Today I’m excited to welcome Carrie Daws as she shares about her latest book. Read through to the end to find out how you can enter to win her book in the giveaway.
God rewrote Carrie’s dreams to include being an author. With a background in weekly devotions, a mentor and several friends encouraged her to try fiction. The writing monster that she now barely keeps contained was born. Since then, she’s completed several books including her new romantic suspense, the Embers series. To learn more about her books, click here. (LINK: http://carriedaws.com/my-books/)
Moving is hard. As a military family, my children have been moving all of their lives. Our oldest child’s first move from Ohio to Texas happened at the tender age of fifteen months. Then at nineteen months she moved from Texas to Alaska. She welcomed a baby brother then moved houses within the same city at twenty-eight months.
The moves continued even as we added a second son and, eventually, medically retired. Now, at the age of twenty, our daughter can pack out a house as well as I can, a skill she’s confident God will put to good use in the future.
The physical and mental toll of moving was easy to see. Working incredibly hard to pack everything you own into boxes and then into a truck, driving long hours to the new home only to undo all you’ve done. It’s exhausting.
What I didn’t always appreciate was the emotional toll on all of us. Sure, we all missed those we’d left behind. And finding a new church or favorite restaurant wasn’t always easy. But it was the life God called us to. We would figure it out and thrive within it, right?
One day, as part of a writing course, I had to come up with at least five original ideas for children’s books. “Surely that won’t be too hard,” I thought. “After all, I am a writer.” Except at this point in my life, I only wrote devotions. So I had to not only journey into books for kids but into fiction.
I came up with two ideas before I got stuck. I let it sit a while, but that didn’t help. So with my deadline approaching, I called my daughter, an eight-year-old fiction lover who read quite a bit. “I need ideas! Can you help me?”
And out they tumbled, one after another like she did this for a living. Her exact words are long forgotten, but they went something like this: “You should write about a little girl giraffe. Her daddy is in the animal military, and he gets orders. They have to move away to someplace she’s never been before.”
Oh, the precious heart of my baby girl.
“What is her name?” I asked. After all, if my girl was going to inspire the story, I thought she should get to name the main character.
She didn’t think too long. “Allie. And she should have a friend who gets to go with her so she won’t be alone.”
Another prick to my momma-heart as my girl revealed a tender piece of hers.
Out of those tender moments came the story of Allie, and in every word I wrote, I saw my sweet girl and her brothers who sacrificed so much of their childhood to yet another move.
Maybe this describes you or a family you know. Children face a lot of fear and doubt when they say goodbye and move to the next home, just as we all do. Will I like living there? Will anyone be my friend?
A New Home for Allie provides a relatable character, a sympathetic ear, and hope for a wonderful new start.
It’s a Giveaway!
Allie loves her home in Kenya. But her dad works for the Animal Jungle Patrol, and he just got orders to move their family to Somalia. She has many questions, and the journey will be long. Will the new place be like what she knows? Will she find friends in her new home? And will she ever see her best friend again? What awaits her in A New Home for Allie? Two readers will each win a hardback copy of this children’s book! For your chance to win, leave a comment below.