My second book is coming out this week. Friday, to be exact. Releasing a book in the midst of a move is not something I would recommend, but somehow I’ve managed to pull it off with a lot of great help.
Reviews are pouring in on Goodreads from my Advanced Reader Copies and I couldn’t be happier with the way this book is being received:
It’s about time a modern Christian writer recognized that readers are ready for more than just sweet, prescribed, neatly-packaged “religious” romance. Guess what? We’re divorced, hurt, stressed out, and angry. We’ve miscarried, declared bankruptcy and had affairs. We’ve hurt people and hurt ourselves. We’ve told God “thanks, but no thanks” and turned away for a time. We cuss and drink. Presley seems to get this and does not shy away from deep hurts in her books. – Jana Craft
I do get this, and this is exactly why I push the boundaries of this genre. I started out, years ago, wanting to write a fictional account of David and Bathsheba’s story because of the way the redemptive character of our God shines through in David’s life in spite of his epic failures. Nothing in the Bible is tied up with a pretty red bow. There is not a happily ever after that doesn’t include a journey to hell and back, a fight for survival amidst normal, every day life. This is true of our present day as well, just turn on the news, or call a friend. We fight all day, every day to stay alive and upright, and It. Is. Hard. Sometimes I don’t want to hear what God has to say. Other times I need everyone else to shut up just so that I can hear Him. This is real life. Sometimes I want things that are bad for me because they’ll offer a temporary relief or comfort, and sometimes I even indulge in them, knowing that it’s going to require more effort to clean up the consequences than it would to simply abstain. This is real life. Sometimes I rise above and am victorious and walk with my head held high and know that God and I are the best we’ve ever been, and then a week goes by and I’m not sure where my Bible is. THIS IS REAL LIFE.
I live a real life and I write real stories. I hope and pray that when you read Nor Forsake, you start to see your daily life for what it is: real and normal. We are all in this fight together.
Libby Abbott leads a seemingly charmed life: she works from a beautiful home in a rich neighborhood as an aspiring author and has a handsome and successful husband who supports her dreams. But behind closed doors are the suspicions of infidelity, failed pregnancies, a writing career that’s virtually non-existent, and a heart that is so far from God, she’s not sure she knows the way back. When Libby’s short story and headshot land on the desk of literary agent, Jason Randall, he is intrigued by the grace with which she handles her characters and her stunning smile. He’s convinced that she’s his next best-selling author. Publishing is the last thing on Libby’s mind, but Jason’s eagerness to see her succeed pushes her in a direction she never thought she’d travel again – towards the God of her youth, who dares her to embrace life amidst all of the chaos.
Nor Forsake is available for preorder on Amazon, and will be released in paperback and e-book on June 17th.
Stones of Remembrance is available in e-book format for free when you sign up for my newsletter, or for purchase in e-book and paperback on Amazon as well.
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