September 2018 New Releases in Christian Fiction

 

More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website.


Contemporary Romance:

A Baby for the Minister by Laurel Blount — Jilted at the altar, Natalie Davis has no one she can turn to—until Jacob Stone steps in. The single minister’s drawn to the beautiful mommy-to-be and wants to help…even if it goes against his congregation’s wishes and could cost him his job. But when she refuses to accept charity, can he convince her she’s more than a ministry project? (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Courting Her Secret Heart by Mary Davis — Deborah Miller lives a double life as an Amish woman—and a fashion model! All photography is forbidden in her Plain community, so she must keep her job a secret. But when Amos Burkholder starts helping at her family’s farm, hiding the truth from him is impossible. And soon she must choose between the Englischer world of modeling and the Amish man she’s come to love. (Contemporary Amish Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

12 Gifts of Christmas by Lena Nelson Dooley — Can Malcolm MacGregor, a contemporary descendant of Scottish lairds, capture the heart of Brazilian-Italian beauty, Alanza Cantalamessa, in 12 days? (Contemporary Romance from Whitaker House)

All Made Up by Kara Isaac — Katriona McLeod has never gotten over Caleb Murphy, the one guy she’s ever loved. When she accepts a job as a make up artist on the latest looking-for-love reality TV show, Falling for the Farmer, she discovers to her horror that Caleb is the leading man and she’s cast as one of his harem. But she hides a secret that means that even if she wanted a second chance with the guy who broke her heart she could never have it. (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)

An Amish Holiday Wedding by Carrie Lighte — On the brink of losing her bakery, the last thing Faith Yoder’s interested in is courting—until Hunter Schwartz returns to Willow Creek. After hiring him to deliver her treats to a Christmas festival, Faith’s determined their relationship will stay strictly professional. But despite a secret that’s kept her single, Faith can’t help but wish she and Hunter could become husband and wife. (Contemporary Amish Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])


Cozy Mystery:

Deadly Holiday by Marissa Shrock — The Christmas season greets Georgia Winston with a new boyfriend (maybe), a Christmas program to run, and a man dying at her feet. (Cozy Mystery, Independently Published)


General Contemporary/Women’s Fiction

From the Lake to the River by JPC Allen, Bettie Boswell, Carole Brown, Sandra Merville Hart, Tamera Lynn Kraft, Sharyn Kopf, Michelle Levigne, Cindy Thomson, and Rebecca Waters — Set in Ohio, in the past and present, these nine short stories and novellas by Ohio authors cover a wide range of genres, topics and locations. From Troy in the west to the North Coast and south-central Ohio. From Lake Erie to the Ohio River. From romance to YA adventure, with touches of mystery and humor. Dealing with historical events and situations, such as floods and the lasting effects of the Civil War. With characters involved in square dancing, theater, and music. Dealing with loss and danger, a second chance at love and taking a chance on love for the first time. Chances are good, no matter what you have a taste for reading, you’ll find something to like. Welcome to a taste of the Buckeye State! (General Contemporary from Mt Zion Ridge Press)

Place Called Home by Brenda S. Anderson — While building his graphic design company, Nate Brooks is focused on the future he’s dreamed of: traveling around the country from the comfort of his renovated school bus. But when he picks up a wounded, mysterious hitchhiker, those well-laid plans take a backseat to protecting her. Hobbled by her injury, and unable to keep running from her controlling ex, Tessa fears she’ll never find freedom. Or has she found it with the family who graciously opens their home to her? And will Nate’s protection put his family–and his heart–at risk? (Women’s Fiction, Independently Published)

Swimming in the Deep End by Christina Suzann Nelson — Jillian Connors has big expectations for her teenage daughter, Gabby, an Olympic hopeful—until Gabby becomes pregnant with her boyfriend Travis’s child. Meanwhile, Margaret Owens is furious that Gabby’s condition jeopardizes her son’s baseball scholarship. In the midst of the family drama lies the fate of the unborn baby. What does the future hold for him? (General Contemporary from Kregel Publications)


Historical:

Hidden Among the Stars by Melanie Dobson — A gripping time-slip novel about hidden treasure, a castle, and ordinary people who resisted the evils of the Hitler regime in their own extraordinary way. (Historical from Tyndale House)

Everything She Didn’t Say by Jane Kirkpatrick — A Victorian woman who traveled 15,000 miles by stage between 1870-98 decides to tell the story behind her memoir believing her husband will never see it. (Historical from Revell – A Division of Baker Publishing Group)

Enya’s Son by Cindy Thomson — This retelling of the early life of St. Columcille and his mother will usher readers on a fateful journey through ancient Ireland’s monastic centers, her wild coastline islands, and the land Columcille believed was filled with holy angels, a place where he felt safe … yet was destined to abandon. (Historical, Independently Published)


Historical Romance:

Victorian Christmas Brides by C.J. Chase, Susanne Dietze, Rita Gerlach, Kathleen L. Maher, Gabrielle Meyer, Carrie Fancett Pagels, Vanessa Riley, Lorna Seilstads, and Erica Vetsch — Faced with the daily extremes of gluttony and want in the Victorian Era, nine women seek to create the perfect Christmas celebrations. But will expectations and pride cause them to overlook imperfect men who offer true love? (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)

Esther’s Temptation by Lena Nelson Dooley — Saddle weary, former deputy US Marshal Jac Andrews rides into Denton, Texas hunting a swindler-and-daughter criminal team and finally feels he’s caught up to them. Unfortunately, he becomes distracted by the lovely redhead, Esther Brians. Esther, feeling like an old maid surrounded by all her close friends who are happy married couples, is drawn to the intense gaze, blue as the Texas sky, of an unknown cowboy. But several things cause her to become wary of his intentions—and his spiritual well-being. Has this unsaved lawman captured Esther’s heart or will the Lord deliver her from the temptation of Jac’s presence? What will it take for Jac to win this lovely lady and become Esther’s husband? (Historical Romance, Independently Published)

The Sound of Distant Thunder by Jan Drexler — Katie Stuckey and Jonas Weaver are both romantics. Seventeen-year-old Katie is starry-eyed, in love with the idea of being in love, and does not want to wait to marry Jonas until she is eighteen, despite her parents’ insistence. So much can happen in a year. Twenty-year-old Jonas is taken in by the romance of soldiering, especially in defense of anti-slavery, even though he knows war is at odds with the teachings of the church. When his married brother’s name comes up in the draft list, he volunteers to take his brother’s place. But can the commitment Katie and Jonas have made to each other survive the separation? (Historical Romance from Revell – A Division of Baker Publishing Group)


Romantic Suspense:

Loving the Texas Negotiator by Mary Connealy — Beth Garrison is the top hostage negotiator in Rocky Ridge Texas. She’s called in to a task force to investigate a killing that is a copy cat of her first bust as a rookie cop. The Valentine Killer.
Tate McCade, with the best arrest record on the force and a reputation for steamrolling anyone who gets in his way, heads the task force. He’s had a run-in with Beth and her oversized ego. He’s got a bruise on his face to prove it. Rather than have the pleasure of busting her back to walking a beat, he has to work with her. And the clock is ticking because there’s a woman and child missing and nothing about the crime adds up. (Romantic Suspense, Independently Published)

Speculative:

Guardian of Ajalon by Joan Campbell — The poison tree path is Shara’s road home. . .if she and her companions can survive the journey. In the danger and darkness of the forest, her only respite is in the story unlocked in the Old Tongue book. In this vivid world, Shara finally discovers what she has longed for all her life: the key to the secrets of her past. Yet time is running out for Shara—and all of Tirragyl—as Lord Lucian, King Alexor, and the royal army attack the Guardian Grotto to claim the powerful Guardian Rock. Unwilling to sit idly by as her kingdom is destroyed, Queen Nyla leaves her hiding place to recruit a most unlikely army—the Charab. But how can she win over the infamous assassins who have been oppressed by her family for generations? (Speculative Allegory from Enclave Publishing)

A Conversation With Stephanie Prichard

Stephanie is an army brat who lived in many countries around the world and loved it. She authored humorous online devotionals and grammar articles for several years, and co-authored two novels with her Marine Corps husband, Don. They raised their three children in Indianapolis, and now enjoy 12 grandchildren.

What did you want to be as a child (and did that dream come true)?
Stephanie: I had two wonderful dreams as a child. The first was to marry a farmer and have 12 children, with a horse, dog and TV for each kid. Fortunately, that did not come true—although I did marry a farmer’s son and have three children, with a fair supply of dogs, cats, canaries, parakeets, hamsters and guinea pigs. Only one TV, though—in the family room, with heavy restrictions on who watched what when. Aw, the sad realities of adulthood!

My second dream was to become a writer, as I loved reading and I loved entertaining my peers with stories. Fortunately, that did come true! But not until my husband, Don, who has dyslexia and seldom reads books (but is a big movie buff) decided out of the blue to write a novel. Eventually he asked me to join him, and eventually I did. We ended up making a great team—which is sorta romantic, you know! Sigh.

Where do you get the inspiration for your plots?
Stephanie: Well, that’s part of how my hubby and I make a great team. He’s the plotter, and I’m the pantster. He writes the basic plot, then I take it under my wing and, well, rewrite it. He is all about action, action, action (and quite good at it), but the characters are flat and the setting is minimal. As a pantster, I happily develop the scenes and add dimension to the characters and color to the setting. I also do the research and shape the theme. By the way, none of this happened at the snap of our fingers. We attended writing conferences, took classes, and joined a critique group. At the end of 10 years, we finally felt ready to be published.

What has been most rewarding about writing romantic suspense?
Stephanie: I love combining the fast action of suspense with the slow simmer of romance. Sort of like the combo of sweet and salty so popular today. Delicious!

What is absolutely essential for you to write?
Stephanie: There are three essentials for me as a pantster-writer. First is an unending supply of coffee—yep, I’m the embodiment of that definition of a writer as “a person capable of transforming caffeine into books.” Second is absolute quiet with no distractions (whew, we’re empty-nesters). Third is a block of time because I don’t write the story, I weave it. That requires a lot of concentration to keep hold of all the threads, and my progress is painfully slow. Snatching minutes here and there simply isn’t a reality for me.

Current book: Stranded: A Novel
A Marine Corps reservist on an anniversary cruise with his dying wife ends up shipwrecked and bereaved with three survivors, unaware that one is responsible for his wife’s death.

Connect W/Stephanie
Website: donandstephanieprichard.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/4u2read

 

A Conversation With Angela Ruth Strong

Angela lives in Idaho with her hubby and teenagers. Her books have won both Idaho Top Author and the Cascade Award, and she’s had her novels selected as TOP PICK for Romantic Times. She also started IDAhope Writers to encourage other aspiring authors along their journey.

What’s the hardest part of writing romantic suspense?
Angela: For me, I want to make jokes when things get scary. In writing my first cozy mystery, I was finally allowed to do that!

What’s the weirdest way someone has died or been killed in your novels?

Angela: The murder in this book is based on a real life situation. My husband’s coworker ended up in the hospital with what felt like a heart attack. His heart was fine, but they found the caffeine level in his blood was that of having drank over 30 cups of coffee. He’d only had one cup that morning, so he was puzzled how his caffeine levels got so high. If he’d had a heart condition, this could have been deadly.

When he got home and told his wife, she said, “Where did you get the coffee?” He said, “I made it.” She replied, “We don’t have any coffee grinds.” He pulled the bag out of the garbage to show her and realized it was instant coffee. When putting instant coffee granules in a coffee pot for drip coffee, he’d caused himself to overdose on caffeine. Mystery solved. I had to put that in a book.

Have you ever regretted killing off a character? Why?
Angela: I wouldn’t say I regretted it, but my daughter was mad at me. We were both sitting on the couch when she was reading my story, and when she got to that part, she kicked me. I was actually kind of proud of how much emotion I’d caused. Writers are mean that way.

How do you pick the location/setting of your romantic suspense novels?
Angela: Tee-hee. This is usually my favorite part. I love researching locations, but this book is a little different for a few reasons.

  • I pitched this series because the producer who optioned a couple other books of mine said a particular television network was looking for a mystery series set in a coffee shop or tea house. This producer likes to film in the four states with the best tax breaks for filming. I researched the four states and picked Ohio based on the quirky small towns I found there.
  • Rather than set the story in a real place like I have always done with my other books, I created a town for this series. That gives me a little more freedom for adding town traditions or tourist attractions.
  • Here’s the juicy part. In writing for another line of books, I got frustrated with their stringent publishing guidelines. I ranted to my writer friend, “Why reads these?” She said, “Little old ladies in Ohio.” So my agent had me print out a picture of a mean little old lady, name her, and yell at her when I got frustrated with the writing process. Her name is Opal. And if you read close enough, you’ll find her in A Caffeine Conundrum.

Current book: A Caffeine Conundrum
When a shop owner is killed before selling her business to the coffee lover or the tea drinker, both become suspects and team up to solve the crime.

Connect w/Angela
Website: www.angelaruthstrong.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1557213161269220/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AngelaRStrong

 

 

A Conversation With Kimberly Rose Johnson

Faith Hope and Love Reader’s Choice Finalist, Kimberly Rose Johnson, lives in the Pacific Northwest. Since childhood Kimberly has been an avid reader. That love of reading fostered a creative mind and led to her passion for writing. She writes contemporary romance that warms the heart and feeds the soul.

When do you find time to write?
Kimberly: I like to write in the morning. I generally stop writing around one in the afternoon.

What did you want to be as a child (and did that dream come true)?
Kimberly: I wanted to be a famous singer. That dream was never realized.

What is one of your favorite ways to connect with readers?
Kimberly: My favorite way to connect with readers is on Facebook. I have an author page as well as a Reader’s Group.

What is absolutely essential for you to write?
Kimberly: I must have quiet when I’m writing. I need to be able to hear my thoughts so the story can play out in my mind.

The Sleuth’s Miscalculation
Librarian Nancy Daley loves a good mystery and enjoys moonlighting as a consultant for the sheriff’s department.

Connect W/Kimberly
Website: https://kimberlyrjohnson.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KimberlyRoseJohnson
Twitter: https://twitter.com/kimberlyrosejoh
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/krose1990/

August 2018 New Releases in Christian Fiction

More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website.

 


Contemporary Romance:

Out of Their Element by Angela Breidenbach, Robin Lee Hatcher, Vickie McDonough, and Deborah Raney — They are totally out of their element! Four mismatched couples find unexpected romance. (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)

The Redemption Road by Christa MacDonald — As Alex awaits retribution, he means to keep Annie safe at any cost, but she knows it’s redemption he needs and she’ll pay any price for him to find it. (Contemporary Romance from Mountain Brook Ink)

Scarlet Tears by Laura Hervey — Caught in a romantic triangle with her brother’s best friend and a charming pastor, former call girl Carly Lawrence struggles to start a new life. (Contemporary Romance from Alabaster Box Press)


Historical Romance:

Rebecca’s Legacy by Betty Thomason Owens — After a threat against her family, a spoiled heiress is sent to the country to work on her aunt’s produce farm and finds love. (Historical Romance from Write Integrity Press)

The Patriot Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse — Faith Jackson is a wealthy widow, friend of George Washington, and staunch supporter of the Patriot cause. Matthew Weber is friends with both Ben Franklin and his son William, who increasingly differ in their political views; and Matthew finds himself privy to information on both sides of the conflict. When a message needs to get to a spy among the Loyalists, Faith bravely steps up and in turn meets Matthew Weber. Suddenly she believes she could love again. But someone else has his eye on the Faith she portrays in elite social circles. What will Matthew and Faith have to sacrifice for the sake of their fledgling country? (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)


Cozy Mystery:

Deadly Harvest by Marissa Shrock — Georgia’s biggest challenge in the farming town of Wildcat Springs, Indiana, is figuring out how to win Evan Beckworth’s heart. Until the day she discovers the body of a former student in the woods. When she starts to suspect this wasn’t an accident, memories stir of her father’s murder nine years earlier. A murder never solved. As Georgia works with the sheriff’s department’s newest detective, Cal Perkins, she finds her heart slipping into his hands. But her head is pummeled with conflicting evidence and anonymous threats of severe consequences if she digs any deeper. In the end, Georgia faces a paralyzing choice. Ignore the dark secrets inside the family and friends who surround her or be willing to risk her own life to uncover the truth. (Cozy Mystery, Independently Published)

Unknown Enemy by Janet Sketchley — A young woman with a traumatic past must discover the truth about who’s playing mind games with the Green Dory Inn’s owner. (Cozy Mystery, Independently Published)


Romantic Suspense:

Hiding in Plain Sight by Mary Ellis — When a Charleston PI rents a room above an Italian restaurant owned by a handsome chef, she lands in the middle of a family feud with robbery, arson and murder for the daily specials. (Romantic Suspense from Severn House Publishers LTD)

Wildfire by Gayla K. Hiss — A female wildfire scientist and a firefighter team up to solve the mystery behind the outbreak of wildfires in the Rockies and find themselves at the center of a firestorm. (Romantic Suspense from Mountain Brook Ink)

Amish Country Ambush by Dana R. Lynn — A police officer and a dispatcher travel deep into Amish country to rescue her nephew and to escape a killer. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])


Imperfect Promises by Elizabeth Noyes — When a homegrown terrorist threatens the woman he loves, former Special Forces soldier Jonas Cameron calls on old friends to help him eliminate the danger. (Romantic Suspense from Write Integrity Press)

Cold Fear by Susan Sleeman — When a sniper’s ex-girlfriend, a musician, is framed for murder during her summer tour, he jumps to defend her from an imminent arrest and a killer’s deadly rage. But the evidence against her stacks higher as three bodies are found with her name tattooed on their wrist. (Romantic Suspense from Edge of Your Seat Books, Inc.)

Cold Case Cover-Up by Virginia Vaughan — The first thrilling Covert Operatives tale An infant is believed to have been murdered thirty years ago—but investigative journalist Dana Lang is convinced she’s that baby. Now someone’s willing to kill to stop her investigation. And only secretive deputy Quinn Dawson, whose grandfather may have faked Dana’s death to protect her, can keep her safe. But a killer’s dead set on burying the past—and them—for good. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])


Thriller/Suspense:

Pretense by John Di Frances — A dark cloud hangs over Europe after the brutal murders of two heads of state just days apart. A diabolical plot appears to stretch westward to the United States, implicating the CIA. But do the facts reflect reality or is there a sinister force working behind the scenes to destabilize Europe and NATO? The team of investigators led by Interpol’s Marek Frakas, ‘The Wolf,’ moves quickly to track the perpetrators and uncover the identity of the unseen mastermind behind the conspiracy. This cadre includes the lovely Adrianna, a young forensic weapons expert who can hold her own on the male-dominated international team of investigators. Together they seek to understand reality versus the shattered mirror-like reflections meant to obfuscate the truth and shroud the mastermind’s identity and ultimate purpose. (Political Thriller from Reliance Books Publishing, LLC)

Thirst of Steel by Ronie Kendig — Dismantled centuries ago, the sword of Goliath is still rumored to thirst for its enemies’ blood. Cole “Tox” Russell wants only to put the dangers of his past behind him and begin his new life with Haven Cortes. First, though, he’s called to complete a final mission: retrieve the sword and destroy the deadly Arrow & Flame Order. The AFO, however, is determined to reunite the sword. With the Wraith team slowly being torn apart, things worsen when Mercy Maddox, a new operative, emerges with the stunning news that the artifact is tied to a string of unsolved serial murders. Tox and the others are forced to set aside fear and anger to target the true enemy. No matter the cost, Wraith must destroy the AFO . . . or join them in the flames. (Military Suspense from Bethany House [Baker])

A Conversation With Gayla K. Hiss

Gayla’s inspiring novels combine her love for the great outdoors with romance, suspense, and adventure. She and her husband often tour the country in their RV, visiting many state and national parks. She enjoys hiking, camping, and traveling, and lives in the Pacific Northwest.

What’s your go-to when you need a pick-me-up to keep writing?
Gayla: Writing for long hours can be very challenging, so I like to treat myself when I finish a chapter or a major revision. Sometimes it’s a latte at my favorite coffee shop, a dinner out, or even a vacation after I complete a significant milestone. I also like to go shopping.
When I need a break, I take a walk outside and that usually refreshes me enough to get back to work and recharges my creativity. Many times, the right word or phrase comes to me while I’m walking or exercising. It’s a great way to relax and rejuvenate.

How do you pick the location/setting of your romantic suspense novels?
Gayla: Recently, I was hiking in Yellowstone National Park and new book ideas suddenly flooded my mind. Being in the great outdoors always inspires me with story ideas. That’s why my Peril in the Park series is set in the national parks, and since I like to include romantic suspense and adventure in my stories, I look for specific national parks that have interesting features with plenty of avenues for adventure. My first book, Avalanche, is set in North Cascades National Park. The second book, Dangerous Ground, is set in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and my third and latest book, Wildfire, is set in Rocky Mountain National Park. I’ve been to all three national parks and each is spectacular and unique in its own way.

How do you ensure your books are accurate?
Gayla: I do a lot of research. For my most recent book, Wildfire, I read several nonfiction books about wildfires and wildland firefighting. I researched those topics online as well. I also developed a list of specific questions and consulted experts who could answer them. For the settings, I try to pick places I’ve been to and am familiar with. For example, before I wrote Wildfire, I had visited Rocky Mountain National Park several times. Even so, I still researched the national park maps and websites to make the scenes in the park as accurate as possible.

What is absolutely essential for you to write?
Gayla: A quiet space is essential, as well as long periods of uninterrupted time. Sometimes I use instrumental music to help me get into the mood of a scene.
Last winter, I was wrapping up my third book in an RV on a road trip with my husband, so it was a bit of a challenge to finish my work-in-progress between traveling and living in a small space. However, we were in warmth and sunshine, and that energized me, which made up for not having a private space. As a result, I would say that, for me, having an agreeable climate can be as important as a quiet space.

Current book: Wildfire
A female wildfire scientist and a firefighter team up to solve the mystery behind the outbreak of wildfires in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Connect W/Gayla
Website: www.gaylakhiss.com
Facebook: https://goo.gl/BrIW6P
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15901138.Gayla_K_Hiss
Amazon Author Page: https://goo.gl/WrzGcD
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gaylakhiss
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/gaylakhiss/
BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/gayla-k-hiss
AllAuthor: https://allauthor.com/profile/GKHiss/

A Conversation with David L. Winters

After retiring from Department of Homeland Security, David became a full-time author/speaker/humorist. He writes suspense and nonfiction. Before his next fiction release, Taking God to Work: Keys to Lasting Success will bow in September 2018.

What’s the hardest part of writing romantic suspense?
David: Dealing with the expectations of some female readers. They imagine guys are having all these deep thoughts. Truthfully, we are a primal lot. If the bacon-and-egg sandwich rang our bell for breakfast, that distant look is probably us remembering the bacon.

When do you find time to write?
David: I’m a full-time author, so sometime between rolling out of bed and getting back in at night. Currently, I have four manuscripts in some stage of editing or pre-release. My next two fiction releases are coming in November 2018 and January 2019.

What is your favorite spot for reading or reflecting on your current work-in-progress?
David: I like to work in my home office, with Gumby and Pokey staring at me. They are relentless taskmasters.

How do you connect with your characters?
David: We usually go out for imaginary breakfast sandwiches, like bacon and egg.

How do you come up with titles for your books?
David: Seriously speaking, I pray about them. I feel like God gives me a thumbs-up when I find the right one.

What’s your go-to when you need a pick-me-up to keep writing?
David: I’m a Diet Pepsi fiend. Some of my friends try to get me to stop, but I quote them Mark 16:18 about “drinking any deadly thing” and it not hurting me.

Why do you like writing romantic suspense?
David: I’m a romantically suspenseful kind of guy. When they meet me in person, women often think to themselves, “I’ll bet he’s romantic and suspenseful.”

What’s the weirdest way someone has died or been killed in your novels?
David: In my next release, Stock Car Inferno, the female protagonist is a stock car driver. She bumps the car of her major rival and it blows to smithereens. With that initiating event, the plot goes airborne (with the other driver.)

How do you research ways to kill someone for your books?
David: I drive on the Washington, D.C., beltway. It provides a lot of inspiration as some drivers go 80 mph and others 50 mph. Seriously though, I enjoy police investigation shows on television.

Where do you get the inspiration for your plots?
David: They just come to me. I start with a basic premise, pray about it. Then, I think about the major moral lessons I would like believers and non-believers to take away from the book. Then, I do a loose outline and start writing. The characters and action tend to drive the direction of each chapter.

Have you ever regretted killing off a character? Why?
David: Without spoiling anyone’s fun, I kill off a likable character in Stock Car Inferno. Test readers hassled me about it, but the plot needed it. So, he or she had to go.

How do you pick the location/setting of your romantic suspense novels?
David: I start in Washington, D.C., then branch out to other places I’ve lived or visited. My next book has a sizable number of scenes in Oklahoma where I lived for a few years.

What did you want to be as a child (and did that dream come true)?
David: Safe. My family had a lot of turmoil in the 1960s and 1970s. People made choices that affected my sense of well-being. I’ve always wanted to be a writer, but I didn’t have a specific direction.

What does your family think of your writing romantic suspense?
David: The only immediate family member still alive is my sister, Susie. She is crazy supportive and I depend on her for feedback and suggestions. She is always test reader number one.

What is one of your favorite ways to connect with readers?
David: I like live events. People can be so kind, and I love to get to know a little about them. My selfies with readers are among my most prized possessions.

What are some of the questions you hear when you say you write romantic suspense?
David: “Can I date you?” My answer is: “Will you use carbon dating?”

How do you ensure your books are accurate?
David: I do a lot of research and I trust my editors.

What is absolutely essential for you to write?
David: A keyboard, a computer and bacon.

What has been most frustrating about writing romantic suspense?
David: Reading big-name Christian romantic suspense writers and finding their content too steamy. It makes me feel like I’m in a club that I want to drop out of…but maybe some readers prefer their characters to keep their clothes on, unless they are married.

What has been most rewarding about writing romantic suspense?
David: Meeting fans.

Current book: Driver Confessional
A Christian Uber driver is plunged into a world of espionage, murder and secrets by a mysterious passenger.

Connect W/David
Website: www.sabbaticalofthemind.net
Facebook: www.facebook.com/authordavidlwinters
Twitter: @davidlwinters22

 

A Conversation With Leeann Betts

Leeann Betts writes contemporary suspense, while her real-life persona, Donna Schlachter, pens historical suspense. Leeann has released eight titles in her cozy mystery series, By the Numbers, with A Deadly Dissolution as the most recent. She publishes a free quarterly newsletter; subscribe at www.LeeannBetts.com or follow Leeann at www.AllBettsAreOff.wordpress.com.

How do you connect with your characters?
Leeann: I usually end up writing a chapter of yak-yak-yak until I hit the ground running, but the conversation time helps me reconnect with my recurring characters, and start to develop a relationship with the new characters.

How do you come up with titles for your books?
Leeann: The funny thing is, usually the title comes first, then the book flows from that. This time around, the story was first, and I struggled with the title. I also struggled getting the story started, because without a title, I didn’t know where it was going. Once I figured out the title, the story flowed from there.

What’s your go-to when you need a pick-me-up to keep writing?
Leeann: Coffee. And chocolate.

What’s the weirdest way someone has died or been killed in your novels?
Leeann: I’m pretty much old-school, so I guess the weirdest way was drowned in two inches of water. That was in Petty Cash.

Current book: A Deadly Dissolution
Carly loses more than daylight when the total lunar eclipse and crime come to town. Can she figure out what’s going on before the suspects escape?

Connect W/Leeann
Website: www.LeeannBetts.com
Facebook: http://bit.ly/1pQSOqV
Twitter: http://bit.ly/1qmqvB6
Blog: www.AllBettsAreOff.wordpress.com
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2dHfgCE
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July 2018 New Releases in Christian Fiction

More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website.

 


Contemporary Romance:

A Widow’s Hope by Vannetta Chapman — After tragedy claimed her husband’s life and her son’s ability to walk, Hannah King doesn’t want a new man. She has her family, a home and mounting debts. Scarred Amish bachelor Jacob Schrock offers Hannah the job she desperately needs. But while Hannah helps Jacob resolve his accounting issues, can she and her little boy also heal his wounded heart? (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Firestorm by Laura V. Hilton — Bridget Behr can’t shake the guilt that it was her fault her family moved—and is too afraid to trust anyone, especially the flirtatious, overly-friendly Amish man who lives next door. Just as Bridget is finally settling into friendship, a new life, and maybe even love, a devastating forest fire ravages the county, destroying both land and the Behrs’ dreams. Now Bridget and her family must decide: will they leave behind the ashes and start anew in another Amish community? Or will they dare to fight for the future they’d hoped for in Mackinac County? (Contemporary Romance from Whitaker House)


General Contemporary:

Ride to the Altar by Linda W. Yezak — Cattle are dying on the Circle Bar, putting the Texas ranch in financial jeopardy. Newly engaged Patricia Talbert and Talon Carlson must root out the cause before they can concentrate on wedding plans—which involves Patricia’s traveling to New York to patch things up with her domineering mother. While she is away, Talon discovers that the attacks on the ranch are connected to the murder of his first fiancée over eight years ago. Before they can move forward together, each have to resolve the past. Will they be able to start their new life with a clean slate? (General Contemporary from Canopy Books of Texas)


General Historical:

My Heart Belongs in Galveston, Texas by Kathleen Y’Barbo — Dodging bullets takes a simple missing person case to a new level as Jonah Cahill, a Pinkerton agent, and Madeline Latour, an investigative reporter, form a tentative truce in Galveston, Texas, 1880. Are they on to a much bigger story when their best witness is suddenly kidnapped? (General Historical from Barbour Publishing)


Historical Mystery:

The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond by Jaime Jo Wright — Two women, separated by a hundred years, must uncover the secrets within the borders of their own town before it’s too late and they lose their future–or their very souls. (Historical Mystery from Bethany House [Baker])


Historical Romance:

This Freedom Journey by Misty M. Beller — Adrien Lockman left France to finally live life on his own terms, but when he discovers a half-starved and half-frozen woman in the treacherous Canadian mountains, the truth soon becomes clear—the only way they’ll survive is together. (Historical Romance, Independently Published)

The Widow’s Plight by Mary Davis — After moving to a new town and joining a quilting circle, a single mother steps out of the shadows of abuse and into the sunshine. But will a secret clouding her past cost her the man she loves? (Historical Romance from Mountain Brook Ink)

River to Redemption by Ann H. Gabhart — Orphaned during an early 19th century cholera epidemic and helped by a slave to find a new home, Adria Starr must now stand up for his freedom—and maybe find her own in the process. (Historical Romance from Revell [Baker])

A Rumored Fortune by Joanna Davidson Politano — A young heiress is suddenly the poorest wealthy woman in all of England when her father dies without telling anyone where he put his money. (Historical Romance from Revell [Baker])


Mystery:

Shifting Sands by Elizabeth Ludwig — A mysterious key hidden in the depths of an ancient lighthouse unlocks family secrets hidden for generations. (Cozy Mystery from Guideposts Publications)

Guarded Prognosis by Richard L. Mabry — At first Dr. Caden Taggart feared for his freedom, then for his ability to cope, and eventually he feared for his life. (Medical Mystery, Independently Published)


Romantic Suspense:

Darkwater Secrets by Robin Caroll — When Adelaide Fountaine, the general manager of a hotel in New Orleans, finds the body of a guest who was stabbed with a kitchen knife, her childhood friend Detective Beau Savoie is shocked to discover a connection between his friend–the woman he’s quietly loved for years—and the murdered guest. But Beau can’t press Adelaide too hard . . . because he’s keeping secrets of his own. Can Adelaide and Beau afford to hide from the truth with a killer on the loose? (Romantic Suspense from Gilead Publishing)

Camp Hope by Sara L. Foust — Facing dehydration, starvation, and a convoluted kidnapper, will Amy succeed in recovering her precious foster daughter or get lost in a vast wilderness forever? (Romantic Suspense from Mantle Rock Publishing)

Dead Drift by Dani Pettrey — Seven years ago, operative Luke Gallagher vanished to join an elite team of terrorist hunters. Private investigator Kate Maxwell never stopped loving or looking for Luke after he disappeared. But she also never imagined he left her or his life by choice. Now he’s back, asking her help to stop America’s newest terrorist threat—an attack that would shake the country to its core. Together they must navigate secrets, lies, and betrayal, all while on the brink of a biological disaster. Will they and their love survive, or will Luke and Kate become the terrorist’s next mark? (Romantic Suspense from Bethany House [Baker])


Young Adult:

Launch by Jason C. Joyner — Teens with special abilities are invited to an exclusive conference where tech billionaire Simon Mazor is looking for those who can help him influence the world. (Young Adult from Little Lamb Books)

A Conversation With Sharee Stover

Colorado native Sharee Stover lives in Nebraska with her husband, three children and two dogs. Her Christian romantic suspense stories combine heart-racing, nail-biting suspense with the delight of falling in love. When she isn’t writing, Sharee enjoys reading, crocheting and long walks with her obnoxiously lovable German Shepherd.

What’s the hardest part of writing romantic suspense?
Sharee: The uniqueness of romantic suspense is the balance between the two. You want as much of one as the other. Personally speaking, romance is the harder of the two for me, but it’s also the most rewarding. There’s nothing like winning a battle over a bad guy, and it only gets better when my hero and heroine fall in love too.

How do you pick the location/setting of your romantic suspense novels?
Sharee: I think the best settings and locations are ones that I have personal experience with. They always say to write what you know. I’ve been blessed to have seen many places in the continental United States, so I try to draw from that. Writing about them allows me to share the place with my own reflections of the location including sights, smells and fun memories. A location doesn’t have to be eerie or scary to have great suspense built in. The Manitou Incline in Colorado is a huge part of Secret Past and it’s absolutely gorgeous.

What did you want to be as a child (and did that dream come true)?
Sharee: In elementary school, I wanted to be a veterinarian, but I discovered I couldn’t handle blood and gore, plus the sight of an injured animal breaks my heart. By the time I reached high school, the veterinarian dream morphed into the desire to be a criminal forensic psychologist. There were many stepping stones to where I am today, and though I never got to be a criminal forensic psychologist, I love researching all things related to the topic.

What are some of the questions you hear when you say you write romantic suspense?
Sharee: For the people who aren’t readers, they are often confused when I describe romantic suspense. They picture romance easily but get stuck on the suspense part and how to the two relate. I explain the nuances by saying my characters fall in love as much as they dodge gunfire and car chases. Men are often intrigued, and I’ve had several ask questions about the story and even buy the book once they realize there’s action involved too.

Current book: Secret Past
Katie Tribani’s been in witness protection since childhood. Now, she and U.S. Marshal Daniel Knight must unearth her secret past…if they can survive long enough.

Connect W/Sharee
Website: www.shareestover.com
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