God is still good, no matter what!
Are Cheyenne Endecott’s prayer and help enough for Roger Patel?
Find out in Find You Again (Savannah Sweethearts Book 8). Preorder now to save $4 off the retail price.
“Lord Jesus, please give me courage.” – Roger Patel
Roger is trying to find his way out of a mess. Will God answer his prayer? Will God deliver him from the burden? Or will God deliver him through the burden?
Find out in Find You Again (Savannah Sweethearts Book 8). Preorder now to save $4 off the retail price.
Readers, thank you so much for your patience! It has taken me almost 5 years to get to Book 10 in the Savannah Sweethearts series. Overall, it’s my 20th book, and I am excited that I’ve finally reached Piper Peyton’s story. You might remember her from all the other Savannah Sweethearts books, because she’s the namesake of the restaurant that Riverside Chapel members have laughed and cried in, as they dined with their family and friends all these years.
You can preorder Book 10 on Amazon: JanThompson.com/call-amazon
While you’re waiting for Call You Home (Savannah Sweethearts Book 10), how about reading through the other 10 books? Ten, you say? Yes, I counted the prequel, Ask You Later, also. Here is the link to all the books in my Savannah Sweethearts series. Note that Book 8 is coming soon on May 6, 2019.
Two weeks ago I blogged about Savannah, the main setting of my series, Savannah Sweethearts. Today I blogged about Tybee Island, the other major setting in the same series. Check out my post at InspyRomance, and pick up a free ebook copy of Ask You Later while you’re there:
If you missed my other March InspyRomance blog post about Savannah, the coastal town, here it is. The giveaway has ended, but the post is still there:
Joyfully in Jesus,
Here is the archived content of the blog post I wrote:
Are you ready for some warm beach and hotter sun? Yes, I am! I love all seasons, but I am partial toward the warmer ones. That’s why I write beach romances. Warm sun, warm sand, warm beach reads!
Three weeks ago, it was 72F in the day time over here. There I was, thinking winter was over. However, one week later, I woke up to 38F. What happened?
It’s finally spring time now where I am. In Savannah, the azaleas and daffodils are blooming. On Tybee Island, minutes away from Savannah, the seabirds fly and the ocean waves roar. These two old places by the Atlantic Ocean are some of my favorite settings for my novels and novellas, particularly my Savannah Sweethearts series.
A couple of weeks ago, I blogged about Savannah, Georgia, and today I’m going to talk about the other twin setting, Tybee Island.
Notes: Throughout this blog post are questions for you. Whether you travel a lot or read about travel a lot, let’s chat about places! As a fun treat, don’t forget to grab a free ebook copy of Ask You Later, the prequel to Savannah Sweethearts, if you haven’t already read it.
Heat up a cup of tea (or coffee or hot cocoa), and let’s travel to Tybee Island…
Even though General James Oglethorpe claimed Tybee Island for Britain, together with Savannah, the British were not the first people on the island back in 1733. Various Native American tribes have been hunting and fishing there for a long time, along with French and Spanish traders. Of course, American history buffs knew that in some ensuing battles later, Oglethorpe’s men (with Scottish soldiers among them), pushed the Spanish forces back to Florida.
Questions: Have you ever been to the Georgia or Florida coasts? How do you like those places compared to where you live? What about the nearest beaches where you live? You might be on another continent (than I am) that has a totally different geography and geology. Do describe some of the beaches in your home country.
Being on the Atlantic Ocean, Tybee Island has its fair share of sunrises over the sea. I try to mention sunrises or set some of my scenes just around that time of day in my Savannah Sweethearts books. For example, in Ask You Later (A Savannah Sweethearts Prequel), my two main characters spend some thinking time on the beach.
Do you remember that verse in Mark, where Jesus arose early in the morning to go pray?
And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed. – Mark 1:35
I do enjoy drinking my hot tea and reading my Bible on the beach or on a balcony overlooking the ocean. The sun rising into the sky and the swishing of the ocean waves provide a nice backdrop to my quiet time with God.
Questions: Do you like to read your Bible early in the morning or at night before bedtime or both? Do you find reading the Bible slightly different (maybe in terms of atmosphere) when you’re on vacation? How so?
In all my novels and novellas, I included Bible verses in a number of family-related scenes, wherever appropriate.
For example, in Cherish You So (Savannah Sweethearts Book 4), Nadine found herself talking about Jesus when she took a walk in the autumn woods with her dad.
In Kiss You Now (Savannah Sweethearts Book 7), Priyanka and her dad discussed God on the shores of Goa.
In Ask You Later (A Savannah Sweethearts Prequel), Leon had a lot to think and pray about on the Tybee Island beach outside the house he stayed in.
In several more books in my Savannah Sweethearts series, sometimes emotional breakthroughs happen on beaches. I won’t say more (lest I accidentally give you spoilers to my own books haha).
Questions: Have you had opportunities to talk with family members about God and Jesus Christ when you go on vacation? Sometimes the peaceful scenes and tranquil setting can be a moment of divine appointment, don’t you think? What about walking on the beach or in a park, pondering God’s Word or singing hymns with a thankful heart? What are your favorite verses that you’ve taken with you on vacations?
Thank you for spending time with me today. I hope you enjoyed reading the tidbits about Tybee Island.
If you have already read it, feel free to tell a reading friend who might be new to my books. Thank you!
Happy reading and have a wonderful day in the Lord Jesus Christ!
Joyfully in Him,
Today, I’m blogging at InspyRomance.com about the setting of my Savannah Sweethearts books: Savannah and Tybee Island, Georgia. Check it out:
Have you read my Savannah Sweethearts series? Book 8 is coming soon on May 6, 2019. There’s time yet for your to read Books 1-7, Book 9, and the Prequel.
Here is the archived content of the blog post I wrote above:
Have you ever been to Savannah and Tybee Island on the Atlantic coast of Georgia, USA? These two romantic southern towns are the settings for my Savannah Sweethearts series of 11 books. Some of my readers have commented and asked me about these places, so I thought it would be fun to talk about them today.
Note: I’ve added some questions for you along the way. Comment with your answers (to any or all questions) for an opportunity to win one of three ebook copies of Walk You There (Savannah Sweethearts Book 5). This middle-of-the-series book has walking tours (and trolley tours) of historic Savannah, so I felt that it’s appropriate for this blog post.
Chartered in 1732 and founded in 1733 as the last British colony in America, the city of Savannah is located on the banks of the Savannah River instead of directly on the Atlantic Ocean, like Tybee Island is. Tybee is that laidback southern beach town, with a lot of sand and sun and surf. If you want to have an idea of how the beaches feel like at various times of the day, you’ll have to read Savannah Sweethearts because I wrote in my own real life experiences visiting these places.
Questions: Do you like to read about real places in fiction books? Have you read about a city that sounded so realistic, only to find out later that the author had invented the whole place based on another real city? I think authors have reasons they do that. I don’t create an entire town, but I did take a bit of poetic liberty by inventing a fictitious restaurant for my Savannah Sweethearts series. I did not want to use a real restaurant (you’ll find out why in Book 10), so I added a new city block to my fictionalized Savannah and plopped down a restaurant. If you have read Savannah Sweethearts, do you remember the name of the restaurant?
Savannah is a busy port and city. Container ships go up and down the river day and night. It’s a working city filled with local residents and even more tourists. You might not want to be caught in the afternoon traffic jam on Fridays. Also be prepared to walk a bit if you parked your vehicle a distance away (for cheaper parking). You might need to walk some blocks to get to River Street, where I set a number of my scenes in Savannah Sweethearts. You can watch Friday night fireworks right there by the Savannah River, take a riverboat dinner cruise, or find my characters walking together up and down the waterfront.
Questions: Do you live in a small town or a big city or somewhere in between? What do you think about the traffic and busyness of your city? I know that some people love living in a bustling, noisy, honking city. On the other hand, some people prefer the quiet and rural countryside where they can find solitude and enjoy the nature that God has made. What about you?
While the buildings you see in the squares, surrounded by old live oak trees, might look old, many of the buildings that President George Washington saw in 1791 had suffered through a devastating fire. However, the good news is that General Sherman did not burn down Savannah during the American Civil War, choosing to spare it as a Christmas present to President Abraham Lincoln in 1864.
Questions: Do you pay attention to the history of the town or city you live in? Do you try to keep the history alive in your own mind so that if someone asks about it, you have information to give? Even though I visit Savannah, I don’t live there, but I live in the same state of Georgia, and history is all around me. I try not to forget our roots. How about you?
Walk You There, Book 5 of my Savannah Sweethearts series, is about a tour guide trying to save some of the historic homes in town. One of the nicest things about Savannah is the preservation of old buildings. I love walking about the city squares (and they are squares) enjoying the live oak trees and the lovely gardens here and there. There are many walking tours in Savannah, or you can catch a trolley tour to save your feet!
Questions: Have you toured a historic city? Did you take a walking tour, a carriage tour, or a motorized tour (like a car, trolley, or bus)? What did you think about such tours? Which do you prefer? I’ve been on large bus tours at various other tourist sites, but Savannah is small enough for walking tours when the weather is nice. If you have ever been to Savannah on a walking tour, do let me know!
That’s about all I have for Savannah at the moment. I am waiting for the weather to warm up so that I can return to Savannah and Tybee Island. There are some nice restaurants there. And the beach is always lovely.
If you are new to my Savannah Sweethearts series, you can jump start on it by reading Know You More (Book 1). I’m writing Find You Again (Book 8). Call You Home (Book 10) is next. Where is Book 9? A year-round Christmas romance, Wish You Joy (Book 9) has been out for a while. Throughout these books, I hope that my readers are encouraged by God’s love and care. “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (I John 4:10).
Don’t forget to comment to be entered to win an ebook copy of Walk You There (Book 5). We will do a random drawing of 3 names from the comments section only. The giveaway ends on March 18, 2019. If you’re wondering what ebook this is, here is the tagline:
Have a wonderful day in the Lord!
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Joyfully in Jesus,
USA Today bestselling author Jan Thompson writes clean and wholesome multiethnic contemporary Christian romance with elements of women’s fiction, Christian romantic suspense with an air of mystery, and inspirational international thrillers with threads of sweet Christian romance. Jan’s books are for readers who love inspiring stories of faith, hope, and love in Jesus Christ.
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