But Please read on! 

A series is born

When I began writing What God Brings Together, I fully intended to be a stand-alone (not part of a series). I thought that Ryan/David and Emma’s story was powerful enough. My readers had other ideas. And a lot of questions. Readers became so invested in the story that they wanted to see more. The result of that was What God Brings Together: A Christmas Wedding and the series Promises From Above was born. You can’t just stop with two books in a series, so here we are, about to get to know characters you meet in the first two books. Right?

Promises from Above is based on various verses from the Bible.  The stories show characters, not just learning something within the walls of their church, but applying them in their daily life. They learn the promises God has for each of us and see the light that each promise brings.

Dance and Be Glad

The next novel in the series (if you hadn’t already guessed) is called “Dance and Be Glad”. The verse for this story is….

Then the young woman will rejoice with dancing, while young and old men rejoice together. I will turn their mourning into joy, give them consolation, and bring happiness out of grief.

~Jerimiah 31:13 (HCSB)


Michael and Jillian had a  love like that of  Romeo and Juliet when they were younger. The feud between their families forced them to keep their relationship secret. Though neither of them suffered the same ending as the famed Shakespearian tragedy, their time together did. Their lives took them in different directions – she went to a reputable performing arts college and danced with some well-known dance companies while he went on to become a respected doctor. She became the wife and later, a widow, of an Army sergeant. He claimed bachelorhood after a failed marriage. When their paths cross again over a decade later at the wedding of some mutual friends, they enjoy their short time of catching up. An alarming call to Michael puts a halt to their reunion and he is pulled from the wedding early.

Now, Michael struggles with the changes in his life, becoming angry with the loss in his freedom and in his family. Jillian goes through life feeling cold and lifeless despite having the love of her beautiful daughter while fulfilling her dream of owning a dance studio. Both have a hard time seeing the joy and beauty in their lives, always being proverbial wall-flowers.  Michael and Jillian must learn to look past the grief and hardships to find joy in life that God has given them. If not, they will miss out on what could be a beautiful future.

Let’s Celebrate

Though the release for this book isn’t until the end of spring of 2016 ( I hope), a cover is needed! So in celebration to starting another journey, we are going to have a contest.

Below you will see four cover mock-ups. What is a cover mock-up you may ask? Well, they are cover ideas put together by my amazing cover designer, Ruthie Madison of Madison Designs, for me to decide which I like best but they are not the final draft.

Each mock-up is simply labeled A,B,C,D. All you need to do is vote for your favorite below.

Now here is the catch, if you leave a comment below, and are a subscriber, you will be entered into a random drawing for an Amazon gift card.  AWESOME! RIGHT!?

So, get voting and have a blessed day!!!


A – Embracing couple – Silhouette


B – Couple holding hands


C- Couple dancing w/ children’s legs danceing


D – Couple Embracing


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  1. Deborah

    I like C.

  2. Kim Paulus

    B is my favorite!

  3. Carrie

    A is my favorite.

    • Carrie

      I am a subscriber. (:

  4. Trixi

    I like cover B! The book sounds good 🙂

    • Trixi

      I forgot to add that I am a subscriber!

  5. Carol

    The Silhouette. It’s nice.

  6. Winnie Thomas

    I like D the best. It’s the most enticing one to me.

  7. Linda Rainey

    Still like the top one on the left.

  8. Nan Bateson

    I like cover D Missy.

  9. Cindy M


  10. Kathryn Voss

    I like D the best.
    I subscribe too!!

  11. Faith Blum

    I like A best. It also fits with the other two covers in the series better than B, C, and D.

    • Faith Blum

      And I subscribe to your blog. 🙂

  12. TammyH

    I like A the best ?

  13. Teresa A

    I like D!

  14. Becky Hriv

    I like D the best

  15. Barbara Williams

    “A” is my choice, it’s a clean cut statement.
    I’m one of you new readers, As I read “What God Brings Together”,I couldn’t wait to read the next one and hoping for another. Thank you and thank God for Christian author.

    • MWardwell

      Welcome to the crew! I love hearing from new readers.

  16. Angie R

    Love D

  17. Pam C

    I like D the best. I am a subscriber.

  18. Joy Wriston

    I think C represents the storyline best. And I just became a subscriber.

  19. dave ellis

    b for me.

  20. Bruce Carroll

    A is my favorite by a mile. It is the only one of the four that makes me want to open the book. The others all look like what every other publisher is already doing. Just my two cents….

    • MWardwell

      I can respect that. Thank you for chiming in Bruce

  21. Sherry Lyn

    D is my first choice, B would be my second.

  22. Melanie D. Snitker

    D is my favorite and I’m a subscriber 🙂

  23. Teri Delcamp

    I like C

  24. Annie JC

    I like D

  25. Robin Dunlap

    Im voting for A or D. I like the feel of nature and the couple being in Gods presence in nature.

    • MWardwell

      Beautiful feeling, isn’t it?

  26. Carolyn

    D ?

  27. Kelli

    I like C.

  28. Darla Niedzielski

    D for sure!

  29. Ann Ellison

    I love Cover D and I am really looking forward to the book.

  30. Katie

    I vote B, the walking together one. It sounds like a story of long journeys and paths that cross. I’m a subscriber!

  31. Susan OMalley

    C. It seems to best convey the book title.

  32. Jennifer Kibble

    Between A & B for me, but I think I’ll go with A.

  33. Christina Rann

    My favorite is B.

  34. Jen Heinze

    B. I am a subscriber.

  35. Debbie H

    I like D and am a subscriber.

  36. Tara Fry

    D I think it goes best with dancing and you other covers

  37. Michaela Bowman

    I am a subscriber 🙂 and C is the winner!

  38. Loretta

    My vote is D

  39. Emily

    I like C 🙂

  40. Justina Baisley Wilson

    I Love C and D but C is My Favorite one. Good Luck!!

  41. Bonnie Roof

    I am a subscriber and my fave is “A”.

    • MWardwell


      You are the lucky winner of the $10 Amazon Gift card!

      • Bonnie Roof

        Thank you, Melissa!!

  42. Karen Harvey

    Love D

  43. Jannette

    Hi there!

    I like all your covers, but (A) is my favorite. Blessings to you and your books in Jesus’ Name! 🙂

  44. carylkane

    I like A! 🙂

  45. Vicki

    I am also using the amazing Ruthie Madison Derby from Madison Designs for my Series in progress as well. I like different parts of each of these.
    A. I like it because this couple demonstrates the title–Dance & Be Glad, but the background seems boring–maybe a sunset or some other arrangement of color behind this couple. Also it doesn’t show your series name.
    B. This is my least favorite–doesn’t portray anything from the title–no dancing, no glad–they are just walking out of the cover…and again, no series name.
    C. is nice, but the feet underneath make it seem odd–my brain wants the two pics to either have one pic continuing with the other, or totally different. These two SEEM to go together, but then you realize there are way too many feet for one couple. LOL
    D. Probably my favorite–includes the title as well as the series name and the couple are dancing.

    Lastly–I just subscribed to your blog. 😉

    • MWardwell

      Thank You For all your comments. Great perspective on each one.

  46. Deanna S

    I like D 🙂 I did like C but legs just seem wrong.

  47. Ellen Wycuff

    I love D. I am a new subscriber

  48. Traci Wooden-Carlisle

    D caught my attention first and held it. I thought this cover had a nice flow.

  49. Carolyn

    I like cover B

  50. Kathryn Jones

    I like A the best.

  51. Cindy

    I think they all are good but like c the best!!

  52. Elma

    I like cover : A
    And I subscribed.

  53. Jasmine A.

    I like D best. I am a subscriber.

  54. Ruth ONeil

    I like A

  55. Cheryl Baranski

    B gets my vote.

  56. Carissa

    I like B

  57. Ann Badder

    I’m a subscriber and I like B.

  58. Cindi Altman

    I find A to be the most professional looking cover. If I saw it on the shelf in a book store, I would pick it up.

  59. Kaye Whitney

    I like A the best because I think that it matches the title.

  60. Kathy Anderson

    Thank you for such a generous giveaway. I am a subscriber. I agree with Vickie @5:16 am concerning the book cover choice. C would have been my favorite except I didn’t like the dancing feet on the bottom.

  61. MWardwell

    Thank you all for your participation! It was fun to read all of your comments.

  62. Samantha Wallace

    I like A better!! 😀

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