Letter to My Book // Left to Die

Last year, I was inspired by Katie Grace and her fantastic letter to her novel. I wrote a letter to my first book, The Old River Road. It was such grand fun that I did it again with Left to Die. Perhaps this will become a habit of mine???

 

Dear Left to Die,

Never, ever, ever has a book come together so fast. YOU WERE SO EASY! Too easy. Easy enough I was afraid you would be one of those horrible hidden-away-forever manuscripts. Two weeks is all it took to get the rough draft down. Two weeks.

You, my beauty, go down in the record book as fastest, easiest book ever. Less than six months from first draft to publication. Yes, it did help that you were less than 3o,000 words. That makes all things easier.

On the more serious note, you forced me to look into the “what if’s” of my own beloved sister’s story. To imagine what could have happened to her. To mingle personal experience, what I learned from books, and what I’ve heard from missionaries, and imagination. More so, you forced me to do things I didn’t want to do. Forced me to remember things I wanted to forget. Forced me to search a part of myself I wanted to leave alone.

But it was worth it. Well worth it. The response to you–to the story you tell–has been incredible. Yes, it is true that some are put off by the intensity of the story you tell. But that’s not your problem. Already, God is using you to do amazing things. I can’t wait to watch and see what happens over the next few years.

lovingly,

your author

Long Overdue UPDATES!

I know, I know, this post has been too long coming. Many apologies! *bangs head* bad author, bad author.

 

ONE

My contemporary novella, Left to Die, is FINALLY available as a paperback! It might take a day or two for it to show up on Amazon, but it will be there.

 

TWO

I have taken a few weeks off from writing. There are several reasons for this that I won’t go into, but the reason I’m even bringing it up is because I HIGHLY RECOMMEND DOING THIS. My mind has been so much clearer to think and process and prioritize and goal-ize and focus on my relationship with Christ. It’s been wonderful. Highly, highly recommended.

 

THREE

This is sad news. Get your tissues out.

The second Long Lake Legacy book will not be published in 2017.

*cowers*

I’m so, so sorry. Again, there are several reasons why that I won’t bore you with. It makes me sad, too, especially because I know how excited many of you are for the next installment in Clara and William’s story. It is coming, just not as quickly as I had hoped.

The new approximate publication date is Summer, 2018.

 

FOUR

This is more of an FYI than anything, but I’ll smack it here as number four. :)

Instagram is my new favorite media platform. It’s awesome. And I even post semi-regularly. So if I ever let my blog fall into the depths of despair and/or I completely ignore it, feel free to hop onto my Instagram.

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FIVE

I’m actually considering writing a book by hand? Like…I think I’m crazy. But I think I might enjoy it. I mean…I used to write primarily by hand. Surely I can do it again?

Still trying to make a decision on this one. I’ll be sure to let you know. :)

 

 

SIX

I survived having my wisdom teeth removed.

Let me say, I’m exceptionally glad that this is a one-time deal. I won’t post pictures of my swollen face to be sensitive to those who may be fainthearted, but I did put a few on Instagram for whomever may enjoy viewing such hysterical contortions of me face.

 

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What have you been up to lately?

Are you doing Camp NaNo?

(or are you hiding in the bushes eating smores while all the productive little writers do the thing?) *stuffs face*

Giveaway WINNER!!

 

 

*Drumroll*

The winner of the prize pack for Left to Die is…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

Havilah H. !!!!!!!

 

Yay for Havilah!!! I love it when people I know win my giveaways. :)

 

Again, thank you all so much for making Left to Die’s release so awesome. My blog went from 42 subscribers to 51 just throughout the course of the release. Which is SO AWESOME! I love you guys! *tacklehugs*

A REAL blog post will be posted this week, so keep your eyes peeled. ;)

Left to Die Blog Tour Wrap-Up

WOW.

 

I don’t know what else to say. This blog tour thoroughly exceeded my expectations. Everyone’s excitement exceeded my expectations. You guys totally blew me away with sweet reviews, kind words, and much encouragement.

Is it cheesy to jump around and scream because I’m so happy? No? Good.

*squeals* *jumps around*

 

ANYWAY…

 

If you haven’t already, be sure to go take a look at the blog tour stops.

 

Becoming Lost – Review

Beyond the Amethyst – Review

Anika’s Avenue – Review

Once Upon an Ordinary – Interview

Whispers on the Wind – Interview

Read Another Page – Review

The Left-Handed Typist – Review

Counting Your Blessings – Review/Interview

Stories by Firefly – Review

Writing in the Light – Interview

Reveries Reviews – Review

Marrok Macintyre – Interview

A Purpose and a Promise – Review

Having a Heart Like His – Review/Interview

Whimsical Writings – Review

Rebekah’s Remarks – Interview

And if I haven’t already said it enough, ENTER THE GIVEAWAY. You have one day left to enter, so DO IT NOW. (No, I am not at all bossy. Why do you ask??)

Left to Die Prize Pack