Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Amanda Cox & JustRead Rendezvous 2024

Posted June 8, 2024 by meezcarrie in Amanda Cox, Author Interview, Christian, giveaway / 27 Comments


RDV '24 JustRead Blog Tour

Welcome to the Blog Tour for JustRead Rendezvous 2024, hosted, sponsored, and organized by JustRead Publicity Tours! I am delighted to have 2023 AND 2024 JustRead Rendezvous author Amanda Cox on the blog today! We had such FUN last year at Rendezvous, and I’d really love to see all of you there this year!

You are Invited

JustRead Rendezvous
November 15, 2024
DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel & Conference Center Chicago-Downers Grove

Join fellow readers and authors at the JustRead Rendezvous to celebrate Christian fiction and sweet reads. This event, modeled after the Christian Fiction Readers Retreat, aims to sweeten reading and storytelling experiences with fellowship and encouragement. Activities will include corporate worship, speaker sessions, author panels, small group discussions, games, giveaways, a pop-up book shop, and author signings.

Baker Publishing Group fiction imprints (Bethany House and Revell), Enclave Publishing, and Kregel Publications have joined JustRead Publicity Tours as event sponsors.

Learn more about the 2024 JustRead Rendezvous


Participating Authors

JustRead Rendezvous 2024 first 27 participating authors

first row: Amanda Barratt, Amanda Cox, Amanda Dykes, Angela Ruth Strong, Becky Wade, Elizabeth Goddard, Elizabeth Musser, Emily Conrad, Gabrielle Meyer. second row: Janilise Lloyd, Kate Breslin, Katie Powner, Kimberley Woodhouse, Kristi Ann Hunter, Laura Frantz, Linda MacKillop, Lisa Phillips, Lynn Austin. third row: Mesu Andrews, Nancy Mehl, Nicole Deese, Robin W. Pearson, Ronie Kendig, Sara Brunsvold, Sara Davison, Sara Ella, Sara Watterson

Keynote speakers include Amanda Dykes, Becky Wade, and Ronie Kendig. Kimberley Woodhouse and Lisa Phillips will lead worship. More authors will be added to the event as reader registration increases!

Check out recent releases by participating authors in the JustRead Amazon Storefront.


Amanda Cox interview 2024 Rendezvous

The Edge of Belonging by Amanda Cox    He Should Have Told the Bees by Amanda Cox 

Hi Amanda! Welcome back to the blog!

Q: Which books are currently “on your nightstand”?

Amanda: I’ve gotten some great book mail during a very busy season…which means some highly anticipated books are waiting to be read!! A few waiting on my nightstand giving me the side-eye for neglecting them: Cole and Laila are Just Friends by Bethany Turner, A Lady’s Guide to Marvels and Misadventures by Angela Bell, and The Elusive Truth of Lily Temple by Joanna Davidson Politano.

Carrie: ooo i’ve read those last two and they are FABULOUS! Bethany’s is on my TBR list for sure, too.

Q: Characters often find themselves in situations they aren’t sure they can get themselves out of. When was the last time you found yourself in a situation that was hard to get out of and what did you do?

Amanda: Oof…I’m sure there are other instances, but this one will stick in my mind for a very long time. A couple of years ago my husband and I went to the Kentucky Derby—fulfilling a childhood dream of mine. We had an amazing time. And then it was time to return to our hotel. We called for an Uber, the same way we’d gotten to the track—no big deal. Or at least we hadn’t thought it would be. We waited for our rides repeatedly, only to have our drivers cancel every time. So, we started walking in our fancy Derby clothes, thinking that if we moved away from the epicenter of activity, we could get a ride back to our hotel. No luck. We kept on walking. Dark started to fall as we traversed a very neglected part of Louisville. We waited on street corners for drivers who were supposed to come, and again they’d cancel. Let’s just say we were both working hard at pretending we weren’t on the verge of panic. Hours later our phones were about to die, and we still couldn’t get a ride. At last, we saw a Walgreens or maybe it was a CVS, I don’t know what variety that pharmacy was, but it looked like an oasis to me. We bought chargers and charged our phones, still trying to get a ride. Not even the traditional taxis would answer their phones and come for us. We got a lot of strange looks from the other late-night shoppers. I don’t blame them. Imagine me in my Derby hat and my husband in his colorful suit at a pharmacy at midnight, tethered to the wall with our phones, looking desperate. Time marched on, no Uber would come for us. The store was five minutes from closing and we were another hour walk from our hotel. This sweet young lady working the register looked at us and said, “I’ll give you a ride after I close up.” We paid her far more than we would have paid an Uber, grateful for her kindness to a couple of strangers. She might not have been a literal angel, but she was ours that night!

Carrie: oh my goodness, Amanda! I don’t know what I would have done in that situation lol

Q: What is your favorite memory from last year’s Rendezvous?

Amanda: I have so many great memories from Rendezvous 2023. Spending time with readers and writers is always a wonderful experience. But in the last worship session, something particularly special happened for me. The worship team started playing “The Goodness of God.” No one else in the room knew this, but this song had been the cancer journey theme song for a man who had been a mentor in my and my husband’s life for over twenty years. No matter how he was feeling, how bleak the diagnosis was, he’d sing that song at the top of his lungs. He’d passed away about a month prior to Rendezvous. Hearing that song, I was hit with a wave of both grief and joy. I was trying to hold it together, not really wanting that public moment to be the time and place to express my very private feelings. A woman behind me tapped me on the shoulder, getting my attention. Looking a little uncertain she said, “I’m not trying to be weird or anything, but I feel like God wanted me to tell you that He sees you.” Of course, through tears, I had to tell her what that song meant to me. There was something so beautiful about that unexpected vulnerability we shared. The reason I share that particular story—at Rendezvous there is laughter, there is joy, there is connection, there is encouragement, and the presence of God is in the midst of all of it.

Carrie: I think that might have been one of my best friends who said that to you (because I remember noticing the conversation), and I’m sitting here now in wonder at how God works. That particular song has special meaning to my family as well – it was one of my dad’s favorite go-to’s during his own cancer battle and my brother used it as the backdrop for the slideshow of pictures/memories after my dad died. I’m currently in a season where I need to be reminded of God’s goodness, and I love that He used you to do that for me today just as He used the worship session and a stranger to do that for you at last year’s Rendezvous ♥

Q: Why do you enjoy attending reader events like Rendezvous?

Amanda: I love connecting with readers and writers. Those are my people, and we get each other! I might feel like an awkward little duckling in a lot of situations, but with readers and writers, I am home!

Carrie: it really does feel like a family!

Q: Why should readers want to attend this year’s Rendezvous, and what are YOU most looking forward to about it?

Amanda: Community is a beautiful thing. Community that happens around a shared love of story and a shared love of Jesus? Yes, please. If you have a chance to enjoy that type of in-person community, you don’t want to miss it! Plus, have you seen the list of authors that are going to be there? Those are some seriously cool human beings, and I can’t wait to spend time with them.

Carrie: yes!! I so agree about all of that!

Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.

Amanda: What’s coming next for me? I have a new release coming on August 6, 2024. Between the Sound and Sea is a contemporary story with a little history and mystery set on the barrier islands of North Carolina. I cannot wait for readers to meet this new cast of characters and unravel what really happened to the last keeper of Bleakpoint Light. I’m also in the thick of writing my next book, releasing in the Summer of 2025. I can’t wait to tell you more. I’ve never had a story take me by surprise quite like this one!

Learn more about JustRead Rendezvous author Amanda Cox and her books at her website!

See some of my pics from last year’s Rendezvous HERE.


Register

The registration fee (including a book tote, lunch, afternoon snack, and more) is $124 for readers. We’re nearing the reader registration mark to add more best-selling, debut, and indie authors to the 2024 event. Tell your friends and register today to pave the way by August 1!

Subscribe to email updates and learn more about each author on the JustRead Rendezvous website. Connect with other attendees and hopefuls in the Rendezvous Roomies & Logistics ’24 private Facebook group to arrange shared experiences or cost-sharing opportunities

Register Now

P.S. Join us on Thursday at the same location for the Art of Writing conference and The Christy Award Winners Gala. The Christy Award honors and promotes excellence in Christian fiction and is a program of the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. Visit christyawards.com for more information and registration.


Giveaway

JustRead Rendezvous 2024 Blog Tour Giveaway

(1) winner will receive one paid registration to JustRead Rendezvous 2024 courtesy of ’23 Rendezvous author Tamara Leigh
(1) winner will receive a canvas tote bag, an A6 journal notebook with a ballpoint pen, a 12 oz enamel mug, a scented candle, and a reading blanket
(5) winners will receive a $10 egift card (Baker Book House, Christianbook, or Amazon)

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight June 4, 2024 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on June 11, 2024. Winners will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only for physical prizes. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

Giveaway is subject to JustRead Publicity Tours Giveaway Policies.

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This giveaway is hosted by JustRead Tours, not RimSP
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What about you? What makes you want to register for JustRead Rendezvous 2024 and hang out with Amanda Cox and 26 (so far) other authors?

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27 responses to “Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Amanda Cox & JustRead Rendezvous 2024

  1. I am in awe of how our Lord meets us in the details of our lives, even during a song through a stranger at a conference. Those holy moments are precious. Thank you for sharing this. After reading this interview, I listened to the song “The Goodness of God” twice, with tears and praising God for how He has been so so good in my own life. Blessings, Meez Carrie and Amanda Cox!

  2. Amanda and Carrie, thank you for sharing from your dear hearts! I’m so grateful for our God, his love for us knows no bounds.

  3. Winnie Thomas

    Oh, I want to go so bad! I wish I had teleporting capabilities! Thanks for the author interview, Carrie and Amanda!

  4. Donna Irvin

    I would love to meet and interact with authors of the amazing books that make my TBR pile go all the way to the moon!

  5. Caryl Kane

    Enjoy the fellowship! Lord willing and in His timing, I will be able to attend one of these epic event.

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