Well I hope you're enjoying the beautiful fall weather. This week's spotlight is Pelican Book Group author, Marianne Evans with her latest release, Maria's Angel, part of the Hearts Haven series.
Marianne Evans is a multi-award-winning author of Christian romance and fiction. Her hope is to spread the faith-affirming message of God’s love through the stories He prompts her to create. Readers laud her work as: ‘Riveting.’ ‘Realistic and true to heart.’ ‘Compelling.’
Marianne’s novel, Devotion earned the prestigious Bookseller’s Best Award from Greater Detroit Romance Writers of America. Hearts Communion earned Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year honors in the Romance category as well as best inspirational romance from the Ancient City Romance Authors, a chapter of RWA. Her novella Finding Home earned the Selah Award for excellence in Christian fiction and Evans has also earned acclaim in such RWA contests as The International Digital Awards, The Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence where she has been a finalist twice, and the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence contest.
Happily married and the mother of two, Marianne is a lifelong resident of Michigan who is active in a number of a number of Romance Writers of America chapters, most notably the Greater Detroit Chapter where she served two terms as President. She’s also active in American Christian Fiction Writers and the Michigan Literary Network.
Now here's a peek into Maria's Angel.....
A mechanic, a widow, a broken-down car. Sometimes life’s purpose is found by accident
Trying desperately to find her way following a season of loss, Maria Wilde is literally at the end of her road, stranded in Angel Falls, Texas. She's on her way home for Thanksgiving in a car jam packed with her worldly possessions and the greatest treasure of all, her six-month-old daughter, Lilly.
Brody Lang is a mechanic at the gas station where Maria finds herself temporarily sidelined. He's got the faith of an angel and willingly helps her out of a jam. Sensing God's intervention, Brody is compelled to help Maria find the road ahead.
But can he work past the steel blockade widowhood has erected around Maria's heart? Can Brody and his friends at Heart's Haven convince her that re-claiming life and holding on to God's grace can lead Maria not just into new life, but a second chance at love as well?
Repairs completed, Brody stood behind the cashier's station, initiating a brief explanation of the work he had done. Maria listened while he used words like coolant pumps, tensioners, pulleys, and dust debris that had accumulated in the metal ridges of some mechanical component or another. She did her best to follow but came away fairly certain he spoke a foreign language.
That's when it happened.
Brody Lang picked up the list of goods she had carefully scribed. He studied the page for a second or two and nodded. Then, he looked straight into her eyes. “Paid in full.”
He ripped the paper into tiny shreds, which he tossed into the trash.
Maria tried to spear him with a firm glare but was so grateful for his generosity that her heart didn’t reside in the attempt. So, she decided to strike a deal. “Fine—but I'm paying you the fair price for fixing my van. No negotiating, either. I want the bill, and I'll pay you back just as soon as I'm able. Deal?”
She extended her hand for a let’s-make-it-official seal of the agreement. When he took hold, she was struck once more by the appealing, protective strength of his touch. A sensation of wistfulness sang through her tired, aching spirit.
“Deal, but I'm on to you, Maria Wilde.”
“What do you mean by that?” He didn't release his hold right away, and Maria found she didn't mind. There was nothing awkward or untoward about the connection. It simply was, so she allowed herself to enjoy...but only for a moment.
“You're letting me win a battle so you can win the war.”
Laughter bubbled through her chest and released in a carbonated sound of delight. Brody Lang really was a terrific man.
Well Friends, thanks for stopping by and checking out the latest spotlight. Stay tuned for more Tuesday Treasures, Thursday Thoughts and Saturday Spotlights!
Until later...take care, God Bless and remember....Our attitudes and actions can sabotage the good God is trying to get to us. Sometimes we have to ask ourselves if our attitudes and actions have anything to do with the circumstances in our life. If this is the case, then change your thinking. Focus on love and your life will reflect the change in you.
Something to think about...
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