February 3rd, 2014
It’s Finally Here!
My newest release, as Julianna Deering, is finally here!
It should be available online and in bookstores very, VERY soon! I’m SO excited!
February 1st, 2014
Rachel, A Novel by Jill Eileen Smith
4 ½ Stars from RT Book Reviews
Can true love overcome a legacy of betrayal?
Rachel wants nothing more than for her older half sister Leah to wed and move out of their household. Leah wishes her father would find a good man who would love her alone. Unbeknownst to either of them, Jacob is making his way to their home, trying to escape a past laced with deceit and find the future God has promised him.
But the past comes back to haunt Jacob when he finds himself on the receiving end of treachery. The man who wanted only one woman ends up with sisters who have never gotten along and now must spend the rest of their lives sharing a husband. In the power struggles that follow, only one woman will triumph . . . or will she?
About the author:
Jill Eileen Smith is the author of the bestselling Wives of King David series, and of Sarai, Rebekah, and Rachel in the Wives of the Patriarchs series. Her research into the lives of biblical women has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times. Jill lives with her family in southeast Michigan.
From RT Book Reviews:
“Smith has crafted an Old Testament love story that’s full of passion with her extensive research into the treatment of women in biblical times. With this, she astounds readers and shows us the family life of a patriarch. Her rendition of Rachel and Jacob will captivate her audience.” Reviewed By: Lindy J. Swanson
“A faithful portrayal of the story of Jacob and his two wives, Rachel will make you feel the agony of two sisters in love with the same man. Smith has the knack of making her fiction feel truly authentic to the world of the Bible.”—Tessa Afshar, award-winning author of Harvest of Gold
In honor of Rachel’s release, February 1 – February 14, 2014, Revell Books in cooperation with Jones House Creative is doing a grand giveaway! Two fabulous prizes await two winners!
The Grand Prize is The Inheritance of Jacob.
Prize includes a stunning lithograph of Jewish artist Moshe Dagon’s work “The Twelve Tribes”, two lovely silver goblets that are still used in Jewish tradition today, a selection of dried fruits of Israel, a delicious box of baklava, and a copy of Rachel.
2nd Prize is Women of Faith and Beauty.
Prize includes all three books in the Wives of the Patriarchs series, a “Sisters by Heart” sculpture, and a Dead Sea Beauty Gift Basket.
(For further details for both prizes and how to enter click here.)
Rachel’s Pinterest Page:
Buy the Book:
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And wherever fine books are sold.
January 22nd, 2014
Death by the Book – Four Stars from Romantic Times
I’m SO excited! Death by the Book will be out in just six weeks!
January 16th, 2014
Bethany House has been sending me proofs for items for my upcoming cozy mystery, Death by the Book.
Here’s the bookmark. Isn’t it great?
If you’d like a free, autographed bookmark, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope (at least 7″ long) to:
P. O. Box 375
Aubrey, Texas 76227
I’d love to hear from you!
Death by the Book is due out on March 1st!
January 13th, 2014
David Suchet’s career as Agatha Christie’s most famous sleuth is at an end.
Find out more at the Inkwell here:
January 4th, 2014
January’s Hot Off The Press
A Young Woman Dreaming of Freedom…
Sophie Davenport feels like a prisoner in her own house. In her twenty–two years, her overprotective parents have taken every possible measure to keep her from anything that might exacerbate her asthma–in other words, just about everything but reading and needlework. Yet Sophie longs for adventure…and for love. She corresponds clandestinely with a would–be suitor, until they meet and her wheezing scares him off. It seems her fragile health just might sentence her to a lifetime of monotonous inactivity.
A Young Man Dreaming of a Family…
Josh Harper is far more bookish than his brawny brothers. The middle child, he enjoys helping at his family’s stagecoach stop in Kansas, where he spends a great deal of time crafting furniture and other items out of wood. But, before long, his book smarts draw him to the nearby city of Windmill, where he begins work as manager of his uncle’s bank. He also looks after his niece and nephew, who spend their weeks in town to attend school. The change of scenery is welcome, but Josh yearns for a family of his own. Too bad eligible females are not plenteous on the prairie.
A Reality That Seems to Stand in the Way…
When Sophie’s aunt, a resident of Windmill, falls ill and requires help, Sophie volunteers. Despite his hesitation, her father finally relents and lets her go, as there is no other option. Her new role brings her into contact with the children boarding at her aunt’s home–and with the handsome uncle of two of them. Is there a larger purpose in her coming to Windmill? Or will Josh Harper reject her, if not for her frail health, then for the rocky nature of their relationship?
December 18th, 2013
The Firefighter’s New Family by Gail Gaymer Martin
The Firefighter’s New Family
The Firefighter’s New Family
Love Inspired, January 2014 release
Book #2 in the Sisters Series
A tornado may have left Ashley Kern injured beneath a fallen tree, but it’s her rescuer who plays havoc with her emotions. Firefighter Devon Murphy is everything the single mom could wish for in a husband: handsome, a doting father and ready to join his family to hers. But how can the pretty war widow make a life once more with a man whose career is full of danger? Devon has fought some pretty big battles in his life, but can he help Ashley conquer her fears and show her the safest place of all is in his arms?
(Book #1 - Her Valentine Hero, Feb. 2013)
4 star RT review: In the second book in the Sisters series, strong characters demonstrate how we should not let fear prevent us from living the life God has planned. Martin is inventive with her offbeat comparison of a family to a puzzle.
Purchase at Amazon: http://amzn.to/1b2UYor
Purchase at Christianbooks: http://bit.ly/1gvTUl9
Bio: Multi-award-winning novelist, Gail Gaymer Martin is the author of Christian contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and women’s fiction with 52 contracted novels and over 3-1/2 million books in print. Her novels have received several national awards, including: the ACFW Carol Award and RT Reviewer’s Choice Award. CBS local news listed Gail as one of the four best writers in the Detroit area. She is the author of Writer Digest’s Writing the Christian Romance and a cofounder of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) where she serves on the Executive Board. Gail is a member of Advanced Speakers and Writers (ASAW) as well as Christian Authors Network (CAN) and is a keynote speaker at churches, civic and business organizations. In her earlier professional career, Gail was a teacher of English, literature and public speaking at the high school and university levels and still enjoys teaching workshop at conferences across the U.S. Gail lives in Michigan with her husband. Her website at www.gailgaymermartin.com.
Gail Gaymer Martin
Visit Gail at: www.gailgaymermartin.com
December 13th, 2013
I’ve been so busy lately, I really haven’t had much time to get into the Christmas spirit. But this group never fails to inspire me.
Check them out here: STRAIGHT NO CHASER
December 5th, 2013
December’s Hot Off The Press
Mia Roper has what she always wanted
Her independence, her career and her home back East. But when a
train wreck strands her in Hillsdale, Michigan, the town she once
called home, Mia begins to wonder if she made the right choice to
leave Hillsdale—and her true love—behind.
Rescuing injured passengers, Professor Ayden Goswell can't believe
his eyes. Could that really be Mia, the woman who once owned his
heart, emerging from the wreckage? Long ago, Mia and Ayden chose
their careers over love. But God, it seems, may have other plans
About the Author
“Eakes has a charming way of making her novels come to life without being over the top,” writes Romantic times of bestselling, award-winning author Laurie Alice Eakes. Since she lay in bed as a child telling herself stories, she has fulfilled her dream of becoming a published author, with nearly twenty books in print . Besides writing, she enjoys giving inspirational talks, long walks, and knitting albeit badly. She lives in Texas with her husband and sundry animals.
Read an interview with Laurie Alice Eakes:
October 3rd, 2013
October’s Hot Off The Press
Everett Cline will never humiliate himself by seeking a mail-order bride. Not again. He’s already been jilted by three mail-order brides and figures a wife just isn’t in his future. However, a well-meaning neighbor hasn’t given up on seeing him settled, so she goes behind his back to bring yet another woman to town for him.
Julia Lockwood has never been anything more than a pretty pawn for her father or a business acquisition for her former fiance. A mail-order marriage in faraway Kansas is a last resort, but she’ll do anything to leave her life in Massachusetts and the heartbreak she’s experienced there.
Although Everett doesn’t see how a beautiful, cultured woman like Julia could be happy sharing his simple life, he could really use a helpmate on his homestead. Determined to prove she’s more than just a pretty face, Julia agrees to a marriage in name only. Faced with the harsh realities of life on the prairie and hesitant to explore the tentative feelings growing between them, can Everett and Julia ever let each other in long enough to fall in love?
Missionary Julia Foster loves working alongside her parents, ministering and caring for young girls in India. But when the family must return to England due to illness, she readily accepts the burden for her parents’ financial support. Taking on a job at Highland Hall as governess, she quickly finds that teaching her four privileged, ill-mannered charges at a grand estate is more challenging than expected, and she isn’t sure what to make of the estate’s preoccupied master, Sir William Ramsey.
Widowed and left to care for his two young children and his deceased cousin Randolph’s two teenage girls, William is consumed with saving the estate from the financial ruin. The last thing he needs is any distraction coming from the kindhearted-yet-determined governess who seems to be quietly transforming his household with her persuasive personality, vibrant prayer life, and strong faith.
While both are tending past wounds and guarding fragile secrets, Julia and William are determined to do what it takes to save their families—common ground that proves fertile for unexpected feelings. But will William choose Julia’s steadfast heart and faith over the wealth and power he needs to secure Highland Hall’s future?
Journey along with American settlers who learn that despite where the trail takes them or how primitive their lodgings may be Christmas is all about the heart. Determined to honor Christ’s birth, these pioneers find a way to make Christmas happen in places like a cave, a tipi, and a dugout. Modern readers will enjoy a peek into life before commercialism took over the sacred day, distracting us from the true blessings of faith, hope, and love. Enjoy nine original novellas of Christmas romance as penned from many of today’s leading Christian authors, including Lauraine Snelling, Margaret Brownley, Kathleen Fuller, and Vickie McDonough