Jill Williamson

Jill Williamson is a novelist, dreamer, and believer. She writes stories that combine danger, suspense, and adventure for people of all ages. An avid reader, she started Novel Teen Book Reviews (www.novelteen.com) to help teens find great books to read. Her first novel, By Darkness Hid, releases from Marcher Lord Press on April 1, 2009. Learn more at www.jillwilliamson.com.

Get Ready to Read Summer Releases from CBA Houses

There are a lot of great things about summer, but one of my favorites growing up was going to the library and checking out as many nonschool books as possible. It was the ultimate freedom and entertainment, no charge. And when I got old enough for a summer job, I could actually purchase a few books to read over and over. Summer is a wonderful time.

And since it’s here, I thought I’d let you know what publishers have on the way. Here is a brief overview of some new releases.

Who Made You a Princess? (All About Us Novel #4) by Shelley Adina (Faith Words)
Shani returns to school and finds a new addition to Spencer Academy. Prince Rashid al Amir has moved to California to go to school and to romance his future wife: Shani. It turns out Shani’s family and the prince’s go back for generations. Will Shani put aside her feelings for another boy to pursue her family’s wishes? Or will God answer her prayers for an intervention?

Breaking Up Is Hard to Do (Miracle Girls #2) by Anne Dayton and May Vanderbilt (Faith Words) It’s been a little over a year since Christine’s mom died. Now her dad is engaged and Christine couldn’t be less thrilled. When her attitude starts to take a toll on her schoolwork, she is forced to see a counselor. As the wedding draws near, Christine’s anger drives her friends away when she needs them the most. Can she come to terms with her mother’s death . . . and her father’s remarriage?

Unsigned Hype: A Novel by Booker T. Mattison (Revell, June 2009)
Tory Tyson knows what he wants out of life—a successful music career. And he’s not going to learn that in high school. So when school lets out next month, he’s not going back. The Unsigned Hype music contest is the perfect place to launch his career. But will he be able to handle the fame and fortune he seeks?

Me, Just Different by Stephanie Morrill (Revell, July 2009)
High school senior Skylar Hoyt’s exotic Hawaiian looks have propelled her to the height of the “in” crowd, but she’s not sure that’s where she really fits. New friends, old friends, a reluctant romance, and a family crisis swirl around Skylar as she tries to keep it together and figure out who she really wants to be.

Timescape (Dreamhouse Kings, Book 4) by Robert Liparulo (Thomas Nelson, July 2009)
The King family has discovered a terrible secret. Now, finding Mom is only a small part of their mission. And time is running out. Using the portals to build an empire, Taksidian wants the house for himself, and there’s nothing he won’t do to get the family out. The Kings know their survival depends on stopping the bloodthirsty assassin. If only they can find his weakness in time.

Lunatic (The Lost Books #5) by Ted Dekker (Thomas Nelson, June 2009)
Johnis, Silvie, and Darsal found the Books of History, and now it’s time to return home. But five years have passed and nothing is the same. The Horde has taken over, Thomas and the Forest Guard are in hiding, and a strange new force is challenging everything they thought they knew. Should the Chosen One continue to follow his heart . . . or is his heart finally leading them astray?

Renegade (Graphic Novel) (The Lost Books #3) by Ted Dekker (Thomas Nelson, June 2009)
Forfeiting what he once held dear, Billos enters a forbidden book and discovers a foreign reality: a place called Paradise, Colorado, where he’s approached by the sinister Marsuvees Black. In this third installment, Billos is the renegade, and everyone knows that renegades must die.

The Vanishing Sculptor by Donita K. Paul (Waterbrook, June 2009)
Tipper is responsible for the upkeep of her family’s estate during her sculptor father’s absence. She soon discovers that her actions have unbalanced the whole foundation of her world, and she must act quickly to undo the calamitous threat. But the task is too huge for one person, so she gathers the help of some unlikely companions—including the nearly five-foot tall parrot, Beccaroon.

North! Or Be Eaten (Wingfeather Saga, book 2) by Andrew Peterson (Waterbrook, August 2009)
The Igby children have discovered their true identity, and everyone wants to kill them. They flee from the monsters of Glipwood Forest, the thieving Stranders of the East Bend, and the dreaded Fork Factory. Even more dangerous are the jealousies that threaten to tear them apart. They must learn the hard way that the love of a family is more important than anything.

Always Watching (The Rayne Tour series) Brandilyn & Amberly Collins (Zondervan)
Shaley O’Connor is on tour with her mother’s popular band. During a concert, she stumbles upon the body of a friend backstage. Is Tom Hutchens’s death connected to her? Frightening messages arrive. Paparazzi stalk her. Shaley’s private nightmare is displayed for all to see. Where is God at a time like this? As the clock runs out, Shaley must find Tom’s killer—before he strikes again.

Memory’s Gate (Time Thriller Trilogy) by Paul McCusker (Zondervan)
Elizabeth thought volunteering at the Fawlt Line Retirement Center would be fun, but there’s something about the place that gives her the creeps. When people start disappearing, Elizabeth is convinced a time fault is involved. Her own time-travel adventure may be the key to solving the mystery, but can she convince the sheriff she’s telling the truth before more people disappear?

New York Debut (Carter House Girls #6) by Melody Carlson (Zondervan)
The New Year promises to be lively for the Carter House girls. New York City Spring Fashion Week draws near, and competition flares from all directions as the girls vie for top billing, premium outfits, and attention from guys. Will the girls survive the big city experience and the even bigger trials that come along with it?

By Darkness Hid