The Seaside Painting Caper

The Seaside Painting Caper
by Ann O. Chehak
Westbow Press
November 4, 2015
ISBN-10: 151271530
ISBN-13: 978-1512715309

Life is spinning out of control, and a longing to escape becomes all-consuming.A rude client, an unfaithful boyfriend, and a thankless boss-Trina Santo is unable to cope. Frustrated with life at the art museum where she works, she flees to a small beach town along California’s coast. While her aunt and uncle vacation for the summer, Trina manages their Hidden Treasure Gift Shop.Unforeseen challenges bring Daniel Taylor into the picture to help with repairs at the gift shop. Trina is intrigued by the high-handed but helpful Daniel. He may be bossy, but his actions help Trina when she needs it most. Careful to guard her heart after her recent break-up, Trina first takes the time to get to know Daniel as a friend.Her escape to the shores of Catamara land her in the midst of a plot of secrecy. Trina is fascinated by a missing painting of darkness and night, painted over one hundred years ago. The lost painting’s twin of goodness and light hangs in the historic cathedral under renovation by Daniel’s company. Rumor says the evil painting is hidden in the old church. She must find her way through its maze of rooms to discover who’s at the heart of the deception surrounding the priceless family paintings.Trina and Daniel work together to unravel the mystery around the missing painting and the strange goings-on in town. Daniel is patient with Trina-teasing and challenging her to pray, forgive, and heal with God’s help.

The Alabaster Jar – Vol. 2 of Ancient Elements

The Alabaster Jar
Vol. 2 of the Ancient Elements Series
by Marie Sontag
Historical Fiction
Sunbury Press, Inc.
Sept. 4, 2015
ISBN-10: 1620066211
ISBN-13: 978-1620066218

Sam held up the lamp and studied the room’s walls. Hieroglyphs of prayers, painted pictures of the gods, and elaborate stone torch sconces adorned the area. There has to be more to this tomb. But what? Why were men sneaking in and out of it?

This middle grade historical fiction novel follows Sam and is adoptive sister, Amata, from Babylon to Egypt where their father, a Babylonian healer, studies Egyptian medicine. The series fills a gap in middle grade fiction. Students in 6th grade studies ancient civilizations, but few historical fiction books exist that cover ancient Mesopotamia. Book 3, The Silver Coin, should arrive on the shelves in the spring of 2016. As one 12-year-old reader stated, “”One of the best books I’ve ever read! This book will have you on the edge of your seat no matter how hard your heart is.” — Ian, age 12, TX

Roaring Redwoods Vol. 2

The Roaring Redwoods – Vol. 2

The Roaring Redwoods – Vol. 2
by Leo Colson
Historical Fiction
Bon Temps Publishing
July 2, 2015
ISBN-10: 0692459006
ISBN-13: 978-0692459003

Love, Honor, Money…and the Laws we break to keep all three. In this second collection, the story of the low lifes, high times, and romances of the Riverwood Lodge and Casino continue. Secrets have been revealed and change Joe Santone’s and Helen Decker’s relationship forever. And more change is to come when Joe’s old life shows up with new opportunities he can’t pass up. Helen believes in a life she has thus far been unable to have. Will she be able to accept the world as it is in Riverwood or will she leave her beloved trees and the people they shelter?

If you missed The Roaring Redwoods, Volume 1, you might want to read that one first! One reader of Volume 1 says:

I love how Colson develops the unique characters independently and then brings them together into a cohesive, compelling story. I laughed, cried, hoped, then laughed and cried again as I kept the pages turning. I especially enjoyed how the author’s fresh humor comes through, as well as Colson’s ability to use the story’s environment to move the plot forward, adding even more pleasure to the reading experience.

Last Chance Hero

Last Chance Hero
Book 4 of A Place to Call Home series
by Cathleen Armstrong
September 15, 2015
ISBN-10: 0800726472
ISBN-13: 978-0800726478

Cathleen Armstrong’s fourth and final installment of her series, A Place to Call Home, will be available September 15, 2015. If you missed the previous three books, you have some catching up to do!

In Last Chance Hero, the inhabitants of Last Chance, New Mexico, could not be more pleased. Dr. Jessica McLeod has opened an office right on Main Street. Andy Ryan, the best athlete the little town ever produced, has ended his short career in the NFL and has come home to coach the mighty Pumas of Last Chance High. Unfortunately, Dr. Jess immediately gets off on the wrong foot when she admits that she’s never seen a football game, isn’t really interested in doing so, and, in fact, doesn’t know a first down from a home run. Meanwhile, Coach Ryan is discovering that it’s not easy to balance atop the pedestal the town has put him on. When this unlikely pair is drawn together over the future of a young player–whose gifts may lie in the laboratory rather than on the football field–they begin to wonder if they might have a future together as well.

A Gentleman of Means

A Gentlemen of Means
Book 8 of the Magnificent Devices series
Shelley Adina
Moonshell Books, Inc.
May 28, 2015
ASIN: B00XII7YVE (Kindle)

Shelley Adina’s eighth installment of her Magnificent Devices steampunk adventure series will be available beginning May 28 in ebook format. And our ACFW SFBayArea group will host Shelley as our guest speaker September 19 as she shares about “Worldbuilding Through Your Characters’ Eyes”.

In book 8, Lady Claire Trevelyan has had to deal with betrayal before, in small ways and large. But none is quite so painful as the belief that Gloria Meriwether-Astor had deserted her and her friends and left them to die under the waters of Venice. When she learns that Gloria has inexplicably vanished, she has no choice but to follow her heart and attempt to find the missing heiress.

Rising Hope

Rising HopeYA Historical Fiction
Book 1 of the Warsaw Trilogy
by Marie Sontag
Sunbury Press
March 10, 2015
ISBN-10: 1620065568
ISBN-13: 978-1620065563

Looking back, eighteen-year-old Tadzio realized that it all began when his father walked out on him September 8, 1939. That same day, his Scoutmaster challenged Tadzio and his friends to give their all for Poland. At first, thirteen-year-old Tadzio said no. Now, five years later, the Germans still occupied Poland. But at least Tadzio rose to the challenge. And he still had hope. This is how it began. Book trailer at:

As of March 28, 2015, Rising Hope was listed as the #1 New Release in Children’s Holocaust Fiction Books on Amazon.
Rising Hope is an homage to all Polish teenagers who fought the German evil so bravely during WWII. A must read.”
— Julian Kulski Author of The Color of Courage, 2014. Kulski, son of the Polish mayor of Warsaw, was ten when Germany invaded Poland in 1939, and twelve when he joined Warsaw’s fight against the Germans.

At Home in Last Chance

At Home in Last Chance
Book 3 of the series, A Place to Call Home
by Cathleen Armstrong
Revell Press
January 6, 2015
ISBN-10: 0800722485
ISBN-13: 978-0800722487

Kaitlyn Reed and Steven Braden have always had a similar philosophy of life: when the going gets tough, they get going–out of town and away from the problem. Now they are both back in Last Chance, New Mexico, and trying to start over. Kaitlyn is working to reestablish a relationship with the seven-year-old daughter she left behind six months earlier. Steven is trying to prove to his family that he is not the irresponsible charmer they have always known him to be. As Kaitlyn and Steven find themselves drawn to one another, one big question keeps getting in the way: How will they learn to trust each other when they don’t even trust themselves?