CSFF Blog Tour – The Vanishing Sculptor, Day 1

Announcements. Lots going on, so lest I forget, I want to take care of business before moving onto Donita Paul and her latest release, The Vanishing Sculptor (WaterBrook).

First, I’m still looking for help with a book title. If you haven’t given feedback yet and would like to, you’ll find the poll at Fantasy Friday – I Need Your Help. The poll will be open through this week.

Also we’re accepting nominations for the 2009 Clive Staples Award for Christian Speculative Fiction. The developing list is posted here at A Christian Worldview of Fiction and also at the Award site.

Third, the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) held their awards ceremony this past weekend. Congratulations to Sharon Hinck, winner of the Book of the Year Award – Speculative, for The Restorer’s Journey, and to David Fry, winner of the Genesis Contest – SciFi/Allegory/Fantasy, for Lies to See. Great accomplishments! πŸ˜€

There is one other award I want to mention in particular, but I’ll get to that.

The Tour. As I’ve stated from time to time, the CSFF Blog Tour got it’s start when Donita Paul took a chance on us, sending a group of 17 bloggers copies of DragonKnight, book 3 in her DragonKeeper Chronicles series. Actually, that tour was our second, the first featuring Tim Frankovich’s excellent site Christian Fiction Review with his “Focus on Fantasy” section. But with Donita’s tour, word seemed to spread like wildfire, and today CSFF has nearly 150 members, and monthly 35 or more participating blogs.

I think, in part, the growth was due to Donita’s gracious participation in the tour, beyond providing books. She conducted interviews, too, and stopped by our blogs to comment. As I look at it, she set the gold standard for author involvement in blog tours. For example, she left comments on each of my tour posts, and came back to answer questions others left her.

Here’s her initial comment to the Day 1 post:

Becky, this is such a great idea! I had a hard time envisioning just what-all a blog tour encompassed. I was just talking to a sales rep from WaterBrook and told him what a fantastic job you all are doing on the grassroots level. Believe me, the grassroots level is what starts the fires that spread from reader to reader.

The encouragement was great, the review copies of the book were great, the interaction with a published author was great.

So, bringing us back to the present, it was no surprise to me to learn that the ACFW Mentor of the Year award went to Donita Paul! Sky-writing sized congratulations!

I hope visitors here at A Christian Worldview of Fiction learn a lot about Donita and her writing during these next three days. If you haven’t read any of her books yet, The Vanishing Sculptor might be the perfect one to start with. It’s the beginning of a new series and a sort of prequel to the DragonKeeper Chronicles. But I’ll get into book specifics another day.

For now, take some time to visit other blogs participating in the tour:


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  1. I had no idea Mrs. Paul was so instrumental in launching the blog tour! I feel indebted now, as I’ve loved being part of it :).


  2. It really is great to see how God brought this all about. And Rachel, I love your writing. Visiting your blog is one of my favorite parts of the tour! πŸ˜‰



  3. who neat! and I love being a part of the tour too grassroots and all!


  4. Congrats to Sharon and David. I sure wish I could have been in Denver last week!

    More great things about Donita Paul, what an inspiring Author! I second the “Sky-writing sized congratulations!”

    This post was great, Becky! Thank you πŸ™‚


  5. Becky,

    Thank you for the mention! I feel as though I’m still mentally unpacking. πŸ™‚ The ACFW conference is a superb blessing in many ways: the focus on the Audience of One, the community of writers dedicated to a christian worldview of fiction (of which your blog so aptly reminds us on a daily basis) and personal development at all levels of the authoring process.

    As a third year participant in the Genesis contest, I cherish the feedback and am challenged to remain teachable and approachable. Where else can you get as near to real-life a taste of the publishing process and grow from the experience to write another day. Steady plodding … taking the next step, one at a time as God illuminates, will keep us on track. Never give up!

    The ACFW family is there to embrace and encourage. I heartily recommend everyone to throw themselves into the arms of that organization and feel the hug and tug of The Author of our lives lived out in the body of the ACFW ‘believership’ (if I can coin a new term).

    I am blessed. I am humbled. I am grateful. To God be the glory.

    Thank you Becky for the work you do on this blog to advance the cause of fiction from a Christian worldview.


    david fry


  6. Hi, Becky! Woo-hoo! Three Cheers for Donita and Sharon and David! They’re all such wonderful authors.

    I owe a special thanks to Donita for her mentoring of not just my writing, but my son’s reading journey as well. I’ve written all about that today on my blog.

    Hang in there and keep up the great work!


  7. Hi Becky,
    So great to hear the history of the blog tour!

    I thought this was a delightful book. I think I need to read the rest of Mrs. Paul’s dragon books.

    Check out my review on the tour–I guess you missed it yesterday.


  8. I didn’t know Mrs. Paul was so instrumental in helping the CSFF get started! And I’m so glad she won the Mentor of the Year award. I couldn’t think of a more deserving recipient! Congratulations to all the winners!


  9. […] sure to visit other participating blogs listed in my day one post. Lots and lots of good posts – Dawn King, who lost her other Donita […]


  10. Thanks for your comments. Phyllis, I don’t know why your links don’t show up on Google. I’ve got you added now.

    Kim, Krysti, I agree that all the winners are deserving and it’s great to see speculative writers being honored like this.

    David, thanks for sharing your thoughts as this year’s Genesis winner.

    Dona, blog tours were still very new. I only knew about them because an author on a discussion board I visited started the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance. A bunch of us at the ACFW forum started talking about doing something to let editors know there really is a market for Christian speculative fiction.

    But to be honest, there weren’t a lot of books at the time. We started out doing a Web site one month and a book the next. We weren’t sure we’d have enough to feature beyond that first six or eight months.

    We even opted to feature some older books put out by some of the pioneers, partly to honor them and partly because we didn’t have a lot to choose from.

    Donita’s enthusiastic involvement really helped legitimize the tour. Her books were doing well and had a good reputation already. More and more bloggers signed up from that point on.

    It’s a fun ride. πŸ˜‰



  11. Hey, I’m sorry that I ended up missing out on this tour. Work was crazy this week and I usually post during lunch or a break in my schedule. I think I’ll still try to do a little post pointing it out, but this week was a bear. Ugh.


  12. Hey, Jason, good to hear from you. I was sorta worried. I mean, you are like Mr. Always There. πŸ˜‰

    Let me know when you get your post up and I’ll try to remember to mention it here or at Spec Faith.



  13. […] Another reminder: those who are able to post each day will be in the running for the CSFF Top Tour Blogger Award. After the tour, be sure to take time to vote in the poll at A Christian Worldview of Fiction for the blogger that posted your favorite three articles. Don’t forget, CSFF Blog Tour members who do not participate in the tour officially can still comment on other blogs and vote for the Top Tour Blogger. Opting in and Out of the Tour (Please Read). Your tour participation status remains the same from month to month unless you make a change. Please take time to check your status. The current list of participants appears at the end of this post: https://rebeccaluellamiller.wordpress.com/2009/09/21/csff-blog-tour-the-vanishing-sculptor-day-1/ […]


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