Did you see what I did there? I embedded a handy link, on which you can click--easy peasy--if you'd like to get yourself a copy. At these new low prices, what have you got to lose?
Okay, I've got some questions for you.
Do you love to immerse yourself in a nice, long book that draws you in and makes you care about its characters?
Are you always up for a good "will they or won't they" love story, where the heroine must choose between two possible love interests?
Are you tired of books about vampires, werewolves, and zombies--not to mention ones filled with lurid sex scenes, rampant immorality, and the verbal trashing of every Catholic character and everything the Catholic Faith stands for?
Are you sick of the whole moral relativism mindset, and anxious to read about characters who--though they may fall at times--are striving to live good lives and wind up saints in Heaven?
Would you like to read a sweet story that is unapologetically pro-chastity and pro-life, but in a way that doesn't shove it down your throat and is compassionate toward those who make big mistakes in life, yet find their way to peace and forgiveness?
Do you have a teenaged daughter who might be edified and inspired by such a story? (And this book is not just for her, Mom; I think you'd enjoy it, too!)
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then Finding Grace is for you! (Did you see what I did there--again?)
Back in November of 2011, my middle son (son #3) was spending the Thanksgiving weekend with my husband and me and his oldest brother (along with his oldest brother's wife and twin baby daughters). He'd asked me to print out a copy of Finding Grace so he could read it. I hadn't yet completed the final two chapters, and I had some "tweaking" to do here and there, but it was otherwise essentially a finished manuscript. He'd been very interested in my project from the beginning, when I sat down to start writing in August of 2007--and he was the one who worried that when I began blogging in March of 2011, it would take too much time away from the book. (He was one of my first loyal blog followers, but still--he didn't want me to spend so much time at it that I gave up on Finding Grace.)
Well, my then-25-year-old-son sped through those pages I gave him and practically finished the whole thing that weekend. He kept telling me how good he thought it was--particularly after Grace's five older brothers make their appearance in the story. Once I finally provided him with the ending chapters and he read them, he sent me a professional-looking multi-page document with a game plan for publishing the book, and he named himself my official CFO. He believed in the book so much that he ended up investing half the publishing costs at the outset, splitting them with his dad.
When I opened up the attachment to that e-mail and saw that he had sent what was essentially a business power-point presentation, I cried. Especially when I got to the last page: "You have written an amazing story, and I know that Regina*, myself, and most importantly Dad believe that this book could not only sell very well, but it could also change people's lives for the better. Do not worry about my initial investment or whether or not I lose most or all of it. I am happy to do it, and it would be completely worth it to see your dream of writing a book come true."
What difference do sales numbers make when you've been blessed with sons such as this one? I am humbled by the blessings God has granted me.
One of the reasons I wanted to tell this story about my son is to show you that although this book has been given a "Young Adult" tag, it is not just for teenaged girls. Adult women--and even men, like my son--have enjoyed it, too.
Okay, that's the end of my little sales pitch. I'll just leave you with this recent image of my adorable middle son (the new husband, as of December 7, 2013!) promoting his mom's book. With that face, I tell you, that boy could sell ice to the Eskimos. I hope he can sell Finding Grace to you! (That's the last embedded link--promise!)
*At that time, only my first daughter-in-law, blog name "Regina," had read all the chapters I'd written before son #3 joined her as an early reader/typo locator.