“Freeing Tanner Rose” is Finally Published. Check it out!

Hey friends! “Freeing Tanner Rose” is finally complete and on the market!

I’m in the process of sending copies out to reviewers. If you are an online book reviewer for a Christian blog, online bookstore, Christian teen website, etc, please contact me. Please note that I only have a limited amount of books set aside for reviewing.

I will be posting the first chapter soon. So stay tuned!

Buy the book!

Following are some past posts on “Freeing Tanner Rose”:

Letting Go of a Novel After Years of Laughs and Tears!

“Freeing Tanner Rose” – Book Description

Revising Woes for “Tanner Rose”

“Freeing Tanner Rose” Update: Jumping into Chapter One When Writing Fiction Novels

Where’s Tanner Rose?

Revising Woes for “Tanner Rose”

ID-100140261I’m in the midst of revising Freeing Tanner Rose. It’s not an easy process, as many of you writers out there know. It’s a matter of tearing out sections of a novel that you spent hours and hours writing.

It has to be done though. And much of what’s being removed is just not working to make the story the best it can be, and that’s the thought process I have to keep reverting back to. Some stuff is easy. Let’s be honest, it just filler, initially needed to create a bridge from one section of the story to another.

But some of the content destined for removal is pretty good, if I have to say so myself. In those cases, it’s too much to let go, so I take what’s not working for Tanner Rose and put it somewhere safe for another novel.

If you need a tip for this process…Just do it! Every word should count if you want to produce a meaningful novel.

Anyway, I’ll continue to tear poor Tanner Rose apart and hopefully get to the final revision soon. Here’s praying!

God bless and thanks for checking in. TMG

How hard do you find the revising process?

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Book Review: The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch -“I laughed, and I cried…very well written”

The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch is the story of ten children, ignored, abused, handed off to others to raise, and lost from their respective parents. They all end up placed in a foster home called Sunshine Ranch, owned by a Catholic couple, Martha and David Credence.  Mr. Jones, lovingly called “Bones,” helps out the family and the farm.

The author describes each character with such love and truth that the reader comes to know them and love each of them. Benedict is the first of the children introduced, and the story follows his troubles from one home to another, and how he is able to deal with the pain of being rejected by his mother. Benedict doesn’t trust and he doesn’t believe in things getting better. He shows feelings of abandonment:

And on the wall above his head, hung a picture of the Virgin Mary cradling her baby Jesus. Benedict sat up and turned to get a better look at that picture. He wondered if his own mother, whoever she was, ever held him the same way. Yeah, right, he thought. A mother who held her baby that way would never let go.

Read more of the review here

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The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch: Chapter 1

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Check Out My Posts at Project Inspired

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Project Inspired is a busy place to be these days. Not just because of the many awesome posts to inspire young Christian girls, but also because of the many young girls that visit.

There’s so much to discuss, from fashion to natural beauty and Christian teaching to pop culture. If you haven’t checked it out, you should. That’s where I’ve been spending much of my time these days.

Check out some of my posts there! 

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Have Some Catholics Really Evolved or Have They Just Turned Away From Christ?

Iraqi Worshippers Pray For Pope John Paul III have a question! I was watching a news show not that long ago, and on it a woman stated confidently that Catholics are evolving. She said it in response to a news story about a homosexual college student who wanted to ban a Catholic church on campus because the priest did not support gay marriage.

“Catholics are evolving,” she said, and went on to suggest that priests and Catholic teaching should evolve also. Really?

So because Catholics are turning away from Catholic teaching, priests should also? And since Catholic doctrine is based on Christ’s teaching, should Christ evolve also? Instead of priests looking to Christ and people looking to priests, should priests learn Catholicism from people, and in turn Christ should just go with what Catholics are believing? Makes no sense to me!

So what’s the truth? Are Catholics really evolving, or are they turning away from Catholic teaching and taking on beliefs that don’t fit into Catholicism.  Have they just turned away from Christ?

What do you think?

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Kermitt Gosnell Guilty! Does Case Reveals Truths About Abortion!

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Kermitt Gosnell Guilty! Does Case Reveals Truths About Abortion!

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I believe in the protection of innocent life. In fact, I have a fictional pro-life story due out some time in the future. Because I feel so strongly about this, I wanted to discuss a huge case that ‘s currently underway.

If you’ve been following the Gosnell case closely, you’ll know that this so-called doctor was found guilty of 3 counts of murder. I advise researching the story for the details as they’re too gruesome for me to post here.

What I do want to discuss is the truth that has revealed itself in the story. One is that in many states abortion is legal up until 24 weeks. Can you imagine that? A child is fully formed at 24 weeks. You can feel the kick of a 24 week baby. You are 6 weeks pregnant at 24 weeks. You are heading into your 3rd trimester at 24 weeks gestation. I’m currently 24 weeks pregnant!

The other truth that this case reveals? If this man was found guilty of killing babies outside the womb that survived abortions, what’s the difference between a child in gestation at that same age? What makes them worthy of life outside the womb that doesn’t make them worthy inside? Gosnell was found guilty of murder for killing these babies, so why is not considered murder when a child is killed inside the womb?

What are your thoughts about this case?

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“Freeing Tanner Rose” Update: Jumping into Chapter One When Writing Fiction Novels

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I’m reluctant to get into editing the “final” draft of Freeing Tanner Rose. Why? In contemplating it’s conclusion, I’ve realized that I have to introduce a new beginning. This may seem like a drastic change at such a late stage -and maybe there would have been a time when such a decision was unnerving, but it won’t be the first time.

When finalizing The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch I did the same thing. What was supposed to be the first chapter of that novel is now four pages into chapter 4. And I feel the story has been strengthened because of it.

If the idea of moving chapters around, changing the introduction or even changing the ending of the whole novel enters your mind, don’t brush it away. It’s tempting, I know, but the notion exists for a reason. Your reader has to jump into chapter one and not want to leave your story until it’s absolutely necessary. I’m not sure the first chapter of Freeing Tanner Rose achieves this.

If you decide to make a drastic change to your fiction novel at the last stage, remember to make sure that the change is reflected wherever necessary throughout the novel. To ensure this is the case, you’ll have to get a pair of fresh eyes to read the whole novel for you.

Sure, the change will likely knock you off schedule, but if your desire is to put out quality fiction, the wait will be worth it!

Good luck, God bless and wish me the same!

Ugh! Time to get to it.

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Where’s “Tanner Rose”?

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Yes! I promised that my next book, Freeing Tanner Rose would be published by the end of 2012. Well, it’s 2013 and it’s still not published! Why? Some of you may be wondering. Well, life and work have gotten in the way.

I do pray that some day my fiction will be my number one source of income, but until then, there’s freelance writing and blogging. One particular project that I’m blessed to be a part of is Project Inspired. It’s a Christian website for teen girls. You should check it out!

I’ve also been compelled to begin another novel. I have a tendency to write more than one at a time when fresh ideas excite and inspire!

Besides my work, I home-school the oldest of my 3 children, take care of the other two young ones (actually 3, since I have another one on the way). My husband and I are also welcoming 15 chicks and 2 doe-ling goats within the next few months, in an attempt to begin a mini-farm. We grow a large garden in the summer and are planning on canning. Our hope is to create a self-sufficient lifestyle, and in doing so, Tanner Rose has been placed on the side-lines.

It’s not that her story is not important. It really is. It’s worth telling and worth reading. And I plan on getting the novel completed soon. But I wanted to share the reasons why she’s been neglected.

Honestly, the separation has been a good one. While my life is hectic, all my other “to dos” have allowed me to step away so that I can have a fresh approach when I get back into it to complete the final draft.

I’ve not spent time with Tanner Rose, nor Gabriel for that matter, for a while, but neither have left my mind. I think of them daily, confirming the completion of their story and some of the details in between. I look forward to getting together with them soon.

Thank you for letting me share and God bless you all!

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