January-April 2021 – Fiction Releases

The new year is off to a good clip with nearly two dozen books published in the first four months. To keep the blog length manageable, we’ve created two posts–Fiction and Nonfiction and Children’s releases.

Fiction titles include: The Light at St. Silvan’s and a short story, Uzura Seki: Black Sand by Murray Pura; Deadly Pretense by Kim Teague; Catching Hope by Kathy Cassel; Lawson’s Bluff by Jeff Bargainier; You Cannot Grasp the River by Brent Brantley; Every Window Filled with Light: A Weldon Novel by Sheila Stovall; Borrowed Lives by Carol McClain; Fifty Days by Katie Vorreiter;  The Queen of Steel and Fire by Steven South; The Good German Girl; All that Matters by Andy Davidson; See You Monday by Kristen Terrette, and a study guide for Jason Karpf’s Brimstone 1.


Sara King had lost her husband. Her son. Her faith. She wanted just to disappear. So she made her way to an island off the coast of Massachusetts, changed her name to Lyyndenna Patrick, moved into an old lighthouse keeper’s cottage, and began to write.
The faith she had left behind forbade her to be an author. But she had written secretly anyway. Now she was free to write openly about all the things she wanted to say and even see her blogs and stories published. She was ecstatic. And there was more—all her new friends, fellow authors, learning to drive, new clothes, swimming in the sea, climbing to the top of the lighthouse to look out over a shining ocean and pray.
For God was still there. Somehow, God was still there. On her walks along the seashore. While she struggled to put her thoughts into words. When she grieved her son and a husband who had never wanted her. Love was the one thing Lynndenna had never known and the one thing she didn’t think she would ever find.

$14.99 paperback | $5.99 e-book

ISBNs: 978-1-64949-158-9 (paperback) | 978-1-64949-159-6 (trade) | 978-1-64949-160-2 (e-book)


Deadly Pretense

The Force of Truth–Book 2

A routine assignment for TV reporter Kate Peterson suddenly thrusts her into the midst of a dangerous encounter—an encounter spun from a web of deceit. During her investigation of a wealthy DC business owner, Kate discovers the lies reach far beyond one man. When she is given information by a visiting European princess, the stakes turn deadly.

Special Agent Ben Anderson is hunting a killer … and investigating a crime code named Sunburst. When his world collides with Kate’s, he must find a way to protect the woman he loves. But time is running out …



$14.99 paperback | $5.99 e-book

ISBNs 978-1-64949-146-6 (paperback) | 978-1-64949-147-3 (trade) | 978-1-64949-148-0 (e-book)


Catching Hope

Catching Hope: A pursuit fraught with danger.
Newly adopted Lexi Michaels is taking her first real vacation as she, twin brother Levi, adoptive brother Chad, and new cousin Jen head to Haiti where their dad, a pediatrician, will be volunteering in an island clinic. But who is the man who displays such hatred for the Michaels when they arrive at their resort? Is an attempted burglary as random as it appears? Will Jen ever accept the newcomers to the family? When the four teens set out to explore Haiti’s sights and history on their own, an unexpected encounter and natural disaster plunge them into adventure and danger. With their very survival at stake, can the four teens work together, or will Lexi’s dream of a “forever family” end in tragedy?


$10.99 paperback | $5.99 e-book

ISBNs 978-1-64949-105-3 (paperback) | 978-1-64949-106-0 (trade) | 978-1-64949-163-3 (e-book)


Lawson's Bluff

Terrorists attempt a multi-million-dollar art heist while America’s media distracts the world with graphic stories of Alabama hunters slaughtering hogs with dogs and knives.

As fearless Jack Lawson is about to catch his thousandth boar, journalist Carla Frederick arrives to cover the hunt for the LA World News. Shocked by the “uncivilized” Alabamians with their bulldogs and razor-sharp knives, Frederick writes a grotesque, biased story about Jack that goes viral.

Belatedly, she discovers the deeper story—deeper and darker than she could have ever known. Barganier has written an unlikely love story wrapped in twisting suspense.


$14.99 paperback | $19.99 hard cover | $7.99 e-book

ISBNs 978-1-64949-172-5 (paperback) | 978-1-64949-174-9 (hard cover) | 978-1-64949-173-2 (trade) | 978-1-64949-175-6 (e-book)


Uzura Seki Black Sand

The year was 1945. The war against Japan was over. Three men, best friends who had survived the horrors of combat, returned home and began to live another life, a better life. What had happened on the green islands of the South Pacific was forgotten or pushed away so far it could never come back to haunt them.

Except the war wouldn’t go away. It couldn’t be forgotten. It could never be pushed far enough away. The men awoke each morning to fight their battles over and over again. Now we call it PTSD. In the past, it was shell shock or combat fatigue. The three friends could not shake the darkness. It would take the women who loved them to bring the healing that would make the men whole again and bring them into the beautiful light of day.


$4.99 paperback | $2.99 e-book

ISBNs 978-1-64949-193-0 (paperback) | 978-1-64949-194-7 (e-book)


You Cannot Grasp the River

It must be a ghost!
A six-year-old Stone Age Papuan boy, Benjad, is thrust into the modern world when a soldier- turned-missionary and his wife rescue him from an evil shaman who has killed his parents. The shaman, enraged, plots the murders of both the boy and his adopted family. The story is filled with humor, action, and suspense as it traces Benjad’s adjustments to his new life. A theme of a conflicted worldview between his clan’s traditional demand for vengeance and his Christian faith is ever present. The conflict culminates twelve years later in a deadly struggle between the young man and the murderous shaman in an unexpected finale.



$14.99 paperback | $6.99 e-book

ISBNs 978-1-64949-152-7 (paperbook) | 978-1-64949-153-4 (trade) | 978-1-64949-194-7 (e-book)


Every Window Filled with Light

A Weldon Novel

Librarian Emma Baker, a young and childless widow, believes her dream to build a family is over. It’s been two years since a student accidentally stabbed Emma’s husband to death, and her grief has stifled any interest in romance—until she meets Pastor Luke Davis. But when Emma learns Luke is counseling her husband’s killer fresh out of jail, her temper gets in the way.

Meanwhile, Emma discovers twelve-year-old Harley, abandoned by her drug-addict mother, hiding in the library, and takes the girl in as her foster mom. Then a young mother is made homeless by an apartment fire, and Emma opens her home again. One person and one prayer at a time, Emma begins to discover hope.

$14.99 paperback | $4.99 e-book

ISBNs 978-1-64949-169-5 (paperback) | 978-1-64949-170-1 (trade) | 978-1-64949-185-5 (e-book)


Borrowed Lives

Distraught from recent tragedy, Meredith Jaynes takes pity on a young girl who steals from her. Meredith discovers “Bean” lives in a hovel mothering her two younger sisters. The three appear to have been abandoned. With no other homes available, Social Services will separate the siblings. To keep them together, Meredith agrees to foster them on a temporary basis.

Balancing life as a soap maker raising goats in rural Tennessee proved difficult enough before the siblings came into her care. Without Bean’s help, she’d never be able to nurture these children warped by drugs and neglect—let alone manage her goats that possess the talents of Houdini. Harder still is keeping her eccentric family at bay.

Social worker Parker Snow struggles to overcome the breakup with his fiancée. Burdened by his inability to find stable homes for so many children who need love, he believes placing the abandoned girls with Meredith Jaynes is the right decision. Though his world doesn’t promise tomorrow, he hopes Meredith’s does.

But she knows she’s too broken.

$15.99 paperback | $5.99 e-book

ISBNs 978-1-64949-143-5 (paperback) | 978-1-64949-144-2 (trade) | 978-1-64949-154-1 (e-book)


Fifty Days

A young fugitive embarks on a search to find the one person who can clear her name, but discovers he’s a lot harder to keep up with now that he’s been murdered.

Maggie runs into Jarrett Adams on the street three days after the nation watched him die. Either she’s gone mad—again—or Jarrett really is back. As the US loses its grip on democracy, government thugs eager to contain what Maggie knows hound her every step, while the good intentions of a man from her past only tighten the noose. But Maggie’s worst nightmare has an upside, and in the next fifty days she’ll find what she seeks in the most unexpected place.



$15.99 paperback | $7.99 e-book

ISBNs 978-1-64949-125-1 (paperback) |978-1-64949-126-8 (trade) | 978-1-64949-127-5 (e-book)


Trail of Tears Historical FictionTrail of Tears relives one of the most heartrending chapters in American history as the US Government transports the self-governing, wealthy Cherokee nation from their ancestral homeland to relocate in hostile Indian Territory.

The Georgia militia forces John Ross, with only a trickle of Indian blood flowing in his veins, to walk the thousand-mile Trail of Tears.

After John protects a full-blood Indian girl from the lustful wagon master, the cruel soldier targets John for retribution—until John’s shoved too far.

Bitter animosity explodes from a jealous Army Captain as John pushes and pulls his Conestoga wagon over mountain roads made muddy by rain and slippery by snow.

Yet the persuasive voices of the preacher and his daughter have an impact. A new destiny awaits John at the end of the trail—if he survives. Four thousand Cherokee do not.

$14.99 paperback | $5.99 e-book

ISBNs 978-1-64949-149-7 (paperback) | 978-1-64949-150-3 (trade) | 978-1-64949-171-8 (e-book)


Queen of Steel and Fire

When her father is murdered, Princess Claire Erinn is thrust onto the throne of Keldaren. Unprepared to rule, Claire has to act like a strong queen until she learns how to be one.

But an enemy queen and Claire’s half-mad brother don’t intend to let her live that long. They’re coming for her crown—and her head.

With Death herself hunting her, Claire struggles to become the warrior her kingdom needs. As war engulfs an entire world, only one queen can rule—through steel and fire.



$14.99 paperback | $4.99 e-book

ISBNs 978-1-64949-195-4 (paperback) | 978-1-64949-196-1 (trade) | 978-1-64949-192-3 (e-book)


The Good German Girl

Omaha Beach
June 6, 1944

When battle-hardened Private Bernie Russell witnesses a fellow soldier shoot a young German boy with his hands up, he’s shaken to his very core. Then, as that same boy is dying, he presses a packet of photographs and letters into Bernie’s hand and utters three words in English.
“It must end.”
After having the letters translated, he discovers they were written by the soldier’s twin sister, and the photographs within the packet reveal evidence of Hitler’s plan to wipe out the Jews.
Berlin, Germany

Margot Raskopf is a young art teacher, forced to conform to the education Hitler has designed. Then, when one of her sources with the underground resistance receives a letter for her from an American soldier, she’s shocked and filled with renewed hope. But Margot has been harboring a secret. In her house, she hides a young Jewish woman she’s known since childhood, risking being discovered by the gestapo with each passing day.
As they begin a dangerous correspondence, both Margot and Bernie embark on treacherous journeys. One taking Bernie across Europe and right into Germany. Another taking Margot through the gates of Auschwitz … and under the scrutiny of Josef Mengele.

$14.99 paperback | $9.99 e-book

ISBNs 978-1-64949-201-2 (paperback) | 978-1-64949-202-9 (trade) | 978-1-64949-203-6 (e-book)


All That MattersA child kidnaped, a mother grasping onto hope.
Carol is alone and Becca, her adopted daughter, is abducted. Everyone tells her Becca is dead, but after the appearance of a mystical dime, she is convinced her daughter is alive and needs her.
Carol’s search takes her from her placid beach home to a pagan cult in Rome, but realizes she must confront her own family secrets before she can find Becca.
Can this once shy, reticent mother muster the courage to confront her past to free her daughter from bondage?

$14.99 paperback | $5.99 e-book



ISBNs 978-1-64949-214-2 (paperback) | 978-1-64949-215-9 (trade) | 978-1-64949-216-6 (e-book)


See You MondaySenior year. The homestretch.
Honor student, Grace Warner, had it easy. Popularity, friends, attention from her crush, even a soccer scholarship offer—if only she can figure out her senior project to graduate on time. Getting approval to write about someone’s life-changing event, Grace recruits her sassy grandma as her mentor who can’t wait to tell the crazy story from her childhood. Events in the early sixties are words in history books to Grace, but her grandma lived them. She witnessed the civil rights movement in full swing, desegregation becoming a reality in her southern town, Martin Luther King, Jr. moving the country with his iconic speech, and the country coming to a halt when President Kennedy was assassinated.
Grace loves finding out her family history but didn’t know the project would have her noticing hardships and prejudices at her school she hadn’t before. When the homecoming court is announced and new kid, Jacob Horton, is nominated as a colossal prank, the nomination brings Grace to a choice, much like her grandmother years before her. God is about to use her in a miracle if she chooses correctly. If she fails, a life could be lost.

$14.99 paperback | $5.99 e-book

ISBNs 978-1-64949-211-1 (paperback) | 978-1-64949-212-8 (trade) | 978-1-64949-213-5 (e-book)


Brimstone 1 Study Guide

Study Guide to accompany Brimstone 1: Christianity’s greatest revelation in twenty centuries is coming from the heavens—in the belly of a spaceship marked for destruction!

Billionaire Baxter Moore and his family have broadcast scripture into space for eighty years. Now, a UFO heads to Earth in response. Brimstone 1—the first Christian rocket—will intercept, piloted by NASA veteran Jana McAlister. A young engineer, Elijah Lindstrom, unravels the secrets and falls in love with the beautiful astronaut. As the countdown approaches, an anti-Christian militia plots the annihilation of Brimstone 1 to end the extraterrestrial evangelism.

An apocalypse looms when timeless scripture, futuristic technology, and worldly conspiracy collide. Will Elijah become “the new prophet” as Jana proclaims? Will humanity find rebirth or chaos in the revelation aboard Brimstone 1?

$8.99 paperback | $2.99 e-book

ISBNs 978-1-64949-164-0 (paperback) | 978-1-64949-165-7 (trade) | 978-1-64949-210-4 (e-book)




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