Shannon here: Dana R. Lynn shares how she met her husband, plus a chance to win her latest Amish Romantic Suspense, Plain Retribution. Comment or answer the question at the end of the post to enter the drawing. Deadline: August 19th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Dana:
I grew up in Illinois in a rather large and boisterous family. I have always believed in romance and true love. And why wouldn’t I? My father loved to tell the story of how he met my mother and went home to tell his parents he’d met the girl he was going to marry. Sigh. I wanted my very own love story, too. While I waited, I went to college and got my certification to teach students who were deaf and hard of hearing.
By the time I was in my mid-twenties, though, I had started to doubt that I would meet that special someone. Until my best friend got married. She had moved to Pennsylvania after college. Soon she was engaged. When I went to Pennsylvania to be her maid of honor that May, it happened. I met the best man, Brad. And I knew.
He didn’t, though. I wasn’t worried. Some things are just meant to be. A few months later, I had found a teaching job and my own apartment in Meadville, PA. Now Brad and I were only forty-five minutes apart instead of nine hours. We spent every weekend together. And we talked on the phone nearly every night. I loved his quirky sense of humor and respected his integrity.
We dated for almost eleven months. In June, another friend of my husband was getting married in Kentucky. We were traveling in a large van with three other couples to the wedding. We all gathered at my best friend’s house for a quick meal before we headed out.
I had no clue that anything extraordinary was about to happen. Not until Brad called foreveryone’s attention when dinner was done. That’s when I noticed that my friend’s husband was messing with a video recorder. Before I could catch my breath, my sweet guy was down on one knee, proposing.
Six months later, we were married. Twenty years and three kids later, I am still amazed.
I guess my fascination with happy ever after is why I write romance.
This month, I am celebrating the release of my fourth book with Love Inspired Suspense, Plain Retribution. I am so excited about this book! I was able to put my education to use on this one. My heroine, Rebecca, is a profoundly deaf woman who relies completely on American Sign Language, or ASL to communicate. The hero, Miles, is a cop who is fluent in sign language. And it’s a good thing, too, because he is trying to protect her from someone who wants her dead.
One thread in my book is that a single decision can change your entire life. Rebecca and Miles have both learned that lesson.
Thanks, Shannon, for having me on your blog today!
About Dana: Dana grew up in Illinois, but now resides in rural Pennsylvania with her husband, three children, and enough animals to start her own petting zoo. She is a teacher for the Deaf and hard of hearing during the day, and an author of romantic suspense by night. She has been on the Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller list for religious fiction, and was a finalist in the 2017 New England Readers’ Choice contest. Her friends know to beware…anything they say may someday show up in a story.
About the book – Plain Retribution:
Ten years ago while on rumspringa, Rebecca Miller and her friends were kidnapped and held captive…and now, living in the English world, she’s nearly abducted again. One by one her friends who once helped send their abductor to jail are targeted, and she is next…unless police officer Miles Olsen can stop a killer. Deaf since birth, the only person on the force that Rebecca can communicate with is Miles, and he needs this case to redeem himself of past mistakes. When the relentless killer tracks them deep into the heart of Amish country, protecting Rebecca must be Miles’s sole focus. Because a mistake this time will cost something worth more to him than his job—the woman he’s falling for.
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Question for Readers: Have you ever made a decision that changed your life?
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