Okay...can you hear the Hallelujah Chorus being sung in the background? I recently turned in the first draft of The Inheritance to my editors at Thomas Nelson (here in Nashville). Writing The Inheritance was very much a "coming full circle moment" for me because this story is the first novel I ever wrote. Which was also rejected and sat in my desk drawer for years!
I've loved these characters and have carried them inside me for the past nine years, so when I was approached with the opportunity by Thomas Nelson to write this story--fixing the problems it had at the outset, of course, while adding new subplots and story lines--I jumped at the chance! It always feels so good to get a first draft written! Soon will come the rewrite process...which I LOVE!
The Inheritance, the first historical for WOMEN OF FAITH FICTION, releases in March 2009. We're working on cover art right now and as soon as that's ready, I'll give you a sneak peek!
I'm already busy at work on Beyond This Moment, the second book in the Timber Ridge Reflections series, and believe it or not, Bethany House has a preliminary cover. We're still tweaking things but I thought I'd share a glimpse!
The story features a new character, Professor Molly Whitcomb, who comes to the Colorado Territory not of her own accord, let's say. She's none too happy to be in Timber Ridge or in "this moment" of her life. And when she meets Sheriff James McPherson (a character in From a Distance), she's even more convinced that her coming to Timber Ridge is a huge mistake. Until she starts to glimpse what God is doing around her, both in her relationships with the people of Timber Ridge and with this new man who, above all, prizes honesty--something she flees at every turn.
Beyond This Moment, the sequel to From A Distance, releases in May 2009.