Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Romantic Reads: Save the Last Dance

Welcome Susan C. Fischer to the blog! 

She's here today to share the story behind the heroine of her book,
Save the Last Dance.


The Story Behind the Main Character of Save the Last Dance:
A guest post by Susan C. Fischer

In some way I identify with every character in my contemporary inspirational Christian Romance novels. I’ve written three novels so far, and there are bits of me and my personal experiences in all of them.

The main character in Save the Last Dance, Liz Everton, is a paralegal and one of the only female ranch owners in Florida. I’ve had readers tell me that she is the most likeable character in the first two novels (which centered on two other heroines) since she is a down to earth, intelligent, compassionate and loving individual with whom lots of women identify. She is in her 50’s, weighs a little more than she would like, and has problems learning to dance. Yet she takes lessons at a ballroom dance studio, anyway.

In Save the Last Dance, the prologue establishes that Liz has recently lost her father and is now living alone on their ranch. Her husband died ten years ago. However, I was determined not to focus on her grief or losses but on her resolution to live life going forward laughing and loving people as much as possible.

I know that everyone has had their share of grief and loss during this difficult time of fighting a pandemic while grieving those who have gone to glory, whether they are your family, friends, or lives which have been remembered in the recent protests in every state.

I fashioned the character of Liz to embody the strength and resilience that we all have deep inside which the Lord uses to help us endure the tribulations of this earthly life. Liz focuses on the future. She questions whether she should even be dating Pastor Isaiah Comstock, who lost his wife two years ago, due to his frequent remarks on their first date about his deceased wife. But Liz, being who she is, doesn’t stay silent and hurry to get away from him. She reprimands him on this weakness. Isaiah later regrets this and vows to change.

Liz embodies the philosophy I’ve followed in spite of many losses: to enjoy the abundant life Jesus promised us in John 10:10 (ESV), “…I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” In addition, Jesus wants all of us to have our what we desire as long as we don’t lose our focus on him. According to Psalm 37:4 (ESV), “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

All of us endure loss in our lives. But we also need to remember to thank God for giving us the grace and strength to bounce back from personal losses and difficulties because we are not alone. He is always with us. As Jesus reminds us in Matthew 28:20 (ESV), “…I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Author Bio:

Susan C. Fischer is an author, Christian Mediator, and speaker with several ministries. 

She leads a Bible study group, is a member of the Order of the Daughters of the King, and is active in the Inner Healing Prayer Ministry. 

She obtained a Juris Doctor degree and has practiced Personal Injury Law in Michigan and Florida for over 30 years. 

She resides in Bradenton, Florida near a dance studio and her favorite beach.

Back Cover Blurb for Save the Last Dance:

Strong and confident, paralegal Liz Everton is one of the only female ranch owners in Florida.

Having been a widow for many years, she strives to live life to the fullest on her own. So why is she attracted to the minister of her small, community church?

Pastor Isaiah Comstock is a widower who is fascinated with Liz's wisdom and beauty. Being an introvert, he forces himself to interact with his parishioners and to go to ballroom dance classes where he may be able to dance with Liz. 

When a weather emergency forces them together, can he overcome his past mistakes and church gossip to turn their friendship into love?

Buy Save the Last Dance on Amazon

Connect with Susan:
Website: susanfischer.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/susanfischerbooks/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/susancfischer
E-mail: susanfischer.author@gmail.com

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