Finally! My second work of fiction, Waiting for the Sun, hits the book stores today!
I was more than a little worried about this novel because it was SO completely different from my last book, Captive Heart. It's still in the same category or Christian- fiction, but while one is historical fiction, this new one is set in a contemporary setting. I am hoping that my readers will give this new work a chance.
But just in case they didn't, I decided to get some pre-reviews to hopefully open up to a wider audience. Here's a glimpse of the notes I have gotten back:
"I just realized that I am too soon to post my review! I did enjoy your book. I loved the fostering of the children on the huge ranch. Good job!" - Cindi Klemm
"I have to tell you that I love, love, love your book... I couldn't put it down! I can really see and feel the characters and setting. I am excited to be reading your book in a way I don't often get. I hope you have other books so I can read more!" - Julia Wilson
"Elizabeth Bourgeret! You have done it again! I am SO proud of you! I don't know what you were worried about!"
Needless to say, I'm feeling a little better about Waiting for the Sun being added to my published library! Being a writer has to be one of the neatest things in the whole world!! It thrills me to no end, and yes, I giggle every time, to see one of my books pop up on the internet or see my name in printed form. It's like... I am somebody now. Like, my work will be around long after I'm gone and my children's children's children can say, 'yep, that was my great- grammy!" It feels good.
Like anything made in a creative way, it's always scary to put it out there for the rest of the world to critique. And while I smile for days for every 5 star review I get, I ponder and question and doubt and dwell on every low star. (who rarely put a review with it so I am tormented as to WHY!!) But, so it goes. I am happy to say that the 5 stars FAR outweigh the low stars, and so I am encouraged to keep writing. Which I am thankful for because it gives me great satisfaction. I thought I was content just writing for myself and my family, but the joy I receive by being welcomed in the hearts of people I haven't even met yet, is too much for words. I am so very grateful.
So for those who might be interested, here is the little blurb from the back of the book to hopefully pique your interest:
Waiting for the Sun is the story of Gillian Sanders who's husband left her after many years of marriage. She took what might have been her darkest hour and turned it around by moving to a new state, opening her home to foster children, running a cattle ranch and teaching at the local theatre.
Making sure she is too busy for romance, she focuses on her "kids" until a man she never expects fits right into her life... or does he?
Sometimes hiding from love is the best way to find it.
Waiting for the Sun is available on Amazon.com, at your local book stores (don't see it? Ask them to order it for you!) or right here on this website!
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The Spring Photo Shoot is complete and I think we can call it a success! The weather was absolutely beautiful and everyone was in a great mood and we even managed to get some good shots!
This photo shoots purpose was to get an author photo for the upcoming release of my second Christian-fiction novel, Waiting for the Sun that comes out on May 20th. But it should also give me some good publicity photos for any number of other things coming up. The pictures with the quotes on them seem to do really well and get shared quite often, so I get a lot of feedback from them. With the back drop of some of these photos, (they were taken at the Missouri Botanical Gardens! 80 acres of beautifulness!!) they are perfect for some quotes I've got laying around!! Lol And lastly, the website needed a little cleaning up so some of the pictures will be featured there as well. A little bit of me splashed all over the place!
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank my make-up artist, Mary Spezia. She is my go-to girl when it comes to my face and hair. She takes really good care of me and always knows the "look" I am going for. She is patient and funny and is always ready for a touch-up. She is not afraid to hold up the process if she doesn't think I look "just right"! And I love her for that!!
Also, thank you to Iramil Kneemiller for assisting my awesome photographer and for making sure the was set up right, my arm was in the right spot and the wrinkles were pulled out before any film was wasted!
And my photographer, Shaun Kneemiller. I love working with this man! He is so very talented and has such a brilliant eye. While his wife and my make-up artist were making me fabulous, he was patient and would fill his time taking pictures of other things around us. (Which turned out amazing as well!!) He is destined for great things in the photography world and I am honored to be able to say that I found him first!! We work together so well and I only have to describe an idea and he is off and running with it. I am so happy that he takes the time out of his busy schedule for me.
So, back to this whole author photo thing... I am asking for help in choosing the actual photo that will be used on the back cover of the book. So, if you are so inclined to add your opinion, I would be most grateful. You'll be able to see the photos revealed one at a time on Facebook (Elizabeth Bourgeret- Author or EBourgeret), twitter (EBourgeret), google+ (+ElizabethBourgeret) or instagram (EBourgeret) all next week. If you could let me know what you think by leaving a comment or sharing or liking, I can narrow down the choices. I love having your opinions!
So, follow me on the social media outlets and let me know what you think of Shaun's handiwork!! I am so grateful to have people around me that love me and encourage me! Thank you to everyone that helps Elizabeth Bourgeret be all that I am supposed to be!!
"They say that writing is a solitary act. And the actual sitting with a notebook or in front of the computer is, but so much happens before and during those points. I am nothing without the people who inspire and encourage me. Sometimes, its negative encouragement making me work harder in spite of people or circumstances... but mostly, its positive. And as I look out to all of you, I am so filled with gratitude. There are a few holes in the crowd, that I am missing terribly. My oldest daughter and my siblings, but I am so happy that all of you have tried to fill in those gaps. It means so much to me that you are here showing your support and encouraging me in this particular chapter.
The writing of this book, ended up being about a five year process. Probably... ok, definitely longer than it should have been. But a very small amount of that was solitary. Apparently, it takes a village to write my books! Editing, critiquing, pushing, irritating, praying, teasing, encouraging and all the other things and emotions it takes for me to function and move in a forward motion. It takes you. All of you.
I hope you enjoy this first offering. I hope that your feedback proves that I'll be allowed to continue in this literary world. It makes me happy to put my thoughts and story ideas down on paper and create characters and spin stories that others might be able to enjoy or perhaps even benefit from. I couldn't be happier if this could be more than a one- time thing.
This book is a dream come true for me. I am proof that it really can happen. Dreams coming true... It wasn't easy. Maybe that's why they are called dreams. Because its easier just to keep them behind closed eyes. There were times, even as I was writing, that I allowed self-doubt, outside pressures and a few hundred other stumbling blocks to slow me down or even halt my progress. But there was always someone who helped me get past every obstacle to reach this moment.
So if you have a dream, take the steps necessary to reach it. You will be faced with hurdles, and trials and people will try and discourage you. But if its important to you, don't just wish it, or think about it. Surround yourself with people who love you and believe in you. Make it happen. Go get it. I did, and you can too."
Yes, well... That was the speech that I intended to give the evening of the Book Launch Party. But, when the time came, things didn't go very smoothly. By the time I got in front of my guests- forgetting my speech notes and nerves and emotions welling up in me it came out as a stuttering calamity of "thank yous" and "I'm so happys". I think I managed to sputter out something about going after your dreams but over all, the entire speech-thing was a disaster.
So, I humbly offer up the what-I-meant-to-say speech...
There were a few other glitches other than the speech, but considering this was my first book launch, I don't think it went too terrible! I mean, I had a great time. It's always fun to dress up and play hostess. Good food, good music, dancing, good friends and family. What else really matters? Oh, and I sold quite a few books. That was exciting. Really exciting. I don't expect to get rich, by any means, but it is really nice to get a tiny bit of recognition for all of my hours and hours of hard work. It was enough to want me to try again. Keep writing and see what happens.
I thank everyone (again) for coming out and supporting me and putting up with my emotional roller coaster as details got ironed out (or not).
It's so hard to believe that this phase of my life is really happening!! I've "waited" for so long to have all of my ducks in a row and now that they are, I really have to celebrate it because I know that it won't be long before one of those little buggers will get thrown off by the rapids!!
My debut novel, Captive Heart, just became available on Amazon.com. Let me tell you how exciting it is to not only see my name on the book itself, but seeing it out there, in the world, available for purchase by random people!! I can barely contain my excitement. Yes, there was an audible squeal when I looked it up on the site! Ok, yes, there was a happy dance too...
I am just so blessed by all that is happening that I don't know what to do with myself! Thank God I have this blog- outlet to unload on so I am not constantly hugging on everyone that gets in my path!! (Ok, I'll stop right after I post this, I promise. I can't be held responsible for the random hug. You've been warned!)
But listen to all this great stuff The actual hard-copy of the book will be released on Oct. 16th and I am currently working on book signing locations, then I have the Book Release Party on Nov 3, I have already increased my invitations to speak at upcoming events and I am surrounded by so much support ... I tell you, I am just so happy.
So, however long my ducks decide to stay in this happy little row, I am going to enjoy every moment!
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