Some weeks pass by in a slow hum-drum, feeling as if they’ll never end. Others whiz by in a flurry of activity, appointments, engagements—and when they’re over, you wonder where they went.
This week’s a pretty big one for me!
It commenced with the most important day in the Christian calendar, the culmination of the greatest love story ever told—resurrection Sunday. Without Christ rising from the dead, the cross would’ve been in vain, death would’ve had its victory. But it didn’t. Pondering this while writing this blog reminded me of an amazing book I read many, many years ago by Gene Edwards (and I seriously need to read it again). The Divine Romance is the story of the Crucifixion and Resurrection told from the angels’ view. If you haven’t read it yet, and love a great romance, I highly recommend this book.
A breathtakingly beautiful saga spanning from eternity to eternity, presented from the view of angels. Experience creation, the crucifixion, and the resurrection from this unique viewpoint, and gain a better understanding of the majestic love of God. Gene Edwards’s classic tale is the greatest love story ever told.
Sunday the 16th was also my late Daddy’s birthday—our second one without him. He would’ve turned 89 years old. The day was also the date I’d chosen to release a book of short stories I’d written over a decade ago documenting a few of my dad’s favorite fishing and hunting stories. I thought releasing Bush Tails on this special day would be a great way to honor his life. So, happy birthday, Daddy! I love and miss you endlessly. I’m posting the book cover here because even though this little book is far from a romance novel, it sure was a labor of love.
The excitement of this week just keeps coming. A Bookfunnel promo put together by fifteen great Christian romance authors for your reading pleasure, also kicked off on the 16th. Pop on over to our promo page and receive a free book from each author whose newsletter you sign up for. This promo runs through to April 30th.
Here’s what’s on offer:
Almost as exciting as all the news above, on Thursday hubby and I wing our way from near the bottom of the world to the top as we leave South Africa for a six-week holiday in Finland, England, and Italy. We’ll spend two weeks in Finland visiting my son and daughter-in-law in Helsinki. We’ve seen Finland in summer and winter, so this time we thought we’d experience the country in spring. I’ll miss picking berries in the forest though, as my hero and heroine did in Helsinki Sunrise. Unfortunately, spring isn’t berry season.
I never thought I’d say it, but I’ll also miss the opportunity of jumping into the avanto (hole in the ice). I was surprised after taking the plunge into that icy water, that I entertained the thought of doing it again some time. Not one to let an experience go to waste, especially one done in the name of writing research, I just had to do this when we visited Finland in the winter of 2015. So I had my hero and heroine in Poles Apart taking part in this crazy Finnish custom.
I’m really excited to see what experiences spring in Finland has to offer, and how I can weave these into future stories. We’re hoping to visit Russia for a day or two while we are there, and I cannot wait. Hmm a Russian hero…
After that we head off to England to visit my brother and his wife. Whilst there, I’m hoping to be able to drive up to North Yorkshire to see a friend who lives fairly close to the moors. If we do manage to include this in our itinerary, I plan to visit Robin Hood’s Bay and Scarborough, which were the storyworlds of A Hero for Heather and A Husband for Holly in my Seven Suitors for Seven Sisters series. A visit to St. Stephen’s Church is definitely on the cards of I do get up there. And I’d love to take a trip to Levens Hall in the Lake District, an important location in almost all my stories in this series, starting with A Match for Magnolia.
The last eleven days of our holiday will be spent in Italy. This is a first for me. I tagged this leg onto our trip because I have two books coming up toward the end of a year in a multi-author series project that’s currently underway. So, I’m off to research Rome (three days) and Tuscany (four days) where my two stories will be set. Other planned stops in Italy are Pisa, Florence, Venice, Modena, and Cinque Terre. I’m especially excited about the latter, not only for its interesting beauty, but because an old friend of mine who lives in Switzerland, and whom I haven’t seen in sixteen years bar one random ten minute running into each other at a car rental in Cape Town—far from both our homes—is coming to spend the two days we’re there with us.
As I write this blog, I cannot wait for this full and exciting week to begin. Neither can I wait to write all the stories I know will be sparked from our overseas holiday.
What’s your week been like? What will it still hold? I’d love to hear from you.