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Announcing a New Book

You Belong to Me cover2

Coming soon, a new novel by me! Featuring romance and redemption with a mix of characters thrown in, including pirates and preachers, slaves and servants, farmers and females on the frontier, “You Belong to Me” is set in Virginia, 1748.

What’s it about? Well, here’s the tentative back cover blurb:

She bought him to work her farm. His obedience taught her to be free. On route to Virginia to answer God’s call to preach, Gabriel Mackenzie is captured by pirates and sold as an indentured servant. Grieving the loss of her family, Mercy Wakefield is not looking for romance; just a strong back and two good hands to work her farm. But, Gabriel’s claims of being taken against his will and his kind manners and good looks chip away at her resolve, and she begins to care about him. With a jealous neighbor wanting Mercy for himself, and  one of Gabriel’s captors trying to get rid of him, it will take relying on God’s strength rather than their own to loose the chains of hopelessness and forge a bond which no man can put asunder.

No publication date, yet, but I have decided on a cover.

What do you think?

I want as many people as possible to know about this new book of mine, so I created a Facebook page dedicated to promoting its launch. Won’t you come and give it a like?

fb.me/YouBelongtoMeBook

I’d love for you to join in the fun and help me pass along the excitement.

Two years ago, a new character popped into my head. Well, actually, two characters: Gabriel and Mercy. I started writing a few scenes here and there, did some research about indentured servants and Colonial Virginia, and bought a book called “Bound with an Iron Chain: The Untold Story of How the British Transported 50,000 Convicts to Colonial America” by Anthony Vaver.

My hero isn’t a convict in the story, but he almost was.

My heroine doesn’t live in Williamsburg but up in the mountains. Still, Colonial Williamsburg is a fascinating place to learn about.

Conflict is what makes a story, and you can’t get more conflict than a man coming to terms with being bought by a woman. As for her conflict… Well, let’s just say, it’s easier to “own” a person, when you forget that they have a backstory, a family who loves them, a story of their own.

I can’t wait to share Gabriel and Mercy’s story with you all. When a publication date is set, I’ll be looking to send out advance reader copies to folks willing to read and post a review on Amazon. If that sounds interesting to you, then stay tuned.

In the meantime, come on over to fb.me/YouBelongtoMeBook or fb.me/SJWellsAuthor so you won’t miss a thing.

The dryer’s hum and the falling rain outside make me wish I could take a hot cup of tea and a book to my comfy spot on the sofa and just veg for the rest of the day.

How about you? Do you like to read on rainy days? Drop me a comment below. I’d love to hear from you.

Blessings.

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