Dear Readers,

Go to your favorite bookstore.  Post a picture on your social media sites and use #loveyourbookstore.  Invite 5 of your friends to do the same thing.  Support your bookstore.

Happy Reading,


The after glo

Dear Readers,

I am sitting in Nashville’s airport as I write this.  I am still in the time where the happy content feeling from yesterday still exist.  It was so wonderful seeing friends and making new ones.  It was a time of just soaking up wisdom from others in the publishing world.

It is easy to become discouraged with all the bad news about publishing, especially in the fiction world.  Stats are not great.  Sales are down …on and on it goes.   But after yesterday, I am ready to get back to work.

Not only did I get to be reminded of all the good books from the past year and there were lots of them.  I was also able to hear of the good things to come.  I was reminded over and over how important the work is for all.

Thank you ECPA for giving this time apart to not only learn but to even rest awhile in the presence of each other.

Happy reading,

Christy Awards

Dear Readers,

I am in Nashville today to attend the Art of Writing and the Christy Award Gala.  I went for the first time last year and had a ball.  It is such a wonderful celebration of Christian fiction with a coming together of not only authors and the publishers that represent them, but also of readers and bookstores.  It gives us all a chance to catch up, meet for the first time and to just enjoy being submerged in the one thing that we all have in common, okay two things.  Our faith and good fiction.

I love being reminded of all the wonderful things that are happening in our little bookselling world when all the news is dire and not pleasant.  I just received an article about how fiction sales are down.  They give many reasons, but the predictions are not good if there is not a turn around soon.

This event reminds me that there are many great and wonderful things happening in the publishing world.  There are many many people working very hard to make sure the best books are presented to the world for our pleasure.

I will try to be posting pictures on Baker’s facebook but also Fiction Readers Summit’s facebook page through out the night of the Christy’s.  I will have picture on here on Thursday or Friday depending on timing because of travel.  I wish I could take you all with me, maybe next year.

Happy Reading,

Ann Gabhart

Dear Readers,

I had the pleasure of meeting Ann Gabhart last week.  I fell in love with her storytelling for the first time when I read The Scent of Lilacs.  She gift for painting word pictures is amazing and I have read all that she has written for the CBA market.  (She has some YA and General Market fiction)

What I found the most pleasurable about the evening was how down to earth she is.  She doesn’t put on airs, she just loves to write.  If that means she gets published along the way, wonderful, but if not that is okay.  She is going to keep writing anyways.

I also found out a couple things, she hates fish (me too) and loves a good cup of black tea. (me too)  So we decided we must be sisters.  Which fit in great because she has a lovely sense of humor and given time I believe Ann and could have loads of fun and problem cause a bit of mischief along the ways.

Thank you Ann for writing such wonderful books.  I am looking forward to your next release, even if it is Shaker. 😉

Happy Reading.



New Releases – Oct. 29 – Nov. 3

Dear Readers,

Fall is in full swing here.  Fall reading is also.  I was reading outside a couple weeks ago and then this past weekend I sat in my library by the window watching it rain/snow and generally be yucky.  But that is fall reading for you.

Here are some new titles to add to your list.

Happy Reading,

Miles From Where We Started – Cynthia Ruchti – Weeks away from their one-year anniversary, Mallory and Connor Duncan can’t even agree on how to end their marriage. But when a last-minute crisis lands them on a three-thousand-mile road trip together, Mallory wonders if their story may not be over after all.  The trip begins to unravel before the key is even in the ignition, and an at-risk, trouble-seeking missile of an eleven-year-old is unexpectedly launched into their travel plans. Close quarters get even tighter, and the couple believes this whole experience will spell disaster.  But as new challenges pop up around each bend, Mallory and Connor are surprised by the strengths they see in one another–and how they complement each other. Their first year of marriage hasn’t been the arm-in-arm togetherness they expected . . . but can they find a new beginning when the road ends?

In Too Deep – Lynn H. Blackburn – #2 Dive Team – When the Carrington County Sheriff’s Office dive team is called in to recover a body from a submerged car, they aren’t prepared to find an encrypted laptop–or an unsettling connection between investigator Adam Campbell and the dead accountant.   Adam turns to his friend Dr. Sabrina Fleming to recover the files from the laptop. But the deeper they dig, the deadlier the investigation becomes. When evidence implicates members of Adam’s own family, he and Sabrina will have to risk everything to solve the case.  The truth could set hundreds free–but someone is willing to do whatever it takes to silence anyone who threatens to reveal their secrets.

Mark of the Raven – Morgan L. Busse – Lady Selene is heir to the House of Ravenwood and the secret family gift of dreamwalking. As a dreamwalker, she can enter a person’s dreams and manipulate their greatest fears or desires. Soon after the gifting, however, Selene discovers that the Ravenwood women have been secretly using their gift to gather information or to assassinate those responsible for the fall of House Ravenwood to the Dominia Empire hundreds of years ago.   As she becomes more entrenched in Ravenwood’s dark past, Selene longs to find out the true reason behind her family’s gift, believing that its original intent could not have been for such evil purposes, but she is torn about upholding her family’s legacy–a legacy that supports her people. Selene’s dilemma comes to a head when she is tasked with assassinating the one man who can bring peace to the nations–but who is also prophesied to bring about the downfall of her own house.  One path holds glory and power and will solidify her position as Lady of Ravenwood. The other path holds shame and likely death. Which will she choose? And is she willing to pay the price for the path chosen?

Jerusalem’s Queen – Angela Hunt – #3 The Silent Years – A Novel of Salome Alexandra -Born in the small village of Modein, a place made famous by the warrior Maccabees, Salome Alexandra knows better than to harbor grand dreams for her future. She pales in comparison to her beautiful older sister, and though she learns to read at an early age, girls are not valued for their intellectual ability. However, when her father and sister are killed, John Hyrcanus, a distant relative, invites Salome and her mother to live with his family in Jerusalem, where her thirst for knowledge is noticed and indulged.  When her guardian betroths her to a pagan prince, she questions HaShem’s plan. When Hyrcanus finally marries her to a boy half her age, she questions her guardian’s sanity. Though Salome Alexandra spends much of her life as a pawn ordered about by powerful men, she learns that a woman committed to HaShem can change the world.