I can’t help it. I’m getting so excited! In the past week I’ve gotten some fantastic feedback from four beta readers for my new novel, Enza (available April 23).
‘It was a great story until ____ and ____ died.’ (I hadn’t really made it clear that it was fact-based fiction)
‘The story is wonderful, heartfelt, and gut wrenching.’ (Thanks, Katrina!)
Even my sister’s husband loved it. I’d asked him to read it to get a man’s perspective, even though he’s more of a Stephen King/Dean Koontz fan. From what I gathered during our forty-five minute conversation tonight, he hadn’t really expected to like it, a ‘just doing me a favor’ kind of thing…and he was very surprised to find that he was hooked from the first page.
So I thought it was the perfect day to share the front cover, as well as the blurb that will be on the back.
It is a time of innocence and prosperity. The Women’s Suffrage Movement gains more attention with each passing day. All across the country housewives and young ladies harbor hope that they might finally win the right to vote. Patriotism is at its peak as the war to end all wars rages an ocean away.
On the home-front, in a small town in Michigan, life is being lived out like the pages of a Mark Twain novel. Until an unseen enemy, deadlier than any human adversary, threatens Mankind’s very existence.
Elliot Owens – The only thing in the world that matters to Elliot is his wife and their five children, and he will do everything in his power to protect them.
Daniel Pullman – When his plans to join the Army are dashed following an injury, meeting the love of his life makes the disappointment easier to bear.
Colby Thornton – A devoted minister whose congregation loves him nearly as much as he loves them, Colby struggles with bitterness toward the wife who doesn’t love him at all.
Marcus McClelland – One of the local funeral directors, Marcus lives his life avoiding close relationships because if he doesn’t care about anyone, it won’t hurt when he loses them.
Jonathon Owens – At ten years old all Jonathon dreams of is to be a war hero…by proving that his German neighbor is a spy.
When all is said and done, will any of them survive?