The Cruz

I feel like I’ve had nothing but announcements lately, but this needed to be shared!

I participated in a story contest created by Rachael Ritchey over on her website here.

You can find out more info and see the content guide for the book here.

Now, a little about the writing process for my story.

I have been sitting on this announcement for so long and I am so stoked to finally be able to share it with you! I wrote this story a bit on a whim. I heard about a story contest and unlike most, it was something doable, and the picture grabbed my interest and wouldn’t let go. The inspiration that hit was so intense, I couldn’t drop it. It was one of the most unique and interesting writing experience I have ever had. I wrote it quickly, almost as if my heart was gushing with the need to spill this story. It deals with a pretty tough subject and it’s such a gritty, dark, but hope-filled piece. I read back over it for the first time in over 6 months to do the final grooming for publication. I was overwhelmed and cried real tears as my soul shook beneath the weight of the words. If ever I wonder why I write, why God has me creating worlds with words, all I have to do is pick up this little story and again see His guiding hand. The hope and parallels that fill this little story make my soul sing and cry all at the same time. When I read it, I know why I write, and who I write for. When I found out that my story had placed in the contest and would be featured in the anthology, I was beyond thrilled! I hope you will check out this book and story. One of the exciting things about this anthology is that all proceeds go to support Compassion International, a ministry who furthers the gospel and love of Christ in this broken world. I can’t wait to get my own copy and check out the other stories within its pages!

Here are some images that really captured what I was feeling for this story. Think Inception, gritty, heart-wrenching, hope-filled vibes.

The Crux

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On occasion, you might wonder what could be within the pages of a book, especially when there are certain words or content pieces that you don’t like in your fiction. For your convenience, we’ve also added a Sensitivity Rating Page for information:

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Connect with the Authors:

R. J. Rodda (Chosen for the Fox-dance)
Joy E. Rancatore (Ealiverel Awakened)
Audrey Driscoll (Blue Rose)
Angie Thompson (Restore)
K. R. Ludlow (The BUSS Stop)
E. E. Rawls (Vanished)
R. J. Llewellyn (The Paths We Choose)
Victoria Lynn (Lost and Found)
Gary Jefferies (The God Strain)
Barb Taub (Daddy Forgot Water)
David Jesson (The Cave of Legix)
Sha’Tara (The Knight Errant: An Anachronistic Tale)
Briar Shea (A Journey with Death)
V. P. Grey (Elixir)
Deb Whittam (A Mystery Wrapped in a Riddle)
Rachael Ritchey (The Forever Door)

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Want your own copy of the Crux signed by me? Enter the giveaway here!

Open to US only. If you are international, please still enter as I can gift you with an e-book copy all your own if you should win. Giveaway runs till December 12 @ 12AM EST. One US winner will receive a signed paperback copy of the Crux Anthology.

Are you excited to read this? So am I!

By God’s Grace,