Monday, September 4, 2017

An Anchor On Her Heart by Patricia Lee ends September 11




Please welcome Patricia Lee to my blog this week. Patricia is giving away a copy of her new release so be sure to read on down to find out how to be entered.


 As a debut author, I was asked many times over the course of several months what my story was about.  I had no real answer for the queries. I knew the storyline, but that is only a superficial mechanism to reveal what lies within the pages. How do you explain the devotion of a woman who has every right, in the world’s eyes, to detach herself from her husband?  Who feels the pain of abandonment acutely, but because she is a Christian determines to remain faithful to her marriage vows? Her heart is torn, but she has to do what she believes is right.
Galatians 6:9: “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
Nor does my hero abandon his beliefs. He considers marriage a sacred institution created by God. When he learns that the heroine—the attractive heroine— is married, he confronts her, telling her that any help he offers is done in the realm of friendship. He wants to help, but as the outsider, the unmarried male, he must be careful of his behavior. In our world so many men would take advantage of  the heroine’s situation. The hero becomes an almost unbelievable model for God’s design of noble character.
Psalm 119:9-10 “How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to Your word.  With all my heart I have sought You; Do not let me wander from your commandments.”
Add a disabled child to the mix. She is the innocent, the one over which the marriage partners are in disagreement. She makes parenting a monumental task, a job that comes with no training manual.  As the mother of an adult autistic daughter, I understand the trials the married couple will face as they rear their child.
When my daughter was first diagnosed, autism was not the household word it is now. Books on the disorder were vastly out of date and authors still blamed the mother. For someone struggling to understand her child, those books were a slap in the face.
Today the autism spectrum is much more far-reaching and advances have been made in therapy. Many of the scenes in the story come from journals I kept while my husband and I reared our daughter.  Other parents of autistics will have different stories to tell. Autism awareness has become a watchword, but many still don’t understand its cause or it long-reaching effects.
God says, in John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Both characters must stay strong, despite overwhelming obstacles standing in their way. As the drama unfolds, readers will find themselves rooting for these two to remain upright in a storm of major proportions.  What happens will tear at heartstrings and usher in tears. May they be tears of joy.

Questions:
1. How do you respond when you are faced with a moral dilemma that puts you at odds with the views of the rest of the world?
2. There are those who say men and women cannot be friends outside of their marriages. Do you believe a man and a woman can be friends and not be romantically involved?  Women: Have you ever wished for the input of a man’s insights when you are trying to work through problems?  Men: Have you ever found yourself in the position of offering help to a woman who is married to another? 
3. Has your family  or do you know a family impacted by the effects of autism?

Answer one of the questions about (or all of them!) to be entered in the giveaway for an e-book  An Anchor On Her Heart. Don't forget to leave your email address and if you are a feedburner follower (or would like to be and sign up) let me know for an extra entry. 



ABOUT PATRICIA LEE
Patricia Lee wrote her first short story at the age of six. She remembers little of the plotline, but her teacher’s excitement stayed with her. “Putting words on paper obviously made people happy,” Pat remembers. “And I liked the way writing made me feel.”

From there her journey of words took her through a stint as a high school columnist and on to the University of Oregon where she majored in magazine article writing and advertising. She sold to major publications like Moody Monthly, Power for Living and Expecting before raising her family. After homeschooling her children, Pat returned to writing and pursuing her dream of penning the perfect novel.

Pat has recently written for Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse magazine and has a debut novel, An Anchor on her Heart, releasing September 1, 2017 from Mountain Brook Ink Publishers. A second novel in the series, Love Calls Her Home, is scheduled for release March 1, 2018. .She lives in Oregon witlh her husband of forty-twp years, four cats, and a yard full of squirrels and flowers.

Facebook: Author Patricia Lee
Twitter:  @lee_patricia__
http://www.authorpatricialee.net
Giveaway: A copy of the novel, An Anchor On Her Heart

3 comments:

  1. One of my former co-workers has a son who is autistic. He is brilliant but has issues with social interaction. I know that she devoted much of her life to making sure that he was given every opportunity to learn and succeed. After his high school graduation she wanted him to go to home/school that would help him live as an independent adult but her husband ruled against it.
    Thanks for an interesting post.
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  2. I certainly believe a man and a woman can be friends and not be romantically involved. Thank you for sharing your interesting post.

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  3. 1. I think we all face this. Serving God and doing what is morally right has to be our path. jarning67(at)hotmail(dot)com

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