Sherry Ann Miller
"writer of miracles"
Books coming in 2007:
Mama's Lemon Pie ~ a celebration of motherhood ~
The Refiner's Gift coming in 2007
Scottish Legend coming in 2007
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Mama's Lemon Pie online version
The Tyee’s Gift
Set in the picturesque Pacific Northwest, adventure meets Abbot Sparkleman when he discovers the greatest archaeological site of the century and falls in love with the beautiful and mysterious Bekah. The Tyee’s Gift will bring tears of laughter, joy and heartache while Abbot learns where much is given, much is required.
Granite Publishing ISBN# 1932280758
The Tyee's Gift
As Abbot ran along the pathway bordering the northern end of Lake Union in Seattle, a fresh June breeze, sweeping in from the north, whisked his dark, brown-black hair playfully, but he paid no attention to the wind. His arms glistened with moisture while his t-shirt clung to his well-muscled chest. Running had been good therapy for him during the past few months and had lifted him out of the depression he’d experienced a year ago, after Alyssa broke their engagement.
Today, he wasn’t thinking about Alyssa. Anxious to locate another woman, his eyes searched ahead, but he didn’t see her. A keen sense of disappointment settled in his chest, for this new woman had become one of the main reasons he continued to choose Gas Works Park as a jogging site.
On several occasions, Abbot would often jog past her, fake a moment of tiredness to let her catch up to him, and then watch her as she ran past, while trying not to seem too obvious. Today, she was not running the course. His disappointment stung sharply, and he was surprised to realize that she had become such an important focal point in his life.
As he resumed his original course, Abbot looked out across Lake Union and noticed a very small sailboat slip gracefully through the water toward him. A woman and a young, red-headed boy were sailing the small craft toward the park about two hundred feet from the shore. Her short, curly, auburn hair Abbot recognized immediately and he stopped, bent over as though winded, and studied her out of the corner of his eye.
It was definitely the woman he’d been looking for, but he couldn’t prevent a wrinkle of worry from creasing his forehead. Who was the young boy with her? Was she married? Was this her son? He hadn’t seen a wedding ring on her finger and he had paid close attention to her left hand nearly every time they’d jogged past one another the last few weeks.
As Abbot straightened, a micro-burst of wind hit him square in the back on its way to the water, nearly knocking him over. Just as it passed him, the young boy stood up in the sailboat, perhaps trying to change positions for a coming-about maneuver. The jolt of air hit the sail, yanking the boom across the boat where it hit the child square in the face and knocked him overboard.
It all happened so fast, Abbot didn’t have time to think. Startled, he heard the woman yell, “Cody!” Then, she dove into the icy water after the boy.
Without thinking, Abbot ran into the cold lake water, disregarding the immediate discomfort, until he was waist deep, then he dove in and swam the remaining distance between them.
Keeping his head up as he swam, he watched in amazement as the woman calmly turned the boy onto his back and listened for breath sounds. Then, she started pulling him toward the shore with little success. The small sailboat was evidently tethered to her life jacket and was headed in the opposite direction. For each stroke she took toward the shoreline, the sailboat towed her the same distance backwards. She attempted to reach the tether behind her, but holding onto the limp child at the same time made this impossible.
By the time Abbot reached them, the woman nearly panicked. Immediately, he unfastened the tether from her vest. “Don’t worry about the boat,” he directed. “Can you make it to shore with the boy?”
She nodded. Her lower lip trembled, either from the icy water or her fears for Cody, or both. Holding onto the boy’s life-vest neck pillow, she began swimming the two hundred feet to the water’s edge.
Abbot attached the snap shackle to his belt, then pulled himself along the painter to the boat where he released the halyard. The fluttering Dacron sail fell pitifully into the cockpit and Abbot secured the halyard so the wind couldn’t pick the sail back up again. Then, he followed the woman, towing the sailboat behind him with ease.
By the time he reached the shore, the woman had struggled to carry Cody as far past the shoreline as she could, then she put him down upon the grass. Abbot removed the line from his belt and pulled the sailboat up onto the black rocks. Leaving it, he joined the woman and the injured boy.
“Is he all right?” Abbot asked upon reaching them.
“He’s unconscious,” she gasped.
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The award-winning Gift Series
You’re going to love all five novels in my popular Gift Series. Each book will take you on the individual sojourns of Kayla Dawn Allen and the five men who have influenced her life for good: the Sparkleman boys, Ed, Abbot and Tom, who grew up with Kayla on the Bar M Ranch; and the seafaring Clark twins, Joshua (who loves Kayla more than life itself) and Hans (who is always one step behind in finding his soul-mate). Each novel will plunge you into a miraculous, spine-tingling journey about life, love, heartache and triumphant joy. If you’ve a thirst for suck-you-in adventure, drama, action and romance, you’ll want to read all five novels, which can be read out of sequence without losing continuity. Don't miss a single volume in my award-winning Gift Series:
One Last Gift
Lovely Kayla is rescued from herself, her misguided infatuation with Ed Sparkleman, and even more desperate and dangerous elements in the remarkable One Last Gift. Kayla’s remarkable journey from her sailboat in San Diego to her childhood home high in the Uinta Mountains, finds her facing one obstacle after another, until she finally discovers God’s mighty miracles are all around her. At the miraculous and satisfying conclusion, you will be left with the question, “What about Ed?”
One Last Gift placed third in the national Beacons Awards for Published Authors, 2001.
Granite Publishing ISBN# 1-930980-01-9
An Angel’s Gift
Ed Sparkleman meets his match when Alyssa drops in on the Bar M Ranch (literally!) and disrupts his life forever. As ranch foreman, Ed is responsible for keeping his men in order, but with Alyssa around, all the ranch hands begin to act oddly out of character . . .especially Ed. Is Alyssa truly An Angel’s Gift sent straight to him from heaven? If so, what about his brother, Abbot?
An Angel's Gift placed first in the national Write Touch Readers' Awards, 2004; tied for first place in the Beacons Awards for Published Authors, 2004; and placed fourth in the Utah Heart of the West Competition, 2003.
Granite Publishing ISBN# 1-930980-98-1
When Hans comes face to face with a ferocious shark, it strikes less fear than vivacious and attractive Charity, who throws his heart into a spiraling nose-dive deep in the Pacific Ocean. The only way he can salvage their crumbling romance is to find her missing father, who's been absent from Charity's life for more than twenty-five years. Charity'sGift will touch your heart forever.
is now available!
Debuting in August 2007, The Refiner's Gift is the fifth and final novel in Sherry Ann Miller's award-winning Gift Series. Now in the editing phase, The Refiner's Gift answers the worrisome question, “What about Tom?” who was accused of a vicious crime in the first book of the Gift Series, One Last Gift. Tom Sparkleman has not yet escaped the true consequences of that vicious crime. The story will center on what really happened six years ago, and the terrible truth of that heart-wrenching day will be made manifest. Expect an important shift in the dynamics of the entire Clark/Sparkleman families. The miracles that await Tom and the two clans in The Refiner's Gift will astound everyone!
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