New Christian Fiction

New novels to try out Happy Friday to you! If you're looking for a new novel to read this weekend, let me tell you about two new ones that are now available at LifeWay Christian Stores. Irish Meadows by Susan Mason Brianna and Colleen O'Leary know their Irish immigrant father expects them to marry well. Recently he's put even more pressure on them, insinuating that the very future of their Long Island horse farm, Irish Meadows, rests in their ability to land prosperous husbands. Both … [Read more...]

What I’ve Been Reading

Catching up on my favorites Happy Friday! I've been plowing through my "to be read" stack the last couple of weeks.  I've been in a fiction only mode and have been enjoying the new novels by some of my favorite novelists.  I thought I'd share with you a bit about two of them. Until the Harvest by Sarah Loudin Thomas When family tragedy derails Henry Phillips's college studies, he's left unmoored and feeling abandoned. The only things that can tamp down his grief are the family farm, his … [Read more...]

Lady Maybe by Julie Klassen

New release from best selling novelist For those of us who are Julie Klassen fans, we're loving 2015!  Why?  Because we get TWO new books from Julie this year!  It makes me oh so giddy. Lady Maybe has just released and it's currently available at LifeWay for a $12.00 sale price.  This is her first book with a different publisher so it will be interesting to see if we notice any subtle differences.  Lady Maybe is the next book I'll be picking up soon.  Here's a look at the story: In the … [Read more...]

What’s Really Going on With Christian Fiction

A response to the chatter Recently there was a blog post and subsequent discussion on the current state of Christian fiction. While there was much truth in the post there were moments of chastising retailers for what they do and do not carry; LifeWay being the main one discussed. What is the current landscape of Christian (or CBA) fiction? Well, it's changing and it’s oftentimes hard to navigate. It's so different than when I started buying books, let alone selling them as an associate … [Read more...]

Books I’m Looking Forward To

Novels I'm eager to read Yesterday I shared some of the nonfiction books that are releasing in the last half of 2015 that I'm anxious to read.  Today, we're talking fiction!  We all know that I read a lot more fiction than non (although I try to diversify myself, honest!) so this list is a bit longer.  Lots of great stuff coming! How about you?  Are there any novels you're looking forward to getting lost in? A Noble Masquerade by Kristi Ann Hunter (September) Lady Miranda Hawthorne … [Read more...]

LifeWay’s Novelist of the Month: Sarah Ladd

Get to know a rising author One of my favorite new authors over the last couple of years has been Sarah Ladd.  She is bringing excellent novels set in Regency England to our market.  If you're a fan of Julie Klassen or even our beloved Jane Austen, you'll certainly want to check out Sarah's books. Her newest one, The Curiosity Keeper, is on it's way to LifeWay this week.  "It is not just a ruby, as you say. It is large as a quail’s egg, still untouched and unpolished. And it is rumored … [Read more...]

The Christy Awards

Celebrating the Best in Christian Fiction On Monday night in Orlando, The 2015 Christy Awards will be given out.  I've been able to attend the last several ceremonies but will be missing out this year (boo hoo!) because I'll be down in Mobile, AL helping to relocate our store there (yay!).  It's always so fun to be in a room full of top novelists, publishers, and agents.  There is always lively discussions to partake in!   The Finalists In case you haven't seen who the finalists are, … [Read more...]

Empire’s End by Jerry Jenkins

Newest Release from Leading Novelist Congrats!  You made it to Friday! Did you by chance read I, Saul by Jerry Jenkins a couple of years ago?  If you did, then there's a chance you are among those who were left hanging as to what happened next.  Thanks for that, by the way, Jerry. Good news!  Empire's End is now available at LifeWay so we can all be put out of our misery!  I really enjoyed the modern day setting along with the flashbacks to Paul the Apostle in I, Saul.  It really … [Read more...]

LifeWay’s Novelist of the Month: Tamera Alexander

Get to know an award winning novelist When people ask me for recommendations on authors they should check out, Tamera Alexander is usually the first name out of my mouth.  I'm a sucker for amazing historical novels and I easily get lost for hours in one of Tamera's books.  The long wait for the second book in the Belle Meade Plantation Series is now available at LifeWay!  Here's a look at To Win Her Favor. A gifted rider in a world where ladies never race, Maggie Linden is determined that … [Read more...]