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Have you read, or at least heard about, Sally Bradley and her award-winning novel, Kept? Did you know she has another new release? I am excited to have Sally visiting today to share Homestands with us! Before we meet Sally, here’s a quick peek at the story.
A broken marriage. A fatherless boy. A past that won’t let go.
When baseball star Mike Connor stumbles across his ex-wife six years after their divorce, he’s stunned to find that she’s the mother of a kindergartner who wears his jersey. And shares his last name.
The last thing Meg Connor wants is to be around Mike. After all, he was the one who hurt and abandoned her. But she can’t deny him—or their son—time together to build a relationship, which means Mike is around too often, reminding her of why she fell in love with him so long ago. If only she could forget their past… The painful and the good.
Between their guilt and closely held hurts, Meg and Mike struggle against each other, their feelings, and God as they fight their own desires for the future, a future that might never happen when the past that tore them apart collides with their present.
Welcome, Sally! Let’s start with five fast favorites What is your:
Favorite color? Rich, vibrant blues.
Favorite season? Spring. All the colors and that clean spring green!
I almost thought you said spring cleaning… LOL Favorite beverage? Ice water! Yes, it’s true. And our ice maker is broken right now. Very sad.
That is sad, but trays let you make fun shapes! 😉 Favorite movie? The Lake House. Nothing like a time travel romance where the two actually could meet each other in their real lives.
Favorite vacation destination? Even though I’m a redhead, it’s the beach! Particularly Gulf of Mexico beaches.
Let’s talk about your books. Which authors have had the most impact on your writing?
Francine Rivers. Totally. She writes about real issues and writes with depth. I’d love to be like her in that way and write fiction with meat and depth. And she clearly loves God above everything else. Love that!
She is an amazing and inspiring lady, for sure! What do you hope your readers take away from Homestands?
That true joy in life only comes when we submit completely to God and what He says in the Bible. Not the bits and pieces that we like but all of it. Even the parts that go counter culture. Especially those parts. I didn’t necessarily mean to write this message when I wrote the book—it was just a story I had to tell, you know?—but at the end of the book, that’s what stuck with me.
Picking and choosing seems to be more and more common, but the Bible is truth in its entirety! What accomplishment means the most to you?
I’ll be honest. Hearing my book won an award is thrilling and invigorating. And making the USA Today bestseller list was fun! But the best thing is when readers tell me how a story changed them. I heard that repeatedly with Kept, that it made them think about a specific aspect in their life, about how they treated the unsaved. That the book actually changed them. Nothing better than that!
That’s awesome. Not an easy thing to accomplish, either! Would you say it’s gotten easier or more difficult to write and publish over the years?
I so suffered from second-book syndrome, that fear that your good writing is behind you and that you’ll never live up to expectations. That was far more real than I expected.
Which is why books two and three took so long to get out. I think that’s where it’s hardest—now there’s this reputation I have to live up to, and that’s not necessarily an easy thing to do. That was very intimidating and something I struggled with for months. So in that regard, writing has gotten more difficult.
Especially since your first novel was so well received! Can you give any hints about what you’re working on now?
Yes! I’m super excited about this book. It’s called Shelf Life, and is about a woman who’s married to an out-of-work baseball player and dealing with a shaky marriage. Then she has the nerve to become a Christian. Now their marriage is in serious trouble because he wants nothing to do with God.
Of course there’s some suspense in there because every book needs a bit of suspense, right? ☺ I think most women, whether married to a saved man or an unsaved man, can relate in some way to the struggles of having a spouse who isn’t spiritually where you are. I hope it’s a book that’s encouraging to women to keep going in their marriage, even when it might be tough.
That sounds like great encouragement! Thanks for taking the time to visit with us today, Sally!
Your turn! Which of your accomplishments means the most to you?
More about Sally:
A Chicagoan since age five, Sally has been fascinated by all things Chicago (except for the crime, politics, and traffic) for almost as long. She now lives in the Kansas City area with her family, but they get back to Chicago from time to time for important things, like good pizza and a White Sox game.
A USA Today bestselling author, Sally has won a handful of awards for Homestands, Kept, and another work-in-progress. Visit her online at sallybradley.com and at Sally Bradley, Writer on Facebook.
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Life has taught Miska Tomlinson that there are no honorable men. Her womanizing brothers, her absentee father, and Mark, the married baseball player who claims to love her—all have proven undependable. But Miska has life under control. She runs her editing business from her luxury condo, stays fit with daily jogs along Chicago’s lakefront, and in her free time blogs anonymously about life as a kept woman.
Enter new neighbor Dillan Foster. Between his unexpected friendship and her father’s sudden reappearance, Miska loses control of her orderly life. Her relationship with Mark deteriorates, and Miska can’t help comparing him to Dillan. His religious views are so foreign, yet the way he treats her is something she’s longed for. But Dillan discovers exactly who she is and what she has done. Too late she finds herself longing for a man who is determined to never look her way again.
When her blog receives unexpected national press, Miska realizes that her anonymity was an illusion. Caught in a scandal about to break across the nation, Miska wonders if the God Dillan talks about would bother with a woman like her—a woman who’s gone too far and done too much.