Idolatrous Bookworms: We’ve Identified Ourselves. Now What?

Last week, I shared 7 signs that you or I have taken our reading habits to the point of idolatry. Needless to say, it was a weighty topic. One reader described it as sobering. It had the same effect on me as I wrote it.

By my own reasoning, I’m an idolator. That’s someone who reveres or delights in something more than God.

I’ll go ahead and admit that this whole idol thing isn’t new to me. For years I’ve known and regretted that I tend to love certain people and things more deeply and freely than I love God.

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#7 Subtle Symptoms of the Idolatrous Bookworm

I started a book again!

I hadn’t read a paperback in months and I felt guilty. Of all people, writers are meant to read.

But this past Tuesday, I finally picked up a new novel, River of Grace.

I savored it from the beginning. The pleasure of reading returned to me like a neglected friend. I rediscovered the urge to read in every spare moment, the bittersweet (mostly sweet) guilt of reading past my bedtime, the adrenaline rush when I thought about the next chance I would get to crack open the cover, the secret relief when I got stranded somewhere because of the rain and… oh well. *Sigh* I guess I’ll just have to read as I wait it out, even though there were a dozen more import things I should be doing.

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Isolated Moodboard

Yesterday evening I was on my computer a little later than usual. I was preparing a storyboard/moodboard for Isolated to share in my June newsletter.

This is just a modest, little heads-up to make you aware of it. You’re very welcome to join the few others who receive my newsletters. They’re a small group, but I like to give them special treats when I can. 😉

If the moodboard is your main incentive, consider joining sooner rather than later. I plan to send the June newsletter within the next couple of days. If you sign up too late, you can contact me and I’ll try to get that to you separately.

So without further ado, here’s a link if you would like to receive my monthly newsletters:


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Author Interview: Kellyn Roth

Okay, readers. Here’s a post especially for you bookworms.

Author Kellyn Roth is about to re-release and release (respectively) books #1 and #2 in her Chronicles of Alice and Ivy. When I say “about to”, I mean book #2 officially releases tomorrow, while book #1 is actually already available as of a few days ago.

This post is her “visit” to my blog as part of her blog tour. Whether you’ve been following Kellyn’s tour, or are hearing about her for the first time, I invite you to get to know her and her books through the interview below.

(Stick until the end for book covers, blurbs, links to Amazon and Goodreads, and even a giveaway.)

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Isolated in Pictures

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. The reader in you may not find as much satisfaction in viewing pictures as in reading a novel… but I hope you’ll enjoy this visual teaser about my novella, Isolated.

Below are twenty-three pictures from the stock photo websites (not mine) – one to represent each chapter. So here’s my 23’000 word story in pictures:


Fun fact: the manuscript is actually 30’863 words long at this point in time. That makes for an average of 1’342 words per chapter. You be the judge: do each of the following pictures successfully fill the shoes of 1’342 words?


Chapter One:

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(from shutterstock.com – I don’t have rights to the full image, hence the watermarks.)

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What About the Norm? (When Things Go Wrong – Part One)


Then Louise’s mind changed gears. She thought of her parents and little sister. Are they in danger? She teetered on the verge of concern then decided otherwise. They’re the ones who should be worried. Do they even know that someone took me hostage? They should have been there for me. A knot formed at the back of her throat. Tears of hostility burned her eyes. Their God… Just when her heartbeat had begun to slow, it pulsed faster again – this time with anger. Their God should have been there for me.

-Excerpt from Isolated, subject to change in final revisions


Louise is the young protagonist in my novella, Isolated. Though she wouldn’t admit them to others, she has some strong ideas about this God, the God of her parents and sister, the God of the Bible.

She herself doesn’t love Him, serve Him or even believe in Him. But assuming an all-loving God truly did exist, shouldn’t He have protected her from her kidnappers? If an all-powerful God really did oversee the affairs of the world, shouldn’t He have intervened? If this God truly was concerned with justice and capable of executing it, why didn’t He?

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Shoutout to the Cover Designer

As of yesterday, there were exactly four months remaining until the publish date of Isolated. Let’s celebrate with some themed content.

On May 1st, I unveiled the working cover of Isolated. If you look closely at the back half, you will see a watermark in the bottom corner:

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This is the signature of the skilled designer, Michelle Rene, founder of Mundus Media Ink – the artist responsible for my cover design.

Here’s my shoutout to someone who has patiently and persistently worked with me, first to create the design, then to tweak it over and over to bring it in line with my vision. Not only is Michelle the designer of my book covers, but also of my website graphics. Does this next image look familiar?

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She designed my header, too.

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