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The Because Fiction Podcast

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Taking the pulse of Christian fiction, Because Fiction explores the lastest trends in Christian fiction, discusses genres, specific authors, new releases, and classics as well. If it's Christian fiction (or something readers love), we talk about it.


Episode 13: Christian Fiction "Mashup" Novels w/ Sandy Barela

Once in a while, I get a hankering to read something different.  So, I give myself permission to do what I call a “free read” every now and then. That’s one where I get to read whatever I want.

Well, recently, my decision to enjoy a specific free read got me thinking about one of my favorite books, Dear Mr. Knightley (review here) and then I wondered if there were more.  That sent me on a quest to discover more books like it–books that are retellings or mashups or both!

Sandy Barela from Celebrate Lit Publicity and Publishing joined me a couple of weeks ago for a couple of hours of brainstorming, and this is part one of that session.

Note: Links may be affiliate links that provide me with a small commission at no extra expense to you.

What Are The Best Genre & Retellings Mashups Ever?

Well, I suspect that depends on what you think!  However, Sandy Barela and I came up with quite a few that we loved and wanted to share. From Austen to Dickens, Peter Pan to Wizard of Oz, we really hashed out a bunch. Including a couple of my own books!  That was fun!

We talked about some great books with retellings and mashups including (affiliate links):

We actually had to stop recording before we even got to the awesome mashups we wanted to create because well, time!  AAAK!  So, we’re just going to continue this episode in a few weeks… and maybe again in a few weeks after that! (just depends on how much time is left!

Celebrate Lit Publishing (our sponsor this week) is having a CONTEST.

Okay, I don’t know about you, but I love me a good contest, and we’ve got a doozy for you today. Celebrate Lit Publishing is accepting entries into a contest with a publishing contract as the grand prize!  All you have to do is go HERE and submit your initial entry by August 31, 2020.  It’s a short form that just requests your email, basic story idea (what you’re mashing up) and why you’re excited to do this.

Then, by December 31, 2020, you’ll be expected to submit the first three chapters, a full synopsis (detailing the full plot—no cliffhangers. This is for a publisher, not a reader), and a marketing plan (how you plan to help promote your book).

Did you get that part about where the grand prize is a publishing contract? (restrictions and limitations do apply)

Since I can’t enter, I’m just going to help with reading all the submissions. And then I’ll do episodes talking with the authors who entered and see who’s doing what with their stories!  SQUEE!

This was the first of a two or three-episode series on these mashups. Stay tuned for the next one or two.

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