Book Sale, Writing, and Weekly Word

Book Sale–99¢

Since a number of my titles have been available in KindleUnlimited, the most read book is If Wishes Were Horses. For those of you not in KindleUnlimited, the book will go on sale price on Thursday, May 18, at 99¢ for two days. It will remain on sale for a week, but gradually increase in price.

From USA TODAY bestselling author Curtiss Ann Matlock comes the story of a remarkable woman, a hard-luck cowboy, and an unlikely race horse. No one thought they had a chance. When her husband dies in another woman’s bed, Etta Rivers is not only left pregnant and alone, but facing that Roy’s betrayal extends to everything being repossessed: the fancy Cadillac, the big John Deere tractor, and, worst of all, the barn full of precious horses. The house and land are next, unless Etta can find a way to save them. Help arrives in the unlikely form of well-worn, ex-rodeo star Johnny Bellah.

The tagline of If Wishes Were Horses is “a novel of love and grace and second chances.” Isn’t that what love brings us–grace and second chances? How precious are second chances. They are born of forgiveness. Sometimes the idea that I have another day to get it right is what gets me out of bed in the morning.

When you read this, I will be heading out with my dear Faith for four days of camping along the Alabama River, this time alone in order to work on the very final edits of my current work in progress. Now, this is rather a case of ‘hope springs eternal’, as so often when I go camping, I spend most of my time walking, pondering, and lazing around. Yet, I am going with the set intention of returning with the manuscript Finished! Oh, my, what a journey writing this book has been! When I look at myself in this writing journey, I see how courage and determination–gumption–has been built in me with the writing.

Over the coming weeks, you may notice changes on my website. It will be getting a total make-over. Naturally there will be glitches. Please be patient with us.

Today I had a conversation with someone who is struggling mightily and discouraged with himself. Of course this person gives a litany of all that is wrong in his life, and in himself. All failures and regrets and all that he is not. Suddenly it came to me to say, “What did you do right today?”

I think that is a question that would be good for each of us to ask ourselves, especially because when we are discouraged and annoyed with ourselves, we are generally discouraged and annoyed with others. (Check yourself the next time you are annoyed and pointing out another’s continuous faults. Usually you are mostly annoyed with yourself.)

My main point, and I do have one, is what Saint Paul said, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there be any excellence, if there is anything worth of praise, think about these things.” Because in thinking of them we become.

What did you do right today? What blessings have come your way? What do you have for which to be grateful? Seeing that will lift you up and help you to keep going.

And when you are too tired to see the good, take a nap. Everything will be better after rest.

Grace and peace,