Thursday, August 26, 2010

Luck of the Draw

Stubborn Dani Carlson thinks she has the world figured out. The child of wealthy, absent parents, she grows up despising money and vowing to live simply and therefore happily. But when a young co-ed throws her plans for a loop she learns truly living may require compromise.

Meanwhile Brighton Anderson is just trying to get to med school without too many disruptions. But his relentless roommates and their silly laundry bet is just around the corner. And this time it's Brighton's turn. His challenge: Take three roommates on two dates each without them discovering his scheme. He knows it's immature, but with a big break from his laundry on the line he can't pass it up.

Brighton meet Dani... And Katherine... And Sandy...

Brighton meet trouble.

Rachael Renee Anderson's novel Luck of the Draw is an entertaining romantic comedy. Her characters are so well-developed you can't help but want to hug them at times and slap them at others.

Her pace makes the novel hard to put down and even harder to forget. It's a lesson in service, generosity, and making difficult changes for those you love.

You can buy Luck of the Draw online at Cedar Fort Inc., Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Borders.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

It's Here! Here's the Official Cover

It was not what I imagined, but I absolutely LOVE it! I didn't even think of a cover without Gracie on it. But this cover is SO Wyomingish. The truck and the mud and the flat nothingness reminds me of home and fits perfectly with the novel. Great job CFI Design Team!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Author's Remorse, and other pre-publishing lessons

Well we are nearing the days when my first novel Growing Up Gracie will head to the press to be put into print. It's been through the editors and my final author's proofs are due back in less than a week. The cover is almost finished and book buyers are being lined up for the selling of it.

As this unique process comes to fruition, I have learned some neat lessons.

First of all, I wanted more than anything for my book to be picked up by a publisher but now that it has, let me just say this--YIKES! As the day comes closer I realize many people will be reading something I spent a lot of time on and is close to my heart. It scares me to know that many people will say, "Huh?? I could have done much better than that!" or "Seriously?? What was she thinking?"

What keeps me grounded is the thought that while yes, many or maybe even most of you COULD have done it BETTER than me, you didn't... And some day if you do actually finish a book, I wish you nothing but the best of luck with it!!!

I have realized no matter how much time and how many rewrites I do, there are always going to be parts of my book that I just wish I could have phrased better. There are going to be characters I love and feel perfectly developed and others that just didn't quite get to the point I wished they had. There are going to be single words that I will re-read 10 years down the road and cringe at.

But more importantly than all this is the knowledge that while this book will soon be a final product, it is also just a starting point. I hope to have a long writing career full of improvement and growth. I hope that one day I will look back (after my 7th novel is published) and think, wow, I've come a long way.

Thank you all who have helped me with your encouragement as I begin this journey.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Writing for your children's sake

Just like most young first-time mothers, my mom dutifully recorded all my firsts in a delicate blue baby book etched with tiny pink flowers. She recalculated the story of my birth and jotted down the price of a gallon of milk and what day I first waved bye-bye. I love my baby book and I am so glad to have one, but there is so much more we as mothers can share with our children.

Wouldn't you love to know how your mother felt on that day when her toddlers were fighting, the bills were going unpaid, and the roof was leaking? Wouldn't you love to read your grandmother's feelings when she first met your grandfather? How she felt and the hopes and fears she felt for their future. Wouldn't it be amazing to have your father's retelling of his feelings when he first saw each of his children, or how he felt when he gave you a blessing.

This is the purpose of journaling. Not only do we benefit from being able to look back and understand lessons learned, trials overcome. But the benefit to our posterity is priceless. Many people think their story is not important, so there is no need to write it down. I think it is in the mundane details of every day life that we can learn so much from our ancestors.

The cool thing about the technology age is we now have countless ways to journal.

1. Good ol' pen and paper. There is something to be said about seeing a person's handwriting. Plus, you can take it anywhere.
2. Computer journaling. You are already on your computer anyway, why not spend 20 minutes a week writing in a word processing program? Be sure to print it off and back it up occasionally. You can write updates on the family, your feelings and testimonies, or even just pick a question and write the answer, such as: what has been the biggest blessing from being a mother, what is your favorite date you've had, or who do you wish you were more like?
3. Blogging. If you have a family blog, you are journaling! Who knew it could be so fun? This makes it easy because you have a running journal and scrapbook all in one. Print it yearly (this can be done online for under$50.) and you have an annual journal full of all the important happenings of your fam.

The point isn't how you do it. The point is just that you do. I challenge you all to think about a method of journaling that would work well for you and go for it. No matter how boring you think it is, I am sure your children would love to read it some day.