Friday, March 21, 2014
She isn't real. So who's that in the darkness behind the screen?
A lonely wife and a frustrated husband create virtual online friends, trying to deal with the pressures of a marriage gone flat, and a high-pressure job.
Torn between his love for his wife, and the perfection of his virtual girlfriend, he becomes unfaithful. Neither dream that behind the screen is a single real woman, masquerading both as friend and lover. She is determined to have the man for herself, and that means his wife must die.
John Faubion fell in love with suspense literature at eleven years old, after reading Frank M. Robinson’s, The Power. Since that time, the suspense and thriller genres have remained his favorite, and were a natural choice for his first full-length novel, Friend Me.
John spent 1966 as a new Christian and an American soldier in Vietnam. He was deeply moved at his first exposure to idolatry. In 1974, he and his family began nearly thirty years of missionary work that took them to Viet Nam, Guam, Taiwan and mainland China.
The death of his first wife Janet in 1989 was a life-changing experience that God used to deepen his relationship with the Lord. He now lives with his wife and youngest daughter in central Indiana.
John is the father of five children, now working as Senior Application Engineer for a large electronics and appliance retailer. He is a Mandarin Chinese speaker, and enjoys writing, teaching, and speaking to churches about the Gospel hidden in the design of the Chinese characters.
Friday, March 14, 2014
Worth the Wait
Ellie Lansing has a picture-perfect life with a close-knit family and the perfect boyfriend. But her world is suddenly knocked off center when her drool-worthy boyfriend cheats, and her always-has-it-together mother is diagnosed with cancer. Ellie doesn't get it. She always does the right thing - doesn't God owe her a happy life? Through her heartache, Ellie learns that sometimes what seems like the end is really just the beginning and that what God has for us is always worth the wait.
Ellie grumbled at the English syllabus in front of her. “Homework on the first day of school. Group projects. Are you kidding me? I thought senior year was for goofing off.”
“Perhaps you shouldn’t have signed up for AP classes, Lansing.”
Ellie turned. Joshua Martin had taken a seat next to her. Of course he’d be in the one class where she didn’t have any other friends.
“My bad.” Ellie faced the front. The pit of her stomach clenched up.
“Come on, Lansing, you can’t let anyone see you without a smile. That wouldn’t be very rah-rah of you.” While Cara had bright blue eyes that made a striking contrast to her dark hair, her twin brother’s brooding brown eyes often caught Ellie off guard. They seemed to see past her perky attitude to the feelings hidden behind the smile.
Glaring, Ellie faced him again. “What’s your problem, Joshua?”
“No problem on my end, nothing at all. I just thought, now that it’s our last year in this fishbowl, we could have a clean slate.” Josh’s glance darted around, never quite meeting hers.
“So, you start in on the cheerleading jokes to break the ice? After being one of my best friends for years, you humiliated me, didn’t apologize, and then refused to talk to me about it. What did I ever do to deserve all that?”
“Nothing, Lansing. You did nothing at all. That’s the point.” Josh looked down at his paper and started doodling, ending the conversation.
“Whatever. That doesn’t make any sense.” After moving to a different seat, she spent the entire period resisting the urge to glare at him. The memory of Josh abandoning her on the stage near the end of their performance of Romeo and Juliet prevented her from hearing anything the teacher said.
The bell sounded. Good thing the syllabus has the homework since I didn’t hear a thing Ms. Hensley said. Grabbing her notebook, she raced into the hallway, away from Josh. A few yards down the hall, she looked back. He leaned against the lockers, an odd expression on his face. The same one he had on stage when, as Romeo, he was supposed to confess his love for Juliet and kiss her. Instead, he’d said, “I can’t do this, Lansing,” and darted off, leaving Ellie alone under the bright stage lights, as red as the curtain that finally, mercifully closed.
Shaking her head, Ellie headed to the cafeteria to find Dylan, who would surely greet her with open arms and a ready kiss. Who needed a fictitious Romeo when a real one waited for her?
Laura Jackson loves books---reading and writing them. A life-long reader, Laura studied English in college and taught 7th grade language arts before earning her Master's degree and becoming a school librarian. Now, she spends her days sharing great books with kids and her evenings writing books about teenage girls discovering God and His plan for their lives.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Starting a family was supposed to be easy.
Twin sisters June and July have never encountered an obstacle they couldn't overcome. Married just after graduating college, the girls and their husbands remained a close-knit group.
Now settled and successful, the next logical step is children. But as the couples struggle to conceive, each must reconcile the goodness of God with their present suffering.
Will their faith be strong enough to triumph in the midst of trial.
ABOUT THE AUTHO
Elizabeth Maddrey began writing stories as soon as she could form the letters properly and has never looked back. Though her practical nature and love of math and organization steered her into computer science for college and graduate school, she has always had one or more stories in progress to occupy her free time. When she isn’t writing,
is a voracious consumer of books and has mastered the art of reading while
undertaking just about any other activity. She loves to write about Christians
who struggle through their lives, dealing with sin and receiving God’s grace.