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About Lori Altebaumer
Lori Altebaumer is only half-joking when she tells others she lives with one foot in a parallel universe. A love of story and words, along with a wild imagination, fuels her passion for writing both fiction and non-fiction. A love of God fuels her passion for sharing the joys of living a Christ-centered life with others through her writing. Lori is a wandering soul with a home keeping heart, and now that her nest is empty, she enjoys traveling with her husband and visiting her adult children where she can rummage through their refrigerators and food pantries while complaining there’s nothing good to eat here.
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“Writing is hard work. A clear sentence is no accident. Very few sentences come out right the first time, or even the third time. Remember this in moments of despair. If you find that writing is hard, it’s because it is hard.”
—William Zinsser On Writing Well 30th Anniversary Edition, p.9
Zinsser is spot on. The effort to capture the right words creates moments of both delight and despair. Inspired one moment. Hopeless the next. And when discouraged, a writer will do anything to avoid the act of writing.
The nine women of Living Write Texas know from experience the ups and downs of life at the keyboards. Collectively we have written for a total of 128 years. Among our endeavors: 21 books, hundreds of blog posts, newsletters, magazine and newspaper articles, stage plays, and even a songwriter of 30 years. Our fair share of grins and grief were included in the process.
Our goal for this book is simple: to support Christian writers at all levels to actively pursue the mission they believe God calls them to fulfill. To encourage, educate, and engage aspiring authors in the process of transferring the words they carry in their heart to the written page.
Consider us your “come alongside friends” who share our insights, wins, and misses. We’ve learned to talk one another off the ledge and discovered helpful tools and tips. We trust God’s purpose in our lives and honor the gift of the written word. We believe you do, too - even when a dumpster fire for all those pages seems tempting.
Why? Because like you—we are commissioned to pursue that for which the Lord has called us—we’re in for the long haul. And we’d love some more travel buddies.
Shayne Wright returns to the Texas town where she grew up for a funeral and accidentally gets caught in a human trafficking scheme gone wrong. When she stops to render aid at an accident, she ends up with a gunshot wound to her shoulder and a target on her back when the trafficker believes she stole his money.
Her plan to stay the night at the old family farm becomes complicated when she finds it has been leased to a man working through some past demons of his own. Former military sniper Ethan McGregor is here on a reconnaissance mission for an organization that fights human trafficking. The complications keep coming when her prodigal brother shows up. When he tells Shayne and Ethan he saw a woman being held against her will, Ethan's interest intensifies, thinking this might be the human trafficking he's here to uncover. Shayne, on the other hand, wrestles with trusting her brother.
Her conscience propels her to search for a way to help, but knowing the woman is being held at the place where she'd been assaulted makes her wary. It doesn't help that she's kept the attack a secret. The one person who knows her secret is also obsessed with her. When he abducts her, she finds out her strength to face evil is stronger than the shame she fears.