As the saying goes, there is always a first time for everything. This is probably the first time I have written a letter from me to you. I apologize for the length right up front, but there is a lot I want to communicate.
This letter will be posted on my website under Dispatches\Quips, Stories, and Extras\A Letter From Me to You. (https://www.lindajoreed.com)You’ll read below about a preview of projects I have lined up. For some of these, I would really love your input. This letter will not be posted on social media.
However, I may send the sections below out to you again, one at a time. This is a lot to take in at once, but I really want to invite you to join me in this writing journey. Starting with Amos.
Through The Eyes of Amos
This year, I plan to publish a short inspirational, illustrated story book. Amos is a shepherd in the first century, and he sees and hears the angels announcing the birth of Jesus. He and his father, along with all the other shepherds in the area, go to investigate and find the Christ Child.
Fast forward (or the equivalent in the first century) to the crucifixion of Jesus. Amos and his son are in Jerusalem and witness Jesus’ trek along the Via Dolorosa to Calvary and His death. Amos is shook up. And what does the flash of light mean two days later?
My artist friend, Melissa McConnell, is working on paintings to be interspersed throughout this book. Please pray for her inspiration.
At the end of the book, there is a section called “Going Deeper.” It is for questions, meditations and ponderings. The only problem is—I need some good questions and I am hoping some of you might have some suggestions.
I will send another dispatch, about Amos only, out in a couple weeks. But for now, if you are interested in helping me, think about some of the questions you might have had if you had been present back then. If you want more information now, my email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have been writing book reviews for writer friends who are publishing new books. I love to promote them because it gives you some new choices from authors that you might not know about otherwise. I also love to promote them because this is a HUGE accomplishment for particularly new authors. Please do take a look at some of them in the Book Review Dispatches.
This is another area I would like to ask you to join me. If you have a favorite book and would like to review it, please send me a copy of the cover, and your comments. I will post it with you as a guest blogger.
Keep in mind that I will only post clean books with good messages. No horror, occult or anything along those lines. My purpose is for encouragement, inspiration and entertainment. I also reserve the right to not post if it is outside of my parameters.
Inland Empire Story
This category is a new one for me. I am writing a series of novels set in early Spokane when the city was the hub of the Inland Empire.
The first draft of the first novel, Waiting For You, is finished and ready for a final edit. It is set in the 1880s when Spokane was new and finding its way to growth. My heroine, Roberta, and hero, Devon, are also finding their way to growth.
The second novel, tentatively titled Coming Home, is in progress. Will and Melisse are both coming home to Spokane. Melisse is involved with Womens’ Suffrage in 1909, culminating in winning the vote in 1910. Will trained in then-new vocation of landscape and is hired by the father of Spokane’s parks, Mr. Aubrey White, to bring Corbin Park into glory as a park after having been a racetrack for many years.
The third novel in the series is just an idea. We’ll see how it pans out. But I can tell you that the story will center around Ezra and Beckie.
I just wanted to give you a peek. This won’t be ready to launch for at least another year. Amos comes first!
Finally, I want to thank you for your loyal readership. I hope the Upheld devotional blogs have been helpful and encouraging for you. Sometimes I have no idea what I am going to write or send out until I sit down at the computer and—pray for words!
I truly want those words to be from God. And I really want them to be helpful to you in your walk with Him. It is my pleasure.