Gwendolyn M. Plano
Gwen M. Plano spent most of her professional life in higher education. She taught and served as an administrator in colleges in New York, Connecticut, and California. In 2012 she retired, moved to the beautiful Ozark Mountains of Branson, MO, and started writing. Letting Go into Perfect Love was her first book, a memoir published in June 2014. The Contract between heaven and earth, co-authored by John W. Howell, is her second book and was published in June 2018. The Choice, the unexpected heroes, is her third book. It was published in June 2019 and is a sequel to The Contract. Other than writing, Gwen enjoys travels with her husband and cuddles with her grandchildren.
Letting Go Into Perfect Love: Discovering the Extraordinary After Abuse
Inspiring and unforgettable, Letting Go into Perfect Love is a riveting account of a journey through the terror of domestic violence to a faith that transforms all. As a college administrator, Gwendolyn M. Plano lived her professional life in a highly visible and accountable space—but as a wife and mother, behind closed doors, she and her family experienced unpredictable threat. The statistics are staggering—every 9 seconds in the United States, a woman is assaulted or beaten—but to Gwen, this was her secret; it was her shame. When her husband eventually turned his brutality on her son, she knew she could no longer remain silent.
Alternately heart-wrenching and joyful, this is a story of triumph over adversity--one woman's uplifting account of learning how to forgive the unforgiveable, recover her sense of self, bring healing into her family, and honor the journey home. Accompanied by glimpses of celestial beings, Gwen charts a path through sorrow to joy—and ultimately, writes of the one perfect love we all seek.
Sample Letting Go into Perfect Love
The Contract Between Heaven and Earth
Thriller, Paranormal Romance
The earth is threatened with a catastrophic political event which could result in international warfare and destroy all life on the planet. In heaven, a divine council decides that extraordinary measures are essential. They call for an intervention that involves two souls returning to earth. The chosen two sign a contract that they will work to avert the disaster. The story follows these two as they individually and then together face overwhelming obstacles and eventually end up on a strategic Air Force base in California. It is there that they discover a conspiracy to assassinate the President of the United States. The action is rough and tumble as Brad and Sarah try to figure out the culprits for the plot. If you enjoy thrillers, this is one that will keep you riveted. And, it includes a romance of heavenly and earthly dimensions.
The Choice, the unexpected heroes
The Choice, the unexpected heroes, is the sequel to The Contract between heaven and earth. In the first book, the earth is threatened with a catastrophic event and heaven’s leadership intervenes with extraordinary measures to ensure the survival of the planet. Two souls volunteer to return to Earth and take human form as Brad Channing and Sarah O’Brien. Their efforts are ultimately successful in preventing the catastrophe, but they lose their lives in the process.
The Choice picks up where the first book ends, at Begert Air Force Base in northern California. General Taylor, the base commander, invites Admiral Parker to help him determine who is behind the murders. Parker was one of Brad Channing’s instructors when he trained as a SEAL. Together Taylor and Parker uncover a nefarious plan to take over the world. This plan implicates key D.C. officials and is deadly. They are unsure who can be trusted and who cannot.