Easter Sunday has finally gotten here and I find myself still behind on The Strength Within. I had put a goal of having the book done and out by today but alas, I didn’t make it. This book has been a challenge, both mentally and emotionally. I’ve had to make some hard decisions regarding a few of the characters. Yes, there is a major catastrophe that impacts the citizens of Sapphire Lake and changes everyone’s lives forever. It’s a hard story to write, but one that has to be done. There’s a saying that on order to make the hardest steel, you have to subject it to the hottest flame. So, true, is it with people – humans and non humans alike. It’s only through intense tempering do you truly find the strength that lies within.
~~~ An Excerpt from “The Strength Within” ~~~
Cayson stood in the middle of the commons looking around at the destruction that had been, up until last year, his home. Everywhere he looked, memories stirred in his vision. That was the tree that he had fallen out of at six year old and almost broke his arm. There was the bench where he and Amanda Thistle had sat so many years ago and planned a life together when they were grown. He glanced to his right and felt Zandria slip her hand into his and squeezing gently. He raised her hand to his lips and kissed her knuckles tenderly as an old Garth Brooks tune about unanswered prayers played in his mind.
Just a couple of years ago, he had wanted, wished and prayed for Amanda Thistle to ‘wake up’ and realize that they were meant to be together. He had tried so many times to convince her that they were true mates but she was just too afraid. He sighed. All it took was one glance into the pale blue eyes of Alexandria Rogers and he truly understood what it meant to find your life mate. Even with all the difficulties and problems they had endured, he wouldn’t give up one moment if it ensured that they would be together. It was worth it.
She was worth it.
“So much destruction and death,” she whispered, her already pale face becoming almost translucent.
He ran his fingers of his free hand through his hair and blew out the breath he was holding. “Too much,” he whispered then squeezed her fingers gently again.
I would like to thank everyone for the continued support and the comments. It’s a huge part of what keeps me chugging along on this trek. A reader of Shattered Dreams wrote the following review:
“I had purchased this book a while back and just now got around to reading it. Can’t believe I waited so long! The story was fantastic, the characters were extremely interesting, and the action was intense! It was so great that I had to purchase book 2 right away and read it before I could stop to write a review! ”
Then they left the following comment on Broken Melody “OMG even better than the first one! I fell in love with Shattered Dreams, but that was obliterated by my love fro Broken Melody! There was so much emotion bottled up in this book that I couldn’t help but feel like I was living inside the world with these characters! And that sneak peak to book 3 is a killer! I’m dying here! ”
It readers like this that keep me going. Thank you all so much for encouraging me! I can never express my gratitude to every person who has taken the time to read my books.
Now back to work with Rachel and Gabe….