BHP Reading Road Trip 2016

Come with us on a cross-country (and international) trip…by joining our annual roundup of Bethany House book settings. These ones are from books published between July 2015 and June 2016—for past lists, go here and here! So far, by my count, we have 26 states and 12 countries represented from three years of books! (If your home state/country isn’t among them…pitch an idea for a great setting or historical event in the comments.)

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Also, in a stunning turn of events, Texas has been dethroned from its two-time streak being the state with the most BHP books and replaced by…New York! (We still love you, Texas. But you can’t hang on to that crown forever.)

Inside the U.S.

California: Beyond the Silence by Tracie Peterson and Kimberly Woodhouse, Someone Like You by Victoria Bylin, Fading Starlight by Kathryn Cushman

Idaho: Fire and Ice by Mary Connealy

Iowa: Like Never Before by Melissa Tagg

Kansas: A Bride at Last by Melissa Jagears

Maryland: Cold Shot by Dani Pettrey

Massachusetts: From This Moment by Elizabeth Camden

Michigan: Undaunted Hope by Jody Hedlund

Missouri: Rising Darkness by Nancy Mehl, At Love’s Bidding by Regina Jennings

Montana: A Treasure Concealed by Tracie Peterson

New York: In Good Company and Playing the Part by Jen Turano, Irish Meadows and A Worthy Heart by Susan Anne Mason, Until the Dawn by Elizabeth Camden, Flirtation Walk by Siri Mitchell

North Dakota: Streams of Mercy by Lauraine Snelling

Pennsylvania: The Photograph and The Atonement by Beverly Lewis, The Midwife’s Choice and The Midwife’s Dilemma by Delia Parr, Amish Sweethearts by Leslie Gould

Texas: Her One and Only by Becky Wade, No Other Will Do by Karen Witemeyer

Washington: Refining Fire and Love Everlasting by Tracie Peterson

West Virginia: The Potter’s Lady by Judith Miller

Other Countries

Egypt: Counted With the Stars by Connilyn Cossette

England: Not by Sight by Kate Breslin, A Noble Masquerade by Kristi Ann Hunter, Chivalrous by Dina Sleiman, The Painter’s Daughter by Julie Klassen, Dressed for Death by Juliana Deering, A Haven on Orchard Lane by Lawana Blackwell, The Reluctant Duchess by Roseanna White

Monaco: The Lost Heiress by Roseanna White (fine, it’s mostly set in England, but I found the Monaco bits at the beginning very interesting)

Israel: BathshebaRisen, and Delilah by Angela Hunt, On This Foundation by Lynn Austin

Scotland: The Inheritance by Michael Phillips

Other Realms: The Shock of Night by Patrick W. Carr, King’s Folly by Jill Williamson

Ask BHP: Can You Help Me Meet My Favorite Authors?

Love this question from our Ask BHP virtual mailbag: “I know there are conventions where fans can meet secular romance writers. Is there anything like that for inspirational authors?”

When I first read this question, my thought was that it would be so much fun if we could do a convention of authors…but our Bethany House authors are scattered in states all over the US and even out of the country. Not to mention the fact that if I tried to plan an event like that, I’d never have time to, you know, actually do my job and promote their books!

However, I’m glad I waited to answer this question, because such an event does exist! It’s not being organized by Bethany House (though we’re a sponsor and a number of our authors will be there), but that’s even better because it means you’ll get to meet great authors from other publishing houses. too. I’m excited to tell you a little about the Christian Fiction Readers Retreat.CFRR Website CoverThe event, a gathering of authors and readers, takes place right before the ACFW Conference on August 24 in Nashville, when lots of Christian authors are in the same place already. Bloggers Annie, Bonnie, and Carrie were inspired to form the planning committee because of their passion for fiction, and I love their vision for the event. Among the keynote speakers is Bethany House’s own Mary Connealy!

You can find all the details and information on their website—including a list of authors participating, a schedule of events, and resources to find a ride or a roommate.

I’m excited to see the fun that always takes place when you get a group of people passionate about books together in the same place! Hope many of you are able to make it.

Question for you, readers: if you could meet any author (Christian fiction or otherwise), who would it be?

Ten Signs of a Reading Addiction

Let’s be honest, people: there are readers, and then there are readers. Those who like bookstores and those who could spend probably the majority of their lives wandering the bookstores’ shelves. Those who pick up an occasional book for entertainment and those who depend on turning those pages for life itself. Those who enjoy escaping into a fictional world and those who have to be routinely reminded to return to the real one.

Here are a few easy ways to find out if you are addicted to reading. (Tweet this!) Read through the common symptoms carefully and see how many apply to you.

One: After seeing a movie adaptation, you have to find someone to talk about the inaccuracies and inadequacies of the film compared to the novel…but you still inexplicably want all of your favorite books to be made into movies.

Two: If your Kindle was magically turned into a physical library, it would probably look like the one from Beauty and the Beast.

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(Speaking of which: best movie moment of your childhood, right there.)

Three: The package delivery person carries around earplugs so as not to be deafened by your squeal of delight when a new book arrives. Which is often.

Four: Everyone knows what to get you for Christmas, or your birthday, or Mother’s Day (even if you’re not a mother), or World Book Day (it’s a real thing!), or really, any day of the week.

Five: Half of the pictures on your Dream Home board on Pinterest involve bookshelves, personal libraries, or cozy reading nooks.

Six: When you check out fewer than twelve books from the library, the librarian gives you a concerned look and asks if everything is all right.

Seven: Getting to all the titles on your to-read list on Goodreads would require you to drop out of life for at least a year with nothing but you in a room alone with books…and that doesn’t actually sound like a bad plan.

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Eight: You have high standards—if the author hasn’t impressed you (or at least intrigued you) by the end of chapter one, you’re outta there! Too many books, too little time.

Nine: Some of your friends actually think your favorite fictional characters are real people because you gush about them so much.

Ten: When asked to list your hobbies, you start with “reading”…and then struggle to think of something else. Maybe…collecting books? That’s a hobby, right?

Don’t worry—there is help for a reading addiction. I recommend extensive time spent in group therapy with other reading-addicted friends, discussing your favorite books. Of course, you have to face the real world eventually…but maybe after a few more pages.

What’s your biggest indicator that you might be addicted to books?

Spring Reading: May 2016 New Releases

Happy May, BHP readers, and what a month it is for new releases! All contemporary, but from there, we’ve got a wide range of settings and plots for you to enjoy. Explore the glitz and glamour of Old Hollywood, look for clues at a beautiful Illinois lake, relax at a struggling California resort with a few unexpected guests, and chase down the stalker of a professional football player. That’s not even getting into the different settings and plots of the novella collection, Sins of the Past, by three of our top romantic suspense authors.

Here are a few extra fun events around release month:

The Mystery and Mayhem Tour: Rescue one of Dee, Dani, or Lynette’s characters from a kidnapping by following the trail of clues through the blog tour. The mystery’s dramatic conclusion will be at a Facebook party, where you can also chat with the authors and win prizes.

Her One and Only Party: To celebrate the launch of her latest Porter family novel, Becky Wade is having a party tonight, May 5. You can hear about how sales during the first week go toward a charity that’s close to Becky’s heart…and she’ll be giving out gifts as well!

As usual, be sure to click on the cover of a book to read an excerpt!

Traces of Guilt by Dee Henderson

Traces of Guilt

State Police Detective Evie Blackwell is launching a new task force dedicated to reexamining unsolved crimes in Illinois. While looking at old evidence for a couple of missing-persons cases in Carin County, she pulls out a few tenuous leads—with startling implications.

Her One and Only by Becky Wade

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NFL star Gray Fowler is receiving death threats. Out of concern, his team hires a protection detail, but Gray is indignant when he meets his bodyguard. How can an attractive woman half his size protect him? Former Marine Dru Porter is, in fact, more than capable. But as danger rises, can Dru and Gray entrust their lives to one another?

Someone Like You by Victoria Bylin

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New Christian and single mom Julia Dare has her hands full running her event-planning business and raising her son. When a wedding brings her to Caliente Springs resort, she’s shocked to discover the resort manager is Zeke Monroe, her college sweetheart. As the two work together, Zeke and Julia are pushed to their limits both personally and professionally.

Fading Starlight by Kathryn Cushman

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After a red carpet accident leaves her blackballed, Lauren Summers would do almost anything for another chance at her dream of a career in fashion. Does that include making a deal with a reporter to befriend a former Hollywood star, learn her secrets—and then betray her trust?

Sins of the Past by Dee Henderson, Dani Pettrey, and Lynette Eason

Sins of the Past

In this collection of gripping novellas from the top authors of Christian romantic suspense, sins of the past lead to danger in the present. In Henderson’s Missing, a sheriff races to find his mother. In Pettrey’s Shadowed, the parents of the McKenna clan investigate a death. And in Eason’s Blackout, a woman is targeted by a criminal on parole.

Here’s a question, readers: if you could pick three authors to write a linked novella collection together, which would they be?

Prayer for Authors: Spring 2016

Since it is the first Sunday of the month, we’ll be continuing the Bethany House Fiction tradition of taking time to pray for authors who have new releases coming out this month. (You may have noticed we were missing our April authors last month. That’s because I was traveling and did not schedule the post, so we’re including them this month, because they need prayer too!) I’m Amy Green, the fiction publicist here, and I’m thankful for all of the readers who show their support for our authors in the one way that matters most: by praying for them. To read more about the reasons behind this time of prayer, go to this post.

Authors with Books Releasing in April or May:

Victoria Bylin
Connilyn Cossette
Kathryn Cushman
Lynette Eason
Dee Henderson
Delia Parr
Dani Pettrey
Michael Phillips
Melissa Tagg
Becky Wade
Jill Williamson
Roseanna White

Verse of the Month: Feel free to use the text of this verse to guide your prayers for these authors, as well as other people in your life who you want to remember in prayer today.

Praise the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has visited and redeemed his people. He has sent us a mighty Savior from the royal line of his servant David, just as he promised through his holy prophets long ago.”– Luke 1:68-70

General Suggestions for Prayer:

  • For perspective during busy times and the ability to compare daily stresses to what matters most.
  • For encouragement from others (and God!) to arrive at just the right time.
  • For readers to connect with the spiritual journeys of the characters in the books.

We appreciate all you do to support our authors, but most of all, we appreciate your prayers for them. Thanks so much for joining with us today!