After years of writing novels, I’ve been privileged to meet many authors of Christian fiction, and I love to help readers find their work. Although I usually haven’t read the books I share in my Christian Fiction Wednesday posts (too many books, too little time), I like to feature their books to help readers find them. Check out these books and maybe you’ll discover another favorite author or two.
ABOVE AND BEYOND
by Jessica James
A romantic tale of two people thrown together by war and torn apart by Destiny
Confederate cavalry commander Douglas Benton would much rather flirt with a woman than work with one. When he discovers that the virtuous and devout Sarah Duvall is the spy who has been providing him with valuable intelligence, he fervently resists the arrangement. But Benton is forced to recognize that there is more to being a good soldier than leading a cavalry charge. When Sarah makes a selfless sacrifice, he learns a valuable lesson: That faith is more important than glory—and love more important than life.
Jessica James is a former newspaper editor who spent 18 years in a newsroom before turning her attention to writing fiction. Her novel Noble Cause is the recipient of the coveted John Esten Cooke Award for Southern Fiction among other national awards. She holds a master s degree in communications and a bachelor s degree in public relations/journalism, and is featured in the book 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading, published in 2010.
LESSONS IN LOVE
by Yvonne Lehman
Megan Conley can’t believe her eyes!
That handsome man who keeps popping up all over town looks a lot like her boyfriend, Michael. But Megan hasn’t seen him since he vanished unexpectedly, leaving her searching for answers. Turns out the stranger is Michael’s cousin, Noah, and he seems to have her best interests at heart. Could Noah help explain Michael’s absence?
Noah can’t deny his attraction to Megan. but he made a promise to his cousin, and he’s a man of his words. He’ll help her move on with her life–but he can go no further. Unless the key he holds to Michael’s disappearance is also the key to Megan’s heart…
Yvonne Lehman is an award-winning, best-selling author of more than 3,000,000 books in print, who founded and directed the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference for 25 years, is now director of the Blue Ridge “Autumn in the Mountains” Novelist Retreat. She mentors for the Christian Writers Guild. She earned a Master’s Degree in English from Western Carolina University and has taught English and Creative Writing on the college level. Her latest releases include eight ebooks for Barbour’s Truly Yours line and a Harlequin/Heartsong series set in Savannah GA: The Caretaker’s Son, Lessons in Love, Seeking Mr. Perfect, (released in March, August, & November 2013). Her 50th novel is Hearts that Survive – A Novel of the TITANIC (Abingdon).
(Sal’s Place Bonus Story)
by Marianne Evans
The Motown Master Chef Competition is firing up at Sal’s Place! This year’s battle features two combatants who dish up compelling stories as well as fabulous food.
Scott Allen was once the embodiment of cocky, self-assured arrogance. Family tragedy shattered that pattern of life and turned him straight to the salvation of a God he now serves in every way possible. Formally trained, he’s head chef at Bella Toscana Bistro in downtown Detroit.
Sarah Rutherford runs the kitchen at Premiere, a steakhouse in the suburbs. Skilled through hands-on training alone, Sarah comes from humble beginnings, and worked her way up the culinary ranks via moxie and innate skill alone.
Scott and Sarah share a history as colleagues and friends, and both have dreams of winning, but only one will emerge victorious. Step up to the counter and cast your vote! But remember, this competition isn’t just about winning.
Marianne Evans is a multi-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.’
Happily married to her forever love, Steve, Marianne is a lifelong resident of Michigan who 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.
WHEN THE MORNING GLORY BLOOMS
by Cynthia Ruchti
Three eras. Three women desperate for hope. Three reasons to believe it won’t come in time. Ivy–pregnant and unmarried in the 1950s–scrambles to preserve Anna’s emotion-packed, grace-hemmed memories of her life nurturing unwed moms in the 1890s. In the present day, Becky rocks a baby who rocks her world. Will Becky’s prayers for the child of her teen-mom daughter be answered? And how will one child bring together the intertwining stories of women across generations? As each fights a tangled vine of deception, each uncovers possibilities for hope–and the blossoming simplicity of truth.
Cynthia Ruchti tells stories of Hope-that-glows-in-the-dark through her novels, novellas, devotions, nonfiction books, and speaking events, drawing on 33 years of storytelling experience writing and producing The Heartbeat of the Home radio broadcast. Her books have been recognized by RT Reviewers’ Choice, Retailers’ Choice, Family Fiction Readers’ Choice, Lime Award, Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence finalist and other honors, including finalist in ACFW’s Carol Awards. She serves as professional relations liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers. She and her husband live in the heart of Wisconsin, not far from their three children and five grandchildren. When the Morning Glory Blooms received a 4.5 star rating from RT Reviews and was a Top Pick. You can connect with Cynthia and learn more about her books at www.cynthiaruchti.com or www.hopethatglowsinthedark.com.