The Long Way Home. We'll start with a short blurb and then we'll learn more about June and the book.
Short blurb: A kidnapping and vicious murder leave David Maguire and Jada Atwood with few options—remain in the clutches of their abductors or attempt an escape. But the attraction they discover for each other could change their lives. Will they find their way home or die in a Pennsylvania forest?
Please tell us five random things we might not know about you.
My great grandfather was a Catholic Priest. In fact, my next book is inspired by him.
I didn't start writing until I was 65.
My granddaughter is a wrestler.
My other granddaughter is studying to be a doctor.
I lived full time in our RV on and off for 15 years.
Why did you choose to write this book?
My editor asked for volunteers to write a story where the hero and heroine meet then go on an adventure. But when I began writing, I had no idea the direction the plot would take. This is the first time I've ever written a murder into the story.
What one thing about writing do you wish non-writers would understand?
Authors ponder every word they pen on the page. It is tough work.
What is the toughest test you've faced as a writer?
I have to admit, it was getting rejections from editors and agents. I had to stop taking it personally and keep persevering.
What do you hope readers to take away from your novel?
The heroine in The Long Way Home asks God to save her at the point of a dire catastrophe. I'd like readers to embrace the hope that we don't have to wait until we've exhausted all resources, but we can receive God's grace even when our lives aren't in crisis mode.
What accomplishment(s) are you most proud of, writing-related or not?
I am proud that I had the opportunity to raise two daughters who received the Lord in their lives.
Back cover blurb:
David Maguire's tour of duty in Germany is over, and he's returning home to Oak Mountain, Alabama in search of a job. After a long flight from Frankfort, he shares an Uber with Dallas resident Jada Atwood.
Jada Atwood, a registered nurse midwife, is on her way to a medical conference in Queens. If only she could live up to her father's legacy at the hospital where she works, she could prove worthy of his reputation. Marriage awaits yet her fiancé has yet to offer a ring.
When the Uber driver must make a stop to pick up a passenger at a Queens shopping center, two men who robbed a nearby bank commandeer the Ford as a getaway car. But when they discover two passengers, they have to get rid of the extra baggage.
After the kidnappers murder the Uber driver, David and Jada fear for their lives. Will they find their way home or die in a Pennsylvania forest?
If David Maguire wouldn't look like an idiot, he'd kneel down and kiss the hot, well-traveled sidewalk outside the airport. Finally, he stood on U.S. soil. A new beginning awaited, and God willing, a new job after his interview next week. The thought thrilled him more than Christmas morning as a kid.
The silver Ford sedan described on the Uber app inched up behind a line of cars at passenger pickup. He stood on tiptoes and waved at the driver who neared the curb. Then David moved his thumbs over his cell's screen. Mom. Just landed. Can't wait to see you guys.. Got a flight from JFK to Birmingham tomorrow.
The driver stopped and jumped out. "Lieutenant Maguire?" His accent hinted of Middle Eastern origins. "I'm Hadjira Khan, your driver." He whipped off his ball cap, wiped his brow, and plopped his hat on again. "Let me get this." The driver grabbed David's duffle bag and set it in the trunk next to a light pink suitcase.
"Appreciate it. I'm going to the Rockford Hotel in Queens."
"Yes, sir. I have two more passengers besides you."
"No problem." The cheaper fare suited David just fine. He couldn't be too extravagant since his army pay would end soon. He sure didn't want to sponge off of Mom and her new husband. "However I can get there is fine. I'm just glad to be home." He opened the door, tossed his backpack in, and sat.
A woman with long, dark hair and dressed in white jeans and a tight filmy blue blouse sat on the other side. She looked up, nodded, and then continued tapping her cell's screen.
David smiled then focused on his text when his phone dinged.
I can't wait to see you. Let me know what time to pick you up from the airport. Mom
Tomorrow at 3:13. See you then. Love you.
No matter how hard he tried to disguise his smile, the wide grin stretched his lips. He'd be in Oak Mountain soon.
The Uber driver pulled from the curb. "You two comfortable back there?"
"Yeah, sure." David took a deep breath and glanced toward the woman again. He tried to identify the aroma emanating from her. It wasn't likely Hadjira that smelled like roses.
"Yes, thanks." She peered at the driver then cast a quizzical look to David.
He gave her a weak smile and turned to face the front of the car, mentally kicking himself for staring too long.
Hadjira pulled off on a main thoroughfare and lifted his chin to glance into his rearview mirror. "We stop at a strip mall off 135th for one passenger. Then I take you to Rockford Hotel, sir, and you to Regal Gardens, ma'am."
"No problem," David mumbled, trying not to draw out the words into multiple syllables as his southern drawl tended to do, worse when he got nervous.
So the woman was staying at a hotel in Queens as well. He cleared away the hesitation that impeded his question. "Where you coming from?" Ugh. The most uninspired conversation starter he could've thought of. And to make things worse, this lady was probably a big city woman and resented his intrusion into her space.
What do you do for fun when not writing?
I love to go shopping and to lunch with my daughters. I work out at the gym, and I love to watch Hallmark movies.
What are you working on now?
I am just about to begin my next novel which has no name at the present time. It will be a contemporary romance inspired by my great grandfather's romance. A Catholic priest and a young parishioner fall in love.
Where else can readers find you online?
June Foster is an award-winning author who began her writing career in an RV roaming around the USA with her husband, Joe. She brags about visiting a location before it becomes the setting in her next contemporary romance or romantic suspense. June's characters find themselves in precarious circumstances where only God can offer redemption and ultimately freedom. Find June at junefoster.com.