Stolen will be released in May, with Pre-Ordering available in April
Sometimes you feel like you’re on a winding road, and sometimes a runway. These last few weeks have definitely felt like a runway. So many changes illuminating the path, both exciting and terrifying. Those changes haven’t been limited to my day job. They now include my book publication order.
When I first connected with you, I told you I was planning on self-publishing The Waiting Room first and taking some time to pursue an agent for Stolen. But you know what they say – man makes plans and God laughs. That plan has been turned upside down. In my heart of hearts, it was always supposed to be Stolen first, and I guess I needed a gentle reminder of that.
A big part of what brought me to that decision was checking my pride. I’m new to the publishing world, but know enough to know getting signed with an agent and published by one of the big five publishing companies is sexy. It’s someone else validating your existence as an author. Finding an agent who will sign an unknown author is an arduous process at best. It can take months, if not years, with no guarantee of ever being signed. Do I believe God has a plan for me and these books? Yes. Do I believe He can do what He desires if I self-publish first? That’s where my spirit needed a check.
Sometimes we box God in and tell Him how it needs to look. I believed in order to be successful or be taken seriously as an author, I would need to be signed by an agent. What did God have to say about that? He said that’s a bunch of poppycock. Ok, He didn’t really say that – that’s my paraphrase. But seriously, God is usually rooting for the underdog. The Bible says He uses the weak to confound the strong (1 Corinthians 1:27). Well, in the literary world, you can definitely consider me the weak, but with God, all things are possible, right?
You’ll be able to purchase either an eBook or paperback via Amazon, Barnes & Noble or most any major channel you prefer (only eBook will be available during Pre-Order).
Exact dates for both Pre-Orders and Release will be communicated as soon as I have them confirmed, but I’m shooting for just before Memorial Day weekend, so you have something great to read during your days off! I hope you’ll consider checking out the book and supporting the cause.
Note: Once published, it will be available immediately on Amazon, but may take up to 6-8 weeks before it’s available for purchase on B&N and other outlets
As a first-time author, there’s so much I’m learning through this journey. Some things are easy, and some things are not so easy. What keeps me going through the not so easy, are those things that create excitement – being inspired by an idea, being almost finished with a book, and being finished with a book. There’s a new one for me I’m now putting squarely in the middle of that list – seeing my book cover come to life.
For Stolen, since I set my mind last summer to write my first novel, dancing around in the back of my brain has been a picture. It was a very vivid picture. It was more than a concept. In my brain, it was real. I could see it, feel it, and touch it. It wasn’t a maybe this or a maybe that. It was the cover. I could even see the bold, red letters across the top. Being a control freak isn’t easy. It sometimes means giving over creative control to someone better equipped to make the magic happen. But that’s exactly what I did, and all I can say is how incredibly thrilled I am with how graphic artist, Tim Fitzpatrick, was able to take what was burning in my mind and bring it to life in such an amazing and accurate way. I’m thrilled to give you a look at the Stolen book cover – coming soon to an Amazon near you!
I’m equally happy to introduce the cover of The Waiting Room, which started out more as a concept. I gave Tim a run for his money on this one, as I used the best of my graphical non-gifts to sketch out the mirage of shapes, all competing for what would eventually become the final cover below. Although it’s simple, he gets a medal for both patience and translation on this one.
Book covers are important. It will be what people see first. It will be what gives them a feel for what they’re going to read. It will have the power to pull someone in or push them away. With Stolen, I wanted to draw in my thriller peeps and let them know I had something mysterious and exciting to share. For The Waiting Room, I wanted something with a happy, airy, and uplifting feel. This will be the first of a four-book series – they will look similar but have different focus topics. I expect those books to trickle out one-by-one over the next year, with another thriller in the middle somewhere.
For full descriptions of both books, visit the Books page.
I hope you enjoyed getting some insights into how these were developed. If you have comments or reactions, leave them using the comment feature – I’d love to hear what you think!
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.
I’m an early riser. Always have been. Even in college I would sign up for early classes. I’d be up at the crack of dawn, exercise, get ready, and enjoy breakfast, long before I needed to walk to my 8am class. My college roommate, who wasn’t so fond of early mornings, imposed a rule on me. I couldn’t speak to her before 8am. I think she found my morning energy a bit, well, overwhelming. Through the years, I’ve held strong to my early morning routine. It makes me feel as though I’ve made the most of each day. One of the things about morning that never gets old to me is watching the sun rise. I find it spectacular and mysterious all rolled into one. I love the different colors and even the shapes those colors can take on. When I got up to pray this morning, it was still dark. I found myself about to thank God for the sunrise and changed my words to thank Him for the sunrise I knew would be coming soon. In that moment, God took an old concept and let it fall fresh on me.
When was the last time you found yourself wondering if the sun was really going to rise today? Since our earliest memories until this very morning, our sun has been in the sky waiting to say good morning, without fail. This is so meaningful because God shows us who He is in everything He makes (Romans 1:20). The sun that rises over us faithfully every day is a perpetual reminder of the presence of God in and over our lives. I understand it might be difficult at times to know God is there if you can’t see Him in the flesh. Be encouraged because, just like the sun in the sky, God will give you so many signs and wonders if your heart is actively seeking Him. If you don’t believe me, I’d challenge you to make it a priority to start each day on your knees and spend time with Him. It never ceases to amaze me how quickly that giant ball of gas rises up into the sky. As you spend time with Him, you might be surprised how quickly He “shows up.”
Even the colors of a sunrise have a lesson for us. Sunlight is actually white. As it makes its way through the Earths atmosphere, it passes through gas molecules and drops of water, which cause the sunlight to change direction and scatter. This action is what changes the white light into different colors. Did you know pollution in the air causes those rays of light to scatter even more, making the colors of the sunrise less vibrant to our eyes? You can see the most beautiful sunrises in places like deserts and islands because pollution is minimal, and the light doesn’t scatter as much. I hope you just had the same cause for pause I did. I can’t help but think this is Gods tender way of telling us, the more pollution we have in our lives, the less visible He will be to us. I believe God meets us where we’re at, but I also believe if we continue to choose sin over Him, we will never see the vibrant colors of His love in and around us. If you’re struggling to “see” Him, try removing the things in your life that may be sinful, and I’m confident you’ll be able to have a more concentrated view of His splendor and His presence.
The picture above was taken last month, when Jim and I went on vacation to the British Virgin Islands. We were lucky enough to enjoy this beautiful place from a sailboat we chartered. I can’t tell you how happy it made my heart to get up each and every morning, sit on the bow of the boat, and watch His spectacular show. Even with the mountains in the way, it was still beautiful. Hey, that sounds like another lesson right there. We might have mountains in our view, but His faithfulness will shine through and over them. Let those who have eyes to see, see (Matthew 13:16).
For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – His eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
Great news! I just finished the final draft of The Waiting Room. It’s an inspirational book that will take you through a 30 day journey of encouragement during your wait. It’s off to the copy editor, and the book cover is in progress with a designer.
I plan on self-publishing this book. I will sell eBooks off my website, along with providing a paperback option through Amazon. Release dates will be provided as I know them.
I’m still pursuing an agent for my novel, Stolen, but this can take some time. This can be especially challenging as an unknown author, so prayers to break through that wall are appreciated.
For full descriptions of each book, please visit my Books page.