Thursday, April 29, 2010

2010 Christy Award Nominees!

The 2010 Christy Award nominees are:

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

* Breach of Trust by DiAnn Mills • Tyndale House Publishers

* How Sweet It Is by Alice J. Wisler • Bethany House Publishers: a Division of Baker Publishing Group

* Stand-In Groom by Kaye Dacus • Barbour Publishing



CONTEMPORARY SERIES, SEQUELS, AND NOVELLAS

* Who Do I Talk To? by Neta Jackson • Thomas Nelson

* The Hope of Refuge by Cindy Woodsmall • WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group

* Daisy Chain by Mary DeMuth • Zondervan



CONTEMPORARY STANDALONE

* June Bug by Chris Fabry • Tyndale House Publishers

* The Passion of Mary-Margaret by Lisa Samson • Thomas Nelson

* Veiled Freedom by Jeanette Windle • Tyndale House Publishers



FIRST NOVEL

* The Familiar Stranger by Christina Berry • Moody Publishers

* Fireflies in December by Jennifer Erin Valent • Tyndale House Publishers

* Scared by Tom Davis • David C. Cook



HISTORICAL

* A Flickering Light by Jane Kirkpatrick • WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group

* Though Waters Roar by Lynn Austin • Bethany House Publishers: a Division of Baker Publishing Group

* The Swiss Courier by Tricia Goyer & Mike Yorkey • Revell Books: a Division of Baker Publishing Group



HISTORICAL ROMANCE†

* Beyond This Moment by Tamera Alexander • Bethany House Publishers: a Division of Baker Publishing Group

* A Bride in the Bargain by Deeanne Gist • Bethany House Publishers: a Division of Baker Publishing Group

* The Inheritance by Tamera Alexander • Thomas Nelson

* The Silent Governess by Julie Klassen • Bethany House Publishers: a Division of Baker Publishing Group



SUSPENSE

* Intervention by Terri Blackstock • Zondervan

* Lost Mission by Athol Dickson • Howard Books: a Division of Simon & Schuster

* The Night Watchman by Mark Mynheir • WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group



VISIONARY

* By Darkness Hid by Jill Williamson • Marcher Lord Press

* The Enclave by Karen Hancock • Bethany House Publishers: a Division of Baker Publishing Group

* Valley of the Shadow by Tom Pawlik • Tyndale House Publishers



YOUNG ADULT

* Beautiful by Cindy Martinusen-Coloma • Thomas Nelson

* The Blue Umbrella by Mike Mason • David C. Cook

* North! or Be Eaten by Andrew Peterson • WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group

Janice Hanna Thompson, Writing Instructor and Author

Welcome to my blog, Janice Thompson!

Janice is offering a wonderful new writing course to freelancers.

Janice, could you tell us a little about your new venture?

Of course! Thanks for asking. On April 20th, 2010, I debuted my new writing course “Becoming a Successful Freelance Writer” at www.freelancewritingcourses.com. The sole purpose of this venture is to teach struggling freelance writers how to earn money with their writing. Here’s how it will work: students can purchase one lesson (for $24.95) or all ten (for $199). They don’t have to feel compelled to buy the whole package, though they will get a package price, if they do. Each lesson will include an audio file and a video power point presentation of me teaching the lesson (available with just a click of the mouse), a corresponding audio script, a downloadable worksheet, a bonus feature, and full access to the site’s forum, where I will meet with authors for some group mentoring (at designated times). Right now there are ten lessons, but eventually those ten lessons will become ten separate categories with multiple lessons in each. For example, the current lesson on magazine article writing will eventually have multiple other lessons underneath it—all meant to teach writers how to make money writing articles. People who take these courses will have the benefit of meeting other freelancers in the forum and can also chat with me about their projects. Best of all, the site will continually grow. New, fresh material will always be available. (I’ll be recording new lessons routinely.) I’m so excited, because I know that struggling freelancers can and will learn how to make money with their writing.

What prompted you to set off on this new adventure?

For years I’ve been writing novels and non-fiction books. I’ve been so blessed to have over fifty books published, as well as dozens of magazine articles and even a movie script. It’s been quite a ride. . .and it’s not ending anytime soon! I’m currently contracted through 2011. The longer I’m in this business, however, the more I’m aware of the basic need of the average freelance author to make “better” money. Sure, many of them eventually sell books. They get advances and royalties, (though, not often in the range they had hoped). As a full-time freelancer, I’ve faced this myself. Several years ago, I found myself hollering, “Where’s the money?” I made up my mind to find as many creative ways as I could to bring in money as a freelancer. I’ve learned so much since then, and want to share what I’ve learned with others, so that they can benefit, too.

Why are you so passionate about teaching others how to make money with their writing?

I meet so many struggling writers. So many are just hoping and praying to sell a book. They pour all of their energies into that venture. Most don’t realize that they could be making money much sooner if they would explore other avenues (besides just books). The possibilities are endless. If I can share what I’ve learned about the money-making aspects of writing, then I’ve helped another struggling writer on his or her journey.

Tell us a little about your own writing.

As I mentioned above, I’ve written just about everything! Most of my writing is for the Christian market, so my stories have a clear faith element. Lately I’ve been writing romantic comedies, (most recently the “Weddings by Bella” series), but I also enjoy writing mysteries, kid’s stories, historicals and more. I continue to write magazine articles, because they provide a great financial supplement. I’m also very excited about my many write-for-hire projects, because a huge chunk of my income comes from those. To learn more about my books visit my author site at www.janiceathompson.com. Books can be ordered directly from the site.

What has it been like, supporting yourself full-time as a freelancer? Is there really money to be made?

As I mentioned, there was a time (back in 2007) when I wasn’t sure I could do it. At that time, I hadn’t set any real goals for myself. That all changed in the fall of 2007 when I began to strategize about the future of my writing. Instead of worrying about the challenges I faced, I got busy and put together a plan. I began to look for non-traditional ways to earn money with my writing. . .and it worked! That’s not to say I’ve “arrived,” but I have managed to support myself full-time from that point till now.

I would think that the writing industry would be very competitive. Why do you want to see others succeed? Aren’t you shooting yourself in the foot when you hand off potential freelance jobs to other authors?

The writing industry is competitive, but that doesn’t mean I am! Sure, I want to make a name for myself, (most writers do), but I’m equally as interested in training up other writers to be the best they can be. Why? I believe that Christian writers have been called by the Lord to spread His love through their writing. How will they get the word out if someone doesn’t show them the ropes? I love to see others succeed because we’re all one big happy family and we care about each other.

I know that you worked for several years as a writing teacher at a school of the arts. Could you share a little more about that?

From 1996 – 2001 I taught creative writing at a Houston area school of the arts that catered primarily to home-school students. What a blast I had! (Truly, these were some of the best years of my life.) Several of my students traveled with me to national writing conferences (like Mount Hermon and ACFW), and a few went on to be published in various genres. My students will tell you that I was the most creative teacher on the block. I was always looking for a new, fresh way to teach the writing craft. My writing lessons have been compiled into a text, which I titled, “Creative Writing for the Christian Student.” It is available to freelance writing course participants. I love stirring up the creative gifts in my students! I hope that shows in these lessons!

If you could list one of the biggest frustrations that freelance writers face, what would that be?

The biggest frustration of all is this: Some markets don’t want to pay. This is especially true when it comes to the Internet. It’s so challenging to make a living when you can’t figure out who pays and who doesn’t! But that’s why I created this course! There are so many markets that do pay, and many of them are relatively untapped. Freelancers can earn money. . .they just have to discover where the money is! (And I plan to help them in that journey!)

You’ve said there’s money to be made. . .but where? What avenues are available to freelancers?

At www.freelancewritingcourses.com, students will explore multiple areas where they can earn money with their writing. Lessons include:
• Setting Career Goals
• Magazine Article Writing
• Write for Hire Work
• Marketing and Public Relations
• Becoming a Public Speaker
• Becoming a Creative Writing Teacher
• Making Money as an Editor
• Writing and Selling the Non-Fiction Book
• Writing and Selling the Novel
• Secrets From the World of the Pros
Each lesson will cover a host of possibilities and will give real, practical suggestions.

You’ve mentioned other lessons that aren’t yet available. Could you share a few here?

Sure! Each of the ten topics listed above will eventually become its own course (with multiple lessons in each). I’ll be heading back into the recording studio soon to cover the topic of magazine articles more thoroughly. I’ll also record lessons covering all aspects of fiction writing. We’ll talk about passive vs. active writing, plotting, characterization, and much more. I’ve also got a host of lessons coming up related to non-fiction books. We’ll delve into specific topics related to write-for-hire work (my favorite!) and will share a host of lessons on marketing and PR. Hang on for the ride! Participants in these various courses will get the tools they need to work as a pro in the industry.

How, exactly, will these courses work?

When participants sign up and pay, they will be granted access to the “inner sanctum” of the site, where they can view the various components of the lessons, (the audio file, audio script, worksheet, power point and forum). I would suggest folks start with the first lesson (Setting Goals) and go from there. They can print up a copy of the worksheet and follow along with the audio and power point presentation. Then, at a designated time, participants can meet with me in the forum to discuss the topic at hand. I love the fact that this is all so user-friendly and participants can work at their own pace.

If you could tell beginning freelancers one thing, what would it be?

Don’t give up. Keep going and keep looking for creative ways to make money. Examine new markets. Learn all you can about the industry. Become friends with editors. The potential for money-making is there, but much of it is relational.

Why do you feel so strongly about stirring up the gifts?

There’s a scripture I love where the apostle Paul speaks to his young protégé, Timothy: “For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands.” (II Timothy 1:6 NIV) The King James version uses the words “stir up the gift” instead of “fan into flame the gift.” The idea is the same. Gifts need stirring and fanning. As a published author, I make it my goal to “stir the gifts” of those hoping to be published (or hoping to be published in more markets). I know that these lessons will stir people up. I could sense it as I recorded them. Changing lives. . .and encouraging writers. . .what could be better?

I understand you won the 2008 American Christian Fiction Writers “Mentor of the Year” award. Could you tell us more about that?

What role does mentoring play in your life and how will you incorporate mentoring into your online writing courses?

I have a theory about mentoring. I believe that everyone should have someone they’re mentoring and someone they’re being mentored by. If we ever think we’re too “big” to be mentored, we’re in trouble! And it’s imperative that we pour into the lives of those who are learning the writing craft, especially if we’re published and/or doing well in the industry. I’m tickled that I received the ACFW Mentor of the Year award. I can think of nothing better to be remembered for than mentoring others, to be quite honest. Writing books is great, sure. And getting my name out there is fun, too. But if I don’t mentor. . .if I don’t pass along what I’ve learned, then my writing is nothing but selfish pleasure. I don’t ever want to be known as a selfish author. I want to be known as a giver and an encourager. My prayer is that people who take this course will see my heart for all writers to succeed and earn money doing what they love!

Janice, where else can people find you on the web?

My freelance writing courses site: http://www.freelancewritingcourses.com
My book-related website: www.janiceathompson
My blog: http://janicehannathompson.blogspot.com/
My facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/jhannathompson?ref=profile
My facebook reader’s page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Janice-Hanna-Thompsons-Readers-Page/303537684650?ref=ts
Explanation of the Course on YouTube site: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-5IZSNaZFU
If you prefer to use the embed link to the YouTube video, here it is:

Thanks, Janice! And thank you for helping others to learn how they can make money freelancing.

Blessings!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Author Interview with Ann Shorey

The Promise of Morning by Ann Shorey


Ellie Craig believed her marriage to Matthew, the pastor of Beldon Grove’s church, would flow from blessing to blessing. He’s always been the leader in their household, giving her a comfortable life.


Then they lose three children in infancy and her world reels, leaving her vulnerable to the attentions of the recently returned son of Beldon Grove’s founder. When Matthew suddenly makes a decision that leaves Ellie alone with their older children, she realizes her actions have driven him away.


Now Ellie must search within herself for the answers to her problems. Will she be able to open her heart to her husband? Or did her actions destroy any chance they had at happiness?


I met Ann Shorey when I lived in Southern Oregon. We would meet for lunch along with several other SO authors at a restaurant called Heaven On Earth. While eating there we discovered it is Christian restaurant. They make these huge cinnamon rolls and other special goodies. Oh, and they sell Christian fiction. Now, doesn't that sound like Heaven on Earth?

Ann is a wonderful, warm and friendly person--the kind of person that you want on your side. I hope she attends the ACFW again this year because I'd love to see her again in person. I appreciate her taking time for this interview.

Don't forget to post a comment to enter a drawing for her book!


Share your writing journey and encouragement for others.


I’ve been writing seriously for around twenty years. Prior to that I was busy with family plus a job and was too brain-dead at the end of the day to come up with anything coherent. My first publishing credits were in Chicken Soup for the Grandma’s Soul and the Adams Media Cup of Comfort books, plus articles for various regional publications. I switched to fiction around ten years ago because I wondered what my female ancestor’s lives were like back in the 1800’s and wanted to fill in the blanks. It took several years of writing and rewriting until my first novel sold. As difficult as it is sometimes, rewriting is our friend. Our books get better when they’re polished to a shine.


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


I’ve always been fascinated by my great-great grandparents. I knew some basic facts about their lives, written down by my grandfather when he was in his 80’s, but wanted to flesh out their story. So I asked myself, “what if this or that happened?” The Promise of Morning took shape from there.


Tell us about your hero’s journey.


Matthew Craig is the pastor of a small-town church in the 1840’s. He left home over his father’s objections to become an itinerant preacher when he was 18. Now in his 40’s, he’s haunted by the mocking words his father hurled at him. Some part of his spirit still believes he’s inadequate to preach the gospel. He needs to overcome his fears and recognize his value in God’s eyes and in the eyes of others.


The heroine’s journey?


Ellie Craig’s parents died when she was a girl, and although she was reared by a loving aunt and uncle, she fights fears of abandonment. She believed marriage to Matthew would lead to a life of blessing, but learns that she needs to search within herself for the answers to her problems.


Who is your favorite hero from books or movies?


I don’t have an all-time favorite. Usually my imagination is captured by something I’ve seen or read recently. So in that vein, the character Patrick Shawcross in Monica McInerney’s novel Family Baggage was a perfect hero—I loved his personality.


Who is the biggest hero in your personal life and why? Anyone else?


I’d have to say my husband is my biggest hero. He’s always ready to go the extra mile to help anyone who needs something done. He’s patient, kind, and soft-spoken. The Lord truly blessed me when He brought us together.


What do you hope the reader learns from your hero and heroine?


I didn’t write The Promise of Morning to serve as a lesson, but the importance of keeping promises is a recurring issue in the novel.


If there was something in your life you could change, what would it be and why?


I’d go back and change some of the decisions I made right out of high school, back when I thought I knew it all!


Closing thoughts to your readers.


The Promise of Morning is the second book in the At Home in Beldon Grove series from Revell, and can be purchased at all major bookstores, as well as from online booksellers.

You can find me on the internet at http://www.annshorey.com. I post a book review blog on my website two or three times a month, and love to interact with other book lovers.


Thanks for your thought-provoking answers, Ann! I'm looking to reading this book.

Don't forget to post a comment if you'd like a chance to win a copy of
The Promise of Morning.




Monday, April 05, 2010

April New Releases

We're proud of our author members and their work. Below are some of their recent and upcoming releases.

April 2010: In Harm's Way
by Irene Hannon
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3312-4
Revell
http://irenehannon.com

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FBI Special Agent Nick Bradley has seen his share of kooks during his fifteen years with the Bureau. But Rachel Sutton is an enigma. She seems normal when she shows up at his office--until she produces a tattered Raggedy Ann doll and tells him about a strange feeling of terror it gives her when she touches it. Nick dismisses her, only to stumble across a link between the doll and an abducted child, setting in motion a chain of events that uncovers startling connections--and puts Rachel's life on the line.

April 2010: LORENZO AND THE PIRATE
by Rick and Lila Guzman
ISBN: 1933831154
Blooming Tree Press
http://www.lilaguzman.com

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Eighteen-year-old Lorenzo Bannister boards a pirate ship to give medical aid and is whisked into adventure once more. He meets a Baptist captain with diabetes and must amputate this leg. The first mate is a Methodist with a British accent who is suffering from amnesia. He looks familiar, but Lorenzo cannot place him. Will Lorenzo unravel the mystery before it is too late?

Set in December 1779 in the Gulf of Mexico, this action-filled novel will teach while entertaining young adults (ages as and up).

April, 2010: Making Waves
by Nicole O'Dell
ISBN: 978-1602608450
Barbour Publishing
http://www.nicoleodell.com

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Kate Walker joins the swim team and becomes obsessed with practice and making it through the championships with flying colors. What will Kate do when she's faced with pressure from her teammates to take an illegal substance that will help her swim multiple events in their championship meet? Girls ages 10 to 15 make the choice in this interactive story and see how the consequences change Kate's life. Includes a contract and prayer to remind the reader of the importance of making godly decisions.

April, 2010: Magna
by Nicole O'Dell
ISBN: 978-1602608443
Barbour Publishing
http://www.nicoleodell.com

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Molly Jacobs isn't sure what she should do: should she follow through with stealing some clothes for her friends from Magna, the trendy girls clothing store where she works? Or should she do what she knows is right, even if it means losing her newfound popularity? Girls ages 10 to 15 make the choice in this interactive story and see how the consequences change Molly's life. Includes a contract and prayer to remind the reader of the importance of making godly decisions.

April 2010: She Walks in Beauty
by Siri Mitchell
ISBN: 978-0-7642-0433-3
Bethany House Publishers
http://sirimitchell.com

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During New York City's Gilded Age, the game is played amid banquets and balls. The prize is a lifetime of wealth and privilege. The rules will test friendships and the desires of a young woman's heart. Clara Carter is the social season's brightest star, but at what cost?

April 2010: Sixteen Brides
by Stephanie Grace Whitson
ISBN: 978-0-7642-0513-2
Bethany House Publishers
http://www.stephaniewhitson.com

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Sixteen Civil War widows living in St. Louis respond to a series of meetings conducted by a land speculator who lures them west by promising "prime homesteads" in a "booming community." Unbeknownst to them, the speculator's true motive is to find an excuse to bring women to the fledging community of Plum Grove, Nebraska, in hopes they will accept marriage proposals shortly after their arrival!

Sparks of the Unromantic kind fly when these unsuspecting widows meet the men who are waiting for them. These women are going to need all the courage and faith they can muster to survive these unwanted circumstances--especially when they begin to discover that none of them is exactly who she appears to be.

April, 2010: In Plain Sight
by Michelle Sutton
ISBN: 978-1-936000-51-7
Desert Breeze Publishing
http://www.michellesutton.net

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Jovana was held captive by her gypsy boyfriend for seven years, and when he abandons her she returns to her parents' home in Macedonia. Her brother Bojan introduces her to faith and offers her a new life in Arizona.

While in Arizona, she stays with her future sister-in-law, but as her brother's wedding approaches he is concerned that she will be unsafe staying alone. Her brother has his close friend, her boss Randy, stay with her while they are away to protect her, only she objects to being treated like a child. A handsome stranger is pursuing her and she likes it, but she has no idea his intentions are for her destruction.

On the other hand her boss, Randy, is a wholesome, good man who even speaks her language. She can't imagine a nice man like him wanting a woman with her history, so she pursues the dangerous man, but she gets in way over her head. At the same time she discovers a surprising attraction to Randy developing, and because she is afraid of her feelings toward him, she does everything she can think of to scare him off. But he's tough to shake loose, which is, of course, exactly what she needs to heal.

April 2010: A Promise Forged
by Cara C. Putman
ISBN: 978-1-60260-757-6
Heartsong Presents
http://www.caraputman.com

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When Kat Miller first tries out for the All-American Girls Professional Softball League, she thinks how exciting it would be to get paid to play the game she loves. But then she actually makes a team. She struggles with long road trips, grueling practices, and the challenge of making time for God. Not only that, but older teammates are jealous of her success and an irritating reporter, Jack Raymond, has a knack for getting under Kat's skin.

Jack lives with the shame of being physically disqualified from joining the American forces in World War II. Events in his career have left him cynical and distanced from God. That is, until Kat walks into his life. She challenges his preconceptions and refuses to compromise her beliefs, no matter what difficulties she faces. Will the flames of disappointment forge bitterness in his heart, or can the promises Kat reminds him of restore joy to Jack's life?

April 2010: Queen of Hearts
by K. Dawn Byrd
ISBN: 978-1-936000-22-7
Desert Breeze Publishing
http://www.kdawnbyrd.blogspot.com

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Daphne Dean is proud to be serving her country stateside during WWII as a reporter and an Office of Strategic Services operative. When the photograph she takes of the crowd at a murder scene places her on the mob's hit list, she's forced into hiding in a vacant mental asylum in the middle of nowhere with terrifying secrets of its own.

Daphne believed herself to still be in love with her ex-fiancée, Kenneth, until she spends several days locked away in the asylum with Vito, the mob boss' son. Can she put the terrifying events that occurred there behind her and allow herself to pursue a relationship with Vito? Or, will she return to Kenneth who has turned his back on his country by becoming a draft dodger and a black market racketeer? One thing's for sure, it won't matter if she can't escape the mental institution alive.

April 2010: Chesapeake Weddings
by Cecelia Dowdy
ISBN: 978-1602608023
Barbour Publishing
http://ceceliadowdy.com

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Relax along Maryland's Chesapeake Bay as you read about three strong African American women who suddenly face upheaval in life. Monica is caring for her abandoned nephew and trying to pick the proper tutor for him. Emily is struggling to save the family farm when a CPA turns up to do an audit. Karen has been deceived by her fiancé, and now she's expected to trust a neighbor who knows too much of her business. Can God rebuild their tattered lives with new loves?

April 2010: Crossroads Bay
by Kathleen E. Kovach
ISBN: 9781602607736
Heartsong Presents
http://www.kathleenekovach.com

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Her dad wasn't crazy.

Meranda Drake is determined to prove to her community and her family - and maybe herself - that the search for a long-lost family treasure that led to her father's death wasn't a wild goose chase after all.

When Paul meets the lovely Meranda, it isn't exactly the way he envisioned meeting the woman of his dreams. Hanging over the rail of a boat, fighting fear and nausea wasn't in the picture. And neither was he imagining a woman who could talk him into risking his reputation and business for a family legend - but there she was.

Meranda's stubborn determination and blind conviction soon lead her into situations that neither she nor Paul can manage on their own. When the only way out requires reliance on God, will Meranda trust Him or let the bitterness of her father's death keep her from knowing the real truth?

April, 2010: Seasons in the Mist
by Deborah Kinnard
ISBN: 978-0-9824832-1-3
Sheaf House
http://www.debkinnard.com

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Bethany Lindstrom, a graduate student in history, wants the same things as any ambitious historian: worldwide academic recognition, a series of brilliant papers, and a reputation that places her in the front ranks of her peers. She's well on the way to achieving her goals when her trip to the U.K. to work on a dig at Oxford goes awry from the moment she lands at Heathrow. A missing taxi, an enigmatic acquaintance, and an unplanned trip to Cornwall form no part of her plans. Then, as she wanders around her hostess's ancient home, searching for history, she stumbles through an unseen portal to the fourteenth century.

Stranded in 1353 Cornwall, Bethany must find a way back home or face a life of falsehoods and peril. But with the stern Lord Michael Veryan, she is swept into the dangerous intrigues of King Edward's court, which will test their mettle and their faith in God to the limits--and forever bind their lives together.

April, 2010: Damages
by Deborah Kinnard
ISBN: 978-1-936000-10-4
Desert Breeze Publishing
http://www.debkinnard.com

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What do you do when you fall in love with a guy and God says, "No"?

Cassidy Amberg has known but one love in her life: the irrepressible, charming Brian Hayward. Though she's coped well enough since he married another woman and moved away, she's never forgotten. He returns home after an accident robs him of both mobility and wife.

Though Brian isn't quite back on his feet, he buys a home too big to manage from a wheelchair. Cassidy sees her old friend needs help, and offers as much as she can. When Brian proposes a marriage-of-convenience, she must dig deep within for the grace to accept.

At first they manage well enough as friends, but gradually Brian recognizes he loves his in-name-only wife. Cassidy struggles with realizing she never fell out of love with him. Only when Brian dares push their platonic marriage beyond the boundaries, do they find a chance at permanent happiness together.

April 2010: ROOMS
by James L. Rubart
ISBN: 0805448888
B&H Fiction
http://www.jimrubart.com

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It was just a letter. Cryptic, yes. Absurd? Absolutely. But Seattle software tycoon Micah Taylor can't get it out of his mind - this claim that a home was built for him, by a great uncle he never knew, on the Oregon coast. In Cannon Beach. The one place he loves. The one place never wants to see again.

Micah heads for Cannon Beach intending to sell the house and keep his past buried, but the nine thousand square feet home instantly feels like it's a part of him. Then he meets Sarah Sabin at the local ice cream shop. Maybe Cannon Beach can be a perfect weekend getaway.

But strange things happen in the house. Things Micah can't explain. Can barely believe. All the locals will say is the house is "spiritual." Unsettling, since Micah's faith slipped away like the tide years ago. And then he discovers the shocking truth: the home isn't just spiritual, it's a physical manifestation. Of his soul.

Will Micah run - or will he risk everything to see what waits for him deep within the house's ROOMS?

April 2010: Mountain Peril
by Sandra Robbins
ISBN: 978-0-373-44391-8
Steeple Hill Love Inspired Suspense
http://sandrarobbins.net

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According to an anonymous message, a young woman is going to be murdered in the North Carolina mountains. When a body is found, Danielle Tyler is shocked to learn it's her student--the third person in her life to meet an untimely death. Is she next? From disturbing notes and roses left in her office to cold-blooded murder, someone means deadly business. Detective Jack Denton--the stalwart lawman who makes her pulse race--vows to find the deranged madman, but Danielle doesn't dare let him get too close. Especially when death seems to be the destiny of anyone she cares about.

April 2010: The Word Unleashed
by Steve Rzasa
ISBN: 978-0-9825987-1-9
Marcher Lord Press
http://www.steverzasa.com

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The sequel to The Word Reclaimed...

Baden's book won't leave him alone.

He'd like nothing more than to get rid of the Bible he found in the wreckage of a derelict starship. It's brought trouble – the secret police are closing in on him. He's fighting more with his father. And he fears that the young woman he loves may be falling under the book's spell.

But he can't seem to let it go.

Now he's sharing what he's read with believers who have awaited the return of God's Word for decades. His mysterious rescuer, Jason, wants the Bible taken to a safe place.

So now it's his choice. He can hide it, or proclaim it.

With Kesek in control of the Realm and coming after all its opponents, Baden will have to trust not only in his friends but in a contingent of elite soldiers determined to save the king.

He'll have to come to grips with the power he has unleashed on the Realm of Five. And that power has plans of its own.

April 2010: Rodeo Sweetheart
by Betsy St. Amant
ISBN: 9780373875931
Steeple Hill Love Inspired
http://www.betsystamant.com

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To save her family ranch--and her father's legacy--Samantha Jenson reluctantly runs a dude ranch on the financially strapped property. Among the greenhorn tourists in stiff jeans and shiny cowboy boots: handsome businessman Ethan Ames. Ethan makes Sam remember her own dreams--of love and marriage. But surely he'll ride out of her life--in his fancy car--when his vacation is over. Until she learns that Ethan isn't on vacation at all. He has a very big secret. One that just might destroy her dreams of being his rodeo sweetheart…forever.

April 2010: Wildflowers of Terezin
by Robert Elmer
ISBN: 9781426701924
Abingdon Press
http://www.robertelmerbooks.com

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When nurse Hanne Abrahamsen impulsively shields Steffen Petersen from a nosy Gestapo agent, she's convinced the Lutheran pastor is involved in the Danish Underground. Nothing could be further from the truth. But truth is hard to come by in the fall of 1943, when Copenhagen is placed under Martial Law and Denmark's Jews--including Hanne--suddenly face deportation to the Nazi prison camp at Terezin, Czechoslovakia. Days darken and danger mounts. Steffen's faith deepens as he takes greater risks to protect Hanne. But are either of them willing to pay the ultimate price for their love?

April 2010: Lucky Baby
by Meredith Efken
ISBN: 1416595503
Howard Books/Simon & Schuster
http://www.meredithefken.com

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All Meg Lindsay wants is to give a child the love and acceptance she wished she'd been given. When she talks her reluctant husband into adopting a Chinese orphan, she expects her dream to come true. But becoming a parent has a way of opening up painful doors from the past, and it's all Meg can do to hold her new little family together. What started as a good intention could destroy her marriage and her family, especially if the daughter they've grown to love abandons them, too.

Meg's journey is a magical one as East meets West and imagination aligns with reality. Lucky Baby takes the reader on a realistic yet mystical journey into the complexities of family life.

April 2010: Too Close To Home
by Lynette Eason
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3369-8
Revell
http://www.lynetteeason.com

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The FBI has a secret weapon. But now the secret's out.

When missing teens begin turning up dead in a small Southern town, the FBI sends in Special Agent Samantha Cash to help crack the case. Her methods are invisible, and she never quits until the case is closed. Homicide detective Connor Wolfe has his hands full. His relationship with his headstrong daughter is in a tailspin, and the string of unsolved murders has the town demanding answers. Connor is running out of ideas--and time. Samantha joins Connor in a race against the clock to save the next victim. and the killer starts to get personal.

Too Close to Home ratchets up the suspense with each page even as love blossoms in the face of danger. Read this one with the lights on!

"My friend Lynette has a hit on her hands with this romantic suspense. I enjoyed every minute. The plot managed to surprise and captivate me, and the romance was priceless." --Dee Henderson, bestselling author, the O'Malley series

"A fast moving tale filled with nonstop action. No chance to catch your breath with this one!"--Irene Hannon, bestselling author, the Heros of Quantico series

"Eason give the reader an exciting ride with characters you will care about." - Margaret Daley, award winning Steeple Hill romantic suspense author

April 2010: Abbie Ann
by Sharlene MacLaren
ISBN: 978-1603740760
Whitaker House
http://www.sharlenemaclaren.com

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Noah Carson married a spoiled girl named Susannah from Connecticut when he was just 20 and she a mere 18. First bad mistake: neither one of them was prepared for the challenge. He is resourceful, though, and immediately sets about to make a living for them. Loving the shipbuilding business, he and his best friend form a partnership and begin building boats, quickly earning a reputation for finely crafted, fast, sleek designs. In time, Noah and his wife's first baby, a son, comes along. The business flourishes, and the money starts to flow. At the same time, his wife is not a good mother, always pawning her child off on her mother, her sister, or the neighbor woman, anyone willing to watch him. She longs to live the high life; thus, she jumps headlong into spending money, playing tennis, joining social clubs, and attending charity luncheons. When Noah's at home, his primary responsibility is for the child because his wife claims fatigue, ill health, and basic disinterest. She is a self-absorbed, narcissistic, undisciplined, unreliable, and an overindulged child. To top matters, she is beautiful, charming, and flirtatious, a terrible combination in light of her ever roving eye. Unbeknownst to Noah, at the peak of their boatbuilding business, Susannah and his partner are caught in an extramarital affair, the discovery of which will not only rock his business, church, and community, but his own sense of trust. He could almost believe it of his wife--but his best friend? The notion of divorce is not only scandalous but inevitable, and the court fights ugly. Susannah wants all of Noah's assets, as does his partner, but when she files for full custody of their son, Toby, Noah draws the line. She knows he will draw the line there, too, so she uses her own son as the trump card. "You surrender the business and your assets to me, and you can have full custody of the boy," she says. He takes the deal and runs, thankful he got the one thing that truly mattered from the marriage, his son.

His uncle invites him to join him in his window/door business, and needing to escape the memories and scandal of a failed marriage, he jumps at the chance to put his life behind him and start anew. Thus, he flees CT and comes to West Michigan where he vows to keep his nose out of everyone else's business, work hard, support his boy, and tuck away his dreams for building boats, never mind that he still carries his trusty notebook in his hip pocket, which he pulls out every now and then to tweak a line of the boat he's designing. It's the one thing he brought away from the business that his partner never saw--an innovative sailboat plan unlike any other. Built to proper specifications, he's convinced it will sail faster than anything else on the water.

As the story progresses, he meets a wealthy man living on the lake who earned his money in the logging industry and smart investments. He hires Noah to replace some windows and doors and over the course of his days on the job, the man inquires as to Noah's prior profession. Eventually he shows the fellow his boat drawing. One thing leads to another, and the man puts up the money to build the boat in one of his empty buildings down by the waterfront with high hopes for winning the Regatta from Milwaukee to Sandy Shores, a 115 mile trek across Lake Michigan. It's like a dream come true. Naturally, his boat with the sleek design and single rudder comes out the clear winner, after which the wealthy man puts up the money for Noah to start a shipbuilding company near the harbor. Thus, he's back in the boat business.

Almost as soon as Noah leaves Connecticut, his partner's business starts failing due to his own poor management--Noah was the brains behind the business--losing trusted clientele and personnel--and, of course, the collapse of his marriage to Noah's ex-wife. Certain she can waltz back into Noah's life and resume TRYING to be a mommy to their son and a wife to him, she is shocked to discover he wants nothing to do with her. By now, he has definite eyes for Abbie Ann, the girl running The Whatnot, the family-owned general store in town, even though another man has started courting her as well. Abbie is wary of Noah and for good reason; he has a "colorful" past, and her father warns her it's probably best not to become involved with a divorced man, no matter that he is a Christian. And now with his former wife making waves in Sandy Shores, it is even more reason to stay clear of him. Besides, Abbie's involvement in the Women's Christian Temperance Union and her volunteer work with the elderly keep her too busy to consider matters of love.

Of course, God will have His own agenda, and Noah and Abbie will soon discover the futility of running away from God's perfect plan--even when it seems an unlikely one.

April 2010: Love Lessons
by Margaret Daley
ISBN: 9780373875900
Steeple Hill Love Inspired
http://www.margaretdaley.com

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Homeschooling his daughter is new to devoted single father Ian Ferguson. To ensure his child gets a good education, the busy CPA hires a temporary tutor. Twenty-three-year-old college student Alexa Michaels is too young--and too pretty--to be right for the job. Yet his daughter is coming out of her shell and learning. Still, Ian is traditional, and sweet Alexa--who graduated from the school of hard knocks--is challenging some of his old-school ways. Can this dad learn some valuable lessons about love, family and faith from the least likely teacher?

April 2010: Blood Ransom
by Lisa Harris
ISBN: 0310319056
Zondervan
http://www.lisaharriswrites.com

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Romance and adventure drive Blood Ransom, by Lisa Harris, a powerful thriller about the modern-day slave trade and those who dare to challenge it. Deep in the heart of Africa, two American lives are about to change forever. Natalie Sinclair and Dr. Chad Talcott want to make a difference in underdeveloped African villages … but they didn't count on risking their lives in the process.

April 2010: The Cowboy's Baby
by Linda Ford
ISBN: 9780373828340
Steeple Hill
http://www.lindaford.org

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When he left two years before, Colby Bloxham was running from his past, and from his pain. Now he's ready to face his responsibilities...and make some long-overdue amends to his baby daughter and the woman who took her in--Colby's former sweetheart, Anna Caldwell.
Anna is tired of trusting Colby--he's let her down too many times. And this time she's not about to let him hurt little Dorrie, too. He claims he's found faith, given up his reckless ways and wants to be a real father to his child. But does Anny have enough faith in his reformation to forgive...and risk her heart once more?

April 2010: Refuge on Crescent Hill
by Melanie Dobson
ISBN: 0825425905
Kregel
http://www.melaniedobson.com

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Jobless, homeless, and broke, Camden Bristow decides to visit the grandmother she hasn't seen in years. But when Camden arrives in Etherton, Ohio, she discovers that her grandmother has passed away, leaving her the 150-year-old mansion on Crescent Hill. The site of her happiest summers as a child, the run-down mansion is now her only refuge.

When Camden finds evidence that she may not be the mansion's only occupant, memories of Grandma Rosalie's bedtime stories about secret passageways and runaway slaves fuel her imagination. What really happened at Crescent Hill? Who can she turn to for answers in this town full of strangers? And what motivates the handsome local Alex Yates to offer his help? As she works to uncover the past and present mysteries harbored in her home, Camden uncovers deep family secrets within the mansion's walls that could change her life--and the entire town--forever.

April 2010: Calculated Revenge
by Jill Elizabeth Nelson
ISBN: 9780373443901
Steeple Hill
http://www.jillelizabethnelson.com

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It's been eighteen years since Laney Thompson's sister was abducted and killed, but the pain Laney feels has never faded. And now the murderer is back, taunting Laney with mementos of her sister and threatening Laney's young daughter. School principal Noah Ryder is her best hope for protecting her daughter--if she can convince the former investigator to take the case. As the threats accelerate, a string of clues leads Laney to uncover old secrets. Unless Noah steps in with his expertise, how can she piece together the puzzle before her child--like her sister--is lost to a killer's revenge?

April 2010: Wildflower Hearts
by Vickie McDonough
ISBN: 978-1602608016
Barbour Publishing
http://www.vickiemcdonough.com

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In the North Dakota Badlands of the 1890s, the three McFarland siblings face interesting predicaments in romance. Adam challenges the research of a popular dime novelist who surprises him by being a beautiful female. Anna tries to convince a deputy marshal that she isn't involved in outlaw activity. Quinn is asked to enter into a marriage ruse to save an innocent woman from jail time. Will the siblings get out of their predicaments on wings of love and faith?

April 2010: The Anonymous Bride
by Vickie McDonough
ISBN: 978-1602606968
Barbour Publishing
http://www.vickiemcdonough.com

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Three mail-order brides arrive in Lookout, Texas, each expecting to marry the local marshal. But--he didn't order a bride. When a contest ensues to discover which bride will make him the best wife, there is a surprise fourth entry--an anonymous one. Mayhem occurs as the whole town tries to figure out who the anonymous bride is, and the mayor pressures the marshal to pick a bride or lose his job. Will Marshal Davis tuck tail and run for the hills? Or will he lose his heart and his bachelorhood?

April 2010: Sworn to Protect
by DiAnn Mills
ISBN: 9781414320519
Tyndale
http://www.diannmills.com

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Border Patrol Agent Danika Morales sends illegal immigrants back to Mexico; a job she's paid dearly for. Her husband, Toby, was murdered two years ago trying to help and his murder's never been solved. Now a string of attacks and arrests leads her to believe that someone from McAllen profits from sneaking undocumented immigrants into the country and somehow this illegal activity is tied to her husband, Toby's death.

April 2010: CODE BLUE
by Richard L. Mabry, MD
ISBN: 9781426702365
Abingdon Press
http://rmabry.com

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Code Blue means more to Dr. Cathy Sewell than the cardiac emergencies she faces. It describes her mental state when she finds that returning to her hometown hasn't brought her the peace she so desperately needs. Because small towns have long memories.

Two men compete for her affection; the town doctors resent the fact that she's a woman and a newcomer; and the potentially fatal heart problem that results from one of her prescriptions may mean the end of her practice. Someone in town wants her gone, but not just out of town--they want her dead.


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