Saturday, January 14, 2012

Quilts of Love: New fiction line from Abingdon Press

Quilts of Love: New fiction line from Abingdon Press
I am so honored and excited to be part of this new fiction line from Abingdon Press. They've unveiled the line at the Giftmart in Atlanta this weekend. The above logo will be represent the line of books. Scroll down to see an actual Photo Memory Quilt made for my son's graduation by his grandma.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Beginning October 2012, Christian publisher Abingdon Press will launch a new series, the Quilts of Love, as part of their growing fiction line. Based on the idea that behind every heirloom quilt is a story of how it came to be, the Quilts of Love series will focus on the romance and adventures of the women who quilted a part of their family history.
Senior Acquisitions Editor Ramona Richards believes there is a strong connection between storytelling and quilts. “More than a creative art, quilts have been passed from one generation to another as precious heirlooms. They tell our family history, and they have brought communities together,” notes Richards.

As a reflection of Abingdon’s diverse fiction line, the Quilts of Love series will feature contemporary and historical romances as well as women’s fiction and the occasional light mystery. The series will draw from some of Christian publishing’s best-known authors and new talent. Authors involved in the project include Sandra Bricker, Loree Lough, Christa Allan, Barbara Cameron, Lynette Sowell, Lisa Carter, and Angela Breidenbach.

Abingdon Press will release one book per month through March 2014 beginning with Carolyn Zane’s Storm’s Signal (Abingdon Press, October 2012). Richards says, “Each book in the series tells the story of one quilt, one family, and one unforgettable love.”

Montana author Angela Breidenbach’s book will be released April 2013. A Healing Heart is set in Bozeman, MT and tells the story Mara Keegan an uber-successful mother of three, widowed for three years. One year for every child. As she's making a photo memory quilt, a graduation present for her daughter, Mara experiences a heart attack. As Mara recuperates and learns how to heal her damaged heart, she also discovers how to release a bitter heart to God so she can love again. She's been chasing success and all the "good things in life" for her family to make up for the cruel whim God played on them by taking her husband. When released home, Mara visits the choices she's made that led her to this physically and spiritually broken heart. The memory quilt must be finished in time for Cadence Keegan’s big day, but Mara struggles with her burgeoning feelings for the man who must keep Mara's business going during her recovery, Joel Ryan. Can Joel find his way into Mara's healing heart and onto Cadence’s quilt?

So what is a memory quilt? Here's my son's from his graduation:

Graduation Photo Memory Quilt

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