As usual it’s the eleventh hour and I’m trying to make up for lost time, though it would take a month of Sundays to wax poetic on the subject of time the way my sister inksters have. When I find myself with time on my hands, I usually fill both with a book. It’s thrilling when I find one that will stand the test of time and when I do I hunt down every book that author has written. And that’s often a race against time since some books have a short shelf life, like those wily Love Inspired ones! That means we’re working against the clock from the very second they are put on the shelves and if we’re not careful the ship will sail without us! So I worked into the small hours to come up with a plan that would help me remember important book release dates even when I’m pressed for time.
It’s called a Release Calendar! And I created it just in the nick of time since the near future holds a multitude of incredible new inspirational book releases. Believe me, you’ll have the time of your life reading them! But this list comes with a warning…these books are guaranteed time-stealers!
Kav Disclaimer: This is by no means a comprehensive list. So many books – so little time! Books are listed in chronological order.
White Roses by Shannon Vannatter May 2010 (if you belong to Heartsongs Present Book Club) or in stores November 2010
A grieving widower and single parent, Pastor Grayson struggles with letting go and moving on. Adrea Welch doesn’t understand how she can be so attracted to a man still devoted to his dead wife. But can their developing relationship survive the secrets from Adrea’s past?
Our very own Shannon’s debut novel! She’ll have to tell us what it’s like to have to wait for an accepted manuscript to finally transform itself into a book!
Love on a Dime by Cara Lynn James June 2010
Lilly Westbrook writes dime novels and does everything she can to conceal that fact from friends and family because of the stigma attached to her career. But then, former suitor, Jackson Grail becomes Lilly’s new publisher – only he doesn’t know it. What he does know is that ‘Fannie Cole’s’ dime novels are good for business and they’d be even better if he can track his star writer down and convince her to go public!
Isn’t that an ingenuous plot? I’m really excited about this one. I think the premise is very clever. I can’t wait!!!!!
Courting Morrow Little by Laura Frantz July 2010
We’re back in 18th century Kentucky for Laura’s second historical novel. Morrow Little is haunted by the memory of a Shawnee raid that tore her family apart. Now that she is grown, she faces difficult choices about marriage. There is no shortage of men vying for her attention, but she finds herself inexplicably drawn to a forbidden love.
Laura’s rich, lyrical text is inspiring and this will definitely be one for your keeper shelf – right along side The Frontiersman’s Daughter.
Waiting Out the Storm by Ruth Logan Herne July 2010
The author has dubbed this a “Hatfield/McCoy” type romance. It’s the second in her North Country series and features Craig and Sarah who we met in Winter’s End. I don’t know much more than that – except I’ll love it! Ruthy’s writing style flows and her voice is strong. I’m prepared for a few laughs, some tears and a big satisfied sigh at the end. It’s going to be good…I just know it.
Making Waves by Lorna Seilstad September 2010s
Marguerite Westing is thrilled to spend the summer at Lake Manawa with her family. What better way to put some distance between herself and a boring suitor? And what would summer be like without romance? One that doesn’t involve the young gentleman from back home! But Marguerite’s idyllic summer is ruined when her father’s gambling problems threaten to ruin her family and she is faced with an agonizing dilemma. Does she marry to secure her family’s fortune or will she follow her heart?
A debut novel by our very own Lorna! I’ve read some of her work so I know that this will be a captivating read and I’m a tad shy of giddy at actually seeing it in my local Christian bookstore!
A Hope Undaunted by Julie Lessman September 2010
Set in the late 1920’s, little Katie O’Connor is all grown up and looking toward an exciting future which includes a career in law and a husband. Of course Julie Lessman wouldn’t let it be that uncomplicated! So while future husband, Jack, is left waiting in the wings, Katie’s childhood nemesis, Cluny McGee resurfaces to throw her world – and plans – into chaos.
If you’ve read her Daughters of Boston series, you’ll be well acquainted with Katie O’Connor. Readers have watched her grow up and I think we all feel motherly towards her. It will be interesting to see what Julie has thrown at the youngest O’Connor girl — how Katie handles it!
The Healer’s Apprentice by Melanie Dickerson October 2010
A new YA medieval romance is about to hit the market in the form of a retelling of Sleeping Beauty. I love this genre and am beyond excited to see this book release in the fall. Isn’t the book cover gorgeous? And it’s Melanie’s debut novel!
Rose, the woodcutter’s daughter, apprentices to the town healer and loses her heart to a forbidden love.
And just to wet your appetite even more, take a look at her book trailer:
Really looking ahead:
Made To Order Family by Ruth Logan Herne September 2010
Wrangler in Petticoats by Mary Connealy October 2010
Fatal Judgement by Irene Hannon – January 2011
What about you – are there any titles you just can’t wait to get your hands on?