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Monday, October 4, 2010

Timing is EVERYTHING

Over the past year and a half, I have read and learned  many things from so many talented writers. One of the many, Jody Hedlund who offers a couple of educational posts per week on writing tips, celebrated as her first book, a work of historical fiction called The Preacher’s Bride, was released last week.

Here is the blurb on The Preacher’s Bride from Amazon:
"In 1650s England, a young Puritan maiden is on a mission to save the baby of her newly widowed preacher--whether her assistance is wanted or not. Always ready to help those in need, Elizabeth ignores John's protests of her aid. She's even willing to risk her lone marriage prospect to help the little family. Yet Elizabeth's new role as nanny takes a dangerous turn when John's boldness from the pulpit makes him a target of political and religious leaders. As the preacher's enemies become desperate to silence him, they draw Elizabeth into a deadly web of deception. Finding herself in more danger than she ever bargained for, she's more determined than ever to save the child--and man--she's come to love.”
Now—let me tell you that because I have so much respect for Jody, I’ve been planning on ordering her book since this summer, but due to a tight budget, have had to schedule things like book purchases carefully. So when Jody, as part of her pre-release publicity offered weekly drawings for The Preacher’s Bride with her regular blog posts, I entered every time I could, but didn’t win. On Friday, after I thought all my chances were up and  wrote a “to do” to order the book on my calendar for tomorrow, Jody offered one additional drawing.

Skip to this morning. It’s a rainy bla, bla, bla of a Monday. I struggled with the content for today's blog post all weekend, and though I have one partially written, no word of a lie, when I read it over, I used the word “preachy.” My options, since it’s a volunteer morning, and then I’m off to work for the day, included no blog post at all, or something recycled from last year. As I opened Windows, to make that decision, I took a quick look at email, and guess what??? I WON A COPY OF THE PREACHER’S BRIDE!!! Later this week, I will be stalking my post office box.

So, for today’s post, nothing “preachy,” but a “Preacher” instead. Please join me in offering Jody Hedlund congratulations on the publication of “The Preacher’s Bride!!

Thank you Jody!!!

15 comments:

N. R. Williams said...

You wonderful description of this book and the way you introduce the reason you follow Jody has convinced me to get her book and to visit her website. Nicely done.
Nancy
N. R. Williams, fantasy author

Tara said...

Congrats to you! And, also to Jody :)

Robin said...

What a wonderful lead-in to a happy ending. Congratulations. Please don't hurt any postal workers to get your prize!

Jennifer Shirk said...

CONGRATS!!!!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations - that's awesome!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Yay, Liza! It sounds like a wonderful book. I had the same good luck when, Friday, I won Beth Revis' Across the Universe, which I didn't think I stood a chance to win. :D

Jody Hedlund said...

Oh Liza!! I'm so glad I could make your day today! You've been so generous and encouraging to all of your followers! I'm glad that now I can encourage you in return! :-)

Tamika: said...

I treated myself to Jody's book on Friday! It was payday and I deserve it!

Robyn Campbell said...

Congrats Liza. I am happy for you. CONGRATS Jody. YOU ROCK, BIG-TIME. :)

Stephen Tremp said...

I'm seeing The Preacher's Wife often on other blogs. Best wishes for success! I'm thinking big thoughts right now for lots of sales.

Stephen Tremp

Ann said...

Congratulations on your win!! Don't you just email like that. They can turn a bla Monday into a sun shiny day!!

glnroz said...

congratulations to both of you..

Catherine A. Winn said...

Congratulations! The book sounds wonderful thanks to your blog and I'm adding it to my list.

Helen Ginger said...

I have this vision of you pacing in front of the post office, eyeballing each mail truck that arrives. And the postal clerks sighing as they see you back in line...again.

Hope the book arrives soon!

WritingNut said...

Ooh, congratulations! And to Jodi as well :)

Her book sounds amazing... I'm off to check it out!