Thursday, August 27, 2015

Exceedingly Abundantly

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly beyond all that we ask or imagine, according to the power that works in us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21 (MEV)

Five months ago I was cheering on one of my writer friends who was planning to enter a writing contest called Blurb to Book through Love Inspired Books. My friend writes contemporary romance, and as she prepared to enter, I didn't contemplate entering myself because I write historical.

Three days before the deadline for the contest, I received a Facebook message from Erica, encouraging me to enter Blurb to Book in the historical division.

Have you ever had a light bulb moment? This was it for me. Here's exactly what I wrote to Erica: "I've heard about the contest, but didn't even think to enter until you sent this...now my mind is spinning with possibilities."

It suddenly dawned on me that there's more to Love Inspired than contemporary! They have a fabulous line of historical romances. Immediately, my mind began to buzz with half a dozen ideas-- until I landed on the story I was meant to write (more about my story next week!). I looked at the contest rules and set to work on my 100 word blurb and first page.

I can't explain what happened next, and I can only give God the credit, but I had an amazing sense of peace settle over me. The contest felt right. The story idea felt perfect. I didn't have to strive for the details. It all came together like a perfectly timed orchestra, and God was about to whirl me around the dance floor.

Two weeks after submitting the blurb and first page, I was told I would advance to the second round (first three chapters and full synopsis)...one month later, I was told I would advance to the third round (a 70,000-75,000 word manuscript)...and three months after that (just last Thursday), I received a call from my agent telling me I was offered my very first contract from Love Inspired Books. Twenty minutes after talking to my agent, Tina James, the Executive Editor of Love Inspired Books, called me to welcome me to the team.

Wow.

I'm still in a state of awe. The verse I shared above is bathing my heart in wonder. I'm honored and humbled to write for such an amazing publishing house. I had prayed and asked God for another publishing contract, but He went exceedingly abundantly above all I asked for or imagined--and to Him be the glory.

This celebration comes a week after Erica announced her own sale to Love Inspired Historical through the Blurb to Book contest! I couldn't be happier for my dear writing friend, and I couldn't be more thankful for the little nudge she gave me to enter.

Let's celebrate BIG!

In honor of Love Inspired Historicals, I want to give one lucky winner the entire August collection of LIH books (in e-reader form)!

LIH August Collection
I also want to give the winner a copy of the two novella collections Erica and I are in together.

The Most Eligible Bachelor Collection & The Convenient Bride Collection
from Barbour Publishers, May & July 2015
That's twenty-two incredible historical romance stories!!!

Just enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win*. :) Good luck!

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33 comments:

  1. Congrats on your contract! Hopefully, this will be the first of many books you write for them. I really enjoy the Love Inspired books. It nice to have a story I can read in a couple of days instead of long books that feel like they're never ending.

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    1. Thank you, Michelle. I, too, love the length of Love Inspired books. :) I'm happy you stopped by today. Good luck in the drawing!

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  2. Congratulations to you!!! (and Erica!) How incredibly exciting :)

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    1. Thank you, Carrie! I'm thrilled to share this with Erica. :)

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  3. That verse in Ephesians is our churches mission statement verse. God has our best in mind and certainly does more than we could ever imagine if we just turn the reins over to him.

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    1. Yes, Gail! This verse is so powerful, and not to get what we want, but to allow God to work through us, to show His glory.

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  4. Congratulations! What a fun way to get a book contract!

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    1. I couldn't agree more, Kristine! It's been a fun experience, from beginning to end. :) Every publication story is so different. There are no two alike.

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  5. Wow some really good reads. Congrats kamundsen44(at)yahoo(dot)com.

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    1. Good luck, Kim! Thanks for stopping by to celebrate. :)

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  6. I've said it before, Gabrielle, but it bears repeating: Congratulations on your sale to LIH! I'm thrilled for you--and for me. I love that you, Erica and I are now LIH sisters.

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    1. Thank you, Keli!!! I'm so thrilled to share this milestone with you and Erica. First, agency mates, now publishing house mates. :)

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  7. Congratulations! I'll be looking for your book when it comes out. I love reading Love Inspired Historicals.

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    1. Thank you, Jamie!! I hope you enjoy reading my story. :) Love Inspired Historical books are so much fun!

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  8. How exciting! What a fun giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity to enter! I am most excited for The Most Eligible Bachelor Collection & The Convenient Bride Collection. :)

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    1. Good luck, Sydney!! Thanks for connecting here and on Facebook!!

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  9. Congratulations on your contract! Looking forward to reading your book!

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    1. Thank you, Joy! Are you the Joy Ellis that just started following me on Twitter?? My oldest daughter's name is Ellis and when I saw your name, I said to her: "What if you end up marrying a man with the last name Ellis?" She said it would be fun to be named Ellis Ellis! :)

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  10. WOW!! Overjoyed for you, Gabrielle!! Guess we'll receive more info in your next post re: story line, when we can expect to see it published, etc.?? Can't wait!! Congrats to Erica & Keli, also!!
    God is good, isn't He??

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    1. I don't have all the publishing details, yet, but I will share more about my story next week, Bonnie. :) I just received my revision letter from my editor this afternoon--so back to work!! :) Thank you for celebrating with Erica and I, and thank you for being here, friend. Good luck in the drawing!

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  11. Congratulations Gabrielle!!! Love Inspired is MY favorite kind of book....and the two that vie for tops on my list is Historical & Suspense. I love how they have so many different story-lines and depending on my mood, I can satisfy my reading "sweet tooth"! You are going to have fun with this, I think! This will open a whole new world & I'm excited and overjoyed for you!!

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    1. Oh, I'm so happy to hear you say how much you love the Love Inspired lines, Trixi! There are many faithful readers and I pray my story satisfies that sweet tooth you mentioned. :) I'm looking forward to sharing more about my story next week! Thanks for being here. :)

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  12. Congratulations on getting a publishing deal. This is a nice giveaway. I'd love to win these for my wife.

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    1. Thank you, Edward. It's so nice to see you here. Good luck in the drawing! I think your wife would enjoy this bundle of books!

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  13. Big congrats to you!!!! What an awesome accomplishment.

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  14. Congratulations on your Love Inspired contract. I am so excited for you. I have just discovered the LI line a few months ago. I thought they only had contemporary but then when I found out they have a historical line I was so excited. I am totally, totally hoked on them and can't wait to read yours when it publishes !

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    1. I'm thrilled to hear you discovered LI and LIH, Deanne! They are such heart-warming books. I'm honored to have my story included. :) Thanks for being here, and good luck in the drawing!

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  15. I can't wait to see your work published with Love Inspired. Reading it will be my pleasure. :) Terrill

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    1. Thank you, Terrill! Writing the story was my pleasure! I can't wait until it is in your hands. :)

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  16. Congrats to both of you on your new contracts!

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    1. Thank you so much, Patty! Good luck in the drawing.

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  17. Congratulations, Gabrielle, on your Love Inspired contract. I was introduced to this series from reading Jill Kemerer's books. Now, I want to read more books in this genre. I'm happy to hear that they also have historical fiction as well. I can't wait to read your Love Inspired stories. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.
    Blessings!

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