“Every pastor should read this book.”

I had some exciting news this week. I just discovered that The Color of Thunder was the February, 2021 read for the Page Turner Book Club! The March meeting was to discuss the book.

My daughter Katie was browsing on Facebook and she saw the cover of the book. That caught her eye, so she clicked on it and discovered the announcement about the meeting, only five months after the fact.

Well naturally, she texted me, asking if I knew about it. I did not, so I researched the page and was able to connect with one of the members. She told me that the book was well received by the cub members, everyone said they enjoyed it and the consensus was that every pastor should read the book.

You cannot imagine how humbling that was to hear. My eyes filled with tears and I sat quietly for a few minutes trying to get my emotions under control before I shared the news with my husband. I tried to tell him and got all choked up again.

This is an online book club and I could have connected with them if I had only known about it before hand. That would have been so cool, being connected and able to answer questions anyone might have about the book.

The Color of Thunder is very near and dear to my heart. I got very emotional while writing it. It’s the story of a young newspaper reporter trying to make a name for himself. He discovers some things about the pastor of a large church that could destroy his ministry. While he digs deeper and deeper into the life of the pastor, the pastor is more concerned with bringing the young man into a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

It’s a very moving story, in fact, to quote one of my Beta readers, “If people are not touched by this book, they cannot be touched”.

If you haven’t read The Color of Thunder yet, I hope you will consider putting it on your wish list for future reading.

THE COLOR OF THUNDER

When I starting writing, one of my goals was to make my books interesting and fun, with a little suspense thrown in for good measure. I also wanted to prove that books could be all these things without all the profanity and graphic sex that dominate so many novels today.

My novels in the mystery/suspense genre have a few four letter words, but they are usually used in a joking manner. Also, my main characters are Christians and church attendance is mentioned several times. My main characters best friends are generally the pastor.

I really enjoy writing the mystery/suspense novels, but I felt like God wanted more from me. I decided to try my hand at a true Christian novel. The Color of Thunder as a title for the book came to me before I even knew what the book would be about. I wanted to do something totally different from my other books.

I wrote it as the life story of a minister, totally made up, strictly fiction. As I starting writing, it just all fell into place. I would think all week about what I wanted to write, then on Saturday morning when I starting writing, it would end up nothing at all like I had planned.

The main theme of the book is the unlikely friendship between the pastor and a newspaper reporter who describes himself as a ‘heathen’. As their friendship develops, the reporter uncovers some flaws in the minister’s life and must decide whether to use the information to destroy the church, or to prove that you don’t have to be a Christian to be a good guy.

The minister’s main focus is the salvation of the reporter and he does everything in his power to bring this about.

Truthfully, I made myself cry several times while writing this book. I hope it touches you too.

FIRE LIGHT FIRE BRIGHT

Fire Light Fire Bright was my first novel to be published. The main character, Dodge Brewster is sheriff of the small north central Texas town of Glenwood which is located near Granbury, Stephenville, Lipan, Morgan Mill, Mineral Wells, etc. You won’t find in on any map though, because I totally made it up.

I borrowed the name Dodge from a cute little boy who used to come into my husbands small restaurant/pizza place. He always ordered a corny dog. He was so polite and a real joy to be around. His mother gave me permission to use his name and the story of her pregnancy where she “dodged a lot of bullets” having him.

In the book, Glenwood is being terrorized by an arsonist who is slowly and methodically burning the town to ashes, acre by scorched acre. And as if that’s not enough to keep the sheriff’s office busy, teenage girls are being raped and killed.

Some of the other interesting characters include a Veteran from the Viet Nam Conflict who lives in the woods. Townfolks call him Rambo and want him arrested for the arson and the rapes. Then there’s the assistant fire chief who used a forged letter of recommendation and lied to get the job. The mayor who thinks she is the boss of everyone in town, Then there’s the teenage girl who has a fight with her boyfriend and wrecks her car just a few days before graduation. Oh, how about the deputy sheriff who writes and sings country music and thinks he’s going to be the next American Idol.

That’s only a few. Fire Light Fire Bright is full of colorful characters that I know you will love as much as I do. If you haven’t read any of my books, Fire Light Fire Bright is a good place to start. Happy Reading!!!

POOR JOSH

Josh Howard is the main character in the Dreams Never Lie series, and my favorite of all my people. I just love that man. He’s smart, funny, lovable, good looking. He’s madly in love with his wife and kids. So why does he always end up in so much hot water? I guess you might say it’s because I love watching him figure out how to get away.

In the first three books, he has been hit by a car and had to have surgery, when he was a kid, his best friend was kidnapped and killed. His wife has been kidnapped. His FBI partner raped and tortured, his first wife was killed in an explosion. A rogue FBI agent tried to kill him and his partner. And the list goes on.

I wonder what I’m going to do to him in the two newest books? Forgotten Dreams introduces a new character, Morgan Donaldson. Morgan is the new SAC (Special Agent in Charge) of the Clearwater, Florida FBI office and is having a really hard time fitting in. He and Josh hit it off immediately though and become best buds.

Hidden Dreams is the other new book under construction. I was a third of the way through with it when I realized I had to divide it into two books. Way too much going on for one novel. So Forgotten Dreams was born. It took off in a big way, so right now Hidden Dreams has been moved to the back burner, but as soon as I finish Forgotten Dreams, I’ll get back to it, I really like what I’ve written so far.

I think you’ll like meeting Morgan and his family. Ellie is his wife, Jr is his son and Lizzie is his daughter. Oh, I can’t forget Grandma Izzie, Morgan’s grandmother. She is very independent, and sassy to boot. I really like her. (She reminds me of me, lol)

If you haven’t read any of the books in this series, start with Dreams Never Lie. After that is Dreams Are Forever, then Shattered Dreams.

Happy Reading!

Dreams Never Lie

Josh Howard is only eight years old when the little girl next door, Doni, is kidnapped and killed. Josh vows to catch her killers when he grows up. As an FBI agent, he knows the chance of solving the case after so many years is slim to none, but he still dreams about Doni.

Josh is assigned a serial murder case in which the victims are tortured and raped before being killed. After a long string of murders with no leads, Josh starts receiving coded messages from the killer, warning when another attack will take place. Then, there are hints that connect the killer to Josh’s new wife.

As Josh faces one of the most perplexing cases of his career, his personal life is now in shambles. Will he be able to stop this maniac before he strikes again? Will he be able to save his marriage? Is his wife the next intended victim?

AT LAST, SHATTERED DREAMS IS HERE

I haven’t blogged in quite a while, but my life really got complicated the last few months of 2020. I had knee replacement surgery the first week in December, which put me out of work for the whole month. I went back to work in January and have been playing catch-up ever since. I found this blog that I started months ago and didn’t get it posted to my website. So I thought I’d finish it up today.

It was a long hard road to hoe, but Shattered Dreams is finally finished and was released back in October with Amazon, as are all of my books. This is book #3 in the Dreams Never Lie series.

It normally takes me around a year to complete a book from start to finish, but Shattered Dreams was two full years in the making. The plot and sub-plots got very complicated and I really wasn’t sure how I was going to get everything reconciled.

I finally just turned it over to my main characters and told them to have at it. As usual. they figured it all out and led me down paths where I had no plans to go. They did a marvelous job, much better than the ending I was kicking around. I hope you enjoy Shattered Dreams.

While I was waiting for my publisher, Eric, to put on the finishing touches, I started Hidden Dreams. It really took off! Man, I had ministers being murdered, stores being robbed, prisoners being beaten, dopelgangers, you name it -it was happening. But as the main plot started to evolve, I realized that I had way too much going on. It would take 1000 or more pages to resolve all the conflicts.

So, Forgotten Dreams was born. I took about half of what was happening in Hidden Dreams and moved it to this new book. At this point in time, I’m not sure which one will come first, but I assure you, they are both kick ass.

I do promise you this, as long as the ideas keep coming, I’ll keep writing.

“I discovered your books through my dad, and fell in love with Josh in the Dreams Are Forever series. You’ve become my favorite author and I’ll never forget actually getting to meet you when you came to Arkansas to promote your books. I haven’t read The Color of Thunder yet, but I can’t wait to dig in. Love you Elsie!” -JAIA

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