Today Wednesday Writers would like to welcome Alexis A. Goring to the blog. Alexis will be talking about yachts and Heavenly homes. I have to admit that she piqued my interest with the yacht, especially when I read the excerpt and discovered the hero owned a Hinckley Talaria 48. So naturally, I went searching for the Hinckley yacht mentioned in the book excerpt. Made me wish I could afford one. She’s also sharing an excerpt from her book, Love in Pictures. Welcome, Alexis!
Hinckley Yachts and Heavenly Homes
A devotional by Alexis A. Goring
I wrote a book called Love in Pictures. My story’s hero, Logan, is quite the character. His parents are wealthy and generous, so for his college graduation gift, they bought a Hinckley yacht for him to live on.
Hinckley is known as perhaps the best yacht company in America. Its design is smooth, sleek, luxurious and comfortable. If you love the water and you live on it in a Hinckley then you really have it made.
I found out about these alluring details during my story research for Logan’s character. I spoke to a Hinckley representative, told him that I was writing a fiction story, and explained how Logan’s parents bought a Hinckley for him to live on as his college graduation gift. When I shared this, the representative asked me, “Are they adopting?” He asked because he wanted parents in real-life who would give extraordinarily good gifts to him like Logan’s.
All of this inspired me to think. The Bible says that God as our Father in Heaven wants to give good gifts to His children (you and me). Let’s read about it in Matthew 7:11 (NKJV). The Scripture says, “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!”
As our Heavenly Father, God wants to give us good gifts—dare I say Hinckley’s included? But above fancy homes to live in on the water, He wants to give us more than the worldly possessions that we desire; He wants to give us eternal life!
The Bible says that this world is not our home. As Christ followers, we are strangers passing through a foreign land. Read 1 Peter 2:11-12 in The Message Bible (MSG). The Scripture says, “Friends, this world is not your home, so don’t make yourselves cozy in it. Don’t indulge your ego at the expense of your soul. Live an exemplary life among the natives so that your actions will refute their prejudices. Then they’ll be won over to God’s side and be there to join in the celebration when he arrives.”
The Bible also says that in Jesus Christ’s Father’s House there are many mansions. Read John 14:2. He is preparing a place for us to live and it is out of this world, literally because that place is Heaven.
Living on the water in a Hinckley boat here on Earth sounds amazing but living in Heaven and being in the presence of God for eternity sounds so much better!
The Bible advises us to store our treasure in Heaven not on Earth, as Scripture says in Matthew 6:19-21. Therefore, I am setting my sights on my heavenly home. What about you?
Love in Pictures
By Alexis A. Goring
Wedding photographer Michelle Hadley has a passion for diversity and believes that love comes in all colors. So, she’s working hard to convince editors to feature her clients’ images on the covers of the mainstream bridal and wedding magazines.
Despite having a career that focuses on celebrating forever love, Michelle has never actually been in a romantic relationship, and she’s not looking for love, until she meets the one man she cannot forget.
Since his fiancée broke his heart, Logan Emerson’s focus has been on his career. He’s won awards for his work as a print journalist and dreams of greater success on television as a broadcast journalist. But his personal struggle presents many challenges that might prevent his dreams from coming true.
Michelle doesn’t date often, and since his heartbreak, Logan has shied away from the dating scene. But something about Michelle awakens Logan’s desire to love again.
(Story Excerpt from Love in Pictures by Alexis A. Goring)
Michelle tugged at her snug top and pale-blue skinny jeans as she strolled down the dock to the boat Logan had described. She hoped that she wasn’t overdressed—or underdressed. A cool breeze blew through her hair, and the fresh scent of the bay refreshed her soul on this sunny, early summer day.
Though she’d lived here all her life, this was her first time in the marina. She’d never met someone who lived on the water. This was a new experience.
She stopped when she reached a boat that resembled the one in the picture Logan texted her yesterday. It was more gorgeous and expansive in real time. Clearly this was more than a boat. Not knowing much about yachts, Michelle lacked better words to describe this sleek, smooth creation painted in white with blue and gold trimmings. As she reached out to touch it, Logan emerged from the lower deck.
He waved. “Hey there.”
“Hey.” She smoothed the cool fabric of her comfortable boat-neck top, hoping it wasn’t too much. “I didn’t know what to wear. This is my first date on a boat.”
He gazed at her with his beautiful sea-blue eyes then encircled her waist and drew her in for a hug. “Don’t worry. You look beautiful.”
Michelle’s heart somersaulted. He steadied her in his embrace. “You okay?”
Michelle gathered her wits and focused her attention on the horizon. “Does she have a name?”
Logan chuckled. “Yes, she does. Her legal name is Talaria 48. She’s a Hinckley.”
“Yes. Only the best boat maker and yacht experience in America.” He stepped ahead of Michelle on the slip then turned and reached for her. “Come aboard, my lady.”
Michelle’s neck warmed. She placed her hand in his and stepped onto the swaying boat.
She allowed him to continue holding her hand until they settled into the cockpit where he had prepared a light dinner. The aroma of apricot-glazed baked chicken mixed with the scent of fresh salad drizzled with lemon vinaigrette and sweet sparkling apple cider. By the looks of it, he was a very talented chef.
He moved so that Michelle could take a seat then settled across the table. He reached out and took Michelle’s hands into his. “I’d like to pray, if that’s okay.”
Michelle’s heart warmed. He was a man of faith in God too? In a world where it looked like most men threw chivalry out the window, Logan was slowly but surely becoming her knight in shining armor. Not that she believed in fairy tales and happily ever after romances . . .
Want to read more? You’ll find Love in Pictures at Amazon
About the Author:
Alexis A. Goring is a writer at heart who loves the arts with a passion for the color purple and an affinity for the serene color blue.
She earned her B.A. in Print Journalism and her MFA in Creative Writing. Alexis is an established author, blogger, editor, writer, and photographer who enjoys exploring matters of the heart.
Love in Pictures is her second book published by Forget Me Not Romances.
Alexis hopes that her writing will connect readers with the forever love of Jesus Christ.
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