For readers who like a little romance in a suspense novel, the Crossroads Crisis Center series offers nonstop action, heart-stopping plot twists, and hope for readers who also face crises.
Do you know the harshest, snowiest winters produce some of the prettiest wildflowers in the spring? What a beautiful picture of how God uses the hard times in our lives to produce something beautiful in us.
That truth is woven throughout Katie Ganshert’s debut novel, Wildflowers from Winter and is near and dear to her heart. Delve a little deeper with Katie in this devotional that she’s shared with us.
Learn more about Katie and her faith journey here.
The Pickwick family has a chance to make things right—even as their financial situation forces a sale of the property. And when Bridget tries to help find the right buyer, she realizes there’s more at stake than simple real estate. Like old secrets, big money, and family feuds. It will take a deep breath and a lot of forgiveness to make it happen.
Rescuing a toddler from the jaws of a mountain lion, Trevor MacDaniel, a high-country outfi tter, sets in motion events he can’t foresee. His act of bravery entwines his life with gifted sculptor Natalie Reeve—and attracts a grim admirer.
Trevor’s need to guard and protect is born of tragedy, prompting his decision to become a search and rescue volunteer. Natalie’s gift of sculpting comes from an unusual disability that seeks release through her creative hands. In each other they see strength and courage as they face an incomprehensible foe.
When a troubled soul views Trevor as archangel and adversary, Redford’s peaceful mountain community is threatened. Together with Police Chief Jonah Westfall, Trevor presses his limits to combat the menace who targets the most helpless and innocent.
Chloe, Josh Miller’s younger sister, is a free spirit with funky clothes and dramatic hair. She struggles with her own identity, classmates, parents, boys, and — her biggest question — whether or not God is for real. But this unconventional high school freshman definitely doesn’t hold back when she meets Him in a big, personal way. Refusing to change her image to fit into the “stereotypical Christian preppy mold,” Chloe expresses God’s love and grace through the girl band she forms, Redemption. In her development as a musician and performer, tender-hearted Chloe will learn tough lessons about following God, her heart, and her dreams.
The smallest act, done with love, can change everything.
When principal ballerina Sasha Davis suffers a career-ending injury at age thirty-eight, she retreats to her recently deceased mother’s home to recover. But she can’t do it alone, so she places an ad in the newspaper for a temporary live-in aide. She gets a lot more than she bargained for when 19 year-old übercapable Evelyn Burt shows up.
Susan Meissner, award-winning author of The Shape of Mercy and, most recently, A Sound Among the Trees, was interviewed on 10/19/2011 by radio host Susie Larson on “Live the Promise.” Listen HERE as Susan discusses her book as well as her experiences as a military spouse and a pastor’s wife. Susan’s husband is currently deployed as a chaplain in the U.S. Air Force Reserves, and in A Sound Among the Trees she used the story of one character to explore what it might have been like to be a soldier’s wife during the Civil War.
Get writing tips from “great word artist” Susan Meissner, author of the contemporary/historical novel A Sound Among the Trees, by following the link at the bottom of this post.
Ane Mulligan, editor of Novel Rocket, a website that helps up and coming authors promote their books and hone their craft, says: “Masterfully drawn by great word artist Susan Meissner, A Sound Among the Trees is an intriguing and complex story, delving into relationships and traditions… Novel Journey and I give A Sound Among the Trees a high recommendation.” Read the rest of Ane’s review here.
Read Susan’s article on Novel Rocket and learn how to “Make Your Setting A Character”
In the book, Marielle Bishop, who has watched all her friends marry and begin families, has at last found love online. She leaves the Arizona desert to marry a Virginia widower, joining him and his two children —and his first wife’s grandmother— in an ancestral family home where it seems like ghosts are everywhere, real and imagined. As Marielle struggles to fit into her new role as wife and stepmother, unsettled by the strange sense of sorrow she feels inside Holly Oak’s walls, she must uncover the truth about Susannah, and reconcile her belief that it is people—not houses—that hang on to the past. History can’t be undone, but truth uncovered can set the women of Holly Oak free. Start reading chapter 1 now.
In her blog, Susan shares insights on how to give the past a proper place in a new relationship. Read it here.