Happy Release Day

Happy Release Day: Lizzie!

I loved Lizzie’s posting yesterday about staying-at-home. She’s always been a sensible young woman as you will certainly discover when you read her story which, happily, is available in eBook AND paperback as of today.

I’ve already shared the first two chapters of Lizzie for my eager readers and I’ve loved the initial feedback from my pre-readers who managed to score the entire manuscript* in advance.

The first few reviews that get posted on Amazon are always the ones for which I wait—holding my breath. In the past, I’ve said that releasing a new book is a bit like introducing your newborn to the world: Will they love my baby as much as I do?

As I mentioned in an earlier posting, Lizzie is a bit of fan-fiction on a previous novel I released: First Impressions. The novel was one of my favorites to write (besides the Plain Fame series, of course), but my publisher at the time really raised the price.

This was my first introduction to traditional publishing, so, what did I know? After all these years of not my usual sale volumes—due to not great marketing and high priced books—I asked for return of the rights to the book, especially after they shut down this division of their publishing house.

Crickets.

That’s when I began considering ways to re-write it from a totally different angle. Boy! Did my imagination take off. The point where I started in both books—the father receiving a letter—kicks off two very different journeys.

It was fun re-writing First Impressions, but it was also very hard. It took me over a year to complete it. That’s a long time for a seasoned, prolific writer like me.

By the way, if you haven’t read First Impressions, I have a few extra copies laying around. I just offered them to the members of my private reader group. Signed of course. Email me if you are interested: sarahprice.author@gmail.com.

Happy reading, Friends!

*Note: Want to find out about pre-reading my next book release, Esther’s Quilt? Follow me on Facebook or my Private Reader Group.

Lizzie An Amish Christian RomanceIn the sleepy Amish community of Blue Mill, there aren’t many eligible bachelors for the three Bender daughters. So, when spring arrives bringing news that an unmarried young Amish man is relocating from Clearwater and renting the farm next door, Susan Bender begins planning the “imminent” wedding for one of her two eligible daughters.

But Christopher Burkholder doesn’t arrive alone. His older friend and mentor, Phineas Denner, and Christopher’s sister, Cynthia, accompany him.

After an unpleasant encounter with Phineas at a church singing, Lizzie takes an instant dislike to him for she finds him too judgmental of others, including herself. But when disaster strikes Blue Mill, she is forced to work alongside him and she begins to learns that first impressions are not often correct.

Unfortunately, Phineas must return to his farm in Clearwater at the end of the month. With his attention piqued and her attitude changed, is it enough time for romance to bloom?

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