I am absolutely delighted to start off the new year with a brand new Western trilogy from Love Inspired Books.
On shelves nationwide right now, at Walmarts and Krogers and Winn-Dixies, and wherever mass-market paperbacks are sold. I’m so excited about this series, tucked into the heartland of Washington State, where fruit rules the land, and small farms are being gobbled up by major fruit conglomerates as soon as they become available. And I’m not against big business. I’m a capitalist. I believe in free enterprise.
But I’m also a small farm owner and the landscape of the American farm will change drastically if we lose all these small farms, roadside stands and hands-on farming opportunities. Sure, bigger is better in some ways…
But it can also be production-line impersonal, so we need to strike a balance.
And that’s why I wrote this book. The pumpkin farmer in me loves small business and roadside stands and loves shopping local whenever possible, but it went deeper than that. It went to the hero’s story, a man who served his country well but lost his edge after a tragic military accident.
And then God puts Libby Creighton in his path. A falling-down farm. Time to harvest. A very sick elderly man. And Jax McClaren has every skill that Libby needs to make this final season a good one for her aging grandfather, but does he have the inner strength to do it?
I fell in love with Jax. I think you will, too!
And you’re going to love this glimpse of orcharding, a spunky pull-yourself-up-by-the-bootstraps heroine, a super cute kid, a guy who learns to forgive himself and maybe– just maybe– has the chance to re-script the life that he thought he didn’t deserve.
So January here on the farm begins four months of quiet time… much appreciated quiet time! I get to write more, and I start each year by planning my writing schedule for the upcoming two years. That way I know when I have breaks in the action and how to plan out my writing hours to make sure everything gets done.
We have snow.
We have cute kids.
We have a new furnace, and this will be my first winter with warmth, so I’m frankly excited about that, LOL! We’ve been heating with wood but long cold winters and a sprawling old farmhouse left cold pockets, but no more… And heat is something to happy dance about!
So what’s your winter look like? Is it peaceful like mine or do you have 400,000,000 things to do? Tell me about it!
I have two copies of “A Hopeful Harvest” to give away today, so leave a comment below and we’ll chat!