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Book Title: Storms in Serenity

Author: Fay Lamb

Release Date: February, 2018

Genre: Romance, Mystery

How can one man save the town he loves when he’s the reason for the destruction?

Serenity Key, Florida, has seen its share of hurricanes, but this time, one foul weather system is about to collide with another storm, and this one has nothing to do with atmospheric pressure.

David New has guarded his secrets for years, but when two brothers, John and Andy Ryan, arrive in town and he gets news that the daughter he’s never told anyone about has disappeared, possibly the victim of a heinous crime, and the lives of many of the town residents begin to unravel in the gale force consequences of Jake’s past, he has nowhere else to turn.

God is the only one Who can calm the storms, but can David and the good folks of Serenity Key survive until He does?

A tempest has been brewing for thirty years, with only one island town in its path.

About the Author

Fay Lamb writes emotionally charged stories with a Romans 8:28 attitude, reminding readers that God is always in the details. Fay donates 100% of her royalties to Christian charities.

Storms in Serenity is the first book in Fay’s Serenity Key series. Fay’s other series include, Amazing Grace and her novels, Stalking Willow, Better than Revenge, Everybody’s Broken, and Frozen Notes. The Ties that Bind Series includes Charisse, Libby, and Hope. Delilah, is coming soon.

Fay’s is also the author of The Art of Characterization: How to Use the Elements of Storytelling to Connect Readers to an Unforgettable Cast.

Guest Post from Fay Lamb


I’m one of those people who love storms. I revel in the lightning that streaks across the sky, the rumble of thunder as it rolls over the air, and I dance to the eerie sound of the wind coming through a crack in the window. Storms don’t frighten me. I’m an East Coast Floridian. I’ve lived through many a tempest.

However, so that you won’t think me completely insane, I have also fled a few hurricanes. In our house, a Cat III storm is something to debate as we watch to see how low the millibars fall at the storm’s center. A Cat IV means gather the important documents, place them into plastic bags and tuck them into plastic tubs, batten down the hatches, and depending upon its projected proximity, hunker down or flee. A Cat V is a no-brainer. Run!

If only the storms in our lives had categories so that we know when to stand and face the winds of life or to debate the direction, or to decide when to flee. Sometimes, the storms of life come at us without warning, with no stirring up of the waters by our own hands. Other times, the storms can be abated by the stance we take, the decisions we make, and by failing to move out of harm’s way, perhaps in an opposite direction.

That’s what my first novel in The Serenity Key series is about: one man stirred up a storm many years prior. The destructive force of that storm amassed because he didn’t take a stand, he failed to make crucial decisions, and he chooses to run from a situation that God would not allow him to outrun. Storms in Serenity is a modern-day retelling of the Biblical truths of the aftermath of David’s sin with Bathsheba and the destruction the storms of life that blew apart not only David’s family but also those he called friends.

Mostly, though, Storms in Serenity, is a novel that proves that when it comes to sin, truly, no man is an island.

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To celebrate her tour, Fay is giving away a grand prize of an Echo Spot!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!

(I’ve not been feeling well, as I guess you can tell since I haven’t posted much. I have decided to do a few book spotlights and then next week do my cozy winter reads.)


A Quick Notice

Barbour Publishing, Inc., just announced that Devotions for the Hungry Heart will be free until 2/27/18. It is available on all e-book platforms!!

Shellie Rushing Tomlinson, Author at All Things Southern, newest devotional, Devotions for the Hungry Heart is on eBook special!

Thoughts About a Tree

The power company informed us earlier this week that a tree in the middle of our yard had to be cut down and removed. It wasn’t very large, but it would become so and would interfere with the power lines, they said.

The tree was just a little twig basically when we moved in a few years ago. We protected it from kids climbing on it (actually they were just jumping on it as it was too small to be climbed), and we protected it from getting mowed down, also.

As I watched the process, it reminded me a lot of how God works in our lives. The first thing done to trees, of course, is to trim the tiny limbs. In our Christian life, especially as we are first beginning it, God needs to “trim” the limbs, too. Our limbs can be anything from “white” lies to not keeping our word. Please note, in God’s eyes, sin is sin, and there are no small sins. However, when we’re just starting out our Christian life, God again extends His loving mercy by convicting us in ways we can grasp and understand. In the same way, He helps us grow, not by giving us meat right away, but by giving us milk- 1 Corinthians 3:2 King James Version (KJV) I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it…. 1 Peter 2: 2 (KJV) 2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby…

As we grow, there is more trimming to be done, and as with the trees, larger areas need to be hewn off.  During this process, we get into the “meat” and begin to feel God convicting us about deeper issues in our lives. We can let this confrontation with our nature draw us closer and closer to God, too.

Sometimes, depending on our lives, we may need to uproot the whole tree to completely rid ourselves of harmful, hurtful vices, much like a tree which is cut down to the stump and the stump removed. However, unlike the tree that exists no more, we come back new creations, bigger and better.

Then, as we continue to grow, we need to be regularly trimming our “limbs” in order to avoid becoming like the tree in our yard which must be “cut down” again. Ephesians 4:12-15 (KJV) 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: 14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; 15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ…

How apt the metaphor for our lives is a tree! Bill, my husband, will be reviewing a book about the Roman centurion who nailed Jesus to the cross (David Kitz, The Soldier Who Killed a King, 2017). We often reflect on the truth that it is our sins (us, really) that nailed Christ to the cross. In The Soldier, the centurion literally did! The cross was a tree, and I am musing that trees are metaphors for Christians. Oh, how true!

My prayer and wish for you is for you to grow in Him.

Friday Flashback

I lost my Dad four years ago on Super Bowl Sunday, which, if you knew him, you would know it seemed fitting and appropriate that it happened on that day.

I had a lot of respect for my Dad, but a lot of anger, too. I was able to forgive him. However, the pain of some of his words still linger.

In many ways, even though he was short (in his estimation) for a man, and always carried a chip on his shoulder because of it, he was also bigger than life to all of us in our family.

Below is the blog post, with minor revisions, I wrote two years ago where I was reminiscing about him.

Dad, this ones for you!

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My father passed away two years ago on a Super Bowl Sunday, that Sunday, however, was February 2.

Dad had been having trouble here at home, which had sent him to the hospital and then rehab. One of my sisters, who lives in another state, wanted to spend some time with him and help get him back to better health.  Therefore, we decided when he left rehab for him and hubs (to help with transfers, etc.) to fly to her home state for Dad to visit.

Things were going pretty well until he had a small incident with his heart that sent him to the hospital. He was there for a while and then sent to rehab again. Things were progressing really well at rehab, but he was lonely. My sister’s FLMA (Family Leave and Medical Act) time was up, so I decided to fly out to visit for a short time.

While I was there, his doctor decided to release him from rehab on February 2. I was scheduled to fly home on January 29. I tried everything I could think of to delay my flight, but without a substantial penalty, I couldn’t. Naturally, I turned to prayer!

On January 28 a massive ice/snow storm was predicted for the south, where I was flying back to. In the early AM of January 29th, I received a message my flight had been canceled. I jokingly told my brother-in-law that the Lord had answered my prayers. He, not so jokingly, replied that he really didn’t think the Lord inconvenienced the entire South for my benefit.iceWhoa!! Talk about me being put in my place! We got 13 inches of snow where I was. I don’t remember ever seeing that much snow in my life and definitely not from the start of snowfall to the end. It was COLD but very, very pretty. (Side Note-we got 10 inches this year-2018, in Alabama, no less!!)

We all went to see Dad and joked about the weather, lamented about his beloved Cowboys not being in the Super Bowl and teased each other about our choices of winner. Everyone was in high spirits looking forward to Dad being out of rehab and the upcoming Super Bowl.

On the morning of February 2, Dad got up, ate breakfast, teased with the nurses and CNA’s (he always said he’d be a tease till the day he died, and he was!). He took his shower, shaved, got back in bed for a little bit to warm up from his shower-and never got up again.

There were so many things about Dad that were admirable, and quite a few that weren’t, also. He was a dedicated and hard worker. He cared very much for his family. He even, when our car broke down, and we didn’t have money to repair it, rode a bicycle to and from work, in all kinds of weather and at all hours of the day or night-whatever his schedule dictated. There were times he could be unbelievably sarcastic and cruel, but he never asked anything of anyone that he wasn’t willing to do himself.

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He worked for several years for the Dallas Cowboys, during their golden years with the Jimmy Johnson dynasty. And, even though he could not stand owner Jerry Jones, he was fiercely loyal to the Cowboys. (Loyalty, to a fault sometimes, was another of his good qualities.) I have some wonderful memories of visiting the old Cowboy’s stadium, along with some fantastic pictures-my kids have run off with the pictures!

So, every Super Bowl Sunday is bittersweet for me. I’m sure it will be even worse when the Cowboys finally do play a Super Bowl game again.

Dad, one day soon, your beloved Cowboys will win the Super Bowl again!

Break Time Is Over!!!

Well, the break is over. The time was filled with a flurry of doctor’s appointments, physical therapy, holidays, more appointments and therapy, culminating in yesterday’s holiday!

I’ll be catching up with comments, etc. later today and tomorrow (that is if I don’t lose internet because of the ice and snow we are predicted to get later today!).

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Be on the lookout for new reviews, a list of the best of 2017 and some exciting news to be announced soon.

Taking a Break!

I have whatever the crud is that’s been going around, and it’s kicking me big time.  Now is a perfect time to take a break, since I’ve already missed almost a week of WP and FB. I’ll be offline all of next week too because of multiple Doctor’s appointments and PT.
Happy New Year’s everyone and God’s Blessings~