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Romantic Reads Blog Tour + Giveaway with Patricia Lee

Hello Reader! Thank you for joining Christian Shelf-Esteem on Mountain Brook Ink’s “Romantic Reads Blog Tour.” Follow the tour schedule below from February 23 – March 2 for opportunities to win free e-books, Amazon gift cards, and the grand prize, a Kindle Fire HD. Comment on this post and join the conversation for an opportunity to win a free e-book from Patricia Lee. To enter for the Kindle Fire or a giftcard, enter the rafflecopter form below. We hope you’ll discover a new favorite author and make some new friends! Have fun!

Even Heroines Need To Trust

Have you, or someone you’ve known, ever faced a life-threatening illness? I have a childhood friend who was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. I won’t lie. I’m afraid for her.
Illness presents itself in all facets of life. Perhaps the infection is virus-borne, like the influenza that seems to plague us every winter. Left unchecked the ailment can develop complications that further threaten us.
Or the malady is inherited—a DNA link the cause—brought to its victim by a mother or father. Do we wander library shelves seeking solutions? Do we surf the internet for all the sites that might provide clues to beating whatever it is we face? Our lives are spent ever watchful, repeatedly being tested, in an attempt to ensure the disorder doesn’t find its way to us.
In my upcoming novel, Love Calls Her Home, which releases March 1, the heroine, Lissa Frye, faces the disease question. A former Naval Intelligence Officer, she wants what most women her age seek—a new work environment, a husband, and a family, in time. But lurking over her shoulder is the ever present reminder that she could be the next casualty in an illness over which she has no control. Her fear affects her reality. The dreams she came home to find fizzle in the uncertainty.
The words of Proverbs 3:5,6 are familiar to most of us—“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight.”

Sounds easy enough. But is that all we need do? Seriously, how many of us say a prayer, leave it in God’s hands, and move on with confidence? When our future is on the line, don’t we really want the Lord to swoop down and heal? The sooner the better?

We say we want to trust, but we become needy beggars, pleading with the God of the universe to spare us. Trust flies out the window. Our belief becomes more a matter of wait and see. We know God loves us, but. . .

We want it our way. We hope, we fear, and we don’t surrender to the Father who loves us.
But God stands by us, even then. We don’t have to be strong. We can be weepy and scared. Christ’s strength will carry us through the fear.

II Corinthians 12:9, “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

In my novel, Lissa will have to learn about trust. She will have to find her peace. Will she come to terms with her future and trust God to lead her before she sacrifices all?

Psalm 37:5 sums up the matter: “Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.”

Good advice when the path before us is dark, the journey frightening, and the future unknown. Holding the hand of God will steady us and lead us on. Somewhere beyond the darkness, the sun will shine again.

Blog Tour Schedule:
February 23: Angela Ruth Strong w/ Shannon Vannatter
February 23: Angela Ruth Strong w/ Caffinated Reads
February 24: Angela Ruth Strong w/ Books, Music, and Life
February 25: Patricia Lee w/ Books N Baubles
February 25: Patricia Lee w/ Miralee Ferrell
February 26: Patricia Lee w/ Christian Shelf-Esteem
February 27: Janalyn Voigt w/ Among the Reads
February 27: Janalyn Voigt w/ Homemade Mythology
February 28: Janalyn Voigt w/ Debbie Lynne Costello
March 1: Barbara J. Scott w/ Kat’s Corner Books
March 1: Barbara J. Scott w/ April Erin
March 2: Barbara J. Scott w/ Petticoats & Pistols

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Lee-2LoveCallsHerHomeSMALLCan a hurting boy help two broken people find their way back to love ?
Lissa Frye returns home from the Navy hoping to find a different future—one which includes a husband, marriage, and a family, until news from her sister impacts Lissa’s personal life and derails her plans.
Kurt McKintrick, having lost his best friend to an IED in Afghanistan, has returned to help the man’s mother run a horse rescue ranch. Images of war plague him, and thoughts of anyone else he might love falling victim to an untimely end, distance him from the person most likely to help.
Eleven-year-old Jayden Clarke seeks to fill the ache in his heart from his father’s death two years before. But his life is turned upside down when the rancher who befriended him is found dead, the horses neglected, and the dog missing. When authorities arrive to investigate, Lissa and Kurt, estranged after a former relationship, are forced to meet again. Lissa must confront images from her past and Kurt struggles to live with his present truth.

Will Jayden be the catalyst that draws Lissa and Kurt back together for a happily ever after?

PatriciaLeeSquareAuthor Bio: Patricia Lee is a published author, having written since she first learned what words could do at the age of six. She holds a BA in journalism from the University of Oregon. Articles to her credit have appeared in Moody Monthly, Power for Living, Expecting and Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse as well as in two anthologies— Cup of Comfort Bible Promises and In the Company of Angels. She is part of a team of bloggers who submit short devotionals for FaithHappenings.com.
Patricia is a member of the Oregon Christian Writers and of American Christian Fiction Writers. She and her husband have two adult children and live in the Pacific Northwest with two sleepy cats.
Visit Patricia: authorpatricialee.net
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3 thoughts on “Romantic Reads Blog Tour + Giveaway with Patricia Lee

  1. I had to repent just this weekend of my fear and anxiety about my upcoming 2nd cataract surgery (tomorrow). Anesthesia is pretty much ineffective on me, something it’s taken a lifetime (I’m 55) to discover, and I had let that get me all in knots: “I’m going under for the first time (not “twilight”)… what if I wake up in the middle of it? They’re going to be IN MY EYE!”
    I am at peace now, though, because I realized that, no matter what, God has me right where He wants me. He’ll take care of any situation that arises, even worst-case scenario.

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