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The Best Fiction Sampler Ever 2015 - Howard Books

by Karen Kingsbury Glenn Meade Deeanne Gist Sandra Byrd Melanie Dobson Stephanie Landsem Lynne Gentry Allison Pataki Beth K. Vogt

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

The Thief

by Stephanie Landsem

My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? Nissa is a Jewish woman with a sharp tongue and no hope of marriage. Abandoned by the God she once loved, her only recourse is to depend upon Mouse, the best thief in Jerusalem, to keep her blind brother, Cedron, fed and the landlord satisfied. Longinus is a Roman centurion haunted by death and failure and is desperate to escape the accursed Judean province. Accepting a wager that will get him away from the aggravating Jews and their threats of revolt, he sets out to catch the thieves harassing the marketplace. When a controversial teacher miraculously heals Cedron, Nissa hopes for freedom from her life of lies. But the supposed miracle brings only more misfortune, and Longinus, seeking to learn more about the mysterious healer, finds himself drawn instead to Nissa, whose secret will determine the course of both their futures. Cedron, Longinus, and Nissa are unexpectedly caught up in the arrest, trial, and crucifixion of Jesus. As danger closes in on them from every side, they must decide if the love and redemption Jesus offers is true or just another false promise. How can the so-called Messiah save them from their shackles, when he cannot even save himself?

The Well

by Stephanie Landsem

In the rich tradition of Francine Rivers's Lineage of Grace series, comes a beautiful retelling of the biblical story of the woman at the well--bringing to life this poignant young woman struggling to survive love and heartbreak.For the women of the Samaritan village of Sychar, the well is a place of blessing--the place where they gather to draw their water and share their lives--but not for Mara and her family. Shunned for the many sins of her mother, Mara struggles against the constant threats of starvation or exile. But Mara and her mother, Nava's lives are forever changed with the arrival of two men: Shem, a mysterious and wealthy young man from Caesarea, and Jesus, a Jewish teacher. Nava is transformed by Jesus, with his talk of forgiveness, but his teachings come too late and she is stoned by the villagers for her past sins. Desperate to save her mother, Mara and Shem embark on a journey to seek Jesus' help--a journey that brings unexpected love and hope, despite great difficulties. In The Well, debut novelist Stephanie Landsem brings to life the culture and people of Jesus' day, skillfully demonstrating how redemption can bring about the life-changing effects of forgiveness and love.

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