Gosh, it's almost July! Let me wish you a happy Independence Day, and add hopes that the weather cooperates with your plans. We have had more rain in our part of Illinois to date than we had all of last year.
We spent the beginning of the month at Disney World and the beach. Then the kids hit the theater as soon as we got back. Summer theater means I had almost two and a half hours to work every morning. I used it. Let me share -
I am nearly halfway through the heavy edits for Book 4 in the Covenant of Trust series. It may be the best of the series.
It brings the past and present together and sets the Molinsky family’s course for the future.
Just months after Shannon’s homecoming, she finds re-adjusting to life at home is not as easy as she anticipated. A new wave of guilt crashes over her as her family learns that her encounter with Dylan Snider was anything but consensual. Complicating matters is Matt Bolling. The former missionary kid turned preacher is more than interested in her, but she is certain after her months as a prodigal, Matt is out of her league.
With her cancer gone and retired from teaching, Bobbi struggles to find purpose beyond caring for her family. When she proposes taking over Brad’s mission, that touches off an unforeseen conflict with her husband.
Chuck’s quest for justice, unexpectedly forces him to re-examine his definitions forgiveness and grace when events demand that he seek it from and offer it to the unlikeliest people.
I even have an early preview
for all my favorite newsletter people. (It's a password protected page. Use "sanction" as the password.)
On the Radio?
I love hearing from readers, and for a long time, I've tried to come up with a way to better connect with you. Chat rooms? No. Facebook? Has its upside but it's too... Facebook-y. Google+ Hangouts? Video chats would be awesome, but not many folks are on Google +
. (I am, but I don't visit often.)
A good friend of mine suggested Blog Talk Radio. It looks like it could fit the bill. I'm in full "steep learning curve" mode right now, but what we envision is a monthly show in which you and I could discuss the books, the issues the books raise, the faith questions tackled by the characters. We could even have other authors guest (as soon as I learn how to run a show so I don't embarrass all of us.) But here's the thing - I need your help. Would you be interested? Would you listen either live or later? Would you call in and discuss?
I really want your feedback
-- good bad or indifferent. Many thanks!
Refined Discussion Guide
I got the Refined Discussion Guide
done at last. (And as I was uploading and linking it I realized I never wrote one for Precedent
. Guess what's on my to-do list?)
If you haven't been by the website
in a while, I invite you to check it out. I spent some time adding, updating, streamlining and securing the site this month.
Coming Soon -
I collected all the books of the Bible study tip blog posts into an e-book. It will be available as soon as it's all nicely formatted.
Would there be any interest in a book about Cass? (not Cass and Doug, just Cass) See, I'm trying to work on this book about Bobbi and Chuck, and Cass keeps bothering me. I think she wants a book. It may be a NaNoWriMo project. Sanction started out that way.
As soon as Sanction is out of my hands, we'll get busy on Resolute.
There are a couple of other things I'm working on that I hope to be able to share with you very soon. Stay tuned.
The other day I got an email from a man in Lagos, Nigeria. We started counting and in the two and a half years since Contingency
released, I've heard from readers in Kenya, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Philippines, Puerto Rico, England, Northern Ireland, Canada and now Nigeria. That amazes and humbles me, and I am utterly grateful to God for the opportunity to be a part of it all. I don't do it alone by any means. Oh, I type a lot, but without your support of the books, and especially your prayers, and encouragement, none of that typing would go much farther than my hard drive. Thank you for partnering with me.
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.