Summer Releases

There’s still plenty of summer left to pick up one of these latest releases for your next beach read. Choose from Amish fiction, contemporary romance, mystery, historical fiction. And if you prefer nonfiction, there’s memoir and a great resource on finding peace and security in a world that’s anything but.

Forbidden Gift by Debra Torres, Calculated Risk by L.G. Westlake, The Least of These by Clarice James, Into the Room by Steven Rogers, The Long Shadow by Phyllis Wheeler, Mayhem at Primrose Cottage by Nancy Arant Williams, The Thin Space by Dann Stouten, Wolf Mountain Legacy by Linda Wood Rondeau, Riverside Epiphany by Aaron Pettes, Resilience Awakening by Brett Heaston, Reflecting Gold by Cynthia Simmons, The Girl in the Cardboard Box by Jane Daly, The Plight of Mattie Gordon by Jeanne Marie Leach, God, Mt. Fuji, and Sweet Tea by Janet Paige Smith, God, Where Are You? by Sherri Schofield.


What if your greatest passion was a threat to all of your family?

Johanna Yoder is Amish. Forbidden from writing by her Bishop. But she can’t keep the words from pouring out, and when she’s found out she faces an ultimatum that will crush her, no matter which path she chooses. And when Johanna discovers a secret that could tear her family and entire community apart, she must make a choice that could turn her Amish district upside down.

Reporter Judah Barton is on a climb to the top of his world, and he doesn’t have a care for the people he crushes under his feet on the way up. But then his newspaper’s finances are hit hard, and the answers that were always so easy to find have vanished. He vows to help his editor save the paper, no matter the cost. But then he meets a young Amish writer, and his life takes a turn in a way he never could have imagined.

Paperback $14.99 | Ebook $5.99

ISBNs: 978-1-64949-242-5 (trade paperback) | 978-1-64949-243-2 (Ebook)

Top Forensic Accountant with the Houston Police Department, Isabella (Isa) Phillips is unhinged. Her newlywed husband was found murdered in Albuquerque. But he was supposed to be on an undercover narcotics assignment in Houston. Isa’s composed world unravels when investigators fail to provide answers to her mounting questions. Ignoring undercover rules and protocols, she quits her desk job and heads to Albuquerque’s seedy drug underworld in search of answers. But when she finds herself joined to a by-the-book FBI agent on assignment, she discovers her life is really an illusion. Thrust into a world of deceit ruled by a power-hungry cartel leader, each of Isa’s defense mechanisms are threatened and more—she’s put her own life at risk.

Paperback $14.99 | Ebook $5.99

ISBNs: 978-1-64949-277-7 (paperback) | 978-1-64949-278-4 (trade paperback) | 978-1-64949-279-1 (ebook)

The Least of These by [Clarice G. James]Nurse practitioner Carley Rae Jantzen blows the whistle on Philadelphia physician Dr. Harrison Nichols for Medicare fraud. While waiting for the FBI to complete its investigation, she must work side by side with Dr. Nichols—without letting on what she knows or what she’s done.

So, when Carley receives an invitation to become a live-in assistant for Geneva Kellerman—a great-aunt she didn’t even know she had—she jumps at the chance to run off and hide in Andover, Maine, population 826.

Great-aunt Geneva soon learns that receiving help is not as easy as giving it. And Carley discovers the “assistance” her great-aunt had in mind has nothing to do with nursing but all to do with passing down a legacy of caring for the least of these.

Paperback $14.99 | Ebook $5.99

ISBNs: 978-1-64949-250-0 (paperback) | 978-1-64949-251-7 (trade paperback) | 978-1-64949-252-4 (ebook)

Can a journey across the Holy Land redeem a reluctant pilgrim?

Ben Cahill’s life is an alcohol-saturated mess. After an insincere effort in a rehab facility, he is alienated from his family, out of work, and determined to continue his habit. To make matters worse, he finds himself on a tour of Israel, along with, as he calls them, a bunch of Holy Rollers.

As the trip progresses, Ben experiences the Holy Land’s major historical sites and is exposed to God’s word. He interacts with his fellow travelers, gradually learning about their faith and their lives. Along the way, Ben becomes embroiled in a spiritual war, reinforcing his guilt and, in turn, forcing him to recall his past actions and behaviors. He also begins a different journey, one that leads him to redemption and a place in God’s family.

Paperback $14.99 | Ebook $5.99

ISBNs: 978-1-64949-264-7 (paperback) | 978-1-64949-265-4 (trade paperback) | 978-1-64949-266-1 (ebook)

The Long Shadow by [Phyllis Wheeler]


What if a fourteen-year-old boy from present-day white suburbia finds himself fifty years in the past, fighting to survive a freak storm in the woods and afraid to accept help from a black man? Once the two learn to trust each other, Richie learns about the traumatic event that shaped the man Morris’s life: the lynching of Morris’s grandfather in 1923. If Richie can go back in time again and prevent the lynching, will Morris come in from the cold?

Paperback $10.00 | Ebook $4.99

ISBNs: 978-1-64949-131-2 (trade paperback) | 978-1-64949-133-6 (ebook)


Makke Mystery Series

Life has barely begun to calm down for Makkie Yeats when she discovers that her dear elderly friend and mentor, Ernie Kellogg, has been threatened by someone demanding that he relinquish ownership of his 100 acres by the Blackwater River. When Ernie dies, leaving her the land, she becomes the next target.

Paperback $14.99 | Ebook $5.99

ISBNs: 978-1-64949-260-9 (paperback) | 978-1-64949-261-6 (trade paperback) | 978-1-64949-262-3 (ebook)


When Psychologist Rocky Devos lost his wife to cancer, he also lost his faith in the fairness of God. For over a year, he lived in the thin space between his love for God and his hatred for what he believed God did. Each night, he banged on heaven’s gate demanding an explanation.

“Why Rachel, Lord? Why would you let her suffer like that? Why didn’t you do something? Why didn’t you give us a miracle?”

The longer his prayers went unanswered the more frustrated he became. Eventually, he meets God’s silence with a silence of his own. But then, a year and four months later, the answer arrives disguised as a homeless vagabond who claims to be the apostle Paul. Clearly, Rocky believes he was delusional. But in their court-appointed sessions, he finds a kindred spirit. As Paul unpacks the pain of losing his wife in childbirth the two men connect. Rocky believes he’s there to help Paul. Paul believes the opposite.

The book explores the thin space between faith and doubt. Rocky’s questions are our questions. At some point we will all lose someone we love. When we do, we will find comfort in the company of those who have walked the path of suffering before us. Rocky invites us to join him on his journey of redemption. His conversations with Paul will not only change the way he thinks about God, they may do the same for you as well.

Paperback $14.99 | $5.99

ISBNs: 978-1-64949-223-4 (paperback) | 978-1-64949-224-1 (trade paperback) | 978-1-64949-225-8 (ebook)

Wolf Mountain Legacy by [Linda Wood Rondeau]The 150-year-old ruins atop Wolf Mountain keep drawing Marci Henderson. Village legend says the beautiful wife of an older railroad tycoon, after setting fire to their mansion, ran away with his accountant. Was there no way to prove Felicity’s innocence? First, Marci must prove she has the right to walk among the sane.

Dr. Blake Montgomery, a college professor, has come to Collins Bend to work on his book, Adirondack Railroad Development. To aid in his research, Blake hires Marci Henderson, his former student, one he never stopped loving, who is now a widow. When Marci is insistent people are following the two of them, Blake wonders if she is headed for another psychotic episode.

Old emotions surface as the two embark on a suspenseful journey leading them closer to solving the age-old mystery of Wolf Mountain, a journey fraught with suspicion and murder. Along the way, Blake’s faith is challenged, and Marci searches for spiritual truth about the God she had never known.

Paperback $12.99 | Ebook $4.99

ISBNs: 978-1-64949-253-1 (paperback) | 978-1-64949-254-8 (trade paperback) | 978-1-64949-255-5 (ebook)

“If any man be in Christ, he is a new creation, the old has gone, and the new has come!” 2 Corinthians 5:17

Lincoln Charles, Jr’s life puts this New Testament promise to the test. Born into a criminal family and raised to be the perfect thief, Lincoln’s life seems to be playing out exactly how he planned: retiring young, marrying the girl of his dreams, and expecting the birth of his first child. Life is sweet. That is until “the job of a lifetime” presents itself.

When things go wrong and Lincoln finds himself in prison, he begins to carve out a new place with his fists. It’s not long before that fight brings him to his knees in front of the Living God, broken by a hidden tragedy from his past. Here, in a dark prison cell, Lincoln truly learns what free really means.

After years on the inside, Lincoln is released and has every intention to live his life for God, but his old life won’t let go that easily. When his family is put at risk, Lincoln must decide—the new man—or the old?

Paperback $14.99 | Ebook $5.99

ISBNs: 978-1-64949-286-9 (paperback) | 978-1-64949-287-6 (trade paperback) | 978-1-64949-288-3 (ebook)

In a cosmos, created by a mysterious entity called The Voice, dangers lurk for the Home Nebula. The Vidor have attacked, and the galaxy needs a hero.

Kyvar Astilius is called upon to recover the lost stellar gates and locate allies in their struggle for survival. Suffering from the death of his father, he must face the challenges within and before him.

The crew of the Resilience must race home while it still exists. They tear through the galaxies evading corporation agents, rogue gangsters, drone vessels, alien corsairs, and galactic fleets while bursting through wormholes and black holes.

Their journey brings them into contact with a host of races and peoples, culminating in a clash of galactic empires, and a moment of awakening for a new hero.

Paperback $14.99 | Ebook $5.99

ISBNs: 978-1-64949-283-8 (paperback) | 978-1-64949-287-6 (trade paperback) | 978-1-64949-285-2 (ebook)

Book 2 of Southern Gold

Peter and Mary Beth Chandler kept their Confederate bank on the gold standard. However, a Confederate officer asked for a loan. He insisted he should be able to repay in Confederate banknotes not backed by gold. If they refuse, he will label them traitors. Should the Chandlers change their loan requirements and risk losing the bank? The entire town questioned their loyalty, especially after the officer was murdered. Will the Chandlers be court martialed or lose the bank? While facing an impossible situation, they seek God’s guidance and learn to reflect his love.

Paperback $14.99 | Ebook $5.99

ISBNs: 978-1-64949-310-1 (paperback) | 978-1-64949-311-8 (trade paperback) | 978-1-64949-312-5 (ebook)

The Girl in the Cardboard Box by [Jane S. Daly]Who is the girl?
A young girl lies huddled in a cardboard box, shrinking away from the social workers who have come to rescue her from a homeless camp. She doesn’t speak and affection seems alien to her as she has no apparent ties to anyone.

Placed in the affluent home of Hayley and Jason Montgomery, the girl begins to heal and flourish.
Will this little girl be the one to help Hayley work through the horror of seeing her own daughter die due to a hit and run? Believing her daughter’s death is God’s punishment for a past abortion, Hayley is determined to mother this nameless child to appease what she believes is an angry God.

Haunted by the secret he’s kept for over a year, Jason finds his control slipping when the girl comes to live with him and Hayley. When his secret is exposed, it threatens to destroy everything Jason and Hayley believe about their marriage, themselves, and God

Paperback $14.99 | Ebook  $5.99

ISBNs: 978-1-64949-244-9 (paperback) | 978-1-64949-245-6 (trade paperback) | 978-1-64949-246-3 (ebook)

The Plight of Mattie Gordon by [Jeanne Marie Leach]Mattie Gordon’s ordinary life is turned upside down when bounty hunter Cyrus Braydon arrives on her doorstep showing a wanted poster for her son.

WANTED: Will Gordon, Dead or Alive

Consumed with finding her son and making sure his soul is ready to meet eternity, Mattie embarks on a desperate race to reach Will before the bounty hunter finds him.

When Mattie discovers someone following her, she reluctantly forms an alliance with Cyrus in order to save herself and Will. She soon discovers her own inadequacies and faces hard realities. The son she thought to be good, isn’t, and the bounty hunter she judged as evil is perhaps not so bad after all.

Now she must save Cyrus from Will’s venomous grasp. If she succeeds in helping Cyrus escape, will her son ever listen to her about Jesus’s forgiveness? If only she can muster enough faith to trust God for one more miracle. But which one…?

Paperback $10.99 | Ebook $3.99

ISBNs: 978-1-64949-268-5 (paperback) | 978-1-64949-269-2 (trade paperback) | 978-1-64949-270-8 (ebook)


JANET BECOMES DISILLUSIONED WITH MARRIAGE while living on Mark, her husband’s, family farm in rural Georgia with their three children. Trapped in a dying marriage and desperate to save her family from divorce, Janet prays that God will save her marriage. An unexpected encounter with a Department of Defense school recruiter and two job offers to teach children on a navy base result in Janet and her family’s move to Japan. There she faces new challenges—a son deployed to Iraq, a rebellious teenager who hangs out in Tokyo, a five-year-old who doesn’t understand why they left their home, and a homesick husband.

Come with Janet on her journey, spanning a war zone and two continents, as she learns to trust God with her marriage.

Paperback $10.99 | Ebook $4.99

ISBNs: 978-1-64949-186-2 (paperback) | 978-1-64949-187-9 (trade paperback) | 978-1-64949-188-6 (ebook)

Do you want a life full of meaning, security and peace?

I’ve got good news—there is someone who can give that to you, and he’s standing very close to you right now.

Paperback $9.99 | Ebook $4.99

ISBNs: 978-1-64949-293-7 (paperback) | 978-1-64949-294-4 (trade paperback) | 978-1-64949-295-1 (ebook)


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Deb Haggerty is Publisher and Editor in Chief of Elk Lake Publishing, Inc., a Christian publisher that “Publishes the Positive.” An author, award-winning blogger, and professional speaker, she’s been writing stories for over forty-five years. In 2019, she released two books: Experiencing God’s Love in a Broken World—A Spiritual Journey, co-written with her husband, Roy, and These Are the Days of My Life, her memoir with a bonus section of business tips. Roy and Deb live outside Plymouth, MA, with their feisty dachshund, Coki.