RIVEN by H.L. Wegley ~ Grace Filled Fiction Spotlight, early spring

Riven

 

Suspense, Political Thriller, Dystopian

 

Q:  What is your latest release/release you chose to spotlight, and what would you like us to know about it? What take away? If its theme is pertinent to the time of year or a holiday that’s coming up, mention that.

H.L:  My newest story, RIVEN (Riven Republic 1), was released this week, on March 8. At first glance, it may seem like a political thriller that predicts Civil War 2, but the main point is that the division in America today arises from two incompatible worldviews. What one calls good, the other calls evil. There is no significant common ground to be found and no peaceful resolution to the conflict, unless hearts and minds are changed through something like another Great Awakening. Another take away is the hero and heroine learn that our spiritual growth can be stunted, and our lives made miserable, if we don’t learn both to give and receive forgiveness.

Q:  Grace Filled Fiction Spotlight encourages excellence in Christian fiction. What are things you look for in terms of excellence in novels you read? What is the latest novel you’ve read that you could heartily recommend and why?

H.L.:  Reading first person, present tense is not my favorite way to take in a story. And I prefer fast-paced stories with thriller-level plots. Terri Blackstock’s IF I RUN series passed neither test, but I’ve enjoyed that series twice in the past three years. The main reason is that the heroine is a person we can love, root for and, unlike many Hollywood movie heroes, we can feel good about doing so. Also, the Christian elements unfold in a way that allows us to discover spiritual truths along with the character, rather than feeling like we’re being force-fed. I guess sometimes story trumps style.

Q:  How has grace functioned in your life, been important to you? Do you have a joyous, unique, or even humorous story to tell about how grace manifested in your daily life, perhaps unexpectedly?

H.L.:  In the winter of 1974, at the 7-year mark, we decided not to go career in the military, so we selected a discharge date. This was during the Oil Embargo. The U.S. economy was in the tank. There were no jobs, certainly not for meteorologists. The USAF unexpectedly released me long before our agreed upon discharge date. I think they needed our base housing for an incoming officer. With no home, no job prospects, and hardly any gas to be found, my wife and I and our two small kids drove from North Dakota to Washington in zero-degree weather. At one point, we coasted down into Bozeman, MT, and into a gas station. The engine died at the pump, but they had gas.  We drove on to Washington and spent the night with my sister-in-law. I found a Meteorologist’s position at Pacific Northwest Laboratories the next day. That Sunday, I misunderstood my wife about the church we wanted to visit and drove to the wrong one. In the lobby, we ran into a classmate from high school who became our best friend. There we were introduced to a woman in the church who needed to lease her home (there were no rentals available in the entire area at that time). The list goes on and on. But in about 72 hours our lives went from unsettling uncertainty to blessed assurance. God confirmed that He had placed us where He wanted us at a time when we hadn’t a clue about our future.

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Q:  What will you be doing next, either in writing or in life?

H.L.:  My writing will move on to RESISTING, book 2 in the RIVEN REPUBLIC series. But I’m not actually writing yet, because I’ve been ordered not to. Someone thought I needed a break. So, I’m re-reading RIVEN and noting all the actions and intentions mentioned that must be spliced into the plot of the next book. After the tortuous nine months we just came through—I was sick for 3 months and we had a death in the family which resulted in heavy, unexpected travel—it would be hazardous to my health to say I’ve started writing book 2. By that I mean my wife’s Irish eyes would not be smiling. Anyone married to the stereotypical Irish girl understands. There’s a lot of truth packed into those lyrics of When Irish Eyes Are Smiling.

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Ruth Donner O’Neil ~ Grace Filled Fiction Author Spotlight, Winter 2020

Spiritual Insights Classics

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GFFS:  How has grace been important in your life and what does it mean to you?

Ruth:   Where would I be without God’s grace? I hope all of my books point to God and show how merciful and loving He is. We have all been shown grace. We all need to give grace.

 

GFFS:  What is your latest release and what would you like us to know about it?

Ruth:  My latest release, Spiritual Insights from Classic Literature: The Hound of the Baskervilles (Spiritual Insights from the Classics Book 6), is part of my devotional companion series based on classic literature. The idea is to read a chapter of a classic novel and then read the corresponding chapter in my devotional. The devotion doesn’t really have much to do with the book, instead it takes one line from each chapter and pulls a spiritual truth from it. My most recent addition to this collection is the companion to The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Other titles in my Spiritual Insights from the Classics include Charlotte’s Web, A Wrinkle in Time, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Little Women, and Wizard of Oz.

Ruth O'Neil

 

GFFS:  What will you be doing next, either in writing or in life?

Ruth:  I am putting my next novel in the hands of beta readers right now. It is the third stand alone novel in my What a Difference a Year Makes series. This story follows a group of friends who are together through thick and thin. They pray for each other, support each other, and are there for each other at any hour of the day and night. The tentative title is Lunch Ladies.

 

GFFS:  Looking back at books you’ve loved by other Christian authors,  tell us about one.

Ruth:  Oh, goodness! There are so many books by other author that I love. I enjoyed Pharaoh’s Daughter by Mesu Andrews. Any book that makes me question things and look to the Scriptures is a great book in my mind. I’ve read the Bible from cover to cover many times and never noticed one little line that mentions Pharaoh’s daughter married an Israelite. I looked up the verse Andrews quoted and sure enough!

 

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Happy New Year

Grace Filled Fiction Spotlight ~ on Authors’ Thanksgiving Thoughts

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From all of us at Grace Filled Fiction Spotlight ~~ We love this time of year and want to wish you and yours a very happy and healthy and truly blessed Thanksgiving holiday.

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BETTY THOMASON OWENS

GFFS:  What are you thankful for? What would you like to remind yourself to be more thankful for?

Betty:  I’m most thankful for God’s grace and forgiveness, something I tend to take for granted, so that’s what I’d remind myself. I’m thankful for the gift of family.

GFFS:  Do you have a novel in which a character is the extremely thankful type, or one who struggles with thankfulness? Tell us a little about it and what is the title and character’s name.

Betty:  In my Kinsman Redeemer series, Annabelle Cross clings to faith, even through great loss. Having a thankful heart and nature sustained her and brought her back to a season of joy in the final book, ANNABELLE’S JOY.

GFFS:  What is your favorite food on Thanksgiving a) to cook for Thanksgiving dinner at home or to bring to family/friend’s table, b) to eat?

Betty:  It’s the turkey! I love watching as it roasts to a beautiful golden brown, filling the house with its aroma. Is anyone else hungry? My favorite food to bring is pumpkin pie, which is also my favorite to eat.

GFFS:  What do you think of Black Friday?

Betty:  I tend to avoid Black Friday. I’m allergic to crowds. I do occasionally venture out, but only if someone makes me.

Betty’s Website:                                             Betty’s Amazon Author Page

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Nike N. Chillemi

GFFS:  What are you thankful for? What would you like to remind yourself to be more thankful for?

Nike:  My spiritual relationship with God, my happy relocated life in northeastern Florida, and my writing. I should be more grateful for each of those. Sometimes I carp.

GFFS:  Do you have a novel in which a character is the extremely thankful type, or one who struggles with thankfulness? Tell us a little about it and what is the title and character’s name.

Nike:  In BLOOD SPEAKS, Bertha Dagney is spiritual mom to heroine PI Veronica “Ronnie” Ingels. Bertha walks the walk. Even when framed for murder she praises God.

GFFS:  What is your favorite food on Thanksgiving a) to cook for Thanksgiving dinner at home or to bring to family/friend’s table, b) to eat?

Nike: My fav food to cook is the Turkey. Years ago, I got a recipe in Cooking Light Magazine to baste the bird with a mixture of apple sauce and maple syrup. I got raves at the table. My fav to eat is slightly warm pecan pie with whipped cream.

GFFS:  What do you think of Black Friday?

Nike: I intensely dislike what is now called Black Friday. For me the entire Thanksgiving Day weekend should be spent with family and friends…or a good book.

Nike’s Blog                                                        Nike’s Amazon Author Page

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Suzanne D. Williams

GFFS:  What are you thankful for? What would you like to remind yourself to be more thankful for?

Suzanne:  I am thankful every time I walk out the door and don’t fall apart. Not too long ago, fear crippled me, and I never left home. God has set me free. I cannot be thankful enough for life.

GFFS:  Do you have a novel in which a character is the extremely thankful type, or one who struggles with thankfulness? Tell us a little about it and what is the title and character’s name.

Suzanne:  I had to think on this. I have so many characters. The first character to come to mind was Grace in Book 3 of the Florida Irish series, FAITH & FORGIVENESS. Grace suffers from panic attacks like I did and searches in herself for the courage to be normal. Her thankfulness comes in seeing herself through Nick Sawyer’s eyes. It’s a precious story that has always meant a lot to me.

GFFS:  What is your favorite food on Thanksgiving a) to cook for Thanksgiving dinner at home or to bring to family/friend’s table, b) to eat?

Suzanne:  Definitely my grandmother’s dressing. She taught me how to make it and once told me it was just like hers. I miss her tons. Making it each year connects me to her and tons of good memories.

GFFS:  What do you think of Black Friday?

Suzanne:  It’s not my thing. I don’t like crowds. I’d much rather internet shop.

 Suzanne’s Website                                  Suzanne’s Amazon Author Page

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Tracy Ruckman

GFFS:  What are you thankful for? What would you like to remind yourself to be more thankful for?

Tracy:  Most thankful for our road trip this year – 25,000 miles, 189 days of tent camping our way around the US. Nothing like I envisioned, ending sooner than expected, and more challenging than I ever imagined it could be, but we did it! At our ages, 56 and 72, that seems almost a miracle.

GFFS:  What is your favorite food on Thanksgiving a) to cook for Thanksgiving dinner at home or to bring to family/friend’s table, b) to eat?

Tracy:  I love my homemade cornbread dressing and homemade cranberry sauce. My older son usually hosts Thanksgiving, and for the past several years, my tradition is to bring some unique appetizer and/or dessert that we’ve never had before.

GFFS:  What do you think of Black Friday?

Tracy:  Normally we avoid the frenzy, but one year, we joined my grown kids at midnight to shop different stores, then we went to Waffle House for breakfast. A one-time event, but we had a blast.

GFFS: Tracy writes inspirational and devotional books, such as CHRISTMAS MIRACLES.

Tracy’s Blog                                                      Tracy’s Amazon Author Page
Kristin Split
Kristin Tucker

GFFS: What are you thankful for? What would you like to remind yourself to be more thankful for?

Kristin:  I am most thankful for God’s unfailing love and my family. I would like to remember more often to be grateful for all of the little blessings God has given me.

GFFS:  Do you have a novel in which a character is the extremely thankful type, or one who struggles with thankfulness? Tell us a little about it and what is the title and character’s name?

Kristin:  In my novel, “The Secret in the Cliffs”, the main character, Kyle has a best friend named Kaitlin that he is very grateful for.  She is the kind of friend that is there for him even in the most difficult situations.

GFFS:  What is your favorite food on Thanksgiving a) to cook for Thanksgiving dinner at home or to bring to family/friend’s table, b) to eat?

Kristin:  It is difficult for me to pick one favorite Thanksgiving dish. Without fail, every Thanksgiving I load my plate up with green bean casserole and stuffing and am happy as a clam!

GFFS:  What do you think of Black Friday?

Kristin:  I think that people who brave the crowds on Black Friday are very brave!!  I tried Black Friday shopping once but it wasn’t for me.  I find that I like to spread my shopping out throughout the year.

Kristin’s Webpage                                         Kristin’s Amazon Author Page

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Suzanne D. Williams ~ Grace Filled Fiction Author Spotlight, Fall 2019

Suzanne D. Williams

Author-Author: Romance, Westerns, Devotionals

 

Grace Filled Fiction Spotlight is thrilled to showcase one of our favorite authors who is a wonderful writer and a wonderful person…Suzanne D. Williams. We’d like to get to know a little more about her.

GFFS:  Grace is an important concept to Grace Filled Christian Fiction as a Christian writers organization and a theme that runs through everything we do. How has grace been important in your life and what does it mean to you?

Suzanne:  When I was at the bottom of life, too afraid to leave home, though I didn’t fully understand God’s grace, looking back, I was the least deserving of it and in no mental shape to earn my freedom. But then, that is the grace of God, that He loved me enough to show me the way out, one step at a time, one day at a time. And to give me the gift of writing to express myself and share what God wants to do for others, whether in fiction or nonfiction format. I write what God gives me, humbled that He uses me at all.

Cowboys, Billionaires, Xmas

GFFS: What is your latest release and what would you like us to know about  it?

Suzanne:  I have 2 books this fall and Christmas season. A compilation set, COWBOYS, BILLIONAIRES, and OTHER CHRISTMAS FANTASIES  and a book release on October 15th entitled, GRAVEROBBER (The Reserrectionists, Book 1). The first is a set of 4 exclusive Christmas-themed stories, which includes a double crossover to two of my billionaire series. This is a story I have wanted to write for quite sometime.

GFFS:  What will you be doing next, either in writing or in life?

Suzanne:  I am writing Book 2 of a western series and a top-secret novel to be released next year.

GFFS:  Looking back at books you’ve loved by other Christian authors, tell us about one.

Suzanne: LIGHT OF MY HEART (Silver Hills Trilogy Book #1) by Ginny Aiken  ~~  This is a beautiful book. The description and turn of phrase put me in mind of Jane Austin’s novels, although set in the Midwest. I could see Hartville and felt myself pulled back in time with each page. Dr. Morgan was a delightful spunky character with a great heart for others. Eric, the newspaperman, made for a stubborn, handsome contrast. I can’t recall a male character with a mustache that I enjoyed reading about quite so much. There was also a wonderful array of sub-characters, each one unique and perfectly painted, especially the Patterson children. There were a few instances of head-hopping and a couple times that I got lost in the action sequences, but in general, the plot flowed well and kept my interest, introducing enough new elements as it went along that I wanted to turn the page. The story was clean with a nice attraction in the romance. A couple should show some physical desire, or the book grows stale. That said, there’s no sexual content and no cursing. The Christian message was very clear and, in my opinion, needed in the church. Many would turn their noses up instead of helping those less fortunate. But Jesus consorted with sinners far more than saints. I did feel Eric did a bit too much self-impalement. Overall, a really beautiful book that I enjoyed. I recommend it to adults or teens who read Christian fiction. I’d love to read book two.

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Red Bow

Grace Awards is Transitioning to ~ Grace Filled Fiction Spotlight

GRACE AWARDS is changing with the times. It’s evolving into the GRACE FILLED FICTION SPOTLIGHT. As we go into our ninth year, our board has decided to shift our focus from the concept of “winners” to the idea of “novels we love.” We are choosing to shine a spotlight on novels that move us.

During our eight years we attracted a stellar group of judges. We also have a group of 20 or more authors who were active in our Grace Awards Face Book group. That group has now changed its name to Grace Filled Fiction Spotlight FB group. This group is open to all Christian fiction authors, publishing professionals, reviewers, and readers. This year, we will be relying on these two groups of individuals to select novels and authors to be spotlighted.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN SELECTING NOVELS TO SPOTLIGHT:

All past Grace Awards judges as well as authors, editors, publishing professionals, and readers who participate in the Grace Filled Fiction Spotlight Facebook group.

An author cannot nominate their own novel/novella. Anyone working in publishing cannot nominate a novel they worked on.

Board members and judges can nominate, but not for their own novel(s) or any novel they worked on.

Grace Filled Fiction Spotlight will be awarding badges and shining a spotlight on traditionally published fiction, as well as small press, indie-published, and self-published works…in hard cover, paperback, and ebook format(s).

Most of all, the novel must reach the highest of literary standards and add something of value to Christian, inspirational, faith-based fiction and to the world at large.

 

 

 

Grace Filled Summer Book Sweeps 2018

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29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; 30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand. ~ Luke 21: 29-30 [KJV]

We are entering an exciting and happy time of year. Summer…a time for fun, relaxing, going barefoot, hanging out with family and friends around the grill.  It’s the perfect time for the Grace Filled Summer Sweeps 2018. And summer reading has never been this much fun with eight stellar authors and their exciting and insightful books. This is a sweepstakes. So, each author will give away a copy of her book according to the most interesting, clever comment.  In your comment, please let us know which book you’re dying to read, and also your second choice. This way we’ll be sure to give everyone a book that’s to their reading taste. Winners will be selected August 31st.

Heart Not Taken

HEART NOT TAKEN by Naomi Musch (Black Lyon Publishing) ~ How about a relaxing cabin on a river and a summer romance? HEART NOT TAKEN carries you there. High school English teacher Sean Heart has almost let his faith slip away. Haunted by a lapse in judgment as well as his mentor’s betrayal, doubt has set in. He wants nothing more than to bury the past and leave it there, especially when he meets Jordyn Delaney. A beautiful, talented landscaper, Jordyn has been hired by Sean’s mother to improve the property around the family vacation cabin where Sean lives. With no siblings of her own and her parents talking of divorce, Jordyn is intrigued by the dynamics of Sean’s large family almost as much as she’s charmed by the man himself. But when Sean’s past shows up with a spade, Jordyn discovers that a renovation of the heart and spirit might be the most complicated job of all. Purchase HEART NOT TAKEN on Amazon. Naomi Musch’s website.

Three Strand Cord

THREE STRAND CHORD by Tracy Krauss (Fictitious Ink Publishing) ~ Like the ladies on the cover of THREE STRAND CORD, why not relax on the beach this summer with a good book? THREE STRAND CORD is the first in a series about three friends: Tempest, Stella, and Cherise. Friends since childhood, their loyalty is tested to the limits as a simple ‘fib’ leads to a web of deceit that lands one of them in serious trouble. Drug rings, a love triangle, mistaken identity, and even murder are all part of the mix as they learn that a “three strand cord is not easily broken.” Purchase THREE STRAND CHORD on Amazon. Tracy Krauss/website

That Special One

THAT SPECIAL ONE by Nike N. Chillemi (Crime Fictionista Press) ~ Summer is the time when entering college freshmen think about what life will be like on campus in the fall. It’s such a terrific time for students who are mystery buffs to read a complexly textured New Adult-romantic suspense novel with scheming, a heinous betrayal, family drama, college dating, many twists and turns, and a touch of faith.  Purchase THAT SPECIAL ONE on AmazonNike N. Chillemi’s blog

One Step Back

ONE STEP BACK by Luana Ehrlich (Potter’s Word Publishing) ~ Can’t get away for an exotic vacation this summer? Zero funds for a summer vacation? Enjoy a fun summer read with an exotic location instead. In this espionage thriller, Titus goes on the run from the secret police after trying to recruit a nuclear scientist in Iran. CIA intelligence officer Titus Ray has been in Iran recruiting assets willing to feed him intel on the Iranian opposition. When he unexpectedly meets Amir Madani, one of Iran’s premier nuclear scientist, he can’t resist the opportunity to pursue him as a CIA asset. Although Chaman, a beautiful Iranian socialite, warns Titus to stay away from Madani, he ignores her advice and befriends the nuclear scientist. The consequences prove disastrous for Titus, and, as the secret police close in on him, he’s forced to find shelter with a group of Iranian Christians, who risk their own lives to save his.  Purchase ONE STEP BACK on AmazonLuana Ehrlich’s website

Patchwork

PATCHWORK by Sadie and Sophie Cuffe (   ) ~ A northern lake, a general store, a quaint community – nothing says summer like a back-to-nature vacation. But this summertime, the living ain’t easy. Heather’s love life unraveled. Now she’s holding on by a single thread – the memory of her great-uncle’s place by Crystal Lake. She returns, hoping the relatives who once mended the heart of a lonely five-year-old will open their arms to a desperate young woman. The only catch — this time she’s pregnant. Heather’s content to duck any decisions for the summer, but Kevin, the accident-prone pastor, has other ideas. Sparks fly and hearts break when the local tabloid, The Splinters, makes their private relationship public gossip. Will Heather leave to protect Kevin’s reputation? Will the young pastor turn his back on the woman he loves to keep his position? Who will patch up their tattered lives? A fun, fast read. Bring the lake to you this summer.  Purchase PATCHWORK on AmazonSadie and Sophie Cuffe’s Facebook Page

Julianne

JULIANNE by Rebekah Lyn (RL Publishing) ~ Looking for something in the contemporary fiction vein this summer, about romance and finding yourself?  Julianne graduated college confident a successful career awaited her. However, her resume is rejected over and over, forcing her to take a series of dead end jobs to pay rent. With her self-esteem at an all time low, she calls in sick to work and meets a stranger who could turn her world upside down. Will her battered spirit have the courage to the seize opportunity?  Purchase JULIANNE on Amazon.  Rebekah Lyn’s websitete

Toby's Troubles

TOBY’S TROUBLES by Carole Brown (Story and Logic Media Group) ~ Summer is almost here, and Toby Gibson is up to his ears in an abundance of trouble. Between his business, Undiscovered Treasures, a unique shop of antiques, collectables and junk, directing the local plays in Appleton and looking for the “ghost” haunting the shop—or is it an intruder? Toby’s not sure if he’ll even have time to enjoy the season. To add to his troubles, he suspects Amy Sanderson is not only bidding for the property he’s wanted forever, but is in love with him. And he’s not interested. But she can be just as stubborn as the man who’s determined to ignore her love. In between the break-ins, destruction of property, thefts and personal competitions against each other, Amy and Toby work together to find the thief who seems so determined to find a valuable item, he’ll stop at nothing. Purchase TOBY’S TROUBLES on AmazonCarole Browne’s blog

She's Mine

SHE’S MINE by Tammy Doherty (Tammy Doherty) ~ This summer is going to be explosive for Caitlin Harrington and Sean Taggart. Caitlin dreams of a quiet life teaching math at her hometown middle school. Except someone is leaving ominous notes on her door.  It could be her ex-boyfriend or someone else who doesn’t want her back in town. Sean Taggart thinks Caitlin is beautiful…and possibly crazy. When he finds out the truth, Sean wants to help. Can he save Caitlin before the stalker turns to murder? SHE’S MINE  is a wonderful Christian romance with mystery and suspense to make it more interesting. A perfect beach read or for anywhere you vacation this summer! Purchase SHE’S Mine on AmazonTammy Doherty’s website

Note: If you’d like to win a free copy of one of these novels make sure you write an interesting, cute, topical comment. Also, tell us which book you’d like to receive…and give a 2nd, choice. We’ll try our best to accommodate you. Winners will be selected August 31.

 

February Author Spotlight ~ Angela D. Meyer

“Mawwaige, it’s what brings us together…”

Who doesn’t laugh at all the wonderful lines from The Princess Bride? A grandfather who loves his grandson shares a story about a girl, a farm boy and true love told in the setting of corrupt governments, pirates, kidnapping, a revenge seeking Spaniard, brute squads, torture and sword fights.

Even more so, God loves us enough to share His story told in the setting of family dynasties, slavery, war, conquering warriors and kings, giants, jealousy inspired plots in the castle, virgin births, miracles, and the resurrected Messiah. He loves us enough to invite us into that story and then to ask us to share it with others.

Ultimately, as Christian authors, I believe that’s what we seek to do. We share His story one piece at a time. We weave small glimpses into the character and love of God into the fabric of the stories we tell through our books.  We invite people deeper into His love.

February, with the mood of love all around us, is a good time to remember that God’s love is greater than the love we can have for one another. Sharing this story of His love is the greatest reason we as Christian authors write. And it can be the greatest motivator to put ink onto paper.

The desire to share God’s love through story motivates me through the struggle to return to regular writing. In 2013, my debut novel WHERE HOPE STARTS, a Grace Awards finalist, released. In 2016, after the sequel, WHERE HEALING STARTS, released, I found myself in need of rest and my family in need of attention. I took a sabbatical which encompassed most of 2017.

I know there is more to tell of the Applewood Hill series. A story of family broken by the past in need of God’s healing through His love. Book 3 in the series, WHERE JOY STARTS is now close to half-way written. I write in between family, homeschool, church and friends, determined to weave more of God’s story into the fabric of life at Applewood Hill. And along the way, show readers how very much God loves each one of us.

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