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READING GUIDE: A SOUND AMONG THE TREES by Susan Meissner

Marielle Bishop gets more than she bargained for when she leaves the Arizona desert she loves to marry into a Fredericksburg family with deep historical roots. As rumors of a Civil War ghost abound and secrets begin to be unearthed in her new home at Holly Oak, Marielle must sort through it all as she learns to embrace her new life as wife and stepmother. When a prodigal daughter unexpectedly shows up, new revelations bring about surprising truth, prompting all to wonder whether the perceived curse can be lifted.

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READING GUIDE: The Shape of Mercy by Susan Meissner

pdf_1002“We understand what we want to understand.”

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Leaving a life of privilege to strike out on her own, Lauren Durough breaks with convention and her family’s expectations by choosing a state college over Stanford and earning her own income over accepting her ample monthly allowance. She takes a part-time job from 83-year-old librarian Abigail Boyles, who asks Lauren to transcribe the journal entries of her ancestor Mercy Hayworth, a victim of the Salem witch trials.

The strength of her affinity with Mercy forces Lauren to take a startling new look at her own life, including her relationships with Abigail, her college roommate, and a young man named Raul. But on the [ … ]

NEWS: “A Sound Among The Trees” Gets Rave Reviews!

A Sound Among the Trees is getting rave reviews from professional sources and book bloggers alike!  Check out what others have said and then pick up a copy for yourself!

Publisher’s Weekly – starred review: “Meissner delivers a delightful page-turner that will surely enthrall readers from beginning to end. The antebellum details, lively characters, and overlapping dramas particularly will excite history buffs and romance fans.”

Book Bloggers & Readers Just Like You:

Suzanne: Meissner has solidified her place as a top author with this one, it’s sure to win awards. – ClickingHerHeels.blogspot.com

Erin: Susan Meissner has quickly become on of my favorite Christian fiction writers because her books are easy to read and very engaging—and they aren’t cheesy. –  Thinking Out Loud

Robin: This book captured my heart! [ … ]

NEWS: Susan Meissner On Being A Military Wife Now And In The Civil War

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.

NEWS: Tips for Writers from Susan Meissner on Novel Rocket

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”

NEWS: Susan Meissner Guest Blog Featured on eHarmony.com

Susan Meissner, author of the novel A Sound Among the Trees (released October 4, 2011), wrote a guest blog post for the eHarmony relationship blog, entitled “Not All Baggage Is Bad.”  

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 [ … ]

Congratulations to our Christy Award finalists!

We couldn’t be more excited for our Christy nominated authors! Did you miss them when they first released? Find out more about them below.

Indivisible

(Contemporary Romance category)

About the Book:
Everyone in Redford, Colorado, has a secret—even Police Chief Jonah Westfall and the woman who loves him. Will the revelations drive them apart? Or make them indivisible?

Read the first two chapters

Check out the Book Reporter Q&A

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TheCharlatansBoy

(Young Adult category)

About the Book:
Lies and ugliness are his living, but the charlatan’s boy is forever on the lookout for the truth about where he comes from. Owing more to Twain than to Tolkien, [ … ]