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ACFW: March New Releases

Posted by Julie on March 10, 2017 in ACFW, Guest blogger, Julie Arduini, Writing |

March 2017 New Releases

More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website.

Contemporary Romance:
Reunion at Crane Lake
by Robin Bayne — Colt’s memory is returning after the accident that ended his career. Now he wants to take over his family’s inn, but he’ll have to partner with his former fiancée to be able to afford it. He’ll need forgiveness to make that happen. Tia’s goal is clear: to return the inn to its former grandeur. And she’ll even work with Colt to do so. But like the inn, their relationship needs a lot of work. He broke her heart…can she ever trust him again? (Contemporary Romance from White Rose Publishing [Pelican])

by Fay Lamb — She’s a starving artist facing a serious illness; he’s the doctor who’s her only hope of survival. If only she hadn’t caused his sister to die. (Contemporary Romance from Write Integrity Press)

Muffins & Moonbeams
by Elizabeth Maddrey — Malachi Baxter is happy to hide in the background and manage the business-end of the family bakery. He’d much rather live in the online world of computer games where he can explore the galaxy and no one has to know he’s deaf. Ursula Franks designs websites during the day and spends her evenings battling alien races online where relationships are easy and uncomplicated. When she agrees to design a website for the local Community Supported Bakery, she has no idea that Malachi is the real man behind her online persona’s best friend and her own secret crush.As the two work together on the website, they uncover an attraction, but will they be able to put aside past hurt and insecurity to find love? (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)

Then Came You: A Bradford Sisters Novella
by Becky Wade — Garner Bradford, heir to the troubled Bradford Shipping empire, doesn’t know much about babies. But he’s going to have to learn fast because he’s just become a single father to his newborn daughter. Career girl Kathleen Burke is wholly uninterested in settling down. She has big dreams, and none of them include Garner and his small hometown in Washington State. Yet she can’t seem to get her handsome boss out of her head or her heart…. (Romance Novella, Independently Published)

When the Bough Breaks
by Ane Mulligan — Her dream job has a Catch 22—and time’s running outRookie lobbyist Sienna O’Shea is determined to make a name for herself in New York’s capitol city and use that influence to gain easier access to her birth records. For years she’s searched for her birth mother, but when she’s handed her first assignment—to lobby support for the permanent sealing of all adoption records—her worlds collide. Swept up into the intrigue of backroom politics, falling in love was not on Sienna’s agenda, but the candidate for Lt. Governor runs a formidable campaign to make her his first lady. When an investigative reporter discovers foreign money infiltrating political campaigns, the trail leads to Sienna’s inner circle. (General, Independently Published)

The Memory of You
by Catherine West — Thirteen years ago, Natalie lost a part of herself when her twin sister died. Will traveling back to the family winery finally put the memory to rest, or will it completely destroy her? (General from HarperCollins Christian Publishing [Thomas Nelson and Zondervan])

Cozy Mystery:
Murder Is No Accident
by A. H. Gabhart — When murder comes to call at a stately Victorian house, the town of Hidden Springs looks to Deputy Sheriff Michael Keane to solve the crime before anyone else dies. (Cozy Mystery from Revell [Baker])

Historical Romance:
A Rocky Mountain Romance
by Misty M. Beller — When Zeche takes shelter from a blizzard in a remote cabin, he doesn’t expect to find a beautiful woman and her father, a disturbed Civil War veteran. Zeche’s instincts tell him Greta is endangered and he should stay and protect her, but his own presence aggravates her father’s condition. With a dangerous snowstorm outside and growing hostilities inside, can he find a way to keep them all safe from harm? Or will it be to the detriment of his heart? (Historical Romance, Independently Published)

A Stolen Heart
by Amanda Cabot — From afar, Cimarron Creek seems like an idyllic town tucked in the Texas Hill Country. But when former schoolteacher Lydia Crawford steps onto its dusty streets in 1880, she finds a town with a deep-seated resentment of Northerners–like her. Lydia won’t let that get her down, though. All will be well when she’s reunited with her fiancé. But when she discovers he has disappeared–and that he left behind a pregnant wife–Lydia is at a loss about what to do next. The handsome sheriff urges her to trust him, but can she trust anyone in this town where secrets are as prevalent as bluebonnets in spring? (Historical Romance from Revell [Baker])

My Heart Belongs in the Superstition Mountains: Carmela’s Quandary by Susan Page Davis — Experience the Wild West as Carmela seeks freedom of body and soul. Forced for years by her uncle to pose as a survivor of an Indian kidnapping so he can profit on the speaker circuit, she longs to end the lies. On a stagecoach in Arizona Territory, Carmela and her uncle are fellow passengers with a deputy US marshal and his handcuffed prisoner. When the stage is attacked, will Carmela’s wish come true, or will she forever be branded by her past? (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)

Desert Moon & Honor Bound
by Susan Page Davis and Colleen L. Reece — Enjoy an Old West romance adventure from author Susan Page Davis. Julia Newman looked forward to moving home to Arizona, then she got word that her mother has died and Julie’s stagecoach is robbed. If that wasn’t enough, the first person she sees in town is Adam Scott—the man she always loved but could never have—and now he is accusing her brother of criminal activity. Also includes a bonus historical romance, Honor Bound by Colleen L. Reece. (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)

Her Motherhood Wish
by Keli Gwyn — En route to the Double T Orphanage to work on its expansion, carpenter Chip Evans and Caroline Hunt discover two orphaned children—and become their caregivers. But Chip’s determined not to let himself get too attached to the children who just lost their widowed father…or to the lovely woman helping him care for them. Especially since Callie and the little ones just don’t fit into his detailed plans for the future. Callie can’t help but fall in love with the orphans, and despite her better judgment, she’s falling for Chip, too. Her dreams of being a wife and mother were not quite like this. But Callie believes a plan bigger than Chip’s brought them all together…and now she just has to help him see it, too. (Historical Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

The Planter’s Daughter
by Michelle Shocklee — When her father’s Texas cotton plantation faces bankruptcy, Adella must choose between the man who can her family’s land and the man who can save her! (Historical Romance from Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas)

When Tides Turn
by Sarah Sundin — When Quintessa Beaumont learns the US Navy has established the WAVES program for women, she enlists, eager to throw off her frivolous ways and contribute to the war effort. Lt. Dan Avery employs his skills in antisubmarine warfare to fight U-boats at the peak of the Battle of the Atlantic, but the last thing he wants to see on his radar is fun-loving Tess. As Dan and Tess work together in Boston, the changes in Tess challenge his notions–and his heart. (Historical Romance from Revell [Baker])

Medical Suspense:
Dcotor’s Dilemma
by Richard L. Mabry M.D. — Young surgeon Tyler Gentry thought the offer to join the Hall Group of surgeons offered the answer to his problems, but things changed when he received a 3 AM phone call that told him such a move would be hazardous to his health. (Medical Suspense, Independently Published)

Romantic Suspense:
Her Baby’s Protector
by Margaret Daley and Susan SleemanSaved by the Lawman by Margaret Daley: As an unknown assailant attempts to kidnap family-court judge Kate Forster’s infant son, police officer Chase Walker thwarts the attack—and vows to keep the pair safe. But who will protect the ex-marine’s heart when the widowed mother and her little boy make him long for a permanent spot in their family? Saved by the SEAL by Susan Sleeman: The tragedy that killed Bree Hatfield’s best friends–and left her with custody of their young daughter–has been ruled an accident. But Bree knows it was murder. Scared and alone, she turns to her ex-boyfriend, navy SEAL Clint Reed, who’ll risk everything to protect baby Ella and the woman he never stopped loving. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

by Terri Reed — FBI intern Zara Fielding and her K-9 partner, Radar, stumble across a robbery gone wrong and put themselves in the criminals’ crosshairs. Her childhood friend FBI computer guru Dylan O’Leary works for the secretive FBI unit she longs to join, and he vows not to let anything happen to her. As they work to stay one step ahead of the bad guys, new feelings ignite. When she goes missing, it’s only Dylan–and Radar–who can track her down. Will they arrive in time to save her and the future she and Dylan have started dreaming about? (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Speculative Romance/Fantasy:
Ingrid’s Engagement
by Kristen Reed — When King Viggo marches through the kingdom of Schlagefilde in a relentless quest for retribution against its wicked king, the Count of Anselm attempts to make peace with him. As the two strike a deal that will protect the people of Anselm, the King of Villriket becomes enthralled with a portrait of the Count’s oldest daughter, Ingrid. The vengeful king vows that he will leave Edmund’s county in peace if he will allow him to marry Ingrid. To prevent her father from incurring the sovereign’s wrath, the young lady hastily agrees and enters into an unforeseen engagement with the grim ruler. Ingrid’s Engagement tells the enchanting tale of a beautiful young woman who softens the hardened heart of a beastly king with nothing more than her quiet wisdom and gentle spirit. (Speculative Romance/Fantasy, Independently Published)

This list is also on the ACFW blog. Check it out!

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Book Review: In Firefly Valley by Amanda Cabot

Posted by Julie on November 11, 2015 in Book Review, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |

51y8vCO+GFL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_She’s lost her dream job–but has she found the man of her dreams?

Devastated by a downsizing, Marisa St. George has no choice but to return to the small Texas town where she grew up. Though it means a giant step backward, she accepts a position as business manager at the struggling Rainbow’s End resort. The only silver lining: Blake Kendall, a new guest who might make her believe in love at first sight. But will Marisa’s dreams of happily-ever-after be turned upside down when she discovers Blake’s real identity?

This warm and witty story of dreams deferred and mistaken identity will have you believing in second chances.

I’m a sucker for a small town romance with resort backdrops. Although I missed book one, it doesn’t take much to pick up and understand In Firefly Valley. There was good chemistry between Marisa, back in the area after losing her job, and Blake, an author on deadline. He has a bit of a secret that has the potential to send Marisa reeling.

I enjoyed the book, although I had trouble getting completely caught up. I think going a little deeper with the characters would have helped because I felt the sparks, but it wasn’t quite enough. But it is a sweet small town romance worth reading.

To purchase In Firefly Valley, click here.

I received a .pdf from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my review.

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COTT: In Firefly Valley by Amanda Cabot Wins Latest Clash

Posted by Julie on June 29, 2015 in Guest blogger, Julie Arduini |

I know, technically Summer just started,

Thank you all for participating in our
special May releases Clash of the Titles.
We appreciate the efforts of all of our fans, and
particularly our authors this month:

, Jennifer
, Heather Day
, and Sarah Loudin



Some of the very encouraging words from our readers include:

–Love reading your books. Can’t put them down.
–Great looking
reads. All new authors to me. So, looks like I have great TBR pile for the
rest of the summer.
–Love all of Amanda Cabot’s books. I have Firefly
Valley here ready to read.
–I love Heather Gilbert’s books. She
writes in such a fresh and wonderful way, I feel I’m right there with her
characters. I especially love Tess’s character!
–Sarah Loudin Thomas,
I have loved both of your books! Keep ’em comin’!
–Trial by Twelve
is a masterful suspense novel. I love that it is set in West Virginia and
has a married couple as main characters. I hope there is a sequel! Bravo,
Heather Gilbert!
–Blue Columbine is a favorite and can’t wait for
more of Jen’s books to come out.
–Rachel James is an exciting new
author of engaging historical characters.

And the champ of this clash is…

Amanda Cabot, In
Firefly Valley


She’s lost her dream job—but has she found the man of her dreams?

Devastated by a downsizing, Marisa St. George has no choice but to return
to the small Texas town where she grew up. Though it means a giant step
backward, she accepts a position as business manager at the struggling
Rainbow’s End resort. The only silver lining: Blake Kendall, a new guest
who might make her believe in love at first sight. But will Marisa’s dreams
of happily-ever-after be turned upside down when she discovers Blake’s real

This warm and witty story of dreams deferred and mistaken identity will
have you believing in second chances.

Buy the book on Amazon,
and Noble


My heartfelt thanks go to everyone who helped make In Firefly Valley the
winner of this month’s Clash of the Titles. Your support means so much to
me! I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: you’re the reason I write.
Thank you for your belief in me and my writing.

I’ve been delighted with the response to this book. A number of you have
told me you think it’s even better than the first of the Texas Crossroads
stories, At
Bluebonnet Lake
. Since I hope that my writing improves with each book,
hearing that has been the encouragement I need to work even harder on the
next book.

I’ve also been pleased with the praise reviewers have given In Firefly
Valley. RT BookReviews rated it a page turner and said, “Cabot’s heartfelt
storytelling rings true as she addresses the pains of bitterness and
resentment, as well as the hard fight to love again and forgive all hurts.
…Charming secondary characters and the beautiful Texas Hill Country
setting cap off a story that is a delight to read.”

Blogger Trudy Shiroma Koeffler had the following to say:
“To say I have a new favorite author is an understatement! This book was
absolutely fantastic on so many levels! First of all it brought deep
spiritual truths into the story naturally and realistically. The love story
was the sweetest one I’ve read in a long time, but it was not a predictable
love story at all. It had twists and turns, and nail biting episodes that
had me guessing till the end. I was impressed with the mature way love was
displayed in this story on all fronts with the various characters. This
book is not some fairytale romance but rather a tale of characters with
real issues, fears, heartaches and hang-ups. The author deals with each
issue in a detailed, emotionally healthy and spiritual rich way. The
description of landscape, cabins, cooking and friendships will make you
wish you could take a little trip to Dupree and visit Firefly Valley

Thank you again for your support. I’m excited, overwhelmed and more pleased
than I can ever say at having In Firefly Valley win this award. And, for
those of you who’ve asked “what’s next?” the third of the Texas Crossroads
books, On Lone Star Trail, will be released in February 2016. If you’d like
to learn more about that and my other books, I invite you to sign up for my
online newsletter. It’s simple: just send me an email. You’ll find the
address on my web page. I look forward to hearing from you.

About Amanda: Amanda Cabot is the bestselling author of more than
thirty novels including the Texas Dreams trilogy, the Westward Winds
series, and Christmas Roses. A former director of Information Technology,
she has written everything from technical books and articles for IT
professionals to mysteries for teenagers and romances for all ages. Amanda
is delighted to now be a fulltime writer of Christian romances, living
happily ever after with her husband in Wyoming.

Visit her website and Facebook page Twitter Blog


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COTT: Vote for Your Favorite Summer Read

Posted by Julie on June 22, 2015 in encouragement, Guest blogger, Julie Arduini |


Looking for some awesome take-me-away Summer Reading?
Check out these new releases and I dare you to tell me which one you’d put on the top of your reading list. We offer contemporary and historical romance, a little fantasy, danger, mystery, suspense!
Vote for your next most likely read, and leave the author a word of encouragement, then share with your friends.

Scroll down, vote in the survey box, and come back next week for the Reveal!


Rachel A. James
To unite the kingdoms and bring peace, Princess Alena must enter into a royal marital alliance, but when the handsome physician, Sherwin, befalls her, matters become complicated. Torn between obligations to her young son and country, she faces a difficult decision, will Alena obey the king’s orders, or choose to follow her heart?
Jennifer Rodewald
Friendship, love, and then betrayal…for Jamie Carson one thing becomes clear: Andrew needs a savior, and she cannot be it. Will Andrew allow the hand of grace to redeem his legacy of addiction, or will he and Jamie remain the casualties of heartbreak?
Heather Day Gilbert
Tess Spencer loves her low-key job at the Crystal Mountain Spa, which allows her plenty of down-time with her one-year old daughter and lawyer husband, Thomas. But when a pool installation turns up eight skeletons in the spa’s back yard, Tess becomes entangled in a sleuthing job destined to go awry…even as she sifts through layers of deceit, Tess realizes too late that a serial killer’s sights have zeroed in on her.
Contemporary Romance
Amanda Cabot
Marisa St. George has lost her dream job and come home to manage the struggling Rainbow’s End resort in the small Texas town where she grew up. The only silver lining is Blake Kendall, a new guest who is making her believe in love at first sight. But is he really who she thinks he is?
Historical Romance
Sarah Loudin Thomas
When family tragedy derails Henry Phillips’s college studies, he consoles himself with his fiddle and the family farm. His grandmother’s helper, Margaret Hoffman, is always around, ready to push his buttons, and it seems she doesn’t care about his troubles. But Margaret has her own problems. Henry and Margaret soon find themselves relying on each other as they face potential loss and find healing in the most surprising places.

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