2012 Releases: January – April

http://www.rachellegardner.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Man-on-the-Run-cover.jpg Here are the books my clients have released in the first four months of 2012. (Lots more coming in May!) Man on the Run: Helping Hyper-Hobbied Men Recognize the Best Things in Life by Zeke Pipher (Howard/Simon & Schuster) Publishers Weekly: Both an outdoorsman and writer as well as pastor of the Heartland Evangelical Free Church in Nebraska, Pipher notes, “As a pastor, I spend several hours a week counseling pursuit-driven, ambitious men” in need of strategies to form healthy relationships. Reflecting on a period when he had 34 hobbies, Pipher observes that while many “hyper-hobbied” men are motivated by a desire for adventure, a need for challenge, and an inability to suffer a dull moment, a surfeit of activity leads these men to neglect those who are close to them. He...
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April Book Club Selection: The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan

April Book Club Selection: The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan Grace Winter, 22, is both a newlywed and a widow. She is also on trial for her life. In the summer of 1914, the elegant ocean liner carrying her and her husband Henry across the Atlantic suffers a mysterious explosion. Setting aside his own safety, Henry secures Grace a place in a lifeboat, which the survivors quickly realize is over capacity. For any to live, some must die. As the castaways battle the elements and each other, Grace recollects the unorthodox way she and Henry met, and the new life of privilege she thought she’d found. Will she pay any price to keep it? * * * The Lifeboat is one of those books that takes you by surprise. I hadn’t heard of it, but once I picked it up, I didn’t want to put it down. Then I started checking around and found that it had...
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New Book Club Selection!

New Book Club Selection! Far From Here by Nicole Baart A She Reads Selection ~BOOK GIVEAWAY! SEE BELOW.~ “Pulsing with passion and saturated with lush language, Baart’s latest will leave an indelible mark.” ~Publishers Weekly “Nicole Baart is a huge talent who has both a big voice and something meaningful to say with it. Far From Here is a gorgeous book about resilient people living in a broken world, finding ways to restore hope and even beauty in the pieces.” ~Joshilyn Jackson, author of gods in Alabama and A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty  How long do you hold on to hope? Danica Greene has always hated flying, so it was almost laughable that the boy of her dreams was a pilot. She married him anyway and together, she and Etsell settled into a life where love really did seem to conquer all. But...
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New Book Club Selection!

New Book Club Selection! Joy for Beginners by Erica Bauermeister A She Reads Selection ~BOOK GIVEAWAY! SEE BELOW.~ “Moving, touching, wonderfully written, inspiring to read.” -Garth Stein, author of The Art of Racing in the Rain At an intimate, festive dinner party in Seattle, six women gather to celebrate their friend Kate’s recovery from cancer. Wineglass in hand, Kate strikes a bargain with them. To celebrate her new lease on life, she’ll do the one thing that’s always terrified her: white-water rafting. But if she goes, all of them will also do something they always swore they’d never do-and Kate is going to choose their adventures. Shimmering with warmth, wit, and insight, Joy for Beginners is a celebration of life: unexpected, lyrical, and deeply satisfying. (Available...
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February Book Club Selection

February Book Club Selection The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh A She Reads Selection ~BOOK GIVEAWAY TODAY! SEE BELOW.~ I’m so pleased to share with you one of the best novels of the last year. I read The Language of Flowers in two days, passed it along to friends, and my book club just recently discussed it too — everyone has loved it. The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, aster for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it’s been more useful in communicating grief, mistrust, and solitude. After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings. Now eighteen and emancipated from the system, Victoria has...
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Life Changing Books

Life Changing Books I just finished reading Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand. I have to say, it’s one of the best books I’ve ever read. (And like you, I’ve read a lot of books.) Laura Hillenbrand is truly a gifted writer, one of the best in the narrative non-fiction genre. And this book was life-changing for me. As someone who knew alarmingly little about World War II, I found Unbroken to be eye-opening, heartbreaking, angering, and most of all, riveting. I believe it has permanently changed the way I think about certain things. It has vastly improved my understanding of the true costs of war, imperialism, man’s capacity for evil, and even more stunningly, man’s capacity for redemption and recovery. After reading this...
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A Sound Among the Trees – by Susan Meissner

A Sound Among the Trees – by Susan Meissner A She Reads Selection ~BOOK GIVEAWAY TODAY! SEE BELOW.~ A house shrouded in time. A line of women with a heritage of loss. As a young bride, Susannah Page was rumored to be a Civil War spy for the North, a traitor to her Virginian roots. Her great-granddaughter Adelaide, the current matriarch of Holly Oak, doesn’t believe that Susannah’s ghost haunts the antebellum mansion looking for a pardon, but rather the house itself bears a grudge toward its tragic past. When Marielle Bishop marries into the family and is transplanted from the arid west to her husband’s home, it isn’t long before she is led to believe that the house she just settled into brings misfortune to the women who live there. With Adelaide’s richly peppered superstitions and deep family roots at stake, Marielle...
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She Reads – The Violets of March

She Reads – The Violets of March Apologies to the guys in the audience - this post is mainly for the gals (but you can pass the info along to the females in your life). Today I’m introducing my readers to a nationwide book club for Christian women. It’s SHE READS and it’s a division of Proverbs 31 Ministries. If you love to read novels and you like discussing them with other like-minded women, this online book club is for you! Each month, the She Reads book club offers one current title as a featured selection. Readers have vast differences in taste, so diverse genres and authors are chosen, with a total of twelve books per year. She Reads intends to connect readers with novels that: inspire through excellent writing explore deep issues of faith initiate change in the reader’s life You can join...
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How Good Books Can Lead to Spotless Floors

http://www.rachellegardner.com//HLIC/21a3463806838b0feae9111fcd37e1c3.jpg Like most people these days, agents tend to keep pretty busy, and one thing we’re always doing is READING. My desk is piled high with manuscripts. Okay, I’m lying. There are no piles. There are files in my computer, and more files on my brand new 3G Kindle. They’re virtual piles. At the top of the piles are manuscripts from my clients. Next in line are manuscripts from people wanting to be my clients. If you imagine those piles never end, you’re right. So the problem for an agent is, how can we take time for pleasure reading? The reading of actual *gasp* published books? We’ve got to find the time to read something besides manuscripts. Otherwise how will we be savvy, up-to-date, on-top-of-things agents? How will we know what’s going on in publishing if...
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Books We Love

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_5cLmD8GqnKY/TMo9OZQxBYI/AAAAAAAAEKo/rLaiEYehwJY/s320/writing+circle.jpg I just finished reading The Writing Circle by Corinne Demas (or as one of my friends called it, Literary People Behaving Badly). I loved the book! It’s perfect for writers, particularly anyone who’s ever been part of a writers’ critique group. The author gets inside all these different writers’ heads, deconstructing their jealousies and insecurities, and she even delivers a surprise ending. It was a fun read. So what’s the best novel you’ve read lately? Have a great weekend! Be Sociable, Share! ...
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Books I’ve Sold

Last Update: June, 2011 My permanent “deals” page is under construction. In this temporary post, I’ve included all my deals since I began agenting in 2008, in reverse chronological order. Fiction: Inspirational Erica Vetsch’s A BRIDE SEWS WITH LOVE IN NEEDLES, CALIFORNIA, taking place during WWI in which a young woman works with the Red Cross to help support the soldiers overseas, and falls in love with a man everyone thinks was too cowardly to join the army, to Rebecca Germany at Barbour. Fiction: Debut Beth Vogt’s WISH YOU WERE HERE, about a bride-to-be who kisses the wrong guy five days before her wedding and must face the consequences and figure out what she wants in life, to Holly Halverson at Howard Books, in a two-book deal. Fiction:...
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Books of the Year: Non-Fiction

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_5cLmD8GqnKY/SyHiZ2CwX_I/AAAAAAAADTc/xBLsKaab33o/s320/sticky+note+Q4U.jpg It’s almost the end of 2009 so it’s time to talk about books we loved this year! Today we’re talking about our favorite non-fiction books from 2009. (Next week we’ll do fiction.) Here are a few of my recent faves. Columbine by Dave Cullen is the most captivating piece of non-fiction I’ve read in years. Insightful, enlightening, and very, very scary. This book made it nearly impossible for me to focus on work or parenting or anything else for about three days. Kudos to Dave Cullen for his decade of in-depth research and his powerful prose. I’ve always wondered what really happened at Columbine High School that April day in 1999, so this book drew me in and didn’t let go until long after I’d finished the last page. I’ve never thought of...
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Books, Books, Books

I’m a great believer in reading. Shocking, huh? I believe that you, as a writer, should read lots of books in the genre or category in which you are writing. If you write literary fiction, you should read literary fiction. If you write suspense, you should read suspense. It’s a great way to learn. I also believe in reading informational, inspirational, and how-to books about writing and publishing. So I’d like to know your favorites. I’ll compile a list for future blog readers. What’s your favorite book on WRITING?What’s your favorite book about GETTING PUBLISHED? Leave them in the comments, and have a great weekend!Rachelle Gardner, Christian Literary Agent, Colorado Be Sociable, Share! ...
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Q4U: Books We Loved in 2008

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_5cLmD8GqnKY/SUuk3G0mboI/AAAAAAAACSg/EsMTz6hutmo/s200/new+kid+friday.jpg Okay, I know, I’m almost seven hours late with this post. Sorry! Another Christmas party last night… by the time I got home I couldn’t think of anything but sleep. Is it Friday yet? Oh yeah, it IS Friday. Phew… So here’s today’s post, our almost-the-end-of-the-year version. Q4U: What was your favorite book in 2008? It doesn’t have to have been released in 2008, just something you read this year. Fiction or nonfiction. Try to limit to three or fewer if possible. As for me, if you’re going to ask me my favorites… this was my first year being an agent and I simply could not find much time for pleasure reading. Almost everything I read was pre-published. In 2009 I want to rectify that. Tell me what you loved so I can catch up! Rachelle...
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