As you may recall from this blog and this one, I've been working on my grandmother Goldie's book, Eleanore Gray. This process took a lot longer than I hoped it would (life happens, you know), but I can now safely say that the book is done!
Here's the back-cover copy:
|Eleanore Gray by Goldie M. Lucas|
Eleanore struggles to understand the backward ways of the Hill people. Her brother-in-law, Will Gray, tries to shield her from the rough ways of her neighbors, but Eleanore is done being shielded. She makes it her Christian mission to save two girls everyone else has written off, and in doing so, finds peace with her woman’s place in the world. But when Will professes his love, Eleanore finds herself struggling not with the question of what she can do for others, but with what she should do for herself.
Goldie was working on this book when she died in 1960. It's taken 61 years, but we've finally been able to publish it. It's an inspirational historical novel. There's a touch of romance (a few kisses), but the true love affair is between Goldie and the Ozark Hills of her childhood. Goldie's lyrical voice shines through each description of the Hill country.
The book is available online at Amazon here, and at Createspace here. Right now, the print version is the only one available, and it's $15.95. The Kindle version will be available soon (read: when we get the formatting issues figured out.)
The book will also be available at my local independent bookstore, Great Debates. I'm working on getting it into the Crossing churches and see if any place down in the Ozarks will carry it.
In the coming weeks, I'll be talking a little more about the self-publishing journey I undertook with this book, and comparing it to selling my own book to Harlequin, but for now, I hope you'll order a copy (or three) and leave a review on the Amazon. I put this out there for Goldie's children and grandchildren, the Wrights and the Lucases, but I encourage you to check it out. I've read it about ten times now, and every time, the beauty of her words gets me. It's a good book. You'll enjoy it!
To celebrate this joyous event, I'm giving away one copy! All you have to do is leave a comment below telling me about your grandmother. What legacy did she leave you? How did/do you know her? Even a sweet memory will get you entered into this random drawing. The contest ends on June 19th; the winner will be notified here on June 21st. Good luck!
*Contest open to U.S. residents only. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Winner will be randomly chosen by a 6-year-old boy guessing numbers and notified on the Authorial Moms blog on June 21st, 2011.