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Focus on Fiction

If you love Christian fiction, Focus on Fiction is for you! We offer in-depth monthly interviews with many of today's best Christian fiction authors, plus fiction book contests and giveaways, book reviews, and insider information about new and upcoming Christian fiction book releases. 

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For readers of inspirational fiction - a database of Christian fiction titles and authors.

Christian Mysteries List - Featured Titles

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ReShonda Tate Billingsley - Award-winning and national best-selling author and journalist, see author's website. Popular book series Amen and Rumor Central. Notable novels include A Family Affair, Holy Rollers, and The Book in Room 316. She also wrote the nonfiction book HELP! I've Turned Into My Mother.

Kimberla Lawson Roby - New York Times bestselling author known for her depiction of real-life social issues, see author's website. She is best known for her Reverend Curtis Black series.

Victoria Christopher Murray - Essence bestselling author and two-time NAACP Image Award Nominee for Outstanding Fiction, see author's website. Popular series include Jasmine Larson Bush and Rachel Jackson Adams novels. Notable novels: The Ex Files, The Deal, the Dance, and the Devil, and Stand Your Ground.

Vanessa Miller - Bestselling author, playwright, and motivation speaker. Popular series: Rain, Storm, and Praise Him Anyhow. Notable novels are Long Time Coming and The Best of All.

Pat Simmons - Christian fiction author that describes the evidence of the gift of the Holy Ghost as an amazing, unforgettable, life altering experience. Self-proclaimed genealogy sleuth that cast her ancestors in starring roles in her novels, see author's website. Popular novels include Guilty of Love, A Christian Christmas, and Crowning Glory.

Michelle Stimpson - National bestselling, award-winning author of Christian fiction, see author's website. Her works include the Boaz Brown series, Divas of Damascus Road (National Bestseller), and Not With the Churches Money.

Other authors: Angela Benson, Kim Cash Tate, Michelle Lindo-Rice, Rhonda McKnight, Sherri Lewis, Stacy Hawkins Adams, and Patricia Haley.

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Wanda E. Brunstetter - Award-winning novelist in the Amish romance genre, see author's website. Her most popular series is Daughters of Lancaster County and she has also written Brides of Lancaster County and Kentucky Brothers. Novels include Twice Loved, Lydia's Charm, and she has authored a cookbook: Wanda E. Brunstetter's Amish Friends Christmas Cookbook.

Linda Castillo - New York Times bestselling author of Amish thrillers, see author's website. Most notable is the Kate Burkholder series, that includes Sworn to Silence and Gone Missing; a series of crime thrillers set in Amish Country.

Suzanne Woods Fisher - Award-winning author of books about faith-based communities, see author's website. Popular series include Lancaster County Secrets, Stoney Ridge Seasons, and Inn at Eagle Hill. She also authored the nonfiction book, Amish Values for Your Family: What We Can Learn from the Simple Life.

Beverly Lewis - Christian fiction author, see author's website. Popular series include The Heritage of Lancaster County, Home to Hickory Hollow, and the Rose Trilogy. Notable standalone novels are October Song, The First Love, and The Road Home.

Beth Wiseman - Christian fiction author known for her Amish storytelling, see author's website. Popular series include Daughters of the Promised and Land of Canaan. Notable novel is The Promise and she has also written an Amish novellas; An Amish Year.

Apocalyptic

Peter & Paul Lalonde - Brothers that are best selling authors of the  Apocalypse series Apocalypse, Revelation, Tribulation, and Judgment.

Tim LaHaye - American evangelical Christian minister and author of both fiction and nonfiction books. Best known for his apocalyptic fiction series, Left Behind. Notable nonfiction include Spirit-Controlled Temperament and Are We Living in the End Times?.

Jerry B. Jenkins - author best known as a writer of the Left Behind series for Tim LaHaye, see author's website. He has also written the Underground Zealot Trilogy and Precinct 11 series. Notable novels include Riven and The Last Operative.

Contemporary Domestic

Karen Kingsbury - Christian romance and inspirational author, see the author's website here. She has written numerous series including Lost Love, Angels Walking and her most popular The Baxter Family. Popular standalone titles include Oceans Apart, The Chance, and Like Dandelion Dust.

Melody Carlson - Christian author, honored with the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, writes for children, teens and adults, see author's website. Her best selling books include The Christmas Bus, Christmas at Harrington's, and The Christmas Cat. Her young adult series include Diary of a Teenage Girl and TrueColors.

Philip Gulley - Quaker Pastor and Christian author, see author's website here. Well know for his fiction work, the Harmony series and his  many non-fiction works: If Grace is True: Why God Will Save Every Person and For Everything a Season: Simple Musing on Living Well.

Robin Lee Hatcher - Christian and romance author, see author's website here. Series include Coming to America, Sisters of Bethlehem Springs and Where the Heart Lives. Novels include When Love Blooms, The Perfect Life, and The Story Jar.

Grace Livingston Hill - author of Christian fiction, born in 1865, her stories provide a living history lesson, see author's website here. Novels include Katharine's Yesterday, and Other Stories, Happiness Hill, and The Finding of Jasper Holt.

Gary E. Parker - Southern Baptist paster and Christian author, see publisher's page here. Popular series include Blue Ridge Legacy and Southern Tides and his novel Beyond a Reasonable Doubt.

Cozy Mysteries

Cozy mysteries are considered “gentle” books… no graphic violence, no profanity, and no explicit sex. Most often, the crime takes place “off stage” and death is usually very quick.

Alexander McCall Smith – cozy mystery author, see author’s website here. Series include the popular No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, Sunday Philosophy Club, and 44 Scotland Street series.

Lilian Jackson Braun – cozy mystery author. Series include The Cat Who… novels such as The Cat Who Played Post Office and The Cat Who Said Cheese.

Joanne Fluke – cozy mystery author, see author’s website here. Series include the Hannah Swensen novels such as Raspberry Danish Murder, Apple Turnover Murder, and Blackberry Pie Murder.

M. C. Beaton – cozy mystery author, see author’s website here. Series include the Hamish Macbeth Mysteries and the Agatha Raisin series.

Donna Andrews – cozy mystery author, see author’s website here. Series include her popular titles from the Meg Langslow series and from the Turing Hopper series.  

Jacqueline Winspear – cozy mystery author, see author’s website here. Series include the Maisie Dobbs novels with titles such as Among the Mad and In This Grave Hour.

Diane Mott Davidson – cozy mystery author, see author’s website here. Notable titles include Tough Cookie, Dark Tort, and Fatally Flaky.

Elizabeth Peters – cozy mystery author, see author’s website here. Series include the Jacqueline Kirby series and the Amelia Peabody series.

Rhys Bowen – cozy mystery author, see author’s website here. Popular series include Lady Georgiana “Georgie” Her Royal Spyness series and the Molly Murphy series.

Historical

Judith Pella - Christian author. Series include Daughters of Fortune and Patchwork Circle. She co-authored the series Ribbons West with Tracie Peterson. She also co-authored the series the Russians with Michael Phillips. Other notable novels include Mark of the Cross and Texas Angel.

T. Davis Bunn - Christian fiction author, see author's website here. He has co-authored with Janette Oke and his wife Isabella Bunn. Series include Heirs of Acadia. Notable novels include The Great Divide, The Book of Hours, and Full Circle.

Angela Elwell Hunt - Christian author and Christy-Award winner, see author's website. Popular series include Fairlawn, Women of Faith Fiction, and  the Dangerous Beauty novels. Other prominent novels include The Awakening, Magdalene, The Elevator, and Paul, Apostle of Christ.

Gilbert Morris - Award-winning Christian author known for his inspirational and historical fiction. Best known for his House of Winslow series and he won the Christy-Award for the novel Edge of Honor.

Janette Oke - Canadian Christian author of inspirational fiction. She writes about what she knows best - real life, honest love, and lasting values. She is well-known for her Love Comes Softly series that have been made into movies. She has also written Women of the West, Prairie Legacy, and the Canadian West series. Noteworthy novels include Nana's Gift and The Red Geranium.

 

Historical Romance

Lori Copeland - Popular bestselling contemporary and historical Christian author. Her books have been nominated for the prestigious Christy Award and received two Romantic Times Lifetime Achievement Awards, see author's website. Series include Brides of the West, Men of the Saddle, and The Amish of Apple Grove. Contemporary novels include Stranded in Paradise and Now and Always

Kristen Heitzmann - Bestselling author of contemporary romantic suspense, psychological suspense, and historical novels, see author’s website. Her most popular series is the Michelli Family; Secrets, Unforgotten, and Echoes. Notable novels are Halos, Freefall, and The Edge of Recall.

Janette Oke - Canadian Christian author of inspirational fiction. She writes about what she knows best - real life, honest love, and lasting values. Her books are often set in a pioneer era and centered on female protagonists. She is well-known for her Love Comes Softly series that have been made into movies. She has also written Women of the West, Prairie Legacy, and the Canadian West series. Noteworthy novels include Nana's Gift and The Red Geranium.

Tracie Peterson - Bestselling Christian author who writes in both historical and contemporary genres, see author’s website. Her most popular series is Heirs of Montana. Other noted series include Song of Alaska, Land of the Shining Water, and Striking a Match. Noteworthy novels are Where My Heart Belongs, House of Secrets, and Silent Star.

Lori Wick - Versatile Christian author, writing pioneer fiction to series set in Victorian England to contemporary novels many including romance. Popular series include The Californians, Kensington Chronicles, and the English Garden. Other notable works include The Princess, Sophie's Heart and Pretense.

Lauraine Snelling - Christian author, popular for her historical fiction series revolving around Norwegian immigration and inspired by her own heritage, see author's website. Series include: Daughters of Blessing, Home to Blessing, and Wild West Wind. Standalone novel include: Heaven Sent Rain, One Perfect Day, and Wake the Dawn.