Where Healing Starts (Applewood Hill, Book 2)
By Angela D. Meyer
Genre: Christian Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Family Drama
Release Date: May 11
About the Book
Joanna and Blake Hannigan grew up in an angry home and made an all-for-one pact – them against the world – in order to survive. Now that pact may keep them from what they each long for.
While doing community service for shoplifting, Joanna’s walls begin to come down. She wonders if she does have something of value inside of her, but still full of bitterness, she can’t get off the path to self-destruction.
Will a near death experience put her on the road to redemption?
Blake refuses to accept the consequences for putting his brother-in-law in the hospital. He runs from the law and does the unthinkable.
In the face of impending disaster, will Blake’s choices lead to healing?
Unless the siblings realize their pact can’t save them, they may not find the One who can.
Additional Blog Stops
May 12 – Stories of Hope – Book Trailer
May 12 – Johnnie Alexander – Excerpt, Part 1
May 13 – Cardinal Bluff Reviews – Excerpt, Part 2
May 13 – Library Lady’s Kid Lit – Character Interview with Joanna Hannigan
May 14 – Brenda S. Anderson – Character Interview with Blake Hannigan
May 15 – Texas Book-aholic – Setting Inspiration
May 16 – Ravenz Reviewz – Deleted Scene, Part 1
May 17 – Batya’s Bits – Deleted Scene, Part 2
About Angela D. Meyer
Angela D. Meyer writes fiction that showcases God’s ability to redeem and restore the brokenness in our lives. Now that her two children are grown, she spends her life writing instead of homeschooling, stays active at church, and is plotting what to do with the rest of her life. She enjoys sunrises and sunsets, hanging out with friends, a good laugh, and reading. Someday, she would love to vacation by the ocean.
Connect with Angela D. Meyer
I hope you enjoy this deleted scene from Where Healing Starts. Joanna is having a flashback to when she and Blake were young.
The Pact Part 2
Another voice piped up. “We need to practice. Now hold still. We have to fix something then we’ll explain what we’re going to do.”
Joanna heard a swoosh and felt something against her hair. A shiver went down her back.
“Hey, hold still.” One of the girls put a hand on top of her head.
“What are you guys doing?” Joanna reached for the blindfold.
“Not yet, you’re almost ready.”
Something tickled the back of her neck and Joanna reached up. She let out a cry and pushed away from the girls. She stumbled and fell then pulled the blindfold off. Stands of her long blond hair lay in clumps on the ground. “No.” Anger colored her vision and she leaped off the ground at Becky.
Becky jumped back and crossed her arms. “An improvement wouldn’t you say girls?”
They all broke out into laughter as Joanna ran back around the barn. She had no idea where her brother was. “Blake?” She came around the corner and stopped as she saw what the boys had done to Blake. He was covered head to foot with red slime. “What did they do to you?”
“Tomatoes. What did they do to your hair? Fire lit Blake’s eyes and he turned back to face the crowd of boys and girls who stood behind him laughing and pointing. He screwed up his face and charged at Tommy. The kids circled around and cheered on their leader.
“Kids. Stop it right now.” The roar of their dad’s voice hushed them. He walked right into the middle of the fray and pulled Blake out by his collar. “What do you think you are doing? What is that stuff?”
“They threw to…”
“I don’t want to hear any excuses. You always blame everyone else. What have I told you about fighting? Grow up and take responsibility for once. Now go get cleaned up.” Charles shoved Blake away from him towards the house.
Blake looked back over his shoulder and met Joanna’s gaze. She tried to back away from the crowd unnoticed, but her dad found her quick enough. “And you. What did you do to your hair? Child, that was stupid.”
“But I didn’t…”
“Don’t talk back to me young lady. Come on. We better see if your mother can fix the mess you made of your hair.” He grabbed her arm and pulled her along. “The rest of you kids, get back to your parents. You’re not supposed to be over here anyway.”
Joanna heard the kids laughing as she went to the house with her dad.
Joanna’s mom trimmed her hair. The girls made such a mess of it, the cut looked like it belonged on a boy. They laughed at her for weeks at school. News of their demise reached the entire class, even if her parents never listened to their side of the story.
They were grounded for a month. If they weren’t at school, they were home working. Their dad made sure they had no free time. After their punishment was over, they took matters into their own hands and sought justice for the wrongs those kids had imparted. Joanna and Blake pulled a prank those offenders would never forget. It included a snake, total darkness and a small space. They deserved it.
That was the year Joanna and Blake made their pact. Just like the three musketeers. All for one and one for all. They decided to never trust anyone but each other ever again.