Five years ago today, I was sitting at my laptop, frantic with excitement and trepidation, as Divine Grace made it’s big debut.
Voluptuous Grace frees herself from an abusive boyfriend with the help of three handsome friends, only to discover they desire her, all three of them!
I’d spent the last several months revising and editing this enormous book, while simultaneously revising Her Gentle Giant, and finishing the first draft of Heavenly Angel. I worked around the clock, having no concept of how to pace myself. Grace’s story had taken so much work and so many rounds of edits to get it down to a reasonable and readable length, and I was willing to do whatever it took to make it good enough for readers.
My knowledge of promotion was limited, given that my Facebook profile was less than twenty-four hours old at that point, but there again I was willing to talk to any reader who would take the time to friend me or say “hi.” (I’m proud to say that “organic” approach has been the hallmark of my online life and continues to this day.)
I didn’t know if readers would love it or hate it. All I knew for sure was that my publisher believed in Divine Grace and met my diligence and insane hours halfway, editing the book to within an inch of its life, giving me promotional advice, and encouraging me to not give up.
Talent will only get you so far, and my learning curve for the craft of storytelling was more like a rollercoaster as I absorbed what my editors were teaching me, but I was hungry for the knowledge. There were times when I worked nearly around the clock, and I’m pretty sure that if my husband hadn’t been 100% supportive of me, I would’ve found myself in a padded cell.
November 5, 2010 came and went, with readers embracing Divine Grace and sharing it with their friends, keeping it consistently in the Enduring Bestsellers list at BookStrand ever since. On November 6th, I went back to work on Her Gentle Giant and Heavenly Angel, content that the work had been worth it.
Fast forward five years and here I am, with 22+ books in the Divine Creek Ranch series. My kids have grown into teenagers during that time, watching me seize the day. My husband has never faltered in his support, even when it meant taking on many of the responsibilities that had traditionally been mine, because he knew it was what I needed.
Divine Grace has become a comfort re-read to many book lovers and friends, and I still flush when someone tells me how much Grace’s story meant to them. That touches my heart because I know what it meant to me to write it.
Yes, I still see it for the flawed story that took only a month to write and several months and rounds of edits to make publishable. I blush when I catch my mistakes in the story but I try to overlook those to see what it is that touches people’s hearts, what makes them want to re-read it.
I have favorite authors and series that I’ll re-read just to lose myself in the worlds they’ve created once more and my dream when I first sat before my keyboard was to create stories readers could connect with on that level.
I have readers and author friends to thank for their encouragement via Facebook, Twitter, this blog, and e-mails. The positive feedback gave me the motivation and courage to continue writing books in the series, and made all the behind-the-scenes work worth the effort. Along the way, I’ve also been able to meet some of these friends in person and what an honor it’s been.
Divine Grace’s characters have also met with reader recognition through various contests. Ethan Grant has even joined me online, writing short stories for readers to enjoy that are set in the Dancing Pony and based on some of the pickup lines he hears from behind the bar.
I love seeing my early books pop up in the BookStrand Time Machine (formerly known as Retro Release) from time to time but today is special since it’s the book that started it all—and it’s been five years.
Divine Grace is offered at the low price of 99¢ for the next three days. That’s 200,000+ words for less than a dollar. At roughly four to five times the length of the average erotic romance novel, that is a steal. But it’s only for three days.
My hope is that new readers will find it and be entertained, encouraged, and hey, if it spices up someone’s love life I’m good with that, too. 😀
Do you have a friend who could use a little excitement and encouragement? Nudge them and show them the cover or text them the link. And if you’ve read Divine Grace, I would love to know what your favorite moment was in the story. Just share with me in a comment.
And remember, if you’ve never read one of my books and you want to try it, this special price will be in effect for a very short time.
The men of the Divine Creek Ranch have found the woman they’ve dreamed of. Jack loves voluptuous Grace’s giving heart and blushing cheeks. Ethan loves her wild innocence and loyalty. Adam fell in love with her the moment he laid eyes on her.
With the help of these three handsome men, Grace frees herself from an abusive boyfriend. She loves them all and knows she could never choose between them—Jack for his teasing nature, Ethan for his intuition, and Adam for his gentle ways. When danger and calamity threaten, her men proved they will protect and defend her. Grace learns what it means to be desired, pursued, and protected by three gorgeous men, finding that they will do anything to please her along the way.
Can they prove to Grace they want forever and not just a fling? Can Grace heed the advice of her sister and seize the day?
Please visit my website for more information about the series, the reading order, excerpts, helpful links, answers to frequently asked questions, and news about my works in progress. Also be sure to check out the Slices of Life at the Dancing Pony blog posts while you’re there.
Seize the day, baby!
All material ©2015 Heather Rainier