~WIP's (work-in-progress)~

In this page, I will post my writing projects and their writing stages. These are books I hope to self-publish one day...
These ideas may change as I make progress.
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Historical Fiction
➳Winds of Faith Chronicles➳ 
Books 1-5

~Dakota's Dream
Writing stage: first draft // taking a small break...

Current word count: 36,000

Goal word count: 80,000 to 90,000 

Genre: Christian Historical Fiction // Western // Clean Romance

Target Audience: Anyone who loves history, adventure, and dreams that come true in the most unlikely ways! 

Blurb... for now: 
"Living in the 1840’s, nineteen year old Dakota Skye Whickner longs for more. The busy hassle of ever-growing Independence, Missouri is wearing her down, giving her the strong desire to leave the city far behind and move West. To live where she has only read about. The Wild West, a place where untamed land stretches out as far as the ocean is wide. Where adventure and new beginnings are around every rolling hill and mountain peak. 

Adam William Brown is on the run and wishes to find his place in life, one that doesn't involve his painful past. Determined to make a better life for his younger sister, Adam starts his journey west from New Orleans, not knowing what that would entail until it was too late to turn back. Thrust into yet another desperate situation, he clings to what hope he has, but merely hope might not be enough.

Circumstances arise for both of these young people as their dreams come true sooner than they both anticipated. 

Young, old, rich, and poor alike are put to the ultimate test of survival along the Oregon Trail by wagon train. Starting with their very first step into a wild territory, their journey begins on a dusty and difficult trail. Is it possible for them to survive in a land with just as many unexpected trials as there are bountiful blessings?

Dakota’s Dream is a story about a young woman’s courage, trust in God, and two dreams that come true in the most unlikely ways."

Snippets:
"Dakota Skye Whickner awoke with a start.  She jolted upright and rubbed her watery eyes.  Taking in the familiar surroundings of her small upstair room she shared with her two younger sisters. Her dream slowly sifted back to her in clipped scenes. Dakota played out her dream again and again, this was not the first time she had dreamt herself galloping across wide open spaces on a white Arabian.

She imagined prairie grass as tall as herself, swaying and rolling like the waves of a ocean tide. There were no city buildings or angry drunken shouts in the busy, dusty streets.  There were no limitations, no boundaries, only land stretching out far and wide. She could almost breath in the aroma of wildflowers and saddle leather.  The wind would tease her long brown hair, blowing it in her face, and she would gaze off into the vast mountain’s in the distance.


Then, she would wake up, reality steeling her dream away like her hometown’s pickpockets.  Slowly lying back down, Dakota took a deep breath and closed her eyes, but sleep would not come." 


Mock Cover: For now


~Mabel's Melody 
Writing stage: Plotting

Current word count: 0

Goal word count: 80,000 to 90,000

Genre: Christian Historical Fiction // Western // Clean Romance

Target Audience: Anyone who loves history, adventure, and music that moves people beyond anything they could have ever imagined.

Blurb: None as of now... coming soon! 

Snippets: None as of now...

Mock cover: Idea


~Adeline's Authorship 
Writing stage: Idea 

Current word count: 0

Goal word count: 80,000 to 90,000 

Genre: Christian Historical Fiction // Western // Clean Romance

Target Audience: Anyone who loves history, adventure, and courage in finding your voice or in other words-- pen and paper.

Blurb: None yet.

Snippets: None... yet!

~Emma's Endeavor 
Writing stage: inkling of an idea :)

Current word count: 0

Goal word count: 80,000 to 90,000 

Genre: Christian Historical Fiction // Western // Clean Romance

Target Audience: Anyone who loves history, adventure, and making a difference.

Blurb: None

Snippets: None...yet!

~Lexi's Liberty
Writing stage: um, title... sort of? 

Current word count: 0

Goal word count: 80,000 to 90,000 

Genre: Christian Historical Fiction // Western // Clean Romance

Target Audience: Anyone who loves history, adventure, and a battle between right and wrong.

Blurb: None

Snippets: None...yet!


Contemporary Fiction
➳Taking Chances Trilogy➳
Books 1-3

~Third Chances
Writing stage: April Camp Nano! Very rough draft!

Current word count: 28,000 words 

Goal word count: 50,000+

Genre: Christian contemporary fiction // Mystery // Clean Romance 

Target Audience: Anyone who loves a good mystery, redemption, and problem solving!

Blurb (not really a blurb, but more like a jumble of ideas that sound good!): 
"One down-on-her-luck city girl. One hopeless country boy. And a third chance.

City slicker Amy Bennard has just graduated college with a hard-earned degree in Law, but things are not going as she had planned they would. Very much so in debt, she has no job prospects on the horizon and no support from her family, especially not financially. Her parents are divorced and her mother blames her for their failed marriage. Now, her father has left them with nothing left but his signature on the divorce papers. Amy and her mother don’t get along very well, but after many secrets that have been kept from her come to light, can the two work things out or will their relationship be rocky forever? Everything in Amy’s life seems to be getting worse and worse, from her relationships in her family to the fact that she is unemployed. When she is truly down to nothing, God shows her that He is up to something when she has a chance encounter with a handsome cowboy on her way home from college graduation. Could it be that God is answering her prayers in the most unexpected ways? Could He possibly be giving her another chance at love and forgiveness? 

Colt Shelton is a fish out of water— in other words, a cowboy out of countryside. He’s more than ready to cut his rather-unplanned vacation to the city short in order for him to get back to his horse ranch in eastern Texas. But saving the ranch, and his grandfather, Paul’s whole lives work into the family business is more important than him being uncomfortable in the city. Struggling to see how God is working in his life, Colt steps out on a limb and risks everything on a young, inexperienced lawyer with the most dazzling blue eyes and a heart as big as his home state. With the help of Amy, can they save the Shelton Ranch before it is too late, or will he loose the only place that he has ever felt like he belonged? Can he trust Amy with more than just the legal paperwork of the lawsuit, or will his heart be broken for a third time?

With joint forces, can two strong willed hearts win the case, that if lost, will change their lives forever? Join these two quite opposite young adults as they find they can both receive not only second chances at love and forgiveness, but also that God is a God of third chances."

Snippets: 
“Natt, I really don’t know the answers to those questions. I wish I did, so I could make plans and sketch out how I want my life to operate, but I truly don’t think we are meant to know exactly how things will pan out. I think that’s where trust comes in. A few day’s ago, well, actually on my way home from college, I had a flat tire, and me and God had a little talk. I was wrestling, kind of like Moses did when God asked him to take a leap of faith. I decided to try trusting Him, it’s a work-in-progress, but I’m still trying my hardest to trust Him. With finding a job, with finding a guy, exedra.” She paused her speech, trying to decide if she was a hypocrite for telling her friend to trust God when she was still struggling to take her own advice.

Natty spoke then, saving Amy from her scattered train of thought, “You’re so right, you know that? Woah, girl, we are on the same brainwave or something, because I’m going through the exact same thing. Trying to trust God, but still hanging on to my worry. Are you sure we aren’t twins or something?”

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~Chance of a Lifetime
Writing stage: plotting

Current word count: 478

Goal word count: 50,000 max

Genre: Christian Contemporary Fiction // Mystery // Clean Romance 

Target Audience: Anyone who loves a good mystery, and at-the-end-of-your-seat adventure!

Blurb (again, a jumble, I know!): 
"One determined private investigator. One irritated police officer. And a chance of a lifetime.

Delana Smith has always dreamed of becoming a PI and following in her fathers footsteps, until those footsteps end drastically for her father who is now bedridden with a severe head injury, unable to speak or remember his car accident. The same accident that nearly took his life was not considered a accident to her, but rather an attempted murder. If only she could convince the Police force and more specifically officer Will Cooper—who happens to be quite charming and irritating at the same time—of her suspicions that there is foul play. But no one seems to take her seriously because of no material evidence and the fact that she is a rookie. When her twin brother goes missing on a recent mission trip, Delena feels like her family is being targeted and has the obligation to do something about it—even if that means flying outside of her comfort zone. Literally. 

When past memories and present situations collide, will she be able to face her fears? Is there any hope for saving her family before the threats she is getting becomes real and plastered on the news or read in the obituary column? 

Will Cooper is living the dream, even if his meager salary manages to only afford ramen and hand-me-downs. He loves his job and he practically lives at the police station. He couldn’t help it, it was his calling ever since he was a little boy playing cops and robbers in eastern Texas. As of a year ago, Will has no living relatives other than his grandfather, older brother Colt, and his sister-in-law who had a life of their own. Will finds himself the only one on the force to reach thirty years old without getting married. It’s not that he didn’t want to find that special someone, but rather the fact that he was too busy saving lives than to “get a life” as his overly bossy sister-in-law so adamantly reminded him.  When a series of dangerous threats lurk around the very girl who’s father was best friends with his mentor, Will realizes that this mystery may be bigger than what scratches the surface. He has always relied on his gut instinct and evidence pointing towards a certain victim, but now that his heart is involved in the case, it changes everything. 

Should he follow his gut or follow his heart? Can he stay one step ahead of the spirited beauty who seems to have a knack for rushing into a investigations head first? 

Together, can these two law enforcers solve a deadly mystery before the time stops ticking? Join Will and Delena as they encounter and overcome the challenges in their paths to justice, and how they learn that courage and trust in God are the only things strong enough to last when everything around them seems to be crumbling to pieces." 

Snippets:
"When the small jet rolled form it's weather protecting hangar, Delana's stomach rolled with it. She hated flying. After taking a small sip of lemon water, she quickly regretted the attempt to calm her nerves. It was best to keep her stomach empty, or else...

The pilot, who called himself Ephram the Eagle, pushed buttons and pulled levers until Delana realized that they were no longer on solid ground. She gulped and hoped Earnie the Eagle knew what he was doing. She looked over at the large man who held her life in the delicate balance of staying up in the air and landing safely. The man had very few words, and the silence would have felt awkward to Delena if there hadn't been all the commotion of the plane's engine."

Mock Cover:


~A Chance Worth Taking
Writing Stage: planning

Current word count: 0

Goal word count: 50,000 max

Genre: Christian Contemporary Fiction // Mystery // Clean Romance

Target Audience: Anyone who loves a good mystery, forgiveness, and risky chances.

Blurb (I'm not even sure if this is considered a blurb!):
"One ordinary baker. One innocent crime suspect. And a chance worth taking.

Kathy Heartsworth is only a simple baker. Some might say she was quite as a mouse, but she didn't care. Her passion was creating delicious treats and with those treats, she has formed a community that she trusted, so unlike her childhood. No one can seem to get her to open up about her past, not even her best friends Amy and Delana, both frequent customers of her bakery. When a present situation reminds her of her past pain, Tracy must take a chance on a crime suspect who she is determined to prove innocent, despite her fear of taking a chance and risking more than just emotional turmoil. 

Will this timid young woman find enough courage to right a wrong? Or is she truly just a simple flour-dusted baker?

Luke is pleading guilty but is innocent. No one sees through his façade but the cute blonde with killer chocolates and pastries. Why was she so determined to uncover the truth, anyway? He had never seen her in his whole life. A part of him wanted to let her know the truth-- that he wasn't guilty. But with the danger looming, to close for comfort, around the children at the orphanage, he can't risk coming clean. He know's to much, and the man who is behind the threats knows he knows. 

Is it possible for him to tell the truth and still protect those he holds dearly? Is there hope for the future, a future that doesn't involve life in prison? 

Both parties have a choice to make, will they risk a chance on love in the process? Will they choose God's forgiveness? Join Tracy and Luke while they risk their lives for justice and a brighter future, together."

Snippets: None... yet! 

Mock Cover: (Sorry, it's a screenshot so the color is a bit off...)



Non-Fiction
➳Devotionals➳

~Waiting, Not Idle
Not becoming stagnant in life's waiting seasons. Living stronger

~Mind Over Matter, Trust Over Fear
Not letting your comfort zone refine or define you. Living bolder.

~Choosing the Narrow Way
Not confirming to the worlds standards and expectations. Living differently.

~Study Devotionals 
Studying books of the Bible to further know our loving Heavenly Father.

~Tidal Wave
A book of poems...

~Showers of Blessings
A devotional book using the poems and devotionals that I have posted on this blog (?) 


So, these are some of the book ideas I have started working on! It's definitely a Work-In-Progress, but every word counts! ;) Do you like reading Historical Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, or Non-Fiction best? Lets talk about it!





15 comments:

  1. I love this new tab, Brooklyne! Your "mock covers" are so pretty, and I love the idea of devotionals! I noticed that most of your novels were under the audience as "clean romance." Would you mind defining that? Thank you!

    ~Ellen

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    1. Thank you, Ellen! Aw, I'm so glad you like them! I enjoy making them! :) Ya, sure. All of my fiction books I'm working on will have some romance between the two main characters in it. But to me, it's a love story and not necessarily a "romance." I worded it clean romance because when some people see romance, they automatically think mushy romance. The romance I would write would be a clean, godly romance. Hopefully that answers your question, thanks for asking! :)

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    2. Oh, I see! Thank you :-). Are the characters in any of the novels married? Or when you say "clean, godly romance" do you mean something like what's found in Mrs. Marlow's books, where Riley and Andi are obviously in love, but almost nothing goes on between them except horseback rides and normal conversations (nothing mushy)? Thanks! :-)

      ~Ellen

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    3. Hmm, I havn't gotten too far into my books yet, but there are some married characters. Yes, I imagine it to be somewhat similar to Mrs. Marlow's book romances, if not a bit more into the characters relationship. I really don't know how my books will turn out romance-wise yet, I have never written romance stories before! Sorry if my answers are too vague, hopefully the more I get into the story, the more I will know... ;)

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  2. I love the covers you have so far!!!
    Your story plots sound so interesting! I can't wait till you finish the book:D

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    1. Thank you, Patience!
      I'm glad you think so! Me either, although it might be a few years! A girl can dream though! <3

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  3. Oh, I absolutely LOVE your mock covers! <3 Horses on covers are so awesome! ;)
    Your story plots look fascinating! I can hardly wait to read your finished book! :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Molly! I agree! <3
      I can't wait either! ...someday! ;)

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  4. Oh my goodness gracious!!! These are all so everlastingly lovely!!!! *-*

    They'll definitely be on my "To buy" list when you get them published!!!

    Haha, as you know, Historical/western fiction is my thing. But, in all honestly, I can read any (appropriate) genre you throw at me.

    ~ Boots

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    1. Oh, I'm so glad you think so! They are definitely all a work-in-progress! :)

      Yay! Historical/western is awesome! *winks*

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  5. WOW!!! Can't WAIT for these to come out!!! Incredible!! Love the new tabs you've put up <3
    ~Izzy

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    1. THANK YOU!!! This comment made my day, because sometimes I worry if people will like my WIP ideas or not... So I'm really glad that they sound interesting to you! <3

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    2. :D :D :D :D :D (!!)

      Quick question: how did you create your mock covers?

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    3. XD

      Thanks for asking! I used a graphic designing site called Canva. They were super fun to make! :)

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