I think I went a little crazy this month. Scratch that, I know I went totally insane this month. Apparently, December is a great month to promote books, and I seem to have bought more than my fair share. Plus, authors get caught up in the holiday spirit and start giving away books all willy-nilly! Being that I’m a die-hard fan of anything discounted and/or free, I kind of went on an e-book shopping spree. Never mind that I’ve been too busy to actually read the books. It’s just weirdly comforting for me to know that they’re there waiting for me… I think that’s a clear indication that I might have a problem. It’s one I don’t mind having though (Click on the pics or book title to read reviews, excerpts etc. via Amazon)
Title: Right Package, Wrong Baggage
Author: Wanda B. Campbell
Genre(s): Urban Fiction/Christian
For five years, Pamela Roberts, has balanced the demands of being a single mother and a devoted Christian. She unselfishly places the needs of her son, Matthew, above her own. Although she tries to convince everyone that she’s happy with Jesus alone, Matthew hand-picks the perfect present for her—a husband. Everything about the man her son chooses is perfect, except for his past. Micah Stevenson is excited when he learns the son of the woman he has been praying about wants him to join their family permanently. Believing Pamela Roberts is his soul mate sent from God, Micah pursues her. Once he is certain of her love for him, Micah reveals his dark history, shaking the foundation of the once loving and stable relationship. Trust is broken as judgments and prejudices threaten to deny the couple’s destiny. Will the man he used to be prevent Pamela from loving Micah for the man he is now?
Title: The Insecure Writer’s Support Group Guide to Publishing and Beyond (Currently free!)
Author(s): Several Contributors
Genre: Publishing & Books
Tapping into the expertise of over a hundred talented authors from around the globe, The IWSG Guide to Publishing and Beyond contains something for every writer. Whether you are starting out and need tips on the craft of writing, looking for encouragement as an already established author, taking the plunge into self-publishing, or seeking innovative ways to market and promote your work, this guide is a useful tool. Compiled into three key areas of writing, publishing, and marketing, this valuable resource offers inspirational articles, helpful anecdotes, and excellent advice on dos and don’ts that we all wish we knew when we first started out on this writing journey.
Title: Catch Me If You Can (Book 1 in a Series)
Author: Christina C. Jones
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Diligence. Focus. Agility.
For Naomi Prescott, it’s not just a cute little saying. It’s a critical mantra, words to live by if she wants to retain her freedom, and more importantly, her life. Impeccable planning is the only way to ensure she sets off the small flutters that will trigger the big ripple she needs to pull off the score of a lifetime — no matter the stakes.
FBI Agent Marcus Calloway is a straight-shooter… if you overlook his sometimes unconventional, law-skirting, expensive ways of solving a case. A big arrest would do wonders to restore his reputation, and he has one woman in mind: Jolie Voleuse
Unforeseen circumstances force them into a closer proximity than either — especially Naomi — would like to be. Sparks fly, and as surely as fire ignites,eventually their undeniable chemistry combusts into a passion that neither expected as they join forces in the dangerous pursuit of a common bounty.
[PLEASE NOTE that Catch Me If You Can is the first title in a continuous series that will carry over three books. Book 2 will be released in February 2015, Book 3 in April.]
Title: Unbound Hearts (Book 2 in a Series)
Author: Michelle-Lindo Rice
Genre(s): Christian/ African-American/ Fiction
Would you hire the person responsible for your losing both your legs?
Before he lost both his limbs, Jasper Orion was on his way to being voted Most Valuable Player in the National Football League. A man of faith, his faith in God remains unshaken and he starts his own business. With God’s leading Jasper decides to hire Charmaine Evans, the woman responsible for his demise. But, unexpectedly, Jasper develops feelings for his newest employee. He longs to hold her in his arms. Wheelchair bound, will Jasper’s love for Charmaine motivate him to walk again?
A backslidden Christian, Charmaine Evans’ ambitions left her broke, unemployed and a social pariah. Guilt-ridden, she returned home to Port Charlotte, FL to lick her wounds. To Charmaine’s surprise, Jasper not only offers her forgiveness but also a job when no one else would. Charmaine marvels at Jasper’s faith while grappling with her own. Bound by her past, will Charmaine learn to accept God’s plan for her heart and her life?
Title: The Amen Sisters
Author: Angela Benson
Genre: Christian Fiction
Would you believe a friend who told you she was pregnant with your pastor’s child? Francine Amen doesn’t and it leads to drastic consequences for both her and her friend.
The Amen Sisters is a compassionate look at the lives that are forever changed when a pastor abuses his power with the women of his congregation.
Francine Amen burned a lot of bridges when she left her home town to join a traveling ministry. When she’s forced to return broken and alone, she finds that making amends is not easy. Her sister, Dawn Amen-Ray, is having her own set of problems. With her marriage to Francine’s ex is in trouble, she’s not ready to deal with Francine’s return.
The Amen Sisters is a story of love, compassion and forgiveness that will stay with you long after you’ve turned the last page.
Title: Getting to Mr. Right
Author: Carol Balawyder
Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction
Campbell’s research into the father/daughter dynamic and how it affects a woman’s personal choices proves that Prince Charming is nothing but a myth. In a few months, she will receive international recognition for her work.
As part of her study, Campbell gives workshops to help women still seeking Mr. Right. Her latest group is made up of three women: Missi Morgan, who can’t seem to let go of a philandering spouse; Suzy Paradise, a self-proclaimed queen of online dating; and Felicity Starr, whose life and career are dictated by a controlling father.
In the midst of her study, a charming and personable man enters Campbell’s life, putting her theories in shambles. Not only does she now question the validity of her research, but she must choose between her career and having her own Prince Charming. This personal dilemma makes it difficult for Campbell to give these women advice, as she encourages them to find their own paths to happiness and helps them set themselves free.
Title: A Shoulda Woulda Christmas (A Novella)
Author: Michelle Stimpson
Genre: Christian Fiction
After being fired twice in the same day, Chaka Stringer wonders how much worse her pointless life as the wife of an underachieving husband and mom of two musty pre-teen boys can get. If only she had finished college and picked a different husband, her life would be better…or would it?
Through a mysterious haze, Chaka gets her shot at fame, fortune and the passionate relationship with her high school crush who never quite left her heart. But what ugly truths about herself will be revealed in the process? And what about the life she left behind?
Anyone who has ever wondered what “shoulda” or “woulda” happened if they had made different choices will enjoy this funny, inspirational, faith-based Christmas novella by bestselling Author Michelle Stimpson.
Title: Daisies Are Forever (ARC from publisher)
Author: Liz Tolsma
Genre(s): Historical Fiction/Christian Fiction
In the final days of Nazi Germany, the strength of one woman’s heart will determine the fate of a family.
The fall of the Third Reich is imminent. As the merciless Red Army advances from the East, the German people of Prussia await the worst.
Among them is twenty-year-old Gisela Cramer, an American living in Heiligenbeil with her cousin Ella and their ailing grandfather. When word arrives that the Russians will invade overnight, Ella urges Gisela to escape to Berlin—and take Ella’s two small daughters with her.
The journey is miserable and relentless. But when Gisela hears the British accent of a phony SS officer, she poses as his wife to keep him safe among the indignant German refugees. In the blink of an eye, Mitch Edwards and Gisela are Herr and Frau Josep Cramer.
Through their tragic and difficult journey, the fabricated couple strives to protect Ella’s daughters, hoping against hope for a reunion.But even as Gisela and Mitch develop feelings beyond the make–believe, the reality of war terrorizes their makeshift family.
With the world at its darkest, and the lives of two children at stake, the counterfeit couple finds in each other a source of faith, hope, and the love they need to survive.
Title: Many Strange Women (1st in a Series, Gift from Author)
Author: Parker J. Cole
Genre(s): Romance/Christian Fiction
Solomon Greene made a deal with God.
If He’d send him an unattractive woman, he’d marry her on sight and do what was spiritually right. After all, he needed that kind of wife to help him escape from his sordid past.
Celeste Martin made a deal with Solomon. She’d be his ugly wife. All she wanted in return was his name. She was in love with her sister’s fiance and he would be the only man she’d ever love.
Solomon had no idea that he’d find his wife fascinating. Celeste didn’t know that one taste from her husband’s lips would have her wanting more. Yet many strange women were between them.
Could Solomon ever escape from his past?
Could Celeste ever love her husband?
Title: Hush Puppy (Won in a Give-A-Way)
Author: Lisa T. Cresswell
Genre(s): Literature & Fiction
Intelligent Corrine, abandoned by her mother, and artsy Jamie, forced to play football by a redneck father, both dream of leaving their podunk town and never looking back. Their shared love of literature and a dream of a better life bring them together and a romance blossoms between them in a secret place of their own in the steamy North Carolina woods. When Jamie is involved in the accidental death of a white girl, he’s terrified of his abusive father. Corrine takes the blame to protect Jaime, with dire consequences for herself and her dreams of the future. Her life in danger, Corrine’s left wondering if Jamie ever cared about her at all.
Yowza! I know, I know…it’s a tad bit ridiculous to have so many books waiting to be read. I’m thinking that I’ll need to put myself on restriction for the month of January. But who am I kidding? I won a $25 Amazon gift card (shout out to author Deana Lynn Sletten!), and it’s burning a hole in my pocket!
What’re you readin’?