Book Giveaways

Morning! We've again got another fun giveaway here on Dreaming Under the Same Moon. This go-round, there are three more books up for grabs in honor of the recent INSPYs award winners. All of these books were nominated and one won in its category. The first is a little unknown contemporary romance that is sweet for anyone looking for a quick read, the second is the mystery/thriller winner and the last is a fabulous conclusion to a great contemporary romance series by Lynette Eason.

Before introducing you to these novels, below are the last two winners from the recent giveaways, and following that, the same-old rules that I ask of anyone entering.

Winner of Meant to be Mine by Becky Wade is:

- Hiedi M.

Winner of Somebody Like You by Beth Vogt is:

- Charity U.

Congrats, ladies! Your books are on their way and should arrive this week. Please, do let me know when they show up - and enjoy!

This giveaway(s) is open to U.S. readers. Also, please I will just ask that anyone who leaves a comment under "anonymous," please leave the same name you enter into the widget in your comment - it's not nearly as easy to try and match comments when there is no name and in fairness to everyone else, I want to be able to be sure everyone who used the Rafflecopter correctly has a fair chance at winning against those who abuse it - believe it or not, there have been a couple people that I could not verify. So please, I don't mean to overwhelm, but just keep this in mind when entering future giveaways. I'd sure appreciate it!

Note: also, my apologies for not mentioning this in the beginning, one comment will count for all three giveaways if you are entering multiple, same goes for Pinterest.

To be entered in the giveaway, just enter as much or as little as you like into the Rafflecopter widget... and good luck everyone! This ends on July 8th (running it past the holiday). First, read up on the 3 books up for grabs.

Finding Beth
Three years ago, Beth Gallagher lost her brother, Josh, in a tragic accident. Grief-stricken and estranged from her father, she turned to the one man her brother warned her about — Kyle Heinrich. She flees to the Smoky Mountains to clear her mind and seek God’s will about her impending marriage. With the help of a new friend, she finds the answers she needs, but will she have the resolve to follow through? And, if so, what will it cost her? Kyle Heinrich is used to getting his way, so when his fiancée leaves town without a word, he is furious. When she returns with a new man by her side, he determines to make her his — one way or another. - Goodreads

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The King

FBI Special Agent Patrick Bowers has matched wits with some of the most violent serial killers in history—and one of them has never forgiven him....

Patrick Bowers has pursued the nation’s fiercest serial killers—and now one elusive foe is back for revenge.

Settling into a new post at the FBI academy, Patrick and his fiancée, Lien-hua Jiang, are planning their future together with his stepdaughter, Tessa.

But just when his life seems normal, a demon from the past returns to draw him down a dark road he hoped had closed forever. Forced into a desperate hunt to save the two women he loves most, Patrick is in a race against time to stop an international conspiracy from becoming the most widespread act of terrorism in U.S. history. - Goodreads
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When a Secret Kills
Investigative reporter Jillian Carter knows it's time to put the past to rest. She's tired of looking over her shoulder, letting a killer go free. She's no longer the scared kid who changed her name and disappeared. Now, no matter what the cost, Jillian must do what she is trained to do--ferret out the truth and expose it. Senator Frank Hoffman committed murder ten years ago--and Jillian watched it happen.

Didn't she?

Not even the enigmatic and attractive Colton Brady, her ex-boyfriend and nephew of the killer, will be able to make her leave this alone. Get ready for the spine-tingling, nail-biting conclusion to an explosive series. - Goodreads

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Best of luck to you all!

2014 INSPY Awards Winners

Good morning, the INSPYs Advisory Board is thrilled to announce the 2014 winners in each of our seven categories!
After months (and months) of hard work, lots of reading and plenty of notes, the Advisory Board is excited to finally share the winners of the 2014 awards program. Before we do, we’d like to give a shout-out and many thanks to our panels of judges for their willingness to participate. They’ve all beautifully considered each of the five books in the respective seven category shortlists and as a result, these seven novels have come out the victors. Many thanks go to each of you for being a part of the INSPYs. Without you, this program wouldn’t be what it is.  

Secondly, I’d like to thank all of you, the bloggers, authors, tweeters and readers who have shared about this program and for being our exceptional “street team” – you’ve created the excitement and given this program more notice than we can ever thank you for. Please know all those mentions were appreciated. 

Also, a big shout-out and congratulations to ALL of the nominated and winning authors. It's because of your books we are able to have these awards. Thank you for what you write.

Without further ado, that announcement you’ve been patiently waiting for is here. Drumroll, please…
Here is the official INSPYs announcement.

Barefoot Summer Book ArtThe INSPYs Advisory Board is pleased to announce the 2014 INSPY Award Winners:

Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense: Barefoot Summer by Denise Hunter is the quintessential definition of Christian Romantic Fiction. The writing style is in a word lovely, with perfect pacing and wonderful descriptions. Barefoot Summer played like a movie in our heads. Denise created characters with flaws and very real emotions that kept us invested in their story and engaged with each new scene. Not just with the main characters, but the other plot lines as well. While the other four novels were great reads this one climbed it's way to the top. Barefoot Summer truly is the perfect Summer read, and for many more Summers to come.  

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Book - Dear Mr. KnightlyDebut: Katherine Reay’s contemporary epistolary, Dear Mr. Knightley is one of the most brilliant character studies to come about in literature in years. Sometimes you are given a gift that everyone assures you will be delightful but you aren’t entirely sure the contents will be to your liking. This is a book where the hype holds up. All the references to classical literature – from Great Expectations to Austen to Narnia, could have made the novel seem detached, but Reay uses them with such talent and creativity, you understand the characters on a deeper level because of them and because Dear Mr. Kightley’s heroine was less “figment” and much more, real. Above all, those qualities are this debut’s crowning glory – it’s more than just an expert piece of fiction. Not only is Dear Mr. Knightley the perfect debut, it’s a must read for any lover of classics, particularly Jane Austen.

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General Fiction: The field of nominees for the General Fiction category had some of the best books we have read this year, making this year’s selection process difficult indeed. After a lot of in depth discussion, we are awarding the Inspy to Wings of Glass by Gina Holmes. A moving account of a woman’s struggle with self in the face of spousal abuse, this novel will touch your heart and soul. Powerfully personal, beautifully written, with highly relatable characters, Gina Holmes’ novel presents a message of love and hope that Jesus always offered to everyone He met.

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Historical Romance: A Noble Groom by Jody Hedlund is an exceptional piece of Christian fiction based upon real events. The rich historical and cultural setting are characters in their own right, making the story come to life. The characters portray authentic growth as the story progresses, as well as an undeniable romantic tension present throughout, encouraging the reader to keep turning the pages. This beautiful story weaves in themes of trust, redemption, and the importance of having a relationship grounded in God, while emphasizing the importance of hope, forgiveness, and sacrificial love. Jody Hedlund is a skilled writer and her work displays the best of historical romance, both entertaining and speaking to the heart.

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Literature for Young Adult: Captives was a compelling and thought-provoking novel. Jill Williamson's writing style, vivid imagery and intriguing plot keeps you on the edge of your seat. Captives also has insightful commentary on society. There was a large variety of characters with the light of the believers clearly contrasting the darkness and depravity of the society around them. Captives beautifully illustrates the bigger picture and how important it is to stand up for your beliefs. Thought-provoking and page-turning, Captives was not only far more than your typical YA dystopian story, but definitely one of the top YA novels of 2013.

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The KingMystery/Thriller: The King is suspense at its best and challenges readers to really think – what is our definition of a hero? The author weaves a thread of faith throughout the novel that infused the story with hope, reminding us Who ultimately holds control and provides meaning when the journey becomes rough; captivating plots, intriguing characters, and twists at every turn immerse the reader deep into the tale. These characters: Patrick, Lien-hua, and Tessa held our heart and made us cheer for them. The writing was superb; this is definitely an author who knows how to write suspense while also endearing his readers to his characters. The story does not let you go. The King is a thought provoking read as much as it was a page to definitely be read with the light on!

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anomalySpeculative Fiction: Anomaly by Krista McGee featured fully developed characters exploring a world of both tragedy and hope. Details were revealed as they were needed, never intruding or halting the narrative but flowing alongside it. The protagonist Thalli is a heroine who learns to love without being defined it, combining creativity and logical reasoning, and able to eventually make her own choices while remaining compassionate to the needs of others. No easy answers are offered to the challenges she and the other characters face; instead, Thalli's growing relationship with God gave her the ability to see past her fear and make choices not based on her own needs but those of others. The stark, first-person prose captured exactly what a young teen thrust in such situations might feel, neither drowning in the emotion nor ignoring it, but letting the reader truly live through another's eyes.

On Goodreads

Congratulations to the winners and all the nominated authors!

When Sparks Fly (2014)

When Sparks Fly Hallmark

Hallmark films are like a warm fuzzy sweater – or any sense of comforting thing you can think of. You can sit down to their latest original movie knowing that even if it’s a story you don’t relate to as well as some of them, you’ll laugh and be able to feel all swoon-y in the end. Known for their outstanding line of Christmas films, the network also knows how to do other holidays – and do them up right. This story follows small-town Washington girl, Amy Peterson (Meghan Markle) who has dreams of becoming a well-respected journalist and instead of taking an intern position closer to home, she instead accepts a position that will allow her to work as a journalist. In Chicago.  

Seven years later, Amy is feeling lost in her work and still hasn’t been able to settle into the world of her boyfriend whose life is about parties and French food she can never pronounce. The timing seems perfect for her to head home again when she gets the go-ahead to write a story related to her family’s pyrotechnics business… and discovers her ex, Hank (Christopher Jacot) is still living in their hometown, about to be married.  

TV MOVIE REVIEW | Banner 4th of July (2013)

When Sparks Fly Hallmark

This film immediately wraps its viewer up in a sweet premise and the charm of the small-town setting. Despite the familiarity with the script, I did like that there were a few twists and turns to this set up and it was one I’ve not seen often. Normally if a wedding plot is included, it doesn’t involve a best friend and an ex, and while I was skeptical about this, it did work out well enough. If there is a fault in this, it’d be the ending being just a bit “too perfect.” The teasers we are left with needed to be scaled back so that the story that had been told felt more realistic. But, of course, like all of the films on this network, When Sparks Fly (also known as Oh Say Can You See) is darling.  

What was most interesting for me was seeing Meghan Markle in a different role than that of her weekly gig on USA Network in Suits which is, by all accounts, a much more “provocative” (as Hallmark aptly put it) role than her small town character of Amy. She played this role well, making us like her in a character that could have been construed very differently. What is developed well about this rekindling is that the writers don’t make the characters immediately pull away (Hank) or lean on (Amy) each other in a “needy” kind of way. It’s after Amy has been home that she realizes Hank is more than her past, and it’s seeing Amy with Sammie that makes him realize his heart may not be as healed as he thought. Despite the tricky subject, there isn’t an instantaneous “spark” between the two, which allows for an awkward stage and eventually the realization that there is not some sort of gap between what Amy and Hank wants. Bottom line, it was nice to see less of an “insta love” connection (or one of those heroine/heroes who is pining after an ex) and more of a “grown-up” kind of rekindling.  

When Sparks Fly Meghan Markle
If you enjoy sweet love stories or are in the mood for something that sparkles with festive fun, you’ll enjoy tuning in to watch the newest original from the network known for being the “Heart of TV.” Its wedding shenanigans are a teeny bit over the top (albeit, sadly, they have a ring of truth to them), but like the tagline of its network, the film has heart and spunk, a winning combination any of us can get behind.

Catch the premiere of When Sparks Fly Saturday June 28th!

Take a peek at the promotional video:

Blind Trust by Sandra Orchard

About the Book:
Publisher: Revell
Source: Publisher Provided
Publication Date: 2014
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Series: Port Aster Secrets, book 2
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense
Rating: 4 out of 5
Kate Adams had no idea she was carrying counterfeit money, and she can't believe that it came from her sweet neighbor. Or that it lands her in the middle of another one of Detective Tom Parker's investigations. Determined to prove her neighbor's innocence, Kate stumbles into a pit of intrigue that is far deeper than a two-bit counterfeit operation--and strikes too close to home for comfort. As family secrets come to light, her world – and her budding romance with Tom – begin to crumble. To Kate, it's clear that she won't be safe until she uncovers all of Port Aster's secrets. But is it too late for her and Tom?
Award-winning author Sandra Orchard draws readers into a world of rogues, red herrings, and romance as she unfolds the continuing story of amateur sleuth Kate Adams. - Goodreads

Sandra’s writing isn’t hard to get caught up in. She has a natural talent for telling stories and keeping the pace tight without constantly being because someone is in danger. Instead there are fabulous uses of clues that need to be fitted together in order for the reader to further along the mystery the characters are on the hunt of solving. Some of the twists turned out to be ones I guessed prior to the reveal – or had an inkling of, and some I didn’t imagine. No matter what, it was a fun read that will keep its reader on its toes and pulls various aspects from its first series book.

Mystery aside, what I really liked about this story wasn't it's mystery or the pace, it was actually, the dialogue, which is crackling with chemistry and wit. Tom’s flirting was darling (what else can I say, that is the best word for it! *wink*), which sets him apart from the average detective. His protectiveness of Kate is sweet as is his patience to wait until she’s ready to date (come on, doesn’t this guy sound as if he deserves his own “aww… kind of reaction??). Kate’s cute fact-spouting self makes for a unique persona a-la Dr. Maura Isles and her work with plants is one of the more interesting fictional vocations I have run across. In this novel, Sandra Orchard has created a fun, “fresh” premise that is interesting to be a part of. Though everything is obviously, connected, the puzzle pieces almost fit together as if the mystery were two parts as opposed to one long, sweeping whodunit, there’s more than meets the eye and like any good three-book, same-person mystery, Sandra ends this at just the right moments! How on earth are we supposed to wait until book three arrives June 2015?

Like, seriously, that’s too long.
Note: sincere apologies to the author, Sandra Orchard and the publisher, Revell for the delay in posting this review.

Sincere thanks to the publisher for providing a complimentary copy of this book for reviewing purposes.

Seagrass Pier by Colleen Coble

About the Book:
Author: Colleen Coble
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Source: Litfuse / Publisher, ARC
Publication Date: 2014
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Series: Hope Beach, Book 3
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance / Mystery
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Any new book announcement with this authors name in it is one I take notice of. With exception to one or two of Colleen’s historical novels, when I crack open the pages of her latest novel, I am nearly always confident of a pleasing literary journey. No matter the premise, her books always seem to show up on my yearly to read list because in her writing, readers are fortunate to find that happy medium lighthearted contemporary romance and a slight “edge” of mystery that isn’t terrifying nevertheless is “edgy” enough to dismiss it from falling into the parameters of being considered “cozy mystery.” Without being strictly a mystery, this third novel in her latest series is a more unique premise and is as sweet as its predecessors. Secrets are something Elin Summerhill has lived with for the three years she was married. She existed on little affection and grew comfortable in the chasm between her and husband Tim. Now two years later, Elin is moving on after his death, she’s a single mother and recovering from a heart transplant. Only trouble is, she is experiencing nightmares, dreams of her donor’s murder – and she’s convinced the killer is after her. Enter Mark Everton, an FBI agent – an old acquaintance who is a cousin of Elin’s best friend, and a part of her past she’d rather forget. He’s the one person who may be able to help Elin and the one person whose help she doesn’t want.  

Pinning down exactly what it is I enjoy about Colleen’s books isn’t easy. I’m not sure which component in her writing continually pulls me in, but what I do know, whatever the curiosity it always keeps me eagerly flipping the pages. Each of the “Hope Beach” novels have been the breezy kind of reads that define the term “beach read,” and while its setting does play host to reason why, it’s the deeper scars of the characters and its premise that keeps us engrossed (not to mention wishing we had a private beach to walk). Each one of the novelist’s books has unique individualities that could be pulled out of their respective pages or nice things that might be said about their characters, it’s the inclusive impression of each story (what we are left with) and its sweetness which ensures the authenticity of the emotional markers posed. Despite not usually being a fan of the “one too many” character adage crop up – usually because in my valuation, this lessens the importance of the role the main players should play, I enjoyed meeting Sara and the various family members who surround Mark and Elin. They were supportive and endearingly annoying in equal measures, plus no matter how brief it was fun to again meet up with the “Coastie” teammates that featured in the first and second books. The progression of Mark and Elin is nice as is the climax of the mystery – this story handles the lighter themes vs. the tense mystery very well.

Something I found interesting to explore was Elin’s fear that she was losing pieces of herself every day. She saw it reflected in what her aging mother was going through and her fear confronted her each night when her dreams would remind her that someone had died, and because of that, Elin was able to live. Her changing personality frightened her and unlike most heroines, I thought that angle was one that had a great deal of depth. While I still think Tidewater Inn holds my favorite spot of this series, this third book comes in a close second. Between the distinctive out-of-body-like mystery (something that could have gone horribly sideways if it didn’t have a skilled hand crafting it) that begs to be solved and its beautiful nuances – the descriptions of a day spent on the beach or an important conversation between two people who are lost by their misconception of one another, this novel defines a “perfect summer read.” It’s a simple, lovely story with hints of history fused with the contemporary – and Colleen Coble combined everything with her signature of elegance.  
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Synopsis:  In a secluded corner of Hope Beach, one woman must decipher a stranger's memories . . . before they cost her everything.

Elin Summerall was one of the lucky ones. Not only did she get a heart transplant, but the donor was a perfect fit. A miraculously perfect fit.

But when Elin begins having violent flashbacks--and vivid dreams of being strangled--she realizes that she has been the recipient of more than just a new heart . . . Elin is remembering her donor's murder.

Her strange affliction has attracted some unwanted attention: from the press, from the authorities . . . and from the killer himself. Now, living alone with her young daughter and aging mother, Elin is being stalked--by a man she's only met in her nightmares.

The police are dubious of her story, but one off-duty FBI agent is eager to help her: Agent Marc Everton, the father of Elin's daughter.

Of course, he doesn't know about that. Yet.

Now, in a remote cottage on Hope Island, Elin and Marc must probe the secrets buried in her borrowed heart. And there's no time to waste. One man is desperate to silence her--before she remembers too much. - Goodreads

Sincere thanks to Litfuse for providing a complimentary copy of this book for reviewing purposes. 

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Mr. Selfridge, Series Two (2013)

I’m a costume drama junkie. There are no “ands,” “ifs” or “buts” about it. This means that even if I don’t take quickly to one of the masterpieces the folks across the pond put out, chances are, I’ll be back for any subsequent series. Such was the case with this mix of American and British characters.

It’s been five years since his family has lived with him and Mr. Selfridge (Jeremy Piven) is living a quiet life that is missing his wife, Rose (Frances O’Connor) and his children. To save face and put on a good front for her husband's fifth store anniversary, Rose returns to her husband’s arm and his still-thriving store for the celebration, only to realize that Harry wishes to make amends with his wife, something Rose is unwilling to contemplate. Instead she relies on her new friend, Dalphine Day (Polly Walker) whose adventures inspire Rose to be bold – contrary to what her aristocracy friend, Lady Mae (Katherine Kelly) advises. Then there is their son, Gordon Selfridge (Greg Austin) who is excited to be home from school and beginning to learn the store business, only what the teen doesn’t know is that his father has very different duties in mind for him.  

Coinciding with the return of the Selfridge family is Agnes Towler (Aisling Loftus), the shop girl Harry sent to Paris to train in window dressing. She has returned home to England with maturity, a new promotion, and with more vision than ever, but is challenged by the new head of ladies wear, Mr. Thackeray (Cal Macaninch) and even, her former friends aren’t supportive – particularly Victor (Trystan Gravelle). Meanwhile Harry’s head of personal, Mr. Grove (Tom Goodman-Hill) is struggling to do his job and Miss Mardle (Amanda Abbington) has recently come into wealth, which changes her entire outlook on life. The joy of the staff at Selfridge’s is all about to be shattered with the threat of a war looms… and young men flock to enlist. 

If anyone ever doubted this show could get any better, we were wrong. Golly, I loved what the writer’s and the entire production did in this second series. It seems safe to say that many of us had a so-so reaction to this following its first season. We didn’t respect many of its leading characters choices and struggled liking the characters as a result. Season two definitely improves on that, providing both examples of maturity in these personalities, which ups our respect and I have to say, whether some of them are cliché or not (because we’ve seen similar plots in Downton Abbey or Upstairs, Downstairs), I don’t think there was one storyline I didn’t like – everything from the mystery shrouding some of the issues brought about by the war as well as the fascinating character twists.  

Between all the familiar faces (and for those of you who are wondering or get all swoon-y over Heri, never fear, he plays a prominent role) and slew of newbies, there is plenty of character drama. What I like about that is that it never overreaches nor does it feel misplaced – in other words, while there are a lot of “soap opera” like twists, nothing ever comes across as “too much.” The character writing was really magnificent this season. I grew to admire and like Kitty (Amy Beth Hayes) in these installments (she’s MUCH more than a dizzy, pretty face), was shocked my idea vs. the actual of an introduced character was nothing like that image (one whom we only knew off-screen the first season), became fond of Agnes' determination to persevere, and was impressed by the changes in Miss Mardle (geek alert! When I saw series one, I’d not seen the infamous season three of Sherlock, so imagine my thrill when I realized that Amanda played the lovely Mary Watson) and most of all, the shift in Harry’s personality was… wonderful. It was so nice to see him change (though some of you will perhaps still find fault with him because of the implications when Rose first returns, I overlooked it because of how he behaves once Rose returns) and become a better family man. His business sense is the same which makes him admirable – I’m not sure how he was so messed up at home and such a champion with his employees. It certainly helps offset his mistreatment of Rose. (Oh, yes, and there is a guest appearance by Anthony Howell, Foyle's War.)

Though it goes without saying, I’d be remiss if not mentioning the gorgeous costuming. The hats, the dresses, the impeccable suits, everything… sparkles, and of course, its cast wears their fashion with authority and sass. Not to downplay all of this charm, the ending is bittersweet. Keeping true to its source material (this is based off a true story), the writers have preemptively killed off a character (off-screen) making the visual ending of the series happy yet the mental full of sorrow. Any cursory reading reveals that this seemed to be the season of “happiness” as the rumors are floating around that season three is going to be darker because of its titular character’s reaction, and for me, that doesn’t bode well. All that was built up in this season – the redemption, the betterment of characters – will seem for nothing, unless this is a temporary failing and not something that will drag through a new set of ten installments. Either way, I’m thrilled with the second season of Mr. Selfridge. It rose to a new level of charming and for now, that’s enough.  

How about you, readers. 
Did you watch season two of this BBC series?
If so, what was your reaction… 

(Content: There are implications a married man has a mistress, an unmarried couple are seen in bed together, and a man also tries to take advantage of a girl – she slaps him across the face for it. A woman propositions a married man and is turned down. There are some minor other innuendoes. Another character is being abused [he slaps her across the face and enjoys taunting her, as well as expecting his “husbandly rights”]. Aside from that, there are emotional fallouts and off-screen deaths related to the war. The series is rated TV12.)

More Cover Candy + Upcoming Book Teasers

Afternoon. So, in the last few weeks, we've gotten some sneak peeks at popular authors like Melissa Tagg or newcomer Kristy Cambron's new cover designs, and since then, I've noticed that preorders are up on Amazon (gotta' love that company), which is what inspired another edition of some gorgeous cover art.

Thanks to awesome author reveals or the always fabulous Rel, or just because they've been floating around for a while everyone may have seen these all, but, what can I say?? I couldn't resist putting them together in a long, sprawling post - plus who doesn't like an excuse to gush over pretty cover art more than once?? *wink*

...and on that note, let the cover gushing begin.

To Win Her Favor by Tamera Alexander

An Irish-born son far from home, Cullen McGrath left a once prosperous life in England because of a horse racing scandal that nearly ruined him. He’s come to Nashville for a fresh start, hoping to buy land and start a farm, all while determined to stay as far away from thoroughbred racing as possible. But starting over proves harder than he’d wagered, especially when Maggie Linden’s father makes him an offer he shouldn’t accept yet cannot possibly refuse.

Maggie is certain that her mare, Bourbon Belle, can take the top purse in the annual Drayton Stakes at Nashville’s racetrack––the richest race run in America. Maggie only needs the chance to prove it. To give her that chance, and to save Linden Downs from being sold to the highest bidder, Maggie’s father––aging, yet wily as ever––makes a barter. His agreement includes one tiny, troublesome detail––Maggie must marry a man she’s never met. A man she never would have chosen for herself.

Cullen and Maggie need each other in order to achieve their dreams. But their stubborn, wounded hearts––and the escalating violence from a "secret society" responsible for lynchings and midnight raids––may prove too much for even two determined souls. - May 2015

At Home in Last Chance by Cathleen Armstrong

Kaitlyn Reed and Steven Braden have always had a similar philosophy of life: when the going gets tough, they get going--out of town and away from the problem. Now they are both back in Last Chance, New Mexico, and trying to start over. Kaitlyn is working to reestablish a relationship with the seven-year-old daughter she left behind six months earlier. Steven is trying to prove to his family that he is not the irresponsible charmer they have always known him to be. As Kaitlyn and Steven find themselves drawn to one another, one big question keeps getting in the way: How will they learn to trust each other when they don't even trust themselves?

With emotional depth and characters who leap off the page and into the reader's psyche, Cathleen Armstrong continues to delight her readers and win new fans. Readers will be thrilled to return once more to the small town they've grown to love. - January 2015

Together with You by Victoria Bylin

When a Lost Child warning blasts over the mall's PA system, toy store manager Carly Mason finds the little girl playing with a stuffed rabbit. Something about five-year-old Penny Tremaine is different. An ex-social worker, Carly recognizes that Penny suffers fetal alcohol effects, and a piece of Carly's own past suddenly confronts her. Never again will Carly become involved with a client. The risks are far too great. But something about Penny--and Penny's handsome father--tugs at Carly's heart. Before she has time to think it through, she agrees to a much-needed job as a nanny.

Dr. Ryan Tremaine knows he messed up his life. But this summer he will redeem himself. With his ex-wife remarried and on a trip far away, his two teenage sons and Penny are living under his roof full time. Ryan is dedicated to his sink-or-swim list, a plan to reconnect with his children. The first step: recruiting Carly Mason to be Penny's nanny.

Ryan never anticipated being so drawn to Carly, an attraction Carly seems to fight as much as he does. Could Carly be the missing piece that helps his family stay afloat, or will their blossoming romance only complicate things further? - April 2015

A Sparrow in Terezin by Kristy Cambron
April 2015 

Beyond all Dreams by Elizabeth Camden

Anna O'Brien leads a predictable and quiet life as a map librarian at the illustrious Library of Congress until she stumbles across a baffling mystery of a ship disappeared at sea. She is thwarted in her attempts to uncover information, but her determination outweighs her shyness and she turns to a dashing congressman for help.

Luke Callahan was one of the nation's most powerful congressmen until his promising career became shadowed in scandal. Eager to share in a new cause and intrigued by the winsome librarian, he joins forces with Anna to solve the mystery of the lost ship.

Opposites in every way, Anna and Luke are unexpectedly drawn to each other despite the strict rules forbidding Anna from any romantic entanglement with a member of Congress.
From the gilded halls of the Capitol, where powerful men shape the future of the nation, to the scholarly archives of the nation's finest library, Anna and Luke are soon embroiled in secrets much bigger and more perilous than they ever imagined. Is bringing the truth to light worth risking all they've ever dreamed for themselves? - January 2015

Waistcoats and Weaponry by Gail Carringer

Sophronia continues her second year at finishing school in style--with a steel-bladed fan secreted in the folds of her ball gown, of course. Such a fashionable choice of weapon comes in handy when Sophronia, her best friend Dimity, sweet sootie Soap, and the charming Lord Felix Mersey stowaway on a train to return their classmate Sidheag to her werewolf pack in Scotland. No one suspected what--or who--they would find aboard that suspiciously empty train. Sophronia uncovers a plot that threatens to throw all of London into chaos and she must decide where her loyalties lie, once and for all.
Gather your poison, steel tipped quill, and the rest of your school supplies and join Mademoiselle Geraldine's proper young killing machines in the third rousing installment in the New York Times bestselling Finishing School Series by steampunk author, Gail Carriger. - November 2014
Captive by Aimee Carter
For the past two months, Kitty Doe's life has been a lie. Forced to impersonate the Prime Minister's niece, her frustration grows as her trust in her fake fiancé cracks, her real boyfriend is forbidden and the Blackcoats keep her in the dark more than ever.

But in the midst of discovering that her role in the Hart family may not be as coincidental as she thought, she's accused of treason and is forced to face her greatest fear: Elsewhere. A prison where no one can escape.

As one shocking revelation leads to the next, Kitty learns the hard way that she can trust no one, not even the people she thought were on her side. With her back against the wall, Kitty wants to believe she'll do whatever it takes to support the rebellion she believes in—but is she prepared to pay the ultimate price? - November 2014

Atlantia by Ally Condie

Can you hear Atlantia breathing?

For as long as she can remember, Rio has dreamt of the sand and sky Above—of life beyond her underwater city of Atlantia. But in a single moment, all her plans for the future are thwarted when her twin sister, Bay, makes an unexpected decision, stranding Rio Below. Alone, ripped away from the last person who knew Rio’s true self—and the powerful siren voice she has long hidden—she has nothing left to lose.

Guided by a dangerous and unlikely mentor, Rio formulates a plan that leads to increasingly treacherous questions about her mother’s death, her own destiny, and the complex system constructed to govern the divide between land and sea. Her life and her city depend on Rio to listen to the voices of the past and to speak long-hidden truths. - October 2014

How to Love by Katie Cotugno

For fans of Sarah Dessen and John Green, How to Love is a breathtaking debut about a couple who falls in love . . . twice.

Before: Reena Montero has loved Sawyer LeGrande for as long as she can remember. But he's never noticed that Reena even exists . . . until one day, impossibly, he does. Reena and Sawyer fall in messy, complicated love. But then Sawyer disappears without a word, leaving a devastated—and pregnant—Reena behind.

After: Almost three years have passed, and there's a new love in Reena's life: her daughter. Reena's gotten used to life without Sawyer, but just as suddenly as he disappeared, he turns up again. Reena wants nothing to do with him, though she'd be lying if she said his being back wasn't stirring something in her.

After everything that's happened, can Reena really let herself love Sawyer LeGrande again? - March 2015 (paperback release)

Finding Me by Kathryn Cushman

After her father and stepmother's accidental death, Kelli Huddleston sorts through their belongings and learns a shocking secret. Years before, her father faked his death during a boat wreck at sea--and faked Kelli's as well. He'd run from a wife, a son, and a daughter back in Tennessee, meaning Kelli has a family she's never known.

She's already cashed the payout on her dad's life insurance check and looks at it as her ticket to a new life. The lure and puzzle of digging into this hidden past is too much to resist, and she soon finds herself in Tennessee. When the trip threatens to open doors to the past better left shut, and her plans for the future are threatened, Kelli must make an agonizing choice that will change her life forever. - April 2015

Most Likely to Succeed by Jennifer Echols 

The "Superlatives Series" is about seniors at a Florida high school who are selected for their class Who's Who categories, and how the labels change the way they view themselves and alter the course of their lives.

Most Likely to Succeed will focus on characters Kaye and Sawyer.
  - August 2015

Where Rivers Part by Kellie Coates Gilbert

Following in her estranged father's footsteps, Dr. Juliet Ryan has devoted her scientific acumen to corporate America, providing safe drinking water for millions--and affording her plenty of perks along the way. Then, without warning, a fast-moving disaster sweeps Juliet into a whirlpool of corporate scandal and puts lives at risk. As she scrambles to find answers, Juliet must face her deepest wounds and join forces with her father to expose a far-reaching conspiracy. Underneath it all, she struggles to forgive those who betrayed her trust--not least of all her own father.

Kellie Coates Gilbert's emotionally complex and gripping novel fearlessly explores the seduction of success, the fear of giving up control, and the redemptive power of learning to forgive those who have hurt us most. Like a mighty river with twists and turns and hidden rocks, this story will sweep readers relentlessly along until the satisfying conclusion. - February 2015
A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

Cloud Atlas meets Orphan Black in this epic, dimension-bending trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray about a girl who must chase her father's killer through multiple dimensions. A Thousand Pieces of You explores an amazingly intricate multiverse where fate is unavoidable, the truth elusive, and love the greatest mystery of all.

Marguerite Caine's physicist parents are known for their groundbreaking achievements. Their most astonishing invention, called the Firebird, allows users to jump into multiple universes—and promises to revolutionize science forever. But then Marguerite's father is murdered, and the killer—her parents' handsome, enigmatic assistant, Paul— escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite refuses to let the man who destroyed her family go free. So she races after Paul through different universes, always leaping into another version of herself. But she also meets alternate versions of the people she knows—including Paul, whose life entangles with hers in increasingly familiar ways. Before long she begins to question Paul's guilt—as well as her own heart. And soon she discovers the truth behind her father's death is far more sinister than she expected. - November 2014

Spy of Richmond by Jocelyn Green

Richmond, Virginia, 1863. Compelled to atone for the sins of her slaveholding father, Union loyalist Sophie Kent risks everything to help end the war from within the Confederate capital and abolish slavery forever. But she can't do it alone.

Former slave Bella Jamison sacrifices her freedom to come to Richmond, where her Union soldier husband is imprisoned, and her twin sister still lives in bondage in Sophie's home. Though it may cost them their lives, they work with Sophie to betray Rebel authorities. Harrison Caldwell, a Northern freelance journalist who escorts Bella to Richmond, infiltrates the War Department as a clerk-but is conscripted to defend the city's fortifications.

As Sophie's spy network grows, she walks a tightrope of deception, using her father's position as newspaper editor and a suitor's position in the ordnance bureau for the advantage of the Union. One misstep could land her in prison, or worse. Suspicion hounds her until she barely even trusts herself. When her espionage endangers the people she loves, she makes a life-and-death gamble.
Will she follow her convictions even though it costs her everything-and everyone-she holds dear? - March 2015

Home of our Hearts by Robin Jones Gunn

Christy and Todd are looking forward to being part of two important weddings. Christy would never think of missing Katie’s big day, even though she’s getting married in Kenya. Todd has been waiting his whole life to stand up as the best man for his dad’s wedding. How will these two grand events fit into their lives and what will Todd say when Christy tells him the doctor’s diagnosis the day before they leave for Africa? Will they finally settle in and start a home? - November 2014

Hidden Agenda by Lisa Harris

Michael Hunt is alive--and on the run. Presumed dead by friends and family, the undercover assignment he's been working for the past eight months has just been blown. With a hit out on his life and corruption inside the Atlanta police department, Michael finds himself hunted by both the cartel and the law. His only hope is the daughter of the man who wants him dead.

This nonstop chase from taut suspense writer Lisa Harris will leave readers breathless as they race to connect the dots before it's too late. - February 2015

How to Catch a Prince by Rachel Hauck

Prince Stephen came to America to escape responsibility. But what he found complicates his life more than ever.

Corina Del Rey is happy with her life in Melbourne, Florida. She spends her days engrossed in her career as a journalist and has her sights set on climbing the corporate ladder—if for no other reason, to distract herself from her dissolving family. But when she is confronted with the past she fought so hard to put behind her, she struggles to make sense of her future.

Prince Stephen of Brighton Kingdom has moved on since the tragic death of his buddies in Afghanistan. A star professional rugby player, he has no intention of looking over his shoulder at what could’ve been.

But when a notice arrives in the mail requiring his and his wife’s appearance before the courts to dissolve their marriage, he must deal with the questions rumbling around in his heart. He thought his marriage had been annulled long ago, but his memories of Corina Del Rey remain close. Does he still love her? Can he even find her? Above all, can he tell her the truth about that fateful night in Afghanistan seven years ago? If he does, he might really lose her forever. - February 2015

Ensnared by A.G. Howard

After surviving a disastrous battle at prom, Alyssa has embraced her madness and gained perspective. She’s determined to rescue her two worlds and the people and netherlings she loves. Even if it means challenging Queen Red to a final battle of wills and wiles . . . and even if the only way to Wonderland, now that the rabbit hole is closed, is through the looking-glass world—a parallel dimension filled with mutated and violent netherling outcasts.
In the final installment of the wildly popular Splintered trilogy, Alyssa and her dad journey into the heart of magic and mayhem in search of her mom and to set right all that’s gone wrong. Together with Jeb and Morpheus, they must salvage Wonderland from the decay and destruction that has ensnared it. But if they succeed and come out alive, can everyone truly have their happily ever after? - January 2015

Esther, Royal Beauty by Angela Hunt

An ambitious tyrant threatens genocide against the Jews in ancient Persia, so an inexperienced beautiful young queen must take a stand for her people.

When Xerxes, king of Persia, issues a call for beautiful young women, Hadassah, a Jewish orphan living in Susa, is forcibly taken to the palace of the pagan ruler. After months of preparation, the girl known to the Persians as Esther wins the king's heart and a queen's crown. But because her situation is uncertain, she keeps her ethnic identity a secret until she learns that an evil and ambitious man has won the king's permission to exterminate all Jews--young and old, powerful and helpless. Purposely violating an ancient Persian law, she risks her life in order to save her people...and bind her husband's heart.

Esther marks bestselling author Angela Hunt's return to biblical fiction. In each novel she explores an example of a Hebrew Old Testament tob woman: a woman whose physical beauty influences those around her--and can change the course of history. - January 2015
Teardrop by Lauren Kate
Everywhere Eureka goes he is there: Ander, a mysterious blond boy who tells her she’s in danger. Ander knows things about Eureka she doesn’t yet know herself, but not her darkest secret: ever since her mother drowned in a freak accident, Eureka wishes she were dead, too. She has little left that she cares about, just her friend, Brooks, and some heirlooms—a locket, a letter, a mysterious stone, and an ancient book about a girl who got her heart broken and cried an entire continent into the sea.

The haunting tale is more than a story. It’s real.

And Eureka’s life has far more evil undercurrents than she ever could have imagined. - October 2014 (paperback printing)  

New vs. Old
Waterfall by Lauren Kate
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fallen books comes WATERFALL, a novel about love, betrayal, and epic consequences—a world-altering tale told by a girl whose tears have the power to raise the lost continent of Atlantis. This second novel in the Teardrop series is intensely romantic, with strong, hot main characters caught up in a thrilling fantastical love triangle. For readers who love Lauren Kate and the worlds of Alyson Noël, P. C. Cast, Maggie Stiefvater, and Veronica Rossi.

Eureka’s tears have flooded the earth, and now Atlantis is rising, bringing with it its evil king, Atlas. Eureka is the only one who can stop him, but first she must learn how to fight. She travels across the ocean with Cat, her family, and Ander, the gorgeous and mysterious Seedbearer who promises to help her find Solon, an enigmatic lost Seedbearer who knows how to defeat Atlas.

Once on land, Eureka is taunted by gossipwitches, a group of displaced Atlantean sorceresses, and ambushed by locals struggling to survive amid the destruction her tears have wrought. And she feels no closer to facing Atlas or saving the world when Solon lets slip that love is Ander’s weakness, and that any affection he feels toward her makes him age faster.

Trying to make sense of the dark world her sorrow has created, Eureka receives startling insight from an enchanted pond. Her bewildering reflection reveals a soul-crushing secret: if she’s strong enough, Eureka can draw on this knowledge to defeat Atlas—unless her broken heart is just what he needs to fuel his rising kingdom. . . .

In Waterfall, Eureka has the chance to save the world. But she’ll have to give up everything—even love. - October 2014
This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Jubilee Chase and Flynn Cormac should never have met.

Lee is captain of the forces sent to Avon to crush the terraformed planet's rebellious colonists, but she has her own reasons for hating the insurgents.

Rebellion is in Flynn's blood. His sister died in the original uprising against the powerful corporate conglomerate that rules Avon with an iron fist. These corporations make their fortune by terraforming uninhabitable planets across the universe and recruiting colonists to make the planets livable, with the promise of a better life for their children. But they never fulfilled their promise on Avon, and decades later, Flynn is leading the rebellion.

Desperate for any advantage against the military occupying his home, Flynn does the only thing that makes sense when he and Lee cross paths: he returns to base with her as prisoner. But as his fellow rebels prepare to execute this tough-talking girl with nerves of steel, Flynn makes another choice that will change him forever. He and Lee escape base together, caught between two sides in a senseless war. - December 2014

Pretty Wanted by Elsa Ludwig

Willa’s string of good-hearted but ill-conceived thefts at her former high school catapulted her into a life she hardly knows. She became a cult hero, but soon afterward, her mom disappeared, leaving only a cryptic message. When Willa hit the California highway to find her, she discovered a dark family secret: Joanne Fox is not who she says she is-and neither is Willa. Now, Willa and fellow trouble-maker Aidan must race to St. Louis, Missouri, Willa’s birthplace. There, they hope to find answers about Willa’s past. But uncovering the truth requires solving a decades-old murder case.

Unfortunately, the perps are still out there . . . and willing to do whatever it takes to keep the case cold. With Willa’s face on the nightly news and the police hot on her trail, it might not matter that Aidan and her friend Tre are there to help. Willa’s only hope is to find the truth before it finds her first. - March 2015

The Orphan Queen by Jodie Meadows

Wilhelmina has a hundred identities.

She is a princess. When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne.

She is a spy. Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate Skyvale Palace to study their foes. They assume the identities of nobles from a wraith-fallen kingdom, but enemies fill the palace, and Melanie’s behavior grows suspicious. With Osprey missions becoming increasingly dangerous and their leader more unstable, Wil can’t trust anyone.

She is a threat. Wraith is the toxic by-product of magic, and for a century using magic has been forbidden. Still the wraith pours across the continent, reshaping the land and animals into fresh horrors. Soon it will reach the Indigo Kingdom. Wilhelmina’s magic might be the key to stopping the wraith, but if the vigilante Black Knife discovers Wil’s magic, she will vanish like all the others

Jodi Meadows introduces a vivid new fantasy full of intrigue, romance, dangerous magic, and one girl’s battle to reclaim her place in the world. - March 2015

Everything that Makes You by Moriah McStay

Fiona Doyle’s life has been defined by a large scar on her face from a childhood accident, but how would her life be different if the accident never happened? Well, meet Fi Doyle, the top rated female high school lacrosse player until one dumb move screws up how she’s defined herself. In this daring debut inspired by her own experience, Moriah McStay gives us the rare opportunity to ask “what if” in a Sliding Doors style novel with two stories for one girl. - March 2015

Deadly Echoes by Nancy Mehl

After years of upheaval, Sarah Miller's life is finally settled with all echoes of the past stilled and silent at last. She spends her time teaching the children of Sanctuary, a town she is happy to call home.

When the sister Sarah hasn't seen in years reappears, it stirs up hard memories of the past and their parents' murder. Even so, Sarah's joy at being reunited with Hannah and meeting the niece she didn't know she had is too soon interrupted when Deputy Sheriff Paul Gleason informs Sarah her sister has been killed.

As Sarah learns more about Hannah's death, the circumstances seem eerily similar to her parents' death. She enlists Paul's help in digging deeper into these murders the police are dismissing as burglaries gone wrong. Paul's concern encourages Sarah's growing feelings for him, but as their investigation peels back the layers of lies almost twenty years old, they get close to uncovering the truth one man will do anything to hide--even if he must do away with the last remaining members of the Miller family. - February 2015

Like a Flower by Siri Mitchell

For years Charlotte Withersby has worked as an assistant to her father, an eminent English botanist. As she approaches the old age of twenty-four, her father pushes her out into society, swayed by an uncle who believes God's only two roles for women are marriage and motherhood. When one of the Withersbys' colonial correspondents, Edward Trimble, returns to England, he's drafted as the new assistant so Charlotte is free to marry. This suits Edward's plans quite well, since the last thing he wants to do is reunite with the family he is ashamed to call his own.

Though Edward proves himself vexingly capable on the job, Charlotte won't surrender the job without a fight, and schemes with her best friend to regain her position. Perhaps if a proposal seems imminent, Charlotte's father will see his error and ask her to return. Charlotte tries to make headway in her town's social life, but reveals herself to be unaware of all the intricacies of polite society. Though Edward pitches in, tutoring her in society's expectations, she just seems to make things worse. And the more she comes to know of her father's assistant, the more trouble she has imagining life without him. Caught in a trap of her own making and seeing the hopelessness of her prospects, will Charlotte get to keep her work or will she have to cede her heart? - January 2015

Where Trust Lies by Janette Oke

Beth Thatcher returns home from her first year as a schoolteacher in the mining town of Coal Valley and steps into a whole different world. Her life back among her wealthy Eastern family is a stark contrast to her primitive life in the West, and Beth isn't sure where she belongs anymore.

She barely has time to settle in before her mother announces plans for a family holiday--a luxurious steamship tour along the eastern coast of Canada and the U.S. Wishing to reconnect with her mother and sister, Beth agrees to go but quickly finds herself at odds with her mother's expectations. After enjoying complete freedom in the western wilds, Beth isn't sure what to make of her mother's ongoing efforts to direct her life--and her heart.

Beth keeps in touch with her Mountie beau, Jarrick, even as young men more of her station catch her eye. Is she ready to fully give her heart to Jarrick, knowing it will mean saying good-bye to her family and her life of privilege once again? And when Beth trusts the wrong person, will Jarrick be able to help her despite the distance between them? - February 2015

Steadfast Heart by Tracie Peterson

Lenore Fulcher isn't pretentious despite her spoiled upbringing. Her deepest desire at the age of twenty is to find true love. However, her father believes she's wasted enough time searching for a suitable husband, and he wants to marry her off to one of his business partners--thirty-seven-year-old James Rybus. But the idea of marriage to a man so much older is out of the question for Lenore.

Kolbein Booth, a lawyer from Chicago, arrives in Seattle looking for his headstrong sister who he believes may have answered an advertisement for mail-order brides. Sick with worry, he storms the Madison Bridal School, demanding to see his sister, only to learn she isn't there. But Lenore Fulcher is, and something about her captures his attention.

Is this the man Lenore has been searching for? She may not have long to find out... - January 2015

Sabotaged by Dani Pettrey

Growing up, goody-two-shoes Kirra Jacobs and troublemaker Reef McKenna were always at odds. Now paired together on Yancey's search-and-rescue canine unit, they begin to put aside old arguments as they come to see each other in a different light. Then a call comes in from the Iditarod that will push them to their limits.

Kirra's uncle, a musher in the race, has disappeared. Kirra and Reef quickly track the man, but what they discover is harrowing. Frank's daughter has been kidnapped. In order to save her, the man must use his knowledge as a mechanical engineer to do the kidnapper's bidding or she will die. Kirra and Reef, along with the entire McKenna family, are thrown into a race to stop a shadowy villain who is not only threatening a girl's life, but appears willing to unleash one of the largest disasters Alaska has ever seen. - February 2015

A Cold Legacy by Megan Shepard

After killing the men who tried to steal her father’s research, Juliet—along with Montgomery, Lucy, Balthazar, and a deathly ill Edward—has escaped to a remote estate on the Scottish moors. Owned by the enigmatic Elizabeth von Stein, the mansion is full of mysteries and unexplained oddities: dead bodies in the basement, secret passages, and fortune-tellers who seem to know Juliet’s secrets. Though it appears to be a safe haven, Juliet fears new dangers may be present within the manor’s own walls.

Then Juliet uncovers the truth about the manor’s long history of scientific experimentation—and her own intended role in it—forcing her to determine where the line falls between right and wrong, life and death, magic and science, and promises and secrets. And she must decide if she’ll follow her father’s dark footsteps or her mother’s tragic ones, or whether she’ll make her own.

With inspiration from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, this breathless conclusion to the Madman’s Daughter trilogy is about the things we’ll sacrifice to save those we love—even our own humanity - January 2015

Dauntless by Dina Sleiman

YA Debut Combines History and Legend, Romance and Medieval Adventure

Though once a baron's daughter, Lady Merry Ellison is willing to go to any lengths to protect the orphaned children of her former village. Dubbed "The Ghosts of Farthingale Forest," her band of followers soon become enemies of the throne when they hijack ill-gotten gold meant for the king.

Timothy Grey, ninth child of the Baron of Greyham, longs to perform some feat so legendary that he will rise from obscurity and earn a title of his own. When the Ghosts of Farthingale Forest are spotted in Wyndeshire, where he serves as assistant to the local earl, he might have found his chance. But when he comes face-to-face with the leader of the thieves, will he choose fame or love? - March 2015

From the Start by Melissa Tagg

Kate Walker used to believe in true love and happily-ever-after before a short-lived engagement left her brokenhearted. At least her disillusionment with romance hasn't kept her from churning out made-for-TV screenplays and fluffy novels. That is, until a major career slump sends her running home to her father and the town of Maple Valley. Her plan to help her dad write his memoir while she figures out where to go next takes a surprising turn when she finds new inspiration in the most unexpected person.

After an injury permanently sidelines NFL player Colton Greene, he is temporarily hiding out in a friend's small town to avoid the media and reminders of the betrayal that led to his career's end. Maple Valley is conveniently also the perfect place to prove to his former girlfriend that he's ready to settle down and lead a normal life. The only trouble is that he's never really done normal before and has no idea where to start.

Fast friends, Kate and Colton both get what it's like to need new direction in life. But while Kate plays things safe, Colton is all about big risks and grand gestures. Neither of them has any intention of giving up on their goals...unless being forced to start over could be their chance at a life--and love--that tops all of their dreams. - April 2015

Remember the Lilies by Liz Tolsma

Irene has grown up in the jungle as a missionary with her Aunt Anita, but now she and countless others are imprisoned by Japanese soldiers at the Santo Tomas Internment Camp in the Philippines. Irene and her aunt are safe there, and she keeps busy with her duty of delivering censored messages to the camp’s prisoners, but like everyone else, she prays for the war to end and for her freedom.
Rand is a wealthy, womanizing American, whose attempted escape from the internment camp has put himself and others in danger. When Rand and Irene’s Aunt Anita meet one another in the hospital, Irene learns more of his story and her heart is determined to save his family.

But the danger outside the walls of the hospital worsens every day, and life in this exotic place is anything but luxurious. Can Irene find Rand’s family before they disappear forever? And can a humble missionary woman and an arrogant man find common ground in the face of their biggest fears? - February 2015

After a Fashion by Jen Turano

After years of working in a millinery shop, Miss Harriet Peabody dreams of the day when she'll open up her own shop and sell re-fashioned gowns to independent working women like herself. When a delivery errand goes sadly awry, her job--and her chance at saving enough for her shop--is at stake all due to a rather unfortunate misunderstanding with a customer.

Mr. Oliver Addleshaw enjoys a certain position in society, but his real aim is to follow in the footsteps of men like Cornelius Vanderbilt. On the verge of his biggest business deal yet, he learns his potential partner prefers to deal with men who are settled down and respectably married. As matters stand, Oliver's ex not-quite-fiance recently became unhinged and lost a poor shop girl her job. Oliver feels bad for the hapless Harriet and, hoping to kill two birds with one stone, asks for her help in making a good impression in his business deal.

Harriet dives into the circles of high society head first, only to find that her love of fashion can't make her fashionable. She'll never truly fit into Oliver's world, but just as she's ready to call off the fake engagement, fancy dinners, and elegant balls, a threat from her past forces both Oliver and Harriet to discover that love can come in the most surprising packages. - March 2015

...and there is the awesome line-up for (some) of the upcoming 2015 fiction titles.
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