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Don’t Miss This: Paint the Storm by Dawn V. Cahill

Posted by Julie on September 7, 2016 in Book Review, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender |
Paint the Storm by Dawn V. Cahill

Paint the Storm by Dawn V. Cahill

PAINT THE STORM, a new release by Dawn V. Cahill

GOLDEN STATE TRILOGY, BOOK I: Set amidst the spectacular scenery of California’s Marin Peninsula, Paint the Storm tells a timely story that resonates in today’s culture. It’s a saga of God’s power to heal relationships and answer prayers in the unlikeliest of ways. It’s a tale of loss, danger, and ultimately love.

When her daughter Linzee announces her engagement to her partner Nena, artist and single mother Meg struggles to understand how God wants her to respond. Should she follow the culture around her by embracing and celebrating Linzee’s same-sex relationship? How would Christ repond? And what does Christ think of a local church notorious for its hateful anti-gay messages? While she wrestles with these questions, she turns to a Christian support group where she learns what it means to love like Christ did. An intriguing new man makes life interesting, but while she is getting to know him, another man from her past suddenly shows up, further complicating matters.

Meanwhile, a cyber bully is targeting Linzee. His hateful messages turn threatening. Meg and Linzee rekindle their bond as together they determine to uncover the stalker’s identity. When the clues point toward Meg’s own family, she is paralyzed with fear. The violence escalates–until the day Linzee turns up missing.  In her search for Linzee, Meg joins up with the unlikeliest of allies – and begins to see God’s hand at work. It’s only when she turns to her support-group friends for comfort and prayer that she finally understands God’s faithfulness through the deepest of trials.

Join Meg on her adventure toward love, healing, and a heart-warming conclusion.

Available for pre-order after September 15, 2016. See my website for the latest news:

See Paint the Storm’s cast of characters here

A note from Dawn V. Cahill:

Dear Readers:

When I began writing Paint the Storm three years ago, gay marriage was not yet legal in the US. At the time, I approached the story as if it were a likely future scenario. Two years later, it was no longer a “what if.” It became reality. Unfortunately, it’s an issue which has polarized our nation, and even our churches.

You may be wondering why I would tackle such a controversial topic as gay marriage. In essence, I saw an unfilled niche in the Christian market for edgier fiction that dealt with issues unique to our time, and came up with the concept of Hot Topic Fiction (HTF). My stories aren’t afraid to explore the question, how does God want us Christians to live out our faith in this not-so-brave new world? Without insulting the reader by offering pat or easy answers—because there aren’t any—my books tell of ordinary Christians following hard after Christ in a world of terror and violence, of upside-down morality, of hostility to Judeo-Christian values. The characters in my stories face situations that would have been unthinkable even 20 years ago. We live in a vastly different world than our parents did, and that’s the world I write about.

Yet very few Christian fiction books contain gay characters, even though fiction is a great medium for imparting life lessons. I don’t claim to have all the answers. My goal was not to push an agenda. I simply wanted to tell the story of one Christian mom, and how she chose to live out Christ’s law of love.

I hope that more Christian authors will be courageous enough to tackle this and related issues in the future. After all, this is the world in which we live. And we Christians need to be prepared to deal with it.

This book required a daunting amount of research. But despite the hours I spent on Google, I found very few conclusive answers. Only lots of disagreements on questions such as, Does a gay gene exist? What causes someone to be gay? Due to the lack of definitive scientific answers, I didn’t try to answer those questions in the book. But I certainly encourage you to do your own research on these questions.



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COTT: Ryan’s Father by June Foster Wins Clash

is this month’s
champion at Clash of the Titles. Author June Foster is known for tackling
complicated issues, and according to her fans,
Ryan’s Father fits the bill.

Enjoy this minipreview of a
novel that tackles one of today’s hottest issues.


About the Book:

The rippling influence of Ryan Reid’s immoral mother and absent father
makes a mark on his soul leaving him to battle same sex attraction. When
the young school teacher asks Jesus into his life, he thinks he’ll be free
though no amount of prayer changes him. Ryan wants to turn away from the
lifestyle, yet in his heart he knows he’s committed the sin.

Nurse Sandy Arrington still resides at home held captive by her secret
fears. Her dream to be a wife and mother looks bleak.

When Sandy falls in love with Ryan, he’s powerless to return her love. Can
Ryan dig his way out to find the freedom to love Sandy? Can Sandy find
release from her fears?

June’s motivation for writing Ryan’s Father:

When my daughter was in high school, one of her friends told me privately
he was attracted to another boy in our church. I was saddened to see this
precious young man believe he had no control over the feelings and desires
that brought him so much misery. I wrote Ryan’s Father to offer hope to
anyone in the lifestyle who wants to walk away. My prayer is that God will
touch hurting hearts with the message of this book.

About the Author:

June Foster is a retired teacher with a BA in Education and a MA in
counseling. June has written four novels for Desert Breeze Publishing. The
Bellewood Series, Give Us This Day – February 1, 2012, As We
– September 1, 2012, and Deliver Us – April 1, 2013, and
Hometown Fourth of July – July 1, 2012. June’s book, Ryan’s
, is available from WhiteFire Publishing January 2014. Red and
the Wolf
will be available April 2014. For All Eternity and
Misty Hollow, God willing, will be published in the near future.
June loves to write stories about characters who overcome the issues in
their lives by the power of God and His Word. June uses her training in
counseling and her Christian beliefs in creating characters who find
freedom to live godly lives.

Here’s a taste of the comments received for this month’s

-This was one of the hardest choices in quite some time. They all sound
wonderful and fit in with my reading tastes. Good work, June, Darlene,
Lillian and Sylvia.

-Rebekah is my daughter’s name and I love that spelling. But it makes it
more meaningful know since we

know that was the way it was then. I love knowing the inside story of what
went on in that Jesus time of history.

-Darlene, Looking forward to reading Homefront Dreams.

-I have enjoyed every book written by Lillian Duncan. They all have a great

-I love all of your books, June Foster, keep following God’s direction in
choosing your subjects and be blessed.

-Love the books from June Foster. They draw you in and make you think of
some of your situations and makes me want to make changes in my life for
the good. Great Job June keep up the great work.

-I love the “risk” that Ryan’s Father is taking in Christian publishing.
It’s greatly needed!

-Sylvia Bambola…your book sounds Captivating! I am looking forward to
reading this…sounds like this is about the holy Grail BEFORE the Middle
Ages and knights were sent to find it. Love the historical backdrop your
tale is told to.

-Darlene’s writing is emotional and beautiful. I highly recommend her

-All interesting titles. Best of luck to Lillian Duncan. Your book sounds

Stay tuned to Clash of the
for the latest in Christian fiction!

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Book Review: Ryan’s Father by June Foster

Posted by Julie on January 15, 2014 in Book Review, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender |


June Foster is one of my favorite authors. For one, she’s good. She tackles hard subjects with a softness and grace that leaves the reader wanting more. Second, she’s a giver. She takes time with others to share tips. In my case, spend a crazy amount of time to make sure once and for all I understand the difference between showing and telling. For that, I’m forever grateful.

Ryan’s Father takes June’s writing and the reader to the next level. The book is about Ryan, a teacher who has had to fight for everything he has. Most of all, temptation. He’s had little support most of his life and yet through adversity, has a strong relationship with Christ.

Sandy is a nurse who at surface looks like she’s had little trouble in her life. She meets Ryan during an earthquake and she’s instantly attracted to his faith. From faith forms a deep friendship, but something is in the way that Sandy can’t quite put her finger on.

Ryan’s Father is June’s best work to date. She developed Ryan and Sandy with layers of personality, issues, heart, and pain. The progression with both characters in their journeys is slow and natural. The conflict is real, especially with strong secondary characters like Greg, Allen, and Dr. Arrington. The issue itself is one most authors wouldn’t touch. It isn’t easy or popular to address from a Biblical perspective. The last “celebrity” to try created a firestorm. That’s why June Foster is the perfect author to go there.

Ryan’s Father isn’t an easy book to read because of the topic, but it’s important. At the end she shares her heart with readers in a tender way that embodies the story itself. And she writes something that I think is important not to overlook. Ryan’s Father is for anyone seeking freedom from the issue she writes about. If anyone reading loves someone living in this lifestyle, don’t force the issue or the book on them. It’s the last thing June would want.

But to read a natural progression of a flawed friendship between two broken people, it doesn’t get any better. In top notch writing from June, and in content that I’m so glad she addressed.

To purchase Ryan’s Father, click here.

I received Ryan’s Father from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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