Thursday, February 20, 2014

This Shadow by Jerusha Agen

She’s famous for her upbeat outlook. Then the world goes black.

Oriana Sanders is always happy. And why shouldn’t she be? She enjoys a close relationship with God and a purpose-filled career teaching troubled kids. She even has the potential for romance in her sister’s friend, Nicanor, whose dark good looks and brooding manner make him an intriguing project for Oriana.

Oriana’s attempts to reach Nicanor with the joy of the Lord are brought to a halt when a confrontation with her student’s drug-dealing brother ends in tragedy. Facing darkness she has never known, can Oriana learn to forgive the unforgivable and find her way through the shadows to the light?

Excerpt

CHAPTER ONE
“Christ leads me through no darker rooms
Than He went through before.”
 – Richard Baxter (“Lord, It Belongs Not to My Care”)

A girl’s scream stopped Oriana Sanders mid-sentence.
“What was—” her sister, Nye, started to ask, but Oriana had already bolted for the door out of the dance studio.
Oriana ran across the small parking lot to the kids who clustered around something she couldn’t see. She reached the outside of the ring the kids formed and looked over their heads.
Juan Castro and Dez Jennings stood in the middle, swinging at each other.
Oriana barely had time to register that they were fighting before Dez swung his leg and knocked the bigger boy off his feet.
In a split second, Dez was on the blacktop behind Juan, his arm wrapped tightly around the heavy boy’s neck.
“Dez, stop!” Oriana pushed through the kids to reach the boys. She pulled on Dez’s arm.
He stared down at Juan with a strange vacancy in his bloodshot eyes. His grip didn’t loosen, though Juan kicked and squirmed.
“Dez, listen to me.” Oriana tried to pull Juan from the hold just as a man’s tanned hand appeared behind Dez and grabbed the boy by the back of his shirt, yanking him away.
Oriana’s breath came back in a rush when normal color flooded Juan’s cheeks.
He panted and put a hand to his throat.
“Are you okay?”
Juan nodded.
Oriana stood and looked to see who their rescuer was. “Nicanor?”

She had only seen Nicanor Pessoa once, at a distance, but his chiseled features and wavy black hair were not things a woman forgot. Now she found herself caught by his eyes—a stunning electric blue that had no business being among his dark, Argentine features.



About The Author

Jerusha Agen is a lifelong lover of story--a passion that has led her to a B.A. in English and a highly varied career. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Jerusha is the author of the Sisters Redeemed Series. The first two books in the series, This Dance and This Shadow, are available now. Jerusha co-authored the e-books A Ruby Christmas and A Dozen Apologies.

Jerusha is also a screenwriter, and several of her original scripts have been produced as films. In addition, Jerusha is a film critic, with reviews featured at the website, www.RedeemerReviews.com.


Jerusha relishes snowy Midwest winters spent with her large, furry dogs and two small, furry cats.

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Jerusha Agen is giving away a copy of This Shadow. To be entered in the giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice—once on each Spotlight post for the author. Please note: The giveaway is for U.S. addresses only.




11 comments:

beckie said...

this looks so interesting.
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Anonymous said...

mandn(at)wisper(dash)wireless(dot)com
this looks very good! So many times, events of this world pull us down, and we are swamped with the lies of the darkness. We have to trust in the LIGHT of Christ to chase those shadows away and let in the light!

God BLess! N

Jackie McNutt said...

I have not read any books by Jerusha, but This Shadow looks very intriguing.
thank you
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Jennifer said...

I'm reading this dance now. Would love to win the new one :) jenlhall63 (at) gmail (dot) com

Jennifer said...

I'm reading this dance now. Would love to win the new one :) jenlhall63 (at) gmail (dot) com

Jennifer said...

I'm reading this dance now. Would love to win the new one :) jenlhall63 (at) gmail (dot) com

Jennifer said...

I'm reading this dance now. Would love to win the new one :) jenlhall63 (at) gmail (dot) com

Anonymous said...


Hello karen. Thanks for having Jerusha here. This book sure sounds good. That act sure would scare me. Glad the gut, Nicanor got there in time. I tho't the boy was going to be dead. Glad not. Jerusha, sounds like you are a smart lady. WOW! A screenwriter? You have some scripts in movies? Will have to find out what movies. I'm thinking you must be a good author for sure. I would love to win your book. Thanks for the chance. And, to you too karen.
Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

Jerusha said...

Amen! I couldn't agree more. THE light makes everything visible!

Jerusha said...

Thanks, Jennifer, for reading This Dance! I hope you're enjoying it!

Jerusha said...

Not so smart, but I do love to tell the stories God lays on my heart. :) I'm glad this one interests you!

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