Well, I pulled a real goof the other day. It reminds me of the days when I had five active youngsters in the house, and two dogs– sometimes with a litter of puppies. Life was busy and I was often in a rush and inpatient — you know what it’s like to be a mother.
So now and then I’d try to get Rodney’s attention and I’d start with, “Nathan–Mark–Randy–Sheila–Rodney.” And one of the kids would laughingly add,”Shane– Floppy- Isipoogoo….” Those were our dogs’ names. It wasn’t really that bad, but they loved to catch me out.
So it must be the same thing with my books, which become like children while I’m working on them. I just noticed that I pulled out the name of one of my favorite books – Destined For Royalty—, in place of Daughters of Deliverance, in my blog the other day. Can’t believe I just caught the mistake now!
Sorry about that. Just be glad I didn’t go through all the other nine books before I got to Daughters of Deliverance.
By the way, several have asked for signed copies of the book. Contact me through my blog, give me your email address and I’ll let you know how to do that.
I have to admit my stomach was churning as I got ready for the launch of Daughters of Deliverance. My friend Dody helped me put invitations into cubbies here at Wind Crest. Daughter Sheila prepared the door prizes and decorated the tables. She walked into the Lounge where the Launch party was held, carrying a large bouquet of Proteas, the South Africa flower– a gift from my children. My son Mark came all the way from New York where he’d been on a business trip to celebrate with me. Two grandsons and their wives slipped in after we’d started, and my niece and her husband came. About fifty friends from Wind Crest attended.
But what really is a launch party? I’d never had one for my precious books. I finally realized it was a celebration for me.A card I received says it all:
You Worked Hard…REALLY, REALLY HARD…
Put in the hours, battled the frustrations…
Gave of your blood, sweat and tears,
And now finally it all paid off. Congratulations!
Reviews are slowly coming in on Amazon– which not only make me feel good, but hopefully will encourage you to buy and read Destined for Royalty. More about the book and the life of its heroine, Katharine Bushnell, another time. For now, I just want you to celebrate with me that the ten-year project of research and writing has finally been reached publication. You can read more about Daughters of Deliverance on Amazon’s book page.
It seemed it would never come. Ten years in the making! Today–December 1,2016– Amazon launched Daughters of Deliverance and the reviews are coming in.
To celebrate I’m having a Launch Party here at Wind Crest, the active retirement community I live in. You should see my living room. It’s piled with books, prizes, table decorations. I’ve even been persuaded to display copies of of my eleven books published over the years– even the little 48-page booklet of youth programs I wrote for Youth Alive in South Africa back in the 70’s. (I think I was almost as awed to hold that little book when it was printed, as I am today.)
I couldn’t fall asleep last night wondering if we have enough cookies and cider for those who come. Or would only a few people show up? Of course I can depend on my dear family; two of my children and several grandchildren will be here to boost my morale.
Above all this is a celebration, not just of the lovely book that Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas put out for me, but I’m celebrating God’s faithfulness in nudging me to keep on writing — through loss and change, through slowing down as I inch (oh no, I’m flying) towards 90.I feel that God has privileged me to spend these years studying and developing the character of Katharine Bushnell. And through her I too have learned to trust Him more and to do all I can to “finish well” as Kate did. (That’s coming next September when Daughters of the Queen will be released.)