Hey all! We’re talking books on the porch today.
My Kindle is loaded with good books — fiction, research as well as spiritual topics like prayer from E.M. Bounds.
But I also have the privilege of reading an advanced copy of “It Had To Be You” by Susan May Warren.
Here’s a blurb:
Eden Christiansen never imagined her role as her younger brother Owen’s cheerleader would keep her on the sidelines of her own life. Sure, it feels good to be needed, but looking after the reckless NHL rookie leaves little time for Eden to focus on her own career.
She dreamed of making a name for herself as a reporter, but is stuck writing obits—and starting to fear she doesn’t have the chops to land a major story. If only someone would step up to mentor Owen . . . but she knows better than to expect help from team veteran and bad-boy enforcer Jace Jacobsen.
Jace has built his career on the infamous reputation of his aggressive behavior—on and off the ice. Now at a crossroads about his future in hockey, that reputation has him trapped. And the guilt-trip he’s getting from Eden Christiansen isn’t making things any easier.
But when Owen’s carelessness leads to a career-threatening injury and Eden stumbles upon a story that could be her big break, she and Jace are thrown together . . . and begin to wonder if they belong on the same team after all.
Susie is an award winning, best selling author. And an amazing writing teacher and coach. I’m honored not only to call her friend but my writing partner.
We met about 11 years ago, online, through the American Christian Fiction Writers email loop.
She was a missionary in Siberia!
Then we met face-to-face at the first ACFW conference in Kansas City and she was the belle of the ball having just landed her first contract with Tyndale House.
A mutual friend invited me into their “group” and our friendship grew.
A few years later, I was stuck, stuck, stuck on writing my third chick lit for Thomas Nelson.
Days before the manuscript was due, I was a worn out, zombie-author who felt sure she was on her way to failure.
I called Susie on a Sunday afternoon to share my whoas. She said, “Send me what you have.”
On her own deadline with four kids at home, she took the time to read and rewrite, yes, rewrite, my opening chapter to help me focus.
I took her work, made it my own, and prayed for a miracle, which I got two days later (an extended deadline from the publisher, not me!) and Sweet Caroline went on to win ACFW’s Book of the Year.
Writing is a solitary team sport. I know, it makes no sense but writers need other writers. We need readers. Understanding friends and family.
That’s how all those great books are created.
So, pause and pick up a Susan May Warren book. You’ll love it!
She was recently named American Christian Fiction Writers Mentor of the Year.
Visit her web site at here