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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, October 26, 2015

Susan Page Davis and Free Books!

 photo Reliable Cowboy_zpsvplu03n9.jpgWhat would keep a cowboy away from his own wedding?

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Another Way Home, by Deb Raney, is:

happygrammaof3@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll email you for 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 Susan Page Davis, author of the historical romance, The Reliable Cowboy (Forget-Me-Not Romances, August, 2015).

 photo Susan Page Davis cropped_zps3o8vopso.jpgSusan Page Davis is the author of more than sixty published novels.

A Maine native, she now lives in Kentucky with her husband Jim, a retired news editor. They have six grown children and ten grandchildren.

Susan is a two-time winner of the Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award, and also a winner of the Carol Award and the Will Rogers Medallion, and a finalist in the WILLA Awards and the More Than Magic Contest.

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

--I am a certified farrier (blacksmith).

--My zucchini bread has won a blue ribbon at a state fair.

--I’ve been to Lake Louise, Mammoth Cave, Montezuma’s Castle, and Stonehenge.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Reliable Cowboy.

 photo Reliable Cowboy_zpsvplu03n9.jpgIsabella Johnston lost her husband to the sea, and now she wants to get as far from the coast as she can. She is tired of always worrying about men on the water. When she hears about a plan to send mail-order brides from her church to Wyoming Territory, she sees it as the ideal chance to move far from the ocean. She leaves Maine to marry a cowboy, reasoning that he will be safe on the ranch.

Edwin Gray puts his name on the list for a mail-order bride. Afterward, he wonders if that was a mistake. If a bride comes for him, and he doesn’t get the promotion to foreman, how can he marry her? Isabella arrives, and they wait for word from his boss.

Every time Edwin is late for an engagement, she finds herself worrying. Has he had an accident, the way her first husband did? What could be horrible enough to make him late for their wedding?

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

Isabella has left all her friends and family behind in Maine to start a new life with a man she has never met. She wants to be a good wife to him, but she’s terrified.

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

 photo images_zpsh1jtwc23.jpegJennifer Lawrence





 photo images-1_zpstvhlhgxa.jpegand Liam Hemsworth.





How do you restart the creative juices when you feel a block coming on?

Take a break—watch Jeopardy or solve a puzzle.

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

I read an advance copy of Kim Vogel Sawyer’s upcoming book Room for Hope, and I loved it. It’s a historical novel with an unusual twist. It releases in February, 2016.

And I believe it's available on pre-order now.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on a new project I’m very excited about. Guideposts is presenting a new series called Tearoom Mysteries, and I am writing the first book. I will also have a new novella, The Cowboy Poet, coming out in March in the collection called The Cowboy’s Bride (from Barbour Publishing).

Where else can readers find you online?

www.susanpagedavis.com. On my website, you can see all my books, sign up for my newsletter, enter a monthly drawing, and read a short story on my “Romance” tab.

Facebook is my author page.

www.hhhistory.com is a history blog where I post on the 23rd of each month.
Follow me on Twitter @SusanPageDavis

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

What do you feel, and what do you do, when someone you care about is late for an important appointment?

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

Readers, Susan has offered to give an e-copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, November 2.
To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Susan'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, October 19, 2015

Deborah Raney and Free Books!

 photo anotherwayhome_zpsyrgzpyz5.jpegDanae and Dallas Brooks have been trying for years to start their family, but with no baby in sight, they’re beginning to wonder why God keeps saying “no” to their dreams.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Embers, by Ronie Kendig, is:

kystorywriter@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll email you for 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 Deborah Raney, author of Women’s Fiction novel, Another Way Home (Abingdon Press, October 2015).

 photo DeborahRaney2014_zps25y4euxu.jpeg Deborah Raney's first novel, A Vow to Cherish, inspired the World Wide Pictures film of the same title and launched her writing career after 20 happy years as a stay-at-home mom.

Since then, her books have won numerous awards including the RITA, National Readers Choice Award, HOLT Medallion, the Carol Award, and have three times been Christy Award finalists. Deb's newest novel, Another Way Home, released this month as the third book in The Chicory Inn Novels series for Abingdon Press Fiction.

Deb enjoys teaching at writers' conferences across the country. She and her husband, Ken Raney, recently traded small-town life in Kansas ––the setting of many of Deb's novels––for life in the (relatively) big city of Wichita where they enjoy gardening, antiquing, movies, and traveling to visit four children and a growing brood of grandchildren who all live much too far away.

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

— I speak Pig-Latin fluently! (It was the secret language my parents spoke when they didn’t want us five kids to know what they were talking about. My mom was none too happy when Daddy taught us how to speak it!)

— I gave birth to our first son in the ‘70s, a son and daughter in the ‘80s, and an “oops” baby, our youngest daughter in 1990. This means we had kids at home for thirty-three years of our lives! We are really enjoying the empty nest! 😉

— I have a collection of well over 70 coffee mugs. They live in my office on the coffee bar because there’s no room in the cupboards!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Another Way Home.

Grant and Audrey are adding grandchildren to their family left and right, but middle daughter, Danae, and her husband, Dallas Brooks, have been trying for years with no baby in sight. Though Danae is ready to consider adoption, Dallas will not even discuss it.

Despairing of ever having a family of her own, Danae decides to pour her passion and energies into volunteer work with a newly opened women's shelter in town. Looking for a good cause to fill her lonely days, she never expects to give her heart to the hurting women she meets there.

She's finally learning to live her life with gratitude, but then heart-wrenching events on Thanksgiving weekend threaten to pull the entire Whitman clan into turmoil... and leave them all forever changed.

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

I think many readers will be able to relate to both Dallas and Danae in their quest to have a child. As a woman who experienced a short period of infertility, and a longer time of secondary infertility, I remember how hard it was to watch all my friends add babies to their families and to wonder if I would ever be a mom. And then, after our son was born, to wonder if we’d be raising him as an only child (when Ken and I both grew up in families with five kids!)

I tried to write Danae in such a way that readers would feel her pain, but also grow a little impatient with her as she tries to navigate the waters of deep disappointment.

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

It’s always a blast to “cast” my novels as movies, and I’ve found it really helps me to picture the scenes in my book as I’m writing when I have a real actor in the role of each of my characters. Don’t laugh, but I don’t even know the name of the model/actress below. She’s “Danae Brooks” to me!

 photo deb raney heroine_zpsgvcdw5er.jpg







 photo images_zpsnzrl83lu.jpegMy Dallas looks like the actor who played the older brother on TV’s Numbers. I kind of like using actors I don’t know as well, so they aren’t too stereotyped for me already.

That would be Rob Morrow.

How do you restart the creative juices when you feel a block coming on?

It helps a lot to just get up and walk away from my desk. Sometimes taking a walk or putting on some music helps loosen up my creative juices. Sometimes something completely unrelated to writing, like refinishing a piece of furniture or rearranging the living room furniture is just what the doctor ordered.

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

As Waters Gone By by Cynthia Ruchti was a wonderful read! Cynthia’s books have never disappointed me. She does such a great job combining a great storyline with a more literary style of writing.

What are you working on now?

I’m writing the fifth and final story in the Chicory Inn Novels series. I’m going to be so sad to say goodbye to the Whitman family! It’s been a blast being able to write about the same family, in a setting I love (southeast Missouri) for almost four years now.

Where else can readers find you online?

www.deborahraney.com
Facebook
Twitter
novelgarden.blogspot.com
Amazon Author Page
Instagram
Pinterest
Goodreads
Linked In

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

As someone who loves having plants and flowers growing in and around my house, I’m always curious what a person’s favorite flower is. If you could receive a huge bouquet of just one kind of flower, what would it be and why?

Oh, give me orchids any day!! Thanks, Deb, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel.

Readers, Deb has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, October 26. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Deb'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, October 12, 2015

Ronie Kendig and Free Books!

 photo EmbersCoverFinal_zps27pwat0r.jpgHe’s coming for them. And the kingdom.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of A Husband for Christmas, by Gail Gaymer Martin, is:

tissakay@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll email you for 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 Ronie Kendig, author of the epic fantasy novel, Embers (Enclave Publishing, October 20145).

 photo RONIEauthorphoto_zpsamkngait.jpgRonie Kendig is an award-winning, bestselling author who grew up an Army brat. After twenty-plus years of marriage, she and her hunky hero husband have a full life with their children, a Maltese Menace, and a retired military working dog, Vvolt N629, in Northern Virginia.

As a national speaker and teacher, Ronie enjoys connecting with readers and mentoring new writers.

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

-- By Christmas, I will be a black belt in Taekwondo.

-- I was raised by a strict Irish mom, who was so intent on honoring God in life that she wouldn’t let me watch Star Wars or E.T.

-- I am the proud “mom” of a retired military working dog named Vvolt N629.

I can't remember if I ever mentioned it, but I also have a black belt in Taekwondo! I haven't kept up with it for the past 7+ years. I hope you stick with it, Ronie. I was never in better shape!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Embers.

 photo EmbersCoverFinal_zps27pwat0r.jpgHaegan and Kaelyria Celahar are royal heirs of the Nine Kingdoms, but Haegan is physically crippled. What chance does he have against Poired Dyrth, the greatest enemy the kingdom has ever faced, who wields fire with a power none can match?

Their only hope is forbidden: Kaelyria must transfer her fire-wielding abilities to Haegan. When she does, it comes with a terrible price: Haegan's disability is healed, but only by being transferred to Kaelyria. This act unleashes their father-king's wrath.

Haegan must flee the kingdom alone with two impossible tasks: Find a cure for Kaelyria and stop the coming war with the omnipotent Poired Dyrth.

What an amazing sacrifice on Kaelyria's part! 

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

Haegan is an every-day teen, yearning for adventure outside the walls of his life. I think that’s something so many of us can relate to. Also, because of wounds he’s incurred in his childhood, Haegan’s running low on confidence in this book as he faces unexpected challenges and conflict.

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

 photo d391607cf3c593ba676efae896b40e4b_zpsfpjmhouh.jpgI think a long-haired version of Tom Hopper from the BBC’s Merlin, which gave me inspiration for the story itself and the characters, would be a very good fit for Haegan Celahar.


 photo Victoria-Justice-Hairs-knot_zps48vub0iz.jpgAnd Thiel would probably be best portrayed by Victoria Justice (maybe).





How do you restart the creative juices when you feel a block coming on?

Either by doing Taekwondo or by walking/playing with my retired military working dog, Vvolt N629.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on edits for a suspense novella, Warrior’s Seal, that will launch my new suspense series, The Tox Files, with Bethany House Publishers, but I’m also starting Accelerant, the sequel to Embers.

Where else can readers find you online?

Website: www.roniekendig.com
Facebook
Twitter: @roniekendig
Goodreads
Pinterest
Instagram: @kendigronie

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

Embers is truly a story about loyalty and love, both in a family and among friendships. Is there a relationship that has borne out deep love/loyalty to you, one that is unique and special, in your life?

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

Readers, Ronie has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, October 19. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Ronie'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, October 5, 2015

Gail Martin, October Releases, and Free Books!

 photo A Husband For Christmas - LD_zpspdsaw7sa.jpgSuccessful businessman and bachelor Doug Billings is clueless when it comes to caring for his young niece, especially at Christmas time, but Nina Jerome, healing from a painful divorce, sees Doug’s struggle and volunteers to help, unaware that life is about to take an amazing turn, offering her a second chance at love.

Before we visit today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the e-copy of Murder by Suspicion, by Veronica Heley, is:

KellysShining@ . . .

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 revisit with novelist Gail Martin, author of Inspirational Romance novel, A Husband for Christmas (Love Inspired, October 2015).

 photo Gail - in pink 2015_zps9agyds2h.jpgMulti-award-winning novelist, Gail Gaymer Martin is the author of Christian contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and women’s fiction with 60 contracted novels and four million books sold.

CBS local news listed Gail as one of the four best writers in the Detroit area. Her books have received numerous awards, including: ACFW Carol Award, Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice, Booksellers Best, National Readers Choice, Holt Medallion, Award of Excellence.

Gail is a cofounder and member of American Christian Fiction Writers, a member of Advanced Speakers and Writers, and Christian Authors Network. She is a keynote speaker at churches, civic and business organizations and presents workshops at conferences across the country.

Gail is a lifetime resident of Michigan.

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

-- I’ve had three knee replacements, and don’t ask where I acquired the third knee.

-- For years, I played piano for the Sunday school opening each Sunday.

-- I tap danced in a review at the Michigan State Fair.

Tap dancing and three knees . . . you are an enigma.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of A Husband for Christmas.

 photo A Husband For Christmas - LD_zpspdsaw7sa.jpgSpending her holidays in picturesque Lilac Circle, Michigan is the perfect place for Nina Jerome to start anew. She's determined to put her painful divorce in the past and focus on the future. She hadn't planned on being distracted by her sweet neighbor, Doug Billings.

The successful businessman and temporary dad is clueless when it comes to taking care of his little niece. Getting help from Nina is the perfect setup—but something about the pretty new nanny makes him think about the unthinkable: having a wife and a family of his own.

Can he convince Nina that she's worthy of a second chance at love—just in time for Christmas?

What is it about Doug Billings that will make your readers care about him?

Doug Billings' kindness and generosity is exceptional, and though a successful man in business, his parenting skills cause him to feel inadequate, but he tries which makes him a loveable character.

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

 photo patrick-schwarzenegger-gi_zpsag6vz8ss.jpgAdd a couple years to Patrick Schwarzenegger and he is a good replica.





How do you restart the creative juices when you feel a block coming on?

I rarely run into a block, but I do struggle on occasional with the question which scene works best next. When this happens I stop writing and exercise. I find during the mundane process of doing something physical, ideas snap into my head.

It is amazing what the brain can do when we get out of its way!

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

Though not Christian fiction, I would recommend The Girl on the Train as an example of a twisted plot and style. If you are a fan of Downton Abbey, I would recommend the non-fiction book, Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey, which tells the real story and history of Highclere Castle, the setting for Downton Abbey.

Yes, The Girl on the Train was quite twisted! Gripping.

What are you working on now?

A three book proposal for Love Inspired to continue the series, Lilac Circle and a novella for Winged Publications that will later go into an anthology called State Flowers.

Where else can readers find you online?

Website: www.gailgaymermartin.com.
Facebook.
Twitter
Goodreads
LinkedIn
Google Plus

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

Most readers enjoy getting to know authors as people, so what additional features, from or about the author, do you enjoy finding beneath the cover of the book besides a biography?

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

Readers, Gail has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, October 12. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Gail'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.

As you scroll to the bottom of this post to answer Gail's question, take a look at the exciting novels releasing this month!

Contemporary Romance:

Her Christmas Hero by Lorraine Beatty -- Gemma Butler has a grand vision to transform Dover, Mississippi's fledgling Christmas celebrations and bring visitors to the town. It's also the single mom's last chance to provide for her son and revive her event planning business. But Gemma's not the only one with something to prove. Linc Montgomery has the weight of the family business on his shoulders. And he'll go down swinging before he'll let anyone disrupt the traditions he holds dear. Yet when a storm threatens to destroy the holiday, he'll join forces with the beautiful planner and discover she just might be the love he's been searching for. (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Anna's Healing by Vannetta Chapman -- Anna Schwartz's life is changed forever when she suffers a spinal cord injury and suddenly finds herself learning to live as a paraplegic. Three people--Chloe Roberts, Jacob Graber, and Ruth Schwartz--join forces to help Anna through her darkest days. Chloe is an Englischer who writes for the local paper. Jacob has recently arrived in town and stays on as a hired hand at her uncle's. And Ruth is her grandmother, a woman of deep faith and a compassionate spirit.Then one morning Anna wakes and finds herself healed. How did it happen? Why did it happen? And what is she to do now? Her life is again turned upside down as the world's attention is drawn to this young Amish girl who has experienced the unexplainable. (Contemporary Romance from Harvest House Publishers)

An Amish Christmas Gift by Amy Clipston, Kelly Irvin, and Ruth Reid -- Naomi's Gift by Amy Clipston: Naomi has started to think that she isn't meant to find love, but she might receive more than she ever hoped for this Christmas. A Christmas Visitor by Kelly Irvin: Frannie Mast returns to Bee County for Christmas, but her heart stays back in Missouri with an Englisch farm boy. An Unexpected Joy by Ruth Reid: Abigail has driven other suitors away, but can Micah find a way to show her he cares? (Contemporary Romance Novella Collection from HarperCollins Christian Publishing [Thomas Nelson and Zondervan])

Team Bride by Valerie Comer -- After meeting as part of a wedding party, can Corbin convince Sarah he’s ready to settle down and make her the head of her own Team Bride, or will their past keep getting in the way? (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)

Intertwined by Jennifer Slattery -- Abandoned by her husband for another woman, Tammy Kuhn, an organ procurement coordinator often finds herself in tense and bitter moments. After an altercation with a doctor, she is fighting to keep her job and her sanity when one late night she encounters her old flame Nick. She walks right into his moment of facing an unthinkable tragedy. Because they both have learned to find eternal purposes in every event and encounter, it doesn’t take long to discover that their lives are intertwined but the ICU is no place for romance….or is it? Could this be where life begins again? (Contemporary Romance from New Hope Publishers)

Every Girl Gets Confused by Janice Thompson -- Katie Fisher and Brady James may be a match made in heaven, but that doesn't seem to guarantee them a happily ever after accompanied by angelic choirs. Katie's parents are nagging her to get out of Dallas and come home to tiny Fairfield where her former boyfriend Carson is waiting for her, ready to rekindle their relationship. Oy vey! What's a girl to do? And will she ever be able to wear that gorgeous wedding dress she won? (Contemporary Romance from Revell - A Division of Baker Publishing Group)

Love in the Details by Becky Wade -- Eight years have passed since Holly last saw her high school sweetheart Josh. Now the wedding of Josh’s best friend has brought Josh back to Martinsburg, Texas. As they work behind-the-scenes to plan a beautiful November wedding for their friends, Holly and Josh are forced to confront painful reminders of what might have been. Holly broke up with Josh all those years ago to give him a better life, but it turns out that she was the future he’d always dreamed of. (Contemporary Romance from HarperCollins Christian Publishing [Thomas Nelson and Zondervan])

Contemporary Women's Fiction:

Another Way Home: A Chicory Inn Novel by Deborah Raney -- Danae and Dallas Brooks have been trying unsuccessfully to start a family for years, and when Dallas refuses to discuss adoption, it effects their once-happy marriage. Despairing of ever having a family of her own, Danae decides to pour her passion and energies into volunteer work with a newly opened women’s shelter in town. Then heart-wrenching events on Thanksgiving weekend threaten to pull her entire family into turmoil—and leave them all forever changed. (Contemporary Women's Fiction from Abingdon Press)

An Endless Christmas: A Novella by Cynthia Ruchti -- On the way to Christmas with his family, Micah asks Katie to marry him. She says no, but there is no getting out of Christmas now. The Binder family celebrates every Christmas as if it were their last. Too many people, too much snow, and too little room should be a recipe for disaster. But sometimes too much is just enough. Especially when it's Christmas. (Contemporary Women's Fiction Novella from Worthy Inspired)

General Fiction:

A Reason to Stay: A Texas Gold Novel by Kellie Coates Gilbert -- s the host of her own television news show, Faith Marin works to expose the truth for her viewers. But in her personal life, she's anchored her world with firm boundaries in order to hide a family history she'd like to forget. Her pro bass fisherman husband Geary's life is an open book, and unfortunately his busybody family doesn't know the meaning of boundaries. Deception and crippling differences soon derail their tender relationship, leading Faith to believe her only option is to end the marriage. But while Faith considers whether divorce is the only answer to their issues, tragedy strikes and her heartrending decision is interrupted. With her life in the balance, Faith finds that the one she has been shutting out may be the very one she cannot bear to lose. (General Fiction from Revell - A Division of Baker Publishing Group)

Historical Romance:

The Lady and the Mountain Promise by Misty M. Beller -- Guatemalan American Lilly Arendale has fought the anger of prejudice all her life. Now, orphaned and alone in the mining town of Butte in the Montana Territory, the effects of racism have left Lilly with a one-year old daughter and a fierce desire to avoid men at all costs. Marcus Sullivan is a born adventurer, and the new preacher in town. He’s his ways may be unconventional, but he’s determined to add some joy into the lives of these townspeople. Especially the beautiful young mother who won’t have anything to do with him. (Historical Romance, Independently Published)

The 12 Brides of Christmas Collection by Diana Lesire Brandmeyer, Margaret Brownley, Amanda Cabot, Mary Connealy, Susan Page Davis, Miralee Ferrell, Pam Hillman, Maureen Lang, Amy Lillard, Vickie McDonough, Davalynn Spencer, and Michelle Ule -- Christmas is the time for love--and weddings--and twelve historical women are on their way to the altar, whether they know it or not. In nineteenth-century settings across the heartland of America, readers will experience heartfelt gifts, old-fashioned Christmas traditions, sweet romance, and inspiring faith from twelve acclaimed Christian authors. (Historical Romance Novella Collection from Barbour Publishing)

Fire and Ice by Mary Connealy -- Skilled rancher Bailey Wilde has been living disguised as a man for a while, but when Gage Coulter comes to drive her off her homestead, he quickly realizes he's dealing with a woman--a very tough, very intriguing woman at that. Five thousand acres of his best range land is lost to him because Bailey's homestead is located right across the only suitable entrance to a canyon full of lush grass. Gage has to regain access to his land--and he's got to go through Bailey to do it. Can these two independent, life-toughened homesteaders loosen up enough to earn each other's respect--and maybe find love in the process? (Historical Romance from Bethany House [Baker] Publishing)

The Sound of Silver by Rachelle Rea -- After Dirk rescues Gwyneth from the Iconoclastic Fury, she discovers that faith is sometimes fragile and hope is not as easy as it may seem. Now truly orphaned yet not alone, Gwyneth continues her quest to learn more about the love of God preached by Protestants she once distrusted. Dirk's quest is to prevent his sullied name from staining hers. Will his choice to protect her prove the undoing of her first faltering steps toward a Father God? Once separated, will Dirk and Gwyneth's searching hearts ever sing the same song? (Historical Romance from WhiteFire Publishing)

A Refuge at Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky -- The Great War shakes the world of a spirited young woman and the brave British pilot she loves, taking her from the busy streets of London to her family’s magnificent country estate, and sending him into the war-torn skies over France. Can their love and faith see them through the heartbreak of war? (Historical Romance from Waterbrook/Multnomah [Random House])

Romantic Suspense:

Flee from Evil by Connie Almony -- A pastor with a past uses his underworld connections to try and save the child of the woman he wronged many years ago. (Romantic Suspense, Independently Published)

Deadlock by DiAnn Mills -- Special Agent Bethany Sanchez never dreamed her new partner in solving violent crime would be Special Agent Thatcher Graves, the same agent who'd sent her brother to jail. An attempt on their lives turns up the heat and brings them closer together. Two murders have rocked the city of Houston, and a third victim might yield the clue that will help them zero in on a killer. This could be the case of their careers . . . if they can survive long enough to solve it. (Romantic Suspense from Tyndale House)

Speculative Fiction:

A Time To Speak (Out Of Time Series Book 2) by Nadine Brandes -- What happens when you live longer than you wanted to? Parvin Blackwater wanted to die, but now she's being called to be a leader. The only problem is, no one wants to follow. The Council uses Jude's Clock-matching invention to force "new-and-improved" Clocks on the public. Those who can't afford one are packed into boxcars like cattle and used for the Council's purposes. Parvin and Hawke find themselves on a cargo ship of Radicals headed out to sea. What will the Council do to them? And why are people suddenly dying before their Clocks have zeroed-out? (Speculative Fiction from Enclave Publishing)

Embers by Ronie Kendig -- A prince flees for his life when his sister transfers her fire-wielding gift to him, leaving the kingdom vulnerable against its most powerful enemy. (Speculative Fiction from Enclave Publishing)

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