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Good Girls and Bad Boys

This blog is going to be a confusing mess, reflective of my feelings on whether good girls should have anything to do with bad boys – or good boys enter relationships with bad girls.  The whole idea is fraught with risk and catastrophic personal repercussions.  The mother/grandmother part of me says no-way, no how, run!  Add Christian to mom/granny and I want to say always offer grace while keeping your eyes fixed on Jesus and following in His footsteps. God designed us to have a conscience.  We know what’s right and wrong.

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Timeless Hymns

Abra learns to play piano as a child.  She loves music, and is gifted with talent and nice long fingers.  Her teacher, Mitzi, recognizes a kindred spirit and relishes training her.  Mitzi finds a way to use music as a healing device and a means of planting seeds that will begin to grow when Abra goes through her time in the wilderness. 

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Love in Time of War

In Bridge to Haven, Joshua and Abra carry on a Korean war-time correspondence.  We cut some of the letters from the manuscript, but they may be posted on the Facebook page after the book is released.  Letters were a way to keep the story moving forward and having time pass more quickly.  Letters also showed the change occurring in two primary characters, one by the devastating effects of war on men in battle and the other, the turbulent emotional highs and lows of the teen years.  Joshua already knows who he is and what he wants, but Abra has a lot of growing up

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Loving Mentors

Sometimes we don’t recognize the mentors we’ve had until we grow up and look back over our lives.  At the time, they may have been someone we saw on a regular basis because of school or church schedules, odd jobs around the neighborhood, going to piano lessons.  The main character of Bridge to Haven, Abra, has several mentors, but one in particular has a warm spot in my heart.

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Hollywood Photographs

One of the scenes in the new novel is in a photo studio when agent, Franklin Moss, arranges for publicity shots for “Lena Scott” (Abra). She feels shy in the beginning, but after a few glasses of champagne quickly gets into the swing of being a model and playing to the camera.  She will find out that stills are different than acting in front of a camera crew, director, make-up artists, and a cast of other workers necessary in making a motion picture.  She remains camera-shy, but learns to play her role well in a fantasy world that chews people up and spits them out.

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Favorite Diners and Foods

It seems most high school students have a favorite place to hang out. In Bridge to Haven, Abra and her friends cross the street to Eddie’s, a hamburger joint run by a proprietor who has a soft spot for troubled teens, hiring and rehabilitating them before they end up in the pen.  We had a couple of hangouts in my home town.  I worked in one called “The Ivory” during the summer and after school.  I could make a “mean” banana split and even slung some hamburgers.

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Update - The Fight

Over the past months, I have posted several times on sex trafficking.  Rick and I support Crossing the Jordan, a local ministry that is on the front lines.  Recently, my daughter, grand-daughter and I attended a rally put on by the Sonoma County Task Force Against Sex Trafficking.  Our city and county have become increasingly aware of the problem and are joining the fight to end human trafficking.  Public meetings last year brought together representatives from our local police department, homeland security, FBI, non-government agencies and several ministries and encoura

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Hollywood Love Stories

The tabloids are always full of Hollywood love stories, often involving adultery, broken hearts, aberrant practices that the rest of the population is told not only to “tolerate”, but embrace.  The Hollywood power couples usually fall apart in a life of constant perusal, flash bulbs popping and what-happened-to-the-happily-ever-after predictions.  I don’t read the tabloids, but I confess I go to my dentist’s office early to catch up on People Magazine.  All that glitz and glamor seldom brings anything but a crash and burn and a new partner in the dance.

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Why Hollywood as a setting?

When I was a girl growing up in the fifties and early sixties in a small farm town in Northern California, Hollywood seemed like the most glamorous place in the world.  Once in a while, I’d buy a movie magazine, especially if I spotted a favorite television or movie star.  I had a crush on Little Joe Cartwright (Michael Landon) when I was twelve.  Remember Tab Hunter? Blonde, tan and gorgeous.  One of the first records I bought was “Young Love, True Love”, his one and only hit song.

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Why I Wrote Bridge to Haven

Every story I’ve written has begun with a question or issue with which I’m wrestling.  I have particular struggles in my faith walk that seem to come up over and over again.  It is easier for me to trust the Lord with my life than it is to trust Him with the lives of those I love.  Why is that?  I know in my head He has a plan for each life, but when I witness slips, fear nibbles its way through my defenses.  I need a strong reminder that God loves the individual even more than I do, and no matter how life may look, God is at work.

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