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Our Story

original JustRead logo
original JustRead logo

We love buzzing about books!

JustRead Publicity Tours was founded in 2018 by Annie of @justcommonly, and Carrie of Reading is My SuperPower, hence the name “JustRead.” Both Annie and Carrie joined the book blogging community in 2015. Beth of Faithfully Bookish (2016) and Rachel of Bookworm Mama (2014) each joined the JustRead team in 2019, followed by Mimi of Woven by Words (2008) and Alia (our 2022 intern) in 2023.

JustRead became a Limited Liability Company in 2020. We were also blessed to have Kayla Pettrey intern with us during the summer of 2020 and Alia intern with us during her senior year of high school beginning in the summer of 2022. As is often true in life, our personal plots may only intersect for a season. Annie closed her JustRead chapter at the end of 2020, and Rachel began a new chapter in 2023.

Our faith and love of books have brought us together, and we believe Christian fiction exemplifies what stories can be – wholesome and inspirational.

 

Our Purpose

Our purpose in operating JustRead Publicity Tours is to advocate spreading the word about books that inspire and are written from a Christian perspective.

Before JustRead, Annie and Carrie both received requests to create graphics or put together blog hops or tours for authors. Eventually, they decided to pool together their ideas and build something special. Since we gladly followed God’s lead, we have loved working together!

We are delighted to continue serving publishers, authors, and readers of the Christian fiction and sweet reads communities as JustRead. We are committed to buzzing about books through blogs, reviews, social media campaigns, and more!

 

Our People

Beth
© Every Beautiful Thing

Beth is a Christian fiction enthusiast. She is passionate about encouraging authors and connecting readers with entertaining, encouraging, and redemptive stories. Beth is especially grateful for the opportunity to sponsor and organize JustRead Rendezvous. Participating in events that foster a collective love of story and community among authors and readers brings her great joy.

Beth lives with her husband, their four children, and their two dogs in a close-knit rural southern Illinois farming community. She is the business owner, administrative contact, and organization coordinator.

 

 

Carrie
© E.A.H. Creative

Carrie is an avid reader, book reviewer, story addict, KissingBooks fan, book boyfriend collector, and cool aunt. She also loves Jesus and THE Story a whole lot. She is co-founder of the Christian Fiction Readers’ Retreat and a co-author of Getting Past the Publishing Gatekeepers (a resource to help authors win the hearts of agents, publishers, editors, and readers).

Carrie lives in Georgia with her husband, Eric, and can be found lurking at various blogs and websites (because she can’t stop talking about books), but her main home is ReadingIsMySuperPower.org. She is our blog/review campaign coordinator.

 

 

Mimi NobleMimi is a passionate fan of all things Christian fiction! She writes book reviews at Woven by Words, and if she could, she would talk about books all day, giving recommendations to everyone she meets! Mimi has worked in influencer marketing since 2013 and has been a home healthcare worker since 2019.

Mimi is a wife, an empty nester mom of four, an obsessed grandma, and a dog mom to Tucker. She lives in Maryland, where she loves to garden most of the year and raise monarch and swallowtail butterflies while listening to audiobooks. She is our social campaign coordinator.

 

 

Alia
© Every Beautiful Thing

Alia is an introverted country girl who loves stories, crafting, and baking. Fantasy romance and speculative fiction fill her shelves, daydreams, and notebooks. Alia is a homeschool graduate and a The Young Writer’s Workshop member. She is pursuing her love of writing by studying business through The Author Conservatory and attending the annual Realm Makers conference.

Alia lives with her parents and siblings in rural southern Illinois. She is our administrative assistant.

 

 

Hosts

The JustRead team is exceedingly grateful for our hosts (fondly called book bees). Without these passionate, positive, and enthusiastic readers, we couldn’t do what we do. Hosts are our essential volunteers and talented influencers who spread book buzz to the masses. Interested in participating as a JustRead host? Learn more.

 

Contact

Email us at justreadtours[AT]gmail[DOT]com. If you are an author or publisher seeking more information about our campaigns, please refer to our authors & publishers section. Our response time is within ten business days (Mondays through Fridays).

 

Logo Credit

Orange Brain StudioWe thank Annie @justcommonly for creating the original JustRead logo, including our beloved yellow speech bubble. Credit for our 2021 logo update goes to Orange Brain Studio. Kim’s creativity and talent brought our book bee to life!

 

 

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