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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Welcome Bonnie Leon and Wings of Promise


BONNIE LEON is the author of eighteen novels, including the popular Touching the Clouds, Wings of Promise, the Sydney Cove series and the bestselling Journey of Eleven Moons. She also stays busy speaking for women’s groups and teaching at writing seminars and conventions. Bonnie and her husband, Greg, live in Southern Oregon. They have three grown children and five grandchildren.

by Bonnie Leon
Published by Revell


Wings of Promise is book two in the Alaskan Skies series and is the continuing story of Kate Evans who, in 1935, chose a career over marriage and moved to Alaska. The question of whether to be a pilot or a wife continues to plague her. She will have to make a decision one day.

Kate is also haunted by the death of her best friend, Alison. The two had been flying when the plane went down and Alison was killed. Kate carries a heavy weight of guilt, which is one of the reasons she chose Alaska and a career as a bush pilot. She needs to prove that she’s a skilled and dedicated pilot who isn’t afraid. She believes that running to Alaska is a way to rid herself of guilt. She doesn’t yet understand that guilt isn’t something that can be left behind.

In book one, Touching the Clouds, Kate met Paul Anderson, a doctor who is also using Alaska as a place of escape. She tried not to love him, but the quiet serious man snagged her heart and now, the two of them work together to help the people in the Alaska bush.

Readers, buy your copy of Wings of Promise: A Novel (Alaskan Skies) today!


Don’t Quit

I love a good movie, especially when it's based on a true story. And so a few nights ago when my husband and I settled down to watch the movie Secretariat I was looking forward to a good time. However, God never wastes anything and He had more than just fun in store for me.

From the moment Penny Chenery inherited the family stables she had a fight on her hands. It was her grit, belief in her father's dream, her refusal to give up and faith in a spritely colt that she called Big Red that launched a horse to greatness.

The movie was rife with treasures, but one scene stood out above the others. It is the night before the Premont Stakes. The Triple Crown is within reach. Penny Chenery goes to the stables to see Secretariat. She tells the big red horse, "I realized something. I've already won. I made it here. I didn't quit. I've run my race. Now you run yours."

Those words went straight to my heart. I want to be able to say that I've won--that I didn't quit and that I ran my race.

Life isn't easy for any of us. Illness, circumstances, people who don't believe in us or our dreams, fears and roadblocks placed in our way by the enemy try to keep us from greatness, from the calling placed upon our lives by God. I can't count the number of times I've wanted to give up. It would be so much easier to simply ignore the challenges placed in front of me and to curl up somewhere and hide from the world. And then I hear . . .

Don't Quit! Believe in The One who has called you.

God has a plan for our lives, but know this--nothing of value comes easy. We need what Secretariat had--heart. And we need what Penny Chenery had, faith and stamina for the race we've been called to run. The apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 9:24 "Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize."

Don't quit. Run to win.

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Thank you, Bonnie, for sharing with us today.

Guest Question: When I first set out to write, everything fell into place quickly and fairly easily. It's been the years since my first release that have challenged my commitment. And remembering who called me and why sometimes fades.

What is your story? Has it been a difficult road or surprisingly easy? And when you wanted to give up, what has helped you hang on to God’s calling in your life?

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Judy said...

I had brain surgery almost 13 1/2 years ago. All went well and life was back on track. 1 1/2 years after my brain surgery I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I thought I was handling the treatments pretty well when one day as I lay on the radiation table with tears running down my cheeks I told God I couldn't do this any more. I am a very modest person and the last straw came when yet another new male technician had to touch my breast. I had had enough! While pouring my heart out I sensed a peace and I knew that God was there to help me get through it all. God used me in this journey. I was able to tell my testimony over and over about my strength coming from God. Co-workers would ask me how I could be so strong. I said, I can't, it is God who has given me the much needed strength to get through it. God assured me that he would NEVER leave or forsake me and He hasn't!


Bonnie Leon said...

Judy, you've been through a lot. But I'm so blessed to hear your story. It is a testimony to God. His presence and strength lift us up even in the worst of times. And how wonderful it is to know He will always be at our side and that He will provide for our every need.

Grace and peace to you.

Judy said...

Thank you Bonnie for your kind words!


Jones House Creative said...

If you enjoyed Bonnie's first two books (Touching the Clouds and Wings of Promise), you will love the series conclusion in Joy Takes Flight!

Be sure to enter her SOAR TO NEW HEIGHTS Contest celebrating the release of the book! Tomorrow is the last day to enter - visit the link below for your chance to win one of 3 terrific prizes from the novel!

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