It’s Here

I failed the 4th-grade writing test.

I had to take it twice and both times received a 2, which was not a passing score. Granted, North Carolina has long done away with that test, but that leaves a lasting mark on a girl who’s used to succeeding in school. Writing was never my thing; reading was. I loved words, and the way that others could wield them. That is, until I started a blog, and began wielding them myself.

17 years after that failed test, I’m publishing a book.

And while I’ve learned so. many. things. in this process, I’ve been reminded of one thing the most. By reminded, I mean that it’s been shoved in my face and knocked me off my feet.

I started a blog having no intention of it being the catalyst for more, but God did.

I began writing posts about my faith, never knowing the confidence and rightness they’d give me, but God did.

I made plans for growth, hoping for small successes along the way. I didn’t plan on anything big, but God did.

As of today, Heartbeat is available. For the next couple of days, it’ll be available on the Createspace e-store, located here. Createspace is under the big Amazon umbrella and the method in which I published it. Within the next 3-5 days, it will be available on Amazon too. I have no idea what the shipping time is like for Amazon and I have no idea if it qualifies for Prime. I would assume that it doesn’t, as it’s print-on-demand (directly from Createspace). Sorry about that- it’ll have a shipping cost. I’m on the learn-as-you-go plan, so I’m figuring it out piece by piece;).

UPDATE: I went to check, because, eager, and it’s already on Amazon! AND qualifies for Prime!!  AH! Head here to get it!

I have absolutely no idea what to do next. I know I should talk to local bookstores (if any Boonies have suggestions of where I should reach out to, I’m all ears!) and I know I should try to promote it. I think I’ve read it so many times that the words have lost their resonance with me; I need to set it aside for a bit. Or maybe take it week by week like the book suggests;).

Right now? I’m going to soak up the fact that it’s here. It’s in book form. Friends can own it. People I don’t know can own it. It can be written all over or kept like-new. It’s officially out of my hands.

And, hopefully, into yours.

*Bloggers, if you’d like a copy to review/ help promote, shoot me an email! I’m excited to be sending some out soon:)

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  • How exciting! And amazing. I would love to publish a book one day and this gives me such hope.

  • Nicole Leffew

    This is amazing babe! So proud of you!!!

  • wow! this is such a big milestone i am sure! good for you xx toby

  • Kristin Kruse

    So so so happy for you! This is amazing!!! I just ordered one for me and each of my sisters. Congrats to you for all your hard work! And the cover is beautiful, too! Cheers babe! xox

  • Ashley Clark

    This is amazing and congrats! I would love to help promote your book. My Mom polished a book earlier this year.

  • Tiffani at Breton Bay

    OH MY GOSH!!!! This is SO EXCITING!!! I am so happy for you!! Writing totally, completely, entirely intimidates me. I hold myself to a higher standard than I do to others so I hold back. Ridiculous I know!! So, because of that and how much respect I have for those who write and throw their fears to the side, i am SO PROUD of you!! I will head to Amazon now!!


  • tayloraube

    This is so beautiful and exciting! It is a dream of mine to publish a book, you are so inspiring to me. Congratulations love, and happy 2017!!

  • Gisel Luna

    So exciting! Congrats on your new book – such a big accomplishment! 🙂

    Gisel //

  • Jessica

    This is so exciting! Congratulations on the publication and sale of your book! It is such a big deal!
    xo Jessica

  • Emily Soto

    This is so exciting and I am so happy for you! Take that, fourth grade writing test!

    Emily Soto

  • Jodi-Kay Edwards

    The image of your cover is absolutley amazing, congrats on such an amazing launch and I am in loooove with the idea and concept!

  • Jamie

    Congrats lady! That is so exciting!

    Love love the cover!

    xx, Jamie

  • This is so exciting!!! Congrats on your book! I always question my writing, but you just have go for it. Let me know if you end up contacting local places, I’m in Raleigh but I would totally pick it up at any of our local bookstores here.

  • debbie_savage

    Congrats to you! This is such an incredible achievement! Happy New Year!
    xo Debbie |

  • Emily that is SO SO SO awesome! Congratulations friend! I’ve fallen so behind on my blog reading, but I’m so glad I had some time to catch up today to see this. I will send you an email–I would love to help you promote this!