My Own Louis and research

img_0700.jpgThe news was released yesterday about the name for the new prince born to Kate and William. LOUIS. Well, I am very partial to the name. My very own Louis Lestarjette is making himself known across the pages of Revolutionary Faith. Of course, my Louis is not a prince and certainly not a British prince. He’s from France and his title and property have been confiscated because of his family’s Huguenot beliefs. Hopefully, you have read Hold Me Close and Surround Me, Revolutionary Faith Books One and Two. You will quickly see my hero of the 1770s is far removed from a 2018 royal baby boy.IMG_0688

While Book Three Bring Me Near rests in the publisher’s safe hands, I am researching and writing Book Four, Draw Me to Your Side.  I’ve added a few resources to my stash of American Revolution books. It is 1776 where every day deserves a volume of its own, perhaps that already exists.

Here are a few I am using:

Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary–1755 that defined the English language. What fun it is to research words of that time.img_0693.jpg

St. Philip’s Church of Charleston by Anderson and Eastman–lovely history of this influential church family that helped pave the way for the Revolution.

Christopher Gadsden and the American Revolution by Godbold and Woody–I can’t write without this book for I have made img_0696.jpgLouis’s life parallel Gadsden’s. Did you know that the Don’t tread on Me flag is Gadsden’s creation? Read Book Four for its place in Louis’s life.

At the Table in Colonial America by Patricia Mitchell–It’s hard for me to write without having my characters enjoy a good meal colonial style. Cottage Cheese Delight Bread, Chow Chow, Trifle, Hearth Baked Squash, Chicken Pudding.

I’m well on my way in planting Louis in 1776 Charles Town; 30,000 words to be precise. I hope you will stick around and delve into his life with as much or more excitement as following the birth of a modern-day prince. Needless to say, I’m tickled that there is a Prince Louis! Perhaps volumes will be written about what he does for this modern world, all positive of course.img_0697.jpg

What names from history do you like to see resurface?

 

Listen…and wait

This year I am determined to master the art of listening. I might not accomplish it, for more and more I think it might be a gift or a talent that I’ll never truly encompass. Yet, the Bible has a lot to say on the subject. James 1:19 states “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak…” and Proverbs 1:5 says “let the wise listen and add to their learning..”

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Eggplant seeds are slow.

In the past I’ve learned some hard lessons when I did not listen intently.

  1. I missed opportunities in relationships, expressions, and even in publishing.
  2. I “misheard” directions, advice, and others’ hurts, concerns, and praise.
  3. I followed my own rambling thoughts that overshadowed the still small voices of God and others.
  4. I sat back and watched as a spectator as others enjoyed life experiences.
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Dwarf magnolia will take years to grow.

Now I’m learning that listening involves many aspects that add value to my daily life.

  1. Patience–waiting for answers, directions, results
  2. Active–listening is not passive. On my part it takes action.
  3. Silence–my mind needs to remain still and quiet. I don’t need to talk.
  4. Time–I must let go of my hold on my precious hours.
  5. Details–concentration on the words
  6. Acceptance–not always pleasant, sometimes I can’t do anything but listen
  7. Hear new things–birds, wind, animals, voices, music–all the things that make life special.
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Publication can be as slow as a sloth.

What have you learned when you really listen? Is it easy for you?

My next five on my TBR list!

IMG_0345Needless to say, I am so excited about the next five novels I am going to read. I wish I could read them all at once, but I at some point have to make a choice. Hopefully, you will find something that interests you here.

IMG_0365Let’s begin with For Love and Honor by Jody Hedlund. This is Historical Fiction taking place in 1391, England where castles and money must exist hand in hand. So does the eligible son have to marry an heiress or can he marry for love?  Can a skin blemish forever keep a young woman from marriage and love? Hmmm…I’ll find out soon.

IMG_0366Number two: Paul Apostle of Christ by Angela Hunt. I chose this one because of the movie that is playing now. Angela Hunt wrote the novel based on the Screenplay by Andrew Hyatt which is interesting since usually it is the movie made from the novel.

IMG_0367Number three: Across the Blue by Carrie Turansky.  The setting is England 1909. A time when aviation is in its infancy, a race across the English Channel defies the norm and risks expectations of family.

img_0369.jpgNumber four: The Lost Castle by Kristy Cambron surrounds a forgotten French castle where secrets are waiting to be released. I’ve always wanted to find a family castle or manor house. No luck yet.

img_0370.jpgNumber five: The Ladies of Ivy Cottage by Julie Klassen is Book Two in the Tales from Ivy Hill series. This sounds awesome as it takes place in 1820 England where a young woman tries to make a living with a circulating library. Books and books…I love libraries.

What are you reading now? Do you have a long TBR (To Be Read) list?

Wildflowers, God’s unique tapestry

AUUN6838I am writing this blog while under a tornado watch in north Louisiana. The rain on our tin roof softens the ominous threat as the lightning flashes across the sky, making the tall trees appear as skeletons. The rain is bathing the ground carpeted with an abundant tapestry of wildflowers.IMG_0275IMG_0123

My parents have lived in the same house for almost 40 years. I have visited every spring and have never seen this lavish display of wildflowers. It’s as if God decided to sprinkle thousands of seeds just so we could enjoy His wondrous artwork with vibrant colors and extreme details in each blossom. Why this year? I have no idea, but I’m thoroughly impressed and blessed. Neither my words nor my pictures could ever express the majestic cry of God’s handiwork in nature.

Do you have a favorite spot to view wildflowers, butterflies, and God’s nature?

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Thank you, Lord, for this extra dose of spring beauty in my own yard.IMG_0169