‘I Think You Have a Winner’

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?

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  1. can’t wait to read this, Kristy. great cover. let us know when it’s released so we can get to amazon.

    1. Thanks, Louise! If you really mean it, I’m looking for people willing to read ARC’s and write short reviews (a few lines) to put in the front of the book. If you’re interested, let me know. I should have it ready in the next week or so. 🙂

  2. I’m sure you have a winner 🙂

  3. Congrats, Kristy! Such great feedback from so many sources–what a shot in the arm! No wonder you can’t sleep–too much exciting feedback bouncing around in your heart. 😀

    1. Thanks, Shelly! It IS exciting! And I know it’s contributing to the lack of sleep. I’m just back to the place where I start waking up after about five hours. However, an hour or so ‘siesta’ is helping. At least until the book is released…and then I may get even less sleep! 🙂

  4. Reblogged this on breeanaputtroff and commented:
    Had to share this one today — from a fantastic writer who has also become a dear friend. So excited for her book to come out — it’s releasing on my birthday! 🙂

    1. Thanks so much, Breeana! Given the quality of your Dusk Gate Chronicles, I take the ‘fantastic writer’ as a tremendous compliment. And getting to know you so well has definitely been one of the nicest things about this whole indie journey. I like having you for a friend. 🙂

      We’re going to have to have a glass of wine at 11:01 your time. That way we can celebrate your birthday…and mine. 🙂

      1. Sounds like a plan to me! 🙂 I love having you for a friend, too. 🙂

  5. Told you So! not that I would ever say that but TOLD YOU SO!

    1. oops meant that comment for Kristy. Just learning my way around 🙂

  6. Wahoo congratulations on the wonderful feedback. Sounds like a very interesting story. I always like reading about the women’s suffrage movement.

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