My third book, Saving Grace, launches in one week and one day. I am pretty excited right now, and I wanted to share a bit with you of what to expect over the next few weeks as I launch this book baby. I have quite a bit planned. On all these blogs I'm mentioning, I'll be sharing links on my social media sites--and quite a few are going to be giveaways so be sure to check them out!
When I first wrote Saving Grace back in 2013, I started it in a slightly different spot than where it starts now. The scene was deleted during various editing stages, for various reasons. Anyway, I thought it would be fun to share it here, where you could see my original beginning, before you actually get to read the story itself.
**By the way, just two more weeks until it releases, and next week I'm planning to give some sneak peeks of chapters that are still in the book itself, just to give you a taste for it!
Leah’s breath came out in a whoosh. Her abdominal muscles tightened, starting from her back and then reaching around to her front. The baby gave a kick, as if to say she didn’t appreciate being squeezed that way.
“Just a little bit longer and we’ll get you out of there.” Leah rubbed the spot where the foot had bumped. “Trust me. Neither one of us is comfortable right now.”
John looked over at her and she gave him a smile of reassurance.
“They’re getting closer together.” He looked more concerned than she was. It was so cute.
“And that’s why we’re on the way to the hospital.”
I have been in many, many church buildings through the years. Perks of being a preacher's daughter, among other reasons. Apparently, though, some of them stuck with me more than others, and they're sneaking into my writing.
As I was rereading Saving Grace during edits, it hit me that I'd pictured a particular church building from my past when describing the one in the story. Greg is the youth minister, so several scenes take place there.
The church building in my head is the one I was married in. Since I can't go running off to Arkansas right now to do a walk-through video and show you this charming building, I am doing the next best thing and showing pictures as I describe it.
Know how movies have trailers to whet your appetite and get you ready to go see them? Well, my publisher made this amazing trailer for my book! Check it out and see if it makes you even more interested. :-) I'd love to hear your feedback!
Today, I'm pleased to have Sarah Floyd back with us. It's been a while since she's been a guest on my blog, and she has all sorts of exciting news about TWO new releases in her series. Read on to find out more.
Sarah, congrats on publishing the third book in your series. Does this complete the series? Can you tell us just a bit about this one?
Thank you very much! I was beginning to wonder if I’d ever finish this book. I think Joy Complete is the final book in my Voice of Joy series. The only reason I’m not 100% sure is that I’m having a hard time letting go of my characters. I’ve been writing about them, and them only, for almost 8.5 years!
Joy Complete is a story of Joy’s experiences in marriage and motherhood. It takes place a few years later than the first and second books in the series, so quite a bit has changed. Joy finds herself overwhelmed, as so many women do, with the many different responsibilities that she must juggle simultaneously, but she learns to lean on God and the loved ones who support her.
You've been so busy! You also published a novella earlier this year, right? Can you tell us what it's about? It's a prequel, right?
Yes, life has been extremely chaotic! My novella, Joy Begins, came out in late February. It is a prequel to the Voice of Joy series and details Joy’s time with her aunt and uncle on their farm back in 2001; Joy is a troubled 14-year-old during this book. Joy Begins is unique because it is told from the perspective of Joy’s aunt, Joann, whereas the three novels are written from Joy’s perspective.
In my upcoming book, Saving Grace, Gregory Marshall, or Greg to his friends and family, is the fun-loving youth minister at the local church. He drives a Jeep and loves going to eat the greasy pizza at the local high school simply because it means he can hang out with his youth group kids, and maybe even reach a few others, too.
It wasn't easy at first, coming back to the church where he grew up. But despite it taking a few years for him to prove he was more than the goofy teenager they'd watched grow up, he's now beloved by everyone more than ever. Including some of the youth group girls who rather wish he'd stay single long enough for them to be old enough to marry him.
This is a place for me to tell you about what I'm writing, talk about the process or where some of my ideas came from, or even have other authors come in and talk about their books.
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