If you haven't guessed I haven't been writing much. Summer doesn't seem to lend itself to writing for me. It's more a time for gardening and swimming with my granddaughter. Well, fall is now here. The men are in the fields harvesting fast and furious. The humidity is down even though it is 88º today the weather isn't as oppressive as in July or August.
Here's the news from my place. I am writing, or at least trying to. I have several contemporary stories started. Chloe's Sanctuary (Stones Creek #3) is underway but her story isn't progressing very well. There very well may be a number of short stories about the women who came with Chloe to Stones Creek. I'm also working on a fantasy and science fiction stories. Branching out to other genres.
Just in case you haven't heard.
I NOW HAVE FIVE, COUNT 'EM, 5 OF MY BOOKS OUT IN AUDIO!!!!!
They are available on Amazon, Audible and iTunes.
I also have some free coupon codes. Contact me and I'll be happy to give you one.
I've been shopping for new clothes. Having lost about 40 lbs I'm in desperate need of new clothes. This spring there seems to be a 'new' fashion statement. Jumpsuits and rompers. I can understand pre-toilet trained children wearing these things but adult women? Nope.
There's an intrinsic problem with them. They are a pain to go to the bathroom in. You basically have to undress to go. That is much more work than is worth it. It's one thing to lift a dress or skirt or undo pants. It's another to unbutton or unzip or unsnap your top in order to get it off your shoulders and down enough. Some I've seen even have ties at the waist as well and the closures on the bodice. And forget about doing this in a hurry if you REALLY gotta go.
I must say they do look good, but how about a blouse and pants or shorts made of the same material? This one is on fullbeauty.com a site I like a lot and purchase from regularly. Oh well, I'll keep looking for new clothes. I don't want the hassle jumpsuits create since they don't have the snaps like they do on infant and toddler rompers. Next they will bring back wrap shorts and pants. Another fashion disaster.
OH NO!!! They have...
So, Simple Thoughts on Philippians is now available in Kindle and Print formats. It's free for all Kindle Unlimited subscribers and only $2.99 for Kindle purchase and $6.99 for print. I get about the same royalty for either type of purchase so I'd recommend the Kindle version. It's cheaper. Please remember to post a review once you've read it. Thanks. They are extremely important for indie authors like myself.
Now for the something new. I purchase a lot on Amazon. I recently signed up as an Amazon Associate. This program rewards its participants for posting links which are used in the purchase of the products. Okay, basically they are using us to advertise for them. I don't expect to get rich or anywhere close to it. What I do want to do is share the products I've purchased that I REALLY like. Think of it a reviews from someone you know, even though most of you don't know me personally. It's a way of me adding content to my site. I can blog more often with something of move value than just my simple life.
My goal is to post somewhat more regularly than I have been. Often I haven't been able to come up with something worthwhile to say. I plan to write a little then post the product review with the link. You can choose to read about the product or not. Click the link or not. Buy the product or not.
Today I'll tell you about a couple of things I bought that I think you might like or benefit from.
So, in my life there is good news and bad news. The good news is that Simple Thoughts on Philippians is available on Amazon in Kindle and print format. I will be formatting for large print very soon.
The Kindle version is $2.99 or if you have Kindle Unlimited it is free to read. The print version is $6.99. As of today, 02/21, it's only available at the Createspace store but will be available in a few days on Amazon.
I'm working on formatting James right now. Actually, I should be doing that rather than writing this blog but ...
Now for the bad news. I logged onto my credit card account today. There was a message asking if I had made a certain purchase. It was in England. At the time I was out of the country on Antigua but I hadn't bought whiskey in England. Now they have cancelled my card and are sending me a new number. :-(
I've had this happen before. I appreciate the credit card company contacting me when unusual occurrences happen but I really hate the hassle of changing numbers. The automatic bill payments all need to be updated. I've forgotten to do some in the past and man does that create a problem when bills don't get paid or I receive notice the card was denied.
You know what bothers me the most? I have to learn an entirely new sixteen digit number and the three digit one on the back. I buy a lot of stuff online. I'm getting old. Learning a new number, pooh. Thankfully, I have a program that keeps that sort of thing so I can copy and paste until I commit it to memory.
So, as always, there is good and bad. The good far outweighs the bad. Oh, another good thing. Here's the cover of Simple Thoughts on James. Keep watching. I'm hoping to have it out before Easter.
The date is Saturday, February 20, 2016. Simple Thoughts on Philippians will be on sale on Amazon for $2.99. I've set it up for Pre-Sale which should allow its purchase before that date to be sent to your Kindle (app) early on the 20th. If you have Kindle Unlimited you can read it for free. Either way please post a review whether you like it or not. Below are the first few of my simple thoughts so you can have a taste.
Simple Thoughts on Philippians
I don’t claim to be a Biblical scholar in any way shape or form. I’m simply a believer in the Trinity comprised of God the Father, Yeshua the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The thoughts on the Scripture are mine as the Holy Spirit teaches me. Your thoughts are most likely different or, at the most, similar. That’s okay. My hope is that you allow the Holy Spirit to open each verse to reveal something new or reaffirm your understanding.
I usually use the term HaShem when referring to God the Father or the Trinity. The word god has been watered down, misapplied or used as a swear word in our society. HaShem is Hebrew for The Name. I use Yeshua as it is Hebrew where Jesus is Greek. I use Sophie for the Holy Spirit as it means wisdom which is one of the gifts given by this most often forgotten member of the Trinity.
If the verse reference has an * it is a second thought on that verse.
All Scriptures come from the ESV or HCSB translations.
Paul and Timothy, servants of Jesus Christ; To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the overseers and servants: Grace to you, and peace from God, our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
This is a love letter to the Philippians. Paul is in prison in Rome. The book is filled with his love and concern for them. He gives them encouragement and teaching. He thanks them for their support in both material and spiritual ways. It is evident he misses them and longs to return to Philippi. Unfortunately, he is never able to do so. Paul writes this letter not long before he is executed by Nero.
One of the blessings faith in Yeshua give us is the security in the fact we will see loved ones in the faith once we are in Heaven. We know that, like Paul, we will be reunited with friends and family who have accepted Yeshua as savior. This should spur us on to witness so that we can be reunited after our death.
It is my hope you will experience Paul’s love as you read the thoughts I have been blessed to share with you.
I thank my God whenever I remember you, always in every request of mine on behalf of you all making my requests with joy, for your partnership in furtherance of the Good News from the first day until now;
Paul prays for those in Philippi, for their good and thanks for their growth, etc.
He prays with joy for them. His emotional attachment is obvious. He thanks God for them. I know I don't thank HaShem often enough for my family and friends. I don't thank him for their support of me in not only what I do but, more importantly, they’re holding me accountable in my walk.
I've gone to my pastor many times for counsel. Often I left his office not liking his advice even though it is based on Scripture. He knew I wasn't pleased. He reads body language and micro expressions very well. As I thought his advice over I realized it is correct. I emailed him each time letting him know I finally understood what he said and thanked him.
I thank HaShem for him and others not nearly enough.
being confident of this very thing, that he who began a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.
HaShem wants the development of our character to become more like Christ. The work has begun and will not stop until all is completed at the return.
This promise is that HaShem will continue to mold us to His image ,not that we will get to that point. We need to be teachable, open to Sophia's (Holy Spirit’s) counsel and prodding. One thing about our Lord, He is patient and stubborn. If we don’t learn the lesson he is impressing upon us we will be confronted with it over and over again.
There is a song by David Whittmore entitled Take Another Lap Around Mount Sinai that sums this up very well.
Go on and take another lap around Mt. Sinai
Til you learn your lesson
Till you stop your whining and you quit your rebellin'
Till you learn to stand in your day of testin'
By trustin' and obeyin' in the Lord
When this chorus comes to mind I know I need to take another lap around Mt. Sinai until I learn the lesson. Working on the rough ground that is is us is hard work. It takes careful reflection and honest evaluation of the fact that all is not right. We need to humble ourselves before HaShem, seeking his forgiveness and help. If I could change by myself I would, but I can’t, and I dare say you can’t either.
That's right. I'vebeen having my novels recorded in audio. There are three finished now and more in the works. Healing Love, Cottonwood Series #1 is available read by Lori Smith. She's working on Lord's Love now. Leah's Peace and Chasing Norie have been released read by Suzie Venable. Both these women are wonderful readers bringing the characters to life.
The really great news for you is that I've received coupon codes from ACX, the Amazon audio publishing, for free copies of Leah's Peace and Chasing Norie. I'm going to be giving these away.
It's been a long time again since I posted. Haven't done a ton of writing but I did start a new novel or novelette or series of novelettes at the beginning of the month. November is National Novel Writing Month. The goal is to start a novel and write 50,000 words during the month. November isn't over yet but I know I'm not going to make it.
Several things have contributed to this. First, and I'm not blaming HaShem, The Name, I was all set to write Chloe's Sanctuary when He switched gears on me. All of a sudden I'm writing a contemporary story. This idea came about three days before November started. Needless to say I was not very well prepared. I've gotten about 18,000 words written but am stalled out. I'm not sure how to get where I want to go and whether the plots should be in one book or at least two.
Another thing is the new exercise class I'm taking at the YMCA. It's a great class. It's for those of us at a certain age. No high impact. More trying to get the old bones and joints working better. The only trouble is that it is at 11:00 AM three days a week. It really breaks up my day. I'm not really great at getting a lot done before class then the two hours total to drive there, take the class and come home really cramp my schedule. I also go to aqua aerobics the other two days. Plus new Bible Studies I'm in. Then I try to have my darling granddaughter an afternoon a week.
All said and done, I'm not getting as much writing done as I had planned. The good news is I've lost about 35 pounds since May. Hurray!!!
On the positive writing aspect, I'm working on some short devotionals which will become a series as I work through books in the Bible. I've got Philippians in rough draft form and I'm working on James. The series will be called Simple Thoughts on _______. Whichever book goes on the line. They will be coming out on Kindle exclusively in 2016 and be on Kindle Unlimited also.
Now for the real good news, for you. I'm offering special autographed copies of all my print books, regular print. These are at a discounted price of $11.00 each. You can order them through this page. Paypal is the way you pay. Shipping is included. Orders must be place by December 15, 2015.
I'm also going to be dropping the price of the Kindle versions of all my books for the holiday season. So if you haven't read them take this opportunity to grab them on Amazon.
Check back next week. I promise more news on my books. I'm going to write that blog now so I can be sure it's ready. I'd hate to miss this opportunity for you.
If you haven't noticed, which I actually hope you have, I haven't blogged for a while. Well, I needed a break. I'd published seven books in three years and I was sort of written out. I simply needed a break. So now I think the break is over. I'm thinking about writing again and have several projects in different stages of writing. They were all just left alone and are waiting for me to start on them again.
Chloe's Sanctuary is the next book in the Stone's Creek Series and is in the works. Since I haven't looked at it since November last year I can't really say how far along it is. The character's from the first two books are going to be there. There's revelation about Eli's father and I'm not sure how that will impact their relationship, which is not very good at the moment.
There's Janie from the Cottonwood series who is all grown up now and may have her own story. I have the premise anyway.
I have a contemporary novel about half done. Also there is a Sci-Fi rolling around in my head. These are both departures from my normal Historical Romance genre and I'm wondering if I should publish those under a different pen name. I don't really want to but some people advise it. Would you read a Sophie Dawson Novel that wasn't a historical? Let me know.
As I stated last week, November is NANOWRIMO. I'm working on the next Stones Creek novel. It's the story of Chloe, Noah Preston's sister. She comes to Stones Creek with her two children. If you would like to read her pre-story simply subscribe to Sophie's Special Emails. No more than twice a month will you receive an email with special content not found here on the site.
Since it's NANO time I'm not posting a blog this week. Rather I'm sending out that special email. It's the second chapter in the novella Chloe's Decision.
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Sophie Dawson is my pen name. The real me is the wife of a farmer in western Illinois.
I have two grown sons, one of which is married to a wonderful young woman. They gave us the most wonderful granddaughter ever in November of 2010. I'm not the least bit prejudice. :)