A Different Path
Have you ever stood on the threshold of a dream-come-true, but the ‘dream’ turned out to be something other than what you’d expected? Maybe it turned out to be much more work than you’d thought. After all, dreams don’t just drop into our laps, do they?
Well, they did for the hero of Wildflower Ranch, Dan Richards. After being dumped by his fiancée, Dan is offered the ranch of his dreams from his terminally ill uncle for a price he can’t refuse. Dan jumps at the chance to get away from the pain and embarrassment of being jilted by pouring himself into a ranch he has loved since childhood. But, when he arrives at the ranch it’s not what he had hoped or remembered. The ranch is in shambles.
To top that off, the foreman Dan hired is not what he’d expected either.
But that’s how life is, isn’t it? Unexpected surprises that come with the worst timing.
What can we do when we think we’ve received something wonderful, only to find it comes weighted heavily with challenges we weren’t expecting?
Dan has no money, but he finds he still has options because God always makes a way for the impossible to happen. So often, His plans do not go the way we had hoped, but they turn out to be better than we could have imagined if we stay open to change.
In Wildflower Ranch, my short story contemporary romance series, Dan finds this out. He stands at the doorway of his dreams, met with disappointment and an unexpected difference in the person he hired to be his right-hand man. But Dan opens his heart to whatever God has for him, and the things that were unexpected actually turn out to be by God’s design.
Has that ever been true for you? The path to your dreams became an unexpected journey, which you later found to be exactly what God had intended all along?
God knows and cares about our struggles, about the twists and turns in our paths. We can trust His ways.
Writing turned out to be that way for me. I’m living the dream. But it’s not the dream I thought it would be. It’s a lot of hard work, a lot of learning. In fact, it’s a lot of things I didn’t expect it would be. I remember thinking I’d write books and they’d be published and I’d be able to sit back and enjoy my coffee, basking in…in what? There’s a lot of work involved in publishing, whether you’re published by a traditional publisher or Indie published. There’s far more marketing I’m doing than I’d ever thought I’d have to learn, and then do! But it’s also more rewarding than I’d ever expected. I love the dream and all the work and that makes it a labor of love. In fact, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love to write. Yes, it is a lot of work, but it’s incredibly rewarding. I know it’s a path God is leading me along.
And I wouldn’t change that part of the dream for anything.
Thank you for stopping by Debbie’s blog to visit with me today. Please leave a comment about your dreams and the unexpected journeys to them.
I’m giving away an ebook copy of Wildflower Ranch and Wrangled Into Love, which are books one and two from my Short Stories from Wildflower Ranch series, as well as a copy of one of Debbie’s fabulous books.
When you leave a comment about your dreams or unexpected journey you’ll be entered for a chance to win! Don't forget to leave your email address so I can contact you if you win. The winner of all three books will be announced January 30, 2017. U.S. only, void where prohibited.
Tina Dee is the author of both contemporary and historical sweet romances. Her stories are written with a good dose of humor and with characters who are flawed but lovable. She writes both Christian and clean-read stories. Living in Southern California with her family, she misses having four seasons, but still manages to write almost daily with her faithful writing companion, Molly-the-mutt, snoozing nearby in grandma’s old rocking chair. Molly could care less about what Tina writes, and more about when the next kibble drop will hit her food bowl. Some little writing partner she turned out to be…
Wrangled Into Love
Charlene and Dan aren’t what the other expected. And, the ranch is anything but a ranch at this point. Will they let disappointment ruin their lives, or can they find a way to make their dreams come true? Will Charlene let herself fall for Dan, or will he reject her for being something other than what he had expected?
Wrangled Into Love
Jacob Steele's dream of becoming a large animal vet is finally coming true and nothing will stop him from getting to the university—but that was before that crazy girl recklessly staggered her way into his life.
Romance is dead to Megan Kelly. That's a problem for her, since her publisher is eagerly awaiting her next New York Times bestselling romance. It's due in days—but she hasn't even started. Ever since Mr. Wrong asked for the ring back, she can't write a word to save her life, let alone her career. Now, to make matters worse, Jake Steele—fake cowboy extraordinaire—is far too charming for his own good and has managed to distract her from writing.
Will Jake put his lifelong dream on the line for a romance writer who doesn't believe in romance?
Where differences and romance wrangle, can love bloom once again on Wildflower Ranch?
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