It’s Christmastime in 1890s Meadowhead, and someone is venturing out at night to leave packages at the homes of the needy. Dubbed “The Yuletide Angel,” no one knows the identity of this mysterious benefactor.No one, except Hugh Barnes, a confirmed bachelor who finds himself drawn to the outwardly shy but inwardly bold Violet Madison, a young woman who risks her safety to help others.When Violet confesses her fear of eviction from her childhood home, Hug longs to rescue her. His good intentions are thwarted, however, when Hugh’s estranged brothers shows up in town. . . and in Violet’s company.But Violet faces an even bigger threat. A phantom figure lurks in the shadows, prepared to clip the wings of The Yuletide Angel.
Endorsements & Reviews
What a delightful story! Sandra Ardoin mixes a healthy serving of intriguing characters with a dash of mystery to create a love story that’s as sweet as the cakes her heroine bakes. Pour yourself a cup of hot cocoa, mulled cider or your favorite holiday beverage and treat yourself to The Yuletide Angel. You’ll be glad you did. ~ Amanda Cabot, Author of The Christmas Star Bride
Rarely has a novella captivated me as quickly and as thoroughly as Sandra Ardoin’s The Yuletide Angel. Her characters are endearing and the writing superb. I look forward to more stories from this talented author! ~ Myra Johnson, Award-winning author of When the Clouds Roll By
The Yule Tide Angel is a Christmas tale of love and hope that will warm your heart long after the tinsel is packed away. Well done, Sandra Ardoin! ~ Mary Ellis, Author of The Lady and the Officer
Sandra Ardoin is a multi-published author of short fiction. Having been a fan of westerns since childhood, she finds it only natural to set her stories in the days of the horse and buggy. She and her husband make their home in North Carolina and are the parents of one adult child. The Yuletide Angel is her first novel.
Everybody in the small town of Chapel Springs, Georgia, knows best friends Claire Bennett and Patsy Kowalski. It’s impossible not to, what with Claire’s zany antics and Patsy’s self-appointed mission to keep her friend out of trouble. And trouble abounds.
During an early morning discussion at Dees ‘n’ Doughs bakery with their ladies group, all Chapel Springs entrepreneurs, attention is drawn to the slackened tourist trade. With their livelihoods threatened, they join forces to address the town’s revitalization in hopes of drawing back the tourists. No one could have guessed the real issue needing restoration is their marriages.
Claire, a pottery artist, stumbles through life with her foot in her mouth. When she became a Christian, she thought life and her marriage would be included in the new creation part. But her thighs are just as big and her husband, Joel, is as ornery as ever. She’s become nothing more than a sheet-changer, a towel-folder, a pancake-flipper. Her life is humdrum and she’s tired of being taken for granted.
Patsy has plans for her empty nest, plans that include a cruise ship. However, her husband, Nathan, continues to work long hours, and he’s not talking about slowing down. In fact, he’s not talking much at all. She’s asleep long before he comes home each night. At first she thought it was just because of tax season, but now she’s not so sure. Something other than work seems to keep him late at the office every night. With the lines of communication closed, she’ll have to find another way to reach him.
With their marriages as much in need of restoration as the town, Claire and Patsy embark on a mission of mishaps and miscommunication, determined to restore warmth to Chapel Springs and their lives. That is if they can convince their husbands and the town council, led by two curmudgeons who would prefer to see Chapel Springs left in the fifties and closed to traffic.
Endorsements & Reviews
“With the charm of the Mitford Series, the humor of I Love Lucy, and the heart of Andy Griffith’s Mayberry, Ane Mulligan’s Chapel Springs Revival is sure to be a hit with fans of Debbie Macomber and Jan Karon. Reading Chapel Springs Revival is like coming home to the place you wish you were from, to the friends you know and love.” ~ Gina Holmes, award-winning author of Crossing Oceans & Wings of Glass
” A story full of small-town charm and big-hearted friends. Chapel Springs Revival is Southern Fried Fiction, a taste of a community that will be transformed through the devotion of a group of friends and God’s guidance.” ~ Judy Christie, author of Magnolia Market, writes Fiction with a Louisiana Flavor and loves a good Southern tale.
While a large, floppy straw hat is her favorite, Ane has worn many different ones: hairdresser, legislative affairs director (that’s a fancy name for a lobbyist), drama director, playwright, humor columnist, and novelist. Her lifetime experience provides a plethora of fodder for her Southern-fried fiction (try saying that three times fast). She firmly believes coffee and chocolate are two of the four major food groups. President of the award-winning literary site, Novel Rocket, Ane resides in Suwanee, GA, with her artist husband, her chef son, and two very large dogs.Her debut book, Chapel Springs Revival is a romp through miscommunication in marriage.
Three people are busy with Christmas preparations until a car crash brings them together and changes their lives forever.Jacob Delaney finds solace jogging around curves and along nature trails in the western North Carolina mountains until he’s stuck … with no place to run.Jenny Jameson, unwilling to participate in a Christmas Wish Toy Drive, finds her resolve crumbling when she fears a hungry child will go without Christmas.For Holly Swansen, surviving a near-fatal accident is the least of her concerns. Her life is blanketed by the darkness of scandal that takes from her any hope of a Merry Christmas.
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Endorsements & Reviews
I love Christmas stories, and Yvonne Lehman’s is one of the best. I loved it. ~ Ane Mulligan
This story definitely sounds like it is headed for Hallmark TV…. With the holidays, twists and turns are expected, but these are not your usual ones. Comfort and Joy? You decide. It’s a neat story as we head into the holiday season. ~ B.Heath
A master storyteller, Lehman has woven three completely different stories in a surprising way. Each story has its own poignant message. These stories tugged at my heart and prepared me for the upcoming season. Highly recommended reading for the Christmas season!~ Sandy Hart
Yvonne Lehman, best-selling author of 55 novels with more than 3,000,000 books in print founded and directed the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference for 25 years, is now director of the Blue Ridge “Autumn in the Mountains” Novelist Retreat. She has joined Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas as Acquisitions and Managing Editor of Candlelight Romance and Guiding Light Women’s Fiction. She earned a Master’s Degree in English from Western Carolina University and has taught English and Creative Writing on the college level. Her recent releases include Love Finds You in South Carolina—book #1 and book #2 (Greenbrier) and a novella in Reluctant Brides (Barbour). Her 50th novel is Hearts that Survive – A Novel of the TITANIC (Abingdon), which she signs periodically at the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge TN. Her first non-fiction book is Divine Moments (Grace Publishing – a compilation of 50 articles written by 37 authors). The second in the series is Christmas Moments (Grace, November 2014). Crashing into Christmas (Lighthouse – November 2014). She blogs at www.christiansread.com and Novel Rocket Blog.
America’s Star-Spangled Story – Celebrating 200 years of the National Anthem
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You’ve sung or heard the lyrics hundreds of times, but how well do you know the story behind the Nation’s song? In America’s Star-Spangled Story, award-winning author and former White House webmaster, Jane Hampton Cook, brings to life the story of National Anthem lyricist Francis Scott Key in ways that will touch your heart, while showing the power behind the song that has transcended generations. Come celebrate The Star-Spangled Banner’s 200th birthday by discovering the adventure, drama, and suspense that ultimately gave the United States its national anthem. Don t miss this once-in-a-century opportunity to celebrate America’s top song
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Endorsements & Reviews
Having sung the words to the Star-Spangled Banner hundreds of times throughout my life, I sometimes lose sight of the brilliance of the beautiful poetic words written by Frances Scott Key. The way that Cook dissects the song and recounts the history that led to the writing of this national treasure resurged strong feelings of patriotism within me. The beautiful photographs included in this short read also made me appreciate our American flag and all that it stands for. I am so thankful for those brave men and women who have sacrificed much to make this country what it is. Jane Hampton Cook, as always, is a master at telling the American story. ~ Barnes & Noble
Having sung the words to the Star-Spangled Banner hundreds of times throughout my life, I sometimes lose sight of the brilliance of the beautiful poetic words written by Frances Scott Key. The way that Cook dissects the song and recounts the history that led to the writing of this national treasure resurged strong feelings of patriotism within me. The beautiful photographs included in this short read also made me appreciate our American flag and all that it stands for. I am so thankful for those brave men and women who have sacrificed much to make this country what it is. Jane Hampton Cook, as always, is a master at telling the American story. ~ Amazon
Award-winning author Jane Hampton Cook makes history and biographies relevant to today’s news, current events, issues of faith, and modern-day life. A public speaker and frequent national media guest, Jane is the author of seven books, including her newest work, American Phoenix (May 2013) about John Quincy and Louisa Adams and the War of 1812. She is also a former White House webmaster.
In American Phoenix, John Quincy and Louisa must form an alliance with the czar of Russia to end the War of 1812 and secure American independence once and for all. In many ways this Adams and his Eve’s banishment becomes the nation’s salvation. Their Russian destination changes US destiny.
In the early months of 1775, war is brewing in the American colonies. Although frightened, eighteen-year-old Betsy Russell of Menotomy Village, Massachusetts, wants to be prepared in case of attack by British troops. Her father, prosperous farmer Jason, is the fourth generation of Russells on this land yet their very rights as British Colonials are being stripped away one by one. Will the King of England take their land as well? Tensions are growing here in the countryside west of Boston and the outbreak of battle seems a certainty. Jason desperately wants to protect his family his wife, children and grandchildren and their future. Betsy makes every attempt to be prepared for the worst. But not even the American militia could have predicted the bloody massacre that was about to occur right on the Russells doorstep. If Betsy loses everything she holds dear, are the rights of all the Colonists endangered? Based on a true story. If you buy a new print edition of this book (or purchased one in the past), you can
Novelist Elaine Marie Cooper is the author of “The Road to Deer Run,” “The Promise of Deer Run” and “The Legacy of Deer Run.” Her passions are her family, her faith in Christ and the history of the American Revolution, a frequent subject of her historical fiction. She grew up in Massachusetts, the setting for many of her novels. “Fields of the Fatherless,” a novel set during the American Revolution, will release October 2013. Visit her website at: http://www.elainemariecooper.com.Elaine is a contributing writer to “Fighting Fear, Winning the War at Home” by Edie Melson, and “I Choose You,” a romance Anthology. Her freelance work has appeared in both newspapers and magazines, and she blogs regularly.
The Road to Deer Run
The year was 1777. The war had already broken the heart of Mary Thomsen, a young colonial woman from Massachusetts. It had also broken the spirit of British soldier Daniel Lowe, a wounded prisoner of war in a strange land.They were enemies, brought together by need. Would their differences overshadow the yearnings of their hearts? Or would the bitterness of war keep them apart?
Murder of a Manuscript: Writing and Editing Tips to Keep Your Book Out of the Editorial Graveyard
Few things are more heartbreaking for a writer than giving birth to a manuscript and handing it over to an agent, editor, or publisher—only to see it killed in its infancy. How do you prevent your prodigy from taking a bullet to the heart? By learning the basics and making sure your manuscripts are as clean and professional as possible.Whether you’re a new writer or a seasoned author, the ability to edit and proofread your own material is crucial. Along with recognizing common errors, a writer should know the lingo of the writing and publishing industry, and have a good grasp of plotting, POV, crafting dialog, and so much more. Murder of a Manuscript will test your knowledge and give you the tools to polish your prose so the epitaph won’t read: Here lie the remains of my first book. It never had a chance to show the world how wonderful it could have been.
Andrea Merrell is a freelance writer and editor living in the beautiful upstate of South Carolina. She is Associate Editor for Christian Devotions Ministries and Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. Andrea has led workshops at the Kentucky Christian Writers Conference (KCWC), Writers Advance Boot Camp, and The CLASS Christian Writers Conference in New Mexico.Her work has been published online and in numerous anthologies. Her next book, Praying for the Prodigal, will be released by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas in 2015.To learn more about her, visit her website: www.andreamerrell.com.
Christian Chick’s Guide to Surviving Divorce – What Your Girlfriends Would Tell You If They Knew What To Say
Christian Chick’s Guide to Surviving Divorce is what your girlfriend would tell you, preferably over coffee and crepes, if she knew what to say. With a good dose of humor, it’s full of life-giving encouragement as well as practical guidance. A book full of hope – from someone who has been there.
“I walked into my local Christian bookstore with my head down, hoping no one would see the tears streaming down my face,” writes the author. “I didn’t want the usual version of surviving divorce have a glass of wine, slash his tires, head to Jamaica, and party like you did in college. I needed Godly advice from a woman who had walked in my shoes and lived to tell about it.”Divorced does not have to be your label. You can heal and come out on the other side in triumph.
Every year, 900,000 women of faith go through a divorce. This book is full of the wisdom and encouragement that Suzanne received, as well as the lessons she learned while the Lord was exchanging His beauty for her ashes. There is life on the other side. A life full of hope, healing, and triumph.
Suzanne Reeves is a Christian actress, director, and writer. Her short story, “Second Chances and the Death Star” is published in Oaktara’s anthology, My Love to You Always, 2012. She had the privilege of adapting Max Lucado’s story, A Cosmic Christmas, for the stage, into Gabriel & the Gift.
From a vineyard in the south of France to the sophisticated city of Paris, Ella Moreau searches for the hope and love she lost as a young girl when her mother abandoned the family. Ella’s journey is portrayed through a heartbroken child, a young woman’s struggles during the tumultuous times surrounding World War II, and as a reflective adult.Through a series of secret paintings, her art becomes the substitute for lost love the metaphor of her life. But when her paintings are discovered, the intentions of those she loves are revealed.
Endorsements & Reviews
This book evokes emotions of many kinds. There’s feelings of pain & loss, love, passion, abandonment, and so much more! It moves quickly and definitely a page turner. It’s truly a lovely setting as well. I hope Jayme writes another one very soon. ~ K. Sonin
Engaging, vivid, and ultimately up-lifting. Jayme Mansfield’s debut novel depicts authentic human experiences of love, loss and actualizing one’s dreams within the context of France in WWII. This accessible, well-crafted tale is a delightful read with, frankly, light Christian overtones. “Chasing The Butterfly” is a literary treat for the reader, a sign of great works ahead for a gifted story-teller and wordsmith. ~ Kelly Berger
Mansfield weaves a story of beauty in the midst of survival and ultimate forgiveness. ~ DiAnne Mills, Award Winning & Best Selling Fiction Author
Jayme H. Mansfield is an author, artist, educator, and creator of The Blank Canvas at www.jaymemansfield.com. Her writing is filled with vivid imagery and a passionate voice as she melds inspiring writing and artistic talents. Her debut novel, Chasing the Butterfly, released in October 2014. She owns and paints at Piggy Toes Art Studio, as well as teaches Language Arts at the acclaimed Aspen Academy in Colorado. Her favorite journey is pursuing her dreams, finding adventure, and passionately writing with an ever-present artistic flair.
When Marcy Farris comes face to face with a murder victim at a high school football game, she’s plunged into a game no one wants to play. Despite police conclusions, she knows it wasn’t a random murder. Could she be the next victim? To defeat her opponent, she’ll have to tackle painful memories of her husband’s suicide. He may have made one too many enemies before he died.Struck down by an injury in his prime, former NFL linebacker, Jack Briggs, wonders if there’s life after football. The game changes when he meets Marcy. She’s his heart’s number-one draft pick. Now, Jack’s got to prove to Marcy they’re on the same team.There is no overtime in the game of murder. Marcy and Jack must discover the madman behind the murder before the killer has a chance to score the game-winning drive, and exact his revenge on Marcy.
Endorsements & Reviews
I loved this book. The suspense kept me turning pages. I especially enjoyed the Christian romance. I’ll be telling my friends about this one! I can’t wait for more from Kelli Hughett. ~ Ron Mitchell
This is a great read! Kelli draws you in from the first page and keeps you guessing til the end. Loved her vivid descriptions of the characters throughout the book! Really satisfies the “who-done-it” in her readers! Looking forward to more from her! ~ Ruth Hopkins
Action packed with a great plot. Just enough of everything…suspense, romance, excitement. I didn’t want to put it down. A must read for everyone. Women will love the romance, and the men will love the sports angle. ~ Otis Conard
In addition to writing fiction, Kelli enjoys public speaking, teaching and writing Bible curriculum. A home school mom-turned-suspense writer, Kelli loves reading and enjoying the Rocky Mountains. She is a Colorado native and makes her home in Windsor, Colorado. Learn more about Kelli at KelliHughett.com.
Carrie and her little brother, Jay, find a wounded soldier on their land after a battle which later became known as “The Battle Above the Clouds.” Adam, a Union soldier, has been shot twice in the arm. Though Carrie is reluctant to take Adam to their cave where her family hides their livestock from both armies, she cannot turn her back on him.But her Aunt Lavinia, bitter over what Yankees have done to their land, urges Carrie to allow Adam to die. Carrie refuses, but cannot remove the bullets. Adam’s friendship with Jay softens her heart toward him. It’s not long until his gratitude and teasing manner spark a friendship between the young couple. Even though Carrie’s father fights for the Confederacy in far-off Virginia, her feelings for the handsome young soldier begin to blossom into love.When Adam’s condition worsens, Carrie knows a Union surgeon is needed to save his life. How can she accomplish this and keep her family’s hiding place a secret?
Sandra Merville Hart has written a story that draws the reader directly into the reality experienced by the main characters: one, a wounded Union soldier, and the other, a young Confederate woman hiding in a cave with her ailing aunt and younger brother, while a mountain-top battle rages around them. The descriptions of the external landscape, and the internal emotional terrain of the characters are compelling and make for a riveting read. I pretty much devoured this book, not wanting to stop reading, even after the end! You’ll enjoy this book no matter what your preferred reading genre is. A good story is always worth reading, and that’s what this is. Enjoy! ~ Nancy Bolton
I read this book in one sitting-very unusual for me. Great characters and such an interesting setting held my attention. I will look forward to more books by this author.
~ Pamela Schroeder
This is a tender, sweet romance about two people caught on opposing sides of an often unforgiving war. Hart did a fine job with historical accuracy, while giving lovers of romance exactly what they were looking for. Nicely done! ~ Mary Ellis
Sandra Merville Hart serves as Assistant Editor for DevoKids.com for which she has written many articles about people, holidays, and events in history. Sandra loves to uncover little-known facts about our American History and use them in her stories. She lives in the Midwest with her husband and daughter.