September New Releases + #BookGiveaway

Hey there, readers! Don’t miss out on a chance to win one of these new must-reads, hitting shelves this month!

Rule of Law by Randy Singer

Rule of Law asks the question: Is the president above the law? Available in bookstores and online.

Crisis Shot by Janice Cantore

Crisis Shot is the perfect read for fans of Castle and romantic suspense. Available in bookstores and online.

Loving Luther by Allison Pittman

Explore Loving Luther, a novel unearthing the love story of Katharina von Bora and Martin Luther. Available in bookstores and online.

How Sweet the Sound by Amy Sorrells

“With poetic prose, lyrical descriptions, and sensory details . . . this story dives into the Gulf Coast culture of pecan orchards and debutante balls, exposing layers of family secrets and sins. In the end comes redemption, grace, forgiveness, and faith. Bravo!” —Julie Cantrell, New York Times bestselling author

Available in bookstores and online.

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Enter to win one of the above novels through the Gleam app below. One winner (US only) will be chosen for each novel.

Good luck!

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Join us—September Book Release Prayers

Morning, #Crazy4Fiction readers! We would like to reflect and give thanks and praise for the books that are releasing this month.
The true power of fiction is evident in inspirational novels, and we are continually pleased—and blessed—by the stories of those impacted by these books.

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Janice Cantore, Crisis Shot

“…for he is God’s servant for your good….” Romans 13:4a
Father God, all praise and honor to you Lord, for the calling on my heart to tell of your grace through fiction. As this new book releases, you know my heart, the novel is dedicated to law enforcement, dedicated to the officers who put their lives on the line each and every day, working a job that is becoming ever more dangerous by the minute. I pray that the story inspires and touches people, opening their eyes to the danger officers gladly confront in order to keep people safe. And I pray the story will prompt people to remember to pray for law enforcement and for the communities they serve.
In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.


Available in bookstores and online. 
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Amy Sorrells, How Sweet the Sound

Dear reader,
How Sweet the Sound began as a flicker of prayer in my heart, a hope that somehow the Lord would help me write a story of hope for survivors of sexual abuse. He led me to the story of Tamar, daughter of King David, in 2 Samuel 13, who was raped by her brother and left to live out her life in desolation. And He helped me see, through the eyes of characters like Comfort and Anni, Solly and Jed, that Jesus Christ came to break the chains of inconsolable shame Tamar knew. If you or someone you love is a Tamar, or even if you aren’t and happen upon this book, may I pray for you?
Abba, you know the Tamar’s among us. You know the grief they carry, the fear. You see them, just like you saw me. And you want them to live free. Abba, I pray you would use this story to reach those who need it the most, and even those who think they need it the least, that the kindness of Ernestine would soften their hearts, that the warm, gulf coast breezes would comfort them, that even though darkness overwhelms the beginning pages readers would see the light and love and hope that eventually and faithfully overcomes, just like Your tender, conquering love.
Abba, I pray You would use this story to bind up wounds, bind up the brokenhearted, proclaim freedom to those captive to shame, bring light to those imprisoned by the darkness of incest, comfort to those who mourn, and that they would know the beauty You create from ashes. I pray even those who’ve been devastated for years and generations by abuse will know the possibility of restoration, because You are the God who heals and who sets free.

All the glory and honor to You, precious Abba, our mighty Lord!


Available in bookstores and online.
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Other great titles to look for this month include…


Rule of Law asks the question: Is the President above the law? Available in bookstores and online.

 


Explore Loving Luther, a novel unearthing the love story of Katharina von Bora and Martin Luther! Available in bookstores and online.

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Thank you, readers, for joining us in prayer.
Visit the blog and our Crazy4Fiction Facebook page throughout the month for book giveaways, contests, quizzes, and much more.
In the meantime, happy reading!

Are you Small Town or Big City? Quiz + Giveaway

Hey there, readers! To start a good story, you must first develop a compelling setting. Whether on Mars, in a small quirky, lakeside town, or in the tundra, this setting sets the stage for your characters to go off on their adventures.

Romantic suspense author Janice Cantore has explores small town life and big city living in the context of her stories. Life as a small town police officer, for example, will bring some unique challenges; Janice enjoyed testing these waters in her upcoming novel Crisis Shot.

We invite you to take the quiz below and find out where YOU fit: small town life or big city living?

Comment on this blog with your results and be entered to win a copy of Crisis Shot

US entries only. Winner will be announced on our Crazy4Fiction Facebook page Monday, September 4th.

Author Pam Hillman Shares WHY The Natchez Trace: The Devil’s Backbone, Highwaymen, and Wayfaring Strangers

We are excited to welcome Pam Hillman to the blog to share some of her process for imaging her new historical romance, The Promise of Breeze Hill. Often times, authors stumble upon a fact or moment in history that sticks with them and will not let go. The rich history of the Natchez Trace would become the inspiration for Pam’s latest novels. Keep reading to discover why the Natchez Trace is the perfect location for a historical hero and heroine.

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The Promise of Breeze Hill is the first of my Natchez Trace novels. Setting my books in the 1790s is a bit of a departure for me, as most of my research has been in the late 1800s. However, this story was one I wanted to write, and for it to be historically accurate, it needed to be set before 1812 when the first steamboats started plying the Mississippi River.

Why, you ask?

The backdrop for this series is the old Natchez Trace, also known as the Devil’s Backbone. The old Natchez Trace is a centuries-old footpath that runs from Nashville to Natchez, over four hundred miles long.

Back in the 1700s and even before that, the Choctaw, Chickasaw, and Natchez tribes hunted along trails all over these hills and hollows. Eventually, the easiest routes became the most common, and what we know as the old Natchez Trace was wrestled from the wilderness.

By 1733, the French mapped the trail from Natchez heading northeast. In the late 1700s, Ohio River Valley farmers began floating their crops down the rivers to Natchez and New Orleans. It was easy, and quite pleasant, to float down the river on flatboats, but going back up the river was nearly impossible given the current and ferocity of the river. Instead, travelers abandoned or sold their flatboats for lumber, returning home by way of the Natchez Trace, on foot or on horseback.

It did not take long for the trail to become a clearly marked road. By 1810, many years of travel had made the trace the most heavily traveled road in the South. Inns, also called “stands,” sprang into existence due to the needs of the weary travelers. By 1820, over twenty stands were in operation. Some provided basic food and shelter, with owners who might not be the most honest, and upstanding citizens. Other inns, like Mount Locust, were well known and owned by respectable, God-fearing folks who welcomed and treated visitors with hospitality, providing a safe place to stay overnight.

Pictured above: Mount Locust

Travel along the trace was not without its hazards, the least of which were swamps, floods, disease-carrying insects, and mosquitos. But worse than that were the bands of highwaymen who haunted the trace, attacking travelers who might be flush with cash from their recent transactions downriver.

The trail, surrounded by swamps and dark forests, attracted a seedy element leading the old Natchez Trace to gain its nickname: the Devil’s Backbone.

The Natchez District was a lawless frontier in the 1700s, and many a man lost his life traveling along the dark trail. It was not until the invention of the steamboat that wealthy planters, merchants, and their families could make the return trip up the river instead of along the trail. In January 1812, the steamer New Orleans arrived in Natchez. Soon steamboats from New Orleans and Natchez were calling regularly at St. Louis, Nashville, Louisville, and all points in between.

Travelers who could afford passage on the steamboats preferred the relative safety, comfort, and speed to the slow pace of trekking overland. Before long, the busy trace became a peaceful forest lane. The travelers with lots of money in their pockets were now on the riverboats, and the highwaymen soon sought greener pastures to line their pockets.

 

I chose this very stretch of road for my characters to travel upon, a road that struck fear into the hearts of many, because as I walked these banks the rustling in the forest inspired me to imagine what all had transpired on this long, lonely road more than two centuries ago. My curiosity and research breathed to life the idea for my new novel, The Promise of Breeze Hill.

 

The Promise of Breeze Hill
Natchez, MS; 1791

Anxious for his brothers to join him on the rugged frontier along the Mississippi River, Connor O’Shea has no choice but to indenture himself as a carpenter in exchange for their passage from Ireland. But when he’s sold to Isabella Bartholomew of Breeze Hill Plantation, Connor fears he’ll repeat past mistakes and vows not to be tempted by the lovely lady.
The responsibilities of running Breeze Hill have fallen on Isabella’s shoulders after her brother was found dead in the swamps along the Natchez Trace and a suspicious fire devastated their crops, almost destroyed their home, and left her father seriously injured. Even with Connor’s help, Isabella fears she’ll lose her family’s plantation. Despite her growing feelings for the handsome Irish carpenter, she seriously considers accepting her wealthy and influential neighbor’s proposal of marriage.
Soon, though, Connor realizes someone is out to eliminate the Bartholomew family. Can he set aside his own feelings to keep Isabella safe?

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Thanks, Pam, for sharing a little behind the scenes on your writing process. It is always fascinating to know what germ of an idea lead to the novels we see on the shelves.

Visit Pam online for updates on her latest novels and to hear more about her research and writing.

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Thanks and happy reading!

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