Hello! Welcome to Monday Morning Coffee and Chat! Today I’m talking about book covers and rebranding the Virtues and Valor Series!
I always want the last book I’ve written to be my favorite book, and in this case, I nailed it.
Ken was such a complex character to write. I had to get entirely into his head to get anything to come out. Daisy was so much fun to get to know and to bring to life. I don’t make anything easy for them. Their path is fraught with twists and turns and things you’ll never expect to see coming.
I hope you love it as much as I do.
It’s in Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited program — but only until April, then it will be pulled. So, don’t hesitate! Get it on Amazon here:
Daisy has had a crush on Ken since high school, so going on just one date with him can’t possibly hurt, can it? Even if she’s just been painfully dumped by the man she planned to spend the rest of her life with, and whose unborn baby she carries? Just one date?
Courting Calla, book 1 of the Dixon Brothers Series, is just 99 cents everywhere you can buy ebooks. It’s also free to anyone who subscribes to my newsletter. Click here to purchase it, and click here to get your free copy.
Can Ian and Calla find love together, or will the secret she is keeping rip them apart?
Ian knows God has chosen Calla as the woman for him, but Calla is hiding something big. Can Calla trust Ian with her secret, or will she let it destroy any possible hope for a future they may have?
A reader had this to say:
I couldn’t put the story down! It had a great plot line and connected God to it perfectly.
Valerie’s Verdict, book 2 of the Dixon Brothers Series, is just 99 cents at Amazon for this week only! Click here to purchase your copy.
Semi-finalist for the Serious Writer 2020 Book of the Year!
Broken and battered, Valerie comes home and finds a lifetime of love waiting for her.
Since boyhood days, Brad has always carried a flame for Valerie. Her engagement to another man shattered his dreams. When she comes home, battered and bruised, recovering from a nearly fatal relationship, he prays God will use him to help her heal.
A reader had this to say:
I LOVED this book!! Hallee dealt with a difficult topic that way too many people live with every day, and she did it with sensitivity and grace. She showed that it’s difficult, even for Christians, to accept bad things happen, until we realize that God can use it, and we don’t have to understand all of the whys, as long as we trust Him to use it for our good and for His kingdom.
Alexandra’s Appeal, book 3 of the Dixon Brothers series, is FREE at Amazon for this week only! Click here to get your copy!
Scorned, penniless, and pregnant, Alex must fight for faith, family, and love
Alexandra Fisher and Jonathan Dixon meet in a honky-tonk outside of Nashville and instantly share a mutual attraction. That night, Alex decides to take control of her life while, simultaneously, a horrific news story sends Jon back into a tailspin. They both make bad decisions that result in permanent consequences. Back home, Alex stands up to her father and finds herself alone, pregnant, and cut off. She journeys to Atlanta, hoping Jon can help. Arriving at a mutual understanding of faith while looking through very different worldviews, they cling to each other, uniting as one, and learn to connect with God. But will family strife and all their baggage destroy their marriage before it even gets off the ground?
A reader had this to say:
This is one unbelievable story. You feel a part of the story and the characters. Laughing, crying, being a part of their life. Don’t miss out.
More about Daisy’s Decision:
Just one little date can’t hurt anything, right?
Ever since the sixth grade, Daisy Ruiz loved Ken Dixon from afar and spent her entire youth pining for him. Ken, the youngest of identical triplet brothers, never even noticed her crush.
Today, Daisy lives her life serving her loved ones and her family’s ministry, Gálatas Seis, where she acts as Executive Director. As the daughter of a youth pastor, she understands the importance of ministry and teaches a women’s Bible study. The sudden discovery that she’s pregnant—and her baby’s lying married father wants nothing more to do with her or the baby—threatens her ministry and her entire reputation.
Solemn, sober, solitary, and silent, Ken grew up in a mission-minded family and consistently seeks ways to serve society in the name of the Savior. He goes to Gálatas Seis with an offer to aid a family in need and recognizes his former youth pastor’s daughter leading the organization. While shocked at the chance meeting, the instant attraction he feels surprises him even more.
When Ken asks her out on a date, Daisy realizes her childhood dreams have literally come true after all this time. Even though she just found out she is pregnant, Daisy tells herself that just one little date won’t hurt anything.
But when they go out again and again, she soon finds herself in a full-blown relationship with hearts on the line. She can’t keep her secret much longer. Does she tell Ken about the baby? Can Ken love her baby, too? Or will he abandon her like the baby’s father did? Daisy has a decision to make.
Last night Jeb said, “Farewell to the worse year of my life!”
So, I pulled my amazing 12-year-old into my arms and we had a conversation about perspective and verbiage.
2020 started with us praying daily for my brother and his family as the wildfires ravaged Australia and that mental stress morphed into the stress of the virus. We mourned the loss of friends’ family members. And, above all, there has been an overhanging fear of the uknown, fear of the virus, fear of doing something wrong and bringing it home. The boys went weeks before they ever left the house, doing virtual school, virtual taekwondo, virtual music lessons, while Gregg and I ran necessary errands. We have to mask up, hand sanitize, not play with friends, not shop and eat out like we used to.
Last night we talked about the fact that they’re living through unprecedented times. This era will be talked about historically the way we talk about the Black Plague and Smallpox eras. They’re observing things their children and grandchildren will want to hear about. They’re processing adults’ actions and reactions to the way the world is reacting to the fear and the stress. They’re listening to commentaries, listening to adults, watching Youtube videos.
Our entire world has suffered an extreme impact from this virus and we don’t even know what the repercussions of that are going to look like in five, ten, fifteen years. Globally financially, globally healthily, globally emotionally – we don’t know.
Domestically, this country is in a state of unrest that is like a tinderbox. Scott will vote for the first time in the next Presidential election, but this one was such a mess, we have no idea what that will look like. Riots and demonstrations came into our local area and the boys observed and listened to us and Kaylee talking about the overwhelming injustice of the Breonna Taylor incident and all of the things going wrong there.
My parents both lost their brothers and our families cannot come together to mourn.
Ultimately, 2020 WAS the worse year of his life, but he’s had a good life and he had a good year. Our family grew closer, our home remained virus-free. Our pantry was stocked, our freezers full, our movie supply will never run out, our games cabinet is full of family board games, and he is the master of Mexican train dominoes. He always wanted to be homeschooled and coming home for virtual school in March taught us that I could indeed homeschool and write at the same time, which has set us on that path – the best path for these boys. We redecorated his room, changed out the furniture, updated his computer, and set him up with two big monitors in his room. He has a new bike, a new hoverboard, read a few amazing books series, generated an online Fortnite community, and will test for his blackbelt this month.
It’s a scary, unknown time, but we all talked about how we believe, how we trust, how we KNOW, that God knew this was coming, knows how we’re doing, and knows what it looks like five, ten, fifty years from now. Nothing is a surprise to Him. As long as we live according to His word, love Him, trust Him, praise His holy name, then whatever happens…happens. And whatever the outcome is…the outcome. And we can lean on that and garner strength in the secure knowledge of God’s hand in our life, in our purpose for Him.
So we toasted to the new year, said farewell to the last year, and tried not to feed into the hype that the year carried with it a stigma that is suddenly gone and everything can now right itself.