I want to apologize to my fans who enjoyed the Past Hunter but waited so long for book 2. Please read below about why I didn't rapid release them.
Less than ten years ago, I wanted to write a story about a woman whose boyfriend tried to find her. It would start in California, but both characters are from Montana. Why Montana? I never share this my friends but after reading a Cowboys Touch by Denise Hunter, I started looming online at ranches. I have never been to Montana and God had replaced the desire to go to Washington State with going there. I didn’t know too much about ranching and much of the original story revolved around her boyfriend trying to reconcile with her and her still thinking he killed someone. The idea of writing book two haven’t crossed my mind. I heard of other authors writing a series, but I didn’t know anything about rapid releases either. Yet they were doing it.
Because of my lack of finances, how could I afford professional editing for all my books? Back in 2012, I had no income whatsoever. In fact, my book needed more editing. I got free help twice, but it still needed work. A few years later, A reader encouraged me to write book two. Yet she never read it. Oh well. When I wrote book 3, I still knew nothing about rapid release. I just release them when I can. Besides, how do you release books with no or little reviews? Easy you are known, but in my experience, people aren’t interested.
I have learned my lesson. Is it too late for readers to notice my books? I posted them when they are on sale, but not when they are free. I have some faithful readers and they are in my readers group. I have book four in the works but that may take time. I have another series I would like to write and I will rapid release them. When? I don't know. I have two stories I want to publish before that happens…maybe 3 if the Lord wills i
As an author of romance, you will almost always see romance in my books. In fact, in all my books there is an element of romance. Where would we be if we didn't have the greatest sacrifice in the history of mankind? John the apostle wrote, that "God so love the world that He gave his only son that whomever shall believe in him, will have everlasting life (John 3:16 loosely translated). If you never heard of that, you might ask what Sacrifice is that? What God gave up? The answer to that is Jesus. The birth of Jesus came through both man and God. God sent his spirit into a virgin named Mary thus making Jesus the Son of God and the Son and man. Not only that, he lived a pure and sinless life so that he could become the ultimate sacrifice.
In the days of the law, worshippers had to offer a pure and spotless lamb as a sacrifice to cleanse them from the sins. It was the blood of the lamb that did that and the priests initiated it. (The book of Hebrew talks more about this) After Jesus's death, after he offered up his life in exchange for ours. Paul wrote that Jesus became sin so that we might be made the righteousness of God. Jesus didn't sin, but he took our sins for us on that cross. He took our place on the cross. This is God's love for us, but it didn't end there. Three days later he rose from the dead and later for only male or female who believes in who he is and confesses that he is Lord becomes a new person and accepts God's love and Son in our hearts.
Nowadays, people express love without God in their lives. God's love is sacrificial. It is also called Agape or unconditional love. I grew up with both: My mother showed me God's love while my father's love was conditional: "I love you if..." God never loves like that. Paul wrote that nothing can separate us from the love of God.(Roman 8:38 and 39). While God will love us no matter what we will do or say, man will love based on condition. A husband who is controlling could say. "If you love me, honey, you will do as I say and without question." Oh they will say it in different ways, but it is the same thing.
Christian romance author writes that kind of romance in their books. They show God's love through characters who have flaws just as we do. They go through a journey of they will to discover they worth the love of another person. In book 3 of my Second Chance Series, A Man For Beth, both the hero and heroine had bad experience with the opposite sex:
She noticed him. Stan turned his attention back to the weights. He couldn’t allow another woman to break his heart.
Everyone has flaws. Sometimes we have to love ourselves before we could love others. I my myself is not perfect, but I know that God loves me unconditionally. His love is shed abroad in my heart (Romans 5). When I am guided by his love, I have no fear because his perfected by his love.
If you have read any of my books, mainly book 1 and A Second Chance at Love, you may wonder why I always have sisters in my books. Both my heroines didn't know about a sister (although Marge had one before she discovered Samantha.) They didn't come looking for them either, but their sisters found them.
In The Past Hunter, Julie found that the new manager of Books and Gifts is her biological sister. Her parents couldn't afford to keep her, but they never told Julie about her...and Julie never asked. In A Second Chance at Love, Marge found that a woman came to help Marge elude the villain was her half sister. Marge's father sired her when he was in the military. Samantha had been born out of wedlock. When Samantha's mother was on her deathbed, she asked to know her real father was so that for medical reasons, she could have his records.
Even in my upcoming book, the story takes places when the two sisters founds out the truth about their mother's origin. So why sisters? Why not brothers?
Perhaps the answers lies in the fact that I never had a brother. When I was younger, I wanted a little brother, but my parents stopped at me. Growing up, we didn't have much a social life and our parents sheltered my sister and me. We had one friend in common and other friends came and go, but my sister and I became friends knitted through our circumstances. We were each other's best friends because we there for each other. I think having a sister is having a sister is a great thing. What about you? Do you have siblings? Or are you like Beth in my series or Darlene in purify My Heart when you are the only child?
Author of the Second Chance Series and owner of Unique Pen Press.