It’s Here! Befriending the Beast

Wow. How did I get here? When I think back to that one question…

 

It was just going to be a short story. And, it was just going to be “an idea for sometime.” Within three months (THREE MONTHS!), the Lord had given me time, ideas, and help to make one question into a novella and published. Wow! I’m seriously overwhelmed here, y’all!
First things first. A few weeks back, I had a little guessing game, for how many words would end up in Belle’s story. I didn’t know what this number would end up being, and it was such a blast to see over fifty people join in the fun! My personal guesstimation was that Befriending the Beast would end up being 14,000 words. I was one of the closer guessers (no, this wasn’t on purpose), but several people guessed even closer to the final word count than I did.
So, what was the final word count? According to Microsoft Word…
14,409!!
The closest guesser was Eliza Noel! She guessed 14,389 words and will get a paperback copy of Befriending the Beast. Runner-up was Alicia Ruggieri, who guessed 13,372 words, and will receive an eBook.
Yep, about double my original word count. 🙂
But, maybe you’ve not heard anything about the story yet. So let’s move on to Belle…

 

In case you can’t watch the trailer, here’s about the book:
Belle has returned unannounced to the castle to restore her relationship with the
king, her father. Her hopes are dashed with the devastating message: “The
king refuses to see you.” Convinced that God has led her home, she is
unwilling to return to Lord and Lady Kiralyn.
Timemis running out for the decision that will change her life. When tragedy
strikes, will she and her father be pulled further apart or knit together?
Could she stay at the castle even if she will never see her father again?
 
And, as I like all things reduced-prized and free, here’s two things I don’t want you to miss out on!
 
1) Reduced price!
 
Purchase Link
 
2) Giveaway! (of course)
 
U.S. Giveaway: Enter to win one of two paperback copies of “Befriending the
Beast”
International Giveaway: Enter to win one of two eBook copies of “Befriending the
Beast”
One last thing: if you’re on FaceBook, author Faith Blum and I are joining together to have a super fun party this afternoon (2-4 Central Time) to celebrate the releases of our new works. Of course you’re invited to join us, if you’re on FB!
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Waiting for the Flowers

It happens almost every time. I write a book, and then wham! The Lord uses the very words *I* wrote to speak to me — at a much-needed time! I find it amusingly awesome. 🙂

For Befriending the Beast, the theme is one of hope, trust, and waiting. As I was editing it, I realized one scene that held a message that I needed.

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“Did these roses bloom as soon as you and your mother planted them?” Percy’s voice was next to Belle. Without looking, she knew that he knelt beside her. “Or were you that impatient little girl, dragging her mama here every morn to search for buds?”

The tears finally emerged. Percy had watched her grow up. Of course he remembered those days of impatience.

“Did you stop watering and nurturing the rosebushes just because you didn’t see flowers?”

Belle shook her head and gave up on pretending to weed.

“Nay. Just like it takes time with flowers, it takes time for the Spirit’s work. And you cannot give up ‘watering and nurturing’ because things aren’t happening as quickly as you’d like them to.”

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Wherever the Lord has you today, keep trusting in Him, waiting for Him, and following Him!

“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”
Galatians 6:9