Shannon here: Inspirational author, June Foster shares how her characters met from her September release, Christmas at Raccoon Creek. Comment or answer the question at the end of any post dated July 18 – 21 to enter the drawing. Winner will receive their copy in Sept. Deadline: July 30th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s June:
How Lance Hardwicke and Emily Eason Meet
Christmas in Raccoon Creek was so fun to write as I’ve never penned a time travel novel before. The verse I found appropriate for the theme is Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” My hero and heroine certainly discover this truth by the end of the novel.
In modern day Alabama, Emily Eason runs down to the local drug store to purchase Christmas decorations for her lovely home—her 1950’s style house she inherited from her grandmother. At the store, the graying, wrinkled and kindly old Mr. Hardwicke, pharmacist and owner, tells her for the umpteenth time about how he was once in love with her grandmother, but her grandpa Eason stole her away. She smiles, politely listens, and returns home to decorate her living room.
Her favorite purchase is a little snow globe with an adorable snowman situated next to a miniature village. Turning the round glass ball over, she stares at the flurry of snowflakes covering the snowman’s carrot nose and corn pipe sticking out of his mouth. Her decorating efforts make her tired so she sets the globe on the side table and curls up in her easy chair. But does she merely imagine the snowman winks at her? Soon she falls asleep.
She awakens when her cell phone rings—her old-fashioned tone. But instead of her cellular, she finds an old, black phone sitting on her dining room cabinet. To Emily’s dismay, someone is on the other end, the church secretary. But oddly enough, it’s not the woman she knows as the Raccoon Creek Community Church secretary.
More strange, her computer is missing and has been replaced with a beautiful jade plant. An old floor model TV sits in her living room. But most perplexing is the newspaper on her couch dated December 21, 1953. And the paper isn’t even yellowed and crumbly. Confusion clouds her brain. There is only one thing to do, go back to Hardwicke’s Drugs and clear up the mystery.
But instead of helping, the trip to Hardwicke’s creates more questions and uncertainly. Instead of the elderly owner, Lance Hardwicke is a twenty something, gorgeous guy with light blue eyes almost the color of Bradley Cooper. Who? She meant to say Frank Sinatra. More perplexing is she finds an attraction to him.
About June: An award-winning author, June Foster is a retired teacher with a BA in education and MA in counseling. June has written four novels for Desert Breeze Publishing. The Bellewood Series, Give Us This Day, As We Forgive, and Deliver Us, and Hometown Fourth of July. Ryan’s Father is available from WhiteFire Publishing. Red and the Wolf, a modern day retelling of Little Red Riding Hood and The Almond Tree Series, For All Eternity, Echoes From the Past, and What God Knew are available from Amazon.com. Misty Hollow and A New Family are published by Helping Hands Press and available at Amazon. June enjoys writing stories about characters who overcome the circumstances in their lives by the power of God and His Word. Learn more and connect: June’s Website.
About the book – Christmas at Raccoon Creek:
When love spans the decades
Emily Eason wants to distance herself from her parents’ opulent lifestyle in Birmingham, Alabama, and enjoy life in the rural village of Raccoon Creek and her fifties-style home. But after gazing into the little snow globe she purchased from Hardwicke’s Drugs and Gifts, she finds herself transported to another time—her grandmother’s era.
Lance Hardwicke is the pharmacist and owner of Hardwicke’s Drugs. Four years of pharmacy school didn’t allow for much of a social life. Gorgeous Emily Eason, nurse and resident of Raccoon Creek, has captured his attention. The next time she comes in the store, he’s determined to ask her out. Maybe take her to Birmingham to see the Christmas lights in his brand new orange and white ’53 Pontiac Pathfinder.
Can love span the fifty-year gap standing between them?
Question for Readers: Have you ever had a snow globe? What did you like most about it?
Come back July 21st for June’s character interview!