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Three Winners of Jerry Jenkins Operation
First Novel Contest Published

C. J. Darlington

Dec 1, 2015, Hopeland, PA. – For over a decade Jerry Jenkins has searched for fresh Christian fiction talent through his Operation First Novel contest. For the first time, they have selected three winners for 2014. The books are being released both in paperback and ebook form by independent publisher Mountainview Books, LLC. 

1st PlaceThe Calling of Ella McFarland by Linda Brooks Davis. This historical romance, set in 1905 on the brink of Oklahoma statehood, grew from Linda’s desire to share the stories of her ancestors overcoming hardship and heartbreak through grit and faith. With the women’s suffrage movement raging, Ella is forced to make decisions about her faith, family, and aspirations.

2nd PlaceDouble Header by Clarice G. James is a contemporary story about a female sports columnist who discovers she has a half brother she’s never met. She must come to terms with the legacy of her imperfect father as well as the unattainable bar she has set for her husband. Library Journal called it “a dramatic and tension-filled tale.” 

3rd PlaceSnow Out of Season by Christy Brunke is a women’s fiction novel about two women separated by time and struggling with devastating pregnancies. The book received a starred review in Library Journal and has been endorsed by bestselling authors Sandra Byrd and Brandy Vallancewho called the story “beautifully poignant.” 

The Calling of Ella McFarland, pb ISBN 978-1-941291-22-1, ebk 978-1-941291-23-8
Double Header, pb ISBN 978-1-941291-24-5, ebk 978-1-941291-25-2
Snow Out of Season, pb ISBN 978-1-941291-26-9, ebk 978-1-941291-27-6

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Jerry Jenkins is a novelist and biographer with 21 New York Times bestsellers, including the Left Behind series, and has sold more than 70 million books. He owns the Jerry Jenkins Writers Guild (

Founded in 2013, Mountainview Books is a family-owned independent publisher intent on bringing the very best Christian books directly to readers through a vast network of online distribution. http://www.mountainviewbooks. com