DK Ludas and some mutual friends of the Sisters in Crime NJ chapter are spending today in lovely Cape May County at the Stone Harbor Library where they are doing a mystery authors meet and greet. Our current inspirational, MERCIFUL BLESSINGS will be front and center, but we also didn’t want to miss the opportunity to spread the good word about book 2 in the Amazing Grace Trucking Series, too – KEEPING FAITH which will be out later this fall from Two Stone Lions Press.
Some of you may know book 2 from it’s intended title, OLD FAITHFUL, which features Faith Blessing-Walker, sister of Hope and twin of Grace. One of our treasured beta readers mentioned that since Old Faithful is the name of a well-known and much-visited geyser in Yellowstone National Park, maybe we should change the name of this book. After all, did we want people thinking it was about a geyser?
Well, we asked some others, who after much thought and contemplation acknowledged that they could see that point. It took them some time, but the consensus was that perhaps we should find a different title.
From the onset of the development of the series, Daria and I wanted some specifics in place for each book. 1) they’d all be inspirational in nature and Christian-faith based, 2) they’d all take place in and around Merciful, Florida which is fictionally set in Alachua County, Florida, 3) the second book would be focused on Faith, the third on Grace, and the fourth on some strong secondary characters, 4) the covers would all contain an image of a small community church, 5) the titles would have two words in them that should be a play on words.
So, we decided on retitling book 2 of the series to KEEPING FAITH. As the challenges unfold in the story, Faith and others are forced to “keep” faith or succumb to the despair of life’s trials. Faith is also faced with the demands of physical therapy to regain her ability to walk and be independent again so others are “keeping” faith for Faith. And maybe most importantly for Daria and me, we know that the Lord keeps us all in his care. He never abandons us. And so, the new title seems a great fit. Thankfully our very wonderful publisher agreed and is working to redo the book cover which will be available soon.
We’re delighted and thankful that she spoke up because the new title has brought with it energy we needed to power through the revisions. So, not unlike the wedding that gets called off at the rehearsal dinner because it is the wrong thing to do for that couple, be willing to rethink that title you may have been wedded to for a long time. We hemmed and hawed but this author/reader is very savvy and her input is too valuable to ignore.
So not only are the Blessing sisters blessed, but Daria and I are mightily blessed, too. We have each other as friends and co-authors, we have such wonderful friends who read and give of their time for us, and we have a publisher who believes in us. We wish you blessings in your reading and writing journeys, too.