This week I’m shining the spotlight on
Frontier Agreement by Shannon Farrington,
a March release from Love Inspired Historical.
Learn more about the story below, and then scroll
down to enter the giveaway for a print copy.
FORCED TO WED
When half–Native American translator Claire Manette joins her mother’s tribe after her father’s death, she’s told she must marry or leave the village. Lewis and Clark expedition member Pierre Lafayette’s offer of a marriage of convenience is enticing. But with her refusal to leave her family behind and his dreams of exploring uncharted territories, it would never work.
Pierre joined the expedition for adventure…and to avoid settling down. So why does he feel compelled to protect a stranger by marrying her? The only thing he’s sure of is that he can’t allow Claire to be forced from the only home she has left. Pierre and Claire are an unlikely match, but amid the wilderness of the West, could his offer of duty become one of love?
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Reaching The End
Turning those final few pages as a reader can be a bittersweet experience. I want to see how the story ends, but I know my time with the characters I’ve grown to care about is almost over. Call me silly, but I’ve been known to hug a book to my chest after I finish it, my way of saying goodbye to my fictional friends.
Reaching The End as a writer is an equally emotional experience for me. I’m flooded with relief that the hard work of drafting a story is behind me, disbelief that I wrote another book and a touch of grief that my time developing the characters and helping them reach their Happily Ever After has come to an end.
I might type The End, but I will soon be deleting those words, since all my editor wants to see are the three asterisks that signify the end of the manuscript. I’m also bracing myself for the work ahead.
Creating the first draft is only the beginning. I still have three edits ahead of me: the content edit (also known as the substantive or big-picture edit), the line edit (where I have to make smaller tweaks) and the copy edit (where the nitty gritty stuff like punctuation and grammar errors, repetitions, etc. are dealt with.)
This past week I typed The End on my fifth Love Inspired Historical, Their Mistletoe Matchmakers, coming in November. I spent seven weeks glued to my computer screen, so I welcome the break.
Actually, the work break isn’t really applicable, since I’m embarking on an intense game of catch-up. All the tasks I let slide in order to spend time writing are waiting me, such as getting the taxes ready to go to our CPA, doing loads of laundry and digging my desk out from under the piles of paper that have accumulated.
As I reflect on the story I just finished, I think about the readers who will read Their Mistletoe Matchmakers. I hope they will enjoy spending time with Henry and Lavinia and be satisfied with how things turn out for this couple.
Will readers heave satisfied sighs, or will they end up disappointed? Maybe they’ll wish I’d wrapped things up differently. Or perhaps they’ll think it’s one of my best stories yet. Only time will tell. Such are the thoughts that go through the mind of a reader after reaching The End.
Question for You
How do you feel when you finish reading a novel?
What makes an ending satisfying for you?
Can you think of an ending you really enjoyed?
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Giveaway ends Saturday, March 4 at 11:59 p.m. PST.
Winner to be announced in my new
blog post on Monday, March 6.
Must be 18 to enter. International OK. Void where prohibited.
Congratulations to the winners from my February 27 post.
Lynne F, Marilyn R and Kalan S will each receive a copy of
Her Motherhood Wish, my March LIH.