From the Author
Laguna Vista isn't a real town, but it's based on the area of Orange County that I lived in for twelve years. As with many stories, a confluence of ideas came together that I wanted to explore. Not to mention it's a beautiful location with the ocean to the west and foothills and mountains to the east and the austere-but-beautiful desert within driving distance.
The area has an interesting juxtaposition of wealth and conservatism. Christianity is both embraced and challenged in this area. It's home to Rick Warren's Saddleback Church, a church I attended and served at. One of the questions I struggled with while living there was how does someone live an authentic Christian life while daily challenged with the trappings of an affluent lifestyle? Cars, houses, jewelry, beauty all add up to one thing in Orange County: image. It's the most valuable commodity.
So how does a Christian reconcile being made in the image of God with society's image? Ultimately, all the characters in the book must deal with this question on their faith journey. Each of them has their own unique image, yet all are made in the image of God. I hope that is one thing you will take away from reading Protective Custody and that you will be encouraged to reflect on how uniquely you are made in the image of God.
From the Back Cover
A cop burned by love falls for a key witness in a crime implicating the town's rich and powerful.
Lifestyle magazine editor Heather McAlister was in the wrong place at the wrong time. What she saw sends her faith and life into a tailspin. As a key witness in a crime shaking the roots of the town's power brokers, doing the right thing may cost her everything. Including her life.
Detective Kyle Taylor is in the midst of solving the town's worst crime spree, a case that cold make or break his career, when the woman he thinks he might have a future with witnesses a gang initiation gone wrong before they can finish their first date. He has spent his entire adult life protecting his hometown. Now he's protecting a woman he'll risk everything to save.
With more than their future at risk, they must discern betrayal from trust, image from truth while avoiding a danger closer than they think.