Faith is the Victory Blog Tour!

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Have you ever felt like too much was going on and you just couldn’t handle anything more? Or maybe someone has bothered you so much that you avoid them as much as you can, but they still keep coming back. David felt that way in Faith Blum’s short story, Faith is the Victory, and she’s here today to tell us more about her book.

About the Book

Winninfaith-is-the-victoryg story in Perry Elisabeth Design’s short story contest.

I don’t like change. I know most people get used to it, but I have never been able to. When Dad announced their move and I couldn’t go with them, I didn’t handle it well. Would I ever find the faith to be victorious?

Content warning: A character does attempt suicide, so please read with caution.

Available on Amazon and other platforms such as Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Kobo, and Scribd.

Paperback coming soon!

About the Author

Author Picture 2015-2016 croppedFaith Blum started writing at an early age. She started even before she could read! She even thought she could write better than Dr. Seuss. (The picture doesn’t show it well, but there are scribblings on the page of Green Eggs and Ham). Now that she has grown up a little more, she knows she will probably never reach the success of Dr. Seuss, but that doesn’t stop her from trying.

When she isn’t writing, Faith enjoys doing many right-brained activities such as reading, crafting, playing piano, and playing games with her family. One of her dreams is to visit Castle City, Montana. She currently lives on a hobby farm with her family in Wisconsin.

There are many ways to connect with Faith online. All of them can be found in one convenient place: http://FaithBlum.com. On her website you can find links to her various social media sites and both of her blogs.

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This book doesn’t have much to do with Faith is the Victory, but if you like Westerns or stories about mail order brides, you might just like this novella. And it’s written by Faith Blum.

 

Author Interview

What was your original inspiration for this story?
The book cover. My cover designer, Perry Elisabeth Design, announced she was having a short story contest. There would be two winners and the winner would get the cover their story was written for. At first I didn’t think I would enter, but then I came up with a small snippet of an idea of what that young man was doing and I started writing it.


What five words would you choose to describe this story?
Poignant, challenging, victorious, Faith-filled, and intense.


Are you a plotter, or a seat-or-your-pants author?
A little of both, actually. I usually do a little bit of plotting, but then I write without too much regard to the plotting. I try to follow my outlines, but my characters sometimes don’t let me.


Tell us something about you that most people don’t know.
I very rarely go barefoot. I don’t like the feel of whatever dirt is on the floor.

What scenes do you find hardest to write?
The ordinary, day-to-day happenings like a family dinner. It’s hard to write those without the action dragging.

What do you hope readers will take away from your book?
Just because you grew up in a Christian home, does not mean you are a Christian or that you will have a perfect life.

Thank you, Faith, for a great interview!

 

Tour Schedule

September 26
Bookish Orchestrations-Tour Introduction
Ember’s Reviews-Author Interview
Zerina Blossom’s Books-Excerpt
Karan Eleni-Excerpt

September 27
God’s Peculiar Treasure Rae-Excerpt
Melanie Snitker, Author-Excerpt
In the Bookcase-Book Review

September 28
Keturah’s Korner-Book Review and Author Interview
Letters from Annie Douglass Lima-Excerpt
Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections-Why this story and theme?

September 29
Bookish Orchestrations-Tour Wrap-up

 

Truth Through the Ages Party

 

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Faith and her friend, Amanda Tero, are hosting a Facebook party on September 30th to celebrate their new releases! There will be giveaways, games, fun times, and a grand prize. They are also giving away a set of 4 eBooks to the person who invites the most guests. So head on over, invite some friends and then ask them to vote for you in the poll. The Party link is here and the link to the poll can be found here. They are also doing some fun pre-party posts and on September 26th and 27th, they are taking questions from the guests.
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Music Monday: Okay

I think I have me a new Piano Guys favorite! Now, I know that today is Sunday, not Monday, but since I am participating in my very first blog tour tomorrow I won’t be able to put it up as usual, and I just have to share this one! So y’all get it a day early!

Enjoy!

Check out their new album: Uncharted, in the picture link below. Coming soon!

The Little Selkie: a book review

Description:

Dylan—a selkie—makes a terrible mistake when she brashly chases an evil sea witch onto land. Captured and stripped of her pelt—leaving her unable to return to the sea in her sea lion body—Dylan’s only chance of survival is to serve as the sea witch’s tool. Instead of allowing the sea witch to use her selkie ability to control water, Dylan asks a wandering enchantress to seal her voice, rendering her unable to use her selkie magic. Stranded—with no allies and no way to contact her family—Dylan fears she will never successfully steal her pelt back.

Luckily, Dylan is not alone. She is befriended by Prince Callan, a kind, human prince whose country is being pulverized by the sea witch. Combining the strength of humans and the intelligence of the selkies, the pair unites to save their people.

But when the storm is over will Dylan choose to stay with Callan, or return to the sea and leave him behind…forever?

My Review: Dylan is now officially my new favorite character by K.M. Shea. She is just so awesome. Unique even amongst her own people, Dylan a quick witted girl who has learned to stand up for herself. I wish I was able to handle people even half as well as she could. Nothing ever seems to phase her. Nobles? Easy. Bullies? Piece of cake. Dylan takes it in stride. She is her own person and proud of it. Although she can be reckless and impulsive, Dylan has a heart as big as the ocean she roams. And unlike most of us, the word diet is not in her voucabulary!

Callan was a good character as well. I was very glad that, unlike the original little mermaid tale that this is based off, he was able to almost immediately recognize Dylan as his rescuer, instead of mistaking her for someone else. His best friend, the colorblind Dooly, along with his straight faced sidekick Cagney, make the perfect comedy duo. They have some of the best dialoge in the book.

Plot wise, I would have to say the book is better than the little mermaid. There is a lot more intrigue, spying, and navigating of the human world, especially the upper class. It was also a huge relief that Dylan didn’t immediately fall head-over-heels for the prince and pursue him against all odds – and reason – to the bitter end. Nor did she trade her voice for legs. She instead had her voice sealed to prevent the sea witch – who was blackmailing her – from forcing her to use her magic voice for destruction. There is no love at first sight here. Rather a well developed and naturally growing relationship.

The little Selkie might even be better than the snow queen novels, and I heartily recommend it everyone, fairytale lovers or not, young and old alike. This one’s for the keeper shelf.

Find a few Little Selkie Freebie shorts here: Freebies

My Rating: Five Flames

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Heat Advisory: 

Romance: Mild flirting and a sweet kiss.
Language: clean
Drinking/Drugs: clean
Blood/violence: A handful of skirmishes on land and sea. No blood that I can recall.
Other:  Magic

Amazon Kindle Link: The Little Selkie (Timeless Fairy Tales Book 5)
Amazon Paperback Link:The Little Selkie: A Timeless Fairy Tale (Timeless Fairy Tales) (Volume 5)
Author Website: K.M. Shea
Author Facebook Page: K.M. Shea Facebook

 

Sacrifice: a book review

Description:

The thrilling conclusion to the Snow Queen series!

Rakel, once feared and exiled for possessing magic, is now hailed a hero. Leading resistance forces against the Chosen–an army of magic users that invaded her homeland–she is granted everything she has longed for: acceptance, a home, and the love of her friends. But the battle for her country has just begun.

The Chosen’s powerful leader, Tenebris Malus, has come north to aid his army. His troops pillage the villages and cities they cannot hold, and Rakel’s brother–the King–refuses to rule. Most troubling of all, Rakel–who has always loved her magic–sees great similarities between herself and the deadly Tenebris.

However, not all is lost as the Chosen Colonel Farrin Graydim questions his loyalties to his leader, and the attraction he holds for Rakel.

Can Rakel’s overcome her doubts and defeat Tenebris? Will Farrin choose to follow his heart or his loyalties?

THE SNOW QUEEN: SACRIFICE is a story of magic, love, and friendships. It takes place in the same world as the TIMELESS FAIRY TALES series, but occurs centuries prior.

 

My Review: Tenebris has arrived, the dark shadow that has loomed over Verglas since the beginning of the war. His goals are threefold. Conquer Verglas, find the mirror, and kill the Snow Queen. He doesn’t care how many he sacrifices to get what he wants.

Farrin Graydim’s loyalties are stretched to the snapping point. All he really wants is a place where he belongs. Until now, that has been with his Commander, Tenebris, the man who saved him. Rakel is making him see things in a different light. But surely she would never accept a man with such a monstrous past?

Rakel’s life has been turned on its head. Once feared, now the people all but worship her, rising up everywhere to fight in her name and under her flag. She has no idea what to do with their newfound respect and adoration. Rachel does not want power, but her brother the King, remains absent and fearful of her. Can she convince her brother to take hold of his place as King before the people try to raise her up in his place?

Sacrifice was even better than book one: Heart of Ice. Like the title suggests, sacrifice is the very core of this story. Rachel knows that to win this war she must lay everything down, perhaps even her life, but this wonderful girl never hesitates. for the love of her people she is willing to make any sacrifice necessary to ensure Verglas has a future.

We finally get to see a bit more of Farrin’s past, though not quite enough for this curious reader. I would have loved to have seen that history fleshed out in a bit more depth. It certainly isn’t necessary, I would just have enjoyed a little extra there.

We finally learn what Tenebris’s obsession with Verglas is, though the author still leaves us with so many questions. I hope we will learn the answers to that in one of the future Fairytale Retellings books And I was right about Tenebris in my earlier review Heart of Ice He is a much better villain that Frozen’s Hans ever was!

Don’t forget to check out K. M. Shea’s website for a bunch of short stories and deleted scenes from these books: Snow Queen Freebies!

My Rating: Five Flames

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Romance: A sweet kiss. Mild flirting.
Language: clean
Drinking/Drugs: clean
Blood/violence: there are quite a few battles and skirmishes throughout this book. All of it is non-graphic. The action rarely slows. There is little to no blood shown.
Other: Magic is everywhere here, and the villain uses dark curses, although thankfully no details of that are ever given.

Amazon Kindle Link:Sacrifice (The Snow Queen Book 2)
Amazon Paperback Link:Sacrifice: THE SNOW QUEEN (Volume 2)

Author blog:K. M. Shea
Author Facebook: KM Shea Facebook

When Love Arrives: a book review

Description: Dani Prescott came to the children’s hospital to spy on Brett Somers–so how did she end up on a date with him? Weeks earlier she’d seen an interview in which he blamed her mother for the plane crash that had killed his parents. But the crash had killed her mother as well, so Dani can’t believe the story Brett’s trying to sell to the media.

Vowing to find a way to discredit the privileged–and maddeningly handsome–Brett, Dani has been following him and taking photos, hoping to find something she can use against him. But when she catches his eye instead, she quickly finds herself offering up a fake name and agreeing to a date. Brett knows this mystery girl is hiding something–but he’s got his own secrets to keep. What will happen when he discovers who she really is? Will Dani and Brett look beyond their own heartaches to discover a love that could heal their deepest pain?

My Review: The story follows a young woman, Dani, who is determined to get even with rich playboy Brett for the hateful thing she said about her mother on tv. She doesn’t belive her mother was at fault in any way for the accident that took her and Brett’s parent’s lives. It has become so tiring to see selfish, rich people like Brett getting away with anything they please just because they have money. Any dirt she can use to humiliate him, will be used.

So how exactly did she wind up becoming his date?

Brett’s a screwup, and he freely admits it. He’s never had any problem using a woman then tossing her to the curb. But when one of his biggest past screwups comes back to bit him hard, he takes it as a call to turn his life around. His plans to take a dating sabattical are becoming increasingly difficult to stick too, no thanks to a mysterious little photographer he stumbles over in a parking lot, who he bonds with over their shared love of old movies. She seems innocent enough, but he still can’t fully shake the feeling that she’s hiding something from him.

With her nemesis showing himself to be nothing at all like she believed, Dani must make the choice to go through with her revenge, or leave it be. She might be starting to be attracted to the man, whether she wants to be or not. But if her secret is ever revealed, it will be more than just him who is hurt.

Okay, honestly, this story was a very difficult one for me to get through. I can’t even quite tell you why. Although I admittedly am not the biggest fan of contemporary novels, it usually doesn’t take me this much pushing to get to the end. I read it in fits and starts, unable to stick with it for too long. Although the characters were solid and well rounded, and the plot was all right, something still felt a bit lacking. It’s not a bad read by any means, it just wasn’t my cup of tea.

**I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way required to leave a good review. I promise this review is my genuine opinion of the book.**

My Rating: Three Stars

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Heat Advisory:

Romance: A quick kiss, some flirting. it is mentioned more than once about Brett’s past with women, along with the women his colleagues are with, and there are subtle hints of what they do behind the scenes, but most is left to the imagination. There are a few vague mentions of a woman’s figure, and a group of guys who get together to talk about the latest conquests, giving some mild innuendo.
Language: clean
Drinking/Drugs: the men’s group mentioned above went for drinks once. No drunkenness.
Blood/Violence: nothing

Amazon Kindle Link:When Love Arrives (Misty Willow Book 2): A Novel
Amazon Paperback Link:When Love Arrives: A Novel (Misty Willow)

Heart of Ice: a book review

Description:

Rakel, a princess by birth, has spent most of her life exiled on a barren mountain, despised because of her powerful snow magic. Though she longs to be accepted, she hides in her ice-castle and lives with the fear that her brother—the King—will one day order her execution.

Her empty life changes forever when an army of magic users—led by the enigmatic Colonel Farrin Graydim—invade her home country with plans to enslave its citizens. Swallowing her fear, Rakel joins forces with her jailers and uses her magic to save the people who scorned her.

If Rakel cannot defend her homeland, the country will be lost.

My Review: Princess Rakel was exiled to the top of Ensom Peak as a child, where her parents left her to rot, fearing her power. She lives every day wondering if the next person to come up the mountin might bring her death warrant.

Rakel is slightly paranoid and aloof, resigned to a lifetime of loneliness. Bitter experience has taught her trust is not something to give away easily. Although she has done everything possble to try and prove herself harmless, she is greatly feared for her incredible powers, and many people wish her dead. Even the guards cannot be trusted.

When word arrives that her home country, Verglas, is under siege, Rakel is torn. The invaders are magically gifted as she is, and many have been treated even worse. They plan to create a country where magic users can be safe and free of persecution, starting with Verglas. That all sounds rather good to Rakel.

Yet on the other hand, their methods are beyond questionable. She sees the suffering these invaders are causing. It matters little to them wether the people they hurt are innocent or not. There also seems to be more to their plan than meets the eye.

Farren Graydim is a Colonel in the armies of the chosen. He has never doubted his loyalties, not to the cause, nor to his Commander – the man who saved his life. But one detrmined princess will have him doubting everything he knows, and everything he belives in.

If Fozen could make a good animated movie, then Snow Queen: Heart of Ice would make an awsome live action movie. This book takes the best of both the rigiinal fairytale and the movie and blends the in to a surprisingly original plotline.

Okay, so I totally apologize for all my frozen comparisons, but I can’t seem to stop thinking them. I would totally love to see this book on the big screen. Really, it would make such an awsome movie. I love Frozen, but in a lot of ways, this plot is a massive improvement.

Rakel’s powers are impressive, and with the way the author described it, I could almost feel the cold creeping under my skin as I read it. She is well matched by Farrin who, though not as flashy, confounds her at every turn.

The character development is a lot stronger, their pain and struggles are so much more real. Even though Rakel was often cold and allof from everyone, she was always so relatable. You can really see the effects of extreme isolation on her, and understand Farrin’s struggle with his splitting loyalties. The plotline is way more fun, and though we have not yet met the main villain, he sounds a whole lot more impressive than Hans ever was. And Phile the robber maiden had some of the best lines in the book.

Heart of Ice is an easy 5 stars for me, and I can’t wait to see how it ends in Snow Queen: Sacrifice! Pick this one up. You won’t regret it.

My Rating: Five Flames

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Heat Advisory:

Romance: A quick kiss, and Phile loves to doa lot of harmless flirting.
Language: clean
Drinking/Drugs: none
Blood/Violence: There are quite a few battles, but really nothing in the way of blood. Rakel is determined to finish this war without killing anyone, a position I greatly respect the character for. Few, if any, people die.
Other: This book does have plenty of magic.

Amazon Kindle Link:Heart of Ice (The Snow Queen Book 1)
Amazon Paperback Link:Heart of Ice (The Snow Queen) (Volume 1)

Author blog:K. M. Shea
Author Facebook: KM Shea Facebook

Deny: a book review

Description: 

All lies have consequences.

Promoted to the top rank among King Respen’s assassins, First Blade Leith Torren hides his involvement with the Resistance. How many lies will it take to protect his secret?

Renna Faythe has done nothing but survive for the past four years, but now Leith’s courage inspires her to try to be something more. If only she could figure out what that duty might be.

When the unthinkable happens, faith wavers. Friendships tear. What else will they be forced to deny?

But this time, Leith faces his greatest fear.

He can’t save everyone.

My Review: 

Being promoted to the position of First Blade was not what Leith had in mind. Now King Respen watches him all the more closely – not a great thing when you happen to be a spy for the Resistance! The lies and their consequences threaten to drown him, as he struggles to juggle his identities and protect the ones he loves.

Renna is growing tired of being the victim. After seeing Leith’s courage she wants to do more, but where does she start? Respen is determined to kill her, and the countryside falls to him, one city at a time. Faith is hard to come by.

This book was even more exciting and complex than its predecessor, Dare. No middle-of-series-lag going on here! It was so much fun to watch how the relationships and faith of the characters grow and deepen, yet so painful to see how others suffered in the wake of so much lies and manipulation.

And poor Leith certainly had a lot of that to juggle! I respect his skills at keeping all those balls in the air!
Renna is finally showing hints that she is coming into herself, and It will be interesting to see where she comes out at the end.
I do really hope that Martin will eventually see the light, for I do like his character and don’t want him to remain on Respen’s side.

I also really admired the characters for how well, and sometimes creatively, they handled the situations they were thrust into, even if the results would cost them dearly. I am so eager for the next book. Deny was a bit of a cliffhanger so I recommend having Defy on hand before you finish, or the wait might drive you crazy!

My Rating: Five Flames

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Heat Advisory:

Romance: Very Clean.
Language: none.
Drinking / Drugs: Nothing that I recall.
Blood / Violence: This book is a good bit more violent than its predecessor. There are quite a few deaths, a few bodies, raids and skirmishes, and a lot of goat’s blood used for a trick.

Amazon Kindle Link: Deny (The Blades of Acktar Book 2)
Paperback Link:Deny (The Blades of Acktar) (Volume 2)

Author Website:Tricia Mingerink

Author Facebook: Tricia Mingerink Facebook

Bethany House late winter/spring 2017 lineup

And here we have it, Bethan House’s coming releases from Nov 1 through next May! There are a lot of releases in here that i can’t wait to get my hands on!

Alexander and Connealy have the two best looking covers of this set, in my opinion. I love the dramatic colors of both and the use of lighting on Connealy’s. Turin’s book has a good look to it too, just too much white there for my taste. Some of the others too, such as Hunter’s, feel a bit bland to me. Peterson’s book has a great feel to it and I have always loved the old art style of Deering’s.

Click on the covers to go to the book’s Amazon page. Some are Kindle, but most do not have anything but paperback up yet.

1. Shadow of the Mountain – Cliff Graham

Release Date: May 2

Description: Action-driven and unique in Christian fiction today, Shadow of the Mountain: Wilderness begins with Moses sending Joshua, Caleb, and ten others to spy on and scout the country of Canaan, where the Lord has promised them a homeland. Asked to report back, ten talk only of the Anakites, a race of fearsome giants in the hills, their walled cities, and terrible human sacrifices to their gods.

Despite giants, Joshua and Caleb feel the Lord is on their side and the land will be worth it. But the hearts of the people are fearful and turned against God’s words. Their punishment will be forty years without a home, wandering the deserts until that generation dies out. But as the life of Caleb proves, God’s promises are real–for men young and old.

2. Behind the Scenes – Jen Turano

Release Date: April 4

Description: Miss Permilia Griswold may have been given the opportunity of a debut into New York high society, but no one warned her she wasn’t guaranteed to “take.” After spending the last six years banished to the wallflower section of the ballroom, she’s finally putting her status on the fringes of society to good use by penning anonymous society gossip columns under the pseudonym “Miss Quill.”

Mr. Asher Rutherford has managed to maintain his status as a reputable gentleman of society despite opening his own department store. While pretending it’s simply a lark to fill his time, he has quite legitimate reasons for needing to make his store the most successful in the country.
When Permilia overhears a threat against the estimable Mr. Rutherford, she’s determined to find and warn the man. Disgruntled at a first meeting that goes quite poorly and results in Asher not believing her, she decides to take matters into her own hands, never realizing she’ll end up at risk as well.

As Asher and Permilia are forced to work together and spend time away from the spotlight of society, perhaps there’s more going on behind the scenes than they ever could have anticipated. . . .

This series has a FREE novella up for pre-order here:

3. Long Time Gone – Mary Connealy

Release Date: Feb 28

Description: The Boden clan thought their problems had ended with the death of a dangerous enemy, but have they truly uncovered the real plot to take their New Mexico ranch? Rancher Justin Boden is now in charge. He is normally an unshakable and rugged man, but with his brother, Cole, shot and in mortal danger, even a tough man faces doubts. And it doesn’t help that Angie DuPree, the assistant to the doctor trying to save Cole, is as distracting a woman as Justin ever laid eyes on.

With her and the doc’s timely skills, Cole looks to be on the mend, and Justin and the rest of the Bodens can turn their attention back to the dangers facing them. It’s clear now that everything that’s occurred is part of a much bigger plot that could date back to a decades-old secret. Can they uncover all the pieces before danger closes in on them, or is the threat to the ranch even bigger than any of the Bodens could imagine?

4. The Chapel Car Brides – Judith Miller

Release Date: Apr 4

Description: With her penchant for seeing the best in everyone, Hope Irvine sees a world full of good people in hard places. When her father accepts a position traveling in a chapel car as an on-the-rail missionary, she is determined to join him in his efforts and put her musical skills to good use by serving the mining families of West Virginia, saving their souls, and bettering their lives.

Luke Hughes shares Hope’s love of music and her love of God, but as a poor miner he knows he can offer her no future. Still, the notes she sings resonate in his heart. When she begins to travel with a young mine manager to neighboring counties, Luke can hardly suppress his jealousy. It isn’t until he begins to suspect these missions of mercy might be the mine manager’s cover for illegal purposes, though, that Luke feels justified in speaking up. But how can he discover the truth without hurting Hope or, worse, putting her in danger?

5. To the Farthest Shores – Elizabeth Camden

Release Date: Feb 28

Description: It has been six years since army nurse Jenny Bennett’s heart was broken by a dashing naval officer. Now Lieutenant Ryan Gallagher has abruptly reappeared in her life at the Presidio army base but refuses to discuss the inexplicable behavior that destroyed their happiness.

Ryan is in an impossible situation. One of the few men in the world qualified to carry out a daring assignment, he accepted a government mission overseas that caused his reputation to be destroyed and broke the heart of the only woman he ever loved. Honor bound never to reveal where he had been during those six years, he can’t tell Jenny the truth or it will endanger an ongoing mission and put thousands of lives at risk.

Although Ryan thinks he may have finally found a solution, he can’t pull it off on his own. Loyalty to her country compels Jenny to help, but she never could have imagined the intrigue she and Ryan will have to face or the lengths to which they will have to go to succeed.

6. Treasured Grace – Tracie Peterson

Release Date: Feb 28

Description: Grace Martindale has known more than her share of hardship. After her parents died, raising her two younger sisters became her responsibility. A hasty marriage to a minister who is heading to the untamed West seemed like an opportunity for a fresh start, but a cholera outbreak along the wagon trail has left Grace a widow in a very precarious position.

Having learned natural remedies and midwifery from her mother, Grace seeks an opportunity to use her skills for the benefit of others. So when she and her sisters arrive at the Whitman mission in “Oregon Country,” she decides to stay rather than push on.

With the help of Alex Armistead, a French-American fur trapper, Grace begins to provide care for her neighbors, including some of the native populace. But not everyone welcomes her skills–or her presence–and soon Grace finds herself and those she loves in more danger than she imagined possible.

7. A Note Yet Unsung – Tamera Alexander

Release Date: Jan 31

Description: A master violinist trained in Vienna, Rebekah Carrington manages to wheedle her way into an audition with the Maestro at the newly-formed Nashville Philharmonic. But women are “far too fragile and frail” for the rigors of an orchestra, and Rebekah’s hopes are swiftly dashed. Because the conductor–determined to leave his mark on the world of classical music–bows to public opinion. To make matters worse, Adelicia Acklen Cheatham, mistress of Belmont Mansion and Rebekah’s new employer, agrees with him.

Nationally-acclaimed conductor Nathaniel Tate Whitcomb is Nashville’s new orchestra leader. And despite a reluctant muse–and a strange buzzing and recurring pain in his head–he must finish composing his symphony before the grand opening of the city’s new opera hall. But far more pressing, he must finish it for the one who first inspired his love of music–his father, who is dying. But Tate’s ailment worsens. He knows Rebekah can help him finish his symphony. But how do you win back a woman’s trust when you’ve robbed her of her dream?

“As music moves us to tears yet makes our hearts soar, A Note Yet Unsung captures the splendor of classical music at a time when women’s hard-won strides in cultural issues changed not only world history–but the hearts of men.”

8. Still Life – Dani Pettrey

Release Date: Jan 31

Description: Blacklisted in the photography business when one of her shots causes a scandal, but desperate to somehow continue in the profession, Avery Tate answered an ad for a crime scene photographer. She fully expected to be laughed at, but crime scene analyst Parker Mitchell hired her outright–taking time to teach her the trade. Now she’s half in love with the man, half terrified to even acknowledge her feelings, and completely hooked on the job–until the next crime hits too close to home.

Avery attends the gallery opening of a new photography exhibit to support her best friend who modeled for the show. The only image of her, though, is a chilling photo of her posing dead. Only the photographer insists he didn’t take the shot, and Avery’s friend can’t be found. As Avery and Parker, along with Parker’s brilliant friends, begin to dig into the mystery, they find themselves face-to-face with a dangerous, relentless, and deadly threat which could endanger them all.

9. Murder on the Moor – Juliana Deering

Release Date: Jan 31

Description: Mystery Awaits on the Mysterious Yorkshire Moors

At the urgent request of an old school friend, Drew and Madeline Farthering come to Bloodworth Park Lodge in the midst of the Yorkshire moors, a place as moody and mysterious as a Brontë hero. There have been several worrisome incidents out on the moor–property destroyed, fires started, sheep and cattle scattered–and worst of all, the vicar has been found dead on the steps of the church.

Drew’s friend is obviously smitten with his bride of eight months, though it’s hard to imagine what she sees in the awkward man. Drew can’t help wondering if her affections lie more with the man’s money and estate, while her romantic interests focus on their fiery Welsh gamekeeper. As the danger grows ever closer, it’s up to Drew to look past his own prejudices, determine what is really going on, and find the killer before it’s too late.

10. An Uncommon Courtship – Kristi Ann Hunter

Release Date: Jan 3

Description: Life for Lady Adelaide Bell was easier if she hid in her older sister’s shadow–which worked until her sister got married. Even with thepressure of her socially ambitious mother, the last thing she expected was a marriage of convenience to save her previously spotless reputation.

Lord Trent Hawthorne couldn’t be happier that he is not the duke in the family. He’s free to manage his small estate and take his time discovering the life he wants to lead, which includes grand plans of wooing and falling in love with the woman of his choice. When he finds himself honor bound to marry a woman he doesn’t know, his dream of a marriage like his parents’ seems lost forever.

Already starting their marriage on shaky ground, can Adelaide and Trent’s relationship survive the pressures of London society?

11. The Mark of the King – Jocelyn Green

Release Date: Jan 3

Description: After being imprisoned and branded for the death of her client, twenty-five-year-old midwife Julianne Chevalier trades her life sentence for exile to the fledgling 1720s French colony of Louisiana, where she hopes to be reunited with her brother, serving there as a soldier. To make the journey, though, women must be married, and Julianne is forced to wed a fellow convict.

When they arrive in New Orleans, there is no news of Benjamin, Julianne’s brother, and searching for answers proves dangerous. What is behind the mystery, and does military officer Marc-Paul Girard know more than he is letting on?

With her dreams of a new life shattered, Julianne must find her way in this dangerous, rugged land, despite never being able to escape the king’s mark on her shoulder that brands her a criminal beyond redemption.

12. In the Shadow of Denali – Tracie Peterson / Kimberly Woodhouse

Release Date: Jan 3

Description: Cassidy Ivanoff and her father, John, work at the new and prestigious Curry Hotel outside Mt. McKinley. While John will be expedition and wilderness exploration guide for the wealthy tourists, Cassidy has signed on as a cook’s assistant. Both are busy as the hotel prepares to welcome the president of the United States on his way to drive in the golden spike to officially complete the railroad.

Allan Brennan travels to the Curry Hotel to be an apprentice of a seasoned Alaska mountain guide. Ever since his father’s death climbing Mt. McKinley, he’s worked to earn enough money to make the trek to the Alaska territory himself. His father’s partner blames their guide for the death of his father, but Allan wants to find the truth for himself. He finds an unlikely ally in Cassidy, and as the two begin to look into the mystery, they suddenly find that things are much less clear, and much more dangerous, than either could ever imagine.

13. The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill – Julie Klassen

Release Date: Dec 6

Description: The lifeblood of the Wiltshire village of Ivy Hill is its coaching inn, The Bell. But when the innkeeper dies suddenly, his genteel wife, Jane Bell, becomes the reluctant owner. Jane has no notion of how to run a business. However, with the town’s livelihood at stake and a large loan due, she must find a way to bring new life to the inn.

Despite their strained relationship, Jane turns to her resentful mother-in-law, Thora, for help. Formerly mistress of The Bell, Thora is struggling to find her place in the world. As she and Jane work together, they form a measure of trust, and Thora’s wounded heart begins to heal. When she encounters two men from her past, she sees them–and her future–in a different light.

With pressure mounting from the bank, Jane employs innovative methods to turn the inn around, and puzzles over the intentions of several men who seem to have a vested interest in the place. Will her efforts be enough to save The Bell? And will Thora embrace the possibility of a second chance at love?

14. Conspiracy of Silence – Ronie Kendig

Release Date: Dec 6

Description: Four years after a tragic mission decimated his career and his team, Cole “Tox” Russell is persona non grata to the United States. And that’s fine–he just wants to be left alone. But when a dormant, centuries-old disease is unleashed, Tox is lured back into action.

Partnered with FBI agent Kasey Cortes, Tox has to pull together a team to begin a globe-spanning search for answers–and a cure. As their quest leads them from continent to continent, it slowly becomes clear they’re not just fighting a plague–but battling against an ancient secret society whose true goals remain hidden.

With time running out and opposition growing on every side, the key to everything may rest in an antique codex, the Crown of Jerusalem–but will Tox and his team be able to trust each other enough to break this century-spanning conspiracy of silence?

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15. For the Record – Regina Jennings

Release Date: Dec 6

Description: Betsy Huckabee might be a small-town girl, but she has big-city dreams. Writing for her uncle’s newspaper will never lead to independence, and the bigger newspapers don’t seem interested in the Hart County news. Trying a new approach, Betsy pens a romanticized serial for the ladies’ pages, and the new deputy provides the perfect inspiration for her submissions. She’d be horrified if he read her breathless descriptions of him, but these articles are for a newspaper far away. No one in Pine Gap will ever know.

Deputy Joel Puckett didn’t want to leave Texas, but this job in tiny Pine Gap is his only shot at keeping his badge. With masked marauders riding every night, his skills and patience are tested, but even more challenging is the sassy journalist lady chasing him.

16. Fatal Frost – Nancy Mehl

Release Date: Nov 1

Description: Mercy Brennan followed in her father’s footsteps in a law enforcement career, but she has no interest in any other connection to him. A U.S. Marshal in St. Louis, Missouri, she’s assigned to a joint task force with the St. Louis PD that puts her back into contact with her father and in the sights of St. Louis’s most powerful gang.

When the gang has reason to believe Mercy has possession of some highly sensitive and incriminating information, her boss assigns Mark St. Laurent–a Deputy U.S. Marshal and Mercy’s ex-boyfriend–to get her out of town until they can guarantee her safety.

17. The Shattered Vigil – Patrick W. Carr

Release Date: Nov 1

Description: Victory over the dark forces during the feast of Bas-solas should have guaranteed safety for the continent. Instead, Willet and the rest of the Vigil discover they’ve been outsmarted by those seeking to unleash the evil that inhabits the Darkwater. Jorgen, the member of the Vigil assigned to Frayel, has gone missing, and new attacks have struck at the six kingdoms’ ability to defend themselves.

Just when the Vigil thought they had quenched the menace from their enemy in Collum, a new threat emerges: assassins hunting the Vigil, men and women who cannot be seen until it’s too late. The orders of the church and the rulers of the kingdoms, fearing the loss of the Vigil’s members altogether, have decided to take them into protective custody to safeguard their gift. On Pellin’s orders, the Vigil scatters, leaving Willet to be taken prisoner by the church in Bunard.

In the midst of this, Willet learns of the murder of an obscure nobleman’s daughter by one of the unseen assassins. Now he must escape his imprisonment and brave the wrath of the church to find the killer in order to turn back this latest threat to the northern continent.