I’m so excited to share my newest release with you! It’s funny sometimes how books come to be – and really I never get tired of all the different ways that story ideas pop into my head. The story behind A Splash of Substance is no different. I have a handful of friends who don’t vote. They have varied reasons surrounding this decision that range from well thought out arguments to admitted laziness. (I do appreciate the honesty of my lazy friends!) We’ve often had long and engaging discussions about our differing opinions on the topic, and I knew it was something I wanted to incorporate into my books at some point. I’ve also been doing some thinking about sustainability (owing in large part to reading Valerie Comer’s fabulous books) and trying to figure out ways I can make changes in my own life to be a better steward of the earth. Throw in the fact that I’ve been desperate to write a book for Lindsey, the main secondary character from my book Courage to Change, and the major nuggets of the story were born.
So I started writing. And then, because I love the little world I created in those first Grant Us Grace novels, I thought, “Hey! Let’s make Jackson Trent the hero!” If you’ve read my first three books, Jackson crops up in each of them as a house sitter at one point or another while he’s busily finishing up his education. I wrote a scene or two with Lindsey and Jackson…and then I did the math.
Now, I love math. You don’t get a PhD in computer science without at least a strong fondness for math. But in this case, doing the math was horrible. Because, at the point in time for the story, Lindsey would be just barely eighteen and Jackson would be pushing twenty-eight. Um. No. Now, I know that age difference can work in real life and I’m not saying anything about those real-life romances that happen like that, but it’s not one that works for the story I was hoping to tell. So…back to the drawing board I went. And it killed me just a little, because I love Lindsey and I really want her to have her happily ever after…but it’s just not time yet. What’s cool, though, is I came up with Paige. And she was simply a delight to write about – and she’s the perfect compliment to Jackson. She makes him think. She challenges his viewpoints. And he does the same for her.
I hope that you’ll spend some time getting to know Paige and Jackson and that you’ll love them as much as I do. If you’d like to read most of the first chapter, you can find it on my blog.
If you want to know a bit more, here’s the back cover:
She doesn’t vote. He works for a Senator. Is it a recipe for romance or disaster?
Paige Jackson has always stayed out of politics, leaving it to God to govern the world. She has enough on her plate as the owner of a catering company founded on convictions to buy local, sustainable fare. Jackson Trent works on Capitol Hill for Senator Carson, putting his beliefs in action to help shape national policy.
Hoping to find high-end clients to keep her business afloat, Paige bids on a contract to cater the Senator’s next fundraiser. Shake-ups in the Senator’s staff leave Jackson grudgingly in charge of the event. After Paige is chosen as caterer, she and Jackson must work together despite opposing beliefs on how God calls Christians to participate in government. As Paige introduces Jackson to sustainable fare, it’s not just the food that piques his interest.
When Senator Carson becomes front-page news in Washington, Paige is sucked into the whirlwind of scandal. Can Jackson convince Paige he wasn’t complicit and win her back or has politics burned his chance at love?
I’d love to give away an ebook copy or two – so if you’re interested, tell me what would be the deal-breaker difference between you and a potential spouse (OTHER than faith in Jesus).