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Meet the Heroes of Unlikely Merger: Dustin Rogers

Belleville, TexasI’m pleased to introduce the first hero from Unlikely Merger, Dustin Rogers. Dustin, please tell us about yourself. Where are you from? What do you do when you’re not working?

I grew up in San Diego, but like I told Mercy, we used to sing a hymn at our little church called Whiter than Snow. It became my boyhood dream to experience the literal meaning of the song as well as the spiritual one. So I went to college across country in Vermont, but my first job was back in California. When I had the chance to get on board with Lacewell Limited and move to Denver, I jumped.

And honestly, there aren’t too many opportunities. I’m usually working and I love my job with LL. But when I do get a day off, you’ll find me on the slopes. I’m determined to master snowboarding. It can’t be that different from surfing, right?

You recently met with Mercy Lacewell of Lacewell Limited regarding a merger or a buyout of your company. Tell me what immediately came to mind when you first met Ms. Lacewell.

Actually, I work with Mercy at Lacewell Limited. But I can still answer your question. The first time I saw her, she was hovering over her dad on his first day back in his office. She was beautiful, you know. But in an untouchable way. I didn’t expect to even meet her, let alone get to travel with her. At the beginning of our trip, I don’t think I impressed her that much. Her first assignment for her dad, and there I was the unwanted tag-along. But she came around and we had some good conversations and even some laughter on our adventure. She’s a sport, too. Jumped right in to help out the dad-son duo at the restaurant.

What do you remember most about Mercy as a result of that meeting?

She has a tender way about her that … ah … I can’t explain it. She sees the deep need of people and doesn’t simply sit as a spectator. She’s willing to take action to solve the problem. Not in a controlling way, but with a kindness. A gentleness. It’s really … very … lovely.

Tell us how you really feel about Mercy Lacewell. Don’t be shy.

Oh, man. You’re really putting me on the spot here. I mean we work together. I have enough trouble concentrating when I hear her laughter. Not that I work side by side with her all the time, but we collaborate often enough and might even have to travel together again.

I can’t. I simply can not let my personal feelings extend beyond friendship. Not while she’s still the VP of Acquisitions here. Not if I want to keep my job. And I do. I love what I do. And if nothing else, I still get to see her every day. For now, that’s going to have to suffice.

Do you think that you and Mercy could have a future together? If so, tell us why you think you’re the man for Mercy.

Wow. I couldn’t say if I were the man for her. If things were different … if one of us stopped working for the company, I’d certainly try to gain her affection. I can’t imagine such a treasure, though. But then again, our great God is able to do more than we ever ask or imagine. Still, in some way deep in my heart, she’s still untouchable. I just don’t think of myself as worthy of such an amazing woman.

Unlikely Merger CoverMore About Unlikely Merger:

No longer needed as her father’s nurse, Mercy Lacewell attempts to step into his shoes at his acquisitions firm. That means travel, engaging strangers, and making final decisions—nothing she feels equipped to do. If her best friend has her way, Mercy will simply marry one of the single, available men she meets, but they overwhelm her. So handsome and kind. And so many. Even if she felt obliged, how could she ever choose?

Should she shove all attraction aside and focus on her father’s business, or is God warming her heart with the possibility of forever?

You can read Dustin’s chapter in Unlikely Merger today at Write Integrity Press.

Our authors at Write Integrity Press love collaborating on novellas. Here are a few of our other works:

A Dozen Apologies:

Mara Adkins, a promising fashion designer, has fallen off the ladder of success, and she can’t seem to get up.In college, Mara and her sorority sisters played an ugly game, and Mara was usually the winner. She’d date men she considered geeks, win their confidence, and then she’d dump them publicly. When Mara begins work for a prestigious clothing designer in New York, she gets her comeuppance. Her boyfriend steals her designs and wins a A DOZEN APOLOGIES FINAL FRONT COVER (282x425)coveted position. He fires her, and she returns in shame to her home in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where life for others has changed for the better.

Mara’s parents, always seemingly one step from a divorce, have rediscovered their love for each other, but more importantly they have placed Christ in the center of that love. The changes Mara sees in their lives cause her to seek Christ. Mara’s heart is pierced by her actions toward the twelve men she’d wronged in college, and she sets out to apologize to each of them. A girl with that many amends to make, though, needs money for travel, and Mara finds more ways to lose a job than she ever thought possible.

Mara stumbles, bumbles, and humbles her way toward employment and toward possible reconciliation with the twelve men she humiliated to find that God truly does look upon the heart, and that He has chosen the heart of one of the men for her to have and to hold.

LOVE BOAT BACHELOR CoverThe Love Boat Bachelor:

Romance is a joke.After the love of Brent Teague’s life came back into his world only to marry someone else, Brent is through with women. He might be through with being a pastor, too. Brent was so sure that God brought Mara Adkins home to him so they could marry and live happily ever after. Six months after her wedding to another man, that theory is obviously a dud. If Brent could be so wrong about that, who’s to say he’s not mistaken about God calling him to pastoral ministry? Tired of watching Brent flounder for direction, Brent’s feisty older sister boots him out of Spartanburg and onto a cruise ship. Brent’s old college buddy manages the ship’s staff, and he’s thrilled to finagle Brent into the role of chaplain for the two-week cruise. As the ship sets sail, Brent starts to relax. Maybe a cruise wasn’t such a bad idea after all. But there’s just one little thing no one told him. He’s not on any ordinary cruise. He’s on The Love Boat.What’s a sworn bachelor to do on a Caribbean cruise full of romance and love? He’ll either have to jump ship or embrace the unforgettable romantic comedy headed his way.

If you didn’t read yesterday’s posts: Behind the Scenes of the Newest Write Integrity Press Multi-Author Novella, you can do that here.

And the other authors are sharing a lot of fun material on their blogs as well:

Marji Laine: Human Icicle

Julie Arduini: If We Could Have been Part of a Company Merger

Carole Towriss: Dustin’s Detour Bellville Texas

Betty Thomason Owens: Unlikely Merger in Progress

Jennifer Hallmark: Sacred Journeys by Carole Towriss



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