Thursday, October 9, 2014

Desires of My Heart

I spent 8 years writing The Tower Builder, and it was finally published. It briefly soared to #1 in its category, and then sales plummeted. So much work, and so little interest. I felt sad, because I knew it was a good book, with mystery, love story, little known history, colorful characters, and at its core, God... but that is the life of a writer. Sometimes one is not appreciated till after she dies...if at all.

And then, out of the blue, a big NYC firm executive read the book and loved it, and offered me a book signing in the heart of Manhattan. They will do all the invitations and promo. All I have to do is show up with some books. It is a dream come true! The hero of my book, who works on the Empire State Building tower, will be there signing as well. His story is inspiring and amazing. Can you imagine hanging by two safety cords from a tower on top of the Empire State Building? No, neither can I. I wrote the book in a constant state of vertigo just thinking about it. 

I am having so much fun planning the big NYC book signing. I ordered a card reader so I can get VISA payments from the throngs of people buying my books ( insert smiley face) on my phone. I have notified my zany Aunt Val that I will be staying with her and likely taking the train into NYC with her. I have also exchanged texts with my brother and am plotting his trip into the city. My cousin is planning my day along with lunch with thousands of relatives. And my cover artist is busily sending me proofs of my new improved book cover. Next week I will go shopping for the perfect NYC book signing in November outfit ( I believe November in NY calls for a fashionable full body layer of ten inches of down and wool, with perhaps some clever hydraulic pump of heated water circulation system.) If all goes as planned, I should come out only a few thousand dollars short of making a profit on this venture.

But money is not everything.

I have had a few dreams come true this month, and now here is one more. Sometimes, I think what God is telling me is that He loves me, and longs to lavish joy and delight upon me. There have been so many struggles of late, so much heart ache. And then...this.  Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.

(PS- the ebook of the Tower Builder is on sale this week for 99 cents at this site:

Psalm 37:4

Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Psalm 37:5 

Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.

Matthew 6:21 

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Proverbs 16:1-3 

The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord. All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirit. Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.

Proverbs 16:9 

The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.


  1. <3 <3 <3 NY will be in FALL weather not WINTER, but be prepared...layers...I wish I could be there. Have your man do a signing in Chicago. Ask him to book you at the Moody Church.

    1. haha! set it up for me and i will be there.

  2. I just finished reading the book Tower Builder! Well Done! Best wishes for your continued success. You deserve it and more. Hi to Tony...I had the opportunity to meet him recently and I am delighted that you decided to write this book and feature him. What a great story. He is an excellent resource and expert in the broadcasting business.