Hometown Heroes

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 Protective Custody and that you will be encouraged to reflect on how uniquely you are made in the image of God.

PROTECTIVE CUSTODY–Releasing February 2017

Protective Custody by Jennifer Vander KlippA 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 August 2017

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 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 Richman. Both get caught in a web that threatens to hang them, putting their careers, their hearts, and their lives at risk.