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Grace Filled Summer Book Sweeps 2018

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29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; 30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand. ~ Luke 21: 29-30 [KJV]

We are entering an exciting and happy time of year. Summer…a time for fun, relaxing, going barefoot, hanging out with family and friends around the grill.  It’s the perfect time for the Grace Filled Summer Sweeps 2018. And summer reading has never been this much fun with eight stellar authors and their exciting and insightful books. This is a sweepstakes. So, each author will give away a copy of her book according to the most interesting, clever comment.  In your comment, please let us know which book you’re dying to read, and also your second choice. This way we’ll be sure to give everyone a book that’s to their reading taste. Winners will be selected August 31st.

Heart Not Taken

HEART NOT TAKEN by Naomi Musch (Black Lyon Publishing) ~ How about a relaxing cabin on a river and a summer romance? HEART NOT TAKEN carries you there. High school English teacher Sean Heart has almost let his faith slip away. Haunted by a lapse in judgment as well as his mentor’s betrayal, doubt has set in. He wants nothing more than to bury the past and leave it there, especially when he meets Jordyn Delaney. A beautiful, talented landscaper, Jordyn has been hired by Sean’s mother to improve the property around the family vacation cabin where Sean lives. With no siblings of her own and her parents talking of divorce, Jordyn is intrigued by the dynamics of Sean’s large family almost as much as she’s charmed by the man himself. But when Sean’s past shows up with a spade, Jordyn discovers that a renovation of the heart and spirit might be the most complicated job of all. Purchase HEART NOT TAKEN on Amazon. Naomi Musch’s website.

Three Strand Cord

THREE STRAND CHORD by Tracy Krauss (Fictitious Ink Publishing) ~ Like the ladies on the cover of THREE STRAND CORD, why not relax on the beach this summer with a good book? THREE STRAND CORD is the first in a series about three friends: Tempest, Stella, and Cherise. Friends since childhood, their loyalty is tested to the limits as a simple ‘fib’ leads to a web of deceit that lands one of them in serious trouble. Drug rings, a love triangle, mistaken identity, and even murder are all part of the mix as they learn that a “three strand cord is not easily broken.” Purchase THREE STRAND CHORD on Amazon. Tracy Krauss/website

That Special One

THAT SPECIAL ONE by Nike N. Chillemi (Crime Fictionista Press) ~ Summer is the time when entering college freshmen think about what life will be like on campus in the fall. It’s such a terrific time for students who are mystery buffs to read a complexly textured New Adult-romantic suspense novel with scheming, a heinous betrayal, family drama, college dating, many twists and turns, and a touch of faith.  Purchase THAT SPECIAL ONE on AmazonNike N. Chillemi’s blog

One Step Back

ONE STEP BACK by Luana Ehrlich (Potter’s Word Publishing) ~ Can’t get away for an exotic vacation this summer? Zero funds for a summer vacation? Enjoy a fun summer read with an exotic location instead. In this espionage thriller, Titus goes on the run from the secret police after trying to recruit a nuclear scientist in Iran. CIA intelligence officer Titus Ray has been in Iran recruiting assets willing to feed him intel on the Iranian opposition. When he unexpectedly meets Amir Madani, one of Iran’s premier nuclear scientist, he can’t resist the opportunity to pursue him as a CIA asset. Although Chaman, a beautiful Iranian socialite, warns Titus to stay away from Madani, he ignores her advice and befriends the nuclear scientist. The consequences prove disastrous for Titus, and, as the secret police close in on him, he’s forced to find shelter with a group of Iranian Christians, who risk their own lives to save his.  Purchase ONE STEP BACK on AmazonLuana Ehrlich’s website

Patchwork

PATCHWORK by Sadie and Sophie Cuffe (   ) ~ A northern lake, a general store, a quaint community – nothing says summer like a back-to-nature vacation. But this summertime, the living ain’t easy. Heather’s love life unraveled. Now she’s holding on by a single thread – the memory of her great-uncle’s place by Crystal Lake. She returns, hoping the relatives who once mended the heart of a lonely five-year-old will open their arms to a desperate young woman. The only catch — this time she’s pregnant. Heather’s content to duck any decisions for the summer, but Kevin, the accident-prone pastor, has other ideas. Sparks fly and hearts break when the local tabloid, The Splinters, makes their private relationship public gossip. Will Heather leave to protect Kevin’s reputation? Will the young pastor turn his back on the woman he loves to keep his position? Who will patch up their tattered lives? A fun, fast read. Bring the lake to you this summer.  Purchase PATCHWORK on AmazonSadie and Sophie Cuffe’s Facebook Page

Julianne

JULIANNE by Rebekah Lyn (RL Publishing) ~ Looking for something in the contemporary fiction vein this summer, about romance and finding yourself?  Julianne graduated college confident a successful career awaited her. However, her resume is rejected over and over, forcing her to take a series of dead end jobs to pay rent. With her self-esteem at an all time low, she calls in sick to work and meets a stranger who could turn her world upside down. Will her battered spirit have the courage to the seize opportunity?  Purchase JULIANNE on Amazon.  Rebekah Lyn’s websitete

Toby's Troubles

TOBY’S TROUBLES by Carole Brown (Story and Logic Media Group) ~ Summer is almost here, and Toby Gibson is up to his ears in an abundance of trouble. Between his business, Undiscovered Treasures, a unique shop of antiques, collectables and junk, directing the local plays in Appleton and looking for the “ghost” haunting the shop—or is it an intruder? Toby’s not sure if he’ll even have time to enjoy the season. To add to his troubles, he suspects Amy Sanderson is not only bidding for the property he’s wanted forever, but is in love with him. And he’s not interested. But she can be just as stubborn as the man who’s determined to ignore her love. In between the break-ins, destruction of property, thefts and personal competitions against each other, Amy and Toby work together to find the thief who seems so determined to find a valuable item, he’ll stop at nothing. Purchase TOBY’S TROUBLES on AmazonCarole Browne’s blog

She's Mine

SHE’S MINE by Tammy Doherty (Tammy Doherty) ~ This summer is going to be explosive for Caitlin Harrington and Sean Taggart. Caitlin dreams of a quiet life teaching math at her hometown middle school. Except someone is leaving ominous notes on her door.  It could be her ex-boyfriend or someone else who doesn’t want her back in town. Sean Taggart thinks Caitlin is beautiful…and possibly crazy. When he finds out the truth, Sean wants to help. Can he save Caitlin before the stalker turns to murder? SHE’S MINE  is a wonderful Christian romance with mystery and suspense to make it more interesting. A perfect beach read or for anywhere you vacation this summer! Purchase SHE’S Mine on AmazonTammy Doherty’s website

Note: If you’d like to win a free copy of one of these novels make sure you write an interesting, cute, topical comment. Also, tell us which book you’d like to receive…and give a 2nd, choice. We’ll try our best to accommodate you. Winners will be selected August 31.

 

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Grace Awards 2017 Winners ~ in Faith Based Fiction

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The Grace Awards, a reader driven awards and the most democratic awards in Christian fiction, now in its eighth year, is very proud to announce its 2017 WINNERS. This year we had an array of widely diverse judges. They are multi-published authors, traditionally published ones, indie authors, and avid readers. Our judges commented on how exciting it was to select a winner from finalists selected by readers who are fans. Several judging teams ‘complained’ they had trouble picking a winner because all three stories nominated were so good. That’s what the Grace Awards is all about.

We’ve tried to use, if you will, a separation of powers in choosing our winners. Readers nominated (via email) the finalists in six categories. After the nominations were counted, finaling titles were given to our judging teams. From that point on there was no contact between the judging teams and the Chair of the Board, except for administrative issues. The teams independently picked winners. Each step in the process was removed and separated from the next step, to insure impartiality.

We are thrilled that our winners showcase self-published works as well as titles from  publishing houses, ebooks as well as paperbacks. Our aim is to be an egalitarian award, and we believe we’ve accomplished this.

The winners are…

Women’s Fiction/General Fiction: serious women’s or men’s issues, can have humor and suspense element

The Austin Escape

THE AUSTEN ESCAPE by Katherine Reay (Thomas Nelson) ~ The title is apt. This novel is just that: an escape. Ms. Reay masterfully takes the reader into two different eras—no this is not a time travel novel—while at the same time treating you to tidbits about Jane Austen’s classics. Once you fall into the many layers of the life of Mary, you will not want to leave her world—or is it worlds—behind. Ms. Reay is clearly a scholar of Austen works, and Ms. Reay’s story merges the Austen style with this author’s magnificent talent for writing contemporary fiction.

 

Romance/Historical Romance: primary element is love/courtship/marriage, be it set now or then

Magnolia Storms

MAGNOLIA STORMS by Janet Ferguson (Southern Sun Press) ~ This novel  drew us in to the deep south with its rich sense of place, culture, and family. We liked how the author wove elements of an approaching storm into the story. In the beginning, we were introduced to a blended family, held together by love and respect, rather than intermarriage. The characters are well written and interesting, the romance elements strong. Relationships are mostly well explored. Past and present combine and intermingle as a monster storm takes aim at the Mississippi coastal regions, stirring unwanted memories of Katrina. The well-told story combines elements of single-parenting, and families working together for a common goal. The spiritual content is organic and woven throughout, it never seemed contrived. The drama of the approaching storm, endangering lives and livelihoods, and the promise of a rekindled love kept us turning pages until the end.

 

Mystery/Romantic Suspense/Thriller: crime fiction, there’s probably a body

The House on Foster Hill

THE HOUSE ON FOSTER HILL by Jaime Jo Wright is a story told in two timelines, with parallels between the protagonists of each time. In the present, Kaine Prescott refuses to accept that her husband’s death is anything less than murder. Since his death, someone has been playing tricks on her, tricks the police dismiss as the distraught mind of a grieving widow. In desperation, Kaine buys a “fixer-upper” sight unseen, half a country away. When she arrives, the house is more than a fixer-upper – it needs loads of work. To make matters worse, it seems her tormentor has followed her. Kaine has two new friends to help her, both with the house and the mystery of who is tormenting her. A century earlier, Ivy  Thorpe has her own mystery to unravel involving a murdered unknown woman and her vanished baby. Both Kaine and Ivy discover that the house on Foster Hill plays an important part in the mysteries. This novel captivated the judges from the beginning. The parallel stories of Kaine and Ivy are well-paced in presentation, keeping the tension just taut enough to ensure the reader must keep turning the pages. The secondary characters are great support for each timeline. As the end draws closer so too the main characters seem to draw closer. The conclusion of each timeline’s mystery is handled perfectly. This novel delivered in spades!

 

Speculative Fiction: science fiction, horror, fantasy, etc.

The Revisionary

THE REVISIONARY by Kristen Hogrefe (Write Integrity Press) ~ This dystopian novel was engaging and well-paced, reminiscent of George Orwell’s 1984, with a more modern vibe similar to The Hunger Games. The author uses deep point of view in a first person present style, in keeping with current tastes in fiction. The story never stagnates but keeps moving and surprising all the way through. The plot follows young Portia Abernathy who has clung to the belief that if she excels enough to get drafted into an upper-level educational system, she can change the laws that keep her brother in prison. Her meager existence with her father in a world without electricity or most basic creature comforts is a struggle, but she has learned how to survive and hopes to beat the system at its own game. Portia is shocked when she learns the system is not only stacked against her, but that there are those targeting her for failure. In the midst of the chaos, she finds surprising friends and allies. This volume is the first in a post-apocalyptic series called The Rogues and deservedly takes first place.

 

Action Adventure/Western/Epic Fiction: exploits, quest, expansive

These Healing Hills

THESE HEALING HILLS by Ann H. Gabhart (Revell) ~ When settling into the post WWII story of Francine Howard’s journey to the Appalachian Mountains to learn midwifery and help “catch babies.” One is almost immediately reminded of the classic tale of Christy. The settings, period authenticity, and characterization are very similar. The heroine’s focused, kind, and professional care for all the mountain residents despite differences and sometimes superstitious notions, and her growing love for the mountain makes for a wonderful story. All the judges felt they learned something more about an aspect of history: the Frontier Nursing Service. Most of the characters were vivid and lovable. The male protagonist was multi-dimensional and easy to become charmed by. Ms. Gabhart captures the “mountain speak” of the period without being over the top with her characters, and she has some beautiful dialogue as well as lines of description that sang off the page. We liked that the sense of mountain community is revealed little by little in an engaging way that allows the reader to grow attached to the people, just as the protagonist Francine did. The spiritual aspect in the story of learning to trust God in all circumstances is a common Christian fiction theme, which Ms. Gabhart weaves nicely into the tale so that it isn’t awkward, while the romance aspect of the story was gradual and gentle, and did not overwhelm the other aspects of the story. We would also like to give our compliments on the seamless editing of the book.

 

Young Adult: includes YA, NA, and middle grade

A Trail of Crumbs

A TRAIL OF CRUMBS by Susie Finkbeiner (Kregel Publications) ~This is a well written, original novel. There are so many positives about this book! The story was realistic and touching. There was some sadness and some very serious moments, but those were balanced out with humorous moments that made the reader smile and sometimes laugh out loud. Pearl dreaming about Momma leaving her baby was a very powerful scene. The message of God and His love was expertly woven throughout the story and was a real part of Pearl’s life. It was not preachy and yet the label Christian wasn’t just tacked on. 

 

Announcing Grace Awards 2017 Judges

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The Grace Awards is now going into its eighth year, having been extremely well received during the last seven years. This year we have a line up of stellar judges for our six fiction categories.

 

WOMEN’S FICTION/GENERAL FICTION: serious women’s and men’s issues, can have humor and suspense elements

Fay Lamb

Fay Lamb [Grace Awards Board Member, Lead Judge] is an author, an acquisition editor, and a freelance editor. She also loves to teach workshops for fiction writers. The last novel, FROZEN NOTES, in her Amazing Grace romantic suspense series released in September. The series also includes STALKING WILLOW, BETTER THAN REVENGE, and EVERYBODY’S BROKEN. Fay’s popular The Ties that Bind romantic series includes CHARISE, LIBBY, and HOPE. Readers are anxiously awaiting the fourth novel in the series, DELILAH, which will be released in mid-2018. Her adventurous spirit has also taken her into the realm of non-fiction with THE ART OF CHARACTERIZATION: HOW TO USE THE ELEMENTS SOF STORYTELLING TO CONNECT READERS TO AN UNFORGETTABLE CAST. Fay’s third series contracted with Write Integrity Press is entitled Serenity Key, and the first novel, STORMS IN SERENITY, released in March, 2018. Fay loves to meet readers, especially on her blogs: On the Ledge, Inner Source, and the Tactical Editor  Amazon Author Page 

Debra E Marvin
Debra E. Marvin tries not to run too far from real life but the imagination born out of being an only child has a powerful draw. Besides, the voices in her head tend to agree with all the sensible things she says. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Sisters in Crime, and serves on the board of Bridges Ministry in Seneca Falls, NY. She is published with WhiteFire Publishing, Forget Me Not Romances, Journey Fiction, and Barbour Publishing…and a judge for the Grace Awards for many years. Debra works as a program assistant at Cornell University, and enjoys her family and grandchildren, obsessively buying fabric, watching British programming and traveling with her childhood friends. Website  Amazon Author Page

Onisha Ellis

Onisha Ellis fell in love with reading in the second grade. Her favorite books were biographies written about the childhood of famous leaders and explorers. She believes that is why she prefers to read character driven novels and is especially excited to be judging women’s fiction/general fiction. When she is not reading she is a blogger for Old Things R New.

 
ROMANCE/HISTORICAL ROMANCE: primary element is love/courtship/marriage, be it set now or then
 Betty Thomason Owens

Betty Thomason Owens [Grace Awards Board Member, Lead Judge] has been writing for thirty years. She’s a multi-published, award-winning author of historical fiction, and fantasy-adventure. An active member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), she leads a critique group, and serves as vice-president/secretary of the Louisville area group. She’s a mentor, assisting other writers, and co-founder of the Inspired Prompt blog. She also serves on the planning committee of the Kentucky Christian Writers Conference. Website: Love Is The Legacy  Amazon Author Page

cuffe sisters

Sadie & Sophie Cuffe began writing together back in the 90s, but have over 120 years of together life experiences, from raising Sophie’s two kids, to farming with goat kids, chickens, dogs and cats, to building barns and houses, snowshoeing, skiing, hiking, camping… you name it. They have several novels and novellas under their belts and are currently working on book 2 in the Candle Island Mystery series. They believe with God anything is possible; and that some of the best stories aren’t hatched in creative writing class, they’re composed on the seat of a tractor. You can find them at the A Woman Like Me Bookclub on their Facebook author page where all their books are listed under the author app. They’re so modern! They love hearing from the sisterhood (and brotherhood, too, because they’re not snobs). Facebook author page  Amazon author page
 ada brownell
Ada Brownell is the sixth redhead in a family of achievers, Ada Nicholson Brownell writes with stick-to-your-soul encouragement from her Missouri home where she lives with her handsome husband. They have five children—not one of them with red hair or freckles. One is in heaven. Ada gained experience before becoming a writer and newspaper reporter. The youngest of her parent’s eight children, she was the family tattle tale! Her professional career started when she was age 15, when as a youth leader she wrote ideas for a leadership magazine. She expanded to articles for youth and then to full-length stories in Christian magazines and Sunday school papers. Her first news job was as a correspondent for the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel—from Thompson, Utah, population 98. The author of eight books, she loves inspirational historical suspense. She’s in the middle of her latest plot against her leading characters in the third book in her PEACHES AND DREAMS series, LOVE’S DELICATE BLOSSOM. Plot is all about putting challenges and disaster into the lives of fictional characters, and it sometimes hurts her as well. She retired from her “real job” at The Pueblo Chieftain, but still writes occasional op-ed pieces for newspapers as well as devotions for a teen magazine, articles for Live, blogs and does other freelance writing.  Blog: Ink From An Earthen Vessel  Amazon Author Page

 

MYSTERY/ROMANTIC SUSPENSE/THRILLER/HISTORIC SUSPENSE: crime fiction, probably a body

Tammy Doherty

Tammy Doherty [Grace Awards Board Member, Lead Judge] is the author of several Christian/Inspy novels. Her first two are historical romances with a Western flair, the third is also historical/Western romance with a strong suspense plot. She now writes contemporary romantic suspense. The first of the Mystique of Naultag series, SHE’S MINE, was a 2014 Grace Awards finalist. In addition to being a founding member and lead judge for Grace Awards, Tammy is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. Ms. Doherty lives on a small farm in central New England with her husband and two children. When not writing, she enjoys reading and horseback riding.  Tammy Doherty Website  Amazon Author Page

Peggy Phifer

Author Peggy Blann Phifer, a retired executive assistant after twenty-one years in the Electrical Wholesale Industry, lives in the ‘boonies’ of NW Wisconsin. A late bloomer, Peg didn’t start taking writing seriously until age fifty.Her debut novel, TO SEE THE SUN, a contemporary romantic suspense, released in January 2012. A second novel, SOMEHOW, CHRISTMAS WILL COME, contemporary women’s fiction with a touch of romance, released in November 2014, revised and re-released in late 2015. Her work has also appeared in numerous anthologies, and she is currently working on an historical romantic suspense set during the years of Prohibition with a working title of WHISPERING HOPE. Peg is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. When she’s not writing, Peg enjoys reading, blogging, and sharing her home with her daughter, son-in-law, and a Border Collie mix dog named Rocky. Website: Whispers in Purple  Amazon Author Page

Luana Ehrlich

Luana Ehrlich picked up her first adult spy novel when she was eleven years old. Today, as an award-winning author, minister’s wife, and former missionary, she continues to have a passion for spy thrillers and mystery novels. Luana and her husband have been residents of Norman, Oklahoma for the past twenty-five years, after having lived in the Midwestern part of the U.S. for many years. Along with her husband, she previously served as a missionary in Costa Rica and Venezuela. Luana began writing the Titus Ray Thriller Series when her husband retired from the senior pastor position of a large congregation. Now, she claims she writes from an undisclosed location, trying to avoid the torture of mundane housework, grocery shopping, and a retiree’s golf stories.  However, she occasionally comes out of hiding to visit with her two grandsons or to enjoy a Starbucks caramel macchiato. Occasionally, Luana reports on the experiences of newly converted Christians for Baptist Press, a national news service for Baptists. As a weekly columnist for The Indiana Baptist several years ago, she told the stories of ordinary people who became followers of Christ. Luana is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers.  Luana Ehrlich Website  Amazon Author Page

SPECULATIVE FICTION: science fiction, fantasy, horror, etc.

Tracy Kraus

Tracy Krauss [Grace Awards Board Member, Lead Judge] is a multi-published novelist, playwright, and artist with several award winning and best selling novels, stage plays, devotionals and children’s books in print. Her work strikes a chord with those looking for thought provoking faith based fiction laced with romance, suspense and humor – no sugar added. She holds a B.Ed from the U of S and has lived in many remote and interesting places in Canada’s far north. She and her husband currently reside in beautiful BC where she continues to pursue all of her creative interests. TRACY KRAUSS, Fiction on the edge – without crossing the line Amazon Author Page

Steve Mathisen

Steve Mathisen, his wife, Carol, and their cat Norman, live in Aberdeen, WA, just a short drive from the beautiful Pacific Ocean. He is a writer, copyeditor, and proofreader. He has a degree in geography from the University of Washingechnical documentation. He has served as a judge for several other contests and enjoys reading new works by talented authors. Odd Sock Proofreading and Copyediting

Carole Brown

Carole Brown is a member and active participant of many writing groups, and she also enjoys mentoring beginning writers. An author of ten books, she loves to weave suspense and tough topics into her books, along with a touch of romance and whimsy, and is always on the lookout for outstanding titles and catchy ideas. She and her husband reside in SE Ohio but have ministered and counseled nationally and internationally. Together, they enjoy their grandsons, traveling, gardening, good food, the simple life, and did she mention their grandsons?  Sunnybank Secrets Blog ~ Carol Brown  Amazon Author Page

ACTION-ADVENTURE/WESTERN/ EPIC FICTION: exploits, quest, daring, expansive

Naomi Musch

Naomi is an award-winning author who crafts her stories from the pristine north woods of Wisconsin, where she and her husband Jeff live as epically as God allows near the families of their five adult children. She enjoys roaming around on the farm, snacking out of the garden, relaxing in her vintage camper, and loving on her passel of grandchildren. Naomi is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, the Wisconsin Writers’ Association, and the Lake Superior Writers. Though she has written in a variety of venues, her great love is fiction. THE DEEPEST SIGH is her eighth novel, while its sequel THE SOFTEST BREATH releases in May 2018. Her tenth novel MIST O’ER THE VOYAGEUR will release in October 2018. Naomi loves engaging with others and always discovering kernels of a new story.  Naomi Musch Website  Amazon Author Page

Marcy Dyer

Marcy G. Dyer is a retired Registered Nurse and Amazon best-selling author. Like so many other writers, she began writing at a very young age, but never took herself seriously as a “real” writer until about ten years ago when she began taking courses and learning the craft of writing. She currently has four novels from the Desert Winds Series available: Down & Out, Out for Blood, Blood & Lies. Lies & Alibis. The first book in the Dark Days Series: Contagion is available. The second book in the series, Inquisition will release March 3. Marcy is an alumnus of the Christian Writer’s Guild and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. She hosts a small critique group for ACFW and is involved in other critique groups. She is active in the nonprofit group, Doxa Kids which provides an outreach for children in Kherson, Ukraine, and Nakuru, Kenya. She’s had the pleasure of visiting Ukraine twice and interacting with street children there. God burdened her heart for these forgotten children when she climbed into the sewer tunnels to see where the street children live during the winter.Marcy also hosts a blog, Gimpy Gal, that discusses autoimmune diseases. While many autoimmune diseases aren’t visible, they still cause chronic pain and disability. Marcy G. Dyer ~ Roller Coaster Suspense  Amazon Author Page

Barbara E BrinkBarbara Ellen Brink is an award-winning author who writes action-packed mysteries brimming with suspense and interwoven with a thread of romance. She grew up on a small fruit farm in Washington State, but now lives in the mean “burbs” of Minnesota. In her spare time, she likes to take her motorcycle for a spin, hang out with friends, or go hiking with her husband and their spoiled dog. She is currently working on the 3rd book in her Christian romantic suspense series, SECOND CHANCES, and the 4th book in her DOUBLE BARREL MYSTERIES series.  Barbara Ellen Brink Website   Amazon Author Page

YOUNG ADULT (YA): includes Middle Grade and New Adult (NA)

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Nike Chillemi [Chair and Founder of Grace Awards, Lead Judge], likes her bad guys really bad and her good guys smarter and better. Nike is the founding board member of the Grace Awards and its Chair, a reader’s choice awards for excellence in Christian fiction. She has been a judge in the 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016 Carol Awards in the suspense, mystery, and romantic suspense categories; and an Inspy Awards 2010 judge in the Suspense/Thriller/Mystery category. Her four novel Sanctuary Point series (out of print), set in the mid-1940s has finaled, won an award, and garnered critical acclaim. The first novel in her Veronica “Ronnie” Ingels/Dawson Hughes trilogy, HARMFUL INTENT, won in the Grace Awards 2014 Mystery/Romantic Suspense/Thriller/Historical Suspense category. She has written book reviews for The Christian Pulse online magazine. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and John 3:16 Marketing Network.   Nike N. Chillemi~Mystery & a Merry Heart    Amazon Author Page

Ruth O'Neil

Ruth O’Neil has been a freelance writer for more than 20 years, publishing hundreds of articles in dozens of publications as well as a few books. When she’s not writing or homeschooling, she spends her spare time quilting, reading, scrapbooking, camping, and hiking with the family. Her newest series is devotionals based on classic literature. You can visit her at Real Life is Better Than Fiction blog or at Ruth O’Neil Website  Amazon Author Page

Elaine Cooper

Elaine Marie Cooper is the award-winning author of FIELDS OF THE FATHERLESS (YA Fiction) and BETHANY’S CALENDAR (Non-fiction memoir). Her latest release (SARATOGA LETTERS) was finalist in Historical Romance in both the Selah Awards and Next Generation Indie Book Awards. She penned the three-book DEER RUN SAGA and has been published in numerous magazines and anthologies. She freely admits to being a history geek. She has recently signed a four-book contract with Burnett Young Books. The series is set in Connecticut during the American Revolution.  Elaine Marie Cooper Website  Amazon Author Page 

And The Grace Awards 2017 Finalists are…

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The Grace Awards 2017 is now into its eight year. This year, the number of reader nominations kept pouring in and we were eager to count them. We had a record number of novels nominated. Works from major publishers, small publisher, and independent author were nominated.

Grace Awards is a reader driven literary awards. We are “the little engine that could” of Christian fiction awards.

According to the rules, every novel had to have been accompanied by at least a 45+ word statement telling why the story was nominated…a sort of mini-review or critique. This year the reasons given were astute and outstanding. There is no doubt that today’s Christian reader is both intelligent and perceptive.

And now…the finalists in six categories are…

WOMEN’S FICTION/GENERAL FICTION: (serious women’s/men’s, societal issues, can have humor and suspense elements)

GRACE IN STRANGE DISGUISE by Christine Dillon (Amazon Digital Services) ~ Physiotherapist Esther Macdonald is living the Australian dream, and it doesn’t surprise her. But at twenty-eight, her world shatters. Everyone assures her God will come through for her, but what happens when he doesn’t? Has she offended God? Is her faith too small?

WHERE THE SKY MEETS THE SAND by Chris Loehmer Kincaid (Ambassador International) ~ The story of Jenny Neumeyer and Ole, a homeless boy she befriends while she and her husband are on vacation in Kenya. As she comes to terms with a secret in her past, two missionaries to Africa discover discover Ole and are determined to lead him home. Along the way, they realize that the boy is not the only one who is lost.

THE AUSTEN ESCAPE by Katherine Reay (Thomas Nelson) ~ Mary Davies finds safety in her ordered and productive life.  When Mary’s estranged childhood friend, Isabel Dwyer offers her a two-week stay in a gorgeous manor house in England, she reluctantly agrees. Then Isabel loses her memory and fully believes she lives in Jane Austen’s Bath.

ROMANCE/HISTORICAL ROMANCE: (primary element is love/courtship/marriage, be it set now or then)

MAGNOLIA STORMS by Janet Ferguson (Southern Sun Press) ~ Maggie Marovich couldn’t save her father or her home from Hurricane Katrina, but she’s dedicated her life to meteorology so she can warn others when the monster storms approach. Except…she works three hours inland and rarely risks returning to her childhood hometown of Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Both her single-parent sister and the ship pilot Maggie once loved refused to leave the Coast, despite Maggie’s requests. Now a hurricane’s headed toward Mississippi, and Maggie’s sister is seriously injured, leaving Maggie little choice but to head south—into the storm.

HOLD THE LIGHT by April McGowan (WhiteFire Publishing) ~ Amber spent her life adapting—first to being abandoned by her birth mother as a toddler, and then to the death of her adoptive father in her teen years. Now she’s moved past all that, loving life as an independent woman: she has a job as an art instructor and the perfect apartment. But when a routine eye appointment reveals she’s losing her sight, life comes to a halt. Even after her blindness counselor, Ethan, befriends her and opens her eyes to new opportunities and the possibility of a deeper relationship.

FINDING JOY by Melanie D. Snitker (Dallionz Media) ~ A horrific accident changed everything for Parker Wilson. The beautiful new employee his mom hires is the last thing he needs and he’ll do whatever it takes to make the girl quit and regain the peace and quiet he prefers. Nothing short of desperation would force Chelsea Blake to work on a local cattle ranch. She may not be cut out for ranch life, but her determination to succeed is stronger than her handsome employer’s efforts at forcing her to leave. Unprepared to discover all they have in common, if they set aside their initial dislike, they might find joy beyond measure.

MYSTERY/ROMANTIC SUSPENSE/THRILLER: (crime fiction, probably a body)

MIDSUMMER MADNESS by Barbara E. Brink (Barbara Ellen Brink) ~ When Blake and Shelby Gunner are hired to find a stolen fishing boat, they never expect it will turn into a murder investigation. But after Jack’s dog, Arthur, discovers a stranger’s body in the water not far from the bed & breakfast, the Gunners are pulled in to solve the case. Discovering the man’s identity and why he was in town leads to a murky past with connections to a number of upstanding Port Scuttlebutt citizens. Can Blake and Shelby stop a killer before someone else is pulled beneath the waves of madness?

ANDER’S REDEMPTION by Mary Vee (CreateSpace) ~ A young man with a brain injury but who can do amazing things with dessert is offered a job as a pastry chef in a prestigious restaurant in a village and it comes with an apartment.The longer he stays the more Brice begins to think something is going on. Can Brice figure out the village’s secret before Christmas?

THE HOUSE ON FOSTER HILL by Jaime Jo Wright (Bethany House Publishers) ~ Kaine Prescott is no stranger to death. When her husband died two years ago, her pleas for further investigation into his suspicious death fell on deaf ears. In desperate need of a fresh start, Kaine purchases an old house sight unseen in her grandfather’s Wisconsin hometown. But one look at the eerie, abandoned house immediately leaves her questioning her rash decision. And when the house’s dark history comes back with a vengeance, Kaine is forced to face the terrifying realization she has nowhere left to hide. 

SPECULATIVE FICTION: (science fiction, fantasy, horror, etc.)

WINTER QUEEN by Erica Marie Hogan (Elk Lake Publishing) ~ She will bring a storm like none they’ve ever seen … and change the world forever. Five years ago, Roderick Kael murdered King Vihaan Sundragon, claiming the throne of Sunkai and all of Nfaros for himself. Five years ago, the Princesses Adlae, Mirae, and Brae were forced to give up everything they’ve ever known. Five years since the Creator of All allowed winter’s snow to fall. But now the wind stirs with a familiar chill. Winter is coming down from the Ice Mountains, brought by the only one who can wield the storm. The Winter Queen herself.

THE REVISIONARY by Kristen Hogrefe (Write Integrity Press) ~ Nineteen-year-old Portia Abernathy plans to earn a Dome seat and rewrite the Codex rules to rescue her exiled brother. Her journey demands answers from the past civilization, but uncovering the truth means breaking the rules she set out to rewrite. This dystopian story opens in Cube 1519, a ghetto where the only use for obsolete cell phones is to throw them like rocks at mongrels. Portia and her father survive like many other citizens, with no electricity or technology and no expectation for a better life.

WHITE WOLF AND THE ASH PRINCESS by Tammy Lash (Amazon Digital Services)  ~ Memory loss prohibits Izzy from remembering her life before age seven when she was injured in a fire. Jonathan Gudwyne rescued her and took Izzy in, but who did she belong to before? Crippling panic keeps Izzy from wandering beyond the stables but Tubs, the young stable boy, encourages Izzy to go beyond the property’s rock wall to a world that promises possible answers, but also great danger. A scorched castle in the woods and a mysterious cellar filled with secrets sets Izzy on a path to the New World, where she will not only have to face her own terror but face the people responsible for her scars.

ACTION-ADVENTURE/WESTERN/EPIC FICTION: (exploits, quest, daring, expansive)

THE HEALING HILLS by Ann H. Gabhart (Revell) ~ Francine Howard has her life all mapped out until the WWII soldier she planned to marry tells her he’s in love with a woman in England. Devastated, Francine seeks a fresh start in the Appalachian Mountains, training to be a nurse midwife for the Frontier Nursing Service. Deeply affected by the horrors he witnessed at war, Ben Locke has never thought further ahead than making it home to Kentucky. His future shrouded in as much mist as his beloved mountains, he’s at a loss when it comes to envisioning what’s next for his life.

THE RELIANT by Dr. Patrick Johnston (Ambassador International) ~ When the dollar collapses, widespread rioting and looting threaten the peace of a family in Zanesville, Ohio. Eight children tragically lose their parents in the chaos. The oldest, 19-year-old lovesick Sophie, is forced to care for her defenseless and hungry siblings in a stretch of woods surrounded by lawless anarchy. Their father has been killed, and their mother and Adam, Sophie’s fiancé, have gone missing. Running out of food and facing threats from encroaching marauders, they are tempted to doubt God’s love. 

AGAINST THE ODDS by V.B. Tenery and David Arp (CBC Publishing) ~ It was the mother of all bad days.The date, September 11,  2012. The place, Benghazi, Libya. While a brave band of warrior’s fight for their lives in the consulate and CIA annex, outside, a Mossad Agent, a missionary, and a Mississippi giant fight a different battle. Caught between terrorist and an enraged Russian arms dealer, they must complete the mission and manage to stay alive until they can escape or tAhe cavalry arrives. Never assume things can’t get worse.

YOUNG ADULT: (including Middle Grade and New Adult)

KNEE-HIGH LIES by Dawn Ford (Splickety Publishing Group) ~ What happens when the lies you tell grow so high you can’t see the truth? To the outside world Avery Denton’s life looks happy, normal even. But it isn’t. Not even close. She believes nothing can make it worse. When her mother skips town with their banker, the small-town gossips focus on her. Jaxson Stewart, Avery’s neighbor and friend, has had a crush on her for years. She makes his heart race, which is dangerous for a boy with a heart condition. Unlike their community, he refuses to hold her mother’s actions against her.

A TRAIL OF CRUMBS by Susie Finkbeiner (Kregel Publications) ~ Spence has been through more in her young life than most folks could handle. Then a devastating tragedy throws the whole family into a tailspin–and signals the beginning of the end of her secure life. Now the Spences are fleeing their Oklahoma wasteland for an unknown life in Depression-era Michigan. Pearl isn’t sure she’ll ever see home or happiness again. Will any trail of crumbs be powerful enough to guide her back to the dependable life she once knew?

MISSION OF A LIFETIME by Priscilla J. Krahn (Ambassador International) ~ A missing airplane . . . Hostile tribes . . . Mysterious kidnappings . . .Responsibility falls upon twenty-one-year-old William Rodriguez when his missionary parents disappear in the hostile jungles of Columbia. Willie knows that he has to go find them, but what will it cost him? When Willie finds himself in the midst of a drug smuggling ring, difficult decisions are thrust upon him. Can he escape his captors before his family is killed? Can he find forgiveness in his heart for the very people who ruined his life or will it only bring back more painful memories? Will he be able to survive the mission of a lifetime?

 

 

 

 

 

 

February Author Spotlight ~ Angela D. Meyer

“Mawwaige, it’s what brings us together…”

Who doesn’t laugh at all the wonderful lines from The Princess Bride? A grandfather who loves his grandson shares a story about a girl, a farm boy and true love told in the setting of corrupt governments, pirates, kidnapping, a revenge seeking Spaniard, brute squads, torture and sword fights.

Even more so, God loves us enough to share His story told in the setting of family dynasties, slavery, war, conquering warriors and kings, giants, jealousy inspired plots in the castle, virgin births, miracles, and the resurrected Messiah. He loves us enough to invite us into that story and then to ask us to share it with others.

Ultimately, as Christian authors, I believe that’s what we seek to do. We share His story one piece at a time. We weave small glimpses into the character and love of God into the fabric of the stories we tell through our books.  We invite people deeper into His love.

February, with the mood of love all around us, is a good time to remember that God’s love is greater than the love we can have for one another. Sharing this story of His love is the greatest reason we as Christian authors write. And it can be the greatest motivator to put ink onto paper.

The desire to share God’s love through story motivates me through the struggle to return to regular writing. In 2013, my debut novel WHERE HOPE STARTS, a Grace Awards finalist, released. In 2016, after the sequel, WHERE HEALING STARTS, released, I found myself in need of rest and my family in need of attention. I took a sabbatical which encompassed most of 2017.

I know there is more to tell of the Applewood Hill series. A story of family broken by the past in need of God’s healing through His love. Book 3 in the series, WHERE JOY STARTS is now close to half-way written. I write in between family, homeschool, church and friends, determined to weave more of God’s story into the fabric of life at Applewood Hill. And along the way, show readers how very much God loves each one of us.

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Reader Nominations Begin!!! ~ Grace Awards 2017

Grace AwardsThe eighth annual Grace Awards is thrilled to announce that reader voting for Finalists commences on December 31, 2017 ends at midnight March 17, 2018.

Wow! Get in on it!!!

The Grace Awards is reader driven. That means in the first round readers vote for their favorite novels and chose “Finalists” in five literary categories.

WHO CAN VOTE FOR NOVELS:

Individuals (not organizations). Readers who maintain a networking page (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Goodreads, Linkedin, Ning sites, a blog, etc.) created before November 1, 2016. We check each link to verify there’s a real person there.

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Readers can only vote in all six (6) categories, but only for ONE novel in each category.

Authors are also readers and can vote, but not for their own novel(s). Please, please DON’T vote against yourself, simply vote in the OTHER genre categories for novels you deem worthy.

Editors, publishers, agents, cover artists can vote, but not for a book they authored or co-authored, entered into a verbal or written agreement for, or received compensation for. 

Board members and judges can vote, but not for their own novel(s).

TYPES OF NOVELS READERS MAY CONSIDER: Traditional Christian, Inspirational, gritty Christian and edgy Christian that does not cross the line, stories from a Christian/Messianic worldview, redemptive themed, biblical, faith-based, Christian and/or Messianic mystical themes, values imbued, grace and forgiveness oriented, inspirational marriage and family friendly, depicting Christian lifestyle (can be struggling with it), spiritually and emotionally healing fiction…of 55 thousand words or more. At this time we do not have a category for anthologies.

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CRITERIA FOR NOVELS:

Original novels presenting a Christian worldview written in English, published in hard cover, trade paperback, or in Ebook format.

Traditional publishers, Small press, Indie publishers, self-published works. To us, Pbooks and Ebooks all compete on the same level playing field.

The novel must have been released between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017.

Most of all, the novel must reach the highest of literary standards and add something of value to Christian, inspirational, faith and values based fiction, and to the world at large.

BOOK CATEGORIES:

Women’s Fiction/General Fiction  –  women’s issues and/or men’s issues, can have humor and suspense elements

Contemporary Romance/Historic Romance — the primary element is love/marriage, then or now

Mystery/Romantic Suspense/Thriller — crime fiction, there’s probably a body

Speculative — sci-fi, fantasy, horror, etc

Action/Adventure/Western/Epic Fiction — exploits, quest, daring, expansive

Young Adult (YA) — includes middle grade, young adult, and new adult (NA)

**Note: submit Urban Fiction into the category where it best fits (ie, Women’s Fiction, Young Adult, etc.)

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READER VOTING SUGGESTIONS:

1. Was the novel well written? Did the author use language correctly? Did it make sense?

2. Was the plotline logical? Did any plot turns surprise you? In a good way, as in what a surprise but this really works — or in a bad way, as in “Yikes” this doesn’t work at all?

3. Did the characters feel like living people? Could you identify with the characters and their situations in the novel? Were the scenes plausible?

4. How about pacing? Did you ever get bored?

5. Was the novel true to its setting: time, place?

6. Was the novel entertaining? Did it uplift, send you on an emotional roller coaster, have you on the edge of your seat, tickle your funny bone (depending on the category)?

7. Did the novel engage your Christian walk in a meaningful way? Did it depict Christian life in a plausible manner (in some genres, this would be symbolic)?  Do you think the work adds something of literary value?

HOW TO NOMINATE FINALIST(S):

  • Give title and author, category, and tell us 45+ words why you like the book so much.
  • Nominate in one category or all, only one novel per category, only one nomination per novel.
  • Give a link to your social networking site, web site, or blog. Must have been created before November 1, 2017.
  • Email to:  graceawards@yahoo.com

USE A FORMAT SOMETHING LIKE THIS…(you can copy what is in red and email it with entry or entries.

Women’s Fiction/General Fiction: Name of novel and author. In 45+ words, why did you like the book.

Contemporary Romance/Historical Romance: Name of novel and author. In 45+ words, why you like the book.

Mystery/Romantic Suspense/Thriller/Historical Suspense: Name of novel and author. In 45+ words, why you like the book.

Speculative Fiction — sci-fi, fantasy, horror, etc: Name of the novel and author. In 45+words, why you like the book.

Action-Adventure/Western/Historic Epic Fiction: Name of the novel and author. In 45+ words, why you like the book.

Young Audlt (YA): Name of the novel. In 45+ words, why you like the book.

After you chose in which category/ies you want to nominate a novel, copy and answer the simple questions and email to graceawards@yahoo.com

All nominations go to graceawards@yahoo.com

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR WITH LOTS OF GREAT READING!!!

2017-2018

Grace Awards Christmas Fiction Sweeps 2017

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given…[KJV]

The authors who support and are active in the Grace Awards rejoice at the above Scripture. We are coming into a wonderful, exciting and happy time of year. So, in the spirit of the season, we announce the Grace Awards Christmas Sweeps 2017.

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Fourteen authors are promoting their novels/novellas…and we will pick at random 14 winners from readers who leave comments. Each author can give away any novel/novella they have written, quite often it will be the first in a series. This is their Christmas gift to selected winners who leave a comment. On December 26th and 27th winners will be selected. Click on the dialog balloon in the upper left under the date.

Come Eat At My Table

COME EAT AT MY TABLE (What A Difference A Year Makes) by Ruth O’Neil ~ This first book in the What a Difference a Year Makes series, begins and ends with the Christmas season. Many people struggle through the holidays. Karin Miller is one of them. A chance encounter on an otherwise cheerful day, leaves her reminiscing about the past, and it’s not all good. She finds she has to face her past so she and her family can go on with their future.

War of the Heart

WAR OF THE HEART (A Snow Globe Christmas) by Jenna Victoria ~  When a vintage snow globe sends Boston dress designer Louise Martin and British Bed and Breakfast owner George Walker back in time to 1940’s London in mid-December, they race against the clock to reconcile a feud between their families and solve a 75-year-old mystery. Louise relies on God and also on George for guidance then love. Will their love survive generations of mistrust, the Blitz and being stranded in wartime, possibly never returning to the present?

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HARMFUL INTENT (The Veronica “Ronnie” Ingels/Dawson Hughes Trilogy) by Nike N. Chillemi ~  Betrayal runs in private investigator Veronica “Ronnie” Ingels’ family. So, why is she surprised when her husband of one-year cheats on her? The real shock is his murder, with the local lawman pegging her as the prime suspect. Deputy Sergeant Dawson Hughes is not sure he believes the meddling New York PI. As the evidence points away from her, he realizes the more she butts in, the more danger she attracts to herself.

The Case of the Clobbered Cad

THE CASE OF THE CLOBBERED CAD (Nosy Parkers Mysteries Book 2) by Debra E. Marvin ~ This Christmas, come sleuth with Heather Munro! Her youthful devotion to The Girl Detective comes in handy when, pursuing her Master’s degree, she discovers the corpse of a lothario she’d hoped never to see again. As clues come to light, it’s clear someone hopes to frame Heather. Besides her quirky landlady, whom can she trust? There are plenty of suspects, but only two have both motive and opportunity: Heather and the quiet Scottish archaeologist.Conspiracy of Bones

CONSPIRACY OF BONES (And The Beat Goes On) by Tracy Krauss ~ When an archaeologist finds dinosaur and human remains buried together, his career and his very life are in danger as unseen forces try to hide the truth. There’s nothing better than mystery and murder on a frosty winter’s night!

No Safe Haven

NO SAFE HAVEN by Angela Moody ~ Fifteen-year-old Tillie Pierce loves her life just as it is and considers her family safe from the Civil War—until Confederate soldiers overrun her hometown of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Sent to “safety” on a farm, she seeks shelter right in the battle zone. The next days test not only her beliefs and friendships but also her instincts and attitude. Does she have the gumption to trust a God who could give her hope? How can she when He allows such tragedy? A wonderful gift for the holidays.

With Music in Their Hearts

WITH MUSIC IN THEIR HEARTS (The Spies of WWII Book 1) by Carole Brown ~ A foreign spy is stealing secret plans for newly developed ammunition to be used in the war. Given this spy favors pink stationery, could red-headed Emma Jaine Rayner be involved? Is the preacher, Tyrell Walker, serving as a secret American spy, all he claims to be? While the snowflakes are falling outside, the music is warming hearts inside… Can their love survive the danger threatening to hinder the path of true love?

Contagion

CONTAGION (Dark Days Book 1)by Marcy G. Dyer ~ As Christmas approaches, zombies roam the earth. Three families stand to lose everything when an obsessed megalomaniac dumps weaponized rabies around the globe creating the zombie apocalypse. As the cataclysm spreads, three families search for safety or risk becoming part of the bloodbath. Can they all make it to the Texas Hill Country safe haven in time to celebrate the Savior’s birth, or will they lose everything in the toughest quest of their lives?

Alias Raven Black

ALIAS RAVEN BLACK by Barbara Ellen Brink ~ For thrills and chills this holiday season, fall into the undercover world of ALIAS RAVEN BLACK. Navigating a slippery path, a young, female, con artist helps the FBI find incriminating evidence against a dangerous mobster by playing nanny to his two spoiled children. Seeking love and forgiveness in all the wrong places, will God finally show Brenna what she’s been missing by turning her life upside down?

Celtic Cross Series

CELTIC CROSS COLLECTION(Celtic Cross, Claddaugh, Celtic Knot) by Tammy Doherty ~ Christmas embodies faith, hope and love and the Celtic Cross series illustrates each of them. In CELTIC CROSS, Cristeen must learn to trust as only faith can save her. Leigh, in CLADDAUGH, seeks the hope born of forgiveness. In the final book, CELTIC KNOT, Abby struggles to accept a loving God who lets bad things happen to those who believe. Each concept is wrapped and packaged in an action-filled romantic suspense.

Miracle On Maple Street

MIRACLE ON MAPLE STREET (A Time of Joy and Family) by Linda Wood Rondeau ~ At the age of eight, Ryan watched in confusion as his father abandoned his family, and his mother clasped the photograph of a cousin who disappeared on her 16th birthday. Though these disappearances occurred decades apart, Ryan sensed they were somehow connected. Now his wife manifests the same apathy his mother endured after his father’s abandonment. This Christmas Eve, all Ryan’s questions will be answered with the arrival of his mother’s long-lost cousin.

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THE POISON WE DRINK by Carol McClain ~ What better gift for Christmas than friendship and forgiveness? Second best is a novel dealing with forgiving the unforgivable. We watch as Torie, Adam and Maya, an unlikely trio, bond. Each provides a key the other must have to conquer their pasts. According to readers, this story is a 10/10—a must-read novel that will transform and transport the reader.

The Deepest SighTHE DEEPEST SIGH (Echoes of the Heart Book 1) by Naomi Musch ~ Get swept away this winter, to a different time, not 2017, but 1917. Marilla Eckert is in love with her family’s farm hand Lang Prescott, but Lang is already smitten with Marilla’s sister Delia. He settles for Rilla but is determined to still have Delia, even after she marries. When the Great War sweeps over them, men are called to fight and tragedy sweeps in. Will any of them find their hearts’ true homes again?

She Loves Me In The Spring

SHE LOVES ME IN THE SPRING (The Nonstop Honeymoon) by Suzane D. Williams ~ Brielle Hensley had her future all planned out. However, her groom nowhere in sight, all those plans crumbled around her. Bradford Barrow wanted to kill his younger brother for running out on his bride. Yet, sent to make a formal apology the next day, he and Brielle make a rash decision – to go on her honeymoon together. Return to spring this Christmas and travel through the seasons in this sweet four-book, bride series.

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Teen Boys & Men Have Enjoyed These Grace Awards Winners & Finalists ~ Fall Spotlight

The Grace Awards has a motto or tagline: expanding the tent pegs of Christian fiction. Readers have commented, and so we know one area in which we’ve achieved this has been in the number of our winners and finalists enjoyed by men and boys. We’ve also had male writers among our winners and finalist, as well as few male judges over the years.

ASCENT OF THE NEBULA (The Chronotrace Sequence, Book 3) by DJ Edwardson [Girrafix Media] Reengineering the human race, fast-paced, http://amzn.to/2zBbQdC

ACOLYTE (Winter, Book 3) by Keven Newsome [Splashdown Darkwater] ~ FBI, action-packed, spiritual warfare and prophecy. http://amzn.to/2hw2f0S

THE ALLIANCE by Jolina Petersheim [Tyndale House Publishers] ~ Dystopian plus Amish mixes hope and faith with cynacism and fear.  http://amzn.to/2yyrz9N

THE BATTLE OF SEATTLE by Doughlas Bond [P&R Publishing] ~ 1855 in the Pacific Northwest and hostility between white settlers and native tribes. http://amzn.to/2iTRC4P

THE REVOLT: A Novel in Wycliffe’s Englan by Douglas Bond [P&R Publishing] ~ 14th C Bloody battles, charges of heresy, translating the Bible into English. http://amzn.to/2zBRsJb

STORMING: A Dieselpunk Adventure by K. M. Weiland [PenForASword Publishing] ~ 1920s aviation meets retro-futuristic technology. http://amzn.to/2mnziWn

A NEW THREAT (The Psygen Chronicles, Vol 1)  by Aaron DeMott [AltWit Press] ~ Somewhere between Star Trek and Star Wars. http://amzn.to/2yxyZdn

TWO DAYS IN CARACAS (A Titus Ray Thriller)  by Luana Ehrlich [Potter’s Word Press] ~ CIA, Central America, assassination. http://amzn.to/2yY9CG0

ONE NIGHT IN TEHRAN (A Titus Ray Thriller) by Luane Ehrlich [Potter’s Word Publishing] ~ CIA, Middle East, espionage. http://amzn.to/2AGEaJm

JESSIE by Rebekah Lyn [Real Life Books & Media] ~ Abused boy dreams of space missions, NASA. Viet Nam War era. http://amzn.to/2zDMU4T

THE RISING by Lynn Chandler Willis [Pelican Book Group] ~ A little boy wakes from the dead, is there a scientific reason or is it spernatural? http://amzn.to/2hpkqlf

BROKEN ALLEGIANCE [A Tom Kagan Novel], Mark Young (Mark Young Books) ~ Contemporary detective novel, smartly written crime story. http://amzn.to/2yXjdwy

MERLIN’S BLADE (The Merlin Spiral, Book 1) by Robert Treskillard [Blink] ~ Merlin’s Greatest Weakness Could Become His Greatest Strength. http://amzn.to/2mqnUJJ

BURNING SKY (A Novel of the American Frontier) by Lori Benton [Waterbrook Press] ~ 18th C America, a clash between setters and Native American culture. http://amzn.to/2yZfH4P

WINTER by Keven Newsome [Splashdown Darkwater] ~ Winter didn’t ask for the gift of prophecy. She’s happy being a freak. http://amzn.to/2AGCb81

BACK ON MURDER (A Roland March Mystery, Book 1) by J. Mark Bertrand [Bethany House] ~ Contemporary detective story,  police procedural, authentic. http://amzn.to/2zH8Jif

KESTREL’S MIDNIGHT SONG by J. R. Parker [Flamin Pen Press] ~ Fantasy in a medieval land not on earth. fast-paced, complex. Teenage author.  http://amzn.to/2zyDFU2

 

Grace Awards Summer Book Bash 2017 ~ day three

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This summer’s book bash is coming to a close. It’s been a real blast with amazing novels and authors.

 

The Case of the Clobbered CadTHE CASE OF THE CLOBBERED CAD by Debra Marvin (Journey Fiction) ~ Did you spend some long summer days reading favorites like Little House, Anne of Green Gables, or Nancy Drew?  Or, like me, re-reading Black Beauty or The Secret Garden? An author’s favorite stories from his or her youth are apt to make an impression in their work. My new release from Journey Fiction proves that! THE CASE OF THE CLOBBERED CAD celebrates amateur sleuths and evocative, moody settings—in this case, Edinburgh Scotland. Heather Munro’s youthful devotion to The Girl Detective led to a passion for digging around in history. Now pursuing her Master’s Degree in Celtic Studies, Heather must balance exploring Edinburgh with her determination to excel in her all–male classes at the University. Unfortunately on her first night working in the Archives room, she discovers the dead body of a visiting professor, the same would-be lothario she’d hoped never to see again. As clues come to light, it’s clear someone hopes to frame Heather for the murder. Besides her quirky landlady, whom can she trust? How can she clear her name? The police and the American Consul have plenty of suspects, but only two seem to have both motive and opportunity: Heather and the quiet Scottish historian she longs to trust.  Website  Purchase on Amazon

 

Contagion

CONTAGION [Dark Days Book One] by Marcy Dyer (Desert Breeze) ~ Another exciting read to tuck into your beach bag. Weaponized rabies and power hungry politicians – a deadly combination. Zombies roam the earth. Three families stand to lose everything. An obsessed megalomaniac dumps weaponized rabies around the globe creating the zombie apocalypse. As the cataclysm spreads, three families search for safety, or risk becoming part of the bloodbath. Can carpenter Randi Martinez find solace for her tortured soul if she can save her family? Scientist Reginald Barker and his family set out from Silver Penny, Colorado. He fights his way toward the Texas Hill Country to save his family and redeem himself for the chaos he created. Joshua Barker an Austin Homicide Detective is determined to fulfil his responsibility to protect his brother, as he strives to reach his uncle’s home in the Hill Country.  Website  Purchase on Amazon

 

The Deepest Sigh

 THE DEEPEST SIGH [Echoes of the Heart Book One] by Naomi Musch (Desert Breeze) ~ Hot off the press and just released! The timing couldn’t be better to be one of the first to add this historical fiction novel to your summer reading list. Step back onto the home front in 1917 with farmer’s daughter Marilla Eckert as America remembers the 100th anniversary of its entry into WWI — The Great War. It’s a summer of dreams coming true when seventeen-year-old Marilla finally wins the notice of her family’s hired farm hand, Langdon “Lang” Prescott. She’s been in love with him since she was fourteen, oblivious that it’s her older sister Delia who stirs his deepest passions. Nevertheless, when Delia marries her own long-time beau, Lang turns to Marilla instead. Their family celebrates two weddings that year. Not until she has given him everything she has to offer and he is entrenched in the fight overseas, does she finally face the bitter realization of where his devotion truly lies. Pursuing his favor is one thing, but when heartache strikes on every front, and her resolve wears beyond what she can endure, the offer of comfort — and even love — from another is hard to resist. Their marriage is desperate, and the war’s casualty list is growing. Can such hungry hearts find their true homes? With echoes of Jacob, Rachel, and Leah’s story in the Bible and Gone With the Wind, an early reader calls The Deepest Sigh “one of the best romances I’ve read in a long time”.  Website  Purchase on Amazon

 

With Music in Their Hearts

WITH MUSIC IN THEIR HEARTS by Carole Brown (Story and Logic Media Group) ~ A suspense for your summer reading delight. Angry at being rejected for military service, Minister Tyrell Walker accepts the call to serve as a civilian spy within his own country. Across the river from Cincinnati, Ohio, a spy working for a foreign country is stealing secret plans for newly developed ammunition to be used in the war. According to his FBI cousin, this spy favors pink stationery giving strong indications that a woman is involved. He’s instructed to obtain a room in the Rayner Boarding House run by the lovely, spunky red-haired Emma Jaine Rayner. Sparks of jealousy and love fly between them immediately even as they battle suspicions that one or the other is not on the up and up. While Tyrell searches for the murdering spy who reaches even into the boarding home, Emma Jaine struggles with an annoying renter, a worried father (who could be involved in this spy thing), and two younger sisters who are very different but just as strong willed as she is. Will their love survive the danger and personal issues that arise to hinder the path of true love?  Website  Purchase on Amazon

Grace Awards Summer Book Bash 2016 ~ day two

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The Grace Awards Summer Book Bash is now in full swing offering exciting reads by accomplished authors.

 

She Loves Me In The Spring

SHE LOVES ME IN THE SPRING by Suzanne D. Williams (Amazon Digital Services) ~ A frosted drink, a spot of shade, and a good book … This ongoing series of light romance novellas is the perfect relaxation for a summer afternoon. Stood up at her wedding, her groom nowhere in sight, Brielle Hensley makes the rash decision to go on her honeymoon anyway – with her ex-fiancé’s older brother. Bradford Barrow is the dutiful son, the faithful employer. His entire life is about doing what’s expected of him and checking off the tasks on his ever-present lists. She needs to shake off his brother’s betrayal, and he needs to do something impulsive for once. What begins innocently enough, soon takes on a life of its own, and it could be that the acceptance they’ve both been looking for comes from the most spontaneous thing of all – love. Sweet romance with humor thrown in, this first story will make enjoyable reading at home, at lunch, or while on vacation.  Website  Purchase on Amazon

Love Among The Lilacs

LOVE AMONG THE LILACS by Jenna Victoria (Amazon Digital Services) ~ is a perfect fit for this time of year. Lilacs play a continuing theme in this contemporary romance with a touch of mystery~ based in Westchester County, New York. Let some 5star reviews tell the tale; “The path to Love is filled with twists, turns, and unexpected surprises.Heroine Mollie had such a tough life as a child (including being homeless). This book tells the story of her finally buying Lilac Cottage after much sacrifice and hard work, a home no one can take away. The cottage owners’ nephew Sean comes along and turns her world upside down, trying his best to get her out. Despite their differences, Sean and Mollie develop feelings for each other but the past gets in the way. Does Mollie get to stay in her home? Does she find Love Among the Lilacs?”…”This sweet romance was even better than her first. She kept me turning pages with a book that could never be called predictable. What I love most about Jenna’s books is the common thread of hope. Where the world seems like a dark place today, Jenna’s books give you hope for a better future. It never dragged, I just kept turning pages to see what would happen next. I absolutely adored Mollie.”…”With both of Sean and Mollie’s pasts clouding their present, Grady Cove exhibits loving neighbors who harbor their delicate feelings to bloom into explosions of understanding and forgiveness, vivid to touch.You will be allowed to view their outlooks, hopes, and dreams. Enjoy Love Among the Lilacs as truths become apparent when hearts are open to receive blessings of reconciliations.” Facebook Author Page  Purchase on Amazon

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HOPE [Ties That Bind #3] by Fay Lamb (Write Integrity Press) ~ Hope Astor is literally a starving artist, living off the good graces of her friends as she seeks help for the fatigue that has plagued her for over a month. Dr. Daniel Duvall is a noted oncological surgeon whose life hasn’t been the same since losing his sister in a car accident the year before. When Hope receives her diagnosis, she understands that her carefree artist’s lifestyle has left her without any options to save her life, but her friends try to convince her otherwise. They persuade Hope to seek treatment from the best doctor she knows. Trouble is, Hope is the reason Daniel’s sister is dead, and she doesn’t think saving her life is on his list of priorities. What better way to get away for the summer than to take a trip to Central Florida via HOPE and her friends, CHARISSE  and LIBBY, all part of The Ties that Bind romantic series by Florida native, Fay Lamb.  Website  Purchase on Amazon

Sutters Landing

SUTTER’S LANDING [Kinsman Redeemer Series Book 2] by Betty Thomason Owens (Write Integrity Press) ~ Beautiful summer days, especially those spent relaxing on a beach, are best spent enjoying a sweet love story, right? The sequel to Grace Award-winning Annabelle’s Ruth is now available! Sutter’s Landing takes up where Annabelle’s Ruth left off. Connie and Annabelle have survived the first winter on their own in West Tennessee. Annabelle dreads Connie’s upcoming marriage and removal to Sutter’s Landing. Though she’s happy to note the growing affection between Alton Wade and her daughter-in-law, their marriage means Annabelle will be on her own for the first time in her life. Connie’s doubts about her decision to marry increase when Alton’s bigoted brother Jensen uses every opportunity to drive a wedge between them. Is she doing the right thing? Did she move too quickly? Unexpected summer visitors and anticipation of a new neighbor provide diversion and open possibilities for both Annabelle and Connie. What one reader says about Sutter’s Landing: “The author’s depiction of life in the segregated south in the 1950s is both realistic and insightful. She paints an accurate picture of how hard the people in this cotton-centric community worked just to live, and she does it with respect, humility, honesty, and without the Hollywood sensationalism or stereotyping. She also shows their faith with gentle, non-threatening assurance. SUTTER’S LANDING is a sweet, inspirational, and very well written story where the characters come alive on the pages. Their dialogue so realistic you find yourself right there with them.”  Website  Purchase on Amazon

No Safe HavenNO SAFE HAVEN by Angela Moody (Createspace Independent Publishing) ~ When you’re at the beach or enjoying your barbecue and fireworks with family and friends, bring a copy of No Safe Haven along. This novel, written for readers ages 15 to 99 will remind you of the sacrifices our country endured to safeguard our liberty and freedom. Fifteen-year-old Tillie Pierce will become the girl you’ll think about throughout the day. Her love for life, just as it is, is where you’ll want her to stay. Yet, you’ll gladly go along as she enters the battle of Gettysburg, fought during the first, second and third of July 1863. Experience her growth as she comes to understand that life is much more than her self-centered comforts. Kirkus Reviews had this to say: Moody knows the value of detail and pacing and knows how to set a scene and build drama…Although this novel will appeal to adults as well, it’s sure to grab teenagers’ imaginations and teach them not just facts, but greater truths. A remarkable first effort, recommended without reservation.  Facebook Author Page  Purchase on Amazon

 

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COUNTER POINT by Marji Lane (Write Integrity Press) ~ Even in the heat of summer, the tension in Heath’s Point, Texas will give you a chill. But that’s okay; the relationship between two former sweethearts will heat things up. Keep a frosty drink on hand. The waitress, Cat McPherson, has plenty she can share. That is, if she can live long enough to serve you. After all, now that her father’s gone and her car’s in the lake, she doesn’t have much left to lose … except her life. And a madman bent on revenge is intent on taking that away. It’s not entirely her fault, though. Her former boyfriend, Ray Alexander, recently returning from a disastrous mission in Southern Mexico, has brought back souvenirs in the form of death threats. Keeping Cat safe from a fallen cartel leader might prove impossible for Ray, but after seeing his mission destroyed and hearing of the deaths of several godly people, he knows better than to ignore the man’s threats. Cat’s resistance to his protection and the stirring of his long-denied feelings for her complicate his intentions, placing them both in a fight for their lives. Prop-up your feet, and slip on your shades while you find out if this small-town girl can survive when ultimate power wants her dead. Website  Purchase on Amazon

 

 

 

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