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Springtime in Surrey BINGO Reading Challenge

Quick note: I will soon be featured in an author spotlight in Hanna Kraft’s newsletter. It was a fun interview, so I hope you’ll give her newsletter a follow so you can get a glimpse behind the scenes of my new story The Cottage on the Hill, which is now available in Springtime in Surrey.

It’s been a long time since I’ve hosted a reading challenge here on the blog. So let’s play BINGO!

The Way It Works

Read books that match the prompts on whichever Springtime in Surrey-themed BINGO card you’d like to play. Some of the tasks are specific, asking for a setting or number of pages, while others are more vague. For those vague ones, you may use your own interpretation of the task.

How to Win

There are many ways to win in this BINGO game. Take a look:

The Rules

The reading game will start on August 1 and go through August 31. Any book finished during that time counts, even if you already began it prior to the start of the game.

There is no page-count minimum except for those tasks that ask for a specific page count.

Where to Post Your Completed Books

Post your completed books and call out your BINGO in the comment section on this article. Let us know which books you read, even if you don’t end up getting a BINGO or two by the end of the month of August.

Please share the card you played and the title, author name(s), and date you finished each book when you post your completed books.

The Prizes

Anyone who gets a BINGO in August will receive a set of two bookmarks and a quote sticker, while supplies last. This goes for domestic and international, as long as you can receive mail from the United States.

Though you are welcome to play and win as many times as you want in August, each winning player will only receive one (1) prize.

How to Claim My Prize

Once you have read your books, posted them here (with the card played and title, author, and finished date of each completed book), use the contact form on this page to alert me to your win AND give me your mailing address. Once I confirm your win, I will send out your prize within a week.

Note: Your mailing address will not be added to a list or sold. It will solely be used to mail you your prize.

The Cards

Each BINGO card is inspired by a novella in Springtime in Surrey. They have some tasks in common, but each arrangement is unique.

If you’re reading Springtime in Surrey, you might notice some of the tasks are inspired directly by the novella the card represents.

Who will play Springtime in Surrey BINGO with me?
Which card will you play? (You may play more than one, of course.)
Will you invite three friends to come play, too?

Blog Tour Giveaway

The authors of Springtime in Surrey are hosting a huge giveaway with not one but two winners—a US winner and an international winner—over the course of the blog tour! From July 25th to July 31st, make sure to follow the tour, commenting on posts, and subscribe to the authors’ newsletters and blogs! The winners will be announced on August 1st and contacted by email.

U.S. Prizes
A print copy of Springtime in Surrey, two bookmarks and a quote sticker, a spring-themed mug, a bookish ornament, a spring-themed candle, an inspirational journal, and tea.

International Prizes
An ebook copy of Springtime in Surrey, two bookmarks and a quote sticker, a gift card, an ebook of choice by Erika Mathews, an ebook from the winner’s Amazon wishlist, an exclusive epilogue of The Tussie-Mussie, and a phone wallpaper.

Entrants must be 18+ or have parental permission to enter. Two winners—one US and one international—will be randomly selected at the end of the giveaway and contacted by email. The winners must be comfortable sharing their shipping addresses. Any and all information provided through the giveaway will be used only for the purposes stated.

Link to the Giveaway
Enter the giveaway here.

Note: This giveaway is not associated with the BINGO game.

Now Available

Springtime in Surrey is now available in both Kindle and paperback. You may purchase the book on Amazon now. The book is also in Kindle Unlimited, so if you’ve got time to read it and have a KU account, you can read Springtime in Surrey for free.

I hope you will consider supporting my fellow authors and me by purchasing a copy of Springtime in Surrey for a family member, friend, or yourself. It would make a fantastic gift for all the readers in your life.

Each purchase of this book encourages us authors to continue writing stories for you, our dear reader friends. It is our hope that you will enjoy our stories, in this book and others, and that your friends and family will as well.

Thank you for considering purchasing a copy or two of our newest book, Springtime in Surrey.

The Springtime in Surrey Tag

Have you ever participated in a bookish tag on Instagram or Twitter?

They’re pretty fun. You find books that match the categories and post pictures of them to your social media, remembering to use the hashtags for the bookish tag.

We have one for Springtime in Surrey, hosted by Katja H. Labonté, this month. The instructions and original graphic are posted on her blog, Little Blossoms for Jesus.

Feel free to snag the graphic above and get your books set up and photographed (or borrow the book covers from Goodreads like I did) and let us see what books fit the categories for you.

The hashtags to use for this bookish tag are #TheSpringtimeinSurreyTag and #WildBlueWonderPress. We would appreciate it if you also tag our hostess, @KatjaLabonte.

If you participate on Twitter, you could also tag me: @screenwriter87. That way, I’ll get to see your lovely pictures as well.

I’m participating in this bookish tag on that account. Here’s one of my entries:

Blog Swap Schedule

Please visit any or all of the following articles on the dates given or after. Feel free to share them with your friends, too.

Note: There was an issue with some of the links being broken recently. I have corrected those now, so all the links should take you to the appropriate articles. Please let me know if you come upon an issue. I am still waiting on some of the links, so please hang in there. They are coming.

June 19
Grace A. Johnson on Lilacs & Reveries

June 26
Rachel Leitch on Little Blossoms for Jesus

July 3
Kellyn Roth on Little Blossoms for Jesus
Kellyn Roth on Writing to Inspire

July 5
Rachel Leitch on Lilacs & Reveries
Grace A. Johnson on Prose Worthy
Kellyn Roth on Of Blades and Thorns

July 7
Andrea Renee Cox on Of Blades and Thorns

July 8
Rachel Leitch on Resting Life

July 10
Rachel Leitch on Of Blades and Thorns
Rachel Leitch on Writing to Inspire

July 12
Katja H. Labonté on Lilacs & Reveries
Katja H. Labonté on Of Blades and Thorns
Kellyn Roth on Prose Worthy

July 15
Katja H. Labonté on Resting Life

July 17
Andrea Renee Cox on Little Blossoms for Jesus
Erika Mathews on Of Blades and Thorns

July 19
Andrea Renee Cox on Prose Worthy
Erika Mathews on Lilacs & Reveries

July 22
Kellyn Roth on Resting Life

July 26
Katja H. Labonté on Prose Worthy

July 29
Grace A. Johnson on Resting Life

August 2
Erika Mathews on Prose Worthy

August 5
Andrea Renee Cox on Resting Life

August 7
Grace A. Johnson on Little Blossoms for Jesus
Grace A. Johnson on Writing to Inspire

August 9
Andrea Renee Cox on Lilacs & Reveries

August 14
Erika Mathews on Writing to Inspire

August 21
Erika Mathews on Little Blossoms for Jesus
Katja H. Labonté on Writing to Inspire

About Springtime in Surrey

This collection of novellas, set in County Surrey, England, features both historical and contemporary stories by new and old authors!

Springtime in Surrey contains the follow eight novellas:

Jesus, I Am Resting by Faith Blum
An orphaned young woman must fight to survive after WWI breaks out, praying her beau doesn’t die on a foreign battlefield like her father did years ago.

The Cottage on the Hill by Andrea Renee Cox
A former ballerina seeks hope amongst her lost dreams, as a sheep farmer tries to bring her joy.

If I Knew You Were Coming by Bailey Gaines
An exhausted mother balances her duties to both her biological and evacuee children with preparation for an unexpected visit from her soldier husband.

Her Heart’s Home by Grace A. Johnson
A destitute woman is pursued by an unexpected suitor and finds blessings from God in the way she least expected.

The Tussie-Mussie by Katja H. Labonté
A disgraced debutante flees to the country, only to meet a reclusive writer who may change her life forever.

The Odd Duck Society by Rachel Leitch
An insecure university student returns to a tea shop after a mysterious letter summons her there.

Fear Not Tomorrows by Erika Mathews
A hard-working sister-of-seven struggles with contentment as her marriage is postponed by her fiancé’s absence.

Courage to Stay by Kellyn Roth
A young bride chases her husband into the forest to rescue him from himself, which goes about as well as one would expect.

Book Links

Springtime in Surrey may be found at the following links:


About the Authors

Faith Blum is a wife, mom, author, and entrepreneur. She’s published over 30 books, most of them in the Christian Historical Fiction genre. She loves stories because they can teach history, but in a fun way. It is also her way to have a creative outlet while taking care of a household and toddler.

She’s been a proud small town resident her whole life and wouldn’t have it any other way. She lives in Central Wisconsin with her husband, son, and cat, Smokey. She’s blessed to write as a part time career. You can find her books on books on most eBook retailers.

When not writing, you can find her cooking from scratch, reading, figuring out social media content, or spending time with her family. She also loves playing piano for church and being part of the Author Conservatory.

Amazon Author Page:

Born and raised in north Texas, Andrea Renee Cox is a born-again child of God who enjoys writing stories that inspire, copyediting fiction manuscripts, tutoring middle school students, and going on road trips with her family. Whether she’s working on historical or contemporary, women’s fiction or romance, she uses her skills in research and writing techniques—as well as a large dose of prayer and guidance from God—at every turn in the journey to produce the best story of her ability every single time. Her books may be found on her website, and readers are welcome to follow her blog for the latest updates in her journey. 


Bailey Gaines is a Georgia girl who loves history. Through her writing, she hopes to show how God works in all periods of history, bringing healing and helping people know they have value because of their identity as a human created in God’s image. Her stories range from King Richard the Lionheart’s England to 1930s Appalachia to 18th century England to 19th century America.

Bailey is a student of the Author Conservatory, and has a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing. When she’s not writing, she’s helping homeschoolers with their writing or working at an escape room. Her hobbies include playing the piano, sewing, and exploring the world of vintage fashion.


Grace A. Johnson is a Christian fiction authoress, book reviewer, and avid reader. She lives in beautiful (but humid) South Georgia, surrounded by farmland and forestry, with her parents and six younger siblings. She has indie-published the first three novels in a Christian historical romance series, the Daughters of the Seven Seas, and a smattering of short stories and novellas, as well as a devotional. She’s also a marketer and editor who loves helping young authors through her editing business S&J Editors and her small publishing company Sky’s the Limit Press. You can find her on Instagram and Facebook @graceajohnsonauthor or blogging on her website at Join her for a virtual cup of tea and a free preview of her debut novel when you sign up for her e-newsletter!


Katja H. Labonté is a Christian, an extreme bibliophile who devours over 365 books in a year, and an exuberant writer with a talent for starting short stories that explode into book series. She is a bilingual French-Canadian and has about a dozen topics she’s excessively passionate about (hint: that’s why she writes). Katja writes both contemporary and historical fiction, as well as non-magical historical and contemporary kingdom fiction, and covers themes of worth, love, peace, and Christian growth. She spends her days enjoying little things, growing in faith, learning life, and loving people. You can follow her life journey, find free books, browse her services, and more on her website and blog.


Rachel Leitch discovered the book of writing when she was seven. She’s been turning pages ever since! She lives her own adventure in northern Indiana, with her parents, three sisters, two brothers, and a dog who thinks he’s the hero of her story. She writes young adult historical fiction with a dash of adventure or a spark of magic. When she’s not hidden away writing, she’s trying to fit all her reads on her shelf in a somewhat organized manner, obsessing over character arcs, drinking chai, daydreaming at the piano, or teaching students to be just as bookish as she is. In all her adventures, she learns how to shine brighter for the Father of Lights. For more bookish ramblings (and a free digital short story involving a magical violin) follow her adventure journal at!


Erika Mathews is an author and editor who writes family-friendly Christian living books, both fiction and non-fiction, that demonstrate the power of God through ordinary people, transforming daily life into His resting life. Her works include Truth from Taerna, a kingdom adventure fiction series with deep spiritual themes, Resting Life, a Christian living nonfiction book about finding rest in Jesus in modern life, and a variety of historical fiction and poetry.

Erika lives in the farm country of Minnesota with her husband and children. She’s a homeschool graduate with a Bachelor’s in Communications, a Master’s in Biblical Ministries, and a passion for sharing Jesus Christ and His truth. When she’s not working with books, she enjoys reading, outdoor activities, piano and violin, organizing, and using the Oxford comma.


Kellyn Roth is a historical romance & women’s fiction author who writes about the empty places where hope has the most room to grow. Her novels include the inspirational Victorian family saga, The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy, and the Kees & Colliers series, which follows a broken family in the tumultuous years of the first half of the 20th century.

Kellyn is a student of the Author Conservatory and a writing coach. When not building her author career or her indie-author-helping business, Wild Blue Wonder Press, she is likely getting lost somewhere in the Pacific Northwest with her friends, watching period dramas and facetious comedies, or spending time with her husband.


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Short Stories

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8 thoughts on “Springtime in Surrey BINGO Reading Challenge

  1. This is so cool! (I have got to come back and look at it in more depth on a day when I’m not flying about trying to keep my brain sorted. 😛 )

  2. I have decided to jot down options for playing each of the eight cards in my notebook and see how close I get to winning on each one this month.

    Here’s what I’m aiming for:

    Card: Jesus, I Am Resting by Faith Blum
    Four Corners
    1. Author Initials in SPRINGTIME
    2. Novella
    3. Military Uniform on Cover
    4. Title Initial in SURREY

    Card: The Cottage on the Hill by Andrea Renee Cox
    Row (5)
    1. Yellow Flowers on Cover
    2. British Character
    3. Anthology
    4. Set in England
    5. Ballerina

    Card: If I Knew You Were Coming by Bailey Gaines
    Postage Stamp (bottom left)
    1. Landscape on Cover
    2. British Character
    3. Cake
    4. 2+ Authors

    Card: Her Heart’s Home by Grace A. Johnson
    Inside Corners
    1. British Characters
    2. Set in Spring
    3. Novella
    4. Small Village

    Card: The Tussie-Mussie by Katja H. Labonte’
    Column (5)
    1. Personal Library
    2. Landscape on Cover
    3. Bookshelf on Cover
    4. Published in July
    5. Self-Confidence

    Card: The Odd Duck Society by Rachel Leitch
    Inside Corners
    1. Diverse Cast
    2. Published in July
    3. Landscape on Cover
    4. Plus-Size Lead

    Card: Fear Not Tomorrows by Erika Mathews
    Row (3)
    1. Character Writes a Letter
    2. Set in England
    3. Free Choice
    4. Locomotive in Story
    5. Anthology

    Card: Courage to Stay by Kellyn Roth
    Row (2)
    1. Forest or Woods
    2. War Veteran
    3. Set in Spring
    4. War-Time Story
    5. Babies

    Now to get reading!

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