Dear readers, from time to time I ask others to share their stories of faith, hope, and love in order to encourage us all. If you have a story to share, you can find my guidelines under the Connect tab. In the meantime, welcome Robin Bayne!

Hi, I’m Robin Bayne.  My March release, “Reunion At Crane Lake,” is actually an updated, revised version of my earlier book titled “Cougar Lake.”  When I first wrote the story years ago, the word *cougar* meant an exotic wild animal, not an exotic wild woman pursuing younger men. So….. I changed the title and updated other aspects of the story, like adding cell phones and other technology.

But another aspect I really couldn’t change was one of the characters having a tattoo.  I wrote the story before switching to writing inspirational (Christian) fiction, and though I don’t like tattoos it really worked for this character.  As I updated, I decided to have her regret getting it and feel thankful it’s very small.  She wonders if the hero will think less of her for having it, and keeps it hidden. She knows it’s an accepted practice these days, but admits it wasn’t the right decision for herself.

Today’s column by “Dear Abby” answered a man who wrote in about his wife secretly getting a tattoo. After 32 years of marriage, she did this behind his back.  It’s not the actual tattoo that bothers him as much as the secrecy surrounding it. He’s hoping she will apologize and discuss it with him and repair the trust he feels has been broken.

In real life we all have hidden aspects of our past, things we regret doing or not doing.  We can’t go back and have a re-do, so we learn to live with our mistakes and not continually beat ourselves up. We ask for forgiveness and resolve to do better in the future.  If you’re willing, share something in comments from your past.  Also leave your email for a chance to win an ebook.

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.   See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”   Isaiah 43:18-19

Robin Bayne is the award-winning author of 17 novels, novellas and short stories.  She lives in Maryland with her husband of 26 years, and works a day job in community bank lending. Visit her at

Reunion At Crane Lake:

Colt’s memory is returning after the accident that ended his career. Now he wants to take over his family’s inn, but he’ll have to partner with his former fiancée to be able to afford it. He’ll need forgiveness to make that happen. Tia’s goal is clear: to return the inn to its former grandeur. And she’ll even work with Colt to do so. But like the inn, their relationship needs a lot of work. He broke her heart…can she ever trust him again?

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