How Do You Like Your Reading?

“There’s so much more to a book than just the reading.” ~Maurice Sendak

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Finding peace.

Reclaiming faith.

Experiencing healing.

Overcoming fears.

Surrendering control.

Sometimes themes are woven into a book with such a gentle, subtle thread that we may not even recognize them until we finish reading. Other times, a particular theme flashes like a neon sign.

What themes do you appreciate in your reading?

Welcome to the world: RORI’S HEALING!

It’s finally here! :insert happy tears:
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Happy Book Birthday to Rori’s Healing, 

the first book in the Harmon Heritage series, 
where three siblings struggle to find healing and peace after their father’s tragic death. 

Want a peek? Sure you do! 
Cowgirl was staring at him, the gentle breeze fluttering long strands of dark hair across her creamy cheeks, hiding those beautiful eyes. She flicked the locks away, and then stuffed a free hand into the pocket of her jeans, the tip of her boot poking at the dirt, her focus now on studying the ground. “Thank you for being here when I needed somebody.”
From the soft tone of her voice, Graham knew that meant a great deal to her. He puffed out his chest. He might not know anything about a llama’s labor and delivery process, but he could be the man Cowgirl needed. Yeah. He could do this even if Jumbo decided to spit again. Graham glared at the tall, fuzzy creature. He’d just make sure he moved as fast, no, faster, than his racecar.

Still stinging from the publicity surrounding her father’s death, social phobic Rori Harmon prefers the solitude of her animal sanctuary, accepting that marriage isn’t in her future. Racecar Driver Graham Decker refuses to be wrangled into a relationship by another money-hungry female. On a philanthropy mission, he arrives just in time to assist Rori with a llama birthing, but his appearance thrusts her into the media spotlight again. Has Graham found a woman who doesn’t care how deep his wallet extends? Has Rori finally met a man who will stick around when times get tough? Is healing for a hurting heart finally within Rori’s reach?

Harmon Heritage, available with Pelican Book Group
Rori’s Healing ~ June 5, 2015
Beck’s Peace ~ Coming July 24, 2015
Burk’s Surrender ~ Coming September 18, 2015

Annoying or Divine? You choose…

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks. I just wrapped up my Christmas novella, Christmas in the Rink, and behold! Edits for two other books, Beck’s Peace and Burk’s Surrender, arrived in my inbox within seconds of each other. 

I expected Beck’s Peace, but I was rather surprised to receive both books. Since I’m fairly single-minded, I don’t usually bounce back and forth between books, especially when they feature identical twin heroes, Beck and Burk. Hello! Anybody see a problem here? Although these twin heroes, polar opposites, were so much fun to write, it was torture keeping them straight. I was afraid that somewhere along the way Burk would end up romancing Beck’s heroine or vice versa.

Typically, I stop whatever I’m working on to dig into edits, but last weekend, we expected our house to be bursting-at-the-seams with family. My parents were coming, and it was the last opportunity to visit with them before they made the trek back to AK for the summer. Also, several of  our male family members were excited about heading to the NASCAR race in Martinsville, and our house made the perfect landing spot for all.

So what to do? Clean and shop for a full house or work on edits for two books?

For me, the decision wasn’t too hard. Family takes precedence, and I had ten days to turn in the edits. But what if I was backed up against a tight deadline and losing a couple days in my schedule really mattered? 

Well, don’t you know that very same weekend our awesome pastor preached on…divine interruptions. Kinda timely, don’t you think? I won’t go into details of the message, but later that week God really hammered me with this particular passage (and it wasn’t even part of the sermon!). 

Do I consider the interruptions in my daily work schedule as God-appointed? Or am I more exasperated that I’m not reaching my word count goal? Ouch.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying schedules and daily goals are a bad thing. After all, God prefers organization over chaos. (1 Cor 14:33) But, since God sees the big forever picture, His plans for my day might be a bit different than mine, and if I’m praying for God to direct my path, shouldn’t I be open to the opportunities he plants in front of me? 

You know how amazing God is? He stretched my time as only He can do, allowing me to accomplish all the tasks, and my editor received the edits way ahead of schedule.

What about you? Do you tend to get frustrated or annoyed with interruptions? Or do you treat them as the divine encounters they might be?

God, help me to acknowledge that You order my day, not me, and to recognize these interruptions as divine appointments. Fill me with Your joy, and allow me to be a beacon for You.