Here’s the writing space. Unedited. As it is right now.
Some explanation is in order. The pink chair is left over from the grandchildren who were just up for a visit and love to check out my office. The white box on one corner of the desk is my latest gadget waiting to be hooked up—the Leap Controller. I love gadgets and am forever looking for just the right one. The other white box is my router, which gives me wireless access to the internet for my iPad, my husband’s iPad, my iPhone, my husband’s iPhone, my Macbook, and any family member who lugs their laptop or whatever around—which is most of them. The camera is still sitting out because I just loaded pictures from our latest camping trip with said grandchildren.
The bulletin board has notes for my latest book, continuity elements to keep in mind when one of the books of a series I just finished comes back to me for edits, a copy of my hero’s inner journey, notes, inspiring pictures and the Story Diamond Key, and a bunch of my passwords. Above that is a poster with the covers of most of my books. I also have my vitamins on my desk. My reasoning is I am at my computer every day and this way I’ll remember to take them.
Behind the desk is about a tenth of my personal book collection. These are the ones I love to have handy, so they are in my office. The rest are in my husband’s office, which has a wall-to-wall, ceiling-to-floor bookshelf that is double packed because the huge bookshelf in our living room is full. We love to read! I keep meaning to gather the dolls and teddy bears off the top of the shelf, but I get so used to seeing them there I keep forgetting. This picture is taken from the corner of the office where my husband has his chair parked so he can come and visit me when I’m working. The other picture is the view from my office window taken from my office chair.
A transplanted city girl, Carolyne moved to the country when her fiancee and now husband, decided he wanted to farm. The move took quite well and Carolyne learned to milk cows, herd cows, drive a tractor, can, freeze, garden, bake, cook and preserve. She and her husband raised four wonderful children and took in numerous foster children. Somewhere along the way Carolyne decided she wanted to recreate her own version of the romance novels she loved reading. In her writing she yearns to show redemption and change and the chance to start over. Coming home to faith and love is a thread that is woven through every story she writes. Connect with Carolyne at her website, on Facebook, or on Twitter.
Carolyne writes with other authors under the pen name Kathleen Bauer as part of the Home to Heather Creek series. Carolyne wrote book one, Before the Dawn, and Tricia wrote book two, Sweet September. To celebrate the launch of the series, Carolyne and her publisher, Guideposts Books, are giving away a Kindle Paperwhite and copies of the series! To enter, click HERE.
Before the Dawn begins just one week after the funeral of Charlotte’s daughter, Denise. Denise’s three children barely have time to process the death of their mother before they must move to the Heather Creek Farm they have never visited with grandparents they barely know. At age 16, Sam is fiercely protective of his younger siblings. Emily is 14 and desperately misses her friends. Young Christopher is only 8 and just wants to fit in. While Charlotte tries to help her grandchildren adjust to their new life, she also wrestles with her own grief and the enormous task of bringing her family together. Bob believes the fastest path to adjustment is a firm routine, with structure and chores, the same way they raised their own kids. However, that route led to Denise running away from home as a teenager and an estranged relationship with her family. Charlotte is worried about making the same mistakes she made with Denise. Is this her chance to make things right?
It is spring when the children arrive, and as Charlotte looks around the farm, she hopes the new life around them will signify hope and healing. The miracle of new life, along with God’s healing touch, reminds all of them that it’s always darkest just before the dawn.
Carolyne is also giving away one copy of Before the Dawn and copies of her last two Love Inspired releases, The Bachelor Baker and A Father’s Promise. To enter, use the widget below. Only those in the U.S. are eligible to win.