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Monday, September 27, 2010

Travis Thrasher, Like Dandelion Dust, and more!

What you missed in FamilyFiction Weekly #003 (September 24, 2010)
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FamilyFiction Weekly #003 (September 24, 2010)

Spotlight: SOLITARY by Travis Thrasher
In his debut novel for teens, Travis Thrasher will take you from the cold halls of high school to the dark rooms of an abandoned cabin—and remind you of what it means to believe in what you cannot see... Click for more
Opening: LIKE DANDELION DUST
Based on the 2006 novel by Karen Kingsbury, Like Dandelion Dust stars Mira Sorvino, Barry Pepper and child actor Maxwell Perry Cotton. The film, opening this weekend in about 100 theaters, has won more than 35 film festival awards. Official site
Amish fiction in the press
The media continues to report on one of the fastest-growing genres in romance publishing:
Don't smirk -- Amish love stories inspire me (CNN)
'Bonnet books' are hot sellers (LancasterOnline)
Amish novels pick up the pace (USA Today)
2010 ACFW Award Winners!
Last Sunday, the American Christian Fiction Writers handed out the Carol Awards for excellence in Christian fiction. Among the winners for the night was Dan Walsh's 1940s romance The Unfinished Gift, which nabbed both "Debut Author" and "Short Historical." Complete list of winners here.
Profile: THE HEALER'S APPRENTICE
The Huntsville Times-Dispatch features debut author Melanie Dickerson, whose YA novel The Healer's Apprentice is the first in a three-part series based loosely on fairy tales. Click through for the interview.
Book Trailer: THE MAYAN APOCALYPSE
From Mark Hitchcock and Alton Gansky: An oil executive and a Christian journalist research the Mayan calendar, which predicts the world will end in December 2012. As natural disasters escalate, do they indicate a global apocalypse--or does Christian faith have the answers? Watch the book trailer
Excerpt: A SEASON OF MIRACLES
Southern fiction from novelist Rusty Whitener: A touching novel that takes readers into the deep south of the 1970s, A Season of Miracles is a compelling story of a friendship characterized by differences and of grace despite flaws. Read a free excerpt
Excerpt: LADY IN WAITING
From Susan Meissner: The lives of two women -- one in the present day, one in the sixteenth-century -- dovetail through the journey of one ring. Each woman finds she has far more influence over her life than she imagined... Download four chapters here
Preview: Adventures in Booga Booga Land
A monkey and a giraffe learn the parables of Jesus--the hard way. Marty the monkey and Gerard the giraffe bungle their way through the paradise of Booga Booga Land, inadvertently learning lessons that Jesus taught many years ago... More info here
New Releases: HOMETOWN MYSTERIES
This series of Christian novels, "where love and suspense meet," includes Missing Mabel by Nancy Mehl, Advent of a Mystery by newcomer Marilyn Leach, and Nursing a Grudge by our own editor, Chris Well. Click here to see what's new -- and what's coming!
Discuss: MOVIES, DVDs, and OTHER MEDIA
On the discussion board on our Facebook page: What are some examples of your favorite Christian fiction told through movies, DVDs, or other media? Share your picks here -- and see what other readers suggest!

NEW RELEASES!

AMISH
A Hand to Hold
by Kathleen Fuller
Lydia's Charm
by Wanda Brunstetter
A Secret Identity
by Gayle Roper
The Bridge of Peace
by Cindy Woodsmall
Love Finds You in Sugarcreek... by Serena Miller

SUSPENSE
Advent of a Mystery
by Marilyn Leach
The Confirmation
by Ralph Reed
Immanuel's Veins
by Ted Dekker
Judgment Day
by Wanda L. Dyson
A Token of Truth
by Sunni Jeffers

HISTORICAL
Finding Becky
by Martha Rogers
A Hope Undaunted
by Julie Lessman
In the Shadow of the Sun King by Golden K. Parsons
Love Me Tender
by Janice Hanna
McKenzie by Penny Zeller

SPECULATIVE
Dragons of the Valley
by Donita K. Paul
The Falling Away
by T.L. Hines
The Skin Map
by Stephen Lawhead
Havah by Tosca Lee
Heading Home
by John Robinson

ROMANCE
Faithful by Kim Cash Tate
Love for Tomorrow
by Vanessa Miller
The Perfect Blend
by Trish Perry
Hometown Proposal
by Merrillee Whren
Sierra Weddings by Jeri Odell

CONTEMPORARY
Always the Baker, Never the Bride by Sandra D. Bricker
Charlotte Figg Takes Over Paradise by Joyce Magnin
Divine Appointments by Charlene Ann Baumbich
Goodness Gracious Green
by Judy Pace Christie
Reinventing Rachel
by Alison Strobel

YA/TEEN
Katy's Debate
by Kim Vogel Sawyer
Forgotten: Seventeen and Homeless by Melody Carlson
Scenarios 4: Making Waves by Nicole O'Dell
A Girl Named Mister
by Nikki Grimes
Rendezvous
by Melody Carlson

CHILDREN'S
Alexis and the Arizona Escapade by Erica Rodgers
The Berenstain Bears Show God's Love by Mike and Jan Berenstain
Halfway Herbert by Francis Chan and Matt Daniels
The Action Bible
by Sergio Cariello
The Boy Who Changed the World by Andy Andrews

MOVIES&DVDs
Like Dandelion Dust
To Save a Life
What If ...
No Limit Kids: Much Ado About Middle School
VeggieTales: Sweetpea Beauty

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Ted Dekker, VeggieTales, Bestsellers--and more!

What you missed in FamilyFiction Weekly #002 (September 17, 2010)
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FamilyFiction Weekly #002 (September 17, 2010)

New: IMMANUEL'S VEINS by Ted Dekker
It is a dangerous tale of times past. A love story full of deep seduction. A story of terrible longing and bold sacrifice. Then as now, evil begins its courtship cloaked in light. And the heart embraces what it should flee...
Click for more
Book Trailer: PEARL IN THE SAND
Biblical fiction from Tess Afshar: Can a Canaanite harlot make a fitting wife for one of the leaders of Israel? Rahab and Salmone learn the true source of one another's worth in God and find healing from fear and rejection... Watch the book trailer
ACFW: Next Best Thing To Being There
This weekend, Christian fiction writers converge on Indianapolis for the American Christian Fiction Writers conference. You can follow Sunday night's awards banquet as it happens on the ACFW Conference LiveBlog -- with updates during the ceremony.
2010 Clive Staples Award Winner
This year's winner of the Clive Staples Award for Christian Speculative Fiction is Bones of Makaidos by Bryan Davis (AMG). The award is presented to the year's best Christian worldview SF / fantasy / allegory / futuristic / supernatural novel.
VeggieTales' Nawrocki a "young Walt Disney"
The Nashville Tennessean recently profiled VeggieTales co-creator Mike Nawrocki: "Young parents brought up on Veggie Tales are now sharing them with their children. My dream is for it to continue on and for Veggie Tales to reach multi-generations to come."
Excerpt: HOMETOWN TIES
In this second installment of Melody Carlson's engaging "Boomer" series, four fifty-something women discover you really can go home again--but it's not always easy! Read a free excerpt
Preview: SHADOWED MIND
An inside look at Julie Cave's second thriller, in stores this month: Ex-FBI agent Dinah Harris must contend with a terrifying killer who carefully and methodically decides whose life has value to society and whose does not... More info here
Christian Fiction Bestsellers Sept 2010
Compiled by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association, this month's bestsellers in fiction, young adult, and children's books:
Christian Fiction Bestsellers
Christian Young Adult Bestsellers
Christian Kids Bestsellers
Discuss! ROMANCE FICTION
On the discussion board on our Facebook page: What are your favorite Christian romances and who wrote them? Share your picks here -- and see what other readers suggest!

NEW RELEASES

AMISH
The Bridge of Peace by Cindy Woodsmall
The Doctor's Blessing by Patricia Davids
Love Finds You in Sugarcreek, Ohio by Serena Miller

SUSPENSE
The Bishop by Steven James
Fear No Evil by Robin Caroll
Missing Mabel by Nancy Mehl

HISTORICAL
Hope's Promise by Tammy Barley
Naomi and Her Daughters by Walter Wangerin Jr.
Still House Pond by Jan Watson

SPECULATIVE
Angel Song by Sheila Walsh, Kathryn Cushman
Havah by Tosca Lee
Heading Home by John Robinson

ROMANCE
The Cowboy's Sweetheart by Brenda Minton
Exposing Amber by Elizabeth Goddard
Homecoming Hero by Renee Ryan

CONTEMPORARY
Love, Charleston by Beth Webb Hart
Love Remains by Kaye Dacus
The Pirate Queen by Patricia Hickman

YA/TEEN
Dark Sons by Nikki Grimes
A Girl Named Mister by Nikki Grimes
Rendezvous by Melody Carlson

CHILDREN'S
The Action Bible by Sergio Cariello
The Boy Who Changed the World by Andy Andrews
VeggieTales: Sweetpea Beauty

MOVIES
Like Dandelion Dust
To Save a Life
What If ...

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Beverly Lewis, Brandilyn Collins and Narnia!

What you missed in FamilyFiction Weekly #001 (September 10, 2010)
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FamilyFiction Weekly #001 (September 10, 2010)


Spotlight: THE THORN by Beverly Lewis
Hailed as the "queen of Amish fiction" by USA Today, New York Times bestselling author Beverly Lewis debuts a riveting new Amish series with The Thorn: As two sisters find themselves on the fringes of their beloved Plain community, will they find the love and acceptance they long for? Click here for more!
Video: Brandilyn Collins: Seatbelt Suspense
Christian suspense writer Brandilyn Collins discusses her heart-stopping fiction: She shares how she got started, where she gets her ideas, and the power of story. "I love writing suspense and taking people along with me to very dramatic places." Deceit is in stores now. Over the Edge comes out spring 2011.
Narnia books get makeover
Christian Retailing reports that the original "Chronicles of Narnia" books will come out in several new editions to tie-in with this December's theatrical premiere of the third film, The Voyage of The Dawn Treader.
Link: Narnia: Read It Before You See It!
Christian films in the press
The mainstream media reports on the new wave of Christian films coming to theaters and DVD:
Films in Search of the Faithful (NYT)
Churches making films to attract souls (USA Today)
Does Hollywood Hate 'To Save a Life'? (FOXNews)

Excerpt: FORMULA FOR DANGER
New from author Camy Tang: Someone wants dermatologist Rachel Grant's latest research, and they'll do anything to get it. She turns to Edward Villa, the only man she trusts. But the greenhouse owner knows too much about Rachel's research, and now he's a target, too... Read a free excerpt here!
Preview: BOUND BY GUILT
An advance look C.J. Darlington's second novel, coming March 2011: One night a man's innocent blood changes Roxi and Abby forever. One searches for justice; the other finds herself on the run. Will the power of forgiveness set them free, or will they both remain bound by guilt? More info here!
New Releases: SEPTEMBER 2010
Here's a gallery of book covers for Christian fiction titles coming to booksellers in September -- including brand-new titles, reprints, and new editions.
Click here to see what's coming!
Discuss! SPECULATIVE FICTION
On the discussion board on our Facebook page: What authors and titles do you recommend for fans of speculative fiction, science fiction, or fantasy? Share your picks here -- and see what other readers suggest!

NEW RELEASES

AMISH
The Bridge of Peace by Cindy Woodsmall
The Doctor's Blessing by Patricia Davids
Love Finds You in Sugarcreek, Ohio by Serena Miller

SUSPENSE
The Bishop by Steven James
Fear No Evil by Robin Caroll
Missing Mabel by Nancy Mehl

HISTORICAL
Hope's Promise by Tammy Barley
Naomi and Her Daughters by Walter Wangerin Jr.
Still House Pond by Jan Watson

SPECULATIVE
Angel Song by Sheila Walsh, Kathryn Cushman
Havah by Tosca Lee
Heading Home by John Robinson

ROMANCE
The Cowboy's Sweetheart by Brenda Minton
Exposing Amber by Elizabeth Goddard
Homecoming Hero by Renee Ryan

CONTEMPORARY
Love, Charleston by Beth Webb Hart
Love Remains by Kaye Dacus
The Pirate Queen by Patricia Hickman

YA/TEEN
Dark Sons by Nikki Grimes
A Girl Named Mister by Nikki Grimes
Rendezvous by Melody Carlson

CHILDREN'S
The Action Bible by Sergio Cariello
The Boy Who Changed the World by Andy Andrews
VeggieTales: Sweetpea Beauty

MOVIES
Like Dandelion Dust
To Save a Life
What If ...

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