Monday, November 12, 2012

A Light in the Window by Julie Lessman

One Woman. Two Men.
One stirs her pulse and the other her faith.
But who will win her heart?

Marceline Murphy is a gentle beauty with a well-founded aversion to rogues. But when two of Boston's most notorious pursue her, she encounters a tug-of-war of the heart she isn’t expecting. Sam O’Rourke is the childhood hero she’s pined for, the brother of her best friend and a member of the large, boisterous family to which she longs to be a part. So when his best friend Patrick O’Connor joins in pursuit of her affections, the choice seems all too clear. Sam is from a family of faith and Patrick is not, two rogues whose wild ways clash head-on with Marcy’s—both in her faith and in her heart.

While overseeing the Christmas play fundraiser for the St. Mary’s parish soup kitchen—A Light in the Window—Marcy not only wrestles with her attraction to both men, but with her concern for their spiritual welfare. The play is based on the Irish custom of placing a candle in the window on Christmas Eve to welcome the Holy Family, and for Marcy, its message becomes deeply personal. Her grandmother Mima cautions her to guard her heart for the type of man who will respond to the "light in the window," meaning the message of Christ in her heart. But when disaster strikes during the play, Marcy is destined to discover the truth of the play’s message first-hand when it becomes clear that although two men have professed their undying love, only one has truly responded to “the light in the window.”

In Kindle!

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Monday, October 15, 2012


In this series from Revell, three World War II flight nurses discover friendship, love, and peril in the skies and on the shores of the Mediterranean.

book cover: with every letterWith Every Letter, September 2012 — now available at your local bookstore, or on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and

As part of a morale-building program, World War II flight nurse Lt. Mellie Blake begins an anonymous correspondence with Army engineer Lt. Tom MacGilliver in North Africa. As their letters crisscross the Atlantic, they develop a deep friendship. But when they're both transferred to Algeria, will their future be held hostage by the past—or will they reveal their identities?



Historical romance specialist Sundin opens another WWII-era series with a well-researched and absorbing tale…Sundin has such a gift for compelling scenes and details…WWII-era fans won’t be able to put it down. ~ Publishers Weekly

poster: more nurses neededFour and a Half Stars. “Sundin skillfully uses alternating point of view between Mellie and Tom and pulls readers into their lives. The themes of anonymity and growing love linking the two makes this story a romantic read.” ~ RT Book Reviews

On Distant Shores, June 2013 — Lt. Georgie Taylor serves as a flight nurse in Sicily and Italy, while the goals of pharmacist Sgt. John "Hutch" Hutchinson are frustrated at every turn. As Georgie and Hutch care for American soldiers, tragedy brings them together. But will their differences keep them apart?
With Every Beat (working title), June 2014 — Flight nurse Lt. Kay Jobson collects hearts wherever she flies, but C-47 pilot Lt. Roger Cooper is immune to her charms. Throughout Italy and southern France, as she evacuates the wounded and he delivers paratroopers and supplies, every beat of their hearts draws them where they don't want to go.

Wings of Glory, a three-book series of historical romances, follows the three Novak brothers, B-17 bomber pilots with the US Eighth Air Force in World War II.

cover: A Distant Melody 
A Distant Melody: (book 1) available from Revell at your local bookstore or on-line at Amazon,, or Barnes and Noble.
Allie Miller is promised to a man she doesn’t love, but Lt. Walter Novak, a furloughed B-17 bomber pilot, captures her heart. Will she honor her family’s wishes or take a chance on true love?


Sundin’s debut Christian historical romance introduces an emotionally gripping, detail-rich but fast-paced trilogy. Romance readers and military history buffs will find much of interest here. ~Booklist
Editors’ Choice. 

An impressive World War II romance full of courage, sacrifice, and lessons learned. The time Sundin has put into researching aviation during the war is evident, and she does an excellent job weaving those details into the story. Perfectly plotted, dramatic and full of tension, this is an excellent start to the new Wings of Glory series. Highly recommended. ~Historical Novels Review

a memory between us cover 
A Memory Between Us (book 2) available from Revell at your local bookstore or on-line at Amazon,, or Barnes & Noble.
Maj. Jack Novak has never failed to meet a challenge until he meets Lt. Ruth Doherty, a striking nurse with a shameful secret. Can Jack break down her defenses? Or are they destined to go their separate ways?
2011 Finalist in the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Awards
On Booklist's 2010 Top 10 Inspirational Fiction List


Starred Review. Sundin’s second wartime inspirational romance…is an exceptional read. Sundin’s novel features characters living large under emotional and physical stress, while the setting provides invaluable details and insights into the wartime mindset. –Booklist

Four and a Half Stars. Strong historical facts woven together with persuasive characters makes A Memory Between Us…a gripping tale of war, intrigue and love. Tight, skillful writing is an added perk to this must-read romance. –RT Book Reviews.

cover: Blue Skies Tomorrow 
Blue Skies Tomorrow (book 3): available from Revell at your local bookstore or on-line at Amazon,, or Barnes & Noble.
Young widow Helen Carlisle buries her pain in volunteer work, but the sparks of her romance with Lt. Raymond Novak fling them both into peril. Can they find the courage they need to face their trials?


Four and a half stars. With strong historical detail and superb characters, this may be the best yet. A great read for those who love romance, WWII-era settings or just satisfying stories. –RT Book Reviews

In her third WWII-set Christian romance, Sundin skillfully addresses several difficult issues...and invests her protagonists with the resilience of hope born out of faith. –Booklist

(Posted with permission from Sarah's website)

Friday, October 5, 2012

After a long anticipated wait BESIDE TWO RIVERS has been released! Book 2 in the Daughters of the Potomac series.

From the banks of the Potomac to the misty moors of England, comes a tale of love won and love lost, and the faith to find it again.  
Vaguely can Darcy Morgan recall the day her father returned home from fighting in the American Revolution.  When he discovers his unfaithful wife had borne a child in his absence, the marriage is broken, and Darcy’s quiet childhood along the two rivers was changed forever. 
She grows up believing her mother dead and that her father journeyed west to the lands beyond the Blue Ridge. Her indulging Uncle Will, excitable Aunt Mari, and her five female cousins, cannot shield her from thinking of the mother she loved and the father she barely knew, nor can she escape the fleeting images in her memory of the babe Ilene and Ilene’s surrogate mother, Sarah, or the grandmotherly servant, Fiona Goodall.
In this dramatic saga that began with 'Before the Scarlet Dawn', Darcy seeks to unravel a lifetime of memories unaware that the young Englishman who loves her holds the answers. Her search takes her far from her beloved home along the Potomac, to a manor house in faraway England. Soon the secrets of the past slowly rise to the surface. Will she be reunited with the most important people in her life? Will Hayward and Eliza find peace and reconciliation? Will Darcy's faith sustain her to make the difficult choices, and will the love she and Ethan share endure?
Beside Two Rivers is the sequel to Before the Scarlet Dawn.


"Beside Two Rivers is much more than the sequel to Rita Gerlach’s popular Before the Scarlet Dawn. It’s the heart-rending story of true love threatened by secrets and deceit, of family torn apart by tragedy, and most of all, of the redeeming power of love and faith. Filled with vivid descriptions of life along the Potomac and rural England during the late 18th century, this is a story that will linger in readers’ memories." - Amanda Cabot, author of Summer of Promise and Christmas Roses
"Beside Two Rivers stirred me like no other book has. Rita Gerlach has an epic style to her writing that is guaranteed to sweep you away to another place and time. With a deeply emotional storyline, characters of uncommon depth, heart-throbbing romance, and the boundless love of family lost and regained, this is truly a magnificent novel!" - MaryLu Tyndall, author of the Surrender to Destiny Series and Veil of Pearls
"This is the epitome of romance with a flavor of Persuasion. I definitely had a flavor of regency in the wilderness that touched me like no other. Bring in a mix of Jane Austen with a kick of Laura Frantz and I'm on every page. Goodness, just looking back at my thoughts I feel like Rita Gerlach is presenting the best of all my favorite authors on the page! That and with Darcy's wit she even gives me a humor worthy of Mary Connealy. Could it get any better?” - Margaret Chind,
"What do you get when you combine authentic history, picturesque settings, dynamic characters and a feels-like-you're-there storyline? You get a Rita Gerlach novel, and in Beside Two Rivers, book two in her Daughters of the Potomac series, she delivers all that and more. My advice to readers: Make room for this one on your "keepers shelf." My advice to Rita: save space on your "awards wall," because this tale is sure to earn a bunch!" - Loree Lough, best-selling author of more than 85 award-winning books, including Honor Redeemed, book two in the First Responders series

 Actors Rita would choose if Beside Two Rivers was made into a movie…or her dream of a Masterpiece Theater Series.    
 British actor Dan Stevens as Ethan ~ British actress Imogen Poots as Darcy    
 Beside Two Rivers is available in both ebook and paperback in bookstores everywhere.
 Side Note: Book 3 in the series, ‘Beyond the Valley’, will be released February, 2013, and is available for preorder.
After a long anticipated wait, Beside Two Rivers, by Rita Gerlach, book 2 in The Daughters of the Potomac Series, is now available. Beside Two Rivers is a tale of love won and love lost, and the faith to find it again. Eliza's daughter seeks to unravel a lifetime of memories and the absence of her parents, unaware that the young Englishman who loves her holds the answers. 

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Friday, September 14, 2012

The Forgotten Castles Series by Jamie Carie

What can be more exciting or romantic than a forgotten castle? Author Jamie Carie takes readers through the doors and into the halls of romance and mystery in this new series.

The Forgotten Castles Series is a three book series that follows amateur sleuth, Lady Alexandria Featherstone, as she travels to Ireland (book one – The Guardian Duke), Iceland (book two – The Forgiven Duke), and Italy (book three – A Duke’s Promise) in search of her missing parents. 

Full of adventure, romance, and mystery, the three books sweep readers across Europe in pursuit of a famed invention. Along the way, Alexandria develops feelings for her guardian – the brooding Duke of St. Easton, who has recently suffered a physical blow that is changing his life. Gabriel thinks of his new charge as an unwanted complication in a time when his life is coming apart at the seams but soon comes to cherish her letters and admire her faith. Their journey will be fraught with danger as they come ever closer to God’s plan for their lives.

You can find out more about the series and Jamie at

Monday, September 10, 2012

J M Hochsteler

Crucible of War
American Patriot Series # 4
By J. M. Hochstetler
Brigadier General Jonathan Carleton rejoins General George Washington’s army to find the patriot cause on the verge of extinction. In a daring gamble the American force crosses the Delaware on Christmas night 1776, to defeat outposts at Trenton and Princeton before vanishing into the mountain bastions around Morristown.

Drawn ever deeper into the intrigues that swirl around British General William Howe, Elizabeth Howard and her aunt, Tess, move to Philadelphia in summer 1777 to gather intelligence while waiting for the British attack. Ambushed and almost captured as the Americans dig in at Brandywine Creek, Carleton is transferred to General Horatio Gates’s army in the upper Hudson Valley where British General John Burgoyne closes in on Saratoga. With decisive battles looming, Elizabeth and Carleton face a crucible of war that tests their mettle, faith, and love to the very limits.

An award-winning author and editor, J. M. Hochstetler is the daughter of Mennonite farmers, a graduate of Indiana University, a professional editor, and a lifelong student of history. She is the author of Daughter of Liberty, Native Son, Wind of the Spirit, and Crucible of War, books 1 through 4 of the American Patriot Series, the only comprehensive historical fiction series on the American Revolution. Books 5 through 7 are forthcoming. Her contemporary novel One Holy Night was the Christian Small Publishers 2009 Book of the Year and finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers 2009 Carol Award.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Love's Reckoning by Laura Frantz

On a bitter December day in 1785, Silas Ballantyne arrives at the door of master blacksmith Liege Lee in York, Pennsylvania. Just months from becoming a master blacksmith himself, Silas is determined to finish his apprenticeship and move west. But Liege soon discovers that Silas is a prodigious worker and craftsman and endeavors to keep him in York. Silas becomes interested in both of Liege's daughters, the gentle and faith-filled Eden and the clever and high-spirited Elspeth. When he chooses one, will the other's jealousy destroy their love?

In this sweeping family saga set in western Pennsylvania, one man's choices in love and work, in friends and enemies, set the stage for generations to come. Love's Reckoning is the first entry in The Ballantyne Legacy, a rich, multi-layered historical quartet from talented writer Laura Frantz, beginning in the late 1700s and following the Ballantyne family through the end of the Civil War.

Available in e-book and paperback.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The Rebel's Pledge ~ A Colonial Romance

Hello All!
I am happy to announce the release of my inspirational historical romance The Rebel's Pledge in a new and refreshing revised version. 

Back in the early 1990s, I began writing The Rebel’s Pledge. Yes, it was that long ago. It was my first full-length novel, and I was so wet behind the ears that I had no idea about word count and ended up with a 142,000-word manuscript. It was written first by hand on loose-leaf paper in a big three-ring binder. 

In 2001, The Rebel’s Pledge went to a print on demand company and was out of print by 2005. I went on to write and publish six more novels, and in the summer of 2011, I set out to revise The Rebel’s Pledge according to publishers’ guidelines, but had to set it aside for a time to work on The Daughters of the Potomac Series.

My dream has come true to present to my readers this book in a new fast paced revised version. I couldn’t have done it without the support and encouragement of my husband Paul and my two sons Paul and Michael. Thanks, guys.

Thanks also to my agent Barbara Scott with WordServe Literary Agency for her advice, encouragement, and friendship, and to Theresa Blake for allowing me to use her gorgeous 17th century gown on the cover.
  So what is this novel about?

He was a rebel to King James, hunted down, captured, and enslaved in Colonial Maryland. Haunted by war and wrestling with a troubled past, Matthew Hale pledges to protect the daughter of his former owner and bring her from England to her father's plantation along the Chesapeake, an undertaking that challenges the depth of his courage, and the strength of his faith.

Lara Carey will only wed for love, having kept the story of her parents' unwavering devotion for each other in her heart. When she learns her guardian has promised her in marriage to a rich English lord in order to save the ancestral home, her hopes unravel, until she meets the heroic stranger that rescued her from the hands of a highwayman.

On Amazon, you can read the first six chapters in the e-book!

 Kindle for just 2.99
Paperback for only $12.95

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Veil of Pearls by Marylu Tyndall

An Epic Romance of the Old South

Be swept away to Charleston of 1811, a city bustling with immigrants like Adalia, who is a runaway slave so light-skinned that no one guesses her past. Terrified her secret will be discovered, she settles into a quiet life making herbal remedies for a local doctor. But when Morgan, the handsome son of a prominent family, sweeps her into his glamorous world--a world in which the truth about Adalia's heritage would ruin them both--suspicions and petty jealousies are aroused. What will Morgan do when he discovers that the woman he has fallen in love with is a runaway slave? 


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Sunday, June 10, 2012

Walks Alone by Sandi Rog

A Cheyenne warrior bent on vengeance.
A pioneer woman bent on fulfilling a dream.
Until their paths collide.

After fleeing her abusive uncle, Anna is determined to reach the city of her dreams. But White Eagle and his fierce warriors take her prisoner. Anna attempts a harrowing escape, but her savage captor is determined to have her at all costs and forces her to be his wife. Has God forgotten her, or does He have plans of His own?

A man with a boot in one world and a moccasin in the other, White Eagle is disillusioned with his faith after a minister leads a massacre on his peaceful tribe. Where is his God? He s definitely not with the white men who are slaughtering his people. But White Eagle also can t give in to the idolatry practiced by his fellow tribesmen. Only the Truth can set him free.

And it's found in beautiful Anna's carpetbag.

Sandi Rog is an award winning author, her debut novel The Master s Wall winning the 2011 Christian Small Publisher's Book of the Year Award. She lived in Holland for thirteen years and now lives in Colorado with her husband, four children, a cat, and too many spiders.
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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Marylu Tyndall has a new book coming out!

Dear friends,
In honor of my next release,


Every Friday, I'll be posting something fun and interesting about the book, the characters, the plot, including the fan favorite "Guess what the character will say next" contest! Plus, I'm giving away TWO free copies! That's TEN lucky winners for the Month!!.

All you have to do is read the post and leave a comment. Simple, eh?

So drop on by and join the fun  
Visit our blog
Hope to see you there!

Charleston in 1811 is bustling with immigrants like Adalia, a runaway slave so light-skinned that no one guesses her past. Terrified her secret will be discovered, she settles into a quiet life making herbal remedies for a local doctor. But when Morgan, the handsome son of a prominent family, sweeps her into his glamorous world-a world in which the truth about Adalia's heritage would ruin them both-suspicions and petty jealousies are aroused. What will Morgan do when he discovers that the woman he has fallen in love with is a runaway slave?
Oh my! Seldom has my heart ached more at the turn of a last page. MaryLu Tyndall is simply one of the best in Christian romance today and Veil of Pearls, her finest work yet. A pearl beyond compare, this is a love story that transcends era and class to race your heart and soothe your soul, leaving you breathless and longing for more. Absolutely one of my favorite reads ever!

Julie Lessman, award-winning author of The Daughters of Boston and Winds of Change series.   

Veil of Pearls Trailer
Veil of Pearls Trailer

MaryLu Tyndall
MLTyndall Books
P.O. Box 23011 San Jose, California 95123

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Harmony Trilogy by Nancy Mehl

Nancy Mehl has come out with an exciting new trilogy published through Barbour Publishing. 

Simple Secrets
Can graphic designer Gracie Temple have it all: the big city life and a job at a successful advertising firm? Just when she feels life coming together she receives an unknown uncle’s inheritance in a quiet Kansas Mennonite community. The house comes with a dark legacy and a cast of interesting neighbors, including farmer Sam Goodrich. Can Gracie shake off the dust of this town or will its secret charms pull her in to stay?

Simple Deceit
In the sequel to Simple Secrets, watch how a raging current of deceit runs through the once peaceful Mennonite community of Harmony, Kansas. As soon as Gracie decides to stay in town and take freelance work involving a local land developer, the townspeople blame her for bringing on this change that could ruin life as they know it. Gracie’s motives in romance with Sam, in helping an oppressed teenager, and in trying to make a living are all suddenly drawing suspicion. Should she leave or stay and fight for what she has come to love?
Simple Choices
Can city-girl Gracie temple find contentment in the small town of Harmony, Kansas--or will the pull of opportunities and unexpected events have her running back to Wichita? When freelance graphic designer Gracie brings Hannah Mueller, the bishop's rebellious daughter, home from art classes in the city, trouble follows. How will Gracie stand up under accusations that she's a bad influence on Hannah? When Gracie is offered a scholarship in the city, her fiancée, Sam Goodrich, is more than willing to postpone their wedding. Is this Sam's way of backing out of matrimony? What unforeseen event will change Gracie's life forever?

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Nancy Mehl lives in Wichita, Kansas with her husband Norman and their dog, Watson. She’s authored thirteen books and is currently at work on her newest series for Bethany House Publishing.

You can purchase Nancy's books online or find them in bookstores everywhere.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Promise Me This by Cathy Gohlke

Michael Dunnagan survived the sinking of the Titanic, thanks to the courage of Owen Allen, and promised to help Owen's family, his younger sister, Annie, in England and the rest of the family living in New Jersey, since Owen could not.

 Michael started to communicate to Annie through letters, but her anger over her brother's death was steeped in each of her responses. Eventually, Annie begins to lay aside her anger and their letters become friendlier. Michael saves up enough money to bring Annie to America just as WWI breaks out in Europe...then all communication with Annie ceases!

About Cathy Gohlke:

Cathy is the two-time Christy Award-winning author of William Henry is a Fine Name and I Have Seen Him in the Watchfires, which was also won the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Book of the Year Award and was listed by Library Journal as one of the Best Books of 2008.

Her third novel, Promise Me This, released in February of 2012, and her fourth novel, Band of Sisters, will release in September 2012. Cathy’s writing has also appeared in Chicken Soup for the Single’s Soul, in My Turn to Care–Affirmations for Caregivers of Aging Parents, in newspapers, magazines, and in plays and monologues produced on local stages. 

Her story, Meet Me at the Holly Tree, was awarded an honorable mention in the Genre Short Story category of the Writer’s Digest 2000 Writing Competition.

Visit Cathy at her website at

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Saving Hope by Margaret Daley

When a teenager goes missing from the Beacon of Hope School, Texas Ranger Wyatt Sheridan and school director Kate Winslow are forced into a dangerous struggle against a human trafficking organization. But the battle brings dire consequences as Wyatt's daughter is terrorized and Kate is kidnapped. Now it's personal, and Wyatt finds both his faith and investigative skills challenged as he fights to discover the mastermind behind the ring before evil destroys everyone he loves.

About Margaret Daley: Margaret Daley is an award winning, multi-published author in the romance genre and is currently the President for American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), an organization of over 2300 members. She was one of the founding members of the first ACFW local chapter, WIN in Oklahoma. She has taught numerous classes for online groups, ACFW and RWA chapters. She enjoys mentoring other authors.

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Saturday, January 14, 2012

The Sequel to 'Daughters of Liberty'!

Native Son is the sequel to Daughters of Liberty. If you love great historical fiction with a blend of romance and intrigue you will enjoy these books immensely!  If you've never tried this genre, I highly recommend you do.

Native Son
Heritage Edition
Joan Hochstetler

Brigadier General Jonathan Carleton has pledged his allegiance to the newly elected commander of the rebel force, General George Washington. But his heart belongs to fiery Elizabeth Howard, who charms British officers by day and by night delivers their secrets to the Sons of Liberty. Their plans to marry are put on hold, however, when Washington orders Carleton to undertake a perilous journey deep into Indian territory, while Elizabeth continues to spy on the British. Within weeks, she learns that far out in the wilderness Carleton has been captured by the Seneca. Despite all attempts to find him, his fate remains shrouded in mystery.

Forced to abandon Boston, British General William Howe prepares to unleash an overwhelming invasion force against Washington’s badly outmatched army at New York City. And reports begin to filter back from the western frontiers that a new Shawnee war chief named White Eagle is leading devastating raids against both British and American outposts in Ohio Territory.

Historical fiction
ISBN: 9781936438099

Award-winning author J. M. Hochstetler is the daughter of Mennonite farmers, a graduate of Indiana University, a professional editor, and a lifelong student of history. A graduate of Indiana University, she has published three historical novels set during the American Revolutionary War, Daughter of Liberty, Native Son, and Wind of the Spirit, the first three books of the American Patriot Series. Book four, Crucible of War, releases in 2012.

Her contemporary novel One Holy Night, a retelling of the Christmas story set in modern times, was the Christian Small Publishers 2009 Book of the Year and finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers 2009 Carol Award. An editor with Abingdon Press for many years, she is currently the publisher and editorial director of Sheaf House Publishers, a Nashville area small press.