Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Oh, Happy Day!

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 bles
sed 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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Glynis said...

You must be on cloud 9...well done!

Rita Gerlach said...

I am very happy. Thanks, Glynis. The reviews are coming in too.

Rita Gerlach said...

Oh, and those who preordered Surrender the Wind, Amazon is saying books will be sent July 21.

Jessica said...

Well, I can't wait to get my copy! And look at that huge box! Eek. How exciting and fun.
I'm feeling so happy for you, and we barely know each other. :-)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

How thrilling for you to find the box of books on your doorstep! I'm sure that moment will remain in your memory forever.

Congratulations, Rita.

Susan :)

Jessica said...

I got your book!!!!!

It's SO beautiful. The cover and feel is so lovely, more so than on the computer screen.

Rita Gerlach said...

That's great. You got it before the release date! I am pleased with the cover and the layout. I hope you like the story.

I took a copy to my mother yesterday and she was as happy as a lark.

Jessica said...

Awww, I'll bet she was. :-) What a great mom!