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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, September 28, 2015

Veronica Heley and Free Books!

 photo 9780727885241_zpszmkyconm.jpgEllie Quicke’s new housekeeper is heavily involved with the charismatic leader of a cult who aims to get money from Ellie’s charitable trust . . . but tearful Claire’s background turns out to be highly suspicious.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Firefly Summer, by Kathleen Y'Barbo, is:

klmc_37@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll get your email address to Kathleen, and we'll get your book to you right away.

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 chat with novelist Veronica Heley, author of the gentle crime novel, Murder by Suspicion (Severn House Publishers, June 2015 UK, October USA).

 photo Unknown_zps693d0ce5.jpegVeronica Heley celebrates the publication of her 75th book this year, 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 audio and 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. She has been a member of a book reading club for 40 years, but has decided that life is too short to read depressing literature any more.

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

-- I reward myself with a piece of chocolate when I finish a piece of work.

-- I grow sweet peas in pots.

-- When I buy a new book, I have to get rid of an old one.

I'm so with you on the book exchange. At one point I kept every book I had, even after reading it. I finally realized that was selfish. I can't possibly live long enough to read every book I own, let alone re-reading any of them. Now I love giving books to the library as soon as I finish them. 

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Murder by Suspicion.

 photo 9780727885241_zpszmkyconm.jpgEllie is desperate to find someone to look after their elderly housekeeper, whose health is failing, but Claire makes some bizarre changes to the household.

Claire also introduces Ellie to Pastor Ambrose, the charismatic leader of a cult, who is after money from Ellie’s charitable trust. Ambrose is unstoppable in his quest for funds, and Claire dissolves into tears whenever her past is questioned . . . which includes her connection with two teenage girls who have disappeared.

Review, Kirkus, 1st August 2015:

Heley offers another solid outing for Ellie, who isn’t slowed down a bit by the passage of time.

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

Ellie is a widow who was always put down by her husband and scheming, ambitious daughter. She has inherited money, which she has learned to administer through a trust, but she has never learned to drive a car. She likes people and is good with them, but is not easily taken in by liars. A spot of gentle humour helps her through the day.

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

Ellie would be a good part for any of our older actresses who don’t care too much about appearing fashionable. Likewise her second husband, the Reverend Thomas – who has a beard and a figure which is far from sylphlike.

What’s one thing you would change about the current Inspirational fiction market?

I would steer more writers towards family values.

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

The Children Act by Ian McEwan. A judge, who is a woman, has to decide some difficult cases involving minors. In each case, the welfare of the child is paramount, but this can lead to much heart-searching, and can affect the lives of all concerned – including the judge.

What are you working on now?

I have just finished another Bea Abbot story, called False Wall, and now I am turning back to Ellie Quicke, who is drawn into investigating a possible murder at a fashionable boutique. She discovers that no two people agree on exactly what happened and who is to blame, while the one person who could sort out the tangled relationships, has disappeared.

Where else can readers find you online?

My website is at www.veronicaheley.com. I send out a monthly newsletter with lots of news and views on it. A shortened version of this is later posted as a blog on my website,  blog.veronicaheley.com Both can be accessed through the home page of my website.

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

Some of my readers like the fact that Ellie Quicke remarried but some don’t. Now my other heroine, Bea Abbot, is being forced to think about it. My agent thinks my readers would like her to have a love interest, but I’m not sure that’s true. What do you think?

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

Readers, Veronica has offered to give an e-copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, October 5. 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. 

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 HERE.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Kathleen Y'Barbo and Free Books!

 photo fireflysummer_lowres_zpsxpwxh0mk.jpegA Texas artist who repairs antique carousel horses for the Smithsonian falls in love with the former rodeo cowboy turned surgeon who did prison time for the murder of her son.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of A Noble Masquerade, by Kristi Ann Hunter, is:

patkf2007@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll email you today to get your mailing address, and we'll get your book to you right away.

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 chat with novelist Kathleen Y'Barbo, author of Southern contemporary romance, Firefly Summer, Book 1 of the Pies, Books & Jesus Book Club (Redbud Press, June 2015).

 photo DSC_0125_zpseljwj700.jpegBestselling author Kathleen Y’Barbo is a multiple Carol Award and RITA nominee of more than sixty novels with almost two million copies in print in the US and abroad. A tenth-generation Texan, she has been nominated for a Career Achievement Award as well a Reader’s Choice Award and is the winner of the 2014 Inspirational Romance of the Year by Romantic Times magazine.

Kathleen is a paralegal, a proud military wife, and an expatriate Texan cheering on her beloved Texas Aggies from north of the Red River.

Sadie's Secret (The Secret Lives of Will Tucker) an historical romantic suspense novel, is in stores now.

Please tell us a couple of random things we might not know about you.

-- The gold and platinum wedding band that marks my marriage to Robert was first worn by my maternal grandmother back in the 1930s. I am also named after her.

-- -- My favorite pie is buttermilk.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Firefly Summer.

 photo fireflysummer_lowres_zpsxpwxh0mk.jpegArtist Sessa Chambers may never recover from losing her prodigal son. Even as she grieves the tragic decisions that led to his death, and left her with a toddler to raise, she’s asked to work on her dream project—restoring carousel horses for the Smithsonian. But she can’t do it on her own…

Dr. Trey Brown can’t pick up a scalpel again. Yes, he acted in self-defense, but the events of that awful night haunt him. He was trained to save lives, not take them. When he goes to the young man’s widowed mother to apologize, she’s not at all what he expected.

For one thing, she’s not as alone as he thought—not with the fearsome ladies of the Pies, Books, and Jesus Book Club in her corner. For another, she’s beautiful, and being in her presence is more jolting than any eight-second bronco ride from his former rodeo days. Before he knows it, she’s captured his heart as easily as they capture the fireflies gracing Sessa’s Texas ranch.

What is it about Trey Brown that will make your readers care about him?

Rodeo cowboy turned surgeon Dr. Trey Brown has been forgiven for killing a young man in self defense, first by the State of Texas and then by the woman he’s fallen in love with, Sessa Chambers. Forgiving himself will take much longer, if he manages to do this at all. How many of us have found it difficult to get past something we’ve done, to forgive ourselves? Most of us, I would guess.

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

 photo images_zpslq4v5btx.jpegBlake Shelton is who I had in mind when I wrote Dr. Brown.






 photo images-1_zpsqzex14pn.jpegFor Sessa, I see Kate Hudson.






If you could change one thing about the current Inspirational fiction market, what would you change?

More steampunk and more Southern fiction!

Yeah, there really is so little steampunk in Christian fiction, right? Maybe with so many authors publishing indie works, we might see more of both of those categories in the near future.

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

I read Tending Roses by Lisa Wingate, and I would highly recommend it.

What are you working on now?

I am working on the third book in the Pies, Books and Jesus series, title TBA.

Where else can readers find you online?

Please check out my website at www.kathleenybarbo.com. While you’re there, be sure and sign up for my newsletter. I’m also on Facebook and on Twitter.

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

What is your favorite pie?

Oh, man. I don't think I've ever met a pie I didn't like. Personally, pineapple chess pie is one of my top choices. I haven't had that in years!

If anyone wants to include their recipe in their comments, feel free--I'll enter you an additional time in the drawing.

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

Readers, Kathleen has offered to give an e-copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, September 28. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Kathleen's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, 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 HERE.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Kristi Ann Hunter and Free Books!

 photo NobleCover_zpsqb70wlbh.jpgWhen Lady Miranda Hawthorne starts to develop affections for two men, she uncovers secrets that will put more than her heart at risk.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of The Lost Heiress, by Roseanna White, is:

k.morris713@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll email you today to get your mailing address, and we'll get your book to you right away.

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 chat with novelist Kristi Ann Hunter, author of Inspirational Regency Romance, A Noble Masquerade (Bethany House Publishers, September 2015).

 photo Hunter5_zpswrwlqhoi.jpgKristi Ann Hunter graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in Computer Science but always knew she wanted to write more than code. The power of stories and their ability to bring people together has always enthralled her.

Kristi is an RWA Golden Heart contest winner, an ACFW Genesis contest winner, and a Georgia Romance Writers Maggie Award for Excellence winner.

She lives with her husband and three children in Georgia, where she divides her time between family, church, and the pursuit of the next perfect story.

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

-- I lead middle school Bible study using kids’ meal toys as teaching aides.

-- I have a collection of stress toys in a myriad of shapes including a potato, a brain, and an astronaut. It now includes a book shaped one with my name on it!

-- I have a bad habit of starting to say my thoughts out loud and then… (finishing the sentences in my head.)

LOL. That was cute, Kristi.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of A Noble Masquerade.

 photo NobleCover_zpsqb70wlbh.jpgLady Miranda Hawthorne acts every inch the lady, but inside she longs to be bold and carefree. Entering her fourth Season and approaching spinsterhood in the eyes of society, she pours her innermost feelings out not in a diary but in letters to her brother's old school friend, a duke--with no intention of ever sending these private thoughts to a man she's heard stories about but never met, until one of these letters accidentally gets posted.

Meanwhile, she also finds herself intrigued by Marlow, her brother's new valet, and although she may wish to break free of the strictures that bind her, falling in love with a servant is more of a rebellion than she planned.

Insecurity about her lack of suitors shifts into confusion at her growing feelings for two men. When it becomes apparent state secrets are at risk and Marlow is right in the thick of the conflict, one thing is certain: Miranda's heart is far from all that's at risk.

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

Everyone feels restricted by expectations from time to time. The balancing act of being true to oneself and meeting the expectations of those you care about can leave a person feeling lost and confused. Part of what draws the lead characters together is their ability to give each other the freedom to be themselves. As they figure out who they really are, they discover they may be stronger than they initially thought.

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

 photo ae578049ad9ba9e6d84e732318cb2ec9_zpsvjgma4qi.jpg I always pictured Miranda looking very similar to Reese Witherspoon, though with green eyes.




 photo images_zpskhsf07om.jpegThe man she falls in love with bears a striking resemblance to David Boreanaz.


I like that you didn't make it clear whether that male character is the duke or the valet...

If you could change one thing about the current Inspirational fiction market, what would you change?

The discoverability. I often talk to people who would love to read Inspirational fiction, but think it's limited to one or two types of stories. Getting the books in front of the people who would enjoy them is difficult across the entire industry, but I think even more so when it comes to Christian novels. Many people don't realize the variety of Christian fiction that is now available from both traditional publishing houses and the self-publishing authors.

Absolutely agreed. 

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

I have to pick just one? That's so tough. I really enjoyed After a Fashion by Jen Turano. There are a lot of rich man/poor girl books on the market right now, but Jen sets hers apart by giving her hero real dimension with some flaws that a man of that background and time period would very likely have. Oliver is by no means the perfect guy, but there's something very endearing about him as he tries to be. That depth makes it very easy for the reader to be pulled on the same journey Harriet is as she finds the man to love in spite of his flaws, and perhaps in spite of her own flaws as well.

If I can get away with mentioning two I also want to say I thoroughly enjoyed Fair Catch by Cindy Roland Anderson. The heroine was very different from your normal Christian book and allowed me to really get a new perspective on the all too common situation of the divorced, single mom.

Thanks for those recommendations! I like hearing about books that aren't the norm in the industry.

What are you working on now?

The next book in the series, of course. Miranda's sister, Georgina, has had a tough time of it with nothing going as she planned. She's got a very personal secret driving her desperation and God's going to use that to change her world by throwing her into the path of a man that doesn't possess a single one of her requirements.

Where else can readers find you online?

I can be found at my website, www.KristiAnnHunter.com as well as Facebook and Twitter

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     CBD
214325: #1: A Noble Masquerade


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

I get a lot of my reading done on the treadmill or exercise bike, but I've also been known to read while folding laundry, cooking dinner, or creeping forward in the carpool line at my kids' school (but never actually while driving on the road! That's what audiobooks are for.) What's the strangest or most difficult thing you've ever tried to do while reading because you just couldn't put down the book?

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

Readers, Kristi has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, September 21. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Kristi's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, 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 HERE.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Roseanna White, September Releases, and Free Books!

 photo LostHeiress_3Dmck_zpssitqelz9.jpgDiscovering she’s the heiress to a Yorkshire estate reunited Brook with the father she never knew…but threw her straight into the path of the same mystery that killed her mother.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of The Cranbury Papermaker, by Maureen Lang, is:

alekee02@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll email you today to get your mailing address, and we'll get your book to you right away.

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 Roseanna White, author of the historical romance suspense novel, The Lost Heiress (Bethany House, September 2015).

 photo RoseannaWhite2014_zpsyrpdxjke.jpgRoseanna M. White pens her novels beneath her Betsy Ross flag, with her Jane Austen action figure watching over her. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two children, editing and designing, and pretending her house will clean itself.

The Lost Heiress is Roseanna’s tenth published book. Her novels range from biblical fiction to American-set romances to her new British series.

She lives with her family in West Virginia.

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

-- I have 2 kids, 9 and 7, who I homeschool.

-- I finished my first novel (the original version of this one!) when I was 13.

-- I hate vegetables. I make myself eat them, but seriously. Blech.

Good girl!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Lost Heiress.

 photo LostHeiress_3Dmck_zpssitqelz9.jpgBrook Eden has never known where she truly belongs. Though raised in the palace of Monaco, she’s British by birth and was brought to the Grimaldis under suspicious circumstances as a babe. When Brook’s friend Justin uncovers the fact that Brook is likely a missing heiress from Yorkshire, Brook leaves the sun of the Mediterranean to travel to the moors of the North Sea to the estate of her supposed family.

The mystery of her mother’s death haunts her, and though her father is quick to accept her, the rest of the family and the servants of Whitby Park are not. Only when Brook’s life is threatened do they draw close—but their loyalty may come too late to save Brook from the same threat that led to tragedy for her mother.

As heir to a dukedom, Justin is no stranger to balancing responsibilities. When the matters of his estate force him far from Brook, the distance between them reveals that what began as friendship has grown into something much more. But how can their very different loyalties and responsibilities ever come together?

And then, for a second time, the heiress of Whitby Park is stolen away because of the very rare treasure in her possession—and this time only the servants of Whitby can save her. Soon Brook is swept up in the same dangerous business that killed her mother and sent her, as a baby, into the arms of a stranger.

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

Ah, Brook. =) I think modern readers will relate to this historical heroine’s streak of independence, her insistence that she can do anything a boy can do—and do it better.

But all her bravado is just to cover the aching heart that wants to know where it belongs. She also has an impulsive streak to match that independent one, and though her blood’s all English, being raised along the Mediterranean resulted in a bit of an Italian temper that keeps everyone on their toes.

She’s a really fun mix of wit, bold moves, and a broken heart that I hope makes her as special to readers as she’s been to me for so many years!

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

 photo diane-kruger-400_zpsxhaoub0n.jpgAssuming I have access to a time machine, I would definitely cast Diane Kruger (when she was in the 18-20 range) as Brook.





 photo Unknown_zpstsg3y69v.jpegNo need for said time machine for Justin—he’s William Mosley, who was kind enough to land a role on Royals after his Narnia days so that I could find lots of up-to-date pictures of him.




If you could change one thing about the current Inspirational fiction market, what would you change?

Oh, interesting question! As someone who has helped her husband start a small publisher, this is more than a hypothetical for me, it’s my life’s work, LOL.

What I pray we can change is the idea among my generation that Christian fiction doesn’t offer them what they want and expect. So many 20- and 30-somethings end up in the general market because they think Christian fiction is too [preachy, unrealistic, fluffy, shallow]. I want to prove to them that it isn’t!

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

If you’re looking for something serious that will really make you think, Susan Meissner’s The Shape of Mercy. Simply breathtaking!

But if you need a fun read, you gotta go Jen Turano. I read After a Fashion and quickly snapped up another of her titles to keep for the next time I needed a fun romantic comedy.

I loved The Shape of Mercy! Susan is an excellent author.

What are you working on now?

I just turned in the final book in this series, Ladies of the Manor, so between edits on the next two books I’m working on another Edwardian series, my next biblical fiction, and toying with an idea for a contemporary supernatural thriller that may or may not amount to anything.

Where else can readers find you online?

Everywhere! And I love little more than hearing from my readers.

Website: www.roseannamwhite.com
Blog: www.roseannamwhite.blogspot.com
Facebook: /RoseannaMWhite
Twiter: @RoseannaMWhite

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     CBD
642135: #1: The Lost Heiress


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

A question of the utmost relevance to Brook – coffee or tea? (And Trish is asking: what brew or blend?)

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

Readers, Roseanna has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, September 14. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Roseanna's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, 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 HERE.

As you scroll to the bottom of this post to answer Roseanna's question, take a look at some of the excellent Inspirational fiction being released this month!

Contemporary Romance:

Moments of Truth by Sandra D. Bricker -- Divorced blogger Regan Sloane's new book club meetings quickly morph into evenings with her friends trying out recipes and decompressing by sharing their most private thoughts, fears and ponderings. With the first writing tip she'd ever received - Write what you know! - skipping around her brain, the fodder those gatherings provide is just too delicious to resist, and Regan gravitates toward them and their various romantic challenges for blog content. (Contemporary Romance from Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas)

The Birdhouse by Laura V. Hilton -- Josh Yoder wants to court Greta, but years ago, he made the mistake of rejecting her during a seemingly innocent game-which resulted in him leaving the Amish. Three years later, he's back, but Greta wants nothing to do with him. When Greta's father is injured in a farming accident, Josh steps in to help. Greta admires one of his birdhouses, and he gives it to her, hoping that it will open the door to more. But as their friendship begins to grow, a series of unfortunate events pull Greta away from the Amish, leaving her rejected by those she loves. Will Greta prove her innocence, get beyond her family's distrust and return home? (Contemporary Romance from Whitaker House)

The Bishop's Son (The Amish of Bee County) by Kelly Irvin -- Leila Lantz has been in love with Jesse Glick from the day she first saw him at his father's store, but she can't make sense of his intentions. Jesse may be the bishop's son, but his faith has been wavering of late. Is it fair to give Leila false hope for a future he doubts he can provide? Then there's Will, Jesse's cousin, who has been trying to keep his feelings for Leila a secret, but he also knows Jesse is wrestling with his faith. Would declaring his feelings for Leila be in her best interest or simply serving his own selfish desires? Leila knows Will is the "safe" choice, but when her heart speaks, it's Jesse's name she hears. Could leaving everything she knows-even her own faith-be a part of God's plan? (Contemporary Romance from Zondervan)

A Tide Worth Turning by Beth Wiseman -- Successful real estate agent Addison Burke is forced to find a caregiver for her estranged mother following a stroke. She hires an agency to fill the position, and to her surprise, they send a man for the job. Logan has to make enough money caring for Lee Ann Burke to flee the country before his world comes crashing down around him. But when Lee Ann's beautiful daughter, Addison, begins to awaken feelings in him that he thought died long ago, he begins to question whether or not fleeing from the past is worth leaving Addison forever. And why is Lee Ann selling everything she owns on EBay and Craig's List? (Contemporary Romance Novella, Independently Published)

Contemporary Women's Fiction:

When Love Returns by Kim Vogel Sawyer -- It wasn't easy to move back to the Old Order Mennonite community from which quiet, responsible Suzanne Zimmerman was shamefully sent away as a pregnant teen. Returning twenty years later to take care of her mother, Suzanne and Alexa—the daughter she raised as her own-have spent months rebuilding relationships with her family.Now with the upcoming wedding of their biological daughter, Suzanne and Paul find themselves drawn to one another once again-but with new challenges to face. They have been single parents with painful pasts. Can Paul and Suzanne find the strength to rebuild the loving relationship that was torn apart by their teen pregnancy so long ago?

Suzanne must also let go of Alexa as she heads back to Indianapolis to visit friends--and as her chance to find her birth parents. Leaving the bed-and-breakfast in Suzanne's apprehensive hands, Alexa embarks on a journey that will certainly change her life completely. Can mother and daughter trust God to restore all things in His timing? (Contemporary Women's Fiction from Waterbrook/Multnomah [Random House])

The Sea Keeper's Daughters by Lisa Wingate -- Restaurant owner Whitney Monroe is desperate to save her business from a hostile takeover. The inheritance of a decaying Gilded Age hotel on North Carolina's Outer Banks may provide just the ray of hope she needs. But things at the Excelsior are more complicated than they seem. Whitney's estranged stepfather is entrenched on the third floor, and the downstairs tenants are determined to save the historic building. Searching through years of stored family heirlooms may be Whitney's only hope of quick cash, but will the discovery of an old necklace and a Depression-era love story change everything? (Contemporary Women's Fiction from Tyndale House)

A Texas Christmas by Ramona K. Cecil, Lena Nelson Dooley, Darlene Franklin, Pamela Griffin, Cathy Marie Hake and by Kathleen Y'Barbo, -- Spend Christmas in the Old West with six unconventional women who take on Texas-sized challenges-and unexpected romance. Bridget falls for a man opposed to her teaching Indian orphans. Polly is trying to hold her family together when her childhood love returns to town. Rugged rancher Charlsey is inexplicably attracted to a tenderfoot accountant. Vivian shuns marriage until meeting a nomadic photographer. Lacey's cooking draws a quiet blacksmith out of his shell. Tracker Bessie Mae helps a ranger hunt down a villain. (Contemporary Women's Fiction from Barbour Publishing)

General Fiction:

Hungry for Home by Brenda S. Anderson -- After a troubling encounter with a pregnant teen, Sheila Peterson-Brooks hurries from the crisis pregnancy center into the frigid Minnesota winter where she is mugged and left for dead. After a frantic search, Richard, her husband, finds her, and the police quickly nab the mugger…who turns out to be a hungry, homeless teen. The brother of the pregnant girl Sheila had just counseled. The girl pleads for her brother, and Sheila and Richard choose not to press charges. Instead, they open their home to the boy, a move that could cost them their possessions, and their hearts. And, in the process, teach them the true meaning of home. (General Fiction, Independently Published)

Historical General Fiction:

Secrets She Kept by Cathy Gohlke -- In this time-split story, Hannah Sterling (1972) seeks to uncover the secrets of her estranged mother's past (WWII), only to learn that she has a grandfather still living in Germany, hiding tragic wartime secrets that stretch across the generations. (Historical General Fiction from Tyndale House)

Historical Romance:

12 Brides of Summer, Novella Collection #4 by Diana Brandmeyer, Vickie McDonough, and Davalynn Spencer -- The Columbine Bride: Lucy Powell is determined to get her neglected homestead up and running again after a winter filling in as the school marm in town. But can she keep neighboring rancher, Buck Reiter from helping her when he seems just as determined to work his way into the lives of her children as well as her heart? (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)

A Noble Masquerade by Kristi Ann Hunter -- Lady Miranda Hawthorne acts every inch the lady, but inside she longs to be bold and carefree. Approaching spinsterhood, she pours her innermost feelings out not in a diary but in un-mailed letters to her brother's old school friend, a duke. Meanwhile, she also finds herself intrigued by Marlow, her brother's new valet. When Marlow accidentally discovers and mails one of the letters to her unwitting confidant, Miranda is beyond mortified. And even more shocked when the duke returns her note with one of his own that initiates a courtship-by-mail. Insecurity about her lack of suitors shifts into confusion at her growing feelings for two men--one she's never met but whose words deeply resonate with her heart, and one she has come to depend on but whose behavior is more and more suspicious. (Historical Romance from Bethany House [Baker] Publishing)

Romantic Suspense:

The Methuselah Project by Rick Barry -- In World War II, fighter pilot Roger Greene wants only three things in life: fast planes to fly, a chance to serve his country, and to find the perfect girl to love. All three ambitions screech to a halt--seemingly forever--when his P-47 is shot down over Nazi Germany. Captured, Roger becomes a guinea pig in a hush-hush Nazi experiment. The war may end, but the Methuselah Project will continue. Escape is constantly on Roger's mind, but is escape possible? (Romantic Suspense from Kregel Publications)

Beyond the Cherokee Trail by Lisa Carter -- When Linden Birchfield arrives in the Snowbird Cherokee community to organize the 180th commemoration of the Trail of Tears, she runs head on-literally-into arrogant former army sniper Walker Crowe. A descendant of the Cherokee who evaded deportation by hiding in the rugged Snowbird Mountains, Walker believes no good can result from stirring up the animosity with the white Appalachian residents whose ancestors looted the tribal lands so long ago. Though at odds, Linden and Walker must unite against an unseen threat to derail the festival. (Romantic Suspense from Abingdon Press)

Expert Witness by Rachel Dylan -- Minutes after testifying in a murder trial, sketch artist Sydney Berry is almost killed in a drive-by shooting. United States Marshal Max Preston saves her life then whisks her away to safety. She's his first protected witness, and he'll do everything in his power to keep her safe. But Sydney doesn't want to hide from danger. She is determined to finish her testimony and put a killer away. With potential suspects coming from all corners, Sydney will have to trust Max with her deepest secrets-and her life. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Young Adult:

A Reluctant Assassin by JC Morrows -- Her mission is simple - get close to the Prince, and kill him. . . Kayden entered the palace under a lie, one designed to get her close to the Prince. On the outside, she may look like a princess but beneath the mask, a killer lays in wait - for the perfect moment. Dvarius is not ready to take the crown, nor is he ready for a wife. But due to his father's unexpected death and an archaic law - he must find a bride before he is allowed to take his rightful place on the throne. (Young Adult, Independently Published)

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