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show me your grin | selfie contest

So … last weekend, my hubby and I got into a disagreement about what a grin looks like. When you’re reading along in a book and it says “she grinned at him”, what do you picture? What does a grin look like to you? I thought it would be fun to do a little selfie contest to see what you all think a grin looks like and have a giveaway at the end of the week.

To enter:
• Take a selfie of you grinning
• Share it in the comments of my Facebook post HERE

On Friday, I will share the whole story and draw a name. One person will win a signed paperback copy of any one of my books. (US residents only. Sorry!)

Thanks for your help! :)

lots of sharing

Yesterday was a day of sharing around here. I posted this image with another quote from Until Then. A couple of scenes take place at this little waterfall at Frederik Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids between Michelle and a certain someone. ;)

My newsletter went out last night with some very special announcements.

RELEASE DATEUNTIL THEN finally has a release date. MAY 24TH!!!! That’s right. Michelle’s story will be coming out in May. I seem to have a thing for that month. Both of my previous novels were published in May, too.

CHAPTER ONE — Newsletter subscribers got a link to download a little advanced reader pdf of CHAPTER ONE of the novel. If you haven’t yet signed up for the newsletter and would like to read that first chapter, GO HERE.

PRE-ORDERUNTIL THEN is now available for PRE-ORDER on KINDLE. Order now and the book will be automatically delivered to your Kindle or Kindle App on release day.

Lots of excitement and getting good feedback on the first chapter already. Still so much work to do to prepare it for publication, and I can’t wait to share it with all of you.

the nitty gritty

I’ve been working on story edits of Until Then for the past month. It’s serious business cutting lines, paragraphs, even whole chapters sometimes. Many chapters have been rewritten. A new chapter was even added that ended up bringing one particular part of Michelle’s story full circle, which was very unexpected, but happily so. I sat in tears staring at my computer screen after that one. :)

I’m finally to the point where I’m working on line edits now, which is where I go over each paragraph line by line to make sure that it flows well, that I’ve described mood and setting properly, that dialogue sounds realistic and not forced, that I haven’t used the same words and phrases over and over again, etc. I’m into the nitty gritty now. This is where it all starts to come together. I’ve set a deadline to finish all edits by the end of March.

I’ll also be sharing promotional images in the coming weeks and months. This is the first.

Getting Michelle out of Chicago is top priority for her family because of the rough neighborhood she lives in and the sketchy guys she hangs out with. Her grandparents offer to pay her college tuition is HUGE and the answer to all of their problems. But they have one condition – choose one of three Christian colleges they have handpicked for her. This does not go over well with Michelle. Not at all.

If you’d like to be among the first to learn when the book will be released, sign up for my newsletter below.

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all about the next book

I’ve been anticipating this moment for quite a while now. I finished the first draft of the new book back in June, then took time off to enjoy summer and just take a break and let it simmer. But I’m ready to get back into it and start editing and filling it in more.

When I first wrote Goodbye, Magnolia, I didn’t plan to make it a series, but I kept thinking about Maggie’s roommate, Michelle, and came up with a story for her that I really loved and wanted to tell. I’m calling this Book #2 and have named the series “Cornerstone” since that is the place that links the characters together. The book follows Michelle (and Maggie + Simon) from her college years on to her early thirties. We get to learn her story, where she came from, and see some of the events of Goodbye, Magnolia from her perspective, which was so fun to write.

So, without further ado. My next book …

And here is the blurb from the back of the book:

Growing up with a distant mother and absentee father, Michelle’s childhood has been far from idyllic. Her only attention comes from her partying friends and the guys who are more than happy to give her the affection she longs for. But when one party goes wrong, Michelle’s family hatches a plan to get her out of Chicago and away from her so-called friends.

College plans are low on Michelle’s priority list, especially with no money to pay for it, until her grandparents offer to foot the bill for her entire tuition. There’s just one catch. Michelle must choose between three schools – all hours away from Chicago and … all Christian colleges.

Michelle’s reluctant choice leads her to an unfamiliar place and an uncertain future. A place that could change her life and her heart forever.

I’m really excited about this one, about Michelle’s story, and I hope you all will enjoy it, too. There’s no official release date yet. I’m just saying early 2016 at this point. If you want to be the first to get announcements about the new book and news/sales on my other books, sign up for my newsletter HERE.

If you still haven’t read Goodbye, Magnolia, it’s on sale this week for just 99¢ in all ebook formats:


Happy reading!

AJAXed with AWP