and available for purchase in both e-book and paperback. Book 3–The Gathering–released last week and the feedback I’ve been getting from readers has been so much fun!

    Second, book 1 is on sale this week only for 99 cents! If you’ve been hearing about the series and you’re still not quite sure, or if you’re not sure young adult is your genre, then here’s a cheap way to give it a try!

    Readers are saying things like…

    “This might be THE best dystopia book I’ve read so far.”

    “It was so good, I read it twice!”

    “I am without a doubt obsessed with this series!”

    “I could not… COULD NOT put this book down! WOW! Just WOW!”

    “If you even remotely like The Hunger Games or Divergent series then this is for YOU! This blows them out of the water!!! I absolutely could not put this trilogy down. And I was ALWAYS let down by the final book in those other trilogies but The Gifting GETS BETTER AND BETTER through the entire series.”

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    Updates and Cover Reveals and Fun News, Oh My!

    The Gifting series

    It’s been a busy, crazy summer! Life-wise. But also, writing-wise. I think most of you know that I’ve ventured into new terrain. Not only the world of young adult literature, but also the world of indie publishing.

    I’m in the process of putting out my first ever Young Adult series, indie-style. Book 1 (The Gifting) and 2 (The Awakening) are out in the world, and book 3 (The Gathering) will be following VERY soon.

    You guys. Let’s talk about the final cover. I cannot stop staring at it. Seriously. It’s perfect in every conceivable way. Major props to Sarah Hansen with Okay Creations on these three beauties! I couldn’t be happier with them.

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    I have to tell you, this project has been one of the most fun things I’ve ever written.

    Wrapping up the series has been bittersweet. Sweet because holy buckets of gravy, ending a trilogy is no easy feat. Penning the end and feeling a measure of confidence while doing so was a two-strand twist of satisfaction and exhilaration. Bitter because you guys. I love these characters. I loved every second I got to spend in their world. I hate to say goodbye.

    The good news?

    I don’t have to. Not really. That’s the joy of being a writer. Every time a new reader picks up The Gifting and begins Tess’s journey and (even better) tells me about it, it’s like I get to jump into the world all over again. I hope you feel the same way whenever you share The Gifting Series with your friends.

    If you’re wanting to stay up to date on the exact release date of book 3, make sure to subscribe to K.E. Ganshert’s email list. The tentative release date was September 8th, but we’re well ahead of schedule, so there’s no reason to make readers wait that long.

    Also, a dear reader created this super fun quiz where you answer 12 questions and find out what YOUR gifting would be if you lived in Tess’s world. You don’t even have to have read the books to take it!

    On top of wrapping up this series, I’ve also been going through final stages of edits for two novellas releasing this fall. The Perfect Arrangement, which is another Zondervan Year of Weddings novella, and was a total BLAST to write. Light-hearted and giddy and fun, with much of the story told via email messages. Can’t wait to share it with everyone in late September!

    The Perfect Arrangement

    As well as Guiding Star, my contribution to Amish Christmas at North Star. Yep, you read that right. Amish. Not my typical genre. I guess this is the year of branching out, since I don’t typically write young adult either. The difference is that while I hope to write more young adult in the future, I can’t see myself writing anymore Amish. I truly enjoyed trying something new and I’m 100% happy and excited with how this project turned out. I just flat-out don’t know enough about the Amish to write it. Major props to the authors who do! And major thanks to Cindy Woodsmall and Mindy Starns Clark for holding my hand as I asked them an onslaught of questions! Those women know their stuff.

    Amish Christmas at North Star

    An October Bride (my first Year of Weddings story) has been nominated for a Carol Award in the novella category. A Broken Kind of Beautiful won a Christy Award in the Contemporary Romance category. An honor I still can’t believe, even when I swivel my chair around and spot this beauty up on the shelf.

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    And last, but not least, I signed another contract with Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group. Thankfully, they understand that I’m smack dab in the middle of one of those chaotic seasons. The Gansherts are adjusting to life as a family of four, as well as life with a child with special needs (our daughter was recently diagnosed with cerebral palsy). It’s messy and beautiful and overwhelming and about a hundred other things. Which means, writing time is not currently my top priority. My publisher has been kind enough to give me an extra comfortable cushion for getting this first book turned in.

    I can’t tell you how thrilled and humbled I am to be able to continue this journey. To write two more books under the Katie Ganshert women’s fiction/contemporary romance brand. I have no idea what these stories will turn out to be. I only know that God will provide and sustain and equip and mold and speak and I can’t wait to see what shakes out as a result.


    As you can see, I’ve been blogging much less. I’m transitioning away from regular blogging to my quarterly newsletter. I’ve sent out two so far – a spring newsletter back in April, and a summer newsletter earlier this month. Not only do I include a short devotional in each one–from my heart to yours–I also share a couple book recommendations, great book bargains (for readers on a tight budget), and each one includes a book give away! If that sounds like something you’d like to receive, make sure to sign up!

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