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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Looking Out the Window: Meet Dora Hiers and Characters from Her Book, Journey's Edge. Read About Her Humorous Lunch

Dora Heirs gives us a humorous look at plotting over lunch with her husband. She introduces two characters from Journey’s Edge and tells us about the book. She’ll
give away a copy of Journey’s Edge. To enter to win leave a comment and an email address.

Plotting Over Lunch with my Hubby
Since I started writing inspirational romance, my husband seems almost scared to go to lunch with me. I can’t help but wonder why.
The other day, I met him at Buffalo Wild Wings. He breezes in, slings the fire radio off his belt, does that one-handed flip with the thing, and leans down to plant a kiss on my cheek before sliding onto the opposite bench seat. “Hey.”
“Hi, honey.” I flash my best “happy to see you” smile.
“Ready to order?”
Well, I am, but he just sat down. Doesn’t he need a couple minutes to look over the menu? I shrug. “Sure.”
The waiter brings our drinks, takes our order, and leaves. I’m the type that usually orders the same thing. At Buffalo Wild Wings, it’s always the buffalito. The meal arrives, and I dig into my buffalito. I finish my meal, ready to talk.
“So, honey. I need your help. I need a way to crash a plane.”
His eyebrows practically arch off his head. His gaze darts around the room. He sees a couple local police officers sitting a few tables away, nods, and smiles at them. He leans back and inhales, deep and shaky, lets it out slowly. Takes a long sip of water. “OK. Crashing a plane. Hmmm.”
“Yeah. Or maybe a poison.” I let that swirl around in my head for about thirty seconds. “Yeah, poison might actually work better. Just enough of a drug to make the pilot a little woozy, but not enough to kill him.”
My husband scrunches his face, does another quick glance around the dining room, and hunches his generous body lower in the bench. In the smallest voice he’s capable of (my husband only has one volume: booming), he says, “Poison. OK. Give me this afternoon. I’ll make some phone calls and find you something to work with.”
A head from a nearby booth swivels in our direction and frowns. The man leans towards his lunch partner and whispers, begins punching numbers into a cell phone.
My husband grabs the check, bolts to his feet, and holds out a hand. “You ready to go?”
He throws a desperate glance over his shoulder, waves at the police officers, and hustles me out the door.
I’m thankful for my real life hero. And that we live in a small town.
About Journey's Edge:
A Routine Audit? Hardly.
Red flags—including some goon who's following her—raise McKinley Frasier's suspicions that numbers don't add up at the insurance firm. When someone tries to snatch McKinley's daughter from school, she turns to police officer and ex-fiance, Renner Crossman—the cop who walked out on her a month before their wedding. But Renner's not the same guy who broke her heart ten years ago. He calls himself a "new man." She trusts the new Renner with her daughter's safety...but what about her heart?

Two of the Characters in Journey's Edge
Meet McKinley Frasier
Hi. I’m McKinley Frasier. An Auditor with a CPA firm, not my dream job, but it pays the bills and keeps a roof over our heads. I’m a mom to an adorable nine-year-old daughter, Tessa. I’ve cherished a lifetime friendship, and I’m single by choice. People may think I have my life together.
Hah! They’d be wrong. Right now I’m desperately ducking the creep who followed me to the hotel, this week’s client, Malcolm Brugman. Or should I say, fraudster?
And avoiding the ex-fiancé who dumped me ten years ago, Renner Crossman, who happens to be staying in the same hotel. Why am I thinking about Renner Crossman now anyway? I haven’t thought of him in what? Two days? Not since his totally-off-the-radar phone message. Yeah, well, that apology was about ten years too late. Did he really think I would come running to accept his face-to-face apology? As if!
So explain to me how I ended up wrapped in Renner’s strong arms, hearing his heart thump and shivering when his breath whispered against my hair? What is it about him that latches on to my innermost dreams and desires and won’t let go? His grin? His have-no-cares-in-the-world attitude colliding with my organized, have-to-know-everything-beforehand outlook?
OK, so maybe I’m not totally over him. But I will be when he finds out about Tessa. And Tessa’s father? It’s probably best not to go down that road…

Meet Renner Crossman
Hey. Renner Crossman here. The new and improved version, not the old Renner, the jerk who seduced women, then dumped them. Walls painted white by God’s grace, I’m determined to set things right with people I’ve wronged in my life. Beginning with Kinny.
Beautiful, wholesome, pristine Kinny. Like springtime opening her arms wide after a long, harsh winter; new blossoms popping out to embrace the sun. Unspoiled, if you catch my drift, until a month before our wedding date.
So, I called Kinny a few days ago to apologize, right? Got her voice mail and left her a message asking to meet in person. I could have called that number a hundred times just to hear that sweet voice. Yeah, I’m so not over her.
But, I did the right thing breaking up with her, even if it was lousy timing. She blamed me for the deaths of her mother and brother. Well, not me, but the badge in general.
Ten years later, I’m still a cop, just a different kind: a Deputy U.S. Marshal. That won’t matter to Kinny, though. I still carry a gun and a badge. So, it’s probably best that she blew me off and didn’t show up tonight. With an early morning appointment for a job transfer to Charlotte and plans to hunt down a house near my friends, my plate’s mighty full.
When Kinny stumbles into my room after midnight, a thug hot on her heels, what choice do I have but to protect her? Will she still see me as the “old” Renner? Or can I model the “new man” in Christ?
I hope you enjoyed meeting McKinley Frasier and Renner Crossman from Journey's Edge. To check out the reviews or to purchase Journey's Edge, please visit White Rose Publishing or Amazon
After a successful auditing career, Dora left the corporate world to be a stay-at-home mom to her two sons. When her youngest son didn’t want her hanging out at school with him anymore, Dora started writing heart racing, God-gracing books. Dora belongs to the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the Carolina Christian Writers. Dora and her husband make their home in North Carolina. When she’s not writing, Dora enjoys reading and family gatherings. She despises traffic, technological meltdowns, and a sad ending to a book. Her books always end with happily-ever-after’s.
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Twitter: @DoraHiers


Dora Hiers said...

Gail, you are such a treasure. Thank you so much for featuring McKinley and Renner from JOURNEY'S EDGE today!!

Gail Pallotta said...

Hi Dora,
It's great to have you here. It's my pleasure.

Danielle Thorne said...

Fun blog post. You just never know about people! Good luck with your new release.

danithorne at yahoo dot com

Linda Weaver Clarke said...

Oh my goodness! I just loved this author's encounter with her husband at the restaurant. It was great I was laughing and laughing and then had to read it to my sister. It was great. I would love to enter this book giveaway. If I win, I'll post a review of this book.

E.A. West said...

Love the lunchtime discussion! It reminds of some of the conversations I've had when working on a story. Thanks for sharing and for the laughs. :)

Miss Mae said...

That was wonderful with the hubby, and the diner punching in on his cell phone! LOL

Wish you much success with your book, sounds like a winner! :)

Dora Hiers said...

You ladies are awesome! Thanks so much for your encouragement!! Danielle, you're right. You don't know about people. Like I said, it helps to live in a small town where the police dept and restaurant staff knows us. :-)

tickmenot said...

I loved your meeting with your husband! Please enter me in your giveaway!

tickmenot said...

I don't know if my email was included in comment, so here it is:
Please enter me in your giveaway!