Inspirational Doesn’t Always Mean Christian

We thought using the word “inspirational” made a lot of sense when describing Annabelle Costa’s ebook, Harvard Hottie.

It’s an inspiring story of love overcoming disability, which is pretty much our favorite subject here at DLP!

But, as you may know, the word “inspirational” has other connotations. It is often used as a euphemism for a Christian romance.  We didn’t think that Amazon was using it that way, since it allows you to select the category “inspirational” for your book as well as “Christian romance” as a different category.

Still, to avoid confusion, we did not classify the book as “inspirational.” Instead we used that as one of the words to describe the book. As it turns out, that’s enough for Amazon to decide it must be a Christian book.

Annabelle has been getting some very unfortunate reviews from people who have searched for Christian books and been recommended this one. As unprofessional as it may look, we’ve had to put a disclaimer into the description there.

It is very frustrating that the word “Inspirational” is only allowed to mean Christian. There are other kinds of inspiration in the world.

This book is not a Christian romance and those who download it thinking that it is are getting upset. How can we find a way to tell people that this is an inspiring story without being labeled as Christian?

Six Sentence Sunday: The Boy Next Door

For the Six Sentence Sunday event, here is a six sentence excerpt of our new book, The Boy Next Door by Annabelle Costa…

As my finger brushes against the slight stubble on his chin, I can’t help but feel like if Melissa were seeing this, she wouldn’t be too happy.

“You shouldn’t worry about Melissa,” he says, as if reading my mind.

“I just don’t want to lose you,” I say.

“Come on, you’re never going to lose me,” Jason says. And I think that he believes it, but I’m not so sure. I think before Melissa will commit to him, there’s going to be an ultimatum, and it’s going to include my name.

Pick up the book at Amazon!

The Boy Next Door

Through middle school, high school, bad dates, and an ill-advised punk phase, Tasha has always been able to count on Jason. Since the day he moved in next door, he’s gone from the weird kid in a wheelchair to Tasha’s most trusted friend. But lives change and the friends are going in different directions. When Jason and Tasha rekindle their friendship, sparks fly. After years of being a wild soul, now the ex-lead of a band turned music teacher is just looking for a relationship to last.

When none other than Jason introduces her to a man who can give her what she wants, Tasha is on the verge of throwing passion and love away just so she can forget her troubled past and settle down. But Jason isn’t ready to give her up just yet.

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Also available at any of the international Amazon sites.