There are so many new book deals being made in the inspirational market that we’ve decided to devote a new special column to them. Here are five of this week's most inspiring inspirational book deals — just after they’ve been announced!

Lyn Cote is back with a brand new series, Wilderness Brides, set just after the Civil War in the budding Mississippi River town of Pepin, Wisconsin. (Fun Fact: Pepin is also Laura Ingalls Wilder's hometown.) There’s no release date for Cote's books yet, but we can’t wait for more Love Inspired Historicals from this fan favorite.

Writing as Jennifer Delamere, Jennifer Harrington will be releasing an inspirational historical romance that follows the adventures of a woman disguised as a missing heiress, who falls for a forbidden suitor. The heroine's intriguing story will take place over the course of three books, the first of which hits shelves November 2012.

Set against the backdrop of the 1960s Oklahoma prairie, a young female farmer challenges Jim Crow laws in Anita Higman’s Blue Moon. This is sure to be an uplifting story of triumph and overcoming the odds.

It’s Michigan in 1898, and the heroine of Melanie Dobson’s Love Find You in Mackinac Island makes her annual trek to her family’s summer home. Against her mother’s wishes, she pursues the Island’s wealthiest bachelor as a means to support her impoverished family. Release date TBA.

Suzanne Woods Fisher’s Petticoat Row will transport readers to early 19th century Nantucket Island, a booming whaling town settled by Quakers, who brought their Christian faith to the New England coast. This story explores the women of the era who, while their husbands were at sea, formed close-knit communities and ran the town’s shops. The series first is set for publication in 2014.

And here’s your Friday Freebie:

Roxanna Green is teaming up with Jerry B. Jenkins for the nonfiction book As Good as She Imagined, which will recount the tragic shooting of a little girl at a political rally in Tucson earlier this year. Expect this hard-hitting story on shelves January of 2012.

For more soon-to-be-published books you can visit our Upcoming Releases page and be sure to check out our Forewords column every Monday for the week’s newest book deals across all the genres!

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