- a formal, printed inscription in a book, piece of music, etc., dedicating it to a person, cause, or the like.
I love reading dedications in the front of books, to discover who the writer found worthy of those few special words that readers see first.
Each of my published or contracted books I’ve dedicated to someone special and for a specific reason.
My first published novella, Helsinki Sunrise, I dedicated to my youngest son, Kyle. Why? The dedication says it all. The fact that he and his wife, Tiia, landed up as my cover models was yet another good reason to dedicate this book to them.
For my son, Kyle…I’m so glad you became a missionary and married a Finn. You inspired this story in so many ways.
My second published novella, Oslo Overtures, was dedicated to someone who I only met once but whose own story bore some similarities to the story I had written. On researching Taya Weiss, I came to the conclusion that this brave lady was (in my eyes at least) probably the best female wingsuiter in the world. Plus, she had lived for many years in my country, South Africa, with her fiancé prior to his death in a wingsuiting accident. Although I didn’t know Taya well, I felt it appropriate to dedicate this book to her. She was really touched the day I met her and told her of my decision over coffee.
This book is dedicated to Taya Weiss, an incredible woman who touches the clouds. Taya, you’re an inspiration. http://tayaweiss.com
My third Passport to Romance novella which is contracted and will be published in 2016, Glasgow Grace (working title), I dedicated to the love of my life because the hero and heroine of Glasgow Grace were childhood sweethearts. Although Noel and I hadn’t been childhood sweethearts, I did have a crush on him around age ten, and he was such a gentleman even as a young boy, allowing me access to play in his treehouse.
For Noel… Every day with you is another twenty-four hours basking in the grace of Ephesians 5:25.
What does Ephesians 5:25 say, you wonder? “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.” And that’s the way Noel loves me—with a sacrificial love, without which none of my books would have been written.
Poles Apart, my Christmas novella releases on October 1 as part of the box set Snowflakes and Mistletoe. I dedicated this novella to the only One worthy of this dedication, the One who is the true reason for Christmas.
To Jesus…Without Him, this book, written in the most difficult season of my life, would not have been completed.
Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. ~ Hebrews 12:1-3
Which brings me to the dedication for my first box set novella, Orphaned Hearts, dedicated to my wonderful mom and dad.
For my matriarch and patriarch…Mom, an orphaned heart. Dad, loving one for a lifetime. I dedicate this book to you ~ for your love of the wild, and your love of family. Thank you for instilling both in me.
When I wrote that dedication to my parents, I had no idea that not even a month after SPLASH! released (the box set Orphaned Hearts was part of), I would lose my mom (17 July 2015), and a month thereafter my dad (19 August 2015). I guess my dad in his death silently wrote the greatest love dedication of them all ~ I can’t live without you. I need to be where you are.
I miss them every day and it still seems so unreal that I won’t see them again this side of heaven. But how thankful I am that I do have that blessed hope.
In this difficult season of hospitals, and funerals, and open graves, I was faced with a looming deadline for Poles Apart and my commitment to write this story. That’s why only Jesus could get the glory for this novella’s completion, because only He could sustain me and give me the strength I needed to ensure I got to write, ‘The End.’ And it’s only because of His dedication to the cross that I can have a peace that passes understanding despite the storms that have raged around me.
Over to you now. If you had to write a book, who would you dedicate it to? What would you say?