A HUGE congratulations to Dr Sharmaine Anna Dobson, for the release of her new book, “A Whisper in the Storm!”
What a time we have had getting this book from it’s original inception, to it’s actual release. We have faced many a blockage, and yet here we are.
Many people have contributed their stories towards this book. Stories of abuse, gang life, marriage woes, satanic rituals, loneliness, abandonment – these people are heroes – that is the key thing Dr Dobson wants others to know.
The knowledge that walking in our midst, are people who have overcome insurmountable odds, and found redemption at their lowest point. They could be you or me – they ARE you and me.
So please, go to our store and pick up a copy today. If you are in NZ, please take advantage of the FREE postage offer, for a limited time.
If you’re overseas, please visit amazon.com, bookdepository, kindle, kobo.com etc.
It’s so wonderful to be editing again. I had forgotten how much I love the process of it all. When you’re given free rein to just go with your gut and people aren’t breathing down your neck all the time, it really is an exciting positive experience.
To that end, I’m very happy to share that “A Whisper in the Storm” is on the homeward straight now, and we’re getting very close to sending it off to the printer.
Again, my talented brother has done the cover, and I’m grateful for an author who let him have total artistic control – she adores the cover, as do I!
The stories within the pages of this book, are gut-wrenching and yet filled with joy and redemption. They highlight the human condition, but shout the goodness of God, from beginning to end.
I’m so fortunate to be part of this project, and I can’t wait for you all to read what has been weaved through the lives of these remarkable heroes.
To pre-order, please visit The Store on this site. The book will also be available through Amazon, Kindle, Kobo, Book Depository etc very soon.
I shared last week that I had a bit of a surprise that I couldn’t talk about yet. Well now I can! On Monday of this week, I was interviewed about the book ‘My Way’ and it will be airing next week on Radio New Zealand, and also will be available via a link after the show. I will post that when it is available.
This was entirely out of the blue! I had posted an ad on a large group called Chooice, on Facebook, for the book, and within hours had a radio producer contact me for an interview. My first thought was that it was a have, but she turned out to be legitimate and the rest is history!
THEN….I got asked by some people I know (I can’t say who yet sorry) who aren’t here in NZ, for an interview about the same book! I nearly fell on the floor – dreams coming true people!
THEN….later on that day, I was contacted by Alzheimer’s Association here in NZ, and they liked my book so much, they are putting up a chapter on their blog next week. Can we please invent something other than an exclamation mark….!
So, as you can see, I am extremely excited, completely overwhelmed, and very thankful that this little ‘happy accident’ has grown wings and is beginning to fly. Unbelievable – but God.
Just to finish off a mind-blowing week, I FINALLY got to see my Dad, in the flesh, for the first time in three and a half months. He was so sweet, so cute, and kept telling me I needed to leave, then kept talking about the trees we were looking at – funny man!
For those who are interested in delving deeper, go and have a look at becoming a ‘Dementia Friend’ through the Alzheimer’s website. This is something I am deeply passionate about, advocating for those who desperately need it. alzheimers.org.nz/explore/dementia-friendly-nz/become-a-dementia-friend/
In the meantime, for those of you who are in NZ, go and visit The Store to pick up a copy of the book, or grab some fun festive masks for the silly season 🙂
The goat track seemed incredibly narrow and full of hoof marks. It didn’t offer the sturdiness of a footpath with any kind of secure railing or steps. No, this track was hewn from many a goat and ensuing animals that had walked carefully up the path towards the peak of the mountain.
Claudine looked at the peak. It beckoned her, called to her in the deepest part of her heart. She pulled her cloak closer, pulled on the hood and took a sip of her water bottle. Her nerves were frayed, tripping and falling all over this track, but in her mind, she focused on the love of The One.
His eyes were flaming fire, his skin as cut diamonds. His face radiated a warmth that could flood the whole universe, and yet He gleaned all that love on her. So broken, so wounded and yet, so whole in His presence.
He looked at her and motioned for Claudine to come closer.
She fell down in front of him, not able to withstand the glory that radiated from him.
His hand touched her and slowly moved down her arm to her hand. He gently lifted her, and she smiled at The One. She glanced at his very eyes, which just a moment before had been like a flaming fire, but this time they were human. They were moist, and a single teardrop fell from His eye. She reached over, and ever so tenderly, without fear, wiped the tear from his face.
‘Claudine,’ said The One, His voice breaking, ‘will you sing for me?’
She looked at him, and without thinking, her voice rose to a note she’d never been able to sing on the planet earth. She took both her hands and tried to cup this giant face within them, and looked straight into his eyes. Her heart was bursting and love was emanating from such a deep place within her that she wondered if this did come from her, or elsewhere?
He wept. He wept more and more. Then silence.
‘Many are called, few are chosen. Even few still want to come and be with me. They want my presence, to a degree. They want to hear my heart, hear my secrets, to a degree. But I have been here since time eternal, and not many have wanted to come and BE with me. Many are so terrified of coming through the dark clouds and seeing me for who I am. And yet, I am always here to welcome my children, every single one of them – if only they would come.’
Claudine looked at The One, and with a heart of deep compassion, she looked intently at him. ‘You are terrifying to me. And yet you are my true comfort. You are lost in the world of religion, fighting, factions, denominations, debate and terror. So many don’t come because they have believed the lies of the enemy of our souls, and they seem to believe that there is a formula that must be heeded to enter into your presence.
I know very little of you. I just know I deeply love you and nothing satisfies my heart more than singing your praises and being your daughter. Papa and daughter. Claudine and Yahweh. Is there anything greater? I don’t think so….’
He looked at her. He smiled, and fractals of light shone through into other dimensions. She startled a little at the bouncing of this light show, and then she and The One laughed and laughed.
‘Will you come again?’ The vulnerability and innocence of Him seemed so out of place, and yet she knew, He of ALL creation was deeply emotive and true.
‘It would be both my honour and my pleasure to come and spend more time with you in this way.’ Claudine stroked his cheek again. How she loved Him so. Not in the ways of earthly love and pleasure, but in the way that her whole being was surrendered to her Creator. There was nothing, not even in her brokenness that she wanted more than to lavish her entire soul upon The One who gave her life, and INDEED saved her life.
It was a paradox. The One who created all of life, gave his only son, and has made a way available to all, he longed for her? His vulnerability, his depth, his kindness – and yet this is the one who judges the earth and directs the stars? How could this be? And yet how could it not be?
Claudine opened her eyes. She was back on the single rocky goat track, but this time her heart was elated! She had met with her Redeemer in the most profound way – what in the stratosphere would happen next?
This is a sneak peek of my upcoming sequel to Mirabelle, called Claudine.
Well, here we are in the second week of December, with Christmas looming and our school holidays almost upon us. Here in New Zealand, our kids/teens have up to eight weeks off school, depending on their year and what date their school decides to close. Currently, I have Sammy still at school until the end of next week, and to be honest, I am very thankful!
Today saw me do what I never thought was possible – we have released five books in five months! Who knew that as the ‘General Dogsbody’ that I would be able to pull that off? Apparently everyone but me 🙂 Our latest release is a very personal book for me, due to having contributed one of the testimonials within it’s pages. I had a heck of a job editing this whole book, simply because people’s stories are real, vulnerable, heartbreaking and raw. We cover things like – addiction, abuse of all kinds, imprisonment, abandonment, brutality, violence, death – to name a few. There were moments I had to get up and walk away from the computer. The burden was so heavy and deep, and yet the honour was so truly great. One feels deeply humbled that I am able to help other’s bring their stories and testimonies to life. I am so grateful to God.
In case you hadn’t heard, I had the experience of being interviewed live on Facebook with a friend who has a Women’s Ministry here in Snells Beach. It was quite the blast, although the subject matter was intense. Speaking of overcoming abandonment, is actually what I am passionate about. Having been set free from this, and walking this out daily, it’s quite cool to be able to share some nuggets with ‘whosoever’. I will put the link at the bottom of this post for your entertainment!
As Christmas comes into view, I am reminded of something Neil and I experienced in Bethlehem, October 2013. We had gone over into Palestine to see the famed Church, which was undergoing a large renovation at the time. Our tour guide was a Palestinian Pastor named George, and he was very kind and informative. Amongst the myriad of tourists, we were told to stick together like glue and that Palestine wasn’t the safest place to be. George was slightly perturbed when three of our tour group decided to take off and try to see the ‘birth place of Jesus’……oh boy! After we all got back together, George took us down underneath the church, which were old animal caves, and to a tiny chapel that had been set up. One cannot forget sitting there in mid October, singing Christmas carols to Jesus/Yeshua! It was surreal and magical all at the same time. It gave me a great context for how the setting would really have been.
So, whether we have a tree or not, whether we get into the festivities or not, my prayer is that we all remember and celebrate Yeshua, in the revelation that each one of us has been given.
So I thought I’d be really smart and privatize this site just so that you guys could have the first look at my secret project – but that didn’t work! It turned out that you had to login or register via email, and that caused some issues, by some of the language I could hear in the other room!
Well, before I go ahead and do my reveal, I just wanted to give you a background on who Mirabelle is and why this book is important to me.
Mirabelle is based on a woman who was a dear friend for many years. She underwent most of her cancer journey before I met her, and over the course of getting to know her, the story she shared really impacted me.
I didn’t know many people who have had significant body parts removed in order for them to survive, but she is one of them. A large softball size tumour was discovered inside her that encompassed her bladder, bowel and internal genitalia. She had to have all three reconstructed over the period of a few years, and still to this day she doesn’t function fully. But you would never know. You wouldn’t know that her bladder is made from pigskin. You wouldn’t know that her bowel is made from some of her large intestine. You wouldn’t know that her internal genitalia were the last thing to be constructed, and she went without those organs for eighteen months.
So yes, to me she is one of the most inspirational women I have ever had the good fortune to meet.
Unfortunately, our friendship went south not long after I got married. My dear friend is someone who has an incredibly stubborn streak and if you seemingly wrong her, she cuts you off in the most powerful way. You don’t even know, she won’t even tell you, but slowly and surely, she backs off, like she did to me. And she will hurt you on purpose. Because so far, she has been able too.
It took me nine months to process the demise of this once incredibly close relationship. I’d never had a friend where things were shared so openly and honestly, so brutally and with so much humour! We were a dynamic duo when we went anywhere, and behaving wasn’t something that either of us thought to do 🙂 Going to Israel with her and with Neil was fantastic; I did feel sorry for the Tour Guide though – I don’t think he’s ever met a duo like us!
In amongst the pain, the despair I felt and the anger that would rise in wave upon wave, the Lord came to me one morning and gave me such love for this friend. Ex friend. I never call her that, but I guess that is what I am to her now. She has this book, and my guess is that she’s darn angry with me, but as I said to her, what started out writing about her, turned into a greater story that the Father wouldn’t let me leave alone.
I know that she loves Yeshua incredibly deeply, and I know one day we will reconcile. I also know that it will be different.
The character of Alex is based on me. It was with fear and trepidation that I wrote so much of my own personal story within these pages. To bare my soul so openly, I did query the Lord on this? But sometimes in order for others to heal, they need to know that some have been through the same thing. They need to know that they can reach out and touch someone who is similar to them. I know I am just a chick from Snells Beach, New Zealand, but God sees me differently to others.
When Mirabelle was released just over two years ago, we had just come back from a disastrous trip to Israel, and I was suffering from depression. I wasn’t in the right place to own this novel, or to accept the path that the Lord was leading me down, but somehow it seems right to do so now.
So, with all that background in mind, I am so pleased to show you the new cover that my brother (a 100+ Award winning Creative Director) has designed for when we re-release Mirabelle back out into the public!
We are currently working to get me out of my old contract with the Publisher in London, so that soon I can release this on our own logo.
This last week has been rather a big deal for us here, getting up to speed within the Publishing business, getting our heads around drafting contracts, building websites, learning who to turn to and where to go when you’ve hit or wall or two. Now that we have the ‘official’ business up and running, there are so many things to think about and keep on top of. But we’re loving it!
You may be thinking, ‘who are we?’ Fair question!
We are a family. Mum, Dad, and a few kids, some adults and some teenagers. But it seems we are all in this together. And that was always the plan.
I’d had the concept of a family business come to me in two consecutive dreams, and after drafting it all out and planning for the first eventual business, it all went belly up! Nevertheless, I (Sandi) still felt like an obsessed monkey knowing that we should still register the Parent company, and so we did.
Next came Rodney Communications. That is Neil and Steph’s deal. Electronics, electrics, contracting all over the greater Auckland area. Installations of cameras, software, RT’s, Two way radios, and most things to do with trucks and heavy equipment.
Jules and I were and still are very keen to start a company aimed at women and for women, but the products we were going to import have become an impossibility at the moment due to the Coronavirus. We needn’t have worried, as the idea of establishing a Publishing Company was on the list, but WAY down the list.
On the insistence of a dear friend, whose defiant insistence wouldn’t let up, we finally caved. It’s odd the way it all came about, and yet all the best things I’ve experienced in life have come in a very topsy turvy way – so why should this be any different 😉
Anyway, the upshot of all of this, is now we have a bonifide Publishing Company with a vision of helping new and not so new authors from all walks of life, get their work published in a friendly and helpful environment.
And now that the ‘promo’ is out of the way, thanks heaps for stopping by! Whilst our heads are still spinning and we have alot of things to contend with, it honestly has shaped up to be the most amazing 2020!
It’s been a whirlwind of activity since I got this website back up and running. I don’t recall being so jolly busy, but I am absolutely loving it! Thanks to those of you who have taken the time to read the couple of blogs I have released, and taken the chance to read some of the links I posted. We are certainly living in an interesting time with the Coronavirus – be educated and stay safe peoples 😉
First thing to report, is that Neil and I have started a second company, SparkleMoon Publishing. Neil currently works as a contractor as part of Rodney Communications. We have a desire to come alongside new and not so new authors, writers, poets etc, and collaborate together to bring about a positive outcome for all concerned regarding the Publishing world. It can be quite scary, the internet has TOO much to say and it comes down to some basic knowledge and a whole bunch of common sense.
The next thing to share is, my Publisher has offered me a second contract. I kind of had the feeling this would happen, but I have made the decision that I want our Publishing company to put it out there, and to have total autonomy over it. After all, I have learnt a thing or two since my debut novel was published, and having the agent over in London is not an ideal situation. So, whilst I have no idea what I’m getting myself into, I am super excited 🙂
We have started a YouTube channel, called TheWilsonsOnTour and this is for those friends and family who want to keep up with where and what we are doing. Our adventuresome hearts take us to places around here, further afield and abroad. This year will be no different. We have great plans ahead indeed.
I will be utilising IGTV on Instagram to keep you up to date with a new project: Human Interest stories. I have come to realise, I know alot of really interesting people who are doing life ‘their way’ and I think they have great stories, and sometimes great advice to share with us. I don’t know about you, but I love it when I can relate to a story that I am reading – it spurs me on and makes me think outside of my box. I already have lined up three sets of interesting people from all walks of life, so the IGTV is to keep you posted as to when I publish the articles on here.
Thanks for your support, it’s going to be a great season ahead!