As much as I love winter, I look forward to the beauty of spring. In my little garden, crocus have bloomed and daffodils sprout their leaves. The hyacinth will perfume the garden with their purple blooms. And I'm excited to see the rainbow of tulips pop up. I'm not a master gardener like my friend, Nancy, but I do enjoy getting my hands in the dirt.
Do you have a pet you love?
Meet my inspiration for Rosie
In my last newsletter, I promised to introduce you to my inspiration for Sadie's dog Rosie, in my novel-in-progress, Island Girl.
Meet Tater. He lived with us for fifteen years. Tater was the best dog, sweet tempered and loving. He now lives in our memories as a dear friend.
Rosie is much like Tater. Loyal to Sadie and loving. Rosie runs into some trouble on the island, but she is resilient like her owner. I couldn't imagine my main character without her canine sidekick.
I can't forget Olive
Olive is part corgi and dachshund. Her story is sad, but has a happy ending. A farmer caught her nibbling at his cat's food. He followed her home to an abandoned farm house. She had eight puppies to care for. The farmer's sister took Olive and her pups to a rescue shelter, and I'm happy to say they all found homes.
She hangs out with me while I write. Maybe she'll appear in a future story!
Read Across America
In March we celebrate books with Read Across America. When I was a children's librarian, I loved encouraging young ones to embrace reading. We read all kinds of stories and enjoyed dressing up. One year I was the fish and fish bowl from The Cat in the Hat, imagine that.
Now I enjoy reading all kinds of stories. I tend to seek out books set on the water; islands, the coast, or a lake. I adore a cozy mystery, romantic suspense, and second chance romance.
What do you enjoy reading? I'd love to hear from you.
What I'm Reading
From the back cover- Though she hopes for a quiet, uncomplicated life for herself, Dorothy Clark wants nothing more than to stir others up. Specifically, she dreams of writing something that will challenge people as much as Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin seems to have. But in 1850s Mesquite Springs, there are few opportunities for writers--until newspaperman Brandon Holloway arrives, that is.
Brandon Holloway has seen the disastrous effects of challenging others and has no intention of repeating that mistake. Instead of following his dreams, he's committed to making a new--and completely uncontroversial--start in the Hill Country.
As Dorothy's involvement in the fledgling newspaper grows from convenient to essential, the same change seems to be happening in Brandon's heart. But before romance can bloom, Dorothy and Brandon must work together to discover who's determined to divide the town and destroy Brandon's livelihood.
This month I'm giving away a copy of Patricia Bradley's latest book to one of my subscribers...
From the back cover- Natchez Trace Ranger and historian Emma Winters hoped never to see Sam Ryker again after she broke off her engagement to him. But when shots are fired at her at a historical landmark just off the Natchez Trace, she's forced to work alongside Sam as the Natchez Trace law enforcement district ranger in the ensuing investigation.
To complicate matters, Emma has acquired a delusional secret admirer who is determined to have her as his own. Sam is merely an obstruction, one which must be removed. Sam knows that he has failed Emma in the past, and he doesn't intend to let her down again. Especially now that her life is on the line.
Respond to this email with your preferred mailing address by 3/20/21, and I'll send the book your way.
Whatever is lovely...
Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land.
-Song of Songs 2:12
Thank you for joining me on my writing journey. Next month I'll share the inspiration for Sadie and Joel.
My philosophy for writing stems from finding God's beauty in everyday life, be it through nature, books, a lovely teacup, or a tattered Bible. So often we're bogged down with the sadness and tragedy we experience or hear on the news. To combat the sorrow, God has called me to bring hope and joy to people's lives through the positive relationship I have with Jesus. He has so much to offer to the hurting world and if my writing brings healing and hope through Christ, I've done a good work.