First of All, Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone!
This year of 2010 has been filled with more peaks and valleys (on this end, at least) than most recent years can boast. The topmost peak, of course, has been my family and the dear friends in my life, without whom nothing else would matter. Then there was the blossoming of this blog, which introduced me to so many of you. That was an unexpected and joyful offshoot of what began as a mission to share what works and what doesn’t in the process of chasing this dream. And finally we had the release and initial promotion of Separation of Faith, my second novel and the object of this blog’s mission presented in the Blog Launch Posting on November 4, 2009 (https://cherilaser.wordpress.com/2009/11/04/hello-world/). The valleys have all been health related, and we’re still sort of in one, but we’re climbing out. And there’ll be a nonfiction book within the next few months that will put those valleys into perspective.
So, when looking at the first eleven months of this year from that angle, the blessings clearly outweigh the bumps–and I’m hoping that you and your families can celebrate the holiday with the same focus on all that’s good, despite the difficulties that so many of us share.
Second Edition of The Truth About Cinnamon
My fingers were crossed that I’d be able to announce the release of the re-edited Second Edition version of The Truth About Cinnamon (my first novel) by this posting. And we’re only days, if not moments, away from being able to do that. I’m just waiting to hear from the publisher that the title has gone live.
For those of you who’ve been following this blog from the onset, you know that this has been a key part of the plan/journey/dream presented in the November 4, 2009 blog posting. What I did not know at that point was how long this particular element was going to end up taking. The edits of Separation of Faith always took priority, and then things like surgeries, etc., took unanticipated time. But the new version is going to be beautiful–every bit the same story that my Cinnamon readers love (and didn’t want me to change), but tighter and more carefully edited.
As soon as I hear that the title is available on Amazon, I will let you know. For Kindle lovers, the novel will be available there as well, but that process takes close to two months from the time the title goes live. (Separation of Faith should be on Kindle within the next week.)
Thrilling and Much-Hoped-For Endorsement of Separation of Faith
Kettle Falls, Washington is one of the key settings in Separation of Faith, and when I traveled there six years ago to begin my research for the novel, I met a beautiful and very unassuming woman. She very graciously invited me into her family home and gave me access to all sorts of information about the history of that area and arranged for me to meet with the owners of what used to be a convent across the road (an important aspect of the story).
Of course, I was a complete stranger to all of them, with only a copy of Cinnamon in my hands to prove who I was. So the hospitality I was shown was both overwhelming and unforgettable.
Well … that beautiful, unassuming woman in Kettle Falls turned out to be Carolyn Sapp, Miss America 1992. And this point carries more significance that you might realize because, until the Miss America Pageant left Atlantic City and network television (moving to cable) several years ago, I was a verifiable Miss America junkie (starting from the age of five–a very, very long time ago!).
So, imagine my amazement when I discovered the identity of this woman who had so kindly welcomed me into her home! Frankly, I sat there totally starstruck and pretty much mute for what felt like forever, and I still break into a grin whenever I recall the moment. I know this might sound ridiculous to some/many of you. But remember that the Miss America Pageant had been appointment television for me every September throughout more than forty-five years! (And for those who aren’t into pageants, I understand. But you might not realize that the Miss America Pageant is the only such event that is scholarship-based. In fact, that pageant is the largest source of college scholarships for women in the world.)
But anyway … since 2004, I’ve stayed in touch with her through Christmas cards as she moved forward with her exciting, unbelievably busy life. And, when Separation of Faith was released, I nervously sent her a copy, wondering if there might be a chance that she’d like the novel and, if she did, would she perhaps be willing to give me a quote …? Knowing that there was an equal chance that she wouldn’t like the book, I worked hard to keep my expectations in line and realistic.
Well, she has now weighed in, and although the press release containing the full text of her endorsement won’t be out until next week, here are a few snippets of her words:
“First, having grown up in Kettle Falls, I can tell you that Separation of Faith captured not only the beauty of the area but the flavor and pulse of the community and people as well … and especially the history … The storyline is unique and interwoven … pulls you into an emotional journey that makes you laugh and cry, leaving you wanting more on one hand, and yet, on the other, ending with a sense of completion–with a feeling of hope … I think there needs to be a sequel to this book …”
(I’ve been struggling with where to go with novel #3. Could a sequel to Separation of Faith be the answer …?)
You have no idea how exciting this is for me! As soon as the final press release is approved early next week, I’ll be contacting all of the newspapers, book stores, libraries, and radio stations in the Kettle Falls area. And we will hopefully be holding an event in Kettle Falls in the late spring/early summer of 2011. These elements have always been in “the plan,” but I’ve been holding off on my Kettle Falls promotion until hearing whether or not there would be an endorsement.
I will keep you posted on what happens with Separation of Faith once the new press release hits the streets in the northeastern corner of Washington state! But the truth is that even if this is as far as the excitement goes, I now have one more blessing to be thankful for tomorrow!
Once again, I wish the happiest of Thanksgivings for all of you and your families! Talk to you soon.