Liberty’s Promise and Josiah project

I’m on the 2nd edit of Liberty’s Promise and hope to have the final edit done by weekend or early next week.  This novel went really smoothe and I don’t foresee a lot in the finally editing stages.  Hopefully by month’s end will have it out on Amazon.

Have outlined my next project, Josiah: the Young King Who Served God, and plan to start doing some writing soon as well as learning how to illustrate it.   A couple of things I need to research is: average length of book for 2nd graders (the age of my grandson),  word usage, as well as how to put some biblical language into language that is appropriate to the age.  Josiah cleaned out a lot of filthy things from Israel, and some of these things are so despicable one has to sanitize it a little for little eyes.

I think I’m falling into a pattern of writing my next project while editing the previous, which seems to be working well.

I’m also looking into Audible books.  One person asked me if my books were in an audible format, and I see I can do this.  One thing that holds me back is, my voice tends to be high and childlike.  Would need to think about whether I can train my voice to an appropriate tone to do this.

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Future project: Across the River

For a long time, I’ve had a project in the back of my head.  It is an updating of the Book of Ruth with the setting being the Civil War.   Eli and Naomi Armstrong leave their home in Bethlehem, Indiana to go live in Moab, Kentucky with his cousin and now business partner, Lot Bowman.  Eli has failed as a farmer and is enticed by the opulent lifestyle of his merchant cousin, who breeds and sells horses on the side.    Lot also has a black concubine.   Eli dies and then both his sons do as well, leaving Naomi alone with her two daughter-in-law Ruth and Orpah.  Orpah is happy with the Southern lifestyle and unapologetic about the Cause.  However, Ruth sees a new sense of faith in both her husband and Naomi, and when the war ends, both she and Naomi return to Bethlehem.   Well….you know the high points of the story.

One thing I was struggling with was how to present Naomi telling Ruth to lie beside Boaz within the framework of a Victorian era.    Then, in reading something the other day, I realized that what she was essentially doing was proposing to him.  So here is that scene, which I will use for this future project.

 

The moon shone across the fields, now shorn of their wheat, as Ruth moved silently toward them.  The men lay near the tall bound bundles, each with his own bedding spread beside them.  She had watched carefully to see where Boaz was settled and made every effort not to awaken anyone.

Her heart beat rapidly within her, though she kept control of her emotions.  She knew that approaching him was risking herself, despite the fact that she had sensed his tenderness toward her on many occasions.  Why he did not propose, she did not know, but it was difficult for him to hide the fact that he had a fondness for her.

She came upon him where he lay, and for a moment watched his face in peaceful repose.  Her heart swelled with the admiration she held for him.  It wasn’t that he had wealth, or that he had status in the community that she admired.  Though a man approaching middle age, he had fine, strong features, though he was not as startlingly handsome as some of the younger men she had met.  Above all, she felt he was a man of integrity and strong faith.   She recalled the faith of Mahlon, and the faith of Naomi, and here was their cousin, a man of like, precious faith that she could trust to guide her life.

She knelt gently beside him, and then placed her hand on his shoulder, hoping to rouse him.  Boaz opened his eyes, and at first could not adjust to the fact that she was there.  He sat up quickly, and looked into her face, trying to search for meaning.

“Ruth…what are you doing here?”  He looked at her, puzzling, trying to fit it together in his mind.

“Boaz, I wanted to speak to you.   I am a poor widow, sir.  These past few months, I have worked diligently to ensure that I and my mother-in-law have been provided for.  I want to thank you for helping me in that.”

“Ruth, you have no need to thank me.  I am your cousin, as I am Naomi’s.  A man is supposed to provide for those in want among his family.  But surely, my dear, you did not stay just to offer me your thanks.”

She hesitated, and her gaze met his.  “No, that is so.  I stayed behind tonight because I wanted to…I wanted to ask you sir if you would take away my burden.  I wanted to ask if you would marry me.”

His face changed as he looked at her.  He smiled, shaking his head that she had been so bold, but also knowing she was surrendering her pride to do so.  He couldn’t believe that this lovely young woman was offering him marriage.  It should’ve been he who had offered it to her.

“Ruth, there are many young men who would be glad to marry you.  Why do you approach me?”  He ran his hands through his hair to comb it.  “I also know that Lucian has had his eyes on your property.  I would want to ensure he has no intentions toward you first.”

Ruth nodded.  “I understand that.  I do understand you don’t want to create trouble with your cousin.”

“My dear”, he began, holding her gaze, “I want you to know I consider it a profound honor that you would ask this of me.  I realize you have risked your reputation in doing so.  Ruth, you must know that I do care for you.  You are not only a lovely young woman, but I’ve seen your character, as you’ve cared for Naomi.  The only reason I did not ask you before now is because I believed myself too old to hold your interest.”

She shook her head.  “Mr. Armstrong, I would be proud to be your wife.  I’m not looking for a young man, someone who can cater to romantic needs.   When I married Mahlon, I saw the strength of faith he had, the faith of his mother.   I wasn’t raised with that, Boaz.    My father lived loosely, and my mother was stiff and proud because of it.  I needed something more.  I saw in my husband a light of hope, of a different life.   I believe God led me here, to find the roots of that faith among his people.  I see that same faith in you, Boaz, that strength of relationship with God that I need in my life.”

Boaz surveyed her for a moment.  He couldn’t believe his good fortune.  Here was this lovely lady asking to marry him.  He hoped in his heart….he prayed he knew Lucian well enough.

“Ruth, I would ask one thing of you.   I want to approach Lucian.   If he has no intention of asking you to marry him so that he can have Eli’s property, then I will certainly, without a doubt marry you myself.”  He brushed back her fine black hair.   “My dear girl, you should leave here though before it turns light.    People might think wrongly of you, and I wouldn’t want that.  Do you trust me to do what is best for you as your cousin?”

She looked into his steady brown eyes and nodded.  “Thank you, sir.”  She stood and began to walk away when he said, “Wait.”

“I know you would not want charity, but I do not want you to return to Naomi without something.”  He picked up a nearby wheat basket and filled it with wheat.  “You can take this to the mill, and they can turn it into flour for you.”

She took the basket and nodded, and then slowly disappeared into the night.

Boaz thought of tomorrow.  He must be convincing.  He must somehow convince Lucian, because he wanted to marry Ruth.  This dear, honorable girl who had sacrificed her pride to come to him.

 

 

 

 

 

Completing Liberty’s Promise, then editing, editing, editing…

Just a few more pages to write on the 10th chapter of Liberty’s Promise and then a brief epilogue on the Declaration of Independence, and my 4th book will be done! I am so glad this one went a lot quicker than the last. I’m very near 235 pages and 40000 words on this one.
I intend to spend the next couple of weeks editing the three books. I don’t want to take on any more new writing projects until they are completely edited and published.

Lexington-Concord in Liberty’s Promise

Writing in the 9th chapter of Liberty’s Promise, I just passed 200 page, with about 33000 words. I am thinking there will be one, perhaps 2 more chapters. Right now, I am describing the timeline of events of Lexington-Concord. How the patriots chased the British back to Boston.  A lot of people do not realize they had a major battle in the process at a place called Menotomy.

Liberty’s Promise and the Locket

I am working on the 7th chapter of Liberty’s Promise, so it is at about 3/4 complete.  I am well pleased with the progress I am making on it.  The past few days, I have just felt so impassioned in writing that it is quickly taking shape.

I decided that I will work on proofing the Locket and getting it ready to publish, as A Wounded Heart still needs considerable editing.  So, hopefully by next week sometime, I will have the Locket on Amazon for sale.  It’s a lovely story taken from a lot of my personal experiences, though it is set in the post-World War I America.

Here is the blurb for The Locket:

Ella Goodwin is a Christian girl living with her parents in the rolling hills of Los Angeles in the last year of WWI. Her father is a lawyer, while her mother is a devoted housewife. They are people of great faith, yet that faith is shaken when tragedy strikes. A devastating illness–influenza–comes to the Los Angeles area after causing many deaths worldwide. Ella must strive to put her life back together, all the while holding on to a promise of love sealed by a golden locket so long ago. She must discover for herself that God’s promises hold true in the midst of her ever-changing world.

Liberty’s Promise–progress

I have completed the first chapter of Liberty’s Promise and am writing in the second while I’m also in the editing stage for A Wounded Heart.

I am praying this book will be much smoother in writing than the last.

Will post more as things progress.

Also, backing up my work.  🙂

Pamela

 

Liberty’s Promise

I’ve come up with a sketch of an outline for my fourth book, which will be titled “Liberty’s Promise”, and is set in the period immediately before the American Revolution.  I am thinking it will end with Lexington/Concord.  It represents the two types of ideologies of the conflict: tyranny, both spiritual and physical as represented by the Tory British government, and liberty as represented by the colonials.

The story involves Anna Barton, a young widow and seamstress who lives in a community just outside Boston.  She has a teenage son.  Her neighbor is Caleb Strong, a bachelor carpenter who is interested in marrying her, but Anna is unsure.  He helps her in many ways, including teaching her and her son how to use a rifle for protection.  He expresses interest in apprenticing her son.   At the same time, she is courted by the Reverend Thomas Rockdale, a pastor who represents the Loyalists.  He is the son of an Earl, and his family has money, status, and he personally is attractive and a sought after suitor by many young women.  While seeming to promise Anna a spiritual life as the wife of a pastor, his inner intentions are far different, and he represents the tyranny the Americans will be fighting against.  He is forceful, domineering, and secretly believes that all women are sinful Jezebels trying to deceive men into falling.  He believes all women need to be in subjugation.

One suitor offers a true and steadfast, Christlike love while the other offers duty, obligation without joy, ritualism and legalism.   It represents the struggle, both temporal and spiritual, between freedom of the Spirit and the letter of the Law, in essence, tyranny.

 

The Locket

I got the release to publish my book, the Locket, so as soon as I have that proofread and readied, it will be available on Amazon/Kindle.

The Locket is about a young Christian girl, Ella Goodwin, who lives in central LA with her lawyer father and mother in 1918 when the Spanish flu epidemic hits.  Her family goes through tragedy, but she remains strong through her faith, through the Word, and the example of her faithful father, all the while holding on to a promise of love given to her many years before.

As a child, Ella and her friends went through a mock wedding, where she was married to the friend’s brother, David Prince.  David gives her a golden locket (in lieu of a wedding ring) with his picture which she holds on to throughout the years.  Ella comes to realize that she loves David, but is holding out for a marriage based on faith.

I’m really excited now because this was my first book, and I may have the opportunity to talk to church ladies about my writing also.

And, I am putting together an outline of my next novel, which will be set during the Revolutionary War period.

 

Shaking Off the Chains of Tyranny

I love the video “God in America” by Carman.  It shows the Christian roots of those that fought for us to be a free country.  In one line, Carman says they sited 27 biblical violations.

Though Great Britain saw itself as the ruler of the colonies, the colonists saw them as tyrants, abusing their authority over them, and abrogating their rights as Englishmen.  So the colonists did what they had to–they shook off the chains of tyranny.

God never intended that people in authority should abuse their power.  Yes it happened, because people tend to forget that God has eyes everywhere.

I’m working on the synopsis for a new novel about the American Revolution.  Anna Barton is a widow on the eve of the Revolution who is torn between two men.   Caleb Strong is a carpenter, who though not handsome, and seemingly ordinary, has a strong heart and a spiritual strength that belie his outward appearance.  Thomas Rockdale on the other hand, has a lot of assets: power, status, great looks, a strong physique and money.  Yet he is a domineering man, and in his heart everything Britain represents–the tyranny of abuse of authority.  He wants to marry Anna and make her a servile wife, but Anna resists his attempts to force his attentions on her.   He is a deceitful cad underneath it all.

The novel with deal with questions of authority, love, the power of the Spirit, and biblical ideas of marriage.