Thursday’s Quote

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To produce a mighty book, you must produce a mighty theme.
~ Herman Melville

This quote brought to mind something that happened about four years ago. I was at Mount Herman Christian Writers Conference in California. My second time in attendance and I loved the classes. At one point, we sat in a circle, with two instructors leading a discussion. They asked that we share our ideas for our current story, and then gave us feedback. When my turn came, I told them what the story was about. One of the instructors looked at me, serious as can be, and said:

What makes your story unique?”

Huh? I elaborated on the key points, not sure what else to say, feeling like she’d put me on the spot, though I know it wasn’t her intention.

When I didn’t say more, feeling at the centre of attention, with all eyes on me, and probably turning several shades of red, I stared at her for a moment, and then at what I thought was my well-prepared synopsis. She repeated the question, this time stressing each word.

I’ve read stories that deal with that. What separates yours from the others?
What makes it unique?”

Angela’s  words stayed with me. I’m thankful she asked that question. She had me thinking outside the box, looking for a different approach. Something unique as she said so well. After the class, I went to thank her.

Later, while writing my story, I had to keep asking myself what made it stand out. How was it different from the others?

Take a romance novel. I love a love story! From the start, you know the hero and heroine will end up together at the end of the book. The question is HOW. What struggles will they overcome from start to finish? Of course, each story is different.

In suspense stories, you never know what will happen next. At least that’s the main focus in writing suspense, keeping your readers guessing, and turning the pages.

So how do you write a unique story that sets it apart from all others?

  1. Do your research.
  2. READ. Read books in the genre you write. Read books in different genres as well.

In my opinion, those are the best ways to see what’s out there. Then, you’ll know how to make it different.

Emma’s Prayer is about a teen mom. There are plenty of stories out there about teen moms. After she puts her son up for adoption, she changes her mind and wants him back. Yup, there are stories about that too. Mine has a deaf character in the story, but it’s not the only one that deals with the deaf people.

So, what made it unique?

I’m not going to give you any spoilers but I will say this: she had to do something unexpected.  Am I saying mine’s the only story with that twist? Certainly not. But I do hope I had my readers guessing and turning the pages.

Are you writing predictable novels? What makes your story different from others in that genre?

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Christmas Read, anyone? Part 8

Welcome back to the Christmas Read series. First let’s announce Monday’s winner for Alexis A Goring’s Hope in my Heart, and the book goes to Robert Nacke. Keep an eye on your email, Alexis will be in touch with you.

Throughout this series, we’ve covered several topics, but one we haven’t touched on much is that of food. Ever wonder where our traditions come from? Why does a traditional Christmas dinner consist of turkey for so many countries around the world? For many people, the holidays wouldn’t be the same without this big bird. What about you?

This week, I’m delighted to feature a beautiful collection. For all of you Christmas Read fanatics, you’ll love this. It is called An Old Fashion Christmas Romance Collection: 9 Stories Celebrate Christmas Traditions and Love From Bygone Years.

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Many of us have a secret picture of Christmases past–a time when windows shimmered with lacy frost and candlelight, fireplaces kept homes warm and snug, ladies’ skirts swirled and gracefully skimmed the floor, and gentlemen were gallant and true. Within each of these nine historical novellas, the nostalgia is relived and new traditions are born when two lives are joined at Christmastime. 

1851 Pennsylvania — Dreams and Secrets (DiAnn Mills) 

1865 Virginia — Miracle on Kismet Hill (Loree Lough) 

1875 Michigan — Yuletide Treasures (Gail Gaymer Martin)  

1878 Pennsylvania — For the Love of a Child (Sally Laity) 

1893 Minnesota — Paper Roses (JoAnn A. Grote) 

1894 Alabama — Dreams (Peggy Darty) 

1925 Vermont — Eyes of the Heart (Rosie Dow) 

1936 Ohio — Bittersweet (Rebecca Germany) 

Taken to settings from New England to Pennsylvania to Minnesota that span nearly a hundred years of history, readers will discover traditions to implement and hope that will linger beyond the season. 

Christmas is a time when families get together, to celebrate the birth of Christ. And with billions of people around the world, we all celebrate differently. Though there are many similarities, we do have traditions passed down from generations to generations. A special recipe Grandma used to bake; how we decorate the tree; door-to-door caroling; story-telling; gift exchange; and so much more. Back in the days of our ancestors, how did they celebrate Christmas? Was it the same? Or totally different?

These 9 stories are filled with traditions.  You now have a chance to win a copy of this beautiful book. Leave us a comment and tell us what is your favourite food at this time of year.

Until next time, blessings! Renee-Ann <><

The Small Things That Matter Most

Last march, I blogged about my husband who is truly a “romantic” in his own way. While some men love to lavish their ladies with such things as diamonds, chocolate, and flowers (nothing wrong with that), my husband knows what matters most to me are the smaller things in life. Like the time he brought me a large piece of cake from his office party. Why? Because it had a pink flower on it. Or when he stopped at the grocery store to pick up something we needed, and picked up a quart of fresh blackberries at the same time, just because he knows I love them. Recently, he came home with a new “glass” his workplace gave each employee, with the company logo on it. But he didn’t bring it home empty. They have a slush machine at work, so he filled it with my favourite flavour. I rarely drink these, but it was terribly hot, (40C – 104F), and it went down  good! Blue Slushie These are the small things that matter to me; special moments that make my day and make me smile!

Now, I have something bigger to share. I’m celebrating, and giving away three paperback copies of an anthology I’ll mail to random winners. Why? Two months ago, Dawn, a dear writer-friend invited me to the RWAC (Romance Writers of America – Canada Chapter) meeting. I write suspense but thought it’d be a nice drive, and interesting to listen to their discussions.  I was right on both counts. And one topic resonated with me.

Translation

I had no idea many writers out there are looking for (and paying) freelance literary translators for their novels. But all the way home (2-1/2-hour drive), that’s all I talked about. (Thanks for listening, and putting up with me, Dawn. You’re a doll). The more I thought about it, the more I liked the idea. And it’s something I CAN do! I was always fascinated with languages, and loved learning them. So in grade 11, I chose my career path: Translator. I’d gone to French school since grade 1, so I applied to attend the English High School for my last year so I could improve before I entered college. The school accepted me, but the government denied me entry. As far as they were concerned,  I was French, I HAD TO attend French school. Period!

I honestly felt like the government was robbing me of my dream, so I never pursued it. (I know I could have, but at 17, I rebelled instead). In 1994, I became an “interpreter” for the deaf members of our church. This was the closest I ever came to translation.

Until now

By reigniting this dream, I’ve just chosen a new career path. It feels great and I want you to celebrate this new start with me. I’m giving away three copies of this anthology.

Falling If you love romance stories, you’re in for a treat. There are 41 beautiful true short stories in this book, and one copy could be yours. To enter, simply leave me a comment below, answering this question:

What are the small things that matter most  to you?

I will draw three names at random on Saturday, July 19.  Until then, take care and blessings for a good week.

Renee-Ann <><

P.S. Congrats to Carole and Gina, the winners of the giveaway. <><

Share The Books: Part II, with Guest Deanne Durrett

It’s Friday and I’m back with a second post of Share the Books. My guest is Deanne Durrett, author of Rogue Trust and Wren’s Nest. What an amazing story she has to share with you. If you’d like to win a FREE download of Wren’s Nest, just leave a comment to enter the draw. And please, remember that if you enjoy the book, the best way to thank an author is a customer review/comment on Amazon, Goodreads, your Facebook Timeline, and Twitter. Without further ado, I’ll let Deanne take over.

Thank you Renee-Ann for inviting me to be a guest on your blog.

First, I want to say that I believe every author who writes under the Christian banner should offer their testimony to their readers. So, here’s mine, the short version: I decided to follow Jesus when I was seven years old. This means I believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that I’m committed to following his commandments: Love God and love one another.

You asked how I began my writing career – I didn’t know I wanted to be a writer until I was a writer. My husband and I bought a partnership in a small weekly newspaper. One of the partners turned out to be a little shady and the loss of our investment ended our newspaper venture. Except, I received a gold nugget when I heard the editor say, “What this paper needs is some new and fresh writing.” I thought I can do that. (I’m prone to think that way. Don’t know if it’s a blessing or not.) So, I went home and wrote my first column, ‘Tween Us Gals. The editor liked it and my weekly column appeared in that newspaper two years… until I sold my first story to Highlights for Children. After that, I sold many stories and articles and my first Christian novel was published by Abingdon Press in 1985.

And then, God sent a Divine Appointment my way.

Our son’s marriage disintegrated and he came home with a fourth-month-old baby. My writing time almost vanished and I went into full time mothering mode nurturing our son through a broken heart and helping him with his responsibilities as a single dad. During this time, I had new experiences and learned a lot about life!

Over these many years, I’ve studied to show myself a workman, approved under God, that need not be ashamed – Believing that God gave me talents He expects me to use, I took creative writing classes, attended writer conferences, and practiced, practiced, practiced to hone my skills.  I’ve walked through the doors that opened for me and learned from my editors while adding titles to my list of published works – Twenty-two nonfiction books.

About three years ago, the time seemed right to return to my first love, Christian fiction. I joined ACFW and attended conferences to learn more. The door opened to publishing eBooks for Kindle, and I walked through. My books are about people in the right place, at the right time, willing to do God’s will. I thought the first book would have two story lines: how God provided the money for the His plan (Rogue Trust) and the beginning of His plan (Wren’s Nest). As it turned out this made one book too big, so it’s two books. Rogue Trust is romance with a twist of suspense, Wren’s Nest is suspense with a touch of romance, but they both involve a community of characters who are willing to be God’s boots on the ground. Anything can happen on an Ordinary Day in Myrtle Hill.

The idea came from a very small seed that sprouted, and grew, and kept growing. When one of my dearest friends told she would one day be heir to a fortune. Wow! I was happy for her. But then, I realized sudden wealth would bring changes to her life and our relationship. Would she still be my friend with an economic chasm between us? From there the “what ifs” took over. Characters emerged in my head and they dictated the chapters of Rogue Trust.

The idea for Wren’s Nest emerged from Rogue Trust. The characters in Rogue Trust are called to minister/help young women in trouble. Loren (Wren) is the first to arrive seeking help. She’s on the run after her unscrupulous lawyer uncle changes his files to implicate her as the surrogate after the real surrogate disappears. A very shady, and connected, grandfather wants the child he believes to be his grandchild and his hired thugs are on Loren’s trail. How will retired cop Joe Chandler and his buddies protect this young mother and her newborn?

Chronologically, Wren’s Nest follows Rogue Trust, but my next book. Lucy’s Mansion picks up where Rogue Trust ends with Becca waiting for J.T’s first kiss.

Deanne Durrett

Deanne’s blog – Ordinary Days

https://www.facebook.com/deannedurrettauthor

Click here to download your copy of Wren’s Nest Wrens-Nest-kdp-cover-new-t-187x300

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Kate’s Song by Jennifer Beckstrand: Five Stars and Two Thumbs Up

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I can’t believe how time flies and I haven’t been here for months! Wow… been so busy with family, a visit from my sister who lives about 5000 miles away, Spring, gardening, work, and of course scrapbooking my grandson’s pictures (he’s my one and only), I’ve had little time for anything else. But I did read an absolutely awesome novel I want to share with you.

When I sat down to read this book, I was in the mood for a good Amish story. I always liked reading of their ‘simple way of life’, the kind most of us can’t begin to imagine, especially in today’s day and age of technology. After going through my eReader—where I have several—I chose this one. I’m so glad I did because I’d give it 10 stars if I could. No Amish story moved me the way this one did.

Kate’s Song, by Jennifer Beckstrand, is a constant page-turner-can’t-put-it-down kind of book. Superbly written, with great twists from beginning to end, and is sure to delight everyone. Personally, I can’t say enough about it. The author paints an amazing picture of the Amish community, and brings the readers into the story, so much so that one can’t help but love the characters, feeling their every joy and pain.

The first of a three-part stand-alone series, Kate’s Song tells the story of a young Amish woman who chooses a path different than the one most expected her to take. She has a deep passion for music and decides to leave home for Milwaukee to take voice training. She later returns home, battered and bruised, and haunted with a secret.

Now home, she struggles with her choices: giving up her dream to sing and be baptised… or her family… She rekindles old friendships, with people she’s left behind. One of them is a young man she’s known forever and a day. She grew up with Nathaniel King, a former school friend who’s now giving her more than enough attention.

When a friend from Milwaukee needs her help, Kate runs to her side, but things really don’t go the way she thought they would. Will she pursue her dream and sing, or will she stay home, be baptized live the life she’s expected to? Can she find her place in this world, and understand God’s will for her life?

Very well written, Jennifer Beckstrand had me in tears, some joyful ones, and some very sad ones.

I could say so much more but I don’t want to give away any spoiler. But what I can say is this: Buy the book. You’ll be so glad, you’ll want to read the other two: Rebecca’s Rose and Miriam’s Quilt.

Falling In Love With You – New Anthology

Over the past months, I’ve written several book reviews. I’ve enjoyed reading and reviewing each amazing authors. Readers/Authors participation was awesome too. This morning, I want to shift things a little and add a twist to my post. I want to introduce you to a newly released anthology called Falling In Love With You, by Oak Tara Publishers. It has beautiful TRUE love stories that will bring a smile to your face.

This one, has The best real-life falling-in-love stories, guaranteed to make you smile and say, “Ahh…”

I love love stories, no pun intended. I enjoy stories that touch and move me to tears. And I know many others do to. But there’s a reason why this book is extra special to me. Mine is one of the 41 short stories in this anthology with such an illustrious group of authors. And as an aspiring author, not only is this a first, it’s huge.

Those of you who follow this blog know that I went to the Write To Publish conference in Chicago last June. As a result, I found out about a contest with OakTara Publishers. I made note of it, and later picked up a fact sheet with all the information. When I got home from the conference, I got busy and wrote a story I love to tell, one that is very dear to my heart. Then, I sent it in.

Imagine my surprise, when I received an email stating they’d selected my story.  What an awesome feeling.

I urge you to take a peek at this wonderful new book and get you copy right HERE at discounted price. You’ll be glad you did. For Canadian Orders, please contact me.

Blessings,

Renee-Ann

This Fine Life: Review and Book Giveaway

I love books and how they speak to me; they move me to tears whether in a heart-wrenching or heart-warming way; they make me see myself in the story even if I wasn’t born or was very young then; and sometimes things and events are so well described, I can actually see everything through the characters’ eyes.

Wow… Not every author can to write in such a way. But…

Recently, I attended Write to Publish, a Christian writers’ conference in the Chicago area. That’s where I met Eva Marie Everson, gifted author of the book This Fine Life, and the focus of today’s blog. Eva Marie is one of those authors who can do what I described above. So today, I’m going to do something new. I’m going to give away a copy of her book, This Fine Life. All you need to do is leave me a comment at the bottom, and post a link to your Facebook and/or Twitter page. Read on and get your name in to win.

This Fine Life takes place in 1959 in Georgia, where Mariette Puttnam graduates from boarding school and returns home. While Dad wants her to go one way and Mother another, Mariette doesn’t know what to do next. Should she go to college (Dad’s wish), start looking for work, or perhaps get married and settle into a family life of her own (yes, that’s what Mom would like her to do)?

She meets Thayne Scott, a handsome young man, falls in love and marries him, despite her parents’ objections. It gets even more interesting when Thayne, a devout Christian, heads off to seminary, but Mariette isn’t sure where her faith—or lack thereof—stands. Going to church sure doesn’t make one a Christian—or a believer, for that matter. One thing is for sure, she doesn’t have a personal relationship with God. The rest of the story takes you on a beautiful journey down ‘marriage lane’. Their relationship is no different than anyone else’s and when things don’t go as hoped or planned, they encounter some speed bumps.

This isn’t an “always happy ever after” kind of story. It is a tale of friendship and love, hurt and disappointments, patience, mercy, and trust. They face a wall of obstacles, whether they face the ‘wall’ dead on and climb over it or take the easier route and go around it, only the love of God can help them overcome each one of them.

Told from Mariette’s point of view, the story is beautifully written in a way that makes it easy for the reader to see and feel everything Mariette’s senses experience. It is funny and sad, witty, there’s never a dull moment. Everson takes you over the bumps until all you feel is smooth sailing. You will hear Mariette’s laughter; wipe your tears as you feel her joy and sorrow, disappointments and even hurts.

If you were born in the 50s or 60s, you’ll be taken back to an era where everything was so different: clothes, music, hairstyles. It took me back a few years but it felt good “hearing” some of the songs that played on the jukebox. I never give away spoilers so you will have to read it. Trust me though; you’ll be glad you did.

When I read this book, something that was very special was that, having met Eva Marie, I remembered her beautiful southern accent and I could hear it in the protagonist’s voice. It was as though Eva Marie was reading the book. It was priceless. Now I look forward to reading more of her books.

If you want to be entered in today’s contest, leave a comment and don’t forget to link to your Facebook and/or Twitter page.

The River Rose: A Water Wheel Novel

I had never read books by Gilbert Morris until this one. Now I look forward to read more. He had me hooked from the first page right through until the end.

Morris is an excellent writer who brings his readers back in time by painting such a clear picture they can see themselves in the story with the characters. Personally, I’ve never been on a paddlewheel steamers but I could clearly see what it looked like, inside and out. It brought tears to my eyes on several occasions.

The River Rose is the story of Jeanne Bettencourt, a fine Christian woman, young widow, and mother of a young daughter, Marvel. Jeanne works hard as a chambermaid in a hotel, barely getting by for the two of them. Even with some of the very generous tips she gets, life is not easy and there’s no room for splurging. Jeanne deprives herself of a lot so she can give more to her daughter.

She takes Marvel to the Christmas regale in the town square and they see George Masters, one of the generous guests from the hotel. Unlike most people who treat her like a plain chambermaid, Masters is a wealthy plantation owner and a fine gentleman who treats her with dignity. Hesitantly, she accepts his invitation to drive her back home from the regale, but only because of the pleading look in Marvel’s eyes. Soon, they begin to see each other. Does Jeanne see in him what he sees in her? Will her affection for him grow like his for her?

When Jeanne learns she’s inherited a paddlewheel steamer, she’s all too excited until she’s told she’s not the only heir. The other half of this boat belongs to Clint Hardin, a boxer and beautiful baritone. Together, they must decide whether to sell the boat and split what they get from it, or keep it and make a living arrangements.

Masters begins to court Jeanne while Clint begins to fall for her. But does she feel anything for either man? She and Clint live on the same boat, work together and see each other every day. She only sees George once a week, if that. Her heart’s desire is for her family and it doesn’t seem to have much room for love. Or does it?Despite their good and fun times, they go through a terrible time when Marvel becomes very ill.

Morris wrote this in such a way that he gives you a history lesson; it is informative and educational. He also gives you a beautiful love story. But it is a story of hardships that makes the reader look at what they have today, and how hard yet simple people lived in the 1850’s. It will make you laugh and move you to tears page after page.

This author is unpredictable. Just when you think ‘this or that’ will happen, a plot twist takes you in a totally different direction. Amazingly well written, I give it 5 stars and look forward to read the other novels in the Water Wheel series. I highly recommend The River Rose.

The River Rose is Book 2 in a three-book series. However, The River Rose is a stand-alone novel – there is zero overlap in characters or plot lines between the books. They are a series in the sense that all three books take place on Mississippi River paddle wheelers during the 1850s.

Read Chapter 1 of River Rise here.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from B&H Publishing Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Shattered – Kate Kelly

Wow, time flies when you’re having fun. I haven’t posted anything since March 25 when I wrote about Ashlyn’s Radio. Then, I got busy working on my second round of revisions for my novel. I finished them yesterday morning – Yippee!

Now, it’s time to take a deep breath, relax and wait to hear back from my editor. I want to tell you about another genre I hadn’t read before. It’s quite strange this came about.

I was working on revisions when an author in the writers’ forum I belong to announced that her YA Paranormal was free on Amazon that weekend. I’d just read and enjoyed Ashlyn’s Radio so I decided to download hers as well. So, once I finished my revisions, I looked for the book I’d promise to read but couldn’t find it. Thinking I’d mistakenly deleted it from my e-reader, I went to Amazon, got it again and began to read.

It was a good book but after a while, I failed to see anything ‘paranormal’ about it so I emailed the author. She replied (keep in mind that I usually read/write Christian novels and she knew that):

“Renee-Ann, it wasn’t my book you decided to read. My book is a romantic suspense and quite spicy, I’m not sure you’d enjoy reading it…”

“Oops” was my initial reaction but I pressed on and finished it because the story line was great and I really wanted to know “Whodunit”.

Shattered by Kate Kelly is a great suspense – and yes, spicier than what I’m used to – but I must say that I enjoyed the story and I couldn’t wait to get to the end. Here’s the blurb:

Cowboy Jay Rawlings is a former detective who feels responsible for not being able to save his sister’s life and can’t leave the past behind. But when Tess MacLean – a woman he once loved – comes back to his ranch with a killer on her tail, Jay must now face his past and look to the future – one that might include Tess.

I like Kate’s style. The suspense begins within the first few pages and just keeps mounting. One moment I thought the villain was “this guy” because… but a few twists and turns lead me to think that it couldn’t be him therefore it must be… (Sorry no spoiler in this blog).

Kate Kelly knows how to tell a suspense story and keeps you guessing until the last pages. I’m not a speed reader and can’t get to the end fast enough. In a book like this, I want to cheat and skip to the last page. This book is a page turner and I hated to put it down. It is action packed and delivers a good punch. For those who like a spicy suspense romance, you’re in for a treat.

Now, if you were curious which Paranormal I’d promised to read: it’s called Pride’s Run by Cat Kalen.

Look at the two authors names: Kate Kelly… Cat Kalen… You’ve got to admit that there are similarities.

I did read Pride’s Run and it’s my next post.

Blessings everyone.

Renee-Ann

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Why I Write What I Write

I’ve been asked why I enjoy writing dramas. I think the most logical answer is that I’ve never been good at figuring out “whodunit” in movies and books. As I sit and watch a movie with my husband, who has awesome predicting skills, I cringe when he says “BANG”, before we even see that the actor had a gun. I hate when he does that. But I like it, too, when he tells me what led him to that conclusion. Sometimes it was just a good guess, but I just keep telling him how smart he is. So now, as I write, I want to see if I can be unpredictable.

I was also asked why I always have two recurring topics in every story:

  1. Christianity

  2. The Deaf Community

The first one is simple: I’m a Christian and love to tell about it. I don’t have a problem saying that without God, I have nothing. And because of Him, I have everything I could possibly need. Do I have everything I want? That depends on how you look at it. As the Apostle Paul said in Philippians 4: 11b

“I have learned to be content with whatever the circumstances.”

Sure there are things I’d like to have, but only He knows if they’re good for me. I’m happy to settle with what He gives me. I’m rich in God’s love, but only because I choose to accept it along with all the blessings He has bestowed upon me. Does that mean I have no problems? That I will face no trials? No! it means that whatever the circumstances, God will carry me.  Someone once said (author unknown)

“If God brings you to it, He’ll bring you through it.” 

I strongly believe that quote. I also love a good clean story. I don’t read profanity nor will I put it in my writing.  Period. Simple, isn’t it?

The second is just as simple: I’ve been involved with the Deaf community for twenty years. I always wanted to work with Deaf children, but God had another plan. Let me backtrack a little.

I was always fascinated with languages. Born and raised in a small French community in Quebec, I learned English at a very young age. I had a friend who only spoke English, while I only spoke French. Amazing how children communicate without knowing each other’s language. By the time I got to High School, I wasn’t fluent but could carry on a decent conversation. I also took two years of Spanish in High School. Some asked why.

First because I love learning languages. Second, I always had a hard time with mathematics and knew I’d never pass Chemistry and Physics because it deals too much with numbers.

A few years later, for the fun of it, I learned American Sign Language (ASL). Little did I know the impact it would have on my life.

At church, one Sunday morning in 1990, my son (then 11 years old), introduced me to his friend’s mother. After a brief introduction, he ran down the hall to his Bible Study class. But half way there, he turned around and called out to me, “Oh Mom, I forgot to tell you, she’s Deaf. See you later.” The little bit I’d learned, just for fun, was not enough for me to communicate in her language. But she had enough residual hearing and she could speak, enough to communicate with me in my language. It didn’t take me long to realize how much I wanted to learn this language, but this time, for real. I became involved with the Deaf ministry of our church (and still am). It is very rewarding. I took classes in Signed Exact English (SEE) as well as American Sign Language (ASL) so I could communicate with the people in our Deaf ministry. Twenty years later, some have come, some have moved away, others have gone to be with the Lord, but I’m still very much a part of that ministry. Over the years, I’ve grown to love these people so much.

Some of the events in my stories are based on my own experiences. But the bulk of the story is fiction. All characters, cities/towns, places, businesses, etc are fictitious. I use the name of our Canadian Provinces to give the reader a sense of reality. About ninety percent of my story is of the drama genre. The rest is romance. Got to have some of that in there somewhere.

Right now, as I look at the clock, ticking away whatever is left of July 31, (and the timer on this website is actually 3 hours ahead) I’m still wondering what to do tomorrow, August 1.  As said in yesterday’s post, I can either start writing a new story or edit the one I started last year. I think I’ll write…. or should I edit? Decision – decisions – decisions!