Bluegrass State Provides Diverse Settings for Inspirational Novels

February 1, 2011

Bluegrass State Provides Diverse Settings for Inspirational Novels

Frankfort, KY – Two Kentucky authors celebrate the release of their latest novels this week, both set in the bluegrass state. Ann H. Gabhart of Lawrenceburg and Virginia Smith of Frankfort both write inspirational fiction, have published close to twenty novels each, and frequently include Kentucky’s rich heritage and beautiful settings in their fiction. That’s where the similarities between the two writers stop. Gabhart writes historical fiction filled with the customs and culture of Kentucky in bygone times. Smith prefers cliffhanger suspense in modern settings, and laying intricate clues for her characters – and readers – to unravel.

Celebrated for her historical novels, Gabhart weaves a new story from the Depression era in her latest work, Angel Sister. When Ann was growing up, her mother and aunts told stories about the small community where they lived in Alton, Kentucky. “Despite the hard times and some interesting personalities,” Gabhart says, “what came through to me so clearly was the way those small town people cared for one another.” Her mother’s stories planted the seed in Ann's imagination that became Angel Sister.

In A Deadly Game, Smith indulges her love of follow-the-clues mysteries in a story that sends her characters racing around the bluegrass state to save the life of a kidnapped child. “I had so much fun running around central Kentucky, spying out places to send my characters, ” says Smith. A Deadly Game includes local sites such as the Kentucky Horse Park, the Floral Clock in Frankfort, the Henry Clay house, and even a Lexington restaurant.

Gabhart and Smith will talk about their books and sign copies at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 11, at Corinth Christian Bookstore in Frankfort, and again on Tuesday, February 22 at 7:00 p.m. at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Lexington.

For more information about Virginia Smith, visit For more information about Ann H. Gabhart, visit

Upcoming Appearances:

Friday, February 11, 2011
7:00 p.m.
Corinth Christian Bookstore
1100 South US 127
Frankfort, KY

Tuesday, February 22, 2011
7:00 p.m.
Joseph-Beth Booksellers
161 Lexington Green Circle
Lexington, KY

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About Angel Sister: During a sultry Kentucky summer, Kate Merritt struggles to keep her family together, Defeated by the Great Depression, her father slips into alcoholism, her mother is in denial, and her sisters are blissfully unaware of their plight. Who could imagine that a dirty abandoned child named Lorena Birdsong would be just what the Merritts need?

About Ann: Ann H. Gabhart has published twenty novels for adults and children. Her first Shaker novel, The Outsider, was a finalist for the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association Fiction Book of 2009. Her latest novel, Angel Sister, was inspired in part by the many stories and mother and aunts told her about growing up in small town Kentucky during the 1930s. Ann lives on a farm in Central Kentucky with her husband, Darrell. They have three children and nine grandchildren. Visit Ann at her website,

About A Deadly Game: It began as a harmless game, a competition of wits between ten wealthy businessmen. But when one of them is killed, Susanna is drawn into a nightmare like she never imagined. The only person she can rely on is someone she vowed she would never trust: the son of a billionaire, very much like the man who ruined her life three years earlier. And though she hasn’t talked to God in years, she must now pray that Jack can help her figure out the clues in an ingenious game with the highest stakes of all — life and death.

About Ginny: Virginia Smith is the author of almost twenty inspirational novels and over fifty articles and short stories. An avid reader with eclectic tastes in fiction, Ginny writes fiction in a variety of styles, from lighthearted relationship stories to breath-snatching suspense. Her books have been finalists for national awards such as the Carol Award, the American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year Award, and twice in the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. Learn more about Ginny and her books at