THE END is Near–but In a Good Way :-)

During the first week of January this year, I began to post scenes from my original manuscript La Belle Christiane.

This book was written when books were longer. Remember those days when you held a paperback in your hand and it was substantial? This manuscript is double the length I write now.

Now finally the end is within sight!

Tomorrow I’ll post the first scene of the FINAL CHAPTER. After that, there is only a brief Epilogue.

I will be asking for some feedback about this manuscript. I’ve already had an artist do a cover and the manuscript is in the process of being edited and proof-read. Soon I’ll have the manuscipt ready to upload to Kindle and Smashwords to become a digital book.

Plus for those of you who still like to hold a book, I will be using the company CreateSpace to have copies printed for sale. You’ll be able to buy them through my website and Amazon.com. You can also ask your local bookseller or librarian to order it for you. I’ll post that information as I have it.

I’ve never done anything like this before so it has been an interesting journey. I thank you for being my “beta readers.” You have helped me know when to shorten a chapter and made me grapple with the intense work of revision. So thanks!

Some other writers suggested that after the beginning chapter, I move immediately to Christiane meeting John again in Philadelphia. However, how would we know Christiane the way we do if we hadn’t suffered with her through Rumsveld and her risking her life to rescue young Michael and other experiences she endured?

What do you think? Should I have shortened the story? Would shorter have been better? If so, what would you have cut? Or is there a part you wished I’d spent more time on? I really want to know!–Lyn

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3 Responses to THE END is Near–but In a Good Way :-)

  1. Kimberly & guide dog Abby says:

    Don’t cut anything! I’ve so enjoyed reading this story this year. I’ve been away most of July, and I’m so enjoying getting caught up again.

  2. Ann says:

    Please do not cut from the beginning. It was magnificent! The story is wonderful as is. About three weeks ago I was feeling frustrated with things continually going wrong and with Christiane’s decision making. That is part of the great plot, though, and once she married John, I am happy again. 🙂 Again, thanks for giving us the gift of this story.

  3. Margie Mijares says:

    Please don’t cut any of the story!!!! I think every single step that Christiane waked through in this book was a step closer to God. Every agony she endured, every joy, and every sorrow grew her into the woman she has become. It is the way the Master chisels and molds us into the woman or man He created us to be. The only thing I would be interested in is some insight into what Jean Claude’s life has been like growing up without his parents and how it has affected him. You don’t want me to talk about expanding anything because you would end up with a novel like Gone With The Wind!!! I never want the story to end!!! All in all, I have to say that it has been a wonderful journey and I will be sad to get to that last page and read “The End”.