Hello everybody! It's been awhile since I've blogged, mostly because I've been so busy writing, which is a good thing, right? I've had three new releases since September, including today's, my Christmas novel, Nick S. Klaus. That's right, today, my new Christmas book is out! Why is that worthy of a blog post? Well, because after I scheduled the release day and put Nick up for preorder I realized that October 30, 2015 was exactly four years after I released my very first novel, Sugar's Dance on October 30, 2011.
If you ask people who have read Sugar's Dance they may not mention that the book actually begins in the fall and ends on Christmas Eve. There is so much that goes on in Dance (as we have all taken to calling it) that the focus of the story isn't on the holidays the way it is for Nick S. Klaus.
But guess what? Nick S. Klaus starts in the fall, when he finds his neighbor, and music teacher of his school, crying at her piano bench. Nick S. Klaus ends on Christmas morning when Mandy, Ben, Esther and Nick find that Santa really does exist, as long as you carry him in your heart.
The last four years have taught me so much about the book world, the author world, the writer world, but more about myself as a person and a believer. I've always been a Christian and I've always believed that we must live by Luke 6:31 "do unto others" and by the second commandment "love thy neighbor as thyself". That said, I've never been a person who walks around spouting Bible verses (I still don't, not to worry), because no matter the situation I can always fall back on one of those two rules. Sugar taught me the truth behind another one, "Now these three remain; faith, hope, and love, but the greatest of these is love." We've all heard it at weddings, but in the Sugar Series, they lived it. When that final book came out she knew what faith was. She was holding tangible faith in her hands, but she was also holding love.
Where am I going with this? Well, the fact is, I've written 17 novels now and each one is whispered in my ear by Him. It's okay, you can think I'm crazy, I'm pretty sure my husband and family does, but for me it's tangible faith in my hands. The book doesn't click until I hear that verse I'm supposed to be focusing on, but once I do, the words flow. The same was the case for Nick S. Klaus. In fact, I wrote Nick in less than a week. Sounds hard to believe, but when a story comes to you the way Nick did; pure, loving, honest, and demanding, you can do anything you put your mind to.
For Nick the verse whispered to me was 1 John 5:11; And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his son. It seems like an odd one, right? I thought so too. I was all ready for any verse about the birth of Jesus to come to me, but they didn't. 1 John 5:11? It was an odd one for me, considering this was about teaching someone to love again. Then I began to write and Mandy came alive under my fingers, and Nick came alive under my fingers and I began to see Nick's point. You see the story is written from his point of view and he tells Mandy that as far as he's concerned 1 John 5 is the reason for Christmas. Not the wise men, or the manager, or the guiding star, but the idea that the greatest gift we are given on Christmas is eternal life in the birth of the Savior. I don't want you to get the wrong idea, this is in NO WAY a Christian romance, but anyone who knows my writing knows that there is always something in the story that serves as a bit of a "something to think on" for the character. In this case, it was Mandy who needed to believe that she deserved the salvation offered to her in Nick.
I'll stop talking your ear off now and let you go check out Nick S. Klaus yourself now. He's on Amazon and is part of KU, as all my books are. Nick is .99 through November 2, as a way to get you all in the spirit of the season. I truly hope you enjoy Nick's story as much as you enjoyed Sugar's, four years ago. To say I've grown as a writer is true, but to say I've grown as a person of faith is far more accurate. I write the stories people want to read and I write them because I was given a gift so many years ago. The gift of a Savior who once laid in a manager. I hope you all have a great holiday season. Be safe and always stay true to yourself.