ABOUT THE AUTHOR
SARAH SUNDIN lives in northern California with her husband and three children. When she isn’t ferrying kids to soccer and tennis, she works on-call as a hospital pharmacist and teaches Sunday school and women’s Bible studies. She is the author of the Wings of Glory series—A Distant Melody (Revell, 2010), A Memory Between Us (2010), and Blue Skies Tomorrow (August 2011). In 2011, A Memory Between Us was a finalist in the Inspirational Reader's Choice Awards and Sarah received the Writer of the Year Award at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. Her next series, Wings of the Nightingale, begins releasing in 2012.
BLUE SKIES TOMORROW
by Sarah Sundin
Published by Revell
ABOUT THE BOOK
Lt. Raymond Novak prefers the pulpit to the cockpit, but at least his stateside job training B-17 pilots allows him the luxury of a personal life. As he courts Helen Carlisle, a young war widow and mother who conceals her pain under a frenzy of volunteer work, the sparks of their romance set a fire that flings them both into peril. After Ray leaves to fly a combat mission at the peak of the air war over Europe, Helen takes a job in a dangerous munitions yard and confronts an even graver menace in her own home. Will they find the courage to face their challenges? And can their young love survive until blue skies return?
Blue Skies Tomorrow is the third book in the Wings of Glory series, which follows the three Novak brothers, B-17 bomber pilots with the US Eighth Air Force stationed in England during World War II. Each book stands alone.
Readers, buy your copy of Blue Skies Tomorrow (a Wings of Glory novel) today!
AND NOW A WORD FROM OUR FEATURE AUTHOR
Writing is a thrilling, exasperating, enchanting, and depressing profession. If you’ve been writing for any length of time, you’ve probably struggled with doubts. Before we’re published we wonder if we’ll ever be published, and we deal with discouragement from critiques, rejection letters, contests, and even friends and family. After we’re published we wonder why anyone in their right mind would read our books, and we deal with discouragement from editors, reviewers, disgruntled readers, and yes, friends and family.
I’ve been there. I still go there. And I’ll be there again.
For five years I tried to sell my historical fiction trilogy set in World War II. I accumulated a stack of “good” rejection letters. Editors and agents liked my writing, my story, and my characters—however, historicals weren’t selling. They wanted chick lit.
I didn’t want to give up on the series, because I loved my characters. However, in 2005 all doors to publication seemed closed and padlocked, and I wondered whether I had heard God correctly. Was I truly meant to write? Was I wasting my time when I could be doing something more productive?
That year at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference, I went for a walk under the redwoods and stopped to admire a little white flower. I praised God for the flower and felt touched—had He made that flower just so I would praise Him? Then I looked around me. Hundreds of redwoods covered the hills, and thousands more out of my vision, all surrounded by white blossoms. How many of those flowers would ever cause someone to stop and praise God? Were they created in vain? Did the Lord waste His time creating them? Of course not. God is a creative Being, and He made us in His creative image. In His mercy, the Lord showed me that even if my writing was never seen by another human being and never caused anyone to praise Him, I did the right thing obeying His call to write. I was not wasting my time.
So I kept writing. I kept submitting. I kept praying. Then at Mount Hermon in March 2008, I heard, “We don’t want chick lit. We need historicals.” And my trilogy was close to complete. I submitted, and in September I was offered a three-book contract.
Mother Teresa said, “God doesn’t require us to succeed; He only requires that you try.” If God has called you to write for Him, measure your success through His eyes. Did you obey? Were you faithful? Did you persevere?
No matter where you are in your writing life, take courage. Whether you write for millions or for One, if you do it for Him, you’re not laboring in vain.
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Thank you, Sarah, for sharing with us today.
Guest Question: What is one thing you feel God has called you to do? Did you answer and obey right away, or did it take a little while before you acted? How do you feel today about this call?
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