A Sneak Peak | Hidden Parts

The past nine months have been wild.  In January I started writing my first historical fiction novel.  96,000 ish words later I finally added those two amazing words.

THE END

I wrote my first manuscript from 2007-2011.  It was a contemporary YA (young adult) novel.  Maybe someday I will publish it, but for now it’s on the shelf.

In 2017 I compiled all the blog posts I wrote on the Proverbs 31 woman into a book and renamed it “Worth More Than Rubies”.  As I mentioned in a previous post, you won’t find them on my blog at the moment.  But I hope to have it up in ebook form sometime in the future.

Historical fiction has always been my favourite (credit to author Lori Wick).  Not that I don’t enjoy reading other genres because I do.  As long as they are clean fiction, of course.  Christian fiction.

Reading historical fiction is one thing, though.  Writing it was another.  The research intimidated me.  But this past January when this plot line hit me, I realized I had to take the plunge.

Hidden Parts

Hidden Parts, a historical novel, is based in 1919.  Right after World War 1 and a little more than three years after the fire in the Centre Block on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

The story begins in England and migrates to Canada.  Nova Scotia at first, then onto Ottawa by train.

There were so many details to research.  When did plumbing happen in England… and when in Canada?  How long did a steamship take to cross the Atlantic in 1919?  How long did a letter take to arrive from England to Canada?  The Peace Tower was completed in 1927 but where was the construction at in 1919?  That was a tricky one.

My husband was beginning to feel like we had the entire library at our house.  I didn’t really see why that was a problem…

The theme scripture for this book is Psalm 27:5.

For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.
Psalm 27:5 KJV

This scripture has resonated in my spirit now for a couple of months.  I hadn’t found it in January when I started writing Hidden Parts, but one day Psalm 27:5 appeared in my devotions.  And I heard the Lord say so clearly “read that one in the King James Version”. And there it was.

Next week I’m headed off to a writer’s conference with American Christian Fiction Writers.  I’ve been a member of this group since May and I’ve learned so much.  I’m looking forward to learning more!

I also get to see my sister!  Win win!

That’s all for now, with only days away until I leave for the States, I’m soaking up time with my husband and sons…  and finishing up conference prep.

Six sleeps – the longest I have ever been away from my kids (feels like a big leap from two sleeps).

Big shout out to my husband who has been so supportive in my writing journey from day one!  You’re amazing honey!!

 

A Step in the ‘Write’ Direction

I started this blog more than two years ago, in 2016.  At the time I felt like I had nothing to say.  I had worked for my local church full time wearing a few hats, one of the main ones was mission’s coordinator.  I had the amazing opportunity to travel the world with teams, but most of all I was a part of starting a children’s home in Guatemala.  Then I became a mom.  And my adventure looked a bit different.  Wonderful, rewarding, but quite different.

When my husband and I started a family (our first born is five) I left my position to stay home with our son.  I’m thrilled with that decision, though I do still very much miss missions work.

I stopped writing around that time.  I felt like as a mom Continue reading “A Step in the ‘Write’ Direction”

Love the Poor

Listen, my beloved brothers and sisters: has not God chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and [as believers to be] heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him? But you [in contrast] have dishonored the poor man. Is it not the rich who oppress and exploit you, and personally drag you into the courts of law? Do they not blaspheme the precious name [of Christ] by which you are called?

James 2:5-7
Amplified Version

This passage hit me hard today.  Or was it yesterday?  That’s mom life, when you can’t keep track of what day your on, what you did this morning… or five minutes ago…

But anyway.

I was convicted.

How many times do we judge the poor?  Or go the opposite direction when someone comes into church smelly or dirty.

And yet when the rich come Continue reading “Love the Poor”

A Teaser

I’ve been quiet for a while here in the blogging world, but it’s not for lack of writing, I assure you.  My love of writing isn’t going anywhere soon, that’s for sure.

I’m not ready to tell all about the project I’m working on, but I’m going to start giving some teasers.  Here’s one:

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Do you ever find yourself saying “oh how I wish I had paid more attention in high school”?  Well, I am finding myself saying this: “why didn’t I love history back then”.  Kind of like when I was in my early twenties traveling the world doing missions work… I didn’t do well in Geography class, but after all my travel and love of geography now, I would have been a Geography nut.

In a good way.

Pay attention in school, kids 😉

So here I am reading these books about amazing people that walked this country not that long ago…  If you haven’t figured it out from the names of those titles, I’m researching 1914-1920 ish.  Over the Great War (or World War I for Continue reading “A Teaser”

A Most Noble Heir, A Book Review

a_most_noble_heir_book_reviewI took January off from book reviewing, but when February rolled around and I received an email from Bethany House Publishers with the options for reviewing I decided to jump on board again.

A Most Noble Heir, by Susan Anne Mason.  Set to release June 6th of this year.

In terms of story line, plot, and how it’s written I was really impressed.  I loved how it was inspired by the author’s (Susan) own ancestors that were servants like Nolan and Hannah were.  And of course I love reading a good historical book about rags to riches, and I am definitely a sucker for hierarchy, diplomats and aristocrats.

I loved how Nolan and Hannah kept their relationship pure before marriage, his respect for Continue reading “A Most Noble Heir, A Book Review”

Love Does Not Seek It’s Own

As Valentine’s Day is coming tomorrow I thought it fitting to feature something hopefully we will all be celebrating in one way or another…

This won’t be a lovey dovey read, beware, if you are looking for gift ideas for your sweetheart you won’t find it here.  Actually this is probably one of the least Valentine’s Day posts you might read this week – but maybe one of the more important ones.

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Most of us know 1 Corinthians 13 as the love chapter.  If you have never read the chapter, I encourage you to do so, I have included it at the end of this post.

Today I’m going to focus on one particular section of this chapter.  I’m going to get a bit real with you, and share a bit of my journey.

Verse 5 of 1 Corinthians 13 says love “does not seek its own”.

This is something my husband and I discovered very early on in our marriage.  That if I served him, if I found ways to bless him, and him me, then somehow we would both be looked after.  My husband modelled this first, I believe.  It was easy for me to follow his lead.

When we stop looking at how we are being treated but rather how we are treating, how we are blessing, how we are serving those we love then we have a perspective shift Continue reading “Love Does Not Seek It’s Own”

Romans Road & What Is Real Grace

The past few weeks I have been so challenged by the book of Romans.  The more I read it the more I discover just how hollow the false grace message is.  Does the cross provide grace?  Yes.  Of course it does.  But grace is so much more than covering our sin only to return to it over and over.

Why would God redeem us from sin only to have us continually returning to it?  Why would He rescue us from the pain of sin only to have us return to it?

Sin = pain, does it not?

We simply cannot claim to be Continue reading “Romans Road & What Is Real Grace”