The novel I'll be releasing next is one I shopped around longer than I did God's Will, just sure it was to be The One to get me published. But as time wore on and a short story was impressed upon my heart to write and release last Christmas, I realized that in many ways?
I was living my dream.
When had that happened?
Despite how frazzled and sleep deprived and oft frozen in fear I felt during the writing and releasing of Wrapped in Red, I just knew without a doubt I was doing what God had called me to.
So why was I holding myself back and limiting Him in limiting my dream for my next books to traditional publishing?
Hindsight is 20/20, friends. And so now I share this beautiful logo for my very own publishing imprint: Northern Belle Publishing.
The historical books will fall under the Keystone Legacy Series title, and the contemporary? You may recognize it: Three Rivers Romance.
The symbol is a keystone--for my home state of Pennsylvania, The Keystone State. And I figured that, wherever I set my stories, there will be an undercurrent theme of roots in Pennsylvania, even if the stories and characters branch out into other areas.There will be continuation series, standalones, who knows. There are so many stories I have yet to write and release and it blows my mind, this gift God's dropped in my lap. The one He is honing yet with every book. Every book that will have its imperfections. Every book that will not please every single solitary reader.
Every book that holds a piece of my heart. A fictionalized piece of my testimony to what God has done, what He is doing, and what He has yet to do.
They will all most likely contain a romance thread if not directly fall into that genre. And despite my utter lack of experience in the love department beyond five dates that will be written into rom-coms?
Part of writing is to remind myself, and hopefully those who read, that the greatest Romancer, the most loving Pursuer, is Christ. And that God can bring two people together against literally any odds. Fiction brings with it a magnificent mix of escapism, reality and empathy. And if I can extend the same to just a dozen people, or twelve hundred people? Then I'll be happy.
Speaking of happy...my next book.
A story longer in the making than any other. It will fall under the Keystone Legacy line, and it is the first in a trio of books set in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania during the Civil War. Part family saga, part romance. Completely my heart.
The War Between the States shakes Margaret Bryant out of her comfortable upper-class life when her father enlists in the Army of the Potomac. Despite being safely ensconced above the Mason-Dixon Line in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, Margaret finds her strength tested by opposition from familiar faces and Confederate threats. Will she let a young man from a lesser station into her heart even as war rages ever nearer to the homefront?
Restless Connor Doyle sees the war as a way to escape from his family’s farm and his identity as a poor Irishman’s son. His brother, Adam, torn between duty to country and his family, enlists alongside Connor. Adam dares to hope in a future with Margaret when he begins a courtship correspondence from the warfront.
The two brothers make a vow to protect one another at all costs, but when faced with death and destruction from all sides—will they be able to uphold it?
The three bloodiest days in America’s history brings these three together at Gettysburg and tragedy’s cruelty threatens to tear two hearts apart—and bring two unlikely allies together.
Today, I share this news with you because it's been 156 years since the start of the Civil War: the Firing on Fort Sumter. One year from today, on the same historic day, the day this novel opens up, the next story of my heart will be released into the Great Wide World. It is a story of the War Between the States and the strength it brought out in its men and women who defended the Union--and their homes. A war that tore families apart, despite the fact that these two brothers fought on the same side. And a war that broke open hearts to hope--and love.
I cannot wait to share Margaret, Connor and Adam's story with you one year from today.