The Blurb and a Sneak Peek
If trouble only lasts for a season, Haley wonders when this one will end.
As their big wedding day approaches, her joy is clouded by a storm of busy schedules, expectations, and demands. When she needs Ethan the most, all the pressures seem to be pushing them apart.
Then Haley’s impetuous younger sister shows up on their doorstep complete with a mess of challenging troubles adding to the weighty burdens already dragging her down.
When Haley and Ethan's love is put to a heartbreaking test, Haley wonders if the distance between them has grown too wide to be bridged.
Ethan can't stand to watch the love of his life falling apart and decides that he must find a way to help her through this troubling time or risk losing her forever.
Since the Kindle Worlds closed down on Amazon, I've had the rights to my two Sweet Grove books reverted to me. Which makes me happy. I can now do even more with the books, than I could before. So check back often to the Lavender Vale Farm page to see what's going on with our friends in Thistle Texas.
I've re-titled Love's Mercy to Merciful Love. And I updated the cover and a few things with the story. However, if you've already read it, don't worry. The core story is the same, nothing has changed except for a few timeline issues I noticed needed defining.
Today, I'm sharing the first chapter. I hope you enjoy your trip to Thistle, Texas and find beauty and a restful escape at the Lavender Vale Farm.
Yesterday, my new fantasy series The Lionheart Province from the Chronicles of Alburnium released.
Today, I want to talk about one of the themes in the story concerning our purpose and talents.
Blood and Water is the first in a three book collection that follows the Grimm's fairy tale: The Maiden Without Hands.
My hope is that the story will touch your spirit and encourage you in your daily walk.
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Whether we ever realize it or not, everyone has a God-given purpose in this life. Not everyone figures out that purpose. Not everyone even acknowledges it. But that doesn’t make it any less true. And if you wonder why I’m so sure of this, it’s because of what I read in the Word.
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.
where does my help come from?
neither are your ways my ways,
Declares the Lord.
The LORD has heard my weeping. The LORD has heard my plea, the LORD will answer my prayer. Psalm 6:8-9
We live complicated lives in this modern world. Trying to balance work, home, community, and our faith life can make us feel off-balance, frustrated, even angry. On top of all that, we have a monthly cycle that throws everything out-of-whack. As we struggle to focus, to get things done, and be all things to all people, we may do so with tears clogging our throat.
Does God know how hard we work? How tired we are? How we long for a break? He does because Scripture tells us He hears our plea, our crying, our pain, AND that He will answer. It’s not always the answer we want, as quickly or as loudly as we want, but Scripture states repeatedly that He WILL answer.
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.
A matter, I'm guilty of myself.
Because, pushing the bad, sinful, hurtful things aside makes living life easier.
I'm not so sure.
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.
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.
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