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And the book is . . . (A Book Update)

If you all remember, I announced my newest novella project a while ago, which I was writing with my mom. She completed her novella about five days ago and is ALREADY through the first stage of editing. I had a slightly longer word count so I finished a couple days ago.

Which translates as





Which is kinda exciting. 🙂

Because my mom and I want to publish together, at the same time, and we’re off to a good start. We’re using the same system to edit our stories, to give us the best chance of finishing at the same time. So far, I have kept the title Promised Land for my book, as it really fits. I’m trying to work out some details for the cover, which is also exciting, because at some point I’ll be doing my first ever cover reveal. *stares into space*

But yeah, this all starts with editing, which is where I’m at now.

And when I announced the book, I promised you all another snippet. So let’s see if I can find one. *digs through the 109-page book*

A bitter wind lanced the cabin, blew wide the heavy quilts.

Aaron raced to one window to remedy the problem. “Get that other quilt back up there!”

Father reached that window before me, nailing the quilt in place. But the damage was done. The icy air was now trapped inside, impervious to the defense of our fire. The blizzard’s snow now left a dust-like layer over everything. What a cruel awakening from a night’s sleep.

Father set aside his hammer. “It’s all right. You both get back to bed.”

With the candles blown out, I felt my way back to the cot Fraeda and I were now sharing downstairs. We’d abandoned the loft a week ago when these blizzards began. Shivering, I took an extra quilt from the top of the trunk. When Aaron took another as well, we had no more to spare. I could hear Fraeda’s teeth chattering together as I crawled back onto the cot.

“Talia?” Her voice shivered as my whole body did.

“It’s all right. Go back to sleep.”

But did any of us really sleep anymore? Where was Issac? Where? He’d been due back the day the first blizzard came. Was he still down in the flatlands, waiting for clearer weather? Or had he been trapped somewhere in these mountains, with the year’s hay and both horses?

“Adonai, keep him safe, please,” I whispered in the dark while the wind roared.

So there you go! Rough draft, but you get the idea.

During the pre-publishing festivities, (*nervous laugh*) I want to formally introduce both main characters in a blog post. Meantime, I’m back to editing, jotting ideas for my next project – yippee! – and figuring out the book cover. So, farewell for now, friends! You know where to find me! 🙂

Are you currently writing or maybe planning to publish something? What’s your take on book cover styles? Oh, yes, and November is coming up. Anyone here going to dive into NaNoWriMo this year? (I heartily recommend it.) Let’s chat in the comments!



Hannah Gaudette is a home-school teen living in the hills of New England. When she’s not writing stories or training dogs, it’s a safe bet you can find her with some other animal, like cats. She’s a life-enthusiast who loves the ocean and The Piano Guys. Enough said.

9 thoughts on “And the book is . . . (A Book Update)

  1. This is awesome!! I can’t wait for you to have it published so I can read it! (This is Hope, by the way. Remember me?)

    Right now I’m not really writing anything that I’m planning to publish, but I’m writing one called Aspects that I hope to at least finish.
    My take on book cover styles is that it really depends on the style of the book what kind of cover it should have. I honestly have only made one cover so far, and I’m not super proud of it, but I have lots of aesthetic ideas for covers for my stories and stuff.
    I’d love to do NaNoWriMo, but I’m afraid that I just won’t be able to do it. I have a lot to work on this semester… I might just do my own ‘write a ton of words in one month’ thing sometime in the spring to push for my WIPs to get done, but I don’t know. I’ll try, though.
    Oh, and to ask a favor relating to the NaNoWriMo thing- do you think at some point I might be able to bounce a few (3-4) WIP ideas off of you, and you might be able to give me a little feedback on which might be worth continuing? I’m stuck, and really need to focus on just one, but they’re all my babies and I love them so much… I can’t decide on my own. Also, I really like and respect your writing and writing skills, so you’re a good person to ask for input. No pressure, though, this is just a totally random and non-deadlined thing that is 100% an OPTIONAL favor.

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    1. To be honest, Julia, I’m not a hundred-percent sure. My mom and I found somebody through Fiverr who has done really great covers, so we might go with that. On the other hand, we found a program where you can do it yourself (don’t know what they charge, though), and I also had my cousin do one for me in the past! Right now, Fiverr is our best chance, but we’ll see.

      Sorry I can’t be of much help! I’ll do a blog post on this once the cover is done, so you could check that out.

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