Monday, January 21, 2019

Reading as a Writer: The Great Adventure! (Part One)

by Jan Drexler

My favorite advice for new writers, wanna-be writers, and experienced writers is: Read, read, read, read, read. And then read some more.

Just a few of my research books...

Great advice, right? Except for those unanswered (until now) questions: Why should I read? and What should I read? 

Let’s start with why a writer should read.

Reason #1: Writers use words. Not just any words, but the right words. We don’t only try to communicate information with our writing, we try to communicate and evoke emotions.

So instead of telling our readers that a character was sad, we want our readers to cry. Instead of telling our readers that a character is afraid, we want them to be looking over their shoulders as they read.

How do we learn how to use the right words? We read. We learn how other writers have used the words we need to convey the images, emotions, and feelings we want to give our readers.



Reason #2: Writers need to draw from a deep well to write deep stories.

Admit it. It’s easy to write a story. A-B-C, the plot is done. The characters have their HEA ending. Ho Hum.

But it’s hard to write a story that means something. A story that can be the catalyst for change in another person’s thinking. A story that preaches the gospel (without being “preachy”).

So we writers need to read stories to expand the depth of our knowledge. We need to read stories with tough ideas to chew on and tough situations to live through. Stories with meat and grit. Stories that grip us from the beginning and don’t let us go.

Reason #3: At the same time, writers need to have a wide range of knowledge.

Things I’ve learned through reading could fill a set of encyclopedias.

Think about some of the things you’ve learned through reading. Maybe you know how to keep your toes warm while milking the cow on a frosty morning because you read Laura Ingalls Wilder. Maybe you know what it’s like to be lost in a cave because you read Mark Twain. Maybe you know the squalor of a mountain cabin in Appalachia because you read Catherine Marshall.

Writers don’t have to experience everything they write about because we have books. They open our minds to an entire universe of other people’s experiences.




Now let’s tackle the second question: What should I read?

This one can be answered with one simple word: Everything!

Okay. I know we can’t read everything (and there are some things we shouldn’t allow access into our minds and lives,) but I think you get the point.

A writer should read inside her genre and outside. He should read classics, popular fiction, fiction from past centuries and our current century. A writer should read widely and deeply.



Here are some suggestions to get you started:

#1: The Bible. I can’t say enough about how a Christian needs to be Bible literate. Even if you aren’t a Christian, you should be familiar with the stories and themes that are found in the Bible. I read through the Bible every year, following a Bible reading plan. It is my first priority every morning. My goal is to know God through the Bible, and to know how the Christian world view forms the human experience.
Why are those two things important? Because they are the core of every person's life - believer or not - and so they are the core of the life of every reader who picks up one of your books.

#2: Your favorite books. There is a reason why a particular book is your favorite, so read it again to discover why you love it so much. Examine the characters, dialogue, and descriptions. Once you’ve identified what it is that makes you love the book, you can work to make that technique your own and incorporate it in your writing in your own way.

#3: Award finalists and winners. These are lists I choose from when I'm looking for my next book to read. I have two reasons for reading these books. One is to keep up with what is popular in popular fiction. Reading tastes vary from year to year. What’s in one year is out the next…and then you see it reappear a few years later. What are publishers going to be looking for next year? No one knows. But it’s probably going to be a new slant on this year’s award winners and best sellers.

The second reason is to read excellent writing. Writers tend to echo what they’re reading, so I figure I ought to be reading the best books if I want to write a good one. Writing also changes over the years (just read a book written a hundred years ago to see what I mean.) By reading the best of this year’s fiction, I’m also keeping up with the writing styles and word usages of today’s publishing world.

Where do I find these lists? Right here!

Here is the list of 2018 Rita Winners in the “Romance with Religious or Spiritual Elements” category:

Then There Was You by Kara Isaac
Grounded Hearts by Jeanne M. Dickson
A New Shade of Summer by Nicole Deese
A Note Yet Unsung by Tamera Alexander
One Simple Wish by Katy Lee

And here are links to the finalists and winners in a few well-known inspirational fiction contests:

The Christy Awards

The Carol Awards

The Selah Awards

The FHL Reader’s Choice Awards


In this post, I covered two of the three questions to get you started on your adventure of reading as a writer. Next month, we’ll delve into the third question: How do I read? Stay tuned!


Wait a minute! I know what you're all thinking!

"Oh yeah, this is all very well for Jan. She has the perfect life with all kinds of time to read. Answer me this, Drexler! When in the world am I going to do all this reading???

(Okay, maybe only Ruthy is thinking this...)

LOL! If you could see me squeezing my reading in, taking a minute here and an hour there, then you'd know our lives aren't all that different! Because we'll never read if we wait until we can find the time (just like we'll never write if we wait until we can find the time!)

Just like writing, we need to make the time to read and grab it with both hands.

So, let's talk about that! When do you take time to read? How do you fit it into your busy life?









Saturday, January 19, 2019

Weekend Edition


  



If you are not familiar with our giveaway rules, take a minute to read them here. It keeps us all happy! All winners should send their name, address, and phone number to claim prizes.  Note our new email address and please send your emails to Seekerville2@gmail.com







Monday: Laurie Wood took us on a Journey to Churchill. The winner of a pdf copy of Northern Deception is Edwina!

Tuesday: Guest Jill Lynn gave us a fun look at what Writers in January be Like. The winner of her brand new release, The Rancher's Unexpected Baby, is Sherrinda Ketchersid!

Wednesday:  Debby Giusti discussed the new  Amish Witness Protection Continuity from Love Inspired Suspense along with Maggie Black and Dana Lynn. The authors  worked together to create three exciting stories that will keep readers on the edge of their seats! Debby provided a behind-the-scenes look at how continuities are created as well as the challenges the authors faced in writing this fast-paced series. The winner of the Amish Witness Protection drawing will receive all three of the stories in this continuity, AMISH HIDEOUT, AMISH SAFE HOUSE, and AMISH HAVEN. The prize goes to Lucy Reynolds! Congrats, Lucy!

Friday: Winnie Griggs gave us writerly ideas from her trip to Disney World!



Monday: Jan Drexler will explore different ways to help us read well in order to write well.

Wednesday: Meez Carrie offers inspiring words as only Carrie can!
  
Friday: Pam Hillman shares her special brand of awesomeness today!










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AND

AMISH SAFE HOUSE
By Debby Giusti
Hiding in Plain Sight
The second thrilling Amish Witness Protection novel

After Julia Bradford’s son witnesses a gang shooting, hiding in witness protection on Abraham King’s Amish farm is the only hope the Englischer and her children have. Even as danger closes in, Julia is drawn to the community’s peaceful ways—and the ex-cop turned Amish protector. But when their location is discovered, can Abraham protect her family…and possibly have a future by her side?
 Pre-order HERE!


Contest Title!  BookSweeps' Christian & Inspirational novels BookBub Giveaway

Contest Dates: January 21 – January 30


STARTING MONDAY AT 9:00 AM EASTERN! A wonderful chance to win books and an e-reader, my friends! I've got two dogs in this fight (what a horrible analogy, Ruthy!!!!) "More Than a Promise" a full-length women's fiction that has garnered crazy high ratings on Amazon....


AND!!!! My beautiful current Love Inspired "A Cowboy in Shepherd's Crossing", on sale nationwide and at Amazon! Same deal.... Two chances to win as I gently encourage people to follow me on Bookbub and make my editors SO HAPPY!!!! I love happy editors!



Contest Linkhttps://booksweeps.com/book-giveaway/christian-inspirational-fiction-bookbub-january-2019/


And don't forget this amazing sale on Amazon.com!!!! Either Wishing Bridge book on sale at $1.99 for KINDLE!!!!                    https://amzn.to/2QviefO 





January and February Special Events at SavvyAuthors. Includes January Speed Dating for Critique Partners and February Sweetheart Pitchfest.

Lessons from Little Women by Amanda Cabot at An Indie Adventure

The Writer's Resource - Self Editing by Katherine Ross at Thyme For Writers

New (and mostly improved) Wordpress Options by Julie Glover at Writers In The Storm

Questions To Consider When Writing A Scene by C.S. Lakin at Jane Friedman

Top 10 Writing Posts of 2018 by K.M. Weiland and Helping Writers Become Authors

Make A Living From Your Writing by Joanna Penn at the Creative Penn








Friday, January 18, 2019

10 Writer Takeaways From My Trip To Disney World

Hello everyone, Winnie Griggs here.

Last week I took a trip to Orlando with one of my daughters. She was running in some of the Disney races and I went along to be her cheerleader. And of course we spent time playing at the parks and visiting Disney Springs. We had a fabulous time - of course I always have fun when I spend time with any of my kids.

But keeping in mind that this blog was coming up, I kept my eyes open for writerly lessons I could take home to share with you.

With that in mind, I present the following:


  1. Disney is Overwhelmingly Positive
    When you’re at Disney World, you’ll see there's always a smile on people's faces, be they characters, vendors, waiters, bus drivers or greeters. And if problems do crop up (we had to wait two hours for our room to be ready) they maintain an upbeat, empathetic attitude and put your comfort at the top of their list.
    Writer Takeaway: Life is going to throw you curves, whether it be health issues, family issues, writers slump, bad reviews or something else. But there’s no upside in deliberately airing these to your readers, especially if you’re just trying to garner sympathy. Your contract with your readers is to entertain and engage them, perhaps even challenge them, and most of all to provide them with a world they can immerse themselves in to forget their own cares for a while.
  2. Managing Expectations
    If you’ve spent any time at Disney World you know that you spend a lot of time standing in lines waiting to get into the rides and attractions. In fact, for one of the more popular rides, my daughter and I spent two hours in line. But there are electronic signs posted outside of each ride letting you know what the expected wait times are so you know up front what you're letting yourself in for and there are no surprises. And every time we stood in line, those numbers were right on the money.
    Writer Takeaway: Always let readers know when they can expect to receive the next release from you and then make sure you meet your deadlines if at all possible.
  3. Keep The Illusion Going
    Speaking of standing in lines, one of the things I noticed was that even in the area set aside for those waiting, Disney was doing their best to keep us entertained. There was special artwork, scenery, flora, audio, etc. to hold your interest, and every bit of it was designed to fit within and support the story world of the ride/attraction.
    Writer Takeaway: There are lots of things I can do to keep my readers engaged between releases, be it newsletters, short stories, bonus content, blog posts or teasers from upcoming releases. But whatever I do, it should fit within my personal brand.
     
  4. Details Matter
    The 4 Disney World Parks are divided into different areas – for instance Animal Kingdom has Pandora, Africa, Dinosaur Land, as well as others. In each of these areas the landscaping, employee clothing, restaurants, shops, etc. – everything down to the tiniest detail - is themed to match the story world you’ve entered. It is to the extent that an elaborate system of tunnels run under the park so characters from one story world never step into a different story world to risk shattering the illusion.
    Writer Takeaway: All of the details and subtext I put into my stories should be chosen with care so that no author intrusion slides in to spoil the reader immersion into the world I am building for him/her.

     
  5. Understand And Respect Your Audience
    Before I left for my trip I read somewhere that all employees of Disney World are taught that when you point, for whatever reason, always do it with two fingers. That’s because folks from all over the world visit the parks and in some cultures pointing with one finger is extremely rude. I kept an eye out while I was there and found it to be true, the workers and cast members do this consistently. This is just one small example of how Disney treats their audience as cherished guests.
    Writer Takeaway: Understand who your readers are and what expectations they have for the books they read and the experience each will bring, and be aware of this in your writing. This doesn’t mean you can’t deliver surprises, just that you remain mindful of how you deliver them.


And of course music from Disney movies is everywhere - parks, resorts, buses. And I found 5 takeaways from those as well.




  1. You’ve Got A Friend In Me (from Toy Story)

    Writer Takeaway: Writing can be a lonely, solitary business. Savvy writers will take the time to make personal connections, to be supportive of other writers and to maintain connections with friends outside of the writing community.
  2. Bare Necessities (from Jungle Book)

    Writer Takeaway: Most of us are working with limited resources when it comes to finances and time. But we all bring a special resource to the table – our creativity and storytelling abilities. That is the true ‘bare necessity’ it takes to succeed in this business. As for the rest, work with what you have and know that, if you stay alert to opportunities, you can go a long way on your God-given talent.

  3. A Whole New World (from Aladdin)

    Writer Takeaway:
    Take the time in your worldbuilding to transport your reader to someplace they’ve never been before or to see the familiar in a whole new light, and make sure there are things to make them feel wonder and surprise over.

  4. Let It Go (from Frozen)

    Writer Takeaway: There are things that will come your way – story ideas, promo opportunities, project participation offers, etc. - that you won’t be able to pursue/take advantage of. Hard as it is to let them go, you have to accept that they were not to be and don’t let regrets weigh you down.
  5. Go The Distance (from Hercules)

    Writer Takeaway: No one promised it would be easy or quick – persistence is key to making it in this business. As is the proper training – the best writers know that they never reach the point that they know it all.




There you have it, my 10 writerly takeaways from my trip to Disney World. What do you think? Have you ever been to Disney World and if so do you have anything to add to the list?






Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Amish Witness Protection Continuity



By Debby Giusti

Love Inspired Suspense is starting 2019 with a bang…and an exciting new continuity that’s sure to please. The three stories feature heroes and heroines in the Witness Security Program who are placed in various Amish communities to keep them off the grid and away from the vile villains who have them in their cross hairs!


When my amazing editor, Emily Rodmell, asked if I wanted to take part in the Amish Witness Protection Continuity, I couldn’t say “YES!” fast enough. Plus, the opportunity meant working with talented authors Maggie K. Black and Dana R. Lynn. Both gals write fast-paced suspense that keeps me on the edge of my seat so I knew this continuity would be a hit with readers.  Maggie’s story, Amish Hideout is a January release. My story, Amish Safe House, follows in February, and Dana’s book, Amish Haven, completes the series in March.

Being part of a continuity comes with its own challenges so I thought you might enjoy learning a bit about the process and how it works.

Emily created the continuity “bible,” as it’s called, which provides a basic outline for each story and information about anything that must be revealed as the series progresses. U.S. Marshal Jonathan Mast is the hero in book one who comes up with the initial idea of hiding the heroes and heroines in various Amish communities. Jonathan also plays a role in the other stories, along with two additional U.S. Marshals, all of whom work together to create new identities for the WITSEC characters.


Here’s what Maggie K. Black said:

Writing Amish Hideout was a challenge because I’d never written an Amish book before. But my heroine, Celeste, had never visited an Amish community before—so it was something she and I had in common! 

Celeste is a computer programmer who risked everything to singlehandedly take down a criminal hacker who has been eluding the F.B.I. When he uses the power of the internet to send killers after her, the hero Jonathan will take her to the one place he knows technology can’t be used to hunt her down or hurt her—the Amish family he left behind when he became a cop.

In writing this book, I relied a lot on the wisdom and kindness of fellow authors. I listened to lectures on how to write about the Amish and also fired off questions to other writers when I was stuck or there was something I didn’t know. I also benefited from my excellent editor.

For me, Amish Hideout is a book about family, forgiveness and feeling lost. Jonathan has to reconcile with his family, overcome the damage his leaving did, and also figure out how to reconcile his faith and Amish roots with his calling to be a cop. Celeste too has to figure out where she belongs and what her future holds. It was deeply inspired by a family who came alongside me while I was going through a rough time and showed me acceptance, love and mercy.   



Debby here:

In Amish Safe House, a down-on-her-luck single-mom tries to hold her family together, but after her teenage son witnesses a gang shooting, Julia Bradford and her two children are forced into Witness Protection in hopes of eluding the street thugs who have them in their cross hairs. Three years earlier, Abraham King left law enforcement after his wife and daughter were killed and returned to his Amish roots. When his old friend, Jonathan Mast, asks Abraham to provide safe refuge for a family in danger, the reclusive former cop turned Amish farmer agrees, never suspecting that Julia and her children will upset not only his peaceful way of life but also the wall he’s built around his heart.

I had fun writing the two children into the story and fell in love with them almost immediately. Keeping the children safe while evil loomed upped the stakes and challenged me to find creative ways to outsmart the bad guys. The Amish lifestyle with its lack of electricity, cell phones, automobiles and weapons provided additional demands not found in most contemporary suspense novels.

Abraham and Julia come from opposite worlds and seem an unlikely match. Both carry guilt for mistakes they each made in the past that must be brought to light. Old wounds need to be healed with the salve of forgiveness and their faith in God reaffirmed before they can find their happily ever after.


Dana shared the following:

I am so happy to be on Seekerville again. I’m especially tickled to be here with Debby Giusti and Maggie K. Black, both of whom are authors I admire so much. This whole process was one more dream realized for me.


I have wanted to be part of a continuity ever since I started to read Love Inspired Suspense years ago. As a reader, I would wait for the next book in each series every month with anticipation. When my editor emailed me and asked me if I wanted to participate in a mini-series with Debby and Maggie, I was overjoyed. And a bit nervous. Writing a story which shares elements from other books that I didn’t write was a challenge.

It was also tremendous fun. I loved talking with the other authors as we brainstormed and tried to line up our stories. Connecting with friends on such a unique project was entertaining and also educational as we researched together.

I loved that while all our stories contained some similar characters, they were all very different stories. Mine is a reunion romance, which is quickly becoming a favorite of mine. I love the themes of forgiveness and second chances. I had such a blast with this project and would do it again in a heartbeat!


We hope you like the series and would love to hear your thoughts on continuities. Do you enjoy the connected stories? What about Amish reads? When you see a bonnet or buggy on the cover do you add the book to your shopping cart or search for another selection? If you read Amish stories, what draws you to the genre? Have you written an Amish story or is that something you might try in the future? We’d love to answer any questions you have about writing continuities and/or writing Amish suspense.

Leave a comment to be entered in a drawing for the entire Amish Witness Protection series. The winner will receive all three books: Amish Hideout, Amish Safe House and Amish Haven!

Happy reading! Happy writing!

Wishing you abundant blessings!
Debby Giusti


 AMISH HIDEOUT
By Maggie K. Black

She must survive to testify…
The first exciting Amish Witness Protection thriller!

With a price on his witness’s head, US Marshal Jonathan Mast can think of only one place to hide Celeste Alexander—in the Amish community he left behind. As a computer expert, leading a life off the grid isn’t easy for Celeste. But will staying in Jonathan’s childhood home save her…and convince them a future together is worth fighting for?

Order HERE!





AMISH SAFE HOUSE
By Debby Giusti

Hiding in Plain Sight
The second thrilling Amish Witness Protection novel

After Julia Bradford’s son witnesses a gang shooting, hiding in witness protection on Abraham King’s Amish farm is the only hope the Englischer and her children have. Even as danger closes in, Julia is drawn to the community’s peaceful ways—and the ex-cop turned Amish protector. But when their location is discovered, can Abraham protect her family…and possibly have a future by her side?

Pre-order HERE!




AMISH HAVEN
By Dana R. Lynn

A Refuge for His Family
An Amish Witness Protection story


When criminal lawyer Tyler Everson witnesses his boss’s murder, he becomes the killer’s next target—along with his estranged wife, Annabelle, and their daughter. Now they must enter witness protection in Amish country. But reuniting with his family isn’t easy when Annabelle doesn’t trust him. Will going into hiding keep them safe…and bring the family back together for good?

Pre-order HERE!


Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Writers in January be Like...


by Jill Lynn

In December, writers are trying to finish all the writing things and all of the Christmas things at the same time.

Writers be like…


And this…


And sometimes this…


But, things don’t always go as planned at the end of the year. All of the Christmas and New Year’s stuff takes up all of our brain space. So writing often looks a little more like this…


Or even this…

The good news is, it’s January now. January feels full of promise and butterflies and sunshine.


Okay, that's actually summer. But you know what I mean. Because suddenly, we have a fresh start. A whole new year. We start making lists of all of the things we’re going to accomplish.

We dream big, letting new ideas flow.


The words we couldn’t find at the end of the year suddenly arrive back in our heads and we start working like…


Until we get to a tough part of the book and remember that writing is always hard work.


But the good news is, we still have a lovely new year ahead of us, filled with possibilities.

So hang in there, writing friends, when the days are long and the word count is short. You can do this!

Today I’m feeling like this…


Because I’m celebrating the release of my new book, The Rancher’s Unexpected Baby! (This is the GIF that comes up when I type in my book title…haha!)




https://www.amazon.com/Ranchers-Unexpected-Baby-Colorado-Grooms-ebook/dp/B07F8RKK6T/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1546810254&sr=8-1&keywords=the+rancher%27s+unexpected+baby
I'm giving away a copy of The Rancher’s Unexpected Baby to one randomly chosen person who comments below. (Paperback for US and ebook for international.) 

After his marriage ended, Gage Frasier vowed he’d never remarry or have children—but now he’s guardian of an orphaned baby boy. Thankfully, his friend’s sweet sister, Emma Wilder, offers to nanny while Gage seeks a more suitable family for the child. But soon Gage finds himself bonding with his new son…and with Emma. Parenthood surprised Gage, but will love sneak up on him, too?
Order your copy here!

Thanks for stopping by to celebrate with me!



Jill Lynn is an author of inspirational romance for Love Inspired, and a recipient of the ACFW Genesis award. She has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Bethel University and lives near the beautiful Rocky Mountains with her husband and two children. Details for her latest (6 book) giveaway can be found at Jill-Lynn.com/news.
Social media links:

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www.instagram.com/jilllynnauthor


Monday, January 14, 2019

Journey to Churchill

By guest Laurie Wood



           People have asked me if Northern Deception is the “book of my heart” and it is in the sense that since I began writing for the CBA market, I’ve felt a calling to write books set in Canada. This was the hardest book I’ve ever written up till now. It’s also the first book I’ve written for the CBA market, and I’m sure that's why it was so hard to write.


            The idea for Northern Deception came in stages. I didn’t want to make my first hero the “standard” Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer–or “Mountie”–even if the red-serge uniform is a Canadian icon. I kept joking to my husband that when people think of Canadian men, they think of RCMP officers on horseback or lumberjacks in red flannel shirts!


             One weekend we took our kids to the local Zoo and their favorite part is the extensive polar bear exhibit. We have six rescued polar bears from Churchill, Manitoba which is 1000 kilometers north of Winnipeg. These bears were orphaned, or they came into a human/bear interaction and then didn’t stay away from town after being flown further up north by helicopter, so our Zoo brought them down. And as we were enjoying watching the bears, it hit me: what’s another famous Canadian icon? Our frozen Arctic with our polar bears! And my hero who owns a wilderness guiding tour company in Churchill, Manitoba stepped into my mind, full blown and ready to tell his story. 


            So, I had a hero who owned a wilderness touring company and a heroine who was a polar bear scientist - now the problem was what to do with them? Churchill is home to an international science center where scientists come from around the world, along with university and high school students, to study the arctic ecosystem, and do various research projects. It took a while for me to figure out what to do with this rich location because science is NOT my strong suit! Eventually with research I developed a suspense story based on what could go wrong with a pristine environment that’s already under stress from climate change.
             Churchill, Manitoba is just on the edge of the parallel where the sub-arctic turns into the arctic in Canada so I’m hoping people will enjoy learning about Canada. It sits on the same parallel as Juneau, Alaska and Inverness, Scotland, and yet we still have another 2,794 kilometres of partially inhabited Arctic north of it that reaches to the North Pole.


            For my love story, I did a reunion storyline because it’s one of my favorite romance tropes.I think people with some baggage deserve a second chance at working things out! I also wanted to cover a serious issue in a Christian book in a way that a non-Christian might pick it up and read it and say, “I didn’t think Christians thought that way”, or “I didn’t realize things like that happened to Christians”. And I was fortunate that Anaiah Press agreed with my take on the issue and let me run with it. 
            And the hero also has an adorable three-year-old toddler who has special needs. She’s based on my own daughter at that age. So, if you know of anyone who’s got family or friends with someone with special needs, you’ll love little Sophie. It was a joy to include a character with a disability.
            Weaving all the romance, suspense, back story, and faith threads together was challenging because my other novels were secular. They flowed out of me with ease, and yet none of them sold. I felt as though every word had to be ground out of granite with this book. And yet, I’m humbled by the positive response it’s gotten. The hard work and heartaches have paid off and I hope people will enjoy the suspense and love story and the takeaway of forgiveness for yourself and others. And I hope readers will gain an appreciation for my home country of Canada!
*****
Laurie will be giving away a PDF copy of her book today! In the comments, please let us know you'd like to be entered. Now let's celebrate Laurie's debut!


Reunions can be deadly.

After a savage attack in university, Kira Summers fled to the safety of northern Canada and her work as a polar bear scientist. But when her whistleblower brother dies in a mysterious car crash, she must return home to bury him and pack his belongings. Unaware she’s carrying explosive evidence someone’s willing to kill for, she has no choice but to rely on the one person she never thought she’d see again.

Lukas Tanner, a widowed single father of a special needs toddler, moved to Churchill five years ago. As the proud owner of Guiding Star Enterprises, a wilderness tour company, he and his daughter lead a simple life. But when Kira comes crashing back into his world, he realizes God has other plans. Now, Lukas and Kira must confront a merciless killer as their past and present collide in a deadly race—a race they must win if they have any hope of a future together.

About the Author:

Laurie Wood is a military wife who’s lived across Canada and visited six of its ten provinces. She and her husband have raised two wonderful children with Down Syndrome to adulthood, and their son and daughter are a wonderful blessing to their lives. Over the years, Laurie’s books have finaled in prestigious contests such as the Daphne du Maurier (twice), the TARA, the Jasmine, and the Genesis. Her family lives in central Canada with a menagerie of rescue dogs and cats. If the house were bigger, no doubt they’d have more.