Shannon here: Love Inspired author, Lyn Cote shares her real life romance and a chance to win her book: Shelter of Hope. To be eligible, comment and include your e-mail address (stvauthor at yahoo dot com) on any post dated Sept 27 – Oct 2 by Oct 2, 8:00 PM Central. Here’s Lyn:
My dh and I met on New Year’s Eve 1973. An old friend of his invited my future dh to come to a church singles and couples party at a home. It was not love at first sight for me. But he did notice me.
About a month later, he visited our church for a special choral program on Sunday evening. That was the MOMENT I noticed him. Actually I wondered if I were imagining things. Whenever I looked at him, a bright light shone all around him. I kept blinking but the light stayed with him. Was this from God?
Only God knows but that night I spoke to him and invited him to a few more activities with our group. Within a month we became a twosome within the group. Within another month he proposed but we kept it a secret till May when he bought me an engagement ring.
Our mothers both were upset because we were from two different “brands” of Christianity. This was a bit irritating since neither of our mothers attended church. But we decided to visit each other’s church and let God lead us. A good decision. This difference disappeared.
Anyway, that’s our story. On October 5, 2010, we’ll celebrate our 36th anniversary. (Yes, I was a child bride.:-) Our path has not always been smooth–just like all other couples. But whenever we’ve been tempted to stop trying, our anchor has held. BTW, our late mothers came around–especially after we gave them a handsome grandson and beautiful daughter.
My latest book Shelter of Hope is a story of the same kind of love. It starts unexpectedly and is blessed by God. It releases in September through Steeple Hill, Love Inspired. Shelter of Hope is the 1st in New Friends Street series.
Blurb: The House that Love Built
Struggling single mother Rosa Santos is deeply touched when volunteers band together to build her a home. With a waitressing job, community college and church, Rosa barely has time to help, let alone dream about a husband and father figure. But when handsome volunteer Marc Chambers hands her withdrawn young son a little hammer, her heart swells. Suddenly, her son is blossoming. But the closer she and Marc get, the more he pulls away. Why? He’s built her a shelter of hope. One she—and her son—pray he’ll take refuge within….
About Lyn: When Lyn Cote became a mother, she gave up teaching, and while raising a son and a daughter, she began working on her first novel. Long years of rejection followed. Finally in 1997, Lyn got “the call.” Her first book, Never Alone, was chosen by Steeple Hill for the new Love Inspired romance line. Since then, Lyn has had over thirty novels published. In 2006 Lyn’s book, Chloe, was a finalist for the RITA, one of the highest awards in the romance genre. Lyn’s brand “Strong Women, Brave Stories,” always includes three elements: a strong heroine who is a passionate participant in her times, authentic historical detail and a multicultural cast of characters. Lyn also features stories of strong women both from real life and true to life fiction on her blog http://strongwomenbravestories.blogspot.com Lyn also can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads. Drop by and “friend or follow” her. Now living her dream of writing books at her lake cottage in northern Wisconsin, Lyn hopes her books show the power of divine as well as human love. To purchase a copy of Shelter of Hope, drop by www.LynCote.net
Come back Sept 28 for links to your top ten posts on the Inkslinger blog from June – August and Sept. 29 for aspiring inspirational author, Lisa Collins’ real life romance.