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What book should you read next? What words should you write next? Whether you're a reader, a writer, or both, you need look no further for ideas and pointers to help you make up your mind. You might even get your next book for free--and signed by the author!

Sometimes I even give away my own novels. My Inspirational romances and devotionals are pictured below and are detailed on my Books page. You can always count on a trace of humor in my novels and nonfiction. Whether you're a teen or a woman mature in years, I think these stories will ring true.

Read on, and discover some of today's most appealing Christian novelists, their latest books, and their words of wisdom and imagination. Enjoy!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Virginia Smith and Free Books!

Thanks to the quirky Creekers, things never stay quiet in Goose Creek for long!

Before we revisit with today's featured author, I want to announce that the winner of the e-copy of Veronica Heley's False Wall is:

sydneyjames68@ . . .

Congratulations! We'll get your e-book right out to you.

I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right (above my list of books) in order to participate in future book give-aways! Subscribers are entered a second time when they comment.

And now let's revisit with novelist Virginia Smith, author of the contemporary humor novel, Renovating the Richardsons, a novel in the Tales of the Goose Creek B&B series (Harvest House Publishers, February 2016).

Virginia Smith is the bestselling author of thirty novels (and counting!), an illustrated children’s book, and over fifty articles and short stories.

An avid reader with eclectic tastes in fiction, Ginny writes in a variety of styles, from lighthearted relationship stories to breath-snatching suspense.

Her books have received many awards, including two Holt Medallion Awards of Merit. The first book in the Tales of the Goose Creek B&B, The Most Famous Illegal Goose Creek Parade, is currently a finalist for the prestigious Bookseller’s Best Award.

Please tell us three random things we might not know about you.

-- I live a double life by also publishing fantasy stories under a pseudonym.

-- I run a small publishing company, Next Step Books, in order to provide publishing opportunities for books I believe in that have not found a home with a traditional publisher.

-- Thanks to my research on the books in the Tales of the Goose Creek B&B series, I registered as a foster mother for homeless kittens.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Renovating the Richardsons.

Al and Millie Richardson are hard at work renovating a drafty Victorian house into a B&B, and the new veterinarian, Susan, has finally found acceptance from the town--not to mention a hunky new boyfriend, Justin.

But things never stay quiet for long in Goose Creek. The inner-county softball game is coming up, and Millie volunteers Al as team manager. The softball team is a disaster. If they're not going to embarrass themselves in front of the whole county, Justin needs to play. But Justin lives just outside the city limits, and the rules say that players must live in town.

As if that weren't enough to keep the town gossips busy, a massage therapist has come to town and opened up shop. Imagine--a massage parlor!--in Goose Creek! No decent Creeker will stand for it.

It's up to Al and Millie--again--to save the day.

What is it about your lead characters that will make your readers care about them?

This book has an ensemble cast, so there are about five “main” characters. Still, Al and Millie are front-and-center, and their relationship is so endearing. At times they drive each other nuts, but their love is deep and enduring.

If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your lead roles?


I’d cast British actor Geoffrey Palmer as Al Richardson. In his role in the TV series As Time Goes By, he wore a perpetual scowl on his heavy features. Not that he was always grumpy – the scowl was natural to him. That’s exactly how I picture Al.


Millie is harder to cast. I have a solid picture of her in my mind, and though I’ve looked for a model, none fit exactly. I found a few possibilities, [like Aneta Corsaut (from the Andy Griffith Show), at left, with a few more years on her].

However, you can check out my Pinterest board for the Goose Creek B&B to see them, and also some other actors I’d cast for a few of the minor roles. It’s here: Pinterest

Could you share with us a quote about writing that you find inspirational?

Ernest Hemmingway said, “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at the typewriter and bleed.” I also really like something Stephen King said: “The road to hell is paved with adverbs.”

It's fascinating to see the different types of attitude that writers find motivating!

What is the last novel you read that you would recommend?

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. It’s about two sisters who get involved in the French resistance during WWII, and is so realistic I felt like I’d been there. Definitely not a feel-good book, but one that absorbed me.

I've seen that novel advertised on television quite a bit lately. Good to hear it's well done.

What are you working on now?

I’ve just finished up writing The Amish Widower, which will be released by Harvest House in April, and am getting ready to write a fifth book in the Goose Creek series – a Christmas novella currently called Al’s Goose is Cooked at a Goose Creek Christmas.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.virginiasmith.org
Facebook
Pinterest (though I ignore my Pinterest page for long periods of time!!!)

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Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?

My definition of a good book is one that so captivates me I don’t notice the author’s writing style or techniques. How do you define a good book?

Thanks, Virginia, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. 

Readers, Virginia has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, May 30. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Virginia's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com. 

I invite you to see the post below, about Harvest House's offer of a $1.99 e-copy of my contemporary romance, Tea for Two, through May. Purchase links are provided below.

Also, I'd love it if you'd connect with me on Facebook. Just click on my name at the right of today's post.

Annoying legal disclaimer: drawings void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents; the odds of winning depend upon the number of participants. See full disclaimer, as well as my Disclosure of Material Connection HERE.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Veronica Heley and Free Books!

 photo 9780727885760_zpso2ia8prt.jpgBea’s garden wall comes tumbling down to reveal a human skeleton – and many more skeletons in the cupboards of her neighbours.

Before we revisit with today's featured author, I want to announce that the winner of the e-copy of Teresa Morgan's No Greater Gift is:

linderellar@ . . .

Congratulations! We'll get your e-book right out to you.

I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right (above my list of books) in order to participate in future book give-aways! Subscribers are entered a second time when they comment.

And now let's revisit with novelist Veronica Heley, author of the Inspirational cozy mystery, False Wall (Severn House Publishers, March 2016).

 photo scan0001_zpsdxlfk1ed.jpgVeronica Heley celebrates the publication of her 76th book in 2016, having been in the business for over 40 years. She is currently writing two gentle crime series; the Ellie Quicke Mysteries and the Abbot Agency series. She also writes a short story once a quarter for the Methodist Recorder.

Her early books, which include more crime and some historical novels, are currently being brought out as e-books.

She’s involved with her local church and community affairs, likes to break for coffee with friends and does the garden when she has time.

Please tell us three random things we might not know about you.

--I love chocolate but hate coconut.

--My favourite colour is blue.

--I like to have something flowering all the year round in my garden.

I imagine your yard with that lovely English-garden variety and flair, Veronica.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of False Wall.

 photo 9780727885760_zpso2ia8prt.jpgBea Abbot watches in horror as her garden wall comes crashing down, leaving the rear of her house – and three others - wide open to trespassers. The fall of the wall also disturbs human bones in a neighbour’s pets’ cemetery.

A neighbour’s invitation to Bea and her financier friend Leon has horrifying consequences, as they both end up in hospital. It also leaves Bea’s house uninhabitable, wipes out her agency office and threatens to destroy Leon’s reputation.

Reeling from shock, Bea is distressed when Leon deserts her in an effort to rescue an important business deal.

Even with the help of her friends, can the agency survive – and what then will become of Bea’s relationship with Leon?

What is it about Bea that will make your readers care about her?

Bea is a successful businesswoman, running a domestic agency whose watchword is ‘discretion’, and she likes to pay attention to her appearance . . . but she has a nurturing nature and often finds herself taking on other people’s problems.

If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your lead role?

 photo Unknown_zps3wh2agus.jpegBea would be a gift for any older actress who has a sense of authority – and humor!

I picture someone like Helen Mirren, who easily displays both authority and humor.


Could you share with us a quote about writing that you find inspirational?

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.

But of course!

What is the last novel you read that you would recommend?

When life is dreary, we all need some fun to lift our spirits, so I recommend Kerry Greenwood’s series 'Miss Fisher Investigates' (Phryne Fisher Mysteries). She has a light touch, has researched her background into 1930s Australia very well, and her books leave you feeling you’ve been eating a chocolate souffl√©. But be warned; Phryne likes to enjoy a romp in bed in each of these books.

Well, I encourage my readers to heed your warning, but the series does look intriguing.

What are you working on now?

I’m working currently correcting proofs for the next Ellie Quicke story – Murder in Style - which comes out this summer, and working on the draft of the next Bea Abbot story – False Fire, which comes out at the end of the year. It’s hard to switch from one storyline to another, but it has to be done!

You certainly are prolific! 

Where else can readers find you online?

Readers can find me online at www.veronicaheley.com. Also at my blog which is blog.veronicaheley.com, and my e-books can be found at: www.veronicaheley.com/ebooks. There are over twenty of my backlist now available on e-books, and more to come. These include some more crime books, and some historicals, as well as the early Ellie Quicke and Bea Abbot stories.

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Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?

I like cats. Both Ellie and Bea have been adopted by cats, who appear in all their later stories. Do you think they should go on the covers, too?

Thanks, Veronica, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel.

Readers, Veronica has offered to give a free e-copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, May 23.
To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Veronica's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com. 

I invite you to see the post below, about Harvest House's offer of a $1.99 e-copy of my contemporary romance, Tea for Two, through May. Purchase links are provided below.

Also, I'd love it if you'd connect with me on Facebook. Just click on my name at the right of today's post.

Annoying legal disclaimer: drawings void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents; the odds of winning depend upon the number of participants. See full disclaimer, as well as my Disclosure of Material Connection HERE.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Teresa Morgan and Free Books!

 photo NoGreaterGiftFront-Small_zpswro1p8qf.jpgGrace Ryan and Erik Petersson work to untangle clues left by her late grandparents—clues involving a WWII conspiracy that could tear her family apart.

Before we meet today's featured author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of The Seafaring Women, by Susan Page Davis and James S. Davis, is:

lcenlow@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll email you for your snail-mail address, and we'll get your book right out to you.

I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right (above my list of books) in order to participate in future book give-aways! Subscribers are entered a second time when they comment.

And now let's visit with novelist Teresa Morgan, author of the Inspirational Romantic Historic Mystery, No Greater Gift (Mountain Brook Ink May 2016).

 photo Author Photo_zpsrsifwjeh.pngIn the days of carbon paper and eraser shields, Teresa worked as secretary to a manager and twenty-one engineers and scientists at the Department of Energy’s Hanford Site.

She and her husband have two adult children and one granddaughter. They live in southeastern Washington State.

Teresa Morgan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Theology from Christian Life School of Theology.

Please tell us three random things we might not know about you.

--My engineer husband, like Erik in No Greater Gift, did vacuum the grass for the same reasons.

--Like Grace, we owned cocker spaniels. For ten years, we also had a Siamese cat. The dynamics of that relationship was often as entertaining as those of my feistiest characters.

--I initially chose WWII as the source of the mystery Erik and Grace must solve because my father served in that war, but was quickly drawn to the depth of courage of those caught in the Battle of Britain.

It's interesting to hear about the autobiographical tidbits in the story, Teresa!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of No Greater Gift.

 photo NoGreaterGiftFront-Small_zpswro1p8qf.jpgHistory professor Grace Ryan returns to her hometown expecting to help her grandmother turn her journals and memories of WWII into memoirs. She arrives to find her grandmother being loaded into an ambulance. When she begs Grace to find the truth about a decades-old crime, whispers the word treason, then slips away forever, Grace is left to separate fact from fiction.

Then, an unwelcome inheritance strikes at her already fragile family bond. Though God’s voice seems silent, He sends someone to stand in the gap for her.

Erik Petersson, unjustly accused of infidelity, suffered through an unwanted divorce and the loss of his children’s love to his former wife’s bitterness. A physicist on sabbatical, he agrees to help Grace dig through her late grandfather’s scientific papers.

As he struggles to win back his children’s love, he and Grace are catapulted into a quagmire of truth and lies that could tear her family apart.

What is it about Erik and Grace that will make your readers care about them?

I think readers will love Erik and Grace because they’re very real people who have strength of conviction but have felt wounded by their own family members. Neither Grace nor Erik can allow themselves to compromise, but the consequences may be enormous. They both have great faith, but occasionally doubt themselves.

If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your lead roles?

 photo Ewan McGregor_zpsdxjhw9je.jpgI’m thinking of a tall, mature Ewan McGregor





 photo Jennifer Connelly_zpsh9azpujj.jpgFor Grace I like the looks of Jennifer Connelly with shoulder length curls.





Could you share with us a quote about writing that you find inspirational?

While I don’t remember who said it, the essence of the quote has stuck with me. “Every published work is made up of all the false starts and failures that preceded it.”

How true. Even as you mentioned earlier, sometimes we dismiss our initial plans because that dismissal leads to a better book!

What is the last novel you read that you would recommend?

I recently came upon an older book called Ezekiel's Shadow by David Ryan Long. An author of horror novels whose career is paralyzed by writer’s block becomes a Christian and asks himself, who am I if I can no longer write? Then he realizes he’s being stalked. Aside from the obvious mystery, I love the main character’s journey from who he was to who he is becoming. It affects his relationships in ways one wouldn’t expect.

What are you working on now?

I’d dearly like to do the second novel in this series. This one would tell Grace’s sister Shannon’s story.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.teresamorgan.com

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Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?

What historical period and place is your favorite?

Thanks, Teresa, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel.

Readers, Teresa has offered to give a free e-copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, May 16.
To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Teresa's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com. 

I invite you to see the post below, about Harvest House's offer of a $1.99 e-copy of my contemporary romance, Tea for Two, through May. Purchase links are provided below.

Also, I'd love it if you'd connect with me on Facebook. Just click on my name at the right of today's post.

Annoying legal disclaimer: drawings void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents; the odds of winning depend upon the number of participants. See full disclaimer, as well as my Disclosure of Material Connection HERE.

Friday, May 6, 2016

E-book Tea for Two just $1.99 through May! 

Counselor Tina Milano has been visiting Milly’s Tea Shop regularly for the past several months. She has many friends but no steady man in her life.

Zack Cooper is a local farmer who provides Milly with fresh fruit and vegetables for her shop. As a single parent, Zack is doing his best to raise his teenage son and daughter on his own.

When the kids get in minor scrapes with the law, Milly gently encourages Zack and Tina to work together to draw the teens back before their rebellious natures land them in even hotter water.

At first Tina sees the relationship in only a professional capacity, but soon her friends notice the luscious scent of romance in the air and decide to help things along.

Tea for Two is a faith-filled novel that explores the delight of second chances, warm friendship, and unexpected romantic encounters.

Now through May 31, you can get the novel on e-book for just $1.99 at:

Kindle
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and via iBooks and Google Play!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Susan Page Davis, James S. Davis, New Releases, and Free Books!

The captain is dead, and the crew has deserted, but the captain’s staunch widow believes there are always options.

Before we meet today's featured author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Elizabeth Goddard's Tailspin is:

mauback55@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll email you for your snail-mail address, and we'll get your book right out to you.

I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right (above my list of books) in order to participate in future book give-aways! Subscribers are entered a second time when they comment.

And now let's visit with novelists Susan Page Davis and James S. Davis, mother-son authors of the historical romance, The Seafaring Women of the Vera B. (Tea Tin Press, January, 2016).

James Samuel Davis grew up as the oldest of six children in rural central Maine. Homeschooled from first grade through high school graduation, he has always been an avid student of history and geography.

He completed an agricultural degree at Bob Jones University, then undertook an agricultural exchange including an internship on a dairy farm in Australia.

His writing credits include articles for Green Magazine and special sections of a daily newspaper. In addition to Australia, he has traveled to China and Alaska, and he made a mission trip to Micronesia in 2012.

He resides in rural Travelers Rest, S.C., with his wife and seven children.

Susan Page Davis, James’s mom, is the author of more than sixty Christian novels and novellas. Her historical novels have won numerous awards, including the Carol Award, the Will Rogers Medallion for Western Fiction, and the Inspirational Readers’ Choice Contest.

She lives in western Kentucky with her husband, Jim, and two of their adult children.

Please tell us three random things we might not know about you.

--Susan is a stroke survivor—19 years now, and no residual effects.

--While in Australia, Jim broke his leg in a dirt bike accident while trying to intercept an escaped herd of cattle.

--Back in her post-college waitressing days, Susan once served Bob Dylan a cup of tea. With lemon.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Seafaring Women of the Vera B.

1854—With the captain dead in Melbourne, Australia, Alice Packard thinks the worst has happened, until she learns the crew has deserted her husband’s ship in favor of the goldfields. Only one old man, Gypsy Deak, sticks by her, but Gypsy alone can’t raise a crew from the depleted population.

In desperation, Alice turns to the only source of plentiful workers: the women of Melbourne. In a bold move, she and Gypsy empty a brothel, promising the escaped women a new life.

Her all-woman (save one) crew put their backs and hearts into the voyage, but Alice finds training her sailors much harder than she expected. Her faith is tested to the limit.

With a cargo to sell, angry brothel and tavern owners in pursuit, pirates to evade, and a mysterious stowaway, will the seafaring women of the Vera B. survive to tell the tale of this daring adventure?

What is it about Alice that will make your readers care about her?

Jim says: Alice is put in a very difficult situation at the beginning of the book, and she refuses to give up. As the book goes on, she bears out the responsibility for her choices, and finds she has to trust God every step of the way. This book, among other features, shows how we have to "advance on our knees" before the Lord.

Susan adds: Alice has always been dependent on the men in her life, but when she is forced to go it alone, she finds she is stronger than she ever knew.

If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your lead roles?

JIM: The primary lead character, Alice, would need to be somebody very passionate and choleric. Maybe Kara Killmer.








I suppose Miranda Otto's probably getting too old now to play Kate, the fiery second mate who leads the daring rescue attempt at the end of the book, but she would be a good one, authentic accent and all.



SUSAN: I chose Paul Copley for Gypsy









and Kevin Costner for Josiah Howard.

We both like Emma Thompson for Lady Sarah.








Could you share with us a quote about writing that you find inspirational?

SUSAN: “Remember: Plot is no more than footprints left in the snow after your characters have run by on their way to incredible destinations.” —Ray Bradbury

What is the last novel you read that you would recommend?

SUSAN: I loved Juliana Deering’s latest mystery: Dressed for Death. "A Regency-Era costume party should have been an amusing diversion, but it seems wherever Drew Farthering goes, mystery--and murder--are on the guest list."

What are you working on now?

JIM: In addition to the second Hearts of Oak book, I'm working on a young readers' pre-medieval fantasy.

SUSAN: I’m writing a historical western romance to release in 2017, and a cozy mystery in Guideposts’ Tearoom Mysteries series, launching this summer.

Where else can readers find you online?

Website: www.susanpagedavis.com
Twitter: @SusanPageDavis
Facebook, Susan: Facebook
Jim’s Page: Facebook


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Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?

We value freedom in the United States. Freedom is a major theme in The Seafaring Women of the Vera B. How do you know if you are free?

Thanks, Susan and James, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel.

Readers, Susan and James have offered to give a signed copy of their book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, May 9.
To enter, leave a comment below in answer to their question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com. 

Also, I'd love it if you'd connect with me on Facebook. Just click on my name at the right of today's post.

Annoying legal disclaimer: drawings void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents; the odds of winning depend upon the number of participants. See full disclaimer, as well as my Disclosure of Material Connection HERE.

As you scroll to the bottom of today's post to answer Susan and Jim's question, check out the wonderful new Inspirational fiction releasing this month!

Amish Romance:

Amish Firefighter by Laura Hilton -- Banished from home and blamed for a barn fire at her new residence, Abigail Stutzman is desperate to prove her innocence. But God doesn't seem willing to help. Volunteer firefighter Sam Miller is determined to atone for his past. When local barn fires escalate, everyone suspects arson. And since the Miller family are among the victims, Sam means to see the perpetrators are brought to justice. When Abigail and Sam meet at the site of a barn burning, the emotional intensity rivals the warmth of the flames. Soon, they must decide whether this fire is one they should feed or extinguish. And they'll discover that the truth can prove more dangerous than a blazing inferno. (Amish Romance from Whitaker House)

Biblical Fiction:

Land of Silence by Tessa Afshar -- Before Christ called her daughter . . .Before she stole healing by touching the hem of his garment . . .Elianna is a young girl crushed by guilt. After her only brother is killed while in her care, Elianna tries to earn forgiveness by working for her father's textile trade and caring for her family. When another tragedy places Elianna in sole charge of the business, her talent for design brings enormous success, but never the absolution she longs for. As her world unravels, she breaks off her betrothal to the only man she will ever love. Then illness strikes, isolating Elianna from everyone, stripping everything she has left. No physician can cure her. No end is in sight. Until she hears whispers of a man whose mere touch can heal. After so many years of suffering and disappointment, is it possible that one man could redeem the wounds of body . . . and soul? (Biblical from Tyndale House)

Contemporary Romance:

Kiss the Bride Novella Collection by Robin Lee Hatcher, Melissa McClone, and Kathryn Springer -- Picture Perfect Love by Melissa McClone: Attorney Ashton Vance is the one that got away, but he wrongly blamed wedding photographer Jenna Harrison for ruining his political aspirations. Even if Jenna can forgive him, dare he hope for a second chance at her love? I Hope You Dance by Robin Lee Hatcher: Groomsman Grant Nichols and former rodeo queen Skye Foster are no match on paper. But when the male kitchen genius and the rodeo queen-turned-dance-tutor step onto the dance floor, they create a melody all their own. Love on a Deadline by Kathryn Springer MacKenzie: Newspaper social events writer "Mac" Davis is charged with covering the celebrity wedding of her high school nemesis. The only highlight of the job is spending time with Ethan Channing, the bride's older brother—and Mac's first crush. (Contemporary Romance from Zondervan)

An Informal Introduction by Heather Gray -- An ICU nurse and a state trooper find their lives crossing paths professionally and personally. (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)

The Cowboy's Twins by Deb Kastner -- Hardened cowboy Jax McKenna finds twin girls on his doorstep, and only new-to-the-area Faith Duggan, who needs horse-whispering Jax's assistance with her new mustang rescue, can help make Jax the daddy he longs to be. (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Rescue Me by Sandy Nadeau -- First Responder Ronnie Spencer has a no-dating-firefighters rule. She lost her father to a fire, and won't risk the heartbreak of losing someone else. But when Steve McNeal returns, Ronnie's heart is tested. How can she swear off dating a firefighter when she has to work with the one man she used to love? When the unthinkable happens, Ronnie has doubts. How can a loving God allow tragedy to stalk her life again? As her faith wavers, Ronnie must decide. Will their blossoming relationship be quickly extinguished by the very thing she feared, or will Ronnie trust God and allow her heart to be rescued--even if that means giving it to a firefighter? (Contemporary Romance from Harbourlight Books [Pelican])

Falling for the Hometown Hero by Mindy Obenhaus -- After returning home wounded from an IED attack, former soldier Kaleb Palmer is hailed as a hero. But survivor's guilt makes him feel like a fraud. He hopes setting up a business in Ouray, Colorado, will give him a purpose and help him forget. But his new office manager has her own plans. Grace McAllen brings light and hope wherever she goes, and she's getting Kaleb to open up. As she helps him make Mountain View Jeep Tours a success, Kaleb realizes a happy ending is in reach, if he can convince Grace to stay in town--and his life--forever. (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Her One and Only by Becky Wade -- When NFL super star Gray Fowler is threatened by a stalker, his team hires a professional bodyguard to ensure his safety. But when Gray's "protection" turns out to be a woman half his size, he's indignant. Will Dru Porter--a former Marine and expert markswoman--prove herself worthy of the job? And meanwhile, who's going to guard Gray's heart? (Contemporary Romance from Bethany House [Baker])

Historical Romance:

Sofi's Bridge by Christine Lindsay -- Can Sofi trust Neil, whose gentle manner brings such peace to her traumatized sister and such tumult to her own emotions, and can Neil, the gardener, continue to hide from Sofi that he is really Dr. Neil Galloway, a man wanted for murder? (Historical Romance from White Rose Publishing [Pelican])

Anchor in the Storm by Sarah Sundin -- For plucky Lillian Avery, America's entry into World War II means a chance to prove herself as a pharmacist in Boston. She loves the wartime challenges of her new job but spurns the attention of society boy Ens. Archer Vandenberg. As Arch's destroyer battles U-boats along the East Coast, Lillian uncovers a black market drug ring. Arch and Lillian work together on the investigation, but can he ever earn her trust and affection? (Historical Romance from Revell [Baker])

His Prairie Sweetheart by Erica Vetsch -- After being jilted at the altar, Southern belle Savannah Cox seeks a fresh start out West and accepts a teaching position in Minnesota. But between her students' lack of English, the rough surroundings and sheriff Elias Parker's doubts and distrust, Savannah's unprepared for both the job and the climate. However, she's determined to prove she can handle anything her new town throws her way. Elias gives it a week--or less--before the pretty schoolteacher packs her dainty dresses and hightails it back home. But no matter how many mishaps he has to rescue her from, Savannah doesn't give up. Yet the real test is to come--a brutal blizzard that could finally drive her away, taking his heart with her… (Historical Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Mystery/Thriller/Suspense:

Murder Comes by Mail by A. H. Gabhart -- Deputy Sheriff Michael Keane must desperately try to protect those he loves when a serial killer threatens all he holds dear in Hidden Springs. (Cozy Mystery from Revell [Baker])

The Progeny by Tosca Lee -- Emily Jacobs is the descendant of a killer. Now, she's become the hunted in a 400-year-old war between the offspring of "Blood Countess" Elizabeth Bathory, the most prolific female serial killer of all time, and a secret society dedicated to erasing every one of her posterity. She's on a quest that will take her to the secret underground of Europe and the inner circles of three ancient orders--one determined to kill her, one devoted to keeping her alive, and one she must ultimately save. (Supernatural Thriller from Howard [Simon & Schuster])

Medical Judgment by Richard L Mabry, MD -- Someone is after Dr. Sarah Gordon. They've stalked her, then set a fire at her home, and she has no idea what will come next. Her late husband's best friend and a recovering alcoholic detective are trying to solve the mystery before it's too late, but both appear to be vying for her affection as well. Sarah finds herself in constant fear as the process plays out. The questions keep mounting. Who is doing this? Why are they after her? What will they do to her? Will it mean her death? And, meanwhile, whom can she trust? (Medical Thriller from Abingdon Press)

Romantic Suspense:

Sins of the Past by Lynette Eason, Dee Henderson, and Dani Pettrey -- In Dee Henderson's "Missing," a Wyoming sheriff is called to Chicago when his elderly mother goes missing. Paired with a savvy Chicago cop, the two realize her disappearance is no accident and begin a race against the clock. In Dani Pettrey's "Shadowed," adventure, romance, and danger collide when a young fisherman nets the body of an open-water swimming competitor who may actually be a possible Russian defector. Lynette Eason's "Blackout" delivers the story of a woman once implicated in a robbery gone wrong. The loot has never been found--but her memory of that night has always been unreliable. Can she remember enough to find her way to safety when the true culprit comes after her? (Romantic Suspense from Bethany House [Baker])

Medusa's Hands by Monica Mynk -- When Megan's friend goes missing, she has to team up with her alcoholic stepbrother to save her from a human trafficking scheme. (Romantic Suspense from Mantle Rock Publishing)

Women's Fiction:

Home to Chapel Springs by Ane Mulligan -- Trouble comes to Chapel Springs in the form of a homeless author, a heartbroken daughter, and a theatre ghost. (Women's Fiction from Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas)

All About Mercie by Sharon Srock -- Scottlyn Rich is sixty-seven days from her wedding to Grant Weber, but she feels more orphaned and adrift than ever. Until her mother walks through the door. Grant Weber has spent two years earning Scottlyn's trust and can't believe how easily she accepts her mom's excuses. There's something off about Jocelyn Rich and he's determined to find answers even if it costs him everything. Will Scottlyn allow deception to derail her future, or will she take hold of wisdom and realize that her life truly is all about Mercie? (Women's Fiction from A Blonde and a Prayer Books)

The Mercie Collection by Sharon Srock -- The Mercie Collection is three novellas in one. For Mercie's Sake: A teenage victim of rape is disowned by her family when she refuses to abort the child she carries. Determined to raise her baby, she finds refuge with a widowed school teacher harboring sorrows of her own. Begging for Mercie: College student Scottlyn Rich is about to celebrate her daughter's first birthday when she receives news that the young man who raped her has died in prison. His grieving mother wants custody of Scottlyn's child. Can God find a way to bring peace to both women, or will someone end up begging for Mercie? All About Mercie: Scottlyn Rich is weeks away from her wedding to Grant Weber, but she feels more orphaned and adrift than ever. Until her mother walks through the door. Grant Weber has spent two years earning Scottlyn's trust and can't believe how easily she accepts her mom's excuses. He's determined to find answers even if it costs him everything. Will Scottlyn allow deception to derail her future, or will she take hold of wisdom and realize that her life truly is all about Mercie? (Women's Fiction from A Blonde and a Prayer Books)

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