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June Update

It’s here! My newest book called, “Caleb’s Story”. Here is the back cover blurb.

The June evening is hot. It is the last summer before high school, and the world is his. Caleb Hudson had always taken things like breathing on his own, feeding himself and walking as guarantees, but sometimes life changes in the blink of an eye. Faced with the uncertainties of paralysis, Caleb as well as his parents and sister must find a new way to not only survive but thrive. Based on true events, Caleb’s Story embodies the Scripture that says, “Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 13:7-8A New King James Version

I got permission to write this story early last year. Based on true events, this will make you cry, laugh and make you appreciate the simple things like breathing on your own and feeding yourself. Available in paperback and as a kindle eBook, get your copy today.

Ever get into the mood for a certain set of characters? Sure you do. It’s why we binge on Netflix and take a stay-cation where we do nothing but read. LOL Something about this time of year makes me want to visit characters who are going West. I find myself thinking about stories where folks are packing up their wagons, telling family and friends goodbye and heading out on the Oregon or California trails. Then, I remember I started a story like that several years ago, and I wonder if it is time to dig it out and see if it’s worth working on. That poor manuscript has been written countless times, and so far, I’m sory to admit, it isn’t worth reading. But, maybe someday. 🙂

School is over for the summer, portfolios are ready for review, and I have been reading up a storm. Time to relax and refuel, right? 🙂 Here’s some books I’ve been reading.

“Stormfront” by Susan May Warren. Read this the day it came out, May 1. Read from beginning to end. Stories where tornadoes threaten scare me pretty bad, so I really enjoyed this book. Read it so fast, though, I plan to read again in a few months.

“Playing with Fire”, “Burning for You” and “I’ll Be There” by Susan May Warren. All of them rereads, but good stuff.

“Full Steam Ahead” by Karen Witemeyer. When writing coaches ask you, what can your hero or heroine not do in the beginning that they can do at the end, and you aren’t sure, this book is a good one to read. The characters were a surprise, and it was great to see them change throughout the story. Definitely reccomend.

“Talk of the Town” by Lisa Wingate. Finished that one this morning. I love the charm of these characters. A good book.

“Fired Up” by Mary Connealy. Another reread. I started this one to study its conflict but got caught up in it before I knew it. 🙂 Good stuff.

“Get Well Soon: History&Resquo;s Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them” by Jennifer Wright. Ok, I’ll admit it; I’m a history nut, and I love reading about plagues, illness and disease in the olden days. This is probably why so many of my characters in my books are medical personel. Some of this book is sad, some of it funny and some just plain gross, but I love it.

“The Warrior: Caleb: Sons of Encouragement Book 2” by Francine Rivers. I hesitated to buy this book, as I wasn’t sure about a fictionalize account from the Bible. But, I felt the Lord telling me to read it, so I did. I took my time, but seriously, I couldn’t put it down, hardly. And, near the end, I cried. The Lord used this story to speak some truths to me, and I can’t get it out of my head. The word that keeps playing on my mind is “focus.” We read the accounts in the old testament about sacrifices, but we rarely stop to think how that might have looked, smelled, sounded. God calls them a sweet savor. I’m thinking they stunk pretty bad with all that burning flesh. Our sin stinks, doesn’t it? If it doesn’t, beloved, then we have a serious problem. What about wandering for 40 years and seeing all your peers die as Caleb saw them? Only Joshua and those who had been under 20 years old at the beginning of this journey walked into the Promised Land with him. I won’t say more, but you need to read it. 🙂

Summer is a good time to read, but it is also a good time to listen. If you know me at all, you’ll know I love audiobooks. And, coming soon, 2 of my books, “A Moment in Time” and “His Yankee Wife” will be available in audio. Currently, they are in production, but in a month or so, you’ll be able to download them from audible.com. I can’t wait!

A lot going on around here, as you can tell, and I haven’t even talked about how I’m going to feel when I send my youngest to church camp in a couple of weeks. Wow, I don’t think I’m ready. LOL A wedding, a book signing some time this summer and vacation in the planning stages, plus working on another historical romance, I think it’s going to be a good chance to enjoy time off before school starts up again.

How do you plan to spend your summer? I’d love to hear from you, faithful readers. Drop me a comment below or send an email to sjwells1611@gmail.com.

If you have read any of my books, would you consider leaving a review on Amazon? I’d really appreciate it.

Until next time, be blessed.

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