Friday, December 16, 2005

Awesome New Book Club


American Christian Fiction Writers Launches Book Club

From airport newsstands to Newsweek, Christian fiction continues to grow in popularity, resonating with readers looking for both faith and fiction. The growth of the genre has birthed many new writers, as evidenced by American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), an organization started in 2000. Now boasting almost 1000 members, ACFW reaches out to readers as well as writers with their new ACFW Book Club. Beginning January 2006, the Book Club will offer fans of Christian fiction the opportunity to chat with ACFW authors and discuss monthly reading selections. Readers will also be eligible for monthly free book drawings.

The titles chosen to kick off the club include:

Ø Black Sands by Colleen Coble. Trouble in paradise. A Hawaiian romantic suspense.

Ø Leave it to Claire by Tracey Bateman. Single mom tries to fix her family. Chick lit fun!

Ø Outriders by Kathryn Mackel. A new ark. An ancient enemy. Fantasy adventure.

Ø Pink by Marilynn Griffith. Four fashion designers collaborate on a million dollar wedding dress. Will they find God in the seams? Multicultural tale.

Information on the Book Club will be posted on the ACFW Website, and on, a book discussion e-mail group designed to keep members informed and allow them to discuss the books throughout the month. Book Club chats will be held on the ACFW Website in the chat room at 7:00 p.m. CST on the first Monday of the month following the month the book is read. Membership is free and open to the public. To join the announcement and discussion e-mail group, send a blank e-mail to

For more information about the ACFW Book Club, please visit:

***From Robin here: I'm really excited about the book club, and hope many of you join. As you've read above, the "launch" book is BLACK SANDS by Colleen Coble. I've written a personal review of this book and can't wait to discuss it! Come join the club...we're gonna have a blast! Here's the review:

If you've never read a Colleen Coble novel, do soIMMEDIATELY. If you love suspense with clever twists and turns, a romance that will warm your heart, and a storyline that leaves you filled with hope and promise, you won't be disappointed!

Black Sands, the second book in the Aloha series, blew me away! While in a series, Black Sands is easily a stand-alone novel. Set in Hawaii, Coble weaves the island culture and scenery into the story so masterfully that you can almost feel the ocean breeze kissing your face! With a strong heroine and an even stronger hero, you can't help but fall in love with these characters--become emotionally involved in the drama they face--and root them on to not only find the heroine's missing sister, rediscover the love they are destined to share, but also to be refilled with their faith.

This book is one of the best I've read in a long time! Get it. Read it. Devour the pages. It's a must-read!


Kelly Parra said...

Wow, sounds really interesting, Robin! As well as the book list--thanks for sharing!

Lynetta said...

The book club sounds like a wonderful idea for readers and writers alike. (Well, writers ARE readers, but you get my drift.)

I look forward to picking up the Colleen Coble series as well. It sounds like a great read. Thanks for the news tips.

Gina Holmes said...

Great info thanks for sharing!

Is that Lynetta, the same lynetta that won a book on Novel Journey and has yet to give me her information so she can receive it?

Lynetta said...

Hi Gina- I sent you an email this morning. Let me know if you didn't get it!

Sorry, Robin! Now back to your regularly scheduled comments...