On December 31st, I was convinced to submit the book, against my own insecurities. Yes, I loved my book, but would others like it too?
So, after a few encouraging words from one of my advisers, I formatted it to the contest standards and uploaded it to an email before sending it off to the contest committee.
To be honest, I hadn’t thought much of it since then. I assumed it wouldn’t even make it through the first judge. So to say I was shocked in awe when the list of semi-finalist were announced last week, is an absolute understatement.
But after the last few months, I have been touched – time and time again- from the feedback I’ve received from many of you. Nova and Davis touched my life as I wrote the beginning of their story, and I can see that it has been touching yours as well. Bringing to light the horrors of trafficking was difficult to say the least, but I wanted to show the healing process. I wanted people to ask, “What now?”
Some of you are eagerly anticipating the sequel, and I am right there with you. As I’ve been writing about what comes next for Nova and Davis, I’ve realized many things. The most important being this:
1 Corinthians 13: 4-8a
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”
Both Nova and Davis are going to have to learn to trust God. They will be tested as they face the biggest demon of their past. Its a journey of healing and finding true love, not just within each other, but with God.
We can’t forget Evie. She may have stayed in the background in the first book, but there are many many things that you will learn in the sequel that will have you worrying, loving, and feeling for her.
My biggest hope is that one day, someone will pick up The Restoration Series, and they will find that there is always hope, even after we’ve been torn down, broken, beaten, abused, and shaken to our core. Life does goes on, Hope always finds you, and Love heals all wounds.
As per the contest, Yes, I am EXTREMELY HONORED. All I want to do is glorify the LORD in all I do and I hope that every person who reads my stories will feel that in one way or another.
Blessings and Holy Love To You All!