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Baby Blues: What it is not about.

Last December I published a book called Baby Blues.  When I went to look it up at Amazon, all I found was the cartoon Baby Blues. I didn’t realized my book would fall under that search. My book is called Baby Blues and it is not about the cartoon nor is it about Post partum depression. Yes I looked it up. Unfortunately, you won’t be reading about a woman after she gave birth. Baby Blues is quite different from that. Maybe I should have given it another title but that was the title that came to me.

My book is also not about a happy life on the ranch. A reviewer wrote that she thought my book would be just that by reading the description. Oops! My bad. Yes. the story is set on the ranch of Montana, I did my research the best I could. I had hope I would live on a ranch before it’s publication, but it didn’t work out that way. So when you read the description, don’t compare it to other books set on a ranch. Or you will be disappointed.

I’m guessing that other authors who writes such stories, wrote a whole series set on a ranch. My series is not like that. Book one is set mostly in rural California and book three will also be set in California. As for book 4, probably in California or might be Montana. I haven’t decided.

What you will read about is a woman dealing with her infertility, her husband with his secret who by the way is not controlling. Has anyone ever heard of a loved one wanting to protect his mate? Eric loves his wife. Should I just have him say, “Sure, you can work outside the home?” And not care what happens to his wife?  At least he doesn’t abuse her or beat her.

Mean reviewers reminds me  of the media and the left. They hate Trump. They are upset because Hilary didn’t win so they say all kinds of evil against him. I recently found out that a pastor of all people who is not a Trump supporter went to one of his rallies in Florida.  He took with him, but this man already had his mind made up. No matter what good came out of the rally, he already saw him as evil.

Maybe that is a bad comparison, but that’s how I feel. I upset the reviewer so she gave me a three star review. The book didn’t live up to her expectation.

So what is my book about? It is about a woman who is depressed because she found her life unfulfilling. She thought working outside the home, but instead she saw reminders of what she couldn’t have and she ran into danger. Her husband wanted to protect her which was why he didn’t want her working outside the home. His half brother escaped from prison and he had one thing on his mind: Raping Julie. He did this to get back at Eric. So not only  is she infertile but she becomes a victim of rape.

So how is my book Christian? Julie has great faith. She listens to a kind of music that most people never heard about, but like praise and worship, it brings you close to God. It is called Soaking Worship. While Praise and Worship, you sing dance, shout and has different beats, soaking  is soft and relaxing. Think of it as soaking in a bathtub full of suds. You’re relax and you focus on the words (if there is singing or it is spoken) Julie  doesn’t give up on God but draws close to him and it has helped her to heal.

There is a saying that is true: You can’t judge a book by its cover.  So please give my book a chance. Thank you.

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The Second Chance Series:Soaking Worship Explained.

On my Author page, I pondered or rather wrote whether I should tell people  what Soaking Worship is. Everyone knows what Praise and Worship is, but not that. In fact the first person left me nice three stars review because I disappointed her. I wrote very little about ranching ,  she never heard of  soaking worship and the rape scene was too long for her. I think she hoped my book would be a nice long book about ranching and romance. It is not a romance book, sorry to say.  She seemed happy I mentioned Chris Tomlin.

There is a difference between Soaking Worship and Praise and Worship. I think it is obvious. When you are in a bathtub, do you soak in suds and bubbles or do you praise it? Are you not immersed in the bubbles? Or do you dance and clap your hands in the bubbles? (Be careful you could slip and fall if you do) My questions reminds me of Paul when he said he sounded foolish because I sound foolish to you. I am trying to make a point. No, you don’t dance in the bubbles. I read in the article where it you lie  on your back and you just relax and just  immerse in the music being played. I listened to Graham Cooke Favor of the Lord on  a Sunday. It is not a sermon. He is speaking of the Lord’s Favor. We  are to receive it as we  open ourselves  to prophecy.  Most of soaking worship is prophetic. People like Corey  and Anna Ashbury and Graham Cooke or Heidi Baker. And there are some just instrumental like DappyTKeys or Kings Worship. None of those makes you want to stand and shout and clap your hands but they do draw you into God’s presence just as Praise and Worship do. The only difference is,  you are singing praise songs like Hosanna, or Our God Reigns, songs by Hillsongs, Passion, etc.  Please educate yourself. There are websites on the subject of Soaking worship. I posted one  on my author page on Facebook Madison Books.  There are tons of soaking worship videos on youtube so you don’t have to spend money on a cd and no I am not trying to get you to  or forcing you to buy my book.  My book isn’t about Soaking Worship but it is mentioned a few times in both of them because it has become part of my main character’s life.

The Second Chance Series and Soaking Worship

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I have written two books and took the risk of introducing something new to my readers: Soaking Worship. I tried my best to immerse my readers into it, but they still scratch their heads.

Unlike Mass, and liturgy, Soaking Worship hasn’t been part of church history for a long time. You might say it is obscure. The question asked is, “What exactly is Soaking Worship?”

My character says in a scene to her husband, “Christian inspirational music.” It is music that inspires you to worship. Of course, I’m sure all christian music should inspire us. But there is something about the music that just draws us into God’s presence. I read at website that it “Soaking worship means that we are simultaneously focused on both giving and receiving. At first glance, this appears to be a contradiction”  4 Benefits of Soaking Worship

So if you are of an older generation. please read up before you read my book. Thanks.

 

My Cat and My Characters

I post about my cat Henry quite a bit on Facebook. I’m seeking compassion and sympathy, but most importantly understanding. It is not happening. I can understand coming from another cat owner or lover how they would respond when you tell them the joys of owning of a cat, but when it comes to your expectation of  your cat, forget it!

“Cats are persnickety!”

“Mine likes to play with in boxes!”

“Cats are independent.”

And it goes on.

There are no woes from  my friends. I don’t hear, “Me too, Ruthie. I wish my car would appreciate what I do for him or her too.” But I get no sympathy. I guess they love their cats more than I love than mine. You can’t change them right? Cats are cats right?  You have to accept them the way they are. That means if Henry eats food from the floor its okay. If Henry rather   sleep on my  lap than in bed with me, its okay. Because he is a cat.

So here is my point. Read carefully. I am an author. I create characters. Everyone of them is unique. Just as the clay have no right to ask the potter why did you make me this way? Neither does the reader have the right to complain about my characters.  As an author. we give our character a personality and it offends me when a reader says that one of my characters is controlling when he is not. That reader is judging my character and I will not change my characters’ personality (just as a cat will not stop being a “cat”) just because the reader doesn’t like it.

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On “A Second Chance at Love” Why it’s Not Your Typical Romance.

People who likes Romance novels will read about two major characters known as a hero and heroine. According to James Scott Bell in his book, “Plot and Structure”  You’ll find that there are several different plots. One is both hero and heroine wants to be together but  a confrontation keeps them apart until they find a way to unite. Another is  where one MC is in love with the other but the other doesn’t feel the same–in that, the first hero/ine has to win that person’s love. Those are the two I remember.

Scott also wrote about two types of characters: One who stays the same through the end or one that changes. You can red about that in Characters, Viewpoints and Emotions. There is also two kinds of fiction: Literary and Commercial. Literary is all about the inner changes of the character–a personal journey while commercial fiction  is where the MC changes due to the outer conflict. In A Second Chance at Love, you’ll meet an unlikely heroine  known simply as an anti hero.

As I read Scott’s book that’s what I discovered! Marge isn’t trying to win anyone’s heart nor does she have a boyfriend, husband or lover. She is too bitter to even love a man. All she wants is to be left alone, but another man will stop at nothing to change her and make her his wife. This man is known as the antagonist. he won’t leave her alone. He assigns his men to bring her to his estate. He doesn’t care how she feels as long as he can make her see that she needs his help and that he is the only man who can love her.

The hero in my story doesn’t know it yet, but the woman he’s assigned to, is his former lover from 15 years ago! Although she is not thin and beautiful as she was, there were certain things about her that reminded him of her. But the truth won’t come out later hen they both secretly find out that they shared the past. (In fact, unbeknownst to the antagonist, they are drawn to each other)

As I said, Marge is your anti-hero. She wants to be left alone, but because of her circumstances, she is forced to changed. Therefore, Marge is a changer. But it isn’t man that changed her, but God and His unfailing love and God becomes the real hero of the story. He does because she can’t love again until she is filled with God’s love. Carter also changes and because his employer sent him away to Italy (to keep him away from Marge), he searches his own soul and finds God.

Marge and Carter  are reunited twice and their reunion changes  her to some point. The first reunion helps give Marge  courage to endure her “imprisonment” with the antagonist until he takes her to France and away Carter again. The last and final reunion is when she finally wins her freedom from her antagonist and  Carter is there to meet her

I understand my book is hard to read. Some would find it strange. No one wants to read  about women being treated the way Marge has been treated. How many heroines do they know are bitter and cynical? Would it be better if I write about a woman who was sweet, loving and kind and after the antagonist has his way with her, make her a bitter and resentful woman?

As of now, I am in process of making changes to my manuscript. It will have a new title called “His Unfailing Love.”  Beow after reading this, please comment if you like that title better or “An Unexpected Romance.”  I want it to cal it HIs Unfailing Love because there is a line where her fried said about her that all she needs is God’s unfailing love.” which is what she gets towards the end of the book. If you comment and would like a copy of the  ebook, let me know. If you get a  a copy of the original, you can have the updated version when it;s available.

Thanks for reading.

Mornings with God

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Begin the day with the Lord. He wakes us up renewed, refreshed and filled with His presence. Go to Him, before you get overwhelmed by worldly distractions. Seek His will and you’ll gain a new perspective on the ” to do list ” …

God hath in Himself all power to defend you, all wisdom to direct you, all mercy to pardon you, all grace to enrich you, all righteousness to clothe you, all goodness to supply you, and all happiness to crown you. ~ Thomas Brooks

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