On the first Friday of each month, I will share a few notes about my writing journey.
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The Growing Garden Series isn't the only thing growing around here! The trials of life seem to provide the greatest opportunities for spiritual growth. My dear mother-in-law had a kitchen fire last month and needed a place to stay. She has been living with us since the beginning of April. Though we have had our challenges, we're learning how to share space until she can have her home back. In the meantime, we were able to work side by side on the next book in our new children's series. Our work relationship is growing. Abby Apple came out just one day early on April 14th! Oliver Orange is in review and should be available on Amazon by next week! Right now, Oliver's link takes you to a sneak peek inside from my webpage, but I will share the Amazon link as soon as he's published.
In other news, I am over the moon to be specifically promoting The Power of Discovering Your Husband is a Genius and all of my other books at Dylan's Dairy in just over a week on Saturday, May 13th from 1PM - 3PM. Please feel free to invite family and friends of all ages. You can click "going" on their Facebook page if you're able to join us.
What to Expect
Prize drawing for adults and children
Excerpts from several titles
Q&A with the author
I was very excited to announce the release of Abby Apple the first book in our Growing Garden Series today, but after reviewing the proof and finding some printing errors, I have to wait! The helpful team at KDP have assured me things will be resolved quickly and we might even meet our April 15th publishing goal, but real life doesn’t always go the way we had hoped.
On that note, I was given a green light to share and promote The Power of Discovering Your Husband is a Genius at local event featuring the Financial Peace University by Dave Ramsey, but it may be cancelled due to lack of enrollment. It's an incredible class. Kev and I learned it via video series years ago (I wish we could have gone in person - so cool they're offering that right in Cornell) but if it cancels I'm sure another opportunity will come along. I’m trusting because God has a plan.
The Town Hall Meeting March 29th at the Cornell school was a success. The panel of guests with lived experience shared their insight. Guests were taught how to administer Narcan in an emergency situation, parents were informed of specific things to watch for with their children, and the team was able to raise awareness of the growing problems around drugs and vaping in schools across the nation. Attendance was impressive with facilitators running across the hall for extra chairs. The Christian fiction I’m currently working on will address similar topics, and I hope to have it ready for release this fall, but only God knows the times and seasons for certain.
I will have a reading and book signing at Dylan's Dairy in Cornell, WI on May 13th from 1-3 p.m.
If you'd like author-signed copies of any of my books (at a discount from Amazon prices) please let me know. I keep some copies on hand. I can usually find time to meet, and I love to talk with brothers and sisters in Christ.
As always, thank you, dear reader, from the bottom of my heart, for your support and encouragement. It means more than you will ever know. This real-life writing journey I’m on is full of ups and downs. I’m thanking God for whatever he has planned in all of it.
Set Back or Set Up
I had an amazing privilege of walking through the publishing process with my younger brother! His book just came out and it is fantastic. It's available on Amazon and featured at the right. You can click to purchase! I am very proud of Joe. He is a talented writer and a wonderful brother. This has been a dream of his, and I feel so honored he welcomed me to play a tiny part in seeing it come to fruition.
Your book is a work of art!
A local event featuring the Art of Marriage ministry allowed me to promote The Power of Discovering Your Husband is a Genius last month! I realize sales are the goal of promotion, but connection is what sticks with me. I sold some books and I pray they bless the readers! Even more importantly, I was able to make some meaningful connections with some of the ladies in attendance. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity!
My next adult project will address substance use and the negative impact it can have on any family. I have been working with the local school and recently received a mini grant from Thrivent to provide prizes for a very important event put on by Chippewa County's Take a Stand Against Meth initiative addressing the topic.
Town Hall Meeting
March 29, 2023 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Cornell School Library
FREE event featuring education about drugs in our community, Crime Stoppers, Narcan, and more. Explore the Hidden in Plain Sight Room. Hear from a panel of those with lived experience and professionals. Break-out session with interactive games for youth ages 10 and up.
I am excited to begin preparing for a reading and book signing on the beautiful patio (weather permitting) at Dylan's Dairy in Cornell, WI May 13th from 1-3 p.m.
February 17th, my husband had a very serious incident at work. We spent a tenuous five days at the hospital in Marshfield while relying copiously on the hard work, support, love, and prayers of family and friends to keep things rolling at home. I suppose we have every right to look at that time as a set back, but my husband is an incredible man. I believe he has taken this time to evaluate his work, his priorities, and his life. He has inspired me to do the same.
When we offer all the pain, all the fear, all the trials, and all the set backs of life to God, I believe, he uses them to set us up for what is now, what is next, and what is eternal.
As always, thank you, dear reader, from the bottom of my heart, for your support and encouragement. It means more than you will ever know.
One Thing Leads to Another
During the Author Open House event last December, at the Bloomer Public Library, I met the amazing author of Hidden Places, Bobbi L Graffunder and made a meaningful connection. I have been working on a novel about teen substance use and Bobbi encouraged me to hone my fiction skills through collaboration by inviting me to a small focus-group based on her book. I am very excited to learn from Bobbi and grateful for her willingness to help. Her book is not only engaging and powerful to read, but the potential impact of her work is immeasurable on the very important topic of unplanned pregnancy.
In marketing my work, I have reached out to Focus on the Family, Saddleback Church, Sparking Hope, New Hope, and several other local women's ministries to promote The Power of Discovering Your Husband is a Genius with some encouraging leads. Please pray for God's wisdom, provision and grace as I learn the marketing aspect of this work.
I am very excited about the Growing Garden Series for children on the fruit of the spirit. The illustrator and I are hoping to have the first one available for purchase by April 15th!
Additionally, on the subject of teen substance use, I have become involved in advocacy and hope to help our local district participate in vape-free school through partnerships with Prevea, Thrivent, and the school itself. Three educational sessions have been held in the Middle School at Cornell and more advocacy is in the works for next month.
Thank you, dear reader, from the bottom of my heart, for your support and encouragement. It means more than you will ever know.
All of my books are now available at Dragon Tale Books in Menomonie, WI!
HUGE shout out to Rob Bignell for an incredible welcome into the writing community and so many great tips on writing, editing, marketing, and many things I didn't know I needed to know!
Maureen Palmer at Redbery books in Cable, WI
has agreed to talk with me about a possible signing event at her store early summer 2023. Stay tuned!
Director, Stacey K. Brown mentioned that Florence will be starting story time back up at the G E Bleskacek Public Memorial Library in Bloomer, WI this February. I hope to make the cut sometime this spring!