Tuesday, December 27, 2016

DUSTY Officially Published

Dusty is officially published!! Whew, that took longer than expected. It always does. I should stop being surprised by this.

here's the links where you can find my latest novel! :) I'll put the links under Dusty on my books page too. Dusty at CreateSpace  Dusty on Amazon

This book has been to hell and back, if you'll pardon the expression. With most of my works I have one single draft of the story and as I go through edits and rewrites a few things change of course but the story remains relatively the same and I never accumulate more than that one single version. But not Dusty. I have three separate Dusty books because it took me three tries to figure out Dusty's voice and that was just the beginning of the struggle. Dusty's book is the longest one I've written in a while (it's the longest one I currently have published, but I do have one unpublished novel that's just as long). It's a long book for me, and it took basically FOREVER to write. That might be an exaggeration. Honestly though, I wrote Lucy's Legend, the first book in this series, in one single month. And then Dusty decided she needed a couple years to bake. Part of the problem was that I kept ploughing through with the first idea and then the second one, determined to make it work because I knew I needed to tell Dusty's story. When I finally stopped being stubborn and let God show me what He wanted with this book it went much smoother. Then came the major critical comments from beta readers and family members and then my personal identity crisis....Dusty has been through a lot.

It's finally finished though, which I am grateful for. Usually I am crazy with excitement when publishing a book. With Dusty, however, I am just sighing with relief.

Part of that feeling has to do with the struggle it was to get Dusty to the end, and part of it is because my emotional energy is already focused elsewhere. I've been writing steadily in Courageous Heart for several weeks and that is the book that currently has me bouncing off walls in excitement. :)

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