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Jessie’s Hope and the Authentic Life by Jennifer Hallmark

Why did I write Jessie’s Hope?

Community. I needed to tell my own story, and the people around me played a huge part. The sorrow and joy and discouragement and true happiness that I see, that’s life, and in Jessie’s Hope, I tried to portray authentic life, as much as possible, in rural Alabama.

I share the men and women who live in my neighborhood, my county. The way our community and churches pull together during times of tragedy or natural disasters. They are why I write. The organizations and ministries that touch people’s lives every day made it into my simple tale.

I think of the time that my son’s wife birthed our granddaughter a month early and struggled financially as the baby stayed in the hospital for almost a month. Neighbors dropped by to see if they could help. People and churches donated money then helped us to cook and to sell chicken stew to pay hospital bills.

Family also plays a big role in all my work. No, not the Leave it to Beaver family but people that work hard, love true, and lose the will to continue at times. Though everything is wrapped up to some degree by the end of Jessie’s Hope, it isn’t life the way I’d like to see it. It’s how it really is.

Why did I write Jessie’s Hope? Maybe to give myself a little hope by sharing encouragement and stories with others. If I can help anyone smile a little and cry a few tears of empathy, I’ve done my job as a writer…

More about Jessie’s Hope:

Years ago, an accident robbed Jessie Smith’s mobility. It also stole her mom and alienated her from her father. When Jessie’s high school sweetheart Matt Jansen proposes, her parents’ absence intensifies her worry that she cannot hold on to those she loves.

With a wedding fast approaching, Jessie’s grandfather Homer Smith, has a goal to find the perfect dress for “his Jessie,” one that would allow her to forget, even if for a moment, the boundaries of her wheelchair. But financial setbacks and unexpected sabotage hinder his plans.

Determined to heal from her past, Jessie initiates a search for her father. Can a sliver of hope lead to everlasting love when additional obstacles–including a spurned woman and unpredictable weather–highjack Jessie’s dream wedding?

About the Author:

Jennifer Hallmark writes Southern fiction and has published 200+ Internet articles and interviews, short stories in several magazines, and has co-authored three book compilations. Her debut novel, Jessie’s Hope, released on June 17th, 2019.

When she isn’t babysitting or gardening, you can find her at her desk writing fiction or working on her two blogs. She also loves reading detective fiction from the Golden Age and viewing movies like LOTR or Star Wars. Sometimes you can even catch her watching American Ninja Warrior.

You can find Jennifer on her personal website, at Inspired Prompt, on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

BLIND HATRED: A DEFINITION AND A CONFESSION by Kathleen E. Friesen

My mother would never allow her children to say, “I hate you!” No matter how heated the argument (and with five kids, there were plenty of quarrels), she would remind us that hatred means a desire for death. “Do you really want (brother/sister) to die?” No, of course not. Our heads would hang, and we’d (eventually) make up.

Mom’s definition wasn’t far off the one The Advanced English Dictionary gives for hatred: The emotion of intense dislike; a feeling of dislike so strong that it demands action.

Trevor Hiebert, the hero in Redemption’s Whisper, harbors hatred toward a former foster father and has vowed to exact revenge. His hatred is understandable, but it blinds him and hurts those close to him.

The Bible tells us in 1 John 2:11, “But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.” That describes Trevor so well.

It also describes me.

I know what it feels like to hate, to wish death upon someone I knew. When I discovered that the father of a two-year-old girl I loved dearly had sexually traumatized her and her equally cherished siblings, my vision went dark and my heart turned to hatred. I wanted this “pillar of the church” to pay. I wished all the evil he’d committed would turn on him and destroy him.

Like Trevor, I could not forgive the culprit on my own. In fact, the only way I could forgive was to step back, admit my inability, and release him—and my anger—to the God who knows. Only He can move a heart to repentance.

Only He could change my heart to the point where I can pray for that man, not for punishment but for healing of the wounds that provoked him to harm innocents. It’s a prayer I have to repeat each time I think of him. May God have mercy on us both.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (I John 1:9)

Thank you, Lord Jesus, for Your redeeming grace.

About the Author:

Kathleen Friesen writes contemporary stories of faith that overcomes tough trials and deep heartaches. Her desire is for her readers to see themselves in the characters of her stories, and to realize that Jesus Christ is the true hero. Kathleen spent her childhood in the Pacific Northwest and, after marrying the man of her dreams, survived the first thirty years of married life on the Canadian prairies, where they raised three fantastic children. Now she and her patient husband, Ron, live in the beautiful Okanagan Valley of British Columbia.

More About Redemption’s Whisper:

Desperate to escape her past, Hayley Blankenship flies from Toronto to the Saskatoon home of Pastor Dave and Lydia Harris, the only people who may be able to help her. If she doesn’t find a reason to hope, she may give in to the temptation to end it all. If only someone could love her, in spite of what she’s done.

Trevor Hiebert aces the interview for his dream job in Toronto, but he’s torn. His beloved parents need him, and while he doesn’t want to let them down, he craves the affirmation he hopes to find in the big city. But on the flight home to Saskatoon, he meets an intriguing, gorgeous redhead with dark secrets of her own. Can these two troubled souls gain the peace they need—and in the process, find love?

About Nila’s Hope:

Just when her career as a carpenter and a relationship with handsome co-worker Will Jamison are within reach, Nila Black’s abusive ex-boyfriend is released from prison. He’s out of jail, out for revenge, and making promises she knows he’ll keep. Nila will do whatever it takes to save her friends from the evil that will come their way if she doesn’t put distance between them-even if it means abandoning her new-found faith. It will take a miracle and an angelic messenger to show Nila that God is her greatest protector. He has never left her side, and He wants only the best for her and for the man she loves.

Did you miss the Inner Source interview with Hayley Blankenship, the heroine from Redemption’s WhisperIf so, you can read it here, and Monday’s interview with Kathleen can be found here.

Inner Source also previously interviewed Nila and Kathleen regarding Nila’s Hope.

Character Interview: Hayley Blankenship from Redemption’s Whisper by Kathleen E. Friesen

Today’s guest is Hayley Blankenship, the heroine of Kathleen E. Friesen’s Redemption’s Whisper Hayley, thank you for joining us today to share a little about the new release.

So, you’re from Toronto, and you’ve left the big city of Saskatoon. Has the move taken a lot of adjustment?

Oh, yeah. Big time adjustment! But while leaving Toronto was an act of desperation, my move away from the city to the farm was based on hope.

You’ve had a lot of ups and downs due to your own decision making. Without giving away too much of the story, we’d love to hear what you’ve learned through your struggles?

It took some time and many prayers by some special people, but I’m finally learning to leave the past behind and look forward to the future God planned for me.

Your hero, Trevor, walks a line between farmer and doing the unique job he loves, but he struggles with accepting the goodness of God. Based upon your struggles, what would you say to someone else who puts a roadblock up when it comes to accepting God’s grace?

You’re only hurting yourself. No, that’s not true. When you refuse God’s grace, you put up walls of bitterness that keep you prisoner and keep others—even those who love you—out.

What’s the most unique thing you’ve done since you’ve returned to Saskatoon or maybe even since you’ve taken up residence with Franklin and Laureen?

I don’t want to give too much away, but it was incredible. Gross and exhausting, but amazing.

The truth of Romans 8:28 is that God is in the details and that He works all things out to our good. Would you care to talk about how He was in the details of your life, even when you were making bad decisions?

When it came to making bad decisions, I made some doozies. Because I’d become convinced I was unloved and unlovable, I pursued love no matter the cost. Turned out, that lifestyle cost much more than I’d ever dreamed.

But for some reason, God never gave up on me. He sent me to Saskatoon, even though I thought that was my idea. He introduced me to people who changed my life—and my perceptions of Him. He was there, through everything.

Thank you, Hayley. Redemption’s Whisper officially releases today, and this Sunday is Easter. I know that our readers will love your story that shows the awesome power of redemption. I look forward to speaking with author on Monday.

About the Author:

Kathleen Friesen writes contemporary stories of faith that overcomes tough trials and deep heartaches. Her desire is for her readers to see themselves in the characters of her stories, and to realize that Jesus Christ is the true hero. Kathleen spent her childhood in the Pacific Northwest and, after marrying the man of her dreams, survived the first thirty years of married life on the Canadian prairies, where they raised three fantastic children. Now she and her patient husband, Ron, live in the beautiful Okanagan Valley of British Columbia.

More About Redemption’s Whisper:

Desperate to escape her past, Hayley Blankenship flies from Toronto to the Saskatoon home of Pastor Dave and Lydia Harris, the only people who may be able to help her. If she doesn’t find a reason to hope, she may give in to the temptation to end it all. If only someone could love her, in spite of what she’s done.

Trevor Hiebert aces the interview for his dream job in Toronto, but he’s torn. His beloved parents need him, and while he doesn’t want to let them down, he craves the affirmation he hopes to find in the big city. But on the flight home to Saskatoon, he meets an intriguing, gorgeous redhead with dark secrets of her own. Can these two troubled souls gain the peace they need—and in the process, find love?

About Nila’s Hope:

Just when her career as a carpenter and a relationship with handsome co-worker Will Jamison are within reach, Nila Black’s abusive ex-boyfriend is released from prison. He’s out of jail, out for revenge, and making promises she knows he’ll keep. Nila will do whatever it takes to save her friends from the evil that will come their way if she doesn’t put distance between them-even if it means abandoning her new-found faith. It will take a miracle and an angelic messenger to show Nila that God is her greatest protector. He has never left her side, and He wants only the best for her and for the man she loves.

Inner Source previously interviewed Nila and Kathleen regarding Nila’s Hope.

Author Interview: Jennifer Slattery

headshot2013Today’s special guest is Jennifer Slattery, the author of When Dawn Breaks. Jennifer writes soul-stirring fiction for New Hope Publishers, a publishing house passionate about bringing God’s healing grace and truth to the hopeless. She also writes for Crosswalk.com, Internet Café Devotions, and the group blog, Faith-filled Friends. When not writing, Jennifer loves going on mall dates with her teenage daughter and coffee dates with her handsome railroader husband.

Visit with Jennifer online at JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud. 

Jennifer, thank you for visiting with us again. I truly enjoyed the novel. I got wrapped up into the lives of these characters. I kept rooting for them, and I laughed and cried through the ups and downs. So, my first question that I want to know is: how did this story take shape for you?

I’m so glad you enjoyed the book, Fay. Having learned under you in Scribes for years, that means a lot. In regard to your question, much of it just flowed. I felt most drawn and connected with Gavin, but I loved Jacqueline and Jonathan, too. I knew I was introducing my readers to some tough realities, so I felt I really needed a lot of humor sprinkled throughout, to give them comic relief. Then I found I loved those comedic threads as much as the heart-wrenching portions.

Is there a Jacqueline Dunn or a Jonathan Cohen, maybe a child who resembles Gavin, Adele, or Jaya in your life? If not, how did you manage to draw such believable and heartwarming characters?

Yes to all of those. J If only I had the page space to expound on each character. I have always struggled with feeling loved—receiving love, so I really related to Gavin’s feelings of being unwanted. He so longed to belong, to hold tight to those relationships he had, and really, to be loved. But it seemed what he needed most kept evading him, and he was powerless to do anything about it. And yet, God continued to pursue him, through His children.

When I became an adult, after ten years of extensive healing by Christ, I looked back over my life and I could see how God had reached out to me, again and again, through others. The neighbor who invited me in for Vacation Bible School, the family that showed me kindness when ours came over for barbecues and such. The blind neighbor who allowed me to help her take out the trash then used that initial connection to form a relationship with me, one that resulted in me coming to her house daily in my elementary years. Or the numerous families that took me in, when I was a teen, when I felt hopeless and alone.

Though I felt incredible pain from things in my past, I saw that God had never left me. He was the truest, most faithful love I’d ever known.

This is the love I wanted to show, but I also wanted to show how God reveals that love through us, His body. Which is an incredible honor and responsibility—to think God trusts us with a wounded heart. Wow.

Well, I know a lot of folks who love you for who you are today and the kindnesses you show to them.

I’m guessing that either you know about foster care or you did a great deal of research. If a reader wanted to know how they could get involved, even if it is just volunteering and not fostering children—but certainly that as well—what would you tell them are some of the steps they can take to reach out to children in this type of system?

My sister has worked in the foster care industry for some time, first as a social worker and now as an in-home therapist, so I’ve learned a great deal about the needs and the miracle stories. (She also helped me a great deal with this novel!) There are so many ways people can become involved. They can foster, providing a loving, Christ-filled, and safe environment for these hurting children. They can foster to adopt, which is incredibly beautiful and a huge part of breaking the cycle of generational abuse and poverty. They can be a support for friends who do foster care, which is hugely needed!

They can become licensed to do respite care, which provides periodic breaks for those doing foster care, enabling them to stay fueled emotionally, physically, and spiritually. They can help spread the word, start a support group in their church, get involved in CASA, an organization that pairs adult advocates with foster children so the children have a stable relationship in their life throughout all the changes and moves they might go through.

A big one, I think, is training our children to be compassionate. Those “problem” kids in school who act socially awkward and are perhaps difficult to be around? They may be extremely wounded, shuffled from one home to the next, and our children can be a friendly, loving face at school that can help bring peace. And ultimately, people can pray. For foster kids, those who’ve been adopted, those doing foster care, the social workers whom are overworked and underpaid, a system that is ill-equipped to deal with the massive need…

I have to ask a hurricane question because I’m a student of hurricane history. Have you ever lived in a hurricane-prone area or have you ever had first-hand experience with a hurricane? If so, would you share? If not, I’d love to know about your research—just because the subject fascinates me.

I have. We lived in Louisiana during Katrina. It was such a crazy time! Louisiana and Texas weren’t equipped to deal with the level of tragedy, devastation, and need. It was utter chaos, and the local churches were the first to respond. Churches were housing people in their basements, putting them in mobile homes, giving them food, clothing, you name in. Our church in particular became a sort of warehouse of goods. We had so many donations; we lined them up in the pews, labeling each pew so folks knew what they contained. (We had various bags lined on the pews, all organized by similarity.)

The storm victims could come, get what they needed, without having to ask. This was huge as these people were already devastated, completely humbled, so this allowed them to retain some sort of dignity.

Our library was also packed each day. People sat on the ground, on chairs, waited behind computers, etc. Many were trying to find out FEMA and insurance stuff. I suspect others simply wanted a place to spend the day. I went, and noticed the empty—like so broken, there was nothing there—look on many of the parents’ faces, so I began to read to the kids, to give the parents a break and the kids a bit of joy. I still remember the look on one dad’s face when his daughter came to my side—it was teary gratitude. I believe he was grateful to have someone helping out with his child at a time when, emotionally, he couldn’t do that.

While researching, I read a great deal about what went on at the Superdome. Wow, that was bad.

Wow! I’m glad I asked. That’s an awesome testimony that you and your church have, and I can see where God used that time to teach you things that you could share about others regarding emergency shelters and the needs of those there. I have never gone through a Katrina, and the Lord willing, I don’t plan to do so.

And as always, I’d love to know what your next project will be.

Absolutely! How about if I give you the preliminary back cover blurb?

Abandoned by her husband, an organ procurement coordinator fighting to keep her job and her sanity encounters an old flame facing an unthinkable tragedy.

For Tammy Kuhn, being an organ procurement coordinator is more than a job. It’s a ministry. But when her husband of sixteen years leaves her for another woman, struggles with childcare, her absentee ex-husband, and an altercation with a doctor threaten her job. Embittered and overwhelmed, she fights to maintain her sanity when a late night encounter with an old flame stirs emotions long since buried but the ICU is no place for romance.

This novel is scheduled to release in October.

Thanks so much for having me, Fay! I always love visiting your site!

I love having you, Jennifer. Your friendship and watching your career is one of the joys of my life, and I hope that you will come back and visit us for the release of this next novel.

WhenDawnBreaks_N154102_300dpiRGBMore About When Dawn Breaks:

As the hurricane forces Jacqueline to evacuate, her need for purpose and restitution motivate her to head north to her estranged and embittered daughter and into the arms of a handsome new friend. However, he’s dealing with a potential conspiracy at work, one that could cost him everything, and Jacqueline isn’t sure if he will be the one she can lean on during the difficult days ahead. And then there are the three orphans to consider, especially Gavin. Must she relinquish her chance at having love again in order to be restored?

Read a free, 36-page excerpt here.

When Dawn Breaks is also available at Barnes and Noble and Christian Book Distributors.

BeyondIDocoverAbout Jennifer’s First Novel, Beyond I Do:

Will seeing beyond the present unite them or tear them apart?

Marriage … it’s more than a happily ever after. Eternally more.

Ainsley Meadows, raised by a hedonist mother, who cycles through jobs and relationships like wrapping paper on Christmas morning, falls into a predictable and safe relationship with Richard, a self-absorbed socialite psychiatrist. But as her wedding nears, a battered woman and her child spark a long-forgotten dream and ignite a hidden passion. One that threatens to change everything, including her fiancé. To embrace God’s best and find true love, this security-seeking bride must follow God with reckless abandon and realize that marriage goes Beyond I Do.

 

A Devotional for Starving Artists in Need of Hope and a J-O-B

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)

Author photoElle Brighton, a starving artist who paints on canvases and creates graphic design, aspires to become a paid professional in “Peace and Love” which is the final story in my novella, Hope in My Heart: A Collection of Heartwarming Stories.

Writing Elle’s story had a profound impact on my life. I relate to Elle on so many levels! I know what it’s like to be a “starving artist” and for the past three years, I’ve experienced the struggle of seeking a professional creative job that pays me enough to make a sufficient living. I completely understand the challenges of being self-employed and I hope I will soon be able to relate to Elle’s breakthrough because I truly need one too!

Hopefully, Elle’s fictional story will open the eyes of my readers to the issue of unemployment. I pray Elle’s story will inspire hope in the hearts of my audience, as they see an example of how God can work out the details for His children and provide for their every need. A perfect scenario to illustrate this concept is when Elle meets Mandy Dawson at the gym. Mandy is a professionally friendly person but Elle, who was stressed due to a lack of employment and an unfruitful job hunt, was not too friendly. Mandy persists in getting to know Elle and after a few minutes of conversation, gives a business card to Elle who does not think much of it, at all and eventually loses the card.

But when we as humans lose hope, God does not. Who knew a brief conversation about music and life shared between these two characters during a workout at the hotel’s gym, would lead to Mandy reaching out to Elle for an interview? God knew, even when I as the author did not know! I did not initially plan for Elle to interview with Mandy! Initially, they were just going to be gym buddies during Elle’s stay in the D.C. area. But as I delved into their characters and motivations, I realized that Mandy should interview Elle. Now you’ll have to read the story “Peace and Love” in order to find out if Mandy hired Elle or not because Elle has a track record of being disappointed in her job hunt.

Honestly, as a real-life starving artist, I hope and pray my job situation works out like Elle’s or even better! My career path has not been predictable or steady! But I have faith that God will provide! My heart hopes my career will be what dreams are made of and better!

So if you too are a starving artist, I want to encourage you today by telling you to keep pushing for your dreams to come true! Remain steadfast in your faith in the Creator of the Universe (God) who cares for the sparrows that are never in need because God supplies all they need! Surely God cares for you who are worth more than a sparrow (Matthew 10:31)! So trust God to provide your every need! These words of encouragement are not just for you, they are for me!

Here’s to the starving artists: keep dreaming, praying and believing in God! He knows what He’s doing and He can bless you beyond your wildest imagination! So move forward in faith, God’s got you covered!

About the Author:

Alexis A. Goring 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.

Media imageMore About Hope in My Heart:

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 & NobleBooks-a-MillionChristianbook.comCrossbooks.com, and Lifeway.com.

If you didn’t catch our interviews with Brian Henderson, a character in this collection of stories, or with Alexis, we hope you’ll visit those posts and learn more about the collection of novellas and its author.

 

Character Interview: Brian Henderson from The Best Gift by Alexis A. Goring

Media imageToday’s special guest is one of the cast of characters from Alexis A. Goring’s inspirational romance novella titled Hope in My Heart: A Collection of Heartwarming Stories. Brian’s story is told in The Best Gift.

Brian, your author has an interesting concept of short stories told around and about numerous characters, but I wanted to interview you because you are my favorite, and I think there is a story behind a story. So, first off, please tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from? What do you do? And how did you first meet your heroine, Jordan?

My name is Brian Henderson. I was born in Riverside, California, before my parents moved to Maryland where I was raised and my younger sister was born. My parents returned to California to retire soon after my sister and I graduated from college. My graduate studies took me to Loma Linda University in California where I am studying to become a doctor.

The first time I met Jordan was in high school. We became friends after I saved her from falling down a flight of stairs. We took a Chemistry class together during our sophomore year and discovered the chemistry between us but we didn’t date until our senior year because before senior year, I was in a serious relationship and Jordan well you know, she wasn’t the type to commit to a steady relationship. But after the girl I was going steady with decided to dump me for a college athlete, Jordan and I started talking again (our senior year) but we broke up after graduation because she wanted to be free to date whomever she wanted in college.

Authors always bring conflict to their characters’ lives, and your conflict was hilarious to me. I don’t know how you managed under the weight of what was expected of you. However, most heroic to me was the fact that you were the man of reason in the situation. Without giving away the story, how did it feel to stand in the middle between a mother and daughter and speak wisdom into the daughter’s heart when, in reality, she didn’t want to hear it?

It wasn’t easy. I love Jordan but sometimes her strong will and propensity to get what she wants doesn’t work in her favor. I had to gently convince her that telling the truth about our relationship would help her mom understand the bottom line which is Jordan wants time to discover what she wants out of life and once she does, she’ll find the right guy (which I hope is me) and settle down. Looking back on the situation, I believe I did the best thing. As for my ability to maintain my composure under all of that pressure, I have to say it was only by God’s grace and the power of prayer!

In loving the heroine, you could have asked her to marry you right off, but you didn’t. Still haven’t, as far as I know, unless you want to give us the scoop on that. What helped you to separate your love for Jordan and do what was best for her—to help her and her mother bond and forgive over the issues that caused you great conflict?

You’re right, I could have asked Jordan to marry me from the start but that would not have been fair to her parents. I’m a traditional guy. I believe in asking the father of the woman I love for her hand in marriage and Jordan’s quick plan/charade to quench her mom’s desire for Jordan to marry and have kids didn’t settle well with me. So I decided to wait until the time is right out of respect for Jordan’s parents and out of my concern for Jordan’s happiness. I believed Jordan would be the happiest about our relationship if we were not lying to her parents and if she finally had a sincere, calm conversation with her mom about the matter. You’ll have to read our story to find out whether or not I was right.

Is there scripture or a biblical concept that you leaned upon to help you to navigate the tenuous steps between daughter and mother?

Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.”

I prayed through this situation and I believe God answered my prayers in the best way by giving me the words to speak and helping me know what to do.

Inquiring minds have to know. If you do every plan on marrying Jordan, do you have any idea how you will propose?

I can’t give away all of my plans but I will say that the proposal process will start with me asking Mr. Mayfield for his daughter’s hand in marriage. If he says yes and gives me his blessing then I will arrange the most romantic and spontaneous engagement Jordan has ever seen. I hope she will say “yes!” Given our history and the love we have for each other, I believe we’d be very happy together as husband and wife. 

Thank you for being with us, Brian. I look forward to speaking with your author, Alexis, on Wednesday.

More About Hope in My Heart:

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 & Noble, Books-a-Million, Christianbook.com, Crossbooks.com, and Lifeway.com.

Author photoAbout the Author:

Alexis A. Goring 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.