October 2013 New Releases

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Gideon’s Call by Peter Leavell
Paperback – October 23, 2013
Ebook – October 1, 2013

Author Peter Leavell forges an unprecedented tale of tragedy and triumph amid the backdrop of the Civil War through the story of Tad, a very clever slave boy who comes of age as America’s war reaches the sea islands of South Carolina. Tad’s desire to better himself is obstructed by the color of his skin, until Northern soldiers force the evacuation of white plantation owners, setting 10,000 slaves free in a single day. Read more…







Yuletide Twins By Renee Andrews
Mass-Market Paperback – October 22, 2013

Alone and pregnant with twins is not how Laura Holland wants to spend her holidays. So she seeks out the only person who’s never let her down: old college friend David Presley. David now runs a bookstore in a small Alabama town, but he’s never stopped loving Laura since he first laid eyes on her in school. Read more…







The Dawn of Christmas: A Romance from the Heart of Amish Country By Cindy Woodsmall
Hardcover – October 15, 2013
Ebook – October 15, 2013

Sadie enjoys her freedom away from home and her mission trips to Peru, but after four years, her Old Order Amish family insists it’s time to come home and settle down. Levi, a bachelor who distrusts women after a family heartbreak, also has no desire for romance. Read more…







The Governess of Highland Hall By Carrie Turansky
Paperback – October 15, 2013
Ebook – October 15, 2013

Missionary Julia Foster loves working alongside her parents, ministering and caring for young girls in India. But when the family must return to England due to illness, she readily accepts the burden for her parents’ financial support. Read more…







A Reluctant Courtship By Laurie Alice Eakes
Paperback – October 15, 2013
Ebook – October 15, 2013

Honore Bainbridge has been courted by two men, one of whom turned out to be a traitor, the other a murderer. Banished to her family’s country estate, where she will hopefully stay out of trouble, she finally meets the man she is sure is exactly right for her: Lord Ashmoor. Read more…







Merry Humbug Christmas: Two Tales of Holiday Romance By Sandra D. Bricker
Paperback – October 15, 2013

A Merry Humbug Christmas features two holiday romance novellas from hilarious and heartwarming author Sandra D. Bricker. — the perfect gift to yourself or someone else at this most wonderfully stressful time of year. Read more…







Heart Failure By Richard L. Mabry M.D.
Paperback – October 15, 2013
Ebook – October 15, 2013

When her fiancé’s dangerous secrets turn her work upside down, a beautiful doctor must choose between her own safety and the man she loves—and thought she knew. Dr. Carrie Markham’s heart was broken by the death of her husband two years ago. Read more…







Severed Trust: The Men of the Texas Rangers | Book 4 By Margaret Daley
Paperback – October 15, 2013 (Early release – On sale NOW!)
Ebook – October 15, 2013

The day Sadie Thompson finds her high school student, Lexie, asleep in class and can’t wake her is the day she realizes how entrenched a prescription drug ring is in her school. As Sadie is pulled into doing something about the growing problem, she becomes involved with Ethan Stone—a Texas Ranger who suspects the drug ring reaches far beyond the high school. Read more…







Gunpowder Tea (The Brides Of Last Chance Ranch Series) By Margaret Brownley
Paperback – October 8, 2013
Ebook – October 8, 2013

When Miranda Hunt sees the classified ad for an heiress to the legendary Last Chance Ranch, she knows assuming the identity of Annie Beckman is the perfect cover. As one of the finest agents for the Pinkerton Detective Agency, Miranda has been tasked with apprehending the Phantom – an elusive and notorious train robber thought to be hiding on the sprawling ranch. Read more…







Promise to Return: A Novel By Elizabeth Byler Younts
Paperback – October 8, 2013
Ebook – October 8, 2013

The day Sadie Thompson finds her high school student, Lexie, asleep in class and can’t wake her is the day she realizes how entrenched a prescription drug ring is in her school. As Sadie is pulled into doing something about the growing problem, she becomes involved with Ethan Stone—a Texas Ranger who suspects the drug ring reaches far beyond the high school. Read more…







The Christmas Quilt By Vannetta Chapman
Paperback – October 15, 2013
Ebook – October 15, 2013

Annie’s life is deliciously full as the Christmas season approaches. She helps her husband, Samuel, attend to the community’s minor medical needs. She occasionally assists Belinda, the local midwife. And most days, she finds herself taking the buggy to her brother, Adam’s home. Read more…







Perfectly Matched: A Novel (The Blue Willow Brides) By Maggie Brendan
Paperback – October 1, 2013
Ebook – October 1, 2013

Anna Olsen knows it’s time to leave her sister’s increasingly crowded house and start a life of her own. Following her sisters’ examples, she becomes a mail-order bride, and after a short correspondence with clock maker and jeweler Edward Parker, she moves to Denver to become his wife. Read more…







Thread of Suspicion (Love Inspired Suspense) By Susan Sleeman
Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 2013
Ebook – October 1, 2013

When someone sabotages former navy SEAL Luke Baldwin’s “unhackable” software, there’s more than his reputation at stake. Faced with treason charges, Luke turns to Dani Justice, a computer expert and skilled investigator. She’s eager to dive into the challenging case…until she uncovers a devastating connection. Read more…







Perfectly Matched: A Novel (The Blue Willow Brides) By Maggie Brendan
Paperback – October 1, 2013
Ebook – October 1, 2013

Anna Olsen knows it’s time to leave her sister’s increasingly crowded house and start a life of her own. Following her sisters’ examples, she becomes a mail-order bride, and after a short correspondence with clock maker and jeweler Edward Parker, she moves to Denver to become his wife. Read more…







A Bride for Keeps By Melissa Jagears
Paperback – October 1, 2013
Ebook – October 1, 2013

Everett Cline will never humiliate himself by seeking a mail-order bride. Not again. He’s already been jilted by three mail-order brides and figures a wife just isn’t in his future. However, a well-meaning neighbor hasn’t given up on seeing him settled, so she goes behind his back to bring yet another woman to town for him. Read more…







A Bride for Noah (Seattle Brides) By Lori Copeland, Virginia Smith
Paperback – October 1, 2013
Hardcover – October 9, 2013
Ebook – October 1, 2013

Lori Copeland and Virginia Smith, beloved authors of the Amish of Apple Grove series, team up again in an exciting new series for devoted fans and new readers. It’s 1851, and Evie Lawrence is penniless and heartbroken after a failed romance. When a kind elderly man announces his plan to move west and make his fortune, Evie jumps at the chance to go with him and start a new life. She says goodbye to the only home she’s ever known and sets out for the Northwest. Read more…







Warning Signs By Katy Lee
Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 2013
Ebook – October 1, 2013

When a drug-smuggling ring rocks a small coastal town, the DEA sends Agent Owen Matthews to shut it down. A single father with a deaf son, Owen senses that the town’s number one suspect—the high school’s new principal—doesn’t fit the profile. Miriam Hunter hoped to shrug off the stigma of her hearing impairment when she returned to Stepping Stones, Maine. Read more…







The Soul of the Rose By Ruth Trippy
Paperback – October 1, 2013
Ebook – October 1, 2013

After the tragic death of her closest friend, 20-year-old Celia Thatcher is sent to work in the bookstore of family friends. Hoping the new surroundings in Massachusetts will help her regain a happy outlook on life, Celia catches the eye of not one, but two men: the elite, but unkempt Bostonian-turned-hermit, Edward Lyons, who is clearly trying to run from his past and from God, and Charles Harrod, a charming Harvard law student who promotes a religious belief Celia has never before considered. Read more…







Healing Grace (Touch of Grace) By Beth Shriver
Paperback – October 1, 2013
Ebook – October 1, 2013

Can Abby overcome the pain caused by her father and find acceptance among the Amish? Abigail Barker is a young woman struggling to keep the family horse farm afloat in Texas. When one of her horses is injured in an accident, Mose Fisher arrives on the scene wanting to help. Read more…







The Earl’s Ward (Heartsong Presents) By Carolyn R. Scheidies
Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 2013
Ebook – October 1, 2013

ANGELLA DENNING NEEDS A PROTECTOR.
After rescuing her from near ruin, the Earl of Lucashire dutifully takes in the vicar’s orphaned daughter. But he discovers Angella is a beauty too lovely to ignore. Soon the rakish earl is falling for his innocent ward. Read more…







It’s True (Little Critter Inspired Kids) by Mercer Mayer
Paperback – October 8, 2013
Board book – October 8, 2013

Little Critter thinks that sometimes it’s easier to tell part of the truth instead of the whole truth. In this second book in the Inspired Kids line, Little Critter learns quickly that lying has consequences and that telling the truth, no matter how hard, is always the right thing to do. Read more…







Audrey Bunny by Angie Smith
Hardcover – October 1, 2013

From best-selling women’s author Angie Smith (I Will Carry You, Mended) comes this sweet children’s book about a stuffed animal named Audrey Bunny who fears her imperfections make her unworthy of a little girl’s love. She’ll learn the truth soon enough, and young readers will learn that everyone is special and wonderfully made by God. Read more…







Firebird by Amy Parker
Hardcover – October 17, 2013
Ebook – October 17, 2013

Firebird is a bright orange baby oriole who just loves the sunshine. But whenever a storm blows in, he frets and asks Mama why God allows the rain to take the sun away. When Firebird is finally old enough, his mother gently instructs him to fly up through the thunder and lightning to see what’s on the other side. Read more…







The Christmas Cat by Maryann Macdonald
Hardcover – October 17, 2013
Ebook – October 17, 2013

All babies are beautiful and all babies cry. Jesus was no exception. On the night he was born, nothing Mary, Joseph, or the animals in the stable could do would comfort him. But when a curious kitten wanted its turn to calm the baby Jesus, a loving friendship blossomed on that very first Christmas. Read more…







You Go First (Little Critter Inspired Kids) by Mercer Mayer
Paperback – October 8, 2013
Board book – October 8, 2013

Since 1975, Mercer Mayer has been writing and illustrating stories about Little Critter® and the antics he stumbles into while growing up. Thomas Nelson is thrilled to bring this beloved brand to the Christian market with the launch of Inspired Kids, a new line of faith-based books featuring Little Critter. Read more…







The First Christmas Night by Keith Christopher
Hardcover – October 1, 2013

A lyrical retelling of the birth of Christ modeled after ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.
Here is a beautiful retelling of the birth of Jesus on that joyous night in Bethlehem so long ago. The poem begins with the arrival of Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem through Christ’s birth, the angels’ appearance to the shepherds, and the visit by the Wise Men. The simple, yet elegant, verses will appeal to little ones and are accompanied by the rich oil illustrations of Christine Kornacki. Ages 4-8. Read more…







Imagination Station | Books 3-Pack by Brock Eastman
Hardcover – October 1, 2013

Kids will experience an unforgettable journey filled with action-packed adventure that will inspire their imagination. When they step into the Imagination Station, they’ll be whisked away with Patrick and Beth to embark on a journey around the world and through time. Read more…







A Queen Named Esther (The Beginner’s Bible) by Zondervan
Ebook – October 8, 2013

When the king of Persia is looking for a queen, Esther’s cousin Mordecai encourages her to step forward. And when the king sees her beauty, he chooses her to be the new queen. But God has a bigger job for Esther than just being queen. The safety of God’s people rests in the hands of the new queen. Can she find the courage to help save the Hebrews from Haman’s evil plan? Read more…







The Message of the Birds by Kate Westerlund
Hardcover – October 1, 2013

An old owl tells the Christmas story to the community of birds as he has done so many times before, but when he tells of the special message from the Baby Jesus, a little bird questions why they no longer sing the message. “People no longer listen,” is the sad realization. The birds decide to share the message once more, but this time to the children of the world. And what unfolds is surely a Christmas wonder. Read more…







Jesus Invites Me: Knowing My God series by Callie Grant
Board book – October 1, 2013

Children engage with Jesus’ words for them in Matthew 11:28-30. From the Knowing My God series, this book offers three levels of exploration: a quoted Bible passage, beautiful real-world photographs, and supportive text to relate the passage’s meaning to a child’s life. A parent guide gives tips for involving a baby, toddler, and child. Read more…







Mud Puddle Hunting Day by Callie Grant
Board book – October 1, 2013

All of God’s wonders look different for play on mud puddle hunting day! Children join the adventure of a young girl’s dash through the rain where she finds just what she’s looking for—a spalshing experience with God’s amazing creation. In the Graham Blanchard book collection, Mud Puddle Hunting Day is a Praise book, which celebrates the soul-pleasing wonders of God that children experience every day. A natural response to this God-filled world is worship, gratitude and awe for him and his glory, while young hearts grow for him. Read more…







Hot Chocolate With God Devotional by B&H Editorial Staff
Hardcover – October 1, 2013

Give kids the big picture of God’s story with this innovative, interactive Bible storybook. It includes 145 stories with fresh new four-color illustrations, a “Christ Connection” feature showing kids how God’s plan for salvation through Jesus appears throughout the Bible, and a free “augmented reality” app that brings the art and story remarkably to life both visually (in 3D) and audibly. Read more…







Bible Tell Me: Who by Christopher D. Hudson
Hardcover – October 29, 2013

Meet the cast of the Bible, the best-selling book of all time. The 100 minibiographies in this book will help bring the Bible’s well-worn characters to life and let you get to know their stories. You’ll discover that each hero or and villain is a well-rounded, three-dimensional person. Read more…







Fanny by Stephen Cosgrove
Paperback – October 1, 2013

On a beautiful island called Serendipity, on the south side of the island, was an old wooden fence. The fence stretched for miles and miles with only sweet smelling lilac and an occasional honeysuckle rose. At the very end of the fence was an old farm nestled at the top of a wooded hill. The farm was filled with all sorts of animals. It was here that lived a fluffy, grey cat named Fanny. Read more…







My Friend Jesus by Kathryn Slattery
Hardcover – October 29, 2013

Jesus can be your friend and Savior.
All Christian parents want their children to come to a relationship with Jesus. My Friend Jesus is written in fresh, clear language that children can understand and is appropriate for all denominations. The book not only tells the gospel story about Jesus, but also, in the most natural, gentle way, introduces children to a personal relationship with Him. Read more…







Daniel in the Lions Den (My Bible Stories) by Ticktock
Hardcover – October 1, 2013

One of a new series of popular stories from the Bible presented with beautiful, traditional illustrations. The perfect introduction for young children, these books will be a treasured keepsake. Follow the story of Daniel, the boy who was thrown into the lions den! Will he survive?. Read more…







God’s Love For You Bible Storybook by Richard Stearns
Hardcover – October 15, 2013

God’s Love for You Bible Storybook teaches favorite Bible stories followed by real stories of people sharing God’s love. Kids will see how they can learn from and help people all over the world. This book will help raise up a generation of generous, global Christians who are active in their communities and their world. Read more…







The Perfect Christmas Pageant (Everyday Zoo) by Joyce Meyer
Ebook – October 8, 2013

The popular Everyday Zoo series for young children by beloved and bestselling author Joyce Meyer continues with the ebook edition of The Christmas Pageant, a heartfelt and humorous story about the true meaning of Christmas. When Hayley Hippo is asked to direct the annual Christmas pageant, she decides this will be her Christmas gift to Jesus and she sets out to make everything perfect. Read more…







Unspoken by Dee Henderson
Paperback – October 1, 2013
Hardcover – October 1, 2013
Ebook – October 1, 2013

Charlotte Graham is at the center of the most famous kidnapping in Chicago history.
The task force of FBI and local cops found her two abductors, killed them, rescued her, but it took four very long years. The fact she was found less than three miles from her home, had been there the entire time, haunts them. She’s changed her identity, found a profession she loves, and rebuilt her life. Read more…







Fifteen Minutes: A Novel by Karen Kingsbury
Hardcover – October 29, 2013
Ebook – October 29, 2013

Zack Dylan made a promise to God and his college sweetheart as he left his family’s horse farm in Kentucky to compete on the popular reality television show Fifteen Minutes: If he makes it, the fame won’t change him. Overnight, Zack is the nation’s most popular contestant, a country singer with the looks and voice of a young Elvis. As his star rises, Zack is asked to compromise and quiet his beliefs, and also some­thing more. Read more…







A Bride for Keeps: A novel by Melissa Jagears
Paperback – October 1, 2013
Ebook – October 1, 2013

Everett Cline will never humiliate himself by seeking a mail-order bride. Not again. He’s already been jilted by three mail-order brides and figures a wife just isn’t in his future. However, a well-meaning neighbor hasn’t given up on seeing him settled, so she goes behind his back to bring yet another woman to town for him. Read more…







Thread of Suspicion (The Justice Agency) by Susan Sleeman
Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 2013
Ebook – October 1, 2013

When someone sabotages former navy SEAL Luke Baldwin’s “unhackable” software, there’s more than his reputation at stake. Faced with treason charges, Luke turns to Dani Justice, a computer expert and skilled investigator. She’s eager to dive into the challenging case…until she uncovers a devastating connection. The hacker framing Luke has a personal, deadly history with Dani. Read more…







Return to Me (The Restoration Chronicles Book #1) by Lynn Austin
Paperback – October 1, 2013
Hardcover – October 1, 2013
Ebook – October 1, 2013

After years of watching his children and grandchildren wander from their faith, Iddo’s prayers are answered: King Cyrus is allowing God’s chosen people to return to Jerusalem. Jubilant, he joyfully prepares for their departure, only to learn that his family, grown comfortable in the pagan culture of Babylon, wants to remain. Read more…







The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom
Paperback – October 1, 2013

In Mitch Albom’s newest work of fiction, the inventor of the world’s first clock is punished for trying to measure God’s greatest gift. He is banished to a cave for centuries and forced to listen to the voices of all who come after him seeking more days, more years. Eventually, with his soul nearly broken, Father Time is granted his freedom, along with a magical hourglass and a mission: a chance to redeem himself by teaching two earthly people the true meaning of time. Read more…







Danger in Amish Country: Fall from Grace\Dangerous Homecoming\Return to Willow Trace by Marta Perry, Diane Burke, Kit Wilkinson
Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 2013
Ebook – October 1, 2013

Fall from Grace by Marta Perry

When one of her students witnesses a crime, Sara Esch gets too close to the truth, and widower Caleb King must risk it all for the woman who’s taught him to love again. Read more…







Derailed (Windy City Neighbors) by Neta Jackson
Paperback – October 8, 2013
Ebook – October 8, 2013

Forced to give up his hard-earned retirement, Harry Bentley goes back to work as a detective. Receiving a bizarre undercover assignment that sends him across the country by train. Things suddenly go awry when it appears one of his new neighbors may be part of a smuggling ring and suspicion rises about his own son’s involvement in a major drug cartel. Read more…







An Untamed Heart by Lauraine Snelling
Paperback – October 1, 2013
Hardcover – October 1, 2013
Ebook – October 1, 2013

Twenty-year-old Ingeborg Strand is certain she is destined to be an old maid. She’s had several suitors but none she deemed worthy of spending her life with. That is, until she meets a university student from Oslo, and feelings stronger than friendship begin to develop between them. But tragedy strikes, and the future begins to look bleaker than ever. Read more…







Davey’s Daughter (Lancaster Burning) by Linda Byler
Paperback – October 1, 2013
Ebook – October 1, 2013

Barns are burning in the Lancaster County’s Amish community, and no one knows who’s doing it or why. Sarah Beiler’s barn was the first to burn and it was quickly followed by two other barn fires. The entire Amish community is on edge and wrestling with how they should respond to these seemingly random crimes. Sarah thinks Ashley, whom she’s learned to know at the local farmers market, knows more about the fires than she will admit. Read more…







Dark Justice: A Novel by Brandilyn Collins
Paperback – October 1, 2013

While driving a rural road, Hannah Shire and her aging mother, who suffers from dementia, stop to help a man at the scene of a car accident. The man whispers mysterious words in Hannah’s ear. Soon people want to kill Hannah and her mother for what they “know.” Even law enforcement may be involved. Read more…







Warning Signs (Love Inspired Suspense) by Katy Lee
Paperback – October 1, 2013
Ebook – October 1, 2013

When a drug-smuggling ring rocks a small coastal town, the DEA sends Agent Owen Matthews to shut it down. A single father with a deaf son, Owen senses that the town’s number one suspect—the high school’s new principal—doesn’t fit the profile. Miriam Hunter hoped to shrug off the stigma of her hearing impairment when she returned to Stepping Stones, Maine. Read more…







Katie’s Forever Promise: Book 3 (Emma Raber’s Daughter) by Jerry S. Eicher
Paperback – October 1, 2013
Ebook – October 1, 2013

Katie Raber is trying to put her life back together after Ben Stoll’s devastating betrayal of her love. When she is baptized into the church, she receives a surprising offer that will keep her close to her Amish community—much to her mother’s delight. But soon Ben is back in her life again—and at the same time she finds interest from another young man, though his bumbling efforts at winning her heart show him to be a far less desirable suitor than the more polished Ben Stoll. Read more…







Peace: A Crittenden County Christmas Novel by Shelley Shepard Gray
Paperback – October 22, 2013
Ebook – October 22, 2013

Beth Byler has a secret. Ever since she met Englischer Chris Ellis while helping out at the Yellow Bird Inn, she can’t stop thinking about him. She knows a relationship could never go anywhere—Chris was working undercover in Crittenden County as a DEA agent. That meant he faced danger daily and carried a gun, making him completely unsuitable for an Amish woman like herself. But she knew he felt the attraction, too. It was the reason he left so suddenly, promising never to see her again. Read more…







The Cowboy’s Christmas Courtship (Cooper Creek) by Brenda Minton
Ebook – October 1, 2013

With her mortgaged farm, rebellious brother and two jobs, Layla Silver is struggling to keep afloat for the holidays. But does she need Gage Cooper riding to her rescue? Back in high school, Gage was nobody’s hero. Now he’s an injured bull rider home for Christmas to make amends for his checkered past. And something about the stubborn, beautiful Layla has him wanting more than forgiveness. Can a wandering cowboy turn a Christmas courtship into an everlasting love? Read more…







The Nurse’s Secret Suitor (Eagle Point Emergency) by Cheryl Wyatt
Ebook – October 1, 2013

Trauma nurse Kate Dalton can handle any challenge—except love. The combat veteran dreams of settling down, but heartbreak is one risk she won’t take. Then a chance encounter opens her heart to a masked stranger…who might not be a stranger after all! Caleb Landis, the army medic behind the disguise, has always admired Kate, even though she only saw him as her best friend’s brother. What will it take for Kate to discard her fears and discover the man she’s always hoped to unmask? Read more…







Childless: A Novel by James Dobson
Hardcover – October 1, 2013
Ebook – October 1, 2013

Everyone is nervous about how Judge Victor Santiago will rule. The case involved the tragic demise of a loving mother and her disabled son. A common medical procedure has somehow created havoc across the legal and economic landscape. The president’s popular Youth Initiative is losing momentum. Political and economic fortunes are at stake. That’s why someone, somewhere, would rather put the judge in his grave than risk a wrong decision. Read more…







Kiss of Revenge: A Novel (The Kiss Trilogy) by Debbie Viguie
Mass Market Paperback – October 29, 2013

Susan and her friends must prepare for their most important battle with the vampire Richelieu, but they find themselves divided. Wendy has been kidnapped by a centuries-old enemy of her ancestor, Carissa. While they search frantically to save her, a greater danger threatens as Richelieu’s army of vampires and humans fills the crevices of Europe. Read more…







Fatherless: A Novel by James C. Dobson
Paperback – October 1, 2013

The year is 2042, and the long-predicted tipping point has arrived. For the first time in human history, the economic pyramid has flipped: The feeble old now outnumber the vigorous young, and this untenable situation is intensifying a battle between competing cultural agendas. Reporter Julia Davidson-a formerly award-winning journalist seeking to revive a flagging career-is investigating the growing crisis, unaware that her activity makes her a pawn in an ominous conspiracy. Read more…







Knights Templar: A Secret History (Dark) by Graeme Davis
Paperback – October 22, 2013
Ebook – October 22, 2013

History, legend and conspiracy meet in the tales of the Knights Templar. Warriors, bankers, magicians and heretics, they were officially disbanded in 1314, but they continue to influence the world to the present day. Within these pages, readers will discover not only the warrior monks of the Crusades, but also the legends and rumors of later ages. What secret did the Templars uncover beneath the Temple of Solomon, and how did it make them so powerful that kings and Popes feared them? Read more…







The Reluctant Witness by Kathleen Tailer
Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 2013
Ebook – October 1, 2013

When his partner turns on him and tries to kill him, FBI agent Jack Mitchell is framed for murder and abandoned…until a blue-eyed beauty saves his life. Even in his wounded haze Jack sees Casey Johnson is hiding a secret. As the only witness to his innocence, Jack needs her. But Casey doesn’t know who’s more dangerous—the man who wants Jack dead or the handsome agent himself. Read more…







Severed Trust: The Men of the Texas Rangers by Margaret Daley
Paperback – October 15, 2013 (Early Release! On sale NOW!)
Ebook – October 15, 2013

The day Sadie Thompson finds her high school student, Lexie, asleep in class and can’t wake her is the day she realizes how entrenched a prescription drug ring is in her school. As Sadie is pulled into doing something about the growing problem, she becomes involved with Ethan Stone—a Texas Ranger who suspects the drug ring reaches far beyond the high school. Read more…







THE 13: STAND by Robbie Cheuvront
Paperback – October 1, 2013

CIA operative Jon Keene has given up his battle with God and surrendered his life to Him. Now rescued from prison by the Prophet, he tries to heal the wounds of a broken America. But there is a new enemy rising. . .and this time its from within the bord. Read more…







Heart Failure by Richard L. Mabry
Paperback – October 15, 2013
Ebook – October 15, 2013

When her fiancé’s dangerous secrets turn her work upside down, a beautiful doctor must choose between her own safety and the man she loves—and thought she knew.

Dr. Carrie Markham’s heart was broken by the death of her husband two years ago. Now, just as her medical practice is taking off, her fresh engagement to paralegal Adam Davidson seems almost too good to be true . . . until a drive-by shooting leaves Carrie on the floor of his car with glass falling around her. Read more…







Dark Biology by Bonnie Doran
Paperback – October 25, 2013 (Early Release! On sale NOW!)

Renowned vaccinologist “Hildi” Hildebrandt has set her sights on beating her brother to a Nobel Prize, and the opportunity to conduct experiments on the International Space Station might just provide the means to obtain that goal. Chet Hildebrandt should have had that opportunity. Read more…







Love Finds You in the City at Christmas by Ruth Logan Herne
Paperback – October 1, 2013
Ebook – October 1, 2013

Love comes to New York City in two heartwarming stories of Christmas past and present.

In ‘Red Kettle Christmas,’ it’s 1946, and police officer Mike Wolzak inherits the family home. . . and the custody of his troubled sister. While on patrol during Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Mike meets a Salvation Army bell ringer struggling to support herself and her young child. Over the holiday season in Manhattan, she teaches the veteran how to support his family. In the process, he gains a new one. Read more…







An Amish Country Christmas by Charlotte Hubbard, Naomi King
Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 2013
Ebook – October 1, 2013

In Willow Ridge, Missouri, the Christmas season is a time when faith brings peace, family brings warmth and new romance brings sparkling joy. . .

Twins For Christmas

For spirited Martha Coblentz and her twin Mary, the snow has delivered the perfect holiday and birthday present to their door–handsome brothers Nate and Bram Kanagy. But when unforeseen trouble interrupts their season’s good cheer, it will take unexpected intervention–and sudden understanding–to give all four the blessing of a lifetime. . . Read more…







Storybook Romance (The Heart of Main Street) by Lissa Manley
Ebook – October 1, 2013

It’s been more than ten years, but Allison True has never forgotten her high school crush, Sam Franklin. Back in Bygones, her only focus is keeping her new bookstore afloat—yet the single dad of twin toddlers is testing her resolve to be career minded. Getting involved with a man who vowed never to love again is a recipe for disaster in Allison’s book. But life with Sam and his twins could give her the happily ever after she’s always dreamed of. Read more…







White Christmas in Dry Creek (Return to Dry Creek) by Janet Tronstad
Ebook – October 1, 2013

Renee Gray doesn’t believe in fairy tales— not even at Christmastime. But when a wounded stranger collapses on their porch, her daughter, Tessie, believes they’ve discovered a handsome Prince Charming. Though he has his own reasons for shutting out the world, Rusty Calhoun can’t resist little Tessie’s invitation to play a king in the church Christmas pageant. Renee and Rusty have both built up walls as tall as castles, but as their trust and love grow, they wonder whether real life can include a little storybook magic. Read more…







Perfectly Matched (The Blue Willow Brides Book #3): A Novel by Maggie Brendan
Paperback – October 1, 2013
Ebook – October 1, 2013

Anna Olsen knows it’s time to leave her sister’s increasingly crowded house and start a life of her own. Following her sisters’ examples, she becomes a mail-order bride, and after a short correspondence with clock maker and jeweler Edward Parker, she moves to Denver to become his wife. Almost immediately it’s painfully apparent that Anna and Edward are very different. Read more…







The Christmas Quilt: Quilts of Love Series by Vannetta Chapman
Paperback – October 15, 2013
Ebook – October 15, 2013

Annie’s life is deliciously full as the Christmas season approaches. She helps her husband, Samuel, attend to the community’s minor medical needs. She occasionally assists Belinda, the local midwife, and most days, she finds herself delivering the buggy to her brother Adam. Annie’s sister-in-law Leah is due to deliver their first child before Christmas morning, and Annie is determined to finish a crib quilt before the boppli arrives. Read more…







Healing Grace (Touch of Grace) by Beth Shriver
Paperback – October 1, 2013
Ebook – October 1, 2013

Can Abby overcome the pain caused by her father and find acceptance among the Amish? Abby finds more than love and safety when she meets Mose, as she struggles with the faith she left behind after the death of her mother. After time spent with Mose and his family she knows she has to make a choice. Will Abby stay with Mose or go back to her sick father who needs her. Read more…







A Bride for Noah (Seattle Brides) by Lori Copeland
Paperback – October 1, 2013
Hardcover – October 9, 2013
Ebook – October 1, 2013

It’s 1851, and Evie Lawrence is penniless and heartbroken after a failed romance. When a kind elderly man announces his plan to move west and make his fortune, Evie jumps at the chance to go with him and start a new life. She says goodbye to the only home she’s ever known and sets out for the Northwest. Read more…







Annies Christmas Wish Quilts of Lancaster County Book 4 by Barbara Cameron
Paperback – October 1, 2013
Ebook – October 1, 2013

Ever since her step-mom brought her a snow globe of the New York City skyline, Annie has wanted to visit the beautiful, big city. Since it’s nearing the time of Annie’s rumschpringe—the time when Amish youth experience English life to make a decision whether to live in that world or become baptized into the Amish faith—the family decides a visit is a good idea. Read more…







Lone Star Holiday (Love Inspired) by Jolene Navarro
Ebook – October 1, 2013

Twelve years ago, Lorrie Ann Ortega left the tiny town of Clear Water with stars in her eyes. Now she’s back home—trying to live right and put her mistakes in the past. Even so, she’ll never be the kind of woman who would make a good wife for the handsome widowed pastor, John Levi. Read more…



Review: The Courier of Caswell Hall by Melanie Dobson

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Date Published: September 1, 2013
Pages: 336
Publisher: Summerside Press
Author: Melanie Dobson
Genre: Christian Fiction, Historical Romance
ASIN: B00EUBK9OM
Book Source: I received this book for free from Summerside Press, a division of Guideposts for my honest review.

Blurb:

An unlikely spy discovers freedom and love in the midst of the American Revolution. As the British and Continental armies wage war in 1781, the daughter of a wealthy Virginia plantation owner feels conflict raging in her own heart. Lydia Caswell comes from a family of staunch Loyalists, but she cares only about peace. Her friend Sarah Hammond, however, longs to join the fight. Both women’s families have already been divided by a costly war that sets father against son and neighbor against neighbor; a war that makes it impossible to guess who can be trusted. One snowy night Lydia discovers a wounded man on the riverbank near Caswell Hall, and her decision to save him will change her life. Nathan introduces her to a secret network of spies, couriers, disguises, and coded messages—a network that may be the Patriots’ only hope for winning the war. When British officers take over Caswell Hall and wreak havoc on neighboring plantations, Lydia will have to choose between loyalty and freedom; between her family’s protection and her own heart’s desires. As both armies gather near Williamsburg for a pivotal battle, both Lydia and Sarah must decide how high a price they are willing to pay to help the men they love.

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Author Bio:

Melanie Dobson is the author of twelve novels; her writing has received numerous accolades including two Carol Awards. Melanie worked in public relations for fifteen years before she began writing fiction full-time. Born and raised in the Midwest, she now resides with her husband and two daughters in Oregon.

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Excerpt:

A memory returned to her—Sarah had asked her to deliver a letter to Mrs. Pendell, and Mrs. Pendell sent one in return. Had her friend been supporting the Patriot cause as a courier as well, before her home was destroyed?

Was no one who they seemed to be?

Lydia tapped her shoes on the floor of the gazebo. “Is my friend safe?”

He paused. “Which friend?”

“I do not believe you want me to say her name.”

“Yes, she is safe in Philadelphia.”

She sighed with relief. At least Sarah was with her aunt now. “Before she left, she had a letter from…from the woman you just named.”

“She delivered it to me.”

“I am glad of it.” Lydia tapped her toes again. “Has my friend found her Negroes?”

“There is no word.”

Her gaze roamed over to the pink blossoms that bubbled atop the cherry trees. Could Elisha have found Morah and his son by now? She prayed so. No family, black or white, should be torn apart.

“How will I deliver the—”

He stopped her. “She exchanged the messages in books.”

Sarah had an entire library of books, but Lord Caswell’s library didn’t contain nearly as many, and he would miss any she borrowed. Perhaps she could think of another way to take them to Mrs. Pendell.

His voice grew serious. “You must be careful, Lydia. They may search your person.”

She thought of the British officers that had detained their coach in March. “I shall not let them—”

You may have no choice.”

She pressed her hands together. “Nathan?”

“Yes?”

“Thank you for watching over my family.”

“Without you, Lydia, I would not be alive.”

“I am glad you survived.”



My Review:

It is the year 1781 and the Revolutionary War is ravaging the colonies. Williamsburg, Virginia is home to Lydia Caswell and, with the exception of her brother Grayson, her family remains loyal to the King. But when a mysterious man washes up on the river’s edge severely injured, Lydia knows that no matter what side he is on she must help him survive. Lydia soon begins to question in her heart whether they are on the right side of the war. Her betrothed, Seth Hammond, left to join the Patriots in their fighting and, unbeknownst to Lydia, Seth’s sister and Lydia’s best friend, Sarah, is a courier for the Patriots as well. When Lydia remains in constant contact with Nathan, the mysterious stranger from the river, she soon realizes that she no longer hopes to marry Seth but longs to be with Nathan, the man who has stolen her heart. Meanwhile, Sarah has loved Lydia’s brother Grayson since they were children. Grayson fled from his home four years earlier and became a privateer for the Patriots. Sarah yearns for Grayson to return so she can tell him how she feels but until he does she is determined to help the cause as much as she can. Being a courier is dangerous but Sarah is a brave woman that has the strength to fight for freedom. After the devestation at her plantation she is more determined than ever to help in any way she can to win the war. Can two women make a difference in such a destructive war? Just how far will they go for the men they love and for freedom?

When Nathan Lewis washed up on the river’s edge he knew his chances of survival were slim. He soon opened his eyes to find beautiful Lydia Caswell watching over him. Lydia helps nurse him back to health even though she knows he is helping the Patriots. Nathan vows to protect Lydia and her family while Lydia vows to help Nathan deliver the important messages needed to help win the war. It’s not long before Nathan falls in love with Lydia and longs to make her his own. But will her bethrothed stand in the way? Will they ever be able to be together?

Grayson Caswell fled from his home, family and the woman he loved. Grayson fell in love with Sarah Hammond when he was only 15 but had kept it a secret. Not a days goes by that he doesn’t regret not saying goodbye to Sarah and he hopes that some day he can forget the past and return to her. Grayson is a privateer for the Patriots and he knows in his heart they can never be together because Sarah is on the opposing side… or so he thought. Little did he know that Sarah has joined the cause for freedom. But when Grayson and his men are captured by the British, Sarah proves just how far she will go to save the man she loves.

I have to say that when I read the prologue it was so beautifully written (I read it with tears streaming down my face) that I just knew the rest of the book couldn’t measure up to the high standards I had already set. I was so very wrong and so thoroughly pleased. This was a beautiful story of love and loss, hope and strength, devestation and yet, beauty. I felt like I was IN the story fighting along side of Nathan, Seth and Grayson. Delivering messages with Lydia and Sarah. The Revolutionary War was brought to life within the pages of this book. When there was death I cried with those left behind. When there was even a small victory I rejoiced along with them. I don’t think I have ever read a story that has evoked such emotion in me. The Courier of Caswell Hall is a book that you will want to read again and again. It will take you on an emotional journey that you will never forget. I VERY highly recommend reading this book!

 

My Rating:



**While I was given a free copy of this book for my honest opinion, I was in no way compensated for this review**

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The Ripple Effect Romance Novella Series – Cover Reveal & Giveaway

The Ripple Effect Romance Novella Series 

Enjoy this exciting new series of clean novellas by six critically-acclaimed authors.

“Like a pebble tossed into calm water, a simple act can ripple outward and have a far-reaching effect on those we meet, perhaps setting a life on a different course—one filled with excitement, adventure, and sometimes even love.”

Book 1: Home Matters by Julie N. Ford

Book 2: Silver Linings by Kaylee Baldwin

Book 3: Righting A Wrong by Rachael Anderson

Book 4: Lost and Found by Karey White

Book 5: Second Chances 101 by Donna K. Weaver

Book 6: Immersed in Love by Jennifer Griffith

Home Matters by Julie N. Ford

According to her mother, Olivia Pembroke was born to be a star. But how is she supposed to be famous when she can’t even get a decent acting gig? Her lucky break comes when she lands an audition for a wildly popular home improvement show. Even though she has no design training and has never even held a power tool, she refuses to let that stop her. She’s confident that her destiny is finally within reach.

When her affections are torn between her heartthrob co-host and the irritating, yet somehow endearing lead contractor, does she continue to reach for the stars? Or does she design a new happily ever after? One that leads not to the fading lights of fame and fortune, but to a love that will burn forever.

Silver Linings by Kaylee Baldwin

Drew Westfall wants nothing more than to forget what he had to do in the name of “smart” business. Cutting off all ties with his parents—including handing over the entire contents of his trust fund to a charity—he takes off for Bridger, Colorado where his best friend has an extra room for him. It doesn’t take long for him to realize that his business degree won’t do him much good in a town as small as Bridger, but he’s broke and has nowhere else to go.

Eden Torresi has every reason to wallow. Not only did she lose her mother, but she had to drop out of nursing school and is in a relationship with a guy unwilling to commit. But Eden isn’t the wallowing type. Instead, she chooses to spend most of her time taking care of the seniors at Silver Linings Nursing home. When she learns that her boyfriend’s new roommate is down on his luck, her caring nature makes her want to reach out to him and offer what help she can. But the more time they spend together, the more complicated things get, especially when the seniors of Silver Linings decide to play matchmaker.

Righting a Wrong by Rachael Anderson

Seven years ago, Cambri Blaine fled her small hometown of Bridger, Colorado after her senior year ended in a fiasco. Only Jace Sutton knew the real reason why—that she was a spineless coward. Now, seven years later, her father’s been in an accident and needs help, and Cambr has no choice but to return home. So with trepidation, she takes a leave of absence from the landscape architecture firm where she works and boards a plane, hoping against hope that Jace is no longer around and that the past can stay where it belongs—in the past.

If only life worked that way.

Jace never expected to see Cambri again. After she’d led him on, bruised his heart, and left town without a backward glance, he was forced to pick up the pieces and try not to hate her for it. Eventually, he put it behind him and moved on, creating a life for himself in his beloved hometown. But now that Cambri is back and looking more beautiful and sophisticated than ever, some of those old feelings resurface, and Jake instinctively knows, for the sake of his heart, that he needs to avoid her at all costs.

If only it were that easy.

Lost and Found by Karey White

Lydia was supposed to have an adventurous and exciting summer. Instead she’s done nothing more than read and eat takeout. Now it’s time to go home, and what does she have to show for it? A big fat nothing. Unless, of course, her trip to the airport somehow turns into something more than just a flight home.

Blake feels like he’s been sent on a wild goose chase. While work is piling up back in Denver, he’s on the other side of the country, hunting for some mysterious box that his grandfather left him. Well, no more. Nothing inside that box could possibly be more important than the opportunity to make it as the youngest partner at his firm. So he’s going home, and that’s that. But that’s before he discovers his flight has been cancelled.

When these two strangers meet at the airport, they make a split-second decision to search for the box together. Maybe with both of them on the hunt, Lydia can have her adventure and Blake can find the box. And maybe, if they’re lucky, they’ll even find some romance.

Second Chances 101 by Donna K. Weaver

Thirty seven year old Francie Davis, a recent widow and empty nester, gets to attend college at last. She’s sure her luck has changed when she also lands a job on campus that will pay her tuition, as administrative assistant to a history professor. When her handsome new boss yells at her on the first day of work, Francie worries she will never be good enough.

For Professor Alex Diederik, life is going downhill fast. Not only is his bitter ex-wife trying to poison their only daughter against him, but now his one place of solace—his work environment—is being complicated by his attractive new administrative assistant. She drives home his feelings of failure as a husband and father, and Alex wonders if hiring her was the right thing to do.

Francie will have to put aside her hurt and insecurities or risk her dreams, while Alex must look outside himself if he’s to mend the breach with his daughter. And, perhaps, find someone who can help heal his pain.

Immersed in Love by Jennifer Griffith

Lisette Pannebaker speaks five languages and has a brilliant business plan—personal language immersion. Clients can hire her to shadow them and speak all day in any language they need to learn for business or travel—whatever.

But there’s a major hitch: she’s far too pretty. Clients with less than honorable intentions sign up just have Lisette at their side. Solution? A make-under. Way under.It works like a charm. None of her male clients show her the least bit of interest.

Until… Erik.

Erik Gunnarsson is charming, kind, and smart—everything she’s ever looked for. Even though he seems to have a secret and she swore she’d never date a client, Lisette is tempted to shed her disguise—even if it means jeopardizing her career.

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Book Promo: A Faith to Die For by Mark Geppert

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old…or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!

Today’s Wild Card author is:

and the book:

Whitaker House (September 2, 2013)
***Special thanks to Cathy Hickling for sending me a review copy.***

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Mark Geppert is president and founder of the South East Asia Prayer Center. He teaches seminars on prayer walking, micro-economic kingdom business principles, and team building to leaders in Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa, and Europe, as well as throughout the U.S. He is known as a “master communicator” through his work in radio and television. Mark has worked in over 30 countries and has authored four books. Ordained through Elim Fellowship of Rochester, New York, he has served on the staff of several churches in the U.S. and has most recently established and pastored the English-speaking congregation of the Church of Singapore (Bukit Timah).

Visit the author’s website.

SHORT BOOK DESCRIPTION:

“He stood and looked at us. The weapon was hot and heavy in his hand as he lowered the barrel toward us. His face was streaked with sweat and dirt; his eyes were filled with the sights of combat. He stared at me and asked, ‘Are you Mr. Mark?’”

How can you face death squarely with an absolute absence of fear? You can if you have hope. You can if you have traveled from Guatemala to Kiev to Beijing and seen God restoring hope in the midst of hopeless situations. Recounting his action-packed, journey from captivity in Indonesia, to freedom, Mark Geppert reveals the reality of knowing a God who neither fails nor abandons him. Many who have read A Faith to Die For compare it to an action spy thriller. The big difference is that Mark’s story is true. He believes he lived to tell it not for personal glory, but to encourage others to welcome God’s intimate involvement into their daily lives and watch Him transform the mundane into the miraculous!

Product Details:
List Price: $14.99
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Whitaker House (September 2, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1603748911
ISBN-13: 978-1603748919

AND NOW…THE FIRST CHAPTER:

“What Do You Want from Us?”
“What do you want from us? Do you want to convert us all? Do you want us to be your slaves forever? What do you want from us?”
If hatred had a face, it would have been his—turban askew, eyes aflame, mouth spewing the red-hot lava of “jihad jargon.” Only the steel bars of the jailhouse window kept us from being consumed by this molten fury.
It was a terrible day in paradise. The gentle breezes of the Indian Ocean and Malacca Strait could not quench the fire. If he had been free, this Indonesian imam would gladly have done Allah a favor and killed an American Christian. His rage was the result of a lifetime of being forced to serve ExxonMobil executives and sleep in a one-room wooden coop, while they danced the night away in high fashion. His people had waited hand and foot on elite Dutch and Americans while the Javanese government collected the few crumbs falling from Aceh’s tilted table.
Finally, he and the multitude he served had captured three of the oppressors, as well as their Chinese friend. Justice would be served, if only for one torrid afternoon.
USA Today reported that it was a group of missionaries who “ran to the police station for help when faced with the mob.” The Jakarta Post said it was “another unfortunate incident of Muslim/Christian conflict.” While most of the world sat at their breakfast tables, turning the pages of these newspapers while sipping their juice and coffee, a group of people in Aceh, North Sumatra, expressed its indignation at the injustice of what had become an international incident. The events that transpired in March 1999 were just the tip of the iceberg, eventually escalating into larger events that would polarize the world.
We had come to the town that morning in our desire to pray for the Indonesian province of Aceh. A day’s journey north of the provincial border, the little town of Perlak is the last police post before a stretch of highway feared by police and freedom fighters alike—a location of mass graves. This stretch of land is one that military personnel do not dare to travel during the night. It is the place where seeds of rhetoric grow into large armies of youth that are ready to blow themselves up for militant ideologies. It is a recruiting ground for extremists, a place where boys become men before they can shave, and where families send their young sons to fight holy wars against the infidels.
We arrived on a beautiful, calm, peaceful March morning, and looked forward to reaching Banda Aceh, which had some of the best scuba diving in the world, beyond the checkpoint. Our hired driver felt that he could make our journey more comfortable by stopping to have a bite to eat before going on the road again. He parked in a central area, and we agreed to go to the market and then venture on to the police station so we could register and be on our way, within the hour. We decided to pair off in twos so that we could experience the quiet little town with another person and share what we had found with each other.
A secondary school had dismissed for lunch and Friday prayers, and we found ourselves in the midst of hundreds of teenagers who wanted to practice their English. Happy to oblige, we haltingly entered into conversation about the NBA and other American topics that interested the youth. The young people were the same ages as our sons and daughters. It was fun to learn how they lived, what they thought about, what they studied, and what they thought was funny. It was a real joy to be accepted by these young people.
It was not long before they had noticed the books we had in the car, and we gladly gave a few to them. Finding that these books were written in their mother tongue of Acehnese, they became very interested. Soon, we had handed out five hundred books and ninety cassette tapes to the teenagers. It had taken about forty-five minutes to do so, and the parents started to call the young people, warning them not to be late for prayers.
In these villages, the mosque was central to the people’s lives. Although they had the freedom to choose their religion, there was a civic pressure to abide by Muslim traditions. The farther away one lived from the capital, the stronger the civic pressure was. As a result, the children’s delay in reporting directly to the mosque after school was not strictly their parents’ concern; therefore, with apology, the students moved along quickly. They got to the mosque at about the same time we arrived at the police station.
Our driver met us at the station. He had to show the officers his appropriate licenses because he had worked for a company in another state and had registered his vehicle there. The police officers were professionally cordial and more than a bit interested in the books and tapes we had brought along.
None of us read the language or spoke it, and so we seized upon the officials’ offer to translate the message we carried. They found a tape player and started to play our cassettes. We listened together to the Christian message and soon realized that it was the gospel of Luke and the book of the Acts from the Bible. Not illegal in Indonesia, the gospel message did not set off any alarms with the police. They did caution us, however, about the strong Islamic culture in the area and suggested that we use discretion when sharing the material. We assured them that there was no problem, because the young people had already exhausted our supply. After all, we just wanted to pass through this area to the beautiful city several hours ahead.
Then we were invited into the police station so that they could make a record of our papers and call the station to which we were headed, to give them a departure time and an estimated time of arrival. We were shown to a comfortable room in the back left of the police station, where we were offered cool drinks and made comfortable while a clerk recorded our passport and visa information. The Indonesian police were very professional, thorough, and hospitable. Soon, we found out that they were also well-tempered and very loyal to their guests. They made calls to ensure that our travels would be safe. We really enjoyed the good humor of our newfound friends, along with the conversations about basketball, the World Wrestling Federation, and the recent heavyweight title champion.
Then conflict crashed against the windows. “You mother __________! What do you want from us?” Not quite the material from Conversations in English, Tape 3. A thrown bottle accompanied the shout, breaking the window and sending shards of glass throughout the room.
The police quickly pushed us into a hallway for cover and began to reprimand the man at the window. We checked each other for glass and, after finding everyone to be all right, took up a safe place in a cell at the end of the hallway. This would be our shelter for the next five hours, the time it took a very unhappy group of Muslims to vent their hatred, anger, and frustration to their fellow Muslims who protected us (a hapless group that was definitely in the wrong place at the wrong time). We were in the midst of a civil war, with roots that ran too deep for any Westerner to fully understand.
In response to our question, “What do they want?” the police officer replied, “You, dead.”
***
“Multitudes” form when reason can no longer be found. They live in tent cities in the Sudan or gather on hillsides in Palestine. Multitudes lend their force of numbers to any cause. They can be built on a common fear or a common need. They gather in the deserts of Arizona for the annual Burning Man Festival, a celebration of hedonism. They gather on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., for many different causes. They gather at Tiananmen Square or Trafalgar Square or any other square that accommodates them. They march for causes related to the environment; globalization; abortion; political positions; academic freedom; funding for the research and treatment of disease, such as HIV/AIDS; and common needs, like food and clothing.
Many of them are harmless. They wait for trains, escape heavy rains, and attend sporting events. They walk through deserts to find water. They sell their possessions and carry few necessities on their backs to flee conflict. They search for their basic needs.
When a multitude forms, leaders ask, “What do they want?”
Of the multitudes of Cherokee Indians, who began to move west from the Appalachian Mountains, the leaders said, “Do not worry; they will never survive the winter.” When multitudes of people were herded onto train cars to be destroyed by fascism, it was said, “They are an inferior race; we are doing the world a favor to eliminate them.” When multitudes of people fled Atlanta in the face of Sherman’s March to the Sea, it was said, “Do not be afraid; the South shall rise again.”
The problem with the multitudes is that they can be directed and affected by a very small group of extremists. Hatred grows in hungry bellies. It spreads its ruinous roots until murder and suicide become viable options to people who are hopelessly bound to the life-sucking system. A multitude, once in motion, is an irrevocable force that meets the government’s immovable hand. Once it swells in the streets and gets a taste of forbidden power, it mutates into a mob that is viewed as a mutiny. Mutiny must be dealt with at all costs, so brothers take up arms against brothers; nations stand against nations. Eventually, people begin to kill each other.
What every mass murderer needs to be successful is a multitude that will follow his or her lead. It makes little difference whether these followers are disciplined and in uniform or undisciplined and blowing themselves up. They are a multitude. They want a slice of the pie; a crumb from the table; the freedom to farm; the right to have a child or to receive an education.
The multitude is not mindless, as some are led to think. It bows down to the one it thinks can give it a better life. It commits to the leader who promises change and reform, because it hopes he or she will be different. It wants to believe that its morsel will become a loaf of bread if it pays the price. And when it begins to appear that it has been used, again, it begins to hope for a better future for its children.
***
Would Aceh Province of North Sumatra, Indonesia, be any better if it were governed by Islamic law? Would the rice grow taller? Would the fish return to the Straits of Malacca in abundance, as they did in times past? Would passages to the Straits be free of pirates? Would the profit of ExxonMobil be shared with every home? This multitude, fueled by the rhetoric of a young man instructed in Arabia and armed by money from a man found in a hole in the earth, believes with all its humble heart that the answer is an unequivocal “Yes.”
When faced with the first messenger of this multitude, we were frightened to the core. There had been many other multitudes, in other countries, for other causes, but the heat of this fire, in particular, found fodder in our hearts. We could hear the multitude milling about the station. They threw rocks on the roof and bottles at the walls and windows. They chanted and cursed in English and Indonesian. They broke windows and cried out what they would do to us and to those who protected us.
The euphemistic phrase they used again and again was this: “The situation has escalated.” Across from me in the cell was the “Banker,” a three-time Golden Gloves boxing champion of the State of New York. With a black belt in several martial arts, and being no stranger to violent situations, he simply smiled. “Stay calm; this is a Level 4. The police will wait until they calm down. Stay away from the windows. Be still. Do not worry; the police know what to do.”
I glanced at the “Doctor,” a mild-mannered man who was also a close friend of mine. He smiled back. I am sure he was thinking of the other situations we had been through together. But the veins on his forehead looked like they would burst at any moment.
The Asians were calm, poised. They had lived with jihad for decades and knew how to ride out the storm.
I decided to think through past experiences with multitudes. Taking the Banker’s advice, I sat down to quietly wait it out.

September’s Clash of the Titles!

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Clash of the Titles is Back!!


Hi all! It’s time once again to choose your favorite Title in September’s Clash of the Titles. There are five great new titles to choose from. Which is your top pick?


Will you choose Contemporary or Historical? YA or Women’s Fiction?


I’m sure you have a favorite so make sure to hop on over to the COTT Blog and cast your vote! Be sure to leave a message for the author as a means of encouragement too.


Voting ends Wednesday, October 2nd, at midnight.



RUNNING LEAN

by Diana L. Sharples


Still reeling from the loss of his brother in Afghanistan, Calvin Greenlee pours himself into fixing his motorcycle and spending the rest of his time with his girlfriend, Stacey, who always has the right words to say. But when Stacey starts losing weight—a lot of weight—it’s clear she has problems of her own. Calvin is determined to cure her—but could that only push Stacey further into danger?



RASPBERRIES AND VINEGAR

by Valerie Comer


Outspoken advocate for local food Josephine Shaw moves onto a rundown farm with two friends to prove to the world that she can live sustainably, but a mouse invasion and the cute reluctant farmer next door test her resolve. Zach Nemesek is itching to get back to his easy life in the city, but a Border collie puppy and the woman next door make him wonder if he’s better off embracing God’s plan for his life…or running from it!



SNOW ON THE TULIPS

by Liz Tolsma


After the German occupiers kill her husband, the last thing Cornelia de Vries wants is to be involved with the Dutch Resistance. Wounded underground worker Gerrit Laninga brings nothing but danger to her doorstep – and the chance at love she thought had gone forever.



THE PASTOR’S WIFE WEARS BIKER BOOTS

by Karla Akins


Pastor’s wife, Kirstie Donovan, lives life in a fishbowl, so when she hops on the back of a bright pink motorcycle, tongues start to wag at the conservative, century-old First Independent Christian Community Church of Eels Falls. Certain church members have secrets to hide, and when God uses Kirstie’s ministry to fill the pews with leather-clad, tattooed bikers, those secrets could be exposed, and some will stop at nothing to hide the truth.



THIS DANCE

by Jerusha Agen


No love, no pain—no God, no games. Former tango dancer Nye Sanders thinks she can dictate a painless future until she meets two men who make her face love and the God she can’t forgive.