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    Young Adult Paperbacks Up For Grabs!

    Paperback GiveawayIt’s release day for my fellow young adult author friend, Heather Sunseri! Her latest, Tracked, is officially available. We’re practically book birthday buddies, since my debut into YA lit, The Gifting, released yesterday!

    To celebrate, we’re giving away TWO sets of autographed copies! On Sunday, Heather will use random.org to pull one winner from her email subscriber list and I will use random.org to pull one winner from my email subscriber list (K.E. Ganshert). The two winners will receive a signed paperback of both The Gifting and Tracked. To increase your chances, make sure to sign up for both lists!

    You can sign up for the K.E. Ganshert email list here. You can sign up for Heather’s email list on her website.

    Happy release day, Heather! And happy reading, friends!

    Katie
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    The Gifting: Available Now!

    RELEASE DAY!My first young adult novel, y’all! And my first indie release, too! It’s available to read TODAY! (Sorry for all the exclamation points. I may be a wee bit overexcited.)

    This is book 1 in The Gifting series, and let me tell you, it’s been a BLAST to write. I’m currently working on edits for book 3.

    If you’re a fan of young adult fiction, paranormal (without the vampires or werewolves), dystopian, and the like, then I hope you’ll give The Gifting a try. It’s only $3.99 across most e-reader platforms: Amazon, iBooks, Kobo, Google Play. (Nook is taking a bit longer, but should be ready in the next couple of days). If a hard copy is your thing, it’s also available in paperback.

    What are people saying?

    “Chilling from start to finish! K. E. Ganshert delivers an exciting young adult fantasy that’s just as fun as it is riveting. The Gifting will keep you turning pages in an effort to unlock the mystery of this unsettled world.”

    ~Addison Moore, New York Times Bestselling Author

    “Set in a not-too-distant future that feels frighteningly like home, this novel immerses readers within the heart of Tess’s fear from the very first chapter. This is not, however, a novel of horror. Guaranteed to leave you breathless, The Gifting is an eerie merging of Gothic-like dystopian mystery and YA romance within a pulse-pounding supernatural thriller. Expect to lose sleep over this book! A must-read addition to any YA reader’s collection, this one’s a keeper!”

    ~Serena Chase, USA Today’s Happy Ever After blog, author of The Ryn

    “K.E. Ganshert brings a fresh new voice to the dystopian romance scene for young adults. Ganshert will wow her audience with captivating prose, a well-paced plot, and just the perfect amount of swoon!”

    ~Heather Sunseri, author of the Mindspeak series

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    To stay up-to-date on The Gifting series, subscribe to the K.E. Ganshert mailing list. You can also follow me on Twitter, Instagram, or Tumblr.

    Happy, happy reading!

    TG Amazon

    Tess Eckhart has always felt things nobody else can feel. Then the Ouija board incident happens at a high school party. Her complete freakout sends her family across the country—next to a nationally-renowned facility for the mentally ill. Worried that Tess suffers from the same illness that tormented her grandmother, her parents insist she see a psychiatrist.

    Tess is more concerned about fitting in at her new school, and hiding the fact that she’s seeing a therapist at the Edward Brooks Facility. She’s used to whispers and stares, but when it comes to Luka Williams, a reluctantly popular boy in her class, she’s unused to a stare that intense. Then the headaches start, and the seemingly prophetic dreams that haunt her at night. As Tess tries to hide them, she becomes increasingly convinced that Luka knows something—that he might somehow be responsible.

    But what if she’s wrong? What if Luka Williams is the only thing separating her from a madness too terrifying to fathom?

     

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    When God Moves

    Hey friends, I have the pleasure of introducing writer extraordinaire, Catherine West today! I’ve known Cathy for awhile now (she’s become a great friend) and I’ve read her work. Let me just tell you, this woman has some serious writing chops. She recently released a new novel, The Bridge of Faith (it’s getting some serious rave reviews) and she also recently signed a book deal with Harper Collins! Watching this woman’s dream come true has been nothing short of inspiring. Without further ado, here’s Cathy (her post may have made me blush a little, and get a little verklempt) …

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    I can’t remember the exact year I met Katie Ganshert because it seems like we’ve known each other forever. Looking back, we figure it was 2010. We were attending the ACFW conference in Indianapolis. I was without my regular conference buddy, Jenness Walker, that year, and I admit to feeling a little out of sorts. Sure, there were friends around, but it seemed like they were all busy, either volunteering or lunching and dining with agents and editors, and I … wasn’t. I had an agent, but things just weren’t happening in my publishing journey. I was discouraged.

    I knew Katie online, and I knew that we both had the enormous blessing of sharing the same agent, Rachelle Superwoman Gardner, but we hadn’t yet met in person. And when I first laid eyes on Katie, I was a wee bit intimidated.

    I mean, you’ve seen her right? This tall pretty blonde, young woman … I was all like, uh huh, yeah, no way are we going to be friends. Did I mention young? Seems like there were a lot of young blondes at conference that year. I think I made a mental note to go get highlights as soon as I got home. I’ve never regretted that. But I digress …

    So, since I really had no-one else to hang out with, I decided to be bold and approach the group Katie was hanging around. I knew a couple of them, and of course I was welcomed, joined in the conversation, and as soon as Katie said something, with a teeny tiny bit of sarcasm that immediately spoke to my soul, I knew we were going to bond.

    And bond we did.

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    The first picture is 2010, the second, 2013, the last ACFW conference we were both at. I missed last year, and I don’t know if I’ll see Katie this year in Dallas, but I sure hope so. I’m so blessed to have a friend like her, and I know many of you understand exactly what I mean.

    When God Moves …

    Those God-ordained friendships … there’s just something about them, right? God knows what we need when we need it, He also knows who we need, and seems to bring those people into our lives at just the right time.

    Katie’s been a huge encouragement and inspiration to me over the years. I was thrilled when she got her first contract with Waterbrook, and celebrated each time she released a book, and oh, my word, this chick can write. But, all that aside, it’s her steadfast faith that simply blows me away.

    Her journey these past two years – it has brought me to tears, brought me to my knees and brought more questions than I have answers for. In my own struggles, I’d stop and remember the Gansherts, and while we were on different paths, I had to believe, without doubt, that God was with us all. And He would have the victory. He always does.

    I remember the year Katie and I first talked about adoption. They’d made the prayerful decision to adopt their little girl from the Congo, and knowing I was adopted, I think she was picking my brain a little. So I told her my story. Honestly, because, that’s the only way to do it, and if you know me, you know I don’t sugarcoat. It’s not an easy story to tell, but it’s mine and I wouldn’t change it. Because God’s fingerprints are all over it. Just like they’re all over Katie’s. And her daughter’s.

    When God Moves …

    When God moves, we know.

    We’re stopped in our tracks, stripped of breath and powerless to do anything but stand in awe. Sometimes in tears. And then, in that Spirit-rush of feeling that floods the entire body, we realize we’re standing in the middle of a miracle.

    I’ve been there.

    In 2003, God gave me my sister. Circumstances being what they were, my birth mother’s rejection and her complete refusal to tell a soul I existed, we should never have met, let alone forged a relationship that would grow almost overnight. Twelve years on and it feels like we’ve known each other our whole lives.

    That, my friends, could only come from God.

    I shared that miracle with Katie, because I trusted her with it. Somehow I knew she needed to hear it. Little did I know, when we talked that day, just how much she’d need to believe in miracles like mine.

    “I want you to tell this story to my daughter one day,” she said, after I finished, both of us wiping tears. And I nodded.

    I’m going to hold her to that.

    When God moves, we know.

    We lift our hands in praise and remember where it all began. Remember that through all our shortcomings, lack of faith and desperate cries deep into the night, God was there. We know.

    He gives us miracles. Miracles we don’t deserve, but are so, so grateful for. He gives us the stories to tell.

    And so we share them.

    Has God moved in your life recently? Tell us about it!

    bridgeINSPY Award-winning author Catherine West writes stories of hope and healing from her island home in Bermuda. When she’s not at the computer working on her next story, you can find her taking her Border Collie for long walks or tending to her roses and orchids. She and her husband have two grown children.

    Catherine’s latest novel, Bridge of Faith, is now available on Amazon, and it’s on sale TODAY for only $0.99! She’s also having a Facebook party with some really fun giveaways!

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