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


Book Review: RED by Liesl Shurtliff

Here it is! My review of book #3 from Liesl Shurtliff‘s series of children’s novels based on fairytales. I’ve mentioned Shurtliff’s other two novels–RUMP and JACK–multiple times in past blog posts regarding middle-grade books I would recommend. (You can find those reviews here and here.) So it’s no surprise that RED, The True Story of Red Riding Hood is no exception! Read on to learn about this delightful tale!



Red is not afraid of the big bad wolf. She’s not afraid of anything . . . except magic.
But when Red’s granny falls ill, it seems that only magic can save her, and fearless Red is forced to confront her one weakness.

With the help of a blond, porridge-sampling nuisance called Goldie, Red goes on a quest to cure Granny. Her journey takes her through dwarves’ caverns to a haunted well and a beast’s castle. All the while, Red and Goldie are followed by a wolf and a huntsman—two mortal enemies who seek the girls’ help to defeat each other. And one of them just might have the magical solution Red is looking for. . . . Continue reading

Book Review: Arbiter by Jamie Foley

Time for another book review! You might recognize Jamie’s name from my most recent author interview I did a couple weeks ago. Arbiter is book 2 in Jamie Foley’s The Sentinel Series and after reading book 1, I couldn’t wait to get started on this one! Read on to see what I thought!

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Jet Valinor hates jungles. He hates the mosquitoes, the rain, and the creature called Darien who claims to know him… and his secrets.

As the world reels from a deadly plague, the Followers accept aid from powerful ancient beings… but at what cost?

Lines between friend and foe blur in The Sentinel Trilogy Book 2: Arbiter. Continue reading

Book Review: SENTINEL by Jamie Foley

This week’s book review has been a long time comin’! Jamie is a fellow writer that I got in contact with about a year ago. Our shared love of fantasy YA novels is what drew my interest in the first place, and after getting to know her (via email, since she lives half way across the country!) I knew I’d want to read her books! So, with great anticipation, I finally grabbed the copy of SENTINEL (Book 1 of The Sentinel Trilogy) that I’d purchased, and got to reading!

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When random people across the world abruptly vanish, Darien Aetherswift looks to a secretive Serran Academy for answers… and stumbles upon their ancient collection of supernatural powers.

But the Academy is destroyed in a brutal raid, trapping Darien on the wrong side of a surreal war. As apocalyptic plagues twist reality, what becomes of truth… and who can be trusted? Continue reading

Book Review: JACK by Liesl Shurtliff

Another book review! This one is a fun middle grade twist on the classic tale of Jack and the Beanstalk, intertwined with Jack the Giant SlayerJACK: The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk by Liesl Shurtliff caught my eye while browsing through my local bookstore and I couldn’t help but grab it. Read on to find out more!

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Jack has always been told that giants are not real. But if that’s the case, how do you explain the huge, foot shaped pond in the yard, or the occurrence of strange and sudden storms in which the earth quakes and dirt rains from the sky? When his father is carried away in such a storm, Jack gives chase in the only logical way: by trading the family cow for some magic beans that will give him access to a land beyond the clouds. He arrives to find that the giants themselves have giant-sized troubles. With the help of an overachieving little sister, a magic goose and a chatty cook (who is not interested in grinding human bones into bread, thank you very much!) Jack sets out to save his dad and save the day. Continue reading

When you have… reader’s block?

It’s no secret that I love to read. As a child, I would beg to accompany my mom when she went to the mall – not to visit the toy store or a clothing store – but because my favorite place on earth was the bookstore! I distinctly remember jumping for joy whenever a new Christopher Pike novel was released, or the next book in the Canby Hall Girls series.

However, one thing I’ve noticed throughout the years is that every once in a while, I’ll hit a ‘reader’s block’. What’s that, you say?

It’s this: I can’t find anything I want to read. 

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If a book could put on boxing gloves…

A few weeks ago I had a fellow writer ask me a bold question:

If I had to choose, would I want to see my work published as ebooks or print books? 

“Oh that…ummm…” Blank stare. Yeah.

Honestly? That’s like asking me to choose between pizza and ice cream. Uhhh, can I have both, please??

So, I got to thinking – is there a way to choose between the two? Will there ever be a time when the only books that exist are in ebook form, all printed material a thing that is merely seen in museums? 


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Art of Writing or Thrill of the Plot?

Recently I got into an interesting discussion with a fellow writer about the importance of good writing. I had mentioned that I was hooked on a series of books that had a fantastic plot but that the writing wasn’t great, even though it was a New York Times bestseller. My friend was shocked to hear this.

I shared with her a conversation I had with a Literary Agent regarding this very thing. The agent stated that just like most things in our society, it comes down to numbers. If a publisher has taken a chance on an author and the public has responded by gobbling those books up – sending them straight to the top of the best seller list – then the publisher will be less likely to tamper with the way that author creates. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? The audience loves the way the author writes, therefore, that author can get away with breaking some of the rules that other authors that haven’t been published are urged to follow. Make sense?

This then led into questions as to why I would want to read a book that had writing that was less than excellent in the first place. And that’s a fair question. Why would I do that? Especially if I want to improve my own craft, which of course would be easier done by reading great writers, not just mediocre ones. I spent quite a bit of time pondering this question and it was only after I finished reading a book with truly fantastic writing, that I think I found my answer.

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Book Review: ‘Switch’ by Ingrid Law

Finally! The last review for this series! I actually read this last month and had intended on getting this out sooner, but I’ve been hard at work on my next novel.  (*Cartwheel**Cartwheel**Happy Dance*)  I had hoped to be done writing the MG Medieval Fantasy Adventure novel that I’m working on, by the end of this month. But alas! It has gotten away from me! (Again!) I’m so, so close to being done with it, but I feel like I might just have a few more chapters to write. We shall see! 😉 With two days left in the month, I’m at almost 32,000 words! Woo hoo! Who knows how many more I can write in the next 48 hrs?

Now, onto the review! This last book by Ingrid Law, is called “Switch”, the third novel in the “Savvy” series. (Of which, books 1 & 2 I’ve already reviewed and properly salivated over. Take a moment to check those out, if you dare!) Screen Shot 2015-09-27 at 3.37.15 PM Continue reading

Book Review: ‘Scumble’ by Ingrid Law

I’ve been reading lots lately. And I admit, I do tend to post the reviews that I give the highest rating to, since I like giving good news to everyone! But I’m glad to say, here is one more reason that people of all ages should be reading. every. single. day!  “Scumble” by Ingrid Law is book two in the “Savvy” series.

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Nine years after Mibs’s Savvy journey, her cousin Ledge has just turned thirteen . . . But Ledger Kale’s savvy is a total dud-all he does is make little things fall apart. So his parents decide it’s safe to head to Wyoming, where it’s soon revealed that Ledge’s savvy is much more powerful than anyone thought. Worse, his savvy disaster has an outside witness: Sarah Jane Cabot, reporter wannabe and daughter of the local banker. Just like that, Ledge’s beloved normal life is over. Now he has to keep Sarah from turning family secrets into headlines, stop her father from foreclosing on Uncle Autry’s ranch, and scumble his savvy into control so that, someday, he can go home.

Starring a cast both fresh and familiar, Scumble brilliantly melds Ingrid Law’s signature heart and humor with the legendary Wild West.

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