For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. - Hebrews 4:12


Shield of Faith

How many times can life take a detour and love find its way home? How many times can two hearts cross before they beat as one?

In Shield of Faith is a contemporary novel spanning twelve years in the lives of twenty-nine-year-old Justice Shield and twenty-seven-year-old Freedom Forrester. Faith is undercover, justice is denied, and true love takes a detour when sixteen-year-old Faith Palmer stumbles on a human and drug trafficking organization in her hometown.

After an ambush leaves her mother dead, her family estranged, and two criminals in hot pursuit of revenge, Faith loses everything. She's placed in the witness protection program as Freedom Faith Forrester with a military family deployed to Japan.

After eight years in the Air Force and one night of indiscretion with the man of her dreams, Freedom ventures to her mother's hometown as a single mother searching for a real home, a real father, a real faith, and a real God.

Meanwhile, Justice Shield, suffering from PTSD and his own personal and professional tragedies, has been spiraling out of control, contending with God, and contemplating the worst. At his lowest point, though, God intervenes, giving Justice a new passion, a new purpose, a new perspective, a new life, and a new love. But will Justice and Freedom overcome fear and trauma, violence and vengeance to find everlasting love before threats from the past reemerge?

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Redeeming Chance

Is our forever family naturally born or masterfully created: bound by blood or adopted in love; rooted in race or grafted in grace; trapped in tradition or freed by faith; stuck in one place, one station, or commissioned to serve in every tribe, every nation? Is our family tree diverse and divided or diverse and united-determined and destined by DNA or redeemed and reconciled in Jesus' name?

Thirty-two-year-old Chance Brayden Dearling, a cynical private investigator, and his adopted brother Victor Ortega Dearling, a thirty-year-old Puerto Rican Spanish teacher, go on a quest to find and reunite their parents, ministers Nathan and Leah Dearling, with their thirty-six-year-old biological twins, Daniel Winward, a charismatic preacher from Sutton, Georgia, and Leisha Laurence, an independent lawyer in Corinth, Texas.

Presumed dead when Leah was sixteen years old, the twins were actually put up for adoption with two separate families by their maternal grandfather, who couldn't bear the shame of having an unwed, pregnant teenage daughter. Neither Nathan nor Leah learned of Daniel and Leisha's existence until three decades later during the father's death-bed confession.

Now, racing against time and a cancer diagnosis-on a journey spanning from Crossland, Texas, to Sutton, Georgia-Nathan and Leah receive more

than they ever hoped or prayed for; Chance and Victor find more than they ever bargained or believed for, and Daniel and Leisha gain more than they ever dreamed or expected. But one death threat and physical assault could ruin everything, turning their family reunion into a family tragedy.

But even in trial and triumph, GOD is with them as a good, just, loving Father, ready and willing to heal, save, restore, comfort, rescue, transform, forgive, and redeem-turning their ashes into beauty and their mourning into dancing.

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The Pride Promise

For an East Texas football Lion King and lonely Princess Bride, what will the end zone and The Pride Promise of one true love be: a championship ring or wedding ring? Honor's glory or Grace's gain?

In a contemporary odyssey spanning twenty years, Honor Careson, proud NFL quarterback, home-crowned Lion King, and exiled preacher's son running from God, commitment, and home, trades family and faith in Heaventon Hope--The Pride Land of East Texas--for glory and gain, freedom and fame in Florida. As Honor launches on a quest for a Super Bowl win and championship ring before he's forty, he gets blindsided by fatherhood, then blitzed by the adversities of life only to get setup for his greatest rival and would-be princess bride, Grace Matthews, an aspiring ER pediatric physician, who dreams of love and romance--a wedding ring, family, home, and security--all before she turns forty.

But true love never fails, and on the Fourth of July--Independence Day--Grace and Honor share their first kiss, which propels them on a winding road of romance, playing out a love story tinged with fear, uncertainty, and tragedy. As an adversary comes to steal, kill, and destroy, their faith and love are tested to the limit. Will Honor drop the ball, losing everything that really matters? Or will he find his one true love, the real Pride Promise in a believer's life, and gain more than he ever dreamed possible?

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Can love cover any crime, any sin?

Blessed, a dynamic family drama, depicts the genesis, fall, and restoration of the Worthings through three brothers: Jalan, Solomon, and Blest. Though raised equally in love and faith, their relationships with one another are fraught with conflict and jealousy. After a tragic accident, their subsequent decisions shred the bonds of brotherhood and rip the family asunder for eight years. The eldest, Jalan, is the artistic loner, the tortured soldier abused by one father, rescued by another, and haunted into addiction. Solomon is a charismatic lawyer whose ambitious nature and seducing ways propel him professionally and romantically, but whose egoism and infidelity could cost him the love of his life and the favored life he's known. Blest is the virtuous counselor tested in the wake of death, grief, and treachery.

Tragedy and betrayal break the Worthings, pitting these three against one another. One brother flees home in guilt, exiled in disgrace; another rages against life, sentenced to death; and the third weathers the firestorms, becoming the family redeemer. But love and mercy may be all that's needed to mend the broken, to heal the hurt. Will misfortune be the ruin of this once godly family, or through the refining fires will they prove to be Blessed?

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© Terra Blakemore