We may have a while left when it comes to summer weather, but unfortunately, school is starting up again way too soon. I'm not ready to let go of my summer schedule yet! Thankfully, there are a bunch of new books coming out, so I can grab one and let myself forget about school supplies for a while!
Gorgeous and the Geek
By Rachel John
She thought he was a safe bet. She was wrong…
Faking a relationship with a costar for ratings is ridiculous, and Willa won’t do it unless she gets to pick the guy. There’s only one man she trusts in Hollywood: Doug Keller, a little on the geeky side and totally reliable. It’s just a few months, and if the show takes off, she’ll be one step closer to the independence she’s always craved.
Doug knows he’s in trouble. Willa Stanton is everything he’s ever wanted, and way too much for him to handle. Their on-camera chemistry is making it hard for him to keep his true feelings under wraps. And off-camera is even worse: she's making friends with his cat, kicking his butt in Gin Rummy, and making him wish he could be that soft place for her to land.
The closer they get, the harder it is to stick with the plan. She’s afraid of love. He’s afraid of getting played. What happens when the beauty falls for the geek?
Mending the Billionaire Brother
by Bree Livingston
A woman terrified of being hurt, a man torn between love and duty to family, and the marriage clause that forces them to examine what they really want.
After Sarah Freeman’s mom passes away unexpectedly, she leaves Scotland—and love—to take up the mantle of running her mom’s beloved horse sanctuary. Except what is supposed to be a seamless transfer of ownership becomes complicated when she learns that her mother’s will contains a marriage clause—she’s forced to either get married or loose the sanctuary.
When Taran MacLachlan flies to Florida, he’s expecting a brief visit to check on Sarah. But when he learns that the only way to keep her sanctuary is marriage, he finds himself volunteering to be her husband. It’s only six months, that’ll be easy.
Only, it’s not that simple. Sarah’s used the sanctuary as shield against being hurt. Will she lay down her armor long enough to find love?
by Natasja Eby
Follow the rhythm of your heart.
Now that high school's over and he's left his life as a bully behind, Red finally has time to focus on what he wants: boxing. For as long as he's able, that's what he'll do.
Zara's passion for dancing is rivaled by none, but her dreams are shattered when her dance partner sprains his ankle weeks before their showcase. With no other options, Red's cousin and Zara's best friend suggests they team up.
Now Red has a tough decision to make: stick to what he's always known or find the courage to love something new?
by Margaret Lynette Sharp
The frightening potential repercussions of her sister, Lydia's, friendship with Maria Lucas weigh heavily on Miss Elizabeth Bennet's mind, moving her to seek an audience with her Papa and a discussion with her flirtatious sister. Will Mr Bennet heed Lizzy's heartfelt warnings? Or will the youngest Miss Bennet remain free to act as she wishes?
Who Wants to Marry a Billionaire Gamer?
by Julie L. Spencer
Twenty beautiful women and only one of them knew Brock’s real identity, so why were they both keeping it a secret?
Rejected by the leading lady on the reality show Love Letters, Brock was ready to take his place at center stage. He knew he could pass himself off as a regular guy and loved seeing women’s reactions when he told them he played video games for a living.
What he didn’t tell them was that he had a Master’s degree in video game design, was international reigning champion in several competitions, and a billionaire.
But one woman knew the truth, and she wasn’t telling the others. Or was she?
Cora recognized Brock right away, being a gamer herself. The guys at her work had dared her to come on the television show, Love Letters because she refused to date anyone from their small community, and because they knew she was obsessed with the show. She figured the likelihood of actually being chosen by the leading man was pretty slim. Nineteen to one, actually.
When Cora realized Brock was hiding behind his screen name the way a famous author hides behind his pen name, she decided to play along. But how long would she play games with his heart? Long enough for another woman to prove to Brock that she cared more about him than his wealth and position?
by Stacy Claflin
This is the third part of the Dark Sea Academy trilogy, and if you haven’t read Mermaid’s Song, you’ll want to do that first. The following description contains spoilers for the first books...
Every other princess prepares to rule her kingdom after her father’s death. Me? I have to get ready to rule all underwater kingdoms—after killing my father.
I already fulfilled the prophecy once. Kind of. I have no interest in killing again.
But no one asked what I want.
It’s this stupid Queen Sirena prophecy. My father—my real, biological father—is obsessed. And he’s the king, so he gets what he wants. Namely me, embracing a destiny I fear.
As I come to terms with my new reality, I find myself alone, cut off from my best friend and boyfriend and unable to convince my parents this is all a terrible idea.
My father, the king, wants me to kill him. He’s set plans in motion to make it happen.
I’m too weak to refuse. And hopefully too strong to succeed.
by Tamie Dearen
When a stranger with a lime-green mechanical hand drenches her in coffee, the last thing Brooke expects is a marriage proposal from a famous hot billionaire.
A marriage of convenience… so tempting. Brooke Ponzio can’t argue against Cole’s flawless logic. The divorce settlement will solve all the money-troubles for Brooke and her unborn child. If only Cole wasn’t so mouth-wateringly delicious. Should she risk having her heart broken again?
Cole Miller refuses to fall in love. Not ever! That’s why he chose Brooke to get him out of his ill-advised contract. All she wants is sole custody of her baby, so when the time comes, she'll give him a stress-free divorce. Sure, they'll have to make the marriage look real to their parents and the rest of the world. And they'll need to forget all about that sizzling kiss they shared. Should be simple. What could possibly go wrong?
Soon, their magnetic draw has them both battling to maintain their willpower. But Brooke slowly falls in love with the man who treats her better than any man ever has, while Cole’s attraction is purely physical. Or at least that’s what he tells himself.
How will Brooke handle her sleazy ex-husband when he tries to cash in on her fame? What happens when Cole can’t protect Brooke from his crazed fans? Will he admit his feelings before it’s too late?
A Tease and a Trail Run
by Maddie Evans
Welcome to Brighthead, Maine, a coastal town where the runners are fast and the summers are slow.
Charlotte lands in Brighthead with the excuse that she’s house-sitting for her aunt, but in reality she’s escaping a broken engagement. Six weeks before her intended wedding, she discovered her ex was cheating. Alone in a coastal mansion with a border collie who’s equal parts smart and energetic, Charlotte turns to the only person she remembers from her childhood summers: Brandon, the gardener’s son.
Brandon offers to take the dog for morning sprints. And Charlotte, too. She agrees because he’s sweet. He’s always been sweet.
Brandon’s about to get fired from his desk job because they’re taking advantage of him. The gym wants him to design a free logo for their trail run to the lighthouse, and everyone’s telling him not to do it. His freelance work alone isn’t going to pay the bills, though—and it’s certainly not going to pay for romantic dinners with the rich gal from Philadelphia. The more time he spends with Charlotte, though, the more he realizes how much they have in common despite the economic differences: their art, their goals, their loyalty. Soon they’re inseparable, but Brandon knows Charlotte can’t stay. Her future lies in a city full of museums, and his is on the coast.
When Charlotte’s ex tracks her to Brighthead, her past collides with her dreams. He’s sorry, and he wants her back. Meanwhile, Brandon’s getting weird and awkward about the money. Looming over them all is the lighthouse run and a world that seldom understands the heart of an artist.
A Tease and a Trail Run takes a pair of friends through an obstacle course of grief and memories, fear of success and fear of failure, from their shared memories to the dream of a shared life together.
The road to love isn’t always paved.
Love in Honor Given
by Jeanette Lewis
Treasure hunting is loaded with danger and charged with love.
Lincoln's Lost Gold Series
Six unlikely friends come together to search for Lincoln’s lost gold mine. Follow their adventures as they face off with other treasure hunters, secret brotherhoods, and unfamiliar dangers while navigated the trouble waters of falling in love.
Love in Honor Given
His brother may love the thrill of discovery, but Radley Obrien cares about Abraham Lincoln’s lost gold mine for one reason: the money. But as he searches for the treasure map in the sprawling Lincoln Museum in Springfield, Illinois, Radley realizes he’ll need an insider’s help.
Skye Benson spends her days guiding tours in period costumes and has learned that hoop skirts are overrated. When Radley joins her tour, she’d drawn to the rugged stranger and agrees to help him look for the map. As their feelings for one another grow, Skye and Radley must decide if love is a fair trade for a secret gold mine.
But they’re not the only ones looking for the gold. As the team edges closer to the treasure, they discover everyone has a secret and friends can become enemies in a blink. The clues to the map are there, but can they put the pieces together in time?
Midnight: A Cinderella Retelling
by Melanie Gilbert
If you were thrown into a war between a Fae clan and a witch coven, would you be able to uncover the truth before the stroke of Midnight?
Nova Kramer blames herself for the death of her mother and sister—so does her father. When he moves them to Danville City to escape the reminders of what they lost, Nova is thrown right back into a world full of anxiety when their new neighbor, Stella, and her twin brothers make it their mission to bring Nova to her knees—after all, they know her secret—and blackmail is just the start.
Kent Danville and his brothers have a secret, too—their clan is working to take down a coven of witches and find the other five clans of Fae, but when Nova walks into his life, the Fae can’t seem to stop thinking about her. He can’t risk falling for the new girl—he has a soulmate out there somewhere, and a mission to complete…if the coven doesn’t kill him first.
A war is brewing between the coven and the clan—each side a little less human than the other—and Nova may get caught in the crossfire if she can’t discover the truth before the clock strikes Midnight.
by April Anderton
Dinner, drinks, and death on the high seas. A honeymoon cruise they won't forget.
Boston reporter Ali Loukas hasn't had time to legally change her name, but a week in the middle of the ocean with her shiny new husband should mean time to kick back and relax--with no dead bodies. No such luck. Ali's reputation and penchant for coming across corpses have preceded her. Trapped on a floating city with a handful of eccentric fans, she finds herself swept up in the lifestyle of the Boston Elite.
When a body turns up on the second day at sea, one fan turns to Ali, expecting her to help the ship's security team come up with a killer. But Security's not interested in Ali's help and they threaten to throw her in the brig if she interferes with their investigation.
Mysterious elderly stalkers, a magic show gone bad, and a killer on board, make Ali wonder if her tropical vacation will bring her closer to her husband as intended or send her overboard.
All the Love You Write
by D. G. Driver
A story about young love, first love, true love, timeless love, and the power of love letters.
Mark and Bethany are two mismatched high school seniors in a new relationship.
It’s doomed to fail.
Mark has adored Bethany since middle school, and she’s finally giving him a chance. Only, he’s clumsy at romance and knows he’ll lose her because of it. Bethany thinks Mark is sweet. Only, she’s afraid to commit her whole heart to him because he’s going into the army and she’s headed off to college.
Fifty years earlier, a boy and a girl from the same high school shared an amazing love story. They have now returned as ghosts and are interfering in Mark and Bethany’s relationship.
Who are they? Why do they care what happens to Mark and Bethany?
A Necessary Groom
by Sylvia Damsell
Alison is devastated to discover her husband was already married when he said "I do". Then things go from bad to worse when she finds out she's carrying his baby.
Now pregnant and alone, she needs a husband, and fast. And the only man she can think of is Jason, who she met years before. She liked him well enough back then, surely she'll like him now.
But convincing Jason to marry her turns out to be anything but easy.
Gracey and the Gambler
by Kristy Tate
Reeling with grief and self-doubts, Addison never suspects her life is about to change when a stranger gifts her a manuscript and asks her to rewrite the ending.
In an earlier century...
When Gracey refused to bend to the dictates of New York’s high society, her mortified parents shipped her off to the Wilds of Washington territory. But Gracey, itching for adventure has no intention to stay in the dreary soggy backwater known as Seattle. When the opportunity comes to join a traveling theater troupe, Gracey sets out to create the life she deserves. And finds much more adventure than even she desired or dreamed of.
As Addison reads of Gracey's rebellion, she confronts the dark corners in her own life and faces her faulty perceptions about herself and those she loves. Addison realizes she must not only rewrite Gracey’s story, but also her own.
A Flair for Flip-Flops
by Deborah Garner
A vacation on the Southern California coast promises rest and relaxation for flamboyant senior sleuth Sadie Kramer and her mischievous Yorkie, Coco. But when the body of a heartthrob celebrity washes up on the beach outside her luxury hotel suite, Sadie's fun-in-the-sun soon turns into sleuthing-with-the-stars.
The resort's wine and appetizer gatherings, suspicious guest behavior, and casual strolls along the beach boardwalk may provide clues, but will they be enough to discover who the killer is? Or will mystery and mayhem leave a Hollywood scandal unsolved?
Check out these new releases from authors involved with American Christian Fiction Writers. You're sure to find a new favorite!
The Butterfly Recluse by Therese Heckenkamp — Lila finds solace in her sheltered world by raising butterflies and surrounding herself with their gentle beauty. They’re all she needs—until a motorcycle-riding stranger roars up her driveway, invading her safe haven, throwing her life off-kilter, and forcing her to question everything. What exactly is he after, and what is he not telling her? In one intense night of desperation and revelation, Lila must confront her darkest fears—and hopefully discover that with faith and courage, shattered dreams can be restored, damaged hearts can love again, and broken wings can heal . . . maybe even fly. (Contemporary Romance from Ivory Tower Press)
A Glitter of Gold by Liz Johnson — Anne Norris moved to Savannah, Georgia, for a fresh start. Now her pirate-tour business is flagging and paying the rent requires more than wishful thinking. When she discovers evidence of a shipwreck off the coast of Tybee Island, she knows it could be just the boon she needs to stay afloat. She takes her findings to local museum director Carter Hale for confirmation, but things do not go as planned. Carter is fascinated with the wreck, the discovery of which could open the door to his dream job at a prestigious museum. But convincing Anne to help him fill in the missing pieces of the puzzle is no easy task. And working with Carter means that Anne will have to do the one thing she swore she’d never do again: trust a man. (Contemporary Romance from Revell-A Division of Baker Publishing Group)
Hometown Healing by Jennifer Slattery — She’s home again, but not for long… Unless this cowboy recaptures her heart Returning home with a baby in tow, Paige Cordell’s determined her stay is only temporary. But to earn enough money to leave, she needs a job—and her only option is working at her first love’s dinner theater. With attraction once again unfurling between her and Jed Gilbertson, can the man who once broke her heart convince her to stay for good? (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])
General Contemporary/Women’s Fiction:
Grace in Deep Waters by Christine Dillon — William Macdonald is at the pinnacle of his career. Pastor of a growing megachurch and host of a successful national radio programme. Clever and respected, he’s a man with everything, including a secret. His wife has left him and he can’t risk anyone finding out. Blanche Macdonald is struggling. Her once rock-solid marriage is showing cracks. She promised to love her husband for better or for worse, but does loving always mean staying? Blanche desires to put God first. Not William. Not her daughter. Not herself. When is a marriage over? When do you stand and fight? (Women’s Fiction, Independently Published)
When Mountains Sing by Stacy Monson — Mikayla Gordon loves nothing more than sleeping under the stars, reeling in the “big one,” and long hikes in the wilderness. A medical crisis reveals a 30-year-old secret that turns everything she’s known and believed upside down, unraveling her dreams and her identity. In search of answers, she follows a trail from Minnesota to Colorado and discovers more unwelcome secrets even as she falls in love with the majestic beauty of the Rocky Mountains, and a wilderness camp leader who shares the greatest secret of all. Knowing her life can never go back to what it was, she must make decisions that will impact far more than just her future. (Contemporary from His Image Publications)
All In by L. K. Simonds — Cami Taylor: a blackjack dealer, a bestselling author, and a fraud. Cami’s boyfriend, Joel, loves her in spite of her flaws. He wants to marry her, buy a house on Long Island, and raise a family–a life that’s a million miles from Cami’s idea of happiness. Her therapist suggests compromise and trust, but Cami bolts like a deer. She breaks off the relationship and launches on a new quest for happiness, not knowing that a nasty surprise waits around the corner. What follows is a fight to the death. Who will be the one left standing? (Contemporary from Morgan James Fiction)
Finding Lady Enderly by Joanna Davidson Politano — A rag girl accepts an invitation to become the lady she’s always dreamed of being, but some dreams turn out to be nightmares. (Historical from Revel – A Division of Baker Publishing Group)
Lady and the Lawman by Crystal L. Barnes, Vickie McDonough, Annette OHare, and Kathleen Y’Barbo — Four historic stories of lawmen and the ladies who love them. (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)
The Farmer’s Daughter by Mary Davis, Kelly Eileen Hake, Tracie J. Peterson, Jill Stengl, and Susan May Warren — Enjoy five historical novels by some of Christian fiction’s bestselling authors. Meet daughters of prairie farms from Montana south to Kansas who find love in the midst of turbulent life changes. Marty’s nieces are kidnapped. Rosalind’s town is overrun by a railroad company. Amy’s jealousy comes between her and her twin. Beulah’s answer is needed to a marriage proposal. Lilly’s choice puts her at odd with her neighbors. Into each of their lives rides a man who may only make their situations worse. (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)
The Cowboys by Sandra Merville Hart, Cindy Ervin Huff, Jennifer Uhlarik, and Linda W. Yezak — Taming the West–one heart at a time. Healing Heart: A physically scarred cowboy finds solace with a ranch girl who is hiding from her past. Becoming Brave: A cattle drover wants to get his boss’s heard safely through Indian Territory…as soon he figures out why a bloodstained woman is holding a gun on him. Trails End: Waiting for his boss’s cattle to sell, a cowboy takes a kitchen job at a restaurant where the beautiful and prickly owner adds spice to his workday. Loving a Harvey Girl: To improve the local preacher’s opinion of career women, a Harvey Girl makes it her mission to redeem a wayward cowboy, but finds herself longing for a husband, hearth, and home. (Historical Romance from Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas)
Lost in the Storm by Tamera Lynn Kraft — Lavena, a journalist during the Civil War, wants to become a war correspondent. She finally gets her chance, but there’s a catch. She has to get an interview from a war hero who has refused to tell his story to every other journalist, and she has to accomplish this impossible task in a month or she’ll lose her job. Captain Cage, the war hero, has a secret that will destroy his military career and reputation. Now, a new journalist wants him to reveal what he’s been hiding. He’d prefer to ignore her, but from the moment she came into camp, he can’t get her out of his mind. Leading up to the turbulent Battles for the city of Chattanooga, will Lavena and Cage find the courage to love and forgive, or will they be swept away by their past mistakes that don’t want to stay buried? (Historical Romance from Mt Zion Ridge Press)
Love’s Allegiance by Linda Shenton Matchett — Inspired by the biblical love story of Rebekkah and Isaac, Love’s Allegiance explores the struggles and sacrifices of those whose beliefs were at odds with a world at war. (Historical Romance from Shortwave Press)
The Brightest Hope by Naomi Musch — Five years after the Great War, Holly Allen is a well-adjusted war widow with a knack for running the family press. She’s over the days of waiting for a white knight to ride in and sweep her away from her cares. Besides, if Hugh Phelps is a knight, he’s certainly a black one—with his prison record, personal demons, and the ghosts of war that haunt him. When Holly hires Hugh, despite her reservations, it isn’t long before she sees the man he could really be, and as Hugh finds his niche at Allen’s Printing, he finds his lady boss equally appealing. Despite the attraction, however, Holly won’t let herself fall for a faithless man, and Hugh isn’t on gracious terms with God. Then, just when new beginnings seem possible, old heartaches from the war come calling. Now it might only be in letting go of everything dear that they both discover what real love is. (Historical Romance, Independently Published)
Annabelle’s Joy by Betty Thomason Owens — She’s waited too long. When Tom proposed last year, Annabelle wasn’t ready to open her heart to another man. Pain still held a thin crust around it. Time has healed her heart, but with a new woman in town, one who clearly has her sights set on Tom, does it matter if Annabelle’s heart is ready to love again? Folks in town are keeping a close eye on their pharmacist, hoping to be the first to hear the good news. He’s been courting the widow Cross for nigh on two years now. Annabelle Cross better wake up and put her dancing shoes on. Mr. Tom is prime real estate. (Historical Romance from Write Integrity Press)
Hidden Secrets by Janet Sketchley — When an online vendetta against the Green Dory Inn escalates to physical threats, a cryptic message about a tunnel points to the property’s original owner, a notorious Prohibition-era sea captain rumoured to have left hidden wealth. (Mystery, Independently Published)
Murder at Rendsburg Resort by C. L. Wells — Trapped in a remote resort with a killer on the loose, the body count piling up, and no one else to save them, mystery writer Jill Pemberton must help find the killer before they claim their next victim. (Cozy Mystery, Independently Published)
Two Steps Forward by Luana Ehrlich — When CIA operative Titus Ray has an unexpected encounter with a Jihadi terrorist while he and Nikki are on their honeymoon in Morocco, he assumes it’s a coincidence, but when they travel to Israel for the second half of their honeymoon and encounter him again, he takes action, which takes him to Baghdad to prevent the assassination of a high-profile government official. (Romantic Suspense, Independently Published)
Edge of Truth by Kimberly Rose Johnson — The DEA sends two of its best agents, Kara Nelson and Jeff Clark, to Central Oregon, to shut down a major drug ring. Kara and Jeff usually work alone, but Operation Trail Ride throws them undercover together in a way neither of them expected. A notorious Miami drug lord wants Kara dead. Can these agents pull off the greatest acting job of their lives—and manage the sparks flying between them? Or will they die trying? (Romantic Suspense, Independently Published)
Redemption by Jacques R. Pye — Sterling Newman and Armena Sandal face death as they struggle to help the Alesandrans and the Kirilleans combat a force seeking the destruction of both worlds. (Speculative, Independently Published)
Shards of Light by Susan Miura — Sometimes the pieces of a shattered dream can transform into something extraordinary. (Young Adult from Vinspire Publishing)
Are you ready for that summer heat? When it's too hot to head outside, why not curl up on the couch in the air conditioning and read a good book? Check out the large selection of new releases below!
If you missed June's releases, you can find them here!
Mending the Billionaire Scotsman
by Bree Livingston
Paige Cooper’s twin sister, Penelope, is getting married.
To a celebrity she’s known all of twelve weeks. Who she met on a dating show. It was supposed to be something fun. Paige never expected Penelope to come home engaged to Angus MacLachlan.
What’s a girl to do when she knows it’s the biggest mistake of her sister’s life? Fly to Scotland and talk some sense in her. Only, her sister isn’t budging…and Rory, Angus’s brother, is hitting every hot button Paige possesses. But her last boyfriend stole her heart and then drained her bank account, leaving her at the altar, broken and done with love. Rory, though, has a great smile and an accent that gives her goosebumps. Only, she’s in Scotland to stop a wedding, not get friendly with the enemy’s brother.
Pick up Angus’s future sister-in-law. No big deal, Rory can do that. But when he see the honey-blonde, green-eyed lass at the airport, it’s instant trouble. He lost the love of his life—the woman he’d planned his future with—and love isn’t in the cards for him. Or is it? She’s cute, feisty, funny, and every moment spent with her makes him realize how lonely life’s been these last few years.
Paige isn’t staying in Scotland. Rory’s not moving to the states.
Two broken people.
Is there enough time for them to find what they’ve been missing?
by Stacy Claflin
I live a double life—and it’s about to tangle me in its net.
I'm Marra Ayers, a mermaid pretending to be human. Or at least, I was. It's over now that my uncle died, making my dad the new king of Valora. My parents are dragging me away from the life I love to our undersea kingdom. And to make matters worse, everybody hates us.
My parents send me straight to the Dark Sea Academy, where the building is creepy and the students are worse. The dean pairs me with a student to show me the ropes.
I get stuck with Bash, who’s one wrong move from being expelled, and showing me around is his latest punishment. He’s as gorgeous as he is arrogant. And an incredible guitarist, as it turns out. Not that it matters. We can’t stand each other, and when my orientation is over, we'll go our separate ways. Good riddance.
Whispers and glares greet me at every turn, and the most popular girl has it out for me. My first night, she tries to kill me. Then, bloodied and bruised, I run into Bash. And this time, he actually seems to care...
He keeps looking at me with concern in his eyes while giving me this crooked smirk. Kind of makes me forget how irritating he is. Almost makes me forget all my problems.
But I can’t let myself get side-tracked by him. I won’t.
If I’m to survive the academy, I need to focus on staying alive. Unfortunately, that means relying on Bash—and he’s a distraction that could very well cost me everything.
July Fireworks Sky
by Carol Ann Kauffman
In July Fireworks Sky, the seventh book in the Cat Collier Mystery Short Story series, private investigator Mary Catherine Collier, known as Cat, finds herself in a disturbing, life-altering situation related to her brother’s trial. The outcome will have far reaching effects for not only herself, but Carter, Spencer, and others.
The location for this cozy mystery bounces back and forth from her quiet, sleepy hometown of Heaton Valley, Ohio to New York City, where Cat has another branch of her detective agency and a wonderful, new love.
Will Cat finally find the honesty she’s looking for?
by Cinda A. Christiansen
Perfectionist Skye Ridgemont must fly home to Herriman, Utah, when her family's air courier business is sued by her old beau--Clay Hadley. She didn't expect to find her Aunt Daisy inundated with a house full of cats and dogs and strangers running the business. She can't handle all the disorder! Where is her brother, what happened to Clay's shipments, and why is this St. Bernard following her everywhere?
Creative Clay Hadley has been shipping with Eagle One Air Courier since he started his successful Friesian horse ranch. Now that his valuable shipments have been damaged, his whole business is at risk. On top of that, he must face Skye and her crazy dog in order to resolve the whole mess.
Will their relationship maintain a holding pattern, or will Skye make one final approach to land in Clay's arms?
King of Malorn
by Annie Douglass Lima
Life as the king’s younger sister should be exciting.
Not for Princess Kalendria. She’s sick of the dissent and of constantly having her family undermined by those who think they could rule Malorn better than King Korram.
Hoping to lighten the mood in the palace, Kalendria plans a ball to celebrate her seventeenth birthday. It doesn’t hurt that their handsome Alasian ally King Jaymin has promised to attend, and she’s been waiting for him to notice her for as long as she can remember.
But unfriendly forces have their own party plans. When Kalendria, Korram, and Jaymin barely survive an assassination attempt, their only recourse is to flee into the wilderness. Tracked by unknown assassins, they must figure out whom they can trust and who is behind the plot. Can Kalendria help her brother reclaim his throne – oh, and catch Jaymin’s attention while she’s at it – before they are all killed and war destroys both kingdoms?
The Clown on the High Wire
by Charles Veley and Anna Elliott
Sherlock Holmes is brought in to investigate on a cold London morning, when the body of a clown is discovered within the vast emptiness of the Olympia Amphitheater, hanging from the center of the high wire tightrope, There are no footprints, and no indication as to how the clown met his fate. Lucy James and Dr. Watson hope this baffling mystery will bring Holmes out of his obsession with the killer who eluded capture in their previous case. But the cases are linked, and the danger to the Baker Street team is very real.
The Sherlock and Lucy series has been recommended by the Library of Clean Reads.
Shard & Shield
by Laura VanArendonk Baugh
He can save her life—if he sacrifices himself and those he swore to protect.
King’s bastard Shianan Becknam buries himself in his military career to avoid the family that never wanted him and the dangers of drawing political attention. When the artifact intended to end an interdimensional war is damaged, the mage Ariana is trapped on the other side of the rift with her servant—only the cheery young boy is really one of the monstrous enemy, disguised as a human. Shianan is desperate to rescue Ariana, one of his few friends, but to do so requires committing treason and betraying his duty, leaving his people open to attack.
State mage Ariana struggles to survive as a prisoner of war in a world of deadly magic and unfamiliar customs. Her only ally is her former servant, now a renowned warrior caught up in political machinations. To survive, he’ll have to once again take up the fight against Ariana’s world.
As their people’s wasted armies prepare for fresh battle that will devastate both sides, bastard, mage, and monster must set aside prejudices and rivalries to find an end to centuries of conflict, before they die as traitors.
At First Spark
by Liwen Y. Ho
He’s a tender-hearted firefighter who’s been burned by love. She’s an optimistic bookstore owner determined to heal his heart. Little do they know how much sacrifice it will take for them to be together.
Firefighter Darren Spark doesn’t think twice about risking it all when it comes to his job, but he’s not about to put his heart on the line for love. He's accepted the fact that no woman will want him when he can't promise them a future ...until he meets the one who challenges that belief.
Abandoned as a baby, Danica Reed longs to fill in the missing pieces of her past with a family of her own. She’s more than ready to get married and have kids, but she wonders why the perfect man—who's just as into her and wants the same things—keeps taking one step forward in their relationship, then two steps back.
Darren won’t let himself hope for more; Danica won’t settle for less. But there’s one obstacle they can’t seem to overcome. Will the spark that drew them to each other be enough to keep their love burning or will their short-lived romance go down in flames?
by Cece Louise
A daring escape. An ominous forest. An unexpected alliance.
For nineteen years, Princess Roselynn’s life has been three things: Safe, comfortable, and predictable. But when her father is murdered and she uncovers a plot to end her life, she must leave her home and take her chances in a treacherous forest—all to stay alive and be reunited with the man she loves.
Along the way, she encounters a group of outlaws, each with their own secrets and purpose. But who can she trust? Jay, the enigma whose tough exterior and conflicting actions both deter and intrigue her? Gavin, the former knight, trying to right the wrongs of her own broken kingdom, all while risking his safety? Laurel, the cold young woman with the shadowy past who sees her arrival as a threat?
Roselynn soon finds the lines between ally and enemy blurred, as dangerous incidents and sinister warnings cause her to question what she knows and where her heart lies. Can she find the courage she needs to save her kingdom and herself, or will she lose everything to the dark forest?
Curse and Consequences
by Savannah Jezowski
When Love visits Ravenhead Hall, sparks fly…quite literally.
Miss Rea Abernathy only wants to honor the family who has taken her under their wing, rescuing her from a life of poverty. But thanks to two determined suitors, she finds herself in a state far worse than the one from which her benefactress saved her.
When Mr. Sedgwick Whitby sets his sights on his mother’s sweet-tempered pig keeper, his orderly life is thrown into chaos: Rea’s station is less–than-desirable, and another gentleman may be pursuing her. Hoping to get his annoyingly charming twin brother out of the way, Sedgwick purchases a simple curse from a disreputable faery which consequently plunges them all into a misfortune far more serious than troubles of the heart.
With time running out to break the curse and tempers flying high, can Sedgwick and Rea set things right and find love after all? Regency meets dragons in this frolicking fantasy romance about a comely pig keeper, two wealthy gentlemen, and the curse binding them all together.
The Library War
by Cecily Wolfe
Best friends with SECRET CRUSHES - on each other!
Connor and Maya have volunteered at the neighborhood library together since middle school, but when a grant makes a paid summer position available, their relationship crumbles as they compete to prove which of them is more worthy of the job.
The third YA novel from award-winning, best-selling author Cecily Wolfe looks at friendship under pressure, with humor, drama, and misunderstandings that ultimately don't stand a chance against true love.
Universal Threat by Margaret
Traynor and Killarney Traynor
Three Teens. One Hiking Trip. One Huge Problem.
All high school student Heather Miller wants is a chance to make a big impression on Jeff Levinson, the awkward/genius new kid in school. Taking him hiking in the White Mountains with her cool older brother, part-time park ranger Nick, seems like a great idea... until they discover a strange ship, crash-landed in the middle of nowhere.
Aliens have landed. They are bigger, faster, stronger, and have nothing to lose and no one to fear. Stranded in the mountains, miles from civilization, Heather, Jeff, and Nick are the only ones that can save Earth from invasion - if they can survive long enough to get back home.
'Universal Threat' is a nostalgic sci-fi adventure set in the 1980s, written by and for Twilight Zone fans. Best read outdoors by campfire.
A Call to Charms
by Leanne Leeds
A human conspiracy.
A paranormal secret.
Can the most powerful witch on the planet find her missing friend without exposing her powers to the world?
With Gunther back at the Makepeace Circus and her romantic relationship’s future in question, what Charlotte really needs is some peace, quiet and time to think. A cauldron call from her mother about the mysterious disappearance of Tabitha Stevens in Mickwac, however, brings the Magical Midway back to the human world and face to face with the secrets of her small Texas hometown.
As Charlotte pieces together the confidential conspiracies and concealed ambitions of the Mickwac criminal elite, she comes face to face with hints that her own secrets may be far more known than they should be—and those secrets could be at the center of a conspiracy that threatens the Magical Midway and all those she cares about.
Can Charlotte find Tabitha, protect the circus’s secrets, and stop the conspiracy—before it’s too late?
Sandover Beach Melodies
by Emma St. Clair
She broke her own rules…
...you can’t fall in love when you’re on the run.
After rebuilding her life on Sandover Island, Mercer got comfortable. Too comfortable. She started to believe in fresh starts and second chances. And she made the biggest mistake of all: she fell in love.
Beau wants more. The harder he pushes at Mercer's walls, the stronger they seem to be. She gives him an inch, then steps back a mile. He knows she's worth the fight, if only she will give him her trust.
Mercer knows it's only a matter of time until her past catches her. She isn't safe, not even in Beau’s strong arms. She can’t escape what she left behind and he won't want her if he knows her secret shame.
Can Beau and Mercer build a future or will the past tear it all down?
Beauty and the Beach
by Kayla Tirrell
A tale as old as time...with a twist!
Rose had it all until melanoma left her scarred at the ripe age of eighteen. Now, she’s Sterling's most infamous recluse, and no one knows why except for her family.
Adam spends his summers working at the local tourist trap to help his mom make ends meet. So when his neighbor offers to pay him enough to cover rent for a month if he breaks into Rose Beaumont's house, he jumps at the opportunity.
This chance encounter between two teens from opposite sides of the beach soon transforms into something more. But just when things start heating up, secrets that can destroy everything threaten to surface.
A Bride for Christmas
by Cheryl Wright
Homeless and destitute after the sudden death of her father, and against her better judgement, Melody Harken agrees to become a mail order bride.
Desperately lonely, widower Peter Williams applies for a mail order bride after losing his dear wife two years earlier. Guilt-ridden, he is having second thoughts. Before he can retract his request, his distressed new bride turns up in Dayton Falls without notice.
Can the beautiful stranger change his mind? And will Melody even marry him after his initial rejection?
Murder in the Blue
By B.T. Lord
After attending a law enforcement conference in Alaska, Sheriff Cammie Farnsworth and Dr. Samuel Westerfield decide to spend a few extra days enjoying the beauty of Denali National Park. Their vacation is shattered when a woman is poisoned to death at the lodge where they’re staying. Their situation grows worse when a sudden, unexpected blizzard hits that not only knocks out all communication, but snows them in with a murderer. With escape impossible, Cammie and Doc must do their best to uncover the killer before they strike again.
Meanwhile back in Twin Ponds, Maine, Deputy Sheriff Rick Belleveau and Cammie’s fiancé Jace Northcott are confronted by Cammie’s past when her husband suddenly shows up. Believed to have died in a fiery car crash sixteen years before, Harlan Barrow is very much alive and demanding to once again be part of Cammie’s life. With trouble brewing between Harlan and Jace, Rick and police dispatcher/receptionist Emmy Madachuck must race to discover why Harlan is back, and uncover what exactly happened the night he died.
by Amy Klaus
A princess. An outcast. A fate worse than death.
Will their love triumph, or will they be torn apart before it ever has a chance?
Princess Katherine has never questioned her duty as the heir to the throne of Maledonia. Never, that is, until she meets a hunter named Naithan and her entire life is thrown into disarray - blissful, dangerous disarray. But in spite of her attraction to the young hunter and his simple lifestyle, as the Crown Princess, betrothed since childhood, bound by her duty, she will never be free to love.
Duty takes on an entirely new meaning for Katherine and Naithan when a fledgling slave trade threatens to divide and destroy Maledonia … and their families. Will they have the courage to risk everything they love to save innocent lives from a fate worse than death? Or will they become the slavers’ next targets?
Call You Home
by Jan Thompson
She speaks fluent sign language…
But she can’t interpret his mixed signals…
To save a landmark restaurant in Savannah, two chefs must put aside their twenty-year-old feud and cook together. But is he one chef too many in her hot kitchen?
From USA Today bestselling author Jan Thompson comes the last book in her Savannah Sweethearts series of sweet, clean, wholesome, and inspirational contemporary Christian romances celebrating faith, hope, and love in Jesus Christ. This series is set in the historic southern city of Savannah, Georgia, and on the beaches of small town Tybee Island by the Atlantic Ocean, two of the most romantic places in the world.
In Call You Home, chef-owner Piper Peyton can handle one disaster at a time in her restaurant, but not two unexpected catastrophes on the same day that threaten to shut down Piper’s Place for good, and possibly end her career as a restaurateur.
For cruise ship chef de cuisine Isaac Untermeyer, he can hold a grudge for twenty years and then some. However, when he sees his high school nemesis in trouble, he still wants to help her. He doesn’t know why. Or how.
by Michelle Keener
A Hollywood bad boy. A pastor’s daughter.
What could possibly go wrong?
Movie star Ben Prescott arrives back in Hollywood after causing a scandal with his ex-girlfriend in Rome.
Chased through the airport by paparazzi, he jumps into a limo hoping for a quick getaway. Instead he finds Lily Shaw, a pastor’s daughter and preschool teacher. When the paparazzi capture a photo of the two of them together, Ben’s agent demands that he do whatever it takes to keep the story from hitting the gossip pages . . . even volunteer to work at Lily’s church.
Sparks fly as the movie star and the pastor’s daughter work side by side. When Lily accompanies Ben to the premiere of his latest movie, Hollywood takes notice. Under intense media scrutiny and pressure from the movie industry, Ben must risk his career to follow his heart, but Lily wants the one thing he doesn’t have, faith.
by Rose Fresquez
Jake Larson is good at everything…except relationships. When his marriage ends, it leaves the firefighter with doubts he’s never experienced before. Now he’s determined to protect his crushed heart the only way he knows how: avoid falling in love at all costs. And thanks to his friend Ezra, Jake is more than content to fill the hole in his life with a newfound faith in Christ and the hope for a brighter—if single—future.
Renee Buchanan is one of the best interior designers Colorado has to offer, and she knows it. She’s young, skilled, and confident…except when she’s around Jake Larson. Every time Jake steps into a room, her carefully crafted professionalism crumbles, and she finds herself lost.
And that’s a problem when Jake hires Renee to decorate his fixer-upper of a home. Not only is Jake her brother’s best friend, he’s also the gentleman of her dreams. And no matter how determined she is to make this the well-designed house of her career, and how thick the walls around Jake’s heart are, something new sizzles up between them, something they can’t help but be drawn toward.
As they work together to chip away at the walls of both Jake’s house and his heart, Jake is faced with a life-changing decision: let himself fall for his best friend’s beautiful sister, or stay single but keep his friendship intact. Either way, Jake knows he must let go of his past before he can grab hold of the future…or else risk losing the second chance he desperately needs.
Something Right is a sweet interracial romance between a damaged firefighter and the interior designer determined to make him whole again.
A New Leash on Love
by Eliza Boyd
He doesn’t want to lose his business.
She doesn’t want to lose her sense of home.
Can they keep those things if they fall in love?
Hannah Lockhart is only in True Love to help her cousin out at her new animal sanctuary. It's thousands of miles from home, and she's ready to get back to her job. Then she and the owner of the juice bar start off on the wrong foot, which reinforces her desire to leave. Except a wrong number text turns into fun banter and shines a better light on this new town her cousin now calls home.
Luke Steiner is so worried about his dog’s health that he’s short-tempered with a customer. When he apologizes in person, she fires back and he ends up agreeing to spending more time with her to get her back home as soon as possible. But then a number he doesn’t recognize texts him for help around town and he replies, hoping it’ll brighten his awful day.
Luckily for him, it does.
Unluckily for him, he has no idea it’s Hannah on the other end.
And she doesn’t know it’s Luke.
As their anonymous text messages become more frequent, their in-person relationship begins to soften. But Hannah’s still determined to get back home, and Luke’s track record with women tells him he needs to back off before he loses his business—again.
When the truth comes out, will Hannah and Luke go their separate ways? Or will the pair have a new “leash” on love?
by Melanie D. Snitker
He's afraid to trust. She has a secret that could change everything between them. Will they let go of their fear, or allow it to rob them of their chance at happiness?
For most of his life, Nathan Kirkpatrick was lied to by everyone he cared about. Now, he's determined to leave the past behind him, and focus on a new future with his only real family--his young daughter, Mia, and his long-lost brother, Chess. When he finds himself attracted to Mia's pretty and kind caretaker, Lynn, he must do some heavy-duty soul searching. Can he trust her? Or will falling for her put his family at risk?
Lynn Crosby's passion cost her everything. Her parents all but disowned her for pursuing her dream of a music career, and then the music industry she loved wanted her to compromise her values. All she wants is to hold on to her quiet life, with a new name, and an ordinary job as a day care worker. But the more time she spends with Nathan, the more she wants to share her true self with him. Can she trust him to understand and love both sides of her? Or will he walk away like everyone else?
An inspirational Christian novel about learning to trust, finding acceptance, and the healing power of truth spoken in love.
by Angelique Conger
A wicked and forbidden city…
When a giant kidnaps Rilda from her poor home in a small village, she is carried into a dangerous war. Taking a risky gamble, she escapes and flees into Nod, the city that forbids any mention of her God, Jehovah.
But she is alone…
In the middle of a battle…
In the safety of a walled home, she meets Emer, a severely injured and angry guardsman. Drawn to him by his need, Rilda prays to the forbidden god to heal him. But he hears her prayers.
Can she trust him with her secrets?
by J.S. Ririe
A Christian-based Mystery Novel
“An extraordinary adventure unlike any other told that makes you wonder what choices you would make.” -Elizabeth B.
“I, Reagan Sinclair, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely; without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”
One moment is all it takes to get caught in a web of conspiracy and betrayal.
A mesmerizing story about divided loyalties, harsh reality, unlikely friendship, fierce competition and deadly alliances that will keep you guessing and wanting more.
Sunlight and Shadows
by Jessica Marie Holt
Set in 1870s rural North Carolina, this heartrending and heartwarming sequel to Just Before Dawn tells the story of Betty Everleigh, a young woman who is coming of age just as her world is falling apart.
Betty is a simple girl, and, at seventeen, the only thing she really wants for her future is what she's always had--a cozy home, a loving family, and a quiet life just outside of town. But just when her dream is in reach, a sudden tragic event shatters her simple existence. As she picks up the pieces, she learns that her idyllic life was just a façade, and the truth beyond it is more complex, heartbreaking, and challenging than she ever imagined. To pull herself and her family together, she must dig deep to find grace enough to forgive, faith enough to let go, and courage enough to move forward.
A Rival's Proposal
by Lia London
Love shouldn't be a competition...
Viktor Giles drives a Tesla, works 60 hours a week on the way to executive status, and shoots well under par on the golf course. With good looks on top of that, he is the most eligible bachelor in town. So why is he afraid to bump into his old arch-rival, Angelika?
Angelika Aldrich is accomplished, kind, and the truest kind of friend... so why is she always overshadowed by her siblings and overlooked by men? Maybe she'd be better off focusing on humanitarian work and her three-legged cat.
When old friends goad Viktor and Angelika into a race to romance, neither one dares admit the truth. Despite their many achievements, they're losers in love. But as the competition ramps up, Viktor and Angelika discover their rivalry has developed a new kind of chemistry.
The Cobra in the Monkey Cage
by Anna Elliott and Charles Veley
#2 in the new series of Sherlock and Lucy short stories!
"A new way to enjoy Sherlockian mysteries." -- The Santa Barbara Independent
A desperate appeal from Dr. Watson's medical school classmate leads to a night of perilous adventure for Sherlock Holmes and Lucy James at the London Zoo.
The Baker Street team must defeat a remarkably clever murderer in this fast-paced narrative, told in turns by Lucy and Dr. Watson.
The Sherlock and Lucy stories combine gripping intrigue with clean family values, and have been recommended by the Library of Clean Reads.
A Family for Christmas
by Cheryl Wright
Twenty-eight year old Magdalena Roth had already agreed to become a mail order bride before tragedy struck and she found herself the mother of a small baby.
Jacob Carruthers had arranged for a mail order bride, and Miss Roth sounded perfect. Never in his wildest dreams did he believe he would have not only a wife, but a family for Christmas.
Can these two strangers make their marriage work, especially with an unexpected baby?
Summer Snoops Unleashed
by Various Authors
Summertime Murders are RUFF
ALL BRAND NEW STORIES!
Looking for cool cozies for hot summer days? Then you'll love this purr-fectly paw-some cozy mystery boxed set from fourteen USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Amazon best-selling authors.
We've pulled out all the stops with Summer Snoops Unleashed! Enjoy hours of fun sniffing out clues on sandy beaches, shimmering waterways, and at small-town celebrations in these brand-new stories full of wily sleuths, cagey plots, and un-fur-gettable tails!
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The Viscount Deception
by Wendy May Andrews
Sparks fly. Will they burn bridges or warm hearts?
After almost becoming a pawn in a villain's schemes, Lady Anne is firming her backbone and grasping independence. But that doesn't change the fact that she needs to make an advantageous marriage to pull her family out of destitution.
Confirmed bachelor, Wesley Dunbar, Viscount of Bracondale, is furious when he learns of her involvement in the plot against his best friend. But he's also mesmerized by Anne's transformation from a country duckling to a fierce and beautiful swan.
Wesley and Anne's ambitions couldn't be more different, so why can't they stay away from each other? Will they both be able to find what they seek by mending their differences and standing side-by-side?
by Margaret Skea
‘We are none of us perfect, and a streak of stubbornness is what is needed in dealing with a household such as yours, Kat… and with Martin.’
Wittenberg 1525. The unexpected marriage of Martin Luther to Katharina von Bora has no fairytale ending.
A sign of apostasy to their enemies, and a source of consternation to their friends, it sends shock waves throughout Europe.
Yet, as they face persecution, poverty, war, plague and family tragedy, Katharina’s resilience and strength of character shines through.
A 5K and a Kiss
by Maddie Evans
Welcome to Brighthead, Maine, a coastal town where the winters are cold and the hearts are warm.
Only a month after the death of her sister, Aileen gets an offer from her sister’s running club. They’re holding a 5K race in Kelty’s honor, and they’d like Aileen to be a part of it.
She’s a librarian who never wanted to run a race, at least not until they offer to train her. And by “they,” we mean Trey, a cute guy who’s a lot of fun and is always up for an adventure. He’s her opposite in so many ways, but maybe that’s just what she needs.
Trey has never held much to schedules. Life’s too short not to have fun with it. He’d love to take away Aileen’s pain, and running together is the best way he knows. She has fun when she’s with him. If it leads to more, he’s all-in.
The more miles they do together, the more they can’t deny the attraction. With her life upended, though, all Aileen wants is security. Whereas with Trey, there’s always something unexpected.
A 5K and a Kiss brings together an unlikely pair racing to find love somewhere between the start and the finish line.
Love isn’t a sprint—it’s a long run.
by Juli Caldwell
Mandy believes in love at first sight but guards her heart hard after being burned in the past. She's so busy running a successful candy shop and an online chocolate empire that her lack of a love life doesn't bother her much. But when a handsome stranger finds her runaway cat, she finds her broken heart beating for someone new.
Dane Giamattei has everything to prove and everything to lose when he comes to Fairport Village. The moment he meets Mandy, he knows the simple deal he came to close isn't quite as simple as his boss told him. And he knows his heart is in trouble. Mandy is the one person in the way of Dane making the deal of a lifetime, and the one person worth giving it all up for. The more he learns about Mandy, the deal and his boss, the more confused he gets. When his career and his growing interest in Mandy collide, he has to make the hardest choice of his life.
Will circumstances keep them apart? Or will Mandy and Dane close the deal of a lifetime?
The Changeling's Clan
by T Bear Pelton
Lucan has discovered he is not a purebred laird; his mother was a changeling, a substitute for a baby lost to illness, adopted in by her clan and married to his father years ago to solidify a peace treaty. Lucan discovers he and his siblings carry the gene for magik, and that his animal speech is only one of his gifts. While making ice cubes may seem like an odd way to fight a war against an encroaching enemy, and certainly no way to destroy radioactive rocks, it has its place in the total schema of protecting his clan land and his people. In the meantime, Lucan's family have gone a little out of specs for the normal clan family. Brother Francis falls in love with a tech savvy lady and so do his warrior bots. Brother Michael is smitten with a stranger from a country where there is no magik, who comes riding into clan lands on a white warhorse, accompanied by a princeling and a pack full of detonators. Lucan's sister Morgana wants to marry a weapons master with a good heart but a checkered past. David's child Ian Alistair talks dragons out of the sky to play with him; the family meets their grandmother, a dragon master who appears to be over three hundred years old; the constant whirl of events in Clan Falconer would collapse a lesser laird. Lucan and Amanda manage it all in stride. Yet when the King calls for help for all five Kingdoms, personal loves and weddings are laid aside as the family rallies to destroy those who would destroy the land. With constant action, budding love, ancient wisdom and a lot of luck from a little dragon called Melchior, will Clan Falconer make its way safely through another year?
by Nix Whittaker
Model humans are divided. Some are wary of the possibility of humans from earth arriving while others are on a war footing. When a scout from earth arrives Crescent is forced to choose a side. Putting her family at risk and everything she has ever cared for.
Levi had been told the new planet he was scouting was empty of human life. Thrown into the middle of a political war he has to rely on a stranger.
The Privateer of San Madrid
by Danielle Thorne
There's a bounty on his head...
Captain Julius Bertrand isn't a pirate anymore, but someone wants him out of the way. Distracted by an avaricious girl he could never love and the beautiful Kate O'Connell who doesn't need him, Bertrand tries to untangle the web of mysterious cargo someone in the New World wants to keep a secret.
Kate O'Connell arrives in San Madrid determined to put her past behind her. Assisting her physician father shouldn't be too scandalous if she can mind her tongue and temper, but it seems all of the women on the island see her as less than suitable for their company. When tragedy strikes, she must forgive them all and put her best foot forward, even if that means rubbing shoulders with the one man who captivates her heart and imagination.
Bertrand's pirating past returns with the explosive force of a sweeping broadside, and he finds he must sacrifice everything his respectable life has brought him in order to save what matters most.
Check out these new releases from authors involved with American Christian Fiction Writers. You're sure to find a new favorite!
Hometown Hope by Laurel Blount — In the three years since her mother’s death, widower Hoyt Bradley’s daughter, Jess, hasn’t spoken—until she suddenly begs him to save her favorite bookstore from closing. Hoyt is desperate to hear his daughter’s voice again, but he and the bookstore’s pretty owner, Anna Delaney, share a less-than-friendly past. Working together is complicated enough…but can they avoid falling in love? (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])
A Heart Surrendered by Joy K. Massenburge — Since her teens, pastor’s daughter Sharonda Peterson devoted her life to church service and solitude after the one night she gave Carl Ray Everhart everything. Sobered by a near-death experience, prodigal Carl returns home from an acting and singing career to serve as the worship leader at Sheronda’s church, and she finds that it takes every ounce of her resolve to resist his pursuits … not to mention memories that threaten to overturn the delicate balance she’s created. Can she finally surrender the one thing she’s tried all these years to protect: her heart? (Contemporary Romance from Harambee Press [Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas])
Starting Anew by Melanie D. Snitker — He’s afraid to trust. She has a secret that could change everything between them. Will they let go of their fear, or allow it to rob them of their chance at happiness? (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)
Underestimating Miss Cecilia by Carolyn Miller — Can shy, sweet Cecilia overcome her family’s prejudice to see a future with the recently returned prodigal son from next door? (Historical from Kregel Publications)
Benaiah: Might Man of God by PH Thompson — A novel of Biblical, historical fiction about Benaiah, one of King David’s mighty men, examining the premise: What happens when the king’s most obedient soldier is issued a wicked command? (Historical/Biblical from Word Alive Press)
Waltz with Destiny by Catherine Ulrich Brakefield — When the men and women of World War II marched off to war, they didn’t know what lay ahead. All they knew was that upon their young and inexperienced shoulders rested the plight of the free world. (Historical Romance from CrossRiver Media Group)
Thimbles and Threads by Mary Davis, Grace Hitchcock, Suzanne Norquist, and Liz Tolsma — Enjoy four historical romances that celebrate the arts of sewing and quilting. When Tilly, a schoolteacher; Alice, a bridal shop owner; Sarah, a seamstress; and Melissa, a rag doll designer, put needle and thread to fabric, will their talents lead to the surprising gift of love? (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)
Refiner’s Fire by J.M. Hochstetler --
Will the promise their hearts cling to finally find joyful fulfillment, or will war’s refining fire separate them forever? (Historical Romance from Sheaf House Publishers)
Where Dandelions Bloom by Tara Johnson — To escape an arranged marriage, Cassie Kendrick enlists in the Union army as a man, taking the name Thomas Turner. On the battlefields of the Civil War, keeping her identity a secret is only the beginning of her problems, especially after she meets Gabriel Avery, a handsome young photographer. Anxious to make his mark on the world and to erase past guilt, Gabriel works with renowned photographer Matthew Brady to capture images from the front lines of the war. As Gabriel forges friendships along the way, he wonders what the courageous, unpredictable Thomas Turner is hiding. Battling betrayal, their own personal demons, and a country torn apart by war, can Cassie and Gabriel forgive themselves and trust their futures to the God who births hope and healing in the darkest places? (Historical Romance from Bethany House [Baker])
The Express Bride by Kimberly Woodhouse — Jacqueline Rivers manages a Pony Express station in 1860 Utah territory after her father’s death. There are daily stresses placed on her in this unconventional role—and now a government official is asking her to sniff out counterfeiters. When Elijah Johnson passes through on the stage while on an exhausting quest to find his boss’s heir, he doesn’t want to leave the beguiling station manager. In fact, he may never leave when caught in the crossfire of the territory’s criminal activities. Can she remain strong when secrets of the past and present are finally unearthed? (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)
Legacy Rejected by Robin Patchen — She’s not giving up her home, no matter what threats come against her. Realtor Ginny Lamont’s family has abandoned her, leaving her with nothing but a warning that she’s in danger. But Ginny’s built a home in New Hampshire. After a childhood of nomadic living, she’s not running again, certainly not because of some nameless, baseless threat. Real estate developer Kade Powers is thrilled to go out with Nutfield’s beautiful new real estate agent. But the prowler they surprise after their first date offers a glimpse into Ginny’s past and the legacy of lies her parents left her with. She brings a mystery, one he’s determined to help her solve. With Kade’s help, Ginny searches for the truth of her parents’ criminal activity while her enemies close in. When mobsters show up in her quaint New England town, will she find a way to bring them down, or will she lose the home—and the man—she’s come to love? (Romantic Suspense, Independently Published)
Storm Rising by Ronie Kendig — Mentioned in the pages of the Old Testament but lost to history, the Book of the Wars has resurfaced, and its pages hold secrets–and dangers–never before seen on earth. Tasked with capturing the ancient text, former Navy SEAL Leif Metcalfe is once more given command of his own team. But their best efforts are ruined when a notorious Bulgarian operative known as Viorica snatches the volume right out from under them. Iskra “Viorica” Todorova is determined to use the book to secure the thing that matters most–freedom. But a series of strange storms erupts around the globe, and the coming dangers foretold in the text threaten crops, lives, and entire nations. Though both are haunted by secrets of their past and neither trusts the other, Leif and Iskra must form an uneasy alliance to thwart impending disaster. However, the truth hidden in centuries-old words could unleash a storm of their own destruction. (Suspense from Bethany House [Baker])
The Story Raider by Lindsay A. Franklin — Deceiving an empire is a treacherous game. Tanwen and the Corsyth weavers race to collect the strands of an ancient cure that might save Gryfelle. But Tanwen has a secret–Gryfelle isn’t the only one afflicted by the weaver’s curse. As Queen Braith struggles to assert her rule, a new arrival throws her tenuous claim to the Tirian throne into question. Braith’s heart is turned upside down, and she’s not sure she can trust anyone–least of all herself. The puppet master behind Gareth’s rise to power has designs on Tanwen and the story weavers, and will stop at nothing to reclaim the throne. A plot to incite the angry peasants of Tir takes shape, and those dearest to Tanwen will be caught in the crossfire. As the fight for Tir consumes the realm, no one can remain innocent. (Speculative from Enclave Publishing)
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