Prizes, Fun, Fellowship, Games, on Launch Day

Introduction to what the Boxed Set was all about

What a Launch Day Party!

Wow! What an incredible time we had at our launch day party on Saturday to release In All Things to the world.

We had a total of 743 people participating in a hectic fun time. The activities at the launch day party ranged from jigsaws to word puzzles, to testimonies about incredible events, and included stories and videos about our books. Fabulous prizes and giveaways were the order of the day, and the GRAND PRIZE was a fabulous cherry on the top.

743 people at a four-hour launch party! Read all about it! Click To Tweet

It was especially exciting to me when this grand prize went to a very deserving winner who happens to be a dear friend of mine and a fellow South African – Jen Erasmus. (And no, I had nothing to do with the choice of winner! She earned it – no ‘luck’ involved.)

Very exciting news!

This boxed set has been awarded an “orange ribbon” twice! First when it was 1st in the spiritual pre-order section – and then after the party, it again reached 1st in the top spiritual book in the new releases.

Two orange ribbons for this exciting set of devotional readings! Click To Tweet

Fantastic team!

I have to give such thanks to the fabulous team of authors. We got on so well together, and I think we’re all thrilled with the results. So if you haven’t got it yet, don’t hesitate! It is a LIMITED EDITION – and right now it is available at the ridiculous price of $0.99 for all thirteen book – 3 months of daily devotions all relating to Africa, and written by authors of Africa.

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Over the next weeks, I plan to feature one author a week, interviewing them so they can share with you what their particular book is about, as well as something of their own experiences. I hope to post one each Friday, starting from next week, so keep your eyes open – and please do comment on each one. That is so encouraging to the authors concerned, and to me as well!

Come back next Friday (November 6) – for more about 7 Animals of Africa – and what they teach us about God. Don’t miss this.

While I’m still in the party mood, how about a quick game? In the comment section, Post your first name, your location, and describe one food you love, using only one word – that begins with the same letter as your first name




13 Books on Preorder, Launch Party, Prizes, Don’t Lose Out!

Last post I shared with you how ten authors of Christian Writers of Southern Africa, (CWOSA), took up my challenge to create a boxed set of 13  devotional books. 

I now have very exciting news to share! ‘In All Things – 13 devotions from Africa’ reached #1 on Amazon in the New Releases: Spiritual Devotions category. What an exciting moment to see our boxed set boasting its little orange ribbon.

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In All Things – Exciting Boxed Set from Africa

Challenges, both good and bad, of lockdown 

I’m sure you all could list many examples of the challenges of lockdown. I think this is one of the first times in living memory where the world has been united!

Every country seems to also be facing other challenges, like race riots, demonstrations, acts of violence, looting, and crimes against women and children. Some countries have started to recover, only to be slammed by a second wave of COVID-19 as their level of precautions eases.

Here in South Africa, we had a very severe lockdown (Level 5) for three weeks, extended to five. W.H.O. described it as one of the strictest in the world. We then moved cautiously into Level 4. Just yesterday we listened to our president announce that as from midnight on Sunday 20th, we are moving to Level 1 but with a list of conditions that have to be adhered to.

We will be watching with some trepidation to see if we face a second wave. One thing we’re united on. Our economy cannot afford to face a second wave and a further lockdown.

At the start of lockdown, for the first time, I entered the world of cyber-shopping. From a microwave to a juice extractor (our originals having died near the beginning of lockdown!), from groceries to fruit and veggies, to biscuits and goodies, and even to buying shoes! (And yes, they fit!)

I must admit, I quite enjoy the luxury of not having to go out and spend ages in the shops. A quick click on the Internet or a sent message from my phone keeps us well-supplied. How blessed we are with the technology to see us through this difficult time.

Fresh Writing Challenge

As part of the need to have a clear writing goal in sight, I decided to challenge my Facebook group for Christian Writers of Southern Africa, CWOSA, with a lockdown project. I suggested we start working on a boxed set of short devotional books.

Ten authors took up my challenge, and for the last 16 weeks, we have been hard at work on our books. We are now in the final stages of editing, and hopefully next week I start the scary task of compiling them into one volume. It will still take some time, but hopefully, it won’t be too long.

In All Things – 13 Weeks of Devotions from Africa

13 short books for the princely sum of $0.99!!! Amazing value.

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Click here if you’re interested in ordering. The boxed set is currently on preorder.

Although the link will tell you it will be available at the end of November, we’re hoping to release it to you way, way before then. That is just my cautious nature allowing for any mishaps or delays along the way.

If you look closely at the image (zoom in!) you will see there is an amazing variety of different themes, and each book is presented in the author’s unique style.

If you don’t already follow my author page on Facebook, I would encourage you to link there now, and allow notifications. Every second day, one of the authors presents a short blurb on her book so you can see the vast variety of topics you will get. Each book consists of seven chapters – one a day for a week.

Why 13? Because that gives you a quarter-of-a-year of daily readings. If you’re on Facebook, or any other form of Social Media, please may I invite you to pass on the news? 9 of these authors live in South Africa. The other two are born-and-bred South Africans although now living abroad. And we’re all members of CWOSA.

Different themes, different authors, different styles, different covers . . .

Don’t they look stunning?

Each author was asked to come up with a “spine title” so we could show it on the spines of the box set. So here they are with their full titles:

7 Animals (7 African Animals) – Shirley Corder
7 Desires (What God Wants) – Ashley Winters
7 Musings (Musings from an African garden) – Anna Jensen
7 Gifts (Life is Good) – Yvonne Tippins
7 Journeys (Steps of Faith) – Val Waldeck
7 Landscapes (Sunrise to Sunset) – Deryn van der Tang
7 Lights (Seven Lights for Dark Times) – Dianne J. Wilson
7 Overcomers (Seven Saints in Lockdown) – Val Waldeck
7 Promises (Promises to Cherish) – Vida Li Sik
7 Psalms (Inspired to Worship) – Ann Goodfellow
7 Poems (Poems from an African Garden) – Anna Jensen
7 Seascapes (Seven Reflections from the Ocean) – Marion Ueckermann
7 Storms (Peace in Life’s Storms) – Shirley Corder.

Please leave a comment below. In five words or less, how do you feel about this boxed set?

So – once again – available NOW on pre-order. Coming soon.

In All Things – 13 Weeks of Devotions from Africa. 

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