And a huge thanks to Miralee Ferrel for being on my blog and for answering all your questions! And for donating a book to the winner. Thanks, Miralee!!
I have finished the first draft of Beauty for Ashes. This is a short story that will be part of a novella entitled Rendezvous at Central Park with fellow authors Dineen Miller, Kim Vogel Sawyer, and Ronnie Kendig. I believe I've mentioned the storyline before so I won't repeat it here. Anyway, next week, I hope to dive right into my next novel, Veil of Pearls.
Here's a brief summary of the story
It is 1811, and the prosperous port city of Charleston is bustling with plantation owners, slaves, and immigrants. Immigrants such as the raven-haired Adalia Winston. But Adalia has a secret: her light skin belies that she is part black and a runaway slave from Barbados. Skilled in herbal remedies, Adalia soon finds employment with a local doctor, and settles into a quiet life, thanking God every day for her freedom. Still, she lives in terror that her owner will come looking for her.
Born into one of Charleston’s prominent plantation families, Morgan Rutledge is handsome, charming, bored—and enamored of the beautiful Adalia, who spurns his advances. His persistence, however, finally wins, and soon Adalia is swept into the glamorous world of Charleston high society, a world of luxury and opulence she never knew existed.
But her new life comes at a high price—that of denying her heritage and her zeal for God. How far is Adalia willing to go to win the approval of society and the heart of the man she loves? And when her secret is discovered, will that love be enough or will the truth ruin Morgan and send Adalia back into slavery?
Have a great weekend, everyone! And please remember to pray for Japan.