Saturday, November 09, 2013

New Releases for November

Life got in the way and I didn’t post these on the first Monday of the month like we usually do, but we’ve got them for you now! First, a rundown of new releases from authors who are part of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW):

Contemporary Romance:
A Marriage in Middlebury by Anita Higman — A Marriage in Middlebury is a love story, but it’s also a story about the complex, quirky, and sometimes prickly interworkings of the folks who frequent the local tearoom in Middlebury, Texas. (Contemporary Romance from Abingdon Press)

The Christmas Promise by Kimberly Rose Johnson — Dr. Pete Harding doesn’t date single moms, no matter how lovely Keira Noble’s smile, or how adorable her four-year-old son. He’s been down that road before and knows it can lead to a broken heart. But that doesn’t mean he can’t help the pretty widow find a puppy to put under the Christmas tree for her son…. Pete claims he only wants to help her find the perfect gift for Cody. Yet Keira can’t deny the tender feelings in his eyes whenever he looks at her. Could this handsome Scrooge have a change of heart, and create a new family for Christmas? (Contemporary Romance from Heartsong Presents)

Silver Bells by Deobrah Raney — As Elvis croons from the radio and Christmas descends upon a small Kansas town, two people find the miracle of love. (Contemporary Romance from Summerside Press [Guideposts])

Rodeo Queen by Shannon Taylor Vannatter — When her safe life is shattered by danger, can he protect her long enough to reclaim her heart? (Contemporary Romance from Heartsong Presents)

Plain Peace by Beth Wiseman — Anna’s grandfather seems determined to ruin her Rumspringa . . . and any hopes she has of finding a husband. (Contemporary Romance from Thomas Nelson)

Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay — Samantha Moore must stop hiding behind literary characters, such as Elizabeth Bennet and Jane Eyre, in order to find her true self and true love. (Contemporary from Thomas Nelson)

Aloha Rose by Lisa Carter — Can Laney overcome her fears of rejection and Kai move past the tragedies of the past to find in each other more than they ever dreamed? (Romance from Abingdon Press)

By the Waters of Kadesh by Carole Towriss — Moses sends spies to explore the mysterious land of Canaan, but when ten of the twelve return with a bad report, all Israel, including a former Egyptian soldier and a young widow, must deal with the unexpected and terrifying fallout. (Historical from DeWard Publishing)

Middle Grade:
Hear No Evil by Mary L. Hamilton– Summer camp is no fun for Brady McCaul. The girl with the cute dimples thinks he’s immature and childish. The camp bully targets him with cruel taunts and teasing, and flips Brady’s canoe to keep him from winning the race. But worst of all, his mom won’t let him come home. She doesn’t want him living with her anymore. Brady wonders if even God cares about him. Can Brady figure out what he did to earn Mom’s rejection and change her mind by week’s end? Or will he have to live with his workaholic dad, the guy who left when Brady was seven? (Middle Grade from HopeSprings Books)

The Truth Revealed by Deborah Lynne — The Truth Revealed is a suspenseful page turner about two missing kids and Samantha Cain is trying to help find them before their time runs out. (Suspense/Thriller from OakTara)

Young Adult:
Outcasts (The Safe Lands) by Jill Williamson — The remnant from Glenrock is now living as rebels within the Safe Lands, looking for a way to find purpose in their lives. When a young rebel is murdered and his death points to a rebel leader, it’s hard to know who to trust. Levi tries to organize a plan to free the children and fights for respect as elder over those who’d rather go their own way. Omar tries to change his image of a traitor by donning a costume and going out into the night as a vigilante hero. And Mason stumbles onto a shocking secret about the Safe Lands meds, but his investigation just might get them all liberated. (Young Adult from Zondervan)

And now for some other new historical titles you might be interested in (learn more about these and see other November titles at  

Jenny Barden, The Lost Duchess, Ebury (swashbuckling historical adventure with a touch of romance, set against the backdrop of the Lost Colony of Roanoke)

Anne Cleeland, Daughter of the God-King, Sourcebooks (Regency historical adventure novel, set in Egypt)

Angus Donald, Warlord, St. Martin’s (reimagines the life of Robin Hood)

Julia Franck, Back To Back, Harvill Secker (story of a brother and sister and their unsympathetic mother trapped behind the Berlin Wall in E Germany during the Cold War)

Ronald Frame, Havisham, Picador USA (a prelude to Dickens’ classic Great Expectations)

Diana Gabaldon, Written In My Own Heart’s Blood, Orion (latest in Outlander series set in American War of Independence)

Ali McNamara, Step Back in Time, Sphere (single career girl gets hit by a car and awakes to find herself in 1964. The fashion, the music, her job, even her romantic life: everything is different. And then it happens three more times, and Jo-Jo finds herself living a completely new life in the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s)

Happy reading! Or, happy shopping if you're already looking for gift ideas for yourself or someone else! :-)

~ Leigh

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