If you love Downton Abbey . . .

If you enjoy watching Downton Abbey, you will love Queen of the Waves. With rich historical detail, Janice Thompson brings the Titanic and its passengers to life once more. You may say, “I know how this story ends.” But under Thompson’s masterful hand, do you?

In Thompson’s story version, the reader experiences a vivid recreation of the doomed liner. The lush tapestry of silks and satins and the intricate architectural details from the privileged lives of the first class passengers. The glitter-studded midnight sky and looming monoliths of ice. The freezing water like shards of cold that befell every passenger regardless of class or station that becomes the metaphor for the human condition. Thompson creates a feast for the senses and strong characterizations that will leave you rooting for their ultimate survival. Throughout each passenger’s story runs a thread of hope, redemption and second chance.

Thompson paints a bittersweet portrait of a watershed event perched on the precipice of the Great War (the one that was supposed to end all others) like the last rose of a time and innocence that would never bloom again.

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My Favorite Things about Autumn—ACFW

Queen of the Waves—Click to purchase on AmazonOne of the best things about autumn to me is the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) conference every September. I get to hangout with really cool Christian writers. Have you read Janice Hanna Thompson, Carrie Turansky, Ginny Aiken, Margaret Brownley or Lynette Eason? And the worship at ACFW is incredible, too. Thanks, Rachel Hauck and team.

I learn so much from the writing craft workshops, featuring instructors such as T. Davis Bunn, Steve Laube, Nancy Kress and Susan May Warren. I also add a great many books to my To-Be-Read pile for the year.

I enjoy chats over coffee, lunch and dinner with people I only get to see once or twice a year. Yeah, I’m talking about you—Betsy Duffy, Laurie Myers, Morgan Doremus, Edie Melson and Deb Raney.

A highlight for me this year was the Abingdon Press Author get-together. I feel so privileged to work with Abingdon, my editor Ramona Richards, publicist Jeane Wynn of Wynn-Wynn Media and the fabulous Abingdon writers.

The first Quilts of Love book by Carolyn Zane has released. If you love romance, if you enjoy crafts or quilting, pick up a copy.

What do you enjoy about autumn?
I’d love to hear from you.

Fun and Romantic Summer Reading Picks

As a rule of life, I try to read anything I can get my hands on by these romance writers—

Always the Designer Never the Bride by Sandra D. Bricker

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There You’ll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones

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The Director’s Cut by Janice Thompson

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• the Finders Keepers series by Catherine Palmer—I love, love, love Catherine Palmer romances.

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What about you? Who are your favorite, go-to romance writers?