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Christian fiction contracts at Thomas Nelson, Bethany House

(February 14, 2012)
In recent days, several notable Christian novelists have signed new contracts with publishers Thomas Nelson and Bethany House.

Thomas Nelson has expanded its fiction roster to include best-selling novelist Robin Lee Hatcher; historical author Tracy L. Higley; medical suspense writer Dr. Richard Mabry; and promising newcomer Billy Coffee. "After a year spent conducting market research through extensive surveys and face-to-face focus groups, we know what the most passionate Christian fiction readers most want to read next," says Allen Arnold, Senior VP and Publisher, Thomas Nelson Fiction. "And we're using that knowledge to make strategic acquisitions of what we believe will be future bestsellers."


Robin Lee Hatcher
Best-selling novelist Robin Lee Hatcher is known for her emotionally-charged romance novels, both historical and contemporary. Her numerous honors include the Christy Award, the RITA Award for Best Inspirational Romance, Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, and Romance Writers of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Hatcher’s more than 60 titles include two Thomas Nelson Women of Faith Fiction novels: The Perfect Life, and Heart of Gold, released this month. Thomas Nelson has signed her to a new exclusive multi-book contract, with first release scheduled for October 2013.


Tracy L. Higley writes riveting, romantic stories showcasing her lifelong interest in ancient history and mythology. Her Biblical historical fiction is rich in details she uncovers from frequent travel and research. “It’s my desire to shine the light of the gospel into the cultures of the past,” says Higley. “I figure what better way to do that than to visit the cultures themselves?” Higley’s previous novels have been honored as ECPA Book of the Year and Christy Award finalists. Garden of Madness, inspired by the story of mad king Nebuchadnezzar, releases May 2012 at a special $9.99 introductory price.


Richard L. Mabry, M.D.
When he decided to turn his attention to fiction, Dr. Richard Mabry had retired from a distinguished medical career that spanned twenty-six years in private practice and ten as a professor. His previous medical romantic suspense novels have been named finalists for Carol and Romantic Times awards. “Dr. Mabry writes compelling stories and characters with fascinating medical detail. Move over Robin Cook! Mabry has a bright future,” says fellow best-selling romantic suspense author Colleen Coble. His exclusive multi-book contract with Thomas Nelson begins with an April 2013 release tentatively titled Stress Test.


Billy Coffey
Author Billy Coffey has a gift for gentle, emotive stories with rural Southern charm and a supernatural thread. His novels Snow Days and Paper Angels have received critical acclaim, named top picks by Christian Retailing and Library Journal. Publishers Weekly says he evokes “the spirits of 'It’s a Wonderful Life,' 'The Shack,' and 'The Five People You Meet in Heaven.'” He is a regular contributor to several publications, writing about faith and life, and his road to authoring fiction. Coffey's exclusive contract with Thomas Nelson begins with a May 2013 release, working title Into the Maybe.


Dee Henderson
Meanwhile, Christian Retailing reports that Bethany House has signed Christy Award-winning author Dee Henderson. The author of the acclaimed O'Malley series and the Uncommon Heroes series, Dee's novels have won or been nominated for several prestigious industry awards, including the RWA's RITA Award, the Christy Award, the ECPA Gold Medallion, the Holt Medallion, the National Readers' Choice Award, and the Golden Quill. Her first novel with Bethany House, a romantic suspense title, will hit shelves in October.





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