After countless years, rewrites on top of rewrites, hopes raised then dashed then raised again, my childhood dream is about to take flight!
Come early March, my first book will be released. (<insert cartwheel here!>) It’s had multiple names, multiple revisions, even multiple covers. It has made its way around contests, critique groups, and beta readers. There were times when I just knew it would never happen, followed by times when I was itching to release it to the hordes of readers waiting for it. ;)
I’ve watched friends publish multiple books, others give up writing altogether. I’ve read about the journeys many of the Inspy bloggers have been on as they’ve given their stories wings. This is a hard business, not for the fainthearted. As with any dream, the dreamer has to decide how hard they’re willing to work to make it come true. Is there a limit to their perseverance? Will they give it X amount of time and then move on? Or are they all in, no matter what?
Those who’ve published a book, either via indie publishing or the traditional route (or both), are the ones who decided they were all in – no matter what. As I look back, I’m so glad I decided (not even sure when) that I was all in too.
As I work with my editor to get the final tweaking accomplished, and the designer who has created an amazing cover, I’m filled with anticipation (tempered by a solid dose of realism). My story will soon take wing, carried on the winds of determination and persistence. Talk about exciting!
Here’s a bit about Shattered Image. More to come as we get closer to celebration day. :)
Fired from her job as a high-profile spokesmodel, Kiera Simmons flees Manhattan for Minnesota, determined to regain her faith and build a new life far from the eye of the camera. She develops a program for teens called One of Me to combat the world’s distorted view of significance with the reality of a loving God.
On the brink of stardom, singer/songwriter Peter Theisen is ready for his turn in the spotlight and all that goes with it, until he encounters a red-headed beauty who invades his dreams.
Their unexpected romance, begun cautiously outside the spotlight, is soon put to the test. Facing her beloved father’s illness, Peter’s skyrocketing career, and threats from her jailed former boyfriend, Kiera’s only option would sweep her back into the glare of celebrity. The consequences could destroy her father’s health, undermine the message she shares with teens, and extinguish the fragile spark of love she shares with Peter.
To salvage their relationship, Kiera and Peter must find their way back into the spotlight of God’s love, but the allure of wealth and fame may prove too strong to resist.
Here’s to everyone chasing their dream – whatever it may be. “Never give up!”
Sounds like a great book, and the cover is gorgeous! Best wishes to you.
Stacy Monson says
Thanks! I only showed part of the cover (the piano with the rose) – I love the full cover! I’ll reveal it the next time I’m posting on InspyRomance. :)
Ann Ellison says
Congratulations on your debut novel. It sounds like a wonderful read and I love the cover. I do look forward to reading it and will be watching for its release.
Stacy Monson says
Thanks, Ann! I’ll have more details here on InspyRomance the next time it’s my turn to post.
Nancy K says
Congratulations on your first book. Looking forward to reading it and the details that will follow.
Narelle Atkins says
Hi Stacy, I’m so excited that your release date is drawing closer and I can’t wait to see the full cover! :)
Andrea Cox says
This last week and the one prior were crazy insane for me, so I missed this article until now. Sorry!
I am super, mega excited for you with your dream coming true!!! I can hardly wait to snatch up a copy of Shattered Image. What time in March will it be coming to Amazon?