I had all my plans firmly in place. Then God gave me a big “hold up.” Commit, He said.
Sure, God. I commit. I’ll write my Amish books, then Chase’s story, then work on this new series. Oh, and that other secular series I just submitted to a different publisher.
That’s not what You want? Okay. I’ll write my Amish books, Chase’s book, then turn all of my contemporary romances to inspirational romances so my current reader can enjoy them. That’s a good idea, right?
You mean…Chase’s story?
I mean, commit.
It was a holy smack in the back of the head. Just like good ol’ dad.
It has taken me a while to come to terms. To see the light, as it is. To stop arguing with God and listen for a change.
It’s going to take me a lot of work, but I am willing to commit. I am willing.
So today starts the beginning of a new era for me. And a lot of backtracking. Today, along with working on the second Pontotoc Amish romance, I have promised to commit, to begin changing all my titles from contemporary secular to contemporary inspirational. I’m working toward something a little different. I’m calling it ‘light inspirational.’ No language, no sex, no drinking (or at the very least no glorified drinking). My entire line up will be books dedicated to a wholesome story, God, and/or a fun read, and any combination of the three. The books will be about millionaires, love potions, blue collar heroes, and more. But the message will be the same: Love is good! God is better!
I have to stop here and say (before she rebels) that Stacey has been trying to get me to write more inspirational for years. Yes, years. And, yes, Stace, you told me so. The balance of my friends have encouraged me to write for the inspirational market, but finding the courage to do so? That took a holy hand to the back of the head.
Thanks, God. I’m listening. I’m not arguing. I commit.
Leave a comment to be entered into today’s drawing for a copy of Amish Brides. This is your last chance to enter for this post. Thanks for staying with me for the three days. Have you ever ignored advice only to later go back and follow it? Maybe after the way you thought was best didn’t work? Those I-told-you-so friends can be a pain, but they are the best!
Be watching for the re-release of Ten Reasons Not to Date a Cop. It’ll be the first title I flip. After that I have a schedule which I will post at a later date. The secular copies of these books will be available until I start to work on each one. So if you prefer the original version be sure to snag your copy today. Some covers will change, others will not. Sorry if this is confusing, but if a book has been changed from secular to ‘light inspirational,’ I’ll note this in the information about it on the various retail websites.
And as always, if you have any questions, feel free to contact me. I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
Thanks for reading!