Awed by Beauty

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This afternoon, I was so excited and overjoyed to see the book cover template of my debut novel, Passage of Promise, done by my editor.

She’s brilliant, and it’s GORGEOUS. I had a picture in my mind, and this not only matched it, but exceeded it.

I can’t wait to have a sample to show everyone.

We have some time before my book’s publication date of May 4, 2020.

But there’s lots of work to do.

I’m hoping to have a pic of the book cover in the next week or so, plus my son, Nicholas, and I need to work on my book’s video trailer.

I almost can’t believe this is all happening. Five years of sweat, tears, writer’s cramp,  mental exhaustion from several rewrites, edits, revisions, and steadfastness has brought me to this point.

Thank you, God. ❤

 

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New, Improved, and More to the Core of the Story

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With much deliberation, I will be going the self-publishing route, post professional editing and with the help of my editor in taking this path.  And after receiving some information from a publisher, an idea came to me that I need to revise the blurb for my novel, Passage of Promise, even though it wasn’t mentioned in the publisher’s response. I think it represents the core and meat of my story much better than my previous blurb. Hope you find it intriguing. (UPDATED)

Marina’s relationships have a rocky history, with a controlling mother, distant sister, and a string of lousy boyfriends. In the midst of her troubles, Marina’s family discovers her four-year-old nephew, Christopher, is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. Her mother orders her to go to the Greek island of Santorini to retrieve her great-grandmother’s wonder-working icon of Saints Anna and Mary for healing of her nephew. Fearing Christopher’s condition and desiring separation from her family, Marina accepts the trip with little deliberation. But when she reaches the island and the church that houses the icon, she finds it’s been stolen. Marina recruits a high school English teacher vacationing on the island, to help her search for her great-grandmother’s precious heirloom. During the search, she finds something more than the icon.

 

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Numerous Projects Make an Author Blissfully Happy

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Writers, are you in the midst of typing up/penning a novel? A short story? Have you finished the first draft? Or have you gotten so far as to have your book published already? Do you have any other books lined up for revisions, or a fresh story in the wings?

Please tell me you don’t have writer’s block. Tell me you have ideas blossoming in your mind like daffodils in the springtime.

I mean, what’s better than having a plethora of writing projects to dive into each day?

You put one story aside after its latest revisions, and grab another one waiting to be revised. And then a third one you’re in the midst of writing that is as fresh as washed linens drying on a clothesline on a warm, sunny day?

This week, I’ve gotten extremely positive feedback from fellow writers/critiquers on the ending of my novel, What She Didn’t Know. Overall complete positive feedback on this story. They helped clean up this story.

I’ll put What She Didn’t Know aside after this week and concentrate on my novella, Mourning Dove, coming up next in the queue.

Then I’ll go back to What She Didn’t Know and clean/revise the Word doc to match the changes I made in the critique queue.

So excited!

Oh, and today is the publisher’s meeting to look over and discuss my novel, Passage of Promise’s proposal. I will see in about a week’s time if they accept it.

I think What She Didn’t Know is my strongest story and could be my breakout novel. I’m thrilled I have so many projects to keep me busy and I’m not having writer’s block right now!

If only I could revise and write faster. Haha!

Happy writing, my friends!

 

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