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MY FIRST NOVELLA! by Patti Shene Gonzales
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 by Patti Shene

FEATURED BOOK:  Cathy’s Christmas Confession

AUTHOR:    Patti Shene Gonzales

GENRE:  Contemporary Romance

Series or Stand alone:  A Christmas Ridge Romance Book 3 (multi-author series)

Target age: 40+

 

 

IT HAS TAKEN A WHOLE LOT OF YEARS FOR ME TO BE ABLE TO ANNOUNCE THE RELEASE OF MY FIRST NOVELLA. JOIN ME AS I SHARE A SLICE OF MY STORY.

 

 

 

I AM OFFERING A GIVEAWAY! SIMPLY LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW TO ENTER THE DRAWING FOR AN EBOOK COPY OF CATHY’S CHRISTMAS CONFESSION OR WINNER’S CHOICE OF ANY OTHER AVAILABLE BOOK IN THE CHRISTMAS RIDGE ROMANCE SERIES.

 

 

 

MY FIRST NOVELLA!

Cathy’s Christmas Confession

A Christmas Ridge Romance Book 3

 

 

 

by

 

 

 

Patti Shene Gonzales

 

 

 

I have wanted to be a writer since childhood. However, a career, a family, and other priorities always seemed to get in the way.

 

 

 

The biggest stumbling block to my writing career came from my own weakness, my procrastination. As a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW.com) and an attendee at several writers conferences, I have encountered agents and editors interested in my work over many years. However, in my opinion, my manuscripts always needed improvement before submission, and therefore were never really 'finished'.

 

 

 

There were things I said I would never do if I ever did pursue a writing career. Number one, the last story I would have any interest in writing would be a Christmas story. It’s not that I have anything against Christmas. It is the most joyful and meaningful time of year. I just could not see myself coming up with the type of amazing Christmas stories that I have seen others write.

 

 

 

Second, I was never going to self-publish a book. I wanted my work to be accepted by a royalty paying publisher who, by contracting it, would validate that what I had written was worth publishing.

 

 

 

Sometimes God has other plans. He has an amazing way of changing the minds of even the most stubborn.

 

 

 

A few months ago, a friend invited me to participate with four other writers in a multi author series. This happened to be a Christmas series. She assured me that, having written Gunsmoke fanfiction in the past, this would be easy for me, since the setting and some of the characters were already established.

 

 

 

The project sounded intriguing, so I decided to accept the challenge. I encountered many obstacles along the way as I prepared this manuscript, mainly, as mentioned before, my almost pathological propensity to procrastinate.

 

 

 

I spent way too much time tossing ideas around in my head without writing them down. Suddenly, my deadline date loomed a mere few weeks away. Several nights found me up until 4 a.m., struggling to put the words together that would make a readable story. Sometimes, I went to the Lord in tears, wondering if this was a project I should pursue. The ideas just didn’t seem to be coming.

 

 

 

The more I wrote scenes and deleted them, the more I changed the names of my characters, the more I tried to create conflict and resolution, the easier it became. I thank God for that. He has a way of putting ideas into a writer's head that can be transposed onto paper or a computer screen to convey a message.

 

 

 

I had promised myself that I would never publish a book that had not been edited by someone other than myself, I sent the manuscript to a friend who edits in an unusual manner. She is blind, so using a reading program, she picks up things the average person doesn’t, such as a missing open quotation mark, a missing period at the end of a sentence, a commonly misspelled word.

 

 

 

Next, I sent the manuscript to two friends who served as beta readers. These were authors I could trust to tell me if the manuscript had merit or did not deserve to see the light of day.

 

 

 

I then tackled the hurdle of learning how to self-publish the book through Amazon. That took a bit of time, but once I got the knack of the program, it wasn’t that hard. I spent several hours at my friend's home as she showed me how to upload the book to Amazon.

 

 

 

So, this aspiring writer who claimed she would never self-publish a book, especially a Christmas story, is excited to announce the publication of her first novella, Cathy’s Christmas Confession: A Christmas Ridge Romance Book 3. The book released on November 22, 2022 on Kindle. Hopefully, a print copy will follow.

 

 

 

If, out of the many hundreds of Christmas stories that will be published this year, you choose to read Cathy’s Christmas Confession, I will be truly honored. My prayer is that the story will glorify my Heavenly Father and bless you as the reader.

 

 

Blurb for Cathy's Christmas Confession:

Christmas is not a time of joy for the hurting.

During a snowstorm, widow Cathy Fischer creams a stop sign on her way to work at the Christmas Ridge Community Church. Acquaintance David Martin stops to help. Cathy sees signs of deep grief in David, a recent widower. She reaches out with support in an attempt to help David through this most difficult first Christmas without his beloved wife.

David Martin struggles with grief over the death of his wife. He blames God for her rapid demise after her cancer diagnosis. Cathy reaches out to him with compassion and support and soon enlists him in her mission to bring joy to others at Christmas. Will their joint quest restore David’s faith?

David needs to turn loose of the past and embrace his future. Cathy has a confession to make to the entire community that may give David a different perspective of who she really is. Will her confession set her free?

Does God have plans in mind for the two of them they did not anticipate?

 

Amazon buy link:  https://tinyurl.com/mr26ekaj

 

Check out our Amazon Christmas Ridge Romance page (https://tinyurl.com/57vzm3fw) to learn about other books in the series and receive updates!

 

 

DON’T FORGET TO LEAVE A COMMENT TO BE PLACED IN THE DRAWING TO WIN A AN EBOOK COPY OF CATHY’S CHRISTMAS CONFESSION OR WINNER’S CHOICE OF ANY OTHER AVAILABLE BOOK IN THE CHRISTMAS RIDGE ROMANCE SERIES BETWEEN NOW AND SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17TH AT MIDNIGHT MST.

BY LEAVING A COMMENT, YOU GRANT PERMISSION FOR YOUR EMAIL TO BE REVEALED TO THE AUTHOR IF YOU ARE THE WINNER TO FACILITATE RECEIPT OF YOUR BOOK.

 

 

 

Patti Shene Gonzales hosts Step Into the Light, a weekly interview style podcast, where guests share their journey out of darkness or ways they lead others back to light. She hosts writers on her two blogs, Patti’s Porch and The Over 50 Writer. Patti is published in two anthologies and local publications and has three novels in progress. Her Christmas novella will release in November. She enjoys writing, reading, critiquing, and spending time with family and friends. Patti lives in Colorado with her devoted feline companion, Duncan.

Visit Patti at her website          www.pattishene.com

Facebook                                https://www.facebook.com/pattishene/

Twitter                                    https://twitter.com/PattiShene

 

 

 

 

 

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Comments

Cleo Lampos From Oak Lawn, IL At 12/13/2022 1:56:01 PM

It is always wonderful to get another Christmas novella to help bring cheer into a season of stress. Way to go!!!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Thank you so much for your support and encouragement, Cleo. I appreciate you stopping by. Happy Jesus's birthday!

Donna Martenson From Las Animas, CO At 12/12/2022 1:52:12 PM

Hurray for you, Pat! I'm excited to begin reading your first of many stories!! Now that I know it's on Kindle Unlimited, I will start reading immediately. I will let you know my reaction the next time I see you. Merry Christmas!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Donna! Thank you so much for your support. I hope you enjoy the story. Happy Jesus's birthday!

Jean From Colorado At 12/11/2022 10:03:36 PM

Way to go, Patti. Just got my kindle copy and look forward to diving into it! When can we expect your next book?!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Jean! Thank you so much. Working on getting this one into print format. The next one has been in progress for a while! Happy Jesus's birthday!

Becky Van Vleet From CO At 12/10/2022 11:32:02 AM

Patti, I'm so proud of you--wow, way to go! I agree with you that God guides our thoughts and ideas as we put them into words on our computers. I truly believe God is our final editor, agent, and publisher!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Becky. Thank you so much for your help, support, and encouragement with this project. May you have a blesses and Happy Jesus's birthday!

Kathleen Tomlin From Fort Lyon, colorado At 12/9/2022 7:54:54 AM

So happy for u Pat! Way to go! Your story sounds intriguing, how do we get to read it? Love u

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Kathleen. Thank you so much for your words of encouragement! The book is currently available on Kindle only. It can be purchased at this link, https://tinyurl.com/mr26ekaj. If you have Kindle Unlimited, you can read it for free! Happy Jesus's birthday!

Gwen richardson From Texas At 12/8/2022 12:27:59 PM

I'm so happy for you my friend God's blessings always

Reply by: Patti Shene

Thank you, my friend! May you have a blessed and Happy Jesus's birthday!

Melissa Henderson From Mount Pleasant SC At 12/8/2022 10:12:49 AM

Congratulations on this novella! Looks like a great story. I would love to read this one. :-) Merry Christmas!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Thank you so much, Melissa! Wishing you a Happy Jesus's birthday!

Marlene J Bagnull From Pennsylvania At 12/8/2022 9:26:57 AM

Praising God that you finished what you started and praying God uses your first book in Ephesians 3:20 ways. Now, it's time to begin work on your next book!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Marlene, words can't express all the thanks I owe you for so many years of support, advice, knowledge, and encouragement. Working on getting this one into a print version, then on to the next one. May you have a Happy Jesus's birthday!

eMarie From Idaho At 12/8/2022 8:49:07 AM

Hi Patti, I am soo looking forward to reading your story! I bought a Kindle copy and am looking forward to one I can hold in my hands! You're an excellent author - your stories are captivating, your words perfectly placed!! & you're an encouraging friend! God bless this novella!! Merry Christmas!

Reply by: Patti Shene

eMarie, thank you so much for your kind words and all the encouragement and great critiques you have given me these past few years. Happy Jesus's birthday!

CECELIA LEBLANC From GA At 12/8/2022 7:56:34 AM

Congratulations on your first novella. Merry Christmas!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Thank you so much Cecelia! Happy Jesus's birthday!

Janet Elaine Fichter From CO At 12/8/2022 7:41:40 AM

I'm so excited for you, Patti! I pray blessings on this heart story. May God open doors for you to share His message.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Janet. Thank you so much. Wishing you a Happy Jesus's birthday!

Julie Grace From Missouri At 12/8/2022 1:15:49 AM

I'm proud of you Patti for following your dream. God had a plan for you, and HE helped you through your procrastination, doubt in your ability, and in his trust, you came out victorious. Through HIM, nothing is impossible. He will bless your work. When you follow his prompting, blessings flow.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Julie. Thank you so much for your kind words and encouragement. To God be the glory! Have a Happy Jesus's birthday!

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