Friday, April 27, 2012

Wondrous Surprise!

So.... there I was, running around the house completing my daily tasks and keeping up a seriously good pace. I was multitasking like you can't  imagine when... BAM! ...out of nowhere the UPS man drops off an unexpected package at my door. Of course everything came to a screeching halt.


Okay, actually I wasn't home to receive the small, cardboard box. I was driving my son home from guitar lessons, careful to keep to the speed limit, when a large, dark, ominous UPS truck pulled away from my house. The sight made me curious.   

As soon as I stepped through the front door, my family announced, "Mom!  It's your book!"

"My what?"

"Your book!  We think it's here!"

I stared at the little cardboard box on the kitchen table. My eyes flickered to the upper left-hand corner where I read the name of a publishing company. My heart picked up tempo.

Oh my!  This wasn't supposed to arrive for another week!

With trembling hands I managed to swipe a sharp blade through the packaging tape and open the flaps. Reaching in, I removed a layer of padding. Beneath that was a letter from the publishing company, which quickly fell by the wayside. Beneath that was my book. 

My book!

I dared to touch it. A bright and glossy paperback in print with my artwork and my name on the front cover!   Eena, The Dawn and Rescue by Richelle E. Goodrich

Whoa. So how do you react to seeing your story fashioned into an actual book? Your daring dream come true? Five years of trying effort and painstaking rewrites and earnest prayers wrapped up in a cardboard box? All I could do was stare while my shaky fingers handled the pages and slowly flipped through them. 

"It's my book," I managed to breathe to those standing around the table watching me.  (Yeah, duh, Mom.)

I believe I experienced what euphoria feels like.

Thank you for the kind support of friends, family, co-workers, acquaintances, and even strangers who helped me successfully promote and sell my book and, in the process, experience the fulfillment of a dream.

Richelle E. Goodrich

Thursday, April 5, 2012