Saturday, March 13, 2010

Spring 2010 Newsletter

I've posted my newsletter here. I encourage you to sign up to receive my quarterly newsletter, at the right of the page just under the images of my books.


Dear Friends,

Though it's still a week before Spring has officially arrived, I'm sending you my Spring newsletter. I didn’t send out a winter newsletter because there was too much going on. Sometimes, that’s not such a great thing. We enjoyed the holidays with family in Texas. In January, we moved from Oregon to our property in Texas. Over the same period, I was busy working on deadline for a novel set in North Dakota and a Christmas novella. Despite the many changes over the previous year, this coming year shows to be full of promise. So, it’s fitting that I’m sending this now.


I'm thrilled to announce that I recently acquired representation by Steve Laube of The Steve Laube Agency. I’m honored and humbled to be a part of this agency—one of the best in the Christian publishing industry. To all who have prayed and cheered me on over the years, thank you. The prayers and hard work have paid off.

The Steve Laube Agency

Upcoming Releases!

ImageI have three books releasing with the Heartsong Presents Book Club this year. DISARMING ANDI released this March.

Next is EXPOSING AMBER, in August, and PRAYING FOR RAYNE, in December. All three books are set in North Dakota and will be repackaged to release with Barbour’s Romancing America’s series at some point.

In September look for RIVERWALK CHRISTMAS—a 4-in-1 anthology collection and in December, THE CAMERA NEVER LIES, a cozy mystery. Both books are with Barbour Publishing.

To learn more about these books, please visit my website. I'm working to update the books section, so check back often.

Elizabeth Goddard's Website

Staying Touch

There are two new ways you can stay in touch with me and follow my news in addition to this newsletter.

I have a twitter account at and I've added a readers group through Facebook, Elizabeth Goddard Readers Group. Links to these can also be found on my contact page on my website.

I hope to see you there!

Contact Elizabeth Goddard

On the Personal SideImage

Meet Dekker, our new miniature Schnauzer puppy!

We lost our JRT, Captain Jack Sparrow, over the holidays while staying with family. He suffered with a serious heart murmur that progressed to congestive heart failure. I still miss him.

Dekker is named after author, Ted Dekker. Everyone disagreed over the name so each family member--and there are six of us-- selected their top five names and we put them into a hat for a drawing. The only name I wouldn’t allow into the hat was Bulborg—a character from Picmin. No way would I call any creature that name.

Some of the names I selected for the hat were Newton as in Sir Isaac Newton and Einstein. See where my thoughts are? I’m glad I allowed someone else to draw from the hat so I wouldn't be accused of cheating!

Thank you for taking time out of your busy day to join me!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Ronie Kendig Interview/Dead Reckoning

I've known Ronie Kendig for several years now and she's been a dear friend, helping me along the way in my own writing journey. I'm honored to post this interview with her today, regarding her debut novel, DEAD RECKONING.

If you'd like the chance to win a copy, please comment below to enter the drawing for Dead Reckoning!

When Shiloh Blake’s first large-scale underwater archeological dig traps her in the middle of an international nuclear arms clash, she is forced to flee for her life into the streets of Mumbai, India. Is the man trailing her an enemy, or is he sent by her CIA father to protect her? Whoever he is, the only way to end this nightmare and prevent a nuclear meltdown is to join forces with former Navy SEAL Reece Jaxon.

Ronie Kendig has a BS in Psychology and is a wife, mother of four, and avid writer. Her novels include Dead Reckoning (March 2010, Abingdon Press) and Nightshade (July 2010, Barbour Publishing), Book#1 in The Discarded Heroes series. She speaks to various groups, volunteers with the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), and mentors new writers. Ronie can be found at her website,

Beth: How did you come up with the idea for this novel?

Ronie: Honestly, the reason Dead Reckoning came to life was because the story of Shiloh’s parents never found a publishing home. In looking at the arsenal of story ideas I had to work on next, Shiloh’s story appealed to me the most. I loved the idea of a girl, almost completely shattered by her father’s espionage career, finding her footing in life and through a career eerily similar to what her father did. Yet it wasn’t a repeating cycle, but the way she found wholeness and healing.

Beth: Is this book part of a series? If so, what are the other titles in this series?

Ronie: Unfortunately, at this time, Dead Reckoning is a standalone. Although, I have plotted out a sequel, and as mentioned before, the prequel.

Beth: Are your characters based on real people?

Ronie: I guess technically, this is a circular question because without people, where would experience and expertise come from in knowing the personalities. Without “person” there’s no personality. LOL But directly . . . the only character I’ve written that was remotely based on a person is Reece’s sister in Dead Reckoning—Julia is loosely based on dear friend Sara Mill’s youngest daughter of the same name.

Beth: Are you a seat of the pants writer? Or a plotter?

Ronie: Mostly, I’m a pantser, but with what I’m writing (thrillers), I need to plot some so that the story does not fall apart on me. My amazing ‘big brother” John Olson helped me with this because at first, I railed at the idea of plotting out my book. It snapped the creative energy and freedom from me. But John told me I had to learn to write synopses well, so I might as well do it. Through his instruction and guidance, I learned how to write them. Then he told me, “Now, throw it away and write the story.” By doing that, having the general vague idea of the story flow, I granted myself the freedom to write and let the characters teach me a thing or two in the process, while still having a bit of a “plot” to work with and toward.

Beth: What is your favorite food?

Ronie: Anything pastry-like: cinnamon rolls, bear claws, cake . . . boy-howdy those things get me in trouble! J Funny enough, I don’t like cookies so much. Or candy per se. Chocolate only if it has a bready/biscuit component, like Twix or Ritter Sport’s Butter Biscuit.

Beth: What is your pet’s name? Share a fun story.

Ronie: We have two dogs, a Golden Retreiver named Daisy and a Maltese named Helo (yes, named after the character in Battlestar Galactica). Fun story? Maybe this one: right after we got Daisy, it snowed. She was about 18 months old and our golden girl *loved* the snow. When I finally called her back inside, she came full throttle at me, hit the slick floor and slid . . . straight into my knee. I ended up getting an MRI but gratefully it was only hyperextended/strained. No torn ligaments. Not fun when it happened, but funny now that I think back on that exuberant pup.

Beth: If you could go back to another time in your life, where would you go?

Ronie: This is a tad sad, but I’d go in a heartbeat to the early morning when I last saw my mom alive. She was in (what I now know was) the terminal ward of a hospital in Dublin, Ireland. At the time, my eldest daughter was on 2 and she’d darted out of the ward to the elevators. I’d wanted to go back and give my mom one last hug, tell her I loved her, but my precocious daughter had vanished out of sight. Mind you, the hospital made a special allowance for me to visit my mom so early because I was flying back to the States. I was so torn between finding my daughter and hugging my mom (I’d hugged her once and said goodbye but felt compelled to do it again). I went for my daughter. And never saw my mom again. She died 3 weeks later. I’d want to go back to at least give her that last hug.

Beth: Do you have other titles out besides this one? If so, what are they?

Ronie: Dead Reckoning is my debut title, but I will have a military thriller/suspense series with Barbour Publishing. Nightshade, Book #1, will release this coming July I’m particularly excited about this series, as I believe it will be a good resource for discussion with a topic that is still too often avoided or perceived as ‘bad’ (many do not separate the person from the disorder).

Beth: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

Ronie: Without a hesitation, Israel. I want to walk where Jesus walked, I want to explore the roots of our faith, but it’s so intricately connected to the spiritual battle that has waged for centuries.

Beth: If you could be one of your characters, which one would you be?

Ronie: Probably Shiloh. She’s adventurous and is not afraid of conflict or finding answers to problems. She’s very tenacious and though she has problems to work through in Dead Reckoning, she is a very promising young woman.

Thanks for joining me!

Monday, March 08, 2010

Blog Interview with K. Dawn Byrd

Took the kiddoes to the Caldwell Zoo in Tyler on Saturday and got to see the penguins. My middle son LOVES penguins. My daughter took plenty of photos which I had planned to include here, but she never sent them.

I have an interview with K. Dawn Byrd today and she's giving away a copy of DISARMING ANDI! Please stop by and say hi!

Sunday, March 07, 2010

March Releases

March 2010: Destiny's Designs
by Regina Andrews
ISBN: 1936000504 and 9781936000500
Desert Breeze Publishing

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From the chintz window treatments to the plush carpeting, Lisa Machon has carefully designed every detail of Innovations, her Newport, Rhode Island interior design firm. Control has been the objective in her personal life, too. Until she meets the dashing, carefree sailor Neil Lamont, a man who doesn't seem to have a care in the world.

Little does she know that he is not as fancy-free as he appears. They are united only by their mutual affection for Countess Lamont, Neil’s mother, and destined to go to great lengths to bring her happiness. Through faith, will they see that Lord is really in control of our lives? And will faith open their hearts to their love for each other?

March 2010: Once in a Blue Moon
by Leanna Ellis
ISBN: 978-0-8054-4988-4
B&H Publishing

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The day Armstrong stepped on the moon has special memories for most Americans, but not for Bryn Seymour. It’s the day her mother died. Despite death defying feats, guilt has always pulled Bryn down time and again. But a perfect love shows her taking a leap of faith is the first step to soaring. But it only happens … once in a blue moon.

February 2010: FATAL BURN
by Roxanne Rustand
ISBN: 978-0-373-44380-2
Steeple Hill Love Inspired Suspense

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Smoke and mirrors...

Someone's after Kris Donaldson. and they don't just want her hurt--they want her ruined. First, an arsonist tries to destroy her cabin, and evidence points to Kris as possible insurance fraud. Then an injured deputy is found at her place...with ballistics proof that he was shot with her rifle. Even Trace Randall, the arson investigator who's helped her before, seems to doubt her now. She has to prove her innocence, but how? Her reputation, her life--and her chance for happiness with Trace--are all on the line.

Feb. 1st, 2010: Love Finds You in Bridal Veil, Oregon
by Miralee Ferrell
ISBN: 978-1935416630
Summerside Press

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Against the backdrop of the breathtaking Bridal Veil Falls in a historic Oregon logging community, a schoolteacher finds herself torn between a past love and the man who could be her future. Margaret Garvey had promised her heart to Nathaniel Cooper the night he disappeared from town. Four years later, just as she’s giving love a second chance, a devastating secret is revealed and a man is murdered. Margaret risks her reputation and position by harboring two runaways who might be involved in the crime. When Nathaniel suddenly returns and further disaster strikes, Margaret will be faced with the most important choice of her life.

February 2010: Katy's New World
by Kim Vogel Sawyer
ISBN: 9780310719243

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Katy has always enjoyed life in her small Mennonite community, but she longs to learn more than her school can offer. After getting approval from her elders, Katy starts her sophomore year at the public high school in town, where she meets new friends and encounters perspectives much different than her own. But as Katy begins to find her way in the outside world, her relationships at home become restrained. Can she find a balance between her two worlds?

February 2010: A Million Blessings
by Angela Benson, Marilynn Griffith, Tia McCollors
ISBN: 9780758242112
Kensington/Dafina Books

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What happens after all your dreams come true? In these uplifting tales of faith and fortune, delve into the lives of three people whose hearts--and wallets--are on the line when an unexpected windfall tests them like never before. . .

Stories include " Showers of Blessings" by Angela Benson, "Second Chance Blessings" by Marilynn Griffith, "and Knight In Pink Armor" by Tia McCollors

by Tracie Peterson
ISBN: 978-0-7642-0152-3
Bethany House/Baker Publishers

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When Phoebe Robbins learns her family will move to Sitka, Alaska, she is unsure what this wild, untamed land might offer her. But before she even sets foot on this new territory, she has an unexpected encounter with Dalton Lindquist.

Dalton is a man haunted by dark family secrets. When he decides to pursue answers to his past, he finds he must leave Sitka... and the lovely Phoebe. But Dalton is not the only one who has sought her attention. His best friend, Yuri, determines to claim her affection, as well.

As the past collides with a tenuous future, the battle for Phoebe's heart is only the start of the challenges that face them...

February 2010: Romance by the Book
by Myra Johnson
ISBN: 9781602606999
Heartsong Presents (Barbour)

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In reality, Sailor Kern is a swimming instructor at her local YMCA in Birkenstock, Missouri. But in her dreams, she shares a life with famous romance writer Chandler Michaels. And now she's about to meet him in person! And not only meet him, she gets to be his assistant the whole time he's visiting Birkenstock. But romance and reality don't always mix, and Sailor is in for some big surprises. Will Sailor follow her dream man, or will she see the true hero God has placed before her, right in her own hometown?

February 2010: Groom in Training
by Gail Gaymer Martin
ISBN: 978-0373875795
Steeple Hill

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Steph Wright is a widow with a tragic past, and the memories stifle her ability to let go and move on in life. Along with comfort from her growing faith, Steph finds the much strength and joy in her adorable Border Collie, Fred. When scampering Fred becomes friendly with the new neighbor's pedigreed Bouvier, Steph meets the home owner's brother, very handsome Nick Davis. But wth a broken engagement and a busy job, Nick isn't open to love and romance. Nick's unpleasant brother puts a damper on having a new neighbor. Yet she's enjoyed meeting Nick who seems to love the Bouvier more than his brother does. When Steph needs an escort to a wedding and Nick realizes he's going alone to the same wedding, he offers to be her not-really-date. Yet dog walks, long talks and a shared love of the Lord, romance seems to edge into their friendship. Steph recognizes that Nick could be the perfect man for her if she could let go of the past. Nick, too, finds his work not as fulfilling and Steph fills his thoughts. He's amazed at her look at life and is drawn to her even more when she meets his mother and clicks. Nick looks at Steph with new eyes while she lets go of the pain of the past and realizes there's some unexpected groom-in-training going on!

March 2010: The Captain's Lady
by Louise M. Gouge
ISBN: 978-0373828326
Steeple Hill

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Captain James Templeton's orders from General Washington are clear. His target: Lord Bennington, a member of George III's Privy Council. The assignment: find Bennington's war plans. The risks: the future of the East Florida Colony, Jamie's life...and his heart. In spite of the dangers of their hopeless situation, he's fallen in love with Lady Marianne Moberly, Lord Bennington's daughter.

Desperate to protect his country, Jamie carries out his orders with a heavy heart. But Marianne's persistence is a challenge he never expected. With love and faith, they must navigate troubled waters to win their future together.

March 2010: Dead Reckoning
by Ronie Kendig
ISBN: 978-1-4267-0058-3
Abingdon Press

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When underwater archeologist Shiloh Blake finds herself in the middle of an international nuclear arms clash during her first large-scale dig, she flees for her lief. Is the man trailing her an enemy or a protector sent by her CIA father? Who is he, and how is he always one step ahead? Whoever he is, the only way to prevent a nuclear meltdown means joining forces with the man.

Will Shiloh violate her vow to never become involved in her father's world of espionage? Can she reconcile with her past and with him? Will she allow God to help her through this ordeal of uncertainty, mistrust, and deadly danger?

March 2010: Kansas Courtship
by Victoria Bylin
ISBN: 978-0-373-82831-9
Steeple Hill Love Inspired Historicals

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Rising Storm . . .
Town Founder Zeb Garrison is finally getting his wish--a qualified physician is coming to High Plains. Yet when Dr. N. Mitchell turns out to be the very pretty Nora Mitchell, Zeb is furious. The storm-torn town needs a doctor, but Zeb needs someone he can trust--not another woman who's deceived him. If Nora's going to change his mind, she'll have to work fast. All she has is a one-month trial to prove her worth . . . to High Plains, and to Zeb.

02/01/10: The Family Way
by Michelle Levigne
ISBN: 9781936000401
Desert Breeze Publishing

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Lisa Montgomery is pregnant, but that happy announcement turns into the trigger that reveals the shaky state of her marriage to Todd. Thanks to his judgmental, domineering father's influence, Todd's first words are, "Is it mine?"

As the situation spirals downward, Lisa learns some cruel family secrets. When Todd's own sisters urge her to leave him, for the sake of the baby and her own mind, Lisa has some hard choices to make. Where is her faith? Where did the love she and Todd shared go? Can Lisa and Todd regain their love, repair their marriage, and break free of some destructive Montgomery family traditions?

March 2010: A Distant Melody
by Sarah Sundin
ISBN: 9780800734213

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Lt. Walter Novak flies a B-17 bomber in battles over Nazi-occupied Europe during World War II, while Allie Miller serves in the Red Cross against the wishes of her wealthy parents and controlling fiance in California. Walt and Allie meet at a wedding and begin a correspondence. As letters fly between Walt's muddy bomber base in England and Allie's mansion in an orange grove, their friendship binds them together. But can they untangle the secrets, commitments, and expectations that keep them apart?

March 2010: Love Finds You in Homestead, Iowa
by Melanie Dobson
ISBN: 1935416669
Summerside Press

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Times are hard in 1894. Desperate for work, former banker Jacob Hirsch rides the rails west from Chicago with his four-year-old daughter, Cassie. When a life-threatening illness strands the pair in Homestead, Iowa, the communal Amana villagers welcome the father and daughter into their peaceful society.

Liesel, a young Amana woman, nurses Cassie back to health, and the Homestead elders offer Jacob work. But Jacob’s growing interest in Liesel complicates his position in the Amanas. Will he fight to stay in the one place that finally feels like home, even if it means giving up the woman he loves? Or will Liesel leave her beloved community to face the outside world with Jacob and Cassie at her side?

March 2010: The Mockingbird's Call
by Diane Ashley & Aaron McCarver
Barbour Publishing

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Amelia never planned to become a notorious agent on the Underground Railroad; it just happened. Before she knew it, the whole Confederate army was looking for her - including her fiance, Captain Luke Talbot.

Jared Stuart finds himself torn between his convictions and his duty. While he can't support slavery, he chooses to use his talents as a writer to prove the pen is mightier than the sword.

When Luke arrests Jared, Amelia must face herself and make difficult decisions. Will she admit to her actions, freeing Jared and destroying her own engagement?

February 2010: The Easter Edition
by Robin Shope
ISBN: 9780971252233
White Rose Publishing

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“When dandelions go to seed, the wind comes and blows away the top part, known as the parachute. Compare that to the wind of the Holy Spirit who comes and sweeps away our heartaches. We, the strong stem, remain standing.” Luke stepped back. He looked over the top of Carol as though something across the road caught his attention. “Listen, Carol, I’d love to ask you out for a cup of coffee.”
“That sounds…” Wonderful, perfect.
“Awful…I know. I had no right to ask you—not today. Timing has never been my strong point. I need to find my family, who I’m sure won’t forgive me for missing my aunt’s funeral. I bet your family has plans as well.” Luke squinted as he looked across the road, cupping his hand over his eyes to shade them from the noon sunlight. “Again, Carol, I’m sorry about your mother’s death. May God fill you with His Divine strength and peace.” He raised his hand to gently cup her cheek. Time seemed to stand still and Carol found herself wishing for the moment to never end. The space between them seemed to vanish as he ever so gently, and for only the briefest of moments, touched her lips with his own. As he stepped back, with that adorable lopsided smile on his face, she found herself speechless, breathless and very unsure what came next.
She couldn’t let the moment end there.

March 2010: Gold in the Fire/Light in the Storm
by Margaret Daley
ISBN: 978-0-373-65135-1
Steeple Hill Love Inspired Classic

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Gold in the Fire: On the job firefighter Joshua Markham has no problem taking risks, leaving his fate in God's hands. But opening his heart to young widow Darcy O'Brien requires a far greater leap of faith.

Light in the Storm: After years of putting herself last, Beth Coleman is finally ready to fulfill her long-cherished dream of seeing the world. Then the unexpected arrival of Samuel Morgan and his three children makes her question which path she is truly meant to travel.

March 2010: Cowboy Protector
by Margaret Daley
ISBN: 978-0-373-44385-7
Steeple Hill Love Inspired Suspense

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Two years ago, Hannah Williams left the Witness Protection Program—and she's been running ever since. To stay ahead of the mob, she changes her name and location constantly. So when she takes a job caring for a Montana rancher's sick daughter, she expects to leave soon. But little Misty Taylor tugs at Hannah's heartstrings—and so does her handsome father. Hannah knows Austin Taylor suspects she's keeping secrets. But how can she tell him the truth without endangering the pair she's come to love?

February 2010: Beguiled
by Deeanne Gist & J. Mark Bertrand
ISBN: 978-0-7642-0628-3
Bethany House

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In the shadows of Charleston, someone is watching her ... Rylee Monroe, a dogwalker in Charleston's wealthiest neighborhood, never feared the streets at night. But now a thief is terrorizing the area and worse, someone seems to be targeting her. Reporter Logan Woods is covering the break-ins with the hope of publishing them as a true-crime book. The more he digs, the more he realizes this beguiling dogwalker seems to be at the center of everything. As danger draws ever closer, Logan must choose: Chase the girl, the story, or plunge into the shadows after the villain who threatens everything?

March 2010: Scattered Petals
by Amanda Cabot
ISBN: 9780800733254
Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

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Longing for adventure, Priscilla Morton leaves Boston in 1856 and heads for the Texas Hill Country, never dreaming that the adventure she seeks could have heartbreaking consequences.

Although attracted to her, ranch foreman Zachary Webster knows Priscilla deserves a cultured East Coast gentleman, not a cowboy who’s haunted by memories of his mistakes.

When necessity draws them together, Priscilla and Zach begin to forge a life filled with promise. But then the past intrudes.

March 2010: The Promise of Morning
by Ann Shorey
ISBN: 9780800733339

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Life in Beldon Grove on the Illinois frontier in the 1840s isn’t easy. For Ellie Craig, the graves of her three infant children make it unbearably lonely, despite the love of her husband Matthew. When she uncovers a family secret that suggests she may not be as alone as she thought, Ellie is determined to find the truth.

Meanwhile, Matthew Craig faces controversy in the church he pastors when a man arrives in town claiming to be both a minister and the son of the town’s founder. Will Matthew find the courage to reclaim his church? Or will he return to itinerant preaching, leaving Ellie even more alone than before?

February 2010: FATAL BURN
by Roxanne Rustand
ISBN: 978-0-373-44380-2
Steeple Hill Love Inspired Suspense

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Smoke and mirrors...

Someone's after Kris Donaldson. and they don't just want her hurt--they want her ruined. First, an arsonist tries to destroy her cabin, and evidence points to Kris as possible insurance fraud. Then an injured deputy is found at her place...with ballistics proof that he was shot with her rifle. Even Trace Randall, the arson investigator who's helped her before, seems to doubt her now. She has to prove her innocence, but how?

Her reputation, her life--and her chance for happiness with Trace--are all on the line.

February 2010: My Deadly Valentine
by Lynette Eason and Valerie Hansen
ISBN: 978-0-373-44382-6
Steeple Hill Love Inspired Suspense

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Two stories, two stalkers. Dangerous Admirer by Valerie Hansen: With suspects at every turn, who can Rachel Hollister trust? Deputy Jase Morgan works hard to prove it's him. In Dark Obsession by Lynette Eason: Someone wants to scare Holly Maddox-- and it's working. Only her high school sweetheart, Eli Brody, seems to be interested in helping keep her safe.

March 2010: A Woman Called Sage
by DiAnn Mills
ISBN: 9780310293293

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Sage Morrow has everything---an adoring husband and a baby on the way---until five ruthless gunmen change her life forever. Now accompanied only by her magnificent hawk, she's a Colorado bounty hunter bent on retribution! But the stakes are raised when two young boys are kidnapped. Will the hunter become the hunted? 320 pages, softcover from Zondervan.

February 1, 2010: Walking on Broken Glass
by Christa Allan
ISBN: 9781426702273
Abingdon Press

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Leah Thornton’s life, like her Southern Living home, has great curb appeal. But a paralyzing encounter with a can of frozen apple juice in the supermarket shatters the façade, forcing her to admit that all is not as it appears. When her best friend gets in Leah’s face about her reliance on alcohol to avoid dealing with her life, Leah must make an agonizing choice. Seek help against her husband’s wishes? Or—put herself first for once?

Joy and sadness converge and unwelcome insights intrude, testing Leah’s commitment to sobriety, her marriage, her motherhood, and her faith.

February 1, 2010: Abigail: A Novel
by Jill Eileen Smith
ISBN: 0800733215
Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

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What price must she pay for true love?

Her days marked by turmoil and faded dreams, Abigail has resigned herself to a life with a man she does not love. When her husband Nabal’s foolish pride angers David and his men, she boldly steps forward to save her family—and David, the would-be king, takes notice.

Circumstances offer Abigail a second chance at happiness with the handsome David, and she takes a leap of faith to join his wandering tribe. But her struggles are far from over. How can she share his love with the other women he insists on marrying?

February, 2010: Love's Winding Path
by Lauralee Bliss
ISBN: 9781602607071
Heartsong Presents, Barbour Publishing

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Red rocks. River rafting. Freedom!

After years of impatient living and working on his parents’ peanut farm, Dan has finally escaped. Life as a river guide in Moab, Utah, is as far from peanut farming in Virginia as a man can get, and Dan revels in the newness of this life. An awesome job, a cool jeep , a place of his own—and a gorgeous girl.

Gorgeous or not, Jo has no intention of hooking up with Dan. First off, he’s just a bit too sure of himself, and second, he shows no interest in God. He’s also got issues to deal with…but then, so does she, so maybe she’ll leave that particular area alone. But as long as Dan avoids God, Jo will avoid Dan. At least, that’s the theory.

When life in Moab takes some unexpected twists and turns, Dan must face who he really is. Maybe all that God stuff is true. But will he let go and believe, or continue to tough it out alone?

March 2010: Liberty's Promise
by Amber Stockton
ISBN: 1602607990
Barbour Publishing

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Relive the birth of a new country as three Delaware women battle for determining to whom they can entrust their hearts. Raelene is all alone, but is there peace in following the wishes of her deceased father? Elanna is intelligent for her young age, but will her love for an older man turn into a passing fancy when his integrity is questioned? Margret's loyalties are torn when the colonists rebel, for how can a relationship with a British soldier built on deceptions survive? Will each woman find her place of freedom to embrace her faith and trust her heart to love?

February 1, 2010: The Pastor's Wife
by Jennifer AlLee
ISBN: 978-1426702259
Abingdon Press

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Maura Sullivan never intended to set foot in Granger, Ohio, again. But when circumstances force her to return, she must face all the disappointments she tried so hard to leave behind: a husband who ignored her, a congregation she couldn’t please, and a God who took away everything she loved.

Nick Shepherd had put the past behind him. At least he thought he had, until the day his estranged wife walked back into town. Intending only to help Maura with her crisis of faith, Nick finds his feelings for her never died. Now, he must face the mistakes he made and find a way to give and receive forgiveness.

As God works in both their lives, Nick and Maura believe they can repair their broken relationship and reunite as man and wife. But Maura has something to tell Nick before they can move forward. It’s what ultimately drove her to leave six years earlier, and the one thing that can destroy the fragile trust they’ve begun to rebuild.

February 2010: A Valentine's Wish
by Betsy St. Amant
ISBN: 0373875819
Steeple Hill

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Unless youth pastor Andy Stewart finds a suitable wife fast, he'll lose his job. Yet the woman of his dreams is his best friend. And Lori Perkins is still smarting over a failed engagement, so he can't just declare his love.

His plan: he'll be her secret admirer and woo her anonymously with flowers and chocolates. And then, when romance is on her mind, Andy will confess his Valentine's wish—to spend his life with her.

There's just one little problem. Lori seems to think her secret admirer is someone else!

February 2010: Meander Scar
by Lisa J Lickel
ISBN: 9781934912232
Black Lyon

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After seven years with no clue as to the whereabouts of Ann
Ballard’s missing husband, nearly everyone presumes him
dead. Now forty-something, Ann is ready for her stagnant
life to flow again. Then one day, a dark-haired younger man
from her past shows up on her doorstep offering a river of
hope in place of tears.

Former neighbor Mark Roth has loved Ann for
years. A respected attorney, he’s come home to help
Ann face the legal maneuvering of her likely deceased husband’s family—
while quietly winning her heart.

When the hidden truth of Ann’s situation turns their lives
on end and another tragedy strikes, the two must come to
terms with family, faith and the depths to which true love
can run.

February 2010: The Marriage Masquerade
by Erica Vetsch
ISBN: 9781602607002
Barbour Heartsong Presents

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Sometimes you just have to start over.

Captain Noah Kennebrae can no longer deal with the shame and guilt from the wreck of his ship. So he changes his name and takes a job as assistant lighthouse keeper on Sutton Island, heedless of the marriage contract his grandfather has arranged for him. No woman in her right mind would want to marry him now, anyway.

Desperate to escape the calculating grasp of her father and his cronies, Anastasia Michaels leaves her home under cover of night to take the unlikely job of housekeeper on a remote island. At least, knowing how terrified of water she is, her father would never think to look for her there.

But neither Nick nor Annie considered that God’s hand might be at work in their lives. When they each take things into their own hands, He must work a miracle to bring them back to His original plan.

February 2010: Deliver Us From Evil
by Robin Caroll
ISBN: 978-0805449808
B&H Publishing

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A beautiful yet tough woman working in a beautiful yet tough setting, Brannon Callahan is a search and rescue helicopter pilot for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Strong faith and a decorated history of service have kept her one step ahead of on-the-job dangers, but there’s no precedent for what’s about to happen. After a blizzard takes down a small plane carrying U.S. Marshal Roark Holland (already haunted by a recent tragedy), Brannon must save him in more ways than one and safeguard the donor heart he’s transporting to a government witness on the edge of death. Otherwise the largest child trafficking ring in history—with shocking links from Thailand to Tennessee—will slip further away into darkness along the Appalachian Trail.

March 2010: FORGET ME NOT
by Vicki Hinze
ISBN: 978-160-28572-30
Random House Religious Group, Waterbrook-Multnomah

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Crossroads Crisis Center owner Benjamin Brandt was a content man—in his faith, his work, and his family. Then in a flash, everything he loved was snatched away. His wife and son were murdered, and grief-stricken Ben lost faith. Determination to find their killers keeps him going, but after three years of dead ends and torment, his hope is dying too. Why had he survived? He’d failed to protect his family.

Now, a mysterious woman appears at Crossroads seeking answers and help—a victim who eerily resembles Ben’s deceased wife, Susan. A woman robbed of her identity, her life, of everything except her faith—and Susan’s necklace.

The connections between the two women mount, exceeding coincidence, and to keep the truth hidden, someone is willing to kill. Finding out who and why turns Ben and the mystery woman’s situation from dangerous to deadly. Their only hope for survival is to work together, trust each other, and face whatever they discover head on, no matter how painful. But will that be enough to save their lives and heal their tattered hearts?

February 2010: Hometown Promise
by Merrillee Whren
ISBN: 978-0-373-87580-1
Steeple Hill Love Inspired

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For six years Lukas Frye has fought to regain control of his reckless life. He comes to Kellerville, Ohio, hoping to settle down and be the man his ailing grandfather can depend on. Lukas thinks he can put down roots in a place unsullied by his past--until he sees Juliane Keller. Juliane knows the secrets that could ruin his chance of being accepted in the place he wants to call home. But she isn't just a reminder of his past; she's a woman with secrets of her own--and a heart capable of the forgiveness and love he needs.

March 2010: Beaded Hope
by Cathy Liggett
ISBN: 9781414332123
Tyndale House Publishers

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Sometimes, hope finds you when you least expect it.

When three American women embark on a mission trip to Mamelodi, South Africa, they all have their own selfish reasons for going. One is running from a devastating loss; one is trying desperately to save her career; another is hoping this will be an opportunity to bridge the gap that has separated her from her stepdaughter.

What none of them expect is how profoundly their lives will be changed by the women they meet, women who combat disease and poverty daily yet still embrace life with joy. Each American woman is touched and transformed in a different way, yet they all come together when they discover an opportunity to help the South African women support their families by selling the amazing bead work that has been taught to generations of women in the community.

February 2010 : On Wings of Love
by Kim Watters
ISBN: 978-0-373-87582-5
Steeple Hill Love Inspired

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Ruth Fontaine's job is to deliver lifesaving organs to those urgently in need. But the gruff pilot of her charter plane has no kind words for her work. And then she discovers the heartbreaking reason why.

Noah Barton lost his wife and young son. Grieving, he gave in to pressure to donate his child's organs--a decision he regrets. He's bitter against those who "take advantage" of people's anguish. Yet he still flies her on her missions, with his beloved dog, Houston, as his copilot.

Now Ruth will have to show Noah he has two other copilots: the Lord and her love.

February 1, 2010: A Case for Love
by Kaye Dacus
ISBN: 9781602604568

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Welcome back to Bonneterre, Louisiana, for the delightful conclusion to the Brides of Bonneterre series.

The Alaine Delacroix that all of Bonneterre knows is the carefully polished image she puts forth every day on her noontime news-magazine program. When her parents’ home and small business is threatened by the biggest corporation in town, Alaine is forced to choose between her image and fighting for the life her family has built.

Lawyer Forbes Guidry is used to making things go his way. But when he’s asked to take on a pro bono case for a colleague, he’ll learn that he can’t control everything—including his feelings for his new client: Alaine Delacroix.

Alaine’s only option to help her family is hiring Forbes, but can she bring herself to trust the handsome, disarmingly charming lawyer? And will Forbes Guidry be able to make a case for love before losing his job and family? Can both trust that God will present a solution before it’s too late?

March 2010: Katie's Redemption
by Patricia Davids
ISBN: 0373875835
Steeple Hill

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After two years away, Katie Lantz returns to her Amish community nine months pregnant and unmarried. With nowhere else to turn, she nervously knocks on her family’s door fearing she’ll be shunned. Yet the handsome stranger who now owns the farm welcomes her in--just in time for Katie to give birth.

Carpenter Elam Sutter and his kindly mother care for Katie and her newborn in a loving way she never dreamed was possible. But in the face of a heartwrenching choice, Katie learns just what faith, family and acceptance really mean.

March 2010: Disarming Andi
by Elizabeth Goddard
ISBN: 9781602607569
Heartsong Presents

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Vance Young inherits a missile launch site—a relic from the cold war buried beneath the plains of North Dakota—from his great-uncle, a man he never knew. An astronomy fanatic, Vance needs free access to the night skies, so he doesn’t consider staying in the underground dwelling until he meets the woman responsible for remodeling it into a lavish home.

Upon meeting the late Vance Erickson’s namesake, Andi Nielsen may have just gotten her second chance to discover what her grandfather hid inside the old missile base decades before when he served as a missileer. Is she prepared to detonate her growing feelings for the new owner in order to find the hidden treasure? When Vance remotely discovers a cybercrime involving his classified software, can he solve the crime and keep the woman he loves safe?

02/01/2010: Abigail: A Novel
by Jill Eileen Smith
ISBN: 0800733215
Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

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Abigail’s hopes and dreams for the future are wrapped up in her handsome, dark-eyed betrothed, Nabal. But when the long-awaited wedding day arrives, her drunken groom behaves shamefully. Nevertheless, Abigail tries to honor and respect her husband despite his abuse of her.

Meanwhile, Abigail’s family has joined David’s wandering tribe as he and his people keep traveling to avoid the dangerous Saul. When Nabal suddenly dies, Abigail is free to move on with her life, and thanks to her brother, her new life includes a new husband–David. The dangers of tribal life on the run are serious, but there are other dangers in young Abigail’s mind. How can David lead his people effectively when he goes against God? And how can Abigail share David’s love with the other wives he insists on marrying?

March 2010: Black Hills Blessing
by Mary Connealy
ISBN: 1602608008
Heartsong Presents anthologies

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Maxie, the World's Largest (Stuffed) Field Mouse, must come through time and again to thwart the criminals in his peaceful-albeit mouse-obsessed-hometown of Melnik, Nebraska.

Of Mice...and Murder; Carrie Evans, hates mice and loves the big city, so why has she returned to her dinky hometown and taken up residence in an infested house?

Pride and Pestilence; Museum curator Bonnie Simpson is attacked while at work in the proud home of Maxie. Can she believe the guy's claim to have never before seen-let alone murdered-the person in Bonnie's storeroom?

The Miceman Cometh; Attorney Tyler Simpson thinks he's found a home in Melnik, but will he be run out of town when he's forced to defend the town's nemesis as her court-appointed attorney?

Thursday, March 04, 2010

My latest book!

Don't forget to keep searching for clues over at Ronie Kendig's blog. See the previous post about debut novel, Dead Reckoning.

DISARMING ANDI--my novel with Heartsong Presents--releases this month with the book club.

I'm the featured author at Rhonda Gibson's blog. If you'd like a chance to win a copy, hop over there and comment. To learn more about DISARMING ANDI, you can click on the books link on my blog.

Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Dead Reckoning by Ronie Kendig

When Shiloh Blake’s first large-scale underwater archeological dig traps her in the middle of an international nuclear arms clash, she is forced to flee for her life into the streets of Mumbai, India. Is the man trailing her an enemy, or is he sent by her CIA father to protect her? Whoever he is, the only way to end this nightmare and prevent a nuclear meltdown is to join forces with former Navy SEAL Reece Jaxon.

Ronie Kendig has a BS in Psychology and is a wife, mother of four, and avid writer. Her novels include Dead Reckoning (March 2010, Abingdon Press) and Nightshade (July 2010, Barbour Publishing), Book#1 in The Discarded Heroes series. She speaks to various groups, volunteers with the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), and mentors new writers. Ronie can be found at her website,

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