Okay, maybe I’m being melodramatic (a little), but I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am about what I’m about to tell you. This news actually makes me giddy!
Somehow, because God loves me and a brilliant friend took pity on me and a few others, some of whom I don’t even know, decided not to walk away in disgust when they saw my name…somehow, my book, Finding Amanda, is one of five Women’s Fiction stories in a book bundle called Women of Heart. Just so you can see why I’m so excited, I’m going to tell you about these five books:
Sweet Waters by Julie Carobini
Jilted Tara Sweet leaves Missouri to chase after the fairy tale life she and her sisters once knew in Otter Bay. Soon she meets handsome but complicated firefighter Josh Adams and a host of mysterious faces from long ago. But what happens when truth is one secret after another, lies unfold, and the fairy tale turns out to be a soap opera?
Despite their budding romance by the sea, Tara and Josh soon find themselves at odds with their families, their faith, the quirky townspeople of Otter Bay ~ and each other. Can they face the truth together … and be set free?
That Dog Won’t Hunt by Brandilyn Collins
Meet the Dearings, a crazy, loving, boisterous family in small-town Mississippi. There’s mom and dad, three daughters and their families, and the youngest—twenty-five-year-old Ben. Oh, and the family dog, a Yorkie who thinks she’s royalty.
Ben is just sure everyone will love Christina, his new fiancée, when he brings her home for a family reunion.
He always did wear rose-colored glasses.
Christina loves Ben but secretly fears their relationship will never work. She hasn’t told him about her horrific past as an only child. Christina doesn’t know how to trust or be honest about her feelings. Being thrust into the middle of a tight-knit family like the Dearings is sure to send her over the edge.
The Dearings are no perfect family, but they know how to love—if only Christina will accept it.
The Quarryman’s Wife by Mary DeMuth
Augusta Brinkworth nearly breaks from grief when her husband is killed in a rock quarry slide, leaving her with a passel of children to feed in the throes of the Great Depression. Armed with detached stoicism, she disengages from the lives of her grieving children, pushing them away, while forces outside and within the family threaten its existence. Will Augusta shed her detachment and engage in her children’s lives before the family rips apart?
Callie by Sharon Srock
A baby is dead and Callie Stillman blames herself. Haunted by memories of a tiny coffin, she can’t understand how God could expect her to put her heart on the line a second time. But the evasive little girl attending her Sunday School class is so obviously in trouble that Callie finds her resolve cracking.
Iris and Samantha Evans are living on borrowed time. Deserted, orphaned, and betrayed, they need rescuing in the worst way.
Steve Evans had his life changed by God. A reformed drug addict, he’s searching for the family he abandoned ten years ago and praying for a miracle.
The road to healing is rocky. But as Callie confronts her worst fears by bringing father and daughters together in a risky bid for reconciliation, she realizes that the Evans family aren’t the only ones God wants to rescue from a tortured past.
Finally, there’s my book, which I’ve told you about before, but which I have to include here, because it’s one of the five, and I have some compulsive tendencies that have yet to be diagnosed by a professional…
Finding Amanda by Robin Patchen
Chef and popular blogger Amanda Johnson hopes publishing her memoir will provide healing and justice. Her estranged husband, contractor and veteran soldier Mark Johnson, tries to talk her out of it, fearing the psychiatrist who seduced her when she was a teen might return to silence her. But Amanda doesn’t need advice, certainly not from her judgmental soon-to-be ex-husband. Her overconfidence makes her vulnerable when she travels out of town and runs into the abuser from her past. A kind stranger comes to her rescue and offers her protection. Now Mark must safeguard his wife both from the fiend who threatens her life and from the stranger who threatens their marriage.
Did you see those names? Julie Carobini, Brandilyn Collins, Mary DeMuth, Sharon Srock…and me!
Now you know why I’m giggling.
In my next four blog posts, I plan to give you a peek into each of these stories. But you don’t have to wait. The good news is that Women of Heart is available for preorder right now, and for a limited time, it’s only 99 cents!
So this is my fantastic, wonderful, giggle-inspiring news. Have you ever felt like you won the lottery? Or have you ever actually won the lottery? I’d love to hear your story.
Robin Patchen lives in Edmond, Oklahoma, with her husband and three teenagers. Her third book, Finding Amanda, released in April, and its prequel, Chasing Amanda, will release this summer. When Robin isn’t writing or caring for her family, she works as a freelance editor at Robin’s Red Pen, where she specializes in Christian fiction. Robin loves to teach and mentor new writers and help veteran authors get their stories ready for publication. Read excerpts and find out more at her website, robinpatchen.com.