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Monday, November 28, 2011

Courageous on DVD, plus Melody Carlson and Ross Lawhead (Nov 22)

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Courageous on DVD and Blu-ray in January
This January, Courageous comes to DVD and Blu-ray. The film is the latest project from Sherwood Pictures, the makers of Fireproof and Facing the Giants. A special "Collector's Edition," exclusively in Christian retail, will include extra bonus material. Read the whole news item here!
Interview: Melody Carlson
Prolific author Melody Carlson explains how she's written an astounding 200 books -- and why she's not ready to stop:: "I knew that I would continue to write even if no one ever read a single word." Read our exclusive interview here!
Q&A: Ross Lawhead
Author Ross Lawhead shares about his new novel, The Realms Thereunder, the first volume in his Ancient Earth series: "With true faith, no question should be unasked, and fantasy allows you to ask larger and more audacious questions." Read the whole Q&A here.
News: Donna VanLiere
The author of the beloved "Christmas Hope" series -- including The Christmas Shoes and The Christmas Blessings, both of which were adapted into movies -- serves up another seasonal story of strife and redemption in The Christmas Note. Read more about it here.
Christian Speculative Fiction Authors!
Come meet nearly 140 Christian authors who write Speculative Fiction -- including SF, fantasy, end-times and supernatural fiction. Click on an author for book info, interviews, and book trailers (if available). Not your thing? Here are authors who write Amish fiction and Children's books!
FamilyFiction Nov/Dec 2011
In our new issue: Melody Carlson * 2011 Carol Awards * 10 New Voices in Contemporary Fiction * romance authors Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Denise Hunter and Diann Hunt team up for Smitten * PLUS: DVDs, children's books and much more! Read online -- or download to your computer -- FREE!
Q&A: Anita Higman
Romantic suspense author Anita Higman answers five questions about her cozy mystery Another Stab at Life: "Since I'm a Christian, it's only natural that my heroine would have faith or discover it through the course of the story." Read the Q&A here. Bonus: Download Spyglass Lane Mysteries for under a buck!
10 Authors Who Write About Superheroes
Our friends at Visions of Another World have posted 10 Authors Who Write About Superheroes -- including Ted Dekker (Saint), K.J. Kolka (The Cardinal), and Mitchell Bonds (Hero In Hiding). (See how to get your blog or website in this space!)
Contest: A CHRISTMAS SNOW
You could win one of 10 prize packs that include the movie A Christmas Snow, a copy of the original novel, and the epilogue book Restored. This is how you enter: Go to our contest page and type in your name and email. Entries must be received by Nov. 30 at midnight CST. [LINKS DISABLED]
Giveaway: FORBIDDEN by Dekker and Lee
On December 1, the FamilyFiction Edge page on Facebook will pick 10 fans to win a copy of Forbidden, the first book in Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee's new trilogy The Books of Mortals! All you have to do: Click through and click "like" if you love reading Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee!
Winners!
These folks won a copy of Karen Kingsbury's three-in-one edition of Forever Faithful: Sandra Weller, Lori McDade, Liz Woods, Lois Shroyer Linamen, Maureen Timerman, Nancy Mason, Heather Harden. Check out these upcoming prizes!



Below, find free eBooks and movies! (Offers provided by the respective publishers and retailers.) More titles here!
Free Fiction: BEFORE THE SEASON ENDS
A young woman is torn by her love for a man who doesn't share her faith: For a limited time, download Linore Rose Burkard's Regency romance Before the Season Ends free for Kindle, PC, Mac or portable device, from Christianbook, Barnes & Noble's Nook and Sony's ReaderStore. Limited Offer: Price Subject to Change
Free Fiction: GODS & KINGS
When his evil father plots to sacrifice him, Hezekiah's mother searches frantically for a way to save him: For a limited time, download the first book in Lynn Austin's Chronicles of the Kings series free from Christianbook and for Barnes & Noble's Nook. Limited Offer: Price Subject to Change
Free Movie: HOMELESS FOR THE HOLIDAYS
When a man falls from the top of the corporate ladder, he learns how difficult it can be to find meaningful work and compassion: Watch Homeless for the Holidays free online on Hulu. Limited Offer

Links to more free Christian fiction and movies here.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Read FamilyFiction Nov/Dec 2011 Free Online!

The November/December 2011 issue of FamilyFiction is available -- and you can read it free online! The new issue includes on: Melody Carlson * 2011 Carol Awards * 10 New Voices in Contemporary Fiction * romance authors Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Denise Hunter and Diann Hunt team up for Smitten * PLUS: Beth Wiseman * Tamara Alexander * Richard L. Mabry, M.D. * Debbie Viguie * Kaye Dacus * Karen Kingsbury * D. Barkley Briggs * Clark Burbidge * the movie Saving Winston * webcomic The Cardinal * and much more! Read online -- or download to your computer -- FREE!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Max Lucado for Christmas, Beverly Lewis, more (Nov 15)

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FamilyFiction Nov/Dec 2011
In our new issue: Melody Carlson * 2011 Carol Awards * 10 New Voices in Contemporary Fiction * romance authors Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Denise Hunter and Diann Hunt team up for Smitten * PLUS: DVDs, children's books and much more! Read online -- or download to your computer -- FREE!
Max Lucado: The Thrill of Hope
The new collection Christmas Stories gathers together an assortment of Max Lucado's seasonal novellas, stories and essays. "In the mystery of Christmas, we find its majesty -- the mystery of how God became flesh, why He chose to come, and how much He must love His people."
Beverly Lewis: A Sense of Belonging
In this interview, the Amish fiction author talks about the finale in her Rose trilogy, about the movie version of The Shunning, and more: "I try to keep my plots nice and fresh. Just because I keep writing Amish settings doesn't mean they're going to be the same old, same old."

500 Suspense Fiction Books!
Whether you prefer pulse-pounding thrillers, cozy mysteries or romantic suspense, here are more than 500 suspense titles from Christian authors! Click on a book cover for the summary and to watch the book trailer (if available). Not your thing? Here are Christian romance and YA/Teen Books!
Contest: A CHRISTMAS SNOW
You could win one of 10 prize packs that include the movie A Christmas Snow, a copy of the original novel, and the epilogue book Restored. This is how you enter: Go to our contest page and type in your name and email. Entries must be received by Nov. 30 at midnight CST.
Giveaway: FORBIDDEN by Dekker and Lee
On December 1, the FamilyFiction Edge page on Facebook will pick 10 fans to win a copy of Forbidden, the first book in Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee's new trilogy The Books of Mortals! All you have to do: Click through and click "like" if you love reading Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee!
Winners!
Here are the 10 folks who won a copy of Lee Strobel's thriller The Ambition: Mary Crane, Wanda Croto, Diana Fritch, Roy Hoffman, Joyce Johnson, Jeff Montross, Sonia Nelson, Melissa Rodman, Janet Shaffer and Rita Swensen. Check out these upcoming prizes!


Below, find free eBooks and movies! (Offers provided by the respective publishers and retailers.) More titles here!
Free Fiction: ON SPARROW HILL
Two women learn that even our best plans are not always God's plans: For a limited time, download Maureen Lang's On Sparrow Hill free for your Kindle, PC, Mac or portable device, from Christianbook.com, and for Barnes & Noble's Nook. Limited Offer: Price Subject to Change
Free Fiction: FOOLS RUSH IN
Hilarity ensues when cultures clash: For a limited time, download the first in Janice Thompson's Weddings by Bella series free for your Kindle, PC, Mac or portable device, and from Christianbook.com. 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.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Tricia Goyer, Ted Dekker, Bodie and Brock Thoene (Nov 8)

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A LASTING IMPRESSION
From Tamera Alexander: A fake. A forger. That's what Claire Laurent knows she is, which is why she can't fathom working in the home of the richest woman in Nashville, let alone America. But when she meets Sutton Monroe--Mrs. Acklen's handsome and discerning personal attorney--Claire's certain the first impression she made with him...will be her last.
Remembering WW2 Vets
A woman's dream job is interrupted by her grandfather's last wish -- joining him on a battle site tour of Europe. Prolific novelist Tricia Goyer shares how she interviewed more than a hundred World War II vets for her new novel, Remembering You. Watch the video here.
Next from Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee
Coming in 2012: Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee continue their Books of Mortals trilogy with Mortal. Nine years after an unlikely hero discovered a secret and brought himself back to life, The Order has raised an elite army to hunt and crush the living. Preview Mortal here.
Coming from Bodie & Brock Thoene
Zondervan has signed Bodie and Brock Thoene to a four-book contract: Beyond the Farthest Star releases December 2011. They launch a new biblical fiction series, "A.D. Scrolls," fall next year. More here: Zondervan Signs Christian Fiction Legends
FamilyFiction Nov/Dec 2011
In our new issue: Melody Carlson * 2011 Carol Awards * 10 New Voices in Contemporary Fiction * romance authors Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Denise Hunter and Diann Hunt team up for Smitten * PLUS: DVDs, children's books and much more! Read online -- or download to your computer -- FREE!

Q&A: Cynthia Hickey
Romantic suspense author Cynthia Hickey answers five questions about her cozy mystery Fudge-Laced Felonies: "The faith element materialized with the character's personality. She needed to 'Let Go and Let God.'" Read the Q&A here. Bonus: Download Spyglass Lane Mysteries for under a buck!
More than 30 Amish fiction authors
Click through to meet more than 30 Christian authors who write Amish fiction. Just click on an author's name to view his or her latest books, news, book trailers and and more! (Not your style? Try these Christian authors who write suspense, romance, or speculative fiction!)
Ten Most Thought-Provoking Authors
The blog A Nest in the Rocks offers Joel C. Rosenberg, Karen Kingsbury, and Kristen Heitzmann on their list of "Ten Most Thought-Provoking Authors." Take a look -- and share the authors you'd pick! (See how to get your blog or website in this space!)
Contest: A CHRISTMAS SNOW
You could win one of 10 prize packs that include the movie A Christmas Snow, a copy of the original novel, and the epilogue book Restored. Sign up for our newsletter and watch future issues for your chance to enter the drawing. Entries must be received by Nov. 30 at midnight CST.
Giveaway: FORBIDDEN by Dekker and Lee
On December 1, the FamilyFiction Edge page on Facebook will pick 10 fans to win a copy of Forbidden, the first book in Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee's new trilogy The Books of Mortals! All you have to do: Click through and click "like" if you love reading Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee!
Winners!
I know, I know--we were supposed to announce last month's winners in this space. But we're still waiting to hear back from several of them, so we hope to announce our October winners next week. Meanwhile, here's a sneak peek at some upcoming prizes: Christian fiction giveaways!


Below, find free eBooks and movies! (Offers provided by the respective publishers and retailers.) More titles here!
Free Fiction: A MEASURE OF MERCY
Eighteen-year-old Astrid Bjorklund dreams of becoming a doctor -- will she have to give up love to pursue her dream? For a limited time, download the first volume in Lauraine Snelling's Home to Blessing series free for your Kindle, PC, Mac or portable device, from Christianbook, and from Sony's ReaderStore. Limited Offer: Price Subject to Change.
Free Fiction: FUSE OF ARMAGEDDON
An unlikely coalition of enemies threatens to unleash Armageddon: For a limited time, download the apocalyptic thriller Fuse of Armageddon by Sigmund Brouwer and Hank Hanegraaff free for your Kindle, PC, Mac or portable device, from Christianbook, from Sony's ReaderStore, and for Barnes & Noble's Nook. Limited Offer: Price Subject to Change.
Free: SONGBIRD UNDER A GERMAN MOON
When a woman goes missing in 1945 Germany, a singer and a soldier team up against post-war Nazi influences -- and the two lovebirds' hearts may find the answers...in each other: For a limited time, download Songbird Under a German Moon by Tricia Goyer free for your Kindle, PC, Mac or portable device. Limited Offer: Price Subject to Change.
Free Movie: BENJI
In this engaging family film, two children are kidnapped and held for ransom -- and it's up to an abandoned mutt named Benji to come to their rescue. Watch the 1974 family classic Benji free on Hulu, or Netflix subscribers can watch it on Netflix Instant Watch. Limited availability.

Links to more free Christian fiction here.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Listen: Interview with FamilyFiction editor Chris Well

In October, FamilyFiction's editor, Chris Well, was a guest on online radio show Reader's Entertainment Radio. They asked Chris about FamilyFiction, about his upcoming Christian novels with Spyglass Lane Mysteries, and the explosion of eBook publishing. Also in the conversation is literary agent Amanda Luedeke.

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Related links:
Download Spyglass Lane Mysteries for under a buck!
Spyglass Lane Mysteries (Official Site)
30 Christian Authors Who Write Whodunits

Download Spyglass Lane Mysteries for under a buck!

For a limited time, you can purchase the first wave of Christian cozy mysteries from Spyglass Lane Mysteries for only 99-cents each. Limited offer. Prices subject to change.

 Bridal Mayhem Mysteries by Janice Hanna

The Wedding Caper (Bridal Mayhem Mysteries #1) by Janice Hanna
When a $25,000 night deposit mysteriously disappears from the Clark County Savings and Loan, Annie Peterson -- mother of the bride -- takes on the role of amateur sleuth to solve the mystery...
* Buy for Kindle, PC, Mac, Blackberry, Android, or Apple device
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Gone with the Groom (Bridal Mayhem Mysteries #2) by Janice Hanna
The best laid plans of brides and men go awry when Annie Peterson’s future son-in-law Scott disappears just two weeks before the big day. Will Annie solve the mystery and recover the missing groom, or will she suffer “regrets only”?
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 Summer Meadows Mysteries by Cynthia Hickey

Fudge-Laced Felonies (Summer Meadows Mysteries #1) by Cynthia Hickey
Summer Meadows entered church on Sunday not to find God, but to search for a killer.
* Buy for Kindle, PC, Mac, Blackberry, Android, or Apple device
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Candy-Coated Secrets (Summer Meadows Mysteries #2) by Cynthia Hickey
Who would have thought escorting an elephant down Highway 64 could lead to murder?
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Chocolate-Covered Crime (Summer Meadows Mysteries #3) by Cynthia Hickey
When you're getting married on April Fool's Day and your wedding planner ends up murdered, what's a soon-to-be bride to do?
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 Volstead Manor Mystery Series by Anita Higman

Another Stab at Life (Volstead Manor Mystery Series #1) by Anita Higman
Bailey Walker is in over her head. She's hounded by a guy who thinks he's her guardian, and she's inherited a mansion with enough mysteries to trip up Sherlock Holmes and enough gothic nightmares to scare off Dracula...
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Another Hour To Kill (Volstead Manor Mystery Series #2) by Anita Higman
With a mysterious murder to solve, a lost treasure to find, and a huge wedding to plan, Bailey has come undone. Then there's that next-door neighbor who thinks he's a vampire...
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 Everybody's Suspect in Georgia Mysteries by Cecil Murphey

Everybody Loved Roger Harden by Cecil Murphey
Psychologist Julie West and the Reverend James Burton must ignore the friction -- and the attraction -- between them long enough to discover who murdered their dinner host...
* Buy for Kindle, PC, Mac, Blackberry, Android, or Apple device
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 Karen Maxwell Mystery Series by K.D. Hayes

George Washington Stepped Here by K. D. Hays
Did the father of our country vandalize furniture and unwittingly create a valuable artifact or is the story about George just an elaborate hoax?
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Worth Its Weight in Old by K. D. Hays
Paintings slashed...furniture broken...someone is wreaking havoc at the Blue Moon Art & Antiques Gallery.
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 Mainely Mysteries by Susan Page Davis and Megan Elaine Davis

Homicide at Blue Heron Lake by Megan Elaine Davis and Susan Page Davis
In a peaceful Maine town, an old romance rekindles while an older crime is unraveled...
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Treasure at Blue Heron Lake by Megan Elaine Davis Susan Page Davis
A lakeside lodge draws tourists with a legend of hidden treasure and murder—until the murder part becomes all too real...
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 The Massachusetts Mayhem Mystery Series by
 Janelle Mowery and Elizabeth Ludwig

Where the Truth Lies by Janelle Mowery and Elizabeth Ludwig
A case of suicide leads an amateur sleuth on a trail of deceit and corruption...
* Buy for Kindle, PC, Mac, Blackberry, Android, or Apple device
* Buy for other formats, including Nook, Sony Reader, Kobo, and more





 The Mayhem in Maryland Series) by Candice Speare Prentice

Murder in the Milk Case by Candice Speare Prentice
When a soccer mom finds the body of the local pharmacist behind the two-percent milk, she has to turn amateur sleuth to get herself off the hook.
* Buy for Kindle, PC, Mac, Blackberry, Android, or Apple device
* Buy for other formats, including Nook, Sony Reader, Kobo, and more



Related links:
Spyglass Lane Mysteries (Official Site)
5 Questions: Janice Hanna (FamilyFiction)
Q&A: Cynthia Hickey (FamilyFiction)
Cynthia Hickey interview (Suspense Zone)
Q&A: Anita Higman (FamilyFiction)
Q&A: K.D. Hays (FamilyFiction)
K.D. Hayes interview (Suspense Zone)
Susan Page Davis interview (Suspense Zone)
30 Christian Authors Who Write Whodunits (Christian Fiction News)
Audio interview: author Chris Well and Spyglass Lane's Amanda Leudeke (Reader's Entertainment Radio)

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