School has ended, and summer weather is just around the corner. Be prepared and stock your Kindle with some brand new books today!
If you missed May's releases, you can find them here!
Pastries, Pies, & Poison
by Katherine H. Brown
Lipstick and lies, pastries and pies, plus a little poison thrown in the mix.
Piper and Sam are excited to cater their first large event – breakfast and desserts for a corporation’s weekend wellness retreat being held in a nearby town.
You know what that means? Road trip!
Piper thought it sounded like the perfect opportunity to clear her head of men. With things left unresolved with Griff, plus her old friend Landon popping back into her life, her mind and heart are in worse shape than a batch of burnt cookies.
Unfortunately, the weekend goes pear-shaped in a hurry. A man is dead and everyone at the retreat is a suspect. Can Piper get out of this new pickle and solve the mystery in time to salvage the retreat and the catering job? Will Sam heed the warning to stay out of the police investigation? And will the Ooey Gooey Bakery survive the weekend without them?
A Second Chance Proposal
by Lia London
Love always comes with risk.
Willa Fillmore is expecting her boyfriend to pop the Big Question, not dump her! Now what? She takes a job as a caregiver for a sweet little old lady. Seems like the perfect way to avoid men while her heart heals, right?
When Mac Norton's mother dies in a car accident, he promises to keep an eye on his aging grandmother. He never imagined the woman she hires to help around the house could be the perfect cure for both of their grieving hearts.
Full of humor and tenderness, this novella celebrates second-chances for love, life, and all the things that matter most.
Mending the Billionaire Movie Star
by Bree Livingston
A woman hiding from her past, a celebrity desperate to fix his image, and the reality show that forces them together.
Penelope Cooper loves her single life. It’s safe and predictable. When her meddling twin sister, Paige, assumes her identity and auditions for Celebrity Proposal—and wins—Penelope’s life is upended. It’s either go on the show with the hunky movie star with a less-than desirable reputation or her sister could be in serious trouble.
Angus MacLachlan was Hollywood’s hottest leading man until a bitter, very public breakup with his agent—and subsequent bad behavior—ruined his image and tanked his career. Desperate to get back into his fans’ good graces, he agrees to be on the show, Celebrity Proposal.
Neither of them is looking for love, but as the weeks pass, they find themselves growing closer. Can two cold hearts warm up to love, or will the past keep them frozen in time?
Reviving the Commander
by Nadine C. Keels
She isn't a beautiful young maiden hoping to erase the Commander's memory.
Opal Whilstead knows she has a reputation: a reputation as a bright, giving, upright woman—smiling and laughing her way through hopeless spinsterhood. It's been so long since she's had serious feelings for a man, but now she finds herself taken with the Commander Exemplar of Diachona's army.
And she regrets it.
Not only is the Exemplar a widower still longing for his wife, but he's the father of the reigning king. Even if a man of such prestige could find love again, he'd be unlikely to search for it among the kingdom's old maids. Besides, Opal dreads being found, due to a grievous secret she carries...
by Merrillee Whren
When Peter Dalton gets a request from his boss to work with his missionary daughter on a project to help the less fortunate, Peter fears this may mean the end of his rise to the top at Hiatt Construction. But Peter is all about pleasing his boss and will do whatever it takes to please the man.
Not happy with her father’s demand, Ashley Hiatt sees little in common with Peter, whom she remembers as a man ten years her senior, consumed with money and beautiful women. Ashley doesn’t know how their contrasting styles can work in this partnership.
Soon Peter is thinking about how to help those in need, instead of money. He's changed but not enough to let Ashley win his heart. Will this new mission teach him how to love again?
by Kayla Tirrell
The grass isn’t always greener on the other side.
Tessa never dreamed of going to Shelfbrooke Academy, but the summer before her senior year, a lawyer visits her family saying she’s a long-lost descendant of the D’Villes—one of the founding families of the school. Encouraged by her parents, she leaves everything she knows behind to finish her studies at the prestigious boarding school.
Once there, Tessa’s ties to the D’Villes give her access to all the perks Shelfbrooke has to offer—secret meetings, private rooms, hot guys.
But when Tessa and Angelo, the artistic student she can’t seem to stop thinking about, are paired for a school project, Tessa discovers not everyone shares the same love for the D’Ville name. Many would delight to see their fall from grace, while others are willing to do anything to climb to the top.
How far is Tessa willing to go to learn more about her past while trying to follow her heart?
by Staci Stallings
When Nelson Samuels broke up with Paige Grayson and moved half-a-country away, Paige had no choice but to let him go and move on. It has taken a painful and difficult two years, but finally, she has with someone very special. So why, when things are finally going better has Nelson started calling again? Why can’t Paige forget about him and go on with her life? And if she can’t, what then?
Nelson Samuels thought he knew what he wanted in life—college at Northwestern and an engineering degree, but life in Seattle hasn’t turned out the way he thought it would be. With the help of his Northwestern friends, LJ Stewart and Yolanda Salazar, not to mention some very challenging classes, Nelson is finally ready to admit he might have been wrong about all of that. But does going home to the friends he left behind still make sense or has it been too long? And if he does go home, have things changed too much for him to ever put them right again?
Journey to Bein
by Joan Lightning
Two paths, one choice.
Honourable death which dooms the kingdoms, or dishonourable life which saves them?
Grieving, confused, and angry after the death of his bonded Sorcerer, Trerin must stay alive long enough to fulfil a prophecy. If he fails to save Princess Rykatu Crystu, the powerful Sorceress will be magically converted to serve their enemies’ god and will lead his armies to victory against her own people.
The fate of the Kingdoms now rests on the formerly carefree shapeshifter. Dishonoured while he remains alive, part of him longs for death, and there are many enemies ahead who are eager to oblige.
How can he find the strength to choose life and duty, when honour – and his Second Oath – demands death?
by Tamie Dearen
Will Katie jump into the shark-infested waters for a second chance at love?
Katie Carson is afraid of everything. Spiders. Sharks. And especially love… thanks to her ex-fiancé. That's why her immediate attraction to the reckless Gary Lassiter scares her to death. Sure, he looks like Superman and he saved her from a giant arachnid, but he's an adrenaline junkie.
Gary Lassiter owes his life to his best friend, Steven. But his loyalty is tested when he meets Steven's PA, Katie. Though Steven and Katie are probably a better-suited match, Gary wants Katie for himself. He sees a lot of spunk behind her overtly timid façade, and he’s determined to bring it out in the open.
When the three spend a week at Indigo Bay, Katie starts to fall for Gary, even stepping outside her comfort zone. It’s all fun and games until her adventure brings her to a moment of life or death. Thrown into the nightmares of her past, she’s convinced they can’t have a future together. Will Gary get past her defenses?
Shaming the Billionaire's Son
by Sharon Sue Thorn
Second chances come at a cost and super-ambitious Renee Mason is learning it's not easy to work side-by-side with someone who hates her - especially when the feeling isn't mutual.
My best friend warned me about taking the hot guy's photo for my shame post. But how could I resist? He was multi-tasking while driving. It was also kind of cute since it involved an apple but that was beside the point. It didn't take long for me to realize I'd made a grave error. The post went viral within minutes and threatened to ruin everything I'd worked so hard to achieve. It nearly cost me an internship and my blog would likely never be the same. How was I to know he was the son of the woman I dreamed of working for?
The Cowboy's Convenient Marriage
by Valerie Comer
Rivals form a marriage of convenience in this contemporary cowboy romance, but plan not to fall in love!
When Spencer Haviland receives registered mail from his great-uncle’s attorney, he figures he’ll sell his upcoming inheritance after the old man dies. After all, he’s anything but a cowboy. But when Spencer’s life suddenly unravels, he retreats to the rundown Montana ranch only to discover his cousin’s widow and child firmly entrenched.
The Rocking H is the most secure home Carmen Haviland has ever known until Spencer arrives, claiming to be Great-Uncle Howard’s heir. But with the attorney’s revelation that his client is considering bestowing the ranch to charity instead, Carmen reluctantly agrees to Spencer’s rash plan for the sake of her daughter.
Will a marriage of convenience offer them both what they seek, or will their vows become anything but convenient?
by Grace Bridges
They saved a town with the help of the creatures that command the geysers. They saved a city from volcanic eruption. Surely they've earned a break?
Tell that to the Titanosaur.
Now the faultline network is active, threatening all of central New Zealand with aftershocks that might be bigger than the initial event. Amateur geologist Anira Fraser is in Picton, facing her final high school athletics competition.
Along with her friend Tiger McRae, she realises their presence is disturbing the area's guardian spirits. Soon other Earthcore members arrive in town and discover an old enemy stirring up fresh trouble, while the locals hint at the legend of a mysterious taniwha war that could worsen the series of quakes.
It's up to Anira and the Earthcore team to find the cause of the war and end it--otherwise they themselves could be responsible for a cataclysmic natural disaster.
Tutor, Nanny, Spit-Up, Spy
by Perry Elizabeth Kirkpatrick
He’s a tutor and she’s a nanny… but not really.
When a highly-trained female spy breaks her leg just before beginning an undercover mission as a nanny, Emily Abbott, coffee barista, is asked to fill in. Chatter suggests a guerrilla group is plotting the assassination of a South American diplomat while he and his family are in the U.S., and that the assassin may actually be one of his protection detail.
As nanny to the diplomat’s four young children, Emily will be perfectly positioned to keep an eye on things and report back to ICS, the spy organization Brent Peterson works for. Emily and Brent–who is undercover as the children’s tutor–navigate long-division, spit-up, arguments over toys, and suspicious guards to discover a plot that’s far more complicated and urgent than they realized.
Take On Me
by Stacy Claflin
A traumatized girl wakes in the hospital with no memory of how she got there. Or of anything else. Her only thought is to find the one person she remembers—her Uncle Alex.
When the authorities contact Alex Mercer, he rushes to the hospital. He’s surprised to find it’s his cousin Ayla. Shocked to see the condition she’s in. Stunned to learn her parents are missing.
Alex welcomes her into his home, and the family rallies around her as she tries to recover. But progress is slow, and for every step forward, she backslides. Compounding the problem is the mounting evidence that none of this was an accident. And the answers to the mystery are locked in her fragile mind.
Ayla is scared she’ll never remember. Even more frightened she will—and she won’t like what she recalls. But when she comes face to face with the worst memory of all, she realizes so much more than her history is at stake. And it might be too late to do anything about it.
Differences in Rome
by Meredith Deichler
Lucy and Marcus have always been on the opposite sides--honestly, they competed against each others as debaters throughout high school and college. It's not exactly a pleasant surprise to find that they both signed up for the same European tour offered to alumni of their college.
However, as the group journeyed from Paris to southern France, the two started to build an unexpected connection, a friendship that hinted at the possibility of more. As the tour heads into its Italy for its final portion, Lucy and Marcus discover that years of differences and mistaken perceptions are hard to overcome.
The Path We Take
by Kylie Key
He's badly burnt
He's fighting for his life
A knee injury turns my world upside down,
putting my gymnastics scholarship in doubt.
As I wait for surgery, I'm persuaded into volunteering
to help with my college applications.
The boy called Spider has no family nearby
and faces many months in hospital.
They think my visits will help with his recovery,
give him something to look forward to,
help him heal.
But they're wrong.
I don't help Spider.
He helps me,
The boy who has nothing to live for
Ends up giving me everything to live for.
by R J Amos
A magical cat.
A contract signed in blood.
A key to every door in the city.
A challenge for the imagination.
In January 2019, author R. J. Amos challenged herself to write a short story every day for thirty days. Using prompts found online, R. J. pushed her creative powers to the limit, writing a full story with a beginning, middle, and end, every day.
Here, for you, is the collection of weird and wide-ranging, fun and fantastic stories. Also included are the story prompts that R. J. used so that you too can stretch your imagination.
A challenge for you, should you choose to accept it.
A Simple Proposal
by Lia London
Sometimes finding happily ever after isn't so simple...
Libby Blake is sweet, smart, and super-model gorgeous, so why doesn't she stand up for herself? When an unwanted, high-pressure proposal catches her off guard, she feels trapped. Who says no to a millionaire, after all?
Reg Rafferty's small catering business is just getting off the ground when he's asked to plan a wedding for millionaire Tobias O'Keefe III and his fiance, Libby. This assignment could rocket his company into the big league. There's just one problem. He can tell the bride doesn't want to go through with the wedding, and the more he gets to know her, the more he hopes she doesn't.
Full of humor and tenderness, this novella celebrates letting go of past fears and seizing a brighter future.
by Margaret Lashley
I want to believe—but I mean, really?
All Bobbie Drex wanted was something normal—a new career as a private investigator. But after signing up with Nick Grayson to complete her internship, nothing normal has happened since.
In fact, when Grayson gets a call about a possible alien invasion going down in Plant City, Florida, normal packs its bags and books a flight for another planet.
Man pudding. Zombies. Wayne’s World wannabees.
Not to mention the whole “living with a stranger in an RV” thing.
Bobbie needs her license. Grayson holds the key—to both that and the visions that have plagued her since a ricochet bullet struck her between the eyes.
If Bobbie’s going to survive in Grayson’s bizarre new world, she’s going to have to learn fast.
Good thing she’s packing a Glock—and enough snark to qualify as a lethal backup weapon.
by Toni Shiloh
Nikki lives with a perfect trifecta of noes. No guys. No dates. No way. After years of keeping men at bay, Nikki Gordon has it down to a science. No one, not even the sweet, hunky Shorty Smalls can change her mind. Period. So if she’s got it all figured out, why does her heart sink to her toes when she sees Shorty with another woman? Read Risking Love today and see what happens when you risk your heart to the care of a good man.
The Playboy Patriot
by Evangeline Kelly
She refused to date a playboy, but would she accept his job offer?
Katie Kennedy admired football player, Tucker Jackson, from afar, but she never imagined she’d run into him at the popular restaurant she worked at. He was gorgeous, wild, and completely off limits. After dealing with unstable parents, she was determined to find a man who met her standard of “safe.”
As a wide receiver for the Georgia Patriots, Tucker received plenty of attention, but he was tired of the media blasting him for being a player, thus earning him the reputation, “the playboy patriot.” He wanted to settle down one day but wouldn’t let anyone steamroll him into a commitment he wasn’t ready for.
When a friendship developed that neither of them expected, along with more sparks than they knew what to do with, something changed between them.
If they’d foreseen the explosion their relationship would cause in the media, they might have thought twice about their actions.
Then again, Tucker was never one to back down from a challenge.
by Julie C. Gilbert
Victory comes at a price.
Exiled to Earth, Mina bears the weapon she stole from Satan, preventing him from destroying the angels of light. Despite this, Spirit’s Bane weakens her with pain when she uses her Gifts to protect those under her care.
Meanwhile, the Council of Light confines Allister to the Heavens. They fear what Satan will do if he captures the Kindred Spirit Pair.
Allister knows they are stronger together, but even if he defies the Council by going to Earth, there’s no guarantee he’ll reach Mina before Satan’s minions.
If Allister and Mina cannot defeat Spirit’s Bane swiftly, precious souls will be lost in the coming conflict.
Heart of the Curiosity
by H.L. Burke
The secret lies with the Heart.
Born with a magical knack for manipulating emotions, Leodora's only dream is to ensure her talented little sister dances on the biggest, brightest stage in the Republic: The Curiosity, a grand old theater of tradition and innovation. After escaping a cruel carnival, Leo secures her sister a place in the Curiosity’s chorus line, and herself a job as a professional audience member, swaying the crowd's mood with her magic. The girls have a home for the first time in their lives.
Then a tragic accident darkens the theater. A greedy businessman begins blackmailing Leo, and financial woes threaten to close the show forever. The Curiosity's sole hope lies in a mythical power source hidden beneath the maze-like passages and trapdoors of the theater—the Heart. And Leo’s only friend Paxton, nephew of the theater's stagemistress, is the key to finding it.
While Leo and Paxton hunt for the Heart, the blackmailer’s threats loom larger. Mysterious figures, cryptic clues, and deadly traps hinder the search at every turn. If the friends cannot recover the Heart in time, Leo and her sister will be cast out of the only home they’ve ever known, and the final curtain will fall on The Curiosity.
Enter a world reminiscent of The Greatest Showman, with a puzzle worthy of Sherlock Holmes and National Treasure, in this new Steampunk Fantasy from H. L. Burke.
The Huntsman and the Healer
by Julie C. Gilbert
The Guild wants justice. They’ll settle for her life.
Marina didn’t cause the River’s Edge tragedy, but she knows who did. Knowing the truth could spark a war between the two magic races, she determines to carry the secret forever.
The Arkonai High Council wants answers, and they want Daniel to get them.
He knows she’s innocent, but if he doesn’t cooperate, they will send another huntsman. And Marina might not live through the encounter.
The Art of Rivers
by Janet W. Ferguson
Rivers Sullivan bears both visible and invisible scars—those on her shoulder from a bullet wound and those on her heart from the loss of her fiancé during the same brutal attack. Not even her background as an art therapist can help her regain her faith in humanity. Still, she scrapes together the courage to travel to St. Simons Island to see the beach cottage and art gallery she’s inherited from her fiancé. When she stumbles upon recovering addicts running her gallery, she’s forced to reckon with her own healing.
After the tragic drowning of his cousin, James Cooper Knight spends his days trying to make up for his past mistakes. He not only dedicates his life to addiction counseling, but guilt drives him to the water, searching for others who’ve been caught unaware of the quickly rising tides of St. Simons. When he rescues a peculiar blond woman and her sketch pad from a sandbar, then delivers this same woman to his deceased grandmother’s properties, he knows things are about to get even more complicated.
Tragic circumstances draw Cooper and Rivers closer, but they fight their growing feelings. Though Cooper’s been sober for years, Rivers can’t imagine trusting her heart to someone in recovery, and he knows a relationship with her will only rip his family further apart. Distrust and guilt are only the first roadblocks they must overcome if they take a chance on love.
Check out these new releases from authors involved with American Christian Fiction Writers. You're sure to find a new favorite!
The Art of Rivers by Janet Ferguson — Can a woman whose life has been damaged by addiction trust her heart to a man in recovery? (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)
Cross My Heart by Robin Lee Hatcher — Horse rescue farmer Ashley helps Ben start an equine therapy barn on his great-great grandfather’s farm. When they consider a relationship together, her bitter experience with her opioid addict brother reins in any hope for a future with Ben, who is five years in recovery from alcoholism. Ben knows that with God, all things are possible—but will Ashley find it within herself to give love a chance? (Contemporary Romance from HarperCollins Christian Publishing)
Risking Love by Toni Shiloh — Nikki lives with a perfect trifecta of noes. No guys. No dates. No way. After years of keeping men at bay, Nikki Gordon has it down to a science. No one, not even sweet, hunky Shorty Smalls can change her mind. Period. So if she’s got it all figured out, why does her heart sink to her toes when she sees Shorty with another woman? (Contemporary Romance from Celebrate Lit)
Uncharted Destiny by Keely Brooke Keith — When Bailey sets out to rescue her lost friend in the Land’s dangerous mountain terrain, she discovers more about the Land—and herself—than she bargained for. (General from Edenbrooke Press)
Six Houses Down by Kari Rimbey — Two days after Sharon Webster’s distant husband returns for a surprise visit, their autistic son slips out of the house and is lost in historic Washington D. C. As they search for their boy, Sharon is forced to rely on the husband she believes no longer loves her. An elderly black couple down the street seems to understand her unspoken hurts. Has God sent them to help her find trust again? (General Contemporary, Independently Published)
In the Shadow of the King by Melissa Rosenberger — Beset by doubts and jealousy about prophecies spoken over her brother Yeshua, Hannah struggles to see the truth before her eyes until it is too late…or is it? (Historical from Carpenter’s Son Publishing)
This Healing Journey by Misty M. Beller — An adventure-seeking wilderness girl and an ex-cavalryman looking to settle down fall in love while caring for a wounded Indian child that shows up in his barn. Will their differences keep them apart or become their greatest strengths? (Historical Romance, Independently Published)
Cameo Courtships by Susanne Dietze, Debra E. Marvin, Jennifer Uhlarik, and Kathleen Y’Barbo — In 1851, a special cameo is gifted by Queen Victoria to Letitia Newton, who though considered an old maid, meets the perfect gentleman minutes after donning. Told by the Queen the cameo is to be shared, Letitia gifts the “Victoria Cameo” to a woman in her family, hoping adventure and romance will follow each of its subsequent wearers. Adventure indeed follows two competing journalists, one of whom carries the cameo while looking to expose a smuggler, a trouser-wearing frontierswoman and a reverend who are on a mission to ransom the cameo from a manipulative brothel owner, two Pinkertons who are charged with the care of the cameo but must rely on one another when the cameo is once again stolen, and a young woman who doubts the cameo can help her when a handsome Scottish library administrator ruins her dream of overseeing the new Carnegie Library children’s department and keeps a social chasm between himself and her father. (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)
Mail-Order Refuge by Cindy Regnier — Carly Blair from Baltimore buys a train ticket to Kansas where she will become the wife of a man she’s never met. She must leave Baltimore to escape the evil plans her ex-fiance has for using her artistic talents for a counterfeit operation. Rand Stafford, Kansas cattle rancher is looking after his two orphaned nieces, but knows they need a mother. He’s not interested in love since being left at the altar so he advertises for a mail-order bride, willing to do whatever it takes to give Mary Jo and Jenna a proper home and upbringing. Can Carly and Rand find love where they least expect it, or will the shadows of the past dash their hopes for the future? (Historical Romance from Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas)
No Ocean Too Wide by Carrie Turansky — Between the years of 1869 to 1939 more than 100,000 poor British children were sent across the ocean to Canada with the promise of a better life. Those who took them in to work as farm laborers or household servants were told they were orphans—but was that the truth? (Historical Romance from Waterbrook/Multnomah [Random House])
Darkwater Truth by Robin Caroll — Adelaide Fountaine, general manager, is enthusiastically renovating parts of the Darkwater Inn. Her intentions come to a screeching halt when a skeleton is found behind a makeshift wall—an axe beside it. As Adelaide works alongside owner Dimitri Pampalon and Detective Beau Savoie, the two men who have been pursuing her heart, she learns the eerie death has tentacles that reach deep into the seedy past of both the Darkwater Inn and the evil underground of New Orleans. The past and the present collide as the stakes are upped—not only for Adelaide’s heart, but for her very life and her father’s life as well. The threats are deadly, the coils of evil are tightening around everyone involved, and they are more powerful than anyone could have ever imagined. (Romantic Suspense, Independently Published)
Over the Line by Kelly Irvin — Gabriela’s brother is missing, he’s a suspect in a murder, and she’s in the cross hairs of a criminal organization. The only person who can help her is the one man she can’t trust. Will Gabby & Eli find her brother before it’s too late? (Romantic Suspense from HarperCollins Christian Publishing)
Long Walk Home by DiAnn Mills — As an Arab Christian pilot for a relief organization, Paul Farid feels called to bring supplies to his war-torn countrymen in southern Sudan. But with constant attacks from Khartoum’s Islamic government, the villagers have plenty of reasons to distrust Paul, and he wonders if the risks he’s taking are really worth his mission. American doctor Larson Kerr started working with the Sudanese people out of a sense of duty and has grown to love them all, especially Rachel Alier, her young assistant. But despite the years she’s spent caring for them, her life feels unfulfilled. It’s a void noticed both by Paul and by Rachel’s older brother, Colonel Ben Alier of the Sudanese People’s Liberation Army. When Rachel is abducted, Paul, Ben, and Larson agree to set aside their differences to form an unlikely alliance and execute a daring rescue. Their faith and beliefs tested, each must find the strength to walk the path God has laid before them, to find their way home. (Romantic Suspense from Tyndale House)
The Last Chaplain by Carl M. White — At the request of Pastor John Grant, the last chaplain of the United States Senate, Lisa Smithy embarks on the adventure of a lifetime: find a former Senate staff member and convince him to reveal to a DC reporter the plot that led to Dr. Grant’s removal and the discrediting of his best friend, a United States Senator. From the South, to the West, to the Midwest, evil men are desperate to stop her, and romance surprisingly finds her. Can she bring together the former Senate staffer who knows all and the Washington reporter who can tell all, while eluding the men who would end it all? (Romantic Suspense from Austin Brothers Publishers)
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