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Future of My Heart (Hearts Across Time, Book 2) by LoRee Peery

Except for proficient indie authors, the publishing world is not one of instant results. Sometimes years pass, as with my time travels. From idea to release, these two stories spanned six years.

I faced a lot of emotions during that time. Doubts, excitement, fulfillment, waiting, and wondering. Some disappointment as well. Initially, my editor wasn’t enthusiastic over my premise for the first story, so I pitched the idea to an editor with a traditional publisher. She advised making the project historical and using a farm setting. I’d never attempted a straight historical and what’s romantic about a farm? I grew up on one.

Why did I think I could pull off a time travel? I’d only heard of The Time Machine and watched the movie Back to the Future. I searched for clean time travels with cowboy heroes and wasn’t all that crazy about the ones I found.

Once I started writing Cowboy Just in Time, I went on a journey of discovery. Gavin and Mandy took over more than once and surprised me with what happened next. The rancher’s daughter Phoebe kept raising her hand for my attention. I was delighted with the idea of telling her story, since I had no idea at the beginning that there would be two books.

That was a long introduction. Phoebe is spoiled and doesn’t like Mandy at all when she shows up under questionable circumstances. After all, Phoebe has planned her future as the foreman’s wife sure they’d take over the ranch. However, her ideal cowboy had always considered her a pesky little sister type.

Phoebe has a tender heart, but she wants what others have. Once she is certain the cowboy is lost to her, she’s determined to travel to the future. She wants what Mandy has, a love that spans centuries. She discovers the way Mandy traveled and shows up in the 21st century. Rather than displaced, she’s all eyes and ears and eagerness to have all the amenities she believes she deserves.

However, meeting Nolan and the modern world exposes her to one thrill after another. He finally, reluctantly, buys her story, but she’s too eager and independent. Also innocent. A seedy character stalks her. On the positive side, she’d never been exposed to a personal relationship with Jesus. Her journey helps her conclude that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever (Hebrews 13:8).

I’m not one to put much humor in my stories, but this strikes me as funny. When I first jotted ideas for brainstorming, I chose Landon as the hero’s name. I realized later that was way too corny, having Phoebe land on Landon’s movie set van.

I added the quip about a zero hero. That term came from the leader of my aqua back rehab class. When she used zero hero in a teasing manner, I knew I had to add it in the movie production somewhere.

The time travel genre can be presented in a variety of ways. I stretched it a bit with visions of past relatives in Hiding from Christmas. I’m taking notes now for my next Christmas time travel novella.

I thank you, Fay, for allowing me to share here on Inner Source. Blessings to your readers, and I’m always open to others’ thoughts on time travel.

More About Future of My Heart:

Nolan Riley can’t believe his eyes when woman in historical dress lands on top of his lighting van while they’re filming a Western. She claims she’s from 1891. He knows he shouldn’t believe her. He’s stayed away from women after a disastrous relationship, but something about the lost look in Phoebe’s eyes makes him feel protective, despite his distrust of women and Phoebe’s unbelievable claim. Against his better judgment, he takes Phoebe home and gets her a job on the movie set.

As they explore their relationship, they discover that old wrongs need to be righted before they can move on. Phoebe’s fledgling faith demands she go back to 1891 Nebraska to ask forgiveness from her family and obligations she left behind. Nolan has to deal with his inability to trust a woman. Separated by time, both are uncertain of their lives, but they throw themselves upon God’s mercy.

But love transcends time. Is their love is strong enough to secure a future together?

More About Author LoRee Peery:

Nebraska country girl LoRee Peery writes fiction that hopefully appeals to adult readers who enjoy stories written from a Christian perspective, focusing on the romance. These include novels and novellas for women and men in the Contemporary, Romance, Historical, Time Travel, and Mystery/Suspense categories. She writes of redeeming grace with a sense of place. Her Frivolities Series and the book based on her father’s unsolved homicide, Touches of Time, are available on Amazon. She is who she is by the grace of God: Christian, country girl, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, sister, friend, and author. Connect with LoRee through her website, on Twitter, and Facebook. Also, look for other books by LoRee at Pelican Book Group.


Priceless Holiday Memories by LoRee Peery

Wrapped up in all the hustle and bustle of Christmas preparations, how do others see you? Do you portray harried grouchiness or joy in the season of our Lord’s birthday? “A joyful heart makes a cheerful face,” (Prov. 15:13).

Nostalgia of childhood goes hand in hand with holiday happenings. Taking a trip back in time, I remember my mother telling us how fortunate we were at Christmas time. Her gifts as a child were needed homemade clothing, and maybe an orange. In comparison, kids of today are privileged.

One of my favorite memories is the wonderful school plays given in the one-room country schoolhouse. Blankets strung on wire created stage curtains. The teacher sat on a bench with script in hand to prompt students. We also sang and recited poems. Once the program ended, an ancient Santa wearing a seamed face and lots of padding, rang out in his jolly bass, “Ho, ho, ho, M-e-r-r-y Christmas!” His voice resounded through the room as we waited to taste the delightful goodies he carried in that gunnysack slung over his shoulder: hard candy, nuts, mints covered in chocolate that we called “haystacks,” an orange and an apple.

From Kindergarten through eighth grade, I participated in the Christmas Eve Sunday school program presented at our postcard-picture little white church with the steeple. That’s where I memorized Christmas carols. We kids were allowed to open one gift before we left for church. Most of the time, a necessary surprise to wear for the night.

Our trees were always spindly, sparsely branched cedars cut from the pasture or shelterbelt—Charley Brown trees. We kids loved throwing on icicles to cover up the holes between branches. With so many small helpful hands involved, the glass baubles grew fewer each year.

What are you leaving as memories of joy for your loved ones? Traditions create memories and bind families. Whatever your memories, savor them because life is short, and changing faster than we can voice an opinion. Take time to make new memories. Love one another, and may I challenge you to leave a legacy of joy.

About LoRee’s Christmas novella, A Cardinal Christmas:

Blythe loves her job and doesn’t need personal relationships, especially of the “love life” variety. Steeling herself from a recent heartbreak, Blythe focuses on furthering her successful career, but when her father needs surgery, Blythe returns home to help with the family auto shop. There, she comes face-to-face with the dreams of her past.

Werner has been content to let life pass him by. Following the death of his parents and the loss of his job, he returns to the only place he’s ever called home. He finds Blythe more breathtaking than he remembered. But her presence is only temporary and she refuses to let him in.

Can Blythe leave her career behind for a whole new life? Though her heart cries to remain with Werner, can she risk being hurt again?

More About LoRee Peery:

Christian romance author LoRee Peery writes to feel alive, as a way of contributing, and to pass forward the hope of rescue from sin. She writes of redeeming grace with a sense of place. LoRee clings to 1 John 5:4 and prays her family sees that faith. She has authored the Frivolities Seriesand other e-books. Her desire for readers, the same as for her characters, is to discover where they fit in this life journey to best work out the Lord’s life plan. She is who she is by the grace of God: Christian, country girl, wife, mother, grandmother, sister, friend, and author. She’s been a reader since before kindergarten. Connect with LoRee through her blog, on Twitter, and on Facebook. Find her publications at Pelican Book Group and Amazon.

The Christmas Journey by Carol James

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem. Luke 2:4

Christmas was always a special time growing up. Yet, I can remember only one spent with aunts, uncles, grandparents, and cousins. My father was a career military officer, so we lived away from family.

But our home was never empty. It was filled with friends and airmen who also had no family nearby. Dad made certain no one under his command spent Christmas alone, and Mom made the holidays fun and festive for whoever filled our house.

Early in our marriage, when my husband was transferred from Texas to Georgia, my mother had one request. To spend Christmases together. So, every year, we filled the car with children and presents and made the eighteen-hour drive home for the holidays.

One December, as we began our journey, the worst Arctic cold snap on record hit north Texas. We’d planned to stay one night in a hotel along the way, but the farther we travelled, the more we realized that was impossible.

Hotels and restaurants had no power or water. Gas stations had fuel but no electricity to run the pumps. With no place to stop, our only choice was to keep going.

Ice frosted the inside of our car windows, so I tucked coats, blankets, stuffed animals, anything I could find around our preschool daughters to keep them warm.

And as my husband drove on, I prayed. Prayed we’d have enough fuel. Prayed the little car would keep running. Prayed our girls would stay warm. Prayed neither would need to stop for a potty break. Prayed for peace for my parents.

And, as I prayed, I remembered the journey of the first Christmas. Knowing the King of kings was about to be born, was Joseph worried when none of the inns had rooms and they had to spend the night in a stable, away from comfort and family? Or did he trust?

In the midst of the frigid December cold, peace blanketed me. The One Who had directed their journey was also directing ours.

I don’t remember the gifts exchanged that Christmas, the food we ate, the guests who shared our house. But I will always remember the joy glimmering in my parents’ eyes as they answered our knock. And God’s protection for our journey.

About the Author:

Carol James is an author of inspirational fiction. She lives in a small town outside of Atlanta, Georgia with her husband, Jim, and a perky Jack Russell “Terrorist,” Zoe.

Having always loved intriguing stories with happy endings, she was moved to begin writing to encourage others as she’d been encouraged by the works of other authors of inspirational fiction.

Her debut novel, Rescuing Faith, has been a number one best seller on Amazon, and her second novel, The Waiting, is scheduled for release in early 2019.

Carol enjoys spending time with her husband, children, and grandchildren, traveling with friends, and serving in the production department at her church. And, most days in the late hours of the night or the wee hours of the morning, she can be found bringing her newest novel to life.

About Mary’s Christmas Surprise:

Mary Sherman’s Christmas is nothing like she’s planned. Her fiancé has called off the engagement just days before Christmas, and her parents have gone on an anniversary cruise around the world.

Suddenly alone for the holidays, Mary returns to the comfort of her childhood home to spend Christmas in her parents’ empty house. There’s only one problem. The house is not empty. Unbeknownst to Mary, her parents have taken in a boarder, a handsome carpenter named Jake Wolesky.

Mary’s Christmas surprise may make this the best holiday ever.

About The Waiting:

When Katherine Herrington was a teenager, she made “The List” and believed God would bring her the husband she desired. That faith helped her to keep life under control just the way she likes it. But then Katherine loses her mother, her job, and her boyfriend, and after years of praying, she accepts the probability that God’s answer is, “No.”

A professional soccer player, Sam Tucker has lived the life of a celebrity in the UK only to discover that, despite all the wealth and fame he has acquired, his life is empty. He returns to the one place where life last had meaning, and goes in search of the one woman he’s loved since he was a teenager—Katherine. He wonders if she’ll remember him after all these years… And fears she just might.

As God weaves together a rejected proposal, a mission trip, and a devastating storm to turn their hearts toward Him and toward each other, Katherine and Sam will have to let go of their fears, find forgiveness and trust, and realize that their future together was worth the wait.


Three Gals and Their Thanksgiving Memories

Tomorrow is the day when we stop and we thank our wonderful, omniscient, sovereign Father for all the blessings He has bestowed upon us. One of my many blessings is the memories that He has provided to me on numerous occasions, and I asked two of my friends to come along and share their Thanksgiving remembrances with you as well. Thus, the title: Three Gals and Their Thanksgiving Memories.

A True Turkey Tale by Peggy Cunningham

“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever” Psalm 107:1 (NIV).

This turkey tale holds a special spot in my heart. It’s my stellar turkey tale because it’s about the first turkey I ever tried to cook––two months after my wedding day. As the years pass, I realize that it is a blessing to be able to remember. But for many years this memory was anything but a blessing for me. I repressed this memory until the day my children heard it the first time and found it extremely funny. Eventually, I found the humor in it also but not that day.

After many years of married life, I now have experience cooking turkeys, but as a new bride, I didn’t. I looked forward to cooking my first Thanksgiving dinner that year. Far away from our hometown, we celebrated alone but not as we’d planned. My husband was in the Air Force, and we lived in Las Vegas, Nevada. Now you may think that was glamorous––not so. We lived on an airman’s salary and buying a turkey broke the budget for the special day.

We got up early and together we made the stuffing then packed it in the bird and shoved it in the oven. After a few hours, we checked the bird. We thought it strange that there was no wonderful aroma coming from the oven, and looking at it––well, it was still raw. Two hours more should do it––we reasoned. We closed the oven door and waited.

The table looked lovely with my wedding gifts of silver, crystal, and candlesticks placed on the perfectly pressed tablecloth. The potatoes were cooking, and the red cranberry sauce contrasted the green linen tablecloth––my decorating skills were developing. If only that turkey would cooperate. It didn’t. After nine hours in the oven, it was tough and still not cooked. We were so disappointed that we took that bird for a long drive in the Nevada desert and threw it out of the convertible we were driving and then headed to McDonald’s. Did we ever know what happened? Never!

Remembering must be important to God. There are many verses in the Bible that remind us to remember. “I remember the days of long ago; I meditate on all your works and consider what your hands have done” (Psalm 145:5). Memories!

I have much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving Day. I’m especially thankful I can remember the good and funny memories. I hope you make some good turkey tales on this Thanksgiving Day––funny ones too. Happy Thanksgiving!

One Rainy Thanksgiving by Tracy Ruckman

Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving;
Sing praises to our God on the lyre,
Who covers the heavens with clouds,
Who provides rain for the earth,
Who makes grass to grow on the mountains.
Psalm 147:7-8 (NASB)

One special Thanksgiving that I always remember so fondly was when my boys were growing up – they were pre- and early teens. We took a short trip to Pigeon Forge over the Thanksgiving weekend. We’d never been there, so I had no clue about the layout of the town. I was on a single-mom budget, but I found a cheap motel near a creek and we packed snacks for traveling and bedtime munchies. I was determined we’d park and walk as much as we could to save on gas.

Listening to the radio on the drive, we learned it was supposed to rain all weekend, so at our next pit stop, we picked up $1 ponchos. I knew once we bought them, the chance of rain should decrease significantly.

Have you ever been to Pigeon Forge? If so, you’re probably already laughing at all my assumptions above.

We quickly learned that Pigeon Forge is not exactly a walking town. I was determined to try though, to preserve the budget. We set out walking to the candy store down the street – through puddle-filled parking lots, across grassy medians, and under a deluge of rain. Those ponchos were definitely of the $1 variety!

Arriving at the candy store, where we watched them pulling taffy, we learned that Gatlinburg was the walking town, but we had to drive there and pay parking to walk for free.

We ended up seeing both towns, driving back and forth several times, trying to pack as much into the weekend as we could. The boys got to play laser tag, and we snuggled in our room at night watching TV and just hanging out together.

My face hurts from grinning at some of the memories. Hot fries for snacks at bedtime. And a communal microwave for popping corn (before most motel rooms had their own). All you can eat pancakes – the restaurant lost money with my boys. Rain, rain, and more rain with those flimsy ponchos – every time I see a poncho today, I think of that Thanksgiving weekend.

On the way home, we drove through Cades Cove. I didn’t take this photo, but it’s one just like the one burned into my memories of that beautiful – but wet – Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Traditions by Fay Lamb

“That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all Thy wondrous works.” Psalm 26:7 (KJV)

When I married Marc Lamb, I learned that both the Thanksgiving and Christmas traditions in that family were strong enough to pull a long-separated couple together for the day. You would never know that my in-laws had any differences. Our sons enjoyed the fruits of their grandmother’s labor and the steadfast presence of their grandfather.

My dear mother-in-law started a week before with the grocery shopping, paid for by my wonderful father-in-law. She combed the stores for the perfect turkey, ordering the best Honey-Baked Ham, buying sweet potatoes and marshmallows, oysters for the dressing that Marc’s dad loved, and I grew to love, and ingredients for the ho-hum dressing that the others ate. She made mashed potatoes and homemade macaroni and cheese, a squash casserole and a broccoli casserole I can never duplicate, and a Waldorf salad like no other. She adorned the table with the best China and her grandmother’s silver. Food filled that table and the counters in the kitchen. Desserts were chocolate cake and pumpkin pie. By the time we prayed over the meal, our mouths were watering. When we finished, we rolled ourselves into the living room to watch some football and to rest up for the next day.

Tradition in the Lamb house meant that Thanksgiving didn’t end until we’d picked out the perfect tree for all of our homes on the Friday after the big meal. By the end of the weekend, Thanksgiving would be behind us and the Lamb family Christmas traditions would begin.

We lost our beloved patriarch in 2004, but the beloved matriarch and queen of the kitchen continued on through changes in family situations, the death of another loved one, and the difficulty in planning to meet the needs of the growing family God has blessed us with. By 2014, my mother-in-law had slowed considerably. We could see that she was unable to complete the many tasks she loved. That’s when my son stepped in and asked his grandmother if he could be the chef for the ham and turkey, if Mom (me) couldn’t cook some of the other dishes, and if she’d liked to continue making the dressing and the cake. We wanted to keep the tradition alive.

By 2016, with the meal moved to my home, with my son still cooking the meat and with me putting together all the dishes except the dressing, we found ourselves without dressing of any kind for Thanksgiving dinner. My mother-in-law was supposed to fix the dressing, but when my husband brought her to our home, she came empty-handed. She said she hadn’t remembered that she was supposed to make it. Her confusion easily upset her, so we laughed it off and cajoled her about it. When we later returned to her home, we discovered she had, in fact, made dressing: five pans. They were in the refrigerator, on the counter, and in the, thankfully, turned off oven. Again, we entered into teasing laughter with her, and for me, that Thanksgiving is filled with fond remembrances because laughter is a key component to memories. And God is the one who bestowed those special times upon us.

As we move forward from here, life is always changing, but the one thing we’re not letting go is the tradition that my mother-in-law so loved.

About the Three Gals:

Peggy Cunningham and her husband are missionaries in Bolivia, South America. They work with the Quechua people and have a children’s ministry. Peggy is also an author. Her children’s books and devotionals are available on, including just released, Hooray for Holidays Book 4: A Veterans Day Special Needs Cat, Thanksgiving Blue Mouse, and Christmas Andes Llama.

Tracy Ruckman is a book publisher, writing and marketing coach, and artist. Learn more about her book publishing and coaching at Visit her personal website at to learn more about her books and her art. Visit her Zazzle store at to purchase her artwork on a wide variety of merchandise.

Tracy’s latest books are in The Young Storyteller’s Prompt and Draw Series that helps children develop their storytelling skills through words and illustrations. View all twelve books in the series here:

Fay Lamb is the only daughter of a rebel genius father and a hard-working, tow-the-line mom. She is not only a fifth-generation Floridian, she has lived her life in Titusville, where her grandmother was born in 1899.
Since an early age, storytelling has been Fay’s greatest desire. She seeks to create memorable characters that touch her readers’ heart. She says of her writing, “If I can’t laugh or cry at the words written on the pages of my manuscript, the story is not ready for the reader.” Fay writes for Write Integrity Press in various genres, including romance, romantic suspense, and contemporary fiction, and you can find out more about her novels at Author Central.

A Visit with Carolina Jessup from Kay Dew Shostak’s Next Stop Chancey

Next Stop, Chancey CoverInner Source is happy to again share some of our favorite titles with readers, allowing them not only to meet the author but also one of the main characters of the stories we are sharing. Our first guest this year is Carolina Jessup, the delightful heroine of Kay Dew Shostak’s Next Stop, Chancey.

Carolina, welcome to Inner Source, and thank you for being our first guest of 2016. I have to admit that I read the series out of order, but I didn’t miss a thing. The second story had me salivating to read the first. So I’d like to start with you telling us a little about where you find yourself in life right now, where you live, and what you find yourself doing these days.

Well, Fay, one advantage you have as a reader is you know my thoughts, so, I guess I’ll just be honest. Small towns are not all they’re racked up to be, and I’d promised myself I’d never get stuck in one again. Yet, here I am in Chancey, Georgia. Running a B&B, for crying out loud. Now, not only are the people that live here all in my business, but I welcome strangers into my home. I’m just not sure how I let all this happen. Usually with a little redirection, dragging my feet and good nature stalling, I can get out of things I don’t like. So, honestly? I’m still a little stunned I’m here and figuring any day now, this will all go away. That could happen, right?

Now, I want to tell you that even as I write this interview I am smiling because I found myself at times realizing that you and I have a lot in common. At all times, I knew where you were coming from. The way you handle life’s ups and downs with humor, your love for your husband, and those things that you want to avoid—those are all me. I found myself understanding myself a little better through your eyes. I hope that makes sense. I think I know this answer, but why do you feel that humor spills from your thoughts when you are dealing with difficult things in your life?

Really? You feel like you know where I am coming from? Great then, ‘cause you and I need to spend some time together. As for the humor, I try to keep that to a minimum since I tend to be not so nice sometimes. Are you like that, too? I’d love to be more honest, more straight-forward. Not have one thought in my head, and the completely opposite words come out of my mouth. Maybe that’s what makes me say funny things.

Am I just like you, especially in the “not so nice” area? Most of the time I’m Southern sweet. To share with our readers, I’m nice on the outside and churning butter on the inside so that I don’t tell someone what I think. However, when pushed too far, the butter I’ve churned is spat out in large portions.

Your husband, Jackson, travels a lot, and he’s moved you—no let me rephrase that—you moved your family to Chancey, Georgia, from the suburbs. First, I’d like to know if there is anything you miss about the suburbs.

Most times, everything! People didn’t assume so much about me in the suburbs. They just left me alone. It was easy to shut off access to me and my family. In Chancey, folks all have opinions on what you should do. They watch for the least little thing to comment on. And they have no qualms about commenting. And then there was my Publix grocery store in Marietta with full service bakery, deli, fish market. Great, now I’m depressed.

Oops, sorry. Didn’t mean to make you feel bad, but perhaps the next question will bring it more into perspective. You knew this was coming. Deep down inside, what did you think of those wonderful, crazy folks you found in Chancey? (My favorite is Missus—I love that crazy lady).

Well, now this would be much easier if you hadn’t already read the first book and knew some of my thoughts. I could lie and say Missus is a sweet old lady, and I feel honored to have met her. But, well, no. Missus is bossy and I really can’t think straight around her. Do you know people like that? Where you get so tongue-tied and even brain-tied around them you end up confirming to them that they are right and you’re an idiot? But, if you like her, then maybe I’ll try a little harder. Susan and Laney, I’ve got to admit, are really great. I’ve not made a lot of friends in my life (see that thing about wanting to be left alone above) but I kind of regret that now that I’m getting to know Susan and Laney.

If readers were to take one truth from the life of Carolina Jessup, what would you want it to be.

I’m beginning to think I might not know what’s best for my life. Maybe this God thing has some merit, because there’s no way I would’ve chosen to move to Chancey or open a B&B, but well, and don’t tell anyone this, it might just be the best thing that could’ve happened. But probably not. Sure, God could come up with making a platypus, but moving us to Chancey? Naw, that’s just too crazy.

Carolina, I enjoyed your honest answers. I look forward to speaking with your author on Wednesday. In the meantime, enjoy those trains passing by your home, that quirky little town, and that river that runs through your backyard. I hope to visit Chancey again very soon.

More About Next Stop, Chancey:

Looking in your teenage daughter’s purse is never a good idea. When Carolina does, she ends up accidentally selling their home in her beloved Atlanta suburbs to move into her husbands dream home. It’s a big, old house beside a railroad bridge in a small Georgia town. And now he dreams of her opening a B&B for Railroad buffs while he’s off doing his day job. Carolina’s dislike of actually saying “No” leaves an opening for the town bully who wears a lavender skirt and white gloves. Soon, of course, Carolina is opening the B&B with the aid of the entire town of Chancey, Georgia, and it all makes her hate small towns even more than when she was growing up in one. And did I mention there’s a ghost? Yeah, teenagers, trains, and a ghost. This stuff didn’t happen in the suburbs.

Chancey Family Lies frontAnother Great Read by Kay Dew Shostak: Chancey Family Lies:

Carolina is determined her first holiday season as a stay-at-home mom will be perfect. However …

Twelve kids from college (and one nobody seems to know)

Eleven chili dinners (Why do we always need to feed a crowd?)

Ten dozen fake birds (cardinals, no less)

Nine hours without power (but lots of stranded guests)

Eight angry council members (Wait, where’s the town’s money?)

Seven trains a-blowin’ (all the time. All. The. Time).

Six weeks with relatives (six weeks!!)

Five plotting teens (Again, who is that girl?)

Four in-laws staying (and staying, and staying …)

Three dogs a-barking (Who brought the dogs?)

Two big ol’ secrets (and they ain’t wrapped in ribbons under the three, either)

And the perfect season gone with the wind.

photo shoot pic blue croppedAbout the Author:

“A new voice in Southern Fiction” is how a recent reviewer labels Kay Dew Shostak’s debut novel, Next Stop, Chancey. Kay grew up in the South and graduated from the University of Tennessee. She then joined her husband moving around the country as they raised their three children. Always a reader, being a writer was a dream she cultivated as a journalist and editor at a small town newspaper in northern Illinois. After moving to Marietta, Georgia, Kay submitted several true life stories which appeared in a number of compilation books over the next ten years. In 2011, she and her husband, Mike, moved to Fernandina Beach, Florida for Mike’s job.

Seeing the familiar and loved from new perspectives led Kay to write about the absurd, the beautiful, and the funny in her South in both her fiction and non-fiction. While Next Stop, Chancey is her debut novel, she has completed two more in the series and is working on the fourth book. Chancey Book number 2: Chancey Family Lies is now available.

Visit Kay’s website  to sign up for her newsletter and to read more about her journey. Kay is also on Facebook and Twitter.

Author Interview: Betty Thomason Owens

Betty Owens 2Today’s guest is Betty Thomason Owen.  Betty lives in Kentucky with her husband, Robert. They have three grown sons living in the area, along with their daughters-in-law, four beautiful granddaughters (one more on the way!), and two handsome grandsons.

Betty is semiretired, and spends most of her time writing, studying about writing, and critiquing other peoples’ writing. She is an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), where she leads a critique group, and attends regular local meetings. She’s also involved with Bluegrass Christian Writers, a lively group of Kentucky writers, who meet quarterly in a Lexington, Kentucky bookstore.

Betty has two fantasy-adventure novels, The Lady of the Haven and A Gathering of Eagles, in a second edition published by Sign of the Whale Books, an imprint of Olivia Kimbrell Press.

She also writes historical fiction. Her most recent release, Amelia’s Legacy is the first novel in the Legacy series for Write Integrity Press. In addition to the ’20’s era romances, Betty also writes contemporary stories as a co-author of A Dozen Apologies and the upcoming Love Boat Bachelor.

Visit her webpage or find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Betty, I’m so happy to have you back again to discuss your latest release. Tell us a little about Amelia’s Legacy?

Amelia’s Legacy is the story of a young woman’s rebellion against what she believes is a blatant attempt by her grandmother to turn her into someone she isn’t. So Nancy sets out to derail that train and would have ended in a wreck, if not for Grandmother Amelia’s foresight and planning.

As the story begins, Nancy has a very selfish view of life. Amelia is concerned about the many lives in her care. Those livelihoods could be directly impacted by Nancy’s frivolity. This, along with a strong desire to protect her granddaughter’s reputation, is what steers Amelia’s decision.

Robert Emerson becomes the bridge between the two. His steady influence on Nancy’s life brings her to a point where she knows a decision must be made. As often happens, events collide at that intersection to change her life’s course and wrest the decision from her hands.

The story is set in the 1920s, and you bring that era to life. Is there a reason that you chose this era?

I have always had a fascination with the twenties, an era often compared to the sixties, because of the music, the short dresses, promiscuity, and substance abuse. The timeline of events is fascinating as well, especially when you have real life to compare with it. My dad’s mom was born in 1906 as revival took off across America. Then WWI came along and many women worked outside the home, often leaving young children to fend for themselves. As they grow to maturity, we see an era of increased promiscuity, followed by a financial crisis and a deepening depression. If you’re a history buff, that kind of thing really catches your attention. How did they endure it? I loved the stories Grandma told and some of those made it in to Amelia’s Legacy.

Nancy is a memorable character for me because she starts out as a naïve girl who has some growing up to do. She’s a dreamer and a bit headstrong, and that gets her into trouble. Though she doesn’t lose her flawed nature, she matures, but her troubles follow her. So, I have to ask: did you write Nancy from experience?

Aha. You’re on to me. I was a dreamer. I desired to be that rebellious one, and like Nancy, I was too cowardly to be really bad. There were times when my poor decisions and pig-headedness landed me in places that reflected badly on me. Don’t tell my granddaughters, though.

Nancy’s grandmother, Amelia, reminded me of my own grandmother. She was our family matriarch, and without a doubt, she was the most important person in my life. What about you? Did you have a grandmother like Amelia or a grandmother that in some way impacted you the way that Amelia surely impacted Nancy’s life?

Amelia is a figment of my imagination, or maybe a concoction of several women I’ve met in my life. I think my maternal grandmother would have been a lot like Amelia. Grandma was an elegant mixture of Austrian and American Indian who escaped the dust bowl by moving to Seattle. She died when I was two, so I have no memory of her, just the bits and pieces shared by my mother.

Amelia’s Legacy is the first novel in the Legacy series. Would you mind sharing a little about the series and about any other novels you are writing?

I am well into writing the second novel in the Legacy series, Carlotta’s Legacy. Nancy’s best friend Rebecca Lewis is the heroine. She has a strong character and a quick wit, so she’s fun to write. Nancy always envied Rebecca’s freedom, and Rebecca envied the fact that Nancy’s grandmother cared what Nancy did and how she turned out. Rebecca didn’t have that in her life. Her parents fritter away a vast fortune and end up with nothing. Rebecca must make a decision regarding her future that will benefit the parents who basically ignored her most of her life.

I like that these two women will have recurring roles throughout the series. Nancy’s daughter Amy will have her day in the third, as yet unnamed novel. When Amy seems to be headed in the same direction as her mother, her parents must find a way to steer her in a more positive direction. I think Rebecca will figure into the solution, as well.

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It’s the Roaring Twenties and anything goes …

Orphaned and living with her grandmother since the age of six, Nancy Sanderson desires only her freedom from her strict grandmother, Amelia Woods Sanderson, who divides her time between Nancy and a successful career. Her grandmother’s plans include a wealthy, smart, and well-connected young lawyer named Robert Emerson, who bores Nancy.

Instead, Nancy seeks the company of the wild-hearted Nate Conners. When her rebellion turns deadly and her dalliance with Nate leaves her in trouble, Nancy turns to Robert, who promises to protect her. But Robert has underestimated Nate’s thirst for revenge.

As hidden truths become known, can Nancy find the strength to forgive herself and gain true and lasting freedom?

Family Drama by Sydney Avey

LyreLambsFront_smallShakespeare tells us that all the world is a stage and we are merely players In God’s world, much of the drama takes place within the family and there is nothing “mere” about our performance. Our actions have eternal significance. Writing The Lyre and the Lambs brought this home to me.

Like my main character, we all struggle to reconcile our inner beings with how we would like to think of ourselves, how we want others to see us, and, if we are believers, with who God passionately desires us to be. Dee is a prickly person. Her first thought is usually not a generous one. Here’s an example:

“Laura missed Scott’s memorial service. News came from her brother in North Carolina that their mother’s cancer had returned and it was not likely she would leave the hospital this time. Something always seems to happen to separate Father Mike and Laura, I told Roger. He narrowed his eyes at me and asked if I thought her mother’s impending death presented Laura with an inconvenience. Father Mike would have pointed out my lapse in compassion in a gentler way, but Roger is right. He’s not being mean, but the sandpaper he uses on my edginess is coarser. I kick at him and we both laugh.”

In a family setting, we act on each other like different grades of sandpaper. We use coarser grades to knock off rough edges, finer grades to smooth and polish what is lovely. As we yield to painful rubbing or gentle buffing, we become more like Christ.

Dee learns to accept some painful rubbing. (It hurts to have our unlovely behavior pointed out.) More important, she learns how to gently buff others, calling Father Mike to account when he neglects his own heart after years of tending to the needs of others.

A setting for maturity  

The family provides a setting for our maturing. We can quit or friends but even if we leave our family, they remain in our blood.

The generations that come before and after us perform the role of a Greek Chorus. Collectively, they provide one generation’s perspective upon another. This allows us to take a longer view of our struggles. Individually, our family members may serve as sidekicks to our hopes and dreams or foils to our ambitions. They bring out the best and the worst in us.

In The Lyre and the Lambs, gathering several generations together in a Glass House seemed like the perfect stage for a group of people learning how to operate as a family. Both Dee and Roger came late to this party. Dee raised a daughter by herself and Roger had very little part in raising his son. Buried in their jobs, they had little sense of accountability to a family or a community. Although they were supportive of each other, their default was self-involvement until they committed to nurturing a family.

In close quarters, in a situation where stress mounted with the addition of each new arrival, they circled the wagons. That action gave the neighboring tribes a big target. Turns out, how we deal with our neighbors can be as important as how we negotiate the emotional territory of family.

A setting for intimacy

Writing intimate scenes, whether physical or emotional, put me in mind of my own tendency to withdraw from intense emotions. Pushing my way through highly charged exchanges gave me the fortitude to go through a painful experience recently when my husband and I flailed around for the words to tell his mom that she needed to go into assisted living. Remaining patient with her, adding our tears to hers, helped us get to the other side with our love for each other intact. I think I learned from Dee’s struggle to stay in uncomfortable situations and push through to a place of understanding and forgiveness.

To think of ourselves as people who enter this world, play our part, and after seven ages depart into oblivion, is a clever construct but a cold comfort. Christians worship a God who does more than just take note of our comings and goings on a world stage. He is intimately involved in the settings in which we are cast and the scenes in which we appear.

The author and finisher of our faith produces and directs our story as well. It is a generational saga, a familial tale, a drama with consequences. The Creator cares deeply about all the elements of His production. Whether we are raising children, tending our elders, shouldering our responsibilities alongside a spouse, or in a long season of singleness, a relationship with someone who connects us to those we consider our people is a precious bond.

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Sydney Avey lives in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Yosemite, California, and the Sonoran Desert in Arizona. She has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and a lifetime of experience writing news for non profits and corporations. Her work has appeared in Epiphany, Foliate Oak, Forge, American Athenaeum, and Unstrung (published by Blue Guitar Magazine) and Ruminate. She has studied at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival. Sydney is the author of two novels, The Sheep Walker’s Daughter and The Lyre and the Lambs. She blogs at on topics related to relationships, legacy, faith, and the writing life.

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A feast of family can be a plate-load of problems!

It’s the Sixties. Modernity and tradition clash as two newlywed couples set up house together. Dee and her daughter Valerie move with their husbands into a modern glass house Valerie built in a proudly rural Los Altos, California neighborhood. When their young relatives start showing up and moving in, the neighbors get suspicious. Then a body is found in the backyard and the life they are trying to build comes undone.

Father Mike is back to guide Dee through a difficult time with humor and grace, even as his own life is unraveling. Now he’s going to have to take some of his own advice about love.

bookcoverAbout The Sheep Walker’s Daughter:

A Korean War widow’s difficult mother dies before revealing the identity of her daughter’s father and his cultural heritage. As Dee sorts through what little her mother left, she unearths puzzling clues that raise more questions: Why did Leora send money every month to the Basque Relief Agency? Why is her own daughter so secretive about her soon-to-be published book? And what does an Anglican priest know that he isn’t telling? All this head-spinning breaks a long, dry period in Dee’s life. She might just as well lose her job and see where the counsel of her new spiritual adviser and the attentions of an enigmatic ex-coworker lead her.

The Sheep Walker’s Daughter pairs a colorful immigrant history of loss, survival, and tough choices with one woman’s search for spiritual identity and personal fulfillment. Dee’s journey takes her through the Northern and Central California valleys of the 1950s and reaches across the world to the obscure Basque region of Spain. She will begin to discover who she is and why family history matters.


What’s Under Your Beach Umbrella? by Kathleen Y’Barbo

Screen Shot 2014-06-03 at 1.08.56 PMDon’t you love summer? The sun, the sand, and oh…the beach reads!

Okay, so some of us—me included—do not currently live near a beach. Still…the idea of long stretches of time curled up beneath a beach umbrella (or some other spot of blissful solitude) with nothing to do but read is so very wonderful, isn’t it? Even if none of the above scenarios are plausible in your world, finding a summer beach read is!

While my criteria for a summer beach read does not require that the book actually be set in a beach town, I do love reading about these places. As I mentioned, I am currently landlocked due to love, a story for another day (or another book!), but during my childhood and most of my adult years I lived in close proximity to the Texas Gulf Coast. Stories of life in coastal towns are not only part of my past, but they are also part of the novels that fill my bookshelf.

Because I loved to read about these locations, I decided to create a series of stories set at the beach—Vine Beach, to be precise—so I could also write about them. Working on all three of my Vine Beach books, collected under the Love Inspired series Second Time Around, has been so much fun! Plotting, planning, and finally writing about a fictional Texas Gulf Coast town nestled between a lighthouse and nearby Galveston sent me back to my days of collecting shells at McFaddin Beach with my dad, of watching fog roll in at our now-gone (thanks to Hurricane Ike) beach cabin on Crystal Beach, and of all those rides across the Galveston Ferry from Port Bolivar to the island.

This trio of beach reads, starting with Daddy’s Little Matchmakers (January 2012) and then continuing with Her Holiday Fireman (November 2012), concludes with Their Unexpected Love (July 2014).  Each story features not only a Vine Beach, Texas setting, but also a widowed hero who finds love in the most unexpected way. While I love all the books in this series, this story of high school opposites who finally attract ten years later is one I’m so very glad I get to tell. Watching Logan (whose name was borrowed from my bonus son Logan Turner) and Pippa fall in love was like rewriting that chapter back in high school where the invisible girl finally gets noticed by the cool guy whose locker is under hers. Oh but now Logan isn’t dodging Pippa’s skateboard as it falls out of her locker anymore. Instead he’s dodging love. At the beach. Oh, yes definitely at the beach. Have I meantioned how much I love books set at the beach?

But I digress. Do you love beach reads as much as I do? Tell me your favorites so I can add to my growing list of summer reading!

Happy reading! Here’s to finding a little sand on your toes before Labor Day!

Photo on 2-11-14 at 1.25 PM.jpgAbout the Author: 

Bestselling author Kathleen Y’Barbo is a multiple Carol Award and RITA nominee of more than fifty novels with almost two million copies of her books in print in the US and abroad. A tenth-generation Texan and certified paralegal, she has been nominated for a Career Achievement Award as well a Reader’s Choice Award and several Top Picks by Romantic Times magazine.

A member of Romance Writers of America, American Christian Fiction Writers, and a former member of the Texas Bar Association Paralegal Division, she is currently a proud military wife and an expatriate Texan cheering on her beloved Texas Aggies from north of the Red River.

To find out more about Kathleen or connect with her through social media, check out her website at

Her latest novel, a contemporary Texas beach themed romance called Their Unexpected Love, released July 1 from Love Inspired Books.

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Widowed contractor Logan Burkett knows exactly what troublemaking teens need: discipline. A former rabble-rouser, Logan had his life turned around by firm guidance and hard work. But try telling that to Pippa Gallagher. The softhearted event planner runs a skate park ministry for troubled teens and thinks a place to be themselves is the answer. As he and Pippa work together renovating the space, they seem to disagree about everything. But when disaster strikes, Logan finds himself feeling very protective of the beautiful planner and surprised to discover they share one very special thing in common…love.

We hope you’ll also check out Monday’s interview with Logan Burkett of Their Unexpected Love and Wednesday’s interview with the author Kathleen Y’Barbo.

Author Interview: Alexis A. Goring

Author photoToday’s guest is Alexis A. Goring, the author of a collection of short stories she has entitled Hope in My Heart. Alexis is a college graduate with a degree in print journalism from Washington Adventist University in Takoma Park, Maryland. Writing is her passion. She hopes that her stories will touch hearts, bring smiles to faces, and inspire minds to seek God whose love for humanity is unfailing.

You can connect with Alexis at her website, on Facebook and on Twitter.

Alexis, thank you for joining us on Inner Source. The first question that I have is about the unique way you bring the collection of stories together. Each collection focuses on several different couples at one time. However, there doesn’t seem to be a connection to the couples in those stories. I’m thinking that the hope they need to embrace is the fact that they all hope for something. Would you elaborate on this for us?

Hi Fay! Thanks for hosting me on your blog!

You’re right, there is no connection between the couples in my stories that compose my novella and I did that on purpose. The way I see it, the lives and unique journey of each character mirrors real life here on Earth where we all may be going through something at any given point of time and share similar hopes and dreams for our lives but we do not always connect with each other. Case in point, when you’re shopping at the grocery store, you’re passing by many different people from parents and kids to couples and single people. Each of those people has their own unique story but they don’t always share their story with you or become a part of your life. Yet their stories are personal and important. So I guess you could say my not weaving a connecting thread between the characters in the three separate stories in my novella was my way of reflecting real life in the sense that as Shakespeare says—and I paraphrase—the world stage where we’re all actors.

I would like to add that while the characters do not connect with each other, the tie that binds the book is hope. All of my characters in each of the three stories are hoping for a dream of their heart to come true.

I think that often hope is what connects most of us. The hope of friendship, the hope of someone to depend upon. As a writer, do you identify with these desires and/or journeys of discovery your characters are making?

Yes, the theme of all of my stories in my novella is hope. My characters who believe in God know to put their hope and trust in Him. Take the story Peace and Love: There’s Kristine who is adopted and searching for her birth mom. Kristine’s faith in God helps her through the process. There’s Eric, a divorce attorney who’s hoping to resolve his issues with his parents’ divorce which happened when he was a teenager and there’s Elle who is the classic “starving artist” hoping and praying to land a steady job that pays her enough to make a living.

As a writer, I do identify with many of my characters’ desires along with their journey of discovery. Such as with Christina who’s a magazine photojournalist who covers the wedding of a rich politician’s daughter. My dream—one of my dreams—is to become a wedding and lifestyle photographer so it was sweet to see Christina live out my dream on paper and even sweeter to see her “discovered” by a very handsome, kind and eligible bachelor!

I’d like to add that a few readers told me that they identify with the character Joshua in “The Best Gift” (the middle story). One reader said she loved how Joshua transformed from being self-centered to becoming a passionate disciple of Jesus Christ. So that’s a journey of discovery I hope more of my readers will relate to and enjoy.

What advice would you give a reader who feels that their situation is hopeless?

My advice to a reader who feels like their situation is hopeless is, “Don’t give up, look up!” Look up to God, the Creator of the Universe who loves you unconditionally and cares about everything—big or small—that happens in your life. Read Jeremiah 29:11 and know God has a plan and a purpose for your life. God will take care of you. Continue to seek God and if praying about your situation and talking to a few trusted family/friends/pastors is not helping then you may want to seek professional help from an effective Christian counselor and a life coach who can help get you on the right track. God puts health care doctors in place here on Earth to help you. Don’t be afraid or ashamed of seeking help from a professional who believes in God and you.

In my interview with Brian, I asked this same question, but I’d love to know this question from his author. Is there a verse of Scripture that you hold to that helps you to remember where it is your hope emanates?

Yes. Jeremiah 29:11 is what I like to call my “life verse”. My mom made me aware of it when I was going through a tough time as a teenager and I’ve held onto it ever since. When times get tough or uncertain, I hold onto the truth that God knows the plans He has for me…plans to prosper me and not to harm me, plans to give me HOPE and a future!

Do you have any future projects in the works? If so, please tell us about those.

I do have a future project in the works. I’m working on three main stories as I decide whether my next book will be a novella comprised of three stories like my first or if it will be my first full-length novel. I cannot tell you too much because I don’t want to give away the book but I will say the story I’m working on now explores my passion for food as it revolves around four main characters who love this fictional five-star restaurant in Northwest, Washington D.C.

That sounds like a great project, Alexis. I hope you’ll come back and share more with us when it is released.

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Hope in My Heart is a collection of short, heartwarming stories with characters in need of hope.

In “Love Unexpected,” a car crash brings commitment-wary Sebastian and career woman Chandra together. Neither is looking for romance, but those around them see the potential, and Sebastian and Chandra discover that sometimes love shows up unexpectedly.

Christmastime is the setting for the middle story, “The Best Gift.” Christina desires to lose ten pounds so she can fit into her dress for her sister’s wedding. Jordan wishes her mom would stop trying to marry her off. And Joshua hopes to be reunited with his ex-girlfriend but eventually learns that the best gift this Christmas will be the restoration of his relationship with God.

In “Peace and Love,” three characters living in a metropolitan area are desperately searching. Elle, a starving artist, aspires to become a paid professional. Eric, a divorce attorney, wants to resolve his issues concerning his parents’ divorce. Kristine anticipates finding her birth mom before she marries Derek. All characters pray their searches will conclude this holiday season and fill their hearts with peace and love.

Besides the Amazon link given with the title, this collection of stories may be purchased at Barnes &, and

If you didn’t catch our interview with Brian Henderson, a character in this collection of stories, we hope you’ll meet him.

Our Broken World by Susan J. Reinhardt

Susan J. ReinhardtWhat if we no longer enjoyed the freedoms we’ve taken for granted?

That question followed on the heels of the experience I mentioned in my earlier interview. As I meditated on the voices of the forefathers fading like dying echoes, I considered what it might be like to live in an America that was no longer the home of the free and the brave.

Free speech, freedom of religion, the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are aspects of life in America that we all hold dear. People will resist major changes, but the slow erosion of our rights can go almost unnoticed.

The story of a family, who experienced life unhindered by excessive control and now facing anti-Christian bigotry at its worst, flowed onto the page. Someone once said to me my story was too mild. Yet, I knew it would impact those of us accustomed to worshiping as we see fit, speaking our minds, and making decisions based on what was best for our families.

Recently, my mom’s baby sister, passed away at the age of 80. She’s with Jesus, and we know we’ll see her again. Death has a way of emphasizing that life is short – a mere blip in terms of eternity. I want my life to count for God’s Kingdom.

The Lord’s Prayer talks about, “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” This world is broken – not just our country. Jesus came to bring life and life more abundant. My desire is that my words would be containers of life, pointing the way to the Life Giver.

Will I always write stories like this? I don’t know, but I had to write this trilogy. Whatever the future holds, I know that my life is in God’s hands. We’re truly pilgrims passing through.

About the Author, Susan J. Reinhardt:

Susan J. Reinhardt’s publishing credits include her novels, The Moses Conspiracy, The Christmas Wish, and The Scent of Fear, as well as devotionals, short articles, and contributions to anthologies. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.

A widow, daughter, stepmom, and active church member, Susan resides in Pennsylvania. When not writing, she enjoys time with family and friends, reading, couponing, gardening, and finding small treasures in antique shops.

You can meet up with Susan at her blog, Christian Writer/Reader Connection on FacebookGoodreads, and Twitter. Susan is also on Google+, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.

Susan’s other novels, The Christmas Wish and The Scent of Fear are also available.

More About The Moses Conspiracy:

In 2025, the Christian World is under attack!

Two seemingly unconnected events set in motion a diabolical plan. Ellie and John Zimmerman find themselves embroiled in a life-threatening investigation, fighting a shadowy enemy.

After a terrorist attack on Washington, D.C. in the near future, Ellie plans a trip with her young son, Peter, and they become separated. At the same time back home, John witnesses a buggy accident with unusual circumstances.

Caught between strained family relations and ominous warnings from a faceless enemy, the couple rely on God for wisdom and protection.

The truth of the past tragedy is revealed. While they may expose the culprits, will they survive the heartache it brings?

You can meet up with Susan at her blog, Christian Writer/Reader Connection on FacebookGoodreads, and Twitter. Susan is also on Google+, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.

Susan’s other novels, The Christmas Wish and The Scent of Fear are also available.

And be sure to meet, Susan’s heroine, Ellie Zimmerman, in her interview from Monday, and also check out Susan’s interview from Wednesday.