I’ve been pretty quiet about this because I wasn’t sure when the exact release date would be, but…
I finally have a book published!!!
I’ve been a writer for years now, but yesterday I finally became a published author. Wow. I think God gives different gifts to everyone to express His love. Not because He has to, but because He delights to. This little story (and all the stories I write) is His gift to me. And, oh, you better believe I love it and love Him for it!
Season of Forgiveness is a contemporary Christian romance novella set at Christmastime. The small town where it’s set is based on a real place in Northeast Georgia. Many of the secondary characters are inspired by real people.
Although the story is very much fiction, I don’t think I’ve ever written a story that drew so heavily from my experience of life. You get to guess what’s true and what’s imagination, if you decide to read it. (I realize Christmas romance is not everyone’s favorite, and it’s not my usual genre. God opened the door for this one through my writing partners.)
So, may I show off the lovely cover designed by my sister?
Ruby Larson adopted Ivy Carlyle as her granddaughter when Ivy helped her arrange her funeral. When Ruby’s estranged grandson, Denver Reese, appears, Ivy is reluctant to share Ruby’s attention. As the two plan Ruby’s Christmas, unexpected attraction draws them closer. But Ivy’s painful past challenges their friendship.
Season of Forgiveness is only available as a Kindle e-book. And you cannot purchase it on its own. It’s part of a collection of five novellas and five poems entitled, The Heart of Christmas.
Announcing five new stories filled with faith, hope, forgiveness, and of course happily-ever-afters. Each story focuses on an element of the Nativity, from the angels to the wise men. Be swept up in the love of the season and the promise of forever that the Christ child, the true Heart of Christmas, brings.
Available at Amazon.
Only 99 cents for five stories, plus poetry, so really not bad. I hope you’ll check it out, and if you don’t read romance (or, like me, don’t read many e-books), maybe forward the link to someone who does. 🙂
I wrote Ivy and Denver’s story in a little over a month (because I procrastinate dreadfully). It was one of those exhausting writing projects. Ivy wore me out because she turned out to be an emotional character. I figured, “She works at a funeral home. She’ll have to be at least a little detached.” Well, she may be in her work life, but personal life is a whole ‘nother matter.
I prayed a lot. And God was so faithful to give me this story. My first published work.
So smile with me. The LORD is so good. And The Dream is coming true!
P.S. My sister also has a book in this collection, as you might have guessed from the surnames in the picture. More about her story in a future post. 🙂