Monday, April 18, 2016

Ch-Ch-Change... By Marianne Evans

Marianne Evans

             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

 4.      Welcome your first grandbaby

      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?
It’s taken me a while, but the new house we occupy is finally starting to feel like home.
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!

Blessings, friends!!


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?

Can Pyper follow a pathway to peace when it comes to her father? Can she fully trust Chase? Above all, can a sin damaged past be released in favor of forgiveness?

Releasing 11/1/2016 ~ Available for pre-order now at in PRINT and E-BOOK formats.


  1. Marianne, I'm wowed by all the change you've gone through and have managed to positively cope with.

    I'm learning I DONT handle change well. Something I definitely need to pray about.

    Congratulations on your new office digs. I know you'll create many wonderful stories there.

    1. Hi, Terri! Thank you SO much for the encouragement - it's been quite a year!! I'm still learning a lot about change, and I think God's trying to grow me in that area as well!!! :-) Blessings!!!!

  2. Marianne, another Michigander! And from my hubby's home nice to meet you. I love what looks like a nice Japanese tea set, and that desk! I agree we do need to feel comfortable in our room and writing space, surrounded by what we enjoy. After framing huge poster size book covers from book-signings, I'm also considering the smaller photo groups. Due to a back injury I'm unable to sit very long in a straight chair, but I use a chaise lounge, portable keyboard on my lap, and my computer is on a table next to me. Wishing you continued happiness in your new home, and blessings as you share our Lord through you writing. :)

    1. Hi, Diane!!! I'm delighted to "meet" you, neighbor!! I'm so appreciative of your visit! The tea set is from China - my son went there on business and brought it back for me! I love it! :-)

  3. Great post, Marianne! I've been through similar seasons full of change while still balancing life. You're an inspiration! And I love your new writing space!!! Gorgeous desk. Inspirational space. Write on, dear friend!

    1. Hi, Annette! Thank you for the support!!! All I can figure is God is truly 'working' me in this regard, and since I know He leads to what's good, I'm just holding on for the ride! :-) <3

  4. Four books?? I am aghast. Ok, not aghast, How did you do it?

    Love the writing grotto!

    1. Thanks, Sandi! :-) I appreciate your visit, and the only thing I can say is, GOD did it. Thanks for the compliment on the 'grotto' - I'm still adjusting to it. Summer is coming, and the longer days help, so I'm counting on fresh word count! LOL! Blessings to you!!!

  5. Beautiful writing space, Marianne! I for one am not good with change. Not that I'm stuck in the past or have a closed mind...I guess I am routine-oriented from the schedules of a schoolteacher. Oh well. Best wishes in the new home!! xo

  6. Thank you so much sweet friend! It has been challenging, and a journey, but at the end it's all good! I think you're right. Finding the new routine, and schedule, is very important!


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