November 17, 2019

Two Weeks to Launch!

My upcoming novel Wings Like a Dove releases in two weeks, but here are a few answers to some frequently asked questions that might be handy to have in one spot.

First, a little about the story:
In 1933, Anna, a young Jewish immigrant, discovers to her shame and horror that she is with child. Forced to leave home, Anna travels in search of her missing father, but stumbles upon six orphans in need of a tutor and their deep-hearted mentor with troubles of his own. She dares not risk staying too long, opening her heart, letting her secrets out. 

But with the Klan presence in town growing stronger, and the danger to this family increasing the longer she stays, Anna is torn between fleeing to keep them safe … and staying to fight beside them. It’s a tale of love, loyalty, and the power of grace.

Wings Like a Dove releases December 1, 2019 in paperback and ebook.

WINGS LIKE A DOVE FAQ

1.  Should I pre-order the book?
Yes! Preorders help authors in several ways: they count toward the book’s first week sales, and a strong first week gets bookstore and readers’ attention. A strong first week shows bookstores this is a title they should stock, and being on store shelves is a delightful thing for a book (and author).

·         2.  When will I receive my pre-order book?
Ebooks will show up on your device on Sunday, December 1st (if not sooner). Paperbacks a day or two after that, depending on your shipping selections.

·         3.  Is this book available in paperback?
Yes! And the cover is stunning, thanks to the artwork of Roseanna White, designer.

·         4.  Where will the book be available?

·         5.  Will Wings Like a Dove be a series?
Anything is possible. Anna’s siblings may have stories of their own… stay tuned.

6.  I love this book! What can I do to help spread the word?
ü Ask your local bookstore and library to stock it
ü Leave a review at one or more of the sites where the book is sold, also Goodreads and Bookbub
ü Tell your friends, neighbors, co-workers, bookaholic aunties, book clubs, church librarian, dog groomer, bank teller—you get the gist
ü Post a photo of the book in a cool arrangement or pose, or in some interesting setting, etc
ü Share quotes on social media, or make memes to share
ü Share in your online reader groups
ü Share with colleagues or groups with a focus on social/familial elements touched on in the story

November 1, 2019

Publishers Weekly Weighs In on WINGS

November 1st marks one month until the release of WINGS ... and, to my breathless surprise, I just discovered that Publishers Weekly recently posted a review of Wings Like a Dove. I confess I forgot that we submitted the story for a possible PW review, and I really wasn't expecting one because they don't review every book they receive. I'm thrilled to learn that the reviewer thinks it's "powerful" as well as a "harrowing, enthralling" tale. This is good!

(On a side note, I'm not sure how, but the reviewer somehow got the idea that Thomas is a chef (?). He is not. He is a carpenter who runs a woodworking trade school for orphan boys. In fact, anything Thomas cooks tends to be scorched, and the boys are all too eager to let Anna take over the cooking.)

The reviewer believes this story will appeal to fans of Linda Byler. I am embarrassed to admit that I had to Google Ms. Byler, but by the looks of her strong legacy in historical fiction, I am most honored by the comparison.

Anyway . . . one month to go! And a Publishers Weekly review! 

Here's a snippet of it:


ALLOW ME TO INTRODUCE MYSELF. . . .

RANDOM FACTS ABOUT ME:

I've published three novels and a novella (more about those on my website.) I've been writing all my life, but decided in 2007 to get serious about being published.

I love action movies and Jane Austen. (she’s dead, I know. I found that out when I tried to get her to endorse my novel)

They let me play Bass guitar and sing in a worship band.

I can produce 4 dozen homemade cinnamon rolls in a flash for a crowd of drooling young adults. Or publishing house editors.

I used to have a Harley. Now we have twenty-something kids. Decent trade, really. The window-rattling grumble isn't quite the same, but we are still enjoying the ride.

I am a proud Grammy. Don't even think about taking candy from my babies.

I hate shopping (Yes, I'm aware that I'm a girl)

MY ROOTS:
I've lived in Oregon all my life, spent time in Eugene (Go DUCKS!), Springfield, Reedsport, and Smith River. Which is not really a town, but a river, about 70 miles long, a tributary of the Umpqua River in southwest Oregon.

Although it's not a town, it is a community with a strong sense of pioneer history. It's cool to say you've lived there, especially if you lived there during the days when you had to take a boat to school. No joke! The old farmhouse my grandfather and my mother grew up in still stands, nestled into a narrow, pasture carpeted valley, complete with a swimmin' hole and its own 'crick'. It may turn up in one of my novels.

There's a rumor that my ancestors had a connection with the Mafia back in Sicily. I used to fantasize as a kid about a big black limo with tinted windows pulling up and whisking me away from school. Ahhh. So THAT'S why I'm having so much trouble conjugating my dangling participles now.

NOT RANDOM: I am challenged by the truth and amazed by the grace of God. And it's either in spite of or because of that grace that I hold a PhD in Learning Stuff the Hard Way.