For weeks now I've seen a commercial on TV advertising Bliss chocolates, individually wrapped squares of delicious Hershey's chocolate. The name caught my attention first. Bliss. Then I was drawn to the fancy scroll of the font.
My first thought was, "Wow! That would make a beautiful girl's name."
And--poof! There she was, in my mind, strong and clear, begging for her story to be told.
Bliss--a 14 year old girl with long blond hair and wounded, soulful eyes. Eyes that had seen far too much for a girl her age.
Within seconds her character began to take shape more fully.
Bliss--a damaged teenage girl who doesn't know where she fits in this world.
Bliss--a child of abuse and neglect who is placed in the care of others.
Bliss--a child searching for love in all the wrong places.
Bliss--compulsive liar, thief, child of the streets
Finding Bliss is an emotional, heartwarming story of a damaged teenage girl who must fight to survive in a world of abuse, lies and loss. As she struggles to find herself, Bliss will discover exactly where she belongs and she'll learn that she is worthy of love after all.
I have just started writing Bliss' story, and already she breaks my heart and makes me yearn to help her find her way home.
Since this novel won't be available for a couple of years, you may want to check out Whale Song, a novel that will grip your heart and not let go until you've read the last page. It is a story of love, tragedy, sacrifice and redemption, and it will change the way you view life...and death.
~Cheryl Kaye Tardif,