Yesterday morning I drove up into the mountains early to go to the morning worship hour at my church. It was a lovely morning, a chance to talk with friends, watch a ministry door opening for a young woman I care about (one of the "bright arrows" A Flight of Arrows is dedicated to), then to talk with another of those bright arrows, and to hear one of them praise the other with words of affirmation and encouragement, which I got to pass along.
A delightful morning already right?
I headed home a little before 8am ready to get down to some writing on the New Book. I fixed some tea, settled in, then decided to check Facebook one last time before I started.
What a surprise to find a string of congratulation posts in my feed, and to realize last year's release, The Wood's Edge, is a finalist for the Christy Award in the Historical category! The press release had already gone live and I was happy to see many author friends on the finalist list as well.
There will be an online event to announce the Christy Award winners here at the end of June.
April 21 2015
At the wood's edge cultures collide. Can two families survive the impact?
The 1757 New York frontier is home to the Oneida tribe and to British colonists, yet their feet rarely walk the same paths.
On the day Fort William Henry falls, Major Reginald Aubrey is beside himself with grief. His son, born that day, has died in the arms of his sleeping wife. When Reginald comes across an Oneida mother with newborn twins, one white, one brown, he makes a choice that will haunt the lives of all involved. He steals the white baby and leaves his own child behind. Reginald's wife and foundling daughter, Anna, never suspect the truth about the boy they call William, but Reginald is wracked by regret that only intensifies with time, as his secret spreads its devastating ripples.
When the long buried truth comes to light, can an unlikely friendship forged at the wood's edge provide a way forward? For a father tormented by fear of judgment, another by lust for vengeance. For a mother still grieving her lost child. For a brother who feels his twin's absence, another unaware of his twin's existence. And for Anna, who loves them both--Two Hawks, the mysterious Oneida boy she meets in secret, and William, her brother. As paths long divided collide, how will God direct the feet of those who follow Him?