Tuesday, 27 June 2017

What Books are you Looking Forward to Reading? (And a Giveaway)

By Iola Goulton

This is a repost from my author website, where I post a Bookish Question every Monday. This week: What books are you looking forward to reading in the rest of 2017?

It’s the end of June (already!), which means we’re halfway through the year. I’ve read a bunch of books, but there are still more books to read. There are always more books to read.

Here are the books I’m looking forward to reading (click on the covers to buy on Amazon):

Books from Debut Authors

Count Me In by Mikal Dawn

An accountant as a heroine? I don't think I've seen that before, so I'm looking forward to finding out Allegra's story.

Someplace Familiar by Teresa Tysinger

I've heard good things about Someplace Familiar. It's a debut novel, and the start of a series. Well, it's best to start at the beginning, right?

Books I Own But Haven’t Read Yet

(Don't judge me. You have a mile-high to-read pile as well. Don't you?)

Finders Keepers by Sarah Monzon

Finders Keepers has just won the Selah Award, and I’ve read (and reviewed) the sequel, but somehow haven’t managed to read this yet.

 The Whys Have It by Amy Matayo

I love Amy Matayo's writing and the way she shows authentic faith in a real world. And the cover ...

My Unexpected Hope by Tammy L Gray

My Unexpected hope is the sequel to My Hope Next Door, which is a RITA finalist, and was one of my top picks for 2016. So I have to read it, right?

The Wayward Heart by Nerys Leigh

The Wayward Heart is the third book in Nerys Leigh’s unique mail order bride series—unique in that each of the stories in the series is happening at the same time, so you can read the series in any order.

Books I’m Waiting For

Ghost Hunter by Lisa Harris and Lynne Gentry

Ghost Hunter is a suspense novel set in Tanzania and the United States. That’s all I know about it. But it’s by Lisa Harris, which pretty much guarantees a winner.

Ghost Hunter releases in August 2017.

The Captivating Lady Charlotte by Carolyn Miller

Regency romance is one of my favourite romance genres, and it's great to see more Christian authors in this space.

The Captivating Lady Charlotte releases tomorrow! I can't wait! Well, I can. Because I have to. But you know what I mean.

A Dangerous Legacy by Elizabeth Camden

I love the way Elizabeth Camden melds new-to-me historical research with faith and romance.

A Dangerous Legacy releases in October 2017.

An Inconvenient Beauty by Kristi Ann Hunter

More Regency romance, from award-winning Kristi Ann Hunter. I've read and enjoyed every one of her books so far, so I have no doubts about this one. And the cover is gorgeous.

An Inconvenient Beauty releases in September 2017.

Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan

Legal suspense. What more do I need to know?

Legal Proof releases in September 2017.

What book or books are you most looking forward to reading in the second half of 2017?

You might look at this list and wonder why I haven't included Then There Was You by Kara Isaac

That's because I've already read it—and if you haven't, I definitely recommend you add it to your list. 

Or comment below—I'll choose one commenter to win a Kindle copy of Then There Was You, or the Kindle book of their choice from my list above.

Comment by 7am on Friday 30 June 2017 (Australian Eastern Time) for a chance to win.

About Iola Goulton

I am a freelance editor specialising in Christian fiction. Visit my website at download a comprehensive list of publishers of Christian fiction. 

I also write contemporary Christian romance with a Kiwi twist—find out more at

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  1. Great post, Iola. Lots of good novels there.

    Now that my fiction judging commitments are over for 2017 I'm playing catchup on a bunch of novels that have released in the last 6 months that I haven't had a chance to read.

    However, I did just sneak in "The Whys Have It" this past week. It's a beauty as I think you already know. But I'm very keen to read Lisa and Lynne's collaboration. As you say it's Lisa which means it will be good. And I loved Lynne's historical romance series so the combination is bound to be a winner.

    And Kara's. Yes... well it's a must read isn't it.

    1. Don't tell, but I actually read The Whys Have It between writing this post and it going live. Yes, excellent! I'm now reading Count Me In, and waiting for my copy of The Captivating Lady Charlotte to arrive.

  2. Thanks SO much for including Someplace Familiar. I'm honored!

  3. I'm so excited to read Ghost Hunter by Lisa Harris and Lynne Gentry!

    Kara Isaac is a MUST read author!


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