Of all your possessions, nothing is better, nothing more pleasing and delightful, than the flowers God grows in your garden.
—from Ask Me Again
I love stories where the characters learn something about themselves and grow from the experience. In my book, Ask Me Again, I wanted the hero, Mark, to evolve from someone who pursues wealth and possessions into a man who uses his talents and energies for others. In the story, Mark is confident he can convince the heroine to do something she doesn’t want to do by paying attention to her and charming her with his “Hollywood-caliber smile.” While I was writing Mark’s early scenes I kept this verse from Psalms in mind:
“His talk is smooth as butter, yet war is in his heart; his words are more soothing than oil, yet they are drawn swords.”
Can you guess whether Mark is successful in convincing her to do the very thing she doesn’t want to do?
I won’t give away the ending, but I will say that Mark was definitely one of my favorite heroes because he was open to learning the lessons God was teaching him. I hope you enjoy reading about Mark’s journey as much as I enjoyed writing it.
“Sometimes God’s greatest punishment comes when He answers our prayers.” That’s a comment by Addy Whimple, a character in my book, Ask Me Again. In her ninety-plus years of life, Addy has seen joy and heartache, but no matter what trials she endures, she never loses her faith in God. That quality endears her to the book’s hero, Mark Cartier. Typically focused on making money and acquiring expensive possessions, Mark finds himself on an uncharacteristic mission to bring some joy back to Addy’s life. Can you related to Addy’s words? Has God ever answered your prayers in a way you didn’t expect?
My favorite person in the whole world, The UPS Guy, just delivered copies of my new Christian romance book, Ask Me Again.
I’ll send some copies out tomorrow, along with thanks, to family and friends who supported and encouraged me over the past year while this book came together. Thank you to everyone for believing in my dream as much as I do!