From Instagram

Just saw this on Instagram and it made my day. Thanks Robin Salvadore!

“..sometimes, love demands the impossible.” – Crossing Oceans <3 Getting halfway done though I just started reading it. It's the second Gina Holmes' book I have and I've already read the other one. Both books are astonishingly written. I just love this author so much :)) ugh. I have classes tomorrow but I can't stop reading. ️ #crossingoceans #ginaholmes #greatbook #book #quotes #love #quotw #bookquote #reading

A Lovely Review From Goodreads (Wings of Glass)

From Goodreads: (Thanks Audrey!)

Audrey Grant rated it 5 of 5 stars

“Amazing how REAL AND EXACT some of the thoughts and emotions are, even if the story isn’t exactly the same! The Author NAILED it! If you want to “understand” “WHAT IS/ WAS SHE THINKING?!?!”.. read this book. My copy is full of yellow highlights and I’m going to have my own “Manny” who is almost 19 read it to further explain some things to him better than I ever have.
THANK YOU!!”

Wow, What a Month!

We have lots of exciting news this month:

Gina’s latest novel, Wings of Glass, is again an ECPA and CBA bestseller for November 2013!

Wings of Glass was named one of the best books of the year by Library Journal for 2013.

Wings of Glass is a finalist in Romantic Times’ Reviewer’s Choice Awards.

 

Hurry! Just 1.99 ebooks, for a limited time

Wings of Glass is just 1.99 Kobo, Nook, & Kindle!

Crossing Oceans

My debut novel, Crossing Oceans (Tyndale 2010) is once again on the ECPA’s (Evangelical Christian Publisher’s Association) bestseller’s list. Special thanks to Parable Bookstores for featuring it last month… and for those of you who took advantage of the sale!

31 Chances to Win! (Born of Persuasion Launch Party!)

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What can you win?
We’re glad you asked!
Week 1 – Getting Set for Downton Book-club Tea
August 1: Stacked Teacup Painting byWanda Wright
August 2: Gracie China TeaSet
August 3: Faerie Cakes for Tea
August 4: Wooden Flower Napkin Rings for Tea
August 5: Hand painted Teacup Cookies
August 6: Loose Tea Sampler
August 7: Honey Tea Favor plus Signed Copies of all 3 of Gina Holmes’ novels, Crossing Oceans, Dry as Rain and Wings of Glass)
Week 2 – Now for the Book
August 8: Magnetic Clothes Pins + 3Copies of Abbey Cooks(4 winners that day)
August 9: Edwardian Ladies Apron Pattern
August 10: Jane Austen Fairy from this Etsy Store
August 11: Audio Book of Born of Persuasion, donated by Oasis Audio
August 12: Personalized Wooden Book Stamp
August 13:Vintage Ex Libris Book Stamp
Week 3: – Getting Dressed For the Tea
August 14: Packable Portwine Velvet Hat
August 15: Dapper Fox Neck Tie
August 16: Victorian Neck Ruff
August 17: Tribal Jewelry is coming out of retirement to design a Downton Abbey Necklace- Reveal is on August 17th!
August 18:Even the Cat Dresses for Tea! (Can’t wait to buy one for my own cat, Miss Marple)
August 19:Edwardian Necklace and Earringsspecially designed by this Etsy Shop. Reveal coming August 19th!
August 20: Lace Cuffs
August 21: Vintquies Necklace – Reveal August 21!
Decorating your House for the Tea!
August 22: Vintage Pink Garland of Hearts
August 23: Winners Pick of 3 Tutorials from the Feathered Nest
August 24: Clay Magnets made from Old Button Impressions plus Historical Author’s Michelle Griep’s Book Club Kit with A Heart Deceived, printed invitations, CD of the music.
August 25:Jane Austen Pillow
August 26: Paper Wreath
August 27: Angel Wing Soap plus novella giveaways by Carrie Fancett Pagels and
August 28: Instant Library – 35 Fiction Titles from Tyndale House Publishers
August 29: Message Chalkboard with hand-painted roses by this artist
August 30: Paper Flower Bouquet
August 31: Queen Anne Scarf
HOW can you win? It’s easy! Simply like Jessica’s author page on facebook and check back every day to enter for that day’s prize(s). 

50% off Sale

Barnes and Noble is having a buy one get one half-off sale on Christian fiction. My latest Wings of Glass is included in this promotion. Please pass it on!

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wings-of-glass-gina-holmes/1112307751?ean=9781414366418

Interview Tuesday May 28th with Kite Runner Author, Khaled Hosseini!

Photo credit: John Dolan

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Only on NovelRocket.com! It’s a great interview you don’t want to miss.

Wings of Glass ON SALE–This Week Only

From April 21st thru 27th, Wings of Glass will be on sale for only $3.99 on Amazon Kindle and B&N Nook. Please let your friends and family know if they might be interested. Thanks!

Dream of Publishing a Novel?

Here’s an article reworked from some advice I gave into a nice format that makes sense of the process: http://mommamindy.wordpress.com/2013/04/10/how-to-get-your-novel-published/

Is Wings of Glass a Memoir?

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Every author in some way portrays himself in his works, even if it be against his will.~ Goethe

Frank Peretti said in an interview that readers can tell the journey he’s been on by the books he’s written. It took me years and several books to understand that the same was true for me.

After I’d written Crossing Oceans, I was often asked where the idea for the novel came from. The easy answer was true enough, I was laying on the couch one evening when a what-if situation popped into my mind: what if a woman was dying and had never told her child’s father that he had a daughter?

That was the truth, but it wasn’t the entire truth.

When I began on the journey to write novels, I had no clue how much of my own personality, hopes, failures, and more than anything, struggles, would reveal themselves in my fiction.

When I read novels by other authors, what they are dealing with in their personal lives is sometimes painfully clear. We can all think of writers whose novels all seem to have a recurring theme.

Best-selling author and editor, Karen Ball, wrote The Breaking Point based in part on her own marital struggles. She wrote this in her acknowledgments of that book:

 “A wise friend and gifted writer, Robin Jones Gunn, once said that when we write the books that stem from our truest passion, we find ourselves ‘floating on a sea of reluctant transparency.’ That’s certainly true of this book.”

 

It wasn’t until long after I’d written Crossing Oceans that it dawned on me that my subconscious had been working out the death of my marriage and the mommy-guilt that followed knowing my children would forever be effected by the failings of their parents.

Like the cancer that Jenny was suffering, divorce was not my choice, but the consequences for my children had to be dealt with regardless. I did a tremendous amount of soul-searching and healing during the writing of that book.

Many who read the novel thought that I must have lost someone I loved to the disease because, to them, I portrayed the struggle so convincingly. The reason I could portray dying with so much emotion, was of course, because divorce feels very much like death and that’s something I knew a lot about.

But Crossing Oceans wasn’t my only cathartic book. If you’ve read Dry as Rain, you might assume I have either been an unfaithful wife, or have had an unfaithful spouse. My marriage did not end due to infidelity, (in case you’re wondering), but I know what it’s like to get far from God and need forgiveness. I also know what it feels like to be betrayed on the deepest level and have to find it in me to forgive the unforgivable.

My most revealing novel however, isn’t Crossing Oceans or Dry as Rain, it’s my latest release from Tyndale House, Wings of Glass. This novel deals with the subject of domestic abuse within a Christian marriage.

Liz Curtis Higgs read it for endorsement and here’s what she said: “Gina Holmes pours her heart onto the page in Wings of Glass. . . . If you’ve ever suffered at the hands of someone whose idea of showing love is being abusive, you will find a kindred spirit in Penny Taylor. You’ll also find hope and a gentle but firm call to open your eyes to the truth. Wings of Glass is a powerful, can’t-put-down novel, so real that it reads like a memoir.”

Of course I love the quote, but what makes my stomach clench just a little is the last line . . . “so real that it reads like a memoir.”

And she wasn’t the only one who thought that. Rachel Hauck said, “I was swept away by Gina Holmes’s memoir-like story of beauty rising from the ashes.”

The thing with writing first-person, more so than third, is that people assume the author is the main character. I was, after all, writing “I” did this and “I” did that.

I suppose if I had never been the victim of domestic abuse, the word “memoir” associated with my novel wouldn’t make my stomach cramp, but I have and so it does. My past is something that defined me for much of my young adult life. As I matured and God healed me, I chose to leave that past behind me and focus on the future and good things. That is until I felt the need to slash open my veins onto the pages of Wings of Glass.

I’m not Penny, the main character. I’m all of the characters in the book to some degree. I am both the abuser and the abused. The sinner and the saint. All of my ugliness, and triumphs are right there on the pages for friends, foes, and strangers to read. And although all of those terrible things didn’t happen to me the way they unfolded for Penny, many of them did in one form or another over the course of my life. That makes me feel terribly exposed, but it also makes me feel incredibly liberated.

Darkness hates light and by sharing our experiences even under the guise of fiction, we are able to minister to those who are travelling the path we’ve already come down. By exposing our own sins and secrets, we are able to understand and sympathize in a way those who haven’t gone through what we have can. More than that, we are allowing others to share their struggles and find healing and support.

I believe, really good fiction happens when we get emotionally naked—make ourselves known on a level our parents, spouses, children, best-friends…even ourselves… have not experienced. Sometimes when we delve into our souls, the blackness we find there can be disturbing. Sometimes our shovel clinks against the lid of an unopened treasure chest— but as novelists, it is our job to break that ground, come what may. It is only then that we can heal and help others heal, and say to the world, you are not alone. I’ve been there and I understand.

Roanoke, VA Book Signing Sat. March 23rd!

I‘ll be signing copies of Wings of Glass (Crossing Oceans & Dry as Rain) Saturday, March 23rd at Books a Million in Roanoke VA. 2-4 pm. This particular store is going out of business so I’m told all books will be discounted at least 20%!

Hope to see you there.

More Money for Books

So, I’ve had this obsession lately, which I know is shared by millions of other Americans–get my financial house in order. The Dave Ramsey craze really opened my eyes to common financial sense, and well, there’s no going back now.
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Even though I’m supposed to stay “on brand” with what I blog about, living frugally and simply is something I’m passionate about and I love to share things I’ve learned and learning, so I shall.

My tip today is about saving money on your home phone.

Yesterday, I received a call from the local cable company that went something like this:

Them: “Do you have TV service?”

Me: “Yes, I get hundreds of channels for less than fifty a month with satellite.”

Them: “Very good. What about home phone service?”

Me: “Yes.”

Them: “We can get you phone service for less than 30 a month.”

Me: “Um, I pay less than 30 a year.”

Them: “Very good. Have a nice day.”

Ha! I will have a nice day because I’m saving money.

Years ago, my bff had a service called Magic Jack. I hated that service because our calls were static-y and dropped about every 30 seconds. She bragged how little she was paying for it but whatever she was paying, it was too much for that cruddy service in my opinion.

When Magic Jack Plus came out for less than 30 a year and promises that it was much improved, I was skeptical but even the cheapest home service was 30 a month. I know I could just use my cell and drop the home but there were several reasons why I didn’t want to.

1. I have children, one who is too young (in my opinion) for a cell phone.

2. I lose my cell phone every day and like to be able to use the home phone to call it.

3. The cell phone sometimes goes dead.

4. I do not like to loan my cell phone to my youngest who loves to talk on the phone for hours.

 

I’ve been using Magic Jack Plus for over a year and couldn’t be happier. It plugs into my internet router, the calls are clear, the calls almost never get dropped and the price is definitely right. (No, I get no kickback from them for recommending the product.)

Exclusively through Crossings Book Club

Wings of Glass is available in hardcover exclusively through Crossings Book Club! http://www.crossings.com/pages/browse/newArrivals.jsp?numOfItems=15&scopeMatch=&pageNum=1&resultView=LIST

Upcoming Appearances

We will be adding appearances as they are scheduled.

Upcoming booksignings/appearances:

Drew Marshall (Canada’s most listened to spiritual talk show) March 2nd 3:25 pm EST

http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=f97cb98031895282f5ba5a0f8&id=559651a1dc&e=7941b1e744

 

CHARLOTTE,NC

March 10th, 2013 2-4pm

Park Road Books
4139 Park Road
Charlotte, NC 28209
704.525.9239

March 10th, 2013 

Books a Million (Steel Rd.) 4:30-6 pm

March 11th:

 Park Road Books (multiple author signing) 7-9 pm (Charlotte, NC)
ROANOKE:
March 23rd
Books a Million
Roanoke, VA
2-4 pmg

Win an Autographed Copy of Wings of Glass

Today on Novel Rocket, you can win an autographed copy of Gina’s latest novel, Wings of Glass: http://www.novelrocket.com/2013/02/interview-with-gina-holmes-win-wings-of.html

Crossing Oceans Hits #1 as Bestselling Book on B&N.com!

You can pick up a copy, today only, for $1.99.

Win an Autographed Copy of Wings of Glass!

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Book Giveaway

Wings of Glass by Gina Holmes

Wings of Glass

by Gina Holmes

Giveaway ends March 01, 2013.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

 

Wings of Glass Chosen as an OKRA Pick!

SO EXCITED!!! Wings of Glass (my Feb/March release) was chosen as a Southern Independent Bookseller Association OKRA pick!
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The Okra Picks are a dozen fresh titles chosen each season that SIBA Indie Bookstores want to handsell.  These books should be southern in nature but can cover any genre, not just fiction.  Southerners love their writers, and we want to be at the forefront of bringing them a strong selection of southern titles not to be missed each season.

http://www.sibaweb.com/

 

 

Win an Autographed Copy of Wings of Glass!

Wings of Glass named as one of GoodReads most popular books to be published in February!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Wings of Glass by Gina Holmes

Wings of Glass

by Gina Holmes

Giveaway ends March 01, 2013.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

And be sure to add it to your TBR (to be read) list!