Author Sharon Rene’s MG and YA recommendations: National Get Caught Reading a Book Month

Life has been strange around here lately; we have all been spending a lot of time inside. This is a great time to read! Reading is fun, informative, and good for everyone – young and old.

In this post, I’m going to give you some suggestions for great elementary and middle-grade books.

Of course, I have to mention my book – A Mixed Bag of God’s Grace published by TouchPoint Press. This is a book of short stories in three genres: Biblical, Historical, and Contemporary. It is the perfect book for a family with several children because of its diversity. Some kids will like historical stories, and others will like contemporary stories. Some of the stories will appeal to middle-grade readers (especially the contemporary section), and others are geared for the elementary group.

Children can read about biblical characters from other perspectives, such as Daniel in the lions’ den but from the lions’ viewpoint. What were those hungry lions thinking? In the historical section, they will learn about Queen Elizabeth I and a female pirate, and in the contemporary section, they will learn about sibling rivalry and other current issues.

A Mixed Bag of God’s Grace is available on Amazon and during May it is .99 cents on Kindle. Please check it out. ♥

I also recommend The Choir Girl series, also published by TouchPoint Press. This is a series of four books written by Victoria Kimble. Each book highlights the life of one of the choir girls. This is a funny and poignant series that is perfect for middle-grade girls. Also, Victoria Kimble will soon be releasing a young adult book, The Main Dish. I have read this, and it is great.

If you have middle-grade girls, please check out the Sour Lemon Series by Julane Fisher, published by TouchPoint Press. Rich in Southern humor, Sour Lemon and Sweet Tea is an irresistible journey of self-discovery, overcoming rejection, and the power of forgiveness. Book two is entitled Sour Lemon Strikes Out.

And now something for the boys. I highly recommend Burton Cole’s series – Bash and the Pirate Pig, Bash and the Chicken Coop Caper, and Bash and the Chocolate Milk Cows. Just from the titles, you know you are in for a rollicking, fun-filled ride. These books are very funny while helping children grow closer to God. Girls will like them too but they are especially geared to a male audience.

I read middle grade and young adult books all the time. They are my favorite. Here is a list of a few I’ve recently read and recommend:

A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen, Scholastic, 2018

Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valor, Ally Carter, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2020

Meet the Misfits, Melody Carlson, White Spark Publishing, 2019

Porch Swing Girl, Taylor Bennet, Mountain Brook Ink, 2018

Tinsel in a Tangle, Laurie Germaine, Clean Reads, 2017

Sharon Rene is the author of A Mixed Bag of God’s Grace, published by TouchPoint Faith in 2018. She has also authored flash fiction stories and non-fiction pieces for Chicken Soup for the Soul and Life Changing Miracles as well as her own flash fiction collection, A Flash of Romance.

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You are not alone; how the Wings of Life series is bringing awareness to mental illness


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Exciting giveaway starts July 1


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We love doing things for our fans and setting up a giveaway is no different. We came together to offer several prizes: a new Amazon Kindle Fire 7 with Alexa, $100 in free ebooks from the TouchPoint Press bookstore, and … Continue reading

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Exciting news: Read an excerpt and download a free short story from Blood Trilogy author Chris DeFazio


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In anticipation of Chris DeFazio’s book signing at Boutique du Vampyre in New Orleans (Saturday, March 19 from 2-6 pm), we are sharing Chris’s new short story, The Last Time We Saw Paris. Read an excerpt below and download the full version free … Continue reading

Two new October releases spark a plethora of month-long reading excitement

With all the excitement coming from TouchPoint Press this fall, we are proud to announce the release of Tolar Miles new novel, Delta, a spinoff character from Tolar’s debut novel, Mud Marbles. True to Tolar’s style in her debut novel, she expands the spunky character Delta Bulloch with more laugher and even a possible murder, the catalyst that sparks a memorable road trip.

In Delta, you’ll meet the handsome Calvin Sherman from New Orleans, who Delta refers to as “The Devil.”  Miss Mincy, who is possibly the most loved character from the book Mud Marbles, makes a few appearances and gives advice as Delta visits family in Cotton Tree, Alabama.

DeltaDuring Delta’s adventures, there are a few people who would prefer she disappear, but Delta manages to maintain her southern wit and charm through it all. As active members of Savannah’s Garden Club, Delta and Betsey keep things lively at the monthly meetings.  Like most Southern households, hospitality abounds. Delta’s southern hospitality extends beyond the cocktail shaker. She relies heavily on the famous River Street Sweets® to help entertain family and friends.

Sit back and enjoy the ride as you travel with Delta, Maelynn, and Betsey through the historical cities of Savannah, New Orleans, and Key West.

If that’s not enough, what is the month of October without a sprinkle—or dousing, as the case may be—of blood? Chris DeFazio has entertained readers with the first two titles in his Blood Trilogy: A History in Blood and Just Plain Blood.

Blood FutureThe Blood Trilogy comes to a stunning conclusion with its final entry. The long years have beaten down the once powerful vampire, Titus Acilius, and left him stranded and desolate. Titus must delve deeply into his past to find the strength for one last epic journey across a ravaged continent. Will he survive? Will anyone survive? The answers lie in the future…Blood Future.

Whatever you reading preference, TouchPoint Press promises the month of October will bring forth a title or two that will be the perfect fit. Look for sneak peeks of upcoming titles through the month and get ready for love, laughter, romance, murder, and more!

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Spirit of Thankfulness sparks a-book-a-day giveaway


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