Sunday, February 26, 2017

New Beginnings

There’s an old Texas tale that says when the Mesquite trees begin to bud out, winter is almost over and spring is just around the corner.

Well, seeing as it’s been almost 80 degrees here where we live, my husband and decided to test this notion. So we went for a walk in the woods behind our house and guess what?  The Mesquite trees are budding! There’s new signs of spring everywhere, including a few bluebonnets blooming.

So, it got me to thinking about spring. I love the time of the year when all the flowers are in bloom and everything is so green and pretty. New life begins in the animal kingdom as well and the circle of life starts over again.
When I think about new beginnings, I think about how they are woven into the stories we write.

As an author, I love creating stories where two broken people come together and find their new beginning that ends in a happily ever after.

In my latest release, Grace And The Rancher, my heroine Grace Bradford finds forgiving herself is the hardest thing to do. Grace suffered abuse at the hands of the man who was supposed to love her.


Grace was a rising star on the country music scene. Everyone thought her life was perfect, but in truth her marriage was falling apart. After an argument that ended in a car crash, Grace’s husband is killed and Grace’s career finished. Running away from her problems seemed like the only answer. But what Grace found when she moved to Delaney Mountain was not only restoration, but redemption. And forgiveness from herself.  

Kyle Delaney, the hero of the story, is an alcoholic, just like his father. Kyle’s family life is dysfunctional at best. When Kyle almost killed his brother when he drove his vehicle while drinking, Kyle realized he had to get away from his poisoned home life to ever have a chance of changing. Kyle moved to Texas and became a success in his career, but still something was missing from his life. When his father reaches out to him asking for forgiveness, what Kyle finds when he comes back home to Delaney Mountain is the home he’d always dreamed of, and the love that is missing from his life.

So wherever you are in the country, whether it’s cold where or warm, know that spring is just around the corner, and a new beginning is on its way.

Today, I'll be giving away an ebook copy of Grace And The Rancher to on commenter.


Publishers Weekly Bestselling Author Mary Alford grew up in a small Texas town famous for, well not much of anything really. Being the baby of the family and quite a bit younger than her brothers and sister, Mary had plenty of time to entertain herself. Making up stories seem to come natural to her. As a pre-teen, Mary discovered Christian romance novels and knew instinctively that was what she wanted to do with her over-active imagination. She wrote her first novel as a teen, (it’s tucked away somewhere never to see the light of day), but never really pursued her writing career seriously until a few years later, when she wrote her first Christian romance and was hooked. Today, Mary still lives in Texas, and still writes about romance. In fact, she can’t think of anything else she’d rather do. Learn more about Mary Alford at: where you can sign up for her newsletter. Also feel free to send her an email to

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Mary Alford



  1. Absolutely beautiful post, Mary! And, Grace and the Rancher sounds like a wonderful read.

  2. Thanks for sharing. I love Texas wildflowers.

  3. This is such a beautiful post, Merrillee. I love Texas wildflowers as well. In the future, when we are no longer renting, I hope to have a section of our yard full of wildflowers. Grace and the Rancher is definitely on my TBR list this spring. I love the cover and it sounds great!

  4. Thanks, Merrillee. I still can't believe the bluebonnets are blooming.