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They Say You Write About What You Know…What You Love…What is Inside of You

Making Mountains into Molehills 2

I’ve fallen in love again. It happens every time, with every story I write. I can’t help it. The characters in my novels are like the best of friends. I’ve figured out why. They’re the kind of people I admire most in the world. They have qualities that shine a light in the darkness. Like my parents. Like my teachers. Like my extended family. Like my best of friends. The everyday heroes who show us the extraordinary in the ordinary as they dig deep and show us how to cut our problems down to size. Every time.

Wyatt Henry is my new favorite.

You fell in love with the Henrys in A Man of Few Words and Hindsight’s 20/20. The journey began with Jackson Henry and continued with his youngest son, Emmett. Now, it’s his oldest son’s turn. Meet Emmett’s big brother, Wyatt.

Wyatt Henry has always been his brother’s keeper. It’s been his job. That, and learning how to be a horse farmer and a man above measure like his father, Jackson Henry—the Henry Way. Emmett made his arrival when Wyatt was two years old, and his kid brother has lit up his world ever since. He’s been the light in the darkness—when his mother died when he was only six, when his father died in a tragic accident on the farm. So what does he do when that light could be snuffed out?

When Emmett jumps in to help a damsel in distress in a barroom fight, he suffers a severe head injury that leaves him blind. It nearly destroys him, taking Wyatt with him. Wyatt has to try and help his brother pick up the pieces. He won’t give up on him, no matter how depressed and angry Emmett is. While he is dealing with Emmett’s challenges, Wyatt will face a life-threatening illness of his own. Through it all, his wife Samantha will be at his side as they work together to take Jackson Henry’s advice and make mountains into molehills.

Out now on Kindle, Nook, and in print at amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, or ask at your local bookstore. If they don’t have it, they can order it! I hope you’ll fall in love with a Henry the way I have. These men are some of my favorites! Everyone needs a Henry! 

I Didn’t Study for This Test!

Do you ever feel like you’re doing it all wrong…or you’re not good enough, not measuring up?

Stop looking at someone else’s tape measure.

We are all so afraid we aren’t living up to what is expected of us. Just worry about what YOU want out of your life. Keep trying. Pick yourself up when you fall. Do YOUR best. And at the end of the day, tell yourself, “I’m good enough for me. I AM ENOUGH.”

And start all over again tomorrow.

The Magic? It’s Inside of YOU!

Dorothy's shoes Are you always questioning yourself, looking for answers, for that spark? Is there something you want to do, burning deep down in your gut, but doubt is holding you back? Worse yet, has someone else been putting you down? Take a good look at yourself. At your heart. Your soul. Your dreams. What do you want?

If you know what it is, no matter how impossible it may seem, reach inside of you. It might be buried beneath a mountain of fear and rejection. You might be your own worst enemy.

It’s time to be your champion.

You can do it. Go after what you want. Let it take you on an incredible journey. No one ever got anywhere by standing still.

Go ahead. Ride that magic carpet. Spread those fairy wings. Put on those glittery, red shoes. Click your heels together.

And believe.

Always Be True to Yourself

No matter who you are…where you are…or where you want to be in life, never shortchange yourself or try and fit someone else’s expectations. You have a divine spark like no one else’s. Feed it. Let it burn bright for all to see. Light up the world with what you have inside of you. Everyone can be a copycat.

There is only one YOU. Shine on!

That Voice Inside You, Telling You to Go for It? Listen and Just…Do…It!

 

Go for it

It’s not going to be easy. As a matter of fact, this chasing dreams stuff, this taking risks, this putting yourself out there? It’s hard. Really hard. If you’re like me, you’re going to have terrifying moments of self-doubt. You’ll be fired up and all gung-ho only to be rejected. Again. And again. There will be incredible highs and devastating lows. You’ll really find out the true meaning of patience. It’s going to be a challenge. Every step of the way.

It’s going to change you.

If that voice in your head won’t leave you alone, if that something in your gut keeps poking at you telling you to do this thing, you’re going to have to make it happen. Don’t give up. Don’t quit. Believe me. I know that you’ll want to and you’ll feel really down sometimes, but pick yourself up and keep at it…even when it’s two steps forward and three steps back. Catch 22.

It’s one heck of a ride. It will take you to amazing places. You’ll meet other people who have something in common with a passion like yours. And in the end…

You’ll be someone new, someone you are proud of, and you won’t want to go back to who or where you used to be.

It will change you.

Get started.

Now.

Sometimes…all you need to do is be still…

The Lord Will Fight

Writing is a passion. A labor of love. Something that has wrapped itself around my soul and won’t let go. It’s something I have to do. No matter what. Whenever I can. Whether anyone else gets it or likes it. No matter where it takes me. There are times when I get discouraged. I love this journey I’m on, every story, every character, every word. I want to share it with the world…but it’s tough going, an uphill climb. Sometimes I wonder if I am on the right path.

Today, I was pointed to this passage from the Bible. Exodus 14:14:

“The Lord will fight for you. You need only to be still.”

That’s a tough order to fill for me because I always feel like I have to do something! But it really helped me right now, at this point in my life, to remember there is a higher power. That Someone is watching over me. Fighting for me. To have faith and trust in the journey. To know that I can be still.

I hope this message reaches you today, that it helps you in whatever battle you are fighting. Someone else is fighting for you too.

Wrapped up in History…and it Won’t Let Go!

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I have walked that lonely field, stood where my father fell. I have felt his presence, and his valiant heart beats in me.

My father, Benjamin Willson the First, was liberty’s son. Because of his love for my mother and his extraordinary sacrifice, I came to be.

Because of Jacob Cooper, the man who raised me, I became the man I am supposed to be. The son Benjamin Willson would be proud to call his own.

Jacob taught me that someone must shine a light in the darkness. Even if I am only one candle amongst thousands, I will do my part to live up to the expectations of the men who went before me, born up by the love of a mother who was willing to fight the British and defy the bottomless pit of her grief to bring me into this world.

The drums of Madison’s war are beating again, and I must answer the call.

Like my father before me. Like the man who raised me as his own.

I am liberty’s legacy.

The Liberty series has been a big part of my life for the past three years, a story that wrapped around my heart and my head…and it still won’t let go. It all started with a mini-series, The Sons of Liberty, bringing to life the birth of the nation and the brink of the war. It was a thrill ride that pulled the whole family in for three nights in a row. And then my story came to me. About a young woman in Johnstown who loved history, falling into her personal history, and the arms of a Patriot from Boston who would need saving. It took her on an incredible journey. I went with her.

Standing outside the Colonial Cemetery on a bitter cold morning, watching my breath form clouds in the air, taking pictures of the marker, the graves. Stepping over the fence around Sir William’s grave, brushing off the snow, kneeling down to learn more about the founder of our town. People probably thought I was crazy…and I was. About the characters and story playing out in my head like a movie.  I started paying attention to all the signs and historical sites in Johnstown, a town so rich in history, and the threads wove their way into my novel, tying it together. I wrapped it up, dressed the part, thought I was all done. Until a reader walked up to me in Mysteries on Main Street, our local bookstore, told me she loved my story, read it in a night, and, “When’s the next one?”

I hadn’t planned a next story, but the thoughts started perking–couldn’t let my readers down, right?–and Liberty’s Promise came to be.  I realized I wasn’t finished yet. Those characters wouldn’t leave me alone. The conclusion is coming, due out July 4th…I think it’s my favorite. I’m in love with Liberty’s Legacy and these characters. It’s really hard to let them go…but they live on. In my heart and in my soul. Every time I walk the grounds at Sir William Johnson’s estate, pass the marker for the Battle of Johnstown, or wander amongst the stones in the Colonial Cemetery where patriots have been sleeping over 230 years ago, my characters are with me. Benjamin, Charlotte, and Jacob live on and my imagination runs, wondering what they would do next…

I hope they fire up your imagination as well.