This morning as I was having my quiet time, I was reading the first chapter of the book of James. Here is a book that packs a big wallop. Our Bible study group decided to go through James for the next two months and after three days, I've only managed 12 verses! Yikes!
Today, I read verse 12: Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. (NIV)
I wish that I'd come across this verse while I was working on the last Lavender Vale Farm book, Blessed Gifts, because this would have fit the theme and Ben Brown's dilemma perfectly. Ben is faced with making a rather difficult choice which boils down to taking the easy way, or taking the hard way.
The easy way has it's perks, but it's the hard way that the Lord promises is where we will find our true reward. Which is guess is why James said, Blessed is the man who...
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Last time I posted about the new Chronicles of Alburnium series, we met the main characters of Blood and Water- book one.
Today, I want to share some about the opposition team. In the Grimm's Fairytale of the Maiden Without Hands, there is a wizard, in some version, or sorcerer, in others, while a few even call him Satan. Which fits, really.
This wizard follows the young maiden hero all through the story, trying to make her life miserable. Doesn't that sound familiar?
Anyway, I decided to use the term interchangeably and crated a master wizard who belongs to a group of rebel wizards that call themselves The Brethren Order. Wizards, in this story, are for the most part a mix of human and creature, though that is not always the case. These half-breed races have special powers and some use them for good, while others use them for their own personal gain.
This is the group we will meet in the first story: Blood and Water.
First, let's meet Fajer the Conjurer.
If you missed meeting our heroes, check out this post.
I lift up my eyes to the MOUNTAINS--
where does my help come from?
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.
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.