Katie’s Choice by Tracie Langford {Preview}

These autumn days we watch trees flinging their colorful leaves to the chilly breezes.

The word “fling” also brings mental pictures of Scottish Highlanders dancing with energy and abandon the “Scottish Fling.”

With the same gusto Cladach is celebrating and broadcasting the stories written by our fiction authors. More than good reads – these Christian novels elevate and inspire as they reach deep into the heart and soul of the reader. Stories can help us to more clearly see ourselves, God, each other, and the world around us.

“Reading about the responses of people in stories … helps us to respond more courageously and openly at our own moments of turning.” ~ Madeleine L’Engle

We think you’ll find this true of Cladach’s fiction titles:

Katie’s Choice…

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Creating Animal Characters with Personality by Jennifer Hudson Taylor

When I was writing Highland Sanctuary, Phelan, the village wolf dog appeared out of nowhere. Of course, the name is Celtic/Scottish for male and actually means, wolf. In my mind, I imagined a white wolf with yellow eyes. He looks fierce, but is gentle as a lamb. With Phelan around, few people worry about their safety. Most think of him as the village protector. Whenever there is danger, Phelan always senses it and alerts the villagers. He’s loyal, a companion, and a friend. The reader gets a glimpse of Phelan’s playfulness, his seriousness, and his vulnerable side. Throughout the book, he becomes as much of a character as any of the other people in the story. For those of us who are animal lovers, don’t our pets become part of our family? We worry when they don’t feel well or act bizarre. We grieve when they’re in pain and die.. . .

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Second Book of the Breathtaking Backwoods Brides Series

Spellbinding Romance in an Old Mississippi Setting Second Book of the Breathtaking Backwoods Brides Series Uhrichsville, OH – Explore the Natchez Trace along with a bandit who strives to trade his scandalous past for a respectable future with an innkeeper’s daughter. Due to release in October 2011, award-winning author Marcia Gruver delivers romance, adventure, and hours of reading pleasure in Bandit’s Hope. Reddick “Tiller” McRae, growing tired of the outlaw life, is thinking about settling down. When he falls for an innkeeper’s daughter, he becomes determined to change his ways. But is it too late to redeem his heart and soul? Mariah Bell runs an inn along the Pearl River in Jackson, Mississippi. To protect her aging father and their business from violent outlaw gangs, she needs to snatch herself a strong, trustworthy husband—and quick. What will she do when she finds out the man she desires is wanted in. . .

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A Lady and Her Maid Embark upon a Wild West Quest

Travel along with Elise Finster and her British mistress, Lady Anne Stone, as they search for the new but missing earl of Stoneford. Determined to follow David Stone’s somewhat cold trail leading to Oregon, greenhorns Elise and Anne secure livestock and supplies to join a wagon train. Will the ladies succeed in their quest or succumb to the malfeasance of the mysterious man dogging their heels? Scout Eb Bentley’s initial disgust with these ill-prepared women eventually turns into admiration for one lady in particular. Can he protect her long enough to win her over, or will prairie dreams turn into a Wild West nightmare?

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Erica Vetsch Delivers Enticing Historical Romance in Her First Full-Length Publication

Uhrichsville, OH – From award-winning author Erica Vetsch comes a brand-new historical romance title from Barbour Publishing. A Bride’s Portrait of Doge City, Kansas is scheduled for release in September 2011. In this novel, a career-driven deputy and a successful female photographer with a shady past join forces to catch a killer in Dodge City, Kansas. Hoping to leave the shadows of her shady yesteryears behind, Adeline Reid is focusing on her photography career. But when her ex-boyfriend’s compatriot in crime shows up in Dodge City, her entire past is threatened by exposure. Can Addie keep her secrets while helping to catch a killer? Deputy Miles Carr’s investigation into a shopkeeper’s murder leads him to Addie’s door. Will his attraction to this female photographer keep him from catching the true culprit? Or will Addie lead him off course in more ways than one? Publication Data: A Bride’s Portrait of Dodge. . .

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Q&A for Davis Bunn’s The Damascus Way

Young Julia has everything money can buy—except for acceptance by either Gentiles or Judeans in Tiberias. When she discovers the secret her beloved Greek father has kept all these years, she is devastated. Julia and her Hebrew mother are indeed less than second-class citizens. Her future is dark with clouds of uncertainty.

Jacob, Abigail’s brother, is now a young man attempting to find his own place among the community of believers. Does it mean trading away the exhilaration and adventure of his current profession as a caravan guard? 

Hired by Julia’s father to protect a wealthy merchant’s caravans on the secretive “Frankincense Trail,” Jacob also reluctantly takes on the perilous responsibility of passing letters and messages between communities of believers now dispersed across the land. He is alarmed to discover that Julia, hardly more than a girl, is also a courier. Can their initial mistrust be put aside to accomplish their mission?

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Rose’s Pledge – Your Next Must-Read!

Read as two esteemed authors pool their talents to create an engrossing historical romance in Rose’s Pledge. Releasing this January, Laity and Crawford offer a stunning debut novel that will leave readers wanting more!

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Guest Post with Christmas Novel Author Myra Johnson

Many thanks to Margaret for inviting me to visit her blog. “Creative Madness”—that certainly describes my life as a writer! I never know where inspiration will come from—or when. And since I find myself utterly incapable of plotting out my books before I write them, there’s a lot of creative madness going on as the characters themselves tell me what happens next in the story. (Does that constitute talking to yourself? If so, I’m certifiable!) As part of Margaret’s Christmas Reading Challenge, I wanted to share a few of my favorite Christmas reads. Although it’s been several years since I’ve made time to settle in with one of my all-time favorite Christmas novels, at the top of the list is the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol. It’s hard to find another Christmas story that so perfectly portrays the timeless themes of family, charity, love, and forgiveness. But that doesn’t. . .

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Marta’s Legacy Interview with Francine Rivers

Watch this great interview with Francine Rivers about her new The Marta’s Legacy series, a two part book divided in half. You can read my review of the first book, see a book trailer and more back here: http://www.creativemadnessmama.com/2010/04/her-mothers-hope/ The first novel “Her Mother’s Hope” is 493 pages and was published March 2010. The second novel is coming October 2010 “Her Daughter’s Dream” and is said to be 528 pages. I cannot wait!

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