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Monday, January 5, 2009

Blessings Poured Out

My new historical romance (inspirational) Love Finds You In Last Chance, CA releases Feb. 1st and my author copies arrived this week end. I stood in quiet joy holding my newest (& 2nd) book in my hands after opening the case. Summerside Press is such a wonderful publishing house to work for, and they do beautiful work. I'm excited about my new release, but also thrilled to share the first official review.

A few days ago I discovered Romantic Times Magazine (one of the largest print review publications featuring both secular and Christian fiction) had just released my review and rating. My book received a 4 1/2 star rating out of 4 1/2 stars, something that I understand is not common in the tough, competitive rating world. The review states the following:

RT Rating: 4½
Published: February 2009
Type: Inspirational (Historical)

Ferrell has done her research and produced a well-written tale, set in 1877 California, with characters that show depth of emotion and spiritual clarity. She adds a touch of suspense with plot twists that tweak at the heart. Readers will definitely want to read more from this author.
Summary: Alexia Travers' father died suddenly, leaving her burdened with a heavily mortgaged horse ranch. Getting married would be an easy solution, but instead, she puts on men's clothes and sets out to make the ranch a success on her own. When Justin Phillips comes to Last Chance with his young son, Toby, the effort to save the ranch quickly turns into a competition between cowboy and tomboy. But when disaster threatens, they must work together to save someone they both love. Can two independent people learn to depend on God and on each other? (SUMMERSIDE, Feb., 320 pp. $12.99)

—Lindy J. Swanson

I'm honored and blessed by the reviewers thoughts and rating.

Also, Kregel has officially offered and signed a contract for the sequel to The Other Daughter, tentatively titled Past Shadows. It should release in the fall of this year and I'll begin edits and revisions later this month. I should have a firm title and cover design to share within the next 2-3 months.

So as you can see, I'm indeed triply blessed by all that's happening in my career at this point and so very grateful.


bigguysmama said...

Congrats on your awesome review Miralee! So excited you have your first copies of Last Chance in your hands. I'm also thrilled Kregel has officially signed book 2 for you. What a fantastic way to start the new year.

Mimi B

CatMom said...

WooHoo! Congrats AGAIN, Miralee! I am thrilled for you, and pray the Lord continues to bless you and your writing.
Hugs from Georgia,
Patti Jo :)

P.S. Whatever happened with your house situation? Are you living in your newer house now?

carla stewart said...

Congrats, Miralee! What a beautiful cover. I know you must be thrilled with the book and the review. Very nice.

Amanda said...

Oh my goodness! That is completely awesome about the book review and the book coming out in such a short time! Congratulations! :0

I've missed seeing you online....hope all is okay. :)

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