Guest Blogger: Sandra Orchard
I’m delighted to have my friend and fellow Love Inspired author Sandra Orchard as my guest blogger today. Sandra Orchard lives in rural Ontario, Canada where inspiration abounds for her romantic suspense novels set in the fictional Niagara town she’s created as their backdrop. Married with three grown children, when not writing, she enjoys hanging out with family, brainstorming new stories with fellow writers, and walking her dog in God’s beautiful creation. She loves to connect with readers, and has created “novel extras” to enhance readers’ experience of her books.
When Lisa invited me to post today, she said I could write about real life romance or something to do with my characters. Well, when people find out I’m a writer, they often ask if my stories are inspired by true events, to which I reply, “Oh, yes,” because I always have bad guys trying to do me in, and heart throbs tripping over themselves to go out with me.
Okay, I’m just kidding. And I know many diehard romance readers shy away from romantic suspense because it can be a little too intense for their tastes, but I enjoy the extra plot elements and faster pace and the challenge of creating a mystery/suspense thread without sacrificing the romance.
In Shades of Truth
, the heroine is a woman with a heart for the underdog. She offers unconditional acceptance to the youth under her care, no matter the mistakes they’ve made. For a man who’s made some big ones, that kind of acceptance really tugs at the hero’s heart.
I think a lot of women, myself included, are drawn to guys who are hurting. Maybe because it’s not something most guys would readily admit, although we can see the evidence in their eyes, their posture, their words and their action, and we want to help them feel good about themselves again.
Then again, maybe that’s just me.
My favorite scene in Shades of Truth
is when the hero reveals his past mistakes to the heroine. I love writing a hero who’s not afraid to bare his heart, be vulnerable, no matter the consequence.
Of course, in reality while we’re often drawn to help someone who’s hurting…after awhile if the person doesn’t “get better”, (whether in their outlook, a physical ailment, or overcoming an addiction) we can grow pretty discouraged ourselves, maybe even bail.
What separates a true hero from the rest is the decision to never bail. No matter what.
Shades of Truth
is dedicated to a dear writing friend who passed away last autumn after a twenty-year battle with cancer. Her husband’s unwavering support and sacrifice, and her own determination to not give in to despair for her husband’s sake was a true inspiration to me of heroes and heroines who’d never bail.
I believe the constant reminder of how precious little time they might have together made them more open with their feelings and more forgiving of the little annoyances that can eat away at a marriage. But really, if we truly love our spouse, do we need the specter of their imminent demise to be a better spouse?
My favorite Christian romances, at their heart, inspire me to be a better wife or friend or mother, and I hope my novels do the same for others.
Your turn: What kind of hero tugs at your heart? How might you be a “hero” to a loved one today?
Shades of Truth is the second book in my Love Inspired Suspense series, Undercover Cops: Fighting for justice puts their lives—and hearts—on the line. However, you won’t be lost if you haven’t read the first novel. Each story stands alone. They are linked by setting, theme and characters. For example, the heroine in this book was the friend of Deep Cover’s heroine.
Back Cover Blurb: Big city detective Ethan Reed is working deep undercover at a Christian youth detention center. The kind of place he spent some harrowing time in as a kid. Ethan’s mission: ferret out who’s recruiting resident teens for a drug ring. He expects help from the lovely, devoted director of Hope Manor. But Kim Corbett won’t tell Ethan anything— even when she’s threatened and attacked. When Ethan discovers what Kim is protecting, his guarded heart opens just a bit wider. Enough to make this the most dangerous assignment of his career.
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