Monday, December 02, 2013

New Releases for December

Welcome to Cyber Monday 2013 and the perfect time to get some great new books for the favorite book lover on your shopping list! These new titles are from authors who are part of American Christian Fiction Writers; more in-depth descriptions can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website.

Contemporary Romance:
Her Holiday Hero by Margaret Daley –Together, Jake and Emma will discover it takes a different kind of bravery to open themselves to love-and to healing. (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired)
A Cowboy Christmas by Delia Latham and Tanya Stowe — A mom on the run; a child and her “imaginary” friend; a Cowboy; and God. – Heart’s Haven is at it again. (Contemporary Romance from White Rose Publishing)
The Firefighter’s New Family by Gail Gaymer Martin — A widow with small son will never find love again, but God has other plans when a firefighter rescues her from benath a fallen tree and takes her and her toddler into his heart. (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired)
Tempest’s Course: Quilts of Love Series by Lynette Sowell– Kelly Frost, a textiles conservator, is invited to the Massachusetts coastal city of New Bedford to restore a 150-year-old Mariner’s Compass quilt. There she meets Army veteran Tom Pereira, the caretaker of Gray House, whose heart seems as hard as the rocky Massachusetts coastline. Over the long-lit months as Kelly works to restore the quilt, she and Tom grow closer. Then Tom learns secrets of his own family’s past, and both Tom and Kelly learn they are tied to Gray House in ways they never imagined. (Contemporary Romance from Abingdon Press)
An Amish Miracle by Beth Wiseman, Mary Ellis, Ruth Reid — Three wonderful new stories by three of the top authors in Amish fiction. (Romance Novella from Thomas Nelson)

A Ruby Christmas by Jerusha Agen, Dianne E. Butts, Jennifer Fromke, Marji Laine, Fay Lamb, J.A. Marx, Ruth O’Neil, Phee Paradise, Debbie Roome — Ruby Buckner travels the world at her father’s request, picking up nativity pieces along the way. But she returns with far more than an eclectic creche. (General Contemporary from Write Integrity Press) 

The Sheep Walker’s Daughter by Sydney Avey — A Korean War widow’s difficult mother dies before
revealing the identity of her daughter’s father and his cultural heritage. As Dee sorts through what little her mother left, she unearths puzzling clues that raise more questions: Why did Leora send money every month to the Basque Relief Agency? Why is her own daughter so secretive about her soon-to-be published book? And what does an Anglican priest know that he isn’t telling? All this head-spinning breaks a long, dry period in Dee’s life. She might just as well lose her job and see where the counsel of her new spiritual adviser and the attentions of an enigmatic ex-coworker lead her. (Historical Women’s Fiction from HopeSprings Books)
Marriage by Arrangement by Anne Greene — Lady Cailin MacMurry marries the Fifth Duke of Avondale, honoring the arranged marriage her parents ordered. But Avondale’s shadowy past and strange disappearances threaten their marriage. Can she discover his secret, or must she arrange his accidental death to protect her unborn child? (General Historical from White Rose Publishing) 

Historical Romance:
The Professor’s Heart by Laurie Alice Eakes –Long ago, Mia and Ayden chose their careers over love. But God, it seems, may have other plans for them… (Historical Romance from Heartsong Presents)
Return of the Cowboy Doctor by Lacy Williams — The Cowboy’s Reluctant Sweetheart Two years shy of his medical degree, cowboy Maxwell White is out of money. So, he’s back in Bear Creek, Wyoming, working part-time for the local physician. Though he is immediately drawn to the doctor’s lovely, whip-smart daughter, she seems to be irritated by Maxwell’s very existence. Hattie Powell can’t quash her feelings for the town’s new would-be doctor. But that’s exactly why she must keep him at a distance. Hattie is closer than ever to fulfilling her lifelong wish of becoming a doctor. Now, the only thing standing in her way is the man of her dreams. (Historical Romance from Love Inspired)
Alaska Brides Collection by Mary Connealy, Tracie Peterson, Kathleen Y’Barbo, Cathy Marie Hake — Six Romances Persevere in the Alaska Wilderness. (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing) 

Romantic Suspense:
Yuletide Jeopardy by Sandra Robbins — A TV anchorwoman will stop at nothing to solve the cold case surrounding her high school friend’s death. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired)

There’s also a good list of mainstream historicals compiled by the Historical Novel Society. Here’s a sampling, but visit their website for a complete list of December releases.

Diana Gabaldon, Written In My Own Heart’s Blood, Delacorte (romance, time-travel, and adventure set in Revolutionary Philadelphia)
Mark Keating, Cross of Fire, Hodder & Stoughton (pirate and Naval adventure)
Catherine Lloyd, Death Comes to the Village, Kensington (Regency-set historical mystery, first in new series)
Pamela Mingle, The Pursuit of Mary Bennet, Morrow (Austen sequel featuring the reserved and awkward Mary Bennet)
Kate Parker, The Vanishing Thief, Berkley (1st in new mystery series featuring a Victorian antiquarian bookseller)

Happy reading!
~ Leigh

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