My Published Works
Tercules: Available in Kindle, Paperback, and Hardback
Illustrated by: Megan Frank
There are many “voices” in the world telling us that we’re “too much” of this or “too much” of that. Sometimes the voices say that we’re “not enough” of this or “not enough” of that. If we believe these messages, we miss out on living out the wonder and beauty of being exactly who we were made to be.
We miss out on being “Just right.”
Thus begins the story of a wild turkey chick who is abnormally strong…Herculean strong. In the midst of ridicule, Tercules must find the beauty of his uniqueness and discover that he can be different and complete. His strength comes to great use, revealing the treasure of his difference, and proving to all that he is an integral member of his flock family.
Tercules helps children navigate their own journey of understanding their strengths and perceived weaknesses, guiding them to find their perfect place in the world and in their families. This story also introduces young children to adjectives and alliteration using fun repetition.
Reclaiming Hope: Overcoming the Challenges of Parenting Foster And Adopted Children: Available in Kindle and Paperback
Raising adopted and foster kids can be a strain on your marriage, your family, your finances and even your health.
Are you tired of pretending you’ve got it all together? You are not alone.
This book is for the parents who question their decision to foster or adopt, who feel beaten down by the judgments of others and themselves, and who deal with regret, loss, and disappointment. It’s for those hoping to be better prepared for the adoptive struggles ahead.
In this book I show you how to name these challenges, make informed decisions, and to experience hope in the mess, while enjoying the new life and family you’re creating.
I share with you the lessons my family has learned along the way, the problems that have nearly flattened us, and the way we’ve seen, and continue to hope for, good in each one.
Whether you are considering foster parenting or adopting, or are already in it and drowning, or you just want to throw a lifesaver to a foster parenting/adoptive friend or family member, then this book is your must-read resource.
My first published book, Something to Believe In: Ancient Hebrew and Christian Religions, is with SNAP Learning. It comes complete with a teacher’s guide and curriculum and digital application.
My 2nd book with Snap Learning, Sasquatch, (working title) is due out sometime next year.
Just published March 28, 2015! I have published a second essay in this new book, Becoming Women of Worth: Stories of Trauma and Triumph. My essay is a first-hand account of the news-breaking (literally) trauma that occurred in my life just four days before my first wedding anniversary. It’s a story I’ve shared with friends… but never made public as I have in this book. (This is an excerpt of my work in progress, “And Then There’s Hope” shown below).
In addition, the last story in the book is a reader response to my story in the previous book, “Becoming Women of Worth: Stories of Hope and Faith” (below). Read one reader’s account of how my essay transformed her life (at that time).
Featuring remarkable stories by real women, this unique collection delves into the struggles of abuse, illness, rejection, death, and other life challenges, while honoring God’s divine healing and saving grace. This compilation of riveting stories gives voice and purpose to human suffering, and celebrates examples of resiliency and triumph, reminding us did even in the face of great evil, we are not alone and we will prevail.
I have recently published an essay in “Becoming Women of Worth: Stories of Hope and Faith.” It’s a beautiful read (if I do say so myself). I share the pages with nineteen other Godly women who’ve persevered through difficult life circumstances by knowing their worth in Christ.
Here’s the synopsis:
Featuring true stories by amazing women, including Florence Littauer and Cinthia Hiett, MC, LPC, this unique collection delves into the struggles of divorce, addiction, adoption, weight loss, pornography, and other life challenges, while celebrating the divine healing of God. This compilation of provocative stories cuts across age, race, and experience, and speaks powerfully to women in search of their value as Daughters of a King. Discover who you are – and Whose you are – in the journeys presented here and break free from every strong-hold that tries to keep you down.
Also published in The Syrinx Newspaper, product of Fresno Pacific University, from 1999 – 2002,
Bridge to the Nations Magazine, product of The Bridge Church, and
The Acorn Bulletin, product of SCBWI’s North/Central California region.
And Then There’s Hope
This is the story of my Mother-in-Law’s second death… the one that claimed her even while my husband and I slept on the other side of their house. The death incurred by her adoring husband, while in some sort of stroke-induced black out. This is a story about how to find hope in the midst of life altering trauma. (My essay in “Becoming Women of Worth: Stories of Trauma and Triumph” is an excerpt from this book).
Currently in revision, this is my first Young Adult novel.
I am currently working on a number of children’s books, magazine articles, and books for adults, all the while trying to serve and love my family as a wife and mother.