Happy New Year! Whether you make new year resolutions or not, I hope reading more books is one of your goals. You can start now by checking out these great new releases! All should be Christian and/or clean, but please make sure you verify them! Meanwhile, I hope this is a great start to a new year.
The Ranger's Destiny
by Bree Livingston
A dog rescuer, the man assigned to protect her, and the ominous threats that force them together.
When veterinarian and dog lover, Holly Blake, realizes a dogfighting ring is stealing dogs in her town, there’s no way she’s sitting idly by. Once she starts asking questions, she finds herself—and her little boy—in danger from the ruthless thugs that run it.
Ex-Army Ranger, Mason Andrews’s new assignment has him undercover as a small-town physician on the hunt for a dogfighting ring and protecting the local vet, Holly Blake. She’s beautiful, kind and a mom. Just the type of woman he shouldn’t be interested in. Not with his past.
Holly thinks her life is too complicated for love, and Mason believes he’ll never be good enough to fill the role of husband or father. Will their past keep them from moving forward or will love find a way to soothe their aches and bring them together?
Strike Three, You're Mine
by Julie L. Spencer
Amberlyn didn’t realize her boyfriend was spending more time with her best friend than with her. Betrayed and publicly humiliated, she needed a box of tissues and a shoulder to cry on.
Aiden was happy to supply them. Having a crush on Amberlyn for years, he was secretly glad her boyfriend had dumped her. He may even have participated in the events that caused the breakup.
But he couldn’t focus on that when he needed to train for the upcoming baseball season.
With Amberlyn still crying over her ex-boyfriend, scouts vying for Aiden’s attention, and betrayals coming out of left field, they have so many strikes against them, they may never hit a home run.
by Dola Basu Singh
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The Spirit Witch
by L.E. Gordon
“Well, dear, you are an unusual one. So unusual we have only come across one other witch like you before. We believe you’re a Spirit Witch, watching over the fifth element of Aether. Aether is the spiritual element and has no form, but you hold all the other elements together, which is why you can channel power. You’re blessed indeed Kira, the Goddess has chosen you to work with the divine.”
After years of being a solo witch, Kira has faced her past and become part of the coven she turned her back on so long ago. Her joy at finding her place in the magical world is shattered by a vision of ghosts taking over her town at their annual Halloween celebration.
Instead of relaxing into her new position as the coven's Spirit Witch, Kira and the other Keepers of Kilbrae must find out the source of the ghosts and stop them before the Halloween party turns Kilbrae into a real-life ghost town.
The Christmas Ring
by Shanna Hatfield
She’s desperate to forget her past
He’s determined to give her a future
Victoria Carter flees from the gossip that dogs her every step. She hopes to embark on a new chapter of her life at her brother’s home in eastern Oregon. What she didn’t plan on was the stagecoach being robbed on the way there, or the immediate attraction she feels to one of the outlaws. Then she meets a telephone lineman she finds charming, witty, and kind. Despite her intentions to avoid all members of the male species, her affections are torn between the two men.
A man of many secrets and talents, Trace Travers knows he has to stay focused on his work. Yet, the lovely sister of one of his friends threatens to capture not just his attention but also his heart. Resolved to ignoring Victoria and the emotions she stirs in him, he discovers she is a difficult woman to overlook, especially when she keeps popping up in the most unexpected places.
Trace and Victoria are swept into the town’s festivities as they ring in the holiday season. But will Christmas bring the forgiveness they both need if they hope to have a future together? Enjoy this sweet holiday romance, rich with history, laughter, and heartwarming Christmas cheer.
by Janet W. Ferguson
Star Youngblood has always been a fighter–a necessity after her mother married a monster of a man. Now, she’s finally on the path to the stable life she’s always wanted. Her employer, Priscilla Kelly, is a sweet woman ravaged by rheumatoid arthritis, and Star will do anything to help her. Even if that means going toe to toe with Mrs. Kelly’s neglectful son.
After being betrayed on the mission field and devastated by the tragic death of his father, Paul Kelly gave up on God. He lives life on his own terms, biding his time as a corporate pilot until he can save enough money to begin his own flight school closer to home. His mother is all he has left, and he wants to be near her. He just didn’t expect her health to decline so quickly. When he discovers his mother has taken in a stray—a woman he’s not at all sure can be trusted—his protective instincts kick into high gear. Paul’s handled a lot of turbulence, but he’s never gone up against a force like Star.
As Paul and Star strive to protect his mother in their own ways, they soon find their own hearts are at the greatest risk.
Cinders & Blades
by Amanda Kaye
A great betrayal requires a great revenge.
Sasha’s childhood was shattered when the Tsar murdered her father. She’s spent her life searching from the shadows for a way to make the Tsar pay for his crimes. But people who question the Tsar have a habit of disappearing, and Sasha can’t trust anyone.
When the Tsar announces an extravagant ball for the prince, Sasha sees the perfect opportunity for revenge. But the interference of a mysterious stranger could be her undoing—or her salvation. Forced to keep this unlikely dance partner close while guarding against his betrayal, Sasha uncovers new revelations around every turn. As the chance to strike draws near Sasha must question everything she thought she knew.
What price is she willing to pay to avenge her family?
The Ties That Bind
By Amelia C. Adams
Peter Thomas has never had much luck with romance. For as many times as he's put his heart on the line, he's been rejected, and he can't help but wonder if perhaps being a family man isn't in the stars for him. He tries to focus on building his career instead, but he knows he'll never be truly happy until he has someone to share his life with.
Scarlett Carlson isn't interested in romance at all. She's a young widow with two small children, and every moment is spent taking care of them. When she isn't worrying about their needs, she's still grieving the loss of her husband, and she doesn't even want to think about welcoming someone new into her life. For some reason, though, Peter Thomas has decided she's the one.
Sometimes things are meant to be, and sometimes they're not. But fate never stopped the seven meddling grandmas of the sewing circle from putting their two cents' worth into the pot ...
Paris with You
By Ellen Joy
She wants to go back and bake in Paris.
He wants her out of his kitchen.
But is she the missing ingredient from his life?
Ally Williams flies back to Camden Cove from Paris as soon as she hears about her father's heart attack. But when she runs into Michael Mailloux and finds out he’s the replacement at her family’s bakery, she feels completely left out. How could her dad hire the high school bad boy instead of asking for her help? Paris feels very far away and she can’t wait to get back to her life she left behind.
Michael can't wait for the homecoming queen to go back to Paris and leave him alone. Only, he needs her help, whether he wants to admit it or not. Sure, he had baked in the Marines, but tourist season in Camden Cove was worse than a battlefield. The tourists loved her family’s pastries, and his didn’t measure up.
When Michael finally breaks down and asks Ally for her help, he soon realizes he's falling for her. But how can he ask her to stay if her life is in Paris?
Friends Like These
by Carina Taylor
Inheriting a debt-ridden golf course was not the opportunity I was looking for. While I desperately try to salvage the business, she bulldozed into my life–intent on fixing everything for me. I’ve never been rescued before—definitely not by such unconventional methods.
But what will happen when there’s nothing left for her to fix? I want her to stay. Now I just have to convince her.
Spending the day golfing was not my idea of fun. Ruining the golf course’s main attraction? Definitely not what I had in mind. When I meet the attractive golf course owner, I want to make everything better for him. He needs help with the golf course and—though he won’t admit it—he needs an adventure.
He’s organized and a rule follower. I’m a free spirit.
Even worse, he likes tea…
I’ve got my work cut out for me.
Upon an April Night
by Krista Noorman
Love isn’t always picture perfect.
Jamie Linde is on the verge of great things. Her photography business is booming, and everything’s going according to plan, until two little lines on a pregnancy test turn everything upside down. For years, she’s loved her best friend’s brother from afar, but after their one and only night together, he left town on a business trip and hasn’t spoken to her since.
Duncan McGregor thought he had set his old ways aside. He’s been living a good Christian life, waiting on God to bring the right girl for him—except for one night of weakness with his sister’s best friend. His work in Denver couldn’t have come at a more perfect time to distance himself from temptation and get right with God.
When Duncan returns from Denver with a girl on his arm, Jamie is devastated and confused. What she wants more than anything is to be a family, but it seems that dream isn’t going to come true. If she tells him about the baby, she’ll ruin his newfound happiness. If she decides not to keep it, she’ll let everyone down, including her best friend.
Will she make the choice on her own or discover that God’s got a better plan?
by Ruth O'Neil
These are not your typical lunch ladies. Seven women. Each dealing with her own personal struggle. Satan attacks where they are vulnerable, yet through the power of prayer and the strength that can only come from the band of friendship, they will overcome, even if the endings aren't all fairy tales.
How to Kiss a Guy in Ten Days
By Liwen Y. Ho
Spoiler alert: It was supposed to be a pretend relationship, so why are they getting all the feels?
When my dad went to jail, my world flipped upside down. Even my boyfriend wanted to take a break. But I've got a brilliant plan to show him what he’s been missing since he broke my heart.
Enter the cute new guy—Seth Spark.
When Hannah Mitchell, a girl completely out of my league, asks me to be her fake boyfriend on my first day at Edenvale, I almost lose it. A shy and awkward guy like me would never get any girl’s attention— especially a pretty one.
Never say never.
Now, I only have ten days to convince her to forget about her ex… and to give us a real chance.
The Edenvale Arts High School series brings you the sweetness and innocence of young love amidst a backdrop of the performing arts. Combining creativity and romance, this clean and wholesome YA series is perfect for fans of High School Musical and Zombies.
The Cost of Humanity
by Erin Winters
Enouim struggles to live a carefully controlled, safe life, but one blunder leads to another and soon she is caught up in a quest for something that may not even exist.
Tribesmen from the surrounding areas are uniting under one man and have begun cutting off trade routes. As a last resort, Gorgenbrild sends an elite body of warriors after a legendary weapon that could turn the tide, and the leader is less than enthused to have an unqualified addition to the team.
As Enouim faces down dangers she never imagined, her life tailspins out of control and she’s forced to consider that everything she was ever taught about life and honor may be wrong.
by Nerys Leigh
How can the right man be so infuriatingly wrong?
Daisy and Will have been not courting for a year.
At first, that was a good thing. When Will began spending time with her and her young son, only four months had passed since the death of Daisy’s husband, and having her childhood friend around eased her loneliness and pain.
But now, a year later, Will is still spending time with her, and they’re still not courting, and it’s beginning to feel like not such a good thing.
But with his wild past, Will is convinced he shouldn’t be a husband or father, so Daisy decides to take matters into her own hands. If he won’t court her, she’ll court him.
Until Will’s past catches up with him, and threatens to tear them apart forever.
A Match to Call Ours
by Merrillee Whren
Brittany Gorman needs a job, but nanny to six-year-old twin girls isn’t exactly what she’s looking for. Their single father, Parker Watson, isn’t sure hiring Brittany is the right move, but he’s desperate for help.
Soon Brittany is charming the twins and their father as well. But Parker still clings to the bitterness of his past, a past that has made him a recluse on his isolated Montana ranch, distanced him from God, and kept him from finding love.
Can Brittany’s prayers and two little matchmakers soften Parker’s heart and help him find love with his perfect Montana match?
Dumplings and Dynamite
by Shanna Hatfield
That infuriating woman is about to blow his cover!
Or does the danger rest in the fact she’s stolen his heart?
Widow Hollin Hughes doesn’t care how long it takes or the depths of deception required to discover how her husband really died. She’s determined to unearth the truth and unravel the mystery surrounding his death. Then a new dynamite man arrives at the mine and throws all her plans off kilter.
With a smile that makes females of any age swoon, Deputy Seth Harter can charm his way into or out of almost anything. When he’s sent undercover to Crescent Creek Mine, even the cranky cook seems entirely immune to his rugged appeal, making him wonder if he’s losing his touch. Eager to get to the bottom of a series of unexplained deaths, Seth counts on catching the criminals. He just didn’t anticipate a tempestuous woman claiming his heart in the process.
Brimming with humor, tidbits from history, and a sweet, unexpected love, don’t miss out on a heartwarming romance packed with adventure.
The Cake List
by Dianne J. Wilson
Do Something Brave.
Do Something Selfless.
Do Something Kind.
Break a Never.
Stop an Always.
Figure out God.
“Some people write a bucket list, you know… things they want to do and tick off before they die. Honestly? Dying doesn’t seem half as scary as the big-O birthday that’s hunting me down. So I’ve made my own list. Things I want to do and tick off before I eat that birthday cake. So far, it’s not going too well.”
Fresh from a spectacular break-up and faced with a looming big-O birthday, Meg throws her cautious nature aside and signs up for dance classes. Little does she know that Ballroom will stretch more than just her muscles.
Between the charming dance instructor and his secrets, her grumpy neighbour and a fish that can’t swim straight, Meg’s list seems doomed from the start.
Heart-felt and funny, Meg’s list-crossing quest takes her so far out of her comfort zone, she may never find her way back.
Check out these new releases from authors involved with American Christian Fiction Writers. You're sure to find a new favorite!
A Rancher to Trust by Laurel Blount — After learning his ex-wife isn’t so ex after all, rebel turned rancher Dan Whitlock is determined to prove he’s a changed man…but Bailey Quinn is just as set on finally ending their marriage. When tragedy makes Dan the guardian of little orphaned twins, he and Bailey are drawn back together. But can she forgive the past and open her heart to the family she’s always wanted? (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired (Harlequin))
Star Rising by Janet W. Ferguson — Star Youngblood tries to protect her employer, Mrs. Priscilla Kelly, from the woman’s neglectful son, an aspiring flight instructor who has issues with religion, but finds her own heart is at the greatest risk. (Contemporary Romanc, Independently Published)
A Promise to Keep by Melony Teague — Savannah, a widowed research librarian, goes to her twenty year class reunion and gets reacquainted with Michael, a former troublemaker who is now a professional technical rescuer. Before the night is over, a pact between these two old friends will lead them on an adventure into uncharted emotional territory where Michael must confront his past regrets and find the courage to reveal the truth. But can Savannah fly from her sheltered nest and risk her heart on a real-life hero? (Contemporary Romance from Anaiah Press)
A Long Time Comin by Robin W. Pearson — To hear Beatrice Agnew tell it, she entered the world with her mouth tightly shut. Just because she finds out she’s dying doesn’t mean she can’t keep it that way. If any of her children have questions about their daddy and the choices she made after he abandoned them, they’d best take it up with Jesus. There’s no room in Granny B’s house for regrets or hand-holding. Or so she thinks. Her granddaughter, Evelyn Lester, shows up on Beatrice’s doorstep anyway, burdened with her own secret baggage. Determined to help her Granny B mend fences with her far-flung brood, Evelyn turns her grandmother’s heart and home inside out. Evelyn’s meddling uncovers a tucked-away box of old letters, forcing the two women to wrestle with their past and present pain as they confront the truth Beatrice has worked a lifetime to hide. (General Contemporary from Tyndale House)
Freedom in the Mountain Wind by Misty M. Beller — A young woman faces overwhelming odds to make her father’s dream come true before he dies of lung cancer, but paddling upriver through fierce rapids and fighting hungry grizzlies to follow the Lewis and Clark trail isn’t what terrifies her the most. Beaver Tail endured more than he can stand from the women in his Blackfoot camp, but the last disaster gave him the final shove he needed to join this band of brothers searching for one of their group who’s gone missing. The last thing he expected was to find a white woman and her sick father stranded at the base of a massive waterfall. His plan is to help them carry their oversize canoe and supplies, then leave them to their strange mission. Yet, the more he learns about the pair, the more he realizes his life is about to be derailed—again. (Historical Romance, Independently Published)
Uncharted Promises by Keely Brooke Keith — Sybil Roberts uses the warmth of delicious meals to lift the spirits of road-weary travelers at The Inn at Falls Creek. Her life at the inn would be perfect if she could just get her brothers and mother to move back home. And if she could see Isaac Owens again. He visited the inn once when he interviewed for the farm manager job, and she’s dreamed of his return to Falls Creek ever since. Isaac Owens knows how to run a farm. His family might not have faith in him, but if he succeeds at Falls Creek, he’ll prove them wrong. He arrives at the inn thinking the job is his, but the inn’s senile owner offered the position to another man too. Isaac must spend the winter competing if he wants to win the job… and Sybil’s heart. It will take more than warm meals on cold nights for Sybil and Isaac to find love while working at the isolated inn. (Historical Romance from Edenbrooke Press)
Forever Hidden by Kimberley Woodhouse, Tracie Peterson — Sybil Roberts uses the warmth of delicious meals to lift the spirits of road-weary travelers at The Inn at Falls Creek. Her life at the inn would be perfect if she could just get her brothers and mother to move back home. And if she could see Isaac Owens again. He visited the inn once when he interviewed for the farm manager job, and she’s dreamed of his return to Falls Creek ever since. Isaac Owens knows how to run a farm. His family might not have faith in him, but if he succeeds at Falls Creek, he’ll prove them wrong. He arrives at the inn thinking the job is his, but the inn’s senile owner offered the position to another man too. Isaac must spend the winter competing if he wants to win the job… and Sybil’s heart. It will take more than warm meals on cold nights for Sybil and Isaac to find love while working at the isolated inn. (Historical Romance from Bethany House [Baker])
The Gray Chamber by Grace Hitchcock — On Blackwell Island, New York, a hospital was built to keep its patients from ever leaving. With her late father’s fortune under her uncle’s care until her twenty-fifth birthday in the year 1887, Edyth Foster does not feel pressured to marry or to bow to society’s demands. She freely indulges in eccentric hobbies like fencing and riding her velocipede in her cycling costume about the city for all to see. Finding a loophole in the will, though, her uncle whisks Edyth off to the women’s lunatic asylum just weeks before her birthday. Do any of Edyth’s friends care that she disappeared? At the asylum she meets another inmate, who upon discovering Edyth’s plight, confesses that she is Nellie Bly, an undercover journalist for The World. Will either woman find a way to leave the terrifying island and reclaim her true self? (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)
Secret Mountain Hideout by Terri Reed — Staying hidden has kept her alive… But now she’s been found. A remote Colorado mountain town and a fake identity have been Ashley Willis’s safe haven since fleeing after she witnessed a murder—but now the killer has found her trail. Desperate and terrified, she’s prepared to run again…but Deputy Sheriff Chase Fredrick won’t let her. With the lawman by her side, can she face danger head-on…and live long enough to bring a murderer to justice? (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])