Toni Shiloh — Author Spotlight

Today I’m excited to welcome Toni Shiloh for an author spotlight. Read all the way through for a prologue excerpt from her novel, Returning Home.

Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace thanks to the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness.

She spends her days hanging out with her husband and their two boys. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and president of the Virginia Chapter.


Author Interview Questions:

  •  Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.

Wow! I believe each character has a little bit of me, but for the most part, they’re their own person. I’ve never experienced lost like Jo has. My father is still alive and my mother and I have a good relationship. Yet we both like jazz and HGTV. 🙂

  •  Do you prefer cats or dogs?

Why? Dogs! I just love the companionship and joy they bring. Plus, when I was young a black cat scared me and kind of altered my view of cats. 🙂

  • Do you prefer to cook or to bake? Why?

Baking most definitely! If I want a dessert, I will cheerfully bake one in a ramekin. I probably have too many recipes for desserts for one but I enjoy it. Pinterest is addicting!

Readers, Toni has a question for you… What’s your favorite season and why?

About Returning Home

Jo Ellen Baker is shocked to find out that the boy who teased her mercilessly throughout high school, has returned to their hometown of Freedom Lake, and he’s missing a leg. When his mother asks her to renovate their carriage house to give him a place to gain his independence back, she wants to say no. But one look at him brings a rush of forgotten feelings.

Evan Carter can’t believe he has to return home and live with his parents. Every hope and dream he ever had dissipated in a car crash that cost him his leg. Stuck in a wheelchair, he’s forced to reexamine his relationship with God and the local carpenter, Jo Ellen Baker.

Will renovating his home open the door for a mended relationship, or are some wounds too deep to heal from?

Prologue Excerpt:

Evan Carter stared at his girlfriend, admiring her beauty. Brenda’s pixie haircut framed her pretty face and a soft smile graced her lips. She wore charm and gentleness like a cloak as she gracefully changed lanes. She drove his new Altima like it was made for her.

He loved that Brenda suited every aspect of his life. She was a slam dunk in the girlfriend department. He ran his fingers over the velvet box in his pocket. Tonight was the night. The restaurant staff had been informed of his plans. With their help, his proposal would be flawless.

“Should I adjust the temp?” he asked.

“I’m good, sweetie,” she smiled at him, then quickly faced forward again.

Brenda would make the best high-school coach’s wife. His students loved her and she loved basketball as much as he did. It was so easy to be with her.

“Evan, you made the perfect choice. This car is so quiet. I can’t believe we can’t hear the outside noise.”

“I know. That’s what sold me.” He pointed up ahead. “Make a right at the light.” He hadn’t revealed their dinner location. If he didn’t pay close attention, they’d miss a turn.

“Are you sure you don’t want to tell me where we’re going?”

“I’m sure. I still think you should have let me drive. Then it would really be a surprise.”

She laughed. “Of course, it would have been better, but I’ve been itching to get behind the wheel ever since you bought it.”

“Well now—”

A black truck swerved in and out of their lane.

“Baby, slow down. Watch out for that truck!”

There was nowhere to pull over, no way to avoid the impending collision. The two-lane road had no shoulder and the truck was picking up speed.

The black truck righted itself. But before Evan could even sigh in relief, the truck corrected, ending up in their lane, headed straight for them.

They were going to collide.

Evan held his breath, clenched his eyes, and braced for impact. Brenda’s scream pierced the air, but it seemed far away. His seat belt locked tight as the car came to an abrupt stop.

A weight dropped onto his leg. Pain exploded, smoke filled his nose. His body struggled to make sense of what happened. Finally, he closed his eyes and gave in to the darkness.

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