We’re 7 days out from After the Rain’s book launch! I can’t even believe it. For so long it feels like this day will never come–writing and rewriting and editing and more editing. And then it finally gets here and I don’t feel ready. (If you haven’t read The Last Summer yet, there’s still time! Click here!)
There was this moment years ago, when I’d first moved out to Colorado. My family came to visit Jeff and me, and we went white water rafting out in Buena Vista. The day was perfect. My favorite people in the world were all in one raft together. The mountains, the water, the sky–it was this picturesque scene. White rapids crashing over the rocks, the sounds of excited screams as our raft raced down the river. You couldn’t help but feel like this, this was what people loved about Colorado. We bought one of those pictures they take at some point mid-river and I still love it. I’m screaming (everyone else looks like they are laughing and smiling, but I’m screaming), water’s splashing. Toward the end of the trip, we stopped and the guide jumped out of the raft with a whoop! (None of us followed him.) And I sat there (literally drenched) and thought, I wish I could capture this moment.
And right then, I had this glimpse of a scene for a story. I knew I’d use it one day. That was at least fourteen years ago. And that small glimpse in my mind that day stayed with me until I decided to write this book. That’s how it goes sometimes. Bits and pieces of a story stay with you for as long as it takes. Like bits and pieces of our lives, right? We don’t get to keep them all, but some of them stay with us forever. I can tell you, there are other glimpses I’ve had, for stories not yet told. I hope one day they find their way into books.
But at this moment, we’re days away from After the Rain making its way into the world. I have loved the time I’ve gotten to spend with these characters and I’m thrilled to share this new story with you. I hope you’ll read it and email me or leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads and tell me what you think! Please know I’m so grateful for every reader.
Right now the pre-order price for After the Rain is discounted, but it will go up after release day so hop over to Amazon and grab your copy now.
I am so excited to invite you to the Facebook online launch party for After the Rain. It’s on release day (Feb 4th) and you can see all the details below. Put it on your calendar and click over to sign up here! Be sure to come party with us!
Later in February there will be a blog/bookstagram tour with fun posts and a super-fun giveaway. And not only does After the Rain release in February, but on the 8th, the Jeffster and I will celebrate our 16th wedding anniversary, just days before all the love (and chocolate) on the 14th! February is basically a fabulous month. You might want to visit my website and sign up for my newsletter to stay tuned for all the fun things coming up!
This winter has been so rainy where I live. The other day I opened the garage door and stood for a minute, watching the rain fall. Of course I can’t help but think of the book. My dad has always told me that he thinks of rain showers as a blessing. Sometimes we need the rain. And I hope After the Rain reaches you right where you are.