Could it be Empty Nest Syndrome?

So.

This week I sent another book out into the big world. It’s always scary to do so, and after I’ve uploaded it, and it’s on it’s way, I’m left twiddling my thumbs and feeling kind of lost.

It’s a project I’ve worked on for (at least) the past six months, and suddenly, I don’t have anything to do anymore. I know. I could start writing the next book, but I’ve learned to give my poor old brain a rest between books, or it’s easy to confuse it. The last thing I want to do is start calling my new character by the name of the character that was in the previous book!

So, for the past few days I’ve wandered around the house, looking for new projects. I’ve spent more time studying God’s Word–I never seem to have enough time to delve into His beautiful book. I finished an ongoing quilt project that I thought I’d never complete. I’ve even thought about starting a new sewing project, but can’t seem to get focused enough to do so. I have several guest blog posts I should be working on, but there again, can’t seem to find the motivation.

I remember this feeling. Parents go through this when their child leaves for college and suddenly isn’t around anymore. Empty Nest Syndrome.

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Is that what I have?

I suppose it could be. I’ve lived with the characters in my most recent book for months. Their thoughts have been my thoughts, and their struggles, my struggles. And now, suddenly they aren’t here anymore. No wonder I’m going through withdrawals!

It’s fine though. I’ve gone through this same separation every time I’ve finished one of my books and sent it on its way. And I know that before long, I’ll have new friends planning their escapades in my head and keeping me up nights. I love it!

Right now, though, I think I’ll go take a nap.

 

To check out my newest release, click on the link!  The Town Named Christmas

Happy Reading!

Ruth Kyser

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Sounds of the season….

While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease. – Genesis 8:22

 

Yesterday morning, my husband and I spent the whole morning outside working on putting a coat of stain on our front porch deck posts and railings. It was a sunny warm day, but it didn’t take me long to notice the changes in my surroundings.

Gone were the early morning songs of the songbirds. Even though the sun was hot, the occasional breeze had a hint of coolness that hadn’t been there before.

Instead of songbirds chirping, several Blue Jays chattered back and forth at each other in the nearby trees. A flock of crows flew over, squawking and flapping their wings. The only other noises in the quiet were the sounds of crickets, and the occasional buzz of a honey bee—looking for that last little bit of pollen.

I also noticed our resident geese were out doing their ‘driver’s training’ maneuvers. My husband and I have called it that for years, and it’s a traditional sound heard every year about this time. We call it that because the older geese take the young ones out and they fly around for a time—building up strength in their wings and learning how to fly in formation and follow the leader.

GeeseA short time later, I heard another sound in the distance and raised my head to see a flock of Canadian Geese flying over in their traditional V-formation. They were coming from the north, and I tried to count as even more flew over. When they’d all come in, it appeared between seventy-five and a hundred had flown over in a short period of time, landing on the nearby ponds. I knew they’d spend some time resting their weary wings here before flying south either later that day or the following day.

Seasons come and they go.

I’m at a new season in my life too. I retired two months ago. Oh, I’m still writing books, but my days of going to work every day have finally come to an end.

After working at various full-time jobs for the past forty plus years, it’s been a change to not have that regular schedule to keep—yet I’ve enjoyed it immensely. If I want to take an extra half hour at the breakfast table in the morning, I can. I’m able to start a big job late in the afternoon, knowing I can finish it the next day. There’s no rush.

But time is passing—much too quickly for my liking. My youngest grand-baby just started Kindergarten this year. Doesn’t seem possible.

In this later season of my life I have learned one thing though. Each day is precious. Take the time to spend it wisely, and let those you love know how you feel about them. Spend as much time with them that you are able.

And wake up each morning with the knowledge that each day is a gift from God. Don’t waste it.

May God bless you in all your seasons,

Ruth Kyser

 

Ruth Kyser is an author of Christian Fiction. You can find out more about her books at: More about Ruth Kyser’s books

 

How about a little Christmas in July?

How about a little Christmas in July?

I don’t know what it’s been like in your neck of the woods, but here in southern Michigan, it’s been HOT! That’s not surprising, I guess, when you figure it is late July and the middle of summer.

Since we’ve arrived at the ‘dog-days of summer,’ I thought it might be a good time to remind you of winter.  You know, those days in December, January, and February (and sometimes into March and April) when it’s snowing a blizzard outside and you just don’t want to go any place? Those days when if the thermometer reads something higher than single digits, it’s a heat wave?

Well, just to help you remember what cooler weather is like, you might consider reading my Christian Christmas Novella, One Last Christmas. It’s also guaranteed to get you in the mood for Christmas.

After the death of Cate Thomas’ dear grandmother, she and the rest of the family are planning a special Christmas celebration in her Grams’ old house. Then a stranger shows up in town with claims of a family secret that could turn their Christmas celebration upside down. Is the handsome young man telling them the truth, or is Cate going to have her heart broken one more time?

“One Last Christmas” is a story about faith, family, and God’s never-ending love for us.

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Here are a few things my readers have had to say about it:

***”Great Christmas story about a family brought together after the death of a grandmother, a twin that no one knew about. Just finished two days before Christmas, filling my heart with the true meaning of Christmas. Recommend for all, quick read filled with love that only comes from God!”
****”Great Christmas romance.  The books I have read by author thus far have been great reads. Love the way she weaves in relationships with God and characters turning to Him for answers guidance and direction. A little inspiration in a good read.”
****”A very touching and wonderful Christmas story. A fresh and different story to enjoy.”
One Last Christmas — now available for Kindle, Nook, and as an iBook through the links shown below:
I hope the rest of your summer is fun-filled and you take time to enjoy each and every minute of it.
Thank you for sharing a little bit of it with me.
God bless you!
Ruth Kyser
P.S. Be on the lookout for a NEW Christmas story — to be released sometime in November, 2017!

 

A Baker’s Dozen . . .

A Baker’s Dozen . . .

I’m excited to report, today I released my thirteenth novel.

When I started on this journey of writing six years ago, I never dreamed I would have published thirteen books just six short years later. But I’ve certainly enjoyed writing each and every one of them.

My latest novel, A Place Called Hart’s Desire, is set in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

 

Christian Romance Author Ellie Hathaway escapes for two weeks to a cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains, intent on finishing her book within the deadline. Of course, it only confuses the issue that the cabin she’s staying at is the same one her parents originally reserved for her now-defunct honeymoon.

Then Ellie meets the owner’s son, Lucas Hart—a widower wracked by grief and with a heart hardened against God. Ellie is immediately drawn to Luke, but she cautions herself against falling for a man so obviously still in love with his dead wife.

Can Ellie help Luke find his way back to God? And in the process, will Ellie’s heart be totally broken—or will she also learn to forgive, and love again?

It’s available as an ebook for Kindle at Amazon.com, and will shortly be available to order in paperback.

Click to purchase “A Place Called Hart’s Desire”

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I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it!

 

God bless!

Ruth Kyser

 

 

It’s spring! Finally….

“For behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.”

 – Song of Solomon 2:11-12 (ESV)

 

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Today was a beautiful day—one of those gorgeous spring days in April that truly make you appreciate living here. When you reside in the north, you quickly learn that April in Michigan can bring just about every kind of weather imaginable. In the past week alone we’ve had high winds, thunderstorms with hail and heavy rains, snow (Yes. I said snow.), and today we enjoyed balmy temps around 60 degrees with abundant sunshine.

After a long winter, the first days of spring always give me spring fever. I want so badly to go out into the garden and start digging and planting flowers. But I learned a long time ago that you don’t get too serious about gardening around here until closer to Memorial Day.

But we did uncover the rose bushes today, so as far as I’m concerned, we’re one step closer to consistent warm weather and sunny days. I look forward to trimming off the old dead growth from last year, feeding them their spring boost of rose food, and waiting patiently for the first buds to appear. And seeing those rose bushes, with their first little green sprouts appearing, reminds me that spring comes every year.

Just as it states in Ecclesiastes in the Bible (Chapter 3, verses 1-22):  For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; …

Praise the Lord, God brings springtime back to us every year.  A beginning of another season, and a chance to start anew.

 

Enjoy your springtime—wherever you are.

 

God’s blessing on you,

Ruth Kyser

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Do you read Christian fiction?

Do you read Christian fiction?

So, here’s a question for you: Do you enjoy reading Christian Fiction?

If you do, then you’re probably like me–you keep your eyes open for any ‘new-to-you’ authors out there. Especially with books available at a special low price

or even better, FREE!

Well, I’m here to let you know, right now you can download a free copy of Book 1 in my True Cover series.

True Cover tells the story of Sarah Masters. In a matter of 24 hours, Sarah Masters lost everything that was important to her – her job, her friends, her house. Now a madman is hunting her down to kill her, and the only ones stopping him are the FBI Agents who have pledged to protect her. But in the process of protecting her, these FBI Agents touch Sarah’s life in a way she never expected as they cause her to question her relationship with God and His plan for her future.
Sam Morgan is the FBI Agent tasked with the job of keeping Sarah safe. He and his team fight to keep Sarah alive – and in the process, all of their lives are changed in ways they never expected.

This book has already received 47 positive reviews (out of 50) on Amazon.

Oh, and by the way, it’s also free for Nook and iTunes.

If you’d like to check it out, here are the links:

Buy TRUE COVER at Amazon.com

Buy TRUE COVER at Barnes & Noble.com

Buy TRUE COVER at iTunes

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Other books in the True Cover series:
Book 2 – Bluecreek Ranch
Book 3 – Second Chances

Oh, and if you prefer reading physical books, you can also purchase TRUE COVER, and all my other books in paperback too.

Happy reading, my friends!

 

Ruth Kyser

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s a Goodreads Giveaway

In celebration of the one year release of Clara’s Heart, Book 2 in The Morgan Family Saga series, we’re giving away four autographed copies through Goodreads.

 

So click on the link below and enter for a chance to win!

 

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Reece Morgan had always planned to return home and help run the family ranch after college, but after a difference of opinion with his father, he decides to accept a job in town. He’s settling in well to his new occupation as a sheriff’s deputy when the troubled granddaughter of the Bluecreek Ranch’s foreman comes to visit the ranch. Suddenly, Reece’s focus changes and his heart is drawn back to his family and the ranching business he loves. However, the young woman, Clara Callahan, makes it known from the start that she doesn’t have the same faith in a loving God that he does. Praying some time apart will dim his feelings for her, Reece once again leaves the ranch for the big city. Will the two of them find a way to make their stormy relationship work, or will the differences between them be too large a hurdle to overcome? “Clara’s Heart” takes place in the years 1938-1939, and continues the story of the ancestors of FBI Agent, Samuel Clemens Morgan, from the TRUE COVER SERIES by Ruth Kyser.