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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Looking Out the Window: Sometimes We Only Have the Faith of a Mustard Seed

No one likes to be deceived, especially by someone he or she loves. But that’s what happened to Cammie O’Shea, the main character in my recently released romance / mystery, LOVE TURNS THE TIDE. Her fiancĂ© not only dated other women during their engagement, but he also was apprehended for beating one of them nearly to death. Not long after Cammie learns of his crime she moves to Destin, Florida, to complete a job assignment with a new newspaper named The Sun Dial.

Getting the paper off to a good start hinges largely on Cammie’s article about a new development, Pelican Point, owned by Vic Deleona. Still heartbroken over her failed romance, she intends to keep her relationship with Vic strictly business. Therefore she works hard to write a good story about his real estate venture and tries to complete it as soon as possible. But he keeps scheduling appointments with her to see a unit or to pick up pictures. Since she's spending so much time with him or at the office she meets no friends and grows terribly lonely. Finally, one evening when the sun casts golden red hues across the sky over the emerald sea, she walks on the beach, turns to gaze at the sunset and accidentally bumps into a young woman, Angie Jones. They introduce themselves, and Angie invites her to meet for dinner at a local restaurant. Cammie's thankful she has a companion, but no one can take the place of her family and the community she’s known all her life in Cedar Forks, Georgia, her hometown. While she feels she needs God more than ever she believes she’s drifting away from him.

One Saturday morning she reaches for her Bible, and it falls open at a bookmark placed in Romans. She reads Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him…” In her heart she knows the words are true, but she can't understand how a move to Destin, Florida, possibly can be good for her. Nonetheless, she opens her daily devotional book to that Saturday's verse, Mark 11: 24, which reads, ‘Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours." If only her faith could be that strong, she tells herself.

To make matters worse, she and Angie have break-ins at their condos. But Cammie keeps praying, reading Scripture and going to church. Sometimes when she strolls on the shore, she is overwhelmed by the magnificence of the sea and wonders if God sent her to Destin so all the beauty would make her forget the ugliness of her broken engagement. Is Cammie’s move to Destin a disaster or a blessing in disguise and could her appointments with Vic lead to romance? To find out look for LOVE TURNS THE TIDE on the Awe-Struck E-Books Web Site. Simply Google Awe-Struck E-Books and go to the New Releases page.

Matthew 17: 20: “…I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
A VISUAL WORTH HAVING: Once when I was quite ill a friend of my daughter’s sent me a mustard seed in a clear glass jar four inches high. He said, “Tell your mother to put this somewhere she can see it everyday.” And I did.


The Beginning: Once dubbed the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village” Destin dates back to seventh century A. D., when American Indians lived there. It’s named for Leonard Destin, who moved from New London, Connecticut, about 1845. For years he and his descendants fished and navigated the only channel passage to the Gulf of Mexico between Panama City and Pensacola, known as Destin’s East Pass.

The White Sand: Destin’s sand originated 20,000 years ago during the Ice Age, when temperatures warmed and ice caps started melting. Quartz particles from the Appalachian Mountains were swept into the water and carried by the Apalachicola River
to the Gulf of Mexico, one-hundred twenty-five miles east of the area that became Destin. As the sea level rose, the quartz sands formed a new shoreline. The process continues today.

Destin Currently: A tourist area, Destin’s activities include fishing, golfing, boating, snorkeling, kite boarding, and scuba diving. For more information visit;