Angela Ruth Strong – Story Behind the Story – Part 1 of 1

Shannon here: Angela Ruth Strong shares how her characters meet and how she met her husband. Comment or answer the question at the end of the post to enter the drawing for latest Romantic Suspense title, Presumed Dead. Deadline: Feb 11th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Angela:

My Hero by Angela Ruth Strong

In Presumed Dead, Preston Tyler is framed for a sabotaged military op in which it is assumed that he died. If he reveals he survived, he will either be imprisoned by the government or killed by the real bad guys, so he lets his family think he’s dead as he tries to figure out who set him up. He’s hiding out at his old family cabin when he sees a bomb planted in his childhood sweetheart’s cabin. To save her life, he jumps on a Jet Ski, races across the lake, and shocks her with the truth of his existence. He hopes Holly will keep his secret and go back to life as normal, but she wants to help him track down the saboteurs.

She argues Ephesians 4:9-10. “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.”

Preston doesn’t want to risk her life. He doesn’t want to feel responsible for anyone else getting hurt. He also wants to protect himself from the pain of missing the life he once lived. So he pushes her away.

This is where my husband was at when I met him. He was waiting for his youngest daughter to graduate from high school then he was going to move to Alaska. He planned to grow a big beard, live off the land, and write women off forever.

But then I met him at a singles’ BBQ. We were the last to leave. We talked and talked and talked. He hugged me twice before I left. Then he didn’t call me for two months…

I didn’t know why he wasn’t calling me. I didn’t know he thought our chemistry was too good to last. I didn’t know he was trying to talk himself out of asking me out so he wouldn’t have to face heartbreak again. I didn’t know I was messing up his Alaska plans.

I was just like, “Bah. You can’t hug a girl twice and not call her back.”

Two months later he called because there was another singles’ event, and he wanted to know if I was going. Finally. We hit it off again, and by hit it off, I mean he pitched and I swung. He played a lot of softball in his single days, so maybe he only came for the sport, but, as fate would have it, I happened to have a couple tickets to a baseball game for later that week. I asked him if he’d want to go with me.

He said yes, but then he couldn’t wait that long to see me, so he invited me to lunch on that same day. We had two first dates on that day. Which kinda goes with the two hugs, right? Only this time he called me afterward.

I totally ruined his plans for Alaska. But after five years of marriage (and five snow days this year where he realized how much he would have hated living in the snow), he’s really glad he risked his heart with me.

Life isn’t perfect. We still fall a lot, but we have each other to help us get back up. Like Preston learns through Presumed Dead, we learned that God has given us each other for a reason. Two are definitely better than one.

About Angela: Angela Ruth Strong studied journalism at the University of Oregon and published her first novel,Love Finds You in Sun Valley, Idaho, in 2010. With movie producers interested in her book, she’s rereleased it as part of a new series titled Resort to Love, and she’s excited to be writing for Love Inspired Suspense, as well. This Idaho Top Author and Cascade Award winner also started IDAhope Writers to encourage other aspiring authors. She currently lives in Idaho with her husband and three teenagers where she teaches yoga and works as a ticket agent for an airline when not writing.

About the book – Presumed Dead:


Framed for a sabotaged military operation, Preston Tyler has allowed everyone to believe he’s dead—until he witnesses someone planting a bomb in his childhood sweetheart’s cabin. To save Holly Fontaine’s life, he must blow his cover. Holly is shaken…both by the explosion and the sudden appearance of a man she thought she’d lost forever. But their reunion is short-lived when the bomb planter returns, forcing their escape into Lake Tahoe’s wilderness. As they struggle to survive, memories of their shared past reignite old feelings. Holly refuses to lose Preston again, but with their pursuer closing in, will the ultimate betrayal tear them apart for good?

Learn more and connect:

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Can’t wait for the drawing? Get your copy now: Presumed Dead on Amazon

Question for Readers: Who helps you back up when you fall?


20 Responses to “Angela Ruth Strong – Story Behind the Story – Part 1 of 1”

  • Kathy Burdette says:

    My husband is my rock. We have been through a lot of things in our 41 years of marriage. But, he’s the one that holds the key to my heart.

  • Shelia Hall says:

    my daughter Emily and my friend Julie

  • Linda Moffitt says:

    That would be My Hubby. Thanks for the chance to win a copy. This books looks really good.

  • Lisa Brown says:

    My best friend, my husband, is always the one who helps me back up when I fall.
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

  • Cheryl Baranski says:

    My wonderful husband is the one that has been there for me through good times and bad going on 30 years of marriage. They said we wouldn’t last. We married the day before I graduated high school. Ten months later we had our first child.

  • karen says:

    My co-workers are always there to life me up when I need.

  • Beth C says:

    My husband is always there for me.

  • Janet Estridge says:

    When my husband broke his neck, the first person I turned too was the Lord.
    He was beside me each and every day of our journey through hospitalizations, therapy, doctor visits, and just life in general.
    Today, my husband is a walking and talking miracle from God.

  • Karen Hadley says:

    Absolutely God first then my husband. He is my rock, he encourages me and I draw strength from him.

  • Susieq says:

    I go to Jesus first, then my wonderful husband.

  • Maryann says:

    Jesus first. Without Him I would be totally lost. Next and right up there is my husband. He is my earthly rock, my best friend. He held my hand for 2 days when I was in a coma. He is just simply the best! Love him to pieces!

  • Anne Payne says:

    Of course, first is the Lord. I can do all things through him who gives me strength. (Phil 4:13)
    But the Lord also blessed me with my soulmate over 35 years ago. My husband is my physical rock!

  • Definitely God. But He gave a great husband too.

  • God blesses us through others. Glad so many of you have such great marriages. When my first husband left, I had a friend whose husband left her at the same time. God brought us together to support each other. I don’t know what I would have done without her. She was and still is a big part of my life.

  • Becky Smith says:

    Of course, God is the first to help me when I fall. He is always there, and always faithful. But my husband helps pick me up & helps me keep my eyes focused on Him. I also have a wonderful sister who I am very close to. My husband & I come from large families who are always there for us. And then we have a wonderful, close-knit church who continually amaze us & are always willing to pray or listen. Loved this article and your cute pictures! Can’t wait to read this!

  • Elizabeth Dent says:

    My husband is my rock . He has stood by me in my 2 cancers and 2 heart surgeries . This is just a few times .. My God is also my Rock , could not live without him . Thanks for the chance .

  • Elizabeth Dent says:

    My husband is my rock . He has stood my me during 2 cancers and 2 heart surgeries .that is just a few . Thanks for the chance to win your book .

  • My best friend

  • Linda says:

    My sister in love,she is always there for me.

  • stvannatter says:

    I have a winner! Becky Smith won the drawing. I appreciate Angela for being my guest and everyone else for stopping by.

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