Today we are excited to showcase Almond Street Mission by June Foster.
This promises to be an intriguing read!
When Glorilyn Neilson’s nineteen-year-old brother, Tannon, goes missing without a trace, she’s frantic. Prayer and volunteering at the local homeless shelter in El Camino must fill the time until her sibling returns. But her sapphire eyes and auburn hair inadvertently cause a stir among the male population at the center. Her life changes one evening when she’s attacked by a burly vagrant intent on rape in the alley behind the building.
Jeremiah Goodman loves the Lord, but he’s homeless. When he witnesses a foul-mouthed vagrant overpowering one of the volunteers at the homeless shelter, he defends her, saving her from unwanted advances.
When Glorilyn offers him a way of escape from his impoverished lifestyle, he can’t tell her why he must live the life of a vagrant. What powerful secret keeps him on the streets?
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For your reading pleasure, June has provided Chapter One for you to enjoy!
“I love you, too.” Glorilyn Neilson gulped the threatening tears and slipped the cell phone into the fanny pack attached to her waist.
“I love you?” Lori stopped scrubbing the oversized pan in the sink and cocked an eyebrow. “Is there something you haven’t told me? Finally taking my advice about finding a guy and settling down?”
Despite Glorilyn’s dreary frame of mind, she chuckled. “No, silly, my brother JD’s checking in about Tannon.”
“What’s it been now, four weeks? No news at all?”
Though Glorilyn didn’t want to break down in the middle of the kitchen at the Almond Street Mission, a renegade tear made its way down her cheek, and she whisked it away. “No, nothing, and Mom is still sick with worry.”
Lori rinsed the suds off the pan and placed it on the drying rack. “I pray he’s well, but I hate all the stress he’s placing on the family.”
“I have a feeling he’s out there enjoying life. No cares in the world. Leaves one note, dumps his cell phone on his bed because he can’t be bothered with our calling him, and he hightails it out of town.” Glorilyn fluffed the towel over the damp pan. “I worry more about Mom than I do him. You can leave a hundred notes saying you love your family, but your actions speak differently when you run out on them because you need to find your identity. What does that even mean?”
“I can imagine her worry, but if he does come home, I bet you she’ll wrap her arms around him and welcome him back. All the while, she’d want to throttle him. Human nature, if you ask me.” Lori doused the skillet in the sink full of soapy water.
Glorilyn’s heart broke for her mother. First Dad had died. Now her son was who knew where. Was life no more than a series of losses? “I’m not sure if the police’s opinion that Tannon was nothing more than an eighteen-year-old spreading his wings has helped Mom or hurt her. She has to wonder if she’d done something wrong. I think we all do.” She took a deep breath, finished drying the pan, and placed it on the cabinet over the industrial-sized stove.
“If God can answer your prayers for me, He can bring your brother home.”
“I know you’re right.” Glorilyn wiped another tear with the back of her hand. “Your new faith in Jesus has brought me hope He hears our prayers for Tannon. I want to stay strong, but after all those weekend trips with JD to different cities where homeless teens congregate—Portland, Seattle, even as far south as Los Angeles without anything turning up, makes me feel hopeless. Volunteering at the shelter helps me endure the doubts and uncertainties. In case Tannon’s — you know, without shelter.” The thought of her brother joining the ranks of the homeless sent pinpricks to Glorilyn’s stomach.
“So, you and JD believe he’s on the streets.” Lori wiped suds off her nose.
“We don’t know for sure. He didn’t have many resources when he left. He refused JD’s help for college.” Glorilyn caught her breath. “But maybe he got a job and is doing fine. Hopefully he’ll call us in time.” She brushed a strand of hair out of her face and surveyed the kitchen. “Hey, we’re almost finished. If we keep chatting, we’ll be here all night. I’ll take the garbage out.”
Lori touched Glorilyn’s arm. “Hey, Sweetie. I love you, and we’ll keep praying for your brother. With God, all things are possible.”
Glorilyn hugged her friend and lifted the black plastic lining out of the waste container. She tied it with a twisty, trying not to breathe in the odors of onion, potato peelings, soured milk, and table scraps. She secured the garbage with both hands and headed toward the backdoor and the trash cans in the alley.
“Are you okay? Not too heavy?” Lori called from the sink.
Gripping the top of the bag with more force than necessary, Glorilyn lugged it out the door. “I’m all right. Really.”
“Okay, I’ll be in the nurse’s office taking inventory.”
“Thank God for your RN skills.” Glorilyn tugged the bag toward the cans.
The alley behind Almond Street Mission wasn’t well lit, yet she’d done this a hundred times before. Sure, this was a crime-ridden, inner city neighborhood, but she juggled too many other worries to be afraid.
As Glorilyn lifted the heavy bag into the can, noise behind sent fear down her spine. Footsteps crunched on the rocks. A puff of air hit her ear, and hot breath whooshed against her cheek. She whirled around. A grimy, woolly-faced man towered over her. The stench of alcohol made her gag. Lord, help me.
“Well, hello, young miss. Where’ve you been all my life?”
He grabbed her hair. Jerked her head back. Glorilyn’s scream echoed between the two buildings before the sloppy kiss silenced her. She almost choked as the guy pressed against her and her mind reeled. This couldn’t be happening.
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An award-winning author, June Foster is a retired teacher with a BA in education and MA in counseling. In 2013, June’s book Give Us This Day was a finalist in EPIC’s eBook awards and in 2014 a finalist in the National Readers Choice Awards for best first book. Ryan’s Father was one of three finalists in the published contemporary fiction category of the 2014 Oregon Christian Writers Cascade Writing Contest and Awards. Deliver Us was a finalist in COTT’s 2014 Laurel Awards. June has written four novels for Desert Breeze Publishing. The Bellewood Series, Give Us This Day, As We Forgive, and Deliver Us, and Hometown Fourth of July. Ryan’s Father is published by WhiteFire Publishing. Red and the Wolf, a modern day retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, is available from Amazon.com. The Almond Tree series, For All Eternity, Echoes From the Past, and What God Knew are available at Amazon.com as well. Misty Hollow is published by Helping Hands Press. June enjoys writing stories about characters who overcome the circumstances in their lives by the power of God and His Word. Recently June has seen publication of Christmas at Raccoon Creek and Almond Street Mission. Visit June at junefoster.com.
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