Danele Rotharmel is a talented author and cyber friend who encourages me almost every time we chat. It’s my pleasure to have her on my blog talking about new beginnings.
I also want to introduce you to her soon to be released novel “Time Search.” It’s the latest in her Time Councilor Chronicles Series.
Danele Rotharmel’s life took an unexpected turn when a mysterious illness brought her close to death. Eventually, she learned that a carbon monoxide leak from a faulty furnace was poisoning her. This poisoning triggered Multiple Chemical Sensitivity causing her to be put in quarantine. For seven years, she could only talk to friends and extended family through a windowpane. During this time, she wrote the first six books in The Time Counselor Chronicles. Although her journey back to health was difficult, it provided her the opportunity to grow closer to God and write her books. For that, she’s forever thankful.
To learn more about Danele, visit her blog: https://dragonflydanele.wordpress.com/
I love making New Year’s resolutions. In December, I always sit down and write a long list of the changes I want to make. Unfortunately, by this time of the year, I’ve usually given up on most of my goals. My fancy, new jogging shoes are inevitably collecting dust. My cupboards are back to being full of potato chips, chocolate bars, and cookies. And the kale I purchased is wilting into a forgotten, green mush in the back of the fridge. Even though most of my New Year’s resolutions fall by the wayside, I keep making them. Do you want to know why? The answer is simple—some resolutions actually stick and transform my life.
I’ve spent many years suffering from severe illness—and no, it isn’t just because I refuse to eat kale. You see, a while back my furnace had a carbon monoxide leak. Carbon monoxide is odorless—it’s called a silent killer. The early symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning mimic the flu, so I didn’t realize I was in trouble until it was too late. The poisoning resulted in a vast array of health problems, including multiple chemical sensitivity and partial amnesia. It also strangled the creative side of my personality. I’ve always loved to write, but after the poisoning, I had a horrible case of writer’s block that lasted for years. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t make my stories sing. Eventually, I gave up on my dream of being a writer.
As the years passed and my body began to heal, I gradually realized that the cobwebs clouding my mind were disappearing. I felt certain that I could write again, but I was afraid to try. After all, what if I failed?
That year, when December rolled around, I made one of the most important New Year’s resolutions of my life. I decided to try and transform one of my old short stories into a novel. I didn’t tell anyone what I was doing, and I was terrified that I would fail. I can still remember how nervous I felt when I turned on my computer and put my fingers on the keyboard. Even though I wasn’t sure I could do it, I kept trying, and eventually, my words began to sing. Sentences began forming with an ease that amazed me. Writing became a thing of joy! Each day, I spent anywhere from eight to eighteen hours at my computer. Soon my first novel, Time Tsunami, was written. I was having so much fun that I kept writing, penning my second novel, Time Trap. By the time I finished Time Trap, I was addicted to my characters, and I couldn’t give them up. My third novel, Time Search, was crafted with ease. After that, I wrote three more novels in The Time Counselor Chronicles.
A few years later, I made another life-changing New Year’s resolution. I decided to seek publication. I didn’t have a clue how to find a publisher for my novels, but I was determined to try. Not knowing what else to do, I signed up for a Christian Writer’s Conference and underwent interviews with several editors. Even though I didn’t know how to pitch a book, one of those interviews led to the publication of my novels. As I write this article, paperback copies of Time Tsunami and Time Trap are sitting on my bookshelf, and my third book, Time Search, has just become available for sale.
New Year’s resolutions come and go, but every once in a while—when you don’t give up—your life completely changes! If you have a dream that you’re afraid to tackle, I’d like to encourage you to take a deep breath, write a resolution on a slip of paper, and reach for your goal. Time Tsunami, Time Trap, and Time Search are proof that the impossible isn’t actually impossible after all. All you need for a dream to come true is a first step in the right direction. Believe me, if my dreams can come true, yours can too!
Danele’s Testimony: https://dragonflydanele.wordpress.com/welcome/
Danele’s Books: https://dragonflydanele.wordpress.com/my-books/
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The Time Counselor Chronicles #3
In the wake of a recent wave of violence, TEMCO employees are left reeling. While some of the staff are put into hiding, others are left behind to discover the true identity of the mysterious nemesis who is determined to destroy them all. While Crystal, Marc, and Zeke search for clues to unravel the mystery of his real name, their enemy is lurking in the shadows searching for TEMCO’s missing leaders. It’s a race against the clock! And as the hours and seconds tick away, it’s anyone’s guess whose search will be completed first. It’s a classic battle of good versus evil, and the stakes couldn’t be higher!
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As we look forward to a new year with exciting possibilities I want to welcome back Linda Weaver Clarke. She's a very talented author with several books to share. I'd like to introduce The Rebel Series–Stories of Love and Liberty.
Linda Weaver Clarke has traveled throughout the United States, teaching people to write their family history. She is the author of historical romances, mystery/adventure series, a children’s book, and a cozy mystery series. All her books are family friendly. Visit www.lindaweaverclarke.com.
The Rebel Series–Stories of Love and Liberty
There was a time when swashbuckling men and brave women engaged in daring and romantic adventures, those who fought with bravery and valor. These courageous men and women were looked up to because they defended the people.
“This creative take on a Robin Hood-like story is charming and touching, and teaches some great morals about agency and choice. It reminded me of childhood fairytales of good versus evil, with a nice romance weaved into it.” –Author Charissa Stastny
In The Rebels of Cordovia, a group of men and women who called themselves Robin’s Rebels realize they must help the people survive this oppression. In this battle for freedom, a love story begins to blossom. Daniel, a rogue and a leader of the Freemen, doesn’t realize that the sweet feminine woman he has met and is falling for happens to be the leader of Robin’s Rebels. Realizing the importance of uniting all the rebel groups, Daniel tries to recruit Robin’s Rebels but they refuse. Now he has to find a way to convince them. When he finds out the leader is actually a woman, what will his reaction be?
After reading this story, Susan Ortlieb from Suko’s Notebook Reviews wrote: “Linda Weaver Clarke writes with passion and grace, and the love story in this book is simply wonderful. In fact, this aspect of the story was the strongest draw for me. (Are love stories set in the past more romantic than those set in the present day?) I thought that Robin and Daniel sounded perfect for each other, and I enjoyed the steady development of their relationship. This charming book was a pleasure to read, and I relished it.”
The tales from The Rebel Series have adventure, sweet romance, and delectable kisses. These are stories of love and liberty that takes place between the 18th and 19th Century. In the sequel, The Highwayman of Cordovia, the people enjoy their new-found liberty but all is not well. One year after Cordovia gains its freedom, a group of powerful men plan to take over the small country and replace the leader with a king.
With the help of a bold highwayman and a pastor’s daughter, they try to save their country from being taken over by a power-hungry leader. As they strive to stop the Kingmen and thwart their plans, Christine finds herself falling in love with Austin Knight. The only problem with ther relationship is that she thinks he is her knight in shining armor instead of a highwayman. If she finds out his trade, what will her reaction be? As a pastor’s daughter, will love override her values?
“Linda Weaver Clarke has a storyteller's talent for enchanting and mesmerizing the audience. There are also some exciting surprises and twists that will delight the heart. Definitely a must read!” --Cindi Clubbs, Mommasez Reviews
The Highwayman of Cordovia, the second book in The Rebel Series, available now. Read sample chapters of both books at http://www.lindaweaverclarke.com.
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