Years ago a teenager’s romantic fantasies turned to tragedy. The young girl’s bones, hidden for decades in the deep woods, continue to cry out for justice.
A life cut short, a cowardly killer, and a middle-aged flower child are stirred together into a tasty stew of wild mushrooms, herbs, vanity, and deceit in award-winning author, J. B. Hawker’s book.
Scavenging in the woods for natural ingredients to tempt her husband’s taste buds, pastor’s wife, Judy Falls, uncovers more than a new vegan recipe. Many lives will be changed forever in the small seaside community of Bannoch, Oregon, as the result.
Can the girl’s killer be found and brought to justice? Will his innocent young victim finally rest in peace?
Targeted Age Group:: adult
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Living on the beautiful Oregon Coast led me to set this series here. Having been a pastor's wife, I wanted to write about the unique experiences, joys, and challenges those of us married to the ministry face. I have a special heart for the unborn and the struggles of young mothers forced to come to terms with an unexpected pregnancy. In this book I've combined those issues in what I hope is an entertaining story.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
Serving small-town churches around the country has given me wonderful opportunities to meet a variety of unique and colorful characters. I've mixed and matched their various quirks, adding a few of my own, to come up with the people populating my fictional universe.
On this rare sunny April morning, the fog bank a mere smudge on the western horizon, tourists and commuters sped along Oregon’s Coast Highway.
They paid little attention to the faded blue ten-year-old Subaru parked on a gravel turnout near a narrow path meandering up the rocky hillside to the high meadows and shadowy forest above, where Judy crouched beside her treasure chest.
Birds chirped and twittered in the treetops, and squirrels chattered, all ignored by the nocturnal creatures in their cozy dens and burrows blissfully unaware of the drama about to unfold.
The occupants of a beige SUV passed their friend’s parked car and suspected she was clamoring about in the woods, again.
“I wonder what Judy’s foraging after today?” Olivette Vernon, Judy’s friend and a fellow member of the Bannoch First Ladies Club, remarked to Elizabeth Gilbert, who was driving.
“Whatever it is will probably turn up on the refreshments tray the next time she hosts our meeting,” Elizabeth replied. “Why do her vegan dishes all have to taste like grass and dirt…organic dirt, of course.”
“Now, Elizabeth, that isn’t fair. Some of Judy’s recipes are really quite tasty, and not nearly as nasty as they look.”
Elizabeth, co-pastor with her husband of the Bannoch Methodist Church, chuckled at Olivette’s unwittingly snide remark. She knew her friend hadn’t a snarky bone in her body and would be mortified to think she’d said anything unkind.
Currently living in the wilds of Northern California, J.B. is a woman of a certain age with a lot of living behind her, who looks forward to all the great adventures ahead.
J.B. mines the richness of her history as a pastor’s wife in small communities all over the Western United States to people her not-quite-cozy mystery/thrillers. (If you’ve ever attended a small-town church, you may even recognize some of the characters.)
Writing from a Christian perspective, her stories include men and women at all stages in their faith walk, along with some truly scary villains.
J.B. hopes her readers appreciate main characters who struggle with their faith as real Christians do and that non-believers will get a peek at Christian life beyond media stereotypes.
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