Wednesday, April 07, 2021

Our Story BEFORE The Story ~ Emma Baker & Luke Davis ~ EVERY WINDOW FILLED WITH LIGHT ~ by ~ Shelia Stovall

I’m Emma Baker, a young childless widow. I’m the Weldon Public Library director and my mother, Virginia Willoughby, is the mayor of Weldon, Kentucky. I’ll never achieve Mother’s idea of perfection as I’m a bit awkward.

I grew up in my grandparents’ home with my mother, as my father abandoned us when I was a toddler. It’s been my lifelong dream to be a part of a large, boisterous family like my best friend, Casey.

My husband, Chris, and I inherited Grandfather’s old Victorian home. Still, before we could build a family, Chris was accidentally stabbed to death by one of his students, leaving me to spiral into a pit of despair.

It’s been two years since Chris’s death, and my grief has stifled any interest in romance—until I met Pastor Luke Davis. But when I learned Luke is counseling Winston Meador, my husband’s killer fresh out of jail, my temper ignited. It wilts me to know that I haven’t come close to forgiving the boy. I say the words, “I forgive,” but my heart will not yield.

Before Chris’s death, I’d never experienced hate. I love children, and it pains me to suffer this angst toward a young man. I often deal with kids who need more parental supervision hanging out in the library. If only I could take them home and give them the love and attention they deserve.

I’m Luke Davis, an associate pastor of a large congregation in a community that neighbors Weldon, Kentucky. I’m committed to working with troubled teens because I grew up feeling unworthy and unloved. My mom abandoned me when I was eight years old, and my alcoholic grandmother made it clear she didn’t want me around. If Pastor Bob hadn’t introduced me to my heavenly father, I’d probably be dead or in prison.

A long time ago, I had a fiancée, but I struggled to balance church responsibilities and personal relationships. When I refused to accept a large home from my fiancée’s parents as a wedding gift, she broke our engagement because she claimed I loved God more than her. She was right. I’ve accepted the only family I’ll ever have is my church family.

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Author, Shelia Stovall will be gifting a signed copy to someone who comments on this post.
Be creative in your comments, readers. 
Drawing is to be held Wednesday evening, April 14, 2021

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My Story Genre:  Women's Contemporary Christian Fiction

My Story Released:        April 2, 2021
                                    A brand new release!

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The Author of My Story:   Shelia Stovall

Shelia Stovall  is the director of a small-town library in southern Kentucky, where only strangers mention her last name, and the children call her Miss Shelia.

It tickles her to see shocked expressions when folks learn she’s traveling to Africa—again. She’s the worst missionary ever, but God continues to send her to the ends of the earth as He attempts to mold her into something useful.

Shelia is a country girl who relishes eating a bologna sandwich at a country store just as much as savoring an elegant meal in a posh restaurant.

Shelia and her husband Michael live on a farm, and she enjoys taking daily rambles to the creek with their three dogs. Spending time with family, especially her grandchildren, is her all-time favorite thing. The only hobby Shelia loves more than reading uplifting stories of hope is writing them. 

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Thursday, March 25, 2021

My Story BEFORE The Story ~ Meredith Jaynes ~ Borrowed Lives ~ by ~ Carol McClain

Introducing ~ Meredith Jaynes

Rosemary lay on my belly and stared at me with her big blue eyes. On the top of her misshapen noggin, a shock of red hair stood up in spikes accenting the hematoma the doctors assured me would go away in a few days.

Blood smeared her forehead. Cheesy white vernix dotted her blotchy skin.

My daughter. The most beautiful child ever born.

“Our baby.” John leaned his head near mine. He ran his finger over our newborn’s fingers. The huskiness of his voice conveyed his awe and wonder.

Never had we been so in love—and don’t tell my mother or my sister they were right about forgetting the pangs of childbirth once Rosemary entered the world. I’d never hear the end of their “I told you so’s.”

I learned this from over twenty years of experience. And most recently, they nagged the grace of God out of me when I dropped out of college and married John. Fortunately, this little one waited a year after our nuptials to arrive, or else I’d be accused of a shotgun wedding.

Warm lips caressed my forehead. “Were we worth the forfeit of your dreams?"

I tore my gaze from my child and found John’s warm, brown eyes. Dark lashes and brows made everything about him safe and warm and heaven. I laid my finger on his lips. “I have no regrets.”

His smile?

Oh, melt my heart!

“Besides, we’ll have plenty of time for me to complete my studies after a million babies and an eternal honeymoon.”

The nurse scooped up my daughter for her last Apgar assessment. Losing her heft from my belly left me chilled. I studied every movement the nurse made. Having Rosemary gone this brief moment felt like a lifetime.

I’m glad I didn’t know then what I know now.

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Carol will be gifting a single EBOOK to one who comments between 
Thursday 4am Eastern~March 25 to Wednesday 6pm Eastern~March 31st
Drawing to be held after 6pm

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My Story Title:   Borrowed Lives
   Book 1 of the Treasured Lives

My Story Genre:  Contemporary

My Story Has Released:   Is on sale NOW!

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The Author of My Story:    Carol McClain

 Carol McClain is the award-winning author of four novels dealing with real people facing real problems. She is a consummate encourager, and no matter what your faith might look like, you will find compassion, humor and wisdom in her complexly layered, but ultimately readable work. Aside from writing, she’s a skilled stained-glass artist, an avid hiker and photographer. She lives in East Tennessee with her husband and two pint-sized goats, Peanut and Buttercup, who must be bottle fed. 

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