A Carol of Light by Marcy Weydemuller
In 1903 San Francisco, young cellist Kat lives disguised as a boy. Protected by Sam, who saved her life one year ago, when her guardian tried to sell her to slave traders, she secretly continues to compose, as the music and Sam become her life. Longing for Christmas hope, she chooses to trust and live truthfully again. But at what cost?
The Sheep Walker’s Daughter by Sydney Avey
A Korean War widow’s difficult mother dies before revealing the identity of her daughter’s father and his cultural heritage. As Dee sorts through what little her mother left, she unearths puzzling clues that raise more questions: Why did Leora send money every month to the Basque Relief Agency? Why is her own daughter so secretive about her soon-to-be published book? And what does an Anglican priest know that he isn’t telling? All this head-spinning breaks a long, dry period in Dee’s life. She might just as well lose her job and see where the counsel of her new spiritual adviser and the attentions of an enigmatic ex-coworker lead her. The Sheep Walker pairs a colorful immigrant history of loss, survival, and tough choices with one woman’s search for spiritual identity and personal fulfillment. Dee’s journey will take her through the Northern and Central California valleys of the 1950s and reach across the world to the obscure Basque region of Spain. She will begin to discover who she is and why family history matters.
I’m thrilled to be working with Jenni Brummett and Karen Sweet (assisted by Marcy Weydemuller) as our new Board members for the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of ACFW. We hope to energize our regular members as well as our less frequent members and visitors to join us every other month for local chapter meetings. Let us hear from you regarding topics and speakers that would benefit you as a writer.
Writing can be a lonely occupation. We want to provide an environment that will help you thrive as you and the Lord fashion your career into all that He desires it to be. My prayer for our chapter this year is that the Lord will help us “awaken dreams of adventure” in our readers. Whether we write fiction or non-fiction, publish for the CBA or secular markets, I believe the Lord has given each of us words that will stimulate our readers to move forward in their adventure of seeking Him.
A Lady of Resources
by Shelley Adina
Magnificent Devices #5
You can choose your friends, but you cannot choose your family … or can you?
Now sixteen, the twins Lizzie and Maggie are educated young ladies who have not been called “the Mopsies” in years … except by their guardian, Lady Claire Trevelyan. With the happy prospect of choosing their own future, the girls can leave their dodgy past behind, and Lizzie can bury her deepest childhood memories where they can do no harm. Upon her graduation from school, Lizzie is awarded an enormous honor—but can she pay the price? Is she ready to be separated from Maggie and become the woman she believes she was meant to be—or will old habits tempt her into defiance and plunge her into disaster?
On a dare, Lizzie picks the wrong man’s pocket and nearly loses her life. But these frightening events bear unexpected fruit: The dream Lizzie holds closest to her heart comes true in a most unexpected way. But this dream, too, comes with a price. Lizzie must decide whether her true family is the one she was born to … or the one she chose that long-ago day when the Lady of Devices steamed into their lives …
“Great fun, extremely feel-good reads that make you share all of the protagonists’ journeys and victories … an excellent steampunk series.” —Fangs for the Fantasy: The latest in urban fantasy from a social justice perspective
The Roman’s Quest
by Anne Baxter Campbell
Helping Hands Press
Centurion Julius has eyes for a young Jewish woman, but a Roman is not what her father intends for her. Miriam is a pious Jewish girl, determined to do the right thing by her God and her parents, and she bows to her father’s wishes to betroth her to a Jewish fisherman, James ben Zebedee. Her heart yearns for the Roman, but their love is impossible. Miriam’s mother lies close to death, and her last wish is to see her daughter wed. The marriage has to take place before it’s too late.
Welcome to Last Chance
by Cathleen Armstrong
Baker Publishing Group
A Place to Call Home #1
She’s learned you can’t count on anyone—but she didn’t count on landing in Last Chance.
The red warning light on her car dashboard may have driven Lainie Davis to seek help in the tiny town of Last Chance, New Mexico, but as she meets the people who make this one-horse town their home, it’s her heart that is flashing bright red warning lights. These people are entirely too nice, too accommodating, and too interested in her personal life—especially since she’s on the run and hoping to slip away unnoticed. Yet in spite of herself, Lainie is increasingly drawn into the small-town dramas and to a handsome local guy with a secret of his own. Could Lainie actually make a life in this little town? Or will the past catch up to her even here in the middle of nowhere?
“An outstanding debut novel! Welcome to Last Chance gives us a warm but never sentimental view of small-town life, sprinkled with characters full of quirks and faults—all seen through the eyes of a tough but fragile heroine. Cathleen Armstrong has crafted a story to cherish.”—Sarah Sundin, award-winning author of With Every Letter
“A wonderful debut novel . . . . Readers will enjoy the simplicity of Welcome to Last Chance and the complexity of Lainie’s character.” —New York Journal of Books
The Bronze Dagger
by Marie Sontag
Auntie M Children’s Books Publishing (September 1, 2013)
It is the age of Hammurabi, the great King of Babylon whose legacy of written law will last for millennia. Samsuluna is alone, fleeing a dangerous past. Who can he trust? Where can he turn? From a poor shepherd boy to the apprenticeship of a Babylonian healer, Sam’s story will leave you on the edge of your seat. What happened to Sam’s father? Who is the man Ninkas? What is Sam hiding? Find out in this stirring middle grade novel.