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Wednesday’s Wanderer: Chautona Havig

Effective Immediately, the long-awaited third book in The Agency Files series releases on September 26, 2014.

Effective Immediately Keith Auger hasn’t had trouble reconciling his job with his faith—until now. As a security agent for The Agency, his career creates situations that redefine danger. As a Christian, he sleeps well, knowing that he serves others through his protection.

But when an assignment ends badly before it has a chance to begin, Keith questions everything—his job, his judgment, and even his faith. Feeling like a failure, he resigns and turns to his would-be girlfriend, Erika, for emotional support and advice.

Contrary to everything she’s ever felt or thought, Erika Polowski finds herself arguing in favor of a job she once didn’t understand, supporting a faith she doesn’t share, and reconciling the two in ways she never imagined possible. His quest to piece together the remnants of his shattered faith and to redeem himself in the eyes of a friend puts Keith in more danger than he realizes. As a result, both he and Erika must make decisions that could change the courses of their lives.

Keith must forgive himself for his failures and trust the Lord’s direction for his life. Erika discovers that forgiveness is also her biggest need, but she needs to seek it from a God she has always rejected. If she doesn’t, she’ll lose Keith. If she does, she knows she may lose herself.

Of all the characters in this series, Keith has always been my favorite.  I love his quiet, steadfast dedication to his job and his faith.  When clients attack him, he doesn’t take it personally.  When things go wrong, he readjusts and moves forward.  Until this book.  In this book, I explored a side of Keith that I didn’t really like.  Even the most wonderful people have weaknesses that can annoy or infuriate us, and I really wanted to delve into Keith’s weaknesses a bit.  I think the most revealing thing comes when you see that Keith tried to do his job in his own strength, and when he failed, he blamed God for failing him. Isn’t that what we all do?  We try to walk that tight rope without God’s help, but when someone bumps us, we blame Him for not putting some kind of force field around us to protect our carefully orchestrated balancing act.

I spent a lot of this book, yelling—and yes, sometimes audibly—at the laptop as Keith said or did something else that made me want to slap him.  It was difficult to make him so raw and human—so unlikeable at times.

Keith as a character appeared when I came up with the idea for Justified Means.  I wanted a scenario where someone is jerked from her home and essentially “kidnapped for her own good.”  But I recognized quickly that it would take a unique person to be able to have a job that did that.  And being an author, I also had to torture the character a bit.  Making Keith a Christian created the juxtaposition that I really wanted.  A man who values faith, honesty, law, and order and breaks the law every day to protect people and save lives—what more could you ask for in a character who doesn’t fit a stereotype?  People often ask me why I think it’s okay for a Christian to have such a job—to break the law in the name of saving people.  I always find that funny, because I don’t think it’s okay.  I don’t write characters that just do what I think is right and good.  I write characters that interest me—even when I disagree with them.

Finishing Effective Immediately doesn’t have that sense of accomplishment that I usually feel when I complete another book.  Just before the last scene, I had an idea that completely revamped book four.  The subplots that I deliberately did not tie up in this book will obviously get tied up there, but there’s a new character, a new plot, and man, I want to start now! Unfortunately, I have a few other projects to finish first.

I have an awesome group of pre-readers who read and give feedback as I write.  Some of the comments they shared were:

~ I find this EI [Effective Immediately] intriguing and compelling.

~ Good story. Grabs my attention.  Great action.

~ Well, I guess I see where the title came from now. I feel like I want to shake Keith, and am just waiting to see what you show us next.

~ Oh my goodness, Chautona!!!!!!  You hit it out of the park again and left us wanting more!!!!!  You did a remarkable job!!!!

Thanks for sharing with us today Chautona! Readers you can PREORDER CHAUTONA HAVIG’S BOOK BY CLICKING HERE.


Books.  I love them– always have.  From my earliest years, I spent most of my free time lost in a book, until one day I realized that I had stories in my mind that I wanted to tell.  Time passed, life, family, and work got in the way, and my dream of being a writer seemed to vanish into the desert winds.

Dreams are beautiful things, though; they never quite disappear.I began writing again, editing, writing, editing, and now I have over a hundred books in progress– some of them finished.  I write the stories of fictional people who have real problems, weaknesses, and triumphs.Through their stories, I try to share the Hope that is within me.

I live in a small, remote town in California’s Mojave Desert with my husband and seven of my nine children. When not writing, I enjoy paper crafting, sewing, and trying to get the rest of my children educated so that I can retire from home education.

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