Shannon here: Teresa Pollard shares a romantic excerpt from her latest Biblical Fiction, Woman of Light. Comment or answer the question at the end of the post to enter the drawing for a copy. Deadline: Oct 24th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Teresa:
Slowly Deborah stood up. She slid her arms into his ripped tunic, wrapped her strong arms around his bared muscular chest, and hugged him tightly. She wasn’t a small woman, being nearly as tall as he was; only much thinner. Dark eyes and small lips gave her a kind of beauty that many men wouldn’t recognize, but he still quivered with excitement after almost ten years of marriage. Her deep resonant voice could command attention when she wanted it to, but she didn’t realize that power within herself. Most of the time she spoke so softly that he had to lean closer to hear her. It was only when she sang that everyone would hear and stop to listen to the sweet honey of her song.
“Oh, husband,” she whispered against his shoulder, “Someone is with Saba. I wouldn’t leave him alone. You know that. Yes, I’m tired, but I’ll be fine. I just needed to be alone for a while. Everyone keeps urging me to cry. I’ve already shed enough tears to fill the Sea of Galilee, and Saba was here then to see me shed them. Tears now are only for my own benefit to cleanse my soul of its longing to have my Saba back.” She looked up, tears glistening in her dark eyes despite her words. “He is in the hands of Adonai now, and truly, can you think of any more wonderful place to be than with Father Abraham, Father Isaac, Father Jacob, and with his own father and my mother? I have this picture of it in my head with green mountainsides and clear blue skies and the sound of harps and flutes and all kinds of melodies filling the air with an unending song, but somehow I know that it must be even more beautiful than I can imagine. It must be so wonderful there. I wish I could be there with them to see how beautiful it truly is.”
Deborah sighed and started to bend back to her work, but he held her upright…
He took her small chin in his hand, and stared into her eyes. “Don’t talk such foolishness, woman. Don’t you know that I need you here, and so do our little fawns. Remember our four daughters waiting for us at home back in Kedesh. They need their mother as much as I need my wife. I’ll hear no more talk of being with our forefathers.”
Deborah played with the ripped edge of his mourning garment. “Does it bother you, Beloved, that we have only daughters? I know some men would have divorced me long before now.”
He lifted her chin and gently kissed the tip of her nose. “Am I that foolish that you would ask me such a question? Am I not treated like a king when I walk through my door with my beautiful angels surrounding me with their kisses and hugs? How could a man possibly not be overwhelmed by such adoration? What more could sons give me?” He laughed again. “Besides, your Saba told me that Jacob’s prophecy to Naphtali was about you; ‘a hind let loose who has beautiful fawns.’ What man can argue with Father Jacob?”
She rubbed her hand down the smooth face that had already been shaved as a sign of mourning for Ehud. “Maybe a man can’t, but I think I will ask our Father in Heaven if He can make an exception and give us a beautiful son this time.”
He gazed into her dark eyes. “Are you trying to tell me something, wife?”
About Teresa: Teresa Pollard is from Richmond, Virginia, and was saved at a young age. She has a Master of Arts degree in English and Creative Writing from Hollins College, and has served as a Sunday School teacher and children’s worker for most of the last forty years. She is the co-author of Not Guilty and Not Ashamed (due July 7), and the author of Tokens of Promise and Woman of Light, (also due out from HopeSprings Books in October). Married for forty years, she was devastated by divorce and the death of her youngest daughter, but God has blessed her with a new home and another grandson, and she now resides in Dacula, Georgia. She blogs every Tuesday at http://teresatalkstaboo.wordpress.com. Follow her on Facebook at Teresa Pollard, Author.
About the book – Woman of Light: Ehud, Israel’s great judge, is dead. He must have been out of his mind with sickness to prophesy that his granddaughter Deborah would judge Israel. Just who does she think she is? Doesn’t she know Sisera’s iron chariots threaten to annihilate the fledgling nation? And Barak? A poor man who can barely feed his own family. What kind of a God would choose two such improbable people to lead His people to battle?
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