When you’re a girl with Irish blood running through your veins, you naturally have an affinity for the color green. And this girl born an O’Neill put that affinity into practice last week. As a treat for turning in my next round of book edits (!!!), I got my nails done at a real deal, bonafide nail salon. And what color did I choose?
Green, of course. Or more specifically, OPI’s “My Gecko Does Tricks.”
I just can’t type that name without smiling. I can’t read it without smiling, either.
In fact, I can’t stop smiling anytime I see the color green. Green wins everything!
Lately, I’ve had green on my mind for reasons beyond my heritage and the approaching St. Patrick’s Day. It’s also the beautiful color of my upcoming book.
Remember when I told you how scary it felt to share about my book? Well, today it feels only slightly scary to do a little “show and tell” and let you see her. Y’all have proven time and again that you wear kindness and grace like cute and comfortable clothing, so I know when I pull the cover out of my bag you won’t laugh. I know my cover is safe in your hands.
So, here we go, friends.
My book baby has a face! And a name!
Her full name is Girl Meets Change: Truths to Carry You Through Life’s Transitions. I adore the title for several reasons, including the fact that it speaks well of the style and content of this book. Whether the change that arrives to you is expected, unexpected, chosen or regretted, it is something that will meet us all. Each of us may struggle adapting to the difficult change life plopped in our path. And during those seasons, each of us deeply desires a hope-filled view of those transitional moments.
Each of us deeply desires to know that God works for our good through the change, not in spite of it.
Each of us deeply desires to know that God uses change to rewrite our stories for the better.
Each of us deeply desires to know that Jesus came so we may have life to the full, and this is as true during seasons of change and transition as during seasons of calm familiar.
As I’ve said before, this book has my story woven throughout, but it also has change-stories of many other people inside its pages, too. Collectively, I wholeheartedly believe the stories in this book will speak needed encouragement to any person who, like me, has seen change as more foe than friend. I’m already praying that those who struggle with change, in either tiny or tremendous ways, will find a warm and relational perspective inside its covers.
I am over-the-moon thrilled that Myquillyn Smith, aka the Nester and author of the wildly successful The Nesting Place, wrote the foreword! It is so delightfully, wonderfully Nester-y. I love her addition to the book as much as I love her (and given I long ago wrote how I’d vote Myquillyn for President, I obviously love her a whole, whole lot).
And about the cover: I dearly hope you find it as lovely as I do. I firmly believe it does justice to the message of this book beautifully. I tell you, from the moment I signed my book deal to this very day, working with Revell Publishers has been positively dreamy. Formulating the cover design with them was no exception.
If you’re in the writing community, you are seeing lots of book covers these days. One more may start to feel like no big thang. But you know what? This is my first book cover, so it feels important to me. And what’s more, the subject matter of my book is important because it’s something commonly faced yet not commonly written about or discussed.
While this book doesn’t release until September 15th, you can preorder it from Amazon or Barnes & Noble today. I know it seems very early, but preorders tell Amazon there are folks interested and excited about a new book, and that’s a doubly helpful thing for a first time author.
As always, thank you for being gracious, warm, trustworthy people. I wish we could be neighbors in real life! But for now, it’s good to meet together on the front porch of my blog. I’ll always have a seat open for you.
So much love to you, friends. xo