It’s the end of 2014 — and you know what that means when it comes to books, right?
Reviewers and readers are making their lists and checking them twice, a la Jolly ol’ Saint Nick, who is now resting up for next December. Only these lists have nothing to do with who’s been naughty or nice — no, it’s all about nice, nice, nice. Or should I say best, best, best?
As readers, you’ve probably compiled your own list of “best books for 2014” — the romance novels you’ve read more than once this past year, flipping to favorite scenes for a chance to recaputure real-life emotion woven by an author through imaginary characters.
If you’re like me, it’s hard to narrow your favorite books down to your top one for the year. Some of us can’t even compile a Top Ten list. It’s just too hard to choose.
But I am going to ask you to choose one today — and I am going to ask you to do it twice. But — and here’s the plot twist for today’s blog — I’m not asking you to choose a book.
#1 Choose a favorite author — just one — and plan to support them during 2015.
How can you support your favorite author?
- Write them a note of encouragement. Tell them why you like their writing or why you like their lastest release or that you’re looking forward to reading their upcoming novel. Most authors have a way for you to contact them on their website.
- Post a positive review of their book(s) online. Think Amazon and Goodreads and Barnes and Noble and CBD.com. As a writer-friend told me: Positive reviews are gold for an author. Reviews don’t have to be wordy, but saying a specific reason why you loved the book helps.
- Shout out your favorite author’s book. Tell your friends, “Hey, so-and-so author writes wonderful inspirational romance novels.” Post a positive comment about them on your Facebook page or via Twitter.
#2 Choose a new-to-you author — one you haven’t read yet — and give them a try in 2015.
Look for upcoming releases in 2015. We talk them up here at Inspy Romance. Another resource is Fiction Finder, sponsored by American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), which lists a wide range of Christian authors — romance and a whole lot more. Try a debut novelist or an author who has an established award-winning career. Not sure who to pick as a new author? Ask a friend for a recommendation. Go ahead, have some fun in 2015!