Blurb for Saving Hope:
When a teenager goes missing from the Beacon of Hope School, Texas Ranger Wyatt Sheridan and school director Kate Winslow are forced into a dangerous struggle against a human trafficking organization. But the battle brings dire consequences as Wyatt's daughter is terrorized and Kate is kidnapped.
Now it's personal, and Wyatt finds both his faith and investigative skills challenged as he fights to discover the mastermind behind the ring before evil destroys everyone he loves.
Can you give us a sneak peek?
Rose gripped her cell phone so tightly her muscles ached. “Where are you, Lily?”
“At—Nowhere Motel.” A sob caught on the end of the last word. “Help—me.” Lily’s breath rattled, followed by a clunking sound as though she’d dropped the phone.
Rose paced the small bathroom at Beacon of Hope. “Lily?” Sweat coated her palms, and she rubbed her free hand against her jeans.
Silence taunted her.
What have you done? But the second that Rose asked that question, an image came to mind of her friend lying on the dingy gray sheets in the cheap motel, wasted, trying anyway she could to forget the horror of her life.
“Lily, talk to me. Stay on the line.” Pulling the door open, Rose entered her room. When she saw her roommate, she came to a stop.
Cynthia’s wide-eyed gaze fixed on Rose for a few seconds before the fourteen-year-old dropped her head and stared at the hardwood floor. Rose crossed to her dresser, dug into the back of the top drawer, and grabbed a small, worn leather case.
She pushed past her roommate and headed into the upstairs hallway.
Striding toward the staircase, Rose dismissed her roommate’s startled expression and focused on the crisis at hand. “Lily, are you still there?”
A sound as though someone fumbled the phone and caught it filtered through the connection. “Rose, I need—you.”
“I told you I would come if you wanted to get out. I’ll be—”
A click cut off the rest of Rose’s words. No, Lily. Please hang on.
What inspired this book?
Human trafficking is over a $32 billion dollar business per year and growing. It touches all countries, including the United States. Our young people are being affected by this problem and robbed of their childhood.
What has been your most challenging experience writing a book?
The complexity of the story--a lot of details to keep track of.
What is your favorite thing to write about, (i.e., forgiveness, rebellion, etc)?
Forgiveness is one of my favorite themes. Another theme I like to write about is giving control over to the Lord (trusting the Lord).
What do you hope readers will take away from this book?
I want my readers to come away with a sense of hope--that no matter how tough the situation God is with you.
What is your favorite color?
Bright colors--yellow, orange, pink and red. I have a hard time deciding what is my top favorite color. I love so many of them.
Do you have a favorite recipe?
Hearty Cabbage Soup (I know it’s nearly spring but this is the best soup!)
1 pound lean ground beef
½ large onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ cup diced celery
1 green pepper, chopped
2 tablespoons oil
1-28 oz can of tomatoes
2-5 ½ ounce cans tomato paste
2 cups raw, diced potatoes
2 cups diced carrots
4 cups beef stock
Salt and pepper to taste
6-7 cups coarsely chopped cabbage
Sauté beef, onion, garlic, celery and pepper in oil. Add remaining ingredients except cabbage. Simmer, uncovered, for 1 hour. Add cabbage. Simmer for 1 hour more, adding more water, up to 3 cups, if necessary. Yield 6-8 servings.
(Because my husband doesn’t care for cooked carrots, I substitute broccoli in for the carrots and it taste great that way, too.)
If you could travel back in time when and where would you go?
To listen to Jesus preach.
What project are you currently working on?
I'm finishing up Christmas Stalking, the fourth book in my Guardians, Inc. Series for Love Inspired Suspense. The series is about a female bodyguard agency. It's coming out in November 2012.
Margaret has offered one free book to a lucky winner. At least 10 people need to leave comments WITH an email address for there to be a contest OR you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and put "contest -Hope" in the subject line.
Winner announced March 11th.
Winner announced March 11th.