While we tally the scores for the 2014 Olympia, Clash of the Titles's annual contest for pre-published writers, have a look at these spectacular new releases, hand-picked just for you. After you've chosen your favorite, let us know which it is by casting your vote in the survey box below.
We wish our contestants all the best!
Mandy will risk everything to protect her guests and her ranch. Her faith, and God's protection, lead her to find out the secret to the Red Gold before it destroys everything.
Local foods chef Claire Halford hosts weddings on Green Acres Farm, but the first bride comes with a ruggedly handsome brother. Noel Kenzie’s reforestation company provides him the means to enjoy a globe-trotting life, until he's captivated by a certain chef who's firmly rooted in one place.
Drew Farthering would like to end the summer of 1932 with the announcement of his engagement to Madeline Parker, but instead he finds himself enmeshed in a series of murders that have disrupted the peaceful little village of Farthering St. John. Who is behind the Hatpin Murders, and why are they all in some way connected to Drew?
Shortly before suffering a tragic car accident, Kate McConnell wrote the simple but powerful words of Psalm 23 on a piece of paper to give to her wayward and confused son. As Kate fights for her life her copy of the psalm begins an incredible journey around the world, forever changing the lives of twelve very different people.
Abandoning his life as a temple guard and becoming an indentured servant was the only way Ari could protect young Joash, the true King of Judah, from the child’s evil grandmother, Queen Athaliah. However, Ari never thought he’d fall in love with Mira, his master’s daughter, and now he must choose between his heart and his sacred duty to God and the nation he has vowed to serve.
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“Keisha’s debut novel is a sweet reminder of the redeeming power of love, along with a dose of drama between good friends! Her characters are so relatable because they’re imperfect people who’ve made some serious mistakes—just like the rest of us!”
-Michelle Stimpson,nNational Bestselling Author
About the book:
If you’re size six, you dance. If you’re Ava Alexander, you watch the purses while your girlfriends dance. Each man that passes her by takes a little of her self-esteem. After escaping a mentally abusive relationship, she promises God she will wait on Him to bring her the right man. And she means it—Until Ishmael. When her best friend’s fiancé throws a few compliments her way, she travels down the path of betrayal. Ava’s choice strains her friendship and sends her into a depression.
Ava receives spiritual guidance from Dr. Glory Moses. Through God’s Word, there is a glimpse of hope for a restored friendship, and a newfound love for the woman she is. In addition, a man she meets at the counseling center offers her a glimpse of what could be if she lines up with God’s will for her life.
Will Ava be able to overcome her insecurities and step into the life God plans for her, or will she continue to self-destruct?
* I'm happy to see a novel with a plus-sized woman as the main character. Thanks, Keisha! * I voted for Permanent Resident at the Purse Table!! Good luck Keisha! * Permanent Resident at the Purse Table!! You won't be able to put it down! * Keisha Bass, Your book sounds like a must-read! We've all sought validation in a way that brought trouble. Can't wait to see how all turns out! Lana K.
About the author:
Keisha Bass has a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with a minor in English and holds teaching certificates in
English, Speech, and Physical Education. She has been a teacher and coach for fourteen years, and currently teaches middle school physical education and coach girls’ volleyball and softball. She grew up in Houston, Texas, but now resides in Arlington, Texas. Keisha is also Vice President of the DFW Ready Writers, a local chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers, and a member of North Texas Christian Writers. Permanent Resident at the Purse Table is Keisha’s first novel. She has published non-fiction articles in magazines and two online publications, TheChristianPulse.com and sober24.com. Her article, “Heart Problems”, was published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: A Book of Miracles.
Keisha, when is your next book due out and can you tell us about it? "My next book, Permanent Resident at the Altar, is due out November 2015. It takes a closer look at my main characters’ lives from the first book and how they are moving forward in their newfound situations. There’s drama, laughter, and definitely more chances to learn how to lean on God in every area of their lives."
All the best things in life are worth striving for, such as Christmas, babies, and winning at Clash of the Titles!
Our latest winner is a YA novel that, according to one of our voters, is the "perfect high school drama."
The readers have spoken!
Hats off to you, Laura, for your smashing win!
To celebrate Worth the Wait's win, the e-book will be on sale for $1.99 now through April 1st!
Worth the Wait
by Laura Jackson
--March's Clash Champ!--
About the Book: Ellie Lansing has a picture-perfect life with a close-knit family and the perfect boyfriend. But her world is suddenly knocked off center when her drool-worthy boyfriend cheats, and her always-has-it-together mother is diagnosed with cancer. Ellie doesn't get it. She always does the right thing - doesn't God owe her a happy life? Through her heartache, Ellie learns that sometimes what seems like the end is really just the beginning and that what God has for us is always worth the wait.
We interrupt this article to make a special announcement! COTT has the pleasure of introducing our 2014 Olympia finalists! To learn more, follow this link.
What COTT Voters Had to Say:
* Loved Worth the Wait!! It was such an inspiring story....looking forward to your next novel! * Laura Jackson Perfect high school drama and I can't wait to see what God has in store for Ellie and all her other friends. * Keep up the great work, Laura. Loved your book, Worth the Wait. * All of the books sound great. The one I've been most excited about though was Worth the Wait by Laura Jackson. * Follow your dream, Laura Jackson! It's worth the wait.
A Note from the Author: I love books. Back in third grade, my cousins teased me because I was reading a very thick book about the Battle of New Orleans. I don't remember anything about that battle now, but I remember wondering why they didn't want to read it.
After graduating with a BA in English and history (where I didn't learn anything about that Battle of New Orleans), I taught 7th grade language arts for eight years. That's where I fell in love with YA books.
Wanting to share my passion for books with more kids, I earned a Master of Library Science degree and switched to an elementary school. I loved sharing great books with kids, but I missed writing with my students.
So, I started writing on my own. My first book was a flop, and I didn't even finish it. Then, Ellie kept popping up in my head, and I had to write her story.
Now, I have the best of both worlds--reading all day with kids and writing YA at night.
A Glowing Review: "I would buy a hundred books like this! As someone who has worked with a lot of young people navigating the extremely tough world of high school and young adult culture I was so impressed by how accurate the culture was and how open and honest the main character (Ellie) was about her internal struggle. This is definitely a book I would recommend to any of the girls in my classes or youth group because it tackles tough questions head on but doesn't linger on graphic or questionable material.... This book has it all--raw truth, messy struggles, family issues, peer pressure, huge life issues,true love, finding an authentic relationship with God and an unshakable element of hope that will inspire you to see God in a new way. I can't wait to read whatever else this author puts on a page!" --jmoliverRead the rest of the review here.
In accordance with FTC Guidelines for blogging & endorsements, I want to post this disclaimer. From time to time, I do purchase and review some novels. However, most of the novels I review are given to me as a complimentary review copy by the author or publisher. I do not receive monetary compensation for the reviews I complete.