3/31/2010

April new releases in Christian fiction

Nearly thirty new releases this month - WOW! There is sure to be something for everyone here!

1. A Promise Forged, Heartsong Presents Historical Ohio Series by Cara C. Putman An historical from Heartsong Presents. A player in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League finds challenges and love as she travels with her team.

2. Abbie Ann; Daughters of Jacob Kane, 3rd & final installment. by Sharlene MacLaren An historical romance from Whitaker House. Abbie Ann, president of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union in 1907, butts heads with a handsome divorcee, blindsided when she realizes her utter attraction to him.

3. Blood Ransom; Mission Hope Series, Book 1 by Lisa Harris A suspense/mystery/thriller from from Zondervan. A woman bounty hunter fights bitterness and revenge to find the killers of her husband.

4. Calculated Revenge by Jill Elizabeth Nelson A suspense/mystery/thriller from Steeple Hill. When a teacher finds on the playground a backpack belonging to her long-ago abducted sister, she turns to the principal, an ex-private detective, to stop a child-killer from targeting her daughter.

5. Chesapeake Weddings by Cecelia Dowdy A romance from Barbour. Life sends three African American women into a tailspin; Can these women let God rebuild their tattered hopes when new romances unexpectedly enter their lives?

6. Code Blue by Richard L. Mabry M.D. A suspense/mystery/thriller from Abingdon. A doctor finds that returning to her home town has put her in the midst of conflict and possibly marked her for death

7. Crossroads Bay by Kathleen Kovach A romance from Heartsong Presents. A beautiful charter boat captain searches for lost treasure while her real prize is the caterer trying to keep up with her.

8. Damages by Deborah Kinnard A romance from Desert Breeze. A story of second chances, found in an unexpected place.

9. In Plain Sight by Michelle Sutton A suspense/mystery/thriller from Desert Breeze. Abused by her gypsy ex-boyfriend and left for dead, Jovana moves to America seeking a new life; two handsome men desire her heart, but she must choose the right one or end up in a situation much worse than before.

10. Lorenzo and the Pirate by Rick and Lila Guzman An historical from Blooming Tree Press. Will Lorenzo Bannister, marooned on a deserted island with two pirates, ever get home to New Orleans?

11. Love Lessons by Margaret Daley A romance from Steeple Hill Love Inspired. Alexa Michaels brings a breath of fresh air into Ian Ferguson's and his daughter's life, but is it enough to make Ian trust in love again?

12. Lucky Baby by Meredith Efken A women's fiction from Howard Books/Simon & Schuster. Will adopting an orphan from China bring Meg and Lewis the happiness they long for?

13. Mountain Peril by Sandra Robbins A suspense/mystery/thriller from Steeple Hill, Love Inspired Suspense. A woman discovers violence has once again entered her life when a grisly website sets the stage for murder and terror on a peaceful college campus.

14. Queen of Hearts by K. Dawn Byrd A suspense/mystery/thriller from Desert Breeze. Daphne Dean never knew that serving her country as a spy during WWII would send her into hiding in an abandoned mental institution with secrets of its own.

15. Refuge on Crescent Hill by Melanie Dobson A suspense/mystery/thriller from Kregal. As Camden Bristow works to uncover the past and present mysteries harbored on Crescent Hill, she discovers a deep family secret hidden within the mansion's walls that could change her life˜and the entire town˜forever.

16. Rodeo Sweetheart by Betsy St.Amant A romance from Steeple Hill Love Inspired. She grew up with a cowboy hat and a pony; he grew up with designer duds and a silver spoon. Will this mismatched couple ever be able to lasso their differences?

17. Rooms by Jim Rubart A suspense/mystery/thriller from B&H Fiction. A young Seattle software tycoon inherits a home on the Oregon coast that turns out to be a physical manifestation of his soul.

18. Scenarios for Girls, Book 3 by Nicole O'Dell General fiction from Barbour. Molly Jacobs isn't sure what she should do: Should she follow through with stealing some clothes for her friends from Magna the trendy girls clothing store where she works? Or should she do what she knows is right, even if it means losing her newfound popularity? Scenarios for Girls are interactive books that allow the reader to choose between alternate endings to make important, moral decisions for the main characters.

19. Scenarios for Girls, Book 4 by Nicole O'Dell General fiction from Barbour. Kate Walker joins the swim team and becomes obsessed with practice and making it through the championships with flying colors. What will Kate do when she's faced with pressure from her teammates to take an illegal substance that will help her swim multiple events in their championship meet? Scenarios for Girls are interactive books that allow the reader to choose between alternate endings to make important, moral decisions for the main characters.

20. Seasons in the Mist; Seasons of Destiny Book 1 by Deborah Kinnard A romance from Sheaf House. An eager historian, a time portal, and intrigue in King Edward III's court.

21. She Walks in Beauty by Siri Mitchell An historical from Bethany House. As Clara Carter makes her debut, she realizes it's not just her heart at stake--the future of her family depends on how she plays the game.

22. Sixteen Brides by Stephanie Grace Whitson An historical from Bethany House. Sixteen Civil War widows join the Ladies Emigration Society and head west to claim homesteads, only to find their organization has other plans. . . involving the word "brides."

23. Sworn to Protect by Diann Mills A suspense/mystery/thriller from Tyndale. Border Patrol Agent Danika Morales is caught up in a conspiracy and her life is at stake.

24. The Anonymous Bride by Vickie McDonough A romance from Barbour. Three mail-order brides arrive expecting to marry the town marshal. But he didn't order a bride. A contest to discover which bride would make the best wife turns into mayhem when there is a fourth anonymous entry.

25. The Cowboy's Baby by Linda Ford A romance from Love Inspired Historical. The prodigal returns but is he too late for a second chance?

26. The Word Unleashed, Book 2 of Face in the Deep by Steve Rzasa A sci-fi/fantasy/futuristic from Marcher Lord Press. Baden Haczyk's adventure continues as he tries to keep the last Bible safe from the religious secret police.

27. Too Close to Home, Book 1 of the Women of Justice Series by Lynette Eason A suspense/mystery/thriller from Revell. An FBI agent and a detective must track down a killer of teenage girls before his next victim hits Too Close to Home.

28. Wildflower Hearts, Book 1 in Series Set in North Dakota by Vickie McDonough A romance from Barbour. Three siblings who live on a ranch face problems and romance in the North Dakota Badlands

29. Wildflowers of Terezin by Robert Elmer An historical from Abingdon Press. In Denmark's darkest days, is it duty, faith...or love?

3/27/2010

Welcome March new members!

OCFW would like to welcome our new members who placed membership during March:

Robin
Julie

We are so glad to have you as a part of our group!

3/15/2010

These are a few of my favorite things

There are a lot of things to love about OCFW.

What is your favorite?

Maybe it is the writers who speak to us on a variety of subjects (this year topics from setting to deep point-of-view to conference preparation to agent Q&A).

Or it could be the chance to fellowship with other writers (who understands you better than writerly-friends?).

Possibly our special events, like our gift-basket auction or Christmas party.

Our booksignings.

Encouragement from friends who really want you to reach your goals.

The email loop so we can keep in touch between meetings.

Going to conference with friends from this group.

Critiquing.

Brainstorming.

Etc.

What's YOUR favorite part of OCFW?

3/08/2010

author Susan May Warren to be in Tulsa April 16

The WIN chapter of ACFW (Tulsa, OK) will be hosting a special talk with award-winning author Susan May Warren on Friday, April 16.

You can find details here.

Not only is Susan a great writer (I love her romantic suspense books!) she is also a dynamic speaker - I heard her at both the 2007 and 2009 ACFW national conferences and learned a ton. I highly recommend this event if you can make it!

3/04/2010

March Speaker; Dr. Robert Wise

OKC Christian Fiction Writers will be hosting Dr. Robert Wise on Saturday, March 27 from 1:00-3:00pm. Dr. Wise will be discussing How to Write a Christian Mystery . . . Or How Do You Feature Murder and Mayhem in a Nice, Quiet Church? He will explain the unique features of putting a Christian mystery together and the challenges of the genre.

Writing widely for numerous publications, Dr. Robert Wise is a frequent contributor to Leadership, Christianity Today, The Christian Herald, and The Church Herald. Wise is an archbishop, author, lecturer, and Bible teacher who has spoken throughout North and South America, as well as Europe, Russia and the Far East.

His non-fiction works include Healing of the Past, How Not To Go Crazy, When There Is No Miracle, When The Night Is Too Long, and many others. Dr. Wise has also ghost authored 3 books including The Death of Innocents, the parents' story of the murder of JonBenet Ramsey, and co-authored 3 books with Dr. Paul Meier; The Third Millennium, The Fourth Millennium, and Beyond the Millennium.

He is the author of 11 fiction novels including The Pastor's Barracks, The Scrolls of Edessa, The Dawning, The Exiles, & All That Remains. Dr. Wise's most recent novels include a new mystery series beginning with The Empty Coffin, The Dead Detective, and Deleted. In addition, he has also released Be Not Afraid, a love story set in World War II, The Narrow Road at Colditz, The Bitter Road to Dachau, & The Secret Road Home.

His upcoming releases include Wired! from Time Warner books, and Tagged! Shrouded in Silence will be released from Abingdon Press in 2011.

OCFW meets on the fourth Saturday of the month from 1:00-3:00pm in the back room of Mardel Christian Education and Books, located on the corner of 33rd St. & Boulevard in Edmond, OK.