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The Shadows Come, releasing November 25, 2019

Editorial Reviews:

“In a sequel that surpasses the superlative No Longer Alone, we continue life’s journey with Prentis and Avery, newlyweds trying to make a life on the harsh reality of the American Midwest after the turn of last century. War is raging, not only abroad, but in the hearts of neighbors who through their own insecurities and anger chip away at the sanctuary the young couple have created for themselves.

“Love, faith, courage, and action all set against a background of one of America’s darker times come to life through the words of a gifted author. It’s a rich story of seemingly small lives that end up mattering in the largest of ways.”

~ L. B. Johnson, Best-Selling Author

“So many things to love about this book: Avery and PJ’s love story, so many interesting facts about WWI, family and community helping each other, a young family learning to put their trust in God. I have read all of Melinda’s fiction. This is by far my favorite. Definitely leaves me wanting more about this family. So well written. Such a beautiful story. I don’t have enough superlatives to describe how I feel about this. Just read it! You won’t be disappointed!”

~ Michelle R. Schuck, Retired Literature Teacher

Product Description:

Germany threatens all of Europe. Millions have died. President Woodrow Wilson makes the declaration that the United States must enter the Great War to rescue our allies. Congress approves. Our story begins.

In America’s heartland, everyone hunkers down to provide food for the world and resources for the war effort. A draft is necessary, and all young men must register. One by one, these are called to war. With this threat looming, Prentis and Avery raise the necessary horsepower, cultivate the needed crops, and contribute their labors to the Red Cross. But crises at home, an insidious busybody, and one after another called up to fight in Europe bring the greatest dangers they’ve ever faced together. Then there’s the influenza pandemic. Will they survive the war abroad and the war being waged at home, threatening their love and their lives? Will their loved ones make it home again?

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No Longer Alone

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Editorial Reviews:

L. B. Johnson, Award Winning author of Small Town Roads:
Soft stunning and lyrically captivating, “No Longer Alone: Based on a True Story” grabs onto the reader as quickly as a prairie thunderstorm. Avery and Prentis’s journey to love and renewed faith in the days leading up to World War I resonates as much today as it did one hundred years ago. A wonderfully engaging reading complemented by Inman’s vivid depiction of Oklahoma history and richly layered Christian characters.

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Katie Andraski, author of The River Caught Sunlight
In No Longer Alone, Melinda Inman imagines what her great grandparents’ early marriage and courtship were like a hundred years ago when men courted women and worked to earn their heart. Set between the Oklahoma Land Rush and the beginnings of World War I, her novel explores how people lived as pioneers who wrestled with the land, the weather and their own history. I cared deeply about Prentis, Avery, their families and even their animals because they were so well drawn.

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Product Description:

Manhood arrived prematurely. At the tender age of fifteen, Prentis lost both his father and his confidence that God loved him. He grew up fast after that day, abandoning his education to take on the responsibility and hardship of supporting his mother and siblings.

Now, in Prentis’s twenties, Avery reenters his life. A Sunday School teacher with a passion for learning and theology, she is intelligent with a captivating spirit. Prentis finds her irresistible. The audacity of attempting to court such a woman in no way weakens his resolve. He’s determined to win her heart. But male competition, vicious gossip, Avery’s unspoken fears, and the ruin of his livelihood hinder his efforts. How can Prentis win her? And if he does, how will they overcome their differences, the hard life on the Oklahoma plains, and a world at war?

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Fallen 

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Editorial Review:  

Jo Ann Pevoto, Professor Emeritus, College of the Mainland; Former Co-Editor Poetry Texas, The Sidewinder, and Hurakan:

“Fallen, the prequel to Melinda Inman’s novel Refuge, goes back to the creation of the earth and its inhabitants. In the garden, Adam names the living creatures and finds delight when his companion Eve is made from his rib. Joy rings through each passage, each word. Inman also brings alive Lucifer and shows his rage that the earth is not his to rule. Observing God’s love for the “insignificant humans,” Lucifer determines he will attack God by destroying them. After their fall and loss of Eden, the tone of the book changes when Adam and Eve must fight their own sinful natures while they work to survive. The reader feels the truth in their emotional, physical, and mental struggles as they learn to cope in their new environment. To their surprise, Yahweh is present when they approach Him in prayers and still demonstrates His love for them.

“This book blends what we learn from the Bible with all the details that Inman imagines about the couple’s daily existence. It concludes with the fulfillment of the promise that sustains them in this new environment. The book is a triumph both in scholarship (It is well researched) and in its demonstration of God’s grace for those who choose to turn to Him after they realize their fallen state.”

International Award in Christian Fiction:

In 2018, the International Reality Calling Pre-Christian Godliness Fiction Award was bestowed upon Fallen and Melinda Viergever Inman for:

  • Quality of writing and accuracy of its depictions of godly Old Testament living,
  • Truth revealed about the Lord and how He works,
  • Specific references to the Savior/Redeemer and His ultimate plan for people.

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Product Description: 

Love takes action: The Creator God establishes the cosmos and shapes a man. Adam rises from the dust. Envious, the powerful angel Lucifer despises him. Oblivious to the threat, Adam is captivated by his strong, intuitive wife Eve. In the Garden of Eden, they enjoy abundant food, gorgeous vistas, and intriguing challenges, including their budding love and passion. They have it all!

But Lucifer’s deceptive brilliance tricks them into disobeying God. They eat the one forbidden fruit. Their innocence is shattered. Their unity with one another and with God is destroyed. Death will follow. Lucifer’s jealousy threatens mankind’s tenuous beginning. But God is merciful. What astonishing promise does He make? How will Adam and Eve survive – broken, shattered, and separated from God?

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Refuge

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Editorial Reviews and Awards:

Refuge has been named a 2014 Official Finalist For The PARANORMAL AWARDS for Supernatural Fiction. The Paranormal Awards writing competition recognizes emerging new talent and outstanding works in the genre of Supernatural Fiction and Legends & Lore. The PARANORMAL Awards is a division of the Chanticleer Awards International Writing Competitions.

International Award in Christian Fiction:

In August 2019, the International Reality Calling Pre-Christian Godliness Fiction Award was bestowed upon Refuge and Melinda Viergever Inman for:

  • Quality of writing and accuracy of its depictions of godly Old Testament living,
  • Truth revealed about the Lord and how He works,
  • Specific references to the Savior/Redeemer and His ultimate plan for people.

Editorial Reviews:

“A cosmic battle between God and Satan, reminiscent of Milton’s epic Paradise Lost” Jo Ann Pevoto, Professor Emeritus, College of the Mainland; Former Co-Editor Poetry Texas, The Sidewinder, and Hurakan.

“This book has it all. Murder, love, revenge, and redemption. Melinda Inman takes a pivotal story from the past and shows us the truth and peace in real redemption – exactly what we all need” Cindy Sproles, Executive Editor, ChristianDevotions.us.

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Product Description: 

Intent on total destruction, Satan notices Cain’s obsessive lust for Lilith and the dark roots of jealousy growing deep in his soul toward his do-gooding brother Abel. Satan goads Cain to the point of madness, barraging his mind with thoughts of hatred, lust, and futility. In a blinding rage, Cain wrecks everything. He is banished, splitting the family and propelling mankind toward ever-increasing violence as his siblings seek revenge. Crushed by what he’s done, Cain runs, certain he’s destroyed Lilith, his parents, and the entire family. With Satan hounding his every move and no idea of the forces arrayed against him, can Cain ever find God after he’s committed a sin of such magnitude? Can he ever be forgiven?

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