It’s my pleasure to introduce you to today’s guest blogger, author Nicole Deese. Nicole and I met at the Dallas/Ft.Worth chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers. She’s down-to-earth and funny and smart and great to talk to and I pretty much decided that we were going to be friends whether she liked it or not.
She and her family moved from Texas to Idaho last spring, so I don’t see her in person as often these days. But I always smile when I spot a text, or a FB message, or an email from her in my inbox.
She’ll be giving away a signed paperback copy of her new novel, A Season to Love, to one of you! Stay tuned for more details on that at the bottom of the post. – Becky
I wish I could say I had more in common with the adventure-hungry Dr. Patrick in A Season To Love, but in truth, I relate far more to my heroine, Willa. I’ve had an up-close and personal struggle with anxiety since the time I was a young girl. I know the paralyzing grip of fear, but I also know the overwhelming joy of freedom. That said, there are elements of my hunky Scottish hero that have encouraged me to step out of my boxy comfort zone and stretch my own adventure wings.
I’ve always loved to travel and explore new places. Some of my greatest memories are attached to short-term mission trips and a six-month internship with YWAM Australia (Youth With A Mission) in my early twenties. I wanted to incorporate those experiences into Patrick McCade.
Dr. Patrick lives for his next adventure. He works as a short-term overseas doctor, assisting in natural disasters and crisis missions. His spirit is dynamic and his ability to say yes to the unknown is admirable and inspiring. Balancing a heroine who prioritizes her life based on an invisible “safety scale” with a hero who lives for his next exciting escapade, challenged me in ways I’d never imagined.
In a moment of high drama, Patrick asks Willa a question that continues to stir my heart: “Are you satisfied with close enough?”
God has asked similar questions of me. Am I willing to step out? Am I willing to risk comfort? Am I willing to let go of my fears and take hold of His hand?
Not all of us are wired to be thrill-seekers like Dr. Patrick (I know I’m not), but I believe each one of us wrestles with stepping away from our comfort zone and toward courageous living.
I pray A Season To Love will inspire you, challenge you, and equip you to relinquish your fears and embrace your freedom.
About A Season to Love
At this point in her life, bravery is not a trait Willa Hart would readily claim. She believes her seven-year-old daughter, Savannah, who never knew her father and successfully tackled chemotherapy, is truly the courageous one. Yet after Willa has a fateful encounter with handsome young doctor Patrick McCade, her outlook—and her view of herself—begins to change.
Patrick, a thrill-seeking world traveler and temporary resident of Lenox, Oregon, sets out to show Willa the value of adventure, even within her tiny town. But just when their friendship shows signs of turning into something more, Patrick’s life as a traveling doctor calls him back. Will his last days in town signal the end of their journey, or will Patrick and Willa find the courage to transform a single season into a lifetime?
Nicole Deese is a full time lover of humorous, heartfelt, and hope-filled fiction. When she’s not writing a sweet romance, she can usually be found reading one near a window while drinking La Croix. She lives in small-town, Idaho with her handsome hubby and two sons.
Becky here. To enter to win the autographed copy of A Season to Love, simply leave a comment. I’ll randomly select a winner on Monday. Anyone is more than welcome to comment, but only USA residents are eligible to win the paperback. We love you, international people. I wish we could afford to send you prizes. 🙂
Congratulations to Kathryn Voss! You commented on this post and were randomly selected as the winner of Nicole’s book, A Season to Love. My thanks to everyone who commented! I was moved and inspired by your testimonies.