The Lawman’s Oklahoma Sweetheart by Allie Pleiter

When Katrine Brinkerhoff’s cabin is attacked, only sheriff Clint Thornton’s heroism saves her. She owes Clint her life—and her help catching the men responsible. All she has to do is trust in Clint’s plan to protect her family. But she can’t let herself care too deeply, not when her past carries secrets that would drive him away.

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The Invention of Sarah Cummings (Avenue of Dreams, #3) by Olivia Newport

In a world where everyone is putting on a show, there is a love that is genuine.

Sarah Cummings has one goal in life–to break into Chicago’s high society. Desperate to stop serving dinner to members of the wealthy Banning family and to start eating at society tables, Sarah spends her meager free time altering cast-off gowns to create the perfect wardrobe for her future life.

When opportunity knocks at a chance meeting, she presents herself as Serena Cuthbert, weaving a fictitious past to go with her fictitious name. But as she gets closer to her goal–and closer to Simon Tewell, director of St. Andrew’s Orphanage–Sarah finds that she must choose between the life she has and the life she dreams of.

Can she piece together the perfect life from scraps? Or will it all come unraveled in the face of true love?

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It Happened at the Fair by Deeanne Gist

A transporting historical novel about a promising young inventor, his struggle with loss, and the attractive teacher who changes his life, all set against the razzle-dazzle of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.

Gambling everything, including the family farm, Cullen McNamara travels to the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair with his most recent invention. But the noise in the Fair’s Machinery Palace makes it impossible to communicate with potential buyers. In an act of desperation, he hires Della Wentworth, a teacher of the deaf, to tutor him in the art of lip-reading.

The young teacher is reluctant to participate, and Cullen has trouble keeping his mind on his lessons while intently watching her lips. Like the newly invented Ferris Wheel, he is caught in a whirl between his girl back home, his dreams as an inventor, and his unexpected attraction to his new tutor. Can he keep his feet on the ground, or will he be carried away?

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eBook novella to get you started on Deeanne Gist’s latest only $0.99!

Deeanne Gist’s eShort gives readers a peek inside the world’s fair. Tempest in the White City is a digital short story available from online retailers for 99 cents. Deeanne Gist fans won’t have to wait until the April 30 release of It Happened at the Fair to read her latest work! On March 19, readers will be able to purchase the e-short, Tempest in the White City, a 40-page short story prelude to It Happened at the Fair, for 99 cents from all online retailers. While the characters from the short story are not carried over into the full-length release, audiences will get a taste of the awe-inspiring backdrop of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair and will be anxious to spend more time exploring the exhibition. In true Gist form, Tempest in the White City combines her trademark humor with romance. Hunter Scott is one of the elite. A Chicago. . .

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The Icecutter’s Daughter (Land of Shining Water) by Tracie Peterson

Bestselling Author Unveils New Historical Series

Merrill Krause longs for a family of her own, but she’s bound by a promise to her dying mother to care for her father and older brothers until they no longer need her. She enjoys being part of the family business, harvesting ice during the brutal Minnesota winters. Merrill actively takes part, possessing a keen ability to work with the horses–despite the advice of her good friend, who disapproves of her unladylike behavior.

When Rurik Jorgenson arrives in their small town to join his uncle doing carpentry, he soon crosses paths with Merrill. But unlike other men, who are often frightened away by her older brothers, Rurik isn’t intimidated by them or by Merrill’s strength and lack of femininity. As he thrives under the mentorship of his uncle, Rurik dreams of inheriting the business and claiming Merrill as his wife. But while he is determined to start a new life, the past is determined to follow him when his former fiancee and her brother show up in town. Soon Rurik is put in the center of a major scandal that may damage his relationship with Merrill. Can they learn to trust God–and each other–and embrace the promise of love?

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The Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow (Avenue of Dreams) by Olivia Newport

The whole world is coming to Chicago. Charlotte’s whole world is coming down around her.

While the rest of Chicago focuses on the enormous spectacle of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, Charlotte Farrow’s attentions are entirely on one small boy-her boy-whom she has kept a secret from her wealthy employers for nearly a year.

When the woman who has been caring for her son abruptly returns him to the opulent Banning home, Charlotte must decide whether to come clean and face dismissal or keep her secret while the Bannings decide the child’s fate. Can she face the truth of her past and open her heart to a future of her own? Or will life’s struggles determine her path?

This compelling story of courage, strength, and tender romance captures the tension between the glittering wealthy class and the hardworking servants who made their lives comfortable.

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Waiting for Spring (Westward Winds) by Amanda Cabot

After the loss of her husband and the birth of her baby, Charlotte has had a long, hard year. But when a notorious robber believes she knows the location of a long-lost treasure, she flees to Cheyenne and opens a dressmaker’s shop to lie low and make a living. When wealthy cattle baron and political hopeful Barrett Landry enters the shop to visit her best customer, Charlotte feels drawn to him.

If Barrett is to be a senator of the soon-to-be state of Wyoming, he must make a sensible match, and Miriam has all the right connections. Yet he can’t shake the feeling that Charlotte holds the key to his heart and his future.

Soon the past comes to call, and Barrett’s plans crumble around him. Will Charlotte and Barrett find the courage to look love in the face? Or will their fears blot out any chance for happiness?

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Under the Summer Sky (The Dakota Diaries) by Lori Copeland

After a man named Jones rescues Trinity Franklin from a river, they find their destination is the same: a small town in North Dakota. A seemingly coincidental beginning comes to a delightful and charming ending when orchestrated by the One who can put the pieces of any lost and broken life together.

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Margaret Brownley’s Honk If You Love Books Contest!

Genres: Christian Fiction, Christian Historical Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance

Share Your Memory of a Car that Played an Important Role in Your Life’s Story for a Chance to Win a $100 Gas Card or One of 10 Copies of Waiting for Morning by Margaret Brownley

Margaret Brownley, New York Times bestselling author of the Brides of the Last Chance Ranch series, has a knack for writing incredible characters with loads of charm. In her upcoming novel, Waiting for Morning, it’s the character made of metal and bolts who steals scenes in this charming book. 

In Waiting for Morning, an historical romance set in the Arizona Territory in 1896, Dr. Caleb Fairbanks introduces the residents of the Last Chance Ranch to his beloved steam-powered “horseless carriage,” Bertha. This foreign contraption divides townspeople’s opinions between fascination and irritation thanks to Bertha’s incessant rattling and backfiring. When Caleb and backfiring Bertha incite gunfire from former dance hall girl, Molly Hatfield, the handsome doctor knows he’s in for an adventure with the intriguing woman and her spirited, wheelchair bound kid brother, Donny.

People’s love affair with their vehicles began when the first car hit the road in the 19th century. Since then, precious memories abound for this man and metal connection from the town car that delivered a bride to her waiting prince to the minivan bringing home a young couple’s first bundle of joy.

What vehicle played an important part in your life’s story? Email the story (no more than a few paragraphs) of the car that made a lasting impression in your life, along with pictures if you have them, to contests@nancyberland.com, for a chance to win a $100 gas card or copies of Waiting for Morning.  

Margaret will share the best stories and pictures on her Facebook page. Ten book winners and one grand prize winner of a $100 gas card will be notified Thursday, January 31.

 


To learn more about Margaret Brownley or her The Brides of Last Chance Ranch series, visit www.MargaretBrownley.com.

One more chance to win! If you preorder Waiting for Morning from any retailer before Tuesday and forward your receipt to ipreordered@gmail.com, you’ll be entered to win a $100 Visa Card! 

Happy New Year, Friends!

Christmas Roses by Amanda Cabot

Christmas Roses by Amanda Cabot Genre: Christian Historical Fiction – Christmas Novella Pages: 176 Jacketed Hardcover Date Published: September 2012 Publisher: Revell Books Celia Anderson doesn’t need anything for Christmas except a few more boarders, which are hard to come by in this small mining town. She certainly doesn’t have a husband on her Christmas wish list. But when a wandering carpenter finds lodging at her boarding house, she admits that she might remarry if she found the right man–the kind of man who would bring her roses for Christmas. It would take a miracle to get roses during a harsh Wyoming winter. But Christmas, after all, is the time for miracles . . . Amanda Cabot invites readers to cozy up with a romantic, heartwarming tale of the greatest gift of all–love. Recommended to Margaret by: Amanda Cabot Read in October, 2012 — I own a copy Pardon my. . .

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No Safe Harbor by Elizabeth Ludwig {Preview}

The Thrill of Romantic Suspense Meets the Romance of 1800s America

Lured by a handful of scribbled words across a faded letter, Cara Hamilton sets off from 1896 Ireland on a quest to find the brother she’d thought dead. Her search lands her in America, amidst a houseful of strangers and one man who claims to be a friend–Rourke Walsh.

Despite her brother’s warning, Cara decides to trust Rourke and reveals the truth about her purpose in America. But he is not who he claims to be, and as rumors begin to circulate about an underground group of dangerous revolutionaries, Cara’s desperation grows. Her questions lead her ever closer to her brother, but they also bring her closer to destruction as Rourke’s true intentions come to light.

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Christmas at Holly Hill by Martha Rogers {Preview}

Can Clayton Barlow prove he has changed his ways in time for Christmas?

It is October 1898, and Clayton Barlow has just returned home after serving time in prison for his part in a bank robbery. His family welcomes him, but the townspeople are skeptical. Bored with life in the small town but determined to make a new start, he goes to work with his father, hoping to regain the town’s trust.

Clayton recognizes the schoolteacher at the Prairie Grove School as his childhood friend, Merry Lee Warner, and old feelings surface. Still, he doubts that he could ever get a woman like Merry to love him.

As the townspeople prepare for Christmas, their suspicions about Clayton lead to trouble. Will the trusting heart of an unlikely new friend be enough to restore Clayton’s relationships with his neighbors and reunite him with God and Merry?

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Coming Soon from the Pen, Please Welcome Historical Author Sandra Robbins!

What made you interested in writing Christian Historical Fiction? Do you write any other genres? For years I was a teacher and principal in the public schools, but I had a dream to write a book. Even if I never did have a book published, I knew I couldn’t write anything that I would be ashamed for my children and grandchildren to read. When I found American Christian Romance Writers, I knew I had discovered the organization that would help me learn the craft of writing. That organization today is American Christian Fiction Writers, and it’s not only helped me learn to tell the stories God lays on my heart but it has also presented me the opportunity to meet my wonderful agent and have my books edited by Christian editors. God continues to bless me as I write stories in historical romance and romantic suspense. Are there any other. . .

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Texas Boardinghouse Brides Trilogy by Vickie McDonough

Enjoy the complete Texas Boardinghouse Brides series in one convenient jumbo volume! When his scheming cousins order him three brides, Luke faces bridal mayhem. . .and the woman who betrayed him. Shannon and Leah are stranded in Lookout with two options: find a job or a husband. But with brothers Garret and Mark Corbett around, it’s not as easy as it sounds. Reporter Jacqueline Davis aims to nab her story while jailbird Carly searches for a fresh start. . .but will two men—and love—get in their way?

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