Monday, August 13, 2018

Camp Hope by Sara L Foust ends 8/20

Be sure to read on down to learn how to enter in Sara's giveaway!

Camp Hope: Journey to Hope is the second installment in my Love, Hope, and Faith Series. It tells the story of Amy Dawson and her foster daughter, Mattie. Amy had a traumatic childhood, abused and then yanked from her jailed mother. Her life improved drastically when she was sent to live with her Aunt Zena on a huge farm in Briceville, Tennessee. Zena ran a summer camp for foster children with her best friend, Sam. Now that Zena has passed on, Amy has taken role as the director.
However, her scarred childhood has never left her. She is withdrawn and scared a lot of the time, especially of men. When Mattie is kidnapped and Amy is faced with the return of her high school love, Jack Evans, she isn’t sure how to handle things. The fear in her says hide. The desire to retrieve Mattie says be brave and go find her.
Amy’s motherly instincts win out and she delves deep into the mountains of Royal Blue. Royal Blue is a real mountain chain here in East Tennessee, part of the Cumberland Wildlife Management Area. It is thousands of acres of untouched wilderness, marred only by 4-wheelers paths that are like a maze of crisscrosses. It is home to bear, elk, rattlesnakes and copperheads, bobcats, coyotes, and more.
Amy stopped believing God cared about her when she was a young girl, and she gave up hope in any type of full healing for herself a long time ago. My hope is that readers will learn from Amy’s story. It is not only a story of loss and adventure, it is a story of reclaiming hope in God. Of realizing that no matter what has happened to you or what mistakes you have made, God has an abundant love for you and can provide full, complete healing.


GIVEAWAY: Ask Sara a question to be entered to win her Camp Hope.
AMY DAWSON directs a summer camp for foster children near Briceville, Tennessee. A foster mom for the first time, her responsibilities as mother to a traumatized child bring a whole new set of challenges and joys.
But when Amy’s four-year-old foster daughter is dragged into the mountains of Royal Blue by a former employee, parenting challenges are overshadowed by a new nightmare. The Sheriff's department fails to procure viable leads, and Amy can’t sit idle. Her childhood friend and first love, JACK EVANS, returns to lend his skills as tracker. Problem is, he also stirs up romantic memories Amy would rather leave buried.
Jack struggles to let go of his past failures and prove his reliability by bringing Mattie home, but fears when he left camp nineteen years ago and failed to keep a promise to Amy he permanently lost her confidence.
As Amy plunges into the wilderness on horseback to search for Mattie, she must decide who she trusts, let go of her childhood traumas, and learn to rely on hope in God. Facing dehydration, starvation, and a convoluted kidnapper, will she succeed in recovering her precious foster daughter or get lost in the vast wilderness forever?


Author Bio:
Sara is a multi-published, award-winning author who writes Inspirational Romantic Suspense from a mini-farm in East Tennessee, where she lives with her husband and their five homeschooled children. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from the University of Tennessee and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. Her debut novel Callum's Compass won second place in Deep River Books' 2017 Writer's Contest. She also has a story, “Leap of Faith,” in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Step Outside Your Comfort Zone. Sara finds inspiration in her faith, her family, and the beauty of nature. When she isn’t writing, you can find her reading, camping, and spending time outdoors with her family. To learn more about her and her work or to become a part of her email friend’s group, please visit www.saralfoust.com.



28 comments:

  1. Hi Sara! How did you go about getting published? Your story sounds great and I would love to read it. mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks, Melanie! I "met" Kathy Cretsinger, the owner of Mantle Rock Publishing, in an online writing class and asked her if I could submit a proposal. She said yes and, after several cuts and revisions, accepted the first book in the Love, Hope, and Faith Series, Callum's Compass. :)

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  2. Hi, Sara. What inspires you to write and do you have a favorite place to write?
    leliamae54(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. I am inspired by my faith and the need to tell encouraging stories and the beauty of nature all around me. My favorite place to write is either outside on my front porch (when the weather is cooler than it is now), or at a campground.

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  3. Glad to meet you Sara ! I guess as a homeschool mom who has 3 still at home out of 7, I have a similar question as to where do you write, how do you find time and what inspired you to write ?
    Linda Marie Finn

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    1. Hi, Linda! Wow 7 kiddos! Finding time to write is not easy. I try to open my laptop up no matter where I am at least once a day and jot down at least something. Some days it is more than others. But my favorite place to write is outside, so I try to do that while the kids are playing. I've always been a writer and a reader, and I feel very blessed that God gave me this talent!

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  4. HiSara, it is obvious that your days are very full. When is the time that you allow yourself to write? Early morning? Late night? Hiding in a closet?
    Your book sounds great!
    Blessings,
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hahaha! Hiding in a closet sounds about right sometimes! My days are always so different that I don't have an allocated writing time. I just write whenever I have a few minutes, usually only about 20 minutes a day on days I do write. Thank you!

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  5. how long did it take to write Camp Hope?

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    1. I wrote Camp Hope in about four months, I think. The editing process has taken quite a bit longer though (it's not my favorite part, though I like editing for others).

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  6. Sara, have you had foster children? I had two little ones years ago for a short time. I also fostered adults with special needs.

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  7. What a ministry, Nancy! I hadn't even given thought to the need for fostering for adults, but I bet there is a big one. Yes, we had a total of 4 foster children over the 3 years we fostered, and God blessed us by allowing us to adopt our last 2 placements.

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  8. Hi Sara,
    Are any of the characters from Callum's Compass in this second book of your series or in what way are the books connected?

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    1. Kat makes an appearance in this novel. They are connected in that the setting of rural mountains near my home is the same. And they each have a special story involving one of the I Corinthians themes. This one is Journey to Hope. :)

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    2. Thanks, Sara! I loved Callum's Compass and I'm looking forward to reading this second book.

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  9. How did you choose the title Camp Hope?
    perrianne (DOT) askew (AT) me (DOT) com
    Perrianne Askew

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    1. Camp Hope is the name of the camo that my main character, Amy, runs, where the story begins and holds so mich history for her.

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  10. Hi Sara did it take you very long to write this book? and it sounds like a great book!

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    1. No, actually. Only about 4 months to write it!

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  11. What I would like to know is ....
    Where do you get your inspiration from on how to start writing a book?
    From personal experience, other books you have read, talking to people about their life stories, etc.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. My ideas usually come from obe little spark or interesting tidbit and then grow from there. Like Camp Hope started from a nightmare.

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  12. Hello Sara, Your days are definitely full but yet you have time to writing amazing stories. What inspired you to write Love, Hope and Faith series? Have you been a camp director as your character Amy?
    I'm looking forward to reading this installment after reading Callum's Compass.
    marilynridgway78[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Thank you, Marilyn! I have not been a Camp director, but I think it would be neat! I don't think anyone has asked me that before, about the whole series anyway. And I am not sure how,to answer ha! The ideas for the books came to me separately, but once I prayed about them I saw how I could tie them together with one verse: I Cor 13:13

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  13. Thank you Sara for such an awesome giveaway love the cover of your books cant wait to get mine so I can start reading it!

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  14. Hi Sara! What is your favorite part of writing? (I already have a copy of Camp Hope, but would love to be entered in your blog giveaway package!) Blessings!

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    1. Thanks, Cynthia! I'll get you down. My favorite part of writing . . . I don't know. I love all of it! To me, this is the most fun career ever!

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  15. And the winner is Marilyn R. Congratulations!

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