I'm thrilled to share with you a first look at the cover of my next novel which releases 2/7/23. Receiving the cover from the publisher made the book feel "real" for me, and I think the designer did a great job with it. What do you think?
More than any other book so far, I am excited to share this story with the world. Songs for a Sunday will be my fifth novel. but it's my first split-time story, taking place in both the present day and in the 1960s. One of my favorite things about this story is that it's set in my county, in the city of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
As you can probably tell from the cover and title, Songs for a Sunday includes a "musical" theme. (See the sheet music superimposed on the image?) I love to sing, so that's another reason the story is special to me.
And here's a little about the book:
1963: Twenty-year-old Annie has dreams of managing a dance studio in her hometown of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where she’s trained since childhood, and of marrying her high society boyfriend. When her younger sister, who has special needs, gets pregnant, Annie’s dreams must be put on hold for the sake of family.
Present Day: Stay-at-home mom of four Missy Robbins has always played second fiddle to her baby sister, Erica, and at thirty years old she’s had enough. When given an opportunity, Missy steps out of her comfort zone to prove she’s as good a singer as Erica. Her new pursuit puts Missy on a path of self-discovery and of reclaiming the faith she left behind, but her world is turned upside down when family secrets come to light. Can Grandma Annie’s hidden past somehow mend the bond between Missy and her sister?
I'm so excited to share this story with you!
I'll be looking for people to help spread the word soon. If you'd like to be on my launch team for Songs for a Sunday, please message me!
Make a Plan to Do Good
For weeks, the theme of working for the Lord has been rolling around in my mind. Everywhere I turn, Scripture pops up about putting our faith into action. Combine that with a desire that my kids not sit around in front of a screen all summer and the idea of a goal-setting journal for kids and teens was born.
I created the journal for my kids to use, but when the proof arrived, my husband said, "I want one of these." So, I designed a version geared more toward adults. The concept of both is the same. Every day, set a goal to do something: to help someone, to honor God, to grow your mind, to take care of your body, and to use your talents. Then track the results. The goals can be big or small, but over time, even "little" accomplishments add up to big results.
Why should we set goals? Of course, we're not saved by works, but Titus 2:14 says that Jesus gave himself for us "that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works." We should be zealous about doing good things. And when we pray and ask God what goals to set, He will guide us.
I hope these books help kids and adults to be purposeful in accomplishing great things.
The journals measure 8.5" x 11" and contain pages for three months-worth of pages to set and track goals.
To purchase My Big Goals: A Journal for Kids and Teens click here.
To purchase Good Works: A Goal-Setting Journal click here.
See videos below for an inside look.
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