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Thank you for taking the time to learn a little about me (especially if you are not related to me - they are my fans automatically!). I am a happily married wife and mother of three grown sons (each refuses to read my book - go figure!). I teach seventh graders, which shows I like to live on the wild side of life.
So much has changed in my life since I published the first installment of my "Destiny by Design" Series. I had quickly started on the second installment and finished all but the final ten chapters around Christmas of 2014, which had been my original goal to complete the book that I failed to meet. However, much like the twists and turns that are in my stories, Destiny took me on path I was not ready to travel. My daddy became gravely ill with a prognosis I was not ready to accept.
In the midst of our despair, a granddaughter was born on April 11th. My father was so proud of his first Great-Granddaughter and declared she looked just like her daddy - his first Grandson Josh. In the moments that he was awake, he would tell any family member in the room how much he loved them and was ready to go home. We would try to tease him about expiration dates and plans for summer, fall, and winter, but his prayers were different from ours. Mine were selfish. I prayed for a miracle, while he prayed for golden streets and worshiping at the feet of his Savior. I had so many reasons to give thanks for my many blessings; yet on April 14th my father's wish came true. Time stood still me, while the calendar marched on, as we all know it does.
Writing has always been cathartic for me. Most is private just like my first diary almost a million years ago now. However, I could not write a word. My book was so close to being finished and those who had actually read the first one (family and close friends) asked from time to time when they might get to read the next one. I had a dozen excuses, most of them plausible. The real reason was I couldn’t face some of what was in the book because it all hit too close to home and I simply wasn’t ready.
At last, my grieving process and love for life met on the same day, telling me it was time to allow myself the time to go back to the dreams of my childhood and face DESTINY without cowardice. My advice: find your dream, be willing to step out on faith to make it come true for you, and know that God is good.
on Oct. 30, 2013 :
Beautiful - I don't know what else to say but I think this book is absolutely beautiful. There were times where I laughed, times where I cried and many, many times where I felt all warm and fuzzy inside. I am completely attached to these characters that the author has so deeply embedded in my heart. I can't wait to see where destiny takes them.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)