As the daughter of an English teacher, Mandy Helm was raised to have an enjoyment and respect for the power of words. Mystery and adventure are close friends of hers, but truth will always set her free. Her favorite books seem to embrace these same interests, and so her own book does as well. Her hope is that, while reading this child of her imagination, you will agree in the importance of truth, realizing that to stray from truth brings unnecessary pain and, potentially, danger. The other key feature she finds to be essential in a book (or in a friend) is a sense of humor—laughter is not only good medicine but also a calorie burner! Finally, it is a pleasure for her to share her story with you, and she hopes it brings as much enjoyment to you in the reading as it did to her in the writing.
Mandy is a nurse currently serving in the United States Navy, and none of her characters or ideas represent the navy or its members. While her permanent residence is listed as South Carolina, she resides wherever the navy sends her. In her own words, it is an honor and a privilege to serve her fellow soldiers, their families, and all of this great country, and her only request is that you pray for those who serve and for those who send their loved ones to serve so selflessly in this time of war.