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Secrets and Forbidden Love Surface in New Historical Novel

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No Turning BackAlex and Katy Sail to America for a New Life

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The year is 1898. The first automobile is sold. The United States declares war on Spain. And Alex Meissen, son of a wealthy Austrian bureaucrat, falls in love with the beautiful maid Katy Thannen. No Turning Back (Ambassador International; September 2013; $14.99, paperback) tells their story of forbidden love and their doomed plan to make a new life together in America, an ocean away from their infuriated families.

Raven-haired Katy is determined to venture beyond the alpine fields of her birthplace. Taking a job as a maid for a wealthy family, Katy quickly catches the attention of the family’s only son, Alex. Alex’s father climbed the civil service ranks, developing an intolerance toward the peasant classes. So when Alex falls in love with the maid, his father is appalled.

Forbidden to marry, Alex devises a plan for them to sail to America to begin their life together far from the scornful eyes of their families. But the plan fails and suddenly there is no turning back.

About the Author:  Published in Christian magazines and newspapers, Joanne Wilson Meusburger has developed and marketed a line of greeting cards. She also co-authored Hope for Hurting People (Whitaker House) which has been translated into seven languages. Joanne lives in Charlotte, North Carolina where she and her husband, Bill, enjoy volunteer work and eight of their ten grandchildren.

For more information about the author and her book, please visit www.JMeusburger.com.  For interview requests, please contact publicist Alison Storm at media@emeraldhouse.com.

 

Facebook Giveaway: Win a Copy of Love Into Light!

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9781620202227Here’s your chance to win a free book! It’s the end of the month, and that means one of our monthly giveaways! For October we’re giving away a free copy of Love Into Light by Peter Hubbard. Check out Facebook for more details!

Homosexuality is one of most controversial moral issues of our day. Sadly the church has often been afraid to talk about homosexuality. Many Christians feel confused and divided between the call to love and the call for truth. Love Into Light is your next step toward becoming more faithfully and helpfully engaged with people in your families, in your church and in your neighborhood. Enter now to see more!

Craig D. Lounsbrough: $3.99 eBook Sale Happening Now

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Do you long to live a life with meaning and purpose? Do you need help getting through a time of loss? Do you believe your life was made for “something more”? Each of Craig D. Lounsbrough’s books is intentionally written to address pressing issues that he see in the lives of the people that he serves as a counselor and life coach. This makes these resources timely, relevant and genuinely helpful. It is his hope that these works may make an impact in your life. From Oct. 1 through Oct. 7 these ebooks are available for just $3.99 each at Amazon.com.

An Intimate Collision: Encounters with Life and Jesus: An Intimate Collision arises out of the belief that people sense there is a far greater reality to our portrayal of God and the Christian life than that which we have grasped. ON SALE FOR $3.99

Flecks of Gold on a Path of Stone: Simple Truths for Profound Living: Profound living is something that we all passionately yearn for. We’ve concocted a dizzying array of strategies, programs, steps and philosophies that are all designed to achieve the lofty goal of profound living. Yet, genuinely profound living is not achieved by developing innovative strategies, tidy programs, formfitting steps, or by devising trendy philosophies. Rather, genuinely profound living is seized and ceaselessly nurtured through the careful reclamation of simple truths, which are explained in this book. ON SALE FOR $3.99

Flecks of Gold on a Path of Stone: Simple Truths for Life’s Complex Journey: This book contains those simple truths richly explained, practically expanded upon, and relevantly integrated into life’s realities in a manner that brings fresh insight, rejuvenated hope, and desperately needed resources to all of us who struggle through the complexities of life. ON SALE FOR $3.99

An Autumn’s Journey: Deep Growth in the Grief and Loss of Life’s Seasons: This book does not loosely gloss over loss or provide shallow prescriptions and weak formulas for our grieving. Rather, it aggressively embraces both grief and loss, bringing fresh eyes to these times in our lives in order to draw out of them the marvelous riches that we all too often miss. ON SALE FOR $3.99

Facebook Giveaway: Win a Copy of Each the Same!

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9781620202043It’s time for another chance to win a free book! Make sure you check out our monthly Facebook giveaways! We’ll remember this fine September by giving away a free copy of Each the Same by Michelle Worthington. Check out the Ambassador International Facebook page for more details!

What do cows, sheep, horses, and children all have in common? They all have a purpose and God loves them each the same. This is the message that children’s book author Michelle Worthington teaches in her new book Each the Same. Taking place in a barnyard with all of the farm animals, Worthington reminds young readers that everyone is different and special. Enter now for the chance to see for yourself!

Fast-Paced Spiritual Thriller Shares True Story of Survival for Christian Family in Communist Romania

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Willing to DieNEW BOOK SHOWS HOW FAITH IN GOD CAN LEAD CHRISTIANS THROUGH HARDSHIP

For immediate release: Imagine living under the constant danger of the Secret Police bursting into your home, and taking you—or someone you love—to prison, never to be seen or heard from again. Imagine watching your country suffer from the brutality of the Communist regime that swept through Eastern Europe in the wake of World War II. That was John Muntean’s reality in Romania. That is what he fought for years to escape. And that is what he fears is coming to America.

A fast-paced spiritual thriller, Willing to Die (Ambassador International; September 2013; $13.99, paperback), reveals the persecution John Muntean and his wife, Stela experienced, uncovering the evil that accompanied Communist ideology to Romania. Through fear, loss, and pain, the amazing power of God’s love provided a way for them not only to survive, but to prosper. And perhaps most importantly, this book shows all readers that many of the things John and Stela suffered to escape from in Romania are now appearing in America. “History appears to be repeating itself as Communist tendencies become more apparent in American politics,” warns Muntean.

Throughout this powerful story of John and Stela’s escape from Romania, both of them kept the simple but absolute faith that God was in control. Co- author Josephine Walker says, “John and Stela’s story shows that even in the most dangerous times God can be trusted. He will even use your enemies to be a blessing and part of His plan and purpose. The most important point however, is that through the telling of John’s story, God has a critical message to America and His people.”

About John Muntean: Born in Romania when it was still the beautiful, vibrant, productive Breadbasket of Europe, John Muntean and his family made a harrowing escape to America in 1982. He and his wife Stela have lived in the same Costa Mesa home since 1985 which they now share with their Dachshund Toby.

About Josephine Walker: Josephine Walker currently lives in Cody, Wyoming, where she enjoys the nature around her and focusing on her writing. To learn more about Josephine Walker, visit her website at www.josephinewalker.com.

To connect with John Muntean or Josephine Walker, please contact publicist Alison Storm at media@emeraldhouse.com.

New Fiction for Fall

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There’s something about the dip in temperatures and the changing leaves that make the idea of curling up with a great book even more enticing this time of year. If you’re not sure what to read Ambassador International has three new page-turners perfect to put on your nightstand this fall.

The Red StonesThe Red Stones: What if you had to lose everything to discover your purpose?

Jehan’s world is completely turned upside down when he discovers his beloved home, the city of Mantessi, has vanished. Struggling to survive on his own, he finds shelter and work in a neighboring village as he wrestles with the magnitude of his loss. Desperate to find answers, he sets out to uncover the truth behind the loss of Mantessi and his family. BUY NOW

 

A Touch of SinA Touch of Sin: “What do you think you’re doing?” Titus yelled as the gang-banger blocking his car stepped out. “Go away! Leave me alone!”

The man named Jesus grinned wickedly. “Judgment day, preacher man,” he said. “Tell me where the money is, or you ain’t gonna make it home. Then I will go get your pretty blonde wife. And your daughter, too, preacher man. Now tell me where the money is, or I’ll tell you what I’m going to do to both of them.”

Titus grabbed the still-new gun and raised it, steadying his shaking hand on the top of the open car door. “Just stop right there! I’ve got a gun.”

How had things come to this? How could he, a devout and sincere man of God, be involved in a shoot-out with a member of a drug gang on a lonely road? How could he have done any of the things he had done in the past month? Had he traveled so far down this road there was no way back? BUY NOW

No Turning BackNo Turning Back: In 1898, Alex Meissen, son of a wealthy Austrian bureaucrat, falls in love with beautiful Katy Thannen, the household maid. Forbidden to marry, Alex devises a plan for them to sail to America to begin a new life together. When the plan fails, there is no turning back. Alone in New York City, Katy faces a devastating dilemma. If Alex finds her, can they start over considering the secret she now bears? BUY NOW

 

Tiny Mouse Plays Big Role in the Christmas Story

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The Manger MouseChildren’s Book Shares Tale of a Timid Mouse’s Decision to Serve God

For immediate release: A meek and lowly stable mouse plays an integral part in the Christmas story in Sarah Martin Byrd’s new children’s book, The Manger Mouse. (Ambassador International; August 2013; $16.99, hardcover) This charming story follows Matty the Mouse as he helps prepare the manger for Jesus’ arrival. Working to exhaustion, the tiny mouse takes on the important job of carrying bits of straw to the feeding trough that will soon hold the King of Kings. But as Matty discovers, God’s plan for him doesn’t stop there.

Matty is the only animal in the stable suitable for the task of helping to keep Jesus warm. None of the other animals, including Doris the Donkey, Molly the Cow or Randy the Rabbit, were small enough to slip through the crack at the bottom of the trough. God made Matty the perfect size for this task, showing that God can use anyone who is willing to serve. “I hope The Manger Mouse is welcomed into many homes this holiday season,” says Sarah. “It’s a unique perspective of the greatest story of all time—Christ’s birth.”

Sarah teamed up with her childhood friend on the project, illustrator Debbie Wall. Sarah and Debbie reconnected through their love of reading and children’s books. Originally written for Sarah’s granddaughter Emma as a Christmas gift, The Manger Mouse is their first collaboration.

About the Author: Sarah Martin Byrd is a graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature. She is a published novelist, newspaper columnist and blogger. Sarah loves sharing her life story with children of all ages.

About the Illustrator: Debbie Wall, a member of the Pastel Society of Virginia, is a native of North Carolina and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The Manger Mouse is available online through Amazon.com, BN.com and many other retailers. For interview requests please contact publicist Alison Storm via email at media@emeraldhouse.com.

 

 

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Renowned Cookbook Author Releases New Collection of Authentic Irish Christmas Recipes

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Christmas Flavors of IrelandMargaret Johnson Creates 9th Collection of Irish Recipes

For immediate release: Acclaimed cookbook author Margaret Johnson is back just in time for Christmas with a collection of great new recipes. More than 90 authentic dishes fill the beautiful pages of Christmas Flavors of Ireland: Celebrating the Festive Season (Ambassador International; August 2013; $19.99). It’s Johnson’s tenth cookbook overall and ninth focusing on Irish cuisine.

The book not only celebrates the festive holiday season, but introduces readers to a little piece of Ireland. Christmas Flavors of Ireland “invites readers on a holiday tour of Ireland,” says Johnson, who often visits the Emerald Isle to taste great recipes that are both old and new. Over the course of her travels, Johnson has learned and perfected hundreds of great Irish recipes.

Recipes from all over Ireland are featured in this book—there’s truly something for everyone. In the pages of this collection, readers will be introduced to everything from Spiced Beef Sandwiches to Mincemeat Tarts, from Roast Goose to Apple and Cranberry Crumble. Chef Wade Murphy, named “Best Chef in Munster, 2012,” contributed the foreword to the book.

Johnson is a frequent contributor to Intermezzo Magazine, irishabroad.com, and has served as travel editor for House Magazine. She’s shared her love of food and drink at Irish cultural events, food festivals and even on cruise ships. Learn more at MargaretMJohnson.com and IrishCook.com. Email publicist Alison Storm at media@emeraldhouse.com to connect with the author.

Christianbook.com Fab Friday Sale: Healing Hearts

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Healing HeartsChristianbook.com is offering our popular title Healing Hearts at the incredibly low price of $7.49 during their Fab Friday sale. Pick up your copy at a half-price discount from August 30-September 2.

Check out what other readers are saying about Healing Hearts by Dr. Hisashi Nikaidoh:

“I found myself with tears in my eyes as I read some personal accounts of those who contributed to the book. I know that losing a child is a mother’s worst nightmare. As a mom, I can’t even fathom my child being taken from me, although I know it can happen at any minute.
It was also neat to get an inside look into the life of a pediatric heart surgeon and all that he does to prepare for a surgery and how it affects him, too. This book is staying on my bookshelf, but copies of it will definitely be passed out and recommended.” -Book Reader, Amazon Reviewer

“This book will touch you all the way down to your core, not just as a parent but also as someone’s child.” -Erica, Amazon Reviewer

“An amazing book that will touch all who read it; whether you have experienced the loss of a child or tragedy on any level. This book will definitely help to heal the wounds loss can leave. Thank you, Dr. Nikaidoh for opening up your heart in this book, and thank you to each of the women who opened their hearts and lives so that others might receive comfort!” -Kim Coker, Amazon Reviewer