During this time of uncertainty in the world, perhaps you need a way to escape, to fill downtime, or to learn ways to manage anxiety and relationships as we shelter in place. Through my agent Julie Gwinn, I am linked to a tribe of amazingly talented authors who have books scheduled to release soon or that are already on store shelves. I invite you to check them out, and I encourage you to share your thoughts about the books by posting a review for other readers on sites such as Amazon and Goodreads. Enjoy!
My debut Pockets of Promise will be released on April 30th!
Michael McRay, I Am Not Your Enemy: Stories to Transform a Divided World, April 21, 2020. In a time of heightened alienation and fear, McRay offers true, sacred stories of reconciliation and justice, asking what they can teach us about our own divided states. Must violence be met with violence? Is my belonging complete only when I take away yours? Will more guns, more walls, more weapons keep us safe?
Sue Reynolds, The Athlete Inside, April 28, 2020
The Athlete Inside follows Reynolds’s journey as she lost 200 pounds and found an athlete hiding inside her body. From her first walk to the neighbor’s mailbox to finishing sixth at the World Triathlon Championship, Reynolds discovered the joy of conquering fear and pride to find that the best version of herself had been there all along.
Claire Fullerton, Little Tea, May 1, 2020. Southern culture, old friendships, and family tragedy.
Patricia Bradley, Standoff, May 5, 2020. The Natchez Trace National Parkway stretches 444 miles from Nashville to Natchez, the oldest town on the Mississippi River. It’s the perfect road for a relaxed pleasure drive. Unfortunately for park ranger Luke Fereday, lately it’s being used to move drugs. Sent to Natchez to infiltrate the organization at the center of the drug ring, Luke arrives too late to a stakeout and discovers the body of his friend, park ranger John Danvers.
Kaye D. Schmitz, On Deadly Grounds, May 8, 2020. “A tale of family intrigue and grand misfortune. It’s a historical escapade, packed with menace and peril – one you’re going to enjoy.” – Steve Berry, NYT and #1 internationally bestselling author of 19 novels
Heather Day Gilbert, No Filter, Book #1 in The Barks & Beans Cafe Mystery Series, May 26, 2020. Welcome to the Barks & Beans Cafe, a quaint place where folks pet shelter dogs while enjoying a cup of java…and where murder sometimes pays a visit.
Susan Lantz Simpson, Lizzie’s Heart, May 26, 2020. Fall in Southern Maryland’s Amish country is a time of fiery falling leaves, a bountiful harvest, and bracing, frost-touched days. It’s the perfect season for one irrepressible maidel to try an unexpected match . . .
Tera Bradham, Swimming For Freedom, June 2, 2020
Swimming for Freedom tells the story of Tera’s unconventional comeback and shows that through God, all things are possible. What started as an Olympic dream ended in her true miracle: the freedom of a life in Christ. Tera’s story will inspire you to rise up, dream again, and fight for his calling on your life.
Kelly Irvin, Closer Than She Knows, June 9, 2020. A serial killer bent on revenge . . . and striking too close to home. Check out her Amish books here.
Nordine Zouareg, Inner Fitness, September 1, 2020. The goal to improving ones life begins internally. By addressing the quality of your mental state—whether fear, doubt, anxiety, depression—you can achieve a positive self-worth and improve your quality of life. It all begins with you!
Leanne W. Smith (contributor), Faithful Daughter by Ami McConnell & Friends. True, inspiring stories celebrating a mother’s legacy and love. Sounds like this book would be a great Mother’s Day gift for the special women in your life!
David & Julie Bulitt, The Five Core Conversations for Couples. A top divorce lawyer and a family therapist show you how to really talk—for better or for worse.
Jennifer Graeser Dornbush, Secret Remains. A cold case murder, a grisly discovery, and a viper’s nest of resentment, betrayal, and dirty secrets converge in this mystery perfect for fans of Kathy Reichs and Jayne Ann Krentz. Pop over to her YouTube channel, Forensic Fridays with Jennifer Graeser Dornbush, where she is reading chapters from Hole in the Woods.
Sally Jo Pitts, Autumn Vindication. It’s election time. Something is amiss. With a man’s life at stake, can this unlikely duo find vindication while untangling the mysterious maze of suspects and motives hidden within the colored cloak of autumn?
Dineen Miller, A Love Meant to Be. New York, 1973. After a whirlwind romance, Alan and Gail promise to reunite at Bow Bridge in Central Park after he returns from the Vietnam War, but the lies and deceit of her sister foil their reunion. Thirty-eight years later, his niece, Jamie, finds Gail and brings them back together. Will their plans to reunite in Central Park finally be realized? Will a surprise reunion at Bow Bridge prove that their love was meant to be?
Lauren H. Brandenburg, The Death of Mungo Blackwell. Charlie Price, whose world crumbles after a lapse in judgement leaves him unemployed, finds himself flung into the chaotic world of the Blackwells when he relocates to Coraloo with his socialite wife, Velveteen, and shy son, Gideon. Here Charlie attempts to make a living as a “picker”, reselling under-priced items he picks up at the market, but some want him thrown out of the market. He soon finds this new way of life under threat. Perhaps it’s time for Charlie to have a funeral of his own…
Kathy Harris, Deadly Commitment. The Deadly Secrets series drops the reader into the frightening world of illicit drugs, where ordinary lives are lost, and families are changed forever—and in a setting so commonplace you will wonder if you or someone you love could become the next victim.
Ramona Richards, Murder in the Family Storm chaser Molly McClelland must return to her small Alabama hometown when she unexpectedly inherits her hoarder aunt’s house . . . and all of its contents. Despite her suspicions that her aunt was murdered, Molly wants nothing more than to sell everything and get back to the life she loves. Especially once her homecoming reignites the decades-old family conflict that drove her away in the first place. But when Molly uncovers caches of cash, journals revealing secrets-and a body-amongst the stockpiles, she finds herself locked in a cat-and-mouse dance with a deadly endgame.
Tina Yeager, Beautiful Warrior: Finding Victory Over the Lies Formed Against You. Beautiful Warrior empowers you to break free from the insecurity that has you trapped. Pick up your shield―the Word of God, your identity in Christ, and healthy thought patterns―and become the divine heroine you were destined to be.
Sarina Dahlan, Shadow Play: Ten Tales from the In-between. A collection of fantastical stories connected by a karmic web through time. By turns unexpected, funny, heartbreaking, and horrifying, this debut collection is an excursion into the strange and the magical hidden in the mundane. A fusion of the realistic and the supernatural that explores the concept of self by those stuck in-between.
Amy Willoughby-Burle, The Lemonade Year. Nina’s once-sweet life has unexpectedly turned sour. Her marriage is over, her job is in jeopardy, and her teenage daughter is slipping away from her. Then her father dies and issues with Nina’s mother come to a head; her estranged brother, Ray, comes home; and her sister, Lola, is tempted to blow a big family secret out of the water. They say the truth will set you free, but first it will make a huge mess of things.