It's been awhile hasn't it? Far too long. I have been at work with the publication and promotion of our book God's Refugee. Things really got started after it won first place in non-fiction at Florida Christian Writer's Conference and has not stopped since then. John (who is the book's subject) has been busy with a tour garnering support for his seminary, Good Shepherd College and Seminary, and getting to speak a lot about the book, from coffee shops, newspapers, and even some great radio press. God has really been behind him and it is wonderful to see.
I was so shocked at our first reading to feel so much love and connection with our readers. I thought it would be super awkward and feel very "promotional"- yuck, but just the opposite was true. It felt joyful to get to share with others.
I have also had some much needed down time with my husband and children after so many writing deadlines. Although I still write daily, there is no pressing time-frame, which is a wonderful change.
Lastly, I have been reflecting on future projects, praying, writing and seeing what God has in store, but I believe some changes to the old blog are in order. I began this blog with no clear focus or direction and that ambiguity has remained. Truthfully, I began this blog because I felt pushed (from no one in particular) to create platform for God's Refugee. I think this pressure has surfaced in the writing. Writing for the sake of platform is a terrible dark road - never go down it.
Thanks be to God, I have lately felt called to write (and yes, even blog) with greater integrity, courage, and authenticity. I am working on some ideas, which I hope will be ready at the moment they need to be. Not much else to say, but more to come.
I hope everyone who stumbles upon this little post, in this little corner of the internet is richly blessed and if we are not friends already, I hope we get to become so soon.
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Friday, April 1, 2016
I recently finished Susan K. Marlow's, The Last Ride, and I was introduced to another great character, Andrea Carter, who lives in the 1880's on big cattle ranch in Fresno. In The Last Ride Andi learns of a deadly secret, one that has serious consequences to her life. Through her experiences with her cousin, she learns to let go of resentment and move toward forgiveness.
As a mentor to middle grade girls, this type of book is exactly what I'm looking for and as a bonus, enjoy reading. I'd like to read the whole series. If you are a fan of Little House on the Prairie, you'll like this book too
Also, as a writer and reader I'm beginning to see how important a cover of a book is. It communicates so much. I think this cover perfectly suits its book.
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and is reading something good. You know I also need book suggestions. Send them my way.