Saturday, May 10, 2014

The Women of Valley View: Pam by Sharon L. Srock

Pam’s divorce broke her heart. The cruelty of her ex-husband broke her spirit. A bottle of sleeping pills almost took her life. Four years later the scars of Alan Archer’s emotional abuse are beginning to fade under the love of her new husband. When Alan returns to Garfield, Pam must learn that buried secrets and carefully cultivated indifference do not equal forgiveness.

Alan Archer has returned to Garfield with a new wife and a terminal heart condition. His mission? To leave a Christian legacy for his children and to gain Pam’s forgiveness for the sins of his past.

Two hearts hang in the balance waiting for the delicate touch of God’s healing hands.


The bite of Alan’s betrayal was lethal. The venom spread through Pam’s system as poisonous as a rattlesnake coiled in the Oklahoma dust.

She sat cross legged in the middle of her queen-sized bed, a bottle of prescription sleeping pills in her lap, memories in the form of photo albums and loose pictures scattered around her on the hunter green comforter. With shaking hands, she tucked her hair behind her ears and fanned a stack of photos out before her. One snapshot in particular caught her eye. Pam picked it up by a corner, not afraid of damaging the picture, but bracing herself for the damage the picture would do to her.

High school, sophomore year. Her long dark hair was pulled back in a ponytail, braces glinting in the light of the camera flash. Alan stood next to her, his arm tossed negligently across her shoulders, his muddy football uniform a sharp contrast to her white cheerleader sweater. Their first picture together, the beginning of their life with each other.

Pam stroked the picture, and the present melted into the past. Her gaze narrowed to Alan’s face, his high cheekbones, cleft chin, and the wild mop of his sandy hair. Even then she could see the future she wanted for herself in his brown eyes. Alan Archer, her first and only love.

She swallowed two of the pills and chased them with a gulp of bottled water.

Pam steeled herself against the ache in her heart and sorted through more pictures. Homecomings and proms. His and hers. Out-dated hairstyles, long satin gowns decorated with lace, sequins, and bows. Rented tuxedos, his shirts adorned with more ruffles than her dresses. High school graduations. His from college. Pam scrambled over to the window, open to catch the early summer breeze, and tilted the picture in the mid-day sunlight. If she squinted she could just make out the gold of her new engagement ring. She forced her eyes down to her left hand. No gold there anymore. Just the pathetic imprint of what used to be. That’s all her heart held this morning, a sad, hollow image of the past.

Two more pills joined the toxic mixture brewing in her stomach. She closed her eyes. Let it be quick. A prayer? She shrugged the thought away.

About The Author

Author Sharon Srock went from science fiction to Christian fiction at slightly less than warp speed. Twenty five years ago, she cut her writer's teeth on Star Trek fiction. Today, she writes inspirational stories that focus on ordinary women using their faith to accomplish extraordinary things. Sharon lives in the middle of nowhere Oklahoma with her husband and three very large dogs. Her books include: The Women of Valley View: Callie and The Women of Valley View: Terri, both of which are currently available. The Women of Valley View: Pam will release 11 April 2014. 

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Sharon Srock is giving away a copy of The Women of Valley View: Pam. 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 an e-book format only.


Nadine Keels said...

The middle of nowhere Oklahoma: sounds ideal! nadine(dot)keels(at)gmail(dot)com

Sharon Srock said...

Nadine, it has its moments!

Sharon Srock said...

Sharon, thanks for hosting me this week. I'm looking forward to visiting with your readers.

Sharon A Lavy said...

It is great having you here today, Sharon. You book sounds awesome.

Linda Kish said...

I would love to win a copy of this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Sharon Srock said...

Linda, thanks for stopping by. Good luck in the drawing.

cjajsmommy said...

Thank you for the two great interviews. I would love to read this book. cjajsmommy (at) gmail [dot] com

Robin Patchen said...

This is just another fabulous book by one of my favorite authors. No need to enter me in the contest--I already have all of Sharon's books.

Sharon A Lavy said...

Thanks for stopping by. It is great to hear from each of you!

Terri said...

Sharon - you've got another winner with Pam! Fantastic series. No need to enter me in the drawing, I have all your books.

Anonymous said...

Hello to both Sharon's. And thanks to BDBL for hosting Sharon Scrock today. I would love to win her book. I have the first two. Hate the tour is almost over for I've still not won yet. Thanks for the give-away.
Please put my name in for a chance to win.
Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

Sharon Srock said...

Maxie, you're a trooper!! Good luck!!

Sharon Srock said...

Terri, Thanks for all the support and encouragement!!

Sharon Srock said...

Robin, You are such a blessing to me AND the women!!

Sharon Srock said...

cjajsmommy, I'm glad you enjoyed the interview. Good luck!

Tanya Hanson said...

I love forgiveness themes, Sharon. Pam's journey sounds heartwarming and heartrending both. Best wishes and many blessings on the series.

Sharon Srock said...

Tanya, thanks for visiting. I hope you'll take the time to read the stories.

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