Is Homosexuality Sinful???

I’M CLEAN. MY hands glow, and my skin is soft against the robe. Like the woman in the water, a light burns inside me, radiating through my skin. I search for the beautiful lady, but only priestesses surround me now.


“What's your name, child?” The priestess’s voice is gentle and kind. Not quiet and good. But I don't want to be quiet and good anymore.

I lift my chin and smile. “My name is Peaches.”

“Welcome, Peaches, daughter of Araphia, goddess of light.”

“What happened to me?” I glance back at the other side of the pool where my dress and the filth have been washed away. How much was real? How much an illusion?

The priestess crouches down in front of me. Her eyes twinkle as she tucks a strand of her ginger hair—fallen from the tight bun at the nape of her neck—behind her ear. “We all have wounds, inflicted on us by others. Some by well-meaning people with callous words. Others by the evil-spirited who want to destroy all that is beautiful. Some by the jealous and envious. Others by those who mean to encourage, but lash out with critical tongues. The goddess has drained the poison from your wounds and brought healing to your heart.”

For the first time, I am whole.

--Excerpt from Daughter of the Goddess
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My story Daughter of the Goddess is about an abused and neglected child who is given as a slave to a temple of Araphia, the goddess of light. My character Peaches represents you and me, because we all have been broken and abused and are hurting inside. The abusive mother and the kind priestess represent people we know, those who tear us down and those who build us up.


It pains me when those who claim to be Christians say hateful things. When I was in college, I had some friends and acquaintances over to my apartment to play cards. Someone said a bad word. Oooh, how terrible. *sarcasm intended*



And someone said, “Don’t use that kind of language around me, or I just might have to hate you.”



I wish so hard that I hadn’t bitten my tongue and kept the sarcastic words to myself. I wish I had said, “Yes, because that’s exactly what Jesus would do.”



Jesus ate with social outcasts and sinners, and Jesus was never the nice guy either. He always put the self-righteous bigots in their place. They wouldn’t have crucified him if he was mild mannered and always courteous and respectful.



No, Jesus was wild and free. He was pure love. And he was a threat to the status quo of the lives of the religious elite.



It grieves me when people who claim to follow this man lash out with hatred toward those he wants to touch with his loving mercy.



The Bible says that we are to share the good news. So so-called Christians stand on their soap boxes and preach that we’re all going to hell. Um, where’s the good news in that?



So let me tell you my good news. When Jesus came into my life, he set me free from all the guilt, pain, and fear that plagued me. And I didn’t have to earn it. He did it for free simply because he loves me.



So is homosexuality a sin? I suppose that depends on your definition of sin.



Based on the teachings of Jesus, sin is what you do in your heart, not an action you commit. Based on the book of Hebrews, righteousness is trusting in God.



Sin is anything that you turn to to fill the empty hole in your heart that only God can fill. That could be church, money, career, TV, sex, food, sleep, reading, or writing blog posts.



We all have things in our lives that aren’t good for us, that we are addicted to and rather than filling us up, they drain our souls of every good thing. Homosexual or heterosexual, that could be a dysfunctional relationship you are in. Or maybe you have a loving relationship with your partner. That’s between you and God.



If you have a problem with how your neighbors live their lives, maybe you better start looking at your own soul a little more closely.

Daughter of the Goddess: Short but Good

Ms. Anonymous gave Daughter of the Goddess a 2-star rating and wrote a review on Barnes and Noble:




Its like 67 pages, good, but still, 67 pages.



Seriously? A 2-star rating for a book that is good?



I rate stories based on character, plot, world building, style, and writing skill. A story that is “good” gets at least 3 stars (though usually 4 or 5), regardless of length.



So let me just tell you now: Daughter of the Goddess is a NOVELLA. Novellas are longer than short stories, shorter than novels. I’m not advertising this as a full-length novel, and the 99 cent price takes the length of the story into account.



If you are looking for a full-length novel, don’t buy Daughter of the Goddess. Don't you dare. You are completely forbidden. No, don't click the sales links at the bottom. Bad things will happen.

If you are short on time, looking for a quick read, and are interested in a love story, Daughter of the Goddess just might be what you are looking for.



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The Heart.

The God of Love seeks a bride who is pure in heart and full of life—full of soul. Instead of a woman, he finds a child with laughter in her heart. Waiting for her to grow up, he befriends her, pretending to be nothing more than a blue-eyed boy with wild, tangled hair.



The Soul.

Left on the temple doorstep, a young girl turns the lives of the priestesses upside down . . . until one summer day before her eighteenth birthday, a traveling oracle tells her she is to marry a stranger in a foreign land.



The Nightmare.

An ancient demon—half-man, half-snake—wants to destroy anything the gods love. When she was a child, he haunted her dreams, but now he stalks her across the countryside. If he catches her, he’ll devour her.

100 Books Sold this Month!

I'm celebrating with a cupcake. Mine is vanilla with chocolate frosting and sprinkles.

Here you can have a cupcake too. Yours is chocolate with chocolate chips and buttercream frosting.





And I'm putting the eBook for Transcendent: Tales of the Paranormal on sale for 99 cents! You can get your eBook copy at Amazon or Barnes and Noble!


Happy Reading!


"...an imaginative landscape of mostly suburban young people whose PG-rated goals of nabbing that first kiss or talking to that cute boy go supernaturally awry..."

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Musical Theater Class

Musical Theater class last night, we played the dating game for one of our improv assignments. (Yeah, I’m learning how to be an actor since writing hasn’t been enough to let out all those voices in my head.) We each picked a personality and acted it out, and the girl who was picking her “date” had to guess what our personality was.



So she asked me, “What do you like to do for fun?”



“I like to play golf because I like to hit the ball and it goes up, up, up, and then it comes down and goes into a little cup in the ground and but golf isn’t fast enough so I also like dancing because I can move so fast and the music is fast and everyone around me is moving fast and I like to go shopping and spend lots and lots of money and I buy shoes and clothes and books and I like to drink coffee, coffee, coffee, since coffee is my favorite and I drink coffee all day long and I like my coffee with cream and sugar—the more sugar the better—but I can drink it black too. Do you have any coffee?”



But then someone started laughing, which caused me to start laughing and messed up my speech. My instructor said, “Don’t stop. You’re doing good.” But it was too late. I’d lost my rhythm.



Can you guess what my personality was?

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The Heart.
The God of Love seeks a bride who is pure in heart and full of life—full of soul. Instead of a woman, he finds a child with laughter in her heart. Waiting for her to grow up, he befriends her, pretending to be nothing more than a blue-eyed boy with wild, tangled hair.

The Soul.
Left on the temple doorstep, a young girl turns the lives of the priestesses upside down . . . until one summer day before her eighteenth birthday, a traveling oracle tells her she is to marry a stranger in a foreign land.

The Nightmare.
An ancient demon—half-man, half-snake—wants to destroy anything the gods love. When she was a child, he haunted her dreams, but now he stalks her across the countryside. If he catches her, he’ll devour her.



EXCERPT:
When Nephecia is nine years old, she races for her through the woods; a strange boy she had met by the river is at her side. The demon Naga searches the river bank for them...


As night falls, a cold breeze chills my bare skin, and my dress, still slightly wet, clings to me. Shivering, I pick my way through the thorns scratching my arms and the shrubs snagging my hair.

The moon is high in the sky when we arrive at least a mile downstream. Light glitters innocently on the water, but I’m scared to step in. What if Naga had continued his search down this way?

“Close your eyes.”

“Why?”

He shrugs. “Just trust me.”

When I close my eyes, he wraps his arms around my waist, and for a moment, my feet float above the ground before touching down on a smooth rock.

“Open your eyes now.”

I now stand on the other side of the river. “Thanks. I have to get home now.”
He grins. “You were brave. When I grow up, I’m going to marry you.” And he gives me a sweet kiss right on the lips.

My first kiss. I think I’m going to melt.

He steps back. “You better get home.”

I turn down the moonlit trail. The wind tousles my hair, and I glance back.
Nobody is there.


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