Thursday, September 20, 2012

“Your two breasts are like two fawns, life twin fawns of a gazelle that browse among the lilies.” Song of Songs 4:2 NIV

“All beautiful you are, my darling; there in no flaw in you.” Song of Songs 4:7 NIV

When it’s time to teach my Sanctuary Class these passages from the Song of Songs, or The Song of Solomon as the KJV calls the book, students and teacher often grow a little uncomfortable. As you can see from the Scriptures I chose to post today, the verses are quite descriptive. Some are humorous, and it is tough not to giggle.

The lovers in this Bible book suffer pure torture when they are separated from each other. And oh my goodness! When they get back together, the intimacy is enough to make one want to skip a few pages!  The mental pictures are sensuous and suggestive and can make a shy person blush.

Of course, in this day and time, I doubt any female would respond favorably to these words of passion: “Your eyes behind your veil are doves. Your hair is like a flock of goats…Your teeth are like a flock of sheep just shorn, coming up from the washing.” Song of Songs: 4:1-2.

Can you imagine your sweetheart whispering these lyrics in your ear? Me either.

With these thoughts in mind, I wonder why I worry about the love scenes I write in my books.

Good news! Sarah: A Mission of Love is now available as of today in paperback and eBook.  You can find her at Amazon and Barnes and Nobel, and Prism Book Group.

She will soon be in local Christian bookstores.

Stay close. I’ll let you know when she arrives in other stores.



Tuesday, September 18, 2012

“This is the day the Lord Has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it.” PS. 118:24. NIV

I waited to add my first entry today, September 18, 2012—this is the day my first book in the Sarah series is released. Sarah: A Mission of Love is now available in eBook and print.  My choice of Scripture fits.

Deciding to try my hand at romance was difficult because I’m a minister’s wife. How could I write love scenes that wouldn’t cause my parishioners—and me—to blush when we saw each other in church? A difficult question, and one I study each time a love scene is due in a book. God created romance and intimacy between a man and woman, but detailing it in such a way to bring honor to Him is a challenge. It is also fun.

My title character, Sarah, is dyslexic, clumsy, and inexperienced. On her first assignment, she blunders often—like the time she appears as a biker in black leather, silver chains, and tattoos. People in the Burger Barn think she is one of Hell’s Angels, and Sarah hyperventilates over what the Superiors in The Heavenlies might say. What if she’s called up to Cloud Number Five for a reprimand?

Having never used human disguises before, choosing one is problematic for the novice angel. She is only to materialize in dire circumstances, yet when she does, her selections often bring trouble. She loves the colors and textures of women’s clothing—and she especially loves shoes—red, high-heeled ones—and that’s trouble waiting to happen!

Sarah takes on a few of the characteristics of earthlings as she helps them. She discovers tears—a new experience, as they don’t occur in The Heavenlies. Her assignment to connect a woman and man is also difficult, since angels don’t experience sexual passion or romantic love.

I learned a lot about angels as I wrote this book. We don’t worship them, but they are involved in our daily lives.  Fantasy lurks in this book too.  There’s so much about the supernatural world we don’t know. My hope and prayer is that the Sarah series will bring hope and insight to readers.

Stay tuned. I hope to hear often from you!




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