Special Honors, Launch Team Signups, and Seattle

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Happy January, readers! I don’t know about you, but my post-Christmas to-be-read list is much larger and I may have pre-ordered one too many books. I find pre-orders to be fun as you have to actually wait for them, and it makes delivery day more special. It’s kind of like Christmas all over again.

And the honor goes to…

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Every year, the Daughters of the American Revolution present the Women in American History award to a woman who has provided a substantial contribution to preserving and promoting American history. Therefore, it was a great honor to be presented with this year’s award based on the incorporation of American history into my novels and character inspiration based on my family history. I’d like to thank the wonderful women of the Caroline Close Stuart chapter for this recognition!

3 Months and Counting

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“When the threat of darkness loomed like a dragon perched on the castle keep, it made you do things you might not otherwise do and things you would do, you did with careful precision.”

That’s the first line of my upcoming novel, Dusk Shall Weep, which releases in only a little over three months. If you’re able to read and review prior to release day, May 2, why not join my Launch Team?

Those selected for the launch team will be provided an e-ARC of the novel with the request that an honest review be posted on social media and retail sites within one week of release day, May 2. The Launch Team will also be asked to post on social media leading up to release day. Paperbacks will also be available to purchase.

For those with limited time available, the Influencer Team will post on social media promoting the release but are not required to read the novel. (Although reading and reviewing is certainly appreciated!)

Sign up for Launch/Influencer Teams

If you’re interested in reading, but can’t commit to read by May 2, you can still order the eBook direct from my online store and receive a 40% discount over any other retailer! No coupon code needed. 

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Current Inspiration

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In Dusk Shall Weep, my characters find themselves caught in the middle of the Battle for Seattle, one of several important battles between the Native Americans and the U.S. government during the Puget Sound War. Located in the Pacific Northwest of the United States, Seattle is currently the home to over 750 thousand people, but during the war in 1856, its population totaled fewer than 150. Much of the current downtown area was also covered with marshland and expansive forests, containing some of the largest trees in the world. The harbor was primarily used for sending lumber south to California and the two-day shipping of a future Seattle giant was still over a hundred years away. In fact, after the Battle for Seattle, the town’s population decreased, with some believing that the little city would amount to nothing. 

Released in January

Need another read? Here are the January releases I’m excited about:

  1. Yesterday’s Tides by Roseanna M. White – dual timeline where “intelligence and counterintelligence, prejudice, and self-sacrifice collide across two generations.”
  2. Azure Blaze by Elizabeth C. Natalia – a contemporary Christian superhero battles the forces of darkness…and also falls in love.
  3. The Rose and the Thistle by Laura Frantz – Scottish romance amid the Jacobite uprising of 1715
  4. A Mark of Grace by Kimberley Woodhouse – suspense, secrets, and romance in the beautiful Grand Canyon
  5. In the Midst of the Storm by Latisha Sexton – edge-of-your-seat contemporary romantic suspense & the sequel comes out March 7

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The Best of 2022

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Happy December, readers! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas holiday. I enjoyed some much-needed time with family, eating good food, playing games, and celebrating the birth of our Lord. Like much of the country it seems, we were also surprised with snow and -25 wind chill temps shortly before Christmas day. This weekend, it’s forecasted to be in the 50s. Missouri always keeps you guessing!

Bring out the red pen…again.

1668546258-2After a month off from Dusk Shall Weep, I’m diving into edits from my beta readers. It always amazes me how after five rounds of self-edits, all 8 beta readers managed to find at least one thing the others didn’t. As much work as it is to comb through their changes, I always know their creative insights will make the story better.

As you know from my previous newsletters, this book has been challenging to write, so I was deeply moved when I received the following comment from one of my non-author, non-family-member beta readers: “This book hit me in a very deep way concerning faith, the power of prayer, and ultimately walking in trust with Jesus. Whew! What an experience you have given me in the characters of Jamison and Coraline.”

It may not always seem like it, but all authors need this kind of affirmation from time to time. If you read a book that inspires you, please email that author to let them know. Reviews are even better!

Covers, Covers, Everywhere

In between edits, I’m beta reading Jennifer Q. Hunt’s Through Thorny Ways, the first in a brand-new series set in the 1920s. I just finished designing the cover for this one and am so excited to read the story behind it.

Speaking of covers, I’m also working on designs for a contemporary YA romance, an 1850s romance, and a Regency romance series. The photos below are not the final products but have provided thematic inspiration and the designs are looking great. I hope to share more information on these lovely authors and their work in the coming months. 

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If you’re an author in need of a future cover design or marketing collateral, I’m currently building my schedule for 2023 and 2024. Even if you don’t have all the details yet, I provide no-obligation consultations. Discounts are also available for members of the Christian Mommy Writers Group, Catholic Writers Guild, and Daughters of the American Revolution.

The Best Books of 2022

Need another read? Here are my favorites from 2022, in no particular order, although I’m happy to say that I met my goal of reading (and enjoying!) at least 12 independently published books. * = indie author

What was your favorite read of 2022? Reply and let me know! You might see it on my To-Be-Read in 2023.

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  1. For a Noble Purpose by Kelsey Gietl * – I’m biased, but I really do enjoy this story!
  2. A Class Reunited by Susie Murphy * (Note: includes some mature content)
  3. A Heart Adrift by Laura Frantz
  4. The Unbroken Song by Jennifer Q. Hunt *
  5. Games in a Ballroom by Jentry Flint
  6. Welcome to the Hamilton by Tanya E. Williams *
  7. The Souls of Lost Lake by Jamie Jo Wright
  8. The Curse of Misty Wayfair by Jamie Jo Wright

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  1. The Mobster’s Daughter by Rachel Scott McDaniel
  2. A Tapestry of Light by Kimberly Duffy
  3. Drawn by the Current by Jocelyn Green
  4. When the Last Rose Blooms by Ashley Clark
  5. A Brilliant Night of Stars and Ice by Rebecca Connolly
  6. The Golden Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse
  7. Many Sparrows by Lori Benton
  8. The Uncertainty of Fire by Stephanie Daniels *

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  1. The Musician’s Dream by B.M. Baker *
  2. The Trumpeter’s Forever Promise by B.M. Baker *
  3. The One Who Got Away by Tara Grace Ericson *
  4. Meant to Bee by Storm Shultz *
  5. Picking Daisy by Valerie Howard *
  6. Complex by Kortney Keisel *
  7. Complete by Kortney Keisel *
  8. Later On We’ll Conspire by Kortney Keisel *

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  1. Treacherous by Susan Laspe *
  2. The Darkening Dragons by Sarah Everest *
  3. Unbetrothed by Candice Pedraza Yamnitz
  4. Oathbound by Victoria McCombs

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Cover Reveal and Pre-order!

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Happy November, readers! I know I usually send my newsletter on the last Friday of the month, but this month, the last Friday is the day after American Thanksgiving. I certainly hope you have better things to do than check your email, so I’m sending my news early. And it’s definitely news you don’t want to miss.

But first, congratulations to Sarah, who was the winner of the Bookstagram Gratitude Giveaway! Thank you to all who entered!

Beta Readers, are you ready?

After another round of edits, the draft of Dusk Shall Weep is FINALLY out with beta readers. At the last minute, my characters decided to change their minds (again) about the final chapter. Seriously, if you’re not a writer, you can’t understand how exhausting characters can be. If you are a writer, then you probably understand why I’m glad to be rid of this draft for a month.

Now, for the update you’ve been waiting for. Just for my newsletter subscribers, I’m revealing the cover, blurb, and pre-order link for Dusk Shall Weep

Fair warning, the book blurb below contains spoilers if you haven’t read For a Noble Purpose.

Only in the darkness can you see the light...

Six months after traveling the trail to Washington Territory, the town of Larksong hasn’t become the utopia the Lark Family imagined. Instead, it’s falling apart, much like recently-widowed Coraline Shay’s life. Due to a degenerative eye disease, her vision is quickly failing. Once she goes completely blind, rather than helping to build Larksong, she’ll become a burden on her already disgruntled sister. To protect them both, Coraline swallows her guilt and devises a plan to trap an honorable man into marriage. Luckily, her chosen target doesn’t believe in divorce.

Jamison Lark always felt called to be a priest, until family obligation drove him west to Washington. He uses his unique Gift as a physician to help the people of Larksong, but his contributions never feel like enough. He can’t shake guilt over his failures, especially the death of his friend Oliver on the trail. When Oliver’s widow professes unexpected affections for him, Jamison’s own feelings for her are overshadowed by his doubts. For the first time, he faces a test of faith he’s not sure he has the strength to pass.

When word arrives of war being waged between the native tribes and the United States Government in nearby Seattle, Coraline and Jamison face challenges which threaten to tear them apart for good. Could this be the end of everything they love, or are their fractured lives more extraordinary than they ever imagined?

The Cover!

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What do you think? The social media cover reveal will be November 29. If you are interested in posting about the reveal, simply reply to this email, and I can provide a few graphics. Or feel free to share my post to your page or stories. Any assistance is greatly appreciated!

Ready to pre-order? Dusk Shall Weep will be available worldwide on May 2, 2023. Order the eBook direct from my online store and receive a 40% discount over any other retailer! No coupon code needed.

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Released in November

Need another read? Here are the November releases I’m excited about:

  1. The Musician’s Dream by B.M. Baker – an inspirational romance full of music, redemption, and hope
  2. Christmas on King Street by Ashley Clark – This split-time Christmas novella returns to her Heirloom Secrets series one last time.
  3. Later On, We’ll Conspire by Kortney Keisel – Contemporary Christmas rom-com which will complete my 3-book Kortney Keisel binge this month
  4. A Class Reunited by Susie Murphy – Book 5 in the Irish romantic saga, A Matter of Class. Each one in the series has been better than the last!
  5. Within These Gilded Halls by Abigail Wilson – Regency romance where “hidden treasure and betrayal mingle with unexpected love”

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My Controversial Ancestor and a Bookstagram Giveaway

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Happy October, readers! How has another month passed already? I feel like September was just here. The good news is that, unlike last month, I actually have news to share!

What I’m Writing

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You know that part at the end of The Return of the King movie where Frodo is outside Mount Doom, covered in filth, lava flowing behind him, and gasps, “It’s done!”? That sums up my feelings as I’m finally nearing the end of drafting Dusk Shall Weep. As I prepare to send a draft to beta readers, I can’t help but think how every book is a difficult journey, but this one truly challenged my creativity and skill. There were days when the ideas wouldn’t come, the characters wouldn’t speak, and frankly, the entire plot seemed like rubbish. Thankfully, I have wonderful author friends who convinced me otherwise and showed me how to get back on track. As Frodo says to Sam, “I’m glad you are here with me. Here at the end of all things.” 

My Current Inspiration

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This month, I also received news that made my history-and-genealogy-loving heart happy. I am now an official member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, a national service organization whose members are descended from American Revolutionary War veterans. Their projects are multi-faceted, but mainly focus on historical preservation, education, and patriotism within Christian fellowship. My revolutionary ancestor, John Brown III, has an interesting story too:

As soon as the revolution began, Captain Brown joined the New York continental army and fought from May to September 1776. Unfortunately, an epidemic struck the military camp, ending his life at only 47 years old. He left behind nine children, including five-year-old Owen Brown. Owen would later father John Brown, the famous/infamous abolitionist of the raid on Harper’s Ferry in 1859. Although the raid itself – and John’s subsequent execution for treason – has remained controversial, the event is nevertheless also considered a turning point in United States history.

What interesting stories does your family history hold? I would love to hear them!

Bookstagram Gratitude Giveaway

In October, I hit a major milestone on Instagram of 500 followers. As any author will tell you, marketing is hard and social media platforms are always changing. I don’t have a lot of time in my busy schedule, so I’ve been focusing most of my energy on my newsletter first, Instagram second, and Facebook third. My best book updates are found in that order too.

Interesting note: In addition to the 500, I also kept track of how many more followers I blocked as bots/bit coin girls/fake charity cases/con artists/creepy dudes and those “nice single dads just trying to find a Christian girl and settle down” (Uh, huh, sure.) In 27 days, there were 127. Isn’t that crazy?

To say thank you to my real followers, I’m hosting a Bookstagram Gratitude Giveaway on my Instagram page from November 1-15. See below for a sneak peek.

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Items included:

3 PaperbacksUntil We All Find Home by Heather Wood (American Civil War), Broken Lines by Kelsey Gietl (World War I), & The One Who Got Away by Tara Grace Ericson (Contemporary)

4 Items from Just Love Prints – “Jesus Holds My Every Moment” note card, “Whatever God Wants” quote card, “To the Heights” temporary tattoos, & “God’s Plans” dishwasher safe sticker

Of course, if you can’t wait for the giveaway, copies of my books can also be purchased below or requested from your local library. 🙂

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Released in October

Need another read? Here are the October releases I’m excited about:

  1. What Remains When Flowers Fade by B.R. Goodwin – Christian Dystopian Thriller
  2. Keeping Christmas by Various Authors – An anthology filled with Christmas, castles, and happily ever afters.
  3. The Heart of Everton Inn by Claire Kohler – Historical Scottish Fantasy
  4. Markmaker by Mary Jessica Woods – Artistry meets political rebellion on an alien world
  5. The Premonition at Withers Farm by Jamie Jo Wright – Dual-time murder mysteries with a creepy edge

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Pricing Deals and Errors at Amazon

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Hello, readers!

You may have noticed recent price increases for many independently published paperbacks on Amazon, including For a Noble Purpose. No, authors are not suddenly raising their prices. Rather, Amazon’s customer service informed me that a “widespread technical issue” is causing these price increases and unfortunately, a resolution date is not available. I understand that this change may frustrate you. It frustrates me too. My standard pricing is based on your reader feedback as well as market research, and unexpected price increases affect the overall impression of my novels.

The good news is Amazon is also offering some great deals on my other books! See below for where to currently get the best price for each book. Ebook prices remain at $4.99 on all retailers.

  • For a Noble Purpose (Larksong Legacy #1) – $14.99 through other retailers, $24.61 on Amazon. I am currently out of stock on my website.
  • Unsettled Shores (War Across Waters #2) – $7.86 on Amazon, $14.99 through other retailers
  • Broken Lines (War Across Waters #1) – $14.99 on all retailers and my website
  • Twisted River (Over the Atlantic #2) – $9.99 through my website, $19.19 on Amazon
  • Across Oceans (Over the Atlantic #1) – $6.01 on Amazon, $9.99 on my website

As always, thank you for your support and your understand as we work through these unexpected issues. Hope you have a fantastic week!

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