12 Contemporary Christian Romance Authors  Named to USA Today Best Sellers List

12 Contemporary Christian Romance Authors Named to USA Today Best Sellers List

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July 7, 2016

12 Contemporary Christian Romance Authors

Named to USA Today Best Sellers List

It seemed like the impossible dream.

When twelve Christian Romance authors came together in February of 2016, they had a vision for what could be accomplished if they worked not as “indies” but as a team. On July 7, 2016, that vision became reality when WHISPERS OF LOVE, a compilation of 12 brand new contemporary Christian romance novels, crested the hill and broke onto the USA Today Best Sellers list at #79.

“Writing is an uphill climb most days,” Lesley Ann McDaniel, author of Oceans Apart, said. “The days when you get to stop and enjoy the view are few and far between, and I’m really happy to be enjoying this particular view with this amazing group of authors.”

The twelve newly-minted USAT best sellers and titles include:

Lesley Ann McDaniel Oceans Apart

Valerie Comer Secrets of Sunbeams

JoAnn Durgin Gentle Like The Rain

Kimberly Rae Jordan A Change of Heart

Jan Thompson Smile for Me

Marion Ueckermann The Other You

Autumn Macarthur Teapots & Tiaras

Leah Atwood Not This Time

Staci Stallings Flight 259

Sally Bradley Homestands

Carol Mancado The Lifeguard, the Abandoned Heiress, and Frozen Custard

Christina Coryell Overture and a Prince

“To land at #79 (on the list) had me dancing in the living room, and overdosing on gingersnap cookies,” Comer said. “Everyone in the set worked so hard to get the word out to our fans and beyond. It’s been an amazing journey.”

The idea behind the set, conceived and shepherded to completion by Jan Thompson, was to take twelve current Amazon bestselling authors, get each of them to contribute a brand-new, never-before-released novel, and then market the books as a unit rather than as individual books. However, while the destination was always in mind, just how to get there wasn’t always so clear.

“The cover was one of the hardest things about the set,” Stallings said. “We knew it had to be perfect, and somehow it needed to perfectly convey all twelve stories and authors. That is a much bigger challenge than it might at first appear.”

With story settings ranging from the USA to Canada and South Africa to the Bahamas, not to mention such varied characters as an architect, a doctor, a principal, an artist, a lifeguard, an athlete, and a medical missionary, even finding common ground was no easy task.

After discussing and submitting many, many possibilities, Durgin finally dropped the right piece into the overwhelming puzzle. The picture featured on the front cover was from an actual wedding shoot, and perfect it turned out to be.

“I think it says Christian romance,” Stallings said. “Gentle, fun, quirky but really, really romantic just like the stories. It’s an absolutely perfect match for such a diverse collection.”

The stories contained in the WHISPERS OF LOVE collection range from one about a swim team to one that features a cantankerous goat. From tears to laughter, this collection has it all and will surely prove to be one of the most enjoyable reads of the summer.

Jordan summed up the experience well. “My goal has always been to write stories that I would like to read myself. I have been so very blessed to find other readers along the way who actually enjoy the stories I like to write. Without them, I would not be where I am today.”

The USA Today Bestselling collection, WHISPERS OF LOVE, can be found at the following online bookstores:

Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and iBooks13557868_1243263699032327_3893467585927262350_n

CrossReaders Book Review: Love Octagon by Felicia Rogers

CrossReaders Book Review: Love Octagon by Felicia Rogers

Love Octagon

Title: Love Octagon

Author: Felicia Rogers

Rating: 5 stars

About the Book

Kevin Smith is an ordinary guy. He works a plain job. Owns a normal, but disorganized home. And plays like every single man. In short, he is the average male. Until one day on vacation, he takes a run in the park and rescues a bag lady from mugging, after which his life is never the same. The mysterious lady grants him one wish. Assuming the woman’s offer is false, Kevin returns home with thoughts of a past conversation in his mind. Later when he steps from the shower everything has changed. The disorderly home is no more. All his vacation chores have been completed. And most surprising of all he has seven wives. Will this unexpected twist turn out to be the blessing he hoped for, or a curse he wished he’d never asked for?

Review

Be very careful what you wish for!

Reading this story I decided that Kevin Smith’s picture was in the dictionary by the word procrastination. Why do today what you can put off until tomorrow. But it just seemed like each day, tomorrow never came. What is the saying? The path to Hell is paved with good intentions.

What would happen if a stranger granted you one wish and it came true? But your mind was focusing on the silly conversation at work with your friends, a wife for each day of the week and you would never have to do a thing? Yea, right, seven wives and lots of children in one household, nothing can ever go wrong there! So will this unexpected twist turn out to be the blessing he hoped for, or a curse he wished he’d never asked for?

“Your greatest desire shall be fulfilled, one wish you may build. It was like she’d been leading him down a path he hadn’t been able to see. When his eyes were finally opened to his loss, his misery, his need for repentance, was when his life changed for the better.” Now can Kevin and Angela find happiness when they get together and talk without others interfering?

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This review was submitted by: Kathy Watts

CrossReaders Book Review: Love and Roses  by Suzanne D. Williams

CrossReaders Book Review: Love and Roses by Suzanne D. Williams

Love and Roses

Title: Love and Roses

Author: Suzanne D. Williams

Rating: 5 stars

About the Book

Ian McKinney’s wife tried to kill him, and that made up his mind for good. He’s out of the dating game. He has friends, a comfortable job, other things to fill his life.

Then Allison Hoff walks into it. She’s never recovered from the death of her spouse and is now trying to somehow move on. Maybe if she loses a few pounds, builds her self-esteem …

But when she asks him to fill in as her date to the Fourth of July police

Review

Love and Roses by Suzanne D. Williams is a great story that I could not put down until I had finished it in one sitting. On the title page Suzanne wrote that the book was a feel good romance and that is very true. When I finished reading the story, I had a smile on my face and was wishing that the story would continue. After Ian McKinney’s wife hired someone to kill him, he made up his mind that his friends and job were enough to make his life complete and he had no intention of ever dating again. Shortly after making this decision, Allison Hoff entered his life. She was the widow of a policeman killed in the line of duty and she was having a hard time going on with her life. On a whim Allison invites Ian to be her date for the Fourth of July police dance. Then everything seems to go wrong.

True to form, Suzanne did an excellent job in the writing of this story. The characters came alive on the pages of the book and I immediately liked Ian and Allison and was hoping that they would become a couple. The dialogue was well thought out and written. Sometimes I wanted to just shake Allison because of her refusal to let go of her dead husband and move on with her life. I felt this way for Ian was such a great guy and Allison finally came to realize that fact. The plot was well thought out and well developed and made for a very interesting and entertaining story. I was very happy with the way that the story ended.

I highly recommend this book to anyone that loves a great feel good romance that also includes love for God and forgiveness.

Thanks to the author, Suzanne D. Williams, for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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This review was submitted by: Deanna Gottreu

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CrossReaders Book Review: Kinsale Kisses: An Irish Romance by Elizabeth Maddrey

CrossReaders Book Review: Kinsale Kisses: An Irish Romance by Elizabeth Maddrey

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Title: Kinsale Kisses: An Irish Romance

Author: Elizabeth Maddrey

Rating: 5 stars

About the Book

She wants stability. He wants spontaneity. What they need is each other.

Colin O’Bryan cashed out of the software company he founded and started a new life in Ireland. Content to wander from town to town as a traveling musician, he had no goals beyond healing from the betrayals that led to his career change, and finding his next gig.

After the death of her parents, Rachel Sullivan hoped her aunt’s B&B on the Southern coast of Ireland would be a place for her to settle and start a new life. Though she can’t deny the sparks in Colin’s touch, his lack of concern for hearth and home leave her torn. Can this free-spirited minstrel win her heart or will Rachel choose roots and stability over love?

This gentle inspirational romance will take you on a journey to Cork County, Ireland and give you a glimpse of Kinsale, Charles Fort, Blarney Castle, and Cobh as Rachel and Colin undergo their own journey of self-discovery as they learn that God’s plans are bigger than their own and that waiting on Him is worth the insecurity it brings.

Review

FINDING LOVE AWAY FROM HOME
I adored this story of Colin O’Bryan and Rachel Sullivan. Collin was traveling all over Ireland, playing in pubs and enjoying life after his business was sold out from under him. Rachel is dealing with the death of both parents, having to give up the family business and trying to find herself and stability. The storyline kept me captivated and the dialogue was heartwarming. I was impressed with Colin keeping God in his adventure and helping Rachel see that God is still listening to her prayers. The sites and culture of Ireland was an added bonus to this story. “Don’t focus so hard on what was or you’ll lose sight of what could be. You don’t want to end up looking back over your life with regrets.”

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This review was submitted by: Kathy Watts

CrossReaders Book Review: Fire and Ice (Brides of Weatherton Book 2) by Leah Atwood

CrossReaders Book Review: Fire and Ice (Brides of Weatherton Book 2) by Leah Atwood

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Title: Fire and Ice (Brides of Weatherton Book 2)

Author: Leah Atwood

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

About the Book

Pragmatic Maeve Benetton never would have answered an advertisement for a mail-order bride on her own accord, but without her knowledge and on her behalf, her brother replied to one placed by Patrick Holden from Weatherton, Wyoming. When a letter came from Patrick several weeks later, Maeve decided to pen her own reply, giving in to the romantic notions she’d always kept hidden.

After a time of correspondence, she fancied herself in love with Patrick and agreed to marry him. She packed the few belongings she had, said goodbye to her family, and left her home for romance in the west.

But when she arrived in Weatherton, Patrick was nowhere to be found. Weeks went by, and with no money to return home, Maeve was stuck in limbo, living with Patrick’s family. Every day that passed, she realized more and more that Patrick was not that man he portrayed in his letters.

When he finally does return, will Maeve be able to adapt to changes? And can she trust herself enough to fall in love or will she fall back to her practical self?

In the second Brides of Weatherton novella, best-selling author, Leah Atwood, delivers another sweet, Christian romance full of faith, love, friendship, and family.

Can be read as a stand-alone.

Review

ALL IN GOD’S TIMING
I enjoyed this second book in the Brides of Weatherton series. Although this is a series, the book will read as a standalone novel. Maeve Benetton has been taking care of her siblings and the household since she was 14 after the death of her mother. Her brother, being cute, sent a reply for a mail-order bride ad in her name and when a response came, she decided to consider the notion. Patrick Holden from Weatherton, WY turns out to be nothing more than a scoundrel. Unfortunately, too late for Maeve who is already in route. Sam Holden, Patrick’s twin brother, is nothing like him. He is responsible and cares for his family and their ranch. The story has pain, rejection, redemption, forgiveness and love. I loved the heartwarming dialogue and interaction between Sam and his family and with Maeve. Can love and happiness be found after disappointment? Will the town of Weatherton finally accept the Holden family in spite of Patrick and the pain he has caused to so many. It is fun to see some of the people of the town that we met in book one.

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This review was submitted by: Kathy Watts