Tuesday, November 6, 2012

"Really, I Sold!" with Guest and Debut Author, Christina Rich

Take delight in the Lord, 
and He will give you the desires of your heart.
 Psalm 37:4 (NIV)

A few weeks back, Myra posted a blog, “That is SO Five Years Ago!” Something in her post really resonated with me. “I was at the end of my writing rope and ready to give up hope of ever becoming a published novelist.”

Amen, Sister. I am so with you there. *wipe tears from my eyes*

I was still reeling from the fact that God hadn’t opened the doors for me to attend ACFW. I mean, I was more ready now than I had ever been. Two complete manuscripts, desire, passion, determination, that sixth sense that said I had to go to Texas to sell a book. I had it all, well, except confidence and the finances. 

That’s okay though, at least it was on Monday, Wednesday and Friday when I trusted God’s timing. The rest of the days, not so much. God and I had many a conversation as to whether or not I was bipolar or having a mid-life crisis. But in the quiet of the night, while I counted sheep and said my night time prayers, He’d say, “Trust me.”

I finally hitched up my big girl panties and trudged back into the murky waters of limbo. I had no idea where to go or what to do. After a few more tears and a bit of foot stomping, and some great advice from one of the most awesomest people I’ve ever come across, but only because she owns a Harley ;), I decided to take a break from the historicals and give Love Inspired Suspense’s Fast Track a go.

During this time I took in everything Seekerville had to offer with all the excellent blog posted to the site. Light bulbs flashed left and right. Applying what I learned, I worked hard on a first suspense chapter, and then sent it to my critique group. The response was more than I could have hoped for. Most said it was my best work yet. I felt like a writer again.

It’s all good, yeah?

Yep! NaNoWriMo was a few days away. This pantser had a complete story plotted and was ready to go.


Hold up. Remember last October during Seekerville’s birthday party when they held a pitch contest? Well I had received a partial request from Emily Rodmell. A year ago this week I sent off that partial and then waited.

By the time June came around I thought for sure the mailman had tossed my manuscript to the dogs. After asking around, it was suggested I contact Emily. So I did. Turns out she’d sent me a request for a full back in February. Nothing like technical difficulties with your email provider. Or was it a God thing? If I’d have received that email when I should have I probably would have had a nervous breakdown. There were too many things happening in my personal life to deal with the excitement of a full request.

Anyway, I took the next month, made the requested changes and sent it back to her. Then forgot all about it, because you know, nobody was buying biblical romance. Okay, well maybe I didn’t forget about it, but I didn’t have high hopes, because, yeah, nobody was buying biblical romance.  

Well, I ended up in Texas. You see my sister-in-law was graduating nursing and my dear mother-in-law wanted to be there, so I escorted her. After several hours of flights and layovers I was sitting on the floor of my sister-in-law’s living room thinking about how awesome it was that she was fulfilling her dream, and if I’m to be honest, I was a little sad about how mine had yet to be. No sooner had the thought tripped through my brain I opened my email. And there it was at 10:13 p.m., an email that could only be one of two things, a rejection or an offer.

Everything after that, I’m sure was a bit comical. Just ask my mother-in-law, Tina and Ruthy. I mean, how does one react? How is one supposed to react? 

I called Emily the next day with pen and paper in hand. All I remember saying is okay, multiple times. Even when she asked if it all sounded good to me. Okay. So she wants to buy my story. 

No, wait, she bought my story, right?

I sent a text out to my peeps. I sold!

I received phone calls and texts. My friends jumped up and down, they squealed, they cried. I was in a state of shock. Seriously, what happened? Was this real? I got an email from Twitter, good ‘ol social media, telling me Emily Rodmell was following me. Me! So, I hopped on over there and what did I see? A tweet about how she bought a new author for LIH a manuscript set in Biblical times. Hey, that’s me. 

You better believe I saved that baby in a screen shot. *g*

Hubs called me, “Well, you just had to go to Texas and sell a book, didn’t you?”  Yep, I knew it too. But it still hadn’t completely sunk in. I was getting sick and all I wanted to do was go home and sleep in my own bed and let hubs take care of me. It wasn’t until we were on the plane in Houston that it began to click. You see this lady sat next to me and struck up a conversation. She asked what I did and I gave her the typical answer, “I’m a stay at home mom.” My mother-in-law, God bless her, nudged me and said, “go on.”

“Oh, and I just sold a book.” 

I smiled, leaned my head back against my seat and thought about my dedication page. My first sale story wouldn’t have happened without the support and encouragement of my family and friends. It wouldn’t have happened without my friends I met through Avon Fanlit when I first began writing seriously in 2006. It wouldn’t have happened without my critique group. And it wouldn’t have happened without the Seekerville community.  Viable, encouraging communities like Seekerville are important to writers at all stages in their career. But the most important factor in my first sale is God and trusting His timing.

To writers, what would your dedication page look like? Readers, what’s the most memorable dedication page you’ve read? 

Oh, and how about y’all join the fun. I need to come up with a few different titles to give to my editor. (Oh, did I just say that? My editor!) After reading the following blurb, give me your best shot. My top five favorite entries will be put into a drawing for a homemade, by me or my daughter, knitted scarf. You can see them here http://christinarich.wordpress.com/knitted-scarves/ 

When a temple guard, posing as a bond-servant, falls in love with his master’s daughter he must choose between his duty to his king and his one chance at love for eternity.

Set in the heart of Judah several hundred years before the birth of Christ, Yours for Eternity introduces the reader to a society of warrior priests vowed to protect the line of King David. 

With no brothers to carry out her father’s legacy, Sh’mira, the maimed daughter of a prosperous farmer, must marry a man willing to leave his home. However, the only one who does not scorn her disfigurement is Ariel, her father’s bondservant.

In exchange for his freedom, Ariel’s master offers him Sh’mira as a bride and the rights of a firstborn son, but the former Commander of the Temple Guard cannot accept the honor. He’s bound by a vow to protect Judah’s future king from the child’s murderous grandmother, but when the queen’s guard attacks the tiny village he’s been hiding in he finds he cannot leave her.

Will they hold on to their faith while they fight to restore Judah’s rightful king to the throne? Will the two admit their love and bind their hearts for eternity or go their separate ways?


Bio: A mother of four, Christina spends her time teaching her youngest daughter and writing when she isn’t helping her husband with their upholstery business.
She loves researching history and her ancestry, loves Israel, loves to fish, read, and of course, write.

She’s a member of ACFW, RWA, Celtic Hearts Romance Writers and Hearts through History. She resides in Northeast Kansas with her family.

You can find more about Christina’s writing journey at http://christinarich.wordpress.com/


  1. Oh, Christina! What wonderful news!!!!

    Sigh. I just love parties :)

  2. Christina, I needed to read this tonight. Thank you for sharing your story in such a beautiful, God-honoring way. It gives me hope. I am so very happy for you, and wish you all the best with your debut. Congratulations. Well done!

  3. Thank you, Jan! I hope to see many more parties from fellow Seeker friends!

  4. And the party continues!!!

    Congratulations, Christina!

    Coffee pot's set.


  5. CHRISTINA!!!!!

    Big congratulations!!!!

    And it never gets old saying 'my editor'.

    Enjoy your party to the fullest.

    I'm toasting to your success with a peppermint mocha. There's enough for everyone!

  6. Kathleen, you don't know it but you've been such an inspiration to me. We have a mutual friend. I cheered so hard for you on your Genesis final! Even prayed for you. Blessings are around the corner for you, just wait in God's timing.

  7. Rose, it's so odd, yet so exciting to think I have an editor.

    Thank you for the congratulations!

  8. Congratulations, Christina! And welcome to LIH!

  9. Congratulations, Christina! Enjoy the thrill.

  10. Oh my, you kept that secret for awhile now, I cannot imagine! Obviously since I lasted a few days. ha ha.

    By Love Bound
    Bound for Eternity

  11. She's pretty amazing isn't she???


  12. WOOOOOO HOOOOO!!!!! So happy for you Christina! The book sounds fantastic!

    Oh, and you're going to love Emily. :)

  13. Um, and congratulations, though I think I've said that a few days ago??? Yay!!!!

    So happy for you, and I've loved this summary since I've read it somewhere, so I'll definitely be looking for it when it comes out, do you have a release date?

  14. Ok, I'll work on titles in just a little bit but I wanted to

    And again!!!!!

    Christina, this couldn't have happened to a nicer person. And you know how good the writing has to be for a line to buy something COMPLETELY NEW. Biblical fiction in LIH????? Can you believe it????

    I'm so happy, so thrilled, so READY to read that book!!!

    Beautiful, love your trust and your heart for God.

    You help center me on this writing journey!

  15. How was that moment when you changed the author page to AUTHOR???

    :D I laughed out loud when that popped up in my newsfeed!!


  16. Okay, I'm supposed to be writing, but I have to comment.

    V, I was shocked speechless when you and Melissa commented on my author change. I didn't think anyone would notice. *g*

    And thanks! I don't think anyone has ever claimed I center them on anything.

  17. Keli, thank you. I'm not sure you realize it, but I believe it was you who led me to Seekerville when you double finaled in GH.

  18. Melissa, I kept quiet for awhile because I had no idea that I could say anything. Go figure.

    I'm already liking these titles. I thought I had a great idea, but now I'm wondering if it's going to hard to choose if these examples are what's going to show up.

  19. Wawzah!!!!
    Fantastic news!!!

    Thanks for sharing your story ( personal and THE story that SOLD!!!!)

    The Beggar's Thorn
    Awaiting His Majesty
    The Scarves of Christina


  20. Tina, are you talking about me? I figured you'd be thinking me a complete basket case, not amazing, but I'll take it. ;)

  21. Thank you, Missy! I can't wait to interact with Emily.

  22. Thank you, KC! Your titles made me smile.

  23. Okay my title try:

    In Love with the Master's Daughter.

  24. Or Just "The Master's Daughter" that sounds very LIHish to me.

  25. Congratulations to my writing sister. I KNEW you could do it, didn't I say you could! I love you Christine!!! This could not happen to a nicer person. I like your "red" ink the best. Ha!

    Your journey has just begun.
    Way to go!!

  26. Ooh, yes. The Master's Daughter. Nicely done.

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  28. Woo Hoo, two first in two days. What fun!!

    The most memorable dedication page for me is not from a novel but from my son's PhD dissertation. This is what it says;

    This study is dedicated to my father, Pastor Walter K. Cline, who instilled in me from my birth his own love of God and a love of language without which I would never have pursued this type of work. I love you Dad.

    It brings tears to my eyes every time I think of it.

    Party on Seekers.

  29. Oh, I just thought of a dedication that has always made me laugh... I think it's actually Charlaine Harris from one of her older (not so icky) books. "I'd like to thank all the people who made this book possible. Which is myself, because I did all the work."

    ha! Of course, there was more, but that cracked me up.

  30. And Christina, you ARE amazing.

    Your faith and beauty shine through. I've been meaning to tell you, Kansas is wayyyy too far from Oregon. Let's just get rid of all thsoe states inbetween, 'kay?

  31. The Master's Daughter does have a certain ring to it, doesn't it?


  32. Christina, Your scarves a beautiful, and so is your website.

    So very happy for you., enjoy this time!

  33. Thank you, dear Tammy! I love you too! Your support, encouragement and prayers has meant so much

    Glad someone loves my red ink. ;)

  34. Mary C, what a beautiful dedication! That would make me cry, too.

    Actually, I'm having a hard time keeping my eyes dry now.

  35. Funny dedication.

    Virginia, you're welcome in Kansas anytime. Of course, we could meet in Colorado. You do an awesome job making want to visit that state again.

  36. Congratulations Christina! Such a wonderful first sale story. Gotta love God's timing even in cyber glitches :)

  37. Christina, I have this book in my pre-pre-pre-order pile. :-) LIH has bought a biblical times romance. That has God's hand in it for sure.

    God gives us nudges, makes us wait, lifts us up, and shows us His presence in the most amazing ways.

    Thanks so much for sharing your story.

    Since we are talking about LIH today, can we lift up some prayers for those at Harlequin and in the Sandy zone who are affected by the coming nor'easter?

    Peace, Julie

  38. Christina,
    I woke up a little after midnight because the cat was scratching at my door.
    In my daze before I fell back asleep, I thought, let me check Seekerville to see who sold, so I quick checked on my iPod. I was SO happy to see your name!

    Too hard to comment from the iPod, buti went back to sleep feeling happy.
    Congratulations and thank you so much for sharing your story of hope with us.

  39. Christina,
    I KNEW you'd do it! I'm so glad you hung in there. I'm so proud of you and I love you, dear friend.

    Flipping cartwheels for you!

  40. Christina,
    I'm so happy for you!

    You've encouraged me greatly and brought tears to my eyes.


    Jackie L.

  41. Wow Christina. Sooooooooo happy for you.


    This is so exciting to celebrate to Seekerville friends first sale . Two in a row.

    I'm so thankful for all of you and your great news.

    Christina enjoy the ride. Hugs.

  42. Christina, Loved your testimony too. Isn't it amazing how God times these things?

  43. Congrats Christina!!

    God-stories are always soooo amazing.

  44. YAAAAAAAAAAY, Christina!! ANOTHER Seekervillager departs the island!! This is starting to be a WONDERFUL, FABULOUS, AMAZING pattern!!! CONGRATULATIONS!

  45. Congrats, Christina.

    I can so relate to your self-doubt and your hesitancy in admitting your just got sold your first book. I always stammer and wait before I tell people I "try" to write. I'm not sure even what I mean by that. Either I write or I don't.?X#$

    Love your success story.
    Connie Queen

  46. Y'all are hoppin' this morning!!!!


    I <3 Biblical fiction so I'm really, really glad.

    Plus - happy dancin' for you my friend!!!!!

    And you didn't even hint at it while we emailed yesterday ;).


  47. C, a huge congratulations! You are awesome! I'm so proud of your for persevering through all the highs and lows of this biz. You so earned this!! And I'm soooo thrilled for you.

    Enjoy the ride, it's only the beginning and great things are in store for you. Now get back to Nano and that next sale!!! ;)


  48. Whoo-hoo!

    Seekerville is up for a double-header this week.

    Congrats on the sale Christina! Your book sounds fantastic... OF COURSE IT IS!!!!! lol

    Enjoy the spotlight, girl!

  49. Christina, I am soooo happy for you! How fun to hear your news!!!!! Happy dancing for you.

    Your story is beautiful. Thanks for sharing so transparently. It encourages me in this stage of my writing journey. I can hardly wait to read your book.

    A title idea: Honor Bound

    Soooo excited for you, Christina!!!!

  50. OH MY GOSH!!!!!!!! I am sitting here crying like a snotty-nosed brat because I am JUST so moved and EXCITED for you, Christina!!!

    HOLY FREAKIN' COW!!!! What a beautiful testimony to waiting on the Lord!! Your books sounds WONDERFUL, and I can't wait to read it, my friend.



  51. Oh, Christina, that is a wonderful first sale story!!! I love it!!!
    So happy for you! :-)

  52. Congratulations Christina, so glad you did not give up and that the doors did open for you..
    enjoyed reading your story and makes us remember never-never never give up...
    my title for you would be :Deception to the Master

    Thanks for sharing
    Paula O(kyflo130@yahoo.com)

  53. Congratulations Christian! Your story made me cry happy tears. I remember seeing Emily's tweet about buy a Biblical LIH and to think it was yours!!! So happy for you.

  54. Christina, so proud of you! I know you'll love writing for Love Inspired, and you'll love working with Emily, too!

  55. GOOD MORNING!!!!

    I get the honor of helping hubs word at our upholstery shop this morning. ;) I'll will come back and respond during my lunch hour.

    Thank you for all of the congratulations! I'm very excited that Emily has picked up my biblical romance and from what I understand she picked up another right before mine. Very excited for this genre.

    WHAT A WEEK!!!!!!

  57. I need to learn how to bold things.
    And I wish we could make the font like 30 pt!!!

  58. Titles:

    A Warrior's Vow
    The Warrior and the Lady
    The Secret Warrior
    A Guardian's Vow
    A Bondservant's Secret
    The Bondservant and the Maiden
    Love and Honor
    The Truest Heart
    A Family for Sh’mira
    Swords and Plowshares
    Mended Swords

  59. Christina, first of all, I misspell your name CHRISTIAN every time I type it.

    Cool, huh?

    Second this is so interesting. Such a wonderful and amazing choice for a setting for a book. Wow!
    I love it. I can't wait to read it.

  60. Christina, this is SO my kind of book!!!!!!!!!!!!! I wish I had more time to play and have fun with titles and read everyone's comments. :-/ Maybe after bible study tonight and making NaNo word count, I can come back and someone else will still be awake. :-p

  61. Yes, us Kansas girls did good, didn't we?

    Love those titles too, Mary.

    Testing the bold font tag here to see if it works. Sometimes they do, sometimes they don't.

    Nope, increased font size doesn't work, bold and italics do.

    Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.
    A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

  62. That's okay, Mary. I misspell my name every time I type it too. My backspace bar is sporting a hole.

    Thank you, all! I promise to come back, Lord willing, and thank each of you personally.

    Loving these titles!

  63. Congratulations, Christina. I can just feel your excitement. Your story is so encouraging. As you said it's all in God's timing. Your novel sounds exciting.

  64. Christina, congrats again! We're super excited for you. When does this book come out?

  65. i thought the party was over, but i'm thinking it's just starting. Congratulaions, Christina...will be looking for that novel.



  66. CONGRATULATIONS.....from a reader in GA! I love Biblical fiction and look forward to reading your book! Thanks for sharing your story and bio.
    Jackie S.

  67. And now it's New Author Reality 101.

    You still have to clean the litter box.

  68. GREAT story, Christina! What a fabulous start to this week! Melissa yesterday and Christina's encouragement today.
    I'm feeling the HYPE!
    WTG, GOD!!!!!!
    YES! and AMEN!

    Okay, taking a deep breath while I keep an idiotic grin pasted on my freckled face...

    Dedication? Oh that one is easy. My grandmother was the first person who ever called me a 'writer' (when I was 10 or 11 years old) and I've used elements of her Appalachian family history to create my novels so my dedication would be:

    To my Granny Spencer - whose stories inspired this novel, and whose life inspired me.

  69. Christina

    congrats on your sale. i love the fact your mother-in-law made sure you told your plane seat lady that you sold a book. that's awesome.

    very inspirational story. (yours as well as your book's story *heh)

    hmmm, titles:
    Love's Honor
    Honor's Love
    Heart's Honor

    (i'm stuck on his honor bound duty to little Joash... that is the Bible event/person your story has for background, yes?)

    well, my meager attempts at titles.

    CONGRATS again! Snoopy dancing for you.

  70. question:
    how many Seekerville "offspring/visitors" have gotten pubbed since Seekerville was established? Just curious...

    would it be a new game for six degrees of Seekerville (playing off the six degrees of Kevin Bacon thing) for authors?

    musings on an Election day (i voted already - y'all vote now too, yes?)

  71. AWE SOME!
    (hold on, gotta wipe the tears and blow my nose...)
    Okay, I'm back. God Is So Good! And His timing is Perfect. Even when it feels like He's late.
    I am so excited for you, and I can't wait to read the story.
    Happy, happy, happy!

  72. As I've said several times already, Yay Christina! We at the crit group knew you could make it :)

  73. FANtastic News!! Because we are already your fans! I can't wait to read your book!!

    I remember you mentioning your mother-in-law on here before. It sounds like she has a great sense of humor and a big heart!

    Congratulations Christina!

  74. Yay! Congratulations, Christina! Your book sounds amazing.

  75. Christina absolutely thrilling news! I'm so happy for you and your story gives hope to all of us Seeker offspring.

    Toasting you with my Irish Breakfast tea!

  76. Be still my heart!!!

    Oh my gosh, Christina! Such thrilling news. I've been praying for you. YAY! God answers prayers in special ways.

    What a week!

    Melissa and Christina! God is so good.

    Congratulations mixed with lots of love and many hugs!

  77. When I first read the opening to this book, I was literally blown away by the beautiful lyricism and warmth of Christina's words.

    I knew, absolutely KNEW I held a winner in my hands.

    And Christina has been always receptive to advice, changing things, nipping and tucking as needed.


    Christina, what fun to watch you on this journey! Keep writing... Keep working....


    Hey, I've got champagne....

    Yes, I know it's EARLY.....

    But at a first sale party it's never too early, is it???? (Ask Melissa Jagears who I think was tippling before NOON yesterday, and well deserved!!!!)


    Happy dancing for you, Christina! That was one of the best phone calls ever!!!! :)

    Hey, have you guys noticed the absence of Bruno in his grass skirt now that we're on the mainland???? I kinda miss the big guy.

  78. Christina,

    I'm been trying to come up with a dedication page (just in case) like you asked.

    There are soooo many people to include but the top three, well maybe four would have to be first my mom. She passed away 16 years ago but I can still hear her say "you need to go write a book" then there's Erica Vetsch. Our paths crossed years ago so when I decided to seek publication I sent her a 'remember me' email asking where to start on this journey. She emailed me back with a step by step map that opened doors and got me started on the write path (pun intended) Speaking of doors that takes me to Tina Radcliffe. Her encouragement to enter a contest I didn't think I'd do well in. (I won) got my foot in the door of the greatest (In my opinion) editor in New York, maybe the universe (I think maybe I read somewhere she reads this blog)Last but not lease is Mildred Colvin. When I 'met' her in Scribes a still small voice whispered "Follow this one" She's now one of my dearest writing partners and has invested more than anyone in my journey.

    Ok now that I have the dedication page done I need to go finish that book.

  79. Oh and then there's Ruthy. I didn't forget her she just gets her own page :)

  80. Wow! 9Am my time and almost 90 comments!

    Now I have to go read and catch up.... and comment more because I want a cool scarf! :D

  81. I'm so thrilled for you, Christina!!!! Congratulations!!! I enjoyed reading your "sold" story too!

  82. Author 101 reality? Litter box??

    Too funny!

    I thnk right after I talked to Melissa E when she said they wanted to buy my book, I turned around and changed a poopy diaper.. and then another.

    I think God was using my toddlers' intestines to tell me not to get a big head.

    No, no, no. What struck me at the moment was, "This is your real life. Don't forget that you were always needed and wanted here."

    Of course, poopy diaper duty is never happy, but being needed and wanted is. :)

    Still so happy for you, Christina! Come back from the carpet store sooooooon!

  83. Wonderful and motivating news from Seekerville! Congrats Christina! Enjoy your great accomplishment and thanks for the call story!


  84. YAY Christina!! Congratulations on your wonderful news!!! And how special that your "sale story" reminds us all to TRUST in the Lord's timing---no matter what the circumstances. ~ Enjoy the warm Peach muffins I just baked. Blessings, Patti Jo
    p.s. Your story sounds amazing--cannot wait to read it!

  85. p.s. Okay, I am LAUGHING at Tina's earlier comment about new author reality---You mean after someone gets THE CALL they still have to clean the litter box??!! And I felt certain if/when the time comes for moi that all my kitties would graciously take turns with that chore *wink*. ~ PJ

  86. Congratulations! What a blessing. Everything really does happen in His time.

    In His Time ;)
    Love Prevails
    Love Through Time
    Endless Love-no wait, that's a song...
    Love Eternal

  87. Congratulations! What a blessing. Everything really does happen in His time.

    In His Time ;)
    Love Prevails
    Love Through Time
    Endless Love-no wait, that's a song...
    Love Eternal

  88. Wow! So many comments! I don't have too much time before I have to go back to the shop. Fortunately, we don't have a kitty. Okay, well we have a one-eyed kitty who stalks us, peeking in the windows and meowing at the front door all the time. I worry my dog will eat her. She's absolutely beautiful and I'd take her in except the dogs, one is quite the beast and then of course allergies to cats. *sniff, sniff*

    Pepper, I love stories set in Appalachia and can't wait to read yours and the beautiful dedication.

    Jamie, that is what I love so much about this community, they are very supportive. I think Seekerville is a must for all writers, just saying. I mean with such great authors leading the way and all the villagers, it's the best place.

  89. Ruth, that phone call still baffles me. *g* I was so called and teeth chattering in TEXAS, too! And you were excited and I'm like wait, am I supposed to be? I kept thinking what if it's all a dream and not real, but it is, cause you know what? Emily tweeted my name again today! So exciting!!!!

    As far as you reading my pages, I appreciate your comments. It warms my heart greatly to know that you appreciated the lyricism of the era.

  90. CHRISTINA!!!! You brought tears to my eyes!!! What a wonderfully inspiring story about listening to God and trusting His timing!!!

    You know, one of the sweetest parts of getting a book published is writing the dedication. Where else can you publicly thank those who have meant so much to you on your writing journey?

  91. Oh my gosh golly wow gee happiness abounding! Christina! Look at you! Doing what you were obviously meant to do :-) Way to go! Congrats! May this be the beginning of a long, fruitful writing career!

    Now I need to read other comments and replenish my supply of exclamation marks ...

    Nancy C

  92. My mail just arrived!!

    I have this DELICIOUS package of holiday bark from Audra Harders. Yum Yum!!!

    Thank you so much, Audra.


  93. Oh, and another pink pen, a Seekerville coaster, and bookmarks!

  94. Congratulations, Christina! Two first sales in a row, how wonderful!

    Love all these title suggestions - not even going to attempt one.

    Enjoy this great moment in your life and thanks for the reminder to TRUST!


  95. thanks, Debby. I'm sure she's looking down from Heaven right now with a mischevous smile on her sweet face.

    Probably with another story to tell :-)

  96. Loved the detail account of your first acceptance, Christina! Thank you for that! I could picture it all happening -- you yoyoing up an down emotionally and everything! Thank you for sharing!!! And congratulations!

    I'm not even going to try adding to the great list of titles already accumulated here. Now you're going to have an impossible job of deciding which suits your book best!

  97. Congrats Christina! Fantastic news and I'm looking forward to your book. It sounds great and I enjoyed reading your 'the call' story, too!


  98. Second post here to send congrats out to MELISSA. I was in the car for 12 hours yesterday and although I could read Seekerville, I wasn't able to post! SO this is a day late, but wanted to make sure I sent you kudos!

    This place is getting really exciting, isn't it?

  99. Christina, congratulations! This is great news!!!

  100. Oh so many good title suggestions to pick from!!!!!

  101. C, so very happy for you, no one deserves it more!! Your story tells us all the importance of writing the story of the heart. Again, congratulations!!! Can't wait to see that wonderful story in print!!

  102. Congratulations, Christina!!

    I've always been intrigued with the idea of warrior priests and the young King Joash's story. Can't wait to read your book!!! :)

    Hmmm. Title ideas...
    Keepers of the Watch
    The Slave's Secret

    Oh, well. Not very good, but I tried, lol.

  103. Thank you, Natalie! A lot of prayer went into this book and a lot more will go into it as I dive into edits. I love the story and all the history behind it. It was fun to research all the different historical aspects of this era and I can't wait to share it with the world.

  104. Thank you, Laurie! You've been by my side from day one. I couldn't have made it through all this without your friendship. Love you!

  105. Thank you, Walt. I keep waiting to hear more about your book. I think your premise is fabulous and I look forward to reading your story. Soon, right?

  106. Kav, I still have those yoyo moments. And those doubts. Really, me?

    After I read the email, I was pretty sure it was an offer in the making. I plopped down on the floor and said, crud, now the real work begins. But I couldn't be happier and I think I'm absolutely ready to take on the challenge of editing. Oh, I pray I am. *g*

  107. Thank you, Lyndee! And, yes, how awesome for Melissa. I think I was more excited for Melissa than myself. Seems we're always happier for our friends when good things happen.

  108. Helen, I just love Seekermail.

    Those pink pens are pretty special, too.

  109. I'm a bit overwhelmed by all the congratulations. It's awesome and wonderful and all those things wrapped up in shiny paper with a bright red bow.

    I wish I could hug each one of you.

    Julie L, thank you! It moves me that you were moved by my call story.

  110. As Julie Steele mentioned, please pray for the folks in NY. I'm so humbled to see my (hehe) editor went into the office today when there was no heat. that is a woman dedicated to her job and her authors.

  111. Paula, I say for all writers to keep pressing forward. This business isn't easy, but it's doable and when you rely on God it's more than possible and completely humbling when you're walking in the calling He's set forth.

  112. Thank you, Audra. I'm excited to be working with Emily.

  113. Debby, I have A Writer's Prayer on my wall. Every time I got really discouraged and couldn't think of words to pray, I'd read that prayer out loud and found peace and courage to open a file and write.

    Thank you for praying for me.

    I've always wanted to ask which Georgia gals judged my entry in the Maggies last year. I got such great, encouraging feedback. Helped me to really hone this story in.

  114. Christina, blogger wouldn't let me post from my phone earlier. So happy for you.

    Congratulations, I love biblical fiction. Can't wait to read yours.

  115. Thank you, Mary Curry! You put a big smile on my face.

  116. Susie, I'd like those cartwheels on video. ;)

    thank you for all the talks and prayers, all the support. Your turn is coming.

  117. Jackie, I'm glad you found some encouragement. Now press forward and write, enter contests and write. *g*

  118. Tina, you talking to me? Saw those edits, smiled and then closed my email real quick. *g* going to print them off and pray. A LOT! The cool thing is at least I have a guideline and not just a generic fix this.

  119. Sandra, I've been learning through the last year, through a lot of difficult situations, that God's timing is perfect.

    Thank you!

  120. Thank you, Dianna! I don't know why but I still stand in awe at His perfect timing.


  121. thank you, Kara. When I realized the glitch I had to sit back in wonder, because God just knew, what with a troubled son, homeschooling my kids, a full college schedule and working, He just knew I couldn't add any more to my plate and He was right. Gotta give it up to HIM!

  122. Glynna, I pray we see many more departing the island real soon. There are at least four Seekers that I'm waiting anxiously for news.

  123. Deb H, I do love my mother-in-law even though she's completely opposite of me, very outspoken and even outrageous (she likes to put people, especially males dating her female offspring, on the spot) at times. One of these days I'll write her in a story. :)

    Oh, and I'd love to know the answer to your question, too. It'd be nice to know, who all of the villagers have departed the island.

  124. Thank you, Clari! Don't know how many times I've had to dry my eyes. All these comments are humbling.

  125. Thank you, Jennifer. I'm honored to be a part of our Scribes.

  126. Thank you, Donna. Yes, my mil has a great, if not weird, sense of humor.

  127. Annie, I pray it's amazing. I kind of like. A LOT! ;)

  128. Terri, my hope is that all writers are encouraged. I'm huge on paying it forward. And I think Seekerville is the best example of giving that gift.

  129. Catmom, peach muffins sound absolutely yummy!

    Tina's comment would have made me laugh too, except that she's right. I can't just go to work and come home and decide not to write, now I have to. EEK! but I wouldn't have it any other way.

  130. MJ, thank you for the title suggestions. Much better than what I've come up with at this point.

  131. Christina, Wahoo!!! I'm thrilled for your sale to Love Inspired!!!! I loved your ispiring post, proof how God's timing is right on.

    Your book sounds fabulous! Looking forward to reading it.

    Have a blast in the exciting days ahead!


  132. Myra, I can't wait to write my dedication page, but it might take up more word count that my story. *g*

  133. ok tried to do this earlier but safari shut down on me.

    congrats Christina sounds like an interesting book.

    not sure of a title or even dedication pages (although being mentioned in a round about way by Janet Tronstad was so call she mentioned the goodreads group she was involved in and dedicated the book to us).

  134. Nancy, two years ago I attended a writer's conference Called to Write. We had a guest agent speak on Calling vs. Offering. The day before I left I got the news of my grandfather's death, so I was an emotional wreck as it was. By the end of the workshop I ran to my room and bawled. I was in one of those limbos for a few days. One night I went for a walk and was having one of those discussion with the Lord and he reminded me of that scripture at the top of this blog post Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart. I stopped dead in my tracks, looked up to the sky and said, "Lord, if I take delight in You, won't you be my desire?" The warmth of his presence poured over me. And I knew then, He'd called me to write. Doesn't mean I didn't have ups and downs though. ;)

  135. thank you, Nancy K, I hope you can come back. I'd love to see what you come up with.

  136. Thank you, Susan A. Mason. I'm trying to enjoy every bit of this.

  137. Thank you, Janet. I know I'm in excellent author company with LIH!

  138. Connie Queen, repeat after me, "I AM A WRITER!"

    Nobody else can tell you otherwise. Although it is nice to have approval, others don't know what God has called you to or the gifts he has given you. Some may spot it, but those outside the writing world don't really understand it.

    email if you'd like christinainspirationals at gmail dot com I'd love to chat with you

  139. Congratulations, Christina!!!! I love your selling story!

    Here's the first title that popped into my head
    Commander of Her Heart

    Congratulations again!! And enjoy the fun of your first published novel!

  140. This is wonderful, Christina. Congratulations! :)

  141. Congratulations!! Well done.

    One of the most memorable dedication pages I read was to the author's children. It was warm & sweet.

  142. Oh, what a lovely party day, Christina!!! So stinkin' delightful! Yay, you!!!!!

  143. most impressive dedication page I saw was dedicating it to God for giving them thier talent and parents for believing in them!

  144. Congratulations Christina. I'm catching up with Seekerville posts.

    Jodie Wolfe

  145. I'm late on the title suggestions, but I'll throw a few at you:

    A Heart Restored (because of the whole maiming thing and the restoration of the king's throne).

    A Dutiful Love--kind of cheesy, maybe.

    Servant of the Heart--Even cheesier?

    An Honor to Love

    The Bonds of Love

    An Imperfect Love. Or: An Imperfect Bride.

    I'll keep thinking. Hmmmm.

  146. I'm going to try some more:

    Defending Her Honor

    A Heart Divided (between love and duty)

    Defending Forever

    A Calling Higher than the King

    Guardian of Her Heart

    A Love More Perfect

    The Love Offering (Because her father offers her hand)

    If Forever Will Wait (because he might have to put off marriage until he defends the king???)

    Keeper of Her Heart

    Can you tell I'm trying to win a scarf here? :)

  147. Your call story is thrilling, inspiring and downright fun to read :D Love the part about your convo on the plane.

    “Oh, and I just sold a book.” CHA, YOU DID. Party!!!!

    Congrats, Christina, and count me as one of the eager readers. Your story sounds wonderful.

  148. Thank you, Annie! You've given me some hard choices here. ;)

  149. Love the title, The Master's Daughter. I've seen many 'The _________ Daughter' books, and the titles always grab me.