Spotlight for Glass Bottom Boat by Laura Thomas

THE GLASS BOTTOM BOAT: A Christian romantic suspense novel.


Surrounded by the romantic paradise of her sister’s destination wedding in Jamaica, Madison Grey realizes she must overcome her paralyzing fear of the ocean—and her broken heart— to start living again. Luke Alexander, the groom’s brother, is a missionary who has come to terms with a life of singleness—until he meets Madison. 
During the wedding, their personal connection intensifies when a stalker stirs up haunting memories of her gold-digging ex-fiancé.  After Madison mysteriously disappears and the newlyweds receive a ransom note, Luke dives into action to find her. Will he save Madison in time or will she be forced to suffer her worst nightmare… in the depths of a glass bottom boat?


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I’m delighted to share a little background on The Glass Bottom Boat, the first book in my Christian romantic suspense “Flight to Freedom” series.

Many writers concur that it is indeed a long and winding road to publication. But when a message is on a writer’s heart—be it fact or fiction—it simply cannot be ignored! Thus begins the dance of determination…

The initial idea for The Glass Bottom Boat was sparked on a family vacation to Jamaica. Even though I have a thoroughly irrational fear of drowning, I looked forward to going out on the resort glass bottom boat—which we planned for our very last day. Unfortunately, the last day dawned along with a huge windstorm which prevented any boats to go out on the ocean. I was bitterly disappointed! And then my imagination was set alight as I considered what could happen on such a boat, and exactly how petrifying it would be for someone afraid of drowning.  

The story began. And so did the dance. 

I waited SIX LONG YEARS for this particular novel to be published. It was a waltz between agent, publishing houses, and me. Sometimes I was twirled around the dance floor clothed in a gown of optimism, and other times I could be found slumped on the sidelines, waiting to be picked like the proverbial wallflower. 

This stretched my paper-thin patience to the limit. Rejected too many times to mention, it certainly wasn’t the literary journey I would have chosen—but it was God’s journey for me and my book. I happen to believe His timing is always perfect. Sometimes we see that in hindsight and sometimes we simply have to trust.

But like Madison—the protagonist in this story—I’ve learned much in the process. Perseverance, patience, and always holding on to hope. For Madison, the timing for love had to be right, and for me, the timing for my books has to be right, too.

And now there are 3 books in the Flight to Freedom series to enjoy:

The Glass Bottom Boat, The Lighthouse Baby, and The Orphan Beach. 

All 3 novels were published by Anaiah Press within the space of one crazy, busy year. It seems God is teaching me His timing is always best in the slow, slow, quick-quick, slow.

And I’m more than happy to let Him lead me in the dance! 

Purchase Links for Flight to Freedom Series
Book One: Glass Bottom Boat (just 99 cents!):

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Book Two: The Lighthouse Baby

Book Three: The Orphan Beach

A published Christian author, Laura writes heartwarming encouragement for your soul. She has three Christian romantic suspense novels published as well as a Christian teen fiction trilogy, marriage book, and middle-grade novel. She is published in several anthology books and writes devotionals, articles, and stories in magazines and online. She also shares musings on her blog and is represented by literary agent, Cyle Young.
Laura is a chocoholic mom of three, married to her high school sweetheart. Originally from the UK, they live in Kelowna, British Columbia as audacious empty-nesters.
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