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Wednesday, September 29, 2021

#WednesdayWordswithFriends Welcomes Ashley Martin Cassell!

Good Morning,

Well, we enjoyed a whole week of low temps, low humidity and lots of sunshine until Monday night and all day yesterday....Rain, Rain and more rain in the future-cast. Hopefully not as much though and supposedly ushering in another cool front. We'll see. But one thing that's really cool is our guest today.

Last month Ashley Martin Cassell shared her Blue Feather Glass-art with us and she's back with a few new pieces!

Take it away Ashley....

Hi Pam!

I’m working on several new pieces for Halloween and then I’ll start working on some Christmas pieces. I’m excited to offer the farm truck with interchangeable pieces! The truck bed has a ledge that you can slip in the pumpkin for fall and then the Christmas Tree for Christmas!! I plan on making more pieces, like hearts, maybe sunflowers, a clover, a flag …. What else would you all like?  

My Moons are always popular - The Raven, Full Moon Bats, the of course the Triple Goddess Moon Phase 🌙⭐️

I’ve had requests for gnomes and had added individual and collections of these cute guys!  I am also making an interchangeable gnome for the seasons & I’ll be posting it in my Etsy shop soon!!

My crosses are always special and made with your specific glass colors.

I offer gift wrapping and will mail directly to your recipient with a personalized card included. ❤️

Enjoy in joy!

Wow...Thank You, Ashley for sharing your art with us today. These make perfect gifts, friends so if you're looking for something unique for that special person in your life, view all of Ashley's work at: http://www.etsy.com/shop/bluefeatherglass

Hope you enjoy Ashley's work as much as I do, Friends and that you'll check back weekly for Wednesday Words with Friends and Saturday Spotlight.

Until next time, take care and God bless.

Saturday, September 25, 2021

#SaturdaySpotlight is on 3 Dogs & Their Authors (PAW)

Good Morning!

Today's spotlight is a little different. Instead of an author and his/her book, we're getting a glimpse into a highly secret organization revealed to us by Suzy Parish!

Take it away Suzy....

Three Christian authors found their love for writing and puppies made a great match. Kathy Neely, Carol James, and Suzy Parish were hanging out on Zoom discussing their writing and their dogs. The dogs gave their own input, and suddenly PAW was born. PAW (Puppies Assigned to Writers) is a fictional (don’t tell the dogs that) organization. PAWs motto is: 3 Dogs, 3 Authors. Love, Companionship, Loyalty and Excellence.

The authors dogs report weekly on the activities of their authors and on the life of an author’s dog.

The opening letter stated:

Brody Neely and Zoe James,

You have been selected to participate in a highly secret organization.

P.A.W. (Puppies Assigned to Writers). This is considered a high honor bestowed on us by the Great Creator, who gives us breath.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to report on the activities of your assigned author. To love, honor and obey your author and to help them become more like the Great Creator Himself. You may communicate with each other, but please do so when your writer is not aware. We know that authors are highly emotional creatures, prone to fits of melancholy. Therefore it is your job to remind them of the love of the Creator and the beauty of simple things.

In His Service,

Sandy Parish

You can follow the antics of PAW on Instagram at 3dogsandtheirauthors


Suzy Parish is an award-winning Contemporary Christian Fiction Author. Her debut novel, Flowers from Afghanistan, was awarded a bronze medal by the Military Writers Society of America. The book was chosen as a Best First Book in Inspirational Romance by the National Readers' Choice Awards. Suzy wrote as a Community Columnist for the Huntsville Times. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). 

Suzy discovered her love of books as a child in Richmond, Virginia when she took refuge from the summer heat in the local Bookmobile. She believes in the power of literacy to improve the lives of individuals and stewards a Little Free Library. 

Connect with Suzy Parish's on SM Here: Suzy Parish's links are on linktr.ee

Hope you enjoyed today's post and will check out the antics of 3 Dogs & Their Authors and that you'll check back weekly for Wednesday Words with Friends and Saturday Spotlight.

Until next time take care and God Bless.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

#WednesdayWordswithFriends Welcomes Anne Greene @TheAnneGreene

Good Morning!

Fall is in the air and it feel so good. Normally I'm a Summer person (definitely NOT Winter) but it's been so hot and muggy I can't help relishing the cooler temperatures. Enough about me though.

Today's guest visited a long time ago so please welcome Anne Greene back to share some thoughts with us....

I lived in the North when I wrote Trail of Tears. That’s important to know because people from the North, in my case central Ohio, may have read a sentence or two in a history book about what happened to the Cherokee people in 1838, but nothing more. I heard about the heartbreaking tragedy from missionaries during a church service in Wheaton, Illinois ... and I thought, this is a story that must be told. The first publisher who saw my finished manuscript agreed, and a few months later my fiction book, Trail of Tears, centered on the life of John Ross, a young man with only a trickle of Cherokee blood, released.

* The year is 1838. Most of the events in my book, Trail of Tears, actually happened to the Cherokee people. I brought to life the hardship, suffering, and overcoming victory of the people as they spent seven months travelling from what is now Chattanooga, Tennessee, to wild-Indian-occupied Oklahoma.

* A brave Moravian missionary accompanied this thousand-member wagon train of captives, and hundreds of Cherokees turned to Christ as they overcame the difficult, treacherous journey. Most of the American soldiers guarding the Cherokee and the majority of American people were horrified that President Andrew Jackson uprooted the wealthy, educated, self-governing Cherokees from their ancient home to confiscate their land and search for their gold.

* Today, this event is commemorated with the outdoor play, Unto These Hills. I researched in North Carolina, Tennessee, Oklahoma, and along the Trail of Tears. During my research I visited an authentic Cherokee village and met the chief of the Cherokees in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Numerous people contact me saying how they loved reading Trail of Tears, especially because an ancestor experienced the Trail. Of the thirty books I’ve written, Trail of Tears is one of my favorites. My book sounds like sad reading, and sometimes it is, but Trail of Tears also offers adventure, love, commitment, and overcoming victory.

ANNE GREENE delights in writing about alpha heroes who aren’t afraid to fall on their knees in prayer, and about gutsy heroines. Her thirty books are available at https://www.amazon.com/Anne-Greene/e/B004ECUWMG.

Her latest novel, Trail of Tears, The Story of John Ross, first book in The Ross Family Saga, released in the spring. Her Women of Courage Series spotlights heroic women of World War II, with the first book Angel With Steel Wings available. Enjoy her private investigating series, Handcuffed In Texas by reading the first book, Holly Garden, PI, Red is for Rookie. 

If you enjoy mysteries, you’ll love Shadow of the Dagger. Try her award-winning Scottish historical romances, Masquerade Marriage and Marriage By Arrangement. Anne’s highest hope is that her stories transport the reader to an awesome new world and touch hearts to seek a deeper spiritual relationship with the Lord Jesus. Visit Anne at AnneGreeneAuthor.com and on Twitter @TheAnneGreene

Wow, Anne it is so great to have you back. Trail of Tears sounds like an amazing read! We certainly wish you the best of luck and God's blessings.

Hope you enjoyed Annee's post, friends and that you'll check back weekly for more Wednesday Words with Friends and Saturday Spotlight.

Until next time, take care and God bless.


Saturday, September 18, 2021

#SaturdaySpotlight is on Kara O'Neal & The Cowboy's Bride!

Good Morning and Welcome!

Today's guest needs no introduction but I must say Kara O'Neal is one of the busiest and most prolific authors I know, cranking out books faster than I've ever dreamed of! Maybe now that I am officially retired from insurance I can pick up the pace of production myself. Anyhoo, without much further ado...take it away Kara and tell us about your newest release.....


The hero in the story, James Davis, makes an appearance in several of the books leading up to his. He’s a trickster and a mischief-maker who hates rules and only obeys the ones his parents set for him. He’s caused problems for many shop owners, farmers and the Women’s Guild. He’s put frogs in shoes, tacks on chairs, used mirrors during mass to annoy Father O’Malley and spiked the punch at barn dances.

And his antics have come back to bite him.

James becomes a victim of a prank and finds himself hitched to the judge’s daughter because of it.

Boy howdy, did I have fun causing problems for James. He’s always thought himself in control. He’s always thought he knows everything. Well…..I shook up his world and didn’t even feel bad for him. (Maybe I did. A little.)

James has to eat crow and learns what love really is. It’s a sweet story, and I hope y’all enjoy it!

Here's the Blurb and an Excerpt...

Pike’s Run, Texas, 1887
James Davis has plans -- work his family's ranch, get married, have a family. So, how does he end up in a hayloft with Liza Talbut, the judge's daughter, who is most definitely not the woman he loves?

Liza Talbut has plans -- cook, clean, and avoid all social engagements. So how, in Heaven's name, does she end up in a hayloft with James Davis, her long-time friend?

They are caught, but all is not lost. Liza doesn't have to marry James if nothing happened. And...nothing happened. But Liza wants a life out of her mother's home and to get away from her viperous sister. Liza knows she can be a good wife to James, and his kisses are too thrilling to lose.

So...she lies. And gets herself hitched.

And James finds himself with the bride he hadn't planned on...


James shot up at the strident call, blinking rapidly.


“Yeah?” he croaked out. What the hell? He was covered in hay. Had he fallen asleep in the loft? His head was pounding. He pressed the heel of his hand to his temple. “Damn,” he muttered.


And the fury in the tone finally resonated. James looked up and found his father glaring down at him, along with the judge. “Pa?”

His father’s face was beet red with rage. The judge was clenching his hands into fists repeatedly.
“What’s wrong?” James rasped.

The hay rustled beside him. He turned and met the gaze of Liza Talbut. Stunned, he reared back. “Oh, hell.”

Award-winning author, Kara O’Neal is a teacher and lives in Texas with her husband and three children She write stories with strong family ties, lots of romance and guaranteed happy endings! Please visit her Website or Blog and connect with her at the following locations…

Bookbub –  Amazon –  Barnes and Noble –  
Facebook –  Twitter –  Pinterest –  Goodreads 

Read more about her characters and their stories at The Story Continues , Read Kara's previous posts HERE and get your copy of The Cowboy's Bride HERE

UH OH, Kara.... hooked as usual! GREAT scene. 

Hope you enjoyed Kara's visit as much as I have friends and that you'll check back each week for more Wednesday Words with Friends and another Saturday Spotlight.

Until next time, take care and God bless.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

#WednesdayWordswithFriends A Message from Me....

Good Morning Friends and Welcome!

Well, hurricane season just keeps on giving. Misery that is. Although Tropical Storm Nicholas made landfall in SW TX, it's been steadily raining here since Monday night. Hopefully it'll clear up today though before we all float away.

There's not a whole lot going on in my life right now. My newsletter goes out tomorrow and I'm sharing a link to my website with slideshows and recaps of my trip to Alaska. Although I shared some here a couple of weeks ago, you'll find a lot more info on the website so, if you're not subscribed to the newsletter, do so now so you can check it out! 

I shared these memes to social media a few weeks back hoping to encourage readers that I am writing (although I haven't written much on that particular story since).

Kyleigh's Cowboy is almost finished. First draft of it anyway. I only need to flesh out the last chapter and then, hopefully I can get it to an editor and up before the end of the year. I also have a couple more ideas floating around in my brain (not to mention a dozen or more sitting in files waiting to be developed). My goal for 2021 was to retire from insurance, wrap up projects that really have nothing or little to do with my writing and be organized and focused to WRITE more in 2022. Please pray that I can do all that.

Another item on my To Do lists was to get all of my books in audio. Well, I'm happy to say Lori's Redemption is in production with ACX. Which means it's been narrated and approved by me so once it goes through ACX production the audio book will be live! I had to find a new narrator because the lovely Terri England, who narrated the entire Tempered series & My Heart Weeps retired from narrating! Never fear though, Lia Frederick is wonderful too. I'm truly impressed at what she's done with Lori's Redemption and have contracted Tempered Truth & Keri's Christmas Wish - both of which should be done and out before Christmas. I'll keep you posted on that.

Guess that's about all for now friends. Thank you for stopping by. Be sure and check back weekly for Wednesday Words with Friends and Saturday Spotlight.

Until next time take care and God Bless.


Saturday, September 11, 2021

#SaturdaySpotlight is on Jeny Heckman @jenyheckman and Dee's Cornucopia

Good Morning!

It's starting to feel like Fall here in SWLA. For today anyway LOL! Other than the fact I've contracted with my narrator for Keri's Christmas Wish to come out (hopefully) Nov/Dec, not much news since Wednesday so I'm going to introduce you to a brand new-to-our-blog author, Jeny Heckman with her spicy paranormal romance book, Dee's Cornucopia.


Dee Walker Can Kick Your Ass.
At least she thinks so and isn’t afraid to say it.

A no-nonsense spark plug, Dee keeps everyone around her hopping. When she meets fellow field hand, Arthur Taylor, her colorful world becomes even brighter when she makes him an offer he can't turn down.

However, this story of a bright explosion of color in a monochromatic world isn't what you might imagine, as Dee's life doesn't exactly turn out like she thinks it will.

This novella is the life story of Dee Taylor, the feisty and eccentric grandmother of Finn in the Heaven & Earth series. Her bright colorful muumuus and big floppy hat are her trademarks, and this story will tell you how it all began. She also has this little ability to see future developments. Oh, and commune with the greatest Greek family in history, but she just doesn't know it... yet.

Excerpt: Furious, Demeter waved a hand to soften the noise of the door before it reached anyone’s ears and settled the house with her other hand. She gazed up at the bright light in the sky.

“You must deal with this blight, niece,” Themis’ voice echoed in her mind. “The last drop of blood is nigh upon us. This will be our last chance.”

Demeter’s face fell at the all-knowing Oracle. “She has been a loyal and faithful servant, perhaps…”

“Demeter, we have all risked and many more sacrifices are yet to come. Catherine is not Persephone. We must allow the mortals to gain their strength for no one is yet in place beside Deidre and even she will not be ready until her hair turns white and her skin wrinkles. Many years in their time. Time for us to prepared, for my father seeks revenge.”

Demeter understood what was not said. If they didn’t win this time, no hope remained.

Jeny Heckman is an award- winning fantasy paranormal romance author best known for her Heaven & Earth series, an award- winning fantasy- paranormal series. Her debut novel, The Sea Archer, published in October 2018, won "Best in Category," at the Chanticleer International Book Awards. Her second book of the Heaven &Earth Series, The Warrior's
Progeny won First Place Best in Category at the 2020 OZMA Book Award and is a finalist in the 2021 RONE Awards Paranormal Long Category.

The Warrior’s Progeny also won “Best in Category” from the Chanticleer International Book Awards for the Fantasy Romance genre, as well as earned the Crown Heart of Excellence from InD’Tale Magazine.

Her standalone Women’s Fiction novel, entitled Releasing the Catch, was a finalist in the Feathered Quill awards, likewise received in 2020.

Jeny loves working with her charities, which include Hospice of the Northwest, the Michael J. Fox Parkinson’s Foundation, the Seattle Children’s Hospital, and the American Cancer Society. Jeny lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband of over twenty- eight years. Find, connect with and follow Jeny at the following locations...

Get your copy of Dee's Cornucopia at one of the bookstores below...

Wow, Jeny, you've certainly got a lot to be proud of with your books! Thank You for sharing. Wishing you the best of luck and God's blessings! 

If you love paranormal romance, friends, looks like you can add Jeny to your TBR list.

Until next time, take care and God bless and remember to say a prayer for the souls of those we lost 20 yrs. ago today and their families.


Wednesday, September 8, 2021

#WednesdayWordswithFriends Welcomes DiAnn Mills @diannmills

Good Morning!

My little trip to Bandera last week greatly refreshed my soul. It's amazing how a place can call to us. Lot's of exciting things going on. I proofed the audio version of Lori's Redemption last night. We should be releasing to ACX for their final review and then publication. Next up will be Tempered Truth and at some point, my other books will follow. I'll definitely keep you posted.

Enough about me though!

Today's guest has been a regular visitor for years so please give DiAnn Mills a huge, SWLA .... 


Take it away, DiAnn....

How Cooking Makes Me a Better Writer

I love to cook and bake. It’s relaxing, satisfying, and hopefully the results are tasty. I’ve discovered my passion for writing has a lot in common with food prep. In fact, cooking makes me a better writer.

Take a look at the following, and I think you’ll understand what I mean.

Decide on a recipe
Just like I first must decide what to cook, I must first choose a genre. For me, contemporary romantic suspense is my preference. My recipe also needs an intriguing story line. 

The right ingredients
For a taste treat to win the hearts and taste buds of others, I need to know what to include. Who are my characters? What is their problem? Where is my story set?  

Measure precisely
A story needs a balance of action and narrative woven with character emotions. In turn, those emotions transfer to the reader’s experience. Growth and change happen when the character’s method of handling stress leads to critical errors and new measures of problem-solving and attitude flow fresh. How many mistakes will my character face? Can the reader see measurable growth?

Cut and dice
Editing is the part of story writing where scenes are cut and diced. Making a story stronger means weak plot points have to be slashed. The use of strong verbs and nouns establishes a meatier story than sliding in adjectives and adverbs. Is the dialogue in character? Is the setting antagonistic so the character is forced to struggle? Where can a sentence be condensed to a phrase or a phrase to a single word? 

Don’t be afraid to vary a recipe
Story is king. Nothing reigns over story. While a writer follows the rules and guidelines taught by professionals in the industry, sometimes those very same principles need to be tweaked. Try something new. Does it work?

Stir thoroughly
Quality writing means to shake up my characters. Force them to step into the unknown and forbidden. Throw in an ingredient midway that forever changes the story. Get your characters dirty. Make them smile, cry, angry, sad, and lonely. Always create the unpredictable.

Every story needs time to bake. When I walk away from my computer and refuse to open the file (oven door) for as long as possible, the result is a fresh concept, and I can tell if it’s finished or needs a little more time. 

A writer never knows how readers will respond to a story. I can only do my best and hope the book will be delicious, satisfying, and leave the reader wanting more. 

Does cooking relate to your life? How?

DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She weaves memorable characters with unpredictable plots to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels. DiAnn believes every breath of life is someone’s story, so why not capture those moments and create a thrilling adventure?

Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests.

DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers. She is the director of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference and Mountainside Retreats with social media specialist Edie Melson. DiAnn speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country.

DiAnn and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas.

DiAnn is very active online and would love to connect with readers on: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Goodreads, BookBub, YouTube, LinkedIn or diannmills.com

DiAnn's newest release, Trace of Doubt can be purchased online and in brick & mortar stores where great Christian fiction is sold.

Read DiAnn's previous posts here.

Thank you SO Much, DiAnn for sharing this wonderful analogy! I never thought of writing and cooking like this but I'm sure I will from now on.

Hope you enjoyed DiAnn's post friends and that you'll drop by each week for more great information from writers and artists on Wednesday Words with Friends and sneak peeks into wonderful books on Saturday Spotlight.

Until next time, take care and God Bless.


Saturday, September 4, 2021

#SaturdaySpotlight is on Terry Korth Fischer @terryIsWriting & Gone Astray

Hello Again,

Yes, it is an unusual thing to have 2 spotlights on the same day but after a sincere email and proof that she DID send her information (which I NEVER Received!) I must apologize and ask forgiveness from My GUEST who was scheduled to appear and YOU my reader friends.

Please forgive me for venting my frustration earlier and please know Terry, my comments were not directed to you alone. This happens All. The. Time.

Thank you for understanding and Thank You for following up!!!

Now, please introduce us to your book....

A heart attack sends detective Rory Naysmith reeling. Too young to retire, he accepts a position in small-town Winterset, Nebraska. Handed an unsolved truck hijacking case, with the assistance of a rookie, Rory sets out to prove he is still able to go toe-to toe with younger men. When the body of a Vietnam veteran turns up, he dons his fedora and spit-shines his shoes. But before he can solve the murder, an older woman disappears, followed closely by a second hijacking. He doggedly works the cases, following a thread that ties the two crimes together.  But can Rory find the mental and physical strength to up his game and bring the criminals to justice before disaster strikes?


Sunny's voice burst through the intercom, rife with excitement. "Holy schmoley, Chief. We got a live dead one!" Her voice filled the chief's office. "You got Naysmith in there? He needs—"

Rory's heart jumped. Dead body?

Chief Mansfield grabbed the phone, cutting Sunny's voice off. "What ya got?"

While Mansfield listened, Rory checked the department cell at his hip. One call, Sunny. Crap. His first chance, and he'd almost missed it. His mind started to whirl.

The chief's hooded eyes turned to Rory. "I'll send him right out. Get Thacker on the horn. We'll need him to run Naysmith to the scene." He slammed the receiver down.

"It's the senior care home. The boys found a body in the vacant lot. They say you better take a look." His face lit with excitement. "This could be just what we need."

Rory felt his pulse ratchet up. "Who's Thacker? He the rookie you were talking about?"

Mansfield rose and began to pace behind the desk. "The boys responded to a call. Thought something looked funny and turned up a body in a pile of leaves. Sunny has the details. I want you out there."

"Thacker?" Rory asked, rising as well.

"Yeah, Thacker. No time to clear you for a city car. He can run you out and then stick around to assist."

"I'm on it, Chief."

Rory stopped at his office for his hat and the newspaper. He secured the door and entered the dispatch office to find Powell handling the duty desk and Sunny seated at her computer. On the bank of security monitors, he noticed a police unit pull into the back lot. "What ya got, Sunny?"

"I got Thacker waiting. I got the boys out at the care home with a dead body. And I got a headache."

"Right. I'll get the details from the lead officer."

He couldn't move fast enough. 

Terry Korth Fischer writes mystery and memoir. Transplanted from the Midwest, Terry lives in Houston with her husband and their two guard cats. She enjoys a good mystery, heat and humidity, and long summer days. Connect with Terry at the following locations....

Website: https://terrykorthfischer.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/terryiswriting

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TerryIsWriting

Amazon Author Page: www.amazon.com/author/terrykorthfischer

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14349440.Terry_Korth_Fischer

Get your copy of Gone Astray at one of the following locations...

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2LHnlYI

Barnes & Noble: https://bit.ly/3q5h4Wh

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/gone-astray-10

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56642853-gone-astray

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/books/gone-astray-by-terry-korth-fischer

Once again, Friends and Terry I apologize for venting my frustrations here. It's rude and unprofessional and will not happen again.

Until next time, take care and God Bless.


#SaturdaySpotlight is on.... ????

Good Morning!

I'm sure that title got your attention but, fact of the matter is my scheduled guest didn't send her information. 

Makes me wonder what the big deal is with "Sign Up Genius" because even though the program emails the guest a Reminder - nothing. Nada. Zilch.

That happens more than I care to comment on and it's frustrating as hell.

I know we get busy. I understand we forget. I get it, life gets in the way. But seriously people? Not even an email to apologize and bow out?

Now I know I forget also which is why I use a desk calendar also! Jot down what's due when, where I'm supposed to be, etc. to be organized.

So, I'm not spotlighting an author, artist or book today but here are a few pics from my Alaska trip....

Sunrise View from Cabin on Willow Lake
On our way to Seward for Boat Tour of Resurrection Bay

Most of my AK family....a few couldn't make it to the get together

My brothers Guest Cabin where we stayed

All of us at Denali! 

Hatchers Pass...Pretty Chilly!

Hope you enjoyed the post and that you'll check back weekly for Wednesday Words with Friends and Saturday Spotlight!

Until next time, take care and God bless.

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

#WednesdayWordswithFriends Welcomes Valerie Massey Goree

Good Morning from Bandera, TX!

I drove up Sunday (8/29) to visit the home of my heart and friends for a few days. Will head back to LA tomorrow morning but today,  please welcome Valerie Massey Goree back to our blog to share some insight to her new book, Justice at Dawn.

Thank you for hosting me, Pam. I decided to do something a bit different to promote my new release, Justice at Dawn. Instead of focusing on the characters and their present, here is a snapshot of their past. What brought them to this place in the story of their lives? How will their experiences influence their actions or decisions? 

Cooper Callahan:

I just returned to San Diego after a successful assignment to return a missing teenager to his anxious parents in Florida. Those outcomes are always gratifying, but I’ve had my share of failures, too. You see, I’ve been an agent with the International Retrieval Organization for fifteen years. We don’t always locate the missing person, or free the hostage, or keep the witness safe, but we always give one hundred percent to every case.

Over the years, I’ve fulfilled many roles in the organization. For the past five years I’ve been the chief training officer for recruits. Many rookies these days enter the program thinking they’re going to be the top dog in no time. It’s my job to teach them what an agent needs to know, but I also gauge whether or not they’ll make the cut. Being an effective agent is more than completing course work. Agents must have the inner strength to forge ahead with the assignment no matter what is happening around them or to them. They must be intuitive, trust their partners, and trust their instincts. I can’t teach them that. 

I’m sitting at my desk in the office, reading the application form from the newest recruit, a woman named Kitty Claire Briggs who has an appointment with me in fifteen minutes. She seems to have all the necessary prerequisites. The boss had slapped a sticky note on her application. Hold on to your cap. This rookie will surprise you. I wonder what he meant. Oh, well. I’ll soon find out.

I open my desk drawer and remove a file where I keep a list of all the agents I’ve trained thus far. During the time I’ve been in charge of the program, I’ve updated the coursework and hands on training assignments. I’m proud of the improvements I implemented. I rock in my chair and think back to my rookie period. As a former small town sheriff with a college degree in criminal justice, I thought I was going to sail through the course and impress the shirts off those in charge. Not quite. I did have it easier than some, but I had a lot to learn too. 

Those early years were hard but fun. Until the accident. Since then, I’ve had to remind myself numerous times why I left the sheriff’s department to become an agent. Unique cases. Extensive resources. Superior technology.

I shift in my chair and check my watch. The recruit will be here any minute. Compose yourself, Cooper. If you’re going to ask her why she wants to work for IRO, remember your reasons for applying. 

After taking in a deep breath, I open her folder. A knock on my door. I stand and call, “Come in.”


Whew. I can’t believe I’m this nervous. Applying to be an agent with IRO was a risk for me. Sure, I want to help people in traumatic situations, but what if the bigwigs discover the real reason I applied? I’ll have to be extra careful during my training and later, if I make it. Who are you kidding, girl? Of course you’ll make it. Top of your class in any physical course you took. You hit the target every time you fire a gun. You’ve overcome so much in your short life. You’ll be an agent before you know it.

I’m parked outside the office building, and although I have an alarm set on my phone, I keep an eye on the dashboard clock. I sip my iced tea then set the bottle in the cup holder and check the vanity mirror. Why, I’m not sure. Habit I suppose. I don’t wear lipstick and my hair is, well, I’m bald. Shave my head every morning. My parents often ask me why I continue although I’m cancer free, and I have no ready answer except maybe in rebellion. Not toward them. Never. I love them as if they were my birthparents. I might be a rebel at heart, though. As a kid, I always wanted to do everything contrary to what was expected. Learn to cook. Nope. I chose to fix our bicycles with my brothers. Help Mother with her scrapbooks. Not when the boys were building a tree fort.

A bus rumbles by the parking lot. I look in the mirror again. Maybe I should dab on some lipstick. Or blush. My honey-toned skin is flawless, for which I’m grateful, but I need more color. I pinch my cheeks. Better. I wipe at a smudge of mascara under one eye. Gray eyes. Unusual for sure. Did my birthmother have gray eyes? I knew she was Caucasian, but that’s all. 

The feeling of abandonment is never far from my soul. I clutch the jacket over my heart and blow out a breath. If I become an agent, I will find out what happened to her.

The alarm beeps. Time to go. I climb out of my car and smooth my skirt. Shoulders back, I stride toward the office door. Watch out world, here comes the next IRO agent. 


Cooper Callahan has been an International Retrieval Organization operative for fifteen years. In all that time he has never worked with a trainee like Kitty Claire Briggs. Overflowing with energy, KC isn’t quiet long enough for him to think. But when the boss assigns them a training mission to follow Sadie, his wife, KC’s serious side emerges.

Sure, former stunt double, KC, wants to be an agent, but she also has an ulterior motive to be accepted by IRO—she wants access to their superior technology. Can she locate her quarry without Cooper finding out?

As Cooper shares the finer points of surveillance with KC, his waning faith is strengthened by her enthusiasm for the Lord and for the job. When the training exercise turns into a real abduction, will KC’s naiveté lead to death or to a successful conclusion to the case?   

American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis Award winner Valerie Massey Goree resides on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula of Washington State.

After serving as missionaries in her home country of Zimbabwe and raising two children, Glenn and Valerie moved to Texas. She worked in the public school system for many years, focusing on students with special needs. Now retired in Washington, Valerie spends her time writing, and spoiling her grandchildren. 

Valerie writes romantic suspense novels, and her tag line is: Stories of Passion and Intrigue. Her novels include: Deceive Me Once; Colors of Deceit; The Stolen Lives Trilogy, Weep in the Night; Day of Reckoning; and Justice at Dawn. Set in Australia, Forever Under Blue Skies, is now available from Amazon.

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Wow, Valerie, looks like KC and Cooper have some serious decisions to make! I'm sure they made the right one. Good luck and God's blessings with your book.

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