Caught on a roller coaster of hardship that refuses to let you off the ride?
Have you ever experienced a grief so raw and deep you felt certain you would eventually drown in it?
Has your search for the proverbial “light at the end of the tunnel” left you convinced the tunnel is actually a dead end, without so much as a hint of sunlight shining through a crack in the wall?
When you hear the word “hope”, do you wrinkle your nose in disgust and think to yourself, “Yeah, right!”?
To be honest, I can ask these questions because I’ve experienced each and every one of them at some point in my life; sometimes more than once. Life has a funny way of throwing things at us until we give up or fight back.
I came close to giving up a few times. I didn’t think I had the strength to get back up on my feet and fight back. Going numb and allowing myself to drift off into the emptiness I felt inside seemed much easier than fighting for anything to change.
Yet, here I am… Somehow, some way, I managed to keep moving forward. I can honestly say I’m glad I did.
However, my experiences left marks; scars. I soon realized there were other people out there with marks and scars of their own. I also knew some of them might not be able to find the strength to keep going. They might never feel hope again. The thought of others suffering through life without hope broke my heart.
The desire to help others find a reason to cling to hope gave birth to the idea that eventually became The Guardians of Bliss series.
The underlying theme of book one, Embrace the Storm, is that life can be challenging, even downright cruel. As the main character, Jessi, faces heartache after heartache, she discovers she must find a way to accept what life throws at her in order to survive. She must learn to trust that eventually the bad times will pass, allowing peaceful times to emerge.
In book two, To Withstand the Tempest, Jessi faces the next level of understanding. Not only must she accept the hardships life brings her, but she must also learn how to ride out these storms and not lose hope in the process. Again, she must find a way to trust that there truly is a light at the end of the tunnel, even if she can’t see it yet.
At some point in our lives, each of us must journey to discover these very same truths in order to survive this world. Otherwise, we run the risk of losing hope and never finding peace.
My dream as an author is for my readers to find themselves within my story. To connect to the emotions of the characters, to realize they are not alone in what they are experiencing at any given moment, and to know there is reason to hope. If I can help even one person realize there is a reason to cling to hope, I will consider myself successful.
If you have ever felt any of the emotions I described above, then let me recommend giving The Guardians of Bliss series a chance. As you follow Jessi’s journey, you just might find the strength and hope you’ve been searching for.
The Guardians of Bliss volumes 1 and 2 are available at the link below: