Today, Wednesday Writers welcomes a new author to the series, Sara L. Foust. Sara will be talking about her contemporary Inspirational Romantic Suspense, Callum’s Compass and sharing an excerpt. I love the tag line she sent. Facing betrayal, wild animals, meth-addled drug makers, and their own fears, can Kat and Ryan discover the golden treasure and God’s love?
Welcome to Wednesday Writers, Sara.
In Callum’s Compass, Kat Williams is a wildlife biologist studying salamanders in the mountains of East Tennessee. For a long time, I dreamed of becoming a wildlife biologist. I thought it would be so cool to be involved in researching and studying a wild animal. To be the one who got to catch them, sedate them, and actually lay hands on a bear or moose or some other such critter. As I got older, the idea still appealed to me, but I realized that I wanted to be a mom first and I didn’t pursue being a wildlife biologist after all. I did, however, get my bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from The University of Tennessee.
For me, Kat’s character is a way of exploring a career I am fascinated by, and also a way of showcasing a unique animal that lives in East Tennessee. Salamanders are nocturnal, and I have always found them fascinating creatures with their beautiful colors and glistening, delicate skin. I find the challenge of locating them fun whenever we are near streams.
I realize not every reader is going to be as outdoorsy as I am, but I hope that Callum’s Compass will transport all of you into the woods of East Tennessee that I love so much! Maybe your interest will be piqued by my main character, Kat, and the next time you are out and about in the wilderness you can keep an eye out for some of the animal life I mention in Callum’s Compass.
By Sara L. Foust
KAT WILLIAMS’S brother died in a gruesome accident in the mountains of East Tennessee. She blames herself.
RYAN JENKINS’S fiancée was murdered. He couldn’t protect her.
With the death of her brother, Kat believes she is unworthy of love from anyone—even God. When a good friend elicits a promise that she will stop living in the past and then leaves her clues to a real-life treasure hunt, Kat embarks on an adventure chock-full of danger. To find the treasure, Kat will have to survive wild animals—and even wilder men. Can she rely on Ryan, the handsome wildlife officer assigned to protect her . . . without falling in love?
Ryan swore off love when his fiancée was murdered, but feelings long-buried rise to the surface around Kat. He volunteers to help with her treasure hunt, vowing to keep her safe. Together they venture deep into caves and tunnels . . . and even deeper into the depths of their unplumbed hearts.
As she and Scout hiked, listening to the songbirds trilling and the wind dancing in the trees, Kat could breathe again. She pushed thoughts of the handsome officer aside.
The way the sunlight drifted through the foliage in patches, playing on the ground before her, cast joy into her soul. The fragrance of the forest filled her lungs, the rich, earthy scent of wet leaves and half-eaten acorns.
Out of habit, she reached her hands to the sides and grazed the fresh green leaves next to the trail, absorbing the sensation of their smoothness. There was nowhere in the world she would rather be on a beautiful spring afternoon. Out here, she could remember the smiling, sweet boy, as long as the night did not overtake her. In the woods, she could connect with Callum and the memories she kept buried until she was alone.
About the Author:
Sara writes Inspirational Romantic Suspense from a mini-farm in East Tennessee, where she lives with her husband and their five homeschooled children. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from the University of Tennessee and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Tennessee Mountain Writers. Her debut novel Callum’s Compass won second place in Deep River Books’ 2017 Writer’s Contest. She also has a story, “Leap of Faith,” appearing in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Step Outside Your Comfort Zone. Sara finds inspiration in her faith, her family, and the beauty of nature. When she isn’t writing, you can find her reading, camping, and spending time outdoors with her family. To learn more about her and her work or to become a part of her email friend’s group, please visit http://www.saralfoust.com/