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.
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.
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.
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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. :)