Tuesday, April 09, 2013

DELIVER US - June Foster - One Free Ebook

Welcome back, June. God has really been moving in your writing life. What do you see on the horizon?
Lena, you're right. God has led me down some paths I never thought I'd travel. I've just completed The Way Home and praying the Lord will allow this story to see publication. I'm just in the process of beginning a new story now. It will take place in the Great Smoky Mountains and feature a romance between an illiterate hero and the school teacher/daughter of an intellectual university professor.

Tell us a little about your family.
I have a daughter in El Paso, Texas, and another in Seattle, Washington. Between these two busy ladies, I have ten grandchildren with a great-grand on the way. On my husband's side, he has two sons and six grandchildren with two greats. As you can tell we have a blended family and love everyone of these precious kids and grandkids. And greats.

We have one great grandson and another great on the way. Has your writing changed your reading habits? If so, how?
Yes, definitely. I never read romance until I began writing it. Now I read the wonderful romance stories of authors like Mildred Colvin, Gayle Gamer Martin, Sandi Rogg, Dina Sleiman, Fay Lamb, of course Lena Nelson Dooley, and so many more.

What are you working on right now?
 A thought came to me the other day. What if an illiterate man fell in love with a school teacher? So my new novel was born. I don't have a name for the characters or the title of the book, yet, but the ideas are flowing. I have a great reference book, too, an autographed copy of The Teacher Who Couldn't Read. Years ago, I attended an educational conference and heard John Corcoran tell his story. He grew up without learning how to read. He was ashamed of his illiteracy and tried to hide it. In my story, the hero will overcome his lack of confidence in himself by God's grace. The heroine, who grew up in the academic world, will find out what's really important in life.

What outside interests do you have?
Not too many. Smile. I love going to church, having friends to dinner, and exercising. I enjoy attending the North Alabama ACFW group meetings. But most days, I'm pounding away on my computer.

How do you choose your settings for each book?
Good question. Five of my books are set in the Seattle area of Washington State. I know the area well since we lived there for 12 years and the Pacific Northwest makes a beautiful backdrop for any story. However, the influence of the area's computer industry lends itself to the story of my systems analyst hero in the first book and the other technologically  savvy characters in the entire Bellewood series. The Way Home is set in Chico, California. If you promise not to laugh, I'll tell you how that came about. I picked up a US map and that town jumped out of me. The Lord blessed me by allowing me to visit for a week to do research. My latest book will be set in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. My husband is actually the one who suggested that setting. 

If you could spend an evening with one historical person, who would it be and why?
Well, not counting Jesus, of course, I think I would love to spend an evening with Martin Luther. I'd ask him question after question about the actions he took that had a great effect on church history.

What is the one thing you wish you had known before you started writing novels?
I wished I'd known that I don't have to compare myself with other authors. I only need to answer to God and trust Him to accomplish His will with my books.

It takes many authors a long time to learn that valuable lesson. What new lessons is the Lord teaching you right now?
I think the Lord is teaching me to trust. I've always been a planner, looking ahead to what's coming next. God is asking me to enjoy one day at a time and relax.

What are the three best things you can tell other authors to do to be successful?
1. Grow tough skin. When you get those critiques back covered with red marks, just love your crit partner who took time with your chapter.
2.When you're covering your walls with rejection letters, don't let it get you down. Just keep writing.
3. Put God in control of your writing career. He knows best.

Tell us about the featured book.
Deliver Us is book 3 in the Bellewood Series. Characters from book one, Give Us This Day, and book two, As We Forgive, make an appearance, but we meet a new hero and heroine in this book.

The young fraternity man who coaxed Jillian Coleman upstairs that night is only a blur in her memory. Now she lives with the unrelenting guilt that she aborted her baby. God might forgive her, but she can't forgive herself. As Bellewood's premier gynecologist, she hopes to open the Jeremiah House to offer teen girls an abortion alternative. Though the handsome and successful Dr. Jett Camp wants to marry Jillian, he believes her plan is a waste of her skills.

Riley Mathis spent ten years in jail for dealing drugs. Now as a Christian, he's trying to put his life back together. Working as a janitor at night, he attends college by day. When he meets Dr. Coleman, he recognizes her from the sapphire necklace she wore the night he stole something precious from her. When she confesses the choice she made to abort her baby, Riley can't tell her he's the father of her child.

Please give us the first page of the book.
"Yes, Mom, I miss you, too." Jillian Coleman hoisted her purse on her shoulder and grasped the little sack with the two baby gifts.

"When can you get back up to New York for a visit?"

Mom's tender voice sent a ripple of longing through Jillian—to see her parents. But not only that, to feel a part of a family again.

Family. She longed for one of her own—a husband and kids. With a gulp, she acknowledged the question demanding her attention. Would God allow it? "I can't afford to take time off from the hospital right now. I've got at least six patients who will deliver in the next couple of months, and they're counting on me." Jillian took a few steps toward the front door. "Maybe I can come home Christmas."

"Jillian, you know how much your father and I love you. We pray for you every day."

"I need your prayers. I love you both, too." Jillian repositioned her cell phone on her ear. "Mom, I need to go in a minute. I'm off to a double baby shower for two of my expectant mothers."

"Another one? Sweetie, you're the most caring obstetrician in the city of Bellewood. No wonder your patients always invite you."

"That's nice of you to say."

"Honey, do you ever wish..."

Wish for a baby of her own? She didn't have to read Mom's mind to know what she planned to say. "More than I want to admit." Jillian slumped against the wall in the entry. "I dream of holding my little boy or girl, wrapped in a pink or blue blanket, asleep in my arms. But, Mom, don't count on being a grandmother anytime soon, if ever. I don't think it's going to happen."


Riley Mathis never thought he'd park in front of a church, much less attend a service inside. The red brick building with the towering steeple perched on top seemed like home now. Almost. The old Chevy sputtered when he turned off the engine.

The extra cars on a Saturday in the parking lot puzzled him. Maybe he had the wrong day. Was the pastor having a meeting? He should pull on around and disappear out the opposite entrance.
No. He had to mow the grass. Couldn't procrastinate another week. Anyway, the event didn't involve him, though he wouldn't mind getting acquainted with some folks besides Tim Garrett. Except they probably wouldn't want to know him. Not when they found out about his past—where he'd spent the last ten years. He'd do his work and leave.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
June's Amazon Author's page - http://www.amazon.com/June-Foster/e/B007ISUMPK
Facebook. June's homepage and author's page.

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

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Bellewood Book Three: Deliver Us

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Jo said...

Pro Life is an issue that is very important to me and this book sounds like one that I would definitely like to read. Thanks for the opportunity to read it.

Jo from Southern Arizona

June Foster said...

Jo, this book is dedicated to The National Right to Life Committee in the Us. The content represents a Biblical worldview.

Lena, thank you so much for having me on your blog. June

Lyndie Blevins said...

Thanks for the opportunity to get this book.
Lyndie Blevins
Duncanville, Tx

Katie G. said...

Oh, I love the sound of this one! Please enter me! I'm from NC.

Katie G.

Deborah D said...

I would love to read this. It sounds wonderful.

Deborah D, from FL

June Foster said...

To Lena's blog followers, thank you so much for your comments. I would love nothing better for all of you to read this book and be encouraged. I think this novel would give any woman, or man for that matter, hope and freedom from guilt after having suffered an abortion.

Linda Kish said...

I would love to read this book.


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shirley Blanchard said...

i would love to read this book, thanks for the chance to win one.

shirley Blanchard said...

i would love to read this book, thanks for the chance to win one.

shirley Blanchard said...

My email is jcisforme@aol.com, wish me luck

mongupp said...

I loved June's book, As We Forgive! I would love to read this one.

Monica, Ontario

Norma S said...

Please enter me i would to read this book, it sounds great. Love your cover
and you and Lena had a great interview. God bless you.
Norma S. from Ohio

Mary Preston said...

DELIVER US is going to pull at my heart. I just know it.

Mary P


Patsy said...

This sounds great. Would love it read it!

from: South Mississippi

sm said...

Another new author to me. So many authors yet to read. Happiness! sharon, ca

Veronica Sternberg said...

This sounds like a great story. I'm in MN.

beckie said...

Sounds interesting!
Beckie from Kansas

Jennifer said...

Yay June! Great interview...I live in Alabama, like June :)

B. J. Robinson said...

June I just mentioned you to Shirley yesterday. I know she'd love your books. I can't wait for the one about the teacher :) I actually know someone that sort of happened to :) I have the Great Smoky Mountains of TN in two of my novels :) It's the honeymoon setting for my current WIP. Blessings for success, BJ