Lenora Worth’s Homecoming Heroes

I live in Louisiana, about nine miles from the Texas line. So I have always had a big spot in my heart for all things Texas. But then, who wouldn’t? Tall cowboys wearing Stetsons and Wranglers and belt buckles that say “Let’s rodeo!” What woman wouldn’t love that? Okay, there’s more to Texas than cowboys but they sure are fun to watch in action! (And just for the record, I’ve been happily married to a good ol’ Georgia blue-collar working man for 33 years!)

 

 

I write for Steeple Hill and I love being able to write sweet, inspirational love stories that reaffirm my faith and my belief in the power of love. So when Steeple Hill asked me to be part of a continuity series about Texans who are returning from war, I was both thrilled and scared.

 

First, even though I had relatives who’d served in all branches of the military, I really didn’t know that much about military life. And second, I wanted to be sure I captured the essence of the Texas hero in my story as well as the reality of military life. But I had five wonderful fellow writers who helped me as we worked through the kinks with lots of e-mails and angst until we got down to writing this heartwarming and touching series that celebrates the military hero in a whole new way. So I’m so happy to see my book from the Steeple Hill Love Inspired series “Homecoming Heroes” about to hit the stands in August. My title is “Lone Star Secret” and the hero has a big secret that the Russian heroine just happens to know. But he doesn’t know she knows. So … it will take a lot for them to work through their problems.

 

As far as my own writing life, I knew in the fourth grade that I wanted to write. I wrote all through school and even after I’d married my high school sweetheart and we had our first child. When I discovered romance novels, I found the kind of stories I wanted to read and write. Years later, after I’d sold five books, I finally realized my dream of writing inspirationals. My advice for anyone who wants to write books for fun and a little profit is to first read a lot of the kind of books you want to write, then attend writer’s conferences and workshops and always practice your craft until you get a feel for your own voice. It’s not easy and it doesn’t come without some sacrifice and discipline, but if you truly want to write then you can make it happen in some shape or form.

 

Now, back to my Texas hero, David Ryland. He’s a strong helicopter pilot who has seen the worst of combat when he flies in to pick up injured soldiers. When he is asked by the humanitarian organization Children of the Day to help get a young boy who is half-American back to Texas for heart surgery, David is honored to help with this, his final mission. But he isn’t ready for the emotions and bitterness going back to his hometown of Prairie Springs brings out in him, especially since he grew up on the wrong side of the tracks without a father.  And he certainly isn’t ready for the determined founder of Children of the Day, Anna Terenkov.

 

Anna knows David’s pain because she lost her father in a war. For me personally, doing research on this series brought out my patriotism and made it even stronger. I studied how injured soldiers are transported back home and I also learned a lot about what goes on in a surgical field hospital. One of the challenges for all of us was how to get a little Middle Eastern orphan who had an American father back to Texas. It was both fun and frustrating to figure this out but we did it and I’m happy with the results.

 

While I’ve set several other books in Texas (five others that I can think of!), this one means a lot to me and I’m proud of my story. It was a very emotional journey for me and for David and Anna. I hope you’ll take a look at all of the “Homecoming Heroes” books to celebrate your own love for America (and Texas!)

Lenora is holding a drawing for a goody bag of surprises! Simply leave a comment to get your name in the drawing. Good luck!

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37 thoughts on “Lenora Worth’s Homecoming Heroes”

  1. Hi Lenora,
    I’ve never been to Texas but do enjoy the stories I’ve read that have been set there.

  2. Welcome to the blog Lenora! Thanks you for sharing a bit about your life and the story behind your book!

  3. Hi, Lenora! Welcome to Petticoats & Pistols. We’re thrilled to have you with us this weekend!

    Loved reading about you, and gosh, your story sounds awesome. I was touched just reading how it all came about.

    My husband and I have been married for 33 years, too!

  4. I found this very interesting and would love some surprises. LOL.
    We have cowboys where I live also. I love stories about them.

    Have a great day.

  5. Good Morning Lenora,

    I recently started reading some of the Love Inspired books (Jillian Hart’s stories on the McKaslin Clan) and I really enjoyed them.

    I also think it’s wonderful that you wrote a story about an American soldier and coming home-I think too many times we have forgotten about our men and women serving overseas and it’s great to see more books written about them.

    Thanks for your post. Have a great weekend.

  6. Thaks for this lovely and inspiring post. I think that soldiers and cowboys have a great deal in common. Integrity, courage and determination.

  7. Thanks for writing inspirational stories and for featuring the military. I greatly admire and appreciate the sacrifices made by our men and women in the military past and present. Your book sounds like an emotional, inspirational story.

  8. WOW, Lenora. Your book sounds amazing!!! I love military heroes. And this one, with his Texas background and secret sounds even better! Can’t wait to pick it up!

  9. Thanks for sharing with us Lenora! Your book sounds wonderful! 🙂 I enjoy reading the LOVE INSPIRED books… they have such wonderful stories and brings out your emotions!!!

  10. Good morning, Lenora. Congratulations on such inspiring stories. We’ve got a few cowboys where I live in Southern California and are close to naval bases, so I truly appreciate American heroes.

  11. Lenora,

    A big welcome to P&P. I hope you enjoy your weekend. We’re excited to have you here.

    Your book sounds like an excellent story. I have the utmost respect for our men and women in uniform. They have a tough job and never enough thanks for what they do. I love stories that show real patriotism and love for our country.

    Thanks so much for coming!

  12. Hi, Lenora! I’ve read some of your Love Inspireds, and your new series sounds terrific! I’ll be looking for these!

  13. Lenora,
    Your wonderful post was unique and beautiful to read. The military have a devotion which I admire. Cowboys are a special breed whose outlook is exceptional. Love your series.

  14. I add my thanks to those of others for your military stories. Our military men and women,
    and their families, are just not honored enough for all they do for our country! It’s not always duty overseas for our National Guard. I have a nephew who is currently in South Texas aiding those who have just gone through Hurricane Dolly. This is after twelve years on active duty mostly
    in the Middle East.

    Thanks, again, for honoring our military!

    Pat Cochran

  15. Hi Lenora!
    I live in Katy, Texas. I will have to check out your books. They sound great. I actually ordered some of the Love-Inspired books to try from Harlequin. Thanks for stopping by to chat with us today.

  16. Hey Lenora, I know I’ve said this before, but you’re one of the authors where I’ll buy the book on sight if it’s got your name on it. I don’t need to read the blurb or anything b/c I know it’ll be great.

    Are you going to ACFW in Sep?

    I’m curious if you’re flying there and how many suitcases of shoes they’ll let you take… 🙂

  17. Lenora,

    When I first loaded the page with your blog entry on it, I read “Lenora Worth’s Homecoming.” My heart skipped…then I read the word “Heroes” at the end. Glad to know you’re still alive and writing. 🙂 Your new book sounds fascinating!

    My #3 son is currently in Iraq. Let me know if the writers of this series would be interested in sending books to him. He can put them in their small library for the other soldiers to read.

    Vickie
    fictionfan1@cox.net

  18. Lenora, Can hardly wait to search out your book.
    My father is a veteran and none of them get enough credit for what they did.
    I love the long tall lanky cowboy types, and I love a Texas drawl.
    Connie

  19. Lenora,
    Your series looks great! A wonderful post which is so true. Cowboys are genuine men who have values and principles. Thanks for mentioning the military and their contribution.

  20. Lenora, I am going to start looking for your books. I love books set in Texas and you gotta love them cowboys.

  21. Love to here about Texas and it is on my to visit. Hope to do that someday. What a wonderful post.

  22. Oh, Vickie, I SO did not mean to give you a scare like that! It’s all in the formatting eh? Sorry about that.

    Anita Mae, there is no greater compliment for a writer than to know that you buy their book automatically and trust them for a great story.

    Thanks for being with us here in Wildflower Junction this weekend, Lenora! You are welcome any time.

  23. Enjoyed reading the comments. I am always looking for new authors to read. I have added this book to my TBR list.

  24. Hi Lenora!
    I’d love to visit Texas….You’re a new-to-me author but your book sounds interesting, and I’d love to read it. I’ll look for it and your other books…

  25. Hi,

    I have never been to Texas either and have never tried one of your books. However, I like the Love Inspired line 🙂

  26. Hi Lenora!Lone Star Secret sounds fascinating.I always enjoy your books.I enjoy reading all of the Love-Inspired books .Have a great week.

  27. I have neer been to Texas either. I’m also a newbie to your books. Would love to try them. Thanks for letting us get to know you.

  28. Hello! I have been on the road all over the west and we lost internet service the day of my blog! I’m so sorry I haven’t commented. I was at RWA but we still couldn’t get service. My husband had to do a restore on his laptop and now we’re on the road again–in Indio CA tonight and we’re back on line. Thanks for all the wonderful comments. My hero is a true soldier and I’m happy to be a part of this series. If anyone wants the writers to send a package of this series to their loved ones over seas we will do it! I will draw the winner for the goody basket and get it on it’s way as soon as I get back to Louisiana! It’s been a long trip but we’ve had a great time. We truly have a beautiful country! Thanks to Cher and everyone here for allowing me to be a part of Petticoats and Pistols, even if I was terribly late getting here!

    Lenora 🙂

  29. Just checking back in. I won’t be at ACFW since we did this long road trip to RWA in San Francisco. It was busy, busy there but fun! I saw a few familiar faces at the Harlequin party! I won’t mention names! I will let Cheryl know the winner of the goody basket and as soon as I get back to Louisiana, I will mail it out! Thanks for all the wonderful comments. I appreciate your kind words and I hope some of you check out the Homecoming Heroes series. Marta Perry had the first book in July–Mission: Motherhood. Mine is out now, I hope! Thanks again for allowing me to chat with y’all!

    Lenora 🙂 And Vickie, I’m glad I’m alive and well, too!

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