Please give a warm welcome to author Sharon Srock as she shares with us more about herself and her latest book Terri.
What was the inspiration behind 'Terri'?
Terri’s story was the natural progression after first in the series. Handsome single man looking for a second chance. Who could it be except my only single character?What message do you hope readers take from your book?
That even when it seems like God is taking us in the wrong direction to fulfill a promise, He knows best. If we are patient and obedient we’ll end up where He wants us.Which character spoke to you the most during the writing process?
Terri. Her Journey in finding God’s will for her life mirrored mine in finding His will for my writing.Which scene is your favorite?
The proposal scene.This book is the second in the series. Please tell us more about the first book, 'Callie.'
Three dire circumstances. Three desperate prayers. One miracle to save them all.Do you anticipate there being more books in this series?
Callie Stillman is drawn to the evasive girl who’s befriended her granddaughter, but the last time Callie tried to help a child, her efforts backfired. Memories of the tiny coffin still haunt her.
Samantha and Iris Evans should be worried about homework, not whether they can pool enough cash to survive another week of caring for an infant while evading the authorities.
Steve Evans wants a second chance at fatherhood, but his children are missing. And no one seems to want to help the former addict who deserted his family.
For Steve to regain the relationship he abandoned, for his girls to receive the care they deserve, Callie must surrender her fear and rely on God to work the miracle they all need.
The third book, THE WOMEN OF VALLEY VIEW: PAM Is contracted. I’m hard at work on the fourth. I anticipate six books.You also write a lot of poetry and short stories for science fiction magazines. Do you prefer one style or genre over the other?
The Star Trek poetry and short stories seem like a lifetime ago. I’d have to say that what I’m doing now is my favorite.On what other projects are you currently working?
I am about half through with THE WOMEN OF VALLEY VIEW: SAMANTHAHow does your faith shape your writing?
I don’t think I’d have writing without my faith. I enjoy using my women to share what I believe.How does writing fulfill you?
It gives me a chance to use my imagination. I finally feel like I’ve found my calling.What is something readers may be surprised to learn about you?
My favorite pet of all time was an iguana.Thank you so much for your time!
Sharon Srock lives with her husband, Larry, and two dogs in Rural Oklahoma. She is a mother, grandmother, and Sunday School teacher. Sharon has one and three-quarters jobs and writes in her spare time. Her favorite hobby is traveling with her grandchildren. She is a member of the ACFW and currently serves as treasurer for her local chapter. Sharon’s debut novel, The Women of Valley View: Callie released in October 2012. The second in the series, The Women of Valley View: Terri releases in April 2013.
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by Sharon Srock
Despite a bustling day care center and a new foster child, Terri Hayes hungers for a family of her own. Then a plumbing mishap leaves her homeless and questioning God’s plan. Steve Evans’s gracious offer of his basement apartment as a temporary solution is an answered prayer.
Steve is a successful writer and a good father, but Terri is horrified when Steve’s book research leads him to a harsh confrontation with the parents of her foster child. She needs to distance herself from Steve, but her efforts fall short as his two scheming daughters plot to make Terri their new stepmother.
Will harsh words and sneaky plans drive Kelsey’s family further apart and put a wedge between Terri and Steve? Or does God have another plan in store?
Read an excerpt:
Sean watched from the landing as Ella hauled an over-loaded laundry basket up four flights of stairs. He swallowed back the automatic urge to help. He’d learned his lesson earlier in the day when his normally mild-mannered wife refused his offer in words he hadn’t known she knew. Well, maybe knew, but never used.
He trailed her to Kelsey’s empty room, leaning in the doorway. Was there anything he could say that he hadn’t already said? Nope.
Ella sorted out the neatly folded clothes. Her hands hesitated over a pink top with a purple princess silk screened on the front. Kelsey’s favorite shirt. Ella picked it up and sank to the side of the bed, clutching the shirt to her heart. She began to rock as fresh tears streaked her cheeks, tears he would have sworn were all cried out.
Her voice was a broken whisper. “Oh, baby. What have we done?”
“Ellie, please don’t cry anymore.”
Ella met his gaze from across the room. Wet, narrowed eyes and continued silence were the only acknowledgement she offered. She used the shirt to dry her face then slipped it over the head of her daughter’s favorite stuffed bear. She propped the bear on Kelsey’s pillows and walked from the room with no further recognition of her husband’s presence.
Sharon will be awarding an e-Book copy of Callie, the first book in the series, to a randomly drawn commenter at each stop, plus a grand prize of a $20.00 gift card to the Pelican Book Group website to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Follow the tour for more chances to win!