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WILD CARD FRIDAY 30 OCTOBER 2015

Welcome to October's second Wild Card Friday. On the fourth (and fifth) Fridays of every month I've invited one of my writer friends to share something fun and then tell you a bit about their work. This week Jennifer Slattery shares an excerpt from her new book: INTERTWINED. 



Abandoned by her husband for another woman, Tammy Kuhn, an organ procurement coordinator often finds herself in tense and bitter moments. After an altercation with a doctor, she is fighting to keep her job and her sanity when one late night she encounters her old flame Nick. She walks right into his moment of facing an unthinkable tragedy. Because they both have learned to find eternal purposes in every event and encounter, it doesn’t take long to discover that their lives are intertwined but the ICU is no place for romance….or is it? Could this be where life begins again?
Intertwined, part of New Hope Publisher’s contemporary fiction line, is a great reminder of how God can turn our greatest tragedies and failures into beautiful acts of love and grace. Readers will fall in love with the realistic characters and enjoy the combination of depth, heart-felt emotion and humor that makes Jennifer’s novels so appealing. Readers will be inspired to find God in every moment and encounter in their own lives!

Buy it:
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INTERTWINED
by Jennifer Slattery


Brody always berated Tammy for drinking coffee late at night. Why he cared, she never understood.
Obviously, he hadn’t, otherwise he wouldn’t have been sleeping around.
Swallowing a familiar surge of bitterness, she closed her gritty eyes and rubbed her face. After three years, it shouldn’t bother her anymore. But it did, no matter how hard she fought against it.
    Forcing her muscles to uncoil, she approached the drink station. She purchased a tall mocha and breathed in the soothing steam.
She sat near the doorway, wrapped both hands around her cup. Lord, don’t let my anger get in the way of Your love flowing through me. Help me to be sensitive to the needs and pain all around me.
Chair legs screeched on the linoleum, and she glanced up. A familiar pair of blue eyes stared back at her.
The air left her lungs as she tried to make sense of the image of the man standing a few tables away.
“Nick?” She stood.
Gray speckled his black hair, and faint lines fanned from his eyes. His features had hardened, giving him a strong, rugged look. “Tammy.” He stared at her for a long moment, his expression unreadable.  
“You here for someone?”
“My son.” His voice cracked, and he looked away, staring past her for a few seconds before making eye contact once again. “You work here?” He glanced at the name badge attached to her belt. “Organ Procurement Coordinator?”
She nodded, studied his face. “You want to talk?”
His eyes flooded with tears, and he shook his head. “I better get back. My son needs me.”
He turned to leave, but she touched his arm. “Wait. Can I call you? To see how you’re doing? How he’s doing?”
After a long moment, he offered a slow nod and fished his wallet from his back pocket. He dug out a business card and handed it over. The Flaming Mesquite was printed across the top in maroon letters.
His granddad’s old place? Was Nick the owner now?
She rummaged through her tote bag and pulled out a business card. “Here’s my number. Call me. If you need anything.”
He studied it, a tendon in his jaw twitching, before tucking it into his back pocket. “Thank you.”
Then he walked away, just like he had twenty years ago.


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 Jennifer, when did you first discover that you were a writer?
 
It took me a while. Everyone else saw the writer in me long before I did. My husband says he always knew I would be a writer, even way back when. This is interesting to me, because I didn’t feel the call to write until about 2009. Before then, I knew I could. I loved doing research papers and giving speeches because those were easy As for me, but I never saw writing as something I’d do as a career or call. 


How much of yourself do you write into your characters?

 
This depends. I feel we have to pull from our life and experiences in order to write with authenticity, but at the same time, our characters need to be diverse. In Intertwined, my main character was a single mom, which I’m not, so I spoke with numerous single moms while researching and writing the novel. But as a working woman who is very passionate about my character, I could relate to my main character Tammy Kuhn’s feeling pulled between her career and her role as a mom. Honestly, I think that’s something almost every mom can relate to.


Tell us about the kinds of books you enjoy reading.

 
I’m so eclectic! I enjoy fiction and non. For fiction, I prefer to read a book slowly, giving myself time to really digest the material and put whatever truths I’ve pulled from it into practice. I also love anything by Eva Marie Everson and Mary Connealy. Shannon Taylor Vannatter’s a great writer, as well. 


How do you keep your sanity in this crazy fast paced world of ours?

 
Drawing near to Christ daily, and even more so the crazier life gets.  Sometimes this feels hard to do, especially if there are already a lot of demands on my time. But then I remind myself that He’s sovereign, has a plan, and is working out His plan. My taking time to be with Him won’t hinder that. 



What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?

 
I’m not sure if “proud of” is the way I’d phrase it; it’s more like the accomplishment that’s most important to me, and that’d be building a deep and secure relationship with my husband and daughter. Just the other night at dinner, my daughter shared how she felt our relationship was closer than what her friends had with their moms, and she thanked me for taking time to listen to her. All relationships, including those with our children, take time, humility, patience, gentleness, and commitment. 


What is your favorite food?

 
Ice cream and flavored lattes made with almond milk. 


Why do you write the kind of books you do?

 
I write what interests and is important to me. I love seeing women grab hold of the freedom Christ offers, grow closer to Him, and surrender to His call on their lives. Hopefully my books help move them in that direction. 


What can you tell us about your next project?

 
My fourth book, Breaking Free, releases in March. Here’s the blurb:
Sometimes it takes losing everything to grab hold of what really matters.

Women’s ministry leader and Seattle housewife, Alice Goddard, and her successful graphic-designer husband appear to have it all together. Until their credit and debit cards are denied, launching Alice into an investigation that only leads to the discovery of secrets. Meanwhile, her husband is trapped in a downward spiral of lies, shame, and self-destruction. Can they break free from their deception and turn to the only One who can save them? And will it be in time to save their marriage?

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Jennifer Slattery writes soul-stirring fiction for New Hope Publishers, a publishing house passionate about bringing God’s healing grace and truth to the hopeless. She also writes for Crosswalk.com, Internet CafĂ© Devotions, and the group blog, Faith-filled Friends. When not writing, Jennifer loves going on mall dates with her adult daughter and coffee dates with her hilariously fun husband.
Visit with Jennifer online at JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud.com and connect with her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/JenSlatte


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