The whole writing process never ceases to amaze me. One would think that, for a short story, there's nothing extra exciting about "Quest for Leviathan." But for me, it holds a powerful punch of excitement!
First... God has seen it through! I had moments of doubt as I tried writing this that it was a story I was supposed to tell. But, it was done all in His timing (more on that later) and, as with each of my publications, He has guided me and led me to do more than I thought imaginable.
Second... the idea was one that came to me while reading my Bible. Those are always fun! I thought it would be an easy-to-write idea (I mean, Leviathan! Come on!!!!). Instead, it took me the span of a few months to get beyond the first few paragraphs. I knew where I wanted to go, I knew the message God had given me for the story, but it just wasn't coming together. Lots of prayer and patience went into this project!
Third... the timing was completely in God's hands. As I mentioned above, "Quest for Leviathan" wasn't a weekend project. But then and again, had I released it in the fall, I just might not have had Natalie illustrate it for me--as it wasn't until much later that I decided I wanted to try some illustrations this go-round. There are many other exciting things related to "Quest for Leviathan's" release (some of which I'm not at liberty to share yet) that are all happening because it's a June release, and not a fall 2017 release.
Fourth... all of you have been so excited and supportive of my little story. For an author, that means the world (and I truly mean it). Unless you're an author, you might not know just HOW MUCH it means to have others read your work, share about your work, and encourage you in so many ways! Thank you all to everyone who has made this such an exciting release to me!
Now... a little more fun stuff for release day...
ABOUT THE STORY
Leviathan took the life of his father.
Anath has spent three years preparing for the voyage that will end the threat of Leviathan. Yet as the Valor launches into the depths of the Mediterranean, an inward quest also begins, taking Anath to depths he is not willing to face.
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A shout-out to these lovely people who are helping spread the news of "Quest for Leviathan!" The bloggers are doing a diversity of things, so be sure to check them all out!
June 8 – With a Joyful Noise (Release Day Post)
Resting Life (Spotlight, Review)
The World of the Writer (Review)
Authoring Arrowheads (Review)
Purely by Faith Review (Review, Interview)
June 9 – Victoria’s Book Nook (Spotlight, Review, Giveaway)
Bekah’s Books (Spotlight, Review, Interview)
June 11 – Clothed with Scarlet (Spotlight, Review, Giveaway)
Reveries Reviews (Review)
June 12 – Chosen Vessels (Spotlight, Review)
My Purple Pen (Review)
Read Another Page (Review)
June 13 – Once Upon an Ordinary (Review)
Maidens for Modesty (Review)
Yahweh Sisters (Review)
June 14 – Honey Rock Hills (Review)
Life of Heritage Corner (Spotlight, Review, Interview, Giveaway)
Kaylee’s Kind of Writes (Review, Interview)
June 15 – The Red-Hooded Writer (Review)
Blossoms and Blessings (Spotlight, Review, Interview, Giveaway)
Lit Aflame (Review, Interview)
June 16 – The Left-Handed Typist (Review)
Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen (Review, Interview, Giveaway)
June 18 – Great Books for God’s Girls (Review, Interview)
Peculiar Miss Darcy (Character Interview)
June 19 – Done in Love (Spotlight, Review, Interview, Giveaway)
Creating Romance (Spotlight, Review, Giveaway)
June 20 – Keturah’s Korner (Review, Interview)
Rock and Minerals 4 Him (Spotlight, Review, Giveaway)
June 21 – A Baker’s Perspective (Review, Giveaway, Character Spotlight)
Christian Author: A.M. Heath (Review, Interview)
June 22 – Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections (Review)
Views from the Window Friend (Review)
Hunting for Truth (Spotlight, Review, Giveaway)
June 23 – Reading on the Edge (Spotlight)
Summer Snowflakes (Review, Giveaway)
June 25 – With a Joyful Noise (Giveaway Winner Announced)