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If you had a free summer, how would you fill it? Chemistry Professor Emily Worth is working with friends at Bishop Space Repair, Inc who are repairing satellites in space via repair robots. She’s finishing a design for a new type of battery. And she’s also doing some traveling to explore the Rocky Mountains. It’s going to be an enjoyable three months. A relatively new Christian, she wants to know God better than she does now and that, too, is part of her summer plans. What she hadn’t considered was a summer romance, but walks into one compliments of God who has been richly blessing her. This is the story of Emily Worth and Noah Shepherd. It’s also a story of God’s romance with us through Jesus for God has purposed in His heart to love us forever. Reader alert: This is a romance story, not a romantic suspense as most of my books are. This story also contains more scriptures and conversations about God than most stories I have written. Immortality can be read independent of my other titles. But for the full impact of the topics discussed, I encourage you to read the O’Malley series and specifically Jennifer’s storyline within it, then An Unfinished Death, then Immortality.
The Cost of Betrayal Collection
This collection of short stories, The Cost of Betrayal, will let you sample 3 authors and see if you like how we write. The story I contributed is titled Betrayed. It’s an Ann and Paul Falcon story, I introduce you to Janelle Roberts, and a really good guy, Greg Tate. Here’s the back cover copy for my short story: She had been jailed for a murder she did not commit, later freed by the actions of people she had just met, leaving a murderer still at large. Janelle Roberts needed somewhere safe to rebuild her life…and maybe she’s found it with Greg Tate and the professional help he offered, the island home he arranged for her, and the peace he knew through Jesus. Kindle ebook for just my story Betrayed.
Do you want to be well? Do you know someone who needs healed? What does God say about the topic? Those are common needs and questions Christians bring to God. Jesus healed everyone who came to him of every disease. So a good place to start looking for answers is right there, with Jesus. This non-fiction book explores the topic in depth. You can read the introduction here. If you read An Unfinished Death, you will learn the same material as presented in this non-fiction title. An Unfinished Death is a story of these scriptures in action.
Connie August, a Christian combat medic, one who had experienced healings and miracles on the battlefield similar to those in scripture, wasn’t looking to make waves back home now that she was retired from the service. She opened Connie’s Pizza and settled into her chosen community, wanting to be herself, content to lead a small group of paramedics, doctors, nurses and chaplains who were studying the scriptures and sharing their experiences from across the Chicago area. Ryan Cooper, CEO of a religious-affiliated private hospital, had seen too many of Chicago’s children die from gun violence, young mothers die from cancer, and random illness take both the young and old. He wanted the vibrancy of God’s healing to be a predictable experience again. A friend introduced them at a party. He wanted to understand what she’d experienced. She wanted him to give a chaplain friend a job when he retired from the service. They struck a deal that would change both their lives and soon begin to reverberate across Chicago. This is Ryan’s story, Connie’s, but mostly it’s God’s story, a God who is still amazing in his goodness. Reader alert: this is not a romantic suspense, as most of my other fiction titles are. Ryan and Connie are already dating other people. This story also contains more scripture and conversations about scripture than most stories I have written. Next to Unspoken, this was my personal favorite book until I happened to finish Immortality and now there is a tie for favorite. It’s still probably Unspoken by a whisker.
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Sara's terrified. She's doing the one thing she cannot afford to do: fall in love with former pro-football player Adam Black, a man everyone knows. Sara's been hidden away in the witness protection program, her safety dependent on staying invisible - and loving Adam could get her killed.
O’MALLEY FAMILY SERIES - ROMANTIC SUSPENSE
Dave Richman is about to meet Kate O’Malley and his life will never be the same. She’s a hostage negotiator. He protects people. He’s about to find out that falling in love with a hostage negotiator is one thing, but keeping her safe is another!
A federal judge has been murdered. There is only one witness. And an assassin wants her dead. U.S. Marshal Marcus O’Malley thought he knew the risks of the assignment...He was wrong.
Women are turning up dead. And Lisa O’Malley has a habit of walking into crime scenes, curious. She’s a forensic pathologist and mysteries are her domain. U.S. Marshal Quinn Diamond has found loving her is easier than keeping her safe. Lisa’s found the killer, and now she’s missing too…
Jack O’Malley is a fireman who is fearless when it comes to facing an inferno. But when an arsonist begins targeting his district, his shift, his friends, Jack faces the ultimate challenge: protecting the lady who saw the arsonist before she pays an even higher price…
Rachel O’Malley works disasters for a living, her specialty helping children through trauma. When a school shooting rips through her community, she finds herself dealing with more than just grief among the children she is trying to help. There’s a secret. One of them was there. One of them saw the shooting. And the gun is still missing...
Stephen O’Malley is a paramedic who has been rescuing people all his life. His friend Meghan is in trouble: Stolen jewels are turning up in interesting places and she’s in the middle of it. Stephen’s about to run into a night he will never forget: a kidnapping, a tornado, and a race to rescue the woman he loves.
It’s a summer of change for Jennifer O’Malley. The busy physician has a pediatrics practice in Dallas, and meeting Tom Peterson, falling in love, is adding a rich layer to her life. She’s sorting out how to introduce him to her family—she’s the youngest of seven—and thinking about marriage. She’s falling in love with Jesus too, and knows God is good. But that faith is about to be tested in a way she didn’t expect, and the results will soon transform her entire family....
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Ann Silver is a cop’s cop. As the Midwest Homicide Investigator, she is called in to help on the worst of the cases, looking for answers to murder. Hers is one of the most trusted investigative positions in the Midwest.
Paul Falcon is the FBI’s top murder cop. If the victim carried a federal badge or had a security clearance, odds are good he sees the case file or his guys work the murder.
Their lives intersect when Ann arrives to pass a case off her desk and onto his. A car wreck and a suspicious death offer a lead on a hired shooter he is tracking. Paul isn’t expecting to meet someone, the kind that goes on the personal side of the ledger, but Ann Silver has his attention.
The better he gets to know her, the more he realizes her job barely scratches the surface of who she is. She knows spies and soldiers and U.S. Marshals, and has written books about them. She is friends with the former Vice President. People with good reason to be cautious about who they let into their lives deeply trust her. Paul wonders just what secrets Ann is keeping, until she shows him the John Doe Killer case file, and he starts to realize just who this lady he is falling in love with really is . . .
Charlotte Graham is at the center of the most famous kidnapping in Chicago history.
The task force of FBI and local cops found her two abductors, killed them, rescued her, but it took four very long years. The fact she was found less than three miles from her home, had been there the entire time, haunts them. She’s changed her identity, found a profession she loves, and rebuilt her life.
She’s never said a word—to the cops, to her doctors, to family—about those four years.
A family legacy has brought her back to Chicago where a reporter is writing a book about the kidnapping. The cops who worked the case are cooperating with him. Her options are limited: Hope the reporter doesn’t find the full truth, or break her silence about what happened. And her silence is what has protected her family for years.
Bryce Bishop doesn’t know her past, he only knows she has coins to sell from her grandfather’s estate—and that the FBI director for the Chicago office made the introduction. The more he gets to know Charlotte, the more interested he becomes, an interest encouraged by those closest to her.. But nothing else is working in his favor—she’s decided she is single for life, she struggles with her faith, and she’s willing to forego a huge inheritance to keep her privacy. She’s not giving him much of an opening to work with.
Charlotte wants to trust him. She needs to tell him what happened. Because a crime cops thought was solved, has only opened another chapter. . .
When asked what he does for a living Commander Mark Bishop is deliberately low-key: "I'm in the Navy." But commanding the ballistic missile submarine USS Nevada, keeping her crew trained and alert during ninety-day submerged patrols, and being prepared to launch weapons on valid presidential orders, carries a burden of command like few other jobs in the military. Mark Bishop is a man who accepts that responsibility, and handles it well. And at a time when tensions are escalating around the Pacific Rim, the Navy is glad to have him.
Mark wants someone to come home to after sea patrols. The woman he has in mind is young, with a lovely smile, and very smart. She's a civilian, yet she understands the U.S. Navy culture. And he has a strong sense that life with her would never be boring. But she may be too deep in her work to see the potential in a relationship with him.
Gina Gray would love to be married. She has always envisioned her life that way. A breakup she didn't see coming, though, has her focusing all her attention on what she does best--ocean science research. She's on the cusp of a major breakthrough, and she needs Mark Bishop's perspective and help. Because what she told the Navy she's figured out is only the beginning. If she's right, submarine warfare is about to enter a new and dangerous chapter....
Shannon disappeared over the Memorial Day Weekend when she was sixteen. She didn’t arrive home after staying with friends. Years have now passed. She just contacted a retired member of law enforcement, Matthew Dane. She wants to go home. TAKEN is the story of the next three weeks. I think Matthew and Shannon are fascinating together. It’s an unfolding story on so many levels.
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This collection of short stories will let you sample 3 authors and see if you like how we write. The story I contributed is titled MISSING. John Graham, Police Chief for Cheyenne, Wyoming, is facing a personal crisis. His mother is missing. She was last seen Monday afternoon around 4:30 p.m. at the retirement village where she lived. It is now going on 9:00 p.m. Tuesday as he arrives in Chicago to help with the search to find her. Lieutenant Sharon Noble of the Riverside Police Department has worked missing person cases for seven years and she’s still an optimist that people can be found. I love how this story unfolds.
Lieutenant Evie Blackwell is using her vacation to look into two cold cases in Carin County. A deputy, his wife and eleven-year old son, disappeared. And in an unrelated case, a six-year-old girl was abducted from a hotel. Sheriff Gabriel Thane and his brothers Will and Joshua, have lived with these cases for years. I couldn’t write about just one Thane brother when all three have fascinating stories, so I decided to give you a family, centered around Evie and Gabriel, and let you enjoy what happens when Evie comes to Carin County.
Welcome to a second Evie book. I’m rejoining Lieutenant Evie Blackwell as the Illinois missing person task force begins work. I want you to get to know all the members of the task force and what is happening in their personal lives, so in this book I’ll be introducing you to David Marshal. Evie has chosen to search for a missing college student, while David is looking for a missing private investigator. I hope you enjoy the search for justice as these two cases unfold.
UNCOMMON HEROES - MILITARY ROMANCES
Kelly Jacobs has already paid the ultimate price of loving a warrior; she has the folded flag and the grateful thanks of a nation to prove it. Navy SEAL Joe “Bear” Baker can’t ask her to accept that risk again—even though he loves her. But the man responsible for her husband’s death is back—closer than either of them realize. Kelly’s in danger; and Joe may not get there in time…
Heroes get a new meaning when you see inside their lives. Gracie is a Navy Pilot, Bruce works Air Force Pararescue. Dangerous jobs, often away from home, they wrote love letters. When she’s shot down behind enemy lines, he’s got one mission: get Gracie out alive…
CIA officer Darcy St. James is after a man who knew Sept 11th would happen, who chose to profit from the knowledge. Navy SEAL Sam “Cougar” Houston is busy: The intelligence Darcy is generating has his team deploying around the world. Under the pressure of war, their romance flourishes. But it may be a short relationship: for the terrorists have chosen their next targets and Darcy’s name is high on list…
A police chief falls in love with a witness to a murder.
Someone snatched his cousin’s wife and son. FBI agent Luke Falcon is searching for a kidnapper and sorting out the crime. He’s afraid it’s the work of a stalker. He’s afraid they’re already dead. And he’ll do anything required to get them back alive…he didn’t plan on falling in love with the only witness.
A private investigator, town sheriff, and a series of unusual deaths.
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I’ve elected to leave my website deehenderson.com a rather personal thing: your notes and emails come to my desk, occasionally I blank out what’s here and start over again. It’s not a pretty place with fancy graphics, but it is where I put the latest news about what is going on with my books from various publishers. I’m asked occasionally if I am on Facebook — Bethany House keeps updates about my books with them available so I encourage you to join — but for time reasons I am not on social media. I like to write, read, hang out with my parents, and spend time with God. That’s a busy enough life. I share my world by this webpage and via my books. And I enjoy hearing from you. Thank you for staying in touch, and letting me know what’s on your mind.
I’m pleased to announce two new titles are now available IMMORTALITY and the novella collection THE COST OF BETRAYAL.
I love weaving together mystery, romance, scripture, and people’s lives with God. That’s been the typical story mix, in various degrees, for all my books. I changed that up last year with the release of combat medic Connie August’s story in An Unfinished Death and the companion non-fiction book Healing is By Grace Alone. (More about Connie later in this note).
I’m doing something slightly different again this year. I’m releasing a book called IMMORTALITY which is a soft romance but not a romantic suspense. Emily and Noah are fascinating people who meet and get to know each other over the course of a summer. They talk about God and Emily’s questions about Him. It’s a different story than most I have written yet perfect in its own way. I liked being asked to think about God. Reader alert: I’m filling in the calendar for Jim Bishop with this book as a backdrop for where the interweaving characters in my stories are flowing, but this is not Jim’s story. This book, like last year’s title, also has more scriptures and conversations about God than most I have written.
To answer why the change in story types these last two years, it’s a pretty simple answer. There are books developing in my notes which deserve to be written and when the time seems to suit, I’ll pause and write one of them. I call these latest two books theology fiction, for at the core they are non-fiction titles exploring who God is and what a Christian learns about God over their lifetime. In the mix of 23 lighter ‘summer’ reads there are now 2 deeper reads which will call for more thinking and be suitable to a snowy winter day. When I think about writing as a profession over twenty years, that’s a useful mix to have available to readers.
From last year’s release note -
For many years I’ve been thinking about Connie August. She’s a combat medic. Her story, however, never really fit in with the military books I was writing, nor with the romantic suspense. She doesn’t have a romance story to share with readers about a guy. Connie’s story is about a romance with God — she is passionately in love with him. And she’s seen things on the battlefield similar to the miracles in scripture. So her story required something different of me. AN UNFINISHED DEATH is not a romantic suspense. Ryan and Connie are already dating other people. This story also contains more scripture and conversations about scripture than most stories I have written. I wanted to present Connie August in an authentic way, true to who she is.
Healing doesn’t come to us by our works. Healing is by grace alone. It is a gift from Jesus. That statement likely resonated with you in one of four ways, as: true, false, incomplete, or as something you’ve not heard before. For that reason, for the first time in my career, I’m releasing a non-fiction work along with a story. HEALING IS BY GRACE ALONE is a look at what the bible says about healing at a depth you may never have heard before. I encourage you to share Healing is by Grace Alone with friends and family who prefer non-fiction. For those who love a good story, the novel An Unfinished Death, presents the subject matter in action.
A special note for my long time readers: Many of you have asked to learn the rest of Jennifer’s husband Tom’s story from the O’Malley Series. I’ve always known his story, but I’ve never had a place to tell it before. So in a very brief but poignant moment in An Unfinished Death (lasting only a couple pages), I’m also presenting the rest of Tom’s story in his own words.
There are five books by five authors I think you should read:
I have a favor to ask. If you have copies of the O’Malley books on your bookshelves, would you consider sharing them with a friend or co-worker? One of the best gifts you can give an author is to share the stories so they continue to be passed around and enjoyed. And if there is a teenager in your family, or the family of a friend, would you make sure they hear about the stories? I am making a special point to see how many girls in high school and college can discover the O’Malley series. The stories help to show what a good relationship can be like when they are considering who to date. I’d appreciate your help making that happen. Loan your books out, and be a part. It will be fun to hear the feedback.
Please write. I enjoy hearing from you. And if you would like to listen to some good sermons, try Eddie Lowen. (An odd final remark I know, but if you listen to a few, I think you’ll see why I made the recommendation.)
Thanks for your time today.
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