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Tyndale Fiction’s June Releases – Diverse and Engaging Fiction

Afternoon, readers! Hope you’re enjoying the sunshine as we head forward into the summer season. If you’re looking for a summer read, check out what’s new from Tyndale fiction this June:

Edge-of-Your-Seat Legal Thriller

Are you a fan of suspense thrillers à la John Grisham, Michael Connelly, and Lee Child? Then Randy Singer is definitely worth a look. Randy wears many hats as a veteran trial lawyer, award-winning author, and pastor. His law expertise is evident throughout each legal suspense novel he pens, as well as his innate ability to put you into the courtroom alongside the drama. His most recent novel, Dead Lawyers Tell No Tales, gives readers a look inside a high-profile murder trial, a black-ops military operation, and an intricate conspiracy that’ll have you guessing till the end.

Landon Reed is an ex-quarterback convicted of organizing a point-shaving scheme. During his time in prison, he finds forgiveness and faith. After prison, he earns a law degree and longs for an opportunity to prove his loyalty and worth. Be careful what you ask for.
Harry McNaughten is one of the founding partners of McNaughten and Clay—and the only attorney willing to take a chance employing an ex-con turned lawyer. Though Landon initially questions Harry’s ethics and methods, the crusty old lawyer wins Landon’s respect with his brilliant legal mind. But as the two dive into preparing a defense for one of the highest-profile murder trials Virginia Beach has seen in decades, Harry is gunned down in what appears to be a random mugging. Then two more lawyers are killed when the firm’s private jet crashes. Authorities suspect someone has a vendetta against McNaughten and Clay, leaving Landon and the remaining partner as the final targets.
As Landon struggles to keep the firm together, he can’t help but wonder: Is the plot related to a shady case from McNaughten and Clay’s past, or to the murder trial he’s neck-deep in now? And will he survive long enough to find out?

Thoughts on Dead Lawyers Tell No Tales:

“Singer . . . nicely balances the crime drama with his exploration of Christian themes. . . . Fans will be lining up to read this one.”
Booklist 

“Singer’s latest courtroom drama is full of twists and turns. . . . Allows the reader to have an up-close view into the legal system.”
Romantic Times 

A Trip through Ellis Island

The early 1900s was a time of great change for the United States. The American dream was ripe for the picking as many emigrants made the harrowing trip overseas for their chance at a better tomorrow. Grace’s Pictures follows Grace McCaffery, a young Irish woman hoping for a new life in New York City. This is a novel for historical fiction readers as well as those intrigued with the burgeoning technology of a pivotal era in American history. The Brownie camera, one of the first affordable personal cameras of the time, plays a pivotal role in Grace’s life as an ill-taken photo of a dangerous gangster endangers her and everyone she holds dear.

Grace McCaffery hopes that the bustling streets of New York will hold all the promise that the lush hills of Ireland did not. As her efforts to earn enough money to bring her mother to America fail, she wonders if her new Brownie camera could be the answer. But a casual stroll through a beautiful New York City park turns into a hostile run-in with local gangsters, who are convinced her camera holds the first and only photos of their elusive leader. A policeman with a personal commitment to help those less fortunate finds Grace attractive and longs to help her, but Grace believes such men cannot be trusted. Spread thin between her quest to rescue her mother, do well in a new nanny job, and avoid the gang intent on intimidating her, Grace must put her faith in unlikely sources to learn the true meaning of courage and forgiveness.

Thoughts on Grace’s Pictures:

“Thomson has penned a delightful story of overcoming obstacles. Lynn Austin fans will savor this historical series debut.”
Library Journal

“Thomson writes a good story set in 1901 New York.”
Romantic Times

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Finding a Healing Place – Thoughts from Author Michèle Phoenix

Please join me in giving a warm welcome to author Michèle Phoenix. This afternoon on the blog, she will share a few insights behind the scenes of her new novel, In Broken Places. If you enjoy women’s fiction with beautiful lyrical writing, Michèle is definitely for you. (And don’t miss out on her book giveaway! More info below.)

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What is your latest book about?

In Broken Places is a story of healing and overcoming. Shelby is the survivor of childhood violence. Because of that, she’s spent a good part of her life controlling her environment and steering clear of personal risk. But when, under staggering circumstances, she becomes the legal guardian of a four-year-old girl, she discovers that some of life’s most stunning surprises can also hold its greatest joys. She soon discovers that her past and her present need to be explored and confronted head-on if she’s going to reach the future she suddenly desires.

In Broken Places is written in the first person. Is Shelby a fictional version of you?

She and I are alike in some ways. We share cheesecake cravings, chin obsessions, and a tendency to leave people bewildered. I taught at a high school in Germany for 20 years, so the setting of the novel is intimately familiar to me. The fragile part of Shelby is one I’ve viscerally known. I lived many years among the walking wounded before finding strength and healing. But there are differences, too. More than anything, I want Shelby to be a reflection of all women whose various struggles represent a much greater malaise: dissatisfaction with ourselves with the expectations of others and the often maiming vagaries of life. To me, Shelby symbolizes hope—a woman who has suffered, survived, and grown to thrive.

For people who may not be familiar with your work, what would you want them to know about you and the kinds of stories you write?

My writing is character-based and dialogue-driven. As weighty as some of the plot elements are, I try to balance the seriousness with generous servings of wit and levity. I’m an avid student of the human condition, so you’ll gain an intimate understanding of the characters and breathe with them as they grapple with their demons in a gut-honest and often humorous way.

Thanks, Michèle, for sharing some of your writing insight with us!

Does In Broken Places sound like your type of novel? Don’t miss out on a chance to win a free copy! (Five winners will be chosen; giveaway ends this Sunday, May 12.)

If you’re interested in Michèle’s writing, she can be found online . . .

At her website:
www.michelephoenix.com

At her blog:
http://michelephoenix.com/blog/

Stop by the blog at the beginning of every month to hear more on great new inspirational fiction releasing this month.

How’re you doing, readers? Found any new fiction favorites lately? Share your thoughts in the comments!

Tyndale’s Fiction May Releases – Inspirational Stories

Afternoon, readers! With spring officially in full swing, I’m on the blog today to share a few new inspirational stories releasing from your favorite authors this month. So grab a book, enjoy that sunshine, and let us know in the comments what you’re reading right now.

A Medical Hope Opera

Tired of running from her past, nurse Kate Callison intends to become Austin Grace Hospital’s permanent ER director and make Texas her home. Then unthinkable tragedy wraps the ER in crime tape, bringing swarms of media, legal chaos—and a search-and-rescue hero who seems determined to meddle in her life.
For Wes Tanner, nothing beats finding someone who’s lost; he’s known that helpless terror firsthand. So he’ll expand his team’s lifeline of hope: K9 tracking, swift-water rescue, even horse-mounted searches. He’s ready for anything—except Austin Grace’s prickly and dismissive ER director.
As Kate and Wes discover more about each other, new respect becomes something deeper. Kate wonders if her heart might have finally found a home. Then an unsolved missing-person case—and a startling new one—become catalysts that threaten the loss of all she and Wes have found.

Thoughts on Rescue Team:

Rescue Team is another fast paced, evocative, romantic drama . . . populated by a humble and hunky hero, a dedicated yet defensive heroine, and a cast of intriguing minor characters that only add to this story’s appeal.”
Relz Reviews

“Calvert is a master at character development. Not only are her main characters well developed but she brings the same depth and authenticity to her secondary characters as well.”
The Suspense Zone

Healing Women’s Fiction

Shelby’s life isn’t glamorous, but it is predictable—and that’s the way she likes it. A survivor of her father’s violence, she has spent a lifetime creating a safe existence devoid of dependence. But her carefully managed world begins to break when, under staggering circumstances, she becomes a single mother to four-year-old Shayla.
In a drastic attempt to escape her childhood’s influence, Shelby moves to Germany, but she quickly discovers how intimately linked memory and healing are—and how honestly she must scrutinize her past in order to aspire to a richer future. As she juggles a new job, a new culture, a new daughter, and the attention of a persistent basketball coach, Shelby’s fresh start becomes a quest for the courage to be not only a survivor but someone who prevails.

Thoughts on In Broken Places:

“With a vividness in her language and a poignant tone throughout, Phoenix tells a tender story about a woman whose past has left its mark on her and how one unexpected wrinkle turns out to be a blessing in disguise.”
Romantic Times, 4-star review

“Phoenix pens skillful turns of phrase and vividly brings to life settings as the story toggles from present-day Germany to key moments from the past.”
Publishers Weekly

Don’t miss out on a chance to win a copy! (Giveaway ends this Sunday, May 12!)

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@CandaceCalvert
@FrenchPhoenix

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Tyndale Fiction – What’s Happening Wednesday? April Edition

Hello, readers! It’s that time again for our new feature:
“What’s Happening Wednesday?”

As a reminder, on the last Wednesday of every month, the fiction team will be sharing an inside scoop on the projects each of our team members are working on. Find out what’s happening in fiction, and let us know what you think by answering the questions at the end of each team member’s thoughts.

KAREN- Associate Publisher
Karen

I am currently pondering a manuscript submission that I just can’t let go. Wish I could tell you the name, but it’s still too soon. It is the kind of story that I love . . . quirky characters, a romantic setting, delightful language that won’t let me go on autopilot, a unique concept, and love—lots of it. And it is about becoming a mother and the unexpected changes that come with adjusting to a new and unique little treasure in your life.

Made me think about another quirky story in one of my favorite Tyndale novels, The Last Sin Eater by Francine Rivers. The first day I read this story (and the five other times I’ve read it), all I could ever imagine was my grandmother as a little girl in the hills of Tennessee. Her name was Kathleen, but her friends called her Kat. That alone makes me smile. Well . . . that and the smell of Pond’s Cold Cream that she always used. I still believe this book could be Kat’s story. Cadi, the little hillbilly girl in Francine’s novel, will always have my granny’s voice.

Is there a book you love that reminds you of your mother or grandmother?

JAN- Senior Acquisitions Editor
Jan

This week I’m planning a workshop that I’ll be teaching on Saturday to a group of church librarians. They’ve arranged to have a bookstore selling product at the event with a focus on the titles I’ll be presenting. I’m looking forward to talking to them about our exciting fiction lineup. It’s always fun to talk with people who share your passion for seeing God move through story.

I’ve been asked to talk about the publishing process—from proposal to publication—with an emphasis on cover design and trends. I find that “trends” is a popular yet difficult topic to discuss, since a trend is best described after it has already happened. We’re often acquiring novels a year or more before publication, and it’s difficult to determine what people will be passionate about a year or more from now. That is why we try to publish a broad spectrum of genres and content with strong concepts that have unique, marketable hooks. The goal is to be on the front end of a trend, not copying it after it has already become successful.

What part of the publishing process interests you? Are there any fiction trends that you see coming to an end? Any trends you’d like to see in the future?

STEPHANIE- Senior Acquisitions Editor
Stephanie

Today I’m working on giving editorial feedback to several authors on their current works in progress. It’s hard, painstaking work—and requires a curious mix of encouragement and honest evaluation—but it’s always enjoyable to see a story develop and grow as authors absorb feedback and work it into the story. I’m constantly amazed at their creativity! I’m also reviewing proposals to determine whether or not they would be good fits for our fiction line. That can be trickier than you’d think. Though we have certain genres we’re more interested in at any given time, usually I’m looking for that indefinable quality that makes one proposal stick out over another. There are a variety of factors that come into play. Sometimes the author is someone I’ve wanted to work with for a while. If it’s a new author, sometimes it’s the writing—the author’s tone, voice, and style just pull me in and won’t let go. Other times the concept grabs me first—it has a hook that’s easy to articulate and is marketable and memorable.

What about you? When browsing through novels at a store or online, what most often pushes you to actually lay down money for a story? Is it familiarity with the author? A recommendation? Reviews? The back cover summary?

SHAINA- Acquisitions Assistant
shaina

Right now there’s a lot coming across my desk. Along with my daily responsibilities—looking through printed-out versions of manuscripts (known as galleys), updating and keeping track of social media, etc.—I have been preparing for the busy summer ahead. Besides signing up for conferences and giving advice to prospective authors, I have been working with a few others in our department to craft an engaging pitch for our June internship position and to review possible candidates. As I started at Tyndale as an intern a few summers ago, this project has been an interesting twist for me; quantifying what I’ve learned and which projects really helped me grow has been a challenging but incredibly rewarding experience.

If you were asked to list the most important skill you’ve learned on the job, what would it be?

CHERYL- Senior Marketing Manager
Cheryl

It’s a busy week as this is the time of year when you’re working on releasing titles and writing marketing plans for upcoming releases, so I am wearing several hats at the moment.

My main priority this week is working on getting several titles launched in May (which is only a week away), including Dead Lawyers Tell No Tales by Randy Singer, Heaven Hears by Lindy Boone Michaelis, and Courageous Grace by Gayle Haggard. It’s been quite a challenge because the three books are so different and require a lot of creativity in writing copy, pitching media, and planning their social media campaigns. I’ll be spending the next few days finalizing ad copy and design for these titles in hopes of reaching our target market for each one.

When are you most likely to stop and look at an ad? Is there something that catches your attention, be it the artwork, layout, title treatment, or actual copy?

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We’d love to hear from you. Fiction is one of our favorite topics, so let’s get the conversation started in the comments and our poll below!

 

What is your favorite genre of fiction?

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Romance
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Historical
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Historical Fiction fan? – All in Good Time 1st Chapter (and last chance for giveaway!)

Afternoon, readers! Today on the blog I wanted to provide a little background into a great historical author, Maureen Lang . . . before mentioning her amazing giveaway (ends SOON!). Maureen has penned many novels, including the Great War series, Bees in the Butterfly Garden, and All in Good Time, to name a few. Her realistic characters and beautiful descriptions make it clear this author has done her research. Maureen often talks about her steps to research the background of a story before writing, saying:

“Research is one of my favorite aspects of being a writer. But I realize that since I write historicals, any setting I choose will include a certain amount of interpretation. The focus of my research, the resources I find most helpful, and my understanding of the era all impact what ends up on the page. Although I’ve been to Denver many times, for All in Good Time I depended on historical maps that gave me an idea of where certain neighborhoods would have been, and having that image in my head helped immensely.”

Enjoy a peek at Maureen’s latest novel, All in Good Time:

Dessa Caldwell has a dream:

to open Pierson House, a refuge for former prostitutes, in Denver’s roughest neighborhood. But after exhausting all charitable donations, Dessa still needs a loan. Her last hope hinges on the owner of Hawkins National Bank.

Henry Hawkins has a secret:

he owns the most successful bank in town, but his initial capital came from three stagecoach robberies. Though he’s Denver’s most eligible bachelor, to protect his past, he’s built a fortress around his heart that no one can penetrate . . . until the day Dessa Caldwell ventures into his bank requesting a loan.

Though he’s certain her proposal is a bad investment, Henry is drawn to Dessa’s passion. But that same passion drives her to make rash decisions about Pierson House . . . and about whom she can trust. One man might hold the key to the future of her mission—but he also threatens to bring Henry’s darkest secrets to light. As the walls around their hearts begin to crumble, Henry and Dessa must choose between their plans and God’s, between safety and love.

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Sound like your cup of tea? Read the first chapter now!

And now, lucky readers, if you haven’t already don’t forget to enter an exciting prize-packed giveaway hosted by Maureen Lang herself! This contest is perfect for those who love all things historical. Some of the items included in the giveaway are:

~ Two of Maureen Lang’s beautiful novels (All in Good Time and Bees in the Butterfly Garden)
~ Garden tote bag
~ Drawstring pouch (perfect for a Gilded Age heroine!)
~ Butterfly necklace
~ Ring case
~ Makeup pouch
~ Decorative tear bottle
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Prize packed giveaway from author Maureen Lang

Maureen Lang's 2 novels & a beautiful box

Head over to Maureen’s blog now to enter to win! Contest ends this Sunday, April 14.

Good luck and thanks for reading!

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