Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Award Finalists!

Monday, the finalists for the Grace Awards were announced and among them were three of our own!
For best YA (Young Adult) book: Cynthia Toney's 6 DATES TO DISASTER. Here's the short version of the story:
When Wendy's family faces financial hardship, she must find a way to see Mrs. V and Sam again--but will she lose David forever in the process?
For her mom's birthday, Wendy finds an old jewelry box at a flea market--the perfect gift for someone who loves salvaged junk. Inside the box is a cryptic note that appears to have been written recently. Wendy's curiosity leads her on a search with boyfriend David at her side, eager to help. Who wrote the note, and did the intended recipient ever see it?
But Wendy needs more personal and urgent help--the financial kind. Wendy's stepfather has lost his job, and the family's plan to visit Alaska on vacation is headed down the sewer like a hard Louisiana rain. How will Wendy ever see Mrs. V or Sam again?
An opportunity arrives in the form of tutoring Melissa, one of the Sticks, and Wendy's money problems appear to be solved. Until the arrangement takes a turn that gets Wendy into trouble like never before.
In the final months of ninth grade, she might lose everything she counted on for the future.
And for best Action/Adventure book, we have a tie between:

Betty Noyes' IMPERFECT BONDS and Marji Laine's COUNTER POINT. That's going to be a hard choice for some judge! Here are the short versions for these stories:


Some bonds hold strong despite our efforts to break them.
Cassidy Cameron’s life is in a tailspin. Her estranged twin sister hates her. Her family tiptoes around her. She’s lost her driver’s license and any hope of a new job. Worse, the arrogant town deputy who stole her heart wants more than she’s willing to give … or is she the one who wants more from him? And now she’s being threatened by a pair of unsavory ruffians.
Deputy Derek Naughton is stumped and aggravated by a series of malicious pranks around the county. Add in a too-smart German shepherd and a too-sexy troublemaker who also happens to be his best friend’s little sister, and he’s ready to cry uncle.
Derek pulls out his guns instead when Cassie stumbles into a maelstrom of illegal arms deals, illicit drugs, and human trafficking.
This sizzling romantic suspense is chock full of nail-biting,
edge-of-your-seat action.

Someone is determined to finish a murdered hit man's final assignment.
Her father's gone. Her diner's closing. Her car's in the lake. Cat McPherson has nothing left to lose. Except her life. And a madman's bent on taking that away.
Her former boyfriend, Ray Alexander, returns as a hero from his foreign mission, bringing back souvenirs in the form of death-threats. When several attempts are made on Cat’s life, she must find a way to trust Ray, the man who broke her heart.
Keeping Cat safe from a fallen cartel leader might prove impossible for Ray, but after seeing his mission destroyed and several godly people killed, he knows better than to ignore the man’s threats. Cat’s resistance to his protection and the stirring of his long-denied feelings for her complicate his intentions, placing them both in a fight for their lives.
Can she survive when ultimate power wants her dead?

Find all of the finalists at Amazon and information for them at GraceAwardsdotorg.wordpress.com. Winners to be announced May 31. Which would you choose as your favorites?



Tuesday, March 14, 2017

New Release TODAY by Fay Lamb!

Hope, a contemporary romance by author Fay Lamb, takes the reader into the life of a young woman, Hope Astor, who has lost so much. When she believes there is nothing else to lose, Hope discovers she has breast cancer. Without a cent to her name, Hope is ready to give up and accept the inevitable, but her friends have become an eclectic family, and they encourage her to keep going. They also rally around to give her the emotion and financial support necessary to seek the best oncological surgeon in Central Florida. Trouble is, Hope is the reason Dr. Duvall’s sister is dead, and she doesn’t think saving her life is on his list of priorities.

Hope is a story of one woman’s desire to endure illness and to be example of someone who needs to know a greater love than she has to offer him. When Daniel Duvall agrees that his oncological practice will treat Hope’s cancer, Hope must humble herself to accept a kindness she knows Daniel does not want to provide. Through her ordeal, Hope soon learns that the curves in our lives might be a highway to exactly what one needs. As Daniel works with Hope through her treatment, he sees the change in the young, vibrant, and once-racy woman he has always adored but thought he could never forgive. Daniel’s grieving mother would not be happy to know that he’s helped the young woman who took her daughter from their lives, but Daniel is learning that forgiveness is freedom and that freedom opens doors once thought locked forever. When Daniel finds himself falling in love, Hope has a closed door of her own: she could never allow their love to flourish unless they have his parents’ approval.

Lamb says, “I have never had cancer, but I have known people in my life who have gone through the struggles of chemo, surgery, and radiation. Some endured and others lost their lives, but all are heroes to me. While some novels with characters enduring medical illness focus more on the disease than on the plot, Hope is a story with hope at its center and a sweet romance of two people in love separated by the consequences of one’s actions.”

Hope releases March 14, 2017 and is available through Amazon.com and other retailers as are Charisse and Libby, also a part of Fay’s The Ties That Bind series which is set in Central Florida.


About the Author:

Fay and her husband, Marc, reside in Titusville, Florida, where multi-generations of their families have lived. The legacy continues with their two married sons and six grandchildren. Fay also spends much of her time in Western North Carolina where she enjoys writing and watching the ever-changing beauty of the Appalachian Mountains.


Fay Lamb’s emotionally charged stories remind the reader that God is always in the details. Fay has contracted with Write Integrity Press for three series. Stalking Willow, Better than Revenge, and Everybody’s Broken, the first three novels in the Amazing Grace romantic suspense series are currently available for purchase, as are the first three books, Charisse, Libby and now Hope, in her The Ties That Bind contemporary romance series.