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A Harmony for Steve is Available Today!

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HARMONY and STEVE draw closer and spiritual war wages when heaven meets hell.

Though both are internationally recognized singing mega-stars, HARMONY Harper and STEVE Slayer could not be more different. Steve screams out sinfully satanic strains while Harmony uses her God given gifts to bring glory to the Risen Savoir. Somehow, when they meet on even terms, their differences don’t matter. Can they be together when fanatical followers would do anything to keep them apart?

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Christian contemporary singing sensation, daughter of Christian radio and media family counselor icons, HARMONY HARPER, has spent her entire life serving God. From teen sensation to celebrated adult Christian contemporary music artist, she regularly plays sold-out concerts everywhere she goes. Nearing thirty, and nearing burnout, Harmony heads to her mountain cabin hideaway to commune with Christ and compose some new music.

Hard rocker STEVE SLAYER faces an ultimatum: keep rocking life the hard way and watch his organs fail due to addictions, or, sober up – for real this time – and live. Hiding out in the mountains of Oregon, he spends weeks detoxing. Finally strong enough to venture into town, he comes face to face with Harmony. Over the next several weeks, the two become unlikely friends as Steve learns to love and trust God, and mutual attraction surprises them both.

Once news of their budding romance reaches the world, no one is happy. Not her people – not his people. Then letters written in blood start arriving. An attack on a concert threatens more than just their lives. Harmony and Steve realize the threats might just be real.

Can Harmony and Steve discover who wants to destroy them, or will the enemy bring their house down in a dissonance that strikes at their very souls?

A Harmony for Steve is now available at any of the following eBook retailers:

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You can read about how hard this book was for me to write for the last two years at this blog post. I would love to hear from you after you’ve read this book. Please leave a review where you bought it, or you can email me any time!

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For We Do Not Wrestle Against Flesh And Blood

cover-front_9781939603-4ah4s_640In writing the Song of Suspense Series, I intentionally played around with different suspense styles of writing. A Melody for James is a political/psychological thriller, as James and Melody try to figure out who is after his company’s intellectual property worth billions of dollars, and determine if they tied to Melody’s stalker. An Aria for Nick is Hallee Bridgeman meets Mission Impossible – a fast-paced action adventure as the protagonists race across the country to stop a nuclear disaster. A Carol for Kent is a serial killer murder mystery, police slash district attorney kind of fare.

In May 2014, I published A Carol for Kent. At that time, I conceived A Harmony for Steve. The idea was that I would have a Christian artist who falls in love with a recovering drug addict hard rocker. Because this is a suspense series, I thought that the next style would be something a little darker – more ominous, with a spiritual warfare undertone.

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I began writing it in May 2014. Almost immediately after Carol’s release, I started getting emails from fans asking when Harmony would be released.

The biggest problem was that the farther I got into the story, the darker I felt. The spiritual warfare in the book kind of sucked me into that darkness, and I felt so dragged down writing it. After taking the summer off (as I do when my children get out of school) I made a personal decision to stop writing it and to write all eight books in the Virtues and Valor series instead.

In the time since I published A Carol for Kent, I’ve published all 8 of the Virtues and Valor Series, Christmas Star Sapphire, and On the Ropes. Finally, after writing On the Ropes, my tenth novella in two years, I prayed and thought and prayed and felt ready to tackle the literal demons in my book.

A Harmony for Steve was the hardest book I’ve ever written. It took the most out of me. When I write, I experience what the character experiences – I think, feel, hear, see, smell, taste – I am in the character’s head the whole time I’m writing. Every time I wrote the point of view of the character Railroad or Charles Galton or any of the other evil minor characters in this book, I had to enter the dark world of spiritual possession and true evil.

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Image source: The Front Porch

Once I truly delved into the book itself, I began experiencing spiritual attacks. I can’t go into them here, but the last six months have been some of the hardest, mentally and emotionally, of my life. I even went into a mindset that I would finish A Harmony for Steve, because I’d been promising it for over two years and my fans deserved it, and I would be done. That would be the last book I would ever write. I didn’t think I would be able to create a fictional world filled with fictional characters ever again.

Finishing it took a lot of prayer, on my part and on the part of intercessory prayer from my friends. The end result is what my beta readers are calling “The best book I’ve ever written.”

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Thankfully, now that it’s done, I am ready to get back to work on the next project. The idea of never writing again is gone. I’m excited about the next thing (another Jewel Series Christmas novella, I hope) and have a production schedule full of ideas and planned projects.

My prayer as this book publishes Monday is that it touches your life and that God will work and move in your life as you read it. I pray that in some way, God speaks to the hearts of every single person who reads this book. I hope that the readers enjoy the story and desperately desire that they are blessed by the experience.

After you read it, I’d love to hear from you. You can either email me or leave a review wherever you bought it. This is an intense book and an intense read. Two beta readers have left the feedback of “Wow wow wow.”

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I hope you have a similar reaction.

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You can preorder A Harmony for Steve anywhere you purchase ebooks. If you order it today, when you wake up tomorrow morning, it should be sitting on your ereader, waiting for you to delve into the lives of HARMONY HARPER and STEPHEN SLAYER!

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