I am so excited, as of 7:45 a.m. today my new book, "You Heard It Here First" is available in paperback!
For the first week it is available on CreateSpace (the Amazon owned printing company I chose to go through) for $13.99.
It will take at least 5-7 more days before it shows up on Amazon itself, and then longer to show upon Barnes and Noble and other sites. I thought about not announcing any of the book's release until it was for sale digitally and in print everywhere. But, not too surprisingly, I am not patient enough for that! I am so happy that this book is officially done and out there!
In the front of the book, on the dedications page, you will see that I chose to dedicate the book to "Little," the Back Creek Baby Ducks, and the Cave Spring Cuties. If you've been reading this blog for more than the past year, you already know who my darling "Little" is. (Except she's a grown-up, beautiful 15 year old now. I can't get away with calling her 'little' much longer!) The Back Creek Baby Ducks and the Cave Spring Cuties are the young women from the two wards (congregations) I have served with over the past 2 years.
I got the chance over the past few days to tell my baby ducks about the dedication. (And hopefully I'll get the chance to see the Cave Spring girls soon and tell them.) They have all been hearing about this book for a while and were excited to hear I dedicated it to them. (After we clarified it was "for them" and not "about" them!)
Back when I started writing the story I didn't set out with a specific end or goal in sight. I just had an idea for a little scene and wrote it out. It all just took off from there. The story begins with a romance, and before too long I reached the point where in most romance novels either sex would enter the picture, or the girl would change herself to get the man. I couldn't write for days. I didn't want to go there. I didn't want to write a "religious fiction" story, but I also couldn't see myself writing values I didn't believe in.
So I didn't.
I decided to write the main character (Haley) the way I wanted to, and not look back. I knew as I did it that it would mean that chances of getting picked up by a mainstream publisher were next to nil. And I knew that if I left religion out of a book that centers around values, that I would never get picked up by a religious publisher either. The more I thought about it the more I realized I didn't care. I could do this without a publisher. What mattered most to me was that I wrote a character that my young women- my cuties, baby ducks, and Little- could all look up to.
The book may still be a little grown up for them. I'm not sure that it is 12 year old girl material (which I'm sure my girls will point out to me quickly that they will all be at least 13 in a few weeks). Maybe 15 or 16 would be a more appropriate age to start. But I am glad this book is there for them now, and I can't wait to give them each their own copy soon.
|A few of my Baby Ducks!|