Yesterday was Book Bub day! One of my books, Just Friends, was free on Amazon (and is still free today if you haven’t gotten your copy yet) and was advertised on Book Bub. Woo-hoo!
I’ve already started getting questions about what comes next. The short answer is that Pure Fiction is the next book after Just Friends, and Christmas Surprises is the book that picks up Rachel’s story five years after Just Friends concludes. (And if you’re looking for suggestions, I’d probably point you to Take Heart or Just Breathe, books that are each just 99 cents. Yes, 99 cents!)
The longer answer, though, is that the bigger story starts way, way back at the beginning. All of my books are stand alone books that can be read without reading any of the others… but if they’re read in order, each one builds on the last.
So, what’s the order? Here it is, with links straight to Amazon…
Resolutions (March 2013)
Three friends, ten resolutions, and a year full of big life changes.
For Emily Fisher and her friends, New Year’s Eve has never been about more than eating cake and watching the minutes until midnight disappear. This year, though, Emily, Sara, and Melissa decide that as they approach the age of thirty, they’re going to make some bold resolutions together and see them through in the year ahead, never guessing how dramatically life will change for them in the process.
As the daughter of a megachurch pastor and the assistant to a sensational and exhausting wedding coordinator, Emily already has her hands full. Using the resolutions as a challenge to make life about more than being a mindless drone at work, she ventures out of her comfort zone – trying new hobbies, picking up new exercise habits, travelling abroad, helping out in new ways at church, DATING – and discovers in the process that there’s more to life than weddings and work. When her family experiences unexpected hardships, Emily is forced to re-evaluate all of her priorities, and the lessons she learns lead her to stronger faith, a new dream for her career, and a romance greater than any that she could have imagined for herself.
Different Stars (June 2013)
For Sara Wright, life is perfect. She has a booming ministry overseas, fulfilling friendships, and a great sense of contentment in all that she’s accomplished. When the call comes from the mission board informing her that she’s being moved to a small country in Africa, she anticipates even better success and triumphs in her ministry, her personal life, and her future.
Upon arrival, though, she discovers that Namibia is different. There’s the language barrier, the loneliness, the poverty, and the all but impossible ministry task ahead of her. To top it all off, there’s also the frustrating and enigmatic Daniel Boyd, the only other missionary in the country, who annoys her almost as much as he fascinates her.
As Sara learns what it really means to be satisfied with Christ alone, she sees God do amazing things in the relationships around her. When it comes to trusting Him with all of her future, though, will she be able to trust and do what He’s called her to?
Just Breathe (August 2013)
Kenji Fisher and Tara Blair have been best friends from the moment that they met. Through the seasons of life, they’ve grown together and stayed just what they were from the beginning — just friends.
As their work sends them on a project to Japan, they begin to appreciate one another in new ways, all as they question what they’ve believed, who they’ve been, and who they can be. Half a world away from everything familiar, they experience everything new together, reminding themselves, again and again, to breathe.
Best Day Ever (September 2013)
Chloe Thibideaux is running out of options. College didn’t work out. Her parents took away all of her credit cards. And her social life? Yeah, that fell completely apart through no fault of her own. Homeless, alone, and in serious need of some retail therapy, she’s forced to beg her brother, Beau, and his wife, Melissa, to let her stay with them until she can figure out what she’s going to do with the rest of her life.
As she discovers abilities, talents, and dreams she never knew she had before, she begins to learn about who she is in Christ. With the help of her new community of friends, which includes the “smokin’ hot” Pastor Stephen, Chloe is becoming someone completely new… but will her past and her own defeated feelings keep her from all that God has in store for her?
Even Still (October 2013)
Abby knew, from the moment she married Stu, just exactly what the rest of their lives would look like. There would be security, stability, and above all else, predictability. All of the hurts she had experienced as a child through her father’s own failed ministry and the turmoil suffered at the hands of the church were going to be a distant, unpleasant memory.
Stu knew from the moment he began his career that he was in the wrong place. Determined to change the world, he embraced a calling that didn’t fit who he had become in Christ. Disillusioned and discouraged, he began to believe that God’s calling for him wasn’t to change the world but to change eternity in the hearts of people through ministry.
As they find themselves in a place they never anticipated, Abby and Stu begin to ask themselves some very hard questions. What happens when the future you’ve been promised has changed? What happens when the road ahead is full of unanswered questions?
And can marriage and love survive even still, even when people aren’t who they were?
Ready or Not (December 2013)
Sophia Renee Thibideaux doesn’t need anyone.
With a business empire to rule over, men to admire her from afar, and a perfectly ordered, perfectly put together life, she’s content and in control. Until the right man turns out to be the wrong man, her business begins to morph into something horrendously tacky, and she finds herself stuck half a world away on a mercy mission to a friend in need. To further complicate matters, the odd pilot commissioned to translate for her as she does business overseas forces her to take a critical look at all she once thought to be true about life, herself, and God… all while speaking to her heart in a way no man has ever managed to do before.
As everything changes very quickly around her, Sophie begins to consider not what she needs but what she wants. Will she have enough faith to step out and take it?
A Little Faith (December 2013)
Faith Hayes is good at solving mysteries.
But when you’re eight years old, some mysteries are just too big to solve all on your own. As the summer ends and a new school year begins, Faith encounters one mystery after another as life changes unexpectedly for her and her family.
With the help of her sister, Gracie, she works on solving every last mystery and learns along the way that even if she can’t always know what’s up ahead, she can always trust that Jesus knows what He’s doing.
She just has to have a little faith.
Promises Kept (January 2014)
It has been a season of loss and grief for Chelsea and her children. With so many burdens to bear and no relief in sight, she makes the move to a new place, hoping for change and a happier ending to their story. Just as their futures are being wonderfully rewritten, Chelsea discovers a secret that challenges all that she thought to be true about love, trust, and keeping promises.
Beyond the Game (March 2014)
Sadie Morales never loses. She’s built her life on working hard, making great choices, and shooting for perfection in all that she does. When her friendship with goofy, ugly basketball star Trent Patterson threatens all of her plans, she finds herself questioning all that she thought to be true about life, love, and loss. Will she find that there’s grace beyond the game, or will she simply run away from what God has for her?
Just Friends (May 2014)
Rachel Finn is always just a friend. When the man of her dreams marries someone else, she begins to wonder if she’s been missing out on life and shortchanging Christ in the process. That’s when she runs, very literally, into Micah Johnson.
Micah is content to be alone after a failed relationship destroyed any trust he had in women. Still, he finds himself welcoming Rachel’s friendship and valuing her thoughts, especially when his sister’s plans threaten to change his entire future.
Will Rachel and Micah learn together that giving Christ everything means giving every day to Him and having the faith to trust Him? And is there more to their relationship than being just friends?
A New Tune (June 2014)
Marie Boyd knows what it means to be a stranger in a strange land. When she left her native Namibia for the United States, she found her identity in Christ for the first time. Years later, though, she still struggles to feel truly at home anywhere, reconciling who she was half a world away with who she is now and who she’ll be.
Scott Huntington knows what it means to be the odd man out. While the rest of his family lives for Christ, he has no need for faith. When his work leads him right back into church, he asks himself some hard questions about what grace really is and why it makes a difference.
As they meet up on their very different journeys, Scott and Marie find themselves wrestling with questions of love, faith, identity, and grace in Christ… and discover along the way that God’s calling may be for them to discover, together, how to learn one new tune after another.
Pure Fiction (August 2014)
Madison Smith is leading a double life. With success and security tying her to the choices she’s made, she doubts her ability to live her faith honestly, wondering if she’ll ever be able to live free from her past.
Grant Finn is leading a lonely life. With success and security tying him to the work he’s made for himself, he doubts his ability to live beyond all that he knows and is working towards.
When life brings them together, they’ll have to choose whether to keep on living like they’ve been living or to try and write a new story together…
Home to You (September 2014)
Faith Hayes was in love with Sam Huntington.
But years passed and life changed, and Sam and Faith, all grown up into the adults that God had ordained that they would become, weren’t who they had been. Life, death, loss, and gain became reality for them both, and when they least expected it, they met up again.
Is it enough to know Christ and His sovereignty when the perfect life you’ve imagined for yourself is something that can never be? Is there more to hope and faith, even when you don’t have all the answers?
Something Better (October 2014)
Savannah Huntington needs a vacation. In the worst way possible. Life has taken on a very empty, depressing tone, and she needs a change.
So, when the opportunity to leave the country to take pictures for the very intriguing Henry Booth presents itself, she welcomes it gladly. But her exotic vacation soon proves to be more stressful, heartbreaking, and life changing than she ever imagined it could be.
When she returns home, things only get worse.
As she finds herself confronting very real truths about the world around her, about her own life, and about what her future holds, she struggles to understand what it means to be poor in spirit and rich in grace as Christ changes everything…
Kait has a job to do.
As the woman in charge of personnel issues for the mission board, Kait always finds herself being the bearer of bad news. When she gets word that she’s being sent to southern Africa to force two missionaries into retirement, she readies herself for more of the same and estimates that it will only take her a month to get in, get out, and get on with her life.
But when she arrives, she discovers that the mission board doesn’t know half of what’s been going on in southern Africa. Life changes for personnel, immigration problems, and an increasing need for missionaries on the field challenge the way Kait looks at her assignment, as does the predicament that one member of the team, Pieter Botha, finds himself in with so many difficulties ahead.
As she walks through it all with him, she’s torn between doing what she’s always done and trusting God for whatever might happen, from here on out…
Gracie Hayes was always getting Jacob Morales into trouble.
They spent their days as children going from one crazy adventure to another, with Jacob always following Gracie into trouble. After years of fun and so many memories made together, they said goodbye when the Hayes family moved across the country, very nearly forgetting all about one another.
When they’re reunited as adults, they find themselves becoming even closer than they were as children. But life has changed them both, and adventures aren’t as exciting as they once were. As they face an uncertain future, they’re challenged to learn what it means to be friends, to become family, and to have faith, trusting Christ for the future …
Happily Ever After (April 2015)
Cammie Evans was a girl with a plan from the moment God called her to be a foreign missionary. After several years spent all over the world, though, she finds herself with a new assignment that leaves her questioning all that she once thought to be true about life, love, and calling.
David Connor was always the weird kid in the youth group, never destined to live up to his father’s expectations. After several years of working to find his own significance in Christ and his calling as a foreign missionary, he finds himself asking hard questions about who he is and what God wants from him.
As their lives change and the past becomes part of the present, can Cammie and David help one another find their own happily ever after?Perfectly Pretend
Hope Connor has spent her entire life playing pretend. With a father in high-profile ministry, she’s been forced into life as the dutiful pastor’s daughter, making choices along the way for the good of her family, often to her own personal loss. When the opportunity to leave it all behind comes, she takes it without looking back.
Craig Lucas has always been a loser. With a complicated past, a broken engagement, and an inability to go any farther in his career, he doesn’t think it will ever be any different. When the opportunity to leave it all behind comes, he takes it without even knowing what he’s moving towards.
Then, one little lie changes everything.
As Hope and Craig try to define who they are in light of where they’ve been and where they’re going, they’ll discover grace and restoration for all that was lost as they separate reality from pretend…
Aaron Lucas and Libby Phelps grew up together in the same small town. Apart from a love for Jesus, though, they had nothing in common and barely knew one another. Aaron’s life was easy and happy, and Libby’s was difficult and full of turmoil. When the time came for them to move on and move away, Aaron left with great enthusiasm for the future while Libby chose a very different path.
When Aaron comes back home, they meet again. As Libby learns to trust him and hope for something more than what she’s always known, Aaron’s called to greater faith himself, discovering that Christ alone can heal the hurts of the past and give them a future.
Charity Pearson is about to lose her mind.
It’s been a long time coming, thanks to her sister’s elopement, her husband’s stressful job as a pastor, her lonely days as a stay at home mom, and, oh yeah, all of the drama from her past that just won’t stay forgotten.
When even more theatrics begin unfolding at her church and in her marriage, Charity is forced to confront the past, face her present, and determine where she’ll find her faith for a secure future…
Christmas Surprises (November 2015)
Rachel Johnson is about to have the best Christmas ever.
Her house will finally be full of extended family members for the holidays, and she can’t wait for all the fun Christmas surprises to begin. She’ll get more than she expected, though, when her guests arrive with their own surprises. Her brother’s marriage is a mess, her husband’s cousin and his family are moving in with them, her mother-in-law has a secret, and the cute puppy they’ve adopted is pure evil. Surprise!
As Rachel’s plans erupt into unexpected drama, she learns that God is still at work with everyone in their lives and that He may just have a few surprises left, even for her…
Tis the Season (December 2015)
Piper Witt is waiting for a Christmas miracle.
With her ministry out of money and the needs in her community still so great, she’s looking for God to save the day. Will He come through, just like she’s expecting Him to… or will He do something unexpected in this season of her life?
As she waits on Him, Piper discovers more about friendship, about ministry, about love, and about the sufficiency of Christ than she’s ever known before…
Happy reading, friends!