The latest from S.B. Roth
Even as we walk through hard times, God is with us.
When Tina and Mark married, she had all that she wanted a loving, kind, funny and sensitive husband. Tina Jackson, a middle school principal, loved her husband Mark and they both had wanted a large family, but that dream was gone with him. He’d been gone two years. This year the school had planned an extended Christmas vacation, and Tina was thankful. Between Christmas activities and skiing with the church she was ready to celebrate.
Moving to Hartley was the best answer for both Eli and Olive. Excitement about a new house, Christmas, and all the activities made the move easy for both.
Eli Williams, loved to tell dad jokes to his daughter, Olive, a precocious sixth grader who got the best of her old dad most of the time. Being a work from home dad allowed him to be there for his daughter, even when she wished he wasn’t.
The only hiccup in his life was his ex-wife, Marjorie. Spoiled and self-absorbed, she was the typical boss’ daughter. Sparing little time for Olive or Eli.
A fresh start, and no Marjorie around to upset Olive, clearly was the only change that worked.
Then he met Tina Jackson and he began to pray for a new beginning with the lovely principal of Olive’s school.
Good friends. Boyfriends & Girlfriends. A not so scavenger hunt.
The luck of the draw wins Veronica Willis an all-expense paid six-day vacation to Malta. Oh, and she can invite five other people.
Of course, she invites her two best friends, Jeri and Kat. But she doesn’t share her, not so well-developed, rest of the plan.
A not-so-scavenger hunt on the island the week of Christmas. Three guys will be there also: Jeri’s long-time boyfriend, Kat’s new boyfriend, and Veronica’s ex-boyfriend. Now if Veronica can keep her mouth shut.
The scavenger hunt begins when they get up in Malta, as does the fun. To scavenge the sites in Malta, they are also to scavenge the people. Veronica hopes they spy on their significant other while out and about.
Meanwhile, Fleming Drakos and his sister Phoebe, travel agents on the island, have been a big help in Veronica’s ability to put it all together. Tensions tighten when Fleming meets with Veronica, but soon those tensions become sparks of interest.
Life comes alive as they learn the Christmas traditions of the island and exactly where true love lies.
Excitement – Mischief – Secrecy
A fire brought them together. Now someone wanted to rip them apart.
Lola’s blessing was her son, Micah. The rest of her life could be likened to Ruth and Naomi in the Old Testament. Kain was a fireman trained to help others. Kindness and compassion were natural for him. He blessed her with a place to live and a last name. He listened closely as she shared her life with him.
The present became comfortable until the past came to haunt both of them and threaten to tear them apart. Relying on Jesus was easy when everything was going well, but when the fire in their lives started again, they didn’t understand, until they realized they had left Jesus out of the equation.
Tragedy and triumphant. The tragedy was Jesus hanging on a cross, BUT the triumph was His ascension into Heaven. Ruth who stayed with Naomi after tragedy soon found triumph in another land as she marries Boaz.
Kain and Lola each have seen tragedy, now they work for triumph through the LORD.
Know that even through times of tragedy, loss, and brokenness, you can trust God. Suffering in this world will be far outweighed by glory that is to come. David Platt
Love's Sweet Recipe
Emma returns to her hometown after years of living in Austin. Opening a cozy bakery, Sweet Haven. She quickly becomes a welcomed member of the community.
Jackson, an Assistant DA from Dallas, meets Emma while on vacation at Oakfield Lake. He is offered a position as City Attorney for Oakfield, and decides to take it - less stress.
Both are instantly drawn to each other but, Emma and Jackson have romance insecurities and fears, which send them in different directions.
Once an ex- shows up, they both wonder if this is meant to be.
Eutychus & the Triple E Ranch
Housekeeper & Nanny
Ten Sleep Wyoming
Evangeline answered and headed to Wyoming. She wasn't going to be an old maid she declared. She’d always wanted children but now that she was so old, she decided to take care of someone else's children.
Eutychus Dempsey, widower, lost his wife as she gave birth to their twin girls. Raised in the church all his life, he knew God had an answer, but after waiting six months he found only one answer. . . to his advertisement. He told her to come.
Evangeline wasn’t sure, but she knew she wouldn’t let any man tell her what to do, and when the preacher came for a visit, she got a little worried.
Eutychus understood the preacher, but he didn’t like the idea proposed.
Sometimes God’s ways aren’t ours, but the preacher was right. It didn’t look good for the housekeeper to be living in the house with him. So, he married her.
He didn’t understand what would happen when he tied himself to the housekeeper.
Out of the Blue
Friendship for Julie Joy Snow was automatic when she met Calvin. It was too bad he was only five years old, or she would have married him. Now his dad—his dad was near perfect to be her best friend. That was it. Then his best friend came to visit at the vacation beach cottage.
After a bad breakup five years ago, Zane had decided he was an idiot to let her go. He’d lied to his girlfriend so he wouldn’t hurt her feelings. Stupid! He was overdue for a relaxing week at the beach with his best friend Mitchell, plus he hadn’t seen Calvin in a long while.
Surprise! Neither expected for their first meeting after five years to happen on the beach in Florida. Zane wanted to explain – Julie wanted him to get lost. Would Mitchell be the one to bring them together?
Psalms 121:1-2—I look up to the mountains; does my strength come from mountains? No, my strength comes from God, who made heaven, and earth and mountains.
Waiting on Hope
Little Hope Perkins is back in Lordsburg, as Dr. Miriam Hope Perkins. Greeted by family and friends, her eyes looked for Lazarus. Lazarus had been her best friend since grade school.
Dr. Ephraim Rolf, her partner in the clinic, had demands, but so did she. He’d find out quickly that she didn’t jump to any man’s commands. Women may not be able to vote, but they could speak and demand, that’s where Hope excelled.
Thad Banks the newest sheriff started out on the wrong footing with Hope. After a gunshot wound brought him into the clinic, she discovers her little brother was part of the chase. This set Thad on the defensive and Hope was not impressed.
Each man had his strengths, and each had his weaknesses. Hope didn’t need any of them, until trouble came to her home.
Redemption on Lookout Hill
A little soul-searching led Evelyn to Lordsburg, New Mexico. Why? Because Billy Joe Perkins was there. She had come to make amends and marry the only man she had loved. The only problem, he was in love with someone else.
Dee helped rebuild her home and life; Tom Cannon had known Evelyn as a saloon girl. When he saw her again, Tom thought he’d died and gone to heaven, but he was wrong, Quinn Brooks, a newspaper man from the east. At first, she wasn’t impressed with any of them, and let them know.
Overcoming her reputation, Evelyn learns to depend only on Jesus. True love comes with the one who depends on Jesus too.
Apache Mountain Refuge:
Christian Romance (Lordsburg Romance Series - Beginning in 1880s Book 1)
Holly felt desperate. Desperate because she wasn’t walking with God. Desperate cause she was left at the altar and knew she would be thought of as an old maid.
Billy Joe Perkins had ridden into Lordsburg with hurt in his heart. Women seduced a man, took their heart, and then bang; they shot you dead. His grandma had taught him to treat women right. He thought he had, but no more.
A kidnapping and a bank robbery lead to a mountain refuge in a massive snowstorm. Holly and Billy Joe learned that getting along would be their saving grace.
Holly knew it wasn’t BJ that saved her, it was God. BJ just followed God’s instructions whether he knew it or not.
The Park Bench Trilogy: Three Sweet Romance Novellas
Quote - I accepted a long time ago that love is found in strange places, among odd people, at peculiar hours. – Jon Mills
Three couples trying to find where God is guiding them, leaving the reader with three stories of relationships. A heartbreak, a friendship, and a renewal. Three women and three men who are looking for answers. One an answer to an unexpected meeting, one a way to explain their choices, and one recovering from loss.