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Black Friday BOOK DEALS, Giveaway! + Review: Machiavellian

I have a lot of FUN packed into today's special edition post.
There's a giveaway below for a gift card and book prizes! Plus, news on a fabulous book sale starting TODAY (through the 30th), and my own review of one of the titles on sale. Let me know if you find any books you're interested in getting!

Amazing book deals!

It’s that time of year. The time for buying presents, making wish lists, and planning New Year’s Resolutions. If any of those activities involve books for you, Indie Christian Books has a perfect event for you.

From Nov 24th through Nov 30th, a huge selection of independently published Christian books are on sale. You can find discounted paperbacks, dozens of books offered with free shipping, $0.99 ebooks, package deals and more. Even if your budget is depleted from Christmas shopping, we have some freebies for you! Need even more of a reason to support indie authors and fill your shelf with good stories? When you purchase a paperback book through you’ll be eligible to enter an exclusive giveaway including free books and an Amazon gift card!

You can meet our authors by visiting the Author Database on the website. Want to get to know the authors better AND have the chance to win some fun prizes? We’d love to have you join our week long Facebook party which will feature 39 authors over 7 days.

What awesome reads of 2016 are you grateful for? What books are you looking forward to reading in 2017?

A note on the Ebooks Only page. Many of the books are listed as "Sold Out." This is because we aren’t selling those directly through our site. Please click onto the product pages to find descriptions and links to discounted or free ebooks.

AND NOW... I get to tell you about one of the books on sale that I just read this week myself! I loved this space adventure, and you might like to check it (and the rest of the Firmament series) out TODAY while it's on sale...

Machiavellian by J. Grace Pennington (5 star review)

Firmament series, #3

written by J. Grace Pennington

260 pages // published in 2014 // YA Christian Sci-fi


On their way back to Earth from the newly discovered world of Kainus Ge, the Surveyor rescues the personnel of a malfunctioning science station. Young medical assistant Andi quickly befriends the newcomers, particularly the charming captain, but things get complicated when the scientists offer the impossible--a way to improve the barren planet and the lives of all its inhabitants.

There's only one problem: their solution requires the Surveyor to enter the one area of the galaxy which is off-limits to travel.

As the Captain struggles with his decisions, Andi and her father become suspicious of the “accidents” that keep happening on the ship. Could it be coincidence, or is someone trying to sabotage their mission? Can they uncover the truth in time to stop the Captain from wrecking his career and losing his ship forever?

My Review

5 Star Rating

Well, I'm hooked on this series. In this volume of the Firmament series, we find fatal foul play, some heart-pounding dangerous scenes, and a secret illegal mission in space. Pretty cool, I think.

The starship Surveyor unsuspectingly picks up a crew off a space station to transport them. The troubles to come are unknown at the time, but what ends up taking place is a battle that divides the starship into two. Immediately the Captain receives a shock from the past, tempers flare, lies are spread, and diabolic schemes are at hand. A unique plan is put into action to willingly go into an area of the galaxy where the starship shouldn't be. When it's all over, who is going to take the fall? Will the end justify the means? Even when it means saving a world of dying people...

This story covers principles that really make you think. There's a lot of decisions being made, some right, some wrong. The moral plot is largely about good versus evil, Christian ethics versus worldly sense. Twenty-one year-old Andi questions herself, and her innermost beliefs when every bit of her is put to the test. “If it was all right to do something wrong in order to do something right, then how could we tell where to draw the line? Or was there any line?”

I'm really feeling a connection with Andi's friends. It's like they're my friends. I think the author does so well in sketching them out as real people. And my, what a good job she does at creating such intriguing plots too.

“Sometimes, when I was little, the Doctor had annoyed me when I tried to cover up a mistake, by saying, 'Two wrongs don't make a right,' in his gruff voice. I supposed that twelve wrongs didn't, either.”

If you think that you, your family, or a friend is interested in reading sci-fi that comes from a Christian's perspective, this is the series you need to check out. NOW.

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About the Author

J. Grace Pennington has been telling stories since she could talk and writing them down since age five.  Now she lives in the great state of Texas, where she writes as much as adult life permits.  When she's not writing she enjoys reading good books, having adventures with her husband, and looking up at the stars.

Here's the HUGE giveaway, with tons of prizes. Be sure to put your name in the hat while you're visiting today...

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So... be sure to check out all the fun packed into everyone's posts. Lots of bloggers have been sharing reviews, author interviews, and other such bookish amazingness. Also, just be sure to to scour these awesome book deals -- through the 30th!

Amazing book deals!

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P.P.S. Acknowledgements: Thanks to Leah E. Good and Kendra E. Ardnek for their work organizing this sale, and Hannah Mills for her fantastic design work on the website graphics. Hannah can be contacted at hmills(at)omorecollege(dot)edu for more information about her design services.


  1. Super cool looking book!!!!

    1. Yep! I'd definitely say it's a super cool book. As is the rest of the series too!

  2. Excited about this giveaway!! :)

    1. Me too! What amazing prizes, right?

  3. haven't heard of this series before