‘The Cedar Chest’ is my first novel, on Amazon Kindle Unlimited.
Carrie Hughes is a firefighter’s widow whose husband, Tim, died on duty as a firefighter. A library clerk with a grieving 13 year old daughter, 7 year old son, and extra pounds of ‘baby weight,’ she struggles with her own grief and her wavering Christian faith. Carrie reaches out to friends and finds comfort with Judy, a fellow widow who lives hundreds of miles away.
David Hensel, a salesman at his family’s quaint Amish furniture shop, lost his wife Sarah to cancer two years before. He works long hours while raising his 5 year old son, hiding his loneliness with his friendly smile and goofy jokes. He lives in the same small Wisconsin town as Judy, who invites Carrie to visit her over the summer.
When Carrie and David meet, they share an immediate bond and a romantic spark. As they begin a long-distance correspondence, they learn to laugh again- and love again.
But after David commits a sin he regrets, can he still be the loving man of faith Carrie needs? Can teenage Nora accept her mother’s new love life? A story of loss, love and forgiveness.
Note from the Author: This is a Christian fiction novel, but there is a warning for edgy subject matter (mention of suicide, adultery, childhood sexual abuse.) Romance with mild sexual dialogue and themes.
ETA: The sequel, Blended and Blessed, is now published and I will offer it as a free Kindle book during the week of March 13-17!
Carrie and David, two lonely widowed parents living in small Midwestern towns, found a second chance at love and are planning their wedding soon.
A high-profile murder involving David’s close family member darkens their celebration. Follow the couple through their first months of marriage and their blended family as they experience their wedding, honeymoon, stepchildren, and forgiving each other of past hurts.
…then why is it so frustrating? When I’m writing a story or a novel, I am in ‘THE ZONE.’ Time is nothing. I can spend seven hours on writing and then realize the day is already done, the kids are home from school and NOTHING has been done. The dishes, the laundry, getting dinner made. I need balance in my life, because even though it’s okay to love writing (and reading others’ writing, and trying to market my first book though social media), it is not OK to ignore my home responsibilities.
So this week, I asked for prayer in my small group that I can get my priorities and discipline straight. I love my writing world, but I still have to live in the ‘real world.’ I dream that someday my writing will be successful. I guess it is a wake up call to do what I need to do every day- pray, spend time in the Word, do my homemaking duties (as boring as they are) and be the best mom to the two kids who are still in the nest (my 17 year old and my 10 year old)- and even rejoice in the wonderful young lady my 19 year old has turned out to be.
There is so much to be thankful for in this life.
I have reached my 50,000 word goal and my original fiction novel (so far) is a little over 80,000 words. The longest story I’ve ever written, and there’s more to come. It will soon be a 100,000 word manuscript and my dream is that it could become a book after I edit and improve it, maybe with some help from more knowledgeable people.
I’m so excited!
I’m going to write as much as I can of my first original novel, “The Cedar Chest.” Right now the story is at 37,000 words. If I can get 30,000 to even 50,000 during this month, then I might have a good draft finished that I can polish up for possible publishing.