Friday, June 15, 2018

A Shake-Up in Publishing and My Personal World -- But God's Got This!

What did Longfellow say,
"Into each life some rain must fall"? 

It's a rainy week, and I'm talking metaphorically, even though we're experiencing some powerful literal storms in Wisconsin as well. I received news yesterday -- as did the entire entourage of my fellow authors, editors, and cover artists at Desert Breeze Publishing -- that after ten years in the business, DBP is closing it's doors. There's nothing nefarious going on, no bankruptcy or anything like that. But as anyone knows, sometimes things come into our lives that force us to change direction, and my wonderful publishers Gail and Jenifer at DBP have reached a place where they feel now is the time to make this decision.

Of course, the many of us published by DBP or left with incompleted contracts are trying to wrap our minds and hearts around this news. Some of the authors had books about to come out that will be cancelled now, and some, like me, just had a new release that will be gone as quickly as it was birthed. At every end of the spectrum, there is sadness, and yet we are grateful for the opportunities we were given.

Here's the thing: God is not surprised.

When I signed with DBP almost nine years ago, I knew that small and independent presses often have brief lifespans. Good gravy, even big publishers get swept up into larger overhead organizations or sometimes bite the dust. I never expected DBP to go on forever, no matter how I dreamed it might for both the publishers and authors like me who found a welcome home there. Transition is part of the publishing world. I am thankful that Gail and Jenifer are working at making the whole dismantling  as smooth and painless as possible for us. They hope to go out in grace and style.

So, what does that mean for me and for those of you who have enjoyed my books? (I love you!
It means that VERY SOON my books will come down for Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Christian Book Distributors, DBP, and other online retailers, probably before the end of JUNE.

However, this is not the end for my books!

I am praying hard right now for God's direction as I try to figure out the best plan for these stories I've poured my heart so deeply into. Some will most likely be independently re-released. This will give me a wonderful opportunity to do some tightening and re-editing -- maybe even adding some additional scenes (or not!). I'll have to give each book an in-depth study and see. Others may find new homes at other presses. There is not a real answer yet. I am fully at peace however, knowing that God is opening doors I don't even know about yet, and if He is choosing to close some, then that is well and good too. He's got it. I'm good. May he bless my publishers, friends, and fellow authors at DBP!

So, if you want to grab a LAST copy of any of my books or download an ebook, DON'T WAIT! I am going to have a few remaining copies on hand, but these won't last, and I will be saving them for close-to-home sales. 

~My Personal Silver Lining~

Amidst the rain clouds, I do have a silver lining. I still have the dear-to-my-heart historical novel Mist O'er the Voyageur releasing from Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas in October. I will be able to put a lot of focus on that exciting, long-awaited release. I will also have a forthcoming novella published in an historical romance collection with several other LPC authors. Please consider signing up for my newsletter to be kept abreast of these releases as well as the future of my previous books -- and PLEASE keep me and the other DBP authors in your thoughts and prayers as we say goodbye to DBP and make the tough decisions for our works. 

With much appreciation and many grateful thoughts,

Friday, May 25, 2018

Page-Turning Tension in Three Strand Cord by Tracy Krauss - a Book Review

Tracy Krauss delivers another round of convincing characters and page-turning tension in Three Strand Cord. 

From the get-go, as we meet Tempest, Stella, and Cherise, the three best friend protagonists, their distinct personalities, quirks, and foibles make them individual and believable.  

The story begins with them in their early years when they are fraught with typical teenage angst, though their circumstances might be different than most. However, as the story spins on, Ms. Krauss does a superb job of weaving together three tales of young women in their twenties, still striving for emancipation and individual relevance while becoming embroiled in a riveting international intrigue through which they face powerful moral, romantic, and spiritual dilemmas. Ms. Kraus does an excellent job of weaving together those threads – along with the three strands of their friendship toward the climax. 

And if you like a good love triangle, there are several to go around. Ms. Krauss is an author who knows how to reel you in with some smoking hot romantic tension. If you like edgy, contemporary Christian romance with a strong thread of suspense that will keep you guessing, you’ll want to add this one to your must-read list.

I received a free copy of this book for review purposes. I always strive to give an honest review with the perspective of which genre the book was written in, regardless of whether the genre is a favorite of mine or not.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Christian Fiction Lovers, Heroic Women Facebook Party!

Here's a party you don't want to miss, coming up this Monday, 5/21! I'm not just saying that because I'm one of the authors presenting. I can't wait to hear about some of these books. There are several BRAND NEW titles across a range of genres so there's "literally" something for everyone. Plus, here's the perfect chance to get the scoop on each story straight from the authors themselves and to ask them the questions you've been wondering about. ALSO: if you'd like to get a little preview before the party, see each novel featured over on the Word Sharpeners blog.  Here's the link to the CHRISTIAN FICTION LOVERS HEROIC WOMEN FB PARTY!