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.

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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!

E-Book Sales, Y’All!

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My debut novel, Wildflowers from Winter, is on sale for $1.99!

Since this is the story that started my career as an author, it will forever and always hold a special place in my heart. I wrote it after spending an entire summer binge-reading craft books. I brought it to the very first writing conference I went to (ACFW in Denver, Colorado) and nervously pitched it to an agent and an editor–both of whom would become my agent and my editor.

It’s the first story that went through the editing process at a real-live publishing house, growing me as author in a way craft books couldn’t. I got all verklempt when I saw the cover. Absolutely giddy when I held it in my hands in actual book form for the first time–tangible proof that this dream I dreamed for so long had come true.

And then it went on to become a Christy Finalist and a Carol Award winner, two experiences that left me pinching myself.

Never mind my affection for Evan Price. 🙂

All this to say, I’m very excited to share this with more readers! If you’re looking for a cheap book to sample, I hope you’ll consider Wildflowers from Winter. If you’re not sure, you can read some sample chapters. You can also enjoy some bonus features by clicking on the Wildflowers from Winter book page. Last I checked, it’s currently on sale for $1.99 on Amazon and CBD and should be soon on other retailers as well, wherever e-books are sold.

Even better news? If you’re looking to load up your e-reader before the summer or before a Memorial Day weekend road trip, Wildflowers isn’t the only e-book on sale! My friends Hillary Manton Lodge, Joanne Bischof, and Lori Benton have books on sale, too!

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Happy reading, friends! I hope Evan and Bethany’s story blesses you!

Join the Team!

book coversIt’s hard to believe folks, but a new release is fastly approaching. Usually, this is when I gather together a launch team to help spread the word about my upcoming release.

Well, this time around, I’m doing something a little different. Something a little more permanent.

Welcome to the Katie Ganshert Street Team application! (I know, the name is seriously lacking in creativity. We’re going to work on that, people. I promise.)

I am currently looking for 50 readers to join the team.

But first things first.

What exactly is this team?

So glad you asked. A street team is a group of readers who are ready and willing (and eager!) to get the word out on the street about my books. When I think of my street team, I think of my first readers, my inside circle, my front lines, my most enthusiastic fans.

Why do I need a street team?

Have you ever been inside a book store? Or tried perusing Amazon? Holy books, batman! Rising out of obscurity is no easy feat. My street team will play a critical role in creating that all-important buzz that is oh-so-very crucial when it comes to an author’s success.

What am I looking for in street team members?

Readers who have read my books, believe in my books, are excited about my books, and want to share that excitement with their sphere of influence. Enthusiasm (not just for books in general, but for Katie Ganshert books in particular) trumps all. Availability is important too!

What’s involved in such an endeavor?

As a street team member, you will receive free, advanced copies of all Katie Ganshert novels. Members are asked to read the book prior to release, then–if they like it (if you don’t like it, you aren’t required to do anything)–spread the word, as far and wide as possible!

Here are some ideas:

  • Write reviews for Amazon, CBD.com, Goodreads, Novel Crossing, Barnes and Noble, Books A Million, your local library’s website, or any other online review site.
  • Talk about the books on social media sites.
  • Blog about the books
  • Ask your local library to order a copy of the books.
  • Ask your local church library to order the books (or donate a copy).
  • If you’re part of a Bible study, MOPS, or any other group, tell them about the book.
  • Suggest my latest book to your book club, if applicable.
  • “Like” the book on Amazon.
  • Direct people to my website.
  • Write a review for your local newspaper.
  • Purchase copies to give away as Christmas and birthday gifts.
  • Pin the cover or other pictures from my website to Pinterest.
  • Share your favorite quotes from the book online. If you purchase an e-book, highlight your favorite quotes.
  • Suggest the book on reading forums, like those you can find on GoodReads.
  • Make a video about the book and upload it to YouTube or Vimeo

Members will receive periodic emails from me to keep up-to-date on the latest happenings. They will also be part of a super secret Katie Ganshert Street Team group on Facebook, where we can share ideas and get to know one another.

What do you get out of the deal?

Besides receiving free copies of my books and my undying gratitude, there are some added perks. Such as receiving the occasional free bonus book from my publisher. And being privy to insider information–including, but not limited to, being the first to see cover art, hear about new titles, read snippets of my early drafts, help me name characters, choose settings, and more!

If this sounds like a team you’d like to be part of, please fill out the form below: