Shannon here: Contemporary romance author, Paula Mowery shares how she met her husband and how her characters meet in her latest release, For Our Good. Comment or answer the question at the end of any post dated Sept 28 – Oct 2 to enter the drawing for an e-book copy. Deadline: Oct 10th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Paula:
- How did you meet your spouse?
My spouse and I grew up all through school together. We were in first grade but didn’t really know each other well. It wasn’t until middle school that we really started to get to know one another.
Back then when a couple wanted to date, we called it “going together.” Recently my husband brought up a pair of pants I used to wear that he still remembers. The pants were light blue and on one of the back pockets was a red and white roller skate which laced up with a white string. We laughed recalling those pants that he found so attractive.
Unfortunately, I moved to a town an hour away and didn’t return until my sophomore year in high school. But soon after my return, we found ourselves back together. High school sweethearts and then married right after I graduated from college.
- How do your hero and heroine meet?
Charlie needed to get to Knoxville, Tennessee, for her temporary assignment with the police department. Just so happens that Colton and his co-pilot, Marshall, are dropping off their boss in Florida and can provide Charlie her ride.
Excerpt from For Our Good by Paula Mowery:
Colton readied for the return flight to Knoxville. A police car drove up next to the plane and stopped. A woman emerged from the passenger side and jogged to the trunk, pulling luggage out. She was slender and yet muscles rippled, showing from under her capri pants and short sleeved shirt, not like a body builder but very toned. Her emerald green eyes glinted in the sun, and her black hair was straight and shiny, pulled back into a ponytail.
He cleared his throat and stepped forward, hand extended. “Hello, I’m Colton Thomas, one of your pilots this afternoon.”
She cocked an eyebrow and took his hand, shaking it firmly. “I’m Charlie. I appreciate the lift.”
“We’re glad we could be of service.”
She smiled and his pulse picked up.
About Paula: Paula Mowery is a published author, acquisitions editor, and speaker. Her first two published works were The Blessing Seer and Be The Blessing from Pelican Book Group. Both are women’s fiction, and their themes have been the topics of speaking engagements. Be The Blessing won the Selah Award in 2014 in the novella category. In November of 2013, her first romance released in the anthology, Brave New Century, from Prism Book Group. This book went to number five on Amazon’s bestseller category, historical Christian romance. Legacy and Love was her first solo romance and was a finalist in the Carolyn Readers Choice Awards in 2015.
Reviewers of her writing characterize it as “thundering with emotion.” Her articles have appeared in Woman’s World, The Christian Online Magazine, and the multi-author devotional blog, Full Flavored Living. She wrote a section for Join the Insanity by Rhonda Rhea. She has devotionals included in several collaborative books.
Paula is a pastor’s wife and mom to a college student. She homeschooled her daughter through all twelve years, and they both lived to tell about it. Before educating her daughter at home, she was an English teacher in public school.
You can follow Paula at www.facebook.com/pages/Paula-Mowery/175869562589187. Learn more about Paula at her blog at www.paulamowery.blogspot.com or enjoy her monthly columns on www.christianonlinemagazine.com. You can also check out her blog for Christian writers at www.ccwcu.blogspot.com.
About the book: Charlie Jarvis is haunted by loss that fuels her desire to rid the world of drug traffickers. When her next assignment takes her back to her hometown, she has to confront her painful past. She has no interest in a relationship since God seems to kill everyone she loves.
Colton Thomas appreciates material things and the status of being a corporate pilot. When someone approaches him to deliver a package for a large sum of money that could wipe out his debts, temptation knocks loud on his door even as his partner, Marshall, slams it shut. Meeting Charlie challenges his non-committal stance with women. As he considers who he has become and the kind of man he would want to be for Charlie, he confronts his own shallow lifestyle and the fear that he would never be able to help her heal her wounds.
As Charlie pursues the man causing young boys to die of overdoses, she struggles with the secrets she keeps from Colton. With people around them shining the light of God and encouraging their courtship, both Charlie and Colton have to face hard truths about life, death, love, and faith. And maybe find a fresh start for them both.
Reader question: How long have you known your spouse? Did you enjoy many seasons together like me or was it a chance meeting like Charlie and Colton? If not married, apply the question to a family member or friend.
Come back Sept 30th for romantic gestures from Paula’s husband and her hero!