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A Melody for James: Part 1 in the Song of Suspense series
A Melody for James: Part 1 in the Song of Suspense series

I have to say, I am T-H-R-I-L-L-E-D about a recent review on Amazon for  A Melody for James by a reviewer named “mirpags”:

Hallee Bridgeman is such a great writer! She uses fiction almost like how Jesus used parables…to teach and portray a truth. I don’t normally write reviews, I just don’t have the time, but this author is definitely worth the review.

I could pull a dozen profound reviews that actually left me in tears, but this one floods my heart with joy! Why? Because this is my Mission Statement:

To prayerfully craft stories as modern day parables to uplift fellow believers and minister to seekers in our fallen world.

Wow. To have affirmation that I’m on “mission”. Wow.

Thank you so much to the reader who took the time that she stated she doesn’t have to encourage me on such a level. You have no idea.
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30 Days of Thankfulness Day 26

I often post a list of all the things for which I’m thankful on Thanksgiving. But, in an effort to get back into the habit of daily blogging, I’ve decided to do a post a day for the month of November.

26. My Readers

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I get so much feedback from people who read my books. I get such incredible letters, reviews, and messages that there are days that I’m almost afraid to keep writing because I might not be able to maintain the same standard, and there are days when I want to just shut the door and write as fast as I can to give them some more.

Here are just a few examples of some of the letters I’ve received:

You are a FANTASTIC author!!!! The plots are great (and appeal to my romantic heart!), and I love the faith struggles in the books – very real life for Christians living in this fallen world. I would put you right up there with Terri Blackstock and Dee Henderson, my two suspense favorites!!! Please keep the books coming!!! Also posting on Facebook my new favorite author. 🙂

I picked up Topaz Heat and started reading it last night. Literally had to force myself to set it down and go to bed! Today I devoured it and will be writing a review for it a little later tonight. LOVED IT!

Hi Hallee! I recently purchased all three of your Jewel Trilogy books and I just had to write and tell you how much I LOVED them!!!! I couldn’t pick which one I loved best they were all so very good!!!! They were so good that I couldn’t put them down. I read them all in 5 days (work got in the way, LOL) – I read Emerald Fire in one day (I refused to put it down). They really touched my heart, too. Gave me some things to think about. Thank you for that. Many blessings to you and your family this holiday season!

I just finished reading the Jewel Series and I rate the series in the top five I have ever read. I enjoyed them so much. I hated for it to end. I really felt like I knew each character and I grew to love each of them. You are an amazing writer and I look forward to reading more from you.

I just wanted to take time to let you know how much I have enjoyed reading your books this weekend. As a Christian it can be hard to find good reads especially romance. You are truly gifted for this!! Keep writing books, I love them & thank God for a book that has sound doctrine & focuses on Christianity & not denominations. Just wanted to let you know that your books ministered to me. God’s blessing & favor be upon you, sister in Christ!!

I wish I had the words to express what feedback like this does for this writer’s soul. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading my books, telling your friends about them, and reaching out to me.
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The Reviews Are Coming In!

melodyforjamesfinal2.7As I type this, A Melody for James has 12 5-star reviews!  Here is just a sampling of what readers are saying:

“This is a wonderful romantic suspense novel, Hallee Bridgeman is an amazing Christian author and had outdone herself this time… This is a story that is sweet and romantic, and dark and suspenseful. It shows how lives and people have intertwined through the years. I loved it so much that I have already read it 3 times. I also purchased copies for my friends that is how good this book is. It is well written and pulls you in from the first sentence, you will not want to put it down once you start it. I have enjoyed all of Hallee’s books but I think this is her best by far.”

“I am not usually a suspense genre reader, but knowing it was coming from Hallee I gave it a try! I have loved all her books so far and this one did NOT disappoint! I could hardly put it down and wished sometimes I didn’t have adult responsibilities so I could just sit and read it all the way through! I am always disappointed when a good book ends as it is SO good that you want it to keep on going! Once again when I don’t think the story could have any more going on or any other twists she throws another one in and it keeps you wanting to come back for more!!”

“Wow! This is the first book I have read by Hallee Bridgeman and it is one of the best books that I have read all year. This story had me hooked from the first to the last page and the characters are still dancing around in my head. I did not James and Melody story to end and there aren’t enough words to express how awesome this book is, so I urge my fellow readers please get a copy of A Melody for James and you will not be disappointed.”

“I’ve enjoyed all of this author’s work and her latest is no exception. It has an engaging and suspenseful plot (I couldn’t put it down and ready into the early hours of the morning) and is has characters who act and react realistically while still being Christian, yet without their faith feeling forced or an intrusion to the plot (just like real people).  Take the time to pick up this book and read it and you won’t be disappointed!”

“I highly recommend this read for any and all lovers of reading. You will find yourself deeply moved and seeking more from this brilliant author. She delivers on every page a strong and emotionally packed read with a deep insight into the world of life and love vs faith. Once again this author has surpassed my every expectation and touched my heart, I am eagerly awaiting the next magical read!”

“This book is full of suspense, romance, and intrigue, all from a Christian standpoint. It’s so hard to find great books to read that aren’t full of garbage. Hallee Bridgeman does not disappoint. I had a hard time putting the book down. I can’t wait for the rest of the series to be released. Go check out Hallee’s author page, and get The Jewel Trilogy. You won’t be sorry! ”

“As usual Hallee delivers a well crafted story with faith, mystery and romance woven together. Buy it. You won’t be disappointed.”

“Do you love suspense stories and want to read a book with a love story and a wholesome message that keeps you interested? Have you ever had a chance meeting that you knew God orchestrated? Then, later looked back and realize that experience changed the way your life was going? I have had that experience and so do the characters in this book. Did God bring them together to heal or will the circumstances of life prevent that? Read this book to find out what will happen to Melody and James. A suspenseful book that will keep your turning the pages and in awe of how God works in peoples lives. ”

“Having read and loved Hallee Bridgeman’s Jewel Anthology, I was excited but slightly hesitant when I heard she was soon to publish a Christian Suspense novel. I was thrilled to discover that Hallee Bridgeman does not disappoint us with her latest book, A Melody for James.”

Wow! “A Melody for James” is amazing! Twists and turns (including one toward the end I NEVER saw coming!) kept me reading nonstop. Like all Mrs. Bridgeman’s books, “Melody” is written from a Christian point of view without being “preachy” or overbearing. I not only recommend this for anyone’s personal library, but as a gift to others you know who like suspense/romance.”

A Melody for James is available at the following retailers:

Solitary strangers meet during a stormy stopover. Hours later, their hearts hum a harmonious duet.

Melody Mason has the hottest female voice in the country music scene. But the cheers of throngs of adoring fans mean little in the absence of the handsome stranger who rescued her years before. Widower James Montgomery has never forgotten her. He prays God can bring her back.

Incredible events finally bring them face to face again. Together at last, they realize the bond between them has miraculously risen to a crescendo, melodiously marrying them like strong symphonic chords. Uncannily, they learn they share more in common than they could have ever imagined. They know God reunited them for a purpose.

Sinister forces threaten to destroy their new found happiness. The couple must work in close concert, placing all their faith in God as they solve the deadly mystery that ties their lives inexplicably together.

Fire, loss, and bloodshed cannot shake their faith in God to see them through as they face a percussive climax that leaves hearts and lives forever changed.

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Amazing 5-Star Review

COVER_JTcoverwithbadgeI just received an awesome review on The Jewel Trilogy Anthology — which is all of the Jewel Trilogy Books in one bundle.  This person left the review on Amazon — you can see all 10 of the 5-star reviews for this bundle here.  I wish I had the words to explain how encouraging this review is — it makes me so excited about my upcoming June 15 release!

AMAZING FICTION

Just finished The Jewel Trilogy and am so emotionally moved I almost feel drained. I have never read such great Christian romance ever, and I have been reading for years, through hundreds and hundreds of books. All of these books were just as great as the one before, which is rare. So many times I have read a great book by an author, only to be extremely disappointed by the next book. Not this author. I cannot believe these are her first published novels. I loved the way she carried the characters all the way through the trilogy–not just giving them mention, but actually including them in the story. This is the first time I have ever seen a series follow almost 20 years in the lives of all characters and it was so refreshing. Most books just seem to end abruptly. All characters were believable and none were perfect Christians. I liked the way she had so much dialogue and interaction between hero and heroine in each story. Tony and Derrick so represented the love of Christ and had such a heart after God that I immediately loved them. Barry had his struggles but still was a strong Christian influence. I greatly appreciated the backgrounds of each individual and how God moved in their lives. I could go on and on but will just say BUY THIS BOOK!!!! You will not be sorry. Don’t know how anyone could not love each and every story. Happy reading and may God bless!

If you’ve read any of my books, please consider leaving an honest review.  Reviews help people find the book, and really help people decide if they want to read the book!
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Inspiring & Uplifting

COVER_JTcoverwithbadgeThis month, I will have been actively on this course of writing/publishing for one year. Before I began, I was terrified – terrified – of going forward. Whenever I knew someone was reading what I’d written, I’d get nervous, anxious, obsess about hearing back. How in the world I ever got up the courage to hit “publish” on the first book – Sapphire Ice – is nothing short of God’s perfect will pushing me out of any and all comfort zones.

I’m so glad I went forward. I’m so glad that my books have met with such great acclaim and critique. I’m so happy that this person is telling that person and that person is telling this person and the stories of Robin, Maxine, and Sarah are spreading through the reading communities. It is wonderful and humbling and still a little terrifying.

I woke up this morning to a review on Amazon for The Jewel Trilogy Anthology — which contains Greater Than Rubies — that was so wonderful worded and so uplifting and affirming to me. It makes me anxious and antsy to get the next fiction book published — the first in my Song Series (coming in May, friends!). I wanted to share it with you:

I’ve been complaining loudly lately that Christian fiction is full of perfect characters who bypass personal growth and development with a single prayer when something goes wrong. Their lives all perfectly fall into place and have no substance or sense of reality about them.Then I stumbled across these books and was so happy to be proven incorrect. I just loved everything about these books. The flawed characters who faced their demons and grew into themselves and Gods love for them, their strength and determination gained through serious prayer and commitment to supporting each other. I laughed and cried and pondered my life. I read all four books in 4 days and can’t stop thinking about them. I’m so glad the wedding was later included – and was even more pleasantly surprised that it also revolved around real life problems, rather than just being a feel happy book. My only criticism is that there are no other books available for this author………I’m eagerly awaiting more!

I know if my books touch just one life and bring just one person closer to God, then that may have been His purpose for me. But, I get notes, reviews, and emails almost daily from people all over the world telling me how much the books affected them on a personal, emotional, or spiritual level. You have no idea how much those notes, reviews, and emails inspire and uplift me.

If you haven’t read them, read them. Greater Than Rubies is free everywhere we could get it free, and will stay free – a sampling of the sisters for you. If you have read them, I’d love to hear from you.
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Wow.

On Monday night, February 4, 2013 my little novella, Greater Than Rubies, became available as a free ebook on Amazon. It is now February 7 and at the time of this writing, there are 58,248 free Kindle ebooks on Amazon in just about every genre you could possibly imagine.

Greater Than Rubies is in the top 10 among free Christian Romance ebooks.
Greater Than Rubies is in the top 10 among free Christian Romance ebooks.

In about 72 hours, my little novella Greater Than Rubies moved into the top ten in the Christian Romance category almost overnight and stayed there. As you can see, I’m presently more popular than some of my own favorite authors in my genre.

But the bigger surprise is this.

Greater Than Rubies 3 days later is in the top 50 in ROMANCE
Greater Than Rubies 3 days later is in the top 50 in ROMANCE

In just three days, Greater Than Rubies moved into the top 100 — then the top 50 — and keeps moving up in just the ROMANCE category — that is ALL free romance ebooks on Amazon.  Right this second, it is number 31 so, on Amazon at least, I am more popular than Jane Austin and Charlotte Brontë combined.

But the even MORE amazing thing — the absolutely stunning thing is this:

Greater Than Rubies is in the top 100 among ALL free ebooks.
Greater Than Rubies is in the top 100 among ALL free ebooks.

The MOST amazing thing is that among ALL 58,248 currently offered free Kindle ebooks — Greater Than Rubies moved into the top 100.At position number 84, there are more than 58,100 free ebooks lower in the listings.

At time of this writing, I am number 84 which means my novella is presently more popular than the English Standard Version of the Holy Bible.

I’m not sure how I feel about that. I think I have to just praise God for His perfect timing.

Regardless, I thank you all, my dear readers, SO VERY MUCH, for reading my little labor of love.

I would feel so very deeply DEEPLY honored if you would leave a quick and honest review on Amazon for any book of mine that you read. I am beginning a new adventure this year and hope to give all of my readers around the world some very special memories and honest reviews encourage and uplift me.

If you haven’t read it yet, it’s free forever. Please download it and enjoy it. (Then leave me an honest review!) If you HAVE read it, please take a moment and leave an honest review of the book on Amazon (whether you downloaded it from there or not). I’m presently trying to get Greater Than Rubies listed on a marketing site in advance of releasing my next series, but the site requires a minimum of 18 reviews. It could open doors for me to get my books on library shelves and in other venues. Your reviews mean a lot to me personally and professionally and I DO NOT take them or you for granted.

THANK YOU and I pray blessings for you every day.
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