For the record:
The Urban Dictionary defines "edgy" as:
"Applied to books, music or even haircuts which tend to challenge societal norms and reveal the dark side. Cutting edge."
Dictionary.com says this:
"Daringly innovative. On the cutting edge."
The term "edgy" is subjective. One person's "edgy" is another person's ho-hum... and that's kind of the way of the world, right?
I remember posting an excerpt about three naughty little boys in church on a loop years ago and someone called it "edgy" because the thought of little boys being naughty and loud in church was beyond their "ken"... Oh my stars, they needed a dose of reality from the Blodgett boys, LOL!
Then I had someone offer to read the opening chapter of "Try, Try Again" when I first wrote it, and the reader said the life-saving former NYC cop "Sarge" shouldn't smoke because it would turn readers off, it was too "edgy"....
A smoking ex-cop in New York City on a rain-swept bridge is not edgy. A trio of naughty boys in church is not edgy.
"Running on Empty", my newest independent release, the story of a woman who's kept a secret for over a decade... You know, that kind of secret...
The story of a woman who thought she fell in love with her running coach at age 13...
And didn't realize how a predator works, that they pick their prey with knife-like precision. And sometimes, no matter how much time goes by, they.... can't.... let.... go.
Let me tell you: that's edgy.
Now Anne has come home to help her sick mother, a mother who thought Anne left for very different reasons, a mother who blamed the wrong man, a good man of truth and justice, a man who wears a uniform for law and order with pride.
Maybe too much pride?
And now mother and daughter must deal with separate truths they thought they knew. And they're working on borrowed time, because Anne's mother is dying.
That's the kind of fiction we're talking about today, the kind of story that grips the heart, tugs the soul, and mentions the unmentionables... But in a way that shows God's grace, the healing, the help, the warmth and humor of taking the chance to love again--
A chance that seemed impossible short months before.
Starting today, September 12, 2013, you can download this beautiful love story, "Running on Empty" for FREE BY CLICKING HERE. (If you missed this, you know I'll give youse another chance to click to Amazon further down because I'm all about making this EASY for you. Yes. I'm that nice.)
It is free for five days to your Kindle device or any device that has a Kindle "App"... and if you work on a laptop, you can STILL DOWNLOAD FOR FREE, all you have to do is install the free Kindle "Whispernet" software on the Amazon page, it takes all of a minute or so.... And then you can download free books-- or ANY books!!! --- to your laptop.
Here's what we all have in common: We love God. We believe in Christ, the Savior. We embrace faith, hope and love. We love romance, we think heroes are supposed to act like heroes, but we love them flawed, too... Because perfect men don't exist and we want to see God's wondrous ways working in tandem with our humanity.
And that's what I tried to do in "Running on Empty". It was my first "North Country" book, the story that won all kinds of awards as "The Prodigal", and the story that made it by personal request onto several big editor desks... but then didn't make it past the pub boards because talking about pedophiles isn't readily accepted. And you might think that bothers me, but it doesn't. I understood that I took on a topic other authors had been rejected on, authors with bigger and better track records than mine...
But that's never stopped me before (much to my family's chagrin!!!!)
and it didn't stop me then. God put this story on my heart and soul when I was visiting the North Country a dozen years ago... when my son, a freshman at a beautiful North Country university said, "Some of the people in these small towns take their sports way too seriously."
From that snip came the "What if's???" writers mentally embrace. What if the coach didn't have the child's best interests at heart? What if the small town, a town hit with economic downfall with the collapse of manufacturing, embraced a winning record with too much ardor? What if the coach/teacher was a well-respected man of stature in his church, profession and community?
I wrote "Running on Empty" before Penn State was common knowledge, before we started looking hard and long at Syracuse University and the problems there.
Yes, this story is edgy... but it's also beautiful in its simplicity, in its grace and in the dignity of embracing those affected by depravity.
Do I want you to read this story?
Do I want you to love it?
Would I be honored by your review on Amazon?
But I will also understand if you shy away from it... although, I'm going to tell you honestly, I think it's a heart-wrenching beautiful love story, a tale of hope, redemption, renewal and faith. And the hero, Police Chief Joe McIntyre? Well, he's worth the price of admission and more.
I'm just sayin'... :)
"Running on Empty" is a marriage reunion story that holds up that "mirror dimly" we all talk about but sometimes fail to see in our own homes, our own lives.
Today we're talking "edgy".... because it needs to be talked about. Do you write edgy fiction? Does your work break the rules in a manner pleasing to God but unnerving to man?
Tell us about it!
The last free giveaway was over 19,000 downloads of "Try, Try Again".... Help me do the same with "Running on Empty". Tweet it.... and then re-tweet over the weekend!
Share it on Facebook, not to the point of being THAT ANNOYING PERSON, but just enough for folks to take notice!!!
Tell your buds, your cronies, your friends on loops....
And I'll look forward to seeing what folks think of this love story, a tale of truth, trust and tomorrows filled with love because young women came forward...
Knowing how ugliness can smear truth with innuendo...
And rocked a somewhat smug small town on its heels.
So what's your "edge"? Share with me, with us, and we'll chat about what gives a story organic "edge" as opposed to piled-on shock value... And meanwhile, I'll start giving away tens of thousands of free books!!!
What could possibly be better than that???? HELEN GRAY'S COFFEE!!!!! But Helen's in Indianapolis so if she doesn't get 'round here to set up her special brand of "joe", I'll bring a New York pot along with me...
And we'll talk. :)
Multi-published author Ruth Logan Herne loves to write warm inspirational fiction from her old farmhouse in upstate New York. She loves God, her husband (a very patient man who is quiet because he has little other choice) her family (a horde of kids, her own and those she's stolen) her country, her dogs, chocolate and coffee... There are days when chocolate and coffee nudge their way higher on the list and Ruthy is okay with that. She loves her work with Love Inspired books and Summerside Press, and has recently added independent novels to her resume.
Visit her at ruthloganherne.com, at THE YANKEE BELLE CAFE or hang with her here in Seekerville, on Facebook/ruthloganherne or twitter @ruthloganherne.