Monday, March 31, 2008

Fossil Hunter by John Olson

Coming in May from Tyndale:

Summary:

In the desolate Iraqi desert, a lone shepherd stumbles across a whale fossil. Initial analysis indicates that it could be a new species-a discovery that could shed light on the evolution debate. Paleontologist Dr. Katie James is asked to lead an expedition to recover the rest of the fossil before her archrival, Nick Murad, can find it first.

Visit John's website here.

Last of the Nephilim by Bryan Davis

Coming in July from AMG is Book #3 in the Oracles of Fire series.

Bryan recently gave this update about his writing schedule on his blog:

I finished Last of the Nephilim yesterday and turned it into AMG Publishers. It's a relief to have it done, but there is no rest for the weary. I will now turn to the editing process for Eternity's Edge, book #2 of Echoes from the Edge, and when that's done, it will likely be time to start the same process for Last of the Nephilim.

After that, I have to write book #3 of Echoes from the Edge (as yet untitled) and book #4 of Oracles of Fire, The Bones of Makaidos. During this editing and writing period I will be teaching at the Florida Christian Writers' Conference and the Mount Hermon Christian Writers' Conference, and I will be going on promotional tours in Arkansas, Iowa, Michigan, Maryland, Florida, and New Jersey, as well as local events in Tennessee. I appreciate your prayers for me and my family as this hectic season of life continues.

Read our review of Book #2 in the Oracles of Fire series, Enoch's Ghost, here.

2nd Trailer for Uncover Me by John Perrodin & Susie Shellenberger


FIRST TRAILER:

Find out more at www.thetrioplus.com

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Cover unveiled for T.L. Hines' The Unseen

As recently reported at T.L.'s website:

"In 2008, my third novel, entitled The Unseen, will hit shelves. I finished the first draft of the book in November 2007, and will have a second draft at the publisher in early January.

The Unseen is the story of a young man named Lucas, who has a strange proclivity: he hides in the private spaces of public buildings (elevator shafts, ceilings, utility chases, and so on), spying on the people who work inside. Soon, he stumbles into an underground society of people who do the same thing in private homes--a group calling itself the Creep Club--and he finds himself trapped in the midst of double crosses and covert operations."

The Unseen is to be released by Thomas Nelson in July 2008.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Barbour making the jump into the Kindle

According to Christian Retailing:

"Barbour Publishing is planning an unlikely debut in the digital book market. The first title to be made available soon for Amazon's Kindle book reader from the Uhrichsville, Ohio-based company will be A Sister's Test, the last novel from best-selling author Wanda E. Brunstetter ..."

Read the full article here.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Sinner by Ted Dekker cover unveiled!

Unveiled at the Thomas Nelson website is the cover art for Ted Dekker's upcoming Sinner. Click on the image for a closer look.

Ted talked about Sinner in his interview with us:

Sinner isn’t so much a sequel to Showdown and Saint, as Showdown is a prequel to Sinner. Honestly, if asked, I would say read Sinner first, and if you’re interested in learning more about how Johnny, Billy, and Darcy came to have their power, go back and read the story of when they were kids.


Sinner
takes place in the near future and tells the story of how our country comes to despise those who follow Jesus. Set against this backdrop comes three very gifted individuals. One from the desert and his name is Johnny. One from the city and his name is Billy. One from a small town in Pennsylvania and her name is Darcy. They will forever change the world, and not in the ways readers of Showdown or Saint might expect.

It’s the first novel in some years that I have a very hard time talking about without crying. The days I’m writing about are coming, you do realize that… Oh what fools would follow Christ. Run for the hills, save your lives, we are hated because they first hated the one we follow.

Dear Johnny, if you are reading this it is because I am dead. I beg you, find Billy. Find Darcy. Stop Black.

Click here to read the full interview.
Click here to read our review of Adam.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Chris Well signs with Heartsong Presents Mysteries

This just announced by Chris over at his Shoutlife page:

It's official: I'm now signed with Barbour's brand-new cozy mystery imprint, Heartsong Presents -- Mysteries. The first round of HPM books have just started hitting mailboxes -- they have four new titles every six weeks. It's a good crew, and I'm thrilled to be a part; watch for my first novel with them in spring 2009...

Subscribe to Heartsong Presents -- Mysteries -- and get four books FREE!

Visit Chris' website here.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Marcher Lord Press Grand Prize Announced!

Here's what founder & publisher Jeff Gerke announced:

The grand prize, to be given away in the massive drawing on launch day, October 1, 2008, is...[drum roll]...a trip for two to the 2009 ComicCON convention in San Diego.

If you know what ComicCON is, you're no doubt rejoicing right now. It's a speculative geek's (er, fan's) dream come true. Movie stars, famous illustrators, big-time directors, comics, Star Wars, collectibles, and lots of loonies in costume. Ah...heaven.

I went to the 2007 ComicCON and knew right away it would make an incredible grand prize for anyone who loves speculative fiction and movies. Like you!

If you don't know what ComicCON is, well...you're in for a treat. Check www.marcherlordpress.com for more about why this is such an awesome prize for someone like you and me.

The prize includes airfare, hotel, convention passes, and more.

Also check the site for information about the dozens of secondary prizes that have already come in. It's going to be cool even to win 30th prize.

But oh, that grand prize.

Remember, you can increase your chances of winning by telling everyone you know to get over to the site and register and mention your name as referrer. Every time you are named as referrer, your name goes into the prize pool an additional time. If you want to increase your chances of going to the SF/fantasy lover's sunny paradise, get out there and spread the word.

Also be sure to check out the new page covering the bonus books you'll be able to receive for free when you purchase one or more Marcher Lord Press novels on launch day.

All in all, there are some incredible reasons to mark your calendar for October 1 and get ready for a crazy good launch.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Field of Blood by Eric Wilson

Coming in October from Thomas Nelson, is Eric Wilson's first book in the Jersualem Undead Trilogy.

Summary:

1989: Scores of Romanian children are born with AIDS. In the same year, an ancient tomb is broken into outside of Jerusalem.

Gina Lazarescu is a girl caugtht between an unknown past and a dark future. Will she stand in the gap to stem the rising darkness? Or become victim to it?

Lies are being told and secrets are being kept. Death is not a question. It is the answer.

Welcome to a world that hides before your eyes.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Carol & Gary Johnson stepping down at Bethany House

Baker Publishing Group announces that Gary Johnson and Carol Johnson will be stepping aside from their respective roles as President and VP/Editorial, Fiction at Bethany House Publishers on February 29, 2008 after decades of productive leadership. They will continue on a part-time basis focusing on acquisitions and special projects.

Gary Johnson's first brush with the publishing world began in 1960 when he accepted the position of manager of the campus bookstore at Bethany College of Missions in Bloomington, Minnesota. The first day on the job, he discovered that his new role included oversight of the fledgling Bethany House Publishers, a modest operation with a backlist of six titles!

Seeing opportunities to expand the business, Johnson began acquiring practical self-help and deeper-life Christian books with growing market potential. Kingdom of the Cults by the late Walter Martin, The Christian Family by Larry Christenson, Telling Yourself the Truth by the late Dr. William Backus and the Love Comes Softly series by Janette Oke were all milestones in building the Bethany House brand.

Carol Johnson began editing part-time for the publishing house in the mid 60s and stepped into her full-time role as Editorial Director in 1979. She is best-known in the industry for developing Bethany's reputation of leadership and innovation in fiction and credited for birthing a new wave of Christian fiction in the late 70s.

Baker Publishing Group President Dwight Baker commented, "I am privileged to share the business of Christian book publishing with the Johnsons, first as a respectful competitor and since 2003 as a partner and colleague. Our interaction during these past five years has confirmed what many of us assumed of the Johnsons since our first observations: They are smart, professional, honest, and they display consistent personal integrity from every angle."

Jim Parrish has been named Executive VP and Director of Bethany House Publishers effective March 1, 2008. With a background in Christian retail, Parrish has worked in various management roles within the company since 1984, including most recently VP and Director of Administration.

Also on March 1, David Horton will become VP/Editorial, Fiction. Horton joined Bethany's editorial team in 1998 following stints at Tyndale House, Scripture Press, and Cook Communications. Horton currently serves as Editorial Director, Fiction.

Dwight Baker said of Parrish and Horton "We are delighted to promote Jim Parrish and David Horton to full leadership roles at Bethany. Both men have already demonstrated impressive abilities and experience. They have the support and respect from all of us as they face greater responsibilities. Bethany will certainly thrive under their leadership and in the tradition of its first 50 years of excellent publishing."

Bethany House Publishers is a division of Baker Publishing Group.

Less Than Dead by Tim Downs

Take a look at the cover for Tim Downs' next book ... and it's another Bugman novel! No summary yet, but if it's anything like his previous books, then we know it'll be good.

Read our review of First the Dead here.
Read our interview with Tim here.

Summary of Sinner by Ted Dekker

We now have a little glimpse into what Ted Dekker's novel Sinner is about. Here's the book summary as listed at ChristianBook.com:

It's been predicted that Christians will one day not be tolerated in America. Now that day has arrived---with the return of Marsuvees Black! When the government classifies racial and religous speech as "hate" crimes, believer Johnny Drake refuses to remain silent. And the world waits for a violent showdown not seen since the time of Nero!

Read our interview with Ted here to catch even more of a glimpse into what's in store in Sinner.

ECPA moves book awards from ICRS

According to Christian Retailing:

The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) is to pull its showcase annual book awards out of the International Christian Retail Show (ICRS) after this year.

Starting in 2009, the prizes will be announced as part of the publisher group's Christian Book Expo (CBE), debuting in Dallas, March 20-22 next year.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Watch the trailers for the Noble Legacy series!

There are two fun book trailers available for Book #1, Reclaiming Nick, and Book #2, Taming Rafe, in the Noble Legacy series.

Click here to view them.

Be looking for Book #3, Finding Stefanie, coming this July from Tyndale!

Read our review of Reclaiming Nick here.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Dark Pursuit by Brandilyn Collins

Dark Pursuit (cover not yet available) is a stand-alone “Seatbelt Suspense™” from bestselling author Brandilyn Collins. Releasing from Zondervan in December.

Description:

Novelist Darell Brooke lived for his title as King of Suspense—until an auto accident left him unable to concentrate. Two years later, recluse and bitter, he wants one thing: to plot a new novel and regain his reputation.

Kaitlan Sering, his twenty-two-year-old granddaughter, once lived for drugs. After she stole from Darell, he cut her off. Now she is rebuilding her life.

In Kaitlan’s town two women have been murdered. She is about to discover the third. The only possible culprit? Her boyfriend, Craig, son of the town’s police chief.

Desperate, Kaitlan flees to her estranged grandfather. For over forty years, Darell Brooke has lived suspense. Surely he’ll devise a plan to trap the cunning Craig.

But can Darell’s muddled mind do it? And—if he tries—with what motivation? For Kaitlan’s plight may be the stunning answer to the illusive plot he seeks …

Read our interview with Brandilyn here.
Read our review of Crimson Eve here.

Stepping Into Sunlight by Sharon Hinck

Coming in September 2008 from Bethany House is Sharon Hinck's next contemporary novel.

Sharon talks about the story over at her blog:

"Although the story has quirky characters and dry humor in the first-person voice (like my other novels), this novel has a slightly more serious tone. Penny Sullivan witnesses a violent crime right before her husband leaves on his first deployment as a Navy chaplain. She battles post-traumatic stress, feels completely isolated and alone, and needs some tools on her journey toward healing.

She develops "Penny's Project" - and takes tiny steps forward as she tries to do a kind act for a different person each day. I love the theme of the way God uses wounded people to help and support each other. Like the widow's mite, this Penny doesn't come from a place of abundance or power. Yet God is able to make a difference in her and through her.

Read our review of Renovating Becky Miller here.