Along with reading, Lynn Austin’s two lifelong passions are history and archaeology. While researching her Biblical fiction series Chronicles of the Kings, these two interests led her to pursue graduate studies in Biblical Backgrounds and Archaeology through Southwestern Theological Seminary. She and her son traveled to Israel during the summer of 1989 to take part in an archaeological dig at the ancient city of Timnah. This experience contributed to the inspiration for her novel Wings of Refuge.

austinSince becoming a full-time writer in 1992, Lynn has published twelve novels, and eight of her historical novels have won Christy Awards for excellence in Christian Fiction, including Candle in the Darkness (2002), which tops today’s Buffet. The novel is Book 1 in Lynn’s Refiner’s Fire series.

Lynn’s novel Hidden Places has been made into a movie for the Hallmark Channel, starring actress Shirley Jones, who received a 2006 Emmy Award nomination for her portrayal of Aunt Batty in the film.

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Candle in the Darkness

Candle in the Darkness (Refiner's Fire Book #1) (Refiner's Fire)

The daughter of a wealthy slave-holding family from Richmond, Virginia, Caroline Fletcher is raised in a culture that believes slavery is God-ordained and biblically acceptable. But upon awakening to the cruelty and injustice it encompasses, Caroline’s eyes are opened for the first time to the men and women who have cared tirelessly for her. Her journey of maturity and faith will draw her into the abolitionist movement, where she is confronted with the risks and sacrifices her beliefs entail.


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Everblue

Kindle Edition, Brenda Pandos
Everblue (Mer Tales, Book 1)

Seventeen-year-old Ashlyn Lanski is tired of her boring, single life. Swimming and spending time with Tatiana, her best friend, are her only sanctuary. The girls plan to leave their drab lakeside town far behind for college, and Ash hopes to finally ditch her longtime crush for Finley, Tatiana’s twin brother. But when Tatiana and her family fail to return home after a family emergency, Ashlyn chooses to do something drastic to find them.

Finley Helton and his family are good at blending in as they run their sailing charter business in Lake Tahoe. But together, they guard an ancient secret. When a not so routine meeting forces Finley, Tatiana and their mother to return to Natatoria and Fin’s father on a dangerous mission, Fin can’t stay caged up for long.

Secrets lurk beneath the deep blue waters of Lake Tahoe, and a simple lifesaving kiss could change their lives forever.

A Daughter’s Inheritance

Kindle Edition, Tracie Peterson, Judith A. Miller
Daughter's Inheritance, A (The Broadmoor Legacy Book #1)

Cousins Amanda, Sophie, and Fanny Broadmoor are as close as sisters, but when their grandfather dies, the terms of his will just might destroy their bond. Seventeen-year-old Fanny has never put much stock in the conventions of society. In fact, she has given her heart to Michael, the family boat-keeper. But when she receives a surprising inheritance, she discovers just how oppressive society can be… and that she may be trusting the wrong people.

Dare she follow her heart and risk going against her family? What if she loses everything she’s ever known? It all comes down to one choice: What does Fanny Broadmoor want her legacy to be?

Death by China: Confronting the Dragon

Kindle Edition, Peter W. Navarro, Greg Autry
Death by China: Confronting the Dragon - A Global Call to Action

Death by China documents the myriad ways that a powerful, wealthy, and corrupt Chinese Communist Party emboldened by a growing nationalistic frenzy is becoming the biggest threat to global peace, prosperity, and health since Nazi Germany.

From currency manipulation and abusive trade policies, to slave labor and deadly consumer products, China’s ruthless rulers threaten the livelihood of the citizens of every developed nation. While America worries that Al Qaeda or Iran may get their hands on a weapon of mass destruction, China is using our Wal-Mart dollars to build them by the score; filling brand new nuclear submarines with missiles aimed at our heartland and building stealth planes designed to obliterate our friends in Japan, Korea, and Taiwan.

The Grimm Chronicles, Vol. 1

Kindle Edition, Isabella Fontaine, Ken Brosky, Chris Smith
The Grimm Chronicles, Vol. 1

200 years ago, the Brothers Grimm unleashed their stories upon the world. Literally.

Now the characters of the Grimms’ stories walk among us. With every day that passes, they grow more evil. They are the Corrupted, and only a hero can stop them.

For 18-year-old Alice Goodenough, that means taking precious time off from her summer vacation. In addition to volunteering at the local library, Alice must stop the Corrupted who are now actively hunting her down. With the help of her magic pen and her trusty rabbit friend, the world has suddenly gotten a lot more complex. The Corrupted are everywhere, and only Alice can see them for what they truly are.

In the Line of Fire: How to Handle Tough Questions…When It Counts

Kindle Edition, Jerry Weissman
In the Line of Fire: How to Handle Tough Questions...When It Counts: How to Handle Tough Questions ...When It Counts

Jerry Weissman has made a career of coaching nearly 500 execs on their IPO roadshows, the most critical presentations of their lives. Now, he’s written an indispensable guide to answering the toughest questions you’ll ever face. Using compelling examples from Presidential debates to stock analyst meetings, Weissman teaches how to respond with perfect assurance. Discover how to avoid the defensive, evasive, or contentious answers that have destroyed political careers and ruin credibility. Learn to control your entire exchange with a hostile questioner: the question, answer, interactions with questioner and audience, timing, and above all, yourself.


The Woman in the Wing

Kindle Edition, Jean Sheldon
The Woman in the Wing

A mystery that follows the adventures of Charlotte Mercer and other members of the WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) during World War II. This organization, made up entirely of women, was loosely attached to the Air Force and did routine flying missions within the United States, such as delivering planes to new locations, or towing targets for gun practice, so that male pilots in the Air Force would be freed for fighting missions overseas.

Charlotte, know as Char, is crushed when weeks from getting her wings, she encounters a Air Force Major who refuses to pass her for graduation unless she performs sexual favors for him. When Char refuses, she is taken off the flying rotation and given an alternate assignment. She is assigned to work undercover in a plant that builds aircraft, and that has been experiencing sabotage and accidents. Char is to room with an FBI agent named Ellie, and they work at riveting plane wings while trying to discover the spy responsible for the problems. People start to die, both plant employees and women pilots, and the book revolves around the investigation until the spy is captured at the book’s climax.

Moods and Markets: A New Way to Invest in Good Times and in Bad

Kindle Edition, Peter Atwater
Moods and Markets: A New Way to Invest in Good Times and in Bad (Minyanville Media)

Utilizing what is often in plain sight, but overlooked and underestimated, this book helps you understand how we narrow our physical, time and relationship horizons to the “local” in bad times, and widen them to the “global” in better times – and then translate that knowledge into better investment decisions. Offers powerful new insights into everything from market bubbles to the real challenges of making mergers work… why “farm to table” and “locavore” movements are booming now, and what’s likely to happen next… why Americans now want to rent homes even though it’s become far more affordable to buy them… why the “Arab Spring” is bullish, and higher education is in deep trouble… which businesses prosper in a downturn, which prosper most in an upturn – and why.

Hooked

Kindle Edition, Tiffinie Helmer
Hooked (A Romance on the Edge Novel)

She baited a cop and hooked a killer. Sonya Savonski has something to prove as the only female drift boat captain fishing the deadly depths of the Bering Sea. She stirs the waters, luring a murderer to the surface, and gets the unwanted attention of an Alaska State Trooper.

“Fish cops” don’t mix with fisherman, but if Alaska State Trooper Garrett Hunt can reel Sonya in–before a killer uses her for bait–she could be the catch of his life.

Vigilante

Kindle Edition, Claude Bouchard
Vigilante (VIGILANTE Series)

Montreal . . . the long, hot summer of 1996. And in the dark of night, moving like a shadowy wraith, a vigilante prowls the city’s streets. The targets of his bloody rampage: the worst of the worst. Murderers. Gangbangers. Rapists.

Six months. Sixteen murders. The harried police are still without a clue . . . until the day they receive an email from the assassin himself. Lieutenant Dave McCall, head of Montreal’s Special Homicide Task Force, needs help to crack the secrets of the killer’s taunting message. He calls on an expert–Chris Barry, who runs a security firm specializing in computer communications.

Together, McCall and Barry launch a grim quest to track down a man who preys on predators–an urgent quest to bring this remorseless killer to justice. But whose justice will prevail: theirs–or the vigilante’s?

Beyond Nostalgia

Kindle Edition, Tom Winton
Beyond Nostalgia

A poignant story about growing up, making choices, betrayal, forgiveness and moving on. Cassidy and Theresa find inspiration, joy and acceptance together in their world of dysfunctional families and economic hardships. But one night Cassidy, in a drunken stupor, makes a terrible choice that costs him his relationship with Theresa. Twenty-five years later, with the encouragement of his devoted wife, Cassidy focuses his sadness and angst into writing a book – a book that will eventually lead him to another crossroad in his life and redemption from his suffering.

Dead, but Not for Long

Kindle Edition, Matthew Kinney
Dead, but Not for Long

When the first outbreaks occurred, the reports were quickly stifled. By the time the dead began to walk in Lansing, Michigan, it was already too late to stop the plague.

In the heart of the city, a child with cancer and her caretaker risk their lives to help a security guard and a nurse secure an old hospital.

As the survivors struggle to stay alive, the grid begins to fail.

All the while, the dead fight to get inside.
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