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LOVE’S TRUE HOME – THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY by LORI DeJONG
7/9/2024 1:45:00 AM BY Patti Shene

FEATURED BOOKLove’s True Home

AUTHOR:  Lori DeJong

PUBLISHER:  Scrivenings Press

GENRE:  Christian Contemporary Romance

SERIES OR STAND ALONE:  Book Two of the True Calling Series

TARGET AGE:  18-98

 

 

 

IT IS MY PLEASURE TO WELCOME AUTHOR LORI D eJONG TO PATTI’S PORCH. LORI SHARE THE PROCESS THAT LED TO THE CREATION OF HER CHRISTIAN CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE SERIES.

 

 

 

LOVE’S TRUE HOME – THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY

 

 

 

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Lori DeJong

 

 

 

Do you ever wonder where authors come up with their story ideas? I sure do!

 

 

 

Sometimes my head is swimming with ideas and I can hardly get them noted on paper fast enough. Other times I find myself staring off into space wondering where all the “people” in my head went.

 

 

 

Love’s True Home, my latest release, is actually a follow-up to Love’s True Calling, the first book in the True Calling series that released in June 2023. (Book Three, Love’s True Measure, releases in June 2025). Ally and Zane were minor characters in Book One and, to be honest, I’m not sure Ally made the greatest first impression. She was the male protagonist’s ex-girlfriend, you see, and did something from a broken heart she regretted later. Good thing I took a liking to her and decided to give her her own story!

 

 

 

Love’s True Calling actually started out as homework for a writing class I took on how to plot a novel based on the characters’ motivations. I never planned to write that book, but by the time the class ended, I’d fallen in love with Wyatt and Harper and decided to give it a go.

 

 

 

And I’m so thankful I did! Not only did Love’s True Calling become my debut novel, but prior to it being published, it won the 2022 ACFW Genesis Award for romance, and in the past year was a double finalist in the 2024 Selah Awards and finaled in the 2024 Faith, Hope, & Love Christian Writers Readers’ Choice Awards. God most definitely had His hand on that story, and even without the awards, I’ve been so humbled by the feedback I’ve received about how that book touched lives and brought hope to others. That’s always the ultimate goal.

 

 

 

When poor Ally popped up on the scene in Love’s True Calling and tried to win Wyatt back, my heart went out to her. Who hasn’t been an Ally at one time or another, acting from a broken heart and perhaps not making the best decisions? I knew pretty much from that moment she would be Book Two.

 

 

 

All I really knew about her at that point, though, was that she’d been raised on the foreign mission field and had just returned from a year-long stint working alongside her father at his medical mission in Guatemala. That’s it. So, I did a deep dive into her character and found all sorts of interesting facets to her life.

 

 

 

After coming up with her character sketch, I drew up an entire story concept around her based on her time on the mission field. However, since I was still finishing up the first book, I had to set her aside for a bit. Enter Zane Carpenter at the end of Book One. Once he made an appearance, I knew he was the guy for Ally. Which meant throwing out that entire first story concept and starting all over.

 

 

 

I didn’t mind that a bit, however, because once I put these two together, their story was a joy to write. The story of a girl who’s determined to plant her roots in American soil after spending the first eighteen years of her life on various mission fields, and an adventure-loving young man raised in a small midwestern town who dreams of life in foreign missions. When these two fall for each other, they have to come to terms with their differing goals and determine what home truly looks like when God’s already in residence there, whether it means they’re there together or not.

 

 

 

My prayer for Love’s True Home is that those who read it will not only enjoy the journey but will also be inspired to be still in the presence of God, even if already serving in ministry, to see if He might be calling them to something new. Maybe something unexpected. I hope that readers see that God loves each of us mightily and wants to give us more than we could ask or imagine, as long as we’re willing to leave our hopes and dreams with Him.

 

 

 

“Commit to the Lord whatever you, and He will establish your plans” - Proverbs 16:3.

 

 

 

Book Blurb for Love’s True Home:

Allyson Kincaid needs roots. Born and raised on the foreign mission field, all she wants is home and hearth on American soil. Finally, past the break-up with the man she’d thought was the love of her life, she’s ready to put herself back out there. Too bad the first guy who’s made her pulse skip in nearly two years dreams of a life spent in foreign missions. She’s been there, done that, and, although she supports him in his calling, knows his choice means she’ll be laying even more broken dreams, and a newly shattered heart, at the feet of Jesus.

When Zane Carpenter relocates to Arlington, Texas, his seventh move in thirteen years, his only thought is to meet his obligation with Becker Ministries in a few months, then take a foreign mission assignment, his dream for the past several years. But working so closely with Ally in student ministry has him feeling things he’s never experienced. He’s ready for a future with her, until he accepts an opportunity to work on foreign soil and Ally stays behind. He knows God put him there for a reason, although his heart still longs for the girl back home.

 

 

Purchase Links:

Love’s True Calling

Loves True Home

 

 

 

Lori DeJong is a contemporary Christian romance author who enjoys penning stories full of grace and the redemptive power of God’s love that inspire others to hope regardless of circumstance, find joy in the moment, and grow in their faith. She resides in Georgetown, Texas, with her husband and is the mother of one grown daughter. Lori's debut novel, Love's True Calling, was released in June 2023, Love’s True Home released last month, and Love’s True Measure will release in June 2025. Lori's Christmas novella, Jingle Bell Matchmakers, releases as part of A Match Made at Christmas, a romance novella collection, in October 2024.

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