New Cover Reveal!

I’ve kept this book a little quieter than I normally do. I didn’t want to jump ahead of the train with this one.  I’m doing something a little different. First, it’s not young adult, the characters are in college. However, they are characters you may already know if you’ve been keeping up with the series.

Miley and Declan.  I’m not going to go in to much more detail at this time. I’ll have a blurb ready soon and the first few chapters can be read at the end of the kindle edition of Running on Empty.

If you are confused about who they are, they were the main characters in my first book, Here Comes the Light. It’s no longer available. I’m sorry about that, but I unpublished it due to the fact it needed a little bit more attention. At this time I’m not currently working on it, but sometime in the future I plan a re-release.

Worth Fighting For can be read as a stand alone, or in continuation of Running Back, Overcome and Running on Empty if you are following series.

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Just Keep Writing

I feel it’s time for another post.

In the midst of my crazy life I’m trying to push forward and keep writing. It seems I’m being pulled in a hundred directions at once. With writing, editing, running my teenager to sports, homeschooling my preteen, and doctor’s appointments, it feels time to do the things I need to do keeps getting smaller.

I do remember a time I was actually bored. Sometimes I miss that. Sometimes.

There are a lot of things I miss. But I know God has called me to write and to keep on writing no matter what happens I will go on.

I am extremely close and excited to be publishing my next book

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Running on Empty is the forth in my faith-based young adult series, though each one can be read as a stand alone.  I plan on it being available this spring, hopefully sooner.

Here Comes the Light is no longer available for purchase, but can be read for free on Wattpad.com along with a few of my other works that haven’t been polished for publishing yet.

I haven’t decided which book I’m going to publish after Running on Empty, but I do have several more in the works. And though the world and my circumstances tries to keep me from it, I refuse to stop.

 

Here Comes 2016

2016hopeAs 2015 comes to a close, I’ve never been more ready to say goodbye to a year than this one. This past year has sucker punched us, chew us up and spit us out. But we haven’t quit. As if cancer isn’t hard enough to fight, we’ve had to fight it with no income as well, ten dollar royalty checks only go so far. Don’t get me wrong, God has provided miraculously. That doesn’t mean I’m not wondering how the next bill is getting paid, because in my stubborn brain I’m still trying to work this out on my own.

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With 2016 brings new beginnings. I plan on releasing two books this year, Running on Empty to be available in the spring. Tim’s cancer is inactive, thanks to all the prayers. He still has a month of radiation ahead of him and a serious blood clot in his leg.

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I had every intention of updating this blog as we went through our journey, but to be honest, we were living a nightmare everyday and didn’t want to relieve it online. How positive have I been since my last blog? Ha, well the first few months I think I was going by purely adrenaline, maybe. Like when starting a race and you’re ready knowing you can do it. Until mid way through and you clearly should have saved some energy for the end. It’s easy behind a computer screen to seem happy. God is doing great things. All things work  together for my good and so forth. I know all these things and hear them everyday. I even quote them to friends who are going through tough times. You’ve probably seen my characters say them in my books.  Yes, I know God is near. I know that He will never leave me. He is good all the time. That doesn’t mean I’m strong all the time but that also doesn’t mean just because I have a melt down (even if it is behind closed doors)  I don’t know God is in control.

In a way I’m glad 2015 happened. So many lessons have been learned and I have a deeper understanding of people in need. But I’m more than ready  to put it behind me and start the next chapter of my life. DSC_0003 (2)

A big thanks everyone for your help this year, I believe God used you in our time of need to show us there is still good in the world and we are determined to pay everything forward when we are able, whether it be prayers, a hospital visit,  a warm meal, sharing my books with someone, or a donation.

Tim’s cancer didn’t show up because of anything he did, it couldn’t have been prevented if he didn’t eat a certain food, stayed out of the sun, or didn’t smoke. No one knows the cause of Hodgkin’s it hits randomly. This new year remember those who need someone and that it could happen to anybody.

 

Staying Positive

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It seems my last post may have offended some people. I’m not making light of our situation. Last month has been hell for my family. Not many people have been through what we have been in the short amount of time we have. The only way to stay sane is to keep positive.

My heart in sharing it was to tell how sometimes we can be so consumed by the little day to day things that we forget to stop and be thankful before something huge happens to throw your whole world off its axis. That worrying about a beach trip or waiting for summer are those little things that keep us distracted. I know now how quickly life can change and I don’t want to take any of it for granted. I’m sorry if that isn’t how it came across. I’ve had a lot going on.

I’m saddened that some people have chosen to make this time a  little harder for us. My heart has been breaking through this. Sometimes the only way I can go on is to think about what is to come and what God has planned for us, not what is currently happening. My husband needs me to be positive in this time to help him get through. It’s not been easy for any of us, but I know it’s been hardest for him. He doesn’t need his wife to be an emotional mess on top of it.  I believe with all my heart that God has a plan for Tim bigger than we could ever imagine.

Thank you to all who understand that what is happening isn’t easy and know that even though I’m staying positive doesn’t mean I’m not hurting.

My Crazy Summer

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It was the beginning of May and we were almost done with home school. Summer was approaching and the anticipation was growing. This year I was going to the beach. We hadn’t ever been to the beach as a family. We started saving money anything extra we stashed away in a drawer determined not to touch it no matter what we were going to get there late August.

I couldn’t wait to be finished with home school for the year. I just published Overcome and I was going to use all my spare time writing by my pool.We were there, one more day, one more spelling test was all we had left to do.

My husband came home May 21st said he wasn’t feeling well he might go into quick care. After eating and resting he decided to stick it out another day. His work week was almost done and he’d go to the doctor the next evening if he still wasn’t feeling well.

When he came home he wasn’t better. So we both got ready, I had my coupon binder and list prepared for a grocery shop after the visit while we waited on medicine. Physician’s Care didn’t find anything and didn’t have the equipment to test further so we were sent to the emergency room.

After 7 hours in the ER we were told he had large lumps in his chest that it might be cancer. At three AM the doctor set us up with an oncologist for later the morning.

We saw two cancer doctors the next day. We were told it was one of five things four of them being different cancers and the fifth a bad blood infection. He tried to go back to work after labor day, but he couldn’t work as fast or as long as his employer needed him to.

So we spent a month in limbo going through tests but not having any answers and not able to ask for help of any kind because we didn’t have a confirmed diagnosis. Thankfully we had that beach money, which I’m believing I will get my beach trip when this is all over with. And he had vacation time he was able to take. We were able to see God come through for us and we’re certain he will continue to.

During the month of waiting and never knowing from day to day if we would have to go to a doctor’s appointment or not, we also had a few other tragedies hit our family. A week after we found out it might be cancer my grandpa passed away and a week after that my toddler nephew passed from a car accident that happened the day my grandpa died.

I spent a lot of time on facebook. Seeking encouragement and just trying to get my mind off things. Sometimes I came away discouraged. Like when I read a post how someone was mad someone deleted them. Or a person complaining about their neighbor’s landscaping. Little things that don’t even matter. Maybe that neighbor had the same month we had? I know working on our flower beds was the last thing on our family’s mind.

On June 25th they finally gave us a confirmed diagnosis of Hodgkins Lyphoma which is a type of cancer. We knew nothing else other than we had to get to the hospital that day to have the put port in so he could start chemo June 29.

Monday morning was his first treatment. There we found out he is in stage 2, which is good. It’s confined to the upper part of his body.  The chemo is every other Monday for six months.  That means he won’t be able to work for at least that long and at the moment my royalty payments aren’t going to pay the bills. I’m still trying to get my name out there as a writer.

My summer has not been what I planned. My skin is not the rich golden brown it normally is at this time and I’ve barely written 5,000 words since it all began. It’s going to be a rough road. That doesn’t mean God is not still in control. I know he is and when I get to the other side of this trial there is a big reward. The greater the mountain, the greater the call, right? Even though every thing is happening to try to get me to stop writing, I won’t. I may have slowed down some, but I’m not going to stop.

I thank everyone who has supported us through this, the ones that have brought food, helped financially, stayed with my kids, prayed and sent encouraging words.

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Hodgkin’s does have a high survivor rate and with prayer and lots of fighting we will get through to the other side stronger than ever. Thanks for all of those backing us.

Overcome

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My third book, Overcome is finally out. It’s been out for almost a month now. This story follows Carly Ley, who had a small part in Here Comes the Light, and was a supporting character in Running Back.

It’s on Amazon for Kindle and in paperback. If you have Kindle Unlimited  you can read it for free.

Happy reading, until next time!