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I was so excited to FINALLY get to chat with Liz Tolsma on the podcast this week.  Her book, A Picture of Hope, released in October and features an American journalist set on getting children out of occupied France before the Nazi regime decides they're expendable. Liz's passion for special needs children shines through our conversation, and her commitment to WWII fiction as a way to prepare our hearts for hard times really encouraged me. Note: links may be affiliate links that provide me with a small commission at no extra expense to you. Liz Tolsma's New WWII Novel Really Does offer a Picture of Hope We had a lovely chat about the value of people with disabilities and special needs--about their value in society and to the Lord. Liz shared how she'd come up with part of the story idea years ago and, when she learned of this new series, Heroines of WWII, how it transformed first to a story about a woman journalist, and then how she chose to include a child with Down Syndrome and how it affected her. Liz has seven or eight WWII novels, and we chatted about a few of them, including my favorite, Snow on the Tulips from the Women of Courage series. We also took a moment to chat about her upcoming release, also taking place in France, Slashed Canvas. Part of the Ever After Mysteries, Slashed Canvas combines a Russian grand duchess and MacDonald's fairy tale, The Lost Princess.  This book releases February 1, and you don't want to miss it. One thing we didn't chat about that we should have... DUH.  Liz has her own podcast all about HISTORICAL fiction.  WOOHOO!  So, Be sure to check out Christian Historical Fiction Talk.  A Picture of Hope by Liz Tolsma A Photojournalist Risks Her Life to Save a Very Special Child  Full of intrigue, adventure, and romance, this series celebrates the unsung heroes—the heroines of WWII. Journalist Nellie Wilkerson has spent the bulk of the war in London, photographing mothers standing in milk lines—and she’s bored. She jumps at the chance to go to France, where the Allied forces recently landed. There she enlists Jean-Paul Breslau of the French underground to take her to the frontlines. On the journey, they stumble upon a great tragedy, leaving a girl with special needs being orphaned. Can Nellie and Jean-Paul see the child to a safe haven while being pursued by the Nazis, who are pressed by the advancing Allies and determined to destroy all they can before they flee? Liz wanted to ensure you didn't forget about... the other authors who have released WWII novels set in France recently and the promotion they have going! Three authors, each with a WWII novel set in France... what more could you want.  Join Melanie Dobson, Sarah Sundin, and Liz Tolsma as they celebrate France in WWII with their newest releases! Each author has great blog posts this week. You can find those here: Liz Tolsma Melanie Dobson Sarah Sundin You'll want to visit the WEBSITE for all the information about it (and the Rafflecopter!). January 29, 2022 you will want to meet on Liz Tolsma's Page for the Facebook chat to close out the promotion! Like to listen on the go? You can find Because Fiction Podcast at: Apple  Castbox  Google Play Libsyn  RSS Spotify Stitcher Amazon and more!
Suspense dipped in romance--what more could you want unless it's wrapped up in the world of Lynette Eason's "Elite Guardians."  This is what Sami A. Abrams was given the privilege of writing in when she joined Sunrise Publishing's collection of books in Lynette's series.  However, from the sounds of it, Lynette also has the privilege of having Sami writing in her world, too.  Listen in to find out more. Note: links may be affiliate links that provide me with a small commission at no extra expense to you. Ready for an Exciting Ride with the Elite Guardians? We had a great chat with the first author in this new series from Sunrise Publishing, Kate Angelo back in Episode 125. Book two released today with author Sami A. Abrams taking TWO of Lynette Eason's characters on a new and wild ride complete with, and I quote, "car chases, explosions, and more."  Yeah.  Hold onto your hats (and you might want that five-point harness I mentioned). Look, how can you go wrong with something exciting like a guy who knows something he can't remember and being on the run from... what?  EEEP! Sami A. Abrams released her debut novel with Love Inspired Suspense back in December. Buried Cold Case Secrets sounds amazing, and Sami tells us about how her readers wanted book two and... if I recall correctly, that's Twin Murder Mix-Up or the next book coming out early next year. Double EEEP! We talk about all this... and a lot more... and with a ton of laughter and stories in the middle. I had a great time talking with her.   Impending Strike by Sami A. Abrams  He loves her, but he can’t have her… Elite Guardian Charlie Lee knows that there is no future with the woman he loves—fellow Guardian Lizzie Tremaine. And he gets it. Lizzie’s a single mom focused on protecting her daughter, and Charlie’s got his own baggage anyway. It’s easier, and safer, to keep things the way they are. Then, the unthinkable happens. While Charlie is undercover, he’s seriously injured…and his memory of the past four years is gone. But maybe it’s the fresh start he didn’t know he longed for. And now he’s getting too close… Lizzie cares for Charlie, but she’s lost all the men she’s ever loved and can’t risk her heart again. Still, she’s determined to protect Charlie, and help him discover who attacked him—and why. But in the process, she begins to discover an unburdened, impossible-to-resist version of the man she knows. And—along with the details of his attack—Charlie seems to have forgotten their reasons for keeping things platonic. Suddenly, all of their self-imposed rules are gone, and Lizzie needs things to get back to normal, stat. It’s her heart…or his life. Problem is, the closer Charlie gets to uncovering his memories, the closer he gets to trouble. What will protecting Charlie cost Lizzie? Another edge-of-your-seat Elite Guardian thriller! Want more Elite Guardians? Elite Guardians Collection Book 1: Driving Force Book 2: Impending Strike Book 3: Defending Honor (October 2022) Elite Guardians series by Lynette Eason Book 1: Always Watching Book 2: Without Warning Book 3: Moving Target Book 4: Chasing Secrets You can learn more about Sami A. Abrams on her WEBSITE. Like to listen on the go? You can find Because Fiction Podcast at: Apple  Castbox  Google Play Libsyn  RSS Spotify Stitcher Amazon and more!
I had a delightful chat with historical romance author, Tracie Peterson, a couple of weeks ago, and boy did I learn some cool stuff!  Listen in to find out what prompted Tracie to write about trains and New Mexico and just what horned toads have to do with any of it.  She even gives us a sneak peek into what's coming next!  Hint: it involves "brownies," freezing people (we presume), and gold! Note: links may be affiliate links that provide me with a small commission at no extra expense to you. When You've Written This Many Books, You're Sure to Be a Favorite Tracie Peterson has been one of my favorite authors for years. I knew I'd read her books since at least the early days of this century, but when she said 1995, I knew I'd probably read every one of those first books, too.  Though her first love might be Jesus, her first writing love is definitely historical fiction with romance, adventure, and maybe a little intrigue to boot! As with many historical authors, research consumes a lot of her time. Find out which books involved her going to a trick riding school and how a book about a "horny-toad man" helped her write the Love on the Santa Fe series! In addition to chatting about her books, we also discussed the writing process. And even better, about the wonderful letters from readers.. Tracie Peterson is one prolific writer with over a hundred thirty books to her name! There's sure to be something for everyone, wouldn't you say? Beyond the Desert Sands by Tracie Peterson Can she reconcile who she's become with who she's meant to be? Accustomed to an opulent life with her aunt, the last thing twenty-five-year-old Isabella Garcia wants is to celebrate Christmas in her parents' small silver-mining desert town, leaving her handsome beau, Diego Morales, behind in California. Adding insult to injury, she must bear the company of Aaron Bailey, the disapproving Santa Fe Railroad businessman her father has sent to escort her home, who clearly finds her spoiled. But she is surprised to see how much the town of Silver Veil has grown and how fragile her father's health has become. Then a surprise visitor shows up with news that entirely upends the comfortable life she's been leading. Faced with all these changes, Isabella struggles to sort through her future and who she wants to be. But trouble is brewing, and there are those who hope she stays just as she is, even if it costs her everything. You can preorder the eBook and audiobook from Amazon or you can get the hardback or paperback from BakerBookHouse.com. Find out more about Tracie Peterson and her books on her WEBSITE. Like to listen on the go? You can find Because Fiction Podcast at: Apple  Castbox  Google Play Libsyn  RSS Spotify Stitcher Amazon and more!
In today's episode, Christian Romance author, Amy Anguish and I talk about her latest release, the first book in her Road Trip Romance series... Destination Romance. Learn about the three friends who make up this series, the fun stories for each, and what kind of road trip they all go on. You'll love the fun Anguish has for us (doesn't that sound fun?  I love her name!) Listen in for more! Note: links may be affiliate links that provide me with a small commission at no extra expense to you. Ready for a Fun, Funky, Romance-Filled Road Trip This Summer? I had a delightful chat with Amy about her fun new series, and I was determined to read them all the moment they released. I mean, come on. A "girls only" road trip for a bachelorette party ends up picking up tagalongs and everything goes wonky. We even got a small bit of information about the upcoming books as well. But then Amy Anguish lived up to her name... She mentioned another book... an epistolary novel. I had to read Writing Home.  I just had to. If you wanted a recipe for a perfect romance, it would include a slow-burn, a friends-to-more element, and deep, rich faith woven into every moment without becoming preachy. And Amy R. Anguish did it. Beautifully. One of the best parts was that even what should have felt "obvious" didn't. We know who would do what and how or why in certain places... but we still hold our breaths until it happens, not completely certain. Lovely. This new-to-me author just landed herself on my insta-buy list with great characters, fun dialogue, and just a host of fun scenarios tied together with the best get-to-know-you letters. I went into this book knowing I'd like it. I just had no idea that I'd love it as much as I do. Onto the next! And yes... I'm going to binge all the books. Destination Romance by Amy Anguish It’s not every day you bring a boyfriend back as a souvenir. Katie Wilhite is ready to settle into her new job as a librarian now that college is through, but friends Bree and Skye want one more girls’ trip, and when Bree insists this is her bachelorette fling, Katie agrees. What she didn’t agree to was allowing fun and flighty Skye to dictate the itinerary or for her anxiety to kick in harder than ever … right in front of a cute guy. Camden Malone had no idea when he agreed to be the voice of reason on his cousin Ryan’s vacation that the trip wouldn’t stay in New Orleans as planned. But when Ryan plots with Skye so that the guys can tag along with the girls all week, he isn’t nearly as upset as he should be. Not with Katie’s fiery temper and flashing eyes intriguing him more by the minute. Can Katie relax enough to trust Camden and a possible future, or will she continue to push him away as only a vacation fling? And can Camden move past a rocky history of his own to be able to jump into a better future? For a trip that was supposed to be all about fun, there’s a lot of romance going around. You can find out more about Amy Anguish and her books on her WEBSITE. Like to listen on the go? You can find Because Fiction Podcast at: Apple  Castbox  Google Play Libsyn  RSS Spotify Stitcher Amazon and more!
Sunrise Publishing's newest collection just released, and I'm crazy excited about Carrie Padgett's One Fine Day. This book and the others in this series take place in Rachel Hauck's Heart's Bend. Learn about her characters' backstories, how I cracked up in the opening scene, and what we might expect from the rest of the series, too! Listen in for all the details and see why One Fine Day might need to make an appearance at the top of your TBR list. Note: links may be affiliate links which provide me with a small commission at no extra expense to you. Get Ready for a Great Start to a Wonderful New Series with Sunrise When I opened the first chapter of One Fine Day by Carrie Padgett, I had no idea what to expect, really. I'd never read the books Rachel Hauck wrote that inspired this series, so I went in... blind. Well, on the first page, I cracked up.  Genius work with a bit of backstory that didn't feel like an info dump combined with natural humor, and I was hooked. In more ways than one, this is a second-chance romance that I can't wait to read... or to listen to.  I still can't decide if I want to read it or snag the audiobook. What thinkest all? Carrie and I had a great time chatting, and even the books she mentioned told me that I would probably continue to love everything about this book.  Besides, who couldn't love a book set in a place called "Hearts Bend"? One Fine Day by Carrie Padgett "A heart-warming romance, One Fine Day is a great way to spend a day and tease your sweet tooth. Now I need to head to my local bakery!" T. I. Lowe, bestselling author of Under the Magnolias All she wants is a fresh start... Chloe Beason LaRue left Hearts Bend after high school, determined to never look back. She shed her unrequited crush on Sam Hardy, moved to Paris, went to pastry school, found a good job, fell in love, and got married. She was happy in France. Then her husband tragically died. Now, Chloe just wants to move forward…but when her mom’s health is in jeopardy, Chloe heads right back to Hearts Bend where she’s hired as head baker for Haven’s, the premier bakery in town. She has no idea that moving home will push her right into the arms of the man who broke her heart. He's not looking to fall in love... Tennessee Titans quarterback Sam Hardy has too many broken memories in Hearts Bend to Return. But when he’s sidelined by an injury, he desperately needs to invest in something to safeguard his future. Haven’s Bakery is up for sale—and his business partner believes the deal is too good to pass up. He has no idea that the owners have hired the one girl he can’t seem to forget…and the last thing he expects is to be her boss. But it’s a recipe for romance… Back in Hearts Bend for the first time in ten years and thrown together at Haven’s Bakery, Chloe and Sam have a second chance at first love. Indeed, the more time Sam spends selling pastries, the more he sees a new future. But when Paris beckons Chloe back, where does her heart belong? Can they find the recipe for leaving regrets behind and start something new? Escape to Hearts Bend for a sweet story of romance, faith, and an unexpected happy ending. Want more of Hearts Bend? Hearts Bend Collection Book1: One Fine Day Book 2: You’ll Be Mine (coming soon) You can find out more about Carrie Padgett and her books on her WEBSITE (including her Facebook page). Like to listen on the go? You can find Because Fiction Podcast at: Apple  Castbox  Google Play Libsyn  RSS Spotify Stitcher Amazon and more!
Christian author, Steven C. Harms began his writing career in an unusual way and continues it today in an equally unusual way. He writes mainstream novels with titles straight from Scripture, a struggling Christian protagonist, and deep Christian themes. With a goal to give Christian readers thrilling books and secular readers something to think about, the Roger Viceroy books sound fascinating! Note: links may be affiliate links that provide me with a small commission at no extra expense to you. How Will This Detective Stop a Serial Killer? And... can he find a man missing for ten years... way over in Guatemala?  And what else is coming for Roger Viceroy? Steven C. Harms talked about this and more as we chatted the other day. You won't want to miss the story of his first foray into fictional writing. And from what I've read so far in Give Place to Wrath, you won't want to miss this one if you love a good thriller. I'd hoped to have the book read before this episode went live, but I didn't want to keep everyone waiting. So, what I can say is that so far, this book isn't as tough to read (graphic wise) as Steven James' Patrick Bowers (that's the name I couldn't remember!) series. Steve is working on the third book now, and from what I've seen, he might need to hurry.  I think after I finish the series I'm reading now, I'll be plowing through this one. Good news for readers, he hopes to write a huge series of Roger Viceroy books.  EEEP! Give Place to Wrath by Steven C. Harms Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award Finalist – Best Mystery American Book Fest American Fiction Awards Finalist – Mystery/Suspense Detective Roger Viceroy, divisional head of the Midwest Region Special Crimes Unit, awakes one morning to a bombing in a wealthy suburb of Milwaukee. As he and his team dive into the investigation, a mysterious clue launches a manhunt with scant other evidence to point them in the right direction. Over the coming weeks, the related murders unfold, each with a unique twist and the same clue left behind. Viceroy uncovers one other common thread—a seemingly random association with the small north woods town of Curwood, Wisconsin. As the death toll mounts, Viceroy has to connect the dots and stop the carnage before it reaches the final target, Governor Kay Spurgeon. You can learn more about Steven, his books, his articles, and more on his WEBSITE. Like to listen on the go? You can find Because Fiction Podcast at: Apple  Castbox  Google Play Libsyn  RSS Spotify Stitcher Amazon and more!
A couple of weeks ago, Jennifer Sienes and I got together to chat about her new release, Night Songs, and had a blast talking about her other books, about writing, about what the Lord does in our lives, and well... a whole lot of things!  Listen in to see what's up in her writing life! Note: links may be affiliate links that provide me with a small commission at no extra expense to you. What Makes This Author's Southern Fiction So Great? Here's a hint:  It's not a what. It's a Who. After chatting about her recent release, Night Songs, Jennifer and I chatted about writing, how God influences our words, the research necessary, and so many other things.  Listen in to discover how her series novellas either tie the books together or flesh out the series. Find out what castle inspired her upcoming Christmas novella, and what new genre she's embracing in her next series. Oh, and don't forget that Night Songs will be available on audiobook narrated by the fabulous Christa DelSorbo. Night Songs by Jennifer Sienes What’s a girl to do when her life sounds ripped from the lyrics of a country music song? Charlotte Van Cleave’s hissy-fit reaction to her husband’s infidelity sours her world like a pot of boiled chitlins. She’s left with no husband, no job, and no home—well, besides the dilapidated farmhouse inherited from her nana.  But Charlie learned early that southern girls dig deep when things go sideways. She’d climbed out of the mire when her missionary parents were killed in Congo, endured two late-term miscarriages, and survived the death of her nana and papaw. Too poor to paint and too proud to whitewash, Charlie follows a new path with her interior design skills.  Derek Daniels spent his life serving his country until a helicopter accident ended his military career. Now back home on the family farm, he’s stuck between his philandering brother, Nicky, and the only girl he’s ever loved—sweet Charlie Van Cleave. Unwilling to cross a line, he vows to keep his feelings to himself. Easier said than done when Charlie discovers a mystery surrounding her parents’ death and asks him to help investigate. What’ll Charlie and Derek have to do to turn those lyrics into a country hit? You can learn more about Jennifer, her books, and any future speaking engagements on her WEBSITE. Like to listen on the go? You can find Because Fiction Podcast at: Apple  Castbox  Google Play Libsyn  RSS Spotify Stitcher Amazon and more!
Looking for a bit of fantasy? How about some suspense?  Maybe you are looking for a mystery or a procedural police story?  Well, good news.  James R. Hannibal has them all!  His upcoming release, Elysium Tide, takes us to Hawaii with a doctor who doesn't know how to do this "vacation" thing and gets us embroiled in murder, some car thieves, and who knows what else!  Listen in to learn more! Note: links may be affiliate links that provide me with a small commission at no extra expense to you. Can You Imagine a Better Beach Read than Action & Mystery in Hawaii? Way back in Episode 15, I mentioned that Sarah Monzon (Not Susan... or should that be #NotSusan?) had recommended a lot of great books that I really enjoyed reading. One of those recommended books was James R. Hannibal's The Gryphon Heist. I handed it to Mom and was informed that I should read it.  Posthaste.  I have not yet read said book.  *insert shame-filled apologies here* ;) So, when I learned that James would be on the show, I raced to read the book and got it done in the--yeah. Total lie.  You saw it up there where I said I hadn't read the book yet.  But still, talking to someone I respect as much as I do Hannibal was a blast, and listening to him tell how he got so many of the little inspirations for parts of his upcoming release from his own family vacation to Hawaii, I knew Elysium Tide would be the book for me.  Oh, yeah.  Guess who ordered hers pronto?  From Baker Book House, no less. 40% off and free shipping.  Thought you'd want to know. ;) Seriously, just listening to James tell about the book's premise makes me want him to do a nice long series of books with these characters... and I haven't read a single word of the first book yet! And then I did something that changed the direction of the conversation. If you've ever listened to an episode of Because Fiction, you know that I always ask where readers can find more about the author. This time that question threw me for the proverbial loop.  Oh, yeah. He mentioned something in passing--Light Raiders--and whooooooooooooooah Nellie!  Guys! You have to check out all the amazingness of a role-playing game that focuses on understanding and infusing the Word into your heart! To learn more about the game you can go to the WEBSITE (and that's where you can learn more about James, too). To listen to the podcast episodes we talked about, you can go to Lorehaven and listen to a few different Fantastical Truth episodes. Elysium Tide by James R. Hannibal Dr. Peter Chesterfield is one of the Royal London Hospital's top neurosurgeons. He is also a workaholic, ordered by his boss to take a week off to attend a medical symposium at the luxurious Elysium Grand on the island of Maui. While there, Peter pulls a woman with a skull fracture from the water. Though he is able to revive her in the ambulance, she eventually dies in his arms, leaving him with only one clue to what happened to her: the word "honu." Increasingly obsessed with discovering the cause of his patient's death, Peter becomes entangled in an ongoing investigation of a brazen luxury auto theft. He also becomes a source of deep irritation to detective Lisa Kealoha, who has jurisdiction over the case. But when the two join forces, they begin to uncover a destructive plot that runs far deeper than either of them could have imagined. And if they're not careful, they're both going to end up dead. Award-winning author James R. Hannibal whisks you away to the deadly beauty of Hawaii for a story of greed, violence, and justice that will leave you breathless. Again, find out more about James. R. Hannibal on his WEBSITE. Like to listen on the go? You can find Because Fiction Podcast at: Apple  Castbox  Google Play Libsyn  RSS Spotify Stitcher Amazon and more!
When I learned that Jubilee Lipsey started her Biblical fiction series by writing a Bible study of David & Jonathan, I knew this would be an author right up my alley!  Listen in to learn why she chose to debut with that particular story, what she learned from it, and what to expect from her next! Note: links may be affiliate links that provide me with a small commission at no extra expense to you. What about 2020 Prompted Authors to Write about This Great Friendship? Jubilee Lipsey is the second (although, I think it's actually the third) author that I've spoken to who found themselves writing about David and Jonathan during 2020.  Lockdown hit and of all the Bible stories that could be fictionalized, they chose this classic friendship.  The first you can read about HERE. But as I mentioned already, the most fascinating bit of this story is not that she chose to spend lockdown writing her first novel. She went on to rapid-release the next two in the series ensuring that the entire series was available quickly.  Not only that, but she's done this very well. The books are available in paperback, on kindle, and in hardback (I got my hardback at a GREAT price, so you should definitely check that out). Why did the Lord press David and Jonathan onto the hearts of His people?  What can we learn from that?  I don't know, but I definitely want to read this book (it's beckoning from my shelf!) to find out. My Brother the King by Jubilee Lipsey Still reeling from his father’s break with the God of Israel, Prince Jonathan is in line to inherit a throne that has already been stripped from his family. The young shepherd David is the man after God’s own heart, chosen to take Jonathan’s place. Carrying a secret anointing that won’t stay hidden, David yearns to fight alongside his childhood hero rather than against him, but his calling threatens both their lives at every turn. Instead of fighting to the death over a crown that can’t belong to both of them, the two young warriors forsake rivalry and pledge themselves to a friendship forged in the passionate pursuit of the God who called them—both. Walk alongside two Biblical heroes as they embrace the will of God through a selfless covenant that would withstand the brutal tests of family jealousy and war—a friendship that would change history. You can learn more about Jubilee on her WEBSITE. Like to listen on the go? You can find Because Fiction Podcast at: Apple  Castbox  Google Play Libsyn  RSS Spotify Stitcher Amazon and more!
Suzanne Woods Fisher is almost synonymous with rich characters, deep faith, and interesting situations, but now with the release of The Sweet Life, I suspect we might see ice cream added to that list. Having an ice cream "expert" who went to ice cream school living in her home doesn't hurt, but even if she didn't... a book about a  polar opposite mother and daughter team running an ice cream shop on Cape Cod?  WHAT?  *Insert Patti Page's "Old Cape Cod" song here... no really... you can listen HERE. Note: links may be affiliate links that provide me with a small commission at no extra expense to you. What's Better Than Ice Cream on a Hot Day? A Great New Book! Tropes in fiction (whether print or film) are a thing. One of the most popular ones is "opposites attract."  Suzanne Woods Fisher has taken this and put it into a romantic women's fiction novel, The Sweet Life. But the opposites are a mother-daughter team who end up in another trope--fish out of water. Because one woman's impulsive purchase and another woman's refusal to let her mother fail. #BecauseMom, basically. When Dawn finds herself taking her mother on what should have been her honeymoon, that's just the start of a life she had NOT planned.  This Type-A, go-getter, get-the-checkboxes-checked kind of gal shouldn't be surprised that her free-spirited mother bought an ice cream shop on a whim. Right? But you have to give her credit for making sure Mom doesn't go belly up when the ice cream season ends and there's no more income! This is the first book in the Cape Cod Creamery series, and I cannot wait to find out why Dawn is on this "honeymoon" alone when her ex-fiance isn't a bad guy. THAT intrigues me. Not only that, but what better book to read on a hot summer's day than a book about ice cream?  My copy of A Sweet Life is here and I'm ready to dive in. Suzanne says her husband's "obsession" (my word, not hers) with ice cream inspired this book, but not in the way you'd think!  So, you want to be sure to listen in to learn more about that and... about the next release coming soon! Yep! Suzanne's next book after The Sweet Life is another Amish release, but you'll need to listen in (and come back) this fall to find out more about that one.  If you want to check out previous interviews, maybe check out episodes 49 or 106. The Sweet Life by Suzanne Woods Fisher Dawn Dixon can hardly believe she's on a groomless honeymoon on beautiful Cape Cod . . . with her mother. Sure, Marnie Dixon is good company, but Dawn was supposed to be here with Kevin, the love of her life (or so she thought). Marnie Dixon needs some time away from the absolute realness of life as much as her jilted daughter does, and she's not about to let her only child suffer alone--even if Marnie herself had been doing precisely that for the past month. Given the circumstances, maybe it was inevitable that Marnie would do something as rash as buy a run-down ice-cream shop in the town's tightly regulated historic district. After all, everything's better with ice cream. Her exasperated daughter knows that she's the one who will have to clean up this mess. Even when her mother's impulsive real estate purchase brings Kevin back into her life, Dawn doesn't get her hopes up. Everyone knows that broken romances stay broken . . . don't they? Welcome to a summer of sweet surprises on Cape Cod--a place where dreams just might come true. You can find out more about Suzanne on her (newly refreshed!) WEBSITE! Stop by and see the changes! Like to listen on the go? You can find Because Fiction Podcast at: Apple  Castbox  Google Play Libsyn  RSS Spotify Stitcher Amazon and more!
Debut Author, Sara Brunsvold, is bursting on the Christian Women’s fiction scene with an amazing book, The Extraordinary Deaths of Mrs. Kip. With characters who have captivated my heart from page one (and enough quirkiness to keep my attention to the last), Sara Brunsvold is sure to become a favorite author, and this book is already on my top five of the year before it’s even released! Note links may be affiliate links that provide me with a small commission at no extra expense to you. This Novel Isn’t Even Available Yet, and It’s in My Top 5! If you’d told me that I’d fall so in love with two chapters of a book that it would push that book into my top five of the year so far, well… I’d have laughed. The joke’s on me because it happened with Sara Brunsvold’s The Extraordinary Deaths of Mrs. Kip. This debut women’s fiction novel has a bit of a split-time element and is set in Kansas City. Trust me when I say that meeting Clara was one of the most fun introductions to a character I’ve ever had. I just love this woman, and I’m drumming my fingers to get to read more about her.  Not surprising considering it won the ACFW Genesis’s award a couple of years back. 😀 Sara says her passion is intergenerational stories, and you definitely get this with Aidyn and her “assignment,” Mrs. Kipp.  But you also get inter-cultural and ideological influences in this book as well. And then there’s that next book she has coming out.  You know, the one about a gal cooking her way through her grandma’s German cookbook?  Yeah.  The one we have to wait until early 2024 for?  Yeah. That one.  Sigh. When Sara told us about her favorite authors, a lot of things made sense.  Just sayin’. Find out which of Katherine Reay’s books are her favorites and how she fangirled over Reay’s response to an email (and why you should email your favorite author!). The Extraordinary Deaths of Mrs. Kip by Sara Brunsvold Aidyn Kelley is talented, ambitious, and ready for a more serious assignment than the fluff pieces she’s been getting as a cub reporter for the Kansas City Star. In her eagerness, she pushes too hard, earning herself the menial task of writing an obituary for an unremarkable woman who’s just entered hospice care. But there’s more to Clara Kip than meets the eye. The spirited septuagenarian may be dying, but she’s not quite ready to cash it in yet. Never one to shy away from an assignment herself, she can see that God brought the young reporter into her life for a reason. And if it’s a story Aidyn Kelley wants, that’s just what Mrs. Kip will give her–but she’s going to have to work for it. Debut author Sara Brunsvold delights with this emotional multigenerational story that shows that the very best life is made up of thousands of little deaths to self. You’ll want to be just like Mrs. Kip when you grow up! This book is 40% off with free shipping from Baker Book House. That’s less than the Kindle version if you like paper! You can learn more about Sara at her WEBSITE (and sign up for that newsletter so you can get Mrs.Kip’s 8 Rules to Live By). Oh, and if she does those videos of her cooking through that book, you’ll want to know when/where to find them. Like to listen on the go? You can find Because Fiction Podcast at: Apple  Castbox  Google Play Libsyn  RSS Spotify Stitcher Amazon and more!
Restored Grace, the second book of the Bay Town Series by romantic suspense author, Kathleen Robison, releases in almost a month.  Learn about her characters and some of their inspirations in this book.  Don't miss out on the bonus short story she's giving away with preorders and the peek into an upcoming Christmas novella, too! Note: links may be affiliate links that provide me with a small commission at no extra expense to you. What Wonderful Author Combines Romantic Suspense and Women's Fiction Elements? I first met Kathleen J. Robison at an ACFW meeting in Orange County. This sweet-natured homeschool mom of quite a few children had something in common with me beside the homeschool mom of many bit (I was reading the day God handed out sweet spirits... or something). She wrote incessantly and with eclectic tastes.  What I didn't expect was to find that romantic suspense would be her debut niche. And boy has she rocked that niche! Beginning with a prequel novella (Revived Hope) that deals with criminal intimidation and family trouble, she then tackled one of the toughest subjects to deal with--human trafficking (Shattered Guilt). The next book in this Bay Town Series, Restored Grace, is releasing next month, and oooh... boy.  Wait'll you get to know these characters.  Good guys, bad guys, difficult folks, sweet--she's got them all and not one flat, carbon copy of anyone else in the lot. Kathleen also talks about her upcoming Christmas novellas and even the books she's reading.  Restored Grace by Kathleen J. Robison They promised Jesus would be with her through everything, but is that enough? Free-spirited vintage thrift shop owner, Carol Scape, wallowed in grief after her boyfriend’s murder. However, with newfound faith, she’s finding out what it means to die to self and put others first. Even if it could cost her life. Carol is on a mission to save a runaway teen and an at-risk girl from Will Boudreaux, the man just released from jail for running a prostitution ring. The same man who previously terrorized Bay Town residents. Can’t the town get a break? Can’t she? She’s up for the challenge, but when sparks ignite between her and the town mayor, it muddles things. Having sworn off men, he’s getting in the way of what she feels she must do. Or is he? Restored Grace is the second book of the Bay Town Series, continuing one year after Shattered Guilt. It’s a stand-alone, amped-up, romantic suspense. Buckle your seat belt. You’re in for a ride. You can learn more about Kathleen on her WEBSITE. Like to listen on the go? You can find Because Fiction Podcast at: Apple  Castbox  Google Play Libsyn  RSS Spotify Stitcher Amazon and more!
What happens when you combine romance, suspense, and the Amish?  You get a totally new twist on some familiar genres and tropes, as you discover with Mary Alford's upcoming release, Among the Innocent.  Listen in as we talk about the Amish, the location, and Mary's writing journey to where she is today. Note: links may be affiliate links that provide me with a small commission at no extra expense to you! Why Does Evil Lurk Among the Innocent and Vulnerable? Oh, so many reasons, and that's one of the things that suspense--both romantic and straight-up--explores.  In this novel, Mary Alford explains just what happens when a killer targets Amish women and shows what one Amish woman did to do something about it. Mary Alford started out writing suspense, found it wasn't quite right for her, switched to other things, and finally settled into where she's most comfortable. Just as authors sometimes begin books that need time to percolate or morph into something else, sometimes they need new insight into what they should be writing. Mary shows us how that worked out in her own life. A prolific author of books for Love Inspired Suspense, Mary Alford's first book with Revell releases on June 7th, and oh boy am I excited.  My copy is sitting in Revell's warehouse, waiting to be shipped to me.  Eeep! All in all, we had a lovely chat, and I really enjoyed getting to know someone I've read about but never actually talked to! Among the Innocent by Mary Alford When Leah Miller's entire Amish family was murdered ten years ago, the person believed responsible took his own life. Since then, Leah left the Amish and joined the police force. Now, after another Amish woman is found murdered with the same MO, it becomes clear that the wrong man may have been blamed for her family's deaths. As Leah and the new police chief, Dalton Cooper, work long hours struggling to fit the pieces together in order to catch the killer, they can't help but grow closer. When secrets from both of their pasts begin to surface, an unexpected connection between them is revealed. But this is only the beginning. Could it be that the former police chief framed an innocent man to keep the biggest secret of all buried? And what will it mean for Leah--and Dalton--when the full truth comes to light? USA Today bestselling author Mary Alford keeps you guessing as two determined souls plumb the dark depths of the past in order to forge a brighter future--together. Learn more about Mary Alford on her WEBSITE. And don’t forget, this book is 40% off at Baker Book House until June 6, 2022, AND… FREE SHIPPING.  That makes it $9.59 plus tax and license, but no postal extortion fees!  EEEP! Also over a dollar off the Kindle. Just sayin'!  A couple of coffees.! Like to listen on the go? You can find Because Fiction Podcast at: Apple  Castbox  Google Play Libsyn  RSS Spotify Stitcher Amazon and more!
Part of the Doors to the Past, split-time series, Liz Tolsma's A Promise Engraved combines the brutal events at the Alamo, a ring found at a flea market, and the stories that connect them together. As usual, Liz gives us hope, faith, and a bit of grit in her strong, resilient female characters. Listen in to learn more. Note: links may be affiliate links that provide me with a small commission at no extra expense to you. Don't Forget This Book (and Be in Two Places At One Time! Sorta). Liz Tolsma is one of my favorite historical fiction authors (and not just because we shared fro-yo and book ideas at book conferences).  While a solid presence in the WWII subgenre (listen to this episode HERE), Liz also writes about other historical and now contemporary periods in this wonderful addition to the Doors to the Past series. We chatted about how she got the idea (hello out of the blue inspiration), about her trip to San Antonio (cheap flights with no seat partners drooling on your shoulder--yes, please!), and a museum docent's full attention?  Oh, my word. She hit the writer's jackpot!  Of course, she also wrote about a fascinating time in history, too! You can hear the passion Liz holds for this story as she talks about the battles, the people, and the story she created from them. Add to that the faith that infuses her work... Yeah. Good stuff right there. But that's not all Liz talked about! In addition to background information on A Promise Engraved, we got hints about her December release, too!  She's leading us back to Europe and WWII but in a different direction. Greece!  EEEP! I'm so excited about this book! Finally, I asked a couple of difficult questions and got two cool answers.  Listen in to find out why Liz thinks one trait that spans time and locations is resilience.  Oh, and about vile villains.  #BecauseVillains. A Promise Engraved by Liz Tolsma Can Promises Made in Times of Struggle Endure 200 Years? Visit historic American landmarks through the Doors to the Past series. History and today collide in stories full of mystery, intrigue, faith, and romance. Young, spirited Josie Wilkins life is about to take a turn when faced with political turmoil and secret love in San Antonio of 1836. John Gilbert has won her heart, despite being a Protestant preacher who is forbidden to practice his faith in Texas. If he discovers the secrets of her painful past, he will never have anything to do with her. But then comes the Battle of the Alamo. Will either of them survive an epic battle for liberty to create a legacy of love? Nearly 200 years later, Kayleigh Hewland takes breaks from her demanding job as a refugee coordinator working with Mexican migrants to attend flea markets where she has found a uniquely engraved ring that helps her discover who killed her parents. Enlisting the help of appraiser Brandon Mullins, they piece together a love story long forgotten. But will dangers linked to the ring end her own hopes for leaving a legacy built on hope, faith, and love? Don’t miss other great books in the Doors to the Past series: The Lady in Residence by Allison Pittman Hope Between the Pages by Pepper Basham Bridge of Gold by Kimberley Woodhouse Undercurrent of Secrets by Rachel Scott McDaniel Behind Love's Wall by Carrie Fancett Pagels High-Wire Heartbreak by Anna Schmidt Love's Fortress by Jennifer Uhlarik A Promise Engraved by Liz Tolsma Laura's Shadow by Allison Pittman Passages of Hope by Terri Haynes In Spotlight and Shadow by Rachel Scott McDaniel The Keys to Gramercy Park by Candice Sue Patterson And don't forget, this book is 20% off at Baker Book House AND... so far I've gotten books with free shipping if I found a preorder that also included free shipping at the same time (they've been shipped separately so far, too!) You can learn more about Liz (and be first to learn the title of her next book if you sign up for her newsletter) on her WEBSITE. Like to listen on the go? You can find Because Fiction Podcast at: Apple  Castbox  Google Play Libsyn  RSS Spotify Stitcher Amazon and more!
She's back again! Author Elizabeth Goddard and I chatted about her last book in the Rocky Mountain Courage series (and a tiny bit about what is coming next) in this episode!  We had a blast talking about writing, the complexities of research, and our favorite things about books. Listen in for more! Ready for another Can't-Put-it-Down Romantic Suspense Book? Note: links may be affiliate links that provide me with a small commission at no extra expense to you. We chatted about the first book in this series, Present Danger, back in Episode 64, and now... the final book in the series is here (almost)! Elizabeth Goddard first said she'd never write another book about cyber security, but now that she's had some distance from all the research (and the unsettling nature of that research), do you think she will stick to that?  I sure hope not, because this book sounds AMAZING. Critical Alliance is set in the Montana Rocky Mountains, of course.  Where else would it be in this series?  Especially since Goddard admits to loving this area of the country.   However, her next series is going to take us a bit north... to Alaska! Okay, now all I can hear is Johnny Horton's song. I'll be singing it all week.  I blame Elizabeth. Releasing July 5, Critical Alliance is also available from the Baker Book House website at 40% off retail with FREE shipping. This makes the paperback LESS than the cost of the Kindle version (aside from tax, license, and extortion fees ;) ).  Seriously, that's like 2000 book prices right there!  And during a paper shortage, too!  WOOT!  ALSO, sometimes Baker Books send out their preorders EARLY.  This means we can get it even before the release date sometimes!  (I've gotten several recently. Just sayin'! Critical Alliance by Elizabeth Goddard Rocky Mountain Courage Series #3 Mackenzie Hanson's special set of skills opened the door to a successful career as a professor of cybersecurity at a Michigan university, allowing her to put her criminal past behind her. But when a long-ago partner in crime delivers a cryptic message about her father's tech company being under cyberattack, she heads for Montana to secure exposed assets, close security breaches, and hopefully save lives. Diplomatic Security Services special agent Alex Knight is back home in Montana to decompress from a mission gone wrong. But even as he's trying to relax, he's drawn into another mystery, complete with suspicious deaths, lethal threats, and whispers of espionage that all have one thing in common--a beautiful cybersecurity expert with a dark past. When the situation turns deadly, Alex and Mackenzie will have to work together to find the answers they need--before someone silences Mackenzie for good. USA Today bestselling author Elizabeth Goddard weaves a tangled web of nail-biting suspense and heart-stopping romance in this fast-paced conclusion to her Rocky Mountain Courage series. You can find out more about Elizabeth and her books on her WEBSITE. Like to listen on the go? You can find Because Fiction Podcast at: Apple  Castbox  Google Play Libsyn  RSS Spotify Stitcher Amazon and more!
Beloved historical Christian author, Ann H. Gabhart has a new release, and I was so excited to talk to her about her book, When the Meadow Blooms, and to talk about her love for story, for Kentucky, and for nature, as well as how they infuse her stories. Note: links may be affiliate links that provide me with a small commission at no extra expense to you. This Author Brings a Ray of Sunshine and A Bunch of Hope Only an author like Ann H. Gabhart can write a story that is both unique and parallel to current history.  Set after the Spanish  Flu pandemic,When the Meadow Blooms captured my imagination the moment I started reading. Ann's description of nature, of her Meadowland, and the delightful little girl who drew birds to dot her I's and a long-tailed mouse at the bottom of her letters promises a read like no other. I haven't even met Dirk yet, and I already love the lonely recluse. Oh, and that's an important thing to remember... the "Look Inside" sample is already available on Amazon!  EEEP! We also chatted about some of her other books (let's pester the publishers for more Hidden Springs Mysteries!) and the way her faith elements work their way into the stories. Hint: this book is more of a "and a little child shall lead them" than the wise, old sage we usually see from her. Like most of her books, When the Meadow Blooms is available on Kindle, in paperback, and on audio! Furthermore, you can get the paperback for just about a dollar more than the Kindle version (and FREE SHIPPING!) if you order from Baker Book House before May 3, 2022.  After that, the price goes up a little (but is still 30$ off retail). We just don't know about the shipping.  So, it's something to think about.  Grab it fast and you save a bundle (I have mine on the way!   When the Meadow Blooms by Ann H. Gabhart If any place on God's earth was designed to help one heal, it is Meadowland. Surely here, at her brother-in-law's Kentucky farm, Rose and her daughters can recover from the events of the recent past--the loss of her husband during the 1918 influenza epidemic, her struggle with tuberculosis that required a stay at a sanatorium, and her girls' experience in an orphanage during her illness. At Meadowland, hope blooms as their past troubles become rich soil in which their faith can grow. Dirk Meadows may have opened his home to his late brother's widow and her girls, but he keeps his heart tightly closed. The roots of his pain run deep, and the evidence of it is written across his face. Badly scarred by a fire and abandoned by the woman he loved, Dirk fiercely guards his heart from being hurt again. But it may be that his visitors will bring light back into his world and unlock the secret to true healing. Bestselling author Ann H. Gabhart explores the tender places within the human heart in this character-driven story of trusting God to turn our burdens into something beautiful. You can find out more about Ann from her WEBSITE. Like to listen on the go? You can find Because Fiction Podcast at: Apple  Castbox  Google Play Libsyn  RSS Spotify Stitcher Amazon and more!
Join me with a conversation about The Chosen Kids by RM Ruiz about middle-grade fiction and especially, her Christian middle-grade adventure series for kids. Supernatural tools, a mission from God, and more fill these books about a bunch of cousins fighting evil forces. Note: links may be affiliate links that provide me with a small commission at no extra expense to you. Join the Chosen Kids on an Exciting Adventure in California RM Ruiz took me on a wild ride with her The Chosen Kids idea. While I wasn't sure what to expect from the books before I talked to Rosemary, by the time she explained things, I had a feeling of this series being symbolic of what God actually has already done.  We've been given a mission (in the Bible) to fight the forces of evil (Satan and his minions), and supernatural objects (the Holy Spirit) to ensure we can succeed.  It's a wonderful parallel that will engage kids' imaginations. Okay, so I also loved that the primary character is a bookworm.  Just sayin'. However, I'm almost as excited about RM Ruiz' website as I am about this series idea. Seriously, guys!  This website is AMAZING.  Illustrated pictures of the kids you can click on to get more information about them, parental info, just who Jesus is... so much to peruse.  The site reminds me (in the way that it keeps you interested in sticking around) of JK Rowling's website. It looks nothing like it, and has totally different content. But both sites were designed to make a person want to see what else there is, and that's pretty cool! The Chosen Kids by R.M. Ruiz What if you were just an ordinary kid one minute and tasked by God with saving His world the next? On the sunny coast of California, 11-year-old booklover Caiden, his siblings, and his cousins set off to The Dunes with their favorite aunt after months of lockdown. Caiden decides to leave his book at home for the trip and explore the beach, for once. Their fun-filled day is interrupted when a supernatural encounter sends the group on a secret mission that shows them just how important each one of them is. But Caiden wanted a fun adventure, not a dangerous quest! He’d like to put it off for ten years—or at least a week. With special tools and new identities, the family of believers race to stop a devious foe. But will a reluctant Caiden find his courage and rely on his faith in time? Will the chosen kids listen to the Holy Spirit and let Him guide them to victory before the enemy causes an untimely apocalypse? Debut author R.M. Ruiz gives us an easy-to-read, fun story of faith with relatable characters who must choose obedience over fear. Each of them is appointed a certain role and receives a blessed object to use as a tool on their mission. In one day, the chosen kids must remember to listen to the Holy Spirit and rely on their faith if they are to succeed. Filled with the gospel message, but not preachy, The Chosen Kids: Encounter at the Dunes reminds us that God uses even the most unlikely of heroes for His glory. Set in the present day, but with a nostalgic feel, this fast-paced adventure is sure to inspire Christian readers ages 9 through 12 (and up!). This unique tale has an open Christian theme which includes supernatural objects powered by God, the strength of Jesus, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, with prayer, scripture, family love, cousin banter, a smidge of sarcasm, and humor throughout to keep it light. The adventure continues in Encounter at Paradise coming spring of 2023. You can find out more on that awesome WEBSITE I mentioned. Like to listen on the go? You can find Because Fiction Podcast at: Apple  Castbox  Google Play Libsyn  RSS Spotify Stitcher Amazon and more!
Every bibliophile needs a good read (or even better, a great one), and have I got a great one for you!  I take a few minutes to gush about one story I can't get out of my head and heart, The Gold in These Hills, and the wonderful world of books otherwise known as GoodReads. Note: links may be affiliate links that provide me with a small commission at no extra expense to you. A Gush about a Good (more like GREAT) Read & GoodReads I'm not going to go too much into The Gold in These Hills. That's the book I gushed about, and you can read my review of it HERE for my double coppers on that sucker. But GoodReads deserves a little bit of gushing, too.  Because after years of underestimating the genius of it, I am a huge, raving fan.  Yes, there are drawbacks. Can you say clunky interface?  But with a few tips, you can get past that. So, without further ado, here are ... SEVEN reasons or ways to use GoodReads. Keep track of all those great books you hear about but can't start reading today. Janey Sue mentions this great book by Kate Angelo. In the car on the way home (if you're a phone person) or once you get home, you can add Driving Force to your "Want to Read" and forget about it--until you need a book. Then you go to that "shelf," scroll through the covers, and voila!  You see it, choose it, and buy it. FREE books.  GoodReads always has tons of giveaways. I go through periodically and enter the ones I want. Oh, and do authors a favor!  Share that giveaway!  We appreciate that. "Update Progress."  For the longest time that made no sense.  Why would I want to stop reading to share an update on my reading progress?  Well, there are quite a few reasons!  For example: I can comment on the things I really love or dislike on those comments, which gives me a mini-summary of my reading experience.  I can cobble all of those together at the end and voila!  A book review! If I have to put the book down for any reason, I can tell by my comments what was going on again and I don't have to start over. It helps authors!  No, really.  Every comment you make gets put into your "feed."  Anyone following you sees those updates and may discover they want to read the book (or not!!!), too! Learn about other books.  Seriously, I can't tell you how many books I've learned about just because someone added them to their shelves. Reviews.  Want to know if a book is your jam?  Some GoodReads reviews even have spoilers if you're really not sure how much vampireness you can stand from Dracula or if maybe you should just go read Anne of Green Gables like any other sane person (just joking!!!) Bonus points for helping authors! You can post like you can on Facebook. Ask for recommendations. Share a quote image (use HTML. HERE is where you can copy the code you need). Thank an author (seriously, I need to do this!).  Whatever.  If you'd post about it (book) FB, it can go here, too! Groups.  Yep, like Facebook (see, it's really Facebook for readers and readers only--no politics!  Sorta... some books...), there are GoodReads groups! We even have a Christian Fiction group on GR that we're trying to kick off the ground.  Check that out HERE. I mentioned maybe making an infographic with these things, remember? Well, I found one online, and while it's not exactly the same, since I don't have all my tips and tricks here, I'm going to just leave this LINK and then make another post later if/when I ever get mine made.  :D Like to listen on the go? You can find Because Fiction Podcast at: Apple  Castbox  Google Play Libsyn  RSS Spotify Stitcher Amazon and more!
The Wolf Creek Ranch series by Mandi Blake combines western romance with contemporary Christian romance in one brilliant spin-off series from her Blackwater Ranch series. Western romance is crazy popular, and Mandi and I talk about her books, how she writes them, and about her exciting newsletter Faith Reads Romance. Note: links may be affiliate links that provide me with a small commission at no extra expense to you. Fall in Love with This Wonderful New Romance Series Mandi Blake loves to write about cowboys working the land, loving the Lord, and being that loyal, stand-up guy everyone roots for. A cattleman's daughter herself, Mandi knows the life of which she writes, and where it differs from her own, she's got friends to keep her books authentic and page-turners! Not only that, but Mandi is a fun-loving, spontaneous gal who reads almost as much as she writes (or so it seems to me!). I learned of a few new-to-me authors from her. I never thought I'd ache to read a "billionaire" series, but one with a strong faith element AND a billionaire biker? Yeah. I have to find out about that, so Evangeline Kelly is next up on my "to try" list--right after Mandi Blake herself!  She also recommended Hannah Jo Abbot and romantic suspense author, Tara Rice Erickson. But wait, there's more! Mandi and her friends have joined forces to bring readers the best in romance books on sale or just highly recommended.  Visit Faithbooksromance.com for new releases and sales discounts on Wednesday and Saturday. Also, follow them on Instagram at faithbooksromance. On Mondays and Thursdays, they tell about different series! And finally, I can't remember what she said about her reader group that intrigued me, but something did, so I think you should check it out! Truth Is a Whisper by Mandi Blake They both want the truth, but are they willing to pay the price? Ava Collins is more than ready to say goodbye to the breakneck pace of the city, and an invitation to her grandfather’s ranch is exactly what she needs. Finding out her former flame is running the ranch, on the other hand, was entirely unexpected. How can she put aside her memories of that whirlwind summer when she has to work beside the handsome cowboy every day? Jameson Ford was grateful to be offered the new foreman job at Wolf Creek Ranch. He's eager to prove himself, but quickly distracted by the reappearance of his first love, who also happens to be his boss's granddaughter. It’s been years since they promised each other forever, and neither of them know how to pick up where they left off or if they should forget it ever happened. Allied by their love of the ranch, Jameson and Ava have to work together, despite the lingering feelings between them. When Ava uncovers secrets about her family, she doesn’t know if she can trust anyone. Most of all, can she learn to trust her heart on her way to discovering the truth? Truth is a Whisper is the first book in the Christian romance Wolf Creek Ranch series. You can learn more about Mandi Blake on her WEBSITE. And don't forget to learn more about Faith Books and sign up for that newsletter! Like to listen on the go? You can find Because Fiction Podcast at: Apple  Castbox  Google Play Libsyn  RSS Spotify Stitcher Amazon and more!
California's history is full of adventure, and author Marie Sontag dives in with her Whitcomb Discoveries series. Beginning with the California Trail (and characters who were part of the ill-fated Donner party), Sontag mingles actual historical figures with her own characters to the past to life for today's youth. Note: links may be affiliate links that provide me with a small commission at no extra expense to you. Discover California's Fascinating History through This Adventure Mystery, adventure, ill-fated treks across the wilderness, new paths across uncharted territories--Marie Sontag offers it all.  Not only that, but you see the good and bad of all sides of history in a frank look at California before it was settled after Westward Expansion and statehood. Not only that, but Marie Sontag also has new middle-grade and YA fiction coming that showcases other historical eras and places. I loved hearing about how she met readers who were connected with both series in one way or another.  And I also loved learning that her website offers videos she took while in the very places she writes about. Check out the Whitcomb Discoveries and see if Daniel ever learns what happens to his parents, how he knows the Donner Party, and what life was like during the Gold Rush era. The Yosemite Trail Discovered by Marie Sontag Join sixteen-year-old Daniel Whitcomb as he juggles a growing relationship with Virginia Reed, one of the survivors of the Donner Party, helps his Miwok friend learn how to read and write, and manages the account ledgers for his guardian, Jim Savage at his trading posts in the California goldfields. Is Jim correct when he says, You can't possess what you can't protect? Does that justify fighting the Yosemites after they attack Jim's posts or the Mariposa Battalion's entrance into Yosemite to rout out the Ahwahneechee? And will Daniel ever make it back to Illinois to solve the mystery of his parents' deaths? Yosemite Trail Discovered provides an intriguing read for YA readers as they explore the clash of cultures that led to the whites' first public discovery of Yosemite Valley. You can learn more about Marie Sontag on her WEBSITE. Don't forget to check out those videos! Like to listen on the go? You can find Because Fiction Podcast at: Apple  Castbox  Google Play Libsyn  RSS Spotify Stitcher Amazon and more!
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