As always, there will be a drawing. But there will be only one winner. I love Splashdown Books so much that I have decided I will give away a copy of each debut novel of each Splashdown author. One lucky reader will win copies of Faith Awakened by Grace Bridges, The Muse by Fred Warren, The Duke’s Handmaid by Caprice Hokstad, Alpha Redemption by Paul Baines, and Tales of the Dim Knight by Adam and Andrea Graham.
Leave a comment today, leave a comment on yesterday’s post…that is two entries. Link today’s blog on Facebook, link yesterday’s blog on Facebook…that is two more entries. Buy Grace’s newest book Legendary Space Pilgrim’s HERE and that is five more entries.That is a potential of up to 9 entries.
As always, Peyton will draw a name from the fantastic hat and one lucky duck gets the Grand Prize. The drawing will be held next Tuesday. I will announce the winner on Facebook and here. The winner will have 24 hours to contact me via Facebook or email with their mailing address. If the winner does not contact me, an alternate winner will be drawn.
**You must email me your digital receipt for the purchase of Legendary Space Pilgrim’s to qualify for the five extra entries.
** If you have won a drawing in the last month, you may still enter. It is all about lifting our girl Grace.
C. L. Dyck
Alright. I’m late to the game due to family illness, but better late than never. Thanks, Di, for bearing with my tardiness.I think I met Grace in 2006 or 2007 through the ShoutLife social network. At the time, Frank Creed was gathering minions for the Lost Genre Guild, and cordially invited me along. I don’t remember what got Grace and me talking, but it was just a click. We met in person when Grace was trekking across the States. One of her stops was a mere three hours south of me, and I thought to myself, well now. What are the odds I’ll never again get the chance to meet this friend who’s an Irish Kiwi with a German twist?It stuck. It’s one of those inexplicable connections, and I count it more than the shared interest in Christian SF, in publishing and in the online world. Working with Grace has a groove to it that’s a very rare thing in creative relationships. Sometimes these things are a clash, sometimes they’re work as usual…and less often, it’s two buccaneers back to back against the world. That’s the feeling of conquering newfound challenges alongside Grace. Something far better than mere fair weather. Here’s to future swashbuckles and successes for Splashdown.~Cat
**ROCK STAR INTERRUPTION**
I first encountered Grace Bridges when I was sending the manuscript of my first novel, The Muse, around for critiques. She wasn’t on my list of reviewers, and I still don’t know exactly how she got a copy of my manuscript, but she sent me an e-mail saying that she had read it and enjoyed it very much. Oh, and by the way, she was starting up an independent publishing company, and she wanted my book to be her debut product.
I was shocked. I had steeled myself for years of shopping this book around to agents and publishers, then some strange lady from New Zealand contacts me, out of the blue, and wants to publish it. Was she on the level? Was she sane? Was this some new internet scam?
I did a little research, exchanged a few more e-mails with Grace, and discovered the answers were yes, yes, and no. This was a serious, legitimate, paying offer, and Grace had the knowledge, skills, and vision to pull this off. I was honored that she was willing to risk her dream on an unproven author, and I believed in turn that it was worth the risk of putting my story into this new publisher’s hands.
I’m glad I did, and I’m proud of what we’ve achieved together. Grace did what any good publisher must do–she made my book better. Along the way, I found that Grace was innovative, imaginative, creative, and cooperative. We didn’t always agree on everything, but in any disagreement, we were always able to come to a solution that satisfied both of us. She made the hard work of bringing a book to press an awful lot of fun.
I also discovered that Grace is something of a Renaissance woman. She’s multilingual, a world traveler, a novelist, musician, graphic artist, computer geek (in the best sense of the word), and all-around do-it-yourself handy person. If she doesn’t know how to do something, give her a couple of days, and she’ll figure it out.
I learn something new in just about every exchange I have with Grace Bridges. I don’t think it’s going too far to say she’s one of my Muses. Hey, I get at least seven. It’s in the rules.
REVIEW IS ON THE NEXT PAGE, SILLY
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