April is a month of important milestones for me. Perhaps most notable to you would be my first blog post with Inspy Romance, which is the third milestone I’m celebrating. I’m honored and ecstatic to join this community of contemporary Christian romance lovers. Since I am new here, I wanted to take this welcome post to tell you about myself, my first CCR series, and how you can win a copy of my first novel, A Heart to Cherish.
On April 9, I celebrated milestone two, my twenty-fourth anniversary with my husband, the hero of my personal love story. We have seven children ranging in age from thirty to ten and a two-year-old grandson. Our family is also home to three rambunctious dogs and a flock of chickens who are more pets than livestock.
Doug and I are avid travelers, and I already have potential vacations planned for at least the next three years. I think he would prefer to vacation in our home state of Michigan every year, but he indulges my love and excitement of new places and sights by following me around as I live out my bucket list item of seeing all fifty states. I’m VERY thankful he doesn’t mind driving when we’re in the mountains because, as much as I love seeing them, driving in them makes me nervous.
Writing has been a dream of mine since I was in fourth grade, and I published a Christmas poem that I wrote with my grandma in our local newspaper. The poem is truly terrible, but what can I say? I was nine when I wrote it! I’ve dabbled with several blogs through the years, but it wasn’t until July 2021 that I seriously considered writing something more substantial.
The first of my significant milestones this month came on April 1 with the one-year anniversary of the release of my first novel, A Heart to Cherish, which is book one of the family saga I am currently publishing. There are three books available so far from this series, as well as a related Christmas novella. I have plans for two more novels and two more novellas, but we’ll see where the Lord takes me!
A Heart to Cherish drew heavily from my time as a part of Michigan’s foster care and adoption community. Three of our children are former foster children that Doug and I adopted. When we went through the licensing process, a woman on a panel in one of the training classes spoke of children who “age out” of the system. Her words weigh heavily on me to this day, and writing a book with a female main character who had grown up in foster care without being adopted was my way of trying to bring awareness to the problem of these “system orphans.”
I’d love to introduce my writing to one commenter with an ebook copy of A Heart to Cherish. Say “Hi,” in the comments, and share something about yourself with me to be entered. Anyone with a valid email address can enter, and the winner will be chosen on April 24.
Everyone leaves…including God.
That’s how Julia Price feels after years of being passed over in foster homes. All she has ever wanted is a family, but when she finds herself pregnant and homeless, her dreams seem further away than ever.
Strait-laced good guy Alex Morgan has waited his entire life for the woman God has prepared for him. When he makes it his mission to help Julia, he wonders whether she could be that woman. But why would God lead him to a pregnant non-believer?
As Julia struggles with issues of self-worth and trust, can she open her heart to both God and Alex? And can Alex trust their relationship to the One who holds Julia in His hand?