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Once Upon a Winter's Heart: a Valentine Romance, by Melody Carlson,

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Award-winning WA author, Melody Carlson, well-known for Christmas novellas and "true-to-life" fiction, releases sets a romantic mood and tone for Valentine's Day in Once Upon a Winter's Heart. With a tale of conflict, loyalty and romance set in Seattle, played out against the backdrop of sibling rivalry, forgiveness and a grandparents old-fashioned book store. The story opens with Emma's decisive comment.

"Romance is officially dead!" declares Emma to her roommate Lucy as she quickly adds lids to overflowing boxes and zips her bags closed ready to load in the Prius outside.

Her grandfather Poppi's death was the final reason to leave Seattle and her less than challenging job that had turned into nothing more than a paycheck. Not to mention the ten years of dating disasters that also left her disillusioned and ready to give up on love even though her grandfather always encouraged her to "follow her heart."

That hadn't turned out well so far. Now she wanted to leave all that behind and return home to care for her grandmother Nona who had taken care of Emma so much of her childhood while her career minded parents worked. Although Emma considered her grandparents the last of the romantics, her parents were the exact opposites, their marriage had been one fight after another for as long as Emma could remember.

As she bid her soon-to-be former roommate goodbye and drove onto the I-5 onramp Emma couldn't know the surprising guest she would find in her old room at her grandmother's house. Or that she would soon meet a tall dark stranger, be offered more work than she was prepared to do or that the family she thought she knew—she didn't know at all.

Join Emma in this quick read romance where she learns love isn't dead after all and that her grandfather's advice to "follow her heart," although risky, is more than worth the effort, in this well-done old-fashioned romance perfect for Valentine's Day.

Once Upon a Winter's Heart: a Valentine Romance, by Melody Carlson, Center Street—Releases 1-7-2014, 160 Pages, 978-1455528110, $11.00

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Once Upon a Winter's Heart, by Melody Carlson
Once Upon a Winter's Heart, by Melody Carlson Center Street—Releases 1-7-2014

Once Upon a Winter's Heart, by Melody Carlson

Emma Burcelli has suffered over a decade of dating disasters. But she concludes that love is officially dead when her grandfather Poppi suddenly passes, leaving her grandmother Nona devastated. To help out, Emma works in the family bookstore, which Nona insists must be decked out in sweetheart décor as Poppi would have done for Valentine's Day. Although she feels like a V-Day Scrooge, Emma quickly learns to enjoy the task with the help of a handsome family friend, Lane Forester, who shows her that hanging hearts is much more fun when done to the tune of Dean Martin. As Emma and Lane share time and memories of Poppi, she reconsiders the notion that romance is alive.

Just as Emma's heart begins to lift, however, she learns her sister has already staked a claim on Lane. Emma's mother and sister insist Lane only sees her as a future sister-in-law, but she can't help wondering if it could be something more.

A Simple Christmas Wish, by Melody Carlson
A Simple Christmas Wish, by Melody Carlson Revell—2013

A Simple Christmas Wish, by Melody Carlson

Rachel Milligan is caring for her seven-year-old niece, Holly, at her home in Chicago when she receives devastating news: Holly's parents have been killed in a plane crash. Because Rachel is Holly's only known relative, she assumes that she will be her beloved niece's guardian. However, custody is awarded to Lydia, a distant aunt who happens to be Amish.

 

Just a week before Christmas, Rachel takes Holly to the Amish community in the hopes of persuading Aunt Lydia to relinquish custody. Instead, Lydia sets out to teach Holly to live according to the Amish way. As family secrets emerge and old wounds are healed, Rachel realizes that she will do whatever it takes to ensure that Holly has the loving family she needs.

Combining an Amish family saga with the anticipation of Christmas cheer and the promise of a budding romance, this newest Christmas story from beloved author Melody Carlson is sure to please.

 Dating Games #1: First Date, The (The Dating Games), by Melody Carlson
Dating Games #1: First Date, The (The Dating Games), by Melody Carlson Revell—2013

Dating Games #1: First Date, The (The Dating Games), by Melody Carlson

Five high school friends have one thing in common as they start their sophomore year: none of them have ever been on a quote unquote—date. With homecoming looming, they make a pact and start a secret club they call the Dg (Dating Game). They're sworn to secrecy--and to purity--but the club is their way to set each other up on their first dates so they can report back to the Dg.

 

Of course, they all make different choices about how to deal with their parents and how to act on their dates, and they discover that they all have totally different experiences. Still, the things they learn about boys and dating will stick with them throughout high school.

Bestselling author and teen favorite Melody Carlson starts off her newest series with a good dose of fun, tackling two topics teen girls love to read about--friends and boys.

 

A Home at Trail's End, #3 (Homeward on the Oregon Trail), by Melody Carlson
A Home at Trail's End, #3 (Homeward on the Oregon Trail), by Melody Carlson Harvest House Publishers—2013

A Home at Trail's End, #3 (Homeward on the Oregon Trail), by Melody Carlson

Bestselling author Melody Carlson (more than 5 million books sold) continues her Homeward on the Oregon Trail series with this third and final adventure.

Elizabeth Martin and her two children have finally reached the Oregon Country. But Eli Kincade, the wagon train scout who captured her heart, has chosen to continue life on the trail. As other pioneer families begin building new homes, Elizabeth has never felt more alone.

However, when Eli unexpectedly returns, confesses his love, and proposes, Elizabeth accepts with her family's blessing.

A community begins to take shape, but not without growing pains. As an alternative to the local minister's fiery sermons, Elizabeth's father begins to preach at home, raising the ire of some. Racial biases arise against Brady, Elizabeth's African-American hired hand. Eli's warm sentiments toward Indians also raises concerns.

Can Elizabeth and her family overcome these differences and begin a legacy of reconciliation and love?

About This Series: The Homeward on the Oregon Trail series brings to life the challenges a young widow faces as she journeys west, settles her family in the Pacific Northwest, and helps create a new community among strong-willed and diverse pioneers. 

A Dream for Tomorrow, #2 (Homeward on the Oregon Trail), by Melody Carlson
A Dream for Tomorrow, #2 (Homeward on the Oregon Trail), by Melody Carlson Harvest House Publishers—2013

A Dream for Tomorrow, #2 (Homeward on the Oregon Trail), by Melody Carlson

Bestselling author Melody Carlson (more than 5 million books sold) continues her Homeward on the Oregon Trail series with this second romantic adventure.

 

Elizabeth Martin and her two children have made it through the easy part of their journey, but now their wagon train faces high mountain passes, dangerous river crossings, and decreasing supplies. Desperate circumstances bring out the best and worst of the travelers, including Will Bramford, the wealthy widower who is pursuing Elizabeth, and Eli Kincade, the independent and solitary guide who has stolen Elizabeth's heart.

 

As the group reaches the Oregon Country, the emigrants part ways to find their new homes. Elizabeth and Will and their families have made arrangements to board a ship that will take them south along the coast. Will Eli change his plans and accompany Elizabeth to her new and permanent home? Or will his mysterious past continue to keep them from love?

Westward Hearts, #1 (Homeward on the Oregon Trail), by Melody Carlson
Westward Hearts, #1 (Homeward on the Oregon Trail), by Melody Carlson Harvest House Publishers—2012

Westward Hearts, #1 (Homeward on the Oregon Trail), by Melody Carlson

Kentucky, 1854--Elizabeth Martin has mourned her husband's death for three years, but now she feels ready to fulfill the dream they had shared--to take their two children west. The dream becomes reality when her middle-aged parents and bachelor brother surprise her with the news that they want to go as well.

 

After converting three of their best wagons to prairie schooners and thoroughly outfitting them, the little party travels from Kentucky to Kansas City, where they join a substantial wagon train. Elizabeth soon finds herself being drawn to the group's handsome guide, Eli Kincade.

 

The long journey and deepening relationships challenge the travelers to their core, and Eli's mysterious past leaves Elizabeth with more questions than answers. She knows there's no turning back, but she wonders, What have I gotten myself into?

 

About This Series: The Homeward on the Oregon Trail series brings to life the challenges a young widow faces as she journeys west, settles her family in the Pacific Northwest, and helps create a new community among strong-willed and diverse pioneers.

Simple Song: A Novel, by Melody Carlson
Simple Song: A Novel, by Melody Carlson Revell—2013

Simple Song: A Novel, by Melody Carlson

Katrina Yoder loves to sing, but her Amish parents view singing as vainglory and a sin. Katrina's best friend, Bekka, is convinced Katrina should try out for American Star, a televised singing competition that Bekka has been secretly watching. Katrina resists the temptation until her father's health worsens.

 

He desperately needs a surgery the family cannot afford. Katrina decides she must go against her parents' wishes to win the money needed to help her father. But how will she handle herself as an Amish teenager out in the world? Teen girls will be swept into the excitement as Katrina ventures out of her quiet Amish world to become a reality television star. Will she be successful? And will she be accepted back into her community when it's over?

My Amish Boyfriend: A Novel, by Melody Carlson
My Amish Boyfriend: A Novel, by Melody Carlson Revell—Releases February, 4-2014

My Amish Boyfriend: A Novel, by Melody Carlson

 Sixteen-year-old Shannon McNamara has exciting plans for the summer, and she can't wait to get to them. Unbeknownst to her, however, her widowed and ailing mother has plans of her own--to relocate them both to the heart of Amish country in Ohio where she has relatives who can look after her. Shannon quickly learns that living a "simple" life is actually a lot of hard work. But when a hot young Amish guy named Ezra enters the picture, she's ready to get an Amish makeover and even consider making it a permanent change. But does Ezra share her attraction? Will Shannon really make the jump into this new way of life? And will it be for the right reasons?

Teen favorite Melody Carlson brings fans another sweet story of worlds--and families--colliding, exploring themes important to teen girls through an engaging tale.

Healing Waters - Women's Bible Study Participant Book: A Bible Study on Forgiveness, Grace, and Second Chances, by Melody Carlson
Healing Waters - Women's Bible Study Participant Book: A Bible Study on Forgiveness, Grace, and Second Chances, by Melody Carlson Abingdon Press—2012

Healing Waters - Women's Bible Study Participant Book: A Bible Study on Forgiveness, Grace, and Second Chances, by Melody Carlson

In this first study in the new Faith and Fiction Bible study series, popular Christian fiction author Melody Carlson draws upon her novels in the Inn at Shining Waters trilogy to invite women on an exciting journey toward healing. Using the stories, themes, and characters of the novels as a backdrop, much in the way that Jesus used parables, this 8-week study explores the need for forgiveness and mercy in our lives and the role that second chances and new beginnings play in healing our spirits and our relationships. Although reading the novels is not required to participate in the study, women may choose to read the novels in tandem with the study to enrich the overall experience. Through study of Psalm 103 and other Scriptures, women will:

....Gain new understanding and appreciation for God as the Lord who heals.
....Recognize that God makes the journey with them, inviting them to experience divine love and      mercy every step of the way.
....Walk the roads of forgiveness and grace, learning how to embrace these gifts for themselves and their relationships.
....Learn how to restore broken relationships and live in life-giving community.
....Celebrate the God who loves second chances and who is devoted to transforming and blessing us with surprises and new beginnings.

This all-inclusive guide includes five guided Bible studies per week, novel summaries and excerpts, and character sketches. Each day’s reading includes reflection questions with space for recording responses, a short prayer, and an “As You Go” idea or suggestion.

 

 

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