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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A Writer’s Blessing in a Season of Blessings

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A couple of days ago, I received an email response to my query letter emailed to a publisher, re-presenting my novel, Passage of Promise, via a blurb, to them.

I’d sent them a query last year in March, and their editor said it had promise (I know… great pun, but it wasn’t intended, I’m sure :D), and to work on my story and resubmit it later.

This current email requested a synopsis and the first thirty pages of my manuscript. Yea!

I got it out to them the next afternoon, with a LOT of help from my editor (polished my synopsis and formatted my document for the publisher to read). She’s invaluable!

They answered me a couple hours later to confirm they received my attached documents and would get back to me as soon as they could. They also wished me a blessed Nativity. In return I thanked them for this opportunity and wished them the same.

Now, I wait.

A few of my friends I told this to were anxious for me, telling me I must be on “pins and needles” waiting to hear. Actually, I’m quite calm, doing all right.

This whole process… the fact that they wanted to see samples of my work… is a blessing in its own.

I will understand if I don’t hear anything until after the New Year because of the upcoming holidays.

If they respond before the holidays, and my work is accepted, it’ll be the biggest, most exciting Christmas present I’ve gotten in years.

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This whole process has been surreal and thrilling. Whatever happens, I know my work is worth something. Worth a lot. My writing is a gift from God.

A Season of Blessings. What Joy.

 

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