Monday, October 06, 2014

New Books to Enjoy in October!



October brings lots of new titles to enjoy, whether you lean toward romance, historical, or suspense. Here’s list from authors who are part of American Christian Fiction Writers. More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website. Buy one for yourself and start doing some early Christmas shopping for the other readers in your life!

Amish Romance:
An Amish Second Christmas by Kathleen Fuller, Tricia Goyer, Ruth Reid and Beth Wiseman — Four Amish novellas with a Christmas connection. (Amish Romance from HarperCollins Christian Publishing [Thomas Nelson and Zondervan])


Contemporary Romance:
At Bluebonnet Lake (Texas Crossroads) by Amanda Cabot — Marketing maven Kate Sherwood’s world is fast-paced, challenging, and always changing. The last thing she wants to do is slow down to a crawl at Rainbow’s End, a dilapidated resort in the Texas Hill Country. But she cannot deny her ailing grandmother’s request to visit the place where she and her deceased husband spent one glorious week (albeit fifty years ago). Could there be a future there? Or will Kate’s long-sought promotion take her back to the big city? (Contemporary Romance from Revell [Baker Publishing Group])

Quilted by Christmas by Jodie Bailey — After Taryn McKenna’s high school sweetheart, Justin Callahan, abandons her to join the Army, Taryn vows to never love again. And she decides to keep a closely guarded secret from him -- forever. Focused on being completely independent, Taryn pours herself into teaching high school in Hollings, North Carolina and helping her spunky Grandma Jemma. But when Jemma’s health takes a turn for the worse, and Justin reappears, Taryn’s emotions get more tangled than a knotted piece of thread. (Contemporary Romance from Abingdon Press)

His Small-Town Family by Lorraine Beatty — Nicki Latimer never expected to be back in her tiny Mississippi hometown, much less running a store with a baby on her hip. But when her father falls ill, Nicki will do anything to save the family business…even put her dreams on hold. And she’s found just the person to help her. Ethan Stone is strong and reliable, but also haunted by his past as a war photographer. He’s convinced he could never be the man Nicki thinks he is. But with Ethan by her side, Nicki’s dreams of love and family are closer than she thinks. (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

A Holiday Proposal by Kimberly Rose Johnson — Just out of nursing school, Holly Miller can’t risk any distractions. She knows a slip-up could cost a life. Like the mistake she made years ago that still plagues her conscience. When she runs into old high school friend Matthew Cook, she hesitates to let romance into her life. Now that Matthew has Holly’s attention, maybe the holiday season is the perfect time for him to show her that she deserves to have it all -- work, family, friends and a love that lasts a lifetime. (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Forever Christmas by Robert Tate Miller —Would Andrew Farmer and his wife Beth have spent their last moments together arguing had they known that just before midnight on Christmas Eve, Beth would be hit by a taxi that would ultimately take her life? Andrew would do anything to go back and change that night. Then he meets Lionel, a straight-talking angel in disguise, who grants Andrew the gift of the last three days of Beth’s life to relive, but there’s a hitch: her fate cannot be changed. Only one gift will save her life, and Andrew has seventy-two hours to figure out what that gift is or he’ll lose Beth forever. (Contemporary Romance from HarperCollins Christian Publishing [Thomas Nelson and Zondervan])


General/Contemporary:
Lizzy & Jane by Katherine Reay — Restaurant owner Elizabeth has lost her culinary magic, and business is slowing down. When worried investors enlist the talents of a tech-savvy celebrity chef to salvage the restaurant, Elizabeth feels the ground shift beneath her feet. Brimming with desperation and dread, Elizabeth finds herself in the unlikeliest of places, by her sister’s side in Seattle as Jane undergoes chemotherapy. As her new life takes the form of care, cookery, and classic literature, Elizabeth is forced to reimagine her future and reevaluate her past. But can a New York City chef with a painful history settle down with the family she once abandoned . . . and make peace with the sister who once abandoned her? (General/Contemporary from HarperCollins Christian Publishing [Thomas Nelson and Zondervan])


Historical Romance:
Yuletide Angel by Sandra Ardoin — A shy spinster, Violet Madison secretly delivers food to the poor at Christmas and earns the title The Yuletide Angel. When bachelor Hugh Barnes discovers the truth, he vows to protect her. Neither realizes someone else waits in the shadows, threatening to ruin Violet’s generosity and her reputation. (Historical Romance from Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas)

The Farmer’s Daughter Romance Collection by Mary Davis, Kelly Eileen Hake, Tracie Peterson, Jill Stengl and Susan May Warren– Meet daughters of prairie farms from Montana south to Kansas who find love in the midst of turbulent life changes. Into each of their lives rides a man who may only make their situations worse. (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)

Dreaming on Daisies (Love Blossoms in Oregon Series) by Miralee Ferrell — When her father’s debts threaten Leah Carlson’s family ranch, she fights to save it. When handsome banker Steven Harding must decline her loan request, he determines to do what he can to help. Just as he arrives to serve as a much-needed ranch hand, Leah’s family secrets -- and the pain of her past -- come to a head. They could destroy everything she’s fought for. And they could keep her from ever opening her heart again. (Historical Romance from David C. Cook)

Where Treetops Glisten by Tricia Goyer, Cara Putman and Sarah Sundin– A grandmother advises three siblings as they search for love and deeper faith during World War II. (Historical Romance from Waterbrook/Multnomah [Random House])

Suitor by Design (The Dressmaker’s Daughters) by Christine Johnson– Minnie Fox’s goal is to find a beau who can help support her ailing father and his struggling dress shop. As a working man, her friend Peter Simmons simply doesn’t fit the bill. Instead, Minnie’s got eyes for Peter’s childhood pal, a wealthy Chicagoan. So why can’t she stop thinking about Peter? Peter wishes Minnie would see him as more than a friend. As a hardworking mechanic, Peter knows he’ll never be able to dazzle Minnie with fancy suits and expensive cars. But maybe he can prove to her that what’s in a man’s heart is worth more than what’s in his wallet. (Historical Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Watercolor Dreams by Sherry Kyle– It’s 1910 and Anna Lewis wants to become a premier watercolor artist of the lush beaches of Carmel, California. When a man strides down the beach and stops to face the ocean, Anna sketches him into her painting. Was it a mistake? Anna thinks so when he approaches and tells her he doesn’t have spare change to purchase her work. The minute Charles Jordan walks away, he regrets criticizing the woman’s painting but as he told the artist, he’s just been jilted at the altar. Will a secret from his past prevent Charles from ever loving again? And will Anna have the hope she needs when tragedy strikes and she must rely on the one man who crushed her spirit? (Historical Romance from HopeSprings Books)

The Daughter of Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky– Debutante Katherine Ramsey’s family estate, Highland Hall, has been passed to older male cousin Sir William Ramsey. Her only means of securing her future is to make a strong debut in the London social season and find a proper husband. When a shocking family scandal sidelines Katherine, forcing her out of the social spotlight, she keeps a low profile, volunteering with the poor in London’s East End. Here, a friendship with medical student Jonathan Foster deepens and her faith in God grows. But when Katherine is courted anew by a man of wealth and position, dreams of luxury surface again. She must decide whom she can trust and love -- and if she will choose a life serving others over one where she is served. (Historical Romance from Waterbrook/Multnomah [Random House])


Romantic Suspense:
Holiday Defenders by Jodie Bailey, Debby Giusti and Susan Sleeman– Three military stories with Christmas holiday tie-ins. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

The Lawman Returns (Wrangler’s Corner) by Lynette Eason — Deputy Clay Starke has come home to Wrangler’s Corner for one reason: to solve his brother’s murder. Denied official resources, Clay is forced to rely on his wits and the assistance of beautiful social worker Sabrina Mayfield. But Sabrina’s helping him draws her into danger. Now both Clay and Sabrina have targets on their backs, and Clay is at risk of losing not only his heart, but also his life. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Deceived by Irene Hannon — When Kate Marshall spots a child on an escalator in the mall, she is convinced it is the son she thought was killed in a boating accident. With police skeptical of her story, she turns to private investigator Connor Sullivan. The former Secret Service agent is dubious, but agrees to investigate. He discovers that the incident may have been no accident at all. But if Claire’s son is alive, someone is intent on keeping him hidden -- and may be willing to go to lethal lengths to protect a sinister secret. (Romantic Suspense from Revell [Baker Publishing Group])


Speculative Fiction:
Thunder: A Novel (Stone Braide Chronicles) by Bonnie S. Calhoun — In post-apocalyptic America, Selah Chavez hunts Landers, mysterious people from a land across the big water who bring a good price from the Company and are especially prized if they keep the markings they arrive with. Everything falls to pieces when the Lander Selah catches is stolen by her brothers – and Selah wakes up the next morning to find the Lander’s distinctive mark has suddenly appeared on her own flesh. Once the hunter, Selah is now one of the hunted, and she knows only one person who can help her – Bohdi Locke, the Lander her brothers hope to sell. (Speculative Fiction from Revell [Baker Publishing Group])

A Time to Die by Nadine Brandes —Parvin Blackwater believes she has wasted her life. At only seventeen, she has one year left according to the Clock by her bedside. In a last-ditch effort to make a difference, she tries to rescue Radicals from the government’s crooked justice system. But when the authorities find out about her illegal activity, they cast her through the Wall — her people’s death sentence. What she finds on the other side about the world, about eternity, and about herself changes Parvin forever and might just save her people. But her clock is running out. (Speculative Fiction from Enclave Publishing)