In the aftermath of investigating the D.C. sniper case, police detective Vance Graegan is burned out on life and love. Hoping to save his marriage, he quits the force and moves his wife and son to the other side of the country. But when the movers decide to hold his belongings for ransom, Vance is determined to ensure that his family’s new beginning is not ruined. Soon, though, losing his possessions becomes the least of his problems as everything they are fighting for begins to unravel in the hands of Vance’s past. In an unforgettable climax, a little boy’s innocent faith brings a group of desperate people to their knees. What is at stake counts for everything, but nothing can prepare Vance for who is behind it.
A painful past. A love returns A desperate plan.
Former street kid, Ruby now reaches out to runaways through her medical clinic in the worst part of the city, but her escalating battle with a gang leader puts that in jeopardy.
Cavalier, a risk-taker, charming… Ruby’s first love is now on the right side of the law and the center of a dangerous DEA sting involving her clinic. Tom’s disappearance ten years ago broke her heart and rattled her faith. As their romance relights, memories of what it costs to love him flood her with fear.
Ruby’s battle with the gang ignites a firestorm of danger, and a pattern of lies from within her own camp emerges. With Tom’s life in the balance and her world cast in shadows, can Ruby trust God as she once did…or has she strayed too far, for too long to ever return?
In the first book of the Halfling Trilogy, Nikki Youngblood discovers she’s the central force of a madman’s plan, and turns to three half-angel boys for protection. With the Halflings, she’s completely safe. Everything except her heart. And Mace’s soul. Falling for him could ensure his eternal ruin.
About The Gates of Heaven Series
Eons ago . . . heaven decreed seven sacred sites to be established throughout the kingdom: the sha’har sha’ma’yim or Gates of Heaven. These sites were placed to prevent evil from gaining a stronghold in the world of humans, and were guarded by Keepers. Yet, over time these stone structures have been destroyed, vandalized, or abandoned, and thus evil has now spread. However, evil is no match for heaven, and so as those living in the realm confront evil in its many forms, they experience heaven’s hand guiding them, as is traditional in classic fairy tales.
Fairy tales have an uncanny staying power, and the need for the archetypes of myth has never been greater. Most traditional tales carry the message that blessings follow those choosing honorable principles and seeking heaven’s will. Fairy tales inspire hope, while at the same time impart life lessons as a hero or heroine ventures out into the world on a classic “hero’s journey.” Those of us raised reading fairy tales have had these values inculcated in us from early on, but it seems no one has taken the path of reinventing traditional fairy tales and turning them into full-length, original novels.
This is the aim of The Gates of Heaven collection of fairy tales: to draw from traditional, well-known classic tales and combine these elements with new storylines and deep characters. Designed to follow in the tradition of C. S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia (but for a more adult and sophisticated audience), these tales meld humor, purpose, and inner struggles as characters seek heaven’s will for their lives.
The series is set in a world not unlike our own. Central to the many various villages and lands is the kingdom of Sherbourne, which is also the hub of the series. Each tale is set in a different land, featuring different characters and one of the sacred sites, although in all the books an occasional character will wander off the page and appear in another’s story.
Two high-school sweethearts, a wedding reenactment, and one absent-minded preacher. Is it a recipe for disaster or a chance for a new beginning?
Shay Brandenberger is a survivor. She’s lived through a crazy childhood, a failed marriage, and single parenthood-with her confidence intact.
But not for long. Because when Shay participates in her town’s Founder’s Day wedding reenactment, she finds herself face-to-face with the one man who takes her breath away and leaves her weak in the knees: Travis McCoy.
Travis is back in town after years way on the rodeo circuit. His one regret in life is breaking Shay’s heart when they were high-school sweethearts. He’s determined to get it right this time.
So when their Founder’s Day “marriage” is accidentally made official, Travis seizes the day. Can Shay put aside her pride to let Travis help her, or will their accidental marriage be dissolved before it can begin?
Right now Harvest House Publishers has a Regency Christian Historical Fiction available as a free ebook on Nook, Kindle and ChristianBook.com. Rumor has it, it will only be available until November 29th, so act quickly! Even without an eReader device, you can read it on any one of these sellers free apps for your computer or phone, so no excuses to not enjoy this free read! Just be warned… You might just enjoy it so much, that you’ll have to buy the rest of the series A Regency Inspiration Romance, but never fear. Worth every penny. Thanks to Linore for the tip! *•.,¸¸,:•:*¨¨*:•:,¸¸,:•:*¨¨*:•*•.,¸¸,:•:*¨¨*:•:,¸¸,:•:*¨¨*:••:*¨¨*:•:,¸¸,:•:*¨¨*:•:,¸¸,.•* Before the Season Ends by Linore Rose Burkhard Genre: Christian Historical Regency Romance Pages: 348 Trade Paperback Date Published: September 2009 Publisher: Harvest House Publishers Reader Reviews Read an Excerpt from the Book Linore Rose Burkard’s debut novel whisks readers into a world of English manners, romance. . .
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 her dreams confirms that, indeed, the new patient and her family confront a powerful global network of dangerous forces.
As the story unfolds, they face a key question of the Christian life: How do you understand and fulfill the will of God?
Three forest trees dream of what they will one day become. One dreams of becoming a royal throne; one of being a ship that can withstand any storm; and one longs to stay in the forest and grow as tall as tall can be. When they are felled, it seems their dreams are over. But as each tree is crafted into a new item-a manger, a fishing boat, and a rugged cross-it becomes clear that through the role they play in one important life their hopes are more than fulfilled. This traditional folktale is accompanied by stylish artwork from a highly sought after children’s book illustrator, and will help set the Christmas and Easter stories into the overall context of the Christian faith.
When it comes to love, one thing’s for sure–it doesn’t follow a script!
Athena Pappas is the head writer on Stars Collide, one of the most popular sitcoms in television history. But when Vegas comedian Stephen Cosse is brought in to beef up the show’s suddenly sagging ratings, she starts to worry about her job. Sparks fly as the competition–and attraction–between the two writers heats up. Athena has never had a problem writing the romances of her characters. So why is her own love life so hard to script?
With humor and a Hollywood-insider viewpoint, Hello, Hollywood! delivers lots of laughs as Athena and Stephen discover that not being in control of the plot of their lives might just be the best thing that ever happened to them.
She’s all about going green. Could he be her white knight—or will he make her see red?
Tree-huggin’, animal-lovin’ Bridget Pickwick-Buchanan is on a mission. Well, two. First she has to come to terms with being a widow at thirty-three. After all, it’s been four years and even her five-year-old niece and nephew think it’s time she shed her widow’s weeds. Second, she needs to find a buyer for her family’s estate—a Biltmore-inspired mansion surrounded by hundreds of acres of unspoiled forestland. With family obligations forcing the sale, Bridget is determined to find an eco-friendly developer to buy the land, someone who won’t turn it into single-family homes or a cheesy theme park.
Enter J. C. Dirk, a high-energy developer from Atlanta whose green property developments have earned him national acclaim. When he doesn’t return her calls, Bridget decides a personal visit is in order. Unfortunately, J. C. Dirk is neither amused nor interested when she interrupts his meeting—until she mentions her family name. In short order, he finds himself in North Carolina, and Bridget has her white knight—in more ways than one. But there are things Bridget doesn’t know about J. C., and it could mean the end of everything she’s worked for…and break her heart.
Perfectly Invisible by Kristin Billerbeck Universally Misunderstood, #2 Genre: Christian Teen Fiction Pages: 272 Trade Paperback Date Published: July 2011 Publisher: Revell Books Life after high school is so close . . . and yet so very far away. It’s Daisy Crispin’s final semester of high school, and she plans to make it count. Her long-awaited freedom is mere months away, and her big plans for college loom in the future. Everything is under control. Or is it? Her boyfriend is treating her like she’s invisible, and her best friend is making her sell bad costume jewelry in the school quad–and hanging out with her boyfriend. To top it off, Daisy’s major humiliation of the year will be remembered in the yearbook for all eternity. It’s enough to make her wonder if maybe being invisible isn’t so bad after all. Can Daisy get her life back on track? Or is. . .
God let Rachel Westing down. For twenty-six years she’s done everything by the book; she figures He should have her back. But then she learns her fiancé is cheating on her. Her parents are getting a divorce. And her Christian mentor has a pill addiction. Where is God in all this? Nowhere, as far as Rachel can see. Wounded, bitter, and with a shattered faith, she quits her job and goes across the country to live with Daphne—her childhood best friend whose soul Rachel once thought she was meant to save.
PJ. D. Wickman has a thief stealing from his restaurant, a daughter struggling at college, a demanding mother in a nursing home#151;and he may be losing his sanity too. What J. D. needs is a little peace and quiet. One tranquil evening, he takes off on a ride in the country#151;and promptly has car trouble. He asks for help at an old farmhouse and finds a family living in abject poverty, and vows to help. When he returns with groceries, he can’t find them or the house#151;although he’s not lost. While J. D. struggles to make sense of this riddle, his behavior creates doubt in his marriage, and his best friend thinks he’s crazy. This charming tale reminds readers “God moves in a mysterious way His wonders to perform.”
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“Chef” Joy Ballard longs for a simpler life. But when a good-looking outsider arrives and spices things up, life becomes deliciously complicated.
Host of a regionally syndicated cooking show, Joy Ballard has a little secret: she can’t cook. But when her show is picked up by a major network and given a prime time slot, her world heats up faster than a lowcountry boil.
Enter Luke Redmond: handsome, creative, and jobless after having to declare bankruptcy of his Manhatten restaurant. When her producers ask him to co-host the show, Joy sees Luke as her way out. But Luke sees much more than just a co-host in Joy.
Their relationship begins to simmer on and off set. Until Joy’s secret is revealed and her reputation is ruined on national television by her rival, Wenda Devine.
But could Devine’s cruelty be a divine gift? Losing Luke–and her sister–forces Joy to consider where her worth really comes from. Could God be cooking up an even bigger adventure from the mess? And will Joy hang on long enough to find out?
Here is my entry… You only need five books, but I’m going to try for more in varied forms. Children’s Books: The First Christmas (Candlewick Press) La Noche Buena (Abrams Books for Young Readers) 17 Christmases by Dandi Daley Mackall (Zonderkidz) Baby Jesus is Here! Really Woolly (Thomas Nelson) God Gave Us Christmas by Lisa Tawn Bergren (WaterBrook) The Baby Bible Christmas Storybook (David C. Cook) Adult Fiction: The Great Christmas Bowl by Susan May Warren White Christmas Pie by Wanda Brunstetter (Barbour Books) A Forever Christmas by Missy Tippens (Steeple Hill Love Inspired) Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball by Donita K. Paul Christmas at Harrington’s by Melody Carlson (Revell Books) Love Finds You Under the Mistletoe by Brand/Higman (Summerside Press) Grace by Shelley Shepard Gray (Avon Inspire) The Snowflake by Jamie Carie (B&H) Call Me Mrs. Miracle by Debbie Macomber (MIRA) A Chesapeake Shores Christmas by Sherryl Woods. . .