Thursday, May 16, 2019

My Story BEFORE The Story ~ Whispering Hope

It's my STORY'S FIRST ANNIVERSARY!

Oh dear, I'm getting ahead of myself here.

Well, hi there. I’m so glad you dropped in. I’m Virginia Hopewell, Ginny to most everyone. Except Mama. She doesn’t approve of nicknames, even though it was Papa who gave it to me.

You can’t imagine how surprised I am to find myself the main female character in a novel, let alone a suspense story. But since my creator plunked me down in the middle of a deadly scene on the very first page … in Chicago, of all places … perhaps you’d like a little background about how I came to be there that fateful night. I’ll try to fill you in.

Okay, here we go. I’m a twenty-year-old country gal who grew up in a rambling old Victorian–style estate, built sometime back in the middle of the last century, on the shore of Angel Lake in Mewanee, in northwest Wisconsin At least that’s what Mama told me and I have no reason to question that.

Before I was born, Papa, with the help of Uncle Robert, Mama’s brother, had taken some of the estate’s outbuildings, converted them to cabins and placed them along the shore of the lake near the pier and boathouse. Then they closed off part of the three-story house and made it into guest rooms. By the time I came along, The Last Resort was a popular getaway for hunters and fishermen from the big cities like Minneapolis, Superior, Milwaukee, and yes, Chicago.

But things always change, don’t they? The type of guests changed. Mama changed, no longer humming as she worked in the kitchen or serving the guests. Looking back, I see it now, but as a child, spending wonderful days with my cousin Susan sitting at the end of the pier discussing deep things, I never noticed.

Then, at the end of October last year, the bottom fell out of the Stock Market and Papa lost everything. He boarded up the cabins and closed the resort. Uncle Robert, who hadn’t lost much in the crash, which, I admit seemed strange to me, moved to Chicago, alone, leaving Susan and Aunt Lillian behind.

As the new year rolled around, things changed again. Uncle Robert sent for Susan to come to Chicago and work for him. I was devastated. I’d just lost my best friend.

Until, in February, Susan invited me to visit her.

In Chicago.

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My Story Title:   WHISPERING HOPE

My Story Genre:  Historical Romantic Suspense

My Story Released:  Early May  2018

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The Author of My Story:   PEGGY BLANN PHIFER

Author Peggy Blann Phifer lives in the boonies’ of NW Wisconsin with her daughter, son-in-law, and a Border Collie mix dog named Rocky

Peg’s debut novel, To See the Sun, a contemporary romantic suspense, released in January 2012. A second novel, Somehow, Christmas Will Come, contemporary women’s fiction with a touch of romance and mystery, released in November 2014, revised and re-released in late 2015. A recent work titled Whispering Hope, an historical romantic suspense, set during the years of Prohibition, released in early May 2018. A fourth book, Broken, Book 1 in a series of novellas called Sweetwater River, released in September 2018. Book 2 in this same series released the following month.

Peg is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, blogging, supporting her fellow writers, and watching Netflix movies on her Kindle.

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DRAWING TO BE HELD WEDNESDAY EVENING ~ May 22, 2019.

Thursday, May 09, 2019

Our Stories BEFORE The Story ~ DREAMS DEFERRED

I'm Father Matthew Hall. I grew up in San Antonio, Texas, in a Catholic Family. My father always talked about the day when I'd enter the priesthood. It was kind of an accepted thing that the oldest son would be a priest. I have a younger sister, Trisha, who feels it's her job to mother me. In high school, she always wanted to know what girls I was dating, or if I was still on the track team. I love her dearly, and she means well.

God has blessed me with a singing voice and the ability to play the violin. Music has always been an important element of my life.

Something happened in high school that I'd never have predicted. My best friend overdosed on drugs and died. I was devastated because I had no idea he was even taking them. I suppose his death set in motion what later became my heart's passion. I have a desire to minister to at-risk teens involving them in an afters-school orchestra where they will learn an instrument and perform. That was one of the factors that has driven my story in Dreams Deferred.

That and another high school incident. For a while, I was devastated after my friend's death. Another friend asked me to go to his youth group with him, so I sought answers in his church. Of course I didn't tell my parents. It was one of those Sunday evenings when his pastor asked if anyone wanted to pray and ask Jesus into his life. My heart was so empty I was the first one up there. I felt closer to God than ever, and it made me want to enter the priesthood even more.

So that's my story so far—then one Easter Sunday while I was saying mass, the unbelievable happened. I spotted a young lady on the front row. I'll let her tell you her story.

I'm Mary Louise Graham, a faithful attendee of St. Aloysius Catholic Church. I teach middle school English and grammar and besides attending mass every Sunday, I volunteer for two positions at the church. The Thrift Store and Third Grade Catechism. It keeps me busy, but in reality will never be enough. I'm not sure how many good deeds and volunteer positions it would take to work off the horrid mistake I made in high school. In fact, I'm reluctant to even assign words to it. The weight seems heavier every day. What makes it worse is Mom always seems to bring up the subject and remind me of my sin. I need freedom and don't know where to find it. Maybe I'll talk to the new priest at St. Aloysius who said Easter mass.

Father Matt: I never expected to fall in love with a woman. I have no idea what will happen next.

Mary Louise: I can't go on much longer with this heavy load of guilt.

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My Story Title:   DREAMS DEFERRED

My Story Genre:  Contemporary Romance

My Story Released:   April 22, 2019

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The Author of My Story:    June Foster

June Foster is an award-winning author who began her writing career in an RV roaming around the USA with her husband, Joe. She brags about visiting a location before it becomes the setting in her next contemporary romance or romantic suspense. June's characters find themselves in precarious circumstances where only God can offer redemption and ultimately freedom. To date June has seen publication of 19 novels and 1 devotional.

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DRAWING TO BE HELD WEDNESDAY EVENING ~ May 15, 2019.