Hello, my name is Anne Mateer, and I’m a book hoarder.
It’s true. Really. I have more books than is good for one person (or rather, two, since hubby is a book hoarder as well!), even when I regularly weed through and clear room on my shelves for new ones. But until the past few years, at least my book hoarding had been confined to books I’d actually read.
Lately I find I’ve been hoarding books I want to read. Too many books. I’ll never get to all of them. They have overflowed my small “to read” bookshelf in my bedroom and are now stacked nearby. Three toppling over stacks. And so I’ve come to a very hard conclusion–I need to give some of them away to people who will read them. Maybe to people who will review them or send a nice note to the author when they’ve finished. As an author, I know I’d rather have my book in front of someone’s eyes rather than languishing in an overfull stack.
So here’s my idea: I’m not looking for likes or followers or newsletter subscribers in this giveaway. Just tell me what you would do with the book should you win it–read it yourself (start reading within a couple of weeks of receiving it), give it to a local library of some sort, give it to a friend who needs something to read, etc. Below are three books by fellow Bethany House authors that I’m giving away and a little about them. (Yes, a pittance of my stacks, but giving up hoarding ways is hard and so I’m starting small!) Let me know which one you are vying for when you comment. And as a bonus, the winner of each will also win another surprise title as well! Two books to read or giveaway–for free!
I’ll draw my winners on Sunday, January 12th, so tell your friends and get entered before then! Happy reading, y’all!
A Fantasy Saga Fueled by Adventure and Faith
The last thing Kien Lantec expects on his first day of military leave is to receive marching orders from his Creator, the Infinite. Orders that don’t involve destroyer-racing or courting the love of his life, Ela. Adding to Kien’s frustration, his Infinite- ordained duties have little to do with his skills as a military judge-in-training. His mission? To warn the people of ToronSea against turning their backs to the Infinite to worship a new goddess.
But why Kien? Isn’t this the role of a true prophet, such as Ela of Parne?
Seeking answers, Kien visits Ela and finds her stricken by a devastating vision of her own. Her birthplace, Parne, has been corrupted by her enemies and will soon suffer judgment. Pulled in separate ways, each must seek to follow the Infinite’s leading and hope He will reunite them again soon.
In the aftermath of the Civil War, Josephine Weatherly and her mother, Eugenia, struggle to pick up the pieces of their lives when they return to their Virginia plantation. But the bitter realities of life after the war cannot be denied: their home and land are but shells of their previous grandeur; death has claimed her father and brother; and her remaining brother, Daniel, has returned home bitter and broken. The privileged childhood Josephine enjoyed now seems like a long-ago dream. And the God who failed to answer any of her prayers during the war is lost to her as well.
Josephine soon realizes that life is now a matter of daily survival–and recognizes that Lizzie, as one of the few remaining servants, is the one she must rely on to teach her all she needs to know. Josephine’s mother, too, vows to rebuild White Oak…but a bitter hatred fuels her.
With skill and emotion, Lynn Austin brings to life the difficult years of the Reconstruction era by interweaving the stories of three women–daughter, mother, and freed slave–in a riveting tale.
In 1883 Michigan, Lily Young is on a mission to save her lost sister, or die trying. Heedless of the danger, her searches of logging camps lead her to Harrison and into the sights of Connell McCormick, a man doing his best to add to the hard-earned fortunes of his lumber baron father.
Posing during the day as a photographer’s assistant, Lily can’t understand why any God-fearing citizen would allow evil to persist and why men like Connell McCormick turn a blind eye to the crime rampant in the town. But Connell is boss-man of three of his father’s lumber camps in the area, and like most of the other men, he’s interested in clearing the pine and earning a profit. He figures as long as he’s living an upright life, that’s what matters.
Lily challenges everything he thought he knew, and together they work not only to save her sister but to put an end to the corruption that’s dominated Harrison for so long.