Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Vault Released!


Dear Book Lover,
  
It has been an intense moth of work. While the writing of The Vault Between Spaces has been done for months now, it does little good to write a book if no one reads it! So the past few weeks have been filled with promotional and marketing work, all done in hopes of letting a few readers like you know that the book exists and you might enjoy reading it.

So February 11 marked the official release of The Vault Between Spaces. Pre-ordered books were mailed out, e-books arrived, and I could celebrate—doubly so, since February 11 is also my birthday. For an author, can there be any better gift?

 Meanwhile, all that marketing preparation is kicking in.

The American Christian Fiction Writers, a professional writing organization I belong to, posted an interview.  Lorehaven, a magazine for fans of Christian science-fiction and fantasy, posted an article I wrote about finding God in fantasy. A podcast interview I recorded with Hope Prose aired the 23rd. 

More than that, Vault is taking a grand tour of the internet, starting now with five days on Instagram, hosted by @JustReadTours (February 25-29). Then on February 28th, it’s move onto a two-week blog tour with Celebrate Lit. Both tours feature giveaways, so make sure to check them out. 


But now it’s time to return to my cave. I have another book to write!

Dreaming bigger, growing deeper,
Chawna

Thursday, February 20, 2020

For the Love of Books


Dear Book Lover:

Why do we love books so much?
            It sounds like a “duh” question, doesn’t it? After all, what is there not to love about books? Yet there are many people out there who don’t like reading, much less love it, who look at you and me as if we’re a two-headed monster.
            Of course, when we meet someone like that, it’s easy to launch into a lesson about all the benefits of reading, especially fiction: how it activates different parts of the brain, how it increases knowledge, how it improves empathy, how it boosts intelligence…Yada, yada, yada.
            But that doesn’t really get to the core, to the real reason we love books. There are many things which we know are beneficial, but that doesn’t mean we do them. Like exercise. Or obeying the traffic laws. Or doing housework.
            So why do we love books? Why do we choose to read over watching a popular television show or attending a sports event or going to a concert or taking up a hobby? Why do we love books so much?
            I imagine that there are as many answers to that question as there are book lovers in the world. Maybe more, if you are like me and have more than one reason.
            But if I had to pick one, I think the reason I love books—and story in general—boils down to one word: Hope. A good story provides me hope. Hope that good wins in the end, that love will be found, that justice will be served, that wrong will be righted, that my life has significance and suffering has a purpose, that where I live today in the messy, tangled-up middle is not where I will always be. And while I know that I may not see all these things in my lifetime the way many characters do in a book, it reminds me that my story is but one chapter, one scene, one page in God’s story—a story that ends, for all who follow Him, “and they lived happily ever after.”
            And how can you not love something like that?

Dreaming bigger, growing deeper
Chawna Schroeder
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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

New Christian Fiction--February 2020

More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website. Make sure to check out the last book especially! 😉

Contemporary Romance:


Hands of Grace by Brenda S. Anderson -- She's always looked for love in the wrong places. He wants nothing to do with love. (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)

Desert Willow by Patricia Beal -- A stubborn ballerina and a charming young officer are brought together by an old woman's dying wish and last love letter. (Contemporary Romance from Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas)

A Gift to Cherish by Victoria Bylin -- Rafe Donovan, a cop from Cincinnati, is haunted by a recurring nightmare about the drug death of his high school sweetheart. Those nightmares force him to take leave from his job, seek help, and shelter in Refuge, where he pounds nails for his brother’s construction business. Rafe has no desire to stay in Wyoming. His goal is to get back to being a cop in Ohio as soon as possible. But then he meets Daisy Riley . . . When he finds her stranded late at night with a flat tire, he’s impressed by her courage. Daisy is equally impressed by him, but as a former victim of violence, she treasures her safe and secure life in Refuge. Together they navigate the road to love—one that’s complicated by the arrival of Daisy’s troubled best friend, online dating, and the impossible obstacle of 1,600 miles between her home and his. (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)

Her Rocky Mountain Hope by Mindy Obenhaus -- Learning to trust can be the greatest adventure. She’s always played it safe…Can he reach her guarded heart? Ready to open his camp for young cancer patients, Daniel Stephens must impress foundation overseer Blythe McDonald to ensure she approves funding for next year. But the cautious former cancer patient was once let down by a similar program, and she’ll leave no stone unturned in her evaluation. Can he convince her his camp is worthy of the money…and that he’s worthy of her love? (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

The Story of Us by Teri Wilson -- When a bookstore owner and an architect go head to head over a new development that threatens her store, they find a box of love letters from the past that may hold the key to their future. (Contemporary Romance from Hallmark Publishing)


General Split Time:


The Tea Chest by Heidi Chiavaroli -- Boston, 1773... Emma Malcolm’s father is staunchly loyal to the crown, but Emma’s heart belongs to Noah Winslow, a lowly printer’s assistant and Patriot. Her father has promised her hand to Samuel Clarke, a rapacious and sadistic man. As his fiancĂ©e, she would have to give up Noah and the friends who have become like family to her?as well as the beliefs she has come to embrace. After Emma is drawn into the treasonous Boston Tea Party, Samuel blackmails her with evidence that condemns each participant, including Noah. Emma realizes she must do whatever it takes to protect those she loves, even if it means giving up the life she desires and becoming Samuel’s wife. Present Day... Lieutenant Hayley Ashworth is determined to be the first woman inducted into the elite Navy SEALs. But before her dream can be realized, she must return to Boston in order to put the abuse and neglect of her childhood behind her. When an unexpected encounter with the man she once loved leads to the discovery of a tea chest and the document hidden within, she wonders if perhaps true strength and freedom are buried deeper than she first realized. Two women, separated by centuries, must find the strength to fight for love and freedom. . . and discover a heritage of courage and faith. (General Contemporary from Tyndale House)

Historical:


Heavenly Lights by Barbara M. Britton -- God gave Noah bat Zelophehad four sisters, a way with four-legged creatures, and a strong spirit. She will need all three gifts to thrive in the Promised Land of God and find love with a special shepherd. (Historical from Harbourlight Books [Pelican])


Historical Romance:


Waltz in the Wilderness by Kathleen Denly -- Eliza Brooks is haunted by her role in her mother's death, so she'll do anything to find her missing pa—even if it means sneaking aboard a southbound ship. When those meant to protect her abandon and betray her instead, a family friend's unexpected assistance is a blessing she can't refuse. Daniel Clarke came to California to make his fortune, and a stable job as a San Francisco carpenter has earned him more than most have scraped from the local goldfields. But it's been four years since he left Massachusetts and his fiancĂ© is impatient for his return. Bound for home at last, Daniel Clarke finds his heart and plans challenged by a tenacious young woman with haunted eyes. Though every word he utters seems to offend her, he is determined to see her safely returned to her father. Even if that means risking his fragile engagement. When disaster befalls them in the remote wilderness of the Southern California mountains, true feelings are revealed, and both must face heart-rending decisions. But how to decide when every choice before them leads to someone getting hurt? (Historical Romance from Wild Heart Books)

The Brightest of Dreams by Susan Anne Mason -- Quinten Aspinall is determined to fulfill the promise he made to his dying father and keep his family together. To do so, he travels to Canada to find his younger siblings, who were sent there as indentured workers when Quinn was away at war. While overseas, he agrees to look for his employer’s niece who ran off with a Canadian soldier. If Quinn can bring Julia back, he will receive his own tenant farm, allowing him to give his ailing mother and his siblings a true home at last. Julia Holloway’s decision to come to Toronto has met with nothing but disaster. When her uncle’s employee rescues her from a bad situation, she fears she can never repay Quinn’s kindness. So when he asks for her help to find his sister, she agrees. The quest draws the two of them together, but soon afterward, Julia receives devastating news that will change her life forever. Torn between reuniting his family and protecting Julia, will Quinn have to sacrifice his own happiness to finally keep his promise? (Historical Romance from Bethany House [Baker])

Three Little Things by Patti Stockdale -- Hattie Waltz should forget the troubled neighbor leaving for boot camp in 1917. He forgot about her ages ago. It had always been the Waltzs verses the Kregers, his family pitted against hers. When she hands him a farewell gift, a chemistry lesson unfolds. The good kind. Arno Kreger can't leave Iowa or his old man fast enough. He's eager to prove his worth on the battlefield and stop blaming himself for his brother's death. Before entering the train, he bumps into Hattie. He's loved her forever, always from the sidelines, because nobody crosses Hattie's pa. One innocent letter soon morphs into many. Arno and Hattie share three little secrets in each letter and grow closer together. But he's on his way to war across the ocean, and she's still in her father's house. Their newfound love will need to survive dangers on both fronts. (Historical Romance from Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas)

The Land Beneath Us by Sarah Sundin -- With his future stolen by his brothers’ betrayal, Private Clay Paxton trains hard with the US Army Rangers, determined to do his best in the upcoming Allied invasion of France. Leah Jones works as a librarian at the army base, hoping to find her lost sisters. A marriage of convenience binds them together, but will D-day—and a foreboding dream—tear them apart? (Historical Romance from Revell – A Division of Baker Publishing Group)

Taming Julia by Jodie Wolfe -- A gun-toting, breeches-wearing wife wasn't what the minister ordered. In 1875, Kansas bachelor Drew Montgomery's sole desire is to serve God, but his congregation's ultimatum that he marry or leave, forces him to advertise for a wife by proxy. Jules Walker strides into Drew's life wearing breeches and toting a gun and saddle--more cowboy than bride. After years on the trail, she's not exactly wife material, but she longs for home and family, and will do anything to ensure Drew never discovers what she really is. (Historical Romance from White Rose Publishing [Pelican])


Mystery:


Under Cover by Linda Shenton Matchett -- In the year since arriving in London, journalist Ruth Brown has put a face on the war for her readers at home in the U.S. Thus far, juggling her career and her relationship with Detective Inspector Trevor Gelson hasn't proven too challenging. The war gets personal for Ruth when her friend Amelia is murdered, and Trevor is assigned to the case. Life gets even more unsettling when clues indicate her best friend, Varis, is passing secrets to the enemy. Convinced Varis is innocent, Ruth must find the real traitor as the clock ticks down toward Operation Husky-the Allied invasion of Sicily. Circumstantial evidence leads Trevor to suspect her of having a part in Amelia's death, and Ruth must choose between her heart and her duty. (Historical Mystery from Shortwave Press)


Romantic Suspense:


Legacy Reclaimed by Robin Patchen -- She’ll risk anything to save the company her parents built. When someone makes threats on her life, he’ll risk anything to save her. But that someone will stop at nothing to make sure they both fail. (Romantic Suspense, Independently Published)


Speculative:


Cry of the Raven by Morgan L. Busse -- Lady Selene Ravenwood has come into her full power as a dreamwalker just as the war with the Dominia Empire begins. Working with the other Great Houses, Selene and Damien use their gifts to secure the borders and save those devastated by the war. But conflict, betrayal, and hatred begin to spread between the Great Houses, destroying their unity as the empire burns a path across their lands. At the same time, Damien Maris starts to lose his ability to raise the waters, leaving the lands vulnerable to the empire's attacks. The only one who can unite the houses and restore her husband's power is Selene Ravenwood. But it will require that she open her heart to those who have hurt her and let go of her past, despite the one who hunts her and will do anything to stop her power. Will Selene survive? Or is she destined to fall like the dreamwalkers before her? (Fantasy from Bethany House [Baker])


Young Adult:


Follow the Dawn by Rachelle Rea Cobb -- Anna Emory grew up the invisible, shy younger sister, and she prefers it that way. But when her father attempts to arrange an unsavory marriage, Anna learns that courage is sometimes found in adversity. Then she meets a boy and his father struggling in their relationship, and they tip her quiet world upside down. Captain Mathieu Tudder has run from responsibility, entrusting his young son’s care to another and devoting his Sea Beggar ship to the Dutch Revolution. After that cause fails, Tudder returns to England for the son he left behind. But his son seems to have given his heart to a unknown and quiet lady—a woman who reminds him of all he’s ever loved and lost. Will these two hearts—the battle-scarred and the broken—ever find true freedom? (Young Adult Historical from Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas)

The Vault Between Spaces by Chawna Schroeder -- Every legend must start somewhere... No prisoner who enters the gates of HopeWell ever leaves. But from the moment Oriel sets foot inside Anatroshka's most formidable prison camp, she unsettles both commandant and prisoner alike with eyes that see beyond the surface and music that trails her everywhere. Petite and delicate though she appears, Oriel bows before neither threat nor punishment. Moreover, she makes no attempt to hide her intention: Oriel plans to escape the inescapable HopeWell. But when facades are stripped away and myth becomes clothed in flesh, what begins as a prison break becomes a mission to stop the invasion of evil itself. (Young Adult Fantasy from Enclave Publishing)

Thursday, January 30, 2020

It's Here!!!!

My author copies of my newest book, The Vault Between Spaces, has arrived...


You can order your copy here or an autographed copy here.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

A Year of Reading: 2019


Dear fellow booklover,

Each year we receive 52 weeks to tackle our to-be-read pile. That can sound like a lot of time at first. Then I eye the stacks of unread books on my shelf. Yes, you read that right. Stacks. As in more than one. But surely I’m not the only one with that problem?

Anyway, to some, those mounds (mountains?) of books could seem daunting. I prefer to view it as a…challenge. To see how many books I can enjoy in a year. To see if I can actually cause the mound to shrink.

It turns out that 2019 was a pretty good year for me: 75 books. Not record-setting year by any stretch, but definitely my above average for the past several years. Perhaps more impressive was the variety I managed. At least a couple of books from every major reading level. Genres covered from historical to space opera. And seven—count them, seven!—nonfiction books. Considering I’m usually lucky if I read two, that felt pretty impressive to me.J


Of course, that still didn’t make much of a dent in my mounds of unread books, but hey, I’ll take whatever I can get. And maybe, just maybe, I can do it again this year.

How about you? How did you do on your reading last year?

Dreaming bigger, growing deeper,
Chawna

P.S. Curious about those 75 books I read this past year? Here’s this year’s list, with some of my favorites marked by an asterisk:

Picture Book
Anatole by Eve Titus, ill. by Paul Galdone
Rumpelstiltskin by Paul O. Zelinsky
Kate Shelley and the Midnight Express by Margaret K. Wetterer, ill. By Karen Ritz
Casey at Bat by Ernest Lawrence Thayer, ill. By Christopher Bing
Rapunzel the Hairbrained by Sarah E. Morin, ill. By Taylor Lucas
Humphrey’s First Christmas by Carol Heyer

Beginning Reader
Jem Strikes Gold (Goldtown Beginnings #1) by Susan K. Marlow
Jem’s Frog Fiasco (Goldtown Beginnings #2) by Susan K. Marlow

Middle Grade
The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis
Dragon’s Lair (Matterhorn the Brave #5) by Mike Hamel
Rylan the Renegade (Matterhorn the Brave #6) by Mike Hamel
Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Secret Pitch by Donald J. Sobol
Encyclopedia Brown Finds the Clues by Donal J. Sobol
Cam Jansen: The Mystery of the Stolen Diamonds by David A. Adler
Cam Jansen: The Mystery of the Dinosaur Bones by David A. Adler
Cam Jansen: The Mystery at the Monkey House by David A Adler
Cam Jansen and the Chocolate Fudge Mystery by David A. Adler
Cam Jansen and the Mystery at the Haunted House by David A. Adler
Cam Jansen and the Tennis Trophy Mystery by David A. Adler
The Case of the Christmas Snowman (Jigsaw Jones #2) by James Preller
Magic Kitten: A Christmas Surprise by Sue Bentley
On Your Mark (Byways #1) by C. J. Milbrandt
Magical Melons by Carol Ryrie Brinks
The Borrowers by Mary Norton
From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
Wanted: A Superhero to Save the World (Wanted: Superheroes #1) by Bryan Davis
Tunguska Event (Matterhorn the Brave #7) by Mike Hamel
The Book of Stories (Matterhorn the Brave #8) by Mike Hamel
*Gone-Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright
The Cabin Faced West by Jean Fritz
Hertz to be a Hero (Wanted: Superheroes #2) by Bryan Davis
*The Fire, the Revelation, and the Fall (Epic Order of the Seven) by Jenny L. Cote
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Jotham’s Journey: A Storybook for Advent by Arnold Ytreeide
The Beginning (The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls #1) by M.J. Thomas
Race to the Ark (The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls #2) by M.J. Thomas
The Great Escape (The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls #1) by M.J. Thomas
The Prince Warriors and the Swords of Rhema (Prince Warriors #3) by Priscilla Shirer and Gina Detwiler

Tween
*Swift by R.J. Anderson
*Nomad by R.J. Anderson
*Torch by R.J. Anderson

Teen
Project Gemini (Mission League #2) by Jill Williamson
Ambushed (Mission League #2.5) by Jill Williamson
Broken Trust (Mission League #3) by Jill Williamson
The Eighth Ransom by Given Hoffman
*Profile Match (Mission League #4) by Jill Williamson
The Silent Songbird by Melanie Dickerson

Young Adult
Scarlet Moon (Children of the Blood Moon #1) by S. D. Grimm
A Loyal Heart by Jody Hedlund
*A Worthy Rebel by Jody Hedlund
*Fawkes by Nadine Brandes
Siren’s Fury (Storm Siren #2) by Mary Weber
Siren’s Song (Storm Siren #3) by Mary Weber

Adult
*The Princess by Lori Wick
*Danger in the Shadows by Dee Henderson
*Edge of Oblivion (The Chronicles of Sarco #1) by Joshua A. Johnston
A Christian’s Carol by Wayne Thomas Batson
The Secret of Pembrooke Park by Julie Klassen
*Mark of the Raven (Ravenwood Saga #1) by Morgan L. Busse
*Flight of the Raven (Ravenwood Saga #2) by Morgan L. Busse
*Into the Void (Chronicles of Sarco #2) by Joshua A. Johnston
*Through Chaos (Chronicles of Sarco #3) by Joshua A. Johnston
The Killing Tide (Coastal Guardians #1) by Dani Pettrey
*The Number of Love (Codebreakers #1) by Roseanna M. White
*The House at the End of the Moor by Michelle Griep
*Forsaken Island (The Dancing Realms #2) by Sharon Hinck
*Windward Shore (The Dancing Realms #3) by Sharon Hinck
The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright

Nonfiction
Resolving Everyday Conflict by Ken Sande & Kevin Johnson
Writing from the Trenches by various contributing novelists
*Saying It Well: Touching Others with Your Words by Charles R. Swindoll
The Musical World of Walt Disney by David Tietyen
What Every Body Is Saying by Joe Navarro
*Creating Magic: 10 Common Sense Leadership Principles by Lee Cockerell
*Preparing to Teach by Hall, Humphrey, Green, Patton & Tyler

Monday, January 13, 2020

New Year Reflections


January 7, 2020
My fellow booklover,

A new year has begun. Do you find that as hard to believe as I do? It seems not all that long ago that I compiled my goals for 2019, and now I face that same challenge for another year. Sometimes I wonder if it’s worth the effort, especially after failing to meet my goals like I did this last year.

Yet that is the wonderful thing about a New Year. It is a chance to step back, take a deep breath, dream a little, reflect a little, and begin again.

Yes, I know. I’ve heard the naysayers too. How nothing really changes between December 31 and January 1. How most resolutions are broken within a week. How it’s just a bunch of psychological gobbledygook.

But is it? Is this changing of the calendar as insignificant as flipping a piece of paper? Or can it mean a little bit more?

Not that you or I won’t fail this coming year. We will. After all, I’m human. So are you. No, the point of a New Year is not to eradicate failure or deny that it will occur, to believe all our troubles are gone and everything will be perfect from now on. Rather, a new year is a gift of God, a chance to remember that His mercies are new, not just each year, but every morning.

And because of that hope, we can turn the page and begin again. Today. Tomorrow. And every day of the year to come.

Dreaming bigger, growing deeper,
Chawna

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

January 2020: New Christian Fiction

More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website.

Contemporary Romance:


A Rancher to Trust by Laurel Blount -- After learning his ex-wife isn’t so ex after all, rebel turned rancher Dan Whitlock is determined to prove he’s a changed man…but Bailey Quinn is just as set on finally ending their marriage. When tragedy makes Dan the guardian of little orphaned twins, he and Bailey are drawn back together. But can she forgive the past and open her heart to the family she’s always wanted? (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired (Harlequin))

Star Rising by Janet W. Ferguson -- Star Youngblood tries to protect her employer, Mrs. Priscilla Kelly, from the woman’s neglectful son, an aspiring flight instructor who has issues with religion, but finds her own heart is at the greatest risk. (Contemporary Romanc, Independently Published)

Promise to Keep by Melony Teague -- Savannah, a widowed research librarian, goes to her twenty year class reunion and gets reacquainted with Michael, a former troublemaker who is now a professional technical rescuer. Before the night is over, a pact between these two old friends will lead them on an adventure into uncharted emotional territory where Michael must confront his past regrets and find the courage to reveal the truth. But can Savannah fly from her sheltered nest and risk her heart on a real-life hero? (Contemporary Romance from Anaiah Press)


General Contemporary:


A Long Time Comin by Robin W. Pearson -- To hear Beatrice Agnew tell it, she entered the world with her mouth tightly shut. Just because she finds out she's dying doesn't mean she can't keep it that way. If any of her children have questions about their daddy and the choices she made after he abandoned them, they'd best take it up with Jesus. There's no room in Granny B's house for regrets or hand-holding. Or so she thinks. Her granddaughter, Evelyn Lester, shows up on Beatrice's doorstep anyway, burdened with her own secret baggage. Determined to help her Granny B mend fences with her far-flung brood, Evelyn turns her grandmother's heart and home inside out. Evelyn's meddling uncovers a tucked-away box of old letters, forcing the two women to wrestle with their past and present pain as they confront the truth Beatrice has worked a lifetime to hide. (General Contemporary from Tyndale House)


Historical Romance:



Freedom in the Mountain Wind by Misty M. Beller -- A young woman faces overwhelming odds to make her father’s dream come true before he dies of lung cancer, but paddling upriver through fierce rapids and fighting hungry grizzlies to follow the Lewis and Clark trail isn’t what terrifies her the most. Beaver Tail endured more than he can stand from the women in his Blackfoot camp, but the last disaster gave him the final shove he needed to join this band of brothers searching for one of their group who’s gone missing. The last thing he expected was to find a white woman and her sick father stranded at the base of a massive waterfall. His plan is to help them carry their oversize canoe and supplies, then leave them to their strange mission. Yet, the more he learns about the pair, the more he realizes his life is about to be derailed—again. (Historical Romance, Independently Published)

Uncharted Promises by Keely Brooke Keith -- Sybil Roberts uses the warmth of delicious meals to lift the spirits of road-weary travelers at The Inn at Falls Creek. Her life at the inn would be perfect if she could just get her brothers and mother to move back home. And if she could see Isaac Owens again. He visited the inn once when he interviewed for the farm manager job, and she’s dreamed of his return to Falls Creek ever since. Isaac Owens knows how to run a farm. His family might not have faith in him, but if he succeeds at Falls Creek, he’ll prove them wrong. He arrives at the inn thinking the job is his, but the inn’s senile owner offered the position to another man too. Isaac must spend the winter competing if he wants to win the job… and Sybil’s heart. It will take more than warm meals on cold nights for Sybil and Isaac to find love while working at the isolated inn. (Historical Romance from Edenbrooke Press)

Forever Hidden by Kimberley Woodhouse, Tracie Peterson -- Sybil Roberts uses the warmth of delicious meals to lift the spirits of road-weary travelers at The Inn at Falls Creek. Her life at the inn would be perfect if she could just get her brothers and mother to move back home. And if she could see Isaac Owens again. He visited the inn once when he interviewed for the farm manager job, and she’s dreamed of his return to Falls Creek ever since. Isaac Owens knows how to run a farm. His family might not have faith in him, but if he succeeds at Falls Creek, he’ll prove them wrong. He arrives at the inn thinking the job is his, but the inn’s senile owner offered the position to another man too. Isaac must spend the winter competing if he wants to win the job… and Sybil’s heart. It will take more than warm meals on cold nights for Sybil and Isaac to find love while working at the isolated inn. (Historical Romance from Bethany House [Baker])

The Gray Chamber by Grace Hitchcock -- On Blackwell Island, New York, a hospital was built to keep its patients from ever leaving. With her late father’s fortune under her uncle’s care until her twenty-fifth birthday in the year 1887, Edyth Foster does not feel pressured to marry or to bow to society’s demands. She freely indulges in eccentric hobbies like fencing and riding her velocipede in her cycling costume about the city for all to see. Finding a loophole in the will, though, her uncle whisks Edyth off to the women’s lunatic asylum just weeks before her birthday. Do any of Edyth’s friends care that she disappeared? At the asylum she meets another inmate, who upon discovering Edyth’s plight, confesses that she is Nellie Bly, an undercover journalist for The World. Will either woman find a way to leave the terrifying island and reclaim her true self? (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)


Romantic Suspense:


Secret Mountain Hideout by Terri Reed -- Staying hidden has kept her alive… But now she’s been found. A remote Colorado mountain town and a fake identity have been Ashley Willis’s safe haven since fleeing after she witnessed a murder—but now the killer has found her trail. Desperate and terrified, she’s prepared to run again…but Deputy Sheriff Chase Fredrick won’t let her. With the lawman by her side, can she face danger head-on…and live long enough to bring a murderer to justice? (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])