The Christy Awards

Dear Readers,

The Christian fiction publishing world was all a buzz this week.  First there is the Christy Awards shortlist announcement on Wednesday and the Carol Awards on Friday.  Both awards represent the best of Christian fiction.

The Christy award winners will be announced in November at the banquet in Nashville.  I will be attending and love spending time with authors, publishers and readers.  It is just a wonderful time celebrating the one thing that brings all of us together, fiction.

I thought I would include the finalists for the Christy’s and that was we can all make sure we have them all read before the event.

Congratulation to all the authors.

Contemporary Romance

The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck – Bethany Turner

Troubled Waters – Susan May Warren

True To You – Becky Wade

First Novel

Freedom’s Ring  – Heidi Chiavaroli

The House on Foster Hill – Jaime Jo Wright

Missing Isaac – Valerie Frase Luesse

Turtles on the Road – Kaly Rhea/Rhonda Rhea

General Fiction

A Time to Stand – Robert Whitlow

Life After – Katie Ganshert

The Space Between Words – Michele Phoenix


Catching the Wind – Melanie Dobson

Isaiah’s Daughter – Mesu Andrews

Many Sparrows – Lori Benton

Historical Romance 

A Dangerous Legacy – Elizabeth Camden

The Lacemaker – Laura Franz

To Wager Her Heart – Tamera Alexander


Coldwater – Samuel Parker

The House on Foster Hill – Jaime Jo Wright

Rule of Law – Randy Singer

Short Form

Guilt by Association – Heather Day Gilbert

Her Secret Daughter – Ruth Logan Herne

12 days at Bleakly Manor – Michelle Griep


Awakened – Morgan Busse

The Day the Angels Fell – Shawn Smucker

The Man He Never Was – James Rubart

Young Adult 

The Delusion – Laura Gallier

Last Summer at Eden – Christina Hergenrader

Unraveling – Sara Ella






New Releases Sept 10 -15

Dear Readers,

Students are settling back into school.  The rhythms of life have returned to normal.  Okay I prefer the summer rhythms, but I haven’t figured out how to stop time yet.  I am still refusing to give up outdoor reading, but sometimes it requires a heavy blanket and a warm fire.

Here are a few new titles to enjoy while the seasons change.

Happy Reading,

Everything She Didn’t Say – Jane Kirkpatrick – In 1911, Carrie Strahorn wrote a memoir sharing some of the most exciting events of twenty-five years of shaping the American West with her husband, railroad promoter and writer Robert Strahorn. Nearly ten years later, she’s finally ready to reveal the secrets she hadn’t told anyone–even herself. Certain that her writings will be found only after her death, Carrie confronts the pain and disappointment of the pioneering life with startling honesty. She explores the danger a woman faces of losing herself within a relationship with a strong-willed man. She reaches for the courage to accept her own worth. Most of all she wonders, Can she ever feel truly at home in this rootless life?

An Hour Unspent – Roseanna M. White – #3 Shadows Over England – Once London’s top thief, Barclay Pearce has turned his back on his life of crime and now uses his skills for a nation at war, including keeping an eye on a talented engineer working as a clockmaker. But not until he rescues the man’s daughter from a mugging does he begin to wonder what his future might hold.  Evelina Manning has constantly dreamed and worked for independence, but she certainly never meant for it to inspire her fiancé to end their engagement and enlist in the army. When the intriguing man who saved her returns to the Manning residence to study clock repair with her father, she can’t help being interested. But she soon learns that nothing with Barclay Pearce is as simple as it seems. As 1915 England plunges deeper into war, the race is on for any technological edge, and Evelina’s father’s ideas have captured the attention of many–perhaps too many. As danger seems to encroach from every side, it may just take a reformed thief to steal the time they need to escape.

Harbor Secrets – Melody Carlson – #1 Legacy of Sunset Cove. – It’s 1916 when newspaper woman Anna McDowell learns her estranged father has suffered a stroke. Deciding it’s time to repair bridges, Anna packs up her precocious adolescent daughter and heads for her hometown in Sunset Cove, Oregon.  Although much has changed since the turn of the century, some things haven t. Anna finds the staff of her father s paper not exactly eager to welcome a woman into the editor-in-chief role, but her father insists he wants her at the helm. Anna is quickly pulled into the charming town and her new position…but just as quickly learns this seaside getaway harbors some dark and dangerous secrets. With Oregon’s new statewide prohibition in effect, crime has crept along the seacoast and invaded even idyllic Sunset Cove. Anna only meant to get to know her father again over the summer, but instead she finds herself rooting out the biggest story the town has ever seen and trying to keep her daughter safe from it all.

Fall Reading List

Dear Readers,

Here is the second halfof my suggested fall reads.

Happy Reading,

Murder at the Flamingo – Rachel McMillan – When a corpse is discovered at the Flamingo, Reggie and Hamish quickly learn there is a vast chasm between the haves and the have-nots in 1937 Boston–and that there’s an underworld that feeds on them both. As Hamish is forced to choose between his conscience and loyalty to his beloved cousin, the unlikely sleuthing duo work to expose a murder before the darkness destroys everything they’ve worked to build.

Called to Protect – Lynette Eason –  #2 Blue Justice – After being dumped by her fiancé, Chloe St. John has decided that the only male she likes is her K-9 German shepherd partner, Hank. But being over the whole romance thing has perks–like giving full attention to her job. Attention she’s definitely going to need because a case of human trafficking with connections to her missing cousin just landed in her lap.

Thief of Corinth – Tessa Afshar – After years spent living with her mother and oppressive grandfather in Athens, Ariadne runs away to her father’s home in Corinth, only to discover the perilous secret that destroyed his marriage: though a Greek of high birth, Galenos is the infamous thief who has been robbing the city’s corrupt of their ill-gotten gains.

Becoming Mrs. Lewis – Patti Callahan – When poet and writer Joy Davidman began writing letters to C. S. Lewis—known as Jack—she was looking for spiritual answers, not love. Love, after all, wasn’t holding together her crumbling marriage. Everything about New Yorker Joy seemed ill-matched for an Oxford don and the beloved writer of Narnia, yet their minds bonded over their letters. Embarking on the adventure of her life, Joy traveled from America to England and back again, facing heartbreak and poverty, discovering friendship and faith, and against all odds, finding a love that even the threat of death couldn’t destroy. October release

Rise of the Mystics – Ted Dekker #2 Beyond the Circle – Rachelle Matthews, who grew up in the small town of Eden, Utah, discovered just how wrong when she dreamed and awoke in another world. There she learned that she was the 49th Mystic, the prophesied one, tasked with finding five ancient seals before powerful enemies destroy her. If Rachelle succeeds in her quest, peace will reign. If she fails, the world will forever be locked in darkness. October release

Lady of a Thousand Treasures – Sandra Byrd – Miss Eleanor Sheffield is a talented evaluator of antiquities, trained to know the difference between a genuine artifact and a fraud. But with her father’s passing and her uncle’s decline into dementia, the family business is at risk. In the Victorian era, unmarried Eleanor cannot run Sheffield Brothers alone. October release

Chosen People – Robert Whitlow – During a terrorist attack near the Western Wall in Jerusalem, a courageous mother sacrifices her life to save her four-year-old daughter, leaving behind a grieving husband and a motherless child.  Hana Abboud, a Christian Arab Israeli lawyer trained at Hebrew University, typically uses her multi-language skills to represent international clients for an Atlanta law firm. When her boss is contacted by Jakob Brodsky, a young Jewish lawyer aggressively pursuing a lawsuit on behalf of the family under the US Anti-Terrorism laws, he calls on Hana’s expertise to take point on the case. After careful prayer, she joins forces with Jakob, and they quickly realize the need to bring in a third member for their team, an Arab investigator named Daud Hasan, based in Israel. November release