Tuesday, March 31, 2009

New Releases, April 2009

Happy April! Check out all these new releases! And many thanks to Lynette Eason, who is the new "New Releases" guru. Thanks, Lynette!

1. A Claim of Her Own, by Stephanie Whitson from Bethany House. Newly arrived in Deadwood, South Dakota, Mattie O'Keefe must soon decide where true riches lie--and what's worth dying for.

2. A Gift of Grace, BABY, BABY, Book 1 of the Family Heirlooms Series Amy Clipston from Zondervan. When Rebecca Kaufman’s older sister, who left the Amish community when she was a teenager, dies in an automobile accident, Rebecca is left custody of her two modern non-Amish teenage nieces, Jessica and Lindsay.

3. Baby Baby, Book One of the Family Heirloom Series by Karen Weisner from Samhain Publishing House. A Proverbs 31 wife wonders, does "submissive" mean giving up having anything of her own?

4. By Darkness Hid, Book One in The Blood of Kings by Jill Williamson from Marcher Lord Press. Two people discover their ability to speak to, and hear, the minds of others: a squire serving an evil prince, and a maiden masquerading as a boy to avoid marriage.

5. Chef's Deadly Dish, Book Three in the Cozy Crumb Series by Lisa Harris from Heartsong Presents: Mysteries. Determined to discover the truth, Pricilla Crumb, an unconventional busybody, follows one lead after another, dishing up laughter and surprises along the way.

6. Copper and Candles, Michigan Brides Book One by Amber Stockton from Heartsong Presents. Charity work brings them together, but their positions in society might drive them apart.

7. Homecoming Blessings, by Merrillee Whren from Steeple Hill. When businessman Peter Dalton has to work with the boss's missionary daughter Ashley Hiatt, he finds a new focus in life as well as love.

8. Peachtree Dreams, by Debby Mayne from Barbour Publishing. Three Georgia women face the challenge to believe in happily-ever-after endings.

9. Shepherd's Fall, Prodigal Recovery Series Book One by Wanda Dyson from Random House/Waterbrook. Nick Shepherd faces the hardest decision of his life--to save his daughter from a convicted killer, he may have to compromise his beliefs.

10. Stealing Home, by Allison Pittman from Multnomah. Four people, each harboring a secret passion, are brought together through providence, tragedy and love.

11. Texas Ranger Dad, Mule Hollow Series by Debra Clopton from Steeple Hill Love Inspired. Rose Vincent has made a life for herself and her son in Mule Hollow Texas but when Texas Ranger, Zane Cantrell comes to town, her brings her past with him and everything she holds dear in life is threatened.

12.The Reluctant Cowgirl, The McCord Sisters by Christine Lynxwiler from Barbour Publishing. When Crystal McCord’s New York dream crumbles, she thinks her parents’ Arkansas ranch might be a safe place to hide her heart. . .until she meets the cowboy next door.

Happy reading ~

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Winner of Gingham Mountain

Before I tell who won the copy of Gingham Mountain, I have to share the exciting news. Mary Connealy's book, Calico Canyon, which is the book that comes just before Gingham Mountain in the series, is a Christy Award finalist! This is HUGE. The Christy Award is the most prestigious in Christian fiction. So a big CONGRATULATIONS to Mary!

And the winner of Gingham Mountain is ...
remnant reminiscence, lisa. Congratulations, Lisa! I know you will enjoy this book.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Gingham Mountain by Mary Connealy

I loved all three of Mary Connealy’s Lassoed in Texas series, but I think the third one, Gingham Mountain, is my favorite. They kind of build on each other, so you should definitely read all three. So entertaining, and surprisingly touching. I'm giving away a copy of Gingham Mountain, so leave a comment to be entered in the drawing!

Gingham Mountain is fun and funny—and poignant, too. Hannah Cartwright (sister of Grace from Calico Canyon) was abused by her adopted father, who only adopted orphans so he could work them for his own profits and take out his rage on them. So naturally, when she sees that Grant, a scruffy rancher, wants to adopt her crippled little sister, she thinks the worst—that he is going to abuse her and all the other orphans he’s already adopted. But Grant, who is a wonderful hero who I absolutely loved, really just wants to give all the orphans a home who need one. He was an orphan himself, and he knows how it feels to live on the street without even a roof over his head. He has a house, so he wants to share it. He truly loves all his children. So he can’t understand what this cantankerous little woman’s problem is.

This romance is a hoot, as Grant and Hannah become more and more attracted to each other but try their hardest to deny it. Mary Connealy is the master of hilarious situations and funny but realistic sparring matches between the hero and heroine. I loved Gingham Mountain and I can’t imagine who wouldn’t! I highly recommend it.

Don't forget to leave a comment to be entered in the drawing.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

New Releases, March 09

Here is Jill Eileen Smith with the new release report.
March - what a great month! For me it marks the month my debut novel hits bookstore shelves, and I step down as New Releases Coordinator for ACFW. Lynette Eason, who also has a new release this month, will take my place, so be sure to welcome her to this position!

To get a head start on spring, we've got 16 new releases to choose from! And they all sound great! Check them out - and don't forget to visit my new Spotlight interview with author, artist, and agent extraordinaire Wendy Lawton. Wendy had a new children's book release in February.

1. A Hundred Years of Happiness, 2nd in the Summer Meadows Mysteries by Nicole Seitz from Thomas Nelson. A generous story of family, war, loss and longing . . . of the ways we hide from those we love, and the ways that love finds us anyway.

2. A Silent Terror by Lynette Eason from Steeple Hill Love Inspired Suspense. Someone wants Marianna Santino dead. Ethan O'Hara is willing to risk everything, including his heart, to keep her alive.

3. A Test of Faith, Mystery and the Minister's Wife #3 by Carol Cox from Guideposts. When everything falls apart, can faith hold them together?

4. Breach of Trust Call of Duty #1 by DiAnn Mills from Tyndale. Paige Rogers, former CIA agent, must choose between protecting the lives of loved ones or bringing a ruthless killer to justice.

5. Candy-Coated Secrets, 2nd in the Summer Meadows Mysteries by Cynthia Hickey from Barbour. Who would have thought escorting an elephant down Highway 64 could lead to murder?

6. Daisy Chain, Defiance, TX series, book one by Mary DeMuth from Zondervan. The abrupt disappearance of young Daisy Chance haunts the small town of Defiance, Texas. Fourteen-year-old Jed Pepper searches for answers in this gritty and compelling story of love and sorrow, revealing God’s hand of redemption in impossible situations.

7. Daniel's Den by Brandt Dodson from Harvest House Publishers. Daniel and Laura become the objects in a game of cat and mouse where they learn just how big the cat can be - and that it's no game.

8. Fatal Illusions by Adam Blumer from Kregel Publications. An obsessive woman, a serial killer, and a sudden winter storm turn a sabbatical in the North Woods into a nightmare that the Thayer family may not escape alive.

9. If Tomorrow Never Comes by Marlo Schalesky from Waterbrook-Multnomah Publishers/Random House. Kinna and Jimmy Henley never planned on infertility stealing their dreams, crushing their love. But it did. Now, their last hope lies with a mysterious woman rescued from the sea.

10. Love Finds You in Humble Texas by Anita Higman from Summerside Press. Two sisters fall in love with the same man.

11. Michal: A Novel, The Wives of King David series Book 1 by Jill Eileen Smith from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. A princess falls in love with her father's worst enemy - will it cost her everything?

12. Poisoned Secrets by Margaret Daley from Steeple Hill Love Inspired Suspense. Maggie spent years searching for her birth mother, but when the past is revealed, the shocking disclosures could tear her life apart.

13.The Hand-Me-Down Family by Winnie Griggs from Steeple Hill Love Inspired Historicals. For the sake of three orphaned children, two scarred individuals - one physically, one emotionally - try to work together to forge a new family.

14. The List by Sherri Lewis from Urban Christian. Four women on a quest to find Godly men based on a list.

15. Wind of the Spirit, The American Patriot Series, Book 3 by J. M. Hochstetler from Sheaf House Publishers. As the patriot cause falters, can her love bridge the miles that separate them--and the savage bonds that threaten to tear him forever from her arms?

16. Yesterday's Embers, The Clayburn Novels by Deborah Raney from Howard Books/Simon & Schuster. Newlyweds Doug and Mickey must find a way to untangle their knot of hasty choices without breaking the hearts of five precious children or their own in the process.

Happy reading ~

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Gallimore by Michelle Griep

You know how much I like to recommend the out-of-the-ordinary, so here’s another one. I’m not one for time travel stories, but I loved this medieval/modern-day story. The knight-hero in the story is so realistic, and I loved the romance between Colwyn and the contemporary heroine, Jessica Neale.

Jessica Neale is done with love. God let her husband die in a terrible car accident and she’s basically given up on things like happiness and love and hope. But one night while on a vacation to England, she sustains a blow to the head in a storm and wakes up in a strange place where everyone apparently belongs to some medieval fair in which they dress and act like people from the fourteenth century. She wants out of this elaborately staged play, especially when she ends up clapped in the stocks in the public square.

Colwyn, knight of Gallimore, must come to her aid several times, against his own wishes at first, but he soon thinks she may be telling the truth. She might really be from the future. She’s also the feistiest and prettiest woman he’s ever met, and he realizes he can’t leave her without a champion in a strange and dangerous world.

Jessica and Colwyn’s adventures in and around the Castle Gallimore are entertaining and poignant, as the heroine learns that God isn’t finished with her yet, and she isn’t finished with life—or love. I highly recommend this unusual romance set in medieval England.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Winner of Sir Bentley

Before I announce the winner, I just want to encourage you to get your middle grader or teen a copy of one of Chuck Black's books, maybe through the library (request that they buy the latest one) because these are great Christian books for kids, girls and boys!

And the winner is ... Rose McCauley! Congratulations, Rose!

Monday, March 02, 2009

Nora Interviews Me!

No, not Nora Roberts, Nora St. Laurent! Ha!

She matches cute pictures with my answers to her questions about the ACFW Book Club and me personally. Here's the link: Finding Hope Through Fiction.

And you can keep leaving comments to win Sir Bentley for a couple more days.