Archive for August, 2010

They’re Here At Last!

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

I finally got some copies of my new book, Letters in the Attic. DRG did a wonderful job. This is my first hardcover book, and it’s beautiful. Everything is first class. There’s even a built-in bookmark.

You can find out more about the book on my BOOKS PAGE or on the ANNIE’S ATTIC MYSTERIES website. Their website is the only place these books are available for sale.

You can also read several of my INTERVIEWS about writing this book and other writerly information.

Whisper on the Wind by Maureen Lang

Monday, August 30th, 2010

She risked everything to rescue him.

But what if he doesn’t want to be saved?

Belgium, 1916

The German Imperial Army may have conquered Belgium on its march through Europe, but the small country refuses to be defeated. An underground newspaper surfaces to keep patriotism alive and bring hope and real news of the war to the occupied country. It may be a whisper amongst the shouts of the German army, but it’s a thorn in their side nonetheless—and Edward Kirkland will do anything to keep it in print . . . even risk his life.

Isa Lassone is a Belgium socialite whose family fled Europe at the first rumblings of war. Now, two years later, she sneaks back across enemy lines, determined to rescue Edward—the man she has loved from afar since she was a child.

But will he ever see her as more than the wealthy, silly girl his mother once cared for as a daughter?

When Edward refuses to leave, so does Isa, and soon she is drawn into his dangerous double life. But the Germans are closing in on the paper, and Edward had never planned to put any one else at risk . . . especially the beautiful, smart, yet obstinate young woman who has inconveniently managed to work her way into his life—and into his heart.

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“Whisper on the Wind brings to life a time and place too often forgotten in historical fiction. . . . The suspenseful climax kept me on the edge of my seat!”

— Lynn Austin, best-selling author of Though Waters Roar

“A suspense-filled romance. . . . an exciting page-turner, one that will have readers racing to reach the end so they can discover how it will turn out. I highly recommend Whisper on the Wind.”

— Robin Lee Hatcher, best-selling author of A Vote of Confidence

A note from Maureen:

Whisper on the Wind holds a special place in my heart, because I conceived the idea during a time in my life when I wasn’t actively writing. I knew “someday” when I could devote myself to writing again, this would be the book I’d write. And here it is, years later—a book inspired by the true events surrounding a Belgian newspaper, La Libre Belgique. During the German occupation of Belgium in the First World War, the Germans ordered every legitimate Belgian newspaper to submit to censorship—and so sprang up La Libre Belgique, one of the few voices of opposition to the propaganda the Germans circulated. Their goal was to bring hope to a suppressed nation, and many people lost everything from their freedom to their fortunes, some even their lives to see this paper circulated. With so much material, it was easy to create a romantic tale of adventure and intrigue, so I hope you’ll enjoy the story—knowing the story-behind-the story is full of factual history.

Maureen Lang is the author of several novels, including Pieces of Silver (a Christy finalist), The Oak Leaves (Holt Medallion Award of Merit, finalist in ACFW’s Book of the Year and Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence contests) and Look to the East (Inspirational Reader’s Choice Contest winner and Carol Award finalist). She is also the recipient of RWA’s Golden Heart and ACFW’s Noble Theme Award (now the Genesis). Maureen lives in the Midwest with her family and their much-loved dog, Susie.

Visit Maureen at:

Her website: www.maureenlang.com

Her blog.

On Facebook.

Whisper on the Wind is available at any bookstore, from Tyndale House Publishers or online at:

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

Christian Book Distributors

The Bridge of Peace by Cindy Woodsmall

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

Release Date: Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Headstrong schoolteacher Lena Kauffman finds herself at the center of controversy in her Amish community when a young man in her classroom refuses to submit to her authority. As her friends and family rally around her, especially longtime friend Grey Graber, things go from bad to worse when Grey’s wife, Elsie, becomes an accidental target in trouble meant for Lena. As the present unravels around them, each must find their own way through their private pain in order to find peace and a brighter future.

The Bridge of Peace is the second novel in the Ada’s House series and it returns to Dry Lake, Pennsylvania, and the beloved characters from The Hope of Refuge. The Hope of Refuge—Christy finalist, Inspirational Readers Choice Contest finalist, and a Carol Award finalist.

To read the first chapter of The Bridge of Peace or see a list of places to order it online, go HERE.

Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times best-selling author whose connection with the Amish community has been featured on ABC Nightline and on the front page of The Wall Street Journal. She’s coauthor of an upcoming spring release, Plain Wisdom, which is a nonfiction book of touching and humorous life events written with an Old Order Amish friend.

Another Interview for Letters in the Attic

Saturday, August 14th, 2010

Author and editor Louise M. Gouge has been kind enough to interview me on her blog HERE.

And this interview features a review of the book by Robin Hardy. (Still the greatest picture ever!)

Hey! Why not go ahead and post her comments right here?

In chasing her mischievous cat Boots up to the attic of her late grandmother’s house, Annie Dawson discovers a pack of letters she had exchanged with a childhood friend, Susan. Reading through them, Annie begins to wonder, whatever happened to Susan, anyway?

Annie begins a casual search, but disturbing results prompt her to dig deeper. And when she receives an anonymous warning to let the matter rest, it only turns the search into an obsession. The consequences of her digging spiral out of her control, creating a final face-off that surprised even this jaded mystery reader.

Although this is book #4 of a series (written by authors other than Dodson) I did not feel I had missed a thing in the story. The characters are fully fleshed, especially Annie, who reacts with strength and grace when she realizes that she has made a fatal misstep. Supporting characters, such as Officer Roy, are a delight. And most important (to me, anyway) the plot is well paced, well constructed, and explosive in the end. A 5-star rating.

–Robin Hardy, author of the Annals of Lystra and the Streiker Saga

Woot! Thank you, Robin. Your check is in the mail. 😉

Visit Louise’s blog for another chance to win a free copy of my new book!

A New Interview for Letters in the Attic

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Roseanna White was kind enough to interview me for her blog HERE.

Take a peek!

Leave a comment, and you could win a free copy of Letters in the Attic.

Elliot is Eleven Today!

Monday, August 9th, 2010

Elliot doing what comes naturally.

My big boy Elliot is eleven years old today. I can’t imagine being without him, he’s such a cuddle bear.

Elliot always has an opinion . . .

Hot off the Press for August

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

August’s Hot Off The Press:

Beacon of Love by Darlene Franklin: In Beacon of Love, a man afraid of the sea and the lighthouse keeper’s daughter fight to keep the lights burning during the Great Galeof 1816.

Surrender the Sea by MaryLu Tyndall

The Newcomer and When the Snow Flies by Laurie Alice Eakes

Abigail by Jill Eileen Smith

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

Abigail is the third wife of King David and her journey is one of heartache and shattered dreams, but in the end she grows stronger for what she has endured and her relationship to David takes an interesting turn.

What price must she pay for true love?

Her days marked by turmoil and faded dreams, Abigail has resigned herself to a life with a man she does not love. When her husband Nabal’s foolish pride angers David and his men, she boldly steps forward to save her family—and David, the would-be king, takes notice.

Circumstances offer Abigail a second chance at happiness with the handsome David, and she takes a leap of faith to join his wandering tribe. But her struggles are far from over. How can she share his love with the other women he insists on marrying?

Abigail follows the bestselling Michal and continues Jill Eileen Smith’s rich story of David’s wives.

“With skill honed by years of historical research, made sharper still with a gifted passion for storytelling, Jill Eileen Smith crafts the story of Abigail in a way that takes us deep into the heart of King David and into the heart of a woman determined to follow God’s will, no matter the cost to her—or to the man she loves.”—Tamera Alexander, bestselling author of From a Distance and The Inheritance

“Smith’s writing swept me back to ancient days and brought Abigail and David’s love story vividly to life.”—Deborah Raney, award-winning author of Almost Forever and the Clayburn Novels

“A rich tapestry of an era filled with love and longing that rings true across the centuries.”—Siri Mitchell, author of Love’s Pursuit

Available from Amazon and fine bookstores everywhere.