Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Cover Reveal--A Tree's Response Mystery

It has been rough for me the last couple of years -- longer, in actuality. My husband and I have weathered the storm. As many already know, I've wanted to write books from the time I knew actual humans created them. Books, to me, were magical, a gateway into new worlds, a means to make new friends, a way to learn how people think. People are fascinating! Even ordinary people (and there are no ordinary people, are there?). 

I'm saddened by the loss of my mother and my brother. I am slowly learning to deal with the gaping hole left in my heart. The edges are still jagged and bring pain and tears when I bump up against them. 

Eventually, the jagged edges will smooth, and life will be restored to a semblance of normalcy. I will never be the same. That's what life does to us--it changes us, and if we contemplate the changes wisely, sorrows help us to grow. 

My writing had to be placed on the back burner for a while as I dealt with issues, including my own health problems. Now, I've restarted although still sputtering. Sputtering means my writing comes in bouts, but I suppose that has always been true. 

I have accomplished some things in the last few days. I worked a bit more on the outlining of Libby and Ander, the second in Down to the River novellas. 

I have started several full-length books, but none are yet near completion. I hope to have Moon's Silence completed soon (written under my pen name). After that, I plan to write the rest of A Tree's Response. This is a trilogy. Each book stands alone but together they make a complete story--that's the plan anyway!

I have the covers for all 3 books ready to go!

I'm eager to get started back on this series! 

The Lord willing, I'll soon be back in the saddle!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Robbie & Taron--New Novella!

I have written a novella, Robbie & Taron, Down to the River, Book 1. It will be published July 1st, in less than two weeks! 

This is a novella of only 21,000 words. I plan to write two more this year, and I'm still working on The Unbinding and Moon's Silence. 

Robbie & Taron is a clean western romance with a bit of cozy mystery. 

Here's a sample:

Chapter One

The cold wind stung Roberta’s cheeks, and she readjusted her scarf, pulling it to the tip of her nose with numb fingers. Papa slumped forward, his forearms lying on his knees, the reins loose in his hands. The horses arched their necks, nostrils down, snorting as they struggled against the wind.
The darkened sky threatened to drop its content of snow at any moment. She crossed her arms, not only to hold in a bit more warmth but also in a fit of sulkiness. Her father alone was responsible for this. Although they had been repeatedly warned not to travel without companions and not to venture out at this time of year, he insisted. It was late October, and a snowstorm could appear out of nowhere. There had been no snow yet but the cold was numbing.
Papa hadn’t spoken in over an hour, unusual for him. Normally, his spine was as rigid as an iron rod as he barked out questions and commands. Mama, lying in the bed of the covered wagon, also had been strangely quiet—not that she wasn’t normally quiet, timid some would say. 
Her father coughed hoarsely, and she ventured a closer sideways glance. Bright blotches of red stung his cheeks, and his normally bright blue eyes were clouded.
Papa was sixty-eight, had been forty-eight when she was born, yet was still a strong, vibrant man—at least physically. She wondered, not for the first time, if senility was creeping in. Mama was twenty years his junior but never questioned his judgment, was kept completely under his thumb, as had been Roberta. He’d become more irritable as of late, and his judgment unreliable.
She was their only child, and Papa, of course, had wanted a boy, a son he would have named Robert Sinclair Rutherford, Junior—someone who would inherit his medical practice. After adjusting to the realization a girl would be the only child he’d ever have, he set to work on a plan. Roberta would become a doctor even if she was born the weaker sex, although Papa never said it or indicated he thought she was weaker in any way. He put his plan into action, teaching her all he knew and keeping a strict watch on all her activities. The focus on medicine was single, and any and all distractions immediately swatted away like an annoying housefly. Many men had tried to dissuade him, and her, especially when she entered medical school. She was sure she gained entrance because of her father’s brilliant reputation although her own intelligence and work ethic gained her respect among the other students and even the professors.

Only two more weeks! Hope you check it out!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Final Cover for the Unbinding plus excerpt!

The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die”(Genesis 2:15).

My grandson, when very young, asked, “Who made God first?” And then proudly answered, “Adam.”

We are often like my grandson and ask questions incorrectly, or sometimes, simply ask the wrong question. But let’s consider the question my grandson attempted to ask. He had meant to say, “Who did God make first?” Even my two-year-old grandson knew the answer—Adam. Why is this significant to our study? In the passage above, we see that God gives Adam instructions about the tree of knowledge before forming Eve. It’s not until verse 22, we read:
And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man.

Eve is not yet in existence when God gives the instructions, and probably, Adam passes along the information to the newly formed Eve. It’s also possible God gave her the instructions face to face. Regardless, she becomes confused, whether it's her fault or Adam's. We know this because she tells the serpent in Genesis chapter three, “You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.”(emphasis mine)

God’s instructions to Adam did not include neither shall you touch it. 
Thus, the serpent targets Eve, knowing she is armed with incorrect teaching. The story continues:
So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate (Genesis 3:6, emphasis mine).

Adam stands by and watches the scene unfold without speaking up. Adam sins along with Eve. Throughout the Bible, scripture says man is the one through whom sin entered the world.

For example, Romans 5:12 tells us: Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned.

Remember that Adam and Eve formed one flesh, one man, one human, if you will. The Bible reiterates again and again that sin entered the world through one person, and that is the united Adam and Eve. The word translated “man” in Romans 5:12, is anthrópo. According to Strong’s Concordance, the definition is one of the human race.

Why, then, is Eve alone often blamed? Perhaps the verses below have led to our confusion.

I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet.  ~1 Timothy 2:12

I do not permit a woman to teach cannot be a blanket statement since women are seen throughout scripture as teachers. And no one would argue today that women cannot teach other women or children. This statement, therefore, must mean not to teach in such a way as to exercise authority over a man. But does that mean what some think? Scholars agree that the Greek word authentein, translated here as “to exercise authority,” carries with it the idea of force to assume authority.

Based on a (mis)understanding of the text, women have been told throughout the ages that men are to lead and women are to follow.
But what if we look at these verses from a woman’s viewpoint at that time? What if women, with their new-found freedom in Christ, believe they are the ones chosen by God to assume authority?

 These early Christian women know salvation, in the form of Jesus, has entered the world through a woman.

They know Mary had given birth to the Christ! A woman had been part of God’s great purpose. 

Hope to have this book completed in a month or so. Look for it soon!