“I can go anywhere I like and be whoever I choose to be when I write.”
- Sarah Martin Byrd
Hello everyone, welcome to my website. I hope you enjoy yourself as you browse around. Don’t miss my weekly blog. I am so excited about the release of my new children’s book, The Manger Mouse. Thanks to all who read my first work, Guardian Spirit and my second novel, The Color of My Heart. Your encouraging comments have sustained me through many long hours of editing and re-writes.
The Manger Mouse
What really happened the night Jesus was born?
Matty’s mother tells him he will take part in the most important thing to ever happen in history. Why him, a meek and lowly stable mouse? All Matty the manger mouse wants to do is snuggle into the warmth of his mother and fall asleep—but the Creator of the world has another plan for him. Will the little stable mouse surrender to his own needs or bow to the will of the Savior?
Children and adults will be touched by Matty’s brave little heart. As the story of that first Christmas unfolds, come join Matty and all the other stable dwellers—portrayed in lush and charming pastel illustrations.
The Manger Mouse, hardcover
The Color of My Heart
Living in the foothills of North Carolina, Laura Carter has it all: a nice home, wonderful adoptive parents, two lovely teenage daughters, and a to-die-for handsome husband. As they celebrate freedom on the Fourth of July, she’s certain that nothing could ever shatter her perfect American life: Or could it?
An unexpected letter from her great-grandmother brings Laura face-to-face with her birth family. At their first, shocking meeting, she receives a stack of diaries that trace a heartbreaking voyage from Africa to Jekyll Island, Georgia, via a slave ship. Thanks to the missionary who lived with her ancestors in Africa and taught them how to speak and write English, Laura holds in her hands a gripping record of their lives.
Could the realities of her mixed-race heritage destroy her family? Laura tries to live honorably, but her husband resists, and daughter Lakin has her own secrets. Lurking in the shadows is a small group called the brethren. The brethren’s dirty deeds are meant to preserve the purity of race in a South that still wears old patches of hate. Will they succeed in chopping down Laura’s family tree, or will the newest branches have a better chance at peace and acceptance in a more open-minded South?
This is the scripture that I base The Color of My Heart on: Galatians 3:28-29
28There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female, for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. 29And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
The Color of My Heart, softcover edition
A little girl’s world should be all sugar and spice and everything nice, but that is not the case for twelve-year-old Sadie Madison. She, her mother Millie, and little brother have all felt the strong hand of her abusive father.
After many attempts, they escape to Millie’s childhood playground. From Texas to North Carolina, they travel to the cherished cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains, back to the memories that were left behind over twenty years before.
Millie longs to reconnect with her treasured Grandma Ann, but can she risk contacting her? Will their spirits find a way? How long can they hide before Millie’s husband Brad finds them? And what horrible things will he do to them if he does? Who or what can save them?
The Madison family perseveres as proudly as the local Cherokee Indians did on their Trail of Tears over one hundred and thirty years ago. They discover that their journey is mysteriously and miraculously interwoven with the fate of the Indians, the animal spirits, and even the land. Can time itself open up a safe haven and create a long overdue reunion of souls? Some believe in the Guardian Spirit. Do you?
Sadie’s Indian name is “Wakanda” which means possessor of magic power. Will this young girl be able to harness that power in time to help the Guardian Spirit save them? Yes!
Guardian Spirit, softcover edition
In the Press…
Guardian Spirit mentioned in an article about Domestic Violence in Ms. Magazine!
Watch the Guardian Spirit book trailer!