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Saturday, March 31, 2018

Easter Blessings!



Christ's Unconditional Love and Sacrifice






“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)






“‘We are going up to Jerusalem,’ he said, ‘and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and teachers of the law, They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles, who will mock him and spit on him, flog him and kill him. Three days later he will rise.’” (Mark 10: 33 – 34)





“On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, he has risen…” (Luke 24: 1 – 6)




“Where, O death, is your
victory?
    Where, O death, is your
            sting?”


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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Looking Out The Window: Prayer, Miracles and Testimonies. Ada Brownell Talks About Her Collection of Fifty-five Articles, What Prayer Can Do




A Warm Welcome to Ada Brownell

Hi Ada, first, tell us a little about yourself.

I’ve been writing for decades and yet I still discover things I want to tell people through the printed page. One of the ways to do this is op-ed pieces for the two newspapers who accept my opinion writing. My next one will be about how Christian missionaries have changed the world in my lifetime.

Why do you write?

I feel called by God to share some of the important things in life I’ve seen and learned. When I retired from the newspaper, I thought of writing medical material, such as how to care for a baby who has the croup, how to bring down a fever, and that sort thing that new parents don’t seem to know how to do. We lived 90 miles from a doctor when my first two children were young and there are still people like that. But using my talent strictly for Lord won.


Tell us about your latest book.

What Prayer Can Do is a collection of 55 of my articles published in The Pentecostal Evangel. The magazine for 100 years was the official voice of the Assemblies of God. The book has amazing testimonies from people I interviewed. Some of the stories are “as told to” articles under the other person’s byline.

The book is divided into three sections: 1) Prayer Results in Miracles; 2) Prayer Brings People to God; 3) Prayer Helps With Victorious Christian Living; 4) Prayer Changes Marriages, Parents, Families; 5) Prayer Makes an Eternal Difference.

 Examples from each section: 1) God Instantly Restored My Father’s Sight; 2) The Meanest Man in Town; 3) Brenda Roever: Her Source of Strength; 4) Honey-dos With Sweetness; 5) Dead Horse Point.

What inspired you to write this particular book?

I didn’t want these amazing stories and articles to be forgotten. They can be accessed in the Assemblies of God archives, but it’s like when the Children of Israel crossed the sea on dry land God told them to tell their children about the amazing things they witnessed and experienced. The purpose is so that others will know God still intervenes in people’s lives when they pray in faith.

What do you love about this book? And what do you hope readers will tell others about it? I pray their faith is strengthened and they can believe God for anything!





More About What Prayer Can Do


A collection of articles written by Ada Nicholson Brownell, published by The Pentecostal Evangel

Pray. God answers. True testimonies of events where God intervened Ennis Surratt, known as the “meanest man in town,” changed in a moment. John Feliciano, blinded in an industrial accident, sees instantly. Marjorie Eager’s family escapes death when God stops a forest fire. A mother prays on her deathbed for her sons to meet her in heaven, and years later God grabs Gary Hilgers out of sin and turns him around. More amazing chapters originally published in The Pentecostal Evangel, enough for every week of the year, with three bonuses.

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 What are you working on right now?

I’ve completed about 60,000 words on the third book in the historical suspense Peaches and Dreams Trilogy, Love’s Delicate Blossom. The first two books are The Lady Fugitive and Peach Blossom Rancher. In this last book Ritah Irene O’Casey fights for a young orphaned friend in danger of being sucked into a brothel by the dangerous owner. Ritah has a suitor, Edmund Pritchett III, but she won’t accept his engagement ring because she is committed to earning a college degree. If Edmund wants to wait, she might marry him later. Yet why is she attracted to Joe Nichols who works in the corn harvest for her father? Her goal is to teach young women to develop their talents and ministries so they can survive hard times instead of throwing their lives away when financial trouble comes. Ritah knows the war will make widows of hundreds. Too many already went to work at brothels or sent their children to orphanages when illness, death, or alcohol snatches their husbands.

Ritah believes a woman should study like their lives depend on it, because they often do. Yet it’s not an easy road. Will she keep Tulip from being enslaved by the brothel owner? Will she go to college in 1918? Will Edmund win her heart, or Joe the farmer? Or will it be one of the young men from the college?

What is the coolest, wackiest, most risk-taking thing you’ve ever done?

I’ve done a lot of goofy things in my life, but perhaps it was deciding to be unpredictable when I got married. I knew a wife whose husband had an affair and she didn’t have a clue. My husband worked shifts for the railroad and often was coming or going at midnight. Sometimes I’d be in bed asleep when he came home; others I’d be up. This particular night I decided to stay up, took a bath, put on a pretty nightie and waited for him, but he didn’t come. At first I congratulated myself on catching him. Then the clock approached 2 a.m. and I wondered how I could survive as a single woman with two children. How could that happen when we’d been in such a wonderful service that Sunday night at church? Suddenly I realized I’d kept our only car to go to church. We had no phone. I quickly dressed and went to pick him up. Good thing he laughed about it. My suspicions died that night, and now I’ve been married 64 years.

Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?

Although many experts tell us a woman can’t “do it all,” I believe we can accomplish most of what we feel called to do, need and want to do. I celebrated my 80th birthday last October. I have a successful marriage. We had five children. I started free lancing for Christian publications in my teens. I first worked for newspapers in my early 20s, despite not having a degree. At 25 when we had the third child, I became a stay at home mom and stayed with the children for nearly 20 years, free lancing and having several articles and stories published each year. I took college extension courses. At age 42 I enrolled in college full time, accepted internships, started with 15 college credits, and completed the necessary 128 credits for a bachelor’s degree in mass communications in 2 ½ years by taking 22 and 24 credit hours each semester. I took a low-level news job my last semester. I prayed for God’s will and even though the evening paper folded at that time, The Pueblo Chieftain created a part-time reporting job for me, and within about three months I was full-time land worked until I retired..

I continued free lancing while working for the newspaper until I retired, but I also taught Sunday school, played the piano or organ at church, sang in a church trio, kept my house clean (one child was allergic to dust), the laundry done and food on the table—sometimes entertaining friends. I even painted houses and refinished furniture.

I learned early to preserve time by doing two or three things at once. I could plan articles and stories in my head while I washed dishes. If I was interrupted while writing a story, I stopped in the middle of a thought so I could easily pick up where I left off.

Still today with only two of us, I do devotions in the morning with my first cup of coffee.  I gather laundry while breakfast is cooking, and usually figure out what I’m making for dinner. Writing comes from thinking, and I can think on my feet and stop a second and take notes if need be.

I’ve had an enjoyable life and writing—but the most wonderful part is living for Jesus. It’s the only way to live!

Bio: Ada Brownell has been writing for Christian publications since age 15 and spent much of her life as a daily newspaper reporter. She has a B.S. degree in Mass Communications and worked most of her career at The Pueblo Chieftain in Colorado where she spent the last seven years as a medical writer. After moving to Springfield, MO in her retirement, she continues to freelance for Christian publications and write non-fiction and fiction books. She occasionally writes op-writes op-ed pieces for newspapers.

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     Twitter: @adabrownell
      her blog and         
     her Amazon author page


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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Looking Out The Window: Award-winning Author Lisa Lickel Talks About Centrifugal Force, The Second Book In Her Forces Of Nature Series. Gives Away Coupons.






A Warm Welcome to Lisa Lickel

Lisa's a Grace Awards Winner for Meander Scar, the first in her Forces of Nature Series and a Jade Award Winner for The Saxon Boy: The First Children of Farmington. 

She will give away one FREE Smashwords coupon to one winner and 99-cent coupons for everyone else who leaves a comment saying why they'd like to read Centrifugal Force. 

To enter be sure to comment below and tell Lisa why you want to read the book and enter the Rafflecopter giveaway.

First, tell us a little about yourself.

I’m a writer and editor from Wisconsin who enjoys a great relationship with a southern writer, Gail, who’s teaching and reminding me to mind my p’s and q’s in my manuscripts. I love all kinds of writing, and have been fortunate to publish in a variety of genres and methods, from large publisher, agented, to indie to DIY. I write mysteries, romance, and suspense. I enjoy mentoring writers and editing, and giving workshops. I share a lot of information on my website. My husband and I have two grown sons and five grandchildren.

I'm so glad to have made my Wisconsin connection, Lisa! Tell us about your latest book.

Centrifugal Force is the second book in the Forces of Nature series and follows Meander Scar a year later. It’s set in 2011, about the time the European Union was in the early economic crisis, and features a fictional scenario in which Germany is threatening to leave the union. Meander Scar is about Ann Michels, a woman who has a grown son, a husband who's been missing for a number of years, and a wonderful younger friend from the past who helps her out. Ann’s sister, Rachel, has a troubled young adult daughter, Maeve. Nothing is mentioned about Maeve’s father, but we meet him in Centrifugal Force and hear their story.

Where do you get ideas for your books?

In this case, around the time Meander Scar came out (Black Lyon Publishing, 2010), I read the obituary of an intriguing international personality. He had such a fascinating history, and I felt he was truly the basis for Maeve’s father. I worked with my critique group to come up with a plausible story arc, which was a lot of fun.

What themes do you write about?

While I write in different genres, I find them mostly dealing with the theme of family—what makes a family, what happens when others don’t respect the family, what results might occur when the family is damaged in some way. Relationships, perceptions, prejudice, I guess, at the deepest level. How we treat each other because of what we believe.

What are you working on right now?

Well, I’m glad you asked! I’m working on the third book in the series, Parhelion. I started with a natural phenomenon dealing with river courses in Meander Scar; the perceptual phenomenon of a created condition when circular path and speed combine. Now I’m heading off the planet toward the sun with Maeve and her love interest because planetary safety and the end of human existence on Earth is a real possibility. I don’t know what will happen yet, as I never intended to do more than consider a potential removal from Earth, so this will be a true test of my ability to create a realistic scenario. With the help of my friends, of course.




More About Centrifugal Force

Former lovers attempt to rectify the past to save their children and preserve the fragile world in crisis.

Rachel Michels made a poor choice which resulted in her biggest blessing, her daughter, Maeve. When the father of that blessing returns decades later, she knows he wants something she’s taken from him. Rachel has lived in near seclusion and mistrust, fearful of losing the one person who’s kept her life from coming unglued.

Professor Gervas Friedemann returns to Wisconsin, seeking a missing ancient artifact, along with help for his oldest daughter who is suffering from a rare genetic blood disorder. With the European Union at stake, blackmail could negatively impact a crucial vote in the German Parliament unless Gervas recovers an irreplaceable relic he left in the United States on a lecture tour a lifetime ago. He knows who took the piece of history he once flaunted—the woman who had stolen his soul. He only hopes she still has the ring.

Lisa Shares A Recipe 

Maeve is kind of a natural, whole-foods nut. She made up a gluten-free pancake recipe for a healthy breakfast.

Gluten-free, Vegan Pancakes
Makes about 4

1 cup ground oats (you can buy oat flour or grind your own quick oats in a food chopper)
½ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
1 T. ground flax seed (can substitute a whole egg or 2 egg whites is preferred)
1 cup milk (can use almond or rice or other liquid, like apple juice, if preferred)
1 T. oil (melted butter, shortening, applesauce or yogurt)

Opt: ½ tsp. cinnamon

Blend well, adding more liquid if desired, or more ground oats to keep batter thicker.
Pour onto hot griddle, flip when bubbly, but don’t let them get too browned.
Double or triple batter as needed.

Yum!

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Looking Out The Window: Donna Schlachter Talks About The Mail Order Brides Collection And Her Story In It, A Train Ride To Heartbreak. Gives Away A Copy.




A Warm Welcome to Donna Schlachter

Donna will give away a print copy  of The Mail Order Brides Collection (U.S. Residents Only). To enter to win join the Rafflecopter giveaway below.

Donna Shares The Story Behind Her Book, A Train Ride to Heartbreak


The idea for this story came from a love of a movie and a friend with a great story to share.

The movie was “The Fugitive”, both the original series pilot and the more recent remake. I loved the idea of a train ride leading to a second chance.

My friend had recently taken a train ride from Denver to San Francisco, and she shared several delightful stories. I wondered if a train ride might be like a cruise in that it would provide an insulated environment where the travelers might do something they’d never done before. If so, this was perfect fodder for a romance, much like the old TV show, “The Love Boat”.

And then I saw “Murder on the Orient Express”, and as a lover of anything Agatha Christie, decided to incorporate a few of the details in my story.

The result? A chance meeting, two characters with integrity, and a way for God to reach both of them.

1895, Train to California

John Stewart needs a wife. Mary Johannson needs a home. On her way west, Mary falls in love with another. Now both must choose between commitment and true love.

October 1895

Mary Johannson has scars on her body that can’t compare with the scars on her heart. She is alone in the world, with no family, no prospects, and no home.

John Stewart is at his wit’s end. His wife of three years died in childbirth, leaving him with a toddler and an infant, both girls. Theirs was the love of fairy tales, and while he has no illusions about finding another like her, his children need a mother.

Though separated by thousands of miles, they commit to a mail-order marriage. But on their journey to Heartbreak, they meet another and realize the life they’d planned would be a lie. Can they find their way back from the precipice and into the love of God and each other, or are they destined to keep their word and deny their heart?




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Excerpt from A Train Ride to Heartbreak

Groverton, Pennsylvania
September 1895

Chapter 1

Mary Johannson plunged reddened hands into the dishwater and scrubbed at a crusty spot on the chipped china plate.

In the yard, the vicar, shoulders slumped from the cares of his congregation, held a small child in his arms while two toddlers clutched his pants leg. And Matron Dominus, the imposing head of the Meadowvale Orphan’s Home, towered over the small group huddled before her.

Mary checked the plate. Satisfied it would pass muster, she dipped it into the rinse bucket and set the piece into the dish rack to air dry. Next she set a burnt oatmeal pot into the water to soak while she dried her hands on her apron and surveyed the scene outside.

The vicar nodded and turned to walk the gravel path he’d traversed just minutes before, the wee ones in tow as he hoisted the child to his other hip for the mile-long trip back. No doubt he was waiting for space to open in the orphanage.

Her space.

Mary would turn eighteen in two months. And despite her desire to escape the confines of the orphanage, she wasn’t excited about making her own way in the world. The last girl who aged out—as the other orphans called the act of turning eighteen—now worked at the saloon.

And everybody knew what kind of girls worked there.

Mary swiped at the scarred worktable set in the middle of the kitchen floor, her washrag sweeping crumbs into her hand. She still needed to finish the dishes and report to Matron

Dominus for her next order for the day.

By the time she returned to the sink, the vicar and his charges were out of sight.

But Matron Dominus stood outside the tiny window staring in at her.

Checking up on her, no doubt. Making certain she wasn’t lollygagging. An activity all of the residents indulged in. According to Matron.

Mary hurried through the rest of the washing up. She swept the floor, put a pot of beans on to soak for supper, and shooed the cat out from under the stove. After checking the dampers to make certain the range wouldn’t needlessly heat the kitchen—another of Matron’s accusations—she hung her apron on a nail beside the back door.

Stepping out into the fresh air, Mary drew a deep breath and leaned against the clapboard siding.

Perhaps she could work at the seamstress shop. She was a fair hand with a needle and thread. Or maybe the general store.

“Mary Johannson.”

The screech like a rooster with its tail caught in a gate startled her, and she straightened. But in her haste, she overbalanced and stepped forward to catch herself, hooking her toe in the hem of her dress, which she’d just let down last week to a more respectable length.

The sound of rending cloth filled her ears as the ground slammed toward her. She got her hands out in front of her just in time to prevent mashing her nose into the soil. The toes of Matron Dominus’s boots filled her vision.

Mary pushed herself to her feet, wincing at an ache in her lower back not there a moment before. Tears blurred her vision when she checked her dress—she had a three-inch rip just above the hem.

“Are you lollygagging about? Sunbathing? Do you think you’re on the Riviera?”

Despite her imposing height and girth, the matron’s voice—particularly when she was irked—resembled the irksome peacock Mary had once seen in the zoo in Philadelphia. Why God would create such a beautiful bird with such a nasty voice was beyond her.

But if what Matron said was true, He’d created Mary, too, only to have her burned by the flames that killed the rest of her family. Angry red scars ran from her forearms to halfway up her neck, and a collar of white tissue, the result of an inept doctor sewing her back together again, ringed her neck and inched toward her ears.

No, if God really loved her, He wouldn’t have allowed that to happen.

About Donna

Donna lives in Denver with husband Patrick, her first-line editor and biggest fan. She writes historical suspense under her own name, and contemporary suspense under her alter ego of Leeann Betts. She is a hybrid author who has published a number of books under her pen name and under her own name. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Sisters In Crime; facilitates a local critique group, and teaches writing classes and courses. Donna is also a ghostwriter and editor of fiction and non-fiction, and judges in a number of writing contests. She loves history and research, and travels extensively for both. Donna is proud to be represented by Terrie Wolf of AKA Literary Management.

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Looking Out The Window: American Christian Fiction Writers March New Releases





March 2018 New Releases

More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website.



Contemporary Romance:


Finally a Bride by Renee Andrews -- Her dreams of love haven’t worked out, but veterinarian Haley Calhoun intends to grant an orphaned boy’s wish. She’ll heal Eli’s injured puppy—while resisting his charming counselor, Gavin Thomason, at the children’s home. Still mourning the loss of his wife and baby, Gavin believes he can’t commit again. But in losing their hearts to Eli, will Haley and Gavin discover they’ve found the family they need? (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])



Love and Roses by Sally Bayless -- Looking for a fresh start, former Manhattan lawyer Nate Redmond agrees to arrange the sale of the outdated Rose Park in small-town Missouri, not realizing it has deep sentimental value to his new neighbor, Abby Kincaid—a beautiful widow he’d like to impress. When their plans for the park clash, he learns he’s competing against the memory of her husband, a decorated war hero. With plenty of past mistakes hiding in the in the hedges, can Abby and Nate learn forgiveness and courage in time for love to grow? (Contemporary Romance from Kimberlin Belle Publishing)



Courting Her Amish Heart by Mary Davis -- In this first book of the Prodigal Daughters series, Kathleen Yoder comes home after fourteen years in the Englisher world. Practicing medicine means sacrifice—no Amish man will want a doctor for a wife. Widowed Noah Lambright offers a cottage as her new clinic, seeing how much Kathleen’s skills can help their community. But as their friendship deepens, could love and family become more than a forbidden dream? (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])



The Amish Nanny’s Sweetheart by Jan Drexler -- As nanny for her nephew, Judith Lapp is finally part of a vibrant, joyful Amish community instead of living on the outskirts looking in. But teaching her neighbors' Englischer farm worker to read Pennsylvania Dutch wasn't part of her plan. And the more time she spends with Guy Hoover, the more he sparks longings for a home and family of Judith's own. Guy figured he would never be truly accepted by his Amish employers' community - even though the Mast family treats him like a son. But Judith's steadfast caring shows him that true belonging could be within his reach...if he and Judith can reconcile their very different hopes - and hearts. (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])



The Reluctant Groom by Kimberly Rose Johnson -- When Ray O’Brien’s world is turned upside down, Katie Fairchild wants to help, but the personal cost is high. Neither desires a marriage of convenience, but when Katie blurts the first thing that comes to her mind Ray can’t dismiss her offer of marriage. It would solve all his problems except for one thing—they aren’t in love. Can these two friends team up for the greater good and perhaps find love along the way, or are their expectations impossible? (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)



Anna’s Forgotten Fiance by Carrie Lighte -- An accident leaves Anna Weaver with no memory of her Amish hometown’s newest arrival—her fianc√©! After a whirlwind courtship, their wedding’s in six weeks…but how can she marry a man she can’t remember? Carpenter Fletcher Chupp takes her on a walk down memory lane, but there’s one thing he wants to keep hidden: a secret that might just lose him the woman he loves. (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])



Grace Restored by Toni Shiloh -- Michelle Thomas has it all. Beautiful and successful, she’s just opened her own law firm in Freedom Lake. What more could she want? When her old flame rolls back into Freedom Lake, she’s intent on ignoring him. But how can she give the widower and his precious twin girls the cold shoulder?
Still reeling from the death of his wife, Guy Pierre returns to Freedom Lake to take over as town sheriff and raise his twin daughters. Alone. Yet, life keeps throwing Michelle in his path and sparks of interest began to rise. Will old secrets tear them apart again or can they find the faith to let God’s grace restore what has been broken? (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)

General & Women’s Fiction:


Justice by Emily Conrad -- Jake thought he was meant to marry Brooklyn, but now she's pregnant, and he had nothing to do with it. Brooklyn can’t bring herself to name the father as she wrestles with questions about what her pregnancy means and how it will affect her relationship with Jake. If Harold Keen, the man who owns the bookstore across from Jake's coffee shop, has anything to do with it, the baby will ruin them both. (General from White Rose Publishing [Pelican])



The Heart Between Us by Lindsay Harrel -- When her heart donor’s parents give Megan Jacobs their teenage daughter’s journal—complete with an unfulfilled bucket list—Megan connects with the girl she meets between the pages and is inspired to venture out and check off each item. (General from HarperCollins Christian Publishing)



Sweet Meets by Deborah Raney -- From short stories to novellas, from contemporary to historical, all of award-winning author Deborah Raney’s short works have been gathered into one great collection for one low price.
Includes the following novellas and short stories: Going Once, Special Delivery, Haiti's Song, Prairie Lessons, Finally Home, Circle of Blessings. (Women’s Fiction from Raney Day Press)

Historical Romance:


Seven Brides for Seven Texas Ranchers Romance Collection by Amanda Barratt, Susan Page Davis, Vickie McDonough, Gabrielle Meyer, Lorna Seilstad, Erica Vetsch, and Kathleen Y’Barbo -- Join seven Texas Rangers on the hunt for a menacing gang, who run straight into romances with women who foil their plans for both the job and their futures. (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)



A Chance at Forever by Melissa Jagears -- In early 1900s Kansas, Mercy McClain serves on the schoolboard, determined to protect Teaville's children from the bullying she experienced as a child. When Aaron Firebrook, the classmate who bothered her more than any other, petitions the board for a teaching position, she's dead set against him getting the job. Aaron has returned to his hometown a changed man and is seeking to earn forgiveness of those he wronged. He sets out to prove to Mercy he now has the best interests of the children at heart. Will resentment and old wounds hold them back, or can Mercy and Aaron put the past behind them in time to face the unexpected threats to everything they're working for? (Historical Romance from Bethany House [Baker])



Ain’t Misbehavin’ by Jennifer Lamont Leo -- In Jazz Age Chicago, Dot Rodgers sells hats at Marshall Field while struggling to get her singing career off the ground. Independent and feisty, she’s the life of the party. But underneath the glitter, she doesn’t believe she’s worth the love of a good man. Small-town businessman Charlie Corrigan carries scars from the Great War. After all he’s been through, he wants nothing more than to marry and start a family. But the woman he loves is a flamboyant flapper, used to a more glamorous life than he can offer. As his fortunes climb with the stock market, it seems he’s finally going to win her love. But what happens when it all comes crashing down? (Historical Romance from Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas)



A Most Noble Heir by Susan Anne Mason -- A young man suddenly thrust into nobility is torn between the servant girl he hopes to marry and the father he’s always longed for. (Historical Romance from Bethany House [Baker])



Safe Refuge by Pamela S. Meyers -- Wealthy Chicagoan, Anna Hartwell, is about to wed a man she loathes. The Great Chicago Fire erupts, postponing the wedding. After escaping to Wisconsin with her family she realizes she loves Irish immigrant, Rory Quinn, and prepares to break the wedding plans, which are still on. Then she learns a dark family secret that changes her life forever. (Historical Romance from Mantle Rock Publishing)



Husband by Arrangement by Angel Moore -- Abandoned by her secret fianc√©, the mayor’s pregnant daughter marries the sheriff. Can she overcome her past and help him save the town from corruption? (Historical Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])



Beneath A Prairie Moon by Kim Vogel Sawyer -- Abigail Brantley grew up in affluence, but when she is cast from the social registers due to her father's illegal dealings, she finds herself forced into a role she never imagined: tutoring rough Kansas ranchers in manners and morals so they can "marry up" with their mail-order brides. Mack Cleveland, whose father was swindled by a mail-order bride, wants no part of the scheme to bring Eastern women to Spiveyville, Kansas, and he's put off by the snooty airs of the "little city gal" in their midst. But as time goes by, his heart goes out to the teacher who tries so diligently to smooth the rough edges from the grooms-to-be. How can he teach her that perfection won't bring happiness? (Historical Romance from Waterbrook/Multnomah [Random House])

Romantic Suspense:


Beneath the Surface by Lynn H. Blackburn -- After a harrowing experience with an obsessed patient, oncology nurse practitioner Leigh Weston moves home to Carrington, North Carolina to leave behind her troubled past. But when someone tampers with her brakes, she fears the past has chased her into the present. Leigh reaches out for help from her high school friend and volunteer underwater investigator, Ryan Parker. But when Ryan finds the body of a wealthy businessman in Lake Porter, the investigation uncovers a possible serial killer—one with a terrifying connection to Leigh and deadly implications for them all. (Romantic Suspense from Revell - A Division of Baker Publishing)



Secret Service Setup by Jessica R. Patch -- Secret Service agent Evan Novak becomes the target of multiple hit men when someone puts a two-million-dollar bounty on his head. Is it the gunrunner he’s tracking...or a traitorous agent? Framed and wanted, Evan reluctantly accepts protection from bodyguard Jody Gallagher, his former love who lost her Agency career because of him. But then the bounty is raised to include Jody… (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])



Fugitive Spy by Jordyn Redwood -- A spy with amnesia—and a mission he can’t remember. When Casper English lands in her ER with amnesia, Dr. Ashley Drager learns he has a picture of her…and the same tattoo as her long-missing father. With a dangerous man after Casper, and his memories possibly holding the key to finding Ashley’s father, she secretly whisks him away from the hospital. But can she keep him alive long enough to help him regain his memories? (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])