Monday, February 29, 2016

New Releases - February 22-27

Dear Readers,

Happy Leap Day.  An extra day of reading this year!  How exciting.  New titles!  Even more exciting.

Happy Reading,

Sense and Sensibility - Sarah Price - #4 The Amish Classics series - Henry Detweiler passes leaving a wife and 3 daughters.  His son from his  first marriage takes them in, but not too happily.   The women move to a small to a small cottage and hope to get their lives together.  Mary Ann hopes to marry a young man who should inherit his family farm and Eleanore pines for a young man, but quietly.

The End of Law - Therese Downs - A novel of Hitler's Germany - Berlin 1933 - Two men are picked to lead the T4 euthanasia programme.  SS Officer Walter Gunther is loyal to the Reich and will kill anyone without question.  SS Officer Karl Muller, trainee doctor is told that what he is doing fits in the Hippocratic oath.

Come to the Garden - Jennifer Wilder Morgan - Inspired by true events - Jenn got a surprise on her birthday she didn't expect.  A angel in her garden.  Not a statue, but a real live funny and charming angel.  Jenn had been questioning God recently and Margaret, as the angel calls herself, is there to help Jenn by answering her questions and helping her to understand.

Covered Bridge Charm - Dianne Christner - Carly doesn't fit the mold of a typical Conservative Mennonite, but she loves her life.  When she decides to find a long lost love of one of her charges at the retirement home she works at, she enlists the help of Adam Lapp.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Gilbert Morris

Dear Readers,

I found out about Gilbert Morris' death this past weekend.  I was surprised by the announcement as I had heard he was doing very well, enjoying life and still writing in longhand on a legal pad.

I am sure I am not the only reader who will say this.  Gilbert Morris is part of the reason I started reading Christian fiction.  It was long before I started working for Baker, I stumbled on his Winslow series at the library.  Of course it wasn't 40 books long then, but reading through America's history was fun.

They were the type of read that I could find myself lost in without having to worry about being interrupted by the small children running around the house.  He made his story's interesting and yet they were such gentle reads.

I can remember when I went to my grandparents house to visit and noticed a Gilbert Morris books sitting on an end table.  I asked my grandfather about the book and his answer still makes me smile.  He said he had been reading the book aloud to my grandmother.  Neither one of them had trouble reading at the time, but it was something they would do.  Read books aloud.  They loved to read Gilbert because of his historical content but also the people he included.  They loved finding out about the Winslow family as their legacy continued through America's story.

There is a story that floats around the store every once and awhile.  One afternoon a older gentleman walked in the door and introduced himself as Gil.  Yup it was Gilbert Morris.  He was in town visiting a publishing house, but wanted to visit as many local stores as he could to thank the employees for selling his books.  He did it with little fanfare and no warning as he didn't want it to be about him.  He just wanted to take the time the time to visit and get to know those who were 'doing the work' for him.  That was the kind of guy he was.  You heard that from any and all that had meet him.

We lost a good man this past week, but it has been a privilege to read and sell his books over the years.  I hope he knew how much he has meant to us all.

Rest in Peace Mr. Morris.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Terri Blackstock

Dear Readers,
If I Run by Terri Blackstock starts a new series for the queen of Christian suspense.  She has been paving the way for other suspense writers for years in the Christian market.  I have been enjoying her books for many years and look forward to many more.

Casey arrives at her boyfriend’s house to find him murdered.  With her DNA all over the crime scene, she goes on the run.  Her past experience with the police has not been positive and she knows this will end badly for her.  But who would have murdered Brent and why do they want Casey found guilty of the crime?

Dylan is hired to find his friend's murderer.  All the evidence points to Casey but as Dylan looks into the crime more and gets to know Casey through her family and friends, he begins to doubt.  The clues are just not adding up.  He begins to wonder if she actually committed the crime.  Who wants to frame her and why?

Once again Terri proves why she is the queen.  Fast paced, with twists and turns that make you really wonder who is who and yet filled with really interesting and in some cases, delightful characters.  I had the chance to read this book while on vacation and was able to finish it in one day.  I have to admit that the closer I got to the end, the less I wanted it to end.  It is book one of a series and it is going to be a series you will have to read in order.  Which of course only makes it more fun as the storyline will continue to develop and we will get to know the people involved better and better.

I am already looking forward to when book #2 releases and I hope it is very soon.

Happy Reading,

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

New Release - The Calling - Rachel Dekker

Remko Brant had never been so sure of anything as escaping the Authority City with Carrington Hale.  But bravado comes easy when you have nothing to lose.  Now a husband, father and the tactical leader of the Seers, Remko has never had so much at risk.

The+CallingAs he and his team execute increasingly dangerous rescue missions inside the city, they face growing peril from a new enemy.  Recently appointed Authority President Damien Gold claims to be guiding a city shaken by rebellion into a peaceful, harmonious future.  But appearances can be deceiving.  In order to achieve his dangerous ambitions, Gold knows he must do more than catch the rebels -  he must destroy the hope their message represents... from the inside out.

With dissension in his own camp - and the CityWatch soldiers closing in - Remko feels control slipping through his fingers.  To protect those he loves, he must conquer his fears and defeat Gold... before one of them becomes his undoing.

Happy Reading.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

New Release - Burning Proof - Janice Cantore

Burning+ProofAfter months of investigating the brutal homicide of a young girl, Detective Abby Hart finally has the evidence she needs. But when the arrest goes terribly wrong, Abby begins to doubt her future as a police officer. As she wrestles with conflicting emotions, old questions about the fire that took her parents’ lives come back to haunt her.

“There is proof.” PI Luke Murphy can’t stop thinking about what Abby’s former partner, Asa Foster, mumbled just before he died. When he uncovers a clue to the murder of Abby’s parents and his uncle, he’s reluctant to tell Abby, despite his growing feelings for the beautiful detective.

A decade-old abduction case brings Luke and Abby together, but will his secret tear them apart?

Monday, February 22, 2016

New Releases - February 15 - 20

Dear Readers,

I can't believe that we are almost to March already.  That means summer reading is just around the corner.  I can't wait!  Hopefully a few of these titles will make it onto your summer reading list.

Happy Reading,

The Restoration - Wanda Brunstetter - #3 Prairie State Friends - Priscilla and Elam have been courting for a long time and yet a marriage proposal seems to be a ways away yet.  When David comes to visit his grandfather and not only expresses an interest in the Amish faith, but also Priscilla, Elam begins to wonder if he waited to long.

Cold Shot - Dani Pettrey - #1 Chesapeake Valor - Four best friend from college, then one goes missing. Years have past and Griffin is now a park ranger.  He is hiding from his dark past, but when a body is found in the Civil War park he works at, his past and present collide.

The Calling - Rachel Dekker - #2 A Seer Novel - A series that started with The Calling, continues.  Remko and Carrington launch an all out assault of the City and all they hold dear.  Spreading the word of hope.  But as they grow stronger the Authority works harder to destroy them.

God's Not Dead 2 - Travis Thrasher - Based on the movie - Grace Wesley is in the hot seat.  She answered a question about faith in her class room and now finds herself in the middle of a court battle.  Tom is the lawyer hired by the teacher's union to defend her.  He finds himself having to research something he doesn't believe in.

Burning Proof - Janice Cantore - #2 Cold Case Justice - While botching an arrest that has taken months to put together, Abby begins to wonder if she is meant to be a police officer.  PI Luke Murphy finds evidence that Abby's parents and his Uncle were murdered, but hesitates to share it.  

Friday, February 19, 2016

What books am I excited about this year?

Dear Readers,

I was asked that question this weekend.  What books that are coming out am I looking forward to promoting and/or reading.  For a minute I paused because I wasn't sure how to answer that one.  But once I started thinking about it I knew the answer.  I also know that it is a fluid answer as things change, I find out about new books or get one in question read and then that becomes one on the list.

That just happened with Secret of Hummingbird Cake by Celeste Fletcher McHale.  I wasn't sure about the book until I had a chance to read it and then knew I had to share it with everyone I could.  So anyways here are a few titles I am looking forward to sharing with you all when they finally release.

Happy Reading,

Annabel Lee - Mike Nappa - A special little girl, a secret years old and a man obsessed about obtaining the secret.  - March

The Red Door Inn - Liz Johnson - Marie is looking to get away from a father who finds business more important than his own daughter.  Set on Prince Edward Island. - March

When Death Draws Near - Carrie Stuart Parks - #3 Gwen Marcey Series - Forensic artist is back and between jobs.  She takes a job in Kentucky where rape victims are vanishing after they report the crime.  She also goes undercover in a serpent-handling church to find out about their illegal activities.  - August

The Wedding Shop - Rachel Hauck - It’s the 1930s, and Cora is taking the reins at her family’s wedding shop in Heart’s Bend, Tennessee. Brides come from far away to be doted on by Cora and her family while they find the perfect wedding dress. - August

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Paul McCusker

Dear Readers,
I was asked to read The Body Under the Bridge by Paul McCusker by Kregel publishing group.  To be completely honest I was not completely sure what to expect.  I had never listened to any of the other Father Gilbert mysteries, which were done by Radio theater.  I am happy to say that I enjoyed this book enough to hunt down those audios and listen to them.  
Father Gilbert is an ex-detective who could no longer handle working at Scotland Yard, not only because of what he saw and experienced on the job but also what happened in his own life.  (Paul does a good job of reviewing and reminding readers/listeners of the back story.)  He is now a Father for a small church in a small Sussex town.  He really just wants to take care of his little flock and live quietly.  
One morning he is visited by Colin Doyle.  Colin has climbed the clock tower and threatens to kill himself if Father Gilbert gets any closer.  Colin gives him a medallion to hold and then kills himself anyway.  When the police arrive, there is no evidence of a body anywhere.  Well, except that medallion that Father Gilbert has and no other explanation of how he got it. 
So starts a series of very strange murders and thefts.  
An interesting read, with several twists and turns.  It is a mixture of Agatha Christy and Frank Peretti.  There is more afoot in the quiet little church than anyone would have guessed.  Well, more than most outsiders would have guessed anyway, it seems to be the worst-kept secret in town. 
I will definitely look for more Father Gilbert books, whether in audio or book form.  It was a fun little read, but one I would not recommend reading in the dark while home alone.
Happy Reading,  

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

New Release

Cover ArtTheir Two Worlds Couldn't Be Further Apart.
Can Anything Bridge the Divide Between Them?
For years Zane Beck and his Amish neighbor Lila Lehman were best of friends. But just as Zane gathered the courage to discover if their friendship could develop into something more, her controlling father arranged for her to be courted by their bishop's son. Zane, heartbroken and frustrated, joined the Army, running away from his shattered dreams.

The passing of time and the distance between Zane and Lila haven't been enough to halt their--now completely hidden--feelings for each other. Any hope for their love grows even more impossible though as Zane's service takes a dangerous turn when he's deployed to Afghanistan. Being on the frontline, confronted with the hard choices of war, has him questioning everything, including whether he can continue to serve or not. But all choices have consequences, and with Lila preparing to marry another, will these one-time sweethearts ever find the life together that they both still long for?

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

New Release - One Lone Star Trail - Amanda Cabot

Cover ArtA woman without a future. A man running from the past.
One enchanting place where broken dreams are mended.

If there's one thing Gillian Hodge never wants to see again, it's a man on a motorcycle. Her last encounter with one left her right hand crushed, ending her promising career as a concert pianist. Unsure about the next phase in her life, she heads to Rainbow's End Resort for some R&R when a sudden thunderstorm causes a motorcycle to crash right in front of her.

When TJ Benjamin's wife died, he lost more than his best friend; he lost his faith. He has spent the past year wandering the country on his motorcycle, trying not to think about the future. When he finds himself stranded with a busted bike and a reluctant rescuer, he has to wonder about God's sense of humor.

As these broken people collide, they find that a bright future is still ahead--it just might not be the one they imagined for themselves.

Monday, February 15, 2016

New Releases - February 7 - 13

Dear Readers,

Happy Valentine's Day.

I have a few new titles for you and one of them is going to be one of my favorite books and yes I reviewed it earlier as I thought it would be on my shelves by then and couldn't wait to tell you.

Happy Reading,

The Secret to Hummingbird Cake - Celeste Fletcher McHale - 3 women, friends since 1st grade, continue to live life together.  Fun, silly at times and yet powerful.

Kissed by a Cowboy - Debra Clopton - #3 - A Four of Hearts Ranch Romance - Cassidy's faith is on rocky ground.  Divorced and determined to stay single forever, she retreats to a farm she inherited.  She is going to run the strawberry farm and open a bed and breakfast.  Jarrod missing his chance at a family and happiness years earlier, now he is determined to show Cassidy, love is worth it in the end.

Amish Sweethearts - Leslie Gould - #2 Neighbors of Lancaster County - Zane and Lila grew up best friends.  Just as Zane is ready to declare his love, Lila's father arranges to have her courted by another.  Zane in anger runs off and joins the Army.  Will these two sweethearts ever find their way back to each other?

A Sweet Misfortune - Maggie Brendan - #2 Virtues and Vices - Rachel will take care of herself.  She will find a way to get the money to buy back her family ranch.  When her brother finds out what she is up to he sends her away to John McIntyre's home for safekeeping.  When she finds out he is the reason they lost the ranch to begin with she knows she can't stay.

On Lone Star Trail - Amanda Cabot - #3 Texas crossroads - The last time Gillian had anything to do with a man on a motorcycle she lost the use of her right hand and her promising career as a concert pianist.  TJ has been wandering the country after his wife died, when his broken motorcycle lands him in with a rescuer who would rather never have met him, he wonders about God's sense of humor. Two hurting people who need each other, but will they figure it out for themselves?

Friday, February 12, 2016

Bookstore in Florence

Dear Readers,

It is hard to believe that it has been almost a year since my trip to Italy.  I would go back in a minute if given the chance.  But I did manage to find a bookstore in almost every city we visited.  The one in Florence was right next door to where we picked up our tickets to see Michelangelo's David.  We ducked in there when it started to rain and enjoy many pleasurable minutes.  It is a warm and very welcoming place.  If you find yourself in Florence and visiting David and the Duomo, stop in and breath deeply of a place that loves books.

Happy Reading,

Ibs - Firenze, Italy 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Ann Tatlock

Dear Readers,

Once Beyond a Time by Ann TatlockOnce Beyond a Time by Ann Tatlock won the Christy award last year for Visionary category.  Visionary would be fantasy/sci fi.  Now I had never heard of this book and yet Ann is one of my favorite authors.  So of course I went looking for it and found a different type of book for Ann.  It's a book that I did enjoy. I had to get past the fact that it was Ann and I was used to her writing issue-driven books, usually contemporary or historical.  In Once Beyond a Time, she kind of combines all of those genres together.  This is a book set in the 60’s with parts happening in 1919 and others happening in 2005.  It makes for a very difficult plot line to explain. 

Meg and Sheldon have moved their family to a small town in Black Mountain, NC.  Sheldon has had an affair. It has cost him his job as a pastor and it is almost costing him his family.  His teenage daughter is angry and not afraid to let everyone know it.  His wife is hurt and unable to forgive him for his transgression.  The only one that sees the move as an adventure is his youngest, “Digger.”  Digger loves the new house and acreage they have moved to.  He is also the first to experience what is wrong with their house.  His new friend Mac?  Oh, he lived in the early 1900’s and yet he and Digger hang out together all the time. 

Each member of the family has a ‘ghost’ friend.  One only they can see.  One that they can visit with and talk to about what is going on, even if they do not fully understand why they can see each other.  As Meg and Linda dig deeper into why this is happening they discover an old folk lore that there are places in the Black Mountains where all of time is happening at once and that is why they can meet people from the past or future.   They are told it is God’s gift to them.  But they are not sure why.

Okay, I know that sounds like a very strange plot, but it really does work.  I found myself drawn into each storyline and really enjoying how they interacted with each other.  I also was glad that Ann stayed away from the idea that if those in the past could find something about the future it would make them rich or powerful.  That is an old and very tired plot.  Instead she used those visitors to help in other ways.  They became a sounding board.  They became a close friend that had different experiences but yet could be the one who understood the most. 

I will admit that I was a bit dubious when I first started the book, but I found myself drawn in and wondering how Ann was going to draw this all together.  She does a good job of making sure we understand that time is not the point of the story, but forgiveness.  No matter what time or age you live in, forgiveness and grace are gifts from God and we need to make use of them.

Happy Reading,  

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

New Release - Renovating the Richards - Virgina Smith

Dear readers,

I am always looking for those sweet little stories that you can share with many different readers.  I think Virginia Smith's series, Tales from the Goose Creek B&B, is just such a series.  Light hearted, cute and just fun to read this series makes you want to move to Goose Creek just to join the neighborhood.

Book#2, Renovating the Richardson finds Millie still busily getting the Bed and Breakfast ready and all Al seems to find to do is write the checks.  When Millie volunteers him to be one of the managers for the team for the inter-county softball team.  The team is terrible and the only way to make them even a little better is to have Justin play.  The problem?  Justin doesn't live in town.

That is where the rumors and gossip really starts going.  Not only is there rumors about Justin and the new vet, but the new massage parlor is really getting them going.  Will cooler head prevale?  Will the softball team keep from embarrassing themselves?  Will the B&B ever get done?

Life is a small town is never dull.

Happy Reading,

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

New Release - The Peacock Throne - Lisa Karon Richardson

Dear Readers,

I always enjoy finding new authors to read.  With the romantic suspense genre doing so well, it has been interesting to see the different ways that authors wade into those waters.  In fact historical romantic suspense is a growing category, which adds a nice twist to the original category.

The Peacock ThroneLisa Karon Richardson has joined the fun with The Peacock Throne.  It is a romance that has a very interesting mystery about a throne that was stolen years before.  Two men are murdered on the same night.  Two very different men with no connection to each other one an earl and the other in the seedier side of London. But as Lydia Garrett digs deeper into her guardian's death, she realizes that the two men are connected.

Years earlier they stole the Peacock Throne and it looks like the murderer is trying to find that throne.  Lydia enlists the help of the Earl's son, Anthony, to help her find the Throne and hopefully draw the murderer out.  That is unless they are killed along the way.

With the back drop of not only England in the 1800's but different places around the world, this story has a wonderful setting along with a intriguing storyline.  Not only do you get to solve a mystery, you get to wander around discovering new places along with interesting people.  It makes for a delightful and interesting read.

Happy Reading,

Monday, February 8, 2016

New Releases - February 1 - 6

Dear Readers,

It seems to be feast or famine for new releases.  Right now we have loads of new books and I am anticipating several new titles.  Some I have read already, and others I can hardly wait to start.  I am sure you can find more than one title to put on your TBR list.

Happy Reading,

Hannah's Choice - Jan Drexler - #1 Journey to Pleasant Prairie - Blaming herself for a tragedy that struck her family years earlier, Hannah feels she is is responsible to keep them happy.  Two young men are asking her hand, one who promises her a happy home and one who promises adventure into the west.

Change of Heart - Courtney Walsh - Evelyn's perfect life falls apart when her senator husband is arrested for embezzlement.  To make matters worse, he is not even sorry other than getting caught.  As she withdraws from society, her friends in the Valentine Volunteers group refuse to let her give up. 

Keeper of the Stars - Robin Lee Hatcher - A King's Meadow romance - Two very different people come together at King's Meadow to find relief for the grief they have suffered.  Penny in the loss of her mother followed by her younger brother.  Trevor because of the loss of the drummer in his band. 

The Prophetess: Deborah's Story - Jill Eileen Smith -  Daughters of the Promise Land - As an Israelite women, Deborah plans on marring and raising her family in the way.  But God seems to have other plans for her.  Will she be able to do what God is asking of her? 

The Peacock Throne - Lisa Karon Richardson - When Miss Lydia Garrett's guardian is murdered, and the authorities refuse to investigate the odd circumstances, she vows to catch the culprit. The same night the Earl of Danbury is murdered in his bed. Against all odds it appears that the murders are related - and Anthony Douglas, the new Lord Danbury, is bent on revenge. 

Friday, February 5, 2016

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Celeste Fletcher McHale

Dear Readers,

I was really interested in getting started on The Secret toHummingbird Cake by Celeste Fletcher McHale.  I had heard a couple different quick reviews of it with mixed comments.  One person loved it and one was surprised by it (not in a good way).  So I really wanted to find out what they had. 

What I found was a book that I can't wait to share with you.  One that seems to be the type of book I have been looking for in the Christian market.  One that seems to start out as a cute little book about friendship and ends up being one that makes you wonder how, at the end of a book, you can be so emotionally attached to the characters. 

Carrington, Laine and Ella Rae have been friends since 1st grade.  It all started when Laine came to their school and was getting bullied.  Ella Rae took it upon herself to defend her, and the rest is history as they say. 

SecretToHummingbirdCake_CoverImageThe trio has been through many ups and downs together. They have always been there for each other, whether they agreed with what the other one was doing or not.  Their personalities are all very different and yet they are closer than sisters.  You do not see one without the other two close behind, even into adulthood.  Husbands know that if you marry one, you have to include the others in many of your get-togethers.  They are family.

Know that when I started to read this book, I thought it was going to be a fun read about the adventures of 3 women and their very special friendship.  I think most women long for a friendship like that, which is why we read about them so much. J  But what I got once I started was so much more than that.  

Now the back cover does not go into details of the storyline I am speaking of so I am also going to respect that and let you find out for yourself what I am talking about.  Just know I spent many moments laughing out loud at the fun times these women had together, but I also spent some of my time hiding behind the book because I knew nobody else sitting around the pool would understand why I was suddenly crying. 

It is a book about women and the friendships we all crave.  It is a book that will make you want to go out and hug all your friends and it is a book that will stick with you long after you are finished. 

Happy Reading,

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

New Release - Always Watching - Lynette Eason

Dear Readers,

Lynette Eason is one of the authors that has lead the romantic suspense genre to the top of the fiction lists.    She continues to prove over and over that she deserves all the positive press and reviews.  She has a huge fan following and will continue to add to it with books like Always Watching.  The newest release and the start of a new series.

The Elite Guardians are much sought after by those looking to protect themselves and/or their loved ones.  Wade Savage is a popular psychiatrist and radio personality.  He also has a stalker.  His father hires the Elite Guardians to keep the stalker at bay.  But when the Guardian is attacked and almost killed, agency owner, Olivia is brought in.

Olivia's skills are quickly tested as the stalker gets more and more brazen.  Moving from small innocent gifts to threats to Wade's loved ones.  Olivia must used every ounce of her defenses to keep them both safe.  But who will keep her heart safe?

A delight to read, Lynette is one of those authors I love to be able to recommend because I know that her books are well written and well researched.  That is what makes them so fun to read.

Happy Reading,

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

New Release - The Confessions of X - Suzanne M. Wolfe

Dear Readers,

There seems to be a huge wave of books about the woman behind, well which ever famous, historical man you want to pick.  Martin Luther, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington and now Augustine of Hippo.  The Confessions of X by Suzanne M. Wolfe is the story about Augustine and the woman he loved.  I think the thing I find most interesting here is that we don't know her name.  We know she existed, but do not know her name.  It has become lost to history.

Augustine loved her before he became the father of the Christian church.  They were of different classes and their love was doomed from the beginning.  She became his lover and bore him a son.  She watched as he walked his spiritual journey which would change their relationship forever.

This book represents a chance to get to know a well know figure a little better.  A chance to put a face on the legend so to speak.  A chance to know the man instead of the historical icon.  I really do love when authors take these type of stories on, it gives me a chance to relate to someone I have little or nothing else in common with other than we are both human.

I am looking forward to reading about X and learning more about her and Augustine.

Happy Reading,

Monday, February 1, 2016

New Releases - January 26 - 30

Dear Readers,

I actually only got 5 books read on my week long vacation.  But boy they were some good ones and I can't wait to share them with you.  In the meantime, here are a few titles to keep you busy.

Happy Reading,

The Centurion - Ken Gire - Lucius has always dreamed of Roman glory.  Curious about the "King of the Jews" he keeps hearing about he seeks out his followers.  He falls in love with one, but his military career interrupts and he is sent off to battle.  Years later when he returns to Rome, he must figure out what is really worth dying for.

The Newsmakers - Lis Wiehl/Sebastian Stuart - Erica's news career skyrockets when she records a tragedy accidently, getting the scoop on the other networks.  When it happens a second time she begins to wonder if the tragedies are accidents of if there is something more sinister going on.

Renovating the Richards - Virginia Smith - #2 Tales from Goose Creek - Millie is busy renovating their drafty old house and Al is writing the checks.  But things in Goose Creek don't stay quiet long.  The intra-county softball game is coming and Al is volunteered to coach as team that is sure to be an embarrassment.  And don't get the ladies started about the new business going in downtown!

The Feathered Bone - Julie Cantrell - Amanda Salassi is a chaperone for her daughter's 6th grade class trip to New Orleans.  When on the girls on the trip goes missing, Amanda spirals into depression and guilt.  Will she ever be able to move past the lost or will it cost her everything?

The Confession of X - Suzanne M. Wolfe - (backcover) Before he became the father of the Christian Church, Augustine of Hippo loved a woman whose name has been lost in history.  This is her story.

Always Watching - Lynette Eason - #1 Elite Guardians - Wade Savage has a stalker.  His father hires one of the Elite Guardians to protect him.  When that guardian is almost killed in the line of duty, Olivia steps in.  Not only will her skills be tested in keeping Wade alive, her heart is in danger also.