When it comes to book ideas, I’m like a kid in a candy store. So many stories to write, so little time. Especially this year, what with Covid and being stuck away from home and my PC with its large dual screens for months looking after a baby while home-schooling my two grandsons at the same time. Well, my writing plans finally looked a little something like the cables beneath my desk. All. Messed. Up.
After returning home in August, I took some time to play catch-up on things I was behind on … print book covers for our Chapel Cove series, as well as some of my own. And then I got a request for a book cover. And another. And another. Add to the mix, doctor and bank appointments for my mother-in-law plus several visits for tea from her… I felt as if the universe was just plain preventing me from writing.
Needing to get my next Chapel Cove story written (which has been something akin to pulling teeth), I decided I wasn’t going to write a short story for the Mosaic Christmas anthology, and informed my Mosaic author friends. But that beautiful cover I’d created kept hounding me. I needed to use it, and this was the perfect opportunity. So I took a chance, signed up (again) for the Mosaic Christmas anthology, and spent a chunk of September writing One Christmas Wish.
I’m so excited about this story. And so are my beta readers. Here are two reviews…
In One Christmas Wish, Marion has explored some serious challenges that happen way too frequently in society. Her insight into the issues and the personal ramifications of those issues makes for a fascinating and moving story. As usual her descriptions set the scene and put the reader in the midst of the setting. In this one, however, she takes you into the heart and soul of the main character. This is a story I’ll read again. I’m sure I’ll find a deeper meaning each time.
~Judith Robl, Red Quill Editing
Simply beautiful… The cover had me head over heels in love from the start of this read. The bond between mother and son reflects the true meaning of the story etched in-between. Pages so tenderly written with the love God places in us, even in times of doubt and sorrow.
Delaney’s story is one of a true heroic character that deeply touches your heart. All the feels and emotions of how God walks with us in our time of need and guides us to a life we deserve. A delightful story that I devoured in one sitting. You’ll fall in love with Delaney and Lucas just as I did!
Marion always fills your heart with divine words, and this story is no exception!
~ Sharon Dean
What the friend I dedicated One Christmas Wish to wrote after reading the book, really touched my heart.
[One Christmas Wish] is beautiful….it really is! And not just because I can relate on so many levels, but because you also deliver it beautifully. You touch on such deep aspects of an abusive marriage in a respectful way.
That’s what writing is all about! Touching readers’ lives. One book at a time.
One Christmas Wish is published in the Mosaic Christmas anthology, A Star will Rise, which also features these short stories and novelettes (note some stories are not romances):
A Christmas Homecoming by Brenda S. Anderson
Love and Unexpected Stress Responses by Eleanor Bertin
Sixty Feet to Home by Sara Davison
The Twelve Days of Mandy Reno by Regina Rudd Merrick
Returning to Christmas by Angela D. Meyer
A Garland of Grace by Candace West
This anthology will release at the beginning of November, but will be going on pre-order any day now. I thought I’d share the blurb with you and hopefully whet your appetite for my story.
Can one start over by disappearing?
With a change of identity for both herself and her infant son, Delaney and Aidan Jamison flee a bad situation to start a new life far away from everything they love. Soon, they settle into a relaxed lifestyle in a small town on the western coast of South Africa. Well, as relaxed as Delaney can be while looking over her shoulder every day.
Then came those fanciful wishes made on a shooting star with her kind—and handsome—neighbor that first Christmas Eve. And everything changed. Again.
And, I have a book trailer you can watch, too.
Once this novelette was written, edited, and submitted, I turned my attention back to my next Chapel Cove story, Ride with Me, as well as my writing schedule, which needed tweaking…again. With a book to write, not only was I too far behind to get my first Mosaic novel written by the submission date of end December, but I was also invited to join a group of authors on several upcoming series for 2021-2023. No ways I could do that one. Anyway, I went back to our wonderful Mosaic VA and told her there was no way with all the delays—no, make that a complete stop—in my writing this year, I’d be able to get that story done. She was understanding and said I wasn’t the only one struggling to write this year, and that we’d relook the 2021 schedule.
With some breathing room to at least get my Chapel Cove story done, I reworked my writing plan, making sure to schedule fewer books now that life is getting in the way of my work. With the grandkids a plane trip away and needing care during some of their school vacations, at least four times a year, I’ll be away from home for a few weeks. And it will be difficult to write during those weeks away. In fact, our next trip is already booked for the end of November. My granddaughter, Oliva, turns one, and my grandson, Liam, turns seven. So one big Llama / Unicorn party is coming up. Or should that be a Llamicorn party?
Satisfied I’d shifted my planned books to workable dates, I decided I needed to contact the organizer of the series I’d been invited to that I spoke of earlier to tell her I just couldn’t take part . Sigh. As I said at the outset of this blog, so many books to write, so little time. I was about to email her, when I noticed the book length they wanted. Minimum 22,000 words. Hmm, if I worked really hard, I could write that in two or three weeks. Maybe I could do at least one for now. And so, I did what I said I couldn’t do…I signed up to her series releasing next summer. I’m excited, and also really thrilled that next month is Nanowrimo (National Novel Writers Month)—the one crazy month when authors around the globe aim for that insane goal of writing 50,000 words (or more) in a month.
Not having been able to take part in Nanowrimo last year, I’m looking forward to giving it a bash again. And hopefully getting this novella, and maybe the next (or part thereof), written during this wacky month. Even if I don’t cross the 50K finish line, I’ll still get a whole chunk of writing done in November with this goal in mind.
Here’s hoping, and praying really hard, I won’t need to make any further changes to my 2021 and beyond writing schedule in a hurry.
What about you? Have you first said yes, then no, then maybe, to something (or someone) in life?