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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Looking Out the Window: Riding the Road / Writing Heavenward: K Dawn Byrd Talks about Her New Devotional Book, Lessons from the Open Road, and Shares a Beautiful Devotional

K. Dawn on the Screamin' Eagle V-Rod

A couple of years ago, the idea of writing a devotional about the lessons I learned while riding a motorcycle came to me. I had no idea what I was getting into and how much writing devotionals would minister to me as an author. I jotted down notes for weeks, hoping to come up with enough lessons to take the reader through a month. Lessons from the Open Road ended with 33 lessons, each followed by Scripture and prayer.
Sometimes life is hard. Sometimes learning new things is hard. Just when I thought I'd mastered the parking lot where I was learning to ride my little Yamaha Virago starter bike, I pulled out, forgot to hit the brake, did an Evel Knievel, and jumped a short concrete wall, landing in some trees. My poor little bike limped home with a hole in the crankcase the size of a quarter. J-B Weld to the rescue!
I'm stubborn, too stubborn to quit. After I recovered from the sore neck that resulted from my stunt, I climbed back on the old iron horse. Eventually, I graduated from the parking lot and hit the streets. When I'd learned to ride well enough to satisfy hubby, he bought himself a new Harley and I inherited his anniversary edition Harley Davidson Sportster. And, when I graduated with my masters degree, you'd never guess what I wanted. Yep, a new bike. I became the proud owner of a Screamin Eagle V-Rod.  
All good things must eventually come to an end. I enjoyed my days on the road, but found another passion. Writing. I work a full-time job and since there's only so much time in the day, I have to choose what's most important to me. The bike had to go. Occasionally, I miss it, but for the most part, I'd rather be writing. I'm hoping the devotions in Lessons from the Open Road will minister to your heart as much as writing them did to mine.
Lessons from the Open Road is currently available in ebook format and will be coming soon in print. I had planned to list it at no cost, but Amazon wouldn't allow me to do so. I've listed it at the lowest price Amazon allows, 99 cents, and all proceeds will be donated to my church's building fund for the new church that's currently under construction.
For more information about Lessons from the Open Road, you can check it out on Amazon at
A Devotional from Lessons from the Open Road:
Smell the honeysuckle. Honeysuckle. It's the scent of angels. There must be honeysuckle in Heaven. There were times when the scent of honeysuckle enveloped me like a cocoon as I journeyed down a country road. Those times reminded me of God's presence. Don't we all have something that reminds us that God is near? For me, it's honeysuckle.
"Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness." Isaiah 41:10
"Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings." Psalm 17:8
Prayer: Dear God: Please show me that you are near, ever protecting, providing for and loving me.
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I'm also on Twitter (kdawnbyrd) and facebook (K Dawn Byrd.) I am the moderator of the Christian Fiction Gathering facebook group (!/group.php?gid=128209963444) If you join this group, you'll get reminders about the weekly book giveaways.
K. Dawn Byrd is an author of inspirational romance, romantic suspense, and non-fiction. She is an avid blogger and gives away several books per week on her blog at, most of which are signed by the authors. She's also the moderator of the popular facebook Christian Fiction Gathering group at!/group.php?gid=128209963444.
When not reading or writing, K. Dawn Byrd enjoys spending time with her husband of 16 years while walking their dogs beside a gorgeous lake near her home and plotting the next story waiting to be told.


Tracy Krauss said...

I enjoyed this glimpse into a very different side of K. Dawn' Byrd's life. She is a familiar name on the networking front and i knew she wrote romantic suspense. this is the first I've seen of her non-fiction, and I had no idea she rode a motorcycle!

Miss Mae said...

Love honeysuckle!! And mimosa! And magnolia! Hmmmm....

You are braver than me. I'd NEVER try to ride a motorcycle! LOL

Very nice to meet you, K. Dawn. :)

Finbar said...

I see some similarity here, biking and writing...
A motorcycle on the "open road" has no set time to arrive... just as many a book or other written work has no deadline. In either case, the goal is to finish the journey regardless of how long it takes or the path followed.
Keep up the good work....

June Foster said...

K Dawn, I love the aroma of honeysuckle as well. What a wonderful reminder of the beautiful aroma of our Lord.

Gail, Hope you're feeling better.