The Exciting News | Writing Snippet

Hey friends! I am excited to share with you a snippet from my short story (or novelette, as it is now), Healed by the Storm!

I don't have a cover for this story yet, BUT I do have a modern version mock cover right here!!

Here is the synopsis:

He never thought his mistake would lead to this… She never thought she could forgive him.

Walter Morris is an expert sportsman who earns his living by hunting game. But when he decides to trespass in someone else’s property in order to get a better shot, it has drastic consequences.

Miriam Stratton suffers a devastating tragedy and rightly blames him for it—while holding a deep grudge in her heart against him.

But when caught in a terrible snowstorm, Miriam is forced to make a decision—and fast.

Will she trust this man to protect her and her baby, Grace? Or will she and Grace freeze to death?

And will Miriam ever learn to forgive Walter?

Here is the very beginning of my story. Enjoy!

Miriam Stratton bent and pulled the freshly-baked banana muffins out of the oven, and the room filled with a delicious scent. Nine-month-old Grace crawled on the floor nearby, then pulled on her mother’s skirt.

Scooping the baby up in her arms, Miriam gave her a kiss. “You’ve been bothering me all day,” she said. “I have to get the cooking and laundry done. Here, take your rattle and dolly and play while mama gets the chores done.” As soon as Grace was content in her crib, Miriam grabbed the laundry basket and headed outside. Taking down the clothes from the line, she felt a cool breeze blow across her face. She closed her eyes and breathed in the fresh air.

“Hey, Miriam!”

Miriam whirled around. Her brother Nathan waved to her, a huge grin on his face. Miriam couldn’t recall ever seeing him this happy. She took down the last pin from the line and lifted the basket onto her hip.
“Beautiful morning, isn’t it?” Nathan asked, walking toward her with his hands in his overall pockets.

“Yes, it is,” Miriam agreed. “But I’m sure you didn’t come all this way to tell me what a lovely day it is. Why are you so happy?”

“Oh, no reason.” Nathan shrugged.

But Miriam wouldn’t let him get away that easily. “C’mon,” she said, “out with it. What’s going on?”

“Well, my dear sister, you might as well know that your little brother is going to be a married man.”

Miriam gasped and dropped the basket. “You didn’t!” she cried excitedly.

“Sure did! Bethany and me are engaged!” Nathan’s grin spread from ear to ear.

“You’re really getting married?”

“Yup!” Nathan took Miriam’s hand and twirled her around.

“When’s the wedding?” she asked.

“We only got engaged last night, for goodness’ sake. We haven’t picked a date yet.”

“I’m invited, I hope?”

“Well, I don’t know…” Nathan’s eyes danced with mischief. “Maybe. If you do something for me.”

“Do something? Like what?”

“Like make me some breakfast? I’m starved!”

“Didn’t you eat already? It’s nearly ten o’clock.”

“I couldn’t sit still. I had to come and tell you right away. So...what’s for breakfast?”

Miriam shook her head and picked up the basket again. “Go on inside, you rascal, and you can have some muffins.” She followed Nathan inside and put the basket in the bedroom. “C’mon, Gracie,” she said, lifting the baby out of the crib. When she went back into the kitchen, she found Nathan reaching for a sandwich. She hurried toward him and slapped his hand.

“Ouch! Hey, what was that for?”

“Those sandwiches are for a hardworking man who will be coming home for lunch in a couple of hours.”
“I’m a hard-working man, and I’d like my lunch now, please.”

Miriam could never bring herself to resist those adorable eyes Nathan used when he begged her for something. “Fine,” she agreed, “but only one. The rest are for John when he gets home from the mill.”
“Fair enough.” Nathan grabbed a sandwich and took a bite. He smiled at Grace. “Hey, little lady.”
Miriam bounced Grace on her hip. “Hey, Nate, could you watch her for a bit?” she asked him. “I need to finish laundry and wash the dishes.”

Nathan held up his hands. “What am Ia babysitter? I come over for a little visit, and you put me to work?”

Miriam laughed. “Well, you’re here, so you might as well. Unless you have something better to do?”

Nathan grinned and took Grace from her. As he started outside with his sandwich in one hand and Grace in the other, Miriam called after him, “Don’t give her any of your sandwich! She isn’t ready for that yet!”

“What, don’t you trust me?” Nathan asked. He looked up as a wagon drove toward the house. “Hey, John’s home. I better get going to chop firewood like I promised Bethany’s parents.”

Miriam’s face lit into a smile as an idea popped into her head. “You know what we should do?”


“You and Bethany are loved by so many people in town. They’d all love to know about your engagement. We could set up a party, and everyone could bring something to share. We could plan it for next Saturday.”

Nathan grinned. “Sounds like fun. You know what I’ll bring?”

“No, what?”

“I’ll shoot the best deer this town’s ever seen!” Nathan replied grandly. “Maybe I’ll take Bethany out hunting later today, and we’ll find it.”

“I’m sure you will.” Miriam smiled. She put her free arm around Nathan and hugged him. “Be careful out there,” she said softly.

“I’m always careful with a gun,” Nathan said. He looked into her eyes, then turned and started up the hill behind them.

Miriam waved as he ran off, then felt a hand on her shoulder. She looked up to see her husband standing beside her.

“Did you have a good morning?” he asked, kissing her forehead.

“Yes. Nathan came for a visit.”

“What’s he up to these days?” John asked.

“Oh, the usual,” Miriam replied. “Except that he’s engaged now.”

John’s eyes brightened with delight. “Really? To Bethany?”

“Yes. Isn’t it wonderful?”

“Very exciting. Why did he leave when I came up?”

“He said he had to chop wood for the Allertons. We’re going to throw an engagement party for them soon. Nathan volunteered to get the deer.”

John laughed. “Your brother would hunt a skunk if that’s all there was to shoot.”

Miriam grinned. “I’m just so happy for him, John. He’s about to experience a new path of life with Bethany. Soon, we might be aunt and uncle to their little ones.” She looked down at Grace tenderly. “And Gracie will have cousins.”

John squeezed her shoulder, and they started back to the house. “What’s for lunch?”

“Sandwiches,” Miriam replied. “Your favorites, except the one Nathan took.”

John shook his head. “I sure hope Bethany knows how to cook. That boy might surprise her with how much he can eat.”

Miriam smiled. “That’s Nathan for you. C’mon, let’s have lunch.”

. . .

what do you think?
So what did you think? Who is your favorite character so far?
What are you working on writing right now?


  1. Wow, this is super interesting! Your writing style is fantastic! Now I'm worried about what's gonna happen, though. Nathan's probably my favorite, since I have all brothers and I always fall for characters' eyes.

    1. Thank you so much, Kassie! Yeah, Nathan's great. I really like him. Such a sweet brother!

      Thanks for reading, girl! :D

  2. Nathan would have to be my favorite. Super relatable and always eating!

  3. Yahh! Great job! I know you worked extremely hard on this!

    1. Thanks, girl! It's been a lot of work, but I love this story! Thank you for being a beta!! :D

  4. This is a great story, so far!
    My favorite character is definitely Nathan! He reminds me of myself.��

    1. Thanks so much, Jac! Glad you enjoyed it! I love Nathan. He's just a fun guy.

      Thanks for reading! :D


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