We’ve all heard the saying about taking lemons and making lemonade. I had no idea last year when both our kids were struggling with “life’s curveballs” that from some of those experiences would be a new release.
Our daughter is in junior high now, and those are tough years even if everything goes right. Unfortunately, not everything was right and it made a difficult school year brutal. She’s overcome a lot of health issues, delays, and hard stuff with her trademark smile. Last year, that grin disappeared.
It was heartbreaking.
We talked a lot, prayed more, and cried together. One of the things she talked about was she wished there was a way she could help girls so they would never have hurt feelings. We kept the chat going and she started a storyline. I’ve told many that Hannah has helped me plot my contemporary romances as much as any adult has. When I saw a plot forming, I threw out an idea.
“Do you want to write a book? Because this is good. If you keep plotting and help me with the characters, I’ll work to get it published.”
Not only did she plot what is now You’re Beautiful, she plotted a series. You’re Amazing and You’re Brilliant will be the next releases in the Surrendering Stinkin’ Thinkin’ series. She created a group of friends that go to a new mentoring group at their church comprised of women from a recent college graduate to a pastor’s wife. Each book has one girl and one of the mentors with an issue where they have believed a lie about themselves. The chapters rotate between the two so that girls can relate to the friend, and women can relate to the mentor. We found in those that were our first readers, they loved both age groups, no matter what the reader’s age was.
Here’s You’re Beautiful:
Hayley Atkinson withdraws from her friends and new opportunities with the new mentoring group, Linked, after she is told a lie that she believes is true about herself. Sabrina Wayson is a mentor in Linked who feels she can’t help encourage girls because she’s struggling as much as they are. Can they surrender the lies and find freedom?
Even the cover design is Hannah’s vision. I gave her a mock-up with stock photos containing people and she felt animated pictures would be better. She truly did her work with this.
I’m thankful to say this year is much improved, but we’re committed to writing the rest of the series. When I’m not writing, I’m often mentoring to girls of all ages, and the lies we believe can limit us from so much. Our hearts are to encourage girls from around Hannah’s age to even 100 years old to find freedom through surrender in Christ.
To learn more about You’re Beautiful, it’s on Amazon.
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