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Hearts Haven Week. Love in the WINGS by Delia Latham

Church secretary and praise team leader Aria Robbins isn't happy when she  has to work with the new youth minister. She also has to grin and bear it when he moves into the cottage next to hers at Heart's Haven...but she doesn't have to like him. Truth is, she'd be much happier if Corbin Bishop would take his charm and his big, fancy ideas right back to Austin where he belongs.

When a spiritual attack on Angel Falls lands Aria and Corbin on the battlefront as part of a team of prayer Warriors in God's Service (WINGS), they must fight for their town, their church, and their pastor, and Aria sees Corbin in a whole new light.

But emotional scars from an unspeakable childhood have distorted Corbin's acceptance of certain Scriptural truths, and Aria won't trust her heart in the hands of a man whose faith is unsure. Aria wraps her prayer wings around him tightly. Will Corbin finally trust God to heal his soul?

Set against a chilling backdrop from the very first paragraph, this book pulls you into a spiritual battle for the souls of Angel Falls and Heart’s Haven. I found I could only read it in the daylight, because of my own personal history with that kind of thing. Set against this you have two characters, who really don’t get on at first, yet even that fits the mood of the story perfectly.
I cried, shivered and smiled through this story.
The WINGS from the title of the book are prayer warriors, praying for their community and pastor and I think that is something every church should set up.

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Interview with the main characters from Love in the WINGS

Clare: Tell us your name and a little bit about yourself.
Hero: Hi, Clare! Thanks for inviting us to chat with you. I’m Corbin Bishop, a youth minister at The Falls Tabernacle in Angel Falls, Texas. And the pretty lady here with me is—
Heroine: Excuse me, Corbin Bishop! I can speak for myself, thank you very much. (Shoots the hero a withering glance.) Hi, Clare! My name is Aria Robbins. I’m Pastor David Myers’s secretary at The Falls Tabernacle. Well…that’s one of my jobs. The other is at a jewelry design company called Jewels for the Kingdom, which is owned by Pastor David’s wife, Pia. She’s my best friend, and we have a great time working together.
Corbin: Aren’t you going to tell her about—?
Aria: Corbin! (Rolls eyes and offers Clare an embarrassed smile.) He wants you to know that I’m the praise team leader at The Falls Tabernacle. For some reason, Corbin thinks that’s important, but I do it because I love it. Singing is such a huge part of who I am…and I love working with the worship team.
Clare: Tell us about where you live and why you choose to live there? Aria, why don’t you go first this time.
Aria: Well, as Corbin mentioned—without waiting to be asked, of course—we live in Angel Falls, Texas. It’s a lovely little town in the Angelina National Forest of East Texas. Corbin and I both have cabins in Heart’s Haven, which is truly a blessed and wonderful place to live. There’s a precious legend of love surrounding the place, and the owner, Mr. Andrew Hart, is—”
Corbin: (A frustrated groan.) Please, Aria…don’t do this.
Aria: (Completely ignores him.) Mr. Hart speaks with angels! Folks say they hang out at Heart’s Haven, and there are all kinds of stories about various tenants having divine encounters with them.
Corbin: (Huffs out a breath.) You had to say it, didn’t you?
Aria: I wanted to say it. I love being a part of a place that’s touched by the divine.
Clare: What is a quirk of your personality that most people wouldn't know? Corbin?
Corbin: Hmm…I don’t think I’m a quirky person.
Aria: (With a sugary smile) I can answer this one for him, if you’d like…
Corbin: (Hurriedly) I don’t think so. OK…well, I guess I’m kind of obsessive about my appearance. It’s kind of a…I don’t know, a—“
Aria: A façade. You gotta make a good impression on absolutely everyone. Gotta dress perfectly, have every hair in place, speak eloquently, live—”
Corbin: So I like to be well thought of. What’s wrong with that?
Aria: (Harrumphs) Let me count the—
Clare: OK, then. Aria, what about you? Personality quirks?
Aria: (Blushing) Sorry about that, Clare. Corbin and I tend to bring out the worst in each other sometimes… (Pulls in a deep breath.) I’m not quirky at all. Just your ordinary, everyday—
Corbin: Umm...I can answer this one for you…?
Aria: (Glaring, as politely as possible with Clare looking on) I don’t think so. OK. Umm…Well, I don’t know…uh…
Clare: (Grinning behind her hand) It’s all right, Aria. You don’t have to answer anything that makes you uncomfortable. Let’s try another question. How about this—name two things you would hate people to know about you?
Aria: (Laughing) I’m pretty much an open book. Really. But if had something I wanted to hide, I doubt I’d just blurt it out in an interview.
Corbin: (Also laughing) For once, we are in complete agreement.
Clare: Nothing to share then? Truthfully?
Corbin: (With a heavy sigh) Well, since you put it that way…I wouldn’t want anyone to know about my childhood. But that’s all I’m saying. I’d really prefer not to share anything more about it.
Clare: That’s fine. No problem at all. Aria, what book are you currently reading?
Aria: Oh, how I wish I had more time for reading! I’m always so busy. I’m trying to find time to read Boo Hiss, by Rene Gutteridge. So far, I’m loving it.
Corbin: (Chuckles)
Clare: (Hurrying to stop any possible argument) And you, Corbin?
Corbin: I don’t really do a lot of pleasure reading, but interestingly enough, I’m in the middle of a great book right now—one Pastor David recommended it. And the Angels Were Silent by Max Lucado.
Aria: (Grins and opens her mouth to speak)
Corbin: (Just drop it, Songbird.)
Clare: Corbin, tell us about your special lady. What makes her special?
Corbin: She’s beautiful and feisty, has a heart just about as big as the state of Texas, and a voice…man, my woman sings like a bird!
Clare: She sounds somehow familiar… How about you, Aria? Is there a special man in your life?
Aria: (Blushing) I think so, but…well, I’m not sure he knows it yet.
Clare: Hmmm... The first time you saw him, what did you think? Did you like him immediately, or did he have to grow on you?
Aria: (Laughs out loud) He definitely had to grow on me. The first time I saw him, I thought, “You need to turn around and go back to wherever it is you came from.”
Clare: (Laughing) And now some silly questions. Pepsi or coke
Corbin: Coke
Aria: Pepsi
Clare: Rain or snow and why
Aria: Rain. I love the sound of it on the roof when I’m in bed. I sleep like a baby.
Corbin: Snow. Because it looks so beautiful in—uhm…in a certain girl’s hair and eyelashes.
Clare: Tea or coffee
Simultaneously, with a special look at each other, and even a smile) Texas sweet tea!
Clare: Elephant or tiger
Corbin: Never thought about it. Both, I think.
Aria: Definitely tiger. They’re such beautiful animals!
Corbin: And yet you tell me I’m too “into” my looks. (Laughing)
(Clare rushes into the next options)
Clare: Roast dinner or burger and chips (fries for our US readers)
Corbin and Aria, loudly and simultaneously: Pizza!
Clare: Classical music or pop
(Again with the laughter and simultaneous answer)
Contemporary Gospel
Clare: Sunrise or sunset
(Aria and Corbin look at each other, and Clare knows these two are head over heels in love—even if they don’t know it themselves…)
Aria, very softly: Definitely sunset
Corbin: (Clears throat) Yeah. Me too. Sunset, without a doubt.
Clare hesitates, then decides to leave it alone.
Clare: Walk or run
And they do it again, in complete unison, they’re gazes locked: Walk
Aria continues in a whisper: Absolutely. Very long walks.
Clare: Chocolate or crisps (chips for our US readers)
Aria and Corbin don’t even hear. He holds out his hand. Aria places hers in it.
Clare shrugs and leaves without saying good-bye. She has a feeling they don’t even know she’s gone.

Bio:  DELIA LATHAM is a born-and-bred California gal, raised in a place called Weedpatch and currently living in the lovely mountain town of Tehachapi with her husband and a spoiled Pomeranian. She enjoys multiple roles as Christian wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, but especially loves being a princess daughter to the King of Kings. She has a "thing" for Dr. Pepper, and loves to hear from her readers. Contact her through her website or send an e-mail to Find her also at the following online locations:


Delia Latham said…
Clare, I've said it before, and I'll say it are an absolute angel - and you know how we love angels at Heart's Haven! :) Thank you so much for inviting me to visit your blog again, and for being so willing to help the other HH authors and myself promote our little stories. We appreciate you!
I'm so glad you enjoyed Love in the WINGS!
Clare Revell said…
Delia I love having you guys visit. We should do it again
Tanya Stowe said…
I agree, Clare. Every church should have a Wings ministry of prayer! Great Idea! And a story well worth reading.
Donna B said…
I love the questions and answers! Sounds like a great story! I can't wait to read it!
Delia Latham said…
Can't wait to hear what you think of Aria and Corbin's story, Donna B. :)

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