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Make an Author’s Day (and Your Own!)

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Whether you’ve read any of my books yet or not, you can still make my day per the list above! I finally caved in and started an account on Twitter and Instagram, so find me on both under @ruthmeyerauthor. I’m also on Facebook and Goodreads, and you can get my monthly newsletter as well. But I’d like to make someone’s day too! One lucky winner will win a $25 Amazon gift card as part of the Hope Alone blog tour! Be sure to catch up on any posts you missed from the tour in the wrap-up post, and enter the giveaway while you’re at it! The entry period ends tonight at midnight (Eastern time zone!). And of course, you can really make my day by ordering Hope Alone today if you haven’t already! Happy reading!

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Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

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As a special bonus for the book launch of Hope Alone, I’m giving away a $25 Amazon gift card! Visit the first stop of the book tour to enter for a chance to win the gift card, and also for an excerpt from the book (not the same one I posted last week!). Be sure to add Hope Alone to your Goodreads list, and please leave a review when you’ve finished!

Launch Day for Hope Alone!

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Happy Launch Day, everyone! Today Hope Alone is released (both paperback and ebook this time!), so order your copy today from Amazon or Barnes and Noble! Starting tomorrow, you can also follow along on the virtual blog tour. Enjoy the reviews from other readers, and be sure to leave your own review of the book when you’ve finished reading it yourself!

Blog Tour Schedule

July 2: RABT Reviews – Kick Off
July 2: JB Bookworm – Spotlight
July 4: Nana’s Book Reviews – Spotlight
July 6: Agency of Books and Spies – Review
July 7: Tyto Forest – Spotlight
July 9: Book Junkiez – Excerpt
July 10: Just Writing – Review
July 10: Book Lover Blog – Spotlight
July 12: The Bookworm Lodge – Spotlight
July 12: Meet, Write, Salutary – Review
July 13: Beach Bound Books – Spotlight
July 13: Library Lady’s Kid Lit – Review
July 15: Maidens For Modesty – Review
July 16: RABT Reviews – Wrap Up

Sneak Peek at Hope Alone

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We’re a week away from the launch for Hope Alone! Be sure to pre-order your Kindle version, or set a reminder to order the paperback next Monday. In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek at the first chapter. Happy reading!

A Minecraft Fable

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I could hear the yelling from my room. My oldest two children were playing Minecraft in the living room, and I had no doubt the yelling was related to the game. Sighing deeply and thinking to myself (not for the first time) that video games are more trouble than they’re worth, I went out to play referee. Turns out one of my boys had blown up his brother’s house and his stash of diamonds. Having never played the game myself, I didn’t know what the big deal was, but my son insisted he’d worked really hard to build his house and accumulate the diamonds. Then, just like that, it was gone, and he couldn’t get it back. One thoughtless (malicious, perhaps?) action had undone everything he’d worked so hard to build.

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When Sunscreen Isn’t Enough

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We should have listened better. Here we were, college kids from Michigan, on a choir tour to Florida during spring break, a very welcome relief of sun and warmth. Our choir director warned us that we had to be careful in the sun. It was six times more intense that much further south than we were used to, and we would get a sunburn much more quickly than we would in Michigan. He told us to use plenty of sunscreen, drink lots of water, and stay in the shade when possible. Naturally, most ignored his advice. I mean, come on. You can’t very well come back from Florida without a tan. So despite the warnings, many students got some sun on the beach with little or no sunscreen to protect their skin. There were a lot of lobster-red faces for the remainder of that tour.

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The Best Motivation for Cleaning

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For the past two weeks, my carpets have never been cleaner. You might think I’m expecting guests, but no. Selling and showing a house, perhaps? Not that either. No, the real reason is far less exciting, but it’s highly effective. You see, we have fleas.

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What Moms of Young Kids Really Want for Mother’s Day

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Ask any mom of young children what her ideal Mother’s Day would look like, and if she’s being honest, chances are she’d like an afternoon without her kids. All. By. Herself. I know that doesn’t exactly match the spirit of the day, but moms are already with their young kids the vast majority of the time. Every day is “Mother’s Day.” Moms are always caring for their children, changing diapers, making food, acting as peacekeeper and referee, constantly being interrupted from a task they’d like to accomplish. So the thought of not having to do that for a day actually sounds really nice.

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Faith Alone Contest

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Okay, Faith Alone fans! Now that the paperback is available both on Barnes and Noble and on Amazon (and ranked in the top 10 bestsellers for Christian Contemporary Fiction as of this morning) it’s time for a contest! Post a picture of your copy of the book (ebooks are fine, so long as the screen is visible enough to tell it’s Faith Alone) on Facebook and be sure to tag my personal or author account so I can enter you in the contest! You could win one of the two beautiful plaques pictured here, handmade by a talented local friend. One prize will be awarded for the most creative picture (as judged by my launch team members), and one will be a random drawing from all entries. The contest runs through Wednesday, May 15, and entrants may submit one picture a day through the submission period.

In the meantime, here’s what other readers are saying about Faith Alone:

This is a sweet Christian novel, full of realistic family drama. Faith Alone deals with controversial topics, but Meyer handles them well, and in a very faith-based manner. If you’re looking for a Christian book with good morals, this may be just what you need.
—Reader’s Favorite

Ruth has done it again! Faith Alone is the compelling sequel to Grace Alone… It will draw you in from the first page, and yet, you won’t want to see it end. This is a thought-provoking, must-read book for Christians of all ages.
—Kristen Whirrett, Lutheran blogger at Joyfully Thriving

Faith Alone is one of the most heart-stopping, ground-breaking, truth-telling books I’ve read in a long time.
—Kellyn Roth, Reveries Co. founder and manager

This second book in the series is just as compelling as the first. Ruth writes about topics that face families in the church today. She addresses the issues realistically, but caring and compassionately. Her writing stirs emotions the entire time. It is a book you won’t want to put down.
—”Sandles,” Amazon customer

Get your copy of Faith Alone today, and be sure to enter the contest as well! Happy reading!

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