Heartsong Presents June New Releases

My sixth contemporary Christian romance book with Harlequin’s Love Inspired Heartsong Presents line, Seaside Proposal, was released last month. Today I’m posting information on the new Heartsong Presents releases for June. The June books are also the final books being published under the Heartsong Presents imprint. I’ve appreciated the opportunity to start my publishing career with Harlequin and the Heartsong line. My agent, Steve Laube, wrote a lovely tribute last year on Heartsong’s Publishing Legacy.

Rodeo Reunion


And Slade Walker’s not a likely candidate. Even if the former major league pitcher just agreed to coach her son’s little league team. The single mom can’t risk everything on a bronc-riding chaplain who’s only passing through Raquel’s small Texas town.

Slade is taking a hiatus from the rodeo circuit to meet the sister he never knew he had. But the pretty widowed nurse next door is making him think twice about hitting the road again. He can’t turn his back on the cowboys who need him, but Raquel and her boy need him, too. Can Slade fulfill his calling and finally find a place to hang his hat?

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Small Town Bachelor


The struggling single mom is doing her best to raise her three kids. But when her eldest son is caught skipping school, she needs help. Thankfully, truant officer Garrett Sawtelle is on her side. Soon Verity is turning more and more to the caring educator, who’s awakening tender feelings she can’t afford to act on.

Garrett wants to make a difference. He knows it’s against the rules to get too close to the families he counsels. But the spunky widow and her children are fast becoming part of this bachelor’s dreams for the future. Can he convince Verity that, together, they can build something real and lasting?

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 Love's Daring Risk


He’s always been most at home with the sea—not with beautiful, sophisticated women like reporter Madeline Casey. So Aaron can hardly believe it when the newspaperwoman from the big city seems smitten with him. But soon he begins to suspect she’ll do anything to get a scoop—even feign love.

Madeline’s desperate to save her family’s newspaper. And a breaking story about two secretive brothers and their flying machine could be just the headline she needs. But as she chases her lead with Aaron’s help, Madeline just might find herself sailing toward a happily-ever-after with the rugged seaman.

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Winning Olivias Heart


Olivia Bradshaw has loved Troy since childhood. And now is her chance with the handsome banker. But when every other woman on San Juan Island is also charmed by his easy manner and good looks, Olivia worries he’ll be just like her philandering father. No matter how often Troy professes his love for her alone.

When Olivia’s family falls on hard times, Troy will do anything to help. Even wed for the sake of their good name. But he knows Liv balks at being forced into marriage. Though Troy’s never wanted anything more than to have Olivia by his side, must he set her free to finally capture her heart?

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Introducing SPLASH! and HIS PERFECT CATCH novella cover reveal

I’m excited to reveal the cover for my seventh book release. His Perfect Catch, a spin off story from Seaside Proposal, will be independently released on June 23 in SPLASH!  – a box set collection of nine contemporary Christian romance novellas.

I’ve really enjoyed learning how to indie publish on Amazon Kindle. My friend, Karinne Campbell, did the cover art for His Perfect Catch and I’m thrilled with the result. I also contracted my friend, Iola Goulton, to edit my novella. I’ve loved working with the talented group of ladies who have contributed novellas for SPLASH!

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Sydney girl Mia Radcliffe borrows her cousin’s beach house in Sapphire Bay, Australia, to escape the scandal surrounding her ex-fiancé. Her new neighbor is her secret crush from years ago… and she’s still captivated by the handsome builder who was a youth group leader at her church.

Living next door to Mia wasn’t part of Pete McCall’s plan when he started renovating his beach house. The blonde beauty inspires thoughts of settling down, despite her high maintenance ways and big-city dreams.

Love kindles during their time together and Mia’s heart is set on returning to Sydney with Pete. When new opportunities arise, Pete and Mia must decide if their love is for keeps.


NINE Refreshing Romances Filled with Faith!

Available for pre-order on Amazon Kindle for 99 cents

Nine beloved authors of contemporary Christian romance have banded together to offer this limited-time collection of all-new romance novellas perfect for your summer vacation reading pleasure. Come visit Scotland, Zambia, Australia, Canada, and several American states, including Alaska, in these inspirational romance novellas. You’ll love each refreshing contemporary romance as the characters enjoy the water on hot summer days, whether it be in a river, lake, ocean… or a swimming pool!

His Perfect Catch by Narelle Atkins, author of the Snowgum Creek series
A holiday romance isn’t part of the plan when Mia Radcliffe temporarily moves to Sapphire Bay and lives next door to Pete McCall, her secret crush from years ago. Pete prefers the simple life. Can Mia leave behind her big-city dreams and settle with Pete in the seaside town?

Sweet Serenade by Valerie Comer, author of the Farm Fresh Romance series
Carly and Reed thrive on the rush of running rapids in a canoe until they capsize in both river and romance. Will secrets from the past drown their future, or can this idyllic summer romance lead to a lifetime of sweet serenades?

More than Friends by Autumn Macarthur, author of the Love in Store series
When nurse Catriona asks for help with her Vacation Bible School for disabled children, she never imagines how much could go wrong on a simple seaside day out — or that the colleague she’s secretly loved for years might come to see her as more than his best friend’s little sister.

Love Flies In by Heidi McCahan, author of the Emerald Cove series
He’s a seaplane pilot determined to honor his convictions. She’s a kayak guide who mocked his faith for sport. One small lakeside cabin in Alaska can’t house them both.

Testing the Waters by Lesley Ann McDaniel, author of the Madison Falls series
After breaking up with her ultra-critical boyfriend, Teresa decides to reinvent herself. She meets a nice guy named Curt on the beach in Crescent Cove, Oregon, and tells him she’s Terése from Paris. Pretending to be someone else is fun until the unthinkable happens — she starts to fall for him.

The Lifeguards, the Swim Team, and Frozen Custard by Carol Moncado, author of the CANDID Romance series
Lifeguard Alivia Collins looks forward to another summer on the guard stand at the Serenity Landing Aquatic Center. This year, she’s going to have to keep herself from falling for the cute, new guard – or realize it’s time to give love another chance.

Time and Tide by Lynette Sowell, author of the Lone Star Hearts series
When out-of-work fashion journalist Karyn Lewis uses the summer to regroup on the coast of Virginia, she plans to lie low at Pine Breezes campground. She doesn’t plan for her heart to be on a collision course with old friend Brodie Reed. They must decide if the past that looms between them will be too much for them to have a future together.

Draw You Near by Jan Thompson, author of the Savannah Sweethearts series
Savannah artist Abilene Dupree keeps her personal life out of her commercial paintings except one. That one painting has now brought Londoner Lars Cargill back to the coastal town and into her art world. Can she hold him at bay before he invades her personal space and her heart?

Orphaned Hearts by Marion Ueckermann, author of the Heart of Africa series
His faith buried with his wife,  Simon devotes himself to raising his daughter and orphan elephants. Lady Abigail postpones an arranged marriage, leaving England to teach the children of Africa. Will his past—or her future—keep their hearts orphaned?

Grab a tall glass of lemonade or iced tea and dip your toes into a cool pool of water on a hot summer’s day while you enjoy the never-before-released Christian romance novellas in SPLASH! Snag your copy today.


ACFW New Releases: May 2015

ACFW New Releases: May 2015.

More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website.

Contemporary Romance:

Seaside Proposal by Narelle Atkins — Billie Radcliffe is only staying in the close-knit beach community until she finds the man who is the key to her rejection-riddled history. Her growing relationship with good-looking banker and youth leader Zach Montford could crumble when her deepest secret is revealed. (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Bachelor to the Rescue by Lorraine Beatty — He made her a widow. Now she and her little girls need his help. (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Firefly Valley by Amanda Cabot — Marisa St. George has lost her dream job and come home to manage the struggling Rainbow’s End resort in the small Texas town where she grew up. The only silver lining is Blake Kendall, a new guest who is making her believe in love at first sight. But is he really who she thinks he is? (Contemporary Romance from Revell [Baker Publishing Group])

Summer Brides: A Year of Weddings Novella Collection by Debra Clopton, Marybeth Whalen and Beth Wiseman — A June Bride by Marybeth Whalen: Wynne Hardy says “yes” to the perfect man on a reality TV show, then her ex-boyfriend walks back into her life. A July Bride by Beth Wiseman: Brendan Myers left Alyssa Pennington at the altar. Winning back his bride might prove much more difficult than he can imagine. An August Bride by Debra Clopton: Cousin to the bride, Kelsey Wilcox meets groomsman Brent Corbin at a Texas beach wedding. Brent is determined to change the pretty bistro owner’s mind about cowboys. (Contemporary Romance from Zondervan)

Whenever You Come Around (A King’s Meadow Romance) by Robin Lee Hatcher — Best-selling author Charity Anderson returns home to King’s Meadow to defeat a bad case of writer’s block. Then her dog causes an accident where longtime crush Buck Malone breaks his wrist and ankle. Charity finds herself caring for the handsome wilderness guide, since this calamity will keep him off the trail for weeks during prime tourist-season. Buck finds himself hoping to change this city girl’s mind about small town living. (Contemporary Romance from HarperCollins Christian Publishing [Thomas Nelson and Zondervan])

Safe in the Fireman’s Arms by Tina Radcliffe — Neither Maggie Jones nor widowed fire chief Jake MacLaughlin are interested in finding love. When they team up as a fake couple to avoid potential dates, sparks kindle and they might just find trouble in Paradise, Colorado. (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

The Doctor’s Second Chance by Missy Tippens — When a bachelor’s wayward cousin leaves him with her baby to raise, he’s forced to seek help from the one woman he can’t trust, the town’s new pediatrician. (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Can’t Buy Me Love by Beth K. Vogt — A bride-to-be discovers the true cost of love as she plans her uptown destination wedding using Pinterest. (Contemporary Romance from Howard [Simon & Schuster])

A Love Like Ours by Becky Wade — A scarred Texas marine and his vivacious childhood best friend find love and healing while training thoroughbred horses. (Contemporary Romance from Bethany House [Baker Publishing])

General Fiction:

As Waters Gone By by Cynthia Ruchti — Can a marriage survive when separated by hundred of miles and impenetrable prison walls? (General Fiction from Abingdon Press)

Historical Romance:

The Most Eligible Bachelor Romance Collection by Amanda Barratt, Susanne Dietze, Cynthia Hickey,Shannon McNear, Gabrielle Meyer, Connie Stevens, Erica Vetsch, Gina Welborn, Kathleen Y’Barbo, and Jennifer Uhlarik – Nine historical romance novellas where love comes to the most eligible bachelor in town. (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)

Love by Design (The Dressmaker’s Daughters #3) by Christine Johnson — Jen Fox won’t let anyone keep her from joining the first flight expedition to the North Pole. Even if the person trying to take her seat is the dashing, world-famous stunt pilot Dan Wagner. Their strictly business relationship hits turbulence when both begin to wish for something more personal. (Historical Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Until the Harvest by Sarah Loudin Thomas — When family tragedy derails Henry Phillips’s college studies, he consoles himself with his fiddle and the family farm. His grandmother’s helper, Margaret Hoffman, is always around, ready to push his buttons, and it seems she doesn’t care about his troubles. But Margaret has her own problems. Henry and Margaret soon find themselves relying on each other as they face potential loss and find healing in the most surprising places. (Historical Romance from Bethany House [Baker Publishing])

Medical Suspense:

Fatal Trauma by Richard L. Mabry — It began with Dr. Mark Baker facing a gunman who had nothing to lose, and it could end with him behind bars. (Medical Suspense from Abingdon Press)

Romantic Suspense:

Falcon by Ronie Kendig — When a deadly bombing separates Staff Sergeant Brian “Hawk” Bledsoe, from his team, he must make a choice: save his brothers-in-arms, or save the woman and children depending on him to survive a brutal snowstorm. (Romantic Suspense from Barbour Publishing)

Young Adult:

See No Evil (Rustic Knoll Bible Camp Book 3) by Mary L. Hamilton — Blindness didn’t keep Steven Miller from getting sucked into pornography, and with Dad’s death compounding his guilt, can he atone for his sin by keeping his friend from traveling the same path? (Young Adult Fiction, Independently Published)

Introducing Sapphire Bay (plus Seaside Proposal book giveaway)

Today I’m blogging with International Christian Fiction Writers and talking about Sapphire Bay, one of the settings for Seaside Proposal. I’m also giving away a print copy (worldwide) of Seaside Proposal. Hope to see you there!



ACRBA Tour Too Pretty by Andrea Grigg

4 – 8 May 2015

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Too Pretty

(Rhiza Press, August 2014)


Andrea Grigg

About the Book

Being beautiful isn’t easy – just ask Ellie Paxton.

Frustrated by a long string of empty relationships, Ellie makes a promise to God not to date for six months, a promise she’s determined to keep.

Tired of being continually misjudged because of her looks Ellie moves to Sydney for a fresh start. But when her path keeps crossing with the darkly handsome Nathaniel, that promise becomes much harder to fulfil.

As they battle with their attraction for each other, Ellie is not the only one to discover it takes more than simply looking in a mirror to find out who you truly are …

Could it be that God has a bigger plan? Could this really be one of those matches made in heaven …?

About the Author

Andrea Grigg grew up in Auckland, New Zealand, but has lived more than half her life in Australia.

Andrea lives with her husband on Queensland’s Gold Coast, where they have raised their three adult children – two daughters and a son.

Recently retired from teaching ten-year-olds, if she isn’t being a domestic executive or socialising, Andrea can be found in her cave, writing stories.

Narelle: My book recommendation for Too Pretty can be found here.

What Next? (plus Seaside Proposal book giveaway)

Today I’m posting on the Australasian Christian Writers (ACW) blog and talking about ‘What’s Next’ for me in my publishing journey. I’m also giving away a print copy of Seaside Proposal on the ACW blog. Hope to see you there!



Seaside Proposal Official Release Day and Book Giveaway!

It’s party time!!!

I’m thrilled that my sixth book, Seaside Proposal, officially releases today (May 5) in North America! To celebrate, I’m giving away a print copy (worldwide, wherever The Book Depository delivers) on my blog today.


Seaside Proposal, Zach and Billie’s story, is the third book in my Sydney series.

Seaside Proposal cover


And she isn’t sharing it with anyone, including Zach Montford. Even though she feels an instant connection with the good-looking banker and youth leader, she’s wary of rejection. Besides she’s only in the close-knit beach community until she meets the one man who can fill in the blanks about her history.

Zach hopes his temporary stint with the church will help him decide whether to go into full-time ministry. Though his career plans are uncertain, he’s sure about his growing feelings for Billie. When a shocking revelation throws everything into question, Zach and Billie have a chance to put the past to rest…and walk into the future together.



Billie Radcliffe walked barefoot on her timber deck and placed a glass of ice water on the large wooden outdoor table. She inhaled the salty sea breeze, propped her sunglasses on her nose and stared out at the vast expanse of ocean and the golden sand dunes of Sapphire Bay Beach.

The steady pounding of the pristine waves on the shore calmed her overactive mind. She lifted her long dark ponytail off her neck, perspiration clinging to her skin. It was hot enough to swim this afternoon after her sister, Julia, and her new brother-in-law, Sean, returned from their walk in the small township of Sapphire Bay.

During the three weeks since she’d moved into the beach house, Billie felt like she was living in a different universe. A world with a slower pace of life than Sydney. A place where she could relax and ponder the life-changing events of the past few months.

The doorbell chimed and she glanced at the time on her phone. Julia had a key, and her parents weren’t due to arrive for a few hours. They had left later this morning than planned and Billie hoped the Christmas Eve traffic on the Princes Highway wouldn’t slow their progress on the long drive south from Sydney.

Billie strolled through the spacious living room into the hall and front entrance, the cream floor tiles cool under her feet. She opened the door and her welcoming smile faltered on her lips.

A good-looking guy wearing shorts and a T-shirt stood on her doorstep. His brown hair was cropped short, military style, and he held a small suitcase. A backpack was slung over his broad shoulders, and a late model SUV sat on her drive.

Zach. Julia and Sean’s church friend. He didn’t look anything like the guy she had imagined.

He held out his hand. “I’m Zach, and you must be Billie.” His smile lit up his eyes, an intriguing dark blue with a hint of green reminiscent of the ocean behind her house.

She shook his hand, a tingle of awareness radiating up her bare arm. “Yes, I’m Billie. Please come in.” She let go of his hand and stepped back, realizing she’d held on longer than necessary. A smile tugged at her lips and she smoothed down the skirt of her cotton sundress, recovering her composure. “We weren’t expecting you until tonight.”

“My boss sent us home early.” Zach followed her into the living room, leaving his suitcase and bag beside the staircase next to the open plan kitchen.

She grinned and held his warm gaze. “Sounds like my kind of boss.”

His eyes sparkled. “He’s a good guy.”

Billie nodded and headed into the kitchen. “I’ve made pasta sauce for dinner. Julia and Sean will be back soon, and my parents should be here for dinner.” She opened the fridge. “Would you like a drink?”

“Water is fine, thanks.” He sat on a stool at the granite-topped island in the center of the modern kitchen.

“No problem.” She poured two glasses of water and added ice. Air-conditioning purred in the background, cooling the interior of the house. “Please make yourself at home, and I’ll show you to your room upstairs.”

“Thanks.” He sipped his water. “Have I interrupted your plans for the afternoon?”

“Not at all. The clinic where I work is closed until the New Year. I just finished wrapping all my Christmas presents, and I was going to read out on the deck.” A Christmas tree strung with fairy lights and ornaments stood tall in the far corner of the living room. Colorful presents were positioned around the base of the tree.

“Sounds like a nice afternoon.” He glanced around the kitchen. “Julia mentioned you’re a podiatrist.”

“Yes, I’m the feet lady.”

He raised an eyebrow. “That’s an interesting way to describe your job.”

She chuckled. “I’m used to being teased about my job, so now I tell everyone up front and get the awkwardness out of the way.”

“I like your attitude.”

She gave him a dazzling smile. “I think you can stay this week, now that you’ve passed the feet test.”

“I’m glad to hear it. And you have a great house.” He walked over to the sliding glass door, his gaze taking in the beach and ocean. “The view is magnificent.”

I know. I fell in love with this house the first time I saw it, when I visited for my job interview.” She sighed. “I’m going to miss living right next to the beach when I move back to Sydney.”

“Are you staying long?”

“Two more months. I need to return to my usual job in March when my new apartment is ready.”

“I’m only here until February, myself.”

“Are you staying in Riverwood?”

He nodded. “In a holiday apartment.”

“I commute into Riverwood for work. It’s a nice town—much bigger than Sapphire Bay.”

“But it doesn’t have a beach.”

“True.” She tipped her head to the side. “Do you work in Riverwood, too?” Julia had mentioned that Zach was a youth worker, and she hadn’t asked for further details. As a rule, Billie tried to avoid church people.

“Yes, at Riverwood Community Church.”

She nodded, her stomach tightening into a hard ball. At least he didn’t appear to recognize her. She didn’t want Julia to learn about her visits to Riverwood’s church.

Footsteps sounded at the front of the house. Julia and Sean appeared in the living room, holding hands and beaming like they were still on their honeymoon.

“Hey, Zach.” Julia gave Zach a brief hug. “Billie, I bought lettuce, although it has probably wilted in the heat.” She stowed the bag of lettuce in the fridge and wiped beads of perspiration off her brow. “It looks like it’s going to be hot tomorrow for Christmas Day.”

Billie smiled. “That’s why I live by the beach.”

Sean greeted Zach and followed his wife into the kitchen. “I’m going out for a surf soon. Anyone else coming?”

Julia planted a kiss on her husband’s cheek. “I’ll get changed, and join you on the beach.”

“Okay.” Sean kissed his wife, embracing her in a gentle hug. “I’ll get ready now.” He stepped away from Julia, his fingers entwined with hers for a moment before heading upstairs.

Billie rolled her eyes. Were her sister and Sean going to be like this for their entire week-long holiday? They had married less than a month ago, and recently returned from a ten-day honeymoon in Hawaii.

Zach drained his glass. “Well, I probably should get settled. I’m singing carols in Riverwood with the youth group before the Christmas Eve service later this evening.”

“Sounds great.” Julia turned to Billie. “Mom and Dad are coming with us to church tonight. What are you planning to do?”

Zach drew his brows together. “Isn’t Billie going, too?”

She cleared the lump in her throat. He had seen her at church. “Um, I don’t know—”

“Billie hasn’t been to church in years, except for weddings and special occasions,” Julia said.

Zach met her gaze, his eyes brimming with questions. “Okay, maybe I was mistaken and Billie has a twin—”

“No, Zach is right.” Billie squared her shoulders, preparing for the inevitable interrogation from her sister. “I started going to the morning service at Riverwood a few weeks ago.”

Julia’s mouth gaped open. “You’re kidding. What brought about your change of heart? Are you bored living here by yourself?”

She stood taller, determined to deflect Julia’s questions. “No big deal, Jules. It was time, that’s all. I thought you’d be happy.” She kept her wide smile in place and held her secret close to her heart, not ready to share with her sister the inspiration behind her decision to return to church.


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