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Second Chance

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Hello, everyone! I don’t think I’ve ever told you before, but I wrote another book! I finished my second book, Second Chance, back in January. I haven’t told you all about it yet because I didn’t think it made much sense to promote a secular book on a Christian blog. Don’t get me wrong, the book is not inappropriate. It’s just not inherently religious. Let me tell you a little bit about it. Anyone can tell you to read their book, but not everyone will tell you why you should. But that’s what I’m going to do.

This book was a labor of love for me. It took me about a year to write it, and I loved every minute of it, but it was hard work. It made it a bit easier that the book is based on my life. The main character, Bella, is based on me, and the other characters on my friends and family. Bella is who I might become if a certain event occurs in the future. For now, I get to live vicariously through her. The book is written from what I consider a unique perspective. Even though I am a girl, the story is told through a guy’s point of view: Logan’s, the other main character. You might find it interesting to see a girl’s idea of what goes on in a guy’s head.

This being a romance novel, you may be inclined to believe that it is cliché. I’d like to think that isn’t the case. Whenever I wrote something that could’ve been seen as cliché, I usually changed it because I try to avoid clichés like the plague (yeah, it’s an old pun, but it’s still a good one). Besides the main plot of a romance developing between Logan and Bella, there are a couple subplots. That way you get a break from all the lovey-dovey stuff.

Logan is breaking into the architecture business and he has quite a few interesting, and even humorous, experiences. Both in Logan’s job and his romance with Bella, things aren’t all rainbows and sunshine. I tried my best to keep it real. People appreciate honesty, after all. But don’t worry, no one dies. If you’re still reading, that means you aren’t completely opposed to the idea of reading my book. Yay!

If you’ll stick around for a little longer, I’ll give you a summary to help you make up your mind. Here it is: “When Bella was a young girl she fell in love with her brother’s best friend, Logan. She loved him for seven years, but her love was unrequited. Seven years after they last saw each other, Logan shows up on her doorstep hoping for a second chance. Bella locks him out, then lets him in. Things begin to change for them as she begins to trust him again. They start off as friends then, after facing some complications, Logan breaks down the walls around her heart and she gives him a second chance with it. Opposition meets them wherever they go, but they fight it together. As Logan struggles to find his place in the business world, Bella begins struggling to find her place with Logan. The relationship is far from perfect, but it’s definitely worth it. Logan and Bella grow in their love for one another and, with a little help from friends and family, end up where Bella always dreamed they would.”

Okay, so if you think you want to check it out, I should probably tell you where you can find it. Well, if you head on over to Barnes & Noble…Just kidding! Unfortunately, it is yet to be published. You can, however, find it on Wattpad, a story sharing website that also has a mobile app. All you have to do is create an account and then you can get started reading. If you like to read on your phone, you can download the app.

Most of the chapters are pretty bite-sized, so you can read them whenever you have a few free moments. You’ll find that Wattpad’s app is very user-friendly and you can change the settings so the font, font size, font color, page color, and more are just the way you like them. And if you’ve had a long day and just want to relax for a while and read, switch it into night mode and then turn on automatic scrolling at the speed you want so you don’t even have to do any work.

If you have something you’d like to say about something you read, just leave a comment! At the end of each chapter you can vote if you liked what you read. All this being said, it’s totally up to you whether or not you read the book, or even give it a chance. If romance really isn’t your thing, that’s totally fine. There’s no book that everyone likes. But if you start reading and you do like it, I encourage you to keep reading at your own pace.

You don’t have to comment or tell me if you’ve started reading it, but I’d appreciate if you did. It would be a nice self-esteem boost for this aspiring author. If you read this whole thing, which may seem longer to me than it actually is because it took me so long to type it, then I want to thank you. I had almost given up on trying to get more people to read my book, but then I thought of you guys and how you are, for some reason, interested enough in what I have to say to follow me. So I hope you like my book as much as you like my posts. But, even if you don’t, stick around here because I’ll continue to occasionally post good stuff. I’m thankful for every single one of you. God bless!

Find Second Chance here!

 

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Last night at work (Sonic) we were really slow so a group of us were standing around just talking. One of the guys joked that I did crack and another guy didn’t know he was joking and he was so shocked. He was like, “I can’t imagine her doing that!” He’s new and he already knows me that well. Then the guy who was joking about it said, “I’m just kidding. She loves Jesus.” That made me so happy to hear. That must mean that I’ve been showing Jesus through my words and actions, which is great because the point of my life is to point to God. 

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At the tender young age of 16, it’s crazy to think that you’re in love with someone. Perhaps you love them. But that’s very different from being in love. Love is something you feel in many different ways towards many different people. Being in love is different. If you were to say that you were in love with your parents, people would think there was something wrong with you. Being in love is almost always associated with having romantic feelings. But it’s more than that. I don’t think I can explain it, but allow me to try. For nearly 5 months I struggled with figuring out whether or not I was in love with the guy I liked. I know I loved him. He’s a great Christian guy and a wonderful friend and tons of fun to be with. I just wasn’t sure if I was in love. I pondered it for months, wondering what it truly meant to be in love. But I couldn’t figure it out. The other day I wanted to just take a shot in the dark and tell myself that I was in love with him. But it just didn’t feel right. After realizing that I wasn’t in love with him, I decided that I had to figure out once and for all if he felt the same way towards me that I felt towards him. Today, in a somewhat roundabout way, I asked him in a text message. I guess I figured that if I wasn’t in love with him I had to make sure he didn’t like me before I started the process of getting over him. In the nicest way possible, he told me he didn’t like me. He didn’t blame me, he blamed himself. He said that he wasn’t in the right point in his life for a relationship. And I respect that because, truth be told, I’m probably not either. He said he has a road to follow that doesn’t include being more than friends with anyone. I believe that God has placed it on his heart to seek him instead of seeking girls. This boy is following his passion, which glorifies God. And I don’t want to stand in the way of that. God has a plan for him-a purpose. And He has a plan for me. I suppose our paths were not meant to cross in a romantic way. God designed for us to be friends that support and encourage each other as we both pursue our different passions. And I’m glad for his friendship. That’s all I need from him. So I’ll continue to be his friend as we both continue on our journeys to fulfilling God’s plan for our lives. Honestly, I feel relieved. I feel a lot better now that I know how he feels. It hurt more to not know than it did to be rejected. I don’t even want to call it a rejection. I’ve faced quite a bit of rejection in my days, in many different ways, but none like this. In the past, when I was rejected, the guy didn’t care about my feelings. He just told me, sometimes in a crueler way than others, that he didn’t like me. But this was different. I don’t know how to explain it. I felt like I was tied up in ropes by liking this guy and not knowing if he liked me, and then he came along and untied those ropes carefully, so as not to hurt me anymore than the ropes already had, and softly whispered in my ear that neither of us deserved to be tied down by anything. So now I’m no longer in ropes and he doesn’t have to worry about me tying him down. It’s time to leave those ropes behind and just be friends. Plain and simple. I trust that God will bless our friendship for as long as it lasts. And, when it’s over, I will still be grateful for this boy who taught me that you have to find yourself and God before you go looking for anyone else.

Died For Us

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Max Lucado-God Is The Author

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