Sunday, May 25, 2014

Blog Tour and Happy, Happy Birthday

Late last year, I had an opportunity to be a part of a series of Christmas stories. While I don't "comfortably" write short stories, I jumped at the chance because Kathi Macias was spearheading it, and I knew anything that had Kathi's name on it would be a success. Plus, this would be my first real chance to write Christian fiction and be published by a Christian publisher. How could I let this opportunity get by me?

Kathi said the theme would be 12 Days of Christmas and that we twelve writers (that includes her) could write anything we wanted--a historical, a mystery, a romance, Amish fiction--whatever. The catch was that the story had to take place on a single day. Our stories would be epublished first, then come out in an anthology. It all sounded good to me.

My story occurs ten days before Christmas. The title is If You Believe, and the theme is "trust God's will for your dreams." My theme meant something to me. I knew when I married my husband after being divorced for nine years, and moved to Louisiana almost immediately (after living in Texas all my life), I was trusting God's will.

Thirty-one years ago today, our daughter was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Here's a picture of when we stood before our pastor and dedicated her to God. Look how tiny she is. Just looking at this picture, I can hardly believe she's real.

Here's a picture of her "reading" her little picture book. We put books in her hands from the get-go. We definitely wanted a young reader!  A few weeks after she was born, she attended her first writer's meeting--at our house. Her first public appearance was to the Goodwood Library in Baton Rouge.

By the time she was three, she knew many of my author friends and was a Hemingway fan...through me, of course. We lived in New Iberia, Louisiana and started a writer's group there.

Our daughter has always been chatty and had a beautiful, happy personality. You can probably see that by these other two pictures. 

On May 29th, 12 Days of Christmas will release. If you're wondering what my daughter has to do with any of this ... it's simple. She's always my heroine. No matter what I write--mystery or romance--the heroine is always the young woman you see here. 

Happy birthday, Chaney. Thank you for being the perfect daughter for me and your father. The years went too fast.
I pray God's blessings on you, and that you'll always trust God's will for your life. I love you.

 Please visit the other authors in our 12 Days of Christmas anthology. Several are giving away a copy or you can purchase one HERE. We hope you enjoy our stories and above all, we hope they bless you.

May 19 - Ruth L. Snyder at
May 20 - Anne Baxter Campbell at
May 21 - Marcia Lee Laycock at
May 22 - Mishael Witty at
May 23 - Christine Lindsay at
May 24 - Sheila Lagrand at
May 26 - Jessica Ferguson at
May 28 - Peg Phifer at
May 29 - Jeanette Hanscome at


Charles Gramlich said...

A wonderful tribute to your daughter!

Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed this post and meeting you and your heroin. She's very pretty. And yes, they do grow so fast. Mine have been grown for a long time and have given me many grandchildren, and greats. I sure hope I can get this book. Love Kathi. GOD bless you.
Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

Anonymous said...

I forgot my Praise. I praise GOD for all of the beauty in this worls HE has made. Also, so many miracles HE has given us in answer tp prayer in my big family, meaning birth family, my own and all of my siblings. So many not expected to live and when they recovered as they did, was fine. I also thank HIM first and foremost for my Salvation. That HE would die for my sins so I might be saved and go to Heaven.
Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

Lynn said...

What a sweet post.

Jackie Tessnair said...

I am looking forward to reading this book.Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

This was a very sweet post Jessica. And a nice one to be your Heroin. :) This tour is fun and I sure hope I can win one of these special books.
Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com