Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Novel Anticipation - March 2012

March is here already and I've barely begun reading my February list. That said, this month brings a slew of new releases that are on my must-read list, including the first novel in years by Frank Peretti, and another novel by my good friend, Shannon Vannatter.

Do any of these books interest you?
Are there other March releases you're looking forward to reading?

Howard Books
576 pages

Magicians Dane and Mandy Collins are about to retire when a car accident claims Mandy's life. A grieving Dane goes to see a new magic act---and is shocked to find a 19-year-old version of his Mandy. When the two reunite, can they uncover the conspiracy behind their meeting, Mandy's supernatural magic, and who's following them?

Solitary Tales Series #3

David C. Cook
336 pages

The third book in the Solitary Tales series for young adults, Temptation follows the soul-wrenching twists of Chris Buckley’s journey as he heads deeper into a darkness that threatens all he loves best.

As a reluctant student at Harrington High’s summer school, Chris meets a fun-loving senior girl who offers a welcome diversion from Chris’s past. Soon Chris no longer searches for the truth about the town of Solitary. He no longer tries to pierce its shadows. He no longer questions his role in its mysteries. He makes a new choice: he runs. What he doesn’t realize is that he’s running the wrong way—and is very close to being beyond any choices at all.

B&H Books
352 pages

Amaryllis, Mississippi, resembles the flower for which it's named---bright with southern hospitality. But poison lurks in its center. A serial killer is responsible for five unsolved murders. And now the blood of a sixth stains the town. Three terrified women are sure they know who the perpetrator is---but they all suspect a different man. Who's right?

Place of Refuge Series #1

Harvest House Publishers
304 pages

In a quiet town with a thriving Mennonite community, police officer Ashley Walters finds her threadbare faith and way of life challenged by the Plain people whose simple dress and welcoming manner open her eyes to a God she left behind. Peace eludes Ashley until she realizes the answers she seeks aren't found in starting over but in returning to the simple truth that it's God who overcomes the world, not her.

Center Street
368 pages

Tough Texas Ranger Tyler Steele never could understand why his marriage failed. And now the cowboy hero is a retired single dad who doesn't know how to rebuild his own life---but he does know how to help two on-the-run innocent strangers in danger! Will Ty confront his weaknesses and become the man he needs to be?

Crime Scene: Houston Series #1

352 pages

To the FBI it's a cold case. To Kariss Walker it's a hot idea that could either reshape or ruin her writing career. And it's a burning mission to revisit an event she can never forget. Five years ago, an unidentified little girl was found starved to death in the woods behind a Houston apartment complex. A TV news anchor at the time, Kariss reported on the terrifying case. Today, as a New York Times bestselling author, Kariss intends to turn the unsolved mystery into a suspense novel. Enlisting the help of FBI Special Agent Tigo Harris, Kariss succeeds in getting the case reopened. But the search for the dead girl's missing mother yields a discovery that plunges the the partners into a witch's brew of danger. The old crime lives on in more ways than either of them could ever imagine. Will Kariss's pursuit of her dream as a writer carry a deadly price tag?

Barbour Books

Kendra Maddox doesn’t need to be rescued.

She isn’t thrilled when Stetson Wright steps in to help fend off her overanxious date at a wedding. A new Christian, she’s struggling with a promiscuous past, and Stetson’s firm belief that true love waits only makes his gallant attempt to defend her honor even more unwanted. Then her friends continually push her and Stetson together. . .but can’t they see she’ll never be good enough for him?

Stetson doesn’t need any distractions. And Kendra Maddox is definitely a distraction. From his job as the new youth director at church to moonlighting as a rodeo clown, Stetson has other things to think about. Finding the perfect wife will have to wait.

When Stetson saves a prominent bull rider, he makes headline news, and Kendra’s ad agency is hired to promote the rodeo hero. Attraction simmers, but will they be able to accept each other for who God sees?


  1. Illusion absolutely. Been waitin' so long for a Peretti novel.

    Gone to Ground. Definitely.

    Got Chase lined up for the CFBA.

    Thunder and Rain is probably where I start with Charles Martin.

    (Love Travis Thrasher, but I passed on this series. Maybe later.)

    Busy March. Thanks for these, Bren.

    1. It will be a busy March. Problem is, I've only read 2 of the books I listed for February. Several are on my bed stand right now. Now I'm adding March's list on top of those. There are 14 books sitting beside my bed as I speak. Hope I can catch up ...

      As for Thrasher's series, I've enjoyed it with one exception: every book has a cliff hanger so you have to wait one year for the next book. By the time the newest book comes out, I've forgotten the details of the previous novel. Waiting to read them is wise.