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This mommy’s heart is so full of joy right now! The last couple of months Red has asked questions about Jesus and getting saved. We had another little talk last night and he’s done his ABCs! Admit, believe, and confess!

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Hidden Danger

My novel is almost ready. After several rounds of edits and a title change, it’s off to the line editor. I’ve been told we should have it back by the middle of December.

I saw the cover today. IT IS AMAZING!!! I can’t wait to share it. Cover reveal details to come.

Big things are coming!

God is so great! I have been blessed so much.

I just signed my second contract with Anaiah Press. Edits on book one are progressing. Although, I confessed to hating the title and now I’m on the hunt for a new title.

I’ve created an author’s page on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/JenniferPierceauthor/

Now, I’m steadily working on book 3.

I started the Van Buren Police Department’s Police Academy last week. Seven more weeks of fun and learning!

I’m going to try to update the blog once a week. What are some things you’d like to read about? Leave me a comment.

 

 

Book reviews

Plain Retribution

by Dana R. Lynn

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34018974-plain-retribution

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The author did a great job intertwining the deaf world with the hearing world. She put in facts about the deaf community and ASL.

I loved the fact that Miles takes Rebecca’s deafness into thought as he interacts with the hearing. The author did a good job describing Rebecca’s world, how she feels and interacts.

The suspense had me turning pages wanting to know what happens next.

I was given a copy of the book for an honest review.

Visit her website http://www.danarlynn.com/

Finding Love at the Oregon Coast

by Heather Woodhaven, Lisa Phillips, Christina Coryell, and Angela Ruth Strong

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35128763-finding-love-at-the-oregon-coast

I adored this novella collection. The collection starts off with a wedding that wasn’t. It branches off into four separate stories all connected to the wedding.

Finding Love in Lincoln City by Heather Woodhaven-A sweet story of old friends reconnecting, pushing each other to be reach their full potential and falling in love at the same time.

Finding Love in Ocean Side by Lisa Phillips-This is a cute story of how a small fender bender can lead to great things. Restoring a relationship with a parent and finding the “one”.

Finding Love in Cannon Beach by Christina Coryell-One hit wonder finally finds the one that brings out “the” song.

Finding Love in Seaside by Angela Ruth Strong-This is by far my favorite of the novellas. After calling off her wedding, can Christina heal and find a new love, the one God has for her, in the process?

I was given this collection for an honest review.

Motivation Monday: My Writing Journey

Here’s a glimpse into my writing journey. It all began with books.
I have always loved to read. I read a lot in school and I read a lot now. 2014 was the year of books for me. I read 135 books that year. Yes, I kept track of them. I started a notebook that year. 135 books ranging from James Patterson to Janet Evanovich to Camy Tang to Dana Mentink.

I had started reading James Patterson’s Women’s Murder Club in January 2014. My father was hospitalized several days later and would later die on January 30th.

Books were my therapy. I read anything and everything I could get my hands on. I finished the Women’s Murder Club series. I completed the Stephanie Plum series. There were even a few more series that I read. I escaped into my books.

In the beginning of 2015, I was reading one day and I thought, “I could write a book.” I got my computer out and started building on a scene that was rattling around in my brain. I don’t remember how but I came across a contest and decided to enter. Love Inspired’s Blurb to Book. I didn’t make it past stage one but I didn’t let that stop me. I finished my novel and started a second one.

Thanks to a very persistent bestie I kept looking for publishers. I wasn’t going to submit to anymore until I had the first draft of book two done. That way I could say, “Oh you liked Small Town Stalker? I have another book.”

One day in March, I was on my lunch break and scrolling through Facebook and someone posted about #PitMad on Twitter. I rushed to squeeze my 53,000 word novel into 144 characters. I thought the synopsis was bad.

I put it out there and bam I got a like. A like meant someone wanted to read my book! I sent a synopsis and 3 chapters and 1 week later they requested the whole thing. Then the agonizing wait began. I knew it could take 6-8 weeks before I knew anything but that didn’t stop me constantly checking to see if there was a light flashing on my phone indicating an email.

Then it happened. One glorious morning, while I laid in bed trying in vain to go back to sleep after waking up for the 100th time (It wasn’t the anxiety, it’s a constant battle.) I heard my phone chime with an email. I didn’t bother to check, I didn’t want to turn on the bright light, I’d never get back to sleep then. I had no idea what time it was because we don’t keep a clock in our bedroom. When you wake up several times during the night, you want to go back to sleep, not lay in bed calculating how long until you have to wake up.

The alarm went off. I turned it off and saw an email from the editor! I read it and then happy danced. I happy danced all morning. I might have even shrieked a little. I told my husband, called my mom, called my bestie. I had a permanent smile the entire day.

Details were ironed, contracts were signed, introductions were made. So far, I only know that the book could be released as early as November or as late as March 2018.

I’ve successfully met 2 editing deadlines. I’m still waiting on the feedback from the second deadline. While I wait, I’m working on getting the second book, Expecting Danger, up to code and starting on book 3.

So there’s some motivation for you. Never give up!

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All of You – Book Review

I was given this book for an honest review.

All of You is the second book in Sarah Monzon’s Carrington Family series. I have not read the first one, Finders Keepers. I did not feel like I had missed anything by not having read the first book.

Let me start this review off by saying I absolutely loved this book. When I started reading it I was afraid I wouldn’t like it. The author used dual storylines from different points in time, modern day and 1944. I was afraid I would get lost in the transitions or find one story appealing and the other not so much.

I was wrong. The author did an excellent job of dancing between storylines and keeping the reader’s attention.

Both stories had strong female leads. The author didn’t just use two random time periods and storylines. The stories were connected and absolutely so.

I highly recommend this book. Go buy it now!

Here’s the blurb for the book:

Maryland, Present Day

Jacqueline Rogers can rebuild anything…except the shambles of her past. A restorer of vintage planes, she’s worked hard to earn the reputation of being one of the guys. The last thing she needs is a former Navy pilot fighting his own inner demons stepping in to defend her from dangers she thought she’d outrun long ago. Some battles must be fought alone.

After a freak accident severs Lieutenant Michael “Finch” Carrington’s dreams, as well as two limbs, he’s left with nothing but a fragile faith and a duty-bound promise to watch out for his friend’s baby sister. A promise she insists is as unnecessary as it is unappreciated. But when she turns the tables and begins to weld together the broken parts of his life, it may be his heart that is in need of protection.

England, 1942

With the world at war yet again, Alice Galloway rejects her father’s traditional expectations and offers her piloting expertise to the Air Transport Auxiliary. She may be a woman in a man’s world, but when she overhears key intelligence, she must find the strength to transcend boundaries and her own fears. Or countless people may die.

Sometimes the past reaches forward to bring hope to the future.

But God, that’s not the answer I wanted.

Tonight’s church service was about prayer.

1 John 5:14 “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.”

The Pastor talked about sometimes God answers prayers. Yes. No. Wait.

He brought up Paul and the thorn in his flesh. It reminds me of something that happened to me a few years ago.

I was diagnosed with OCD and anxiety as a teenager. So, I check things a lot and worry needlessly.

I was at work one day. The electrical socket that my computer plugged into was on the floor. I had a box under my desk and kicked it with my foot. Cue sparks and the smell of something burning. I looked down and the box had a scorch mark and so did the socket.

I got down under the desk and discovered that when I kicked the box I knocked a paper clip into the socket.

Take that and add to it my OCD and anxiety. What happened? Everyday when it was time to go home, I’d crawl under my desk, using what little light I could get from my cell phone I would check that socket and make sure nothing could fall in while I was gone.

Sure, I knew logically that it wouldn’t happen while I was gone. But that didn’t stop me from checking. Yes, I did it and hoped no one saw me and asked what I was doing. Yes, I was embarrassed but it was something I HAD to do.

One day after checking, not once but several times, I prayed that God would help me.

Let me take a moment to let you know that I was responsible for ordering the company ink pens. The ones that have the company name on them and we give them out as advertising. My name was the contact person for our company. Sometimes they would send me things. My name was on the package so generally my boss would just put it on my desk.

Back to the story. I prayed for help. I finished checking. Forced myself to leave, knowing that I had checked and there was no possible way something could happen.

The next day my boss walks by my desk and drops a small package that came in the mail with my name on it.

I open it and find one of these

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Not only was the package addressed to me but my name was actually imprinted on it.

Do you know what that is? That’s a pen. Not just a plain pen, but a pen with a flashlight. Yes, a flashlight.

God has a sense of humor. He really does. That wasn’t exactly what I wanted but that’s what I needed. He was telling me the same thing he told Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:9. “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

Speaks to me

Our pastor has started a series called Chase the Lion. He’s using the book of the same name by Mark Batterson. The sermons have been wonderful. I recently discovered a Bible plan based on it on my Bible app. Here’s part of the devotion content from one day.

“God is working his good, pleasing, and perfect plan for your life in a thousand ways you aren’t even aware of. Everything in your past is preparation for something in your future. God wastes nothing. Even when you have a setback, God has already prepared your comeback. The God who works all things together for good will leverage every experience, every skill, every mistake, and every bit of knowledge you have acquired.”

I can relate to this in so many ways. Not only can God use a setback for something in your future but in the future of someone else.

Several years ago I was working at a job that I’d had for almost 4 years. Things started going downhill. I found myself the target of a scheme. The scheme would eventually lead to my termination. I thought it was the worst thing ever. The termination had a dire effect on my life and the life of my family. We had to move in with my mother, etc. But God had used that to uproot me. He knew that I would never follow my true potential. I was happy where I was. Afraid to branch out. 

He forced me out. 

I look back at it now and it’s one of the best things to have ever happened to me. I could list the ways but it’s not important. What’s important is now a very dear friend is experiencing the same thing. I can now walk beside her and help her. Sure, if I hadn’t experienced it I could still pray for her but my prayers are much deeper because I know what she needs and I know that there’s something much better waiting on the other side. I can say “I know how it feels. I’ve been there. It’s tough. But it’s going to get better.”

I heard a quote or maybe it was a meme I saw but it said, “The storm you’re going through may not be for you.” You may not see it at the time but there will come a day that you say. “I understand now.”

Long time no see

I have neglected my blog for almost a year. Shame on me! Let me recap the last year quickly.

Bronchitis + asthma + steroid intolerance = long time for recovery. Good news is, I had to give in and use steroids and they didn’t affect me the way the did the last time I took them.

Harlequin rejected Small Town Stalker.

I did some revisions and set it to the side. I sent a query letter to a publisher the week before Thanksgiving. Still haven’t heard anything.

Participated in #PitMad on Twitter. Got a hit within 10 minutes of posting. Sent in the first 3 chapters. Exactly one we later, they requested the full. It’s been three weeks since I submitted the full. No news yet.

I did the Sebastian County Citizen’s Academy. I learned a lot. I even got tased. I’ll see if I can upload the video later.

I finished book two and it has a title, Expecting Danger. Here’s the blurb.

The men who killed Kate Henry’s husband and left her for dead have found her again. Running isn’t easy when you’re eight months pregnant. Jacob Jones, security guard, is at the right place at the right time, thwarting an attempted abduction of the beautiful Kate. He is inexplicably drawn to her, perhaps its her beauty or hope for everything he lost when his pregnant wife died. Jacob will do everything in his power to keep Kate and her unborn child safe, even give up his life. After the betrayal of her late husband, Kate doesn’t need the help of the handsome stranger for fear of its repercussions. The longer they are together the more her walls crumble. Will Kate and Jacob find in each other the things to heal their past?

I am the official secretary of River Valley Writers Group.

My husband and I bought a house. We moved. We love it. Kids love the huge backyard.

I’ve signed up for several “street teams” and will post reviews on my blog.

I’m currently reading Sarah Monzon’s All of You. So far I’m loving it. You should go preorder it. Also, get The Isaac Project. Loved it!

Check out her author Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/sarahmonzonwrites/

Well, that’s enough updating now. Have a great night!