Hey y’all! About almost one year ago, I was going through a bit of a funk. My family had recently left our church (…it’s a very long story. Basically we were sitting underneath a very authoritative pastor, who among many other things, told us that we were going to have to undergo church discipline for not hanging around to fellowship after church. Our children were continuously being hurt by rough children, and when I voiced my concerns to the pastor’s wife, they were ignored. We were told that putting our children’s safety over fellowshipping after the church service was indicative that our priorities were out of order. Seriously.) Anyhow, that is another story for another day, but the pastor and his wife were also very critical of this blog…I was contacted quite often if they didn’t approve of something I mentioned or my tone, and was given the “not everyone is called to teach,” talk. This experience left us battered and bruised to say the least, and for awhile I stopped blogging. I seriously questioned my ability to share (I wouldn’t even call it teach) on this platform, but I still yearned to write. I decided to enter an inspirational fiction writing contest.
While my story wasn’t chosen for publication (for too strong of a faith element, and a disagreement about story line), my oldest two daughters have been nudging me to self publish, instead of rewrite and resubmit. I would never write faith out of a story. I decided to give it a go, and the story will be available on January 1st, 2016!
The storyline is based loosely off of this blog…
Lord, will I ever be enough?
Young, unwed mother Claire Taylor has had more than her share of heartache. After fleeing her childhood home since her father heartily disapproves of her choice to raise her daughter, she finds a place of refuge at her aunt’s seaside abode in coastal Georgia. To her dismay, a handsome stranger catches her eye, who is none other than the local minister’s son, Jackson Reed. A friendship begins to blossom between the two before a devastating hurricane racks their community, and the pair are forced to evacuate to her childhood home. Can Claire and Jackson’s relationship withstand the storm? More importantly, will Claire ever find redemption from her past?
If you would like to read the entire manuscript for free in exchange for a review on Goodreads and Amazon once it goes live, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or comment with your email address below. Please only choose to do this if you enjoy reading Inspirational (Christian) Romance novels, I would hate for you to be disappointed if you do not typically like this genre.
If you do request the full manuscript, please let me know if you would like a PDF or MOBI (Kindle) file. You will be added to my Advanced Reader Copy list and I will email your files by Monday.
Blessings to all!