Monday, May 05, 2014

Get Reading! New Releases for May

Warmer weather in May means it’s the perfect time to sit outside and enjoy the beautiful day with a book. And you have plenty of choices this month from new releases! Here are the latest titles from members of American Christian Fiction Writers (all genres) and some selections from historical authors in the secular market.

Contemporary Romance:
One More Last Chance by Cathleen Armstrong — Sarah Cooley’s ex-fiancé wanted to change everything
about her. She has come home to Last Chance, New Mexico, for one reason–because it stays the same. As it turns out, the winds of change are blowing into Last Chance–just not in the ways that Sarah might expect. (Contemporary Romance from Revell [Baker Publishing Group])

The Nurse’s Perfect Match by Narelle Atkins — After her marriage ends in tragedy, nurse Amy Wilkins returns to Snowgum Creek to rebuild her life. There she meets widower Ben Morton, who’s not looking for romance, though his young children are eager for Amy’s attention. They could be the answer to each other’s prayers -- if the secret Amy is keeping doesn’t tear them apart. (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

One Perfect Spring by Irene Hannon — Claire Summers is a single mother who is doing her best to make lemonade out of the lemons life has handed her. Keith Watson is an executive assistant to a philanthropic businessman and is used to fielding requests for donations. But when a letter from Claire’s eleven-year-old daughter reaches his desk, everything changes. (Contemporary Romance from Revell [Baker Publishing Group])

Tumbleweed Weddings by Donna Reimel Robinson — Watch as true love triples in tiny Ft. Lob, Wyoming, where three siblings each find love unexpectedly. Callie Brandt thinks she’s destined to be a spinster librarian. . .until a gorgeous newcomer arrives in town. Tonya Brandt is so self-absorbed, she just might miss out on true love. . .until a secret admirer helps her see that true beauty is much more than skin deep. Derek Brandt sees no good reason to disrupt his life with a wife right now. . .until he realizes the best girl for him might not wait around forever. (Contemporary Romance from Barbour Publishing)

A Season of Change by Lynette Sowell — Amish widower Jacob Miller is stranded in Sarasota until his
daughter recovers after being struck by a car. Jacob grows increasingly wary of his unfamiliar surroundings -- including the strange curiosity of Englischer Natalie Bennett. Natalie never thought her circus career as an aerial silks artist would end with a blown-out knee at the age of 25. She also never knew her late mother had a secret-that she was once Amish. (Contemporary Romance from Abingdon Press)

Here to Stay by Melissa Tagg — After playing nomad for five years, Blake Hunziker has finally returned to Whisper Shore. He’s stunned at not only a warm welcome from his hometown but also a job offer contingent on his pulling off the annual Christmas Festival. If only he knew the first thing about coordinating events… If there’s one thing Autumn Kingsley knows, it’s Whisper Shore. For years, she’s been stuck running her family’s inn when all she wants is to see the world. Now she has an appointment with a potential investor who could take over the inn, as well as a dream job offer in Paris. But with just two weeks to whip the inn into shape, her chance at escape is a long shot. The Hunzikers and the Kingsleys don’t get along, but Blake knows Autumn’s the only one who can help him. She agrees to help with the Festival if he’ll help with inn repairs. Their simple trade becomes much more involved when the guy who’s done running away joins forces with the girl who can’t wait to leave. (Contemporary Romance from Bethany House [Baker Publishing Group])

Meant to Be Mine by Becky Wade — After a whirlwind romance deposits them at a Las Vegas wedding chapel, Ty Porter and Cecilia Park wake to a marriage certificate and a dose of cold reality. Celia’s ready to be Ty’s wife, but Ty’s not ready to be her husband. He’s a professional bull rider, he lives on the road, and he’s long planned to settle down with the hometown girl he’s known since childhood. Five and a half years pass. How much will Ty sacrifice to win back Celia’s trust and prove to her that their spontaneous marriage can still become the love of a lifetime? (Contemporary Romance from Bethany House [Baker Publishing Group])

Young Adult Speculative Fiction:
Merlin’s Nightmare by Robert Treskillard — Merlin, tired of hiding and running from his enemies, wants nothing more than to spend his days with his family and train Arthur for his rightful place as king. But when Arthur goes missing, a desperate Merlin must abandon all other quests to find him before a shadowy pursuer catches Arthur first. (Fantasy from HarperCollins Christian Publishing [Thomas Nelson & Zondervan])

Through the Deep Waters by Kim Vogel Sawyer — Born to an unloving prostitute in a popular Chicago brothel, timid seventeen-year-old Dinah Hubley was raised amidst the secrets held in every dark, grimy room of her home. Working at the Clifton Hotel in Florence, Kansas, offers Dinah an escape and a life she’s never known, but she remains buried in the shame of her past. When a farmer resolves to show Dinah Christ’s love, can she ever accept a gift she so desperately needs? (Historical from Waterbrook/Multnomah [Random House])

Historical Romance:
Out of the Ruins by Karen Barnett — While her sister lies on her deathbed, Abby Fischer prays for a
miracle. What Abby doesn’t expect, however, is for God’s answer to come in the form of the handsome Dr. Robert King, whose experimental treatment is risky at best. Their feelings become hopelessly entangled, but then they’re separated by the tragedy of the mighty San Francisco earthquake. Abby fears for her life as she flees alone through burning streets. Where is God now? Will Robert find Abby, even as the world burns around them? Or has their love fallen with the ruins of the city? (Historical Romance from Abingdon Press)

The Heart’s Pursuit by Robin Lee Hatcher — Silver Matlock is a Colorado beauty in search of revenge against the man who stranded her at the altar and fled with the remnant of her family’s fortune. Jared Newman, rugged as the West itself, is relentless in his pursuit of lawless men—but unable to escape his own tragic past. Hardened by his life as a bounty hunter, he must learn to forgive before he loses his soul. Joining forces, the two set out in search of Silver’s betrayerBut lack of honesty keeps Silver and Jared from fully trusting each other, even as a shocking revelation intensifies their pursuit of the cunning—and deadly—quarry. (Historical Romance from HarperCollins Christian Publishing [Thomas Nelson & Zondervan])

While Love Stirs by Lorna Seilstad — After graduating from Fannie Farmer’s School of Cookery in 1910, Charlotte Gregory is ready to stir things up. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to travel, lecture, and give cooking demonstrations on the very latest kitchen revolution–the gas stove–and certainly doesn’t mind that the gas company has hired the handsome Lewis Mathis to perform at her lectures. Lewis encourages her work, especially her crusade to introduce fresh, appetizing, nutritious food to those convalescing in hospitals. But young hospital superintendent Dr. Joel Brooks is not convinced any changes should be made–especially by this outspoken young woman. (Historical Romance from Revell [Baker Publishing Group])

Branding the Wrangler’s Heart by Davalynn Spencer – Whitaker Hutton always gets his way. When cattle go missing from the Bar-HB Ranch, the tenacious foreman will stop at nothing to find them. But his boss’s granddaughter, Olivia Hartman, is more than Whit bargained for. She could stay mad at him forever for being the victim of his childhood pranks -- if he wouldn’t act all sweet toward her. But when he literally rides to her rescue, Livvy starts to wonder whether her old enemy might turn out to be much more than a friend. (Historical Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Contemporary Women’s Fiction:
All My Belongings by Cynthia Ruchti — After years of running from the shame her father put on her family, Jayne is determined not to let him steal her future. Changing her name to Becca Morrow, she moves to California and settles into a new job caring for the ailing mother of intriguing but caregiver-challenged young businessman, Isaac Hughes. Just as she’s wondering if she and Isaac are headed for a relationship, Becca’s patient passes away under unusual circumstances. Suddenly, her past catches up with her and the unnerving details of her heritage threaten to destroy all hope for love. (Contemporary from Abingdon Press)

General Fiction:
Chateau of Secrets by Melanie Dobson — Giséle Duchant guards a secret that could cost her life. Tunnels snake through the hill under her family’s medieval chateau in Normandy. When German soldiers take over the family’s chateau, Giséle is forced to host them -- while harboring resistance fighters right below their feet. Seventy years later, Giséle’s granddaughter Chloe arrives in Normandy to escape the public eye. But as she begins to explore the dark and winding passageways beneath the chateau, nothing can prepare her for the shock of what she discovers. (Contemporary from Howard [Simon & Schuster])

Medical Thriller:
Third Trimester by Dianna T. Benson — Paramedic Jodi Duncan recognizes the work of a serial killer before Myrtle Beach Detective Nate Quigley even suspects a connection between the deaths of two pregnant women. After digging deep into the separate investigations, Nate finds no evidence to support a serial killer theory, and he warns Jodi to back off police business. When a third pregnant woman is murdered, Nate works to link the deaths in order to unmask and stop the serial murderer, a disturbed man who fixates on Jodi since he discovered her obsession with ending his rampage. (Medical Suspense from Ellechor Publishing House, LLC)

Supernatural Thriller:
Spirit Bridge by James L. Rubart — The Warriors Riding have battled in astounding supernatural realms, set captives free, and awakened thousands of hearts . . . but each is reeling from vicious attacks. The warlord demon Zennon is raging and will give them no quarter. Now their only chance of survival depends on calling for The Spirit Bridge. But Zennon holds a hidden strategy that will detonate the team from the inside out. And he’s just set it loose. (Supernatural Thriller from HarperCollins Christian Publishing [Thomas Nelson & Zondervan])

Romantic Suspense:
Bodyguard Reunion by Margaret Daley —Nine years ago Chloe Howard  and T. J. Davenport worked on a case together, fell in love, then went their separate ways. Now she’s reunited with the fearless bodyguard to protect a controversial couple on a book tour through Texas. The reunion reminds Chloe of dreams best forgotten. She knows she has to keep her emotions in check so their clients’ protection remains their top priority. It’s the only thing keeping them from falling prey to a stalker’s deadly schemes. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Raptor 6 by Ronie Kendig — Captain Dean Watters keeps his mission and his team in the forefront of his laser-like focus. So when these two things are threatened by hackers, Dean’s Special Forces training kicks into high gear. Failing to stop the hackers from stealing national security secrets from the military’s secure computers and networks isn’t an option. (Romantic Suspense from Barbour Publishing)

Grave Danger by Katy Lee — When skeletal remains are found on a small Maine island, forensic anthropologist Lydia Muir is sent to investigate the time of death. Island sheriff Wesley Grant seems sure the murder didn’t happen on his watch. But when Lydia uncovers the victim’s identity, someone goes to great lengths to get Lydia off the island. Wes vows to protect her, but is the handsome lawman holding something back? To help catch a killer, she’ll have to trust him -- or become the next victim. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Trail of Secrets by Sandra Robbins — “CALL SETH.” After a brutal attack, that’s all that Callie Lattimer’s uncle Dan, a former police officer, can say. Callie knows that Memphis cop Seth Dawtry will help, even if it means working with the woman who rejected him. The attack seems tied to a decades-old unsolved murder Dan could never let go. But as they uncover answers, they discover the real threat is closer than they ever thought possible. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Children’s/Middle Grade:
Samantha Sanderson: At the Movies by Robin Caroll — Sam Sanderson is an independent, resourceful,
high-tech cheerleader. She dreams of becoming an award-winning journalist like her mother, so she’s always looking for articles she can publish in her middle-school paper. Then an explosive device is found in the local theater. Sam’s police-officer father is heading the investigation, and Sam can’t resist doing some sleuthing of her own with the help of her best friend Makayla’s techno-genius. But when Sam’s theories end up being printed in the school paper, she lands in big trouble—and danger! (Children’s/Middle Grade Fiction from HarperCollins Christian Publishing [Thomas Nelson & Zondervan])

Samantha Sanderson: On the Scene by Robin Caroll — What if getting to the bottom of a mystery means learning how to love your enemy? As Samantha and the rest of the middle schoolers prepare for the upcoming Spring Fest, ‘mean girl’ Nikki faces the reality that her parents are getting divorced. Samantha has a hard time sympathizing—Nikki has never been very nice to anyone, let alone Samantha. But when Nikki becomes victim of a string of attacks, Sam takes it upon herself and uses her super sleuth abilities to get to the bottom of the bullying. (Children’s/Middle Grade Fiction from HarperCollins Christian Publishing [Thomas Nelson & Zondervan])

And a few from the general market, courtesy of the list by The Historical Novel Society

  • Raffaella Barker, From a Distance, Bloomsbury (WWII soldier returning home boards a train to Cornwall on an impulse, changing his destiny and that of two people in 2012)
  • David Downing, Jack of Spies, Soho (a Scottish car salesman spies for His Majesty’s Navy in 1913)
  • Gary Kriss, The Zodiac Deception, Forge (WWII thriller about an antihero working undercover in the Nazi High Command)
  • Alex Grecian, The Devil’s Workshop, Putnam (thriller about Scotland Yard’s murder squad, set in London 1890)
  • Michael McGarrity, Backlands, Dutton (epic of the American West, sequel to Hard Country)
  • Liz Trenow, The Forgotten Seamstress, Sourcebooks (in 1910 and a century later, the story of two women and a quilt with secrets stitched into its lining)

Wow, what an incredible selection of stories! Happy reading!

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