Carol Moncado here – your friendly, neighborhood quarterback.
Why a quarterback today instead of a hostess? Well, sometimes in life, as in football, you have to “call an audible.” What’s that you may ask? Well… it’s when the football team decides on a specific play, but when they’re at the line of scrimmage (that’s when they’re all lined up with their tushies in the air, etc.), the quarterback (he’s the guy who throws the ball) changes his mind. Maybe he looks over at the defense and decides that he just doesn’t like the looks of things for the play they decided on.
So, he starts yelling.
He gets real “audible.”
And changes the plan.
So instead of running plan “blue”, they’ll run plan “pink.” (I doubt many football teams have a plan pink, but go with it ;).)
That’s what I’m doing today. We’d planned a “trivia day”, but as I started putting it together on Friday, it just didn’t feel right. So instead, we’re gonna talk books! As in recent and upcoming releases!! YAY! Gotta love books!
(Oh, I think there may be a football game tomorrow – in between commercials ;))
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So… since the weather outside is still frightful and my fire really is delightful, I’m gonna curl up here in our lodge, read a recent release and start planning my book buying and/or review offerings for the next few months. Grab a meal or munchies over at the InspyCafé. They’ve got a wide variety of foods – everything from super healthy to the best junk food. Whatever you want, they’ve got it.
(We don’t tell many people this, but there’s one of those meal-maker thingies from the Jetsons back there. That’s how there’s such a variety. Shhhhh…)
And it’s all free. And calorie free as well :D.
Without further ado… BOOKS!
These are in no particular order and only the ones our members sent in. They may have other recent releases or more upcoming, but this is a pretty good start ;). If there’s no cover pictured, it’s because there isn’t one yet (or I couldn’t find it anyway; since this is an audible, no time to have everyone send them in). When possible, the book covers link to the Amazon (or other) purchase page.
DEBUTS!!!!! FOUR of our authors have their FIRST books coming out this year!
Ginger Solomon: One Choice, Feb. 4, 2014
Narelle Atkins: Falling for the Farmer, releasing on February 4, 2014.
Jennifer Slattery: Although I’ve been told release dates are always subject to change, my debut is scheduled to release on Oct. 6th of 2014.
Stacy Monson: My debut novel releases June 1, 2014 – One of Me. It’s a story about discovering who we are in God’s eyes, and learning to make that our foundation. Kiera has lived and left the celebrity life. Peter is determined to have his turn in the spotlight. In the glare of publicity, can they hold on to each other and to the One who matters above all else? Or is the allure of wealth and fame too strong to resist?
Katherine Reay: October 7, 2014. Lizzy and Jane
Lorraine Beatty: Protecting the Widow’s Heart from Love Inspired. March 2014. It’s book #3 in the Home to Dover series, set in a small Mississippi town. The hero, a wounded cop, returns to his lakeside cabin to find it occupied by a woman and her young son who completely change his plans for his future.
Elizabeth Maddrey: March 4, 2014! Technically this one will be classed “Women’s Fiction” but it’s got romance/love in it – they’re just already married. Faith Departed
Lisa Jordan: Lakeside Sweethearts will release in June from Love Inspired.
Kimberly Rose Johnson: My most recent book released in November 2013, The Christmas Promise. The next book in the series A Romance Rekindled releases in June 2014.
Valerie Comer: Wild Mint Tea: A Farm Fresh Romance (March 1, 2014) – Food, faith, and farming. What’s not to love?
Cathy Bryant: A Bridge Unbroken (Book 5 in the Miller’s Creek novels); scheduled to release in April
Lynette Sowell: My next book, A Season of Change, releases in May 2014 from Abingdon Press. It’s an “urban Amish” story set in the Amish-Mennonite village of Pinecraft, which is in the city of Sarasota, Florida.
Beth Vogt: Somebody Like You (release date May 13, 2014) is the story of how a young widow’s world is shattered when she meets her late husband’s identical twin–and finds herself caught between honoring her late husband’s memory and falling in love with his reflection. You Made Me Love You (March 25, 2014) is an e-sequel to Wish You Were Here – if anyone wonders what happened with jilted groom, Seth Rayner … well, they’ll find out!
Krista Phillips: My debut novel, Sandwich with a Side of Romance, released September, 2012 with Abingdon Press. I plan to do a novella sequel (most likely self- published) later this year. It will be the first of 3 novellas set in Sandwich, IL.
Deb Kastner: Her Valentine Sheriff, February 2014 from Harlequin Love Inspired
Hallee Bridgeman: Virtues & Valor book 1: February 2014
Merrilee Whren: My latest book, A Place to Call Home, was released in April 2013 in digital and June 2013 in trade paperback.
Kristen Ethridge: I’m releasing a novella series this year and I’m so excited about it. The Holiday Hearts series is sweet romance not inspy. They’re about finding love around the most special days of the year. The first one, New Year’s Eve, is available now!
Amy Matayo: Love Gone Wild–March 1, 2014
Melissa Tagg: My second book, Here to Stay, releases May 2014. Yippee!
Virginia Carmichael (as Mary Jane Hathaway):
June- Paperback of Pride, Prejudice, and Cheese Grits
July- Emma, Mr. Knightley, and Chili-Slaw Dogs
Fall – Persuasion, Captain Wentworth, and Cracklin’ Cornbread
Annalisa Daughety: Matchmaker Weddings released in December 2013. It is a repackage of two books–my A Wedding Date in Hot Springs, along with Kim O’Brien’s A Wedding Blunder in the Black Hills.
Carla Laureano: Five Days in Skye, my contemporary romance, was released by David C. Cook in June 2013. I also have the first two books in a fantasy series coming out this year from NavPress. (Yes, I’ve got genre ADD!) But I’m hoping to be able to announce some new projects in the work soon.
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