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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, January 25, 2016

Darlene Franklin and Free Books!

When a tea party turns into a brawl, Mahala must choose a side. In a public debate. Against her best friend.

Before we address today's featured author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Hope in My Heart, by Alexis Gorin, is:

tumcsec@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll email you for your address today 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 Darlene Franklin, author of Inspirational historical e-romance, Infusion of Love (Forget Me Not Romances, January 2016).

Best-selling author Darlene Franklin’s greatest claim to fame is that she writes full-time from a nursing home. She lives in Oklahoma, near her son and his family and continues her interests in playing the piano and singing, books, good fellowship, and reality TV in addition to writing.

She is an active member of Oklahoma City Christian Fiction Writers, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Christian Authors Network. She has written over fifty books and more than 250 devotionals.

Her historical fiction ranges from the Revolutionary War to World War II, from Wyoming to Vermont.

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

--I grew up in Maine.

--I love practicing my Spanish.

--I’m hoping the Broncos win the 50th Super Bowl.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of your novel. 

When Mahala Kent’s tea party honoring her brother’s marriage turns into a brawl over tea, she’s forced out of her wealthy neutrality. A public debate on the subject pushes her even closer to her childhood friend and hoped-for suitor, Jothan Stout.

Will the arrival of a tea shipment in Greenwich push Jothan and Mahala further apart—or give them a common taste for herbal infusions?

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

Mahala’s wealth attracts a lot of attention, but few true friends. She harbors secrets that show she is more than an heiress. In addition to her charity work, she’s the anonymous cartoonist in the local paper. Her sharp mind helps her to see all sides of a disagreement—but once she’s made up her mind, nothing will stop her.

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

Hmm, I could see Natalie Portman as Mahala






and Dave Franco as Jothan.









In the same vein, if your novel were made into a film, what’s one song you’d love to feature in it?

I’m showing my lack of knowledge of the current music scene. But I typed in “freedom isn’t free” and found a great song of that name (except for a couple of x-words I wouldn’t want on any film of mine) by Parker Randolph.

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

I finally read all the novellas in Christmas Traditions (I wrote one of them) and loved it!

I would recommend the Garrison Gage mystery series by Scott William Carter. I liked The Gray and Guilty Sea well enough to buy the next book in the series. It’s a mystery, great characters, a strong sense of setting.

What are you working on now?

I’m in the middle of three projects. I’m just starting A Taste of Honey, a historical novella about a prize-winning baker and the beekeeper who stands in her way. It’s one of nine novellas in Blue Ribbon Brides, coming out from Barbour in November.

I’m also editing the first book in a new mystery series, Case Closed in the Murder By the Case series. Carlie Cooper, a home health aide, discover her 80 year old client dead in bed—and suspects foul play. Since I want to publish the series fairly close together, I won’t release it until I get book two written.

And the project closest to my heart is a series of devotionals from Genesis – Revelation. I’ve just released Beginnings: 30 Days in Genesis – Exodus. I hope to release the second book in March.

Where else can readers find you online?

Website and blog
Facebook
Amazon author page
Goodreads
Twitter

The book can be purchased online via the following button:















Other recent releases:

Blurb from A Birthday Wish, one of nine novellas in Love Is Patient:

Gladys Polson feels led to help a crotchety widower who is wealthy in material things but poor in spirit. Haydn Keller comes to visit at his grandfather’s request and wonders what Gladys’s purpose is in reaching out to his grandfather. Will the two young people fulfill the old man’s wish?



Blurb from Tobogganing for Two:

Laura Evans moves to Plymouth, Nebraska, to take care of her aunt and her paralyzed sister. Dr. Jay Andrews has come to Plymouth to escape his work among those wounded during the Civil War—only to be faced with a paralyzed patient. Laura and Jay clash as they face fears from their past. Will a midnight toboggan ride bring them together, or push them further apart?

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

If you lived in 1774, do you think you would be loyalist or a patriot?

Thanks, Darlene, for visiting with us and telling us about your collection.

Readers, Darlene has offered to give a free e-copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, February 1.
To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Darlene'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, as well as my Disclosure of Material Connection HERE.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Alexis Goring and Free Books!

 photo Hope in My Heart_zpsj8hbq473.jpgHope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is like life to the soul. 

Before we address today's featured author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of A Reluctant Melody, by Sandra Ardoin, is:

bjtower@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll email you for your address today 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 Alexis Goring, author of the Inspirational romance collection, Hope in My Heart: A Collection of Heartwarming Stories (WestBow Press, November 2015) *Originally published by Crossbooks in 2013.

 photo Profile foto1_zpssbgc4f9e.jpegAlexis A. Goring is a journalist by profession and a writer at heart. She loves the arts! A dream career for her is one where good books, music, movies, photography, food and fashion all come together in a creative paradise.

But for now, she’s enjoying daily adventures of seeing where God leads. She’s working on her second novella and pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing.

Alexis loves to shop at her favorite stores, write stories and spend time with loved ones. Church and the bookstores are like her second home. She loves to connect with people and teach them about Jesus Christ, which is what she does through her blog, “God is Love.”

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

-- I’d love to be an award-winning actress.

-- I’d love to be a successful singer.

-- The Goring Hotel in London, England is a five-star place that happens to be spelled exactly like my last name and is where Princess Kate Middleton spent her last night as a single lady (the day before her wedding).

Please share a sentence or two about the plot of each short story in Hope in My Heart.

Three short stories, unrelated to each other, compose my novella.

“Love Unexpected” is the first story, in which the two main characters—Sebastian and Chandra—are brought together by a car crash, but their relationship does not have smooth sailing.

“The Best Gift” is the second story, in which three main characters—Christina, Jordan and Joshua—discover that the “best gift” that they can receive at Christmas may not be what they wanted, but it can be what they need!

“Peace and Love” is the third story, which focuses on Elle (a “starving artist”), Eric (a divorce attorney) and Kristine (an adopted young woman who is hoping to find her birth mom). This story is also set at Christmas time, but is filled with plot twists that lead to a happy ending.

Yes, I’ll admit that all of my stories have a happy ending but not without a bunch of surprises and unexpected detours, trials and life events!

Write one or two sentences about each lead character from each of the stories. Tell us what it is about them that will make readers care.

“Love Unexpected”: Chandra is the career-oriented woman who excels in the workplace but fails at romantic relationships. Sebastian is the classic Tall, Dark and Handsome heartthrob who is used to having a way with women, until he meets Chandra who appears to be 100 percent resistant to his good looks and charisma. I think that most people know a “Chandra” or “Sebastian” type of person in the real world and will relate to Chandra and Sebastian’s character arcs.

“The Best Gift”: Christina is a carb-loving woman on a diet and exercise routine because she wants to be fit and fabulous for her sister’s winter wedding. What woman cannot relate to fighting the “battle of the bulge” and wanting to look nice for a wedding? Jordan is a serial dater who’s under pressure from her Mom to get serious about a man and marry him. Usually it’s the daughter’s biological clock that is ticking, not the Mother’s. So I think my readers will enjoy that twist. Joshua’s dream girl dumped him while he was down on one knee (he proposed, she said “No”). He dreams of reuniting with her and working things out but I think my readers will appreciate the faith journey that Joshua takes to God’s heart (not the heart of his dream girl).

“Peace and Love”: Elle is the classic “starving artist” who wants nothing more than to have job stability and financial blessings from God to shower down on her life. I think that most creative types will understand Elle’s journey. Eric is a divorce attorney who is still reeling from his own parents’ dramatic divorce. He hopes to deal with his issues and move on. I believe anyone who’s dealt with divorce will relate to Eric’s story. Finally, Kristine who was adopted and is newly engaged, hopes to find her birth mom and establish a forever relationship before her wedding day. Just about anyone who was adopted or adopted a child should be able to identify with Kristine’s story.

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

 photo ae8b41e1ac632517bf2b903cf71a0822_zps2pgue1nn.jpgGood question! Scarlett Johansson, actress, would do a perfect portrayal of Jordan Mayfield from "The Best Gift".




 photo b963525c1a86055ddea8a3de5eeb5a39_zpskfjl01ms.jpgJoshua Thompson from "The Best Gift"  looks like the actor Zac Efron.






 photo 70be6ec36bd11b5309cb5d940bf1a0e8_zpshyl7lcod.jpgElle Brighton, the "starving artist" in the story "Peace and Love" is fashioned after Ashley Tisdale (actress).





 photo b0eb386dbd7e97418a9efa89eab01e30_zpsnx4oqqga.jpgI see Esmeralda Rodriguez, Chandra's boss in "Love Unexpected," as the actress Salma Hayek.





 photo e3dbfb523f9774d712a478d8e9412eb0_zpsuegefrbj.jpgChanning Tatum would be perfect to play Eric Stewart, a divorce attorney in the story "Peace and Love."





 photo 04904924864f8910dfa8db955459f0b3_zpsajbnreu9.jpgSebastian Carter from "Love Unexpected" looks just like "The Rock" Dwayne Johnson.






Edy Ganem, actress, resembles Chandra McIntire from "Love Unexpected" .








 photo 31c5d5b68da95431f6ae09e2863d2ec9_zpsvbs45r5i.jpgI'd love for Hillary Duff to play Christina Caballero from "The Best Gift"  if my book is ever made into a movie!


 photo 984c40b4db56a2695d2ce9e46265444b_zpsxsvb7axr.jpgKristine Amanda Thompson from the story "Peace and Love" looks like Paula Patton who happens to be one of my favorite actresses!





 photo e67b357bb163497e94c335d730b8e5fa_zpsgvziivsx.jpgBoris Kodjoe, a famous actor, resembles Kristine's fiance Derek Jensen in "Peace and Love".




Those established actors featured on my book’s storyboard via Pinterest are my first ideas with the actors that I know of now but I’d love to work with the movie industry professionals to host casting calls in case there are other actors out there (new or famous) who would be a better fit for portraying my fictional characters.

In the same vein, if your novel were made into a film, what’s one song you’d love to feature in it?

"Fight Song" by Rachel Platten! Here’s the link to her official music video for that song on YouTube.

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

Tender Mercies by Mary Manners was the last novel that I read and would recommend because the author draws the reader in within the first few pages, captivating their imagination and keeping their interest until the very end. I loved how Mary Manners brought the heroine, Lexi Taylor, and the hero, Cooper Jackson, together. Manners knows how to introduce each scene in a way that drops you as the reader into the action and makes you feel like you're walking through the plot with the fictional characters.

What are you working on now?

I am working on my second novella. It’s about characters that want a second chance at life and romance.

Where else can readers find you online?

Readers can find me online by following these links:

Author page on Facebook
“God is Love” (blog)
My book’s Twitter feed

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

I’d like to ask your readers this question, “What are your hopes and dreams for this New Year 2016?”

Thanks, Alexis, for visiting with us and telling us about your collection.

Readers, Alexis has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, January 25.
To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Alexis'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, as well as my Disclosure of Material Connection HERE.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Sandra Ardoin and Free Books!

 photo ARM Cover_zpswai5bhws.jpgWill Joanna and Kit conquer their mutual distrust to hear the love song playing in their hearts before it’s silenced by another’s hand?

Before we address today's featured author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Chapel Springs Survival, by Ane Mulligan, is:

crystalwriter@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll email you for your address today 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 Sandra Ardoin, author of the Inspirational historical romance, A Reluctant Melody (Heritage Beacon Fiction, an imprint of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, January 2016).

Before turning to writing inspirational historical romance, Sandra Ardoin’s publishing credits included short pieces for denominational publications, as well as greeting cards and posters. Her debut book was the 2014 Christmas novella The Yuletide Angel. Now, she’s celebrating the release of her first novel, A Reluctant Melody.

A wife and mom, she’s also a reader, football fan, NASCAR watcher, garden planter, country music listener, antique store prowler. She lives in a North Carolina town that takes its history seriously.

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

-- I once rode my pony in a parade—fun, but long day.

-- I became a mother for the first time at thirty-five.

-- I prefer the mountains to the beach.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of A Reluctant Melody.

 photo ARM Cover_zpswai5bhws.jpgA Reluctant Melody is a story of redemption and forgiveness. It asks the question “Are we ever too bad to receive God’s forgiveness if we seek it through Christ?”

Here is a short summary:

Kit's alcoholism ruined more lives than his own. Now sober, he wants to make amends by opening a mission for drunkards. But the most suitable location belongs to Joanna Cranston Stewart, a love from his sordid past.

Friends of her late husband blame Joanna for his death. Although eager to flee from the rumors, she will let the walls of her rundown property crumble around her before she allows Kit back into her life.

When a blackmailer threatens to reveal Joanna’s long-held secret, will she risk losing everything she owns to Kit … including her heart?

What is it about Joanna and Kit that will make your readers care about them?

I have two main characters, Joanna Stewart and Kit Barnes. For me, Joanna takes center stage. Her story has the most emotional depth. They both must come to grips with the mistakes of their pasts, but Joanna was dealt a harder blow. It affected her circumstances and attitude for years. We have a tendency to relive past sins and the guilt over and over, so I hope Kit’s and Joanna’s experiences will help readers remember that God does forgive and forget.

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

 photo Unknown-1_zpsnpl8egux.jpegWhen I wrote the Christmas novella, The Yuletide Angel, I added the secondary character of Kit Barnes. At the time, I saw Chris Pine as a physical representative of the character.


 photo Unknown_zpsolpvjqgb.jpegWhen I began this book, I chose Kristen Bell to represent my vision of Joanna.



In the same vein, if your novel were made into a film, what’s one song you’d love to feature in it?

That’s easy. It would be Arthur Sullivan’s “Let Me Dream Again.” It’s mentioned in the book—first and last pages, actually. Sadly, I’ve scoured the internet for a recording with no luck. But when I read the words and remember the composer of the music is the Sullivan half of Gilbert and Sullivan, I can’t imagine it’s not wonderful and romantic.

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

I recommend novels all the time on my blog where I review books. So, let’s go with highly recommend. That would be The Mistress of Tall Acre by Laura Frantz. It’s a historical I couldn’t wait to add to our church library. (I assist there, recommending fiction purchases.) It’s a beautiful book, filled with gothic touches reminiscent of Jane Eyre or Rebecca, two of my all-time favorites.

What are you working on now?

I’m writing the first book in what I hope will be a contracted, three-book, historical romance series set in Texas in 1886-1887. I’m also brainstorming a series of three historical romance novellas about three women whose travels take them on romantic adventures.

Where else can readers find you online?

Visit me at www.sandraardoin.com and on the Seriously Write blog. Connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Goodreads, and Pinterest. I’d love to have you join my email community to receive occasional updates and a free short story.

The books, A Reluctant Melody and The Yuletide Angel can be purchased online via the following buttons:







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

It’s rare that I don’t finish reading a book. It’s almost like an obligation, so if I start one, I feel guilty if I don’t finish. Besides being bored with it, what is one thing that will keep you from finishing a book?

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

Readers, Sandra has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, January 18.
To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Sandra'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, as well as my Disclosure of Material Connection HERE.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Ane Mulligan, January Releases, and Free Books!

 photo Chapel Springs Survival Cover_zpsg4ufdiqb.jpegA mail-order bride, a town overrun with tourists, and illegal art. How on earth will Claire and Chapel Springs survive?

Before we address today's featured book, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Be Still...and Let Your Nail Polish Dry, by Kristin Billerbeck, Andrea Boeshaar, Sandra D. Bricker, Gwen Ford Faulkenberry, Diann Hunt, Loree Lough, Debby Mayne, Cynthia Ruchti, and myself, is:

stacey_dale@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll email you for your address today 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 revisit with author Ane Mulligan, author of the Southern women's novel, Chapel Springs Survival (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, December 2015).

 photo Ane Mulligan_ headshot copy_zpsjui2mjjd.jpegAne Mulligan writes Southern-fried fiction served with a tall, sweet iced tea. She firmly believes coffee and chocolate are two of the four major food groups.

A novelist and playwright, Ane is the President of Players Guild@Sugar Hill, a new community theater and president of the award-winning literary site, Novel Rocket.

She resides in Sugar Hill, Georgia, with her artist husband, chef son, and a dog of Biblical proportion.

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

-- As disorganized as I am, being a right-brained creative, I’m actually a good organizer. If only I could apply that to my office.

-- I love rainy days. They put me in a wonderful creative place. Don't ask me why, though. I have no idea, since I love sunny days, too.

-- I love to cook; I just hate to think up a dinner menu. I’ve been married longer than I am old (I’ll leave it to you to figure that out) and I’m over thinking up what to fix for dinner. My characters and stories take up that part of my brain. So tell me what to make and I’ll happily fix it.

I've become a bit of a Pinterest addict because of that last one, Ane. So many good ideas out there!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Chapel Springs Survival.

 photo Chapel Springs Survival Cover_zpsg4ufdiqb.jpegClaire Bennett's Operation Marriage Revival succeeded and life is good. That is until the mayor's brother blabs a secret: Claire's nineteen-year-old son has married a Brazilian mail order bride. When Claire tries to welcome her, she's ridiculed, rebuffed, and rejected. Loving this girl is like hugging a prickly cactus.

Lydia Smith is happily living alone and running her spa—then the widow on the hill becomes a blushing bride. Then her groom's adult son moves in—on everything.

From the first sighting of a country music star in The Painted Loon, Chapel Springs is inundated with stargazers, causing residents to flee the area. When her best friends put their house on the market, Claire is forced to do something or lose the closest thing to a sister she’s got. With her son's future at stake and the town's problems to solve, it's Claire's who needs a guardian angel.

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

Claire is a loyal friend who tries to do the right thing. Unfortunately, she often sticks her foot in her mouth because she speaks without any forethought. She also moves without thinking first, which has gotten her into a few pickles. She loves God but gets frustrated when He doesn’t tell her what He’s doing. (Sound like us?)

Sadly, yes!

Since I wrote an endorsement for this novel, I'll include it here:

In her entertaining follow-up to Chapel Springs Revival, Ane Mulligan brings us back into Claire Bennett's ever-bustling life. There are enough challenges and conflicts here to keep Claire constantly on her toes, and you'll love her for her vulnerability and strong perseverance against withering odds. Claire may not always get it right, but she tries so hard, you just know she and Chapel Springs are sure to survive.

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

 photo images_zpstckzfz5v.jpegIf you ever saw Baby Boom with Diane Keaton, then you saw a good model for Claire. Things just happened to her, but in the end, she triumphs. I loved her movies from the late 80s (Baby Boom) and early 90s (Father of the Bride). She seemed to fit my vision of Claire.

For the others, I chose photos from magazines and not actors. I’m not sure who I’d choose for the others.

In the same vein, if your novel were made into a film, what’s one song you’d love to feature in it?

You Make Me Feel So Young. If your readers read the first book in this series, Chapel Springs Revival, they’ll have seen Claire and her best friend, Patsy, revive their marriages. Claire isn’t ready to be old. She doesn't’ feel old. And with her marriage back on a firm foundation, she’s so in love with her husband.

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

Summer at Hideaway Key, by Barbara Davis. I love beach books, as you know, Trish, from your Beach Dreams and Sunset Beach. I wish I could write them, but so far, all mine take place in north Georgia. Anyway, Summer at Hideaway Key drew me into its setting, and she threw in a couple of twists I never saw coming. I love it when an author can do that.

What are you working on now?

The fourth book in the Chapel Springs series, Life in Chapel Springs. The third book, Home to Chapel Springs released in May of 2015.

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Where else can readers find you online?

You can find me at my website, or on Novel Rocket, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+

The book can be purchased online via the following buttons:









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

What is your favorite setting for a book?

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

Readers, Ane has offered to give an signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, January 11.
To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Ane'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, as well as my Disclosure of Material Connection HERE.

As you scroll down to leave your answer to Ane's question, take a look at some of the excellent Inspirational fiction being released in January!

Contemporary Romance:

Where She Belongs by Johnnie Alexander -- Sparks fly when a woman purchases her abandoned family home from the infuriating man who let it fall into ruin. (Contemporary Romance from Revell [Baker Publishing])

Keeper of the Stars by Robin Lee Hatcher -- Penny Cartwright blames Trevor Reynolds, a Nashville fame-chaser, for her brother's death. Can she let go of resentment and open her heart to love? After an accident kills his young drummer, Trevor goes to Kings Meadow to keep a promise—and perhaps to discover what truly matters in this life. Thrown together by circumstances, Penny and Trevor must learn to give and receive forgiveness. And if they do, perhaps something beautiful can rise from the ashes of heartbreak. (Contemporary Romance from HarperCollins Christian Publishing [Thomas Nelson and Zondervan])

Historical Romance:

A Reluctant Melody by Sandra Ardoin -- When a blackmailer threatens to reveal Joanna's long-held secret, will she risk losing everything she owns to Kit ... including her heart? (Historical Romance from Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas)

The Lassoed by Marriage Romance Collection by Angela Bell, Angela Breidenbach, Lisa Carter, Mary Connealy, Rebecca Jepson, Amy Lillard, Gina Welborn, Kathleen Y'Barbo, and Rose Ross Zediker -- Come along on a romantic journey jam-packed with all the angst of marriages founded upon practical choices as well as coercion. Meet nine couples who barely know each other before they find themselves suddenly married to please family, to stem the tide of gossip, to save the land and joined for life. But can love grow when duty comes before romance? (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)

Calico Spy by Margaret Brownley -- Someone is killing off the Harvey Girls and undercover Pinkerton detective Katie Madison hopes to find the killer before the killer finds her-or before she burns down the restaurant trying. (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)

With This Ring? by Mary Connealy, Melissa Jagears, Regina Jennings, and Karen Witemeyer -- Four top historical romance novelists team up in this new collection to offer stories of love and romance with a twist of humor. In Karen Witemeyer's "The Husband Maneuver," Marietta Hawkins decides to grab the reins when the ranch foreman she loves seems to be leaving forever. Regina Jennings offers "Her Dearly Unintended," where friends stranded by a rising river pretend to be newlyweds when a dangerous stranger arrives. Mary Connealy's "Runaway Bride" finds a Texas ranger getting more than he expected when he rescues a young woman fleeing a dangerous arranged marriage. And Melissa Jagears' "Engaging the Competition" finds a young woman forced to assist the man she's often sparred with after an accident leaves him helpless. (Historical Romance from Bethany House [Baker] Publishing)

The Bounty Hunter's Redemption by Janet Dean -- Recently widowed Carly Richards is shocked when a bounty hunter declares her seamstress shop belongs to his sister. But Nate Sergeant has proof-the deed her lawless husband gambled away without her knowledge. Now Carly must fight for her home and her son's future. Nate's faced the meanest outlaws in the land—but this petite, strong-willed seamstress may be his greatest challenge. He's determined his sister will have the property that's legally hers. But as Nate and Carly battle for ownership, Nate realizes there's something he's overlooked—the hope of building a family with Carly and her adorable son. (Historical Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Austen in Austin, Volume 1 by Susanne Dietze, Anita Mae Draper, Debra E. Marvin, and Gina Welborn -- Discover four heroines in historical Austin, TX, as they find love--Jane Austen style. Volume 1 includes: If I Loved You Less by Gina Welborn, based on Emma A prideful matchmaker examines her own heart when her protégé falls for the wrong suitor. Romantic Refinements by Anita Mae Draper, based on Sense and Sensibility A misguided academy graduate spends the summer falling in love . . . twice. One Word from You by Susanne Dietze, based on Pride and Prejudice A down-on-her-luck journalist finds the story of her dreams, but her prejudice may cost her true love . . . and her career. Alarmingly Charming by Debra E. Marvin, based on Northanger Abbey A timid gothic dime-novel enthusiast tries to solve the mystery of a haunted cemetery and, even more shocking, why two equally charming suitors compete for her attentions. (Historical Romance from Whitefire Publishing)

All That Glitters by Lisa J. Flickinger -- When the world listens only to the call of gold, redemption and love become scarce treasures. Leaving behind her family and a dying father, Ginny Connor follows the cunning Logan Harris up North to strike it rich. Her sister Vivian follows to “rescue” her, and they are both led into the chaos of the Klondike Gold Rush. Meanwhile, Ben McCormack leaves his farm to retrieve his intended bride from a rowdy tent town on the Alaskan coastline. Ben's path inadvertently entwines with Vivian's and he finds his heart tugging him in a different direction. Danger and disappointment plague all their journeys to the far North. (Historical Romance from Ambassador International)

A Worthy Heart by Susan Anne Mason -- Irish lass Maggie Montgomery visits her brother in America secretly hoping to find her fortune and love. While visiting Irish Meadows, she meets an intriguing man whom she thinks is a stable hand. Her brother demands she stay away from Adam O'Leary, who he says was recently released from prison. Nonetheless, Maggie can't seem to make her heart listen. Adam plans to make amends and earn back his family's trust. Falling in love with Maggie Montgomery, however, was never in his plans. Despite everyone's effort to keep them apart, the two develop a bond nothing can break--but has Adam truly changed, or will the sins of his past prove too much for Maggie to overcome? (Historical Romance from Bethany House [Baker] Publishing)

Romantic Suspense:

Compromised Identity by Jodie Bailey -- Staff sergeant Jessica Dylan catches a female soldier stealing her laptop—and almost pays with her life. But a blue-eyed mystery man rushes to her aid just in time, and Jessica learns the handsome army staff sergeant has been investigating her. Sean Turner believes a ring of cyberterrorists who've been attacking military bases are now specifically targeting Jessica. And he's determined to figure out why. When an attempt is made on Jessica's life, Sean vows to stop the hackers. Yet the heart-scarred solider is set on keeping an emotional distance…especially when they discover what the terrorists are really after. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Lethal Action by Rachel Dylan -- New York attorney Hope Finch is used to high-stakes litigation, but when she's sent to what she thought was a small, sleepy town in Georgia, she is unprepared for threats on her life and career. FBI Special Agent Gabe Marino is assigned to protect the big city lawyer visiting his hometown of Maxwell, Georgia. As Gabe investigates the illegal activity linked to Hope's client, he tries to caution her, but she ignores his warnings-until it's her life that's in jeopardy. Hope and Gabe race against the clock to uncover the true threat, but time is running out on them both. (Romantic Suspense, Independently Published)

Thin Ice by Irene Hannon -- After losing her parents and her sister, Christy Reed has been mired in grief. Now, life is finally starting to feel normal again--until an envelope addressed in her sister's handwriting arrives in the mail. And the note inside claims she is still alive. FBI Special Agent Lance McGregor, a former Delta Force operator, is assigned to reopen the case . . . but he's coming up with more questions than answers. Is Christy a pawn in a twisted cat-and-mouse game—or the target of a sinister plot? As Lance digs deeper, one thing becomes clear: someone in the shadows has a deadly agenda. (Romantic Suspense from Revell [Baker Publishing])

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