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24 Feb Posted by in Author News | 6 comments
Author News

Did you ever wonder what is happening with some of your favorite authors? Or maybe who is having a booksigning? Or maybe you’re looking for a new book to read. Some of the authors that responded to a request for news shared the following:

Jim Rupard has a book signing coming up at Family Christian on March 14th in the Seattle area.  811 Southeast Everett Mall Way, Everett, WA 98208-3761

Barbara Robinson will have a book released in July 2011 by Desert Breeze Publishing, Last Resort.

Cara Putman has signed a contract for one novella with Barbour and has a second contract on the way. 

Karen Witemeyer is an historical romance author for Bethany House and she recently signed her second, 3-book contract with them. She also has an interview coming up with Lynne Ford at WBCL radio for Monday, March 14 from 9:45-9:55 a.m. ET; 8:45-8:55 a.m. CT. They will be discussing her debut novel, A Tailor-Made Bride which released last June.
I will be on a radio show March 14th from 3:30-4:30 EST.

Margaret Daley will be on a radio show March 14th from 3:30-4:30 EST.
She will be talking about ACFW, its benefits and what it can do for a writer.

Robin Bayne shares that the “The Artist’s Granddaughter”, with White Rose Publishing (contemporary insp. romance) will be releasing in March 2011.

Carla Gage has signed two contracts with Barbour on Valentine’s Day for books coming out next year. They will be her first two releases. Congratulations, Carla!
The Shadow Catcher’s Daughter (Book 1, Love in Four Corners), Jan. 2012 (Hearsong Presents)
Carving a Future (Colonial Courtships), May 2012 (Novella).

Eileen Rife’s third book, CHOSEN ONES, in the Born for India trilogy is at the printer as you read this.   “A couple in crisis.  A child taken captive.   Life in Chennai, India is complicated. While Maggie and Gavin Munsfield adjust to a new baby, missionary friends Don and Yvonne Pratt experience the heartbreak of infertility and miscarriage. When their lives intersect with a young girl caught up in the horrors of sex trafficking, each of them will receive a special gift. But will they find it in their hearts to accept an outcome so different than what they expected and hoped for?

Valerie Friesen is announcing the sale of a novella in an anthology with Nicole O’Dell, Cara Putman, and Annalisa Daughety to Barbour Books! The anthology is tentatively called At Rainbow’s End and her novella is currently Treasure’s Promise, though that could change. It is due out March 2012 and it is set at Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri. It’s about treasure hunters and sounds really interesting! Congratulations, Valerie.

Barbara Cameron says that A Time to Heal, Book 2 of the Quilts of Lancaster County series (Abingdon Press) is due out in the next few weeks. The Kindle edition has already released. She is also running a contest for the paper version to those who send her a note on Facebook and “friend” her. Deadline is Saturday morning at 9 a.m.  Hurry to Facebook and leave a note for Barbara. I read her first book and really enjoyed it.

Robin Caroll announces that the third and final book in the “evil” trilogy, In the Shadow of Evil, releases March 1, 2011. Informed by the real-life fallout of the U.S. economy and devastation caused by multiple hurricanes along the southern coast, In the Shadow of Evil tells a modern day story involving the exposure of a building rebound scam. Amidst the layers of unethical practices, supply shortages, and excess murders, a top Louisiana homicide detective loses his heart to a charitable contractor while uncovering a secret about his tragic past. ~”Romantic Suspense lovers, don’t miss this one!”~Terri Blackstock

Robin Caroll will be signing books at LifeWay Bookstore (11600 Chenal Parkway #1, Little Rock, AR 72211) from 11am-1pm on Saturday, March 12, 2011

You can watch a very special video interview with Robin Caroll:

Robin also shares her latest press release:

Little Rock resident, Robin Caroll’s DELIVER US FROM EVIL Receives a RT Award Nomination  

Romantic Times nominated Robin Caroll’s romantic suspense novel, Deliver Us From Evil (B&H Publishing) for the 2010 Reviewer’s Choice Best Inspirational Mystery/Suspense/Thriller Novel.

Deliver Us From Evil is the story of a beautiful yet tough woman working in a beautiful yet tough setting, Brannon Callahan is a search and rescue helicopter pilot for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Strong faith and a decorated history of service have kept her one step ahead of on-the-job dangers, but there’s no precedent for what’s about to happen. After a blizzard takes down a small plane carrying U.S. Marshal Roark Holland (already haunted by a recent tragedy), Brannon must save him in more ways than one and safeguard the donor heart he’s transporting to a government witness on the edge of death. Otherwise the largest child trafficking ring in history—with shocking links from Thailand to Tennessee—will slip further away into darkness along the Appalachian Trail.

“Grace-filled storytelling and strong suspense at its best!”–

“Compelling. The kind of novel ‘ripped from the headlines’ was meant to describe.”–James Scott Bell, best-selling author of Try Fear

“Sparks and bullets fly with equal abandon. Robin Caroll’s talent for building romantic tension is second to none, her plot twists intriguing, and her faith elements quite uniquely woven into the tale.”—RelzReviewz

“Caroll knows what suspense readers want. A keeper!”–Romantic Times (Top Pick)

Sounds like a very suspenseful read. I’m looking forward to it.

Mary Ellis has signed a contract for An Amish Family Reunion, the 4th in the Miller Family Series. It will released in January 2012 from Harvest House. She also has  a book-signing scheduled on Saturday, March 5th at 1:00 pm (along with a talk on getting published, along with 3 other published authors) at the Barnes & Noble, Crocker Park, Westlake, Ohio.

And finally, Abigail’s New Hope, first in the Wayne County Series, is releasing April 1st from Harvest House.

Vannetta Chapman is signing at The Faces of Christian Literature at Rush Creek Church. Arlington Texas. Feb. 26 from 9 am – 1 pm.   Also, Take 190-West, March 5. From 9 am to 5 pm.

Shannon Vannatter was featured at The Arkansas Democrat Gazette Three Rivers Edition as 1 of 20 to Watch in 2011.

Shannon was also named as The 18th Annual Heartsong Awards:

3rd Favorite New Author

White Roses – #1 Contemporary Novel

White Doves – #8 Contemporary Novel

White Doves – #1 Contemporary Cover

White Roses – #2 Contemporary Cover

Congratulations, Shannon! She also signed the first contract for a new series of three with Heartsong Presents set around Texas rodeos.

Shannon also had an interview in Family Fiction this month:

Next month: Shannon has two book signings scheduled for her current series:

March 5 at the Darden-Gifford House in Rose Bud – 1:00 – 3:00

March 12 at The Romance Waterfalls in Romance – 1:00 – 3:00

Trish Perry and Debby Mayne recently signed a contract to write a two-in-one book collection for Summerside Press for a September 2011 release. The book, Love Finds You on Christmas Morning, begins with Debby’s historical Deck the Halls, followed by Trish’s contemporary ‘Tis the Season. The stories are related, with a family tie. I can’t wait to read these stories.

Trish’s first novel with Summerside, 1950s romance Unforgettable, will release March 1. And her second Tea with Millicent novel with Harvest House Publishers, Tea for Two, will release April 1.  I can’t wait to read them! I loved her first Tea with Millicent novel.

Max Elliot Anderson’s new book, Barney and the Runaway, releases on March 1 from Comfort Publishing. His books are for readers 8 and up, especially boys. If you have a reluctant reader, be sure to check out Max’s books. They really appeal to boys. Paperback: 130 pages Publisher: Comfort Publishing (March 1, 2011) ISBN-10: 0984559841 ISBN-13: 978-0984559848  Max has also signed a contract has also been signed with Comfort Publishing for When the Lights go Out. This middle grade action-adventure is set to release in time for the 10th anniversary of 9/11 this September.

An audio book of Lost Island Smugglers is due for release in early March. This is a really exciting book.

Max will have the following book signings

3/26 @ 2PM  Oakland Center Barnes & Noble, Oakland Place Shopping Center,Dekalb, IL 60115

3/19 @ 1PM Rockford Borders, 199 Deane Drive, Rockford, IL 61107

Barnes and Noble in Cherryville Mall on 4/15 from 7-8:30 PM as a storytime event.

Saturday, April 16, 2011 from 11am to 3pm.   Fountaindale Public Library District, 300 W. Briarcliff, Bolingbrook, IL 60440

Visit Max at Books for Boys Blog
and Adventure books for readers 8 and up

On Tuesday, March 1, 2011, Shellie Neumeier’s  debut novel DRIVEN releases in paperback. She is joining Nicole O’Dell on Teen Talk Radio to discuss the book, March 17 and have a book “birthday party” scheduled for March 5 (Book signing at Fireside Books and Gifts in West Bend, WI) to celebrate.

Shellie just signed a contract for her second book THE WISHING RING (a mid-grade chapter book). It is scheduled for release in Feb. of 2012.

Cathy West’s book, Yesterday’s Tomorrow will be available in a matter of days, March 2011, from OakTara Publishing. Visit Cathy at her website –

Victoria Burks’ first novel, “A Legacy of Love”, was released this past November and her new novel, “Bittersweet Justice”, will be released this coming fall. Please check out her website for more details. Victoria was born and raised in Green Forest, Arkansas, a small town between Harrison and Eureka Springs, AR.

Jude Martin-Urban’s debut fiction novel comes out in November 2011 by Desert Publishing Company. The title is Joy Restored. This is the story of a young, widowed mother who becomes strong in broken places.

Three ACFW Wisconsin authors, Andrea Boeshaar, Lisa Lickel, and Shellie Neumeier, are showcasing their writing career and books at a one-day free seminar in West Bend, WI on March 19. A Q & A and book signing rounds out the day.

Laura V. Hilton’s first book with Whitaker House will be releasing April 5, 2011.  Patchwork Dreams is the story of an Amish girl who gets pregnant in  her rumspringe.  It is set in Seymour, Missouri.

Susan Page Davis is signing books at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Calloway County Public Library in Murray, Kentucky.

Also, Susan just signed a contract to write another mystery for Guideposts Publishing, her third in their ongoing Patchwork Mystery series.

Lisa Jordan just signed her first publishing contract with Love Inspired. Her debut novel, Lakeside Reunion, will be published November 2011.

Louise Gouge’s upcoming release is from Love Inspired Historical: At the Captain’s Command, a Revolutionary War novel (ISBN 0373828659), April 2011. It received a 4-star rating from Romantic Times. Here’s the back cover copy:

Duty and career—Captain Thomas Moberly of His Majesty’s Navy prizes them above all. So why is he tempted to relinquish both for Dinah Templeton? Though Dinah seems sweet and charming, the difference in station between an East Florida belle and the son of an earl is too marked to ignore. And all other obstacles pale with the discovery that Dinah’s brother James is not what he seems….A war is brewing on the colonies’ horizon, and James has chosen his side—in opposition to the country Thomas has sworn to defend. But what of Dinah? Where does her heart truly lie—with her family, or with the man she claims to love?

“Highlights what may be the worst human rights violation in the 21st century–human trafficking.” -Barbara Everett, Director, Destiny Rescue, USA, Inc.

“A shocking portrait of a tragic, real-life crime in order to bring hope and healing to those who suffer from sexual abuse.” -Dr. Tim Clinton, President of the nearly 50,000 member American Association of Christian Counselors

“Captures the flavor of India and ‘speaks up for those who cannot speak for themselves.'” -Betty Anne Bantz, Author Secrets of the Heart series

Sounds like a lot of great books coming out!
  1. Linda Fulkerson02-24-11

    Wow! That is a LOT of news! Thanks so much, Laura, for taking the time to compile this amazing list. And I’m especially proud & excited that several on the list are from Arkansas! Woo-Hoo!

  2. Debbie Archer02-24-11

    This is an amazing post. I found myself copying and pasting parts of it to send to myself at school so I could add several of the books to my “order” list. I have a lot of middle graders who will love Max’s titles and his website. My YA girls will be all over the romance titles. Thanks so much, Laura. Seriously. Amazing write up.

  3. Shannon Taylor Vannatter02-24-11

    Thanks for compiling list this list, Laura. ACFW and ACFWArkansas rocks.

  4. Lisa Collins02-25-11

    Great post and so much useful info!

  5. Jenny Carlisle02-26-11

    Great post! Thanks for all of the updates!

  6. Sheila Covey03-01-11

    Great job! Thanks for all the information!

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