I knew that C.S. Lewis and I had more in common than our Christianity when he said, "You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me." Welcome to a celebration of faith, tea, and the written word. I'm always engaged in a book, and whether it's one I'm reading or one of the inspirational historical romances I write, there's always a cup of tea close by. Join me in a cup as we chat about faith, our favorite books and the exciting places our reading and writing adventures take us.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Inky New Releases

My TBR stack is running high these days, and four of the books on my list are by my fellow collaborators over at Inkwell Inspirations. This diverse bunch of stories is proving to be a real treat:

Sadie's Gift by Niki Turner



Colorado Springs, 1921 — Nurse Sadie Hubbard wants to give the children at the preventorium a wonderful Christmas. Heartbroken Nathan Wells hopes to return to Chicago and mourn his brother's death alone. When an accident brings them together, their plans for the holiday collide. Will they find a way to work together in the spirit of Christmas?

Niki's book is the second novella in the 9-book-series, Christmas Traditions. It's available on Amazon for only 99 cents--what a deal for a cozy, sweet read with a holiday flavor.


The Marshal's Pursuit by Gina Welborn



Malia Vaccarelli Needs a Place to Hide 

When her brother is arrested for a gangster's murder, Malia is plunged into danger. Her life in peril, she trusts no one—not even the special U.S. marshal assigned to protect her. But handsome Frank Louden isn't what Malia expects. 

Hiding Malia on his grandparents' Tuxedo Park estate may not be the best idea, but Frank is determined to do anything to protect her…even if he's soon unable to ignore his growing feelings for the beautiful woman. As their romance blossoms, will Malia's criminal connections force her to choose between her family and her heart?

Gina's novel is one of four in the Tuxedo Park series. It's got lots of heart and humor, and this Harlequin Heartsong Presents is available on Amazon in print and e-editions.


Playing by Heart by Anne Mateer


Lula Bowman has finally achieved her dream: a teaching position and a scholarship to continue her college education in mathematics. But then a shocking phone call from her sister, Jewel, changes everything.

With a heavy heart, Lula returns to her Oklahoma hometown to do right by her sister, but the only teaching job available in Dunn is combination music instructor/basketball coach. Lula doesn't even consider those real subjects!

Determined to prove herself, Lula commits to covering the job for the rest of the school year. Reluctantly, she turns to the boys' coach, Chet, to learn the newfangled game of basketball. Chet is handsome and single, but Lula has no plans to fall for a local boy. She's returning to college and her scholarship as soon as she gets Jewel back on her feet.

However, the more time she spends around Jewel's family, the girls' basketball team, music classes, and Chet, the more Lula comes to realize what she's given up in her single-minded pursuit of degree after degree. God is working on her heart, and her future is starting to look a lot different than she'd expected.


Anne is a former Inkwell contributor, and I love her books. This one is a treat, and it's available at your favorite Christian retailer or on Amazon in print and e-editions.

Last Family Standing by Jennifer AlLee


Twenty-five years ago, Monica Stanton gave up a baby girl for adoption. Now, the thing Monica didn’t dare hope for has happened: Jessica has reentered her life… and brought a little drama and competition with her. Jessica is willing to meet her birth mother, but she wants the reunion to air on a reality TV show. Monica would rather chew glass than appear on TV. But she’ll swallow her pride—and a few other unsavory items—if that’s what it takes to reconnect.

As if getting to know her grown daughter while competing on a remote island isn’t hard enough, Monica is further confused when Jessica’s long-lost birthfather shows up, complicating both her relationship with her daughter and the attraction Monica has to the hunky reality show host. The fruit-basket-upset of emotions, accusations, and regrets might make for good TV, but will it destroy the family in the process?

I confess to a bit of bias: I was lucky enough to be one of Jen's critique partners and enjoyed the first chapters when she put together this proposal. I love Jen's plots, and can't wait to get this book when it comes out the 16th! (Here's the link to Amazon's e-edition.)

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