Thursday, April 28, 2011

Missy Tippens guesting today! Enter to win a free book!

Hi Missy, so glad you're here!

Missy's bio:

Missy Tippens is a pastor’s wife and mom of three who lives near Atlanta. After ten years of pursuing her dream, she made her first sale of a full-length novel to Love Inspired in 2007. She still pinches herself to see if it really happened! Her novels have been finalists in the American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year Contest, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence and the Bookseller's Best Award. Visit Missy at

1. We read your bio and learned a little about you. Anything you want to share in addition to that?

Well, I’m a former microbiologist, turned stay-at-home mom, turned adjunct instructor at the local technical college. So I’ve had a variety of careers!

2. How long have you been writing? I started writing in 1995 when we got our first computer. :)
How many books do you have published? My 4th just came out.
How long did it take you to get published? Almost 12 years!

3. If you compared your writing style to any other Christian Fiction author, who would it be?

Oh, gosh, that’s too hard to answer! It could probably be compared to several of the other Love Inspired authors who write small towns stories with lots of emotion and a touch of humor.

Here's the back cover blurb:

When Faith Hagin sees widower cop Gabe Reynolds every day in her coffee shop, she can’t help but feel for the struggling single dad. She’s raised a teenager of her own—and sadly, knows what not to do. But thanks to his matchmaking preteen daughter, Chelsea, the whole town’s praying for Gabe to find a wife!

Even though Faith thinks she’s content being just friends, spending time with him and Chelsea starts to feel like a fresh start at having a family. And their love may be the answer to everyone’s prayers.

4. What made you want to write this story?

A Family for Faith is inspired by a man I watched on a flight from D.C. to Atlanta! I actually thank him in the acknowledgments. :) The man was a single dad across the aisle and up a row on the plane. I watched as he tried desperately to put a hair bow in his little daughter’s hair and just couldn’t get it in right. I knew I wanted to write a story about a single man with a young daughter who was hitting an age where she would need a mother’s influence. I had so much fun writing it!

5. What research did you have to do for this book?
I did some research about small town cops using Debra Dixon’s Dad’s book, When You’re the Only Cop in Town by Jack Berry and Debra Dixon. I also double-checked facts with friends who have cop husbands. Since it’s contemporary small town, I’m mainly writing what I know. :)

6. What are you working on now or going to write next?

I just turned in A House Full of Hope which will be out from Love Inspired in Feb. 2012. And now I’m working on another proposal.

7. I know you like to teach at writing conferences. What are some of the topics you teach on?

Yes, I enjoy teaching! I like to speak about persistence, The Moral Premise, the journey to publication, the first year after the first sale, and basic plotting.

8. What do you like to do for fun besides meet other writers for marathon writing sessions?

Oh, I do love to get away with writers! :) I also love shopping with my daughter, watching my favorite shows on TV, reading (of course!), date night with hubby, movies with friends, girls’ night out, and eating out every chance I get!

9. How can readers get in contact with you?, and on Facebook (Missy Tippens Readers) and Twitter (MissyTippens).

10. Any parting comments? Wise advice for pre-published authors?

Keep writing! Don’t re-work the same story over and over. Just plow ahead. You’ll learn more with each story. Then when you do sell, you’ll have several stories to offer your editor for that second book contract!

Lynette, thanks for having me!

Thank YOU for being here. Sounds like a great story. Can't wait until I can sit down and read it.

All right, bloggers, now's your chance. Leave a comment to be placed in a drawing to win a copy of this fabulous book!

God Bless!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Winner of Renee Ryan's book!

Hi everyone, just wanted to say thanks for stopping by and entering to win Renee's book. And the winner is....


Thanks so much!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Renee Ryan guest blogger today - come win a book!

Renee grew up in a small Florida beach town. To entertain herself during countless hours of "laying-out" she read all the classics. It wasn’t until the summer between her sophomore and junior years at Florida State University that she read her first romance novel. Hooked from page one, she spent hours consuming one book after another while working on the best (and last!) tan of her life.

Two years later, armed with a degree in Economics and Religion, she explored various career opportunities, including stints at a Florida theme park, a modeling agency, and a cosmetic conglomerate. She moved on to teach high school Economics, American Government and Latin while coaching award-winning cheerleading teams. Several years later, with an eclectic cast of characters swimming around in her head, she began seriously pursuing a writing career.

Renee sold her first book, EXTREME MEASURES, to Dorchester Publishing by winning the inaugural New Historical Voice Contest in 2002. She eventually reconciled her writing with her faith and began writing Inspirational Romances in 2006. She sold her first Inspirational manuscript to Love Inspired Historical in December 2006. Her first Love Inspired Historical will arrive in stores February or March of 2009.

When she’s not writing for Love Inspired Historical, Renee works part time as a regional makeup artist for an international cosmetic company. She lives with her husband, two children and one ornery cat in Nebraska.

Thanks, Lynette, for inviting me to blog with you today.

I’m here to talk about my latest release, Book Four in the Charity House series, THE LAWMAN CLAIMS HIS BRIDE.

Charity House is no ordinary orphanage, but rather a unique home for the by-blows/mistakes of prostitutes and gunslingers. By its very nature, Charity House lends itself to unique stories.

THE LAWMAN CLAIMS HIS BRIDE is no exception. The book reintroduces two familiar characters, Logan and Megan. Both have been along for the ride since Book One, THE MARSHAL TAKES A BRIDE.

Because my hero and heroine had been around from the beginning of the series I found myself faced with a large problem. Logan and Megan met and fell in love back in Book Two, HANNAH’S BEAU. But Megan was too young and Logan wasn’t ready to be a family man. Well, that’s what everyone said anyway. But no matter what they’re told, they can’t help loving one another.

The reader finds out in Book 3, LOVING BELLA, that Logan has taken a job in San Francisco to make a living worthy of his beloved. He plans to marry Megan as soon as he returns home. There is no doubt these two will end up together.

But therein lays the heart of the problem.

What fun is a romance novel where the hero and heroine are already in love before the book even begins? More importantly, how was I supposed to accomplish the daunting task of writing a full-length novel with zero romantic conflict? Can you say: Boring?
Under the circumstances, I did what any self-respecting writer would do. I started playing the “what if” game.

What if one or both of them is only in love with the idea of being in love? What if they’ve each built up the other in their minds to impossible proportions? What if a newly appointed US Marshal comes home to marry his one true love, only to find her in jail for murder?

Now I had the makings of a story.

But wait. There’s more. Another issue I wanted to tackle was the touchy subject of intimacy between newly married Christians. We in the church tell our youth that a strong physical attraction will translate into a strong sexual connection once vows are spoken, but not before. Never before. Christians, especially Christian women, are taught from a very early age that intimacy is bad, bad, bad. Unless, of course, inside the sanctity of marriage.

But isn’t that sending our girls a confusing, dare-I-say mixed message? For a bride’s entire life she’s taught that intimacy with a man is something to be avoided at all costs. “Don’t even think about it, much less do it,” she’s told. But then, on the night of her wedding, she’s supposed to flip some invisible switch and suddenly intimacy is a good thing.

Want to know how I, as a believing Christian and a mother of a teenage girl, addressed this very touchy issue in THE LAWMAN CLAIMS HIS BRIDE? You’ll have to read the book to find out. ☺

Renee Ryan writes for Love Inspired Historical and Love Inspired. Her fabulous editor is Melissa Endlich. For more information, you can visit Renee at

THANK YOU, Rene, for being here today. Readers, run out and get this book! It's awesome! Leave a comment and a way to get in touch with you and you might find yourself a winner of this fabulous story.

Monday, April 18, 2011

An Easter Mystery!

Come on over to the Craftie Ladies of Suspense blog where I posted part eight of our Easter mystery story. Come read about The Great Easter Bunny Heist!

And Karen Kirst is the winner of Diane Burke's book!

Congratulations Karen!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Winner of Beth Goddard's book!

Hi all, the winner of Beth Goddard's book is Anne Payne! Congratulations, Anne! Beth will be in touch with you soon!

Everyone have a fabulous Saturday!

I'm at Dollywood, what are you doing this weekend?

Work Ethic and what do you do with it?

Okay, this has nothing really to do with writing, but I'm curious. We (my family) go out to eat quite a bit. Yesterday, we went to my favorite restaurant, had a great waitress, excellent service, the food was out quickly, etc. It was a most enjoyable experience. And I gave a tip that reflected that. I'll also be back to that restaurant probably next week.

But then there's the other restaurant that we like. Only, 95% of our past experiences with this restaurant have been bad. Seriously. So, why do we keep going back? Mainly I think it's because we really do enjoy the food when it's done right. So anyway, when the service is bad, the food is either wrong or cold by the time we get it, or whatever, I don't tip--or I leave a really small one. Now, of course, if I can tell that the server is really trying and it's not his/her fault, I don't scrimp on the tip, but otherwise...

And I get that people have bad days, I mean, I sure do, but aren't we supposed to push past that or at least attempt to cover it up when we're on the job? Aren't we actually supposed to do the job we're being paid for? Some days I don't really feel like writing. Some days, I'd like to say, I'll do it later. And it's nice that I have that option, but I also know that later might bring some kind of crisis. Illness, an unexpected errand, anything can throw off the writing time. So, I don't procrastinate (usually) when it comes to getting in the word count. Isn't that what I'm supposed to do? Because if I'm late, I throw off the whole process of getting the book released on time.

Because if I'm late, I throw off the whole process of getting the book released on time. And that would NOT be good.

Anyway, I'm just curious. When you're working, do you wear your feelings on your sleeve? Do you have a good work ethic or a bad one? And why do you think you have whichever work ethic you have?

Just curious.

Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Diane Burke is giving away a free book!

Award-winning author, Diane Burke, writes for Love Inspired Books. She loves to read all of the lines and writes for the romantic suspense division. She lives in Florida and when she's not writing, she's reading, walking the beach, visiting with her grandchildren or playing with her dogs.

Welcome, Diane!

Thanks, for having me, Lynette.

So, tell us how you came up with the idea for Double Identity.

The original idea began as the wispy remnants of a dream. I woke up and remembered dreaming about a woman who picked up a letter from her kitchen table. The letter began, “By the time you read this letter I’ll be dead.” Of course, that caught my interest. That’s probably why the dream stuck with me. I don’t usually remember my dreams.

I started asking myself questions. Who was this woman? Who was the person who left the note? When she goes in search of answers and discovers that her name, her identity, is all false, what would she do? And soon a plot was born.

However, plotting is only half the battle. I had to try and put myself in my characters shoes and answer the all important question---what is going on emotionally within this woman and how is she going to cope?

That made me think about teenagers. So many teens get angry at their parents and have moments that they wish they belonged to some other family. Or they sometimes don’t feel like they belong in the one they have and wonder if they’ve been adopted.
So how would it feel if you found out the family and life you felt belonged to you wasn’t real?

We all wear masks. We’re wives, mothers, daughters, sisters, employees, friends. But who are we really? If every title, if every mask was stripped away, what would be left behind? Who really is the person in the mirror?

I’d love to hear from your readers and see how they’d answer that question. I’m still trying to answer it for myself.

All right readers. I hope you'll give Diane an answer to her question. I know I'm going to have to think about this one a bit.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Louise Gouge is here. Win her book!

Award-winning Florida author Louise M. Gouge writes historical fiction, calling her stories “threads of grace woven through time.” In addition to numerous other awards, Louise is the recipient of the prestigious Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award. Married to David Gouge for forty-six years, Louise is a mother of four and grandmother of six children. In addition to writing, she teaches English and humanities at Valencia Community College in Kissimmee , Florida.

1. Tell us about your current release. A summary or back cover blurb will do nicely.
In At the Captain’s Command, a heroic British naval captain, son of an influential earl, dares to fall in love with a provincial American girl. Then he discovers her family's devastating secret.

Loyal to the British Crown, orphaned Dinah Templeton has vowed never to marry a seafaring man, for her father died at sea and her merchant captain brother is always away. But when Captain Thomas Moberly sails into St. Augustine to defend the East Florida shores from American pirates, Dinah finds that her heart may overrule her head regarding this seafarer. Captain Thomas Moberly, captain of HMS Dauntless, has been assigned to capture the notorious American pirate Nighthawk, who plagues the Atlantic coast of East Florida. War-weary and hoping for a refreshing visit with his brother and sister, who live near St. Augustine, Thomas never expects to find love. But how can he resist the lovely Miss Templeton, even though she is what his father, Lord Bennington, would call a common American?

2. When did you decide you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve always had an active imagination, so it was a natural step to start writing down my stories. I didn’t have time to do it until my children were pretty much grown (they were in middle school and high school). But once I got started writing back in 1984 at the encouragement of a friend, I didn’t stop. I even went back to college and grad school so I could learn to write better.

3. How/where do you come up with ideas for your stories?
Stories are all around us. Sometimes a story can come from reading some historical detail or watching a documentary on television. My very first story was inspired by watching a father and son toss a football in a field outside my window. That story grew into my first two publishing credits. I look for the human element in any situation and try to choose a compelling story that will show my readers how God moves in our lives.

4. Writing historicals means tons of research. How do you do your research? Do you have all your facts ready before you sit down to write the story? Or do you research as you go along?
I love the research process, but story or research first? It’s different for each book. Sometimes I find that wonderful historical detail that sparks my imagination, and I rough out a story. I check online about the era and begin to flesh out the plot and setting details. Other times, I have a character in mind and try to discover what time period in which to set her or him. Yes, I definitely continue to research details as I go along. When I make an actual research trip to someplace like Boston, Nantucket, Annapolis, or St. Augustine, I prepare my questions carefully and contact the local historical societies beforehand. Historians are wonderful in sharing information to help authors make our stories historically accurate.

5. Who are some of your favorite authors?
Laurie Alice Eakes (Lady in the Mist), MaryLu Tyndall (Surrender the Night), and Ramona Cecil (Freedom’s Crossroad) not only are my favorite living authors but my former critique partners. Each of these ladies has a gift for bringing her characters to life and describing settings so subtly that readers feel as if they are there. My favorite authors of previous eras are Charlotte Bronte, Jane Austen, and Charles Dickens. Funny thing is that we consider them historical writers, but they were writing contemporary novels of their own times.

6. Did you have someone who really made a difference in your writing? A mentor that helped you get to where you are now?
How about a whole organization? American Christian Fiction Writers has made all the difference in my writing career. This is the place where I met and networked with agents, editors, and other writers. Before that, I had published two novels with a major publisher, but had only modest success. After joining ACFW, I saw a whole different world.

7. Where do you get your ideas for your characters? Are they based on people you know?
Just like my stories, my characters are all around me. Sometimes people inspire characters. Sometimes my character is a composite of more than one person. I always add my own touches. And like most authors, I’m always on the lookout for that one special character whose journey will have a huge impact on my readers. Someone like Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird or Jane Eyre in her self-named novel, characters whose person strength and core values are something we all can admire and hope to emulate.

8. What are your goals as a writer? Where do you see yourself five years from now?
I want to keep writing stories that inspire people to walk closer to Jesus Christ. I hope to still be doing that in five years.

9. What are you working on now or going to write next?

I’ve begun to write in the Regency period in England. It’s a delightful era that provides opportunity for both comedy and serious drama. But I also love to write Americana, especially post-Civil War stories. I’m waiting on the Lord for His direction.

10. How can your readers get in touch with you?
I love to hear from readers and always answer them. My website/blog is Please write!

Thank you so much for stopping by, Louise! Love your answers and your books! I was in my local Christian bookstore just last night and saw it sitting proudly on the shelf. So, glad to have you.

All right, lovely readers, if you want a copy of this book, leave a comment and maybe tell us why you love to read historical books.

Saturday, April 09, 2011

Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference

I just wanted to tell you about a great writers conference coming up. If you're a beginner or an advanced writer, this conference is for you. Agents, editors, freelance writers are all there to answer your questions, listen to your pitch and encourage you in your writing journey.

Place: Ridgecrest Conference Center in Black Mountain, NC
Dates: May 9-13, 2011 That's a Monday through a Friday

I plan to take a couple of classes myself. One of those being Mike Dellosso. If you're a suspense writer, you might want to consider signing up for his class. Here is his bio and the class descriptions.

Mike Dellosso writes novels of suspense for both the mind and the soul. He writes to both entertain and challenge. In addition to his novels, Mike is also an adjunct professor at Lancaster Bible College and a faculty member at the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writer's Conference.

Writing the Supernatural/Suspense/Thriller/Mystery Novel (Continuing Class)

We'll discuss the differences in the genres, how they look in the CBA, pacing, mood, protagonists and villains, theme, and other intricacies of creating a story that thrills, entertains, and moves the reader.

Is Christian Horror an Oxymoron? (Workshop)

What do you think of when someone says Christian horror? In this workshop we'll be looking at this unique genre and discussing why it's important, why it's misunderstood, and how to effectively write the horror novel but "keep it Christian."

Writing a Novel on a Shoestring Budget (Workshop)

No, we won't be talking about finances. In this workshop we'll look at how to write a novel on a tight budget . . . of time. We'll discuss things that rob our time, how to find time and then prioritize it, and how to budget your time to writing a full-length novel in three months.

Sound interesting?

Then hurry and sign up. I would love to see you there!

Friday, April 08, 2011

Elizabeth Goddard is giving away a free book!

Hi Bloggers, I have a special guest today. Beth Goddard is a fantastic writer and I'm really excited she decided to stop by today. I hope you'll read about her and leave a comment to be entered in the drawing for her latest book, THE CAMERA NEVER LIES. I know you don't want to miss this opportunity!

Elizabeth Goddard is a 7th generation Texan who grew up in a small oil town in East Texas. Surrounded by Christian family and friends, coupled with her love of reading, writing Christian fiction seemed like a natural outcome. Elizabeth attended the University of North Texas where she received her degree in computer science. She spent the next seven years working in high-level sales for a software company located in Dallas, and traveling throughout the United States and Canada. At 25, she finally met the man of
her dreams and married him a few weeks later. When she had her first child, she moved back to East Texas with her husband and daughter and worked for a pharmaceutical company. But then, more children came along and it was time to focus on family. Elizabeth loves that she gets to do her favorite things every day-read, write novels, and stay at home with her four beautiful
children and wonderful husband.

1.Plug Time: Tell us about your latest book and/or share with us the back cover blurb.
Back Cover Blurb: Photographer extraordinaire, Polly Perkins, runs her business in a small town on the Oregon coast. Though it is her primary source of income, there are limits to how many mismatched jackets, earrings and shoes she can take. Still, people fascinate her—their smiles might brighten with the flash of the camera, but their eyes never lie. When Polly is hired to photograph a wedding at Caldera National Park, she captures a murder victim instead. Will her uncanny ability to read emotions through a camera lens help her prevent another murder—and find romance for herself?

2.What do you hope readers take away from the book and think about long after they've finished the story?

That’s an interesting question because I didn’t write the story with a take-away in mind, but there are several spiritual nuggets. The one that stayed with me after the book, and I hope others will pick up on it, is more a question. Have you ever in the darkest corner of your heart wished ill-will upon someone? Polly has to face the music when her ill-will comes to pass, but not by her hands, then she wonders if she is still guilty. Of course, this all has to do with forgiveness, but what if it’s only a crime of the heart?

3. Are there any particular spiritual themes you like to write about?

Years ago when I began crafting stories (none of those I submitted for publication) I wanted my themes to center around treasures in heaven, and putting emphasis on what is really important in life. Now, looking at the books that have been published, they all have something in common—my characters are looking for purpose and direction, something they can only find through a relationship with God.

4. How did you learn to write? Did you have a mentor? Do you have a specific way that you write? For example, are you a plotter or a pantser? Do you use a spreadsheet? Storyboarding? Or do you just sit down and start writing?

I have to credit the critique group I joined in 2001 when I joined ACFW. I read voraciously, but I didn’t have a clue how to write a novel. Joining the group, I had to send in a chapter a week and through that process, I learned the craft, along with books and attending conferences. But that got me started. Because I started out by writing for Heartsong Presents, and they require a chapter synopsis, I learned early on to plot out my story. Now, I find that to be an invaluable tool so I’m not staring at the page wondering where the story is going. Of course, it’s a loose outline, because I’ll often change things around, or add a different element, but for the most part the story follows the synopsis. I’ve purchased several programs, including Scrivener, and the Snowflake, thinking these could help make my lfie easier. But I haven’t found the time to go through the learning curve, plus I’m not sure changing the system that works for me is a good thing in the middle of deadlines!

5. What are your goals for the future when it comes to your writing career? Where do you see yourself in five years?

I love writing category romance and I hope to always write for Heartsong and Love Inspired Suspense, but in addition to writing those, I’d love to add bigger books. I enjoy the fast pace of romantic suspense so I would hope in five years, I could be writing category and romantic suspense.

6. Is there a particular Scripture verse that’s made a big difference for you?

Psalm 45:1 My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer. This is the verse the Lord continued to bring to me repeatedly during those years he was calling me to write. This verse speaks to my heart and says that my voice can be heard through writing.

7. How can readers find you online? (i.e. website, facebook, twitter, etc.)

Please stop by my website and join my newsletter at and follow me daily at my facebook author page, and twitter,

8. Anything else you’d like to share?

The Camera Never Lies released in December 2010, as well as Praying for Rayne. In October 2011, I have two books releasing. Under the Redwood Tree (Heartsong Presents) and Freezing Point (Love Inspired Suspense)

Thanks for having me Lynette!

Thanks for being here, Beth. Winner will be announced one week from today, so check back to see if you won. God Bless and happy reading!

Monday, April 04, 2011

Craftie Ladies of Suspense blog time

Hey, have y’all ever stopped by If not, you’re missing out. There’s a whole group of suspense authors over there who’d love for you to drop in. We talk about writing suspense, sometimes we talk about new releases and sometimes we just talk about life. But we always have a great time and would love for you to join in. If you get over there, just tell them Lynette sent you. Oh! And sometimes we have contests! You might even win a book or two. ☺

One last thing, I’m blogging today about blogtalk radio. What is that, you ask? Well stop by and find out! God Bless!

Sunday, April 03, 2011

April new releases from your favorite ACFW Authors

A Family for Faith by Missy Tippens -- A Romance from Love Inspired. Even though Faith Hagin thinks she’s content being just friends with Gabe Reynolds, spending time with him and his daughter Chelsea starts to feel like a fresh start at having a family. And their love may be the answer to everyone’s prayers.

A Place to Belong by Linda Goodnight -- Romance from Love Inspired. Faith and warm memories have helped widow Kitty Wainwright endure the loss of her husband. That's all she's ever needed…until she hires contractor Jace Carter to repair her motel.

Abigail's New Hope by Mary Ellis -- A Romance from Harvest House. As an Amish midwife, Abigail Graber loves bringing babies into the world. But when a difficult delivery takes a devastating turn, she's is faced with some hard choices.

At the Captain's Command by Louise M. Gouge -- A Historical from Love Inspired. A heroic British naval captain, son of an influential earl, dares to fall in love with a provincial American girl. Then he discovers her family's devastating secret.

Canyon Walls by Julie Jarnagin -- A Romance from Barbour Heartsong Presents. Sunset Camp changed Cassie’s life, and she is determined to keep it alive.

Chosen Ones by Eileen Rife -- General Fiction from Oak Tara. While Maggie and Gavin Munsfield adjust to a new baby, missionary friends, Dan and Yvonne Pratt, experience the heartbreak of infertility and miscarriage. Will they find it in their hearts to accept an outcome so different than what they expected and hoped for?

Dare to be Different; From the Scenarios Series by Nicole O'Dell -- Young Adult from Barbour. Each book in the series follows a character up to the point where she has to make an important, life-changing decision—then it’s your turn to choose. Will your choices lead to a happy ending?

Delivered With Love by Sherry Kyle -- General Fiction from Abingdon. An old love letter found in the glove compartment of a young woman's inherited 1972 Volkswagen propels her to leave her life in Los Angeles and go to the small town of Capitola, California. There her dream of finding the writer of the letter leads her on an unexpected journey that changes her life forever.

Diagnosis Death by Richard Mabry M.D. -- A Thriller/Suspense from Abingdon. When Dr. Elena Gardner's comatose husband dies in the ICU while on life support, the whispers begin. More deaths turn the whispers into a shout: "Mercy killing." What is the dark secret that keeps Elena's lips sealed when she should be defending herself?

Fairer Than Morning by Rosslyn Elliott -- A Romance from Thomas Nelson. A young woman and man haunted by the past seek love and freedom as they assist fugitives on the Underground Railroad.

Finally a Bride by Vickie McDonough -- A Romance from Barbour. Will reporter Jacqueline Davis uncover his secrets before Noah Jeffers can capture her heart?

From Darkness Won; Blood of Kings Book 3 by Jill Williamson -- A Fantasy from Marcher Lord Press. Achan and Vrell seek out their place in the coming war to push back Darkness for good.

Griselda Takes Flight by Joyce Magnin -- General Fiction from Abingdon. Now that her sister, Agnes Sparrow, is comfortably dieting at the Greenbrier Nursing home, Griselda has time to fly—literally.

Kaydie by Penny Zeller -- A Romance from Whitaker House. Kaydie Worthington builds a protective wall around herself that won't be easy to tear down. There's something about Kaydie that draws Jonah Dickenson to her and makes him question his decision to remain a bachelor.

Love Finds You on Prince Edward Island by Susan Page Davis -- A Romance from Summerside Press. Molly Orlund is honored to serve as a maid where the Prince of Wales will be a guest. Peter Stark, an understeward in the royal party, is attracted to Molly, but an uncovered secret could change everything.

Oregon Weddings by Kathleen Kovach -- A Romance from Barbour. An alpaca, a lost family treasure, and an ornithophobic actress all take center stage in these three stories of love and faith that are as eclectic as the state of Oregon itself.

Patchwork Dreams by Laura V. Hilton -- Romance from Whitaker House.Becky Troyer has committed the ultimate sin, and finds herself on the edge of her Amish community; Jacob Miller believes he was sent to the Old Order Community in Missouri to help out a distant cousin--instead, he discovers he was part of an arranged swap.

People of the Book; Book 4 in the Extreme Devotion Series by Kathi Machias -- General Fiction from New Hope. Farah lives in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, with her family, and wants nothing more than to develop a deeper devotion to her Muslim faith. All goes well until the prophet Isa—Jesus—appears to her in a dream and calls her to Himself.

Risky Business; From the Scenarios Series by Nicole O'Dell -- Young Adult from Barbour. Each book in the series follows a character up to the point where she has to make an important, life-changing decision—then it’s your turn to choose. Will your choices lead to a happy ending?

Swept Away; From the Scenarios Series by Nicole O'Dell -- Young Adult from Barbour. Each book in the series follows a character up to the point where she has to make an important, life-changing decision—then it’s your turn to choose. Will your choices lead to a happy ending?

Tea for Two, Book 2 of the Tea With Millicent Series by Trish Perry -- Romance from Harvest House. Zack Cooper tries his best to raise his children, but he's losing his grip on them. Tea Shop owner Milly Jewel has the perfect woman in mind to help Zack.

The Daughter's Walk by Jane Ann Kirkpatrick -- General Fiction from Waterbrook/Multnomah. Based on a true story of a mother and daughter who walk across the country in 1896 and the consequences of the journey to both of their lives.

The Dawn of a Dream by Ann Shorey -- General Fiction from Revell. She’s embarking on a new life—but can the past truly be left behind?

The Deepest Waters by Dan Walsh -- General Fiction from Revell. Inspired by a true story, The story weaves a tale full of action and suspense, and yet it is also an amazing love story that could only happen if miracles do come true.

The Lightkeeper's Ball by Colleen Coble -- Olivia Stewart’s sister, Eleanor, was engaged to Harrison Bennett, one of the nation’s wealthiest men, who has since died. Now the pressure is on Olivia to take her place, despite her suspicions about Eleanor’s fiancé.

The Sheriff's Sweetheart by Laurie Kingery -- A Romance from Love Inspired. A down-on-his-luck gambler on the run from a dangerous enemy meets the richest girl in a small Texas town and turns his life around to become worthy of her.

The Unforgivable; Wounds of South America, Book 1 by Tessa Stockton -- A Thriller/Suspense from Risen Books. Accused of the worst war crimes in the history of Argentina, Carlos Cornella is despised by a wounded nation…

Tomorrow's Garden by Amanda Cabot -- Romance from Revell. Can Harriet Kirk and Lawrence Wood ever truly put the past behind them in order to find happiness?

Trail of Lies by Margaret Daley -- A Thriller/Suspense from Love Inspired. As the mother of a beautiful daughter and the wife of a wealthy entrepreneur, Melora Hudson seemed happy. No one knew about the secrets hidden behind closed doors—secrets Melora was forced to keep.

Yukon Wedding; Book 1, Alaskan Bride Series by Allie Pleiter -- A Romance from Love Inspired. Widow Lana Bristow won’t abandon the only home her son has ever known, even if it means wedding Mack Tanner, the man she blames for her husband’s death.