ACFW New Releases–June 2017

Hey guys! Gather round for more books to add to your summer reading list! Yep–it’s that time of the month again. Here are all the new releases from fellow ACFW authors and all the pertinent info that goes along.

June 2017 New Releases

More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website.

Contemporary Romance:

Engaged by Julie Arduini — Trish Maxwell returns to Speculator Falls with egg on her face and apologies to make as she tries to determine what’s next, especially when around paramedic Wayne Peterson. (Contemporary Romance from Surrendered Scribe Media)


Sweetbriar Cottage by Denise Hunter — When Noah and Josephine Mitchell discover their divorce was never actually finalized, their lives are turned upside down. But when Josephine drives out to Noah’s North Georgia cottage to deliver the corrected papers, they are trapped there during a snowstorm. Things couldn’t get worse…until they are forced out into the storm and must rely on one another to survive. (Contemporary Romance from HarperCollins Christian Publishing [Zondervan])

Then There Was You by Kara Isaac — Would you give up everything for a life you hate with the person you love? (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)


An Encore for Estelle by Kimberly Rose Johnson — A former A-list actress seeks to redeem herself in the most unlikely of places—a children’s theater. The writer/director didn’t anticipate a famous actress would ever show interest in his musical much less him. Will their pasts pull them apart or join them together? (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)

The Cowboy’s Baby Blessing by Deb Kastner — When Ex-soldier Seth Howell suddenly becomes guardian of a two-year-old, he needs Rachel Perez’s help. Though she is gun-shy about relationships, this handsome cowboy and his adorable son break through. (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])


Finding Love by Toni Shiloh — Delaney Jones is putting her life back together after widowhood when in walks Army soldier, Luke Robinson. Luke had a part in the death of Delaney’s husband–will his secrets widen the gulf in their relationship or will he finally find absolution? (Contemporary Romance from Celebrate Lit) Continue reading

ACFW New Releases–March 2017

Here it is! This month’s list of new releases from the ACFW community. Lots of fun books from Romance to Fantasy! Check them out!

 

March 2017 New Releases

More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website.

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Reunion at Crane Lake
by Robin Bayne — Colt’s memory is returning after the accident that ended his career. Now he wants to take over his family’s inn, but he’ll have to partner with his former fiancée to be able to afford it. He’ll need forgiveness to make that happen. Tia’s goal is clear: to return the inn to its former grandeur. And she’ll even work with Colt to do so. But like the inn, their relationship needs a lot of work. He broke her heart…can she ever trust him again? (Contemporary Romance from White Rose Publishing [Pelican])

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Hope
by Fay Lamb — She’s a starving artist facing a serious illness; he’s the doctor who’s her only hope of survival. If only she hadn’t caused his sister to die. (Contemporary Romance from Write Integrity Press)

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Muffins & Moonbeams
by Elizabeth Maddrey — Malachi Baxter is happy to hide in the background and manage the business-end of the family bakery. Continue reading

Book Review: THE STORY OF WITH by Allen Arnold

Well friends, this week I feel compelled to share a book that just might change your life–or at the very least, the way in which you create. A few weeks ago I had the privilege of attending a one-day conference led by Allen Arnold, the author of ‘The Story of With’. Much of his encouraging words came directly from this book, so of course I had to buy it to continue the journey that began that day. During his talk, he made a point of explaining the picture on the front cover of his book, an image that shows the ancient Japanese art of Kintsugi. (Repairing broken pottery with gold lacquer, thereby making it more valuable.)

A week later, I attended a church service where the guest speaker discussed the topic of living in peace in a fallen world. And guess what he used as an example to illustrate his point? You got it! Kintsugi! Since then, I’ve seen a video circulating Facebook where, once again, the beautiful art of Kintsugi is described.

Sounds like God has something to say to me, right? So, I couldn’t let this go without passing along my thoughts on how much Mr. Arnold’s book has meant in my life. Read on for the review! Continue reading

ACFW New Releases–February 2017

It’s that time again!! Here’s a list of the newest releases from my fellow ACFW authors! The list is long this month–Tee-hee. You’ve got a lot of reading to do. 😉 Enjoy, friends!

February 2017 New Releases

More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website.

Biblical:redeeming-graceRedeeming Grace by Jill Eileen Smith — When famine visits Bethlehem, Boaz holds out hope for rain while his relative Elimelech moves his wife Naomi and their sons to Moab. For a while, it appears the Lord is blessing Elimelech’s family, and his sons marry two lovely Moabite women. But calamities strike, one after another, leaving Naomi alone in a foreign land with only her childless daughters-in-law for comfort. When news reaches Naomi that the famine in Bethlehem has lifted, only Ruth will hazard the journey to her mother-in-law’s homeland. Destitute and downhearted, Naomi resigns herself to a life of bitter poverty, but Ruth holds out hope for a better future. And Boaz may be the one God has chosen to provide it. (Biblical from Revell – A Division of Baker Publishing Group)

Biblical Romance:building-benjaminBuilding Benjamin by Barbara M. Britton — Naomi desires to dance well enough to catch the eye of a wealthy landowner. Her father needs a substantial bride price due to the deaths of her brothers at the hands of the tribe of Benjamin. But when Benjamites raid the Ephraimite feast and capture young girls, Naomi is bound and carried from her home by Eliab, a troubled shepherd who needs a wife. As Naomi awaits rescue, she finds Eliab has a strong faith in God and a just reason for abducting her. A reason that affects all the tribes of Israel. The future of the tribe of Benjamin hangs in the balance, but if Naomi follows her heart and stays with Eliab to rebuild his lineage, she must forfeit her family and become a traitor to her own tribe. (Biblical Romance from Harbourlight Books [Pelican]) Continue reading

How to Write a Novel (Without Going Insane)

You want to write a novel, right? Easy, you think. I’ll just sit down and write whatever comes into my head. But then you get stuck, so you look up some blog posts for help. They suggest you read ‘this’ book or ‘that’ book on the technical aspects of writing. Suddenly, you find you not only need to enroll in classes, but you’d better get yourself to Conferences and join things like NaNoWriMo! Meanwhile, your book isn’t written and you now have the mindset that you’ll never be a writer until you’re published and that you can’t be published for at least ten years, if you are to believe everything you’ve read about finding an agent/publisher!

So you stop writing your novel. *Sigh*

I hear you. When you first get the idea to write a book, it seems so easy! Then you start the process and find that it’s actually complicated, and your first instinct is to give up.

But please don’t!

Read this post first, and if you still decide that writing that book of yours isn’t worth your time, then go enjoy what truly burns deep in your heart. But don’t walk away from your dream of writing a book just from what you’ve discovered as you began the daunting task of putting pen to paper.

Here are a few thoughts on How to Write Your Novel (Without Going Insane)  Continue reading

Book Review: VIPER by Jamie Foley

Hey guys! I’m so excited to finally get to talk about a book I’ve been meaning to review for a while! You may remember my five star reviews for Jamie Foley’s previous books, Sentinel and  Arbiter, or maybe you even caught my interview with her last April. So I was super excited to see she released a short story Prequel to the Sentinel Trilogy in November, entitled Viper. Read on to find out what I thought!

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Synopsis:

Sorvashti is a captive. Jet is a soldier. Both harness the primal power of aether.

The war is over, but the Revoth want their land back. Kidnapping, ransom, and slavery fund their terrorism, but bombing Jet’s hometown was the final straw.

Viper Unit is dispatched to take the Revoth down. But the special forces have no need for a mind-reading ‘fairy’—unless Jet can prove himself as a sniper.

Sorvashti’s clan demands she take one of the seven oaths, but her father’s political status has already chosen for her—and made her a prime target for ransom.

When Jet and Sorvashti meet behind enemy lines, revenge intertwines with survival… and a spark between them neither can ignore. Continue reading

Those Three Dreaded Words…

Have you uttered them yet? Those three dreaded words that somehow define (or at least overshadow?) the start of every year?

New Year’s Resolution

Ack! No! It burns! It burns! Make it go away! *Runs to cower in the corner until January is over*

It’s like the scariest horror movie ever, amiright?

Okay, fine. Maybe they’re not so bad. I may have heard of a few people who’ve stuck to their guns and actually accomplished what they set out to do. (Oh wait…were those just urban legends? Oops.) Either way, I am firmly against them. *Stands tall with a stiff upper lip* They never work and usually end up causing nothing but guilt.

Except that I sort of already have guilt. A lot of it, actually. *Gulp*

If you haven’t been paying attention, I decided to go easy on my blog for the month of December, seeing that I’d come right off NaNoWriMo and that it was the month of ‘big holidays’ and all, right? Right. Except that maybe it wasn’t so much as a break as just flat out procrastination.

I’ll blog tomorrow, I’d say. And then a week would pass. They’re not expecting anything, I’d tell myself. Except that I saw plenty of posts from other bloggers who weren’t spending all their blogging time binge-watching Gilmore Girls. (Totally worth it, BTW. Coffee! *Sigh*)

Ugh. Massive ‘loser complex’ has set in, and all over the fact that I’ve neglected my poor little CF world. I mean, I didn’t even blog to tell you I had not one but two guests posts on other blogs! How lame is that?! Sorry guys!! 

Sooo…to join the masses around the world who have declared to make a change this year–and those who, sadly, have already given up, since we’re already on day 5!–I have set my NYR! I aim to post much more often for the year of 2017! Yippee!! *Party banners wave, confetti rains down*

Wasn’t that sort of what you said on your blog last year around this time? Shhh! Don’t point it out to everyone. Geez!

Oh. Okay, but aren’t we already into January and this is your first post of the year? Shut it! I’m working on it! This might take some time. But I’m fully committed. Seriously. I’ve got my Girl Scout fingers raised and everything.

All right. Hopefully I’ve got you at least laughing at my dilema, but I will say, I’m mostly serious about doing this. Mostly. For the most part. Ack…let me keep working on that motivation.

In the meantime, I’d love some encouragement! When I reached out to others and asked for some during NaNo, I got lots and lots and lots and it totally helped me achieve my goal! Woohoo! So, if you have any words of wisdom, or just want to help by checking in every once in a while and yelling at me to blog more, I’ll take it!

What about you? Did you whisper those three little words? What is your resolution and how’s it going so far? Feel free to comment below! I’d love to dialogue with you!!

Happy writing, friends!

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Photo credit Unsplash by Annie Spratt

ACFW New Releases–January 2017

Happy New Year!! Can you believe it’s 2017 already? And with a new year come new books! Yay for everyone! Check out these new releases for January 2017 from fellow ACFW authors. Happy reading, friends! 🙂

January 2017 New Releases

More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website.

Contemporary Romance:

Romance Grows in Arcadia Valley by Valerie Comer, Mary Jane Hathaway, Elizabeth Maddrey, Danica Favorite, Lee Tobin McClain and Annalisa Daughety — Is love possible for a makeshift mom and a handsome widower? What about a bed and breakfast owner and the farmer next door? A curvy jilted bride and a mysterious, handsome chef? Then there’s the real estate consultant and the grandson of her elderly client; a high-powered lawyer and a woman farmer, and a formerly engaged couple. Can love make a difference in their lives? Exploring food, friends, and family in Arcadia Valley, each of these novellas kicks off a three-book series, intertwined with the works of the other authors. This collection is only the beginning of your adventure! (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)

Restoring Love by Jennifer Slattery — Mitch, a contractor and house-flipper, is restoring a beautiful old house in an idyllic Midwestern neighborhood. Angela, a woman filled with regrets and recently transplanted to his area, is anything but idyllic. As Mitch struggles to keep his business afloat, and Angela works to correct the mistakes of her past, these two unlikely friends discover they have something unexpected in common–a young mom fighting to give her children a better life after her husband’s incarceration. While both Mitch and Angela are drawn to help this young mother survive, they also find themselves drawn to each other. Will a lifetime of regrets hold them back from redemption and true love? (Contemporary Romance from New Hope Publishers)

Historical Mystery:

Murder on the Moor by Julianna Deering — Drew and Madeline Farthering visit the Yorkshire moor to catch a killer and solve a mystery that involves an old feud, a new rivalry and a huge, spectral hound that may or may not be a harbinger of death. (Historical Mystery from Bethany House [Baker]) Continue reading

The Art of Books

This post will be a change from the ordinary, as it doesn’t have anything to do with writing or reading. But it does have to do with books, which is the next best thing, amiright?

So, recently I won a prize basket through our local library which included the most unique gift I’d received in a while! A book with pages folded in to create the word ‘write’. How awesome is that? I almost did a backflip when I got it. (Except for the fact that I can’t actually do a real honest-to-God backflip. So there’s that.)

Anywho, for well over a month now I’ve had this in the back of my mind to research and possibly try out for myself. And with Christmas around the corner, now seemed like a good time! So, I Googled it and learned all the In’s and Out’s of this new thing (to me, anyway!) called The Art of Book Folding. (I have no idea if that’s it’s official name or if I just sort of made that up. But it sounds good to me!) And the good news is, I thought I’d share my discovery with you! Yippee!

The pictures I have posted here are gifts I intend to pass along to celebrate Christmas! (Hence the Christmasy words and all.) But there are templates available on the internet to make pretty much any word or picture you can think of! I’m fairly psyched about my newfound art-form!

What about you? Have you ever heard of this unique form of Book Art? Have you tried it? What other crafts have you been trying out over the holidays? Feel free to share below! I’d love to hear from you!

Happy reading (and folding!), friends.

ACFW New Releases – December 2016

Happy Holidays, friends! Here is the latest list of new releases from my fellow ACFW authors! Grab a few to give away as gifts! Happy reading, friends!!

December 2016 New Releases

More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website.

Contemporary Romance:

bella-natale Bella Natale! by Marianne Evans — An aspiring American artist and the widowed, Italian owner of a premier art gallery meet and fall in love in Florence when he champions her work, but there are her American family’s expectations and his five-year-old son to consider. (Contemporary Romance from White Rose Publishing [Pelican])

with-this-kissWith this Kiss by Marianne Evans — A kiss stolen in a midnight snow. A jealous colleague at Jonathan’s firm is bent on revenge…revenge that puts Isabella’s store into legal peril. Will love be enough to see them through? (Contemporary Romance from White Rose Publishing [Pelican])

mistletoe-daddyMistletoe Daddy by Deb Kastner — Bubbly Vivian Grainger bids on gruff Nick McKenna at Serendipity Texas’s annual Bachelors and Baskets for one reason–to help her build her hair salon; but once Nick finds out she’s pregnant, he does his best to build a path to Vivian’s heart. (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

a-hero-for-heatherA Hero for Heather by Marion Ueckermann — When a “homeless” man she’s been helping rescues social worker Heather Blume from a vicious attack, she’s so grateful she violates one of the most important rules in her profession–she takes him home to tend his wounds. But the mysterious Paxton Rathbone is no homeless man…he’s a gentleman. When feelings grow, and Paxton’s past beckons, both he and Heather discover there’s a fine line between gratitude and love. (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published) Continue reading