When History and Literature Collide

My story begins last Saturday night.

Marion, KY is a very small town. I mean, like, 3,000 people small. Some claim that there’s nothing to DO here. So, the library (ahem) is trying to offer more recreational activities to spice things up. Last Saturday, however, was NOT a library activity, but our local Community Arts Foundation offering a Chautauqua speaker portraying Daniel Boone!

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Some of you who know me know that Fess Parker, who played Daniel Boone in the 60’s television series, was my first crush. I’ve been fascinated with Daniel Boone since I was about 4 years old.

Daniel_Boone_book._copyThis, however, was NOT Fess Parker, but actor Kevin Hardesty portraying the character of Captain Boone much more realistically. He told of the hardships and triumphs of the frontier, stories of his family and of the many trials they faced. I was captivated.

You can imagine, then, how enthralled I was to begin reading Laura Frantz’s latest book, A Moonbow Night. I started reading that night after being immersed in the frontier with Daniel Boone. In my mind I went straight to 1777 Cumberland Falls, in Eastern Kentucky, and the very area where A Moonbow Night takes place, but it meant even more, now.

MoonbowLFI’m so glad I was in that place at that moment. The literary descriptions, turns of phrase, and deep point of view of Laura’s stories consistently hold me in a state of attention that literally makes me lose track of what time, era, place, I’m in.

As of today, I’m only halfway through , but I wanted to share what I’m reading right now, because I’m so excited about it. If you like to lose yourself in a good book, pick this one up – or any of Laura’s books, for that matter! Every time I declare one “my favorite” of hers, I read another that replaces it!

Oh, and if you’re ever in Eastern Kentucky (which to us Western Kentuckians is a “whole ‘nuther country”), check out Cumberland Falls. It’s a beautiful place in the daytime, but now my dream is to visit it when I can actually witness a real-live “moonbow!”

Falling in love with Love Inspired

While we are talking about what is up and coming in our reading world I want to give a shout out to the Love Inspired lines — Love Inspired (Contemporary romance), Love Inspired Historical and…my all time favourite…Love Inspired Suspense. I read a selection of these lines every month. This image is of my most recent purchases — order came in yesterday.

 

proYou’ll notice two suspense novels by Jessica Patch in the mix. That’s because I just ‘discovered’ her a few weeks ago and loved her writing style so much that I had to check out her backlist as well as her most recent release. Jessica delivers a Dee Henderson style of romantic suspense in her shorter word count stories. I don’t know how she does it…her writing is…so smooth. Which seems like an inadequate descriptor. I guess what I mean is her writing flows so fluidly that the story unfolds at an unhurried pace even though it’s full of gripping suspense scenes. And I love the way the romance gets as much ‘air time’ as the intrigue.

 

And look here — our friend Shannon Vannatter has another new release. It’swinn getting hard to keep up with her Cowboy stories but I sure enjoy trying. This author knows how pummel my emotions while making me laugh and groan and fume and swoon. All with a captivating cowboy hero to ride roughshod over my heart. What’s not to love?

 

You’ll find a lot of familiar authors in the Love Inspired lines too. Authors who publish with other Christian publishers as well. Like Lisa Carter, Irene Hannon, Lisa Harris, Ruth Logan Herne…even Dee Henderson wrote for the line.

So, how about you? Do you read any of the Love Inspired series? Have any favourite authors you just can’t miss?

Spring Reads 2017

Spring is fighting its way across the country, making my daffodil leaves pop up through the temporary snowfalls and sending me into a frenzy of searching for fresh, new reads. Here are a few new ones I am excited about starting.

Count Me In by Mikal DawnCount Me In (Emerald City Romance #1) by Mikal Dawn – releasing in May.

Allegra Spencer has been living a careful life. Her safe job as an accountant is book-ended by going to church and the gym. Okay, sometimes the gym.

Fine. She goes to church. And the coffee shop.

She avoids risk at all cost, preferring to stay safe in her cozy condo. Until her accounting firm goes belly up and she’s suddenly out of a job.

Tyler Hawk had a glorious career as a star NFL Tight End. He retired on a high note and is now living a second dream of owning his own business leading others on extreme outdoor adventures. But he needs help with his books–and his heart.

When Allegra takes the job, sparks–and water–fly. Will Allegra be able to show Tyler he’s worth so much more than his star-status while being open to the most thrilling adventure of all…love?

Mikal is a local author friend of mine, and she has such an amazing sense of humor that I cannot wait to read this gem!! And it has lots of COFFEE in it!!!

Ashen City (Black Tiger #2) by Sara Baysinger –coming in AprilAshen City by Sara Baysinger

Make your choice, Ember Carter. And make it count.

Ember Carter has escaped the flames of death. But will she ever be free from Chief Titus? When the orchard goes up in smoke and her family turns up missing, Ember returns to Frankfort hoping to find her brother and father, and to get Titus to drop the death wish he has against her.

But Titus is always one step ahead. When Ember faces him head-on, she’s captured, only to receive another death sentence. But on her way to her execution, plans go a little askew, and Ember finds herself traveling to the one place no one dares travel: Louisville. If the outskirts of Ky were a ghost town, the ashen city is the borderline of hell itself, but it’s the one place Ember can find refuge from the people who want her dead.

In the ashen city, Ember must learn that being a hero is more than doing what is right because she can, but doing it for the good of the people. And when plans take a turn for the worst, she must decide if it’s worth risking her life to save her country.

Preorder it here

Last year I read Baysinger’s first book, Black Tiger, and am so thrilled to finally get the chance at reading what happens next. This is a series about a post-apocalyptic world where God and the Bible have been eradicated from the history books and minds of the controlled populace. However, the main character, Ember, continues to feel a tug that leads her toward her Creator. Really well done with many twists along the way. I’m confident Sara will deliver with this second book.

Support Your Local Author

Have you been enjoying all of these Inkspirational suggestions for great books to read? I know my To Be Read pile is growing daily!!!

We interrupt this series of very helpful blog entries for a brief advertisement. These days, it is easier than ever to help your favorite author so that she can continue to write those wonderful books you love.

Write a review!!! There are lot of ways to do this, but since the overwhelming majority of my reading is now done on my Kindle, my favorite way is to continue past THE END and write a review before I close the book.

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You don’t have to pretend to like the book and give it a five star review, although you should always be kind. Give it three stars, and just say, I learned a lot. (About how not to write a book?) But, if you do love it, give the future readers some great reasons why.

One tip- No Spoilers. Don’t tell how it ends, or even very much about the specifics. Just say, plenty of action, plot twists, had me on the edge of my seat,  – – you get the idea.

This week, I even got a chance to answer a question generated by my review. The reader wanted to know if this book was a “Christian” book, or was it just about faith in general. Woo-hoo! I said,”Yes, it is a Christian book, but the theology doesn’t overwhelm you.” I loved helping the author get her message out!

So, read, read, read, and then review. Your favorite local author will love you for it.

Now, back to your regularly scheduled blog. Enjoy the wonderful Inkspers!

Spring reading list

Is there anything more delightful than getting a big box of books delivered to your doorstep?

Well, there are a few things, but since we’re all ardent readers and writers here, book deliveries rank pretty high on the list. I know fellow InskperKav lives for the days when the postman delivers multiple packages of books, and I can’t say I blame her. Say what you will about the convenience of e-readers, but there’s just something so satisfying about getting a physical book in the mail, versus an e-book delivered to your Kindle or Nook.

I am expecting a large delivery of books this week, thanks to the wonder of Amazon Prime and a gift card that had been burning a hole in my pocket. I was able to order eight books all for myself, all for the low, low price of $6 out of pocket (thank you, Christmas gift cards!). Since spring is just around the corner, I thought I’d share some of the books on my spring reading list, and books that I can hopefully recommend in just a few months. Enjoy!

A Note Yet UnsungA Note Yet Unsung by Tamera Alexander

A master violinist trained in Vienna, Rebekah Carrington manages to wheedle her way into an audition with the maestro at the newly-formed Nashville Philharmonic. But women are “far too fragile and frail” for the rigors of an orchestra, and Rebekah’s hopes are swiftly dashed because the conductor–determined to leave his mark on the world of classical music–bows to public opinion. To make matters worse, Adelicia Acklen Cheatham, mistress of Belmont Mansion and Rebekah’s new employer, agrees with him.
 
Nationally acclaimed conductor Nathaniel Tate Whitcomb is Nashville’s new orchestra leader. And despite a reluctant muse–and a strange buzzing and recurring pain in his head–he must finish composing his symphony before the grand opening of the city’s new opera hall. But far more pressing, he must finish it for the one who first inspired his love of music–his father, who is dying. As Tate’s ailment worsens, he believes Rebekah can help him finish his symphony. But how do you win back a woman’s trust when you’ve robbed her of her dream?

You can’t go wrong with anything by Tamera Alexander, whose stories are immersive, her research impeccable, and her writing sweeping. And since this story revolves around music and an orchestra? I can’t pass this one up! (Side note- isn’t that cover gorgeous? I’d pick this book up for the cover alone!)

DelugeDeluge by Lisa T. Bergren

It’s one thing to battle for life… WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN DEATH ITSELF COMES HUNTING? The Bettarinis and Forellis have found rich fulfillment, together in medieval Italia. But after fighting off countless enemies, they now must face the worst foe of all. As the Black Death closes in upon them, threatening everything and everyone they hold dear, Lia and Gabi–and the knights they love–must dig deep within to decide how they might remain safe…and if they need to risk it all in order to truly live as they’re called. DELUGE, the finale in the best-selling, award-winning River of Time Series: #1 WATERFALL #2 CASCADE #3 TORRENT #4 BOURNE & TRIBUTARY #5 DELUGE.

Yes, I know it’s weird to recommend Book Five in a series, but man, oh, man are these books addictive! The River of Time follows two sisters, Gabi and Lia, who fall back in time to the middle ages, fall in love with knights, and must decide whether to stay out of their own time. These YA books are fast-paced adventures, and I can’t wait to read what happens in the final book!

FirstbornFirstborn by Tosca Lee

Face-to-face with her past, Audra Ellison now knows the secret she gave up everything—including her memory—to protect. A secret made vulnerable by her rediscovery, and so powerful neither the Historian nor the traitor Prince Nikola will ever let her live to keep it.

With Luka in the Historian’s custody and the clock ticking down on his life, Audra only has one impossible chance: find and kill the Historian and end the centuries old war between the Progeny and Scions at last—all while running from the law and struggling to control her growing powers. Love, action, and stunning revelation reign in this thrilling conclusion to The Progeny.

The Progeny was another fast-paced thriller I couldn’t put down. Full of twists and turns and unforgettable characters, it tells the story of Audra, a girl with no memory of her past, who is being hunted by unknown forces as she scrambles to figure out why they want her dead. It ended on a cliffhanger, and Firstborn, out May 2, will conclude Audra’s story.

Caramel CrushCaramel Crush by Jenn McKinlay (A Cupcake Bakery Mystery)

Love is in the air at Fairy Tale Cupcakes as Angie prepares for her wedding, but co-owner, Mel, is preparing for a breakup. Her old friend, Diane Earnest, is dumping her fiancé after discovering he’s only marrying her for her money. She wants Mel to personally deliver a batch of caramel breakup cupcakes to the louse and give her a play-by-play of his reaction.
 
When Mel finally tracks the man down, the look on his face isn’t the reaction she was expecting: he’s dead. After the police arrive and see the incriminating cupcakes, Diane becomes their prime suspect. If she hopes to taste freedom again, Mel and Angie must make sure the real killer gets their just desserts…

Book 9 in the Cupcake Bakery Mysteries, these books are a lot of fun, with great characters, witty dialogue, intriguing mysteries, and cupcakes! This book comes out April 4.

So, what’s on your spring reading list?

Happy 75th Little Golden Books

I wrote a blog post in 2011 about Little Golden books, but when I saw that they were celebrating their 75th birthday, I thought it was time to do a little revisiting of these wonderful books.

Most of us probably had at least a few of these treasures on our book shelves since well over two billion copies of Little Golden Books have sold in the last 75 years. Before Little Golden Books, most children’s books tended to be expensive. They were also usually large volumes and didn’t fit well the hands of children.

Leonard Marcus wrote The Golden Legacy: The Story of the Golden Books.  He says the printers, publishers, writers and artists who brought Golden Books to the market had a lofty goal — they wanted to “democratize children’s books,” making them both affordable and accessible. To that end, they were sold in department stores, train stations, drugstores and supermarkets.

Monster Grover“Kids would come with their parents,” Marcus says. “And they’d be sitting in the shopping cart and they’d reach out to the rack and grab a book. And the mother, the father, would look at it and see that it was only 25 cents and they’d put it in the cart. And that would happen over and over again.”

So, let’s take a little golden quiz to see how much you know about your first book friends. (Be careful. The books pictures may or may not be the correct answer.)

1. In what year did Little Golden Books first hit the shelves?

a.) 1936

b.) 1942

c.) 1950

2. Who published Little Golden Books?

a.) Simon & Schuster

b.) Scholastic

c.) Penquin

3 bears3. Which of the following books were one of the original twelve titles released?

a.) The Poky Little Puppy

b.) Old Mc Donald’s Farm

c.) The Three Bears

4. How much did Little Golden Books originally cost?

a.) 25 cents

b.) 50 cents

c.) $1.00

Goodbye Tonsils5. Which Little Golden Book came with a bandage glued to the right side of the title page?

a.) Goodbye Tonsils

b.) Nurse Betty Gives a Shot

c.) Dr. Dan, The Bandage Man

6. In the 1950’s, many top-selling Little Golden Books centered around what topic?

a.) The space program

b.) Popular television shows

c.) Disney characters

baby animals7. In what year was a permanent exhibit created for Little Golden Books at the Smithsonian?

a.) 1982

d.) 1992

e.) 2002

8. Which Little Golden book has become controversial and is also one of the most valuable to collectors?

a.) Little Mommy

b.) My Little Golden Book About God

c.) Little Black Sambo

9. How can you tell if your Little Golden Book is a valuable first edition?

a.) A letter “A” at the end of the string of letters on the books first two pages

b.) A Roman numeral on the title page shows the printing date

c.) The letter “R” appears on the back of cover

10. A lot of 510 vintage Little Golden Books recently sold on eBay for how much?

a.) $250

b.) $475

c.) $900

Bonus Question: What Little Golden Book is the top-selling children’s book of all time?

Answers:

1. Little Golden Books were first sold in 1942 (b) in department stores.

2. Simon & Schuster (a) , along with Western Printing, published the titles. In just five short months, they’d sold 1.5 million copies.

3. One of the original 12 titles was The Poky Little Puppy (a). Today nearly 15 million copies of the book have been sold.

4. Little Golden Books originally cost just 25 cents (a). This was a great bargain for families as most children’s books were $2 to $3 at the time. Today, a little Golden Book costs $2.99.

5. Dr. Dan, The Bandage Man (c) came with six Johnson & Johnson Band-aids glued on the title page. It’s first printing was 1.75 million—the largest first printing of any Little Golden Book up to 1951.

6. In the mid-1950’s, Little Golden Books centered around children’s television shows (b) like “The Roy Rogers Show”, “Howdy Doody”, “The Lone Rangers”, and “Captain Kangaroo”.

7. Little Golden Books received a permanent exhibit at the Smithsonian in 1992 (b). It was the year of their “golden” anniversary—50 years!

Sambo8. The most controversial Little Golden Books was Little Black Sambo. (c) I had a copy of it as a child and it was one of my favorites.  However, the word “sambo” is considered a racial slur in some countries and the book has been one of the most controversial books in existence. In 2004, Little Golden Books released a new version titled The Boy and the Tigers. The boy in it is called Little Ranjani. Today, a first edition regularly brings values of $150 or more.

9. You can often tell if your Little Golden Book is a first edition by checking the first two pages for a series of letters. If that series ends in “A”, it’s a first edition, a “B” it’s a second, and so on. In 1991, they began using Roman numerals. (a)

10. The lot of 510 vintage Little Golden Books sold for $900. (c) Today, most vintage copies sell for $15 or less, so collecting them is still affordable.

Bonus: It’s The Poky Little Puppy, selling over 15 million copies.

Through my collection of Little Golden Books, I went camping with Tommy, learned to train puppies, read bedtime stories, and learned to mutter, “I think I can. I think I can. I think I can” when faced with difficult times.

HeidiStill, my all time favorite Little Golden Book was Heidi. I absolutely loved the illustrations of the mountains, of Heidi and her grandfather, and of the floral wreaths Heidi made to drape around the necks of the goats. I read the book over and over.

But what made these books so popular? First of all was the cost. Mom’s could pop for them at the grocery or department store and bring home a surprise. Second, the bright colorful pictures drew you in every time. Many people say they remember the pictures better than the stories.

Third, you could collect them. Let’s face it. We all love a collection, especially when we’re kids. Fourth, they were short. Moms would take the time to read them to their children and when kids began reading themselves, they could easily master them. Last and most important, they told timeless stories, and story is the most powerful tool in the world.

So, which Little Golden Books do you recall? Which little golden treasures lined your shelves? How’d you do on the quiz? Curious minds want to know, and I’m very curious.

Run Away with the Circus

Most of the time when I see a Facebook ad I get a little annoyed. Yes, they use my browsing history to bring up articles and items for sale that should interest me. But, I’m a writer. I look up many things I’m not particularly interested in, except to learn or write about them. However, a few weeks ago I saw an ad for Owlcrate – Magical – Monthly – Reads.

I had to click on it.

Owlcrate is a subscription service that mails out packages of themed items around the chosen book of the month, always young adult and magical. And, can you believe it, a NEW AUTHOR!! How exciting!

What you get in your subscription depends on what the theme is. Today I received my first Owlcrate and I was so excited to open it. I wasn’t disappointed.

Owlcrate GoodiesInside I found the theme: Run Away with the Circus. Enclosed is a tote bag, inspired by The Night Circus and created by Evie Bookish. Also included is a Le Cirque Des Reves candle. It’s a book lover’s soy candle from Frostbeard Studio. The scent is a blend of caramel popcorn, roasted chestnuts, and bonfire. I wish you could smell just how delicious this candle is! Mmmm!

Next is a yummy mini doughnut lip balm, inspired by classic traveling carnivals. It’s from Geek Fire Labs, an etsy shop. Pucker up!!

There is also a small notepad made from recycled casino playing cards hand created by Attic Journals. Attic Journals is a company owned by husband and wife Michelle Sanders and Miguel Salinas.

I’m loving the page flags from Girl of All Work. You have got to go to their site and see what all this Girl of All Work does! It’s really fun.

Lastly, there’s the book of the month: Caraval by Stephanie Garber. Along with the book you get a2017-02-18 17.04.03 bookplate signed by the author, exclusive quote card, and a sneak peak at Garber’s audio book. All of this is for $29.99 + shipping and handling.

Book description: This is a story about two sisters, Scarlett and Tella, who run away from their controlling father, and join in the game of Caraval. Scarlett has dreamed of attending Caraval her entire life, but things go awry almost immediately, as Tella is kidnapped and becomes a part of the game itself. Now Scarlett is in a race against time to find the clues, navigate the game and rescue her sister before it’s too late.

This is Stephanie Garber’s debut novel! I’m so excited to read this book. The best part is that this package will be going to someone needy at the holidays to lift their spirits. That is, after I read Caraval. (I promise not to dog-ear it!)

I can’t wait to see what March’s Owlcrate brings!!

**Please note I added the links behind the names for these fabulous goodies Owlcrate added. Feel free to click on them and see what other fabulous items they have for sale.

Capturing Beauty from Cover to Cover

A special shout-out to ‘retired’ inkster Brenda Anderson who is releasing a new contemporary romance this week. Aptly titled Capturing Beauty because, really, isn’t that cover a beauty? This eye-catching cover screams “read me now!” Which is exactly what an author wants a book cover to do.

I hesitate to admit this in public but…I’m kind of a cover snob. Yes, I know all about that old adage that says “Never judge a book by its cover,” but seriously, don’t we all? I’ve been known to place a book back on the shelf if the cover doesn’t appeal. Yes, that’s another wretched true confession and now you know how shallow I am. So I thought it would be fun to share some of my favourite book covers.

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Aren’t these two historical covers striking? Guaranteed to stand out on a crowded shelf. There’s a contrast in colour and tone between both books and yet each one stands out.

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I’m not always a fan of the hero being front and center. My active imagination is more than capable of filling in the blanks and I hate it when my mind clashes with the publisher’s artwork. But these two books are the perfect example of the magic that happens when, in my humble opinion, the publisher gets it right. Both covers convey much more than the hero’s image. Each picture captures the essence of the man as well. The gentle side of a tough cowboy. The steely resolve of a law enforcement officer. One look at either of these book covers and I’m smitten. There’s no way I’m not buying these!

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I love these two covers for their winsome, other worldly qualities. Soft lines and alluring contours put me under a spell that won’t be broken until I reach the end.

Sigh. I love books so much that someday I’m going to make an art gallery of beautiful book covers. And it will have plenty of comfy seating so that an eager reader can curl up with a good book while enjoying all that literary artwork on the walls!

So how about you? Are you a book cover snob like me?

Time to READ

keepcalmreadWhat am I reading these days . . . AM I reading these days?

I was going to re-read Grace Livingston Hill’s The Substitute Guest. Nope.

I pulled a few Christian Fiction Christmas novels off the shelf my last day before Christmas at the library. Did I read those? Nope.

Ouch.

The massive number of Christmas events and celebrations are over, New Years is coming this weekend, and what have I read?

Edits, mostly.i-love-my-editor

Don’t get me wrong, I love editing my own work. It is a joint-effort between my editor, Pam, and I, and I am constantly amazed at the things she points out and suggests that make me smile and face-palm all at the same time.

But rather than talk about what I HAVEN’T read, I’ll tell you what I’ve just started. It’s Sandra Robbins’ Love Inspired Suspense, Stalking Season, part of the Smokey Mountain Secrets series. I’ve had it on my TBR pile for a while, and I’m FINALLY starting to see some time to really enjoy reading.

Here’s a blurb:

stalkingseasonsandrarobbinsAfter moving to the Smoky Mountains at Christmastime, Cheyenne Cassidy is ready for a fresh start—until danger from her past follows her to her new home. Cheyenne believed the stalker who killed her parents was dead, but somehow he’s back and determined to kill her. And her only hope for survival is relying on Deputy Sheriff Luke Conrad. The lawman wants to help Cheyenne face down the obsessive madman, but he can’t protect her if he doesn’t know the full story. And Cheyenne has no choice but to trust him with a secret she’s never revealed about her stalker. Armed with the knowledge of her tragic past, Luke will put his life on the line to keep her alive…but will that be enough to save her?

Sandra is an awesome author, and a member of my own writing group. If you haven’t read her novels, both historical and suspense, you’re missing something! She has another series, the “Firebrand” series, it is amazing, as well. Here is a blurb for that series:

The Firebrand Brotherhood began as an elite group of ex-military individuals who performed missions for the CIA.sandrarobbins_targeted-200x300 Now retired, they have opened The Firebrand Training Center to train military and law enforcement personnel. Enemies who will stop at nothing want vengeance on the brothers, and they intend to annihilate the leaders of Firebrand and those they love.

 Book 3 of this series is in my I HAVE TO READ THIS AS SOON AS I CAN GET MY HANDS ON IT pile.

So, the moral of this story is, don’t beat yourself up if you CAN’T seem to find time to read between hurrying hither and yon. Apparently the Farmer’s Almanac is calling for lots of snow in my neck of the woods in the next few months.

I’m not making any New Year’s resolutions, so I can spend the time I would have been researching diets or exercising doing what I love most . . .

READING!

Read on, readers!

Regina

New Year, New Releases

I had some fun on my review blog last week. Instead of reviewing books from my non-existent TBR pile, I asked readers to recommend the new releases from January, February and March 2017 that they were most looking forward to reading. This is a sneaky way for me to get other people to do my research and leaves me with a lovely reading wishlist. And no matter what genre I was highlighting (a different one for each day) it was clear that some books were more popular than others. So, I thought it would be fun to share the top three requested books from my unofficial survey of Amish, Suspense, Historical and Contemporary Christian Fiction. So here we go:

AMISH 

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The Newcomer by Suzanne Woods Fisher

releases January 31 2017

 “A fresh start in the New World will test Anna’s resolve…and her heart.” A mix of  Historical and Amish genres — second book in the series and it promises to be as riveting as the first book.

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Her Secret by Shelley Shepard Gray

releases March 14 2017

Not just another Amish story — this one has a thread of suspense that includes a stalker!

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Buried Secrets by Rachel J. Good

releases March 7 2017

“Overcome the past and any other obstacles that stand in the way of the future God has planned for you.” Book two in the Sisters and Friends series promises to be filled with angst and tummy plummeting scenes. I can’t wait.

HISTORICAL 

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To the Farthest Shores by Elizabeth Camden

releases on February 28 2017

Army nurse and a dashing naval Lieutenant who broke her heart…and lots of intrigue.

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An Uncommon Courtship by Kristi Ann Hunter

releases January 3 2017

“Engaging Regency Romance to sweep you away.” USA Today Happy Ever After Blog

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The Illusionist’s Apprentice by Kristy Cambron

releases March 7 2017

“Harry Houdini’s one-time apprentice holds fantastic secrets about the greatest illusionist in the world. But someone wants to claim them…or silence her before she can reveal them on her own.”

CONTEMPORARY 

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Rescue Me by Susan May Warren

releases January 31 2017

Book 2 of the Montana Rescue series. Action and romance = lots of reading excitement.

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Still Life by Dani Pettrey

releases January 31 2017

Book 2 in the Chesapeake Valor series. And yes, this is also romantic suspense and was the top pick of the week in the contemporary, suspense and general Christian categories.

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Paws for Love by Dana Mentink

releases February 1 2017

“The only thing sweet about Jellybean is his name. Jellybean the terrier is about to unleash some serious mayhem on the unsuspecting town of  Albatross” Love that a dog story is a popular choice in this category.

SUSPENSE 

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Still Life by Dani Pettrey

releases January 31 2017

See? Told you it was popular.

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Because You’re Mine by Colleen Coble

releases January 10 2017

“Alanna has been plagued by tragedy. So it should come as no surprise that in the beauty that surrounds Charleston, all is not as it seems…

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Moving Target by Lynette Eason

releases January 31 2017

“Fast, furious, and flirty, Lynette Eason’s relentless suspense barely gives her readers time to catch their breath in this third thrilling installment of the Elite Guardians series.”

I’m looking forward to reading all these novels…and a whole lot more this year. What books are you anticipating with copious amounts of readerly glee?