Marcia Gruver’s southern roots lend touches of humor and threads of faith to her writing. Look for both in her Texas Fortunes and Backwoods Brides series. When she’s not perched behind a keyboard, you’ll find her clutching a game system controller or riding shotgun on long drives in the Texas Hill Country. What made you interested in writing Christian Historical Fiction? I love to write, but it’s an all-consuming passion. I decided that if I was going to spend so much time and energy on a hobby, it should glorify God and lift up the cross. Before long, I began to see writing inspirational fiction as a ministry rather than a way to pass the time. Do you write any other genres? Nothing yet published. I have several idea files filled with contemporary, literary, and even speculative fiction stories. I love to experiment and will likely complete some of. . .
Bestselling author Catherine Richmond received rave coverage for her first novel Spring for Susannah¸ including a starred review from Historical Novels Review, and her second novel, Through Rushing Water, is sure to do the same. What made you interested in writing Christian Historical Fiction? Do you write any other genres? I wasn’t interested in writing. Between working as an occupational therapist, raising two children, and moving frequently for my husband’s career, I didn’t have a moment to spare, much less give to an all-consuming profession like writing. Then a folk song about a mail-order bride meeting her husband sparked a story that would not be denied. My mother is a Virginia history librarian, so I wasn’t completely unprepared to write historical fiction. I have a few contemporary romances looking for a publisher, too. Are there any other Christian Historical Fiction authors that you think your readers would enjoy? One. . .
Contemporary and historical romance fans rejoice with the release of six brand-new destination romances from Barbour Publishing. Scheduled for release January 2012 through June 2012, each novel is a destination read that provides a relaxing escape. What made you interested in writing Christian Historical Fiction? I’ve always been intrigued by an old house we pass that are abandoned and falling to pieces. I wonder who lived there? What was their story? I discovered historical fiction through LaVyrle Spencer a long time ago. Through her characters she involved me in history in an enjoyable way. When Christian Historical Fiction began to be published I was overjoyed! Finally, my kind of book without out the immoral behaviors. I had a chance to write A Bride’s Dilemma in Friendship, Tennessee and dove right in. Do you write any other genres? Yes, I’ve written a contemporary fiction book called Hearts on the Road (Heartsong). . .
Lexie Baltimore is facing the supernatural battle of her life. In answer to God’s call, Lexie uses her artistic abilities and dreams to help others. Her goal: to reach the lost, bring someone back to God, restore hope. But this time Lexie—torn between her love for her atheist husband, Hugh, and her attraction to Pastor Nate Winslow—is the mission. When false accusations, rumors, and demonic influence wreak havoc upon her marriage and family, Lexie’s only way out is to trust God. Who will win this otherworldly conflict where one life—and more than one soul—is at stake?
Jill Marie Landis is the bestselling author of over twenty-five novels. She has won numerous awards for her sweeping emotional romances, such as Summer Moon and Magnolia Creek. With her toes in the sand and head in the clouds, Jill now lives in Hawaii with her husband, Steve. What made you interested in writing Christian Historical Fiction? Do you write any other genres? I started writing Inspirational Historical Romance the way most writing begins, I was inspired to tell a story about good people wading through life’s struggles; people who may have been believers at one time, people who lost their way and find it during the course of the story, people who have never know God’s love but when they discover they are loved, their lives are forever changed. The Inspirational genre embraces Americana and Western settings, which is where my career started. I’ve written twenty seven single. . .
We’ve experienced An epic story of love and forgiveness, suffering and restoration and now we have the opportunity to read about Wisdom that came as God’s gift, but sacred love was forged through passion’s fire… what’s next? What made you interested in writing Christian Historical Fiction? Do you write any other genres? My first love has always been studying my Bible. I love discovering the rich historical and cultural settings that bring to life the deeper meaning of a Scripture passage. When I sought out publication for my study on Song of Solomon, I discovered quickly that no one wanted to publish anything from a li’l ol’ pastor’s wife from Indiana—especially a Bible study on the Song of Solomon! One editor told me, “I couldn’t get Billy Graham published on the Song of Solomon much less a first-time author!” So when you can’t go through the front door, you swing. . .
Peek into Nebraska State Penitentiary history where three women seek God’s plan for their lives. The latest from Christy Award finalist, Stephanie Grace Whitson, The Key on the Quilt is set for publication in March 2012 from Barbour Publishing.
Amelia Gladstone’s hopes are tied up in the Titanic—hopes for a reunion with her sister and an introduction to an admirer. But when she offers a spare ticket to a down-and-out young man, her fate is about to change. Quentin Walpole is stunned when a sweet lady secures his passage to America—and even more surprised to find his wealthy father and older brother on board the ship. Suddenly, Amelia finds herself caught between the attentions of two men, but who should she entrust her heart to? As the fateful night unfolds, will Amelia lose everything to the icy waters?
As I write my books, I often find my heroines at odds with the prevailing culture, usually in a desperate struggle to free themselves from some impossible situation. It’s that feeling that I always try to understand and explain. That desperation that I want to capture in my novels. How do they get into these situations? And why does the culture want to keep them there?
As often as I tackle new eras and new topics in my historical fiction, I never fail to be amazed by two things: how different we are from our historical sisters…and just how similar we are as well. Though we’ve come so far in terms of social and political rights, our worst enemy in many cases is still that secret, inner self who focuses on personal weaknesses instead of personal strengths and wishes that we could just be like everybody else. But therein lies the key to our self-made prisons: there is no Everybody Else. Everybody Else is you and I and those just like us. Like my characters, we all need to learn that the only person you really have to be is you…
Jobs and Love Come At a Price in Post-Civil War Tennessee
Historian and novelist Dorothy Love continues her Hickory Ridge series with Beauty for Ashes
*This is a guest post written by Rachel Coker* Hello, my name is Rachel Coker and I wrote “Interrupted: A Life Beyond Words”. Actually, it feels really funny to write that. I remember when I was a little kid, daydreaming about the day that I could see a book sitting on my bookshelf with my last name on the cover. I never would have thought that day would come before my seventeenth birthday. I’ve always loved to write. When I was in elementary school, I had notebooks full of doodles and poems and little tidbits. But it wasn’t until I was in middle school that I recognized my gift for fiction writing. My mom and dad were very supportive of my passion and hired a writing “coach” for me to work with. For over a year, I poured myself into developing my writing skills and techniques. But after many months. . .
At last comes the novel readers have been waiting for… Book 1 in the long awaited Daughters of the Potomac Series by author Rita Gerlach. Readers will grow attached to heroine Eliza Morgan, as she faces the hardships of colonial life when she leaves behind all she has in order to follow her heart and the man she loves into the Maryland wilderness. What is the one thing that you want to leave readers of Before the Scarlet Dawn pondering over? That the words to that beautiful song by Rogers and Hammerstein, ‘You’ll never walk alone’ are so true. Take one day at a time, and have faith that God is directing your path, that He will work in the lives of others to help you through the darkest hours. Also to forgive those that have hurt you, and to seek the forgiveness of those you have hurt. Please. . .
Black sheep Eric Bennington faces a powerful moment of truth. . . . A devastating fire, suspicion of arson, accusations of family, and the death of his father force Eric to make a choice in the battle between his own pride and God’s grace. Only one person seems willing to stand beside him, but Eric wants nothing to do with the Reverend T’s God. After all, he’s only ever relied on himself. Will Eric choose a legacy of fools—or will he inherit glory?
Sixteen-year-old Addison Blakely has tirelessly played the role of preacher’s kid—but she isn’t so sure she wants to be the good girl anymore. Addison Blakely: Confessions of a PK, the first young adult novel from Betsy St. Amant, takes you inside the life of Addison Blakely as she attempts to separate love from lust, facts from faith, and keep her head above water in her murky, fishbowl existence. Available in January 2012 from Barbour Publishing, Addison Blakely: Confessions of a PK is a real-life, culturally relevant story.
Thank you, Margaret, for letting me share about my new book, The Merchant’s Daughter. Just to introduce myself … I am the author of The Healer’s Apprentice, which was a Christy Award finalist, and I live near Huntsville, Alabama with my husband and two daughters. I have a degree in special education from The University of Alabama, and I was a teacher and a missionary once upon a time. We have a crazy, long-haired, snow-white dog that runs away a lot, which often leads to interesting situations, but we won’t go there. God uses all kinds of things to keep us humble. The Merchant’s Daughter is a Beauty and the Beast story set in a village in 14th century England. Here is the back cover summary. An unthinkable danger. An unexpected choice. Annabel, once the daughter of a wealthy merchant, is trapped in indentured servitude to Lord Ranulf, a recluse. . .
Book of Dreams by Davis Bunn Genre: Christian Fiction Pages: 352 Trade Paperback Date Published: October 2011 Publisher: Howard Books, a division of Simon & Schuster For Dr. Elena Burroughs, life is divided into two chapters—before and after the death of her husband. Today marks the point that her span of being a wife is equal to her span of being a widow. Even her success as a psychologist and her worldwide acclaim for a book on the interpretation of dreams is dimmed by an unspoken “If only.” Then a new patient arrives, one so private only her first name is given. Impeccably dressed and escorted by two bodyguards, Sandra recounts a frightening series of recurrent nightmares. Elena agrees to consider her case more carefully, convinced that something ominous may be at work here. Elena’s interpretation of Sandra’s dreams confirms that, indeed, the new patient and her family confront a. . .