I know many authors of Christian fiction, and I love to help readers find them and 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.
by Valerie Hanson
For the first time in years, Christmas brings hope to Bygones, Kansas. But for Josh Barton, Main Street’s coffee shop owner, it brings back sad memories he’d rather forget. He’s a new man, with a new life and faith now. Still, he hides a huge part of himself from his neighbors – and from one very inquisitive reporter. Whitney Leigh seems determined to uncover the mystery of the town’s recent windfall, and Josh could help her. But that would mean opening up his guarded heart.
Can a man who thought family and Christmas were only for others find a forever home where he least expects?
Valerie Hansen’s basic nature is to enjoy every day to the fullest – and try to not take herself too seriously. She married her high school sweetheart and they raised two great kids before leaving California to pursue their dreams of a rural lifestyle on an old, eighty acre farm in the Arkansas Ozarks.
So far, Valerie has over 50 books to her credit. Besides doing extensive research, she has plenty of interesting experiences to draw upon. Although has written for all three Love Inspired lines, her main focus is on mystery and suspense. COZY CHRISTMAS is a romance but also has elements of mystery and ties up all the loose ends of the “Heart of Main Street” continuity series.
HER HOLIDAY HERO
by Margaret Daley
The Soldier’s Gift
The holidays are right around the corner, but Captain Jake Tanner is struggling to find Christmas cheer. Having survived a devastating attack overseas, he has emotional scars that run deep. When Jake meets beautiful widow Emma Langford, his heart is unprepared for the feelings she inspires.
Training service dogs has taught Emma to recognize those in need. She wants to show Jake that a four-legged companion is the best therapy, but she’s afraid that the closer she gets, the more her own wounds are revealed.
Together, Jake and Emma will discover it takes a different kind of bravery to open themselves to love—and to healing.
Caring Canines: Loving and loyal, these dogs mend hearts.
Margaret Daley, an award-winning author of eighty-five books, has been married for over forty years and is a firm believer in romance and love. When she isn’t traveling, she’s writing love stories, often with a suspense thread and corralling her three cats that think they rule her household. To find out more about Margaret visit her website at http://www.margaretdaley.com.
SECOND TIME PROMISE
by Shirley Kiger Connolly
She knows there’s only one perfect fit, but will she make the right choice?
Raised by an unstable and controlling guardian, an over-protective brother, and her boat-captain grandfather, Collette Moreau’s upbringing has been far from refined or conventional. Seeking a more cultured future, she sets her hopes on marriage to an English Baron’s prominent nephew — a choice any woman would make. When the wedding gets postponed and Collette goes to visit her reclusive uncle, she learns of his disapproval of the wedding and that’s he’s been keeping family secrets. To draw Collette away from her betrothed, Uncle Edgar engages the services of the passionate Christian Jordan in hopes this notorious ladies’ man will induce Collette to wed him or his pious Parson brother Matthew. Either will do.
The furthest thing from Collette’s mind is to comply with some preposterous whim of her secret-laden Uncle. Indeed, no sensible woman would choose one of the Jordan brothers over a Baron’s distinguished nephew.
Shirley Kiger Connolly, daughter of a 1940s mystery writer, enjoys penning historical-inspirational romances and nonfiction books of lighthearted reflections. Shirley majored in English and Journalism, later joining the alumni of ICL. Second Time Promise is Shirley’s third novel in her five-book Decisions Series. (The ongoing saga of the prominent Jordan family guarantees new and exciting adventures that must be shared.) While Shirley continues to dream up an escapade or two for her characters, she and her husband continue on their own personal journeys. Readers can visit Shirley at one of her blogs, at her Author Page on Facebook, or over on Twitter.
PASSION ON THE PLAINS
by Sherita Smedley
Kara Mae Malone never thought of herself as the damsel in distress. She and her mother narrowly survived the brutal Indian attack that killed her father, and years later, Kara’s heart is hardened and reluctant to love. With her widow mother getting older though, she has to take care of the family farm alone. The local rich bachelor and ladies’ man, Mr. Hillmond, often comes calling, and her refusals just make his advances stronger.
At the stern advice of her mother, Kara reluctantly hires Jake Henry, the fetching new stranger in town, to help on the farm. But she dare not trust him with her heart. However, true love cannot be hidden, and the two are eventually drawn together. Kara can no longer deny her feelings, and she soon discovers what real love is. Chance brings them together, but it is the love of God that heals their wounds and gives them the desires of their heart.
Sherita Smedley is an English Professor, grammar nut, work out queen, and all around lover of romance. She has written short stories and now is focusing on inspirational historical romances. She’s written her first inspirational and is working on the second one set in the same town. Sherita is a proud Army wife and mother of three. She currently works at Ashford University where she teaches composition, literature, and creative writing.