God’s Plan for Marianne Evans, 2015-2016:
1. Pack up your home of 19 years and prepare it for sale (inclusive of organizing, purging, deep cleaning, and figuring out how to pack things in such a way that you can actually find them later)
2. Sell your old home, shop for a new one, close on both properties
3. Settle into your new home
5. Write and publish four books, market them, celebrate them and the lives God touches through them
6. Continue the 9 to 5 job, continue to nourish family and friend connections
As you can see, it would seem the entire year of 2015 and the start of 2016 has been governed by big changes for me. Thank the Lord those changes have been good, but even good changes are draining. Even good changes shift your life pattern and outlook. Even good changes need to be coped with. Does that make sense?
Welcome to visuals of my new writing grotto, an office freshly established in our new domicile!
Having a secluded, exclusive space dedicated to my life as a writer is something about which I’ve often dreamed. As you can see, I’ve outfitted it with a comfy space to sit back and edit, a desk fully equipped with laptop, printer, dual monitor capabilities and the inspiration of my book covers, artfully framed, to spur me on in my mission (thank you, dear hubby, for one of the most thoughtful Christmas presents. Ever.).
But change is tough to embrace. I haven’t quite reached the point where I’m writing here exclusively yet—though I’m sure that time will come. What I’ve found during all this “change” is that surviving means finding your groove, your routine, a new comfort zone, while sands shift all around. It’s not bad…it’s good…but it’s different. I’m breaking in the new writing space day-by-day, working to establish a routine I can embrace in a permanent basis.
What times and tides do you face like this? Share them, if you’d like. I’m eager to hear your story, and know I’m not alone in re-finding center!
Marianne Evans is an award-winning author of Christian romance and fiction. Her hope is to spread the faith-affirming message of God’s love through the stories He prompts her to create. Devotion, earned the Bookseller’s Best Award as well as the Heart of Excellence Award. Hearts Communion earned a win for Best Romance from the Christian Small Publisher's Association. Finding Home won the Selah award for Best Novella. Marianne is a lifelong resident of Michigan and an active member of Romance Writers of America, most notably the Greater Detroit Chapter where she served two terms as President.
Country music bad boy Chase Bradington is on the comeback trail. Fresh from rehab for alcohol addiction, and transformed by the power of Christ, Chase is battling to rediscover the music he loves and a career he nearly ruined. Then he meets up and comer, Pyper Brock, and instantly sparks ignite.
Pyper knows of Chase’s reputation, so despite a rampant attraction to the handsome and talented icon, she soundly dismisses his romantic overtures. Decades ago, her father, in a drunken rage, tossed her and her mother onto the streets. No way will Pyper make the mistake of falling for a man whose done battle with the bottle.
What happens when Chase’s quest to win Pyper’s love breaks down chains of resentment and eases the long buried wounds of her childhood? And what happens when Pypers father shows up in Nashville, clean, sober and seeking a chance to apologize?