(Nashville, TN) Thomas Nelson is pleased to announce the signing of several voices to its acclaimed roster of Christian fiction novelists.  With a large, established publishing team aiming to bring the most well-rounded title list to market, the Fiction division signs both established long-term writers and promising new talent.  “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 – and we’re using that knowledge to make strategic acquisitions of what we believe will be future bestsellers,” says Allen Arnold, Senior VP and Publisher, Thomas Nelson Fiction.

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.

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."

Author Billy Coffey has a gift for gentle, emotive stories with rural Southern charm and a supernatural thread. His previous 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."


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