By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer
Authors are always asking themselves what-if questions. Such a habit seems contradictory in the lives of those who believe the Lord will provide their every need.
As one of those believers, I’ve learned it’s highly unproductive to plague myself with questions like, “What if something goes wrong?” “What if I fail?” “What if I don’t have enough money/time/energy/patience?”
I’ve also learned that 99 percent of the things I worry about never happen.
But as an author, it’s my job to make such things happen in the lives of my characters. (Can you see me rubbing my hands together and grinning?)
So here’s the what-if question I asked while working on my newest Western romance:
“What if the child of a widowed father wrote for a mail-order bride but didn’t tell dear old Dad?”
For some reason, that question evoked instant emotional fireworks in my head. Possibly because I’m a parent.
So there you have it – the premise for my new book that releases tomorrow, Sept. 3, Mail-order Misfire.
I hope you’ll read it and find out what happens to the little girl Gracie, her papa Bern Stidham, and a recently widowed seamstress named Etta Collier.
And if you simply must ask what-if questions in your own life, try asking these:
What if, after everything goes wrong, it all goes right?
What if the good guy wins after all?
What if I really am loved?
Answers to these and other questions are found in a little book called Revelation in the back of a bigger book known as the Bible. Enjoy!
For a chance to win an e-copy of Mail-Order Misfire, comment on the following question (in bold):
Etta did not know what lay ahead, but God did. Of all the things she might ask for, His peace was what she needed most. Can you share about a time in your life when God’s peace saw you through a difficult and unexpected situation?
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In spite of working up a sweat and sore muscles, Bern slept little that night, asking himself over and over if this predicament had God’s fingerprint on it. Had God finagled this whole mess or just allowed it? What happened to Bern’s free will? ~Mail-order Misfire
Mail-order Misfire is Book 2 of a six-book collection titled “Thanksgiving Books & Blessings” with authors Mary Connealy, Caryl McAdoo, Samantha Bayarr, Liz Tolzma, and Allison Pittman. See the collection here.
*Thank you, blogger and reviewer Phyllis Helton of amongTheReads.net, for the great meme at the head of today’s post.
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