(Forgive me as I've not been able to reply to all the comments. Thank you so much for all your encouragement!)
Before my debut novel released, I asked God to be my publicist. You see, I was already suffering from MS and would get tired very easily. I knew I wouldn’t be able to do as much as other authors in marketing my book. I said to God I’d do all I could, but would He please do the rest.
Well, on November 1st, the very day my book released, I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Cancer (T-cell Lymphoma). It was so aggressive, they immediately admitted me into the hospital and started me on their heaviest dose of chemo treatments. I can’t even begin to describe how I felt. Sheer joy of having my first book published, and sheer terror of a life-threatening disease.
When my ACFW writing friends, family and church family heard the news, they rallied around me with prayers, prayer chains, cards, CDs to listen to while in the hospital, flowers, and promotion of my book (including filling in for me for the book signings I will miss!). My husband was so touched, he told me I was surrounded by legions of angels. And you know what? He was right. :-)
God heard my prayer. He knew what was going to happen the day my book released. And He put it on the hearts of all of you to come to my aid. I have chills as I’m writing this. If you just Google my book, THE MASTER’S WALL, you will see what God has done through all of you. My book goes on for pages and pages on the Google search engine. PAGES! Not just the first page! It’s even ranked at number 21 of highest ratings on Amazon for historical romance. My book was published through a small press, so what God has done is close to a miracle. I have tears in my eyes as I share this with all of you. And all I can say is thank you. Honestly, “thank you” isn’t enough for the gratitude I feel, for the love I feel. The first months of a book’s release are critical, and I not only had to cancel my book signings, but everything else I had planned for promotion. Had I been well, I never would have accomplished what God through YOU has accomplished for me.
Thank you for allowing yourselves to be used by our heavenly Father, and for giving me great pleasure during this frightening time in my life. This has helped to give me confidence that I am truly in God’s hands.
I thank God for all of you.
Lots and lots of hugs in Him,
P.S. If you’d like to share this “thank you note” with others, please feel free to do so. I can’t keep up to personally thank all those who have helped.