Watching the beautiful sunrise from my back porch as I think about my mother’s mother.
We celebrated her 90th year on this planet. Her five surviving children, many of her grandchildren and a bunch of her great grandkids were there.
It’s amazing when I think of everything she has accomplished the many storms her faith had carried her though. A legacy of love and faith is the best any of us can hope to achieve this life.
Hanging out with my aunts, uncles, sister, cousins, nieces, nephews and my own kids is always fun. I’m blessed by an imperfect, flawed, but loving family. I’m surrounded by people I know will be there without a doubt if I needed them.
I think that might be why family dynamics are a strong thread in stories.
Another reason I write the stories I write is because of my Granner. My grandmother taught me many lessons, but the most important: to completely trust in God’s will. Easy to say but to live it is another challenge that I fail at times.
To have faith that God is always good, even in the middle of the worse storm can be hard to see and, in our drive, to make things right or to control a situation, we can lose our way, lose our propose.
In my new series arriving May 21, Elijah and Jazmine both must learn this lesson to find the love they were meant to have. But fear, doubt, and guilt must be turned over to God first.
When Elijah De La Rosa runs into his ex-wife—the one person he hasn’t apologized to for his youthful mistakes—he’s shocked to discover they have a five-year-old daughter. But can he convince her he’s a changed man worthy of the title daddy…and, possibly, husband?
These were two of the hardest character to write, but I came to love them so much and wanted to make sure to get their story right. They had not trusted God and took matters into their own hands – of course we know what kind of trouble we find when we turn from God.
I love writing the happy endings for not just my hero and heroine, but the families too.
I love themes of forgiveness and righting wrongs. Sometimes it the forgiveness that God has given us that can be the hardest to accept.
What themes do you love seeing in a book?
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After his daughter suffers a rodeo injury and winds up recovering alongside his first crush, Nikki Bergmann, devoted dad Adrian De La Cruz becomes even more protective of Mia – and his heart. But as the bond between Mia and Nikki grows, Adrian can’t help falling for Nikki once again. Will long-buried secrets tear them apart… or can Adrian finally build a future with the women he’s never forgotten?