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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I Want to Write a Novel, But Where Do I Start?

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Many people aspire to writing a novel, but the idea of doing so can be really daunting. Oftentimes, they’re so overwhelmed by the idea of where to begin, that they never actually get to it.

Writing a novel isn’t easy. There are many steps to the process. And beginning a novel is the first one…well actually, it’s the first phase, made up of a bunch of steps!

  1. Get a notebook to write notes. You can scribble anything you want to in this book, but you must keep it organized. Have a section for the story-line, a section for characters, a section for laying out the chapters, and so on. This helps you keep a focus on the overall story-line. Remember however, that some of this information may change, which is fine. You just need a direction.
  2. Type up your chapter layout. Once you have figured out how your story will flow, type it up. Again, this will likely change, but you have to start with something. Just remember to revise this whenever you switch things around.
  3. Start typing up the chapters. You may not be able to write all the chapters in order. If you can, that’s awesome, but oftentimes I skip to the chapters that I’ve already thought out.

That’s how you start!

If you’re struggling to get your novel on paper, all I can say to you is, stop worrying about it and start laying it out.

Remember too that every writer is different. Everyone has their own method. This is what works for me. If you don’t have a method, try this and adjust accordingly.

God bless you all in your endeavors!

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Why “The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch” is a Great Christmas Story and Gift!

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I had initially intended The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch to be published at the end of last year, right before Christmas. Why? Because of the many themes relating to the season, such as miracles, forgiveness and amazing acts of kindness.

Unfortunately, the reality of the business determined the actual publishing date, but I still submit that this novel makes for a great Christmas story.

It also makes for a great Christmas gift. Although this novel was written for tweens, teens and young adults, I’m finding that adults of all ages are also loving this story. So if you’re looking for an inspiring gift for someone, consider The Destiny if Sunshine Ranch.

Don’t forget that up until Christmas day, you can purchase a signed copy of The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch for a special low price of $5.99 plus shipping. But you have to contact me directly here. Please take into account shipping time-frames during the Christmas season. 

I pray that you enjoy this novel and that it does inspire and strengthen and instill hope. Following is an excerpt.

God bless you all.

Excerpt:

At the end of the service, before Fr. Thaddeus said the final blessing and prayer, he took his place behind the pulpit, adjusted his festive white chasuble, and beamed over his congregation.

“Before we conclude this Christmas mass and go off to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, I must make a confession,” he began to say. “I have never been surprised at the workings of our Lord.” He looked around the room. “He is an awesome God. He is a good God.” He nodded and paused. “He is an all-powerful God.” Another pause. “Why should I be surprised by any miracle that takes place? Including the one that we’ve all been pondering today. And it happened during Christmas…of all times.” He raised his eyebrows.

“There is no limit to God’s greatness and I know this, and yet I am in awe of it, every day. I see it in the eyes of every infant. The way a child is formed in a mother’s womb from a tiny egg into a living and breathing baby. I see it in nature’s way of sustaining itself. In the way that there’s no limit to love. I see it every day. And I see it today in the pure kindness of a mysterious person. A person who wishes to give, but asks for nothing back. Not even recognition. Not even a ‘thank you.’ A selfless, selfless act, and again I am in awe of it all.” He bowed his head. “Let us pray…God, we thank you for sending us an angel who has given the most generous gift. An angel who is so obviously full of love for the Credence family. An angel who sees how much this family has done for children in need of a loving home. We thank you, Lord for the Credence family, and this blessing that allows David and Martha to continue on in their endeavor to give children hope. And God we thank you again for your miracle, your angel, who has taken the spirit of this town and lifted it so high.”

There was a sudden pause and then Fr. Thaddeus sniffed, and then sighed. The crowd waited while the priest tried to regain his composure. “You have shown us yet again, Lord that everything is possible, and you have shown us on this Christmas day, the day of your son’s birth, that there is still so much good in this world. Thank you, Lord. We praise you endlessly in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

He wiped each eye quickly before looking up and smiling. “Oh, it is a great day today. A great day, yes, for Jesus Christ was born this day and Sunshine Ranch has been saved. Bow your heads for God’s blessing.”

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Do Boys Like Gabriel and Faden Really Exist?

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You haven’t met Gabriel yet. But he’s a teen boy with gorgeous blue eyes, dark hair and a handsome face. He could be a model if he wanted to. And he could probably have any girl that he wanted to also. But his desire is to lead a pure life, dedicated to following Christ. Gabriel is from my upcoming novel, Freeing Tanner Rose.

Faden is another character with similar aspirations. He’s from my novel, The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch.

But do boys like Gabriel and Faden really exist? Are there boys out there who strive for purity, modesty and other strong Christian values, or are my novels just fairy-tales?

So tell me. Do you know boys like Gabriel and Faden? Why do you believe that these boys are few and far between?

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