Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Limited Time Only - CFRR Swag Bags for sale!

Photo by @JustCommonly

You asked & here they are! The CFRR team is selling 6 Limited Edition (lol) swag bags!!

Price is $50 which includes shipping to US Mailing Addresses (we are open to shipping elsewhere if you are willing to pay the extra shipping costs). It also includes the fabulous CFRR bag, CFRR swag, and 3 books (at least 2 signed).

First come, first served - Once these are gone, they're gone. Until next year

If you're interested, contact Just Commonly either through Facebook PM or website email and she'll send you an invoice.

Any proceeds go directly into the CFRR Planning Fund for next year's event.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

TODAY is the DAY!!

Well, not literally, but I'm excited that today is the day! The first Christian Fiction Readers Retreat! Months of preparation, planning and praying have finally come today in one day's event!

If you're unable to join us this year, no worries. We'll be able to share pics and videos on our website soon!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Registration CLOSED! + Box of Books Giveaway Winner!

Hello! Registration is now closed.  Scroll on down to see if you are the winner of our registration giveaway.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Home Stretch!

We're almost there! We're hitting capacity very soon (about 10)!! So if you're still undecided, you should act fast!  And in the mean time, check out our last Facebook party before the live event.

Just click on the image above to take you to the party page.

Did you see the swag and giveaway sneak peeks of the retreat yet? Between hashtags #ChristianFictionReadersRetreat, #cfrr2016swag and #cfrr2016giveaways, I think they're all covered! Hashtag used on instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

And if you've registered, don't forget the first giveaway to win a box of books!

Last, if you would like to be added to our mailing list for event updates and future event dates, sign up to get email updates. Your email will be added to our newsletter database after this first event.

Hope to see you soon!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

FB Party & Exciting NEWS!!

We had a blast on yesterday's CFRR Pre-event Facebook Party #2! Meez Carrie did an amazing job hosting! Lots of hugs and kisses out to her! Many thanks to the amazing authors, Julie Lessman, Elaine Stock, Marie Wells Coutu, Shelley Shepard Gray, Myra Johnson, Dani Pettrey, Susan Anne Mason, Kristi Ann Hunter, Carrie Turansky and Becky Wade! Their generosity and support for CFRR have truly blessed us. Sorry for all the "!!!!," we're just crazy excited! CFRR is just 2 months AWAY!!!


If you missed yesterday's party, don't fret, the next one will be July 20th! Mark your calendars!

And for the exciting news? Even though CFRR is not officially a non-profit, all donations, sponsorships and registration fees collected goes toward the event. There is no profit to be made. And due to the generosity of our sponsors, we are able to extend the standard registration fee for the remainder of the sign up period! So no late registration fee! What do you think? Are you as happy as I am?  So don’t delay any further. With this news, sign up now before we reach capacity!!

Friday, June 10, 2016

CFRR Sneak Peaks

We're so excited to have several amazing sponsors and authors with great gifts for our guest swag bags and giveaways!

If you've seen on our social media, you'll know that one of our sponsor is The Shoppe from Books & Beverages. We are beyond thrilled to have them join us on this adventure!

Here's a sneak peak of what items on her shop will be in EVERY guest bag!

Don't fret, this is just a sneak peak. And whatever is not in the bag, you will have a chance to see & purchase at the event, since they will have a booth there.

And here are just some of the giveaway prizes we have in store at the retreat!


There are much much MORE, as all participating authors have graciously donate their books and other things to this event!

And don't forget the BOX of books Registration Giveaway opened to ALL registrants!

So, what are you WAITING for?!  Head over and REGISTER!

We hope to see you in August!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Winners to the Early Bird Giveaway!

Congratulations to the following winners!

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  • Joanne S. won a digital or print copy of Isle of Hope or a digital copy of Glimmer of Hope by Julie Lessman (winning entry: visit CFRR website)
  • Lynda E. won a copy of A Son's Vow by Shelley Shepard Gray (winning entry: attending FB party code 1)
  • Jackie T. won a copy of Hannah's Choice by Jan Drexler (winning entry: visited Just Commonly on Facebook)

Winners, you'll be receiving an email from me, Annie (Just Commonly) shortly. Respond within 48 hours to claim your prize!

Thank you to all who participated! Don't forget the big giveaway, you can win a box of Christian Fiction, along with spending a day with all your favorite authors at the Christian Fiction Readers Retreat!  AND there are plenty of prizes and giveaways at the event, along with great food, funny moderators (think Bonnie & Meez Carrie), and SWAG. Tons of swags, including free books! Register now, and enter the first giveaway at the event! 

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

First CFRR Pre-Event Online Party on May 2nd!

You want a glimpse into the fun we'll be having this summer? Come join us for a Facebook Party on Monday, May 2, 2016!  We start this party off with some amazing authors, who will take turns hosting every 15 minutes. For full schedule, go to the FB event page.  With chats, giveaways and CFRR info, what not to like? Click on the image below to take you there!

Online Party Date: Monday, May 2
Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where:  Party Page (Click on image)

*NOTE: All giveaways are at the discretion of the authors and are not affiliated with Facebook.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Logistics logistics logistics...

We had a fabulous time on Seekerville this Wednesday! Julie Lessman, one of our speakers at CFRR had graciously shared about this event.  That is not what I want to point out to you. It is what she said about us, readers, that really made this event worthwhile. Go check it out now (click on the link "Seekerville").  From the comments from the post, we've gathered that many are interested in attending CFRR, but logistics, from previous commitments to time off from work, to lodging costs and how to get there, were of concern.  So we created a closed Facebook group for the convenience of those attending, and those that are interested, but need to work out the how and when and where.  We pray that doors will open and clear way for you to attend! It'll be a lot of fun!

Just click on the image below to take you to the group. If you're not already a member, no worries, we'll approve as soon as we can. 


Here are the threads started, let us know if we need to start another one! I might add one, "Reasons to Come"! 

FYI: "ISO" = In search of. 

Monday, April 4, 2016

Registration is Now OPEN + 2 Giveaways

The first Christian Fiction Readers Retreat (CFRR) is now officially opened for registration!

In celebration, we have two giveaways for you! Scroll on down to enter.


GIVEAWAY #1 - Early Bird

Three winners will each receive one of the following Christian Fiction book by one of the authors attending CFRR:

  • A digital or print copy of Isle of Hope or a digital copy of Glimmer of Hope, both by Julie Lessman 
  • A print copy of A Son's Vow by Shelley Shepard Gray
  • A print copy of Hannah's Choice by Jan Drexler
Giveaway ends at midnight EDT May 4, 2016. No purchase necessary.  US entries only.


GIVEAWAY #2 - First Giveaway of the Event!

One winner will win a BOX of Christian Fiction books from the stewards of CFRR! Winner will be presented the prize at the event, but announced shortly after closing date.

Giveaway ends at midnight EDT on July 27, 2016


We look forward to seeing you in Nashville!  Happy Entering!

TO REGISTER for CFRR 2016, click HERE.


Thursday, March 24, 2016

Registration Info is Up!

Registration information is up! Just head to the "Registration Info" tab on the top, and there you go!

Currently, we have 27 confirmed authors! Did you see that? TWENTY SEVEN!   Registration opens on April 4th. Early bird fees will last for about a month, so don't miss out. And with space capacity at the venue, there are limited space available. Once we fill that, we will close registration.

Thank you for your interest in this event and your patience as we sort out all the details.

We look forward to having a fun time with y'all!

Any questions, leave us a comment. Thanks!


Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Author Participation Registration Closing

AUTHORS: If you're interested in participating in our activities as an author (not a reader), new author participation registration will close by 3/24, midnight (tomorrow night). After that, we will no longer send out author participation information. Those who have already received a packet from us will have until March 31st to register (fill out sign up form). Any questions, please email me at: 

justcommonly [at] gmail [dot] com

Many thanks!

Monday, March 21, 2016

Author Participation Sign Ups

Author sign ups are under way as author packets to interested authors have been sent.  We look forward to spending time with these amazing authors. Participating authors list will be updated soon and author registration (as participating authors - not authors as readers) will close soon. So if you're interested, don't hesitate to contact us.


Tuesday, March 8, 2016


Hello from Bonnie Roof, Carrie (Meez Carrie from Reading Is My SuperPower Blog) and Annie (Just Commonly Blog).

We are putting together a readers retreat focus on Christian Fiction. As the first event, it will be a one day event prior to ACFW 2016 Conference. Program includes praise & worship, author speaking sessions, author panels, and small breakout sessions where you'll get to have time with your favorite author. There will also be designated author signing times, food and lots of giveaways and swags. 

We already have a few top Christian authors lined up and you won't be disappointed. 

There will be a fee for logistics purposes and that will mainly be determine by the interest level. Please let us know if this interest you. A strong head count will make this more possible for sponsors, events and goodies!

Please take time to answer the survey pinned to the FB event page or this link, to help us understand your needs better.  Even if you're not sure or not going, please fill out the survey. You'll never know. Maybe next year, this event will be right around the corner from you!

God willing, we pray that this event will allow us readers to worship Him, praise Him and thank Him for His work with these amazing authors!

Thank you!