I had a feeling it would happen today. No knock on the door. But when I went downstairs after answering some emails, and opened the front door, there on the porch was a large box from Abingdon Press. Inside --- the first copies of Surrender the Wind.
The cover looks better than on the ARC copies. What is thrilling about this is knowing my readers who preordered will be getting their copies in the mail, and that come August 1 more readers will be able to walk into a bookstore and buy a copy.
It's not about me, you know. It's about how God has blessed my life and opened up doors for me that I thought might not ever open. It's all about readers who lay out money to buy my book in this sluggish economy. It is about you. I want my writing to please you, bless and inspire you, give you a respite from a hectic world, give you a doze of hope, and take you faraway to another place in time, a time of raw courage and ideal love. I suppose that is why I am meticulous with my work, and it took me two years to write this book from first draft to finished copy.
I pray that I have reached that level with you, my reader. Let me know if I've passed or failed. But in my heart of hearts, I'm persuaded if you love inspirational historical romances, you will love Surrender the Wind.
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