Friday, August 22, 2014

It All Started Because I Wanted to meet Debbie Macomber


 It All Started Because I Wanted to meet Debbie Macomber
Christina Lorenzen

I had spent 20+ years as a journalist and even won an award from the Society of Professional Journalists. You would think that winning that award would compel me to go further in my nonfiction endeavors. Instead it did the complete opposite. Suddenly I wasn’t feeling that little flicker of excitement that I used to feel upon starting a new assignment. Months went by and I realized that my time as a freelancer had come to an end. What did excite me was the possibility of getting back to my first love – fiction.

I promptly joined RWA and wrote 3 novels. All three are on my hard drive and one I went so far as to print it out for edits. It’s buried in a filing cabinet to this day. I don’t know if it’ll ever see the light of day again. Then, in 2011, my absolute favorite author announced a contest. Debbie Macomber, famed women’s fiction and romance author, would be choosing the winner of a novella of up to 25K to be included in a reprinting of her novella, A Family Affair.



This was it! I would write a fun, sweet romance that would win the contest. All I have ever wanted was to meet Debbie Macomber. Of course the prize had nothing to do with meeting the author. But having Debbie Macomber pick he winning story was as good as it gets for me. I wrote my story, A Husband for Danna, at break neck speed – 3 weeks. For those 3 weeks I lived at my computer, writing thousands of words per day so I could make the contest entry deadline. And I did. And for someone who, I’m ashamed to admit, is plagued with doubt and entertains negative thoughts, I look back today amazed that I never once thought about the fact that I might not win the contest.



And I didn’t. But oddly enough that didn’t faze me. The fact was that I had enjoyed writing that short, fun, fast paced story. I loved my characters, Danna and Eric. So I decided I would submit it to a small press that was looking for novellas. This time I didn’t count on getting published. I told myself “I’ll wait to see what the editor thinks.” I told my writer friends that I was hoping to get some positive criticism to make the story better. I was secretly hoping that I would be offered a contract. I wasn’t.

But, hey, that was only 1 rejection – one. At the time I didn’t even realize how lucky I was. That editor actually wrote the rejection email himself and said “I love the premise, love the idea but your characters are flat. They need work.” I could have shelved the story because, after all, I had only written it to ‘meet’ Debbie Macomber. But I loved that story. So I decided to submit to another small press that had a call for contemporary, sweet novellas.
Flash forward to Labor Day 2013 or around August 31.



I’d love to tell you that I was busy, that last weekend of the summer, rewriting my novella. After all, I need to somehow bring my characters to life. Honestly, at that point I wasn’t sure how to do that. So I submitted the story as is to this small press and crossed my fingers. Maybe she would offer some advice on how to bring those flat characters to life. She did. In fact, she did more than that. She sent me an email telling me that she loved the story and asked how open was I to revisions in order to make the story work for her. Open? Just call me a door.



The email arrived exactly on Labor Day. How fitting. I went to work to work, throwing my all into that novella. One month later I happily hit the ‘send’ button on my keyboard. And I sat back and waited to hear the good news. I pictured myself signing a contract. I envisioned the cover of my sweet book. The cover was the easiest part. Actually, I was now watching my book unfold as a movie. Did I mention that the whole time while I was writing this book, that 3 week marathon, I had been running the story as a movie in my head? I was thinking Hallmark Channel (and Debbie Macomber did have two of her books turned into Hallmark Channel movies. A girl can dream).

Stop the cameras!



Not happening. At least not at the moment. The editor sent back yet another round of extensive editing she would need to see before she would consider my book. She asked to see them no later than the first week of November. No problem. After years of working as a journalist, I’ve always loved editing. For me the editing is the easiest part of switching from non-fiction to fiction. I dove in to those edits, again making my desk my home, only leaving it for visits to the little girl’s room or bed. I’ll be honest. I am not one of those writers (you lucky gals) who can burn the midnight oil. I need my 6-7 solid hours of sleep each night. Mornings are my peak creative time.

I hit ‘send’ again. This time I’m not holding that picture of a contract or book cover in my head. I’m feeling a little less confident but still hopeful. I decide that whatever happens I’ll be better for it. And besides that, I reason with myself, most authors get dozens, hundreds and more rejections before they make that first sale. Who was I to think that I would bypass that time honored tradition?

Good thing I had that little pep talk with myself. Too bad it didn’t make the rejection hurt any less. It was just three days before Thanksgiving. After all that editing, the changes and even cutting out chunks of my story, she had decided that A Husband for Danna just wasn’t for her after all. I left my desk to lick my wounds. I took a walk out in the cool November air. I spent some time with my cats (they’re great stress relievers).



I’m a journalist. So I did what I’ve done over the 20+ years of working as one. I picked myself up, sat down at my keyboard, and wrote her an email thanking her for the opportunity of working alongside her and getting her expert help. She wrote back and wished me luck placing it elsewhere.

That night I talked to my critique partner. She offered her shoulder and some virtual chocolate and said “Why don’t you put it away for now and start something news?” But I really loved that story. Thanksgiving came and went. I didn’t work on the story anymore. I just let it sit there while I mulled around some new ideas. Then a writer from one of my RWA chapters, Faith, Hope & Love, posted about a pitch party that was being held by her publisher on Facebook.

This was it, I told myself. I would pitch my novella to them through Facebook and see what happens. If that didn’t ask to see it I would pack the story away. But they did. So I sent the completed manuscript (the one I had completely revised for the other editor) to them on December 13. And I decided to just forget about it. No more fantasizing about contracts, no more picturing contracts and no more movies in my mind.

I’m going long here so I’ll cut to the chase for you all. I actually lost track of time. On February 17, 2014 I decided to follow up my submission with a quick email. The editor’s assistant promised I would hear back with the week. I did not get my hopes up. I hadn’t gotten many fiction rejections but I’d had tons of “Sorry we can’t use your story” rejections in my nonfiction work.  I was ready for a rejection and to pack up that story (so to speak).

But on February 19, 2014 I got the surprise of my life – an acceptance from Astraea Press! What makes this even better is that ten years ago I had made a deal with myself. I would be published by my 50th birthday. Well, I had turned 51 on January 19, 2014. This email arrived exactly one month after turning 51, a year after my self-imposed deadline.

As they say, better late than never!

And that’s my story……not quite as miraculous as the authors who receive dozens, hundreds and more rejections but pretty amazing just the same. 

Thanks for letting me share it on one of my most favorite places on the web!!!


Christina is giving away a copy of her novella, A Husband for Danna, so please mention you want to be entered in your comment!


Author Bio:
Christina Lorenzen started writing as a young teen, jotting stories in wire ring composition notebooks. Her first typewriter
made it faster to get all those stories out of her head and down on paper. Her love of writing has sustained her through a myriad of
jobs that included hairdresser, legal secretary, waitress and door-­to-door saleswoman.

Luckily for her, writing proved to be successful and a lot less
walking than going door to door. A Husband for Danna is Christina’s first novel. She is busy working on her next. When she
isn’t writing or reading, she can be found walking her dog, talking to her herd of cats and spending time with her family.

Connect with Christina online at:




82 comments:

Helen Gray said...

Congratulations!

Many years ago I sat at a conference meal table with Debbie, but I didn't have the nerve to talk across the table to her.

Coffee's brewing.

Marianne Barkman said...

Christina, what an encouraging post. So up beat. I'm going to be watching for a novel from you. I would love to read your novella. It can not be anything but good when the writer loves her characters so much! Thanks for the coffee, Helen. Here's cinnamon rolls to go with it!

Tina Radcliffe said...

I've had Marianne's cinnamon rolls. They are amazing!!!

Tina Radcliffe said...

Welcome, Christina. Toasting your first sale and many more with my Tazo tea!

Jan Drexler said...

Congratulations on your sale!

I have to confess, I've always wanted to meet Debbie Macomber too. And I remember that novella contest - but I didn't have anything to enter :(

Cindy W. said...

Congratulations Christina! Wow! What perseverance. I would love to be entered to win your novella.

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy W.

Ruth Logan Herne said...

Christina, I have enjoyed working with you from the very first time we "met" online!!!!

Your hard work and devotion are so evident in all you do. This rocks!!!!!

You know, one of my indies was rejected by a line that's hit big struggles now... but the editor sent a rejection letter (and this was after I was published) that went over what she didn't like about the story.

I kept the letter, and changed the story to deepen those points and published it as an indie this year. And it's selling beautifully!

Was she wrong to reject it? No, because not everything appeals to everyone.

But her letter helped me see the story from fresh eyes. Now I didn't change everything, because I thought she was wrong on a few things, but where she made sense, I used her advice and it helped. Like you, revisions and edits are no biggie with me. I actually like doing them.

This is so awesome to have you here on this side of the fence! Thank you so much for being such a good friend to Seekerville!!!

Ruthy

Ruth Logan Herne said...

Debbie Macomber is sweet. I sat next to her at an agency-hosted dinner and she's very nice and down-to-earth!

And Christina, I LOVE THE HALLMARK CHANNEL!!!!! :)

Suzie Johnson said...

Congratulations, Christina! I'm so glad you persevered. Debbie Macomber is a wonderful person. I learned so much from her. One of the biggest being: dare to dream big dreams! Don't stop dreaming, Christina! I'm looking forward to reading your book!

Kav said...

Congratulations, Christina. What a great story of perseverance. And loved the humour. :-) It's so much fun to hear different author's publication journey stories.

Jessica Nelson said...

lol What a great story!!! Keep on keeping on. :-)

Congrats on your release and I hope you have many more!

Thanks for sharing.

I'll take some cinnamon rolls too. YUM!

Tracey Hagwood said...

Hi Christinia~
What a lovely, inspiring story about the power of dedication and determination to achieve a life goal!

I would love to read your first story and be entered in your drawing!

Piper Huguley said...

*Joins Jessica with the cinnamon rolls*

What a great story, Christina! How amazing it is that you met your life's goals as well. I know that you must be so proud of yourself. It would be awesome to see your story on The Hallmark Channel! Keep growing with your writing!

Mary Hicks said...

Congratulations, Christina!
Your sense of humor and perseverance is encouraging. :-)

I Loved your post!

Pit my name in the pot, please. :-)

Audra Harders said...

Christina, good for you! The number one element ficiton writers must possess is perserverance. LOTS OF IT, LOL!

So good to hear your story. Lifting my cup of coffee to the first and many, many more to follow!!

Missy Tippens said...

Chris, we're so glad to have you with us today!! I just loved reading your story. So cool to see how you hung in there.

Missy Tippens said...

Ruthy, that's great that you were able to use some of the editor feedback before indie publishing that book. I always look forward to what our editors have to say (well, and sometimes fear the verdict as well). :)

Missy Tippens said...

Suzie, I remember Debbie speaking at ACFW and talking about that! She was so inspiring!

Cindy Regnier said...

Congratulations Christina! What an encouraging story. I would love to read your book. I am picturing myself curled up with "A Husband for Danna" with a cup of Helen's wonderful coffee and Marianne's amazing cinnamon rolls alongside.
My personal philosophy - every rejection is just one step closer to that elusive 'yes'

Terri said...

Chris - I'm so excited for you and I love reading your journey to fiction publication.

I've met Debbie Macomber at RWA conferences and she is amazing.

Looking forward to more books by you!

Christina said...

Thank you HELEN GRAY! I would love to sit at a table with Debbie. Not sure I'd have the nerve to talk to her too. Probably be too star struck lol.

Christina said...

So glad you found my words encouraging,MARIANNE BARKMAN. My next goal is to submit a novel to Love Inspired, my dream line. I hope you enjoy my novella and thank you!

Christina said...

I love Tazo tea, TINA RADCLIFFE. Thank you for the toast!

Christina said...

JAN DREXLER, thank you for the congrats. I didn't have anything to enter either, hence the frenzied three weeks of writing. I was so intent on entering. I'd love to have some of that energy again lol.

Christina said...

CINDY W., Looking back, I'm amazed myself. I'd always read about the 3 P's a writer needs (patience,perseverance and persistence).Never really thought I had it in me lol. Thank you!

Christina said...

RUTHY, you always inspire me. I am one of your biggest fans (I know you have many). My shelves are overflowing with your LI books (and pretty much all of the LI authors here on Seekers). As I make my way further in my writing career I'm going to remember you sharing this story of rejection. If RUTHY gets rejected, then I'll be in good company when future rejections start rolling in. It is an honor to be here with you and all the Seekers. And I had a feeling you might be a Hallmark Channel fan :D

Christina said...

SUZIE JOHNSON, thank you! Debbie Macomber has several nonfiction books where she talks about dreaming big dreams. That's what I love about her. She encourages me to keep on dreaming! I'd love for you read my book! Thanks for stopping by!

Christina said...

Thank you, KAV. I'm glad you enjoyed my story. Thanks for stopping by!

Cara Lynn James said...

Love your story, Christina. It's always so interesting to hear other writers' publishing stories. It isn't easy!

I'd like to meet Debbie Macomber, too.

Julie Hilton Steele said...

Christina, first of all, you are so NOT 51. I refuse to believe it. 40 maybe, tops.

It's something isn't it, going from a non-fiction writer to fiction. There is something so freeing about it but how did you unlearn all that non-fiction in your head? I wrote non-fiction in the religious world and still struggle at times.

Congrats. No need to put me in the drawing. I will be reading your book this weekend!

Christina said...

Thank you, JESSICA NELSON! I'm hard at work on my next book. This has been so exciting. I hope to have many more books in my future! Thanks for stopping by!

Christina said...

TRACEY HAGWOOD, thank you! I'm happy you were inspired by my story. I would love for you to read my first story. Thanks for stopping by!

Christina said...

Thank you, PIPER HUGULEY! I'm alternating between proud and super excited. It would be a dream come true to see my story on Hallmark. It's on my 'Dream Big'list. Thanks for stopping by!

Christina said...

Glad you found my words encouraging, MARY HICKS. Thank you so much. Got you in the pot! :D

Christina said...

Yes, perseverance is definitely key, AUDRA HARDERS. Never can have too much. Thank you for stopping by!

Christina said...

Thank you, MISSY TIPPENS! I'm so thrilled to be here with you all today. Being a fan of your books (and they too are bursting from my LI shelves, your words mean so much to me. Thank you!!

Christina said...

Thank you, CINDY REGNIER! I would love to see you curled up with my story, sipping that delicious coffee and enjoying those cinnamon rolls. I'm not a coffee drinker, but I can't pass up a cinnamon roll. Love 'em. Actually, I love most pastries lol. You are right - every rejection is another step toward acceptance. Thanks for stopping by!

Christina said...

Thank you, TERRI, for sharing in the excitement with me. I'm going to have to get to RWA Nationals so I can finally meet Debbie Macomber. And since 2015 will be in NYC I will finally be able to go! I'm only an hour away :D Thanks so much for all your encouragement!

DebH said...

It's amazing what the right incentive can do for a body. That and how ignorance can be bliss...at least for at the beginning.

I hope to have the same teachable spirit as I muddle through my first book reworks (the editor wrote the same thing, if I was willing to revise, she'd love to see it again. willing??? a big fat YES. able? still working on that)

Thanks for sharing your journey because that gives me so much encouragement to persevere. I can do it. (my take away from your post) Please put my name in the draw for the opportunity to win your book.

And when you finally hit the Hallmark channel (big dream, big dream), you can blame it on Debbie - how cool will that be?

Mindy Obenhaus said...

What a great story, Christina. :) Mega congrats on the contract!

Christina said...

Thank you, CARA LYNN JAMES. It's definitely not easy, but so worth the hard work! I think we have a good group of us here who would like to meet Debbie lol. I hope to someday. Thanks for stopping by!

Christina said...

Yes, JULIE HILTON STEELE, I am so 51 and inching close to 52. But it's just a number, right?:) Yes,it sure is freeing to go from nonfiction to fiction after 20+ years of journalism assignments. I know what you mean, though. I still struggle to unlearn all those 'rules' of nonfiction. Thanks for picking up my book and being here! I hope you enjoy it!

Jeanne T said...

Christina I loved hearing your story! It's an encouragement for me, as I plod along on this writing journey. May this be the first of many books that bear your name!

Missy Tippens said...

DebH, yes! You definitely can! :)

Christina said...

Yes, DEB H.I agree. Ignorance is bliss. I can't imagine how I thought I was going to meet Debbie but it sure fueled the fire. That is such exciting news! Happy for you and you will be able to do those edits.
Just muddle through and do the best you can do! I'm happy that my post encouraged you. And I've got your name in the pot! When I hit the Hallmark Channel you'll hear me shouting from the rooftops. And maybe the Seekers will have me back here again so I can 'blame' it on Debbie! So cool!

Christina said...

Thank you for the congrats, MINDY OBENHAUS! Glad you liked my story!Thanks for stopping by!

Donna said...

What a lovely attitude, Christina! It will take you very far in life. Congratulations on your novella! Please enter me.

Christina said...

Thank you,JEANNE T. It's just amazing to me that I can offer some encouragement to fellow authors. Keep on plodding - persistence is everything. And thank you for your well wishes!

Lyndee H said...

Congratulations, Christina! What a great story of dreams coming true! And why not the Hallmark Channel? Keep on! With your hard work and dedication,the possibilities are endless! GO GIRL!

Missy Tippens said...

Chris, did I read above that you're working on the next book? Is is a novella as well? Can you tell us anything about it yet??

Christina said...

Thank you, DONNA! I try lol. Thanks for stopping by today. Got your name in the pot!!!

Christina said...

Thank you, LYNDEE H! Wouldn't it be great? I just love that Hallmark Channel! I'll keep on and let that carrot of a dream dangle in front of my nose :) Thanks for the awesome encouragement!

Christina said...

Yes, MISSY TIPPENS, you did read that :) I actually am playing with a second book about Danna and Eric. I don't want to give away too much, but in the story someone gives Danna a little box. That's what I'm working with for a follow up. And I do have a book that I've been trying to finish for Love Inspired. Now THAT's my dream publisher - Harlequin Love Inspired! I'll let you know what happens with that follow up book though.

Chill N said...

What a tale of perseverance! Sending good thoughts that you meet Debbie Macomber -- don't you know she'd get a kick out of hearing what motivated you to achieve what you have!

Best wishes for your book.

Nancy C

Myra Johnson said...

Welcome, Christina! I was intrigued right away by your post title. Debbie Macomber will always be special to me because she was the presenter for the inspirational category when I won the RWA Golden Heart in 2005! What a treat!

Congratulations on finding a home for your novella! You just never know when those doors are going to open, so giving up is not an option!

Jamie Adams said...

Congratulations, Christina. I loved your post. Never give up :)

Missy Tippens said...

Chris, definitely let us know how it goes on the new books!

Nancy C, I think you're right! I think Debbie would be pleased to read this. :)

Missy Tippens said...

Myra, that would have been so cool!! What a thrill. :)

Sherida Stewart said...

Christina! Great story about your perservance! YAY! CONGRATULATIONS! And thanks for the encouragement! :) Love the road to "published" stories!

Ruth Logan Herne said...

Christina, you haven't arrived in this Biz until you've been slapped around some.

If you don't get smacked down a little, you come to think it's never going to happen, and when it does, you think you've done something wrong.

Nope. Just wrong place/wrong time/ wrong project, pass Go, Collect $200!!!!

I love your perseverance. It's often not the talent.... it's the stick-toitive-ness and you've got that, my friend!

Julie Lessman said...

CHRISTINA!!! OH. MY. GOSH -- I LOVED YOUR STORY ABOUT GETTING PUBLISHED!!!

And I am SO happy you did get "the call" because just reading this blog today tells me you are a born writer (and entertainer), so you go, girl!!

I sure hear you on those rejections AND those dreams of movies, too, which is why I enjoyed your blog so much. We have ALL been there (except for Deb Raney, an author friend of mine whose 1st ms. was bid over by two publishers and then made into a movie). SO happy for her, but BIG SIGH. Sure doesn't happen that way for everybody, that's for sure!

I received 46 of the rejection letters (some nothing more than a pen scrawl on my query letter, saying "no interest in this project"). I'll tell you -- that's really hittin' bottom when you aren't even worth a piece of their letterhead! ;)

Anyway -- great post!! I can see right now I will have to read your book!

Hugs,
Julie

Debby Giusti said...

Christina, congratulations on your sale! YAY!

Your hard work paid off. BTW, it took me many years to write the book that sold. We can learn so much from rejection, although it's always hard to accept.

Good for you to take the advice and apply it to your story. Some folks bulk and ignore constructive criticism. Perhaps that's why they never sell.

So excited for you! Proud of you too!

Hugs!

Christina said...

Hi, CHILL N (Nancy C),
I appreciate those good thoughts. Who knows? Maybe some day. I was thinking the same thing - that Debbie Macomber might get a kick out of knowing this. I did tweet about it with a link to this post and 'she' did favorite it. Wouldn't that be great if she stopped by Seekerville?!?
Thanks for the good wishes!

Christina said...

MYRA JOHNSON, thank you for the warm welcome! What a thrill it must have been to have Debbie Macomber herself presenting that Golden Heart!I think I would have been tongue tied and unable to walk! Thank you for the congrats. You are right - you never know when those doors may open. I can think of times when I was frustrated and thinking of quitting but I think I'm too stubborn. I never quit. Thank you for stopping by!

Janet Dean said...

Welcome to Seekerville, Christina! I enjoyed your style/voice in this post. You're definitely a writer! Congratulations on the debut of your novella!

I have met Debbie Macomber at the Literary signing at RWA when I was up for the Golden Heart. She was to announce the winner of the Inspirational category. That was Myra, not me, but I remember her kind interest in my final. I've also heard her speak at American Christian Fiction Writers. Her story to publication touched me.

Janet

Christina said...

Thank you for the congrats, JAMIE ADAMS. I actually have a magnet (that I found at my other home - Barnes & Noble) that says "never never never give up". Good words to live by - and for more than writing too. Thanks for stopping by today!

Christina said...

Thank you, SHERIDA STEWART! I love road to publication stories too. Always gives me hope and inspiration. Glad you found mine encouraging. Thanks for stopping by today!

Christina said...

RUTH LOGAN HERNE, I have a feeling there will still be some more slapping to come lol. I keep thinking I need some more rejections after this novella barely getting a handful. But there's the next book and the next, right?

That's ok. I'm tough. I can do it. And there's always chocolate in the house for those days :)

Love any advice you share, my friend!

Christina said...

Thank you, JULIE LESSMAN! What an honor coming from you. I absolutely loved 'Love At Any Cost'!
My mom always says that I was born with a pad and pen in my hand lol. Sure does show my age though :)

What a great story about Deb Raney. I didn't know that. Now that's an inspiration.

46? Yes, like I said to RUTHY, I still have some more to come. That's ok. I consider myself an apprentice still. I admire you for sticking to it, especially with those pen scrawls :(
Thank you and I hope you enjoy my book.

Christina said...

DEBBY GIUSTI, thank you for the congrats! It's such a blessing to have so many wonderful people to share in my excitement here on Seekerville.

I think having spent so many years in journalism made it a little less painful for me when it came to rejections. I don't like them, but I accept it as part of the business. It stings but I move on.

And being a journalist I know I can learn from others who have the knowledge to share.

Thank you again for your kind words and for stopping by!

Christina said...

Thank you for the warm welcome, JANET DEAN! So pleased that you enjoyed my post. It's reaffirming to have you say 'You're definitely a writer!' Thank you. We writers need that sometimes.
How wonderful to be nominated for a Golden Heart. I am familiar with your books and loved 'Courting Miss Adelaide'. I saw the cover and had to buy it. I admire anyone who can bring history to life like you've done.
I also love Debbie Macomber's story of her path to publication. I think she has inspired me greatly in both writing and in my faith. I am a member of ACFW but haven't attended a conference yet. Maybe someday soon. Thank you again for your kind words!

Susan Anne Mason said...

Hi Christina,
Love hearing writer's journey stories! The key I believe is perseverance! Congratulations!

Cheers,
Sue

Susan Anne Mason said...

Forgot to say that I LOVE your cover!

Christina said...

I'm pleased you enjoyed my story, SUSAN ANNE MASON. I think that's the general consensus here today - perseverance is key! Isn't that cover beautiful? I love it too! Thank you for the congrats and thanks for stopping by today!

Missy Tippens said...

Sue, I love her cover too! I love the purple. My favorite color. :)

Walt Mussell said...

Congrats! I love the story of dedication, and it all paid off for you.

Courtney Phillips said...

Oh, Seekerville, I've missed you! Thank the Lord for the weekend and extra time to spend on the internet.

This post is inspiring and completely wonderful. :)
First time publishing stories are so fun.

Mary Preston said...

I love that you never gave up. Just tried all those different doors.

Enter me please!!

Christina said...

Thank you so much, WALT MUSSELL! It's true. Dedication does indeed pay off. Thanks for stopping by!

Christina said...

Glad you were able to stop by, COURTNEY PHILLIPS. Happy you enjoyed my story. Have a great weekend!

Christina said...

Thank you much, MARY PRESTON! Don't ever give up. I'm keeping that in mind for future endeavors too. You're entered! Thanks for stopping by!

Carolyn Chambers Clark said...

Hi Christina,

Sounds like a really fun story. Please enter me to win a copy.

All best wishes with the book.

Carolyn