I know many, many authors of Christian fiction, and I love to help readers find them and their books. I like to feature their books whenever possible. So be sure to check out my Christian Fiction Wednesday blog posts. You just may find another favorite author or two.
SARAH AND THE WIDOW’S MATE
by Gay N. Lewis
Widow Beth Marsh is not only beautiful, but wealthy enough to buy a third-world country. When she enters the dating arena to find companionship, two men profess an interest in her…but is it Beth they want, or are they out to get her money?
Watching from The Heavenlies, the Superiors dispatch Heaven’s Little Love Angel to Houston during the Christmas holidays. Sarah’s mission is to help the lady determine which of her suitors is the genuine article. Is black-haired Bryan Wingate the real deal? Or is good-looking Charles Chadwick the more genuine suitor?
When Beth invites human-disguised Sarah to attend a wedding, the delighted angel looks forward to an opportunity to wear a beautiful formal gown, and maybe—at long last—red stilettos! But Sarah’s mission becomes deadly serious when she discovers Beth’s life is in danger. If Sarah fails in her mission, Tomas, the Warrior Angel, will intercede. Determined to keep her human charge safe from gold diggers and save Tomas the trouble, the petite angel steps up her efforts.
But Sarah wouldn’t be Sarah without a few bungles along the way….
A native Texan, Gay N Lewis lives west of Houston. Gay has always been involved with creative and artistic ventures. Two videos she produced—The Canadian Rockies, English and Japanese translations, and Psalms from the Mountains, were sold in Canada, America, as well as all international markets. For over ten years, she used her imaginative insight in the interior design field. Gay’s real love is writing and reading. As a pastor’s wife, she has written, produced, and photographed many programs, and her Faith Features have been published in various church periodicals.
ONCE UPON A PRINCE
by Rachel Hauck
Once Upon a Prince, the first novel in the Royal Wedding series by best-selling author Rachel Hauck, treats you to a modern-day fairy tale.
Susanna Truitt never dreamed of a great romance or being treated like a princess—just to marry the man she has loved for twelve years. But life isn’t going according to plan. When her high-school-sweetheart-turned-Marine-officer breaks up instead of proposing, Susanna scrambles to rebuild her life.
The last thing Prince Nathaniel expects to find on his American holiday to St. Simons Island is the queen of his heart. A prince has duties, and his family’s tense political situation has chosen his bride for him. When Prince Nathaniel comes to Susanna’s aid under the fabled Lover’s Oak, he is blindsided by love.
Their lives are worlds apart. He’s a royal prince. She’s an ordinary girl. But everything changes when Susanna receives an invitation to Nathaniel’s coronation.
It’s the ultimate choice: His kingdom or her heart? God’s will or their own?
‘This is classic romance at its very best.’ —DEBBIE MACOMBER
Rachel Hauck is a bestselling, award winning author who lives in sunny central Florida with her husband, a pastor.
THE INVENTION OF SARAH CUMMINGS
by Olivia Newport
Sarah Cummings has one goal in life–to break into Chicago’s high society. Desperate to stop serving dinner and to start eating at society tables, Sarah alters cast-off gowns from the wealthy Banning women to create lustrous, flattering dresses of her own. On a whim at a chance meeting, she presents herself as Serena Cuthbert, weaving a fictitious past to go with her fictitious name. But as she gets closer to Simon Tewell, the director of St. Andrew’s Orphanage, Sarah finds that she must choose between the life she has and the life she dreams of. Will she sacrifice love to continue her pretense? Or can Simon show her that sometimes you don’t have to pretend for dreams to come true?
Olivia Newport’s novels twist through time to discover where faith and passions meet. Her husband and two twenty-something children provide welcome distraction from the people stomping through her head on their way into her books. She chases joy in stunning Colorado at the foot of the Rockies, where daylilies grow as tall as she is. For more information visit www.olivianewport.com.
by Judy Christie
What happens when a group of Louisiana folk artists fight an outside company to keep their community’s traditions?
Sweet Olive is about a big-time oil-and-gas executive who finds herself drawn to the people of a small town (and their attractive lawyer), putting her at odds with her family and the job she was sent to do.
Publishers Weekly compares Sweet Olive to the Jan Karon Mitford series, and Library Journal and Romantic Times praise it as a story that draws readers into the ambiance of the small-town South and the people who live there.
Judy Christie writes fiction with a Louisiana flavor and loves porch swings and flea markets–and chatting about books. She blogs from her green couch at www.judychristie.com and enjoys visiting with book clubs. You can also connect with her at www.Facebook.com/judychristie and www.Twitter.com/judypchristie. “Sweet Olive” is her seventh novel, and she’s the author of the popular Green series, including “Gone to Green.” When she’s not making up stories, she helps busy people slow down and enjoy life more with her Hurry Less Worry Less nonfiction books, including “Hurry Less Worry Less at Christmas.”
SLOW MOON RISING
by Eva Marie Everson
One family, one secret–and one chance to make it right.
The beautiful Claybourne home on Cedar Key has long been a place of rest, healing, and release. Each member of the family has turned there in times of confusion, loss, and hurt, only to feel their spirits renewed and their hearts restored.
But Cedar Key might also be the birthplace of a lie that is poisoning the family from within.
Join the five Claybourne women–Anise, Kimberly, Jayme-Leigh, Heather, and Ami–as they search the past and confront the truth. Their unique paths will lead them through heartbreak, misunderstandings, and pain. But their journeys will also bring reconciliation with each other and the precious renewal of love in their own lives.
In her lyrical, evocative fashion, Eva Marie Everson weaves a tapestry of complicated relationships that, when complete, reveals the most beautiful work of art there is–family.
Eva Marie Everson is a successful speaker and the award-winning author of Things Left Unspoken, This Fine Life, Chasing Sunsets, and Waiting for Sunrise. She is coauthor of the Potluck Club books and the Potluck Catering Club series. She lives in Florida.
Find out more at www.evamarieeversonauthor.com.
RETURN TO ME
by Lynn Austin
After decades of exile, the prophesies are coming true—King Cyrus has declared the Jews may return to Jerusalem. Iddo, a priest, is sure this is a sign of God’s renewed favor. For too long they’ve remained in Babylon, and many, including Iddo’s sons, are losing the faith that sets them apart. And so only a few choose to leave everything to return—return to their home and their God.
Nothing about their journey to the Promised Land is easy. As hardships mount, even the faithful, like Iddo’s beloved wife, Dinah, question the sacrifice of following God’s leading. Zechariah, Iddo’s oldest grandson, feels torn between his grandfather’s ancient beliefs and the family they left behind. But one life-changing encounter with the Holy One gives him insight that will change Zechariah—and history—forever.
Bestselling author Lynn Austin has sold more than one million copies of her books worldwide. She is an eight-time Christy Award winner for her historical novels, as well as a popular speaker at retreats and conventions. Lynn and her husband have raised three children and live near Chicago. Learn more at lynnaustin.org.