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Coralyn Streett
I really want to keep following the Beaumont family and all of their children! I just finished the Safe Harbor series. I feel like new novels with the family could go in so many directions! Each child, their marriage, growing families...Please consider it!
2/20/2021 8:51:18 AM

I just finished the Family of the Heart books. Now I want at least one more. :) Val's story would be good. Chad? Love your books. :)
3/13/2020 2:09:44 PM

I was browsing the library shelves recently and came across The Beach House. I turned 40 in May, so it was interesting to read about the 4 women in this story who are facing the reality and emotions of 40. I related to Molly the most, with some of Andie's fears thrown in. Thanks for writing! I'll be looking for more of your books now! :)
9/6/2019 12:09:43 PM

Can someone post if Heaven Help Heidi builds or continues the love stories found in Between Us Girls?
3/18/2019 3:04:25 PM

Started with the Other Way Home series, which I just loved. I'm so excited for our daughter to read them - what a wonderful depiction of relationships. Thank you for the christian writing you do. Awesome job! Thank you and may God continue to bless you and your family!
2/13/2019 6:33:31 PM

I started out with flashpoint years ago and just got done reading heaven help Heidi! I love love love your books and how you make the characters come to life. It feels like they become my friends! Im hoping for a 3rd book book in the family of the heart series to read more about my casa family! Keep writing Sally you are wonderful! God bless you and your family!
1/8/2019 1:54:25 PM

Do you have guided discussion questions for Just To See You Smile? Would like to use with our women's group book club. Thanks
9/12/2017 9:52:19 AM

Woo-hoo! Another BOOK SALE is now in progress, August 1 - 31. RANSOMED DREAMS is available at all eBook online stores for $0.99. Yes, 99 CENTS! Thanks to Tyndale for this great offer. Check out their site for this and other deals:
8/1/2016 11:03:25 AM

Sally John
eBook sale is now in progress through May 31st. Between Us Girls - $2.99 - available from all eBook retailers.
Short catch-up: No plans are in the works at this time for another Family of the Heart Series book. :( Between Us Girls and Heaven Help Heidi are the two titles in it. Thank you all for your encouraging words posted here. Blessings.
5/4/2016 11:08:19 AM

your books are as good as Karen Kingsbury Keep writing
4/15/2016 11:44:19 PM

I absolutely love all your books! I hope you continue the Family of the Heart series, your readers would love to learn more about the characters of Casa Vida!!
4/15/2016 6:11:16 PM

I too, would like to know if you will continue the Family of the Heart series. Such great stories or family outside the connection of biology.
3/28/2016 9:33:55 PM

I was wondering if there was going to be another book in the Family of the Heart series?
12/31/2015 11:41:47 PM

EBOOK SALE!! Ransomed Dreams is now available at all online stores for e-readers: $0.99 now through November 28th!
11/3/2015 10:32:14 AM

Just finished "Heaven Help Heidi", number two in the Family of the Heart series. I loved both of books in this series and really hope you will consider writing another one. I want to know what happens to the other residents in Casa de Vida and discover who God brings next into the fold!
7/27/2015 4:13:37 PM

A terrific eBook sale is in progress at online bookstores through July 31. $0.99 for THE BEACH HOUSE. $1.99 for CASTLES IN THE SAND. :) Oldies, but goodies.
7/7/2015 1:39:33 PM

Sally John
By the way, HEAVEN HELP HEIDI was originally titled TAKE MY HAND (noted at the end of BETWEEN US GIRLS). It is part of the FAMILY OF THE HEART SERIES. :)
2/28/2015 11:19:05 AM

Sally John
An interview with me about HEAVEN HELP HEIDI is at this link: The site belongs to Kathy Harris, who knows how to ask thought-provoking questions -
2/28/2015 11:17:45 AM

Peter - one book is available in German: Sage nicht Lebwohl (Desert Gift). Publisher is SCM Hanssler. :)
2/28/2015 11:12:00 AM

Do you offer books (do you speal) in German
2/25/2015 6:35:25 AM

Sally John
Some updates...
eBook sale is now in progress through February 17th. Each of the four titles - $3.99.
HEAVEN HELP HEIDI is now available in print and electronic versions. Life at the Casa de Vida continues with Jasmyn, Keagan, Sam, Beau, and Liv. We learn more about Piper and newcomer Heidi. Enjoy your visit. :)

Feel free to email me directly with questions and comments:
[email protected]
2/8/2015 6:53:49 PM

Sally John
Thank you for your notes, Julie, Audrey, and Vanessa ~ It's always an encouragement to hear reactions to the stories.
HEAVEN HELP HEIDI (#2 in the Family of the Heart Series although the series name is not on this cover) was released February 1. At this time, it is the last of the series. :(
2/8/2015 6:46:43 PM

I just finished Heaven Help Heidi. Will there by more books in the Family of the Heart series. I loved both books in the series and would love to read more.
2/2/2015 4:18:49 PM

Just finished Between Us Girls and now am totally hooked. Can't wait until book #2 comes out in the Family of the Heart series! Thank you for reminding us that "family" isn't always who you were born into but also can be people who love and support you, no matter what.
1/4/2015 9:35:02 AM

Vanessa Carroll
I am enjoying your latest book, Between Us Girls. My sister and I both love reading your books. They are an inspiration to both of us and have given us insight when we've needed it. I love your contemporary, character-driven style. What would you call your genre? I have a hard time calling it romance even though there is romance in your books. Would it be literary? Mainstream? Or what?
12/8/2014 9:33:05 PM

Happy Christmas season to you all! In response to recent posts... Thank you Debbie and Jackie for your posts. I love that you love the books. A 4th Safe Harbors did not happen. :( But there is a 2nd story after BETWEEN US GIRLS. The cover will not show that it is in Family of the Heart Series, but the characters are in it along with some new ones. HEAVEN HELP HEIDI is now available for pre-order at February 1 is the release date.
12/3/2014 11:35:10 AM

Love, love love your books. i see many asking if you are writing a 4th book in the Safe Harbor Series and i also would love to have a 4th! Is a 4th in the works or have i missed that you have a 4th in the series? Wonderful books. Thank you.
10/10/2014 10:37:16 AM

I love all of your books. I have all of your books. I re-read them often as I just love the stories. When will the second of BETWEEN US GIRLS coming out? I can hardly wait to continue this story line. I recommend all your books to my friends and those I work with. You are one of my very favorite authors.
9/1/2014 12:22:13 AM

A new book - FINALLY! Between Us Girls will be released July 1 by Harvest House Publishers. It's available for pre-order now at and and other online stores.
Thank you all for your support and encouragement through the years.
I hope you like this new one! It's Book 1 in the Family of the Heart Series.
6/9/2014 8:07:01 PM

Judy from Iowa
Congratulations for your recent acfw award. It was w great book. I am watching for your next novel!
10/4/2013 5:42:08 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!!!!
9/28/2013 6:52:12 PM

Hi Sally,
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!
5/4/2013 6:58:40 PM

Bette Bartsch
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!
2/7/2013 2:37:13 AM

Carol Harman
When is your next book coming out?
12/19/2012 1:22:36 PM

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!
8/30/2012 10:49:44 AM

Sally John
Bless you, Mary.
7/16/2012 6:00:22 PM

Mary Pahl
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! :)
7/11/2012 10:37:41 PM

Sally John
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:
[email protected]
7/6/2012 2:03:26 PM

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
6/15/2012 10:53:02 AM

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.
3/20/2012 6:00:44 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.
2/26/2012 3:42:28 PM

Olive Geuer
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.
2/25/2012 5:37:00 PM

Tracy Stratton
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.
2/7/2012 5:18:31 AM

Liz Franzen
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.
1/21/2012 12:13:19 PM

Julie Page
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
1/20/2012 8:25:54 PM

Jenn J
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!!!
1/10/2012 9:57:33 AM

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.
1/7/2012 1:07:33 PM

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!
12/12/2011 4:44:18 AM

Caroline n Hilbert, WI
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.
11/30/2011 1:42:08 PM

Sally John
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!
11/23/2011 10:58:59 AM

Sally John
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 10:52:15 AM

Linda in Illinois
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.
11/10/2011 6:19:08 PM

Lorraine from Canada
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.
10/21/2011 12:29:57 PM

Sally John
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.
10/14/2011 10:20:16 AM

Sally John
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 10:14:29 AM

Judy from Iowa
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.
7/21/2011 8:51:07 PM

Janet Bridges
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

7/13/2011 10:22:50 AM

Sally John
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.
5/13/2011 12:31:20 PM

Sally John
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 12:28:01 PM

Cindy from MN

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!
4/9/2011 10:22:20 AM

Sally John
Hi Kathy ~ Aw, thanks. Appreciate the encouraging words. I always say they make my day and keep me going. Bless you. Series are funny my imagination, characters keep on going -- but getting them in print is a whole other thing! :)
3/22/2011 7:56:13 PM

Sally John
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 7:52:10 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.
thanks Sally.
3/12/2011 1:45:33 PM

Laura Griebner
Just wondering if any of your books are in audio form for listening on an ipod?
3/10/2011 2:41:55 AM

No I have not read The beach house but i will look for it.
1/31/2011 3:32:44 PM

Sally John
NEW EMAIL ADDRESS: For those of you who would like to contact me privately, my new address is ~
[email protected]
I welcome your emails!
1/24/2011 5:53:43 PM

Sally John
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 5:52:40 PM

Sally John
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 5:44:08 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.
1/5/2011 9:02:32 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,
Lynne McCullough
12/27/2010 2:51:51 PM

The Barnes and Noble link is working now.
12/21/2010 6:06:00 PM

Sally John
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.
12/20/2010 4:38:39 PM

Sally John
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.)
God bless.
12/20/2010 4:37:00 PM

Stacy Aasen
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.
9/29/2010 10:08:22 AM

Beverley Hanrahan
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!
9/27/2010 11:00:13 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!
9/24/2010 4:59:19 PM

Sally John
Just a reminder -- RANSOMED DREAMS is now available!
7/16/2010 1:03:57 PM

Sally John
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 1:02:41 PM

Sally John
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 if you like.
7/16/2010 12:38:16 PM

Karen Hartwick
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?
7/12/2010 12:23:33 AM

lee ann
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!
7/9/2010 9:55:13 PM

Sally John
Greta ~ Thank you for your note! Yes, "Moment of Truth" is out; it should be available through, other online bookstores; any bookstore can order it for you as well (Family, Borders, etc).
7/6/2010 10:57:41 AM

Sally John
Betty - The "In a Heartbeat Series" should be available at; or a bookstore can order them for you; or check out; or email me at [email protected] and I'll get them to you. I really, really like building church libraries. :)
7/6/2010 10:55:05 AM

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.
7/4/2010 1:51:57 PM

Greta Muscutt
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.

Thank you!

6/25/2010 7:23:40 PM

Sally John
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 or at online bookstores like Amazon -- or at your local bookstore. Looking forward to your comments! Blessings.
6/23/2010 3:39:45 PM

Sally John
Regina - If you ever want to talk about writing, email me at [email protected] =) No I did not have a chance to get back to Erin. So many characters, so little time. Bless you.
5/26/2010 7:08:43 PM

Sally John
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 7:06:36 PM

Sally John
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 7:03:38 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.
5/25/2010 3:56:51 PM

Kathy Brewer

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. :)
5/6/2010 10:22:21 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!
4/18/2010 4:41:09 PM

regina turner
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?
3/17/2010 3:33:34 PM

Hi Sally,
Will there be a #4 in the Safe Harbor series
3/9/2010 1:06:49 PM

Sally John
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.
2/26/2010 4:07:49 PM

Sally John
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 4:04:07 PM

Sally John
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 4:03:00 PM

Sally John
KASEY - Thank you for your encouraging note. Bless you!
2/26/2010 3:59:48 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
2/1/2010 10:57:05 PM

Carol D.
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!
1/31/2010 1:36:15 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
1/25/2010 11:20:13 PM

Sally John
BRENDA - I LOVE YOUR NOTE. =) Thank you. I hope you like A Time to Surrender. A new series starts in July... Blessings.
1/21/2010 7:15:17 PM

Sally John
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 7:13:28 PM

Sally John
Violet, Thank you for the note about The Beach House. Castles in the Sand is available at Any book store can order it for you. =) Blessings.
1/21/2010 7:11:29 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 1:15:09 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!!!!!!!!
1/10/2010 5:40:07 PM

1/9/2010 3:46:56 PM

Sally Weckel
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.
11/11/2009 12:44:10 PM

Just finished the Other Way Home Series...are there more to come with these characters or is this good-bye. Love them!!
10/12/2009 6:46:23 PM

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)
10/5/2009 9:34:34 AM

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!!!
9/21/2009 12:19:36 PM

I love your books. Just finished A Time to Surrender, #3 in Safe Harbor series. Greedily, I hope there will be a #4!
9/17/2009 10:55:02 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!
8/27/2009 12:32:02 AM

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.
8/22/2009 1:24:17 PM

Sally John
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. =)
8/7/2009 4:06:17 PM

Sally John
=( 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 3:55:36 PM

Do you really mean it? No more heart-changing stories about the Beaumont family?
8/5/2009 12:41:29 PM

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)
8/5/2009 10:49:13 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 :)
7/28/2009 10:52:08 AM

Roynita Britton
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.
7/27/2009 5:14:50 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 3:59:21 PM

Sharon Brown
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.
7/24/2009 11:49:13 PM

Sally John
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 11:52:04 AM

Sally John
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 11:49:03 AM

Sally John
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 11:40:05 AM

Sally John
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 11:36:23 AM

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.
7/20/2009 2:05:02 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!!!
7/16/2009 12:25:05 PM

Amanda K
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.
7/15/2009 12:11:14 PM

aliah john
dad loves me. :)
7/9/2009 1:19:05 PM

kaiya john
I was wondering if I could change my password to,
Just wondering.
7/9/2009 1:15:26 PM

Sally John
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 1:01:01 PM

Sally John
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 12:55:10 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!!
7/8/2009 9:36:31 PM

Sally John
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 11:41:07 AM

Sally John
Hey, Jennifer Stearns - Thank you for you encouraging note. I know many of us "hear" you about the romance angle. :)
7/8/2009 11:34:58 AM

Sally John
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 11:24:56 AM

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.
7/2/2009 1:41:17 PM

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.
7/1/2009 10:54:58 AM

Sharon Brown
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 10:54:38 AM

Jennifer Stearns
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 10:54:20 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 10:54:01 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 10:52:36 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 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 10:52:19 AM

Amanda C
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 10:51:51 AM

Gina Delgado
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 10:50:57 AM

Sally John
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 [email protected] Blessings.
7/1/2009 10:46:00 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 10:42:06 AM

Mary Kay
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 10:41:46 AM

August Anderson
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 10:41:28 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 9:21:07 AM

Sally John
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 9:20:30 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 9:14:22 AM

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