I love to help readers find books by the many wonderful writers I’ve come to know through the years. I can’t read them all, but I can at least tell others when a new book is out.
by MaryLu Tyndall
They Left Everything Behind to Build a New Southern Utopia
Colonel Blake Wallace has seen enough death to last a lifetime. Weary and disillusioned, he slumps beneath the weight of defeat and loss. With his entire family murdered by the North and his name appearing on a list of officers wanted for war crimes, Blake organizes a shipload of southerners who, like him, long to escape the horrors of war and start a new life in a verdant land called Brazil.
Eliza Crawford can barely remember the days of her youth spent in opulence and comfort at her Georgian home. She can’t help but wonder how different her life would be had she not met her late husband, Stanton Watts, a general in the Northern army. Now a war widow, Eliza is rejected by both North and South. Desperate to keep her marriage a secret and escape her past and pain, she longs to start over again in Brazil.
But once the voyage begins, troubles abound. Dangers at sea and enemies from within threaten to keep Blake and Eliza from the new life—and love—they long for.
A Christy Award finalist and best-selling author, MaryLu Tyndall dreamt of tall ships and swashbuckling pirates during her childhood years on Florida’s Atlantic Coast. She holds a degree in Math and worked as a software engineer for fifteen years before testing the waters as a writer. Now, with over a dozen novels published, she continues to pen her romantic tales while managing a home, husband, six adult kids, and three cats who have decided that her keyboard is the best place to sleep! She believes that without popcorn and chocolate, life would not be worth living, and her sole motivation in life is to bring others closer to God. For more information on MaryLu and her books, visit http://www.marylutyndall.com
DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH
by Jennifer AlLee & Lisa Karon Richardson
Grant Diamond is a professional gambler on the run from his past. When he comes across a wagon wreck, the chance to escape his pursuers is too good a gamble to pass up, and he assumes the identity of the dead driver. His plan takes an unexpected turn when local heiress, Lily Rose, mistakes him for the missionary she requested to work with the Wiyot Indians. Seeing Eureka as a place to lay low, Grant plays along. Before he knows it, he’s bluffing his way through sermons and building an Indian school. But with a Pinkerton on his trail, and a rancher rousing fresh hatred against the Indians, Grant fears the new life he’s built may crumple like a house of cards.
About the Authors:
Jennifer AlLee believes the most important thing a woman can do is find her identity in God – a theme that carries throughout her novels. A professional writer for over twenty years, she’s done extensive freelance work for Concordia Publishing House, including skits, Bible activity pages, and over 100 contributions to their popular My Devotions series. Her novels include The Love of His Brother (Five Star Publishers, November 2007), The Pastor’s Wife (Abingdon Press, February 2010), The Mother Road (Abingdon Press, April 2012) and A Wild Goose Chase Christmas (Abingdon Press, November 2012). She’s a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America, Christian Authors Network, and the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance. Visit her website at http://www.jenniferallee.com
Influenced by books like The Secret Garden and The Little Princess, Lisa Karon Richardson’s early books were heavy on boarding schools and creepy houses. Now that she’s (mostly) all grown-up she still loves a healthy dash of adventure and excitement in any story she creates, even her real-life story. She’s been a missionary to the Seychelles and Gabon and now that she and her husband are back in America, they are tackling a brand new adventure, starting a daughter-work church in a new city. Her published works include the novella, Impressed by Love (Colonial Courtships collection, Barbour, 10/12) and The Magistrate’s Folly (Heartsong Presents, 11/12). Lisa is a member of ACFW. You can find Lisa at her group blog: http://inkwellinspirations.com
by Ruth Axtell
Lady Celine Wexham seems the model British subject. French by birth but enjoying life in 1813 as a widowed English countess, she is in the unique position of being able to help those in need–or to spy for the notorious Napoleon Bonaparte. When Rees Phillips of the British Foreign Office is sent to pose as the countess’s butler and discover where her true loyalties lie, he is confident he will uncover the truth. But the longer he is in her fashionable townhouse in London’s West End, the more his staunch loyalty to the Crown begins to waver as he falls under Lady Wexham’s spell. Will he find the proof he needs? And if she is a spy after all, will he do the right thing?
Ruth Axtell deftly creates a world where black and white burst into a confusion of colors and no one is who they seem. Readers will be hooked from the very first scene to the final page.
Multi-published historical romance author Ruth Axtell writes stories that take place in Regency and Victorian England and late nineteenth century coastal Maine. Her second book Wild Rose was a Booklist “Top Ten Christian Fiction” selection, and several of her titles have been translated into Dutch, Italian, Polish, German and Afrikaans. Currently, Ruth lives on the Downeast coast of Maine with her three college age children and two cats. You can read more about her books at http://ruthaxtell.com.
Mallory Hale’s life veers unexpectedly off course when she falls hopelessly in love. After a whirlwind romance, Mallory finds herself leaving the bustle of Capitol Hill for the remote town of Moses Lake, Texas—with husband, stepson, and a U-Haul in tow.
A sweet, mishap-filled journey into marriage, motherhood, and ranch living ensues. But despite the adventure of her rosy new life, she soon discovers that even small towns have secrets.
When hints of a scandal emerge, Mallory comes to realize that this middle-of-nowhere home—the one she wasn’t sure she wanted—is the very place she’ll risk everything to save.
About the Author:
Lisa Wingate is an award-winning journalist, magazine columnist, popular inspirational speaker and a national bestselling author. Lisa is one of a select group of authors to find success in both the Christian and general markets in mainstream fiction. Her works have been featured by the National Reader’s Club of America, AOL Book Picks, Women’s World Magazine, Family Circle Magazine, and have been short-listed for various awards, including the American Christian Fiction Writer’s Book of the Year Award, which her book Never Say Never won in 2011. Lisa also spends time on the road as a motivational speaker. Dandelion Summer was recently a finalist in the Oklahoma Book Award, Fiction category and Larkspur Cove was a finalist for the Christy. Lisa was a double nominee for ACFW Carol Award this year with Dandelion Summer and Larkspur Cove, bringing home the coveted Women’s Fiction Award for Dandelion Summer. For the first time in the history of the organization, all of the judges awarded maximum points, giving this novel a perfect score.
SEARCH & RESCUE
by Marianne Evans
Holding on for a hero…
Jennifer Foster isn’t one for fairytales. As a source of emotional support for her troubled mother she doesn’t have time.Grounded in the practicality of living day-by-day, the tenderhearted waitress loves to swap food and affection with the regulars at Detroit’s legendary diner, Sal’s Place.
When a robbery at the diner sends her life spinning into the capable arms of a Detroit Police officer, Ryan Douglas steps to the forefront of her life, whether she’s ready to accept his loving care or not.
But Ryan contends with his own set of famil y difficulties and circumstances that just might overwhelm their fledgling relationship. Will the blending of their lives, and the love they feel, bring about heartbreak, or will God’s ultimate plan be allowed to play out, and bring them both to a point of acceptance, and love’s embrace?
Marianne Evans is an award-winning author of Christian romance and fiction. Her hope is to spread the faith-affirming message of God’s love through the stories He prompts her to create. Readers laud her work as: ‘Riveting.’ ‘Realistic and true to heart.’ ‘Compelling.’ Evans’s novel, Hearts Communion, earned Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year honors in the Romance category as well as best inspirational romance of 2012 by ACRA, a chapter of the Romance Writers of America. Evans has also won acclaim in such RWA contests as The Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence where she has been a finalist twice, and the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence contest. A lifelong resident of Michigan, Evans is active in a number of a number of Romance Writers of America chapters, most notably the Greater Detroit Chapter where she served two terms as President. She’s also active in American Christian Fiction Writers and the Michigan Literary Network. Connect with Marianne at www.marianneevans.com.
THE TEXAS BRIDES COLLECTION
by Kathleen Y’Barbo
The Lone Star State was settled by both the lawful and the lawless. In this collection of dramatic short stories, nine romances are formed between fiercely independent Texans. Texas Rangers turn from chasing outlaws to courting women who are determined to remain independent. Outlaws attempt to change their ways, but love seems to ask a higher price of them than crime once did. It’s a wild ride through Texas history, but can the lawful, the lawless-and the lonely-find love?
Penned by an exclusive selection of Christian fiction authors, this collection of historical romance will become an instant favorite of fans of inspirational fiction. Other authors included in this collection are DiAnn Mills, Darlene Mindrup, Michelle Ule, Darlene Franklin, Lynnette Sowell, and Tamela Hancock Murray.
Bestselling author Kathleen Y’Barbo is a Carol Award and RITA nominee of forty-five novels with almost two million copies of her books in print in the US and abroad and nominations including a Career Achievement Award, Reader’s Choice Awards, and several Romantic Times Top Picks. A proud military wife and tenth-generation Texan, she now cheers on her beloved Aggies from north of the Red River. Find out more at www.kathleenybarbo.com.