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7/1/2009 9:11:53 AM
Welcome to my web site! My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
7/1/2009 9:12:18 AM
Hi Sally, Just wanted to let you know that I'm looking forward and waiting with great anticipation to a new book. I came across your name on a book list list and started reading your books and I didn't stop until I had them all read. Each book touches me in a different way. I always feel like I'm part of your story. I have also gotten several of my family members interested in your books also,and they felt great after reading them too. Thank you so much for being such a special person to me. Sincerely, Kelli Ragle
7/1/2009 9:12:39 AM
So sorry to hear of your terrible loss. So grateful that no-one was hurt. I too lost 2 homes back in 1978 due to fire. we were asleep when the fire broke out. It happened around 3 am on March 31st. This was my oldest sister's birthday. We lost everything but with help from family and very close friends and our Church and our faith we went on. It will take some time and many many prayers to heal from this terrible ordeal but you will. Looking forward to your next book with great anticipation. Your friend and a great fan, Kelli Ragle
7/1/2009 9:13:05 AM
My first visit and I must say I love the website. The flowers. I am from Illinos - Decatur, Illinois. So I know where you grew up. I now live in Missouri. Loved exploring your website. God Bless - my email is email@example.com
7/1/2009 9:13:33 AM
If you'd like to email me personally, my address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
7/1/2009 9:13:52 AM
Dear SAlly, I finished "In a Heartbeat" and enjoyed it thoroughly. You are a newly-discovered author to me, and I am excited about getting the other books you've written. I "shop" at a public library here in town and am amazed and thrilled at the large number of Christian fiction they carry. I had read a few during the years, but i the last 6 months or s0, I've really been on a "tear" reading one C.F. after another. I feel like you and other writers have caused me to draw closer to the Lord. Keep writing, Sally, and congratulations on becoming the author you are. I'm a retired English teacher and I just in awe at those who write effectively. In Jesus Name, Marilyn
7/1/2009 9:14:22 AM
Thank you all for your compliments on the new website look. I want to thank my young creative friend KRISTEN BALSIS from Colorado Springs who designed the layout. All those lovely colors and that dogwood are hers as well. \O/ Thanks to NICOLE SMITH in Illinois for tweaking the technical side of things and getting us up and running and adding Aslan. \O/ Thanks to NOEL GUILIANOTTI for letting us use his Aslan/Jesus design. \O/ And thanks to my husband Tim and daughter Elizabeth for adding touches and sticking with the project.
7/1/2009 9:14:51 AM
I'm anxiously awaiting your next book Sally. What is it and when is it coming out?
7/1/2009 9:15:24 AM
Loved Beachouse Series....looking for more of it and find that is it.Think I've read all your books. Keep them coming. Good work. Love in Christ Judy Frew Canadian reader.
Tim John (Sally's husband)
7/1/2009 9:15:46 AM
Sally is just finishing the manuscript for her next book which will be released in Jan 08. The Beach House series is on hiatus for now. The new series is set in the mountains above San Diego.
7/1/2009 9:16:10 AM
Tim and Sally, this is good news! I am looking forward to another good read from Sally...no matter who publishes it! :-) Consider me one of your many fans waving from the sidelines in Oregon. May God bless you, Sally, with great stories to encourage and inspire - we need them!
7/1/2009 9:16:32 AM
Hi Tim and Sally, Sounds like the Safe Harbor Series is the next new one you are working on...first book out in Jan. 08. Can't wait for that. I have enjoyed all your books. I also hope you will continue with the Beach House Series in the future. Looks like alot of your fans feel the same way. Whatever you do, we will all love your work!! You are a joy to read. Thank You!!
7/1/2009 9:16:51 AM
It has been a blessing to read the two books in this series. My daughter is currently unwed and expecting and your reading your book encouraged me to continue just loving her until she decides to give her life back to the Lord. PLEASE CONTINUE THE SERIES! I love the Julian character and would like to see more about him.
7/1/2009 9:17:12 AM
More Beach House please! Just finished the two books in the beach house series. As a voracious reader of contemporary Christian fiction, I've enjoyed this series more than anything else I've read recently. Would love to read more about Jo and Andie's new lives. Thank you for blessing us with your writing talent.
7/1/2009 9:17:28 AM
i agree we need more books in the beach house series. Sally please if possible add at least a third book to the series. Love your books.
7/1/2009 9:17:49 AM
I agree too!!! Sally John is my all time favorite writer. The Beach House Series is the best and, if possible, please add at least one more book in this series!!
7/1/2009 9:18:09 AM
I also agree!!!!!! The Beach House Series was the best! I wanted to be there. I have read all of your books. Ready for more!
7/1/2009 9:18:47 AM
I was just wondering Sally... I am reading your book "Castles in the Sand" and I am wondering if you had a testimony? What denomination are you? I like to read about the authors I read about and where they have come from with their walk with the Lord. There isn't much wrote about your personal walk. So if you could just share with us a little more about you and your testimony. Thank you! ~Crystal
7/1/2009 9:19:05 AM
Hi! I have thoroughly enjoyed all of your books that I have read. I live in Greenville, SC and have found it hard to find your books at our local Christian bookstores. I recently finished "Flashpoint" - it took me searching high and low to finally find it - and am now looking for "Moment of Truth". Any ideas about where in my area I could purchase it, or is there a way to purchase it online? I love your wesbite!
7/1/2009 9:19:32 AM
Hi Tammi, I also live in Greenville, SC. I purchased the In a Heartbeat series in Ohio at a little Christian Book Store in Amish County while visiting. When I got home I had finished the series and wanted more so I went searching. I couldn't find one on the shelf, but Family Christian Stores on Woodruff Road ordered them for me and had them ready in a weeks time. Maybe if more people ask for them, they will start carrying her! Sally, Your books have truly been a blessing for me! Keep writing! Your words are making a difference for Him around the world! Imagine the legacy you are leaving your Grandchildren! Shannon, Mom of 1, avid reader of Christian Fiction, and a follower of Christ.
7/1/2009 9:20:07 AM
Thanks, Shannon! I'll try to make it out that way this weekend.
7/1/2009 9:20:30 AM
Dear Reader Friends: I just wanted to let you all know that my husband Tim and I here in San Diego lost our house last week. Fire tore up our street about 4:45 a.m. Monday morning, October 22. Thanks be to God, every neighbor escaped harm. An aerial photo of our devastated block was on the front page of the October 24 LA Times and, I believe, the following Sunday’s Oregonian (Portland). I know how you all are – when you read this you’ll pray for us. I thank you for that. Our immediate needs are being abundantly met through family, friends, strangers, and the insurance company. I had planned to post a note regarding the new book due for release soon. (Yes, finally!) The oddest thing is that a major event in the story is a San Diego wildfire. A year after writing the story, I experienced the real thing. Go figure. Here’s the scoop: A TIME TO MEND, Safe Harbors Series #1, will be available January 1, 2008. Thank you for your love and support and your incredibly encouraging notes telling me that my stories speak to you. That means more to me than ever. Blessings to you all. Sally
7/1/2009 9:20:49 AM
Sally, you and Tim are in our prayers! Jill
7/1/2009 9:21:07 AM
"A time to mend" indeed...may that be your experience even in these mind-boggling, numbing days of rebuilding your lives after the fire. You are on our minds and in our prayers constantly. Much love, Margo & Glenn
7/1/2009 9:21:26 AM
You are such a blessing in our lives; I can only imagine how many lives you've touched with the written word! We praise God for you and the beautiful thngs he has done and is doing in and through you. This new chapter in your lives will expand your horizons in writing, your compassion in prayers of healing! love, your servant-sister, Esther
Tim (Sally's husband of 34 yrs)
7/1/2009 10:39:57 AM
Sally's new book, A Time to Mend" is now available.
7/1/2009 10:40:31 AM
Sally and Tim- I'm so excited. I just received word this morning that A Time to Mend is on it's way! I ordered it a few weeks ago and it's been hard to wait. Hope you are well and life is calming after the fires. God bless. Mary Kay
7/1/2009 10:40:51 AM
Sally ~ I am half way through "A Time To Mend" are you sure you didn't take my life and put into fiction. It is my first Sally John Book. I read all of Kingsbury/Smalley Redemtion Series. I pray this one is as sucessful for you and your readers! Looking forward to the next one already!
7/1/2009 10:41:28 AM
Words cannot even begin to describe the wave of emotion that engulfed me as I read this book! To God Be The Glory! As Indio stated "Hallelujah"! This book touched every unwanted corner in my life that needed to be dealt with. I read this book in one sitting! Just got the book from the library yesterday afternoon and finished it before bed lastnight! OH so captivating! I have read all your books except 2; The Beach House and A Time to Gather. Keep letting the Lord use you to help others! Thank you so very much for your inspiration Mrs. John.
7/1/2009 10:41:46 AM
MASTERFUL. Sally you so got this right, and on so many levels. Congratulations on a wonderful book. (And this was complete BEFORE the October fires? Eerily reminiscent. ) Thank you for sharing your gift with the rest of us. Blessings, Mary Kay
7/1/2009 10:42:06 AM
Sally and Tim, This book really hit home for me. I know that God put it in my path at just this time in my life. This book really made me take note of my relationships. My relationship with my husband and kids, but more importantly my relationship with God. I can't hardly wait for the next one in the series to be published. I have read all but one of your books and can relate to most of them. Keep up the good work.
7/1/2009 10:42:29 AM
I've read both of the books in the Beach House Series and loved them. Castles in the Sand was my favourite. When might there be another. I love that house and would like to see more lives transformed by the love of God that dwells within it. Meanwhile I'll check out your other books, I'm sure they will be just as inspiring.
7/1/2009 10:42:57 AM
will you be signing your book at any bookstores in San Diego soon? Lee (San Diego)
7/1/2009 10:43:20 AM
Hi Sally - I want to thank you and Gary for writing this book. It is absolutely amazing. I'm not quite through with it, but the thought of it ending has led me to want another one of you books waiting close by... which is why I immediately got online to do a little research :) This is my first time reading one of your books - I've been having a hard time completing a book over the last 5 1/2 years (after having my first son) but this book has me reading at every free moment and coming close to the end within only 1 week! That's exciting for me. I chose this book too because I've been having some "feelings" within my marriage and I needed to read something inspiring and Christian based in relation to my union. It is helping - please pray for me and I have definitely added you and your family to my prayer list. I'm just towards the end of the fire in the book and as I was reading it I was thinking that one of you must have had a personal/similar fire experience -- only to come online at this very moment to read about your loss this past October. I will pray for your continued recovery. Thanks again. In Peace, Kendra (your new book series follower)
7/1/2009 10:43:38 AM
Is Beach Dreams by Trish Perry part of the The Beach House Series as advertised? Is this a part of the sequil or a stand alone about the same "beach house"? Also, we are reading The Beach House in our bookclub this summer, is there a Discussion Guide available. Thanks for being a wonderful writer!
7/1/2009 10:44:14 AM
Hi Robin - Yes, Beach Dreams is part of the Beach House series, a stand-alone set at the same house; Julian and Zeke are in it too; other characters will be different. This new story is Trish Perry's; Mindy Clark is also doing one in the future. It was such a fun setting, we wanted to go back to it!
7/1/2009 10:45:18 AM
There are discussion questions at the end of each Beach House book. Hope that helps. I'd be glad to answer any questions about the story. Email them to email@example.com.
7/1/2009 10:46:00 AM
Hi all! Thank you for the most encouraging notes. You're a blessing to me. Tim and I are preparing to move into a more permanent home, six months now after the fire. God has abundantly provided for all of our needs - and then some. Book 2 in the Safe Harbor Series is finished. \O/ Watch for A TIME TO GATHER late this summer. I'm very excited about it. You'll get to see how Claire and Max are doing as well as meet a couple of new characters and watch Erik and Lexi grow through some trials. =) Book 3 is in the works. If you'd like a personal reply, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Blessings.
7/1/2009 10:46:57 AM
Like some of the other comments I have read on this space, you are a new author to me. I found In a Heartbeat and Flash Point in my church libary. I love your writing style so much I am now on a search for everything else you have written. I totally love to read series of books. I am an avid reader, and if it were not for the pesky things like jobs and housework to do, I would read practically non-stop. One good thing about an upcoming surgery I have coming up is that I will read about 8 books every two weed. I LOVE to read. Books like yours are what I call a "fast read", as they are so engrossing, that you do not want to put them down, and the next thing you know. the book is done! So keep writing and I and many of your other fans will continue to devour them. Thanks.
7/1/2009 10:48:05 AM
hi sally i love your book in a heart beat it touched my heart i'm so glad to have found your books they speek to everyone in some way i'm starting the 2nd book in this series flash point thanks i know i'll love it too
7/1/2009 10:48:41 AM
I just got done reading "Just to See You Smile", you are a new author for me and I have really enjoyed reading the book. I look forward to reading more of your books!!!!
7/1/2009 10:49:05 AM
I just finished reading your book and I just loved it. It is one of the best books that I have ever read. I can't wait for the next book in the series. Keep up the good work.
7/1/2009 10:49:35 AM
Thank you Sally John for a wonderful Scripture-filled and fun to read book. I loved it. You show how many of us respond to sin in our lives and in other's lives ... and it's not always right the first time!!! Sometimes it is (and thank YOU God!!)This book is challenging and very thought provoking -- while entertaining. I loved the beach atmosphere. I didn't want the book to end!!! Too good.
7/1/2009 10:50:06 AM
I remember book covers better than book titles. I've been known to buy a book I've already read because the cover is different! You avid fiction readers know what I'm talking about. :) Just a head's up here... THE OTHER WAY HOME SERIES(those four stories set in Valley Oaks, Illinois, with Gina, Brady, and company) was just re-released with fun new covers, same titles, same stories. New Book news...A TIME TO GATHER can be viewed at Amazon.com; release date is October. It's coming soon! Blessings.
7/1/2009 10:50:57 AM
When I first saw this book at the store, I read the description what the book was about and got excited that the story developes in San Diego where I lived for 19 years. Reading the book brought back wonderful memories of all the places in your books I had visited many times. The book is very inspirational and helped to remind me to trust in God and have faith that he loves us and wants the best for us. I gave the book to my best friend's mom who finished and has asked me to find her more of your books. I am very excited that we have found a great new author and are looking forward to read more of your books. Are there any more books written in San Diego? Thank you for a great book.
7/1/2009 10:51:14 AM
After A Time to Gather will there be anymore books to this series?
7/1/2009 10:51:31 AM
Yes! A Time to Surrender will be out this summer. Enjoy!
7/1/2009 10:51:51 AM
Oh my goodness!! I got the whole "Other Way Home" 4 book set as an early Christmas present from my hubby who knows I love Christian books and series. These books are amazing! I spent 3 whole days reading and finished the first 3 books. I'm starting on the 4th book tonight and I can't wait to see what happens!! When I finish I will definitely be running to the store to buy more of these books!! My mom and I read all the Karen Kingsbury books together and are now sharing these with each other. Its such a great tool for she and I to bond and grow closer together! Thanks and God bless!!
7/1/2009 10:52:19 AM
Hi Sally, I am currently reading The Beach House, and I'm really enjoying it. I am only 27, so honestly I wasn't sure if I'd be able to relate to these ladies and the things they deal with. But that hasn't been a problem so far. I love reading about the things they are dealing with and reading the interactions between them. I also have loved reading how they change and grow while they're at the beach, especially Andi. My favorite character is Char. I'm only halfway through the book, so I'm sure there's alot more coming my way. I just had one question...do Char, Molly, Andi, and Joe make an appearance in the other books in this series? Oh, and I also read the first couple chapters of A Time To Mend...I can tell I'm going to LOVE that book. :) Thanks!
7/1/2009 10:52:36 AM
Hi Kelly! I'm so pleased that you are enjoying The Beach House. That was particularly fun for me to write as it takes place on Mission Beach where Tim (my husband)and I have spent considerable time. There is a yellow beach house there that was my model for the story. This is the only story that those characters you asked about are in. But Julian is in the next book of the series, Castles in the Sand. Thank you for reading my books! Sally
7/1/2009 10:54:01 AM
Sally, as you know, I have ALL of your books and have enjoyed them so much. I've read and re-read them. I highly recommend anyone to "search" for your first books also.The Lord has truly blessed you with your writing talent and thank you for giving Him the Glory. Many Blessings.
7/1/2009 10:54:20 AM
Sally, I have always loved romance novels. Being a Christian it felt wrong to continue reading them. I picked your book up not knowing that you were a Christian author. Along about chapter 2 of the first in the series In a Heartbeat, I was hooked. I am finishing up the last book and I feel that i am sitting right there watching the book unfold. I will not rest until I have read ever book that you have out. Thanks again for letting me continue my love affair with romance novels in a Christina like way. I truly hope that there are more. Love how the second character in the last book becomes the main character in the next book. Thanks again Jennifer Stearns
7/1/2009 10:54:38 AM
Hi Sally, I have just finished the Castles in the Sand a few minutes ago and had to find out more about you. I have read a Time to Mend, A Time to Gather, The Beach House, and as I said just finished Castles in the Sand. Your books really speak to me and I love how you weave the Gospel and the power of it and God's love in our lives. I love how you show healing when people truly experience forgiveness the way God gives it. It encourages me to forgive and offer that advice to those around me. God's love truly does change our lives and it is so refreshing to read about it. I just bought a Time to Surrender and can't wait to start it. I am looking forward to another Beach house series book too. Thanks for letting God use you to bring about change in the lives of others.
7/1/2009 10:54:58 AM
I came across your Safe Harbor collection while I was waiting for Karen Kingsbury to come out with another book and I fell in love with the series. I just finished A Time To Surrender, read it within a couple days! I'm wondering if you're going to continue with the series? I hope so! Thank you, God Bless.
7/2/2009 1:41:17 PM
Sally, I have never been much of a reader, but I just read 'Castles in the Sand' (my mother-in-law had the book) and I could not put it down once I started reading it. I am now looking forward to purchasing more of your book. Thanks for a great book.
7/8/2009 11:24:56 AM
Hey, Gina Delgado ~ Thank you for your note. I seem to keep going back to San Diego settings. :) It's my favorite place on earth! The books set there are: A TIME TO MEND, A TIME TO GATHER, A TIME TO SURRENDER, THE BEACH HOUSE, CASTLES IN THE SAND. My first 3 books, now out of print but available online through used book outlets, are set there as well: IN THE SHADOW OF LOVE, SURRENDER OF THE HEART, & TO DREAM AGAIN. (Also Trish Perry's titles in The Beach House Series--SUNSET BEACH & BEACH DREAMS). (Interesting tidbit - I have characters named "Gina" in A JOURNEY BY CHANCE and "Rosie Delgado" in A TIME TO SURRENDER. :)
7/8/2009 11:34:58 AM
Hey, Jennifer Stearns - Thank you for you encouraging note. I know many of us "hear" you about the romance angle. :)
7/8/2009 11:41:07 AM
Hi, Sharon Brown ~ Thank you for your comments on my stories. I appreciate your insight and thank God that things like the power of forgiveness and the reality of Him at work in our lives, making us new. :)
7/8/2009 9:36:31 PM
I just wanted to let you know that you are easily the best fiction writer I have ever read. Your stories are simple yet detailed, they caught my attention from the beginning. I honestly found myself feeling that I was actually in the beach house with everyone in "Castles in the Sand". Thanks for your talent, and keep writing more, please!!
7/9/2009 12:55:10 PM
Hi, Rebekah ~ Thank you for your note - Thank you for already picking up a copy of the newest release! :) There are just the 3 titles in the Safe Harbor series with Gary Smalley: #1 A TIME TO MEND; #2 A TIME TO GATHER; #3 A TIME TO SURRENDER. It's probably more enjoyable to read them in order, but the main storylines in each are different so it's not necessary to go in order. I'm glad they're all available now especially for readers like me who crave things in ORDER. :)
7/9/2009 1:01:01 PM
Hi, Lisa ~ Did you make my day or what? :) Thank you for telling me how much you like my stories. At the moment I'm in between projects - which is why I'm here at the website that I don't get to often enough most of the time. I just turned in Book 1 of a new series and will keep you all posted on it's progress. At the moment I think it's release date is spring 2010. I know, I know - a long, long time from now! Ack! :) So much work goes into a book by so many people. I appreciate my editors and publishers who want to produce the best possible book, story-wise and design-wise.
7/9/2009 1:15:26 PM
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7/9/2009 1:19:05 PM
dad loves me. :)
7/15/2009 12:11:14 PM
I love to read but the books have to pull me in...that is just what A JOURNEY BY CHANCE did. Once I find an author I like I own all the books they write. Thank you for serving GOD by including HIM in your stories. I truly liked this one book and cannot wait for more to be in my hands.
7/16/2009 12:25:05 PM
Hi Sally! I just got done reading A Journey By Chance! It was really really really good!!!!! You are a great author. I was just wondering if Brady and Gina's "song" was a actual song and if so.... what's the name of it? Thanks! and keep up the good work. I can't wait to start the next book!!!
7/20/2009 2:05:02 PM
I just finshed reading A Time To Surrender. I loved it as I did the first 2 books, and I am hoping that there will be a 4th book. I just so love the Beaumont family, I am not ready to be done with them.
7/24/2009 11:36:23 AM
To my granddaughters, Kaiya and Aliah, thank you for your notes! Kaiya, your idea for a new screen name is perfect! I love you two.
7/24/2009 11:40:05 AM
Amanda K - Thanks so much for your note. I love to hear when a story pulls in a reader from the beginning. I am grateful beyond words when I hear that a reader sees God's love and forgiveness through my characters. :)
7/24/2009 11:49:03 AM
Hi Missy! Thank you!! :) Wow, I haven't thought of Gina and Brady's song for years. I made up the words. I based it on an oldie from 1969 by Michel Legrand called "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?" He composed several songs for movies that are familiar. I would have quoted this one directly but that would have involved getting copyright permission, and I didn't have time to do that. If you know the tune, my words might fit. Well, maybe if you use your imagination a whole lot...
7/24/2009 11:52:04 AM
Bonnie, thanks for your note! I really loved the Beaumonts too. :) But, new book plans at this point do not include them. A new series is in the works.
7/24/2009 11:49:13 PM
Sally, Please tell me A Time to Surrender is not the last in the Safe Harbor series. It is excellent. I want to know more about the family and how things turn out. Thanks for blessing others with your gift.
7/27/2009 3:59:21 PM
I recently purchased The Beach House andCastles in the Sand, and now I see there is Beach Dreams and Sunset Beach by Trish Perry, are they part of your series, if so I'll order them. Real confused right now, The Beach HOuse is very good. I'm always trying to find new authors and I think I have found a good one.
7/27/2009 5:14:50 PM
Just finished reading "A Time To Surrender." What a glorious series. I absolutely love this family and feel as if I know them. I absolutely love the way you develop you characters and get us to really care about them. I am new to reading your books, but I will definitely read more of them. Thanks for a great series, I hate to see it end. God Bless.
7/28/2009 10:52:08 AM
Thanks for responding, but I had already actually read all three of your books! I was just seeing if there was going to be a sequel to a Time to Surrender? A 4th book in the series?? hehe :)
8/5/2009 10:49:13 AM
Wow just finished the In a Heartbeat series. It's great. All my freinds love it to. And each story brings something different out. Something real people can relate to(my friend said that)
LOVE THE BOOKS!!!!!!
8/5/2009 12:41:29 PM
Do you really mean it? No more heart-changing stories about the Beaumont family?
8/7/2009 3:55:36 PM
=( Yes, it's true...there is no new Beaumont family story in the works at this time. Thank you all for wanting more!
8/7/2009 4:06:17 PM
Vicky - and other readers wondering about THE BEACH HOUSE SERIES... Trish Perry is the author of SUNSET BEACH and BEACH DREAMS. It was a pleasure to be her "consultant" for her work and then to read her stories that seamlessly incorporate the beach, the house, Juian, and Zeke. =)
8/22/2009 1:24:17 PM
Like many others, your books bless my life and help me grow in another way in which I am blessed. I do hope you will be inspired to write another Beaumont book.
8/27/2009 12:32:02 AM
I have spent a lot of my summer reading your first three series. I started in Feb. but don't read much when school is in. I'm a latecomer to the series, but have enjoyed them all, especially Beach House series. God really used them to speak to me about several past issues. Looking forward to the next series!
9/17/2009 10:55:02 AM
I love your books. Just finished A Time to Surrender, #3 in Safe Harbor series. Greedily, I hope there will be a #4!
9/21/2009 12:19:36 PM
Wow!! I love your books. I grew up in Lakeside, California and received your "Beach House" book as a gift from my Secret Sister at church. I love the ocean and I really enjoyed your Beach House series. I live in Idaho now, so reading the Beach House series brought many memories back as I love the ocean and the boardwalk. I have almost read all your series now, just finishing the last book of the "Heartbeat" series. I don't want it to end!! I love all your books and they have helped me heal in many ways, you just don't have any idea. Can't wait until your next series!!!
10/5/2009 9:34:34 AM
Thank you for using your gift of writing to uplift and educate. I am halfway through A Time to Mend, my first taste of your work, and am compelled to subsequently gobble up all of your books with gusto! Your ministry is greatly appreciated. (Also b. 1951)
10/12/2009 6:46:23 PM
Just finished the Other Way Home Series...are there more to come with these characters or is this good-bye. Love them!!
11/11/2009 12:44:10 PM
Thanks Sally for giving me your web site address. It is really cool and I added it to my favorites. Your books are awesome and can't wait for the next one to come out.
1/9/2010 3:46:56 PM
HI SALLY, I JUST LOVE YOU, I HAVE ALL YOUR BOOKS, AND CAN'T WAIT TO READ MORE FROM YOU, I LOVE ALL YOUR BOOKS. I THINK I HAVE TO SAY THE WAY HOME WAS MY FAV. I CAN'T WAIT TO READ THE 3RD IN THE SAFE HARBOR, LOVING IT, CAN'T WAIT TO SEE JUST WHAT YOU HAVE IN STORE FOR US NEXT, THANK YOU, MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOURS
1/10/2010 5:40:07 PM
Hi, I just got through reading BEACH HOUSE. It was a wonderful book. It was the best book I have read in years.Thank you for writing it. I can't remember where I picked Beach Houses up at.I see from the book and this site that you have written more. I can't wait to read them. Do you know where I can find Castles in the Sand? Please Help!!!!!!!!
1/21/2010 1:15:09 PM
I'm sad that there is not another book in the works for the Beaumont family. I came to your sight today looking to see if a 4th one was on its way. I feel like I need to know the rest of their story.
1/21/2010 7:11:29 PM
Violet, Thank you for the note about The Beach House. Castles in the Sand is available at Amazon.com. Any book store can order it for you. =) Blessings.
1/21/2010 7:13:28 PM
CAROL - I'm sad to about saying goodbye to the Beaumonts. :( Thank you for wishing there were more books in the series! Blessings.
1/21/2010 7:15:17 PM
BRENDA - I LOVE YOUR NOTE. =) Thank you. I hope you like A Time to Surrender. A new series starts in July... Blessings.
1/25/2010 11:20:13 PM
Hi Sally! I LOVE your books! I just got done reading A Journey By Chance I couldnt put it down! You have a way of making me feel like I know the characters in your books! This is only the second book I have read but I cant wait to go and get book #2 in this series! God has given you a great talent and I appreciate you sharing it! May God bless you and keep the books coming I will read ALL of them!! In His Love
1/31/2010 1:36:15 PM
Sally, WOW! You are at the top of my favorite author's list. Contemporary, Christian, and Wonderful! I started A Journey by Chance just after Christmas 2009, have completed that series and the Beach House series and started In a Heartbeat yesterday. Spent my 'growing up years' in Normal, so feel a kinship with you. Your books have multiple reserves on the at our local library. Please keep them coming. God Bless you and keep you!
2/1/2010 10:57:05 PM
Sally, I have to tell you that I RUSHED to the bookstore closest to my house when I got done with A Journey By Chance to pick up the 2nd book in the series! I have started reading it and I just CAN NOT get enough of your books Im very interested to see what happens with Lia and Cal! I love that you have also included Brady and Gina in there too! I hope you enjoy writing these books as much as I love reading them!! In His Love
2/26/2010 3:59:48 PM
KASEY - Thank you for your encouraging note. Bless you!
2/26/2010 4:03:00 PM
CAROL D - Thank you too for your note! Wow, at the top. =) As long as I don't get a big head that does encourage me to do my best. Interesting about Normal...I went to ISU. Originally from Moline. I love the Midwest but also the west coast which explains the Beach House series. :) Blessings.
2/26/2010 4:04:07 PM
KASEY - You're here twice! I missed that. How fun to rad that you rushed to the bookstore. :) I do enjoy writing my stories more than I can say.
2/26/2010 4:07:49 PM
NEWS!! The new book is coming.... RANSOMED DREAMS will be out in July which is really not that far away. It's time to anticipate. Thanks to my husband, we have the cover up and some notes here on the site for you to check out.
Also I'm working on a FACEBOOK page for readers. If you're there, look for Sally John Books ... but maybe not until mid-March...right now there are 3 pages under that name so I'm not sure what will work. I should stick to fiction. LOL.
3/9/2010 1:06:49 PM
Will there be a #4 in the Safe Harbor series
3/17/2010 3:33:34 PM
I have enjoyed your books and I too am a Reading Specialist thinking of writing when I retire in 7 years. can't wait for your new one. Did you write one to follow up on Erin the stalker in Flashpoint?
4/18/2010 4:41:09 PM
I spent about 30 minutes roaming around a Christian bookstore looking for a new book to read. None of the novels were really sparking my interest until I turned and saw the cover for Flash Point. I am a Paramedic and the book description really sparked (no pun intended) my interest. I read the book in just 4 days, couldn't hardly put it down. I'm looking forward to getting my hands on the other books in the series. Sally you did a wonderful job describing the emotional rollar coaster that being a Paramedic can entail. Thank you for such a wonderful story! God bless you!
5/6/2010 10:22:21 PM
Please, please write more in the Safe Harbor series. That series is amazing! It has touched so many lives and I really pray it keeps expanding. :)
5/25/2010 3:56:51 PM
PLEASE, PLEASE can someone tell me if there is going to be another Safe Harbor book??? The series has changed my life and I want to know what else will happen with the characters.
5/26/2010 7:03:38 PM
Thank you, SAFE HARBORS readers! I am so grateful for your responses to these stories and I do thank God for any positive impact on hearts. I love the Beaumonts. =) I wish I could spend more time with them.
I'm so sorry to say that at the moment there are no plans to continue with that particular series. I hope you'll share the stories with others. Blessings.
5/26/2010 7:06:36 PM
Suzie - Thank you! I so respect what you do. I want to say I can't imagine -- but I did try to! I read stories written by Paramedics and talked with some. Two in particular helped me, one in Chicago and another who worked on a helicopter in northern Illinois. :)
5/26/2010 7:08:43 PM
Regina - If you ever want to talk about writing, email me at email@example.com. =) No I did not have a chance to get back to Erin. So many characters, so little time. Bless you.
6/23/2010 3:39:45 PM
NEW BOOK!!!!!! As of late June 2010, RANSOMED DREAMS is available. It's the first in a new series called "Side Roads," about a couple who find themselves on a side road of life, living in a small Mexican village, something they never planned on doing. Read more about it here or at TyndalePublishers.com or at online bookstores like Amazon -- or at your local bookstore. Looking forward to your comments! Blessings.
6/25/2010 7:23:40 PM
I've read all your books and so love all of them. I just go you latest one I can wait to start reading it. I'm finishing up "Flashpoint" and am wondering when or if the "Moment of Truth" will be out or is out and I can't find it? I so want to read the last book this story line is pretty hard to put down. Please, let me know where I can find the last one or when it will be out.
7/4/2010 1:51:57 PM
Sally, where would we be able to get the "In A Heartbeat Series"? We would like to order them for our church library.
Thenks for your help.
7/6/2010 10:55:05 AM
Betty - The "In a Heartbeat Series" should be available at Amazon.com; or a bookstore can order them for you; or check out HarvestHousePublishers.com; or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll get them to you. I really, really like building church libraries. :)
7/6/2010 10:57:41 AM
Greta ~ Thank you for your note! Yes, "Moment of Truth" is out; it should be available through Amazon.com, other online bookstores; any bookstore can order it for you as well (Family, Borders, etc).
7/9/2010 9:55:13 PM
Please, please, please give us another book in the Safe Harbor Series! There were too many unanswered questions at the end of the third book. If you can't give us another book in that series please write a chapter or two for the website to tie up all of the loose ends. Thanks!
7/12/2010 12:23:33 AM
A friend told me about your books and I would love to beging reading them. I think Amazon has them. Is there an order in which the books should be read? Which ones do you recommend to start with?
7/16/2010 12:38:16 PM
Lee Ann - Thanks for your note. I am so encouraged when a reader wants more. =) It tells me the characters spoke to you in some way. I tried really, really hard to tie up all the loose ends in A Time to Surrender (Safe Harbors #3). There were a lot of them by then with all those Beaumonts! LOL. If you give me some ideas, I might be able to figure out what's still going on with this family. =) You can email me at sallyjohnbook.com if you like.
7/16/2010 1:02:41 PM
Hi Karen ~ Yes, the books are available at Amazon and other online bookstores. ("Real" bookstores in buildings can also order them.)
Hm...where to begin? The series are usually, in my opinion, more interesting when read in order. The exceptions are: THE BEACH HOUSE SERIES (#1 The Beach House; #2 Castles in the Sand) and my newest SIDE ROADS SERIES (#1 Ransomed Dreams; #2 will be out next year) because these stories have different characters in each book.
So...THE OTHER WAY HOMES SERIES is about small town Illinois. In order (I'm shortening titles here...they're all listed on this website): #1 "Journey"; #2 "After All"; #3 "Smile"; #4 "Road".
IN A HEARTBEAT SERIES is about emergency workers, firefighter, paramedic, policewoman. In order: #1 "Heartbeat"; #2 "Flash Point"; #3 "Moment".
THE BEACH HOUSE SERIES is set on a San Diego beach (any order): "The Beach House" (about friends turning 40); "Castles in the Sand" (about a pastor and his wife becoming 'real').
SAFE HARBORS (co-authored with Gary Smalley) is about a San Diego family and their retreat center: #1 "Mend"; #2 "Gather"; #3 "Surrender".
Any other readers out there who want to comment on where to begin? Please post a note for Karen!
7/16/2010 1:03:57 PM
Just a reminder -- RANSOMED DREAMS is now available!
9/24/2010 4:59:19 PM
Hi Sally, I absolutely LOVE your books!! I just finished reading "Just to see you smile" and was wondering if you're going to continue the story line involving Val. I went through that exact situation. Thank you for sharing your talent!
9/27/2010 11:00:13 PM
I have just read Castles in the Sand. I have been challenged by God, through reading this book, to continue to pray without ceasing for my family. Thanks!
9/29/2010 10:08:22 AM
Hi, I just finished reading "The Other Way Home" series. These four books were my first experience with your writing. I loved the books, and will encourage our school librarian to order them. I am sure my students will love them too, and as teens they can always use the reinforcement of good messages! I was wondering if you had thought about a continuation series with the characters? I miss them all ready and am dying to find out what is happening with them!!
Thank you, and may God bless you and your family.
12/20/2010 4:37:00 PM
I appreciate all the many encouraging messages from you readers. THANK YOU!
To the most recent ones...Thank you, Beverley, for letting me know how you were challenged through Castles. When I hear such responses, I just sigh and thank God for how fiction touches hearts.
Thank you, Stacy, for helping get the books into a school library.
Thank you, Jane and Stacy, for wanting the Other Way series to continue. :) It would be fun to see where those characters are up to! (Unfortunately it's a business decision that determines these things.)
12/20/2010 4:38:39 PM
An FYI ... at the moment our link from here to Barnes and Noble is not working properly. Many apologies! We will get on it asap.
12/21/2010 6:06:00 PM
The Barnes and Noble link is working now.
12/27/2010 2:51:51 PM
Words can not express how you have touched my heart and expressed GOD's love in such a real every day way. I know the characters you write about because I have met them in real life from your stories. Thank you so much for the problems they encounter and the solutions that are faith based. Please continue to write and help people to see that GOD always has an answer to our problems, no matter how things appear.
May GOD bless you and your family and rain down HIS blessings upon your writing so that others may come to faith in HIS only begotten SON,
1/5/2011 9:02:32 PM
I just finshed reading Ransomed. I am a Catholic- my friends and i prefer to read Christian books but in so many cases any characters who are Catholic are either: finally saved and leave the Catholic church for a non Catholic church or are a true cliche character, very few are depicted in a positive light. I thank you and hope to see more authentic Catholics in Christian books.
1/24/2011 5:44:08 PM
Lynne ~ Thank you for your blessing! And thank you for your encouraging words that remind me why I write. I need that to pause and remember now and then, especially at times like today when I am in the middle of a new story, emotionally involved with characters in the middle of their problems. Bless you.
1/24/2011 5:52:40 PM
Kimberley ~ Thank you! And you are so welcome. I always liked C.S. Lewis's thinking on the subject. I'll probably misquote but it goes along the lines of: Christianity is like a mansion; every room is a different denomination with different furnishings, different styles, each appealing to different personalities - but we're all in the same house.
By the way have you read The Beach House? My four ladies in that story are Catholic. ;)
1/24/2011 5:53:43 PM
NEW EMAIL ADDRESS: For those of you who would like to contact me privately, my new address is ~
I welcome your emails!
1/31/2011 3:32:44 PM
No I have not read The beach house but i will look for it.
3/10/2011 2:41:55 AM
Just wondering if any of your books are in audio form for listening on an ipod?
3/12/2011 1:45:33 PM
I have just finished the "Safe Harbor Series". I absolutely loved it. You are a great writer. It would be awesome to be able to read another book to this series. The end of it could definetly have another one to follow. I'm sure alot of your readers would say the same as me. I plan on reading some more of your books. Hopefully God will lay something on your heart to write another one in this series to finish it up. You are an awesome writer.
3/22/2011 7:52:10 PM
Hi Laura ~ Unfortunately we don't have any titles in audio form yet! :( Thanks for asking. I may ask someone in charge. :)
3/22/2011 7:56:13 PM
Hi Kathy ~ Aw, thanks. Appreciate the encouraging words. I always say they make my day and keep me going. Bless you. Series are funny things...in my imagination, characters keep on going -- but getting them in print is a whole other thing! :)
Cindy from MN
4/9/2011 10:22:20 AM
I checked out your book, 'The Beach House' from our church library and loved it! I am a little older than your characters and felt that what they were dealing with in their lives, is typical of many women their age. I liked how you wove faith into your book and look forward to reading it's sequel! My husband is from San Diego and I liked how southern CA was woven into the storyline as well. I look forward to reading more of your books!
5/13/2011 12:28:01 PM
Cindy from MN ~ Thank you for your encouraging words. I wanted to write about turning 50, but after talking with others went with turning 40. I had to think back a bit! I also had some help from younger readers reminding me what that age was like.
5/13/2011 12:31:20 PM
DESERT GIFT has just been released. =) Big smiles here.
You can follow links on this site to online bookstores if you'd like to read more about it.
You can read a review at:
I look forward to your "reviews" here! Thank you for your support and encouragement.
7/13/2011 10:22:50 AM
When will you be coming out with #4 in the Safe
Harbors Series? We have the other 3 and our patrons are asking about #4. Thanks so much
Judy from Iowa
7/21/2011 8:51:07 PM
I just finished "Ransomed Dreams" and loved the book. I really liked that Sher, even though attracted to another man, realized that God wanted her to trust Him to carry her through all the difficulties "that she never signed up for" in her marriage. It was a fulfilling ending to see their marriage bloom again, but what about Luke Trayner? I really feel for him, a man who never pushed this woman he had fallen in love with into anything they might later regret but was willing to be by her side when things got too difficult for her to handle. Will he have his own story sometime, hope so. I liked his integrity and unselfishness. I have enjoy every one of your books that I have read and am working on the rest of your book list.
10/14/2011 10:14:29 AM
Am I slow at responding or what....
Janet Bridges - Thank you for your question. Unfortunately there is no Safe Harbors #4 in the works. :( I appreciate that readers are wanting one!
10/14/2011 10:20:16 AM
Judy from Iowa ~ Thank you for your thoughtful response to Ransomed Dreams. :) Luke was an interesting character, a bit of a mystery. I liked him a lot. Great idea about telling more of his story! I'll file that for future reference.
Lorraine from Canada
10/21/2011 12:29:57 PM
I thank you Sally John and Gary Smalley for writing "A Time to Heal". I shed many tears as I read it as I identified with some parallels in my own life. I selected it because God prompted me to consider some new authors in the inspirational section of the libray. I have received great encouragement from Gary's video series and books over the years.
Linda in Illinois
11/10/2011 6:19:08 PM
I just finished my Kindle copy of Ransomed Dreams. I'm seconding Judy from Iowa's thoughts because I'd love to see a book that tells more of Luke's story. I'd like to see a rewarding ending for a man who chose to do the right thing in a very difficult emotional situation.
11/23/2011 10:52:15 AM
Lorraine ~ Thank you so much for your note. The series was a wonderful way to incorporate some of Gary's helpful teaching. I am glad to hear that "A Time to Heal" spoke to you! God bless.
11/23/2011 10:58:59 AM
Linda in Illinois and Judy from Iowa ~ Okay now that we have a second on the Luke Traynor-continuing story idea, I'm seriously considering it. I recently started creating a new character and he needs to be in the same type of role as Luke. Well! Why not make him Luke? =) Thanks, ladies.
Also - fun to hear that you read RD on Kindle, Linda!
Caroline n Hilbert, WI
11/30/2011 1:42:08 PM
Hi Sally! I just finished "A Journey by Chance" and really enjoyed your book on frogiveness and following God's plan in your life. I read alot of Karen Kingsbury, Jan Karon & Jane Kirkpatrick. I sat down & read your book in 2 days. Hope to read alot more of yours.
12/12/2011 4:44:18 AM
Sally, I'm with Linda and Judy, what happens to the man who honors God and walks away? I hope to read Luke's story next, what an honorable character you created! Thanks for a great book in Ransomed Dreams!
1/7/2012 1:07:33 PM
Hi Sally, Just a note to say how much I have enjoyed your books. I've read The Beach House, Other Way Home and Safe Harbor Series. I came to this site looking for #4 in Safe Harbor, but saw on earlier posts there is no #4! That is very sad news. Hopefully that will change in time. Thank you for all of your good stories. God Bless You.
1/10/2012 9:57:33 AM
Hello-I hope that you and Tim had a wonderful Christmas. I am looking forward to the next new book. I have read them all since becoming a stay at home mom!! I miss seeing Tim at the office. Tell him hello!! Thanks!!!
1/20/2012 8:25:54 PM
Hi Sally, I just signed up to review books for Tyndale and Heart Echoes is the first book I'll be reviewing. I found your blogs and am SO INSPIRED!!!! I'm 51 and have known I wanted to write since I was 10. Just this past week I have started jotting down main ideas for what I thought might be a type of autobiography/testimony. But just reading about your zeal for fiction is making me think that may be the way to go...turn my story into fiction, but close to the real one....with the same purpose: to glorify the Lord. I love that quote,"To witness the glimpses of God that I have been allowed to catch." Thanks for writing your blog about the process you go through as you're writing. I look forward to reading your book. Blessings, Julie
1/21/2012 12:13:19 PM
Just finished A Time to Surrender. I am late for work because I couldn't put it down. Please, please write more with Gary Smalley, and more on your own. I found the The Other Way Home series by accident a couple of weeks ago. Going back to the library to locate everything else you have written. You and Karen Kingsbury are my very most favorite authors. Keep up the great work.
2/7/2012 5:18:31 AM
I LOVE the Other Way Home series! I have read them three times now! Do you think you'll ever add on to this series?? I really miss reading about this small town and am always sad to come to the end of The Winding Road Home because I know there aren't any more books to read! I look forward to reading your other series as well.
2/25/2012 5:37:00 PM
Thank you for your faithfulness to the Lord in using the talent He has given you and in walking in His ways. I was 20 yrs. a nun, left the convent, met a former priest, married him and enjoyed 37 years with him until he joined glory with Jesus five years ago.
If you lived closer (I'm in Moses Lake, WA}, you would be one of my closest friends.
GOD BLESS YOU.
2/26/2012 3:42:28 PM
I read the book about the middle age lady who goes home to settle her mother estate that once was a store on the water. She lives with her horrible mother-in-law and spoilt daughter and a husband who died from war injuries. But I can not remeber the name of the series or find the books.
3/20/2012 6:00:44 PM
Thanks Sally for writing the "Other Way Home" books. I just read all four of them within the last week and enjoyed all of them. Hope to see them start again. My eyes aren't that good so I read large print books. I am waiting for our library to get more of your books. Thanks.
6/15/2012 10:53:02 AM
Just found your books as I was browsing the library. Wow. Thought I was healed of all those memories. But a new level of healing has been pointed out. Please email me. I need to tell you how much your books have meant to me
7/6/2012 2:03:26 PM
Just a catch-up thanks to you all. I can't tell you how much I appreciate your encouraging comments and your willingness to express them here for others to read. Bless you and happy summertime.
For personal replies, please email me:
7/11/2012 10:37:41 PM
I just finished The Beach House and Castles in the Sand....they've been instrumental in helping me let God back into my life. For many years, I have been writing to heal my wounds from losing 3 children. I wish I had half your talent to be able to put it all together in a way that helps women (and their husbands!) heal with my words and God's touch. You have an amazing gift. I'm glad I found it! :)
7/16/2012 6:00:22 PM
Bless you, Mary.
8/30/2012 10:49:44 AM
I have just started readding Christian Based Books and stumbled upon "A Journey by Chance" at my local library. I could not put this book down! And now I am so ready to rea the entire series!!! Thank you for your writing because it is helping me with my faith also. Bless you and please keep writting!
12/19/2012 1:22:36 PM
When is your next book coming out?
2/7/2013 2:37:13 AM
Sally, I so hope you put out a # 4 of Safe Harbor! We have to find out about Jenna & Kevin"s with their baby to be! How they are doing with their Marine families! How Danny & Skylar cope with their life after she is out of prison! I love reading your books! So keep up the good work! God Bless!
5/4/2013 6:58:40 PM
The list on the side bar of your website isn't a complete listing, is it? If I might suggest it, a tab to a page with a complete list of your book titles and series would be wonderful. I have seen sites of other Christian Fiction authors which have this and find it very helpful. My Mom is the reader and I get books for her. She enjoyed Desert Gift. She would like to read book one of that series, and any others in the Side Roads series, but I do not know the titles. Could you give me that information, please? Thank you!
9/28/2013 6:52:12 PM
Hi Sally, I love your stories and the opportunity they give to witness! Any chance for a book 5 in the "Other Way Home" series? It would be awesome to see how Britte and Joel use their engagement as an opportunity to be role models for the students (and if the wedding colors are school colors ;) and also how Kate adapts to life in Valley Oaks for good! Thank You!!!!
Judy from Iowa
10/4/2013 5:42:08 PM
Congratulations for your recent acfw award. It was w great book. I am watching for your next novel!
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