Announcement: GIVEAWAY + Instagram Challenge!

“Biblical Fiction Buffs”

Say whaaaaat?!?!?!

Jenna Van Mourik is hosting ANOTHER giveaway? No need to get your glasses prescription double-checked, you read that right! Another giveaway is in the works, in celebration of my Goodreads group and online book club, The Biblical Fiction Buffs.

This, the first week of September, I’m hosting an INSTAGRAM PHOTO CHALLENGE. If you’ve never participated in a photo challenge before, then allow me to give you this quick introduction. A photo challenge on Instagram usually takes place on certain days, and can be as short as a day, or as long as a month! My instagram challenge will be only a week long, from September 1-7. Every day of the week, there is a “prompt” for that day. You take or post a picture of a book that you think fits that prompt, with a challenge-specific hashtag, and BOOM! You’re participating in the challenge.

My challenge will be using the hashtag #BiblicalFictionBuffsChallenge and will be Cities of Refuge themed! As in, the Cities of Refuge series by Connilyn Cossette! Book #1, A Light on the Hill, just so happens to be the book we’re reading in September for the Biblical Fiction Buffs quarterly book club, so it fits perfectly. Here’s all the challenge details below:

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NOW… I bet you’re wondering what the deal is with the giveaway now, huh?

Well… Let me tell you, by participating in the challenge, YOU’RE ALREADY ELIGIBLE TO WIN THESE AMAZING PRIZES!

Each day you post for the challenge counts as an entry into the giveaway, so you have the potential to enter your name SEVEN TIMES. Five winners will be selected to win an assortment of Cities of Refuge themed goodies and swag. Notebooks, pens, bookmarks, the WORKS! Of those five winners, one will also be selected to win the GRAND PRIZE which will include all of the aforementioned prizes, plus a PAPERBACK COPY of Shelter of the Most High by Connilyn Cossette, Book #2 in the Cities of Refuge series!!! AHHH!!! Tell me I’m not the only one freaking out over how exciting this is?

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The only catch?

The winner will be announced via the discussion boards IN THE GOODREADS GROUP for the Biblical Fiction Buffs book club, so make sure you’re all set up with a Goodreads account and that you’ve joined the group so that you get ALLLL the notifications whenever that announcement goes live!

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Best of luck! And I can’t WAIT to see all of your GORGEOUS photos come September 1st! Be sure to tag me @jennavanmourik and use the hashtag #BiblicalFictionBuffsChallenge so that I can see your entry and mark you down for the giveaway!

Until then, happy reading!

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Reading, Writing, and Living for Jesus

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Today I felt like it was time for a “proper” introduction post… More than a year after I started blogging!

*Technically* I’ve done an introductory post, but I think that’s just a “blog” thing in general. Your first post you introduce yourself and your blog and what its going to be about, despite the fact that your blog isn’t really about anything yet because you haven’t written it! Yep, I did one of those posts. While it served it’s purpose then of being THE FIRST BLOG POST, I don’t think it really captured the essence of what I want my blog and my platform to be about. So why not do an introduction now, now that I actually have something to introduce?

And if you’ve already been following me for a while, then stick around and read on anyways! You might learn something new about me or the history of my blog that you didn’t already know!

Here goes nothing…

In January of 2016, a lot of things happened to me. I got my first job, I realized that in a matter of months I’d be going away to my first semester of college, I had to start *actually* trying to learn to drive because when I moved to Arizona I was going to need to be able to get myself from the college campus to the nearest Starbucks, preferably legally and without accident.

More importantly however, I began to seriously develop my love for writing. And when I say develop, I mean hone my craft. Start learning and absorbing everything I could about drafting, editing, the publishing industry. I even started writing my own book that year, but it was merely a side-project that I was somehow still convinced would never be more than a hobby.

Well, well, well… A little over a year later, in the spring of 2017, I typed “THE END” on my first novel – if you can even call it that. I’ll spare your the boring and even gruesome details of its plot (it wasn’t good). But that feeling of finishing it was exhilarating, and I knew I wanted to write more. More importantly, I wanted to be published.

I started following “Authortubers,” which are, as the name implies, authors who are also YouTubers and make helpful tutorials and videos about the writing and publication process. Of course, one of the first things that many of these author tubers will tell you is that if you want to be noticed, you need to have a platform.

So, in the summer of 2017 I was even busier. I was getting married, moving to a house in Arizona, getting ready for another year of school, and in the midst of all of this, I made the crazy decision to buy a domain name because there’s no time like the present to start pursuing your dreams.

I didn’t actually launch my blog though. I bought a notebook and started writing down all my ideas, goals, hopes, dreams, anything that came to mind when I thought about “my platform.”

The first thing that I actually did, was create an instagram. I started posting mini book reviews and bookstagram photos, and making friends in the community. Then, after a few months in the spring of 2018, I finally felt confident enough to “go all in.” I set up my website, drafted some blog posts, filmed some YouTube videos – the whole package!!!

When it came around to creating a “brand” I’d always heard that your brand, your tagline, your blog name, whatever it is, should be to the point and specific. It should tell people who you are, what you do, and what makes you unique. I tried to come up with all kinds of crazy names. Stuff that rhymed, stuff that had alliteration, stuff that was catchy.

I felt like I didn’t have a “specific” enough brand. I didn’t want to be just a book blogger. Just a writer. I also wanted to share personal things as well. But every “rule” seemed to say that you had to pick one to be your niche. That’s when I realized… Jesus was the one theme that ran throughout all aspects of what I wanted my brand to be. So that’s what my brand became.

Reading, Writing, and Living for Jesus by Jenna Van Mourik.

So I’d like to introduce you to my blog, which serves exactly that purpose. To share the books I love, Christian Fiction mainly, that contain stories which share and spread God’s love. To write and promote my writing, in which I hope people will also find that same theme of God’s love running throughout. And finally, to share my life, whatever adventures it may contain, and to share how I do my best to live every day according to the way the Bible tells me.

If you like Christian Fiction, this is the place for you.

If you like writing, writing advice, and all the fun creative things that come with that hobby, then this is the place for you.

If you’re interested in my life, love pictures of cute puppies and ranting about little things like crunching leaves in the fall, blowing dandelion dust in the spring, going swimming in the summer, and playing in the snow in the winter, then this is the place for you.

If you love God, this. is. the. place. for. you.

I would be thrilled if you would subscribe to this blog if you haven’t already, and if you are subscribed, would you mind sharing this blog with a friend you think would also enjoy reading? It would make my day.

Of course, if blogs aren’t necessarily your thing, then let me remind you of all the other ways you can keep up with me and my “reading, writing, and living.” If you enjoy watching fun and sometimes humorous videos (i.e. vlogs, book reviews, challenges, and writing tutorials), then you might love my YouTube channel.

For artsy bookstagram photos featuring books you love and probably one to many props leaned up against a monochromatic background, you’ll love my Instagram.

And to keep up with me on a day-to-day basis, then check out my Twitter and my Facebook.

Thanks so much for stopping by and for taking the time to read this ramble-y and somewhat long-winded introduction, even if it did come a little late! I really do appreciate each and every one of you.

Until next time,

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