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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Book Tour: Just Over the Horizon By Susan Rush



Can one small box mend a grieving heart?

While grieving the death of her eccentric nana, Sarah discovers an unexpected gift. She soon grows dependent on the heirloom, a little box, for comfort and guidance. Feeling restless and needing a change, Sarah accepts a job as a traveling hospice nurse and ends up in the quaint, historical town of Camden, South Carolina. Although she loves caring for her patients, loneliness creeps in and threatens to take root. Eventually she opens herself to new friendships, and two remarkable yet vastly differing men compete for her attention. Nate is a true Southerner with a sarcastic wit and genuine warmth, while Dr. Joseph Thornton is a caring oncologist who is known as the best catch in the state.

Facing heart­wrenching trials, the faith of her childhood is all but shattered. In spite of this, Sarah seeks comfort from her box and is determined to cling to Nana’s godly legacy. But when a mysterious stranger appears with devastating news, can her cherished box continue to provide answers or will Sarah realize her life has been based on nothing but lies?

Snippet #12 

Sarah’s eyes filled with compassion. “I know this must be hard for you. I’ll be visiting several times a week to make sure he’s comfortable and that he has everything he needs. Do you think Mae Belle will be able to keep him here at home until he passes?”
“I’m sure of it. Between her, me, and dozens of friends, we’ll do whatever we have to do. Coach has said he doesn’t want to go back to the hospital.”
“Well then, that’s what we’ll do. We’ll make sure he has a peaceful passing right here at home.” Sarah reached in her bag and then handed him a business card. “Please feel free to call me if you have any questions or concerns.”
Nate looked at the card. “I don’t think this is a local number.
Where’s your office?”
“That’s our corporate number, but they will put you through to my cell. Don’t worry. We have an office in Camden.”
“I don’t mean to sound nosey, but are you moving? I hate for Coach and Mama Mae to get attached to you if you’re not going to be around for long.” Sarah gave him an inquisitive look. He motioned at the window of her car. “I just noticed the moving boxes and suitcases.”
“No, I’ve just been transferred here, literally. I haven’t had time to check into my hotel.”    
About the author:
Susan grew up in Charlotte, NC and has a psychology degree from Furman University and masters in social work from the University of South Carolina. She jokes that God didn't lead her to a career in hospice; He took her kicking and screaming the whole way. Now passionate about end­of­life care, she has worked with hospice for more than twenty years. She loves sharing about God's redemptive love and grace during life's most challenging struggles. Susan presently serves as a hospice director and lives in Columbia, SC with her husband and three children. Her whole family is fluent in sarcasm and on any given day, you can find them bantering away.
The Writer's Revolution with Susan Rush:
What inspired you to write?

I've always loved keeping a journal and started blogging a few years back. Writing has always been cathartic for me, but I can't say that there was any one inspiration. It's simply a fun outlet and writing fiction is even better since I get my creative juices flowing by creating characters and telling their stories.

Tell me a little about your book.

Just Over the Horizon is an inspy-romance set in the quaint town of Camden, SC. Sarah is a traveling hospice nurse who is struggling to maintain her faith in spite of many unanswered questions. Even though her goal is no distractions, she catches the eye of two vastly different men. Dr. Thornton is a caring oncologist who is known as the best catch in the state, while Nate is the adopted son of one of her patients. Sarah faces several hearth-wrenching trials and must choose to whom she can fully give her heart.

Now a little more about you: If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you bring (excluding family, laptop, or writing utensils)? 

Three items? That's a tough one. A super-comfy pillow is always a must. A woman can't live without chocolate so that makes the list. I'm sure the last would be a big, fat book. I just can't seem to choose which one.

We find out the world is going to end tomorrow. How do you live your last day? 

Definitely with my three phenomenal children, preferably somewhere tropical, snorkeling or simply playing in the surf. The day has to end with a huge bonfire making smores under a star-filled sky.

If we were to make a movie of your life. Who would play the part of you?

Great question but I have no earthly idea.

Tell us 5 random things about yourself.
1. I've been with over 100 people as they took their last breath.
2. I sucked my thumb until I was six.
3. I love Downton Abbey and the Walking Dead equally.
4. I'm fluent in sarcasm (as are my three children).
5. The older I get, the more certain I am that I don't have all of the answers.

What are the three places you have always wanted to visit but have not yet? 
Saint Thomas

Okay, crystal ball time. Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years?

I'm sure I will still be working in hospice. Hopefully, I will have turned out a few more novels. Ideally, I will be back in my home town of Charlotte, NC.
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