Thursday, March 31, 2011

What a Difference a Year Makes!

A year ago, I had been out of work almost a full year. My writing career had stalled, and my freelance editorial work had dried up. The last of the money gone, I was living on the goodness of friends and my church, and I knew I’d have to give up my house. Things were, well…bleak.

But I kept praying. And trusting. And working like crazy.

This year, I have a great job, and I’m slowly pulling out of my financial hole. I still owe a lot of money and the house has been sold, but the blessings continue to blossom like springtime tulips.

Not the least of which is a new book, which debuts next Tuesday. It’s the second book of three about sisters and their relationships with the sheriff’s department of Bell County, Tennessee. The first, Field of Danger, featured April, the oldest, and the sheriff’s right hand man and confidante, Daniel.

This one, House of Secrets, centers on feisty June, the middle sister, and her growing relationship with the sheriff, Ray—and it starts out as he discovers her standing over a murder victim. How will she ever explain this one?

The third book, which has the working title of Murder in Progress, brings estranged little sister Lindsey back into the fold. And who would be interested in her but the young deputy and crime scene specialist, Jeff. And the good news here is….Love Inspired just offered me a contract on it.

This Friday, April 1, I’ll start a contest on my Facebook page for House of Secrets. If you’re not a friend yet, please join me. If you are, stay tuned!

Oh, how I could explain to folks going through rough times that God will take your hand and lead you through. We WILL have those tough times, but eventually there will be celebration, and a new day. Here’s praying there are more bright days ahead for us all.

6 comments:

PamelaTracy said...

Glad things are going better for you. What a beautiful cover!

Susan Sleeman said...

What a great testimony to God's faithfulness, Ramona. I've experienced tough times, too and I echo your sentiments - better times are ahead and you will appreciate them far more than if you hadn't struggled.

Sharon said...

Indeed He will...

Leann said...

Yeah, Ramona. God is there with us in the valley as well as the mountain tops. And isn't that comforting?

Jodie said...

Wow, Ramona! Love seeing how much difference God and a year can make. All of these blessing couldn't have happened to a more wonderful person, either.

Ramona Richards said...

Thanks, everyone! I appreciate you dropping by to comment.