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Viral Post Inspires E-book

Posted on: December 5th, 2014 by bondfireadmin

The day after his marriage of 16 years ended in divorce, Gerald Rogers sat down and wrote a heartfelt Facebook post. In it, he expressed deep regret and outlined 20 principles he wished he’d lived by as a husband. Much to his surprise, the post went viral, and was picked up by media outlets around the world, including Huffington Post and The Today Show, on which he later appeared.

In his new e-book, The Marriage Advice I Wish I Would’ve Had, Gerald expands upon the principles in his original post, offering with both wit and wisdom practical ways to create an EPIC marriage, that is, one with deep Emotional, Physical and Intellectual Connection.

Q+A with Andrew Lam

Posted on: January 9th, 2014 by bondfireadmin No Comments

What do you do after a long day in the operating room? Renowned eye surgeon, Andrew Lam, writes books, and we at Team Bondfire are glad he does.

Before the holidays, we had a chance to chat with Dr. Lam about his latest historical novel, Two Sons of China.

1. Why did you write this book? How did the story come about?

Like a lot of people, I’m fascinated by World War II. I also love watching sweeping, romantic war movies where we get to see how cataclysmic circumstances affect ordinary men and the women they love. I wanted to write a novel like this, but set in a place completely new: China.

Too few people know about the war in China, and after I learned about the many Americans who served there, it felt natural to center this story on an unlikely friendship between an American soldier and a Chinese Communist guerilla fighter who, despite their clashing convictions, form a bond of brotherhood in battle.

 

 2. American soldiers in China during World War II? Tell us more.

World War II actually began in 1937, when the Japanese invaded China. Thousands of Americans served in China, supporting Chiang Kai-shek’s Nationalist armies and hoping to keep as many Japanese troops as possible busy in China instead of fighting in the Pacific.

What’s special about this story is that it’s based on a little-known, real-life expedition called the Dixie Mission, in which American soldiers ventured north to Mao Zedong’s stronghold of Yenan to see how effectively the Chinese Communists were fighting the Japanese, and to consider arming them with U.S. weapons. Anyone who learns about the heroic Americans who went on this mission will be enthralled, and I hope my novel helps to spread their story far and wide.

 

 3. You’re a successful eye surgeon and bestselling author. That’s a pretty rare combination. Tell us a little bit about your passion for both and how they intersect.

My two passions are history and helping people. The latter might sound a little cliché, but it’s the reason why, after studying military history at Yale, I decided to go to medical school and ultimately became a retinal surgeon who fights to save sight every day.

My goal as a writer is to shine a light on stories that deserve to be more well known. In my first book, Saving Sight, I profiled medical innovators whose inventions were ridiculed but ultimately saved the sight of millions around the world.

With Two Sons of China, I hope to bring attention to unsung WWII heroes who served America with honor in a difficult and distant land. That, and captivate readers with an action-packed, romantic tale of love, betrayal, honor and sacrifice, of course!

To get your very own copy (e-version or print) head over to Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or iTunes and grab a copy. You won’t be disappointed!

Two Sons of China Media Attention

Posted on: December 19th, 2013 by bondfireadmin

In honor of the anniversary of Pearl Harbor, we recently released a World War 2 novel. Written by eye-surgeon Andrew Lam, Two Sons of China is a fascinating tale of love, friendship, war, and survival during a little known battle in China. The media attention has been fantastic. We wanted to give you a chance to read what others are saying:

Here’s a great review from Asian Books Blog.

 

Allen Yeh, a professor at Biola, also shared his thoughts.

 

Here’s a four-star review from blogger Irene.

 

If you’re not convinced this book is worth reading, make sure you check out what our friends at Amazon are saying. You can get your copy for only $9.99.

Q+A with Rob Stennett

Posted on: November 7th, 2013 by bondfireadmin

Recently, we got a chance to hang out with The Living and the Undead author Rob Stennett. We’ve gotten quite a few questions about this book. Amish Vampires? What kind of novel is this? We thought it best you hear it right from the man who created this incredible story.

1. Why did you write this book? How did the story come about?

I thought of combining the two-bestselling elements on the market and creating a Vampire Amish mashup. But when I started writing it I realized that someone who has been forbidden for his entire life from committing any sort of violence—and now he has to kill to survive—is the beginning of a great thriller.

Even if Eli’s nature wanted him to kill I think the way he was raised would not let him just start acting like a full-blown vampire. I guess that’s part of what makes this story so different. Most times a person is bit and then they start acting like a vampire the next day sticking their fangs in the necks of anyone who walks. But this lifestyle goes so fully against Eli’s worldview, I don’t know if he would ever willingly kill someone to survive even though that’s what vampires are “supposed” to do.

2. Why should people read TLAU? What do you hope we take away from it? 

I’ll give three quick answers here:

1)    The story. When I read something I want it to be a great story, to keep my interest, and to be surprised by the ways the characters twist and turn.

2)    It’s episodic. You can read the full story in the time it takes you to watch a season of TV. This is so different for a novel series. Harry Potter lasted around 10 years; it took a few years in between each Twilight book; it took 36 years between the Shining and Dr. Sleep; but this story happens so quickly you can engage with it. You can read and episode, guess what is going to happen next, and a couple of weeks later another episode is released. It lets the reader experience fiction in the same way we experience other episodic story telling. And that’s exciting.

3)    I think in life any of us can have certain desires that we know are disastrous, or at the very least they go against the way we were taught to behave, but those desires are still there. How do we wrestle with those things? What does that say about us? This is story that explores those questions.

He has to learn what it means to be a vampire. And here’s the thing: If you or I were turned into a vampire we would have some idea of what we’re supposed to do.

But he’s Amish. He didn’t grow up reading Ann Rice or watching Dracula. He has no idea what vampires do—let alone how to act like one. I think you’re going to be surprised by some of the ways he reacts to what he has become.

 

Thanks Rob! Now, is your curiosity piqued? Lucky for you, the book is available for only $3.99 at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iTunes. And check back in just a couple weeks for Episode 2 to be released. You’ll find out what happens to our favorite Amish va… Oops. Don’t want to give away too much!

I Feel Beautiful When…

Posted on: August 19th, 2013 by bondfireadmin No Comments

When we released one of our newest books under the title Beauty and the Bitchwe were unsure what the reaction would be. Thankfully, we had the brilliantly talented Jan Meyers Proett at the helm of this honest and vulnerable book, and she delivers on both the honesty and the promise of the book’s subtitle: “Grace for the Worst in Me.” And it took no time at all for positive reviews to begin pouring in. Not only that, but our Facebook page as well as Jan’s were flooded with stories of readers’ experiences with both beauty and bitch. As Jan says, bitch can overwhelm beauty, but if we let it, beauty always wins.

So it got us thinking—when do you feel beautiful? Is it when your family enjoys dinner at the end of a busy day? Is it reading a book to your kids before bedtime? Is it when you reach the top of a mountain you’ve climbed? Or maybe it’s when you’ve completed a new painting? All of these moments, along with countless more, blend together to make up the beauty inside each of us. Beauty is not celebrated enough. We want you to tell us when you feel beautiful.

From now until September 2, we want you to send us a picture, a story, a short phrase, a video, or however you want to express yourself finishing this sentence: “I feel beautiful when…” Once we get all of your submissions, we’ll highlight them on the website and our social media streams. We want to take time to celebrate beauty, and we want your help.

You can send your submissions to Rachel at rmueller(at)bondfirebooks(dot)com, post them on our Facebook page, or tweet at us using the hashtag #celebratebeauty.

 

 

Interns Wanted!

Posted on: August 16th, 2013 by bondfireadmin No Comments

We’re looking for creative people to intern with us. We’re currently accepting applications for Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 semesters. If you’d like to apply, please submit your resume to Rachel at rmueller(at)bondfirebooks(dot)com.

Check out the job description below:

If you’re an innovative and creative person who loves books and technology, put your talents to use for an up-and-coming publishing company located in the heart of Colorado Springs. Bondfire Books is looking for insightful, motivated interns who have an interest and passion for publishing, marketing, and digital/social media. We work with everyone from New York Times bestselling authors to first-time authors. Our passion is good books, and our mission is to help shape the future of reading.

We’re a small company, so you’ll get experience in a wide range of areas. Our company provides a casual and friendly work environment. We can work with you to establish flexible working hours that suit your schedule and keep you on track academically. This is a great opportunity for college students to build their resumes and establish themselves in one of the most exciting new media markets.

Some of the ways you’ll help us:

Social media marketing communications on Twitter, Facebook Fan Pages, forums & blogs // Conducting research on articles associated with new marketing best practices // Compiling and analyzing consumer demographics // Market and competitive research // Brainstorming new book campaigns // Administrative duties

If this sounds like you, please apply. Requirements include:

Excellent writing and communication skills // Proficiency in all Microsoft Office applications // Familiarity with social media and blogging applications // Good organizational skills  // Interest in social media marketing // Able to commit 10-20 hrs per week // A great sense of humor is a plus!

Compensation: College Credit (with approval of your institution)

Q+A with Lois and Steve Rabey

Posted on: July 30th, 2013 by bondfireadmin

When Lois and Steve Rabey set out to write the stories of hospice workers, they had no idea what to expect. Hospice care is arguably one of the hardest jobs in the healthcare field. Would they find disgruntled employees working long hours only to have their patient die? Would they find sadness and heaviness? Or would there be life and light in the midst of sorrow? What they found was a common thread among workers and the dying alike. They all had stories to tell and wisdom to impart. The power of human connection and desire to matter was palpable with each story. As they wove these stories together, they saw the life in dying and the joy in sorrow.

We recently had a chance to catch up with Lois and Steve to ask them a few questions about their experience with this book.

1.Why are you writing for Bondfire?

We have known some of the folks involved with the creation of Bondfire for a long time and appreciate their commitment to excellence in writing and publishing. We’re excited about the world of eBooks and the opportunity to get helpful material out to the reading public quickly and at a high “editorial standard.” We don’t want our writing to get lost in the overflowing stream of content online that CAN be published with the click of a button but without the care that the team at Bondfire provides to its writers.

 

2.Why did you write this book? What inspired you?

In the last few years we have suffered the loss of several close friends and one family member…Steve’s 93-year-old mother. Hospice care played a role in the last days of each of the people we loved. One friend passed away at home with hospice home care. The other friend was in a hospice facility at the end, and Steve’s mother was in a nursing home that provided hospice care. We were inspired by the loving presence of the hospice workers we came into contact with and appreciated that our loved ones could easily talk to those hospice workers and share what was on their hearts as their lives were slipping away. We also benefited from the care that the hospice workers gave to us. They were sensitive and informative and provided comfort in the most difficult of times.

 

3.Why should people read Lessons for the Living from the Dying? What do you hope we will take away?

We think that most people reflect on the deep issues of life when they become aware of their own mortality. The stories in this book reveal what hospice workers learned from their patients as they shared their dying thoughts: things they wished they had done differently; things they were grateful for; how they felt as their chances to make changes in life were over.

We believe we can all benefit from their words. If you are reading this book, you still have time to make significant changes in your own life or to validate that you are creating a legacy that will impact your family and loved ones positively.

While death is a difficult subject, it is an arena where the truth shines through. The hospice workers we interviewed have witnessed the vulnerable reflections of those with whom they have worked. Pretenses are gone and helpful insights are recorded for all of us to learn from.

 

Check out this beautiful and thought provoking book for only $2.99 on AmazoniBookstore, and Barnes and Noble. And while you’re at it, feel free to leave a review and tell us what lessons you need to learn before you die.

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Q+A with Brady Boyd

Posted on: June 19th, 2013 by bondfireadmin No Comments

Since releasing in mid May of 2013, Let Her Lead has been in the top 10 of iTunes Religion and Spirituality, featured during Brady Boyd’s segment on CNN Sunday Morning, and garnered 5 star ratings on both Amazon and iTunes. We were lucky enough to chat with Pastor Boyd about the book and find out why his heart beats for women in the Church.

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The e-book is available for $3.99 on AmazonBarnes and Noble, and iTunes. Or download directly to your computer, tablet or smartphone via Ganxy.

 

1. Why are you writing for Bondfire?

First, I really trust and admire the team at Bondfire. Rickly Christian and Patton Dodd are both publishing veterans who have tremendous ability to get the most out of their authors. I love the way they have challenged me to think differently and deeper on a wide range of topics. Second, I love the idea of getting my projects into the general market at such a quick pace. The e-book format allows for this better than traditional publishers. This current project, Let Her Lead, went from conception to print in less than four months. This is my first foray into this publishing world and I’m excited to see what happens in my writing career as a result.

 

2. Why are you writing this book? What inspired you?

My daughter, Callie, is twelve years old now, almost thirteen, making the ridiculously quick hop between girlhood and womanhood. This transition has got me thinking, not only about the twelve-year-old “woman” who now resides in my home but also about the world she will inhabit once she enters adulthood for real. What kind of interests will she hope to pursue? What kind of friends will she choose to have? What kind of bosses will she wind up working for? What kind of people might she lead? What kind of faith community will surround her? What kind of man will she marry someday? These are the questions that started me thinking about the world who will welcome her to the table.

My wife and I have always encouraged and challenged her to be strong and lead well. But when I looked around at the world I realized it wasn’t as well prepared to receive my daughter as she was prepared for it. I decided to write the book because of that very issue. I want everyone’s daughter to have a fair shot to lead. There are 30- and 40- and 50-year-old women who want to engage in leadership now. What I want for Callie is the same thing I want for them: to be seen and heard, acknowledged and valued, loved well and led well and learned from by both women and men.

 

3. Why should people read Let Her Lead? What do you hope we will take away?

At this writing, three out of ten seminarians today are women; follow the trajectory to its logical conclusion, and women will be the majority of seminary grads soon. And who knows what new realities that one actuality will usher in. We’ve heard the cries of more and more women to make room for them among leadership. I believe we should. Let Her Lead will help explain some biblical misconceptions and as well as help you understand how valuable women in leadership will be. This subject a hot button topic but I hope you’re able to read with an open heart and mind.

Dear Abba Day 15

Posted on: June 14th, 2013 by bondfireadmin No Comments

Two weeks ago we gave away the first day of Brennan Manning’s new devotional Dear Abba. As promised, here is Day 15 which should be read tomorrow. Are you reading his devotional? What has been your favorite day so far?

Dear Abba  is available on Amazon and iTunes. Or download directly via Ganxy.

FIFTEENTH DAY MORNING

“The Lord will deliver them to you, and you must do to them all that I have commanded you. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

—Deuteronomy 31:5-6

I cannot free myself. I must be set free. Yes, the untrammeled freedom of Jesus disturbs me, His utter indifference to human respect makes me uncomfortable, but He invites me to make friends with my insecurities, smile at them, outgrow them in patient endurance, live with the serene confidence that He never abandons His friends even when we disappoint Him, and look forward in expectant faith to the day when I can say to the angry chairperson of the Inscrutable Noonies Society, whose speaking invitation I have just refused, “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn!”

A Glimpse of Jesus

Dear Abba,

You have set me free, but I want to be free indeed, free at last. Like a dog that returns to its vomit, I crawl back daily to the prison of respect, to a reliance on the approval of others to keep my spirits high and happy, and each time I realize what a fool I am. Their praise or rejection of me rises and falls like waves on the ocean. Thank You for not abandoning me. Thank You for not berating me for my addiction to chains. Thank You for loving me and constantly standing beyond prison walls, calling me to You, saying, “Come out and play. Life’s more fun out here with Me!”

 

FIFTEENTH DAY EVENING

“But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness is given through faith inJesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”

—Romans 3:21-24

“Justification by grace though faith” is the theologian’s learned phrase for what Chesterton once called “the furious love of God.” He is not moody or capricious; He knows no seasons of change. He has a single relentless stance toward us: He loves us. He is the only God man has ever heard of Who loves sinners. False gods—the gods of human manufacturing—despise sinners, but the Father of Jesus loves all, no matter what they do. But of course this is almost too incredible for us to accept. Nevertheless, the central affirmation of the Reformation stands: through no merit of ours, but by His mercy, we have been restored to a right relationship with God through the life, death, and resurrection of His beloved Son. This is the Good News, the gospel of grace.

The Ragamuffin Gospel

Dear Abba,

As I grew older I thought this truth would become easier to accept, but I was wrong. It was, is, and I bet always will simply be too good to be true. That You would love us, all of us, no matter what we’ve done? Amazing truth! That Your consistent stance toward us, all of us, would be one of furious love? Incredible statement! That because of Your mercy, our wrongs, all of them, have been righted? Staggering insight! That I have been accepted by the gospel of grace? Good news! Very good news!

Q&A with Kelly J. Baker

Posted on: June 13th, 2013 by bondfireadmin No Comments

Recently we caught up with The Zombies are Coming! author Kelly J. Baker. We asked her a few questions about her new book, why she chose to publish with Bondfire, and why she feels this book is relevant today.

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The book is available for purchase at Amazon and iTunes.

1. Why are you writing for Bondfire?

I chose to write for Bondfire as a way to expand my audience from academic communities to the larger public. I wanted to be able to discuss current events that captivate and concern me with as many people as possible. When Bondfire offered me an opportunity to write about zombies, I thought this was an excellent opportunity to start a conversation about how fictional monsters impact real life.

2. Why did you write this book? 

I wrote The Zombies Are Coming! to document how zombies and the apocalypse become real to many Americans through emergency preparedness campaigns to supposed zombie attacks to doomsday prepping to 3D zombie targets. What happens when people begin to believe in zombies? Why do they believe in zombies? How does this belief make them act? More importantly, what are the consequences of understanding fantasy as a possible reality?

 3. What inspired you?

My former students were my inspiration. They were the ones who introduced me to zombies, and their questions about zombies and apocalypse lead me to think about the popularity of this particular monster. Without them, I would have never understood the zombie apocalypse as an important cultural phenomenon.

4. Why should people read The Zombies are Coming!? 

If you have any interest in zombies or just want to understand their popularity, then this book is for you. This book is also for anyone who wants to understand how zombies relate to key facets of American culture, particularly violence.

5. What do you hope we will take away?

I hope readers come to understand that zombies are never just entertainment or fun, but rather they signal the complicated relationship between Americans, violence, and the apocalypse. We can’t underestimate the importance of the cultural work that zombies do.