Dear Faitful Reader:
I suppose it is unfair of me to invite you to follow my blog and then wait nearly 2 months to post a new entry. For your patience I say thank you. After all, you are the 2nd most reason I write.
Yes, you heard correctly. You come in 2nd. The first reason I write is because I cannot help it. Even if no one ever read my stories, I would still write them. But, take heart, faithful reader, while you are the 2nd most reason I write, you come in first place as the reason my stories get published.
So, why did I wait so long before updating the blog? Well, I’ve been writing a book. A likely excuse, right? Seriously, though, it is true. The entire month of July I did very little except write. I sat myself down, put everything else aside and pounded out a story. When I asked you all to follow me back around the 4th of July, I had approximately 62,000 words on my current work in progress and no idea how it would end. Just before leaving for vacation on August 4, I had around 90,000 words and a clear but rough ending. To say I am surprised at what I accomplished is understating it. I am simply amazed at what God has done. Faithful reader, I have never written 30,000 words in a month, and the only thing I am certain of is that it was the Lord who sat with me and put His hands over mine on the keyboard.
During my week of vacation in early August, I think I opened my MacBook twice. It was a nice break. Then, after returning from my time off, I began making preparations for school. Did I mention I homeschool? Yeah, I have a 5th grader and an 8th grader this year. Homeschool adventure number 9 started out rocky, but we’re smoothing out the rough spots and getting into the swing of things, now. In between all that, I have been editing on that 90,000 word manuscript. Busy? Nah! LOL
So, what now? Well, I have to finish editing…is that even possible…and polish it up. Next, I put together my proposal, polish that up and send it to an editor. Scared? You betcha. It’s easy to write, edit and self publish something before asking strangers their opinion. It’s quite another to willingly ask for criticism from strangers before you even know if they will publish your book. But, it’s time to try. Y’all pray, ok?
Wow, I’ve been so busy talking about the writing I’ve been doing that I completely forgot about my super good news. Oh, Faithful Reader, I can hardly believe I am saying this, but I now have 3…yes, 3 books that are available as audiobooks. “A Moment in Time”, “His Yankee Wife”, and “Caleb’s Story” are on audible.com. The narrators are amazing, and I could not be more pleased. I hope you will check them out and pass the word.
Talk about a busy summer, and this school year, although new is shaping up to be one of the busiest yet. If 5th grade math doesn’t make you want to groan, then there’s something the matter with you. LOL 8th grade math might be as bad. Time will tell. Glad I have a friend that sticks closer than a brother. If I didn’t have the Lord to depend on, y’all, I’d be most miserable. He created numbers, and He will make a way.
Well, it’s a little after 3 AM as I type this, and my cat is tapping my arm for attention. She thinks when I’m here on my couch, I should pet her and scratch behind her ears. She likes prowling around the house, peeking through the window blinds and hunting for something to pounce. But, I’m thinking it’s time for another drink of water and time to try and get more sleep.
You all are so kind to follow my blog, and I hope you will tell others about me. Drop me a comment. I would love to hear from you, Faithful Reader. I am posting the urls to my new audiobooks below along with their back cover blurbs. When you click on the links, they will take you to where you can listen to a sample to see if you want to buy them. I hope you will take a listen. 🙂
Until next time, remember it’s in His strength that we accomplish anything worth while, not in our own.
S. J. Wells
“A Moment in Time”
Does the key to her future lie in the past? Bronwen Macleod is a modern American who needs no one, especially a man. Longing to connect with the land her grandparents called home and desperate to find the castle in her dreams, she is hurled into the past and straight into the arms of a fifteenth century Scottish Highlander. In a race against time to save a young man’s life and her own, Bronwen’s faith in God is put to the test. But God is faithful, and soon she learns she can rely on her heavenly Father for everything including a love that transcends time itself.
“His Yankee Wife”
Battle scarred in body and soul, Rae Wilkins comes home to keep a promise to her best friend, despite her hometown’s long memory concerning her past mistakes. Discovering a book written about her ancestors who fought in the Civil War Rae reads about Rachel, a Yankee left behind in the South when her husband enlists in the Union Army. Struggling to understand her place in God’s kingdom, Rachel’s faith and loyalty are put to the test when she follows her husband to the battlefield. Caught between the sins of the past and the hope of the future, Rae and Rachel must draw their own battle lines and learn the true meaning of forgiveness.
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