October 2010

Well as some of you know, I finished writing Firebrand some time ago and then started editing.  I had sent away for my free proof copy and would’ve set it available for publishing then but unfortunately some of the formatting had gotten messed up, so I’m now working on editing it again.  I’m hoping to have it finished soon so that I can put it up for publishing.  I’ll let you all know when I have it done! 😀


Immanuel’s Veins is the story that everyone needs to read.  It’s the story of salvation and just what price had been paid for us to be saved.  This particular story, however, centers around Toma Nicolescu, a Russian soldier who had been sent to Moldavia under the express orders of Empress Catherine the Great, and also his friend and fellow soldier, Alek Cardei.  His duty is to keep the Cantemir sisters, Lucine and Natasha, safe from any harm that may befall them, but he has also been told to not fall in love with them as well.  Toma manages to follow that order well to begin with until Vlad van Valerik entered the picture and started vying for Lucine’s attention and soon Toma has to start facing what his heart is telling him.

Vlad and his “coven” are certainly a mysterious folk and not much is known about them except that they thrive on love and being close to one another.  Whoever comes to their castle and spends time with them as well as those who drink their wine soon find themselves unwilling to leave and desire to spend all of their time at the castle with Vlad and the coven.  Natasha and Alek were first to fall for this mysterious band of Russians and soon Lucine finds herself falling in line with them as well and Toma is sent on a mission by an old fellow going by the name of Saint Thomas to rescue them with the help of an old book.

By request of the publisher, I was also asked to answer the question, “What is sacrificial love?”  To me, sacrificial love is the type of love that Jesus portrayed to us on the cross.  He was willing to give up His own life so that the rest of us might be saved.  It is that sacrifice that opened up the way for everyone to have access to salvation.  Most parents also have sacrificial love for their children since most of them are also willing to give up their own lives for those of their children.

I believe that an old hymn sums it up perfectly:

There is a fountain filled with blood
Drawn from Immanuel’s veins
And sinners plunged beneath that flood
Lose all their guilty stains

E’er since by faith I saw the stream
Thy flowing wounds supply
Redeeming love has been my theme
And shall be till I die

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