They’ve dedicated their lives to protecting others. But who will protect their hearts?

Laguna Vista, California (where the series is set) isn’t a real town, but it’s based on the area of Orange County that I lived in for twelve years. As with many stories, a confluence of ideas came together that I wanted to explore. Not to mention it’s a beautiful location with the ocean to the west and foothills and mountains to the east and the austere-but-beautiful desert within driving distance.

The area has an interesting juxtaposition of wealth and conservatism. Christianity is both embraced and challenged. It’s home to Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church, a church I attended and served at. One of the questions I struggled with while living there was how does someone live an authentic Christian life while daily challenged with the trappings of an affluent lifestyle? Cars, houses, jewelry, beauty all add up to one thing in Orange County: image. It’s the most valuable commodity.

So how does a Christian reconcile being made in the image of God with society’s image? Ultimately, all the characters in the book must deal with this question on their faith journey. Each of them has their own unique image, yet all are made in the image of God. I hope that is one thing you will take away from reading The Hometown Heroes Series and that you will be encouraged to reflect on how uniquely you are made in the image of God.


Promise Me by Jennifer Vander Klipp

Cait can’t catch a break. Not only is she renovating an old farmhouse single handedly, her day job as a marketing director for a family farm is also a wreck thanks to the potentially devastating vandalism she happened to witness, setting in motion a chain of events that could cost her her job and her beloved house.

Real estate attorney Greyson just needs this one real estate deal to go through. That will prove to his family that he can do more than just restore old cars. His casual acquaintance with Cait turns into something more as he finds himself drawn into the troubles at the farm and her house. But will his attempts to help her only make things worse?

Can Cait and Grayson learn trust each other and create something new out of the wreckage of their pasts while trying to discover who wants to put the farm out of business and put Cait in danger?


Protective Custody by Jennifer Vander KlippCOTT conqueror Button

A cop burned by love falls for a key witness in a crime implicating the town’s rich and powerful. More than their future at risk, they must discern betrayal from trust, image from truth while avoiding a danger closer than they think.

Heather McAlister was in the wrong place at the wrong time. What she saw sends her faith into a tailspin. And may cost her life. Detective Kyle Taylor has spent his entire adult life protecting his hometown. Now he’s protecting a woman he’ll risk everything to save.

FLASH POINT–Releasing 2018

Sarah Brockman didn’t know she saw a crime being committed until a disaster reveals the secret. Firefighter Joe Romero is fearless when it comes to protecting his hometown. But in a place where money makes problems go away, someone may pay the ultimate price, unless he and Sarah discover the meaning of what she saw in time to stop it.


Melissa Ellis has always played with the boys in her career with a defense contractor. Now she finds herself caught up in a plot that has her running for her life … and into the arms of US Navy pilot Scott Blake. Both get caught in a web that threatens to hang them, putting their careers, their hearts, and their lives at risk.