About the Book
To get to the girl he loves, Riley Kane must head off on a road trip with the father he never knew. Then pray for a miracle.
Most teens would love to have a pro surfer for a dad. Just not Riley. Abandoned as a kid, he hates the sound of the ocean and the man who gave himself to it.
When the eighteen-year-old learns that his best friend is stranded at a New Mexico hospital as her father fights for his life, Riley hits the highway to head east. But when his Jeep breaks down before he even leaves California, he must rely on the one man he despises to get to the girl who needs him the most. And when it comes to the surfer with the Volkswagen van and dog-eared map, a thousand miles may–or may not–be enough to heal the past.
A story of new beginnings and second chances.
About the Author
Two-time Christy Award-finalist, Joanne Bischof has a deep passion for stories that shine light on God's grace and goodness. She lives in the mountains of Southern California with her husband and their three children.
Joanne Bishof’s latest release, To Get to You, was not a disappointment. Filled with characters you will come to love, as well as, a stunningly written storyline, teens will thoroughly enjoy this down-to-earth, heart-felt novel. This story teaches that everyone has a past, some good, and some we are not so proud of, but that people can change and move on and become better. It touches on difficult relationships between estranged parent and teen, too. This novel reaches out to teens in a new and inspiring way. I would recommend this novel not only to teens, but to their parents so they can learn and grow together.
Genre: romance; young adult; contemporary; Christian fiction
Publisher: Mason Jar Books
Publication date: August 31, 2015
Number of pages: 292
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A review copy of this novel was provided by the author, Joanne Bischof, as part of her reviewer team.
About the Book
“Meeting him was fate, loving him was a choice, and spending the rest of my life with him… well that was destiny.”
At the brink of adulthood Jess thought she had it all figured out, that was until her parents split and her mom whisked her away to the middle of nowhere. Her Grandpa’s farm was the last place on earth she wanted to be, and with no cell phones, internet or cable she was destined for a summer of boredom.
Man of Her Dreams
Clint Foster, the man who has everything going for him. Successful, charming and downright gorgeous; Clint’s the man she can see a future with. The only problem is her Grandpa’s farmhand Levi keeps getting in her way.
Trading in rock concerts for chicken coops and sneakers for cowboy boots; join Jess as she finds love in the unexpected places.
About the Author
T.K. Chapin writes Contemporary Christian Romance books designed to inspire and tug on your heart strings. He believes that telling Contemporary Christian Romance stories of faith, love and family help build the faith of Christians and help non-believers see how God can work in the life of believers. He gives all credit for his writing and storytelling ability to God. The majority of the Contemporary Christian Romance novels take place in and around Spokane Washington, his hometown. Chapin makes his home in the Pacific Northwest and has the pleasure of raising his daughter with his beautiful wife Crystal.
Book one in T.K. Chapin’s Love’s Enduring Promise series, The Perfect Cast, teaches readers about some of life’s greatest challenges, heartaches, losses, friendship, and love. From the perspective of three different characters Jess, Roy, and Levi, capturing the attention of readers as they connect not only with these characters, but with the beautiful story. As readers are drawn into this inspiring story, they will come to know and better understand the unique and sometimes complicated relationships between the characters. I would recommend this novel to readers that enjoy contemporary-romance Christian fiction.
Series: Love’s Enduring Promise
Genre: romance; contemporary; young adult; Christian fiction
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication date: April 13, 2015
Number of pages: 266
Other books in the series:
A review copy of this novel was provided by the author, T.K. Chapin.
About the Book
Strong and adventurous Gwendolyn Barnes longs to be a knight like her chivalrous brothers. However, that is not an option for her, not even in the Arthurian-inspired Eden where she dwells. Her parents view her only as a marriage pawn, and her domineering father is determined to see her wed to a brutish man who will break her spirit.
When handsome, good-hearted Allen of Ellsworth arrives in Edendale searching for his place in the world, Gwendolyn spies in him the sort of fellow she could imagine marrying. Yet fate seems determined to keep them apart. Tournaments, intrigue, and battles--along with twists and turns aplenty--await these two as they struggle to find love, identity, and their true destinies.
About the Author
Dina Sleiman writes stories of passion and grace. Most of the time you will find this Virginia Beach resident reading, biking, dancing, or hanging out with her husband and three children, preferably at the oceanfront. Check out her novels Dance from Deep Within, Dance of the Dandelion, and Love in Three-Quarter Time, and look for her Valiant Hearts adventure/romance books, Dauntless and Chivalrous, with Bethany House Publishers
Dina L. Sleiman has once again written an exciting young adult novel. Full of adventure and unexpected romance, this novel will capture readers’ attention from page one. With excellently well-developed characters that readers will become attached to along with an engaging and thrilling storyline, readers will love this new installment of the Valiant Heart Series. Originally an adult writer, Dina adapted well to writing young adult fiction, crafting a story that readers will most thoroughly enjoy. I would recommend this novel to readers that adored book one in the series, Dauntless, as well as enjoy teen fiction with adventure and romance.
Series: Valient Hearts
Genre: adventure; historical fiction; fantasy; romance; medieval
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Publication date: September 8, 2015
Number of pages: 368
Grade level: 7th+
Other books in the series:
A review copy of this book was provided by the author, Dina L. Sleiman, as part of her influencer group, as well as by Bethany House.
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When fifteen-year-old nerd and gamer Max Anderson thinks he's sneaking a preview of an unpublished video game, he doesn't realize that 1) He's been chosen as a beta, an experimental test player. 2) He’s playing the ultimate history game, transporting him into the actual past: anywhere and anytime. And 3) Survival is optional: to return home he must decipher the game's rules and complete its missions—if he lives long enough. To fail means to stay in the past—forever.
Now Max is trapped in medieval Germany, unprepared and clueless. It is 1471 and he quickly learns that being an outcast may cost him his head. Especially after rescuing a beautiful peasant girl from a deadly infection and thus provoking sinister wannabe Duke Ott. Overnight he is dragged into a hornets' nest of feuding lords who will stop at nothing to bring down the conjuring stranger in their midst.
Praise for the Book
“Fast-paced compelling YA debut.”
Giselle Green, #1 bestselling author of A Sister’s Gift”
“A wonderfully crafted romp to the time of lords, ladies, and knights.”
Lee Ann Ward, author and former Senior Editor of Champagne Books
“Escape from the Past is chock-full of the tiny details that make a story feel realistic and immersive, from the leather ribbons used to fasten shoes to the slimy gruel that formed the bulk of the peasants’ diet….those who love historical fiction or medieval fantasy will certainly enjoy Escape from the Past.”
Mike Mullin, author of the Ashfall trilogy
It was exactly 9:32 p.m. when I settled into my favorite chair, the one with the ripped Mexican blanket that serves as a cushion. Little did I know I’d be gone within the hour. I mean gone as in disappeared.
Powering up my high-speed Cyber Xtreme and 32-inch monitor, a guilt gift from my dad and the only valuable thing I own, I stared at the blank disc in my hand. According to my friend, Jimmy, it contained some secret new game his father had invented. Jimmy said his dad thought the game was faulty and I wondered why his dad would have given it to him.
Most people consider Jimmy the lucky one. He lives in a mansion because his father runs some ginormous tech company. My mom and me share space with a thousand spiders in a two-bedroom cottage with a thatched roof. Who in the twenty-first century lives in a house covered with a bunch of straw?
Anyway, I digress. The tower purred as it swallowed the disc, the best sound in the world. It took a long time to boot which should’ve given me the first clue something was wrong. If there’s one thing that drives me crazy it’s slow processors and I knew it wasn’t my equipment. I’ve been gaming since I was six and consider myself pretty good. Especially when it comes to debugging stuff. I was stoked to figure it out, maybe make a few bucks in the process. I’m still American enough to think of dollars instead of Euros because we’ve only lived in Germany for two years.
I was scrounging for a candy bar in my desk when a flame shot across the screen, burning yellow, red and blue. Not that I smoke, but it looked real enough to light a cigarette. In slow motion the fire edged letters into the screen. EarthRider. Cool name. Of course I didn’t get it then. Stupid me.
Below the fire appeared a globe, the kind librarians have on their desks. The thing rotated slowly, zooming closer and closer like Google Earth. Jimmy was right, this was the coolest thing I’d ever seen, the graphics as realistic as if I’d been standing there.
Bornhagen, the place we live, was marked with a front door.
Enter here flashed below.
I was pretty fed up waiting, my fingers twitching to hit the keys. First it took ages to load, then it showed a map? But I didn’t have much else to do except review a few algebra problems— unlike Jimmy I’ve got no trouble with math—so I clicked.
On the screen giant boulders shaped themselves into a gate, opening onto a bunch of hills and a shadowy forest. In the distance, high on the mountain, I saw a castle with two towers, a pale banner fluttering limply on top. It looked vaguely familiar, but at the time I didn’t really think much about it. An ox cart moved slowly across a country road toward the castle.
I sniffed. Something reeked like boiled manure. I looked around to find the source when I noticed a man on the screen scurrying along a bumpy trail. He wheezed, dragging his bare feet. He was obviously injured, the filthy rags on his right shoulder dark with blood. The screen zoomed to follow as the man darted into the woods. Giant oaks swallowed the sun, a patchwork of shadows and light in the undergrowth.
At the time I remember thinking how lame this game was despite the graphics—no dragons, no monsters, nothing exciting whatsoever. Besides, I was slightly worried my mom would come in. The whiskey she likes usually puts her to sleep on the couch, but you never know. Luckily, most of the time, she doesn’t know when I pull an all-nighter.
Horse gallop thudded out of nowhere. Visibly trembling the grimy-looking man hesitated for a moment before thrashing his way through bushes and undergrowth. At the edge of the forest three riders in chainmail and helmets came into view, their chestnut horses whinnying and covered in sweat. The clang of metal sliced the air as the men drew swords.
At that moment my cell rang.
About the Author
Annette Oppenlander writes historical fiction for teens. Whenshe isn’t in front of her computer, she loves indulging her dog, Mocha, and traveling around the U.S. and Europe to discover amazing histories.
“Nearly every place holds some kind of secret, something that makes history come alive. When we scrutinize people and places closely, history is no longer a number, it turns into a story.”
Author Annette Oppenlander has written an exciting new novel filled with action and historical events. The main character in the book, Max, loves computer games and is transported back to the mediaeval time period where he must complete his mission in order to get home. Filled with plenty of action, historical events, and even a little romance, teens will thoroughly enjoy Annette’s first novel in The Duke’s Wrath series. I would recommend this novel to any young reader who loves video games and wants to be transported back in time on a grand and thrilling adventure.
Series: The Duke’s Wrath
Publisher: Lodestone Books
Publication date: July 31, 2015
Number of pages: 299
Grade level: 6+
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