I loved writing this book for lots of little reasons, the primary one being I have long been fascinated by Lady Jane Grey – who shows up in this contemporary story of mine. She was a young girl who was queen of England at the age of 16 for a mere nine days. And while she had so many things decided for her, as did most girls of noble birth back then, she will always be, to me, someone who in the end chose her ultimate destiny as surely as her parents and relatives chose everything else. Hers is a remarkable story. I have always wanted to find a way to dovetail it with a current-day tale. Hopefully, I pulled it off.
If you are loving this cover as much as I do (WaterBrook produced a simply stunning cover for this book), you will want to know that there is a contest going on over at SheReads to give away the ring that WaterBrook’s art department used to create this cover. Isn’t that a great idea? And that’s not all. WaterBrook and SheReads are also giving away a prayer journal, bookmark and copies of the book. If this interests you, don’t delay. Head over to SheReads and post a comment. That will enter you in the drawing. The contest ends on Sept. 15.
SheReads is a ministry of Proverbs 31, which is a simply wonderful organization to encourage and uplift women of faith. They have chosen Lady in Waiting as their book selection for the month of September and this contest is part of that wonderful honor. There is also a link on the SheReads page to a devotional I wrote for Proverbs 31 on the theme of waiting – or actually, on the theme of not waiting! More like, on the theme of getting up out of your chair when it’s time to get busy.
Hope you get a chance to read this one. I’d love to hear what you think.
I will be teaching at the American Christian Fiction Writers annual conference in Indianapolis on Friday, so I may post from there and I may not. We’ll see how the day plays itself out. I will be teaching two workshops there and also attending the awards dinner for the Carol Awards. White Picket Fences is up for Book of The Year in the Long Contemporary category, though I am in such fantastic company with the other nominations, I am not planning to practice the acceptance speech! Here’s the full list. You can listen to the live-feed of the awards ceremony on the ACFW site.
Have a great week . . .