Every day, the devil whispered in her ear, “You’re not strong enough to withstand the storm.” This day, she shouted back, “I am the storm!”

The late afternoon sun slipped ever-closer to nightfall as two strangers sat opposite each other on shiny black metal benches, the distance between them only a wide pathway of inlaid bricks winding through the small park in the center of the town square in a small Southern town.

Over time, the young woman and the old man would remember their first meeting differently. A chance encounter, or destiny, it didn’t really matter. It happened, and the lives of two people from vastly different worlds would be changed in ways neither of them could have imagined.

A year and a day from now, one of them would be back again – at this very place.

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The much-anticipated sequel to Dancing Alone Without Music prominently features Marla Jo, and introduces a remarkable African-American entrepreneur, Josephine “Jo” Gilpin. Readers will learn more about The Judge and the Patriarch, and how their early lives intersected with Jo in a wonderful way during a difficult time in American history. And Ben has the child he always longed for.

Set entirely in the Bluegrass state, Follow Your Dreams offers readers a page-turning immersion into the lives of memorable characters facing life and death realities, as well as daunting business and personal challenges that test their relationships – and their faith. Readers will be rewarded with a heartwarming, though surprising, love story, and an inspiring ending.

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Raised as a church-going Southern boy, Ben Taylor’s life turns to narcissism and materialism after college when he journeys to Chicago to pursue fame and fortune. His personal life there is marred by tragedy and self-inflicted misfortune, and the great recession of 2008 takes him to the depths of financial ruin and despondency. A just-in-time intervention by two friends keeps him from committing the ultimate surrender, and he begins a journey of personal and professional restoration – a journey that allows him to discover the meaning of a life well-lived. Dancing Alone Without Music is a contemporary novel that will resonate with persons of faith, as well as all who embrace the merits of perseverance in overcoming life’s challenges.

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