January 2016 Christian Fiction

January 2016 Releases in Christian Fiction

New Releases in Christian Fiction for January 2016 include 18 titles from Barbour Publishing, Bethany House Publishers, Revell Books, Thomas Nelson Publishers, and Zondervan Publishing.

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PLUS! ENTER THE GIVEAWAY!

NR-16-01-1500Simply comment at the end of the blog post on which titles you would love to read the most and you can enter the draw.

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There are 13 different titles in the giveaway to choose from.

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Entry details at the end of the blog post.

Contest entries close Sunday January 31 EST.

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Be in to win a copy of one of the following:

*UNDAUNTED HOPE by Jody Hedlund (2 print copies - USA only)
*BEYOND THE SILENCE by Tracie Peterson & Kimberley Woodhouse (2 print copies - USA only)
*A WORTHY HEART by Susan Anne Mason (2 print copies - USA only)
*MERCHANT OF ALYSS by Thomas Locke (2 print copies - USA only)
*THIN ICE by Irene Hannon (2 print copies - USA only)
*WHERE SHE BELONGS by Johnnie Alexander (2 print copies - USA only)
*HANNAH'S CHOICE by Jan Drexler (2 print copies - USA only)
*THE FEATHERED BONE by Julie Cantrell (1 print copy - USA only)
*THE NEWSMAKERS by Lis Wiehl (1 print copy - USA only)
*THE CONFESSIONS OF X by Suzanne M. Wolfe (1 print copy - USA only)
*KEEPER OF THE STARS by Robin Lee Hatcher (1 print copy - USA only)
*MERMAID MOON by Colleen Coble (1 print copy - USA only)
*CURIO by Evangeline Denmark (1 print copy - USA only)

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A Son’s Vow

(The Charmed Amish Life #1)

9780062337795Shelley Shepard Gray

  • Avon Inspire
  • Contemporary
  • January 2016
  • ISBN: 9780062337795

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Shelley Shepard Gray’s first book in her Charmed Amish Life series is set in the quaint Amish village of Charm, Ohio, and tells the stories of the Kinsinger siblings who are each struggling to find both forgiveness and love in the face of tragedy.

Three months ago, everything changed for Darla Kurtz and her family. Darla’s father was responsible for a terrible fire at Charm’s lumber mill which killed five Amish men. And though he, too, lost his life, the town of Charm hasn’t looked at her family the same since. Even Lukas Kinsinger—with whom Darla used to have a close friendship.

Now her brother’s anger at the town is spilling over onto Darla, and she has the bruises to prove it. The accident already cost five lives, but if something doesn’t change soon, Darla fears it will cost her—and her family—even more.

Lukas Kinsinger wants to mourn the loss of his father, but he can hardly find the time to breathe. Suddenly the head of his father’s lumber mill and responsible for taking care of his three siblings, he’s feeling the pressure. He has also never felt more alone—especially with the new tension between he and Darla. But when he learns of her troubles at home, Lukas knows he can’t simply stand by and watch. Someone has to help her before another tragedy occurs.

As Lukas and Darla attempt to repair their families, they discover something deeper than friendship growing between them. But will Lukas and Darla’s love be accepted after so much loss? Or will the pain of the past overcome any chance of future happiness?

 

 

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Calico Spy

(Undercover Ladies #3)

9781628366280Margaret Brownley

  • Barbour Publishing
  • Historical
  • January 2016
  • ISBN: 9781628366280

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Pinkerton operative Katie Madison s newest case takes her to Calico, Kansas, where two Harvey House restaurant waitresses were murdered in mysterious circumstances. Calico’s sheriff, Branch Whitman, has never met a Pink he liked and is stunned to learn the pretty redhead s true identity as she works undercover as a Harvey girl. A tornado hits town, and a past deception puts Branch s eight-year-old-son in danger. Now the Sheriff has no choice but to work with Katie or chance losing everything he holds dear.

 

 

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The Lassoed By Marriage Romance Collection

(9 Historical Romances Begin After Saying “I Do”)

9781634091206Mary Connealy, Angela Bell, Angela Breidenbach, Lisa Carter, Rebecca Jepson, Amy Lillard, Gina Welborn, Kathleen Y’Barbo, Rose Ross Zediker

  • Barbour Publishing
  • Historical
  • January 2016
  • ISBN: 9781634091206

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Come along on a romantic journey jam-packed with all the angst of marriages founded upon practical choices as well as coercion. Meet nine couples who barely know each other before they find themselves suddenly married to please family, to stem the tide of gossip, to save the land and joined for life. But can love grow when duty comes before romance?

 

 

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Logan’s Lady

(Includes Bonus Story Along Familiar Paths by Amy Rognlie)

9781634096539Tracie Peterson

  • Barbour Publishing
  • Historical
  • January 2016
  • ISBN: 9781634096539

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Rediscover this classic romance from bestselling author Tracie Peterson. Journey to Colorado with Lady Amelia Amhurst, who leaves her regal home in England to discover the beauty of America in 1875. Traveling with her father, sisters, and intended fiancé, spoils the joy and adventure, until Amelia meets rugged Logan Reed, the party s guide to Estes Park, Colorado. Will the man and the land change Amelia s beliefs about life and love?

Also included is a bonus historical romance from author Amy Rognlie.

 

 

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Undaunted Hope

(Beacons of Hope #3)

9780764212390Jody Hedlund

  • Bethany House Publishers
  • Historical
  • January 2016
  • ISBN: 9780764212390

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Readers Await This Dramatic Conclusion to the Beacons of Hope Series

Tessa Taylor arrives in 1870s Upper Peninsula, Michigan, planning to serve as a new teacher to the town. Much to her dismay, however, she immediately learns that there was a mistake, that the town had requested a male teacher. Percival Updegraff, superintendent and chief mine clerk, says she can stay through winter since they won’t be able to locate a new teacher before then, and Tessa can’t help but say she is in his debt. Little does she know that Percival will indeed keep track of all that she owes him.

Determined to become indispensable, Tessa throws herself into teaching, and soon the children of the widowed lighthouse keeper have decided she’s the right match for their grieving father. Their uncle and assistant light keeper, Alex Bjorklund, has his own feelings for Tessa. As the two brothers begin competing for her hand, Tessa increasingly feels that someone is tracking her every move, and she may not be able to escape the trap that has been laid for her.

 

 

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Beyond the Silence

(A Novel)

9780764214103Tracie Peterson & Kimberley Woodhouse

  • Bethany House Publishers
  • Historical
  • January 2016
  • ISBN: 9780764214103

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Powerhouse Team Pairs Up for Second Novel

Lillian Porter has always wanted to fulfill her mother’s dream of going west, so when she hears about a nanny position in Angels Camp, California, she defies her grandfather and takes a chance on a new future. But she quickly wonders if she made the right choice. There are rumors in town that her new employer, Woodward Colton, caused the death of his wife. This accusation doesn’t match the man Lillian comes to know–and Mrs. Goodman, Woody’s long-time housekeeper, is decisively on Woody’s side–but many in town stay far away from Lillian because of her association with the Colton family.

Lillian’s six-year-old charge, Jimmy, was there when his mother died, and he hasn’t spoken a word since. Gently, Lillian tries to coax him out of his shell, hoping he’ll one day feel safe enough to tell her the truth about what happened. But the Colton olive farm is no longer a safe place. Lillian encounters suspicious characters on their land and mysterious damage done to the farm. Will Mrs. Goodman and Jimmy be able to speak what they know in time to save Lillian from tragedy?

 

 

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A Worthy Heart

(Courage to Dream #2)

9780764217258Susan Anne Mason

  • Bethany House Publishers
  • Historical
  • January 2016
  • ISBN: 9780764217258

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Can an Irish Lass with a Dream for America Find True Love?

Maggie Montgomery’s long-held wish to see America is finally coming true. She’ll visit her beloved brother Rylan and his wife, Colleen, and at the same time, escape Neill Fitzgerald’s unwanted attention. In addition, Maggie has a secret! She plans to remain in America to seek her fortune and to hopefully find love. While visiting Irish Meadows, she meets an intriguing man whom she thinks is a stable hand. Only when Rylan demands she stay away from Adam O’Leary does she realize he’s Colleen’s brother, recently released from prison. Nonetheless, Maggie can’t seem to make her heart conform to her brother’s request.

Adam O’Leary has never felt worthy of his place in the family. Spending time in jail only reinforces his belief. Now that he’s free, Adam hopes to make amends and earn back his family’s trust. Falling in love with Maggie Montgomery, however, was never in his plans.

Despite everyone’s effort to keep them apart, the two develop a bond nothing can break–but has Adam truly changed, or will the sins of his past prove too much for Maggie to overcome?

 

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Your Heart’s Desire

(A Novel)

9781455528141Melody Carlson

  • Center Street
  • Historical
  • January 2016
  • ISBN: 9781455528141

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Bestselling author Melody Carlson captures hearts with a beautifully written romance set just after World War II.

It’s almost New Year’s 1946, a perfect time for Caroline Marshall to start a new chapter in her life. Widowed three years ago when she lost her husband in the war, she has decided to move with her nine-year-old son to join her sister’s family in sunny California. Her sister’s new house has a basement apartment for Caroline to rent, and though jobs for women are scarce with so many veterans returning from the war, it seems the local chocolate factory is hiring. The apartment turns out to be rather dingy, and the job may be working the assembly line–a step down from Caroline’s office job as a secretary back in Minnesota. But Caroline is determined to make a great new life for herself and her son. As she goes about making that happen, she keeps running into a handsome stranger–at the diner, at church, and he even works for M.G. Chocolates. With a New Year, a new home, and a new job, is Caroline ready to find new love?

 

 

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Merchant of Alyss

(Legends of the Realm #2)

9780800723866Thomas Locke

  • Revell Books
  • Speculative
  • January 2016
  • ISBN: 9780800723866

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Life for Hyam is bittersweet. Admired by the citizens of Falmouth for his heroic rescue mission, he cherishes these peaceful days with Joelle by his side. Yet grief over the loss of his magical skills during the great Battle of Emporis threatens to engulf him. Sometimes he even wishes he had never known magic at all.

When Hyam comes into possession of an ancient Milantian scroll, he is thrilled to feel the surge of power that courses through him whenever he touches it. But what he discerns in the text could mean war. He embarks upon another journey to determine its true meaning and forestall any attack. But as Hyam is seeking answers, he is unaware that the merchant of Alyss is seeking him . . .

 

 

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Thin Ice

(Men of Valor #2)

9780800724535Irene Hannon

  • Revell Books
  • Contemporary
  • January 2016
  • ISBN: 9780800724535

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After losing her parents in a car accident and her sister to a house fire, Christy Reed has been mired in grief. Life is finally starting to feel normal again when an envelope arrives in the mail–addressed in her sister’s handwriting. And the note inside claims she is still alive.

FBI Special Agent Lance McGregor, a former Delta Force operator, is assigned to reopen the case, but he’s coming up with more questions than answers. If Ginny Reed is still alive–who is the woman buried in her grave? Where is Ginny? And is Christy a pawn in a twisted cat-and-mouse game–or the target of a sinister plot? As he digs deeper, one thing becomes clear: whoever is behind the bizarre ruse has a deadly agenda.

Bestselling author and two-time Christy Award finalist Irene Hannon warms readers’ hearts as they root for a romance between Lance and Christy, but she pulls out all the stops as this high-stakes thriller chills to the bone in a race to the finish.

 

 

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Where She Belongs

(Misty Willow #1)

9780800726409Johnnie Alexander

  • Revell Books
  • Contemporary
  • January 2016
  • ISBN: 9780800726409

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Shelby Kincaid is ready to move on from her grief. With high hopes for the future, she longs to purchase her family’s ancestral homestead so she can raise her young daughters in the only place she ever truly belonged. She plans to transform the abandoned house into the perfect home of her memories. But she’ll have her work cut out for her.

AJ Sullivan never wanted the homestead. Inherited as a punishment from his grandfather, it has sat empty for fifteen years and fallen into ruin. He’s glad to finally unload it. But a clean break isn’t possible when he can’t get the young widow Shelby off his mind.

Welcome to Misty Willow, a place that will have as great a hold over the reader as it does over its inhabitants. With writing that evokes a strong sense of place and personal history, Johnnie Alexander deftly explores the ties that bind us to home–and the irresistible forces that draw us to each other.

 

 

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Hannah’s Choice

(Journey to Pleasant Prairie #1)

9780800726560Jan Drexler

  • Revell Books
  • Historical
  • January 2016
  • ISBN: 9780800726560

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Hannah Yoder loves her quiet life on the banks of the Conestoga Creek. In 1842, this corner of Lancaster County is settled and peaceful–yet problems lurk beneath the placid façade. Hannah’s father worries about the spread of liberal ideas from their Mennonite and Brethren neighbors. And Hannah blames herself for a tragedy that struck their home nine years ago. She strives to be the one person who can bind the threads of her family together in spite of her mother’s ongoing depression and her sister’s rejection of their family. But her world is threatening to unravel.

When two young men seek her hand in marriage–one offering the home she craves and the other promising the adventure of following God’s call west–Hannah must make a choice. Faithfully perform her duties to her family? Or defy her father and abandon her community?

With a tender hand, Jan Drexler teases out the threads of a romance that will captivate readers in this brand-new Amish historical series.

 

 

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The Feathered Bone

(A Novel)

9780718037628Julie Cantrell

  • Thomas Nelson Publishers
  • Contemporary
  • January 2016
  • ISBN: 9780718037628

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“Feathers—no matter what size or shape or color—are all the same, if you think about them. They’re soft. Delicate. But the secret thing about feathers is . . . they are very strong.”

In the pre-Katrina glow of New Orleans, Amanda Salassi is anxious about chaperoning her daughter’s sixth grade field trip to the Big Easy during Halloween. And then her worst fears come true. Her daughter’s best friend, Sarah, disappears amid the magic and revelry—gone, without a trace.

Unable to cope with her guilt, Amanda’s daughter sinks in depression. And Amanda’s husband turns destructive as he watches his family succumb to grief. Before long, Amanda’s whole world has collapsed.

Amanda knows she has to save herself before it’s too late. As she continues to search for Sarah, she embarks on a personal journey, seeking hope and purpose in the wake of so much tragedy and loss.

Set amidst the murky parishes of rural Louisiana and told through the eyes of two women who confront the darkest corners of humanity with quiet and unbreakable faith, The Feathered Bone is Julie Cantrell’s master portrait of love in a fallen world.

 

 

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The Newsmakers

(A Novel)

9780718037673Lis Wiehl

  • Thomas Nelson Publishers
  • Contemporary
  • January 2016
  • ISBN: 9780718037673

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TV reporter Erica Sparks has become a superstar overnight. But is it due to her hard work and talent?  Or is she at the center of a spiraling conspiracy?

Erica Sparks is a beautiful and ambitious reporter who has just landed her dream job at Global News Network in New York. And while it was hard to leave Jenny, her cherished eight-year-old daughter, in the custody of her ex-husband, Erica is determined to succeed in the cutthroat world of big-time broadcasting. She can only hope her troubled past won’t come back to sabotage her dreams.

Although the wounds from her divorce are still fresh, Erica can’t deny the chemistry between her and her new producer, the handsome and empathic Greg Underwood. But a relationship is the last thing she wants right now.

On her very first assignment, Erica inadvertently witnesses—and films—a horrific tragedy, scooping all the other networks. Mere weeks later, another tragedy strikes – again, right in front of Erica and her cameras.

Her career skyrockets overnight, but Erica is troubled. Deeply. This can’t just be coincidence. But what is it?

Erica will stop at nothing to uncover the truth. But she has to make sure disaster—and her troubled past—don’t catch up with her first.

 

 

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The Confessions of X

(A Novel)

9780718039615Suzanne M. Wolfe

  • Thomas Nelson Publishers
  • Historical
  • January 2016
  • ISBN: 9780718039615

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Before he became a father of the Christian Church, Augustine of Hippo loved a woman whose name has been lost to history. This is her story.

She met Augustine in Carthage when she was seventeen. She was the poor daughter of a mosaic-layer; he was a promising student and with a great career in the Roman Empire ahead of him. His brilliance and passion intoxicated her, but his social class would be forever beyond her reach.  She became his concubine, and by the time he was forced to leave her, she was thirty years old and the mother of his son. And his Confessions show us that he never forgot her. She was the only woman he ever loved.

In a society in which classes rarely mingled on equal terms, and an unwed mother could lose her son to the burgeoning career of her ambitious lover, this anonymous woman was a first-hand witness to Augustine of Hippos’s anguished spiritual journey from religious cultist to the celebrated Christian saint and thinker.

Giving voice to one of history’s most mysterious women, The Confessions of X tells the story of Augustine of Hippo’s nameless lover, their relationship before his famous conversion, and her life after his rise to fame. A tale of womanhood, faith, and class at the end of antiquity, The Confessions of X is more than historical fiction . . . it is a timeless story of love and loss in the shadow of a theological giant.

A reflection of what it means to love and lose, this novel paints a gripping and raw portrait of ancient culture, appealing to historical fiction fans while deftly exploring one woman’s search for identity and happiness within very limited circumstances.

 

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Keeper of the Stars

(Kings Meadow Romance #3)

9781401687717Robin Lee Hatcher

  • Thomas Nelson Publishers
  • Contemporary
  • January 2016
  • ISBN: 9781401687717

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Forgiveness is the only cure for heartbreak. But can Penny forgive the man she holds responsible for her brother’s death?

When her mother died from pneumonia, Penny Cartwright was heartbroken. But now, after burying her younger brother just 12 years later, she is devastated. Anger, guilt, and sorrow cloud Penny’s mind, and the last thing she wants is to be reminded of her pain—but that’s exactly what happens when a stranger comes to town.

Trevor Reynolds has been chasing fame for more than a dozen years, but his musical career can’t get off the ground. While on the road, an accident kills his young drummer, Brad Cartwright. Trevor wasn’t behind the wheel, but he still blames himself . . . and so does Brad’s sister, Penny. Now Trevor finds himself in Kings Meadow, determined to follow through on his final promise to his friend.

Still feeling the pain of Brad’s death, Penny and Trevor must learn that forgiveness is the only thing that can heal their hearts. And if they do forgive, something beautiful may rise from the ashes of heartbreak.

 

 

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Mermaid Moon

(Sunset Cove #2)

9781401690281Colleen Coble

  • Thomas Nelson Publishers
  • Contemporary
  • January 2016
  • ISBN: 9781401690281

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Mallory’s mother died fifteen years ago. But her father’s last words on the phone were unmistakable: “Find . . . mother.”

Shame and confusion have kept Mallory Davis from her home for the last fifteen years, but when her dad mysteriously dies on his mail boat route, she doesn’t have any choice but to go back to Mermaid Point.

Mallory believes her father was murdered and childhood sweetheart Kevin O’Connor, game warden in Downeast Maine, confirms her suspicions. But Kevin is wary of helping Mallory in her search. She broke his heart—and left—without a word, years ago.

When Mallory begins receiving threats on her own life—and her beloved teenage daughter, Haylie—their search intensifies. There’s a tangled web within the supposed murder, and it involves much more than what meets the eye.

As answers begin to fall into place, Mallory realizes her search is about more than finding her father’s killer—it is also about finding herself again . . . and possibly about healing what was broken so long ago with Kevin. She just has to stay alive long enough to put all the pieces together.

 

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Curio

(A Novel)

9780310729662Evangeline Denmark

  • Zondervan Publishing
  • Speculative
  • January 2016
  • ISBN: 9780310729662

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Grey Haward has always detested the Chemists, the magicians-come-scientists who rule her small western town. But she has always followed the rules, taking the potion the Chemists ration out that helps the town’s people survive. A potion that Grey suspects she—like her grandfather and father—may not actually need.

By working at her grandfather’s repair shop, sorting the small gears and dusting the curio cabinet inside, Grey has tried to stay unnoticed—or as unnoticed as a tall, strong girl can in a town of diminutive, underdeveloped citizens. Then her best friend, Whit, is caught by the Chemists’ enforcers after trying to protect Grey one night, and after seeing the extent of his punishment, suddenly taking risks seems the only decision she can make.

But with the risk comes the reality that the Chemists know her family’s secret, and the Chemists soon decide to use her for their own purposes. Panicked, Grey retreats to the only safe place she knows—her grandfather’s shop. There, however, a larger secret confronts her when her touch unlocks the old curio cabinet in the corner and reveals a world where porcelain and clockwork people are real. There, she could find the key that may save Whit’s life and also end the Chemists’ dark rule forever.

 

 

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How to Enter:

Simply leave a blog comment listing which new release titles you would most like to read, and fill out the contest form.

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All entries must be made using the Contest Form to be eligible for drawing.

Winning entries drawn will have their entry options validated before being accepted – if incomplete another entry will be drawn.

Contest entries close Sunday January 31 EST.

Many thanks to Bethany House Publishers, Revell Books, Thomas Nelson Publishers and Zondervan Publishing for donating the winning copies.

Be in to win a copy of one of the following:

*UNDAUNTED HOPE by Jody Hedlund (2 print copies - USA only)
*BEYOND THE SILENCE by Tracie Peterson & Kimberley Woodhouse (2 print copies - USA only)
*A WORTHY HEART by Susan Anne Mason (2 print copies - USA only)
*MERCHANT OF ALYSS by Thomas Locke (2 print copies - USA only)
*THIN ICE by Irene Hannon (2 print copies - USA only)
*WHERE SHE BELONGS by Johnnie Alexander (2 print copies - USA only)
*HANNAH'S CHOICE by Jan Drexler (2 print copies - USA only)
*THE FEATHERED BONE by Julie Cantrell (1 print copy - USA only)
*THE NEWSMAKERS by Lis Wiehl (1 print copy - USA only)
*THE CONFESSIONS OF X by Suzanne M. Wolfe (1 print copy - USA only)
*KEEPER OF THE STARS by Robin Lee Hatcher (1 print copy - USA only)
*MERMAID MOON by Colleen Coble (1 print copy - USA only)
*CURIO by Evangeline Denmark (1 print copy - USA only)

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