Until I received this email, I had no idea how far my words would reach.
“When I finished reading In His Stead I knew why I never stop trying to help my son… I laid in bed with tears swelling in my eyes, not because of the struggles of the hero, but because someone out there understands why a loving father will go to such extremes, even when almost everyone else has given up and even severely criticizes him for trying so hard… I have helped my own son even when it nearly killed me to do so… The book showed me that someone else does understand how i feel & what i am going through. There is so much more to the story (than the heroics of Thomas Lane) with the impact being that one person can change the lives of others and even history. I have some relief today that I am not a fool for trying. So thank you from deep inside.”
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Click thru to Meradeth’s Blog & read Judith’s responses to Meradeth’s insightful questions about “In His Stead” and Judith’s writing career. And while you’re there check out Meradeth’s latest novel “Colors Like Memories”
Book Revue, “Long Island’s Best Book Store” according to the Long Island Press, is now featuring “In His Stead- A Father’s War” by Judith Sanders on their in-store Independent Author’s Table and their Book Revue Website. On receiving the news, Judith was heard to say “I’m no Bill Clinton or Madeleine Albright (who were also featured at Book Revue) but my fiction and my characters are a powerful reflection of the human spirit and the drive of ordinary people doing extraordinary things for the greater good. I’m pleased to be on Book Revue’s shelves.”
I’m on a “radio tour” this Wednesday morning, 28 November 2012. Listen in:
LIVE (Times are Eastern Time, NOT local)…
7:30-7:40AM Cedar Rapids, IA KWAY-FM
8:10-8:20AM Norwich, Ct WICH-AM
8:35-8:45AM Gloucester, VA WXGM-FM
9:30-9:40AM Colorado Springs, CO KCMN-AM
9:45-9:55 AM Shenandoah, IA KMA-AM/FM
TAPING for the following:
Bradford, PA (Buffalo) WESB-AM
Salisbury, NC (Charlotte) WSAT-AM
Port Huron, MI (Detroit) WGRT-FM
Carbondale, IL (Regional IL, MO, KY) WSIU-FM NPR
Corpus Christi, TX KCTA-AM
Wenatchee, WA KPQ-AM
SYNDICATED It’s Your Health Network News & IRN/USA Radio Network
As you already know I am a fiction writer with a background in nursing. I am a mother (once you have that job you are never retired from it) and grandmother. But did you know I love to garden, go fishing, and do watercolor painting?
On this page from time-to-time I will leave you a note on which of my hobbies I am pursuing and how it is going.
Right now I am back in North Carolina missing the view from my New Hampshire kitchen window that looks out on Franklin Pierce Lake. We have put the boat away for the winter and that means no fishing or kayaking until next summer.
My father loved to fish and he passed on that gene. For me, fishing slows down the planet and puts my life into perspective. You bait the hook and settle back to listen to the earth. Sometimes while I wait for that subtle nip to send a thrill up the line and through the pole to me, I do all the things my busy schedule doesn’t allow. Maybe I say a thank you prayer and take in the pines, mountains, and sunrise. Or maybe I just pray to catch a big one. I breathe deep and write in my head what I will later put on paper. I can do a million things while sitting on the lake bank with a fishing pole in my hand. This past year we had a nesting Loon nearby. Unfortunately the eggs didn’t hatch. The Loon’s call is beautiful. At the end of the day the call of the loons takes me back to a lost time, a lost wilderness. (CLICK HERE TO HEAR THEM)
When I am fishing with my husband it becomes a competition (I usually win), a banana split is the incentive. By the way none of the fish we catch are every marinated, roasted, or dressed-up with lemon wedges.
What follows are a few pics from the lake. You’ll see one of my catches. Enjoy!
Cmashlovestoread.com writes “As lovers of books, don’t you wish there was some way, we had the time and could read each and every book on our TBR and Wish lists? I know I do. And this is one of those books. When Jaime from Media Connect/Finn Partners contacted me, I knew I had to share this with all of you.”
Here’s what else she has to say:
“In His Stead explores the tension, devastation, strength, and love of service families during wartime through the story of one man, Retired Army Ranger Thomas Lane, as he attempts to make the greatest sacrifice for his son.
Lane once burned for the taste of gunpowder and thrill of the battle. But as he struggles to cope with his own PTSD and the death of his eldest son who was killed by an IED in Afghanistan, Lane learns that the price of war is far too dear. Now the National Guard is calling on Lane’s youngest son to serve. Consumed with sorrow, Lane knows he will do anything to save his child—even if it means going in his place.
In His Stead follows the tumultuous battle of Thomas Lane as he navigates the United States Army, its JAG corps, a vengeful officer, the very son he is desperate to save, and his own wife, who has the Solomon like choice of losing either a husband or a son. Capturing the essence of family life in wartime—the good, the bad, and the hopeful—In His Stead explores what it means to be a father and a man.”
“Book lover and writer; fiction, fantasy, history, and dreams…the stuffing for my pages.” –Judith Sanders