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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:
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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])

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Hope
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)

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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)

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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)

General:
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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)

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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:
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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:
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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)

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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])

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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)

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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)

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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])

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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)

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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:
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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:
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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])

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Agent-in-Training
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:
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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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COTT: Interview with Clash Winner Susan Page Davis

Posted by Julie on August 1, 2016 in COTT, encouragement, God's Word, Guest blogger, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, Writing |

This week, we’re pleased to feature the winner of the July Clash
of the Titles competition. Susan Page Davis is the author of more than
sixty published novels. She’s a two-time winner of the Inspirational
Readers’ Choice Award, and also a winner of the Carol Award, the
Will Rogers Medallion, and was a finalist in the WILLA Awards and the
More Than Magic Contest.

A Maine native, she now lives in Kentucky. Her historical romance The
Outlaw Takes a Bride is a finalist in the 2015 Will Rogers Medallion
Awards.

Her latest accomplishment is having her brand new June release, River
Rest, be chosen as the July Clash of the Titles victor.

We asked Susan to tell us a little about writing River Rest. Here’s what
she had to say.

CBA: What made you choose the setting for your story?

SPD: My great-aunt left a journal she wrote in the 1920s
and ’30s. It gave such a vivid picture of life in rural Maine that I
wanted to write a story in that setting. I decided to push it back to
1918, near the end of World War I, because of the added tension and also
because my grandfather (Aunt Belle’s brother-in-law) served in WWI. He
was drafted close to the end of the war, and I adapted some details of
his story to fit in for my heroine, Judith’s brother. River Rest is
purely fiction, but many of the events in it were inspired by things
that really happened in my family.

CBA: Do your characters have anything in common with real
people?

SPD: In real life, my grandmother (Aunt Belle’s sister) was
a schoolteacher before she married my grandfather. Judith has a lot in
common with both my Nana and Aunt Belle. She loves her bird feeder, she
learns to make quilts, and she cooks many of the same things my Nana
served. Her life on the farm is a lot like theirs was. I love Judith
because she keeps on, even when she is tempted to fall into depression
as her father did. She knows people are depending on her, so she
perseveres.

CBA: You mention your story was inspired by your great-aunt’s
journal. What’s the best thing you learned from reading what she
wrote?

SPD: My Great-aunt Belle, who wrote the journal, died in
1939, long before I was born. She was 55, and she died from
complications of appendicitis. I never got the chance to know her, and I
would love to be able to sit down with her for a cup of tea. As a side
note, I had acute appendicitis myself in 1985, and it was no fun then,
with modern medicine to help me out. Aunt Belle noted so many cultural
things in her diary—who she voted for, the famous boxers of the day, the
way the neighboring farm boys were building tractors out of truck
chassis, and all the community events and gossip. She never had children
of her own, but she doted on her nieces and nephews. I think I would
have loved her.

Thanks to Susan for her insights. You
may visit her at her website at: www.susanpagedavis.com .

River Rest by Susan Page Davis

River Rest sounds like an interesting read. Here’s more about the
book:

 
Unable to depend on her father to heal the crumbling family,
Judith is afraid to trust the mysterious neighbor, Ben, who lives with
his own grief.



Maine, 1918


Judith Chadbourne gave up her teaching job after her mother’s death
to help her father with her five siblings. But when her father sinks
into deep depression and her brother Joel is drafted, the household
chores and farm work may overwhelm her. Neighbor Ben Thayer offers to
buy their farm, shocking Judith and angering her father. An outsider
from New York, Ben seems rich and mysterious, but his heart aches from
his own loss. Judith accidentally breaks the antique crystal Christmas
ornament her mother loved. The splintering star echoes her family’s
shattering. Ben’s efforts to help make Judith suspicious, but when Joel
falls critically ill at the army camp, Ben’s aid brings the beginnings
of trust. After the armistice, and the community and family start to
recover from the strain of the war, but Judith learns independence is
lonely. When Ben is injured, she is the only one who can help him. Can
love take her beyond the frozen Maine winter?

If you’re into period romances, be sure to check this one out! A
plethora of people voted this into their TBR pile. You might want to
join them!

 

Purchase

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COTT: More Summer Books Need Your Vote!

Posted by Julie on July 25, 2016 in Book Review, COTT, encouragement, Guest blogger, Julie Arduini, Writing |

Summer’s Sizzlin’
Vote for your Fave!



Scroll through these THREE new reads and vote below
for which you’d pick up first to read while sippin’ iced tea.
It’ll be a tough choice! But somebody’s gotta do it. May as well be
you!
https://www.amazon.com/Almost-Like-Being-Love-Destination-ebook/dp/B010MHA2OY
Almost Like Being in Love by Beth K. VogtShe’s won an all-expenses-paid, luxurious wedding — all she needs now is
the groom! Winning a destination wedding would be a dream come true …
if Caron Hollister and her boyfriend, Alex were already engaged — and if
her ex-boyfriend, Kade, wasn’t back in her life, causing her to wonder
“what if?” when she thought she was ready to say “I do” to someone
else.

~~~~~~
https://www.amazon.com/Rescue-Me-Sandy-Nadeau/dp/1611165342
Rescue Me by Sandy NadeauRisking her life to save him is easy. Risking her heart to give him a
second chance is impossible.

~~~~~~
 
https://www.amazon.com/River-Rest-Susan-Page-Davis/dp/0997230835
River Rest by Susan Page DavisUnable to depend on her father to heal the crumbling family, Judith is
afraid to trust the mysterious neighbor, Ben, who lives with his own
grief. When Ben is injured, she is the only one who can help him.

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VOTE HERE!

If you have trouble viewing the entire survey, click here to load a dedicated page to the survey.

 

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COTT: Summer Reads—Which Novel Would You Choose First?

Posted by Julie on May 21, 2012 in Book Review, COTT, Guest blogger, Julie Arduini, Writing |

*guest post by April W Gardner

 

This week, Clash of the Titles is featuring five novels new to bookstore shelves. You don’t want to miss a single one! They’re already getting great reviews. Check them out on Amazon by clicking the cover images. You can also use the survey below to let us know which you’re most likely to read first. Which one is going to the top of your TBR pile?

 

COWGIRL TRAIL by Susan Page Davis
Alex Bright is torn between supporting the cowboys who want to strike or the rancher who gave him his start. The boss’s beautiful daughter complicates matters when she organizes an all-woman outfit to replace the striking men.

THE RESTORER’S SON by Sharon Hinck
Cast out by those he trusts and preferring to cross swords with the One rather than yield to His will, Kieran flees to enemy Hazor, only to find that the One knows no borders. Pursued by his calling, Kieran finds a boy without a home, a king with burning questions, and a nation torn by darkness. 


THE CHASE by DiAnn Mills
To FBI Special Agent Tigo Harris, it’s a cold case, but to writer Kariss Walker it’s a story that she has to write despite the danger. 

LEAVING LANCASTER by Kate Lloyd

When Holly Fisher’s mother reveals a long-kept secret, that Holly’s mother abandoned her Amish community where relatives still live, will Holly’s yearning for family be strong enough to overtake her conflicted feelings of betrayal? Set in the heart of contemporary Amish country, Leaving Lancaster explores the power of forgiveness, reconciliation, and love where least expected.





THE IRISH HEALER by Nancy Herriman
Accused of murdering a child under her care, Irish healer Rachel Dunne flees the ensuing scandal while vowing to never sit at another sickbed. When a cholera epidemic sweeps through London, she feels compelled to nurse the dying daughter of the enigmatic physician she has come to love. 

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