Did I ever tell you about that one time I thought I wanted to be a nurse?
Yeah. That didn’t work out.
I was a good student. Not always straight As, but I was close enough. When I entered nursing school, I failed every test in the first two months.
Wake up! You don’t belong here!
So, I shifted over to English concentration classes, and things started to pick up.
Choosing a college major was tough for me. I was decent at learning most subjects, but I didn’t excel at anything.
I remember walking into the last lab I attended in nursing school. The instructor began explaining how to clean a trach tube.
Now, I’d done well at washing my hands and changing the sheets on beds. But that day, I knew in my heart that it took a special person to be a nurse, and I didn’t have what it takes.
Fast forward a decade, and I’m spending my nights with my husband’s grandmother, Nanny, at the hospital. She was there for sixteen days, and you better believe I remembered those old nursing school days. Not what I learned from all of those failed tests, but the dedication and kindness needed to care for ailing people day after day.
When I married my husband, it was because I loved him, and I wanted to make a life with him. Little did I know that I would come to love his family as my own.
When Nanny was sick, she was the best patient that hospital had ever seen. She told everyone to have a blessed day. She thanked profusely. She went on and on about her appreciation for the doctors and nurses. She was a dream patient.
And through all of it, I watched her strong faith in the Lord and her Christ-like attitude wash away the fear and pain. She’s a believer through and through.
Nanny’s faith renewed my own. I strive to be the Christian she is, and it was my pleasure to attend to her in those days. I spent many of those nights sitting beside her hoping my stories would inspire someone the way she’d inspired me with her overwhelming kindness.
Love comes in many forms and sometimes in ways we never expected, like when my husband’s family became my own and I was doubly blessed.
So, when I think of Christian romance, I think of a man and a woman falling in love with God as their foundation.
But when I think of love stories, those come in all forms. Being blessed with two amazing families is a love story worth telling. This is exactly why the stories I write usually center around the cornerstone of family. Two will always be stronger than one, and a supportive family is a gift I’ll always appreciate.
Writing the Blackwater Ranch series made me reflect on where I’ve been and where I’m going. I’m smart enough to know that I don’t know what the future holds, but I’ll have a big family beside me through it all.
The Blackwater Ranch series allowed me to explore my past. I grew up on a cattle farm, and to this day, everyone in my dad’s side of the family lives on those acres except me and my little family. We live about twenty minutes away, and I still visit almost every day.
The Harding family you meet in the Blackwater Ranch series is my family. They’re the backbone of my upbringing. Down-home folks who work hard and love the Lord. They’re kindness and hope, and I want to share that blessing with readers everywhere.
Someone out there is looking for a home, and I write stories where characters find their place in the world and with our Savior. I love writing books, and each one builds my faith and friendships.
This week, I’m releasing the sixth and final book in the Blackwater Ranch series. To celebrate, I’m putting all the books on sale.
Remembering the Cowboy (Noah and Camille) – Free
Charmed by the Cowboy (Lucas and Maddie) – Free
Mistaking the Cowboy (Asher and Haley) – 99 cents
Protected by the Cowboy (Micah and Laney) – 99 cents
Keeping the Cowboy (Aaron and Jade) – 2.99
Redeeming the Cowboy (Hunter and Felicity) – 2.99
They’re all in Kindle Unlimited, but if you’re not subscribed, I hope you get a chance to grab them while they’re on sale.
This series may be ending, but there is a new story (or six) on the horizon. *Wink, wink*
I want to give away an ebook copy of the newest book in this series, Redeeming the Cowboy. To enter, comment below and tell me what you like most about families in Christian romances. I’ll choose a winner on Tuesday, July 20, 2021.