Please welcome my friend, author Carla Laureano, to Inspired by Life…and Fiction! She’s giving away a paperback copy of one of her books (!) so be sure to read through to the end for details.
I met Carla at the American Christian Fiction Writers conference three years ago. She was a finalist for the Genesis Award, a prestigious recognition given to unpublished authors. Not long after that — was it mere weeks, Carla? — she made the leap into publication. She’s published FOUR novels since!
Thanks, Carla, for visiting and for offering a giveaway. -Becky
I intended to write a chirpy, lighthearted post, but I made the mistake of scrolling through my social media newsfeed first. These days, it’s just as hard to be on Facebook as it is to watch the five o’clock news, and I find myself avoiding it all. Not because I don’t care, but because there’s nothing that I can say to make the incomprehensible more understandable. There’s simply too much evidence that bad things happen in this world, things over which we have no control and may never make any sense.
Given how we are inundated by these stories, it’s all too easy to get wrapped up in fear and despair. All too easy to forget that there’s far more to celebrate in life than to mourn.
In my recent novel, London Tides, the heroine Grace Brennan has seen more than her share of bad in her career as a war photographer. At one point, she says:
“You can’t see all the suffering and violence and hatred in the world without wondering if there’s still good in the world. Most of my colleagues see evil as proof that God couldn’t exist. But despite all the bad, there are still people who help others when their safety, their very lives are at risk. When I see that, I know without a doubt He has to exist. I think without God, the good that remains couldn’t survive.”
When the dark moments come, it’s natural to grieve and question and ask why. And then it’s healthy to look around at all of our blessings, all of the good that remains, and rejoice, whether it’s the laugh of a child or the awe-inspiring glow of beach sunset or a perfectly-prepared cup of coffee on a cold day. It’s important for our souls to bask in the beauty of the everyday and look for the evidence of God in our midst, His enduring love for us, His unfailing mercy.
We simply have to choose to see.
What everyday blessings give you joy? Let me know below for your chance to win a paperback copy of London Tides.
Or grab the e-book version, now available for only $1.99 on all e-reader platforms!
Carla Laureano is the RITA Award-winning author of contemporary inspirational romance and Celtic fantasy (as C.E. Laureano). Carla worked as an executive for nearly a decade before leaving corporate life to write fiction. She currently lives in Denver with her husband and two sons. You can connect with Carla online at: