Kaleidoscope Eyes, Family Honor Series #2
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Number of Pages: 384
Vendor: Multnomah Books
Publication Date: 2006
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.19 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
Series: Family Honor
Annie Justice sees things differently. Her unconventional condition, synesthesia, helped make her one of the most sought-after stained-glass artists in the country. And teamed with her German shepherd, shes just as successful in her work with the K-9 Search and Rescue Team, finding people seemingly hidden from others eyes. But no one knows her expertise for hiding the childhood insecurities that plague heruntil Jed Curry comes along. Then the search for a missing child goes awry, and Jed must reveal his true identity. Hes prepared for Annies anger, but not the hurt. And neither of them is prepared for the real trial aheadsomething far more sinister and dangerous than their search. Can Jed and Annie overcome their unknown enemyand the insecurities and secrets keeping them apartbefore its too late?
Someone wants Annie to fail…
either that, or he wants her dead.
Annie Justice has always been different, thanks to a rare condition allowing her to see things others do not. Its a blessing and a curse. The blessing? Annie and her dog, Kodi, have become one of the most effective search-and-rescue teams ever. The curse? Its kept her from the only thing she wants: to fit in. But she doesnt. Not anywhere.
Jed Curry, a producer of hit reality TV shows, likes that Annies different. Different sells. Which is why he wants her on Everyday Heroes. But Annie has no interest in the show. Or the man.
Then threatening e-mails kick off events that send Annie and Kodiand the irritating Jed Currystraight into the path of danger. Joined in a race against time and a cunning adversary, Annie and Jed struggle to work together. Because if they dont, it could cost themand a lost little girl in the Oregon wildernesseverything.
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Story Behind the Book
"After my mother died, I realized that the way I lived my life was essentially her legacy. This book grew from that realization. Annot ("Light"), known as Annie, has always felt like the odd man out. For all her success, Annie still doesnt feel like she really belongs. To give the story realism, I drew on my own experience as a member of the Jackson County Search and Rescue organization; on a friend who has Annies condition of synesthesia; and on my own struggles to find my place in life and to understand Gods calling and purpose for the gifts Hes given me."
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Located in: Oregon
Submitted: July 28, 2010
Tell us a little about yourself. As a writer and editor of fiction, my whole life is make-believe! I love the power of story and words, how we can speak life and truth into our lives and the lives of others. My greatest loves, after God and family, are words, story, animals, nature (especially Oregon!), music, and finding joy in the moment.
What was your motivation behind this project? As a Search and Rescue member here in Jackson County, I'd wanted for a number of years to write a book that featured the brave folks who give of their time and energy to help others in crisis. And because I love animals so much, I wanted to make the story about K-9 SAR (search and rescue). The core of this story came from my experiences during searches in the wilds of Oregon, especially in the mountains. It's amazing to me how those involved in SAR see things--how their training opens their eyes to details others would never notice. Which led me to the idea of God helping us to see things through HIS eyes, not through the eyes of this world. Combine those with my love for my dad's black German shepherd, Kodi, and a friend's experiences with Synesthesia, and the story unfolded from there.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? First and foremost, a great story. That they'll enjoy the ride and, as they close the book, they'll have a sense of satisfaction in the story. Beyond that, a better understanding of the importance of looking at ourselves and others through God's eyes rather than our human eyes.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? I got to spend time with my friends in K-9 SAR, even videotaping a training session with them. It was wonderful to see how the different dogs searched. For the Golden Retriever, it was a game. "Find the lost person! Ohboyohboyohboy!" For the Shepherd, it was all work. Nose to the ground and search, search, search. And yet both were amazingly efficient at their tasks. It made me think about how God works with us as we are, letting us use our unique personalities and tendencies to accomplish His purposes. How He doesn't demand we all do things the same. Instead, He delights in the differences He's created in us and uses them to bless us and others.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? For this project, my sources of inspiration were the wonderful folks involved in the Jackson County Search and Rescue. Wonderful, giving people. People who put themselves at risk to save others.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: The dog pictured on the front isn't my dad's dog, Kodi, but she IS shown on the back cover. That was great fun!