Erika Mathews is here! I’m excited to share this new novel with you
an issue dear to my heart, and it’s the heart of this book.
This post includes snippets, a character spotlight, and a giveaway!
Learn the Basics
Book Four of Truth from Taerna but it can easily be read as a
a prolife novel.
tells the story of Liliora Ellith, who makes peace with her past and
discovers her future among the cradles of Taerna’s unwanted
babies, born and unborn.
a kingdom adventure fiction novel.
clean and family-friendly, though it’s recommended for teens and
up due to dealing with the issue of abortion.
launch date is October 21 but it’s available
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Read the Snippets
shook her head. “If Adon
it, I will not listen to my fears.” Yet tears welled up even in the
words, and she felt her heart failing her.
Character Spotlight: Rita
Age at the time of Sustainer’s Smile: Early 20s
Height: 5’ 8”
Hair: dark blonde
Eyes: dark blue
has been a friend of Liliora’s for many years. Rita lives in Frydael
with her parents, and she loves Frydael’s social life. As children, Rita
and Liliora went on many adventures together, and both shared similar
ideals and dreams for the future. As they grew older, however, Rita felt
like she was growing up faster than carefree, innocent Liliora. Now
Rita’s trying to land a job so that her old-fashioned parents will allow
her to marry the love of her life—but things aren’t as easy as she
main character needs a friend, and Liliora was no exception. In telling
Liliora’s story, several elements required someone else to be involved.
There were things that simply wouldn’t work for Liliora to be directly
involved in—and that’s where Rita came in. She proved to have a mind of
her own, and her stubbornness and Liliora’s mildness melded together
beautifully. And once she brought in her fiancé, he added a whole new
element to the plot.
Sustainer’s Smile Excerpt
yourself down, even without a husband of your own.” Rita sighed
dramatically. “Why do I even bother to come here asking you to have fun
with me? Clearly your priorities are elsewhere.”
“Because I’m your friend?” Liliora quirked an eyebrow. “And friends have fun together?”
Rita agreed. “Remember that time we stopped up the creek and the water
flooded the neighbor’s chicken pen? Or that time that your brothers
stole our dolls and hid them in the orchard? Or when we made a nutmeg
cake and fed it to Deen Penson, and he thought it was ginger and almost
spit it all over the table? Now that was fun! And all the planning and
scheming beforehand, and the messages, and…”
“I remember.” Liliora sighed.
“Or when we went on the youth hayride? That was back when I didn’t know Trig very well at all. I was so awkward…”
“I remember,” Liliora repeated.
“I want to have adventures like that again,” Rita stated wistfully. “Those were the days. Carefree, exciting…”
“We can’t be children forever, Rita. We have work to do. Work for life. For survival. For betterment of those around us…”
Leave the work to others, who don’t mind it.” Rita swept to her feet,
tossing her hair behind her shoulders. “We ought to enjoy life while we
can. Surely Adon Olam would want that.”
“I think we do enjoy
life when we’re living in Him,” Liliora replied slowly. “Even if what
we’re doing seems boring or mundane. Normal work still needs to be
“But I have no patience for it,” Rita retorted. “So come on. Are we going to have some fun today or not?”
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suffocates her soul.
can she ever smile again?
helpless newborn…that’s exactly how twenty-four-year-old Liliora
Ellith feels in her efforts to speak up on behalf of the youngest
members of Taerna’s pleasure-driven society. Her tender heart for
the defenseless and deep aversion to conflict throw Liliora’s soul
into turmoil when tragedy opens her eyes to the quiet yet
heartrending war on Taerna’s babies—both born and unborn. Adon
Olam’s Word coupled with a secret in her own past fuel her
determination. All she wants is to make peace with her past and
discover her future among the cradles of unwanted babies. However,
the challenges ahead of her threaten to send her spiraling into
hopeless depression time and again. Saving innocent lives from the
crush of the destroyer and raising a generation in the ways of Adon
Olam seem more impossible than ever. At the very end of herself, will
the sufferings of her and her babies prove to be anything less than
the catalyst for complete disaster?
a signed paperback of Promise’s
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a bookstagram/blog challenge, author interviews, character
spotlights, and more!
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