Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Must Reads and Books Coming Soon

Since I write--and love to read--European historicals, here is a list of great European historicals from authors I know. Enjoy!
Must Reads

In the Shadow of the Son King by Golden Keyes Parson

The Falcon and the Sparrow by Marylu Tyndall

A Passion Redeemed by Julie Lessman

One Holy Night by J.M. Hochstetler

Then Came Hope by Louise Gouge

A Constant Heart by Siri Mitchell

Family Guardian by Laurie Alice Eakes

Books to Anticipate – future releases

Gallimore by Michelle Griep
(December 2008)

Before the Season Ends (December 2008)

The House In Grosvenors Square (August 2009)
by Linore Rose Burkard

Wind of the Spirit by J.M. Hochstetler / (March 2009)

The Red Siren (Jan. 2009)
The Blue Enchantress (August 2009)
by Marylu Tyndall

Surrender the Wind by Rita Gerlach/ (Fall 2009)

A Prisoner of Versailles by Golden Keys Parsons / (Fall 2009)

Seasons In The Mist by Deb Kinnard (April 2010)

Saturday, October 18, 2008

A Bride by Christmas Winner!

This fun novella collection, A Bride by Christmas, goes to . . .

Mommy4life! Congrats! Send me your mailing address ASAP! Thanks!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

A Bride by Christmas - Giveaway

I'm giving away a copy of this 4-novella volume of Christmas romance stories. Please leave a comment for a chance to win.

Do you like Christmas stories? You'll love these four novellas by Linda Goodnight, Kelly Eileen Hake, Vickie McDonough, and my sometime critique partner, Therese Stenzel. (Yay, Therese!) Here are the story titles: An Irish Bride for Christmas, Little Dutch Bride, An English Bride Goes West, and The Cossack Bride. As you can see, you'll get to find out a little bit about other cultures as they clash with the American Great Plains, just in time for Christmas.

Here are the short summaries of each story.

Anastasia Fedorov leaves home and searches for a husband thwart her guardian's devious plans for her inheritance. Jace Brackett hires Anastasia to nanny his troublesome little sister. Could the employer be the answer to the employee's prayers?

Jerome Sanders orders up a Dutch bride to earn a grant that will save the family farm. Idelia van der Zee is delighted when a letter arrives asking for her hand. But will she balk when Jerome's true motive is revealed?

Jackson Lancaster must find a wife or lose custody of his niece. Larkin Doyle is grateful her employer took in an orphan she believes was abandoned. When Larkin meets Jackson could romance blossom?

Katherine Wiltshire needs a husband to help her secure her claim to her deceased father's land. Haunted by a criminal past, Charlie Landing must prove himself as the new sheriff and acquire a wife. When the two find themselves engaged, can they trust God with their future?

Sunday, October 12, 2008

The Shape of Mercy - Winner!

Wow, this book was really good. I finally eked out enough time this weekend to finish it. I hope you can get your hands on a copy, especially if you have a hard time with forgiving yourself. Scroll down to my last post to read more details about this intriguing book, about a girl who transcribes the diary of someone accused of being a witch in the Salem witch trials.

And the winner of my extra copy is . . . Lori! Congrats!

Thursday, October 09, 2008

The Shape of Mercy by Susan Meissner

I'm giving away a copy of this book, so leave a comment if you want to be in the drawing.

This isn't the type of book I normally read, but the premise intrigued me. It's a contemporary story about a college student who transcribes the diary of an 18-yr-old girl named Mercy Hayworth. Mercy lived near Salem in the 1600's and was convicted of being a witch during the Salem witch trials and hung. The contemporary heroine, Lauren Dorough, is the only child of mega-rich parents, and she is so caught up in Mercy's story that it begins to affect every aspect of her life.

Like I said, this isn't the type of book I normally read. But I'm always deploring the same old, same old in Christian fiction, so the very "different-ness" of this book drew me in. If you're looking for something different, this might be the book for you. The author, Susan Meissner, is highly acclaimed, which also made me want to read this book. I haven't finished it and am only about halfway through it, but I'm looking forward to seeing how it turns out.

Leave a comment if you'd like to be included in my drawing for this book.

Winner of In the Shadow of the Sun King

Our winner of Golden Keyes Parsons debut novel, In the Shadow of the Sun King, is Janna! Congrats!

And I'll be announcing another giveaway within 24 hours, so come back!

Saturday, October 04, 2008

WIN In the Shadow of the Sun King by Golden Keyes Parsons

Leave a comment to win this fabulous Christian historical.

The Clavell family finds themselves at the mercy of King Louis XIV’s merciless dragoons, soldiers who terrorize the Protestant Huguenots and try to force them to convert to Catholicism, the state religion. Madeleine Clavell, who knew King Louis when they were both very young, believes she can persuade him to call off the dragoons. Her husband, Francois, and her mother, Elizabeth, both try to dissuade her from traveling to Versailles, but Madeleine is desperate. Surely the king cannot be heartless. Surely he must remember what they once meant to each other and he will show mercy to her and her family. It is a gamble which could cost her everything.

I had no idea that such persecution went on in France in the 1600’s. I found it very intriguing to “experience” through this story what it was like to be persecuted simply for believing a different doctrine. A dramatic story of love, betrayal, and persecution!

This is a powerful, fast-paced story that kept me guessing what might happen until the very end. I thoroughly enjoyed this family’s story. I can hardly wait to read the next book in the series, to find out how things turn out for each of the family members. I highly recommend In the Shadow of the Sun King.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Nick Harrison, Senior Editor at Harvest House

Nick Harrison of Harvest House publishers graciously agreed to answer a few questions for me about Linore Rose Burkhard's book, Before the Season Ends. (Scroll down to see Linore's interview.) I believe his answers will be of interest to all historical writers. So here's Nick Harrison.

1. How did Linore Rose Burkard's book, Before the Season Ends, first come to your attention? What made you decide to acquire it for Harvest House?

To be honest, I’m not really sure I remember. I may have been googling “Christian Regency novels” or something like that. I review so many manuscripts and proposals, it’s really hard to remember how they originally came to us. I’m pretty sure I found Linore on the internet though.

2. Have you acquired other self-published books? If so, how did you those books come to your attention?

Yes, we’ve done several. We acquired Melanie Jeschke’s Inklings and went on to publish two more books by her. Another self-published novel was The Gate Seldom Found by Raymond Reid. It doesn’t happen often, but it does happen. And particularly when a self-published novelist shows us their novel has sold well with just their modest efforts at promotion, that rouses our interest.

3. Do you foresee Regency romance becoming a new trend in Chrisitan fiction?

I hope so. We’re giving it our best shot with Linore’s book….and a sequel she’s working on right now.

4. Is Harvest House looking to publish more of these books in the future?

The verdict on Regency novels won’t be in until we see how Linore’s books do. But right now we do see a strong trend toward historical romance novels which we think will be with us for awhile. Certainly the success of the Amish novels confirms that. We have recently taken on two previously self-published novels in that genre, in fact. They sold well for the author and we think we can expand on his previous success by getting the books even more exposure.