By Rose Dee
My husband has been prompting me to self-publish for years. He talked up the Indie publishing route upon the completion of my last two manuscripts. I had no aversion to self-publishing, but I never felt the time was right—until now. This week I published my first Indie novel, and I must admit to feeling at home in the Indie world.
The Kindle version of my latest release, Ehvah After, has just been added to Amazon. It’s an achievement steeped with toil, perseverance, humility, and gratefulness. I know it would have been an even greater challenge had it not been for the help I have received. From the stolen moments away from my business and family writing this story over the past year, to the hours my editor, proofreaders, and professionals spent on it, I see this Indie published novel as my work, but the end product as a collective effort of the sharing of gifts.
Yes, I did pay the professionals (worth every cent, too), but help came in so many forms. For someone like me, who has trouble asking for help, it was a humbling process. As a consequence, I consider this novel my best yet.
I am certain I gave my editor head-shaking moments, but she persevered, both with the work, and with me. The eagle-eyed pick-ups of my proofreaders have amazed me. Their donation of time was a real gift of love. Then there were the constant ‘how to’ questions about self-publishing. I bothered so many with those for months, but everyone answered me with grace, pointing me in the right direction, and connecting me with my next publishing port of call.
So, with all this gratitude in mind, instead of detailing my story, below I have re-published my Acknowledgements page. It’s at the front of the novel, because the rest of Ehvah After would have been a whole lot harder without the help, support and professionalism of those mentioned on this first stop.
My name may be on the front cover, but many people helped me along the way.
Thank you to:
My wonderful husband, Terry, and the best son a mother could ever have, Tully. My simply stupendous editor, Iola Goulton—I’d be lost without you; my talented friends and co-authors, Paula Vince and Amanda Deed, and best proofer in the world, Michelle Evans. Thank you to all my readers: My mum—Mary Venables; my sister—Leonie Turner; Georgina Elford, and Mary Preece. A grateful thanks to Rik Hall for his expert formatting skills, advice, and help. Thank you to Rosanna White for sharing her amazing talent and producing an outstanding cover.
Above all, my humble and grateful thanks to my Heavenly Father for giving me all I need to work this writing ministry.
Now the story info, because this is a Rose Dee novel you won’t want to miss reading.
Ehvah Rowe’s life is in freefall. Her teen queen status is long forgotten, and with a childhood of tragic loss, no family save a diabolical aunt, and no career prospects, her L.A. celebrity world holds no future.
It will take a murder, an escape to the Australian tropics, and the friendship of an Aussie bodyguard, for her to discover healing, faith, and a way forward.
David Blake knows how to be a soldier. His army training equipped him to fight and protect. But when it comes to helping a fear-filled celebrity navigate the same post-traumatic stress symptoms he has suffered, David discovers the challenge in forsaking his own strength for God’s plan.
Rose Dee weaves a story of mystery, drama and romance, in her trademark tropical North Queensland Australian style.
I hope you enjoy Ehvah After. It has been a labour of love for me to bring it to you, and a joyous gift of help from my friends.
Rose, who holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree, was born in North Queensland, Australia. Her childhood experiences growing up in a small beach community would later provide inspiration for her first novel, Back to Resolution.
Her novels are inspired by the love of her coastal home and desire to produce exciting and contemporary stories of faith for women.
Beyond Resolution and A New Resolution are the second and third books in the Resolution series.
Rose’s debut novel Back to Resolution won the Bookseller’s Choice award at the 2012 CALEB Awards, while A New Resolution won the 2013 CALEB Prize for Fiction.
She has also released The Greenfield Legacy, a collaborative novel, written in conjunction with three other outstanding Australian authors.
Rose resides in Mackay, North Queensland with her husband, young son, and mischievous pup, Noodle.
Narelle here. Rose, thanks for visiting Inspy Romance and sharing your latest release with our readers. Rose is giving away a Kindle copy of Ehvah After to a reader who leaves a comment on this post by Friday, September 18. The winner will be announced in the Sunday Edition on September 20.
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