Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Feelings

I have been asked by several people now how I feel about Hope for Tomorrow being published and available to the public. My response is simply this: I am nervous, excited, and overjoyed that a dream has come true! I am published! It's a weird feeling. I now have people reading my stories. I have people commenting on my stories! I had someone tell me she sobbed when she finished chapter 2! And that wasn't even the sad chapter to me! I am blessed because I have had so many people encouraging me before the book even came out! And now that it is out,  I wonder: will you like it? Will you laugh or cry? Will some of you perhaps see yourself in certain characters? (I know I did!)Will you know my heart as I wrote the book? And would you buy the second one if it were to get published? :)
I don't want to be a "one hit wonder". I want to write more than one book and get more than one book published! I don't want to be rich or famous. I want to tell stories that draw people closer to God. I want to write to encourage others and uplift them as they travel through this world. I want to write for God's glory.
So, yes, I am thrilled Hope for Tomorrow comes out on September 1! I am thrilled many of you have gotten it already! I am thrilled Comfort Publishing believed in the story enough to take a chance on me! Yet, I am nervous. But, I trust in God to bring to pass what He will. Not my will, but His be done.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

A Road Traveled

Cancer. It's a new six letter bad word, isn't it? Almost worse the the four letter bad words that are so prevalent in our vocabulary. Cancer wreaks havoc on lives and brings the strongest of people to their knees. It makes grown men cry. It causes women to weep. It leaves children without parents, parents without children. Cancer strips away any security that was once felt. Cancer. It gives many of us the ibby-jibbies just thinking about it. Many of us are praying cancer by-passes us and those we love. Yet, here we are, in a society where cancer is running rampant and it shows no favorites. Cancer.
As I embark on writing Yesterday's Hope, a good portion of it deals with cancer. I am going to travel down a road that is quite familiar to me. Chris' grandparents died of cancer. Chris' mom has cancer (and is beating it, by the way). Chris' great-uncle has prostate cancer. My step-dad has stage four lung cancer. My brother-in-law's father just passed away from stomach cancer. And a really precious woman, Cynthia, went to be home with Jesus due to cancer. So, this is a road frequently traveled by me and Chris' family. And sometimes, just sometimes, I have to wonder, God, are You there? Then, I am reminded of the words of Jesus, "In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world!" And then, peace. Peace fills my soul. Jesus HAS overcome the world. He tells me to take heart! Peace. He has also said He won't leave us alone. "And lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." He promises to be with the woman going through chemo to fight breast cancer. He promises to be with the wife waiting in the hospital's waiting room, anxious to find out if the cancer has spread through her husband's body. He is with the parent who lost their child to that rare form of cancer. He is with you. Always. Even to the end of the age. Always. He may not stop the cancer from happening. He may not heal the person who asks. But He is with you. Always.
It isn't easy traveling down this road. It hurts those going through it and it hurts those watching them go through it. Not only is God with you, but He comforts you. As I write Yesterday's Hope, I am praying for all who will read it. I am praying for comfort on those who are battling with cancer, and I am praying for those who are battling with them. And please, pray for me as I write this book.  Let me leave you with one more promise from God, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort."

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Be A Part of Yesterday's Hope!

So I know I shared this on facebook, but for those of you who didn't see it, here it is again: If you want to try to be a part of my third book, Yesterday's Hope, tell me how you got engaged. How did you or your significant other propose? I will choose which tory, or maybe two stories, even, that I like the best and with your permission, put it into Yesterday's Hope! Are you in? Leave a comment here or message me on facebook! I would love to hear your stories! And again, thank you for your love and support!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

My Fans

I sit here, amazed at how much love and support I have been receiving from all of you! Dear friends and family, I am humbled that you are supporting me, loving me, and encouraging me in my "writing career"! I am so blessed beyond words, although this is my feeble attempt at thanking each and every one of you! And you haven't even read the book yet! Let's just hope you are still fans after you read the book! :)  But the outpouring of love from you all has blessed my soul more than I can express. So, from the bottom of my heart, thank you all so very much! Thank you for your kind words, your love, your willingness to buy the book! Thank you for encouraging me as I continue to write, for being proud of me. I love reading what you write on Facebook, and I love that you "like" my status. I love that you are "liking" my book page and are willing to buy (or even borrow) Hope for Tomorrow. May you all be blessed like you have blessed me! Thank you so much! I am in awe! I love you all! "I thank my God everytime I remember you." Philippians 1:3

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Revising

I wrote Hope for Today and sent it to a publisher. Then I re-read Hope for Today and was appalled I sent it to a publisher! It was okay as a rough draft, but certainly not as a manuscript you want to share with people! Yikes! So, I began revising it. And revising it. And revising it! Finally, yesterday, after adding about 25,000 extra words or so, I was able to re-send it! Thanks, Comfort Publishing, for allowing me to do so! You know what? I like this one! I really do! I added more depth to places where I just kind of stopped after one sentence. I added more insight. I like this one a lot. I don't know if Comfort will publish this book. If they don't, I completely understand. But I am quite happy with this finished product. No matter what, I do want this one published! It deals with some heavier issues, but it was great writing it! And now I can focus on Yesterday's Hope, the last book in the Hope Series! There is a lot that is going to happen in that one. I look forward to researching and bringing out some changes for the main characters. I look forward to getting to know a new character, too! Stay tuned for more info on that one! I will probably tackle this one starting next week when my boys begin Friday school. :)