Friday, December 18, 2009

The Lightkeeper's Daughter
By Colleen Coble

Addie Sullivan leads a quiet, grueling life in a northern California lighthouse until the night a storm brings an injured stranger and a dark secret to her hearth. The man insists that she is not Addie Sullivan but Julia Eaton, the child long lost and feared dead by her wealthy family. Addie leaves her lighthouse home to help her uncle Walter solve the mystery surrounding her upbringing. Someone knew of her survival and paid the Sullivans to shelter her. But who? And why? As dusty rooms and secret compartments give up their clues about her past, Addie finds truth she could never have guessed. To embrace it is to risk her life; but to run away is to risk losing the greatest love she¡¯s ever known.

The Lightkeeper¡¯s Daughter is a maze of twists and turns with an opening that grabs the reader instantly. With so many red herrings, the villain caught me by surprise.

-- Lauraine Snelling, best-selling author of A Measure of Mercy

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Merry Mayhem
by Margaret Daley

Christmas bells ring with danger in these suspenseful holiday stories.

When single mom Annie Coleman unexpectedly arrives in Christmas, Oklahoma, police chief Caleb Jackson suspects she's hiding secrets. He'll be watching her closely. And his protection is just what Annie and her daughter need, as danger has followed them to their new home.

The other story in the anthology is Yule Die by Debby Giusti.

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Friday, December 11, 2009

Becca by the Book

(A Getaway Girls Novel)
By Laura Jensen Walker

Freespirited Becca Daniels is still trying to figure out what she wants to be when she grows up. What Becca doesn't want to be is bored. That's why she quit her bookstore job, used her last bit of credit to go skydiving, and how she broke her leg. Becca will try almost anything-even her book club's crazy challenge. To prove she's not commitment-phobic, Becca agrees to twenty-five dates with whoever asks her out next. When churchy Ben-definitely NOT her type-calls, she gamely embarks on a hilarious series of dates that plunge her into the alien world of church potlucks and prayer meetings.

Becca by the Book is published by Zondervan (2009) and is available at fine bookstores everywhere and on-line at or

Author Laura Jensen Walker lives in Northern California with her husband Michael and their canine-daughter Gracie. To find more about other books by Laura, please visit

The Christmas Dog
By Melody Carlson

This heartfelt story is the perfect thing to put you in the holiday spirit.the healing power of animals combines nicely with the true spirit of Christmas. God really does work through unexpected people and events.
Romantic Times, September 2009

Christmas miracles can come from unlikely sources.

Betty Kowalski isn't looking forward to the holidays. She just can't seem to find Christmas in her heart. Maybe it's because her husband is gone. Maybe it's because she's missing he children. Or maybe it has something to do with obnoxious new neighbor, who seems to be tearing his house apart and rearranging it on the lawn. But when a mangy do appears at her doorstep, the stage is set for Betty to learn what Christmas is really about.

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Published by Revell
a division of Baker Publishing Group
P.O. Box 6287, Grand Rapids, MI 49516-6287

Monday, November 30, 2009


Three novels by Gail Gaymer Martin set in the beautiful Monterey area in the central coast of California. The Barbour anthology includes the novels And Baby Makes Five, Garlic and Roses and Butterfly Trees.

Book Description
Walk the streets and countryside of Monterey, California, with three couples who are surprised by love in the midst of their busy lives. Chad helps Felisa when she goes into labor in his lettuce field. Juli meets Alan while volunteering at a soup kitchen. Ross takes an overdue vacation at Alissa’s bed-and-breakfast. Can busy people slow down enough to realize the love God has brought into their lives?

Reviews from AMAZON

Monterey Memories, an anthology, is a must buy. I truly love this book. In each of the three novels, set in the central coast of California, Gail writes of God's love with such ease and weaves His love throughout each story.

We see how faith and growth in the Word affects every aspect of the characters lives. Everyday normal people with trials and decisions, which we too, can identify. From trust, or acceptance to forgiveness, each of the story's characters learn to lean on God through their faith.

I'm adding this book to my gift list for friends and family. Who wouldn't want to find this warm, engrossing book in their stocking at Christmas? Or simply a gift to share.
REviewer: Carolyn J. Devaney

Gail's Bio:

Multi-award-winning novelist, Gail Gaymer Martin is the author of forty-three novels with three million books in print. Her novels have received seven national awards and was presented the Favorite Heartsong Presents Author Award for 2008. She writes for Steeple Hill, Barbour Publishing, and is the author of Writing the Christian Romance from Writers Digest. Gail is a co-founder of American Christian Fiction Writers and a popular keynote speaker and workshop presenter at conferences across the U.S.

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ISBN-13: 978-1602605824
from Steeple Hill Love Inspired

Friday, November 27, 2009

Robin Lee Hatcher

Who says a woman can't do a man's job?

It's 1916, and Idaho rancher Cleo Arlington knows everything about horses but nothing about men. So when charged with transforming English aristocrat Sherwood Statham from playboy into cowboy, she's totally disconcerted. So is Statham, who's never encountered a woman succeeding in a "man's world." Their bumpy trot into romance is frustrating, exhilarating, and ultimately heartwarming.

The Library Journal's starred review of FIT TO BE TIED says: "A master of lively historical romances, Hatcher demonstrates an expert ability to craft spunky, unlikely heroines who go against the tide of the times in which they live, making for fun, exciting stories."

FIT TO BE TIED is available on-line at, and other on-line retailers, as well as in local bookstores everywhere. To obtain autographed bookplates or for more information about books by Robin Lee Hatcher, visit her web site at

By Carrie Turansky

Surrender yourself to the forces of love in four engaging Civil War Christmas romances. Ride out the storm with Rachel Thornton as she resists her attraction to the wounded artist-correspondent James Galloway who is on assignment to cover the battles near Union occupied Nashville, Tennessee. Co-authors: Vickie McDonough, Lauralee Bliss, and Tamela Hancock Murray.

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Friday, November 20, 2009

Though Waters Roar
by Lynn Austin

Bethany House Publishers

Harriet Sherwood comes from a long line of women who have fought for social justice. Her great-grandmother helped escaped slaves flee to Canada, her grandmother fought against the evils of alcohol, and her mother joined the suffrage fight. But when twenty-year-old Harriet decides to follow in their footsteps she never expects her efforts to land her in jail. Languishing in her cell, Harriet has plenty of time to sift through memories of the three women who have preceded her, and take a closer look at her own life. The novel's events take place during the life span of the women's suffrage movement in the United States, beginning in 1848 with the first Women's Rights Convention, and ending in 1920 when women voted in a presidential election for the first time.

Publisher's Weekly says:

"This is an entertaining and engaging faith-based tale sure to hit bestseller lists and the awards circuit."

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Just Between You and Me
By Jenny B. Jones

Thomas Nelson Publishers

The only thing scarier than living on the edge. . . is stepping off it.

Maggie Montgomery lives a life of adventure. Her job as a cinematographer takes her from one exotic locale to the next. When Maggie's not working, she loves to rappel off cliffs or go skydiving. Nothing frightens her.

Nothing, that is, except Ivy, Texas, where a family emergency pulls her back home to a town full of bad memories, painful secrets, and people Maggie left far behind . . . for a reason.

Forced to stay longer than she intended, Maggie finds her family a complete mess, including the niece her sister has abandoned. Ten-year-old Riley is struggling in school and out of control at home. The only person who can really handle the pint-sized troublemaker is Conner, the local vet and Ivy's most eligible bachelor. But Conner and Maggie keep butting heads--he's suspicious of her and, well, she doesn't rely on anyone but herself.

As Maggie humorously fumbles her way from one mishap to another, she realizes she's going to need to ask for help from the one person who scares her the most.

To save one little girl--and herself--can Maggie let go of her fears and just trust God?

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Susan May Warren

As we all know, I love Football...

So much so that I wrote a FOOTBALL STORY! Okay it's not JUST about football. It's about Christmas. And small town life. And church Christmas Teas. And family....and traditions. And the crazy things we do for each other. Basically my favorite things about the seaon!

Yes. I LOVE Christmas stories - and every year I read aloud to my kids (okay, my college kid MIGHT be too old), the Greatest Christmas Pageant Ever. And recently Dave Barry's, The Shephard, the Angel and Walter the Christmas Miracle Dog. (SOOO funny). I wanted to write my OWN Christmas Classic.

So, I did. Well, at least I HOPE it is a Christmas classic. Check it out HERE!

Are you in ministry? Want a cool bulletin insert--flyer for the GCB?

And don't forget the cool CONTEST we're running this fall! It's a recipe exchange!! Send us your favorite Christmas recipe and a cool story - we'll publish it on the blog, and sign you up to get a preview copy of my new book (a world war 2 epic!) And/or a cool Harry and David Gift basket!

Warren’s tender holiday novella invokes both laughter and some sweet tears. The vivid portrayal of family connections and football fervor will bring the Christmas spirit to everyone. (Romantic Times)

Monday, November 09, 2009

by Robin Lee Hatcher

Who says a woman can’t do a man’s job?

Cleo Arlington dresses like a cowboy, is fearless and fun-loving, and can ride, rope, and wrangle a horse as well as any man. In 1916, however, those talents aren’t what most young women aspire to. But Cleo isn’t most women. Twenty-nine years old and single, Cleo loves life on her father’s Idaho ranch. Still, she hopes someday to marry and have children.

Enter Sherwood Statham, an English aristocrat whose father has sentenced him to a year of work in America to “straighten him out.” Sherwood, who expected a desk job at a posh spa, isn’t happy to be stuck on an Idaho ranch. And he has no idea how to handle Cleo, who’s been challenged with transforming this uptight playboy into a down-home cowboy.

Just about everything either of them says or does leaves the other, well, fit to be tied. And though Cleo believes God’s plan for her includes a husband, it couldn’t possibly be Sherwood Statham. Could it?


Best-selling novelist Robin Lee Hatcher is known for her heartwarming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. She makes her home in Idaho where she enjoys spending time with her family and her high-maintenance Papillon, Poppet.

About FIT TO BE TIED, the Library Journal said: "A master of lively historical romances, Hatcher demonstrates an expert ability to craft spunky, unlikely heroines who go against the tide of the times in which they live, making for fun, exciting stories. She also pays close attention to historical detail. This second series entry (after A Vote of Confidence) is highly recommended for readers of inspirational and historical romances and women's fiction."

A Note from Robin

The Sisters of Bethlehem Springs series sprang from the question: Who says a woman can't do a man's job? And I can't fully express just how much fun I've had looking for the answer through the eyes of my heroines in this series. Although I have no favorites among the novels I've written (each were special to me at the time I wrote them), I do have some favorite characters. Cleo Arlington is one of them. I love her for her strong faith, for her quirky turns of phrase, for her confidence with horses and her lack of confidence with men, even for her impatience with Sherwood, the English aristocrat that she's supposed to turn into a cowboy. I've been so delighted that readers have taken her into their hearts the way they have. I hope you'll feel the same way about her.

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Monday, October 26, 2009

White Picket Fences

by Susan Meissner

Readers of emotional dramas that are willing to explore the lies that families tell each other for protection and comfort will enjoy White Picket Fences. The novel is ideal for those who appreciate exploring questions like: what type of honesty do children need from their parents, or how can one move beyond a past that isn't acknowledged or understood? Is there hope and forgiveness for the tragedies of our past and a way to abundant grace?

The story in a nutshell:

When her black sheep brother disappears, Amanda Janvier eagerly takes in her sixteen year-old niece. Tally is practically an orphan: motherless, and living with a father who raises Tally wherever he lands- in a Buick, a pizza joint, a horse farm-and regularly takes off on wild schemes. Amanda envisions that she and her family can offer the girl stability and a shot at a "normal" life, even though their own storybook lives are about to crumble.

What led you to write White Picket Fences?

Several years ago I was a court-appointed advocate for children involved in protective services. There were times when I saw that despite the outward appearance of a less-than-perfect home, a child could be loved there. Just because a parent is unconventional or unsuccessful career-wise or makes choices that buck societal norms, it doesn't mean that he or she is by default a "bad" parent. Likewise, parents who we would traditionally call "good" -meaning they provide, they protect, they don't hit, they don't ridicule - can nevertheless make decisions regarding their children that have hugely negative effects and yet their outward appearance would never lead anyone to suspect it. Even if you live behind a white picket fence, you still have to deal with the fallout of a living in a broken world. You can't hide from it. The perfect, idyllic life is an illusion. Life is a weave of both delight and disappointment and it's precisely these things that give it definition and depth. To ignore what is ugly is to cheapen what is beautiful.

You dovetailed a current day family drama with the Holocaust and the Warsaw Ghetto. Why the connection?

I think it's fair to say that the depth of the atrocities inflicted during the Holocaust wasn't fully appreciated until after the war. There was ugliness happening, if you will, and much of the West failed to see it - for whatever reason. Within the horror, though, people made brave choices, selfless choices. And there were survivors who had to choose what they would take with them from the ashes of their suffering. I wanted to explore how a person makes that decision. Even the decision to pretend it never happened is a decision regarding those ashes.

What do you think interests you about the intersection of personal relationships and perceptions - a theme you wove into both The Shape of Mercy and White Picket Fences?

I see every great work of fiction being about human relationships. Gone With the Wind is so much more than just an epic story with the Civil War as a backdrop. It's a story of human relationships. Scarlett and Ashley, Scarlett and Rhett, Scarlett and Melanie, Scarlett and her father. It's within our closest relationships that our brightest virtues and worst flaws are exposed. That's why there is such tremendous story value within intimate human relationships. We are at our best and our worst when we are responding and reacting to the people who shape who we are. Human history is the story of relationships and what they teach us about what we value. And what we don't.

White Picket Fences is a different kind of novel than your acclaimed book, The Shape of Mercy, but there are some similarities too. Can you explain those?

As with The Shape of Mercy, there is a historical thread in White Picket Fences, though it is not as dominant. The invasion of Poland by the Nazis is woven into the story, and provides the backdrop for Chase's and Tally's discoveries about hope, dreams, and redemption. This thread is enhanced by visits to a nursing home where Chase and Tally meet a man blind from birth who survived the occupation of Poland. It is also a story that draws its pathos from family dynamics and the near-universal desire we have to make straight what is crooked. There are two young protagonists in White Picket Fences, like there was in The Shape of Mercy, as well as a third character, who, along with the two men in the nursing home, provide a similar multi-generational story thread.

What do you hope readers come away with after reading White Picket Fences?

The pivotal moment in the story for me is when Josef says to Chase: "[This] is what all survivors must decide. We have to decide how much we will choose to remember, how much courage we are willing to expend to do so." It takes courage to acknowledge and remember what drove you to your knees or nearly killed you. If you choose to forget - and that's assuming you actually can - then it seems to me you suffered for nothing. You are different but you don't spend any time contemplating - or celebrating - how. I'd be happy if there was a takeaway for someone out there who needs to consider that.

My bio:

Susan Meissner is the multi-published author of The Shape of Mercy, named one of the Best Books in 2008 by Publishers Weekly the ECPA's Fiction Book of the Year. She is also a speaker and writing workshop leader with a background in community journalism. A devotee of purposeful pre-writing, Susan encourages workshop audiences to maximize writing time by mapping the writing journey and beginning from a place of intimate knowledge. She is the leader/moderator of a local writer's group, a pastor's wife and the mother of four young adults. A native San Diegan, Susan attended Point Loma Nazarene University. When she's not writing, Susan directs the Small Groups and Connection Ministries program at The Church at Rancho Bernardo.

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Friday, October 23, 2009


By Athol Dickson

An epic suspense story spanning two centuries and brimming with magical realism.

Lupe de la Garza, a simple shopkeeper in a mountain village in Mexico, believes God wants her to go to America to preach the gospel. She is guided on her quest by her people's greatest treasure: an altarpiece painted by the eighteenth century Franciscan friar who founded her village after fleeing the mysterious destruction of his California mission outpost. When Lupe is distracted by desire for a young minister and her preaching in a southern California beach town inspires only apathy and laughter, she begins to lose faith in her quest. Then the slumbering evil that destroyed the friar's Franciscan mission rises up again after two hundred years, and Lupe once more looks to the altarpiece for guidance, only to find the true purpose of her quest in the midst of her single greatest fear.

As with Dickson's previous works, Lost Mission caused me to slow down and enjoy every savory bite of this gripping journey. When I arrived at the end I was left feeling like I'd taken part in an epic voyage that had completely consumed my imagination. . . . Lost Mission is redemptive storytelling at its highest level and once again Dickson proves that he is a true master of the craft - Jake Chism,

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Curse of the Spider King

by Wayne Thomas Batson and Christopher Hopper

Fantasy. Mystery. Action. Humor. Parents, teachers, and librarians will no longer have to push kids to read-The Berinfell Prophesies will engage intermediate readers and leave them clamoring for more.

The Seven succeeding Elven Lords of Allyra were dead, lost in the Siege of Berinfell as babes. At least that's what everyone thought until tremors from a distant world known as Earth, revealed strange signs that Elven blood lived among its peoples. With a glimmer of hope in their hearts, sentinels are sent to see if the signs are true. But theirs is not a lone errand. The ruling warlord of Allyra, the Spider King, has sent his own scouts to hunt down the Seven and finish the job they failed to complete many ages ago.

Now 13-year-olds on the brink of the Age of Reckoning when their Elven gifts will be manifest, discover the unthinkable truth that their adoptive families are not their only kin. With mysterious Sentinels revealing breathtaking secrets of the past, and dark strangers haunting their every move, will the young Elf Lords find the way back to the home of their birth? Worlds and races collide as the forces of good and evil battle. Will anyone escape the Curse of the Spider King?

Learn more about The Berinfell Prophecies at Create your own tribe. Connect with fans through the forum. Win pre-release chapters and the opportunity to have Wayne and Christopher at your very own book party!

Wayne Thomas Batson

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Friday, October 09, 2009

The Carousel Painter
Judith Miller

"Set in the late 1800s, this delightful tale introduces Carrington Brouwer, left penniless by her father's death. She takes a coveted position as an artist in a carousel factory, where many of the male workers resent her presence. When the factory owner is robbed, Carrington falls under suspicion. VERDICT: Miller's attention to historical detail and her convincing heroine make this an enjoyable novel for lovers of historical romances and inspirational women's fiction." -Library Journal.

When her coveted job leads to false accusations, who can she trust to believe the truth?

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By Tracey Bateman
Release date October 6, 2009

"Thirsty is more than a run-of-the-mill vampire story. I loved the way Tracey Bateman incorporated the struggle against alcoholism into the theme. Great writing and a compelling read!"

-Colleen Coble, author of Lonestar Secrets and the Rock Harbor series

There's no place like home, they say.

"Hello, I'm Nina Parker.and I'm an alcoholic."

For Nina, it's not the weighty admission but the first steps toward recovery that prove most difficult. She must face her ex-husband, Hunt, with little hope of making amends, and try to rebuild a relationship with her angry teenage daughter, Meagan. Hardest of all, she is forced to return to Abbey Hills, Missouri, the hometown she abruptly abandoned nearly two decades earlier-and her unexpected arrival in the sleepy Ozark town catches the attention of someone-or something-igniting a two-hundred-fifty-year-old desire that rages like a wildfire.

Unaware of the darkness stalking her, Nina is confronted with a series of events that threaten to unhinge her sobriety. Her daughter wants to spend time with the parents Nina left behind. A terrifying event that has haunted Nina for almost twenty years begins to surface. And an alluring neighbor initiates an unusual friendship with Nina, but is Markus truly a kindred spirit or a man guarding dangerous secrets?

As everything she loves hangs in the balance, will Nina's feeble grasp on her demons be broken, leaving her powerless against the thirst? The battle between redemption and obsession unfold to its startling, unforgettable end.

Monday, October 05, 2009

Cheryl Wyatt

"My fifth book, Soldier Daddy, is in stores now. It can also be
ordered online. Please pass the word!

About the book
U.S. Air Force commander Aaron Petrowski leads pararescue teams, yet
can't find one nanny for his three-year-old twins?
The widowed father is returning to duty, but not without the best care
for his beloved boys. So when Sarah Graham applies,
the young woman surprises everyone by passing inspection. Until Aaron
discovers Sarah has a secret tied to a tragedy in his past.
He can't keep her in his employ—or in his heart. Until his brave
little soldier boys teach him a thing or two about love.

About the Author
Born Valentines Day on a naval base, Cheryl Wyatt writes military romance.
Her Steeple Hill debuts earned RT Top Picks plus #1 and #4 on eHarlequin's
Top 10 Most-Blogged-About-Books, lists including NYT Bestsellers.

I'm also hosting a new contest and providing recipes from my Wings of
Refuge series to my newsletter subscribers. My newsletter goes out
next week. So be sure to visit my Web site and sign up for it if you
want news and goodies exclusive to my quarterly newsletter

Friday, October 02, 2009

Guardian of the Flame
A Seven Wonders Novel by T.L. Higley

In a city ravaged by the clash of cultures
One woman fights for solitude
Will a Roman solider destroy her peace?

Alexandria, 48 BC. Sophia has spent nearly twenty years as the keeper of the Lighthouse of Alexandria, alone in her task and in her heart. But when the wealthy capital of Egypt is invaded by Julius Caesar and his Roman legion, Sophia’s peace is shattered and her lighthouse invaded. The Roman general would steal both her county and its queen, the Greek Cleopatra, and when his military strategy endangers the city’s best scholars and their secret invention, Sophia must discover a way to protect the men. But as the historic war erupts, tangling Sophia in its chaos, she finds that the Roman centurion instructed to invade her lighthouse is also invading her heart.

Now Sophia must do whatever it takes to keep him out – even if it costs her everything.

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Who Do I Talk To?
Neta Jackson

In the last place she ever imagined she'd be, Gabby will discover what she's made of--and for.

At the end of "Where Do I Go?" (the first book in the Yada Yada House of Hope series), Gabby Fairbanks found herself thrown out of their luxury penthouse by her husband, who's disappeared with their boys, and the only place she had to go was the homeless shelter where she worked--but where she also discovered that God IS where she can go when her world fell apart.

Now in Book 2 of the series ("Who Do I Talk To?"), Gabby tries to put together the broken pieces of her life and get her sons back. But as her fragile plans fall apart and she experiences even more loss, Gabby heads cross-country with a casket, a Hero Dog, a homeless bag lady, and her new friend Jodi Baxter . . . and together they hit on a possibility so wild and wonderful it has to be one of those "God things." If only she can quit getting in the way . . .

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Friday, September 25, 2009

Love Inspired, September 2009
By Marta Perry

When her family calls Georgia Lee Bodine home to Charleston, she knows there’s trouble. Her beloved grandmother hired some fancy lawyer to carry out eccentric requests—and unearth an old family secret. Georgia plans to send Matt Harper packing, until she sees the true affection he has for her grandmother and realizes that his heart is as deeply damaged as her own. They might find a chance for love, but family secrets have a way of coming out, no matter what the consequences. Marta Perry

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The Swiss Courier
by Tricia Goyer and Mike Yorkey

"Outstanding! The Swiss Courier is a fast paced, tightly plotted thrill ride. It packs plenty of masterful twists and turns, but does not skimp on character development or historical accuracy. Goyer and Yorkey spin a terrific tale” . --Rick Acker, author of Blood Brothers, Dead Man's Rule and Devil to Pay, Inc. (Fall 2010)."

Working as a Swiss transcriptionist for the Americans during WWII, Gabi Mueller's life changes overnight when she's recruited as a spy for the precursor of the CIA.
Asked to safely courier a German physicist working on the budding Nazi atomic bomb project to the Swiss border, Gabi feels the weight of the war on her shoulders. But who can she trust?

It is August 1944 and the Gestapo is mercilessly rounding up suspected enemies of the Third Reich. When Joseph Engel, a German physicist working on the atomic bomb, finds that he is actually a Jew, adopted by Christian parents, he must flee for his life to neutral Switzerland. Gabi Mueller is a young Swiss-American woman working for the newly formed American Office of Strategic Services (the forerunner to the CIA) close to Nazi Germany. When she is asked to risk her life to safely "courier" Engel out of Germany, the fate of the world rests in her hands. If she can lead him to safety, she can keep the Germans from developing nuclear capabilities. But in a time of traitors and uncertainty, whom can she trust along the way? This fast-paced, suspenseful novel takes readers along treacherous twists and turns during a fascinating--and deadly--time in history.

Tricia Goyer is the author of twenty books including From Dust and Ashes, My Life UnScripted, and the children's book, 10 Minutes to Showtime. She won Historical Novel of the Year in 2005 and 2006 from ACFW, and was honored with the Writer of the Year award from Mt. Hermon Writer's Conference in 2003. Tricia's book Life Interrupted was a finalist for the Gold Medallion in 2005. In addition to her novels, Tricia writes non-fiction books and magazine articles for publications like Today's Christian Woman and Focus on the Family. Tricia is a regular speaker at conventions and conferences, and has been a workshop presenter at the MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) International Conventions. She and her family make their home in the mountains of Montana. For more information, please visit

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Terri Blackstock's new book Intervention was inspired by her personal experiences with her daughter's addictions. Six years ago she became aware that her daughter (then in her early twenties) had a severe prescription pill addiction that was killing her, and she hired an interventionist to convince her daughter to go to treatment. After a grueling few hours, her daughter agreed to go. As Terri put her on the plane with the interventionist, she was hit with the crushing feeling that her daughter was in the hands of a stranger, and anything could happen. That's when this book was born.

Over the past few years, Terri's family has been in a tornado of relapses and rehabs, with one emergency after another, and grace upon grace. But through all this, God has taught her to pray as never before, and he's shown her how many other families are experiencing the same thing. He's also shown her that many blessings can come from crises such as this. Terri has tried to fold all of those experiences into this suspense novel of desperation and hope. She's also added a page to her web site: "Hope for Families of Addicts," ( ) which has tips on dealing with a loved one who has addictions.

Though the book is fiction, Terri poured much of herself into Barbara, the mother who's desperate to save her daughter. And Terri's own daughter has given her blessings for Terri to talk about this, in hopes of helping other hurting families and raise awareness about the perils of addiction. To see/hear Terri share her personal story about Intervention, don't miss her interviews on American Family Radio's "Today's Issues" on September 24, Moody Radio's "Chris Fabry Live on September 25, and "The 700 Club" on September 29.

In Stores Everywhere September 22nd--
It was her last hope—and the beginning of a new nightmare.
Barbara Covington has one more chance to save her daughter from a devastating addiction, by staging an intervention. But when eighteen-year-old Emily disappears on the way to drug treatment—and her interventionist is found dead at the airport—Barbara enters her darkest nightmare of all.
Barbara and her son set out to find Emily before Detective Kent Harlan arrests her for a crime he is sure she committed. Fearing for Emily’s life, Barbara maintains her daughter’s innocence. But does she really know her anymore? Meanwhile, Kent has questions of his own. His gut tells him that this is a case of an addict killing for drugs, but as he gets to know Barbara, he begins to hope he’s wrong about Emily.
The mysteries intensify as everyone’s panic grows: Did Emily’s obsession with drugs lead her to commit murder—or is she another victim of a cold-blooded killer?
In this gripping novel of intrigue and suspense, bestselling author Terri Blackstock delivers the page-turning drama that readers around the world have come to expect from her.
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Friday, September 18, 2009

Pièce de Résistance
By Sandra Byrd

The third and final book in Byrd’s Lexi Stuart series is both touching and delicious. Lexi is highly relatable, and readers will identify with her struggles and successes. The scrumptious recipes and exquisite settings round out this beautiful novel. Four Stars, Romantic Times.

The third Lexi Stuart tale (see LET THEM EAT CAKE and BON APPETIT) is a fine entry as the lead protagonist has come home but her choices with opening a bakery and her personal life are complex. Lexi makes the story line sweet yet her relationships are complicated and her decisions difficult leaving fans enjoying the aptly titled PIECE DE RESISTANCE as even the cover is mouth watering delightful. Harriet Klausner

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A Man of His Word

by Kathleen Fuller

Moriah's heart will only be safe with
A Man of His Word

When Moriah Byler married Levi Miller, she thought they would share a long life together. She is astonished when one day he abruptly leaves the Order, and her along with it. She is hopeful that they'll reconcile, but Levi has a fatal accident. Unbeknownst to him, Moriah is pregnant.

Moriah finds herself alone and unsure where to turn. She's reticent about trusting her heart to anyone. What Moriah doesn't know is that Levi's twin, Gabriel, has loved her for years, but has kept this to himself. Gabriel is a man of his word--and a man of God's word. After another unexpected tragedy, Moriah must learn to unguard her heart and accept his love so she can be made whole again.

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Roxanne Rustand

Book blurb
FOUR STARS RT Book Reviews Magazine.
Safety. Serenity. That’s what Jack Matthews wants, and what he seeks
in Lost Falls, Montana. A quiet retreat is just what Jack and his
orphaned nephew, Max, need—especially with gentle, beautiful Erin Cole
as their host. But when sirens in the night leave Max screaming,
Jack’s faced with the harsh truth. They’re not safe—not him, not Max
and especially not Erin. What is she hiding? What does the shadowy
figure stalking her want? And how much will Jack have to risk to keep
her safe?

Something new for Roxanne is her blog: ”All Creatures Great and Small Place.”

The name came from the lyrics of “All Things Bright and Beautiful,”
a Cecil Alexander hymn written in 1848. If you love animals, this is
the place to visit–where authors and writers can share stories (both
poignant and fun) about their pets. I live on an acreage in Iowa and
have horses, dogs, cats, and welcome strays too often!

You’ll also find periodic additions to “The Old Horse Trader
Tales”–true stories about the adventures (and misadventures!) of a
horse trader during the 1930’s -1980’s. I wrote them as feature
articles for a magazine about fifteen years ago, and look forward to
sharing all of the nostalgic stories about this charming old man.

I’ll also occasionally be featuring some cool new releases by my
favorite authors on this blog, too…so take a look!

When you finish there, please also check out where I have a variety of other blogs
running, and some fun contests now and then. Come over for a visit!
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Friday, September 11, 2009

Look to the East


Maureen Lang

A village under siege. A love under fire.
France 1914

At the dawn of the First World War, the French village of Briecourt is isolated from the battles, but the century-old feud between the Toussaints and the de Colvilles still rages in the streets. When the German army sweeps in to occupy the town, families on both sides of the feud are forced to work together to protect stragglers caught behind enemy lines.

Julitte Toussaint may have been adopted from a faraway island, but she feels the scorn of the de Colvilles as much as anyone born a Toussaint. So when she falls in love with one of the stragglers—a wealthy and handsome Belgian entrepreneur—she knows she’s playing with fire. Charles Lassone hides in the cellar of the Briecourt church, safe from the Germans for the moment. But if he’s discovered, it will bring danger to the entire village and could cost Charles his life.

“A wonderful read! Look to the East gives a glimpse into the past that will make you reflect upon the characters and message long after you’ve finished reading.”
—Judith Miller, author of the Postcards from Pullman series

Maureen Lang is the award-winning author of several novels, including The Oak Leaves and On Sparrow Hill. She lives in the Midwest with her husband, two sons, and their much-loved Yellow Lab.

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Under the Cajun Moon
Mindy Starns Clark

What Secrets Can Be Found by the Light of the Cajun Moon?

New Orleans may be the “Big Easy,” but nothing about it was ever easy for international business etiquette expert Chloe Ledet. She moved away years ago, leaving her parents and their famous French Quarter restaurant behind. But when she hears that her father has been shot, she races home to be by his side and to handle his affairs—only to learn a long-hidden secret that changes everything she knew to be true about herself and her family.

Framed for murder, Chloe and a handsome Cajun stranger must search for a priceless treasure, one whose roots weave through the very history of Louisiana itself. But can Chloe depend on the mysterious man leading her on this cat-and-mouse chase into the heart of Cajun country? Or by trusting him, has she gone from the frying pan into the fire?

Following up on her bestselling Gothic thriller, Whispers of the Bayou, and Amish romantic suspense, Shadows of Lancaster County, Mindy Starns Clark offers another exciting standalone novel, one full of Cajun mystery, hidden dangers, and the glow of God’s unending grace.

Publishers Weekly says: “…a delicious recipe of intrigue, romance and intelligent character development. Clark…offers her ever-growing fan base equal measures of sharp wit and sassy comebacks…Clark's story line is full of spice and lingers with an unexpected bite familiar to Cajun cuisine lovers. This text is sumptuous.”

Available at, your local Christian book store, or wherever books are sold. Visit Mindy’s website at to learn more, watch the book trailer, get book club discussion questions, and more.

Friday, September 04, 2009

The Hope of Refuge
by New York Times bestselling author
Cindy Woodsmall

Raised in foster care and now a widowed single parent, New Yorker Cara Moore struggles against poverty, fear, and a relentless stalker. When a trail of memories leads Cara and her daughter, Lori, away from the city toward an Amish community, she follows every lead, eager for answers to mysteries from her past and a fresh start. She quickly discovers that Dry Lake, Pennsylvania, is no place for an outsider. But one Amish man, Ephraim Mast, dares to fulfill the command he believes that he received from God-”Be me to her”- despite how it threatens his way of life.

“Cindy Woodsmall’s The Hope of Refuge takes the reader on an emotional journey into the heart of Amish country and the heart of a very human heroine. A compelling novel of love lost and found with realistic characters from two very different worlds which become, beautifully, one.”
–Karen Harper, New York Times bestselling author of Deep Down

”. . . Cindy Woodsmall’s novels are in a class by themselves. Great stories about characters that will live on in your memory long after you shelve the book. The Hope of Refuge is one of my top picks for 2009. Novel Reviews and I highly recommend it— a 5-star read. It has a permanent place in my personal library.”
–Ane Mulligan, Novel Reviews

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By Roxanne Rustand
Book #1 in the Big Sky Secrets trilogy
Steeple Hill Suspense

"Roxanne Rustand never disappoints her readers. Expect elegant writing, luscious romance and a tingling spine from her suspense." Lyn Cote, Author of Texas Star of Destiny series

Safety. Serenity. That's all Jack Matthews wants, and what he seeks in Lost Falls, Montana. A quiet retreat is just what his orphaned nephew, Max needs. But when sirens in the night leave Max screaming, Jack is faced with a harsh truth. They're not safe--not him, not Max, and especially not his lovely inn keeper, Erin. What is she hiding? What does the shadowy figure stalking her want?

Roxanne Rustand is the award-winning author of twenty-three novels, including seven for Steeple Hill Suspense. Visit her at her blog, "The All Creatures Great and Small Place," where authors and readers exchange stories about their pets, from hamsters to horses, and where you can follow the ongoing tales told by The Old Horse Trader.


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Monday, August 31, 2009

Gail Martin

Steeple Hill Love Inspired
September 2009
Gail Gaymer Martin

How is Brent Runyan supposed to reach his troubled nephew? The workaholic businessman knows nothing about providing a real home to the orphaned boy who needs him so much. Special education teacher Molly Manning thinks the answer is threefold: love, time—and a dog. But Brent can barely let his nephew into his heart, let alone a golden retriever. With his tragic past, Brent knows what can happen when you love anything: you can lose it. Until Molly asks this dad-in-training to start with the basics by letting her stay…forever.

About the author:

Gail Gaymer Martin is an award-winning novelist and freelance writer. She writes inspirational novels for Steeple Hill Love Inspired, Steeple Hill Women's Fiction and for Barbour Publishing. She has over 2-1/2 million books in print. Her books have received many national awards , including, ACRW 2002 Book of the Year in short inspirational, and Romantic Times 2002 Reviewers Choice for Best Love Inspired novel, National Readers' Choice Award, Holt Medallion and Booksellers Best. Her Barbour novellas have appeared in anthologies on the CBA best seller list. Gail has published numerous church worship/program books and has authored hundreds of freelance articles and short stories. She is a founding member of the American Christian Romance Writers (ACRW) and is a columnist for Spirit-Led Writer. Gail is also a speaker at conferences all over the U.S. and in England, and is a keynote speaker at women's church and civic organization events.
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Friday, August 28, 2009


Southern Discomfort Series
Tamara Leigh

"Tamara Leigh takes her experienced romance hand and delights readers with Chick-Lit that sparkles and characters who come alive."- Kristin Billerbeck, author of The Trophy Wives Club for Splitting Harriet

They say you can take the girl out of the South, but you can't take the South out of the girl.

This Girl Begs to Differ.

Piper Wick left her hometown of Pickwick, North Carolina, twelve years ago, shook the dust off her feet, ditched her drawl and her family name, and made a new life for herself as a high-powered public relations consultant in LA. She's even "engaged to be engaged" to the picture-perfect U.S. Congressman Grant Spangler. Now all of Piper's hard-won happiness is threatened by a reclusive uncle's bout of conscience. In the wake of a health scare, Uncle Obadiah Pickwick has decided to change his will, leaving money to make amends for four generations' worth of family misdeeds. But that will reveal all the Pickwicks' secrets, including Piper's. Though Piper arrives in Pickwick primed for battle, she is unprepared for Uncle Obe's rugged, blue-eyed gardener. So just who is Axel Smith? Why does he think making amends is more than just making restitution? And why, oh why, can't she stay on task? With the Lord's help, Piper is about to discover that although good PR might smooth things over, only the truth will set her free.

Tamara Leigh first novel, Warrior Bride, was published in 1994. It was followed by six more best-selling, award-winning romances in the general market. Her inspirational Chick-Lit debut, Stealing Adda, was published in 2006 to great critical acclaim. Her twelve novels include Faking Grace, an American Christian Fiction Writers "Book of the Year" and RITA Award finalist; and Splitting Harriet, an American Christian Fiction Writers "Book of the Year" winner and RITA Award finalist. She holds a master's degree in speech and language pathology and lives near Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband and sons. Visit her Web site at

Leaving Carolina is available at bookstores everywhere, on,,, and your local Christian bookstore.

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The Justice Game

The latest legal thriller
From award-winning author
Randy Singer


After the target of an investigative report storms a Virginia Beach television station, he kills one of the anchors before the SWAT team takes him down. Following the victim's funeral, her family files a lawsuit against the gun company who manufactured the killer's weapon of choice. The lawyers for the plaintiff and defendant-Kelly Starling and Jason Noble-are young, charismatic, and successful. They're also easy blackmail targets, both harboring a personal secret so devastating it could destroy their careers. Millions of dollars-and more than a few lives-are at stake. But as Kelly and Jason battle each other, they discover that the real fight is with unseen forces intent on controlling them both.

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Randy Singer is a critically acclaimed author and veteran trial attorney. He has penned nine legal thrillers, including the award-winning debut novel Directed Verdict. In addition to his law practice and writing, Randy serves as a teaching pastor for Trinity Church in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He calls it his "Jekyll and Hyde thing"-part lawyer, part pastor. He and his wife, Rhonda, live in Virginia Beach. Visit his Web site at

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Kim in Action

I laughed when I came up for the title of this piece, because Kim is always in action. It could be something requiring a lot of motion like piling suitcases into the carrier on top of her Ford Expedition. (Yes, I watched her and Holly do this for our trip to Minneapolis last year.) Or something a little less rigorous as organizing a half dozen women in her kitchen as they made a super-yummy lunch for 50-60 people. Even when she sits on the couch with her daughter and son, she is in action. She's bubbling over with love and enthusiasm and most of all encouragement.
Kim is a dynamo, but it is not a self-serving mode of behavior. I don't think the lady has a selfish bone in her body. She is give, give, give, and out of the well of blessings the Lord has given her, she pours forth a spirit of gentle and funny, cheer-leading quality, extra-special exuberance. She makes me laugh. But she also touches my heart with her compassion and love for our Savior.
So, Kim, in between homeschooling, cooking, cleaning (she is a bit of a sterilizing whirlwind), singing, life coaching those around her, providing the comforts for her husband and kids, and nurturing those of us who come across her path, she wrote a book. And I loved this book. It is Welcome Home: Our Family's Journey to Extreme Joy.

Here she is signing at the Focus on the Family(R) Bookstore. And she gave time and interest to everyone who stopped at her table. Even a most unlikely shopper.
Yes it looks like President Bush has come by to look at Kim's books.
Of course it only looks like President Bush.
But it only looks like President Bush. It is really John Morgan, the president's impersonator, who was at the store signing his book and graciously came over to Kim's table to take these fun pictures.