Heartsong Presents May New Releases

My sixth fiction book release with Harlequin’s Love Inspired Heartsong Presents line, Seaside Proposal, releases next week on May 5. Today I’m posting information on all the new Heartsong Presents releases for May.

Seaside Proposal cover

BILLIE RADCLIFFE HAS A SECRET

And she isn’t sharing it with anyone, including Zach Montford. Even though she feels an instant connection with the good-looking banker and youth leader, she’s wary of rejection. Besides she’s only in the close-knit beach community until she meets the one man who can fill in the blanks about her history.

Zach hopes his temporary stint with the church will help him decide whether to go into full-time ministry. Though his career plans are uncertain, he’s sure about his growing feelings for Billie. When a shocking revelation throws everything into question, Zach and Billie have a chance to put the past to rest…and walk into the future together.

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Her Hometown Reporter

TOBY HENDRICKS HAS THE INSIDE SCOOP ON GINA LAWSON 

The reporter is looking for a story that’ll be his ticket out of his small Georgia town. With her political connections, legal assistant Gina Lawson could help Toby realize his aspirations. Their friendship is just an added bonus, but falling in love isn’t part of his five-year plan.

Gina’s devoted to her family and community, and doesn’t plan to ever leave. Though she finds her favorite reporter maddeningly irresistible, she must guard her heart. But when a betrayal of trust threatens to shatter both their dreams, will Gina and Toby learn that they share the same values after all?

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Ranger to the Rescue

AMELIA COOPER HAS SWORN OFF LAWMEN FOR GOOD 

Now any man who wants to claim the hand of the intrepid reporter had better have a safe job. Like attorney Evan Covington. Amelia is thrilled when the handsome lawyer comes courting. But when the town enlists him as a Texas Ranger, Amelia isn’t sure she can handle losing another man to the perils of keeping the peace.

Evan never expected his temporary appointment to sink his relationship with Amelia. Or to instantly plunge them headlong into danger. But when Amelia and his sister are both kidnapped, the newly minted lawman must rescue them—if he’s to have any chance at love.

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A Worthy Suitor

GWENDOLYN BANKS NEVER EXPECTED A REAL-LIFE ROBIN HOOD 

The reluctant socialite feels more at home in the woods surrounding Tuxedo Park than at the vibrant parties hosted within. But when she stumbles upon the town archery instructor in her wooded sanctuary, he quickly makes her reconsider her life of solitude.

Accomplished archer Albert Taylor has vowed to make something more of his life than just catering to the Park elite. Falling in love with one of his students isn’t part of his plans. But when Albert’s accused of a crime, can this budding romance be over before it’s truly begun?

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Book Recommendation: Kept by Sally Bradley

Kept

Book Description:

Life has taught Miska Tomlinson that there are no honorable men. Her womanizing brothers, her absentee father, and Mark, the married baseball player who claims to love her—all have proven undependable. But Miska has life under control. She runs her editing business from her luxury condo, stays fit with daily jogs along Chicago’s lakefront, and in her free time blogs anonymously about life as a kept woman.

Enter new neighbor Dillan Foster. Between his unexpected friendship and her father’s sudden reappearance, Miska loses control of her orderly life. Her relationship with Mark deteriorates, and Miska can’t help comparing him to Dillan. His religious views are so foreign, yet the way he treats her is something she’s longed for. But Dillan discovers exactly who she is and what she has done. Too late she finds herself longing for a man who is determined to never look her way again.

When her blog receives unexpected national press, Miska realizes that her anonymity was an illusion. Caught in a scandal about to break across the nation, Miska wonders if the God Dillan talks about would bother with a woman like her—a woman who’s gone too far and done too much.

Narelle: I bumped Kept up to the top of my ‘to be read’ pile after my Aussie and NZ writer friends raved about the book on the Australasian Christian Writers blog. You can read Ian Acheson’s review of Kept here.  My dear friend Andrea Grigg, who knows my reading tastes, assured me that I’d love Kept. She was dead right (thanks, Andrea!). If I had to describe this book in only one word, I would choose brilliant. I read the book in less than a day because I just couldn’t put it down.

What was it about Kept that grabbed my attention and wouldn’t let me go? It was different to the typical Christian romance. I will confess that I didn’t particularly like Miska, the heroine and main character, for a large part of the story. It’s unusual for me to enjoy a romance when I’m not fully engaged with the heroine and comfortable spending time in her head.

Miska was real and flawed and her life was very messy. When Dillan and Garrett move into the apartment next door and Garrett’s fiance, Tracy, befriends Miska, she interacts with Christians for the first time. Miska’s dysfunctional family and upbringing contributed to her making a series of decisions that would have big and hard consequences down the track. Miska was closest to her half sister, Adrienne. Their father’s reappearance created additional problems in Miska’s already complex relationship with Adrienne.

Dillan was an assistant pastor who struggled with his strong physical attraction to his wild child neighbour. Miska was initially very scathing of all things Christian. I loved Dillan’s strength of character and his integrity when confronted with temptation and Miska’s lifestyle choices that were so very different to his own.

I really liked the realism in the story. The character’s motivations and actions weren’t sugar coated and the minor characters added significant value to the story. Tracy was a fascinating character and her unconditional love and acceptance of Miska was a highlight in the story. The faith element in Kept was more overt than in many Christian romances, but it worked and the story didn’t feel preachy.

In many ways Kept was all about sex. Miska believed she was in love with Mark, a married professional baseball player who gifted her with large amounts of money when he was in town and warming her bed. Miska was a romance editor who worked from home and lived in a luxurious Chicago apartment with a mortgage she couldn’t afford on her salary alone. There was sexual tension in the story and off-stage bedroom scenes that were tastefully handled. The duplicitous and hedonistic behaviour of a few of the characters in the story was well done and a reflection of our society.

I highly recommend Kept to mature readers who are looking for a cutting edge contemporary Christian romance that tackles real to life issues.

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Book Cover Reveal: Seaside Proposal

Seaside Proposal cover

BILLIE RADCLIFFE HAS A SECRET

And she isn’t sharing it with anyone, including Zach Montford. Even though she feels an instant connection with the good-looking banker and youth leader, she’s wary of rejection. Besides she’s only in the close-knit beach community until she meets the one man who can fill in the blanks about her history.

Zach hopes his temporary stint with the church will help him decide whether to go into full-time ministry. Though his career plans are uncertain, he’s sure about his growing feelings for Billie. When a shocking revelation throws everything into question, Zach and Billie have a chance to put the past to rest…and walk into the future together.

Narelle: I’m thrilled to reveal the cover for my sixth book and my third contemporary inspirational romance in my series set in Sydney, Australia.

Seaside Proposal will be released on May 5, 2015. It’s available for pre-order at the following stores:

Harlequin

Amazon

Christianbook.com

The Book Depository (free delivery worldwide)

Barnes and Noble

Books-A-Million

IndieBound

iTunes

Mills and Boon Australia

Australian Christian Book Store:

Koorong

ACRBA tour Andrew Murray Destined to Serve: A Biographical Novel by Dr Olea Nel

 6 – 10 April 2015

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(Clairvaux House (own imprint), 1 October 2014)

By

Dr Olea Nel

About the Book

For those who love Historical Fiction about Christian heroes of the faith”Historically accurate, and based upon Andrew Murray’s letters and early biographies”

A boyish and fun-loving Andrew Murray arrives back in South Africa after being ordained at the Hague on his twentieth birthday. He soon discovers that his preaching lacks the power displayed by his heroes of the faith. He therefore decides to embark on a quest to become a powerful preacher filled with the Holy Spirit.

About the Author

Dr Olea Nel was born in Cape Town, South Africa. After completing her training as a teacher in Andrew Murray’s heartland of Wellington, she relocated to Australia to further her studies. Besides attaining a PhD in Linguistics, she also has qualifications in Information Studies and Theology. Having now retired from her position as a senior librarian at the National Library of Australia, she is able to pursue her passion for research, especially within the fields of church history and biography. Her aim is to share her findings with fellow Christians.

Book Recommendation: Taken by Lisa Harris

Taken

Book Description:

MISSING CHILD

Kate Elliot’s suburban life turns upside down when her sister is shot and her niece kidnapped. Unsure of whom to trust, she turns to FBI agent Marcus O’Brian. But Kate doesn’t want to leave the case to the authorities. Against the handsome agent’s orders, she tracks her niece to Paris, and the City of Light quickly becomes a city of danger. Marcus can’t explain why he feels such a strong connection with the headstrong woman, but soon he’s taking on the role of Kate’s protector. Yet when the kidnappers demand a ransom Kate can’t deliver, he’s not sure how much longer he can keep her alive. Now Marcus has the next twenty-four hours to save a stolen child and the woman he’s grown to love.

Narelle: I’m a fan of Lisa’s books and I loved reading Taken. I read it quickly, within twenty four hours, because I couldn’t put it down. The story starts in the middle of the action, when Kate’s niece is kidnapped from her mother’s home. Distraught and desperate to rescue her niece, Kate travels from Texas to Paris and soon realizes her own life is at stake. Forced to rely on Marcus, she sees a different side of the handsome FBI agent who is protecting her.

I really enjoyed the French story setting in Paris and the inclusion of many historic and famous landmarks. The characterisation was excellent and I loved the way the romance developed between Marcus and Kate. I wanted to see Marcus and Kate stay alive to achieve their own happily-ever-after ending. The suspense plot kept me guessing until the end, with exciting twists and turns along the way.

I highly recommend Taken to readers who are looking for a high octane and fast paced romantic suspense story set in beautiful Paris.

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Heartsong Presents April New Releases

My fifth fiction book release with Harlequin’s Love Inspired Heartsong Presents line, Winning Over the Heiress, released in February. Today I’m posting information on all the new Heartsong Presents releases for April.

Four Heartsong Presents books are released each month under the Love Inspired brand: two contemporary inspirational romances and two historical inspirational romances. The Love Inspired range of books include contemporary romance (Love Inspired), historical romance (Love Inspired Historical) and romantic suspense (Love Inspired Suspense).

North American readers can purchase books from the Harlequin Reader Service. International readers outside the USA and Canada can purchase the print books online from Amazon and The Book Depository (free international shipping). If you’re looking for inspirational (Christian) romances to read, please check out the Heartsong Presents and Love Inspired books.

Dating Best Man

Could Cory Bellanger Be More Than a Friend? 

The tall, dark and handsome forest ranger has a way of making Daphne Carruthers feel safe. Her brother’s buddy is also awakening feelings deeper than friendship. Daphne wants to believe in the future Cory’s offering, but first she must come to terms with her painful past.

Helping Daphne recover from a difficult relationship, Cory knows he has to be careful where her heart is concerned. And Cory is hiding a secret of his own that could destroy the fragile trust they’re starting to build. Can he stop their pasts from sabotaging their future together—and convince Daphne he’s the best man for her?

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Reclaiming Cowboys Heart

Donna Greene Is the Ultimate Survivor  

Twenty years ago, a horrible accident nearly destroyed her family’s business. And everyone still blames her former fiancé, Jamie Martin. Donna’s managed to thrive, despite life’s many curveballs. But when Jamie crosses her path at Cheyenne Frontier Days, Donna isn’t prepared for the feelings that still endure after all these years.

Party boy Jamie is a changed man in every way—except for the love he still harbors for the only woman who made him whole. Jamie’s newfound faith could pave the way for a second chance at his first love…if Donna can find it in her heart to forgive.

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Soldiers Redemption

Jacob Taft Is Ready to Leave Town 

But when an earthquake devastates San Francisco, the army sergeant stays to aid in the recovery. With an entire camp of refugees to protect, Jacob believes his present obligations—and his past regrets—leave no room for romance. Until he meets a selfless, kindhearted beauty determined to help as many survivors as she can.

Growing up in an orphanage, Nina Hansen always longed for a family. Creating her own with the children she rescues comes naturally…as do her feelings for Jacob. Though the handsome soldier seems set in his solitary ways, Nina’s bright outlook is contagious. Will rebuilding the city together tear down the walls around their hearts?

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Lumberjacks Bride

Julianne Maxwell Is a Bride Without a Groom 

Stranded in Seattle after her intended married another, the mail-order bride can’t return to the troubled life she fled from. She has little choice but to marry the handsome logger who steps in to rescue her. And though Caleb Hansen is gentle and kind, Julianne can’t trust him with the truth about her past.

Caleb understands that Julianne needs a home, and he needs a mother for his orphaned infant nephew. He knows nothing about his new wife, or the memories that haunt her. But he can tell their connection goes deeper than convenience. He’ll do whatever it takes to make them a real family, before Julianne’s secrets drive them apart…

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Book Recommendation: Vegas Vacation by Clare Revell

Vegas Vacation

Former protective services officer, Sgt. Martin Ames, is five weeks short of medical retirement from the Vegas PD when he lands one last case: spoiled English heiress, Lady Tamlyn Bradshaw, whose bodyguard is hospitalized with suspected food poisoning.

Tamlyn is on holiday, her first without her father and his ever present bodyguards. She wants to have fun, not spend the time stuck in a hotel room with a disabled cop, even if he is tall, dark and disturbingly handsome.

When food poisoning becomes murder, passions and tempers flare as Martin attempts to keep Tamlyn safe from the assailant who gains everything on her death.

Narelle: Vegas Vacation is part of the Passport to Romance novella series and I won an ebook copy from a blog giveaway. I enjoyed the story, set in Los Vegas, USA.

Tamlyn is like a bird in a gilded cage, surrounded by hired help in a world of privilege and misery. She desperately wants freedom from her overprotective father, who controls nearly every aspect of her life. She plans a trip to Vegas with her bodyguard in tow, and her itinerary is thrown into chaos when her bodyguard falls ill just after they land on US soil.

Martin, a Vegas cop who was injured in the line of duty, is tasked with the responsibility of looking after Tamlyn while her bodyguard is in hospital. Martin and Tamlyn are drawn to each other, despite coming from vastly different worlds. She thinks nothing of gambling a few hundred dollars in a roulette game, loose change in her eyes and a large amount of money to lose from his perspective. Conservative readers may not be comfortable with the casino setting and gambling in the story.

Martin challenges Tamlyn’s lukewarm faith and her sense of entitlement. Danger surrounds them and the stakes are raised when the distinction between their professional and personal relationship is blurred.

I like bodyguard romances and Vegas Vacation didn’t disappoint. The attraction between Tamlyn and Martin was tangible and realistically portrayed. The story has many of the fairy tale elements that appeal to romance readers. I wanted to see Tamlyn and Martin overcome obstacles, from the past and present, to achieve their happily-ever-after ending. I recommend Vegas Vacation to readers who are looking for a fun, short contemporary romance novella.

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