Authors are known by their names.
When I hear the name Karen Kingsbury, I immediately think contemporary Christian fiction, the Baxter family, a prolific writer. Her name represents something to me. In the same way, Kimberly Rose Johnson’s name on a book will represent the type of books she writes. (You are so famous, Kimberly—at least, on this blog!)
Years (and years) ago, authors didn’t have “social media” to let their readers know about their lives. In fact, the only thing those writers had was their name. A book by Charles Dickens or Arthur Conan Doyle or James Fenimore Cooper indicated what type of book it was. If the book was good, their name became good—a representation of entertaining, enjoyable reading.
Today on May 29th, I’m thinking of my grandparents. They were married May 29, 1913, so today would have been their 101st wedding anniversary. When I think of them, I have good memories of spending Christmas at their farmhouse out in the country, helping my grandfather pick strawberries in June, and helping my grandmother shell out peas at the kitchen table with my mom and sister. My grandparents didn’t leave great riches behind them, but they did leave a good name.
How about you? When people hear your name, does a good image come to mind? A sweet, loving, Godly person? Or are you a selfish, complaining, proud person?
Live in such a way today that others think well of you, because a good name is rather to be chosen than great riches.
Donna Reimel Robinson is a member of JOY Writers, a local critique group, as well as ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers). As a pastor’s wife, she plays the piano for their church and teaches a Jr. High Sunday School class. In her spare time, Donna enjoys sewing and working jigsaw puzzles. She and her husband have four grown children and ten grandchildren (with another on the way!) They live in Denver, Colorado. Visit Donna’s website at DonnaRobinsonBooks.com.
Tumbleweed Weddings by Donna Reimel Robinson
True love triples in a tiny Wyoming town
In Tumbleweed Weddings, you’ll meet the Brandt siblings—Callie, Tonya, and Derek—who live on a sheep ranch with their parents near Fort Lob, Wyoming. That part of the country has rolling hills, a sparse population, and tumbling tumbleweeds when the wind blows.
This is a collection of three contemporary romances under one cover, previously published separately by Barbour Publishing.
In For the Love of Books, Callie Brandt thinks she’s destined to be her town’s next spinster librarian. Then a gorgeous newcomer, Lane Hutchins, inexplicably finds her attractive and falls in love with her. But how can Lane marry this sweet Christian girl when he’s been living a double life for years? Can Callie help Lane let go of his bitterness and rediscover his faith in God?
In The Thing About Beauty, Tonya Brandt wants to marry a man who will complement her own beauty. But she has dated every good-looking guy in town without finding someone who truly loves her. When a secret admirer begins sending Tonya gifts and letters, she pours out her heart to him. But who is this mystery man? When she finally discovers his identity, will she reject him? Or will she learn that true beauty is more than skin deep?
In No One But You, Derek Brandt can’t deny his attraction for Cheyenne Wilkins, but his life is good. He’s not getting married until he’s forty. Cheyenne has been in love with Derek since high school, although he never seemed interested. But now time is running out! If only Grandmother didn’t have those stipulations in her will, Cheyenne could wait for the man of her dreams. When a new man enters Cheyenne’s life, she thinks he’s the answer to her prayers. But why does Derek still make her heart race? Will she discover God’s will in time?
To read the first chapter, visit Donna’s website: http://www.DonnaRobinsonBooks.com