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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Excerpt: From This Day Forward by Margaret Daley

From This Day Forward (American Tapestries)“A wonderful love story in the American Tapestries series with characters who are trying to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives after the War of 1812. Daley turns the ugliness of war into a new beginning for the ones who pick up the pieces. Her characters are willing to do what they need to in order to survive, but also are willing to give a friendly hand to those around them.”
--Patsy Glans, Romantic Times 

From This Day Forward by Margaret Daley (Summerside Press)

Rachel Gordon is stranded in South Carolina, pregnant, a recent widow when her husband fell overboard on the voyage to America. Nathan Stuart, a physician who came home from serving in the American army during the War of 1812, disenchanted with his life and the Lord, rescues Rachel and saves her life. Feeling responsible for her, Nathan tries to discourage her from living at a rundown farm her husband bought to start a new future in America. He wants her to return to England.

Rachel refuses to go back to England where her father disowned her for marrying against his wishes. The farm is all she has, and she is determined to make it on her own. But Nathan has other ideas and becomes her farmhand to discourage her from staying in America. Instead he ends up protecting her and being challenged by her. Can two wounded people heal each other?

Chapter One Excerpt:

March 1816
“We are going to die,” Rachel Gordon’s young maid cried out. Rachel looked up at the clouds rolling in. Dark, ominous ones. She shivered and pulled her shawl tighter about her as the breeze picked up. A storm brewed, and she still had several miles to go until she reached her new home in South Carolina. “God willing, we will make it, Maddy.”

Fear deepened the lines on Maddy’s plain face. “’Tis like the squall on the boat.” Lightning flashed, momentarily brightening the shadows of the forest. A clap of thunder rumbled the ground. Maddy screamed. The old gelding that pulled the cart—all Rachel’s meager coins could afford—increased its speed, weaving from side to side. Out of control.

Determined to be there before nightfall and in one piece, Rachel gripped the reins and fought to slow the maddening pace of the horse. Finally it resumed its plodding step. The weather-beaten cart she had bought near the dock in Charleston hit a bump in the road, jostling her into Maddy. Her maid clutched the seat with one hand and held onto Rachel with the other.

Steadying herself, Rachel rested her wrists on her rounded stomach. She had more than herself and Maddy to worry about now. Her life had changed so much since she left her ancestral home in England. She had married, conceived a child, and was now a widow, all in the space of a year. And worse, she was going to a place she had never seen because she had nowhere else to go. Her husband had used most of their money to purchase this plantation she was traveling to. It was her future, whether she wanted it to be or not.

The warmth of a spring day quickly faded as the sky grew blacker. Rachel stared at the menacing clouds through the treetops and realized she would not make it to her new home before the storm broke. She scanned the area for a place to seek shelter. Sinister shadows lurked just beyond the road. Again she shivered, her imagination conjuring images of wild animals staring at her from the depths of the forest. She’d heard stories about the bears. Huge. Fierce. Sharp teeth and claws. Shifting on the seat, she darted a glance from side to side, feeling as though she were some beast’s next meal. She could not stop, even if it poured down rain.

Oh, how she missed England, with its gently rolling hills and refined beauty—not this raw wilderness. Like a fish floundering on land, she did not belong here. Nothing in her life had prepared her for this strange environment. Drops of water spattered her. The wind picked up.

“That man on the boat told me about a big cat. They are out there.” Maddy whimpered, draping her shawl over her head and hunching her shoulders. “Lord, have mercy on us.” Rachel forced herself to keep her gaze fixed on the road ahead. Once they were at the plantation Maddy would settle down. The squall two days out of Charleston had nearly sunk the ship they had traveled in. Surely this storm would not be as bad. Taking deep breaths, Rachel calmed her racing thoughts and heartbeat. Pain spread through her lower back. She gripped the reins, the leather digging into her palms. The pain dulled to an ache. Another deep inhalation and the panic nibbling at her composure abated. Soon she would be at her new home and could sit in front of a warm fire, put her legs up, and rest. Hopefully the letter her husband had sent ahead would alert any staff to her arrival. Her glance strayed to the tall pine trees, swaying in the gust. Everything would be all right when she arrived at Dalton Plantation.

But even with Maddy next to her on the seat, the feeling she was the only person in the world overwhelmed her.

The wind picked up, whipping strands of her long brown hair that had escaped its coiffure about her face and threatening to whisk away her bonnet. Lightning zigzagged across the sky, followed by thunder. Maddy jumped in her seat. The gelding’s ears flattened.

A chill embedded itself deep in Rachel. She arched her back to ease the pang still plaguing her. Suddenly lightning struck a tree nearby, its flash a beacon in the growing darkness. A crack as the pine split into two pieces echoed through the forest. Immediately afterward, a boom of thunder cleaved the air. Maddy shrieked. The horse increased its pace while a few more splotches of water splashed Rachel. Then all at once rain fell in gray sheets.

The gelding lurched forward even faster. Rachel grasped the reins, trying to maintain control. She pulled on the leather straps to slow the horse. Nothing. He kept galloping down the road, oblivious to his surroundings, as though the hounds of hell were nipping at his hooves.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Frank Peretti, romantic comedies, free fiction and more (Aug 19)

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FamilyFiction July /August 2011
VeggieTales * Lee Strobel * Angela Hunt * 10 Essential Voices in Romantic Comedy * WW2 Historical Authors * Denise Hildreth Jones * Cindy Woodsmall * Paul Maier * Robin Parrish * Mary E. DeMuth * and much more! Read online -- or download to your computer -- FREE!
New Peretti in 2012
On FamilyFiction Edge, our new page on Facebook dedicated to suspense and speculative fiction, we posted an update about the next novel from Frank Peretti. His first for Howard Books is now scheduled for 2012. Click through to find out the title and plot summary
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Love and Laughs
Finding writers who provide the perfect dose of humor, romance and faith can be difficult.Check out this list of 10 Essential Voices in Romantic Comedy: Be warned, symptoms after reading may include sore facial muscles and a silly grin! What authors would YOU have picked?

Interview: G.P. Taylor
World-famous Anglican minister-turned-fantasy author G.P. Taylor returns with a new volume in his visually inventive Dopple Ganger series: "I actually just want to get young people to try and think about some of the bigger questions of life." Read our interview here..
150 Suspense Fiction Authors!
Whether you prefer pulse-pounding thrillers, cozy mysteries or romantic suspense, meet 150 Christian authors who write suspense! Just click on an author's name to view his or her latest books, news, book trailers and and more! (Not your cup of tea? Try these Christian authors who write romance, speculative fiction or Amish fiction!)
Facebook Question of the Week
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Below, find free eBooks for your digital reader! (Offers provided by the respective publishers and retailers.)
Free Fiction: HURRICANES IN PARADISE
With a hurricane headed straight for the island, four people are in desperate need of each other: Download Denise Hildreth Jones' Hurricanes in Paradise free for your Kindle, PC, Mac or portable device, from Christianbook, Sony's ReaderStore, and for Barnes & Noble's Nook. Limited Offer: Price Subject to Change
Free Fiction: SIXTEEN BRIDES
Sixteen Civil War widows need all the faith they can muster when they meet the men waiting for them: Download Stephanie Grace Whitson's Sixteen Brides free for your Kindle, PC, Mac or portable device, from Christianbook, Sony's ReaderStore, and for Barnes & Noble's Nook. Limited Offer: Price Subject to Change
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Free Fiction: DAUGHTER OF JOY
Love, heartbreak, and triumph lie deep within the wilds of the Colorado highlands: Download the first in Kathleen Morgan's Brides of Culdee Creek series free for your Kindle, PC, Mac or portable device, from Christianbook, Sony's ReaderStore, and for Barnes & Noble's Nook. Limited Offer: Price Subject to Change
Free Fiction: HEART OF GOLD
Mixed up with bandits and trapped in an abandoned gold mine, they must risk everything to survive...including their hearts: Download Lacy Williams' historical romance Heart of Gold free for your Kindle, PC, Mac or portable device, from Smashwords, or from the author's website. Limited Offer: Price Subject to Change

Links to more free Christian fiction here.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

10 Contemporary Fiction Authors

Here are ten Christian authors who write contemporary/general fiction. Click on the names below to see their author pages on FamilyFiction.com:

01 Jan Karon
02 Andy Andrews
03 Karen Kingsbury
04 Chris Fabry
05 Angela Hunt
06 Eric Wilson
07 Neta Jackson
08 Don Reid
09 Gina Holmes
10 Jim Stovall

10 Supernatural Fiction Authors

Here are ten Christian authors who've written stories with angels, demons and spiritual warfare -- click on the names below to see their author pages on FamilyFiction.com:

01 Frank Peretti
02 Tosca Lee
03 D. Brian Shafer
04 Karyn Henley
05 Jovan Jones
06 Tim Downs
07 Jackie Macgirvin
08 Max Lucado
09 Linda Rios Brook
10 C.S. Lewis

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

10 Christian Romance Authors

Here are ten Christian romance authors -- click on the names below to see their author pages on FamilyFiction.com:

01 Denise Hunter
02 Shannon Taylor Vannatter
03 Trish Perry
04 Jennifer Johnson
05 Rachel Hauck
06 Terry Fowler
07 Renee Andrews
08 Kathleen E. Kovach
09 Julie Carobini
10 Sandra D. Bricker

Lee Strobel's first fiction and Melody Carlson for young readers (Aug 12)

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FamilyFiction July /August 2011
VeggieTales * Lee Strobel * Angela Hunt * 10 Essential Voices in Romantic Comedy * WW2 Historical Authors * Denise Hildreth Jones * Cindy Woodsmall * Paul Maier * Robin Parrish * Mary E. DeMuth * and much more! Read online -- or download to your computer -- FREE!
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Interview: Lee Strobel
The Case For Christ author Lee Strobel shares how his background in journalism fueled his debut Christian thriller, The Ambition: "My books really have a purpose behind them, which I think comes from a strong faith in God and a sense that I'm fulfilling what He wants me to do."
News: Melody Carlson for young readers
This December, author Melody Carlson teams with illustrator Sophie Allsopp for Goodnight, Angels, a simple yet heartfelt story that teaches beginner readers to celebrate the blessings in their lives as they get ready for their bedtime prayer. Read the press release here!

'Courageous' apparel on sale Aug 15
To celebrate the upcoming theatrical release of Courageous, Kerusso is launching a line of shirts and caps inspired by the film. The items willl be available through more than 5,000 retail outlets. Related: More about the film, and more about the Courageous novelization.
Amish Fiction Authors!
Come meet more than 30 authors who write fiction about the Amish and the Plain People, and their simple way of life. Click on an author's name to view his or her books, news, interviews, book trailers and more! (Not your cup of tea? Visit Christian authors who write suspense, science fiction or romance!)
Facebook Question of the Week
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Below, find free eBooks for your digital reader! (Offers provided by the respective publishers and retailers.)
Free Fiction: POMPEII: CITY ON FIRE
As Vesuvius churns with deadly intent, Ariella and Cato must bridge their differences to save the lives of those they love: Download the latest in T. L. Higley's Lost Cities series free for your Kindle, PC, Mac or portable device and for Barnes & Noble's Nook. Limited Offer: Price Subject to Change
Free Fiction: THE LIGHT OF EIDON
His suffering has molded him into something greater than he imagined: Download the first in Karen Hancock's Legends of the Guardian King series free for your Kindle, PC, Mac or portable device, from Christianbook, Sony's ReaderStore, and for Barnes & Noble's Nook. Limited Offer: Price Subject to Change
Free Fiction: MONDAY NIGHT JIHAD
A pro linebacker comes face to face with terrorists on his home turf: For a limited time, download Jason Elam and Steve Yohn's first Riley Covington thriller free for your Kindle, PC, Mac or portable device, from Christianbook, Sony's ReaderStore, and for Barnes & Noble's Nook. Limited Offer: Price Subject to Change
Free Fiction: DAUGHTER OF JOY
Love, heartbreak, and triumph lie deep within the wilds of the Colorado highlands: Download the first in Kathleen Morgan's Brides of Culdee Creek series free for your Kindle, PC, Mac or portable device, from Christianbook, Sony's ReaderStore, and for Barnes & Noble's Nook. Limited Offer: Price Subject to Change
Free Fiction: HEART OF GOLD
Mixed up with bandits and trapped in an abandoned gold mine, they must risk everything to survive...including their hearts: Download Lacy Williams' historical romance Heart of Gold free for your Kindle, PC, Mac or portable device, from Smashwords, or from the author's website. Limited Offer: Price Subject to Change

Links to more free Christian fiction here.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Cindy Woodsmall, Ted Dekker, Berenstain Bears (August 5)

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Spotlight: OUT OF CONTROL
From Mary Connealy: Rafe is used to controlling everything on his ranch and in his life...until he meets Julia, a woman who takes orders from no one. But when Julia's life is in danger, can this cautious cowboy and feisty free spirit overcome their differences before they lose each other— and their sanity?
Interview: Cindy Woodsmall
Amish fiction author Cindy Woodsmall shares how she gets the inside scoop for her stories in the Ada's House series: "This series grew from a conversation I had with an elderly Old Order Amish man while visiting in his son's home." Click here for the interview!
Preview: Berenstain Bears
Jan Berenstain and son Mike Berenstain continue the long-running Berenstain Bears series with books that teach children about the Bible and family values! Check out our previews of brand-new and upcoming titles -- including books coming out this fall and early next year!
Preview: The Books of Mortals
In September, Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee team up for Forbidden, the first in their Books of Mortals trilogy. Set in a terrifying, medieval future, a young man must abandon everything he knows to awaken humanity to the transforming power of love. Watch the brand-new teaser trailer!

FamilyFiction July /August 2011
VeggieTales * Lee Strobel * Angela Hunt * 10 Essential Voices in Romantic Comedy * WW2 Historical Authors * Denise Hildreth Jones * Cindy Woodsmall * Paul Maier * Robin Parrish * Mary E. DeMuth * and much more! Read online -- or download to your computer -- FREE!
400 Book Trailers!
Our website now sports more than 400 book trailers for titles representing all genres: Amish, historical, suspense, speculative, romance, contemporary, young adult, children's and comics. Click on a trailer frame to watch the book trailer and to learn more about the book!
Facebook Question of the Week
Seen any good movies lately? Please click over to our FamilyFiction page on Facebook and join the conversation!



Below, find free eBooks for your digital reader! (Offers provided by the respective publishers and retailers.)
Free Online Read: CLOSE TO HOME
For an Old Order Amish woman, being 25 and unmarried is bad enough -- but to be shipped off to another community to find a husband is humiliating. Mary Glick despairs she'll never find someone who will love her. Read Emma Miller's Amish romance Close to Home free.
Free Fiction: STEALING JAKE
Livy isn't willing to trust any man, especially not a lawman: Download Pam Hillman's Stealing Jake free for your Kindle, PC, Mac or portable device, from Christianbook and for Barnes & Noble's Nook. Limited Offer: Price Subject to Change
Free Fiction: CASH BURN
A banker and his attractive new assistant plan to disappear with a slice of the bank's cash flow -- until his brother shows up, fresh out of prison: Download Michael Berrier's Cash Burn free for your Kindle, PC, Mac or portable device, from Christianbook and for Barnes & Noble's Nook. Limited Offer: Price Subject to Change
Free Fiction: REINVENTING LEONA
A pastor's wife feels her life is right on track ... until her husband drops dead in the pulpit: For a limited time, download Reinventing Leona by Lynne Gentry free for your Kindle, PC, Mac or portable device, from Christianbook and for Barnes & Noble's Nook. Limited Offer: Price Subject to Change

Links to more free Christian fiction here.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Max Lucado, Wanda Brunstetter and VeggieTales (June 29)

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Spotlight: Treasures From Grandma's Attic
A young girl delights in her grandmother's stories of days gone by, sparked by keepsakes and simple questions, Grandma shares marvelous stories of mischief, discovery, and laughter. You'll find something worth far more than any treasure or keepsake... timeless lessons of life and faith!
Preview: THE HEALING
Coming this fall from Wanda E. Brunstetter: Will Esther Beiler and widower Samuel Fisher find a future together in the land of tomorrow? Or will a series of misunderstandings keep them apart? Click here for more info and to watch the book trailer!
Lucado Relaunches Hermie & Friends
Max Lucado's popular Hermie & Friends children's books and DVDs are being re-launched this fall with colorful new art and a mix of classic and new stories. The first wave includes board books, a hardcover level two reader, and DVDs. Click here for the whole story!

FamilyFiction July /August 2011
VeggieTales * Lee Strobel * Angela Hunt * 10 Essential Voices in Romantic Comedy * WW2 Historical Authors * Denise Hildreth Jones * Cindy Woodsmall * Paul Maier * Robin Parrish * Mary E. DeMuth * and much more! Read online -- or download to your computer -- FREE!
200 Upcoming Releases!
Click through to preview 200 upcoming Christian fiction titles -- from the likes of Ted Dekker, Beverly Lewis, Karen Kingsbury, Melody Carlson, Robin Lee Hatcher, Gilbert Morris, Terri Blackstock and many more! Find the list online here!
VeggieTales:Going The Distance
Eighteen years after the first VeggieTales video, talking tomatoes and squash are still making audiences smile. With no signs of slowing down, there are plenty of new adventures in store for Bob, Larry and the Veggie crew. Click here for the complete interview!
Facebook Question of the Week
How many different books are you in the middle of right now? Please click over to our FamilyFiction page on Facebook and join the conversation!



Below, find free eBooks for your digital reader! (Offers provided by the respective publishers and retailers.)
Free Fiction: REINVENTING LEONA
A pastor's wife feels her life is right on track ... until her husband drops dead in the pulpit: For a limited time, download Reinventing Leona by Lynne Gentry free for your Kindle, PC, Mac or portable device, from Christianbook and for Barnes & Noble's Nook. Limited Offer: Price Subject to Change
Free Fiction: CASH BURN
A banker and his attractive new assistant plan to disappear with a slice of the bank's cash flow -- until his brother shows up, fresh out of prison: Download Michael Berrier's Cash Burn free for your Kindle, PC, Mac or portable device, from Christianbook and for Barnes & Noble's Nook. Limited Offer: Price Subject to Change
Free Fiction: STEALING JAKE
Livy isn't willing to trust any man, especially not a lawman: Download Pam Hillman's Stealing Jake free for your Kindle, PC, Mac or portable device, from Christianbook and for Barnes & Noble's Nook. Limited Offer: Price Subject to Change
Free Online Read: CLOSE TO HOME
For an Old Order Amish woman, being 25 and unmarried is bad enough -- but to be shipped off to another community to find a husband is humiliating. Mary Glick despairs she'll never find someone who will love her. Read Emma Miller's Amish romance Close to Home free.
Free Fiction: OUT OF THE SHADOWS
An unsigned letter promises that his mother's disappearance will finally be solved: Download the first volume in Sigmund Brouwer's Nick Barrett mysteries free! For a limited time, Sigmund offers the book as a free download for your Kindle, Nook, Kobo or Apple device.

Links to more free Christian fiction here.

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