Works In Progress

Writing gets inside of you. Somehow stories lend themselves to an insatiable thirst for more. I love the power of a well-crafted story, and I love the thrill and challenge of creating such a tale. Here are a few blurbs from my recent projects:

Reclaimed

Suzanna Wilton has had a heavy share of heartache in her twenty-seven years. Left wounded by a marriage cut short, she leaves city life to take up residency in a tiny Nebraska town. Her introduction to her neighbor Paul Rustin is a disaster. Assuming he’s as underhanded as the other local cowboys she’s already met, Suzanna greets him with sharp hostility.

Though Paul is offended by Suzanna’s unfriendliness, he can’t stop thinking about her, which unsettles his peaceful life. Intrigued by the woman who lives down the road and propelled by a sense that she carries a painful burden, he frequently drops by to offer help as she adjusts to rural living.

Just as Paul’s kindness begins to melt Suzanna’s frozen heart, a conflict regarding her land escalates in town. Even in the warmth of Paul’s love, resentment keeps a cold grip on her fragile heart.

Will Suzanna ever find peace?

Reclaimed has recently been honored with Clash of The Titles Olympia Award.

Reclaimed is a finalist in the FCRW Beacon Contest. UPDATE…Second place! Yay!

Reclaimed is a finalist in the NTRWA Great Expectations Contest. UPDATE…Third place! Happy Dance!

Blue Columbine

Best friends—maybe more—until addiction shatters everything.

Reeling from professional failure, Andrew Harris needs a fresh start. When he moves back to Colorado to join a Denver law firm, he runs into Jamie, his childhood sweetheart. She is still the kind and faithful girl he remembers—not to mention beautiful and still single. With her by his side, Andrew is confident he can overcome the demons he tries to keep hidden.

Jamie Carson is thrown off balance when Andy resurfaces in her life.  He fills her days, whispering significance to her heart and offering a reprieve from loneliness. But his rejection of the faith she thought they’d once shared, and his alarming drinking habit keep her heart from plunging into deep, murky waters. Or do they?

Andy pursues an intimacy Jamie knows she must guard against. But as the line between loyalty and love blurs, things get complicated—until a devastating blow breaks their relationship. For Jamie, one thing becomes clear: Andy needs a miracle, and she isn’t it.

Can the hand of redemption reach past the legacy of addiction?

Coming Soon…releasing May 2015. Watch for updates…Cover reveal, launch date, and other tidbits!

The Carpenter’s Daughter

Who am I?

Sarah Sharp has grown up as a carpenter’s daughter and has only known the rough and work-heavy world of her father’s blue-collar profession. An only child and left by her mother as a baby, she’s lived 21 years content to drive nails at her dad’s side. Following her dad’s footprints into the world of construction was a natural path, and she took it without a second thought. Her most common accessory is a hammer in her right hand, and her standard outfit includes a sweat-stained hat, and a pair of steel-toed boots—and that seemed fine. But a sharp comment about her ‘butch’ appearance sends her on a search for identity. The quest becomes more tangled than she ever imagined, and Sarah discovers that defining herself will take her deeper than clothes and makeup. Filling the void becomes an obsession she cannot escape.

What will it take for her to discover who she really is?

The Uncloaked

 

(Book 1 in a Young Adult Dystopian Trilogy)

Apathy is the illness of the over-privileged

Braxton Luther is sixteen when the Progressive Reform Party takes over the government. It can’t be that bad. So, they don’t want religion in government—that’s constitutional. He can’t understand his church’s hypersensitive reaction, or his father’s cryptic words.

But after living under the new government for a year, Braxton faces a choice—conform to the social demands of the Ungodded, or defy the system and ensure a life of misery. Still sure that life will settle back into normalcy in the near future, Braxton chooses compliance.

Then the killings begin, and his best friend is captured and sent to Reformation Camp for her defiance. Reality finally sinks in.

Apathy is no longer a choice.

The Uncloaked is a finalist in the Phoenix Rattler Writing Contest.

16 thoughts on “Works In Progress

  1. Wow! You go Jen. Congrats on your stories that made it as finalist. I am drawn in just by the short synopsis of all of these, especially The Carpenter’s Daughter and Uncloaked. Are each of these books still WIP or would one or more happen to be available for a good read? Well, I’m glad I stumbled upon this site the stories sounds intriguing. Thanks for sharing.

    Be Blessed!

    LaTrice

    • The Uncloaked is still on its first draft, as is Carpenters Daughter. I am actually looking for prepublishing readers (beta) for Blue Columbine and Reclaimed. Thanks for checking on my work! Made my day! 🙂

      • First, know how to read! Check!:) next, be willing to read an unknown author, and last, be willing to fill out a short list of questions…feedback is super important at this stage. If you’re still interested, fill out the contact form on the prayer page. 🙂 thanks so much, LaTrice!

  2. It looks like you’ve been uber-busy writing all kinds of good stories. I can’t wait for them to come out, especially Reclaimed.

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  4. I have read all 3 of your books – really terrific!!! I was a bit disappointed in the Carpenter’s Daughter conclusion in that i was left hanging as to whether Sarah and Jess got married or was it just a friendship? Keep up the great work – I really enjoyed them!

    • Thank you so much for reading, Marlene! I can see why you’d be disappointed! Yes, Jesse and Sarah got married–they are married in the epilogue as they prepare to take on a new client at a home called Cottonwood Farm. 🙂 Thank you again for reading and for contacting me!

  5. You really do write amazing stories. Very thankful for your gift and talent and can’t wait for uncloaked to release! I have read all 3 – I especially loved the Carpenter’s daughter – aren’t we all on a journey of discovering who we are in Jesus. May we keep growing in the absolute confidence that we are totally loved by God.

    • Hi Seyi! Thank you so much! We are all forever on a journey, and Jesus is always whispering to us, “I love you. Let that be enough.” Sometimes I’m better at listening to that than others. I love your prayer there at the end–amen! I’m hoping to launch The Uncloaked series early next year! 🙂

      • Oh my!! We have to wait till early next year?? I know, writing incredible stories like you do must take an awful lot of time. Still, it sounds like such a loooonnnnggg 🙂 time before another one. I pray that God blesses you with His amazing grace and strength as you do the work needed to create another masterpiece. You are in my prayers x

  6. I have just finished reading Red Rose Bouquet (well after midnight and I should be asleep!) and am amazed at the beauty and depth of your writing. I have also read Blue Columbine. Both these novels wrung me out emotionally but that is a good thing. Both novels also pointed me to God’s grace and forgiveness and that is a mighty thing. I love the concept and truth of redemption in a character and watch for it in movies and tv series. It is such a beautiful thing to behold. Redemption. We all need it. Forgiveness. We all need it. Grace. We all need it. Thank you. Please I want more in this series.
    Estelle

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