Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Dedicated to the One I Love...

I'm working on final edits for my October release, Love is Grand. I know some authors don't enjoy edits, but I do. This is my final chance to make sure I have chosen the right words to tell my story.

And I love this story. For those of you who've read the other books in the Walk in the Park series, you're familiar with Ainsley and everything she's gone through. Here's the tentative back cover copy:

Ainsley Davis had it all. . .

. . .a job she loved
. . .a husband she adored
. . .a baby on the way

But after her husband’s unexpected death, she left her job and retreated to the safety of her parents’ home. Two years later, Ainsley is still there, raising the baby alone and envisioning danger around every corner. When her position as a park ranger at the Grand Canyon reopens, she realizes God may be trying to tell her to return—if she can face the fears that hold her captive.

Fellow ranger Dustin Cooper is thrilled to have his old friend back. But Ainsley isn’t the fearless girl he remembers. Even so, Dustin pushes her to put her trust in God and jump back into her life.

Policeman Jake McGuire fled to the Grand Canyon after an on-the-job mistake. He’s determined to live a stress-free, anonymous life. Until he meets Ainsley. Suddenly he realizes he’d like to be a hero again—if only in her eyes.

Can Ainsley regain her zest for life—despite the risks—and find the right man to walk alongside her? If so, she may be surprised to find that even the second time around, Love is Grand.

Well? What do you think? Sound like a book you want to read? I hope so!

In addition to edits, it's also time to pen the dedication. I find dedicating the book to be very difficult. I read somewhere that a book dedication was kind of like a tattoo--once it was inked, there was no turning back.

So far, I've dedicated books to both of my parents, both sets of grandparents and three of my best friends. I have a couple more days to settle on the dedication for Love is Grand. I have an idea for the dedication, but I'm not sure yet.

How about you? If you wrote a book, who would you dedicate it to?


Sandy said...

Can't wait to read it!!

I would dedicate my book in memory of my sister Stacy. Stacy died my senior year in high school of breast cancer. She was 9 years older than me. When I think of Stacy I think of love! She loved life and lived life to the fullest to the very end! I always wanted to be just like her. She taught so many people in her 26 years of life that love truly is Grand!

Kristen said...

Looking forward to reading this one, too! I have a feeling it'll bring some tears, both sad and happy. ;)

I'm enjoying the D.C. one right now...had to take a short break with lots of crazy busy stuff going on lately, but I'm ready to get back to it!

I could see you dedicating this newest book to your future husband, whomever he might be, because the idea that love could be right around the corner is pretty grand. ;)

Years ago at FHU, I bought a V Day card for my future spoke of how everyone had thought I was so picky, but now they could see I had been right to wait because he was worth it. It felt so profound when I bought it and wrote in it and tucked it away. I'd look at it every so often and pray another little prayer that he would arrive soon. And now that I'm married, wouldn't you know it? I can't find that card!! Yeesh!

Fran said...

How about dedicating to your long lost twin...jk
I can't wait to read it. My family was talking about your next just this past week.

Shelly said...

This definitely sounds like a book I want to read!

Annalisa Daughety said...

Thanks, everyone! Great answers, and I'm thrilled you guys like the synopsis of the next book.

I settled on a dedication--and now I can't wait to have the book in hand so I can give the person a copy! Not until October though!

Courtney said...

I just read Love is a Battlefield. I could not put it down. Loved it!! Keep em' coming :)

ps: I am a friend of Katherine Bennett,we go to church together and I use to keep her sweet girls. She loaned me her copy and I am addicted.

Annalisa Daughety said...

Thanks, Courtney! Glad you enjoyed it! The second book in the series, Love is Monumental, is out now!

Betsy said...

Just read
"Love is Monumental"....loved it....cant wait for the next one....and the one after that, and the one after that......

Betsy said...

Just read
"Love is Monumental"....loved it....cant wait for the next one....and the one after that, and the one after that......

Becky Welch said...

I am WAY behind but OH MY GOODNESS I can't wait! I just got my Love is a Battlefield back out to read - thanks to all the trips we have made to Shiloh this summer!!!! Can't wait!

Annalisa Daughety said...

Thanks, Betsy! So glad you enjoyed "Love is Monumental!"

Becky--Thanks! I'm so glad you and your family have made trips to Shiloh this summer! :) I haven't been out there in awhile, but as soon as the weather cools down some, I'm hoping to spend a day there.


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