CrossReads Short Takes: How to Get Honest Reviews & Breaking Pride

CrossReads Short Takes: How to Get Honest Reviews & Breaking Pride

CrossReads Short Takes

How to Get Honest Reviews

by Shelly Hitz & Heather Hart

How to Get Honest Reviews

Are you looking for ways to get more honest reviews for your books?

Offering credibility and proof of readership, reviews have the power to boost your book sales. In part two of this book, we share 7 proven ways authors can legitimately increase the number of reviews written about their books. These are strategies we have used successfully to connect with readers and reviewers and now want to share them with you.

7 Proven Ways to Get Reviews

1) Ask Your Sphere of Influence
2) Contact Amazon Reviewers
3) Harness the Power of Social Media Groups
4) Submit to Readers’ Favorite
5) Contact Blog Reviewers
6) Conduct Giveaways to Get Reviews
7) Develop a Book Review Program

Join us in this book as we take you step-by-step through the process of how to get honest reviews.

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Breaking Pride

Heather Bixler

Breaking Pride

So many of us desire freedom – the freedom that is promised to us when we decide to follow Jesus. The freedom from the burden of our sin, the need to be “good enough”, anger, jealousy, and envy. Even though we are believers, we would be ashamed to say that we don’t always experience peace, contentment, and joy in our life. We are looking for the grace that God has so graciously given to us to be real in our life…

Breaking Pride is an audiobook based on one simple truth: In order to walk in God’s grace, we need to tear down the the walls of pride. A lot of believers, even though saved by God’s grace, are still walking in pride rather than walking in His grace. Knowing what pride is and learning to identify pride in your life is the first step to overcoming a life filled with pride. Pride is rooted in fear and leads to anger, jealousy, and envy.

Sin isn’t keeping us from having a relationship with the Lord, it’s our pride. So many of us long to have an authentic and REAL relationship with the Lord, and we long to have the fruit of the spirit filled in our heart. Our desire is to achieve these fruits through willpower. But we do not even realize that the pride that lives within our heart is what is blocking the fruit of the spirit from living within us.

In Breaking Pride, you will learn to identify different areas of pride in your life. Filled with encouragement, Breaking Pride will take you through a practical review of what pride may look like in your life… Let’s stop building walls of pride and start building the foundation of grace within our lives.

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CrossReaders Book Review: Nowhere for Christmas by Heather Gray

CrossReaders Book Review: Nowhere for Christmas by Heather Gray

Title: Nowhere for Christmas

Author: Heather Gray

Nowhere for Christmas

Rating: 5 stars

About the Book

Anything can happen on the road to Nowhere… A journalist and single mother, Avery is used to being in control though she tries to remind her-self to let God take lead in her life. Eli, her son, is happy as long as he has his music, plenty of food, and the occasional adult on which to practice his rapier wit. Gavin, a virtual stranger, is a photojournalist who mysteriously dropped off the scene a few years ago. The trio ends up together for a Christmas road trip to the small town of Nowhere. An eight hour drive in a rental car turns into two days of misadventure and calamity as bad luck seems to stalk them. They get a flat tire, the bumper falls off, the car overheats – and that’s only the be-ginning! Along the way they meet some interesting people – from a bait shop owner who moonlights as a mechanic to a chatty preacher’s wife and a highway patrolman whose wife and mother can’t agree on the best way to remove a skunk’s stink. Hungry, cold, and tired, the three finally reach Nowhere only to discover the town is nothing like they expected. They learn that reaching their destination doesn’t necessarily mean the journey has ended.

Review

Nowhere for Christmas was the first book of Heather Gray’s I have read, but I can’t check out her other books fast enough. It was just what I needed at this time. Avery was assigned to write a Christmas story about Nowhere, Oklahoma. She and her son, Eli had to make the trip with the photojournalist that had been assigned to the story, Gavin. Since they had never met, neither one had any idea what to expect. Gavin thinking Avery would be a man and Avery and Eli thinking Gavin would be an old stick in the mud, everyone was pleasantly surprised. It all started with a rental car mix up from a SUV, to being offered a sports car, to ending up with a hatchback with over 100,000 miles on it. This was one of the funniest books I’ve read. I found myself laughing out loud on numerous occasions. Pretty much anything that could go wrong…did, making this the worst road trip in history. (Or was it?) I can’t recommend this book enough!

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This review was submitted by: Teresa Sapp

CrossReads Short Takes: The Remarkable Soul of a Woman & Saving Grace

CrossReads Short Takes: The Remarkable Soul of a Woman & Saving Grace

CrossReads Short Takes

The Remarkable Soul of a Woman

by Dieter F. Uchtdorf

The Remarkable Soul of a Woman

If you are feeling overwhelmed with change, challenges, or checklists, you may wonder how you can partake now of God’s happiness and find your pathway to peace, hope, and joy.

With loving insight, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf addresses two attributes that contribute to our Heavenly Father’s perfect happiness – the power of creation and service with compassion. As a treasured daughter of our Heavenly Father, you can develop those remarkable abilities as well as find happiness in the journey.

By listening to the Spirit, you can come to realize that creating is not just done with paint, pen, or pottery, and compassionate service is more than a casserole or a card. As you bring something into existence that has never been before and as you serve others – even in small ways – you cannot help but participate in the wonder that is God’s joy.

In The Remarkable Soul of a Woman, President Uchtdorf’s timely thoughts on creating and being compassionate will buoy you up, give you strength, and help you realize what a great power for good you truly are.

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Saving Grace

by Leslie Ann McDaniel

Saving Grace

What happens when a New York City opera singer flees to a small town in Montana to escape a stalker? Tracy Fontaine is about to find out.

When an obsessive fan forces Tracy to change her name to Grace Addison and go into hiding, the last thing she wants is to get to know the locals. Now, not one but two men have worked their way into her daily routine, much to the chagrin of jealous local girl Sophia, who insists on prying into Grace’s past and stirring up deadly trouble.

Will Grace find love in Madison Falls…or will her stalker find her?

Madison Falls. Home of faith, love, peach pie…and a dollop of danger.

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CrossReaders Book Review: Starlight Inn by Lucie Ulrich

CrossReaders Book Review: Starlight Inn by Lucie Ulrich

CrossReads Book Review

Title: Starlight Inn

Author: Lucie Ulrich

Startlight Inn

Rating: 5 Stars

About the Book

Beautiful book about Family, Faith and Forgiveness!

Review

Starlight Inn captured me from the first page. This book was one that once I started reading, I didn’t want to stop. Lucie has introduced us to some amazing people in this book, one being the mysterious Tillie Spencer, a little elderly lady who brings good to all she encounters. It appears that Tillie is an “Angel on Earth!” Ella Dixon and her sister Eva were born on Christmas, and Ella needs to get to New York to celebrate their birthday and Christmas. However, Ella has a business to run and last minute deadlines to meet. She gets caught in a blizzard in her rush to make it to New York for the festivities, and ends up finding a room at the Starlight Inn. She is introduced to Nick, who owns the Inn with his sister Fran. Nick and Ella’s attraction to one another is immediate, but they both have busy careers and live 100 miles apart. Tillie has a solution to everything, and seems to know things nobody else knows, as well as a way of walking in a room without being heard. Nick and Ella are convinced that Tillie is an angel, but according to Tillie, she “would have wings if she were an angel!” This book is all about faith, family, forgiveness, and fresh new beginnings! I recommend this book to everyone! I am hoping Lucie will make Tillie and friends a series!

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This review was submitted by: Rachelle Craig

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CrossReads Short Takes: Beyond the Waves & Dark Justice

CrossReads Short Takes: Beyond the Waves & Dark Justice

CrossReads Short Takes

Beyond the Waves

by Lynette Bonner

Beyond the Waves

Can a Love Shattered by the Sands of Time…Rise Beyond the Waves?

Taysia Green nearly chokes on her water when Officer Kylen Sumner shows up in her office claiming he’s back in town because he loves her. Since he’s broken her heart more than once, and she recently started dating youth pastor Blaine Pittman, she wants absolutely nothing to do with Kylen. But he’s been asked to stand in as the mediator between Taysia and wannabe model Sophia Clinesmith, who twisted her ankle in the parking lot of Taysia’s business and is threatening a lawsuit.

If she didn’t need him to help save her gym, Taysia would tell Kylen to take a long midnight walk on a short cliffside trail.

She’s perfectly happy with her life just the way it is.

So why is it that just the sight of Kylen Sumner sets her traitorous heart to dancing faster than it did the time Blaine kissed her?

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Dark Justice

by Brandilyn Collins

Dark Justice

“If I’d had any idea what those words would mean to me, to my mother and daughter, I’d have fled California without looking back.”
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While driving a rural road, Hannah Shire and her aging mother, who suffers from dementia, stop to help a man at the scene of a car accident. The man whispers mysterious words in Hannah’s ear. Soon people want to kill Hannah and her mother for what they “know.” Even law enforcement may be involved.

The two women must flee for their lives. But how does Hannah hide her confused mother? Carol just wants to listen to her pop music, wear her favorite purple hat, and go home. And if they turn to Hannah’s twentyseven- year-old daughter, Emily, for help, will she fall into danger as well?

Pressed on all sides, Hannah must keep all three generations of women in her family alive. Only then does she learn the threat is not just to her loved ones, but the entire country.

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