Fall is here, there's a chill in the air and the hot cocoa is calling. And what goes well with a cup of cocoa? A good book.
Safe Harbor is book one of Kristen Terrette's new series.
It promises to be just the cure for that chilly day.
Kristen has a Master's degree in Theological Studies and was on staff as a Children's Ministry Director for over five years. She cherishes her Southern roots and currently lives forty-five minutes outside of Atlanta, GA. With the support of her husband and two children, she stays at home writing Christian fiction, making up fantasy places and characters, allowing God to take the story where He needs it to go. She is also involved in the women's leadership team at her church, and writes for Wholly Loved ministry at WhollyLoved.com and crosswalk.com. To see her blog and current novels, check out her website at www.kristenterrette.com.
Eva Elliott is left with a jaded heart after the death of her boyfriend while she was pregnant. She pushed away the idea of God and love, focusing solely on her daughter, Willow.
She accepts an offer from her mom to move to Moanna Island, off the coast of Georgia. She hopes the move will help her tuck away the guilt for the role she thinks she played in her boyfriend’s death.
Thad Smith’s Pro-Football career came to a crashing and embarrassing halt, sending him running to Moanna Island. He enjoys living under the radar and finds a new purpose as he dedicates his life back to Jesus, but he feels guilty for the sting of loneliness that’s crept into his seemingly full life.
When he saves Willow from drowning in the ocean the first day Eva arrives on the island, he can’t deny the electricity between them. Eva stubbornly fights the stirring in her heart the moment Thad smiles, but since Thad coaches the football team where Eva teaches and lives down the street, God continues to intertwine their lives. When he tells Eva he’s not only falling for her, but Willow as well, she thinks maybe…just maybe, it would work between them.
She doesn’t expect Thad’s ex to throw a kink in the fragile plan, nor for Thad’s relationship with God to convict her own shame and brokenness. Just when she opens the door to God, finally ready to make things right, an accident occurs that could leave Willow an orphan and Thad all alone again.
Excerpt of Safe Harbor
The gurgling, panicked voice snapped me out of my stare on the horizon. I spun around to see a flash of tanned skin and muscles dive into the water after Willow.
“Willow!” I screamed as I took off into the water. I dove for her, but she was too far, and in between my strokes and pulls, I watched my baby roll and tumble, unable to gain her footing.
“Willow!” I screamed though the water hitting my face muffled the sound as I kicked harder, my adult body having to fight hard against the waves.
I will not lose anyone else!
In between the crashing waves, my vision cleared long enough to see the man snatch her up in his arms. I planted my feet as he gained his balance, stood up and hugged her to his chest.
“Baby! Is she alive?!” He rushed to shore, his giant frame unmoved by the powerful tugs and pulls of the ocean as I chased after him, horrified, terrified, and scrambling. When he was out of the reach of the waves, he laid her down and I heard her cough.
My knees hit the sand. “Willow! Are you breathing?!”
The guy sat back to give her some room, and I got down to her face. She tried to talk, but couldn’t through her coughing.
“Turn on your side so you can breathe better.” The guy pushed on her shoulders, prompting her to roll over. “That’s it. Take a deep, solid breath, and try to let it out slowly.”
His husky voice settled over us, and I found myself doing what he was telling Willow to do.
Willow recovered some, and locked her beautiful blue eyes on me. “Yeah, Mama,” she said softly, though a sob that was beginning to take over, “I’m…I’m breathing.”
She started coughing again, though this time it didn’t have so much force behind it. I pulled her to me and she gripped me tight around the neck. “Oh, Willow, my goodness, you scared me to death!” I closed my eyes attempting to ward off the tears, though it was useless. The utter vastness of the ocean had always unnerved me, and now my very worst fear had almost come true in it. I took a deep breath to compose myself. “I’m sorry honey. I didn’t mean to sound so mad. I was just scared, really scared. But I’m not mad at you, okay?”
She nodded into my neck. I looked up and locked eyes with Willow’s savior. His relief shown by the happy grin he wore. Through my range of emotions—panic, relief, and even anger—I now had to add giddy as his smile shot through my heart like an arrow.
“You know, I didn’t want us meet like this.” He laughed when I knitted my brow. “Never mind.” He was still showing off his killer smile, and now I noticed he had a rather country accent. It didn’t seem to fit this dark tanned, completely drool-worthy man.
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I turned around.
Summer faded into fall
Thanksgiving will soon be upon us. For me, it marks the beginning of the holiday season. This time of the year always makes me look back.
I praise the Lord for the good things about my life. I also thank Him for bringing me through the difficulties, and for my faith, which helps me to continue to have a heart filled with gratitude.
I hear people say that we should keep the spirit of giving that Christmas invokes in our heart all year long. I agree. I also believe we should make the thankfulness that we feel at Thanksgiving a tradition that will last through the good times and the bad.
How do I keep a thankful heart in times of despair?
Many face the same issues I do, sickness and daily trials. Mother has Alzheimer, and there are times when the cares of life try to rob me of the joy I get from spending time with God, and from my writing. I’ve found that having a thankful heart doesn’t come natural. It’s something I must practice.
If I let my guard down I may find myself giving in to the “poor me” syndrome. Being grateful is a choice.
It's not a feeling, nor a condition.
Each morning I get out of bed and spend some time thanking the Lord for the day ahead. During the day when a dark cloud threatens to turn my smile upside down, I recall the praise that I hold dear for Jesus Christ, and keep a verse from one of God’s promises close to my heart.
I pray that everyone will have a wonderful, blessed Thanksgiving day.
This year, while I celebrate Thanksgiving with my family, and treasure moments with Mom.
I’m also enjoying the release of my newest novel, Thanksgiving Secret.
A secret has a life of its own.
Matthew Blake left home in search of fame. Years later, writer’s block threatens his career. He returns to his roots hoping to rejuvenate his creative juices and meets Lucinda Wise. Unknown to Matt, he’s involved in a mystery, that is soon to be unearthed.
Lucinda rents her tiny house to Matt. Despite his self-centered ways, she finds herself enjoying his company and sharing her faith with him, but timing is everything. She’s dedicated her life to her five-year-old daughter and will do anything to keep her safe.
As Thanksgiving approaches, Matt discovers that Lucinda is the partaker of a secret that will change his life forever. Can he accept that God’s plan for his future is the right one
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Welcome Diane Dean White's latest novel, Beyond the May River. It's a wonderful addition to her other books.
For several years Diane and I have been friends. She's a great author, and an amazing lady who
often faces health issues that can at times be a burden, but they never discourage her or take her mind off the Lord.
Diane started her writing at an early age, but it wasn’t until her husband’s work took them to a small southern town she wrote her first column, “Yankee Viewpoint’s” for a local newspaper. Returning to her home-state of Michigan, she did stringer work over the years, ancestral history, and donor appeal letters for non-profit organizations. Diane self-published two books in the early 2000’s, and she became a columnist for a weekly magazine, for four years. She is the author of over three-hundred short stories. Her books to date are: Carolina in the Morning, On a Summer Night, Stories from a Porch Swing, Texting Mr. Right and her Christmas novella, Winter Wonderland. She and hubby, Stephen, have been married for forty-three years, and they are the parents of three grown children and three grand-gals. Look for This Side of Heaven in early 2016. www.dianedeanwhite.com
Brianna is pledged in a marriage that would merge money, but is she really in love? Short trips overseas stir her heart for people and places so different from her own, but it stirs even more fervently for a godly man who shares her passion for the “less fortunate.” Although a gifted and successful interior decorator, is the mission field her real calling? Will she follow God's leading and give herself to the life and the man she truly loves? And will her parents understand if she does? Enjoy a heart-warming romance along the May River and exotic lands far beyond, as Brianna learns to obey her faith and her heart.
5.0 out of 5 stars----Uplifting Chritian romance.
ByAnnE.on July 30, 2017
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Diane is one of my favorite authors that I always get her stories as soon as they are released, and this novella is a wonderful story. Brianna's story is one that I thoroughly enjoyed. It is a sweet romance and inspirational story of how God worked in her life to fulfill the plans He had for her as to the person she would marry and the ministry she was called to. This is another one from Diane that I definitely recommend to the reader who enjoys an uplifting Christian romance.
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