Monday

Monday Meditation ~ Feb 27


Welcome to my inaugural Monday Meditation post. I'm excited to share with you the overriding tenet of my goal with these posts.

"I have sought You with my whole heart; let me not wander from Your commandments. I have hidden Your word in my heart so I would not sin against You."
Psalm 119: 10-11

I believe firmly the written word of God is more than '2000 year old letters the church quotes as its best defense'.(1)  God's word helps us through any difficulty, helps us rejoice in good times and gives us peace when troubled. I will share Bible verses that speak to me and trust God's word will touch your heart as well.



(1) Quote from Ron Bell on the Oprah Winfrey show

Saturday

WEEKEND WRITING WARRIORS #20

It's finally arrived - the proposal! For all their bickering and misunderstandings, our lovebirds know when they have a good thing.  Enjoy.
She was startled out of her melancholy when he brought her cold bare hands up to his lips and kissed each one.
"I...I don't know what to say."
"Say that you'll allow me to court you properly and after a suitable time, I estimate three weeks, marry me."
She focused on their clasped hands, if she refused him, he would walk away and she'd return to London. Her dull future stretched before her filled with 'what if's' and 'might have's'. She raised her gaze to his and said, "Yes, I'll marry you, Mr. Kerr."
He cupped her face in his large hands and brought her face closer to his. She rose to meet his kiss, but he paused and whispered, "May I kiss you, Miss Bingley?"
Her heart soared and she whispered back, against lips that were but a hair's breadth away, "Yes."
"Thank God."

SHE SAID 'YES'!

Every week a dedicated group of authors post eight to ten lines from their current WIP. I've cheated a bit because I was posting from CAROLINE and published it early February, but I wanted those who have been following to at least see an end to this love story. TADA!

If you would like to check out the other writers who participate in this venture, please click here.

I will be doing a promotional blog tour for CAROLINE. Check back often and starting Mar 12, if you click the blog tour ad on the right side bar, it will take you to whichever blog/review site I'm at on that particular day. Some of the fun posts will be: The Newlywed Game - 1812 style; The Making of a Cover; The Music Behind the Woman and of course...GIVEAWAYS! You readers are a thirsty lot. :)

Have a blessed day, and remember to hug someone you love.

WEEKEND WRITING WARRIORS #19

Welcome!

I know I promised the proposal, but this little scene popped into my head for Book #3. Yes, I know. I still have to finish Book #2 - but the muse is gregarious. I wrote it down before I forgot. This is the first draft, so I'm sure it will be fleshed out a bit before it sees an ISBN on its front page.

I give you Lord George Kerr...
“Darling, as much as I love our trysts, are you sure you won’t allow me to…relieve some of your pressure?”
The dulcet tones of the raven haired beauty currently draped in a seductive manner on the settee drifted across the room to the table where Lord George Kerr sat. He lifted his gaze from the papers spread before him and glanced at Madame Reauchard, or as she’d been known in a previous life, Countess Anstruther.
“Evangeline, you know our agreement. I attend your exquisite establishment and you whisk me away to your private room whereupon I gather information for King and Country.” He grinned at her sultry pout. “Now, be a pet and make some noise. Otherwise your girls will think I’m not a satisfactory lover.”
"If you only knew how envious my girls are of me, they're convinced you are Casanova reincarnated. How they would laugh if they knew we only drink tea and talk." 
There are other authors who post their 8-10 lines each weekend, you can find their links HERE.
Remember to hug someone you love today.

Thursday

As I See It

Where Are You?

Sometimes, when I'm reading my Bible, a light bulb comes on and the verse takes on a whole new meaning. One such passage was from the book of Genesis.



And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, "Where are you?"
Genesis 1: 8-9

 
I love these verses in Genesis for several reasons, the most obvious being that God came into the garden and walked among man. Adam and Eve heard Him in the garden. How marvelous. Could you imagine taking a stroll in the cool of the day with God? Talk about what you did and bring your concerns to Him with a face to face experience?

Here's the thing. We can. Although God is spirit, when you invite Him into your heart and life He becomes closer than a brother. You can have a conversation with Him anytime, anywhere, wherever you are.

The second reason I love these verses is the question God asks Adam. "Where are you?"

Do you think God, in all His omniscience, didn't know where they were hiding? Of course He did. He is the Lord God Almighty, but He chose to pursue Adam. He wanted Adam to know that He was seeking him out.

Even today, in our modern times, God pursues us. He beckons us to come to Him.

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.
Matthew 11:28-30

Right now God is asking - Where are you? Listen close and you will hear Him walking in the garden. Step out, take His hand and find peace, joy and an uncompromising love.
 
God Bless You and remember to hug someone you love today.
 
 

Saturday

WEEKEND WRITING WARRIORS #18

And... we're back!

You've waited long enough for this, through several weeks of anticipation, I thought I'd finally share the proposal. Obviously this will be condensed from original canon because NO ONE can propose in less than 10 lines. Seriously. Who?
He paced to the edge of the terrace and stood by the balustrade, hands clasped behind his back. His attention seemed centered on the partially frozen lake bordering the expanse of the garden. She drew her shawl close around her body and waited for him to continue. Finally, when she thought her lips would turn blue from cold, he turned to face her.
"I tried not to love you, but it has been difficult."
Her breath caught and a flock of butterflies took flight in her stomach. He loved her, this man who chastised her every chance, loved her?
"You captivated my heart from the moment I met you. I've prayed and sought God for answers because I did not think you were meant for me. You were more earthly minded than heavenly and I remained convinced you only sought a marriage that would elevate you in society. You held no regard for who you would marry, but what you would marry."

Well - darn. You'll have to wait until next week for the actual proposal... Wasn't that mean of me? BTW - CAROLINE is now available on Amazon. Click on the JAFF tab above or peruse my web site for links to buy.

Now for the fun part. Other authors have posted their 8-10 lines and you can find them on Weekend Writing Warriors or on the Group Facebook Page for Snippet Sunday

Have a great day and hug someone you love.


WEEKEND WRITING WARRIORS #17

Welcome to my blog. Weekend Writing Warriors are a group of authors who post from a work in progress. Our post can be anywhere from 8 - 10 lines. Do you know how hard that is? I ALWAYS want to exceed the limit.

I'm continuing to share from CAROLINE: Pride and Prejudice continued... as my newest WIP doesn't have enough to glean some yummy lines from - yet.

We're still at the ball. Nathan and Caroline are dancing the scandalous waltz. It is the supper set and when a lady accepted a gentleman's request for this particular set, it was accepted that she would have the evening meal with him. This gave the prospective suitor at least another hour with the woman he pursued.

Nathan is extremely jealous that she danced with Lord Waverly, the Marquis of Dorchester. Not because she danced with him, but seemed to enjoy herself, smiling at the Marquis when she is quiet and wary with him. Not reasonable, I know, but when you're fighting at falling in love you're not always sensible.

"Lord Waverly seemed much taken by you."

"He has much to be admired for."

Jealousy gripped him as more doubts about her character assailed him, her seeming covetousness of other's title and status amongst the Ton.

"Waverly is known to enjoy the company of many without making any commitments."

"I didn't think he'd propose marriage after one dance, my Lord."

Her green eyes blazed up at him and he knew he'd overstepped his boundaries, but couldn't seem to stop.

"No, he wouldn't, he will marry someone who can advance his family's name."

Her quick intake of breath told him his comment hit the mark and they danced the remainder of the waltz in silence. He was not surprised when Caroline refused to take his arm and allow him to escort her to supper. He'd been a fool - no that was too soft - he'd been an ass.

Thank you for reading my snippet. Click here to check out other Weekend Writing Warrior posts as well, there is a Facebook Group called Snippet Sunday. Have fun, drive safe and hug someone you love today.