A New Hope

As I look to 2013, I can’t help but feel hope. Every year on January 1st, I feel this way. What’s going to happen? What new thing am I going to experience? What surprise is waiting for me this year?

2012 held a lot of surprises for me and my family. Dan found a job as lead pastor at Riverpoint Church, which we are so very thankful for. That led to a big move from Indiana to Kansas. Huge transition for our family.

At the same time my first book released, Daughter of Light. I have been blessed with emails and notes from readers who not only enjoyed the book, but share how the story touched their hearts as well. As an author, it is that kind of response that keeps me writing.

Lastly, my youngest daughter had surgery. Not something I was expecting when looking at 2012, but we are grateful we were in a place where we could provide that for her. She is recovering well, and breathing better at night (which to this mommy is the sweetest sound).

So what will 2013 hold? I will be releasing another book (and hopefully not during a move this time lol). Son of Truth will be releasing April 1st, 2013 and will continue the story of Rowen Mar and Caleb Tala.

We also look forward to settling down in our new home in Kansas and getting to know our new friends more.

And hopefully a family trip this summer.

I’m generally a pessimist (I think it’s the calculating part of me that always points out everything that could happen). But January 1st is the one day that all I see is hope: a fresh new year filled with possibilities. Anything can happen.

And if the previous years have taught me anything, it’s that even if the worst possible things happen (like job or house loss, or even death), God is still God and He is still here, even in the darkest times. Knowing that gives me hope for the future.

What about you? How was 2012? What are you looking forward to in 2013?

5 thoughts on “A New Hope”

  1. 2012. We bought our first house and moved in Feb. Living life balanced between reality and dreams, chasing after two young kiddos, I can hardly remember this past year. Ha! Luckily I started blogging this year too, and so I was able to look back through my posts. That said, I’ve been trying to think about goals, 2013, but my brain gets sluggish. Ha! I am ashamed to say I’ve not read your book yet. ack! That will be remedied this year. We have it on our to-read list for our book club. 🙂

  2. Hey! Sounds like you had as busy of a year as I did 🙂 I remember those days with little ones (actually, it was quite a blur lol).

    No worries about the book, you should see my TBR list. Wow, your book club is going to read Daughter of Light? That’s great! I feel honored that you chose my book. Thanks!

  3. 2013 feels like it will be the year to “finish” the things that didn’t get done in 2012. Looking back, that feels like almost everything major that happened. Don’t know why everything ended up with loose ends.
    Snip snip for 2013:
    dental surgeries
    cost basis for what we had to do to pay off the house in 2012

    Things do feel like they’ll be on a more even keel, though.

  4. Hi Morgan! I just got on your blog to see if there was a way to send you a message to tell you how much we enjoyed your book! My 12-year-old daughter is a voracious reader, and is extremely partial to the fantasy genre. Because I was concerned that she was reading so much in that genre that involves so much darkness and I wanted her to be reading more with undertones of Truth to it, before Christmas I was searching for something she would still enjoy reading but that would help her to be thinking in a Biblical way about the darkness. I came across your book when I turned to Marcher Lord Press (we traveled with Jeff and Robin Gercke when we adopted one of our Chinese daughters in 2009) because of what I rememberr Jeff saying about the types of fiction they publish. I put your book on my daughter’s Christmas list and my mom gave it to her. She had finished it before the 26th of December arrived and said “Mom! You have GOT to read this book. You would LOVE it! ” When I asked her why she thought I’d love it, she stated simply, “it’s a great story and it is almost, like, *Christian!*” So I brought along on a family road trip this weekend and just finished it. Like her, I really enjoyed it and we are both looking forward to reading how Rowen and Caleb’s story continues to unfold in your forthcoming sequel! Thanks!

    1. Wow, thank you so much! I am a voracious fantasy lover too, but was disheartened by all the darkness I found as well. About 8 years ago, I walked into a Christian bookstore hoping to find Christian fantasy. I discovered there wasn’t any, besides Frank Peretti (that’s the book the lady gave me) and Tolkien and Lewis. So my husband encouraged me to write.

      Eh, I wasn’t a writer, I was a reader. But then I had the idea for Rowen on a trip to Seattle and the story was born.

      I’m glad you both enjoyed the book 🙂 The next book in the series (which we have now named Follower of the Word series), comes out April 1st and the title is Son of Truth.

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