June 2021 New Releases!

June 2021 New Releases More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website

Contemporary Romance:

A Chance for the Newcomer by Lisa Carter — She’s stirring things up…A big-city chef. A small-town single dad. And matchmakers with marriage in mind… Chef Kara Lockwood didn’t think changing a small-town diner’s menu would cause a boycott, but the locals sure do love their apple pie—especially fire chief Will MacKenzie. Kara’s not sure she and the single father can ever learn to live peacefully as neighbors. But even as they clash over pastries, local matchmakers and Will’s little boy are determined to bring their stubborn hearts together. (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired (Harlequin))

His Secret Daughter by Laurie Larsen — he had the perfect life all on her own …Alyssa Stark works hard to make her life’s dreams come true … all on her own. She built her reputation as New York City’s top advertising executive, client by client. And when her ill-advised marriage didn’t work out, she knew she had to make her dream of becoming a mother happen by untraditional means. Now, she and her eight-year-old daughter Caroline are living the dream life in the Big Apple.

He’d lost everything that meant anything until he made a discovery …Grant Fontaine is the widowed president of his father-in-law’s electronics company. Since the tragic death of his pregnant wife a decade ago, he’s become a high achieving businessman, but a social hermit. Several years ago, his lonely life took on new meaning when he discovered that the donation he’d made to a reproductive clinic long ago had sired a child. Through the services of a discreet private eye unafraid to push legal limits, he identifies his “daughter,” Caroline, and her mother, Alyssa. Could it be time to reveal his secret? (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)

Always a Wedding Planner by Davalynn Spencer, R.L. Ashely, LeeAnn Betts, Toni Shiloh — Love Is Only Business for 4 Wedding Planners Discover how keeping secrets from each other threatens four women’s friendships, wedding business, and their own ability to find love in Loveland, Colorado. Business partners Felicity Anderson, the cake baker; Kiki Bell, the seamstress; Cassie Blackthorn, the coordinator; and Chef Saffron Delarosa are best of friends in a town that is a romantic wedding destination for many couples—who work together at Weddings by Design to make every bride’s special day perfect. Could each falling into their own romance be the key to working out their differences and learning to trust each other—and God—with their futures? (Contemporary Romance from Barbour Publishing)

Matched Hearts by Cathe Swanson — She’s looking for a “Plus One” for her parents’ anniversary party. He’s looking for “Happily Ever After.” When a matchmaking agency pairs them up, is it a computer error or a match made in heaven?Eleanor Nielson always wanted to follow in her distinguished parents’ footsteps, becoming a teacher and living a life of selfless community service – until she tried it. Now, she’s run away to find herself and decide what she wants to do with the rest of her life, but she can’t skip her parents’ anniversary party, and she needs a date. Can a matchmaking agency find her a fake boyfriend who will impress her parents? Mechanical engineer David Reid has his life all planned out, and he’s ready for the next phase: a loving wife who will share his faith and work at his side when he becomes a pastor. But a good woman is hard to find, so like any good engineer, David turns the project over to experts: an online matchmaking agency. The pretty, blond teacher with denim blue eyes seems like a match made in heaven. Or is she too good to be true? (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)

Plot Twist by Bethany Turner — February 4, 2003, is just another day for Olivia Ross—a greeting card writer whose passion project is a screenplay of her own. After she and a handsome, struggling actor have a near-magic encounter in a coffee shop, they make a spontaneous pact: in ten years, after they’ve found the success they’re just sure they’re going to achieve, they’ll return to the coffeehouse to partner up and make a film together. The only problem? Olivia neglected to get the stranger’s name. But she doesn’t forget the date. For the next ten years, every February 4, Olivia has an exceptional day, full of coincidences and ironies. As men come and go and return to her life, and as she continues to write her screenplay, she still wonders about the guy from the coffee shop—the nameless actor she’s almost certain was Hamish MacDougal, now a famous member of the Hollywood elite. But a lot can happen in ten years, and while waiting for the curtain to rise on her fate, the true story of Olivia’s life is being written—and if she’s not careful, she’ll completely miss the epic romance playing out right before her eyes. (Contemporary Romance from HarperCollins Christian Publishing (Thomas Nelson and Zondervan))

Historical:

More Than Honor by Carol Ashby — Devotion to duty and dogged determination make Tribune Titianus the most feared investigator of the Urban Cohort. Honor drives him to hunt down anyone who breaks Roman law, but it becomes personal when Lenaeus, his old tutor, is murdered in his own classroom. Why kill a respected teacher of the noble sons of Rome, a man who has nothing worth stealing and no known enemies? Had he learned something too dangerous to let him live? Pompeia was only a girl when Titianus studied with Father before her family became Christians. She and her brother Kaeso can’t move their school from the house where their father was killed. But what if the one who killed Father comes to kill again? Kaeso’s friend Septimus insists they spend nights at his father’s well-guarded home. But danger lurks there as well. As Titianus hunts for the murderer, will he discover their secret faith and arrest them as enemies of the Empire? (Historical from Cerrillo Press)

The Dream Weaver’s Bride: Asenath’s Story by Janelle Hovde — As the daughter of the high priest of On, Asenath has a solid vision of her future. Her education with the royal scribe is a luxury not usually afforded to women, and even though she is betrothed to the pharaoh’s half-brother, she has dreams of something more. But everything changes when the pharaoh has troubling nightmares that only a prisoner named Joseph can interpret. Suddenly, Asenath finds herself married to this foreigner, who demands that no god but his own be worshipped in his house. Despite her fears, Asenath is touched by Joseph’s kindness and humility, even as he steps into his newfound power. Can Asenath trust the God of Joseph and forsake her old deities? Can she learn to love this stranger from another land, a stranger with scars from a painful past? As a famine sweeps across Egypt and the surrounding lands, Asenath and Joseph find themselves face-to-face with the men who caused Joseph’s suffering. Can Asenath embrace the power of El Shaddai and help her husband forgive? (Historical from Guideposts Publications)


Historical Romance:
Faith in the Mountain Valley by Misty M. Beller — After eleven years spent looking for the girl who stole his heart, Jean-Jacques Baptiste-better known as French to his friends-is tempted to give up. Until the day he spotted the flaxen-haired stranger traveling the wooded path with Blackfoot Indians. He never imagined he’d find his childhood friend masquerading as a man in this Rocky Mountain wilderness, hundreds of miles from the Canadian town where he last saw her. No matter her reasons, he can’t let her go this time. From a USA Today bestselling author comes another epic journey through breathless landscapes and adventure so intense, lives will never be the same. (Historical Romance, Independently Published)

The Captain’s Quest by Lorri Dudley — Pricilla Middleton only attended the Lemoore house party to keep her friend out of trouble. Now, her only chance to keep from becoming a gossip column headline is to sneak aboard her brother’s ship and pretend she’d been visiting him instead of taking part in the debacle. Before she can speak to her brother, the ship sets sail, and the man in charge is not at all who she expects. Captain Tobias Prescott, son of an infamous war hero, has been assigned on a critical mission to deploy warships in St. Kitts for battle in New Orleans. Unfortunately, his orders require him to assume command of a friend’s ship, and he must weigh anchor the instant the former captain is escorted down the gangplank. When they reach open waters, the last thing he expects is to find a woman hiding in the captain’s cabin, yet his mission is too urgent to return her to England. (Historical Romance from Wild Heart Books)

Along a Storied Trail by Ann H. Gabhart — Kentucky packhorse librarian Tansy Calhoun doesn’t mind the rough trails and long hours as she serves her Appalachian mountain community during the Great Depression. Yet she longs to find love like the heroines in the books she loves. When a charming writer comes to town, she thinks she might have found it—or is the perfect man actually closer than she thinks? Perdita Sweet has called these mountains home for so long that she’s nearly as rocky as the soil around her small cabin. Long ago she thought she could love, but when the object of her affection up and married someone else, she stopped giving too much of herself away to others. As is so often the case, it’s easier to see what’s best for others than to see what’s best for oneself. Perdita knows who Tansy should choose, but why would anyone listen to the romantic advice of an old spinster? (Historical Romance from Revell – A Division of Baker Publishing Group)

To Find Her Place by Susan Anne Mason — In the midst of WWII, Jane Linder, a childless divorcée, puts all her energy into her career at the Toronto Children’s Aid Society. As acting directress, Jane hopes to be awarded the position permanently so she can continue making a difference in the lives of troubled children. Garrett Wilder has been hired to overhaul operations at the Children’s Aid Society. He hopes to impress the board members with his findings and earn the vacant director’s position. A war injury ended his dream of taking over his parents’ farm, but with the security of the director’s job, he’d be able to contribute financially and help save the family business. As Garrett works closely with Jane, he comes to admire her tenacity and her dedication to the children. Just as feelings begin to blossom between them, her ex-husband returns from overseas with an unexpected proposition that could fulfill Jane’s deepest desires. With the odds stacked against them, can Garrett and Jane navigate the obstacles to their relationship and find lasting love? (Historical Romance from Bethany House (Baker) Publishing)

A Bride for Keegan by Linda Shenton Matchett — Fiona Quigley’s parents came to America for a better life, but illness and the Civil War took them from her. Now, she’s barely scraping by as a seamstress to Boston’s elite. A chance for a new start arises in the form of being a mail-order bride, but to her dismay she must marry the man by proxy. Once they’re wed, there will be no turning back. After being jailed one too many times for protesting against the Unionists in Ireland, Keegan O’Rourke heads for America—land of the free. He takes advantage of the Homestead Act to create a farm in his new country, but he has no one to share his success, so he advertises for a mail-order bride. They wed by proxy, but after she arrives, he discovers his Irish lass hails from the northern reaches of the Emerald Isle – the very area he fled. (Historical Romance from Shortwave Press)

On Sugar Hill by Ane Mulligan — She traded Sugar Hill for Vaudeville. Now she’s back. The day Cora Fitzgerald turned sixteen, she fled Sugar Hill for the bright lights of Vaudeville, leaving behind her senator-father’s verbal abuse. But just as her career takes off, she’s summoned back home. And everything changes. The stock market crashes. The senator is dead. Her mother is delusional, and her mute Aunt Clara pens novels that have people talking. Then there’s Boone Robertson, who never knew she was alive back in high school, but now manages to be around whenever she needs help. Will the people of her past keep her from a brilliant future? (Historical Romance from Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas)

No Journey Too Far by Carrie Turansky — In 1909, Grace McAlister set sail for Canada as one of the thousands of British Home Children taken from their families and their homeland. Though she is fortunate enough to be adopted by wealthy parents, the secrets of her past are kept hidden for ten years until someone from her long-buried childhood arrives on her doorstep. With this new connection to her birth family, will she be brave enough to leave her sheltered life in Toronto and uncover the truth? After enduring hardship as an indentured British Home Child, Garth McAlister left Canada to serve in World War I. His sweetheart, Emma Lafferty, promised to wait for his return, but after three long years apart, her letters suddenly stopped. When Garth arrives home from the war to unexpected news, he is determined to return to Canada once more on a daunting mission to find the two women he refuses to abandon—his long-lost sister and his mysteriously missing sweetheart. (Historical Romance from Waterbrook/Multnomah (Random House))

A Life Redeemed by Olivia Rae — Upon Queen Elizabeth’s order, Audrey Hayes travels to the borderlands of Scotland to learn where the fierce Laird Armstrong’s loyalties lie. Is he aligned with his mother’s English roots in support of the queen, or does he hold with the beliefs of his father, who wishes to see Mary of Scots on the English throne? The fate of Audrey’s family rests on her success in finding the answer. After losing his lands in a wager and being betrayed by his kin, Gavin Armstrong entered a loveless marriage to obtain the funds to buy back his family home, Warring Tower. Now a widower, struggling against countless border wars, he is on the verge of losing his home and lands again. With few resources, he reluctantly makes another risky wager, one he cannot hope to win without trusting the secretive Audrey Hayes, a woman he suspects is an English spy. (Historical Romance from HopeKnight Press)

Speculative/Science Fiction:

The Chase by Bradley Caffee — in the Chase. Be the hero. Or die trying. The chaos and anarchy following the Great Collapse nearly brought the world to its knees until the unchanging Law brought order and peace. Generations later, the twelve alliances of the World Coalition come together once a year to allow their best and brightest young people to compete in the Chase. The prize? A chance to pass exactly one new law. The son of two former Chase runners, Willis Thomson is the top trainee in the Western Alliance. With the expectations of the world and his heritage driving him, he leads his elite Red Team as they prepare for his moment to become a coveted law-changer. Perryn Davis, the new leader of the Blue Team, struggles to survive as she competes as one of the designated losers. She knows that losing means genetic recoding, a process that cannot go on indefinitely, and longs to age out of the program before it kills her. When a mysterious new racer with knowledge of the outside shows up at their orbiting training center, the natural order of the Western Alliance trainees is upended. In a world where too much knowledge is dangerous, Willis and Perryn find themselves in a race to save their lives and uncover the hidden underbelly of the peaceful World Coalition. (Speculative/Science Fiction from Mountain Brook Fire)

Thriller/Suspense/Romance:

Cold Case Trail by Sharee Stover — Following the clues could be the last thing they do…
Temporarily working in the cold case division was supposed to mean less danger for state trooper Trey Jackson and his injured K-9 partner, Magnum—until they thwart an abduction. Now he must protect profiler Justine Stark, even as she blames him for her friend’s death ten years ago. Can he right past wrongs by finally solving the murder…and making sure Justine lives to find closure? (Thriller/Suspense/Romantic from Love Inspired (Harlequin))

Young Adult:

Aslan: Running Joy by Kristin Kaldahl — For fourteen-year-old Krissy, her new life maxim is pretty sad: First choices out. Second choices in. It’s been that way since dialysis left her disabled. Her limitations went from none to a ton, and now they stand in the way of her dream―to compete in dog agility with her runty sheltie pup, Aslan. (Young Adult from CrossLink Publishing)


Plus check out these recent additions to Fiction Finder published within the past month:

 
 
Love & Adventure by Elise Davis, What do baseball and true love have in common besides a diamond? Is that a trick question? (Contemporary)

 
 
Miracle in Milan by MaryAnn Diorio, When a young, female auditor discovers evidence that the man she loves is an embezzler, she must choose between ruining herself or ruining him. (Thriller/Suspense/Romantic)

 
 
Finding Home by Candee Fick, Two hearts longing for home. (Contemporary Romance)

 
 
Love Found in Cranberry Cover by June Foster, Can Blake and Gracie learn who’s behind the danger that threatens them? Will a small-town girl and big-city boy find a life together? (Thriller/Suspense/Romantic)

 
 
A Night Divine by Dawn Kinzer, One chilly December night, a tragedy connects Camryn and Trace, and the devastating experience spurs her into volunteering with his team. But as Christmas Eve approaches and the two grow closer, secrets have the potential to break someone’s heart. (Contemporary Romance)

 
 
Let It Be Me by Becky Wade, The one woman he wants is the one he cannot have. (Contemporary Romance)

Before There Were Forty-Niners — Linda Shenton Matchett ( + GIVEAWAY )

Today I’m happy to welcome author Linda Shenton Matchett as she shares some fascinating history. Read through to the end to find out how to enter the giveaway.

Most folks are well aware of the California gold rush when thousands raced across the North American continent to seek their fortune. However, two decades earlier, many of these same people had swarmed the mountains of northern Georgia during the rush of 1829 that lasted into the 1840s. These gold hunters became known as the “twenty-niners.”

Reports vary widely as to who discovered the first ore in Georgia, but once the newspapers got wind of the event, they filled their pages with stories of riches and glory. One of the original prospectors, Benjamin Parks, wrote in his memoirs, “they came afoot, on horseback, and in wagons, acting more like crazy men than anything else.”

The town of Licklog, Georgia was at the center of the rush and located on Cherokee lands. As the number of gold seekers infiltrating the space rose, tension flared and skirmishes broke out. Unfortunately, the prospectors won. President Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act of 1830, and the natives were forced off their property to reservations in the west on what would become known as the Trail of Tears. Interestingly, it wasn’t long after that the name of the town was changed to Dahlonega – the Cherokee word for yellow or golden.

Mining was considered a male occupation, and few statistics exist about the percentage of women who also picked up trowels and pans to try their hand at prospecting. Fortunately, diaries and memoirs of these stalwart ladies have been preserved through museums and universities proving that some number of the “fairer sex” sought their fortune in the gold fields. As part of my research for Gold Rush Bride Hannah, I was able to read three of the journals, all with included common themes of weather, the difficult physicality of the work, and the derision they experienced.

Most of the women had accompanied their husbands, brothers, or fathers, then remained to work the claim after the man’s death. However, there were single women who struck out on their own for countless reasons: proving their independence, the thrill of the gamble, a love of the wilderness, or a need to get away, just to name a few. Like the men, a percentage of the women succeeded and became wealthy beyond their wildest dreams. Others gave up and went home or found “acceptable jobs” in the area, while a few died from illness or injury.

Between 1832 and 1837, the Philadelphia mint received more than $1.5 million in gold from the hills of Georgia, so the following year Congress created the Dahlonega mint. Within ten years, the veins began to play out, but by then the miners had heard about the California rush, so they packed their bags and headed west for another chance at winning the gold lottery.

Would you try your hand at prospecting?

GIVEAWAY

Leave a comment below to enter the giveaway for an ebook edition of Gold Rush Bride Hannah.

About Gold Rush Bride Hannah:

A brand-new widow, she doesn’t need another man in her life. He’s not looking for a wife. But when danger thrusts them together, will they change their minds…and hearts?

Hannah Lauman’s husband has been murdered, but rather than grief, she feels…relief. She decides to remain in Georgia to work their gold claim, but a series of incidents makes it clear someone wants her gone…dead or alive. Is a chance at being a woman of means and independence worth risking her life?

Jess Vogel never breaks a promise, so when he receives a letter from a former platoon mate about being in danger, he drops everything to help his old friend. Unfortunately, he arrives just in time for the funeral. Can he convince the man’s widow he’s there for her protection not for her money?

Gold Rush Bride: Hannah is the first book in the exciting new series Gold Rush Brides. Steeped in romance, intrigue, and history, the story will keep you turning pages long into the night.

Purchase Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B091JPQHZT

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Linda Shenton Matchett writes about ordinary people who did extraordinary things in days gone by. She is a volunteer docent and archivist for the Wright Museum of WWII. She is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and has lived in historic places all her life. Linda is now located in New Hampshire where her favorite activities include exploring historic sites and immersing herself in the imaginary worlds created by other authors. 

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FIRST PAGE

Reverberations from the gunshot echoed among the hills surrounding Hannah Lauman’s property as she gripped the rifle and watched the cougar disappear through the trees. Winter had apparently not been kind to the gaunt and shaggy animal, prompting its boldness to approach the homestead. Fortunately, Quinn had taught her to shoot, so she could protect herself during the times he was away from their claim. Four-legged beasts weren’t the only predators she’d had to scare off after word got out about how much gold she and her husband were pulling from Yahoola Creek.

Despite a chilly gust that tugged at her skirt, perspiration trickled down her spine and pooled under arms. No matter how often she used a gun, she’d never get used to the thunderous boom or the weapon’s kick against her shoulder. She’d sport a bruise by nightfall. She reloaded the rifle, then leaned the gun against the clothes-line post next to the basket filled with wet laundry. She needed to be ready if the big cat decided to return. Would she ever get used to living so remotely?

Roots of Wood and Stone — Amanda Wen

Today I’m excited to welcome author Amanda Wen to the blog as she shares about writing split-time fiction and her new release, Roots of Wood and Stone.

I’ve always loved reading both historical and contemporary books, and I’ve long been a fan of TV shows that hop from era to era. From the ‘80s sci-fi show, Quantum Leap, and the 2000s crime drama, Cold Case, to the new hit This Is Us, series like this illustrate in dramatic fashion just how deeply the past impacts the present. Split time novels do the same thing: characters’ past decisions have ripple effects, both good and bad, for generations to come.

In addition, one of my favorite things about split time is watching the contemporary characters dig into the past. My mother is a genealogist who’s been tracing our family history since before I was born, and her passion for uncovering our family’s stories has been an important backdrop my entire life. Her research has given me an appreciation for those who came before and a desire to pass along this appreciation to my own kids. Given all this, I think the split time genre has been a natural fit for me!

However, writing split time doesn’t come without its challenges. Instead of writing one story, I’m writing two, and they have to weave together in an organic way. If you can lift one storyline out of the book without hurting the other one, then it’s not integrated well enough. With two stories come two heroes, two heroines, and two storylines, all of which must be correctly paced and equally interesting to the reader. But challenges aside, I think I’ve found a home in the split time genre.


Roots of Wood and Stone revolves around an 1890s farmhouse that is the home of contemporary hero Garrett Anderson’s grandmother, Rosie Spencer. In cleaning out the house, he finds an old satchel which he brings to the local historical museum in hopes that they might have some use for it. The curator, Sloane Kelley, is initially unimpressed with the satchel… until she opens it and finds a 19th-century diary inside. That diary, written by past heroine Annabelle Collins, links the past timeline with the present. As Sloane digs into the diary, she wants to find out more, so she ends up going to the farmhouse to help Garrett and his sister, Lauren, declutter.

Subsequent diaries found in the house shine a light on Annabelle’s life as an early settler to Sedgwick County: the love she finds, the losses she suffers, and the God who is faithful to carry her through it all. In addition, those diaries draw Sloane and Garrett together in ways neither could imagine and form the crux of the conflict that arises between the two. Digging into the past has a direct impact on the present for both Sloane and Garrett.

ABOUT THE BOOK

This historic home holds the keys to their destiny . . . and their hearts

Abandoned at birth, her family roots a mystery, historical museum curator Sloane Kelley has dedicated her life to making sure others know theirs. When a donor drops off a dusty old satchel, she doesn’t expect much from the common artifact . . .until she finds real treasure inside: a nineteenth-century diary.Now she’s on the hunt to find out more.

Garrett Anderson just wanted to clean out his grandmother’s historic but tumbledown farmhouse before selling it to fund her medical care. With her advancing Alzheimer’s, he can’t afford to be sentimental about the family home. But his carefully ordered plan runs up against two formidable obstacles: Sloane, who’s fallen in love with both the diaries and the house, and his own heart, which is irresistibly drawn to Sloane.

A century and a half earlier, motherless Annabelle Collins embarks with her aunt and uncle on the adventure of a lifetime: settling the prairies of Sedgwick County, Kansas. The diaries she left behind paint a portrait of life, loss, and love–and a God who faithfully carries her through it all. Paging through the diaries together takes Sloane and Garrett on a journey they never could have planned, which will change them in ways they never imagined.

This warm, beautifully written split-time novel will resonate with readers looking for stories that reveal the beauty of God’s plan for our lives, and how our actions ripple for generations.

https://www.christianbook.com/roots-of-wood-and-stone-1/amanda-wen/9780825446689/pd/5446689?event=ESRCG

https://www.kregel.com/fiction/roots-of-wood-and-stone/

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/roots-of-wood-and-stone-amanda-wen/1137639277?ean=9780825446689

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Amanda Wen is an award-winning writer of inspirational romance and split-time women’s fiction. She has placed first in multiple writing contests, including the 2017 Indiana Golden Opportunity, the 2017 Phoenix Rattler, and the 2016 ACFW First Impressions contests. She was also a 2018 ACFW Genesis Contest finalist.

Wen is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and regularly contributes author interviews for their Fiction Finder feature. She also frequently interviews authors for her blog and is a contributor to the God Is Love blog. Her debut novel is Roots of Wood and Stone.

In addition to her writing, Wen is an accomplished professional cellist and pianist who frequently performs with orchestras, chamber groups, and her church’s worship team. Wen lives in Kansas with her patient, loving, and hilarious husband, their three adorable Wenlets, and a snuggly Siamese cat.

To find Amanda Wen’s blog and short stories, visit www.amandawen.com. Readers can also follower her on Facebook (@AuthorAmandaWen), Twitter (@AuthorAmandaWen), and Instagram (@authoramandawen).

May 2021 New Releases!

May 2021 New Releases
More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website
Amish Romance:
The Jam and Jelly Nook by Amy Clipston — In the final installment of Amy Clipston’s bestselling Amish Marketplace series, a young widow struggling to raise her son dreams of one more chance at love. Over time Emory and Leanna become closer friends, discovering how much they have in common. As single parents, they struggle with the limits of what they can provide for their children and feel somewhat responsible for what happened to their respective spouses. The two eventually realize they have feelings for each other-but when they try to date, their children resist. Will God pave a way for them to build a family together, or will hurdles block the path to a second chance at happiness? (Amish Romance from HarperCollins Christian Publishing (Thomas Nelson and Zondervan))

Contemporary Romance:
Stealing the First Mate by Tabitha Bouldin — Sometimes, happily ever after is as elusive as a pirate’s treasure. Darcy Riggins dove headfirst into the online dating pool and sank. Every time. Her lifelong dream of becoming a wife and mother becomes more elusive every year. So, taking the lack of a Mr. Right in her life as a decided “No!” from God, Darcy gives up altogether. Being single and content turns out to be tougher than Darcy imagined, and when she begins doubting everything she’s ever known, Nigel decides it’s time to admit his mistakes, tell the truth, and trust God for the outcome. (Contemporary Romance from Celebrate Lit Publishing)

Royally Confused by Jill Boyce — Will this doctor trade in her stethoscope for a tiara? Claire must decide by the night of the Royal Gala if she will accept her place on the throne as the Queen of Amorley–even if she might have to give up medicine or love to do so. Will she return to Boston and pursue her passion for surgery and turn her back on her newfound family, country, and the love of a lifetime? Will Claire trade in her stethoscope for a tiara? Does light overcome darkness? Can Claire learn that her worth does not reside in what she does, but who she is–the daughter of her heavenly Father and part of a royal priesthood. (Contemporary Romance from Winged Publications)

Once Upon a Summer by Toni Shiloh — Embrace the enchantment of summer with these contemporary twists on timeless tales. Let these five sweet contemporary Christian romances take you away this summer. (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)

General Contemporary:
Shelter in the Storm by Laurel M. Blount — In this moving Amish romance, two broken hearts find hope in each other after a terrible loss. Unspeakable tragedy strikes the Amish hamlet of Johns Mill when an unstable Englischer opens fire in the Hochstedler’s General Store. In the aftermath, and under the media’s spotlight, Joseph Hochstedler struggles to hold his shattered family together, drawing unexpected comfort from a faithful childhood friend. Born with a serious heart defect, optimist Naomi Schrock has always longed to live a life of service. She rolls up her sleeves, determined to help Joseph cope with this terrible crisis. But dare she hope that his friendship will finally deepen into love? (General Contemporary from Berkley Penguin Random House)

Impact by Audra Sanlyn — She sat in the midst of fear and desperation, facing the biggest decision of her life. (General Contemporary, Independently Published)

Historical Romance:

Finding Home (Within the Castle Gates #4) by Candee Fick — Two hearts longing for home. A memorable first encounter brought them together, but then Susannah Stanley and Nicholas Pennington were torn apart by circumstances beyond their control. From the Lake District in Northern England to a Moroccan port along the African coast and the Napoleonic Wars in between, they struggle to hold onto hope they will be reunited. After being supplanted by her stepmother’s schemes and the betrayal of a friend, they finally meet again in the most unlikely of places. Now the battle is on to reclaim their rightful inheritance. (Historical Romance, Independently Published)

Gold Rush Bride Hannah by Linda Shenton Matchett — Hannah Lauman’s husband has been murdered, but rather than grief, she feels…relief. She decides to remain in Georgia to work their gold claim, but a series of incidents makes it clear someone wants her gone…dead or alive. Is a chance at being a woman of means and independence worth risking her life? Jess Vogel never breaks a promise, so when he receives a letter from a former platoon mate about being in danger, he drops everything to help his old friend. Unfortunately, he arrives just in time for the funeral. Can he convince the man’s widow he’s there for her protection not for her money? (Historical Romance from Shortwave Press)

Mystery:

Three Days Clueless by Luana Ehrlich — Mylas Grey is determined to find the person who shot a politician in broad daylight. There’s just one problem. The killer left no clues behind. Zip. Zilch. Nada. Mylas gets involved in an intriguing case of MURDER . . .When Mylas arrives in his hometown to spend time with Whitney, he agrees to help his father, a local private detective, examine the files of a politician who was murdered in cold blood. Mylas gets involved in an intriguing case of murder with NO CLUES . . .The wife of the slain politician believes her husband’s murder is connected to his duties as a state legislator, but the police find no clues to his murder and no evidence to support her claim. (Mystery/Crime, Independently Published)

Romantic Thriller:
Rising Danger by Jerusha Agen — t’s up to a K-9 handler and her canine partner to stop a bomber before it’s too late. Someone’s planting explosives on dams in the Twin Cities, and Bristol Bachmann and her bomb sniffing dog must move quickly to find them before everything ends up underwater. That means relying on the dams’ supervisor—an ex-boyfriend Bristol never thought she’d see again. Hopefully Remington Jones has grown up from the rakish charmer she knew in her academy days. Because lives now depend entirely on them… (Romantic Suspense/Thriller from Love Inspired (Harlequin))

Dark Threat by Kimberly Rose Johnson — Reporter Trinity Lockhart pursues a story but then unwittingly becomes the story. Acting on a tip from an anonymous source, Trinity investigates an art trafficking ring at a high-end Seattle gallery. She turns to handsome FBI agent Kyle Richards for help after being spotted by the crooks. Kyle is drawn to the feisty reporter, but he can’t afford a beautiful distraction when lives are at stake. He must trust his friends at Protection Inc. to watch over Trinity while he investigates the gallery. (Romantic Suspense/Thriller, Independently Published)

Plus check out these recent additions to Fiction Finder published within the past month:  
 
The Trouble with Jenny by Kathy Geary Anderson, She’s always getting into trouble. He’s always getting hurt. (Historical Romance)

 
 
Courage in the Mountain Wilderness: Call of the Rockies, Books 4 by Misty M. Beller, Keeping her son safe on this epic journey may be harder than she imagined. (Historical Romance)

 
 
Out of Range: In the Shadows, Book 2 by JL Crosswhite, It’s her chance to prove she’s good enough. It’s his chance to prove he’s more than just a fun guy. Is it their time to find love, or does he have deadly competition? (Romantic Suspense)

 
 
Poppy’s Path to Love – Great Smoky Mountain Getaways by Elsie Davis, Escape to the Great Smoky Mountains with Poppy as she tries to hit the reset button on her life, only to discover there’s been a mistake and she has a limited window of time to prove herself and figure out where she belongs. (Contemporary/Women’s Fiction)

 
 
Juliet’s Journey to Love – Great Smoky Mountain Getaways by Elsie Davis, Escape to the Great Smoky Mountains with Juliet as she learns patience trying to figure out God’s plan for her life instead of trusting Him. (Contemporary/Women’s Fiction)

 
 
Seeking Sanctuary by Susanne Dietz, When Kellan’s deepest secret threatens their growing bond, will Paige be able to forgive him for the past he can’t forget? (Contemporary Romance)

 
 
Grace Beneath the Frost by Christine Dillon, Professional success. Personal failure. (General Contemporary)

 
 
The Good German Girl by Erica Marie Hogan, As they begin a dangerous correspondence, both Margot and Bernie embark on treacherous journeys. (General Historical)

 
 
The Amish Teacher’s Wish by Tracey Lyons, She wants her own happily-ever-after…As an Amish bachelor repairs her school…can she heal his heart? (Romance/Amish)

 
 
Surviving Carmelita by Susan Miura, Where Do You Run When Your World Implodes? (Contemporary/Women’s Fiction)

 
 
Every Good Work by Urcelia Teixeira , Beware the eye of the storm…Adam Cross faces a life-changing decision when he returns in the gripping Christian suspense series finale! (Thriller/Suspense)

 
 
See You Monday by Kristen Terrette , One choice can change everything. (YA Fiction)

RUTH & The Great Migration of 1843 — Caryl McAdoo ( + GIVEAWAY )

Hello, Donna and readers! I want to thank you for having me today at History Thru The Ages! I love writing historical fiction stories because they never become “out of date” like contemporary ones do. Plus, I love the research required! For RUTH, I decided to write about one of the earliest wagon trains that went from Independence, Missouri to Oregon’s Willamette Valley!

RUTH is book eight in the Prairie Roses Collection. Each year, a group of authors write a story with a strong heroine who goes on a journey in a covered wagon, and this is the third year. We launch them in early May for Mother’s Day. This year, I went back in time and set my heroine down in what history called “The Great Migration of 1843.”

Only a few smaller wagon trains had made the trip the two years prior. This group of travelers, hearty and brave, are the ones who actually blazed the trail—the men felling trees, dragging them out of the way, and making a way where there was none. Even around and through the Blue Mountains for others to follow. Thousands upon thousands of others did, too!

Actually, it’s estimated four hundred thousand sojourners made the trip through the early 1860s. The banter year was in 1850, because the gold rush, when fifty-five thousand made the trek.

Seven hundred to a thousand folks left Independence in 1843 with my characters in RUTH, and some herded about a thousand head of cattle as well, a sore spot with the rest because the loose cows ate the grasses the beasts of burdens—mostly oxen—needed to keep up their strength and pull the wagons.

When my story starts inside a café where Ruth sips coffee, distraught, down to her last coins, hungry, and with a baby to feed. She doesn’t know what she’s going to do. All her plans have been thwarted. Then a young girl shows up at the café looking for help, maybe a new goat or even a cow to milk. She explains their goat died that morning, and her baby brother is hungry.

Back in camp, my hero Logan is also beside himself with a wailing, hungry baby—so desperate himself that he sent his daughter to town alone to try and find an animal to buy. He and Ruth both want a new start; that’s why they’re in Independence, but we don’t know why—yet.

Writers’ tip: Don’t overload your story with all the details as to how the characters got to where they are. It’s just boring since we don’t know them yet. Let characters backstories come out naturally as the tale progresses. That’s how we meet new friends and come to know their history—over time. It should be the same with book characters. Jump right into the action.

In this story’s case, two folks have the shared dream of a new start and each their own big problem.

Ruth agrees to go with young Star, Logan’s daughter, and nurse her baby brother. It’s a temporary fix right then but earns her a job offer as a wet nurse i9f she’ll go with Logan, Star, and Noah.

Of course, she agrees, and once the wrinkles are ironed out, and the wagons get underway, readers tag right along with the immigrants on this historic expedition.

They’ll experience stampedes, Indians, and weather delays, dangerous river crossings, tragedies and triumphs… and enjoy the sweet romance that blooms over the two-thousand-mile journey.

If you love American history, adventure, and romance, you’ll surely enjoy RUTH! Here’s where to find it: https://www.amazon.com/Ruth-Prairie-Roses-Collection-Book-ebook/dp/B08WRTB8QT

Get your copy today!
 

QUESTION: Would you have gone on such an adventure?   

GIVEAWAY: To one of the commenters answering that question, I’d like to gift a eBook copy of REMI, my first Prairie Rose story.             

BIO: Caryl McAdoo, praying her story gives God glory, loves God, husband Ron, their children, and twenty-one grandsugars—writing stories and singing new worship songs! Her historical family saga titles are loved around the world. The McAdoos live in Clarksville, Texas—waiting expectantly for God to open the next door. CarylMcAdoo.com

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When I Have Started Reading Historical Fiction, Again! — Michelle Dragalin

Join me in welcoming author Michelle Dragalin back to the blog today!

History means “His Story”, but the new series that I have enjoyed is written by T.E. Kinsey has two female protagonists, with one leading the other woman.  In his biography, he stated that he is interested in the class distinctions in the United Kingdom because his mother used to watch Upstairs, Downstairs. The series is not based on Upstairs Downstairs.  The series begins in 1908 and Emily, Landy Hardcastle, a widow with a mystery’s past, and Florence Armstrong, her maid and confidante who is an expert in martial arts, have moved from London to the country hoping for a quiet life.

Emily, Lady Hardcastle was born Emily Charlotte Ariadane Featherstonhaughon (pronounced Fanshaw) November 7,1867. Her parents were extremely indulgent and bother she and her brother Harry were given everything. They had an idyllic childhood up until her bother was sent away to school.  This was one place that she cannot follow, and boy was she mad about this fact. AS a result of the fuss she put up a governess, and another and another were hired to teach her. The reason that there were so many was because Emily was so clever that the governesses could not keep up with her level of intellect. By the time her brother was read to sit for his Cambridge Entrance exams, so was she, only she was not allowed in Cambridge.  At the time, a woman’s college open, Girton College, Cambridge and this is where Emily attended and graduated with honors

Florence was born on March 24, 1897, the youngest of seven children by 20 minutes. Her father was a circus knife thrower who taught his daughter. She and her twin sister attended school until they were13, at this point they parted ways. Florence began her career as a scullery maid to a wealthy family in Cardiff.  

The series currently has seven books in succession, and I cannot wait for the next book to be released.  In the interest of full disclosure, I was introduced to this series via NetGalley, and I have written positive reviews on this series.  That was not hard because I really Mr. Kinsey’s books. T.E. Kinsey writes in a very humorous and friendly manner, I really enjoy. In addition, he touches on issues that women had during that period as well as the class distinction in the United Kingdom.

I hope you read it and I hope that you enjoy the series as much as I have!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Michelle Dragalin started writing in Kindergarten, when she learned how to spell her name in the right order. She is interested in History, Developmental Delays, Reading, Mystery and Animals. Michelle loves to travel and has lived in Germany as a child. She lives with her husband; they are parents to two adult children and two huskies. One husky is a sweet 3-year-old lady and the other is a cranky 9-year-old.

Social Media links:

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/michelle.dragalin

Twitter: @playten

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/michelledragalin/

Michelle’s Innovations   https://wordpress.com/home/michellesinnovations.com (in development)

Guest Post by Michelle Dragalin

Today I’m excited to welcome author Michelle Dragalin as she shares about her work in progress.

I am developing a character who lives and works out of an RV. In fact, I have the RV designed in such a fashion that it probably is not on the market.  However, I have learned that RV dealers are more and more open to customizing their RV.  In addition, four years ago I decided that working remotely as a teacher held more satisfaction which my husband didn’t really like, but.. a whole another story.  Anyway, I have been working remotely for 4 years now and my husband has come to like it more, especially since I can work anywhere with an internet connection and brings in his own income, as long as the checks come in when they are supposed.

As we travel in our RV, I noticed that more and more people are doing pretty much the same thing that we want to do, travel with our dogs anywhere, whenever and wherever we want to go in North America.  Traveling and living a RV (recreational Vehicle) has become more and more popular among populations that normally move every year. One such population in the military. More and more bases have established a “campground” for their members who live in a RV.  This allows them to move with less hassle, but it allows the spouse and children to maintain more “normal” when they move to a new location.

The main character, Druskianna Maria Elena Talon, of my cozy mystery is much like me; She is an online teacher who writes, develops educational content, and presents training and professional development in the form of webinars. I guess she is the dream version of what I would like to be doing professionally. Her RV is my dream RV! In addition, her parents live with her because their house caught fire.  Her Dad, Joseph, belongs to a national organization of retired homicide detectives who go to various cities and help with either active or cold cases.  They are invited. Her Mom, Arenna, serves as the office manager for both Druskina’s jobs and Joseph’s calls.  She keeps the schedule of where the family travels, reminds everyone of their upcoming tasks, and manages the household. In addition, Druskianna has a virtual assistant who manages her online life and coordinates with Areanna. Finally, the family includes a total of five brothers and one sister.

As you will note, the development of the cozy mystery, especially the characters and setting is coming along nicely. The RV is much a character as the family members because as I have noted over the time we have owned the RV “if the RV doesn’t fit our lifestyle, something needs to change”.  The RV is a is similar to an Outlaw Class A Motor home.  Druskinanna’s office/bed/private area is in the front of the RV and her parents live in the back of RV. In the middle of the entry, kitchen and bathroom There is a wall that divide the bedroom, bathroom and kitchen is reinforced so it is sound proof.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Michelle Dragalin started writing in Kindergarten, when she learned how to spell her name in the right order. She is interested in History, Developmental Delays, Reading, Mystery and Animals. Michelle loves to travel and has lived in Germany as a child. She lives with her husband; they are parents to two adult children and two huskies. One husky is a sweet 3-year-old lady and the other is a cranky 9-year-old.

Social Media links:

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/michelle.dragalin

Twitter: @playten

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/michelledragalin/

Michelle’s Innovations   https://wordpress.com/home/michellesinnovations.com (in development)

April 2021 New Releases!

April 2021 New Releases More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website

Contemporary Romance:

Bookshop by the Sea by Denise Hunter — It’s finally time for Sophie Lawson to follow her own pursuits. Brother Seth has a new job, and sister Jenna is set to marry her college beau in Piper’s Cove. But the destination wedding reunites Sophie with best man Aiden Maddox, her high school sweetheart who left her without a backward glance. When an advancing hurricane strands Aiden in Piper’s Cove after the wedding, he finds the hotels booked to capacity and has to ask Sophie to put him up until the storm passes. As the two ride out the weather, old feelings rise to the surface. The delay also leaves Sophie with mere days to get her bookshop up and running. Can she trust Aiden to stick around? And will he find the courage to risk his heart? (Contemporary Romance from HarperCollins Christian Publishing (Thomas Nelson and Zondervan))

Surviving Carmelita by Susan Miura — When Josie Caruso accidentally kills her best friend’s young daughter, she runs to the Florida Keys, unaware that a trailer park pastor, a battered horse, a pregnant teen, and a mysterious beachcomber might set her on the path toward inconceivable hope and redemption. (Contemporary Womens Fiction from Crossriver Media Group)

The Amish Teacher’s Wish by Tracey Lyons — She wants her own happily-ever-after… As an Amish bachelor repairs her school… can she heal his heart? With the school damaged during a storm, teacher Sadie Fischer needs Levi Byler’s help repairing it. Levi has one condition—he won’t become a part of her search for a husband. He’s been hurt before, and love and marriage aren’t part of his plans. But Sadie might just be the perfect woman to mend his heart…and convince him forever isn’t just for fairy tales. (Romance from Love Inspired (Harlequin))

General Contemporary:

Where Grace Appears by Heidi Chiavaroli — A contemporary twist on the well-loved classic, Little Women, readers will fall in love with the Martin family—Maggie, Josie, Lizzie, Bronson, Amie, and their mother Hannah—each trying to find their own way in the world and each discovering that love, home, and hope are closer than they appear. (General Contemporary from Hope Creek Publishers)

Second Helpings by Linda Wood Rondeau — Can her marriage be saved? Today is Jocelyn Johnson’s forty-fifth birthday. Unhappy with her marriage of twenty-two years, she has planned a noonday tryst with her talk-show cohost. A phone call from her college daughter, a peek into her teenaged son’s journal, a sick preschooler, a Goth daughter’s identity crisis, a middle-school son’s prank, and her husband’s inflamed suspicions, not only interfere with her hopeful birthday plans but throw her family into more chaos than a circus on steroids. (General Contemporary from Elk Lake Publishing)

Every Window Filled with Light by Shelia W. Stovall — Librarian Emma Baker, a young and childless widow, believes her dream to build a family is over. It’s been two years since a student accidentally stabbed Emma’s husband to death, and her grief has stifled any interest in romance—until she meets Pastor Luke Davis. But when Emma learns Luke is counseling her husband’s killer fresh out of jail, her temper gets in the way. Meanwhile, Emma discovers twelve-year-old Harley, abandoned by her drug-addict mother, hiding in the library, and takes the girl in as her foster mom. Then a young mother is made homeless by an apartment fire, and Emma opens her home again. One person and one prayer at a time, Emma begins to discover hope. (General Contemporary from Elk Lake Publishing)

General Historical:

The Storm Breaks Forth by Terri Wangard — World War I rages in Europe, and now the United States joins in. Peter Bloch heads to France with the Wisconsin National Guard, but his wife Maren is the one under attack. She’s German born, and anti-German hysteria is running high.
Simple suggestions for coping with wartime measures lead Maren into an active role in the community, but her service doesn’t help deflect suspicion from her. Zealous patriots target her with a vengeance.
Peter caught the eye of a major who seems intent on using him as a spy. He’s been fortunate to avoid injury so far, but these activities are likely to get him killed. (General Historical, Independently Published)

Historical Romance:

Biltmore Girl by Dawn Klinge — New York City, 1968. Elka Hansen, a former teen cover girl, is done with modeling. Now she’s a hostess for the Palm Court restaurant in the beautiful Biltmore Hotel. As she sees it, Elka’s other job is to watch out for her younger sister, Colleen, an idealistic but reckless college student at Barnard.
With her sister, Elka attends her first civil-rights protest, and there, she runs into Jacob Lewis, a co-worker from the Biltmore. He’s a student at Columbia University and a friend of Colleen’s. Jacob becomes an unexpected ally when rescuing her sister from trouble becomes more than Elka can handle independently. Out of this turmoil, a romance grows between Jacob and Elka, but can it last? (Historical Romance, Independently Published)

Bent Tree Bride by Denise Weimer — Susanna Moore can’t get him out of her mind—the learned lieutenant who delivered the commission from Andrew Jackson making her father colonel of the Cherokee Regiment. But the next time she sees Lieutenant Sam Hicks, he’s leading a string of prisoners into a frontier fort, and he’s wearing the garb of a Cherokee scout rather than the suit of a white gentleman. As both Susanna’s father and Sam’s commanding officer, Colonel Moore couldn’t have made his directive to stay away from his daughter clearer to Sam. He wants a better match for Susanna—like the stuffy doctor who escorted her to Creek Territory. Then a suspected spy forces Moore to rely on Sam for military intelligence and Susanna’s protection, making it impossible for either to guard their heart. (Historical Romance from Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas)

Rekindling Trust by Sandra Ardoin — Abandonment. Betrayal. Injustice. Two broken hearts given a second chance to mend. Widow Edythe Westin yearns for a peaceful home and independence from her controlling father. The goal seems within reach until her rebellious young son is suspected of arson and assault. With nowhere else to turn, she defies her father and appeals for help from the only man she ever loved—the man who once deserted her when she needed him most. (Historical Romance, Independently Published)

Mystery:

Spring Betrayal by Sally Jo Pitts — t was supposed to be a routine investigation—catch the cheatin’ spouse of a client. And the perks weren’t bad either—set up shop at a luxury resort. So yes, Robert Grey and Jane Carson from Grey Investigations are on the job. But when they discover the suspect is a princess wrongfully accused of abdicating and her companion dies under suspicious circumstances, the investigators find themselves in the middle of a Caribbean conspiracy to overthrow a monarchy. Suddenly Jane must take the place of the princess to secure the throne of an island nation. Can Grey Investigations untangle a royal mess before a revolution overtakes paradise? (Mystery/Crime from Winged Publications)

Blue Plate Special by Susan Page Davis — Campbell McBride drives to her father’s house in Murray, Kentucky, dreading telling him she’s lost her job as an English professor. Her father, Bill McBride, isn’t there or at his office in town. His brash young employee, Nick Emerson, says Bill hasn’t come in this morning, but he did call the night before with news that he had a new case. When her dad doesn’t show up by late afternoon, Campbell and Nick decide to follow up on a phone number he’d jotted on a memo sheet. They learn who last spoke to her father, but they also find a dead body. The next day, Campbell files a missing persons report. When Bill’s car is found, locked and empty in a secluded spot, she and Nick must get past their differences and work together to find him. (Mystery from Scrivenings Press LLC)

Speculative Fiction:

Traitor: Tales of the Mystics, Book 2 by Laurie Lucking — Princess Penelope has finally found a way to redeem her past mistakes-if only it didn’t require betraying her new fiancé. She has been the object of gossip and ridicule ever since she returned home in disgrace following her failed engagement to the Crown Prince of Imperia. When her father offers a new start in a country far across the sea, she has no choice but to accept. Even if it means another betrothal, this time to a total stranger. (Speculative Fiction/Romantic Fantasy from Love2ReadLove2Write Publishing)

Thriller/Suspense:

Long Shadows by Cathe Swanson — Mona Vickers isn’t running. Not hiding. She and the girls are just keeping a low profile until she’s done with school and gets a good job. She doesn’t need charity, especially not from Roy Strough and the Unity Plenkiss Community Center, either. But when the past catches up with her, she needs to decide who she can trust. (Romantic Suspense, Independently Published)

Present Danger by Elizabeth Goddard — Former FBI Special Agent Jack Tanner is working as a detective in Montana when he comes across a body in the national forest during a search and rescue mission. He’s committed to finding the killer, even if it means working alongside his old flame, US Forest Service Special Agent Terra Connors. When Terra discovers that the murder victim had ties to a powerful and dangerous trafficker of archaeological artifacts, the investigation takes a deadly turn–one that hits too close to home. As Terra fears she lacks the courage to face what comes next, Jack is more determined than ever to protect her. But he’s failed her before. And if he fails this time, it will cost them far more than just their hearts. (Romantic Suspense from Revell – A Division of Baker Publishing Group)

Fifty Days by Katie Vorreiter — Three days ago, Maggie Lehman’s beloved mentor and friend, Jarrett Adams, was murdered on live television. Grief stricken, Maggie traverses a Washington DC under curfew, but when she arrives at the morgue, the body is missing—and her presence is recorded on the security video. As dawn breaks over the city, Maggie encounters Jarrett on the street—and he’s very much alive. Either she’s gone mad—again—or Jarrett really is back. While the US loses its grip on democracy, government thugs eager to contain what Maggie knows hound her every step, and the good intentions of a man from her past only tighten the noose. The powerless and bewildered Maggie seeks Jarrett and the return to how things were, but finds she must give up what she wants most to gain what she can hardly imagine. (Supernatural Suspense from Elk Lake Publishing)

Shielding the Amish Witness by Mary Alford — Seeking refuge in Amish country puts everyone she loves in danger. On the run after discovering her brother-in-law was behind her husband’s murder, Faith Cooper can think of only one safe place—her Amish grandmother’s home. But when danger follows Faith to the quiet Amish community, her childhood friend Eli Shetler is her only protection. And their survival depends on outlasting a relentless killer…one who has nothing left to lose. (Thriller/Suspense/Romance from Love Inspired (Harlequin)) Plus check out these recent additions to Fiction Finder published within the past month:

The Vanishing at Loxby Manor by Abigail Wilson, After five years abroad, Charity Halliwell finally returns to Loxby Manor, the home of dear friends—and her lost love. When her friend, Seline, disappears the very night of her arrival, Charity is determined to uncover the truth. (Historical Mystery)
Dreams Rekindled by Amanda Cabot, But before romance can bloom, Dorothy and Brandon must work together to discover who’s determined to divide the town and destroy Brandon’s livelihood. (Historical Romance)
Amish Midwives by Amy Clipson, Shelley Shepherd Gray, and Kelly Long, From bestselling authors of Amish Fiction come three sweet stories about new life, hope, and romance. (Amish Romance)
Hunt for Grace by Andrew Huff, First he left the CIA. Then he left pastoral ministry. Now John Cross has been imprisoned in one of Great Britain’s most infamous prisons. Has he reached the end of his rope? Or is this another move in a dangerous spy game? (Thriller/Suspense)
Right Cross by Andrew Huff, Heart-pounding action meets spiritual choices in this thrilling finale to John Cross’s saga. (Thriller/Suspense)
Smashing the Friend Zone: Natasha by Barbara James, She had no idea what he was feeling. (Romance/Contemporary)
Reconciled from Heartache by Cindy M. Amos, Aley Halstead laterals out of a harassment situation at work, but peril soon follows her relocation, leaving rookie rancher Hake Warren her only hope for a last-minute rescue. (Romance/Contemporary)
Inheritance by Colleen K. Snyder, Three hundred MILLION dollars. Your inheritance. Buy anything you want, go anywhere you want, do anything you want. All yours. Except… (Thriller/Suspense)
Sword of Trust by DebbieLynn Costello, The stakes are high, secrets prevail, and treason is just a kiss away. (Historical Romance)
Love and Joy by Elsie Davis, Can these two put their differences aside long enough to discover what’s really important? (Contemporary Romance)
Secondhand Sunsets by Gail Kittleson, The day’s warmth still hovered, and with it, a sense that all was well. The sky flamed for several more minutes. This beauty and my love for you are one. She hugged the message close. “Perhaps, after all, I am loved.” (Historical Romance)
The Egyptian Princess: A Story of Hagar by KD Holmberg, Torn between the silent gods of Egypt and the powerful presence that surrounds Sarai, Hagar’s world falls apart around her. She must acknowledge the terrible price of truth, and decide for herself who she will serve. (General Historical)
Dandelion Floofums by Kristen Joy Wilks, A bold chicken must save her human from kidnappers and rogue forest creatures! (Children’s/Middle-grade/Chapter Books)
Deadly Heartbreak by Marissa Shrock, Georgia discovers a limerick scrawled on the wall of her kitchen that dares her to solve a mystery designed specifically for her. A mystery that promises to be quite deadly. For her. For Cal. And for anyone who gets in the murderer’s way. (Cozy Mystery)
Amish Country Murder by Mary Alford, An Amish woman targeted by a serial killer is the only living witness… (Thriller/Suspense/Romantic)
The Secret of the 14th Room by Rebecca Hemlock, You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone. Or until someone wants to kill you for it. (Thriller/Suspense/Romantic)
Both Sides of the Border by Terry Overton, Two women, half a world apart, will have their lives changed for ever when a series of tragedies cause the Texas-Mexico border to vanish. (General/Contemporary)

March 2021 New Releases!

March 2021 New Releases

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

Biblical:
Miriam’s Song by Jill Eileen Smith — In her eventful lifetime, Miriam was many things to many people: protective older sister, song leader, prophetess, leper. But between the highs and the lows, she was a girl who dreamed of freedom, a woman who longed for love, a leader who made mistakes, and a friend who valued connection. (Biblical from Revell – A Division of Baker Publishing Group)

Contemporary Romance:
Amish Midwives by Amy Clipston — From bestselling authors of Amish Fiction come three sweet stories about new life, hope, and romance. (Contemporary Romance from HarperCollins Christian Publishing)

A Brother’s Promise by Mindy Obenhaus — He didn’t realize he wanted a family… Until he suddenly became a single dad. After his sister’s death, rancher Mick Ashford’s determined to ensure his orphaned niece, Sadie, feels at home. And accepting guidance from Christa Slocum is his first step. But just as Christa and Sadie begin to settle into Mick’s heart, Sadie’s paternal grandparents sue for custody. Now Mick must fight to keep them together…or risk losing the makeshift family he’s come to love. (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired/Harlequin)

General Contemporary:
Facing the Dawn by Cynthia Ruchti — While her humanitarian husband Liam has been digging wells in Africa, Mara Jacobs has been struggling. She knows she’s supposed to feel a warm glow that her husband is nine time zones away, caring for widows and orphans. But the reality is that she is exhausted, working a demanding yet unrewarding job, trying to manage their three detention-prone kids, failing at her to-repair list, and fading like a garment left too long in the sun. (General Contemporary from Revell – A Division of Baker Publishing Group)

Historical:
A Tapestry of Light by Kimberly Duffy — Ottilie Russell is adrift between two cultures, British and Indian, belonging to both and neither. In order to support her little brother, Thaddeus, and her grandmother, she relies upon her skills in beetle-wing embroidery that have been passed down to her through generations of Indian women. When a stranger appears with the news that Thaddeus is now Baron Sunderson and must travel to England to take his place as a nobleman, Ottilie is shattered by the secrets that come to light. (General Historical from Bethany House)

The Rose Keeper by Jennifer Lamont Leo — July 1944. Chicago nurse Clara Janacek has spent her whole life taking care of other people. Grumpy yet loveable, all she wants now is to live out her life in peace, tending her roses and protecting her heart. But beneath the gruff exterior lies a story, and when new neighbors move in and shake up her quiet world, Clara must grapple with long-buried realities. (General Historical, Independently Published)

In the Dead of the Night by JP Robinson — Leila is forced back into the shadows when the leader of a German spy ring kidnaps her child, jeopardizing Europe’s fragile bid for peace. (General Historical from Logos Publications)

Historical Romance:
Dreams Rekindled by Amanda Cabot — Though she hopes for a quiet, uncomplicated life for herself, Dorothy Clark wants nothing more than to stir others up. Specifically, she dreams of writing something that will challenge people as much as Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin seems to have. But in 1850s Mesquite Springs, there are few opportunities for writers — until newspaperman Brandon Holloway arrives, that is. (Historical Romance from Revell – A Division of Baker Publishing Group)

Sing in the Sunlight by Kathleen Denly — Richard Stevens isn’t who he thinks he is. Neither is the woman who now claims his last name. Disfiguring scars stole Clarinda Humphrey’s singing career, her home, and her family, but she refuses to let her appearance steal her future. While attending The Young Ladies Seminary in 1858 Benicia, California, she finds a man who promises to love and cherish her. Instead he betrays her, leaving her with child, and Clarinda must take drastic measures to ensure her child doesn’t suffer for her foolishness. (Historical Romance from Wild Heart Books)

The Curator’s Daughter by Melanie Dobson — 1940. Hanna Tillich cherishes her work as an archaeologist for the Third Reich, searching for the Holy Grail and other artifacts to bolster evidence of a master Aryan race. But when she is reassigned to work as a museum curator in Nuremberg, then forced to marry an SS officer and adopt a young girl, Hanna begins to see behind the Nazi facade. A prayer labyrinth becomes a storehouse for Hanna’s secrets, but as she comes to love Lilly as her own daughter, she fears that what she’s hiding―and what she begins to uncover―could put them both in mortal danger. (Historical Romance from Tyndale House)

My Dear MISS DUPRÉ by Grace Hitchcock — Willow Dupré never thought she would have to marry, but with her father’s unexpected retirement from running the prosperous Dupré sugar refinery, plans changed. The shareholders are unwilling to allow a female to take over the company without a man at her side, so her parents devise a plan—find Willow a spokesman king in order for her to become queen of the empire. Willow is presented with thirty potential suitors from the families of New York society’s elite group called the Four Hundred. She has six months to court the group and is expected to eliminate men each month to narrow her beaus. (Historical Romance from Bethany House)

Rayne’s Redemption by Linda Shenton Matchett — Will she have to lose her identity to find true love? Twin sisters Rayne and Jessica Dalton have been swapping places their whole lives, so when Jessica dies on the eve of heading west to become a mail-order bride, Rayne decides to fill her sister’s shoes. The challenge will be faking Jessica’s faith in God. Can Rayne fool her prospective groom without losing her heart…or her soul? (Historical Romance from Shortwave Press)

Romantic Suspense/Thriller:

Unknown Threat by Lynn H. Blackburn — US Secret Service Special Agent Luke Powell is lucky to be alive. Three of his fellow agents have died in unusual circumstances in the past ten weeks. Luke is devastated by the loss of his friends and colleagues, and his inability to locate the killer feels like a personal failure. He and his team are experts at shielding others, but now the protectors are in need of protection. (Romantic Suspense from Revell – A Division of Baker Publishing Group)

Hours to Kill by Susan Sleeman — Just as Homeland Security Agent Addison Leigh reaches the pinnacle of her cyber investigation into a firearms smuggling ring, she’s attacked and left for dead. Her estranged husband, ICE Agent Mack Jordan, is notified that she’s at the hospital in a coma. He may have let his past military trauma ruin their short marriage, but she never gave up on their relationship, and he remains her next of kin. hen a second attempt to take her life is made, it’s clear something very sinister is going on, and Mack and Addison are in for the ride of their lives. (Romantic Suspense from Bethany House)

Abducted in Alaska by Darlene L. Turner — Saving a boy who has escaped his captors puts Canadian border patrol officer Hannah Morgan right into the path of a ruthless child-smuggling ring. Now with help from police constable Layke Jackson, she must keep the child safe. But can they rescue the other abducted children and bring down the gang…all while protecting a little boy and keeping themselves alive? (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired/Harlequin)

Western:
Braced for Love by Mary Connealy — Left with little back in Missouri, Kevin Hunt takes his younger siblings on a journey to Wyoming when he receives news that he’s inheriting part of a ranch. The catch is that the ranch is also being given to a half-brother he never knew existed. Turns out, Kevin’s supposedly dead father led a secret and scandalous life. (Western from Bethany House)

Plus check out these recent additions to Fiction Finder published within the past month:

Seasons of Love by Joan Deppa, The beautiful, western Upper Peninsula of Michigan, with snow covered hills in the winter; Lake Superior, as well as inland lakes and numerous waterfalls in the summer; and colorful leaves in Autumn, are the setting for three couples who discover new adventures and enjoy the nature that surrounds them. (Contemporary Romance)

Medicine, Murder and Small Town Scandal by KC Hart, When the meanest man in Skeeterville drops dead at his mailbox, no one suspects foul play until Katy Cross stumbles across a skeleton from his past… literally. (Cozy Mystery) 

Hunt for Grace by Tammy F. Kirty, Can two people find peace in the present when faced daily with their pasts? (Historical Romance)

Kate’s Quest by Seralynn Lewis, Sparks fly in this opposites attract journey when a my way or the highway soldier collides with a determined woman on a mission to find her family. (Contemporary Romance)

Starstruck in Willow Falls by Pat Nichols, Heartwarming, emotionally charged saga of a small Southern town’s struggle for survival and two women’s challenge to balance family and career. (General Contemporary) 

Matched Hearts by Cathe Swanson, She’s looking for one date. He’s looking for “Happily Ever After.” Is it a computer error or a match made in heaven? (Contemporary Romance)

A Texas Bond by Shannon Taylor Vannatter, Learning he’s an uncle shocks Ross Lyles—but after years of handling his brother’s bombshells, at least this surprise is a blessing. A pair of five-year-old blessings Ross is determined to meet, if he can convince their aunt to give him a chance. (Contemporary Romance)

Days of Our Lives — Caryl McAdoo ( + GIVEAWAY )

Today I’m happy to welcome author Caryl McAdoo as she shares about the days of the week. Read through to the end to find out how you can enter her giveaway!

Who knows our days and months were named by pagans? Worldwide, the solar Gregorian calendar has been recognized, but God set up a completely opposite lunar calenda where every month begins with the new moon, so alternate between twenty-nine and thirty days each.

The days on our calendar are named after pagan gods! Sunday after the sun god, Monday after the god of the moon, Tuesday (Tiw’s day—god of war), Wednesday (Woden’s day—god of magic ), Thursday (Thor’s day—god of thunder) and Friday (Freya’s day—goddess of love, beauty, and fertility) and Saturday, the only day God named Shabbat, (Saturn—god of sowing or seed). YUCKY!

I prefer to call them what God calls them . . .

The First Day

Most think of Sunday as “the Lord’s day,” the day they set aside work and rest, but wait . . . I thought God said the seventh day was the day to cease our labors. He never changed that. I remember when I was a little girl, the stores were closed on Sunday; it was a special day!

Under pressure from his mother who had accepted the teachings of Christ, the pagan Roman emperor Constantine is the one who wanted to separate the “gentile Christ-followers” from the Jews (which many were also Christ-followers). To accomplish this, he decreed Sunday to be the day Christians would worship on. The problem? He was a pagan and his constituents were pagans!

God never changed it. Yet . . . today and for many centuries past, the church—God’s people, the Bride of Christ Himself—let those who worshipped Satan change the day God commanded to be kept holy from the Sabbath, the seventh day, to Sunday. Tsk tsk tsk . . .

On the first day of the week, God said, Let there be light; and there was light! Can you imagine? Just think of it! Then he divided the light from the darkness, calling the light “Day” and the darkness “Night.” Isn’t that absolutely amazing?

Scripture tells us we are the light, right? Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.” Matthew 5:14 Jesus was talking to His followers. If we are “the light” (because Holy Spirit lives in us), then conversely, are all those who do not follow God “the darkness”? Something to think about. God divided the light from the darkness.

The Second Day

I love Second Days! On the second day, our God created the firmament to divide the waters from the waters, above and below, and He called it Heaven.

In the early days before the flood, the “firmament” covered the earth and protected man from the harmful rays of the sun. That’s why men lived such long lives. It’s my belief that when Jesus reigns on earth, He’ll reestablish the firmament, and men will live hundreds of years again 🙂 Remember the Scripture that says when someone dies at 100, people will say, “Oh, he was so young!”

How can this be? Only a third of the earth’s population will die during the Days of Dread, Armageddon, the Tribulation. So, two thirds will live on and go once a year to Jerusalem to worship Him Who sits on the throne and is the Light of the world!

I want to live and experience that. Maybe I’ll live to be 500 or 700 years!

I know what you’re thinking . . . not with THIS body! Right! Who’d want to live that long with all these aches and pains? Remember the Scripture where it says, “We may not all sleep, but we will all be changed.”? (1 Corinthians 15:51) I’ll get my new body without ever ‘dying/sleeping’! WOO HOO!

The Third Day

This is the day God told the waters under the heaven to gather together in one place so the dry land could appear! Until then, was it like Water World? He called the land Earth and the waters, Seas!

Then He called for the earth to bring forth grass, the herbs yielding seed, and the fruit trees yielding fruit, each yielding after its own kind, whose seed is in itself. So what do you suppose happened? The earth brought it all forth! What else?

The Fourth Day

Sometimes the fourth day is referred to as hump day in our five-day work week, as it’s the middle day. Once at its peak, we consider ourselves to be on a downhill slide to the “weekend,” right? Heading to that glorious day of rest!

On this day, God added—by speaking—the lights in the firmament to divide the day from the night. He gave us these lights for signs, seasons, days, and years! He made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night, and He made the stars.

The Fifth Day

On the fifth day, God spoke all the fishes and mammals in the waters and birds that fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven into existence. He blessed them and commanded them to recreate, each after its own kind!

The Sixth Day

On the sixth day, after speaking into existence the world, its sun and moon and dry land and seas, he again called on the earth to bring forth animals—everything that walked or crawled—and commanded they reproduce, each after its own kind..

The He, His Son, and His Spirit created man in their own image out of the dirt and gave him dominion over all the other creatures He had created and gave man every seed-bearing plant for food along with the fruit of the trees.

In Genesis 1 it says, “created He THEM–male and female” and yet in Genesis 2, we find that after Adam had named every living creature—that HAD to be a considerable amount of time to accomplish, probably years, don’t you think?

THEN God saw there was no suitable mate for him and cause the sleep to take him over, removed a rib, and created woman “out of” his man.

This tells me Eve was IN Adam when in chapter one God created “man, created He THEM—male and female—in His own image. SO, Father God has female IN Him as Adam did, right? Isn’t that logical? I believe that’s where His amazing love and compassion come from. There is no such thing as “Mother Earth.” ACK! The ‘mother’ is IN the Father. What do you think? Can you see it another way?

And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.

What a day the sixth day was! And that evening, as the day gave way to the night, the Sabbath came for His new man to rest in. God’s days don’t start in the morning. They start in the evening just as the light is ending. We rest first, then we work.

The Sabbath Day

And on the seventh day, God ended His creating work and rested on the seventh day. God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because He rested from all his work of creating.

This is the only day God gave a name to. And in His Ten Commandments delivered to Moses, He told His people to Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God. In it don’t do any work. Not you or your son, daughter, manservant, maidservant, cattle, nor even any stranger within thy gates! For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day. He blessed the sabbath day and hallowed it.” – Exodus 20:8-11

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little study of the days I think it is noteworthy that at the end of each of His days, God observed His creation and was pleased with it. He saw that it was good. Hallelujah!

 

 

What are your thoughts on the names of the days of our lives? I would love to hear your thoughts!

GIVEAWAY! One commenter will receive A LITTLE LOWER THAN THE ANGELS, the first volume in the Generations Biblical fiction series.

 

 

ABOUT CARYL:

Award-winning, Christian author Caryl McAdoo prays her story brings God glory. Of her best-selling novels, readers love her historical Christian romance family sagas most, but she also writes Christian contemporary romance, Biblical fiction, and for young adults and mid-grade booklovers. A far majority of reviewers award her stories five-stars and praise Caryl’s characters, counting them as family or very close friends. The prolific writer loves singing the new songs God gives her almost as much as penning tales—hear a few at YouTube! Married to Ron over fifty years, she shares four children and twenty-one grandsugars. The McAdoos live in the woods south of Clarksville, seat of Red River County in far Northeast Texas, waiting expectantly for God to open the next door.

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