Shannon here: Inspirational romance author, June Foster shares insight into her characters’ romance from her novel, For All Eternity. Comment or answer the question at the end of any post dated July 13 – 17 to enter the drawing for three of June’s titles. Three winners get one book each. Winners’ choice of paper or e-book for US. E-book for international. Deadline: July 25th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s June:
The first time I kissed Joella Crawford, I tried with all my might not to take her in my arms but failed. The burden of knowing what my father or my church would say almost strangled me.
Here’s my story. Growing up as JD Neilson, great grandson of one of the eleven founders of Exalted Brethren, proved almost unbearable at times. My dad, Rawlin Neilson, demanded the family take our faith seriously, especially making sure our good deeds in this life outweighed the bad. That was the only way to earn our tickets to heaven. Exalter Father was an exacting god.
I met Joella Crawford when she ran over me with her bike. Yes, she clobbered me on campus one Saturday morning, but I soon forgave her. I knew she had peace in her life, something I lacked. As I got to know her, I soon realized I had to lie to her. If she discovered I belonged to EB, she’d tell me to get lost, and I couldn’t bear the thought. I hate to admit it, but I made her believe I belonged to a church like hers.
At first I tried to fool myself into believing Joella and I could just be friends. But after it was too late, I had to admit the truth, I’d fallen in love with her. One late afternoon, after a strenuous day at work, I asked her to take a walk with me in Ormond park. Just to unwind. We stopped at a delightful babbling brook and relaxed at a picnic table. She could tell right away that I was stressed and stood behind me rubbing my tired shoulders. Before I thought, I gently pulled her down beside me and gazed into her amber eyes.
For a moment, I fought the strong desire within me to feel her lips on mine. But then it was too late. The world around me seemed to melt away as I gave into the hunger for her mouth. I wove my hands through her long silky hair and drew her closer to me.
Her soft fingers caressed my neck and the aroma of apricots intoxicated me. I’d kissed girls in high school, but never this, never with this feeling. I knew one thing. My heart had crossed a line, and there was no turning back after our first kiss.
If you’d like to read the rest of our story, you can find it in For All Eternity by June Foster.
About June: An award-winning author, June Foster is a retired teacher with a BA in education and MA in counseling. June has written four novels for Desert Breeze Publishing. The Bellewood Series, Give Us This Day, As We Forgive, and Deliver Us, and Hometown Fourth of July. Ryan’s Father is available from WhiteFire Publishing. Red and the Wolf, a modern day retelling of Little Red Riding Hood and Books One and Two in the Almond Tree Series, For All Eternity and Echoes From the Past, are available from Amazon.com. June enjoys writing stories about characters who overcome the circumstances in their lives by the power of God and His Word.
About the book – For All Eternity:
Joella Crawford never expects to meet the man of her dreams when she plows over handsome JD Neilson with her bicycle. She can’t just leave the gorgeous guy lying on the ground with a bloody leg so she administers first aid. Now she’s convinced God’s answered her pleas for a Christian husband. The accountant prays, reads his Bible, and exhibits impeccable manners. He’s perfect. Or is he?
JD Neilson falls in love with classy interior designer, Joella Crawford, despite his father’s directive to marry a woman in the one true church, Exalted Brethren. But the beautiful woman awakens hunger in his heart. No matter how hard he tries to gain status in the afterlife, he can’t discover the quiet peace he sees in Joella’s life. Can he find the strength to forsake the teachings of his childhood to embrace The Truth? If he does, will Joella accept him or has he lost her forever?
Question for Readers: JD met Joella when she ran over him with her bike. Have you ever wrecked your bike?
Come back July 17th for June’s Recipe for Romance!