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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 (Luana Ehrlich) ~ 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 Sophi 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 surou 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. 

 

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

 

Counter Point_

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

 

 

 

Grace Awards Summer Book Bash 2017 ~ day one

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Wow! Summer reading has never been this exciting. What fabulous novels and super talented authors.

 

The Poison We Drink_THE POISON WE DRINK by Carol McClain (Desert Breeze Publishing) ~ Summer is too short to labor over ponderous tomes.  This novel will sweep you up in its drama and keep those pages zipping. You’ll not want to leave the beach until the last page has been read.How do you forgive the unforgivable? Torie Sullivan wrecks her car in a drunken fury and is rescued by a man she used to bully in middle school. Their worlds collide when Adam Benedict, now a paramedic, discovers Torie is homeless. He provides living accommodations for Torie with his girlfriend, Maya Vitale. The three unlikely friends must conquer their pasts to have a future. But some wrongs are too hard to overcome. This novel sweep you up in its tale of love, hatred and redemption. Readers say it is a 10/10–a must read.  Author Blog  Purchase on Amazon

GA Book Bash HIHARMFUL INTENT by Nike N. Chillemi (Crime Fictionista Press) ~ Kick off your summer reading by diving into this fast paced detective story, the first of the Veronica “Ronnie” Ingels/Dawson Hughes trilogy. 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, a former Army Ranger, is a man folks want on their side. Only he’s not so sure at first, he’s on the meddling New York PI’s side. As the evidence points away from her, he realizes the more she butts in, the more danger she attracts to herself. Author Blog  Purchase on Amazon

6 Dates to Disaster

6 DATES TO DISASTER by Cynthia T. Toney (Write Integrity Press) ~ A summer read for teen girls ages 13 to 15! This story addresses honesty in school and with parents as well as drinking and driving. It shows how decisions can damage relationships and risk a teen’s reputation and future. How will Wendy start her summer? When her family encounters financial hardship, Wendy must find a way on her own to reach her goal of flying to Alaska to see Mrs. V and Sam again—but will she lose everything she counted on for the future, including boyfriend David? Author Website  Purchase on Amazon

 

Imperfect BondsIMPERFECT BONDS, Book 3 of The Imperfect Series (Write Integrity Press) by Elizabeth Noyes is the ideal summer escape for book lovers. Whether lounging on the beach or relaxing at home on a staycation, this edgy, sometimes funny/sometimes sad romantic suspense will whisk you away on a page-turning journey. A 2016 Grace Awards Winner, Imperfect Bonds offers jam-packed action and adventure. The story revolves around a young woman at a crossroads in her life, and a former Navy SEAL turned small town deputy who’s targeted her as his next conquest. One problem: each wants more than the other is willing to give. Their attraction reaches combustible levels until an unexpected encounter plunges both into the dark and dangerous world of human trafficking. Suffice it to say that men go a little crazy when danger threatens someone they love!   Author Website  Purchase on Amazon

Revenge

REVENGE by Paula Rose (Anaiah Press) ~ Are you looking for a summer escape where danger lurks below the surface? Treat yourself to a suspense-filled vacation, staycation, or beach read where career, a missing person, and romance combine inside a mystery that is this exciting novel. Inside her position of a job coach, it is Olivia Foster’s duty to ensure her clients work in a safe environment, understand their positions, and serve the employer’s mission. The death of her brother drives her career choice, and her job remains her only focus until one of her autistic clients goes missing. Olivia’s employer ends her position by adding her to the suspect list, but she makes a different plan. Olivia is going to bring this missing young man home. Meanwhile, Detective Lt. Phillip Landon is deep into second-guessing his career choice, but his well-honed instincts see major flaws inside this missing person’s case. Surprising contacts, mysterious happenings, and threats can turn deadly. Can he keep Olivia safe, protect his heart, remove the job coach from someone’s target list, and adopt a faith he never knew all while adjusting to the new lives of his old family? Enjoy the shivers of romantic suspense coming from inside REVENGE while the sun heats the summer sky!  Author Website  Purchase on Amazon 

Stronger Than Mountais

STRONGER THAN MOUNTAINS by Lynn Dean (Wordsworth Publishing) ~Summer is a great time to travel. Reading can take you on a journey without ever leaving your favorite hammock or recliner. You can even travel through time! This novel (sequel to MORE PRECIOUS THAN GOLD in the Sangre de Cristo series) will whisk you away to the Wild West during the days of bustles and bad guys. When Millie married her cowboy, Zeke, she was sure that their “ever after” would be happy. How could it be anything else? Zeke was a strong, handsome young rancher with a promising stretch of land nestled into the Moreno River Valley in the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountains. She was beautiful and starry-eyed. Both were full of dreams. Fifteen years later, they’ve encountered more than their share of hardships, challenges, and disappointments. Now their obstacles threaten to divide them. Instead of fighting through their problems together, the once-happy couple finds themselves duking things out alone. They may share a cabin and a passel of kids, but their situation is getting desperate, and nobody’s very happy. Modern vacationers flock to this same setting to enjoy hiking, fishing, and horseback riding near the beautiful Angel Fire and Red River ski resorts. STRONGER THAN MOUNTAINS can take you there without the long car trip! You’ll want to pick up this inspirational story with richly spun characters to see if they can pull things together, save their ranch, and forge a family that is stronger than mountains.  Facebook Author Page  Purchase on Amazon

 

 

And…the Grace Awards 2016 Finalists are…

Grace Awards

The Grace Awards 2016 is now into its seventh 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 40+ 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)

LAND OF SILENCE by Tessa Afshar (Tyndale House Publishers) ~ Elianna is a young girl crushed by guilt. After her only brother is killed while in her care, Elianna tries to earn forgiveness by working for her father’s textile trade and caring for her family. When another tragedy places Elianna in sole charge of the business, her talent for design brings enormous success, but never the absolution she longs for. As her world unravels, she breaks off her betrothal to the only man she will ever love. Then illness strikes, isolating Elianna from everyone, stripping everything she has left.

INCONCEIVED by Sharyn Kopf (LoJo Publishing) ~ Realizing you’re a spinster is one thing; understanding what that means and how to handle it is another. And it would seem Jolene, Uli and Catie still have a ways to go before they truly comprehend what God is trying to show them not only in their desire to marry but in their longing to have children of their own.

YOU’RE THE CREAM IN MY COFFEE by Jennifer Lamont Leo (Smitten Historical Romance) ~In 1928, Chicago rocks to the rhythm of the Jazz Age, and Prohibition is in full swing. Small-town girl Marjorie Corrigan, visiting the city for the first time, has sworn that coffee’s the strongest drink that will pass her lips. But her quiet, orderly life turns topsy-turvy when she spots her high school sweetheart–presumed killed in the Great War–alive and well in a train station. Suddenly everything is up for grabs.

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

A RELUCTANT MELODY by Sandra Ardoin (Heritage Beacon Fiction) ~ Kit Barnes’ drinking ruined more lives than his own. Now sober, he wants to make amends by opening a mission for drunkards. The most suitable location belongs to Joanna Cranston Stewart, a love from his sordid past and the one person he hurt the most. A pariah among her peers, Joanna is all too eager to sell her property and flee the rumors that she sent her late husband to an early grave. But she will let the gossips talk and the walls of her rundown property crumble around her before she’ll allow Kit back into her life.

THE PROMISE OF RAYNE by Nicole Deese (Waterfall Press) ~  Rayne Shelby has spent her entire life trying to earn the approval of her high-powered family, with the hope of one day managing her late grandfather’s prestigious Idaho lodge. But when she makes a mistake that puts her future in jeopardy, she faces an impossible choice: defy her family or deny her dream. The only way to fix the mess she’s created is to enlist the help of her neighbor, Levi, the apprentice of her family’s greatest enemy. And if Rayne gets caught crossing the divided property lines, the consequences will be irreparable.

CLOSE TO YOU by Kara Isaac (Howard Books) ~ Allison Shire is a disgraced academic who is done with love. Her belief in “happy eveer after” ended the day she discovered her husband was still married to a wife she knew nothing about. She finally finds a use for her English degree as a tour guide at a theme park featuring scenes in the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies. Jackson Gregory was on the cusp of making it big. Then suddenly his girlfriend left him and took his most guarded commercial secrets with her. Now he’ll do whatever it takes to convince his wealthy great-uncle to invest in his next scheme, which means accompanying him to the bottom of the world to spend three weeks pretending to be a die-hard Lord of the Rings fan.

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

MUCH ADO ABOUT MURDER by Barbara Ellen Brink (Lapdog Publishing) ~ Blake and Shelby Gunner’s plans to renovate the old boathouse go awry when murder comes calling…Autumn in Port Scuttlebutt usually means a stormy Lake Superior, crisp temperatures, vibrant fall colors, and an invasion of deer hunters. This year, there’s also a shallow grave. Someone killed Pete Dugan’s ex-wife and planted her under his woodpile. The police consider him the obvious suspect, but the Gunner’s have other ideas. What does the death of a pet squirrel, the sighting of a mysterious car, a break-in at the bed & breakfast, and the reappearance of three ex-cons into the community have to do with the murder of a middle-aged legal assistant?

A LESSON IN LOVE AND MURDER by Rachel McMillian (Harvest House Publishers) ~ The city of Toronto has been thrown into upheaval by the arrival of radical anarchist Emma Goldman. Amid this political chaos, Benny Citrone of the Royal North-West Mounted Police arrives at Merinda and Jem’s flat, requesting assistance in locating his runaway cousin—a man with a deadly talent. While Merinda eagerly accepts the case, she finds herself constantly butting heads—and hearts—with Benny. Meanwhile, Jem has her hands full with a husband who is determined to keep her out of harm’s way.

MISCONCEPTIONS by Colleen Scott (Castle Gate Press) ~ It’s the near future. Dominique, an investigative TV news reporter, is sent to solve a mystery: why the birthrate in the United States has dropped precipitously … everywhere except a few small pockets. Undercover at an Ohio hospital, she sidesteps oddly incompetent police and finds herself in a stew of kidnappings and murder threats. Her investigation takes a radical turn when she meets Dr. Joseph Armstrong. His attention makes her heart flutter, but his theory about the birthrate decline makes her heart stutter. It’s too strange to even consider.

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

ASCENT OF THE NEBULA by DJ Edwardson ( Girrafix Media)  ~ With the Developers’ plans to reengineer the human race in disarray, this may be the one chance Adan and the Sentient renegades have of saving the their world. Using the chronotrace, a device capable of looking back into time, Adan discovers their next point of attack. But a window to the past can’t prepare him for what the future has in store.

ACOLYTE by Keven Newsome (Splashdown Darkwater) ~ The FBI have never been this close to trapping Xaphan and they need Winter’s help to set their dangerous plan in motion. But Xaphan is weaving a trap of his own. The Acolyte is unleashed…a demon, slaughtering its way to Sandy and haunting Winter with memories she would rather forget.  As her past threatens to tear apart the present, driving those she loves to turn against her, she must now face a far worse enemy alone…Herself.

THE ALLIANCE by Jolina Petersheim ( Tyndale House Publishers) ~ When Leora Ebersole sees the small plane crash in her Old Order Mennonite community, she has no idea it’s a foreshadowing of things to come. Soon after the young pilot, Moses Hughes, regains consciousness, they realize his instruments were destroyed by the same power outage that killed the electricity at the community store, where Englischers are stranded with dead cell phones and cars that won’t start. Moses offers a sobering theory, but no one can know how drastically life is about to change. With the only self-sustaining food supply in the region, the Pacifist community is forced to forge an alliance with the handful of stranded Englischers in an effort to protect not only the food but their very lives.

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

THE BATTLE OF SEATTLE by Doughlas Bond (P&R Publishing) ~ It’s 1855 in the Pacific Northwest, and hostility between white settlers and native tribes is rising quickly, leading to deaths on both sides. As tensions mount, young William Tidd joins Charles Eaton’s Rangers on a mission to hunt down Chief Leschi of the Nisqually. If they can stop him, they may be able to end the bloodshed before it gets worse . . . but not everyone wants peace with the enemy. Is all-out war inevitable? Through skirmishes, raids, close calls, and betrayal—William’s assumptions, beliefs, courage, and friendships will all be challenged in a few breakneck weeks.

COUNTER POINT by Marji Laine (Write Integrity Press) ~ Someone is determined to finish a murdered hit man’s final assignment. Her former boyfriend, Ray Alexander, returns as a hero from his foreign mission, bringing back souvenirs in the form of death-threats. When several attempts are made on Cat’s life, she must find a way to trust Ray, the man who broke her heart. Keeping Cat safe from a fallen cartel leader might prove impossible for Ray, but after seeing his mission destroyed and several godly people killed, he knows better than to ignore the man’s threats.

IMPERFECT BONDS by Elizabeth Noyes (Write Integrity Press) ~ Cassidy Cameron’s life is in a tailspin. She’s lost her driver’s license and any hope of a new job. Worse, the arrogant town deputy who stole her heart wants more than she’s willing to give … or is she the one who wants more from him? And now she’s being threatened by a pair of unsavory ruffians. Deputy Derek Naughton is stumped and aggravated by a series of malicious pranks around the county. He pulls out his guns instead when Cassie stumbles into a maelstrom of illegal arms deals, illicit drugs, and human trafficking.

YOUNG ADULT: (including Middle Grade and New Adult)

THE REVOLT by Douglas Bond ( P&R Publishing) ~ In his short career as a battle secretary, Hugh West’all has come close to death many times. But when he leaves the war behind to enter the hallowed halls of Oxford, he meets John of Wycliffe and soon embarks on a mission even more exciting—and perhaps just as dangerous. Using his scribe’s quill to translate the Bible into English, the language of the common people, Hugh begins to understand the beauty of the gospel as never before. But he and his friends are up against the corrupt monolith of the medieval church, and it will stop at nothing to crush Wycliffe’s work.

NO SAFE HAVEN by Angela Moody (Amazon Digital Services) ~ Tillie Pierce is a thoughtful, fifteen-year-old young woman, living with her family in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. It’s 1863, and the Civil War is touching every town and home with tragedy. Tillie’s is no exception. She has two brothers fighting in the war, but she receives news that it’s her sister’s sweetheart who has died defending his country against Confederate forces. This shatters Tillie’s faith—she finds it impossible to believe that God, in all of his sovereignty, would allow such horrors to take place.

6 DATES TO DISASTER by Cynthia T. Toney (Write Integrity Press) ~ For her mom’s birthday, Wendy finds an old jewelry box at a flea market–the perfect gift for someone who loves salvaged junk. Inside the box is a cryptic note that appears to have been written recently. Wendy’s curiosity leads her on a search for who wrote it with boyfriend David at her side, eager to help. But Wendy needs more personal and urgent help–the financial kind. Wendy’s stepfather has lost his job, and the family’s plan to visit Alaska is now off. How will Wendy ever see Mrs. V or Sam again? An opportunity arrives in the form of tutoring Melissa, one of the Sticks, and Wendy’s money problems appear to be solved. Until the arrangement takes a turn that gets Wendy into trouble like never before.

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Grace Filled Christmas Book Bash 2016 ~ Day 3

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Authors who have won or finaled in the Grace Awards, who have been judges, who are active members of the Grace Awards Face Book Group, or who have in other ways supported the Grace Awards are happy to show their Christmas spirit with this showcase of their novels at this joyous time of year.

 

neighbors NEIGHBORS by Tracy Krauss

NEIGHBOURS is back! This collection contains all nine volumes of the first series with a fresh new look for this holiday season. Likened to popular TV show ‘Friends’, it’s contemporary Christian romance ‘cowboy’ style. Lester Tibbett, a former rodeo rider from Southern Alberta, moves to the city for work – and to look out for his wilful teenage sister. In the process, he meets a cast of quirky characters, most living right in his own apartment building. With romance, intrigue, humour and a touch of the unexpected, the twists and turns just keep coming as the first ‘season’ of NEIGHBOURS unfolds, culminating in a Christmas party that brings the entire cast together for the first time. PLUS… there are bonus recipes in the back! It’s a Christmas ‘package deal’ from award winning author Tracy Krauss – fiction on the edge without crossing the line –

NEIGHBORS on Amazon

Tracy Krauss’ Website

shes-mine SHE’S MINE by Tammy Doherty

Perfect for the Romantic Suspense lover on your shopping list. Or perhaps you! Gift shopping, holiday decorating and baking, traffic, more traffic – it’s all so stressful. Sit back and relax. You can give SHE’S MINE to those on your gift list. Better yet, grab a warm cup of your favorite beverage, curl up on the sofa (by the fireplace if you can!) and read a novel that author B.J. Robinson describes as “A wonderful Christian romance with mystery and suspense to make it more interesting.” Author Dora Heirs calls it “A Palm Slicker!” Caitlin Harrington 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? 5★ Amazon Review: “ Wow. Talk about a twist! I was thoroughly enthralled by the story and never saw the twist coming! This is a romance/mystery that will have you biting your nails! Wonderful writing, fully-developed character and plot!

SHE’S MINE on Amazon

Tammy Doherty’s Blog

much-ado-about-murder MUCH ADO ABOUT MURDER by Barbara E. Brink

Leaves and snow are falling in Port Scuttlebutt and Blake and Shelby Gunner are close to opening the doors of Double Barrel Investigations. But before construction is complete on their new offices, a local woman’s body is discovered buried on her ex-husband’s property, and the Gunners are pulled into yet another murder mystery. MUCH ADO ABOUT MURDER is the perfect book to enjoy on a crisp, winter night, tucked up into your easy chair with a cup of hot cocoa. Or get into the Christmas spirit and share the joy by gifting a copy to a friend or family member who also loves to read. What more could anyone ask for over the holidays than murder, romance, and small town drama entwined in a tale of suspense that will keep you guessing till the end? You might want to keep a nightlight on and your sense of humor close at hand.

MUCH ADO ABOUT MURDER on Amazon

Barbara E. Brink’s Website

 

Product DetailsCOME EAT AT MY TABLE by Ruth O’Neil

COME EAT AT MY TABLE begins and ends with Christmas. One year. 365 days. In that length of time a life can change. And Karin’s life, and the lives of her family members, change more than any of them ever thought possible. Twenty years have passed since Karin ran away from home. In that time she met and married Rob and had two beautiful daughters. She can either keep the demons of her past suppressed or she can face them and forgive. But forgiving is hard. Everyone will see a little bit of themselves while reading COME EAT AT MY TABLE. the true-to-life story makes it a great gift for all the readers on your list this Christmas.

COME EAT AT MY TABLE on Amazon

Ruth O’Neil’s Website

 

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Grace Filled Christmas Book Bash 2016 ~ Day Two

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Authors who have won or finaled in the Grace Awards, who have been judges, who are active members of the Grace Awards Face Book Group, or who have in other ways supported the Grace Awards are happy to show their Christmas spirit with this showcase of their novels at this joyous time of year.

 

my-sisters-keeper MY SISTER’S KEEPER by Dalyn Woods

Christmas will never be the same when an evening at the ballet ends in a kidnapping. In order to rescue her sister, Megan must work with her nemesis, Nate, as they search from Northeast Florida to Key West in a race against time. My Sister’s Keeper is the debut novel of author Dalyn Woods. It is Christian Romantic Suspense written in the style of Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense line.

MY SISTER’S KEEPER on Amazon

Dalyn Wood’s Facebook Page a/k/a Lyn Wood Rix  http://bit.ly/2gZAb0y

miranda-warning MIRANDA WARNING by Heather Day Gilbert

Share an Appalachian Christmas with amateur sleuth Tess Spencer and her beloved in-laws who live next door. When Tess stumbles onto a decades-old unsolved murder, will she be able to stop the killer before the New Year rings in a new death? Fans of Terri Blackstock and Dani Pettrey will enjoy this bestselling first-in-series mystery.

MIRANDA WARNING on Amazon

Heather Day Glibert’s Website

always ALWAYS WITH YOU by Elaine Stock

Imagine once looking forward to the Christmas holiday season with your new husband. You dream of future years filled with tree decorating, cookie baking, gift giving, and carol singing. Your heart flutters with joy when you think about the smiles on your children’s faces! You meet your Prince Charming who rescues you from danger, fall in love, and marry. And you’re blessed with a baby on the way. You get exactly what you wished for. Now, the truth comes out about your husband and the community you live with. You’re faced with two choices: Staying could endanger your child. Leaving could cost your life. ALWAYS WITH YOU, a novel of finding faith in a God who loves you for always … a Father who wants you and your children to celebrate an eternity of Christmases. A Kindle best-seller.

ALWAYS WITH YOU on Amazon

Elaine Stock’s Website

baptized BAPTIZED  by Suzanne D. Williams

Curl up beneath the Christmas lights in your favorite chair and lose yourself for a while in a beautiful story. One reader said, “The love of God for each and every one shone through,” and another, “Unique and unforgettable.” Penn Saunders, ex-drug addict and pastor’s son, meets Morgan Gant, a girl troubled by her recent past, in the most normal way, as neighbors. Penn, after a nameless girl he’d partied with died in his bed, got clean and embraced God again. He feels the call of the ministry on his life, but has to take the first step in living on his own. Morgan Gant thought she left her old life behind by moving hundreds of miles away. She’s starting over, building a successful online cosmetics business, and renting her own apartment. No one here will know what she did for a living, or what happened to her. Yet, when their feelings for each other grow, what they haven’t said, who he is as a Christian, clashes with the secret of what she’s survived, and their new relationship threatens to fall apart. Until God’s ever-present grace touches her heart. In this time of reflection, this story of redemption will tug at your heartstrings and remind you of the purpose of the holiday.

BAPTIZED on Amazon

Suzanne D. Williams’ Website

trevelyancoverart72dpi TREYVELYN by Naomi Musch

“It’s my new favorite book!” That’s what one reader says about Trevelyan – A Tale of Beauty and The Beast, a fantasy vacation for the fairytale lover on your Christmas list. In a war long ago, the once great kingdom of Trevelyan was left in death and ruins by a monster lord and his faerie wife. Stories of that time have grown, mysteries hidden beyond the borders of an endless winter. Only the fairies of Evensong know the truth of those times. Until hope comes. Now it’s up to Belle, her swashbuckling brothers, two fearless suitors, and a pair of Elvin princes to discover the real malevolence still determined to destroy them all. Can a true king rule in Trevelyan again?

Product DetailsWATERS OF SEPARATION by Carol McClain

Christmas. It’s the time for gifts–and gifts with chocolate abound. But do you know where your chocolate comes from? December is cacao planting season in the Côte d’Ivoire. It’s also the time that Christ’s redemption of mankind was set into motion. Why not gift the woman in your life with the book that marries these two concepts–Waters of Separation. She will love you for it. Africa’s secrets resurrect the despair physician assistant Anna Haas buried in America. Her pregnancy and the discovery of boys bound by slavery in the cacao sector of the Côte d’Ivoire revive her childhood guilt. Her mother’s suicide claimed the lives of the two small sisters Anna had vowed to protect. Her failure to save them was unforgiveable. It will not happen with these boys. Her interference prompts a corrupt government to threaten the thriving mission and the lives of Anna and her friends. Her action also threaten her marriage. However, doing nothing will destroy her. The story weaves from past to present and across two continents as Anna fights for love, faith and redemption.

WATERS OF SEPARATION on Amazon  http://ow.ly/Qe2d305VAQ9

Carol McClain’s Website  http://carol-mmclain.blogspot.com

Grace Filled Christmas Book Bash 2016 ~ Day One

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Authors who have won or finaled in the Grace Awards, who have been judges, who are active members of the Grace Awards Face Book Group, or who have in other ways supported the Grace Awards are happy to show their Christmas spirit with this showcase of their novels at this joyous time of year.

 
more-than-a-tiara MORE THAN A TIARA by  Valerie Comer
 
Welcome to Helena, Montana, and fall in love on Christmas Eve at the Miss Snowflake Pageant! Marisa Hiller’s interest in competing is at zip zero zilch when she discovers the official photographer is the man who ruined her modeling career. She’s made a new life on her family farm, but balks at representing the CSA program in the pageant. Jase Mackie’s regret runs deep for the hot accusations he’d flung at Marisa over two years before. God has forgiven him but hasn’t answered his prayer to bring her back into his life… until now. Can Jase make amends for past mistakes and offer Marisa more than a tiara? Enjoy the rich heritage and innate charm of Montana’s capitol city in this heartwarming Christmas romance offering a second chance at love amid swirls of snow, cups of cocoa, food for the hungry, and the glitz of pageantry.
 
 
 
onenightintehran-1 ONE NIGHT IN TEHRAN  by Luana Ehrlich
 

The message of Christmas suddenly became real for CIA intelligence officer, Titus Ray, one night in Tehran when he found shelter with a group of Iranian Christians. Compelled by their unwavering faith, the battle-hardened agent becomes a believer shortly before they smuggle him out of Iran to freedom in Turkey. Returning to the States, he discovers his Iranian mission failed because of political infighting within the Agency. After delivering a scathing indictment against the Deputy Director of Operations, he’s forced to take a year’s medical leave in Oklahoma. Before leaving Langley, however, he discovers a Hezbollah hit man has targeted him for assassination. Now, while trying to figure out what it means to be a follower of Christ, he must decide if the Iranian couple he meets in Oklahoma has ties to the man who’s trying to kill him, and if Nikki Saxon, a beautiful local detective, can be trusted with his secrets.

One Night In Tehran on Amazon

Luana Ehrlich’s Website

 

 
Christmas is a time for celebrating with family, but nineteen-year-old Bitty Brown lives alone, without family or friends, on the streets of Ireland. Sick and in need of warmth and care, she stumbles upon a beggar and his dog. This chance meeting will change Bitty’s life forever and provide her with the love she needs to be healthy and whole again. Bitty Brown gives readers a heart-warming story of hope and rebirth, of gifts beyond measure. A story of love, faith, and hope, it is the perfect gift for any reader.
 
 
 

blood-speaks-sharon-lavy-2 BLOOD SPEAKS by Nike N. Chillemi

Veronica “Ronnie” Ingels, Brooklyn gal PI, waited a long time for the solitaire on her finger. When her sometimes boss, a shadowy figure and director of a secret government organization, offers a one-week bridal shopping vacay in Maryland right before Christmas. Ronnie jumps at it. Joined by bridesmaids, Sandra Daube and Bertha Dagney, she sets off for the village of Heritage Cove on Arrowhead Lake, Maryland. Their joyous stay at the rustic yet luxury Heritage Cove Inn is shattered by a murder with tendrils and a clandestine motive stretching back to the assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy. It doesn’t take long for Ronnie and her gal-pals to become targets of the killer. It goes without saying, Taylor County Deputy Sheriff, Lieutenant Dawson Hughes leaves Texas to protect his bride-to-be. He’s joined by Sandra’s employer, conservative political activist Ben Cohen. Neither hell-nor-high-water can keep Gabby Hayes look-alike Hoot Dagney from the side of Bertha, his new bride. This novel is proof positive that romance, Christmas, and murder do mix.

BLOOD SPEAKS on Amazon

Nike N. Chillemi’s Blog

war-of-the-heart-1 WAR OF THE HEART  by Jenna Victoria

When a vintage Christmas snow globe sends Boston dress designer Louise Martin & British B&B owner George Walker back in time to London, December 1940, they race against the clock to reconcile a feud between their families and solve a 75-year-old mystery. As Louise relies on God; and on George for guidance, friendship then love, will the future George envisions strangle her own dreams? Will their love survive generations of mistrust, the Blitz and being stranded in wartime 1940, possibly never to return to their former lives?

WAR OF THE HEART on Amazon

Jenna Victoria’s Website

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Barbara E. Brink Reminds Us to Have ‘Grace Filled Hope’ ~ January 2016 Spotlight

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Barbara Elle Brink was the Grace Awards 2011 winner in the Speculative Fiction category with her supernatural thriller SPLIT SENSE. In 2102 her novel CHOSEN, The Amish Bloodsucker Trilogy Volume 1, finaled in that category. Barbara writes complex characters with plotlines offering a great many twists and turns, and she is skillful at adding a dash of humor. We’re glad to have her here for the first author spotlight of the year. I’m sure you’ll enjoy her poignant piece on grace filled hope.

 

 

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I recently followed a fellow believer’s posts, sharing her journey as she maneuvered through the last days of her husband’s life. The path she tread was rough and rocky, one step up and two steps down. Cancer was taking the father of her children, the man she intended to spend the rest of her days on this earth with, her soul mate and best friend. But even in the midst of confusion, heart-rending disappointments, tears, anger, and sorrow so great it welled up and flooded Facebook, she let the incomprehensible joy of the Lord and trust in her Savior and God permeate every fiber of her being with HOPE.

HOPE remained steadfast in her posts even when darkness and despair seemed to push out all the light. HOPE held like an anchor in the storm, a tether that stretched and groaned but never broke. And someday that tight bud of HOPE that she continues to hold onto will unfold in glorious eternity with her heavenly father and those who have gone before.

In this bright New Year we have an opportunity to look forward with promise, to pursue dreams, hold our family and friends close, seek God with our hearts and souls, and be that light and salt that the Word of God entrusts us to be.
The Grace Awards allows Christian writers like myself a little slice of that hope. I hope to write fiction that will go out and change lives, open hearts to God’s love, and simply supply wholesome and fun entertainment to counteract popular culture trends.Chosen

Hope drives us on to persevere. In this New Year let’s be filled with HOPE.

 

 

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