I lift up my eyes to the MOUNTAINS--
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip--
he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord watches over you--
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all harm--
he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,
Declares the Lord.
I'm pleased to have Stacy Monson guest post on my Story World blog today. Her book sound fascinating. Give it a look and see what you think. Be sure to read all the way to the bottom for a special offer from the author! Thanks for stopping by.
It all started with a Miller's daughter.
The Maiden Without Hands is about the daughter of a Miller family who was inadvertently traded to a Wizard for a pile of gold.
The girl in the story has a gentle, patient heart. So, first I needed to find the perfect name and ended up with Kardia who is a Sano, or healing mender. This means she can heal by touch, a gift that's very rare and highly sought after by the Wizarding community.
Kardia comes from the tiny hamlet of Goia that's located on the far outreaches of the Rodonal Province. Goia has been forgotten and left abandoned. A prime target for a wizard seeking a way in to overtake the Province.
It's those left on the outside that are often the ones the enemy picks off first.
For those of us who have a tendency to sweep unpleasantness under the carpet, or shove the uglies of our life in a closet, I have a few thoughts on this matter.
A matter, I'm guilty of myself.
Because, pushing the bad, sinful, hurtful things aside makes living life easier.
I'm not so sure.
I recently did a exclusive release of a prequel short story to introduce my new series, The Chronicles of Alburnium. Veiled Blossom introduces Miltie during her trip to Aloblase with her new husband, Tarlton.
As I've shared before, The Lionhearted Province is the first three books that are a retelling of the Maiden Without Hands. While I wrote Blood and Water, Miltie's early story began taking shape. And when I came across another Grimm's fairytale called the Riddle Tale, well, something clicked.
If you've not claimed your copy, it's not too late. I'm offering it for free to all of my reader friends. If you're looking for a short, feel-good read, go grab your copy of Veiled Blossom.
Coming June 30th... the first in my three book Lionhearted Province tales-- Blood and Water will release.
Until then... enjoy this little sample.
And please, come back here and let me know what you thought.
It seemed like I was at odds with everyone. Arguments flew back and forth daily. I felt discontent and disappointed in myself. And I felt the distance between me and God growing like an opening chasm.
My heart had taken a beating. It didn't feel dead, though. But rather prickly.
Don't get too close or you might get poked too.
My greatest desire was to simply be left alone.
And sometimes, the trials of daily life leaves our ground dry and our heart full of thorns. It does mine.
Long ago, I was hurt in the kind of way that sticks with you through waking moments, and sleeping moments, and clouds how you see the world.
Hurts happen in this life, I've learned.
Simple hurts like paper cuts,
and deep woulds that leave scars and marks.
The Bible says, "In this life, you will have trouble, but be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world." John 16:33
What happens when we are hurt is that something takes over,
something that we feel justified to hang onto,
something we might have a very hard time letting go of.
Something that can turn our hearts to ash if we do not find a way to ditch it.
There's many reasons we're are warned to forgive the hurts this world heaps on us.
Unforgiveness blinds us to the joy this life has to offer.
Summer is quickly approaching, isn't it? The long, hot months are a great time to lose yourself in some fun, clean reads. Think about it... you're on a long drive to some family adventure?
Escape the arguing kids in the back seat by pulling out your digital reader and slip into another world.
Nothing more than an excuse to take a mini trip to some small, delightful town where everyone's problems are not your own.
Lazing on the beach? Or trying to keep cool in your air conditioned home?
Fall in love with your next book friends and cheer them on as they fall in love.
Not only that, but reading is good for your brain. So there.
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Blood & Water- Coming June 30th, 2018
Jackie Castle is an author, artist and dreamer. She lives in Texas with her husband, two grown children and her dog, Banjo. She looks for the extraordinary in the ordinary in everything she experiences.