Works-in-Progress

I’m always working on several projects. These are my current ones. My writing plans for the next several years can be found here.

Once a StrattonLilli Strauss never meant to offend anyone … but apparently marrying a German immigrant from the Philadelphia slums is an inconceivable action that must separate her from her family, the illustrious Strattons.

A year later, with a baby to think about, Lilli accepts her overbearing older sister’s request to come with her and her family, the Farjons, on their Virginia plantation while Lilli’s husband Chris goes through college.

However, Lilli soon finds that she simply can’t live in a place where her fellow human beings – regardless of their color – are enslaved. She can’t look away; she is no longer what she once was; she is changed now. She was simply once a Stratton.

Progress: outlining/brainstorming. Goal: 15K in April. Destination: complete in August.

1 (featherdancer)Two years ago, the princesses Jessa and Havi fled their aunt, Lady Mara, to save their lives. Now hidden in the forest along with Havi’s commoner sweetheart, Mil, they take the advice of the whimsical fey and wait for the ancient prophecy to be fulfilled.

Prince Tae’s everyday kill-dragons-and-save-maidens quest turns into something much more complicated when he unwittingly stumbles on the three presumed-dead royals and is all-but trapped into helping them regain their thrones.

The four set out to break the spell cast over the kingdom, but the prophecy may not say what it seems to.

Progress: plotting. Goal: finish outlining in July. Destination: write in August.


interpreting-callie-james

With his family relying on him for support after his father’s death, former football star Charlie Hanson takes extra work doing odd jobs for reclusive “Crazy” Callie James.

Unable to follow his buddies (and best girl) to college, Charlie is sure he’s lost everything, but Callie soon shows him that there’s more to life than a having a group of friends to approve your every move, wise or not.

Even a crazy person living on the edge of a swamp is worth getting to know.

Progress: first draft of outline completed. Goal: complete outlining. Destination: start writing in July.


The Dressmaker's Secret

After a revealing conversation with the first children of her age she’s ever met, curious eight-year-old Alice Chattoway realizes that one ought to have a father … and she doesn’t. Having determined that his absence is making her mother unhappy, Alice resolves to find him and create a family for herself.

However, Alice’s mother, Miss Chattoway, is reluctant to answer any questions posed about a man she’d much rather forget. While Alice investigates, Miss Chattoway tries to balance her own spiritual turmoil with her need to be both mother and provider to her daughters.

Will Alice ever unravel her mother’s secrets? Can Miss Chattoway let go of the past to reach for the future?

Progress: edits plotted and plans made. Goal: finish revisions by May. Destination: begin serious editing in May (publishing June 24th).


Ivy Introspective, front cover

Trapped in a world where she doesn’t belong, twelve-year-old Ivy Knight struggles to keep her head above water as her simplicity is brought to light by her new position as a young lady growing up at Pearlbelle Park.

Worried about their daughter’s inability to fit in, Ivy’s parents decide to send her to McCale House, a boarding school in Scotland for boys and girls like her. However, alone and frightened without her beloved mother, sister, and nurse, Ivy can’t seem to focus.

Will Ivy ever learn what Dr. McCale is trying to teach her? Or will she remain lost in her own mind forever?

Progress: draft three completed! Goal: work with beta-readers until May. Destination: proof-read in May (publishing June 24th).


At Her Fingertips

Alice Knight has always had definite plans for her life. Now that she’s eighteen and about to come out into society, her plans seem to be at her fingertips: she’s on her way to becoming a debutante and then, she hopes, a bride.

However, for the first time in her life, Alice’s emotions and common sense prod her in different directions. What does God lead us to follow? Our heads or our hearts?

Progress: giving myself a little more time. Goal: start editing in August. Destination: a few trusted readers may be asked to critique it this summer.

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