"Bridging Hope" -- Where is it?
It's definitely coming! Today I sent it off to the first publisher and several agents. (!!!!!!) The first draft was completed, copy edited and revised, then content edited and revised, and then another go by the copy editor. Whew! I really love this book, and am proud of it.
Still working on the cover, but hopefully either my new agent or my publisher will have plenty of insight to offer on that score. I'll keep you posted!
So here is the overview of the story, to pique your interest!
On a magical night in 1968, Peeps Grimes has it all. A senior in high school, she and her boyfriend have been unexpectedly chosen as Homecoming Queen and King, and life is good in Springwater, Texas. In this sleepy small town, everybody gets along, neighbors help neighbors, and each day is predictable. Peeps has always been a shy, self-sufficient girl with few friends and no interest in boys, but things have changed dramatically in her life, and she has begun finding new friends, including Granny Wells, who lately seems to show up at just the right time to help out. Granny’s kindness and generous heart endear her to the townspeople, even though they can’t seem to remember her. But Granny knows all about them, and some believe she can read minds. Does she know their secrets as well?
During the dance on that fateful night, Peeps is raped and beaten nearly to death. Pete, Granny Wells' big old hound dog saves her, but her recovery is uncertain and will be slow and painful. As the community reels from the aftermath of violence against one of their favorite daughters, the sheriff looks at the only black man in town, Doc Richardson, the doctor who saves Peeps' life, and the father of one of her friends. The local Klan group wants to lynch him, but instead he is arrested and put on trial. Only Peeps knows who really attacked her, but she is left mute from the attack, and claims to have no memory of it. The community divides, and the once quiet town begins to erupt with suspicion, racism and hatred. Neighbors turn on neighbors, even families are torn apart. It's Granny Wells who reaches out at the right moments with kindness and compassion, helping Peeps to reclaim her power, and teaching the community lessons about tolerance and love.
In a world that seem to be increasingly violent, with people feeling more and more helpless and communities separated by differences, Springwater, Texas offers us a glimpse of what can happen when people are challenged with loving kindness rather than more hate. With compassion and a strong spiritual faith, Granny helps Peeps to move out of her fear, and teaches the adults and the children lessons about tolerance and respect. Whether you believe in angels, or just the power of love, spending time with the people from this small town will raise your spirits.
This is a story that offers us all hope. It's set in 1968 but the messages are just as compelling today -- that in a world of violence and evil, goodness still exists, and people can come back together to help others as well as themselves. The story shows the sweetness and power of young love, the strength and durability of friendship, and opens the reader's mind to new possibilities, including an old woman and her dog who could indeed be angels who have dropped in to help.
So stay tuned! I'll let you know as we get closer to publication!
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