Often times we operate under the naïve impressions that something will be easy – learning to ski, raising kids, writing a book… Ha! Let’s forget about those first two for the moment because we’re talking about books, right?
I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve often made that mistake with a story. (The naïve impression thing.) I sit down and think “I’ll just whip this baby out.” Ha!
Let’s face it, some stories are years in the making. Kylen and Taysia’s story, Beyond the Waves, was such a story. I started this romance more than seven years ago, and was finally able to get back to it this year after completing several other books, and after the storyline took a totally different tack than I first thought it would. All that said, however, I’ve enjoyed the years these characters have lived in my mind and am excited to share them with you – and to get to work on the second book in this series, Caught in the Current, which I’ll be releasing this winter.
Beyond the Waves explores pride and second chances. Pride is a tricky little bugger that can come disguised in so many different forms in our lives. Taysia has to learn to ferret it out of all the little corners of her heart and constantly give herself back to God and ask Him to help her move forward.
I was just telling my husband last night that all of my heroes have a little bit of him in them. Kylen certainly does. He is infinitely patient with Taysia, just like my hubby is with so many people in his life. And I really enjoyed writing his part. He’s a hero any woman would be blessed to find!
After you read the description below, if Beyond the Waves sounds interesting feel free to leave a comment, because I’m giving away 10 digital copies of the book in whatever format you prefer to the commenters on this post. I’ll do the drawing on Tuesday the 19th.
Taysia Green nearly chokes on her water when Officer Kylen Sumner shows up in her office claiming he’s back in town because he loves her. Since he’s broken her heart more than once, and she recently started dating youth pastor Blaine Pittman, she wants absolutely nothing to do with Kylen. But he’s been asked to stand in as the mediator between Taysia and wannabe model Sophia Clinesmith, who twisted her ankle in the parking lot of Taysia’s business and is threatening a lawsuit.
If she didn’t need him to help save her gym, Taysia would tell Kylen to take a long midnight walk on a short cliffside trail.
She’s perfectly happy with her life just the way it is.
So why is it that just the sight of Kylen Sumner sets her traitorous heart to dancing faster than it did the time Blaine kissed her?
Born and raised in Malawi, Africa. Lynnette Bonner spent the first years of her life reveling in warm equatorial sunshine and the late evening duets of cicadas and hyenas. The year she turned eight she was off to Rift Valley Academy, a boarding school in Kenya where she spent many joy-filled years, and graduated in 1990.
That fall, she traded to a new duet–one of traffic and rain–when she moved to Kirkland, Washington to attend Northwest University. It was there that she met her husband and a few years later they moved to the small town of Pierce, Idaho.
During the time they lived in Idaho, while studying the history of their little town, Lynnette was inspired to begin the Shepherd’s Heart Series with Rocky Mountain Oasis.
Marty and Lynnette have four children, and currently live in Washington where Marty pastors a church.
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