New Novels

I'm out of the weeds! Or I'm not swamped anymore, or whatever cliche applies when your next novel is almost ready for the editors and you finally have time to catch up on recently released novels by several friends. I haven't read these books yet, (I've been swamped in the weeds, remember?) but I know these authors well and you can be sure these are compelling stories about important themes. If they're working in a genre you enjoy, be sure to get a copy. And hey, even if you don't usually read their kind of novels, why not look them over anyway? It's good to try new things!

In His Dreams
3rd book in the Michigan Island Series
by Gail Gaymer Martin
Escape to beautiful Beaver Island could be the answer to Marsha Sullivan's need for a fresh start. Since her husband's death four years ago, Marsha had lost her way, but on Beaver Island, she had good memories to help guide her. Running into Jeff, her brother-in-law, in this paradise turned out to be a blessing. Not only did they share grief in losing their spouses, but also a warm bond began to form between them. Did God want her to love again? The only thing she knew for sure was that being with Jeff and his daughter felt like family.
Review: "In His Dreams touches on sensitive issues, including the problems of an emotionally handicapped child. But Gail Gaymer Martin outdoes herself with the romance she threads throughout." (Top Pick! - 4-1/2 stars)
Gail Gaymer Martin is an award-winning novelist with over one million books in print and forty fiction novels or novellas. The second book in the Michigan Island Series, With Christmas In His Heart, was recently honored with the 2007 National Readers Choice Award.
Purchase In His Dreams directly from the publisher or from Amazon.

Off the Record
by Elizabeth White
Judge Laurel Kincade, a rising political star, is announcing her candidacy for chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. Her aristocratic Old South family, led by her judge grandfather, beam as she takes the podium. Then her eyes light on a reporter in the crowd. Suddenly her past is on a collision course with the present.
Journalist Cole McGaughan, religion reporter for the New York Daily Journal, has received an intriguing call from an old friend. Private investigator Matt Hogan has come across a tip-that Laurel's impeccable reputation might be a facade. Matt suggests that Cole dig up the dirt on the lovely judge in order to snag his dream job as one of the Journal's elite political reporters.
There's just one problem: Cole's history is entangled with Laurel's, and he must decide if the story that could make his career is worth the price he'd have to pay.
A sensational scoop becomes a rollercoaster ride of emotions. Can Laurel and Cole find forgiveness and turn their hidden past into a hopeful future-while keeping their feelings off the record?
Review: "Off the Record is a thrilling read that will have readers quickly turning pages and yet hoping the story never ends. Elizabeth White has once again written a "keeper shelf" story. The characters are fresh and multi-dimensional, with flaws that make them seem all the more realistic. The story is fast paced, engaging, and fun. There are a few secondary characters I hope to see again in their own stories. Fans of wonderful stories with a great message that is woven into a delightful story with ease will need to pick up Off the Record today. I highly recommend Off the Record to everyone; you are bound to be as eager for more of Ms. White's writing as I am." (Wendy Keel, The Romance Readers Connection - Rating 4 1/2)
Elizabeth White is the author of Fireworks and Fair Game as well as the critically acclaimed Texas Gatekeepers series from Love Inspired Suspense. She lives in Mobile, Alabama, with her minister husband. Visit her website.
Purchase Off the Record here.

Days & Hours
A Rachael Flynn Mystery
by Susan Meissner
Readers of suspense fiction will once again be enthralled with the latest entry in the compelling series featuring attorney Rachael Flynn and her continuing cast of intriguing characters.
A newborn is found alive in a trash bin and a young, single mother insists her baby was abducted. While St. Paul police are skeptical, attorney Rachael Flynn’s strange dreams lead her to believe the mother is telling the truth. But who would steal a baby only to leave it for dead?
When the baby disappears again, Rachael agonizes over her decision to allow the baby to be returned to his mother. Did she make a terrible mistake? And where is that missing baby? Who would wish the child harm? Rachael races to see past the deception that threatens to send a young mother to prison and a newborn to a terrible fate.
Endorsement: “My first Susan Meissner novel, Days and Hours, won’t be my last. This enthralling mystery kept me up way too late and made me look at single moms in a whole new way. Rachael Flynn is a heroine I won’t soon forget. Highly recommended!” (Colleen Coble, author of Abomination and Midnight Sea)
Susan Meissner would love to hear from you at her blog, and appreciate a visit to her website.
Purchase Days and Hours here.

Doesn’t She Look Natural?
by Angela Hunt
How do you live when God asks you to bury a dream?
Jennifer Graham, the no-nonsense chief of staff for a Virginia senator, quits her job after her divorce—and finds herself an unemployed single mom. Forced to live with her mother until she can find work on Capitol Hill that does not involve her gregarious ex-husband, her efforts are stymied until she learns that she has inherited a funeral home in picturesque Mt. Dora. Jennifer journeys to the small Florida town with her two sons and her brother, never dreaming that within a mortuary she will uncover mysteries of love and life.
Endorsement: "Doesn't She Look Natural? proves the point that Angela Hunt is one of the most versatile authors writing today. Hunt can bring her readers up close and personal to any emotion common to the human heart, and she does just that in her latest release. With her trademark lovable, multifaceted characters and flawless, unpredictable storytelling, she allows us to view life through a lens that ranges from humor to pathos, from dreams to grit, from anger and frustration to courage and hope. I loved these people. I loved this book." (BJ Hoff, author of the Mountain Song Legacy series, the American Anthem series, and An Emerald Ballad)
Angela Hunt has written over one hundred books in fiction and nonfiction, for children and adults. Eight of her novels have won Angel Awards from Excellence in Media. Hunt has also won four silver medals from ForeWord Magazine’s book of the year award (for The Justice, The Canopy, Magdalene, and Unspoken), and a Christy Award for By Dawn’s Early Light. Hunt’s The Novelist won gold in ForeWord Magazine’s 2007 Book of the Year award. Three of her novels have been optioned for film, The Note by Journey Productions, Uncharted by Namesake, and The Elevator by Beth Grossbard Productions. Romantic Times Book Club presented her with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. Visit her website.
Purchase Doesn't She Look Natural? here.

Posted byAthol Dickson at 7:24 AM  


Kay said... September 10, 2007 at 10:00 AM  

I can vouch for Doesn't She Look Natural. It is one of my favorite Angie Hunt books so far.
Not just entertaining, but thought provoking. God used it to poke at some tender spots in my life.
I posted on it at my blog while I was only part way into it. I actually learned a lot more from God by the time I finished it. The burying a dream thing is a big deal. Surrender doesn't come naturally.

Rachel Hauck said... September 10, 2007 at 12:55 PM  

Congrats on being out of the weeds! What a great feeling.


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