A Dozen Apologies Author Spotlight: Paulette Harris

2014 February 9

paul0029artPaulette Harris is a freelance author/speaker in Colorado. She and her husband have a heart to help the body of Christ understand and accept disabled people. Her husband is retired Air Force and they have been married for forty-five years. She taught elementary children and youth groups. She also worked in social services and insurance before retiring. She enjoys her two children and five grandchildren. Her hobbies include reading and reviewing books, writing, golfing, gardening, and animals. Three cats allow her husband and her to live with them. She is published in non-fiction and fiction. Paulette is beginning her seventh novel. Her favorite genre is inspirational with supernatural elements. For more information about Paulette please visit her website at www.pauletteharris.com or go to ACE Writers. Her blog site is comeandsitawhile.blogspot.com.

Paulette’s chapter in A Dozen Apologies was Mara’s February reunion with David Hansen:

When editor, Tracy Ruckman, explained who Mara was, I fell in love with her character; I immediately wanted to jump on board and be part of such a creative project. I was beside myself when I was chosen to be involved. I immediately requested the month of February because that’s my anniversary. My hero and I were married on February 14, 1969. It seemed a perfect gift for him. ,

My hero came to mind instantly. I pictured Mara with a model-type body. She needed to have a tall man in her life. You know, the typical tall, dark, and handsome man? What better inspiration for me than in my own precious husband. He’s a great example. I believed the military man was the best type of gentlemen for her because I related to that via my husband, always a perfect, clean-cut, kinda guy.

I had just gone through a rough break up. I vowed to never, ever, ever, never date again! Remember that cute Taylor Swift song? I was seriously considering becoming a nun when my personal hero showed up for me! Why not one of these heroes for Mara? A Military Hero YES! He had to be in ROTC because of her college life.

I believe David’s character and occupation came together naturally at the same time. ROTC is a military college program like most military occupations in training, ROTC give the participant a good taste of whether or not they want to pursue the military has a career.

The saying goes; people of opposite personalities often attract one another. That was the case between Mara and David. She proved to be creative, outgoing, and fun-loving. David was a quiet, serious thinker and he needed to have more “fun” in his life. That was why he was so attracted to her and why she felt she could use him in the way she did. Predictably calm, easy-going, and forgiving even if he was the butt of her jokes. He wanted to make her happy. He came from a quiet, loving family, and as a believer; he embraced the good and bad about people. His faith and trust in his creator ran deep. He became infatuated with Mara and her playfulness, even if it seemed cruel. He overlooked a lot because of some of the good times between them. David fell hard for her and believed that at one point she felt the same toward him.

His desire to be a good soldier drew him further into the military life and current war. An intelligent man, David dealt with secret situations that demanded his time. David grew quieter.

No one was more surprised than David when several years later Mara sent a letter requesting a meeting with him. Guarded, he agreed to meet her where he was stationed, Keesler AFB, Biloxi, Mississippi where my hero and I were married! What David ran into blew him out of the water and he felt like he couldn’t allow himself to get re- acquainted again, but he desperately wanted to. Mara had done a 180° turn, became a believer of Jesus Christ, wanted forgiveness, offered to pray for him, and write letters. How would he not fall for her again? He agreed and in secret prayed that they could get a new level of communication. Perhaps he could read of her feelings for him in between the lines.

As a child, David always knew what he wanted, making goals and plans to achieve positive results. He wanted to propose to Mara. The second time chance came and he held back desiring to pay more attention to the Lord and his direction for his life. He had orders to go into war and dangerous circumstances. He didn’t want to hurt Mara or make future plans too fast. No, this time, he planned to pray harder and wait for that perfect timing for a spouse. Whomever, God wanted. The young military officer surrendered another closed corner of his life to God. Difficult however… “Not my will, but Thy will.” David knew he must keep his wits about him as he left Mara at the coffee shop with a broken heart. He wanted her happy and free. Although if he’d been allowed, he’d dropped to one knee that very night to propose to Mara.

I love our military. I have many military heroes in my life, active and retired. Some are Wounded Warriors, widows, widowers, mothers, daughters, and sons. We all know at least one military hero. My hero and support the Wounded Warrior program and are so grateful to all the heroes in our lives.

To learn more about the Wounded Warrior project or to learn how you can donate to this worthwhile cause, click here.

About A Dozen Apologies:

Mara Adkins, a promising fashion designer, has fallen off the ladder of success, and she can’t seem to get up.

A DOZEN APOLOGIES FINAL FRONT COVER (282x425)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 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 that 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.


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