Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Coming in February/ March, 2010 from Abingdon Press

Abingdon Press has been cranking up its fiction arm and I am delighted at the variety of subject matter they are tackling with the novels they are releasing in 2010.

I've been waiting a long time to read a Ronie Kendig story and I love the sound of it and I think the protaganists in Debbie Viguie's novel sound fantastic.

How about you? Anything take your fancy?

Click on the title and author links (where available) for more and be sure to check back tomorrow for more great titles from Abigindon.

The Pastor's Wife by Jennifer AlLee

Maura Sullivan never intended to set foot in Granger, Ohio, again. But when circumstances force her to return, she must face all the disappointments she tried so hard to leave behind: a husband who ignored her, a congregation she couldn’t please, and a God who took away everything she
ever loved.

Nick Shepherd thought he had put the past behind him, until the day his estranged wife walked back into town. Intending only to help Maura through her crisis of faith, Nick finds his feelings for her never died. Now, he must admit the mistakes he made, how he hurt his wife, and find a way to give and receive forgiveness.

As God works in both of their lives, Nick and Maura start to believe they can repair their broken relationship and r
eunite as man and wife. But Maura has one more secret to tell Nick before they can move forward. It’s what ultimately drove her to leave him three years earlier, and the one thing that can destroy the fragile trust they’ve built.

Releasing February, 2010

Walking on Broken Glass by Christa Allan

Already sloshed from one-too-many drinks at a faculty party, Leah Thornton cruises the supermarket aisles in search of something tasty to enhance her Starbucks—Kahlua, for example. Two confrontations later—one at the grocery store and t
he other with her friend Molly—Leah is sitting in the office of the local rehab center facing an admissions counselor who fails to understand the most basic things, like the fact that apple juice is not a suitable cocktail mixer. Rehab is no picnic, and being forced to experience and deal with the reality of her life isn’t Leah’s idea of fun. But through the battle she finds a reservoir of courage she never knew she had, and the loving arms of a God she never quite believed existed.

Releasing February, 2010

The Big 5-0h! by Sandra D Bricker

Olivia Wallace has a birthday curse . . . or so she thinks. It was a broken heart on her 16th, a car accident on her 21st, pneumonia on her 30th, and a fall down a flight of stairs on her 35th. There were Ohio blizzards on her 38th, 39th, and 40th; and six days before her 45th, she lost the love of her life to a heart attack. Numbing grief stole that birthday and a couple more to follow and, on the morning of her 48th birthday, she received the call she’d dreaded ever since losing her mom so many years ago…she was diagnosed with stage-3 ovarian cancer. The doctors didn’t hold out a lot of hope, but Liv survived and maintained her faith. Months of surgeries and chemotherapy and radiation treatments followed.

But now, as her 50th birthday creeps up the icy Ohio path toward her, her hair has grown back, her energy level is up, and she is officially cancer free. It makes her nervous. After everything she’s gone through, Liv hates the idea of driving on icy roads and returning to work as an O.R. nurse in a local Cincinnati hospital.

Her best friend Hallie knows just the thing to break Liv out of the winter doldrums, while providing a safe haven of warmth, sunshine, and a time to regroup: a holiday in the Florida sunshine!

Releasing February, 2010

Dead Reckoning by Ronie Kendig

Underwater archeologist Shiloh Blake is consumed with passion for the water and inflamed at the injustices of life, blaming her secret agent father for her mother's death. When her first large-scale dig traps her in the middle of an international nuclear arms clash, she flees for her life and is followed by an unknown man. Who is he? How is he always one step ahead? Reece Jaxon is a former Navy SEAL, who now serves his country as a spy. His mission is threatened by the beguiling Shiloh Blake as he hunts down the sources to a nuclear dead drop in the Arabian Sea. The only way to end this nightmare and prevent a nuclear meltdown is for Shilo
h to join forces with Reece. Will Shiloh violate her vow to never become a spy like her father? Will she reconcile with her father? Will her trust issues destroy her chance for love? And will she allow God to help her through this ordeal?

Releasing March, 2010

The Lord is My Shepherd by Debbie Viguie

Cindy’s church is getting ready to celebrate Easter, and Jeremiah’s Temple is preparing for Passover when Cindy literally stumbles over the body of an unknown man lying dead in the sanctuary. The church was locked, and a bloody cross necklace on the floor seems to be the only clue. The killer is likely a member of the congregation, but there are hints that similar deaths have happened in the past. Are Cindy and Jeremiah dealing with a serial killer? They have to unravel the clues before Easter Sunday arrives and more people die.

Cindy and Jeremiah come from two different worlds, even though they work right next door to each other. Cindy is a strong Christian who lives a normal but somewhat dull life, working as a church secretary. Jeremiah is a Reformed
rabbi with a mysterious past full of danger and excitement. But one eventful Easter/Passover week, the two find themselves working together to solve a murder and stop a serial killer from striking again. Solving the mystery should put an end to their alliance, but the church secretary and the rabbi quickly find themselves enmeshed in another mystery. Soon the two form a friendly alliance and friendship, exploring personal history and faith and growing closer with each passing adventure. Despite their differences Cindy and Jeremiah find a lot of common ground.
Releasing March, 2010


Deborah said...

oooh those all look great. and yay for another Debbie Viguie book. i just finished her YA sweet seasons series and am looking for more from her. although i'm not a fan of the cover of dead reckoning. the background is ok, but the girl looks really weird and could be taken off.

Ronie Kendig said...

Thanks so much, Rel! I appreciate you posting my cover--which, I love. LOL

Shannon McNear said...

Please don't let your feelings about the Dead Reckoning cover keep you from reading the book!! It is one rockin' story! Ronie's an amazing writer.

And the others look wonderful too. Christa! I think I was one of your Genesis judges last year--what a thrill to see this is coming to print!

Richard Mabry said...

Looking forward to these releases from fellow Abingdon authors. Thanks for the advance look.

Unknown said...

You know, I used to be one of those people who didn't like a picture of a character on a cover. Marketing stats now prove that having a face/person/even facial elements on a cover draw readers to pick up the book and read the back cover blurb. I think that's why I love the covers of Dead Reckoning and Walking on Broken Glass. Since I had the honor of reading Dead Reckoning prior to publication, I can attest that Shannon's praise of Ronie's writing is dead-on. Everybody who loves reading fast pace...you're in for a true treat.

Cheryl Wyatt said...

Congrats on the Abingdon releases! I see some familiar names. Christa! WAHOO! And I'm with Robin. Being an action fan, I LOVE the cover of Dead Reckoning the most. Isn't it funny how different things draw us to different books?

Way cool ladies! Praying for huge sales!

Cheryl-who wonders why the Captcha on this comment says "trubl."

Lori (sugarandgrits) said...

I guess I'm just weird...compared to the other comments...I love the cover for The Pastor's Wife! lol Daisies are my fave flower, so it caught my attention quickly.

The story sounds very interesting as well. I'll be adding it to my loooong Wish List. :)

Thanks for sharing, Rel!

~ Lori

Southern-fried Fiction said...

One of the best books I ever read had a cover I wasn't sure I liked. That's when I realized the old adage "don't judge a book by its cover" had credence. :-)

Funny thing is, I'm quite conservative, yet I had the opportunity to vote on that cover. The one I voted for? The one they eventually chose. :o}

Myra Johnson said...

I'm also looking forward to the next crop of Abingdon releases. I love the variety! Congratulations to one and all!

Christa Allan said...

Wow! My cover on someone else's blog! How cool is that?!
Thanks, Rel. And thanks to all those who commented with such enthusiasm and ecouragement.

Cheryl...you've been one of my fans from the very, very beginning. Can you believe this is finally happening?!

My website: www.christaallan.com

BBAW Admin said...

LOL a bit defensive of the book due to Deborah's comments? Deborah's a fair judge, she'll still read the book! :)

Rick Acker said...

Great spotlight on Abingdon, Rel. I'm honored to be among authors like these.

Devil to Pay, Inc. (Abingdon 2010)
Blood Brothers (4 stars, Romantic Times)
Dead Man's Rule (4.5 stars, Romantic Times)

Rel said...

Wow - thanks everyone for dropping by and chiming in. I love that we can chat about books and what appeals to eachother.

As Deb said, the stories all sound terrific and I can't wait to read, review and spotlight their characters. 2010 is shaping up to be another fabulous year of reading.

Hey Rick - very pleased you have another book in the works :)

Jennifer AlLee said...

Rel, I just found out about your site. It's fabulous! I love the look and feel of it. You're going in my favorites, honey!

Thanks so much for spotlighting the Abingdon titles. Seeing my book on your blog is a real thrill.

sugarandgrits, so glad you like the cover for The Pastor's Wife. I love it, too! The art department surpassed my expectations.

Blessing to all the readers and my fellow Abingdon writers. I'm glad we're in this together :+}

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