I am humbled by this recognition of my heart’s work, Bethany, House of Song. Thank you, Ink and Insights Writing Contest and the four independent editors who judged my manuscript, Allison LaBorde, Melody Quinn, Shelby Leith, and LP Wirth. I appreciate your professional critique, feedback, and comments.

Thank you for nominating my submission for the Judges’ Favorite Award List.

In addition to this distinction, Bethany, House of Song also placed in the Top Three Submissions in the Master Category and is currently in the Agent Round. This means the submission is circulating the desks of literary agents who have the option of requesting the entire manuscript…and hopefully, more. I would love to see this novel traditionally published.

The work has been in process for a few years, following a lifetime of Bible study. In 2019, I completed the first draft under the tutelage of a writing certification program at San Diego Writer’s Ink, and I would like to thank author Tammy Greenwood for her encouraging words of wisdom in this effort. The manuscript currently stands at 109,400 words.

This project would not be possible without the fierce love that binds the family of Denise Boomer, and to her, I dedicate this novel.

In a tiny village outside the gates of Roman-conquered Jerusalem, two orphaned sisters defy tradition to raise their infant brother and safeguard the family estate. Juggling political, cultural, and personal challenges, the siblings come of age as Jesus’ ministry rises to challenge the national and global status quo. When their brother dies and Jesus resurrects him, the women must choose between the system that will secure everything they sacrificed for or the rebellion that will destroy it.

Martha is a woman in a man’s world, fighting for her brother’s rights as the next village leader. Her sister Miri is caught between her brother’s future and a future she must forfeit in his name. And their special needs brother, Lazarus, the sunshine around whom everything revolves, is the key and the catalyst for them all.