Archive for December, 2018




Welcome to First Line Fridays, hosted by Hoarding Books!!!


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Are some wounds too deep for love to heal? When grieving nurse Lainie Sullivan encounters Adam, a wounded warrior and her ex-patient, in a small Oregon town at Christmas, only trusting in God’s goodness can heal both their wounds and free them to love. Short novel length – a revised and significantly extended version of the story previously published as Love’s Healing Touch in the First Street Church Kindle Worlds. The new edition is available for the first time in this set.


Autumn Macarthur is a USA Today bestselling author of Christian inspirational romance. Originally from Australia, she now lives near London with her very English husband plus their spoiled guinea pigs and rescue cats, after a one-year working holiday turned into over twenty years!

She loves writing deeply emotional stories to make you smile and remind you how big and wide and deep God’s love and forgiveness can be. She’s thankful to be blessed with good friends and a patient husband. Most of all, she’s eternally grateful for God’s great love and mercy.

When she’s not writing or being a cat slave, she spends far too much time on Facebook. You’re very welcome to join her friendly Facebook reader group, Three Authors and a Blogger.

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Lainie Sullivan nudged the throttle of her dad’s 1985 Honda Goldwing further open as she passed the sign announcing she could finally hit sixty-five.



#Blogwords, First Line Friday, #FLF, His Healing Touch, Autumn Macarthur

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Merry Christmas to each of you, my happy followers, and thank you for being part of my writing journey. I wish you a most Happy and Blessed New Year.


Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.  Isaiah 7:14




In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

The Word was made flesh and made His dwelling among us. John 1:14


#Blogwords, Special Edition, Christmas Day, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Isaiah 7: 14, John 1:1 & 14

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BLOGWORDS – Sunday 23 March 2018 – FRONT PORCH FELLOWSHIP – LUKE 2:1-20


And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.

Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child.  So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.


Glory in the Highest


Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid.  Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:

“Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.



#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, Luke 2:1-20, Glory to God in the Highest

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Welcome to First Line Fridays, hosted by Hoarding Books!!!


Tell us your first line in the comments & then head over to Hoarding Books to see who else is participating!





Even a matchmaking grandmother and an adorable four year old might not be enough to help this couple reunite!
This Christmas, Brad Hughes hopes he can convince his ex-wife Maddie he’s not the unreliable, workaholic charmer she married young and then divorced. They’ll be together over the holidays, for the sake of their four year old son.
But what chance do they have of becoming a family again, when she can’t leave the tiny Idaho lakeside community she grew up in, and he’s a city boy through and through.
Can they allow God to heal their broken marriage and broken hearts before his career tears them apart again?
This book begins a new series, set in beautiful Huckleberry Lake, Idaho! Every book is a complete romance, following a different couple through the trials and joys of a developing love, deepening their faith in the process, until they’re ready for the happy-ever-after God has planned for them.
Includes a bonus recipe!


Autumn Macarthur is a USA Today bestselling author of Christian inspirational romance. Originally from Australia, she now lives near London with her very English husband plus their spoiled guinea pigs and rescue cats, after a one-year working holiday turned into over twenty years!

She loves writing deeply emotional stories to make you smile and remind you how big and wide and deep God’s love and forgiveness can be. She’s thankful to be blessed with good friends and a patient husband. Most of all, she’s eternally grateful for God’s great love and mercy.

When she’s not writing or being a cat slave, she spends far too much time on Facebook. You’re very welcome to join her friendly Facebook reader group, Three Authors and a Blogger.

Sign up for her email newsletter at http://www.autumnmacarthur.com, and get a gift ebook, as well as news of new releases, special offers, and exclusive subscriber-only contests.

She’d love to hear from you!


December 23

“I fell for your lines too many times before, Brad. Never again.”



#Blogwords, First Line Friday, #FLF, Calm and Bright, Autumn Macarthur

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Comment on this post for a chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card. Each commenter will be entered, and the FAVORITE INTERVIEWEE will win one as well.


* Voting open through 10 January.



I’ve done a meager 3 interviews (plus character interviews) this year on CHAT THURSDAY and it’s time for you, MY READERS, to vote on your favorite. So here, in no particular order—just kidding, in chronological order—are my interviewees this year.


15 February     character interview     Jacqueline Marchand Williams

22 February     character interview     Luc Marchand

28 February     character interview     Pearl Marchand Grüber

3 May              character interview     Polly McBride

10 May            character interview     The Colonel

17 May            character interview     Chayton

24 May            character interview     Suzette Dubois Fenn & Violet Dubois

31 May            character interview     Simone Dubois Bishop


9 August         Cyle Young


16 August       Gary Fearon


30 August       David Mike




I’ll tally the votes after the first of the year and post the results on Thursday 17 January.



#Blogwords, Chat Thursday, Who’s Your Favorite

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Thanks so much for stopping by!

Pull up a comfy chair, right by the fire place there. Have a virtual cuppa—I’ve coffee, hot tea, and hot cocoa—and some cookies, and spend a few minutes with my guests.

Sing us a song, recite us a poem—or perhaps dance a Christmas jig. Just don’t leave without saying Hullo!


Ivy has just cause to be wary of men. Her long-time fiancé backed out of their wedding. The slow fizzle of their undramatic relationship leaves her wondering if romance is a myth. Then, Adam, an intriguing new member of her pet organization, catches Ivy’s attention. Unfortunately, his cat Isis, a beautiful purebred Egyptian Mau, prefers to pick on her cat, Memnet. Ivy would like to get to know Adam better, but with her self-esteem in the gutter and feline fights at every turn, she wonders how to proceed.

When Ivy agrees to help a clingy friend find her missing pet, she learns that true love doesn’t need theatrics. There’s hope for Adam and Ivy, if only their cats would approve. Meow Mayhem and Meow Matrimony, full length cozy mysteries, arrive in early 2019.





Lisa Lickel is a Wisconsin author who loves books, collects dragons, and writes inspiring fiction. She also writes short stories, feature articles, and radio theater, and loves to encourage new authors through mentoring, speaking, and leading workshops. Lisa is a member of the Chicago Writer’s Association, and vice president/instructor for Novel-In-Progress Bookcamp and Writing Retreat, Inc. She is an avid book reviewer and blogger, and a freelance editor. Find more at LisaLickel.com.





For three years, Kickboxer Kati Walsh has hunkered down at a new place of worship to dab at church-inflicted wounds. Her one outreach is to her kickboxing friends, but lately, she’s felt empty, so she prayed for God to stir her heart again. However, she’s not sure that new assistant pastor Josh Corbin and his friend Reece Jernigan are what she asked for—because Josh wants to win the hearts of the north-side neighborhood—a place often called “the hood.”

When Josh plans a prayer walk in the neighborhood, both the congregation and the police are wary, but Josh insists that prayer works. He believes in spiritual warfare—prayer, praise, and the Word of God. Reece, on the other hand, has been on the streets before, and his weapon of choice is a 9mm Glock. Two close friends with differing perspectives and both with an eye on Kati. But they’re not the only ones—the gang leader from the north-side has taken an unexpected interest in Kati, too.


Linda K. Rodante is a lover of sweet tea and lives in Tennessee—a Florida transplant, who loves the seasonal changes in her new state. She’s married with two sons and three grandchildren. Her work with crisis pregnancy centers and anti-trafficking groups has given her a heart for hurting women, as well as respect for the role God has given men. Her books wrap sweet romance in real-life issues then add an edge of mystery and suspense. She desires to entertain with a good story while encouraging others in their walk with God.


Needed: One Christmas miracle

When Jillian Rishi shared the news of her pregnancy with her boyfriend, Wesley Price, he left the country. Unable to stay away from the woman he loves, he returned five months later to reclaim Jillian and their unborn daughter. Now they’re on the run, hiding from the dishonest lawyer who’s determined to take their baby. And hope is running out…

More than just a girl’s day out.

A leisurely day of Christmas shopping, that was the plan when Callie, Terri, Pam, and Karla went to the mall. They never expected to be embroiled in a mystery, never expected the mystery to turn into an FBI investigation, never expected to deliver a baby in the middle of nowhere in a Christmas Eve blizzard.

Just a simple paper angel.

Hannah’s angel is on a mission from God and paper or not, she refuses to be ignored until her charge gets the Christmas miracle she so desperately needs.

* Hannah’s Angel is part of an 8 book series. You can get started with book one for free here: https://books2read.com/u/4Dozxe


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Author Sharon Srock went from science fiction to Christian fiction at slightly less than warp speed. Thirty years ago, she cut her writer’s teeth on Star Trek fiction. Today, she writes inspirational stories that focus on ordinary women using their faith to accomplish extraordinary things. Sharon lives in the middle of nowhere Oklahoma with her husband and three very large dogs. When she isn’t writing, she loves to read, cook, and travel. She’s still working on a way to do all three at the same time.


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Sometimes you have to be locked up to find true freedom.

David Mike swore allegiance to his country in 1987, only to be dishonorably discharged for desertion. One bad choice after another landed him at Fort Leavenworth, a notorious military prison in Kansas, where he starts a new life as an inmate. Follow his journey as he claws his way toward Christ and away from the past that yearns to destroy him.

Dishonor: One Soldier’s Journey from Desertion to Redemption is a vulnerable and compelling look at a life gone wrong. With stark honesty, David gives insights into prison life and the shame that comes with living a dishonorable life. Through his raw, gritty, personal account, he pleads for you to find the same redemption he found in his life.


David Mike is a Christ follower, husband, father, blogger, author of Dishonor: One Soldier’s Journey from Desertion to Redemption and Cosmetology Instructor in Omaha, NE. David is passionate about sharing the message that we do not have to be defined by our past and that God can use our kind of mess for good.




Rebecca Hoyt has grown up in the small rural town of Riverton, Wisconsin, and for the past ten years, her life has been devoted to the children in her classroom. But if she can’t find a way to get through to a rebellious student, she may lose her job. Without her teaching position, what would she do?

Detective Jesse Rand is a loner who doesn’t want to rely on anyone but himself. Now that the sister he raised is happily married, Jesse focuses on protecting passengers who ride the railroads.

When Jesse’s sister and brother-in-law are killed by train robbers, the detective is determined to see the murderers brought to justice. But first, he must venture to Riverton where his niece and nephews were left in the care of a beautiful and stubborn teacher. They need to mourn and heal, but Jesse still has a job to do. Rebecca is willing to help care for her new friend’s children, but she’s also afraid of getting too close to them—or their handsome uncle—knowing the day will come when he’ll take them back to Chicago.


Dawn Kinzer is a freelance editor, and her own work has been published in various devotionals and magazines. She co-hosts and writes for the blog, Seriously Write. Sarah’s Smile is the first book in her published historical romance series, The Daughters of Riverton. Hope’s Design is the second, and Rebecca’s Song completes the trilogy.

A mother and grandmother, Dawn lives with her husband in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Favorite things include dark chocolate, good wine, strong coffee, the mountains, family time, and Masterpiece Theatre.

You can connect and learn more about Dawn and her work by visiting these online sites: Author WebsiteDawn’s BlogGoodreadsFacebookPinterest, and Instagram.

Siblings Josh and Abby Hunter don’t believe their parents’ death was an accident. After taking pictures of the most incredible find of the 1920’s—proof humans and dinosaurs lived together in the same time and place—desperate outlaws armed with tommy guns are on their tail! Only Josh and Abby know where the proof is hidden—in the canyons of Arizona’s desert.

When an intruder searches Josh and Abby’s bags inside their new home, the two convince their uncle Dr. David Hunter into returning to the canyon and finding the pictures they’d hidden. But the outlaws are just as eager to find the proof before Josh and Abby. Can Josh use his super-smart brain to outfox the villains in time? Will Abby’s incredible physical abilities stop full-grown men? And will their uncle believe them?


Peter Leavell, a 2007 graduate of Boise State University with a degree in history and currently enrolled in the University’s English Lit Graduate program, was the 2011 winner of Christian Writers Guild’s Operation First Novel contest, and 2013 Christian Retailing’s Best award for First-Time Author. A novelist, blogger, teacher, ghostwriter, jogger, biker, husband and father, Peter and his family live in Boise, Idaho. Learn more about Peter’s books, research, and family adventures at www.peterleavell.com.

Marisa Hiller abandoned her modeling career to nurse a broken heart in Montana, far from the photographer who ruined everything. Her family farm is now part of a CSA program teaching gardening and cooking to single moms, but when the coordinator begs her to represent the program in the Miss Snowflake Pageant, Marisa balks.
Jase Mackie has long regretted the hot accusations he’d flung at Marisa over two years before. God has forgiven him but hasn’t answered his prayer to bring Marisa back into his life… until Jase finds himself out West as the official photographer for a beauty pageant, face to face with the woman he’s never forgotten.
Can Jase make amends for past mistakes and offer Marisa not only a tiara, but a partner in her crusade to help needy children and families?


Valerie Comer’s life on a small farm in western Canada provides the seed for stories of contemporary Christian romance. Like many of her characters, Valerie grows much of her own food and is active in the local foods movement as well as her church. She only hopes her imaginary friends enjoy their happily-ever-afters as much as she does hers, shared with her husband, adult kids, and adorable granddaughters.

Valerie is a USA Today bestselling author and a two-time Word Award winner. She writes engaging characters, strong communities, and deep faith into her green clean romances.






Artist Livy Johnson needs a fresh start. That’s what a broken heart and forgotten dreams can do to a person. On little more than a whim, she reclaims her grandmother’s old home in quaint Laurel Cove, North Carolina and vows to restore its original charm. When she literally collides with childhood friend, Jack Bowdon, Livy wonders if she’s back for an entirely different reason.

Jack can’t believe his childhood crush is back. As the owner of Bowdon’s Supplies, and once again the town’s most eligible bachelor, he offers to help Livy with repairs. Together they embark on the project—and an undeniable whirlwind romance.

But it’s not all smooth sailing. Together they must find a way to survive the destructive pain of their pasts and ultimately discover God’s grace waiting to renovate their hearts.

Book Buy Link: http://a.co/d/3g7gH3g


Hi, I’m Teresa Tysinger. I’m a wife and mother from North Carolina now living in Nashville. I’ve loved stories of all kinds and have been taken by the power of words ever since I was a young child. When not working as a communications/graphic design professional, I write charming southern romances inspired by grace. I am a proud member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Religious Communicators’ Council, and the Association for Women in Communications. I’m blessed to have spent over a decade telling stories of faith through written word. I love Jesus, coffee, caramel, and stories with happy endings!




In 1944, American naval officer Lt. Wyatt Paxton arrives in London to prepare for the Allied invasion of France. He works closely with Dorothy Fairfax, a “Wren” in the Women’s Royal Naval Service, who pieces together reconnaissance photographs with thousands of holiday snapshots of France—including those of her family’s summer home—in order to create accurate maps of Normandy. Maps that Wyatt turns into naval bombardment plans for D-day.

As the two spend concentrated time together in the pressure cooker of war, their deepening friendship threatens to turn into something more. But both of them have too much to lose to give in to love . . .


Sarah Sundin enjoys writing about the adventure and romance of the World War II era. She is the bestselling author of eleven historical novels, including The Sea Before Us and The Sky Above Us (coming February 5, 2019). Her books When Tides Turn and Through Waters Deep were named to Booklist’s “101 Best Romance Novels of the Last 10 Years,” and Through Waters Deep was a finalist for the 2016 Carol Award and won the INSPY Award. In 2011, Sarah received the Writer of the Year Award at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. A mother of three, Sarah lives in California, works on-call as a hospital pharmacist, and teaches Sunday school and women’s Bible studies. She also enjoys speaking for church, community, and writers’ groups.







She married her enemy…

When investigative journalist Reagan McAdams discovers her new husband is part of an international crime family, she flees Paris with their newborn and returns to her childhood home in New Hampshire, where she’ll gather her inheritance before she disappears forever. She’ll do whatever it takes to protect her son from his criminal father.

He never quit loving her.

Brady Thomas discovers Rae is back and in trouble, and he’s going to protect her and her son, whether she wants his help or not.

The death toll rises.

But when Rae’s husband starts killing people to smoke her out, she has to decide what—and who—she’ll have to sacrifice to save her son.

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Aside from her family and her Savior, Robin Patchen has two loves—writing and traveling. If she could combine them, she’d spend a lot of time sitting in front of her laptop at sidewalk cafes and ski lodges and beachside burger joints. She’d visit every place in the entire world—twice, if possible—and craft stories and tell people about her Savior. Alas, time is too short and money is too scarce for Robin to traipse all over the globe, even if her husband and kids wanted to go with her. So she stays in Oklahoma, shares the Good News when she can, and writes to illustrate the unending grace of God through the power and magic of story.






How does the band Bleu Streak celebrate the holidays? By singing, of course. Go on tour with this zany group as they get into all kinds of mischief along the way.

And Maverick King? Oh yeah. This devilishly handsome drummer gets a special gift for Christmas. The trouble is trying to convince Izzy Walker to allow him to have her…



Bestselling author T.I. Lowe is living her dream as a writer. She knows she’s just getting started and has many more stories to tell. A wife and mother and active in her church community, she resides in coastal South Carolina with her family.




Hope in My Heart is a collection of short, heartwarming stories with characters in need of hope.

In Love Unexpected, a car crash brings commitment-wary Sebastian and career woman Chandra together. Neither is looking for romance, but those around them see the potential, and Sebastian and Chandra discover that sometimes love shows up unexpectedly.

Christmastime is the setting for the middle story, The Best Gift. Christina desires to lose ten pounds so she can fit into her dress for her sister’s wedding. Jordan wishes her mom would stop trying to marry her off. And Joshua hopes to be reunited with his ex-girlfriend but eventually learns that the best gift this Christmas will be the restoration of his relationship with God.

In Peace and Love, three characters living in a metropolitan area are desperately searching. Elle, a starving artist, aspires to become a paid professional. Eric, a divorce attorney, wants to resolve his issues concerning his parents’ divorce. Kristine anticipates finding her birth mom before she marries Derek. All characters pray their searches will conclude this holiday season and fill their hearts with peace and love.


Alexis A. Goring is a passionate writer with a degree in Print Journalism and an MFA in Creative Writing. She loves the art of storytelling and hopes that her stories will connect readers with the enduring, forever love of Jesus Christ.








A change in plans brings an unexpected Christmas Romance

Josie Ryan arrives on Mackinac Island for the Christmas season in the quaint setting with no automobiles and a back-in-time aura, but her longtime friend has to cancel her trip due to a family emergency. Disappointed, Josie decides to cancel her trip  since it’s no fun being alone. But her plans change when Chris Barnes, visiting his grandfather, comes to her aid and offers to show her the sites. When she learns that Chris is raising his deceased brother’s child, she is touched. Amid snowball fights, snowmen, and snow angels, Josie’s life changes when she falls in love with the little girl, but Ellie wants a mommy. Even though Chris is a great guy with wonderful attributes, Josie has absolutely no plans to marry, or can this four-year-old change Josie’s plans. Purchase link: https://amzn.to/2rez9EF


Best-selling and award-winning novelist, Gail Gaymer Martin is the author of contemporary Christian and sweet romance and suspense with 84 contracted novels and five million books sold. Her novels have received numerous national awards, including the ACFW Carol Award, Booksellers Best and RT Reviewer’s Choice Award. She is the author of Writer Digest’s Writing the Christian Romance and is a founder of American Christian Fiction Writers where she served on the Executive Board. Gail is a keynote speaker at women’s events at churches, civic and business organizations. She presents workshops at writers’ conferences. Gail and her husband recently moved from Michigan to Sedona, Arizona.







A marshal tormented by a thirst for vengeance. A school teacher desperate to trade fear for courage. They have nothing in common except a quiet, little town built on betrayal. 

Robert “Dent” Hernandez is a U.S. Marshal bent on bringin’ ’em in, preferably upright in the saddle, but draped across it works, too. Less interested in justice than revenge, he uses the badge as a license to hunt for his father’s killers. When an arrest goes wrong and he’s temporarily remanded to quaint Evergreen, Wyoming to act as interim sheriff, he writhes over the delay to his plans. That is, until he meets the very pretty, but suspiciously jittery schoolteacher. What is she so afraid of? Turns out, a lot of folks in Evergreen are keeping secrets—ones that may shake the foundation of everything Dent believes in.

An old-fashioned Western, Hang Your Heart on Christmas reads like an episode of Gunsmoke. Packed with drama, a tantalizing mystery, and a heartwarming romance, you’ll come back to read this lawman’s story, again and again.


Best-selling author Heather Blanton is a former journalist and avid researcher who endeavors to seamlessly weave actual history in among fictional storylines. She loves exploring the American West, especially ghost towns and museums. She has walked parts of the Oregon Trail, ridden horses through the Rockies, climbed to the top of Independence Rock, and even held an outlaw’s note in her hand.






Lured by the bounty of enlistment in the Union army to support his impoverished family, William Tucker committed himself to three long years of war, only to see his sacrifice reduced to nothing when he receives a letter from home that changes his life forever. Broken by wounds and debilitating sickness, William must set aside the divisions within his family and the Quaker community he once held dear, as well as the painful guilt of his past, to discover the happiness of a new life that seems to lie just beyond his grasp—one that lies in the love of a woman he once scorned to marry another. From the bloody battlefields of the Civil War to the gently rolling hills of eastern Pennsylvania and its scattered Quaker communities, Love Endureth Much tells a story of broken hearts and new beginnings, of finding love in the most unexpected of places… at the end of hope.

*Contains some violent scenes of war and minor swearing by soldiers.


Scott R. Rezer was born in Doylestown, Pennsylvania in 1963. He met his wife and best friend while serving in the U.S. Air Force. They have two grown children and live in the Southwest. He is an indie published author of seven historical fiction novels ranging from the Civil War to the Crusades to ancient history. Two of his books have garnered Editor’s Choice selections by the Historical Novel Society (The Leper King and Shadow of the Mountain).





Literature professor Ashleigh Darmody never imagined her life would turn into a classic trope, but that’s exactly what happens when her sister Claire calls with a bizarre request–quickly find a fake husband. Backstory is a powerful thing, and Ashleigh’s has plenty of shadows, but is her past so shady that it requires an elaborate scheme to ensure Claire’s prospective father-in-law, renowned TV evangelist Ken Abrams, will give her his blessing to marry his son?
Already divorced from a man who turned out to be other than he claimed, Ashleigh now has to pretend to be blissfully married to a stranger for the next five days. But when the lines of fiction and reality blur with each tick of the clock, could a temporary deal turn into something for keeps?


Sarah Monzon is a Navy chaplain’s wife and a stay at home mom to the two cutest littles in the world. Playing pretend all day with them isn’t enough, she spends the evenings after their heads hit the pillow to create her own imaginary characters. When she isn’t in the world of make believe, she can be found in the pine forests of western Washington taking care of her family, fostering friendships, and enjoying all the adventures each day brings.





Holly Blume loves decorating people’s homes, but that doesn’t mean she’s ready to play house.

Believing a house is not a home without a woman’s touch, there’s nothing more Reverend Christopher Stewart would like than to find a wife. What woman would consider him marriage material, though, with an aging widowed father to look after, especially one who suffers from Alzheimer’s?

When Christopher arrives at his new parish, he discovers the church ladies have arranged a welcome surprise—an office makeover by congregant and interior designer Holly Blume. Impressed with Miss Blume’s work, Christopher decides to contract the talented lady to turn the rectory into a home. When they begin to clash more than their taste in color, will the revamp come to the same abrupt end as his only romantic relationship?

Despite their differences, Holly resolves to finish the job of redesigning the Stewart home, while Christopher determines to re-form Holly’s heart.


Marion Ueckermann‘s passion for writing was sparked when she moved to Ireland with her family. Her love of travel has influenced her contemporary inspirational romances set in novel places. Marion and her husband again live in South Africa, but with two gorgeous grandsons hanging their hats at the house next door, their empty nest’s no longer so empty.





TJ McKendrick wants justice for her father—or vengeance. When the truth is uncovered in a small Honduran village, she ends up fleeing with a group of orphans only to land in a crossfire between the Butcher and a covert Special Ops team.

Garrett Cameron and his commandos have spent months watching Don Castillo’s every move. Now they have the evidence to connect the drug lord to a powerful U.S. Senator, but a fiery young woman with more courage than brains barrels into the middle of his mission, forcing him to choose between saving her or grabbing his target.

Imperfect Wings is the first in the award-winning Imperfect Series, a saga of five adult siblings. Their individual stories are loosely connected by a common plot thread and written as standalones. Each of their tales touch on a myriad of topics—human flaws, right and wrong, love, betrayal, disappointment, trust, drugs, cybercrime, human trafficking, and terrorism. They’re action-packed adventures filled with quirky characters and sticky situations, all underpinned by an abiding family loyalty. In other words, The Imperfect Series is not your ordinary romantic suspense!


Elizabeth Noyes retired from a career as a professional writer and now spends her time traveling the world and people-watching, many of which make cameo appearances in her writings. She is an avid reader across many genres, plays bridge, enjoys watching sports, participates in several Bible studies, and most of all, loves spending time with her grandchildren because—as her stories show—family is important.






Caden Wallis lost friends, his girlfriend, and even his leg to the ravages of war. He arrives on the Outer Banks broken and still reeling, struggling to make peace with his new life.
McKenna Dockery has been stuck in limbo since her fiancé died three years ago. Now, when the handsome yet heartbroken Caden arrives at her doorstep, she starts to wonder if there may be hope for her heart after all . . .
But no sooner do they meet than a man is found murdered on McKenna’s property–and Caden is the prime suspect. The two must learn to trust each other, or no one will be safe in the tangled web of conspiracy, greed, and deceit lurking in the tidal marshlands of the Outer Banks.


Multi-published author Lisa Carter likes to describe her romantic suspense novels as “Sweet Tea with a Slice of Murder.”  The Stronghold won a 2017 Daphne du Maurier. Under a Turquoise Sky won the 2015 Carol Award. Beyond the Cherokee Trail was a 4 ½ star Romantic Times Top Pick. She also has two contemporary romance series with Love Inspired.  Currently, she is writing her twenty-first novel set in the hauntingly beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Lisa enjoys traveling and researching her next fictional adventure. A native North Carolinian, she has strong opinions on barbecue and ACC basketball. http://www.lisacarterauthor.com



Tam is taken from her mountain home against her father’s wishes and recruited as a spy by the head of her clan. Her youth and self-doubt conspire against her, and her strength, love of kin, and very identity are tested by a siege, traitorous lords, and a murderous plot against her family. After tragedy strikes, she must set aside her grief and undertake a dangerous mission, aided by a mysterious alien relic. Can this young lass succeed or will the assassins at her heels cost her all?


L.S. King has been a science fiction fan since she was a wee babe, cosplaying for Star Trek conventions back in the early ‘70s, and has always loved writing. Editing, not so much, although it would be hard to tell by the fact she pulled her hair out as a submissions editor and a copy editor on several magazines, and then was unceremoniously dragged, screaming, into becoming a founding editor of the online magazine, Ray Gun Revival, now on hiatus.

She has books published in two series: Deuces Wild and The Sword’s Edge Chronicles. Her short stories have been published in Deep Magic, The Sword Review, Dragons, Knights & Angels, Digital Dragon Magazine, and Residential Aliens. The fact that several of the publications which have released her stories are now defunct has nothing to do with her. Honest.



Bakery owner, Jenna Wing prepares to spend Thanksgiving alone—her first without her family. When her former neighbor, Thomas Hayes, invites her to dinner, she finds that she can’t say no. Their previous friendship turns to something more, but Thomas’s family issues threatens their new-found relationship.

* Available only in a box set.



Ginger Solomon is a Christian, a wife, a mother to seven, and a writer—in that order (mostly). She writes or reads inspirational romance of any genre, and if she’s busy homeschooling, doing laundry, or fixing dinner, books are on her mind. She’s a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, president of her local writing group, and blogs regularly for InspyRomance.com and at gingersolomon.com.

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When Hallburg city employee Amelia Dunford returns a missing dog to his owner, handsome consultant Scott Graham, she is drawn to him and his love for the little girl for whom he is a guardian. But Amelia’s bad childhood experience makes her afraid of dogs, and Scott has joined the mayor’s task force in charge of trimming the town’s budget—two red flags that warn her away.

Amelia’s warm nature captivates Scott, but he believes his PTSD makes him too flawed for a relationship. Besides, they are on opposite sides of the town’s budget battle, and mixing business with a relationship could spell disaster.

Can a little girl and a fluffy black dog bring Amelia and Scott together in a Christmas miracle?


Merrillee Whren is an award-winning, USA Today bestselling author who writes inspirational romance. She is the winner of the 2003 Golden Heart Award for best inspirational romance manuscript presented by Romance Writers of America. She has also been the recipient of the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award and the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award. She is married to her own personal hero, her husband of forty- plus years, and has two grown daughters. She has lived in Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Chicago and Florida but now makes her home in the Arizona desert. She spends her free time playing tennis or walking while she does the plotting for her novels. Please visit her Website and signup for her newsletter.

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Three homeless children. Two estranged brothers. One last chance.

Kevin Farrell is a jaded police officer trying to save three homeless children. But it’s three nights before Christmas, and the only one he can ask for help is his brother Jay, a disabled priest.
The catch? He and his brother have been estranged because after all the evil he’s seen, Kevin cannot believe in God. Only now, to save these homeless kids, with temperatures below zero and falling, Kevin knows it’s going to take both him and his brother working together, but first they’ll have to mend the breach between them.


Jane Lebak writes books and knits socks. Both are warm, but she doesn’t sell the socks.






USAF Pilot Elliot Knight’s days of jumping w/without a safety net are firmly in the past. There’s nothing and no one that would e/ver convince him to dust off his time travel gear and take the ultimate leap.
That was before Samantha Billings showed up on his radar with her foundation built on saving lives. Before her sister showed up on his couch half-dead.
Hope Alive Operative Samantha Billings’ life has been limited by a past she can’t change and an ex-husband who won’t let her go. An ex-husband who is convinced her sister is responsible for a recent attempt on Sam’s life.
As a former Foreign Correspondent, Haley Billings has been around the globe sharing stories of both extreme heroism and violent tragedy, including that of her own dark hour. The one that sent her into the clutches of severe alcoholism interrupted only by implicating memories and a host of secrets she can never share. Not even with her sister, Sam—the only person who hasn’t given up on her.
Captain Simon Riley would love nothing better than to put Haley Billings behind bars where she can’t hurt anyone ever again with her exaggerated articles. Where her stories are only just that. But he’s already been down this road. One that resulted in two unnecessary deaths. A preventable suicide. A missing girl.
When a woman who was brutally murdered six months earlier reappears, Haley knows her secrets can’t be hidden any longer—even the ones lost in the abyss of her mind. And Simon knows none of them are safe. Because whatever Haley has done—or not done —is coming for her. Coming for Sam. Coming for Elliot.
Enticing them across the threshold. Right into the hands of danger.


Rachel Trautmiller writes novels filled with murder, mayhem, and romance that leave her readers wanting more incredible twists and turns.

SIDE NOTE: A nightlight may be required. Some bleary-eyed mornings have been known to occur. Coffee is recommended.

Rachel began weaving tales well before she could actually write. Those early stories included danger and mystery, Barbies and G.I. Joes, a few sensational heroes and their villainous counterparts. Sometimes the hero had to time warp through a hole in her backyard to save the damsel in distress and sometimes he only had to outwit the aforementioned villain.

Nowadays, she leaves the Barbies to her Extremely Cute Toddler (follow ECT’s antics on Facebook) and when she’s not riveting readers with the chaotic and sizzling mess of her character’s lives, she can be found poolside with her husband, toddler, and a super snuggly dog.

She enjoys football, reading, spending time with her daughter, and discussing the NFL draft with her husband. She also loves anything to do with the FBI, law enforcement, the military, and enjoying time with friends and family.






Two sides. Two hearts. And a gulf between them as deep and wide as eternity.

Virginia, 1861

After being forced to use a pistol against invaders, Evelyn Mapleton is no longer the timid girl her extended family expects. The more her aunt and cousin resent her new independence, the more Evelyn is determined she’ll make her missing father proud by taking up his cause and aiding Confederate soldiers–even if she has to outmaneuver the Yankees guarding her home to do it.

Samuel Flynn’s life is consumed with two priorities: learning to become a proper guardian for the young orphans he’s adopted and obtaining his physicians license. When his final testing sends him to a Federal Army field hospital, the last thing he expects is to be entranced by a mysterious woman. But when Evelyn’s misguided exploits put her life in danger, will he risk everything he’s worked for to save a woman he thinks is his enemy?

Based on first-hand accounts from the Civil War and with a strong romantic thread, this is a tale of faith, espionage, hope, and courage historical fiction fans won’t want to miss.


Stephenia H. McGee writes stories of faith, hope, and healing set in the Deep South. After earning a degree in Animal and Dairy Sciences, she discovered her heart truly lies with the art of story. She put pen to page and never looked back. Visit her at www.StepheniaMcGee.com for books and updates.


Twitter: @StepheniaHMcGee







🎄The forecast is for snow—but she’s dreaming of more than a white Christmas. Olympia Mayweather is sure there’s only one way to find a husband – through a family tradition that says she must kiss the man of her dreams in a Christmas snow. When a reporter comes to interview her for the local paper, she’s afraid he’s going to make a joke of her, ruining her chance for a Christmas love. David Della Santina isn’t sure a magical kiss will make Olympia a bride. But spending time with the charming woman and getting to know her just might make him believe in fairy tales. 🎄



God has blessed [Dana Pratola] with a wonderful husband and three dynamic children, all of whom are destined to make wide, colorful splashes in this world. We share our New Jersey home with three dogs. I have no hobbies to speak of, unless you include writing. I don’t.





Two women fighting for their dreams, one who’s long lost hers, are united by tragedy and a long-held secret.

Pregnant with her first child, Emily Hayes is eager to help her mother finish transforming an estate into the Willow Inn and write a novel about Willow Falls’ colorful history. A tragic event threatens her parents’ plans to refurbish an abandoned hotel and transform the obscure Georgia setting into a tourist destination.

Sadie Lyles left Willow Falls a murderer who’d killed the town hero. She returns as a despised felon and seeks solace in the town’s café. Emily struggles to unite the close-knit community and becomes Sadie’s biggest advocate. She strives to uncover the truth about the crime and save her town from dying.

To appease her father, Rachel, a VP in his Atlanta real-estate firm, relegates her acting dream to secret performances for imaginary audiences. After meeting charming, flirtatious Charlie Bricker, manager for Willow Falls’ future vineyard, she vows to break free from her father’s control.

The tragedy and Willow Inn’s secret past launch Emily and Rachel on a collision course with destiny and truth.

* Available in paperback 10 January.


Pat Nichols is proving it’s never too late to follow your dreams.

During the first three seasons of her life Pat Nichols and Tim, her high-school-sweetheart husband, struggled and triumphed through peaks and valleys. After raising two children, welcoming four grandchildren—one is with the angels—buying a Corvette, and ticking off every entry on their travel bucket list, Pat added one more item to her retirement list—fulfill a life-long dream to write a novel.

She chose contemporary women’s fiction to honor the hundreds of amazing women from all walks of life she worked with during her twenty-five-year corporate career. She wrote two books, attended conferences, took courses, and sought counsel from successful authors. Then a story about two women–strangers, one in Atlanta, the other in a small north Georgia town struggling to survive–emerged. The Willow Falls series was born.

Pat was born in Illinois, grew up in Orlando, and has called Georgia home since the eighties. She lives in an Atlanta suburb, is a member of ACFW, Word Weavers International, and Gwinnett Church (campus of Northpoint Ministries).






Dreaming of a White Christmas…and maybe something more? Kick your feet up and get cozy with a new book that’s sure to help you find your Christmas spirit!

When Angela Bell’s dream of writing children’s literature outgrows her small Texas town, she makes an impulsive move to New York City hoping to find a new career opportunity before the holidays…but what she finds isn’t at all what she expected. As her funds and her opportunities dwindle, will she find the “Christmas miracle” she’s looking for? Or is happiness waiting at the end of her own country road?
This short, sweet contemporary holiday romance is perfect for an afternoon read or to give as a stocking-stuffer.



Like the heroine of this story, [Lynn Dean] grew up in central Texas where every year I dreamed of the ever-elusive “white Christmas.” And like the heroine, I embraced any opportunity to travel to New York or other snowy destination. I also nurtured dreams of becoming a published author.

Fortunately, some dreams do come true…especially at Christmas!

This story was written for my mother, who got through some really rough times in 2017 by focusing on the hope of meeting her first great-grandchild, who arrived in November. While watching Mama’s favorite Hallmark Christmas movies with her, I hatched the idea of writing a story for her–something she could look forward to in 2018. The first chapter was delivered as her Christmas present, and each month I sent her another chapter. This year she’ll receive the finished paperback…and the first chapter of next year’s Christmas story!




They say opposites attract; it’ll take a Christmas miracle to keep this couple from killing one another!
Agnes Piercy is finally going to make her mark now that she’s in charge of the Honeyhaven Winter Wonderland. She’s created a new event this year—Santa’s Village—which will bring in tons of tourists and money for charities and church ministries, and secure her a full client list when she opens up her own event planning business. But things go haywire from the get-go, including her feelings for one Tuck Renner.
Tuck Renner has been tasked (against his will) with building the Santa’s Village which means taking orders from Miss Bossy Pants herself—Agnes Piercy. Sadly, she’s off to a seriously rocky start. Feeling sorry for her, and a lot sorry for himself having to hear about it day in and out, he vows to make this the greatest event ever. Except nothing goes as planned. But everything may end up exactly like it was meant to.


Jessica R. Patch writes inspirational contemporary romance and romantic suspense. She is the author of the Seasons of Hope series, Unleashing Love, and several Love Inspired Suspense novels including, Fatal ReunionProtective DutyConcealed IdentityFinal Verdict, and the Security Specialists series. You can find her spending time with her family and collecting recipes to amazing dishes she’ll probably never cook. Jessica is represented by Rachel Kent of Books & Such Literary Management.





When three people take the wrong suitcase from baggage claim, their lives change forever.

A hothead businessman coming to the city for a showdown meeting to save his job.

A mother of three hoping to survive the days at her sister’s house before her niece’s wedding.

And a young artist pursuing his father’s dream so he can keep his own alive.

When David, Gillian, and Michael each take the wrong suitcases from baggage claim, the airline directs them to retrieve their bags at a mysterious facility in a deserted part of the city. They meet the enigmatic Baggage Handler, who shows them there is more in their baggage than what they have packed, and carrying it with them is slowing them down in ways they can’t imagine.

And they must deal with it before they can leave.

In this modern-day parable about the burdens that weigh us down, David Rawlings issues an inspiring invitation to lighten the load.


David Rawlings is an Australian author, and a sports-mad father-of-three who loves humor and a clever turn-of-phrase. Over a 25-year career he has put words on the page to put food on the table, developing from sports journalism and copywriting to corporate communication. Now in fiction, he entices readers to look deeper into life with stories that combine the everyday with a sense of the speculative, addressing the fundamental questions we all face.



A woman who loves Christmas. And a neighbor who needs cheering.

When Leah returns to Alaska after years as a travel writer, she plans to make her log cabin a home. Christmas decorations fill every room and a newly adopted kitten’s trying to climb the tree. She spreads the holiday spirit by cooking for her neighbor. Having failed at romance in the past, she isn’t looking for love now.

After losing his hotel management job right before Christmas, Ben’s staying in a friend’s cabin to lick his wounds and consider his options. The cute woman in the neighboring cabin is appealing, but he may need to leave the state for work. Is there a way for them to have a merry future together?

Merrying in Alaska is a stand-alone book that can also be read as book 2.5 in the sweet and clean Alaska Dream Romance series. If you like charming holiday stories, adorable kittens, and happy endings, then you’ll love this novella. Includes two cookie recipes!


Shannon L. Brown has been a real estate agent, an administrative assistant, in retail, and more. When she began writing, she knew she’d found her happy place. After becoming an award-winning journalist, she moved over to fiction so she can make everything up.

She has two series. The sweet and clean, contemporary Alaska Dream Romance series revolves around three sisters. The Crime-Solving Cousins Mysteries are for the 8- 12-year-olds in your life. They will enjoy these fun page-turners best described as modern Nancy Drew-type books.

Shannon has two giveaways, one for each series, available through her website, www.ShannonLBrown.com. Jump into the Alaska Dream Romance series with “Together in Alaska,” a short story about two characters in books one and three. An educational–but fun–Mystery Writing Lapbook PDF teaches kids to write their own mystery. (And it includes a teacher’s guide to make it easier on everyone.)

Born and raised in Alaska, Shannon now lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her professor husband and adorable calico cat.



Are you struggling in your marriage? Maybe you have a great marriage and want to make it even better. No matter where you are in your relationship, God has a plan for you. Andrea Merrell—after forty-plus years of marriage, practicing the good, the bad, and even the ugly—has discovered how to avoid the inevitable pitfalls, or at least many of them. In Marriage: Make It or Break It, she offers you a lifetime of trial and error, keen observation, and years of studying God’s Word, along with attitudes and behaviors that can make or break a relationship. She also takes a candid look at the difference in how men and women think and approach life, the importance of honest communication, and how to agree to disagree without being disagreeable. You’ll find danger signs to watch for, roadblocks to overcome, and Scriptures to personalize and pray on a daily basis.

This journey will paint no perfect pictures and the road is guaranteed to be full of potholes, but if you’re ready to learn a few truths that will make marriage strong—and a lot of things that will destroy it—buckle your seatbelt and let’s get this bus moving.


Andrea Merrell is an award-winning author and professional freelance editor. She is an associate editor with Christian Devotions Ministries and LPC Books and was a finalist for the 2016 Editor of the Year Award at BRMCWC and the 2018 Excellence in Editing award by the Christian Editors Network. Andrea is a graduate of Christian Communicators and was a finalist in the 2015 USA Best Book Awards and the 2018 Selah Awards, as well as a semi-finalist in the 2018 ACFW Genesis contest. She has been published in numerous anthologies and online venues, teaches workshops on writing and editing, and is the co-founder and regular contributor to www.TheWriteEditing.com, a blog designed specifically for writers. Andrea is the author of Murder of a Manuscript, Praying for the Prodigal, and Marriage: Make It or Break It.







A news anchor intern has it all planned out, and love isn’t on the agenda.

Brooke Endress is on the cusp of her lifelong dream when her younger sister persuades her to chaperone a mission trip to El Salvador. Packing enough hand sanitizer and bug spray to single-handedly wipe out malaria, she embarks on what she hopes will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

But Brooke is blindsided by the desperation for hope and love she sees in the orphans’ eyes. And no less by the connection she feels with her handsome translator. As newfound passion blooms, Brooke wrestles with its implications for her career dreams.

Ubaldo Chavez, teacher and translator, knows the struggle that comes with generational poverty. But he found the way out – education – and is determined to help his students rise above.

When he agrees to translate for a mission team from the United States he expects to encounter a bunch of “missional tourists” full of empty promises. Yet an American news anchor defies his expectations, and he finds himself falling in love. But what does he have to offer someone with everything?



Author, speaker, and ministry leader Jennifer Slattery writes for Crosswalk.com, is the managing and acquiring editor for Guiding Light Women’s Fiction, and the founder of Wholly Loved Ministries, a ministry that exists to help women experience God’s love  and discover, embrace, and live out who they are in Christ. She and her team travel to various churches to speak to women and help them experience the love and freedom only Christ can offer. When not writing, editing, or speaking, you’ll likely find her chatting with her friends or husband in a quiet, cozy coffeehouse. Visit her online at JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud.com and connect with her and her Wholly Loved team at WhollyLoved.com



London, 1853: Innkeeper’s daughter Mina Scott will do anything to escape the drudgery of her life, for there’s nothing more mundane than serving customers day after day. Every minute she can, she reads and dreams of someday becoming a real lady—and catch the eye of William Barlow, a frequent guest at the inn.
William is a gentleman’s son, a charming but penniless rogue. However, his bachelor uncle will soon name an heir—either him or his scheming cousin. In an effort to secure the inheritance, William gives his uncle the impression he’s married, which works until he’s invited to bring his wife for a visit.
William asks Mina to be his pretend bride, only until his uncle names an heir on Christmas Day. Mina is flattered and frustrated by the offer, for she wants a true relationship with William. Yet, she agrees. . .then wishes she hadn’t. So does William. Deceiving the old man breaks both their hearts. When the truth is finally discovered, more than just money is lost.
Can two hearts survive such deception?


[Michelle Griep] hears voices. Loud. Incessant. And very real. Which basically gives me two options: choke back massive amounts of Prozac or write fiction. I’ve been writing since I discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. I seek to glorify God in all that I write–except for that graffiti phase I went through as teenager.







A moving novel entwining the many faces of motherly love
Jillian Cline has the perfect daughter: loving and smart, she’s an Olympic hopeful with a bright future. But when Izzy becomes pregnant, Jillian fears that future is lost. Worse, she must confront her own secret past and hope the decisions she’s made don’t drown their whole family.
Izzy can’t believe God let this happen to her. Now she has to face the consequences–and the disappointed stares from everyone who thought she was the perfect Christian girl. At least she has the baby’s father, Travis. Nothing can tear them apart, right?

Margaret Owens had determined dreams for her son. But Izzy’s pregnancy jeopardizes his college baseball scholarship, potentially trapping Travis in a life of struggle and poverty–the life she’s tried so hard to save him from. She’ll do anything to protect him–even if it means forcing him to leave Izzy.
Stacey Frey is aching for a child of her own. But the son she was meant to adopt was taken before she could hold him in her arms. It feels like she’ll never stop mourning; even the move to this new town hasn’t distracted her from the pain. How can she and her husband find peace? Is there any hope of a family in their future?
And in the midst of all this . . . an unborn baby. Whose arms will hold him in the end?


Christina Suzann Nelson, inspirational speaker and award-winning author of If We Make It Home, is celebrating the release of Swimming in the Deep End, on September 25, 2018. She writes and speaks about hope after dysfunction. Christina is over the top about her passions, including the stories created somewhere in the twists and turns of her less-than-focused brain. When she’s not writing, she’s working with the Every Child initiative, chasing escaped steers, reading, breathing in the sweet smell of her horse, hiking with her dog, or enjoying her just-as-crazy family.





All the plans Tiffany and Brad made for their lives as individuals were thrown to the wind the moment they met. Now, after almost a decade of marriage, they spend more time apart than together. Though plans remain unfulfilled, their hearts seek to remain steadfast and connected.

After Brad returns from his latest tour in Afghanistan, it is evident that the man Tiffany married is no longer the same. As Brad struggles with reacquainting himself with his life, Tiffany questions how it could be part of God’s plan. Have the sins of their past finally come back to haunt them? No matter how much support they have in their family and friends, the choice is still theirs. Will they continue to trust God with their lives or will they choose their own course?



Melissa Wardwell resides in the quant town of Owosso, Michigan with her husband and their three teen aged children. She began her writing journey in August of 2014 with her debut novel “What God Brings Together”. She decided to give writing a try after she shared a story that nagged at her with a friend. Unsure in her own abilities to craft a story she plunged ahead anyway. After reading the first draft of that first book, she then understood that God had a much bigger plan.  “God does not give his children a desire just so that it can go to waste.” Since then, she has added three more novels and taken part in two anthologies. Melissa also has a review blog and is a contributing blogger for Heart”wings” Blog.

Being a mother and wife herself, Melissa understands the importance of taking care of yourself from time to time. So, all her stories revolve around women who are mothers: single mothers, widowed mothers, young mothers, married mothers, and even women who have a mother’s heart but no children of their own.



Burying his wife is the hardest thing Joseph Garnet has ever done—until he’s called to leave his young son and baby daughter to fight Iroquois raiders. When one of the marauders tries to steal his horse, the last thing he expects is to end up tussling with a female. The girl is wounded, leaving Joseph little choice but to haul her home to heal—an act that seems all too familiar.
Though Joseph doesn’t appear to remember her, Hannah Cunningham could never forget him. He rode with the mob that forced her two brothers into the Continental Army and drove her family from their home—all because of her father’s loyalties to The Crown. After five years with her mother’s tribe, the rebels and starvation have left her nothing but the driving need to find her brothers.
Compelled by a secret he’s held for far too long, Joseph agrees to help Hannah find what remains of her family. Though she begins to steal into his aching heart, he knows the truth will forever stand between them. Some things cannot be forgiven.


To keep from freezing in the Great White North, Angela K Couch cuddles under quilts with her laptop. Winning short story contests, being a semi-finalist in ACFW’s Genesis Contest, and a finalist in the International Digital Awards also helped warm her up. As a passionate believer in Christ, her faith permeates the stories she tells. Her martial arts training, experience with horses, and appreciation for good romance sneak in there, as well. When not writing, she stays fit (and warm) by chasing after three munchkins.





Life post-graduation was supposed to see the launch of paisley-loving Jadyn’s art career, or at least an art gallery showing one of her watercolor paintings. Instead, this Pittsburgh native is locked into a low-paying, buttoned-up consultant position with an impossible boss. When another colleague is dismissed, Jadyn inherits extra workload, including the company’s biggest client. If she loses him, she’s fired.
Jadyn people-pleases her way through life, resulting in extra work opportunities and a community classroom of art students. But when two guys appear on her doorstep, she just might not be able to people-please her way out of this love triangle. At the end of the day, she can’t please everyone.
Then, because of a small spending problem, Jadyn is evicted from her apartment, and she must move in with her know-it-all sister. Jadyn needs to decide between a job transfer that would place her near her love interest, or a full-time art career with all its risks.
Stretched like canvas between responsibility and dreams, she must choose. Will practicality always win?


Barbara Brutt, a born and raised Pittsburgher, spent her growing-up years with her nose in a book. After claiming her bachelor’s degree in English, she plunked down hard into a smattering of jobs from shop girl to communications director with a healthy dose of nanny and house-cleaner. Flying to new adventures is her favorite, especially on an airplane or aerial silk. Barbara adores ice cream and only buys purses that provide room for a book or two.
Barbara talks books, aerial silks, faith, and travel on her website and blog at barbarabrutt.com.






From the minute Grace Evangeline throws her sweet tea in Devin Bressard’s face, their battle of wits and cross-purposes overtakes their lives. Sassy “angelic” Grace Evangeline will stop at nothing to see her romance novel produced for Broadway. Devin Bressard knows all about the commercial success of Ms. Evangeline’s “novels”—as far from his literary, nerve-striking plays as anything could be. Grace intends to pull his head out of the rarefied air long enough to make her point, even if it involves stalking him and infiltrating his friends and colleagues. Devin knows she’s trouble, but who would guess the spokesperson for strength and virtue would be a calamity vortex? He mounts a fierce resistance, but when he’s forced to work with Grace, his profession and sanity aren’t the only things at risk. Collapsing walls on both sides bring a detente that could shatter their bond—or resound through more lives than their own.


Kristen Heitzmann is the internationally published, award-winning author of contemporary romantic suspense, psychological suspense, and historical novels. Wife, mom, and Nonni, artist, and mountain hiker, Kristen lives in Colorado with her husband, pets, wildlife, and extended family.






Two prominent medical malpractice attorneys are dead.

Can you imagine the stuff flowing downhill into Detective Lynch Cully’s lap?
From his lieutenant’s office. From his chief’s office. The mayor’s office. The governor.
He’s already facing the toughest case of his career: a serial assailant who leaves his victims unable to testify.
Are these cases related?
Has the perpetrator upped his game?
Amy Gibbs, RN is a newly recruited med-evac flight nurse who left the ER, its stress, and memories of a certain detective behind.
On one fateful call, she hears the deathbed confession of a man whom police are seeking as a person of interest in the attacks.
Within hours, the lives of Amy Gibbs and Lynch Cully intertwine in a story that unravels a web of identity theft, electronic eavesdropping, and stalking amid a confusion of identities.
Can Lynch move one step ahead of this killer? Or is the distraction—of a girlfriend he regrets leaving—too much?


Braxton DeGarmo spent over 30 years in Emergency and Family Medicine, both in and out of the military, before retiring to focus on writing in 2014. He writes from a Judeo-Christian worldview, but he writes his stories to reach and entertain people of all backgrounds. Many of the incidents in his books are based on real occurrences, people, and experiences in his own life, such as learning to escape a water crash in a helicopter. Human trafficking, medical kidnapping, government corruption, and other social injustices have become the premises used for his stories. And the technologies described in his books are all current . . . and possible.





Sam and Lexa Lewis look forward to a quiet Christmas with their family in Houston. They’ve tackled many challenges together, but when their personal world is rocked by a potentially life-changing diagnosis, they arm themselves with prayer, knowledge, and the support of their closest family and friends.

In Austin, Josh Grant is settling well into his role as lieutenant governor while Winnie juggles expectations as the wife of an elected official along with professional demands and a busy homelife. Instead of the private family Christmas they’d anticipated, new revelations stir up old insecurities and threaten everything they’ve built together.

With developments that set the stage for the remaining two books in the series, Let Your Light Shine revisits the lives of the TeamWork family while delving into the deep bonds of love, family, and abiding friendship. A powerful and emotional read!

* Look for this book on Amazon this Friday!


USA Today Bestselling Author JoAnn Durgin is the author of the beloved Lewis Legacy Series, including Prelude, the prequel to the series. Her other works include the Amazon bestselling Catching Serenity, Heart’s Design and its sequel, Gentle Like the Rain, The Wondrous Love Series, The Treasured Vow Series, Portrait, Echoes of Edinburgh, Perchance to Dream, Whisper to My Heart, The Valentine Verse, The Starlight Christmas Series, and The Serendipity Christmas Series.

A former estate administration paralegal, JoAnn now writes contemporary Christian romance full-time and lives with her family in her native southern Indiana.



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Truth waited for Brigitte in the wilderness, but whose truth can she trust?

After her aunt’s death, Métis woman Brigitte Marchal finds herself alone in Montreal. Uninterested in the convent and desperate to flee a loathsome suitor, she disguises herself as a young man to travel west by voyageurs’ brigade in search of her long-absent, fur-trader father. But her inexperience and disguise don’t hide her for long.
René Dufour yields to the unwelcome position of shielding Brigitte, but he cannot hide her identity forever. Keeping her safe while meeting his North West Company obligations and honoring his family promises may prove to be more disquieting to his heart than he imagined.
As Brigitte adjusts to the voyageur life on Lake Superior, she struggles to justify the faith she grew up in with the mysticism around her, but greater still is the conflict her heart must settle over who to trust in this rugged, unfamiliar country.


Naomi Musch is an award-winning author who writes from a deer farm in the pristine north woods of Wisconsin. She and husband Jeff live as epically as God allows near the families of their five adult children. When not in the physical act of writing or spending time loving on her passel of grandchildren, she can be found plotting stories as she roams around the farm, snacks out of the garden, and relaxes in her vintage camper.

Naomi is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, the Wisconsin Writers’ Association, and the Lake Superior Writers. She loves engaging with readers and can be found all around social media.



Romance is the last thing on their minds–who’d take on their crazy lives anyway?
When her mom decides it’s time to “find herself” and takes off to points unknown, illustrator Piper Castleton is left in charge of her hurting, troubled teenage sister and the family’s alpaca ranch. Giving up her job in the city and returning to the farm is a no-brainer, but how is she supposed to raise her sister when all she wants is their mother back? And Christmas? That’s off the table.
Alex Saunders’s young son was diagnosed with severe separation anxiety disorder after his mother’s death a year and a half ago, and he hasn’t left Alex’s side in months. Alex is stretched too thin to even think about celebrating Christmas this year, so when his mom suggests they spend the holidays in Cranberry Creek, he cautiously agrees.

But when Piper and Alex meet, life takes a few unexpected turns. As a surprising and heartwarming friendship unfolds before their eyes, will Piper and Alex orchestrate a Christmas hallelujah out of the beautiful messes that are their lives?

A Christmas Hallelujah was formerly part of the Wonderland Wishes e-book boxed set.


Dori Harrell is a multiple-award winning writer, and she reads more books than anyone she knows. Dori grew up on the rainy west side of the Cascade Mountains in Washington State, in the Seattle area, and graduated from the University of Washington. She crossed over to the sunny, arid east side of the Cascades when she married her husband, Doug. She’s an avid runner and knitter and loves to camp, fish, hike, and watch Seahawks games (go Hawks!). She and Doug have four grown children, and they don’t get to see their seven grandchildren nearly enough.





When War Reaches Clarissa’s Back Door, the Trustworthy Become Even Fewer.
Journey into Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, of 1863 where Clarissa Avery Ross lives a full life. By day she is the daughter of a respectable shoemaker being courted by seminary student Kyle Forrester. But by night she is a conductor on the Underground Railroad, working with a mysterious man called Liberty. She would like to share her work with Kyle, but he refuses to enlist when the war breaks out. How can she remain true to a man being labeled a coward? When the war comes to her back door in an epic battle, the greatest challenges to her faith and love are yet to come.


Murray Andrew Pura was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and has traveled extensively throughout Canada, the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Ordained as a Baptist minister in 1986, Pura has served five churches in Canada and headlined numerous speaking engagements in Canada and the United States. He has five books published, was a contributor to the Life With God Bible, has been a finalist for The Paraclete Fiction Award, The Dartmouth Book Award, and The John Spencer Hill Literary Award, and has been shortlisted for the prestigious 2010 Kobzar Literary Award of Canada.





Journey into the Blue Ridge Mountains of 1918 where Laurel McAdams endures the challenges of a hard life while dreaming things can eventually improve. But trouble arrives in the form of an outsider. Having failed his British father again, Jonathan Taylor joins is uncle’s missionary endeavors as a teacher in a two-room schoolhouse. Laurel feels compelled to protect the tenderhearted teacher from the harsh realities of Appalachian life, even while his stories of life outside the mountains pull at Laurel’s imagination. Faced with angry parents over teaching methods, Laurel’s father’s drunken rages, and bad news from England, will Jonathan leave and never return, or will he stay and let love bloom?


Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes romance peppered with grace and humor. She currently resides in the lovely mountains of Asheville, NC where she is the mom of 5 great kids, speech-pathologist to about fifty more, lover of chocolate, jazz, and Jesus. Her debut historical novel, The Thorn Bearer, released in May 2015 and has garnered awards such as Reader’s Favorites Award, finalist in the Grace Awards, shortlisted for the Inspy Awards, and a finalist in ACFW’s Carol Awards. Her second historical novel, The Thorn Keeper, released in Feb 2016 and her first contemporary romance, A Twist of Faith, released in April 2016 with a 4 star review from Romantic Times. In December 2016, her third historical in the Penned in Time series, The Thorn Healer – released with a 4 1/2 star review from RT and a Top Picks rating. You can get to know Pepper on her website, http://www.pepperdbasham.com, on Facebook, or over at her group blog, The Writer’s Alley.







Life has taught Miska Tomlinson that there are no honorable men. Her womanizing brothers, her absentee father, and Mark, the married baseball player who claims to love her—all have proven undependable. But Miska has life under control. She runs her editing business from her luxury condo, stays fit with daily jogs along Chicago’s lakefront, and in her free time blogs anonymously about life as a kept woman.
Enter new neighbor Dillan Foster. Between his unexpected friendship and her father’s sudden reappearance, Miska loses control of her orderly life. Her relationship with Mark deteriorates, and Miska can’t help comparing him to Dillan. His religious views are so foreign, yet the way he treats her is something she’s longed for. But Dillan discovers exactly who she is and what she has done. Too late she finds herself longing for a man who is determined to never look her way again.
When her blog receives unexpected national press, Miska realizes that her anonymity was an illusion. Caught in a scandal about to break across the nation, Miska wonders if the God Dillan talks about would bother with a woman like her—a woman who’s gone too far and done too much.


Sally Bradley writes big-city fiction with real issues and real hope.
A Chicagoan since age five, Sally has been fascinated by all things Chicago (except for the crime, politics, and traffic) for almost as long. She now lives in the Kansas City area with her family, but they get back to Chicago from time to time for important things, like good pizza and a White Sox game.
A USA Today bestselling author, Sally has won a handful of awards for Homestands, Kept, and another work-in-progress.






The daughter of a pagan high priest, Sofea finds solace from her troubles in the freedom of the ocean. But when marauders attack her village on the island of Sicily, she and her cousin are taken across the sea to the shores of Canaan.

Eitan has lived in Kedesh, a City of Refuge, for the last eleven years, haunted by a tragedy in his childhood and chafing at the boundaries placed on him. He is immediately captivated by Sofea, but revealing his most guarded secret could mean drawing her into the danger of his past.

As threats from outside the walls loom and traitors are uncovered within, Sofea and Eitan are plunged into the midst of a murder plot. Will they break free from the shackles of the past in time to uncover the betrayal and save their lives and the lives of those they love?


Connilyn Cossette is the Christy Award Nominated and CBA-Bestselling author of the Out from Egypt Series from Bethany House Publishers. There’s not much she enjoys more than digging into the rich, ancient world of the Bible, discovering new gems of grace that point to Jesus, and weaving them into an immersive fiction experience.







Roscoe Ransom returned home from World War I, broken both in body and spirit, drowning his pain daily in a bottle of whiskey. But even alcohol can’t numb the agony of losing his wife or the fear of trying to raise his son, Junior, alone. However, the mind-numbing predictability of Roscoe’s life as a sharecropper and his role of town sheriff—a job given to him out of pity when he returned from the war—is suddenly upended when a black man in their tiny community is murdered and castrated.

At eleven years old, Junior longs for his father’s love and attention to fill the void left by the death of his mother, but the person who has grown to fill that role is Willow Muscadine, a Cherokee Indian woman, who lives next door. When she sees him trying to locate the killer that his drunken father can’t—or won’t—find she decides to become Junior’s self-assigned protector. Junior overhears enough in town to realize this was no random murder of a black man. But the more questions he asks, the more dangerous the situation becomes for him, Roscoe, and Willow.
When the threats turn deadly, will it be enough to shake Roscoe from his misery in time to save them and find redemption? Or will his personal demons once again win until he’s lost everything and everyone who cares about him?


David Johnson has developed a reputation as a writer of “books with heart.” His books feature strong, unforgettable characters from humble backgrounds who have to grapple with the unexpected turns of everyday life.

He is the author of the riveting “Tucker” series, one of the best-selling series on Amazon. The series has collected over 5,000 reviews, averaging 4.7 stars, and sales of the books will soon approach 500,000 copies.
David maintains a very busy life outside of writing. He’s a full-time Marriage and Family Therapist, is Director of a community chorus (soon to celebrate its 20th year!) that performs all across the Southeast, performing 15 shows a year. He’s been married for 45 years, has two daughters and six grandchildren.




One mother.  Two daughters.  One favorite.  One not.

When Cassie Barclay is presented with an opportunity – or is it a curse – she jumps at the chance.  She takes on a new life, her sister’s life, and although at first, it holds appeal and promise, she soon realizes sometimes the fairy tale is tainted.

Assuming the name of Tessa, Cassie moves into the life that was her sister’s, and faces first one realization then another, one disappointment after another. Stepping into Connie’s life does not automatically grant her all that Connie had or was. But it does deny all that she had and was as Cassie. As herself.

Just when she believes her life is on an even keel, something comes along to ripple the waters and remind her of her secret. Until the day she gets a phone call that rips her world apart. Who is the mysterious caller? And who knows her secret?


“I’ve always had voices—er, stories in my head. I once said I should write them all down so someone could write them someday. I had no idea at the time that someone was me!”

Robin E. Mason has been writing since 1995.  She lived with depression for many years, and the inherent feelings of worthlessness and invisibility—she didn’t want to be who she was and struggled with her own identity for many years.  Her characters face many of these same demons. They encounter situations that force the question, “Who am I really?” For all who have ever wondered who you are or why you’re here, Ms. Mason’s stories will touch you in a very real—maybe too real—and a very deep way. “I know, I write from experience.”

Ms. Mason is a Christian and writes from a Christian world view, but some of her characters are not believers and therefore do not abide by the Biblical guidelines for life that we take for granted. Ms. Mason’s books contain some mild swear language in a few places—and demonstrate the difference when the grace of God prevails.











#Blogwords, Wreading Wednesday, Jingle Bell Authors, Featured Books

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Comment on this post for a chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card. Each commenter will be entered, and the author of the FAVORITE REVIEW will win one as well.


* Voting open through 8 January.


I’ve done 34 reviews this year on TUESDAY REVIEWS DAY and it’s time for you, MY READERS, to vote on your favorite. So here, in no particular order—just kidding, in chronological order—are my reviews this year.


6 February                   High Treason by DiAnn Mills


13 February                 The Lacemaker by Laura Frantz


20 February                 A Light on a Hill by Connilyn Cossette


27 February                 God in the Dark by Sarah van Diest


6 March                       The Innkeeper’s Daughter by Michelle Griep


27 March                     The House of Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright


3 April                         Unforgotten by Kristen Heitzmann


1 May                          The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron


15 May                        Sparrow at Terezin by Kristy Cambron


22 May                        A Change of Fortune by Jen Turano


29 May                        Echoes by Kristen Heitzmann


5 June                          The Captured Bride by Michelle Griep


19 June                        Façade by Pepper Basham


17 July                         Rooms by Jim Rubart


24 July                         Ashton Park by Murray Pura


7 August                     The Thief of Corinth by Tessa Afshar


14 August                   A Distant Melody by Sarah Sundin


21 August                   Violet Dawn by Brandilyn Collins


28 August                   The Forgiving Hour by Robin Lee Hatcher


1 September                Descended – Jett by Dana Pratola


4 September                A Tale of Two Hearts by Michelle Griep


11 September              Jane by the Book by Pepper Bashem


18 September              The Ornament Keeper by Eva Marie Everson


25 September              An Unpresentable Glory by Eleanor K. Gustafson


8 October                    Shelter of the Most High by Connilyn Cossette


9 October                    Burden of Proof by DiAnn Mills


16 October                  Warrior by Linda K. Rodante


23 October                  When You Look at Me by Pepper Basham


3 November                Why Did You Choose Me by Katie Cruice Smith


6 November                The Tory’s Daughter by Angela Couch


9 November                Uncharted Hope by Keely Brooke Keith


20 November              Uncharted Journey by Keely Brooke Keith


27 November              Swimming in the Deep End by Christina Suzann Nelson


4 December                 12 Days at Bleakly Manor by Michelle Griep




I’ll tally the votes after the first of the year and post the results on Tuesday 15 Tuesday.



#Blogwords, Tuesday ReviewsDay, Who’s Your Favorite

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Comment on this post for a chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card. Each commenter will be entered, and the FAVORITE GUEST POST will win one as well.


* Voting open through 7 January.


I’ve had 21 guest posts this year on NEW WEEK NEW FACE and it’s time for you, MY READERS, to vote on your favorite. So here, in no particular order—just kidding, in chronological order—are my guest posts this year.


15 January                   Carrie Schmidt


22 January                   Murray Pura


05 February                 Ginger Solomon


12 February                 Peter Leavell


19 February                 Lisa Lickel


26 February                 Stephenia McGee


12March                      Robin Patchen


19 March                     Melinda Inman


2 March                       Melissa Wardwell


7 May                          Linda Rodante


14 May                        Becca Puglisi


21 May                        Lynn Dean


03 September              Jessica Baker


10 September              Kathleen Denly


24 September              Angela Ackerman


01 October                  Jennifer Hallmark


15 October                  Sarah Monzon


22 October                  Toni Shiloh


29 October                  Bethany Jett


05 November              Heather Gilbert


19 November              DiAnn Mills




I’ll tally the votes after the first of the year and post the results on Monday 14 January.



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Isaiah 9:6-74


For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given. And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end,
upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.




#Blogwords, Front Porch Fellowship, #FPF, Sunday Devotion, Isaiah 9:6-7, Handel’s Messiah

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