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The Long Way Home by June Foster

The Long Way Home is my latest book and is a romantic suspense, the genre you write and love. The story actually came about when my editor asked for volunteers to write a romance novel where the couples meet then have an adventure. When I said yes, I had no idea of the journey on which my hero and heroine would embark.

My last three novels were grouped in my Small Town Romance Series: Letting Go, Prescription for Romance, and A Harvest of Blessings which came out in November. In that story, the middle-aged heroine’s son was serving in the U. S. Army in Germany and would be returning home soon. So, I just couldn’t forget about David Maguire. I had to tell his story, too.

In each of my novels, I love to convey a spiritual theme. When I first started writing David’s and heroine, Jada Atwood’s adventure, I didn’t know what the theme would be. After all, this couple would be kidnapped by bank robbers and face death in a Pennsylvania forest. Then it occurred to me. What if the heroine didn’t trust in the Lord at the beginning of the novel? In fact, what if she wasn’t a Christian at all? What would she do if confronted by the grave possibility her life would soon be over?

During my many days as a Christian, I’ve learned how some of my brothers and sisters came to the Lord. Sometimes it was when they found themselves at the end of their own resources. When all other options were exhausted, they begged God to save them and gave their lives over to Him. This is likely not the most ideal way to begin your Christian life, but as long as someone sincerely commits their heart to the Lord, that’s wonderful.

As an example, I once knew a lady who became born again while giving birth to her son. She later told me, the pain was so great she thought she was going to die. At that moment, she called on the Lord. She promised Him that she’d follow Him the rest of her days if He’s only bring her baby safely into the world and relieve her suffering.

I knew another lady who gave her life to the Lord after reading an end time prophecy book.

So in The Long Way Home, Jada gives her heart and life to the Lord at the moment she believes she will die.

Sometimes I can’t imagine how God could use my fictional stories, but He’s always faithful to make clear the message He wants me to write.

I hope your readers will enjoy The Long Way Home. It’s a bit more graphic than any other book I’ve written, but life is like that sometimes, right? The Lord’s blessings to you, Fay, and your readers.

More About The Long Way Home:

David Maguire’s tour of duty in Germany is over, and he’s returning home to Oak Mountain, Alabama in search of a job. After a long flight from Frankfort, he shares an Uber with Dallas resident Jada Atwood.

Jada Atwood, a registered nurse midwife, is on her way to a medical conference in Queens. If only she could live up to her father’s legacy at the hospital where she works, she could prove worthy of his reputation. Marriage awaits yet her fiancé has yet to offer a ring.

When the Uber driver must make a stop to pick up a passenger at a Queens shopping center, two men who robbed a nearby bank commandeer the Ford as a getaway car. But when they discover two passengers, they have to get rid of the extra baggage.

After the kidnappers murder the Uber driver, David and Jada fear for their lives. Will they find their way home or die in a Pennsylvania forest?

About the Author:

June Foster is an award-winning author who began her writing career in an RV roaming around the USA with her husband, Joe. She brags about visiting a location before it becomes the setting in her next contemporary romance or romantic suspense. June’s characters find themselves in precarious circumstances where only God can offer redemption and ultimately freedom. Find June at junefoster.com.

Puzzle Perceptions by Carol James

For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. (1 Corinthians 13: 12)

As I sat studying the nearly completed puzzle, a gaping hole stared back at me. No matter how many times and ways I tried, the remaining pieces in my hand would not fit the open space. And to top it off, the box lid had been accidentally thrown away. Despite the hours of diligent work, I was not much closer to knowing what the completed puzzle should have looked like than I’d been before I started.

I’ve always enjoyed jigsaw puzzles. I love finding that singular treasure that has the special combination of “innies” and “outies” and colored design that make it the one and only piece that fits into the waiting gap. I love the sense of accomplishment and victory gained when each piece is correctly placed, the guesswork is over, and the whole reveals a beautiful masterpiece. However, little is more frustrating to a puzzle-solver than lost pieces and gaping holes.

In The Waiting, Katherine’s approach to life was somewhat like working a puzzle. She had all her pieces, everything she wanted, in hand. However, when she tried to place them where she thought they belonged, some didn’t fit correctly. Either their knobs were too small for the holes or the colors were a shade off. So after years of planning, dreaming, and arranging, she realized her puzzle, like mine, was flawed, incomplete.

How many times do we approach life like Katherine did? We are finite creatures, and we like finite solutions. We love beauty and stories that have happy, tidy endings. But life isn’t a math problem where A+B=C. Or a puzzle where all the pieces fit and make a beautiful picture.

Or is it? Paul reminds us in I Corinthians that our current ability to understand and perceive the divine is clouded. Yet, that cloudiness does not indicate a flaw or an omission. It simply means that as solvers, we are limited by our abilities to perceive reality.

So what do we do when life presents us with a puzzle we cannot solve? When some of the pieces seem to be missing or the box lid has been thrown away? While we may not be able to visualize the image of the completed puzzle on the box lid, it does exist. The fault is not in the puzzle, but in the limitations of the the solver.

Our job then, like Katherine’s, is to trust. To trust the One Who is the Master Puzzle-Designer-Solver. And as Katherine learns, “Life doesn’t always end up like you’ve planned; sometimes it turns out better.”

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

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.

Find the waiting at these sites: Pelican Book Group, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo.

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 releasing today. Her Christmas novella, Mary’s Christmas Surprise, is currently available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and the Pelican Book Group website.

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.