Tuesday, September 11, 2012

AS WE FORGIVE - June Foster - One Free Ebook

Welcome back, June. Why do you write the kind of books you do?
I write Christian inspirational romance with an emphasis on the struggles that all humans must deal with. However, my characters find victory in their lives through the power of God and His word. I hope to encourage readers who may find similar issues in their lives. So far, my novels have touched on the issues of obesity, anger, abortion, cults, self image, addictions, and homosexuality. In every case, the hero or heroine adopts a Christian worldview in finding freedom.

Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
I thought and thought and can't think of one particular day. But several days come to mind. When my husband gave his life to the Lord, when I found out I was to be a published author - particularly when I discovered my book Ryan's Father is going to be published by WhiteFire Publishing,

How has being published changed your life?
I never would have believed three years ago I'd be a published author. In fact, I didn't think I'd be writing and spending hours on the computer every day. After all I was a happy, retired teacher. I thought I'd be playing bridge with my friends, sightseeing with my husband as we travel in our RV, scrapbooking, and all the things retired people do. But I was wrong. When the Lord put the desire in my heart to write, He gave me a great love for it. I can't wait to get to my computer each morning. I treasure every moments I spend composing the stories God put in my heart.

What are you reading right now?
I just finished The Awakening by JoAnn Durgin. I'm starting Mama's Bible by Mildred Colvin.

What is your current work in progress?
I'm finishing my edits for The Way Home which I hope to pitch at the ACFW conference. After that, I'm starting a new novel, a bi-racial romance. (I know, not too many of those around.)

What would be your dream vacation?
I'd love to go to Israel.

How do you choose your settings for each book?
So far my books, with the exception of The Way Home, take place in the Seattle area where I lived for 10 years. I hadn't read too many books set in the Pacific Northwest and I dearly love the area, so I figured my characters should live there though the cost of living is pretty high. Now if you won't think I'm crazy, I'll tell you how I chose the setting for The Way Home. I looked at the US map. I really thought the Lord had a location in mind, but I wasn't sure where it was. I pointed and my finger landed on Chico, California. I'm not sure if that was me or maybe God directing me, but anyway, that's how it happened.

If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
I think I'd like to spend the evening with Gail Gaymer Martin. Her book, Writing the Christian Romance helped me so much when I first started. And of course I love her inspirational romances.

What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
I used to scrapbook and make cards. Now I have very little time for anything else but writing and editing my stories and marketing. I literally spend 12 hours a day many days on the computer.

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
I have a few writing issues that drive me crazy. My characters speak to each other in dialogue that sounds like two PHD's talking when sometimes they're not even college graduates. Stiff language. I tend to be redundant as well and don't give the reader enough credit. I think many writers struggle with trying to explain too much. RUE. Resist the urge to explain. Say that 10 times, June. My critique partners are so good at pointing out these things. I can't thank them enough.

What advice would you give to a beginning author?
Oh, write, write, and write some more. Read all the how-to books you can and don't get discouraged - no matter what. Most importantly, trust the Lord and pray.

Tell us about the featured book.
As We Forgive is book two in my Bellewood Series which just released September 1. Tim Garrett helped Jess Colton back to health in Give Us This Day but now can't control his world which is toppling down on his head. If Tim can't conquer his volatile anger, he could lose it all - his job as a youth pastor and the woman he loves, hairstylist Roxanne Ratner. Roxanne doesn't trust Tim any more than she could trust her father who abandoned her at age ten. Now she must gain control of her shopaholic tendencies before she can reach her goal of owning her own salon. 

Please give us the first page of the book.
                                                              Chapter One
Tim gritted his teeth and pushed through the double doors at the front of the church for a quick breath of cool, rain-filled evening air. The fresh Pacific breeze on his face did nothing to calm his anger. He stomped down the stairs staring at the ground. Each foot clunked on the sidewalk toward the church parking lot. Then he tumbled forward, his body bumping against another. He flailed and reached out to stop both of them from plummeting backward.

“Oh,” the feminine voice murmured against his ears even as her purse clamored to the ground spilling its contents onto the concrete. Another bag bounced against her side but remained secure on her shoulder.

He steadied them both and pulled away. The teenage girl infuriated him almost as much as Johnny Thompson had. “Sorry, but why can't you kids show up on time?” Young people lacked responsibility these days, one thing his father had drummed into his head.

The startled teen stared up at him.

“I'm Pastor Tim. You're a bit late for the girls’ fundraiser meeting.”

The young girl peered at him with her crystal blue eyes as she bent down to collect her belongings. “I'm sorry, I had to—”

“Teens. Always have an excuse,” he mumbled. Johnny tested his patience -- his outbursts in class, his pranks. He'd never trust the kid again after tonight.

The girl stuffed a brush, a makeup case, a lipstick, and a pen into her bag before he had a chance to help. She stood and hiked the strap over her shoulder.

One remaining item she'd missed lay next to an azalea bush near the parking lot pavement.
Conviction hit him with more force than the light September rain falling on them. He bent to pick it up and handed the small black Bible to her.

Without looking at him, she stuffed it in her pocket.

He didn't have to take his problems out on another kid. She had nothing to do with Johnny lying to     him when he said he needed the key to Tim's office to borrow his concordance. He should've known it was a scheme.

Since Johnny had taken so long coming back to the classroom, he figured he'd better check on him, but the door was locked. He had to find the spare key in the main office. Johnny and his girlfriend were leaning against the wall kissing. The nerve of the kid. He'd speak to the boy and his wayward girlfriend about making out on church property later.

His frustration ebbing, Tim's breathing returned to normal. The late arrival was probably upset with him, for which he didn't blame her. The teen's long blond hair, held back in a clip, flowed down her back. She must be new to the senior high group. He hadn't seen her at the meetings before. "So what high school do you attend?"

“I don't—”

“Well, you're welcome anyway.” She's home schooled – or maybe a dropout. “I'm sorry I bumped into you. Probably didn't make you feel very welcome. Let me show you where the girls are waiting. With the help of a volunteer, Ms. Ratner, they're organizing a fundraiser for our annual camp held during spring break.”

He started up the sidewalk but paused to allow her to catch up. The rain covered the sidewalk. With one final breath, the volcano inside him subsided.

The girl paced next to him and lifted her eyes, this time amusement flitting across her lips.
Was she going to be one of those rebellious teens who didn't respect authority?

“So you're the youth pastor here. I haven't attended Bellewood Fellowship for long.” She blinked a drop of rain out of her eye.

“Well, newcomers are always welcome. I recommend you arrive on time. We're rushed during our meetings.” They climbed the steps he'd just tramped down.

“Good advice, Pastor Tim, but now might be a good time to introduce myself.” She gave him a sneer, then a smile. “I've been out of my teens for over six years, but I'm flattered you think I look that young. I'm a hairstylist at Larry's Hair Design near downtown Bellewood.” She stuck out her hand. “Roxanne Ratner.”

Cute opening. How can readers find you on the Internet?

Thank you, June, for sharing your book with us.

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Bellewood Book Two: As We Forgive - Kindle

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Judy said...

"As We Forgive" sounds like a great book. Actually reading the excerpt of this book, on this day, made me go Whoa! I have been struggling with anger and hurt and to know that this Pastor is having the same problem is very helpful to me. I know this book is fiction but I do believe that God works through authors and their books.

I enjoyed the interview with June and thank her for writing books that God has laid on her heart. I would love to win a copy of this book.

Judy B from Indiana

monica said...

I like how June said she deals with current issues in her books. I look forward to reading them.

Monica, Ontario

June Foster said...

Judy, You've made my day. I write about these issues hoping the Lord will speak to readers through the lives of the characters. I pray that Tim's journey will help others find freedom from the powerful emotion of anger. Thanks for your comment.

Monica, though I write contemporary romance, I love to bring characters into the story that readers can identify with - real life issues and how God brings resolution and freedom.

Laurel Hawkes said...

I'm looking forward to reading this. It's on my wish list. Please don't put me in the drawing; I'm happy to pay for it. I loved your first book, and know the second will be worth every penny.

Carolyn Boyles said...

It sounds like a great book. Please add my name to the drawing.


June Foster said...

Laurel, Thanks for the sweet words. You're going to see Holly and Jess in this book and they have a surprise for you, but Tim, the guy who counseled Jess, is the hero. This time it's Jess's turn to minister to Tim. Roxanne Ratner is the heroine. She's new to this novel.

Carolyn, thanks for the comment and for stopping by Lena's lovely blog.

Lena, Thank you so much for having me today.

JoAnn Durgin said...

Thanks for mentioning Awakening, June. I can't wait to read your new book, and it sounds awesome! And waving to Judy B. in Indiana (my home state, as well). Judy's a great fan to have, and an avid supporter of Christian fiction. Many blessings and see you soon, June!

June Foster said...

JoAnn, So glad to learn that about Judy B. I love readers. That's why I put in all those hard hours of work creating books that the Lord can use for His glory.
I'm excited about seeing you, too, JoAnn. Not much longer.

Jackie Tessnair said...

Sounds like a good book.I would love to read it.Thanks...Jackie Tessnair from N.C.

Linda Kish said...

I would love to win a copy of this book.


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June Foster said...

Jackie and Linda, Thanks for stopping by Lena's blog.

apple blossom said...

thanks for chance to win
live in ND

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Sharon Richmond said...

Enter me!!
Sharon Richmond

LadySaotome said...

Very cute opening. I had a feeling she was the volunteer. :)

From the Black Hills of SD!

Patricia said...

Love the title! I look forward to reading "As We Forgive". Enjoyed the interview. Would love to win this book.

I am from Texas!

marybelle said...

Very good advice for writers & I am looking forward to reading AS WE FORGIVE.

Mary P


Jo said...

I'm hooked! Read the beginning and now want to read the rest of the book. It sounds quite good!

Jo from Southern Arizona

rubynreba said...

Great interview. I'd love to go to Isreal too! As We Forgive looks like a wonderful book.
Beth from IA

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Veronica Sternberg said...

This sounds very interesting! I'm in MN.

Diana Gardner said...

Looks great. Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks! Portsmouth, VA

Kristie said...

My husband says I'm not allowed to retire because I would sleep all day. I'm impressed that you are so productive! 12 hours on the computer would drive me nuts though, even with my glasses. I would love to read your book and especially the one on cults. They just fascinate me. Kristie from Ohio. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.