You know that feeling you get when you finish a book you absolutely love, and you want to hold onto the characters and the story a little bit longer? And as much as you love to read, you just can’t bring yourself to step into another story world quite yet. All you want to do is think about the book you just read. Maybe go back and reread the book you just read. Hey, if you could, you’d live the book you just read. Some people call it a book hangover. But I’m just going to call it “that special feeling.”
I love that feeling. And I also dread it. Because it happens to me not only when I finish reading a book, but also when I finish writing one.
And that’s where I find myself right now. With my newest book, Not Until Someday, happily out in the world (if you haven’t had a chance to read it yet, you can still get it for the special launch price of 99¢), I know exactly which book I’m going to write next (more on that in a future post!).
The only thing is, I’m not quite ready to let go of Grace and Levi yet. Not that I have to let go of them completely, since they’ll continue to appear in future Hope Springs books, but still … I need to let go of them enough to get inside another set of characters’ heads. And that takes time.
How much time? Hopefully not too much! In the past, I’ve found that it takes me anywhere from a week to a month to brainstorm the next book to the point where I’m ready to start writing it. And I’ve already got ideas for this one floating around (in my head, on my computer, in my phone’s notes app, on my phone’s voice recorder…), so I’m optimistic that it won’t be too long before I’m ready to start writing it. Until then, I’m keeping busy with plenty of authory and non-authory tasks (like catching up on projects around the house that get sadly neglected when I’m in the throes of finishing up a book—fortunately I find doing household tasks a great time to brainstorm!).
Thankfully, when it comes to reading a great book, it usually doesn’t take nearly as long before I’m ready to start another—maybe a day or two. How about you? Do you get that special feeling? From every book or only some? How long does it take before you’re ready to start reading another book? One commenter will be chosen at random to receive an ebook of their choice from my Hope Springs series. Comment by September 16 to enter. And don’t forget that all comments made before September 10 will also be entered in our Back to School Giveaway!
“One of the most beautiful love stories I have ever read! I chuckled, cried, smiled, oohed, aahed and had tummy dips – a delicious rollercoaster ride! Definitely in my top 5 books for 2020!!!” -Goodreads Review
She’s waiting for her someday. He thinks his has already come and gone.
After spending the past five years caring for her ill grandfather, Grace Calvano is eager to honor his memory by turning his stately old house in Hope Springs into a bed-and-breakfast. All she has to do is fend off her mama, who keeps pressuring her to come home to Tennessee, marry the new youth pastor, and start raising a passel of children. Sure, Grace wants to settle down and marry someday. But only when God sees fit to send Mr. Right her way. Until then, she’s content to wait.
After a career- and relationship-ending injury, former NFL quarterback Levi Donovan is sure his someday has already come and gone. Returning to Hope Springs for the summer to help out at his dad’s construction company is not his idea of a bright future. But maybe it will be a chance to make up for lost time with his brother—and to make his dad proud at last.
The day Levi shows up to help renovate her bed-and-breakfast, Grace is sure of one thing—she and God must have gotten their wires crossed when she asked him to send Mr. Right to her doorstep. Because the motorcycle-riding, football-playing bad boy is the very definition of Mr. Wrong.
But as they get to know one another, Grace is challenged to rethink everything she thought she wanted. Can she and Levi move past their own plans to let God give them the someday neither has dared to hope for?
Get NOT UNTIL SOMEDAY for the special launch price of 99¢ or read free in Kindle Unlimited (also available in paperback).