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Montana Rising going out to beta readers

Or at least, to one beta reader so far: my husband.

It’s been intolerable not to quote the story to him a dozen times a week, as I wanted to avoid spouting spoilers. So much of the conversation in the story, the family’s vocabulary, anecdotes and wit (or some semblance thereof) are from our own family history. I kept saying to him, “Ooh, I can’t wait for you to read my book,” while wanting to say “Hey it’s funny you mention that, I used that line in a scene where Monti is visiting her jailed student….” Spoilers.

I hope to distribute the book to my friends in our Maui Christian Writers group soon, and to a  few other volunteers, to start getting feedback. I know that just because the manuscript is as good as I think it can be, does not mean it’s as good as it needs to be to provide an enjoyable, worthwhile read for purchasers. They tell me I’m really just getting started on the work…

To get an idea how long I’ve been working on Montana Rising so far, here’s a picture of what started the whole thing. I never suspected at the time that nearly seven years later I would finally be nudging a completed novel toward the world.

original montana rising scrabble board

For non-Scrabble players out there, this is the backside of a scoring tablet. The other side has the accumulated scores for that particular game. This side shows all the words we played. “All the words we played” being the seminal idea for a story within a story…

Yes, I had the diagram upside down when I was filling it in. Sigh.