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On the Eve of a Book Release…

10176214_470993456364763_7701579136628628681_nIt’s funny.

You work and work and work on a story. Brainstorming. Plotting. Drafting. Revising. Editing. Then you do the editing all over again with your publisher. You see the cover for the first time. It starts to creep its way into the world. Marketing and publicity happen.

Then release day comes.

And the story is no longer mine, if ever it was.

It’s YOURS.

You will get to sit with Ivy and Davis and Marilyn. You will get to visit Greenbrier, South Carolina. You will join them on their journeys. And you will get to make your own opinions and have your own experiences.

No two will be the same, because no two readers are the same.

Whatever your experience may be, I pray that the story blesses, encourages, and entertains you. I pray that it would minister to the broken pieces inside and I pray that it would draw your heart closer to Him. 

One thing is for sure–anything good, anything praiseworthy, anything worth remembering in this novel is straight from the Lord. I’m simply the middle man. ;-)

Before we get to this final giveaway, I’d like to draw your attention to a few items…

Don’t forget to check out the A Broken Kind of Beautiful page on my website! It  has a lot of fun (at least I hope you think so) bonus features.

You can read the first chapter for free.

AND!

I’m inviting you to the A Broken Kind of Beautiful Webcast Party. Click on the link to see pictures of ALL the prizes we will be giving away during the party. They will be bundled into SIX prize packages and the only way to win is by joining the fun! So mark your calendars for Monday, April 21st at 6 pm, CST. I think it will be a super fun-filled evening. Please RSVP and share with friends!

Thank you for being a faithful reader. Sharing my work is one of the things that makes this journey so fulfilling. 

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Giveaway Time!

To celebrate the release, I’m giving away an autographed copy of A Broken Kind of Beautiful. Congratulations to last week’s winner, Cassandra from Ohio! This week’s giveaway will end at midnight on Friday and the winner will be emailed on Saturday, so please keep an eye on your inbox. Be sure to click Already Follow or Already Like to maximize your entries . This giveaway is open to everyone, international friends included!

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A Broken Kind of Beautiful
 
Sometimes everything you ever learned about yourself is wrong.

Fashion is a fickle industry, a frightening fact for twenty-four year old model Ivy Clark. Ten years in and she’s learned a sacred truth—appearance is everything. Nobody cares about her broken past as long as she looks beautiful for the camera. This is the only life Ivy knows—so when it starts to unravel, she’ll do anything to hold on. Even if that means moving to the quaint island town of Greenbrier, South Carolina, to be the new face of her stepmother’s bridal wear line—an irony too rich for words, since Ivy is far from the pure bride in white. 
 
If only her tenuous future didn’t rest in the hands of Davis Knight, her mysterious new photographer. Not only did he walk away from the kind of success Ivy longs for to work maintenance at a local church, he treats her differently than any man ever has. Somehow, Davis sees through the façade she works so hard to maintain. He, along with a cast of other characters, challenges everything Ivy has come to believe about beauty and worth. Is it possible that God sees her—a woman stained and broken by the world—yet wants her still?

To order A Broken Kind of Beautiful, scroll down to the buy links at the bottom of this page.

Katie
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Cue the Excitement (Plus a Giveaway)

fireworkI am FINISHED!

On Saturday evening, I finished my manuscript.

Writers everywhere will understand when I say, it is the best feeling in the world!

This is the first one I’ve written after it was contracted. My first three were all written before I signed on the dotted line. This fourth one was contracted when it was nothing more than a short blurb of an idea. And that, my friends, is an entirely different intimidating ballgame. 

In December, I chatted with my editor and we decided on which book I would write. 

Since I  needed to have it turned in by mid April, I commenced brainstorming immediately. So many amazing writer friends helped me figure the story out. Seriously, the plot, or lack thereof, was giving me hives. But figure it out, we did. I started fast-drafting on January 1st. Finished the rough draft in mid February. And oh boy, was it a hot mess with a capital H.

I don’t think people believe me when I explain how absolutely awful my rough drafts are. I promise you, I am not exaggerating. And this one was a doozie. 

The edits were overwhelming, to say the least.

But I kept plugging away. Chapter by chapter.

I had some meltdowns. (I’m not sure any book is made without them.)

There were plenty of distractions and days with zero motivation.

My husband was a trooper.

This past weekend, he took our little guy to Wisconsin so I could finish up.

And on Saturday night, I finished the big edits, formatted the book, and sent it to my Kindle for one final read through. Any changed I make now will be minor ones. Until my editor gets her brilliant hands on it, that is.

For now, though, this feels GOOD. This feels VICTORIOUS. 

God met me every step of the way. His provision was astounding. His grace, never failing. His mercies, new every morning.

I sure hope the story blesses you when it releases next February.

So now what?

Now I work on edits for my Year of Weddings novella, An October Bride

And I get ready for the release of A Broken Kind of Beautiful, which hits bookstores ONE WEEK from tomorrow. Holy buckets of gravy. Cue nerves and excitement.

How do I plan to celebrate the release?

Save the Date

With a Facebook webcast party on Monday, April 21st at 6 pm, CST! There will be lots of prizes, a fun chat room where party attenders can interact, two author guests, and did I mention prizes? The best part? You can participate from the comfort of your very own home. You can even wear your pj’s if you want. Nobody will know. I’d love it if you’d hop on over and RSPV. Please feel free to share the invite with friends! The more the merrier.

There will also be an in-person celebration on Saturday, April 26th from 1-3 pm at Books-A-Million in Davenport. If you live nearby, I would love to see you there! There will be free truffles and lots of hugs. 

Until then, why don’t we get the celebration started another Monday blog giveaway? 

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Giveaway Time!

Every Monday, from now until its release on April 15, I’m giving away an autographed copy of A Broken Kind of Beautiful. Congratulations to last week’s winner, Connie from Florida! This week’s giveaway will end at midnight on Saturday and the winner will be emailed on Sunday, so please keep an eye on your inbox. Be sure to click Already Follow or Already Like to maximize your entries . This giveaway is open to everyone, international friends included!

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A Broken Kind of Beautiful
 
Sometimes everything you ever learned about yourself is wrong.

Fashion is a fickle industry, a frightening fact for twenty-four year old model Ivy Clark. Ten years in and she’s learned a sacred truth—appearance is everything. Nobody cares about her broken past as long as she looks beautiful for the camera. This is the only life Ivy knows—so when it starts to unravel, she’ll do anything to hold on. Even if that means moving to the quaint island town of Greenbrier, South Carolina, to be the new face of her stepmother’s bridal wear line—an irony too rich for words, since Ivy is far from the pure bride in white. 
 
If only her tenuous future didn’t rest in the hands of Davis Knight, her mysterious new photographer. Not only did he walk away from the kind of success Ivy longs for to work maintenance at a local church, he treats her differently than any man ever has. Somehow, Davis sees through the façade she works so hard to maintain. He, along with a cast of other characters, challenges everything Ivy has come to believe about beauty and worth. Is it possible that God sees her—a woman stained and broken by the world—yet wants her still?

To pre-order A Broken Kind of Beautiful, scroll down to the buy links at the bottom of this page.

Katie
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Everybody Hurts….Sometimes (Plus a Giveaway)

first aidI apologize. I really do. If this song is stuck in your head all day, I give you permission to to cyber smack me. 

But there is truth to the lyrics, isn’t there?

So many of us are walking around wounded.

And what makes things tricky is that the wounds are rarely visible.

So here we all are, living this thing called life with invisible wounds that cause very real pain and what happens is…..

We get stuck in it. 

For me, so much of my pain is tied up in our adoption. Our sweet girl has our hearts, but she is half a world away in a country where chaos is king.  When we first saw her face, we thought she’d be home last summer. Now here we are. It’s almost April and nobody adopting from Congo has any clue when, or even if our children will come home. It’s financially stressful to the nth degree, but worse than that – it’s emotionally exhausting.

And in the midst of my stress and exhaustion, it is so easy for me to get stuck on myself.

Somebody is harsh or unkind and I think, “How can they be this way to me? They have no idea what I am going through.”

Oh, how Satan must rejoice.

How gleeful and victorious he must be when self-focus rules the day. When we let our hurts blind us from the hurts of others.  

Maybe the person who was harsh or unkind isn’t a harsh or unkind person. Maybe they are swimming through an ocean of hurt, too. And instead of our judgment and our wrath, maybe they need some first aid in the form of love and encouragement. 

What if we looked out?

What if we said, “Stand back, Satan. You want me to soak in my misery. But I’m not going to soak here. I’m going to soak in God’s truth and then I’m going to offer that truth to the hurting world around me.”

In my upcoming release, A Broken Kind of Beautiful, the main character is one who looks far from wounded. She’s a successful fashion model in New York City. The world would look at her and covet what she has. Oh, but Ivy is wounded. She is wounded to the core. And those wounds are influencing her behavior. Those wounds have her self-destructing.

But thankfully, God puts some people in her life–who are wounded too–but in the midst of their own hurt, they refuse to soak. They see the pain beneath Ivy’s facade.

And redemption unfolds….

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Giveaway Time!

Every Monday, from now until its release on April 15, I’m giving away an autographed copy of A Broken Kind of Beautiful. Congratulations to last week’s winner, Lynn R. from California! This week’s giveaway will end at midnight on Saturday and the winner will be emailed on Sunday, so please keep an eye on your inbox. Be sure to click Already Follow or Already Like to maximize your entries . To keep shipping costs down, I can only ship within the United States. Thanks for understanding!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

A Broken Kind of Beautiful
 
Sometimes everything you ever learned about yourself is wrong.

Fashion is a fickle industry, a frightening fact for twenty-four year old model Ivy Clark. Ten years in and she’s learned a sacred truth—appearance is everything. Nobody cares about her broken past as long as she looks beautiful for the camera. This is the only life Ivy knows—so when it starts to unravel, she’ll do anything to hold on. Even if that means moving to the quaint island town of Greenbrier, South Carolina, to be the new face of her stepmother’s bridal wear line—an irony too rich for words, since Ivy is far from the pure bride in white. 
 
If only her tenuous future didn’t rest in the hands of Davis Knight, her mysterious new photographer. Not only did he walk away from the kind of success Ivy longs for to work maintenance at a local church, he treats her differently than any man ever has. Somehow, Davis sees through the façade she works so hard to maintain. He, along with a cast of other characters, challenges everything Ivy has come to believe about beauty and worth. Is it possible that God sees her—a woman stained and broken by the world—yet wants her still?

To pre-order A Broken Kind of Beautiful, scroll down to the buy links at the bottom of this page.

Katie
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