When a person from her past is revealed she worries that her new start might be over for good. She just wants to find a Sanctuary where she and her children can feel loved, wanted, and useful. Can Stones Creek be that place or will she once again be cast aside? Will the men who abandoned her five years ago ruin her chance at a Happy Ever After? Or will she find Sanctuary in the arms of the local blacksmith?
McIlroy has a secret. He lost a wife and family to evil people during the war. He want’s nothing to do with any of the women at Sanctuary House, or so he tells himself. Yet, he’s drawn to the tall, dark-haired Chloe and her children. Can he learn to forgive himself and allow love into his life again? Or will he push the woman away out of fear and guilt?
Seven women are getting a second chance at Sanctuary House. Will they find it or is the past too strong to overcome? Will they find husbands for themselves and fathers for their children or was Nugget Nate wrong to send them here? Can the past be overcome? Is there really a chance for any of them to find Sanctuary? The answers lie in the pages of Chloe’s Sanctuary.
Coming to Amazon February 13, 2017
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It's time to get excited. Chloe's Sanctuary is set to release on February 13. It's again set in Stone's Creek so if you've read Leah's Peace and Chasing Norie you will be familiar with the town and characters. If you haven't read these I recommend you do as Chloe's Sanctuary happens after the conclusion of Chasing Norie. Some of Chloe's backstory is mentioned in both the Stones Creek books.
Also, there's a very short story, Chloe's Choice, that is available on Amazon for $0.99 or KU.
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I just finished the first draft of Chloe's Sanctuary. Oh my, what a relief. I wanted it to be done by the end of the year and I made it. Now comes the hard part. Edit, edit, edit.
If you don't know Chloe's Sanctuary is the next book in the Stones Creek Series. It begins a couple of months after the other two end. In July 1868. Chloe is the older sister to Pastor Noah Preston who was kidnapped as a ten year old. She'd had a pretty tough life. There's a short story, Chloe's Choice, available on Amazon for Kindle giving you a bit of background of her and her son Duncan. Here's the link.
I'm excited about Chloe's Sanctuary. There are lots of new people living in Stones Creek as well as the ones you already know. Be read for laughter, tears and, of course, a Happily Ever After ending. It's full of God working in the hearts of people as well.
If you've read my novel Redeeming Love which I co-wrote with my friend George McVey you know we share a love for the late 1800's. We also share some character's. His character Nugget Nate is the brother to my character Aggie Cutler. They are definitely a pair of characters.
Well, PG, as we call Pastor George, has begun a new series I'm sure many of you will like. It's a Mail Order Bride series and the first one has been released.
The Pastor's Replacement Bride
I don't want to give too much away. The book is good and the story well written. The Amazon release date is January 6 for $3.99 but will be available in early release for .99.
The Pastor's Replacement Bride been released on Amazon for Kindle. It's the first book in a new series. It's also available for Kindle Unlimited reading for free. Always a good thing.
Here's the blurb:
When the daughters, sisters and mothers of several town men approach the Pastor Joshua for his blessing on a church endorsed mail order bride scheme the frazzled Minister see’s a way to stop all the advances of the mayor’s daughter. He slips his own letter into the packet before it is mailed out to the churches in Richmond, Philadelphia and Chicago seeking his own bride. When the stage arrives with the brides Joshua finds his didn’t make the trip. However his heart has chosen another, his intended’s best friend. Can he help her overcome her guilt at stealing her friend's beau, or are they destined for heartache? Can he truly prove he loves her and make her The Pastor’s Replacement Bride?
In Chicago, Hattie Long is about to end her indentured service as a cook's helper in one of the upscale brothels in Chi town. The gangster who owns the brothel informs her that when her service is up he will take her under his wing and show her how to please his customers and make her his star attraction. At the advice of her pastor's daughter with the same name as her tells her about a group of women going west to become mail order brides including herself. They arrange for her to join them. But on the day of departure Hattie’s friend is struck down with scarlet fever. When the brides arrive in Sanctuary her friend’s beau, Pastor Joshua Bryce, decides to court her to escape a forced marriage by the deacons. Soon trouble follows and Hattie has to escape her past. Can she finally find her happily ever after as The Pastor’s Replacement Bride?
Imagine being in the paradise on a Caribbean Island with your family but all you want to do is end it all. That's what Saige is feeling. She lost her husband to a drunk driver and now is gripped in the throws of depression. Enter Logan who is recovering from betrayal and divorce.
These two come together in a sweet, short story Rescued By Love. Now available on Amazon for .99 or free if you have Kindle Unlimited.
I'd love to hear if you enjoy the book.
Stay tuned for more exciting news.
November is National Novel Writing Month or NANOWRIMO or to those of us who do and love it NANO. The goal is to start a new novel on November 1 and write 50,000 words during the thirty days of the month. It sounds like a daunting task and it is, sort of. The average words per day that you need is 1,667. I can write that in about an hour and a half of good uninterrupted writing.
I have so many WIPs and so I’ve been working on all of them. Some a little and some a lot. I finished Rescued By Love, a sweet inspirational novelette coming out on Dec. 1 for .99 or on KU. Chloe’s Sanctuary (Stone’s Creek Book 3) has gotten a lot of work done on it. I’ve got another contemporary novel, possible series, completed. I need to figure out a title for it. :( Those are so hard.
I’ve succumbed to the pressure in my head an started two new books. At least I think it’s two. One is Janie’s story in the Cottonwood series. It’s title is Surviving Love. It may only be a novelette or novella. We’ll have to see how it goes.
The other is a Science Fiction either series or three stories interwoven into one book. It’s not a Christian book but will be clean and wholesome.
Well, the upshot is that I’m really writing again and have WON NANO. I crossed the 50,000 word mark today. I’m going to keep going for the next nine days and see if I can make 60,000. With my regular schedule and Thanksgiving it might be a daunting task but I’m flexing my fingers and typing away.
November is National Novel Writing Month or NANOWRIMO or to those of use who actually do it and refer to it it's NANO. The stated goal is to start a novel on November 1 and write 50,000 words by the end of the month. Sounds like a daunting task and it is but not at tough as you'd think if you stick with it.
I've done and won NANO in the past. Failed in 2014 and didn't even try in 2015. I was on my sabbatical. ;) This year as I got back into writing I decided to give it a go again. But being the rebel that I am I decided to be a NANO Rebel.
I'm back to writing and am pleased to say it's going pretty well. So well that I've got a novelette just about ready for release. Rescued By Love is a contemporary story about a young widow with twins and a divorced man trying to get over the betrayal by his ex. At just over 16,000 words it won't take long to read.
They would be fine. They had Kayla and Ryan as their godparents and guardians. They were young enough to forget the loss of their parents. They’d already lost their father. She’d not been much of a mother for the last ten months. Saige Garner looked back toward the beach one more time. She took a breath, moved from floating vertically in the water into swimming position and began slow arm strokes out to sea.
Tears coursing down her cheeks merged with the salt water as Saige kept her eyes fixed on the horizon. In her mind she saw the sleeping faces of her four year old twins. Tyce, the older twin by three minutes, looked so much like his father except for his brown rather than blonde hair. Oval face with brown eyes. He looked just like Nolan’s baby and toddler pictures. He’d be so handsome when he was grown. Amie, her princess, was blonde like her father but with her mother’s blue eyes. She also had a heart shaped face with the same widow’s peak Saige had. Who would have thought that bit of hair peaked on her forehead would be so prophetic for Saige’s life. A widow at the young age of twenty-eight.
Normally the water had nothing breaking the surface as Logan Scofield rounded the peninsula which bounded the waterway into Jolly Harbor in the early morning on his wave runner. Another day in paradise; Antigua. He’d come three weeks ago to escape the cold of the US in January. The sun couldn’t be seen yet as it hadn’t topped the mountain to the east but the sky was light and Jolly Bay was smooth. It was his favorite time to rev the motor of the jet ski to maximum without having to be concerned that a wave or swell needed to be avoided or fought.
Ahead something dark was floating on the surface. Logan would see what it was and pick it out of the water if it was garbage. It was out a long way from the shore in front of Jolly Beach Resort. No need for trash to wash up on the beach.
As he moved nearer an arm lifted then returned to the water. It was a person. Why were they so far out and still swimming away from shore? There weren’t any reasons for someone to be so far out. The energy it took to get that distance from shore would make it difficult, if not impossible, to swim back to the beach. Logan aimed the bow of his wave runner toward the person and sped up.
A motor’s roar coming near made Saige look to her right just as a wave runner drew up beside her. Nooo. It was so early. She’d left the suite as the sky was barely lightening.
“Are you insane or trying to kill yourself?” A man cut the motor and reached down an arm extending his hand for Saige to take. She ignored it and increased the speed of her strokes. She didn’t think about the fact that she’d never be able to out swim a wave runner.
“No you don’t.” The man jumped off the runner and wrapped an arm around her waist. Saige swung her arm at him trying to push him away or knock him in the head. She didn’t care which. She only wanted to get away from him.
Logan turned her body away from him and gripped his arm from her shoulder across her chest clasping her hard under her arm. It was obvious now that her intent had been suicide. He didn’t know or care why. At the moment he only wanted to get her on the runner with him and back to shore. First he had to get them to and on the wave runner. It wouldn’t do for that to get away from them.
She continued struggling, futilely, until he grabbed onto the runner and heaved her up across it. Then he kicked hard and managed to mount it before she was able to slip back into the water. Logan pinned her crosswise on her belly between his legs with one knee and took off back toward Jolly Harbor.
She was crying, her head in her arms now. The fight had gone out of her. Logan wondered if she was alone on the island and how he’d find out who to contact. He didn’t really want to involve the police. He didn’t know what the policy was for attempted suicide and didn’t want to find out. As they turned east into the harbor the sun rose past the mountain and twinkled off the gold wrist band on her arm. Tranquility Bay used those. He’d be able to find out if she had family or friends with her at the all-suite resort.
Slowing as he entered the harbor, Logan pulled into the marina and up to the stern of the yacht he’d borrowed from a friend to stay on while in Antigua. Logan secured the wave runner to the swim platform and lifted his leg off the woman’s back. He moved to the platform and looked at her. He couldn’t tell much since he couldn’t see her face. She wasn’t sobbing anymore, instead she was trying to catch her breath, her head still on her arms. Then she looked up at him.
“That’s my question to you. Why?” She was a young woman, somewhere in her mid to late twenties he’d guess. Pretty, he guessed but with her red eyes and stricken expression it was hard to tell. Slim, in a flowered one-piece bathing suit she hadn’t moved and was still sprawled across between the seat and steering of the wave runner.
Logan held his hand out to her. This time she took it and allowed him to aid her transfer to the swim platform. She was trembling all over. He worried that she might be going into shock. He grabbed a couple of towels from the railing above his head and wrapped her in them. Then he picked her up and carried her up the steps setting her on the bench seating lining the area just above the swim platform. He sat next to her and looked at her a moment. She was looking down, her shoulders slumped as if in defeat.
“What’s your name?” Logan asked.
“Why were you swimming away from shore?”
“Because I want to die.”
George McVey, author friend of mine, who I co-wrote Redeeming Love with, has a couple of new books out. I thought I'd let you know about them. They are available on Amazon for sale and through Kindle Unlimited, which I love.
They are light holiday reading. Enjoy.
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.
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