"Book Four: Accidental Angel" Will Christmas bring Tess Thomas big fun and big money -- or troubles that will change everything? It's a week before Christmas and the Secret Sisters have plans to make money at the craft fair. Tess needs the cash to buy gifts for her family and pay her way to summer camp at the Lazy K Bar, a dude ranch she and Erin want to go to together. But when their booth is taken over by the Coronado Club, Tess and Erin have their first big fight. Tess still comes up with a way to make money, but she finds that she might not spend it the way she thought -- and discovers along the way what Christmas is truly all about.
Complete with new beginnings and the promise of happy endings, the Howard Books Spring 2015 Fiction e-sampler has an array of debut authors and perennial favorites for you to try out and enjoy. Step back in time with our historical fiction, fall in love with our inspirational romance, and enjoy our contemporary stories. If you would like to learn more about any of our authors or the titles featured, please visit us at HowardBooksOnline.com, follow @Howard_Books, or like us at Facebook.com/HowardBooks and sign up to receive our free monthly e-newsletter to stay informed of all of Howard's fiction releases.With chapter excerpts from the following Spring 2015 new releases: Accidental Empress by Allison PatakiChasing Sunsets by Karen KingsburyThe Tomb by Stephanie LandsemMist of Midnight by Sandra ByrdA Kiss Is Worth a Thousand Words by Beth VogtShadows of Ladenbrooke Manor by Melanie DobsonTiffany Girls by Deeanne GistSnow Wolf by Glenn Meade Valley of Decision by Lynne Gentry
Pastries, Paris and romance-Lexi's adventure has just begun!Lexi Stuart is risking it all. Saying au revoir to the security of home, her job, and could-be boyfriend Dan, Lexi embarks on a culinary adventure in France to fulfill her life dream of becoming a pastry chef. As she settles into her new home in the village of Presque le Chateau to study and work in a local bakery, her twenty-something optimism meets resistance in the seemingly crusty nature of the people and culture around her. Determined to gain her footing, she finds a church, meets a new friend, and makes the acquaintance of a child named Celine-as well as Celine's attractive, widowed father, Philippe. Even Patricia, the gruff pastry cook, shows a softer side as she mentors Lexi in the art of baking.As Lexi lives her dream, the only thing she has to do is choose from the array in life's patisserie display window: her familiar home, friends, and family in Seattle or her new life in France. Lexi discovers that as she leans more on God the choices become a little clearer- and making them, well, c'est la vie!From the Trade Paperback edition.
Pastries, Paris and romance. Lexi's adventure has just begun! Lexi Stuart is risking it all. Saying au revoir to the security of home, her job, and Dan, Lexi embarks on a culinary adventure in France to fulfill her life dream of becoming a pastry chef.
If you have a best friend--can you have other friends, too? The Secret Sisters can't wait to spend a week at an awesome summer camp on a Tucson dude ranch: the Lazy K. Could vacation get any better than this? They'll be caring for their own horses and learning to ride better and faster. Most of all, it's a chance for the Secret Sisters to grow closer together than ever before. At least, that's what they think. When they get to the Lazy K, though, both Tess and Erin have to make some difficult choices about each other and new friends. Some of their choices are good. Some are bad. Can a friendship survive some mistakes? What if you want to be friends with others, too? Will what they learn change the Secret Sisters forever?
Told in the alternating voices of two thirteen-year-old girls who learn real lessons about faith while competing against one another in a worship music contest offering a four-hundred-dollar prize.
Lucy doesn't want to spend the coming months on Catalina Island. She doesn't know a single person. When she stumbles across an old diary, though, and a new friend, things begin to look up.
Kylie Peterson and Rachel Cohen become fast friends when both are invited to help out with a wedding. Kylie's cousin Jed is marrying Rachel's cousin Davina, and Jed asks the girls to help with the flowers. But of more interest to the girls is the fact that the bride's family is Jewish and the groom is not. This difference in religion leads both Kylie and Rachel to explore their own beliefs. Kylie figures she was born a Christian, like the rest of her family, but she starts to question that assumption as she learns about Davina's faith and belief in Jesus. Meanwhile, Rachel is hurt--did Davina stop being Jewish when she became a Messianic believer? The girls hope to discover the truth for themselves, but what will that mean for their families?"I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. " Romans 1:16
Tess wants to be noticed. But making her mark has a high cost. Is it all worth it? Can super achievements change her into someone really special? This year's birthday is the worst. First, Tess is cut from the school play.
Will the Rim-to-Rim hike make Tess a hero -- or a big-time loser? The Secret Sisters are minding their own business at a Little League game when the snooty Coronado Club stirs up trouble -- again! Tess and her friends have earned the best cabin at Outdoor School -- the one that Lauren and her gang wanted -- and now they're out for revenge. Erin blurts out that Tess is racing across the Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim with her dad and certainly will win first place. Lauren insists Tess won't make it. Even worse, Lauren makes sure the whole sixth grade will hear all about the race at the Outdoor School's opening-night campfire! Tess is left worrying in silence, not wanting to share the secret that she knows could lead to disaster and embarrassment.
After a lonely time in the fifth grade, Tess Thomas dreads the beginning of the next school year. Then the exclusive Coronado Club invites her to join. She thinks she'll do anything to belong -- until she finds out just how much is required. How far is too far to keep a friend? When does belonging cost more than you should pay? How can there be a God when bad things happen? In the end, Tess develops an unexpected friendship that results in a pact between the two to become "Secret Sisters".
Tess can't wait for the Spring Vacation of her dreams: a trip with her family to San Diego and a hotel on the beach! But her brother suffers a serious accident, and it looks like her plans are ruined.
Embark on new adventures with best friends, Tess and Erin, in each exciting book of the Secret Sisters series for girls. Final book in series! Summer fun ahead! Or is it summer troubles? Secret Sisters Tess and Erin are ready for a summer of new adventures and service. The first challenge--working as volunteers with the Vacation Bible School at the nearby Navajo Indian reservation--fills their lives with hard work and laughter. It also challenges them to grow in ways they never imagined possible. While Erin ventures into unfamiliar territory as a leader, Tess decides to take a huge step of faith--one that has an unexpected impact back home. Meanwhile, the girls see their faith and friendship become deeper than ever during one incredible, fun-filled Indian Summer.
Every summer thirteen-year-old Meg returns to the berry fields of her grandparents' farm on Sauvie's Island, Oregon. But this year, everything is different. With her mother remarried and a new baby on the way, Meg isn't quite sure where she fits in the family anymore. And how the comfortable familiarity of the farm has changed, too. There is a new girl, Tia... and she obviously holds a special place in Meg's grandparents' hearts. During this season of growth, Meg faces the challenge of figuring out what life, family, and friendship are all about. In order to thrive she must learn the importance of her unique characteristics and God's plan for her life.
Book 3 of The Hidden Diary series. A lost dog about to have puppies puts the two girls into a jam. Lucy's cottage has a strict policy and Serena's dad has allergies. Finding a solution teaches them both about trusting others and teamwork.
Lexi Stuart is at a critical crossroads. She's done with college but still living at home, ready to launch a career but unable to find a job, and solidly stalled between boyfriends. When a lighthearted conversation in French with the manager of her favorite bakery turns into a job offer, Lexi accepts. But the actual glamour is minimal: the pay is less than generous, her co-workers are skeptical, her bank account remains vertically-challenged, and her parents are perpetually disappointed. Her only comfort comes from the flirtatious baker she has her eye-but even may not be who he seems to be!So when a handsome young executive dashes into the bakery to pick up his high profile company's special order for an important meeting-an order Lexi has flubbed- she loses her compulsion to please. "What am I going to do?" he shouts. "Let them eat cake!" she fires back with equal passion and a nod to Marie Antoinette. And then, something inside Lexi clicks. Laissez la révolution commencer! Let the revolution begin! Instead of trying to fulfill everyone else's expectations for her life, Lexi embarks on an adventure in trusting God with her future-très bon!From the Trade Paperback edition.
Book 2 in The Hidden Diary series. Lucy and Serena decide to act out what they're reading in the diary they've found. But when a threat arrives before they can host a summer party, they girls must decide what they should do.
In the first of a brand-new series set in Victorian England, a young woman returns home from India after the death of her family to discover her identity and inheritance are challenged by the man who holds her future in his hands.Rebecca Ravenshaw, daughter of missionaries, spent most of her life in India. Following the death of her family in the Indian Mutiny, Rebecca returns to claim her family estate in Hampshire, England. Upon her return, people are surprised to see her...and highly suspicious. Less than a year earlier, an imposter had arrived with an Indian servant and assumed not only Rebecca's name, but her home and incomes. That pretender died within months of her arrival; the servant fled to London as the young woman was hastily buried at midnight. The locals believe that perhaps she, Rebecca, is the real imposter. Her home and her father's investments reverted to a distant relative, the darkly charming Captain Luke Whitfield, who quickly took over. Against her best intentions, Rebecca begins to fall in love with Luke, but she is forced to question his motives--does he love her or does he just want Headbourne House? If Luke is simply after the property, as everyone suspects, will she suffer a similar fate as the first "Rebecca"? A captivating Gothic love story set against a backdrop of intrigue and danger, Mist of Midnight will leave you breathless.
Lucy and Serena decide to do secret good deeds, and in the process, Lucy learns the difference between luck and blessings.
Book Eight in the Secret Sisters Series! Tess and Erin's teacher planned the perfect wedding--but now something's gone very wrong. Can the Secret Sisters save the day? Ms. Martinez, Tess and Erin's sixth-grade teacher, has planned a storybook wedding, and the whole class is invited! Some of the kids even offer to pitch in and help. But when Tess and Erin discover their beloved teacher crying after school--and learn the reason why--they make up their minds to do even more. At first, Tess's idea seems like a good one...even when it involves "stretching" the truth a bit. But soon it becomes clear to the girls that there's no such thing as a "helpful" white lie. Is there nothing they can do? Or can the Secret Sisters save the wedding flowers--and maybe the honeymoon--after all?
Embark on new adventures with best friends, Tess and Erin, in each exciting book of the Secret Sisters series for girls. Book 11 of 12 Book Series! Are Tess and Erin pretty enough? Secret Sisters Tess and Erin want to go to modeling school, and they hope to get paid modeling jobs when they're through. Will they get to go? And if they do, do they have what it takes to make it? Or is their idea of what it takes different from reality? While the girls discover the answers to these questions, something surprising happens that puts their view of beauty to the ultimate test. As they struggle to come to terms with this unexpected event, they find that God's definition of beauty is very different from the one they've trusted to be true. Is there something wrong with being attractive? And what makes us beautiful to the One whose opinion matters most of all?
Having earned her chef's hat, Lexi Stuart bidsau revoirto her glamorous and deliciously satisfying pastry mentorship outside of Paris and returns to her hometown of Seattle, Washington. There, she finds life unexpectedly complicated. She's put in charge of a high-end catering bakery calledBijoux,which should be her dream job, but there's a catch: She has to make this lavish bakery into a successful business in just a few, short months, which will require more than her ability to make an amazing wedding cake. In over her head and at a loss for creative marketing ideas, Lexi isn't sure what the recipe for success needs to be. Stir in a complicated relationship with her FrenchbeauPhilippe and his daughter, Celine, then add a dash of romance with down-to-earth lawyer Dan, and life suddenly contains moreooh la lathan Lexi can handle. With the fate of her career and her love life hanging by a thread, the phrase "piece of cake" has never been more daunting. Lexi learns that she must trust the dreams in her heart and the God who put them there.
Two teenage girls are united by their mothers' illnesses. In helping her mother accomplish everything on a childhood wish list, Quinn wonders if she's giving her mom permission to die. Her new friend's mother has hopes and dreams, too, along with a secret they finally must discuss.
From the acclaimed author of To Die For comes a stirring novel told that sheds new light on Elizabeth I and her court.Like Philippa Gregory and Alison Weir, Sandra Byrd has attracted countless fans for evoking the complexity, grandeur, and brutality of the Tudor period. In her latest tour de force, she poses the question: What happens when serving a queen may cost you your marriage--or your life? In 1565, seventeen-year-old Elin von Snakenborg leaves Sweden on a treacherous journey to England. Her fiancé has fallen in love with her sister and her dowry money has been gambled away, but ahead of her lies an adventure that will take her to the dizzying heights of Tudor power. Transformed through marriage into Helena, the Marchioness of Northampton, she becomes the highest-ranking woman in Elizabeth's circle. But in a court that is surrounded by Catholic enemies who plot the queen's downfall, Helena is forced to choose between her unyielding monarch and the husband she's not sure she can trust--a choice that will provoke catastrophic consequences. Vividly conjuring the years leading up to the beheading of Mary Queen of Scots, Roses Have Thorns is a brilliant exploration of treason, both to the realm and to the heart.
What she sees in secret, she may not tell. Mistress Juliana St. John is the lovely, forthright daughter of a prosperous knight's family. Though all expect her to marry the son of her late father's business partner, time and chance interrupt, sending her to the sumptuous but deceptive court of Henry VIII. Sir Thomas Seymour, brother of the late Queen Jane, returns to Wiltshire to conclude his affairs with Juliana's father's estate and chances upon her reading as lector in the local church. He sees instantly that she would fit into the household of the woman he loves and wants most to please, Kateryn Parr. Juliana's mother agrees to have her placed with Parr for a season and Juliana goes, though reluctantly. For she keeps a secret. Juliana has been given the gift of prophecy, and in one vibrant vision she has seen Sir Thomas shredding the dress of a highly born young woman, while it was still on her body, to perilous consequence. As Juliana accompanies Kateryn Parr to court, Henry's devout sixth queen raises the stakes for all reformers. Support of firebrand Anne Askew puts the queen and her ladies in life-threatening jeopardy, as does the queen's desire to influence her husband's--and the realm's--direction and beliefs. Later, without Henry's strong arm, the court devolves to competition, duplicity, and betrayal. The risks could not be higher as Juliana must choose between love and honor, personal fulfillment and sacrifice. Ultimately, her course is driven by a final kept secret, one that undoes everything she thought she knew.
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