So, we finally have Shepherd of the Heart, in our hands, which will be flying out the door to all those who pre-ordered, very shortly!
This series, narrated by the matriarch of the family Abigail Collins, promises to keep you in suspense, and also have you scratching your head with a few left-field surprises! This is something that as a publisher, I really appreciate about Jo as an author. Just when you think you’ve overcome a situation, or that things are settled into a sense of normality, then BOOM – along comes plots, twists and trials that had me experiencing all manner of emotions, all at once!
I look back at the manuscript of this particular book, and I had scrawled through the margins, wondering where the heck Abigail’s narration was taking me – and then all of sudden, the storyline made complete sense. Amongst the LARGE question marks I had put on some pages, so that I could ask Jo just what she was thinking, there came the ticks; the book answered itself for me so there was no need to have any conversations at all!
To appreciate the style in which Jo has written, is to know the painstaking months of research, the handling of writing in an American style, the learning of grammatical styles and vocabulary that were both foreign to her and to myself. Understanding that there are very different rules to which she had to write by, and that we both in turn, had to edit by, was a difficult but very rewarding exercise. I have great respect for someone who has obviously been gifted with words and storytelling, to be able to hand this gift over to be polished and turned into the beauty that was always in there.
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Our other exciting news, is that we are in pre-production for Sharmaine’s new book “A Whisper in the Storm”. This promises to provide more stories and artwork that will both challenge, uplift and give pause for deep thought.
Take care friends, stay warm and be blessed.