The last two weeks have been a little odd on the writing front. I’ve got two pieces of good news to report: First, Marrying Mandy is now available for pre-order. I want to again express my thank you to each and every one of you who nominated it while it was on Kindle Scout. The other good news is that I finished up the edits for my latest book, Finding Grace. This is the sixth and final chapter of the Love’s Compass series. I’m so excited about this book, not only because I finally get to share Beth and Tyler’s story, but also because I’ve been able to tie up some loose ends with regards to other characters in the series. Some of those stories have been on my heart since I first introduced them a year or two ago. I can’t wait for you all to read it!
As you could probably guess from Finding Grace’s title, grace is a big thing in this book. Accepting the grace of God as well as allowing grace for ourselves. Because of this, I find it interesting that I’ve had to learn a lesson about giving myself some grace the last two weeks as well.
You see, I have had a really difficult time starting a new project or really concentrating on much of anything. It’s weird, because I thought maybe it was strictly because of the time difference, lack of sleep, or maybe even allergies. And then I figured it out: This month marks the sixth anniversary of my dad’s passing. It’s not that I’d forgotten. In fact, November is filled with memories of him. Dad and our son had birthdays just three days apart (November 7th and 10th, respectively). So I remember that last year how our son was so fascinated that his grandpa was going to have orange sherbet. I remember our weekly Skype visit a week later and how I thought my Dad was so happy and looked amazing compared to how he’d been looking and feeling in recent weeks. And then there was the 19th, the day he passed. So many things happened in such a short period of time. From the first of November through about the twentieth, it’s like my brain mentally goes through the events six years ago.
That’s when I realized that I needed to give myself some grace. It didn’t matter if I couldn’t start another writing project right now, or if I just wasn’t feeling the holiday decorating bug. In fact, it really was okay to indulge in more Christmas movies on Netflix than I normally do or play the Facebook game I enjoy. Sometimes, when things are emotionally overwhelming, we just have to give ourselves the grace we need to get through that time in our life.
As we go into the holiday season, I especially miss my dad, and I’m sure many of you experience the same thing. Enjoy those special memories, smile and laugh as you make new ones, and grieve the ones who are no longer with us. But also remember that you are not alone. Rely on God for peace and remember to give yourself a little grace.
Finding Grace, the sixth book in the Love’s Compass series, will be released January 3rd, 2018 – three years to the day after the first book came out in 2015. If you haven’t tried the series yet, and you enjoy books that focus on faith, family, and love, then now’s a great time to start! Finding Peace is on sale for only $0.99 through November.