I think one measure of maturity is the moment when we love the card as much or more than the gift--when the message of friendship and love expressed in those words warms our heart beyond what the gift can do. Words last forever, after batteries die, candles burn down, cloths wears thin and the lingering scents no longer do.
We love to overhear a kind word about our children or ourselves. It is so with authors and their books.
Releasing a book near a holiday is tough for several reasons. The first few weeks after a book's release are critical, requiring intensive blogging, signings, interviews and reviews at a time when all you and everyone else really wants is PEACE.
"Oh, Say Can You See?", which is likely the most critical book of my Free Men and Dreamers series, was released near Thanksgiving, and I wanted so much to give it the debut-push it needed, but I also didn't want to feel like I was spending Christmas peddling my novel.
Joyfully, gratefully, other sweet people have been helping out, providing lovely reviews and giving OSCYS lots of holiday attention. The quote below are some of the kind words that have been shared on the blog tour for "Oh, Say Can You See?" My most sincere thanks to these fine authors for reviewing my book, and for their generous comments during a very busy season.
“This book is poignant, haunting, gripping—a timely celebration of this country and her people.”
Braden Bell, author of “The Road Show”
“I'm awestruck at L.C. Lewis's mastery of detail-rich prose.”
Marsha Ward, author of “Man From Shenandoah” and other compelling westerns.
“I was able to picture each person I "met" in the pages of her novel.”
Rachelle Christensen, author of “Wrong Number.”
“You will be drawn into the story by events, but want to continue to read because of the characters . . . You will have no problem reading this book even if you haven't seen the previous works. But after you read Oh, Say Can You See?, you'll want to have the rest of the series.”
Lynn Parsons, co-author of (dis)Abilities and the Gospel)
“L.C. Lewis has the remarkable gift of being able to create three-dimensional characters who step into incredibly detailed and accurate historical accounts of real-life events. I can’t say it enough, the detail was excellent.”
Marilyn Bunderson, author of “The Mark.”
I think I'm beaming brighter than the lights on my tree. (And that's saying something since there are 2000 lights on that poor little evergreen.)