Fiction Fix Get your Fiction Fix here every month! Mid-Morning gives away several fiction titles every month (beginning the first day of each month and ending on the last day of each month). You can win once every three months. Simply fill out the form at the bottom of this page to qualify for your Fiction Fix! Only With Blood By Therese Down Jack Flynn, strong and aggressive but slowly dying of tuberculosis on his farm in Tipperary in the Republic of Ireland, decides to acquire―purchase―a young wife who can bear him sons to inherit his family’s land. His choice, Caitlin Spillane, is less than half his age, attractive and intelligent, and resents bitterly the obedience that is forced upon her. When a young firebrand, a supporter of the IRA, arrives in the village, he and Caitlin are drawn together in their detestation of Flynn. Traumatized by his own insurgent IRA experiences twenty years earlier, Flynn is secretly convinced that Eamonn de Valera’s more diplomatic, peaceful approach to Ireland’s problems is the only sane one. Could Caitlin be won for the cause, and leave her unloved husband? Set against the struggle for the heart of Ireland in the Second World War, when the IRA notoriously sought assistance from the Nazis, Only with Blood explores flawed characters placed in extraordinary situations. Influenced by Association By Krista Estell Emily Housend's life is about to change with the arrival of a new neighbor from France. While everyone else in the little village of Nittleton is eager to befriend this newcomer, Emily is cautious to deepen their relationship. It is far too easy to be influenced for the worse by those closest to us. But will her reserve cause her to lose the good opinion of her sister? Will her decision to move to Nittleton Estate to be the companion of Lady Bell only widen the deepening rift? But Emily can't dwell on such worrisome topics for there is a young clergyman whose feelings of friendship has blossomed into something deeper. Torn between her friendly love for him and a desire headed by a need to be married, Emily cannot know what her heart is really saying. As Emily searches for answers, her faith and character is tested. Will she have enough strength to find her own path apart from what society says or will she be Influenced by Association? The Tomb By Stephanie Landsem Everyone in Bethany admires Martha—the perfect Jewish woman. She feeds and clothes her loved ones, looks after the family farm, and meticulously follows every precept of the Pharisees’ strict laws. But Martha is hiding a secret. At her sister’s marriage feast, she gave her heart and her innocence to a young musician who promised to return and marry her, but instead betrayed her love and abandoned her. Seven years later, only two people in Bethany know of Martha’s secret sin: her brother, Lazarus, and Simon, the righteous Pharisee to whom Martha is betrothed. When Lazarus falls ill, Martha is faced with a choice: send for Jesus to save her dying brother—risking the wrath of Simon who threatens to betray her—or deny Jesus’ healing power and remain trapped in her tomb of secrecy and lies. Meanwhile, on the shores of Galilee, Isa roams the wilderness, tortured by demons and knowing only that someone is waiting for him. When he is healed by Jesus, he finds that seven years have passed since his descent into madness. Isa journeys home to Bethany only to find he is too late to win back Martha’s love. When Martha risks all to heal Lazarus, will Jesus arrive in time, or will he—like Isa—come too late? Through Waters Deep By Sarah Sundin It is 1941 and America teeters on the brink of war. Outgoing naval officer Ensign Jim Avery escorts British convoys across the North Atlantic in a brand-new destroyer, the USS Atwood. Back on shore, Boston Navy Yard secretary Mary Stirling does her work quietly and efficiently, happy to be out of the limelight. Yet, despite her reserved nature, she never could back down from a challenge. When evidence of sabotage on the Atwood is found, Jim and Mary must work together to uncover the culprit. A bewildering maze of suspects emerges, and Mary is dismayed to find that even someone close to her is under suspicion. With the increasing pressure, Jim and Mary find that many new challenges--and dangers--await them. The tense months before the U.S. entered WWII are populated with German U-boats and torpedoes, along with the explosive power of true love. Tiger in the Shadows By Debbie Wilson In this Christy Award-winning novel, intent on destroying the underground church and seizing secret technologies, a Chinese spy known as the Beijing Tiger discovers the perfect bait when American Stefanie Peng travels to China to free her imprisoned grandfather. Abandoning her comfortable American life, Stefanie Peng sets out for China on a desperate quest to rescue her grandfather, a world-renowned physicist and pastor in the underground church. Her quest leads her to labor camps, secret church meetings, and prison in a startling encounter with the value of her freedom and the cost so many pay for their faith. Little does she know that Chinese master spy, The Beijing Tiger, stalks her every move, clawing for leverage over her father and setting a trap for leaders of the Chinese church. Only the courage of the enigmatic man who loves Stefanie can save her. A Week in the Life of Corinth By Ben Witherington III In this creative reconstruction of ancient Corinth, author Ben Witherington III reenchants our reading of the apostle Paul. As a fictitious Corinthian man named Nicanor conducts an eventful week of business dealings and conflict, he encounters life at various levels of Roman society and eventually meets Paul, himself, and gains entrance into the Christian community there. A Week in the Life of Corinth is an unforgettable introduction to life in a major center of the New Testament world. Numerous text boxes expand on a variety of aspects of life and culture encountered in the narrative, creating a unique blend of fiction and non-fiction in this literary visit to the Bible lands shortly after Christ's resurrection.