Monday, July 21, 2014

The Liebster Award and The Sunflower Blogger Award


CBRB has been nominated by Sharon (at Sharon Lee Hughson's World). Thank you for choosing CBRB, Sharon! I am honored!

The following portion are the guidelines for accepting the award, as presented in my nominator’s blog:
The Liebster Award is very unique in the fact it brings recognition to the smaller blogs of the ‘verse.  With that in mind, all of the nominated blogs will have less than 200 followers.
The rules:
1. Thank the Liebster Blog presenter who nominated you and link back to their blog.
2. Post 11 facts about yourself, answer the 11 questions you were asked and create 11 questions for your nominees.
3. Nominate 11 blogs who you feel deserve to be noticed and leave a comment on their blog letting them know they have been chosen.
4. Display the Liebster Award logo.
5.  No tag back thingys.

CBRB has also been nominated by Shannah (at Book Reviews by Shannah). Thank you, Shannah! I appreciate that you thought of CBRB!

The rules:

  1. Share 11 facts about yourself
  2. Answer the 11 questions the previous blogger asked
  3. Tag 11 bloggers and ask them 11 new questions

Here's my attempt to kill two birds with one stone. I'll list 11 facts about myself (such a cheat, I know, but I could barely come up with 11 facts about myself––imagine 22!). I'll answer the individual 11 questions (no cheating here) and create 11 new questions (clears throat;-)). And I'll nominate a total of at least 11 blogs. Okay, here it goes . . .

11 Facts About Myself:

1. I am a Christian--praise Jesus!
2. I am Hispanic

3. I understand spanish, but can use some practice speaking it
4. I have easy-to-manage-yet-really-curly hair
5. My favorite Bible verse is Matthew 6:33 "
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."
6. I play drums at my Church
7. I'm in the beginning stages of writing a novel (shhh . . . ;)
8. I really enjoy reading Christian fiction and blogging about it and the authors who write it (obviously!)
9. I was in public school until 6th grade and home-schooled from 7th grade and beyond (so if any home-school Moms need some great curriculum recommendations, let me know. I'll be happy to recommend my favorites!)
10. I can manufacture a great dinner of stuffed shells:-)
11. My dream career is to be a Christian fiction publicist (surprise, surprise;-))

My Answers to Sharon's Questions:

1. If you were a book, what genre would you be?
Hmm . . . Comedy. "A joyful heart is good medicine . . . ." ( Proverbs 17:22) I love laughter--so much so that my family already has a term for my moments of silly, continuous laughter (usually when I'm overly tired): The laughing bug:-)

2. If you were a book, who is your author?

Jesus Christ. "Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them." (Psalm 139:16)

3. Where in the world would you travel if time and money were unlimited?

Wow. First on my list is Israel. From there the list goes on, beginning with sites of historical importance--battlegrounds, Rome, France . . . .

4. Your favorite food in the world is...

Pasta with Alfredo sauce--or is it ice cream?

5. What is your favorite flavor of ice cream (please don’t say vanilla!)?

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough . . . you know you want some;-)

6. What’s your favorite season and why?

Spring. The climate's perfect--not too hot or cold (although spring didn't seem to get the memo this year). Plus, my birthday is in spring:-)

7. Name the teacher that most deeply affected your life.

Besides my parents . . . my Pastor. His dedication to teaching the Word of God--only the Word of God--has profoundly impacted my life. I thank God for my Pastor!

8. The most important quality in a friend is...

Loyalty

9. Describe your comfy clothes.

Besides my pajamas? A flowy jean skirt with my loose fitting "Princess, Daughter of the King" t-shirt designed by my father.

10. Do you prefer it warm or cool in the room when you sleep?

Cool--except I loathe the result: sniffles (a runny nose)

11. What would the title of your autobiography be?

Written In the Stars. God told Abraham in Genesis 22:17-18, "I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.”

Because Jesus is the descendant of Abraham who completed the prophecy "through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed"--which includes me--my story begins with God's promise to Abraham that his descendants will be "as numerous as the stars in the sky." Therefore, it's a story Written In the Stars.

My Answers to Shannah's Questions:

15. Where is your favorite place to read?

My Grandfather's patio/balcony in Puerto Rico. Pure Bliss.

16. What are you looking forward to doing this summer?

Hmm . . . Church trips. I love the joy of fellowship with Believers!

17. Do you prefer e-books or paperback/hardback books?

You know, a couple months ago I would have said paperbacks, hands down. Now, as I've been reading more on my kindle, I've come to appreciate the minimalism of e-books. I have enough paperbacks glaring at me from my desk, night stand, and bookshelves. Of course, if it's an author I really enjoy . . . nothing beats a paperback.

18. If you could meet one historical person, who would it be?

Besides Jesus, David, the Apostles, and the Prophets? Probably a World War II hero. Or one of the Founding Fathers.

19. You are on a desert island. You can have wish for three things. What would they be?

My family (that counts as one thing, right?). A Laptop--with Internet (I'm stretching, I know). And the Tree of Life (wish you would've thought of that one, huh?;)

20. Who is your favorite fictional character of all time?

It's a tie between Camilla Fox from the Stister-Wife series by Allison Pittman and Elisa Lindheim from The Zion Covenant series by Bodie and Brock Thoene. Or Trudy from the Shiloh Legacy series by Bodie and Brock Thoene. Or--oh, I don't know!

21. What is the greatest lesson you have learned from reading a fiction book?

Things are never as they appear--whether it be a guy, a situation, the government . . . . No wonder I have such an active imagination;)

22. Do you love your job?

I'm a full-time student, but I enjoy reviewing books, interviewing authors, and hosting giveaways here on CBRB and look forward to my future career as a Christian publicist.

23. What is your favorite quote?

"Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!" ~ Patrick Henry

24. Do you like to buy new books or are you ok with used?

I like to buy used books that look like new:)

25. What have you learned about yourself lately?

I can easily become complacent when I should be constantly striving for more--more of God and His Word.

For the Liebster Award I'm Nominating:

Jennifer ~ WordSmith
Shannah ~ Book Reviews By Shannah
Faith ~ Found A Christian by His Grace
Kav ~ Best Reads
Rachelle ~ Inspiring Daring

For the Sunflower Blogger Award I'm Nominating:

Rachel ~ Rachel Coker
Melanie ~ Christian Bookshelf Reviews
Rel ~ Relz Reviewz

My Questions:


1. What is your least favorite genre?
2. What is your all time favorite book?
3. What would be your ideal Christian fiction novel?
4. What is your favorite Christian artist/band or song?
5. Do you have a hobby (besides reading;)? If so, what is it?
6. What is the funniest/quirkiest thing you’ve ever done?
7. What Bible scripture has impacted your life the most?
8. What is your dream job?
9. How and when did you come to know the Lord Jesus in a deep and intimate way?
10. What three adjectives would you use to describe yourself?
11. What five things do you love/like the most?

Monday, July 7, 2014

Author Interview and Giveaway: Captured By Love by Jody Hedlund

Welcome to Christian Book Review Blog, Jody! Thank you for being here! When did you first discover that you loved writing? 

Like many writers, I’ve been writing since my childhood days. I always loved telling stories. When I was in junior high, I entered my first writing contest for a Biblical fiction story. And when I won, I realized God had indeed gifted me. I think that was when I became more serious about wanting to be a writer when I grew up.

Why do you write the type of books that you do?

I love reading historicals, so naturally that’s what I’m drawn to write. I’m fascinated with all of the things that happen in other times and places that seem so foreign to us now. I really appreciate when historical facts are woven into books seamlessly so that I’m learning but don’t really realize I am. And I hope that I can do that in my books too.

What was your greatest obstacle in writing and how did you overcome it?

My biggest challenge at this stage in my life is dividing my time between writing and being a mom. Since I'm a work-from-home mom, there are many special issues that arise around setting boundaries, time management, as well as teaching my children to respect my work time.

Has writing changed your life in any way?

We have five children and homeschool our crew. Between homeschooling and writing I feel like I have two very full time jobs. It’s definitely not easy. But like any other writer trying to balance dual careers or multiple responsibilities, I’ve had to look for ways to make it work. I’ve scaled-back on outside commitments and simplified home life as much as possible. I also stick to a very strict writing schedule when I’m in first draft mode. I block out writing time and don’t let myself go to bed at night unless I get in my daily word count.

What Bible scripture has impacted your life the most?

One of the many verses I treasure is "I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength." Phil. 4:13 That verse has held me in good stead through many trials.

Is there a book you’ve read that has been truly spectacular?

I've read a lot of spectacular books over the past year. I can't name one particular book or author because I've read so many that I've enjoyed and learned from. If I had to pick just one book, though, I'd go back to one of my childhood favorites,  Anne of Green Gables.  It played a role in developing my creativity as a writer. (Followed closely by A Little Princess and Little Women because they also featured strong, creative girls.)

What’s the funniest/quirkiest thing you’ve ever done?

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During my sleep deprived days when all of my five children were under the age of ten, I went shopping for clothes at Kohl's. As I was walking through the store pushing the double stroller and corralling my other kids, I happened to look down at my feet. I realized I was wearing two different shoes! 

Please tell us about the featured book.

Captured by Love is set on Mackinac Island, Michigan during the War of 1812. The book portrays all the hardships that came during the British rule of the island–starvation-like conditions, blockades, threats by the British captors, and an impending battle against the Americans who wanted to retake the island. As the story unfolds, I weave in real details of the war using the names of many generals and the actual circumstances leading up to the battle that took place on the island.

Can you please give us the first page?

Michilimackinac Island, Michigan Territory May 1814
The dawn mist swirled around Angelique MacKenzie and shrouded the forest trail. She didn't need the light of day to guide her. She knew every path of her beloved island and could run them blindfolded if need be.

Even so, something in the damp foggy air sent a shiver up the back of her neck and forced her bare feet to move faster. The cold mud oozed between her toes, squishing and squelching with each step. She glanced at the dark tangle of bramble surround her as if a loup-garou would leap out at her and bare his sharp wolf's teeth. 

She knew nothing of the sort could happen. Werewolves belonged only in tales, like the one she'd overheard the raconteur tell the night before. But she couldn't keep from seeing the hairy hunched back, long tail, and pointed ears in every flitting shadow.

Where can readers learn more information about you?

I hang out on Facebook here: Author Jody Hedlund
I also love to chat on Twitter: @JodyHedlund
My home base is at my website: jodyhedlund.com
Or you're welcome to email me at: jodyhedlund@jodyhedlund.com


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Monday, June 30, 2014

Author Interview and Giveaway: Somebody Like You by Beth K. Vogt

Welcome to Christian Book Review Blog, Beth! Thank you for being here! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Should I tell you how I said I’d never write fiction – and then God turned a season of burnout into a bend in the writing road, leading me to the “Dark Side” and writing contemporary romance? Or maybe a bit of my own romance, and how I met my husband in a karate studio when he knocked me down – but I prefer to say he swept me off my feet? I also believe God’s best often waits behind the doors marked ‘Never’ because so many of my dreams come true have happened when God pushed me through the doors I labeled “NEVER.”

When did you first discover that you loved writing? 

I was the kid in school who enjoyed writing assignments – you know, the one who also was always reading a book or two. And then when I was middle school, when I ran out of books to read I started writing my own stories – and asking my English teacher to read them and give me feedback.

Why do you write the type of books that you do? 

I write romance novels because those are the kinds of books I like to read. But I also believe there is more to happily ever after than the fairy tales tell us, so I like to delve into the messiness of relationships in my novels.

What was your greatest obstacle in writing and how did you overcome it? 

D. L. Moody said, “I have had more trouble with myself than with any other man.” I would have to concur with him and say that I’ve tripped myself up more along the writing road than anyone or anything else. I’ve doubted myself too much and focused on what others were accomplishing and, yes, let jealousy flare up instead of being content with my journey, my blessings. I’m thankful for my mentors, who have all modeled the importance of focusing on who God says I am –not reviews, not the bad days when the writing isn’t flowing, and not even the praise that I might get. I try to remember Psalm 115:1 NIV: Not to us, LORD, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness.

Has writing changed your life in any way? 

I have a deeper understanding of the phrase “living the dream.” There’s a huge component of reality to “living the dream,” meaning there’s a lot of work involved to keeping your dream alive. This huge “yes” in my life has meant saying “no” to other things, and I’m learning to be okay with that. One fun aspect of my life is discovering my husband is a great brainstorming partner! 

What Bible scripture has impacted your life the most? 

I have a number of “anchor verses,” truths that help me remain steadfast in times of struggle. One of my most favorite is Colossians 1:13 – For he rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son … I love the promise and the hope of this verse, the reminder that I’ve been rescued, that I no longer live in darkness, but instead I dwell in God’s kingdom. This verse also has the echoes of romance in it.

Is there a book you’ve read that has been truly spectacular? 

Oh, choosing one book is always so, so hard for me. There are so many talented authors that I admire. I did read Elisa Morgan’s The Beauty of Broken between last Christmas and New Year’s and found it so freeing – woven through with truth and hope. I love honest writing, and Elisa Morgan wrote with stunning vulnerability.

What’s the funniest/quirkiest thing you’ve ever done? 

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I guess that depends on who you talked to. My husband’s a family physician and I was once asked to come and be the “model” for labor and delivery photos. I was pregnant with our third child at the time and the photographer wanted me to act like I was in the early stages of labor. So I walked into labor and delivery, acting like I was in pain, and then I was in a hospital bed, supposedly having a contraction . . . The photographer was supposed to come back and take some real “action” photos when I went into labor – nothing too invasive – but when we called him in the middle of the night to say it was “show time,” he declined. 

Please tell us about the featured book.

Somebody Like You asks the question Can a young widow find love again with her husband’s reflection?  Haley Ames is newly widowed and discovers that her husband had an identical twin brother that she knew nothing about. The book examines themes of grief and estrangement and family and wrestles with the question Is it ever wrong to love someone?

Can you please give us the first page?

This conversation wasn’t going to be easy.
Haley pulled off the faded fatigue-patterned ball cap, twisting it in her hands as she approached the front counter of the gun club. Thick arms crossed over his barrel chest, her boss chatted with Frank, a club regular.
“Wes, I need to talk to you—”
The man wrapped up his conversation with a gravelly laugh before clapping the guy on his back and focusing on her. “There a problem, Hal?”
A glass display case separated them, filled with two shelves of handguns—ranging from .32 caliber to 9mm—that members could rent for use on the range or purchase. “I need to talk to you about taking maternity leave.”
“Now?” Wes stopped prepping to count up the day’s take. “I thought the baby wasn’t due for a few more months.”
“Not until April.” She scuffed the faded patch of carpet with the toe of her brown cowboy boot. “But I need to get off the range.”
 “What’s bothering you?” Wes dumped his unlit cigar in a spotless ceramic ashtray.
Haley twisted one of the strands of hair that had slipped free from her ponytail. “One of the women in the gun safety class asked if it was safe for a pregnant woman to be on the range.”
“Is that all?” He dismissed her concern with a wave of his beefy hand. “Of course it’s safe. We have the best ventilation system in town.”
“But what about the noise? I hadn’t even thought about that.” Repositioning the hat on her head, she rubbed the palms of her hands along the front of her sweatpants. “I wear stuff to protect my eyes and ears—but it’s not like I can soundproof my belly. I haven’t read a lot of the information online, but I do know unborn babies hear sounds.”
“So what are you telling me? You want to quit because your baby might be bothered by the noise?”
“I didn’t say quit. But maybe . . . a leave of absence? Just to be safe?”
“You know I’m short-staffed as it is, Hal. Who am I going to get to teach your classes?”
“How about I make a few phone calls? Maybe someone at the Olympic Training Center might know of a competitive shooter looking for part-time work. And maybe I can do some shifts behind the counter. Let’s both sleep on it and talk tomorrow or the next day, okay?”
A few moments later, Haley stuffed her gear bag into the backseat of her Subaru Forester, standing to stretch the ever present ache in her lower back. One more decision to make—and no one to talk it over with. She couldn’t even ask someone to help her remember to make the phone calls—except for the virtual assistant on her iPhone.
Why couldn’t that woman in her class mind her own business? Most people didn’t even notice she was pregnant, especially when she wore one of Sam’s baggy chamois shirts.

Where can readers learn more information about you?

My website features my blog, In Others’ Words, which highlights a different quote on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. I love quotes and I enjoy starting a conversation and having my followers join in and share their insights. I’m also on Twitter and Pinterest and have an Author Facebook page.

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Author Interview and Giveaway: Forgotten Past by Mary Alford

Welcome to Christian Book Review Blog, Mary! Thank you for being here! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? 

I’d be happy to, but first of all thank you for letting me stop by today. Okay, about me. I am a wife, mom, and grandmother. I live in Central Texas with my husband and two dogs, Callie and Tyson. We have three granddaughters that we are blessed to live close enough to see each week. When I’m not writing and spending time with my babies, I love to read. Since I write Christian Romantic Suspense, I tend to gravitate to those books, but I absolutely love reading any Christian based romance. They are so uplifting. In addition to reading, I’ve recently taken up playing the piano again as well as gardening. My seven year old granddaughter loves to plant things, so we’ve had so much fun planting and growing our garden this year, although to date, we have absolutely no crops to show for our efforts. We love the time we get to spend together.       

When did you first discover that you loved writing? 

I first started creating stories in my head when I was a kid. I think it was because I was the baby of the family and quite a bit younger than my siblings were. Making up stories came natural to me. I read every Nancy Drew and Hardy Boy mystery our library possessed. As a pre-teen, I discovered Victoria Holt and Phyllis Whitney and I was hooked on the romantic suspense genre.    

Why do you write the type of books that you do? 

I think most writers tend to write what they love to read. Since I loved reading romantic suspense novels that was the genre, I focused on. As a Christian, I knew I wanted my hero and heroine to possess the Christian values I grew up with to guide them through their struggles. 

What was your greatest obstacle in writing and how did you overcome it? 

I’d say my greatest obstacle was self-doubt. I constantly wonder if what I write is good enough. Selling to Love Inspired Suspense has been a tremendous help.    

Has writing changed your life in any way? 

Definitely. In the summer of 2012, Love Inspired Suspense editor Emily Rodmell hosted a Speed dating contest. I was lucky enough to secure a time with Emily. She asked for the partial, I sent it as well all the while telling myself, ‘don’t get your hopes up’. Once Emily requested the full manuscript then the wait began. In December of 2012 Emily called to tell me that she wanted to buy FORGOTTEN PAST. I was on cloud nine. I still don’t think it’s fully sunk in yet.         

What Bible scripture has impacted your life the most? 
John 14: 1-4. Jesus tells us that we can trust Him and that He is going to prepare a Heavenly home for us. I love Jesus’ promise that one day we will be with Him. What amazing love. 

Is there a book you’ve read that has been truly spectacular?

I have several authors that I love to read. I just finished Shirlee McCoy’s Safe by the Marshal's Side. I love Shirlee’s work. I’m a huge Lynette Eason fan so I read anything she puts out along with Donna Alward and Susan Sleeman. These ladies may not realize it, but they have all been such an inspiration for me as a writer. I also read Kristen Heitzmann and Dee Henderson’s books. I find when I love an author’s work I read everything they write.

What’s the funniest/quirkiest thing you’ve ever done?  

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I’d have to say it was the Speed Dating Contest I did to get published. My husband and I were in Colorado at the time of the contest and our internet service was non-existent at our cabin, so I did the entire pitch in the parking lot of the Ace Hardware in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. I seriously doubt if Emily understood anything I typed because my fingers were trembling so much. Still, she must have liked something because she asked for a synopsis and I sent it.   

Please tell us about the featured book.

Forgotten Past is about a woman, Faith McKenzie, who was brutally attacked five years earlier. Her best friend and her friend’s father were both murdered. The attack was so vicious, that Faith’s brain simply shut out the memory of the attack and her past life completely. Faith is running from someone she can’t remember. Each time she moves, her attacker somehow manages to find her. He lets her know he’s found her with a simple call. He never speaks, just terrifying silence from an unknown caller ID. When Faith moves to Hope Island. Maine, she changes her name and her identity thinking maybe this time she’ll be safe. She is wrong. Soon the calls begin again. When she meets her neighbor, JT Wyatt, Faith discovers he’s an ex-cop who now owns a security firm. JT can see how terrified Faith truly is and finally convinces her to trust him. But the stakes have never been higher with a hurricane bearing down on them and a attacker who is not afraid to commit murder to silence Faith forever.      

Can you please give us the first page?
ONE
She’d made a dreadful mistake. The minute the headlights of the SUV swept over the house, Faith realized it deep down in her heart.
Truth be told, she had made a whole string of mistakes, including the one she prayed wouldn’t prove to be the most costly. When she’d left the house earlier, she had forgotten to leave any lights on. Now, night had fallen, and nothing but a dark silhouette loomed before her. Just the thought of what might be waiting for her outside the safety of the SUV sent her heartbeat ballistic.
Please, Lord…protect me.
Faith clutched the steering wheel tight in an attempt to steady her trembling hands as she peered out the windshield. Nothing really seemed out of place, but then again, it was pitch-black out. There were no streetlights this far from town, and dense clouds obscured the moon and stars. While the SUV’s headlights illuminated most of the side of the house and a portion of the front, it didn’t quite reach the door.
Foolish, foolish, foolish. She couldn’t believe she’d acted so foolishly.
At the time, she hadn’t thought about anything but getting away for a little while. The walls had been closing in on her, and she knew if she didn’t find a way to clear her head, she would end up throwing everything she owned into the back of her SUV and running for her life once again.
Driving along the breathtaking stretch of Maine coastline while the setting sun painted the waters a kaleidoscope of colors helped put things into prospective. There was something about the never-ending cycle of the tide as it rolled against the rocky shoreline and then out to sea again that gave her a sense of peace. It reminded her that it didn’t matter what she went through in her life, or how scary or insurmountable her fears seemed, God was in control.
Most days, she could control the doubts. Today hadn’t been one of them. All because of the call. The reason she’d moved to Hope Island, a small town of a little more than ten thousand in population located at the southernmost tip of the Maine coastline. She had been running from him. This move was supposed to be different. Faith had banked all of her future happiness on it working this time. The call had proved her wrong. She lost track of the number of times she’d uprooted her life just to get away from him. It had become second nature whenever she felt threatened. Like she had today when the call came in and the tiniest bit of hope she still clung to evaporated.
She’d changed her name, her looks, shut herself off from the world as much as humanly possible, and yet each time he found her again.
She glanced up at the house and shivered at the possible dangers lying in wait inside.
Funny how something could appear so different when you were seeing it through the eyes of fear. Just a little more than a month earlier, she’d fallen in love with the old, two-story Cape Cod and rented it on the spot. Now, she could imagine him hiding in the enormous country kitchen, or lurking in the shadowy hallway.
Faith cracked the window and listened. Above the surging ocean waves beyond the house, nothing sounded unusual.
Yet something wasn’t right. By now, Ollie would have recognized the sound of her vehicle and started barking like crazy.
She blew out a sigh. She couldn’t stay out here all night. Maybe the call had truly been a wrong number this time.
Faith killed the engine, got out, and hurried up the steps. She barely had time to put the key into the door when she heard it. Footsteps coming quickly up the stairs behind her. A shaft of light from a flashlight bounced off the porch and up the side of the house. Her hand holding the keys jarred and they flew from her fingers.
“No,” the word slipped from her tremulous lips.
She turned toward the light and immediately the beam trained on her face, temporarily blinding her.
Faith had rehearsed this moment dozens of times in her head and yet the reality of it didn’t feel anything like what she’d practiced.
Without the keys, the SUV would be useless, which left only one option. She’d need to make it to the back of the house. There were a handful of houses scattered along the stretch of the beach behind her place. If she could reach one of them, hopefully someone would help her.
Faith raced toward the steps located off the side of the porch and away from the figure with the light.
There were three—no four—steps leading down to the grassy yard. The fence separating her small backyard from the beach would be some fifteen feet behind the house. She’d carefully counted off each step her first day here.

Where can readers learn more information about you?

You can find me at my website: www.MaryAlford.net, or on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads.  
I love hearing from readers. You can always reach me with your comments at maryjalford@netzero.com


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