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Twisted Lies: New Romantic Suspense from Robin Patchen

Kindle CoverShe thought they’d never find her.  And then her daughter vanished.

Marisa Vega’s life as an adoptive mom in a tiny Mexican village isn’t what she’d dreamed while growing up in New York, but as the target of a man who’s convinced she stole millions of dollars from his financial firm, Marisa believes hiding is her only way to stay alive. When her daughter is snatched and held for ransom, Marisa must discover who really stole the money in order to rescue her.

Months after being kidnapped, tortured, and left with PTSD, Nate Boyle is ready to live a quiet life in rural New Hampshire. When the source of his breakout newspaper article—and the woman who haunts his dreams—begs for help, he gets pulled into a riddle that’s proved unsolvable for nearly a decade.

Can Nate and Marisa unravel the years-old mystery and bring her daughter home?

Twisted Lies is the second in the Hidden Truth Series. Pick it up today at AmazonKoboiBooks, and Barnes & Noble. For information on all Robin Patchen’s new releases, visit her website or follow her on AmazonBookBub, or Goodreads.

DSC_8915-25edAbout the author:  Robin Patchen is an award winning multi-published author, but only because she can’t pursue her other dream.

If time and money were no object, Robin would spend her life traveling. Her goal is to visit every place in the entire world–twice. She longs to meet everybody and see everything and spread the good news of Christ. Alas, time is short and money is scarce, and her husband and three teenagers don’t want to traipse all around the world with her, so Robin does the next best thing: she writes. In the tales she creates, she can illustrate the unending grace of God through the power and magic of story.

 

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Author Chat with Deb Gardner Allard

bookToday we’re featuring Deb Gardner Allard as she masquerades under the pseudonym of Taylor Jaxon. She’s got a new Young Adult Suspense titled Before the Apocalypse.

QPQ – Congratulations on the new release! You’ve written for children before, but this is your first foray into the world of Young Adult fiction. What prompted you to write Before the Apocalypse?

DGA –Thanks, Pegg. My older grandchildren are now 13, 14, and 15. I wanted to pique their interest, and apparently this book did. While I was writing it, I would catch them sneaking into my computer room to read the latest chapters. It does have quite a bit of excitement in it. A young teen fan told me that he liked the book because there was never a dull moment in the entire book. That blessed my heart.

QPQ – I’ll bet it did! I loved your book and I think it should have a much wider audience that just young adults. There is plenty of story in here for older readers. Biblical prophecy is the prominent theme throughout. Did your interest in this start when you were a young adult?

DGA – Not exactly. I grew up Catholic. My interest in the end times began when I was six years old, and the nun who led our Catechism class taught us about the Tribulation. Everyone in class (ages 6-12) sat on the pews wide-eyed and speechless. From that moment on, I was interested in prophecy. When NASA predicted the four blood moons a few years ago, I read every book I could find about them. I also read the prophets and Revelation in the Bible, attended a year-long eschatology Bible study called The Footsteps of the Messiah by Arnold Fructenbaum, and watched programs on prophecy every week for three years—Prophecy in the News, Prophecy Watchers, Sky Watch News, and several others. After studying the prophecies for myself, I have a different view on God’s purpose for the blood moons. An additional tidbit of information is that although I grew up Catholic, I changed denomination in early adulthood.

img_0512QPQ – Writing for children and YA has its special issues, like dialogue and seeing the world through young eyes. You obviously spent a great deal of time getting these aspects correct in the story. Do you have children or young adults to help you with that?

DGA—I sure do—eight grandchildren. As mentioned above, three are teenagers. They fill me in on their school and extracurricular escapades. Their speech patterns, slang, body language, etc. never escape my eyes and ears. They’re the first to tell me when a teen character would never say – x, y, or z. Taking courses through the Institute of Children’s Literature and belonging to ACFW and Word Weavers International have helped me hone my writing skills. It’s amazing how many older authors have penned books for kids—Roald Dahl, James Patterson, Jerry Spinelli, Mark Twain, C.S. Lewis, Emma Thompson and more. Many of them wrote for their children or grandchildren, just as I do.

QPQ – I don’t do spoilers, but the very end of the book leads me to believe there might be a sequel in the future. Am I correct? (Please say yes.)

DGA –I’ve got about five chapters written on a sequel J.

QPQ – Oh, good! What else is in the works from Deb Gardner Allard – or from Taylor Jaxon?

DGA—Besides the sequel to Before the Apocalypse, I’m writing a humorous youth novel, Surviving Aunt Maisy, and an adult novel that takes place in the Old West.

QPQ – We’ll be watching for those! Where can our readers find you around the web?

Website: www.debgardnerallard.com or  www.wordsalivepress.com
Facebook:
Twitter: @debbie_allard
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Posted by on December 12, 2016 in Author Chat, New Releases

 

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Author Chat with Jodie Wolfe

seams-cover-promo-webToday we’re featuring one of our own! Jodie Wolfe has released her sequel to Hearts Tightly Knit, titled Love in the Seams.

QPQ – Congratulations on the new release! Give us a taste of what it was like to write a sequel.

JW – I found it to be a lot of fun since I was able to pick up with some characters from book one as well as introduce new ones too. I truly enjoyed breathing life into young LillyAnn in my story. She is a precocious five-year-old.

QPQ – This is your second book to self-publish, correct? I find it fascinating that your husband has designed your book covers. What a guy! With all that support, are you planning to continue on the self-publishing path, or work towards a hybrid with some traditional publishers too?

JW – Indie publishing is a lot of work, but I’m leaving that door open if I decide to go that route again. I also like the idea of being a hybrid author. 🙂 I recently signed my first contract with a traditional publisher and I pray there will be more of those contracts in the future.

QPQ – Congratulations on the contract! That’s awesome! Tell us a bit about Love in the Seams.

JW – Here’s the back cover copy.

Mae Stafford longs for the companionship and unconditional love her sister has found in her new husband. But after years of refusing potential suitors because of a pact they made as children, Mae no longer has any choices left once their agreement is broken. She’s given up hope that God will give her what she desires most, a family of her own. Instead of dwelling on what she doesn’t have, she throws herself into her work as the recent sole owner of the local dress shop.

As a promise made to his late wife, Johannes Mueller agrees to travel west to be a school teacher in Calder Springs, Texas, away from the bigotry associated with being an immigrant in New York City. He hopes to improve his life and forget his loss. Johannes isn’t counting on his five-year-old daughter’s search for a new mother when they arrive. His little LillyAnn finds ways to bring the seamstress and him together…often. Can he learn to embrace his German heritage and unlock his heart to love again?

QPQ – What inspired you to write this story?

JW – Hearts Tightly Knit ended with Ellie Stafford finding her happily-ever-after and I knew that I wanted her twin sister, Mae to have one too.

QPQ – What do you like best about Mae?

JW – The thing I like about Mae Stafford is that even though God hasn’t given her what she most desires yet, it hasn’t embittered her while she waits. Instead she pours herself into her business and works to bring joy through each garment she sews.

QPQ – What will make your readers swoon over Johannes?

JW – Johannes is doing what he can to provide for his daughter’s needs, but he still is missing his deceased wife. But when he finally figures out what he wants in life, there is no stopping him. Look out Mae. 🙂

QPQ – What’s next in the hopper from Jodie Wolfe?

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Jodie dancing with her husband at their son’s wedding

JW – I have a novelette coming out as part of a collection in spring 2017. Here’s a small teaser.

Esther Love, is a dime novelist who finds herself desperate to save the home she loves, even if it means she has to go husband hunting to do so.

I’ll be having a FB launch party on December 2nd from 6-9 PM (EST).

CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE FUN!  

I’d love for you to stop by.

Website: http://www.jodiewolfe.com
Purchase Link: https://www.amazon.com/Love-Seams-Twins-Needles-Book/dp/0997502622/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Jodie-Wolfe-553400191384913/; https://www.facebook.com/jodie.wolfe.1
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JodieAWolfe
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/JodieAWolfe
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15220520.Jodie_Wolfe
Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/116840153259583634192/posts
Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Jodie-Wolfe/e/B01EAWOHXO/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

 

 
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Posted by on November 28, 2016 in Author Chat, Jodie Wolfe, New Releases

 

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Author Chat with Linda Yezak

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Linda Yezak with fellow author Jessica Ferguson

Today we’re featuring one of our favorite authors, Linda Yezak. She’s one of four authors in a collection titled The Bucket List Dare.

QPQ – Congratulations on the new release! I love the premise of this collection. It’s about four college friends who decide to check something off their buckets lists before they turn thirty. How did this come about?

LY –  Actually it was Jessica Ferguson’s idea, which is a bit of a surprise, since she didn’t go to Texas A&M. She called me when Billy and I were driving home from our annual trip to the Hill Country, and the excitement over her story idea made an eight hour drive seem like three.

QPQ – I absolutely love your characters – in all your books – but JoJo may be my most favorite yet. You write such fun dialogue, but it’s the inner dialogue of JoJo that had me laughing out loud. How much of the real Linda Yezak are we seeing in JoJo?

LY – Other than the snark, absolutely none. I want to jump from a plane so bad, I can feel it.

QPQ – As much as we may love the heroine, let’s face it, we read romance for the hero. Was Mitch modeled after anyone special in your life?

LY – Hate to disappoint, but no. Mitch just developed as I went along. I wish I could’ve deepened his character a bit more—shown some of those “warts” Jojo wondered about—but I started running out of wordcount.

QPQ – Oh, I know that feeling! It’s the price we pay for writing in a collection. And now the pivotal question for readers everywhere. *insert drum roll* Have you ever jumped out of an airplane?

LY – I had the opportunity once, and if Billy hadn’t been there when I was asked, I would have. Maybe Jojo is modeled on him . . . Nah. He loves to fly too much.

QPQ – Is this on your personal bucket list?

LY – Actually, yes. I have a niece who has promised to do some of the crazy things I’d love to do with me, but she also wants to go down in a shark cage. I drew the line.

QPQ – Smart woman! What’s next in the hopper from Linda Yezak?

LY – I have another novella coming out with some friends—The Tiny House Collection, in which all the characters live in/buy a tiny house. Mine, titled Kayla’s Challenge, is the prequel for my new series, tentatively called Southern Challenge, the first of which I intend to finish next year. Next for this year and in to next is Book Three of the Circle Bar Ranch series, Ride to the Altar. And if I don’t get started on that one soon, I’m gonna miss my deadline!

bookQPQ – Give us some links where readers can reach you … and then get back to work!

Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/GivetheLadyaRide

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/lyezak/

Twitter: @LindaYezak

Goodreads: http://dld.bz/dSPmg

777 Peppermint Place: http://lindayezak.com

Newsletter: http://dld.bz/CoffeewithLinda

Amazon: http://dld.bz/LindaWYezakAmazon

 

 
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Posted by on November 14, 2016 in Author Chat, New Releases

 

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Author Chat with Candice Sue Patterson

Today, we’re talking setting with one of our own, fellow Quid member Candice Sue Patterson. Candice writes Inspirational contemporary romance with Pelican Book Group. Her debut novel How to Charm a Beekeeper’s Heart is now available in paperback candiceportraits009-xland eBook format at major online book retailers.

QPQ: Candice, tell us a little about your story.

CSP: Thank you, ladies, for hosting me! How to Charm a Beekeeper’s Heart is about a beekeeper–Huck–who inherits a building occupied by the owner of a bridal boutique. He has his reasons for being against weddings, and since the boutique is struggling to survive anyway, he decides to evict the owner and open a sporting goods store. However, his eviction notice brings a surprise for him when he discovers the boutique owner is Arianne, a woman he’s indebted to for a mistake he made years ago. Old attractions flare, life brings unforeseen circumstances, and Huck and Arianne find themselves needing each other in ways they never expected.

There’s humor, drama, lots of romantic tension, and some nostalgia sprinkled in as well.

QPQ: Sounds like both characters get more than they bargained for! This novel is set in Maine, near Acadia National Park. Why did you choose that setting?

CSP: After visiting Downeast, Maine in 2011, I knew I had to write a book about it. The landscape is breathtaking, the food is die for, and the pebble beaches are like no other. As cheesy as it sounds, I left a piece of my heart behind.

How to Charm a Beekeeper’s Heart is set in the fictional towns of Pine Bay and Summerville, Maine. On a map, Pine Bay—the town where Arianne’s bridal boutique is located—would sit in the Ellsworth area. Summerville—where Huck’s home and honey farm are located—is Somesville, Acadia National Park territory.

Maine is home to some of the world’s best produce such as blueberries, cranberries, apples (and many more). These crops need bees for pollination to produce a good yield. That alone made this area a great setting, but it’s also fun contrasted with Huck’s southern personality.

QPQ: Reading this book, I felt like I was really in Maine. I could almost feel the sea spray! Tell us why a good setting is important in a book and how you achieve that.

maine-2CSP: Without a setting, a book is nothing but a story playing out on a blank canvas. I don’t live in black and white. I live in color. Therefore, I want the stories I read to paint a vivid palette in my mind. I expect no less from my readers. A good setting grounds the reader into the story, whisks them away for a while, and, if done right, can become like a character itself.

I’m a very detail-oriented person (sometimes to a fault), and it shows in my writing. If I want to create a vivid picture in the reader’s mind, make them feel like they’re really there, I can’t just say, “The ocean waves roared onto shore.” Yes, the reader gets the picture, but the vagueness only draws an outline. But if I write, “Foamy waves crashed against the jagged boulders, churning the greenish water. The color reminded Arianne of the jade Depression glass her grandma used to display on shelves in the summer kitchen.”

See the difference? Foamy waves gives the water texture, jagged boulders gives the scene dimension, and greenish water gives us color. But it doesn’t stop there. The color of jade Depression glass tells the reader exactly what shade of green and gives the moment depth as it shows a glimmer of the character’s past. All things combined, it creates sound in the reader’s mind as well, since our brains know the bubbly sound foam makes and the surge of water against rocks.

I achieve these details either by looking at pictures—tourism guides work great!—recalling a personal memory, or even listening to soundtracks that bring the desired effect. I sometimes even burn candles with scents that will set a desired mood.

QPQ: That’s a lot of action to create a couple of sentences! But it works. Your settings transport me. What else you can tell us about a good setting?

CSP: If you’re a writer, take your time perfecting your setting. Most of us read to escape our lives for a little while, so don’t cheat your reader. Make them feel like they’ve really traveled there, because it may be a place they’ll never get to see in person. Like well-crafted characters who make us miss the story long after the book has been read, a well-crafted setting can do the same.

QPQ: Thanks for talking setting with us today, Candice! How can readers connect with you?

CSP: Readers can always contact me through my website www.candicesuepatterson.com, and find me at the following links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Candice-Sue-Patterson-Author-420360958035447/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/candicesue_patt

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/CandiceSuePatterson   available-now

 

My novel can also be found at the following retailers. Thanks again for having me today!

 

Out of The Frying Pan: Behind the Story

The September 9th and 23rd posts showcased the romance/mystery novel, Out of the Frying Pan by authors Michelle Griep and Kelly Klepfer. Today we learn how the story materialized!61tvSrINcpL

Kelly, welcome back! Tell us how you and Michelle came to write Out of the Frying Pan.

Michelle and I met a very long time ago. In fact we say we are sisters from another mother but didn’t meet until we began interacting on an on-line Christian fiction critique group. We knew right away that we were soul sisters. We both consider our major spiritual gifts to be sarcasm and smacking. I know that’s not Biblical, but let’s just say we employ both of these skills often so it’s good that we have each other.  

While slicing-and-dicing each other’s writing, one of us suggested we write a book together. I had a story idea birthed long before. One of my former co-workers (The woman had a Bachelor’s Degree in theater. Nuff said.) used to run a non-profit alongside mine. She worked with retired adults. We enjoyed her interactions way too much. One day she ran across a name. “Kelly! This name needs to be a character in a book. A murder mystery. Zula. Isn’t that a wonderful name?” I agreed. And when I shared this tiny seed of an idea with Michelle the brainstorming blossomed into Out of the Frying Pan and the larger than life Fern and Zula Hopkins.

photo (11)Of course, that was the beginning. And this novel has taken a 10 year journey to see the light of day.

The plot line was skeletonized super speedy. We knew our murderer, our red herring coulda-woulda folks, the motives and the major characters right off the bat.

We wrote Out of the Frying Pan from different states, bouncing ideas off of each other and putting each other in challenging literary hot water. I wrote two major characters, Michelle wrote the other two. We’d write a scene, tag the other person and wait for a response with the scene cliffhanger. It was really challenging and fun. Michelle would work her magic and write about her character’s world, weaving my character in and causing me to have to rethink what I thought she’d be doing next–and vice versa. It really stretched us as writers and our characters grew more three-dimensional because of it. As Michelle wrote about my characters, they grew even more loveable because someone I cared about was describing them to me.

We had two publishers early on interested in the book but the cozy mystery portion of their house shut down before anything materialized there. Then we sat on the book for a long period. Michelle wrote and published a couple of books in that time frame. I sunk into a season of insecurity in my skill set and was not writing at all. Michelle finally told me that we needed to start pushing the story again. I agreed to massive editing and finishing the final chapters. Interestingly, while I wasn’t writing, I was reading and reviewing during my dry spell. During that time, some of the areas in which I struggled became more natural and part of who I was as a writer. That season was valuable because I grew into my training and stored knowledge.

So if you happen to be a discouraged writer and aren’t able to write right now, read. qtRead good books and think about what makes them good and why you love them. And read not-so-good books and decide what makes them a bit on the stinky side and how you might do something different as a writer. You might just discover the rules begin to gel and become part of you, too. I’d been trying so hard not to break the rules that I was stilted and stunted in my writing, until the rules worked their way into me. And this has spiritual application. How many walk and struggle to obey God’s rules in their own weak power? Instead, Jesus offers us His indwelling. He works to make the rules a natural part of us.

Michelle had an agent at the time. We finished the book and she shopped it for us. We had a couple of bites but nothing real tempting. She ended up parting ways with her agent and a year later we landed this contract. When our Bling! Editor read it she suggested we ramp up the romance angle and sell it as a romance. So, newly challenged, we recreated deeper pasts for our former secondary characters and wove in more action. The whole process has been so challenging, involved, and exhausting, but most of all, fun.

Over all, my favorite comments and delightful moments are recent. Michelle is a genius editor and will not let a book go to a final print without her last go-through. She texted me throughout that weekend. “I am laughing out loud. How can I think this book is so funny when we stinking wrote it?” “I love our characters. I mean love them.” “Favorite paragraph: Oy. The heat from Zula’s blistering gaze began to melt Fern’s rubber-soled Keds. She didn’t even need to look in that direction to know that two baby blue beams were fixed, locked, and loaded. How was she going to get out of this situation without any open veins? A story. A good story.This says it all. Some of Michelle’s admiration might come from the fact that people die and are injured in Out of the Frying Pan. Because she loves nitty-gritty historicals, she’s always killing off a character or two, so there’s that. Remember our “spiritual” gifts. ♦

unnamedKelly Klepfer had ambitions to graduate from the school of life quite awhile ago, but alas… she still attends and is tested regularly. Her co-authored cozy/quirky mystery, Out of the Frying Pan, is the culmination of several of the failed/passed tests. Kelly, though she lives with her husband, two Beagles and two hedgehogs in Iowa, can be found at Novel Rocket, Novel Reviews, Scrambled Dregs, Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter with flashes of brilliance (usually quotes), randomocities, and learned life lessons.

 

 

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Michelle Griep’s been writing since she first discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. She resides in the frozen tundra of Minnesota, where she teaches history and writing classes for a local high school co-op. Historical romance is her usual haunt. THE CAPTIVE HEART is her latest release. Follow her escapades at www.michellegriep.com or www.writerofftheleash.blogspot.com or stalk her on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.

 

~ Jericha Kingston

 

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October Releases in Christian Fiction

October 2016 New Releases

More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website.

Biblical Fiction:

Providence: Hannah’s Journey by Barbara M. Britton — When the prophet of Israel refuses to heal her, Hannah flees Jerusalem and is captured by an enemy with a curse all his own. (Biblical from Harbourlight [Pelican])

Shadow of the Storm by Connilyn Cossette — In defiance of her mother, Shira pursues her heart’s calling to become an apprentice midwife. When a delivery goes horribly wrong, Shira finds herself bound to a man who betrayed her, the caretaker of three young children, and the target of a vengeful woman whose husband was killed by Shira’s people, the Levites. As contention between the Hebrew tribes and the foreigners fans the flames of another dangerous rebellion, Shira will come face-to-face with the heartbreak of her past that she has kept hidden for so long. How can she let go of all that has defined her to accept the love she’s denied herself and embrace who she truly is? (Biblical from Bethany House [Baker])

Christmas Novella:

Christmas Lights by Chautona Havig, Vikki Kestell, Cathe Swanson, and April Hayman — From historical romance to contemporary cozy mysteries and Christmas wonder, these four “light” reads will warm your heart and ignite your Christmas spirit! (Christmas Novella, Mixed Genres, Independently Published)

Contemporary Romance:

Risking Love by Brenda S. Anderson — Can cautious bank employee Lissa Morgan risk falling in love with a former thrill-seeker, a widowed single dad, when she may have to foreclose on his house? (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)

A Mom for Christmas by Lorraine Beatty — Noah’s dream of a happy family and Beth’s dream of a continuing ballet career are both dashed, but when they come together they discover that the Lord might have a new dream for both of them. (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Sleigh Bells Ring by Sandra D. Bricker, Barbara J. Scott, Lynette Sowell, and Lenora Worth — Santa Claus is coming to town, and so are the Tucker sisters. The girls have inherited their father’s run-down horse farm for Christmas. It needs some serious TLC in order to make it sell-ready. Joanna knows that by recruiting her sisters and one handsome ranch hand they can fix up the place and even celebrate one last Christmas while they’re at it. However, to Isabella, returning to their home in Kentucky bluegrass country for Christmas seems like an impossible hurdle. Can her Chicago boyfriend make life merry and bright again? One thing’s for sure: nothing is peace on earth for Sophia as a new beau brings up old wounds. And when the fate of the horse farm is put in jeopardy because Amy accidentally fraternizes with the enemy, tensions rise. But it’s not like the land developer stole Christmas . . . just her heart. Can the Tucker sisters have themselves a merry little Christmas? (Contemporary Romance from Gilead Publishing)

Do You Hear What I Hear? by Margaret Brownley — Stranded at the old Star Inn until the road back to his cabin reopens, lumber mill owner Rick Talbot suddenly comes face to face with the past. The only woman he’s ever loved is standing in front of the inn’s blazing fire trying to get warm. Both Rick and Sally regret what happened between them years ago, but his family lumberyard clashes with her tree-hugging ways and neither is willing to try again. It will take the storm of the century, one stage-struck young boy, a certain meddling “angel”–and even a cranky cat–to convince them that in matters of the heart, sometimes the second time around is best. (Contemporary Romance from St. Martin Press)

More Than a Tiara by Valerie Comer — Marisa Hiller abandoned her modeling career to nurse a broken heart in Montana, far from the photographer who ruined everything. Her family farm is now part of a CSA program teaching gardening and cooking to single moms, but when the coordinator begs her to represent the program in the Miss Snowflake Pageant, Marisa balks. God has forgiven Jase Mackie but hasn’t answered his prayer to bring Marisa back into his life… until Jase finds himself out West as the official photographer for a beauty pageant, face to face with the woman he’s never forgotten. (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)

Room at the Inn for Christmas by Mary Connealy — Ambitious hotel executive Amanda Star’s has got her sights set on the CEO job at the multi-national Halston hotel chain. But then she inherits the Star Inn, a place her father had always wanted her to run alongside him. With no time to be away from her job, she rushes home to put the inn up for sale. Once there, she’s struggles against keen regret, sweet memories, and the longing to return, which grows stronger when she is reunited with an old classmate: Anthony Carter, a handyman with a guarded heart. (Contemporary Romance from St. Martin Press)

Can’t Help Falling by Kara Isaac — A funny, heartfelt romance about how an antique shop, a wardrobe, and a mysterious tea cup bring two C.S. Lewis fans together in a snowy and picturesque Oxford, England. (Contemporary Romance from Howard [Simon & Schuster])

A Christmas Homecoming by Kimberly Rose Johnson — Interior design assistant Bailey Calderwood suspects the mysterious admirer sending her cards and flowers is none other than the son of her unpleasable, bed-ridden boss. When Stephen Belafonte’s mom demands he fire Bailey, can he find a way to heal the rift in his family as well his own heart, or will he be forced to let Bailey go? (Contemporary Romance from Mountain Brook Ink)

Where Two Hearts Meet by Liz Johnson — When Caden Holt’s boss asks her to show off their own beautiful Prince Edward Island to impress a visiting travel writer and save the Red Door Inn, the reclusive executive chef is forced to face a world much bigger than her kitchen–and a man who makes her wish she was beautiful. (Contemporary Romance from Revell [A Division of Baker Publishing Group])

Trust My Heart by Carol J. Post — Grant McAllister, a jaded big-city lawyer and small-town reporter Jami Carlisle have no hope for finding true love–except for a zany old matchmaker who won’t give up. In the unspoiled beauty of the Smoky Mountains, there’s healing and forgiveness to be found. And for Grant, this unplanned detour may be just what’s needed to finally guide him home. (Contemporary Romance from Waterfall Press)

Insight by Deborah Raney — She’s having a baby. It’s a blessing that brings comfort to newly widowed Olivia Cline. Yet with no insurance, no job and precious little money, how will Olivia care for herself and her child? The answer is a handsome and brooding artist seeking an assistant. Reed Vincent has recently regained his eyesight thanks to a donor. And through his eyes, Olivia begins to see all the possibilities before her. Before them. Until, in a flash of insight, she knows why his signature is so hauntingly familiar. (Contemporary Romance from Raney Day Press)

Silver Bells by Deborah Raney — As Elvis croons from the radio and Christmas descends upon a small Kansas town, two people find the miracle of love. (Contemporary Romance from Raney Day Press)

A Family Under the Christmas Tree by Terri Reed — In this heartwarming tale set during the Christmas season, a single father and a fashion photographer are brought together by a young boy and a mischievous Bernese mountain dog–but first they must learn to set aside their differences if they are willing to let their relationship bloom. (Contemporary Romance from Howard [Simon & Schuster])

Third Strand of the Cord by Catherine Richmond — Caroline will do anything to keep her ex-husband from putting her son with Down syndrome in an institution–even enroll the boy in a class taught by a know-it-all karate instructor. Lee Marivaux is an expert at reading people. He knows his feisty new student will thrive with firm guidance – and he’s right. He pegs the boy’s mother as a clueless socialite who loafs at the country club – and he’s never been so wrong. When Caroline’s abusive ex shows up, demanding custody, Lee and Caroline must join forces to keep the boy safe. (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)

Buying Love by Toni Shiloh — Impatient for marriage, Nina Warrenton places an ad in the newspaper for a husband–attaching a monetary reward. But when she begins to fall for the small-town chef who answers her add, she realizes how much she wants him to love her and not her money. Dwight Williams needs fast cash to save the family restaurant, but can he let it go to prove his love for Nina? (Contemporary Romance from Celebrate Lit)

Moonlight Over Manahttan by Carrie Turansky — Professional organizer Sarah Montgomery is hired to organize her elderly neighbor’s cluttered apartment by Justin Latimer, her neighbor’s grandson. Sarah believes free-spirited Justin is a lazy, unemployed poet who is taking advantage of his grandmother’s generosity. Though attracted to him, she guards her heart against her growing feelings. As Sarah and Justin work together to help his grandmother and enjoy Christmas events in NYC, romantic sparks fly. When Sarah discovers who Justin really is, she must decide if she will continue to hide behind her protective wall or open her heart and embrace love. (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)

Love Bears All Things by Beth Wiseman — Charlotte Dolinsky needs time to recover after breaking up with her boyfriend, Ryan. But when a surprise visitor shows up on her doorstep in Texas, she’s forced to put aside her own worries to help her Amish friends in Lancaster County. Daniel Byler struggles each day in his Amish community to heal from his fiancée’s betrayal. When he discovers that a member of his family is in danger of being shunned, his pain turns to fear. His only way to help is by partnering with Charlotte, a woman he barely knows who has already deceived them all before. (Contemporary Romance from HarperCollins Christian Publishing)

General Contemporary (includes Women’s Fiction):

Paint The Storm by Dawn V. Cahill — When Meg is challenged to love her lesbian daughter as Christ would, she struggles to live out God’s command, and when her daughter goes missing, she finds herself joined with the unlikeliest of allies in her search for Linzee, and finally learns of God’s unconditional grace for sinners. (Contemporary Women’s Fiction from Spring Mountain Publishing)

Restoration Road by Elise Phillips — Mallory Andrews’s short trip back to Texas for her mother’s funeral quickly becomes a move home to help her grieving father with his contracting business. When her old crush, Tres, hires them for a restoration project Mallory falls in love with the crumbling old house. And when feelings bloom between her and Tres, she finds herself on the road to a brand new, unexpected life filled with faith, sweet tea, and fresh paint. (General Contemporary from Desert Breeze Publishing)

Above All Things by Deborah Raney — Expecting their first baby, Judd and Evette McGlin are thrilled to become parents. But the couple faces the ultimate test when Judd learns he already has a child: a six-year-old mixed-race girl born amid secrets and lies. Now, Evette must decide if she can accept the child. She thought she was open-minded–until hidden prejudices threaten the future of an innocent little girl, Evette’s marriage and the very notion of who she thinks she is. (Contemporary Women’s Fiction from Raney Day Press)

Restoring Christmas by Cynthia Ruchti — Alexis set out to restore a fieldstone farmhouse in need of repair. She didn’t expect to restore a life in the process. (General Contemporary from Worthy Inspired)

Strings of Faith by Terry Stafford — Darcy is a classically trained violinist who dreams of playing bluegrass and winning The National Oldtime Fiddle Contest in Weiser, Idaho. When tragedy strikes, Darcy lays her gift aside for her family and faces unimaginable pain and loss, leading to dissension with her husband, disappointing judgment from her church, and anger with God Himself. Can her gift of music survive when her life is turned upside down? (General Contemporary, Independently Published)

Historical:

The Lost Generation by Erica Marie Hogan — On August 5th 1914, the world changed forever. For John and Beth Young, it meant the happiness they finally achieved was snatched out from under them. For Emma Cote, it meant that her husband Jared would do his duty, despite her feelings. For Christy Simmons it meant an uncertain future with the boy she loved. The lives of six people, spread across the British Empire to America were changed forever. (Historical from Elk Lake Publishing Inc.)

Aboard Providence by Keely Brooke Keith — When an accident forces Jonah Ashton to serve as a ship’s physician, he boards the Providence with the plan to escort a group of families to their new settlement in South America and then return to Pennsylvania to finish medical school before rumors of Southern rebellion erupt into all-out war. What he doesn’t count on is getting lost at sea… and Marian Foster. When the settlers finally reach land, Jonah makes a startling discovery that changes everything, but will it change his heart? (Historical from Crossriver Media Group)

Historical Romance:

The Rails to Love Romance Collection by Diana Lesire Brandmeyer, Amanda Cabot, Lisa Carter, Ramona K. Cecil, Lynn A. Coleman, Susanne Dietze, Kim Vogel Sawyer, Connie Stevens, and Liz Tolsma — Journey the Transcontinental Railroad along with nine unlikely couples who encounter all the dangers and disappointments of traveling the rails in the late 1800s. From sight-seeing excursions to transports toward new lives, from orphan trains to circus trains, can romances develop into blazing love in a world of cold, hard steel? (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)

Cowboy Christmas Homecoming by Mary Connealy, Ruth Logan Herne, Julie Lessman, and Anna Schmidt — For widow June Harper, another cold front is about to hit. Most call him Hugh. She’d call him Scrooge, except as the man ensures her needs are met, June can’t help but wonder how to meet the needs of his heart. Netty Lewis can take care of herself, has for a while now. And even if Roy, her hired help for the holidays, does take care of her, that doesn’t mean he cares for her or that he’ll stay past Christmas. Pastor Colton McCabe is not sure he’ll make it through the holidays with his new housekeeper. Grace can’t seem to do anything right but love. Perhaps being a homekeeper will earn her a permanent residence in his heart. Connie Lancaster is determined to return to St. Louis, and no cowboy can change her mind. But if Isaac can change her heart, maybe Connie will see the homecoming she’s been longing for isn’t to a place but a person. (Historical Romance from Gilead Publishing)

The Captive Heart by Michelle Griep — Stranded in a strange land, Eleanor Morgan faces starvation or marriage . . . but who wants to marry a murderer? (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)

The Rightful Heir by Angel Moore — Cowboy Jared Ivy must work with stranger Mary Lou Ellison until a judge comes to town and determines which one of them is the rightful heir to his family’s Texas newspaper. Intrepid reporter Mary Lou won’t lose the Pine Haven Record–the legacy he left her–without a fight. But when she and Jared stop sparring long enough to investigate a story together, they become a force to be reckoned with. Will they let their battle over the Record get in the way of something even more newsworthy: true love? (Historical Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Christmas at Stoney Creek by Martha Rogers — When newspaper reporter Tom Whiteman befriends a homeless man named Joe, Tom decides to bring him home to Stoney Creek, Texas for Christmas. As Tom and his childhood friend Faith Delmont set out to learn the truth about the mysterious old man with the kind, sad eyes, they discover that God’s love can turn tragedy and loss to triumph, and that true love comes to those who wait. (Historical Romance from Realms [Charisma Media])

Mystery:

Another Day, Another Dali by Sandra Orchard — In order to regain her grandmother’s favor FBI Special Agent Serena Jones agrees to investigate a missing Salvador Dali painting. But when the evidence points to members of the owner’s own household, it becomes clear that Serena won’t be winning any popularity contests. Then Serena stumbles upon links to her grandfather’s unsolved murder. (Mystery from Revell [A Division of Baker Publishing Group])

Romantic Suspense:

Tangled Webs by Irene Hannon — After a disastrous Middle East mission ends his six-year Army Ranger career, Finn McGregor needs some downtime in the woods. But when someone threatens his neighbor, publishing executive Dana Lewis, Finn and Dana must work together to discover who wants her to leave her lakeside cabin before it costs both their lives. (Romantic Suspense from Revell [A Division of Baker Publishing Group])

Identity Unknown by Terri Reed — When a John Doe washes up on the shores of Calico Bay, no one knows who he is—including him. But one thing’s instantly clear to deputy sheriff Audrey Martin: the man’s marked for murder. And she’s the only one who can protect him from the assassins who lurk at every turn. The arrival of a team of men claiming he’s Canadian Border Services officer Nathanial Longhorn only further complicates the matter. As his memories slowly start drifting back, Nathanial and Audrey work to uncover who wants him dead and why. If they don’t, this Christmas might be their last. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Speculative:

A Time to Rise by Nadine Brandes — What more can you sacrifice than your life? Parvin Blackwater is dead. At least that’s what the Council and the world thinks. But her sacrifice tore down part of the Wall long enough to stir up hope and rebellion in the people. Parvin and Solomon must uncover the mysterious clues that Jude left behind in order to destroy the projected Wall once and for all. Meanwhile, the Council schemes to new levels of technology in its attempts to keep the people contained. Can a one-handed Radical and a scarred ex-Enforcer really bring shalom to the world? (Speculative Young Adult from Enclave Publishing)

Unblemished by Sara Ella — Eliyana can’t bear to look at her own reflection. But what if that were only one Reflection—one world? What if another world exists where her blemish could become her strength? (Speculative Young Adult from HarperCollins Christian Publishing)

Beast by Chawna Schroeder — For as long as Beast can remember, she has lived among her master’s dogs. With them she sleeps. With them she eats. With them she fights and struggles to survive. But through hunger and cold she dreams of one day becoming her master’s favorite, earning bones with meat and a place beside the fire. When her pack scatters after a surprise raid, Beast must defend herself against slavers, hunting down the loners. They are so strong, and she is only a beast . . . or is she? (Speculative Allegory from Enclave Publishing)

Accelerant by Ronie Kendig — He’ll destroy the world. But he must save it first. As the only able-bodied heir to the Fire Throne, Haegan, Prince of Seultrie must return to the Nine Kingdoms and fight for his people. But there are insidious forces at work. When reality itself falls into question, Haegan struggles to know where to fight, who to trust. Caught between duty to his country and duty to the world, Haegan must see clearly enough to choose the right path to save his devastated world. (Speculative High Fantasy from Enclave Publishing)

Thriller/Suspense:

Death in the Mind’s Eye by Rick Acker — It knows what you’re thinking. It knows when you’re lying. Does it know how to kill? San Francisco attorney Mike Webster and Dr. Johanna Anderson, a brilliant and beautiful psychologist, must clear Jo’s name of a malpractice case before the controversial, technologically-assisted Mind’s Eye therapy is seized by a shadowy finance firm and used as a weapon. (Thriller/Suspense from Waterfall Press)

The Warrior’s Seal by Ronie Kendig — A Special Forces team is thrust into a war with the past to save the president after an artifact unleashes a deadly toxin. Special Forces operative Cole “Tox” Russell and his team are tasked in a search-and-rescue–the U.S. president has been kidnapped during a goodwill tour. The mission nosedives when an ancient biblical artifact and a deadly toxin wipe out villages. Tox must stop the terrorists and the toxin to save the president. This is a free e-novella prequel! (Thriller/Suspense from Bethany House [Baker])

Deadly Infiltration by W. Richard Lawrence — Infiltrators inside the American government are betraying undercover agents while helping sneak weapons of mass destruction across our borders. To keep their work hidden, they are willing to murder anyone who gets in their way. Sara, a brilliant computer expert working for the FBI, finds herself caught in the middle. Sara’s young faith in God is gravely tested when she is framed for the murder of an FBI agent, forcing her to go into hiding. Meanwhile, Sara’s fiancé Derry lives up to a promise he made to her, and gives up his future to save her and hopefully the country. (Thriller/Suspense from Boarding House Publishing)

Western Historical:

Refining Fire by Carol Cox — Meet the Arizona Territory Brides. Four strong, independent women–each determined to stand on her own two feet, and not one of them looking for romance. But sometimes love shows up when you least expect it… (Western, Pioneer/Prairie, Independently Published)

 
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