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Beloved Woman Print Cover Reveal!

Beloved woman full cover
Here's the full cover for the print version of Beloved Woman (click on the pic to enlarge):

Another beautiful job by our cover designer, Kim Maxwell! We love that she added one of Daddy's paintings to the back. That's a picture he did of Aunt Bessie's house and every time I see it, it brings back happy memories.

The cover and the manuscript file have been approved for print and we've ordered a proof copy. Should be here next week and after we do a final read-through, we'll approve it (hopefully we won't find any errors!) and then it goes up on Amazon. So ... those of you waiting for the paperback, it shouldn't be long now!
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Okay, so...

... I just realized I'd posted that Beloved Woman had been downloaded to Kindle,  added the cover to the sidebar and even linked it to the page on the Kindle Store and then I forgot to come back and announce that it is available.

Yeah, yeah, go ahead...I'm shaking my head and calling myself an idiot along with you!

So, anyway, Beloved Woman has been released finally. If you're interested in buying a copy, head on over to the Kindle Store or just click the cover in the upper right-hand corner of the blog or the one below this post.

Because we missed our self-imposed release date of December 20 and didn't get the book downloaded until December 29, we're offering Beloved Woman at a special introductory price of .99 and we've also dropped the price on Moonfixer to .99 and Whistling Woman is, as its always been, .99. The special price will last until January 31, 2015. So, go ahead, click on that link and get your copy. Then if you don't already have the others, get those, too! That's the entire Appalachian Journey series (to date) for under $3.00!

Beloved Woman and Moonfixer are also available in the Kindle Lending Library and Kindle Unlimited.
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2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.  Here's an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 7,200 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.
2014 emailteaser
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Beloved Woman...

...has been downloaded to Kindle and should be available within 12 hours! We thank our readers for their patience and as promised we have a surprise for you! Until January 31, 1915, Beloved Woman will be available at a special introductory price of .99!

But wait! There's more! Moonfixer will also be priced at .99 during this time and Whistling Woman, too, of course, has alway been .99. That means you can get the all three books in the Appalachian Journey series for under $3.00! Woo-hoo! Happy dances all around!

Seriously though, we are so grateful to our readers for their patience and apologize again for not making our original deadline. If you follow the Appalachian Journey Facebook page, you know we had a bit of a snag last week while we were in Florida doing the final edits. After a lot of debate and discussion, however, we decided to follow our heart and go with the book as it was originally written...and while we hope we haven't offended anybody by telling the truth as we heard it, we also hope everybody enjoys reading the book as much as we enjoyed writing it.

Okay, that's it, time to turn our brains off for a while and get some much-needed rest! Next up, the print version!
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Beloved Woman is...

...finished! Well, with the first read-through anyway. The last chapters were grueling yesterday but we stuck with it and made it through. Whew!

Right now we're looking at a December 29, 2014 release date, That's 9 days longer than our self-imposed deadline...

But wait! There's more!

To all our readers: be sure to stay tuned because you're going to benefit from our failure to meet our deadline!
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Beloved Woman Progress Report!

We're in Florida this week (that's our welcoming committe in the picture), enjoying warm weather and lots of sunshine (they're predicting snow back home on Thursday. Brrr! So glad we're here instead of there!), spending time with Daddy (we had dinner with him last night and will be spending more time with him tomorrow), hearing lots of stories about his growing-up years (when he lived with Uncle Fletcher and Aunt Bessie) that we plan to use in the next book, and working on the final edits of Beloved Woman (they're going really well. We're about halfway through. Yay!). We have a bottle of chardonay chilling in the fridge for our traditional toast when we finish! Christy and I are loving this book and we sincerely hope the readers will too.

We're eager to get this book released and know many of our readers share that eagerness so to tide you over until we finish, here's the back cover blurb for Beloved Woman, Appalachian Journey Book 3.

In the second decade of the 20th century, major world events resonate even on Stone Mountain where Bessie Daniels lives with her husband Fletcher. There's a great war, one that takes away many young men, including Bessie's kin, some never to return. Bessie's role of healer intensifies as she treats those suffering from the Spanish flu and tries to keep it from spreading further on her mountain. She defends a young woman who's in the middle of a controversy that threatens to tear her peaceful community apart. And she finds herself involved in the suffragette movement as the women of North Carolina fight to gain their fair rights under the constitution.

Then, when one of her family members makes an appalling decision, one that has the potential to damage a child, Bessie impulsively steps in to right the wrong.

Stay tuned! You'll know almost as soon as we do! And thanks to all of our readers--we couldn't do this without your continued support and inspiration!

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Beloved Woman Cover Reveal!

Isn't that beautiful? I love the series logo she came up with--her idea entirely, I never even thought about having a series logo to specify the number of the book in the series! And she added some blue for those of you who voted for the blue cover.

A little bit of info about the cover: the picture of Bessie is part of a postcard she had made with some other people (I had no idea you could do that). There's a 1 cent stamp on the back. I can't find any indication of a date any where. It's addressed to:

J. W. Daniels
No. 515 Emerald Avenue
Knoxville, Tenn.

And our talented cover designer, Kim, included part of Bessie's message from the back of the postcard on the cover beside her skirt. It's a little faded and hard to read but using a magnifying glass helps. Here's the message on the back:

Hello Papa,
How do you like my picture. The others are Jim and Grace, their two kids. Fletch was gone to a burying is because he isn't in the picture (not sure about this part but it's the best I can do, even with a magnifying glass!). Hope you are all well.
Yours lovingly,*
05 27 2013 055311pm
A message from Aunt Bessie--isn't that fascinating? Kim also took the other people out of the picture and filled in the door beside Bessie. And she cleaned it up quite a bit, too. Here's a picture of what she had to work with:

And there you have it, an interesting relic of Aunt Bessie's past turned into a beautiful cover for the 3rd book about her life! It doesn't get much better than that. I can't wait to see what happens when Kim turns her talents to Wi--oops! Almost gave away the title to the fourth book and we're not ready to do that yet!
Edited: "Yours" added to the closing after Kim sent us this picture of the back of the postcard:

It's a little tough to read here but if you click on it you'll get a larger version (I think!). Didn't we tell you we had a wonderful cover designer?
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The readers have spoken and the winner is...


Thanks to everyone who voted here and on our Facebook pages! You were a great help. We can't say it enough: We have the best readers EVER!

Kim is working to put the finishing touches to the official Beloved Woman cover. Christy and I are waiting with bated breath--well, okay, not really. We know Kim will get it to us as soon as it's finished so no worries there. What we are doing is merging all the chapters to one file and then we'll be editing. Yes, that's right, Beloved Woman is finished--at least as far as the researching and writing are concerned. Whew! And yes, we did do a few happy dances but right now we're working on getting all the chapters in the right order which should be finished later today or early tomorrow. And then it's on to the editing stage. Fingers crossed we'll make our self-imposed deadline of December 20th!

Thanks again for voting!
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Blue or brown? We need your help!

Our wonderful cover designer Kim (Design by Kimberly Maxwell) has been hard at work on the cover for Beloved Woman (and yes, that means we're getting really close!). Christy and I chose the cover we liked but couldn't decide on the color; brown or blue. Decisions, decisions...and then Christy came up with the fabulous idea of letting our readers decide. So, here's the cover with both color options:

Beautiful, aren't they? But we need to choose which color; brown or blue and we're asking for the help of our readers. So, please leave us a comment either here or on our Facebook page and let us know which you like best.

Okay, back to writing (mostly editing at this point. Yay!). If you have the chance, check out the link above to Kim's website. She does fantastic covers and if you like cats, check out her book, The Friendly Floppy Ragdoll Cat, available in hardback and paperback. It's a gorgeous book chock-full of pictures and information on Ragdoll cats that she designed and wrote herself. Impressive!
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A wonderful day!

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First we received an email this morning telling us that Madchen, die pfieffen (Whistling Woman) was released in print and ebook! Second, a box of free copies arrived by UPS. And third, we've already hit a top 100 list on Kindle. We are, as you can imagine, doing happy dances times three!