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Brand New Books for July!

reading-studyingWow! July’s offerings have me drooling! Today, I posted a review of a great new mystery (one of the new June releases) on Suspense Sisters! Check it out.

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New Christian Reads for June

BackfireI’m super excited about Elizabeth Goddard’s latest book in her Mountain Cove series, Backfire. Here is the short version from Amazon, but check out the review for Backfire on the Suspense Sisters review page:

Tracy Murray had thought she’d be safe disappearing in the wilds of Alaska after her testimony put away a gang leader. But the gang symbol tattooed on an attacker’s arm means the clock has run out. She’s been found—and she knows the killers won’t let her escape alive again. She can’t fight an entire gang alone—she needs help. But when she finds herself relying on widowed firefighter David Warren, a new struggle emerges. Fleeing Alaska and cutting all ties could be the only way to survive…but it would mean leaving her heart behind. Mountain Cove: In the Alaskan wilderness, love and danger collide

Here are some other good bets that have made it to my reading list. If you like Christian or clean romances, mysteries, or suspense, these books should be on your list as well!

I’ve divided my list into categories depending on what I know of the author and the type of story that their blurb suggests. 

  • Bathtub Reads (Light, fluffy, sweet, and/or humorous. Good books, but easy to set aside until another quiet time.)

Family of her dreamsFamily of Her Dreams by Keli Gwyn: A headstrong housekeeper who longs for a family of her own must convince a withdrawn widower she’s the right person to care for his children—and help him learn to live again. Love Inspired Historical. I got to read Keli’s debut and enjoyed it. I can highly recommend this one!

  • Every Moment Reads (Mysteries or romances that beg to be picked up again and again. These stories compel the reader to find moments to read a few more pages.)

Undercover BrideUndercover Bride by Margaret Brownley: Pinkerton operative Maggie Michaels travels to Arizona Territory as an undercover mail-order bride to track down the notorious Whistle-Stop Bandit. If she doesn’t prove the suspect guilty before the wedding—she could end up as his wife! I LOVED Brownley’s last book, The Petticoat Detective. See my review of it! Can’t wait to read this one!

  • Sleepless Night Reads (No putting the book down until finished or the eyelids are forced shut. These stories are too intense to put off even for a good night’s sleep.)

Desperate MeasuresDesperate Measures by Sandra Orchard: Researcher Kate Adams has finally pinpointed the medicinal plant responsible for tearing her family apart. She’s certain that discovering its secrets is her only hope of solving the mystery surrounding the disappearance of her father. Kate will risk anything to find the truth–even her budding relationship with Detective Tom Parker. But more people than she can fathom are after the plants and going it alone just might prove to be a fatal mistake.
Award-winning author Sandra Orchard pulls out all the stops in this breakneck and breathtaking conclusion to the Port Aster series. Fans will not be disappointed by the surprises they find inside. Sandra Orchard has been one of my favorites and I enjoyed the first book of the Port Aster series. 

And don’t forget to vote for your favorite hero from the online serial, Unlikely Merger. You can find all of the chapters linked at the title or on WriteIntegrity.com. And the complete ebook will be available and free at AMAZON on July 1!


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Top 20 To-Read in Christian Fiction for 2014

I’m so excited about my list of to-reads this year. My first “writing” year, I concentrated on debut authors, enjoying their excitement – living vicariously. Last year, I tried to read books by friends and connections through the various conferences I visited. This year, I’m focusing on authors that I’ve already liked. I’m honing in on my own voice and style, so relishing potential new favorites will give me the opportunity to analyze why I like the books as I read them. I hope that I can not only encourage these wonderful novelists, but get more than enjoyment from the time I spend with their books. Continue reading


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Inspiration: Guest Post by Sandra Orchard

algonquin mountaintopI’m so pleased to finish out Sandra Orchard week with a guest devotional. What a delight it is to hear her heart! I’m so glad to have gotten to know her this week and hope that you’ll take the opportunity to visit her website and pick up one of her books!

I’m going to do a Your Turn early, so make sure you read to the end. A particularly fun link is on the bottom.

(Once you finish reading) What was the last exceptionally difficult thing you did and what did you learn from it? Do share and show some love to our Author of the Week!

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Interview with Author Sandra Orchard

Fatal_InheritanceI’m so excited to host Sandra Orchard at Faith~Driven Fiction. I loved her book, Critical Condition and you can see my review of it from Monday’s post. And hearing about her next book has me drooling! Continue reading


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Review – Critical Condition by Sandra Orchard

A couple of months ago, I announced to y’all the top 10 books that I wanted most to read this year. Almost all of them are romantic suspense or mystery novels with a Christian focus. A few weeks ago, I chose one at random to read, I can now add another check mark to my list.  Continue reading


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Top 10 Book List Update

_MG_2730sqI’m more than halfway through the year, so I’m behind on my reading Top 10 list. At the same time, I’ve read some books that weren’t on my list that were sheer delights. Check out a quick tour through my library.

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